Sevierville – A Great Place To Make Your Smoky Mountain Home

seviervilleNamed after John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee, Sevierville is proud to be the eighth oldest town in the state and the largest city in the county. The city boasts a Heritage Museum, located in the historic downtown area, and a one-mile Riverwalk along the banks of the Little Pigeon River.

While capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, this modern mountain town offers a diverse selection of real estate options that is sure to please even the most discerning of tastes. Once farmland, the City of Sevierville is now an urban metropolis and suburban paradise with residential properties ranging from the cozy condo to the sprawling estate.

Sevierville was founded in 1795 and later incorporated in 1901. One of the more charming aspects of the city is the Trolley system that serves the area on two trolley routes, one extending into Pigeon Forge.  Sevierville is conveniently located near I-40 and the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in our great nation.

Festivals abound in the eastern Tennessee mountains, and there is no better place to be than in Sevierville, with community involvement and enthusiasm showing throughout the city. A few of the festivals and events to enjoy are:

*Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival in May

*Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in October

*The Annual Christmas Parade in December

*TN Smokies baseball

These are only a few of the reasons why residents love living in the great City of Sevierville. If festivals celebrating life in Sevierville are not reason enough, the vistas surrounding the city and the recreational options they provide are another reason to call Sevierville home. Residents in Sevierville can enjoy golfing, fishing in Douglas Lake, hiking on more than 650 miles of trails, and camping in the untouched forests around the city. Horseback riding and canoeing along the French Broad River are action-packed options for a great day in Sevierville. Other forms of recreation are scattered throughout the city including shopping, dining, theaters and museums, just to name a few.

Sevierville, Tennessee offers the finest choices in residential living including urban condos, rural country homesteads, private gated communities, lakefront homes, golf course homes, affordable single family houses and mountain chalets all with modern amenities and conveniences home buyers are searching for to make a house the perfect home. Sevierville has it all, and more!

Here Are A Few Of My Sevierville Area Listings:

Large Lot & Ready To Move In To Very nice neighborhood with quality homes on big lots in a scenic setting. Easy access to both Sevier County and Knox County via pretty country roads. Type: Single Family Home Location: Sevierville,TN Price: $219,900 Get more information >
Custom Built Home On The River Custom built home on the Pigeon River with year around mountain views in one of Sevierville’s most sought after neighborhoods. Type: Single Family Home Location: Sevierville,TN Price: $349,000 Get more information >
Busy Location for Office/Residential! Great, busy location ideal for commercial office site. Has a separate entrance for lower level so could be used for two businesses or in-law quarters if used for residential. Type: Office Location: Sevierville,TN Price: $249,900 Get more information >

The Smoky Mountain Real Estate Market Keeps Climbing

As we take a look back at the first 11 months of 2012 we see signs that 2012 will be a year marked as the time when things began a steady turn around for the real estate market. With positive news from economists, various markets throughout the country and improving statistics it is hard to ignore that real estate is climbing towards a recovery. Let’s take a look at the year to date numbers for Sevier County.

In the category of Total Residences Sold Through November we see an improvement of 14% versus the same period of 2011. As mortgage rates are staying low and the cost of rent rises we expect to see more first time buyers enter the market with Trulia reporting that almost 80% of renters surveyed said they plan to buy a home.

Total Dollar Volume Sold maintains it’s pace with an 8% increase from last year.

The Average Sold Price is still slightly down but shows an improvement from last month. New home construction is slow and is helping to push prices up. The presence of foreclosures as competition also continues to decrease as many owners have been able to take advantage of new programs to stay in their homes.

Average Time On The Market stays steady at 3% less time than last year. Properties in the area are spending just at six months on the market as an average.

According to CoreLogic National home prices have been moving up for eight consecutive months with the largest increase since June 2006. The National Association of REALTORS reported in October that the  inventory of available homes was down 22% from last year and at the lowest inventory since February 2006. As the numbers continue to improve it could be time to request a free price analysis to determine what price the current market will bear for your property, you may be pleasantly surprised. If you are considering a purchase now is the time to take advantage of still low interest rates as NAR predicts that mortgage rates will stay low in 2013 but will rise to an average of 4%. Ready to browse? Visit our website for access to all Smoky Mountain area properties that are available.

