The Benefits of a New Survey When Buying Real Estate in Western North Carolina

When you buy real estate in Murphy and Western North Carolina, the question ought to arise whether you pay for a new survey. It doesn’t matter if you are purchasing vacant land, a home, or a commercial parcel; you’ll get many key advantages from a new survey if you choose to do it.

  1. Remarked lines – this is the most obvious advantage. As part of the survey, the surveyor will go through and mark the perimeter of your land. Common markers are yellow, orange, or pink ribbons on a tree, “blazes” where they hack the side of a tree and paint it with spray paint, iron rods, or fence posts.
  2. A “map” of your land – when complete, the surveyor will provide a plat of your land, which is a big map showing the dimensions, direction of lines, and more on the land. Want to see a sample of what you receive from a plat?
  3. Verification of any encroachments/structure locations – in determining and marking lines, the surveyor will discover if there is an encroachment by your property or from an adjoining parcel. For example, he might find the neighbor’s fence, house, shed, garden, retaining wall, etc. is on your property. Even worse, what if the house or garage you’re buying is partially or wholly on another property? While it may sound unlikely, we’ve seen entire houses built on the wrong parcel of land. Normally, it is a matter of locating and showing your structures on the survey map itself.
  4. Review of Right-of-ways/easements – if the property you are buying has a right-of-way to it or through it (or easement. They mean essentially the same thing, some folks interchange the words), it can be a good idea to verify the location of it. Some easement locations are extremely specific of where they are while others are beyond vague; it can be beneficial to make sure you have good access to reach your property or that an easement to another property through your property does not go through your buildings etc.
  5. Verify acreage – want to ensure the size of your land is accurate? The only accurate way is a new survey. If it hasn’t been surveyed in a long time, acreage can vary wildly. I’ve seen 50 acre parcels that were really 80 acres and 50 acre parcels that were really 34. If properties have been surveyed within the last decade or two, it is generally accurate and varies within 1/10th of an acre. The older it gets, the more it can be off.
  6. Title Insurance to include boundary coverage – when you obtain a new survey prior to a real estate closing, the attorney can add boundary coverage to your title insurance policy at no additional cost. This is a huge benefit, especially on larger tracts. For instance, what if a neighbor builds a shed on or stakes claim to a certain portion of your property? With boundary coverage, the title insurance company will step in and protect your interests. They will not do this without boundary coverage specifically covered in your policy. Because of that, be certain to prompt and verify with your attorney they have included it in your policy. They MUST send in a copy of the survey to the insurance company.
  7. A new deed description – sometimes this is a huge benefit while other times it is unnecessary. For instance, a home built in a subdivision created with in the last decade or two likely will not need a new description as the description is accurate. If you’re buying an “old” parcel that hasn’t been surveyed in a very long time, a survey is priceless. Some old deed descriptions literally have a description that goes to the “old hickory stump” then fifteen poles to a barb wire fence. Those definitely need a new survey to be able to accurately know where boundary lines are located and the true size of your acreage.

A quick story – I purchase a rental house in downtown Murphy and did not get a survey. Whoops. Turns out the last time it was surveyed, that I could find, was somewhere around 1960’s. The neighbor, who I was fortunate enough to know, pointed out to me the carport, which is attached to the house, was partially on his land. I immediately called a surveyor, had it surveyed, and sure enough! The neighbor was kind enough to deed a small <0.01 acre triangle to me to correct it. Had it not been him, I may not have been so lucky to have such a good resolution. Since then, I almost always get a survey when I buy a property.

What’s the approximate cost of a new survey? Every surveyor has a different price structure and every parcel of land is different so there is no normal pricing. As a general guidance, the minimum cost is $550 and can be in the thousands the larger the tract of land is. The only way to get a true quote is to send in the parcel info and have it quoted.

