Market Update: March

Home prices in the entire Carolina MLS area just continue to rise, with housing inventory in the Charlotte region at a low, and a growing demand for property in this super hot real estate market. Home sales increased 11.5% in March 2017 as compared with the same month of 2016. This increase is a whopping 54% jump compared to February 2017. Plus, the average list price was up 9.4% in March as compared with the same month in 2016.
Inventory in Lake Wylie was also down 28.6% in year over year numbers for March, however there was a 9.1% drop in the average sales price of homes. New listings, though, were up 35.8% in March 2017 versus March 2016.
In Fort Mill, inventory is also down, but the average sales price is up 14.5% in year over year numbers, and new listings are surprisingly down 3.5%.

With the low months supply of inventory and few new homes being listed on the market, a rise in sales price is fairly predictable. Across the nation, there has been a steady and constant increase in home sale prices. They are rising the quickest they have in approximately three years, and Charlotte as a whole still has these nationwide numbers beat.

Mortgage rates are also higher now than compared with those of a year ago, and this, coupled with higher home prices, may eventually temper the heightened demand for housing in Charlotte. Currently, homes seem to sell almost as soon as they are listed, so buyers will want to act quickly when they find a home they are interested in.

Charlotte definitely has a seller’s market on its hands, with low inventory, rising home prices, and a surge in home sales. For more details and info on what this means for home buyers and sellers alike, be sure to take a look at the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Regency at Palisades

Regency at Palisades is a luxurious resort-style, active-living community located in southwest Charlotte. Conveniently situated in the Lake Wylie region right off of Highway 49 and just minutes from I-485, the community is only a half hour drive from Uptown Charlotte.

This neighborhood features beautifully maintained grounds, stunning homes and a country club lifestyle. Homes range in size from approximately 2,000 square feet to over 4,000 square feet and include 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and upgraded cabinetry. These new construction homes offer customizable design for a truly personalized living space.

The neighborhood amenities are still underway will ultimately include a country club with an exquisite 18-hole golf course and New England inspired clubhouse, which will include a swimming pool, tennis courts and more.

Lake Wylie is just minutes away and offers 325 miles of shoreline and over 12,000 acres for fishing, water sports, picnicking and much more, with a number of public marinas, waterfront restaurants and state parks.

Regency at Palisades currently has 28 homes on the market representing nine. Nine months of inventory. This level of inventory indicates a buyer’s market, which is not the norm for the area, where the overall Charlotte region has only 3.7 months of inventory, thus representing a seller’s market.

The average price per square foot has remained fairly consistent and has not strayed far from approximately $186 over the past year. Furthermore, home sales have also been fairly consistent, averaging approximately three sold per month over the last year.

If you are looking for a new-construction community in the Lake Wylie region, you will not want to miss the beautiful properties in the Regency at Palisades neighborhood.

Monthly Market Update: February

Let’s take a look at the real estate market stats for February for the entire CarolinaMLS Area, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

Inventory for the Charlotte region is still incredibly low, and was down 28.1% last month as compared with February 2016. However, it is worth noting that even though closed sales were only up .5% in year-over-year numbers, pending sales are up 18.4%, indicating that closed sales are going to pick, as well.

Lake Wylie’s inventory numbers are fairly similar, with a 20.6% drop in year-over-year  numbers for the months supply of inventory available. However, closed sales are down 25.4% for the area, and pending sales are only up 7.5%.

There is better news for Fort Mill and York County as a whole, though, in terms of pending sales and market activity, where February saw an increase by 44.4% and 43.3% respectively, as compared with pending sales from February 2016.

