Our area's tremendous growth rate is reflected in the housing market, which has remained hot for years, no matter the swing in interest rates. Cities of Charlotte, Matthews, Weddington, Waxhaw, Mint Hill, Fort Mill; Lake Norman and Lake Wylie areas located in counties of Union, Mecklenburg, York, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston and Cabarrus offer an array of homes, both existing and new construction, giving people a selection large enough to accommodate anyone's taste. And you'll find just about any style you want: cozy bungalows or two-story Georgians, modest ranch houses or custom-built mansions, ginger-breaded Victorians or contemporary condos. The same variety abounds in lifestyle. Choose from Uptown living or suburban locations, comfortable old towns or new-home communities, urban homesteading or prime Piedmont countryside.

Some current trends in our region's housing market may add an interesting twist or a challenging dimension to your search. First, while prices are still reasonable here compared to some other parts of the country, housing in this area isn't the bargain it once was. Thus, depending on your circumstances, finding a home in your price range may mean you'll have to look a bit longer, come up with some more cash or expand your search.