* Pending Sales Report (Over $500k) for May 2018 – Lake Norman/Davidson, Charlotte, Union County & Buncombe County:
While Lake Norman, Union County & Buncombe County pending sales showed upward movement as the month of May progressed, Charlotte’s pending sales ended the month down by 5%. Union County had a slightly higher pending sales increase at 15% over Lake Norman’s 12% increase but Buncombe County lead all areas with almost a 19% increase in pending sales by month end.
* Showing Trends Report (Over $500k) for May 2018 – Lake Norman/Davidson, Charlotte, Union County & Buncombe County:
Following suit, Showing Trends for May 2018 compared to this same time in 2017 were also up across all areas except Charlotte, which was down albeit by only 1%. This indicates a pretty tight inventory with showings about flat and pending sales down for the area as buyers struggle to find homes they like enough to go see much less buy. Lake Norman showings were up by 20% as were both Union and Buncombe Counties by 26%-27%, right in line with their upward pending sales trends.
Charlotte’s luxury market saw a comparable start to that of 2017 this spring, while sold results in the mid-luxury segment below $1 M in value were fairly flat up to about $1.5 M in value. The ultra-luxury segment saw a surge in pending contracts near the end of March in both SouthPark and near town areas of Myers Park and Eastover.
Total showings and average showings per home increased about 3% in the $500 – $999 K range this spring over last spring. The range just above $1 M also saw an increase in showing activity over last spring of roughly 5%.
Families head to Carowinds just south of Charlotte to enjoy a day of thrill rides and the state’s largest water park. Note: Sunday and Monday are Carowinds Military Days – show a valid military I.D. to get in free.
Popular Birkdale Village in Huntersville will host a ceremony on Monday, May 29th, at 11 a.m.
If you want to head out of town, nearby Winston-Salem plays host to the North Carolina Wine Festival May 27th. In less than 2 hours you can find yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with so many quaint towns to explore; including Asheville, Boone and Blowing Rock.
Colleen Ludington has a deep love of real estate and a passion for helping people buy and sell homes. With an eye towards staging and design, she can walk her clients through the process of turning a house into a home. She also has a love for helping children in her community.
That interest began while living in Nashville, TN in her late 20’s, when Colleen started spending her Saturday mornings volunteering with an organization called “Kids Klub.” During her 3 years of volunteer work, she was inspired to write a children’s book, which went on to become a best-seller. She traveled the US speaking to kids groups, and donating books wherever she went.
First Book, Charlotte
When she relocated to Charlotte in 2004, she decided to harness her passion for serving under-resourced kids and began an internet search for how she could marry her love of reading and philanthropy. She discovered First Book, a nationwide nonprofit that has provided more than 125 million books to children, and launched a local all-volunteer chapter in Charlotte in 2005.
First Book’s research bore out what she had seen first-hand in Nashville; in the average middle-income family, there are 13 books per child, yet in the average low-income neighborhood, there is only 1 book for every 300 children.
Over the last 11 years, Colleen has Chaired First Book-Charlotte,
advancing their mission of helping kids fall in love with reading through the ability to own their own new books. The local chapter of First Book is the most successful in the nation, and Colleen now also Co-Chairs the National Advisory Council of First Book.
The 11th Annual Spring Gala will be held Friday, April 28th at The Peninsula Club. This event, an upscale yet fun celebration of reading and the magic of books, raises the lion’s share of funding for the group. Because they are an all-volunteer board, 100% of the funds raised by First Book-Charlotte stay in the community and help to provide new books to local children. At a cost of around $3 for a new book, sponsorships and donations go a long way towards changing the life of a child.
Leading residential real estate associates from the world’s top luxury network gathered in Washington, D.C. last week for Christie’s International Real Estate’s 2016 Luxury Specialist Conference.
The two-day event, held September 22-23, gave select agents from the Christie’s International Real Estate network an opportunity to explore best practices and strategies, as well as gain competitive insights on ways to successfully maneuver in today’s ever-changing, high-end global property market. Upon completion, attendees received the designation of “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” from Christie’s Education. Fifteen elite agents from Ivester Jackson were in attendance and awarded this prestigious honor.
