John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC)

171 Main Street -

P.O. Box 2216

Highlands , NC 28741

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Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. has been established in the Highlands, NC market for over 29 years. We specialize in Residential and Commercial properties in Highlands & Cashiers, NC.

Get to know John Dotson

Having lived full time in Highlands since 1986, I am intimately familiar with Highlands and the surrounding area.

"Living in Highlands is a dream of so many people, I feel blessed to make that dream my reality and the reality of so many others!".

Twenty nine years of real estate sales in the Highlands and Cashiers area give me a perspective enjoyed by few others.  I devote 110% of my experience in getting the best deal for my clients!


I am very familiar with Highlands, Cashiers and the surrounding areas. Preferred Properties and myself specialize in second home, land and commercial sales.

Being one of, if the not the leading seller of undeveloped tracts in the Highlands area, I can guide you through all the potential potholes of buying or selling raw land in the mountains.

Located strategically on Main Street, and in the same location for over 20 years, Preferred Properties of Highlands is very accessible to buyers and sellers alike.  Our hours are from 9:00 to 5:00 M-F and from 10:00 am until on Saturdays.  To reach us after normal business hours, simply call our office for the after hours number.

Contact me any time.


My best advice for potential buyers:  Make sure you are dealing with a full time LOCAL real estate agent.  There are plenty of agents available that represent themselves as being knowledgeable of our specialized area that are simply... not.


From competitive to collaborative, my negeotating skills are some of the best around - just ask the competition!

Testimonials for John Dotson

  • R. Jobson

    "John found a property not on market and represented us in negotiations. His knowledge of the Highlands home market convinced us we were getting good value. (He) negotiated lowest price with out of town seller without losing the deal. Johns reassuring approach to a sale helped keeps emotions in check on both sides during negotiations and at closing. Since the sale, John has been a helpful source to us helping us finding contractors, property managers, and other necessary vendors.

    If a buyer or seller was on the fence about a realtor choice - I would tell them that Preferred Properties realtors are honest, relentless in their pursuit of excellent client representation and continue to be helpful after the transaction."

  • T. Taylor

    "It was a pleasure to work with John Dotson and Preferred Properties during our recent real estate acquisition. Their company was extremely professional and went “above and beyond” to bring a complicated purchase involving an estate with multiple heirs to fruition.

    Without hesitation, we would recommend John Dotson and Preferred Properties to anyone looking for a first class broker who exhibits integrity and professionalism."

  • P. Hill

    "We have known John Dotson for many years, starting with his dealings with my parents, then his helping us find our property in Highlands.

    His reputation certainly preceded him! His knowledge of the area and expertise in marketing has made our most recent dealings of the sale of our property a most satisfying experience.

    He has certainly been a joy to work with and we consider him a friend for life!"

  • D. Gaddy

    "Linda and I would like to thank you for being there for us at the closings of our real estate purchases throughout our years in Highlands.

    You went beyond the call of duty to make sure we were comfortable and to answer any questions we had concerning these closings. Thanks for being our real estate agent and, most of all, our friend."

  • Josephine Howard

    I have known John Dotson for many years and bought two houses thru him and recently sold one. When I get ready to sell the second home, he will be my first call.

    He is a hard worker and very knowledgeable.

    Service Areas (4)
    • Highlands, NC
    • Cashiers, NC
    • Scaly Mountain, NC
    • Norton, NC
    • Glenville, NC
    Specialties (9)
    • Buyers
    • Condos/Townhomes
    • Farm Land
    • Land
    • Luxury Homes
    • Residential
    • Sellers
    • Short Sales
    • Vacation/Resort Properties
    Languages (1)
    • English