Independence Day Celebrations around Statesville, Iredell County and Lake Norman NC

Firework show high in the night sky
Are you searching for Independence Day Celebrations in the Statesville and Lake Norman areas.  The Statesville Real Estate Guide has put together a comprehensive list of activities and festivals to help you celebrate all week long.  From Troutman NC to Charlotte NC, you will find fun for the whole family with parades, festivals and fireworks.  As always, enjoy the holiday but most important, stay safe.  I have included a link to some great tips for keeping your fireworks fun and safe from the Iredell County Fire Marshall


8th Annual Troutman Independence Day Parade:   Saturday June 30th 11:00, Main Street Troutman. 

Enjoy an old fashion, small town parade. Help celebrate our country’s Independence by either viewing or participating in this totally free event with over 150 units in the parade including floats, music, marching units, church groups, civic organizations, scout troops, motorcycles, military units, horses, submarines, classic and antique cars, fire engines, beauty queens, re-enactment groups, politicians, WWII vehicles, trains, planes, and many more surprises. We are proud to honor Tuskegee Airmen as our Grand Marshals.

Troutman 2012 Independence Day Festival:  Saturday June 30th from 5 –9 p.m. with fireworks at 9:00 p.m.  Iredell County Fairgrounds in Troutman

Come out and enjoy a full day of activities with the parade, the Town of Troutman Independence Celebration festival, and ending with a breathtaking fireworks display.  Enjoy live music by Outlaw 21(Rock) and Coming up Brass (Beach) plus great food and fun for the kids.

Signal Hill Mall – Statesville

Queens Landing – Lake Norman:   Wednesday, July 4th 7:00 p.m.  Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy fireworks over the lake from your boat or if you prefer land, bring your chairs to the Melanie L. Williams Amphitheatre at Queens Landing and listen to the sounds of Joey Bishop and the News.  If you would like even more, how about dinner and a cruise aboard the Lady of the Lake or the Catawba Queen!  What a great way to celebrate the evening.

Lake Norman Yacht Club – Mooresville: June 30th and July 1st 

As host, Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville, NC invites you to the 2012 Independence Day Regatta. We promise you good sailboat racing, dinner, entertainment and, of course, “FIREWORKS”. Come and join the fun. Camping at the club is available. No pets allowed.

Trump National Golf Club – Mooresville: July 4th (at the Point)

This will be the biggest and brightest in the area for sure. The show at Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte will by far be the largest in the county. The show will be the first at the golf club since Businessman Donald Trump purchased it in Mooresville, and the mortars and shells for the show are so large the Fire Marshal’s office is requiring New York-based BAY Fireworks Pyrotechnic Engineering to notify the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that night so airplanes can be directed on another flight path.  So look out for this one and be ready for some boat traffic!

Lake Norman YMCA- Mooresville: July 3rd 5-10 p.m. United States flag and two fireworks

Celebrate with fun, family and fireworks at the largest Independence Day celebration in the Lake Norman area – the Lowe’s YMCA July 3 Summer Celebration! We invite the entire community to join us for family fun, kids games, inflatables, live music and entertainment, vendors and, of course, fireworks presented by Valspar Paint.
The July 3 Summer Celebration is more than just a fireworks show, it is an event that helps the Y impact the Mooresville community. Proceeds from this event help the Y build a healthier community, improve children’s literacy skills in Y Readers, and provide cancer survivors with free wellness classes through LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. All proceeds directly impact the local community through the Lowe’s YMCA Community Support Campaign.


Events for Charlotte and surrounding areas:  Here is a great list for the Charlotte region that includes:

Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival
Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular
Cornelius will host a 4th of July celebration
Birkdale Village in Huntersville will host a 4th of July celebration


November 2010 Market Stats for Statesville NC

It is hard to believe it is December already and the holiday season is upon us.  There have been many improvements in our local area and it seems as if we are on the upswing finally. 

j0305899Since January 1, 2010 there have been 1295 homes sold in Iredell County with an average of 117 per month.  422 of those sales were distressed homes (bankruptcy, bank owned, HUD or short sales).  There were 24 homes sold in Iredell County in November 2010 with an average sales price of $239,450. 

Statesville has had 460 total sales since January 1, 2010 with an average of 41 homes per month and 185 of those sales were distressed sales and 7 sales in November. 

Homes sales are on the increase and home prices are rising. We are still dealing with a large inventory of distressed homes and many of the foreclosed homes that were pulled from the market in October have come back on the market, increasing our winter inventory.  Interest rates remain low but underwriting guidelines are still a challenge. 

On December 2nd, I was able to attend a informational class on the 2010 Charlotte Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.  These figures were gathered by the National Association of Realtors® and cover the period from July 2009 through June 2010.  Respondents were asked several questions and here are a few of the highlights for the Charlotte area:

48% of home sales were first time homebuyers 
69% of buyers used the homebuyer tax credit
31% of first time homebuyers were single females, 14% single males

Interestingly enough, the number one reason buyers want to own a home today is not because of the market but just the desire to own a home.  Statistics still show the home buyers feel that owning a home is a better investment than stocks.

The expected time buyers will stay in their home is 8-10 years
55% of seniors bought townhomes or condos

When respondents were asked about the search process, 73% used the internet for information and 70% used a real estate agent.  The average time spent searching for a home was 10 weeks with an average of 12 homes viewed.  38% of buyers found their homes through a real estate agent and 34% on the internet.

84% of buyers use an agent or broker to purchase their homes and 8% purchased from a builder or builders agent.  Even though the underwriting process has been changed, 65% of buyers said they had no difficulty in obtaining financing.  Lenders are lending money and there are many programs available for homebuyers but patience is expected. 

For home sellers:  26% of sellers moved because of job relocation and 20% wanted to move closer to family or friends.  The typical seller is 50 years old, 82% are married and have lived in their homes for about 9 years.  Sellers typically received 96% of the asking price and 47% did not reduce their asking price.  Sellers earned about 17% equity in their homes in 8-10 years in our area.  84% used an agent to sell their homes, 13% sold it themselves. 

This statistic is very interesting:  27% used Real Estate magazines to advertise their homes and 20% used newspapers but only 7% of buyer felt the magazine was useful and 4% felt newspapers were useful.  Most felt the internet and the real estate agent was most useful.


For additional statistics on Homebuyers and Home sellers, use the following links:j0438780





Also, be sure to become an fan of the Statesville Real Estate Guide on Facebook for local information on our area.

Search area listings and sign up for my weekly Iredell County Distressed Homes listing at



Best Picture

Statesville NC Real Estate Guide –Sonya Leonard, Exit Home Team Realty Agent Sonya Leonard of Exit Home Team Realty is your local real estate expert in Statesville North Carolina.  The Statesville Real Estate Guide provides free access to individualized home searches for all homes in Statesville, Mooresville, Troutman, Lake Norman and the entire Lake Norman Area.  Explore buyer and seller reports, community resources, new home communities, and be sure to sign up for you’re my exclusive FREE Weekly Distressed Sales List.  Let Sonya help you INVEST in Real Estate and your Future! (704) 450-0588. Exit Home Team Realty