February Market Report

The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association has released its monthly reporting based on numbers from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. According to the report, the Lake Wylie area continues to be strong. Average sales price was up 20.1% year over year to $383,077. Median sales price was also up from $268,201 in February of 2017 to $315,000 in February of 2018, a rise of 17.4%.

At the same time that prices are up, new listings, pending sales and closed sales are also up. At the time of the report, closings were up 30.2% from 53 to 69. Pending sales were up from 73 to 132, a rise of 38.4%. This means that we can expect March numbers to be just as strong as many of the pending sales will close in March.

New listings were up just 8.2% from 122 to 132. This is more encouraging than the entire Charlotte region where new listings were down 1.4%.

Inventory of homes has gone down in Lake Wylie which follows a larger trend throughout the region. There were 314 homes on the market in February of this year, down from 345 last year at this time. This leaves us with a 3.2 month supply of inventory in the region when last year we had 3.9 months. This 17.9% decline mirrors the entire region where inventory is down even further to just a 2.0 month supply.

Low inventory across the region means that sellers generally have the upper hand in real estate transactions. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is generally considered to be a 6 month supply of inventory.

Demand for homes appears to remain strong despite low inventory and now rate increases from the FED. This means that sellers can still expect buyers for homes they list on the market, even with prices edging higher.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Handsmill on Lake Wylie

Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a secluded, gated community located right on the shores of scenic Lake Wylie. The neighborhood is close to the state line, making it only a 30 minute drive to the city amenities of Charlotte. There are 20 square miles of lake for residents to enjoy, where they can reach the water from one of two private marinas and boat ramps. There are also many amenities away from the shore including walking trails perfect for spotting local wildlife. There is also a clubhouse with a Jr. Olympic sized swimming pool, fitness center, kids pool and play area, and an outdoor patio with fireplaces.

Just a 30 minute drive away, is the busy city of Charlotte which offers shopping, dining, and cultural options. For those that don’t want to go all the way to Charlotte, York County itself has plenty of options to explore, including one of several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is also a new children’s museum in the area as well as additional opportunities to see local wildlife in Kings Mountain State Park.

Currently there is 1 home on the market so the neighborhood is in high demand. This represents 1.7 months of inventory, making the neighborhood a seller’s market. This is comparable to York County as a whole, which is also more of a seller’s market.

In the last year the average price of homes have increased substantially but the average price per square foot has only increased slightly. Homes are currently on the market for around $575,000 and all homes are designed with modern finishes.

With its secluded feel and proximity to so many local and city amenities, Handsmill on Lake Wylie is the perfect place for a family home.

Steele Creek and Lake Wylie Housing Market Report 2017-2018

The Steele Creek Real Estate market continues to be one of the top markets in the Country and is estimated to be one of the top 5 in the entire Country by the end of 2018.

On the National scene existing Home sales will finish at a pace not seen since the bubble bursting run up to 2006 clocking in at about 5.5 Million but amazingly still approximately 1.1 Million less than that all time high.

According to forecasts by the National Association of Realtors the steadily improving US economy, sustained job growth and rising confidence that now is the time to buy a Home should pave the way for an increase in Homes sales in 2018.

Back to Steele Creek, the availability of land, proximity to Charlotte’s 485 outer loop, Downtown and the Airport along with a widely diverse Housing Market are driving increases in prices and sales. A new master planned Development is in the final planning stages for the large mainly undeveloped area west and south of the Airport which will include the proposed River District slated to be larger than the Ballantyne area in South Charlotte. The area is expected to increase in population by 20-25% over the next 5 years.

Sales of new and existing Homes in the Steele Creek area over the past 12 Months for the zip codes of 28278 and 28273 were at a staggering pace of close to 2000 sold, leading the way the Community of Berewick with sales up 33% to 356, the Palisades with 131 sales was a distant second.

Another large Master planned Community is rising in Gaston County near Lake Wylie and Belmont called McLean, while just getting started sales were up to 40 in 2017.

Over on the South Carolina side of the Lake new Developments are popping up like spring flowers, national production Home Builders like Mattamy Homes and DR Horton along with local Builders, Fielding and Bonterra Homes are building a potpourri of styles and myriad of prices. New Home sales in the Lake Wylie SC area have increased from 75 in 2014 to around 200 per year at the end of 2017.

Sales of existing Homes in the Clover-Lake Wylie-York area zip codes of 29710 and 29745 although not quite as strong as its counterpart Steele Creek were close to 1300 over the past year. The top seller in that area is the well-seasoned “Jewell” of them all, the magnificently well planned Community of River Hills with close to 80 closings and an average sales price up 15% to $354,000.

