Monday, April 21, 2025

THANKS FOR VISITING POOK'S SUN CITY CAROLINA LAKES NEWS!

Pook's Sun City Carolina Lakes News is both a website and a blog.  It contains up-to-date information about Sun City Carolina Lakes, a premier 55+ Active Adult Del Webb golf course community located in the panhandle of Lancaster County South Carolina, just a short distance south of the Ballantyne Area of beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina.  Looking for an affordable active lifestyle?  Sun City Carolina Lakes is the 55+ community for you!

The tabs above provide access to a wealth of information about Sun City Carolina Lakes and include up-to date stats for real estate sales in the community, as well as links to places and resources that you'll want to visit often.  

Want to search for homes for sale in Sun City Carolina Lakes?  Begin your search for Sun City Carolina Lakes resale homes right here!  Using the same property search tab, you can also search for homes for sale at two nearby 55+ Active Adult communities - TreeTops by Lennar and Carolina Orchards by Pulte.  Or, better yet, contact me to create a personalized search for you through the Carolina Multiple Listing Service (CMLS).  Doing so will create a portal that will allow you access to all that's out there.  If you would like me to create a personalized search for you with automatic updates, please contact me. 

As a blog, this site contains great articles and infographics about real estate and other topics of interest.  You'll want to come back regularly to see what's new!  

Blog postings are found just below this message, with newer postings at the top and older postings further down.  Since there is a limit to how many postings appear on a page, you will need to click on "older posts" (lower right corner of each page) to see older posts that do not currently appear on the main page. There are lots of posts hiding there... don't miss them!  You can also find postings by going to the ARCHIVE on the left sidebar.

Please be sure to go to my HELEN ADAMS REALTY website for more great information.  That website also allows you to search for homes, as well as check out mortgage and warranty information, and much more!

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Please use the above tab labeled  
ACTIVE / UNDER CONTRACT / SOLD YTD
to view all currently Active, Under Contact, 
and Sold (Year-to-Date) listings in Sun City Carolina Lakes.  

Use the above tab labeled
UP-TO-DATE STATS FOR SCCL
to view the most current sales stats for
 New Listings, # of Homes for Sale, Pending Sales, Closed Sales, Average Days on Market, Months Supply of Homes for Sale, Average Days List to Close, and Average Percent of Original Price. Includes interactive graphs with monthly data going back to 2015.
 

Thursday, April 10, 2025

LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF...


I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is “Pook” Bellini and I’m a REALTOR® with HELEN ADAMS REALTY.  I am licensed in South Carolina and specialize in our beautiful Sun City Carolina Lakes community.  Prior to moving to South Carolina, I was an active REALTOR® in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Arizona area since 2005.  

Please click on the "ABOUT POOK" tab above for my entire bio.

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BLOG POSTINGS BEGIN BELOW
Since there is a limit to how many postings appear on a page, you will need to click on "older posts" (lower right corner of each page) to see previous posts. There are lots of posts hiding there... don't miss them!  Alternatively, you can go to the BLOG ARCHIVE on the left sidebar and search for postings by date and title.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 4.4% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts that home values will be 4.6% higher.

With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little OVER market value to leave room for negotiation will actually dramatically decrease the number of buyers who will see their listing! (see the chart below)Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)? | Keeping Current Matters

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price their house so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing so, the seller will not be negotiating with a buyer over the price, but will instead have multiple buyers competing with each other over the house.

The key to selling your house in 2019 is making sure your house is Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)! That way, your home will be seen by the most buyers and will sell at a great price before more competition comes to market!

Bottom Line

If you are debating listing your house for sale, meet with a local real estate professional who can help price your home appropriately for your area and maximize your exposure this Spring Market!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low!

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at their lowest for 2019. Rates like these haven’t been seen since February 2018!
Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low! | Keeping Current MattersLast week’s survey results reported an interest rate of 4.35%. This is a welcome change from the near 5% rates seen in mid-November. At 4.32%, the second week of February 2018 was the last time rates were this low. This can be seen in the chart below.
Interest Rates Hit New 12 Month Low! | Keeping Current Matters
Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater, had this to say:
“Mortgage rates fell for the third consecutive week, continuing the general downward trend that began late last year.
Wages are growing on par with home prices for the first time in years, and with more inventory available, spring home sales should help the market begin to recover from the malaise of the last few months.”

Bottom Line

If you plan on buying a home this spring, meet with a local real estate professional who can help prepare you for today’s market before rates increase!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Short Closings Can Happen!

