Welcome to 2013! The cool thing about living in the Franklin and Otto, NC mountains is that people are truly happy to be here. Driving around town or the back roads --- If you see a car approaching and give them a simple wave....they always smile and wave back. In the grocery store, gas station or restaurants, when you give a smile - you get a smile in return. I've had out of town customers in my vehicle showing property and when I wave to an oncoming car, they will ask ,"Do you know them?" and I say, "No, we're just friendly here." They are amazed.
Folks here are just plain generous too! For the 4th year in a row, Patrick Jenkins, with Farm Bureau Insurance, will brave the cold weather for 2 days and nights suspended high overhead in a bucket crane to raise awareness for those in need during the winter. Click on the link above to see Patrick in his perch last year and learn more about this worthy cause. You can help by dropping off canned goods, non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, paper goods, coats, blankets, etc. All items will be donated to CareNet. Stop by the Farm Bureau office at 1866 Highlands Road anytime between noon on Jan.18th to noon on the 20th to cheer Patrick on, honk your horn or to drop off a donation! BRRRR! He's a dedicated guy!
Great news for the higher priced homes as they ended 2012 with a spike in sales. Even in our market, 31 homes sold in the $250,000 and above range in 2012, as compared to only 17 in 2011.
Speaking of luxury homes.....this waterfront beauty on 3.46+/- Acres is amazing! It's brand new with a private setting on Lake Emory. One level living with 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Granite Counters and Hickory Cabinets throughout.
Vaulted Tongue and Groove Ceiling in Great Room with Stack Stone floor to ceiling Fireplace. Huge Deck to enjoy the Lake Views and walking access to the lake which, I'm told, is the "best fishing" in this area. Less than 10 minutes north of Franklin, NC with easy access.
Franklin and Otto, NC 2012 Property Sales
The news is good! 348 homes were sold through Realtors in our market in 2012, compared to 310 in 2011. Cash Buyers are more the norm than in years past as 160 of the 2012 sales were purchased with cash.
Land sales also saw a gain with 79 parcels sold and 13 commercial properties changed hands in 2012.
Do not be lulled into complacency by comments from others about lackluster sales or a soft real estate market. Great Opportunities abound and the new year is a perfect time to re-access your situation and take advantage of them. New Year's Resolution: A second or permanent home in the forever-beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. This is a resolution that is REALLY easy to keep. Call me and I'll help make it happen.
Thank you for your referrals and business in 2012. May 2013 be your BEST year so far! I ask myself everyday "How may I serve?" instead of "What's in it for me?" I am blessed to live and work in the most beautiful and peaceful place on earth. God bless you.
See you next month!