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How to Make Moving Easier on You and Your Kids

6 Top Tips on Moving with Kids

So, you landed that new job and you'll be moving soon.  Now comes the challenging part—finding a new home and telling the kids. 

Moving to a new home may be one of the hardest things an adult has to do.   In fact, many experts feel that moving is listed among the top stressors. When you add moving with little children to the mix, moving can become overwhelming.

That's why I've put together this list of six top moving tips to make moving with children easier.

1. Discuss the Move with Your Children

Many guides will suggest having a family meeting to discuss the move with your kids.  That's an excellent idea, but you need to be careful about how you handle the conversation.  If you decided to move for work or financial reasons, tell your children how the move will impact your future and theirs.  Other reasons like moving to be close to a relative or more family should also be explained in positive terms.  How you present the information to your family about moving and your willingness to let your children share in this change will influence their feelings.

2. Look for New Homes Together

Children with anxiety about moving often worry that they won't like their new house. In many cases, children have a hard time settling into any new space.  If your kids are old enough to worry about a new house, take them with you when looking for your new home if at all possible. Even showing them pictures of listings online can help them feel involved.  Take their feedback into account, but remember that you have to make the best decision for your family.

3. Plan Your Move Early

One of the most common moving tips for parents is to plan a move as far in advance as possible. This advice is so common because it really works!  Moving with little ones in a weekend just isn't usually feasible. Plan early, pack in short bursts and leave time for unexpected mishaps.

4. Help Kids De-Clutter

Children may not want to throw anything away before moving.  Even if they haven't played with a toy for five years, they won't want to give it up.  Work with them to pack only items they really do use.  Donate the others or give them to kids in your area. If your kids are really stubborn you may have to de-clutter at night after they've gone to bed.

5. Give Tasks on Moving Day

Children love to help out and they won't want to feel like they're being ignored on moving day. Give them tasks they can easily complete and they'll be much happier.  Younger children can gather newspaper for wrapping plates; while older children can label and move boxes with ease.

6. Ask for Help with Small Children

If you have very young children—think one to five years--they may not be able to do much on moving day.   Ask friends, family and loved ones to watch your children. Don't be embarrassed--especially if they have children of their own. They'll want you to return the favor eventually!

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When you're in the market to buy or sell a house in the Hayesville, NC area, contact Ed Reams at Advantage Chatuge Realty for real estate help and advice.


A Winter Time Calendar Full of Hayesville Fun

Hayesville NC Winter Living

One of the great things about living in Hayesville, NC is that we get to experience four distinct seasons, so there's always something new to do outdoors. The same trails, fishing spots, and family activities we enjoy in the summer take on a different flavor when winter rolls around. There's simply nothing like a snowy winter hike to take in the natural beauty around Hayesville, and there's plenty to do indoors, too!

Ready to plan some outdoor activities and family fun in Hayesville, NC this winter? Advantage Chatuge Realty has you covered with can't-miss fun for this cold-weather season.

Winter Wonders in Hayesville, NC

The Smoky Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for daily life in Hayesville, and are also home to some of the most beloved winter traditions in the area. Snow or shine, there's no shortage of outdoor fun to enjoy. Oh, and you just might have heard that we have some great fishing in Hayesville, too.

