My father and I bought a cabin here in 1986, and I’ve lived here full-time since 2000. I’ve seen the changes first-hand, and I know the trends.
I show people what they want to see and let the property speak for itself. I see myself as a consultant, not a salesman. I enjoy sharing my expertise, and I’ll tell you both the good and the bad. I’m a good choice if you want to “look before you leap.” I’m a poor choice for people who want to be talked into something.
If you are a buyer, you need someone who will really represent your interests and work hard for you, not someone who just wants to sell you something fast. I’ve enjoyed living here over the years, and I want my buyers to have the same experience. If you look around on my website, I think you’ll find that I have a depth of knowledge about our area and the real estate business that will work to your advantage. If you haven’t lived in the mountains before, you’ll need to learn about things like septic systems, wells, gravel roads, and local regulations, things that aren’t immediately obvious. The buyers I’ve worked with tell me that I’ve done a good job of bringing them up to speed on these things and helping them buy a property that really meets their needs and qualifies as a good investment.
If you are trying to sell your property, you need an agent who will be honest with you about what can be done in today’s market. We are still selling property, but it has to be priced right. You also need an agent who is really still in the real estate business full-time, not someone who is actually working another job and just pretending to be on top of things. Most importantly, you’ll need an agent with a great Internet marketing strategy. See my “For Sellers” tab for more information.
In the interests of full disclosure, I am also the author of Black Elk’s Religion and The Black Elk Reader. I used to own and operate Buckhead Editorial Service in Atlanta. In a former life, I was a college professor, and my doctorate is from Boston University.