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Calculating revenue stamps on NC real estate transactions

Have you ever wondered how to calculate the revenue stamps (excise tax) on the sale of real estate in North Carolina? The tax rate is $2 per $1,000 of the sales price. So if you purchase a home or land for $900,000, the revenue tax would be $900,000 divided by 1,000 and multiplied by 2, which equals $1,800.

I hope this clarifies howto calculate the revenue stamps on the sale of property in North Carolina. Incidentally, this tax has not been raised since 1991.

May Flowers Bring June Buyers

Increasing The Curb Appeal of your Home

The rainy days of April have made the ground a perfect medium for a colorful palette of May flowers. As visitors descend upon the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the coming weeks, its a given that many either wont want to leave at all or will choose to buy a vacation home here and return year-after-year. At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, its both our job and our passion to find a perfect match between buyer and seller, and help turn dreams into reality. In this article, we will focus on the exterior of the home what the buyer will see when they first arrive at their potential new residence. Keep in mind, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Weve compiled a few easy, economical steps you can take to increase the curb appeal of your home making it simpler for buyers to envision themselves living within the four walls behind that pretty picture youve created. Not planning to go anywhere anytime soon? The tips below are still great ways to beautify the exterior of your home.

1. According to the experts at HGTV, the first thing you should do is look at your home from the buyers perspective. Take a big step back so you can see the front of your home completely. Pay particular attention to what draws your eye the good and the bad. Oftentimes, its your front door. Does it look appealing? Does it say Come on in!? If not, a tasteful wreath may do the trick, you may want to paint your door a new color or it may be worth investing in a beautiful new door. At times, a bench and some pretty potted flowers might augment the front of your home giving the feel of an outdoor foyer. At the very least, consider putting out an attractive new doormat that says (figuratively or literally) Welcome. 2. Develop a landscape plan. If your thumb is not particularly green, you may want to consult with a landscape expert. You may be able to find one through friends or even through the phone book (or call Silver Creek, and well point you in the right direction). Ask their price to develop a landscape concept for you BEFORE you have them come out to the house. Once you are happy with their estimate, invite them to create a plan for you. If you feel comfortable going it alone, the advice at your local nursery is FREE. Find out which plants and flowers will work best based on the amount of sun or shade your yard receives, and which will have the most impact. Be sure to check out the Tailgate Farmers Market at the Cashiers Community Center on Wednesdays (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) throughout the summer and support local growers. 3. Pay attention to details. Beyond the front door and the landscaping, you should concentrate on even the minutest elements of the front of your home. Remember, the point is to get the buyer from the car to the interior of your home. Are your windows clean (would window boxes add a nice touch)? When was the last time you power washed your driveway (if you have one)? Hows the paint holding up trim and siding? Does everything look neat and tidy? Sometimes, something as simple as a clean, crisp edge to your lawn and landscaping can speak volumes to a potential buyer.

Still not sure how to get started? As a full-service brokerage firm, we are more than happy to help you figure out the very best ways to position yourself in the market, as well as stage your home from inside to outside to expedite the sale of your property. To set an appointment for a walk-through by one of Silver Creeks talented brokers, contact us at jlucke@ncliving.com or by phone at (828) 743-1999. Happy Planting!

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Celebrates 100 Years of Saving Special Places

An exciting series of centennial events will take place in 2009 to pay homage to Highlands-Cashiers Land Trusts (HCLT) rich history and illuminate the community to its very bright future. HCLT is the oldest land trust in all of North Carolina and among the first 20 in the United States. Like most things, HCLT began very simply the concept of a handful of concerned citizens who didnt wish to see the face of a mountain transformed by another hilltop hotel. The group, created in 1883 under the name of The Highlands Improvement Society, set out to protect, preserve and promote the natural beauty of Highlands. They slowly realized their vision by building trails and planting trees, and in 1909 had raised $500 to purchase 56 acres at the summit of Satulah Mountain. From these humble beginnings, Highlands Improvement Society has grown into the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, a 501(c)3 organization that currently protects 1,160 acres along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

The June schedule of events includes a presentation from the 2009 Village Series titled 100 Years of Conservation at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Stiefel will be on hand to discuss the past and the future of HCLT, and the new logo for the organization will be unveiled. Other centennial events in June include:

June 6 Celebrate Land Trust Day! Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

June 7 Where It All Began hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain the site of the Highlands Improvement Societys first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m.

