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Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Lake Norman Resource & Relocation Guide

Lake Norman Aerial photo of the Lake Norman Airpark

Researching the Lake Norman North Carolina area when contemplating a relocation or buying a vacation home is an exciting adventure and it is definitely not just about searching for Lake Norman real estate or waterfront homes for sale. Here is a comprehensive list of Lake Norman related online links to help you learn about our area; from town, county and state government sites to detailed information about area schools, medical services,  golf, boating and recreation on the lake as well as plenty of just plain fun things to discover.

Your first stop may be to The Charlotte Observer. They have a “Lake Norman Neighbor’s” section (see link below) and they publish an annual magazine Living Here at Lake Norman Magazine which is an excellent resource for newcomers. (If you would like a free copy email me…they are hard to come by but I have a few!)

Next, I would bookmark and read all of these great (printed and) online resources for Lake Norman news, community events, restaurant reveiws, sports and recreation, shopping and all about life in Lake Norman:

Finally, below  I have compiled tons of links loaded with information about life in Lake Norman!

OUR TOWNS:

OUR 4 COUNTIES:

OUR STATE:

OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

LEARN ABOUT LAKE NORMAN:

FARMERS MARKETS

MY FAVORITE MARKETS

FUN and NIGHTLIFE

NEWCOMERS RESOURCES

RECREATION:

GOLF COURSES

OUTDOOR RECREATION AND WILDLIFE

MARINAS

Boat and Jet Ski Rentals and Charters:

BOATING SAFETY AND OVERSIGHT

SHOPPING/MALLS:

HEALTH CARE/AREA HOSPITALS:

SENIOR SERVICES:

 

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My Favorite Things About Lake Norman: 10 Years and Counting!

Wow, I can’t believe that I have lived here for over 10 years!  When I first started writing this blog I was looking through the eyes of a new “transplant” from California.  So much has happened in these past years that I decided to make a new list of the top reasons why I STILL love living in Lake Norman.

Surrounded by Green   Lake Norman and lush green trees

I love our amazing hardwood trees, Fescue lawns and gorgeous natural areas with towering pine trees and picturesque native Dogwoods living in harmony with our Sugar Maples, Poplar Trees, Oaks and so many others. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Waterfront Lots For Sale: $795 and $10 Down!

Lake Norman waterfront home built in the 1970's

The house on the left was built in the late 1970’s and was torn down several years ago; replaced by a new home similar to the one on the right.

Can you imagine that in 1975 you could buy a waterfront lot on Lake Norman for under $1000? In fact, I have met a number of “locals” who sold their waterfront lots for even less than that thinking that they were pretty useless given how remote Lake Norman was before our Interstate I-77 was built.

So why am I writing about Lake Norman’s lot prices from 40 years ago?  It just happens that I attended a great panel discussion last week at Davidson College “Exploding Canons Under the Lake and also began reading the just released book about Lake Norman: A History of Lake Norman, Fish Camps to Ferraris.  I have always been struck by how important it is to put Lake Norman in its historical context to truly appreciate not just how lucky we are today but how many people and places were displaced and lives forever changed in order for us to enjoy our wonderful lives as “Lake People”. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s new Mooresville Town Square is coming to life!

Mooresville Town Square Rendering

If you haven’t checked out the Mooresville Town Square on the corner of Brawley School Rd. and Williamson Rd lately then you are definitely in for a great surprise! After a slow start thanks to the recession, it is now a happening place to go. With it’s upscale architecture, beautiful gardens and walking paths it reminds me a little bit of a Birkdale Village in it’s early stages. This 200,000 square foot “lifestyle center” offers great food, hangouts, shopping and services all walkable. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Shoals Grill in Mooresville

Shoals Grill in Mooresville lake norman

Opened in 2010, Shoals Grill  has been a great Lake Norman restaurant success story as it has evolved and perfected it’s menu and service over the years to become a local favorite hangout.  Located in the Food Lion Shopping Center at Stutts Rd and Brawley School it has plenty of seating and a wide variety of food sure to please everyone!

Lake Norman sign in Shoals Restuarant

As you enter Shoals, you immediately feel like you are on vacation.  The fun, whimsical nautical decor with the weathered wooden walls reminds me of hanging out at the lake or beach in the summer.  It feels like it is time to relax.  Shoals Grill  pretty much demands that you leave your stress at the door!

The food is awesome.  I am so addicted to their Chopped Chicken Salad that I have it every week! My hubby loves their Southwest Burger with their to-die-for Tabacco Onion Rings and swears it is the best burger in Lake Norman!  Did I mention their desserts?  My favorite is their brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate and carmel sauce.  But then again, I have yet to try their Lemon Cheese Cake Brulees or Smores.  (Of course, their ice cream is made locally at Mooresvilles Deluxe Ice Cream). Continue reading

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Landscaping is coming to Lake Norman’s Brawley School Road!

Lake Norman's Brawley School Road Widening lacked landscaping

With the completion of the 3-year widening of Brawley School Road in Mooresville, those of us who live on Lake Norman’s wonderful Brawley Peninsula were so elated for it to be over that most of us took the lack of the promised landscaping of the center medians in stride.  What are a few weeds compared to the gift of time not spent in traffic?  Life is good!

Thankfully, the Lower Brawley School Road Beautification Committee was formed and their members have worked tirelessly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to push them live up to their original landscape committments.

Beginning in Fall 2014, the state will begin landscaping the entire 7- mile Brawley School Road from our new Exit 35 to Southfork Road where Brawley School narrows just before entering The Point.  In their January meeting, DOT Roadside Environmental Engineer, Morgan De Witt, unveiled their plans for their specific plantings that will be placed in the widest portions of the medians.

In addition to the plantings, the rest of the medians will be sodded with Zoysia grass which is a spreading variety that is supposed to remain reasonably neat in the winter.

The NC DOT has also shared that the mowing and maintenance of the entire 7-mile stretch has been contracted and will be paid for by them.  The mowing contract will be on a 3-week schedule from May to October.

Finally, the NC DOT announced that they are funding and have plans for plantings at our new Exit 35 and additonal planting for Exits 31, 33 and 36.

I would personally like to thank the Lower Brawley School Rd Beautification Committee for its tireless work over the past 2 years!

