Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Julia Engel



Having a child born with a heart defect can really strike fear into parents, and create hundreds of questions about how your child can survive, and even thrive. Can they play like other kids? Run? Swim? Play sports? Julia Engel was that child, born with “ventricular septal defect” or VSD — more commonly known as a hole in her heart. A doctor told her in high school not to go out for the track team, but she has finished 3 Boston Marathons and enjoys bike riding too. Now she hosts a charity event, Bike LUCK that helps kids like her with heart defects, enjoy more active lives through Camp LUCK. Welcome to Charlotte Real Estate Talk Julia!


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Josh Knipp



The last step in buying your dream home is signing on the bottom line, and our next guest helps you do that. Josh Knipp is a closing attorney who can run the bases of your paperwork and field your questions with ease.


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: John Shaw



The Mecklenburg County Revaluations are out, did you get yours? While most of the time we think about rising property values as a good thing, this is about the one time most of us wish they’d stay the same. And residential property values here have risen — get this — 40 percent since the last revaluation 8 years ago. John Shaw is with us on Charlotte Real Estate Talk from our Huntersville office to discuss what revaluations mean to you, the homeowner.


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Peter Carlino



Finding the home of your dreams is just the beginning. You love the location, the floor plan, the back yard, and the local schools. So just buy it and move in, right? Okay, we know there’s some paperwork involved, and Peter Carlino is the guy who dots the i’s and crosses the t’s and makes sure your new dream home is finally yours. He’s a closing attorney here in the Charlotte region, and fills us in on what we need to know about closing the deal.


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Susan Harden



A blue wave swept Mecklenburg County in the November elections, including an unprecedented takeover of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. The Board now seats 9 Democrats and no Republicans, after 3 longtime incumbent Republicans were voted from office.

One of those Republicans was in District 5, a traditionally conservative district in south Charlotte. The new commissioner, Susan Harden, has a Masters Degree in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Education– and is currently an Assistant Professor of Education at UNC-Charlotte. She gives Charlotte Real Estate Talk the scoop about school funding, revaluation, and her work with America’s future teachers.


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Rian Harris



We can all use a moment or two in our day to relax and de-stress, to help us focus on our work. And we all need to spend a few hours a week outside of work, getting some healthy exercise.

Our next guest on Charlotte Real Estate Talk is one of Charlotte’s most popular yoga instructors, Rian Harris. Listen in on what turned him to yoga and how he enjoys helping students get their minds in the right place to focus their week.


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Troy Meeks



The real estate market has been pretty hot in Charlotte the last few years, and now we’re seeing several published reports that might make it hotter. Millennials – those born roughly between 1983 and 2000 – are starting to settle down, have kids, and move to the suburbs. Some are selling their starter homes for better schools and more family-friendly neighborhoods.
On today’s Charlotte Real Estate Podcast, Troy Meeks of American Security Mortgage fills us in on finding the right balance between selling one home and buying another.


Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Paul Carini



Charlotte has one of the best real estate markets in the country — with homes hot and in high demand. We were even one of the last 3 cities in the country to avoid the initial real estate bust of the Great Recession. Our area is a great place to live!
But buying a house anywhere is an involved, sometimes confusing process because it is likely the biggest purchase of your life, and banks don’t like making bad loans. Our next guest can help guide you through getting a mortgage when you find the home of your dreams. Paul Carini is the branch manager of Primary Residential Mortgage, and he’s here to answer your questions.

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Paul Pennell



Charlotte is always growing, but lately, it’s been from the inside out. While development continues to push the outer rims to the county line, new growth is happening in areas around the city core that were forgotten or neglected for years.

It takes a special eye to create beauty that makes old Charlotte shine in a new way, and our next guest specializes in that. Paul Pennell is a Principal at Urban Design Partners, who is focused on infill design — like we’ve seen in older neighborhoods just outside of uptown, like Optimist Park, Villa Heights, and South End. Hear how he envisions what is old, becoming new again.