Showing posts from May, 2012

Mountain Hounds

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is set to hold their 8th annual Mountain Hounds gathering on May 31- June 3.  Mountain Hounds is a gathering in the Smoky Mountains of rescued Greyhounds and their owners from all over the country.  Most of the weekends festivities will take place at Mynatt Park and the event is open to the public.  The owners of these Greyhounds love to talk about the joys of adopting their retired racing hounds with everyone they meet.  The weekend is packed full of events such as: a charity walk through Downtown Gatlinburg, Greyhound Games, Bingo, Pizza Party, and Seminars.  The event usually brings in about 250 Greyhounds form as many as 18 states.  If you enjoy the company of dogs and dog owners this event is sure to be fun.  For more about Mountain Hounds and the full weekend schedule click here.

Happy Memorial Day

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." -Joseph Campbell
The Derosia Team would like to take the time to remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving our country.  We also remember and pray for the families of these men and women who lost loved ones while serving in the military.

We would also like to thank ALL (past and present) members of United States Armed Forces who have and are currently serving in the military.

The Derosia Team hopes that everyone has a blessed and safe Memorial Day!

"And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me." -Lee Greenwood

How a Realtor Can Help

A real estate agent can help you understand everything you need to know about buying your home.  Home buyers may have an idea of their dream home but may need help navigating the market and narrowing their choices.  Buying a home is a major financial commitment and real estate agents simplify the process while adhering to your financial situation.

A Realtor is a licensed real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors and has completed extensive education and training.  Agents are held to strict professional standards and ethical responsibilities.  Realtors are expected to have a high knowledge of the process of buying and selling a home. Many agents know the ins and outs of the business from financing to negotiating and closing the deal.

Real Estate Agents can do an extensive search to match the buyers wants and financial situation with what is on the market.  Most agents have spent extensive hours touring houses and the local area.  An agent can help…

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

The 2012 season for the Gatlinburg Farmers Market started today May 19, 2012.  The farmers market is in the Alamo parking lot located at 705 East Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN.  The vendors of the farmers market are residents from Sevier and Cocke County who come out every Saturday to provide the residents and visitors with fresh produce and homemade products.  The farmers market is every Saturday, May 19-October 13 from 8:30-11:30 am.

The Gatlinburg Farmers Market board is currently in the process of developing a community garden.  They have some land and are looking for a plan to get it started.  They are in need of some items to make this goal an accomplishment.  They are looking for donations for the following items:

rakes hoesshovelspost hole diggersleaf rakeslandscaping timbershoses crossties6mm plastic 20 x 100 feetseedsfertilizer5 gallon bucketspickswood for building arborselectric fencewheelbarrow They are looking for 3 of each tool.  If you have any old tools you would like to d…

Residential Statistics

The Derosia Team has taking one of the suggestions of our readers and reformatted one of our previous blogs.  Previously we posted a couple of visual aids of the residential volume sold for each individual city/town.  One of our readers suggested that we split the graphs into one graph for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville; then the other of the surrounding areas.  The data is all the same but now it is split into two different visual aids. The Derosia Team appreciates all suggestions and works hard make these suggestions into different blogs.

The first two graphs cover total volume sold for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.

The final two graphs are for the surrounding areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.

New Attraction

The Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a new attraction that opened on May 11, 2012.  The museum sits high on the hill at the corner of Parkway Boulevard and Showplace Boulevard in Pigeon Forge.  The wax museum allows tourist and locals to enter the world of Hollywood Stars.

The museum is 22,000 square feet which makes it the largest Hollywood Wax Museum in the country.  The building makes up two floors of celebrity displays.  The museum is a tribute to the film industry and its movie-making capitals.  The exterior of the building is extremely unique with a replica of the Hollywood Sign and a New York City skyline with a giant ape topping off the building. The 40 foot ape houses the museums VIP observation deck with magnificent views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The interior houses life-size wax statues of many of America's favorite celebrities.  The museum allows visitors to get into the sets with the stars and learn about each individual.  The wax museum features…

Dolly Parade

Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946 and graduated from Sevier County High School.  Dolly will return home on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm for her 27th annual Homecoming Parade.  The parade in the past has brought in over 50,000 spectators who line the streets to see the Sevier County native, Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton will ride on top of a spectacular float as the parade's Grand Marshal.  This parade gives Dolly fans the opportunity to see her up close.  The parade will also include many other colorful floats, marching bands, and local entertainers.

The Dolly Parade will begin on River Road and travel north at traffic light #7 and will end at light #3. The parade is sure to be a fun filled FREE family event, so come out and help us welcome Dolly home!

Sevierville, TN Population

The population in Sevierville has grown 3 times the national average since 2000!CLICK HERE to read the full article!

Average List Price vs. Average Sale Price

When setting the listing price for your property you should be aware of buyers' ways of thinking.  If you set your price to high your property may not have very many showings, even if it is one of the nicer properties in the neighborhood.  Buyers are looking for the "best bang for their buck" and if other houses are listed at or around fair market value they will most like be more attractive than your property.  On the other hand you also don't want to list your house too low either.  Listing your home too low will allow it to sell faster but you will make less than if you would have listed it at market value and waited for someone willing to pay that much.  There are several things to consider when listing your house including but not limited to getting a comparative market analysis to see what previous houses have sold for and what is currently on the market in your area.
We have put together some graphs for the Smoky Mountain area comparing the average list price…

Why a Home Inspection is Important?

As a buyer, you are entitled to know exactly what you are getting. Don’t take anything for granted, not even what you see or what the seller or listing agent tell you. A professional home inspection is something you MUST do, whether you are buying an existing home or a new one. An inspection is an opportunity to have an expert look closely at the property you are considering purchasing and getting both an oral and written opinion as to its condition.

A home inspection usually includes an examination of the heating and central air conditioning, interior plumbing, electric systems, roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, foundations, and basements. A home inspection report will reveal any problems and possible symptoms that need attention or further inspection in a house for sale.  Once the inspection is complete, review the inspection report carefully.

You have to demand an inspection when you present your offer. It must be written in as a contingency. If you do not approve the in…