Gatlinburg, TN Real Estate News

By Iran Watson, Marietta Real Estate Agent - Photographer
(Georgia Elite Realty)
Gatlinburg, TN Real Estate Photography Gatlinburg Real Estate Photography by Iran Watson As an Atlanta Real Estate photographer and real estate agent in Marietta most of my photo shoots are somewhere in Metro Atlanta, mostly Cobb, Cherokee and Fulton County.  If you know any photographers, however, you know they take a camera with them everywhere and I'm no exception.  Even vacations end up with one or two impromptu photo shoots.  Recently, I brought my gear along on a weekend trip to one of my favorite places in the South, Gatlinburg, TN.   My family has been vacationing in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN long before I was even born.  Even though these two family friendly, Smoky Mountains tourist spots have grown considerably over the last 30+ years we've been going, there is something...
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
There’s a place that beckons us and seizes our thoughts. And try as we might to ignore it, it calls to us during our hectic lives and interrupts our busy schedule. It’s the stuff of daydreams and idleness, yet we cannot push the thoughts aside. It is human nature to seek the shelter of comfort and refreshment, especially when the pressures of everyday life push us to the brink of exhaustion. My “special place” is next to a cold rushing mountain stream in the midst of the forest. The combination of the sounds of tumbling water, the chirping of the frogs and the birds, the wafting scent of the riverine dampness on the rocks and mosses, and the sight of dancing light bouncing on the ripples offer the cool refreshment that reinvigorates the spirit and frees the mind from all other distracti...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
Those of you familiar with the Gatlinburg real estate market know that this is a unique pocket in today's world, and it is more positive than lots of other areas.  Century 21 contracts with an independent organization to provide statistical reports for our market.  This month's report (dated July 18) shows that in July the Days on Market (DOM) for Gatlinburg homes for sale dropped from 300 in May to 193 in July, indicating a postive demand for inventory.  Of course this is somewhat of a seasonal market, but this number has been stagnant for months, so seeing a change is significant. In addition, the list-to-sale ratio in Gatlinburg for July  is relatively stable at 92.5%.  This is an important number-- what it means that statistically homes in Gatlinburg have sold for 92.5% of the askin...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
I had one of those "ah ha" moments last week that reminded me of why I live here.. we had a gathering scheduled in the Park-- one of our family had gotten a campsite up in Elkmont and we were all coming in for dinner and campfire.  I finished my particularly hectic and challenging  work day about 6 p.m. on a hot summer day.  It was over 90 degrees and humid-- unusual for here and not comfortable.  I drove from the office in Gatlinburg up Campbell Lead, past Sugarlands... and then it started to happen.  First, my news radio with the relentless reports of congressional misbehavior went silent....a few miles later, my cell phone blipped completely off... not just on silent mode, but OFF....then the temperature began to drop....a sprinkle of rain-- and by the time I got to Elmont it was 62 ...
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By Autumn and David Hackney
(Prime Mountain Properties)
Sales have slowed down from last year at this time and the days on market have increased. There is a large inventory of residential, vacation homes and cabin/condo investment properties to choose from. Foreclosures and short sales represent a good opportunity for buyers. For an example of Gatlinburg foreclosures visit our website below.Residential home loans appear be getting easier to obtain these days. However, lenders are now requiring more money down for second home and condo loans due to recent changes in the mortgage insurance industry. If you are interested in purchasing a foreclosure or short sale, be sure to get your pre-approval letter before shopping. Most banks require pre-approval letters/proof of funds and a minimum amount of earnest money with any offers submitted. Don't ...