WATERFONT MARKET UPDATE

Median prices continue to rise in the waterfront market due to low inventory and high demand, as of this writing there were just 57 active listings in both Carolinas down from the 120-140 we experienced for a few years with only 6 priced below $500,000. The 1 Million plus market was very active with 16- 1 Million Dollar plus Homes closed in 2017 and currently 12 were on the market. A total of 169 waterfront Homes sold down slightly from the year before with a median price pushing close to $700.000 up from the low $600,000’s that were steady for some time.

As urbanized Charlotte continues to gobble up large tracks of land for high density development the demand from those looking for the serenity and peace of Lake living along the shores of Lake Wylie will find it more and more difficult to afford.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Retreat at Sunset Ridge

Conveniently located in the Clover area, The Retreat at Sunset Ridge is a beautiful neighborhood filled with new, move in ready homes. The neighborhood is located just minutes from Lake Wylie, which offers plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts including fishing, boating and kayaking. There are also a number of parks nearby including Cherry Park which offers picnic tables, walking trails, and five baseball diamonds. There are also multiple shopping centers close to The Retreat which offer plenty of shopping and dining options.

Residents of The Retreat at Sunset Ridge get to take advantage of the lower York County taxes as well as the renowned Clover school district. These schools are Bethel Elementary, Crowders Creek Middle, and Clover High School. The homes in the neighborhood are new, large, brick homes and the neighborhood offers a community pool in addition to all the nearby amenities.

Currently, there are 5 homes on the market in The Retreat at Sunset Ridge which represents 10 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a buyers market compared to York County as a whole, which is a seller’s market. This makes the neighborhood the perfect place to buy in York County.

In the last year, the average sales price has decreased while the average price per square foot has slightly increased. Homes are currently listed from $430,000 to $550,000 with the average seller’s discount remaining roughly the same in the last year.

With the current market and all the amenities available nearby, The Retreat at Sunset Ridge is definitely worth checking out!

Lake Wylie and and US Real Estate Market Report

The steadily improving US economy, sustained job growth and rising confidence that now is a good time to buy a Home should pave the way for an increase in existing Homes sales in 2018 according to forecasts by the National Association of Realtors.

Nationally existing Home sales will finish at a pace of 5.47 million the best since 2006 but still about 1.1 million less than that all-time best mark.

The lack of inventory has pushed prices up 48% from the low point of 2011, locally the Steele Creek area remains one of the hottest markets in the Country, the population is expected to jump 20-25% over the next 5 years, and for most of us originally from the area this is both a blessing and a curse.

Closings in the past 6 months are at 834 with 211 under contract and currently 221 listed for sale.

Prices on Waterfront Homes have steadily gone up and finding anything under $600,000 is tough sailing. Homes for sale are at an all-time low at this writing of only 78.  Median price is over $750,000 all record breakers.

Enough of the boring stats, if you’re planning to buy a Home or Condo now should be it, sitting on the fence so to speak is going to price you out of that dream Home. Quarterly prices have been increasing in some areas by 8% in the Charlotte area.

Buyers in the region are flocking to areas closer to Uptown Charlotte and prices are skyrocketing. Commute times and just being closer to the action seem to be the driving force. As traffic worsens that trend will surely continue and speaking of traffic it seems that it increases daily.

As a former member of the York County Planning Commission I always said the reason people left their former Cities and Towns and moved to this area will be the same reason they leave this area, Taxes, traffic, crime and poor planning.

David has been a Real Estate Broker, Developer and Contractor in the Charlotte area for 40 years and is currently Principle Broker and Partner of Lake Wylie Realty, David and his wife Karen live on Lake Wylie and are both Charlotte natives.

Copyright 2017 David McCorkle

Neighborhood Spotlight: Austen Lakes

Austen Lakes is a neighborhood that provides a small town feel while still being close enough to the city. This community has a lot to offer including the lower South Carolina taxes and the premiere school district of York County.

Along with the neighborhood amenities, it is also close to Lake Wylie which offers swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking, as well as many ore outdoor activities perfect for the whole family. Austen Lakes is also only a short drive from the city which offers antique shopping, historical attractions, and many parks and trails for people who prefer the outdoors. These include Lincoln Park and Magnolia Street Park which have things like playgrounds, trails, picnic tables, and more.

Currently there are 2 homes on the market in Austen Lakes which represents 2.2 months of inventory. This means that Austen Lakes is a seller’s market which matches York County as a whole.

In the last year the average sales price has increased while the average price per square foot has slightly decreased. The homes range in square feet from 1200-3600 square feet and from 2-5 bedrooms. Homes are currently listed from $205,000 to $225,000.

