2011 Market Report – Brevard, NC Real Estate

2011 is now just a vision in our rear view mirror but before we get too far down the road and into a new year, we wanted to give you a brief look back at the local real estate market here in the Brevard, NC area and the various ups and downs that happened during this past year.  There is so much on the news about real estate (and don’t we all wish for a speedy and full recovery!) but real estate is a regional, even local issue so here is what has happened here in our back yard.

So which way did the market go? The good news is the number of residential sales in our area was up for the second year in a row. There were 308 single family homes sold in the Brevard area during 2011, up by 20 over 2010 and up by 66 over 2009. The average list price was $281,000 which is about a 4.5% decrease compared to 2010 and the average selling price was $247,000 or roughly a 7% drop. The bulk of sales for the last two years has consistently been in the $100K-$300K price range.  We are still a long way off from the “rock and roll” days of 2006, and we may never get back to those days, but at least these are encouraging signs and hopefully indicative of good things to come.

When the housing industry began it’s decline, it took over a year for us to feel the real effect here. And when it did reach us, the adjustments needed have not been as great as they have been in other parts of our country, primarily because our market was not grossly overpriced and “bloated” like other markets.

The one area that has not shown signs of snapping back quickly is in land sales. That segment of the market is dramatically different than it was back in 2006. As such, it’s a difficult time for sellers, but a very good opportunity for buyers who are interested in buying land, even if it’s to hold onto for the future.

For a closer look at all the numbers, visit us at BrevardNCProperty.com, or give us a call at 828-551-6291.

Things to do in Brevard NC

It’s not too early to start making your plans for the Labor Day Weekend.  Two events you should absolutely include when you are in the Brevard, NC area are the 2010 Farm Fair and the 2nd Annual Founders Day. Both events will be held on Saturday, September 4.

Farm Fair is sponsored by the Brevard/Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse farming community in the area. Enjoy events, tastings, and demonstrations from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.

Founders Day is sponsored by the Transylvania County Heritage Society and celebrates the areas founding families.

Friday night, the 2nd SC Rifles Re-enactment group will set up an authentic Civil War camp. Then on Saturday morning from 9-10 am, a docent will lead a walking tour of Historic Uptown Brevard, $10 per person, reservations suggested, call 884-2347. Starting at 10 am, craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares in the old-fashioned arts, like spinning, weaving, patchwork, woodcarving, and more, with many dressed in period costumes. Antique cars will be on display.

Also from 11 am to 5 pm, the Main Stage will present area musical talent including: Lynn Goldsmith & Jeter Mountain; Rabon Creek Bluegrass; Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition; East Fork Gals; and Transylvania Troubadours. Forge Mountain Cloggers will perform at 12 noon, and Sylvan Squares at 2:30.

The Museum will showcase Founding Family displays with descendants on hand to discuss the lives and legacies of Transylvania’s settlers. Special pioneer crafts will be available for the kids to do.

With all this activity, people will be hungry and thirsty, so Marco’s will be selling pizza by the slice and the Hobnob restaurant will have “food that would have been eaten during the Civil War but better!” Top that off with items from the Museum’s bake sale booth or some Kiwi Gelato to complete a wonderful day.

Both events are real down home fun for the entire family! Don’t miss it!

For more information about the Brevard area, things to do while you’re here, or for places to stay, visit BrevardNCproperty.com

Event information provided by the Chamber of Commerce and the Transylvania County Heritage Museum.

Condo in the Mountains for sale – Near Cashiers, NC

If you have been looking for a great place to spend time relaxing…maybe to escape the summer heat, how about a fully furnished, move-in ready condo in the mountains of western North Carolina?

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for sale in Burlingame Country Club is located about 30 minutes from Brevard, NC and about 15 minutes from Cashiers, NC.  It’s a short walk to the club house where you can enjoy golf, a state of the art fitness center, or just lounge by the pool. There’s fine dining in the club or casual dining at the grill. And if you enjoy tennis, walk out your front door and you’re at the tennis center and the beautifully groomed clay courts. But you may want to stay home on the large screened porch and enjoy the lake and mountain views.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

However you choose to spend your time, life at 3,000 ft elevation is good! Cool summers, spectacular spring flowers, eye popping colors in the fall, and mild winters.

