Internet Services Providers Available In Murphy NC and Cherokee County NC

Internet Services can have a huge impact on buying a home no matter where you’re looking to purchase a new house. When you’re shopping online for real estate, determining what internet speed is available is nearly impossible. When working from home is crucial, homeschooling is common, and simply wanting to watch a movie to relax is important, knowing what internet is available is vital.

Several companies have reached out to us wanting us to add their maps of internet coverage to our website. After we dug into them, we realized they had major flaws in being able to provide what properties have what type of internet. Because of that, we didn’t use them and decided to post this to give you insight as to what to expect.

Here are the types available here in Murphy NC:

  • Fiber Optic Internet – Provided by Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corp., this is the fastest option with no data caps. The base package is around $40 per month and download speeds tend to be 15-40 Mbps. Other packages are available. Finding homes with Fiber Optic is a gem – they are not common because our area is spread out and the cost of building the infrastructure is high. Thanks to a federal grant many years ago, the system was built out and is much larger than it once was. If you find a home with fiber optic, this is a huge plus.

 

  • SkyTek Internet – this is a local company that offers point to point internet and is largely found in homes that are higher up in elevation with views or unobstructed views to their repeaters. It works through Blue Ridge’s Fiber Internet Service and covers folks who don’t have fiber directly available at their home. It also has no data caps and plans start around $40 per month as well but are slower speeds than fiber. They do have higher level packages that come close to the speeds of fiber and can be around $70 per month. This is what I personally have at my home and have been very satisfied with their service. The customer service is great, the owners are very good, hard-working folks, and I love that we support a local business in the process. They can do a site visit to any property and tell you whether service is available.

 

  • Cable Internet – Provided by Murphy Cable, they offer TV services and internet with no data caps. They have excellent speeds in our experience and do a good job. Their region is largely confined to being close to town so properties that are far out are unlikely to have this option available. They’re cost-effective and speeds are quite fast. Their speeds can vary widely based on distance from their stations so you are best to contact them IF cable TV is available at the property to see what you can expect from their services. 

 

  • DSL – Provided by Frontier Communications and/or AT&T depending on where you are in Cherokee County, DSL generally offers 3 MBPS download and up to 512 KBPS upload speed with no data caps. It can stream YouTube and other services but does tend to buffer especially in times of high usage. It is important to note they are out of ports in many parts of the county so if you buy a property that has active DSL services you want to continue that same service, be sure to have the seller set up for a transfer of the port rather than canceling service. If you don’t, you may find there isn’t a port available.

 

  • Satellite Internet – this is usually available in areas where none of the above options are. The two main companies we see folks use is Hughesnet and Viasat. We’ve heard the best feedback on Viasat from our clients. Most of their packages have caps on the data usage and different plans are available based on your needs. Check out their website for by clicking the name for more details.

Have a specific property in mind and need to know what it has available? Do you require a certain type of internet? Give us a call at 1-866-687-7496 and we can help you find out what there is so you can find the perfect home! Search all available properties online here!

Please note all information provided herein is based on personal experience, speed tests, customer feedback, and more. All info is subject to change, package pricing changes, location differences, and more. If Internet is very important to you, we highly recommend you independently verify it will suit your needs prior to purchasing a home.

Bring the Train Home to Murphy NC! A record is made in the Guinness Book of World Records!

On October 5, 2018, Downtown Murphy NC had thousands of residents on the square whistling and singing a custom version of “She will be coming round the mountain when she comes!” and signing a petition with the goal of bringing the train back to Cherokee County. It would stimulate tourism, commerce, and more. Watch to see what it was like to be in the crowd!

It was a great event led by many of our area’s leaders including: Mayor of Murphy NC Rick Ramsey, Mayor of Andrews NC James Reid, Representative Kevin Corbin,  Jim Davis, and more. It shows our community spirit here in Murphy NC. We are proud to be here!

Murphy NC is Safe from Damages of Hurricane Florence

I spoke with a great customer of ours and I heard rumor many folks from out of state are not coming to the mountains of Murphy NC because of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. While it is true many of our eastern towns and cities of North Carolina have been severely damaged, our mountain city is safe and sound. Not only that, Murphy is the perfect safe haven when retreating from natural disasters around the United States.

Hurricane Florence was rough on the Carolinas, and you can see from the map, we are over 500 miles inland. Other than rain, we received no flooding or damaging winds. Murphy was the perfect place for those forced to evacuate! In fact, many of our clients did just that. We had folks escape from Myrtle Beach, SC and many more.

In the event you’re holding back coming to Murphy, you should come! The great news is we’re safe and sound and October is one of the best months to be here: changing leaves and fall festivals are just the beginning. 

Our home in the Appalachian Mountains is quite sheltered from natural disasters. The mountains break up tornadoes, hurricanes are rain by the time the reach us, flooding is rarely an issue especially for those on elevations above the river. Because of this insurance is quite low! We’re working on a transaction now on a creek and the annual flood insurance is $260 for the entire year. An average home owner’s policy can be as low as $400 for the year to $1,300 depending on “add-in” coverages. The normal range I see is $600-900 annually.

