State of the Market Address – Real Estate in Cherokee County Update

It’s been some time since I’ve done a market update on the Cherokee County (Murphy and Andrews) real estate market because the market has been staying so incredibly stable. Now with January past us, I can report on the typical seasonal cycle of the market.

Historically, the market is relatively calm during January, February, and March. We’ll see an it trend back up to normal around the middle of April. With all that said, here’s some hard numbers that are great to go with! Remember – these numbers can be difficult to translate to your particular situation, so the advice of a professional is recommended (namely The POLTROCK TEAM!) to interpret them.

 

Numbers for the Past Month

  • Total Homes to close: 14
  • Total Land to close: 28
  • Average Home Price: $194,029
  • Average List to Sell Ratio: 91.95%
  • Average Days on Market: 226
  • Most Active Price Point: $150,000 – $200,000 (representing half the transactions)
  • Average Land Price: $39,532
  • Average Land Days on Market: 170
  • Homes currently Pending: 94
  • Land currently Pending: 203

 

Our market seasonally dips down during this time of year, so don’t expect a lot of showing activity during the cold months! Stay home, stay warm, and keep your place clean! Fact is, even though you might not be getting a lot of showings on your house, the buyers out there shopping this time of year are typically more qualified and more motivated to buy. Why? Maybe because they don’t want to stay out in the cold!

Those of you who are looking to buy homes and land, now is the perfect time! If you can make it our way, you don’t have a lot of “competition” this time of year. In other words – you probably won’t have to worry about someone slipping in and buying your dream home! Not only that, sellers are commonly more negotiable during this time of year because the activity on their property slows down.

 

John and Jessica Poltrock – Homes and Land in the Mountains of North Carolina – Real Estate by the POLTROCK TEAM at Murphy, NC – (877) 837-3002www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.com

Maintaining the right moisture level in your home

Did you know there’s a level of "Relative Humidity" to keep your home’s air at? If your house is like mine in the winter, everything seems to dry out. The weather and time of year really can have a lot to do with it. My clock has a digital hygrometer built in, so I’m able to track what the air is like. Here lately, it seems to stay around 33%. What does that mean exactly?

If your house is at 30% or less – its too dry. This can cause problems just like excessive moisture. Your skin dries out, drywall will crack or gap in areas, you’ll be more susceptive to colds

If your moisture level (relative humidity) is above 50% – you’re too moist. This can lead to mold, allergy concerns, rot, damage electronic equipment, and other things can occur if its too high.

With all of that said, you should try to maintain your household humidity around 45%. Simple humidifiers (or dehumidifiers if you’re too moist) can help the situation. You can have whole-house units installed by a local HVAC company that will do the trick. Not only that, they can provide professional recommendations that will make your air in your home safer and healthier.

Two Local Heating and Air Contractors:

  • Cherokee Heating and Air – 828-837-8411
  • Elliott’s Heating and Cooling – 828-837-4364

 

Want more? Read the article I am came across at USA Today that answered a lot of my questions.

 

John and Jessica Poltrock – Real Estate in the Mountains of Murphy, North Carolina – Homes and Land – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.com – (877) 837-3002 – Demand the POLTROCK TEAM!

Tim and Maryanne DeVincke’s Testimonial for The POLTROCK TEAM

"John did a wonderful job at giving us a quick and effective ‘snapshot’ of a land purchase. He showed us exactly what was in our price range and wants in a very short time.

He was very accommodating and allowed us to rent a client’s cabin – 5 star service. His follow-up after the sale was superb.

We will definitely use John again in the future as our needs change. We will also refer him to as many people as we can!

 

Sincerely,

Tim DeVincke"

 

Thanks Tim! We greatly appreciate you and your business! You got a wonder acre lot in Smoky Hollow at a great value. I know you and your family will enjoy it for years to come. It still amazes me Maryanne knew it was the one because of the way it smelled. And what amazes me even more, is this has happened more than once! I believe women have a better sense of smell than we do.

Good luck with everything in the future and I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

John and Jessica Poltrock – Homes and land in the mountains of Murphy, North Carolina – www.MyMurphy.comJohnP@remax.net – (877) 837-3002 – Demand the POLTROCK TEAM!

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Congratulations! You’re now a year wiser Little do you know that you have a everything-made-from-scratch-and-organic-home-cooked-meal-by-your-favorite-husband. On the menu, pork tenderloins with a fruit salsa, fresh sesame asparagus, sweet potato and apple casserole, biscuits, mac & cheese (for the kids in attendance, of course!), and a home made German chocolate cake!

 

We love you and hope you have a wonderful birthday.

 

John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties in Murphy, NC – JohnPoltrock@gmail.comwww.MyMurphy.com

 

Follow-up: Thank you to all of you for calling and emailing Jessica to say Happy Birthday! She literally had about 50 emails and a dozen calls! You are much appreciated for making her day even better.

