Building a more energy efficient home: Understanding the HERS rating
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
7M ago
When you shop for a new dishwasher or water heater, energy efficiency ratings are prominently displayed, helping you make a decision that’s good for your family, your budget and the environment. Similarly, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a national standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is rated. HERS is a vitally important aspect of real estate as we concentrate on more sustainable building practices. It is used by certified HERS builders in new construction and existing homes and can be rated as well by certified inspectors. What is HERS? In short, HERS is a score that is appli ..read more
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Holiday Happenings
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
7M ago
This time of year we often feel like we don’t have enough time. The calendar reminds us every day there are so few days left in 2023. As soon as we emerge from our Thanksgiving feast haze we start rushing around decking the halls, buying gifts, attending school functions, addressing cards, going to work parties, neighborhood parties, cookie-swap parties… but wait! Don’t forget to slow down and really savor the season. Whew. Enjoying this magical time of year can really be a lot of work.  Whether you’re looking for a holiday-themed cocktail, a place to take the family or a way to give back ..read more
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Corridors of Opportunity could be opportunity for you
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
7M ago
Have you ever heard of the Corridors of Opportunity? Charlotte has six of them. These are vital areas intended to link residential communities with the businesses and resources they need to thrive. Unfortunately, these corridors have been historically underinvested in and have high unemployment and poverty rates. We believe knowing all of these Corridors of Opportunity is important and smart, especially for purchasing real estate and that includes for us, at 5 Points Realty. 5 Points Realty’s primary and original home is a 1931 bungalow located smack dab in the middle of one of the Corridors o ..read more
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Giving Back: Helping everyone have a home
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
8M ago
It’s that time of year when we take stock of what we all have to be thankful for and feel good about sharing. We have written in the past about various ways to be thankful, like volunteer opportunities around the holidays and especially Thanksgiving.  This year we want to point out some fantastic nonprofit 501(c) organizations that are taking care of people in our fair city. Because the concept of home is so essential for everyone and, well, we work in the home business, so we love the idea of helping people discover a sense of place and home. We especially like these groups because they ..read more
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Higher Price Point, Greater Value
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
8M ago
We have noticed a value proposition above a certain price point.  While you may know that a combination of location, quality, and size of structure dictate the list price, what you may not know is that if you are a buyer qualified in the jumbo loan arena over $725k, you can get a heck of a good deal. We have noticed a good offering of homes that for what you are purchasing in terms of location, quality, size and other amenities is outstanding. We just happen to have a few recent listings that are fabulous for many reasons and are a fantastic value.  Take a look. 301 Marsh Rd. List Pr ..read more
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Charlotte’s new social district
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
8M ago
Charlotte City Council has passed our first social district in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.   The district will be on Central Ave. and will allow folks to carry open containers of alcohol while walking about and going into businesses.  As you can imagine there has been pushback and trepidation around lots of people outside drinking alcohol, but Charlotte is definitely not the pilot test for this idea. In fact, other surrounding cities have enjoyed great success with implementing social districts such as Albemarle, Hickory, Kannapolis, Mooresville, and Salisbury.  So ther ..read more
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Real life nightmare: Truly scary things to find in your house
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
9M ago
This time of year we love to get a little spooked. We decorate our houses with spider webs, dress our kids up like tiny monsters, and actually pay good money to have people pretending to be zombies scare the living daylights out of us.  It’s fun to get a little spooky on Halloween, but you don’t want to live a real nightmare. For homeowners, problems that go undetected or ignored can be way more scary!  If you hear eerie sounds in the middle of the night, the lights suddenly flicker, or little bugs invade your kitchen, it’s not a horror film. There might be something seriously wrong ..read more
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Relocation Resources
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
9M ago
The word is getting out about Charlotte. The city is so alluring (for so many reasons), folks from all over want to move here, and are doing so … in droves! If you are one of them, WELCOME! We’ve got a list of resources to help you get settled in. You are in good company. An annual report on in-migration from the five national moving companies- Allied, Atlas, North American, United Van lines, and U-Haul — ranks North Carolina among the fastest-growing states. More people moved to Charlotte in 2022 than most other Southern cities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Their study ranked Charlott ..read more
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The Perfect Date
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
10M ago
What’s your idea of a perfect date? Whether it’s your first date or your 50th anniversary, Charlotte has all manner of places for a rendezvous. You may have your favorites, but wouldn’t it be nice to shake it up and try something new? We put together some ideas to help you plan a truly great date.  Foodie dates Supperland: This Plaza Midwood hotspot self-identifies as southern steakhouse meets church potluck. It comes from the same husband and wife team that owns Haberdish, Reigning Doughnuts and several other eateries. Supperland is situated in two renovated church buildings. In the main ..read more
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5 Points Favorite: Art in the Park 2023
5 Points Realty
by Allison Andrews
10M ago
If there is ever a Charlotte event that screams 5 Points Realty approved, it’s Charlotte’s annual Art in the Park festival. We love our local artists! In fact, we’ve showcased several artists in exhibits right in our office! Check us out on our socials about Raia Meister’s current display.   5 Points agent and stager Cassee Cunningham is known for using local artists in her stages. Actually, she just bought a few more landscapes for her staging company and has written about the benefits of incorporating art in your design. IT’S BACK! Since its inception in 1964, Festival in the Park ..read more
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