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Hickory, NC Named Top Tinsel Town in America

In a recent article, Realtor.com named Hickory, NC as the #1 Best City in America for Holiday Lovers. Hickory was selected as the Top Tinsel Town after considering a variety of holiday aspects, including: flights coming in to town for the holidays, Christmas parades, holiday events, and the number of Christmas trees cut down. The City of Hickory’s annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Downtown was listed as the holiday highlight for our city, as well as other local events that make Hickory, NC very special, especially during the holiday season.
Hickory ranked #1 Best City in America for Holiday Lovers

In a recent article, Realtor.com named Hickory, NC as the #1 Best City in America for Holiday Lovers. Hickory was selected as the Top Tinsel Town after considering a variety of holiday aspects, including: flights coming in to town for the holidays, Christmas parades, holiday events, and the number of Christmas trees cut down. The City of Hickory’s annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Downtown was listed as the holiday highlight for our city, as well as other local events that make Hickory, NC very special, especially during the holiday season.


Posted by Shane Greene on January 2nd, 2018 12:16 PM
This home is built for high energy efficiency with ICF (Insulated Concrete Form walls) with concrete finish on the exterior. The front entrance stairway leads to main level large 2 story great room, open dining room, kitchen and 2 bedrooms. Kitchen is loaded with custom cabinets & silestone tops. Laundry on main has built-in cabinets and desk work area.  Upper level has an open loft for sitting area. Spacious master bedroom has sitting area which leads to walk out balcony to enjoy views of the lake. Master bath has jetted tub, separate shower, dual sinks, large walk-in closet. Second bedroom upper level also has a balcony. Basement includes bedroom or office, full bath, workshop & triple garage. Hardwood flooring throughout except kitchen, bathrooms & laundry with ceramic tile, spot lighting, central vac, security system, screened porch & patio area. Many more features throughout this custom home. HVAC multi-zoned replaced 1 unit in 2012 and 1 in 2014.
Located in Olivers Landing 269 Players Ridge Rd Hickory, NC 28601 Call 828-612-9826 today for your tour. Click on the link to below to view this home.
269 Players Ridge Rd Hickory, NC

Posted by Shane Greene on March 16th, 2017 11:26 AM

NEWTON – There has been a buzz among leaders in Catawba County about attracting and retaining a working-age population.

From strategic planning sessions to bond projects, Catawba County and its municipalities are poised for growth – but does Catawba County have the housing necessary to support a larger population?

The county’s strategic planning sessions offer commissioners and residents an in-depth analysis on topics related to economic development – mainly attracting younger, working-age professionals to the area.

Jacky Eubanks, planning and parks director for Catawba County, made a presentation to county commissioners in February highlighting the current assessment of housing stock in the area and how to prepare for growth.

When compared to 15 other metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), including Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Winston-Salem and more, Hickory ranks number one in percentage of housing built pre-1980.

The Hickory MSA includes Catawba County, Burke County, Alexander County and Caldwell County, Eubanks said.  Read more...

Posted in:Housing
Posted by Shane Greene on March 13th, 2017 11:45 AM
In a meeting, held February 7, Hickory City Council voted unanimously to approve the professional services contract with Design Workshop, Incorporated to design the Riverwalk project...Read more
Posted in:Hickory
Posted by Shane Greene on February 8th, 2017 11:06 AM

A decade ago, when the real-estate bubble was reaching its peak and homeowners were giddy about the rise in home values, plugging in addresses at the new website Zillow became a national pastime.

“People ‘Zillowed’ their Christmas list. They would go and look up the home value of their boss and ex-girlfriend and ex-wife and their neighbors,” said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow’s CEO. The site was originally built around these automated valuations (or “Zestimates”)—in 2006, not a single for-sale listing was posted on the site. It now has millions of listings and agent reviews, among other features. 

Knowing the estimated value of a home was power—or at the very least, juicy gossip. That’s why it was so surprising that Rascoff sold a Seattle investment property earlier this year for $1.1 million—far less than its Zestimate of $1.7 million. This particular house, he said, was located on a major arterial street, a fact that wasn’t baked into the Zestimate...Read more


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Posted by Shane Greene on September 21st, 2016 11:48 AM

Friends of Hickory to break ground on new park

Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a visionary new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.  The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. 

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. “The front door of any city is its downtown,” says Co-Chair and Founder, Allison Holtzman. “We want to make a strong first impression by highlighting the many strengths of Hickory’s community and region.”

The park...



Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a visionary new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.  The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. 

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. “The front door of any city is its downtown,” says Co-Chair and Founder, Allison Holtzman. “We want to make a strong first impression by highlighting the many strengths of Hickory’s community and region.” 

The park

Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a visionary new park in Downtown Hickory on Wednesday, May 11 at noon.  The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group. 

Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space. “The front door of any city is its downtown,” says Co-Chair and Founder, Allison Holtzman. “We want to make a strong first impression by highlighting the many strengths of Hickory’s community and region.” 

The park

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Posted by Shane Greene on May 9th, 2016 1:04 PM

Spring is not only the best time of year to give your home a good cleaning, it’s also the best time of year to take on several home improvement projects. Spring projects like these can improve your home’s looks and performance, and rarely cost more than $1,000?, so you can easily take care of these issues before they have a chance to...  Read more


Posted by Shane Greene on March 30th, 2016 2:34 PM
Last week, President Obama announced a new policy that will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) on FHA loans. NAR estimates that a reduction in the annual MIP of .50 to .85 percent will enable many first-time borrowers and other borrowers who are typically undeserved by the lending community to obtain home loans and help them into the buying market (and out of renting!).
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Posted by Shane Greene on January 15th, 2015 10:04 AM
Here is an article with great information for selling your home.

Conversations with buyers tell you where to focus

There are plenty of posts that share advice agents should give to sellers as they prepare a home for sale. By now, most agents understand the wisdom of obtaining high-resolution photos, featuring homes online, designing professional property fliers, a possible open house here or there, and everything else that goes into good marketing. Yet, the most important factor still is what the buyer sees when visiting a home in person.

To avoid turning buyer “elation” into “deflation,” my advice to agents is to be a good “student.” I always listen to what people talk about at the closing table to find out why they selected the house they bought. Recently, I closed a listing on a home that was 34 years old. The furnace was original, which can be a concern, but the buyer pointed out a number of features that stood out and convinced him that this home was well-maintained and a “safe bet.”

What I took from the conversation with this homebuyer is advice all listing agents should be sharing with their respective sellers. These simple extras can help sell a home more quickly and for top dollar.
Read more here...


Posted in:selling
Posted by Shane Greene on January 2nd, 2015 3:57 PM
Millennials. Ever heard of them? It's the generation under the age of 33 and they are the largest group of today's consumers. 

Over the next 15 years or so, as baby boomers begin to sell off their homes to downsize, the Millennials will be looking to buy their first homes. Does your home look dated and out of touch with today's trends? 

Check out this article:

How Staging Is Key to Tackle the Emerging Generational Gap

Everyone is starting to make predictions already for the 2015 housing market. One of our own predictions: 2015 will continue to be a buyer's market, particularly in certain areas where homes are older. While low inventory has plagued the market for years, a broader disconnect exists between inventory and buyer preferences. 

As more Millennial's (the generation under the age of 33), enter the market and baby boomers downsize, the generation gap between buyers and sellers will further drive market conditions. 

Younger home buyers make up the largest groups of today's consumers. According to a National Association of REALTORS® survey, Millennial's and slightly older Generation X represent over 60 percent of today's home buyers.

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Posted by Shane Greene on December 16th, 2014 10:15 AM