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.

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 


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. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

Article courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog
1/14/19
Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step! | Keeping Current MattersIn many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.
Even if you are not in an incredibly competitive market, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.
Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”
One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you through this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”
Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time
Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential homebuyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores necessary to qualify for a mortgage. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so today.

HOA DUES ASSESSMENTS HAVE GONE UP IN 2019


Villas and Carriage Homes have a lower Master Assessment than Single Family homes and have additional unit specific assessments.  The additional assessment on Carriage Homes is based on the square footage of each unit. 

Please note that some current listings on MLS are showing old assessment information.  Agents who are knowledgeable about Sun City Carolina Lakes have made the updates to existing and new listings, while some agents who may not be familiar with the community may not yet have made the changes. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CHANGES IN SCCL RECYCLING BEGIN IN JANUARY

There has been a lot of chatter about what can and cannot be recycled under the new guidelines starting this month, so I placed a call to ACTIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS and was told that the only item that can no longer be recycled is glass.  They said that the list at their website is the most current information, so here it is:



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In an article in Carolina Gateway (1/2/19), it was noted that "there will no longer be bins for plastics and glass at the county's 12 convenience sites."  And, "beginning Jan. 21, cardboard, metals, aluminum cans, tires, oils and newsprint will still be accepted..."  Since Active Waste Solutions continues to accept plastic, and the county says it won't accept plastic, I'm curious as to where Active Waste Solutions takes their recycled items. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

JANUARY IS RADON ACTION MONTH

My article appeared in the January issue of LIVING@SCCL Magazine.  Please contact me if you would like a pdf copy.



Friday, December 28, 2018

Where is the Housing Market Headed in 2019?

Information Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters/The KCM Blog


 Some Highlights:
  • ­Interest rates are projected to increase steadily throughout 2019, but buyers will still be able to lock in a rate lower than their parents or grandparents did when they bought their homes!
  • Home prices will rise at a rate of 4.8% over the course of 2019 according to CoreLogic.
  • All four major reporting agencies believe that home sales will outpace 2018!

NAR Helps Secure FEMA Reversal On New Flood Policies During Shutdown

Courtesy of The National Association of REALTORS®

In a critical win for home sales while the partial shutdown of the federal government is ongoing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will issue and renew flood insurance policies, reversing an unexpected and controversial ruling the agency released earlier this week.

"FEMA and the Administration deserve credit for hearing our concerns and acting swiftly to address them," says NAR President John Smaby. "This new decision means thousands of home sale transactions in communities across the country can go forward without interruption, as Congress intended when it renewed the flood insurance program earlier this week. Our research has shown that 40,000 home sales are lost every month that flood insurance is not available."

Congress on Dec. 21 passed legislation that extends the National Flood Insurance Program until May 31, 2019. In an unexpected policy decision, though, FEMA on Dec. 26 said it couldn't allow insurers to issue and renew federal policies while the partial government shutdown was ongoing. That ruling was unexpected because in past government shutdowns, FEMA continued to operate the program as authorized. NAR, along with other organizations, including the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, urged policy makers to reevaluate the decision. Congress expressed concern as well.

"We thank the Administration and Congress for stepping up so quickly to ensure the smooth continuation of flood insurance at a time when market disruption would be extremely hard-felt," says Shannon McGahn, NAR senior vice president of government affairs.