Monthly Archives: December 2013

READY TO BUY OR SELL IN 2014 in CASHIERS, NC?

I simply can NOT believe it!  Can you?  It’s only hours away from being 2014!!  I don’t know about you, but I’m really ready for a terrific year in real estate sales!

 

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2. The private secondary mortgage market will be back in full force this coming year (though later in 2014), giving a fresh but sustainable lift to the housing market.

3. Interest rates will be higher, but housing demand will be fierce, squeezing the inventory and driving up home prices.

– See more at: http://www.inman.com/2013/12/26/2014-drones-stock-in-top-producers-a-mystery-acquisition-and-more/?utm_source=20131228&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weeklyheadlines#sthash.ac6OeW2S.dpuf

2. The private secondary mortgage market will be back in full force this coming year (though later in 2014), giving a fresh but sustainable lift to the housing market.

3. Interest rates will be higher, but housing demand will be fierce, squeezing the inventory and driving up home prices.

– See more at: http://www.inman.com/2013/12/26/2014-drones-stock-in-top-producers-a-mystery-acquisition-and-more/?utm_source=20131228&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weeklyheadlines#sthash.ac6OeW2S.dpuf

Here are some interesting items I’ve read in the past couple of days.  Taken with a grain of salt, this could be a VERY good year for us all, in most market segments.  One of the industry hot shots for information is Inman News.  Although they tend to be a little on the side of agents in general, they also tell it like it is for the most part.  Inman News says very recently that  “the private secondary mortgage market will be back in full force this coming year (although later in 2014), giving a fresh but sustainable lift to the housing market.”

Inman News also says:  “Interest rates will be higher, but housing demand will be fierce, squeezing the inventory and driving up housing prices.”

If you’ve been worried about selling your property, this could be music to your ears.  It certainly is to mine.  Consider that we (in the plateau area surrounding Cashiers, NC) tend toward to being a bit behind the housing market in general.  Pricing and inventory tell us we’re somewhere between 1-2 years behind the primary home market.  The basic feeling around the mountains is that we are very near our turning point.  The actual sales trends here in the mountains of western North Carolina indicate a slow improvement in our number of home sales every year since we hit the skids in 2008.  While we are not back at our all-time numbers yet, the truth is that we ARE near that number.  Real estate brokers in our area will be using the coming weeks to ramp up for the selling season beginning in May, 2014.  Here are some things to keep in mind, if you’re planning to list your property for sale in 2014.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY PROPERTY SELL?

Cashiers Homes for Sale

Ready to Sell! Immaculate Sapphire Home

More than ever, buyers are very savvy!!  The advent of the internet has seen so much of the potential buying population turning to the internet to begin their home searches.  Approximately 92% of all real estate related searches are begun on the internet these days.  Before they even begin a physical search, buyers have chosen what it is they want to see in order to maximize their precious time.  So, if you’re a seller, the top priority for you is to make your home shine like a bright new penny!  There are many things that can be overlooked such as not really having a view if your home looks great.  If you’re unsure about what looks really great to buyers, talk to a home staging specialist.  The nominal fee you’d spend just might net you that sale much quicker!

If you have a fantastic location, like being on a lake with a mountain view, make sure your listing broker does a visual tour for you.  There are few things that will make such a big difference in your marketing, and you deserve it!

If it’s dead, throw it out!!  (’nuff said)

De-personalize and de-clutter.  If you didn’t decide to engage that home staging specialist, then go through the house and remove any personal photos or mementos, and get rid of knick-knacks.  Even though you LOVE the bear sculpture that holds the sign that says “Go Away!”, get rid of it!!  No one, but no one will love it the same way you do, and that can mean the difference between selling and not selling (really!).

If your front door needs painting or re-finishing, for goodness sake, paint it or re-finish it!  That’s a really simple thing to do that could really make an impact on a potential buyer.   Make the entry to the home as welcoming and appealing as you can.

 

Sapphire Valley Falcon Ridge Porterfield

All Spruced up and Ready to be Sold!

Many of us don’t have a “yard”, and we tend to believe it’s okay that leaves are a foot deep off to the side of the house.  It’s really not okay.  If you can’t clean up the yard, get somebody to do it for you.  If your home looks like it’s been neglected, you may not see that offer come through.  If you DO see that offer, it could be a really low one, and the first offer is usually the best one you’ll get.  That is actually a factoid.

The bottom line here is to do all you can do to get seen, appreciated and sold!

WINTER TIME IS A GREAT TIME TO DO SOME HOME SHOPPING IN CASHIERS NC

There’s no doubt about it…winter time is a great time to home shop in Cashiers, NC.  Just give this a little thought…Most people have gone home to a warmer climate for the remaining winter months.  Since there are fewer homes on the market, you can really hone in on your “wants” and “must haves”…those sellers that are the most motivated are still on the market because they know that many of the expired listings are homes that would have less than motivated sellers.  These are the people that really want to sell.  Additionally, those sellers that put their homes on the market during the winter months are usually motivated as well.  When you come across a new listing during these times, take a moment to really review it.  It may just be “the one”!

Sapphire NC Log Home

Whisper Lake Log Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk to your real estate broker about expired listings, too, if there’s one that has caught your eye.  Generally, they’ll know whether a particular seller will continue to allow showings during the winter.

Sapphire Valley Falcon Ridge Porterfield

Welcome Home to Falcon Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for homes during the winter months, you’re going to be treated like royalty.  There will be fewer frantic showings, because your broker will have much more time to devote to you.  Enjoy seeing all the topography of the landscape, which is impossible to see during the spring and summer months.  The slower pace is very attractive to some folks and you can get an idea of what winter months here in Cashiers are really like.  There are hardly any days that are completely unacceptable to go out and view properties, and if you do get caught in a spell of rain or snow, it won’t be long before the sun shines on your activities once again.  See what sorts of activities are available here during this time.  You’ll find skiing and tubing at the Sapphire Valley Resort, evenings of celebration at the Cork and Barrel or Mica’s (for drinks and appetizers) and dinner at The Orchard or Gamekeeper’s Tavern are all still a part of the local scene.  If you want to venture out a little further to Highlands, you’ll find a great assortment of restaurants and bistros!  Or just plan a nice, quiet evening at  “home”.  Grab a bottle of wine and some fine cheeses at the local Ingles and have a restful end to your day.

Cashiers NC Home for Sale

Stillmont Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jump up and get a great start to another day of house hunting!  Yep!  There’s no doubt about it…winter time is a great time to home shop in Cashiers, NC!

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Merry Christmas!

Cashiers Homes Christmas 2013

Okay, here I am before the Party started!

Cashiers Homes - Christmas Party, 2013

Acting Up at the End of the Party!

So, here’s the before and after from our Christmas Party at Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, NC. A great time was had by all, and some of us got into trouble, which is not hard to believe. We thoroughly enjoyed Elvis (our special guest), gambling, dinner and drinks. Many also enjoyed dancing the night away to favorites, sung by Elvis! It was a great surprise and so entertaining.

For anyone who thinks Cashiers, NC is only a summer home (second home) market because nothing happens in Cashiers during the winter, all you have to do is look back at these pictures and this post to know that just isn’t true!

To start having more fun than a barrel of monkeys, be sure to call me at 828 399 1580.  Although we appear to be “party animals”, you have to know we’re very serious about real estate in Cashiers and all the surrounding areas like Sapphire, Lake Glenville, Highlands, and Lake Toxaway!

Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

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