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Lake Norman Region Market Report for August 2020

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

August closings decreased in comparison to the record-breaking months of June and July.  This was anticipated as these peak summer months also included the pent-up demand and delayed sales from COVID closures.  We saw a decrease of 25% of units sold, going from 288 homes sold in July to 216 homes sold in August.  There was also a slight decrease year over year as well, as August 2019 finished with 238 closed homes, resulting in a 9% decrease in August 2020.  However, this could be attributed to the 59% decrease in available inventory, which continues to keep the market lively.  As there is limited supply for the strong demand that we have in the Lake Norman area, a decrease year over year is to be expected.

Homes under contract were quite a different story!  We saw a 37% increase in new pending sales representing 423 properties when UCS and UCNS are combined.  Additionally, the combined average prices for the homes under contract saw a positive increase as well, with a strong 17.8%!  The average price for homes sold year over year also increased by an astounding 22%.  We’ll be watching closely in the months to come to see if that appreciation level remains steady.  As with home sales, it is also likely to slow as we head into the third quarter of the year.  However, with a typical appreciation being around 6%, anything higher in our current climate happily exceeds our expectations.

Here are some interesting facts for active homes in August 2020:

  • 121 of the active homes are new construction, 38% of the active listings
  • 97 of the active homes are waterfront, 31% of the active listings
  • The average year built is 2007
  • 157 of the active listings are in Mooresville at Lake Norman, right at half of the available inventory
  • 50 of the 157 for Mooresville were in Atwater Landing (new construction), making it the community with the most available homes for August (was same for July)
  • Denver has the second largest inventory with 67 single-family homes, followed by Cornelius with 40 homes available
  • The average square footage of heated living space is 3628

And some interesting facts for the homes under contract for August 2020 (note – prices are based on the listing price as the sales price is undisclosed until sold):

  • The average price of all pending homes (under contract show and no show) is $661,427
  • The average price of the combined median prices of all pending homes (under contract show and no show) is $487,288
  • 137 of the homes under contract are new construction, 32% of the pending sales (an increase of 3% from the previous month)
  • 108 of the homes under contract are waterfront, 25.5% of the pending sales
  • The average year built for homes that are under contract no show is 1991. In comparison the average year built for homes under contract show is 2004.
  • The average lots size is .67 acres
  • The average square footage of heated living space is 3278 (remarkably only 1 sq. ft. off from July)

Finally, here are some facts for the homes that sold in August 2020:

  • The average listings price of homes sold was $675,188 (sold price $659849)
  • The listing price to sales price ratio was just over 97.7%
  • Only 28 of the homes sold were new construction, 13% of the homes sold
  • 58 of the homes sold were waterfront, 27% of the homes sold
  • The average year built was 1992, which is older than in previous months. This will be interesting to see if this continues.  Has buyer demand increase for the resale market or older homes?  Are sellers investing more in upgrades on older homes?  More to come on this…
  • 101 of the homes sold were in Mooresville, 47% of the market
  • The average lots size was .82 acres. This makes sense with the average year built as older homes typically offer larger lot sizes.
  • The average square footage of heated living space was 3310

Other information:

  • Across all reports, it appears that the average home size for active, under contract and sold is above 3200 Sq. Ft. This push toward larger homes could be a result of more living space needed as people work from home, homeschool, and generally are spending more time at home.

For those of you following along, the total number of Lake Norman homes under contract (UCS + UCNS) at the end of the first week of each month are as follows:

