Weekend Notes – 12/6/2019

Before you head out this weekend, be aware that people are running everywhere! Here are a list of 5Ks happening this weekend.

December 7: ACC Fan 5K

The event begins Saturday, December 7th at 8 a.m. on South Tryon Street. Event organizers expect 500 participants. The route uses South Tryon Street, West Boulevard, South Mint Street, Carson Blvd, South Church Street, West Bland Street and Winnifred Street. Visit ACC Fan 5K for more information.


December 7: Krueger Reindeer Romp 5K Walk/Run

The event begins Saturday, December 7 at 8 a.m. at the Harris YMCA on Quail Hollow Road. Event organizers expect 950 participants. The route includes Sharon Hills Road, Sharon Road, Chandworth Road, Rhodes Avenue, Sulkirk Road, Long Meadow Road, Stokes Avenue, Sulstone Lane, Severn Avenue, Tyndale Avenue, Glenfall Avenue and Brookfield Drive. Visit Harris YMCA Reindeer Romp for more information.

Reindeer Romp


December 8: Girls on the Run 5K – Combined

The event begins Sunday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the Whitehall Corporate Center. Event organizers expect 800 attendees. The course uses Arco Corporate Drive and Whitehall Park Drive. Visit gotrcharlotte.org for more information.

Girls Run

December 8: RiRa Santa Run

The event begins Sunday, December 8 at 1 p.m. at Ri Ra Irish Pub. Event organizers expect 500 participants. The route uses Tryon Street, West 4th Street, South Cedar Street, Irwin Creek Greenway, Frazier Park, Sycamore Street, Trade Street,  and West 5th Street. Visit RiRa Santa Run for more information


Source:  City of Charlotte

Employee Spotlight – Steve Gammons, Property Manager for T. R. Lawing Realty, Inc – Shelby, NC

We sat down this week to talk with Steve Gammons, Property Manager for our Cleveland County location.  As we were getting to know him, we noticed that this quiet fisherman and avid hunter, who loves his grandchildren, was very humbled to be talking about himself.  We turned the conversation to Shelby BBQ!  Immediately, his eyes lit up as we began an amazing discussion about some of NC’s favorite comfort foods.  You see, this guy from Detroit, who moved to the area in 1974 has embraced our southern ways and technically has lived here long enough for us to accept him as our own!  After having lunch at Alston Bridges BBQ, just outside of Uptown Shelby that day, we discussed the differences between that Bridges and Red Bridges BBQ off Hwy 74.  By the way, if you mention Bridges BBQ to any Shelby native, the first question will always be, “Which one?”

We laughed and discussed at what we liked best about both BBQ joints and Steve then turned to a story of his brother.  When he visits, he always eats at both Red Bridges BBQ & Lodge one day and Alston Bridges BBQ on another day to make sure he has his fill of the best that Shelby has to offer.  He then went on to say that he also makes sure to fill a cheap cooler full of Neese’s Liver Mush to take back home. Debbie Philbeck, Assistant Property Manager, interjects that she preferrfed Jenkins Food’s liver mush, which along with Mack’s Liver Mush & Meats, has a whole Cleveland County story of its own. Steve piped back that whatever he was eating, he liked his liver mush thin and crispy.  By the way, did you know that Shelby is home to the Official State of North Carolina Fall Liver Mush Festival?  It’s a two-day event that happens every October along with one of the largest pet festivals around called Mush, Music and Mutts Festival.  We had no idea but will be marking our calendars for next year.


Shelby, NC is a little under an hour west of Charlotte. Take I-85 South to US 74 West and it will take you straight to Shelby.  Once there, PLEASE follow the directional signs for all that Shelby has to offer as far as their favorite landmarks.  You will not regret one moment driving off the beaten path, we promise!

For more information about Shelby, its BBQ heritage and all things Liver Mush, please visit the following links:





Weekend Events for November 15th – November 17th



Consider T.R. Lawing Realty your source for everything Charlotte! Not only have we made deciding where to live in Charlotte easier but we also want to highlight all that the Charlotte area neighborhoods have to offer.

Whether you’re looking for a great life or even just a great day in Charlotte, we’ve put together what to do, where to shop, or where to take visitors out to see the sights.

Here are this weekend’s MUST DO’s to get you out and about and loving where you live!

November 15th

It‘s that time of the year!  The Southern Christmas Show is NOW OPEN!  If visions of tinsel, snowflakes and silvery, lit wreaths dance through your head, this Annual holiday tradition held at The Park Expo and Conference Center, should not be missed.  For more information on events and tickets, please visit Southernchristmasshow.com.