June 26-28 Walk in the Park with the Highlands Historical Society Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 students admitted free. June 26 and 27 6-7:30 p.m. Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 4 p.m. Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street.

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has always relied upon the generosity of its community to thrive. We hope you will consider showing your support by attending these events with your friends and family, or by donating your time, land or monetary gifts to this wonderful cause. Together, we can help preserve the natural beauty of our home on the Plateau!

For more information about HCLT and ways you can help, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

Luxury Lakeside Living on Lake Glenville

One need only stand on the banks of her peaceful tree-lined shores and admire the sunlight glimmering on her tranquil waters to appreciate the beauty of Lake Glenville. The view from the water is just as spectacular. Magnificent luxury lakefront and lake view homes peek out from between the tall pines and ancient hardwoods that line her banks. The owners of those homes hold front row tickets to what is arguably the best show in town sunset over the lake with a backdrop of pastel skies and mountains in the distance. That could be you standing on the private deck of your new home, overlooking one of the most beautiful views in all of the Southeastern United States.

What are you waiting for? This may be the perfect time to purchase or build your dream home on Lake Glenville. There are many wonderful communities peppered along Lake Glenville such as Glenshore, Summer Cove, Summer Hill, Strawberry Hill, and Trillium just to name just a few. To view a list of homes currently for sale on Lake Glenville, please visit this link on our Silver Creek website - Homes For Sale on Lake Glenville. Once youre ready to find the home or homesite of your dreams, we invite you to contact Silver Creek Real Estate Groups talented brokers to set up an appointment for a private tour of any these fine homes or lots. To get started, simply call Jochen Lucke or Elaine Zachary at 828-743-1999, or e-mail them at either jlucke@ncliving.com or elaine@ncliving.com. They look forward to meeting you and helping you find that perfect view.

Pinchot A Western North Carolina Natural Treasure

Created in the spirit of the lifes work of famed conservationist, Gifford Pinchot, this unique 350 acre community is a self-proclaimed Mountain Meadowland. Dedicated to preserving the timeless natural beauty that has become synonymous with Western North Carolina, Pinchot was master planned by renowned Carolina designers Seamon Whiteside + Associates the same green approach developers responsible for such groundbreaking communities as the award-winning IOn in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. At an elevation of 4,100 feet above sea level, nature lovers will revel in Pinchots peaceful surroundings and the magnificent vistas that abound throughout the community blue skies, green trees and the graceful rolling hillsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains as far as the eye can see.

Pinchot

Pinchot

Conveniently located just off Highway 107 north of the Cashiers Crossroads, Pinchot offers its residents striking multi-million dollar residences designed to complement the beautiful natural setting as well as estate-sized home sites ranging in size from two tofourteen acres. This highly sought after gated development features several meadows, tennis facilities and a common outdoor fireplace with simply stunning views of thevillage of Cashiers and the surrounding mountains. Pinchots Whiteside Overlook serves as a popular community summerhouse overlooking beautiful Whiteside Mountain the perfect spot for a summer barbeque or a marshmallow roast under a starry sky. The community provides easy access to boating and water sports at Lake Glenville, and many properties in Pinchot include membership at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club (upon applicant approval).

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce that we are now highlighting several incredible homes and amazing lots available for purchase in Pinchot on our website. We are currently showcasing a 6-acre homesite offering breathtaking views of not one, but two valleys, in addition toa meadow below the house site for $595,000. For photo tours and more information please use these Homes For Sale in Pinchot and Lots For Sale in Pinchotlinks. When youre ready to buy or build the home of your dreams, contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 743-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to one of Cashiers most unique communities.

