Reasons to Celebrate in April

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Looking for reasons to celebrate in April? It’s a quiet month here in Highlands, NC and across the rest of the Plateau. Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day, both of which fall on Sunday, April 1, start the month off. Then, for the environmentally-inclined, Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and Arbor Day follows on Friday, April 27. And that’s …

The American Chestnut – Returning to the Highlands Plateau?

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In the late 1920s in the mountains of western North Carolina, a blight on the American Chestnut tree, caused by an Asian fungus first discovered in New York City, wiped out this amazing species.   Before the blight, the chestnut tree had been a valuable resource for its plentiful crop of chestnuts, providing a food source for wildlife in the area …

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 …

Now is the Best Time to Buy in Highlands or Cashiers NC

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We have all heard the main stream media reporting on the dismal real estate market as though it were on a non-stop audio loop.  Despite these continuous reports, four major media outlets have come out this month with the same advice: if you are ever going to buy a home, now is the time! Here are the four articles each …

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

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Get ready to kick up your heels at the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival!  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd in the Village Green Gazebo and will feature musical acts by a variety of talented artists including Balsam Range and Doc Watson. In addition to the top-notch performances, you can enjoy delicious food …

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 …

Ferns in the Mountains

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Ferns are beautiful, lacy, green, delicate, natural… pick your adjective.     Many are native to our Highlands Cashiers Plateau and can provide a great natural addition to your landscape. They are said to impart a calm grace, yet they are tough, durable and adaptable. I became fascinated with ferns after moving to North Carolina from California in 1998, and must confess that …