  • Scaly Mountain Snow Tubing – If you've never experienced the fun of snow tubing, now is a great time to give it a shot. Tubing lets you enjoy the thrill of skiing, without the learning curve. Just grab an inner-tube, slide down with the wind in your hair, and get ready to do it all again. With snow machines pumping out fresh powder, you can enjoy winter tubing even when natural snow isn't falling.
  • Fly Fishing Fun – No experience? No problem. Fly fishing is fun, challenging, and sure to get the excitement flowing. Enjoy a guided fly fishing tour in the Smoky Mountains to get your feet wet, or set out on your own if you're an experienced angler. Either way, you'll come home with some great stories.
  • Hiking and Biking – The winding mountain trails around Hayesville provide great recreation opportunities year-round, for adventurers of all skill levels. The Jackrabbit Mountain Biking and Hiking Trail – one of many popular spots – is a fun, accessible trail that new riders will really enjoy, and the layout also allows fast-paced action for more experienced riders.
  • A Winter Cabin – Winter fun in Hayesville isn't only about adventure. Sometimes you just want to curl up by a fire in a beautiful setting, surrounded by nature and your favorite people. A cabin rental provides the best of both worlds, allowing you to explore during the day, then put your feet up in the evening.
  • Hayesville History – With a rich history that dates back to the Cherokee, Hayesville has plenty of interesting stories to tell. Stop by the Clay County Historical and Arts Museum to see what life was like in old Hayesville, learn more about the area's natural history, and enjoy rotating exhibits of intriguing historic artifacts.
  • Lake Chatuge – Of course, we can't do a post about Hayesville, NC without mentioning the gorgeous Lake Chatuge. Most people are familiar with the lake for its summer fun, but it also offers idyllic views and fun hikes in the winter. Stop by around sunset for a picture you won't soon forget.

Contact Ed Reams Advantage Chatuge Realty

There's still plenty of time to enjoy the winter fun in Hayesville, NC, so today is the day to start your adventure. Ready to call Hayesville home year-round? Simply contact Ed Reams at Advantage Chatuge Realty to learn more about the beautiful homes available in Hayesville, NC.


Start Making Plans to Sell Your House This Year.

Selling a House 2016

Are you selling a house in 2016? Before your thoughts turn towards staging, marketing and open houses, take a little time to make a solid selling plan.  Understanding your local real estate market will help you make informed decisions in the coming months.

Expect an Increase in Home Prices

The last decade has seen a number of unusual trends in the real estate market.  Nationally, record-breaking low prices followed by comparatively steady gains have left sellers' heads reeling. In 2016, we expect to see continued growth in home prices and a steady increase in the number of sales here in the mountain/lakes region of western North Carolina and northeast Georgia.  The market is stabilizing, and this is good for both buyers and sellers.

It's a Seller's Market, for the Right Properties

In general, home prices are on the rise, and that's good news for sellers. During 2015, two-out-of-three homes in Clay and Towns counties combined sold for under $200,000.  Since demand is greater than inventory for lakefront properties – and since the price of lakefront lots is higher than non-lakefront lots –  it is not surprising that both the average and median purchase prices for lakefront homes are higher than for non-lakefront homes.

A number of first-time buyers in the Millennial generation will be hitting the market, as will the Generation X and Baby Boomers who are starting to recover from the market's problems of past years and are renewing their search for real estate.  First-time home buyers and those looking to downsize for retirement will be common themes in the market this year, so sellers who are looking to upgrade should find a number of available buyers.

Mortgage Costs on the Rise

Interest rates affect buyers more directly than sellers, but anything that affects buyers will eventually affect sellers. Interest rates are expected to increase this year, and that will make it harder for buyers – especially in areas with high property values. This may make it harder for risky borrowers to find affordable financing as well.  Anecdotally, lending institutions are much more likely to approve a loan for the purchase of a home, than for the purchase of raw land.

Pricing is Still Important

Finally, make sure your house is priced competitively. Even with improving market conditions, it is essential to avoid the temptation to overprice your home; doing so will likely cause it to sit unsold for months, or even years. The inverse also can be problematic; pricing your home too low could cause you to lose money unnecessarily.

If you're searching for raw land here in the Hayesville/Hiawassee area, be aware that there's a large inventory available and that very attractive "deals" can be found.  During the boom in the early 2000's, many people purchased raw land with the intention of holding on to it for a number of years, and then building their dream home.  When the market slowed down in 2007, many of these people chose to list their land for sale – the consequence being that there is now a very large inventory of land for sale, much of it at prices a fraction of what they were before the market declined.

Contact Ed Reams Advantage Chatuge Realty

The Right REALTOR® is Essential

Connecting with the right REALTOR® will be important as you enter the 2016 real estate market.  Ed Reams with Advantage Chatuge Realty knows the local area well, and can help you position yourself for a successful sale.



Is Buying a Home Part of Your New Year's Resolution?

