About The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX

John Poltrock, the team’s Lead Listing Agent, possesses that enviable combination of Southern friendliness and top-notch market and technology knowledge. Throughout his highly successful real estate career, John has parlayed his laser focus and superb client service into a well-earned reputation for results.

A Top Producer for over 10 years,  John has been voted the Cherokee Scout Reader’s Choice “Favorite Real Estate Agent” Award six times, most recently in 2020. He and the team have also received RE/MAX International’s Diamond Award 4 times, putting them in the top 1% of Realtors in RE/MAX. John spearheads The Poltrock Team, a dynamic eight-member team that has is a dominant real estate market force.

Not surprisingly,  John has two earlier achievements that helped to shape his successful real estate career. After becoming an Eagle Scout during his teens, John earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Planning from Western Carolina University.

When John has some downtime, he takes every opportunity to get outdoors, and he especially enjoys hiking, camping, riding ATV’s, and more. John and his wife Jessica have been married since 2005, and they have two wonderful children, ages 20 and 9.

Wayne CoferWayne Cofer excels as our Universal Realtor who’s equally comfortable working with buyers and sellers. Wayne’s extensive business and management background, along with his proven negotiation skills, enable him to handle both simple and complex transactions for residential and commercial clients.

On a personal note, he loves being a husband of more than 27 years, and also treasures his three grown daughters and four grandchildren, ranging from 9 to 20 years of age.

Wayne’s an avid motorcyclist who often hops on his touring bike to visit our region’s many scenic spots. He also frequently travels to farther-flung destinations that pique his interest. Finally, Wayne enjoys learning about the finer points of United States and World history. When he really wants to relax, he grills up a tasty meal on his Big Green Egg. Contact Wayne: 828-361-7603.

Kaitlynn PopeKaitlynn Pope, The Poltrock Team’s Listing Partner, was born and raised right here in the Murphy area. Her market expertise and attention to detail, together with a genuine affection for her clients, make her an excellent Realtor who is focused on delivering results.

After Kaitlynn married her husband, Caleb Pope, the couple spent eight years in coastal Florida, where Caleb worked with the United States Coast Guard. They spent the final three years of their active duty career in Mobile, Alabama.

In the spring of 2016, Kaitlynn and Caleb took the leap back to the mountains, returning to their hometown Murphy to build a new life. Shortly after the move, they were surprised and graciously gifted with the privilege of becoming first-time parents through adoption. Their baby boy, Sawyer, is a rambunctious fellow who is the love of Kaitlynn and Caleb’s life. Contact Kaitlynn: 828-361-0945.


Kathy Cofer is the team’s accomplished Listings Coordinator. Working closely with each seller, Kathy ensures that the completed listing accurately presents the property for sale. Next, she uses varied media and metrics to market the property, providing maximum exposure that will set the stage for positive results.

When Kathy’s not interacting with sellers, she works as John Poltrock’s personal assistant, handling many behind-the-scenes tasks that enable John to provide top-notch service to his clients.

Kathy is married to Wayne Cofer, The Poltrock Team’s Universal Realtor. Together with Arctic, their rambunctious Siberian Husky, they enjoy an active life in our beautiful mountains. Kathy also frequently travels to visit her three grown daughters and four busy grandchildren.


Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson is our delightful Client Concierge who expertly guides clients through the earliest stages of the home-buying process. While we have a hard time getting her to smile for a picture, you’ll never meet a more friendly, supportive person. She quickly provides details on available properties, and partners each buyer with the agent who best fits that client’s needs. Sarah also assists buyers with their financing options. This is an unparalleled benefit to buyers and sellers alike, ensuring that inquiries receive an immediate response and setting the stage for a seamless real estate sale.

Sarah is a lifelong Murphy resident and a proud Murphy High School graduate. Her local knowledge and connections make her a tremendous asset to clients and the team. When she’s not working, he enjoys spending time with her family and being one of the best grandmothers you could ever ask for.

Paige McKnight is an exceptional Realtor who specializes in helping buyers find the perfect home. She combines over 14 years of experience with an unfailingly positive attitude. Although she’s a seasoned realtor with many successful closings under her belt, Paige views every property purchase or sale with a fresh perspective.

While she was born in Florida, her family moved to Murphy NC while she was very young. She knows the area like the back of her hand and shares with everyone what she loves about the mountains of North Carolina.

When she’s not working, she’s an avid outdoors-lady. She loves hiking, her children, and is one of the most fun loving, warm hearted people you’ll ever meet.

Jennifer Barker is our Closings Coordinator. This is an extremely important role as it makes the closing process streamlined for our clients. Every real estate closing has many moving parts and challenges, and she is there every step of the way to make the process less stressful and much more organized.

Jennifer is born and raised right here in Murphy NC with deep local family roots. Many folks know her from her 20+ years at Jacky Jones Chevrolet Service Department. When she’s not working, she loves her dogs, being outdoors, and believe it or not, rattle snake hunting! She doesn’t harm them, she just loves to find them! Yes, that might be a little crazy, yet you’ve never found a better hearted, caring person who will do anything she can to help.

In addition to our dedicated team members, The Poltrock Team partners with other RE/MAX agents and office personnel to provide clients with optimum results. Add carefully chosen lenders, attorneys, appraisers, and service providers, and you have all the ingredients for a successful outcome. You can see our recommended vendors and contractors right here on our Gotta Guy List.

So, for stellar service that will leave you smiling, call The Poltrock Team for your next real estate transaction. They love what they do, and it shows!