Monday, April 9, 2018

April 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter

April 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter
1. Petit Home Team NEWS
2. Preparing your home for spring
3. Just Listed and Sold Properties
4. Charlotte Knights Baseball

1. Petit Home Team NEWS
This month on April 6th we are celebrating Muriel and Bob Petit's 45th wedding anniversary! This is a celebration of their wedding day and of the love they shared over the years. Their relationship shows the level of the love that has conquered life's biggest challenges and grown so much deeper with the help of their family, children, and good friends. You have always taught us that Family is life's greatest gift. Each of your 3 children have loving spouses and our children are very blessed to call you Memere and Pepere. Much Love!

2.Prepare Your Home For Spring
Whether you’re working on your home to get it ready to go on the market or just hoping to give it some love, don’t let these spring cleaning and updating chores slip through the cracks.
Freshening up your home’s interior and exterior will invigorate your home with spring energy so that you can enjoy the warm weather, knowing you’re ready to make the big sale!

1) Wash Windows and Freshen Window Treatments

Windows often take the brunt of winter weather, keeping out cold winds and catching winter dust, dirt, and even salt from the roads. Your first step in spring cleaning should be to wash the inside and outside of your windows. You’ll be amazed at how much more light can enter a space when the windows are clean!
Changing your window treatments is an effortless way to bring spring pep into your home. Keep it simple by just washing or dry cleaning your current draperies, or take it one step further by updating heavy draperies with light and airy sheers.

2) Clear Your Gutters’ Downspouts

Dirty gutters are an eyesore and a liability not only for you but for potential buyers, as well. Cleaning your gutters will take roughly 15-30 minutes, but will save you money in the long run. You can avoid flooding during spring rains by clearing gutters of all rubbish using a ladder, a small hand rake, and a hose.
Potentials buyers will see that you’ve taken care of your gutters and downspouts and gain an added sense of confidence that you’ve taken care of the rest of your home, too. Gutter Supply notes that replacing your gutters with a durable, seamless material will prevent leaks and won’t need replacing as often as sectional gutters.

3) Bring the Outdoors In

One of the most exciting things about spring is the burst of flower blossoms that happen around the neighborhood. Filling your home with potted plants will make your house smell good and look beautiful.
Use a mix of potted houseplants that will last for the whole season and blossoming vases that will need occasional updating. 
4) Lawn Care
The first thing that a potential home buyer sees is typically your front lawn. Start your lawn work by raking away any leaves, branches, and clutter that was hidden all winter. Prune and trim your trees and shrubs and then haul away compost debris.
Aerate your lawn using a soil conditioner product; Oregon Live recommends LazyMan Liquid Soil Aerator. Aeration will help your lawn to be thick, even, and lush. Reseed any damaged or bare parts of your lawn using grass seed and fertilizer.

5) Repair Roof Damage

Nothing is more intimidating to a potential buyer than a roof that needs some serious work. Keep up with small roof repairs so that you can avoid an expensive overhaul down the line. The first thing you should do is examine your roof and assess any damage, and while you’re up there, clear away any branches, leaves, moss, and other rubbish.
If you find an excessive amount of moss, mold, or other growth, you’ll want to treat your roof with chlorine bleach or copper sulfate. Replace any missing shingles and don’t hesitate to contact a roofer for a second opinion if need be.

6) De-Clutter for Spring!

Spring is the perfect time to pare down the clutter that’s been accumulating in your home. Before you get started, make a room-by-room plan so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the prospect of de-cluttering your entire home—know that you don’t need to do everything in one day or even in one weekend.
Consider investing in drawer dividers and closet organizers to tame spaces that are prone to clutter. If you are planning on putting your home on the market, de-cluttering your home should be one of your top priorities.

7) Refresh Your Textiles

Re-energize your home by updating pillowcases, throws, and duvet covers. Choose bright pops of color that coordinate well with existing color schemes. Editors at Dwell note that 2018 is all about bold geometric patterns, so let your bed or pillows become a daring canvas or a pop of color.
If you aren’t ready to invest in a new duvet or all new pillow, you can still freshen up your fabrics by giving them a good wash. Spring is the perfect time to shake off the dust that built up over the winter.

