Waterfront sales heat up in August!

Like our weather, real estate sales heated up big time in August with the largest number of waterfront closings to date this year. On Lake Wylie, 16 waterfront homes sold, at an average price of $1.3 million. Three dockable lots closed for an average price of just over $400,000.

Still, real estate performance is lagging significantly behind last year. At a glance:
Mortgage rates are north of 7% — a full percentage point above last year — keeping some buyers on the sidelines for the moment.
In the greater Charlotte market, the number of single family home sales are down 20% from year ago, and average prices are up about 4%. Nationwide, though, signs point toward home prices cooling down a bit.
In the Charlotte area and on Lake Wylie, we are still in a seller’s market. In August, 60% of the homes in the greater Charlotte market sold at or above asking price. On Lake Wylie, half of the waterfront closings in August were at or above asking price, and those same homes were under contract the first week on the market.
In spite of a strong August, waterfront home sales on Lake Wylie are still well below the average for the past few years:
With the exception of March, monthly waterfront home sales have lagged behind the past five year average. The spike we usually see in May through July simply did not materialize. In addition to high mortgage rates, the main culprit behind the sluggish sales is the lack of listings.
There are only 33 waterfront homes on the market on Lake Wylie — and 15 of those are under contract. Only 29 lots are currently listed, with three under contract.
If you’d like to see more details about the homes and land sold this year, please visit my website pages Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your property, please give me a call.
Our team continues to lead the market in waterfront sales and expertise — #1 for well over a decade! In this fast-paced market, you’ll want the best on the lake — The Lake Wylie Man team — to advise you on pricing, marketing, and all of the special considerations of successfully selling waterfront real estate.

August update – Lake Wylie real estate

Summertime is coming to a close, and we’re seeing a small uptick in sales, with 21 waterfront homes and 7 dockable lots under contract — the highest we’ve seen all year.

However, sales activity is still much slower than “typical.” Usually, as we enter August, there are 35-40 homes under contract, and 10-15 lots. A lack of listings, rising mortgage rates, and rising prices both on and off the water have stifled sales all year. Here’s a quick glance at Lake Wylie waterfront real estate stats:

Sales in July ranged from a “cabin” on upper Lake Wylie for $685,000 to a large, 9,138 square foot home on River Oaks Road for $3.6 million. Buyers are ready to purchase homes at all price points on Lake Wylie, with about a third of the buyers paying cash (no financing.)
Prior to the pandemic, when interest rates were low, about 20% of waterfront buyers paid cash for their home purchases.
Typically, sales for Lake Wylie waterfront properties peak in summer months. This year has been an anomaly:
In the chart above, the blue line represents the average number of waterfront home closings by month over the past five years, and the green line represents 2023 closings by month. With the number of pending sales “in the hopper,” we expect to see a peak in August/September, though the numbers will be well below the 5-year average. 
The number of listings available still lags significantly behind demand. Properly priced homes and land are selling quickly, and buyers are still waiting in the wings. To see details on recent waterfront sales, please visit my webpages Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
I’d love to talk to you about your property if you have any questions or are interested in a valuation. The Lake Wylie Man continues to lead the waterfront market on Lake Wylie, and no other Realtor in the area has as much experience selling Lake Wylie waterfront. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mid-year Lake Wylie real estate update

