The Wedding of John Snow and Rachel West

This past Saturday night, we attended a spectacular wedding of John Snow and Rachel West. The ceremony was performed at the Methodist Church in downtown Murphy and was packed. I’m certain we were violating some sort of fire code! John’s sister and her husband sang beautifully and truly added a lot to the ceremony.
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See their wedding pictures! Click here for some amazing photography
Scroll down to the bottom and click the “Slideshow” link to see them all
After the ceremony, the reception was held at McGuire’s Millrace Farm in Peachtree. It was tastefully done to accommodate everyone there. My compliments to all the chefs who were involved in the finger food and dinner.  Frank Barber – I wasn’t aware you are a chef – great job Frank. You and your team pulled it off flawlessly. Wine and others were provided by the Daily Grind and Wine in Murphy.
John and Rachel – We want to congratulate you both and wish you a bountiful life of happiness. Although you’re currently out of the country on your honeymoon in Italy, we want to you to have a blast. Everyone in attendance enjoyed it and I’m sure I speak for everyone when we wish you all the best.
John and Jessica Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – REMAX Real Estate – – (877) 837-3002

Cherokee County Total Sales Chart

Here’s a great chart I thought I would share with you. This chart is courtesy of the Cherokee County Mapping Department Staff. They’re a great team located in the same building as the NC Extension Office here in Murphy.

The great thing about these numbers is that it reflects purely sold property in all of Cherokee County with monetary consideration. In other words, Joe giving his son George a piece of land or even inheriting it doesn’t reflect here. There are three lines – improved land parcels (generally houses or homes, even some commercial buildings), unimproved parcels (vacant land and lot tracts), and the total. The great thing about this chart is it reflects properties transfered over our local Realtor Board – the Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors – and over person to person transactions.

Its easy to see the market has remained flat and stable over the past several months. The stability has been a blessing – buyers are finding more choices than they’ve had in the past and sellers can rely on market that is not “all over the place.”

If you would like a high-res version of this chart in PDF or JPG, please email me at and I will be happy to send it to you. It may also be requested by making a comment on this blog.

John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Real Estate – REMAX Mountain Properties – – (877) 837-3002

My First 100 in Second Grade

Friday I made a 100! It was exhalting! And by the way, that means exciting. It was fun, too. I got one word wrong, but it was replaced by one of the challenge words. I missed the word “because.” I did not study it enough. My teacher replaced it with “giggled.” That was my first one hundred! I am so proud of myself.

By Katie Bug

Rates Lowered by the Fed!

The Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, lowered rates by a half-percentage-point cut. It exceeded what most economists believed he and the Fed would do – most were expecting a 1/4%.

This rightfully should spur real estate investment and home purchases. With rates going to an even lower rate, now is a great time to buy! If you’ve been considering looking at real estate in the mountains of North Carolina, visit our website at to see some of the great properties on the market. You can search our listings and search the MLS for both the Northeast Georgia and Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors.

John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Real Estate – Murphy North Carolina, NC – – (877) 837-3002 –

Testimonial from Cathy Cottilli

This is a very kind letter that was written to our office Manager, Patty Worley. It is as follows:

Ms. Worley,

I would like for you know how pleased I am with my agent, John Poltrock. I would highly recommend John to my family and friends. I live in Florida and John made it simple to purchase property in Murphy, North Carolina. I told him exactly what I wanted and in one day I found the exact property I was looking for. John did a great job. He made himself available to me whenever I called. My mother will use John as her agent as she is getting ready to purchase property in Murphy also. I have recommended John to all my friends who have talked about moving to the Murphy area.


Cathy Cottilli

John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Real Estate – Murphy North Carolina (NC) – – (877) 837-3002 – Ask for John!

The Low Water Level on Lake Hiwassee

One question I have gotten a lot lately is why the water level of Lake Hiwassee in Murphy NC is 30 or more feet low. It makes it incredibly difficult to show lake front property at times like these, unfortunately, it is what it is.

I have heard speculation and confirmed it with several people close to the source (wow – I sound like a reporter!) that there is good reason it is so low. The Hiwassee Dam itself is very unique in the fact that it is capable of reversing the flow of the lake itself and pumping water back into the lake. Apparently, it drains water during the day to produce power. Then at night, it reverses the flow and pumps water back into the lake. As I found out, the dam’s mechanism that reverses the flow is in fact broken! According to sources, It’s due to be repaired sometime in October. It makes it difficult because lake front property doesn’t look the same as usual!

This picture was taken on one of the bridges on Joe Brown Highway. Many of the boat docks are totally unusable and marinas are closed. To add insult to injury, the TVA is also using the water from the Hiwassee to keep the Tennessee River flow up for transportation purposes.