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Does Lake Norman Real Estate’s Janaury 2014 Sales Analysis set the tone for 2014?

After a very disappointing November, but a respectable December, January is an important gauge of just where our Lake Norman real estate market is headed. Lake  Norman’s January housing market started out quite slowly but picked up enough to almost match last year’s sales.  Yes, I said “almost match last year’s“.  I think we are going to hear a lot of this throughout 2014. 2013 was a recording breaking year both for Lake Norman home sales which were up 19.7% versus 2012 but also for the nation as well.  Like the nation, however, Lake Norman experienced a marked slowdown in the 4th quarter.  Last January’s 72 sales were the best since 2007 as were all but two months in 2013.  Most economists feel that the national housing market will struggle to match the strong 2013 numbers in 2014 and our January Lake Norman numbers indicate that this may also be true here.

Here are the January 2014 numbers from our Charlotte Multiple Listing Service for our Lake Norman Area 13 real estate market:

Lake Norman real estate home sales analysis for Januray 2014

                                                                  * All date is from the Charlotte Regional Multiple Listing Service

Some significant additional statistics for you:

  • “Distressed sales” (Foreclosures (REOS), defaults, Short Sales) represented 13.6%  of Lake Norman’s total home sales which is up from last month’s low but down from 14.8% in November and significan’t lower than last January’s 29%. We only had 9 distressed home sales in January. The average price for distressed single family home sales was $326,555 compared to an earlier low of $252,526. Distressed active listings comprise only 1.9% of our total inventory of Lake Norman homes sale.  Clearly distressed sales no longer play a significant role in our Lake Norman real estate market!
  • 30.3% of our closed sales were waterfront homes which is down slightly from last month. The average sales price of Lake Norman waterfront homes in January was $809,625  which was the highest since July’s $874,988, June’s $990,693 and higher than May’s $778,045. In January we had an slight uptick in our luxury housing market. Our average price per square foot was $219 after peaking at $229 earlier this year.  Lake Norman’s waterfront home sales above $700,000 remain sluggish but the homes that are selling are getting relatively strong offers based upon their size.
  • 7 new construction homes closed in January down slightly from the last few months. The average listing price vs sales price of new construction single family homes, while strong at 99% was actually down from an impressive 103% last month. Clearly there isn’t a lot if ANY wiggle room on prices of new homes. We currently have 46 new construction homes under contract. The average sales price in December was down, logging in at $394,006 compared to 476,627 last month, 448,564 in November, $359,018 in October and$406,596 in September. It is important to note that many of the new construction homes you will see driving around Lake Norman are custom homes or will be sold directly from the builder to the home-buyer so will not be included in our Multiple Listing Service numbers.
  • 47% of Lake Norman’s October home sales were under $400,000.
  • 63.6 % of the entire Lake Norman home sales in January were under $500,000.  Clearly our lower price ranges are still dominating our housing market.
  • Our “Under Contract Show” AND “Under Contract No show”/Pending sales combined total of 185 was the first time in nine months that we saw an upswing in these numbers after April’s record high of 319 . At 185, we are well below last year’s 219 at this exact date. So, while we are definitely seeing an upswing in activity, it looks like we will really struggle to match last February’s sales.  Sound familiar?

A closer look at the chart:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Davidson Chocolate Co.

Davidson Chocolate In Davidson Lake Norman

 For those of you who don’t frequent the charming Lake Norman college town of Davidson, you may not know that we now have THE BEST chocolate in the entire Lake Norman/Charlotte region right in our own back yard!

Located in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, Davidson Chocolate Co. is a labor of love for owners and confectioners John and Sue Elliott. Using classic recipes from the Drost Family of Holland dating back to 1887, they create their incredible array of chocolate truffles, confections, fudge and specialty items right in their shop.

At much personal sacrifice I have made several trips to Davidson Chocolate Co. to buy samples of their truffles and bark which I can say with great enthusiasm are truly incredible!

They offer about 14 different flavors of truffles from Cappuccino to Cherry Cordial in dark, milk, white and even sugar-free chocolate.  John is constantly experimenting with new flavors.  One of the favorites is “Hot Chili”!

Using a “full-bodied 70% cocoa mass” their dark chocolates have a richness that is rarely found. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Waterfront Home Sales and Price Trends 2013

Lake Norman Waterfront Home in Mooresville

 

Lake Norman’s 520 miles of shoreline offer an amazing variety of waterfront homes and lifestyles.  From flat lots with beaches like the one pictured above to steeper lots with walk-out basements, from heavily wooded to almost treeless lots, from grand estates to tiny cabins, and from main channel views to small coves that remind one of Huckleberry Finn, there truly is a dream home and lifestyle available for just about every waterfront home buyer!

The Lake Norman waterfront housing market was hit particularly hard during the recession; bottoming out in 2011.  With our distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) now down to less than 3% of our entire Lake Norman housing inventory of active listings, waterfront homes sales prices have not just stabilized but are now increasing annually:

 

Lake Norman Waterfront Home 9 year Sales

As you can see above, the average prices of Lake Norman waterfront homes have increased since 2011.  The average price so far this year is 1.7% higher than in all of 2012 and 3% higher than 2011. And, the average price per square foot has increased 4.5% since 2012 and a healthy 8.7% since 2011.

With 64 waterfront homes under contract as of today added to the 352 sold so far in 2013 it looks like we will have at least 416 total waterfront home sales in 2013 which would be the strongest year of waterfront  sales since 2005!

Clearly, the last segment of our Lake Norman real estate market to fully recover is our high-end luxury housing market.  This has contributed to our lower average sales than our strong sales volume might indicate.  That said, in the past 6 months our waterfront homes sold for an average of $220 per square foot taking us back to our 2009 numbers.  Clearly, once our larger home sales pick up our average sales price will also increase bringing us ever closer to our peak in 2008.

With 357 waterfront  homes currently on the market in Lake Norman, now is a good time to consider a purchase because I have a feeling in the spring of 2014 not only will sales be even stronger but higher-end home buyers will return to the market in higher numbers as well.  Carpe Diem!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s October 2013 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 our Lake Norman real estate market is at this very moment…an almost live insight into the heartbeat of the Lake Norman housing market. These Hot Sheet reports serve as pretty good predictors of our short-term Lake Norman real estate market.

