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Questions to Ask Home Inspector During Home Inspections

Whether you are looking at cabins, homes or large estates, you want to make sure you have a structure that will serve you well not just today but for years to come. Having your home inspected by a professional is a must, but do you know what you should be looking for from him or her? Here are a few questions you may want to ask the inspector before you commit to trusting this person with your investment. This will help you make sure nothing important is neglected during your NC Mountain real estate inspection process.

  • What does the inspection include? – Make sure the inspection meets the requirements of your particular NC Mountain community as well as the state. Additionally, find out if you will get a copy of the inspection report. Finally, if there are certain issues of concern, make sure its inspection is covered.
  • How long have you worked in the inspection industry? – Naturally, those who have worked in the industry longer are more likely to know what to look for—especially when dealing with particularly tricky NC Mountain real estate.
  • Are you trained in residential inspection? Inspecting residential properties is different from commercial or industrial. Find out if the inspector has relevant training and experience.
  • Do you offer repairs? - Some regulations mean that the inspector is forbidden from doing this as a conflict of interest. If this is the case for you, make sure the answer to this question is NO.
  • How long does an inspection take? – Usually, an inspection will take at least 3 hours (for a standard single-family home. If the inspector quotes anything less, there may be something to worry about in terms of quality.
  • What is the cost? - While cost is important, cheaper isn’t always better. Consider what the inspector is doing to earn the fee he or she is charging.
  • How long will it take to receive the report? – Most inspectors provide a report within 24 hours of the inspection. If you are under time constraints, make sure the inspector can meet them.
  • Am I allowed to attend the inspection? – An inspector that refuses to let you attend the inspection should raise some red flags. This is a valuable opportunity that you do not want to miss.
  • Do you have any memberships in professional associations or unions? – Ask to see membership identification. You may be able to find out more about his or her background through the membership websites.
  • Do you keep up with continuing education programs? – Technology is always changing, even in the inspection industry. Those who keep up with their education will be more effective inspectors.
As you can see, there are many questions you could ask to learn more about a potential inspector. These are just a few of the most common. Don’t be afraid to dig deep, so you learn everything you can about your North Carolina Mountain property before you make a large investment.

Mountain Estates

Johns River Estates

The Johns River Estates section of the property includes parcels between 10-25 acres in size. Many of these parcels have direct frontage on the crystal, clear Johns River. All of the parcels are within a short hike of the River. They are all in close proximity to the Pisgah Mountain Lodge amenity. The Riverside trail system also provides for great access to some of the most scenic hiking in the NC mountains as well as access to other community amenities. The Coves amenities include the following:
  • Over 10 miles of improved trails
  • Breath taking mountain-top owners lodge with pool and fitness center
  • Community vegetable garden and vineyard
  • Miles of frontage on the Johns River for fishing, tubing, kayaking and canoeing
  • The riverside park and pavilion
  • Round Mountain Ranch horse stables
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Tips for Buying Mountain Cabins in North Carolina

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North Carolina Mountain cabins make a great second home or can also serve as an excellent place to live year round. However, when you begin looking at cabins for sale in NC mountains, the options can be a bit overwhelming. Purchasing one of these cabins is certainly one of the biggest investments you will ever make, so it only makes sense that you want to do your research and find the perfect home for you and your family. While everyone has unique needs, here are a few tips to help you begin your search.
  • Look at the Land – How hard will it be to get to the property? If it requires a difficult hike or you can’t drive to your door, you may not get as much use from the property.
  • Start Shopping Online – There are more and more homes available today than ever before. You will find that many homes are listed online that don’t make it into the magazines or brochures available within the community.
  • Ask About Construction – Was the cabin custom built, made from a kit or moved from another location? A custom built home is more likely to have the durability you want for a home that could face extreme weather conditions.
  • Check for Extra Costs – Are there any maintenance or neighborhood association fees involved in cabin ownership? These costs will add up, so think hard about them before you obligate yourself to a major purchase.
  • Have it Inspected – Just like you would have a “regular” house inspected before purchase, make sure you have your cabin inspected by a professional. This can save you time, money and heartache. An inspection is affordable when compared to the cost of your home.
  • Talk to Neighbors – The neighbors will have insight as to how the weather is in winter, any concerns you may have and will be one of the best resources you can find. It never hurts to wave and ask a few questions before you commit to a property.
Whether you are just beginning to look at North Carolina mountain cabins, or you are ready to make a purchase, working with an expert makes the buying process smoother and more pleasant for everyone involved. The Coves is a great resource for anyone searching for NC Mountain cabins for sale. Reach out to us and let us help you find the cabin or mountain retreat of your dreams.

The Best Time to Buy a House in the North Carolina Mountains?

