Tega Cay Named Best City to Live in SC

Residents of Tega Cay already know, but recently a financial news and opinion company called 24/7 Wall St. chose Tega Cay as the best city to call home in South Carolina. 24/7 Wall St. is a widely published company based in Delaware.

Some of the methodology to determine the winning city included affordability, safe streets, a strong economy and a variety of options for entertainment. They also used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the FBI to rank cities, towns, villages, and boroughs with at least 8,000 residents. Overall, 26 different factors were weighed in four categories: quality of life, affordability, economy and community.

Tega Cay ranked the highest in part because of population size (9,026), median home value ($301,200) and % of residents that live in poverty (less than 1%).  Median household income of $120,346, access to water for swimming, boating, and fishing also help Tega Cay top the list. Proximity to Charlotte helped push Tega Cay up to the top as well with access to high paying jobs.

Access to bars and restaurants make Tega Cay stand out. Education level of the population, access to libraries, museums, and movie theaters were factored in as well. Travel time to work, violent crime rate, property crime rate, unemployment, transit methods, and employment growth were used to rank cities as well.

When all was said and done, Tega Cay topped the list. Locals may not be terribly happy that this list is out because it could cause many more people to know about this amazing spot. If you would like to jump on a chance to own a home in Tega Cay, schedule a personal tour of homes with us by calling 803-831-8588. If you would like to view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

To read more about the ranking, click the link to the article in the Herald here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Cottages at The Landing

If you love The Landing, but don’t quite have the means to get into one of the amazing custom homes here, The Cottages at The Landing may be just the place for you. These homes have all yard work taken care of by the Homeowners Association, so they are perfect for anyone without the time or the green thumb to care for a yard. This means they are perfect for young professionals, empty-nesters, young families or really anyone.

The Cottages at The Landing backs right up to The Landing neighborhood. This location just off Highway 49 near the intersection of Highway 274 means that residents are just 30 minutes from Rock Hill, Uptown Charlotte, Gastonia, or Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. You are also steps away from Lake Wylie and the whole lake lifestyle.

Residents also enjoy the Shoppes at The Landing with retail, restaurants, banking and more. There are also many other options within walking distance for dining, shopping, groceries, and all of your other necessities. Children in The Cottages at The Landing are zoned for award winning Clover schools. Also nearby are Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Kings Mountain State Park, and McDowell Nature Preserve.

Homes in The Cottages at The Landing are mostly 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom with between 1,600 to just over 2,100 square feet of living space. These cottage style homes have open floor plans, perfect for entertaining. These homes have amazing details with trey ceilings, wainscotting, mouldings, hardwood flooring, front and rear porches, and two car garages. Some of the homes have guest suites, home offices, walk-in-closets and much more.

Homes in The Cottages at The Landing don’t come on the market often and they don’t stay on the market long before they go under contract. Prices are typically in the $300,000’s and are a great value. If you would like to schedule a personal tour of homes in this or any other Lake Wylie neighborhood, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can also view current listings on our website here.

Proposals for Extension of Light Rail

County leaders for York County recently met to consider proposals for extension of the Lynx light rail system in Charlotte. They heard four small area plan proposals with one potentially serving the Lake Wylie area. This could be great for bringing in commuters and reducing traffic. It could also bring a lot of day-trippers for weekend fun on the lake.

The light rail plan proposals are a way to look at the area in a different way. This means that leaders have to look at how the light rail may affect properties in the proposed path, look at supporting infrastructure, and look at opportunities for how development patterns may change. There is also a potential that the light rail could head to Rock Hill as well which could be a place to park and ride until a Lake Wylie corridor comes to fruition. The Rock Hill connection is especially likely as the Charlotte Panthers just announced that they are building a training facility there.

There are many more steps to take after the proposals are laid out. There are traffic studies, land acquisition, and much more. There will be interstate cooperation by North and South Carolina. There will be funding hurdles and bureaucratic hurdles to be cleared, but it is an exciting prospect for many people.

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

To read more about these proposals, visit the Herald Online 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.