Love the mountains and want to have your get-a-way? Our Team is here to help you! Feel free to Contact Us and let us know what we can do to help plus use our Free Online Real Estate Search. Plus, we’re only a call away at 1-866-687-7496.

Radon Testing and Mitigation in the Mountains of North Carolina

It’s true! The Appalachian Mountains, which are in Murphy NC, can yield high levels of radon in homes. The great news is it is an easy,  and beneficial, fix. A simple remediation system can quickly remove radon and even excess moisture from your home; I have one in mine! Did you know it is the second leading cause of lung cancer? Only cigarette smoking is worse. An inexpensive test will find out if you have it. We recommend them when you are buying a home in the mountains to ensure your family’s safety.

Watch our video below to learn more about radon, what a remediation system is,  and how it functions. Visit the EPA’s Radon Page to learn even more. Need a remediation expert? We’ve got them! Our Gotta Guy List of Recommended Contractors is here.

North Carolina Governor Extends All Septic Tank Permits to 2020 and Benefits Murphy NC Market

Recently, the State of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper approved a bill extending all septic tank permits that had previously expired (going back to January 1, 2000) to make them valid again. Not only that, they are transferable with ownership. That means if your property had a septic tank permit issued 2000 and later, your permit is good regardless of who owned it when the permit was issued.

Normally in Cherokee County, a septic permit costs $600, takes 3-5 weeks to obtain, and is valid 5 years. Being able to use a formerly expired permit is a huge boost to property owners, real estate agents, land developers, and more. Saving both time and money, it is a boost for the economy allowing a more streamlined process to begin building and construction.

Septic systems are the primary means for wastewater disposal and treatment in our area and throughout much of the United States. While system designs can vary, I’ve written an article about septic systems and their cost here in Murphy NC you can read.

Click the link below to see the document the Cherokee County Environmental Health Department provided. A site inspection by the county’s soil scientist is required PRIOR to installing a septic system designed on a previously expired permit. The soil scientist is going to make sure waste water requirements are met; for example, the sewage is not too close to yours or another drinking well so as not to contaminate it, the site has not drastically altered, and other regulations are met. Once the system is installed, a final visit is made so they can get the system certified to meet all requirements and issue the Operations Permit stating the system is properly installed. Then, you can flush away! 🙂

For all those who made this bill possible, THANK YOU! It is excellent for Cherokee and Clay County and all public of North Carolina.

septic permit extension thru 2020 governor’s bill <—- download the pdf here

John Poltrock Named Best Real Estate Agent in The Cherokee Scout 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards

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.

Cherokee Scout Best Real Estate AgentWith 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.

THE FINEST HOME IN MURPHY NC!

Talk about the most stunning home in Murphy! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is one of the nicest homes you’ll find! It features tons of upgrades and stunning features both inside and out. Not only that, you’re situated in the best spot in downtown Murphy.

Outside it shines like no other. The home and double garage feature low maintenance hardieboard siding that is pristinely painted. It’s craftsman styled elegance features a timber frame flair. Combined with elegant stonework, you’re sure to fall in love before you even step in the front door. 

And if the outside isn’t enough, then inside the home is certain to win your heart. Immediately inside, there are several key features that jump out at you. The Lennox wood burning fireplace features stacked stone that stretches all the way to the vaulted tongue and groove ceiling. The Brazilian Andorra Mahogany hardwood floors are both exquisite and unique.  And the kitchen, oh the kitchen… The kitchen is extraordinary. It boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Solid cabinetry, and is perfect for the gourmet cook or microwave warrior. 

As you step into the fully finished basement, the entertainment room is the first thing you see – and it certainly doesn’t let you down!! Another stone fireplace with a Lennox wood burning case is quite impressive towering over the slate tile floors. Coupled with a wet bar, dry Finland cedar sauna, another porch, and so much more, you won’t believe just how stunning it is till you see it in person!

And the loft and master suite are great! The master bedroom is quite large and has its own walk-in closet and bathroom! The bathroom boasts both a tile shower and a whirlpool bathtub! It’s a stunning arrangement that you surely will enjoy waking up to every day.

Click here to see our Video Walk Through of this home

The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy NC – www.iLoveMurphy.com – JohnPoltrock@gmail.com

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

Donna Srabian Found Our Mountain Home In 3 Days!

We were recommended to The Poltrock Team by a local business in Murphy, NC when we were looking to buy a home.  Donna Srabian was our real estate agent and listened to our wants and needs to find our home. She is very knowledgeable with the housing market, local inventory and found our new home in 3 days! She followed up with us long distance and made the closing very easy. She went above and beyond and best of all, she became our friend!

~~Bob & Pat Riddle, Murphy, NC

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

 

The Poltrock Team Represents Professionalism & Honesty

I contacted The Poltrock Team when I was ready to list my home in Murphy, NC. I was very happy with the professionalism, friendliness and knowledge of the real estate market. The photography and presentation of my home on the market was excellent. The sale was a smooth transition and I would absolutely recommend The Poltrock Team.

~~Rae Ann LaPierre, Deltona, FL

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