Lake Norman’s 2013 real estate sales have been breaking records since January 1st. That said, there is no doubt in my mind that our number of monthly home sales peaked in May and have been trending downward every month since. The numbers below further substantiate this  as we see a drop in the number of  homes that have gone under contract and closed so far this month. We currently have 211 single family homes under contract in all of Lake Norman which is down slightly from last month’s Hot Sheet number of 217, August’s 253, July’s 260, June’s 301 and May’s high of 330 but they are slightly above our end of September’s number of 207. Are our sales leveling out rather than trending downward? Let’s take a look at a snapshot of the past two weeks’ activity:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Two-Week Hot Sheet

10/21/2013

Lake Norman real estate's October 2013 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 (area 13). These numbers represent a real time snapshot of the past two week’s activity. (October 7th – 21th). As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 3rd Quarter 2013 Sales Analysis by Price Range

If you are a home buyer or seller in the Lake Norman 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 Real Estate's 3rd Quarter 2013 Sales by Price Range Chart

*Compiled from the Charlotte Regional 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.

** Compare this to Lake Norman real estate’s 2012 3rd quarter sales analysis by price range.

How to read this report:

  • First choose a price range.
  • The next column provides the actual number of listings sold in this price range in the 3rd quarter of 2013
  • This is followed by the percentage this price range represents of the total number of listings sold in all of Lake Norman area 13
  • Next is the number of active listings in this price range
  • This is followed by the percentage this price range represents of the total number of active listings
  • Finally, the last column represent the absorption rate or the number of months of supply for each price range based upon the number of listings divided by the number of sales. (A balanced housing market is 6 – 8 months so you can use this to gadge your price range).

Some Findings: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s October 2013 Calendar is Here!

Lake Norman Waterfront home with fall colors

Fall in Lake Norman NC is truly epitomized in this photo; the bright “Carolina Blue Skies”, the brilliant fall colors offered by Lake Norman’s shoreline of stunning hardwood trees, the pretty blue water, and the serenity of life at a waterfront home.  In the last few weeks we saw the last of  our warm summer temperatures give way to our nearly perfect 70 degree days and 50 degree evenings.  Windows can be open all day offering invigorating fresh air and gentle breezes in our homes.  Cycling and outdoor sports of all kinds are so much more enjoyable.  Life is good! I truly love living where we have 4 seasons.  Just as I tire of one, the next one arrives.

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman like this one. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 2013 Calendar is Here!

Lake Norman Real Estate's August 2013 Calendar

Life in the Lake Norman NC area offers myriad experiences and adventures both on and off the water.  While you may never want to leave the beauty of Lake Norman and all of the boating and recreational activities it offers, you don’t have to travel far to find gently rolling farmland and country scenes like the one in this month’s calendar photo.  I happen to love sunflowers and barn quilts are great fun to discover so this photo is particularly appealing to me.  Whether it is a sea of sunflowers on the roadsides of the Tour de France or right here in NC, these cheerful flowers epitomize the joys of summer.

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman like this one. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July 2013 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 our Lake Norman real estate market is at this very moment…an almost live insight into the heartbeat of the Lake Norman housing market. These Hot Sheet reports serve as pretty good predictors of our short-term Lake Norman real estate market.

Lake Norman’s 2013 real estate sales have been breaking records since January 1st.  It appears, however, that our number of monthly home sales may have peaked in May and are now trending down slightly each month.  The numbers below further substantiate this. We currently have 260 single family homes under contract in all of Lake Norman which is a drop from last month’s 301 and May’s high of 330 but is still the 5th highest number since I have been keeping these records. Let’s take a look at a snapshot of the past two weeks’ activity:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Two-Week Hot Sheet

7/21/2013

Lake Norman Real Estate's July 2013 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 (area 13). 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. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July 2013 Wallpaper Calendar is Here!

 

 

Lake Norman Real Estate's July 2013 Wallpaper Calender

I have written a lot about life in Lake Norman and how we have two very different types of communities within the same towns.  This is particularly true in the town of Mooresville where you will find Donald Trump’s Trump National Golf Club and the largest number of waterfront homes and estates on all of Lake Norman. However, if you travel east of Interstate 77 you will discover the original, historic town of Mooresville which was developed along the railroad in the 1800’s for its earliest residents, cotton farmers.  Since I moved here in 2005 Historic Downtown Mooresville has gone from a sleepy town to a true destination with great restaurants, shops, art galleries, entertainment and a number of festivals and community events.  The photo above is taken at the recently upgraded John Franklin Moore Park which is adjacent to the railroad tracks.  Last July the Exchange Club created this wonderful display of American flags for the 4th of July.  In the background is the original train depot which is now home to the Mooresville Artist Guild as well as some other historic buildings on Main and Broad Streets.

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman like this one. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2013 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 our Lake Norman real estate market is at this very moment…an almost live insight into the heartbeat of the Lake Norman housing market. These Hot Sheet reports serve as pretty good predictors of our short-term Lake Norman real estate market.

Lake Norman’s 2013 real estate sales have been breaking records since January 1st with last month’s sales being the tenth highest sales month in Lake Norman’s history. But, can we sustain these very high sales numbers into summer?  From the numbers below, it looks like we will. We currently have 301 single family homes under contract in all of Lake Norman which is a drop from last month’s high of 330 but is still the second highest number since I have been keeping these records. Let’s take a look at a snapshot of the past two weeks’ activity:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Two-Week Hot Sheet

6/21/2013

Lake Norman Real Estate's June 2013 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 (area 13). These numbers represent a real time snapshot of the past two week’s activity. (June 7th – 21st). As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is this Saturday: June 22, 2013

Lake Norman 50th Anniversary photo of dam in progress

Photo courtesy of Visit Lake Norman on Pinterest circa mid-1960’s

Lake Norman is celebrating a major milestone this summer.  50 years ago the 4-year flooding of the countryside of the Catawba River was completed and Lake Norman became a reality!

This Saturday, June 22nd, a celebration of Lake Norman’s 50th anniversary is being held at Queens Landing beginning at 2pm.  This free, family friendly event will feature games and live music by the Gospelaires, Sunny Skyyz and the Rainmakers and the Red Dirt Revelators.  There will also be educational booths set up by the Lake Norman groups who worked to present this celebration including  Duke Energy, The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Save Our Lake Organization and the Catawba Riverkeeper.

