At Team Pogue, we specialize in working with Active Adults and the 55+ market. As active adults ourselves, we understand your perspective. That is why everyone on our team has gone the extra mile to earn professional designations that make us uniquely qualified to work with seniors. Both Laura & Andrea are accredited Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation which requires individuals to pass a rigorous exam and to uphold the highest ethical standards for the benefit and protection of the health and welfare of seniors. This designation is awarded only to real estate agents who have additional education on how to help seniors and their families with later in life transactions.
Team Pogue works with clients not just in Sun City, but in other active adult communities nearby. We have helped clients evaluate their options and have even assisted some clients in moving from one active adult community to another for a better fit. We understand buyers have a lot of options available. In fact, we have had this website dedicated just to the 55 plus market since 2016. This site is full of information about all of the 55 plus communities in the Charlotte area, helping active adult buyers learn about all of their options and make a decision that works for their lifestyle.
All of our team members live, work, and play in Sun City Carolina Lakes. If you have a question about this community or the active adult market in general, give us a call. Chances are we have asked the same questions ourselves!
We are ALL Lifelong Learners!
September is back to school time, and not just for kids! Active adults are taking advantage of courses and classes for a myriad of reasons – not the least of which is that it’s fun!
We’ve all known that friend or family member who “stayed sharp” well into their later years doing the daily crossword puzzle or playing bridge each week. Not surprisingly, there is something to that idea. Research shows that older adults can benefit both physically and mentally by continuing to learn throughout their lives. And the trends show that active adults are taking advantage of lifelong learning opportunities across the country.
Community college courses spring to mind immediately. Not only do they offer a wide range of opportunities from everything from computer classes to guitar, they often offer discounted or even free tuition to students aged 60 or older. However, most active adults prefer a more informal learning environment rather than a formal classroom. For that reason, many courses are offered through community centers, libraries & clubs.
If you are interested in staying sharp, but you aren’t the classroom type. Don’t worry – there are many other options for you. Hands on learning is appealing to 9 out of 10 older Americans, according to an AARP survey. Perhaps you can help a neighbor learn to knit or your friend can help you build something at the woodworking shop. You can help tutor a grandchild or local teenager – and in return perhaps they can help you figure out how to work an app on your phone that has been giving you trouble. Volunteering at a local charity can also pair educational and service opportunities. If you are more social, start up a supper club and share new recipes with the members.
At school these days, educators are talking about creating lifelong learners. It seems the experts are realizing that we are constantly learning – whether its a new skill required for employment, an activity with a new group of friends, or a hobby that we always wanted to try – the opportunities for lifelong learning are endless.
Continuing Education Opportunities for Seniors
Winthrop University – Seniors over 60 attend tuition free.
Anne Close Greenway – SC Master Naturalist Program and Special Interest Courses
York Tech – Continuing education in tech, CPR, personal, even online options.
USC Lancaster – Indian Land Campus – Evening Classes at ILHS
Summer is here! From adventures by the water to concerts and foodie events, you will find that Charlotte has some of the hottest things to do during the summer months. If these ideas don’t float your boat, check our website or Facebook page for more ideas of things you can do with friends or family when they come to visit!
Rent a boat or stand up paddle board at Pier 88 Yacht Club & cool off on Lake Wylie.
SEE A LIVE COMEDY SHOW
A must-see show with a Queen City spin, Charlotte Squawks combines comedy and Broadway-style entertainment with references to current events for lots of laughs!
GO GARDEN HOPPING
Visit the gardens at The Duke Mansion and Wing Haven Gardens in Myers Park. Then head to NoDa to see the McGill Rose Garden. If you plan your outing on a Friday, you can end the day at local art galleries at the NoDa Gallery Crawl.
PACK A PICNIC FOR A CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT
Whether you like Queens, Star Wars, or Broadway tunes, you will enjoy these summer evenings with the Charlotte Symphony Pops. Don’t forget to pack a picnic! Concerts are weekly June 8 – July 3rd!
DINE ON A RIVERBOAT
Take a dinner cruise on Lake Norman aboard the Catawba Queen Mississippi riverboat.
GO BACK IN TIME
Clip clop through Uptown on a horse drawn carriage tour with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours.