8) Repair Windows and Screens

Replace damaged and warped screens so that you can enjoy warm spring breezes without being bothered by bugs and other critters. If you had a particularly rough winter, you’ll want to recaulk windows and inspect them for water damage and rot.
If you notice condensation between layers of glass, you’ll want to replace the sash or the window. Consumer Reports notes that maintaining your windows will help save you money on both heating and air conditioning.
3. Just Listed and Sold Properties
104 Saye Place, Mooresville NC

Welcome home to this spectacular 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in the desirable Mooresville Grade School District! You will love the over 2600 square feet of living space...grand foyer entrance features hand scrapped hardwood flooring. Updated kitchen with dining area all has hardwood floors. Formal dining room and family room features updated carpet and gas fireplace. Upstairs loft area adds additional space for rec room or homework area. Huge Master Suite with tray ceiling, extended sitting area and large walk in closet.Home sits on a large corner lot,conveniently located 2 blocks from neighborhood pool and playground. Call today!

2523 Connemara Drive, Mathews NC

Wonderful opportunity to live in a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in desirable Windrow Estates neighborhood! Charming rocking chair front porch welcomes you inside to new wood laminate floors, dining room, living room and kitchen with bay window dining area. Bathrooms have been updated with tile and new toilets. Large .65 acre wooded lot provides privacy and also abuts the equestrian trails. Amazing outbuilding provides additional space/storage with loft/electric and built in bar! Windrow Estates is an equestrian neighborhood community with a swim team, fishing pond and several interest groups for woman, children and adults. Don't miss out on this fantastic HOME! Call today!

235 Ridge Creek Drive, Troutman NC

You will immediately fall in love with the totally REMODELED home in Rocky Creek Cove! Features include 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with over 1150 square feet of living space. All new laminate wood floors, new kitchen, stainless steel appliances and sliders to new wooden deck. All bathroom fixtures, PEX plumbing and LED lighting has been updated throughout the home. Master bathroom has a large corner garden tub and walk in closet. Large .53 acre lot allows for privacy and tree lined backyard. Wonderful location in Troutman close to highway access, shopping and Lake Norman. Call today!

4. Charlotte Knights Baseball

(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- A blend of top prospects and recognizable veterans highlight the 2018 Opening Day roster for the Charlotte Knights, who open the season tonight against the Durham Bulls from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. First pitch of tonight's game is set for 6:05 p.m. and the "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call beginning at 5:50 p.m. on the team's flagship station, 730 The Game ESPN Charlotte. The Knights will open their fifth season at BB&T Ballpark on Thursday, April 12th against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at 7:04 p.m.
Charlotte's 2018 Opening Day roster is headlined by RHP Michael Kopech , who enters the season ranked as the number two prospect in the Chicago White Sox system according to Baseball America and, 21, posted a 9-8 record with a 2.88 ERA in 25 starts combined between Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte last season. The Longview, TX native struck-out 172 batters, which ranked as the fifth-best mark in all of Minor League Baseball last season. Additionally, Kopech was a two-time Chicago White Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month in 2017 and he earned the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year Award after ranking among the league leaders in strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.

Joining Kopech in Charlotte's rotation will be RHP Dylan Covey , LHP, T.J. House, RHP Donny Roach, and RHPChris Volstad . Covey, 26, will get the Opening Day nod tonight for the Knights against the Durham Bulls. The 6'1" right-hander spent the majority of the 2017 season with the Chicago White Sox after being selected in the major league portion of the 2016 Rule 5 Draft.

The team's bullpen features RHP Chris Beck , LHP Xavier Cedeño, RHP Tyler Danish , RHP Jeanmar Gόmez, RHP Bruce Rondόn, LHP Robbie Ross Jr., RHP Rob Scahill , and RHP Thyago Vieira . Beck returns for his fifth straight season with the Knights while Danish will begin his third straight season with the club. Cedeño, Gόmez, Rondόn, Ross Jr, Scahill, and Vieira are all new to the organization this season. Vieira, 25, is a member of Chicago's 40-man roster and he enters the 2018 season ranked 20th in Chicago's organization by Baseball America.