Here Are A Few Of My Featured Listings:

 

Build Your Dreams
Great opportunity to make your Smoky Mountain Dreams come true. 1.8 acre residential lot located centrally to both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Type: Land
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $69,900
Get more information >

 

Impressive Remodel
The effective year built on this cabin is basically 2009. A very impressive top to bottom remodel has totally transformed it into one the nicest and most up to date you’ll find.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Chalet Village
Price: $488,000
Get more information >

 

Custom Built Home On The River
Custom built home on the Pigeon River with year around mountain views in one of Sevierville’s most sought after neighborhoods.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Sevierville,TN
Price: $379,700
Get more information >

 

Enjoy Holiday Festivities In The Smoky Mountains

The holidays are an almost magical time in The Great Smoky Mountains.  As the leaves have passed their peak for the fall color change and we move in to winter months there are numerous opportunities to celebrate the Appalachian way.

As the City of Gatlinburg is sparkling with millions of lights for the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Festival the city trolley has begun their Ride Of Lights. Enjoy the holiday displays from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley. The journey includes a ride through downtown, River Road and then follows the displays along Highway 321. Tickets are only $5 and may be purchased here.

If you are looking for an opportunity to take a little bit of the mountains home for the holidays the artisans of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will be presenting their annual Thanksgiving show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The show begins on November 21st and runs through the 25th. You will be able to explore a wide variety of handcrafted Thanksgiving gifts that are unique to the area. This will be followed on the 26th with the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show.

While you are in town to enjoy the presentation of the Arts & Crafts Community make reservations to see the Nutcracker “Sweet”. Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre shows will be on the 23rd and 24th at 7PM in the W.L. Mills Auditorium.

In the Smoky Mountains holiday cheer is widespread and during your visit as you stroll down the Parkway on a Friday or Saturday night you will be able to meet characters, storytellers and carolers during the fourth annual Winter Magic Tunes and Tales event. Deborah Hicks will direct the carolers with many of the performers being from the Walter State Community College Chorus. This year a barber shop quartet from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School will join the lineup as well.

There are plenty of opportunities to get in the Holiday spirit while you are visiting Gatlinburg. If you would like the chance to make your visits a little less stressful and more frequent it is a great time to consider purchasing your own home away from home in the mountains. There are plenty to choose from and we are happy to help with your search when you come to visit. Take a look here to see what get away opportunities are available.

Here Are A Few Of My Featured Listings:

Add Your Own Touches Here is your opportunity to create a mountain getaway with your own unique style and personality. High quality materials and construction are a great jumping off point to add your finishing touches. Type: Single Family Home Location: Sevierville,TN Price: $112,500 Get more information >

 

Amazing Views & Unique Features This charming home offers a spectacular view and some really unique features. The living room has soaring ceilings, warm wood flooring and a unique see through fireplace with the dining area on the other side. Type: Single Family Home Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee Price: $208,700 Get more information >

 

Log Home On Over 3 Acres Charming farmstead Appalachian style log home on over 3 beautiful wooded acres of idyllic Smoky Mountain countryside. Enjoy ridge views along with lots of hardwoods, rhododendron, mountain laurel, hemlock and dogwoods throughout the four seasons. Type: Single Family Home Location: Pittman Center Price: $159,900 Get more information >

 

 

Foreclosures Hit A Five Year Low

Throughout this year we have watched the signs of a market recovery begin to happen. The Federal Reserve has pushed mortgage rates to all time lows, buyers are active in the market, homes are selling faster and prices are beginning to stabilize. In a report released last Thursday by Realty Trac we see even more good news. The online foreclosure website reports that foreclosure filings were more than 16% down from last year. That is a large percentage and can have a huge impact on the market. Numerous factors have contributed to the improvement. Many of the programs and new guidelines that the government and the banks have put in to play to assist homeowners are getting firmly rooted. Many banks are aggressively working to get short sales approved and to assist owners with refinancing at these new lower rates when possible. The government’s Home Affordable Modification Program has helped more than a million borrowers obtain more affordable mortgages allowing them to avoid a foreclosure situation according to an article on CNN Money.

