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Total Eclipse of the Sun in Murphy, North Carolina

by Lisa Buchanan "Assistant on the Town"

August 21,2017

A total eclipse of the Sun. The first one since February 26,1979. The first major one in North America since Mary 7,1970.  And the first one since 1776 that has a totality path that lies completely within the united states. And Murphy, North Carolina is a prime location to watch it.

What has been described as a “quirk of cosmic geometry”, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between the Earth and the Sun, and the moon casts a shadow over the earth. The suns diameter is four hundred times larger than the moon. However, the moon itself is four hundred times closer to Earth than the sun. There is a total eclipse on average every 18 months, but they are not always easy to view. The earth is mostly covered by water, and what eclipses do occur over land often times occur over less populated areas. Next year’s Eclipse path will directly cross over 12 million, but an estimated 220 million people will live within a day’s drive of it.

The difference between a partial solar eclipse and a full one was quoted as,” the difference between viewing a partial eclipse and experiencing a total one is the difference between almost dying and dying.” If you are viewing a partial solar eclipse, you will be only able to tell it is happening with special eye protection. With the right eye wear, you can watch the moon moving slowly across the face of the sun. But It’s not anything particularly special.

If you’re in the path of totality, you’ll see the shrinking sliver of the sun and visually everything will seep sharper and clearer, even though it’s darker. Then the temperature drops, the birds start to roost, and the evening insects come out to prepare for sunset. The sky will get a deeper and darker blue and the sun sliver starts to get small enough that you can almost see it shrinking through your glasses.

It’s hard to explain what it’s going to be like. And for perfect solar eclipse viewing, you’ll need cloud free skies. And protective eye gear is a must! You can still damage your eyes during a solar eclipse. The experts recommend not trying to MacGyver gear yourself. There is cheap eye protection available for purchase all over the internet. Find a large open area that is either public land, or get permission to hang out if it’s privately owned. Bring food, drinks, sunblock, and good friends to watch this once in a lifetime celestial event.

The fact that Murphy will be one of the best places to watch this spectacular solar eclipse is only one reason to visit. Murphy is a land of mountains, lakes, and fantastic people. Visit once, and you won’t want to leave. 

Recipe for Color- The Changing of the Leaves

by Lisa Buchanan "Assistant on the Town"

Driving to work at RE/MAX Mountain Properties yesterday morning, I noticed something disturbing. A few solitary leaves were turning yellow and red. It’s mid-August, and the leaves are starting to change. I love summer and heat and would have them all year. Alas, it looks like fall is about to be upon us. As much as I love the summer sun I have to admit that fall, especially in our area, is breath taking. Several people obviously agree, as the fall season is just as busy if not busier than the spring and summer. And I will be the first to admit that I do love a good drive up on a mountain or on the Cherohala Skyway to check out the glorious autumnal color.

What causes that color though? What is the magical recipe that makes for a great leaf season?

Apparently, during the spring & summer the leaves are food factories for the tree.  But when the fall season hits the leaves stop their food making process due to a change in daylight and temperatures. The color that the leaf changes to will depend on the tree and additional chemical changes. Typically, you see red and purple hues in trees like dogwoods and sumacs while some trees like the sugar maple is orange.

Low temperatures, light, and water are the keys to hues and duration of the foliage. What we hope not to see is an early freeze, heavy wind and rain, and drought.  All those factors will cause less bright leaves and shorter foliage. The ideal environment is tons of sunlight, warm days, and cool nights.

Luckily this year we’re not in a drought, though it has been a dry summer here in Murphy. So fingers crossed the other conditions will cooperate for a brilliant autumn. If it should, you absolutely have to make a trip up here to check it out. Stay a night or two, check out our many harvest festivals, take a hike through the colorful trees, drink a delicious hot beverage sitting by a campfire as the smoke drifts into the night sky. Whatever you do, your time here is going to a fantastic adventure. 


If your dream is to wake up every morning and gaze out onto the mountains, then check out this list of homes that can make your dream come true. 

