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Ballantyne Real Estate

Sun, Mar 5th 2017 10:58 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Ballantyne real estateCharlotte just experienced it's largest real estate sale in our history -- Ballantyne Corporate Park was just sold New York based Northwood Investors for a approximately $1.2 billion.  The 535 acre park was built in the early 1990's by Charlotte developer Smokey Bissell.  Bissell was responsible for the development and building of much of what today is SouthPark and had the vision for Ballantyne long before the was 485. Thanks to his vision, the Ballantyne area remains one of Charlotte's most sought after real estate areas with townhomes as low as the $200,000s [click here for condos for sale in Ballantyne -- zip code 28277] to luxury homes over $1 million [click here for luxury homes for...

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Charlotte's Spring Real Estate Market

Wed, Mar 1st 2017 9:53 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Charlotte's Spring Real Estate MarketCHARLOTTE'S SPRING REAL ESTATE MARKET

While it's only February in the Queen City, Charlotte's spring market is hotter than ever.  Record low inventory and buyer's that are ready to buy make this a very competitive market for buyers.  The foreclosure crisis that once impacted our market is over and rising real estate prices have made entry level priced homes hard to find.  Our builders are building again, but they lost many skilled laborers during the recession and the high costs of land and rising building prices have made new construction prices higher than ever. Cautious not to repeat mistakes of the pre-recession market, builders are building less inventory these days.  The low invent...

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Yes, Virginia there is an Agent named Becky

Tue, Dec 27th 2016 2:30 pm by Bill Herring Charlotte Home Searches

I often get asked why my real estate website is named AgentBecky.com and I am obviously not Becky. In the spirit of reflecting on the past year and planning for the 2017, I thought it was a good time to blog about the people who made AgentBecky.com one of the most used real estate websites in Charlotte. 

 

Some of you know I grew up in a real estate family.  My father was a premier home- builder in Charlotte.  I started selling his homes in the mid 1990’s.  My mother entered the business about the time I left to raise my family in the late1990’s.  Her name is Becky.  About that time, Dad stopped selling homes and starting building a website for my mother’s real estate business – somethi...

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Price Your Charlotte Home

Thu, Sep 29th 2016 11:17 am by Bill Herring Selling Charlotte Home

If you want to sell your Charlotte home and you’re having trouble pricing it, then keep reading! Because getting it right has never been more important. Believe me…an over-priced home during the Great Recession can cause you a lot of unnecessary pain.

Pricing a home is simple. You just need to determine its value by using data that is readily available! The hard part is getting YOU to believe the data and accept the result. To overcome this hurdle, you must understand…and master... these two pricing concepts:

One, the current Charlotte real estate market sets the value of your home. This sounds simple…but, remember this, no matter how many improvements or “love” you have invested in you...

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Charlotte Agent Becky gets Top Rating

Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 12:30 pm by Bill Herring South Charlotte expert

Top Rating for Charlotte Agent

Agent Becky received top rating today for her work a client finding them a special home. Rating are not easily attained. Few Realtors get this type of rating, because few deserve. Contact Agent Beckt to buy or sell your Charlotte home. 

Here are words of her client:

"My husband and I interviewed several real-estate agents and Becky Herring puts the "A" in agent. This woman is NEVER scared of the hard work and chase involved in finding the perfect property. You should know that Becky's approach is a consultant first and a sales person second. She will not let you buy a property without first clearly highlighting all of the pros and cons based on her immedi...

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Rank of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Sat, Feb 21st 2015 1:45 pm by Bill Herring Charlotte Schools

School Name Overall Grade Overall Score Reading Grade Math Grade Growth Targets
Albemarle Road Elementary D 46 F D Met
Albemarle Road Middle D 47 D F Met
Ardrey Kell High A 94 Exceeded
J M Alexander Middle C 67 C C Exceeded
Allenbrook Elementary C 55 D C Met
Ashley Park PreK-8 School D 46 D D Met
William Amos Hough High A 86 Exceeded
Bailey Middle B 82 B B Exceeded
Bain Elementary A 86 B A Exceeded
Barringer Academic Center C 67 C C Exceeded
Whitewater Middle F 36 F F Not Met
Whitewater Academy C 56 D C Exceeded
Berryhill School D 51 D D Met
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2013 Charlotte HomeArama in Cheval Equestrian Community

Mon, Nov 18th 2013 9:22 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

2013 Charlotte HomeArama in Cheval Equestrian Community 

The 2013 HomeArama is being held in Mint Hill’s Cheval. Cheval is an equestrian friendly community on 423 acres with home sites ranging in size from a half acre to over five acres. This year’s homebuilders include: Arthur Rutenburg Homes, Bellamy Homes, Classica Homes, Evans Coghill Homes and Grandfather Homes. The six furnished homes on tour this years range from $550,000 to over $940,000. The event runs from Saturday, November 9th through November 24th (except Mondays). Tickets can be purchased at www.ChevalNC.com for $12 for adults or at the gate for $15 for adults. Children under 12 are free.

