Six Tax Deduction Blunders You Won’t Want to Make

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Avoid these tax deduction pitfalls to save time, money, and an IRS investigation. Blunder #1: Line 6 – real estate taxes  Your monthly mortgage payment often includes escrows.   This is the money for property taxes and fire and hazard insurance, from which the lender pays these bills. The money you send the bank may be more than what the bank pays for your …

Like New, Highlands NC Real Estate Deal

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Like new, 43 Hemlock Ridge is a Highlands NC real estate deal. This wonderful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home was built in 2008 and is located in Riverwalk, a spectacular community within walking distance to downtown Highlands. Highlights of this Highlands NC home include a vaulted great room, a high-end kitchen complete with Viking appliances, hardwood flooring, two private suites upstairs, …

Winter in Highlands North Carolina – Come Give it a Try!!

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Although Highlands is usually thought of as a summer resort, the winter has its own special charm.  Gone are the crowds of summer, replaced by quiet, laid-back days and  nights full of brilliant stars.  Most years there are several snows and nothing is more beautiful than those flakes blanketing the earth, returning the landscape to a state of purity and …

Let me Tell you About Highlands in 15 Minutes or Less!!

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We attended a charrette this evening after work at the Highlands Community Building on Poplar Street.    This was a public meeting of the Small Town Main Street Branding and Wayfinding Project for Highlands.   The public was encouraged to come and share their thoughts and feelings on what identity they feel best represents Highlands in order for this project to truly be a town effort.   An online …

Highlands-Cashiers Players to perform “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

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Maggie the Cat will heat up the cold evenings in Highlands as the Highlands-Cashiers Players set the stage for “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof” slated for February 23rd through 26th and March 2nd – 4th at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center.   The winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play is one of the finest examples of …

Highlands NC Real Estate, Steals & Deals

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When it comes to buying Highlands NC real estate there are a number of steals and deals available at the moment. Many factors have combined to create the ideal buyers market that exists today; low mortgage rates, higher than normal inventories, and lower home values being the key ingredients. Whether you are looking for a small cabin in the woods, …

Navigating the Red Tape when Building in Highlands and Cashiers NC

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Most people will never venture to the local building department; much less submit themselves (and their blueprints) to the bureaucratic process of obtaining a building permit, scheduling periodic inspections and complying with building codes. That, of course, is a builder’s job… and one that construction professionals take pride in making efficient and hassle-free for their clients. To be sure, working …

Top 5 Real Estate Headlines in the 1st Half of 2011

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We have reached the midway point of the year.   Today, we want to look back over the first six months and give you what we believe were the five items that have had the biggest impact on the real estate industry so far this year. The Government Wants Out of the Mortgage Business   From the original outline of the Dodd-Frank …

Catch Summer in Bloom in Highlands NC This Weekend

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Catch summer in bloom in Highlands NC this weekend with the Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival that runs through Sunday, July 10th.  This is the weekend that gardening enthusiasts gather to ooh and aah over a plethora of plants and flowers, with the chance to view five majestic gardens in Highlands Country Club.  In addition there will be a flower …

Charming Mountain Cottage with a Great View

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Rarely in Highlands can you find a mountain cottage under $500,000 with a Whiteside Mountain view.    Although this delightful home was originally built in the early 80s, the past two owners have completed renovotions including a new kitchen.  The greatroom features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace and vaulted wood ceiling.   There are wood floors throughout the cottage, new vanities in …