Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s September Market Report

Lake Norman’s real estate numbers for September took a rather dramatic downturn. We logged in a total of 132 home sales (100 less than last month!), a whopping 35% drop when compared to last September and a 43% drop from last month’s. And, this was the worst September since 2013. Yikes!  Was Hurricane Florence a factor? After four very strong months our Lake Norman housing market’s September numbers are honestly a bit frightening.  Our low pending sales numbers from last month did indicate a slowdown but not to this degree. The million dollar question is where we are headed for the rest of 2018?  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:

  • September’s single family home sales were 35% below last September’s and 43% below last month’s which brought our annual year-to-date sales to -1.5% compared to 2017.
  • Our inventory of active listings remains alarmingly low numbers (a whopping 88 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.
  • Our pending sales jumped back up however our newest contracts (UCS) are down which indicates a continuation of this slowdown for the rest of 2018.
  • Waterfront homes moved back into a balanced 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 Report September 2018

All data is from the Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

Some significant additional statistics for you:

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Lake Norman Real Estate Market Reports

Lake Norman Real Estate’s 2nd Quarter 2018 Sales by Price Range

Wow, what an amazing report this quarter! I was really shocked to see the extent of the improvement in all of our middle to luxury price ranges and the strength of our sales despite such low inventory.  If you compare this chart to the second chart below for the same quarter in 2017 you will see the impressive evolution of our luxury and waterfront housing markets in the past year.

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 here 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 2nd Quarter 2018 Home Sales By Price Range

Lake Norman Home Sales by Price Range 2nd Quarter 2018

*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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