“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller

 

The Jason White Team would like to take this opportunity to honor Memorial Day this coming weekend and to remember all of those who have served, fought for and died for our great country. 

 

 

Your service inspires us all and we thank you. This weekend we will be celebrating the lives of men and women who died serving in the U.S Military.  

Decoration Day was the first name for Memorial Day. Decoration Day  commemorated those who died while fighting in the Civil War.  By 1890 every former state of the Union had adopted it as an official holiday,  but was not officially recognized nationally until the 1970’s.  Waterloo, New York states claim to the official birthplace of Memorial Day. 

The Great Smoky Mountains host opportunities that will make this year’s Memorial Day Weekend one you won’t ever forget! While you are here take the time to explore the outdoors by; taking a hike in the park, enjoying a horseback ride, or visiting Dollywood’s Splash Country. Spend your evenings; dining at one of the many fabulous restaurants, putt-putt golf, or maybe a ride on the Smoky Mountain Wheel! Whatever you do this weekend, take the opportunity to sit back and enjoy life.

The Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride XVIII is taking place on Sunday, May 27th. Opening ceremonies begin at 10AM in front of the Sevier County Court House. 

As we remember those who gave it all for all of us, let us remember that a great part of the American Dream includes being able to realize your own dreams of home ownership. Home ownership offers many exciting opportunities for those seeking their own pursuits of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Please browse our Featured Properties, and see how The Jason White Team can help you realize your dreams of home ownership today!

 

Full Service Property Management Team

Interested in an investment property? Not sure what  management option is best for you?

Join us on a four part series while we discover the pros and cons of DIY management, flexible management solutions, and brick and mortar management options

 

Here’s a word from our friends at Homes Not Alone:

Like the idea of a vacation home for your personal use or as an overnight rental investment property? Making the decision to rent your property overnight or keep it for your own use can be challenging at times.

Using a local Full Service Property Management Team such as Smoky Mountain Homes Not Alone might be just the answer for you!  A company such as this caters to an owner’s needs and special requests for the management of their vacation home.  Offering local full service with flexibility eliminates many worries when the owner is away. The property inspections are scheduled with owner’s desires and finances in mind. In addition, they accommodate the overnight rental market by managing everything from taking reservations and payments, to handling cleaning, maintenance, and guest issues. This allows an owner to be as free from commitment as they choose. Some of the pros and cons of using a Full Service Property Management Team for overnight rentals are listed below.

Pros: 

• Full Service:  A Full Service Property Management Team takes all reservations, communicates with guests before, during, and after their visit to the property. They schedule and manage trusted cleaners and handle any maintenance issues with trusted local contractors. They advertise and market your property on trusted websites and handle all payments.

• Flexible:  Owner can be involved with the property maintenance or the Full Service Property Management Team can handle everything and let the owner enjoy their property when they come for a visit. The purpose of the Full Service Property Management Team is to keep the property up to the owner’s standards and for the Management Team to receive all 5 star ratings and great reviews which enhances the owner’s bottom line- profit!!

• Location:  Homes Not Alone is located in Sevier County. We know trustworthy local contractors that will look out for the owner’s best interest. Being local also helps to answer any guest questions about local activities and allows them to plan the perfect vacation.

Cons:

• Management Fees: There is a management fee percentage that is based on the nightly rental amount. This fee is very competitive with the market; the personal care that goes into the property is very much worth it. The Full Service Property Management Team includes in their fees a cleaning inspector that makes sure the property is professionally cleaned to their standards, checks on the property between guests to be sure all maintenance issues are being addressed, and handles all guests issues promptly so the guests stay is minimally interrupted if at all.

• Hands On:  The Full Service Property Management Team does best when they handle everything so the quality stays consistent for the owner as well as the guests.

Full Service Property Management may not be for everyone. It is for the owner that wants an investment property to enjoy for themselves or strictly as an investment.  Full Service Property Management takes the stress away from owning an investment property or private vacation home.

 

 

Full Service Brick and Mortar Property Management Service

 Interested in an investment property? Not sure what  management option is best for you?

Join us on a four part series while we discover the pros and cons of DIY management, flexible management solutions, and brick and mortar management options. 

