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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 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


If you are interested in specific market information for your neighborhood or would like to know your personal house value, just email with your question and we’ll be happy to help!

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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

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My Favorite Things About Lake Norman: 10 Years and Counting!

Wow, I can’t believe that I have lived here for over 10 years!  When I first started writing this blog I was looking through the eyes of a new “transplant” from California.  So much has happened in these past years that I decided to make a new list of the top reasons why I STILL love living in Lake Norman.

Surrounded by Green   Lake Norman and lush green trees

I love our amazing hardwood trees, Fescue lawns and gorgeous natural areas with towering pine trees and picturesque native Dogwoods living in harmony with our Sugar Maples, Poplar Trees, Oaks and so many others. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s Elephant in the Room; The “T” Word!

Elephant in the Room

Let’s face it, Lake Norman’s popularity and growth is a double-edged sword. On the one hand we celebrate the opening of our Whole Foods, Publix, myriad micro-breweries and restaurants, hotels, sports facilities, big box stores and so many businesses that are moving in to our greater Lake Norman Charlotte area.  At the same time, you can’t avoid the one big issue that comes hand-in-hand with these perks: TRAFFIC.   Continue reading

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How to Relocate to Lake Norman NC

Welcome to Lake Norman North Carolina!

Last week I drove to an unfamiliar small town east of Charlotte so that I could check out a new housing development for my buyers.  After I met with the builder and toured the subdivision I started to drive around to get a sense of what the area was like,  the proximity and type of shopping, restaurants and schools so that I could better compare it to a community by the same builder in Lake Norman that I know very well.  The sales rep was great about pointing out actual stores and restaurants on their map but I realized when I started to drive around that I really needed a tour from someone who knows the community! I wanted/needed the same kind of help/orientation I give to my clients during their first visits to Lake Norman. I know this sounds egotistical but seriously, I needed a Harrisburg version of me!

So what do I do that I needed so much? My Lake Norman orientation process has evolved and is unique for each client but the goals are still same: Help my relocating buyers to understand as much as they can about the nuances and personalities of the Lake Norman towns and neighborhoods and the home buying process in NC so that they can make informed decisions and find the best home/location to suit their specific goals and lifestyles. Here is a general outline of my orientation process: Continue reading

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Relocating to Lake Norman? Look no further than this Lake Norman Real Estate Blog!

Gorgeous Lake Norman cove view from waterfront home

Back in May of 2007 I launched this Lake Norman Real Estate Blog in hopes of providing meaningful information to Lake Norman home buyers and sellers. But, I was and still am particularly passionate about helping those relocating to Lake Norman just as my family did in 2005.  In the past 7 years I have met and sold homes to buyers from as far away as Russia, Australia and England who contacted me after reading my blog; some times for years!  How cool is that?

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Josh’s Farmers Market!

Lake Norman Real Estate's business-of-the-week


Josh's Farmers Market Mooresville Lake Norman

 Josh’s Farmers Market in Mooresville Lake Norman

If you have reason to be on Williamson Road in Mooresville you might have seen a crowded parking lot nestled in some trees on the east side of the street just south of Highway 150.  This is where Josh Graham and his wife Alicia own and operate  their popular Josh’s Farmers Market which sells seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers and from Columbia S.C.

Fresh, Locally Grown Fruits Lake norman

It’s truly like an entire farmers market all under one large tent.  The day I took these photos I bought some of the North Carolina  peaches which were ripe, and incredibly sweet as I have found all of their fresh fruits to be.  What a difference from store-bought fruits!

Fresh vegetables at Josh's Farmers Market P1020695

Besides seasonal fruits and berries, Josh also has a great variety of vegetables, fresh corn, and of course, several varieties of  juicy red tomatoes, some grown on their own land!

