Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s November 2018 Market Report

Lake Norman’s real estate market continued its dramatic downturn in November with a 26% drop in home sales compared to last year and a 31% drop from last month’s.  While this was the 4th best November since 2005 this certainly isn’t enough to restore our confidence. No matter what factors have contributed to our weakening housing market, we have been battered with three months and there is nothing to suggest this will change in the next few months given our low pending sales and new contracts’ numbers compared to last year. My numbers below should provide some deeper insight.

Here are what I feel to be the biggest takeaways from last month’s Lake Norman real estate sales data:

  • Our Lake Norman home sales were down for the third consecutive month and our year-to-date sales are down -3.6% compared to 2017.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains historically low, (13 fewer than last year), as they have been all year, never reaching our normal summer highs.  It is hard to quantify but there is no doubt that the low inventory does have a negative impact on our Lake Norman’s home sales.
  • Our pending sales and our newest contracts (UCS) are down which indicates a continuation of the slowdown for the rest of 2018.
  • Waterfront homes moved back into a buyers’ market.
  • I want to share with you again this great interactive calculator for determining rent vs. own costs from the New York Times!

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate market report for November 2018

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2018 Market Report

Lake Norman’s real estate numbers for June exceeded even my expectations by logging in a total of 246 home sales which beats last June’s record breaking 236 by 4%. And, our June sales were 18.8% higher than last month’s.   After some ups and downs at the beginning of the year, the past two months have helped us to record 4 more sales in the first half of this year compared to 2017’s record breaking year which is truly impressive and, quite honestly, unexpected. The million dollar question is can we sustain this level for the second half of 2018?  My numbers below will provide some insight into where we are headed for the next few months.

Here are what I feel to be the biggest takeaways from last month’s Lake Norman real estate sales data:

  • June’s strong numbers were able to lift our total sales for the past 6 month’s of 2018 above our record-breaking 2017 numbers.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains alarmingly low (a whopping 136 fewer than last year!) and it has not increased as it should at this time of year yet we are still logging strong sales.  It is hard to quantify but there is no doubt that low inventory does have a negative impact on our Lake Norman’s home sales.
  • We are seeing some weaker pending sales which will likely lead to a dip in sales in the next few months.
  • Waterfront homes are now squarely in a seller’s market for the first time since the recession.
  • I want to share with you again this great interactive calculator for determining rent vs. own costs from the New York Times!

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate market report June 2018

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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

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

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