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 Golden Valley.
They're slated to open in August and it’s coming along very well. You may follow them on Instagram, Instagram JellyStone GoldenValley.

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.

Local News
Horrible Weather  May 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 person.
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 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.

Business News
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 You
Our website 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.

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