Are you tired of living in hurricane prone areas… I was too!

With the effects of the disastrous Hurricane Irma it has caused me to think a lot about my experience with Hurricane Andrew. Although Andrew came 25 years ago, and we recently reflected on that on 08/24/2017, it does seem like yesterday. I wrote a blog, saved it as a draft last week. Now, I realized that I rambled  on about…

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…

Home under contract? Is it “sold”?

Isn’t it usually exciting when a realtor announces to you… “we have a contract”? This may be the result of negotiating back and forth with a buyer, months or years of your property being on the market, price reductions from what you originally listed your property for sale, etc.. Unless you have a cash buyer not exercising a due diligence…

Buyers… did you know….

that in North Carolina there may be tax exclusions that apply to you? The State has three different exclusions for: elderly or disabled disabled veteran circuit break property tax deferment There are specific requirements related to disability, age, income, depending on the applicable exclusion. If you’re considering purchasing property this could be important information for you to be aware of when…

Inventory is shrinking…thinking of selling?

It’s been an active beginning to 2017 (even though we’re now almost half way through the year) with sales in the Spring Creek area, at least more than typical in my experience.  If you’re thinking about selling your home or some land, now is the time to get it listed.  Buyers are exploring the area, and looking at properties so…

Owing a vacation rental in the mountains

  Have you thought about investing in a home to use as a vacation rental, or buying land to build a vacation rental?  It can be a business that offsets some of your annual expenses, i.e. taxes, insurance, and may be self-sustaining.  What I mean by self-sustaining is that you may earn enough revenue to cover the cost of operating expense…

Building a home in the mountains?

Maybe you have a dream of living in the mountains, maybe it’s your ultimate retirement destination.  That dream may include building your “dream home”.  While you may have a mental or even written image of what that home would look like, I want to share a few practical considerations with you. So, let’s say that the “dream home” is the…