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Bald Head Realty
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Franklin, NC 28734
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Harry and I feel Kathy Clifton is the best realtor we have ever had. She is thinking of your interest whether you are with her or not. She is dedicated to her work and her associates are as well. She is helpful to make suggestions, always available, taking care of tons of paperwork even when we are out of town. I will tell anyone if you are looking or selling property in Franklin, see Kathy Clifton. Vivian and Harry Reinhart
Kathy Clifton and her associates at Bald Head Realty recently listed and sold my home in Franklin, NC.  Kathy was not only extremely professional and consistently helpful, she was also very easy to work with and responded quickly to my questions and any needs I felt I had.  It was truly like working with an old friend.  Her assistant was always on top of viewing appointments and kept me well-informed.  The office personnel made me feel comfortable and efficiently took care of whatever business I was there to conduct.  I would absolutely go straight to Kathy with any real estate needs I may have in the future. Pat Stickney
Kathy is a very knowledgeable and personable realtor.  She helped us through the process of selling our home and we are so thankful we chose her to represent us.  We highly recommend Kathy to anyone searching for a great realtor in the Franklin North Carolina area. Thank you Kathy and all the staff at Bald Head Realty for your expertise and patience, we are truly grateful!!
Jerry & Susan Wadel
My husband and I we’re so grateful in the sale of our Cowee Valley property. We thank Kathy Clifton for her time and hard work. Her professional input and honesty was very much appreciated. She is a delight to work with. Without hesitation she will always be our go to agent.

Juanita and Lance Helewski
I can not say enough about Kathy's positive attitude towards listing my home for sale. She made the whole process quick and easy and kept me updated on a weekly basis. My home sold within a couple of months after listing. It's Kathy's skills that make the difference. She will not disappoint! Joseph Metzler
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Franklin and Otto, NC 2013 Fall Market Update

When are the Fall Colors at their Peak?

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Every year it's the $1,000,000 question.  According to Kathy Mathews, biology professor at Western Carolina University, regular sunlight and less rain in Septemer will enable leaves to produce high levels of sugar, which enhances their color as the weather turns.

Click here for up to date info provided by the US Forest Service on the progression of colors as they begin changing in this area.   Make your plans to take advantage of the gorgeous shades of orange, red and yellow as they splash across Macon County.  

Fun Stuff in the Mountains

21st Annual Smoky Mountain Art & Craft Festival

Date(s): Oct 18, 2013 - Oct 19, 2013          When: Friday 9am - 5pm & Saturday 9am - 4pm
Where: Macon County Fair Grounds       Admission:  $1 or Non-perishable Food Item

Featuring Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the Southeast, Door Prizes drawn every 2 hours for items donated by crafters. For more info, call 828-497-9425 

17th Annual Pumpkinfest 

Now in its 17th year, Pumpkinfest in Franklin, NC has grown to be one of the most popular events in Western North Carolina. Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a giant playground full of activities to be enjoyed by all ages.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26, 2013 - this year's Pumpkinfest date.

The highlight for many festival goers is the opportunity to participate in Franklin's World Famous Pumpkin Roll. Hundreds vie each year for the $100 top prize for rolling their pumpkin the farthest. There will be a limited supply of pumpkins for sale downtown or bring your own.


Other activities include a wide variety of live entertainment including great music and roving street performers including a fire eater/spinner. The Kids Zone has also been expanded this year to include inflatables, lots of games for all ages and much more. You can also participate in many different contests from best costume to eating pumpkin pie, a screaming contest and more. Plus, there are dozens of arts & crafts booths, great festival food and great shopping in downtown Franklin.

 Trick or Treating --- Mountain Style!

Halloween in the Park Franklin NC

Halloween in the Park is an annual event in Franklin held at the Macon County Recreation Park on October 31, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm. 

It's Trick or Treating with a different twist.  Instead of going door to door (which can be tricky in the Mountains), children and adults don their scariest/funniest/most creative cosumes and visit the Recreation Park where Local Vendors have set up booths and give away treats.  Last year there were in excess of 1000 folks that attended.   The kids love it!

