Happy New Year’s – Welcome 2013!

Looking back on 2012, we have seen a real turn around in the local real estate market at Lake Norman, NC!  Property owners that once thought it would be impossible to sell their homes have seen buyers rolling in with contracts!

Of course when Thanksgiving grew close, the market started to quiet and has remained that way up to now, but prior to the emergence of the holidays, there were more buyers than homes on the market.

I experienced many multiple offers on homes I had listed and it was certainly a treat for the sellers!  Prices have not increased, but in most cases the seller is not giving away everything to make a deal work out.

At the end of every year, most sellers make a mistake by coming off the market for the holidays and winter months.  It has become quite a tradition among sellers in this area.  We have such a mild climate that buyers are out there every month of the year.  The benefit of a seller staying on the market is that there are far fewer houses listed, so the possibility of a buyer choosing theirs is quite a bit higher.

My expectation is that even though the market is quiet right now, as we approach mid January, that those buyers will be back out as long as the weather continues to be mild.  Considering listing your home?  I would suggest that you don’t delay, you may decrease the number of days your home is on the market significantly.  If you do choose to follow the tradition of putting your home on the market in Spring, you will find, as most do with every Spring, you are not the only seller thinking that.  If there is any obstacle with selling your home, i.e. flaw in the floor plan, than a buyer will be more willing to pass your home up, rather than consider the possibility of overcoming that flaw, and move on to the next home.

I have been repeating this same message a lot lately, so I felt that it was a question a lot of sellers may have and I should address.

On another note!  We appreciate your support during a very productive 2012!  We want to wish your families a very Healthy, Happy & Prosperous 2013!

New Year 2013 at Lake Norman, NC

Don’t forget the black eye peas!

New-Years-Eve-Traditions-Black-Eye-Beans at Lake Norman, NC


About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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