Even though sales have been slow, the notable number of pending contracts may mean there are many future sales on the horizon and more potential sellers are listing their homes. The 15% increase in listing activity this month  as compared with January is a strong indicator that sellers are gaining confidence in listing their homes.
Stay tuned for next month’s real estate stats, as the market across the entire Charlotte region continues to thrive.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bethelfields

Lake Wylie’s community of Bethelfields features a small town atmosphere in a family friendly community that allows residents to not only take advantage of the beautiful Lake Wylie and all of its conveniences and recreational activities, but also of big city amenities. It is ideally situated between Charlotte, Rock Hill and Gastonia and sits in the Clover school district, which boasts some of the best schools in the entire state.

The neighborhood features a swimming pool, playground, picnic tables and sidewalks, as well as storage for boats, trailers and RVs. There are also regular community events for residents to take advantage of throughout the year.

There are currently three homes on the market representing 2.1 months of inventory, making this neighborhood a clear seller’s market. Inventory is much lower here than in York County as a whole, which features 4.3 months of inventory.

There has been almost no change in the average price per square foot or the average sales price of homes in Bethelfields over the last year, indicating that the market here is very stable and steady.

The average list price is currently approximately $218,000 and homes range in size from 1,983 square feet to 2,348 square feet and feature three or four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

This is a great neighborhood on the desirable South Carolina side of Lake Wylie, which features lower taxes and plenty of conveniences. If you are looking for newer construction homes in a neighborhood that offers a great sense of community, you will not want to miss Bethelfields.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Retreat at Sunset Ridge

The Retreat at Sunset Ridge is conveniently located in the Lake Wylie/Clover area of South Carolina. This desirable, tucked away neighborhood features beautiful new construction estate homes that are completely customizable.

Homes in the neighborhood range in size from 2,600 square feet to over 4,400 square feet and can feature anywhere from three to six bedrooms, two master suites, gourmet kitchens, media rooms and more. Residents of the community can take advantage of not only the great school district here, but also of the lower York County taxes.

There are currently six homes on the market here representing 14.4 months of inventory. Thus, the Retreat at Sunset Ridge is definitely a buyer’s market. York County and Lake Wylie as a whole have 4.3 months and 5 months of inventory respectively, indicating a slight favor towards the sellers. However the ample inventory in this neighborhood gives buyers the advantage.

That being said, there has been very little change in the average price per square foot over the last year, with only a slight increase. The current average list price is $447,242.

The community offers easy access to the local public library as well as to great healthcare. Plus, it is conveniently located near Carolina Place Mall, Baxter Village, Rivergate Shopping Center and more.

If you are looking for beautiful new construction homes in a highly sought after part of town, you will not want to miss the Retreat at Sunset Ridge in Lake Wylie.

Lake Wylie and Fort Mill boast strong market stats

The housing market in the Charlotte region as a whole is thriving, and that could not be more true for towns like Lake Wylie and Fort Mill. Even with low inventory, there were more than 44,000 homes sales in the overall Charlotte region in 2016, which is up over 8% from 2015.

Local numbers are even better. In York and Lancaster Counties, Lake Wylie had the highest home prices and the largest increase from 2015. pending sales and new listings had the biggest increase in Fort Mill. A big contributing factor to these numbers is the abundance of brand new subdivisions. York County as a whole had the most closed sales, as home sales here outpaced the overall region.

The housing market for the entire Charlotte region is looking good for 2017. Mortgage rates, though on the rise, will still be at historic lows. And, even though low inventory will still mean a seller’s market, buyers will still be looking for properties that sellers have invested in, thus making sellers still having to compete for buyer’s attention.