As the pace of foreclosure filings slows down it will begin to be harder to find deeply discounted deals on the market. This will push the market more towards stability as prices are forced to level out. Barclays Capital recently reported that home prices could be back to peak levels as soon as 2015. Rick Palacios, senior analyst with John Burns Real Estate Consulting said “We think the recovery is for real this time around. If you look across the U.S. economy right now, there are only a handful of industries looking at 20-30% growth over the next 4-5 years and housing is one of those.”

The housing market deeply touches the overall economy and we believe an improving market will help the entire economy to improve. Roger Altman, chairman of Evercore Partners and former Deputy Treasury Secretary, said in an article for Financial Times “That turn in the housing market is occurring now and it should become a boom by 2015. It will be powerful enough to lift the entire U.S. economy.” Altman expects housing to add 4 million jobs to the economy over the next five years.

Though we are all excited to see the market improve it does mean that the days of hugely discounted properties are coming to their end. There are still plenty of very well priced homes available on the market and now is the time to start looking if you are thinking of an investment or second home purchase in the Smoky Mountains to take advantage of still low prices.

Here Are A Few Of My Featured Listings:

 

Enjoy Views Of Mt. LeConte Over $25,000 rental income so far in 2012! The scenic setting with views of Mt. LeConte along with lots of native flowering shrubs and dogwoods make this a peaceful place to spend time. Type: Single Family Home Location: Chalet Village Price: $219,900 Get more information >

 

View City Lights Against The Mountains Absolutely amazing views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Incredible close up night lights view, you can actually see people on the sidewalks with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Type: Single Family Home Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee Price: $339,900 Get more information >

 

Close Up City & Mountain Views Over $40,000 rental income for 2010 & 2011! This is designed to be a year around home or an income producing rental. Type: Single Family Home Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee Price: $439,900 Get more information >

 

 

What If It Isn’t Perfect? Should You Buy That House?

As we watch prices rising in some areas, mortgage rates staying low and foreclosures being liquidated from the market it is a perfect environment for purchasing real estate. But what if you can’t find your dream home? Let’s take a look at a few things to consider if you are torn between buying now or waiting for the perfect property to come along.

The first thing to consider when you are thinking of entering the market is financing. It is crucially important to have your financial “ducks in a row” and a mortgage pre-approval in hand before starting to look at homes. In a previous article we explain in depth why this is so important but an additional reason is that you want to be able to make a move if you do find your dream home. As the market continues to improve houses are spending less time on the market and you will not want financing to be the only thing standing between you and your new home.

Next, make a list of your “must haves”, the things that will make a home perfect for you. From there narrow the list down. Explore why each item is a must have and decide if it is really just a want that can be worked around if the other terms outweigh not having that criteria met. Place the biggest concern on items that cannot be changed like location or in some cases square footage. When you are finished with this process you will have a list of “absolute must haves” and will be opening yourself to a wider range of possible homes to consider. Once you have found a home that meets the criteria you absolutely must have you will be able to determine if there are inexpensive ways to add the other items over time. When you visit homes remember things like furniture, appliances and decor can usually be changed inexpensively to better suit your tastes. Try to look beyond these things to the condition of the property, the potential future value and if it meets the criteria you have set on your list.

When you have found a property that is suitable for your current needs we will help you in determining the financial value of the purchase. When you combine your must haves with the financial value of a particular home you will many times find that it makes sense to move forward with an offer while rates are still low and prices have not completely recovered. Make a sound investment now and it will put you one step closer to owning a home that is perfect in every way in the future.

There are so many homes to choose from in the Smoky Mountain region at this time that we are confident once you are armed with your “absolute must have” list and your pre-approval letter you will have no trouble finding a home that is so close to perfect you will know it is time to purchase. Please take some time at our website to explore some of the many options available.

