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Lake Norman’s 2017 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:  Continue reading 

 

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 3rd Quarter 2017 Price Range Overview

If you are a home buyer or seller in the Lake Norman area it really only matters what is happening in YOUR price-range. Yes, it is important to know about the global economy, the national economy and the Charlotte area economy and real estate market but real estate is hyper-local so it is most meaningful for you to learn about the Lake Norman real estate market and within that, your specific niche. For instance, if you are looking to buy or sell in the $700,000 price range, you are going to have an entirely different experience than someone in the $800,000’s. This is the reason why I create a price-range analysis every quarter for my readers and clients:

Lake Norman’s 3rd Quarter 2017 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman home sales 3rd quarter 2017 by price range

*Compiled from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service’s data, this chart enables you to focus on your specific price range(s) rather than use the broad-brush approach thus allowing you to size up your competition and better position yourself.  

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Lake Norman 2017 Halloween Events, Pumpkin Patches and More!

Happy Halloween Lake Norman!

Every year at this time the Lake Norman area comes alive with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween festivities for all ages and homes decorated to welcome all of our young trick -or -treaters. Many of our subdivisions and communities around Lake Norman have their own neighborhood events that are really popular and are a great way to get to know your neighbors.  But here are some more options from kid-friendly to oh-so scary:

If you are in search of a pumpkin patch:

  • Carrigan Farms: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch on the weekends from 9-4pm. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider.
  • Patterson Farm: Pick your own pumpkin patch is open with tours through November 3rd. See their website link above for more details as they have a lot going on this month!
  • Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Farmers Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville who are already brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home!

Of course, it would not be Halloween without some fun, and even spooky events for all ages and Lake Norman is full of options!

  • This year, Carrigan Farms’ Scarrigan Farms is supposed to be so scary that moms enjoying smores on the other side of the quarry can hear their kids screaming as they walk through the haunted trail. As they say on their website: “This is not a trail for kids. If you’re under 12 come back when you’re old enough. We’ll be waiting. If someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night we know haven’t done our job.” Come gather around the bonfires, at the well-known Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry, before or after you enter the haunted trail. Visit Scrarrigan Farms on Facebook.  It runs Friday to Sunday nights through Monday, October 31st of course!
  • The Latta Plantation ( Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312) has several fun events for Halloween:
    •  Their All Hallow’s Eve Family Day  is on Oct. 21st from 10:00am – 2pm. Dress in your best Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat around the Latta Plantation. Play games, see historical demonstrations, meet the friendly farm animals while you visit. Children’s costume awards will be given to The Best Historical Character, The Best Classical Storybook Character, The Best Farm Animal Costume, The Most Creative Costume, among others. Costume contests are at 11:00am, 12:00pm, & 1:00pm. Story telling will be at 11:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm, all other activities, crafts, & games will be on-going. No food vendor today. Pack a picnic to enjoy at our picnic areas. Admission: $5 Per-person, ages 2 and under are FREE (NOTE price drop)
    • Ghost Walk Haunted Trail Sleepy Hollow: October 27-28 (7pm-10pm). Are you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of ghouls and ghost? If so, then stay at home, this thrilling Haunted Trail is for only the bravest souls. The plantation is turned into a frightening sight once the moon rises over the forest and the spooks come out at night. Those who dare must come aware that the haunted trail is a true scare. Winding through the woods, a half mile or so, wear comfortable shoes, you’ll be walking by a moon-lit glow. The curse of the Headless Horseman haunts the Latta Plantation as it’s transformed into Sleepy Hollow. Spirits from the past arise in search of the head of the headless horseman. Guides lead groups through a half-mile trail into the woods winding in-and-out of cabins, barns, pastures, and the Latta House itself; all while guest flea the ghouls of the night. Admission: $10 per-person.
  • Haunted Statesville Tours! Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. Come if you dare! This walking ghost tour is full of old stories and legends from Statesville’s past. Step beyond the beauty of Statesville’s historic downtown and discover its true haunted history–where tales of spirits, scary creatures, mysterious deaths and creepy alleys become real. Tours run every half hour between 6:30 – 8 pm. Tickets are $10 per person and reservations are required.  Haunted Statesville is a walking ghost tour full of old stories and legends from Statesville’s past. Tours being inside the newly renovated City Hall and step beyond the beauty of Statesville’s historic downtown and discover its true haunted history–where tales of spirits, scary creatures, mysterious deaths and creepy alleys become real. Historic Downtown Statesville, City Hall (227 S. Center Street) on the corner of East Front and South Center Streets. 704-878-3436.

