Some choosing other counties when relocating to Charlotte area
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Realtors were ready to seize an opportunity when MetLife announced last month it was moving 1,300 employees to Charlotte. But one agent told Eyewitness News all of those workers aren't interested in living in the city.
"In recent years, Union County has actually been in a tremendous growth pattern,” real estate agent Bob Bunzey said.
With major companies like MetLife and Avera getting ready to set up shop in Ballantyne, Bunzey said he is working with a number of people who are relocating. Many are looking at homes outside Mecklenburg County.
“If you come out into the Union County area, usually the lots are bigger, the tax rate is lower, the house value is a good bit higher as well," Bunzey said.
Bunzey said more people looking to relocate for jobs in the Charlotte area are looking outside Mecklenburg County because of lower property taxes. He said Union County is often a top choice.
"It is the number one county in the state as far as growth. It's in the top 10 in the U.S. in recent years, and there's good reason for that," Bunzey said.
Robert Fortney was looking to leave New York, and despite having no ties to North Carolina, decided to settle in Union County. He said one of the major selling points was the school system.
"Came down here six years ago, did a lot of research and fell in love with this area. Thought it was a great place to raise our children," Fortney said.
He looked at other areas in Mecklenburg County like Lake Norman and Ballantyne before making the decision. He moved his family again recently, but still stayed in Union County.