Neighborhood Spotlight: Carolina Orchards

There has been a big trend recently of active communities for adults age 55 and over. Carolina Orchards is a prime example of just such a place done right. It has luxurious homes and resort style amenities in a maintenance-free setting all in Fort Mill, SC, just minutes away from Lake Wylie.

Carolina Orchards is brought to you by Del Webb-Pulte homes and is located on the west side of Fort Mill, SC just off SC highway 460 across from Springfield Elementary School. This great location is close to shopping, dining, and entertainment in Fort Mill, as well as being less than 10 miles to Tega Cay. It will take around 25 minutes to get to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and 25 minutes to get to Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in Carolina Orchards range from 2-4 bedrooms with 2-4.5 bathrooms in 1,263 to almost 3,000 square feet of living space. These homes are new construction and can be customized to meet your needs. Most of the plans are ranch style, though there are some plans with two stories. Homes have open floor plans with space inside and outside for entertaining.

Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby rooms, game rooms, indoor pool, outdoor pool, and sports facilities for pickleball, bocce, tennis, and a dog park. There are indoor and outdoor gathering spaces as well as great walking throughout the neighborhood.

In the last year, 40 homes sold in Carolina Orchards for between $275,000 and $617,015 with an average sale price of $439,207. There are currently 10 homes on the market representing 2.9 months of inventory. The wider Fort Mill area has a 4 month supply of homes for sale at the moment.

If you are 55 or older and are interested in this amazing neighborhood, give us a call at 803-831-8588 and we will schedule a tour of available homes. 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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mariners Watch Cove

If you’ve had your eye on the exclusive community of Mariners Watch Cove in York, SC, you’re not alone. This popular spot is part of the Allison Creek Peninsula on the shores of Lake Wylie and is truly stunning. With million dollar views, large lots, majestic trees, and stellar homes, you won’t believe you are just 45 minutes from Uptown Charlotte.

To get to Mariners Watch Cove, you have to enter from Hands Mill Highway/Highway 274. Once on the peninsula you feel your cares disappear as you enjoy the splendor of Lake Wylie between Big and Little Allison Creeks. Waterfront homes enjoy year round views of the Lake, while inland homes may have seasonal views.

Though it feels like a retreat, Mariners Watch Cove is only 20 minutes away from York and Clover, South Carolina. 30 minutes away you will find Rock Hill, South Carolina, and 45 minutes will get you to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Residents are currently zoned for award winning and highly desirable Clover Schools, and also enjoy lower South Carolina taxes.

Homes in Mariners Watch Cove are luxurious and custom built. Most homes have well over 3,000 square feet and some include second living quarters, fully finished basements, guest houses, elevators, wine cellars, boat houses and much more.

It is rare to see one of these homes come on the market, in fact three homes sold in 2017, and two are currently on the market. Waterfront lots command a premium and typically sell for well over $1 million. Interior lots are fantastic as well, though they only have lake access from the public boat ramps the nearest of which is Allison Creek Public on Viesta Road. Interior homes typically sell in the $300,000’s to the $500,000’s.

To schedule a private tour of the two current listings in this amazing neighborhood, call us at 803-831-8588. To view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

February Market Report

The monthly numbers have been published by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association. They base the report off of numbers from the Multiple Listing Services, Inc. The big story for the Charlotte region is that almost every number is down. From supply of homes to new listings, to days on market from list to close, all of these numbers are down. The numbers that are up are average and median list price.

When you look just at Lake Wylie, the numbers are a little bit different, but keep in mind that the small sample size can make the trends seem extreme. In Lake Wylie, most of the numbers are up from last year at this time. New listings are up 12% over this time last year, from 133 to 149. They are also up when you look at year-to-date, 10.6% over last year from 246 to 272.

This increase is responsible for an uptick in the supply of homes which rose from 3.5 months up to 3.6 months. A balanced market between buyers and sellers is considered to be a 4-6 month supply. This is welcome news for buyers as they have had a harder time in recent years with a rise in multiple offer situations and prices above list. If this trend continues, we could see prices slow in their rise.

Prices for homes in Lake Wylie have increased from an average of $382,147 last February to $393,761 this February. This represents a 3% increase year over year. When you look year-to-date, there has been an 8.4% rise in average sales price which could be the result of a few large sales.

Pending sales were way up year over year from 91 up to 120, a rise of 31.9%. This means that we should see strong sales for the next few months as the homes that are pending head to the closing table. As we head into spring, we should see the market speed up.

If you are looking for 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.