Here Are A Few Of My New Listings:

Smoky Mountain Charm Has produced right around $15,000 in gross rental income for each of the last two years! Three level chalet with a bedroom and bathroom on each floor for maximum privacy. Type: Single Family Home Location: Chalet Village Price: $189,900 Get more information >

 

Breathtaking Mountain Views Gorgeous home in Cobbly Nob with an equally gorgeous Smoky Mountain view. Enjoy a spacious floor plan, currently configured with three bedrooms, level parking, a four seasons room and a two car garage with an attached car port. Type: Single Family Home Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee Price: $298,500 Get more information >

 

Totally Updated & Great Views Almost $30,000 in rental income for 2010 & 2011! High quality construction and a great view combined with tasteful updates should put this one on your short list. Type: Single Family Home Location: Chalet Village Price: $229,900 Get more information >

 

The Truth About These Common Homebuying Myths

Buying a home can seem like a daunting process. With the wide variety of information readily available on the internet it is easy to be left wondering what is true and what is not. Let’s take a look at a few of the prevailing myths about purchasing a home that may be holding you back from taking the first steps towards owning a home.

Myth 1: Owning a home is more expensive than renting. Mortgage rates are at all time lows making home ownership more affordable than ever before while rental prices are on the rise. It is true that owning your own home will mean that you are responsible for repairs but in exchange for that you gain the freedom to make your own choices about your living space.

Myth 2: You have to have perfect credit to buy a home. It is correct that the higher your credit score the more options you will have in choosing a mortgage. However, having a score in the lower ranges does not mean it is impossible to obtain a loan. If you are thinking of a purchase talking with a lender will help you to navigate your credit report and verify the loan options that are available to you.

Myth 3: You must have a 20% down payment. Sure, having a large down payment will lower your payments but is not always necessary. Many loan programs are available that will allow as little as a 3.5% or in some cases no down payment. We recommend talking with your lender about options such as an FHA or Rural Development loan.

Myth 4: Getting a mortgage is too complicated. Although lending guidelines have gotten tighter than they used to be, with the help of your lender and your real estate agent navigating the process is made much easier. There are some hoops to jump through and it may seem that your lender is asking for an endless supply of documentation but your agent and lender will assist you in making sense of it all and getting you to a successful closing on your home.

Myth 5: Foreclosures need a lot of work. Though some foreclosed homes are left in a state of disrepair this is certainly not the rule. Your agent will assist you with obtaining home inspections to determine the true condition of the property. In many cases you will find that like other homes a foreclosure just needs a little TLC. If the inspection reveals major items that need repaired your agent will be looking out for your best interests and help you negotiate through the inspection results.

Myth 6: Buying a foreclosure will get me a huge discount. Yes, the banks are looking to thin their inventory but they are also trying to protect their interests as well. Though some foreclosed properties are offered at lower than market value prices this is not always the case. The bank obtains a market analysis of the property and sometimes a full appraisal prior to listing it on the market and price it accordingly to see what the market will bear. In most cases the bank would prefer to lower the price in small increments until they obtain a reasonable offer rather than accept a cut rate offer.

Myth 7: The perfect home is out there if I just keep looking. Homes are a lot like people, none are perfect in every way but when we love them we accept the flaws. When you step into the house that is right for you for the first time you will know it. Prior to viewing homes make a list of the things that are most important to you in a home and of what things would be a deal breaker. Once you have an accepted offer we encourage you to have a home inspection which will reveal if any of your deal breaker items exist or if there are simple maintenance items that you are willing to address so that you do not lose the opportunity of owning the home that was meant for you.

The goal of our team is to make your home buying process as easy and stress free as possible. Armed with a great agent and accurate advice you will find the home that is right for you and be at the closing table before you know it. Take some time at our website to see the wide variety of homes that are available and when you are ready to take the next step we are available to assist with every aspect of the process.

Here Are A Few Of My Featured Listings:

View City Lights Against The Mountains Absolutely amazing views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Incredible close up night lights view, you can actually see people on the sidewalks with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Type: Single Family Home Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee Price: $359,900 Get more information >

 

180 Degree Mountain & City Light Views $14,300 rental income in 2010 with 2011 already ahead at $14,500 through October. Very private ridgetop retreat w/ wraparound covered deck that has amazing 180 degree views of the mountains & city lights. Type: Single Family Home Location: Price: $189,900 Get more information >

 

Mount Leconte Views Beautiful mountain home with view, wrap around decks, updates throughout including kitchen, new appliances, quartz counter tops and glass tile back splash. Great for permanent residence or rental. Type: Single Family Home Location: Chalet Village Price: $239,900 Get more information >

 

Nestled In The Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge Is A Great Place To Call Home

This month we would like to shine the spotlight on the quaint mountain town of Pigeon Forge. Let’s take a look at some of the history of this town and everything it has to offer to today’s home buyer.

