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Want to Join the Mile High Club in Maggie Valley? - 10/31/08 02:24 PM
A mile high in Maggie Valley is the Cataloochee Ranch! I am not sure where else you can enjoy such beautiful views, authentic log cabins for lodging, home cooked, delicious, fresh food prepared daily for you, beautiful hiking territory, spectacular photography opportunities, and horses to ride! Fall photography is REALLY spectacular and colorful up at the Cataloochee Ranch, so I lurk there every chance I get right now. I was lucky enough to go to Cataloochee Ranch for dinner this week with my friend Bonnie Williams (thank goodness she has so many visitors!), and the after-dinner feature was a presentation about, (11 comments)
Rob Gudjer and Timber Wolf Featured at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. - 10/30/08 05:30 AM
Dinner at Cataloochee Ranch last night (trout and chicken) was delicious. Dessert for me, aside from fresh blueberry pie, was seeing this beautiful white timber wolf. Rob Gudjer provided endless information about the timber wolf, who was not at all concerned about being in the presence of admirers of the human kind. You can also see Rob and his wolves at Ghost Town in the Sky.
Wow! The early snow that arrived in Haywood County yesterday (October 28th) is breaking records! Our Cataloochee Ski Area is now open which is the earliest the Ski Area even been open for skiing! “Cataloochee opened the season with an 8- to 12 inch base on two beginner slopes yesterday at 1 p.m., making it one of only three open ski areas in the country. The Maggie Valley ski area is second only to Loveland and Arapahoe Basin Ski Areas, both of which opened in Colorado on Oct. 14 and 15 respectively.” (Read the rest of the local story here.) (7 comments)
Haywood County, NC - Be Conscious of Residential Sales Numbers. - 10/29/08 08:22 AM
Do not ignore or complain about about Haywood County numbers! Studying the residential sales numbers for Haywood County (including Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Lake Junaluska), instead of either ignoring them or complaining about them, will enable you to buy and/or sell from the present moment rather than living and pricing in the past. What are our residential sales looking like this month, especially compared to previous years? I think we shut down early for winter. My interpretation of our market, as an anagram: Tracks Euro Musk. Number of Sales in October Compared to Previous Years. Compared to (3 comments)
Here is a link to the official North Carolina "Polling Place Locator " if you aren’t sure where in Haywood County you can go to vote next week. Just fill in your address and County where indicated, and your voting location option(s) will appear. Polling Place Locator Even Google will help you find out where to vote (click below):
See my Photos of the Day . Search the Haywood County, NC MLS .
I Like Two Kinds of Men... Domestic and Imported... in Cowboy Boots. - 10/28/08 05:29 AM
The very first snow in Maggie Valley in Fall 2008 arrived last night (October 28th)! Here's a glass full if you don't believe me! It is still dark outside, and still snowing. Wow! The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting school delays due to the snowfall, especially in the higher elevations. You can read about it right here. What's better than waking up to your first snowfall for the winter season?? (At least that we can talk about here on Active Rain...)
See my Photos of the Day. Search the Haywood County, NC MLS.
Haywood County, NC - Prices Per Square Foot - 2004 to 2008. - 10/27/08 07:08 AM
Price per square foot comparisons, by price ranges, reveal a very interesting historical picture, and I also believe they provide a look at the future, especially if selling your house is on your priority list. What do I mean by that? Look at the ACTIVE listing PSF averages in the chart below compared to the actual closed transactions (specifically those closed in 2008). Many active listing prices remain too high, don’t you think? Factoring in our ‘extensive’ active inventory and the economy in general, we are back to 2004-2005 prices whether we like it or not… especially if we want to (5 comments)
Call the Doc if These Blue Ridge Mountain Views Last More Than 4 Hours! - 10/26/08 07:43 PM
The Fall colors are still vibrant here in beautiful Western North Carolina, which I discovered this weekend after lunch with my former broker-in-charge. Hard to pick out my favorite photos after our ride around the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Logan. Makes me want that Airstream NOW!
Looking Glass Rock, which is quite spectacular during winter when ice covers the granite....