Hope everyone had a fun 4th of July! We’re midway through the year, and real estate sales on Lake Wylie are the slowest they’ve been in over a decade. However — unlike during the recession years — sales are quite brisk for any properties listed. The average time on market for waterfront homes is just about a month, with half of the sales occurring within the first week of listing.
Prices continue to climb, though at a slower rate than earlier in the pandemic.
Take a look at sales trends through June for Lake Wylie homes and land:
In the chart above, the blue bars represent the number of dockable waterfront homes sold in the first half of each year, and the red bars represent dockable lots. This year’s sales are the lowest in over a decade, with home sales down 42% and lot sales down 74% in comparison to last year.
The average number of waterfront home listings by month for 2023 is down 24% from last year — which were at record lows at the time. Currently, there are only 35 dockable homes on the market, and 19 of those are under contract, leaving just 16 available. There are only 29 dockable lots on the market, with 3 under contract.
With rising mortgage rates and tight inventory in many markets across the country, homeowners are choosing to stay put when they are able. However, most of those who are entering the market are realizing significant gains on the sale of their properties, as prices have continued to rise:
In the chart above, the red line represents the average price of dockable homes each year, and the blue line represents the average price of waterfront lots. Homes closed this year have an average price of $1,260,000.
The typical waterfront home at that price is about 25 years old, under 3700 square feet, with a nice view or location. Prior to the pandemic, that same house would have been priced between $700-$800,000.
In today’s market, a home priced $750-999k averages 40 years old, and is under 2600 square feet.
Larger homes with premium outdoor amenities including pools, covered porch living areas and/or outdoor kitchens are selling for $1.5 million plus.
Waterfront lot prices have also increased, averaging $430,000 this year to date.
Take a look at Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales for more details on this year’s market activity.
We are in the prime selling season, with summer months typically the highest in sales on the lake:
In the chart above, the blue line represents a 5-year average for waterfront home sales by month. The green line represents the current year. Typically closings peak in July/August. We expect a similar trend this year, though the totals will be much lower than average.
It’s a sellers’ market, and those who tend to benefit most are homeowners looking to downsize, people who own more than one home and are ready to simplify, and sellers who are moving to markets that have not experienced as much demand as we have seen in our area.
If you’d like to talk more about your opportunities, I’d love to help. The Lake Wylie Man team of Realtors has led the market for the past 15 years, and our experience and expertise are unparalleled. I look forward to hearing from you!

The summertime market is here

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying some time outside and on the lake. We’ve been gearing up as we enter the busiest time of year for real estate sales: Summertime! It is still very much a “sellers’ market,” with more buyer demand than our current inventory levels can handle. Many of our recent listings (on and off the water) were under contract in under a week, several with multiple offers.

At a Glance

Waterfront activity is down significantly this year compared to 2022 — mainly because listings are limited. The number of waterfront home listings is down 38% compared to May 2022 — and inventory was at a record low THEN. The strain on supply is driving up prices. Some buyers are being priced out of the market, but there are still plenty of buyers with cash or financing in place and ready to purchase.

Listing Inventory Trend

The chart above depicts the number of listings over the past five years, with the blue line representing waterfront homes and the red line representing dockable lots on Lake Wylie. Inventory has declined dramatically, resulting in more competition among buyers and higher prices overall.
We have seen buyers with much bigger budgets in the past few years. From 2015 – 2020, there were only three homes on Lake Wylie with closing prices in excess of $2 million. Since late 2021, eleven homes sold for $2 million plus, including two in the $3 million range (off Lake Wylie Road in Lake Wylie) and one for $5 million (The Sanctuary).
Waterfront lot prices are also hitting all-time highs on Lake Wylie — with the average price in the low $400’s and a couple of lots in the past year commanding prices up to $800,000. Buyers are also purchasing lots with older “cabins” or small homes, paying premium prices for premium views — to either enjoy as weekend getaways or to build larger, primary homes on the lots.
Check out recent sales across the lake on my web pages, Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
Please call me if you have questions or wish to discuss your property in more detail. If you are considering selling your home, I’ll be glad to provide an evaluation and help you market your property for the best outcome. Thanks for reading, and have a great May!

