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Fall Has Come To Murphy NC!

by Kathy Vetten

     With the arrival of the Autumn season starting to blanket our quaint town of Murphy, North Carolina; there will be many events to fill the calender. No need to be cooped up indoors with so many exciting events being held in the area. Now is the time to visit and kick off the season right.

     For some people Fall is all about sports. For the sports fanatic in you, look no further than our home town team. The Murphy Bulldogs have started the season off to a great start. The Coach David Gentry has a good feeling about our team this year.  Gentry, 68, has been at the Cherokee County school since 1983. Our High School stadium has a small town feel with big heart. Every Friday night ,during the home games, the stadium is packed with Bulldog fans cheering for friends and family in the game. With hot chocolate in hand you will gain a whole new view of the phrase "Friday Night Lights".

     For the arts and crafts lover we have the perfect place for you. The John C. Campbell Folk School located in Brasstown NC, (home of the Opossum Drop), has an amazing Fall Festival every year with food, crafts, and music. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture is holding its 41st anniversary this October. Set for Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will draw anywhere from 11,000 to 14,000 regional attendees. Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee residents can easily access Brasstown's southwestern North Carolina location. Along the winding wooded path of the school you can find 200 craft exhibitors, more than 40 artisans that will demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. The sound of bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music will fill the air both days of the festival. For the children there are pony rides, alpaca petting, and pet adoption from the Humane Society's pet adoption booth. To satisfy your appetite there will be local, non-profit, food vendors. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 12-17. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free. For a schedule of events please click here.

     With the Fall Season comes the Farmers Market in Murphy. On October the 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. come join us at the L&N Depot in Downtown Murphy. The Farmers Market will be every Saturday until November. Quilters and crafters are welcome. Admission is free. Looking for that special unique touch for your home, look no further. You can find some of the most amazing hand crafted items here. Excellent conversation starter pieces for your home.

     Autumn bring the Art Walk to our town. The Murphy Art Walk will be held the first Friday of each month beginning May through November. Come walk Downtown Murphy with us October 3rd at 5 p.m.  All of our local vendors will have their doors open late for Art Walk customers with special discounts.

Brightly colored leaves and the golden Fall sunlight will provide a serene backdrop for the Autumn season here in beautiful Murphy North Carolina, come join us.

Introducing Murphy Meadows!

by Kathy Vetten

    Exit Realty Mountain View Properties is proud to present our newest home and land community, Murphy Meadows. This community is located just minutes from downtown Murphy, Murphy Medical Center, Cherokee Hills Golf Club and the new Harrah's Valley River Casino. Murphy Meadows offers serene pastoral settings with outstanding mountain views. Residents will be able to enjoy a peaceful mountain setting, "off the beaten path" with in town convenience. 

    Homeowner's will be able to choose from several floor plans from a one bedroom, one bathroom model starting at $69,900. There are several 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom floor plans as well as multiple options to customize or modify standard floor plans to suite their desires.

    All of the homes will offer, all wood interiors, central heat and air, gas log fireplaces, granite countertops and full covered front porches to enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery. 

    Contact Kathy and Corky Vetten at Exit Realty Mountain View Properties for an advanced showing of Murphy Meadows today. You will love the setting. You will love the quality. You will love the value.


                              


Top Agent In Our Office!

by Exit Realty Mountain View Properties

Kathy Vetten ,Owner/Broker/CRS is #1 in North Carolina for Closed Deals & Transactions.

Contact Kathy Today to see why she's #1

Kathy Vetten, Owner/Broker/CRS

Exit Realty Mountain View Properties (1900 US Hwy 64 West, Murphy NC 28906)

Office: 828-837-2288

Fax: 828-837-9080

kathy@exitmurphy.com

Is This A Good Time To Sell My Home?

by Exit Realty Mountain View Properties

   As Real Estate Brokers, we seem to be constantly asked the same questions. My answer is always the same, "That depends on your circumstances". There are many factors that effect this decision.

   How much do you owe? What are your plans if you sell? How fast do you want to make a transaction?

   You may notice I didn't include the question, "How much do you want to sell your home for?" This question is determined by market conditions and the condition of your property, not by a seller's pre determined value statement. When I hear a seller say "I'm not taking a penny under $200,000" or "I'm not taking less than I paid for it", I know that it's likely this seller has already answered the original question himself.

   Lets face it some properties, depending on age, roofing and central heat and air systems have depreciated and may not be worth the original purchase price without major repairs or renovations.

   Other properties bought in 2006 or 2007 are not worth the same value today. The good news is the same market factors that make your property less valuable today may make your new property that you move to more affordable. In this situation, selling property for less can not be considered a loss and often times ends up as a favorable exchange.