Brett Austin , a native of Charlotte, NC -- and a product of Providence High School -- joins 24-year-old Alfredo González as Charlotte's catchers this season. Austin, 25, was drafted by the White Sox in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of N.C. State University. Gonzalez was acquired by the White Sox on July 2, 2016 from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations. He signed his first pro contract with the Astros at the age of 16.

Around the diamond, the Knights will feature two members of Chicago's 40-man roster -- Casey Gillaspie andJose Rondόn -- along with veteran infielders Jake Elmore Patrick Leonard Juan Perez , and Matt Skole . All four veterans (Elmore, Leonard, Perez, and Skole) were signed as free agents this offseason by the White Sox. Gillaspie appeared in 30 games with the Knights last season after spending 95 games with the Bulls. He hit a combined 15 home runs between both teams.

In the outfield, the Knights will welcome three newcomers and a returnee to the 2018 squad. Outfielder Jacob May returns for his third straight season with the Knights. The 26-year-old finished second in the International League in stolen bases last season with 31. Outfielders Ryan Cordell Daniel Palka , and Charlie Tilson -- all members of Chicago's 40-man roster -- will make their Charlotte debuts this season. Cordell, who is ranked as the number 18 prospect in the system by, was acquired last season in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. Palka, a native of Greenville, SC, was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on November 4, 2017. Tilson, a native of Wilmette, IL, missed the entire 2017 campaign due to right foot and right ankle injuries. He enters this season ranked as the number 16 prospect in the system by

Charlotte's active roster features 25 players, along with two players on the team's disabled list. Infielder Eddy Alvarez and RHP Zack Burdi will begin the 2018 season on the team's DL. Burdi, a first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 Draft, is recovering from June (2017) Tommy John surgery. Alvarez has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Knights.

The 2018 Charlotte Knights will be led by manager Mark Grudzielanek, who returns for his second season as the club's skipper. Grudzielanek's staff features Andy Tomberlin (hitting coach), Steve McCatty (pitching coach), Garey Ingram (assistant coach), James Kruk (head athletic trainer), and Shawn Powell (strength and conditioning coach).



Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter

March 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter
1. Petit Home Team NEWS
2. Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade
3. Just Listed and Sold Properties

1. Petit Home Team NEWS
The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. In 44 BC, it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical periodknown as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
Although March was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first of the month to the Ides often reflect their origin as new-year celebrations. March 15th is also Bob Petit, Angela Leighton and Ed Souza's birthday!
2.Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2018 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival invites our sponsors, vendors, and you to participate in the Twenty-Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival,which will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Thousands of spectators watched Charlotte’s Twenty-First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it marched through the heart of Charlotte to the sound of pipes and the cheers of the spectators lining the streets on a perfect day. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The parade has grown to be one of Charlotte’s biggest and best.
The Twenty-Second Annual Parade promises to be another great one! The Charlotte Goes Green Festival was very well attended as capacity crowds enjoyed the beautiful afternoon weather as they listened to Irish music, watched performances by Irish dancers, played in the Celtic Kids Zone, had lots to eat and checked out the great Irish/Celtic vendors that attend the festival from around the U.S.
Parade: The Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a non-profit event, open to the public. It is produced by the Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The Parade is open to pipe & drum bands, musical groups, neighborhood associations, schools, alumni groups, cheerleading and drill teams, international organizations, police, fire, elected officials, commercial businesses, and anyone else who wants to be Irish for a day.
The parade will step off at 11:00 A.M. at N. Tryon St. and 9th Street in uptown Charlotte. It then marches south to 3rd Street where it takes a left and marches down 3rd St. to Caldwell. 
Check out the Map Page for the complete parade route. 
Festival: We expect that the 2018 Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be our best one yet. There will be something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. It’s the place to be after the parade.
The Festival is located on S. Tryon St. between 3rd St. & Stonewall St. The festival hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic and other vendors, children’s amusements and plenty of food & beverages. There is no admission fee to attend.
3. Just Listed and Sold Properties

5717 Hammermill Drive, Harrisburg NC 28075
Under Contract in 3 days
You'll love this gorgeous 2-story home located in desirable Providence Manor subdivision in Harrisburg! This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms with 2 car garage gives you over 3300 sq ft of generous living space. Welcoming entry foyer leads you into large open floor plan with formal dining room and gas fireplace living room.Spacious kitchen features dining area, counter island and gas cook top stove.Second floor loft area adds extra TV/homework area.Entertainers delight in tree lined back yard patio with gas fire-pit and gas grill.This property is available to the buyer who acts NOW.... Stop reading and start calling!