April Market Report

Analysts are optimistic about a slow-down in the rapid pace of home price increases in the Charlotte area. There also appears to be a halt to the decline in the number of homes sold, bucking an 11-month trend. It remains to be seen if the halt is temporary, or the beginning of a longer trend. Homebuyers could use a break as they have not had equal footing in real estate transactions with sellers for a long time with the persisting low inventory and rising prices.

When you look at just Lake Wylie, you see that homes are selling quicker than at this time last year. In fact, cumulative days on market before sale went from 96 days down to 69 days, down 28.1%. Days from listing to closing also reduced from 128 to 103, a reduction of 19.5%.

Inventory is down slightly in the area, from 3.9 to 3.8 months of supply, but not nearly as low as the entire Charlotte area at 2.2 months. New listings are up slightly year over year from 176 to 178, a rise of 1.1%. Closed sales are up 7.1% from 113 to 121. But the big story in Lake Wylie is that pending sales were up a whopping 30.4% from 115 to 150! This is great news for the next few months as we should see strong sales numbers when these pending sales head to the closing table.

Prices in Lake Wylie are headed down per the report, but remember due to small sample size, a few large transactions, or lack of them, can skew numbers so we need to wait and see if this is part of a larger trend. Average sales price was down 5.3% from $395,080 to $374,062. Median sales price was also lower by 8.4%, from $360,426 down to $330,000.

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.

 

Papa Doc’s To Open Soon

As soon as the liquor license is in hand, Papa Doc’s Shore Club is set to open to the public in the former space of T-Bones near the Buster Boyd Bridge in Lake Wylie. This past Thursday they began a charity event raising money for Lake Wylie Children’s Charity featuring a taste test of the cuisine. The sold-out charity event runs through Sunday.

Residents and visitors alike are excited for the opening after T-Bones on the Lake closed in December ending a 24 year run. This location is fantastic as you can arrive by foot, bike, car or boat to enjoy food, drinks and fellowship. Papa Doc’s is also close to Uptown Charlotte, around a half-hour, so is a perfect quick escape.

The new space has a tiki theme that you can enjoy as individuals, families, groups, or reserve for larger events. There is an oyster bar as well as lake themed decor and a large events space. With a total of 4 bars, the restaurant can seat 650 people. There is a huge outdoor deck, 38 boat slips, and many indoor seating and bar areas. The menu is large and varied so there is sure to be something to please every palate. Expect a wait at first as this is sure to be a popular spot.

If you are looking to buy 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.

To read more about Papa Doc’s Shore Club, read the full article in The Herald.

Year End Market Wrap Up

The start of the new year is always a time of reflection. Looking back at the year in Real Estate is a good way to see where we are and where we anticipate the market is heading. Predictions are imprecise at best, but we can show you the yearly trends and give a possible scenario for the future.

When you look at the Lake Wylie area, if you look at the trend over the previous few years, you can see that there are more new listings now than ever before. In 2013 there were just 1,056 new listings all year and in 2018, there were 1,656. This increase reflects the boom in the area with new construction, renovations, and the growth in the area.

Closed sales have gone up as well which shows more of the story of the population boom. In 2013 just 646 homes closed. In 2018 there were 1,227, an increase of 581 homes. When you look at the entire Charlotte area, the increase is much larger over the course of those years, 13,220 more, but the region has grown  a lot over that time and the MLS data also includes surrounding counties now and it did not before.

Prices of homes are one of the more dramatic areas of growth over the time between 2013 and 2018. In 2013 the average home in Lake Wylie sold for $327,130. In 2018 the average Lake Wylie home sold for $397,957, and increase of just over $70,000 in just 5 years.

When you look at the shorter trend, comparing 2018 to 2017, you see that Lake Wylie is not seeing the slump that the rest of Charlotte is seeing. Lake Wylie has had gains in new listings, pending sales and closed sales. In comparison, Charlotte as a whole has seen declines in all three. It remains to be seen if Lake Wylie will see the slowdown that has been evident in the region as a whole. The Lake is a huge draw so it will probably see the slowdown much later than the rest of Charlotte, if it sees it at all. Looks like the Lake is a good bet for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to own a home in Lake Wylie, give us a call at 803-831-8588 to schedule a private tour of homes. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website.

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.

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

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.