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.
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.
Rough & Cut Gems; Minerals; Fine Jewelry; Equipment; Supplies, Beads; Door Prizes and Demonstrations. Look for discount coupons in local newspapers.
900 Feet of Creekfront, Pond, 2 Barns , 10+ Acres in Fenced Pasture, 2300 SF Home
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!