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Lake Norman area New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2017/2018

Happy New Year from Lake Norman Real Estate

Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

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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: Continue reading

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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

 

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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.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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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 October 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 stunning March, strong April & May, record-breaking June, strong July & August and record-breaking September, it looks like this hot trend is cooling off a bit along with our weather. Let’s take a closer look:

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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.  

How to read this report:

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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:

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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 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:

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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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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 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 and strong July, it looks like this hot trend is continuing in August and beyond. Let’s take a closer look:

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

Lake Norman Market Report for August 2017

* 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. (August 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 July 2017 Market Report

After June’s highest monthly home sales in Lake Norman’s history, we closed a respectable 180 single family homes in July but it was only the second best July since 2005. No new records set. :-). That said, our July sales were 15% higher than last July’s! 6 out of the first 7 months of this year our sales exceeded 2016’s.  We were up against a huge May 2016 of 211 and managed to exceed that by a respectable 7%.  Over all, home sales in the first 7 months of 2017 were 19.7% higher than 2016’s.  AND, at 1119 closed sales, our first 7 months were the highest first 7 months in Lake Norman’s history!  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate Sales Spread Sheet July 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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How cool is this photo?  Simple breathtaking! I recently discovered Legacy Biplane Rides  when I happened upon one of their aerial photos of Lake Norman. So, I reached out to the owner, Brian Rosenstein <brian@legacybiplane.com> and he generously shared this amazing photo with me for my Lake Norman Real Estate’s August calendar.  I can’t describe his services better than he does on their website:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 2017 Calendar!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July 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, great May and record-breaking June, it looks like this hot trend  is continuing in July and beyond. Let’s take a closer look:

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

Lake Norman Real Estate July 2017 Market Report Hot Sheet

* 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. (July 7th – 21st).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the May chart using my data since 2009.

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Lake Norman’s 2nd Quarter 2017 Price Range Market Report

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:

Lake Norman’s 2nd Quarter 2017 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman Real Estate's Marktet Report by price range 2nd Quarter 2017

*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 Real Estate’s June 2017 Market Report: Historic Record!

Holy Cow! Lake Norman’s June closed home sales of 225 makes it the highest month in Lake Norman’s history, surpassing the previous high of 216 set back in August 2005! 5 out of the first 6 months of this year our sales exceeded 2016’s.  We were up against a huge May 2016 of 211 and managed to exceed that by a respectable 7%.  Over all, the first half of 2017 was 19.6% higher than the first half of 2016.  AND, at 932 closed sales, our first 6 months were the highest first 6 months in Lake Norman’s history!  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Market Report June 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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Lake Norman Calendar July 2017

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Yep, there is nothing like hanging out on a pontoon boat on a beautiful summer’s day on Lake Norman! If you are stuck at your computer or only dreaming about living here, I hope this photo will serve as a pick-me-up for the next 31 days.  Daydreaming is encouraged!

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Lake Norman’s 2017 Fireworks, Parades and Celebrations

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From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this EIGHT years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2017:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 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 stunning May it looks like this trend is continuing in June and beyond. Let’s take a closer look:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 2017 Market Report: WOW!

My May numbers, both closed sales and new contracts, indicate that our Lake Norman real estate market is still very much in a consistent streak of very strong activity.  197 closed sales is the best month this year and the 5th highest monthly sales in all of Lake Norman since 2005!  As you can see below, our  2017 May sales were 31% higher than last May’s. And, our combined total of under contract properties is 7.6% higher than last year’s. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate market report May 2017

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 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 and strong April, it looks like this trend is continuing in May and beyond. Let’s take a closer look:

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

Lake Norman Market Report May 2017

* 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. (May 7th – 21st).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the May chart using my data since 2009.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April 2017 Market Report: Hot and ?

My hot-of-the-press April numbers, both closed sales and new contracts, indicate that our Lake Norman real estate market is in a major streak of very strong housing activity.  No more roller coaster rides after February’s unexpected dive.  While not matching March’s record breaking sales of 180, the 150 closed sales in April are the the best April since 2005 and 9% higher than last April’s. Plus, check out our new Under Contract and Pending numbers! Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate Market Report April 2017

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Wow!  Another stunning Lake Norman sunset was generously shared by one of my readers.  I huge thank you to James who sent me this photo taken by his wife Jean with her iphone!