Every week they drive down at 2:00am to Columbia SC to “get the freshest produce” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune.  “There’s not many places that you can go when the squash or blueberries were picked an hour before you buy them” according to Graham. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June 2012 Wallpaper Calendar


Lake Norman attracts home buyers from quite far away.  I have had clients from literally all over the U.S. plus Russia, Sweden, England and Australia!  One of the hardest things to explain to buyers during their first visit is the vast array of types of lots, homes, neighborhoods, towns and counties that all call Lake Norman home.

When I drove by this small farm on John Connor Rd (and across the street from The Peninsula) in Cornelius I realized it would be the perfect photo to use to exemplify our diversity.  If you look out to the lake on the right hand side you can see the large estates and lovely boat docks located in the gated community of Connor Quay.  Such is the fun of living in Lake Norman.  If you want to be in an exclusive community we have plenty of those.  But if you are like me and enjoy driving by a horse farm or two on the way home Lake Norman offers neighborhoods like this as well.

One last thing about this photo.  Note the color of our dirt.  Yes, it is really that red and is actually more like clay than dirt.  But, as you can clearly see, it doesn’t hinder gardening or even farming for that matter! Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s Shopping and Restaurants Just Keep Getting Better!


At a time when many towns are working hard just to retain their local businesses, Lake Norman just keeps adding more great options for our lucky area residents!  The growth since my family arrived in 2005 is truly amazing.  When I drive  relocating buyers around the Lake Norman communities I point out many of these recent additions which have added so much variety and convenience to our lifestyles. While growth definitely slowed starting in 2008 we have continued to get some exciting new restaurants and retail stores; and this trend is increasing as our Lake Norman area economy recovers.

Here are some of our latest additions:

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Economic News Provides Insight into the Future of Lake Norman Real Estate

Lake Norman real estate's future

Looking at a variety of local and state economic and business news is an important component of gaining insight into the future direction of our Lake Norman real estate market.  I collect such data from various news sources for several months and then share them with you in one blog post with the goal of helping you get a better understanding of the bigger picture in our area’s economy.  This stack of data shows some glimmer of hope: Continue reading

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Lake Norman Sports Resource Guide

Lake Norman Wind Surfing

Lake Norman Participation Sports Resource Guide

Participating in sports is a way of life for most who live in the communities surrounding Lake Norman, both on and off the lake.  The options are extensive; ranging from the more predictable like golf, sailing and tennis to competitive rugby, lacrosse, ice hockey, scuba diving and skateboarding.

Below is a comprehensive list of athletic organizations, teams, training, lessons, facilities and resources for the sports I have found in my research.  PLEASE add any and all to the list by leaving me a comment or emailing me at:  I would like this to be the most comprehensive resource available for any and all sports available in the greater Lake Norman area!




Cycling/Mountain Biking:

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Why are so many Californians moving to Lake Norman NC?


When I tell folks around here that my husband and I moved to Lake Norman from California for no other reason than we wanted to, many of them seemed surprised.  So, when I got this update from a great blog in the Palo Alto area  3 Oceans Real Estate, it was just too great an opportunity to share a glimpse into their current market to pass up.  Remember, the California housing market was hit much harder and earlier than our Lake Norman area:

“As a couple of data points, our listing for a three bedroom home at 842 Sycamore Drive in Palo Alto, an entry-level home priced at $949,000, received 14 offers and sold for over $1,100,000. A similar property nearby on Greer received 12 offers the same week and sold for just under $1,100,000 vs. a list price of $979,000″.

842 Sycamore Drive, Palo Alto

So, for $1.1 million dollars you could have out-bid 13 other buyers and won this lovely “starter” home in Palo Alto.  Or, for about $1 million dollars you could have purchased this waterfront estate on Lake Norman:
Hmmm, I think I made my point!
(Photos courtesy of Nadine Roberts, Prudential Carolinas Realty, Denver NC)
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Lake Norman Real Estate: Holiday Happenings still abound!


Christmas at Birkdale Village in Huntersville

It is not too late to get out and enjoy some of the many special holiday activities in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area!  While I didn’t write this in time to tout my favorite:  The Davidson Christmas which was held last weekend, I was still able to find quite a few events, programs and fun from now through the rest of the year!

