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Kathy Clifton did an outstanding job marketing our home in Watauga Vista.  She was professional and very knowledgeable about what we needed to do to sell it.  We followed her directions and the results turned out perfectly.  
Without a doubt, we would certainly give her any property we have to sell.  I encourage anyone who may be ready to sell to contact Kathy.  You will be very pleased, I promise you that.
Van and Patsy Capps
When we decided it was time to sell our Franklin, NC, vacation home, we contacted Kathy Clifton because of the recommendation of good friends who had used her as their realtor. We were very pleased!  Kathy was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and always willing to answer questions. She worked diligently to get us a good offer (3, in fact) and was tireless in her efforts to get ‘the deal’ to close quickly. (The listing, sale, and closing all took place within a month’s time!). We gladly recommend Kathy Clifton to anyone searching for a dedicated realtor.
Ann and Jim Smith
Wow, our property was on the market for two days, we had five offers, and it was sold the second day. Kathy and her team made this happen. Everyone was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable throughout the listing selling, and closing process. If we had more property to sell, we would want Kathy as our realtor again.  We had a wonderful experience.  Tim and Lydia
Just recently Kathy sold our property on Frazier Road.  We were very pleased with her honesty and hard work  in selling this property. We  will have Kathy sell our home as soon as we are ready. She is very trustful and we realize how hard she worked for us.
Ken and Kay Danzig
Kathy impressed us from the very start of our journey to sell our house. Having done her homework on our place, she showed up on day one with a definite plan for the marketing and sale of our home. She listened to our goals and concerns, gave her professional opinion, and together we moved forward. She was accessible to us at all times, and gave ready feedback to questions. She got us a great price and enabled us to move forward to the next phase of our lives. Thanks, Kathy! Rixey Wilcher
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Franklin and Otto 2013 Christmas and New Year Update

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As I begin this last Blog of 2013, I have a huge grin on my face.  Boy, being so blessed to live and work in these "storybook mountains" is something I will never take for granted.   We live south of Franklin in what my husband, Danny calls "The Metropolis of Otto".  As I drive north up Hwy. 441 each day, I am in awe at all there is to see on my short northern journey.  To my right is gorgeous Clark's Chapel, to my left is Albert Mountain.  When I reach the 441 Bypass Intersection and look to the west....I see Wayah Bald and to the north are Cowee Mountains.  There's not a bad seat in the house.


The Great Polar Express in Bryson City

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One of the most anticipated holiday events, this 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City, NC depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole.  Guests on board will enjoy hot cocoa and a special treat.  Children’s faces reflect the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift - their own silver sleigh bell - just as in the Polar Express story. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 8th and operates through December 29th.  For details and hours of operation go here:  Polar Express Info

Only in the Mountains

1080 Cherokee Mine Road  Franklin, NC

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Franklin and Otto, NC 2013 Thanksgiving Market Update

The Turkeys are coming---The Turkeys are coming!

No, these wild turkeys are not destined for a Thanksgiving dinner.  They are permanent residents of Brookstone Vistas, a gorgeous development in Patton Valley and a designated wildlife sanctuary area.  Behind the Gobblers is the entrance to the neighborhood; Notice the picturesque old barn in the background. This could be a Franklin postcard!  Yes, we are blessed with so much beauty and peace.....I pinch myself often to make sure it's real. 

So much to be thankful for, may I never take my surroundings for granted. Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.  Your continued friendship and support is so greatly appreciated. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Kathy Clifton

Mountain Traditions

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

                          Santa comes to Franklin NC
Date(s): Nov 30, 2013             When: 10am - 1pm      Where: Town Hall, Downtown Franklin

Little ones can enjoy cookies with Santa in the lower level of Town Hall.  Be sure to bring your camera.  For more information: 828-524-2516.

Annual Holiday Parade in Franklin

With Hannukah and Christmas quickly approaching, what better way to kick off the Holidays than with the Annual Holiday Parade.  The theme this year is  "A Picture Perfect Christmas".  The parade begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Franklin Holiday Festival

Frankin NC Winter Wonderland

On Friday, December 6 and 13, 5:00-8:00 pm,  Franklin's Holiday Festival transforms Historic Downtown into a Winter Wonderland.  Enjoy Free Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Roving Holiday Characters, great shopping and lots of fun!   This is one of my most favorite traditional events in our area - Sure to get you in the hoiday spirit.

Opportunity of a Lifetime

565 Wayah Road,  Franklin NC

Built in 1946 with a major addition in 1963, this amazing home on 3.81+/- Acres has Knotty Pine Cabinets, Walls and Ceilings.  Beautiful interior and outdoor features bring to mind the restful and relaxing pace of mountain living.

565 Wayah Road Home for Sale Franklin NC

Rock Work that has been here for 60+ years and still intact

565 Wayah Road home for sale Franklin NC

10 minutes west of Franklin on state paved road

565 Wayah Road home for sale Franklin NC

Covered Porch to enjoy the long range mountain views, 1950 SF of living space, 2 attached workshops, two outbuildings, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, with old world charm.  Go here for more information.

Franklin and Otto Market Update

Summer and Fall home sales in our area continue to climb as 254 homes were sold by Realtors from June 1, 2013 through today.  2012 home sales for the same time frame were 198, equating to a 28.3% increase in the number of homes sold in 2013.   With interest rates still low and hovering around 4.25% for a 30-year fixed rate mortage, our prediction is that 2014 will be a banner year.   Home prices are leveling out and we are seeing multiple offers on some of the better priced homes----this has not happened in years! 

As a Way of Saying ---

Kathy Clifton Franklin NC Real Estate

Need a Copy?  Need to Fax a Document?  Need Wireless Internet?  Stop by my office at 1573 Highlands Rd., Franklin NC and we'll be happy to help!  

Enjoy your Thanksgiving - See you in December.








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. 

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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!





















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