Surrounded by the blue mist of the Great Smoky Mountains, the community of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is filled with rivers and streams, waterfalls and native flowering plants and trees. Pigeon Forge is packed with southern hospitality and as many as 11 million tourists visit each year making the town not only one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the southern states, but a charming real estate market with a strong economy.

Located along Highway 441 only five miles from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge is an action-packed town nestled in the breathtaking setting of eastern Tennessee. It is a wonderful place to call home, or to invest in a home away from home. Some of the more popular attractions in Pigeon Forge are the Dollywood theme park and water park, golf courses with rolling hills, tubing, hiking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding and helicopter rides over the misty blue mountains. Follow any of these activities with dinner at one of many diverse restaurants offering cuisines to inspire all tastes.

Ultimately, the greatest appeal of Pigeon Forge is the natural surroundings that boast four distinct and mild seasons to satisfy the lifestyles of all residents and visitors alike. If the never-ending recreational opportunities of this outdoor mecca do not inspire homebuyers, perhaps they will be by the distinction given by Southern Living Magazine Readers™ Choice Award in 1996 as being the shopping paradise of the south, with unlimited outlet malls and retail shops, surrounded by a thriving real estate market.

One of the earliest settlers to the Little Pigeon River in the Sevier County region was a man named Richard Fanshiers, and the town held his name, Fanshiers, until the early 1800s. Along the beautiful river that flowed through the land grew beech trees and the beech nuts feed the now extinct species of Passenger Pigeons that flocked to the river. In 1820, Isaac Love built an iron forge along the river, and in 1841 a post office was established under the name of Pigeon Forge. In 1885, a mill was built in the location and is still in operation today, using the same machinery. The mill is a National Historic Landmark and a proud part of the history of Pigeon Forge.

In 1946, changing the face of history, an old tobacco barn was sold and became Pigeon Forge Pottery. This sale officially marked the first tourism-related business in the region and the beginning of what would transform cornfields into tourist attractions to create the backbone of the local economy. This once sleepy mountain community is now a bustling real estate market in Pigeon Forge offering single family homes, cozy or resort style log cabin homes with stunning mountain vistas, gated communities, condos and townhomes, golf course homes and large estate homes. Sevier County is proud of its low crime rate, exceptional educational systems and healthcare, along with a booming work environment.

The small town atmosphere of Pigeon Forge, filled with genuine southern charm and hospitality, is one of the other many reasons to call this community home. Homes for sale in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee are reasonably priced and exceptional in value. Buyers looking to relocate or invest in a second home, will find the real estate market in Pigeon Forge to be varied in styles and amenities, offering mountain charm and modern conveniences, surrounded by the tranquility and hanging blue mist of the Great Smoky Mountains.

With something for everyone, why not take a look at all the real estate choices Pigeon Forge has to offer. You can start by browsing available homes at our website.

Here Are A Few Of My Featured Pigeon Forge Listings:

Private Log Cabin In The Mountains Did over $20K in rental income in just six months of 2011! This is a really fantastic log cabin. Huge rooms, great lay out, high ceilings and all wood interior. Type: Single Family Home Location: Pigeon Forge Price: $275,000 Get more information >

 

Enjoy A Mountain Sunset From Here Incredible large diameter log construction creates a special, solid, and timeless appeal. Type: Single Family Home Location: Pigeon Forge Price: $450,000 Get more information >

 

Smoky Mountain Money Maker Smoky Mountain money maker did over $26,000 in rental income for both 2010 & 2011. Nestled in a resort like neighborhood this large cabin is filled with amenities & is close to Dollywood. Type: Single Family Home Location: Pigeon Forge Price: $179,900 Get more information >

 

Celebrating Spring In The Great Smoky Mountains

Early blooms, warm weather and news of  the 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are all sure signs that spring is upon us. Registration has begun for this 5 day long annual event that will lead participants through all of the spring beauty the Smoky Mountains have to offer. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to find on this adventure.