 

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Frozen Water Pipes Lead to Frustration! How to Avoid (and fix!) your problems in cold weather

As I sit here and write this, I know for sure that I am going to have to walk out in the nine degree weather this morning to face the crisp, cold air to thaw out my water pipes. Of course, I’m sure I’m not the only fortunate person to have to do this. Sad thing is, I know better! Here are some quick and easy tips on how to *keep* your water pipes from freezing whether your in Murphy, North Carolina or anywhere else.

Preventative care is one of the first steps. If you have a well (which is the norm here), make sure it is properly insulated. Many people use insulated fake rocks to cover their well and protect it from the elements. Don’t forget you need more than that! Wrap it in insulation around the casing and pipes. Also, it’s not a bad idea to install a light bulb in with the well to help keep it warm and above freezing. Be safe with this! Be sure its properly installed so not to start a fire. The US Forest Service (and your neighbors!) doesn’t appreciate fires! Also, make sure there’s no gaps between the ground and your well house/covering. This is a prime spot for the cold air to sneak in. You want it well insulated just like you would your own house.

If you’re like me, you’ve already passed the preventative maintenance part – my pipes are frozen! If you can, wait till the temperature warms up and let it work itself out. Be careful! You may need to turn your water main off so pipes that may have burst don’t give you personal waterfall in your house! If you don’t have the luxury of waiting, get out there and defrost! Common household items work well – hair dryer, small space heaters, and heating pads will work wonders. Spend some time out there and get it done. Make sure to thoroughly check for leaks once you have water – you don’t want to damage your house.

Good luck out there! Stay warm and if you need additional help – call a plumber! We have our recommended plumbers by clicking here on our Gotta Guy List. Check them out! 🙂

 

John and Jessica Poltrock – Real Estate in the Mountains of Murphy North Carolina – Homes and Land for Sale – www.MyMurphy.comJohnP@remax.net – (877) 837-3002 – Demand The POLTROCK TEAM!

 

*Recommendations are given as a convenience to you. We cannot guarantee the work of these contractors. We advise you do your own research and select a plumber you feel will meet your needs.

Liquor Law Passes in the Town of Murphy, NC

Last week, the town of Murphy NC and Andrews NC held an election on whether alcohol sales could happen inside the city limits. As it turns out, Murphy voted “YES” while Andrews voted “NO.” Don’t get me wrong, both elections were very close and could have easily gone either way. The last vote on this issue was turned down 55% to 45%.

With that said, many restaurants and other stores are moving to obtain permits for the sales of alcohol. Those of you who enjoy drinks with dinner, next time you’re in town enjoying dinner, you’ll have that option! Many restaurants such as Doyles Cedar Hill Restaurant, possibly Shoebooties (pure speculation on my part), and any others that are inside the city limits – which is the catch. I believe we’ll see several requests for annexation of businesses into the city limits since they have to be inside the city to sell beer and mixed drinks according to the new law.

Several convenience stores are battling with their own moral implications in selling beer out of their stores. Fatback’s Citgo is one of high-traffic convenience stores inside the city limits and he remains uncertain as to whether to move forward with alcohol sales. Being in a highly religious and heavily baptist area, many of the church groups have put a lot of pressure against the sales, and many worry about the impact their influence will have.

Final Results on the Vote:

  • Permit on-site sale of malt beverages in Class A restaurants and off-site sale by other permittees in Murphy:
    • Yes – 258
    • No – 238
  • Permit the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants and other licensed venues in Murphy:
    • Yes – 251
    • No – 243
  • Permit the on-premises sale of malt beverages in Class A restaurants in Andrews:
    • Yes – 151
    • No – 178
  • Permit the on-premises sale of mixed drinks in licensed venues in Andrews:
    • Yes – 152
    • No – 178

Did you know Anheuser Busch made this many varieties of beer? All of this could be coming to a convenience store near us…

John and Jessica – The POLTROCK TEAM at RE/MAX of Murphy, North Carolina – (877) 837-3002 – www.MyMurphy.comJohnP@remax.netWhen you want results, demand the POLTROCK TEAM! – Homes & Land in the Mountains

Buying Land? Speed up getting your septic permit!

The Cherokee County Health Department now has a great new program if you’re buying a piece of land and want to expedite your septic permit. Long gone are the days (thankfully!!) where we had to wait 6 months to get the permit.

When you find your property (assuming it doesn’t have a permit already), you can submit your septic permit application with your sales contract. By doing this, your permit will be put to the front of the list. According to their current estimations, it will be roughly two weeks to two months to obtain your permit.

When you purchase property through us, we manage this process for you – lay out and design your system in the most cost effective and logical (based on the lay of the land, etc.) manner. This way, we can follow it through closing an ensure when you buy a property, you’ll have one that will allow you to build on it before you close on the land.

Let us be your guide to owning the mountain land of your dreams!

*Try visiting the Environmental Health Department’s web page here. It has useful information for the process and the fee schedule.

John and Jessica Poltrock – The POLTROCK TEAM at REMAX of Murphy, NC – Homes and Land in the Mountains – JohnP@remax.netwww.MyMurphy.com  – (877) 837-3002

Cherokee County Schools rank OUTSTANDING in US News Report

Cherokee County Schools ranked outstanding in a poll done by US News. They surveyed 18,790 schools in 4o states. When all was said and done, only 505 (3%) received a gold or silver medal. 1,086 (6%) were awarded a bronze medal.