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The Government Shutdown and the Charlotte Real Estate Process

Fri, Oct 4th 2013 11:07 am by Missy Banks Selling Charlotte Home

As you all know by know, Congress did not approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) which provides funding for most government operations. Many programs and offices of the federal government will be shut down until legislation for funding is signed. What does that mean to you if you are in the process of a Charlotte real estate transaction or soon to be in one?


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is closed and the processing of all forms is suspended. Form 4506T is a tax transcript that is required for most loans. Currently, no tax transcripts can be ordered. The Social Security Administration is also closed. As a result, verifying Social Security numbers through the Consent Based SSN Verifica...

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Meet Missy Banks – Our South Charlotte Expert

Thu, Apr 18th 2013 3:45 pm by Bill Herring South Charlotte expert

“Missy Banks, welcome back to Charlotte real estate! “

Missy Banks - South Charlotte ExpertWe are thrilled to welcome back Missy who brings vast knowledge and experience, plus boundless energy to both Agent Becky & Allen Tate Realtors. She is no stranger to The SouthPark Office! While her daughters were growing up, Missy worked off & on as a real estate assistant and an Allen Tate Realtor… earning SouthPark Rookie of the Year way back in 1994. 

Missy is from the Charlotte area… grew up in Lake Wylie, SC and graduated from Charlotte Latin. Her college credits include a BA in English from Winthrop University and a MA in Communications Studies from West Virginia University.

In addition to her expertise in real estate, we ar...

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Charlotte Homes Search - Agent Becky

Fri, Aug 10th 2012 4:25 pm by Bill Herring Charlotte Home Searches

Do you know why most people visit Charlotte real estate websites? The major reason, by far, is to search for Charlotte homes. Nothing else is close!!

Charlotte Home SearchesAnd do you know why so many people choose Agent Becky’s site? Because her site has the best and easiest property searches in the Charlotte real estate market. But you knew that!! Right?

And now it’s getting even better. Becky’s website now offers additional variables for your searches.

The basic search categories of City, Area, Map, Subdivision, MLS#, School and Address make it easy to find your home. But that is just the beginning. You can now designate numerous features to any basic search. Just toggle “Advanced Features” and pick your ...

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Charlotte Chiquita Relocation Package

Sat, Dec 3rd 2011 11:06 am by Bill Herring Relocating

Allen Tate Realtors has been chosen as one of the two exclusive real estate agencies to assist the Chiquita relocation to Charlotte. But, at Allen Tate, that’s business as usual.

Chiquita ReloFor those of you planning to relocate to Charlotte with Chiquita, you should know that we have been setting the standard in local real estate for over fifty years. And routinely we sell 3 to 4 times more Charlotte than our nearest competitor each year. Nobody knows more about Charlotte real estate or Charlotte relocation that Allen Tate and nobody does a better job.

Don't forget Becky Herring... she has been a huge player in the Charlotte relocation business at Allen Tate Realty for many years. If you want pers...

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Chiquita Banana: A Big Charlotte Relocation

Tue, Nov 29th 2011 4:52 pm by Bill Herring Relocating

We heard the rumors for a while. Now the facts…


Governor Bev Purdue announced today that Chiquita Brands International is relocating to Charlotte its world headquarters from Cincinnati. The move will bring some 400 jobs to an economy still reeling from turmoil in the financial services sector.

The city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina sought the relocation for several months…in competition with Ohio, Florida and Louisiana. For the move Chiquita will receive a state and local incentive package of $22.7 million. And according to the approved package, the jobs will have an average annual salary of $96,121. (The actual salaries are said to be over $100,000.)

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Staging Charlotte Homes – a Bit Like Spring Cleaning

Wed, Feb 16th 2011 2:22 pm by Bill Herring Local Events

 

Home staging is not the same as spring cleaning … but the results are similar. And it feels sooo good!

Staging one’s home includes cleaning and organizing – particularly eliminating clutter throughout your home. 

