It is so sweet to be in the Smokies right now!

 

Reasons to love coming to the
Smokies in February

 

 

 

 

Less Crowds

We could not be more thankful to be located next door to the most popular national park in the country, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  However, with the popularity, this also means that visitors here are also accustomed to the high amount of traffic that is associated with it.

Come to the Smokies this winter.   Not only are there fewer crowds on the streets, but there is also not as many guests waiting in line at the many popular attractions, shops and shows in the area.

Warmer Weather

Believe it or not, winter in the Smoky Mountains does not always mean that guests will experience uncomfortable freezing temperatures. Yes, the weather is a lot chillier than what you would find in the summer and spring, but it is not so cold that you won’t be able to go out and enjoy anything while you are here.

In fact, the average highs for the months of December, January and February are normally around the mid to low-50’s. That being said, it is not uncommon for us to see a day where the temperatures rise to the mid to upper 60’s.

If you love the cold, all hope is not lost. The average lows for these months are known to dip below freezing for a couple of days.

Better Views

When you think about winter in the Smoky Mountains, it is easy to imagine a rather dreary scene. The leaves have mostly all fallen from the trees and there isn’t much lush foliage. However, what you may not realize is that this is actually the best time to see the Smoky Mountains.

Because there is not as many leaves and trees to obstruct your view, you and your family are more likely to get a full panoramic view of the scenic mountains from wherever you are in the area.

Cheap Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals

Last, but not least, one of the biggest perks for families and guests traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the off-season is the abundance of cheap Smoky Mountain cabin rentals. Because the demand for these rentals isn’t as high in January and February, the price per night stay is significantly lower than say around the holidays or in the middle of the summer.

 

Featured Listings:
Sweetheart deals!

 

Snuggle Up With This Cabin:

$214,900   ID#: 214183

2 BD/2 BA, 1,300+ sq ft, true mountain log cabin, located in the scenic Waldens Creek area.  Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental.

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Three Cabins, river frontage, acreage,
mountain views all in one!!


This spectacular 15.48 acre property includes 820′ of French Broad river frontage, river bluff,  amazing views of the Smoky Mountains, pasture, barns and three exquisite residential structures. 

 

This estate would serve wonderfully as a gentleman’s farm, multiple generation residence, wedding and event center, or as a group of unique vacation rentals. Amazing value considering 4/16 appraisal of $1,070,000.

 


Fantastic location; only 26 minutes to downtown Knoxville, 10 minutes to Sevierville, 10 minutes to 7 Islands State Birding Park.

 


A truly unique, rare opportunity.  More pics and information

Market Report for the Smoky Mountains

 

 

Featured Properties

Price Reductions

$456,800    ID#: 212271

Architectural gem of 5000+ sq ft, 4 BD & 3 BA amidst a beautiful, centrally located neighborhood. Mountain views.   More info

 

 

Spacious, 3 BD/2 BA contemporary-style mountain chalet, complete w/an attached 2-car carport.  Only mins. to dwtn. Gatlinburg, the Nat’l Park, & much more.   More info

Happy Thanksgiving from the Jason White Team

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving day full of joy and happiness with your families and friends.  Today we just want to say thank you in appreciation of your business, trust, and loyalty with us.

Sincerely,

The Jason White Team

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Featured Listings:
40K+ Income Cabins

$279,900   ID#: 213277

Private and spacious 3 BD/3 BA Private cabin in scenic Sky Harbor.  3 levels with covered decks.
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$299,900   ID# 208150
4BD/4BA Mountain chalet with incredible views.  Large open rooms, great for large family gatherings.

 More info

Is history repeating itself?

Rapid price increases will not last forever.

The current growth in home prices is echoing the lead-up to the recession.  Is history repeating itself?

 

The answer is likely not, according to a recently released realtor.com® report.  Building is lacking in many markets—one hallmark 10 years ago was over-construction—and credit standards are more stringent, says Danielle Hale, chief economist of realtor.com.