Lake Norman Area Community Trick-or-Treating and other Halloween events:

  • The Patterson Farms is offering tours of their Corn Maze  through November 3rd.
  • Downtown Davidson’s Halloween March on Main Street in Davidson. Friday, October 27th 5-7 pm. Free. Costumed characters of all ages are invited to march and collect Halloween treats from the Downtown Merchants. Starts at the Town Hall.
  • Downtown Mooresville’s  Annual Halloween Treat for Families: 3-5pm Oct. 31st. Downtown will be crawling with little ghosts and goblins as businesses hand out candy and treats. 3 – 5pm.
  • Downtown Cornelius Halloween Celebration: October 28th: 2pm – 6pm.  Enjoy trick-or-treating, Halloween themed art activities and great photo opportunities. Trick-or-Treating will take place throughout downtown Cornelius 2-6pm.
  • Halloween in Huntersville & Fireworks Spooktacular Fun at Rural Hill October 21st 4pm – 8pm: Halloween in Huntersville is full of entertainment including live music, balloon twisters, airbrush tattoos, magician, bounce houses, Halloween crafts, Springfree Trampoline, & local craft vendors.
    Trick or Treat around to the vendors and sponsors for some sweet treats! COSTUME CONTEST – 5:00PM
    Cutest Baby (under 1yr)
    Best Costume (ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17)
    Best Adult Costume (ages 18+)
    Best Family CostumeFood trucks including Roaming Fork, The Sandwich Truck, Rural Hill concessions stand, and beverages for all ages will be available for purchase.End the event by enjoying FIREWORKS at 7:15pm (weather permitting)
  • Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights at the Carolina Renaissance Festival:  Already the Carolinas’ largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween! Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and under. October 28th and 29th.   Location: Carolina Renaissance Festival      Address: 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC 28078      Times: 9am-5:30pm     Phone: 704-896-5544
  • Downtown Statesville Trick or Treating: October 31st: 4-6pm. Downtown Statesville at Broad Street and Center Street. Free! It’s that time of year again when all the little ghosts and goblins converge on our downtown businesses to receive their treats. Trick or Treating will take place in the Downtown Business District on Tuesday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participating businesses will give away candy to costumed kids aged 12 and younger. Please mark your calendars! As in years past, an orange pumpkin with the downtown logo will be displayed in the window of those businesses that are participating in this event.

Did I miss anything? Let me know and I will add your events to my list!

Have a GREAT and SAFE Lake Norman Halloween!!!
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Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s September 2017 Market Report

September numbers are out! Here are what I feel are the biggest takeaways from last month’s Lake Norman real estate sales numbers:

  • We had another awesome month, logging in an all time September record of 194 closed sales of single family homes! (See green and yellow chart below).
  • At 1525 closed sales, our first 9 months of 2017 exceeded all previous years in Lake Norman’s history, even exceeding 2005’s previous record high by 7%.
  • My excitement about our luxury market last month has been tempered slightly as we currently has 29 properties over $1 million under contract down from 42 last month.
  • For the second straight month waterfront homes are in a sellers’ market but there are some worrisome signs that this momentum might not be sustained so it will be important to watch this trend going forward.
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 represented almost 1/4 of our sales and our current properties under contract again showing signs of stability after many years of struggling to recover.

In a nutshell, these numbers mean that our overall strong sales are no longer erratic but instead impressively consistent in beating prior year’s numbers month after month.  While there is no guarantee that this will continue long term, they are still tremendous accomplishments for our Lake Norman real estate market.  It looks like 2017 will be the single best year for home sales in Lake Norman’s history. But I am not going to celebrate just yet as I want to watch the waterfront and luxury niches carefully to see if they can finally regain their pre-recession levels.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Housing Report September 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman October 2017 Calendar

Download this month’s Lake Norman calendar here

One of the many great things about Lake Norman is that we are only 90 miles from Asheville, the gorgeous Smokey Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This month’s image was taken in the early morning in Marshall NC (just outside of Asheville) by photographer John Thomas Narrin. Gorgeous pasture land and rolling mountains as far as the eye can see are kissed by the pink glow of the sunrise.  Our mountains are just about at peak fall colors so the next few weeks will be a great time to plan a visit leaf peeping!

To make your desktop calendar just click on the link above and then right click and select “set as background”.

I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman. (Optimum size is a landscape photo about 2MB or about 1600 x 1200 pixels). I will give a $25 Gas Card to anyone who provides a photo that I use as one of my monthly calendars. If you’d like to submit a photo or an idea for a future calendar, please send it to…diane@dianeaurit.com

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s September 2017 Hot Sheet is Here!

Lake Norman Hot Sheet Home Sales

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.

I always get excited to do this Hot Sheet analysis each month because it provides me with a mid-month pulse of our Lake Norman real estate market.  So where are we today?  After a stunning March, strong April and May, record-breaking June, strong July and August, it looks like this hot trend might continue through the rest of 2017. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s September 2017 Two-Week Hot Sheet

Lake Norman real estate Market Report

* The above chart is a summary of today’s “Hot Sheet” from the Charlotte Multiple Listing Service for single family homes in all of Lake Norman. These numbers represent a real time snapshot of the past two week’s activity. (September 8th – 22nd).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the August chart using my data since 2010.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 2017 Market Report

I usually introduce these market reports with basic numbers about the month.  But today, instead, I want to share with you what I feel are the biggest takeaways:

  • Lake Norman currently has 42 properties over $1 million under contract.
  • Waterfront homes are, for the first time since the recession, in a sellers’ market.
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 represented almost 1/4 of our sales.
  • Finally, at 1329 closed sales, our first 8 months were the highest first 8 months in Lake Norman’s history, exceeding 2005’s by 6.6%.

In a nutshell, these mean that our waterfront, trade-up and luxury markets may finally be recovering after lagging for years, AND our overall strong sales are no longer erratic but instead impressively consistent in beating prior year’s numbers month after month.  While there is no guarantee that these will continue long term, they are still tremendous accomplishments for our Lake Norman real estate market.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Market Report August 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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