October Market Report

The monthly report has been published with data from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. The report is compiled by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association which reports on the entire Charlotte metro area including parts of South Carolina. The report is clear, the trend in the Charlotte area is continuing once again. For yet another month, supply of homes has gone down while prices have risen. This is great news for sellers, as they can expect to receive top dollar for their homes, but it is continuing to be hard on buyers as they have to be ready for a home as soon as it hits the market and be ready to pay top dollar.

When you look at the numbers for Lake Wylie, supply is falling and prices are still on the rise as well. Additionally, there are not many new listings compared to last year at this time so it is unlikely that the supply of homes on the market will recover soon. In fact, the supply of homes is down to just a 2.8 month supply, down from a 4.1 month supply last year. This decline of 31.7% brings the Lake Wylie area more in line with the rest of the Charlotte area. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is typically considered to be about a 4 to 6 month supply of homes so sellers have a distinct advantage at the moment.

Prices have been rising as the supply of homes dips which is a basic rule of supply and demand. The median sales price rose from $346,000 last year to $365,000 this year. The average price for a home sale rose to $438,669 which is getting closer to the average price in Lake Norman which was $498,318, just shy of $60,000 lower.

Closed sales were up from 62 last year to 121 this year, an increase of 95.2%. Pending sales were also up from 98 last year to 133 this year, an increase of 35.7%. New listings were down from 126 last year to just 110 this year, down 12.7%.

If you would like to help bring the new listing number higher by selling your home, give us a call at 803-831-8588. If you are interested in buying a home, first check out our website to view current listings and create a custom search. If you are interested in a particular neighborhood, we can let you know as soon as new listings are placed for sale.

Fed Cuts Rates Again

This Federal Reserve cut interest rates this week, the third such cut this year. The US economy is slowing due to trade disputes so they cut the rate to help spur additional growth. The rate affects the cost of mortgages, credit cards, and other borrowing instruments. This appears to be the last such cut in the foreseeable future as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the current level is “likely to remain appropriate”.

This cut in rates is good for homebuyers as it means that the rates for mortgages should stay low. This means that many people who couldn’t afford a mortgage may be surprised at how much home is in their budget. If you are interested in purchasing a home, getting pre-qualified for a home mortgage is one of the best first steps you can take. This will help you to realize just how big of a mortgage the bank is willing to extend to you. This should be one of the most important factors to steer your home search.

Once you are pre-qualified to purchase a home, give us a call at 803-831-8588 and we can help you to narrow your search to find the perfect home for you. There are so many listings that it can be overwhelming, so call us and we will set up a meeting to define your search terms. Once we have identified potential candidate homes, we will schedule a private tour of homes so you can see if the reality of a home matches the photos you can view online.

The other category of people helped by lower rates is current homeowners. If you are stuck in a mortgage with a high interest rate, refinancing is a great option. There are many different types of refinance products available from reducing the term of years for repayment, to providing cash to the owner from equity to use to remodel your home, to just lowering your rate to reduce your monthly payment.

If you’re ready to purchase a home, be sure to create a custom search on our website here for all current listings. We are ready to help you take advantage of these great low rates so you can be in the home of your dreams.

Return on Investment High Near Lake Wylie

This week the Charlotte Business Journal published their rankings for the zip codes that had the best return on investment over a 10 year period. They used data compiled by Zillow Group ranging from the middle of the recession 10 years ago until this August. The methodology took the median home price from ten years ago assuming a 10% down payment. They compared to the same figures for this year to determine the change.

Sometimes it’s hard to think of your home as an investment, but you never want to think that it’s not a good one. Luckily homes around Lake Wylie fared well in the reporting. They only looked at North Carolina, so we don’t have the figures yet for the South Carolina side of the lake. Here are the zip codes nearest the lake that ranked in the report:

28012 – Belmont in Gaston County came in at number 19, with a median home value of $211,700. The area encompasses the city of Belmont all the way south to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, and the North part of Lake Wylie. This is an increase of 50% or $70,500. This puts the 10 year return-on-investment of 399%.

28214 – This zip code is in west Charlotte, north of the airport and includes the US National Whitewater Center. It came in at number 11. The median home value was $184,300, an increase of 56% or $66,500. This puts the 10 year return-on-investment at 465%.

28273 – This is another west Charlotte zip code that came in at #18. This area is Steele Creek on the eastside of Lake Wylie. The median home value of homes here was $216,300. There was an increase of 51% or $72,600. This translates to a 10 year return-on-investment of 405%.

If you would like to have us help you figure out the return-on-investment for your home, call us at 803-831-8588. We can help with the entire process of buying or selling a home. Be sure to check out our website here for all current listings.

To see the full Business Journal Article click here.

September Market Report

Lake Homes Realty, an Alabama-based firm has ranked Lake Wylie the fifth-largest lake market from the 100-plus Multiple Listing Services they reported on. According to their report, the value of homes listed for sale, based on data for three months ending August 14th, was over $455 million. There were 1,082 homes available, which ranked Lake Wylie number 3. Their report only looked at homes and land that were adjacent to a lake, included a water view, lake access, or were in a lake-focused neighborhood. This could mean that neighborhoods that were not on the lake, but were considered by consumers to be lake listings were included as well.

