In an exciting development for The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX, we are thrilled to announce our recent ascent to the #6 position in North Carolina’s real estate rankings. This achievement underscores our team’s unwavering dedication to excellence and client satisfaction. The dynamic and diverse real estate market of North Carolina poses a unique set of challenges and opportunities, making our #6 ranking a testament to the effectiveness of our tailored approach and personalized service. At RE/MAX, we pride ourselves on our team’s expertise, leveraging cutting-edge technology, and maintaining a client-centric approach. Our seasoned professionals possess in-depth knowledge of North Carolina’s real estate trends, ensuring clients receive expert guidance throughout their property transactions. By incorporating the latest real estate technology, we streamline processes, enhance marketing strategies, and provide clients with a seamless experience. Our client-centric approach prioritizes communication, transparency, and understanding, building lasting relationships. If you’d like to learn more about why so many folks trust our experience, give us a call today at 828-837-6400.
The Town of Murphy NC just announced that due to the impending rain forecast for Friday, December 1, they are moving the Christmas Tree Lighting to this Thursday, November 30th, at 6 pm.
The Christmas Parade is still scheduled for 6 pm on Saturday, December 2nd, but this may change depending on the weather forecast. THE POLTROCK TEAM will be there!
They said they will keep an eye on the weather and alert you of any changes via local media outlets and the Town of Murphy website where you can subscribe to text and email alerts. To get those, click the town’s website below.
We hope to see you at the Christmas Parade!
PS – The town’s website has great info and https://www.townofmurphync.com/
We are thrilled to announce that The Poltrock Team at REMAX has been named the 2023 Reader’s Choice Best Real Estate Office and our very own John Poltrock has been honored as the 2023 Reader’s Choice Best Real Estate Agent by the readers of our local newspaper, the Cherokee Scout. This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing top-notch real estate services to our community.
**A Legacy of Excellence: 9 Wins for Best Real Estate Agent**
John Poltrock’s latest win as the Best Real Estate Agent marks a remarkable achievement – it’s his 9th time claiming this prestigious title. This accomplishment is a reflection of John’s dedication, professionalism, and the trust that our community has placed in him. This legacy of excellence is something we’re incredibly proud of and humbled by.
**A Testament to Our Dedication: Best Real Estate Office**
The accolade of Best Real Estate Office is a testament to our team’s tireless dedication to serving our clients with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and expertise. We’re honored to receive this award from the readers of the Cherokee Scout, and it motivates us to continue striving for excellence in every aspect of our work.
**What Makes Us Stand Out:**
Our success in the 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards isn’t just about the recognition itself; it’s about what sets us apart and why our community continues to choose us as their preferred real estate team. Here are a few key factors that make us stand out:
1. **Local Expertise:** Our deep understanding of the Cherokee County area ensures that our clients receive the best guidance and insights for their real estate transactions.
2. **Personalized Service:** We believe that every client is unique, and we tailor our services to their specific needs, whether they are buying, selling, or investing in real estate.
3. **Commitment to Community:** We take pride in being a part of this wonderful community and are dedicated to giving back through charitable initiatives.
4. **Cutting-Edge Technology:** We leverage the latest technology and tools to provide a seamless and efficient real estate experience for our clients.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the readers of the Cherokee Scout for voting us as the Best Real Estate Office and John Poltrock as the Best Real Estate Agent for the 9th time. Your trust and support are what drive us to do our best every day.
all of us at The Poltrock Team
The wait is over, Murphy, North Carolina! The highly anticipated 5G cellular network from Verizon has finally arrived in this picturesque town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. For those of us who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of 5G, the moment is finally here, and the results are nothing short of remarkable. I’ve been using Verizon’s 5G network for several weeks to ensure it lives up to the hype, and the verdict is in: it’s the real deal!