With so many neighborhood amenities as well as things to do in the city, Austen Lakes provides the perfect small town feel for your next family home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Lauren Pines

Lauren Pines is a beautiful secluded neighborhood that offers all the benefits of small town life while still being close to larger cities. Located in York County, Lauren Pines offers homes on large lots surrounded by nature, providing residents with a tranquil and relaxed setting. Residents also receive the lower taxes that come with South Carolina while still being close to cities like Charlotte.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Lauren Pines offers plenty of recreational options such as walking, hiking, or mountain biking on its many trails There is also plenty of wildlife in the area to observe and enjoy. Even though this neighborhood is outside of the city, it has easy access to I-85 giving it a direct route to cities like Charlotte and Spartanburg. Gastonia is also only 20 minutes away for those looking for more shopping and dining options.

Currently there are 6 homes on the market in Lauren Pines. This represents 10.3 months of inventory, making this are a buyers market compared to York County as a whole which is more of a sellers market.

In the last year the average price per square foot as well as the average total sales price of housers has slightly increased. Currently homes are listed from just over $300,000 to $375,000

If you’re looking for a family home in an area that offers a small town feel as well as being close to big city living, Lauren Pines is definitely worth checking out.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Patrick Place

Patrick Place is a beautiful private community made up of large, brick, single family homes. Residents in this neighborhood enjoy privacy by being in a quiet wooded area while still being close to local activities and amenities. Each home in the neighborhood is custom built on lots ranging from half an acre to one acre.

Amenities in Patrick Place include wooded paths, picnic pavilions, ball fields, and a basketball court. Patrick Place residents also have access to “The Cabin”, a historic building that hosts monthly activities and events. The Cabin is also available for private use by residents.

Besides the many amenities within the neighborhood, Patrick Place is also only minutes from places like Lake Wylie and Charlotte. Lake Wylie is a hub for boaters, kayakers, and swimmers in South Carolina and is only five minutes from Patrick Place. Meanwhile, downtown Charlotte is just half an hour away and offers nightlife, theaters, museums, and many other activities.

Patrick Place currently has around 2.4 months of inventory which means it leans more towards a sellers market. This is comparable to York County as a whole which is also currently a seller’s market.

While the average price per square foot of homes in this neighborhood has increased slightly over the last year, sales prices have actually decreased. Homes in Patrick Place tend to be priced between $300,000 and $400,000.

With all the neighborhood amenities plus the wide range of things to do nearby, Patrick Place is definitely worth checking out!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Glenmoor

Located in the historic town of Conway, Glenmoor is a newer neighborhood full of beautiful single family homes. Glenmoor is conveniently located near Highway 99 and Highway 22, giving it easy access to all the amenities of the city of Conway as well as Myrtle Beach. Some notable attractions around the neighborhood include Conway’s famed Riverwalk along the waters of the Waccamaw River along with the many other historic buildings and trails of the city. Residents are also nearby all the shopping and dining, as well as over 100 golf courses along the beach front at Myrtle Beach.

The homes themselves are large single family homes in traditional and craftsman styles. Most floor plans are open concept with vaulted ceilings. There is also a pool and amenity center in the neighborhood.

Currently Glenmoor has 7 homes on the market which represents 8.4 months of inventory. This makes Glenmoor a buyer’s market. In comparison, York County is more of a balanced market.

In the last year, the average sales price of the homes as well as the average price per square foot of the homes have both slightly decreased. Homes in the neighborhood have sold for as low as $238,000 and as high as $340,000. They range from around 1500 to 3000 square feet.

With all the options of homes and prices as well as proximity to local activities, Glenmoor could be the perfect family home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Carolina Coves

Carolina Coves is a picturesque neighborhood located on the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie in York County. This neighborhood is made up of single family homes and offers a small town feel while still being minutes away from the interstate and all the amenities and activities of downtown Charlotte. This neighborhood has many amenities like walking trails, common green space, large lots (between 1 and 3 acres), and proximity to places like McDowell Park and Stowe Botanical Gardens. Residents of this neighborhood can take advantage of being in the incredible Clover School District as well as the advantage of South Carolina’s lower taxes.

Right now there are 5 homes on the market in Carolina Coves. This represents 15 months of inventory and makes this a buyer’s market. Lake Wylie as a whole has a little over six months of inventory, which makes it a balanced market between buyers and sellers, but Carolina Coves specifically currently favors buyers.

In the last year the number of homes sold the per month has remained the same while both the average price per square foot and the average sales price of homes have decreased. Homes on the market right now range from $500,000 to nearly $700,000 and from around 4100 square feet to over 5000 square feet.

With all the benefits of Lake Wylie and Charlotte so close by, Carolina Coves is definitely worth checking out.