October Featured Listing

695 Stewart Road   Franklin, NC  28734

695 Stewart Road Home for Sale Otto, NC

6.05 Acres with Extensive Creek Frontage

695 Stewart Road Home for Sale Otto NC

Open Floor Plan, Hardwood Floors

695 Stewart Road Home for Sale Otto NC

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One of the Most beautiful BIG CREEK properties you'll ever see! 6.05 Acres with hundreds of feet of Creek Front. Picnic, camp, or fish from your own bank. First time on the market, original owners. History abounds as this is the site of the original Stewart Home Place circa 1907. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.  Outdoor Living Space includes three covered porches. Open Floor Plan with'Hardwood Floors in BRs, LR, DR, Kitchen, Foyer, Sunroom. Ceramic Tile all Baths. Master Bath w/HUGE custom walk In Closet, Clawfoot Tub, Tile Walk In Shower. Terrace Level has Game Room, Family Rm w/Woodstove, Bonus Room that can be 4th Bedroom, full bath + 2 Unfinished Areas. 

Franklin and Otto Home Sales up by 33.21%

Yes, you're reading correctly!  The number of home sales in our area has risen 33.21% over the same time period in 2012.  In 2013 YTD, 353 homes have sold compared to 265 in 2012.  The hottest price range this year is $100,000-$120,000 with 47 homes sold.  Why?  Homes prices are low and interest rates have gone up by 1% or more in the last few months.   If you've been sitting on the fence waiting for prices to go lower, don't.  They have leveled off.  With interest rates moving up, now is the time to purchase that vacation home or primary residence you've been thinking about. 

Visit my website and check out the current inventory, there are still many good deals out there.

Thank you for helping build my business.  I love what I do and do what I love....I'm a lucky girl!

If you know anyone who is looking to buy or sell property in our area, I would appreciate you giving them my contact info.  I promise to treat them like royalty.  Call or email me, I'm here to help.  

Kathy@FreeFranklinSearch.com     828-226-1074

See you next month!


















Franklin and Otto, NC April 2013 Market Update

Music, Shopping, Quilting---The Mountains are alive!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day -  May 12th

                                                       Best friends forever mom and me
                                                       Picking flowers and climbing trees.
                                                       A shoulder to cry on, secrets to share
                                                       Warm hearts and hands that really care.

Shop for Mom At the 12th Annual Mother's Day Gemboree

Gem Show

This annual event is always a show-stopper.  It runs from May 10th through 12th. You'll find rough and cut gems, minerals, fine jewelry, equipment, supplies, beads and much more!   Friday & Saturday - 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Sunday - 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Macon County Community Building - 1288 Georgia Road,  Franklin, NC.

Airing of the Quilts    May 11th

Franklin NC Airing of the Quilts

Make plans  this Mother’s Day Weekend for the 3rd Annual Airing of the Quilts. You'll discover hundreds of quilts throughout Historic Downtown Franklin as businesses and homeowners will  hang quilts from their store fronts and porches. The event will create an unbelievable burst of spring color throughout the Town of Franklin, NC and Macon County.

This event gets bigger every year! In addition to the quilts displayed downtown, at Quilt Trail block locations, and at private residences all around the county, look for quilt-related vendors, special quilt exibitions and a quilt appraiser to tell you about and appraise your family's treasured quilts.   This is a FREE event beginning at 10:00 am. 

Kick up your heals at the Bluegrass Celebration - Stecoah Valley May 18th

Join the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC for the Spring Bluegrass Celebration! This festival features great bluegrass music as well as arts and crafts vendors. It will begin at 11 a.m. with the arts and crafts event wrapping up around 5p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Check the Stecoah Valley website for more information on vendors and music line up!  http://www.stecoahvalleycenter.com/events.html


Log Home on 2.83 +/- Acres with Creek   1395 Muskrat Valley Lane  Franklin, NC

1395 Muskrat Valley Lane  Home for Sale Franklin NC

Picnic in your own yard and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the Creek.

1395 Muskrat Valley Lane  Home for Sale Franklin NC

Tongue and Groove Ceiling, Rock Fireplace and Wood Floors

1395 Muskrat Valley Lane Home for Sale Franklin NC

Long Range Mountain Views, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Basement, Covered Porches and Open Decks.  Private setting.   Built in 2003 and move in ready.  Listed at $179,900, this home is a great value. 

Here's additional info and photos

Franklin and Otto NC - April, 2013 Market Update

2013 Year to Date home sales through Realtors is 116 versus 97 in 2012.  It represents a 19.58% increase in the number of homes sold.  The average selling price in 2013 is $125,826 versus $116,731 in 2012.  There are currently 648 homes on the market in Franklin and Otto. 

