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…

Get off the merry-go-round

A few days ago I was standing outside a home that I have listed for sale, with a showing broker.  She and I were talking about real estate in her area nearer to Asheville,  and mine… more removed from the city.  I boasted how great it is to live, and work in the mountains…further away from the city. During our…

“Don’t let any grass grow under your feet”…

Well, those of us living here are about ready for the grass to start growing again. However, as the saying goes… Don’t let any grass grow under your feet”, there’s a lot of activity in the real estate industry right now, and you might miss out on a property that appeals to you.    If you’ve been attracted to any…