TAKE IN THE VIEW
Enjoy skyline views at Charlotte’s best rooftop restaurants like Fahrenheit, Rooftop 210 & Nuvole Rooftop Twenty Two.
RIDE A SEGWAY
Glide through scenic historic districts and Center City on one of Charlotte NC Tour’s seven Segway Tours.
TAKE IN A CONCERT OR RELAX BY THE RIVER
Whether you want to paddle a flatware kayak along the river or just relax and watch the action, the Whitewater Center offers a full day of activities for all ages. End the day at the Whitewater River Jam concert under the stars.
Excerpts taken from www.charlottesgotalot.com.
Softball was one of the HOTTEST things in Sun City Memorial Day weekend. Despite the 90 degree weather, a crowd of over 400 showed up to cheer on the Sun City Senior Softball Team play against the Indian Land High School Lady Warriors. The exhibition game was fun for everyone and it was great to see spectators and players alike laughing and smiling throughout the game. During the final inning, everyone was entertained when the 70+ men attempted to hit the girls’ fast pitching. Most of the Lady Warriors in the outfield sat down for a break while the men tried to make contact with the ball! However, the men turned the tables during the second half of the inning when they served up slow pitches to the Lady Warriors. The girls had a hard time waiting for the slow pitched balls to make it to the plate and made very little contact with the balls. Their Coach, Monica Barfield, even took a turn at bat and was a good sport as she struck out! The Lady Warriors won their Division and Region this year and made it all the way to the State Championships, however, they are happy they don’t play slow pitch softball! We are thrilled that $742 was raised passing the hat around the bleachers, funds were raised with concession sales, and Team Pogue was proud to donate $250 bringing the total proceeds to over $1000, all of which benefit the Indian Land High School Lady Warriors. Thanks to the Sun City Men’s Softball Club for planning this annual exhibition and fundraiser, an event everyone in the community can look forward to each year!
We recently were representing a seller and we received an offer on their home – through an online home buying service. At first, the offer just seemed low – but then we realized the fees involved with accepting this already low offer would be more than double a typical realtor commission – PLUS repairs! Fortunately, we were able to find another buyer and the seller did not feel pressured to consider the online offer. But, it started a conversation in our office. Why would buyers and sellers use online realty services rather than working with an agent?
First, we should clarify that there are several types of realty services being offered online. We have put them into 3 categories:
- “A La Carte” Realty Services
- “Home Buying” Services
- Trade-In services
A La Carte Services
A La Carte realty services are attractive to buyers and sellers who are confident they can sell or purchase their own home without needing the assistance of a local agent. For some people, these services will work. Just be aware that for the lower fees, you are agreeing to take on the hassle factor and responsibility that your agent usually manages.
In many cases, the main service being provided through an a la carte realtor is getting your home listed in MLS. Sellers may still be responsible for all of their own marketing expenses. Usually, sellers have to schedule their own showings and negotiate their own contract. In other cases, the a la carte agent is paid a salary and has no incentive to help you sell your home quickly or for the best price. Depending on how much you are doing on your own, the risk here can be great if you don’t have someone with knowledge of your state’s real estate laws and requirements helping you with your transaction.
Home Buying Services
The online Home Buying services offer the advantage of a quick sale. Typically, they purchase your home, do repairs, and then put it back on the market. You can expect that if you sell your home through a local agent or if you use an online home buying service, the same buyer will likely purchase your home in the end. The difference is that instead of you, the home buying service owns your home during the marketing period.
This may be attractive to some sellers – just make sure you know all of the costs involved. After doing some quick research about these services you should be aware of a few things we noticed. You can expect to be paid a lower price for your home and to incur additional fees on top of an average 7% real estate commission, in some cases resulting in fees that double the commission you would pay a real estate agent. These additional fees are compensation to the service for the time they expect to own your home while it is marketed for sale. Also, you will be responsible for paying for any repairs they require.
Trade In Services
The trade-in services reminded us of trading in your car. You identify a home you would like to buy and they offer you a trade-in price for your home and help you sell and buy a new home in one transaction.
How do the online options compare to using your local realtor?
