Realtors Care Day 2012 in Statesville!

image For the fourth year in a row, Realtors® are stepping out and helping their community members fix up and repair their homes.  On April 20, 2012, over 500 Realtor® volunteers with the Charlotte Regional Realtors® Association will work on 23 homes from Mathews to Statesville NC and everywhere in between.   Realtors® Care day is organized by the Housing Opportunity Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtors® Association.  The foundation is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing initiatives.

This year, the Foundation was proud to announce that Realtors® Care Day has been adopted for use by another state and is in hopes that eventually this project will be a national day of Realtors® giving back to their community.  I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer since the start, a site captain for two years and Area Captain and Core committee member this year.  It is so rewarding be be a part of such a wonderful project.  I am so proud of our association and of all the hard selfless work that goes in to putting this day all together.  image

I would like to take a few moments to thank all the sponsors and contractors that have donated their time and money – oh and don’t forget the fabulous food!  Without all these businesses, this project would not be possible.  A HUGE thank you to Lowes Home Improvements for all they do for Realtors® Care Day.  You guys rock!

A little more about Realtors® Care Day:
Area Realtors®, each year, trade their Iphones and droids for toolboxes to make a lasting impression in the lives of homeowners throughout Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Realtors® Care Day is an all-day, home-repair project to help those who have critical home-maintenance needs.

Equipped with hammers and nails, and armed with a passion to give back, Realtor® crews replace and repair roofs and gutters, paint exteriors of homes, and undertake a host of exterior repairs. Each year, around 25 homeowners are identified as those in need by regional Habitat for Humanity chapters, the City of Charlotte and other housing partners.

Every day, Realtors® make the American dream a reality – and in April of each year, we come together to help sustain that dream for those who desperately need our help. As housing industry professionals, we are keenly aware that many in our community lack the physical ability and/or financial resources to maintain their homes. The shelter that is supposed to be a comfort instead becomes a burden, and in many cases, is unsafe.

Realtors® Care Day has accomplished so much! Since 2009, Realtor® volunteers have helped repair 87 homes in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties – giving them a safer, cleaner and more stable home in which to live.

Watch a slide show from 2010 or the 2009 Realtors® Care Day video: Video Part 1, Video Part 2.


So if you are out and about on the 20th and you happen to see a Realtors® Care Day sign with about 25 worker bees crawling all over the house, give them a shout out and don’t forget to watch Wilsons World on Fox Charlotte April 20th starting at 5:30 a.m.



Fall Happenings and Halloween activities in Statesville NC 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and have settled into the cooler fall season.  Kids are back to school, the mornings are getting colder and the leaves are starting to change.  It won’t be long before we turn the clocks back (November 6) and dig out our winter gear.  Fall is always a busy time around Iredell County and there are some big events coming up that I wanted to remind you of. They are fun for all and a good time to get out into your community.


Balloon Fest

Carolina BalloonFest 38: October 21-23. Rain or shine.  Located next to the Statesville Airport.  Friday is community appreciation day and admission is FREE!  Get there early to avoid traffic and see the balloon ascension. Tons of fun for the family.  I took my granddaughter last year and it was fabulous.  That’s her with Grampie.

Crossroads PumpkinFest: Downtown Statesville November 5, 2011 from 10-5. Meet area businesses, eat lots of great food, rides for the kids, live entertainment, local crafts and lots more.  Come on out and stop by our booth!  I would love to meet you.


Downtown Mooresville Cruise in:  3-7 p.m.  Fun for the whole family (especially the guys!)  Come take a look at some fabulous automobiles and bring your glasses – because they are shiny!

2011 Annual Business Expo: The Annual Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS EXPO will be held on Thursday October 6th at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, downtown Mooresville from 9am-5pm.  The Business Expo will feature close to 100 boths.  The purpose of the show is for local businesses to have an opportunity to demonstrate their products and meet one on one with potential customers.

Well….It looks like there is no reason to be bored this fall.  Tons to do for everyone.  Get out with your family and have a ball!  I am headed to the Disney on Ice in Charlotte with my little princess in October and hope to see you at some of the events just mentioned.  Look for me!