First Quarter 2023 Lake Wylie Real Estate update

Real estate sales are starting to pick up — in spite of record low inventory. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen several new listings snatched up in under a week, with multiple offers. Buyer demand is still quite strong, outpacing supply — a trend we’ve seen for a couple of years now.
Because of the strain on available listings (inventory), sales for the first quarter are well below last year’s:
In the chart above, the blue bar represents the number of dockable waterfront homes sold on Lake Wylie during the first quarter of each year, and the red bar represents waterfront lots.
Compared to 2022, the number of home sales is down 21% and the number of lot sales is down 57%. Available home listings are down 30% vs. last year — which at the time was a record low. The good news for sellers is that, when properly priced, their home is likely to sell quickly.
Inventory shortages are also an issue for waterfront lots. Currently, there are only 25 listed.
In the general market surrounding Lake Wylie, single-family home sales are down 27% compared to last year. Prices are holding steady — with homes selling at an average of $197 per square foot, up only 3% compared to last year.
Waterfront prices continue to climb for both lots and homes:
In the chart above, the red line represents average price paid for waterfront homes on Lake Wylie during first quarter of each year. The climb since the beginning of the pandemic has been sharp and steady — waterfront home prices are up 57% since 2020, and rose 6% over last year to an average of almost $1.2 million.
Lake Wylie waterfront lot prices are up 49% since 2020, with an average sales price of just over $400k — however much of that growth has been driven by premium pricing in McLean developments. About 45% of the sales in the past year and a half have been McLean properties, with an average price in the high $400’s. Inventory shortages have also contributed to price hikes.
We are entering the key sales periodfor waterfront real estate:
In the chart above, the blue line represents the average number of waterfront homes sold over the past five years, and the green line represents this year’s sales.
June through August typically have the highest number of closings. With most closings occurring about 6 weeks or so from the date of the offer, summer closings reflect offer dates beginning in mid-April.
For sellers interested in listing their homes, now is a great time. Spring fever turns buyers minds toward lake fun — and there is no better way to enjoy the lake than living waterside. The Lake Wylie Man team finished in the top sales spot for waterfront property last year — as we have for the past 15 years. Our experience in handling waterfront transactions on Lake Wylie is unparalleled, and you can rely on us to know the regulations and special considerations of buying and selling lake property.
Give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your property. Many thanks!

Spring is almost here! Real estate update

The calendar may not say spring yet, but Mother Nature seems to have different ideas. The warm weather is bringing folks out on the lake!

Typically our real estate market warms up in early spring, and recent listings have garnered quick interest: Fourteen waterfront homes have been listed since the first of the year, and eight of those are already under contract.

However, Lake Wylie sales performance year-to-date is lagging significantly behind the last two years, and listing inventory is down as well. Through the end of February, numbers are as follows:

Off the lake, trends are similar. The number of homes sold in the greater Lake Wylie area (including Belmont, Charlotte and York County) is down 35% from last year, and the number of listings are down 23%.
The average time on market is lengthening in the general market, with homes in the area taking an average of 53 days to go under contract, compared to just 19 days a year ago.
With mortgage rates at their highest point in 20 years, and home prices at record highs, some buyers have been priced out of the market for the moment. Slower sales will put pressure on sellers to lower prices, and the buyers — particularly those with cash to purchase — will be in a better position.
Lakefront sales outlook
Lakefront sellers still have an excellent opportunity to profit from the sale of their homes. Both on and off the lake, home prices are up more than 50% compared to pre-pandemic. Waterfront property is premium priced, and this increase translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars above many sellers’ original purchase amount — which can be very advantageous for those wanting to downsize, sell a second home or move off the lake.
Demand for lake property is still strong. In this dynamic market, it is important to work with a seasoned Realtor who specializes in waterfront property. For well over a decade, the Lake Wylie Man has outsold all other real estate agents on Lake Wylie. You can rely on me and my team to help you market your property successfully. Please give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your home or lot.

A sleepy start to 2023

With the warm temperatures this week, it is easy to get spring fever. Spring will be here before we know it, and that typically kicks off the top-selling season for real estate, both on and off the lake.

January closings on Lake Wylie were quite sleepy. Only two dockable waterfront homes sold — one for $1.7 million in Rock Hill, and one for $700k on Withers Cove. There are 13 waterfront homes under contract, though 8 of those are under construction and have been “pending” for a while.

No dockable waterfront lots closed in January, and three are under contract.

The number of homes and lots available for sale on the lake continues to be low, and newly listed properties receive quick attention from potential buyers.