The event will begin on April 25th with a luncheon at W.L. Mills Conference Room. The event offers 134 professionally guided walks on the trails in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as indoor presentations in Mills Conference Center and Sugarlands Training Room in Gatlinburg. 

The event began in 1951 as a two-day event. Hundreds of participants attended from 20 different states. The event was featured in National Geographic magazine. During that first year, Lucinda Ogle worried that the weather would prevent access to many outdoor events and presented flower specimens from her own garden in a case of Coca-Cola bottles at one of the evening meetings. The Coke bottle flower garden is still a big part of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage and features over 100 different plant species. Today the number of participants has doubled and it is a great educational and social event for anyone wanting to learn more about the native plant species and take an opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Along with these tours and sessions you can enjoy the gallery of Smoky Mountain art and plant displays or get involved and volunteer to help with the event by contacting Holly at Friends Of The Smokies. This is a non-profit event that depends on the support of local organizations and volunteers to provide the wide variety of experiences each year.

Registration is open online at their website along with a large amount of additional information. This is a great time to plan a spring trip to get to know more about the Great Smoky Mountains and see all of the reasons it is a dream location for a vacation home or full-time living. While you are in the area give us a call or send us an email, we would be happy to discuss more area information and help you begin your search for a Smoky Mountain home.

Next week we will take a look at February’s market statistics, in the meantime visit us on Facebook for great photos, area info and featured listings!

Here are a few of my featured listings:

Unbelievable Price On A Mountain Home
Opportunity knocks with this can’t be beat price on a Smoky Mountain home. Just minutes from Ober Gatlinburg & tucked away on a wooded lot with level parking.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $149,900
Get more information >

 

Award Winning Design & Mountain Views
This home’s commanding presence and awe inspiring setting have contributed to its status as an architectural icon. Award winning design and attention to detail create a distinctive home unlike any other you’ve seen.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Chalet Village
Price: $899,900
Get more information >

 

Smoky Mountain Views Found Here!
Magnificent mountain views but just minutes to downtown Gatlinburg. This mountain get away is perfect for the buyer looking for a prime location at a great price.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Chalet Village
Price: $154,900
Get more information >

 

Spend Heartfelt Holidays In The Great Smoky Mountains

In an article dated November 21st, Time magazine listed Pigeon Forge as one of the top nine most “Christmassy” towns in America. When we take a look at all of the events, activities & traditions surrounding  the holidays in The Great Smoky Mountains, there is no room to wonder why.

Just this past weekend, Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies presented the 36th Annual Fantasy Of Lights Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg. More than 80,000 spectators were expected for the event. With over 100 parade entries and more than a dozen marching bands from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama it was a beautiful Christmas event. You can watch the festivities on video at this link. Coming up this Saturday, December 10th you can join The Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the 36th Annual Festival Of Christmas Past at Sugarlands Visitors Center. Focusing on the culture of the Smoky Mountains with an emphasis on Christmas, this is a free event sponsored in cooperation with The Great Smoky Mountains Association. There will be music by the Lost Mill String Band, Boogertown Gap and South of the River Boys, demonstrations of making mountain berry baskets, apple-head dolls, quilts, and apple butter along with many special presentations throughout the day.

In Pigeon Forge you can enjoy over five million lights on display, stop by Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas (three-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event), take a stroll through The Christmas Place (the American South’s largest Christmas store) or spend an evening at the brand new “Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular”.

These are just a few of the events that go on in Sevier County during this part of the year. It is truly a special time when The Smoky Mountains come to life with all of the beauty and cheer of the holidays.

Imagine spending your holidays below snow-capped mountain peaks, cozy by the fireplace in your Smoky Mountain cabin. It would be easy to take part in all of these holiday activities and maybe even start a few new traditions of your own. With plenty of homes to choose from, why not get started now towards having your own “Smoky Mountain Christmas” to look forward to? Visit our website to view the wide array of homes available.