  • It’s a Wonderful Life”  Davidson College Community Players  @ the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays and 1:00pm Sundays.  704.892.7953
  • Charlotte Children’s Choir:  December 13th at 3pm.  Mooresville High School.  659 E Center Ave. Mooresville.  704.878.0743.  Iredell Concerts Website
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown:  December 19th @ 11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm.  No reservations needed.  Davidson College Community Players  @ the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. 8pm Thursdays – Saturdays and 1:00pm Sundays.  704.892.7953
  • Downtown Mooresville Holiday Festivities:  December 18th at Historic Downtown Mooresville. Visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment!
  • Christmas Wonderland of Lights (Through January 1): One million lights pepper tow miles of forest in Troutman!  A nativity scene, pony rides, petting zoo, a candy shop and visits from Santa!  $20 per car or $5 per person.  6pm – 10p.m.  Exit 42 of Ostwalt Amity Rd.  704.245.6446. Put on by Zootastic.
  • Davidson’s Holiday Farmer’s Market!  Saturday, Dec. 19th from 9am – noon.  Learn more at Davidson Farmers Market’s website
  • Hanukkah Party in Mooresville: Dec. 13th Noon – 3pm.  Lighting of the Beth ShalomMenorah at Mooresville Town Square.
  • Holiday Lights at The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden:  Events include light displays, old fashioned trains, carriage rides, holiday carols, baked treats and more!   Now through December 31st.  Go to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden website  for more information.
  • The Light Before Christmas: An animated film about for children at Discovery Place’s IMAX theatre in Charlotte: Discovery Place website
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Lake Norman Real Estate’s August Calendar is here!

 Lake Norman Real Estate's Aug09 Wallpaper Calendar

 August in Lake Norman is the last month of summer before school starts and when most vacations come to an end.  It is a time for cooling off in the lake during the day, taking a kayak or canoe out in the cool mornings before the lake gets busy and a time to enjoy a glass of wine with friends as the sunset glows to the west.  This is life in Lake Norman at its best.

To make this your desktop calendar, go to the round button at the top of this site’s home page entitled: “Lake Norman Calendar”.  Click on this button and up will come an image of my Lake Norman photo wallpaper calender for August.  All you have to do is right click and select “set as background”.  Enjoy!

While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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60 Things About Life in Lake Norman That You Should Know: Part 1

Lake Norman Waterview

 If you are contemplating a move to our Lake Norman area you most likely have gone to the Chamber of Commerce websites and already know about our great weather, proximity to Charlotte, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the beaches.  But what is it REALLY like living here?  Here is my list of things that I found most interesting after I moved here from California in 2005:

  • Trees, Trees and More Trees:  There are so many beautiful, tall trees, even along the Interstate that it is easy to loose your sense of direction.  From hardwood trees like Maples to towering Oaks and Pines to numerous varieties of blossoming fruit trees (like the Dogwoods above), we are surrounded by trees.  It is incredibly beautiful but you might want to have a compass handy as it is easy to get disoriented at first!
  • Wave!  Everyone waves at you here.  If you are driving in neighborhoods people in their yards or walking their dogs will wave at you.  Smiles and waves are a part of daily life.  It didn’t take long for it to become a habit for me too!
  • Imagine getting ready to get in the checkout line at a grocery store and having no lines or better yet have the sales clerk walk out to you to grab your cart!  Friendly customer service is a priority and a part of life here.  This is especially evident to me at grocery stores, banks and when I go to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement.  There are always plenty of knowledgeable sales people who go out of their way to help.
  • Stars at night:  If you live out on the lake and away from the center of town, you will be treated each clear night with myriad stars sparkling in the sky.