Bear Paw Resort

by Lisa Buchanan "Assistant on the Town"

As I reline on the boat, feeling the sun’s rays bathing my body and the soft, cooling wind dancing over, the peaceful slapping of the waves against the hull and the gentle rocking of the boat gives me a sense of peace that I associate with Lake Hiwassee.
Bear Paw Resort is one of the few places around the lake that you can live “on the lake”. With over 163 miles of shoreline, Lake Hiwassee is an anomaly, with only 7% developed.  In the summer, when you are out on the lake, you do see the occasional boat or jet skis but it’s practically empty compared to surrounding lakes which can be up to 97% developed.  There are only a few marinas on the lake, one of the best ones is at Bear Paw Resort.

Murphy is a historical area, and Bear Paw brings its own set of tales. Part of the TVA’s plan, the Hiwassee Dam is one of the 51 Dams of the Tennessee Valley Authority water control systems.  It’s the third highest dam of the TVA system and named after the river it holds back. To house the workers that would build the Dam, they built 42 permanent houses, 73 Temporary houses, 5 men’s dormitories and one woman’s dormitory. They also built a cafeteria, hospital, community building, personnel office, school, multiple garage buildings, service station, a bowling alley and an observation building.

In 1959, Hiwassee Lake Resort Village was organized to own the land the village sat on. Development continued but it wasn’t until 1965 that more than 50% of the home sites had been sold and steps were being made to make it into a full time resort. In 1973, the village became known as Bear Paw. Today it has 1,090 lots, 200+ homes, 42 cottages, 23 Condominiums, and a marina. It has twenty-four-hour gated security, well maintained roads, and a vibrant community life. While the resort is popular with second home owners and vacationers, it also boasts full time residents.

Bear Paw Resort doesn’t have “HOA fee’s” like you would think. It exists under a special service district provision. Instead of fees, there are standard taxes that are then given back to the district and the board that takes care of the land and road.

Today as your drive down the roads, you drive slowly, waving to people riding around on their golf carts (a favorite way of transportation), walking their dogs, jogging, and riding down to play tennis or go swimming. You might hear the echo of music at the club house from a dance class or the laughter of neighbors & friends as they take a moment to speak to each other. On the Fourth of July, Bear Paw has one of the biggest parties and best fireworks. And every day of the year, Bear Paw Resort is a fantastic community to live in.

If Bear Paw sounds like the kind of place you’d like to call home,

We can help that dream become a reality. 

I'm bored

by Ginger Hubbard

I’m bored...Undecided

“I’m bored”…we’ve all heard this at one time or another, heck, we’ve all SAID it at one time or another.  We live in Western North Carolina, the mecca of outdoor activities so we should never be bored.  We have three lakes in our area, Fontana, Hiwassee, and Chatuge in which we can swim, ski, fish, or canoe.  We have numerous creeks such as Fires Creek, Snowbird Creek, Davis Creek, etc.; which are relaxing to the soul and rewarding to the fisherman.  If bigger water is what you seek (and bigger thrills), then you can plan a rafting trip down the Nantahala River or the Ocoee River.

If water is not on the agenda, try one of the numerous walking trails we have here in Western North Carolina.  You can visit and look for hiking trails which are sorted by difficulty and feature.  This is a great website and will help you plan the perfect day out to accommodate your family. This site also provides tips on what to wear, take with you etc. for a safe and fun trip:

These activities are inexpensive, family friendly, and will be remembered years from now as one of your favorite family vacations where no one was bored.

Celebration with wine and friends

by Ginger Hubbard

Celebration with wine and friends :) 

One of my best friends recently turned 50 years old (shout out to Stacy Allore).  Her girlfriends wanted to do something really special for her, as she’s special to us.  So we rented a pink camouflage limousine from Valley River Winery (Murphy, NC), participated in a wine tasting, which was AWESOME and got busy celebrating Stacy’s big five-OH in the back of the pink limo.  Our hashtag for the day was #stacys50inthepinklimo. We then traveled to Nottely Vineyards (, located in Culberson, NC and enjoyed great wine and breathtaking views.  You can see three states from this winery and is so worth the trip.  We then loaded back into our pink camo limo and headed to Crane Creek Winery in Young Harris, (  They were having a festival so it was even better than we had planned.  Again, great wine, entertainment, and crafts.  By the time we were finished, there we were running behind and had to cancel the last two stops of our wine tour.  Our driver delivered us to Helen, GA where the rest of the party was meeting us to continue the fun festivities. 