 

 

 

Welcome to the third part of our property management series. This week we will discuss a full service brick and mortar property management service. Listed below are many perks and a few obstacles that come with full service brick and mortar property management. 

Pros

  • Full Service Office – In-house customer service, reservation, and maintenance departments all work to facilitate the needs of you and your property. 
  • Local Knowledge – The customer service and reservation departments are staffed with locals who know and love the area.
  • Guidance – Management and maintenance departments provide guidance for making decisions about potential upgrades and remodels to your home. 
  • Assurance –  You have assurance that safety regulations are met and upheld. A full service brick and mortar property management service will routinely check on equipment such as; fire places, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, deck and hand rails, and steps.
  • Personal Connections – You will come to know and have a connection with the staff that manages your property.

Cons

  • Management Fees – You will pay a higher management fee due to the full service that is provided to you and your property. 
  • Management Discretion – Your property must remain within parameters set by the management company to continue to be on rental program.

Full service brick and mortar property management provides the comfort of knowing your vacation home is being properly maintained and marketed. This is a wonderful option for owners not within reach of their property and who are looking for a less time consuming property management service. This may not be the best option for owners who wish to be involved in assisting their guest while in-house. The magical thing about property management is that there is a solution for everyone!

 

Special shout out to Chalet Village’s wonderful staff for collaborating on this information.

Vacation Rental Management Services

The Pros and Cons of Vacation Rental Management Services

A vacation rental is a great real estate investment, but without the right management solution, you’re going to have a hard time making it profitable.

Self management vs. Full-service managers vs. Flexible management solutions

The previous post discussed the benefits and drawbacks of DIY management, but that’s just one option. You can also use a full-service property manager or opt for a more flexible vacation rental management solution.

Flexible management options, like Evolve Vacation Rental Network, handle your marketing, answer guest inquiries, confirm bookings, process payments, and provide flexible options for onsite services like cleaning and guest support.

Benefits of flexible vacation rental management solutions

  • Marketing and Booking Expertise – You have access to a dedicated team of industry pros who build your listing, market your home on top websites, respond to traveler inquiries, confirm bookings, optimize your performance based on industry trends, and support you along the way.
  • Increased Flexibility – You have the freedom to choose how to handle the cleaning and maintenance. If you live close to the property, you can do it yourself. If you live far away, you can hire the cleaning company of your choice to handle it. And if you don’t know where to start, Evolve can make a recommendation from its network of trusted partners.
  • Lower Fees – Evolve’s booking fee of 10% is significantly lower than than you would pay to a traditional manager, so you get to keep more of your income.

Drawbacks of flexible vacation rental management solutions

  • Selecting onsite service providers – Rather than having a full-service property manager take care of everything for you, you will need to hire and maintain relationships with housekeepers, guest contacts, and maintenance providers. Companies like Evolve will typically notify these service providers of upcoming reservations to help minimize your involvement. 
  • Proximity – Flexible management solutions might not have a local presence in your area. In place of that, they may have partnerships with local service providers that act as their boots on the ground to help you and your guests. 

Flexible vacation rental management companies offer innovative solutions to some of the most pervasive issues in the industry. However, they may not be right for dedicated DIY owners or those who prefer the full-service approach of local property managers. Ultimately, there’s no ‘right answer.’ It comes down to each individual owner and what kind of solution and services they’re looking for!

 

Author: Lauren Kaye, Evolve Vacation Rental Network – April 27, 2018

DIY Property Management

 

Interested in an investment property? Not sure what  management option is best for you?

Join us on a four part series while we discover the pros and cons of DIY management, flexible management solutions, and brick and mortar management options. 

 

The first part of our series will discuss managing your own rental.  Below are common benefits and obstacles that come with self-management. 

Pros

  • Income – You have the potential to keep more of the money that your property produces if you are not paying management fees.
  • Customer Service – You have the ability to provide the level of customer service that you expect your guest to receive and to make vacations truly memorable with personalization. 
  • Online Services – There are many online options that make booking your own rental property easier and involve no middle man.
  •        Control – You have complete control of who rents your property and all subcontractors you use. 

