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Why Horse Lovers Choose Equestrian Communities in North Carolina

There’s nothing like finding activities that tend to both our bodies and our souls that we can enjoy every day. For many who have been fortunate enough to live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, there’s no end to the activities and recreation that are available year round.  This is why so many are building in the mountains, choosing mountain property and bringing their dream house to fruition.  It’s no surprise that the equestrian communities have discovered the splendor of North Carolina too. What could be better than combining your love for horses with a love of mountain land?

Health Benefits

The perks of horse ownership and riding are no secret.  There’s been plenty of research that has shown the health benefits of an equestrian lifestyle. Just as we know how healing our relationships with our cats or dogs can be, the same is true for the bond we share with our horses.  Those who study history dating back to the Ancient Greeks recognize this is no new thing.  Today there are therapeutic riding programs for children and adults who have various physical, mental and emotional needs.  When riders learn to connect with the horse, they gain an understanding of trust and connection, as well as how to learn, grow, and adapt to new situations.  The physical benefits are equally essential–improving balance, strength, coordination and often times alleviating chronic pain.

Scenic Beauty

No wonder there’s been a growth of equestrian communities across the country as well as for those living in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Our serene mountain setting is ideal for horse owners. Shaded forests, babbling streams and gentle topography provide plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and immerse in the great outdoors. Our barn borders community gardens, a community park and waterfall and the Johns River. If you are considering building in the mountains, The Coves is an idyllic spot to settle down and saddle up.

Full Boarding Services

Round Mountain Ranch is where it all comes together at The Coves.  Our gorgeous red barn is situated along the Johns River, with high vaulted ceilings, a padded floor, tack room and fifteen acres of pasture for the horses to roam.  We know how to tend to the horse lovers in the community; in addition to its full-service equestrian center, parcels are available–ranging from four and a half to thirty acres–including improved pastures from an acre to more than four.  Talk about a dream come true—the perfect mountain home with enough land to board your own horse!  The Coves designed their equestrian parcels carefully, so many are graced with spring-fed streams to quench your horse’s thirst.  For horse lovers building in the mountains who desire boarding on their home site, but need a little help with care, assistance is available from Round Mountain Ranch. This way you’re still free to travel and pursue the other passions in your life. Having an equestrian center within the neighborhood means having a restroom, wash room, tack room, feed area, arenas, and security at the barn.

Groomed Horse Trails

Those days when you are staying at home at The Coves, there are thirteen miles of well-tended horse trails that meander through parks, and past four waterfalls that give you a reason to pause and be thankful. Highland River Trail is ten miles from the lodge, traversing to the Johns River where Mila Cascading Falls ends the gorgeous ride.  Magnolia Trail is three climbing miles to an elevation of 100 feet, providing a bird’s eye view of the Johns Rivers, and concludes at Coleton’s Swimming Hole for a refreshing dip. There’s plenty explore without ever leaving your neighborhood.   

Are you looking to be part of one of North Carolina’s equestrian communities?  Our equestrian center provides the latest technology, vet services, farriers, chiropractors, message therapists, dental vets, lessons, select feed service, turn out, pasture rotation, and round-pen training.  If you are considering the gated communities near Asheville NC, look no further.  Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves would certainly be the desired home for your four-legged best friend.

Mild Four Season Weather

Our mild four season weather creates an ideal environment for those who don’t like to take long breaks from riding during the harsh winter and for those who prefer to be outdoors instead of training inside an arena. Ride through fields of wild flowers in the spring, to our swimming hole in the summer, through the colorful forest during the fall foliage season or see a different perspective riding in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees.

Horse Socials

There’s nothing better than bonding with your horse while bonding with other horse enthusiasts.  Like sharing stories and horse care tips. Living in an equestrian community provides convenient opportunities to trail ride with neighbors who also own a horse at The Coves. Our relaxed environment to make this all possible, so be sure to come visit and discover the benefits of an equestrian center within your neighborhood.

If you have a horse or are thinking of purchasing a horse, come tour Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700!

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Solar Eclipse August 2017 – See it from The Coves

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Imagine watching the moon cover the sun in a total solar eclipse from high up on a mountaintop, surrounded by family, friends, and the beautiful outdoors. On August 21, visitors and residents alike will have the chance to experience a rare solar eclipse – the first in 26 years – near Asheville, NC. The once-in-a-lifetime nature of this event will stargazers and nature lovers from all over the world to the mountain towns in North Carolina. Given the many locations to view the eclipse, there is simply no excuse not to attend.

