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Old 09-11-2007, 10:14 PM
 
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I am going to travel to the Charlotte area next week for a survey trip. My family is considering relocating - mid school year. We have 2 elementary age children so schools are most important, then neighborhood. We need something under 450k. How would you compare these areas? Where do you reccomend I look? We are not allowed to contact a real estate agent until my husband decides to sign a contract.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:29 PM
 
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I am going to travel to the Charlotte area next week for a survey trip. My family is considering relocating - mid school year. We have 2 elementary age children so schools are most important, then neighborhood. We need something under 450k. How would you compare these areas? Where do you reccomend I look? We are not allowed to contact a real estate agent until my husband decides to sign a contract.
"not allowed" to contact a realtor??? Maybe you just mean you don't want to sign with one until you know you are really moving? There is absolutely no harm in simply calling one for local info and info on homes with your requirements. Just talking to one doesn't obligate you to anything! And doing so would save you a lot of time. This city is simply too large for us to just name areas and have you try to go off on your own to see them all if you've never even been here before. To have the best chance of seeing what you really need to see, talk to a realtor. Otherwise in your price range you will have so many choices your head will be spinning!
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:36 AM
 
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We currently live in Davidson and absolutely love it. Our son is only a year old but we did pick this are because of the schools which are top rated. I have heard that the schools in Mooresville and Huntersville are also top rated so it seems like you really can't go wrong. You can check out scores on schoolmatters.com. As far as the areas go, Davidson reminds me of a charming little town I remember from living in New England but for some there is probably not enough to do here. If you prefer a bigger, busier area, then Mooresville or Hunterville might be better options for you.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:59 AM
 
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There are two lakeview homes on 1-acre lots brand new contruction in my neighborhood for your pricerange, but we're about 7-8 miles west of Mooresville on HWY150. I think you get more for your money if you move a bit more west of the "crowd."

I have heard horror stories with Mecklenburg County schools and how overcrowded they are, etc. I think pretty much anywhere you go in the areas you want the schools are fairly good, but then again this is only what I heard and saw on greatschools.net.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:17 AM
 
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We have a contract given to us from the HR dept. it says we must contact the relo company before contacting a broker. The relo company will give us a list of approved brokers that we can use. We are allowed to suggest a broker but the relo company has to approve them. Anyhow I was told we can't contact the relo company ( and pick a broker) until we sign. So on this trip we will be a little blind and probably very overwhelmed. I would love to have help on this trip but it appears to be against the rules.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:51 AM
 
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We have a contract given to us from the HR dept. it says we must contact the relo company before contacting a broker. The relo company will give us a list of approved brokers that we can use. We are allowed to suggest a broker but the relo company has to approve them. Anyhow I was told we can't contact the relo company ( and pick a broker) until we sign. So on this trip we will be a little blind and probably very overwhelmed. I would love to have help on this trip but it appears to be against the rules.
Hi relo!

There's plenty of people here that can help &/or at least give you an idea where to look. I live in Mooresville & LOVE it! The schools are very good, especially in the Mooresville Graded School District. True, traffic can be challenging at certain times of the day here, especially along Hwy 150, west of I-77. Brawley School Rd is bad, period. I don't have to deal with it on a daily basis since I live east of I-77. There's lots of shopping & activities for the kids, too.

When we came down to look, we didn't use a realtor. We had a map & drove all over! Yes, it was overwhelming. Take a digital camera with you & a note book to jot down what you saw, liked & disliked. We also stopped in all the Town Halls/Chambers of Commerce for Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson & Cornelius. They were very helpful & had tons of info available. We also looked online for builders & subdivisions before we came down to get some ideas.

GOOD LUCK to you!!

BxRosie
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:23 AM
 
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Hi relo!

There's plenty of people here that can help &/or at least give you an idea where to look. I live in Mooresville & LOVE it! The schools are very good, especially in the Mooresville Graded School District. True, traffic can be challenging at certain times of the day here, especially along Hwy 150, west of I-77. Brawley School Rd is bad, period. I don't have to deal with it on a daily basis since I live east of I-77. There's lots of shopping & activities for the kids, too.

When we came down to look, we didn't use a realtor. We had a map & drove all over! Yes, it was overwhelming. Take a digital camera with you & a note book to jot down what you saw, liked & disliked. We also stopped in all the Town Halls/Chambers of Commerce for Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson & Cornelius. They were very helpful & had tons of info available. We also looked online for builders & subdivisions before we came down to get some ideas.

GOOD LUCK to you!!

BxRosie
It can certainly be done the way you did it, but like I said - and you agreed, that can be overwhelming (not to mention very time consuming).

It she just talks to a realtor to get info, how in the world is her relo company going to know that?
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:59 AM
 
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Rosie, thanks for the recommendations- checking out town hall- is a great idea.
loves mountains, we were told specifically not to contact a realtor by email. Without the opportunity to email I would not know where to start. I have never even been to North Carolina so I do not know any realtors.
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:02 AM
 
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[QUOTE It she just talks to a realtor to get info, how in the world is her relo company going to know that?[/quote]


Maybe the "relo police" are watching!??! Sorry...just had to do it!!

You're absolutely right! How will her relo company know if she's talked with a realtor here? Not unless she tells them.

Hey, I have a neighbor that's a broker. She's a sweetheart & with an RE company that's probably on her company's approved list. PM if you'd like her name.

BxRosie
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:58 PM
 
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[QUOTE It she just talks to a realtor to get info, how in the world is her relo company going to know that?

Maybe the "relo police" are watching!??! Sorry...just had to do it!!

You're absolutely right! How will her relo company know if she's talked with a realtor here? Not unless she tells them.

Hey, I have a neighbor that's a broker. She's a sweetheart & with an RE company that's probably on her company's approved list. PM if you'd like her name.

BxRosie[/quote]


I know, I had the same mental image, lol - the Relo Police!!

I like your suggestion for having her talk to your neighbor, good thought
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