- Rough Ridge Overlook Trail. Difficulty: Easy. At only 0.8 miles, this trail is easier than some. There is still some uneven terrain and can be steep in some places. You’ll know when you’re at the top when you reach the boardwalks built for the safety of the ecosystem!
- Crab Orchard Falls Trail. Difficulty: Moderate. As a 1 mile out-and-back trail, this is a perfect hike that is kid friendly and great for dogs on a leash. There are tons of pools, cascades, and rocks to climb year-round. You will most likely encounter other people and maybe some loose rocks.
- Linville Falls Trail. Difficulty: Moderate – Strenuous. While there are multiple different paths and overlooks, the main 1.6 mile Erwin’s View trail offers gorgeous waterfall and river views. Over four different sections of the falls trail show views from multiple vantage points.
March can be a month full of sunshine, blooming flowers, and rainbows. It can also be a month surrounded by white snow, sledding, and icy mornings. Whether you’re sipping a sweet tea on the green grass or having a hot coffee in your cozy cabin kitchen, March is beautiful in the North Carolina High Country.
We really enjoyed participating in Blowing Rock’s annual WinterFest in January. Our firm was a sponsor of the ‘Ice Stroll’ and proudly displayed a skier ice sculpture (which didn’t last long in the sunshine, but was very pretty while it lasted) in front of our office for festival-goers to admire. The festival offered food, drink, fun, and even a Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake – for those who were brave enough! Consider joining us next year if you’ve never been to Blowing Rock’s WinterFest, and please see below for photos of some of the highlights from this year’s festivities!
Happy Fall everyone! Our agents have decided to share some of their favorite pieces of real estate advice, and a fantastic recipe for a homemade pumpkin spice latte. Each agent here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vincent Properties is knowledgeable, experienced, and ready to help you through today’s hectic market. Below you will find very valuable information that will help you regardless of whether you are in the process of buying or selling. Our agents have left small bits of advice that range from what lenders to use, to how to approach today’s market.If you have any more questions, please feel free to stop by or give us a call!
Now that you have read some great pieces of advice from our fantastic agents, we hope you feel more prepared regardless of where you are in your real estate journey. Now enjoy the Fall season by making your own homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte! The recipe listed below is our personal favorite,
and we hope you enjoy it!
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vincent Properties is excited to announce that our front office recently had a makeover! We are thankful to Ashe County artist Alfredo Martinez for our beautiful new desks, and Vincent Properties is also sporting a new window display with light-up panels. We are grateful to have been able to update our office and elevate it with rustic and contemporary details. It’s still a work in progress, so stay tuned for the journey!
September 28th, 2020 is ‘National Be a Good Neighbor Day.’ Here in the High Country, we take great strides to be a united community, and that starts with being a good neighbor. Having healthy relationships with those around you can make your living situation better, and life happier. Although
Build Relationships with Your Neighbors
You can create a healthy relationship by connecting with your neighbors. The best way to do this is to start by introducing yourself first to seem friendly and approachable. One way to do this is by bringing over a goody basket. This is a great practice to start especially when someone new moves in. This will help your new neighbor feel welcome. Being involved in your local community is a great way to connect with your neighbors. Try attending neighborhood meetings or events.
Being a Good Neighbor During Social Events
Another great way to connect with neighbors is by inviting them to your social events for a chance to get to know them better. When hosting social events always try to be respectful to your neighbors even if they were not invited. When having guest park be sure they never block a neighbors driveway, road, or cars. You should always keep the noise level of your gatherings down especially late at night. If a neighbor does ask you to quiet down try not to argue or get defensive. It is best to apologize and try to keep the noise level down.
You want to avoid being the house that “drags the neighborhood down” by keeping a clean and appealing look to your home. Doing so will help the whole neighborhood look better. This can be done by always maintaining curb appeal. Click here to see some of our tips on curb appeal!
It is always good to practice being a good neighbor to those around you! Live somewhere you are happy with not only your own home but your surroundings. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vincent Properties, we can help you find the perfect neighborhood to fit your needs.
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Can you smell it in the air? Or have you seen the little pops of color in the trees? That dirty 4 letter word that starts with F. YES Ladies & Gents I mean Fall- is on it’s way! Now, don’t get me wrong,
Fall, ahem, Autumn is a colorful time of year, and as one of the capitals of “Leafin’ Season”, the High Country is proud to be an authority on all things “Fall”. We love the array of colors, that spread across the tree tops, plus the tasty treats with pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and everything nice. As it starts to cool down, we can all gather around campfires to stay cozy with no pesky bugs nibbling on you and who can forget- S’MORES?
If you are a homeowner though, Autumn is a transition point from Summer to getting ready for Winter. What do you need to do to make sure the house looks nice and being well maintained? Below are 10 fall updates for your home that will not break the bank, typically will only take a few minutes of your time, and make you rest easy when it comes to your property.