The Shoppes at CreekSide now leasing

The Shoppes at CreekSide

The Shoppes at CreekSide

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is now leasing commercial space in The Shoppes at CreekSide conveniently located just west of the crossroads (Highway 107 and 64) in Cashiers, NC. This premier center was designed by Summerour and Associates , which gave careful consideration to every aspect of design and craftsmanship.

The Shoppes at CreekSide is the premier retail and office location and will become a landmark in Cashiers with direct frontage on Highway 64 leading to Highlands. The center attracts clients from Lake Toxaway, Sapphire Valley, the Lake Glenville area, as well as Highlands, bybeing located centrally among these great destinations in Western North Carolina. Anchored by the Wendy's restaurant which is separated from the retail building by an open courtyard featuring outdoor seating and a magnificent stone fireplace. The ground floor bays are available from 1888 to 3960 square feet. Second floor retail/office space is accessed by two staircases and an elevator. Bays are available from 1362 to 7986 square feet.

For additional leasing information, please contact Jochen Lucke at 828-743-1999 or by email at jlucke@ncliving.com.

Lonesome Valley: Where Life is Simplified, and Living is Embraced

The rock face at Lonesome Valley

The rock face at Lonesome Valley

With a history dating back to 1895, Lonesome Valley has served as a bastion to the great outdoors ever since Pittsburg entrepreneur and visionary E.H. Jennings first acquired 35,000 acres near the sleepy village of Cashiers. While Mr. Jennings is responsible for developing one of Western North Carolinas most popular resort destinations, he chose to preserve Lonesome Valley as a special place to share with his friends and family. Gracefully spanning the valley floor of the largest box canyon east of the Rockies, Lonesome Valley is said by many to be the place where Heaven and Earth meet. For more than a century, the Jennings family has continued to take great care to maintain the history and natural beauty of this unique mountain treasure.

Carefully developed in accordance with the Jennings familys wishes, amenities and homes within this stunning community complement the natural beauty of the area. Lonesome Valley has quickly become one of Cashiers most sought after developments. Cottage and home designs pay homage to the Southern Appalachian farmhouses of a bygone era. Dining within the community highlights Southern cuisine made with fresh produce grown in the Valley. The Canyon Kitchen is currently open for the season on Thursdays through Sundays, and features the culinary talents of Chef John Fleer (formerly of the renowned Blackberry Farm in Tennessee). The Canyon Kitchen is located inside Jennings Barn at the heart of the Lonesome Valley community, and reservations are recommended.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce that we are now highlighting several incredible homes and amazing lots available for purchase in Lonesome Valley on our website. A handful of new-construction cabins, cottages and homes are available for immediate move-in, or select your own view from a series of incredible home sites currently being offered. For photo tours and more information on Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, North Carolina, click on the following two links: Lonesome Valley land or homes for sale. When youre ready to buy or build the home of your dreams, contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form . We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to one of Cashiers most visually stunning communities.

Croquet Anyone? Come Visit Cashiers Chattooga Club

Nestled upon 200 beautiful acres in Western North Carolina, Chattooga Club was founded as a family-friendly mountain retreat near the historic village of Cashiers in 1988 by Charleston executive, John Rivers. An enclave of just under 70 home sites and specialized amenities, this extraordinary gated community is carefully designed down to the last detail to coexist in harmony with the pristine natural setting on which it is built. A broad offering of homes, from quaint cottages to luxury custom estates, paired with a unique blend of amenities Chattooga Club seeks to offer something for everyone. Amenities at The Club include the highly revered Life Enhancement Center, which offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, high-energy aerobics classes, personal trainers, and a world-class spa featuring relaxing body massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Additional Club amenities consist of three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active childrens programs, hiking trails, and five-star dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. At the heart of the community and setting Chattooga apart from other communities in the area are two meticulously landscaped croquet lawns considered to be among the finest in the world. Invitational tournaments are held here biannually each year drawing croquet enthusiasts from all across the nation in the summer and the fall. Between the sight of families playing croquet on the lawn and the native Appalachian-themed architectural design of the homes and Chattooga Club Lodge, visitors may feel as though theyve taken a step back to another era a simpler time.