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 Lake Levels: Important Update 4/5/2017

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4/25/2017 Update:  I just checked and Lake Norman’s lake levels are up to 99.4′ thanks to our significant rainfall in the past few days.  Duke Energy provided updates for smaller lakes with some potential for flooding: Duke Energy Site.  They did not include Lake Norman or Lake Wylie in this warning. 

Duke Energy posted this important update for Lake Norman on April 3rd:

03-APR-17 Lake Normans elevation is expected to be lower than customary this year from mid April through early June. This is in part due to the Catawba River Basin being in a Low Inflow Protocol LIP drought Stage 1. Planned maintenance work at McGuire Nuclear Station requires the elevation not to exceed 96.5 ft. Once the outage is completed, we may be able to move the elevation closer toward the late spring target level of 98 ft weather permitting. Please be aware these projections can change based on actual rainfall and changes to the drought stage. Please stay alert to changing weather conditions. Updated lake levels are available any time at http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp and at 800-829-5253.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April 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 stunning March, I see mixed messages from the numbers below. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s April 2016 Two-Week Hot Sheet

Lake Norman Hot Sheet Market Report April 2017

* 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. (April 8th – 22nd).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the April chart using my data since 2009.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 1st Quarter 2017 Market Report by Price Range: Great Tool for Buyers and Sellers!

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 $900,000 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:

Lake Norman’s 1st Quarter 2017 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman Real Estate's Market Report 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 Real Estate’s March 2017 Market Report is Jaw Dropping!

Wow, Lake Norman’s  real estate market has seriously been taking us on a roller coaster ride in 2017.  January home sales were up 30%, February home sales were down 34% and now this! Our March home sales were up a HUGE 73% compared to last March and it was’t just the best March ever by a long shot,  but was the 5th highest monthly sales in 12 years! Now we need to get into the details to find out exactly what contributed to this amazing month. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Market Report for March 2017

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Wow!  This stunning Lake Norman sunset was generously shared by one of my readers.  I huge thank you to Jeff who sent me this photo taken by his wife Terri with her phone!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 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?  The numbers below actually confirm my thoughts when I wrote my February market report. After a serious dip in February it looks like our housing market is back on track or even better. Let’s take a closer look:

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Lake Norman Real Estates February 2017 Market Report: Yikes!

Wow, Lake Norman’s February home sales were stunning, but not in a good way: they were DOWN a whopping 34% compared to last February and the worst February since 2012,  The only thing that I can say is that if you have been reading my market reports you know this drop was anticipated but I honestly didn’t think our closed sales would come in quite so low. Not to fret, however, this is not the whole story. What’s next? Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate's February 2017 Market Report

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s February 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 the mid-month pulse of our Lake Norman real estate market.  So where are we today?  The numbers below actually confirm my concerns when I wrote my January market report. There are some positives but our actual closed and pending sales indicate that our closed sales in February will struggle to meet last year’s.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s January 2017 Market Report

What a great way to start out 2017.  Our Lake Norman real estate sales were 29% higher than last January’s AND, for the first time in 13 years, they even exceeded our record set in 2005!  While there are a few dark spots in our numbers, it looks like our momentum from last year has carried over into January.  What’s next? Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate market report for January 2017

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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10 Things Lake Norman Waterfront Home Buyers Should Know BEFORE buying

Lake Norman waterfront home at The Point

The ultimate dream of many people around the country and even beyond is to own a waterfront home on Lake Norman.  Whether a luxury estate or a small vacation cabin, waterfront homeowners all share our gorgeous lake and the special lifestyles that blend together to make Lake Norman so popular for such a wide variety of people.

Buying a waterfront home on Lake Norman isn’t a complicated process but it is extremely important that you start the process with a good understanding of the following and, if possible, at least read Duke Energy’s Shoreline Management Guidelines, the 130-page document I have linked at the bottom of this article.

Here are my thoughts:

1.  Private docks: is there one?

Private docks are highly regulated and must be permitted by Duke Energy.  Over the years the process has become much more restrictive so you will find that most homes that can have docks will have them in place and even most waterfront lots will already have permitted docks.  Without a private, permitted dock, the value of a waterfront property is significantly lower than the same property with a dock. That said, it you want to enjoy living on Lake Norman but your budget doesn’t allow for a waterfront home with a dock, look for the lower priced homes on the water without docks.  Most likely you can launch a kayak or canoe from your shoreline and still enjoy being on the lake!  To get a permit today, a waterfront lot must have a minimum 100′ of shoreline and meet other stipulations to gain approval from Duke Energy.  If you must get a permit, do so BEFORE closing!