In the late 00’s, the United States fell into a major recession. In the years since, most real estate markets have recovered from this event. Some markets, such as San Francisco, have seen pricing rise to levels higher than they were before the recession hit. However, there is one area, in particular, where the recovery has not been quite as brisk—the North Carolina Mountains. This can mean it is an excellent time for interested buyers to look at North Carolina mountain homes for sale. Historically, North Carolina mountain communities are filled, almost exclusively, with owners of “second homes”. Many of these areas experience extreme fluctuations in weather and virtually shut down during the winter months. Often, people who live in Florida or other hot climates would look to acquire second homes in areas like the NC Mountains to avoid the heat in the peak of the summer. However, the market for second and seasonal homes has not recovered like it has for primary housing. Right now, the demand for North Carolina Mountain Cabins is still lagging behind the supply, which means that pricing is available at a fraction of the pre-recession levels—in some spots, at least. Areas that are the most affected include those with the extreme winter temperatures and master planned communities that cater almost exclusively to second homeowners. These regions may take much longer to recover than the rest of the country, and may not see pre-recession levels for decades. On the other hand, areas with milder winters that offer year round living likely have more time sensitivity with respect to pricing. One reason is that these areas are seeing a significant influx of retirees seeking North Carolina Mountain homes for sale. With virtually no new construction of large master planned communities in these regions, demand will eventually exceed supply within these areas. This is especially true when it comes to waterfront home for sale in North Carolina, which is highly desirable. Further, with extreme limitations on the develop ability of mountain property in desirable regions, supply will always be constrained. This could drive pricing up significantly over the next ten years as the full migration of the Baby Boomer generation takes effect. What this means is that NOW is the time to buy a house in the North Carolina Mountains. Acting now means you will have more options available and better prices than you will likely experience any time in the coming years. If you would like more information about purchasing real estate in the NC Mountains, contact the experts at The Coves. We would love to help you buy the home of your dreams while making a smart investment in your future.

The Coves at Round Mountain Welcomes The Layell Family

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  The Layell family began looking for land in the mountains in search of cooler climates and a serene atmosphere, but they also wanted to ensure that there would be a plethora of activities to do close by. Their search initially began in Asheville and Blowing Rock but quickly brought them to the Coves. After setting sites on the panoramic views of Grandfather Mountain and listening to the sound of the babbling water nearby, they knew that The Coves was where they wanted to be. The wildlife and peaceful surroundings made them feel at home. After meeting some of the friendly homeowners, it became even more apparent that they wanted to become official members of The Coves family.The Layell's look forward to being an active part of the community and hope to build within the next 5 years! The Coves at Round Mountain, conveniently located between Lenoir and Blowing Rock, is a spectacular master-planned and gated community. The Coves offers beautiful custom-built homes, cottages, homesites and large estate properties at an unbelievable price. The Coves is located a few short minutes away from Wilson Creek Gorge, a federally designated wild & scenic river, and the Pisgah National Forest. Get the best of both worlds and discover luxury living surrounded by the pristine natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Follow the link for more information or to set up your tour TODAY! Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain Community with Mountain Land for Sale. Just minutes from Blowing Rock, Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek Gorge

A Taste of Italy – THIS Saturday, March 28th!

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A Taste of Italy
March 28, 2014
Pisgah Mountain Lodge from 1:00-4:00pm
 
Join The Coves at Round Mountain for our annual food celebration and competition, A Taste of Italy.The event will be held at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Enjoy home made Italian cuisine and mouth-watering views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Hawks Bill, and the Wilson Creek Gorge. Prepare your favorite Italian dish, if you dare to compete-- side-dishes and desserts welcome!  There will be live music performed by Mitch, Masten, & Chad, complimentary wine bottles provided by Timberblock, delicious food and prizes!Please RSVP to the event by following the link provided. For more info call (828) 754-0700
 

The Coves Welcomes The Strah Family

In an effort to escape the 120 inches of snow and gray skies of winters in Kirtland, Ohio, the Strah family started looking in the foothills of North Carolina. Since neither of them are fans of summers with high humidity and 90 degree temperatures, they narrowed down their search to the Asheville and Hickory areas which they felt would still give them the four seasons without the extreme highs and lows. After touring dozens of communities, they knew they had found their future home as soon as they saw The Coves at Round Mountain. The scenery was spectacular with views you can only dream of and with the numerous activities within and near The Coves, they knew they would keep busy for many years. The deal was sealed, however, when they visited during the Bluegrass Festival and BBQ. They wanted to meet some of the home owners to hear their thoughts about living at The Coves and make sure it was a good fit for them. The home owners they met were so warm and friendly, even opening their homes for them to see! They knew then and there that they had found their future home. They’ve started the process of finding the “perfect” house plan and will start building as soon as possible. They can’t wait to join all the fun! Amenities at The Coves

The Coves Welcomes The Oeckler Family

After visiting The Coves, John and Nancy Oeckler knew instantaneously that The Coves was right for them! The mountains, activities, and nature opportunities are a perfect fit for their lifestyles. They cannot wait to become a part of The Coves family and hope to finish building their home as soon as possible! Amenities at The Coves

The Coves Welcomes The White Family

  The White family, originally from Canton, OH, were looking for a place to retire that would be closer to their daughter's family in Charlotte, but with a cooler climate. The Coves at Round Mountain's location and amenities were perfect for them. They love the outdoors, the mountain views and the Coves sense of community. They plan to start building and retire to The Coves in about 7 years, but hope to become a part of The Coves family MUCH sooner! We can't wait! Amenities at The Coves

Message from our Owners: Carol and Bill

Carol and Bill "When Carol made her swing through North Carolina and Virginia in 2008 looking for our next home, The Coves and all of the outdoor amenities really struck a chord. We purchased our lot in May of 2009 and completed our home in November 2010. We have four children all over the country, so a central location in an area that had three and a half seasons appealed to us. The kids and grandkids love visiting and always seem to enjoy all there is to do here. We have a family get together every summer and Thanksgiving and usually get some visits in between." -Carol and Bill

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