Have a Question You Would Like Answered in a Blog Post?

If you have an idea for a topic I should write about here on my blog, send me a quick email at RichardS@LakeNormanRealty.com – I would love to hear your suggestions! I blog about topics of interest to residents, home buyers and home sellers in the Lake Norman, NC area and beyond. While some topics, such as decorating, are universal, others are specific to Real Estate in the Lake Norman and surrounding areas of North Carolina. I will not answer any specific real estate questions regarding areas outside of the Charlotte Region and North Carolina as a whole, as real estate laws vary from area to area. Unless otherwise stated, any information I provide should be viewed as specific to the Lake Norman and surrounding areas of North Carolina, and not necessarily valid in other areas.
Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.

I’m Riding in the V Foundation Victory Ride to Cure Cancer

I am excited to announce I will be participating in the 2018 Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, a cycling event in support of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, on May 19, 2018.

I know that research saves lives. And I know that it is under-funded. The question is: what are we going to do about it? I am joining the Victory Ride to help the V Foundation achieve victory over cancer for 1 simple reason – because I can. There are so many people who can’t do the things they want to do, can’t live the lives they want to live, because they are battling cancer. Furthermore, the number of people who have lost their battle with cancer, who didn’t get to live the life they should have been able to live, is mind-boggling.

Do you know someone who has been impacted by cancer? Almost everyone does, and the statistics are truly staggering: one in two men and one in three women in the U.S. will be touched by cancer. The Victory Ride and the V Foundation are committed to changing those numbers, and so am I! Won’t you join me by making a donation today?

If you can be in the Raleigh, NC area on May 19, 2018, please consider joining me in this event – I would love to ride with you!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY V FOUNDATION PAGE. 

-Richard

#dontgiveupdontevergiveup


About the V Foundation

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve victory over cancer. Since its inception in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded over $200 million in cancer research grants, both locally and nationwide, and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research.

The Victory Ride is managed by Don’t Ever Give Up, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable supporting organization formed by and operated exclusively for the benefit of the V Foundation. Don’t Ever Give Up raises funds and awareness to end cancer by supporting cutting-edge research through the V Foundation.

Inspired by Jim Valvano’s enduring legacy of passion and courage, we will never give up until cancer in all of its forms is defeated, once and for all.

Which Down Payment Strategy is Right for You?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually be financial benefits to putting down a small down payment—as low as three percent—rather than parting with so much cash up front, even if you have the money available. THE DOWNSIDE The downsides of a small down payment are pretty well known. You’ll have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance for years, and the lower your down payment, the more you’ll pay. You’ll also be offered a lesser loan amount than borrowers who have a 20-percent down payment, which will eliminate some homes from your search. THE UPSIDE The national average for home appreciation is about five percent. The appreciation is independent from your home payment, so whether you put down 20 percent or three percent, the increase in equity is the same. If you’re looking at your home as an investment, putting down a smaller amount can lead to a higher return on investment, while also leaving more of your savings free for home repairs, upgrades, or other investment opportunities. THE HAPPY MEDIUM Of course, your home payment options aren’t binary. Most borrowers can find some common ground between the security of a traditional 20 percent and an investment-focused, small down payment. Together with the assistance of a mortgage lender, I would be happy to provide some answers as you explore your financing options.
Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.
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Ideas for Accent Walls

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project. The starter accent wall You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic. Interesting textures Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets on Craigslist and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort. Patterns, murals, and more Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but they’re still pretty subtle compared to other accent wall options. A chalk paint accent wall is a creative idea for any room and makes for some fun moments when you’re entertaining. There are also endless options for wallpaper and stenciling if you want some patterns or you can get really bold with a mural or oversized art print.
Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor® Highgarden Real Estate Cell: 704-658-5352 Email: RSlifkin@highgarden.com Real Estate Website: RichardIsMyAgent.com Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/… Twitter: @RealtorRS Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford and Troutman.

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Here’s just a sample of what I post on Facebook:

  • Charlotte area weekend events
  • Restaurant reviews and lists
  • Local interest features
  • Information about Lake Norman
  • Charlotte and Lake Norman area sports team schedules
  • Information about area towns
  • Decorating / design ideas and tips
  • Featured property listing links

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