A view from one of the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks.
Too Old to Be a Porn Star, But Not Too Old To Spell Fiduciary. - 10/25/08 07:53 AM
Real estate being what it is at the moment is giving me the opportunity to step back and think about what it is that inspires me about being a real estate broker. To be brutally honest, what inspires me about real estate is providing exceptional customer service, marketing real estate (and myself), and the social media aspects of the business of real estate. If you want to feel like a fish out of water in Haywood County, talk and learn incessantly about blogging, the internet, and social media! I digress... Being a real estate Broker in North Carolina for almost 2 (9 comments)
"I Generally Avoid Temptation [in Maggie Valley] Unless I Can't Resist It." - 10/24/08 07:52 PM
Hey Baby, how about some baby back ribs, or a smoked sausage hoagie? Or both! If you've worked up an appetite, or just love barbecue, stop by the Bar-B-Que Shak and you'll be licking the Bar-B-Que Shak's sauce off your fingers, wanting more. These photos were all snapped at the Bar-B-Que Shak here in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. You'll find the Bar-B-Que Shak right before you get to Ghost Town in the Sky, on the right-hand side heading toward Cherokee. They do mail order too!
Bar-B-Que Shak Maggie Valley, NC (828) 926 - 0560 See my Photos of (10 comments)
Haywood County, NC - COUNTY Market Snapshot - 10/22/08. - 10/22/08 05:33 AM
Haywood County, NC residential real estate sales as of today (10/22) reflect an average selling price of $179,437 for the 30 homes sold to date in October, which continues to be on the decline. The most expensive home sold in October to date closed at $400,000, and the least expensive home closed at $55,000. Average Listing Price/Absorption Rate. The average listing price of the active listings of $376,699 reflects that there are homes on the market that are not in line with the present market as it is today. Our absorption rate/inventory (27.36 months based on this month's projected sales) continues (3 comments)
Fried Green Tomatoes and the Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Fair. - 10/21/08 06:10 PM
The fried green tomatoes and fried turkey legs were delicious at the Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend at the Festival Grounds, which drew a great crowd and featured beautiful weather and great vendors. Visitors savored the clear blue skies, fall colors and crisp weather both Saturday and Sunday, and carried away what I suspect were more than a few Christmas presents. The food booths were busy too! Beautiful weather and setting.
Saddle Up and Take a Colorful Ride at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. - 10/20/08 07:29 AM
Yesterday afternoon I took pictures of Cataloochee Ranch, which is a beautiful any time of the year, but especially during fall with the jewel-toned colors of the trees decorating the landscape. Lodging at the Ranch is available for a cozy get-a-way or a big, family gathering, and most anything in-between! Dining at the Ranch is family style and delicious. Wear stretch pants. Horseback riding and hiking are 'don't miss' activities while visiting Cataloochee Ranch, not to mention marshmallow roasts, fishing, and wagon rides! If you need someone to go riding with you, I'll go! If you'd like to call to make (9 comments)
If you are searching for a special place to stay and EAT in Maggie Valley, Smokey Shadows Lodge is a unique hideaway with beautiful long-range views, a fantastic deck for sitting and enjoying the views, company and surroundings, and food cooked by the owner on special occasions that will make you want to slap your Mama! I know because I had a great dinner there last night, courtesy of my Realtor friend, Bonnie Williams.
Located up Fie Top Road, which leads to Cataloochee Ranch and the Cataloochee Ski Area, it is easy to find, close to town, and yet (6 comments)
Colorful and in Season in Haywood County ... APPLES and LEAVES! - 10/18/08 07:10 AM
Today is the Apple Harvest Festival in Downtown Waynesville and I am planning to get there early. There's a chill in the air and the temperatures are dropping! Tomorrow is the Arts and Crafts Fair in Maggie Valley, and if that doesn't get you in the mood for fall/winter, just stop by any retailer (almost) and look at Christmas decorations! Read more about the weekend festivities here! Please enjoy the slideshow of some of my favorite Fall Photos from this past week.
