Dedicated Realtor Conquers Challenges to Complete Murphy, NC Home Sale

After owning our Murphy, North Carolina home for several years, we decided it was time to sell the property and begin the next chapter in our lives. To accomplish the goal of selling our home, we knew we should work with a highly successful realtor known for getting results.

Naturally, we contacted John Poltrock of The Poltrock Team. In fact, we didn’t consider working with anyone else. We’ve known John for almost 15 years, and have found him to be one of the most honest and trustworthy people we’ve ever met.

John has also been one of my (Barbara’s) most valued business colleagues. For several years, I have enjoyed providing John with website copy, plus real estate and community events blog posts, for

Getting our home on the MLS was simple. The Poltrock Team’s efficient Listing Coordinator took care of all the details, and the agency’s professional real estate photographer did a terrific job of showcasing the property’s features.

Our home got lots of interest among the MLS listings, and John very quickly brought us a home buyer. We did encounter several challenges along the way to closing, but they weren’t a match for this very determined realtor.

Throughout our real estate transaction, John used his market resources and strong business relationships to resolve every issue and move us closer to our goal. He stayed in communication with the buyers’ real estate agent, and updated us on every step in the process.

Finally, John called us with a very important message: “Congratulations! You’re officially closed!” That’s the news we wanted to hear, and we send our sincere thanks to John and The Poltrock Team for making it happen. You guys are the best!

We would give The Poltrock Team a resounding “10” for their stellar real estate client service. We would certainly recommend them to anyone who is buying a home, or selling a home, in the future.

Mark & Barbara Hazelden
Soddy-Daisy, TN

5 Tips for Planning a Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden in Murphy, NC

Growing vegetables in our Murphy, North Carolina mountains is always an adventure. You’ll encounter wild weather swings, alternating drought and monsoon conditions, and ravenous deer who munch their way through your carefully cultivated garden.

But sometimes, it all comes together and you get an impressive summer harvest of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and lots more tasty vegetables. While you’re basking in the moment, however, note that the fall and winter gardening season is right on the doorstep. With some initial preparation, and careful timing of your plantings, you can enjoy fresh vegetables right up until springtime. Continue reading “5 Tips for Planning a Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden in Murphy, NC”

Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital Brings Expanded Services to Murphy, NC

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”

The Poltrock Team’s New Client Concierge Takes Client Service to the Next Level

First impressions really do make the difference, and that’s especially true in the real estate industry. Let’s say a buyer calls for details on a property they saw listed for sale. Naturally, this prospective client wants to talk with a pleasant, informed team member right away. If the caller is placed on an extended hold, or (worse yet) forced to leave a message that might be ignored or forgotten, they’re likely to hang up and call another agency.

Fortunately, homebuyers who call The Poltrock Team’s office will have a delightfully different experience. Within just a few minutes, they’ll speak with Emily Kephart, the team’s very capable client concierge. A lifelong Murphy resident and Murphy High School graduate, Emily has been working in this brand-new position since July 2018. She is thrilled to find a job she enjoys right in her hometown.

When a buyer calls with an inquiry, Emily quickly provides essential details on available properties, and pairs the buyer with the agent who can best serve that client’s needs. Next, Emily presents available financing options, saving the buyer valuable time when it counts the most. While Emily’s services provide a clear advantage to buyers, sellers also benefit, as their properties receive the consideration they deserve.

As each real estate transaction reaches its conclusion, Emily supports the buyers’ agents during closing transactions. She finds these experiences very rewarding, as she knows that her efforts helped a very busy realtor to better serve their client. Emily notes that The Poltrock Team’s Donna Srabian is especially grateful for Emily’s assistance. “During the first one I closed with Donna, she told me over and over again how much I had helped her.”

Emily Kephart also functions as part of a highly effective real estate team. Team members also include four well-regarded realtors, a listing coordinator, a closing coordinator, and a skilled marketing assistant. The team’s innovative structure provides clients with a one-stop resource for all their real estate needs.

Emily thoroughly enjoys her interactions with other team members, and she feels a real sense of family within the close-knit group. She also values the real estate industry knowledge she has received from her realtor colleagues. Finally, Emily highly values John Poltrock’s leadership skills, and emphasizes that he’s the driving force behind the team’s success. “John is an amazing team leader. “

When Emily begins each workday, she knows she’ll encounter new challenges that broaden her skill set. She loves helping clients with their diverse real estate needs, and she takes every opportunity to assist her fellow team members. In other words, Emily is a young woman who absolutely loves her job, and she’s grateful that John Poltrock invited her to join the team.

Outside the office, Emily socializes with her family and friends, and she’s a devoted aunt to her niece Braylen and nephew Hunter. You might say that this talented young woman is enjoying the best of both worlds.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team





Enjoy The Poltrock Team’s November 2018 Newsletter


Nov. 22-29Mountain Country Christmas Lights GA Mountain Fairgrounds, Hwy. 76, Hiawassee, GA. Every Thurs, Fri.,
Sat. 6-9 pm.  $5.00 per person, children 12 and under Free.