Lake Norman truly was and is an impressive feat.  Construction of Lake Norman, now  the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, began with a dynamite blast on September 28, 1959.  Once the dam completed in March of 1962,  the waters of the Catawba River began backing up and flooding towns, farms, woods, bridges until it reached the  760-foot sea level line which we now refer to as “full pond”.

A few interesting facts:

  • 33.6 Miles long and 9 miles wide at its broadest point
  • 520 Miles of shoreline
  • 3.4 trillion gallons of water
  • 110 feet deep at its deepest point
  • Named for Norman Atwater Cocke, a former president of Duke Power
  • Cowans Ford Dam hydroelectric station provides power for hundreds of thousands
  • The McGuire Nuclear Station, built in 1981, provides electricity for millions

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2013 Calendar is Here!

 

June 2013 Lake Norman Real Estate Calendar Photo

It’s June and it’s definitely time to get out on Lake Norman!  Whether you enjoy sailing, power boating, water sports of all kinds including water skiing, wake boarding, wind surfing, kayaking, rowing, paddle boarding, tubing, swimming, fishing or just plain handing out on the water or on one of the myriad islands with your friends Lake Norman is the place to have fun in the summer!

As you can see from the photo above, Lake Norman is a huge lake that can accommodate large sail and power boats of all kinds.  There are two yacht clubs, the Lake Norman Yacht Club in Mooreville down Brawley School Rd adjacent to the Trump International Golf Club and The Peninsula Yacht Club located in the luxury community The Peninsula in Cornelius. There is also a non-profit: North Carolina Sailing and Rowing center at Blythe landing that offers lessons and sailing and rowing programs to the public at minimal costs.

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman like this one. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April 2013 Sales Analysis

The dynamics of our Lake Norman real estate market are continuing to impress.  What started as an upward trend in sales and a downward trend in inventory of homes for sale in 2012 has given way to a true break through in so many aspects of our Lake Norman housing market.  There is a sense of energy and hustle reminiscent of the good old days. For some Realtors the days of 24/7 have also returned.  But make no mistake, every closing is challenging in one way or another!

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers to glean some insight into the short term future and exactly where the Lake Norman housing market stands right now.

Here are the April 2013 numbers from our Charlotte Multiple Listing Service for our Lake Norman Area 13 real estate market:

Lake Norman real estate's April 2013 Sales Analysis

* Note that the Charlotte Regional Multiple Listing Service has created two new categories, Under Contract Showings (UCS) to continue and Under Contract no showings (UCNS). These replace the Contingent, Conditional and Pending categories.   Contingent Sales are now joined with Conditional sales in my reports.

Some significant additional statistics for you: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 2013 Calendar is Here!

Lake Norman Real Estate's May 2012 Calendar

May is a very special month in Lake Norman.   The warm weather entices boaters out on the lake where they will enjoy our spectacular, lush shorelines, with myriad Maple, Poplar, Cherry, Dogwood, Pine and other trees showing off their fresh, bright green leaves and blossoms as well as a profusion of colorful azaleas in bloom.  If you live in a waterfront home or have access to a boat, I highly recommend a day out hugging the shoreline and just soaking in all the beauty of Lake Norman in the spring!

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos.  And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman.  If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April 2013 Wallpaper Calendar is Here!

 

Lake Norman Real Estate's april 2013 Desktop Calendar

Lake Norman is not only a beautiful lake with wonderful waterfront communities, it is also close to so many other lifestyles and cities.  You don’t have to drive far from Lake Norman in any direction to find beautiful rolling farmland full of cotton, soybeans, corn and tobacco and picturesque old farms like the one above.  On the other hand, Charleston SC is less than 4 hours by car, Wilmington and other beach communities are about a 4-hour drive, Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway are about a 90-minute drive, Atlanta and Washington DC about 5 hours.

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos like this one.  If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2013 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 our Lake Norman real estate market is at this very moment…an almost live insight into the heartbeat of the Lake Norman housing market.  These Hot Sheet reports serve as pretty good predictors of our short-term Lake Norman real estate market.

Lake Norman’s 2013 real estate sales have been strong since January 1st.  But, even more importantly, today’s level of activity in our Lake Norman for single family home sales is very high. We currently have 271 homes under contract in all of Lake Norman which far surpasses any other time since the recession.  Buyers are out looking and making offers.    Let’s take a look at a snapshot of the past two weeks’ activity:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Two-Week Hot Sheet

3/21/2013

Lake Norman Real Estate's March 2013 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 (area 13).  These numbers represent a real time snapshot of the past two week’s activity.  (March 7th – 21st).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s New Arrivals are Sweet, Salty and Fun!

Lake Norman's Hot Stone Grill Restaurant

Lake Norman has welcomed a number of new restaurants and shops over the past months adding even more wonderful opportunities for those of us lucky enough to live here!  From unique dining like the Hot Stone Grill pictured above to Sugar Pop’s Candy store in Downtown Mooresville, there is something new for just about everyone:

Historic Downtown Mooresville

Thistle Meadow Winery ‘s new retail store is now the second wine shop in downtown Mooresville.  They offer tastings, wine by the glass, by the bottle or the case.  Have fun learning not only about drinking wines but about making wines as well!  240 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.660.9803

The Enchanted Olive is truly an adventure!  Imagine a store centered entirely on olive oils and vinegars where you can try samples of each at a tasting bar and order your olive oil poured right on the spot rather than purchased in a prepackaged bottle.  They offer 46 varieties of olive oils and vinegars.  Luckily they have a great sales staff who can help you chose the right flavors for you. 119 North Main Street, Mooresville.

SugarPop’s Candy’s wants to bring to you and your family “An Experience, A Memory, a Smile”.  With nearly 200 types of candy including sugar-free and 100 types of eclectic sodas you will definitely find something for your sweet tooth!  248 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.799.0959.

HEbrews Coffee House ‘s arrival brings a much needed (in Downtown Mooresville), warm and inviting coffee house where you truly feel welcome to settle in to their stuffed furniture and simply relax. They offer the usual coffee and espresso drinks plus sweet tea, smoothies and baked goods.  Free WiFi too!  171 North Main Street. 704.658.1178

Sub Express is the second restaurant for owner Andrea Faw whose first location is in Statesville. They are known not only for their sub sandwiches but also their pasta salads.  They also offer homemade soups in the winter plus salads and kids meals.  It is take out but they do provide seating for 42.  Located on North Main Street just south of the CVS Pharmacy.

