Author: Susan

I once was “that buyer”…

inexperienced in buying mountain land, not represented by a real estate broker.  Fortunately, it was mostly a positive experience.  However, knowing what I know now (as a realtor) that I didn’t know then… I don’t recommend buying property in an area that you are not familiar with, and in circumstances that you may not be very knowledgeable. The benefits of…

Crime statistics… important to know where you want to live?

One of the considerations you may have as you consider relocating, or purchasing property is the type of and volume of crime existing in an area.  We know in reality that no rural area or small town is immune from being effected by criminal activity… no matter how remote it is, or how proficient law enforcement is at crime prevention. …

Where to find mountain homes with 10-20 acres… in 2018!

You may know that Asheville/Buncombe County has been a rapidly growing area for the last couple of years. There is also considerable expansion out of Asheville to the Leicester area, which includes road widening of Leicester Highway/Hwy. 63. This road is the direct connector from Asheville to Madison County (in the Trust/Spring Creek areas).  Likewise, road expansion has occurred from Asheville…

2017 in review

2017 was the best year yet… at Only in the Mountains Realty ! While three big words in real estate are… location, location, location, there are other important factors that affect volume of sales, and activity of people listing or buying property. The overall economy in the U.S., disposable income, are a couple factors that affect sales everywhere, and maybe…

Home inspections for buyers: yes or no?

  If you’ve bought a home before you may have done home inspection during that process. If you have never bought a home, this is an important step in the buying process that you should become familiar with. There are many reasons why a home inspection is a good investment of your money during the buying process. With less frequency,…

What I like about…

I had an idea to try something different, and to do so being informative but hopefully objective.  We all have different tastes in home styles, features of land, and so on.  Maybe you share some of the same likes that I have, but maybe not.  What this blog describes are in my opinon the best features, and/or often desired features…

At the end of the day… what’s important to you?

Has anyone asked you this question before? Have you asked yourself? Maybe it’s something you’ve never given thought to, but, think about it as it relates to life in the mountains. Maybe your day consists of an 8-5 job, caretaker of children, or freedom of retirement. When it’s all said and done where would you like to be?  Let’s put a…

Want to be closer to town yet surrounded by mountains? I know the place for you!

Yesterday I was driving around Lake Junaluska which is near Maggie Valley, and Waynesville.  The old bridge is out, and I had to detour around the opposite side of the lake. I was on my way to the pool for a little sun and relaxation when driving around the lake it struck me… not everyone wants to be “in” the…

Is it a creek or a stream?

When I list a property my choice of words, and photographs are essential to depicting the property as it is when I’m standing there.  Sometimes this is challenging due to terrain, heavy foliage in different seasons, etc.  Many prospective buyers of mountain property want a water feature such as a creek, or stream.  What’s the difference? Often times “creek” and…