Investment Opportunity in Hamiltons Bay

Are you interested in second, mostly passive income stream? Rental property could be the right choice for you. There are not many opportunities in the Lake Wylie area to get in on a starter income property, but Hamilton’s Bay Condominiums are a great place to start. There are also opportunities to own and live in one of these units. They are a great price, a great location, and are zoned for award winning schools and have lower South Carolina taxes.

Hamiltons Bay was built in 1990 and has 216 units in 3-story buildings with condos and townhome options. There are one, two, and three bedroom units with one to two bathrooms. Many of the units have been completely remodeled, and some have opportunities to update them. Some of the units are fully furnished corporate units available for short term leases.

Amenities for Hamiltons Bay include fitness center, playground, laundry center, outdoor swimming pool with kiddie pool, patio area with grills, picnic area, tennis court, and complimentary boat and RV parking. There is also on-site management with 24-hour emergency maintenance.

To find Hamiltons Bay, go across the Buster Boyd Bridge to the South Carolina side of Lake Wylie. In the heart of Lake Wylie, Hamiltons Bay is on the right hand side just off Highway 49. There are many options for shopping, dining, and entertainment within just a few minutes. Going a little bit further away, you’ll find additional choices as well as outlet malls. A trip to Uptown Charlotte for work or pleasure is only 20 miles. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just under 20 miles, perfect for a weekend retreat or a business trip.

There are currently no homes on the market in Hamiltons Bay and they do sell quickly when they do hit the market. In the past year 10 homes sold for between $87,500 and $127,000. Most of them sold the first week they were on the market and sold for between 94% and 103% of list price.

If you are interested in a home in Hamiltons Bay, call us at 803-831-8588 and we will contact you as soon as one hits the market. You can view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Commercial Marina Coming to McLean

If you needed another reason to take a look at a home in McLean, there is a new commercial marina coming to the neighborhood. This adds yet another luxury feature to this amazing neighborhood.

The marina is being built by McLean in a partnership with Morningstar Marinas. The facility is already under construction and will have 300 dry slips, 35 wet slips, a waterfront event lawn and a ship’s store. Morningstar plans to handle day-to-day operations as they do on their three marinas on Lake Norman.

This adds to the list of amenities in McLean that is frankly, impressive. There are 130 acres of green space throughout the community. Residents have clubhouses, playgrounds, pools, mountain biking trails, pavilions, and 5 miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie.

When McLean is completed, there will be a total of around 800 homes in three distinct neighborhood sections in the 670-acre community. The land was the homestead of Daniel Stowe in Belmont.

All of these homes are located around 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They are luxury homes on estate sized lots. Prices start in the $300,000’s but can go well over $1 million for custom waterfront properties. This is one of the last of the large scale neighborhoods to be developed in Lake Wylie as there are not many large tracts of undeveloped land left. If you want to get in on one of these amazing homes, now is the time to begin.

To read more about McLean, click here. If you would like to schedule a private tour of homes in McLean or any other Lake Wylie neighborhood, give us a call 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.

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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mill Creek Falls

If the last bit of summer has you thinking you’d like to live closer to the Lake, Mill Creek Falls could be the place for you. This master-planned community has great amenities, award winning schools, lower South Carolina taxes, and is still close enough to the city for commuting.

Mill Creek Falls was named after Mill Creek, a nearby tributary to Lake Wylie. The neighborhood was initially built between 2005 and 2006, and was completed over the next ten years. There is an active homeowners association which organizes events and activities throughout the year. These range from an annual chili cook-off to an Easter egg hunt. Many of the events are held at the Junior Olympic sized pool, and many at the Clubhouse. In addition, amenities include a children’s pool, tennis courts, gazebo, picnic area with barbecue grill, walking trails, and a six-acre lake for the community to enjoy.

Located off of Highway 274, Mill Creek Falls is just south of the North Carolina state line. This great spot means that you are close to the Lake and public lake access, as well as outlet malls, restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment, and the town of Clover.

Homes in Mill Creek Falls are single-family and semi-custom homes ranging between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet. Most of the homes have 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2.5-4 bathrooms. Average list price of homes is just under $300,000, though there is a pretty wide range depending on features and size of the home.