Halloween jack o' lantern carved to resemble a cat




Downtown Statesville Business Trick or Treat– October 31 – It’s that time of year again when all the little ghosts and goblins converge on downtown to receive their Halloween treats. Trick or Treating will take place in the Downtown Business District on Monday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participating businesses will give away candy to costumed kids aged 12 and younger.

Haunted Statesville:  Spooky haunted tours of downtown Statesville. Come if you dare!  Friday and Saturday October 21-22 and 28-29.  6:30 to 8 p.m. Reservations required.  $10 per person.

City of Statesville Trick or Treating


Trunk or Treat events

Chick-Fil-A Statesville– Trunk or Treat   Friday, October 29, 2010 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Regal Corn Maze – Trunk or Treat October 30th 3-5 p.m..

Monticello United Methodist Church, Statesville, NC -Trunk or Treat sponsored by Monticello UMC. Last year we served over 1,000 children. Don’t miss out on the fun and at the same time your children will be indoors and in safe surroundings. All the fun starts at 5:30pm. Monday, Oct 31 6:00p to 7:30p

Presbyterian Church Of The Springs, Statesville NC  10/29/2011 Saturday 5:00p to 7:00p

Northview Church of Christ – 10/31/2011 Monday 6:00p to 8:00p – An Indoor Trick or Treat with free inflatables and free hot dogs

Believers Faith Center Church – Games, food, prizes, inflatables and candy. All are welcome.  10/31/2011 Monday 6:30p to 8:30p

Other Halloween Events:

City of Statesville Trick or Treat :  Date not announced yet but usually it is on several nights including Halloween and police will patrol neighborhoods the entire weekend.  Will update when dates are posted.

Midway Wicked Woods: Come and join us every Friday & Saturday in October for “Midway Wicked Woods”, a walk in the woods designed to scare a Yell out of you!! ADULT campers receive a $4.00 discount with receipt. September 30; October 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

Pumpkin Patches and More:  Visit this wonderful site for tons of activities you can do with the kids.  Great resource for area happenings, pumpkin patches, maze’s and more including Carrigan Farms, Regal Corn Mazeand Howards Strawberries.


Mooresville, Troutman, Davidson and Huntersville Halloween Events:

Scarrigan Farms – FAMILY & KIDS Scarrigan Farms Select nights in October, 2011 7:00 pm Before you waste your money or time at any ordinary haunted attraction this October, be sure to check out Scarrigan Farms for your spine-tingling adventure. Celebrating their fifth season of Nightmarish thrills, Scarrigan Farms is back and scarier than ever. October evenings in Mooresville will never be the same, as Scarrigan Farms opens its doors to brave souls in search of the ultimate experience in terror. This multi-layered terror attraction includes five electrifying scare zones, beginning with a 40 foot double barrel drop into the haunted trail. Complete with Psycho Clowns, the Tragic Bus, 3-D Maze and Corn Maze, Scarrigan Farms should not be missed. Those waiting for their appointment with fate may also enjoy bonfires and music in the beautiful rock quarry, where concessions are available, including hot dogs and s’mores kits to roast on the fire. Chaperons, friends and guests choosing not to challenge the trail may wait at the Quarry to se… Saturday, October 15, 2011, 6:30 PM9:00 PM. Carrigan Farms 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy (Intersection of 150 & 152) 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. Mooresville, NC 28115. For more info visit

Ghost Walk of Davidson (Reservation Required)– FAMILY & KIDS Ghost Walk of Davidson Daily 7:00 pm Cost: $5-$10; children 8 and under free Take a guided walking tour of the town with a twist. You will receive a guided historic tour of Davidson while listening to the local history, ghost stories, and local haunts. The nightly walking tour lasts about two hours. Reservations recommended. Details: 704-928-5452.Saturday, October 15, 2011, 7:00 PM9:00 PM. The Soda Shop 104 S. Main St. Davidson, NC. For more info visit