The Need for Speed
Before the arrival of 5G, we were no strangers to the frustrations of lagging connections and slow data speeds. However, the introduction of Verizon’s 5G network in Murphy, NC has completely changed the game. Speed tests consistently show download speeds of 100Mbps+ – a far cry from the days of buffering and sluggish loading times. Whether you’re streaming your favorite movies, video chatting with loved ones, or downloading large files, Verizon’s 5G ensures that your internet experience is smooth and lightning-fast.
Seamless Uploads with 5GUW
One of the standout features of Verizon’s 5G network in Murphy is the remarkable upload speeds, particularly when connected to 5GUW (Ultra Wideband). Uploading videos has never been this easy. Whether you’re a content creator, a business owner, or simply someone who enjoys sharing moments with friends and family, Verizon’s 5G network allows you to effortlessly upload high-quality videos without the agonizing wait times. This means no more watching progress bars inch their way to completion; your content is up and ready to share in a flash.
Coverage Across Murphy, NC
Verizon’s 5G network isn’t confined to just one area of Murphy. It’s heartening to see that 5G is available both in the downtown Murphy region and extends into the Ranger area. You can enjoy the blazing fast speeds whether you’re visiting local hotspots, exploring downtown, or even perusing the treasures at Decker’s and Foster’s Flea Market. This extensive coverage ensures that you stay connected no matter where you go in Murphy, offering convenience and reliability.
The arrival of Verizon’s 5G network in Murphy, NC is a game-changer. The network offers incredible speed and seamless connectivity, making it a boon for both residents and businesses. No longer do we have to wonder when 5G will arrive – it’s here, and it’s making our digital lives faster and more convenient. So, whether you’re streaming, uploading, or simply staying connected, Verizon’s 5G in Murphy, NC is your ticket to a brighter, faster future. Welcome to the era of true 5G!
When it comes to building a new construction home, the availability of water is crucial. Bear Paw Resort is a great community here in Murphy NC and the utility company just issued a notice that affects all lot owners and prospective buyers of lot owners.
On April 21, 2023, Utilities, Inc. (formerly Carolina Water) informed the Bear Paw Service District that they do not have enough water supply to accommodate new construction homes. They have already invested a significant amount of money in drilling two new wells within the Service District, but unfortunately, these wells do not provide enough continuous water flow to meet further increased demand for water.
As a result, the BPSD has received advice not to issue any additional new house-build permits. It is important to note that water is crucial for any house to be built and to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from the Building Department in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Without an adequate water supply, new home construction simply cannot occur.
It is understandable to have questions about whether your proposed building plan will have access to water. In this case, it is recommended that you reach out to Utilities, Inc. directly to discuss your concerns and options. They can be reached at 1-800-525-7990 or their website is here at https://www.myutility.us/carolinawater
This news may be disappointing for those who were hoping to settle down and build their dream home in Bear Paw. However, it is imperative to prioritize the availability and sustainability of water resources for the entire community. The BPSD will continue to work with Utilities, Inc. to find a resolution and keep residents informed of any updates.
If you are considering purchasing a lot to build a house in Bear Paw, it is necessary to rethink your plans until this issue is resolved. Stay informed and updated on the situation, and we hope for a positive resolution in the near future.
Looking for real estate in the mountains of Western North Carolina and North Georgia? The Poltrock Team has you covered! Feel free to call us at 828-837-6400 or shop for real estate online at www.ThePoltrockTeam.com
The Poltrock Team is proud to announce that we have achieved the Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors Gold Award for 2022 sales! This award is the highest sales accolade that can be attained from the Board. To achieve it, our team had to sell $10,000,000 in volume and 48 units or more per agent. We are thrilled to announce that all 5 licensed team members have met these criteria and been awarded Gold!
It is no small feat to qualify for this award; it takes dedication, hard work, and perseverance. Our highly experienced agents strive for excellence with each and every real estate transaction. When you work with The Poltrock Team, know you will get a knowledgeable agent who will go above and beyond to ensure your needs are met. Because of that, we’ve been honored to win this award every year since it was implemented in 2019.
