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How Noisy is a Lake Norman Neighborhood?

Sound map for home in Lake Norman

How would you like to search for homes and be able to also find out just how noisy it is in each location?  The company that provides the property search program for this website, Davis Farrell Technology, just added a really COOL new tool provided by a company called HowLoud.  Utilizing a Soundscore™, buyers can search and view properties based on environmental noise.  A Soundscore is a combination of 3 factors:  airports, traffic, and local sources.  Listings that are scored will display the score and a map like the one above.

To test this I did a search for homes in The Point in Mooresville.  Above is the result for a property just off Brawley School Rd.  As you can see, this property is rated 82 which is “calm” but getting close to being “active” given its proximity to Brawley School Rd.  As the main road in and out of the Brawley School Rd. peninsula, you can see that Brawley School Rd itself is yellow which indicates “Active”.  The farther away from Brawley School Rd you get the “Calmer” you get.  Note that the darkest areas are the lake itself.

How cool is this?  Have some fun, give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Lake Norman’s 4th Quarter 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 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 $400,000 price range, you are going to have an entirely different experience than someone in the $500,000’s. This is the reason why I create a price-range analysis every quarter for my readers:

Lake Norman’s 4th Quarter 2015 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman Home Sales by Price Range 4th Quarter 2015

*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.  Please note that these numbers are actually from the 15th of October to to the 15th of January so they will differ slightly from my monthly market reports. 

How to read this report:

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Lake Norman’s Top 10 Most Expensive Home Sales in 2015

Lake Norman waterfront luxury estate at sunset

While Lake Norman is home to a wide variety of people and lifestyles, who doesn’t have fun looking at and learning about our luxury waterfront home sales?  Above and below are some of my favorite photos from the top 5 waterfront estates sold in 2015.

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Is there Fracking in our Lake Norman area?

Exposed North Carolina Triassic Rift Basins

Despite being a mandatory disclosure since January, Lake Norman home buyers and sellers still understandably have a lot of questions about mineral rights.  I wrote in detail about it back in July: What Lake Norman Buyers and Sellers About Mineral, Oil and Gas Rights.  However I recently learned about this great North Carolina “Fracking Map” or technically a map of the Exposed North Carolina Triassic Rift Basins which, according to indicates where hydraulic fracking could occur in North Carolina.  Finally, an official resource!  According to this map there are no Triassic Basins in our Lake Norman area at all so it becomes a moot point for us. Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods; Which is Better for Homeowners?

What a great and creative analysis done by RealtyTrac!

Of course, it helps that I grew up with Trader Joe’s (Pasadena CA is where they began) and love Whole Foods so this study immediately got my attention.  But, my guess was that Whole Foods, being more expensive, would win over Trader Joe’s which is known for its great values in cool foods, wines and flowers.  After all, here in Lake Norman we just recently got a Whole Foods but the closest Trader Joe’s is down in the University area where there are more rental and lower priced properties.  Wrong!

In home appreciation, home values, and property taxes Trader Joe’s came out on top.  Hey Trader Joe’s, when are you coming to Lake Norman?

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How do Lake Norman home buyers learn how long a property has been on the market?

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Our real estate industry loves using acronyms and lingo as if our clients completely understand us.  One area which is particularly confusing is the number of days a property has been on the market. For decades MLS’s only provided one number for us and that was the “days on market” or DOM as we call it. However, this number was recalculated every time a listing was taken off the market so the real “life of a listing” could be monkeyed with by the listing agents. In order to combat this problem and provide a true representation as to how long a property has been for sale, our Carolina Multiple Listing Services (Charlotte Regional REALTOR Association) now uses three different terms related to the time a property has been in the MLS : Days on Market, Cumulative Days on Market and List to Close.

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What Lake Norman Buyers & Sellers Should Know About Mineral, Oil & Gas Rights

North Carolina's new Mineral Rights Disclosure image


Effective January 1st of this year, The State of North Carolina added a new disclosure form that must be signed by both parties of a residential property transaction as part of the initial purchase contract. The State of North Carolina Mineral and Oil and Gas Rights Mandatory Disclosure Statement   requires all sellers of  new or existing homes in North Carolina to disclose whether the mineral, oil and gas rights for the property are owned by someone other than the seller.

“The purpose of this new law is to protect the buyer. Property owners sometimes lease or sell the subsurface mineral rights on their property to a third party or company. This means that if sellers have “severed” their mineral rights, the third party or company could potentially have the perpetual right to drill, mine, explore and remove any of the subsurface mineral resources on or from the property. These mineral or materials could be extracted directly from the surface of the property or from a nearby location – even if the property is sold to a new owner.”

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