1.) Roof and Gutter Check
Having a roof over your heard is one of the main reason you bought a house! Make sure that it stays in shape by making sure it is ready to handle the heavy weight and moisture in the coming months. Furthermore, you need to check your gutters. Clogged gutters lead to bad irrigation around your property’s foundation. To take care of both of these, it is as simple as climbing up on a ladder and visually examining both the gutters and shingles. If your roof is not to steep, you can cautiously walk on your roof to make sure there are not any weak spots or missing shingles, especially around your chimney.
Not comfortable with getting on a ladder? Or perhaps you already know there is a soft spot in your shingles? Then give our office a call, we can connect you with a local Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vincent Properties approved Handyman or construction service.
2.) DIY Leaf Garland and Ornaments
Great one to share with kids! After collecting all your old fabric scraps, take a quick nature walk to gather as many different shaped leaves- or download a stencil. Using a fusible paper and iron, make stiff fabric squares. Once the fabric is not bendy, trace the leaves onto the fabric, and cut out the leaf shapes. Use bright embroidery thread around the edges to give it a more “handy” feel. For ornaments, use a short piece of string, pierce the leaf either from the bottom (stem) or one of the points, and make a loop. Hang from windows and door knobs for a nice accents.
To make a garland, use a longer piece of string, and again, pierce the leaf where desired, but make to put a little knot to keep the leaf in place on the string (like a bead). String and hang up in door ways or on stair railings!
3.) Check and Replace filters for De/Humidifiers & Furnaces
These filters are an integral parts to the functioning systems in your home. If they are clogged or damaged the machines may not work properly or cause a fire hazard! If you are unsure what kind or size of filters to get, simply pull out the old filter and snap a picture of the specs with your phone. Show the picture to service rep at your local construction supply store or Lowe’s/Home Depot.
For your furnace, it a good idea to take a vacuum hose to your heat vents and their openings in each room of your house-especially if you have furry pups like we do!
With your dehumidifiers, make sure that your drainage pipes are cleared and insulated for cooler temps. If your humidifiers have been in storage, make sure to disinfect the tank before you use them.
4.) Plant Your Bulbs for Spring Flowers
Iris, Tulip, Daffodil, Hyacinth, and Lilies are great bulb flowers that you can plant this fall, and will grow on their own the coming sprin. Yay for low maintenance! BUT-make sure to plant them BEFORE the ground freezes. Oh- for all our foodie readers- don’t forget the garlic!
5.) Store Summer Tool & Organize Winter Tools
You aren’t going to be needing the weed-whacker, garden hoes, and lawn mower when the ground is covered in snow. But these hefty (and expensive) tools need to be stored properly. Click Here for 3 Easy Winterization Steps for your Lawn Mower. In turn you need to make sure that your snow shovels, snow blowers, and ground salt are accessible and fueled up.
6.) Fall Smells
As I said before, pumpkin spice and everything nice! Nothing beats walking into a home with an incredible smell! There are many ways you can achieve good smells- candles, oil burners, and plug-ins- but my favorite goes down a more genuine route. BAKING! Click here to read up on some great baking recipes that all feature…you guessed it.. PUMPKIN!
7.) Check Your Water Heater
Maintain the efficiency and safety of your hot water heater by cleaning sediment from the tank. You will need: A bucket, Plumber’s tape, Rags, and Slip Join Pliers. Learn the step by steps by clicking here!
You didn’t really think I would forget these guys did ya? Pumpkins are the staple of Autumn decor! Did you know most Christmas Tree Farms double as Pumpkin patches? The vines pumpkins help protect the Christmas Tree as they grow. One of my favorite pumpkin patches is Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm in Ashe County. They make picking out your pumpkins a fun, family event! Many other local produce stand will carry pumpkins in an array of sizes so you can adorn your porch steps, dinning room table and mantle! Is it too early to get excited for Jack-o-lanterns?
As the cooler temperatures come rolling in, we hope you and your home stay cozy and safe. We hope that you find these to will be helpful and maybe even a few of them to be fun! Please remember, Vincent Properties is here to lend a helpful hand for whatever life may bring and would love for the opportunity to be your neighbor, so feel free to give us a call! Happy Fall Y’all!
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We had the pleasure of working with Vickie and Ben on the purchase of our second home in Banner Elk. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and follow through was outstanding. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to buy or sell a property in the High Country.
Vickie did an excellent job in marketing and selling our house. As anxious sellers, Vickie was a very good listener and addressed various questions and concerns that we had. We had a significant number of showings and she made sure the house was effectively presented. Overall, we were pleased with the job Vickie did in selling our house.
-Bob and Kathy W
I am so grateful to Ben and Vicki for hanging in there and helping me through some rough patches while trying to sell an old house in need of repairs. Their support and many suggestions helped me navigate a long and winding road to the sale. They were both professional and caring.
As first-time home buyers, Vickie was interested and knowledgeable, plus offered both encouragement and advice to get us into our forever home. We could not have done it without her! In addition to her hard work, she is just so friendly and pleasant to home-search with!