For more information about this condo for sale or other homes and condos for sale in the Brevard, NC area, contact the Clay Team at 828-551-6290 or 828-551-6291. Visit us online at BrevardNCProperty.com!

Home for Sale in Brevard, NC – Golf course community

Glen Cannon Country Club is one of the most popular golf course communities in Brevard, NC and a great choice for year round or seasonal living. The gently rolling terrain, wooded landscape, and the flowing creeks and waterfalls combine to create a beautiful backdrop for this mountain community.  Plus, it is only a short five minute drive from downtown Brevard and approximately 25 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport.

This home for sale at 183 Argyll Circle in Glen Cannon offers you “end of the road” privacy in a quiet wooded setting with mountain views.  The main floor features a spacious kitchen and family room that open to the new deck where you can enjoy the mountain view. There’s also a formal living room with a cozy fireplace.  The master suite along with two more bedrooms are all located on the main floor for convenient, one level living.  Below you’ll find a large workshop and an additional space that could be finished out for a variety of uses.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

One reason many people choose to live in Glen Cannon is the golf course. The 6,548 yard, par 72 course is one of the finest in western North Carolina and is maintained for year round play.  Hole #2, the signature hole, features a naturally cascading waterfall that feeds into a crystal clear mountain stream that weaves it’s way throughout the golf course. No matter what your handicap may be, you’ll find four sets of tees to accommodate and challenge every level of play. You’ll also find Glen Cannon is well suited for those who enjoy a round of golf by walking the course.

Glen Cannon Country Club also serves up plenty of action on their five tennis courts. Two hard surface courts are open year round and three Har-Tru clay courts are available April through October. Two of the clay courts are also lit for night play.

In the summer months, relax at the oversized swimming pool with its two deep-water pods, large recreational area for laps, and shallow kiddie area for the little ones.

What’s life like at Glen Cannon? Ask Janet and Don W. –

“We love the Brevard area and our vacation condominium in Glen Cannon. We come up from Florida every chance we get. It’s the perfect place to get away to.”

For more information on property or other homes for sale in Brevard, NC, contact the Clay Team at 828-551-6290 or 828-551-6291. Or visit online at www.BrevardNCProperty.com. Discover for yourself why it’s good to have friends in the mountains.

We’ve been working with some out of state buyers for a good long while now. And even though they are stil in the process of putting the pieces together so they can move here, we’ve become fast friends. When they come to town, we look at homes, but the real fun begins when we get together for dinner. They’re just good folks.Sometimes clients do the nicest things!

They are also dog lovers, like us. Maybe that’s one of the reasons we get along so well. The other day, we picked up a package at the office that these folks had sent us, and in it was a scarf for our dog!  They even went so far as to have his name embroidered on it.

Sometimes you meet people, you sell them a home and then you never see them again. But with these folks, I know that once they do get around to moving here, not only will we sell them a home, it will mean we will get to spend a lot more time with them…and enjoying their company.

Plus, they’d get to see their “adopted son” Ace more often!

Sometimes, clients do the nicest things!

Telephone Etiquette 101

A bazillion years ago when I was working in retail we were taught that if you have a customer standing in front of you and the phone rings, your telephoneobligation is to take care of the customer in front of you first. If you absolutely have to answer the phone, you take their number and ask to call them back, then return as quickly as possible to the customer standing at the counter.

That small lesson has stayed with me all these years and it still irks me when I’m in a store and I’m “bumped” while a clerk answers a phone call and proceeds to provide the caller with “excellent service” while I wait…even though I was there first.