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Written By: John Poltrock, The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX in Murphy, NC 1-866-Murphy-NC

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Barb and Brian Gabriel Get their Home and Acreage Sold In Murphy NC

We found The Poltrock Team in the local newspaper, The Cherokee Scout. Once we noticed them, we kept seeing them everywhere! I asked around and contacted several friends on who they would use to sell their house, and John and Jessica Poltrock’s name kept coming up. Once we hired them to sell our real estate, I was very impressed. They had good attention to detail – and that is very important to us. We appreciated the steady stream of feedback and information so we always knew what was going on. In a down real estate market, that information is critical to understand the status of your sale. And ultimately, they sold it! That’s exactly what we wanted!

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Murphy, NC

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Now For Sale! Large 2/2 Home on 5.1+/- acres with TWO Garages, Acreage, and Horses Are Allowed in the Murphy and Hayesville NC Area!

Home for Sale on Quail Cove in Warne NC - Hayesville AreaHere’s a spectacular home that’s truly a find! This home is a 2 bedroom, 2 and a half bath home with approximately 2, 573 square feet. One thing that’s incredibly unique is that it has roughly 5.1 acres that allows horses – all within a nice community with paved roads and a paved driveway right to the home!

This home has a 2 car attached garage AND 2 car detached garage – so you’ll have lots of storage for your vehicles and toys!

Inside the home is a grand kitchen complete with all the appliances, Corian countertops, beautiful oak cabinetry, tile backsplashes, a large pantry, and lots of room to cook and entertain. The kitchen has extremely easy access to both the breakfast nook and the formal dining room.

The master suite is extremely impressive. It boasts a huge room with a tray ceiling, private attached office that’s quite sizable, its own walk-in closet, and a master bath to die for! It’s got a water closet for privacy, a large double vanity, and a stunning elevated whirlpool tub! It’s a must see!

The living room is enormous with a gas log fireplace and lots of room to enjoy company or relax the day away. There’s even a sun room with an adorable Franklin Stove! The sunroom is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the day’s sunshine and overlook your acreage.

Top that off with the fact that it’s located in Clay County, North Carolina – so it’s close to Hayesville, Warne, Young Harris GA, and more! It’s a great spot.

This home is exquisite and you simply must see it in person to believe all the features and attention to quality it has. Be sure to arrange an appointment to see it today!

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Home on almost 4 Acres for Sale in Tanglewood Forest in Murphy NC!

Home for Sale in Tanglewood Forest in Murphy NCHere’s a value that rarely shows its head! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home for sale in Murphy NC boasts an astonishing 3.94 +/- acres! With this much land, you can enjoy some serious privacy and even use the acreage later!

In real estate, you always hear location, location, location, and this has it! Situated in Tanglewood Forest, this property is less than 5 minutes from downtown Murphy. Tanglewood features several community ponds you can enjoy, paved roads, and great folks.

The home itself is full of features – paved driveway, double carport, spacious and open floor plan, stone fireplace, gas logs, screened in front porch, bonus room, central heat pump (central heating and air conditioning), and a whole lot more! This home is in amazing condition and is a sure show stopper for a home priced in the LOW 100’s!

This Home is Now SOLD!!!

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Jim and Debbie Burch of Orlando FL are excited Murphy NC Land Buyers (and soon to be Murphy-onians!)

Jim and Debbie Burch Recommend The Poltrock Team at REMAX in Murphy NC!Jim and Debbie Burch and their family just purchased an acreage tract of property and fully intend to move to Murphy, NC full time when they retire. They’re super folks and will make great neighbors! Here’s what they had to say about their experience buying land with The POLTROCK TEAM at REMAX Mountain Properties:

“We want to express how happy we are with the service we received from John & Jessica Poltrock in our recent purchase of a lot in Degatide Estates.

John made us feel as if we were his ONLY clients, or at least his most important ones.

His dedication and endless energy, his commitment to our best interest, and his willingness to help at ANY TIME OF DAY…. (and we did bother him at some odd hours!)…. is far above and beyond the level of service we are used to.

Although the purchase price of our lot was less than $30,000, we are SURE we got the same attention as someone spending 30 million. We never felt as if the purchase price was not worth his time.