Haywood County, NC Home Builders Association 'Nailed It!' - 10/17/08 11:01 AM
Last Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, the Haywood County Home Builders Association held their Home and Garden Expo at the Old Armory on Boundary Street in Waynesville. Local Folk Singers, Bryan and Emma McDowell, provided great entertainment Saturday afternoon and evening. The food was delicious by the way, and the vendors on hand were very friendly and informative. You may find vendor links and contact information on Wendy Wright’s Homeowner’s Resource Guide, a monthly publication that you can pick up at many stores in Haywood County, as well as view at your convenience on line (Homeowner’s Resource Guide). Here (1 comments)
Haywood County, NC - CANTON Market Report - 09/30/08. - 10/16/08 06:07 AM
Residential sales in Canton, NC in September 2008 (as of 09/30) totaled 12. It took an average of 167 days to sell these 12 homes. The number of homes on the market in Canton as of September 30 was 159. The absorption rate (i.e., inventory) in Canton at the end of September was approximately 13.3 months.
Source: MLS. Data deemed reliable but, not guaranteed. Search the Haywood County MLS.
A Cowboy in the Stall is Worth Two in A Maggie Valley Creek. - 10/15/08 07:31 AM
Wandering around the Maggie Valley Club makes you feel like you are miles away from civilization (see photos below!). The entire Maggie Valley Club development is naturally, beautifully and heavily wooded. There were many golfers were wandering the manicured golf course yesterday, enjoying the beautiful weather and the spectacular fall colors that pop more every day. Their yellow pants blended quite nicely with the fall colors. Pink… not so good. Photos taken along the Maggie Valley Golf Course.
Maggie Valley Fall Coloring Up the Landscape and Throwing a Craft Fair. - 10/14/08 07:47 AM
Maggie Valley is having a great craft fair this weekend! Come on up and attend both the 2008 Apple Harvest Festival in Downtown Waynesville, and the Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Festival. You will enjoy 2 fun-filled days here in the mountains. shopping and eating to your heart's content. Hours for the Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Festival are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arts, crafts and very unique merchandise will be featured by many talented artisans from all over the Southeast regions. The location is the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds (6 comments)
Amazing Sights on Lake Junaluska in Western North Carolina. - 10/13/08 04:00 AM
Both of these pictures were taken on the same day (Saturday, October 11th), at almost the same time, at the same place - - beautiful Lake Junaluska. Many roses are still blooming in passionately bright colors around the Lake while the trees at the same time are ‘blooming’ in their own spectacular jewel tones. Don’t forget about the 2008 Apple Harvest Festival this weekend (if you are looking for an excuse to come to the mountains). Good arts and crafts, good food, and good entertainment!
Haywood County, NC - 2-Year Sales Comparison - As of 10/11/08. - 10/13/08 03:48 AM
Haywood County October closings to date (as of early on October 13) total 12 so far, and the Average Selling Price of these particular closed transactions is $216,708. The high and low selling prices are $400,000 and $55,000, respectively. 'Solds’ were on the market an average of 129 days. The chart below compares total 2008 closings through October 11 to closings for the same period in 2007.
Haywood County, NC Active Listings as of 10/13/08 Haywood County Homes for Sale - Active - 1,209 Properties Found Maggie Valley Homes for Sale - Active - 297 Properties Found Waynesville Homes for (1 comments)
Michael Thornton's Sidekick, BUBBA, Seen in Maggie Valley. - 10/12/08 08:52 AM
I was not able to reach Michael Thornton this morning (he's playing some brain test game), but on my way home yesterday, right in the heart of Maggie Valley lo and behold, there was old Bubba, the famous Unhandy Man, picking pumpkins, no doubt after a very stressful day doing home repairs for a few unfortunate, unsuspecting souls. He said he was only here for the weekend.
Haywood County, North Carolina continues to hold a residential listings cup that continues to ‘runneth over.’ Whether you consider these numbers good or bad, they give you a quick snapshot of (1) how much competition you have if you are a seller; (2) how many options you have if you are a savvy buyer looking for your home in the mountains; and (3) what markets to target if you are a builder. Keep your eyes on the numbers! Search the Haywood County MLS.