Sports fans!  We got you!  Tonight the Charlotte Hornets take on the Detroit Pistons at the Spectrum Center at 7PM.  Information and tickets are available at Eventful.com

After the game, head on over to the OPENING DAY of Holiday On Ice 2019, located at 400 E MLK Jr. Blvd.  The opening night festivities begin at 5PM. Information can be found at Kidsoutandabout.com.

November 16th

AT&T Fiber Presents the 2019 Queen City Fall Festival, which is the largest fall festival of the year with homemade crafts and local vendors all located at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center from 1PM – 5PM.  Information and tickets are available at Eventbrite.com

Charlotte’s BEST Food Truck Competition will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte at 4600 South Tryon Street from 3PM-10PM.  This is perfect for all you food truck foodies!  For more information, please visit Eventbrite.com.

If you haven’t been to Charlotte’s annual event known as The Carolina Renaissance Festival, this is your LAST WEEKEND!!! This medieval amusement park includes a 13-stage theater, 25-acre village marketplace, an interactive circus, arts and crafts fair and lots of food and fun!  Best yet, there are jousting knights and costumed characters everywhere to send your Instagram page into a spin.  Visit the festival website at carolina.renfestinfo.com.

November 17th

IT’S GAME DAY CAROLINA!!!!!!!  There is nothing more fun than a tailgate around Bank of America Stadium.  Show off your Panthers Pride with several activities scheduled before the game in Romare Bearden Park just for the kiddos or head on over to Panthers On Mint presented by Lowe’s for music, food and fun.  As soon as the siren blows, head into the stadium to be on hand form Salute to Service before the 1PM kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons.  PSA – PLEASE add your mobile tickets to your Apple Wallet, we beg you!  You will get through the ticket line so much faster!  GO PANTHERS and KEEP POUNDING! Need tickets?  Try the official resell site for the NFL at ticketmaster.com.

How Property Management Companies Help Owners

Ownіng a rеntаl рrореrtу саn bе a rewarding еxреrіеnсе, аѕ іt often gеnеrаtеѕ a ѕtеаdу іnсоmе. Hоwеvеr, a rеntаl рrореrtу only gеnеrаtеѕ іnсоmе whеn a lаndlоrd hаѕ gооd tеnаntѕ who рау thеіr rеnt оn tіmе аnd dо nоt dеѕtrоу thеіr unіtѕ. Once a landlord еnсоuntеrѕ a рrоblеm tеnаnt, owning аnd managing a rental property becomes dіffісult and tіmе-соnѕumіng. Using a рrоfеѕѕіоnаl property management company has a numbеr оf bеnеfіtѕ fоr lаndlоrdѕ, еѕресіаllу thоѕе who оwn multірlе рrореrtіеѕ. Thеѕе bеnеfіtѕ ѕаvе lаndlоrdѕ a ѕіgnіfісаnt аmоunt оf tіmе аnd mоnеу аnd mаkе owning a rental рrореrtу mоrе rеwаrdіng, and if you’re looking for property management software, you an look at this site to find the right software for you.

Prореrtу mаnаgеmеnt fіrmѕ handle аll оf thе lеgаl аѕресtѕ of dealing wіth tеnаntѕ and mаіntаіnіng a рrореrtу. Lаndlоrd-tеnаnt lаwѕ vаrу bу state аnd municipality, so it is important tо knоw hоw to handle рrоblеm tеnаntѕ аnd other rеntаl issues рrореrlу. Prореrtу mаnаgеrѕ handle evictions, рrореrtу іnѕресtіоnѕ, lеаѕе nеgоtіаtіоnѕ, lease tеrmіnаtіоnѕ, аnd the соllесtіоn of rent from tеnаntѕ. Thеу аlѕо mаkе ѕurе that еасh рrореrtу is in соmрlіаnсе wіth all рrореrtу соdеѕ and safety laws. Thеѕе ѕеrvісеѕ саn hеlр lаndlоrdѕ аvоіd соѕtlу lаwѕuіtѕ and lеgаl problems.

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Now is the time to prepare and we recommend that you make precautions now.

Please be aware that, because of the extent of damages; loss of electricity, phones and/or internet services; limited resources of our sub-contractors; and other calamities, we may not be able to help you as quickly this weekend as we would like. As was true following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, you may need to be more self-sufficient yourself and more reliant on your neighbors than usual.