  • September 8, 2020: 423
  • August 10, 2020: 463
  • July 7, 2020: 489
  • June 11, 2020: 471
  • May 8, 2020: 319
  • April 8, 2020: 288
  • March 6, 2020: 341
  • February 8, 2020: 287
  • January 6, 2020: 213
  • December 8, 2019: 246
  • November 8, 2019: 310
  • October 8, 2019: 335
  • September 8, 2019: 378
  • August 8, 2019: 362
  • July 8, 2019: 355
  • June 9, 2019 383
  • May 9, 2019: 386
  • April 9, 2019: 363
  • March 10, 2019: 318
  • February 8, 2019: 268
  • January 6, 2019: 225
  • December 6, 2018: 251
  • November 8, 2018: 255
  • October 8, 2018: 281
  • September 8, 2018: 310
  • August 8, 2018: 347
  • July 8, 2018: 345
  • June 8, 2018: 406
  • May 8, 2018: 389
  • April 8, 2018: 334
  • March 8, 2018: 280
  • February 8, 2018: 244
  • January 8, 2018: 206
  • December 8, 2017: 264

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Lake Norman Region Market Report for July 2020

 

Another Record-breaking Sales Month at Lake Norman!

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service

We did not anticipate the market could get any better after seeing June’s sales, but July proved us wrong!  We had another record-breaking month for July 2020, with 288 single-family home closings.  This was over and above the 253 closings from a record-setting June.

Now, while we’ve shared this AMAZING news, we must also tell you that we do not expect this to last throughout the year.  As with any season, things tend to slow down in the Fall.  August will be likely one final and fabulous month for home sales, and then we will likely start to see a slow decline.  The decline however does not mean a down market.  It is simply typical for our area with Lake Norman being one of our largest attractions, as the lake season slows, so do the sales. We do expect that we will still finish 2020 strong.

There was a 53% decrease in active listings.  We anticipate sales to shift, however, we do not see available inventory getting any better for some time.  We will maintain a strong seller’s market in most price points.  Remember, each price point can vary so be sure to do your research on price points specifically when you are looking to buy.  In addition to a lower inventory of available homes, the average price also increased by 17% year over year, and days on market decreased by 6%.  These are also indications of continued strong demand for homes in our area.

There were 463 homes that went under contract.  This is significant because, with only 351 homes available, we have less than a month’s supply of inventory.  Historically, anything under 4 months is a seller’s market, 4 to 6 months is a stable market, and over 6 months is a buyer’s market.  While it is not a buyer’s market, buyers continue to enter the market in droves since mortgage interest rates are equally low.  In addition, rents continually increase as well, and buying a home is still a great investment!  In addition, the homes that went under contract increased by just over 27% compared to 2019.

Here are some interesting facts for active homes in July 2020:

  • 118 of the active homes are new construction, 34% of the active listings
  • 131 of the active homes are waterfront, 37% of the active listings
  • The average year built is 2000, which was the same in June
  • 178 of the active listings are in Mooresville at Lake Norman, just over half
  • 31 of the 178 for Mooresville were in Atwater Landing (new construction), making it the community with the most available homes for July
  • Denver has the second largest inventory with 63 single-family homes
  • The available lot size is .89
  • The average square footage of heated living space is 3735

And some interesting facts for the homes under contract for July 2020 (note – prices are based on the listing price as the sales price is undisclosed until sold):

  • The average price of all pending homes (under contract show and no show) is $646,974
  • 134 of the homes under contract are new construction, 29% of the pending sales
  • 111 of the homes under contract are waterfront, 24% of the pending sales
  • The average year built is 2001
  • 222 of the homes under contract are in Mooresville, 48% of the market
  • Denver was second with 108 homes pending for July, 23% of the market
  • The average lots size is .71 acres
  • The average square footage of heated living space is 3279
  • Sherrills Ford finished strong in June based on previous months, with 42 homes under contract

Finally, here are some facts for the homes that sold in July 2020:

  • The average listings price of homes sold was $643,513 (sold price $626,244)
  • The median listings price of homes sold was $499,500
  • The listing price to sales price ratio was just over 97%
  • 55 of the homes sold were new construction, 19% of the homes sold
  • 81 of the homes sold were waterfront, 28% of the homes sold
  • The average year built was 2005
  • 154 of the homes sold were in Mooresville, 53.5% of the market
  • Denver was second with 56 homes sold for July, 19% of the market
  • The average lots size was .61 acres
  • The average square footage of heated living space was 3315

