View the 2019 Parade of Homes

The annual Parade of Homes has already started, but there is still plenty of time to tour these amazing homes. This yearly event is brought to you by The Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte. It’s like the largest open house where you can tour a variety of different homes in different price points, areas, and styles. This event is free to the public, but it may just help you purchase your next home.

Homes on the tour are presented by local and national homebuilders and are in some of the most desirable neighborhoods. There are many neighborhoods in the Lake Wylie area that made the tour. The rest of the tour is spread over the entire Charlotte region.

The tour runs for three weekends with only the first already done. The next dates are October 11-13 and October 18-20. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sundays. Homes in neighborhoods closest to Lake Wylie are:

  • Paddlers Cove by Dan Ryan Builders
  • Arden Mill by Classica
  • Timberwood by Essex Homes
  • Harper’s Pointe by Taylor Morrison
  • The Meridians by Meritage Homes
  • Regency at Palisades by Toll Brothers (3 homes on the tour)
  • North Reach by Taylor Morrison
  • McLean by Essex Homes
  • Morgan’s Branch by Taylor Morrison

For more information on the most updated dates and times for the tour, you can like and follow on Facebook or you can check out the interactive Parade of Homes website ParadeCharlotte.com. They do have online maps or you can pick up a printed tour book at any of the homes.

Always remember that agents in those homes will work for the builder, so if you want fair representation in a transaction, bring your Realtor with you to help you negotiate. The seller pays for the buyers agent so there is no cost to you. If you are interested in purchasing a home in the Lake Wylie area, bring us along on the tour, or schedule a private tour without the crowds by calling 803-831-8588. You can view all current listings and create custom searches on our website here.

Lake Wylie/Steele Creek/ Charlotte Real Estate report

The yearly numbers are in for 2018 for the Lake Wylie/Steele Creek Real Estate Market. The Carolina Realtors Association compiles data from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services to get a portrait of the local real estate market and provide us with data to analyze for our readers interested in Real Estate. This is what they show.

The Charlotte Region:

When you start digging into the numbers, for the entire Charlotte region sales were down 14% from December of 2017. Prices were up slightly, with the average sales price up 1.1% to $282,894. Inventory was down yet again from a 2.3 month supply to a 2.2 month supply, a decline of 550 homes. This leaves sellers again in the best position in real estate deals with a balanced market considered to be a 4-6 month supply of inventory. Pending sales were dead even and new listings were down 4.4% from this time last year.

In the Steele Creek area zip codes 28278 and 28273 the Market is extremely tight,

1325 Homes were sold compared to around 2000 in 2017. Currently there were only 15 Homes priced under $300,000 in the entire 28273 area, most sell within 10 days of entering the market and the overwhelming majority of those were priced under $350,000.

York, Clover and Lake Wylie: Zip Codes 29710 and 29745

A similar pattern continues in the South Carolina Market, sales were down from 2017 from a high mark of 1300 to 1135 in 2018, the majority of those 848 were priced under $350,000. Current active inventory is 221 Homes.

When you look just at Lake Wylie, South Carolina non waterfront resale Homes the story is a little bit different. Closed sales were indeed down year over year 15.3% from 98 to 83. Due to the small sample size, the percentages can look extreme so please keep that in mind. Average price was up year over year to $409,539, an increase of 16.2%. Inventory was dead even from last year in terms of months of supply at 3.3, but remember about that extreme note from earlier, there were actually 26 more homes on the market.

This means that sellers are still in a slightly better position in the Lake Wylie area. New listings are on the rise in the area with many new construction projects helping to boost the supply. The new listings were up 23.9% from 67 to 83. Pending listings were down year over year from 75 to 62, down 17.3%. Homes spent longer on the market in 2018 with days on market up 102% from 51 to 103, but this probably reflects new construction homes which typically stay on the market substantially longer than existing Homes.

In River Hills there is an extreme shortage of Homes on the Market the lowest in recent memory 52 closed last year with currently only 9 on the Market. New Homes accounted for an amazing 245 sales with strong sales in the Paddlers Cove Community

WATERFONT MARKET UPDATE

Median prices continue to rise in the waterfront market due to low inventory and high demand, as of this writing there were just 91 active listings in both Carolinas down from the 120 to 140 we experienced over the last decade with a median asking price of $839,000 which is over $100,000 more than last year with only 5 priced below $600,000.

The 1 Million plus market was very active with 11 Million Dollar plus Homes closed in 2018 and currently 14 are on the market, both numbers are about the same as 2017. A total of about 120 legitimately waterfront Homes sold down from about 160 from the year before due to a shortage in inventory with a median price pushing close to $725,000 up from the low $600,000’s a number that stayed steady for some time.

TIPS FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS:

In this unusual Housing market it is still important to discuss Home staging, photography, drone shots, brochures, marketing, Web presence and most of all pricing strategy. Here are a few other tips to guide the process.

The Real Estate transaction is a complicated and emotional process. Contracts and addendums are extensive sometimes reaching 20 to 30 pages.

Make sure you review all the documents prior to listing or purchasing a property, that way there will be no surprises when time comes to make an offer or negotiate an offer..

Understand the hard deadlines for Loans to be approved, Inspections to take place and negotiations on any repairs, speaking of repairs this is the biggest deal killer of them all as Inspectors are paid to find out everything that is not perfect with the Property, that offends most all Sellers.

The best tip of all is always hire an experienced professional Agent not a friend of a friend that just got Licensed or the former Barber or Hair Stylist. Transactional experience is key to a successful and Happy Purchase or Sale.

 

David McCorkle

David lives on Lake Wylie and is the Principle Broker of Lake Wylie Realty. David has been a Licensed Broker for 40 Years.