514 Riviera Drive lot#150, Salisbury NC 28144
Under Contract
1.23 acre lot ready to build in The Crescent Grande neighborhood of Salisbury!! Sewer/water available on the street. Very large lot, fully cleared and ready to build your dream home. Surrounded by well cared for, brick homes. Golf Course views in this 53,579 Lot Sq foot lot to build your custom home. Bring your own builder to customize or ask us for more details.Make an offer!

8836 Crosstimbers Drive, Charlotte NC 28215
You'll love this gorgeous 2-story brick home located in desirable Farmwood North subdivision in Charlotte! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms with 2 car garage gives you 2992 sq ft of generous living space. Welcoming entry foyer leads you into large open floor plan with hardwoods throughout. Formal dining room, living room and family room provide a spacious layout. Kitchen features granite counter tops with extra counter space.Second floor has 3 large bedrooms with hardwood floors and laundry room. Master bathroom has a spectacular tub/double sink/double closet set up.Tree lined back yard on .66 corner lot. Back patio off the kitchen is the perfect place for the grill!

522/526/530 Weaver Dairy Rd, Bessemer City

215/211 Eaker Rd, Bessemer City



Friday, February 2, 2018

February 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter

February 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter
1. Petit Home Team NEWS
2. Homeowner Tax Changes 
3. Listed & Sold Properties
4. Super Bowl Party

1. Petit Home Team NEWS

2.Homeowner Tax Changes

The new tax law that was signed into effect at the end of 2017 will affect all taxpayers. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the areas that could affect them which may require some planning to maximize the benefits.

Some of the things that will affect most homeowners are the following:
  • Reduces the limit on deductible mortgage debt to $750,000 for loans made after 12/14/17. Existing loans of up to $1 million are grandfathered and are not subject to the new $750,000 cap.
  • Homeowners may refinance mortgage debts existing on 12/14/17 up to $1 million and still deduct the interest, so long as the new loan does not exceed the amount of the existing mortgage being refinanced.
  • Repeals the deduction for interest on home equity debt through 12/31/25 unless the proceeds are used to substantially improve the residence.
  • The standard deduction is now $12,000 for single individuals and $24,000 for joint returns. It is estimated that over 90% of taxpayers will elect to take the standard deduction.
  • Property taxes and other state and local taxes are limited to $10,000 as itemized deductions.
  • Moving expenses are repealed except for members of the Armed Forces.
  • Casualty losses are only allowed provided the loss is attributable to a presidential-declared disaster.
The capital gains exclusion applying to principal residences remains unchanged. Single taxpayers are entitled to $250,000 and married taxpayers filing jointly up to $500,000 of capital gain for homes that they owned and occupied as principal residences for two out of the previous five years.
Not addressed in the new tax law, the Mortgage Forgiveness Relief Act of 2007 expired on 12/31/16. This temporary law limited exclusion of income for discharged home mortgage debt for principal homeowners who went through foreclosure, short sale or other mortgage forgiveness. Debt forgiven is considered income and even though the taxpayer may not be obligated for the debt, they would have to recognize the forgiven debt as income.
These changes could affect a taxpayers’ position and should be discussed with their tax adviser.

3. Just Listed/Sold Properties

134 Pinecroft Ct, Troutman NC

Spectacular 3 bed/2.5 bath Ranch home nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac street. Full brick veneer really make this well built home so desirable. Open floor plan features family room w/ gas fireplace, dining area, kitchen and laundry room. Master bedroom boast double sinks and walk in closet. French doors from family room open to screened in porch. New roof installed 6 months ago. Very large and private .56 acre corner lot, 2 car garage, storage shed and much more! Do not miss out....Call today!
4.Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Drinks for Beer-Haters

Everyone loves an Arnold Palmer, the classic half-and-half combo of lemonade and sweet tea. Make it even more fun for the adults with a generous amount of your favorite bourbon. This recipe is great for parties because you can make it a day in advance. Follow the recipe as directed, omitting the ice and garnish. Store in the refrigerator in a pitcher. When you are ready to serve, stir in ice cubes and lemon slices.