Other information:

  • 43 homes went off the market (expired, withdrawn, temporarily off-market)
    • Of those, the average listings price was $780,797
    • Of those, the median listing price was $596,990

For those of you following along, the total number of Lake Norman homes under contract (UCS + UCNS) at the end of the first week of each month are as follows:

  • August 10, 2020: 463
  • July 7, 2020: 489
  • June 11, 2020: 471
  • May 8, 2020: 319
  • April 8, 2020: 288
  • March 6, 2020: 341
  • February 8, 2020: 287
  • January 6, 2020: 213
  • December 8, 2019: 246
  • November 8, 2019: 310
  • October 8, 2019: 335
  • September 8, 2019: 378
  • August 8, 2019: 362
  • July 8, 2019: 355
  • June 9, 2019 383
  • May 9, 2019: 386
  • April 9, 2019: 363
  • March 10, 2019: 318
  • February 8, 2019: 268
  • January 6, 2019: 225
  • December 6, 2018: 251
  • November 8, 2018: 255
  • October 8, 2018: 281
  • September 8, 2018: 310
  • August 8, 2018: 347
  • July 8, 2018: 345
  • June 8, 2018: 406
  • May 8, 2018: 389
  • April 8, 2018: 334
  • March 8, 2018: 280
  • February 8, 2018: 244
  • January 8, 2018: 206
  • December 8, 2017: 264

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Lake Norman Region Market Report for June 2020

Record-breaking home sales for June 2020!

June 2020 Lake Norman Real Estate

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

We knew June was going to be a fabulous month for real estate sales in the Lake Norman region, but we had no idea we would set a record!  With 253 closed sales for June of 2020, this is our largest number of single-family homes sold since we started tracking the monthly sales in 2005.  This is not just a record for June but a record for all months for the last 15 years! You can see this data in the chart a little later.

With a 45% decrease in active listings, we can only imagine how well our region would have done with more listings.  There is a significant difference between the median price and average price of active inventory.  This is due to a large number of homes on the market over $1,000,000.  To be exact, 100 of the 417 active listings were over $1,000,000; nearly 25% of the market.

The numbers continue to be outstanding as we look at homes under contract for June.  There were 367 homes ‘under contract show’ and 122 homes ‘under contract no show’, totaling 489 homes pending in total.  That exceeds the amount of current inventory, which would suggest that our housing shortage is going to continue to worsen.  Sellers on the fence about selling this summer may want to reconsider.  This is absolutely a STRONG sellers-market on all fronts.  If that doesn’t make sellers want to consider putting their home on the market then they may also want to make note of the tremendous increase in the average prices for the homes under contract.  The average of both ‘under contract show’ and ‘under contract now show’ is 22%!  WOW!  Now the question is, how long with this continue?

Here are some interesting facts for active homes in June 2020:

  • 133 of the active homes are new construction, 32% of the active listings
  • 150 of the active homes are waterfront, 36% of the active listings
  • 20 active homes are both new construction AND waterfront
  • The average year built is 2000
  • 202 of the active listings are in Mooresville at Lake Norman, close to half

And some interesting facts for the homes under contract for June 2020:

  • 139 of the homes under contract are new construction, 28% of the pending sales
  • 129 of the homes under contract are waterfront, 26% of the pending sales
  • The average year built is 2001
  • 252 of the homes under contract are in Mooresville at Lake Norman, 52% of the market

Finally, here are some facts for the homes that sold in June 2020:

  • 55 of the homes were new construction, 22% of homes sold
  • 56 of the homes were waterfront, 22% of homes sold
  • The average year built was 2004
  • The average seller concessions were $2,344
  • 127 of the homes sold had NO seller concessions, right at half
  • The average list price to sales price ratio was 97.6%
  • While the average sold price was $561,450, the average listing price for those that sold was $578,955

For those of you following along, the total number of Lake Norman homes under contract (UCS + UCNS) at the end of the first week of each month are as follows:

  • July 7, 2020: 489
  • June 11, 2020: 471
  • May 8, 2020: 319
  • April 8, 2020: 288
  • March 6, 2020: 341
  • February 8, 2020: 287
  • January 6, 2020: 213
  • December 8, 2019: 246
  • November 8, 2019: 310
  • October 8, 2019: 335
  • September 8, 2019: 378
  • August 8, 2019: 362
  • July 8, 2019: 355
  • June 9, 2019: 383
  • May 9, 2019: 386
  • April 9, 2019: 363
  • March 10, 2019: 318
  • February 8, 2019: 268
  • January 6, 2019: 225
  • December 6, 2018: 251
  • November 8, 2018: 255
  • October 8, 2018: 281
  • September 8, 2018: 310
  • August 8, 2018: 347
  • July 8, 2018: 345
  • June 8, 2018: 406
  • May 8, 2018: 389
  • April 8, 2018: 334
  • March 8, 2018: 280
  • February 8, 2018: 244
  • January 8, 2018: 206
  • December 8, 2017: 264

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Lake Norman Real Estate Market Report April 2020

 

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

The final April numbers are in, and as expected due to the COVID-19 restrictions, listings, contracts, and sales are down year over year for April.  However, we have already seen market improvements and we’re optimistic we’ll see continued growth in May.  Overall, as predicted (and hoped) it appears our strong traditional Spring market at Lake Norman will eventually fully blossom, and this is a temporary delay due to the pandemic. To help us stay in sync with these unusual times, we have been tracking stats daily on our parent website at https://www.lakenormanrealty.com/covid-19-market-updates/ which offers additional insights and details into the Lake Norman market.

In the first weeks into April, we saw a dramatic decline of nearly 50% in all categories when compared to the same time last year.  However, the downward trend turned around and shifted upwards mid-April, and by the end of the month, the numbers fared much better leaving April 2020 with a 22% drop in new contracts, and a 9% drop in closed sales.  We anticipate this rebound will continue into May and beyond as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted here and elsewhere in the country.

Showings in April were down considerably as expected due to the Stay at Home Orders.  “Virtual Showings” became the norm in April, but as this was a new method, these virtual showings were rarely logged into the system-wide showing service.  This resulted in only 5439 showings logged into the system vs 12,593 in last April.

Home values are remaining firm, primarily due to the lack of inventory.  Multiple offers continue, particularly in the lower price points, but have been seen in all price ranges.  April 2020’s ratio for list price vs sales price was 98%.  Of the 162 closings for April, 81 of those had some sort of seller contribution averaging $4,164 given back toward closing costs or some other expense on behalf of the buyer.  The average year built of homes sold was 2007.

Our active listings were reduced by 25% in an already tight market with slim inventory and high demand.  With the decrease in listings, this supply and demand will remain an issue for buyers that desire to move into the Lake Norman area.  Of the 567 homes available, 284 of them were in Mooresville, making up half of all available inventory.  In addition, the average year built was 2001.

Let’s take a closer look at some property specifics for the closed homes in April:

  • Waterfront
    • There were 29 Waterfront homes that closed this month, 18% of the market
    • The average price of waterfront closed homes was $972,241
    • The prices ranged from $280,000 to $1,875,000
    • The cumulative days on market for waterfront homes was 98
  • New Construction
    • 43 of the homes closed were new construction, 26.5% of the market
    • The average price of new construction closings was $365,060
    • The average list price to sales price was 100%
    • The price range for closed new construction homes was $209,900 to $777,000
    • 25 of the homes were in Mooresville, 15% of the homes sold
    • The cumulative days on the market was 121

The total number of Lake Norman homes under contract (UCS + UCNS) at the end of the first week of each month are as follows:

