July Market Report

Jason Gentry, president of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association says “Without a doubt, limited inventory continues to pressure prices across the region, while also effectively slowing sales during what’s typically our prime selling season. Demand and pending contract activity remain strong, which means buyers must move quickly to purchase the home they want.” This was in response to the monthly report the association publishes based on data from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services.

When you look at the entire Charlotte region, average sales price is up to $290,486, inventory is down to just a 2.4 month supply, and homes are selling in an average of just 36 days. This means that buyers have to be ready to go quickly and be ready to pay top dollar for a home.

When you look at the numbers just for Lake Wylie, the picture is similar. Average price has risen to $409,133, a rise of 4.5% from July of last year. Inventory is dropping as well to a 3.7 month supply. This is dropping below the 4-6 months supply that typically represents a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Homes have been selling in an average of 50 days. This is down 7.4% from the 54 days last year at this time.

When you look at pending sales and closed sales in Lake Wylie, they are both way up over last year. Closed sales are up 11.3% from 115 to 128. Pending sales are up an amazing 41.1% from 102 to 147. We should see many of those sales close in the next month or two.

New listings on the other hand were only up 0.7% from 145 to 146. Based on the small increase, the inventory could drop again next month. As we have seen in the past, as inventory drops, prices usually creep higher following the laws of supply and demand.

As the Lake Wylie market is a smaller sample from the entire Charlotte region, sometimes what we think will be a trend is just the larger fluctuation of the smaller size. We will continue to watch the market to see what the numbers show. For now, buyers need to be ready to act quickly and will be hard pressed to find any bargains.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Pierpointe

Come and visit Pierpointe, a remarkable enclave of custom homes on the main channel of Lake Wylie. These homes have stunning views both inside and outside and epitomize the lakeside lifestyle. Add close proximity to major employers, an international airport, and Uptown Charlotte and this location is perfect.

You approach Pierpointe from Pine Harbor Road at Shopton Road. This means that Rivergate is just minutes away providing most of the necessities. There are shops, restaurants, and grocery stores in Rivergate. Residents can quickly get to I-77 or I-485 to connect with Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Uptown Charlotte.

Homes in Pierpointe are grand in scale and full of unique features. Many of the homes have two-story plans and some have fully finished basements as well. Some of the homes have extensive formal gardens, some have guest houses, some have media rooms, there are surprises in each home. Most homes have over 4,000 square feet of living spaces with between 3 and 6 bedrooms and 3.5-4.5 bathrooms.

The waterfront homes in Pierpointe have truly stunning views of the lake. Homes take full advantage of the views with terraces, sunrooms, decks, boat houses with lifts, floating docks and lakeside seating areas. Some homes even have pools that overlook the water. All have outdoor living spaces and lush landscaping making a true retreat. The lots are large, most are at least half of an acre with many over an acre, providing privacy.

These homes don’t come on the market very often, in fact in the past year only two homes came up for sale. Prices range from the $700,000’s to over $1 million.

Children in Pierpointe currently attend Winget Park Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, and Olympic High School. Please verify school assignments as they can change from one school year to the next.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Harbor Club

It may be hard to find a reasonable priced home in Lake Wylie, but Harbor Club on the North Carolina side of the lake is just such an enclave. This well established lake neighborhood has walking distance to shopping, reasonable prices, and beautiful grounds.

Harbor Club is located off Pine Harbor Road close to the intersection with Shopton Road. This location means that Steele Creek is close by for shopping and entertainment. Rivergate is also close by for shopping and dining. Easy access to I-77 and I-485 connect residents with Uptown Charlotte, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and all points around the city.

Homes in Harbor Club were built in the mid-1990’s to 2000 and typically have 3-5 bedrooms and 2-3.5 bathrooms. They range in size from 1,700 to just over 4,000 square feet of living space. Many of the homes have been fully updated in recent years. Many homes have outdoor living spaces with decks, hot tubs, water features, fire-pits, patios and more.

Many of the homes are two story and some have fully finished basements as well. Rooms are large and floor plans are open making entertaining a breeze. Many of the homes come with deeded boat slips, but the Marina & Yacht Club is close by and offers day slips for residents.