Chattooga Club's Crocket Field

Chattooga Club's Croquet Field

The mission of this distinctive community is to maintain a tradition as the family mountain retreat in the North Carolina Mountains, a place where families come to renew their spirit and create memories together in a natural setting surrounded by subtle elegance and superior level of service. To experience Chattooga Clubs subtle elegance and superior level of service firsthand, Silver Creek Real Estate Group cordially invites you for a personalized tour of this very special community. Feel free to visit our website to view Finwood Lodge one of Chatooga Clubs newest additions and simply stunning with its lakefront view, hand-hewn timber and stone accents, and lodge-inspired design.

What are you waiting for? Now is the ideal time to buy property in Western North Carolina. Simply contact one of the talented brokers at Silver Creek by calling us at (828) 742-1999, dropping by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in The Shoppes at CreekSide, or by filling out our online contact form. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to what could become the site of your future dream home in one of Cashiers most exclusive mountain communities, The Chattooga Club.

Stylish Home with Lots of Charm in The Chattooga Club

This home offers a stylish setting inside the gates of the exclusive Chattooga Club. Five bedrooms and five baths provide plenty of room for guests. Located at the end of a quiet street with plenty of privacy, beautiful landscaping with indigenous plants surrounds the property.

The main level has two bedrooms, two baths and a grand living room with a gas fireplace. A covered deck with wood-burning fireplace boasts spectacular views of Chimneytop, Bald Rock, Hogback, Big Sheepcliff, Little Sheepcliff,  Shortoff, and Yellow Mountains. The upper level has two bedrooms, two baths, and a loft that could be used as a home office. The lower level consists of a large great room with full-sized wet bar and wine cellar, one bedroom and bath, a wood-burning fireplace plus an adjoining covered deck. Beautiful heart pine floors are throughout the whole house. The owner has taken wonderful care of this very special home.

The property is only a short walk to the Club and all amenities, including a picnic area overlooking Mac’s View and Lake Chattooga, which is stocked yearly for trout fishing. Membership to The Chattooga Club is by invitation only.

 

Custom-Built Getaway with a Rustic Feel

Situated only minutes from Cashiers in the private High Meadows community, this custom-built getaway features the perfect blend of a mountain-inspired rustic feel with all the modern accouterments. Every detail was thoughtfully designed in this light and bright home, including Douglas fir posts and beams, shiplap wall coverings, and impressive exterior stonework.

The open concept floor plan keeps the chef in the conversation, whether the guests are in the dining room or living room. The main level also features ample sleeping arrangements with two guest bedrooms, as well as an expansive master suite with two walk-in closets, jetted soaking tub and access to one of the two open decks. Upstairs is another guest room with another living area plus a large bonus room that could be used as a home office or playroom. The huge plumbed and insulated basement could be converted into extra sleeping quarters or a home theater. A screened-in porch provides an inviting spot to cozy up, or venture outside to admire the lush landscaping and an adorable potting shed.

Bordered by the stunning beauty of the Nantahala National Forest, with crystal clear views of Whiteside, Terrapin, Sassafras and Black Rock Mountains, High Meadows of Cashiers serves as a quiet refuge for its residents. With community playing a central theme, a lovely pavilion with outdoor fireplace and picnic area is at the heart of High Meadows. It serves as a perfect gathering place for neighbors or special family events. A network of hiking trails run throughout the neighborhood—ideal for a morning hike, mountain biking, horseback riding or an evening stroll under starry skies.