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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2015 Hot Sheet is Sizzling!

Lake Norman Home Sales Hot Sheet March 2015

With winter now in our rear view mirror, our Lake Norman real estate market is hopping like a happy Easter bunny!   Continue Reading….

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2015 Hot Sheet is Sizzling!

Lake Norman real estate Hot Sheet report

Want the very latest insight into our Lake Norman real estate market? So do I which is why, every month, I do a snapshot analysis of the middle two weeks of the month to get a sense of where we are at this very moment…an almost live insight into the heartbeat of the Lake Norman housing market.

With winter now in our rear view mirror, our Lake Norman real estate market is hopping like a happy Easter bunny!  You know it is a good market when I see not 1 but 3 updates on Facebook from local Realtors looking to hire assistants or team members in just this past week. We currently have 245 single family homes under contract (sellers have accepted an offer but the sale is not complete) in all of Lake Norman compared to last month’s 230, January’s 187, December’s 174, November’s  208, and October’s 262.  The strong activity I noted since the first of the year just keeps gaining momentum!  Here are our 2-week Hot Sheet numbers: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Home Inspections: Why the Challenges Never Change

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Home Buyer: “But when I sold my house I did ALL of the repairs.”

Buyer’s Agent: “My buyers want ALL of the items on the inspection report repaired because that is how I have always handled home inspections and I want to get the most for my client whether this is reasonable or not.”

Professional Home Inspector:“As a home inspector I have more and more liability so not only must I note every little thing I see, I also have to spell out the worst case scenario.  What if that tiny speck of fungus is mold?  Guilty until proven otherwise by the expert in each field. I can only point things out but I can’t tell you what’s really wrong because I am not an expert…call a licensed contractor.”

Listing Agent: “My sellers have taken good care of their home and this is an “as is” sale per the contract but I do need to urge my sellers to make the repairs because otherwise we may loose the buyer”.

 

I have been a full time Realtor since 1991 and for the most part these 4 perspectives really haven’t changed.  The result is a perpetuation of sometimes grueling negotiations, added stress for all parties and a solution that will require a complete and simultaneous mindset change by all 4 roles in the real estate sales process throughout the entire country. Yikes! Continue reading

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How to Search for a”Green” Home in Lake Norman

Green Homes in Lake NormanI’ll bet if I asked 50 people to define a “green” home I would be 50 different answers.  That is why I am particularly excited that our Charlotte Multiple Listing Service not just added a number of “Green” search and data fields for listings of single family homes including  Green Certifications, HERS Index ratings and a list  27 “Green Building Features” but also added definitions which helps both home buyers and Realtors better understand what is considered a “green” feature. While it will take time, more and more Realtors, builders and home sellers are going to take advantage of these fields making it easier for Lake Norman area home buyers to find them.  Here is the list directly from our CMLS. If you aren’t looking immediately, you might want to bookmark this list for the future! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s February 2015 Sales Analysis: Good News?

A 22% increase in sales compared to last year, a 24% increase over last month’s sales and the best February since 2007?  Even sleet, snow, and unusually cold weather didn’t slow down our hot real estate market.  As I noted last month, Lake Norman’s housing market got crazy busy (my technical term for it) right after the holidays and we are now seeing this translated into closed as well as new contracts. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Market Report February 2015

Lake Norman Home Sales Analuysis

* All data is from the Charlotte Regional Multiple Listing Service. Continue reading

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Spring is coming!  March is when Lake Norman trees, bushes and flower gardens start coming back to life.  By April we will be surrounded by green and bursts of the colors of springtime.  I am thrilled that THE local expert on plants and wildlife, Christine Lisiewski (who works at my favorite Dearness Gardens Nursery in Huntersville), has provided us with another one of her amazing photographs for this month’s calendar. Christine takes stunning photos of nature and flowers and generously shared this one with us. Not only is she the plant buyer at Dearness Gardens but she just recently was picked to design and implement a butterfly garden for The Preserve at Robbins Point and she even teaches classes about butterflies and native gardens. Visit her new blog: Christine’s Beautiful World.

To make your desktop calendar just click on the link above and then right click and select “set as background”. This is a copyrighted photo so please understand that I can not send you a copy of this photo without the calendar. Thank you! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2015 Desktop Calendar is Here!

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