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Fall for Brevard, North Carolina - 09/24/08 03:12 PM
Fall has officially arrived here in the mountains, bringing with it, shorter days and cool, crisp air - both necessary ingredients for a great leaf season. In higher elevations like Cashiers and Highlands just west of Brevard, North Carolina you can already see the subtle change from green to yellow on some of the maple trees, and splashes of burgundy have begun to dot the mountain sides. If you are planning a fall trip to the mountains of western North Carolina, experts tell us that peak leaf season should be starting around mid-October. Generally, you can count on great leaf color (0 comments)
Learning to embrace a competitive spirit - 09/21/08 01:51 PM
I never played sports when I was growing up. No one in my family did. And although both of my parents graduated from colleges with strong football programs, we never dressed in team colors and gathered around the TV on Sunday afternoons to watch their teams play. We didn't notice the Army/Navy football game even though both of my parents were Navy veterans. The same familial indifference to sports applied to professional teams. Fact is, I can't remember a single moment from my past when sports was even a topic of discussion around the dinner table. Maybe this can explain my (1 comments)
Tell 'em what they've won, Johnny! - 09/15/08 11:34 AM
This morning I watched a short video on Inman about how consumers are in control these days. I don't disagree. Today, buyers and sellers have access to the MLS and countless real estate search engines. They read, they research, and by the time they call a Realtor, they're already very informed.So what really motivates a buyer to buy when the world is their oyster and sellers are clamoring for a contract? After you get past the basic needs like the number of bedrooms, location, etc., what makes them pull the trigger? Do buyer incentives work? Today I saw a new listing (15 comments)
An Open Letter to Americans - 09/15/08 08:01 AM
Greetings Americans, Over the course of this current election campaign we've received a lot of emails "exposing" one side or the other for something that was or wasn't said or for a policy position that may or may not be true. Most of these emails refer to factcheck.org as a source of truth. So, in the interest of independent thinking, we went to factcheck.org and did a little research. The links below are an example of what we found. The one constant in this election (most elections for that matter) is that ALL politicians lie and embellish when they are seeking (0 comments)
11 Ways to Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers - 09/13/08 03:56 PM
As Realtors, it's our job to price your home correctly, aggressively market the home, and insure that all necessary contracts and paperwork are done properly. But selling a home is a team effort and as the seller you play a critical role in getting your home sold. Your biggest job is keeping your home in show ready condition. Yes, that's a lot of work and one of the more stressful things about selling a home. But we work with a lot of buyers and I can't stress enough how important it is to keep your home clean and decluttered. From their perspective, a home (4 comments)
The Impossible Struck Seven Years Ago Today - 09/11/08 09:53 AM
10:00 am 9/11/08 It's hard to believe that seven years ago today, about this time, planes were smashing into the Twin Towers in New York City, falling from the sky in Pennsylvania, and crashing into the Pentagon in DC, killing thousands of people, and forever changing the way we live as Americans. It was a moment in our country's history that will hopefully never be forgotten. Like D-day, the Kennedy assassination, the killing of Martin Luther King, people will remember where they were when they first heard the news. I was home working when I got the call to turn on (2 comments)
What have you been puffing?? - 09/10/08 09:37 PM
A little puffing is not a bad thing, really. We all do it. Some more than others, naturally, and I would question anyone who says they don't puff now and then. But sometimes, the line between puffing and misrepresentation becomes blurred and as Realtors, we have to be able to recognize when we've gone too far. In the excitement of getting that new listing up on the MLS it's easy to get carried away with describing a home and all its assets. But an MLS description is not an exercise in fictional writing and puffing is no substitute for reality. Anything (5 comments)
Brevard area home for sale! Just reduced to $222,900 - 09/09/08 09:54 PM
If you're looking for an affordable home in a great neighborhood, close to town, you've found it! With 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, it's a great opportunity for first time home buyers, investors, or anyone who is simply sizing down. Don't miss the huge garage with a workshop area....plus there's a second heated workshop below. Buy now and you'll be warming your toes by the fireplace in no time! (1 comments)
Cooked Books and Bail Outs. What else don't we know. - 09/09/08 07:13 PM
The more I learn about this mess with Freddie and Fannie, the more angry I become. First there are the cooked books...the creative math to make the numbers look good which in turn made investors smile. Then there is the government bail out. There wasn't any other choice, of course, but you and I are the ones who are going to pick up the tab on this. Now, according to Neil Cavuto there's a $15+million "BONUS" that is going to the two CEOs who ran these institutions into the ground and misled investors in the first place. Wow..I wish someone would (6 comments)
RESIDENTIAL SALES SUMMARY Henderson County, NC, which includes Hendersonville and a number of surrounding communities, continues to hold relatively steady amid all the housing troubles that are plaguing our industry. In August this year, the area saw an increase in the number of homes sold compared to last month, as well as the same time last year. There were 165 residential closings in August and 49 of them in them were in the $100-$200K price range, a slight increase from July. There were 35 closings in the $200-$300K range, slightly off from last month. And 12 closings made it (0 comments)
RESIDENTIAL SALES SUMMARY When you start crunching real estate numbers in Transylvania County, which includes Brevard and a number of neighboring communities, you must take into consideration that Lake Toxaway, a community where most homes are in the millions of dollars, is part of Transylvania County. So when there are sales in Lake Toxaway, it will skew the data for the whole MLS board. This is the case in August and to a lesser extent, July. In August, the average residential sales price soared to $536,148 which represents more than an 110% increase over (0 comments)
Fall is coming to the mountains - 09/08/08 01:23 PM
Everyone has their favorite time of year. For us, it's fall. Maybe it's the cooler, drier air. Or maybe it's the the way the summer haze gives way to crystal clear views of the mountains that are ablaze in yellow, red, orange, and gold. It could be the smell of wood burning in our fireplace or the feel of being cozy and warm in a butter soft sweater. It may even be the fact that it's the start of football season. More than likely, it's all of those things that makes me look forward to the coming of fall, even when (2 comments)
A Taste of Transylvania - 09/02/08 09:29 AM
Before I go any further, I should explain that this is not some sort of vampire fest. Transylvania County, home of Brevard, is located in beautiful western North Carolina and got it's name from its founders. In Latin it roughly means "Across the woods".
With that out of the way, let's talk about food! On September 16, you can sample food from 15 area restaurants at the annual Taste of Transylvania. Tasty samplings from the area's best restaurants is just the beginning though. There is a silent auction where you can bid on items that showcase our wonderful mountain lifestyle. (0 comments)
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