Buying a Home in 2016

A new year is a great time to start fresh and tackle new challenges.  If buying a house in 2016 is part of your New Year's resolution, there are several reasons to make it happen. As the economy continues to strengthen and other details fall into place, buying a home may become your priority.  Here are three reasons why buying a home in 2016 should be on your New Year's resolution list of things to do:

1.  Rents Are Still on the Rise

Rarely a month goes by that you can't find an article about the rental market, and many of them don't paint a pretty picture. Several factors affect the rising rates, including a high demand for rental properties coupled with a low supply. Baby Boomers are battling Millennials for prime rental properties, and the fight continues to drive rent prices sky-high. Many experts agree that the rising rents make a mortgage look good. In the end, buying may just end up costing you less than renting.

2.  You Can Still Nab Historically Low Interest Rates

It's only a matter of time before interest rates start climbing again, and you may never see rates as low as they are right now. Many believe that the Federal Reserve will begin consistently raising rates again soon. If you're unclear on why a low interest rate is so significant in the overall cost of your home, do a little math to see the savings – which can be very significant.

3.  Employment Conditions Have Improved

An unstable economy makes people nervous about buying a home. When layoffs are a way of life and finding a new position may be difficult, the last thing you want to do is take on such a large financial obligation. Now that unemployment rates are being reduced and jobs are more secure, buying a home is much more within reach for many people.

Buying a Home in North Carolina
or Georgia in 2016

Hayesville, Hiawassee and other cities and towns in the surrounding area are a beautiful places to call home. You will find stunning scenery, idyllic communities, and a variety of things to do throughout the year.

Contact Ed Reams Advantage Chatuge Realty

If buying a home – either as a primary residence or as a vacation home – is on your New Year's resolution list, working with an experienced and knowledgeable REALTOR® can help you in your journey.  When you're ready to start your search for homes in western North Carolina or northeast Georgia, contact Ed Reams with Advantage Chatuge Realty today.


Four Crime-Reporting Websites to Help You Determine Neighborhood Safety

As you dive into the details of buying a home – especially in a new town – a significant consideration will be neighborhood safety.  When it comes to buying a house, you'll quickly realize you aren't only purchasing a house, but investing in its surrounding community as well.


Harris Poll conducted a survey for Rootmetrics of 2,000 American adults to understand what factors were important to them when buying a house.  Ninety-six percent said buying in a neighborhood with a low crime rate would be important.  If a neighborhood has a low crime rate, it not only means that the area is comparatively safe, but it also helps keep property values high and brings new businesses to the community.  In the long haul, it's doubly good for that homebuyer because purchasing in a safe neighborhood today will more than likely be attractive to homebuyers in the future.

So how do you answer the question, "Is this neighborhood safe?"  Here is a list of online resources to help you research a neighborhood's safety.   Using websites like these can help you find neighborhood crime statistics and compare the safety ratings of neighborhoods in which you may be interested in living:

1. works with thousands of law enforcement agencies to educate citizens about crime rates in a specific area.  Enter the address of a specific property to create a map of recent crimes at or near that location.  Receive regular crime alerts so that when you're house hunting, you have up-to-date information on neighborhoods you may be considering.

2. is a free, online service that lets you know how safe your neighborhood is.  It allows you to locate known sex offenders in a specific area.  Enter an address into the search and receive a map that pinpoints registered sex offenders in a neighborhood.  Sign up to receive free notifications for up-to-date information about offenders in a community where you may be considering buying a home.

3. is an online resource that allows you to create searches to discover neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates in any community in America before you buy a home. It shows you how the neighborhood in which you are interested compares to others nationwide, thereby enabling you to make informed home buying decisions.

4. is a user-friendly crime tracking website that reports data from law enforcement agencies about crime in a specific community.  Users enter an address into the website's search box, which then generates a map with icons that shows different types of crime.   You can sign up to be alerted to criminal activity in a neighborhood.

Buying a Home

No matter which geographic area you're considering purchasing in, it's important to know everything you can about comparative crime rates.  Although these online resources are a great place to start, nothing takes the place of walking through a neighborhood to get the complete picture.

