Thanks for the info. I agree with your suggesting about renting first. If I do take the job, I plan to rent for 6-12 months before committing to a home purchase.
While that salary may seem low"in California, it is high for NC so it is tempting from that stand point.
Ultimately I think my decision will be based on the culture so I'll try to negotiate with my boss to see if he'll let me work from the Charlotte office for a few weeks as sort of a test drive before accepting the job.