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Lake Norman Real Estate Just Got Better!


My reason for creating this Lake Norman Real Estate blog from the its inception in May of 2007  was and still is all about providing you with as much information and data as possible to help you make an informed decision when buying or selling a home in Lake Norman.

While I don’t talk a lot about our Property Search feature, I chose the company providing this program because they are local, innovative and provide great customer service.

Two of my favorite features are the “Neighborhood Analyzer” and “Research” tools.  I have discussed the “Research” tool in previous articles but as a reminder, once you do a home search and have specific property results, click on any of the properties for the details page.  Once on the details page you will see the word “Research” in bold dark red  just to the right of the listing price. Up will pop three options: Continue reading

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Is Lake Norman Real Estate Ready for QR Codes?

Lake Norman QR code for waterfront home for saleChances are that if you are reading this you fall in to one of two camps:

There are those of you who look knowing at the symbol above, probably own a smart phone with an app to read QR Codes and wonder why I am bothering to write about them.

Then there are the majority of you who may never have heard the term QR Code but vaguely recognize this type of bar code and wonder what the heck it has to do with Lake Norman real estate!

According to Wikipedia: A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR readers, smartphones, and, to a less common extent, computers with webcams. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data.

I (and some other Lake Norman area real estate agents as well as many throughout the US) have started using QR Codes on my listing flyers in front of the properties so that folks driving by can simply scan the QR Code like the one above, and almost instantly get to the website I created for that property with multiple photos and all of the data about the property that they could possibly want up front.  It is predicted that QR Codes will be used consistently in real estate once everyone catches on. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Home Search has new features!

 For those of you who use our  home search function on this Lake Norman Real Estate site, you will notice a few improvements and additions this week!

Thanks to feedback from readers and the conversion of our Charlotte Regional Multiple Listing Service to “TEMPO 5” several weeks ago, we can now offer even better tools for your Lake Norman area  home search:

  • You can now search by “Subtype”.  If you are looking for a ranch, a two-story or various options like these, you can now narrow your search by choosing the subtype category
  • Master Bedroom Downstairs has been added to the “Features”  section.  For example, you can search for a waterfront property with a master on the  main level.  About 50% of home buyers in our Lake Norman area are looking for a Master on the main level!
  • Up to 16 photos per property are now available instead of the prior limit of 8.  Of course, the number of photos depends on the number the listing agent inputs into our MLS but this is a great improvement!

Please let me know if you have any other ideas about how to make our home search program better!

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Lake Norman Real Estate has a New Look and More Features!

If you are a regular reader of  Lake Norman Real Estate, you might have been surprised when you first opened this home page.  My talented blog designer, marti garaugty  has been working feverishly for weeks to have this design ready for the launch of my new real estate firm:

LKN Realty LLC Logo

Yes, I have made the plunge and opened my own real estate firm during a recession and a struggling Lake Norman housing market!

Unlike many, I see this market as an opportunity.  My passion for being one step ahead, creative and innovative marketing and an obsession with quality, not quantity has resulted in LKN Realty, LLC.  The mission is simply putting into action my passions.  Now I have the freedom to create “out of the box” marketing.  Now I can truly represent my buyers and sellers with a 100% ability to stay true to my own ethical standards (like no dual agency) while providing the knowledge, counseling and guidance to best serve each one’s unique needs and desires. Now I can be the local real estate firm leading the “green” housing movement.

But I digress.

Back to this blog/website: One of the most exciting changes here at Lake Norman Real Estate is a new property search program.  Once in place in a few days you will have four awesome tools:

  • The capability to search solds
  • The “Deal Sniffer”:  which enables you to compare a listing to others in the area
  • The “Market Check”: which allows you to look at homes recently sold in the area of the listing you are viewing
  • The “Go Green” which will calculate how much fuel you will use if you commute from any home you choose to various destinations from Lake Norman to Charlotte to the Airport.

Finally, on each search result page, you will find a Google map box with each property result marked on it.  You can easily see an aerial map as well.

In order to be true to my own philosophy that my readers should not have to sign in to get any information on this site,and much to the surprise of my IDX data provider, you will be able to use any any and all of these functions without having to login or provide your personal information!  The only time you will provide data will be if you want to establish “Favorites” or your own person searches.

My goal is to make Lake Norman Real Estate the very best resource available.  If you have any suggestions as to how to improve it or ideas for topics to write about, please let me know.  Thank you for indulging me as I make this self-serving announcement!

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Why a Lake Norman Real Estate Blogsite and how to use it!

When I tell people that I have a real estate blog I usually get an odd sort of nod in response as if to say, that’s nice but why?Aren’t blogs for politics, pundits and social media addicts?   And, why a blog rather than a traditional, static real estate website?

What is so cool is that this blog is actually both a real estate website where you can simply search all day for properties in the Lake Norman area AND a blog where you can also read over 700 articles I have written about my favorite topics:

  1. The Lake Norman real estate market ( I do at least two comprehensive home sales analysis every month to keep my readers up to date on the everything from overall home sales to waterfront home sales to new construction and even comparing Lake Norman to the national housing market).
  2. Relocating to Lake Norman
  3. Life in Lake Norman
  4. Local news that my readers might find particularly interesting
  5. Photos and more Photos and videos are coming too!

The traditional real estate websites all seem the same to me. You can go and search for listings in every way imaginable, get standard, boiler-plate information for buyers and sellers about real estate and learn about why you simply must use Rita Real Estate because she is #1 and sold millions of houses and has a really old photo that doesn’t even look like her.  (Okay, that was simply mean! But true ;-).

 My Lake Norman Real Estate blog is a whole different way to learn about real estate which enables the consumer to get all of the services and property search tools found on old-fashioned sites AND learn real, up-to-date and personalized information about a community, neighborhoods, real estate sales trends and guidance from me, a real estate agent who is working every day in the community about which I write.

How to use this Lake Norman Blog-site

Property Searches:

Notice the SEARCH FOR HOMES link at the top of my home page. My blog’s property search has all of the MLS listings that typical real estate websites have as well as some cool tools to research a property, find out the absorption rates and get an estimate of value which uses a unique program created by a local Charlotte based company.


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It is my goal to convey to my readers my passion for Lake Norman, my expertise as a Realtor and my desire to work with clients with whom I share a mutual trust and respect.

So that’s it! Welcome to the Blogosphere!

Now, if you have any questions or suggestions for topics that I should write about please leave me a comment or contact me directly!