  • May 8, 2020: 319
  • April 8, 2020: 288
  • March 6, 2020: 341
  • February 8, 2020: 287
  • January 6, 2020: 213
  • December 8, 2019: 246
  • November 8, 2019: 310
  • October 8, 2019: 335
  • September 8, 2019: 378
  • August 8, 2019: 362
  • July 8, 2019: 355
  • June 9, 2019 383
  • May 9, 2019: 386
  • April 9, 2019: 363
  • March 10, 2019: 318
  • February 8, 2019: 268
  • January 6, 2019: 225
  • December 6, 2018: 251
  • November 8, 2018: 255
  • October 8, 2018: 281
  • September 8, 2018: 310
  • August 8, 2018: 347
  • July 8, 2018: 345
  • June 8, 2018: 406
  • May 8, 2018: 389
  • April 8, 2018: 334
  • March 8, 2018: 280
  • February 8, 2018: 244
  • January 8, 2018: 206
  • December 8, 2017: 264

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s November 2019 Market Report

Lake Norman real estate home sales report

All data is from the Canopy/Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

As our pending numbers from the past 2 months predicted, Lake Norman home sales in November were very strong: a whopping 50% increase over last year’s. They also exceeded all prior Novembers’ home sales since 2005 by a significant amount. (See green chart below). Yes, we were up against some weak 2018 numbers but the fact that we also beat our 2017 record-breaking November by 15.6% is truly impressive especially when you consider how dramatically low our inventory of active listings is today. What has changed, however, is our momentum. Based on the under contract and pending numbers above, our sales are going to be down quite a bit if not in December then January.  Let’s look at my comprehensive report below which will provide deeper insight into where we are headed as well as details regarding this month’s sales.

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

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 3rd Quarter 2019 Sales by Price Range

Lake Norman real estate sales by price range 3rd quarter 2019

*Compiled from the Carolina/Canopy Multiple Listing Service’s data.  Note that the numbers in this chart are generated by a technology expert I hired and not by me. The mapped perimeter of our Lake Norman area that he used for this chart’s numbers is slightly different from mine.

Despite a few weaker months, Lake Norman’s overall real estate market in the 3rd quarter of this year remained very much in a seller’s market. However, there were some fascinating sub-trends within price-ranges in the past 3 months as you can see above. By far the best way to truly understand our hot and cold niches is by analyzing our single family home sales by price-range which is why I create this chart each quarter.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 2019 Market Report

Lake Norman Real Estate Market Report August 2019

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

We knew we were up against some huge sales numbers for last August so it came as no surprise that our Lake Norman home sales in August ended up 14% below August 2018’s. On the plus side our August sales were 9% higher than last month’s. August was the 3rd consecutive month that our Lake Norman home sales fell below last year’s. After a great start to 2019 we have definitely experienced a softening of our housing market. We are now just 2 sales higher than the first 8 months of 2018.  My numbers below should provide some deeper insight into where we are headed as well as details regarding this month’s sales.

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

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2019 Market Report

Lake Norman Real Estate's June 2019 Market Report

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

So, our lower pending sales numbers in Lake Norman last month did, in fact, result in a decline in closed sales in June, posting a 12% drop from June 2018’s and a 6.3% decline compared to last month’s. This was the first month in 2019 that our Lake Norman home sales were below last year’s. Despite this modest drop we are still 4.4% higher for the first 6 months of 2019 compared to 2018.  My numbers below should provide some deeper insight into where we are headed as well as details regarding this month’s sales.

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

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 2019 Market Report

Lake Norman real estate market report* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Our Lake Norman’s real estate market posted record sales again in May with an impressive 12% gain over May 2018 and a 27% increase over last month’s. Wow! The first five months of 2019 stand out not only for their 9.3% total increase over 2018 but also for their consistency.  Each month exceeded last year’s and also increased over the prior month as well.  Consistency like this is very rare here in Lake Norman. It is even more interesting considering that this follows on the heels of a very a rough end to 2018.  My numbers below should provide some deeper insight into where we are headed as well as details regarding this month’s sales.

