The Arts are Alive and Well in Cabarrus County Schools!

January 10, 2008

I love my school system!!! I feel so privileged to be able to say that!!

As many of you may or may not know, I was a theater major in college. I worked with several theater groups after school and realized it wasn’t something for me on a full-time basis. When you have children, you have to actually make a little bit of money or you feel really bad about things. I have to say there is something about a live performance that you can NOT get in a movie theater. You can leave where you are and go with a theater troupe as they go on their adventure.

Well, my daughter, Maya, has my love of the arts. She repeatedly tells me that when she grows up, she will be an artist. When she draws, it helps her find a calm place when she is upset. Drawing helps her focus when she can’t sit still. She has started asking for speaking roles at church services. It warmed the cockles of my heart to see her in her old bathrobe as Shepard number 3 before Christmas. That Shepard had the most lines. She was thrilled!

This love of the Arts may come from me a bit but it is fostered in the school system she attends. We moved to Cabarrus County to take advantage of some pretty terrific schools! My children attend Harrisburg Elementary and I could not be happier! All of the teachers know my children and my children know all of the teachers. This is what I grew up with and I adore being able to pass it along to my children.

 Yesterday my kids brought home yet another form to fill out. All of you parents know the suspense as you read the first couple of lines. The back of your head is asking, “How much does the check have to be written for this time?” or “How many rolls of paper towels and Clorox wipes could they possibly go through?” Well, this form was a permission slip for Opera Carolina’s, How Nanita Learned to Make Flan. The 2nd and 3rd graders are going to the Opera! How exciting for them. There are many adults who don’t know the joy of the opera.

Last nine weeks the classes went to Piedmont Dance Conservatory’s Nutcracker ballet. I remember loving the Nutcracker when I was growing up! And the nine weeks before that they had the opportunity for Charlotte Children’s Theater’s Tarradiddle Players to perform, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, at their school.

I am so pleased that my children have the opportunity to learn about the arts. The arts are constantly threatened in many schools due to lack of funding and they are imperative to a well-rounded child. Besides, it is comforting to know that my kids have the chance to learn how to behave in the theater!

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Do you have an Appraiser Larry?

January 10, 2008

I love my appraisers. See that little fella there to my right? He is an Appraiser. Let’s call him Appraiser Larry. I love Appraiser Larry. Do you know why? He keeps me out of trouble! And how!!!

When I take a listing in North Carolina, my board of Realtors tells me that it is my responsibility to give accurate information on the home from the moment I list it. This is due to buyers needing accurate information so they can put forth an offer with confidence. So, one of my first phone calls when I get a listing is to call Appraiser Larry so he can carry the liability on the measurement of this home. Let’s face it. Appraiser Larry measures and appraises A LOT of homes every day. I sell A LOT of homes. It just isn’t the same thing.

Of course, there is a small charge associated with this phone call My appraiser charges $50.00. He measures the property, he gives me a darling drawing that I can stuff into my brochures for the home. All that for $50.00!! My appraiser is a bargain. Now I can list the home for my sellers and have the piece of mind that our buyers can bring an offer with confidence.

If you need to sell a home in North Carolina, call me! I will take care of all the details!

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Things that Blow my Mind!

January 10, 2008

So, I have this client who is looking for the “needle in a haystack” house. You know the house, everything included plus a bunch of land for a penance. We don’t have many of those on the market anywhere.

 Well, we found THE house. It is all that and a biscuit!

So, my mind is blown because the agent is MIA. I have left two voice mail messages and two email messages in the past 21 hours. “I hate to be a pest. I have an offer for your house at …” And, get this, the agent is related to the seller. Truly, his family must be more forgiving than my family!

Each and every one of our businesses depend on each other. Have I been spinning my wheels showing this home? We have visited three times.

What about the extended time on market? It has been on the market for a while. Could this be why? Are other agents desperately trying to buy this home too?

Does the agent not feel the same sense of urgency that I feel for my client’s properties? I suppose I am unaware that there is EVER a market so good that you can just ignore the buyers.

Dear Every Other Professional REALTOR,

I look forward to selling your homes and I can hardly wait for you to sell one of mine!

I am so excited about a transaction with you that I can promise that I will do all I can to get the needed information where it needs to be and keep the transaction moving.

Neither you nor my clients will ever have to wonder where I am or why I disappeared. The only thing that will blow your mind is how well I represent my client and how smoothly the transaction goes!

I look forward to it! Thank you, Virginia Halter

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Are you serious about buying a home?

November 8, 2007

So, this is how the phone call went…ring, ring…Realtor Call

Virginia Halter

“Yes, I want to see this house at _________”

“Terrific, and who am I speaking to?”

“Ummm, Tammy.” (I changed this name for blogging purposes)

“Well, Tammy, I would love to meet with you to discuss the home buying process … Let’s schedule a time to meet at my office for about an hour to discuss things.”

