Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Why Charlotte, NC?

Charlotte is an incredible city, and for the future home-owner, it is even better. Charlotte is town that is calling out to people, with 7,303 single-family permits in 2008. That makes Charlotte the 9th largest market in the country! Forbes named Charlotte as the third most undervalued real estate markets in the U.S. in 2007. Affordability is attracting buyers. The combination of reduced prices, attractive mortgage rates, and the government tax credit helped lure some buyers off the fence to shop for homes. But much of the country is experiencing these factors, so what makes Charlotte really special? After all, an excellent mortgage rate and an inexpensive home can happen anywhere – but that doesn’t mean you want to pull up roots and move to Death Valley! The Jamison Realty team has worked hard to find some solid reasons for you to choose to move, or stay, in this wonderful city!

Charlotte is the crown jewel and the largest city in North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. By 2007, Charlotte features the luxuries of a metropolis, without the drawbacks of an over-crowded and under-appreciated mega-city. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte is named in honor of the German Princess Charlotte. A second nickname derives from later in the 18th century. During the American Revolutionary War, British commander General Cornwallis occupied the city but was driven out by residents, prompting him to write that Charlotte was "a hornet's nest of rebellion," leading to another popular nickname: The Hornet's Nest. Charlotte has capitalized on that tradition, and remained an important city to the United States. Whether in higher learning, the arts, finance, or any form of big business – Charlotte is a pivotal and beautiful East Coast city.

But enough history…Why do people LIVE in and around the Queen City?…. In 2008, Charlotte was chosen the "Best Place to Live in America" by in its annual ranking, based on factors including employment opportunities, crime rates, and housing affordability. It was also named #8 of the 100 "Best Places to Live and Launch" by - cities picked for their vibrant lifestyles and opportunities for new businesses. Lifestyle was also noted when Prevention Magazine rated the Queen City 4th in the nation and the best "Walking City" in North Carolina in 2007 and Self Magazine named Charlotte one of “Five Cities with Big Outdoor Appeal” for features like its Public Art Walking Tour, accessible museums such as the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, and nearby outdoor excursions like the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Combine all these statistics, awards, and history into one nice bundle, and you can see that Charlotte is a spectacular city for anyone to call home. Some people say, that you only visit Charlotte once….Because after that first visit, you end up moving there.

Rich Ferretti
Mint Hill Realty
Charlotte, NC

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