Lake Norman Side of Mooresville

Chipolte Mexican Grill opened to instant success.  Replacing the Panda Express, their opening was much anticipated by locals. What makes Chipolte so popular?  Food with Integrity is their motto.  “It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value”.  Oh, and did I mention their food is delicious as well?  643 River Hwy. (In the Bed Bath and Beyond/Best Buy shopping center). 704.664.0946

Olives Martini Bar just opened recently.  The reviews on Yelp say “They make the best Martinis in Mooresville and have daily specials, a great bartender and a pleasant, nice, sociable atmosphere.”  Located next to Jimmie Johns at 269-279 Williamson Rd., Mooresville.  It looks like they are also opening a grill next door.

Subway was very stealth-like in opening their newest location on Brawley School Rd at Stutts Rd next to The Food Lion.  We were going to Shoals for lunch last weekend and noticed it was there!

Cornelius

Hot Stone Grill is already getting two thumbs up and 5 stars on Yelp!  It’s unique dining concept is table top cooking on hot stones. Nazira Atme, a partner and the general manager, was born in France which definitely has an influence on their menu boasting of dishes from Germany, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Russia.  Each person gets their own stone which has been heated for 6-8 hours up to 500 degrees.  Not a cook?  They also over a separate list of international dishes plus and extensive wine list.  17015 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704.765.5924

Santorini Grill brings the Greek Isles to Cornelius!  Owners Dorjan and Oresti Arsi have drawn their food and service philosophy and approach from their parents.  Their family moved to the US from Greece over ten years ago.  With its amazing atmosphere and excellent food, Santorini Grill is already getting great reviews on Urban Spoon.  19905 W. Catawba Ave.  Cornelius. 704.464.0028

Huntersville

Bonefish Grill recently opened in Birkdale Village.  Fresh ingredients cooked over a wood-burning grill are what make this restaurant so popular.  Don’t be fooled by their name as they have many wonderful dishes that are not fish for those preferring a good steak/chicken or pork. They also take great pride in their bar: Our dedication to inventive freshness doesn’t stop on the fishing docks or in our kitchen. The bar at Bonefish Grill follows a philosophy that we like to call “bar-fresh.” From the hand-squeezed juices and fine herbs we use in our cocktails to regionally sourced beers and small-batch bourbons, we keep it fresh. 8805 Townly Rd.  Huntersville.  704.892-3385.

Big Daddy’s Burger Bar is another newcomer to Lake Norman’s popular Birkdale Village.  Known for their innovative comfort food, they also focus on fresh , high quality ingredients combined to make such items as the “Bad Ass Burger”, to Ahi Tuna burgers…and you can build your own burger as well! Check out their extensive menu on the link I provided.  8625 A Lindholm Drive, Birkdale Village, Huntersville. 704.237.4055.

I know I just barely scratched the surface so please add your favorites to our list in the comments or email them to me!

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Lake Norman’s Langtree at the Lake is finally a reality!

Lake Norman's Langtree at the Lake Jan 2013

No where is growth and new construction on Lake Norman more evident than at Mooresville’s Exit 31 where the photo above shows the luxury apartments and other buildings in Phase 1 of Langtree at the Lake well under way.  It took 6 years from its original ground breaking on August 11, 2007: Lake Norman’s Langtree At The Lake: Not Just Another Groundbreaking! but thanks to RL West, this huge project is actually going to become a reality very soon! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s January 2013 Calendar is here!

JLake Norman Real Estate's January 2013 calendarPreview

Photograph Copyrighted by Cotton Ketchie

While we don’t get a lot of snow in the Lake Norman area, the mountains are only 90 miles away so if you miss the white stuff it is not too far from here. There is something special about the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains.  When you find a vista point like this one it seems as if the mountains go on forever.  They are such an easy drive either in the summer to find cooler weather and gorgeous mountain hiking, cycling and rafting or in the winter where we do have several ski resorts.  (Or, in the fall to see the spectacular autumn colors!)

This gorgeous photo taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos like this one.  If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Lake Norman New Year’s Celebrations 2013

 Happy New Year  from Lake Norman Real Estate

 For 2014 New Year’s Celebrations in Lake Norman go to: Lake Norman 2014 

Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration.  Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte.  From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

Probably the ultimate Lake Norman New Year’s Eve celebration is a cruise on our beautiful lake! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Photos: from Sunrise to Sunset

It is time to share so beautiful photographs of Lake Norman!

This first group includes some of my favorites of the lake itself that I or several of my clients have taken over the years.  They include some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.  In the future I will create groups of photos of waterfront homes, sports/boating, neighborhoods and many more!  Enjoy!

130 Lochfoot sunrise on Lake Norman

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Lake Norman’s 39th Carolina BalloonFest is October 19-21, 2012!

 

Did you know that our very own Statesville NC is considered the “Kitty Hawk of ballooning” and is second only to Albuquerque NM for ballooning in the entire nation? It turns out that our Lake Norman area weather and terrain are perfect and October is a prime month according to Charles Page, past Chairman of Nation Balloon Rally Charities which hosts the annual Carolina Balloonfest. “People who come here are the cream of the crop in terms of experienced pilots” Page said. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Beer Festival is Saturday, September 22nd!

 

Lake Norman has a growing number of “craft beer” makers who offer innovative and unique beers of all kinds. This year’s Annual Lake Norman Beer Festival   will offer up to 70 different featured beers from around the world including some local breweries.  Here is a perfect opportunity for Lake Norman area beer lovers to try a plethora of beers in one place on one day while enjoying great live music.  A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2012 Wallpaper Calendar

 

Lake Norman attracts home buyers from quite far away.  I have had clients from literally all over the U.S. plus Russia, Sweden, England and Australia!  One of the hardest things to explain to buyers during their first visit is the vast array of types of lots, homes, neighborhoods, towns and counties that all call Lake Norman home.