Thanks for letting me share my excitement about this gorgeous area I call home! 

See you next month.








Franklin and Otto, NC March 2013 Market Update

They are everywhere!

I love this time of year!   This group of hikers is a typical sighting in the Franklin area every spring.   They come from all over the world to hike the Appalachian Trail.   Their resilience and determination is amazing.  The other day it was pouring down rain and I gave a lift to three hikers who were near Wallace Gap west of Franklin.   Completely drenched and very cold, my warm vehicle was a welcome mat for these wonderful folks.  In our 10 minute ride to the Budget Inn in Franklin,  (a popular stopping point for hikers) I learned that they were from New Hampshire.   Seth, 28, Mariam, 27, and Hilda, 60.  Yup...what an inspiration Hilda was.  Interestingly, she told me that she has already had supply packages sent ahead to some local Post Offices located close to the Trail for pick-up "enroute".  Wow...I learned very, very quickly how important the post office is to these through hikers.  When asked how much time they had before returning to New Hampshire, they said "We have appointments in 6 months"!  

Enjoy  the  many hiking trails in the mountains surrounding Franklin, NC. You don't have to spend six months on the trail to enjoy this activity.  The Franklin and Otto area abounds with picturesque day hikes of all lengths and skill levels. You'll discover nature at its best including hundreds of species of wildflowers, hidden waterfalls, and wildlife.

Mother's Day Annual Gem Show

Mother's Day Gem Show Franklin NC

Franklin is noted as the Gem Capital of the World.  This Annual Event attracts exhibitors from far and wide.  Stop by and pick up something special for Mom this year. 

12th Annual Mother's Day Gemboree
Date(s): May 10, 2013 - May 12, 2013
When: Friday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm
Where: Macon County Community Building

Rough & Cut Gems; Minerals; Fine Jewelry; Equipment; Supplies, Beads; Door Prizes and Demonstrations.   Look for discount coupons in local newspapers.

Unbelievable 17.3 Acre Gentleman's Farm

900 Feet of Creekfront, Pond, 2 Barns , 10+ Acres in Fenced Pasture, 2300 SF Home

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17.3 Acre Gentleman's Farm

450 Tuckaway Lane Farm for Sale Otto NC

Farm for Sale 450 Tuckaway Lane Otto NC

Franklin and Otto, NC March  2013 Market Update

The signs are very, very good:   Bruce and Sarah were in my office on Friday with the Franklin/Otto Real Estate Magazine, the Buyer's Guide, in hand.  They had their list of homes to print out so they could see which ones tweaked their fancy.  There were 18 in all and when I pulled them up on my computer, 5 were already Under Contract.  "Holy Cow!  Really" they said?  Yes, it's true.  We are busy and for the first time in over 5 years, there have even been multiple offers on homes.  These homes were priced for the market, buyers saw the value and jumped in. 

Year to Date home sales in 2013 through realtors is 102 versus 76 in 2012.  It represents a 34.2% increase in the number of homes sold.  Average selling price in 2013 is $122,370 versus $121,888 in 2012. 

More good news to come!

Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather.  I look forward to seeing you in the Mountains soon!





















Franklin and Otto, NC January 2013 Market Update

Like a box of Valentine chocolates, you just never know what you'll get.  On Wednesday, January 30th, we were doused with nearly 6 inches of rain.....blink....and on Saturday, February 2nd, Otto received 4+ inches of the fluffy white stuff. 

Snow in Franklin NC

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall....This area is a playground in every season!   Reason # 2,439 why Danny and I live in these beautiful mountains.

Speaking of Chocolates---Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's a perfect time to reach out to 14 folks who need some extra comfort during the winter months.  I'll bet within a mile of your home there is someone who is in need of some company.  Take the time to visit...listen...and show them you care .  I promise you it will warm your heart as much as it warms theirs. 

2013 Mystery Dinner Theater Benefit

"A Dangerous Night on a Desert Isle", will be performed by members of the Macon County Community Foundation Players on February 22nd, 23rd and March 2nd at Fat Buddies BBQ in Franklin.   The Foundation provides grants to support worthy, non-profit organizations in Macon County.  In 2012, the Foundation assisted more than 15 causes and their goal this year is to reach even more.