Christie’s International Real Estate is the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and the arbiter of luxury for 250 years. The invitation-only real estate network is composed of top brokerages from around the world, with more than US$118 billion in real estate transactions in 2015.
“Our unique symposium offered a concentrated focus on techniques and tactics for marketing to buyers and sellers at the ultra-high-end, all while allowing attendees to explore new ways to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection to Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s,” said Dan Conn, CEO, Christie’s International Real Estate.
The conference included a myriad of panels, seminars, and presentations by luxury experts, including Christie’s specialists, and focused on a range of topics — from selling strategies and marketing techniques to current trends in luxury goods and design. Approximately 200 professionals throughout the world took part in the conference.
“Our market leading agents networked and gained exposure to the best practices of the leading agents in the world. We’re excited to see them implement those leading concepts for our clients in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas,” said Reed Jackson, Managing Partner of Ivester Jackson.
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About Christie’s International Real Estate: Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and approximately 135 global Affiliates with 32,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information, please visitwww.christiesrealestate.com.
About Ivester Jackson | Christie’s International Real Estate: Ivester Jackson is one of the Southeast’s leading boutique brokerages. An exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Ivester Jackson’s brokers manage over 250 million dollars in luxury and investment property annually, and have successfully closed over a billion dollars in real estate transactions. www.ivesterjackson.com
One of the charities Ivester Jackson supports is Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and the charity is holding a special event Thursday, September 22nd in Charlotte – the 2nd annual Chef for Kids’ Cancer.
650 guests will gather at The Fillmore Underground to enjoy chef prepared heavy hors d’oeuvres, local bakery cookies and a live auction with “once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”
The event will raise funds for childhood cancer research and help the mission to help children battling cancer.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides annual research grants to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers to advance the development of less toxic, more effective treatments for children battling cancer.
Growing up in Salisbury, North Carolina made for a great, old fashioned childhood. This was a town where everyone knew you, your parents, a sibling or some family member that seemed to connect everyone.
Teachers knew all of their students by name 20 years after graduation! Not much has changed over the years, in some respects. Salisbury still retains much of its small town roots. The town has grown quite a bit, however, over the years.
Many annual events are still trademark Salisbury entertainment. In the spring, there is the annual Spring Celebration at Hurley Park and in the fall there is the annual Autumn Jubilee and the Octobortour, where visitors can tour many of Salisbury’s most prominent and beautiful historic homes. The County Fair continues to bring out the masses for the week that it is in town.
Well known attractions dot the landscape as well. Dan Nicholas Park is arguably one of the best and most entertaining public parks around. This park boasts playgrounds, mini-golf, multipurpose fields, walking trails, paddle boats, a few amusement rides, a splash zone, a gem mining area, a reptile center and mini zoo, all in one place, with camping and picnic sites available.
Spencer, NC (north of Salisbury) is home to the NC Transportation Museum. Visitors come from all over to catch a ride on Thomas the Train as well as spend a day riding the Polar Express.
Salisbury is an extremely convenient small town. It is in between Charlotte and Winston Salem/Greensboro with only a 30 – 60 minute drive to any of them, providing quick access to two major airports, shopping, healthcare, NASCAR and many other attractions and activities along the way.
It is also home to 2 liberal arts colleges (Catawba College and Livingstone College). Food Lion and Cheerwine both have corporate headquarters located here.
Housing costs are low with a variety of housing options. There are several golf course neighborhoods, lakefront communities along High Rock Lake, historic homes along the downtown area and everything in between. Crescent Golf and Country Club is one of the newest clubs in town. This neighborhood boasts some beautiful, newer homes of varying price ranges. Be sure to check out our listing at 305 Hogans Valley Way. A stunner, at 5670 square feet, this home is perfect for the most discerning buyers.
Attention to detail is seen in every corner of every room. Call us for a private tour of this one of a kind home in the Crescent Golf and Country Club. Quiet elegance that is mere minutes away from all that Salisbury has to offer, in the shadows of the historic and lovely Catawba College campus.