Saturday, March 22, 2008

Should We Move to Charlotte?

Dear Rich -

My family and I are thinking about moving to the Charlotte area from Rochester, NY. My husband can get a transfer for his job to the Charlotte area and my kids are in school until June. We would like to move over the summer before the following school year. We have just begun to research the area, but we have friends in the Fort Mill area of South Carolina. Can you give us any advice on where to start as we consider the relocation?

Mindy - in Rochester, NY

Dear Mindy,

I am excited for you as you consider relocating to Charlotte. The real estate market in Charlotte is very positive right now and I know that we can find you and your family an amazing new home. My first bit of advice is get your house in NY ready to sell. You may need to throw a new coat of paint on the walls, do some minor improvements, or declutter. Your real estate agent in New York will be able to assist you in that. The market in most places in the country are going through a difficult time, and anything that you can do to make your house more should do. Then, get that house on the market ASAP. It may very likely take many months to sell, so any head start you can get will be beneficial.

Next, take the time over the next couple months to research the different areas around Charlotte. Even come visit during the Spring and Summer to get the feel for our beautiful seasons. The town of Fort Mill, where your friends live, is very up-and-coming and popular. It is actually in South Carolina, although Fort Mill is an easy 30 minute commute to Charlotte, NC. Fort Mill schools are some of the best in the state in SC, and the area is affluent and growing. In addition to Fort Mill, there are areas including Tega Cay, SC and Indian Land SC, But then in North Carolina there is Matthews, Mint Hill, Uptown, the South Park area. Each neighborhood and town has a different personality and it is important to figure out what you are looking for in terms of neighbors, amenities, shopping, schools, etc.

I would be honored to show you some great properties here in Charlotte once you have some interest in your house in NY, and when you have pinned down what you are looking for. Charlotte is a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to meeting you very soon. Good luck selling your house in New York!

Rich Ferretti

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