Monday, April 21, 2025

THANKS FOR VISITING POOK'S SUN CITY CAROLINA LAKES NEWS!


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Thursday, April 10, 2025

LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF...


I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is “Pook” Bellini and I’m a REALTOR® with HELEN ADAMS REALTY.  I am licensed in South Carolina and specialize in our beautiful Sun City Carolina Lakes community.  Prior to moving to South Carolina, I was an active REALTOR® in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Arizona area since 2005.

My husband and I moved here from Paradise Valley, Arizona, where we lived for 38 years, raised two great sons, and where I enjoyed 12 wonderful years of teaching first grade prior to starting my real estate career.  Before moving to Arizona in 1976, we lived in my hometown, Ossining, New York.  I taught second grade in Chappaqua, NY for 5 years, after attending the State University of NY at New Paltz and receiving a B.A. from Briarcliff College and a Masters Degree from Western Connecticut State College.  

We first came to Carolina Lakes to visit friends in 2010 and we knew immediately that we loved the SCCL lifestyle.  In 2012 we decided to purchase a home here, with the eventual goal of moving back to the east coast to be closer to family and to call SCCL home.  For two years we made regular “visits” to our home until we moved here as permanent residents at the end of December 2014.   We are thrilled to be a part of this community and are enjoying all the wonderful activities that brought us here.  An avid walker and hiker, I love to wander the beautiful trails and walkways at SCCL... if you see me out there, please stop and say hello!

As a former elementary school educator, I bring the heart of a teacher to my real estate career and I am passionate about educating buyers and sellers as I guide them through the process of buying or selling a home.  With this in mind, my goal as a REALTOR® is to provide exceptional service as a consultant, negotiator, and overseer of transactional details, and it is my hope that the relationship I form with clients will last for a lifetime.

  
As  part of the HELEN ADAMS REALTY team, I am dedicated to helping you with all of your real estate needs.  As one of the most respected real estate companies in the greater Charlotte area, including the South Carolina pan handle, HELEN ADAMS REALTY is committed to providing its clients with comprehensive marketing and technology services.  If you are looking to downsize or move up, considering selling your current residence, or even if you just have a real estate related question, please contact me. I would love to have the opportunity to help you!  I will combine my experience, enthusiasm, and hard work, along with the power of the HELEN ADAMS REALTY team, to exceed your expectations for exemplary service and professionalism in everything I do.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

REDSTONE Press Release

Charlotte, NC (July, 2017)MPV Properties (MPV) and Stone Theatres recently celebrated the topping out of the new 14-screen cineplex, which will anchor RedStone, Indian Land’s new premier retail destination. The movie theater, to be called RedStone 14, is just one component of the RedStone shopping center with other tenants including Portofino’s Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria, Red Rocks Café, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, Viva Chicken, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Pananova Craft Kitchen, Moe’s Southwest Grill, WAFU Japanese Steakhouse, Jackson’s Java, Which Wich, Tropical Smoothie Café, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, and Lee Nails.
“We are very pleased with the construction progress of RedStone,” says Michael Bilodeau, Development Manager with MPV. “The movie theater and mix of restaurants and shop space will create a first-class retail environment.”

The anticipated opening date for RedStone is mid-February of 2018.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Be sure to remember why we are celebrating today...
Wishing you a fun-filled and safe 4th of July

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
CLICK ON LINK FOR COMPLETE TEXT OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND WELL

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog
7/4/17

This article about the AMERICAN DREAM of owning a home is great news on this 4th of July!  It gives "Independence Day" a whole new meaning!
Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better! | Keeping Current Matters
Forbes.com recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”
 
The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, and layoffs. 

The national index score was rounded out to 100.0 in January as a baseline for comparison and it rose the fourth straight month in a row to 101.8.
Alaska, coming in at 89.4, represented the lowest score on the index due in part to the recent collapse in oil prices. In contrast, Wyoming came in with the highest score at 115.1. The full results can be seen in the map below.
Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better! | Keeping Current Matters
Forbes Senior Editor Kurt Badenhausen explained why many states saw a boost in the index last month:
“The American Dream Index rose for the fourth straight month to 101.8 propelled by gains in goods-producing jobs and building permits, as well as declines in unemployment claims and mass layoffs.
Goods-producing jobs (manufacturing, mining, construction and agriculture) were up for the ninth straight month in May…Building permits rose for the fourth straight month compared to the prior year.”

Bottom Line

The American Dream, for many, includes being able to own a home of one’s own. With the economy improving in many areas of the country, that dream can finally become a reality. 
 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

PROGRESSIVE LIVING FACILITY TO BE BUILT NEAR SCCL


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/development/article152867259.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer

Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog
5/16/17

4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer | Keeping Current MattersSo, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!
Freddie Mac covered “4 Tips for Making an Offer” in their latest Executive Perspective. Here are the 4 tips they covered along with some additional information for your consideration:

1. Understand How Much You Can Afford

“While it's not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.”
This ‘tip’ or ‘step’ should really take place before you start your home search process.
As we’ve mentioned before, getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and will allow you to make your offer with the confidence of knowing that you have already been approved for a mortgage for that amount. You will also need to know if you are prepared to make any repairs that may need to be made to the house (ex: new roof, new furnace).

2. Act Fast

“Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.” 
According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of homes for sale is currently at a 3.7-month supply; this is well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes.
Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as soon as possible.

3. Make a Solid Offer

Freddie Mac offers this advice to help make your offer the strongest it can be:
“Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.”
Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways that you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market!

4. Be Prepared to Negotiate

“It's likely that you'll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared. The two things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you'll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford.
Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”
If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home." If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller, or cancel the contract.

Bottom Line 

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, having a local professional on your side who is an expert in their market is your best bet in making sure the process goes smoothly. Happy House Hunting!

Friday, May 12, 2017

GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING FOR A LOAN

Courtesy of Kevin D. Barbee


Kevin D. Barbee Photo  Kevin D. Barbee
HomeServices Lending, LLC
NMLS 645363
NMLS 490683
3420 Toringdon Way Ste 200
Charlotte, NC 28277
704-227-3061
KevinBarbee@homeserviceslending.com http://www.kevinbarbeehomeloans.com
HomeServices Lending, LLC
NMLS 645363
NMLS 490683
3420 Toringdon Way Ste 200
Charlotte, NC 28277
704-227-3061
KevinBarbee@homeserviceslending.com http://www.kevinbarbeehomeloans.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SCCL Community Open House - May 6th

Looking forward to holding 41214 Calla Lily Street open this Saturday, May 6th! This is SCCL's first Open House event and it will be a great opportunity to see some lovely homes in the community. Come by and see me!