8 Things You Might Not Know About Selling Your Home in The Preserve at Jordan Lake

Trish Lowe  |  October 1, 2022


Suppose you’ve decided to sell your luxury residence at The Preserve at Jordan Lake. In that case, you will bring to market a property in one of the North Carolina Triangle area’s most beloved golf course communities. Set on 600 acres of rolling, wooded landscape just south of Chapel Hill, The Preserve features sought-after estate homes with attractive features such as 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, multi-car garages, and more. Some homes even offer coveted fairway views.
 
At the heart of the community stands Jordan Lake Golf Club, which features a semi-private, 18-hole Davis Love III signature course. Residents of The Preserve have access to resort-style amenities, including a swimming pool featuring a walk-in entry, fountains, and a section for doing laps. The fitness center has been remodeled, and the clubhouse is a natural gathering place for the community. Lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, and more than two miles of private walking trails enhance outdoor enjoyment.
 
To help you maximize the net proceeds from your property sale, you need an experienced realtor who thoroughly understands the nuances of marketing The Preserve at Jordan Lake homes. Before hiring this trusted advisor, arm yourself with knowledge. There are eight things you might not know about selling your home in The Preserve.

1. Strict community design guidelines are a selling point


Discerning house hunters appreciate The Preserve at Jordan Lake’s luxury ambiance, fostered by high homebuilding standards in the community’s Architectural and Site Design Guidelines. These rules focus on major and minor details, such as recommending that house designs follow “traditional tastes,” limiting homes’ heights to 35 feet, and forbidding using stakes, string, or chicken wire to protect plants from damage.
 
Here’s something you might not know: These design guidelines ensure your homebuyer can feel confident the residences adjacent to yours will maintain their beauty far into the future. That’s because property owners contemplating renovations or home additions must also follow the guidelines.
 
The homeowners must present project plans to an architectural review board for assessment and approval. The scope of the board’s authority includes proposed changes to walls, fences, exterior paint colors, material replacements, window tinting, play structures, swimming pools, and landscaping.
 
Importantly, neighboring property owners have a say in the approval process. The plans submitted to the board must include the signatures of all homeowners whom the proposed renovations would visually impact.

2. The presence of a golf course increases home values


Photo courtesy of The Preserve Golf Club
 
Here’s another thing you might not realize: The presence of the gorgeous golf course at The Preserve could boost your home’s sale price. Research indicates that having a golf course nearby increases home values by 7.6%. And a National Recreation and Park Association study says homes with golf-course views have values 15% to 30% higher than residences without them.
 
The Preserve’s course designer, Davis Love III, is a PGA Tour star who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. He fashioned heavily wooded terrain into a championship, par 72 course with fast-growing, thick-bladed Bermuda grass on its greens and fairways. This turf is challenging on greens because of its graininess. The ball will move differently depending on whether you’re putting with the grain, against it, or across it.
 
Constructed in 2002, The Preserve course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through a joint United States Golf Association and Audubon International program. The golf course sanctuary program focuses on the maintenance of wildlife habitats outside areas of play, the reduced use of chemicals in turf management, water conservation, and water quality management.

3. The lake is a tremendous homebuyer draw


You might not know The Preserve’s location adjacent to the western shoreline of Jordan Lake is an important selling point for your property. You’ll be marketing a home in one of the only golf course communities near this beautiful 14,000-acre reservoir.
 
This lake, which offers 150 miles of shoreline, was created with funding Senator B. Everett Jordan obtained in the 1960s. A nearly 33,000-acre area devoted to recreation and wildlife management surrounds the lake. Swimming beaches and almost 14 miles of hiking trails are prime attractions. The lake waters are ideal for boating, sailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and water skiing. Anglers fish for largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and other species. The area is one of the Eastern United States’ top summer habitats for the bald eagle.

4. Homebuyers love college towns


Photo courtesy of University of North Carolina
 
Owners of The Preserve at Jordan Lake real estate enjoy the best of both worlds. Their golf course community is in a sylvan setting — but it’s just minutes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
You might not realize college towns are a draw for homebuyers thanks to their enjoyable quality of life and appealing amenities, which you don’t have to be a student to enjoy. And Chapel Hill is especially popular. Southern Living showcases Chapel Hill on its list of the South’s best college towns. A U.S. News and World Report included the entire Research Triangle on its list of the best college towns for retirement because of its proximity to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.
 
