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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.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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Lake Norman real estate's wallpaper calendar March 2017

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2017 Calendar is Awesome!

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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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Lake Norman Real Estate’s February Calendar is Here!

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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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