  • Peace and Quiet:  No matter where you are, you are never very far from almost complete serenity.  Even though I live off of Brawley School Road, once I am home I rarely ever hear a car go by.
  • Sounds of the lake:  Unless you live on the main channel, in the boating months you most likely will have just the occasional sounds of a boat going by or the screams of delight of children water skiing or riding in one of the amazing variety of tubes and clever things pulled by boats.
  • Birds:  If you put out a bird feeder or two you will be treated with a constant variety of visitors from bright red Cardinals (our state bird), to Blue Birds, Golden Finches, Wrens, Chickadees, Woodpeckers and many more who come and go all year round. Don’t forget to put sugar water out for the hummingbirds as well. I highly recommend you get a Southeastern US guide to birds!  (Also, visit Wildbirds Unlimited in Huntersville).
  • Sounds of nature:  If you are lucky enough to have tall trees, the sounds of birds singing and chirping will be in the background most of the day.  On a windy day the pine trees and other tall tree make a wonderful rustling sound.  During the summer we add in the crickets, cicada’s and the cute little tree frogs croaking as well.
  • Chances are you will pass a farm, produce stands, goats and beautiful glimpses of the lake on your way to the market or the Interstate.  We still have many wonderful reminders of the days before Lake Norman was created and became so popular.  You don’t have to go very far to find the beautiful farming country in addition to the few still lingering around the lake area.
  • Polite Drivers:  Now some people may not fit in this category, but I can tell you that the majority of drivers will let cars merge in front of them and even stop to let a car from a side street get on to the main road.  I rarely hear horns.  When in doubt, be polite.  I left my road rage in Los Angeles!

  • Parks and natural areas are a priority.  Many housing communities are designed to maintain what we call “natural areas” where the native, mature trees that were once part of a forest still remain.  We have lots of green space and many parks from small neighborhood parks to the 1300 acre Lake Norman State Park.  
  • Sports are an important part of life here in Lake Norman just as they are in the entire Charlotte area.  You will find that our local TV stations and newspapers will cover high school football and basketball on their prime-time news.  Our schools have highly competitive sports teams of just about every type you would find anywhere.  Of course, during the Sweet 16 basketball tournaments most everyone keeps track or watches the games.  UNC (Charlotte) was crowned the US Champions again this year but there are always a number of North Carolina Colleges in the competition including our small town favorite of Davidson College who made it to the final 8 last year. And, you can’t forget we are the auto racing center of the country as well!  See my Lake Norman Sports Resource Guide for a comprehensive list.
  • Recreation is an important part of daily life here from boating on the lake to walking, cycling, hiking and mountain biking. Lake Norman is large enough to accommodate the fastest “cigarette boats” and large sail boats but also has many small coves that are perfect for canoes, rowing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Water skiing, wakeboarding, wind surfing,…you name the water sport and we probably have it!

  • Vegetable gardens are a common site, especially in neighborhoods outside of the major subdivisions.  The neighborly thing to do is share when you harvest.  My neighbors even offer bulbs and plants when they are dividing them up.  A little sign of the country and the old ways which I love.
  • Variety of people:  About 70% of those of us lucky enough to live around Lake Norman are “transplants” from other states.  Everywhere you go you will hear a great variety of accents.  Even the Southern accents vary tremendously depending on where they are from originally and how long they have lived here.
  • Yellow pine pollen in April. One day in April you will suddenly notice what first looks like a layer of dust on cars and outdoor furniture. Pretty soon it will be apparent that there is a light layer of sticky, yellow pine pollen everywhere!  It doesn’t last but a month or so but I highly recommend you close your windows during this time.

