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Win a Grill for You & Your Father Figure

We’re really excited to let you know about our upcoming Father’s Day giveaway. We’ll be giving away two brand new Blackstone Flat-top Grills to you and a father figure who had a big impact on your life. 

The giveaway closes on Sunday, June 12th with the winner to be announced on Tuesday, June 14th. All you have to do is call (704) 594-8005 and nominate your father figure for both of you to win a grill. 

There are a few other ways that you can get up to five extra entries into the drawing. To hear more information about that, or if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Community Spotlight: Pineville.

Here are my top picks for places to go when you’re in Pineville.

If you find yourself in Pineville and need something to do, Main Street is the place to start exploring. Here, you’ll find tons of dining and shopping options like Kit’s Trackside Crafts. This local taproom and bottle shop has everything that a beer drinker could want. There are rows of unique sours, wild ales, IPAs, seltzers, and more to enjoy here or at home. They even have rotating taps to sip while you watch local sports inside or enjoy the recently updated patio outback.

With beautiful seating inside and out, Air Workshop is a unique space where you can join a scheduled do-it-yourself class any day of the week to learn how to make handmade crafts. You can also purchase tons of boutique gifts for any occasion or pick up some DIY kits for your family to enjoy at home. Air Workshop also provides day camps for various crafts—a perfect idea for summer break.

If you find yourself in Pineville and need something to do, Main Street is the place to start exploring.

Next, there’s Margaux’s, which is a relatively new addition to Main Street. Margaux’s is a perfect spot for a date night, girls’ night, or just a happy hour charcuterie board. Known for its decadent pizza and expensive wine collection, Margaux’s also boasts unique gifts for the wine and cheese lovers in all of us.

To round off our Main Street tour, we popped into the Unwind tea and coffee shop. Unwind is truly a local gem. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., this spot offers everything from tea and smoothies to wraps and breakfast sandwiches. There’s even a tiny lending library to enjoy.

Stepping away from the downtown area, one of my favorite spots in Pineville is Pineville Lake Park. This is a paradise away from the big city. The park has fully paved trail loops around the lake for walkers and joggers, two separate playgrounds for the kids, and even a fully fenced, wooded dog park that’s sure to wear your pups out.

If you think your community would shine under our spotlight and would like to nominate your favorite places, let us know! Reach out to us at marketing@hprea.com so that your area can be our next Community Spotlight.

Optimist Hall Is a Must-Visit

Today I want to highlight one of my favorite places to eat in the Charlotte area that’s sure to have something you like, whatever you’re into: Optimist Hall.

Located just past Uptown near North Davidson, Optimist Hall is the Charlotte area’s newest and largest food hall, with fantastic indoor and outdoor seating and complimentary Wi-Fi. It’s a great place to focus yourself on the work week ahead or gather with friends for happy hour or brunch.

Optimist Hall has 21 different food and drink stalls with every type of food you or your family could ever imagine. If you’re obsessed with sushi but the rest of your family isn’t, don’t worry—here, you can get some of the best sushi around while your family visits the taco stalls. 

If you’re trying to find a quiet place to work, you can start your day by coming here when Undercurrent Coffee opens at 7 a.m. Then you can work hard until lunch and come and take a well-deserved break with some delicious Mexican food and duckpin bowling at el Thrifty. (el Thrifty is where our company had our Christmas party last year, and I have to say that it was awesome. They had golf simulators, basketball, shuffleboard, and even Pong!) Then you can finish your day strong before clocking out at five to enjoy a local North Carolina beer from Fonta Flora or a fancy cocktail at Billy Sunday’s.

Optimist Hall has it all.

If for some crazy reason you decided to eat before you came here, you can work up an appetite by checking out some of the local vendors who aren’t focused on food. For example, there’s a beautiful paper store called Archer Paper Goods that can inspire anyone to pick up journaling, or at least give you a good chuckle while browning their hand-printed cards section. Also, be sure to check out the latest addition to Optimist Hall, Paradisio, which is a plant paradise for anyone who has or aspires to have a green thumb.

As you can see, Optimist Hall has it all. I personally love coming here; I make a stop at least once a week, and I highly recommend that you check it out.

If you have any questions about real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you. Happy Thanksgiving!

My October Charlotte Event Recommendations

Here are some great fall activities here in the Greater Charlotte area.

Are you into fall colors, the cooler temperatures, pumpkins, and apples? Then you’re going to love this lineup of fall activities in the Charlotte area:

First, head on over to Bush-N-Vine Farm. It’s a pick-your-own pumpkin farm in York, South Carolina, with a delicious snack counter and farmer’s market to go with it. Some of the highlights include a chicken coop, pumpkins of all sizes, and you can pick sunflowers when the season is right. I highly recommend the delicious strawberry donuts as well.

Just five miles up the road is Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill. This pick-your-own apple orchard has plenty of outdoor seating, flights of cider, and a small country store filled with apple-based items. Why not grab an apple cider donut as well?

A ton of local breweries have fantastic outdoor patios.

Finally, let’s talk about one of my favorite Halloween events. If you love amusement parks and Halloween, Scarowinds is the place to be. The Tunnel of Terror car wash in Belmont and the 901 Nightmare are both spooky favorites of ours. A ton of breweries around here have great fall patios as well.

For next month’s video, we’re going to focus on where to take your family that comes into town for the holidays. Hint: You’re going to be hungry, so don’t miss next month’s episode.

If you have any questions or real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

How To Live Essentially Mortgage-Free

How to live mortgage-free while building wealth by house-hacking.

House-hacking is how I ended up getting into real estate in 2002. The first home I bought was a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. I got a 30-year mortgage on it and I rented out two of the rooms. I had $1,200 per month coming in, which offset my mortgage. I was essentially living for free.

It was a little difficult having roommates, but was it worth it because I was able to claim that $14,000 of extra income I was getting per year on my taxes. Then I went to the bank and they approved me for more properties. I ended up buying four more homes and renting them out as well.

There are different types of house-hacking. You could buy a duplex , rent out one of the units, and live in the other, for example. You could also buy a two-acre property,  build another house on the land, and rent that out to offset the mortgage.

If you’d like to know more about how house-hacking works and want to do a no-obligation consultation, please reach out to us. We’re also here to answer any real estate-related questions that you might have.

How to Enter to Win this $1,000 Yeti Cooler Summer Prize Package

How to Enter to Win this $1,000 Yeti Cooler Summer Prize Package

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Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21, because when you call our office that day between 8.am. to 5 p.m., you’ll be entered for a chance to win our Yeti Cooler Summer Prize Package. This package has a total retail value of $1,000, and we’re giving it away for free. If you’re allergic to money, then don’t call. Otherwise, you can reach our office at (704) 228-3921 for your chance to win. Good luck! If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.