2011 Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville NC – October 21-23

IMG_0335_1 The Carolina Balloon Fest is the second largest Balloon rally in the country.  Located beside the Statesville Airport, it is a day you won’t soon forget.  Bring your whole family for a weekend of entertainment, food, children’s fun area, artisans, beer and wine tasting, and 50 hot air balloons will entertain you throughout the day.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets (pets & coolers will not be admitted) to enjoy the beautiful Carolina autumn weather as the backdrop to the sights and sounds of colorful hot air balloons, check out the craft vendors and local artwork and make sure not to miss the Wells Fargo Balloon Glow in on Saturday evening.  Bring the kids out the kids zone with a wide variety of bouncers for them to play on and then grab some great food and sit down to enjoy a large variety of bands and local talent on the stage including our own Karla Causey and Burning Bright.

Check out the festival schedule for full details of each day’s events.

Balloon launches are scheduled early morning and the gates open at 7:00am and in the late afternoon between 3:30 – 5:30pm depending on the wind conditions and the weather.

Admission is $10 at the gate and parking is free.  For all you locals out there – Friday is community  New parking arrangements this year which includes satellite areas with buses running to the festival site.

Please visit the Carolina Balloon Fest website at www.carolinaballoonfest.com for more information.

 

 

Fall Happenings and Halloween activities in Statesville NC 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and have settled into the cooler fall season.  Kids are back to school, the mornings are getting colder and the leaves are starting to change.  It won’t be long before we turn the clocks back (November 6) and dig out our winter gear.  Fall is always a busy time around Iredell County and there are some big events coming up that I wanted to remind you of. They are fun for all and a good time to get out into your community.

STATESVILLE:

Balloon Fest

Carolina BalloonFest 38: October 21-23. Rain or shine.  Located next to the Statesville Airport.  Friday is community appreciation day and admission is FREE!  Get there early to avoid traffic and see the balloon ascension. Tons of fun for the family.  I took my granddaughter last year and it was fabulous.  That’s her with Grampie.

Crossroads PumpkinFest: Downtown Statesville November 5, 2011 from 10-5. Meet area businesses, eat lots of great food, rides for the kids, live entertainment, local crafts and lots more.  Come on out and stop by our booth!  I would love to meet you.

MOORESVILLE and TROUTMAN:

Downtown Mooresville Cruise in:  3-7 p.m.  Fun for the whole family (especially the guys!)  Come take a look at some fabulous automobiles and bring your glasses – because they are shiny!

2011 Annual Business Expo: The Annual Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS EXPO will be held on Thursday October 6th at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, downtown Mooresville from 9am-5pm.  The Business Expo will feature close to 100 boths.  The purpose of the show is for local businesses to have an opportunity to demonstrate their products and meet one on one with potential customers.

Well….It looks like there is no reason to be bored this fall.  Tons to do for everyone.  Get out with your family and have a ball!  I am headed to the Disney on Ice in Charlotte with my little princess in October and hope to see you at some of the events just mentioned.  Look for me!

Halloween jack o' lantern carved to resemble a cat

 

  HALLOWEEN FUN 2011

 

Downtown Statesville Business Trick or Treat– October 31 – It’s that time of year again when all the little ghosts and goblins converge on downtown to receive their Halloween treats. Trick or Treating will take place in the Downtown Business District on Monday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participating businesses will give away candy to costumed kids aged 12 and younger.

Haunted Statesville:  Spooky haunted tours of downtown Statesville. Come if you dare!  Friday and Saturday October 21-22 and 28-29.  6:30 to 8 p.m. Reservations required.  $10 per person.

City of Statesville Trick or Treating

 

Trunk or Treat events

Chick-Fil-A Statesville– Trunk or Treat   Friday, October 29, 2010 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Regal Corn Maze – Trunk or Treat October 30th 3-5 p.m..

Monticello United Methodist Church, Statesville, NC -Trunk or Treat sponsored by Monticello UMC. Last year we served over 1,000 children. Don’t miss out on the fun and at the same time your children will be indoors and in safe surroundings. All the fun starts at 5:30pm. Monday, Oct 31 6:00p to 7:30p

Presbyterian Church Of The Springs, Statesville NC  10/29/2011 Saturday 5:00p to 7:00p

Northview Church of Christ – 10/31/2011 Monday 6:00p to 8:00p – An Indoor Trick or Treat with free inflatables and free hot dogs

Believers Faith Center Church – Games, food, prizes, inflatables and candy. All are welcome.  10/31/2011 Monday 6:30p to 8:30p

Other Halloween Events:

City of Statesville Trick or Treat :  Date not announced yet but usually it is on several nights including Halloween and police will patrol neighborhoods the entire weekend.  Will update when dates are posted.

Midway Wicked Woods: Come and join us every Friday & Saturday in October for “Midway Wicked Woods”, a walk in the woods designed to scare a Yell out of you!! ADULT campers receive a $4.00 discount with receipt. September 30; October 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

Pumpkin Patches and More:  Visit this wonderful site for tons of activities you can do with the kids.  Great resource for area happenings, pumpkin patches, maze’s and more including Carrigan Farms, Regal Corn Mazeand Howards Strawberries.