Buyers and Sellers are attracted to online realtor services because they believe it will cost them less and that realtors charge for many unnecessary services. So, we decided it might be important to share what services our agents DO charge for and what you might be paying for using an online service.
First of all, when you work with Team Pogue to sell your home, we typically include a 6% real estate commission in our contract. That commission is split between the listing agent (Team Pogue) and the agent representing the buyer. That is the only fee you pay your agent to sell your home. Compared to the online services, the only other fee you will pay for is repairs. These will be negotiated through your agent to help you pay a fair and reasonable cost for any repairs needed.
Typically, if you list your home with Team Pogue, we cover all of the marketing expenses UP FRONT to help you sell your home. For example, we hire a photographer to take professional photographs of your home, we create an online virtual tour and post it online to prospective buyers and agents to view, we list your home in MLS, we advertise your home online, we print brochures to leave at your home, and more. We will host open houses, community tours, and send out targeting advertising to help market your home and others we have for sale. All of the marketing expenses are paid for by your agent BEFORE your home is sold. We also incur other marketing expenses that are not specifically related to your home, but do include your home for sale such as our website, online ads, signs, and ads in local publications. We are only reimbursed for these expenses out of the listing agent’s commission once your transaction has closed.
We also provide a secure, electronic lockbox to monitor all agents who access your home for showings.We have noticed that some iBuyer companies use a new tech & sensor option to allow unescorted showings for properties. Would you want a stranger to gain access to your home via automated door lock/sensor and then tour it without anyone there to supervise? Just one more reason to hire an agent.
In addition to marketing your home for sale and providing a secure way to monitor potential buyers touring your home, Team Pogue provides many other services that help you with your transaction.
- We offer invaluable advice and expertise on the local market and how to position your home to sell.
- We know what homes are available and whether or not there are pocket listings that meet your criteria. We have relationships with agents and can help negotiate the best terms on your behalf.
- Our agents have completed rigorous licensing and continuing education requirements to become Certified Senior Advisors, which helps them provide personalized service to our clients who are active adults and seniors. They are knowledgable about state laws that govern real estate transactions.
- We offer professional photography services, virtual home tours, staging advice, custom flyers, and marketing services.
- We utilize services to schedule showings and coordinate repairs – removing the hassle factor from your list of things to do.
- Our agents prequalify buyers so that only qualified prospects will be previewing your home.
- We have relationships and a network of agents who specialize in our local market and can connect prospective buyers with homes they are looking for.
- Our team has been working in Indian Land for over ten years. Our agents are licensed and familiar with the particular nuances of the real estate market in our community. We know what issues can be a cause for concern and how to navigate those issues throughout the entire transaction.
- Our team lives, works and plays in Indian Land, so we have a personal stake in this community. We want the best for our clients because they are also our neighbors.
Things to Consider
Bottom line, we know buyers and sellers have many options available to them as they consider their real estate transaction. And, we realize that every client has different needs and goals. Here are just a few things we will leave you with to consider if you are looking into an online service.
- At first glance, these services may seem less expensive. However, beware of getting nickeled and dimed by hidden fees that may not be obvious at first. You may end up paying for costs (in time and in money) not even mentioned in your contract at all. In every case, there is a trade off between the services provided and cost to you. Is the savings worth the hassle factor?
- You may have access to a licensed agent, but they aren’t familiar with your particular market and the buyers and sellers who participate in it. They are limited to what they can find in an online search. Do you need an agent to do that for you?
- If you have bought or sold a home before, you may feel it isn’t worth paying an agent to help negotiate a deal for you or to manage the sales process. This might be true if everything goes smoothly in your transaction. However, this is rarely the case. There are always repairs to negotiate, emotions involved, financing issues and state laws which govern real estate transactions to consider. Is the savings worth the hassle factor?
- If there are issues or problems, your deal may be at risk if there are delays. You may have to do extra research to find solutions to a problem or contact contractors or vendors to get the deal done. Our agents negotiate transactions every day. We have relationships with vendors when we need something done quickly and we know who to contact when there are problems with specific builders or communities. Your transaction may not be delayed at all if you are working with a knowledgable agent who is familiar with the area and potential roadblocks to getting a deal done in your community.
