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FENG-SHUI-BASICS

When we initially think of Feng Shui, most of us think of it as a way to rearrange our living rooms, but a second glance tells us there is a lot more to it than that. Feng Shui is an Eastern ideal on how your environment influences your life and inner self. These ideals are applied in terms of indoor living spaces, like homes and offices, and the theory behind these ideals says we can incorporate and move around certain pieces to encourage improvement in different areas of our lives. We are going to take a deeper dive into Feng Shui basics, and how you can apply them to your living spaces.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui might seem a little bit unfamiliar to you, since it comes from the opposite end of the globe. The practice of Feng Shui stems

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home-maintenance-yearly-checklist

The Highlands-Cashiers plateau is a popular area for second-home owners, and if you haven’t been around for all four seasons, some of these tasks may be unfamiliar to you. Whether you are a single-home owner or a seasoned home owner, it can be hard to keep up with the big and little chores that keep a home running smoothly. We’ve compiled a list of tasks that should be on your home maintenance yearly checklist so these important house chores don’t slip your mind. If you forget to do them, or neglect to do them, you could end up in trouble!

We’ve broken down the home maintenance yearly checklist by season. 

Spring

Now that winter is gone, and the chance of snow is at bay, it’s time to take a look around your driveway and yard and take

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“How to Prepare Your House for Sale?” is a thought every home seller should be considering before that sign goes in the yard and the new listing announcement hits Zillow. After all, this will likely be one of the largest transactions you will take part in throughout your life. But, where do you start? And, how long does it take to prepare your house for sale. How do you know how much to spend preparing your house for sale? In this post, we will explore tips on how to prepare your house for sale in order to maximize your profit potential.

Preparing Your House For Sale Checklist

After you’ve made the big decision that you are ready to sell your house, what comes next? Or first, to be exact? Surely there are many things that can make your house

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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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WOMEN-IN-NORTH-CAROLINA-HISTORY-YOU-MAY-NOT-HAVE-LEARNED-ABOUT-IN-HISTORY-CLASS 

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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