A common sentiment we hear at Log Home Gallery is from buyers searching for a second home away from their home state. Finding the right builder or the right real estate agent, along with the best price, and with so much inventory to choose from, where should you start?
A logical first step for many is the Internet. Over 80% of buyers start their search on the Information Superhighway. But with so many websites and so much inventory, how can you know a good opportunity when you see one? Most buyers have a general area in mind for their second home, which is a good start. Try these tips:
Regional websites can really help narrow down your search. By learning more about the flavor of the area, it is very likely you will stumble onto some ideal leads and contacts. For example, Florida halfbacks specializes in helping Florida residents find log homes and cabins for sale throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountain areas. Another resource would be to search for the Chamber of Commerce, Visitor's Center, or Tourist Development Bureau in your desired area. Peruse these sites and look for real estate agents who are involved in their community; they will pop up regularly on these local community sites. Or visit ActiveRain, a website for interacting with real estate agents. Search for an agent in your community and read their blogs to find out how well they know your desired neighborhood.
Often times builders will offer a discovery weekend for potential buyers to get a feel of the land, the homes, and the community. For example, the Headwaters at Banner Elk offers a two night Discovery Package for just $199 per night plus tax for stays Sunday through Wednesday OR $229 per night plus tax for stays Thursday through Saturday in a luxurious three bedroom, three bath villa.
If snagging a good deal is your primary goal, visit RealtyTrac; a website that highlights foreclosure property. It is a bit of a challenge to really get to the information you need, but combining information from RealtyTrac along with finding an ideal real estate agent is likely to get you in your new log home so you can relax, enjoy, and decorate!
- Mary Anne Baker
- Mary Anne Baker is a the founder of INNsights Internet Marketing and Social Media Management specializing in small businesses, including vacation rentals, lodging, real estate, retail, non-profits restaurants, home improvement, and attractions. Mary Anne assists her clients in building their small businesses on the internet and with social media. Mary Anne understands the budget constraints of small businesses, and implements low-cost and effective plans for her clients.
Mary Anne is also a photographer, specializing in outdoor landscapes in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain area. She founded Mountain Photo Gallery in 2009, and displays her work throughout Western North Carolina.
In her spare time, Mary Anne enjoys mountain hiking, searching for new landscapes, and whitewater rafting in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.