It’s no secret that the stars look better from the Western Carolina mountains than any other place in the world. Living in the Western NC mountains provides unparalleled stargazing opportunities, including that of the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights. The Brown Mountain Lights are a series of red, circular ghost lights that can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway and from the Brown Mountain Overlook between Morganton and Linville, NC.

If you’re looking for a view of both the stars and nighttime skylines of surrounding towns, The Thunder Hill Overlook, located between mileposts 290 and 291 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is the perfect place. Just beside the parkway, the Green Mountain Overlook provides the perfect view of the Milky Way, Ursa Majora, and other breathtaking constellations. Additionally, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Brown Mountain Overlook are two places where one can view the upcoming solar eclipse.

Another perfect location to view the eclipse is at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Built an elevation of 1,700 feet, the clubhouse offers a 360-degree view of the night sky. Residents can spend time in the infinity-view swimming pool, relax in the hot tub, and enjoy the view from the living room that faces Grandfather Mountain. The top level of the lodge has floor-to-ceiling glass with a large kitchen, great room, and lending library.

On the lower level, residents can make use of the fitness center – which has its own locker room, showers, and fitness class area and game room equipped with ping-pong and pool tables. Table Rock, Adams Knob, and Brown Mountain can be clearly seen from the lodge as well. The sunset over the mountains is nothing short of breathtaking, and millions of stars are visible at night.

The Pisgah Mountain Lodge is one of the many amenities that The Coves Mountain River Club, one of the best gated communities near Asheville NC, has to offer. After a long day of riverside hiking along the Johns River or splashing in Coleton’s Swimming Hole, residents can sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and harvest their own fruits and veggies in Isabel’s Garden.

Equestrians can also board their horses at Round Mountain Ranch, where services include veterinary services and riding lessons, and ride them along scenic trails. Our equestrian director, Mona Houston, is one of the finest you’ll ever meet.

The Coves is more than just a neighborhood – it’s a vibrant community set in a mountain paradise.

Start marking your calendars for the August 2017 Solar Eclipse! Don’t miss the chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty that our galaxy has to offer.

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Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir

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We are lucky to live in a region of North Carolina that holds tight to our rich traditions and creative spirit.  Arts, crafts and sculpture are all near and dear to our hearts and they often come to reflect our personalities as we decorate our mountain homes near Asheville NC.

If you’re craving an old-fashioned sort of outing, and searching for things to do in Lenoir NC, a visit to Bolick and Traditions Pottery should certainly be top on your list. Conveniently located just south of Blowing Rock, the scenic nature of this property alone is reason to visit.  Tucked into the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, the farm will transport you to another time, with an old-fashioned village, two pottery shops, and the serenity of a flowing mountain stream.

Several worthwhile events happen here throughout the year, for those of you who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, such as their well-known kiln openings, or the foot-tapping mountain music and lively dancing on summer Sundays.

Incredible artists display their fine work at Bolick and Traditions.  Both galleries are chock full of functional, decorative and folk art pottery. Two of these artists are Mike and Janet Calhoun who were married in 1986. Mike soon learned the art of pottery, which allowed him to channel his creativity and imagination into his artisan face jugs.

For those who travel from their mountain homes near Asheville NC –Santas, Wizards, Clay Spirits and Cry Babies are some of the most popular of Mike’s creations. Our region is seeped with moonshine history. Moonshine tours are popular for locals and tourists alike, highlighting some of the most ingenious folks and where they made their popular liquor.   Mike’s jugs are a great way to pay homage to the history of moonshine, but there’s plenty more–handmade pottery, teapots, mugs, bowls, pitchers, and candlesticks.

There are many reasons to visit Bolick and Traditions Pottery when you’ve got that free day stretched before you and you need some fun things to do in Lenoir NC.  The last Saturday of every June, they have an incredible tradition, the Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening that many with mountain homes near Asheville NC attend.

In its 26th year, this past June 24th did not disappoint with live entertainment, music played by The Dollar Brother, The Martin Laurel Band (bluegrass and gospel) as well as Glenn Bolick and Friends, Denny Key, Bruce Hill, Connie Trivette, Gail Evans, Vicki Shell, and Janet Calhoun.   Storytelling by Frawley and Orville Hicks also kept folks spellbound. Their write up describes it perfectly: “The purpose of the event is to educate the public on some of the traditional ways of life. Through demonstrations of heritage arts, crafts, and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked, and entertained.”

