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Lake Norman Real Estate’s November Market Report

Lake Norman Real Estate Home Sales Report

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

  • We had another record-breaking month compared to prior years, logging in 140 closed sales of single family homes in November. (See green and yellow chart below).
  • Compared to our peak in June, there is no doubt that our overall Lake Norman housing market has experienced the typical seasonal slowdown since September.
  • At 1837 closed sales, our first 11 months of 2017 exceeded all previous years in Lake Norman’s history, even exceeding 2005’s previous record high by 6%.
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 bounced back after an abysmal October but other price ranges dipped. So much for stability!
  • Waterfront homes remain on the cusp of a balanced/buyer’s market after two pretty strong months over the summer. Ups and downs and more ups and downs.

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Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s November 2017 Market Report

November numbers are out! Below are what I feel to be the biggest takeaways from last month’s Lake Norman real estate sales data:

  • We had another record-breaking month compared to prior years, logging in 140 closed sales of single family homes in November. (See green and yellow chart below).
  • Compared to our peak in June, there is no doubt that our overall Lake Norman housing market has experienced the typical seasonal slowdown since September.
  • At 1837 closed sales, our first 11 months of 2017 exceeded all previous years in Lake Norman’s history, even exceeding 2005’s previous record high by 6%.
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 bounced back after an abysmal October but other price ranges dipped. So much for stability!
  • Waterfront homes remain on the cusp of a balanced/buyer’s market after two pretty strong months over the summer. Ups and downs and more ups and downs.

In a nutshell, these numbers mean that our overall strong sales in 2017 have been impressively consistent in beating prior year’s numbers month after month.  While there is no guarantee that this will continue long term, 2017 has really been a remarkable year for our Lake Norman real estate market which posted its single best year for home sales in Lake Norman’s history. That said, we still need to see consistent strength in our waterfront, trade-up and luxury niches for us to completely regain our prerecession levels.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate Home Sales Report

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Holiday Greetings from Lake Norman Real Estate!

 

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I wanted to use my December calendar as an opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and holiday season full of  joy, love and great food! I am so grateful for your continued support and I truly hope that my articles about all things Lake Norman real estate have provided you with some meaningful and helpful information.  If you have any ideas for subjects for me to write about please let me know!

Speaking of the holidays, our Lake Norman neighborhoods and communities are already being decorated and there have been and will continue to be an amazing array of holiday celebrations throughout our 8 towns. From Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville to Denver, Troutman, Sherrills Ford and Statesville, our entire Lake Norman area is celebrating!  For more deals, check out:

Lake Norman’s Christmas, Holiday Parades, Events & Celebrations 2017

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 November 2017 Hot Sheet

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 truly record breaking first 10 months, it looks like our volume of sales has slowed with the season however they are still “hot” compared to prior Novembers. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s November 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. (November 8th – 22nd).  As always, I have included the past 7 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the November chart using my data since 2010.

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Lake Norman’s Christmas, Holiday Parades, Events & Celebrations 2017!

Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

HUNTERSVILLE and BIRKDALE VILLAGE

Huntersville kicked off the holidays with the arrival of Santa and their annual tree lighting ceremony this past Sunday, November 12th at Birkdale Village.  Sorry I am too late for this one!

Saint Mark’s Christmas Bazaar: November 18th: 12th Annual Saint Mark Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saint Mark Catholic. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078  FamilyCenter Free goody bags to the first 500 attendees. Gifts in all price ranges for all ages; $1 adult admission for adults. All proceeds go to benefit programs and charities at Saint Mark Catholic Church. 60+ Booths: Raffles, Bake Sale, Layered Gift Jars, Jewelry, Fleece Items, Kitchen Items, Home Décor, Religious Gifts, Wreathes, Jams & Jellies, Handmade Wooden Toys, Handmade Cards, Entertaining Items, Scrapbooking, Hair Bows, Original Art, Local Honey, Toys & Baby Items, Purses & Accessories, Holiday Decorations, Concessions and More!