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

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 1st Quarter 2019 Market Report by Price-Range

Lake Norman’s 1st Quarter 2019 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman Real Estate's Price Range Market Report 1st quarter 2019

*Compiled from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service’s data.  Note that the numbers in this chart are generated by a technology expert I hired and not by me. The mapped perimeter of our Lake Norman area that he used for this chart’s numbers is slightly different from mine.

Lake Norman’s overall real estate market in the first quarter of this year experienced a solid upswing after a very weak 4th quarter. However, there were some rather dramatic and inexplicable sub-trends within price-range groups both up and down within our market these past 3 months. These will be quite evident as you study the chart above. The best way to understand our hot and cold niches is by analyzing our sales by price-range which is why I create this chart each quarter.

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Lake Norman Market Trend Graphs in Real Time!

In November I launched a new feature on my Lake Norman Real Estate site.  I now have a real-time automatically updated graph of the number of active listings and homes sold in all of Lake Norman by month for the past three years.  These easy to read graphs provide simple but great insight into today’s trends in an historical context.  To get the latest number just click on Lake Norman Market Trends. .

Here are this month’s graphs:

Lake Norman homes sold for past 3 years graph by month

 

*Note that the sales numbers aren’t updated until the 20th of each month.

Above is the graph of single family homes sold in Lake Norman for the past 6 months.  You can clearly see our record-breaking months from May – August and then our nose dive in September with a slight uptick in October, down in November and December.   I discussed this in detail in the Lake Norman Real Estate Market Report December 2018.

 

Lake Norman real estate graph of homes sold trends

 

Above is the active listing graph.  As you can see our inventory of active listings was significantly lower from June – September compared to prior years and as of today are actually about even with the past 2 Decembers.  Keep in mind that those years we also had very low inventory of homes for sale!

I will update this post monthly for you!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s October Market Report

As predicted, Lake Norman’s real estate numbers for October continued their downturn for a second month in a row. We logged in a total of 150 home sales, a 14% drop when compared to last October but a 13.6% increase over last month’s. So, while disappointing, not nearly as severe a decline as we experienced in September. And, this was the 4th best October in since 2005. Was Hurricane Florence a factor? No matter what factors have contributed to our weakening housing market, there is clearly a downward trend that will continue through the end of this year.  Our low pending sales and new contracts’ numbers compared to last year are both down which substantiates this trend. My numbers below should provide some 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 second consecutive month and our year-to-date sales are down -2.6% compared to 2017.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains historically low, (44 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 this 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 Sales Analysis

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 2018 Market Report

Lake Norman’s real estate sales numbers for August were exceptional. We logged in a total of 232 home sales which beats last August’s 211 by 10% and they were 18.4% above last month’s.   After some ups and downs at the beginning of the year, the past four months have helped us to record 39 more sales in the first 8 months of this year compared to 2017’s record breaking year which is truly impressive and, quite honestly, unexpected by early national real estate projections. The million dollar question is can we sustain this level for the rest 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:

  • August’s closed sales were strong: 10% higher than last August’s, 18.4% greater than last month’s, the second highest month this entire year and the best August in Lake Norman’s history!
  • Our inventory of active listings continues to drop to alarmingly low numbers (a whopping 146 fewer than last year!) after never reaching our normal summer highs and yet we are still recording high sales.  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.
  • We are seeing some weaker pending sales which may be an indication of a slowdown at least for the next few months.
  • Waterfront homes moved back into a seller’s 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's August 2018 Sales Analysis

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July 2018 Market Report

Lake Norman’s real estate sales numbers for July exceeded my expectations slightly by logging in a total of 191 home sales which beats last June’s 187 by 2%. However, our July sales were 23% below last month’s.   After some ups and downs at the beginning of the year, the past three months have helped us to record 12 more sales in the first 7 months of this year compared to 2017’s record breaking year which is truly impressive and, quite honestly, unexpected by early national real estate projections. The million dollar question is can we sustain this level for the rest 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:

  • July’s strong numbers were able to lift our total sales for the past 7 month’s of 2018 above our record-breaking 2017 numbers.
  • Our inventory of active listings continues to drop to alarmingly low numbers (a whopping 136 fewer than last year!) at a time when they should be peaking and yet we are still recording 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 slight dip in sales in the next few months.
  • Waterfront homes slipped back in to a buyer’s market and we saw fewer luxury sales as well.
  • 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 July 2018

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 2018 Market Report

After the ups and downs of the first 4 months of 2018, our Lake Norman home sales for May indicate that we are in for some consistently strong sales through summer.  We matched last May’s home sales which were a record-breaking month.  And, at the same time, we posted a 19.2% increase over last month’s home sales.  Overall our market has stabilized and our current momentum bodes well for the summer months.

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

  • May’s strong home sales reflect a strengthening of our overall Lake Norman housing market after a roller coaster ride at the beginning of the year.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains alarmingly low (100 fewer than last year!) and it is not increasing 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 currently have a record-breaking number of “under contract” or “pending” homes which indicates we will see very strong closed sales in the next few months.
  • Our trade-up and luxury markets posted some good numbers supporting my feeling that these niches are finally recovering from the recession.
  • I want to share with you 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 sales analysis for May 2018

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s March 2018 Market Report

We are now entering our most active months for our Lake Norman area’s housing sales. After a dip in January and a jump up in February our Lake Norman real estate market once again took a hit in March when compared to March 2017’s sales. However, to be fair, this was expected due to March 2017’s exceptionally strong month so while 134 closed sales are disappointing they are certainly respectable when compared to previous month’s since the recession.

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

  • March’s closed sales were 29% lower than March 2017 but 17.5% higher than last month’s.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains alarmingly low; currently 3% below last year’s which were also historically low.  It is hard to quantify but there is no doubt that low inventory does have a negative impact on Lake Norman’s home sales.
  • After a strong February, as I predicted, we didn’t come close to meeting March 2017’s huge, record-breaking 188 closed sales.
  • What the heck is going on with our waterfront market? Yikes!  (See below)
  • Our trade-up ($600,000 – $999,000) and luxury price ranges were once again weak after a slight uptick last month. The only thing consistent about our higher price ranges is their constant roller coaster ride of ups and downs.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate Home Sales Analysis

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s February 2018 Market Report

After a dip in January our Lake Norman real estate market kind of looks like it is back on track posting 60% more closed sales than February 2017. It is important to note, however, that February 2017 was a very weak month so while 112 closed sales is impressive, it is not quite as significant as it appears. There are also some indications in the numbers below that our short term market may struggle to meet last year’s record-breaking sales.

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

  • February closed sales were 60% higher than February 2017 and 13% higher than last month’s.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains alarmingly low; currently 11% below last year’s which were also historically low.  It is hard to quantify but there is no doubt that low inventory does have of a negative impact on home sales.
  • While we had a strong month, I foresee a rocky next couple of months ahead.
  • Our trade-up price ranges $600,000 – $999,000) this month were weak again as a group.  The only thing consistent about this niche is their constant roller coaster ride of ups and downs.
  • Waterfront home sales volume is down quite a bit as is our inventory which could present challenges for this spring.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate housing report

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s February 2018 Hot Sheet

Lake Norman Hot Sheet Home Sales

I always get excited to do a Hot Sheet analysis because it provides me with a mid-month pulse of our Lake Norman real estate market.  So where are we today? After a sluggish January, it looks like we may have another month of relatively weak closed sales but there are some positive signs for the future. Let’s take a closer look: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s 2017 4th Quarter Sales by Price Range

If you are a home buyer or seller in the Lake Norman area 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 for you 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 $700,000 price range, you are going to have an entirely different experience than someone in the $800,000’s. This is the reason why I create a price-range analysis every quarter for my readers and clients:

Lake Norman’s 4th Quarter 2017 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman home sales buy price 4th quarter 2017

*Compiled from the Carolina 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.  

