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 […]

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Rainy Day Projects For Your Home

April showers bring May flowers, but they also give you time to check a few things off your to do list on a rainy weekend. Here are a few projects you can get done: Spring clean. Dust all the blinds, wipe down the quarter-round molding, and clean under the beds and furniture you haven’t moved […]

Jan & Gene Met Brian Buffini!

We had an incredible time at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices #Innovation2018 convention! Our very own Jan Newsome and Eugene Strickland had a chance to meet Brian Buffini, one of the keynote speakers and founder of Buffini & Company. People. Passion. Purpose. Promise … and Photos & Podcasts. Sales Convention 2018 photos are now available for […]

How Late Payments Impact Credit Scores

FICO scores, the Fair Isaac Corporation credit-scoring system, are used by lenders to determine your creditworthiness. The lower your scores, the more risk you pose to lenders, resulting in higher interest rates or loan denial. Scores fluctuate for many reasons, including your debt-to-income ratio, making minimum payments only, credit inquiries and other factors. But nothing […]

Five Must-do Improvements For Resale

Most buyers want a move-in ready home that’s clean, updated and functional and they’re willing to pay more to get what they want. Here are just a few improvements you can do that will go a long way with buyers. Update the finishes. If you’re going to improve a room, update everything, even the light […]

Sharon Stovall named to BHHS Leading Edge Society

Sharon Stovall is making headlines again! This month she was inducted into the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Leading Edge Society for outstanding production. Sharon was also recently designated a Luxury Collection Specialist with Great Smokys Realty. Congratulate Sharon at 828-508-3366 or SharonS@4Smokys.com. “I would want to be associated with somebody where the financial strength was unquestioned and where […]

Kitchen Design Trends for Spring 2018

Kitchen design doesn’t change as quickly as other fashions, so when trends evolve, it’s time to pay attention, especially if you’re considering remodeling your kitchen. Here are five trends to consider: Color. White kitchens are clean, pristine, and modern but they don’t have to be monotone. Colors that are coming on strong are teal, a […]