This achievement speaks to the quality of service provided by our talented Realtors. To reach such a high level of success, our agents must understand the local market dynamics, demonstrate sound negotiation techniques and provide timely communication throughout the buying/selling process.
We are incredibly proud of our team and want to thank them for their tireless efforts in helping us secure this Gold Award! Congratulations, Poltrock Team!
If you love living in our beautiful mountains, or are considering a move to Murphy, NC or the surrounding counties, you likely appreciate our region’s gorgeous scenery and feast of outdoor activities. However, you’ve probably wished that premier medical facilities, and highly regarded specialists, were much more accessible – especially for those facing serious or chronic health issues.
Fortunately, Chattanooga, TN-based Erlanger Health System has stepped in to provide a solution. In April 2018, after two years of due diligence and planning, Erlanger announced plans to acquire Peachtree-based Murphy Medical Center (MMC). By bringing our 40-year-old community hospital into the Erlanger family, our residents and visitors will benefit from an expanded menu of services and specialists. Continue reading “Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital Brings Expanded Services to Murphy, NC”
When you find work you really enjoy, and add technology mastery and a passion for great customer service, you can often achieve amazing results. Here in Murphy, NC and Cherokee County, REMAX REALTOR John Poltrock has earned a highly coveted award that speaks of his commitment to excellence. John was just voted Cherokee County’s Best Real Estate Agent in the Cherokee Scout’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. The award is voted on by all the readers and subscribers of The Cherokee Scout, the area’s local newspaper.
With over 13 years of real estate experience under his belt, John Poltrock is a highly focused professional who skillfully combines diverse analytic tools with a thorough knowledge of our regional real estate market. Using his Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Planning (from Western Carolina University), John deftly interprets often-complex market and trend reports. He utilizes relevant data to provide his clients with real-world advice that helps them to reach their buying or selling goals.
John combines his highly regarded technical expertise with an easygoing manner and a talent for making the most of every situation. He regards each challenge as a new opportunity, and frequently “thinks outside the box” to find the best solution. John’s commitment to client service is second to none, and many home buyers and sellers have happily provided testimonials about their positive experiences with John.
Like any high-achieving professional real estate agent, John Poltrock works with a superb support team. While John is The Poltrock Team’s lead Listing Agent, the five-member team also includes a Buyers’ Agent, versatile universal Realtor, Listings Coordinator, Closing Coordinator, and Marketing associate. Together, John Poltrock and The Poltrock Team enjoy providing Murphy, NC and Cherokee County with top-notch service while sharing their love of our beautiful mountains.
Watching the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse was like opening a highly anticipated present on Christmas morning. For several weeks (even months) ahead, we read about this rare natural phenomenon. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, completely blocking the Sun’s light and briefly turning day into night. During the August 21 event, viewers in a nationwide 70-mile-wide swath would enjoy the maximum effect. Here in Brasstown, the spectacle began at 1:05 p.m. EDT in a clear, hot day dotted by puffy clouds.
As we settled into our Brasstown, North Carolina viewing spot (just a few miles from Murphy, NC), we kept our eclipse viewing glasses and water bottles close at hand. Every few minutes, we slipped on the glasses and gazed at the Sun, watching the Moon’s slow migration across the brilliant white sphere. First, the Moon’s effect was barely noticeable; however, the Sun’s circular shape gradually transformed into an ever-shrinking crescent as the sky darkened around us. Shadows began to appear, and the surrounding landscape took on the colors of twilight.
As the total eclipse (or “Totality”) crept closer, we noticed a drop in temperature, with some observers noting that it felt 10 degrees cooler. Shortly before the magic moment, our environment grew very still, with birds flying up to their nighttime roosts and crickets chirping in the distance. A rooster also began to crow, likely convinced that the “twilight” meant it was time to begin a new day.
