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Lake Murray Real Estate Market Report – November’s Stats for October 2018

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There is one question realtors hear when they first begin talking to a potential client: What’s happening in the market?

The market changes with the seasons. It changes due to economic crisis (or booms). It might even change simply because Samsung decided to build a new factory in the area (Newberry County). The real question buyers and sellers ask about the real estate market is because they want to know if it’s the right time to move.

Below are the key metrics for the real estate market in the greater Columbia area.

New Listings: How many people put their house up for sale?

Pending Sales: How many houses had contracts submitted and accepted?

Closed Sales: How many houses had ‘SOLD’ in their yards?

Median Sales Price: The ‘middle man’ sales price.

Average Sales Price: On average, how much did the homes in this area sell for?

Pct. Of List Price Received: How much of the original asking price are home sellers netting?


Market Breakdown by Area for Lake Murray

While the above chart gives us a great view of what is happening across a large market, each area has its own smaller market affected by local happenings.


Lake Murray (Irmo/Chapin Side)

Lake Murray is always a popular spot for real estate. What we see in the statistics for October 2018 around Irmo and Chapin side of Lake Murray is less of a sellers’ market than in the past. New listings have increased over October 2018, but closed listings have decreased by 38%. Sellers are only receiving just under 93% of their listed price. And, in addition, the homes are sitting on the market longer. This all contributes to more buyer power in the Irmo and Chapin side of Lake Murray.



Lake Murray (Newberry Area)


The Newberry side of Lake Murray has increased its listings from this time of last year. Closed Listings are down, which may indicate less of a seller’s market here than elsewhere. More new listings and less sales means more houses for buyers to choose from. The low % of list price received also indicates buyers here have more power, compared to areas like Lexington, where buyers are paying around 96% of the list price.  

Lake Murray (Lexington Side)

The market in Lexington side of Lake Murray is growing, with over twice as many new listings as last year. But, it has decreased its closed listings, indicating people are more willing to sell here than buy. There was an increase in days on the market up to 92 days. Right now is a good time to buy here. The median sales price decreased by 35% from October 2017 to $390,000. If you want to buy on the lake, then Lexington is a great area to buy in right now.

Lake Murray (Saluda Side)


Saluda side of Lake Murray is growing in popularity. While its new listings for July 2018 were down, its closed listings were up by twice as much as last year. Another strong variable in market popularity is days on the marketSaluda Side of Lake Murray has decreased its days on the market to just 8 days in October 2018. While this could be a short-term trend, the year to date show an overall trend for the year of 2018 that indicates a higher demand for this area around Lake Murray.

Credit for statistics is given to EXIT REC Broker-in-Charge, Craig Summerall.

Written by Exit Real Estate Consultants on . Posted in Market Update


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EXIT Real Estate Consultants
5175 Sunset Blvd, Ste 3
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-707-8595
Fax:  803-358-0889
Email: salliechester@exitrec.com

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We recently purchased a house in Harbour Watch, that we absolutely love, through Sallie Chester.  Our relationship with Sallie began with a get to know each other phone call where trust was soon established.  We then made the trip from Virginia to South Carolina to meet Sallie in person, and she showed us several lots and houses that weekend, one of which we ended up purchasing.  The purchase took longer than anticipated because it was initially contingent on the sale of our house in VA.  Sallie was extremely patient and responsive to all of our needs throughout the entire process.  Sallie is honest, hardworking and provides excellent customer service.  We highly recommend using her services. Ann and Barry N. ~February 2019
Sallie Chester was everything we could have hoped for in the sale of our house; very knowledgeable with good advice and with such a friendly attitude. I would highly recommend Sallie to anyone who is seriously wanting to sell or buy property on Lake Murray. Shirley and David S. ~February 2019
What a positive experience working with Sallie to sell our lake home!  She was kind, hard working, kept us informed, a problem solver and great person.  I would highly recommend her!! L. Davis ~ Nov, 2018
We started looking around the Lake Murray area in October of 2017 with very little information about the area as far as neighborhoods went. We were referred by a friend to Sallie Chester after starting with another REALTOR. Sallie was very knowledgeable and knew the lake well.  She was professional and absolutely one of the nicest people we’ve been around. After one year of looking, we found the perfect home for us; it was exactly what we wanted. Sallie was never pushy or impatient; she was willing to meet us anytime we needed, usually on a quick notice. What a blessing it was to find her! Thank you Sallie. Keith and Dawn B ~ Nov, 2018
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