Here are a few of my featured listings:

 

Your Smoky Mountain Dream
Smoky Mountain dream cabin for a great price. Wrap around covered decks w/vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. Level yard, patio, spacious rooms and walking distance to Arts & Crafts shops.
Type: Single Family Home
Location:
Price: $239,900
Get more information >

 

Private Oasis Bordering National Park
Private mountain oasis tucked on over an acre bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Plenty of amenities & plenty of space.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Chalet Village
Price: $369,900
Get more information >

 

Wonderful Family Home/Fenced Yard!!
Great family home with additional space for possible, media room, in-laws quarters, or teenage paradise. 2 car garage, fenced back yard, and close to Knoxville or Sevierville.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Sevierville,TN
Price: $259,900
Get more information >

 

Mountain Home Purchasing and Safety While Hiking

A purchase of Gatlinburg property or other Smoky Mountain real estate opens the door for new forms of recreational pastimes.  One of this region’s popular outdoor activities, is hiking.  It truly allows people to get up close and personal, with the awesome beauty of this area.  However, there are always potential dangers in any activity.  Especially, if you are a novice to hiking.  With any activity, accurately assess your level of fitness, and your competence.  For new hikers, you should always hike with a partner.  It helps to get out with someone who knows the area and is experienced.  Read up on where you choose to go, and stick to established trails, until you gain expertise in outdoor skills.  Alert others of your hike route, and expected return time.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, for the terrain and weather conditions.  Begin with short routes, and work up to more challenging hikes.  Depending on the length of your intended trail, bring along a pack to carry essential supplies.  The following might be considered essential items.  A reliable flashlight with fresh batteries, a pocket knife, drinking water, a coat, hat, or rain gear, snacks, a compass/GPS, and first aid items can be valuable in the appropriate situations.  It is always wise to check weather conditions, and be alert for sudden changes that could adversely impact your adventure.

Hiking trips here in the southern Appalachians require an awareness of local wildlife.  It is important to avoid reaching, or stepping into blind locations.  With poisonous spiders, scorpions, and snakes widely available, be certain you are not coming into contact with these creatures accidentally.  At the other end of the animal kingdom, hikers should be aware of their proximity to larger animals like; bears, wild boar, big cats, etc.  Be observant of your distance, and their reactions to you.  Bears in particular can be extremely defensive in protecting their young.  Often bears are attracted to your food.  Feeding them only sets up later problems.  Maintain distance, but do not attempt to run away.  Noise, appearing large, or in numbers, is often a deterrent to curious bears.  The best approach is to be aware, make noise, and do not allow a close encounter to occur.  For greater details on hiking safety go to your; library, bookstore, or go online.

The last word on safety is to protect the Great Smoky National Park for future generations.  All aspects of the park are protected. Rocks, soil, mosses, plants, trees, and animals are protected by fines and possible imprisonment for violations.  The only exceptions is fishing, but regulations are strict.  Understand the laws and obey them.

An activity, like hiking in the Smokies, requires knowledge and preparation. So does purchasing real estate in the area.  Go with a proven leader who has a track record.  The Jason White Team allows you to proceed at your own pace, during the search process.  When needed, our team of professionals is there to provide the expertise to help you “ink the deal”.  Check us out online, to begin today.

Here are a Few of My Latest Listings:

2.57 Acres on Little Pigeon River !!
Once in a lifetime do you find property like this. Located in desirable Riversong Estates. You can build your dream home right on the river with 250 ft of river frontage,or further up the hill with road access to both. Prestine water out of the Smokies.
Type: Land
Location: Pittman Center
Price: $199,900
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Unique and Artistic Log Home
A very unique and artistic log home. Very private yet within walking distance to the arts and crafts community in Pittman Center. Beautiful mountain view from the stone patio,covered front porch w/hot tub, and lots of stained glass throughout.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $189,900
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Mountain Top Home w/ Incredible Mtn View
Luxurious top of the mountain home which maximizes the enjoyment of the view from this house. All master suites,stone patio w/gazebo & hot tub that has been used for weddings due to it’s beautiful setting. Even level parking for lots of family gatherings.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $599,900
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Log Home w/ Rental History!
True log home with lots of charm and modern comfort. Only five minutes to Gatlinburg, ski resort and Great Smoky Mountains. Totally updated top to bottom with new appliances, first rate oak floors, fixtures, granite bath counter and much more. Must see!
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Chalet Village
Price: $139,988
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