The Chase: Newlyweds with $350K budget hunt for a north Charlotte home

The Chase: Newlyweds with $350K budget hunt for a north Charlotte home

Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios Charlotte

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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.


Newlyweds Danielle and Kevin Logan were told the Dilworth/South End condo they were renting was going on the market in April 2021. The closed on a home Aug. 5.

Who: Danielle, 29, is a marketing and merchandising manager for a local company. Kevin, 28, works in healthcare communications as a senior consultant.

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Courtesy of Danielle Logan

The house: They were on the hunt for a three-bed, two-bath under $350,000 within 25 minutes of the city, preferably north and inside 485. Danielle wanted something move-in-ready, but Kevin was open to a a bit of a fixer-upper.

  • Top 3 wish list items: A walk-in closet, separate office for Kevin and an open floor plan.
  • A laundry room on the same floor as the bedrooms and a yard were nice to have.

“Obviously, we would’ve liked to stay in SouthEnd/Dilworth,” Danielle said, “but with our budget and wanting more space for our future, we knew that would be difficult (or nearly impossible).”

Timeline: The put an offer on a house in November 2020, but didn’t start formally looking until April 2021. They put in five offers total and closed in August.


Option 1: New-build townhouse

Listed for: $290,000

Sold for: $310,000

Neighborhood: Huntersville

Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,873 square feet

Why it made the cut: It was under budget, close to family and was completely move-in ready with beautiful finishes.

The chase New-build townhouse

Image capture: Aug 2021, ©2021 Google


Option 2: South End/Dilworth condo

Listed for: $325,000

Sold for: $327,000

Neighborhood: South End/Dilworth (Olmstead Park)

Specs: 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,075 square feet

Why it made the cut: They loved the neighborhood, spacious primary suite and balcony overlooking the pool — and they wouldn’t have to move.

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Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios Charlotte


Option 3: Two-story single-family

Listed for: $340,000

Sold for: $367,000

Neighborhood: Davis Lake

Specs: 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,544 square feet

Why it made the cut: This house was the most spacious and had a sunroom and landscaped backyard. They loved the neighborhood, too.

Danielle and Kevin Logan the chase house

Courtesy of Danielle Logan

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Courtesy of Danielle Logan


Which house would you pick?

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Which house did Danielle and Kevin pick?

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If you chose Option 3, you’re correct.

How it went: They put their first offer in on a house in November of 2020. “It was sort-of a spur-of-the-moment thing, as we weren’t seriously looking for a house but fell in love,” Danielle said.

  • Ultimately, they didn’t get the house but it good practice for future multiple-offer situations.
  • They put an offer on the condo they formerly rented and lost to an investor.
Danielle and Kevin Logan the chase

Courtesy of Danielle Logan

No. 1 piece of advice: “We know that this market is scary and you may feel the need to make spontaneous decisions, but remember to not settle. Make sure you love the house, because you’re likely to put in way over asking price right now and you want to make it worth it!” — Danielle

 

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