2.  Look for Permit Plate:

If you are looking at waterfront homes with a dock, you should check to make sure there is a permit affixed to the end of the dock like this one:

Photo of an older dock permit fixed on a Lake Norman dock

3.  Measure depth of water and understand possible variations of lake levels

I always bring my tape measure when showing waterfront properties so that we can measure the depth of the water where your boat would be to make sure it has deep enough water for your type of boat etc. I check that morning to find out the current water level of Lake Norman so we can calculate the lowest and highest water depths of your pier/dock/boatslip.  The water levels of Lake Norman are controlled by Duke Energy and vary from full pond, 100′ (760′ above sea level) down to about 94′.  They use the dam at the south end of the lake to help regulate the water levels.

4.  50′ Setback

The most recent regulations established in 2006 establish a 50′ setback from the 760 line.  Within this 50′ setback from the lake to your home there are strict regulations outlined in detail in the Shoreline Management Guidelines.  They are meant to protect the 50′ closest to the lake by prohibiting removal of trees and native vegetation, planting of lawns, and size of footpaths.  Older properties may violate these rules but they are “grandfathered in”.

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Mooresville Home Sales are HOT!

I had a friend ask me if I would do a sales analysis of Mooresville’s 28115 zip code because this area is not a part of my Lake Norman market reports.  I said sure!  Just to clarify, area 28115 is almost entirely the Town of Mooresville and is east of I-77.  Almost all of the portion of Mooresville on the Lake Norman side of I-77,  which has zip code 28117,  is considered Mooresville but is actually in Iredell County and does not receive any services like sewer, water etc. from The Town of Mooresville.  The Town of Mooresville even has a separate school system.  Confusing? Yep!

First, I took a look at their total annual sales comparing 2016 to 2015:

Town of Mooresville Market Report 2016 vs 2015

*All date is from the Charlotte Multiple Listing service

So, as you can see, Mooresville’s number of homes sold in 2016 was 14% higher than 2015, the average sales price was 8% higher than 2015 but the days on the market was just about identical.

Next, let’s take a look at the past 6 months in more detail:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s January 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 the mid-month pulse of our Lake Norman real estate market.  So where are we today?  The numbers below actually make me a bit nervous for the first time in months. There are some positives but our actual closed and pending sales indicate that our closed sales in January will struggle to meet last year’s.  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s January 2016 Two-Week Hot Sheet

Lake Norman real estate hot sheet 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. (January 7th – 21st.  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the January chart using my data since 2009.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 4th Quarter 2016 Price Range Analysis: Great Tool for Buyers and Sellers!

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 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:

Lake Norman’s 4th Quarter 2016 Home Sales By Price Range

LLake Norman home sales by price range for 4th Quarter 2016

*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.  

How to read this report:

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Lake Norman Waterfront Home Sales 2005-2016: Interesting Insights!

Waterfront homes are a part of what makes Lake Norman so popular.  What an amazing lifestyle they offer!  Yet, during most of 2016  I once again noted, well complained, in my monthly Lake Norman market reports about our mercurial sales in luxury homes, the lack of inventory of good waterfront homes in the under $1 million price ranges and the historically low number of sales of waterfront homes as a percentage of our overall Lake Norman real estate market.  So, what is up with waterfront homes?  Now that 2016 is in the books I have put our 2016 waterfront home sales numbers in context with the past 11 years.  The results are really fascinating if you like numbers!  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Waterfront Homes Sales 2005 – 2016

Lake Norman waterfront home sales chart by year

*All date is compiled using the Charlotte Multiple Listing Service

A closer look by vertical columns of this chart:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s December 2016 Market Report: It’s a Wrap!