When you look at the numbers from the most recent report from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association’s Multiple Listing Service report, you find that the Lake Wylie region is humming along quite nicely. Almost category was up from the year before. Supply of homes was down to just a 3.2 month supply of homes, getting closer to the 2.2 month supply for the entire Charlotte region. This is not surprising given the general trend of lack of supply that has been plaguing the area for some time. New listings have not been able to keep pace, and this in turn has pushed prices even higher.

Lake Wylie is still more affordable than Lake Norman where the average price for a home is $472,444, but the average price for a home sale in Lake Wylie has risen to $423,236. Rising prices may be pushing some buyers to lakes further away from Charlotte when looking for their dream home or second home. However, there are still affordable options in Lake Wylie.

Pending sales were up 96.9% year over year and new listings were up 44.9% showing that for the next few months at least the market will continue to be strong. Closed sales were up 14% year over year and are up 12.8% year-to-date.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Lake Wylie area, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

August Market Report

Prices in the Charlotte area are on the rise and inventory is shrinking. If it feels like you’ve read this before, you have. This trend has been going on for a while and there appears to be no end in sight. This means that Charlotte is still a popular spot for people to purchase a home, but it can be hard to find the homes of your dreams due to lack of supply. This has led to homes selling above list price and multiple offer situations which can be stressful.

The monthly report from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association is based on data from their subsidiary the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. The data is clear, the average sale price of a home in the Charlotte area was up 5.5% over last August. This was an increase from $294,534 to $310,691. This is an increase of $16,157 in just one year.

The supply of homes went down at the same time from 11,413 down to just 9,412. This is a 17.5% decrease and represents a 2.3 month supply of inventory. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is considered to be a 6 month supply.

When you look just at Lake Wylie in the data, you see that the numbers are headed in the same direction. The average sales price of a home in Lake Wylie went from $386,967 last August to $406,428 this August. This $19,461 difference is 5% higher than last year at this time.

The supply of homes in Lake Wylie decreased from 441 to 385. This leaves us with a 3.3 month supply, a decrease of 12.7% from last year.

The most interesting number for Lake Wylie this month is in pending sales. There was a 97.7% increase in pending sales from 88 last August to 174 this August. This bodes well for our sales numbers for next month as many of these additional sales will head to the closing table.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Get Top Dollar by Staging Outside

If you want to get top dollar for your home, that starts when people drive up to your home. If you don’t have good curb appeal, it sets the tone for a potential buyer to turn around and not even go inside. If they do come in, it sets them up to think that your home can be had for a bargain price. To make the best first impression on a prospective buyer, you have to stage the outside of your house as well as the inside. Below are some of the best projects you can do to get you top dollar when you sell your home.

The simplest and cheapest upgrade you can do is to clean up your home. Sure, you keep the inside of your home clean, but the exterior probably hasn’t been washed in some time. Pressure washing or just cleaning with a hose to get spider webs, wasp nests, pollen, and dirt away can make a world of difference. Cleaning windows helps let more natural light into your home and can make it sparkle from a distance as well.

If you have a little bit more time and money in your budget, refreshing or replacing part or all of a door or door hardware package is a great next step. Painting or staining an entry door can make it look brand new and replacing hardware can take a dated home and make it look more modern. If there are issues with the door, replacing may be the way to go and will give you a great return on your investment. This goes for garage doors as well because they can be a large percentage of what a buyer will see from the curb. You can also add updated house numbers in a modern font so buyers know they are at the right home.

Landscaping can be a great refresh for your home as well. This can be as involved as hiring a contractor to help you, or just trimming your bushes so people can actually see your home and all of its best features. Planting flowers can add a pop of color or just add a hanging plant or some window boxes to highlight your newly cleaned windows. If you have a larger budget, think of adding lighting, upgrading paths or sidewalks, or refreshing your driveway.

If you have done all of those things and your home still could use more sprucing up, maybe painting the exterior will get you top dollar for your listing. If you have more money in the budget, a contractor can help you clad your exterior with new siding, or improve your facade with stone or brick accents.

If you are thinking about listing your Lake Wylie area home, give us a call at 803-831-8588. To view current listings and create custom searches for your next home, visit our website here.

YTD Market Reflections

More than half of the year has already passed us by, and the real estate numbers for Lake Wylie look good. In fact, only three areas, Mt. Holly, Moresville, and Harrisburg, had a larger increase in closings. This is great news for current homeowners in the area as they can expect to see a stable market for equity in their homes as well as for resale values. It can be challenging for buyers as it means that the market is strong so finding a home can be tricky.

Lets dig into the numbers a bit, all numbers we are looking at are Year-to-date from January to June and we are comparing 2018 to 2019. All of these figures come from the Multiple Listings Services, Inc which is owned by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association. In 2018 there were 601 home sales that closed. During the same period of 2019, there have been 656. This increase of 55 closings represents a rise of 9.2%.