So even though Murphy doesn’t have malls for shopping, theaters for plays, we do have wineries for tasting!  And wasn’t it Benjamin Franklin who said: “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” 

So be happy and drink wine!  Happy Birthday Stacy…love you my friend.

Limogroup photo from wine tour

Murphy River Walk

by Dex Hubbard

Meandering throughout the heart of Murphy North Carolina, the River Walk is a fantastic place to spend your time. Following the Valley River, you’ll meet the Hiwassee River. Approximately 3 miles from one end to the other, the focus remains on the river, but you pass additional beautiful landmarks along the path. Starting at Konehete Park, follow the trail across the bridge, and stately trees to the fabled home of the Great Leach, legend of the Cherokee Indians. Continue past the old train bridge, over the boardwalk, and all the way to the L&N Depot. In the summer, Lake Hiwassee is full, and the water backs up into the lowlands and creates the kayak and canoe trails. The boardwalk is surrounded by water in the summer, and strolling on the river, surrounded by the river, is a unique experience that is hard to describe or duplicate.

You’ll see all types of people enjoying the River walk. For exercise, jogging and running along it is a popular use. You’ll also spot the nature seekers, sedately wandering, gazing at the natural beauty and maybe capturing a moment with their camera. Fisherman (and woman) love to sit on the banks and cast a line in the warm afternoons.

The River Walk is a community project, and the communities love for it is evidenced everywhere you look.  Volunteers help with upkeep certainly, as well as paying for gravel and other materials out of their own pocket. The hand crafted signs marking the paths are reclaimed cedar wood, from Doyle’s Cedar Hill restaurant brush with the tornado. An outdoor Performance Pavilion was constructed together with the Cherokee County Arts Council.  The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) constructed the new covered bridge, with the River Walk assuming responsibility for the upkeep. David & Debra, of the Celebrate Life Gallery, in conjunction with local business Digital Creations USA, created the beautiful 2016 Calendar featuring the River Walk, of which all of the proceeds go directly to support the River Walk & Canoe trails.  Linda, a face as familiar as her bookstore, The Curiosity Shop, carries the calendars for sale in Downtown Murphy.

The best thing about Murphy North Carolina, is not the natural beauty of the mountains, it’s the people. And no better proof of that exists then looking at something the people love, like The River Walk.
Murphy and the area surrounding it is a true community. A community that comes together for beautiful projects, and for its neighbors when they need help. The southern hospitality is evident walking down the sidewalks, driving down the roads, and interacting with the people.

This is life at its’ best.
Care to join us?

Why Murphy?

by Dex Hubbard

Visitors who come into our office to look at homes often ask, Why Murphy? What is it like here? What makes Murphy the best place to live?


For me, it begins with the mountains. 



Surrounded by such overwhelming nature can take your breath away. It’s easy to take for granted, day in and day out, but sometimes the sunlight will catch the crest of the mountains just perfectly to illuminate the shadows and once again you’re reminded of how blessed you are to be here.



Another reason I love it here is because there is never time to be bored.  If there isn’t a concert at the renowned John C. Campbell Folk school, head down the street to Clay’s Corner (Famous for their New Year’s Possum Drop). Or just wander downtown for good old fashioned retail therapy. If nothing in Murphy is catching your eye at the moment, it’s guaranteed that there is something in Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Hayesville, or Hiawassee that will satisfy. If getting away from it all is the goal, being surrounded by trails, rivers, lakes, creeks, mountains, and national forest service land is ideal.




The best thing about Murphy though, is the people.



