Charlotte is the second fasting growing city in the country. North Carolina is the sixth fastest growing state. Home sales activity in the greater Charlotte market continue to be quite strong in terms of both dollars and units. The areas, on and around Lake Norman in particular, have seen a strong increase in activity and prices, coupled with a major decrease in inventory on hand. Multiple offers are no longer uncommon. This is still considered an affordable housing market and there are still good values to be found, but competition for good properties is strong in this Sellers' market. Homes in popular neighborhoods sell very quickly.
These three charts for the last 5 years sum up what I've seen. This is for single family homes across all price ranges on or within about 10 minutes of Lake Norman. Demand continues to increase, while number of homes for sale decreases. That leads to fewer days on market and homes selling for close to asking price, or more! Buyers want to be prepared to jump when they find the right home and make a strong offer. Working with an agent that knows the market is essential.
The percentage of properties sold recently that were either Foreclosures or Short Sales is staying around 1.2%. This has become such an insignificant percentage of total home sales that it is not worthy of much discussion.
The Charts below tell the story.
2017 stats show a continued strong market with all indicators up: more sales, increased prices, lower inventory, fewer days on market, and fewer distressed sales. The average sales price was 96.9% of the original list price.
These stats are for the entire greater Charlotte market. Sub-sections of the market, such as Lake Norman waterfront, can have significantly different data.
Based on information from the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. for the entire MLS area.
Growing: Census data for 2000 to 2010 verifies what we all sensed. The greater Charlotte urban area (which includes the Lake Norman area) grew by 64.6%. That's the largest increase in the country for areas with one million people or more. Surrounding counties also saw large population growth. This area continues to be one of the most popular destinations for people moving by choice.
There are always some home sellers that are motivated to deal for one reason or another. Buyers who are educated and have cash or loan pre-approvals and are able to close quickly without contingencies will get the best deals. The opportunities are still very good for home buyers in the Charlotte area who work with an experienced Agent that knows the market.
While rates change daily, Lenders are still reporting rates under 5% on 30-year fixed rate conforming mortgages. Lots of mortgage options and terms are being offered. I can suggest lenders that can explain all of your options and will compete for your business. Don't delay. Rates are on the rise.
Charlotte is a year-round housing market. With over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies having major offices in Charlotte, there are always people being transferred in and out of the area. Buyers can usually find a decent selection of homes for sale at all times of the year, but like everywhere, the inventory of available homes peaks just before schools let out. With the peak in inventory comes a much bigger increase in the number of buyers competing for the best properties. There is no one best time to be a buyer.
Depending on where you are moving from, you may or may not find the housing market here different from what you are accustomed to. As your Buyer's Agent, I will guide you through all the options available to you.
Waterfront homes sell for a premium in all markets, and the greater Charlotte market is no exception. Lake Norman ranks as the number one lakefront market in the entire southeast. However, there are still decent values on waterfront property to be had. The key is to work with an agent that really understands the market and be prepared to act quickly. I monitor the entire waterfront segment very closely. Contact me today if you'd like assistance finding the best waterfront deals in this market.
Just to give you some idea:
The "average" waterfront stick-built homes (not mobile/modular) with a dock/pier on Lake Norman sold in 2018 south of the State Park was: a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 4730 square foot home, built it 1995, and sold for $1,247,954.
There are very few decent vacant waterfront lots available any more. We are seeing a marked increase in the price of waterfront homes being bought as tear-downs. It is fairly common now for buyers at Lake Norman to spend $500,000 to $800,000 on a property that includes an older or mobile home or that they plan to tear-down to build a new waterfront home. I have had folks spend hundreds of thousands for a property with plans tear-down the existing home.
...it's rarely a foreclosure. No matter what you are looking for I can help. Your first home? Your dream home? Down-sizing? Bare land to build on? Condo or townhome? Investment property? No matter what your budget, I will find you the best deals available anywhere, in the greater Charlotte, or Lake Norman market. I can tell you the average prices of homes sold in your target areas. For example, if you want to buy a 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a 2-car garage off-water in Huntersville, but you can only afford to spend $275,000 (10.2% below the market average), I will show you all of your options, but you may need to prioritize your wish-list. Expect there to be trade-offs in every budget. Larger lots, for instance, can greatly increase the cost of a home in this market where land is at a premium. When we meet to start seeing homes, I will provide you with much more detailed market information specific to your home preferences. I will work with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed buying decision and an investment that will appreciate. No matter how long it takes, I will find the house that is "meant-to-be" yours!
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