  • Japanese Beetles.  Usually towards the end of May you will start to see an iridescent flying bug sitting on your rose bushes, crepe myrtles and other tender flowering plant.  Within a week they will become a force to reckoned with, particularly if you have young plants.  They eat the plants and flowers leaving just the lacy veins.  Do not get the bags that are meant to capture them as they actually attract more to your garden.  Several bug sprays are popular but we find hand picking them off of our plants to be more environmentally friendly along with an application of a systemic on the vulnerable plants in March.
  • Casual life style and clothing is the way of Lake Norman.  While you can find occasions to dress up, generally life is pretty casual and we all dress accordingly.  Shorts and sandals are fine just about everywhere in the warmer months.  It’s a bit like living at the beach or on vacation.
  • Tanning salons seem to be in every strip mall.  Having spent too much time on the sunny beaches of California I am now a regular at my dermatologist due to minor skin cancer so while many here still believe in having a deep tan, some of us use SPF 45!
  • No matter what type of shopping you are looking for, we probably have it nearby.  We have upscale boutiques and malls, all of the major Big Box stores and chains as well as Outlet Malls,  the Metrolina swap meets and antique events.  Our grocery stores range from Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods, Whole Foods (New!), and Trader Joe’s to the mega stores like Wal-Mart, Super Target, Sam’s Club and B.J.’s.
  • As I have written about before, those of us from other states have brought our favorite foods with us!  From New York style Italian to Five Guys awesome hamburgers and fries to upscale restaurants featuring a huge variety of foods, there is little you won’t find here in the way of food.  Having fresh produce stands so nearby as well as farmers markets means we have wonderful, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, honey, pickled green tomatoes and seasonal plants.

  • Porches:  For those lucky enough to have a “rocking chair front porch” as they are called here, there is nothing more relaxing then soaking up the peace and quiet, enjoying your morning coffee or evening glass of wine and greeting those who happen to walk by.  Screened porches are GREAT for the back side of your home too.
  • Take time to talk to workers…fence installers, pest control, tree trimmers, plumbers.  Whether you are having a fence installed, trees trimmed or a plumbing leak fixed, especially if the service person  has a Southern accent, you will find a friendly conversation to be an important part of the service.  Things are more personal here.  Enjoy slowing down a bit and chatting with folks!
  • People are nice, polite, talk while waiting in line, friendly.  I think we all adopt the Southern hospitality and culture a bit after moving here.  People are more likely to chat with you while waiting in line at Starbucks or just about anywhere if you welcome them.
  • Stop for pedestrians at the market:  If you even put one step towards your car after leaving the market most cars will stop and wave you on.  Just as when driving, there is a politeness that extends way beyond what is experienced in many areas of our country!
  • 4 seasons:  Yes, we do have 4 distinct seasons but all are mild.  Trees have usually finished loosing their leaves by Thanksgiving and by mid April everything is almost completely leafed back out.  Our hottest months are July and August.  We get about one real snowfall (snow sticks to the ground) each winter and a few hail or ice storms mixed in here and there.  We have afternoon thunder and lightning during the warmer months but they are very sporadic. You can be driving along and run into a heavy rain and be back out in the sunshine 10 miles later.  Because we are so far inland, hurricanes generally bring tropical rains but little else.

So, these are the first 26…Look for Part 2 soon!


 60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman Part 2

60 Things You Should Know about Life in Lake Norman, Part 3

60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman, Part 4

Fresh Sushi, Hush Puppies: The Scoop About Living in Mooresville Lake Norman

Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Lake Norman Welcomes the New Year in Many Ways!

  The greater Lake Norman and Charlotte area has myriad ways to celebrate the New Year, it is just a matter of knowing where to look!  From boat parties on Lake Norman to holiday restaurant bashes to family oriented festivities there truly is something for everyone.

So, where do you go?  My suggestion is to start with The Charlotte Observer.  They currently have two great articles:  New Year’s festivities fit for a family and  5 great places to welcome the New Year  which offer an incredible array of places to go and things to do.  From the swank  Enchanted Evening Ball at Charlotte City Club to the hot  NYE at The Sunset Club it’s worth taking the time to check it out. If you don’t have time to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing you might find their website equally helpful: Creative Loafing. Want to stay in Lake Norman?  Check out where you will find a list of all of the local parties from the new Tapas restaurant in Birkdale Village to Midtown Sundries on Lake Norman. Another Lake Norman resource is LKN Social which even lists boat parties on the lake!

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

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Lake Norman NC has SNOW skiing too!

