Workforce program launches in Huntersville for Lake Norman residents

HUNTERSVILLE  - Solid Rock Christian Church has partnered with Charlotte Works Workforce Development to launch a SHARE Network Access Point (SNAP) program in Lake Norman.

The site is located at 16601 Old Statesville Road. It is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be an official open house at noon, March 25.

SNAP assists individuals that are currently unemployed, seeking a career change or in need of coaching to secure employment and brings together access to employers and licensed professionals that are looking to hire motivated and skilled candidates.

Through SNAP, individuals will have online access to employment opportunities and a other resources and services, including:

• online access to search for employment opportunities

• registering for unemployment

• referrals to local JobLink Career Centers for career counseling / assistance

• employment support groups (including contact with hiring employers)

• seminars / workshops / networking opportunities

• vocational assessments / training

• online resume writing services

• wellness support services


For information, contact the church office at 704.947.8898 or visit (


Regional housing market continues to improve; supply decreases

CHARLOTTE  - Residential home sales continued positive gains throughout the region in February, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

Based on Carolina Multiple Listing Services data, closings were up 26.6 percent compared to February 2012. February 2013 sales totaled 2,043 compared to 1,614 for the same period last year.  
Average and median sales prices also posted gains. The average sales price last month was $194,900, up 5.5 percent compared to February 2012 at $184,766. The median price of $150,923was up 3.8 percent over February 2012 at $145,450.
The average list price jumped last month 8.1 percent to $267,708 over $247,736 a year ago.

Demand also remained strong with pending sales totaling 3,089, an increase of 52.7 percent over the previous period.

Inventory continued to fall, decreasing 28.9 percent compared to February 2012, leaving the region with a 5-months supply of homes for sale.
The average number of days a property was on the market from the time it was listed until it closed was 147 days, a decrease of 12 days from the previous period last year.

Foreclosures and short sales also continued to fall.  Distressed properties accounted for only 10.2 percent of new listings compared with 13.8 percent last February.  15.9 percent of all closed sales in February 2013 were distressed, which is down from 18.7 percent in February 2012.
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Prudential Carolinas Huntersville adds new sales associate

HUNTERSVILLE  - Akilah Smith has joined Prudential Carolinas Realty as a sales associate in its Huntersville office.

“Akilah is a strong addition to our team,” said Al Mirabelli, managing broker of the Pru Carolinas Huntersville office. “We know that Akilah will be able to assist us in fulfilling the Pru Carolinas vision of exceeding client expectations and providing an exemplary service experience.”

The Pru Carolinas Huntersville office is located at 7930 West Kenton Circle. It is part of a family of companies with more 600 sales associates and 14 offices across North Carolina. It is one of the largest residential real estate firms serving all three of North Carolina’s major metropolitan markets – doing business as Prudential Carolinas in Charlotte and Winston- Salem, Prudential York Simpson Underwood in the Triangle and Prudential Yost & Little in Greensboro.

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Unique boutique, under new ownership, reopens in Huntersville. 

HUNTERSVILLE - Apricot Lane Boutique, specialty gift stores that sell unique fashion goods and jewelry, has reopened in Birkdale Village.

According to a news release, franchise owners Alpha Astra, headed by George and Carol Toulas, will open two additional locations in Charlotte and one in Durham later this year. Alpha Astra owns Apricot Lane locations in Cary and Raleigh. 

Lowe's sells Shamrocks to support MDA services

MOORESVILLE  - For the 13th year, Lowe's is selling Shamrock mobiles in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The mobiles, costing $1 green, $5 gold and $20 platinum, are available at more than 1,700 Lowe's stores nationwide through March 31. Lowe's has been an MDA sponsor since 2007 and in 2012, broke its own record as MDA's top all-time Shamrocks retailer. 

The company's mission is to raise millions to assist MDA in providing critical service programs, worldwide research and accessible summer camp experiences for individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases across the country. MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

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