“As we compare today’s market dynamics to those of a decade ago, it’s important to remember rising prices didn’t cause the housing crash,” Hale says.  It was rising prices stoked by subprime and low documentation mortgages, as well as people looking for short-term gains—versus today’s truer market vitality—that created the environment for the crash.”

In 2016, home prices (the national median home sales price) were 2 percent higher than they were in 2006, the report reveals. Pre-recession prices have returned in 31 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

In contrast with 2006, however, are today’s credit conditions. Currently, the median FICO score for a mortgage is 734; the median in 2006 was 700.

Builds and flips are also different from 2006—starkly.  The credit environment, among other factors, is keeping a lid on unfettered flipping and over-construction.  In 2006, one household formation generally equaled 1.4 single-family housing starts; in 2016, that number shrank to 0.7 single-family starts.  Flips accounted for 5 percent of sales in 2016; in 2006, they comprised 8.6 percent.

“Lending standards are critical to the health of the market,” says Hale.  “Unlike today, the boom’s under-regulated lending environment allowed borrowing beyond repayable amounts and atypical mortgage products, which pushed up home prices without the backing of income and equity.”

Additionally, economic indicators point elsewhere.  Employment was healthy then and is now, but inventory is limited more today—at a 20-year low.  Presently, the average months supply is 4.2; in 2007, the average months supply was 6.4.

 

Featured Listings:   Price Reductions

Beautiful one level brick 3 BD/2 BA complete w/incredible views of the Smokies & of a beautiful pond adj. to this property.  More info
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$458,800   ID#: 212271
Resting atop 1.49 beautiful acres you’ll discover an architectural gem of 5000+ sq ft, 4 BD / 3 BA.   Views of Mt. LeConte & Clingman’s dome.  More info

Would you ever buy a haunted home?

A new survey from Realtor.com shows most folks won’t shy away from a spooky space–so long as the price is right.

In September, Realtor.com surveyed more than 1,000 online respondents. The verdict? Thirty-three percent were open to living in a haunted house, 25 percent might be, and 42 percent are not open to the idea.

What factors impacted these results? Let’s explore:

  • 40 percent of respondents indicated that they need a price reduction in order to choose a haunted home over a non-haunted home;
  • 35 percent require a better neighborhood;
  • 32 percent need larger square footage;
  • and 29 percent would do so if more bedrooms are involved.

Who minds a few spooky spirits if there’s a third bedroom?   From the survey, 47 percent of participants indicate they would live in a home where someone died, 27 percent said they might, and 26 percent said they would not.

The survey also showed certain paranormal activities are preferred over others. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed didn’t mind a few cold or hot spots in their home, whereas 45 percent could get down with unexplained noises, and 39 percent are willing to tolerate strange, freaky feelings in certain rooms. Thirty-five percent of folks could deal with shifting shadows, but only twenty percent were alright with levitating objects or the sensation of being touched.

Of those surveyed, 28 percent believed they already have lived in a haunted house, with 14 percent unsure and 58 percent quite sure they’ve never been haunted.

 

Featured Listing:

This lot was issued a 5 bedroom septic permit, which is increasingly rare. Great opportunity to build a 5 bedroom vacation rental cabin.   Located in very desirable Pinnacle Vista subdivision in Pittman Center.

Outdoor fun this weekend in the Smokies

Kick up your heels!

Sugarlands MountainFest, a music and outdoor festival (September 28 – October 1, 2017) produced by Sugarlands Distilling Company, is a spirited celebration of the great outdoors. For four days this fall, outdoor enthusiasts will gather to enjoy over 30 live musical performances, running, biking, & fishing competitions, craft cocktails, award-winning spirits and brews—all in the breathtaking mountains of East Tennessee.