The festival featured regional artists who demonstrated, educated, and sold their works. These potters create the same shapes that have been in their families for more than 190 years as well as creating their own unique designs. Charlie Glenn was in attendance, demonstrating and selling his handmade instruments, and the talented John Peterson had his banjos for sale as well.

Admission was free and the festivities lasted all day from ten until four.  The wood kiln, otherwise known as the groundhog wood kiln, which uses the method of firing without electricity, was filled with face jugs, owl mugs, sculpted chickens, Rebekah pitchers, hand-formed animals, teapots, vases, pitchers and more.  Those who got there early had the best selection.

The shops were also bustling with people, many who live in the gated communities of Asheville NC, browsing for more pottery, and additional arts and craft items such as quilts, goat milk soaps and lotion, leather, iron and wood works.  “We love to offer local and US made items such as sterling silver, and aluminum jewelry from NC, Lula N Lee jewelry from Texas, and wall art from P. Graham Dunn with an inspirational flair.

Soaps, lotions, honeys, and candles are also offered from local artists, and craftsman,” their website describes. All pottery is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe and all glazes are lead-free for convenience and good health. For those who love to quilt, there was an interactive quilting party and a Gee Haw Whimmie Diddle Contest.  Plenty of delicious food was served, so there was no need to bring coolers—only chairs were needed to kick back in a comfortable spot to enjoy the celebration.

When you’re in the mood for new things to do in Lenoir NC, just take the short trip to 1155 Main Street, where you can find Original Owens Pottery, and gifts from Natural Life, Demdaco, Savannah Bee Company, Chala and Mona-B fashion and handbags, plus a bounty of handmade jewelry, soaps, lotions and candles. “The shop in Blowing Rock is more than a pottery fix. We blend casual clothing, accessories, and other needful things for the home, body, & spirit.

Trendy clothing like flowing vests, crochet ponchos, and wraps. Our selection of handbags include animal themes and up-cycled material that are fashionable, and affordable,” their website describes.  They make it easy for those who can’t make the trip in person. You can shop online for convenience or get out and visit one of their festive wood kiln openings if you live in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Calls can be made for availability, pricing and orders.  In addition, Mike’s jugs are available on Pinterest.

For those of you who just can’t get enough pottery, there are North Carolina Pottery Shows in March, April and October—opportunities to browse and shop for personal gifts throughout the year.  March brings the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival in the Hickory Metro Center.  April means spring and Merlefest at the Wilkes Community College–easy to find in the Heritage Craft Tent.  And autumn is the time to celebrate the North Carolina State Fair located in the Village of Yesteryear in October.  Mark these shows on your calendar and bring your friends and family.

Living at The Coves Mountain River Club affords endless possibilities to inspire your creative side while finding those perfect unique artistic pieces to make your charming mountain house feel like home.  The Blue Ridge Mountains lend a stunning backdrop to The Coves, just beyond your door, and with a short drive you can explore and take in the creations of so many talented and valued artists in our region and perhaps be inspired to be creative yourself.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery can be found at 4443 Bolick Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; Phone: (828) 295-5099

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sunday: 1pm-5pm.

While you’re in town, be sure to stop by The Coves. We’ll take you up to our mountaintop lodge and show you around.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Benefits of Building a Green Mountain Home

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Western North Carolina offers some of the most visually spectacular land for sale in the NC mountains that you’ll find anywhere.  And when you’re building a mountain home in such an unspoiled environment, it makes good sense to consider incorporating materials, techniques and features that will make it as “green” as possible.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, we encourage and support efforts to create homes that are healthier, self-sustaining, and more cost-effective in the long run and use up fewer natural resources.

Here are some of the specific benefits you will derive from a taking “green” approach with your design.  It’s important to note that they won’t cost you any more than if you were building a conventional home.

Improved indoor air quality

  • The paints, adhesives, sealants and finishes used in the construction of “green” homes emit considerably less toxic waste, and there’s no residual effect that can cause smells, exposure to formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and even respiratory illness.
  • A properly-sealed “green” home also has a more sophisticated ventilation system that constantly brings clean, fresh air inside.  There’s less likelihood of mold developing, so you’ll enjoy much healthier living conditions.
  • In addition, radon-mitigation systems can be set in the foundation.  They allow harmful radon gas from the soil to be vented to the home’s exterior, so your level of exposure is significantly reduced.  The Environmental Protection Agency believes that radon may be the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

People building “green” mountain homes near Asheville have begun to recognize that there are cost savings involved as well.

