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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The wearing of the green...seems like a good day to begin a blog...spring is truly in the air here in Charlotte, NC...the pear trees are almost in full bloom running almost the whole length of Wendover Road...and the town itself is blooming. In many ways. Okay, especially in real estate. Charlotte used to be a sleepy Southern town. We had Mom and Pop shops, small towns as our neighbors. Cows and horses nearby. Charlotte was a peaceful town with a couple of good restaurants, a couple of movie theatres, a nearby river...and a vibrant energy. That was in the 50's...and times have changed. I sometimes smile when I tell the folks who are relocating that everything they are coming here really gone. And Charlotte is still vibrant and good and fun and growing like all get out! And that is what I love and that is what I will be writing about...real estate from my point of view. Charlotte, NC has been my home for well over 60 years and real estate has been my life support for almost 30 years. I specialize in Condominiums. Condo CanDo, our registered servicemark along with The Real Estate Lady, also registered back in the late 80's...both saved my neck as a new agent in a highly competitive market. Now, I blend technology with intuition and experience with listening...observing the market for both buyers and sellers. I have three websites built over the last 15 years. They are in the throes of being updated...the research has changed, the stats have changed, and our editor changed. And I am one of the few remaining "Mom" shops...I open doors for folks, pour them a cup of coffee or green tea...sit on the floor and play with the children...and sometimes I give advice like, "Now is not the time to sell"... or "Wait a while". Let the green begin...and thanks for tuning in. The Real Estate Lady/ Condo CanDo Lynnsy Logue

Monday, March 3, 2014

February  3, 2014

On Becoming Charlotte

Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); 'now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). From Lewis Carroll’s Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland.

Well there it is. An apt description of how I feel/think this morning reading the paper as I do while I crunch on my bowl filled with cereal and berries.

“Why is that?”, you might ask.

Being visual, the shapes and sizes and relationships of words and paragraphs tell their stories as well as the words and paragraphs. Here is an example:

Three headlines for three columns stacked on one page in The Charlotte Observer and a side bar. In a nutshell:

1.The first, “
Landlord lender moves into area. Blackstone Group subsidiary sees upside in Charlotte market by Andrew Dunn.
The company provides loans to landlords and rental-home owners looking to buy between five and 1,000 more houses to rent out. It’s Blackstone’s latest bet on the single –family home rental market. Another subsidiary, Invitation Homes, buys homes to rent out for itself.
 Some real estate experts have said investment firms artificially drive up home prices, forcing mom-and-pop buyers out of the market. Experts also worry what will happen to the local real estate market when the firms look to sell these homes.
2.More luxury en route to Park Road by Eric Frazier
The Stratford Apartments across Park Road from the Park Selwyn Terrace Shopping Center are about to be bull-dozed to make way for a 273-unit luxury apartment complex.
What struck me on this project as residents were given a 30 day notice is this complex has been home to a number of Seniors who could walk to shopping.
You see, I wonder where the Seniors will go.
3.The last story
, Yellen says Fed monitoring data for signs of weakening economy by Martin Crutsinger
The quotes from Yellen strike a cord with me. She refers to the job market and interest rates.
For me as well, they go hand in hand. Employment is a key watch for me.
Finally, the side bar. In the last few days in The Charlotte Observer, there are stories about “the paper”.

For well over a decade, I worked at “the paper”. The place and the people were a cornerstone of who I grew to be. I worked for both The Charlotte News and The Charlotte Observer. The heading on the side bar on this page today reads: Do-it-yourself classified ads. The Classified Ad department back then had one of the largest staffs including the phone room where operators took ads.

What we pay attention to changes as it should. But this morning, I saw the whole department still at work, familiar faces and voices as I leave to make my rounds.