Rutherford County NC: Karen D. McCall, Broker, REALTOR, e-Pro, shares her techspertise, promotes properties, and helps you buy and sell real estate in Western North Carolina. I had to take down our fish tank, the new virus protection keeps them from running. Heavy sigh.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Spring Newsletter, 2018
Wettest May on Record
Bostic, NC 2018 - Spring? What Spring? We went straight from
winter to summer, didn't we? We’ve had a 90º day already. It’s nuts. I'm about
to run out of spring anyway, it's been pretty busy and it's the wettest May on
record. The wettest. More about that later.
I'm going to back track for those of you who weren't with us
for the last Newsletter. In our winter
newsletter I told you about the new cell phone service and fixed
internet WiFi with Carolina West Wireless and I mentioned that Northgate Resort
was opening a new campground. Now This - Camp Golden Valley - Yogi
Bear’s (Newest) Jellystone Park is taking reservations. Check it out Camp
Will this hurt your sale or your purchase? It depends. Some
buyers will want to shy away from the 600 acre camp, but others will want to be
right over it. It might be fun to sit on the deck and watch people paddle
around the 15-acre lake. It will be a big plus for some and a big minus for
others. Will it cause property values to go up? We hope so, but it hasn't made
a difference so far.
Horrible WeatherMay 30th, 2018 Governor declares state of
emergency in Western North Carolina. Heavy rains have created huge mudslides, devastating flooding
and road closings. The real estate market practically shut down for ten days as
the storm rolled across the county. Bostic fared very well with only a few
downed trees. An area that usually averages 50 inches of rainfall each year,
received nearly half that in two weeks. The Cherry Mountain Fire Department was
quick to clear the roadways. Those volunteers are our heroes.
And now another
mudslide has closed NC-9 near Bat Cave and Governor Roy Cooper has been out this weekend to see it in
The timing is
awful for farmers, some of them have missed the spring planting and it has not
been good for real estate either. But the sun was back this week, the phone is
ringing and we're booking showings again.
The Lisa Letters:
Several of my sellers have received a letter from Lisa Demyanovich. "I
would like to purchase your land in Rutherford County NC as referenced in the
enclosed Purchase Agreement.” she says, advising,"The source of your
ownership record is from the Rutherford Assessor and this information is of
public record and available to anyone who requests it." The letter continued
and there was an attached Offer to Purchase. The offers were extremely low. My
husband and I bought lot 3 in Golden Valley Estates in 2002 for $49,900. She
offered us $12,500 for it. A second parcel we bought this year for $25,000 she
offered $6,000. The offers were for pennies on the dollar and there were
several contingencies - BUT this is legitimate. If you want to be released
from your listing agreement so you can sell your land to Lisa, let me know and
we'll work something out.
Zillow News: If you're listed with McCall's you can see your
listing on Zillow and see how your listing is preforming. Go to Zillow.com and
type your address in the search window. It will open to your address page. At
the top choose owner view, then scroll down and pick view metrics.
Ta dah. You'll see how many people are looking at your listing online, but bear
in mind this is for one MLS so that's just one side of your listing. Your
listing will be in not one, but two MLSs.
Zillow is an all inclusive real estate platform and
companies can opt in or out. I don't know why you wouldn't want your listings
on Zillow, but some companies do not. Zillow is permission based advertising
and uses our MLS data to present our listings to buyers. Buyers will see the
listing with three or four agents to the right of it. These are agents who pay
for advertising with the exception of the Listing Agent who appears first in
the line up. Sometimes when a buyer clicks through to ask an agent to contact
them they may get three calls from three agents. If you want me click my
picture or better yet, reach out to me directly.
What's for sale in the neighborhood? Click on
Subdivision Search, choose your neighborhood and you'll see all the available
inventory that's in the Rutherford County MLS. Check out the competition
anytime. FACTOID - Not every Realtor is in the local MLS. Some firms are
solely in the Carolina's Regional MLS and some aren't in either the local or
the regional MLS, but belong to their own county's MLS. While listing with an
out-of-area agent will put your listing out on the major platforms, it will not
put you in the local websites. If it's not in the local MLS it's not on my
website or on any local websites. My listings are on their (CRMLS) websites,
but their's are not on mine. Remember, Real Estate is still a hyper-local
business.Other agents are my best customers.
Here are some of our listings.
McCall’s Real Estate is a member of the Rutherford County
Chamber of Commerce. We believe that supporting the local Chamber benefits the local
economy. Chamber of Commerce
They have some great links for area buyers.
Always Working for
Our website McCallsRealEstate.com is
available 24/7 and we have loads of information. Would you like to see what’s
for sale in your Subdivision? Well you can have a look, under Search pick
Subdivision pick YOUR subdivision and you’ll get every listing that’s available
in the Rutherford County MLS. Under Featured Listings you can see our in-house
listings and you can see our Sold Listings. If you look at the Blog you’ll find
this newsletter and those that have gone before it, along with a few listings.
In addition to this blog we run a Google Blogger at KDsFarm and we build landing
pages for each of our listings on a platform called Real Bird. Besides using
Real Bird slideshows for visual tours in the Rutherford County MLS, we
subscribe to Paradym a Visual Tour Company and we place those tours in the
Carolina’s Regional MLS. McCall’s
Visual Tour Inventory List. To assist other agents, we build Dropbox
Folders and maintain them with current information, so we can get our property
information out with the click of a button. All of this and more to prove we
really are Always Working for You.