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Why Should YOU Move to Charlotte, NC?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCHere’s what a rich variety of Charlotte residents would likely share with you:

Relocating families might tell you that they love the growing job market, low cost of living and four-season climate, or the range of neighborhoods from urban to rural, good public and private schools and universities.

Members of Charlotte’s burgeoning creative class may tell you that they love the funky in-town neighborhoods like No-Da, live music venues like the Music Factory, Neighborhood Theater and the Double Door, our proximity to mountains and beaches and access to all types of amazing outdoor activities.

Retirees might mention our abundant churches, the highly-respected health care system, Charlotte’s many museums and cultural opportunities, as well as one of the nation’s best airports so their grandchildren can come for a visit.

Business owners would probably mention Charlotte’s well-educated, productive workforce, the resilient, diversified economy, good transportation system, and our active Chamber of Commerce that helps integrate businesses into the Charlotte business scene.

These are all great reasons to be sure. But most love Charlotte for its people. The area was first settled by forward-thinking, hard-working and welcoming folk of Scots-Irish and German extraction. Moral and highly independent people with a charitable bent shaped this town and region. Their fingerprints remain on our collective souls.

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Should You Downsize in Retirement?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCOne method for freeing home equity for other uses is to downsize your home as a part of moving. Downsizing could mean either moving to a smaller home, or moving into a similar-sized home in a less expensive community.

The arithmetic is fairly basic. If you’ve paid off your mortgage and live in a $300,000 home, and then sell it and move into a $200,000 home, then $100,000 of your home equity has been freed for other uses.

Another possibility is simply to sell your home and then rent an apartment in Charlotte, NC. Renting frees up home equity and provides more optionality and flexibility to make more frequent moves before settling down.

When analyzing the decision to rent or buy, you’ll need to consider factors such as the loss of build-up in home equity and its subsequent growth (or loss) and savings on property taxes and other types of home maintenance.

As a part of downsizing, you could consider moving to an apartment community which may be less expensive because of the amenities offered and provide organized activities and social support.

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Excerpts - Forbes

Charlotte, NC: Where Everyone Wants to Live Right Now

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in CharlotteWhether it be a searing hot job market, affordable housing, or a booming entertainment scene, there are cities that are best cities to move to in 2017.

Looking to move? Look no further. The best cities of 2017 are the perfect storm of fun and economics. Whether it be a searing hot job market, affordable housing, or a booming entertainment scene, Charlotte is one of the best cities to move to in 2017.

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte is known as a commercial hub, fueled by outdoor recreation and a growing culinary scene, as well as a deep and rich history. History lovers can enjoy the plethora of post-civil war history sprinkled throughout the city and state. Charlotte is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. We are a diverse and welcoming 21st century city with a small-town feel.

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Charlotte, NC is on 2017 List of Best Places to Live

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte, NCU.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, unveiled the 2017 Best Places to Live in the United States. The new list ranks the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life.

When considering a move people are concerned about finding a job in their field, earning enough to afford a home, sending their kids to good schools and feeling like a part of their community. The Best Places to Live ranking takes all of that into account – the metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life.

The 2017 Best Places to Live were determined in part by a public survey of thousands of individuals across the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a home town. The methodology also factors in data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as U.S. News rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals.

#14 in Best Places to Live - Charlotte, NC

Charlotte is a region that's equal parts old-fashioned southern charm and high-energy cosmopolitan bustle. You'll still hear "y'all" dropped into casual conversation, but Charlotte is a metro area on the rise, and has its own culture, culinary sophistication and unique feel that's making it a more enticing place for people from all over the world to settle down. This melting pot effect makes Charlotte an easy area to break into. You're not from here? Well neither are most people you'll meet.

Charlotte has become a place filled with new restaurants to try and events that attract people from all over. It's a standalone destination area now, no longer living in the shadow of Atlanta or Charleston, South Carolina. Though Charlotte has evolved significantly in the past decade, the transformation is only continuing, as evidenced by the numerous construction cranes across the skyline.

You'll frequently hear the word "manageable" used to describe Charlotte. Its climate is more manageable than Florida's and its housing prices and living expenses are more manageable than New York City. You can take your family out to eat without spending a fortune, and on the weekends, free events are easy to find.


U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Charlotte ranks as # with an overall score of 7.1 out of 10.