Contact Ed Reams Advantage Chatuge Realty

If you're moving to the Hayesville, NC or Hiawassee, GA areas, contact Ed Reams with Advantage Chatuge Realty to learn more about local communities, and to find homes for sale.


Winter Real Estate Lull North Carolina
Winter is a time of hibernation. The weather cools, the days are shorter, and burrowing under a blanket next to the fire seems like an excellent idea. In the real estate world, there is also a very noticeable slowdown in real estate sales. That doesn't mean that it's a bad time to buy or sell a home, but it can be helpful to understand why it happens.

What Causes Winter Real Estate Slowdown?

When you really stop and think about what happens to real estate sales after the extremely busy months of April through October, it all makes sense. It's not only about weather, but what people are doing as well. Here are a few reasons for winter slowdown:

  • Families. The kids are back in school starting in the Fall, meaning people generally want to have purchased, closed, and settled into their home before then. That's why it starts picking back up in the Spring as well. If you time it right, you can buy a home right before school is out and move just in time to enjoy Summer in your new home. It can be challenging for some kids to enter a new classroom mid-school year.
  • Weather woes. Would you rather move in sunshine and warm temps, or haul boxes through rain and inclement weather? Part of the reason people generally tend not to buy and sell in Winter is the thought of undertaking such a big task, like moving in unpredictable weather.
  • Decorating your home for more than just the holidays. The first thing you want to do when you move into a new home is add your own personal stamp and settle in. Many people can't imagine combining a move with the holidays—it often equals decorating times two during what for many people may already be a stressful time of year.
  • Because the market says so. It's easy to hop on board with trends, and these days people tend to wait until Spring to buy or sell a house. Of course, there is nothing wrong with blazing your own path.

Should You Buy or Sell a House During Winter Slowdown?

The answer is unequivocally "yes". When the market is slow, it doesn't mean there aren't houses for sale or buyers looking. There can actually be some benefits to both buyers and sellers.

As a buyer, the first thing to note is that interest rates are still good. Not only can you take advantage of that, you'll also avoid the competition you may face during the busiest real estate seasons. Depending on the situation, there might also be more room for negotiation. Finally, prices hold more steadily throughout the Winter months. If you wait, there may well be an increase once Spring arrives here in the mountain/lakes region.

Sellers also shouldn't be daunted. A good home for sale will always be a good home for sale, no matter what time of year it is. Just because the market has tapered off a bit doesn't mean it's completely dead. In fact, history dictates that there are certain buyers who intentionally wait until Winter to get serious about their home search – especially if the home has views of Lake Chatuge or the mountains.  These buyers want to see what the view is like once the leaves are off the trees.

Contact Ed Reams Advantage Chatuge Realty

Are You Ready to Buy or Sell?

Don't let a season determine when you should to buy or sell a home. A great REALTOR® and a housing market are all you need to move forward. If you're ready to buy or sell a home this Winter, contact Ed Reams with Advantage Chatuge Realty today.


North Carolina Family Holidays

Home for the Holidays North Carolina

The South has always been known for its charm and hospitality, and the city of Murphy, NC is no exception. The holidays are a time of joy and cheer, and home and family play a central role in your life. Cherokee County and the city of Murphy understand the importance of traditions, and make it a mission to provide a special holiday season that appeals to people of all ages.

Murphy's Winter Wonderland

Nestled in the spectacular Appalachians, Murphy is the quintessential small town. Picturesque views and friendly neighbors greet you wherever you go, and in the Winter, the town turns into a wonderland. Although the area enjoys year-round attractions, Winter offers some unique options for you to enjoy. Some resident favorites include spending time outdoors. Whether winter fishing on Hiawassee Lake, hiking or going on a horseback ride, you will find the crisp air refreshing and the wildlife sightings a wonderful addition to your day.

Cherokee County Historical Museum

Another favorite activity is a visit to the Cherokee County Historical Museum. Delve deeper into local roots and feel closer to the region by perusing the excellent collection of antique farm implements, old household items, and Cherokee artifacts. It's a heartwarming way to spend a chilly day.