Founded in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is America’s oldest public university. It is known as a Public Ivy, an institution of higher learning that offers an Ivy League-caliber education at a public university price. Here’s a sampling of campus attractions:
 
  • Basketball games — the beloved Tar Heels’ rivalry with Duke’s Blue Devils is the stuff of legend.
  • The Ackland Art Museum has distinguished collections of Asian art and works on paper such as drawings, prints, and photographs.
  • The 1,100-acre North Carolina Botanical Garden showcases habitats with plants from regions including southeastern Piedmont, the sandhills of eastern North Carolina, and more.
Beyond the university’s campus, Chapel Hill is a terrific place for cultural adventures, shopping, and dining.

5. Home improvements impress property purchasers



You might not know that for even the most luxurious homes, garnering top-dollar offer prices is easier if you make cosmetic improvements before the sale process starts. The realtor you hire can help determine what minor fix-ups for your property at The Preserve could yield significant results. Here are a few of the many details to consider:
 
  • Should you repaint your rooms in warm neutral shades of cream, ivory, and beige?
  • Do you need new faucets and fixtures to update your already elegant bathrooms? What about installing rain showerheads?
  • Your hardwood flooring is probably still in excellent shape, but scrutinize the bedroom carpets. Perhaps you should replace them.
Also, you might decide to have a pre-listing inspection done. A home inspector will check the condition of your residence’s foundation, electrical and plumbing systems, doors, windows, ceilings, and roof. If they uncover surprises and find you need to make repairs, you should get to work immediately. That way, you can avoid complications when your eventual property purchaser sends their home inspector to examine the property.

6. Curb appeal enhancements are worthwhile


You might not realize homes with high curb appeal sell for 7% higher prices than similar properties with unattractive exteriors. Consulting with your realtor about ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is a worthwhile endeavor.
 
Thanks to The Preserve’s community design guidelines, your residence’s exterior was lovely when it was constructed. Nevertheless, some curb appeal enhancements might be in order if you’ve lived in your house for any length of time. For instance:
 
  • If your house facade is a paintable surface such as cement stucco, horizontal wood siding, or Hardie plank, is it time for repainting?
  • Does your porch look Instagram-worthy, with the furniture impeccably arranged and children’s playthings and pets’ toys neatly stowed away?
  • Should you enhance your landscaping? Don’t forget — if you decide to make landscaping changes, you must submit your plans to the community’s architectural review board.

7. Staging could increase your sale price


You might not know that having your home staged will likely increase its sale price.
 
Twenty-three percent of the sellers’ agents who responded to a National Association of Realtors survey said staging increased the dollar value of the offers that buyers made by 1% to 5%. Another 15% of the sellers’ agents said the dollar value of the buyers’ bids increased by 6% to 10% because of staging. And 11% of the sellers’ agents said staging increased the dollar value of the offers from 11% to more than 20%.
 
Also, 82% of the buyers’ agents who responded to the survey said staging made it easier for prospective purchasers to envision a property as their future home. According to the New York Times, hanging a mirror in the foyer during showings helps house hunters see themselves in your residence literally and figuratively.
 
The home stager’s job is to rearrange your furniture and remove some of it, if necessary, to showcase your rooms’ spacious dimensions. They will make your closets and pantry look photogenic. And as part of their effort to enable house hunters to imagine what it would be like to live in your home, they will depersonalize your residence by putting your memorabilia and photos of friends and loved ones into storage.

8. You can make home improvements now and pay for them later


Home improvements, curb appeal enhancements, and staging are essential preparations for showings — and photo and video shoots. High-quality digital photos and videos are critical marketing tools that enable your listing agent to stoke interest and excitement among prospective homebuyers.
 
You might not realize some real estate firms, such as Compass, will conveniently help you obtain an interest-free loan to pay for these preparations. More than 100 home improvement services are covered under the Compass Concierge program. You repay your loan after your sale closes, your listing agreement with Compass ends, or 12 months after your start date with the Compass Concierge program.

Are you ready to sell your home at The Preserve at Jordan Lake?


If you wish to sell your luxury residence at The Preserve, you need a trusted advisor to guide you successfully to a top-dollar transaction. Reach out to realtor Trish Lowe, who possesses astute marketing skills and deep knowledge of the Chapel Hill real estate market. Her responsive, client-centered approach will serve you well. Contact the Trish Lowe Group today.

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