When I drove by this small farm on John Connor Rd (and across the street from The Peninsula) in Cornelius I realized it would be the perfect photo to use to exemplify our diversity.  If you look out to the lake on the right hand side you can see the large estates and lovely boat docks located in the gated community of Connor Quay.  Such is the fun of living in Lake Norman.  If you want to be in an exclusive community we have plenty of those.  But if you are like me and enjoy driving by a horse farm or two on the way home Lake Norman offers neighborhoods like this as well.

One last thing about this photo.  Note the color of our dirt.  Yes, it is really that red and is actually more like clay than dirt.  But, as you can clearly see, it doesn’t hinder gardening or even farming for that matter! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 2012 Wallpaper Calendar

 

If you are a sunset person, then you will love Lake Norman.  Every evening offers a unique version of the photo above which I took recently at one of my waterfront listings.  Sometimes they offer a stunning contrast of the colors of a brilliant fire reflected in a dark layer of glass like this one.  Other times our sunset are soft pastel pinks, blues and yellows:

 

I have a special group of tools with me at all times when showing waterfront properties one of which is a tape measure to see how deep the water is at the dock and the other is a compass to determine exactly where the sun rises and sets. Some waterfront home-buyers definitely want sunsets while others want to avoid the afternoon sun and prefer sunrises.  With 520 miles of shoreline and myriad peninsulas, Lake Norman offers plenty of options for either of the above and everything in between! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2012 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 our Lake Norman real estate market is at this very moment…an almost live insight into the heartbeat of the Lake Norman housing market.  These Hot Sheet reports serve as pretty good predictors of our short-term Lake Norman real estate market.

Well, last month I wrote: “There is nothing better than a HOT Hot Sheet!”  But, you know what, I was wrong. TWO months in a row of HOT Hot Sheets is even better! Here are our numbers: Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s Water Levels are Back Up!

 

**For an update on Lake Norman’s drought 2015 go to: Caution: Lake Norman Water Levels Unusually Low Due to Drought

 

If you live on Lake Norman I don’t have to tell you that our lake levels have been uncharacteristically low since late summer; dropping down to 95.0′ on September 17th which is a full 3 feet lower than our  summer “target” levels of 98 feet.  And, you most probably have also noticed a sudden increase starting on November 16th bringing us up to our current level of 98.7 feet! 

I must admit I am baffled as to why Duke Energy, who manages our Lake Norman water levels, decided to drop them fairly suddenly during a time when our “target” levels were 98 feet and we were not in a drought.  One guess is that they were worried about the potential for Hurricane Irene’s high rain levels.  If any of you all know more, please leave a comment!

For those of you who are new to Lake Norman, the very best resource regarding Lake Norman water levels bar none is Duke Energy’s Check Lake Norman Water Levels website  which Duke Energy updates daily.  On this site you can get the actual lake levels of all 11 lakes that are part of the Catawba River System as well as the “target”” Lake Norman water level for that day, the minimum , maximum, range and any lake message updates.  They also provide a schedule of flow releases and other related data.

Lake Norman is a result of the damming of the Catawba River back in 1963 when the Cowans Ford Dam was completed.  It is part of Duke Energy’s power resources and provides electricity to the Piedmont Carolinas by using the McGuire Nuclear Station and the Cowans Ford Hydroelectric Station at the south end of the lake and the Marshall Steam Plant on the west side at Highway 150.  The water levels are controlled by Duke Energy and normally vary less than 5 feet.

The maximum level is called “full pond” which is 760 feet above sea level. Duke Energy considers full pond to be the “the point at which the water begins to spill over the flood gate spillway.” You will sometimes hear waterfront homeowners refer to the “760 line”.

On the Lake Norman Water Level charts, full pond is considered 100.0 feet.  Duke Energy purposely lowers water levels seasonally to anticipate rain or melting of the winter snows that feed the entire Catawba River system.

If you want to see today’s 13-Month Lake Level History chart for Lake Norman  on Duke Energy’s website you can see the daily water levels for the past year.

All I know is the lake looks awesome!

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Economic News Provides Insight into the Future of Lake Norman Real Estate

Lake Norman real estate's future

Looking at a variety of local and state economic and business news is an important component of gaining insight into the future direction of our Lake Norman real estate market.  I collect such data from various news sources for several months and then share them with you in one blog post with the goal of helping you get a better understanding of the bigger picture in our area’s economy.  This stack of data shows some glimmer of hope: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Area Halloween Happenings 2011

My daughter and I had some fun with our pumpkins!

 

Lake Norman is a great place to celebrate Halloween.  From haunted houses to old-fashioned Main Street celebrations to costume parties and live entertainment at local night clubs there truly is something for everyone!

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 have their own neighborhood events but here are some more options:

If you are in search of a pumpkin patch:

  • Carrigan Farms: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch 9-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sundays through Halloween. Pick a pumpkin, visit the animals and have some fresh apple cider.
  • Patterson Farm: Pumpkin patch is open with tours through Nov. 6th and on weekends don’t miss Paw Paw Carl’s Playground where you can enjoy hayrides, a corn pit, Tomato Slingshot, Duck Races and more!  See their website link above for more details.

Or, just look to any of our many local produce stands like Josh’s Produce Market on Williamson Road in Mooresville who are brimming over with pumpkins and decorations for your Lake Norman home!

Of course, it would not be Halloween without some fun, and even spooky events for all ages and Lake Norman is full of options! Continue reading

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Downtown Mooresville’s Weiner Race is this Saturday,October 8, 2011!

 

If you have never seen a “Wiener Race” then you are in for a whole lot of fun this Saturday!  First, just being there in the midst of so many adorable dachshunds is worth the visit.  But, watching the dogs racing (I use that term loosely!) and their owners at the finish line doing anything to get their dog to run to them is hilarious:

The annual Mooresville Wiener Race  is organized by the Mooresville Downtown Commission and volunteer Tom Kilroe.  The event’s mission is to raise money for two non-profit organizations; Friends of the Animals-Iredell County  and the Humane Society of Iredell County NC.  Races start at 11:00am but I highly recommend you get there early to get a good place along the race fence to see the dogs doing their best to figure out what they are supposed to be doing.  There are 4 categories:  Puppies, Juniors, Adults and Seniors.  You will see some actual racing in the Adult group! Continue reading

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A glimpse into post-recession Lake Norman real estate

With more and more frequency I am being asked by potential Lake Norman home buyers about the future expectations and direction of our local economy.  Are Lake Norman, Charlotte and even the State of North Carolina seen as a good place to invest in the long term?  Where are our local and regional economies headed?