Whether you’re walking into the Curiosity Shop and being greeted by Linda or going to The Daily Grind and being treated like family by the locals who hang out there. Wandering down the street into Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company and having a member of the enthusiastic staff mix you their favorite vinaigrette combo over ice cream, just because it tastes so good. It’s seeing people that you know at Doyle’s’, raising a glass and sending over a round. Or your boss’s wife taking you to the Sweet Tooth (just because).


Just some of the many reasons I’m happy to call Murphy home.



Are you ready to answer that call?


How to Sell Your Home (Quickly)

by Dex Hubbard

How to Sell Your Home (Quickly)

Your home is not just a house. And we understand the emotional value you feel whenever you step through the door. This is the place that you tucked your children into bed every night. Maybe it’s the first home you bought with your spouse. It’s the place where you dragged your first Douglas-Fir through the door and managed to balance it (mostly straight) before decorating it with your favorite Christmas ornaments. Your home has immense value to you, but now it’s time to move on to something better.

It’s easier said than done to emotionally distance yourself from your home in order to sell it quickly.
However, it’s something that you need to do in order to get your house sold as quickly as possible and for the best price. The tips below are based on real life experiences and problems that I’ve delt with in my career as a Realtor.

Several key factors in selling your home are going to be Price, Home Conditions, Market Conditions, and you’re Realtor.

The Right Realtor

I’m going to preface this by saying that who you choose to be your Realtor is possibly the most important decision you will make in this process. Do not choose a Realtor just because they go to your church, or they are your friend. Also do not pick someone at random. Your Realtor is your representative. You need to be sure that they know the market and they can prove they know it, by sales and data. You also need to be sure that their marketing is superior, their internet presence is phenomenal, their previous clients were satisfied, and that they are committed to selling your home.
*See my blog on How to Choose the Right Realtor*

Price Point

I always say that if you’re going to sell your home, sell it. Listing accurately and aggressively in the correct price range is the best way to sell quickly and sometimes get more for your home then you listed it for.   Numerous times there has been a house listed very aggressively in our market, and sometimes as many as 8 offers have come in. Contrast that with an overpriced home that sits on the market for months, and eventually sells for much less than list price. The homeowners who listed aggressively sometimes got their house under contract in under a week. They didn’t have to keep their house clean, pay for maintenance, insurance, and their mortgage for months while trying to sell. Also, successful real estate agents know not to show houses that are overpriced. This often times indicates that the seller’s agent, or the sellers are unexperienced or have completely unrealistic expectations and the chances of a successful closing are low.

Condition of Your Home

Just because your home has curb appeal (and it should), doesn’t mean that other serious issues aren’t hiding behind the hand laid brick path to the expansive country porch. If something is wrong with your house, expect buyers to ask for that to be corrected, or to have a price reduction. You can say no, but if an issue is serious enough, the bank may not be willing to loan any money for the purchase. The best way to avoid this is to keep up maintenance and repairs whenever you can. If you know you are going to be putting your home on the market, you might want to hire a handy man to fix small things. And while you’re doing that extra cleaning or painting, make sure the inside of your home is decluttered as well. When you are moving, you’re going to have to pack up the pictures, the drawings on the fridge, and the bric-a-brac anyways. So now may be an excellent opportunity to do that.

The Market

Your Realtor should be able to provide you with a comparative market analysis, showing you real data of like and similar homes that have sold. They should be able to show you a market report and if the price range you will be listed in is a fast or slow mover. If you want to sell fast, and the market is poor, you may have to make concessions in sales price. If the market is good, then listing it competitively for what your home is worth is sure to bring traffic and a quick sale. It take an average of 8-12 showings of your home before you get an offer. If you’re not getting traffic, then you’re not selling your home.

If you are looking for some great tips to get your home ready to show, check out this checklist.

If you are curious about the market analysis of your home, check out or give me a call for a no cost comparative market analysis

And as always, if you have any questions, let know.

Harrah's Valley River Casino in Murphy NC

by Dex Hubbard

The opening of Harrah's Valley River Casino is upon us! 

