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. 
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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. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move.

New research from realtor.com shows that the first week of April is actually the best time to list your house for sale! The report used “trends in median listing prices, views per property on realtor.com, home price drops, median days on market, and number of listings on the market over the last three years,” to determine a ranking for every week of the year.

Listing your home in the first week of April contributes 14x more property views, 5% less competition from other home sellers, and results in the home being sold 6 days faster!
Below is a graph indicating the average score for each month of the year.

It should come as no surprise that April and May dominate as the top months to sell. The second quarter of the year (April, May, June) is referred to as the Spring Buyers Season, when competition is fierce to find a dream home, often leading to bidding wars.

However, there is one caveat worth mentioning. When broken down by metro, realtor.com noticed that while warmer climates share an overall trend, they have different top sales months. The best month to get the most exposure in Miami, FL, for instance, is August, while in Phoenix, AZ, June leads the charge.

If you’re thinking of selling your home this year, the time to list is NOW! According to the National Association of Realtors, 41% of homes sold last month were on the market for less than 30 days! If you list now, you’ll have a really good chance to sell in April or May, setting yourself up for the most exposure!

Bottom Line

Contact a local real estate professional who can show you the market conditions in your area to get the most exposure to the buyers ready and willing to make a move!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

While we've had more than our fair share of rain over the past few months and we may be growing weary of soggy yards and green pollen, there is a definite upside to all of the rain - our trees and plants are loving it!  

Although blossoms have already fallen from many of the flowering trees, the dogwoods are now in bloom, and all of the trees are popping their beautiful greenery.  All of these signs of Spring are reminders that it's time to take care of our seasonal maintenance and prepare ourselves for the warmer weather that lies ahead.

Infographic Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

Some Highlights:


  • Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC!
  • Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year.
  • Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can help!

Here are some visual tips for Springtime maintenance, courtesy of HGTV:
http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/10-home-maintenance-tips-for-spring-pictures
Be sure to click on "View the Gallery" to see the tips. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today's Real Estate Market

Article Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog
The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest rates and home prices!

The best way to show what’s really going on in today’s real estate market is to go straight to the data! We put together the following three graphs along with a quote from Chief Economists that have their finger on the pulse of what each graph illustrates.

Interest Rates: 

“The real estate market is thawing in response to the sustained decline in mortgage rates and rebound in consumer confidence – two of the most important drivers of home sales. Rising sales demand coupled with more inventory than previous spring seasons suggests that the housing market is in the early stages of regaining momentum.”Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mae

Income:

“A powerful combination of lower mortgage rates, more inventory, rising income and higher consumer confidence is driving the sales rebound.”Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR

Home Prices:

“Price growth has been too strong for several years, fueled in part by abnormally low interest rates. A mild deceleration in home sales and Home Price Index growth is actually healthy, because it will calm excessive price growth — which has pushed many markets, particularly in the West, into overvalued territory.” – Ralph DeFranco, Global Chief Economist at Arch Capital Services Inc.

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Bottom Line 

These three graphs indicate good news for the spring housing market! Interest rates are low, income is rising, and home prices have experienced mild deceleration over the last 9 months. If you are considering buying a home or selling your house, contact a local real estate professional that can help you understand this data at the local level and its impact on you.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

TREE TOPS by LENNAR - New sites being released March 30th

Lennar is offering its last Summit site release until summer.  Summit slab sites are releasing this Saturday, March 30th at 10:00 a.m. for builds.  These long-awaited sites #492 through #498 are all along Tranquility Blvd. and back to a private treed view!  
Lennar also has many great inventory homes available.  There are some well-priced homes (some with basements or lofts) ready now and others that will be ready over the next few months.  Contact me for up-to-date information on these inventory homes.
Remember that Sales Agents represent the builder, not the Buyer, and it is in your best interest to have your own representation. Anyone interested in visiting a new subdivision like TreeTops should always make their first visit with their personal Agent or bring their Agent's business card to present to the Sales Agent.  As an Accredited Buyer's Representative with a great working knowledge of the TreeTops community, I am committed to taking care of your best interests. Please call me before visiting TreeTops. I have up-to-date information on currently available inventory, as well as lot information and model-specific information for new builds.

Click HERE for current MLS listings at TreeTops by Lennar.  Note that there may be additional homes that are not currently on MLS.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Information Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog

Some Highlights:

  • When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible!
  • There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens!
  • Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can help!

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