Return on investment

A green home is a durable home. For a homeowner, that means less work and expense to maintain the home properly, and components of the home won’t need to be replaced as often, if ever.  “Green” building options that that serve this purpose include:

  • Durable roofing materials – some with 40- or 50-year warranties.
  • Recycled-content decking – can last up to five times longer than traditional wood decking and never needs to be treated or painted.
  • Chemical-free pest controls – discourage termites and other pests by separating all exterior wood-to-concrete connections with metal or plastic fasteners or dividers and by locating all new plants at least 36 inches from the foundation.

Water and energy efficiency can save you as much as 70% on your utility bills. Energy efficiency makes a home more affordable to live in and more attractive to prospective buyers if you decide to sell. Homes with “green features” can command as much as 7% in the resale market. Besides saving on utility bills, a “green” home employs construction techniques that can reduce so2me costs during the building process.  Some of these are:

  • Creating a tight thermal envelope that’s sealed to reduce air leakage, designing and locating ductwork to minimize energy loss and choosing low-emissivity windows to help decrease heating and cooling requirements.
  • Installing a smaller HVAC system is made possible when there’s a high-quality thermal envelope, providing greater comfort and lower upfront and operating costs.
  • Framing with 2-by-6 studs spaced at 24 inches allows the use of more insulation, which can reduce wood use and labor costs.

Finally, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce water use and generate additional savings for the homeowner:

  • Installing Energy Star-rated appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers
  • Using shorter hot-water runs, insulated hot-water pipes, low-flow faucets and high-efficiency  toilets that require 1.3 gallons of water or less per flush
  • Choosing high-efficiency irrigation systems such as low-flow drip systems, bubblers and low-flow sprinklers that minimize overspray and evaporation and reduce runoff

Lower Environmental Impact

Using renewable, clean energy sources and reclaimed materials also lessens our reliance on fossil fuels and other depleting resources.  For people looking for land for sale NC mountains properties present an opportunity to plan “green” homes that blend perfectly with their surroundings – both in appearance and in their respect for nature. 

Building a mountain home is a fun project, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.  Come by and visit us soon at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir.  See all we have to offer and how much there is to do here.  You’ll soon understand why mountain homes near Asheville have become so popular with retirees who want to stay active.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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3rd Annual Summer Bash – Making a Difference in Lenoir

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Our mountain towns in North Carolina are gearing up for another Summer Bash, August 26 from 5-11pm, thanks to the dedication and fun spirit of the Wig Bank of Caldwell County, alongside Ali & Madison Bumgarner. The Extraordinaires and DJ Johnny B will be in attendance, playing their lively tunes to keep the party hopping and the guests dancing.  Of course there will be delicious food and refreshing drinks available in the American Legion Building in Lenoir on this fine summer night. 

When you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, the reasonably-priced tickets ($35) can be purchased by calling the Wig Bank of Caldwell County at 828-726-9111 or visit 226 Mulberry St, SW Lenoir, NC 28645. Remember, all who attend are lending their support to a worthy cause. The Wig Bank’s motto is Hope.  Support.  Education.  Friends. Those who live in our gated communities near Asheville NC often attend their Red Dress Event or popular Wig Walks as well as volunteer their time to this organization with a tremendous heart.

For over ten years, the Wig Bank of Caldwell County has been helping those who are bravely fighting cancer in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  Two motivated and inspired women, a hair salon owner and an oncology nurse, understood the diverse needs of our much-loved community.  Their vision was to make a difference to those who were sick, and soon many others became eager to lend their help and support. Though these two women began with a just few wigs, their vision soon took off. Perhaps you’ve walked or driven by the Wig Bank and noticed the modest house with the purple door.  If you ventured inside, you surely found a hot pot of coffee and a warm greeting. 

Their dedicated staff offer educational resources for those who are sick with cancer, or those who are taking care of a sick loved one, as well as some much-needed comfort and support.   The inspired founders of the Wig Bank initially saw the need to provide wigs to sick woman, but soon came to understand all the other services that were necessary to help survivors feel better, as well as the need for support groups for men, women and children in the gated communities near Asheville NC. 

