Ray’s passion for all things real estate blossomed early in his life. After graduating with an accounting degree from the University of North Florida in 1971, his real estate career was launched immediately. Initially employed by Florida National Bank’s holding company, he later became CFO of American Federal Savings and Loan, financing homes and commercial properties and working on building and development projects. He quickly learned that he belonged out in the field making things [...]
Ray’s passion for all things real estate blossomed early in his life. After graduating with an accounting degree from the University of North Florida in 1971, his real estate career was launched immediately. Initially employed by Florida National Bank’s holding company, he later became CFO of American Federal Savings and Loan, financing homes and commercial properties and working on building and development projects. He quickly learned that he belonged out in the field making things happen, rather than crunching numbers in an office.
By 1982, the Trine family included five children, five dogs and four cats. His quest for a better quality of life brought him to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, where he immediately recognized what an idyllic existence it would provide. He packed up his entire menagerie and moved from an oceanfront home in Atlantic Beach, FL to his newly acquired farm in Glenville, NC. His family continued to grow, expanding to include llamas, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep, turkeys and chickens. Now with seven children and ten grandchildren, he knows he made the right choice!
Once ensconced in North Carolina, Ray wasted no time earning his North Carolina Broker’s license. He went to work for one of the oldest real estate firms in the area, V.C. Smith Real Estate, which he bought outright two years later. He soon made his mark as the number one real estate office in sales and listings in the Cashiers area for many years running. Ray proceeded to shape the area with his active involvement in the sale of land tracts, as well as the development of many residential communities such as Bald Rock, Summerhill, Glenshore, Trillium, Bear Lake Preserve, Bridge Creek, Glen Laurel, and Glen Pointe.
With such a large family, community involvement was also important to Ray. He has been President of the Blue Ridge School PTA, elected to the Jackson County School Board, and served on the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Lake Glenville and many private community boards and architectural review committees.
Coupled with his dedicated community involvement, Ray’s background of accounting, property development, and real estate sales has provided him with priceless insights into this unique area. Ray is the quintessential guide to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, offering personal experience, countless fascinating local narratives and a seemingly limitless knowledge of mountain living. Ray is a seasoned professional who brings enthusiasm, vision and over 45 years of experience to the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.
Ray is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina.
- Silver Creek Real Estate Group
- 341 Highway 64 West, Suite 102
- P.O. Box 430
- Cashiers, NC 28717
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I have utilized Ray on two occasions to find homes in the Cashiers area. Besides being a professional, he is a friendly and polite person to deal with. He is very knowledgeable about the area and market conditions. Ray has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make my home buying experiences trouble free. I highly recommend Ray for your real estate needs.
My wife and I have moved many times in the last 30 years and dealt with a lot of agents. We have now dealt with Ray on many transactions and believe strongly that he is by far the best. His integrity, professionalism, and knowledge of the mountain market are unparalleled. We are glad we found him and more so appreciate his warm smile and good nature. He is the very best. If you are looking for a superior real estate agent in the mountains... he’s your guy.
With an eye towards buying a view property in the Cashiers/Highlands area, we contacted Silver Creek Real Estate Group, and we got lucky, very lucky. Ray Trine answered our call. From that first introductory discussion, we had no doubt we'd finally found the right person to help us with our search. We'd been looking in the Cashiers region for several years with no success, but this time with Ray, it all came together. At this moment, we're writing this note looking out on our [...]
Andrea Stripling and David DePue
Ray Trine is the quintessential agent. In an era when the internet and tech companies are challenging realtors’ traditional business model, Ray is a reminder that there is no replacement for experience and expertise. I had done some initial research to try and narrow the scope of our search for a second home in North Carolina and handed off my findings to Ray. It quickly became apparent that Ray knew the area incredibly well. Based on a snapshot of what we were looking for, he was able [...]
Ray has been my real estate agent for close to three decades and no one knows more about Cashiers and Lake Glenville than he does. He's great to work with. I've bought and sold several properties in the area and no one could have done a better job. When you need to get in touch with him he always returns phone calls quickly.....and that's a big plus in Cashiers!
In all honesty, my husband and I have never in our lives worked with a more superior agent. Full of integrity, Ray Trine is a man who really listened to our needs, advised us to the advantages and disadvantages of every property, and found us what is truly a dream home for us. Ray stayed in touch through the whole process. He never once made us feel that others were more important than we were and he was enormously responsive when we had concerns. He has gone out of the way for us in a [...]