Statesville and Mooresville are known by many things. One of them is that they are classified as a “Micropolitan” area by the U. S. Census Bureau. That classification has become one that we hear about often in these parts. That’s because the Statesville-Mooresville micropolitan area has been named Top Micropolitan Area in 2012 for the 9th time out of the last 11 years in corporate facility projects by Site Selection Magazine! What does that mean? It means that companies who want to grow find our area a great place to do that. It means that our employment opportunities and tax base are growing. It means that the quality of life in our area is attractive to companies looking for a good place to move. Site Selection Magazine is a publication read by economic development professionals and corporate move specialists who are constantly on the lookout for great places in the country to do business and put down roots. Success often begets success, so don’t expect this trend to stop. I think most of us agree that Iredell County and the Lake Norman area is a great place to live and work, and this continuing honor confirms that.
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Posted in Iredell County, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Quality of Life, Real Estate, Statesville, tagged economic development, iredell economic development, Quality of life on March 13, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Each year, Realtor Magazine presents the annual Good Neighbor Award to five recipients around the country. These awards are to honor outstanding community service provided by local Realtors. We Iredell County citizens can be especially proud this year because one of the five awards was presented to Ginger Dowdle of Dixie Land Inc. and Sunrise Realty of Statesville. Ginger and her husband have been caring for numerous foster children in their home, and in 2007 they created The Shepherd’s Watch Ministries which provides a summer camp for area children that provides them an opportunity to learn about nature, farm animals and team building. The camp is located on the Dowdles’ 60 acre ranch. The ministry offers scholarships and free tuition to foster children and kids from low-income families. What a great way to provide a positive experience to dozens of children each year.
Read the Realtor Magazine article including an inspiring video at the link HERE about Ginger and The Shepherd’s Watch Ministries. If you want to help support this ministry, you can conveniently do that at the link HERE.
Posted in Iredell County, Mooresville, Quality of Life, Statesville, tagged education, Iredell-Statesville Schools, mooresville graded school district, Mooresville Schools, property taxes, tax base on June 13, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Well, school’s out, the kids are happy, and the teachers are exhausted! It’s a good time to consider what a bargain we get here in Iredell County with our schools. A few weeks ago, I attended an information session that the Realtor Association set up with the Superintendents of our two school systems in Iredell County- Brady Johnson of Iredell-Statesville Schools and Mark Edwards of Mooresville Schools. They each went through a long list of accomplishments for their respective systems and noted that both systems consistently rank in the top ten in performance of all school systems in North Carolina. But they really got our attention when it was noted that in terms of spending per student by the 115 systems in the state, Mooresville is ranked at 100th position and Iredell-Statesville at 105th. That means all the other schools on up to the #1 position spend more per student than do our schools. I think it’s remarkable that we can get such wonderful results for so little money compared to the great majority of school systems in the state.
Iredell County’s tax rate is one of the lower ones in the state, and our local politicians guard that jealously as one of our best assets. As a taxpayer, I certainly agree. However, we’ve all got to understand that the quality of our education system in the county is a huge asset in the eyes of businesses looking to relocate or considering whether to stay or leave. School quality is one of the very first issues that they address when they start looking for locations. They know that having good schools nearby is one sure way to attract and retain good quality employees. That has a great impact on all of us whether we have kids in school or not. A healthy business environment provides long-term benefits for our property tax base as well as money spent with local retailers and services that help them survive and prosper.
Thanks to all who work in our Iredell County school systems for providing such an excellent education for our students and providing such an excellent reputation for educational quality. That’s one of the reasons that Mooresville and Statesville have consistently ranked #1 over many years for business growth by Site Selection Magazine, based on the amount of investment in new and expanded business for similar communities in the USA.
Site Selection Magazine has named the Statesville-Mooresville micropolitan area tops in the nation for new and expanded corporate facility projects in 2011. Not bad considering that there are 576 such areas in the country and Statesville-Mooresville has won this status 8 out of the last 10 years. This means that the corporate world finds our area a very attractive place for investing in business and jobs. This doesn’t happen by accident. Our towns have the benefit of many talented people working on area economic development. This has a substantial beneficial effect on our property tax rates. The government people tell me that commercial/industrial tax base is much more effective in generating needed property taxes than residential tax base. It also helps to support residential property values when businesses are convenient to residential areas and economic health is strong. Our prices may be down somewhat, but this type of development and attention has helped to keep prices from falling further.
Quite impressive when you think about it.
Check out the article HERE.