Cons

  • Proximity – You must be close enough to your property to handle all guest requests, cleaning, and maintenance or find a reliable source to handle those request.
  • Availability – You must be available to handle all guest requests or complaints twenty-four hours a day seven days a week or ensure the reliable source you hire is available.
  • Implementing a Marketing Strategy – You will have to implement and maintain your own marketing strategy. This includes listing your property for booking, building a website should you choose that option, and managing your own promotional cost.        
  • Collection of Rent and Entry into Property – You will be responsible for collecting rent and deposits. You will also be responsible for your guest accessing the property quickly and efficiently upon their arrival.

 

DIY property management presents many obstacles to overcome. However if helping others experience their vacation dreams is a passion of yours DIY management presents an exciting opportunity!

Homebuyers Fuel Boost

Early Spring Boost in Housing Market

Confidence in housing jumped in March in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with the HPSI overall posting 88.3, 2.5 percentage points higher than one month prior and 3.8 percentage points higher than one year prior.

The boost was fueled by homebuyers preparing for real estate season this spring, says Doug Duncan, chief economist and senior vice president at Fannie Mae.  The amount of buyers who believe now is a good time to purchase leapt to 32 percent—a 10-percentage point surge.

“The HPSI’s recent run of volatility continued in March, as it recovered last month’s loss and remained within the five-point range of the past 12 months,” Duncan says.  “The primary driver of this month’s increase was the sizable rise in the net share of consumers who think it’s a good time to buy a home, which returned the indicator to its year-ago level.  On the whole, a slight majority of consumers continue to express optimism regarding the overall direction of the economy.”

The amount of homeowners who believe now is a good time to sell shimmied up, as well, three percentage points to 39 percent.  Across consumers, 42 percent believe home prices will rise, down three percentage points from one month prior.

The HPSI is derived from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey® (NHS).

Source: Fannie Mae

 

Featured Listings:
Chalet Village
Big homes, big views

1452 Zurich Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$399,900  ID# 215461

Picturesque 4 BD/3 BA, 2,200+ sq. ft contemporary-style mountain chalet,amazing views of Mt. Leconte. Currently on a well-established rental program.  More info


2429 Park Line Dr.  Gatlinburg, TN  37738
$549,900  ID# 215415

Luxurious 5 BD/4 BA, 4,200+ sq. ft. contemporary-style chalet that borders the park.  Incredible views, on a well-established rental program.  More info

Market Report for the Smoky Mountains

 

 

482 Honey Oaks Way
Sevierville, TN   37876
$259,900.  ID#: 215303

Cozy, well-built 2BD/3 BA 1600 sq. ft. log cabin.  Panoramic views of Bluff Mountain from this property, which sits on just over 1 1/2 acres.  Currently on rental program.  More info

 

 

1130 Ski View Dr, Unit#113.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$152,900.  ID#: 215302

2 BD/2 BA, 1,400+ sq. ft, condominium located in the Windswept Condominium Complex.  Community pool and picnic area.  Views of the Smokies and Mt. Leconte and is only minutes away from downtown Gatlinburg.  More info

Wilderness Wildlife Week

28th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the world’s most beautiful places to take in everything the great outdoors has to offer. During the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week events in Pigeon Forge, you’ll have a chance to learn about the fauna, flora and folks who call this rustic region home.

Wilderness Wildlife Week

May 8 – 12, 2018

This year’s 28th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week takes place May 8 through May 12, 2018, and is based at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. This week-long event features a series of free, family-friendly activities designed to educate budding and experienced outdoors people and instill a love of nature in all those who attend.

A True Smoky Mountain Experience

Wilderness Wildlife Week is one of Pigeon Forge’s most-revered annual events. Not only do the mid-winter festivities relieve cabin fever, but it provides an excellent opportunity for education. The week-long event features a tremendous line-up of speakers, artists, demonstrations and hikes that provide an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited national park.

Featured Listing:
Quality home, quality living

Totally remodeled, updated and impeccably maintained, 5 BD/3.5 BA, 3,000+ sq ft, hand-hewn log cabin, located w/in easy walking distance of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, as well as Rocky Top Sports World, Gatlinburg Community Center, Anna Porter Library, Gatlinburg Trolley Stop, & Mills Park.   Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home.  More info