The market will certainly be competitive, and with such strong market stats for Lake Wylie and Fort Mill, homes will most likely not stay on the market long here. Expect the real estate market to thrive in the coming year, and for more details on what’s on the horizon in 2017, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

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Neighborhood spotlight: Lake Ridge at Tega Cay

Lake Ridge at Tega Cay is a master-planned community that offers a small-town feel with big city accessibility  Residents here can take advantage of South Carolina’s low taxes, fantastic shopping and recreation, and arguably one of the best school districts in the state. The area offers tons of natural beauty with plenty of parks, walking trails and more.
Neighborhood amenities include a 7,500 square-foot clubhouse, a five-lane competition swimming pool, as well as a kiddie pool with a water slide. There are also two community tennis courts, a multipurpose court and a playground. Furthermore, the Tega Cay golf club is located near the neighborhood and so is Baxter Town Center, which features a 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art YMCA as well as a branch of the York County Public Library. Lake Ridge is also conveniently located to Lake Wylie and the Catawba River, which offer plenty of options for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Furthermore, Carowinds, The largest themepark in the Carolinas, is only minutes away from this fantastic community.

The market here is very active, so even with 17 homes currently on the market, there is still only 2.6 months of inventory available. This definitely makes Lake Ridge at Tega Cay a seller’s market.

There has been a very slight drop in the average price per square foot over the last six months, but even so, the average sales price has seen very little change.

The new construction homes in this neighborhood average approximately 3,700 square feet and include desirable features such as stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, granite countertops, hardwood floors and more. If you are looking for a brand new home in the lovely town of Tega Cay, you will not want to miss Lake Ridge.

October’s market update

Let’s take a look at the local market update for October 2016, according to the report from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. The big news with last month’s numbers is the year-over-year change in the drop in inventory.

For the entire CarolinaMLS area, October 2015 had 13,742 homes on the market representing 4 months supply of inventory. This year’s October numbers show only 10,570 homes on the market representing 2.8 months of inventory. This is a 23.1% drop in the inventory of homes for sale and a 30% drop in the months supply of inventory. With inventory as low as it’s been in a while, as well as an increasing demand among buyers, home prices are on the rise.screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-2-25-10-pm

Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and York County overall have also seen a decrease in inventory, though the drops haven’t been quite as steep as that which we saw with the overall CarolinaMLS stats, and the rise in home prices hasn’t been quite as steep or as steady in these smaller markets.

Furthermore, regarding the entire CarolinaMLS area, new listings are up 2.7% from 2015, and closed sales are up 3.4%. screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-2-30-42-pmHowever, new listings in Lake Wylie are down 9.6%, but closed sales are still up 4.9%. As far as York County is concerned, the numbers here are a bit bigger, with new listings up 15.8% from 2015, and closed sales up 11.3%.

The big takeaways here are that inventory is down creating a definitive seller’s market with rising home prices, and closed sales are up showing signs of plenty of activity in an active and strong housing market across the Carolina region. Stay tuned for next month’s stats!

 

Market spotlight: Belmont’s South Point Ridge

Let’s check in with South Point Ridge in the town of Belmont, which features spacious new construction single-family homes on beautiful lots with an average sales price of approximately $270,000. This lovely neighborhood features a community pool and playground, making it great for families. Plus, the community is located just behind South Point High School.

Residents here can take advantage of all that Belmont has to offer. It is a charming town that is small, yet thriving, and offers a fantastic quality of life. Residents can enjoy a slower pace while taking advantage of a stroll through historical shops, fantastic local dining, and plenty of downtown community festivals. Belmont is located at the northern end of a large peninsula that has Lake Wylie to the south, the Catawba River to the east, and the South Fork of the Catawba River to the west. Thus, it is surrounded by lots of natural beauty, with plenty of water, rich forests, and rolling hills. It is full of southern small-town charm, yet is within close proximity to Charlotte for all of the big-city amenities you could want.

This growing South Point Ridge neighborhood has a very steady housing market with notably little fluctuation in the number of homes sold per month, in the average sales price of homes, or in the average price per square foot, which has not strayed far from $95. This consistency indicates a very stable market, which is attractive to both buyers and sellers.

With only four homes currently on the market, there is only 3.4 months of inventory in South Point Ridge, indicating a sellers market. This is lower than the inventory in Belmont or in Gaston County as a whole, which are also sellers markets.

Belmont, North Carolina, is a wonderful town that is definitely worth exploring.