For me, the same theory applies to phone calls. Call waiting and Caller ID are great, but some people abuse the idea.  If I’m on the phone with someone, and the important call they’ve been waiting for all day comes in…..no problem. Go take that call and get back to me when you can. But when I hear the words “hang on…I have another call coming in” that sends a clear signal that I’m no longer important and whatever it is we’re talking about isn’t important.

It’s even worse if I’m standing face to face with someone and in the middle of a conversation and they put me on “hold” while they answer their phone. I have no choice but to stand there awkwardly while they carry on another conversation.  Again..if it’s important and something that requires immediate attention. No problem. A simple “Excuse me, but I really have to deal with this….I won’t be long”  will suffice.

There is no law that requires we answer a phone just because it’s ringing. That’s why we have voice mail. If my phone rings and I choose not to answer, it’s because I’m on the other line, or talking to someone else in person, and giving that person my undivided attention. It is rare that a caller doesn’t leave a message if I don’t answer…and if they don’t leave a message, then I guess it wasn’t very important anyway. Besides, my phone saves the number and I often will call back to acknowledge the missed call just in case I did miss something important.

If you ever call me (828-551-6290) and I don’t answer, it’s because I’m being courteous and attentive to someone else at that moment, but I will be happy to return your call promptly. And when I do, you can trust that I am giving YOU my undivided attention.

Are You the Sharpest Saw in the Drawer?

We have a good friend who is now retired from a long and immensely successful career in sales. His experience began in the 1950’s selling televisions. From there he went on to own an art gallery, he built homes, he even owned a wig store for a period of time. He eventually retired as the President of national company that took multi-million dollars businesses to market.  He is full of wisdom and good advice and one of his favorite Are you the sharpest saw in the drawer?expressions is “Now and then, you have to take time to sharpen your saw.” (It’s actually the 7th Habit in Steven Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People).  Covey’s belief is that we have to find balance in our lives through renewal, through social connections, exercise, meditaion, and learning. For me, it’s about taking time to do the things we have to do to make sure we’re always on top of our game; making sure we don’t become dull from the day to day wear and tear of running our business and our lives.

In the real estate business, keeping your saw sharp can mean any number of things and they’re all important if you want to be successful in the long run. It certainly means taking training classes, whether they are online or in the classroom. When I have down time, I’ll log onto the Keller Williams site and go to the Keller Williams University for training videos on any number of subjects. I also have Inman News delivered to my email box every morning for a quick info fix with my coffee.

Our website is probably the biggest tool we own and keeping it sharp requires regular maintenance. We’re constantly tweaking the listings, checking for dead links, and adding new content. In the winter, when business slows down, we use that time to do heavy maintenance on the site like swapping out pictures, creating new links, rebuilding pages, etc. This past season, we stayed busy all through the winter so as a result of the extra bit of business we decided to dedicate some of the proceeds to a whole new web site. Of course, building a new website is a post for another day!

Blogging has become another major tool that should be in everyone’s tool box and you need to keep up with that. But do you take time to read other blogs…looking for new things you can learn?  A couple of years ago when I discovered Active Rain I spent a lot of time reading posts about a variety of subjects, including SEO and Blogging, staging before and afters, and others. There was a wealth of information that I used to improve our business and I can truthfully say that the things I learned just by poking around on Active Rain changed our business – for the better!

But as Covey points out, it’s not just about work and learning. It’s also about connections. When we’re caught up in our day to day lives it’s easy to lose track of the outside world…especially when our world is focused on trying to make a living. Sometimes I look up to discover it’s Friday already and I’ve spent most of the week putting out fires, tending to day to day responsibilites, and taking care of clients needs, though not necessarily in that order. And even though I’ve never really been good at “time blocking” I look for time when I can step out and find ways to sharpen up the edges a bit. It might mean watching a training video or researching something I need to know more about. But it might also mean making time to sit and read a new book that has nothing to do with business. Or it might mean clearing my head by taking the dog for a long walk. The truth is, it can be hard to carve out time to keep your saws sharp. But if you do, I’m convinced you’ll have honed your skills and gained the knowledge to cut a clear path to success.

Photo by Flickr