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By Autumn and David Hackney
(Prime Mountain Properties)
SHORT SALE - 2 BR Gatlinburg Cabin - Gatlinburg Falls Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood $220,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1782 sqft Location 811 Great Smoky WayGatlinburg, TN 37738USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the "Like" button below: David Hackney Realty Executives Smoky Mountains - Each Office Independently Owned and OperatedDirect (865) 250-3219Office (865) 774-4307teamad@comcast.nethttp://www.smoky-mountain-properties.com Listed by: Realty Executives Smoky Mountains Our recent listings SHORT SALE! 3BR/3BA in Black Bear Falls GatlinburgSHORT SALE - 2 BR Gatlinburg Cabin - Gatlinburg FallsOne Bedroom Gatlinburg downtown condoOne Bedroom Gatlinburg Cabin near Arts & CraftsThree ...
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the jewel of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Known for its towering peaks and diverse flora and fauna, the Park attracts millions of nature lovers every year! But few first time visitors are aware of the vast tributary system that provides flowing water in nearly every area of the mountains. Mountains offer a natural barrier for weather systems, and as a result the Great Smoky Mountains are dowsed with an average annual rainfall of over eight-five inches in the high elevations. As a result of this abundance of moisture, the mountains spawn seeps that collect into trickles and then into rivulets and streams, cascading down the slopes and over the rocks running cold and clear amidst a noisy cacophony of crashing and splashing! The resulting...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
Seeing the devastation of our neighbors in the Chattanooga area of Tennessee and in other southern states,after the string of tornadoes last week, our hearts and prayers go out to those folks who are suffering now.  At the same time, we recognize how lucky we are to have been spared most of the storm here in Sevier County. Local wisdom here is that "A tornado has never touched down in Sevier County"  and I have always believed that. but boy...it was close!  Lying in bed that night with 100 year old hickory and oak trees groaning in the pull and push of the wind around me, and hail popping off the roof, it just made me realize that there is an awful lot in life that we are not in control of.  It just takes faith and persistence to keep moving forward.   There are some parallels to the re...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
The sunshine is back, the pear trees are blooming all over the place and the mountains are coming alive again.  I just love living here!
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
  The calendar indicates that it is March, and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that means one thing: Wildflowers! Nature is a wondrous thing. The wildflowers of Spring have but a short time to complete their cycle of blooming and seed setting before the surrounding forest leafs out and blocks the life-giving rays of the sun from the understory of secondary growth. These are not the delicate blooms of Summer, but rather a hardier lot that can withstand late frosts and even cold snow! You can expect to see Fleabane, Spring Beauty, Dwarf Crested Iris and Trillium of every variety. If you are lucky you might spy a Showy Orchis or Dutchman’s Britches. My favorite spots for Spring wildflowers are along Chasteen Creek in Smokemont, Deep Creek near Bryson City, and the Cove Hardwood ...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
I was walking into the house yesterday and glanced down ... and look what I saw!  The very first sign of Spring here in the Smokies-- Daffodils reaching up to the sun after a long sleep:)  As we move out of the winter season here, it's a good time to think about coming into town and buying that Cabin for Sale in Gatlinburg  you have had you eye on!  What makes Spring an especially good time to look for a home in the Smokies?  Here are a few reasons: Rentals are historically lower in the winter months (although this year we are amazed at the strength of rentals even in this first quarter!).  This may motivate some owners to negotiate! At this time of the year there are fewer overnight guests  in town, and it makes getting into rental properties much easier.  Nothing is more frustrating ...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
We really believe that purchasing investment property in the Gatlinburg area is a great idea, there are lots of other reasons to own property here, too!  What are your reasons for loving the Smokies?
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By Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor
(Carousel Realty of Dyer County)
My family needs to rent a place large enough for 7 people to stay for 3 nights beginning February 18, 2011. I keep checking online and by the time the reservation fee, hot tub fee, local taxes,etc. the prices are more than I can afford am willing to pay. We are tring to attend Winterfest which is a Christian youth conference. We went to a similiar event last year there in Gatlinburg but the motel room was a real dog. We know what it is like having a rental(i have over 70) so please don't worry about us taking care of your property. There is another option I can offer. If you own a place and are interested in doing a trade-out with me that would work. We own a beachfront condo in Destin on the 10th floor of the Pelican Beach Resort. Here is my direct cell # (731-589-7841) if you need to ...