 YET TO BE CONFIRMED: This year the Town Of Huntersville is combining their annual Christmas Tree Lighting with their A Huntersville Christmas into a three day event on December 2,3 and 4!  The official tree lighting is December 2nd at  6/9pm. Festivities continue on the 3rd and 4th including a skating rink and Santa Claus. Learn more by clicking on my link “A Huntersville Christmas” above!

Breakfast with Santa at Birkdale Village is Saturday, December 10th at 8:30am.   The rest of the season visitors of Birkdale Village can enjoy the beautiful displays/decorations and even photos with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 6pm. (Not to mention some of the best shopping and restaurants in Lake Norman!)  Check out their Facebook Page for more details: Birkdale Village

MOORESVILLE

LangTree Lake Norman Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday, November 18th 5-8pm.

Mooresville’s Christmas Parade  is before Thanksgiving? Yep, it is Tuesday, November 21st starting at 3:30. It is a long story, but I guess each town around Lake Norman and Charlotte was designated a different week for their parades and Mooresville ended up with the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!

This year is the 73rd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade. It  just keeps getting bigger and better every year yet organizers work hard to make sure it retains its ‘home town’ feel. Entries include floats and performers traveling down Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville. These will include marching bands, Scout troops, dance schools, floats and Santa! 12,000 – 15,000 of our local residents come out each year to enjoy the fun so get there early, especially if you want a good spot in the heart of Downtown.

Mooresville's Annual Christmas Parade

December:  Visit “Downtown’s Holiday Light Spectacular” | An orchestrated light show that includes over 115,000 lights set to music. Begins November 27 and runs nightly through late December. On the lawn at Town Hall –  413 N. Main St. Free!

December 8th and 15th:  Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Mooresville  |Music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, Wagon Rides, 75,000 Holiday Light Spectacular & more!!  6pm – 8pm & activities take place on Broad & Main Streets. Loading and unloading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street. Santa visit and wagon ride loading ends promptly at 8pm

December 3rd:  The 9th Annual Holiday Children’s Party. Join in the fun and don’t forget to dress to impress because Santa and Rudolph will be there to take complimentary photos!  From 9am-11am at The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. Brought to you by the Town of Mooresville.

DAVIDSON

Davidson’s Holiday Gala: November 27th and 28th : In its fifth season, the Holiday Gala continues to delight sold-out audiences. The unofficial beginning of the town’s annual “Christmas in Davidson” event, the Holiday Gala brings together the college choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz band with local community talent to ring in the holiday with dancing, singing, festive lights and seasonal sounds. Get your tickets before they’re gone and see for yourself why the Holiday Gala is our newest beloved holiday tradition!

Christmas in Davidson  is, hand’s down, my favorite event of the season.  Mark your calendars for November 30th and December 1st and 2nd 3rd 6-9pm!  Christmas in Davidson is an event started by our business community 29 years ago. We try to honor its history as well as keep things current. As our core values state, the physical, social and intellectual well-being of Davidson citizens is fundamental to our community, so we will provide and encourage enjoyable, safe, and affordable recreational and cultural opportunities in town.  There is something fun and entertaining for everyone of all ages at Christmas in Davidson!

Chanukah December 12th – 20th at Temple Kol Tikvahh of Lake Norman

CORNELIUS
Light Up Cornelius is the Town of Cornelius’s 4th annual tree lighting ceremony  and a visit with Santa on the lawn at Cornelius Town Hall on Saturday, November 25, 2016, from 4:00 – 71:00 pm. They will turn on the lights at 5:30 pm.  Enjoy community group performances, holiday songs by local performers, children’s activities, carriages rides, arts & crafts and more!
DENVER

2017 Denver Christmas: This year’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”.  I have yet to be able to confirm the date but the week kicks off on with Santa, the Tree Lighting Ceremonies and community sing with students from our local schools from 5:15 to 6:45 at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, Natalie Commons Drive and Business 16.

The 2017 Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2rd  from 12:15 to 2:30pm, starting on North Pilot Knob and Hager’s Ferry Rd, proceeding north to Captain’s Cap.  There is NO Rain Date.