Off the lake in our area, the number of home sales in the last three months are down 28% in comparison to the year before. The average home price is about $475,000, up 6% from the previous year’s average. The majority of homes are still selling in the first 30 days, though the average time on market is stretching a little longer these days.

Both on and off the lake, inventory shortages and rising prices — plus increasing mortgage rates, are pumping the brakes a bit on the market. Buyers are still out there, though. The lack of inventory has not satisfied demand in recent months.

If you have questions about the market or would like to discuss your property, I’d be happy to help. The Lake Wylie Man has successfully closed hundreds and hundreds of lakefront properties in all kinds of market conditions, and you can count on us to navigate your real estate transaction toward the best outcome for all.

To check out recent sales on Lake Wylie, visit my webpages Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.

If you missed our detailed year-end report, hop on my webpage Market Update to check it out.

Have a great February and I look forward to hearing from you!


Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and wish you all the best in the coming year.
Real estate sales on Lake Wylie ended 2022 in a bit of a fizzle, with just three waterfront homes and two waterfront lots closing in December. It didn’t come as a surprise, as sales and available inventory have been on the decline since early in the year. However, in spite of the number of home closings being down 33% from 2021, dollar sales were down just 13% — because the homes that DID sell were at average prices 30% ABOVE last year.
Take a look at the remarkable trends of 2022:
In the chart above, the blue lines represent the number of waterfront homes closed on Lake Wylie each year, and the red lines represent dockable lots. After four years of home sales on the rise from 2018 – 2021, 2022 sales fell 33% from the previous year. Lot sales, which tend to fluctuate more from year to year, were also down in 2022.
Limited inventory was the primary culprit for the decline in sales. 
In 2022, the average number of waterfront homes listed over the 12-month period was just 36, compared to 100 homes available on average in 2019, before the pandemic. There were only 25 lots listed in the average month in 2022, compared to 93 in 2019.
Demand far exceeded supply. Prior to the pandemic, the average waterfront home sold had been on the market about 4 months prior to going under contract. This past year, the average was about one month. Many homes went under contract within the first week, often at or above full asking price, with multiple offers commonplace
While the trend of multiple offers has slowed, sellers still have the opportunity to realize significant gains when selling their correctly priced homes — pent-up demand is still high and inventory is extremely low.
Average prices on the lake continue to climb:
The red line represents the average waterfront home price on Lake Wylie, and the blue line represents lot prices. In 2022, the average closing price for homes was $1.2 million, up almost $300,000 from last year.
Part of the reason is available listings: the tightening inventory is most pronounced in the low-to-moderate priced homes. In addition, home prices have skyrocketed.
We have to be careful when comparing price per square foot for one waterfront home vs. another, as many factors affect price: the lot type (main channel vs. cove), water depth and quality, location on the lake, surrounding properties, size and quality of dock and other outdoor features — in addition to the traditional size, age and style of home, level of finish, number of bedrooms, kitchen and bath features, etc.
Looking at general trends, however, it can be helpful to evaluate rising prices relative to average square footage. In 2022, the average price per square foot for waterfront homes on Lake Wylie was $340 — about double that of a home not on the water. The price per square foot rose 20% over 2021 homes— partially due to a shift towards more luxury priced homes, and partially due to a shift in prices due to a shortage of supply and increase in demand, and general inflation.
