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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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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’s Waterfront Home Sales 2005-2015: Interesting Insights!

During most of 2015 I 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, I decided it was time to take a look at Lake Norman’s numbers since 2005 of just our waterfront home sales.  The results are really fascinating if you like numbers!  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Waterfront Homes Sales 2005 – 2015

Lake Norman Waterfront real estate market report

*All date is compiled using the Charlotte Multiple Listing Service

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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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What do Lake Norman’s Waterfront Home Sales in 2014 tell us?

Lake Norman waterfront home on large cove

So far, 2014  has been an odd year for our Lake Norman waterfront home sales.  There have been no obvious trends or “hot” price ranges or locations.  Overall waterfront home sales have represented only 29% of all Lake Norman home sales year-to-date.

Now that distressed homes  (foreclosures and short sales) are, for all intents and purposes, gone and prices are on the rise, waterfront buyers this year seem to be taking longer to buy and seem to have higher expectations and are willing to hold out for their perfect home.  There is also a good segment of waterfront buyers who are focused more than ever on tear-downs or lots.  If you drive around the Brawley School Road peninsula in Mooresville you will see an impressive number of new construction homes on the water.  There are 3 waterfront homes alone being built on my tiny street!

Yet despite the seemingly slower sales of existing waterfront homes 2014 has actually been a strong year so far if you compare our waterfront homes’ average sales price and sales price per square foot: Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s Waterfront Neighborhood Video Tour

So, you all are my guinea pigs!  Here is my first Lake Norman video tour using my new GoPro.   This is a quick tour of some of the waterfront neighborhoods on the Brawley School Road Peninsula in Mooresville.  While I focused on The Point I also included views of two streets, Tuskarora Trail and Washam Road, that are good examples of what non-subdivision neighborhoods look like.  I also included a more rustic gravel road so that you get a better idea of what they look like.

Hopefully this will provide some insight into Lake Norman’s waterfront lifestyles.  Look for more video tours of Lake Norman in the days to come.  And feel free to request certain neighborhoods, streets or shopping areas.  My plan is also to make specific videos for buyers so they can see the actual neighborhoods they are interested in!  Any requests or input would be welcomed!

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