The good news is that this is indeed the silver lining for our Lake Norman real estate market during this economic downturn.  Lake Norman communities, Charlotte and North Carolina are all predicted to be popular destinations for future businesses and to experience continual population growth in the years to come.  I base this on a number of recent articles from a variety of sources as well as my own observations over the past 6 years.   Here are some of the most relevant about Charlotte and North Carolina and some older articles I have written about Lake Norman growth and development that are still relevant: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Sports Resource Guide

Lake Norman Wind Surfing

Lake Norman Participation Sports Resource Guide

Participating in sports is a way of life for most who live in the communities surrounding Lake Norman, both on and off the lake.  The options are extensive; ranging from the more predictable like golf, sailing and tennis to competitive rugby, lacrosse, ice hockey, scuba diving and skateboarding.

Below is a comprehensive list of athletic organizations, teams, training, lessons, facilities and resources for the sports I have found in my research.  PLEASE add any and all to the list by leaving me a comment or emailing me at: diane@dianeaurit.com.  I would like this to be the most comprehensive resource available for any and all sports available in the greater Lake Norman area!

Baseball:

Basketball:

Boating:

Cycling/Mountain Biking:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s April 2011 Wallpaper Calendar

Lake Norman Real Estate's Calendar April 2011

One of the best discoveries I have made since moving to Lake Norman NC has been the abundance of wildlife we have; from the gorgeous and great variety of birds to deer, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoon, bunnies, and even an occasional fox, beaver and muskrat to name a few.  An avid gardener, I have such fun working in my Certified Wildlife Habitat garden!

For me, the easiest and most satisfying additions to a Lake Norman garden are the many plants that attract butterflies like, of course, Butterfly Bushes, Lantana, and Cone Flowers.  Many times overlooked but equally as important are the butterfly host plants like the Milkweed/Butterfly Weed shown above.  These serve as home to the caterpillars who create their cocoons on these easy-to-grow plants.

Want to learn more?  Come visit me on April 16th (2011) at the Lake Norman Backyard Wildlife Fair being held at the McGuire Nuclear Station.  There will be all sorts of interesting booths providing information on our local wildlife, native plants as well as the different organizations like Lake Norman Wildlife Conservation and my booth for the Wild Over Lake Norman Organization.  Our goal is to make all of Lake Norman qualify as a National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat.  Drop by an learn how easy it is to have your garden designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2011 Wallpaper Calendar

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My life here in Lake Norman actually started with a photo very similar to the one above.  When I think back it is amazing to think how a photo of wild horses on the beach in the Outer Banks would change my life.  The photo inspired my discovery process about the state of North Carolina (We were living in California at the time and had no thoughts of moving) which resulted in our move to Lake Norman less than a year later!

The beaches along the coast of North Carolina are particularly striking to me because of the windswept look of their beautifully clean sand and sparkling ocean. From kite flying to hunting for seashells to just sitting and enjoying the gorgeous views, our North Carolina shorelines are just another reason to move to Lake Norman! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: La Patisserie Bakery & Cafe!

Lake Norman Real Estate's business-of-the-week

La Patisserie Bakery and Cafe in Lake Norman on Brawley School Road

When I saw the La Patisserie Bakery Coming Soon sign in the window of one of the store fronts in the old Lowe’s Market/Rite Aid shopping center at the corner of Brawley School and Williamson Roads I was thrilled!  No more having to go all the way to Historic Downtown Mooresville  for their simply awesome pastries, breakfasts and lunches.

I went to our new La Patisserie Bakery Cafe yesterday for the first time and discovered that not only does our location have all of their wonderful pastries and baked goods but they truly are a full-service restaurant and even a small bar for beer and wine.  What a great addition to our Brawley School Rd/Lake Norman area!  Update 2014: La Patisserie is now THE place to go, especially those of us who live in the Brawley Peninsula area. 

La Patisserie is The BEST bakery in Lake Norman!

 La Patisserie is truly a family’s labor of love.  They use the freshest of ingredients combined with amazing family recipes passed down from generation to generation to make an incredible selection of pastries, desserts,  and gorgeous special occasion cakes.

Over the years they have added a truly unique and wonderful full breakfast and lunch menu including their mouth-watering crepes, omelets, salads, sandwiches and awesome baked Empanadas.  One of my personal favorites is the home-made fresh mozzarella/tomato/basil sandwich. I love their crepes as well.  In fact, I have yet to eat something at La Patisserie that I didn’t happily devour.  Their Sunday Brunch is packed so we try to time it around the crowds.

Their Cuban heritage is evident in some of their special items like their Cuban sandwich of shredded beef, red and green peppers, onions and cheese served on their freshly bake Cuban bread to their empanadas.

A bakery first, however, their cake decorators and pastry chef are known for their exceptional and beautiful wedding and specialty cakes for all occasions.  They also offer a full catering service and food to go for those of us on the run.

La Patisserie Bakery and Cafe

631 Brawley School Rd. Suite 406, Mooresville NC 28117

627 North Main Street, Mooresville NC 28115

704.799.1631

 More Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business’s of the Week

Shoals Grill on Brawley School Road

Josh’s Farmers Market

The Fresh Market:  Lake Norman Just Keeps Getting Better!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Predictions for 2011

 

Once again I will go out on a limb and share my thoughts for the upcoming Lake Norman real estate market in 2011.  If we look back at last year’s predictions ( See my 2010 predictions ) I do believe that I anticipated more of a “turning point” than we actually experienced.  In 2010, the only turning point was our sales volume which, while not inconsequential, was not entirely what I had in mind for our local Lake Norman housing market.

 So, exactly what can we expect to see in our Lake Norman housing market in 2011?  Quite simply: “more of the same”.  Bargains, foreclosures and shortsales will dominate our market sales but we will continue to see tiny incremental improvements.  Before I go into more detail, let’s look at the larger issues that will impact our local market.

The Big Picture:

Unlike last year when financial institutions and the national financial issues like the foreclosure freezes, rebate incentives and actions by FHA and the Federal Reserve dominated the national housing market, this year it is all about jobs, consumer confidence and business spending.

