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 …

Thinking of Buying a Short Sale Property in Highlands or Cashiers NC?

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1. Get help from a short sale expert Not all real estate agents today have worked with properties that are offered as a short sale. An agent experienced in short sales can identify which homes are being offered as short sales, help you determine a fair purchase price, and advise you on what to include in your offer to make …

Do You Need an Agent to Sell Your Home?

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In this day and age, people often ask if they need to hire a real estate agent to sell their home or if they should try it on their own as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO).  With the volatility we are seeing in today’s housing market, we feel this is an easy decision: you need an experienced professional! An …

Tips for Buying a Luxury Home

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Despite the doom and gloom the media portrays regarding today’s real estate market, several unique opportunities exist for home buyers, in particular, luxury home buyers. While home prices across the country have dropped or stabilized to varying degrees, luxury home prices have been slashed, in many cases, as the market for such high-end properties has dwindled in challenging economic times.  …

Buying a Foreclosed Home in Highlands NC or Cashiers NC? Top Problem Areas to Look Out For

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Today’s real estate landscape offers some great buys for savvy real estate consumers, especially when it comes to foreclosure properties. Unfortunately, even though there are already a large number of foreclosures on the market, analysts are predicting that yet another wave of distressed properties will crop up in the coming months. We’ve consulted with many clients seeking to capitalize on …

Five Financial Strategies for Homebuyers in Highlands and Cashiers NC

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The last of the paperwork has been filed away and the keys are in your hand. Congratulations on joining the ranks of homeowners who’ve taken advantage of the great home-buying opportunities in today’s market! But closing on your home is just one step toward reaching your long-term financial goals. There are several steps new homeowners should take in order to …

Best Buy in Highlands Falls Country Club

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Yes, you can own on the golf course in one of the most desired clubs in Highlands NC under $500,000. Located in the heart of the club within walking distance to the Swim and Tennis Center and the Clubhouse, this one level home has only had two lucky owners. Both of these owners have lovingly cared for and improved the …

Highlands Vacation Property, the Value of a Property Manager

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When you own a Highlands vacation property it is important to recognize the value of a property manager or property management company.  The idea behind property management is to keep an eye on properties so that any issues that may arise can be dealt with.  This is extremely helpful for second home owners in the Highlands area. A property manager …

Price or Cost? What to Consider When Buying in Highland NC and Cashiers NC

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As Realtors, we hear it all the time, “I’m going to wait to buy because I think that prices may go down some more.”  Many purchasers have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for home prices to hit bottom. Could we see prices drop some in 2011?    Of course we could.  Unfortunately none of us have a crystal ball, but in the …