The Haywood County Home Builders Association is sponsoring a Home and Garden Expo at the Old Armory on Boundary Street in Waynesville Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12. The hours for the Expo are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. Local Folk Singers, Bryan and Emma McDowell, will provide the featured entertainment Saturday evening. An exposition where Builder & Associate Members of the home building industry display their products and services. Outside vendors are also welcome. Open to the general public. $1.00 admission charge. Live entertainment all day on Saturday, with the (4 comments)
Bail Out of Town and Come See the Leaves in Maggie Valley and Waynesville! - 10/07/08 05:46 AM
Early morning temperatures in the 30's last week here in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina have prompted the leaves to start their show, exhibitionists that they are. This photo was taken in Maggie Valley Sunday (October 5th). Waynesville is also being painted with spectacularly vibrant leaves, so fire up your Airstream, or your old man, and head to the mountains to catch the show. Church Street Art and Craft Show this weekend in Waynesville. Apple Harvest Festival in Waynesville October 18th.
Wiggle Your Worm at Maggie Mountaineer Crafts in Maggie Valley, NC. - 10/06/08 05:54 AM
Maggie Mountaineer Crafts adds so much to the magic of Maggie Valley with the colorful and unique displays they create share with visitors, customers, and locals. Find jams and jellies, honey, and all the gifts and treasures you need to take back home for gifts, or to take back for your own indulgence.
Be sure and visit Maggie Mountaineer Crafts if you are in town for the changing of the leaves. And don't forget about the October 2008 Apple Harvest Festival and Church Street Arts and Crafts Festival . See my Photos of the Day . Search the (5 comments)
REMINDER! The 20th Annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival is coming up on October 18th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in beautiful, historic Downtown Waynesville. Featuring locally-grown apples and apple products for sale, as well as unique and handmade arts and crafts, delicious food of many flavors, and authentic mountain music, there will be something for everyone of every age. The Apple Harvest Festival is presented by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Waynesville Association, Haywood County Apple Growers, and the Haywood County Extension Service. You don't have to wait until October 18th for fun in Downtown (5 comments)
Haywood County, NC - WAYNESVILLE Market Report - 09/30/08. - 10/04/08 05:15 PM
Waynesville, NC residential real estate sales for August totaled 24, and the average number of days it took to sell the 24 homes was 170. The number of homes on the market in Waynesville as of this morning (Oct 4) is 564. Absorption Rate. The absorption rate for Waynesville’s inventory at the September rate of sales is 23.5 months. A normal/good absorption rate would be to have a 6-month inventory/absorption rate.
Source: MLS. Data deemed reliable but, not guaranteed. Keep an eye on the numbers!
See the September Haywood County, NC Market Report.
See my Waynesville, NC Archive (2 comments)
Haywood County, NC - MAGGIE VALLEY Market Report - 09/30/08. - 10/04/08 08:31 AM
Maggie Valley, NC closed 7 residential real estate sales in September 2008 (see details in chart below), and the average number of days it took to sell the 8 homes was 132. The number of homes on the market in Maggie Valley as of today (October 4) is 303 (highest number of homes on the market in Maggie Valley all year). Absorption Rate. The rate of sales in the present market, when considering today’s active listings (303), renders an approximate absorption rate of 42.6 months, or an inventory level that will take 42.6 months to sell at the present rate. A 6-month inventory is ‘normal.’ (5 comments)
Haywood County, NC - COUNTY Market Report - 09/30/08. - 10/02/08 03:58 AM
Residential real estate sales statistics for Haywood County NC as of 09/30/08 below include residential real estate sales for Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Lake Junaluska. The number of sales reported on our MLS for September is 49 (as of 09/30/08). (Please click chart to see larger version.)
Absorption Rate. The inventory/absorption rate of homes presently on the market, based on 49 sales in September, is 24.8 months. How Does 2008 Compare to the Previous 4 Years? The total number of residential sales from January 1 through September 2008 is the lowest number of ’solds’ in the 5-year comparison (3 comments)
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