STATESVILLE

Statesville’s 11th annual Christmas Parade: December 10th starting at 3:00pm in Downtown Statesville on Center Street. Sponsored by the 30th Masonic District

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS in our area:

JUST ADDED!: Winter Wonderland SouthPark!

  • Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink is an open-air holiday experience in Charlotte, North Carolina nestled between SouthPark Mall and Symphony Park. It features a 5,000 square for ice skating rink, a pub and a coffee shop and features live music, special events, guests and activities.

 The Latta Plantation as always has some wonderful Holiday events:

  • One Hundred Years of Christmas November 24th & 25th, 2017 (10am-4pm)
  • Candlelight Christmas December 2nd, 2017 (6pm-9pm)

Christmas Town USA, McAdenville, NC has the most amazing Christmas lights in the entire Charlotte/Lake Norman area.  The official lighting of Christmas Town USA is December 1st starting at 4;30.

Charlotte Christmas Village/ChristKindleMarkt: From Thanksgiving Day until Christmas Eve, Romare Bearden Park in Uptown becomes the Charlotte Christmas Village. Inspired by the German tradition of Christmas markets, vendors sell homemade crafts, gifts and specialty foods from wooden huts. Strudels, bratwurst, German beer, mulled wine and more flow freely!

The Annual Singing Christmas Tree:  At Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, Carolina Voices presents a Christmas favorite.  Join in on the lyrics on December 9th and 10th as the MainStage Choir sings your favorite Christmas jingles.  The show incorporates dance, puppetry and a giant “singing” tree composed of talented members.  A version for children takes place at an earlier time each day.

Charlotte Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”:  At the Belk Theater from December 9th – 23rd.  Elaborate sets and costumes and phenomenal choreography are accompanied by live music from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden:  From November 17th to December 31st, the garden becomes a winter wonderland via the beloved Holidays at the Garden spectacular. The Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights, and illuminated displays.  Each night visitors will enjoy live music, holiday shopping in The Garden Store, crackling fires to warm cold hands or roast a marshmallow, and the Children’s Holiday Discovery Trail of activities. Model train displays created by the Metrolina Model Railroaders can be found throughout the Garden.  Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from Southern Breezes Carriages from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 31 and also Dec. 18-20. Carriage rides are $6/adult, $4/child 3-10, and free for children under 3. The Garden Tram will be available for rides on evenings when the carriages are not available and rides are free with admission from 6 to 9 p.m.

I will continue to write about additional fun festivities and happenings through the rest of the year. Email me your additions as well!

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Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s October 2017 Market Report

October 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 strong albeit not record-breaking month, logging in 167 closed sales of single family homes. (See green and yellow chart below).
  • While our numbers are good compared to the same month last year, there is no doubt that our overall housing market has slowed considerably with lower sales than the past 5 months.
  • At 1695 closed sales, our first 10 months of 2017 exceeded all previous years in Lake Norman’s history, even exceeding 2005’s previous record high by 6.2%.
  • What a freaky month when we look at price ranges.  A whopping 79% of our sales were under $600,000.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we had 7 sales OVER $2 million!
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 simply disappeared after last month’s strong showing. So much for stability.
  • Waterfront homes fell back into a buyer’s market after two pretty strong months. Ups and downs and more ups and downs.

In a nutshell, these numbers mean that our overall strong sales in 2017 have been impressively consistent in beating prior year’s numbers month after month.  While there is no guarantee that this will continue long term, 2017 has really been a remarkable year for our Lake Norman real estate market. 2017 will be the single best year for home sales in Lake Norman’s history. That said, we still need to see consistent strength in our waterfront, trade-up and luxury niches for them to regain their pre-recession levels.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate sales analysis October 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman November 2016 Calendar for Desktop

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Fall is a very special season on Lake Norman.  The tree-lined shoreline becomes ablaze with vibrant shades of reds, oranges and yellows as our many Maple, Gum, Poplar and other stunning trees transform in preparation for winter with a back drop of our brilliant Carolina Blue Skies.  The reason many folks relocate to Lake Norman is because we do have 4 distinct seasons albeit very mild ones. Fall and Spring are definite my favorite times of year!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s November 2017 Calendar is Here!

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