Finally, at 2:34 p.m. EDT, we experienced “Totality” in Brasstown, with a dark twilight taking over the forested landscape as the Moon completely covered the Sun. This amazing spectacle lasted only 2 minutes 26 seconds, giving us just enough time to enjoy the view before a sliver of sunlight peeked from behind the Moon’s shadow. When that occurred, we quickly donned our eclipse glasses to safely enjoy the rest of the show. Watching for more than an hour, we saw the Moon continue its path across the Sun, with daylight and warmer temperatures gradually returning as well.
Finally, the Great American Eclipse was over, not to return nationwide for many years. As we swapped viewing experiences and sipped cold drinks, we marveled at this stunning solar extravaganza that had unfolded right before our eyes. This was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime event, made for sharing with family and friends across the country. Even better, we had experienced it from peaceful Brasstown, just a stone’s throw from Murphy, NC in a beautiful little corner of the world.
Historic buildings are always good candidates for repairs and restorations. In cities and towns across the country, you’ll find workers shoring up sagging floors, replacing peeling paint, and even beefing up the building’s structure. However, here in Murphy, NC, the Cherokee County Courthouse recently received a rather unusual type of facelift.
Courthouse Lantern Removal & Repair
On the morning of Thursday, January 12, two huge hydraulic cranes lumbered into action on Murphy’s Peachtree Street, just outside the courthouse. Managed by Cannon Roofing Company, the cranes had a highly challenging task: remove the super-heavy copper lantern from atop the courthouse’s large dome. The word “lantern” is an architectural term, in this case referring to the ornamental structure that has topped the Cherokee County Courthouse since its 1926 construction.
First, a crane operator gently lowered the lantern’s dome to the street. Once workers examined the dome, they found that it was only secured by one solder joint, where up to eight joints had originally held it in place. In other words, the dome could have given way at any time, crashing onto the pedestrians and court patrons below. What had caused the joints to work themselves loose? Most likely, the dome’s waving American flag, followed by a copper American eagle, had created sufficient windage to negatively affect the dome’s structural integrity.
Next, an even larger crane plucked the much taller lantern from atop the building’s dome, and brought it safely to the ground. Constructed of eight 10-foot-high hollow copper Greek columns, the metal lantern is certainly a grand-looking structure. However, it’s also the subject of a mystery: the lantern is chock full of rifle bullet holes.
Cherokee County Courthouse’s Colorful History
The lantern repair’s unusual nature is the latest chapter in the courthouse’s unconventional history. In fact, the current building is the latest in a series of structures, the first of which was supposedly burned by Federal troops during the Civil War. Two more courthouses suffered the same fate, with the last one falling victim to fire in 1924.
In 1926, Cherokee County commissioners approved construction of the current courthouse. Designed by James J. Baldwin, and built with a veneer of imposing Blue Marble from nearby Marble (of course), the two-story Neo-Classical Revival-style courthouse easily commands your attention. Inside, the ground floor is home to numerous offices, while the expansive second-floor courtroom features finely crafted woodwork and plaster furnishings.
However, the Cherokee County Courthouse’s most dramatic feature is the two-story cupola that soars high above the entrance pavilion. Above the cupola’s lower stage, you’d normally see a striking large domed roof, topped by the lantern and smaller dome. With the lantern and small dome missing, though, the building looks strangely out of proportion.
What’s Next for the Lantern Repair Project
Of course, getting the lantern on the ground was only half the battle. To safely contain the cumbersome structure, Cannon Roofing workers had constructed a massive wooden box, which arrived atop a flatbed truck. After workers buttoned up the lantern for transport, the truck headed for Andrews-Murphy Airport, where skilled craftsmen would perform repairs inside an aircraft hangar.
Not surprisingly, fixing the 91-year-old copper lantern will be quite expensive. The Cherokee County government will soon issue a request for repair estimates, which should be the subject of much discussion around town. After the lantern repairs have been completed, workers will carefully reattach the copper eagle to the dome. Fittingly, this symbol of American liberty and freedom will soon resume its watch over downtown Murphy, NC.
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