Downtown Holiday Charm

The holidays and Christmas wouldn't be complete without wandering Murphy's decorated downtown. Support local businesses and restaurants by shopping and dining during your visit, and take notice of all the special details the town adds to enhance the holiday spirit.

Winter Festivals and Events in Murphy NC

Winter wouldn't be complete without a full social calendar. Murphy and the surrounding area have a wide range of options to make your winter a little brighter.

Murphy's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

On Friday, December 4th at 6 p.m., the city's Christmas tree will come alive with sparkling lights. Bring your hot chocolate and cider to stay warm during the festivities.

Murphy's Annual Hometown Christmas Parade Celebration

Saturday, December 5th brings the community together for a delightful holiday-themed parade. Christmas lovers and neighbors unite during this event, which starts at 2 p.m. Come early for the best seats, and look forward to a visit from the man in red.

Fireside Sale at the John C. Campbell Folk School

The gifts found at this unique sale in nearby Brasstown will be cherished for years to come. On December 6th, you can visit the decorated Keith House and find locally-made holiday gifts at the Craft Shop's annual sale.

A Special Place to Call Home for the Holidays

Murphy, NC has a lot to recommend it during the year. The special town is in the heart of the Appalachians, and residents have a dynamic environment to experience. Touting itself as a Norman Rockwell painting, you'll find water, mountains, streams, a welcoming community, historic buildings, and recreational activities for everyone. The holidays showcase the best of the city, and people come together to celebrate living in this beautiful area.

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If you're interested in making Murphy, NC your home, contact Ed Reams at Advantage Chatuge Realty.


Ho-Ho-Ho a Place to Hang My Mistletoe.

Blue Ridge Mountain Home for Sale
Although Spring and Summer are typically the seasons when  most people buy a home, there are obvious benefits to decking the halls of a new home during the holidays.  Ahead, you'll find a list of "my favorite things" – as well as some things to keep in mind – about buying a home during the Christmas season – and all during the "off-season" Winter months.

Motivated Sellers

Since the holidays are a less popular time of the year to list a home for sale, sellers whose homes are listed are often anxious to receive a purchase offer.  Take advantage of this possibility to get the most home for your money.  If your offer is fair, sellers may accept it quickly and you could already be moved in and enjoying your new home by Spring!

Less Competition

One of the best things about buying a home during the holidays is less competition from other buyers.  Many people plan their moves during the Summer season, when the weather is warmer and children are out of school.  When you buy a home during cooler months, you will find fewer buyers trying to outbid you.  This gives you a better chance of the negotiations swinging in your favor when placing an offer.

Mortgage Pre-Approval

Get your mortgage pre-approval early to avoid problems with holiday schedules.  A mortgage pre-approval gives you better negotiating power and limits delays when you are ready to close on your home.

Blue Ridge Mountain Sold Home

Be Flexible

Because this is the season for families and traditions, you may not be able to schedule showings or closing dates exactly when you would like.  Many sellers may want one last Christmas in their home before moving.  Remind yourself to be flexible about schedules and timing.

Don't Wait

While the holidays are busy for you too, don't wait to start shopping for a home.  You risk paying higher interest rates and prices, and your buying power will be reduced when more people enter the market as Spring and Summer approach.

Tax Deductions

Consult with your tax professional to determine if there are tax benefits to signing on the dotted line before December 31.  In many states, you are able to take tax deductions related to home ownership and mortgage payments on the current year's taxes if you close on your home before the end of the year. 

Professional Attention

When you buy a home during the Spring and Summer months, everyone from your REALTOR® to mortgage lender and home appraiser has a full schedule.  During the holidays, you may find more flexible work schedules, and have an easier time booking appointments.

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Find the Right REALTOR®

A solid REALTOR® can shepherd you through the home buying process during the holiday season.  When you're ready to start your search for a home in the mountain/lakes areas of Lake Chatuge, Hayesville and Hiawassee, contact Ed Reams from Advantage Chatuge Realty.  Ed knows the local holiday market well and will help you make the most of this time of the year.  

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