Experience the world class attractions and shopping of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Enjoy the natural splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Featured Properties:

5000+ sq ft, 4 Bedrooms & 3 Baths.   Views of the mountains, convenient location. Lovely home. 1.49 acres includes another lot.  What more can you ask for?  More Info
304 Village Way  Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
$265,000  ID# 212285

4 BD/3 BA, 2,200+ sq ft, mountain chalet. Currently a well-established VRBO rental.  Walking distance to shopping and dining.    More info

College debt affecting housing market

College debt is having a compounding effect on how millennials perceive and plan for home ownership.

Eighty-three percent of millennials in a recently released report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) say they are delaying their home-buying plans by a median seven years as a result of their student loan debt. Twenty percent of the millennials surveyed in the study are homeowners; 80 percent are not. The typical millennial homeowner is burdened by $41,200 in student debt, and earning $38,800 annually.

Home ownership is not the only casualty of student debt—millennials are also postponing career changes, children, marriage and retirement savings, the study shows.

“The tens of thousands of dollars many millennials needed to borrow to earn a college degree have come at a financial and emotional cost that’s influencing millennials’ housing choices and other major life decisions,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR. “Sales to first-time buyers have been underwhelming for several years now, and this survey indicates student debt is a big part of the blame. Even a large majority of older millennials and those with higher incomes say they’re being forced to delay home ownership because they can’t save for a down payment and don’t feel financially secure enough to buy.

“A scenario where only those with minimal or no student debt can afford to buy a home and save for retirement is not an ideal situation and is one that weakens the economy and contributes to widening inequality,” Yun says.

Millennial homeowners are doubly pressured, unable to sell and trade-up due to their student debt. At the entry level, the inability to move keeps valuable inventory off-market, worsening already scarce supply in the tier.
“Millennial homeowners who can’t afford to trade up because of their student debt end up staying put, which slows the turnover in the housing market and exacerbates the low supply levels and affordability pressures for those trying to buy their first home,” says Yun.
Combating the issue comes down to education. Many millennials are in the dark about college costs—in fact, the study shows only 20 percent have a big-picture understanding of the expenses related to education.

“REALTORS® are actively working with consumers and policy leaders to address the growing burden student debt is having on home ownership,” says NAR President Bill Brown. “We support efforts that promote education and simplify the student borrowing process, as well as underwriting measures that make it easier for home buyers carrying student loan debt to qualify for a mortgage.”

The study was conducted in conjunction with American Student Assistance (ASA), a non-profit guarantor.
“Student debt is a reality for the majority of students attending colleges and universities across our country,” says Jean Eddy, president and CEO of ASA. “We cannot allow educational debt to hold back whole generations from the financial milestones that underpin the American Dream, like home ownership. The results of this study reinforce the need for solutions that both reduce education debt levels for future students, and enable current borrowers to make that debt manageable, so they don’t have to put the rest of their financial goals on hold.”

 

Featured Listings, Price Reductions:

 

1224 Sky High Way  Gatlinburg, TN
$249,900   ID#: 210698

2 BD/2BA, 1,300+ sq ft mountain chalet, complete w/incredible views of Mt. LeConte, downtown Gatlinburg, ski resort & the Smokies.  Currently on a well-managed rental program.  More info

 

936 Stans Road   Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$249,900   ID#: 210699

Well-located, 2 BD/2 BA, 1,500+ sq ft mountain chalet,  currently on a well-established rental program. Amazing views of the Smokies & the City of Gatlinburg.  More info

 

The Great Smoky Mountains real estate market sees steady growth

 

 

Featured Properties:

1536 Zurich Gatlinburg, TN

$215,000 ID# 208705

Well-located, 3 BD/2 BA, 1,600+ sq ft mtn. chalet w/amazing mtn. & City views, located only mins. to dwtn. Gatlinburg. Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental – has great potential as a rental.

 

 

1155 Upper Alpine Way Unit 802  Gatlinburg, TN   

  $130,000   ID#: 212013

High quality, 2 BD/2 BA, nearly 1,100 sq ft condo, made of solid, masonry construction. Great location inside the city limits of Gatlinburg, & only about a mile from Over Gatlinburg Ski resort.