Clutter such as small kitchen appliances and other counter items – other than decorations – should be out of sight. You will find that removing family photographs and small items from tables and chests will make your home appear less cluttered– and more spacious. And stop using the refrigerator for a bulletin board.

This is the real test: count the number of items in each room and remove half of them – including furniture. You should consider renting a storage unit to store e...

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Capgemini: Moving an Office to Charlotte NC

Fri, Jan 28th 2011 3:03 pm by Bill Herring Relocating


A big Charlotte welcome to Capgemini! Coming all the way from Paris….France, that is! 

And a hearty welcome to the new 550 employees who will be joining the company here over the next three years. 

Some of these new hires may also be moving to Charlotte; but it’s likely that many of them already reside here. Capgemini was attracted by the area’s existing talent pool, particularly those from the financial services field. 

Charlotte is considered a great fit for Capgemini because the new office will be part of their financial service unit – serving banking, insurance and capital markets clients. And, as everyone knows, Charlotte is the second largest financial center in the U.S. – with a...

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The Housing Shortage of 2012

Tue, Jan 11th 2011 8:45 pm by Bill Herring Local Events

“It is clear to me — if only me — that housing will mount a comeback in 2011”, so says Jim Cramer. Moreover, he goes on to predict that we will experience a housing shortage in 2012.

Who is Jim Cramer, you ask. He is not a Realtor and he is not an economist. He is just one of the great investors of all time. He has an unbelievable depth of knowledge on all subjects affecting business and investments… and all life as we know it.

Today, you may know him from his popular TV show – “Mad Money”. Or perhaps you have seen him as a guest on other TV programs, where his advice & opinion is widely sought and highly respected. 

Cramer is a Goldman Sachs alum who had a phenomenal fourteen year run...

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New Shaw Power Group Employees – Welcome to Charlotte

Wed, Dec 1st 2010 3:04 pm by Bill Herring Local Events

Charlotte has done it again!

At the Charlotte Chamber’s Annual Meeting last night, Shaw Power Group CEO, Clarence Ray, announced a major increase in the company’s presence right here in Charlotte.

Starting immediately, Shaw will begin hiring 225 new employees, primarily for engineering jobs, with the average salary beginning at $95,000. This move is directly related to the parent company’s strategic partnership with Toshiba, which was announced yesterday.

Shaw will be the exclusive engineering, procurement and construction contractor worldwide — outside of Japan and Vietnam — for Toshiba’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor.

Given the current unemployment level of 9.8% in the area, this n...

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To Price Your Charlotte Home – You Must Know This

Fri, Nov 19th 2010 4:22 pm by Bill Herring Local Events

Pricing Your Charlotte HomeIf you want to sell your Charlotte home and you’re having trouble pricing it, then keep reading! Because getting it right has never been more important. Believe me…an over-priced home during the Great Recession can cause you a lot of unnecessary pain.

Pricing a home is simple. You just need to determine its value by using data that is readily available! The hard part is getting YOU to believe the data and accept the result. To overcome this hurdle, you must understand…and master... these two pricing concepts:

One, the current Charlotte real estate market sets the value of your home. This sounds simple…but, remember this, no matter how many improvements or “love” you have invested in you...

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Real Estate Market Aftershocks - ((Property Revaluation))

Tue, Nov 9th 2010 12:35 pm by Bill Herring Local Events

property taxDo you own property in Mecklenburg County? If so, get ready for the after effects of our up & down real estate market of the past seven plus years. I’m talking Charlotte property taxes!

And if you plan to buy a home soon, you had better do your due diligence. We have not had a property revaluation since 2003 and, by N.C. General Statute 104-286, we must have one every eight years or less.

It’s no secret that the Charlotte real estate market has been on a roller coaster ride the past few years. And the last revaluation in 2003 was pretty early in the ride! Consider that the average sales price of homes in our MLS did not peak until June 2007 at $248,048… four years of growth after the la...

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The New AgentBecky.com Website Has Arrived!

Sat, Nov 6th 2010 3:04 pm by Becky Herring Selling Charlotte Home

New BlogWell, it’s been a long time in coming, but it’s finally here! I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself.

Officially we started AgentBecky.com on July 2, 2002…it has now been more than eight years. Some good... some a little rocky... but all have resulted in something very positive, mostly in meeting great people like you!

On balance, I have no complaints. I’ve met a lot of great folks from around the country…and sold a lot of real estate to and for them, which is a great way to spend your days, weeks and months... helping people get what they want.

But, guess what, things are about to get a whole lot better.

Behold…my new AgentBecky.com website!

Welcome to my fantastic, new site, de...

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