On a positive note, hope for rain and next year will be better! Find the Normal rainfall in Murphy NC. Now’s a great time to be looking at lake property because some sellers might be anxious to move…. hmmm… food for thought! – – John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy North Carolina, NC – (877) 837-3002 – Real Estate

Murphy Medical Center’s 5K Challenge

Ready to Run??!! Murphy Medical Center Foundation is hosting the “About Two Hours From Anywhere” 5k Challenge, Heart Walk, and Kids Fun Run this upcoming Saturday on September 15, 2007.I (John) will be running the 5k Run, which is roughly 3.1 miles, this Saturday. I’d love for someone to join! If you need a registration card, let me know as I have extras. Registration on Race Day is from 7:30 to 8:30 am with the race beginning at 9. Early entry fee is only $15, so come out and run!

John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – Real Estate in Murphy NC – – (877) 837-3002

Murphy High School Volleyball School Schedule

For all you Murphy Sports Fans, here’s the Murphy High School Volley Ball Schedule! Good luck players, coaches, and parents!

Aug. 21 – Tuesday Rosman Home
Aug. 23 – Thursday Swain Away 2:50
Aug. 27 – Monday Smoky Mountain Home
Aug. 28 – Tuesday Hiwassee Dam Home
Aug. 30 – Thursday Andrews Away 3:45
Sept. 4 – Tuesday Cherokee Home
Sept. 6 – Thursday Hayesville Away 3:30
Sept. 11 – Tuesday Nantahala Home
Sept. 13 – Thursday Robbinsville Home
Sept. 18 – Tuesday Rosman Away 12:30
Sept. 20 – Thursday Swain Home
Sept. 25 – Tuesday Hiwassee Dam Away 3:25
Sept. 27 – Thursday Andrews Home
Oct. 1 – Monday Cherokee Away 2:40
Oct. 4 – Thursday Hayesville Home
Oct. 8 – Monday Smoky Mountain Away 2:30
Oct. 9 – Tuesday Nantahala Away 3:15
Oct. 13, 15-17 SMC Tournament TBA TBA
Oct. 20 – Saturday 1st Round of Playoffs TBA TBA

John and Jessica Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – REMAX Real Estate – – Murphy North Carolina, NC – – (877) 837-3002

State of the Market Address for Cherokee County and Murphy North Carolina

The real estate market is still one of the most talked about things in our country today. Every time you hear the sky is falling, but many of the nay sayers and media moguls don’t mention hard numbers to tell you what the market is doing. That’s what we’re here for! We want you to be an informed consumer, whether you’re buying or selling.

Here’s some hard numbers. The below chart represents four month trailing data for the Cherokee County Housing Market. It does not represent land. Trailing data is great because it averages out the most recent transactions to give you the most stable data. If you’re not sure what some of the abbreviations are below, see the key at the bottom of this article.

Current Market Data Powered by the Poltrock Team at REMAX of Murphy North Carolina

Price Range Transactions/mo. DOM Short DOM Average DOM Long L/S Ratio
Market 31.5 19 195 958 94.44%
150-200k 9.5 19 175 406 95.15%
200-250k 3.5 33 230 700 97.22%
250-300k 4.25 46 197 448 92.07%
300-350k 2 57 199 364 94.1%
350-400k .75 53 138 191 93.75%
400+ 1.75 33 114 186 92.49%

Now here’s something quite interesting. Here’s the data for the past month only:

Transactions/mo. DOM Short DOM Average DOM Long L/S Ratio
Market 43 37 232 958 93.17%

The variance in the 4 month trailing versus the 1 month numbers indicate we’re seeing more property move for the last month. That’s obvious. What is interesting is the DOM is much higher indicating we’re going to see that continue to get longer. Also, the List to sell ratio is over a full point lower. That generally shows me that more buyers are “fishing” for good deals (why transactions are up) and in some cases are getting it (which is why the L/S ratio is lower).

Either way, numbers are power! Want to know how this applies to your property or one that you are considering buying? Call us or email and we would be happy to provide you a free consultation to translate all this information to your situation. Happy buying and selling!

John Michael Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – Real Estate in Murphy North Carolina, NC – – (877) 837-3002 – Copyright 2007

Funworld in Hiawassee Georgia

I go to Hiawassee, Georgia to go to Funworld. It is very fun there!! To get there, you go on 64 East from Murphy to Hayesville. From Hayesville, you turn right on to 69. At the T intersection, turn left and Funworld is on your right.There’s a big sign and even a movie theater sign, too.

There’s a rock climbing wall in the back. The rock wall is really made of plastic. You have to do it with a rope. When you climb to the top, you can push a button that rings a bell. It’s loud! You might want to cover your ears when you push it.

In the front, there is a big, huge play place where you can shoot balls, throw them, and more! There’s a big slide you should try out. You can only ride down back, straight, or on your bottom. It’s fun because you can hit a bump and bounce the whole way down!

There is a pizza place where you can get any kind of pizza. It is in the back. You might see it if you go there.

There are lots of video games! My favorite is the roll ball. If you get a 1,000 points, you get a bunch of tickets! There’s even a Putt-Putt game. You can play different holes. On the second to last one, it will go right down to the check point.

If you go there, you will see the other games. I’m sure you’ll find them amazing too! I hope you have a fine time!

By Katie Bug – Junior REMAX Agent – Murphy North Carolina –