5 Ways Buyers Get the Wrong Impression

You’ve done everything right, or so you think. You’ve painted, landscaped and staged, but your home isn’t selling as fast as you thought it would. Here are some surprising reasons why buyers may have the wrong impression. Poor photography. Don’t take pictures of anything that won’t help your home sell. Make your eye see details, […]

Buyers Are Considering Fixer Uppers

The limited number of entry-level homes for sale coupled with rising prices is turning many homebuyers’ attention toward homes that need updating or repairs. Homes that need work are in less demand than homes that are in pristine condition, affording homebuyers the opportunity to pay less for a home, yet get the features and ambiance […]

Recourse & Nonrecourse Mortgage Loans

Recourse or non-recourse loans are a topic that may never come up while you’re applying for your mortgage, but it’s nonetheless important to know what they are. They’re not a type of loan like fixed rate or adjustable rate, nor are they conventional or government-guaranteed loans like FHA and VA loans. Whether a mortgage loan […]

Running a Business From Your Home

As a homebuyer who intends to work from home, you want to find the perfect place to start or expand your at-home business. But there’s a lot more to consider besides finding the right space to do your work, including how your at-home business may affect your neighbors. While telecommuting is unlikely to bother anyone, […]

Spring-Summer Outlook: Buy A Home Now

Over the last two years, homeowners accrued about $21,300 in home equity, $8,700 of which occurred over the past 12 months, according to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). That’s an average of $10,650 per year, enough to pay back their closing costs and put them almost halfway to eliminating private mortgage insurance they may […]

HomeServices of America Now Largest Real Estate Company for Transactions

HomeServices of America, Parent Company to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Is Now the Country’s Largest Real Estate Company for Transactions REAL Trends announced this week that HomeServices of America, parent company of Berkshire Hathaway homeServices, is now the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions. The real estate company, which includes 17 Berkshire Hathaway […]

Organization for the Disorganized

If you’ve heard of Western Minimalism or Japanese KonMari, you know that these are principles that promote happiness through living with fewer possessions and eliminating clutter. These intentional lifestyles allow only items that make you happy and are useful to live in your home. By eliminating clutter, or things that don’t bring you joy, you’ll […]

Congratulations to our award winners!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) recently released their list of 2018 Annual Award Winners and we have a number of our Great Smokys Realty agents to congratulate! Leading Edge Society: Jay Spiro and Jan Newsome earned the Leading Edge Society award for ranking in the Top 8% of the BHHS network. Honor Society: Sharon Stovall, Bobby […]

Brandi Hollifield named Broker In Charge of Bryson City Office

We are thrilled to announce that Brandi Hollifield is now the Broker In Charge of our Bryson City Office! “Everyone sees Brandi as vibrant, energetic and compassionate; Colleagues experience Brandi as a leader and motivator; Partners value Brandi for her honesty and integrity,” says Gene Strickland, Broker/Owner of Great Smokys Realty. To congratulate Brandi: (828) […]

Three Ways to Get Your Finances in Shape

You want to buy a home, but first you need to get your finances squared away. You’ll need money for a down payment, for moving and for other costs. How can you get more money in just a few months? Here are three ways that work together as nicely as compound interest. 1. Slow down […]

Quarterly Market Update

Watch our Q4 2018 market update for a recap of national and regional trends. See how median home prices, home sale and inventory serve as indicators for our housing market in 2019. As always, feel free to contact one of our real estate professionals for local market data. Thank you for reading our Smoky Mountains Of […]

Fall in Love With the Right Home

You’re ready to fall in love with your first home. As you write your wish list, you may find that it grows longer than you’d imagined. You want more living space, a place to do your art and crafts, enough bedrooms to expand your family or accommodate relatives and friends, a separate master suite, and […]

Bye, Bye Clutter

Highlight Your Home’s Strengths & Appeal One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. The major contributor to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepared for market, they often take away as […]

Locally known. Globally connected.

We are presenting your home to the world. When selling your home, we deliver maximum exposure to the right audience. The world’s a big place and, for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ global listing syndication, we will be right where the action is. We reach up to 6 million unique users monthly through New Corp.’s Mansion GlobalWeChat […]

Brevard Office Making Headlines!

Berkshire Hathaway Ribbon Cutting Transylvania Times – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty celebrated its one-year anniversary in the recently constructed, three-story brick building located at 43 S. Broad St. in Brevard. Clients, customers and local businesses alike joined in toasting with their signature drink, Mango Champagne. Serving all of Western North Carolina, Great Smokys […]

Features That Make a Home Cozy

There’s something wonderful about winter, even if you live in a warm climate. Like bears in hibernation, we tend to slow down, stay home and relax more often in cooler weather. If you’re shopping for a home or recently purchased a home, these are the best features your new home can offer to help you […]

Decorating with Red

Red is the go-to color for drama, but it’s also a preferred color for hospitality. You can literally “roll out the red carpet” to make visitors feel welcome to your home. From joy (paint the town red) to love (my love is like a red, red rose) to bravery (red badge of courage), red suggests […]

The Credit Scores You Need to Buy a Home

Mortgage lenders check your credit history before approving a home-buying loan. Your credit scores are crucial to getting the amount you want to borrow at a good interest rate. Your income vs. your debt, your payment history, the length of time you’ve had credit, new credit you’ve opened, and the types of credit you owe […]

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ranked Highest for Repeat Home Buyer Satisfaction in J.D. Power’s 2018 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, announced that the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Buyers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in a tie in the J.D. Power 2018 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM. The study, now in its 11th year, measured satisfaction with […]

Winterize Your Home

Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to get comfortable and save energy costs. It’s not too late to get a few projects done before the holidays, so here’s a short weekend list of to-dos to help you. Check the furnace. Typically, a heating system has a heat/cooling source, distribution system, and thermostat, […]