   The most expensive factor in selling a home is human emotion. Don't forget that a real estate transaction is a business deal and does not pit buyer against seller. I know a gentleman that refused an offer over two years ago that was within $5,000 of his asking price. Since that time he has made over 16,000 dollars worth of mortgage payments on a second home he seldom uses. Add taxes, insurance, and utilities to his costs, and his decision gets worse. The human emotion of stubbornness  usually only hurts the one who has it. There are many bodies in the ocean floor who at one time refused to get into a lifeboat! Most of these bodies were the captain of their ship, why would anyone want to go down with their ship when someone else wants to buy it!

   Here's the great news. Houses are selling at a rapid rate. If you're considering selling your home contact a real estate professional. Be leery of a listing agent that agrees with everything you say. Remember, he or she is there to help you get on with your life's plan.

   Ask yourself what your plans are when you sell and how fast you want to make that transaction. Then, pick up the phone and call a Realtor.

   Murphy NC Real Estate Sales and Service - Corky Vetten, Broker/CRS/Realtor with Exit Realty Mountain View Properties is one of the leaders in Marketing Mountain Properties. Corky specializes in assisting buyers and sellers Invest in Real Estate in Western North Carolina and North Georgia, including the towns of Murphy, Andrews, Hayesville, Ellijay, Blairsville, Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas.

   Corky Vetten, Broker/CRS is a top Real Estate Professional located in Murphy, NC. Corky can be reached at corkyvetten.com or exitmurphy.com. Or you can email him at corky@exitmurphy.com. His cell Phone number is 828-361-0358 and the Office is Exit Realty Mountain View Properties at 1900 US Hwy 64 West Murphy, NC 28906.  

 

Did you know?

by Kathy Vetten, Broker/CRS

                           

                                Murphy, NC  28906

Did You Know About Cherokee County Chronology


Cherokee County is in the far Western part of North Carolina and has a long and interesting history.
The following chronology of events notes high-lights since 1820. 

1820 - The Baptist Church established mission school and church at Old Natchez Town on                                 Hiwassee River

1830 - Col. A.R.S. Hunter built an Indian Trading Post, at present site of Murphy called Huntersville.

1835 - First post office opened under the name of Huntington with A.R.S. Hunter as first postmaster.

1838 - Fort Butler established as headquarters for the removal of the Cherokee Indians over the famous            "Trail of Tears".

1839 - Cherokee County formed from a portion of Macon County.

1840 - Census of 1840 shows county with a population of 3,427.

1843 - Settlers moving West establish village of Persimmon Creek  ... first post office opened with B.                Stiles as postmaster.

1847 - Turtletown post office established on Shoal Creek.

1851 - Murphy incorporated as county seat of Cherokee County.

1854 - Fain Bloomery Forge begins operation on Owl Creek...John Caldwell opens road from Ocoee                  River to Ducktown and wagon travel between Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee                becomes possible for the first time.

1860 - First Methodist Church, Harshaw Chapel, built in Murphy...Census shows county population              as 9,166

1861 - Govenor Ellis declares state out of the Union...Cherokee County asked to raise 1100 men for                  Confederate Army...Clay County founded from southeastern section of Cherokee County.

1865 - Kirk's raiders burn Murphy's Court House...battle of Hanging Dog marks last battle of Civil War             in the county.

1868 - New brick courthouse built on same site of the one burned in 1865

1871 - Hiwassee and Cheoah Turnpike company formed.

1872 - Graham County formed from portion of Cherokee County.

1872 - Meroney and Olmsted establish first foundry for the manufacture of plows and hollowware.

1873 - Cherokee Herald becomes county's first newspaper with James O. Robinson publishing first                  edition Dec.11th.

1882 - Mount Pleasant Academy opened with Professor Rolan in charge. 

1884 - Famous Dickey Hotel opened.

1888 - Georgia and North Carolina Railroad reaches Murphy from Marietta, GA.

1890 - Town of Andrews incorporated...W.T. Corder erects first two story brick building in Murphy.

1891 - Southern Railroad reaches Murphy from Asheville...New brick courthouse destroyed by fire.

1892 - New courthouse destroyed by fire.

1893 - Courthouse rebuilt.

1895 - Rebuilt courthouse destroyed by fire.

1896 - Courthouse once again rebuilt using same outer walls of the one destroyed in previous year.

1898 - Miners and Planters Bank chartered as first bank in county.

1904 - Bank of Murphy organized.

1904 - Murphy Academy and Commercial Institute established by the Cherokee Baptists Association.

1910 - Murphy waterworks system put in operation...Dome School building erected...Murphy High                School defeats Copperhill 18-8 in basketball.

1911 - Louisville and Nashville Railroad station dedicated at Murphy. 

1912 - The Commercial and Savings Bank opened...Cherokee Lumber Company chartered...Murphy                Courier begins publication.

1913 - Georgia and Carolina Railroad formed with Cherokee County giving $75,000 for the line to run               between Andrews and Hayesville.