Currently there are 10 homes for sale in Mill Creek Falls which represents a 4 month supply of inventory. The entire Lake Wylie region now has a 6.1 month supply of inventory. This community has a very stable market with an average of 2.5 homes selling each month. To schedule a private tour of available homes in Mill Creek Falls, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website 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.

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.

Explore Harpers Mill

If you are interested in a townhome in the Lake Wylie area, Harpers Mill is a great place to explore. There are great amenities, lake proximity, nearby options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. All of this within commuting distance to Uptown Charlotte, yet with lower South Carolina taxes and extraordinary Clover schools. No wonder these homes don’t stay on the market long.

Located right off Highway 49, Harpers Mill is just a few minutes away from the Buster Boyd Bridge. This great location is just down the road from public boat ramps for access to the Lake. Residents can walk to shopping and dining options and are also close to River Hills Country Club.

From Harpers Mill, a trip to Uptown Charlotte is just over 20 miles. A trip to Charlotte Douglas International Airport is just over 17 miles. Fort Mill, SC is just over 12 miles, and McDowell Nature Preserve is just across the bridge.

Homes in Harpers Mill come in groupings of four and six homes. End units typically command a premium as they only have one shared wall. Homes have 2-3 bedrooms and 2-2.5 bathrooms and around 1100 to 2000 square feet of living space.

In the past year, 17 homes sold in Harpers Mill with prices ranging from $135,000 to $215,000. This affordable price point is perfect for a starter home or for downsizing from a larger home. There are currently 6 homes for sale in Harpers Mill ranging in price from $147,000 to $219,900.

If you are interested in touring homes in Harpers Mill, call us at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kings Grove Manor

If you are looking for your next family home, look no further than Kings Grove Manor. This great neighborhood is located near Lake Wylie and McDowell Nature Preserve and has both existing homes and new construction homes available. There are great neighborhood amenities including pool, cabana, and community walking trails. It takes no time to get to Uptown Charlotte, and has low South Carolina taxes and desirable Clover schools.

Builder Mattamy Homes is still offering new construction homes in Kings Grove Manor featuring one and two-story designs. These homes start in the mid-$200’s and have 1,700 to 2,700 square feet with 3-5 bedrooms and 2-3.5 bathrooms. Seven floor plans are available with the ability to customize and personalize these homes to fit your family.

Existing homes in the neighborhood were built in the past few years so they show like new. They have similar features to the new construction homes, but may be just right for you since they are ready to move in. All homes have easy to maintain small lots with two car garages.

There are currently 7 homes for sale in Kings Grove Manor, with three resales and four new construction. This represents just 3 months of inventory, compared to the 6.7 months supply for the whole of Lake Wylie.

If you are interested in touring homes in Kings Grove Manor, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can view current listings on our website here and also create custom searches to help find your perfect next home.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Coves on River Oaks

Just two miles North of the Buster Boyd Bridge sits the beautiful neighborhood of The Coves on River Oaks. This fabulous location is home to 160 homes situated within the 250-acre planned development. There is great proximity to the lake with many homes having water views and some with water frontage. There are many options nearby for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as public boat ramps for water access.

May Green Properties was the developer on The Coves on River Oaks, though homes were built by a variety of custom home builders. This helps each home to feel unique through design, features, building materials, and style. Lots are large, all are over one acre and many over two acres. The large lots accommodate grand homes with most homes in the 3,800-4,900 square foot range.

Homes in The Coves on River Oaks typically have between 4 and 5 bedrooms and 3.5-4.5 bathrooms. Many of these homes have home offices, media rooms, bonus rooms, flex spaces, gourmet kitchens, butlers pantries, and outdoor living spaces including many with private pools.

There are currently 4 homes for sale in The Coves on River Oaks and all are currently under contract. These homes are highly desirable and go under contract quickly. Price ranges for these listings is from $545,000 to $925,000 with the premium price going to a waterfront property. In the past year homes sold for between $515,000 and $679,000 though none was a waterfront listing.

Desirable schools are another draw to The Coves on River Oaks as current zoning is for award winning Clover Schools. Residents also enjoy lower South Carolina taxes. All this and more within commuting distance to Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Gastonia, or Uptown Charlotte.

If you are interested in learning more about The Coves on River Oaks, give us a call at 803-831-8588. You can create custom searches and view current listings on our website here.

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