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!
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?
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 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.
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.
History has shown us that real estate is cyclical, and all the local statistics indicate that it’s an awesome time to consider selling your home. We’ve found that homes in the lower price points are in high demand. We recently listed a home at $250,000, and we received some 32 offers on it! If you’re considering moving up, no matter your situation, we’d love the opportunity to review your needs and wants regarding a home and to take a look at market trends so you know exactly what you’re working with.
Recently, you’ve probably heard talk in the news media about the economy slowing down. I always want to ground these sorts of conversations—they all talk about the future, but the truth is that nobody has a clue about what’s really going to happen. That in mind, today I want to reframe the conversation and let you know what’s actually going on in today’s market.
For your convenience, I’ve provided timestamps below that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:
2:22—Buyer traffic from December 2018 to March 2019
3:16—Assessing the market data over the past 15 years
If you have any questions about our local real estate market or are looking to buy or sell real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. PS: If you’re interested in a fast-paced career in real estate, we are always looking for talented individuals to join our team and help people achieve their real estate dreams. I hope to hear from you soon!
Spring is nearly here, so I wanted to make sure I brought you a market update about what’s going on in Charlotte real estate right now. Here’s an outline of my update, with timestamps so that you can skip ahead to the section(s) that interest you the most:
1:01— A closer look at when the best month to sell a home is
2:50— How to get a free home equity evaluation for your property
4:25— An example of how we use historical data to get a better look at market trends
6:10— How to get copies of our seller and/or buyer guide for 2019
I hope this information was helpful for you today. If you have any questions for me about what I discussed today or anything related to real estate in general, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. I really look forward to hearing from you.