Ghost Tales in the Dark (RSVP Required)– FAMILY & KIDS Ghost Tales in the Dark October 15, 2011 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm & 10:00 pm Tour the plantation by candlelight and hear real ghost stories from staff, volunteers, and previous ghost hunts. RSVP is required and the cost is $12 per person (only $6 for members). Call 704-875-2312 to register! Saturday, October 15, 2011, 8:00 PM10:00 PM. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078. For more info visit

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze – FAMILY & KIDS Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze September 3 – November 6, 2011 Who can find their way out the fastest? Who has the patience and the stamina to find all twelve map pieces AND Kernels of Knowledge? Mom or Dad? Kids or Parents? Boss or Staff? Boys or Girls??? Enjoy great music, great food, great fun, and the great outdoors as the maze challenges your skills in problem solving, teamwork, and patience as you look for mailboxes containing clues, “Kernels of Knowledge,” and of course, the Victory Bridge that leads to the exit. The Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze is an imaginative use of a corn field so comfortable shoes are suggested. Water stations are on site and visitors are permitted to bring in their own food and beverages. Vendors will be onsite with snacks, ice cream, soft drinks and water available for purchase. Hayrides, inflatable fun and Flex Flying are available for a small charge on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit for maize dates & times. Sunday, October 16, 2011, 10:30 AM6:00 PM. Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078. For more info visit

Haunted house

Statewide Haunted Resources:

North Carolina Haunt World

Eastern Paranormal

Scarowinds – Carowinds Halloween Haunt





Children’s Homes of Iredell County gets grant from Local Realtor Association


Housing Opportunity Foundation awards $2,500 to

Children’s Homes of Iredell County

Realtors® continue to make a difference through third-annual Community Grants Program

Charlotte, N.C. – The Housing Opportunity Foundation awarded Children’s Homes of Iredell County $2,500 through its annual Community Grants Program.  The foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association and is dedicated to making a difference in the community by creating housing opportunities, promoting homeownership, and positioning and educating Realtors® as leaders.

The Community Grants Program, now in its third year, supports area organizations that address unmet housing needs in Mecklenburgand Iredell counties.  The Realtor®-directed and funded program awards a total of $10,000 annually to area agencies, and has awarded $30,000 over the past three years to 14 nonprofits.

Children’s Homes of Iredell County was awarded $2,500 to provide educational training materials, college application funds, and transportation funds for employment and college visits to the young adults in the Children’s Homes’ Transitional Living Program.  This program houses foster children ages 17-21 who have been in the care of the Iredell County Department of Social Services.  The skills and resources that these young adults receive through this program help them to become more independent and self-sufficient as they age out of the foster care system.  This funding will allow them to gain the skills necessary to pursue employment and/or advanced education, and will prepare them to be productive adults. Realtor® and volunteer Sonya Leonard provided a recommendation for Children’s Homes of Iredell County to receive funding.

“Realtors® recognize the vital role that agencies like Children’s Homes of Iredell County play in meeting the very basic needs of stability and shelter for children who have been separated from their families,” said association/Carolina Multiple Listings Services, Inc. (CMLS) President Laurie Knudsen.  “We are thrilled to be able to assist this organization that works to provide homelike environments for those who are the most vulnerable in our community.”

For more information about the Housing Opportunity Foundation, the association or CMLS, visit


The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association is a trade association that provides its more than  6,000 Realtor® members with the resources and services they need to conduct ethical, professional, successful and profitable businesses. The association is dedicated to being the region’s primary resource for residential real estate information. The association operates the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS), which has approximately 7,000 Subscribers and is the private cooperative Realtors® use for access to tens of thousands of residential listings in a 10-county service area, including the high-growth Charlotte area and outside this service area.

The Housing Opportunity Foundation is the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association and is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate Realtors® as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create housing opportunities.

*Pictured from left to right: (Children’s Homes of Iredell County)

Laurie Knudsen, 2011 association/CMLS president; Joan Goode, Realtor® and chair of the Housing Opportunity Foundation Committee; Brenda Speece, executive director of Children’s Homes of Iredell County; Sonya Leonard, Realtor®; Anne Marie Howard, association/CMLS CEO