Franklin's Mystery Dinner Theater

This amazing group of local talent will dazzle you!  You will see Mayor Joe Collins, Sheriff Robbie Holland and not to be outdone...the "Golden Gal" in the middle above, Michelle Hubbs.....the funniest lady I've ever seen!  You won't want to miss it!   To reserve your tickets or tables, contact Karen Stiwinter at 828-524-5200. 

Featured Home ---- A Beauty in Clark's Chapel

168 Chapel Cove Circle  Home for Sale Franklin NC

Wow! This home has curb appeal. It's spotless and has that Wow factor inside and out! One Level Living with wide Open Floor Plan.

168 Chapel Cove Circle  Home for Sale  Franklin NC

Huge Kitchen with Work Island, Hickory Floors. New Screened Porch, Covered Courtyard and Permanent stairs to spacious unfinished attic.  Handicap ramp access---no steps. Oversized 2 -Car Garage that's as clean as the main home. Custom Master Closet w/built in dressers, shoe racks, etc.  3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths plus Den that could be 4th Bedroom.  Watch the video.

Franklin and Otto January 2013 Market Update

Real Estate Activity in this area absolutely burst out of the gate in 2013.   27 homes were sold in January compared to 19 in 2012 for a 42.1% jump in number of homes sold.  Avearage selling price was $124,657 versus $121,482 in 2012. 

Interest rates are inching up slightly and prices will follow as the inventory continues to sell.  Check out the great home buys on my website www.FreeFranklinSearch.com and let me help you with your vacation or primary home purchase.   I promise to give you the attention you so deserve. 

Thank you for allowing me to share my enthusiasm and love for what I do and where I live.

On an administrative note, we have recovered from the email problems I notified you of recently.  You may now use either email:  kathy@freefranklinsearch.com or kathyclifton1@gmail.com.

See you next month!





Franklin and Otto NC August 2012 Real Estate Update

Franklin and Otto, NC Market Update 

August 20, 2012

It's been a very busy summer for the Franklin and Otto, NC Real Estate Market and here are the latest Market Stats.

From June 1, 2012 thru July 12, 2012, 33 homes were sold in Franklin and Otto.  Let's fast forward from July 13, 2012 thru August 19, 2012, 45 homes have sold.   Average sales price was $117,451 as compared to the  previous period of $91,327.  31 of the homes were stick built, 10 were manufactured homes and 4 were condo/townhomes.   4 of the sales were foreclosures as compared to 6 from the prior report.  The foreclosure inventory has dwindled and that's a prime reason why the average sales  price has increased. 

Looking for a Party?  You've come to the Right Place!

Venture Local hosted their second Street Fest event this past Friday evening, August 17th.   Set in downtown Franklin, the shops were open for business, there were 4 live bands and a BIG TIME was had by all.  It was a great way to attract locals and visitors to Franklin's quaint Downtown area for some shopping, food, fun and entertainment.  The weather was perfect and the streets were flooded with excitement!  Kristin and Anna Green loved the Face Painting!   John Becker - Bald Head's Band in the Background.   They Rocked the House!

Kristin and Anna Green love the face painting at Street Fest!

As if that wasn't enough --- The "Rumble", Franklin's first Motorcycle Rally  was held August 17, 18, and 19.  The Smokey Mountains is a haven for Motorcycle enthusiasts and this fun "happening" was a great way to show off what our area has to offer.   Over 2000 Attendees enjoyed food, music, vendors and an opportunity to meet new friends and "hang out" with fellow bikers.   There were folks from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and lots of North Carolinians that enjoyed the festivities. 

Watch the "Rumble" Video

Thanks again for your support in helping me build my business.  If you haven't requested your  10% off coupon from Lowes Improvement Center,  Visit this link and just fill in your information and I'll send it to you via email within 14 days.   

Back by popular demand my short Video about Otto and the surrounding areas.  You'll see Coweeta Creek, Pickens Nose, Big Laurel and Mooney Falls....as well as Spring Ridge Creamery where you can enjoy the BEST Ice Cream Ever!  Watch this 7 minute video and enjoy.

Fun travels in Otto NC

More news to come in September.  Happy Travels.


Otto and Franklin, NC Real Estate Solutions - Kathy Clifton Broker  -  Keller Williams Realty specializing in Real Estate for Franklin and Otto, NC.  For more information call 828-226-1074

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