New listings and pending sales are indicators of how the market will do for the next few months as those will head towards the closing table. In 2018 there were 954 new listings. In 2019 so far there have been 1,019. This is an increase of 65 listings or 6.8%. Pending listings were 677 in 2018 and are at 826 in 2019. Increasing by a whopping 22%, this represents 149 additional pending sales.

Price is the other big factor when comparing data from year to year. One waterfront sale can make a big difference in numbers as the sample size is smaller and can be skewed. In 2018, the average price for a home sold was $395,023 and in 2019 it is $396,509. This is a modest increase of just $1,486 which is just a 0.4% increase. Homes are selling a little bit quicker as well, in just 121 days from list to close. This is a whole week quicker than 2018 at this time.

It appears that the Lake Wylie area can expect the real estate market to remain strong at least for the near future. If you are interested in buying or selling a home near or on Lake Wylie, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create your own custom searches on our website here.

July Market Report

The monthly market report has been published by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. They compile data about the entire region as well as parsing the data by city, town, and subregion from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc. This month it shows that we are once again seeing a shortage of homes which is driving prices higher yet. When homes do come on the market, they aren’t sitting long before they go under contract.

This trend has been going on for a while, but this month there was a steep rise in home prices from last year at this time. This deepens the crisis for buyers even as mortgage interest rates are now sitting below 4%.

The median home price rose 10.4% from $240,000 up to $260,000. Homes are spending an average of 38 days on the market before a sale meaning homes are on the market 85 days from listing to closing. There are currently 9,416 homes on the market, down 15.3% from the 11,123 at this time last year.

When we look just at Lake Wylie, the numbers can be skewed because of smaller sample size, but they don’t look as dire as the entire Charlotte region. Median home price actually decreased slightly from $345,750 down to $341,500, a decrease of 1.2%. There are fourteen more homes on the market now than last year at this time, an increase of 3.4%. There are also 42 more new listings this year at this time vs. last year at this time, an increase of 28.6%.

This is hopeful for the Lake Wylie area where pending sales and closed sales were also up from last year. This means that buyers may be starting to be more equal to sellers in home purchase negotiations. Experts say a balanced market has around 6 months of inventory and Lake Wylie currently has a 3.8 month supply. This is substantially better than the 2.3 month supply for the entire Charlotte region.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

June Market Report

Home prices are still on the rise in the Charlotte area. This is in contrast with the rest of the nation where there has been a cool down in prices. This information was published by Case-Shiller from their S&P CoreLogic Report. It’s hard to know how long prices can go up, but they don’t appear to be stopping yet. This can be a boon to sellers, but can spell trouble for buyers who can get priced out of the market.

The Carolina Regional Realtor Association published numbers for June based on data from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc. Based on their data, average sales prices in the Charlotte region were up 7.1% year over year from $302,011 to $323,316. When you look at year to date number, they are also up 4.3% from $287,358 up to $299,703.

The Charlotte region also had a dip in sales, decline in inventory, and a slight decline in new listings. Pending listings were up 16.3% so there is hope that there will be strong sales numbers next month as many of the pending listings head to the closing table.

When you look at the numbers for Lake Wylie, average sales prices were up 3.9% from $382,553 to $397,428. Pending sales and new listings were both up, 25.9% and 14.5% respectively. This indicates that Lake Wylie sales are still strong despite lower inventory, down to just a 3.5 month supply.

Closed sales for homes in Lake Wylie were just about level with last year at the same time. Homes are selling more quickly than last year at this time. In June of 2018, homes were on the market for an average of 113 days from listing to closing. In June of 2019, homes were on the market for an average of 108 days from listing to closing, a decline of 4.4%. These homes spend an average of 58 days on the market before they were under contract.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. If you would like to view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

May Market Report

This month, though the supply of homes on the market has declined in the Charlotte region, there are many other market indicators that have increased. Closed sales, pending sales, and new listings were all up, .5%, 17.3%, and 2.8% respectively. Prices are also up over last year, with the average sales price up 3.4% from $299,723 to $309,859. The total inventory for the region is down 10.1% from 10,506 to 9,443. This means that buyers are competing for just 2.3 months of inventory giving sellers more of the power in transactions. (A balanced market between buyers and sellers is generally a 4-6 month supply of homes.)

When you look at just Lake Wylie, the numbers are a little bit different, however you need to know that the numbers could look skewed due to the small sample size. For instance, the average sales price was down 1.8% year over year, but that could be due to just one waterfront home as they typically command a premium.

Closed sales were up 18.8% over last year, from 112 to 133, a difference of 21 additional sales. New listings were up 2.6%, and pending sales were up a whopping 42.5% from 113 to 161. This is a great indicator that the market is still strong as many of these pending homes will head to the closing table to boost next months closed sales number.

Homes are selling quicker than last year as well with the days from listing to closing down to 103 from 121, a decline of 14.9%. Homes are on the market for an average of 60 days until sale, down from 65 days last May.

These trends are showing no end in sight yet for the current lack of supply and price increases. All of these trends are taken from the monthly report published by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association. The numbers are from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Lake Wylie area, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.