Identified Schools for This Property: These are the schools that have been identified by the listing agent and/or the seller as the schools that appear to serve these properties.

Nearby Regular Public Schools: These are schools that are near this property, based on the property’s location.

Nearby Charter Schools: These are charter schools that are near the subject property, based on the property’s location. Charter school enrollment is typically based on a lottery, rather than on the neighborhood where the student’s home is located.

Nearby Magnet Schools: These are magnet schools that are near the subject property, based on the property’s location. Magnet schools differ from regular public schools in that they offer specialized academic themes, such as math & science, the arts, foreign languages and so on.

Please note: school assignments are not always reliable, and should be verified prior to purchasing a property. Enrollment in any of the schools described above is not guaranteed with the purchase of this property. In addition, school assignments are subject to change.

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Listing Status Explained

On our site, you will see the following types of listing status:
  • Active: The property is still actively for sale and a contract has not been accepted yet.
  • Under Contract But Showings Still Accepted: The property is under contract with a buyer. However, the seller is still allowing buyers’ agents to show the property to other buyers. Buyers may be able to present back-up offers, just in case the existing contract falls through due to financing concerns or other reasons.
  • Under Contract / No Showings: The property is under contract with a buyer and the seller is no longer accepting showings.
  • Sold: The property has already been sold.
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Cumulative Days on Market Explained

Cumulative Days on Market is a representation of how long with the property has been actively marketed.

The main difference between Days on Market and Cumulative Days on Market is that Cumulative Days on Market represents active marketing through not only of the property’s current listing, but through other, recent listings of the property as well. Days on Market, on the other hand, only represents the time the property has been marketed under its current listing.

Prior to the local Realtor Association using the term Cumulative Days of Market, Realtors and homebuyers in the Charlotte region would sometimes focus solely on a property’s Days on Market. The problem with Days on Market displays was that sellers could allow their property listing to expire and then re-list, and their Days on Market would go back to zero. This could make a listing that had been on the market for a long time appear to be a completely new listing.

Since the change in terminology, when a new listing is entered, the Cumulative Days on Market only resets to zero if one of the following two actions occurs:

A) The previous listing closes (i.e., is sold).

B) The previous listing is off market (expired or withdrawn) for more than 90 days.

It should also be noted that Cumulative Days on Market typically do not accrue when a property is not being actively marketed – i.e., when the seller is not accepting showings on their property.

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Recent County Property Assessments

Each county tax assessor’s office periodically assesses properties for tax collection purposes. Counties assess properties at different frequencies. For example, some counties may assess values every four years, while others may assess properties every eight years. In addition, a given property’s assessed value can change at any time – i.e., when a vacant lot is built upon or when an addition is made to an existing structure.

Also, because of the highly imperfect nature of the assessment process, assessed values are often a poor indication of market values. In other words, if a property’s list price is under or over its assessed value, this does not necessarily indicate whether or not the property represents a good value or not.

In addition, in some cases current assessment or past sales of a given home may represent vacant land, which has since been built upon. In other situations, a given parcel of land may have been combined with other parcels of land in a past sale.

Finally, because assessed values may change at any time, property buyers are encouraged to confirm assessment values with their county tax assessor before purchasing a property. Terra Vista Realty cannot guarantee public-records information displayed on our website is accurate and up-to-date in every case.

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Giving Your Home Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the first impression a prospective real estate buyer gets when they drive up to your home. You want your home to have curb appeal, and there are several aspects of your home’s outward appearance that you’ll want to look their best:

Home Exterior and Siding
A good practice is to walk your neighborhood and compare other homes’ exteriors with your own. Does your home look dirty? Do the siding colors look faded? If so, and you have wood or fiber-cement siding, you may consider a paint job. In choosing paint, in most cases you’ll want your colors to be neutral and to conform to other homes in the neighborhood. This is not usually a good time to consider bold or garish colors. If your existing paint looks acceptable, you’ll still likely want to do paint touch-up – especially on the front of the home, and in eye-level areas.

If you have vinyl, brick or stone siding, you’ll want to consider pressure washing. A good pressure washing job is a relatively inexpensive way to help restore the clean look of your home’s exterior.

Does your front door look inviting? If not, you may want to think about a new coat of paint, new door hardware or other remedies to give your door more appeal. The rest of your front porch and entryway should also look neat and tidy. If you don’t have a plush door mat, this is a good time to consider buying one.

How do your windows look? Windows are a key feature that people notice as they approach and walk through homes. So you’ll want your windows to look clean – not only the glass, but also the trim.

Landscaping
Take a fresh look at your landscaping. Are there cost-effective things that you can do to improve the landscaping around your home? Does your grass need re-seeding in certain areas? If so, talk with people at your local landscaping store about the right products to improve your grass. Do you have enough plants or bushes to prevent your yard from looking barren? If so, consider buying and planting some inexpensive bushes. However, we don’t recommend paying a lot of money to plant trees – you may not get your money back.

Beyond planting new grass, flowers and bushes, a more cost-effective method to improve your landscaping can be to simply make the most of what you already have. Making sure your bushes are trimmed, grass is well cut and dead plants are removed can go a long way in giving your home’s exterior a neat appearance.

Backyard
You’ll want your backyard to appear neat and spacious. If you have a lot of extraneous items in your backyard – such as swing sets, kids’ toys, etc. – you’ll likely want many of these things removed. Such items can be distracting and can make your yard look smaller than it really is. In addition, if you have a deck or screen porch, you’ll want to thoroughly wash this before you begin showing your home. Finally, if you have a pool, you should also make sure it looks as neat and clean as possible.

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