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Whether you're considering living in Charlotte or putting down roots in one of our neighboring counties, you'll find there is a lot to like - and a lot to learn. You'll discover more than roads, homes and landmarks, you'll discover the Charlotte region is a terrific place to live. Make yourself at home - we're delighted you're here.
Charlotte's tremendous growth rate is reflected in the housing market, which has remained hot for years, no matter the swing in interest rates. The city offers an array of homes, both existing and new construction, giving people a selection large enough to accommodate anyone's taste. And you'll find just about any style you want: cozy bungalows or two-story Georgians, modest ranch houses or custom-built mansions, ginger-breaded Victorians or contemporary condos.
The same variety abounds in lifestyle. Choose from Uptown living or suburban locations, comfortable old towns or new-home communities, urban homesteading or prime Piedmont countryside.
Some current trends in the Charlotte region's housing market may add an interesting twist or a challenging dimension to your search. First, while prices are still reasonable here compared to some other parts of the country, housing in this area isn't the bargain it once was. Thus, depending on your circumstances, finding a home in your price range may mean you'll have to look a bit longer, come up with some more cash or expand your search to less-costly neighborhoods that are a little farther away from the office.
At the same time, you'll find some options here that you wouldn't have enjoyed a few years ago. Case in point: condos and lofts in various locations throughout Uptown and other urban neighborhoods in Charlotte. Neo-traditional communities, whose homes and layout reflect the old-fashioned neighborhoods many of us grew up with, also have become extremely popular.
If you like condos or town homes, you've come to a good place. The condo market has boomed since early 1997, with sales nearly doubling in the five-county Charlotte region in recent years. In addition, building permits for condos and town homes have increased several hundred percent over the last five years.
With demand, though, comes a higher price. You'll pay more for a condo in Charlotte's hottest neighborhoods, although you may still find some bargains in new construction and former apartments that were converted to condos years ago.
For real estate stories, we have grouped neighborhoods that share similar interests and lifestyles, such as south Charlotte, University City and urban neighborhoods. Consequently, the stories don't follow the MLS area boundaries.
Once you're ready to buy, choose from the wide selection of mortgage options. The area is served by dozens of firms, including mortgage brokers who represent lenders nationwide as well as local lenders. You can find plenty of options for 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgages, ARMs (adjustable rate mortgages) with a variety of terms and jumbo loans.
To help you negotiate the mortgage challenge, here are two tips. First, before you shop, qualify for a loan to know how much financing you can seek. Second, take a few minutes to make sure your paperwork is in order. Check your credit reports and clear up any nasty surprises you might uncover. Organize your financial papers so you'll have the documentation you need at your fingertips to complete the application process quickly.
For more information on what the Charlotte area has to offer, check with Jo Ann Doyle. You'll find Jo Ann knows the area well and can guide you in the right direction.
This region is a collection of towns and neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality and home styles. So grab a map and spend some time driving through neighborhoods and subdivisions. Your new home is out there - just waiting to be discovered.