Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

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 November 2016 Market Report

Wow, a 33% increase in Lake Norman’s home sales in November, now that is impressive! In 5 of the past 6 months we have beaten the same months in 2015 and 4 of the 5 by double digits. Not only were November’s sales 33% higher than last November but they also were the highest November sales since 2005. The cherry on top is the number of new contracts where are also significantly higher than last year indicating that this momentum is going to continue throughout the next several months at least. Mercurial has been emphatically replaced by momentum as my favorite adjective to describe our current Lake Norman real estate market.  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate Market Report November 2016

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s September 2016 Market Report is Here!

Wow, I think Lake Norman’s real estate market is officially on a roll after a rather up and down first half of 2016.  Now 3 of the past 4 months have been record breaking and based upon our new contracts it looks like this momentum is going to continue throughout the next several months at least! Following an impressive 18% increase last month (compared to August 2015) we have already logged in 171 sales for September for a 13% increase over September 2015.  This is the highest number of single family home sales in the month of September since 2005 and when stragglers come in we may even beat that number! Mercurial has been replaced by momentum as my favorite adjective to describe our current Lake Norman real estate market.  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate Market Report September 2016

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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What Trends Do We See in Lake Norman’s Waterfront, Distressed and New Construction Home Sales?

There are some positive and interesting Big Picture trends going on in our Lake Norman real estate market.  To help provide some insight I made these graphs comparing waterfront, distressed and new construction closed sales in 2014 to 2013:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July 2014 Home Sales Analysis

Lake Norman’s real estate market remains robust after a lethargic winter and early spring. Following exceptionally strong closed home sales in June, we slowed a bit in July but are managing to keep up with 2013’s record breaking numbers.

Let’s take a look at the July 2014 numbers from our Charlotte Multiple Listing Service for our Lake Norman Area real estate market:

Lake Norman real estate home sales analysis for July 2014

* All data is from the Charlotte Regional Multiple Listing Service. **Please note that the MLS started using an entirely new program in March which did away with Area 13 so my numbers may vary slightly from the past but I have made it as close as possible.

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Lake Norman real estate: New Construction is back!

New Lake Norman Waterfront Home

New Lake Norman Waterfront Estate

One of the most significant signs that our Lake Norman real estate market is improving is the amount of new construction popping up all around the lake.  From large builders taking over partially completed subdivisions that went under during the recession to smaller builders building spec homes and custom homes in every price range including an impressive number of luxury homes down Brawley School Road, all types of construction is happening for the first time in years!

The listing agent of a lot I just put under contract in The Point told me she had sold or had offers for 4 of her lots in the past several weeks after years of none what-so-ever.  A number of my waterfront buyers have purchased tear-downs or are considering tear-downs with plans to build their dream homes.  Off water buyers are scooping up good, affordable lots like the one I sold in The Point this past week realizing this may be the best opportunity they have before prices start going up.

The idea of having a custom home designed specifically for them on a hand-picked lot with their ideal size, floorplan, finishes and architectural details is pretty darned exciting!  For many, this is also a great time hire a builder who can incorporate all of the latest “green” and “smart home” technology which wasn’t really happening  in our Lake Norman area 5 years ago.

Here are some interesting numbers that reflect this trend:

  • We have 53 “new construction” homes under contract and 8 closed sales of new construction homes in Lake Norman’s Area 13 in 2013 for a total of 61 in 7 weeks.  Lake Norman had 90 closed sales of new construction homes in all of 2012 and 79 in 2011!
  • Lake Norman currently has 57 lots under contract and 16 closed lot sales equaling 73 sales in the first 7 weeks of 2013 compared to 239 lot sales in all of Lake Norman in 2012.

Of course, these numbers don’t reflect lots that are sold outside of our Charlotte Multiple Listing service.  Many builders, especially in large subdivisions, do not list a majority of lots and home sales in our MLS so these numbers are lower than the actual sales of lots and new homes being built on privately owned lots.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Growth and Development Update

Lake Norman Construction site

It has been a while since I have written any news related to our greater Lake Norman developments because, quite frankly, most of the exciting projects I have written about have been stalled for the past year due to the national economic downturn.

However, some large and small developments are moving forward.  Here is an update on these:

Four Points Sheraton:  Construction is expected to begin very soon at Exit 28.  The Four Points Sheraton is expected to have about 2,200 square feet of meeting space.

Langtree at the Lake:  While delayed for about a year, Langtree at the Lake developer Rich Howard says he plans to start construction in the coming months.  Also, the Missouri based John Q Hammonds recently announced a 12-story 300 room Embassy Suites will break ground later this summer or early fall and is expected to be completed by early 2011.  It will have a 75,000 square feet conference center which is something our Lake Norman area has needed for quite some time!  Langtree at the Lake.

Augustalee:  Once called the Village at lake Norman, the Augustaleeis a $515 million mixed-use development at I-77 and Westmoreland Rd (at a new Exit 27) which will include The Grand Hotel, a 250 room, 10-story building featuring ballrooms, conference facilities, a full service restaurant as well as a boutique hotel with 100 rooms and retail on the first floor.

Cornelius One: This three-story mixed-use project located at 18615 West Catawba in Cornelius will include a restaurant and retail on the first floor and offices on the second and third floors.  Developer Kenny Habul is awaiting rezoning approval.

The Widening of West Catawba Blvd:  While those of us are watching the progress of the widening of  Brawley School Road which is slated for completion in 2011, the widening of West Catawba Blvd will be completed in the next 60 days!  Simonini’s The Preserve at Robbins Park that I have written about previously is also making progress.  Once completed, Catawba Blvd will be fully landscaped and according to Commissioner Dave Gilroy, will be “simply gorgeous”!

New Exit 31:  Our new Exit 31 is expected to open this summer!

Courtyard by Marriott and a Holiday Inn Express:  Both of these hotels in Statesville are due to open this month!

TownPlace Suites by Marriot:  Located off of Exit 33 in Mooresville, this hotel is scheduled to open in October of this year.

Larkin:  I first wrote about this massive multi-use development project just south of Statesville about two years when it was ramping up to high gear.  There was great excitement and property around Exit 45 was scooped up by potential investors and developers.  The site has been annexed by the City of Statesville and and some of  the plans have already been approved by the Statesville City Council.   According to the Statesville Record and Landmark, since then “nothing of any substance has been done with the site.”  “I honestly believe that Larkin will happen” said City Manager Rob Hites.  “But it’s really hard to say right now when it will happen.”

Equestrian Subdivision in Mooresville:  NASCAR race car driver Jeremy Mayfield’s former home located at 3245  Jackson Rd in Mooresville was purchased by Ron LeGrand who has teamed up with Sill Creek Team and developer Urchel Hill to launch a 73-home equestrian subdivision on 135 acres.  While the land is currently empty, developers have already put in the road and other community amenities and are optimistic about its future.

The Club at Westport:  I recently wrote a separate blog post about the opening of the Club at Westport and the new residential plans for the rest of the development in Denver on the west side of Lake Norman.

Lake Norman’s new community sailing and rowing is open!: After years of work, the North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing Center is now open.  Located at Huntersville’s Blythe Landing Park,  this facility is truly for anyone interested in learning to sail or  row, from Senior citizens to the disabled to our youth.  A non-profit organization and its volunteers operate the center in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation.

It is interesting to look back several years and read news articles and my old blog posts focused on building moratoriums and smart growth plans.  Our national recession has actually provided our fast-growing Lake Norman communities the time to take a deep breath and prepare for the future growth that is sure to return once our economy has stabilized.

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