  •  Most economists seem to agree that our country will experience a modest 3% growth  in 2011
  • Interest rates will remain low; hovering around 5%.  (They are back down this week after a few weeks of increases due to concerns about inflation.)
  • Home loans will continue to be a very challenging process and will play a role in hindering  the ability for our housing market to improve
  • Like last year, only a modest rebound in housing starts is expected.  Builders who have survived are still finding it nearly impossible to get loans for new projects and spec building is almost not existent.  The National Association of Home Builders is projecting a 21% increase in new housing but is quick to qualify that this is not a significant number.  They do predict that 2011 will be the year the national housing prices should hit their bottom.
  •  A “weak recovery” in our national economy means that the jobless rate will remain “uncomfortably high” and unemployment trends will “dominate how Americans feel about the economy.”
  • National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun said:  “There will be two steps forward, one step back, with sizable local market differences…”  He goes on to predict a slight increase in home sales nationally.
  • Altos Research predicts that housing prices nationally will drop 5 to 10% and finally hit bottom.

Watch for:

  • False bottoms and starts and stops
  • Jobs
  • Foreclosure delays as banks sit on them due to the cost of processing
  • Local housing inventory levels. Potential “shadow” inventory hitting the market and driving the number of homes for sale up and demand down
  • Lending standards and potential changes to regulations from Washington
  • International economic issues like Europe’s currency dilemma and China’s trade growth/manipulation

Regionally:

Our Lake Norman housing market is also going to be impacted significantly by regional economic components, especially jobs.

  • North Carolina’s economic conditions are expected to improve in 2011.  This was a theme of the Economic Forecast Forum in Rearch Triangle Park according to an article in News Observer on January 3rd. However, they also acknowledged that North Carolina suffers more than most from the national decline of industrial jobs.
  • North Carolina is still a destination for many from around the country.  In 2010 North Carolina rose to 3rd place on the list of migration to rather than from the state.
  • Jobs play a huge role in our recovery.  Unemployment rates in Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties remain higher than the state average.  Everyone agrees that we must see improvement in our unemployment numbers before we will see any significant change in our housing market. 

 My Predictions: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 4th Quarter 2010 Price Range Analysis

Every quarter I try to create this price range analysis for the Lake Norman real estate market because it provides invaluable insight for both buyers and sellers: 

Compiled from the Charlotte Regional 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:

  • First choose a price range.
  • The next column provides the actual number of listings sold in this price range in the 4th quarter of 2010
  • This is followed by the percentage this price range represents of the total number of listings sold
  • Next is the number of active listings in this price range
  • This is followed by the percentage this price range represents of the total number of active listings
  • Finally, the last column represent the absorption rate or the number of months of supply for each price range based upon the number of listings divided by the number of sales.
  • To compare these to the same period of 2009 please see the chart below

Findings: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s January 2011 Wallpaper Calendar is Here!

New Beginnings Lake Norman Real Estate Calendar January 2010

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of you who read this blog…from past and future clients to those just interested in learning more about the Lake Norman real estate market…for making 2010 one of the very best years of my now almost 20 years in real estate.  I couldn’t have done it without all of your support.  Thank you so very much!

My New Year’s resolution is to help make your 2011 the best possible.   Here is a toast to new beginnings and the infinite opportunities that await us all!

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Lake Norman Real Estate: New Year’s Celebrations 2011

 Here is to new beginnings…2011 in and around Lake Norman!

Lake Norman New Years

 

Unlike my home town of Pasadena CA with the annual Rose Parade/Rose Bowl, Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have one major New Years’ celebration.  Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte.  From 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.

The best sources for New Years Eve events in our Lake Norman area are LKNFun.com  and 704 Events.com which are websites devoted to entertainment and dining information in the greater Lake Norman area.

The best way to find out what is happening in Charlotte is to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing or go to their new website clclt.com or go directly to New Years Events. They even do hourly updates on their Food and Drink section.

Here are few highlights to wet your appetite:

 First Night Charlotte : Arts / Museums,Community,Festivals, Holidays, Just For Seniors, Kids, Live Music, Night Life, Teen
Date: December 31st and January 1st.

Queens Landing:  Joker’s New Year’s Eve Bash, New Years Cruise

Whether you enjoy a quiet celebration at home or party all night, I wish you all a  safe and Happy New Year.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s November 2010 Sales Analysis

Despite a pretty rough month of economic news, here in Lake Norman we actually had some news to be thankful for in November!

As I anticipated last month based upon the higher numbers for Conditional and Pending home sales in our Lake Norman area, we posted some relatively strong numbers in November when compared to last year and even the year prior to that:

The total number of Lake Norman single family homes under contract (but not yet closed) on November 30, 2010 totaled 169 which is a drop of 13% from last month’s high but still 8% higher when compared to August’s and July’s numbers of  157, equal to June’s 169  and 15% below May’s closings.

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

“Christmas in Davidson” is December 2-4th 2010!

 

Horse Drawn Carriage at Christmas in Davidson

 Yikes, I nearly missed “Christmas in Davidson”!  This is truly one of the very best events in our Lake Norman area celebrating the holidays.  It actually started last evening but runs through Saturday evening so you still have time.  Held from 6pm – 9pm, this very local, old-fashioned celebration is great fun for the whole family.  Here is a list of just some of what you will experience:

  • Main Street will be filled with the sounds of carolers and other live music
  • Carriage rides
  • Santa Claus will visit with children each night at the library
  • “Taste of South Main Street” will feature treats from Restaurant X, Campania, and Fuel Pizza
  • The Doggie Fashion show is back, tonight, Friday, on South Main St
  • A large tent on the Village Green will offer lots of artists and venders selling holiday crafts and gifts
  • Local merchants are offering their own special events as well

Trollys will shuttle visitors from the Exit 30 parking area to Downtown Davidson.

For more information:  Christmas in Davidson

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s December Calendar is Here!

Lake Norman Real Estate's December 2010 Calendar

December is a peaceful month on Lake Norman.  Most of our deciduous trees have gone dormant so the homes along our shorelines are now more visible and those of us with “seasonal water views” can now look out our windows and enjoy the beauty of our Lake Norman every day!

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season! Continue reading

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