Posted in Iredell County, Quality of Life, Real Estate, Statesville, tagged Charlotte Region, children's homes of Iredell County, Holiday Luncheon, Housing Op, Iredell Realtors, North Mecklenburg Realtors on December 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Last week, Realtors from the Charlotte Regional Realtor’s Association’s Northern Region (Iredell and N. Mecklenburg) enjoyed a holiday luncheon at the Statesville Civic Center. Along with our usual fundraising activities for the Housing Opportunity Foundation and bringing toys for donation to the Salvation Army, we had very special guests as speakers after lunch. Sonya Leonard, an Iredell area Realtor, introduced Brenda Speece of Children’s Homes of Iredell County. Earlier in the year, Sonya nominated Children’s Homes of Iredell County for one of the HOF’s Community Grants Awards, and they later became a recipient of a sizeable contribution from HOF. Brenda was asked to speak to the group about the work of her organization.
Brenda described how they provide a stable home-like situation for local foster children, but the surprising thing is that they also have a remarkable transitional program.
Think about what happens to a kid when he or she ages out of the foster program. How do they then survive? Do they even know how to survive without getting into negative circumstances. The goal of the transitional program is to answer that need by giving them a place to live, help in securing employment, or even help in pursuing further education. What a great way to improve the odds of these kids growing up to be positive contributors to the community!
At our luncheon, Brenda went into a bit of detail about their work, then invited one of the youth who’s been in program, Rayna, to come up a tell us what it meant to her. Rayna was clearly very appreciative of the work of Brenda Speece and Children’s Homes of Iredell County and what it has meant to the quality of her life and future prospects. The Realtors that day left with a greater appreciation for what they, and anyone, can do to put light into the lives of those who need a break.
You can help too, by contacting Brenda Speece at Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 704-768.2719. They operate a thrift store at 224 N. Center St. in Statesville to provide employment for the kids and raise money for the organization. From the photos I saw on their Facebook page (found HERE), it looks like they’ve got some great, high-quality items for sale. I’d say it’s worth a trip or two or three, for a variety of reasons!
Posted in General Real Estate Market, Huntersville, Iredell County, Lake Norman, Lincoln County, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Mount Mourne, Rowan County, Statesville, Troutman, tagged Case-Shiller Home Price Index, charlotte area real estate sales on June 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The monthly Case-Shiller housing study came out recently and was quoted extensively by the national press. If you believed those media folks who get totally excited by getting to report negative news, the whole country continues to sag in a real estate bust. Of course, they don’t focus on the fact that the report addresses only 20 areas of the country. Guess what? It’s a big country, and we all don’t look the same. Makes me think of the national weather reporter who tells you that today it’s going to rain. Wouldn’t you want to get a bit more specific info before grabbing your umbrella?
Jim Gillespie is head of Coldwell Banker, and often writes about real estate in a way that puts some perspective on our market that’s useful to individual buyers and sellers as opposed to the broad brush comments of most national commentators. Check out his comments HERE in the Coldwell Banker Blog “Blue Matters.”
For more specific local (Charlotte area) real estate sales news, here’s a reprint of the month sales activity report for May from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.
Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association reports residential real estate monthly activity for May 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association reports on the residential
real estate market in this region based on Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS)
data. The number of closings for May 2011 (2,194) decreased 11.5 percent compared
to May 2010 when closings totaled 2,480. Compared to April 2011 (1,882), closings
were up 16.6 percent. The average sales price for May 2011 ($208,999) was up slightly,
0.6 percent, compared to May 2010 ($207,711), and was up 2.7 percent compared to
the April 2011 average sales price ($203,480). The median sales price in May 2011
($151,995) was down 3.2 percent compared to the May 2010 median sales price of
$157,000, and was down 0.7 percent compared to the April 2011 median sales price of
The average listing price in May 2011 ($257,971) increased 2.2 percent from last May’s
average listing price of $252,446, and was down 2 percent from the April 2011 average
listing price of $257,486. The residential pending contracts figure for May 2011 (2,240)
was up 13.5 percent compared to May 2010 (1,974). This figure increased 1.8 percent
compared to April 2011, when pending contracts totaled 2,200.
New residential listings in May 2011 totaled 4,139. The average number of days a
property was on the market from the time it was listed until it closed (list to close) was
150, which is four days less than last month.
In April 2011, CMLS began using a new reporting tool to create reports. To report the
most up-to-date figures each month, the tool is constantly “updating history,” instead of
freezing the data once it’s reported. Therefore, with each new month of reporting, there
could be slight variances in what was reported in the previous month as transactions are
updated and adjustments made within the MLS system.