If you’re looking for the best-ever margarita, put down the bottled mix and try this recipe. The secret ingredient is powdered sugar, which sweetens the drink and dissolves instantly. Serve it on the rocks or add ice and whiz the mixture in a blender to make a frozen margarita.

Looking for something a little lighter than a margarita? Try this tangy, fizzy cocktail made with fresh red grapefruit juice, your favorite citrus soda, tequila, and a jalapeno for a little bit of heat.




Friday, January 5, 2018

January 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter

January 2018 Petit Home Team Newsletter
1. Petit Home Team NEWS
2. Winterizing Pipes
3. Listed & Sold Properties
4. NFL Playoff Bracket

1. Petit Home Team NEWS

Happy New Year! We would like to wish all of our past, current and family clients all the very best in 2018. We pray for God's grace over all of our lives so that He can bring us peace and joy. We look forward to helping many more people buy, sell or invest in Real Estate this year. We very much appreciate your business and referrals and will continue to treat our clients like family. Thank you for making Petit Home Team your preferred Real Estate Team in the Lake Norman/Charlotte areas!

2. Winterizing Pipes

As you ready your house for the cold days ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it expands. So if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take the following precautions now to avoid a major headache later.
Inside Your Home
Anywhere cold air blows on a pipe, it creates the potential for freezing. To make sure your pipes are well-insulated, close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings. Even a tiny hole can let a lot of cold air blow in; make sure you fill in all the cracks.
A bathroom or laundry room located above or next to a garage can be particularly vulnerable, so keep the garage door closed to maintain maximum heat.
If your bathroom pipes run along an outside exterior wall, try keeping the vanity door(s) open to allow heat inside. If you’re anticipating a deep freeze, consider using a fan to help circulate the air near the pipes, or purchase a small space heater for some extra temporary heat.
Finally, never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees F (higher if you’ve had problems in the past or live in an area of extreme cold). If you have multiple heat zones, be sure to adjust all thermostats appropriately.
Outside Your Home
Disconnect and store garden hoses. If your home has a separate shut-off for external faucets, turn it off and drain the water from those faucets.
Turn off and drain sprinkler systems. You may want to call in a professional company to blow out any leftover water in the underground lines. A broken sprinkler pipe can do damage to the delicate components that make up the entire system, increasing the cost of repair.
Know where your main waterline shut-off is before problems arise. Depending on the age of your house, it can be inside a garage, basement or laundry room, or underground in your yard. After turning the water off, turn on faucets to allow the water to drain and release the pressure in your pipes.
Signs You Have Frozen Pipes
• You turn on the faucet but nothing comes out. Look in the most likely places and use the techniques listed above to gently thaw the area. Whatever you do, do not use a blowtorch to warm up a frozen pipe. Many homes have been set on fire this way.
• The water is turned off but you hear rushing water running anyway. This could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere. You should turn off the water lines immediately and investigate.
3. Listed & Sold Properties

123 Golden Oak Dr, Statesville
Spectacular full brick veneer home w/finished BASEMENT and over 4400 square feet of living space!Located in desirable Meadow Oaks neighborhood.Grand foyer entrance opens to family room with stone fireplace,formal dining room,kitchen and Master suite.Fully updated kitchen features Viking appliances,granite counter-tops w/tile back-splash and custom cabinets.First floor Master suite w/full bath.Sliders to back deck and patio overlooking fabulous landscaping on .70 acre lot. Two car garage!

478 Stonemarker Rd, Mooresville
Gorgeous WATERFRONT views of Lake Norman from this 1.21 acre lot. Guarded by a small cove which opens to main channel. Close proximity to Trump National. No HOA or CC&R's. Located on desirable Stonemarker Road in Mooresville. Call today!!

4. NFL Playoff Bracket

Get your popcorn ready! The  NFL playoffs are ready to begin this weekend. Good luck to the Panthers against the Saints! I predict a Super Bowl rematch- Patriots VS Panthers!