Here are a few tips ….

· Prepare an emergency kit
· Get some cash
· Inventory your prescription drugs
· Make plans for any pets
· Fill up your gas tank
· Secure and/or store all yard furniture & toys
· Extend downspouts so water is not dumped next to your home
· Clear nearby storm drains & small creeks
· Keep curb and gutters free of leaves, litter and debris
· Charge all electronics and then turn them off
· Gas pumps, ATMs, refrigerators, overhead lights, TVs, PCs and cellphone     chargers do not work without electricity
· Groceries, drug stores and gas stations may be closed
· Fallen power lines and wet electrical panels can kill you
· Roads may be blocked with fallen trees
· Never drive through flowing water
· Neighborhood block parties are a great way to share refrigerated food

For any flood damages in your property call water cleanup Austin Tx, they will take care of all the damage and leave it perfect for the use right away.

Be Prepared. Be Safe.


Advantages of Living in North Carolina – Secure and Prosperous

Several cities in North Carolina, including Charlotte consistently receive high rankings on lists touting the best places to live in the United States. After all, what’s not to like about North Carolina? However, if you have never lived or visited the Charlotte metro area, you might be completely unaware of the advantages of living in North Carolina. Consider these four advantages of what living in the Charlotte, North Carolina area has to offer.
Milder Climate
Unlike some southern states, you will still experience all four seasons in North Carolina. The difference is that it is a milder climate with winters that are not normally frigid and snowy. On average, most of the state sees no more than four inches of snow a year. While the summers do get hot, you can escape to the beach or mountains that are only a couple hours’ drive from Charlotte.
Growing Population with a Booming Economy
The Charlotte area is one of the country’s fastest growing areas. It has seen an influx of new businesses, including exciting new startups. As the home to Bank of America and Wells Fargo, this area has been recognized as the second biggest banking hub in the country. Charlotte is recognized by Forbes in its annual rankings for best places for business and careers with its exciting job market.
Improved Quality of Life
With a lower cost of living, residents in North Carolina, especially in the Charlotte area can live comfortably and enjoy the advantages of both city and small-town living. The area is made up of many small neighborhoods that add to its charm. A very secure city protected and monitored by the installation of stainless steel security cameras on almost every traffic light making it one of the top cities with the lowest crime rates on the United States.
Getting around the city has been made easier with the expansion of its LYNX light rail system and the introduction of its B-Cycle bike sharing program.
Always Plenty to Do
Whether you enjoy the great outdoors, sports or the arts, one of the advantages of living in North Carolina is that there is always something to do. It is home to the Smokey Mountains National Park, beautiful beaches, the U.S. Whitewater Center, NASCAR races, and major sports teams. The Charlotte area is home to emerging and established artists and concert venues for entertainment. Living in North Carolina gives you access to plenty of things to do.

What’s New!

We’ve made adding your renters insurance certificate much easier!  Applicants will now be able to submit their insurance certificates online!  Once converted, this will be included in your lease detail and a unique link only for the named applicant will be sent via email.

Contact a Leasing Representative today for more information!


Benefits of Renting A Home

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make during your lifetime, being this said having a Non-marital property is he best choice for you in a long term. While there are many advantages to purchasing your own home, it might not be the right decision for you at this time. Your current financial situation may not be compatible with purchasing a home.

Or maybe you’re just not ready to settle down in one area for several years, one great area is in Spain, it has beautiful landscapes and lovely weather for you to decide to spend years or just several vacation days, so check the homes for sale in Pollensa Port De Pollensa they are wonderful and ready to move. This is where renting could be more desirable than chasing a home at this time and why you should consider these benefits of renting a home.

Financial Benefits of Renting vs. Buying

If you are in the beginning of your career, you might not have enough money saved for a down payment to purchase a home. Your initial investment for denver luxury homes for rent is likely to be a security deposit and first and possible last months’ rent.
Renting a home usually costs less than buying a home. The amount you agree to pay each month when you sign your lease makes it easy to set a budget. When setting a budget, you can factor in saving money towards a down payment for purchasing a home in the future.

It costs less to insure your home when you rent. You are only required to insure the contents of your rental. When you purchase a home, you need to insure the entire structure. And if you do not pay at least a 20 percent down payment when buying a home, you are required to also purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI). This insurance could cost you between 0.3 to 1.5 percent of your original loan amount each year.

