“Halfback” Trend Returns


In the early 2000’s there was a trend of northerners who had retired to Florida ultimately deciding it wasn’t for them and then moved halfway back to the north to states like North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.  These folks came to be known as “halfbacks”.  That trend came to a halt during the recession when many retirees were unable to sell their Florida homes. But, according to federal data, the trend has come back with many of the nation’s 74 million baby boomers moving to a new home for retirement, and a lot of them are moving to small Appalachian towns.

According to UVA demographer Hamilton Lombard, Census data show that from 2010 to 2017 net migration to retirement-destination counties in the Appalachian regions of North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee increased 169%, which is the same percentage for Florida retirement destinations. Net migration to all U.S. retirement-destination counties increased 67% during the same period.

In North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee net migration to retirement-destination Appalachian counties has risen from about 10,000 in 2011 to more than 46,000 in 2017 according to census data. The U.S. Agriculture Department designates counties as “retirement-destinations” if their 60 and older population grew due to net migration by 15% or more within a decade.

Lake Norman has seen it’s fair share of the halfback trend as well. Due to everything the lake has to offer and its proximity to a larger city with an international airport many retirees have chosen the area as their retirement destination. While there has always been a steady flow of retirees migrating to the area the trend has really picked up again over the last couple of years. I am getting more and more calls from people looking to buy a retirement home in the Lake Norman area. Many are looking for a home on the lake while others are looking for neighborhoods that cater to retirees such as 55+ communities. Builders and developers are taking notice too with new adult communities such as Bailey’s Glen, The Courtyards On Lake Norman, and Trilogy Lake Norman popping up all around the lake.

Whether you’re a “halfback” or just looking to retire at Lake Norman I can help you find the perfect home. Feel free to call me at 704-578-0926 at your convenience to discuss your plans for your move or browse available properties in popular areas at the links below.

Lake Norman Waterfront Homes

Bailey’s Glen

The Courtyards On Lake Norman

Trilogy Lake Norman

All Lake Norman 55+ Homes


About the Author

Owner/Broker of Allen Adams Realty

Bill Adams, a North Carolina native, is founder and Owner/Broker of Allen Adams Realty, a boutique agency focused on personalized real estate services. The name “Allen Adams Realty” is derived from Bill’s full given name which is William Allen Adams.

Bill, after obtaining both a real estate sales license and an appraisal license, began his real estate career in 1998 after successful careers in the racing and automotive industries. First, a concentration on real estate appraisal services allowed Bill to gain detailed knowledge and insights into the many different facets of the greater Lake Norman and Charlotte metro real estate markets. This allowed Bill to truly understand real estate values and local markets and expand into doing both appraisal and real estate sales. Then in 2004, armed with his experience, knowledge, and expertise, Bill started his own firm and called it Allen Adams Realty. In the early years of his new firm Bill continued to do both real estate appraisal and sales and then after the downturn of the market in the late 2000’s Bill has focused solely on real estate sales.

Bill strives for excellence in all aspects of his relationship with each and every client and prides himself on providing premier dedicated and personal professional service. Bill has successfully represented a wide range of clientele from international high-end luxury buyers to young families buying their first home. Through his wide reaching marketing he has also developed a large part of his business helping those buying second homes on Lake Norman or relocating to the area. Bill’s varied background and seasoned experience has made him a trusted and highly rated expert, which has been validated by being awarded multiple Five Star Professional Award for Real Estate awards. An award given to only the top 7% of real estate agents in the entire Charlotte market area.

On a personal note, Bill has lived most of his life in North Carolina and has lived in the Lake Norman area since 1997. He currently lives in the wonderful small college town of Davidson with his lovely wife Lindsey, beautiful daughter, and beloved dog. Beyond real estate, he enjoys boating on the lake, spending time with friends and family, most all things motorsports, cars, motorcycles, Panthers football, being active, hiking and exploring in the nearby mountains, vacations to the beach, traveling, as well as many other things.

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