Nov. 23 – Blue Friday in Blue Ridge, GA 10 am – 7:30 pm. All merchants will be offering discounts, and downtown will be filled with food vendors and live entertainment along with Christmas characters strolling throughout the day. SANTA arrives on the train at 11 am. 6 pm will start town-wide Christmas Caroling. Join the fun!

Nov. 24 – Christmas Parade Downtown Blue Ridge starts at 5:30 pm. The Great Tree Lighting starts at 7 pm. The GREAT TREE is back. It is 27 feet tall, and will wow kids and adults alike. Also, every Saturday from Nov. 24 – December 15, there will be entertainment and strolling Christmas characters around town and in the park.

Dec. 1- “A Very Murphy Christmas” Downtown Murphy 10am-8pm.  Vendor Festival, local shopping, and “Murphy Gets Lit”, our first lighted Christmas Parade starts at 6 pm. Annual Tree Lighting and Santa Photos!

Dec. 7 — Murphy Art Walk 5-8 pm Downtown Murphy. Stroll through historic downtown for shopping, live performances, working artists, fine dining, and more. Something for everyone!


Murphy’s High School football coach, David Gentry (left), was presented with a commemorative football in a pregame ceremony Friday night to celebrate his 400th coaching victory, which came on Oct. 19 against rival Swain High School. Presenting Gentry with the football is Murphy High School Principal Jason Forrister (right).

Gentry was nominated for the Class of 2019 National High School Hall of Fame. Only six other North Carolina residents have been inducted. Gentry will find out later this year if he is selected. We want to congratulate David, and wish him the best of luck in the selection process. Also, our own Donna Srabian’s son, Barron, plays tight end on the Bulldogs football team.


The most popular Christmas song, “WHITE CHRISTMAS” written by Irving Berlin, wasn’t full of Christmas cheer. Berlin usually spent Christmas Day visiting the grave of his 3 week old son, who died on Christmas 1928, which explains the melancholy feel of the song. Bing Crosby made the song famous on a broadcast in 1941, just 18 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Songwriter Hugh Martin was fooling around with a melody back in 1944, but it wasn’t working. He played it for 2-3 days, then threw it in the wastebasket. His writing partner made him get it out of the trash and it was a good thing……the song ended up being “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.

Periodically we will post favorite recipes of The Poltrock Team. We hope you enjoy.

2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 – 4 cups flour
1.Combine the yeast, water, oil & sugar in a large bowl. Gently mix and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the salt, egg & enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured work surface, and gently knead in additional flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
3. Divide into 8-10 equal pieces, and form round balls. Place in an oiled iron skillet or round cake pan, and cover with a clean towel. Allow to sit for 10 minutes while you preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Thank you for your business and the opportunity to serve you! We appreciate your business, and please recommend us to others. We’re always here for you and never more than a phone call away.       1-866-Murphy-NC      1-866-687-7496

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We Found the Whole Team to Be Very Helpful

We learned about The Poltrock Team through friends, and we chose to work with the team because of their professionalism. We appreciated The Poltrock Team’s knowledge of the area market, and we found the whole team to be very helpful. Overall, we had a very good real estate experience, and we would definitely work with The Poltrock Team again.

Nicholas and Lynne Santoro

Very Satisfied with My Real Estate Experience

After learning about The Poltrock Team through Zillow, I asked John and the team to help me accomplish my real estate goal. Throughout the transaction, I was most impressed with The Poltrock Team’s great communication. I was very satisfied with my real estate experience, and I would certainly work with the team in the future.

David Waltman

The experience was great!

The experience was great! John truly understood my goals and needs and helped me sell my cabin quick and for what I needed to sell it for. I was always informed and always felt like I was in control! Super experience!

— Patrick Hall

REMAX Hot Air Balloon Pilots Treat Andrews Elementary School Students to an Exciting Flight Demonstration

When it comes to learning about hot air balloons, the kids at Andrews Elementary School have gained some valuable firsthand experience. In mid-November 2017, two REMAX Hot Air Balloon Pilots visited the school’s Andrews, NC campus, and gave an impressive demonstration on the principles of hot air balloon flight. The pilots’ easy-to-grasp slide show, presented in the school’s gymnasium, provided great background information geared to the students’ grade levels.

To bring this entertaining science lesson to life, one REMAX pilot inflated a colorful, lightweight balloon with hot air from a hair dryer. Right on schedule, the balloon lazily rose to the gym’s high ceiling. Naturally, the second pilot had to top that performance, using the same technique to send a plain black garbage bag soaring up as well.

Before the students’ demonstration, the Andrews Elementary School administrators were delighted to get a ride in the real-life REMAX balloon, tethered just outside the building in a spacious open spot. Looking back, you might say a great time was had by all – including the pilots and The Poltrock Team!

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team