If you are considering utilizing an online service, please also consider making an appointment with an agent before making a decision. Our team will be happy to meet with you at your convenience and help you compare the fees and services being offered. As always, we strive to provide Real Estate with a Personal Touch!
Spring Fever? Here are some things to do around the Charlotte Area!
It’s that time of year – where the spring weather is gorgeous in the southeast and we can’t wait to get outdoors and enjoy it! Looking for some fun things to do in the Charlotte area? Maybe you are looking for some things to do around Sun City Carolina Lakes or the Indian Land area. Here are some of our local favorites…
See the spider lilies at Lansford Canal State Park
These beautiful flowers only bloom once a year – and only in one or two places in the southeast. If you haven’t seen them, you need to add this to your list! Check out the Landsford Canal State Park website for the best time to visit!
Take a walk at Anne Springs Close Greenway.
This fantastic park has walking trails, a summer concert series, and picnic areas. They also offer other activities and special classes in photography, meditation and more! Visit their website for more information.
Pick your own strawberries at Ivy Place Berries on Van Wyck Road
This farm is an easy choice if you live in Indian Land. It is close to home and they have several different varieties of berries. Be sure to check their website before you visit to see what is available. We picked strawberries this past weekend and they were delicious! Don’t want to do the work? No problem – the farm also sells pre-picked berries for your convenience. We liked our berries so much we even made a homemade strawberry cake – drop us a note if you would like the recipe!
Visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
This garden is beautiful in spring and it isn’t too hot to walk around and enjoy the grounds! Plan to have afternoon tea while you are there! Or plan your visit around one of their many fun events such as birding walks, a sip and stroll, music festivals, art shows and more! Click here for a full schedule of events.
Go see a Charlotte Knights baseball game!
If you haven’t seen a Charlotte Knights game in their stadium, you are in for a treat. It’s a great afternoon or evening of fun for your entire group! Click here to see when their next home game is scheduled.
Visit the US National Whitewater Center
If you live in the Charlotte area, the whitewater center is the perfect place for a visit in spring. It is unique and there is not another center like it in the entire U.S. If you are a serious outdoorsman, you might enjoy the whitewater rafting, kayaking, ropes challenge courses or ziplines offered at the center. However, if you aren’t up for those activities, the whitewater center also offers flatwater kayaking and canoeing, walking paths, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy watching other visitors try their hand at rock climbing, rafting, and more. The center also boasts great craft brews, several good dining options and evening music and film festivals where you can relax and simply enjoy being outdoors. Check out their website for more information.
Have some more suggestions? Please share them with us by calling Laura or Andrea at 803-504-1111 or by emailing us at Laura@TeamPogue.com.
This is a neat article – we loved hearing the perspective of these seniors! With New Years Resolutions on our minds, we thought we would share! The article is entitled “Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person.” published by the New York Times.
Don’t miss the annual Train Show facilitated by the Railroad Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes. This year they have extended the show so families can enjoy it after Christmas Day. In addition to the raffle of 3 Lionel Train Sets on Dec 23rd, the show will host a Lunch with Santa on Dec 16th and two Polar Express Storytime hours on Dec 16th and Dec 23rd. Don’t miss this fun annual event meant to be enjoyed by kids of all ages! The show opens on Dec 3rd and ends on Dec 28th. See the calendar for show hours and activities.
Wondering what holiday celebrations you might enjoy that are nearby Indian Land and the Waxhaw area? Look no further – the city of Waxhaw plans fun events for all ages each year during the holiday season!
Looking for some fun holiday activities to share with family and friends that are close to home this holiday season? Try heading over to downtown Waxhaw – they kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting and festival of lights on Sat, December 2nd. Enjoy a Christmas parade the following weekend. This year they have also planned a Menorah Lighting for Dec 14th. There is something for everyone close to home!
Gingersnap 5K Saturday, Dec 2nd at 8am
Holiday Festival of Lights Saturday, Dec 2nd 4-8pm
Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec 10th at 3pm
Menorah Lighting Thursday, Dec 14th at 5pm
For more information, visit the Waxhaw website at: http://www.waxhaw.com/118/Holiday-Happenings