 

Mooresville, Troutman, Davidson and Huntersville Halloween Events:

Scarrigan Farms – FAMILY & KIDS Scarrigan Farms Select nights in October, 2011 7:00 pm Before you waste your money or time at any ordinary haunted attraction this October, be sure to check out Scarrigan Farms for your spine-tingling adventure. Celebrating their fifth season of Nightmarish thrills, Scarrigan Farms is back and scarier than ever. October evenings in Mooresville will never be the same, as Scarrigan Farms opens its doors to brave souls in search of the ultimate experience in terror. This multi-layered terror attraction includes five electrifying scare zones, beginning with a 40 foot double barrel drop into the haunted trail. Complete with Psycho Clowns, the Tragic Bus, 3-D Maze and Corn Maze, Scarrigan Farms should not be missed. Those waiting for their appointment with fate may also enjoy bonfires and music in the beautiful rock quarry, where concessions are available, including hot dogs and s’mores kits to roast on the fire. Chaperons, friends and guests choosing not to challenge the trail may wait at the Quarry to se… Saturday, October 15, 2011, 6:30 PM9:00 PM. Carrigan Farms 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy (Intersection of 150 & 152) 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. Mooresville, NC 28115. For more info visit www.scarriganfarms.com.

Ghost Walk of Davidson (Reservation Required)– FAMILY & KIDS Ghost Walk of Davidson Daily 7:00 pm Cost: $5-$10; children 8 and under free Take a guided walking tour of the town with a twist. You will receive a guided historic tour of Davidson while listening to the local history, ghost stories, and local haunts. The nightly walking tour lasts about two hours. Reservations recommended. Details: 704-928-5452.Saturday, October 15, 2011, 7:00 PM9:00 PM. The Soda Shop 104 S. Main St. Davidson, NC. For more info visit www.ghostwalknc.com.

Ghost Tales in the Dark (RSVP Required)– FAMILY & KIDS Ghost Tales in the Dark October 15, 2011 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm & 10:00 pm Tour the plantation by candlelight and hear real ghost stories from staff, volunteers, and previous ghost hunts. RSVP is required and the cost is $12 per person (only $6 for members). Call 704-875-2312 to register! Saturday, October 15, 2011, 8:00 PM10:00 PM. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078. For more info visit lattaplantation.org.

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze – FAMILY & KIDS Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze September 3 – November 6, 2011 Who can find their way out the fastest? Who has the patience and the stamina to find all twelve map pieces AND Kernels of Knowledge? Mom or Dad? Kids or Parents? Boss or Staff? Boys or Girls??? Enjoy great music, great food, great fun, and the great outdoors as the maze challenges your skills in problem solving, teamwork, and patience as you look for mailboxes containing clues, “Kernels of Knowledge,” and of course, the Victory Bridge that leads to the exit. The Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze is an imaginative use of a corn field so comfortable shoes are suggested. Water stations are on site and visitors are permitted to bring in their own food and beverages. Vendors will be onsite with snacks, ice cream, soft drinks and water available for purchase. Hayrides, inflatable fun and Flex Flying are available for a small charge on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.ruralhill.net for maize dates & times. Sunday, October 16, 2011, 10:30 AM6:00 PM. Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078. For more info visit www.ruralhill.net.

Haunted house

Statewide Haunted Resources:

North Carolina Haunt World

Eastern Paranormal

Scarowinds – Carowinds Halloween Haunt

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

 

Statesville NC September 2011 Market Update

The Statesville real estate market has been a roller coaster this year to say the least.  For a market that is normally busy in the spring and a little quieter in the summer, this year has been to opposite for me.  My spring was a little slow going and the summer was HOT!  Not only have sales increased this summer, the foreclosure market seems to be slowing, giving “regular” sellers a better chance of selling their homes.  Statesville has always been known to have plenty of affordable homes and our current market stats show this fact.  You will see in the charts below that the average sales price for homes sold since January 1, 2011 is $108,708 and I can attest to the fact that most of our sales have been for homes under $140,000.   We have a large investor market in Statesville for homes under $90,000 and the numbers show that increase.

 

On the brighter side, I have also experienced a larger demand for homes over $150,000 than we have seen in previous years.  Prices on those homes have dropped slightly and buyers are finally taking notice and taking advantage of some great deals on these homes.  The biggest hole in our market now is the availability of new construction.  New homes that had been foreclosed on in the past several years have been sold and builders are still not constructing many new homes in our area.  We have a few “track” builders that are building some spec homes but custom homes are non existent.
Currently in Statesville, we have 496 active listings with an average list price of $195,928 and an average Days on the market of 184 days.

*All information obtained from Carolina Multiple Listing Service

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Since January 1, 2011 – Statesville has had 348 single family residential homes sell with an average days on the market of 136 days.  This compares to 376 listings sold for the same period of 2010 with average days on the market of 135.  Of the 348 sales, 100 were categorized as a Foreclosure with an average sales price of $72,109.

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This chart shows the fact that our foreclosures in Statesville have fallen to only 3.6 months of inventory verses 21.5 months for regular resales and 19.4 months for short sales.  The question is:  Will we see more foreclosures in the future or will the cooperation of the banks with the short sales and loan modifications finally slow the foreclosure market? image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end, the Statesville market is continuing to improve in certain areas and stay stale in others.  Homes over $200,000 still struggle to find buyers while we see multiple offers on homes under $200,000.  There are bright spots in every market and the Statesville market is no exception.  With interest rates at close to 4%, the USDA 100% program going strong for rural areas and prices holding steady – our market looks pretty good right now.

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