Look Beyond the 3 Bed/2Bath | Find a Community You'll Love Living In

January 22, 2015
Contributed by Dan Burdi
Licensed North Carolina Realtor®

I came across an article the other day from Jeff Martel, a contributor for Inman News, a real estate industry news source. Martel talks about the importance of selling a community and neighborhood to those looking to move to an area. This has been my feeling for a long time as well. With the extensive databases of information we have as Realtors® and the ability that home buyers have to search for properties on their own, it has become the norm to generate a list of a dozen homes fitting a particular criteria. On the other hand, it is still a challenge to get a good sense of neighborhoods and communities without visiting an area or doing considerable research.

During my time as a Realtor® I’ve made an effort to look beyond just the specs of a home and instead point out the various amenities (or lack of) a community might have. Restaurants, bars, shopping, parks and other entertainment are things that everyone is looking for when buying a home in a new area. It’s important that time is spent helping buyers understand the importance of moving to a community they can see themselves enjoying their lives; beyond just the three bedroom and two bath box they’ll be investing in.

It goes without question that an agent needs to be familiar with and focused on the specifications of the homes they’ll show their buyers but it certainly goes very far to be able to highlight the amenities of the neighborhoods. Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to show some homes to a client looking to move to Charlotte from Chicago. In typical Charlotte fashion, the weather was fantastic! With great weather on our side I used it as an opportunity to visit Freedom Park in Dilworth while killing some time between showings. Taking the time to walk around the park can be a great break from house after house of information and a great way to decompress and consider what options are on the table.

From the article I referenced, Jeff Martel says…

But how do you sell community? It starts by taking a step back and selling lifestyle. Ask yourself how moving to this town will fundamentally change the buyer’s lifestyle. The town’s amenities, events, cultural offerings, food, shopping and recreational opportunities are all factors that weave together to form a community’s unique personality. Jeff Martel, Inman.com

I’ve personally always been someone more interested in the neighborhood I was moving to and the things I’d be filling my time with. Many people that I meet first moving to Charlotte tell me that they wish there was a way of knowing what each neighborhood was all about. This past summer I decided to see what could be done to feature some of the cool things going on in some of Charlotte’s neighborhoods. The result was teaming up with some other folks here in Charlotte to  launch CrownTownLiving.com, a lifestyle blog exploring Charlotte’s neighborhoods, people and culture. Be sure to check out the blog and follow it on Twitter (@CrownTownLiving) whether you’re already living in the Charlotte area or are looking to move here sometime in the future.

As for me, I’ll be sure to take a step back when out showing homes and sell lifestyle every chance I get here in Charlotte.


Mortgage rates tick up slightly | Still at a 19 month low

December 31, 2014
Contributed by Dan Burdi
Licensed North Carolina Realtor®

As we close out 2014 and begin a new year we see mortgage rates slightly increasing. However, note that we are still seeing mortgage rates the lowest they’ve been in almost 19 months.

As reported by the Associated Press today, “Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.87 percent this week, up from 3.83 percent last week. The rate hit 3.80 percent earlier this month, lowest since May 2013.”

With rates as low as they’ve been in almost two years, many would assume that the only direction they can go is up. For that reason, those interested in purchasing a new home might begin considering what options are available especially as the holiday season dies down.

Browse through some of these 2+ Bedrooms/2+ Bathroom homes in Charlotte, NC.

Image courtesy of woodleywonderworks via Flicker.



A Rise in Charlotte's Per Capita GDP | The Key to Charlotte's Housing Market?

October 9, 2014
Contributed by Dan Burdi
Licensed North Carolina Realtor®

The per capita GDP of the United States from 2010 to 2013 has risen just 3.8% as reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis but a few metro areas have benefited more considerably from the economic recovery. One metropolitan area of particular interest to us here at Crown Town Living is Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC where the rise of real per capita GDP was 7.7% between 2010-2013 with 2013 per capita GDP reported at $55,802. This means that Charlotte comes in at #6 of metro areas in the country benefiting the most from the economic recovery.

The cities that have had the highest increase in real per capita GDP are those focused in the technology and energy sectors of the economy. Additionally, Forbes.com reports that their survey has also shown “per capita GDP growth in the revival of the auto manufacturing industry which benefits both from technological improvements and lower energy costs.” On an even more positive note for these metro areas, Realtor® Mag reports that “analysts have called wage growth the key behind a more heated housing market.” It is thus everyone’s hope that these income increases in the Charlotte region continue to push forth increases in home values.

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About me and my passion | Quality customer service and love of Charlotte's neighborhoods

September 15, 2014
Contributed by Dan Burdi
Licensed North Carolina Realtor®

What better way to kick off this blog than to use my first post for DanBurdi.com as an opportunity to share a little bit about myself personally, professionally and more specifically, related to real estate.

From a young age I’ve always been intrigued by running my own business and being an entrepreneur. I’m not sure if it’s the sense of building something from the ground up that others find beneficial as a service or some of the other nitty gritty elements such as marketing, sales, branding or management. One specific area that has always stood out to me has been customer service. Providing a level of service that people are more than happy to talk about with their family and friends has been a primary focus of mine. Two aspects of customer service that have always seemed to get the job done have been responsiveness and knowledge. It’s incredible how often service providers remain out of contact when potential customers have important questions. Additionally, just providing a sense of knowledge is incredibly valuable to anyone in the market for a new product or a particular service. Having someone that you can count on to answer your questions, or at least work to get you answers to your questions, goes a long way.

My first business was one that I founded in high school with my cousin who remains my business partner today. That business was one that built custom computers. From a young age I’ve spent an incredible amount of time analyzing what made a successful business and learned a lot of very valuable lessons at the time that still apply today. One particular and on-going venture of mine has offered me the opportunity to service over a thousand customers a season with a very high-level of “personal touch” for each customer we work with. The particular business is focused on providing moving and summer storage services for university students throughout the southeast; you could imagine how this is a much needed service for anyone away at school. Customer service has always been a focus of the business model and has proven an important element year after year.

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