Sadly enough, we did contact other agents in the area for information before we found The Poltrock Team. Many never bothered to return our call. The ones that did reply only sent us information on listings way outside the parameters of our search. They hadn’t hear a word we had said.

John and Jessica, however, have an uncanny knack of hearing between the lines, and were able to find EXACTLY what we were looking for. Funny thing about that is… we were somewhat undecided. I wanted mountain view, my wife wanted a creek. John showed us a lot with a high hill and possible seasonal view that ALSO has a beautiful creek.

We wonder still…. ‘How did he DO that?’

Our hats off to the amazing John and Jessica!”

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Price Reduction on almost 10 Acre Land Tract for sale in Murphy NC!

Beautiful tract is now reduced to $65,000 for almost ten acres (9.63+/- to be more precise)! That’s only $6,750 per acre!

It’s stunning acreage at an excellent price. It has underground utilities already in place and is in a quiet area with large tracts around it – all adding to its privacy! Put your home here on this ideal location for peace in the mountains! You can live on almost 10 pristine acres.

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4.65+/- Acres of Land for Sale in Murphy, NC for ONLY $19,850!

Here’s  rare find if land for sale in the mountains of North Carolina! Usually acreage in real estate always seems pricey – but not here! And I know what you’re thinking… there’s nothing wrong with this property! It’s a very private piece of land that is the perfect get-a-way. It’s 4.65+/- acres that is a great investment.

 Donley Road Real Estate for Sale in Murphy NC


How far is this property from a paved road? Not far. The gravel road leading to it is only a 100 yards or so long. You then are on Donley, which is a very well maintained gravel state maintained road. It’s about a mile or two on it and then its state paved the rest of the way.

Are there utilities closeby? Yes. You would have the power company bring in a power line and you are only a 100 yards or so away from the closest line, so that will be easy.

How close is the nearest home? 200 yards away or something like that.

How far is this from a major highway? Probably 3-5 miles from Highway 294 and 16-20 miles form US 64.

How close is the closest town (shopping, supermarket, drug store, etc?). 10 minutes or so to Turtletown, Tennessee and about 20-25 minutes from Murphy.

Where exactly is the property located in Cherokee County? It is on the west side of Cherokee County in a community known as Wehutty. Visit a Google Map of the Property’s Location here.

Is this land flat or hilly? Rolling is a better word. Great homesite right by the road if you wanted easy access with a very nice mountain view. On the Google Map above, you can even see a terrain view of the surrounding area.

Is it all dry and buildable? Absolutely. The homesite is around 1,875 feet elevation and you will have no trouble building.

Are there other utilities in the area? Power and telephone. You’ll need to sink a well for water. Cherokee Well can do that for you.

We’re sorry – this property is no longer available.

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One of the last Remaining Large Tracts Available for Sale in Tarheel North in Murphy NC!

[youtube:] Here’s a beautiful rolling tract of land for sale in Tarheel North! Considered to be one of Murphy’s best neighborhoods, there’s not much large land left! Perfect for having your own estate, dividing and selling, and any stretch of your imagination, watch this great video to see what it looks like in person!
With 8.62+/- acres, this tract is a gorgeous piece of property! Click here to see more details and photos of the acreage in Tarheel North.

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Weece Mountain – The best home on over three acres on the market!

515 Weece Mountain
Hothouse area of Murphy NC
Home For Sale on Acreage!

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths great chalet styled home
  • EXCELLENT floor plan makes this home roomy and airy
  • Large kitchen is the perfect place to prepare meals
  • Full basement with a walkout!
  • +/- 3.1 acres is a great piece of land!
  • And you get it at an excellent value!
  • Stunning vaulted ceilings
  • Beautiful ROCK wood burning fireplace
  • Sit on the screened in porch and enjoy nature – without bugs!
  • Open and bright
  • Close to Blue Ridge GA and Ducktown TN and Murphy NC
  • You absolutely must see this winner!

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