In addition to wigs, they provide makeup kits and how-tos, as well as funds for essentials such as food, gas, literature for cancer education, exercise classes and more. Recently the community pulled together to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of Mulberry Street. No surprise that the folks who live in our mountain towns in North Carolina were able to turn this adorable house into a welcoming home.

Whether you’re looking for classes, support groups, or a place for your children to hang out for some fun entertainment—this is the spot.  Kids can watch movies, play pool, foosball, ping-pong or cards, while the grown ups share meaningful conversation or grab some downtime in the library, reading in a comfy chair or doing a little online research.

The giving nature of our volunteer community members, always looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, make a real difference to others, and ensure all the Wig Bank’s incredible services are free.The Wig Bank’s services, support groups and programs:

• On-Site Beauty Shop

Provides wigs for women and children who may lose their hair through cancer treatments. Each wig is specially selected and styled by one of our licensed stylists.

• Locks of Love

An individual may donate their hair (must be at least 12 inches) to a national wig company for cancer patients. The locks should be clean, bound together, braided, bagged and delivered to The Wig Bank with your name and phone number taped to the outside of the bag.

• McCreary Cancer Center

A partnership with the McCreary Cancer Center offers a wide range of programs for individuals and their families touched by cancer.

• I Can Cope

This is a monthly support group initiated by the American Cancer Society for people who have just been diagnosed or are in treatment for cancer.  Facilitated by an oncology nurse, other experts are frequently invited to answer questions.

• Arm in Arm

The most popular breast cancer support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6 pm.

• Look Good… Feel Better

This program meets after Arm in Arm and brings women together to learn tips on applying makeup (a free bag of makeup is supplied), techniques for using scarves and hats, and exercise tips so they can look and feel their best.

• Restorative Yoga

Heal and restore with our popular mid-day Restorative Yoga classes.

• CHiPS (Child Health Enrichment Programs)

Support group for children affected by cancer, providing games, and art therapy with high school Beta Club students. During these sessions, parents meet upstairs with volunteers. The group meets monthly, except during the summer.

• Sister Group

A minority outreach program designed to explain the benefits of good breast health and mammograms.

In addition to giving your time, you can also give the gift of hope by donating to the services at the Wig Bank.  Their website describes their passionate mission perfectly:  “We strive to offer meaningful services that are sensitively suited to meet the emotional, intellectual and inspirational needs of individuals and families going through their journey with cancer. Your donation helps outreach efforts for: renewed self-esteem, emotional recovery and support, and information resources. You can make a donation in several ways:

·       Sponsoring, attending or supporting one of our fundraisers

·       Donations in honor or memory a loved one

·       Individual financial gifts in any amount

Give the gift of hope! Your donation helps The Wig Bank continue its mission to be a ray of hope and help for local individuals touched by cancer.”

Those who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC understand the importance of volunteering.  There are so many meaningful ways to give of yourself in retirement–to the schools, nursing homes, museums, voting centers, shelters, soup kitchens and ministries.  Of course, the beauty of Lenoir is when you’re done volunteering, there’s so much else to keep you busy.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Lenoir NC this summer?  You’re probably aware of some of the most the popular past-times, but there are scores of others to discover now that you have some down time.  Looking for a great way to kick off your weekends?  Friday nights at the Tri-County Motor Speedway features NASCAR All-American Series stock car racing.

Or if you feel the need to kick up your heels, grab your date and try clogging at Sims Country Barbecue in Dudley Shoals.   Lenoir’s beat is kept strong with all the impromptu front porch jam sessions that are open to the public and musicians of all ages from beginner to pro.

For those who enjoy intellectual stimulation, you can visit any of the state’s seven educational forests and learn a little something new about our ecosystem, or visit one of the many museums:  the Caldwell Heritage Museum, the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum, the Antique Vending Company, the Wilson Creek Visitor Center, or Hudson’s Railroad Depot Museum to take in some of our fine history and culture.

If you feel more energetic, you can train for some of our challenging bike rides, and when you feel the need to cool down, hike along any number of our refreshing creeks that flow from our gorgeous mountains.

It’s obvious how lucky we are to live in this region, and those who have found their perfect piece of land at The Coves and settled into their charming mountain homes, can enjoy all that Lenoir has to offer each and every day.  From volunteering alongside our close-knit neighbors, to exploring the nearby downtown and surrounding parks, restaurants, and shops, there’s never enough time to do it all.  Especially when your home at The Coves is beckoning you to return for a little relaxation or family and friend gathering.  If you’ve yet to experience The Coves in Lenoir, stop by and see what you’ve been missing.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

 

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Tips on Selling Your Home Fast

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Sometimes, what we really want is a quick sale, to move forward with our retirement, now that we’ve found the perfect place to live in the mountains. In fact, people from all over the country, like you, are heading Western North Carolina to follow their dreams of living in a beautiful NC mountain home, in friendly neighborhoods like The Coves.