1914 - Hiwassee Power Company chartered to develop power for the town of Murphy.

1916 - World War I comes to Cherokee as 15 young men from Cherokee and Clay Counties leave for                 training at camp.

1917 - Local Red Cross chapter organized...influenza epidemic sweeps county...Hiwassee river clogged            with ice.

1920 - New post office dedicated.

1922 - First paved highway opened from Murphy to Georgia line.

1923 - Industry comes to Murphy with opening of Oakland Knitting Mill, Cherokee Lumber Co. and              Hawkins Bros., Shuttle Block Mill...

1925 - Worst drought in history of the county with Cool Springs only source of water for the town of               Murphy...granite monument erected at the site of Fort Butler to commemorate this historic                     spot. 

1926 - Courthouse burns to ground...Asheville to Murphy highway opened.

1927 - New courthouse dedicated...county court abolished by commissioners...Fire destroys Cherokee               Roller Mills....

1928 - Town of Murphy purchases hydro-electric pant and transmission lines and will sell electric                     power in this section.

1930 - Aluminum Company of America power projects get underway on the Nantahala River.

1935 - Hiwassee Dam construction gets underway...Hughes Iron and Metal Co., and Mountain Valley              Associated Cooperative Cannery add to Cherokee County industrial growth.

1937 - Murphy Mills destroyed by fire.

1940 - The largest Ten Commandments in the world are laid out in white stones on a mountainside near            Murphy at the Church of God Assembly grounds.

The above Information was provided by Mayor Hughes, to our Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors Luncheon Meeting.  This information may be Prior History but may not be deemed Factual.

Current Facts about Cherokee County and Murphy

·         Population, 2013 estimate  Cherokee County 27,218

·         Population Town of Murphy, 1601 in 2012

·         Population Town of Andrews, 1754 in 2012

·         Cherokee County Land area in square miles 455.43

·         Housing units, 17,563 for 2013

·         Homeownership rate, 2008 thru 2012 is 81.6%

These items were reported by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce to Exit Realty Mountain View Properties.

For more Demographic information about our area and All Your Real Estate Needs:

Please contact Kathy Vetten,Owner-Broker for Exit Realty Mountain View Properties 
Located at 1900 US Hwy 64 West, Murphy, NC  28906

Email: kathy@exitmurphy.com  / web site: www.kathyvetten.com  

Office:  828-837-2288  /   Cell Phone:  828-361-0360

Get Revenge On Recession

by Corky Vetten

  Although the long recession has hampered or completely dismantled retirement plans for many Americans, there is a window of opportunity that has developed for many or these folks. As the recession draws to a close, current interest rates are historically low and are drawing savvy buyers back to the real estate market. Mid year rates for 2014 are surprisingly lower than experts had been forecasting. Whether a couple is planning on retiring in the immediate future or three to five years down the road; the best time to purchase a retirement home may be NOW.

  Traditionally, when the federal government is mired in deficit spending inflation follows. The cost difference between a one hundred thousand dollar mortgage at 4.2570 and 7.2570 is around $200 per month. On a fixed retirement income the average couple can afford a home worth $40,000 more at today's rate.

  Even if you don't plan to retire in the near future, a vacation or retirement home now may be a great idea. Properties are expected to appreciate during the inflationary cycle. The affordability factor will probably never be as great as it is today. Additionally the costs of a pre-retirement / vacation home can be greatly off set by using the property as a short term vacation rental until retirement. Here in Murphy NC with the construction of the Cherokee Valley River Casino and the proximaty to the best white water rafting in the Eastern US at the Nantahala and Ocoee River Gorges, short term vacation rentals promise to be a great investment during the next several years.

  When you consider these market conditions, with low interest rates and well priced homes this may be the time to buy that mountain home or cabin you've been considering.

  Murphy NC Real Estate Sales and Service - Corky Vetten Broker/CRS/Realtor with Exit Realty Mountain View Properties is one of the leaders in Marketing Mountain Properties. Corky specializes in assisting buyers and Sellers invest in Real Estate in Western North Carolina and North Georgia, including the towns of Murphy, Andrews, Hayesville, Ellijay, Blairsville, Blue Ridge and the surrounding ares. Corky Vetten, Broker/CRS is a top Real Estate Professional  located in Murphy, NC. Come see Corky at Exit Realty Mountain View Properties Today.

Murphy Goes Kaboom

by Corky Vetten

    If anyone born in the 40's, 50's, or 60's is interested in time travel, then they should make their way to the town of Murphy in Western North Carolina. Murphy puts on a small town Fourth of July celebration that will feel like its taking you back to your childhood.

    The event starts early that morning at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center with the annual Firecracker Run. The run is a 10k and 5k run and a two mile walk. You can register at the event. It s a great run and involves participants from all levels of ability and experience.

