Changes in Tourism Can Create New Trends in Smoky Mountain Real Estate

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Choosing the perfect Gatlinburg home for sale, may shift property buyers into new options.  For this reason, we keep our readers aware of area changes that may impact purchase decisions.  Real estate is most often the largest expenditure that many people ever make.  As area representatives for property buyers and sellers, we want your decisions to be the best choices that current information will allow.        

The Jason White Team utilizes a multitude of resources, to keep our clients updated on this area’s real estate environment.  Over the holidays, I read an interesting article in our local Sevier County, Mountain Press newspaper.  Managing Editor, Bob Mayes gave a abbreviated version of a Smoky Mountain survey conducted from the Spring of 2007 through the Spring of 2008.  This year long survey was conducted by the Ackermann public relations firm out of Knoxville, TN.  The research focus of the Ackermann team was to determine, what the allure of the Smoky Mountains is to tourists.  The distillation of their studies provides some interesting results. The Ackermann research revealed that tourism is changing.  At the time of the survey, the estimate of yearly tourists visiting the area was just under 11 million.  Some of this number are day tourists, who leave home, take in various attractions, and then return home in the same day.    A sizable number of people were coming here for the first time.  The typical influx of tourists based on seasonal patterns was also shifting.  Some of this may be due to changing school schedules throughout the nation, but the area surrounding the Smokies is becoming an all year attraction.  Over 1/3 of first time visitors are staying at high end lodging, and over 1/3 of first time visitors are youngsters under 3 years old.  Many of today’s visitors are flying in, rather than driving, and many are from more affluent areas.  New attractions are bringing in double digit growth despite the challenged economy.  Another aspect to our modern tourist is that they travel all over the  area ( NC and surrounding states), rather than remain parked in their lodging.       

This article about the survey is intriguing.  It gives today’s property buyer other aspects to consider in making their purchase.  You can find more information available on our website and gain valuable insights from the experience of the Jason White Team.  Contact us today at 877-678-2121 to get started.        

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