Children in Harbor Club currently attend Winget Park Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, and Olympic High School. Please be sure to verify school assignments with the school district as boundary lines can change from one school year to the next and boundaries sometimes run through neighborhoods.

In the past year, homes in Harbor Club sold for between $242,000 and $293,000 with an average sold price of $268,967. There is currently one home on the market in Harbor Club representing a 2 month supply of homes. These homes don’t come up very often as 6 homes sold in 2017 and so far this year only two homes have sold with one currently on the market.

Gorgeous Lake Living: 5350 Blue Bird Lane

Located on a fully wooded lot facing the main channel of Lake Wylie, you’ll find Cedar Lodge. This unique home sits on possibly the best property on the Lake. There are breathtaking views from all over the property but especially from the glassed-in porch.

When you approach the property, you will see over 300 feet of road frontage. This gives plenty of privacy from neighbors making Cedar Lodge feel like a retreat. There are 1.9 acres of property included as well as the main house, adjacent bunk house and a large garage workshop.

The main home is a 1,566 square foot home with 2 bedrooms and one bathroom built in 1975. It includes the glassed-in porch which measures 26’ x 16’. This room is truly what makes this home spectacular as you can enjoy living on the water all year round from up here. This lake house is truly a classic.

Next to the main house is a second living quarters in the form of a bunk house which has one bedroom and one bathroom. This is a great place for guests, or for the kids to stay and have separate space from parents.

For the maker in your family, there is a large garage workshop that measures 24’ by 30’. This space is perfect for all of your projects, or just for storage space for a great car.

The best part of the home however, is the over 400 feet of lake frontage. This includes a pier and boat lift as well as two private sandy beaches. The views are incredible so this property is a must see.

The location of this house is great as well. Secluded and away from it all, but close enough for a commute or a trip to Uptown. A trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport will take around 45 minutes and Uptown Charlotte takes around

5350 Blue Bird Lane is on the South Carolina side of the lake which comes with lower South Carolina Taxes. Current listing price is $685,900.

 

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: Kings Grove

Kings Grove is a beautiful neighborhood filled with distinctive new homes with easy access to everything Charlotte has to offer. In addition to being able to take advantage of the lower South Carolina taxes, the neighborhood is in a renowned school district, making it perfect for a family home. King’sGrove is also just minutes away from Lake Wylie, which offers a range of fun activities from fishing, to swimming, to hiking. The neighborhood itself includes amenities like walking trails, sidewalks, a swimming pool, and cabanas.

Shopping, dining, and entertainment options are also located just minutes away from the Lake Wylie area. Some popular nearby attractions include the famous Carowinds Amusement Park as well as the McDowell Nature Preserve. This nature preserve has playgrounds, campgrounds, walking trails, and lake of its own.

Currently there are 5 homes on the market in King’s Grove which represents 6.7 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a balanced market compared to York County as a whole which has more of a seller’s market.

In the last year the average sales price and average price per square foot have both slightly increased. Homes in King’s Grove range from 2100-3900 square feet and are listed between $299,000 and $346,000. Most homes built have 3-4 bedrooms.

With so many fun amenities both within the neighborhood and nearby, King’s Grove could be perfect for your next family home!

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Heron Cove

Heron Cove is a serene neighborhood located near Lake Wylie. The neighborhood offers large homesites in order to best preserve the beauty of the land around it. Residents of Heron Cove get to enjoy South Carolina’s lower taxes as well as the benefit of being in one of the best school districts in the state (Clover school district).

Heron Cove offers many amenities, the largest one being its Waterfront Park. This puts all the amenities of Lake Wylie at your fingertips, providing the perfect place for swimming or fishing. There are even storage racks for resident’s kayaks and canoes. In addition to water based activities, the Waterfront Park also provides the perfect setting for picnics and fire pits.

Throughout Heron Cove there are many winding walking trails, perfect for enjoying the natural environment of the area. There is also a children’s park to offer a safe place for kids to play.