For more residential-housing market statistics, visit the association’s website at
http://www.CarolinaHome.com and click on “Community Data.” For an interview with 2011
association/CMLS President Laurie Knudsen, please contact Kim Walker.
The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association is a trade association that leads, educates and
equips members to be productive. It provides more than 6,700 Realtor® members with the
resources and services needed to conduct ethical, professional, successful and profitable
businesses. The association is dedicated to being the region’s primary resource for residential
real estate information. The association operates the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc.
(CMLS), which has approximately 7,500 Subscribers and is the private cooperative Realtors® use
for access to tens of thousands of residential listings in a 10-county service area, including the
Downtown Statesville in the heart of Iredell County will be alive with activity this evening with the Spring Art Crawl from 5:30pm ’til 8:30pm. Looks like the weather is going to be great for walking around the downtown area perusing works of art from around 80 artists and stopping in at over 30 shops and restaurants. This is a great way to enjoy Statesville’s historic downtown and maybe pick up some great art or get a wonderful meal.
For more information about this event and other Statesville Downtown activity, go to the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation website HERE. It’s got a downloadable brochure with maps for the event and parking information plus a list of participating artists and businesses.
Did you ever wonder when you throw something “away” exactly where is “away?” And wherever that is, does whoever owns “away” have plenty of it so that we can keep throwing “away” forever? The fact is, there is a place where we get rid of things. Historically it’s been a landfill. It turns out that owning the land and managing it safely is quite an expensive proposition for city and county governments, plus many people don’t like the idea of living next to landfills so it’s hard to find new space.
One answer to changing how we view “away” is to instead recycle as much of our throwaway stuff as we can. Fortunately, Statesville has been offering city-wide curbside recycling for about 8 years, and Mooresville will soon join them. In February, the Mooresville commissioners voted to add curbside recycling to the town’s services at a cost of $36 per year for all property owners. Speaking as one who has been saving his family recycling materials for many years in my garage and making bi-weekly trips to the transfer station, this is welcome news. My recycling efforts often leave me with so little garbage for the week that it’s not worth even rolling the container to the street for pickup. I’ve been so enthusiastic about this that my bride, the kindergarten teacher, uses me as an example to her students of folks who dig around in trash cans to come up with more recyclable treasures. My motto is, “everything is recyclable eventually- even us!” I just hate to waste stuff or energy.
So now we’ll have a way to get rid of stuff in a way that all the raw material, effort and energy it took to make that paper or plastic or aluminum might not end up on a one-way trip. We can use it again- brilliant!!! HERE’S a site that has some interesting recycling facts that will help you appreciate what a great idea this is.
Posted in Iredell County, Lake Norman, Mount Mourne, Statesville, tagged Langtree, Langtree at the Lake, Larkin, mooresville real estate, real estate development, Statesville Real Estate on February 4, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The Mooresville Tribune reported today that the developers of Langtree at the Lake, Rick and Brad Howard, have sold the 300 acre project for approximately $60 million to RL West Properties of Toledo, Ohio. The Howards plan to continue their involvement in developing the property. They’ve been working with RL West for several years on part of the project, and Brad Howard had told me earlier that they are a major player with good financial power available. In the world of real estate development, financing problems have been a major reason for projects like this to become stalled. Up the road near Statesville, another large mixed-use project, Larkin, has made little apparent progress in the last couple of years because of this financing problem, although their developers claim that they still intend to get going once the economy improves..
With positive news on the reduction of unemployment in the news today, hopefully we’ll begin to see that we’ve passed a tipping point in moving our economy toward a brighter outlook. Progress on developments like Langtree at the Lake (think of the jobs involved in building that complex) can only serve to fuel the growth of our economy. Within the last couple of months, two commercial businesses have secured land and built new buildings near the intersection of Brawley and Williamson Roads in Mooresville. I hope all of these projects signal a renewal of economic growth.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend a couple of hours on Friday night, I think I’ve got just the ticket. Statesville’s Marie Speece recently gave me a flyer for an upcoming event at Mitchell Community College called Music from the Grove. That relates to all the great music that Iredell County’s Union Grove is famous for. This gathering of Grove-type musicians whose jam sessions at The Cook Shack are legendary are here to entertain the crowd and help raise funds for the Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence. The fun starts at 7:00pm at Shearer Hall. HERE’s a link to more details.
I recommend you go, have some fun, and throw a wad of bills (or a big check) in the hat for the endowment!