Home Insurance & Replacement Costs

How do you know if you have your home insured for the right amount? Your lender may require insurance to cover the loan amount, but what you owe and actual replacement costs can be vastly different. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), replacement costs are the amount it would take to replace […]

Renegotiating After the Home Inspections

Negotiations don’t necessarily end when you and the seller sign the contract to purchase. You have the right to have the home you’re buying inspected for soundness, which you can include as a contingency to your offer. That way, if the inspection reveals a serious issue, you and the seller can address it through renegotiations. […]

Too many Clothes, No Down Payment

Crazy fashion trends do more than strain closet space. They can sometimes send the message that trendiness is more important than building wealth. Here’s how to save the money you spend on new clothes for something more rewarding – a down payment on your own home. Reduce your wardrobe. Consign, donate or give away clothes […]

A Commercial Transformation

Sometimes we see things that others do not. That has certainly been the case for Eugene (Gene) Strickland, Owner/Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty. Gene has been eyeing 39 Island Street in downtown Bryson City for years. While some saw a tired HVAC storage warehouse and office, Gene saw a diamond in the […]

Remodeling trend on the rise

According to the Federal Reserve, the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households, ahead of other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts. It’s important to protect the value of your home by keeping it repaired and updated. Not only does an update make a home more attractive, it should improve […]

We’ve got you covered!

Whether you are purchasing in Western North Carolina or beyond, we’ve got you covered. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ updated residential and commercial network member maps displaying affiliates and locations across the globe are now available. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty covers Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania County, providing you with full-coverage and exclusive […]

Are you really ready to sell?

If you find yourself saying any of the following to your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional, you may be hurting your chances of selling your home quickly and for the most money possible. “I’m not making any repairs.” According to the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report from the National Association of REALTORS®, […]

Market Conditions Matter

Market conditions are like a weather report; they show you what to expect so you can make plans, pick your listing price and decide on your marketing strategy. One thing is certain: Markets are either going up or they’re going down, so as conditions change, you need to know the long and short-term trends. If […]

How to Buy a “Spec” or Model Home

What should you expect when you buy a model or “spec home” from a builder? A model home features upgrades to show the builder’s floorplans to advantage. If you can wait until the builder sells all their inventory, you may get the model at the initial offer price and with more upgrades than other homes […]

All About Contingencies

As you browse listings on 4Smokys.com or realtor.com, you may find homes you like that appear to be unavailable, due to some kind of contingency. If you find the perfect home, but it’s labeled Active Kick Out or Contingent, should you pursue it or forget it? The reality is that contracts fall through sometimes. If you have […]

Homeowners, Buyers: It’s Either a Teardown or A Remodel

Older homes that served our grandparents and parents well may appear poorly planned for today’s families. They tend to be smaller with narrow lots, closed-off kitchens, and fewer bathrooms and bedrooms. On the other hand, older homes tend to offer character and quality craftsmanship that is unmatched today. So, should you tear down an older […]

Three Things Sellers Should Never Do

Selling your home is one of the largest transactions you’ll ever make, so you want to make sure you sell your home quickly, for the most money and for the best terms possible you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Here are three things sellers should never do. Sell it yourself. A […]

Best Outdoor Projects for Selling

As you look at your outdoor living spaces with an eye for upgrades, where will your time and money be best spent? Fresh landscaping? Sprinklers? A new fence? A firepit? Fortunately, 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features, co-produced by the National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers some ideas. First, there are […]

Decorate Your Kitchen with White Hues

Kitchens decorated with mostly white hues never seem to go out of style but there’s a fine line between white that’s serene and beautiful and white that’s stark and clinical. If you love the color white, here are some tips to make your kitchen modern and sophisticated: Include a little grey. Choosing a light grey […]

Should you wait for lower prices & interest rates?

Home prices have been rising for over seven years, and mortgage interest rates for five years. Should you wait to buy a home? The numbers say no. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the median existing home price is more than $250,000, the highest it’s ever been. If you wait to buy a home, […]

Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

To make your home more attractive to homebuyers, you could plant fresh flowers or you could put plants in containers and take your garden with you when you sell your home! Containers can accent your home’s personality – like washtubs for a farmhouse look or colorful fired pottery for a bohemian vibe. They’re the perfect […]

A Living Tribute

Over the last several years, through the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, the company has donated flower baskets to decorate the bridges of Bryson City and trees to decorate the sidewalks of Bryson City. We also purchased memorial trees for those that left us much too soon. One such tree is in memory of our […]

Bryson City named a ‘World’s Best Mountain Town for Summer’

The Active Times, an online fitness and adventure magazine, recently released their list of “The Best Mountain Towns in the World for Summer” and Bryson City made the cut. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Great Smokys National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, beautiful old-growth forests and meadows, and Downtown Bryson City were all featured. Of course, […]

Your home may seller faster than you thought possible!

Your home might sell faster than you thought possible when using these Western North Carolina REALTORS! From your initial consultation, to the closing table (and beyond), Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty sales professionals are there to guide you every step of the way. We back you with experience and a powerful suite of tools […]