Once the decision to move is made, selling your home can seem a little scary, but it’s easier than you think. Here’s some helpful tips for selling your home fast:

Choose the Right Agent

Finding the real estate agent that’s right for you can be a little intimidating, but it’s 100% possible. First, look around. Find someone who has a high selling rate in your area and is familiar with the landscape, and get some references. Ask an agent to provide a list of what they’ve listed and sold in the past year near your home, with the contact information. Former clients should sing the praises about their experience. In the modern age of real estate, a good agent should also be tech savvy and know how to give the home the best internet exposure possible. The right agent should also come with certifications, such as ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) or SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist).

Price the Home Correctly the First Time

Check out Zillow to get an estimate of what your home is worth, then consult with your realtor and ask for a CMA certified market analysis). This will give you an idea of what homes are selling for around you. Once you have a good idea of the right price, considering shaving off 5 to 10 percent off. This will attract buyers with multiple bids quick, who may bid up the price over what its worth.

Hire a Photographer

The photos that accompany your listing should show your home’s best attributes, and from the best angles possible and in the best light. Hire a professional who specializes in real estate and knows what potential buyers look for.

Make Quick Fixes

Make all necessary repairs! Even something as small as rusted lock or a leaky showerhead can turn off a potential buyer. Consider tackling the easier tasks yourself – such as caulking windows or doors – and hiring a repair man for the bigger fixes – such as rebuilding or repairing a rotted part of fence or replacing light fixtures throughout the home.

Ditch the Clutter

One of the easiest ways to declutter a house, and one of the most important things to do when selling it, is to de-personalize it. Consider putting a big chunk of memorabilia, family photos, knick-knacks, and keepsakes in storage. The less personal a house appears, the more potential buyers can vividly picture themselves living there – and the extra space can make the home appear bigger.

Stage Your Home

What does that mean? It means bringing the home to ‘model’ like condition as if the home is being sold brand new. Paint your home in neutral colors, if it is not that way already. Companies specialize in staging and it’s worth every dime. Your realtor will know which staging company is worth talking with.

Simple changes can make a world of difference. Update your old fireplace screen. Resurface your old dishwasher with a stainless steel stick-on covering. Open all blinds and curtains in order to bring out the home’s natural lighting. Trim any trees or bushes, put flowers in the windowsills, and add a welcome mat. The goal is to make your home appear as inviting as possible.

Have Frequent Open Houses

After your home is staged to perfection, it’s time to show it off. Don’t be afraid to skip the newspapers to advertise online. Write colorful, descriptive ads with your agent and place them on social media and open house directories online. Create open house signs with balloons, put them at the busiest intersections closest to your home, and make sure to make arrow-shaped signs that will buyers in the right direction. Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Take your pets to the pet spa or the park.

Sometimes it’s best to let the realtor show the house without you, so that your agent can highlight the best features of the house without bias.

If you’re looking to buy or build your very own Western NC dream home, why not consider The Coves Mountain River Club. You’ll quickly discover why our residents treasure the amenities such as our mountaintop Pisgah Mountain Lodge with 360 degree long range mountain views. Sip wine or stroll through Evelyn’s Vineyard, and even plant their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs in Isabel’s Garden. Enjoy riverside hiking along the Johns River, or take a dip in Coleton’s Swimming Hole during the summer months.

The Coves offers a good selection of homesites for sale with a generous amount of land for sale in the NC mountains. Residents can choose from a private cul-de-sac to a river frontage on the Johns River and several home sites with breathtaking mountain views. There are many builder floor plans available that include everything from master suites, generous guest bedrooms, detachable garages, vaulted rooms with exposed timbers, and screened outdoor living porches. Homesites start $39,000, where potential residents can choose from 1.75 acres of land all the way to 19. Three-bedroom houses – 2,200-3,350 square feet – start from $289,000.

Selling a home can be intimidating, but with the right tools and the right agent – you’ll be out the door and onto starting your new life before you know it.

Call 828.754.0700 now to schedule a visit! 

Tags: Home Building | Lenoir