Buying a home in this seller’s market is a whirlwind, and these home buyers took us along for the ride. This is The Chase, a new series featuring real Charlotteans and their house hunting stories. Read past editions here.
Michael and Hanna Telford made five offers within three months before landing their dream home. Here’s how it went.
Who: Michael (28) is a financial planner for a San Francisco-based company and works remote full-time. Hanna (28) is a digital marketing specialist for a local company. They previously rented in Uptown before buying.
The house: Michael and Hanna were looking for a move-in-ready three-bed house around $400,000-$500,000 within walking distance of South End, Uptown or the light rail.
- They wanted a white brick house with a lot of natural light and a fenced-in yard for their dog Cali.
- A garage was on the would-be-nice list.
Timeline: They spent three months looking and making offers before narrowing it down to their top two picks.
Listed for: $495,000
Sold for: $515,000
Neighborhood: Colonial Village, just south of Sedgefield near the Scaleybark light rail station.
Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,609 square feet
Why it made the cut: The location is walkable to several breweries and restaurants, the light rail and their gym.
- It also has a large mostly fenced-in yard and a carport.
Listed for: $498,000
Sold for: $505,000
Neighborhood: Smallwood, in the historic West End near Johnson C. Smith University.
Specs: 4 beds, 3 baths, 1,436 square feet
Why it made the cut: This house has curb appeal, interior updates, and a fenced-in backyard and fire pit for outdoor entertaining.
- There’s also a large garage which could fit a home gym and an apartment above the garage that could be used as guest space, an office, etc.