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Forbes recently ranked the “200 largest metro areas in the U.S. on a dozen factors related to jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force … [using] data from economic research firm Moody’s Analytics, the U.S. Census and demographer Bert Sperling, who runs Sperling’s BestPlaces.” Although not in the top ten, Charlotte beat out major business hubs like Houston, San Francisco, and Atlanta. The Queen City continues to be one of the country’s “best performers” with the city’s gross metro product up 3.7% since just last year.

Two of Charlotte’s neighboring cities were featured in the most recent issue of Money. Both Harrisburg of Cabarrus County and Stallings in Union County made it in the magazine’s “50 Best Places to Live in America”. Money compiled the list by comparing “the 50 best small cities in the country—places with great jobs, strong economies, affordable homes, excellent schools, and that special something that makes it a great place to live.” Harrisburg’s Excerpt This year marks Harrisburg’s debut on MONEY’s list, but it’s easy to see why the town is booming. Great jobs in nearby Charlotte fuel the area’s 10.6% projected job growth. And multi-million-dollar expansions by local employers like Pepsi Bottling Ventures are poised to attract more development. This solid employment scene has led Harrisburg to the highest homeownership rate in the county (90%), yet property taxes remain affordable. Stallings’ Excerpt Located just outside of Charlotte, N.C., Stallings boasts […]

Despite Charlotte’s improving housing market conditions and continued positive predictions for the rest of 2015, selling your home is still more than hiring an agent and planting a For Sale sign in the front yard. An experienced realtor can bring in the potential buyers, but your home’s aesthetic and overall appeal cements an individual’s decision to buy. As a home owner, there are certain selling tactics to increase your home’s attractiveness to insure it’s on the market for the least amount of time.   Make a good first impression. Increasing your curb appeal shouldn’t be overlooked when sprucing up your home to sell. Hiring exterior decorators, landscapers, or manually manicuring your outdoor area greatly increases your chances to capture and keep a buyer’s attention.   Keep it personal. Don’t hide your collection of framed family photos or your children’s favorite posters. Buyers want to see a home they can imagine […]

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