“An hour. I don’t have that kind of time.”

“Well Tammy, why don’t we meet at my office and we can talk in the car on the way to the home.”

“I don’t drive that far. I just live right around the corner from this house and I want to see it.”


Buying a home is one of the most expensive things you may ever do. Let’s take this one step at a time.

First, let’s meet and discuss my role in helping you find a home. Because my role is much bigger than opening the door of the home for you.

  • Why are you moving? Who is moving with you? What are you looking for in a neighborhood? in a home?
  • Are you paying cash? Obtaining financing? Have you spoken with a reputable lender? Reputable is the key word there. Do you know the correct price point you should be shopping in?
  • Do you know the price points of our region?
  • Do you know the area you wish to live in? Are you aware of your options in the area? Or other areas that may be better suited to your lifestyle?
  • Are you aware of your rights to inspection? Do you know which inspections to have?
  • What time frame are you working on? Do you have a home to sell first? When is your lease up? Do you have to be moved in two weeks?
  • This is just the tip of the iceberg.

This is all important information I need to better serve you. You should take advantage of our time together as well. Find out my market knowledge. As a native to the area, I can help you find just about anything. Share your concerns with me so you can know that I will be honest with you throughout the transaction.

Now we both have a decision to make. As Bill Gallagher would say, “Do I like you? And do you like me?” (This has to be said with a strong Southern accent to have the desired affect) We get that pesky paperwork out of the way so we both can fully commit to finding the right home for you and your family.

Virginia Halter

I don’t work with strangers; my clients become friends. That is how I like to do business and I take my business very seriously. As always, if you or someone you know needs a real estate professional, give me a call, send me an email, or look me up on the web! I would love the opportunity to earn your business!

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Good news for Charlotte and surrounding areas!

November 8, 2007

Congratulations and thank you for voting!!! Our voters, obviously, looked past their pocketbooks and looked at our future yesterday. Mecklenburg County overwhelmingly approved the school bonds package totalling over half a billion dollars. Now, we can look for the twelve new schools that are planned for the county! Lord knows, with the growth of our area, we will welcome the new schools.

Mecklenburg residents also approved keeping the transit tax. This is fantastic news for the future of Charlotte and the surrounding areas. With the rate of growth that Charlotte has been experiencing, mass transportation becomes more and more important. Keeping this transit tax allows our light rail system to continue to develop, allows our bus system to to continue to grow, and provides for road improvement projects (i.e., widening I-77 and Providence Road, etc.).

Folks who live here know that two of our perks are the accessibility of fantastic public schools and the ability to get from one side of the city to the other in under an hour (in many cases a half hour).

We need, now, to pray for Mayor Pat McCrory, who was re-elected yesterday for a seventh term, and his council to continue their focus on these important issues. We need to pray they have the guidance they need to stay on track with promises made. Congratulations Charlotte!

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Cabarrus County Car Seat Check

November 8, 2007

Did you know that 98% of all child car seats in Cabarrus County are incorrectly installed?

car seat safety

Make sure your children are safe!

Join Top Notch Gymnastics

on Saturday, November 17th between 10am and

2pm for a car seat safety day.

Free hot dogs, soda, and water!

Bake sale to support Top Notch Gymnastics

purchasing new gymnastic equipment!

4380 Triple Crown Drive

Concord, NC 28027


From Hwy 49, turn onto Stough Road, take a left on Triple Crown Drive, Top Notch Gymnastics will be on the left.

From Hwy 29 North, take a left on Roberta Church Rd, take a right on Roberta Rd, take the next left on Stough Rd, then a a right on Triple Crown Drive and Top Notch Gymnastics will be on the left.

Tell them Virginia Halter sent you! Enjoy and be safe!


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Great news for Harrisburg!!

October 25, 2007

After a several month discussion, NC has given it’s approval for CMC (Carolina’s Medical Center) to build an Emergency Care Out Patient Complex in Harrisburg!!

This urgent care center will have, basically, everything a hospital would have, but it will not have beds. The proposed site for the complex is the corner of I-485 and Rocky River Road, across from the Brookdale Shopping Center. It should be open in late 2008 or early 2009.

This is fantastic news for Harrisburg. People are relocating to our region with many different needs. Quality medical care within a reasonable distance is of the utmost importance to many families. This center ensures that quality care is ‘right around the corner.’ Partner that with CMC University and CMC Northeast Medical Centers within 15 minutes of Harrisburg, our city will now be able to offer even better piece of mind to those folks looking for a peaceful, comfortable quality of life in a hometown atmosphere.

If you or someone you know would like more information on real estate in Harrisburg, NC, please call Virginia Halter with RE/MAX Signature Properties at 705-605-4285 or look me up on the web!


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