My wife and I were first-time home buyers. Vickie helped make this process so much easier, especially during a pandemic. She advised us of specific things we were unaware of, offered encouragement and a gentle perspective, and made sure we were happy with our final decision. We are very pleased with her knowledge and assistance and it led us to our forever home!
Ben could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. We came down from Maine and so had limited time to offer him, but he scheduled things so that we were able to see everything that we wanted to see. He knows the area very well and was able to give us a great sense of life in Boone and the surrounding towns.
Ben Henderson was wonderful to work with, he was diligent, always accommodating, and basically held my hand through the whole process. Ben is a kind, delightful, extremely hard-working man and I can’t praise him highly enough.
Mrs. Perry was an exceptional agent.
Ben was very helpful when I was trying to sell my rental doublewide. He found contractors to improve the property and provided advice about the paperwork involved. I greatly appreciate his help and am very glad the sale went thru so smoothly.
I found Ben by calling about a property that we were interested in. I quickly knew that he was the realtor for me. He was friendly, kind, and knew everyone and everything about the area. But why wouldn’t he? He’s lived in the area for 40 plus years! Little did I know, his teammate, Vickie, made this experience twice as good!!! She is smart, detail oriented, and has never met a stranger. Their teamwork allows for work to be done at twice the speed. I HIGHLY recommend them to help you with your home search. The knowledge they have about houses and the people they know in that area, make buying a home or property a fun process!!! They truly just want to help. I will be recommending them to anyone and everyone that is looking in the HIGH COUNTRY. 🙂
-Dana and Thomas Q
I had been looking six months for property in the NC mountains. When the time came to look at a few I had selected in Ashe County, Vickie was the right agent to call. She and Ben know the area, are very professional, and are easy to talk and work with. After viewing 3 properties I was ready to leave empty handed. Were it not for Vickie’s determination I would have missed seeing the property I eventually purchased. From showing to closing, Vickie and Ben helped me every step of the way. With their team approach, they referred me to a good home inspector, engineer, surveyor, closing attorney, and even to the roofing company that re-roofed the house. I am extremely happy with my purchase and my experience with the two of them as buyers’ agents. I look forward to working with them in the near future with some land matters in that area.
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Soon we will be shedding our winter coats, flowers will start to bud, and we’ll see the green leaves creep up the mountainside. Observing nature start anew is refreshing and shows us how truly delicate it can be. Did you know the Appalachian Mountains are technically a temperate rainforest? This makes our eco-system multifaceted and truly unique. Our firm Vincent Properties is dedicated to the preservation of our beautiful surrounding mountains, meadows, and rivers. We would love your help! Here are some easy ways to ‘Go Green for Spring.’
Bamboo- it’s not only for Pandas it’s for Spring
Bamboo is an incredible resource that is flexible, durable, and can be used in many ways. Growing an incredible 3 feet per day, this renewable resource is great for making paper towels, toilet paper, flooring, and various composting plastics. Furthermore, the production of bamboo creates only 1/3 the carbon footprint versus its traditionally used counterparts such as trees. This makes bamboo an environmentally friendly substitute from sprout to finish.
Compost- Because a rind is a terrible thing to waste!
Over 20% of carbon emissions come from landfills and food waste is one of the most impactful. You can help tackle this problem from home! Try investing in a compost waste bin or by installing a garbage disposal in your sink to grind up organic materials. By adding a disposal to your system, many enzymes in food will help break down other wastes found in your septic system. New age compost bins, such as the Vitamix FoodCycler, can easily break down a week’s worth of food waste into homemade fertilizer in less than 24 hours with no looming odors.
“Bee” A Friendly Neighbor This Spring
As you may have heard, the bee population is in great need of our help! The bee’s ability to pollinate plants affects many different eco-systems. This, in turn, influences many different forms of life, including us. The easiest way to help bees is to avoid harmful pesticides in your gardens. Bees tend to be a little OCD, focusing on one kind of flower at a time. Therefore, you can assist them by grouping your garden with similar blooms and allowing plenty of space between your flower beds. In addition, most species of bees live in the ground so having an area that is not often disturbed will help the bees create more habitats.
Take Photos, Leave Only Footprints
This is the golden rule of being an outdoorsman, and it is a rule we highly encourage. When you find yourself among the trees in the next few months, hiking or visiting parks. Please only take photos and do not take pieces of the forest with you. That could be some little critter’s home or food source! The exception to this rule is if you find trash or obvious non-native articles. It may seem unpleasant to pick it up, but please be a good steward of the earth and dispose of trash properly. Which brings us to the second part of that motto- please leave no trace of your visit, only your footprints!
It’s Time to Spring into Action
So, there you have it, folks. Try incorporating these 4 simple tips into your routine and make the High Country a little greener. To quote the superhero Caption Planet “The power is yours”! For further questions on how to be green at home click here to download “The Eco-Friendly Home Checklist” by Conscious Abode. If you want more information on how Vincent Properties can use their real estate superpowers to help you in the sale of your property, please do not hesitate to call.
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