Hiwassee Dam High School was awarded the Bronze Award!

Murphy High Schoolwas awarded the Silver Award!

Click Here for the US News Ranking or the US News Homepage

For those of you who would like to find out more about the methodology behind it, here’s a copy of US News’ article written by Mr. Robert Morse.
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The 2008 U.S.News & World Report America’s Best High Schools methodology, developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor’s, is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those who are bound for college, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes that show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

We analyzed 18,790 public high schools in 40 states using data from the 2005-2006 school year. This is the total number of public high schools in each state that had grade 12 enrollment and sufficient data to analyze for the 2005-2006 school year. A three-step process determined the best high schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepared students for college-level work.

College readiness. The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in their state. We started by looking at reading and math test results for all students on each state’s high school test. We then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) enrolled at the school to find which schools were performing better than their statistical expectations.

For those schools that made it past this first step, the second step determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. We compared each school’s math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these disadvantaged student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than this state average.

Schools that made it through those first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step: college-readiness performance, using Advanced Placement data as the benchmark for success. (AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country.) This third step measured which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students. This was done by computing a “college readiness index” based on the weighted average of the AP participation rate (the number of 12th-grade students who took at least one AP test before or during their senior year, divided by the number of 12th graders) along with how well the students did on those AP tests or quality-adjusted AP participation (the number of 12th-grade students who took and passed (received an AP score of 3 or higher) at least one AP test before or during their senior year, divided by the number of 12th graders at that school). For the college readiness index, the quality-adjusted AP participation rates were weighted 75 percent in the calculation, and 25 percent of the weight was placed on the simple AP participation rate. Only schools that had values greater than 20 in their college readiness index scored high enough to meet this criterion for gold medal selection. The minimum of 20 was used since it represents what it would take to have a “critical mass” of students gaining access to college-level coursework.

The top 100 high schools nationwide with the highest college readiness index scores were ranked numerically (ties were broken using the average number of AP exams passed per test taker) and awarded gold medals. The next 405 top-performing high schools nationwide based on their college readiness index earned silver medals. An additional 1,086 high schools in 40 states that passed the first two steps were awarded bronze medals.
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John and Jessica Poltrock – REMAX of Murphy, NC – Homes and Land in the Mountains of North Carolina – www.MyMurphy.com – (877) 837-3002 – JohnP@remax.net

272 Little Rock Road; Marble, NC


New Home for Sale!
272 Little Rock Road
Marble, North Carolina 28905
$199,850

Here’s a wonderful house! Built in 2005, its virtually brand new. As you can see, it has quite an amazing mountain view! Sit in the hot tub overlooking the view (which is included with the house!) and just enjoy your evenings! This home is FULLY furnished with furniture from Moose Hollow Trading Co. and gorgeous accessories! Partial basement is ideal for storage and much more! Watch the video below to find out what this home is really like. Watch it, call us, and come see it for yourself!

Watch our very first video tour! I’m sure it seems quite amateur, but it will be the next best thing to being there in person – from your chair!

The location is great! Private site for your enjoyment, yet ten minutes from it all! Quick road access links you on the easiest path to Andrews, Peachtree, Murphy Medical Center (the hospital), John C. Campbell Folk School, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Downtown Murphy, the Nantahala River, restaurants, the Hiwassee River, churches, and a whole lot more!

This home is now SOLD. Please check out our websites for all the active homes and land for sale.

Contact us TODAY for this home! JohnP@remax.net – John and Jessica Poltrock – The POLTROCK TEAM at RE/MAX of Murphy, North Carolina – www.MyMurphy.com – Homes and Land in the Mountains for fun, retirement, and much more!

The POWER of using a local bank in Murphy, North Carolina

In our real estate market, we have so many clients coming to purchase a second home or land they can enjoy now and in the future. Dreams of retirement, log cabins, mountain views, and warm fireplaces can quickly be dismantled by the wrong bank. Why? A variety of reasons come in to play.

Out of town banks are usually the ones to avoid – but not because they’re bad banks. We run into this commonly because many of our clients come from out of town and want to use the same one they have all their accounts with. This makes sense for convenience and sometimes even for the interest rate. Where it runs into problems is they are unfamiliar with our local market and require double appraisals, forms, and other things that are simply not commonplace in our area.

Who to use? We have many local opportunities that will prevent many of the kinks that can occur before they happen. Each buyer and property is totally unique, so different banks and lenders will fit certain instances better. Some of the good choices include:

Most every one of these banks can meet or beat any bank rate out there, so why go through the hassle of an out of towner? Want a personal testimony on why not to use a local bank? We can certainly give you a long list of clients who started with an out of town bank only to be turned down and have to switch at the last moment.

You Can also visit our Gotta Guy List, which is local Recommended Contractors and more in Murphy, NC

Call The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy, North Carolina – The POLTROCK TEAM – Homes and Land in the Mountains – (866) 687-7496 – JohnPoltrock@gmail.com – www.MyMurphy.com