Flexibility of Renting Over Buying

If you are in a career where you could be transferred to other locales, renting a home has its benefits. Leases are usually for 12 months, which gives you more mobility and flexibility if you are transferred or want to live in another location.
As a renter, your landlord is responsible for almost all repairs and maintenance that may be needed for your rental home. This frees up your time and costs associated with maintaining your own home. You will also be subject to a tenant credit check.

Buying a home is not for everyone. If you are not ready to purchase a home, you could reap the benefits of renting a home.

Take the Mystery Out of Finding the Right Tenant

Putting your home up for rent in Charlotte can be an overwhelming task. Sentimental attachment and concerns about damage and lost value may cause you to hesitate and worry about selecting the right tenant.

Landlords have two primary concerns, timely rent payments and protecting their property. These few simple tips for renting a house can help ensure you select a tenant that pays on time and won’t abuse your home.

Have a Rental Application

A sound application process removes much of the guesswork and allows landlords to qualify potential tenants. Every rental application should include:

  • Name
  • Employer
  • Income source and amount
  • Previous rental addresses and landlords’ contact information
  • References
  • A signed authorization to check their credit with a space for their Social Security Number
  • Retail space for rent in Charlotte NC

Take the time to review the application. Check previous landlords and references, and confirm credit history.

Property damaged at previous rentals, forfeited security deposits, or late rent payments are red flags. Remember, the right tenant will not damage your property and will pay the rent on time.

Have a Lease

A lease is a legal document that protects both landlord and tenant rights. As laws vary between states, it’s a good idea to avoid a generic online lease and have an attorney prepare one for you. At a minimum, your lease should include:

  • The term of the lease
  • Security deposit amount
  • Monthly rent payment day
  • Penalties for late payments
  • Responsibility for maintenance and repairs
  • Names of all occupants
  • Policy regarding pets and any additional pet-related fees
  • Responsibility for Homeowner Association (HOA) fees
  • All rules that tenants must follow including HOA regulations, noise level, parking, smoking, etc.
  • Conditions for tenant eviction
  • How you will show the home if you intend to sell while it is rented

Hire a Property Management Company

The initial expense of having a property management company find a good tenant can pay for itself in the first month or two of rental. Professional management companies already have a process in place for:

  • Advertising
  • Tenant background checks
  • Periodic property inspections
  • Rent collection
  • Collecting late fees and penalties
  • Evictions

Many homeowners find professional property management well worth the expense. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you have a good application and lease. Follow these tips for renting a house, and you’ll remove much of the mystery from selecting the right tenant.

Is Ballantyne Right for Me? Four Things To Consider Before Researching Ballantyne NC Homes for Rent

Nestled on 2,000 acres of land pressed closed to the South Carolina border, Ballantyne is considered one of Charlotte’s more affluent and upscale communities. This is a beautiful neighborhood full of fantastic Ballantyne NC home for rent that is a great place to live, but it might not be for everyone. The following is a quick look at what this community has to offer to help you better determine whether or not this is the right place for you to settle into:

  • Lot of house for your money. While many of Charlotte’s neighborhoods boast homes that date back to the 1950s and earlier, Ballantyne features more modern developments with most Ballantyne NC homes for rent being built over the course of the last 20 years. This means a lot of brick and stucco traditional styles that boast big floor plans and more than one bathroom.
  • Great for golfers. Whether you enjoy swinging clubs or flipping frisbees, Ballantyne is a great place to be for golfers of all shades. Disc golfers will love living near to the Elon Park Recreation Center with its mix of courses while more traditional golfers have a country club and PGA-ranked golf course to play at. Never golfed but want to? Sign up at the nearby Dana Rader Golf School.
  • Tons of shopping options. If you love shopping and socializing, then you’ll love the Blakeney shopping center. This 270-acre multiuse development is one of Charlotte’s most popular shopping, dining, and entertainment districts and when you live in Ballantyne it’s right at your backdoor. Other nearby shopping destinations include Carolina Place, SouthPark Mall, and StoneCrest at Piper Glen.
  • Excellent school system. Ballantyne NC homes for rent are particularly popular among parents due to this neighborhood’s outstanding school district. The community’s Hawk Ridge Elementary, Ballantyne Elementary, and Ballantyne School of Music have all enjoyed excellent reviews and ratings but most notable here is Ardrey Kell High School, having received an A+ overall rating and a commendable student-to-teacher ratio of just 21:1.

College students and young professionals might feel out of place in Ballantyne, but if you’re a parent, wanting to start a family, or looking for a quiet suburban neighborhood, then Ballantyne is a great choice!