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Moving to and Living in Charlotte, NC Area

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCCharlotte is a charming, prosperous city that’s full of hospitality. Are you thinking of moving to the Charlotte area?

Living In and Around the Charlotte Area

Charlotte is undeniably one of the fastest-growing regions in the US.Many people are flocking to the Charlotte Metro for its booming economy, low cost of living, top education and cultural attractions. It’s Charlotte’s keen ability to balance the energy of a big-city while still having that classic Southern comfort sets it apart.

What’s the Cost of Living in Charlotte Area?

When moving to Charlotte, you can look forward to lower taxes, affordable housing and higher salaries. The median rent is around $800. North Carolina has the highest flat income tax rate out of the eight U.S. states that have this income tax system. However, its property taxes are some of the lowest in the nation. The quality education system, public, private and charter schools, also add great value to living in Charlotte. The thriving job market is great at reassuring the region’s economic well-being. The abundance of things to do at an affordable cost of living make moving to the Charlotte metropolitan area very appealing.

Living in the Charlotte Metro Area

People living in the Charlotte Metro area enjoy a mild climate that still includes four seasons. Winters rarely dip below freezing and summers are warm. The mountains and beach are conveniently located in the region, making recreational activities easily accessible. When moving to Charlotte, you’ll notice a small-town charm, think – mom ‘n’ pop shops and backyard barbeques. This neighborhood- friendly community is what draws in many. Commuting around Charlotte is convenient thanks to the expanding LYNX light rail system and bike-sharing options.

Jobs & Employment in the Charlotte Metro Area

Those moving to Charlotte will experience a delightfully booming economy. It’s ranked as a top metropolitan predicted to grow, thanks to an influx of new businesses in the area. Charlotte is headquarters for more banks than any city outside of New York. There’s also a diverse market for commercial and industrial sectors. Forbes recognizes Charlotte as one of the best places to have a business and grow your career. The unemployment rate here is lower than the U.S. average, and future job growth is projected to rise 38% from 2016-2026.

About Charlotte, NC

Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina; it’s made up of contemporary skyscrapers surrounded by historic 19th century architecture. It offers a variety of world-renowned attractions while still maintaining a small-town charm. Uptown Charlotte is the center of action for residents to get their sports fix, NASCAR racing entertainment, shopping, dining, music and the arts. The area has a mix of both newer and older homes in a plush setting with an urban rain forest, golf courses and lakes. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is also located within the city, making travel extremely convenient.

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In North Carolina You Can Retire like a Vanderbilt without Spending Like One

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Auston Woods Apartments in Charlotte, NCBack in 1895, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, a comfortable climate and low land prices inspired the Vanderbilts to buy up 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness and build the Biltmore House, the largest estate in the U.S. The same factors that attracted this wealthy family continue to make North Carolina popular among retirees and second-home buyers today.

But the Tar Heel State offers a little bit of everything, geographically and culturally. Retirees who prefer to live by the sea can find 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and idyllic villages in the state’s eastern region.

North Carolina also has some great college towns, including Chapel Hill, Davidson, and Durham. And dynamic city living can be found in fast-growing Charlotte, which has been undergoing a restaurant renaissance, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Cary vicinity, dubbed the “Research Triangle” due to its high density of high tech companies.

For anyone on a fixed budget, living costs in North Carolina can be fairly friendly. Overall, the state is 3.7% cheaper than the national average. State income taxes are also to 5.8% flat tax.

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Even Though Rates Are Low, Houses Are Not Affordable

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCThis past week we were treated to slowing existing home sales with the reason being "Closings were down in most of the country last month because interested buyers are being tripped up by supply that remains stuck at a meager level and price growth that's straining their budget". Yes, homes for sale inventories are historically low, but the real issue is that home price growth and property taxes (based on your purchase price) makes buying a home unaffordable.

Even with historically low mortgage rates, the mortgage is only one component of home buying. Owners must:

  • pay closing costs
  • buy insurance
  • pay property taxes
  • maintain property (usually owners also modify home to meet their desires - renters do not)

Property taxes are a big deal. In most parts of the country, the longer you stay in your home - the property taxes remain moderate. But go out and buy a new home, and you will get a surprise with the increase in property taxes (even if you buy your new home for the same price you sold your previous one).

For first time buyers, not only are they surprised with the insurance and property taxes cost - but now they are faced with the time and expense of maintaining the property.