Compared to pre-pandemic, the price per square foot for Lake Wylie waterfront is up just over 60%.
The next chart shows the dramatic shift in home sales by price point:
Above, each set of bars represents the breakout of sales by price point, according to the percentage of sales falling into segments: under $500k (blue), $500-$699k (red), $700-$999k (green) and over $1 million (purple). Just five years ago, the majority of sales were in the moderately priced $500-$699k segment, with the $1 million+ falling well behind other price points. This year, the bulk of sales (60%) were homes priced over $1 million.
Five years ago, some of these million-dollar homes would have been priced in the $600’s and $700’s. Rising prices have pushed those homes into what once was a “luxury” priced segment. Another factor, though, is a more pronounced shortage in listings in more moderately priced homes.
Entry level pricing on the lake has risen to over half a million dollars, but many buyers do not understand what those dollars will buy. A waterfront home priced around $600k will be an average of 40 years old, with about 2,000 square feet. The average waterfront home priced in the mid $800’s will be about the same age, with 2,600 square feet.
For $1.5 million, the buyer can expect a 20 year old home with about 4,400 square feet — a nice view and larger dock, gourmet kitchen and some outdoor living spaces.
Cabin sales on Lake Wylie
As the lake area becomes more developed, the “river cabins” of the past have evolved. Years ago, most of the properties on Lake Wylie were used only on the weekends, and were very simple in nature — a bedroom or two, no central air-conditioning, built of cinder-blocks or wood. These properties were often on premium lots, main channel or wide open views. As the lake real estate shifted to accommodate full-time residents, some of these cabins remained, and many have been updated and remodeled over the years.
Buyers purchase these properties to use as “weekenders” — or remove the original cabin to build a permanent home on the premium lots. Cabin prices have been on the rise for the past couple of years:
In the chart above, the blue bar represents the NUMBER of “cabin” properties sold, and the red line represents the price. In 2022, 16 cabins sold with an average price of about $750,000 — up significantly from the low $400’s price pre-pandemic.
“Cabins” are generally small (this year’s average size was 1400 square feet), with 2 bedrooms. Most had been extensively updated.
Other Lake Wylie Trends:
  • New construction on the lake is on the rise. Seven newly built homes closed in 2022, and there are an additional seven under contract. (Note: these numbers are homes listed on the MLS – – the numbers are much higher when considering private sales and homes built for those who purchase lots and build.) New construction has only recently bounced back from recession days.
  • Tega Cay is hot! The average home price in 2022 was $1.1 million — but the average size of home sold was just under 2,000 square feet, yielding the highest price per square foot on the lake. Some of the original homes in Tega Cay have been extensively updated and remodeled, and the location is highly desirable among buyers.
  • The highest average priced homes sold in the York area of Lake Wylie ($1.4 million), followed by Charlotte ($1.3 million). Rock Hill had the lowest average priced waterfront home (just under $800k).
  • Most of the waterfront lot sales are still in Belmont, the most underdeveloped area of the lake. Most of the lots sold in Belmont were in McLean developments, priced at a premium.
Check out more details on recent Lake Wylie property sales on my webpages: Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
If you have any questions about Lake Wylie real estate, or would like to talk about your property, please give me a call. Once again, for each year during past decade and a half, The Lake Wylie Man team has led the market on Lake Wylie, outselling every other Realtor on waterfront properties. You can count on our expertise to navigate the special considerations regarding waterfront properties and lead you to the best outcome.

