Visiting The Smoky Mountains

News about real estate in and near the Great Smoky Mountains

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the communities of the Great Smoky Mountains and Greater Knoxville! This is the perfect place to live, work, and play.

With this blog, we want to give you news of the area, provide an introduction to opportunities, and give you information on especially attractive properties.

You have come to the right place to find that perfect home, land, business or investment property! We want to help you find the perfect one!

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June 29, 2022

Tips On Preparing Your Property For Top Dollar Resale

During the last couple of years of high buyer demand and a low supply of property from sellers, curb appeal was still incredibly important in getting the best offer possible. As we move into a new season with higher interest rates, it’s even more important. Here are a few of the most important steps you can take to make sure your home gets the highest and best offer possible.

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
June 8, 2022

How Do I Choose a Great Vacation Home

This is a great question! We are asked this every day by people looking to own vacation rental property in the Smokies. Here are some of the tips we share.

1. Start By Determining Your Goals

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
May 3, 2022

Great Smoky Mountain Real Estate

We are living in unusual times; there is no doubt about that! Experts believe that we may have seen the peak of the real estate values in February of this year. However, there may be a bit of a rebound this summer. This is due to...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
March 16, 2022

Financing Your Vacation Home

It is very similar to financing your primary residence. But there are some differences; let me share a few. 

The first thing you may notice is that the mortgage rates are a bit higher for investment properties than for the home you live in. Sometimes the rate for your second home will be very close to or even the same as your primary home.  

You will need to work with a lender to see if...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
March 3, 2022

Tips to Maintaining a Rental Cabin

We are often asked, “How hard is it to maintain a rental cabin, and what are the keys to doing it right? Well, that can vary greatly depending on what you purchased.

Let’s address new construction first. New cabins, of course, do not require as much maintenance, but they still need attention. This is especially true for the first year when it is under a builder’s warranty. During this time, you will want to catch any items that might need to be addressed. Tennessee State Law requires that all new construction...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
Jan. 25, 2022

Outfitting Your Investment Cabin

Outfitting a cabin can be one of the most fun things you will do as an investor. There are so many options to choose from, and you can let your creativity shine. However, a few things can help you be the most successful. Here are the top 5 things to remember when outfitting your investment cabin...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
Jan. 3, 2022

Winning In This Market

This is the number one question we answer each week. As you know, real estate cycles. You may find yourself employing a strategy that was just right three years ago, or even last year, but is not appropriate for the next season. The key is to remain flexible and adaptable. It is also essential that you educate yourself and not rely on what worked for you yesterday. Basically, you must do your research.

This market is moving so fast that you might find yourself wasting time writing offers that would have been...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
Nov. 30, 2021

Hot Colors For 2022

Our preferred color palette for home and cabin interiors is constantly changing. For some, the good news is it changes less frequently than clothing fashion! For others, who are chomping at the bite for a change, change has come!

Sherwin Williams has announced its color choice for 2022 to be Evergreen Fog. This is a soft green with a muted touch of greyish blue...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
Nov. 2, 2021

What Size Cabin Should I Buy?

One question that I am asked quite often is, “What size cabin should I buy?” This is definitely not a one size fits all answer.

Let me give you some insights and then some questions you should ask yourself.

I am often asked, “What rents the best?” It’s a little bit of a strange phenomenon… But the one and two bedrooms rent about the same, the three and fours rent about the same, the five and sixes… and the pattern continues. However, cabins with an odd number of rooms...

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Posted in Deborah Korlin
Sept. 30, 2021

Keys to Successful Rental Cabins

Rental cabins have been popular among tourists visiting the Smoky Mountains for the past 30 years. However, some things have changed. What tourists were looking for 30 years ago is not what they want today. If you are going to do well in this investment market, you must stay current with what’s popular to rent.

Similar to fashions and cars, investment cabins have trends. Now a trend in the fashion industry...

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