Currently there are 3 homes on the market in Heron Cove which represents 2.6 months of inventory. This makes the neighborhood a seller’s market similar to that of York County as a whole.

In the past year, the average sales price of homes as well as the average price per square foot have both decreased. Homes are priced anywhere from $450,000 to $650,000 and land sites are priced from the $60s.

Heron Cove is a peaceful neighborhood that offers small town comforts while still being close to big city amenities. It is the perfect place for nature-lovers to check out for their next home!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Handsmill on Lake Wylie

Handsmill on Lake Wylie is a beautiful gated community that combines natural beauty with resort-style amenities. Homes are right on the lake offering exclusive access to all the activities Lake Wylie has to offer. These activities range from fishing to boating to hiking. The neighborhood even has two private marinas and boat ramp solely for residential use.

Hndsmill also offers many amenities within the neighborhood. For nature-lovers, there are many walking trails and green space to spend time in. But the centerpiece of the neighborhood is the luxurious Handsmill Club complete with a state of the art kitchen, two gathering areas, and a large outdoor patio perfect for entertaining. There are also amenities like a junior olympic swimming pool and fitness center only available to residents. For children, there is a separate playground. But while Handsmill offers seclusion and natural beauty, it also has the advantage of being within half an hour of all the activities Charlotte has to offer.

There are currently 3 homes on the market in Handsmill which represents 6 months of inventory. This means that right now there is a balanced market in the area, which is comparable York County as a whole, which also leans towards a balanced market.

In the last year the average price per square foot has slightly decreased while the average sales price of homes has stayed roughly the same.

With so many wonderful natural and community amenities, Handsmill at Lake Wylie is definitely worth checking out!

Charlotte’s River District is its biggest new development in decades

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-51-33-pmJust east of Belmont, between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Catawba River, lies Charlotte’s River District, the newest, massive, mixed-use master-planned development to hit Charlotte in decades. The potential for such a project, conveniently located right near the airport and only eight miles from Uptown Charlotte, is huge.

This new development aims to create a walkable, urban environment that showcases a variety of housing in a community that really connects with nature. Developers plan to take advantage of the unique topography, woodlands, streams and creeks that the area is home to. While developers plan to build housing, retail space, office space and more, the plan for development also calls for preserving approximately 500 acres of land and using that land for mountain biking, walking and hiking trails with a walkable community laid out around them.

Approximately 10,000 people will occupy the new homes here, which will range from very moderately priced homes all the way up to luxurious estate homes. With the hopes of having some of the trails open to the public possibly as early as the summer of 2017, as well as completing construction on the first stage of the residences in the next two years, final completion of the entire project, which is slated to be as big as Ballantyne occupying approximate 1,400 acres, is not expected for about 30 years. The project will be completed in stages, but given its size and scope, it will certainly take quite a bit of time.

Stay tuned for the ongoing development of the River District. And, for more details and information on the project, check out the article at WCNC.com.

Residential development booms in Fort Mill and Tega Cay

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-4-25-46-pmFort Mill and Tega Cay are soon to be home to, well… more new homes. For starters, a 52-acre site on Fort Mill Parkway will soon be Fort Mill Reserve, which would potentially include up to 120 homes as well as 80,000 square feet of retail, office or municipal use. An acre of the space would also be donated to the town as green space or as a park. And, at least 20% of the residences in Fort Mill Parkway would be targeted toward seniors. Plus, next to Fort Mill Reserve is another new possible site for up to 75 new homes as well as a fire station.

The Cadence subdivision is under review in Tega Cay, where possible plans would allow for up to 125 new homes here. If everything moves forward, Cadence should be completed by 2020 as part of a big surge in development for Tega Cay, which also includes Catawba Park, the Game On sports megaplex, as well as many new residential neighborhoods. With more than a thousand housing units currently in the works in Tega Cay, there are almost just as many housing units in the proposal stage, as well.

Massey is also seeing some residential additions with 47 new homes on nearly 42 acres on the northern side of South Dobys Bridge Road.

For more details and information on the residential development that is booming in the Fort Mill and Tega Cay area, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.