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 …

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 …

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 …

Green Design Trends for your Highlands and Cashiers Home

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As the green movement increases in popularity, many homeowners are exploring ways to become environmentally conscious within their own living spaces.   Greening your home is not only a responsible thing to do but can also boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell. Unfortunately there are an increasingly wide range of products that profess to offer a variety of environmental values but …

Mountain Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

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Each year about this time, the ladies of the Mountain Garden Club and their helpers gather a fabulous inventory of native plants to be sold to area residents for their gardens.   These plants are grown locally so they are acclimated to our local climate and with just a little watering and care should flourish. The sale starts at 9 am …

Walk to Main Street Highlands from this Stream Side Cottage

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Imagine waking up to the sounds of a rushing stream, then lounging on the screened porch with your morning cup of coffee enjoying the sights and sounds of the birds as they flock around your feeder. This great cottage is not only streamside – it is an easy stroll to all that Highlands NC has to offer including wonderful dining, great shopping, theatre …

Magnificent Views from this Home Between Highlands and Cashiers

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Formerly known as The Sunledge when it was the summer home of its previous owners, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goodyear, Jr of Albany Georgia, this now 60-year-old cottage has been enjoyed by Dr. and Mrs. Ferrell Harper and their family of Blakely, and St Simon’s Island, GA for many years.   A magazine article describing this historic house was published in the …

Thinking of Remodeling?? You Need to Know About New Lead Regulations

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Lead based paint was fairly common in homes built prior to 1978.    That year the when the federal government forced paint manufacturers to stop using lead in their paints. As a result, in North Carolina, the seller of a home built prioer to that time must furnish a prospective buyer with a “Lead Based paint Disclosure.” While we’re all aware of …

Welcome Spring to Your Property in Highlands or Cashiers NC

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Even though we had a minor blast of cold air this week dipping our overnight temperatures close to freezing, we are officially a couple of weeks into spring.   Just as you did when you left Highlands or Cashiers for the season, you’ll want to welcome the spring season with a bit of property maintenance and some minor adjustments (and repairs, …