Lake Wylie Waterfront Sales - Year end
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Tight inventory. Bidding wars. Rising prices. The waterfront market on Lake Wylie has shifted to a new level, with the average price of waterfront homes sold to date this year at an astounding $1.2 million. To put that in perspective, a mere five years ago, the average price was in the $600's.
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 — as pent up demand is still very 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.
Other Lake Wylie Trends:
For most recent waterfront sales, take a look at my website: Recent Waterfront Home Sales and Recent Waterfront Lot Sales.
Both on and off the lake, it is still a seller’s market. New listings receive quick attention from buyers, and when priced correctly the properties sell quickly. If you’d like to talk about your home or lot, I’d love to help you. The Lake Wylie Man team has vast experience both on and off the lake, in bullish markets and in bear. When it comes to marketing your property, rely on our expertise for the best outcome.
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Thinking about listing your property this spring? Sales begin their uptick in March/April, with homes and land that has gone under contract in February. Listings are at a low point, and new entries into the market will be quickly perused by potential buyers. You’ll want to have your property in the best shape possible, and our team will be happy to provide an assessment and recommendations.
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