Snow Skiing in North Carolina

My home buyers relocating or buying real estate in the Lake Norman area come here for the most part for the beauty, the mild weather and quality of life of lake living. Lake Norman is known for it’s great water sports including competitive water skiing. But, what many don’t know is that Lake Norman is only about 90 minutes from some great SNOW skiing as well. From downhill and slalom skiing for all levels, to snow boarding, ice skating and sledding our local Appalachian mountains have it all and they are truly an easy two-hour drive in most cases! Check out the Official Site of North Carolina Ski Areas


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The Real Estate Process, Home Buying and Selling Tips

Relocating to Lake Norman: What should you consider before buying? Part 1

I recently read an article by Bernice Ross in Inman News entitled: Avoiding a relocation nightmare. It brought a smile to my face because I could tell that she, like me, was also used to housing issues common in California and seemed truly alarmed by all of the unexpected things she encountered while building a new home in what I’m guessing was the Southeastern part of the country.

It’s amazing to me how truly different the home-buying experience is throughout our country. When my husband and I moved to Mooresville our Realtor didn’t even begin to educate us on all of the differences and things we needed to consider; probably because he was a native of Lake Norman and didn’t have a clue what we didn’t know.

Thanks to having several years of experience selling real estate in the greater Lake Norman area after 15 years selling in California, I can not only tell you exactly what to look for regarding earthquake safety (okay, not terribly useful here) but now I can also explain the benefits and shortcomings of different types of siding, how to mediate moisture in your crawlspace, what levels of radon are considered acceptable, how to test septic systems, private well-water and what to do if your double paned window seals break. Below is a list of things to consider and learn about before or during the house-hunting process.

Does your new community have issues with floods, fires, mold, water shortages or even hurricanes? (No earthquakes that I know of here.)

  • Here in Lake Norman and the greater part of the Southeast we are experiencing an extreme drought. While this is not common, it is certainly not something my husband and I even thought was possible! Those who have city services are under water restrictions however those of us with private wells need to watch the underground water tables (see my article on the Lake Norman drought).
  • Because of our topography and red clay soil, many lots have low areas that are prone to flooding so it is important to learn as much as possible about the lot you are buying
  • Mold comes with living in a humid climate. The homes here are built specifically to address moisture issues. From moisture barriers in crawl spaces to building materials like Tyvek, to different types of siding, there are many ways to protect your home from potential moisture problems. It is important to know what products your builder uses or used or didn’t use.
  • Here in Lake Norman we rarely are affected by hurricane although Hugo in 1989 did topple some trees and cut power to many homes

Do you have city services including sewer, natural gas and water or does the property have a septic system, private well water, propane and private trash pick up?

  • As a general rule, if you live in the town limits of any town around Lake Norman you will have sewers, natural gas, trash pick-up and city water. However, many of the areas on the lake itself are in the counties not the town limits so, like my home, have private wells, septic systems, underground propane gas and private trash pick-up. I have absolutely no complaints about this but it is important that you educate yourself about the differences and decide which better suits your needs.

What are the average insurance and property tax rates?

  • Property taxes vary by county and also if you are in the town limits or county. Compared to states like Florida, New Jersey and New York our taxes are extremely low. The 2007-2008 tax rates range from a high in Charlotte of $1.2973 per $1000 to a low of .4650 in Iredell County outside the town limits of Mooresville, Statesvillle and Troutman which just happens to include the Brawley School peninsula where I live!
  • We have found our own insurance rates to be about half of what they were in California

In Part 2 of this series “What you should consider before buying” when relocating to the greater Lake Norman Area, I will start to talk about the types of sidings, and other issues that may or may not come up during physical inspections. Since the North Carolina does not require the seller to disclose problems related to the structure of the homes, it is very important to know what to look for and where to go for the best information regarding these issues.


Relocating to Lake Norman: What you should know before buying real estate Part 2

Relocating to Lake Norman: What you should know before buying real estate: Part 3

Relocating to Lake Norman: What you should know before buying real estate: Part 4

Relocating to Lake Norman: What you should know before buying real estate: Part 5

Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Relocating to Lake Norman