The grand opening is 12 days away and the anticipation continues to build.

If you are expecting the Cherokee Casino, temper your expectations. 

While there will be so much to do and enjoy, The Valley River Casino and the tribe has chosen to start smaller, and build. 

Their 50,000 sq ft casino floor will have 1,050 Slots and Video Poker Machines and 70 Las Vegas Style Gaming tables. The hotel will have 300 rooms, so if you are looking at being there opening night, book soon or stay somewhere locally. 

To start out, the Valley River Casino will have a food court featruing Earl of Sandwich, Panda Express, Papa John's Pizza, Nathan's Famous, and Starbucks.

But don't worry my friends,

I've heard rumors that the origional "build out" starting date was bumped from 18 months to 12 after completion!

That means that very soon we can expect some of the higher end restaurants, venue halls, and other perks that Cherokee's casino offers now.

*If you're a Casino Employee looking for a home, then please contact me a.s.a.p. Homes are moving incredibly quick and if you want to make your home in cherokee county, the time is now to buy*

*If you are interested in a second home here, inventory is shrinking so you can not wait!*

The Right Realtor

by Dex Hubbard


Navigating the real estate market, whether buying or selling, can be a stressful and mystifying experience. You need a great realtor by your side to help you. Choosing a great realtor can make the difference in how long your house stays on the market or how quickly you find your dream home. The real estate market changes quickly and you need to be able to rely on your agent to keep up and educate.

 For those new to the market or for those looking to make a change, there are a few key things to look for.

Before you meet a realtor, you must do research. This can run from word of mouth, to websites like Zillow or Trulia, or to the realtor’s websites and referrals. You know a great realtor by their visibility, reviews, and stats. Request market comparisons for listed/sold statistics from the agency or realtor.

Where do they rank?

 Where is their agency placed?

Where in the agency do they place?

 A realtor is known by their results. Don’t choose someone who isn’t passionate about their career. Don’t choose a realtor who “shows” house. Choose a realtor who sells them.

A great clue to how dedicated your realtor is involves how available they are and how quickly they get back to you. A great realtor isn’t a part time agent or someone who does real estate on the side. Everything changes quickly and the good buys go fast. (*Tip* My phrase is “Gone Zone”. If you see me comment that a house has hit the gone zone, then that house will be under contract in 7-10 days). Your realtor needs to be involved 24/7. They need to be available for you to call and for other agents to communicate with. They need to respond to your correspondence in a timely manner and do what they say they are going to do when they say they are going to do it.

The most important quality in a realtor is honesty. Your realtor should tell you the truth regardless if it is what you want to hear. A real estate agent is your guide to the market and your tool for having the best possible transaction. Someone who tells you just what you want to hear is like having a compass that points whichever way you tilt it. Absolutely useless for finding your way. If your home is not getting shown, then your house may be listed for too high a price.

How do we arrive at a list price?

Make sure you always have a good comparable market analysis. This will show you exactly what you need to do to sell your home.  

Some real estate agents are reincarnations of the Great Carnac it seems; holding a card to their forehead and guessing a number they think will please their client without any real research. Honestly, the more your house sells for the more your agent gets paid, and we all like to get paid. But if your home is priced too high or not competitively enough it will just sit there and cost you money.  A realtor worth their salt will tell you the truth about how much the market value on your property is and will provide you with relevant comparables.

If you are a buyer, you need an agent who is in tune with the market. Sometimes the difference between your dream home and settling is a realtor who can recognize an amazing deal as soon as it hits the market. They in turn can let you know, get you into see it, and put it under contract as quickly as possible to lock it down.

Choosing the right Realtor can mean the difference of getting your dream home or watching someone walk away with it. The wrong Realtor can be the difference between your house sitting on the market for years, or a quick transaction.

Buying and selling a house is one of the most financially significant things that will happen in your life.  Do your research and be sure you have the best person for the job.

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Dex Hubbard
RE/MAX Mountain Properties
1151 W US Hwy 64
Murphy NC 28906
Fax: 828-837-8372