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s October 2017 Market Report

October numbers are out! Here are what I feel are the biggest takeaways from last month’s Lake Norman real estate sales numbers:

  • We had another strong albeit not record-breaking month, logging in 167 closed sales of single family homes. (See green and yellow chart below).
  • While our numbers are good compared to the same month last year, there is no doubt that our overall housing market has slowed considerably with lower sales than the past 5 months.
  • At 1695 closed sales, our first 10 months of 2017 exceeded all previous years in Lake Norman’s history, even exceeding 2005’s previous record high by 6.2%.
  • What a freaky month when we look at price ranges.  A whopping 79% of our sales were under $600,000.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we had 7 sales OVER $2 million!
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 simply disappeared after last month’s strong showing. So much for stability.
  • Waterfront homes fell back into a buyer’s market after two pretty strong months. Ups and downs and more ups and downs.

In a nutshell, these numbers mean that our overall strong sales in 2017 have been impressively consistent in beating prior year’s numbers month after month.  While there is no guarantee that this will continue long term, 2017 has really been a remarkable year for our Lake Norman real estate market. 2017 will be the single best year for home sales in Lake Norman’s history. That said, we still need to see consistent strength in our waterfront, trade-up and luxury niches for them to regain their pre-recession levels.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate sales analysis October 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s September 2017 Market Report

September numbers are out! Here are what I feel are the biggest takeaways from last month’s Lake Norman real estate sales numbers:

  • We had another awesome month, logging in an all time September record of 194 closed sales of single family homes! (See green and yellow chart below).
  • At 1525 closed sales, our first 9 months of 2017 exceeded all previous years in Lake Norman’s history, even exceeding 2005’s previous record high by 7%.
  • My excitement about our luxury market last month has been tempered slightly as we currently has 29 properties over $1 million under contract down from 42 last month.
  • For the second straight month waterfront homes are in a sellers’ market but there are some worrisome signs that this momentum might not be sustained so it will be important to watch this trend going forward.
  • Our trade-up price ranges from $600,000-$999,999 represented almost 1/4 of our sales and our current properties under contract again showing signs of stability after many years of struggling to recover.

In a nutshell, these numbers mean that our overall strong sales are no longer erratic but instead impressively consistent in beating prior year’s numbers month after month.  While there is no guarantee that this will continue long term, they are still tremendous accomplishments for our Lake Norman real estate market.  It looks like 2017 will be the single best year for home sales in Lake Norman’s history. But I am not going to celebrate just yet as I want to watch the waterfront and luxury niches carefully to see if they can finally regain their pre-recession levels.

Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Housing Report September 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 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 a mid-month pulse of our Lake Norman real estate market.  So where are we today?  After a stunning March, strong April and May, record-breaking June and strong July, it looks like this hot trend is continuing in August and beyond. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Real Estate’s August 2017 Two-Week Hot Sheet

Lake Norman Market Report for August 2017

* 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. These numbers represent a real time snapshot of the past two week’s activity. (August 8th – 22nd).  As always, I have included the past 6 months so that you can put these numbers in perspective. Below is the August chart using my data since 2010.

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Lake Norman’s 2nd Quarter 2017 Price Range Market Report

If you are a home buyer or seller in the Lake Norman area 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 for you 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 $700,000 price range, you are going to have an entirely different experience than someone in the $800,000’s. This is the reason why I create a price-range analysis every quarter for my readers:

Lake Norman’s 2nd Quarter 2017 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman Real Estate's Marktet Report by price range 2nd Quarter 2017

*Compiled from the Carolina 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.  

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2017 Market Report: Historic Record!

Holy Cow! Lake Norman’s June closed home sales of 225 makes it the highest month in Lake Norman’s history, surpassing the previous high of 216 set back in August 2005! 5 out of the first 6 months of this year our sales exceeded 2016’s.  We were up against a huge May 2016 of 211 and managed to exceed that by a respectable 7%.  Over all, the first half of 2017 was 19.6% higher than the first half of 2016.  AND, at 932 closed sales, our first 6 months were the highest first 6 months in Lake Norman’s history!  Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman Market Report June 2017

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

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