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COVID-19 and the Lake Norman Real Estate Market



Many are asking the question, how is COVID-19 affecting the Lake Norman real estate market? To get a clear picture, we’ll need to wait for the final sales numbers for March 2020, but in the meantime, one indicator to take note of is buyer activity.  Through analyzing data from showing reports, we can see the numbers of active buyers per price point in the Lake Norman real estate market.

It is no surprise in the wake of the coronavirus, total showings went down this past week compared to the previous week, but we are still seeing a large amount of showing activity week over week with 2408 showings in the past 7 days.  The price points from $250,000 to $400,000 have the largest percentage of the showings.  This is partially due to higher inventory in those price points, with significantly fewer options under $250,000.   We’re keeping a close eye on all Lake Norman real estate trends, and we will keep you posted as we learn more. Stay well and stay tuned!

Week of 3/10/20 to 3/17/20 Showing Report = 2408 Total Showings

Week of 3/3/2020 to 3/10/2020 Showing Report = 2659 Total Showings

Week of 2/25/2020 to 3/3/2020 Showing Report = 2622 Total Showings

Week of 2/18/2020 to 2/25/2020 Showing Report =  2644 Total Showings

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s January 2020 Market Report

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

January surprised us with repeated strong closings for the month, the highest since our reports began in 2005 (see chart below).  What was no surprise was the decrease in active inventory, while supply and demand remains to be an issue for new buyers entering the market. We’ve added the median price to our report this month and will continue to do so going forward.  As you can see, the median active listing price versus the average listing price is quite different.  This indicates that we have a substantial amount of luxury homes on the market versus lower-priced inventory.

The homes that went under contract remained steady year over year, however, we did see a slight decrease in the days on market.  With our current inventory, there is just slightly over a month of inventory of homes available, continuing a strong and robust sellers-market.  Of course, each price point can shift if we were to take a closer examination of the properties.  Watch for our quarterly report for more details in the coming months.

With a 19% increase of homes sold year over year in January, we are eagerly awaiting to see what 2020 will bring in the coming months. Although election years always create an additional variable to market dynamics, if January is any indication, we are going to continue to thrive in the Lake Norman region.

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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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Just the facts about Lake Norman, Property Tax Rates

Lake Norman property tax rates by county and city

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 Lake Norman’s low property taxes are one of the attractions for home buyers considering a relocation to our beautiful area.  However, because Lake Norman falls in 4 different counties and ten towns for prospective home buyers it can be a bit of a challenge trying to get a sense of what their property taxes will be in any given location.

A special note!  I just updated the numbers below to our 2018 tax rates.  All properties were just reassessed for 2019 as they are every 8 years in North Carolina.  The last reassessment was 2011 and the next will be 2027. The new assessed values are just coming out and some properties have risen more than others so make sure to find out the new assessed value of a property of interest to you! These new assessed values will be used in our upcoming 2018-2019 tax bills.

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Just the facts about Lake Norman

Lake Norman, Our Inland Sea

Lake Norman aerial view

Almost every time we go out on the lake I take a moment to look down as far as I can into the water; wondering if below me lies an old farm, perhaps the village of Long Island or one of the 70 roads now silent below the 32,475 acres of water.

It is truly staggering to realize that in 1904 two sets of brothers, the Dukes and the Wylies and William Lee first met to discuss the beginning of what would result in the creation of Lake Norman in 1964. The culmination of a 60-year dream, this magnificent man-made “inland sea” required the purchase of 33,000 acres of land including homes, family farms, and entire towns. As a REALTOR, I find it particularly interesting that the landowners who traded their farms for pine forest that would front on the future lake referred to it as “worthless land”. Today, “good” waterfront lots start at about $500,000. The 520 miles of shoreline of Lake Norman have become some of the most valuable property in the state.