Thanks to another strong month, our Lake Norman real estate market ended 2016 with a healthy 6.8% increase in single family home sales versus 2015 and the highest number of annual home sales since 2005!  While our December sales only beat out last December’s by single digits, we still ended with 6 of the 7 final months of 2016 beating 2015 numbers handily. The cherry on top again this month is that the number of new contracts once again are higher than the past two years indicating that we should begin 2017 in the black. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate market report December 2916

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

  • Waterfront homes continue to under perform despite Lake Norman’s overall high sales numbers. Waterfront properties represented only 26.6% of our December closed sales,. At the same time they currently comprise 40.7% of our active listings. The average sales price of a waterfront home in December was $886,643 which is slightly higher than the past 2 months but well below August’s $1,040,070, July’s $912,446.  Our overall luxury housing market remains soft as well which is linked closely to our waterfront market. The average price per square foot of our waterfront homes came in at $226.00 down from last month’s impressive $252.94 and October’s $237.98. This number is best averaged over a longer period of months because it only takes one or two really expensive sales ($2- 3 million+) to skew any given month. It took on average whopping 162 days for a waterfront home to sell (verses 108 last month)and they sold for only 93% of the listing price compared to 96% last month. We currently have only 49 waterfront homes under contract comprising 26.7% of our total homes under contract.  Our waterfront homes’ months of inventory actually dropped down to 8.8 compared to 11 last month. Waterfront home sales are still in a buyer’s market.  These numbers certainly indicate that now would be a good time to by a waterfront home.  That said, this varies quite a bit by price range, location and quality of water.  Don’t be complacent because when really nice waterfront properties hit the MLS as they are actually selling quickly.
  • 29 new construction homes closed in December through our MLS but this does not reflect an accurate picture of new home sales since so many are custom or are purchased directly from the builders and therefore never enter the MLS. (In fact, this segment of the market may be skewing our Lake Norman home sales numbers quite a bit.) The average listing price vs sales price of new construction single family homes was 99%. There is still very little if any wiggle room in new home prices. (But ask for all those great upgrades!) We currently have 75 new construction homes under contract in the MLS. The average sales price in December logged in at $391,829.  The months of supply of active listings based on December sales stands at 7.1 so overall new construction homes are technically in a buyer’s market but again this varies greatly by location and price range.
  • Distressed sales” (Foreclosures (REO’S), defaults, Short Sales) represented 1.5% of Lake Norman’s total  home sales. With just 2 distressed closed sale for the entire month it is clear they didn’t play a role in December at all.  Distressed active listings currently comprise 2.1% of Lake Norman’s current total inventory of single family homes for sales. Distressed sales continue to play an insignificant role in our Lake Norman real estate market. 
  • 50.0% of Lake Norman’s December single family home sales were under $400,000 which is about equal to last month’s.
  •  68.8% of Lake Norman home sales in December were under $500,000, which is a bit higher than last month’s.
  • Our “Under Contract Show” AND “Under Contract No show”/Pending sales combined total of 183 is once again higher than that past two years at this same date but not as much of a difference than prior months this fall. We have 4% more properties under contract than at the same time in 2015 and 18.8% more than January 6, 2014. We are on pace to have a relatively good start to 2017.

A closer look at the chart:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Newest Tool for Home Buyers and Sellers

Entrance to The Point Luxury Waterfront Community on Lake Norman

How would you like to get a “State of the market” report for every community in Lake Norman with just two clicks?  It may sound impossible, but here is a link to my Home Search section where all you have to do in choose the community or area and you will get charts for the past 3 years including 2016!

 2016 Annual Market Report Tool

You can search by area for our entire Charlotte MLS region or you can search by a community/complex.  Here is an example of the results you will get.  In this case I used The Point:

Lake Norman real estate market tool

Now, just for fun, here are the same charts for The Peninsula:

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Lake Norman Real Estate's January 2017 Desktop CalendarDownload this month’s Lake Norman calendar here

Meet Zoey, my sweet and adorable kitty who, when not playing the piano, loves sitting on my lap “helping” me work. Three years ago in January I was working on a new waterfront listing on Lake Norman which had on it an old cabin and was tenant occupied.  When I walked through the door on that cold night my eyes went right past the house to the sliding glass door facing the lake.  There was this cute little kitten face staring at me.  I walked right passed everyone to the door, went out and picked up the shivering little kitty.  She purred louder than any kitty I have ever heard.  She curled up on my shoulder and snuggled into my neck.  It was love at first sight and I knew then that I had to help her.  Apparently she had been abandoned as a tiny kitten and the tenants were feeding her outside.

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

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