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By Jane Terrell, Broker Gatlinburg Homes for Sale
(Century 21 Four Seasons)
I've had the opportunity to be working with the TOP agents from all different companies and area of the country this week, and everyone seems to be noticing the same thing:  a substantial uptick in serious interest in all kinds of real estate.  This has certianly been the experience of The Terrell Team with people looking for Gatlinburg homes for sale or Pigeon Forge homes for sale. That's exciting news, but it also comes with a bit of a twist.  At the time when interest is reviving, the banking industry still remains in some turmoil, at least from the perspective of those of us on the ground.  Underwriting rules seem to be changing on a daily basis, and, since underwriting is the last process before the loan is committed, changes may leave purchasers scrambling for more information, do...
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
Many Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors spend at least part of their vacation in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Gatlinburg is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, lodging and entertainment establishments. The city enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the national park as it provides accommodations and meals for millions of tourists every year. This reduces the environmental impact on the park itself. Since most businesses in town remain open until 11:00 P.M. there is a noticeable chill in the October air as the annual pilgrimage of leaf-lookers make their last walk up the neon-lit strip and head for their hotel rooms or rental cabins. After over seventy years of welcoming part-time mountaineers, Gatlinburg has become a fall rite of passage for many visitors to the Great Smoky Mounta...
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By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
(not so) Speechless Sundae... Time is not too much fun when you are constantly on the fly. A brief trip to the Smokies was just what the Doctor ordered. What's there not to like about a quickie every now and then. No phone, no distractions, no clients. Just time. Time to wander and get lost somewhere in the pixels of your mind. Precious moments to let it all go and grasp a hand full of sanity in an otherwise insane world. Intervals like this rejuvenate the soul, refresh the mind, and rekindle creativity. The world and what you see is the canvas for your mind. What will you paint today... Y'all have a great Sundae... Complete Home Inspections"The Guys With the Hats"© MMX michael thornton | complete home inspections, inc./complete video promotions | brentwood, tn | 615.661.0297 | ww...
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
From crevice seeps an ice cold dripThat trickles swift to rivuletThen tumbles crashing down its trackO’er rock, through sluice, down cataractTo quiet pools in lands below Old Smokey’s deep and dark shadow.                          (R. Weisser 2010) There is nothing quite like sitting beside a rushing stream and listening to the “misic of the mountains.” And since the Great Smoky Mountains National Park averages nearly 85 inches of rain in the higher elevations, it is only a matter of time before the water goes somewhere! That somewhere is down the mountain, cascading noisily down the steep slopes and collecting into ever bigger and bigger rivers until all waters from the Smokies make their way to the Great Valley of Tennessee, and then on to the Gulf of Mexico. As one sits in the cool d...
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is situated on the spine of the Southern Appalachians, and receives an average of eighty-five inches of rain per year in the higher elevations. This abundance of moisture not only supports an incredible diversity of plant and animal life, but also provides some dramatic vistas for park visitors. It is not uncommon for travelers to become completely enveloped in clouds and haze as they traverse the high passages by automobile or while hiking along many of the many trails in the park. It’s a place where the sky meets the earth, and where boundaries become obscured and overlap! And it’s a sight to behold!
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
The question that I am asked most often about the Great Smoky Mountains Nation Park is: When will the Autumn eaves be at their peak color? There is no easy answer because there are many factors that affect fall leaf color in the Great Smoky Mountains Nation Park. Temperature, rainfall, sunlight, elevation and species call all affect not only when the leaves begin to change, but how intense the colors will be and how long they will last. But what I have learned over the thirty years or so that I have been taking photographs in the park is that you can find fall foliage somewhere within the confines of the park anytime from late September through early November. Finding these “pockets” of color is somewhat akin to a treasure hunt, but there are “hotspots” that are generally dependable fo...
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