Counseling, Advising and Real Estate

Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a trend of clients not wanting to “bother” their Realtor and it caused me to pause for a moment.

I absolutely love what I do, to the point that I will talk to anyone, anytime, about their real estate journey. Have a question? I’m happy to hear it, whether it’s 9pm on a Friday night or 6am on a Tuesday morning. I can’t guarantee an instant response of course (I’m only human), but I don’t view it as a bother for someone to reach out to me. Honestly, I prefer the social interaction and the excuse to hear about how you’re doing.

Real estate isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle and my clients, friends, family, all cross paths regardless of what day or time it may be. If you really enjoy something, I can tell you that it doesn’t feel like work. I’m thrilled to hear from you. I’m excited to answer your questions. I’m 1,000% happy to help you find your next home, help with design ideas, call vendors and to be the person you lean on through the stressful moments and the happy ones.

A physical move is an emotional transition and it can be difficult, and stressful, and yet joyful all at the same time. There are a full range of emotions that you will go through, and all of them are normal. All of us need someone in our corner to celebrate with, vent to, cry to and yes, occasionally mediate tough conversations with.

Growth can hurt, so don’t hurt alone. And remember: you are never a bother. Ever.

It’s a journey not a destination

For the entirety of the time I’ve lived in my own first home I’ve been making steps towards making it FEEL like home. It’s a slow process, and it can be frustrating but it can also be rewarding and very, very healing.

I moved to Charlotte with only a few boxes of clothing, my dog and a yoga mat. I love to talk about this as a light-hearted experience, but honestly, it was anything but. I had lost my job a few months prior, my marriage had abruptly ended, and I was dealing with crippling depression and feelings of worthlessness.

Fast-forward six months and I was signing paperwork to buy a tiny little condo and I was overwhelmed and scared out of my mind. I felt like I had no business thinking that I could take care of a home, even if it was just a condo. I didn’t even own a drill, much less knew how to use one. I felt so screwed (no pun intended).

I spent my first night sitting on the floor crying.

Over the time that I’ve lived here the condo projects have begun to reflect my life at-large and the pressure of moving on. For a long time I didn’t believe that I was going to stay in Charlotte, so my house reflected that. It took me years to put anything on the walls and then when I finally did, I felt a little better. Not only did it feel like I belonged there, but I felt like I had successfully learned something about how to hang picture frames (thanks YouTube!)

Since then I’ve found a passion for interior design and have developed a drive to learn about renovations and repairs, and to further create using the space around me. I’m definitely not a designer, and my goals are simple: to create safe and welcoming space for myself and others, and to learn whatever I can along the way.

Thank U. Next.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that everyone has their own opinion of what’s “best” for you. This has become glaringly apparent in both my personal life and my professional life as I left a marriage I was alone in, I moved to a city that wasn’t “home” and I left a steady career I was miserable in to follow my passion for entrepreneurship and real estate.

I thank God every day for the second chances I’ve been given and the strength he’s given me to trust in him and myself.

Most-recently I’ve hit a stumbling block in my business: people who’ve known me think that this career isn’t living up to my potential. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you learn that someone you’ve cared deeply about feels this way and that they won’t be supporting you in your career, after all, it must just be a faze anyway, right?

Actually, no. And I’m sorry that your definition of success is so narrow.

I became a Realtor to utilize my strengths in understanding law, finance and economics to be of service to those around me. I support my clients through difficult personal transformations and represent their interests in a logical, compelling and legal way to get them their best possible outcome. I use my strengths in negotiating and understanding of legal and ethical pitfalls of this industry to navigate families through the homeownership process all while caring for my clients’ interests as I would my own family’s.

Many of the people who started out as my clients have become what I consider to be my “Charlotte tribe” and “Charlotte family.” My clients have returned my care, loyalty and support to me in ways that I simply can’t explain in writing. They are the people who get to experience me in my every day life (the good, the bad, the ugly and the unexplainably hilarious).

