Realtor® / Broker in North Carolina / South Carolina

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I am a fierce advocate for my clients throughout each transaction. Staying one (or several) steps ahead of everyone ensures a smooth process and successful closing. Beyond the closing, my knowledge and local resources continue to be available to my clients as I strive to build life-long relationships.


  • National Association of Realtors®
  • North Carolina Association of Realtors®
  • Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association

  • 2017 Charlotte Observer Real Estate Rising Star
  • Superior School of Real Estate
  • SNS – Strategic Negotiating Specialist
  • South Carolina Realtors Association



  • I love working at Cottingham Chalk because the family-like culture is fun and so supportive!

  • I love that Charlotte has a mix of people from across the globe, the exploding restaurant scene and the world-class arts.

  • For a quick getaway, you can’t beat Charleston for the coast or Asheville if the mountains are calling you. We are spoiled being so close to both!

  • Exploring the world (near and far) with my husband and two daughters is what I love to do with my free time. We love to connect with new cultures and people.

  • I am an energy healer. I use ancient techniques from Japan and other indigenous cultures and spiritual traditions to assist the body’s innate healing mechanisms. And healing the energy in a house can be transformative for all its inhabitants!


Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Laina’s adventurous spirit lead her to live in several cities across the Midwest and Northeastern US. A lover of travel and cultural arts of all mediums, she delights in finding the very best in local restaurants, galleries, music and fashion. Her passion for architecture and home design, in particular, fueled her interest in pursuing real estate as a career. She combines that passion with a concierge-like attention to detail to provide top notch service to her clients.

Laina’s experience launching a wellness retail store in the world renowned Cleveland Clinic hospital, as well as her training in yoga and meditation make her an ideal companion on the sometimes stressful path to home buying and selling. She has the poise, local knowledge, and outstanding relationship skills to lead every transaction to success.

After 10 years living in Charlotte, Laina feels like a native. She understands the many concerns of moving to a new city and state after relocating for her husband’s job in 2011. Laina has been married to her husband Sal for over 20 years and has two teenage daughters ~ one in college and one at Myers Park High School. She enjoys contributing her time and energy as a board member at Gracious Hands Transitional Housing.

416 N Dotger Avenue
$1,225,000   Active
Subdivision: Elizabeth

Enjoy a 10 minute commute to Uptown Charlotte ~ no highway time! This beautiful home by the award winning Miller Architecture is just 3 miles from city center. Offering elegant entertaining spaces with an open floor plan and 4 en suite bedrooms, you'll love the layout. Open kitchen/family room leading right out to the screened porch and deck. Updated chef's kitchen features light cabinetry, white quartzite counters, separate ice machine and beverage cooler. Private main floor guest suite. 2nd Floor has 3 bedrooms with en suite full baths, a bonus room/office, laundry room, and large walk-in attic storage area. Huge primary suite is a serene oasis surrounded by mature trees. Easy landscaped yard for minimal maintenance. The Elizabeth neighborhood is hopping! Walk to top restaurants, shops, and green spaces like Independence Park!

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Basic Information

MLS#: 3729437
Price: $1,225,000
Square Footage: 3936
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.1
Acreage: 0.22
Year Built: 1944
Type: Single Family Residence
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Listing agent: Laina Kafiti

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Listing courtesy of: Cottingham Chalk

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