  • To put it in perspective for you, Lake Norman has 520 miles of shoreline, the Great Salt Lake has 335, Lake Lanier has 520, Lake Tahoe has 71 and Lake Erie has 871.
  • “Full pond” elevation of Lake Norman is 760 feet above sea level.
  • The deepest point is about 130′ and the average depth is about 25′
  • The water of Lake Norman is used to provide electricity to the Piedmont Carolinas and supply water to most of it’s adjacent cities/counties.
  • Lake Norman is the largest fresh water lake in North Carolina
  • 4 Counties border the lake: Iredell, Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Catawba
  • Lake Norman is 18 miles north of Charlotte
  • Types of fish include: White bass, bluegill, striped bass, rainbow trout, perch, walleye, largemouth bass and white crappie


Lake Norman State Park in Troutman


  • Lake Norman State Park (camping, boating and boat rentals, fishing, nature, hiking and mountain biking trails, nature programs and picnicking and swimming)
  • Blythe Landing on Lake Norman (6 boat ramps, volleyball, playground, picnic sites with grills, wave-runner rentals)
  • Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman (Public Beach, 4 boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic shelters and tables, athletic fields, playground and nature trail)
  • Jetton Park (hiking, biking and rollerblading trails, 8 lighted tennis courts, playground, picnic area and sunning beach)


While it is tempting to get caught up in the fun of lake living, there is also a serious side to address: Water Recreation Safety, Shoreline Management, Soil and Water Conservation and the general preservation of the quality of life around the lake, both man-made and natural.

The regulation of the Lake Norman is the shared responsibility of Duke Energy, and state, recreation and law enforcement agencies in the Carolina’s. Duke Power has a license to run Lake Norman. These address everything from pier permitting (all piers must be permitted!), zoning maps (call 704.382.3676 to get a disc with 10 maps of the lake showing environmental areas and zoning to check any lot you may be interested in developing.), the minimum of 100′ of shoreline that is necessary to build a dock unless grandfathered in prior to new regulations, dredging, seawalls, stabilization and rip wrap and code enforcement of unsafe docks.

If you are planning to purchase an existing home/property or develop a lot on the waterfront I highly recommend that you read Duke Energy’s “Shoreline Management Guidelines” . There is a PDF version online as well.

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While all of our growth and development is exciting, it also is presenting new challenges to those like the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation who are working hard to oversee problems with erosion, sedimentation, buffer and dredging violations, pollution and sewage spills. Some of the most recent issues in the news are the coal ash ponds and the control of erosion due to stormwater runoff which is an increasing problem due to new construction along the shoreline and the enforcement of the state law requiring 50-ft undisturbed buffer from the shoreline. Tree buffers help by filtering pollutants from rainwater runoff and preventing erosion of the banks.

As a REALTOR I know that I have a responsibility to provide as much information as possible to all of my clients who live or plan to live on the Lake Norman shoreline. What was truly an outrageous vision in 1904 has because a spectacular reality that I am lucky enough to enjoy every day. If you have any questions regarding anything mentioned here I will either find the answer or direct you to the appropriate resource to assist you.

Thank you to Bill and Diana Gleasner for their gorgeous book “Lake Norman Our Inland Sea“. I will leave you with one of their poems:


Lake Norman Charlotte Observer article photo


Our Inland Sea

This valley carved by time and coursing streams

This pool of mountain snows with depths new-found

This vein of strength, born of giant dreams,

This ancient river channel, ocean bound.

Now diamond-riffed coves and bays,

Spacious skies and crystal days,

Arms and fingers reaching wide

Glinting gold at eventide

Cooling cure for August moons.

This gentle flow, this tranquil sea,

This island-studded pleasure dome

This moving thread of majesty,

This watery realm, our blessed home

Diana C. Gleasner


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Lake Norman Real Estate’s May 2016 Market Report: What the?

I have been searching for just the right word to describe our May sales numbers.  Confounding? Bewildering? Perplexing? I am truly dumbfounded. What the heck is going on? How can Lake Norman have record breaking numbers of new contracts for months yet log in such disappointing closed sales numbers?  I have some theories but nothing concrete to back them up. Let’s take a closer look:

Lake Norman real estate May 2016 home sales

* All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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