I love meeting new people and allowing them the space to be themselves. I love getting to know these new people and new families, and I love letting them get to know me. The REAL me. The audacious, quick-witted, take-no-crap from anyone, nerd, that loves a good dog meme, non-political and intelligently lead debate, glass of bourbon and explosive laughter.

It saddens me that there are family and friends that don’t want me to be successful because they believe that my life is “beneath” what it should be. Because happiness and helping others while enjoying my co-workers, friends and everyday life without a six-figure salaried 9-to-5 job is somehow failing. Thank you for your concern and please know that your opinion has been heard. I just don’t care what you think my life “should” be.

I work hard and I’m surrounded by amazing people. I’ve lived through some craziness and I’m better because of it. I’m happier, healthier and more confident in myself than I’ve ever been. I’m sorry you’ve chosen not to support me, but I’m not sorry that I’m still standing and living in my own authenticity.

 

 

 

 

 

the “sweet” life

I am so incredibly blessed to walk this journey in real estate, and through it I have met some of the most amazing people in my life. People from all different backgrounds and walks of life, and there are a cherished few that I can pick up the phone and laugh with.

Sometimes all you need on a stressful morning is a “Good morning Sunshine!” and one of my clients continues to teach me that, and lift up any kind of a day I’m having. Real estate is more than a transaction, it is a connection of people working together no-matter their side, their background or anything else that may differentiate us. We all need a safe space, whether that be a physical place to call home or a conversation with someone you can’t stop laughing with. I love the clients that I laugh out loud with and make my coworkers wonder what shenanigans we’re discussing at 10am on a Wednesday morning. These connections are worth more than any listing, any sale, any commission check.

I thank this business for giving me the people I’m surrounded by and for allowing me to use my love of real estate, accounting, and understanding law to help others. When it earns me a paycheck too, then it’s just that much sweeter.

 

What does it buy you?

According to the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association the average price of a home sold in the Charlotte area as of the close of January 2019 was $268,271. Over the course of a year this tends to fluctuate based on market factors, but tends to round out to somewhere between 250,000 and 300,000. So what does an “average” home in Charlotte look like? Well, depending on where in the area you’re looking to purchase that can look VASTLY different. So, which home works for you?

315 Arlington Avenue #605, Charlotte NC 28203

This gorgeous 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo unit is located in the sought-after South End neighborhood, convenient to the CATS light rail, Uptown Charlotte and with tons of dining and entertainment within a short walk. The building boasts a pool, dog run, rooftop terrace and 24 hr concierge. The home is listed at 269,000 for 720 sqft of heated living area (priced at 373.61 per square foot). HOA fees (monthly) are listed at $321.

3112 Kemptown Square, Waxhaw NC 28173

3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms awaits you in this airy 1,328 sqft condo within a mile of downtown Waxhaw NC. The community has a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and walking trails. Enjoy your own private patio and one car garage. This home is listed at 235,000 (176.96 per sqft) with monthly HOA dues listed at $181.50.

13602 Kensal Green Drive, Charlotte NC 28278

This home is already under contract, but I’m still going to count this Steele Creek 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom single-family home. This home has 2,968 sq ft of heated living area on just over a half-acre lot (0.6 acres according to the listing) with a two-car garage. This home is listed at 290,000 (97.71 per sqft) and has quarterly HOA fees of $85.

1907 Savannah Hills Drive, Matthews NC 28105

You can call this 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home in Matthews yours for the list price of 299,900. This 2,995 square foot home sits on 0.2 acre corner lot and has an updated kitchen including custom cabinetry and hardwood floors in the kitchen, dining area and large living area. The home is currently priced at 100.13 per square foot.

427 Steel Gardens Boulevard, Charlotte NC 28205

Want a townhome near the NODA Arts District? This 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom end-unit in the Steel Gardens community has just over 1,400 sqft of heating living area, a two-car garage and a fenced back patio area for you to enjoy! This home is currently priced at 295,000 (200.68 per square foot) and has HOA fees monthly of $425.