    Events continue just across the street at Konehete Park where one can hear live music, have some locally famous barbeque, and participate in games and events or just stroll along the Riverwalk.

    Later that afternoon the monthly Murphy Art Walk takes place along the Downtown Murphy retail area. Many local merchants and vendors, along with street performers take the the streets of Murphy. You will discover you are in a very patriotic place as the town salutes our troops with a lot of Red, White and Blue decor. 

    As the daylight winds down, events shift back to Konehete Park. This riverfront park in a tight little valley literally explodes with a fireworks display that rivals most large cities and yet is so close to you. IT'S AMAZING!

    People flock to the park for this event, most by car, many by foot along the Riverwalk, and some by pontoon boat from lake Hiwassee. I'm not sure what percentage of the annual budget the town spends on the arsenal they unleash, but it's worth every penny. You don't want to miss it.  

   Murphy NC Real Estate Sales and Service - Corky Vetten Broker/CRS/Realtor with Exit Realty Mountain View Properties is one of the leaders in Marketing Mountain Properties. Corky specializes in assisting buyers and sellers Invest in Real Estate in Western North Carolina and North georgia, including the towns of Murphy, Andrews, hayesville NC, Ellijay, Blairsville, Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas. Corky Vetten, Broker/CRS is a top Real Estate Professional located in Murphy, NC. Come see Corky at Exit Realty Mountain View Properties Today. 

   

   

New Trends In Retirement Homes

by Corky Vetten

  As the country emerges from the longest recession in history, baby boomers are rethinking their ideal retirement or second home. The general trend is towards smaller square footage as consumers no longer want to pay for utilities, taxes, and additional overhead for extra rooms that are seldom used.

  The typical couples we see coming to the mountains are looking for a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom in the 800 to 1600 square foot range. Most Home and Land Packages come with a lot of outdoor living areas in the form of decks, patios, and covered porches.

  Although downsizing seems to be difficult for some retirees, the thought of spending four to six thousand additional dollars annually between the costs of mortgage, utilities, and taxes doesn't make sense. Many couples have found that by downsizing, they are able to afford a second home in another climate. Thereby avoiding summer heat in the deep South or colder winters in the North and Midwest.

  The real challenge when it comes to downsizing is deciding what to keep and what to sell, donate, or give away. Foe those items you just can't part with; here at Exit Realty Mountain View Properties, the Home and Land Packages that we offer come with many different storage options such as basements, outbuildings, crawl spaces, or detached one or two car garages. 

  By the way, the detached garages are also a great place to store a husband (day-time only) and his tools.

Murphy NC Real Estate Sales and Service – Corky Vetten,Broker/CRS/Realtor with Exit Realty Mountain View Properties is one of the leaders in Marketing Mountain Properties. Corky specializes in assisting buyers and sellers Invest in Real Estate in Western North Carolina and North Georgia, including the towns of Murphy, Andrews, Hayesville NC, Ellijay, Blairsville, Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas.
Corky Vetten, Broker/CRS is a Top Real Estate Professional located in Murphy, NC. Corky can be reached at http://www.corkyvetten.com or http://www.exitmurphy.com or corky@exitmurphy.com. His Cell phone number is 828-361-0358 and Office is Exit Realty Mountain View Properties 1900 US Hwy 64 West, Murphy, NC 28906.

Homes For Rent in Murphy NC

by Mike Parks

If you’re looking at homes for rent in Murphy NC you have a few things to consider before signing your next lease. Often times, people that have been renting a house don’t think they will qualify to purchase a home and continue renting. Chances are if you have a steady job and you qualified to rent a home in Murphy NC or the surrounding areas you will qualify to purchase your own home!

Now that you’re thinking about homes for sale instead of homes for rent, let’s start at the beginning. If you plan on living in the same place for two years or more buying a home is almost always going to be the better option for you. Not only will you own your home, but you’ll be putting money into the equity in Your property every month instead of making your landlord wealthier.

With mortgage rates continuing to stay low now is the time to purchase a home. The verdict is still out on how the new Harrah’s Cherokee Casino will affect the housing market. One things that’s certainly going to happen is that more people will be coming to our area and wanting to be close to the action. Many of them are currently looking at homes or rent in Murphy NC and that might raise rental prices. The time to get in before we see how much the casino raises the market is now!

How much house can I afford? This question is usually the first thing that comes to most peoples minds at the start of looking for a home. This Affordability Calculator will get very close to the exact dollar amount of a home that you can purchase.

Now that you’re excited about the very real possibility of living the American Dream, you can start your search for homes and stop thinking about homes for rent in Murphy NC for Good!

Please feel free to Contact Mike Parkstoday for more information and I will help you find the perfect property!

Should I Buy a Home Now?

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I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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1900 US Highway 64 W
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