Prestige Fall Issue Now Available

Inside the Fall issue of Prestige, you’ll visit Trilith, a town designed to promote creativity and a healthy work-life balance, begin daydreaming about the upcoming holiday season and explore centuries-old traditions in places like Europe and Germany. Then, read about how pet accessories and “petfluencers” are taking the world by storm and no longer considered […]

Vacation Home Sales Skyrocket

The pandemic caused many people to try to grab more enjoyment from life, as evidenced by the latest vacation home counties report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). In 2020, vacation home sales rose by 16.4%, outpacing the overall growth in existing-home sales of 5.6%, and in 2021, vacation home sales increased 57.2% year-over-year compared to the […]

The Work Shed Trend

Working from home during the pandemic allowed jobs to be saved, but posed challenges in terms of productivity, and performance. Now, homeowners are building or buying work sheds to get the privacy they need to work, create, and produce. A work shed can offer physical as well as psychological distance. If you’re at home, you’re […]

Shopping for Antique and Vintage Furnishings

Mixing antique and vintage items with your contemporary furnishings can add elegance, character and personality to your decor. They can enhance a modern interior with an interesting eclectic vibe. An antique must be 100 years old or older, while vintage is any item over 20 years old that’s iconic of an identifiable style like Mid-century […]

Tree Trimming Basics

If you’ve got dead limbs, branches growing into power lines, branches overhanging your house, or tree growth that obstruct visibility for vehicles and pedestrians, it’s time to do some tree trimming. Home insurer Allstate.com says there are three basic reasons for trimming your trees. In order of importance, they are: Falling tree branches are dangerous for anyone […]

Buying Land to Build a Luxury Home

A primary or second home by the ocean, lake, mountains, or desert could be heavenly, but hard to obtain in today’s warp-speed real estate climate. So why not build the home of your dreams on your own land? You may already have a favorite vacation spot or a location in mind. Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices […]

Eliminating Appraisal Bias

Appraisals establish the value of a given home, making them extremely important to lenders, tax authorities, the housing industry, the economy, builders, buyers, and sellers. They’re integral to building home equity and wealth, giving advantages to some homeowners and disadvantages to others. Many lenders use automated valuation models to save time and money more so than to […]

Is It Time to Build Your Luxury Home?

The April 2021 market report from the National Association of REALTORS had a seeming contradiction. It was the third month in a row that existing home sales declined, yet home prices hit an all-time high of $329,100. Typically, when home sales fall, prices dip as well, signaling a developing softness in the market. But thanks to a […]

How to Care for Jetted Tubs

If your new home came with a jetted tub in the master bath or you plan to replace the tub with one with jets, here are a few tips to making every bath you take luxurious. Jetted tubs require special care, so before you take that first relaxing dip, read the manufacturer’s guidelines on cleaning […]

Luxury Down Bedding Primer

Few textiles for the bed offer the luxury and comfort of down. It’s lightweight, warm and fluffy, with unique breathability. Explains the Down Association of Canada, down wicks away moisture, allowing water vapor to pass through the down. This keeps you warm without clamminess or heaviness, and you can sleep in cooler air while staying warm. […]

Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Loans

With as little as 3% down payment required, Freddie Mac’s  Home Possible Mortgage loans are ideal for low to moderate-income borrowers with few savings, first-time homebuyers, borrowers with shallow credit histories or retirees on a limited budget. The benefits to borrowers are more flexible sources of funds for the down payment that can include gifts, grants, employer […]

Update Your White Kitchen

All-white kitchens complement any decor, but they’re hard to keep pristine and can come across as dated. An older white kitchen shows signs of discoloration and wear. What can you do to make your white kitchen more 2021 than 2010? Make it artsy Art galleries have white walls because they’re a blank canvas where artwork […]

All About Energy Star®

Energystar.gov offers a treasure chest of goodies and information for homeowners. From tax credits and rebates to referrals to qualified contractors, you’ll learn about Energy Star®-certified products you can purchase and install in your home that save energy, money and the environment. The energy star program was established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to benefit […]

Prestige Summer Issue Now Available

Inside the Summer issue of Prestige, accompany Chef @fabioviviani as he takes us on a journey of how growing up poor in Florence, Italy encouraged him to build a culinary masterpiece. Then, escape to a mountain sanctuary – where retreats offer more than a second home destination and present experiences beyond the winter snow and uncover […]

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Named RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker

CHRIS STUART JOINS EXCLUSIVE GROUP OF INDUSTRY LEADERS WHO HAVE MADE NEWSWORTHY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY Irvine, Calif., (February 4, 2021) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world’s fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, is pleased to announce that Chris Stuart, CEO, has been selected as an RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker—a dynamic group […]

REALTORS® Give Back Day

What a great day to be able to give back to our community! REALTORS® from Macon, Swain and Jackson counties came together on June 24th to support and give back to our community! In Swain county, we had the pleasure of creating meals for folks who will come together to “break bread”! It was such […]

Real Estate Brand of the Year. Again.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score and the highest numerical score relating to Trust and Love among Real Estate Agency brands included in the 2020 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 39,100 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online between January 1 and January 30, 2020. “Highest […]

Berkshire Hathaway #5 on 2019 Fortune 500 List

Fortune 500 recently released their 2019 list of The World’s Most Admired Companies and Berkshire Hathaway holds the current #5 All-Star Rank! Click here to read the complete Fortune 500 article. Key Attributes of Reputation: Ranks Innovation: 3 People Management: 1 Use of Corporate Assets: 1 Social Responsibility: 10 Quality of Management: 1 Financial Soundness: […]

Givin’ Where We’re Livin’

BHHS Great Smokys Realty stays involved…River Cleanup – Community Service – July 4th Patriotism! In recent weeks we had fantastic opportunities to give where we live: Cleanup on the Tuckasegee River | The day started off nice and cool but man did it warm up fast!! And oh the things we cleaned up from the […]

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 […]