In 1972 Although interest rates were high, the home prices were about 2 times gross income. Closing costs were around $99. The median family today has income around $50,000 which would put the purchase price a little over $100,000 if the 1972 conditions could be teleported to 2017. Do yah think the home ownership rate would skyrocket if $100,000 homes were available in 2017?

The home price / income ratio constrains more than half of the population from home ownership. The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors recently released a report showing that, if confronted with an unanticipated $400 expense, nearly half (44 percent) of Americans would have to sell something, borrow or simply not pay at all. There goes the possibility of down payment and closing costs to buy a home.

What happened since 1972? The cost of a home has gone up 10 times. Construction material costs have gone up 5 times - but so has family income gone up 5 times. Construction labor has gone up 5 times. Property taxes have gone up 5 times. That leaves the cost of land and development as the bogeyman.

Home ownership is likely now out of reach for over half the population. And many who could afford housing do not want the headaches or the expense.

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Dog Friendly Things to Do in Charlotte, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCNo one knows better than those who live in pet-friendly apartments in Charlotte that this city is known for being an especially dog-friendly place. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find yourself winding through the crowd in a brewery, clutching a beer and staring at the floor to make sure you’re not about to trip over someone’s beloved four-legged friend, or to peruse the racks at Neiman Marcus alongside a cultured pup. If you’re looking to get out and about with your dog, here’s where to go.

Play Dates

However you prefer to spend your weekends, Charlotte features plenty of options for you and a furry friend. Seeking thrills at the U.S. National Whitewater Center? Take your leashed dog with you to one of the many scenic trails. Never knew you could bring a dog to a gallery? Twenty-Two, the funky gallery nestled beneath Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza Midwood, welcomes pets and their artistic owners. When it’s caffeine you crave, bring your pup along for a pit stop at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in NoDa. And when the two of you need to get some exercise, spend a day at one of the city’s many parks or Crowders Mountain State Park. McDowell Nature Center and Preserve features nine trails for you to enjoy.

Take advantage of a photo op on top of Crowders Mountain.

If sitting outside on a patio enjoying your favorite local cold one is your thing, you’re in luck. Many of the area’s breweries and bars are known for welcoming dogs in their outdoor spaces. Among the list of watering holes where you can bring your dog are Sycamore Brewing, Triple C Brewing Co., Angry Ale’s, NoDa Brewing Company, Brazwell’s Premium Pub, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Birdsong Brewing Co., among others. The Dog Bar in NoDa and Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, with locations in Cornelius and Charlotte, are popular spots specifically designed for craft brew lovers to sip and socialize with dogs in tow. Down the street from Lucky Dog’s Charlotte location, the two of you can enjoy a bone and a bite at Pinky’s Westside Grill. If you enjoy serenading your best friend, head to the ultra pup-friendly Hattie’s Tap & Tavern for Thursday night karaoke.

The Dog Bar

Even our sports franchises are dog-friendly, as the Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte Knights both feature at least one game per season where pups are welcome to tag along as you root for the home teams.

Meetups, facilitated locally through, are a great way to build friendships with fellow dog-minded residents. Check out groups like the Dogs and Drinks meetup.

Pup Hubs

After a day of activities, your dog deserves a trip to Canine Café. The store features an on-site, dog-friendly bakery as well as all-natural dog food and pet supplies. When your pup’s special day rolls around, Canine Café will customize a cake, right down to a fire hydrant design, just for the occasion.

When work or vacations call you away, you want to make sure your dog is well cared for. Thanks to Charlotte’s luxe lodging options, like Pet Paradise, he or she will probably consider it a spa vacation. Live webcams even make it possible for protective owners to check in on their beloved pups at any time, guaranteeing peace of mind. For overnight stays or simply a little extra exercise while you’re away during the day, drop your dog off at Club Fetch in South End. Play areas are selected based on your pooch’s energy level and personality, so he or she will always feel right at home.

Play a game of fetch at local area parks.

If you’re tagging along on your pup’s playdates but want to give him or her room to run, a trip to Davie Dog Park at William R. Davie District Park will do the trick. It’s home to a 5-acre, fenced-in area where dogs can run and play off leash. Separate areas for both large and small dogs means everyone can safely enjoy the experience. Another popular spot for dogs of all sizes is Frazier Park, a 12-acre urban park located in Third Ward. Charlotte is also home to more than two dozen disc golf courses, each filled with plenty of trails for your best bud to explore.