 

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.

Million Dollar View: 16201 Cozy Cove Road

Located right at the end of Cozy Cove road just past the Palisades you’ll find a truly spectacular home at 16201 Cozy Cove Road. Though not part of the Palisades, this home has an even more impressive view of beautiful Lake Wylie.

As you approach the home you see the all brick facade with side-load two-car garage. The lot is just over one acre so there is privacy from neighbors as well as room for lots of outdoor living. Relax on your beautiful sandy beach or take your boat out from one of the two covered boat lifts at the end of the pier. Relax and swim in the water from the floating dock, or just enjoy the view from the covered deck.

Inside this home rivals the outside. Enter through the front door and you will see high ceilings, columns, hardwood floors, and crown moulding. Explore through the 4,856 square feet and you will find 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. The master bedroom is on the main floor as are two of the additional bedrooms. You will also see the grand kitchen, dining room, great room and light filled sunroom.

Downstairs you will find a fully finished walk out basement with a full second living quarters, billiard room, and bar. You will also find the 4th bedroom and bathroom. Walk out to take advantage of the views of Lake Wylie’s main channel.

The 20 miles to Uptown Charlotte will take you right around a half-hour if you want to see a sporting event, museum, concert, night out, or commute. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is 18 miles away and will also take right around a half-hour.

Shopping, dining, entertainment and more are close-by at Rivergate. Just a little bit further away you will have more options at I-485 or I-77, both of which are close by. This close highway access is great for feeling connected to the city when you are relaxing with your lakeside living.

This home was made for entertaining and is move-in ready. Currently priced at $1,199,000, this home won’t last long. For more information, see our full listing here.

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

Market report: Waterfront sales

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-4-47-13-pmLet’s take a look at the year-to-date numbers for waterfront properties in and around the Lake Wylie area.

With the first three quarters of the year under our belt, the housing market, and particularly waterfront sales, are looking good for Lake Wylie and the surrounding region.

Year-over-year numbers indicate that the average number of homes sold per month are up, with 105 homes sold so far in 2016 (approximately 12 homes sold per month) as compared with only 91 homes sold through the third quarter in 2015 (approximately 10 homes sold per month).

Furthermore, the average list price has increased from $548,000 in 2015 to $608,000 in 2016, the average sales price has increased from $525,000 in 2015 to $580,000 in 2016, and the average price per square foot has increased from $172 in 2015 to $190 in 2016.

Even though the current number of waterfront homes on the market, 130 to be exact, represents 10.8 months of inventory which would be considered a buyer’s market, the year-over-year numbers reveal positive trends for sellers. Plus, based on what is on the market now in Lake Wylie and the surrounding region, the average price per square foot is $221 and the average list price is $875,000, and both of these numbers are notably higher than last year’s numbers at this time.

In the first three quarters of 2015, homes spent an average of 124 days on the market, and in 2016 homes spent an average of 142 days on the market, indicating slightly less activity this year and a sign that buyers may have the upper hand now.

So, while, inventory points to favoring the buyers, other stats are looking favorable for sellers. It’s a win-win!

June’s numbers reflect a steady drop in inventory

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Fort Mill’s inventory is also down from June of the previous year, however only by 13 percent. Lake Wylie’s inventory is down 29 percent, and York County’s inventory as a whole is down 28.9 percent.

Closed sales in York County, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill and the entire Carolina MLS area were down for June. However, Lake Wylie saw a lot of activity last month, with pending sales up over 52 percent from the year prior.  Fort Mill’s pending sales were up over 34 percent , and York County’s pending sales were up 32 percent. There was definitely a lot more action in June 2016 than there was in June 2015, also indicating a strong seller’s market.

With strong sales as well as a steady drop in inventory in the region, the average sales price continues to rise and sellers are seeming to have the upper hand.

June’s regional stats are fairly indicative of national real estate numbers. Inventory is low in many major markets across the country and housing prices are climbing.

Stay tuned for next month’s market update and a look at the region’s trends.

Sellers Market Appears to Stay Strong in Lake Wylie

Toronto-Real-Estate-Stock-MarketYear over year, homes in Lake Wylie are selling in less time, 117 days down from 153 days. This is 23.5% faster than a year ago per the May monthly report released by the Carolina Regional Realtor Association.

Inventory is smaller by 20.2% over the same time last year, down to 376 homes from 471. This appears to bear out the trend we have been following showing the seller’s market staying strong at the current time.

The average sales price in Lake Wylie is $368,003 with the median sales price at $329,172. However, new listings are up by 9.3% year over year with 153 new listings in May. Year-to-date 376 homes have already sold in Lake Wylie up 14% from last year when only 347 homes had been sold by the end of May.

The number of new listings was up again this month from 140 to 153, an increase of 9.3%, as more sellers are listing their homes. The number of homes sold was also up from 91 last year to 109 this year. This represents a 19.8% increase. The continuing trend is significant for both buyers and sellers.

In the City of Charlotte, the trend is still dramatic. Year over year, homes are selling in 86 days down from 97 days last year. Homes within the City are selling for an average of 97.8% of list price up from 96.5% in 2015. There are 1.9 months of inventory down from 3.1 months. There has been a 4.8% increase in new listings as more sellers are taking advantage of the seller’s market. This means there is more demand for less supply driving prices higher.

The entire Carolina MLS Region, which includes parts of South Carolina, the trend is less dramatic, but is showing the same pattern. Year over year, the inventory supply is down while sales price is up, days to close are down and new listings are up. We will have to wait and see how the market changes as the hotter months usually lead to a slow down in the cooler months. Will the sellers continue to have a great market or will the buyers begin to have the advantage? We will have to see what next month’s report has to tell us.