3 Reasons Why Charlotte is a Great City for Seniors

Is retirement knocking on your door? Better answer its call! Now’s a great time to consider Charlotte as an ideal spot to call home during your retirement years.

Charlotte ranks high on Forbes’ list of recommended places to retire every year, and, as of early 2018, it's also ranked as one of the hottest real estate markets. Time is of the essence: you'd probably much rather spend your free time pursuing all the events and activities this area offers rather than lost in endless speculating over where to live. To help make up you’re mind, here are a few of the top reasons Charlotte should become your retirement headquarters.

1. Budget-Friendly Suburbs

Queen City boasts nearly 900,000 residents, more than 10 percent of whom are over 65. Queen City is surrounded by many attractive, desirable suburbs where you can maximize your housing budget. Consider Pineville, a town of just over 8,000, where median prices for retiree-friendly one-story homes are at a low 160s. Or take a drive over to Lake Park, half Pineville’s size, where home prices are just a bit higher in the 180s.

If you prefer to remain in Charlotte properly, you should know that urban neighborhoods are a bit pricier but still quite affordable. Median home prices in the city are just over $200,000.

2. Plenty of Retirement Living Options in Charlotte

Many seniors prefer to relocate to neighborhoods and communities built specifically for them. These areas tend to offer more services, usually for a monthly fee, to take care of the home and yard work. You can live out your retirement years as royalty in places such as Del Webb’s Sun City Carolina Lakes, which is just a few miles outside of the city, nestled along the Catawba River. This 55+ neighborhood features community centers, a golf course, and a daily activity schedule.

If you’re ready to go a step beyond independent living, Charlotte is also home to some fantastic assisted living communities that can help you with daily tasks such as medication management and personal hygiene while removing obligations that can become increasingly difficult as you age, including cooking and maintenance.

3. Countless Activities for Seniors

Mecklenburg County operates senior centers throughout the region, so wherever you choose to locate, you’ll likely have one nearby. These senior centers are open to anyone age 55 and older, often at low or no cost. Get involved in classes like Jazzercise or tai chi, join programs to optimize your self-care of chronic diseases, sign up for educational courses, dive into crafting, play your favorite card and board games or go bowling at any of the affiliated senior centers in the area.

There’s a reason AreaVibes gives the Queen City an A+ for amenities: this area is full of museums, theaters and working farms that are open for tours, and the city has a scenic downtown area. Feeling outdoorsy? You're covered there as well. Check out Freedom Park, the McDowell Nature Center or go plant yourself on the shores of Lake Norman. No matter what you’ve dreamed of doing with your retirement time, it’s here in Charlotte waiting to be discovered.

Barbara Thompson

Senior Care Advocate


Barbara Thompson is a senior care advocate with Senior Homes dedicated to raising awareness about strategies that can help seniors maintain independence and their quality of life while staying connected to their community.


Six Steps to Selling Your Home

  1. Choose the Right Listing Agent. The right agent is a professional who is knowledgeable about the market and will get you the maximum value for your property.

  2. Determine Property Value. A home appraisal provides a professional estimate on the value of your property. This will help determine the price of your property in the current real estate market. The value of your home may also be affected by supply and demand; therefore if there is a high demand for properties but fewer homes on the market, the higher a property seller can demand in price for their home.

  3. Get Your Home Show Ready! Buyers will appreciate a well-maintained home, so it’s highly suggested that you consider a professional deep clean, fix minor repairs, and even invest in a fresh coat of paint. These simple tasks can leave a lasting impression to help sell your home! Learn more tips from our post on “Preparing Your Home For The Sell!”

  4. Market Your Property. Your home won’t sell if potential buyers don’t know that it exists! Get your home on the MLS service and have open houses to get your home seen.

  5. Buyer Showings. Have as many buyers visit the property as you can.

  6. Negotiate and Accept Offer. Congratulations! You’re now under contract to sell your property and get if off the market.

To learn more from a qualified and experienced agent, contact us! Call: 833-704-HOME or email Qulia Bryant via quliasells@gmail.com for specific needs.

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Six Steps to Buying a Home

Whether you are a first time home buyer or currently a homeowner searching for a new property in a better neighborhood, the home buying process can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. That’s why we’ve broken down the home buying experience into six simple steps!

  1. Choose the right realtor. You want to make sure that your realtor understands your needs. They will work tirelessly to make the transition to finding your new home as simple and easy as possible. Which means less stress for you. Make sure your realtor is a professional who knows the market and can identify the best home for your value.

  2. Get Pre-approved. A pre-approval certifies that your lender has checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount for your future home. This can be your bank, a mortgage lender, or local home buying programs.

  3. It’s time to shop! Now you can really begin your search for the perfect home and negotiate offers.

  4. Home Inspection. A home inspection is super important in determining if there are any defects to the property once you go under contract. There are a variety of home inspections including a full home inspection to radon inspections, so make sure you visit our post on the “Top 5 Home Inspections” you should consider before moving in!

  5. Home Appraisal. Getting a home appraisal provides a professional estimate on the value of the property. This will determine whether the home’s value is actually worth what you’re able or willing to pay.

  6. Congratulations you’re a homeowner! You’ve reached the final step. It’s now time to get the keys and go to closing.

To learn more from a qualified and experienced agent, contact us! Call: 833-704-HOME or email Qulia Bryant via quliasells@gmail.com for specific needs.