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It's Cheaper to Rent Than Buy in Charlotte, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCTraditionally, owning a home is touted as a smarter financial move than renting one. But with demand increasing and the supply of houses for sale falling, home prices have been rising nationally, according to real estate marketplace Zillow. So, you might be wondering: Is it better to rent or buy a home?

To find out where it makes more sense to rent or buy a home, GOBankingRates surveyed the cost of renting versus owning a home in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since conducting a similar survey in 2016, we found that the number of places where it’s more expensive to own than rent has increased from nine to 11 — this includes a few states where the price difference is minimal.

For this year's study, we looked at the estimated rent price for all homes listed on Zillow. We also calculated the estimated monthly mortgage to own a home in each state, based on the median list price of homes listed on Zillow, a 20 percent down payment and a 30-year fixed-rate loan.

8. North Carolina

Buying vs. Renting a Home in North Carolina

  • Monthly rent in North Carolina: $1,157
  • Monthly mortgage in North Carolina: $1,233
  • Should you rent or buy: Rent

In 2016, it was more expensive to rent than own a home in North Carolina. But now, it costs $76 more to own than rent, likely due to a sharp rise in home prices. The median home list price jumped from $226,750 in May 2016 to $249,000 in May 2017, according to Zillow data.

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Can Renters Afford to Live in Charlotte, NC?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Auston Woods, Charlotte, NCWhat's the cost of living in Charlotte for renters?

Looking to move to Charlotte, NC? Cost-of-living estimates make this one of the cheaper cities you can live in in the U.S.

While other cities in the South like Raleigh, Knoxville, and Dallas are around the same if not similar price ranges, prices in Charlotte are dwarfed by most major metropolises. For instance, it’s 42 percent cheaper to live in Charlotte than in San Francisco. Depending on where you’re coming from, you can save a fortune on rent alone.

So what is the cost of living in Charlotte, North Carolina?

The cost of living in Charlotte, NC, is 5 percent lower than the national average.

A great local economy has made Charlotte area a very good deal. Major companies in the industries of finance, motor sports, and energy are coming in and the recent economic boom has meant fast growth for the area; however, and prices are likely to rise. Right now, it’s the 14th best city for business and careers and one of the top U.S. financial cities. Your new friends in the area will likely be working for "the big three": Bank of America, Wells Fargo, or Red Ventures.

What are the monthly expenses typically like?

Here’s a simple breakdown of the cost of living in Charlotte, NC, that locals typically pay:

  • About $1,019 for Housing: Rent is largely reasonable in Charlotte, NC. Housing in general is about 15 percent lower in price than the national average.
  • About $391 for Transportation: This is the main downside of living in Charlotte: Cost-of-living estimates will be dependent on fluctuating gas prices, as it is very difficult to live in the city with no car. Although there are plenty of parks and green spaces where you can get fresh air, Charlotte is hardly a walkable city at all, and the fairly good public transportation systems are rarely used. Gas in the area typically hovers around $2 per gallon, and an express monthly pass with the local transit system is $121 per month. According to the Living Wage Index, locals will need to spend $391.41 per month on transportation.
  • About $252 for Food: This is another odd thing about the city: There are farms, farms everywhere, but not a lot of farmers’ markets! That’s quickly changing, though. The Living Wage Index estimates that $251.83 will be spent on food and groceries for residents each month. Note that those hoping to go out will likely be paying higher rates because of the local Prepared Food and Beverage Tax.
  • About $39.99 for Internet Access: The two main Internet providers here are Time Warner Cable and AT&T, and the average price for Internet-only service is $39.99 per month.
  • About $100 for Utilities: This is a rare instance where good weather translates to a good cost of living. In Charlotte, NC, you’ll pay affordable amounts for utilities, rarely going above $100 per month. Usually, the energy bills are between $50 and $75 per month, and a water bill is under $25. Note that this is the only category where Charlotte’s prices go above the national average, by about 8 percent.

That adds up to an average of $1801.99 per month for someone looking to live alone in a one-bedroom apartment.

Is it possible to find an affordable apartment?

Compared to most major cities that a rental agent would work in, it’s very easy to find affordable rent in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cost-of-living numbers and great job outlooks make this increasingly an area that appeals to professionals and young families. For more information on apartments in Charlotte, NC, contact Auston Woods.


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