Lake Wylie real estate news

Here’s hoping everyone is enjoying the beginning of the holiday season on Lake Wylie. It’s always fun to go to the annual boat parade, and ride around looking at the lights on and off the lake.
We had a little uptick in waterfront home closings in November, approaching normal sales levels after several months of lagging behind. We expect to end the year with the total number of waterfront home sales about 30% below last year’s sales, but dollar sales just 10% below last year’s.
The average sale price for lakefront homes this year has topped $1.2 million — compared to about $925k last year. Two factors contribute to the increase in price:
  • The lack of supply (number of listings available) and increase in demand for homes has driven prices up, up, up. We’ve tracked some sales of the same homes changing hands two or more times in a 4-year period, with prices rising 25-40% with little to no improvements made on the properties.
  • The number of listings in lower-to-moderate priced waterfront homes has declined more dramatically than for luxury priced homes. With less availability in the lower price segments, the proportion of sales in the higher brackets has increased, thereby resulting in higher average price for the homes sold.
Sales by Month – Waterfront Homes on Lake Wylie
Ten waterfront homes closed in November, with an average price of just over $1.2 million. The highest priced home was an 11,000 square foot home on Youngblood Road, which sold for $2.8 million. The lowest price was a 1,775 square foot home in Paradise Point (Belmont) which closed at $590,000.
One waterfront cabin on River Oaks Road in Lake Wylie sold for $875,000. Built in 1969, with three small bedrooms and a total of 1,363 square feet, the cabin is located in a highly desirable location on a premium 1.3 acre lot with about 350’ of shoreline and a panoramic view. We’ve seen a number of cabins sell for top dollar in the past year or so, with offerings such as this one providing buyers flexibility to enjoy a weekend retreat and potentially convert the property to a building site for a permanent home at a later date.
There have been a number of sales this year in the “original” area of Tega Cay, with homes built in the early 1970s, usually under 2,500 square feet. Prices for these homes average in the mid-$700’s, almost $360 per square foot. Just prior to the pandemic, homes such as these sold in the mid-$500’s, $220 per square foot.
There are currently 13 waterfront homes under contract — with half of those under construction or not yet started. The number of available listings has continued to dwindle, with only 31 homes currently listed — just one-third the number listed pre-pandemic. Until supply catches up with demand, we’ll see prices remain high and buyers competing for new listings.
Waterfront lot sales trends are similar to home sale trends. The number of listing is at an all time low, with just 21 lots on the market. Seven of those are under contract, with 2-4 likely to close by year end. The average price for waterfront lots on Lake Wylie is just over $400,000, up $60,000 compared to last year.
For sellers — particularly those who own undeveloped waterfront lots or second homes on the lake — it is a very good time to consider selling. There is unmet demand from the current pool of buyers.
Buyers will find the market continually competitive in coming months. New listings are moving quickly, as demand outpaces supply. The advice from a seasoned realtor is invaluable in determining the value of the property, best strategies to secure the purchase and considerations as we move toward a successful closing.
The Lake Wylie Man team has achieved #1 sales in Lake Wylie Waterfront each year for well over a decade, and we have navigated hundreds of lakefront closings, encountering almost every situation imaginable. Waterfront real estate transactions include steps and considerations not encountered in properties off the lake, and you’ll want a lake expert in your corner. You can rely on our expertise throughout the process.
To view more details about recent sales on Lake Wylie, visit my

webpages, Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales. Let me know if you have questions.

Slowdown in Lake Wylie real estate

As we begin the final quarter of 2022, we’re seeing a dramatic slowdown in the Lake Wylie real estate market. It comes as no surprise. For the past couple of years, the supply of homes on the market has dwindled, particularly in the lower and mid-priced brackets. Rising interest rates and inflation have added to the complexity of the market.

Since July, waterfront home sales on Lake Wylie have lagged behind the four-year average by month:

In the chart above, the green line represents the number of waterfront homes sold on Lake Wylie by month, and the blue line represents the average “norm” — based on the past four years of sales. Lakefront home sales for 2022 are lagging 30% behind last year’s sales to date.

Dollar sales are down less than 10% in comparison to last year’s, however, as the average sale is  about $1.2 million — a record high on Lake Wylie. Even lake “cabins,” older properties intended for weekend or vacation use, have reached an average price of over $700,000. A few cabins with large acreage and/or big views have topped the $1 million mark in this cash-rich marketplace. We’re seeing buyers with deep pockets in a highly competitive market.

Waterfront lot sales are down as well — 40% below last year’s sales through the end of October. The average price is $400,000 for a waterfront lot, up 16% compared to a year ago. Squeezed inventory levels have limited supply, with strong demand, driving up prices on all waterfront lots. Half of the waterfront lot sales this year are in premium-priced McLean developments, further increasing the average price.

List it, and buyers will come . . . 

New listings are still receiving quick attention from buyers — and the majority of homes sold this year were under contract within a week of listing.  Some sellers are cashing in on the hot market. We’ve seen several homes change hands more than once within a couple years or so, realizing hefty profits with simple cosmetic updates (or no updates at all.) 

Check out detailed information for this year’s sales on my web pages, Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales. If you’d like to discuss your options, I’d love to help. Once again, The Lake Wylie Man is leading the market in waterfront sales. You can rely on our expertise for the best outcome in your real estate transactions.