While we typically look at 30- to 45-day closings when there is a loan involved, it IS possible for a faster closing.  I am delighted to share that a recent offer by one of my clients closed in 19 days!  Not every lender can get you through the process that quickly, but with some it can be done.  The key to making it work is GETTING ALL REQUESTED DOCUMENTS TO THE LENDER AND CLOSING ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY.  Any delay on your part will slow down the process.  Of course, there can be reasons that a Seller can't close that quickly, but that's a different topic.  When a home is vacant, Sellers are usually happy to get it closed quickly.    

Thank you to Melissa Messick, Senior Loan Officer at Movement Mortgage, for sharing the following information.  Please contact me if you would like a pdf copy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

WHAT KIND OF MARKET ARE WE IN?

Home Inventory Determines What Kind of Market We Are In
Months of supply is the measure of how many months it would take for the current inventory of homes on the market to sell, given the current pace of home sales. For example, if there are 50 homes on the market and 10 homes selling each month, there is a 5 month supply of homes for sale.

  • Less than 6 months of inventory = Seller's Market with upward pressure on prices
  • More than 6 months of inventory = Buyer's Market with downward pressure on prices

Monday, February 11, 2019

Thinking of Selling Your House? This is the Perfect Time!

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that is a good strategy this year.

The other listings that come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market during this season in comparison to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed the months during which most people listed their homes for sale in 2018. This graphic shows the results:
Thinking of Selling Your House? This is a Perfect Time! | Keeping Current Matters
The three months in the second quarter of the year (represented in red) are consistently the most popular months for sellers to list their homes on the market. Last year, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,520,000.

That number spiked to 1,870,000 by May!

What does this mean to you?

With the national job situation improving and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now.

Bottom Line

If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers. Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market and list your home today!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

SCCL SALES STATS & CURRENT LISTINGS - 2/10/19

SCCL Stats are updated regularly... Use the links below or the tabs at the top of this page to check in frequently for the most current information. 

to view all currently Active, Under Contact, 
and Sold (Year-to-Date) listings in Sun City Carolina Lakes.  
UP-TO-DATE STATS FOR SCCL
to view the most current sales stats for New Listings, # of Homes for Sale, 
Pending Sales, Closed Sales, Average Days on Market, Months Supply of Homes for Sale, Average Days List to Close, and Average Percent of Original Price. 
Includes interactive graphs with monthly data going back to 2015.


The following information is current as of 2/10/19.

UP-TO-DATE STATS FOR SCCL 


Monday, January 28, 2019

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As an example, here is what happened to housing inventory at the beginning of 2018:
Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring To Sell | Keeping Current Matters
Putting your home on the market now, rather than waiting for increased competition in the spring, might make a lot of sense.

Bottom Line

Buyers in the market during the winter are truly motivated purchasers and they want to buy now. With limited inventory currently available in most markets, sellers are in a great position to negotiate.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

SCCL Trail Improvements (??)

Below is information that was included in FSR's Friday Flash this past week.
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As an avid walker, I was really disappointed to learn that some of my favorite trails are being replaced with concrete.  I'm wondering why it's being done, who made the decision to do it, and at what cost.  Aside from the high cost of concrete, it also comes with maintenance issues, can be very hard on knees and other joints, and it's not aesthetically pleasing, especially when you want to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature. 

In search of some "concrete" information (Pun intended.), I contacted Peter Gertler of the SCCL Group of Informed Owners (GIO).  Here is Peter's reply:
There is inadequate drainage, hard rock, and slopes under some of the trails which causes the asphalt to heave and break. Estimated life with asphalt 3-5 years. Estimated life with concrete at least 10 years. The Board negotiated an agreement with Pulte wherein Pulte would contribute the cost of asphalt and the Association would pay the difference to install concrete on those trails.

When I asked if there was any opposition, here was his reply: 
No opposition, but then there was no real opportunity to comment.  The Board approved this in a private session sometime in the recent past. It is not more expensive because Pulte is fronting the base installation cost.  The only thing the Association is paying is the up cost for forms.  According to the report, the concrete will last 3 times longer than the asphalt.  
I walked the Fair View Trail today and, following last night's rain, there was debris on some parts and the sod was pretty soaked.  Some of the former vegetation (including grasses, bushes, small trees) along the "trail" (sidewalk) has been removed and, while it's nice, it's not the rustic trail it was before.  I'm sure once the grass and other vegetation is in place the current standing water will be better managed and the final look will be pleasant.  Just gonna miss the "trail" feel.  Sad that they'll be doing the same to the Hawk's View trail next.