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timeless versus trendy style

We sat down to have a conversation with two Landmark brokers about how you can design your home in a way that maintains classic style, while incorporating touches of your unique personality.

Some people are born with an eye for timeless design, and some people aren’t, and there’s no shame in recognizing that if it’s not one of your strengths. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, we have some home decor tips to help you design your home, not only for you to love, but for potential, future buyers to fall in love with as well.

1. First thing is first: De-clutter your Home

“I find that potential buyers are very confused by clutter,” said Keven Hawkins, Broker-in-Charge at our new Cashiers office on Highway 107. “When buyers are

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preparing for snow in the mountains

We have said it for years, and the secret is getting out: winter is one of the best times to be in the mountains, which is why it’s good to know how to prepare for snow in the Western North Carolina mountains. Although the weather is a little chillier, averaging 50 degrees throughout the winter, the colder months in the mountains offer fewer crowds, less traffic, and many days are still nice enough to enjoy hiking. If you are lucky enough to be in the mountains in the winter, you will be able to get up close and personal with snow! Many of our new residents and southern transplants come from the lower south, like Florida, and may not be familiar with snow protocol. If this is you, don’t let the lack of familiarity with snow keep you from experiencing

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Investing in property can be incredibly lucrative, but there are hurdles to navigate, including learning how to sell rental property without paying taxes. If you’re looking to purchase a property to rent, or you’re thinking of selling a house or condo you’re already renting out, it’s wise to ensure you have an in-depth understanding of how rental real estate taxes work.

While IRS taxation isn’t always the simplest subject matter to digest, there are ways to save money when you sell. Some of the most common ways to sell a rental property without paying taxes are:

● Utilizing a 1031 real estate exchange

● Offsetting property gains with losses

● Converting a rental property into a primary residence

Every investor’s situation is

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buying an investment property out of state landmark realty group

From knowing the local real estate market to navigating a whole new tax system, there is a lot to consider and be aware of when buying out of state. It’s worth it, though, as many investors profit from expanding their portfolios and knowledge of other places. The Highlands-Cashiers plateau of Western North Carolina is a popular region on the United States’ east coast. The weather is ideal and the natural landscape is pure, unfiltered beauty. If you’re thinking about buying an investment property out of state, we have some luxurious homes for sale in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, Lake Toxaway and Burlingame. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll get to work helping you find an investment property that checks off the

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the complete guide to why you need a generator

When it comes to purchasing a home in a remote, or somewhat distant location, a serious case can be made for why you need a generator. We love our mountaintop retreats with lush, green forests giving way to waterfalls and trout-filled creeks, and long-range mountain views complemented by clear and cool lakes. The natural habitat draws us here. The peace and serenity of living in the mountains soothes and comforts us and gives us peace of mind. Unfortunately, a power outage has the ability to wreck that harmony.

When you are purchasing a home, or considering an upgrade to your existing residence, where do you begin? There are so many questions: How do I buy a generator? Do I need a portable generator or a home standby generator? How big does my

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Maybe you’re a North Carolina native, or maybe you are just a history buff. Either way, we believe you have to know and appreciate where you come from in order to get where you’re going. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of influential women in North Carolina history who’ve shaped this state we love for the better.

Mary Lapham - Tuberculosis Fighter

From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, tuberculosis was killing one in seven people in the entire country. It was the number one cause of death. Tuberculosis is also an airborne pathogen, which means you can catch it simply by standing too close to someone who is speaking or coughing, especially if they don’t even know they have it yet. To say the least, this was a scary disease to be faced with

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We are now in 2020—and we think this might be the decade of the dog! Little by little, dog-friendly amenities are becoming the driving force behind many consumers’ decisions to buy or rent a home. Landmark Realty Group is a pet-friendly company and dogs are welcome in our offices and in many of our vacation rentals. We completely understand your desire to bring your pup with you on all of your adventures. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of dog-friendly activities in North Carolina so you know exactly what you can do with your pet while you visit.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in North Carolina

One of our favorite dog-friendly activities in North Carolina is enjoying a good meal with our favorite pup. It’s tricky to find pet-friendly

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One of the many appealing realities of living in the North Carolina communities of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway is the abundant and vibrant array of flowers native to North Carolina that decorate the mountain terrain during the spring, summer, and fall months. Add a handful of flowering trees along with a wide variety of non-indigenous blooming plants, and you might believe you are living amongst a botanical garden in your own backyard of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Why Do Flowers Grow So Well in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina?

 It seems that a good majority of the year, a multitude of flowers bloom in succession from one to the next. From spring’s bright and dazzling yellow hues of

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When it comes to profitability, market exposure, and cost-effectiveness, where is the best place to buy a vacation rental? The vacation rental property market can differ quite wildly from area to area, and finding the right spot is crucial for growing your portfolio. Even within individual cities, the differences from zip code to zip code and neighborhood to neighborhood can be surprising.

When it comes to finding the best place to buy a vacation rental, we would argue that Western North Carolina might just be one of the places you should look first. Best places to buy a vacation rental in Western North Carolina include:

  • Cashiers
  • Highlands
  • Sapphire Valley
  • Lake Glenville
  • Lake Toxaway

Whether you’re buying a vacation

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If you're wondering whether you should buy investment property in North Carolina, you're not alone. Property is the largest asset class by value – bigger than stocks – and it's also one of the most predictable. While there are economic events that cause rental income and sale prices to fluctuate, they're rare. People who buy investment property in North Carolina typically experience low volatility and stable returns over time.

Buying investment property in North Carolina is a worthwhile venture. This is due to high occupancy rates, steady demand for rentals, and historically stable performance. However, there are important details that should be considered before investing. These details include where in North Carolina to buy, the best way to

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