Another surprise this area brings us:  the Todd Liberty parade, perhaps the most unique July 4th celebration in our nation.   Come take part!  Everyone is welcome, either in your own favorite fantastical costume, or borrow one from Todd's Elkland Art Center.  Fun I promise you!  ....By the way, I have a few calendars s...
Taken when it was far enough into Spring for a bed of bright yellow blossoms yet on this chilly morning Grandfather's crown is covered with frost.  Always, always, a surprise awaits us in the mountains, if we stop to pause to see it, and take it in. 
Look inside a rosebay rhododendron blossom to find an intriguing, intricate world.  You'll likely see more of these close-ups of rhododendron blooms from me.  An unforeseen passion to photograph them has captured me.  The image in my mind's eye proves elusive.  
​In this month's newsletters: Tips for a Healthy Financial Future Save Money and Energy at Home Recipe:  Watermelon Whizz Trivia Contest Jokes, Quotes, and websites for kids   Download PDF File Here
 Nourish your soul and spirit:  Hike to the summit of Elk Knob NC State Park for knock-your-socks-off, breath-taking 360 degree vistas. How?  25 minutes north of Boone, hike 1.9 miles up a gentle incline to a peak at 5,520 feet elevation offering astounding views in all directions. The hike is through a deciduous hardwood Southern Ap...
People don't usually gather blackberry blossoms to augment beauty in their homes.  Daffodils, hyacinths, lilies, yes.  Blackberry blossoms -- too humble or maybe it's the briars!  Yet, humbling beauty results from framing the tall grandeur of Grandfather Mountain with these lovely small blossoms, overlooked often in anticipation for ...
​Our April 2018 Find A Mountain Home newsletter contains interesting and fun information on: What are the worst germs in your kitchen? Tips for hiring a financial advisor OR a contractor Hosting a party on a budget How to elminate distractions at work Websites to increase your outdoor joy Kiss a Horse!  an upcoming event you won't want to miss...
  We continue to have a low inventory of homes and a large inventory of land.The Odds of Selling and the months of inventory has held steady from Jan. 2018, very slightly up for both in March from February.Number of sales and number of homes under contract are lower, typical for our High Country market in March. Land sales actually are holding...
Curious to learn what a home inspection may look like? Click on the link below for an example. Home Inspection Example
  ​ Staging Your House to Sell  PDF ​
Closing Checklist
Selling a home is like taking an airline flight across the country. When you start on your trip, you have no idea how the trip will go. Neither does the pilot. You could run into 88 different types of turbulence, or other passengers on the trip could pull stunts on you. Ideally, you should have a smooth flight and land on time. Certainly the pilot ...
 The proposition that photographers shoot only perfect blossoms has its merits.  I rather like blossoms that show life experience, a small 'flaw.' A mirror to what we humans experience.  We all get a little beat up in life at some point, don't we?
  We continue to have a low inventory of homes and a large inventory of land.The Odds of Selling and the months of inventory has held steady from Jan. 2018.With March traditionally be a slow month for sales and the beginning of an increase of inventory [spiking, typically, April-May-June], it will be interesting to see how that plays out in Ma...
Early morning is one of my favorite times to go for a hike and 'catch light.' Moses Cone's Carriage Barn at sunrise is a great spot to try to imagine what it was like for him to experience the Park he left us. Always on my mind is how to illuminate his vision to others through photos. 
Read through the overview of the Watauga Market in 2017 below. Here are some highlights: * Home prices have eased upwards * The home inventory is down sharply * Land sales show a shift toward the higher end of the market * What style of homes do most buyers prefer? * What areas do most buyers prefer for their new home? * Can we expect to finally se...
In this issue find: * Can solar energy save you money? * Suggestions for easing head and neck pain * 3 entertaining outdoor games * Fixing common problems using the internet * A trivia contest, jokes, and more    Download PDF File Here
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