Improvements that Scream “Think Twice”

If you’re a seller refreshing your home for resale or an investor selling a remodeled home, you should know that some updates won’t impress today’s homebuyers. Inexpensive updates in lieu of the more durable and sustainable materials that buyers prefer may scare buyers into wondering where else you cut costs. Single coat paint – Single coats […]

5 Budget-Friendly Ways To Boost Curb Appeal

This post is by guest author Rachael Baihn, lawnstarter.com. A house in North Carolina is a hot commodity these days. Home prices are up more than 7% this year, and experts predict those final sales will keep rising. Even though it’s a seller’s market, don’t expect buyers with the perfect offer to just show up […]

Moving with Pets

Moving from one end of town to another, or across the country, can be as challenging for your pets as for the rest of the family. Preparation and patience can help your dog, rabbit, bird or cat adjust more easily to its new home. Tell your veterinarian. Your pet’s medical records and microchip data can […]

Appraisals Can Protect Buyers & Sellers

Seeing something with one’s own eyes is the best way to make an evaluation. That’s the purpose of bank appraisals, which are designed to protect banks from over lending, homebuyers from overborrowing, and home sellers from overpricing their homes. Once the purchase offer is accepted by the seller, the homebuyer’s lender orders an appraisal of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Best Grass Types for a Lawn in North Carolina

This post is by guest author Rachael Baihn, lawnstarter.com. Selling your home in the Tar Heel State is all about making sure that both the interior and exterior areas of your home are in top condition. Curb appeal is essential when wanting to make a great first impression with a potential buyer. There are plenty […]

When to Fire Your Real Estate Agent

by Eugene Strickland, Broker/Owner GRI, MBA Management, Marketing & Finance Luxury Collection Specialist What I’ve written here is a simplistic view of a possibly complex, but certainly provocative topic. It is one that needs to be addressed. Over the last 20 years or so I’ve seen numerous articles written with titles like, “How to Pick […]

A Commercial Transformation

Sometimes we see things that others do not. That has certainly been the case for Eugene (Gene) Strickland, Owner/Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty. Gene has been eyeing 39 Island Street in downtown Bryson City for years. While some saw a tired HVAC storage warehouse and office, Gene saw a diamond in the […]

Market Conditions Matter

Market conditions are like a weather report; they show you what to expect so you can make plans, pick your listing price and decide on your marketing strategy. One thing is certain: Markets are either going up or they’re going down, so as conditions change, you need to know the long and short-term trends. If […]

Three Things Sellers Should Never Do

Selling your home is one of the largest transactions you’ll ever make, so you want to make sure you sell your home quickly, for the most money and for the best terms possible you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Here are three things sellers should never do. Sell it yourself. A […]

Best Outdoor Projects for Selling

As you look at your outdoor living spaces with an eye for upgrades, where will your time and money be best spent? Fresh landscaping? Sprinklers? A new fence? A firepit? Fortunately, 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features, co-produced by the National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers some ideas. First, there are […]

Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

To make your home more attractive to homebuyers, you could plant fresh flowers or you could put plants in containers and take your garden with you when you sell your home! Containers can accent your home’s personality – like washtubs for a farmhouse look or colorful fired pottery for a bohemian vibe. They’re the perfect […]

Your home may seller faster than you thought possible!

Your home might sell faster than you thought possible when using these Western North Carolina REALTORS! From your initial consultation, to the closing table (and beyond), Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty sales professionals are there to guide you every step of the way. We back you with experience and a powerful suite of tools […]

Need to Know: Dog Etiquette in Home Sales

This post is by guest author Pam Summers, dogetiquette.info. The decision to sell your home probably didn’t come lightly, and you’d likely prefer to sell as quickly as possible to not only minimize the stress, but the nostalgia too. However, selling a home where a furry, four-legged resident resides comes with it’s own set of […]

Clutter-free Countertops

Today’s kitchens are filled with all kinds of gastronomical gadgets, but if you want to show your kitchen to its fullest advantage, here are five ways to keep clutter down: Store unused equipment. Which appliances do you use the most? Chances are they’re not vegetable curlers or pasta makers. Store those appliances somewhere else, such […]

Winter Showing Tips

You may think that wintertime isn’t the best time to show your home, but you’d be surprised. Yes, winter days offer fewer hours of daylight for buyers to see your home. Sleet and snow make it harder for buyers to house-hunt. Even warm regions have challenges – the weather may be gray or rainy. But […]