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Why do people move?

Why do people move ? This involves many human factors.  These interesting statistics can be applied to real estate motives for buyers in the Cleveland/Bradley market or any town.  I’m proud of the choice of properties for sale in the Cleveland, TN area which offers a quality of life that buyers are looking for.  The historic downtown, concerts, plays, and community festivals offer something for every age. Polk and McMinn counties offer the privacy and quiet life that many buyers are accustomed to. Several Fortune 500 companies have settled near Cleveland, TN which have given job opportunities to many
Every now and then I find buyers who want to be totally private and reclusive and still want medical facilities close by. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way and most of the time buyers will readjust their priorities.  Yes there is something for everybody here in Southeast Tennessee.  Give me a call and let’s find out together what works for you.

According to the National Association of Realtors:

35 million Americans moved to new homes in the past 2 years which represented 11.7% of the population. Almost 50% moved for housing-related reasons, 30.3% for family reasons, 19.4% for employment The average age of the typical first time buyer is 31; average age of a repeat buyer is 52.

In addition NAR shows a community preference survey for buyers:

86 % value privacy from neighbors when choosing a home.

60% prefer a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores, and businesses that are easy to walk to.

Today’s home buyers want walk-able neighborhoods that offer relaxed access to nearby amenities and a real connection to the community.

75% of small town and rural residents would still live in a rural area if they could choose any place to live.

Home For Sale

Where can you find a home with a stream like this right outside your back door.  Just listening to the wonderful sounds of the babbling water will calm your nerves and bring you contentment.  The home needs work, but with a little bit of ingenuity, you can have the perfect paradise.  I was privileged in showing this real estate property and fell in love with it.  Not far from Cleveland, Tennessee, this property is extremely private and deep in the woods and mountains.  There are all kinds of real estate properties for sale in SE Tennessee.  Polk County has some magnificent views and wooded acreages.  Whether you’re looking for real estate in Ocoee, Benton, Old Fort, Reliance, Copperhill, Ducktown, Delano, Etowah, Cleveland, or Chattanooga, this is the place you can realize your dreams.  Call me to discuss all types of properties for sale in the River Counties area. Or feel free to go directly the MLS through the website:,  Wishing you the best for 2015!  Carol Kamm/Grandview Realty423-338-8171

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Mountain Stream CabinsGrandview Realty of SE TN presents Mountain Stream Cabins,Mountain Stream Cabins, a commercial property and business for sale. You can’t find a more peaceful, wonderful place to live and work.  Reside in the mountains and the Cherokee National forest while operating 6 income producing cabins. Each cabin has fully equipped kitchens, wrap around porches, hot tubs, and accommodates up to 6 people.  Sale includes almost everything, including linens, furniture, and operating necessities. Local and distant guests say it’s their favorite place to relax and get away from it all.  The private residence is perfect and has 2 separate living areas and kitchens so additional guests can be accommodated.  A Bed and Breakfast could be implemented if desired.  You can enjoy tax advantages with your home residence and business venture. Mountain Stream Cabins are located just a few miles from the famous Hiwassee River, well-known for its fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, tubing, picnicking, camping, and breathtaking photography.  Those not from Tennessee are blown away by the natural resources and beauty. Come sit on the front porch and listen to the babbling brook down below.  Or enjoy the “tree house” cabins, higher on the property, and listen to the birds and wildlife while enjoying your morning coffee.  The Ocoee River, located just a few miles further is one of the most popular white water rafting sites in America.  It hosted the 1996 White Water Rafting competition in the Summer Olympics. Other nearby attractions include the John Muir hiking trail, state parks, and campgrounds.  Conveniently located to Cleveland, Tennessee, 1 1/2 hours to Knoxville, and 2 hours to Atlanta.  This area is very attractive to tourists within 1-6 hours away in nearby states, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida. The present owners have made incredible improvements to make this a pristine and profitable business.  It’s a wonderful time of year to come and take a look.  Real Estate in SE Tennessee is on the rise, and offers something that no one else can. Grandview Realty offers real estate services in Bradley, Polk, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea, and Hamilton counties.  Looking for property in Cleveland, TN or nearby areas, call and ask for a list of homes for sale.  We pride ourselves in our great reputation of service to both sellers and buyers, working with years of experience and integrity.

I’m kayaking to work and loving it!

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties

Parksville CabinParksville Cabin From PorchMy buyer down in Atlanta asked me to preview a cabin for her at Parksville Lake.  No problem I thought, but this cabin can only be accessed by boat, there are no roads leading in or out.  So not having a boat, my husband and I kayaked on over.  I certainly wasn’t complaining; I’d rather be kayaking than anything else.

Parksville Lake is a hidden gem in SE Tennessee.  It is in the heart of the Cherokee National Forest, not a ritzy populated lake, nor overly developed by commercialism.  Serene and tranquil would be my definition of this place.  As for the cabin, it was quite simple and unpretentious and probably had seen better days in the past.  I can only imagine the fun times family and friends must have shared at this place.  It needs a new homeowner to love it now.  The boat dock was inviting, I couldn’t help myself but to dive off for a quick swim. You never have to worry about someone showing up uninvited, a visit to this cabin would definitely be well planned ahead.

I love my job and doing this was the icing on the cake.  The Ocoee Region, TN offers so much for recreation, including white water rafting, hiking, fishing, camping, or just simply enjoying doing nothing at all at the lake.  If you know anyone interested in purchasing or selling a home in Cleveland, TN, Ocoee, or Polk County, give me a call.  I love the many aspects of my job, in any fashion or form. Southeast Tennessee is a wonderful place to live and work with all types of properties for sale, even if you have to kayak to it.

Parksville Cabin PorchParksville Lake

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

So what is a Cowpea Festival?  The name sounds weird but it’s really another name for Crowder Peas or Black Eyed Peas.  Most don’t know that Charleston, TN was known as the pea capital of the United States.  It’s really wonderful that our community recognizes this as an authentic agri-heritage as well as a protein rich food which is a staple in the Southern diet.

The Cowpea Festival begins at 10:00 am with music entertainment, storytelling, games, air toys, and a marketplace of fine arts and crafts.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the activities throughout the day.  Some of the sponsors include Bush’s  Baked Beans, Whirlpool, Homestead Lawn and Tractor, Meagher and Meagher Furniture, Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Olin Chlor-Alkali, Ace Hardware, Blossman Gas, Cleveland Daily Banner, Fairfield Inn, Farm Bureau Insurance, Hampton Inn and others.

All proceeds will go towards advancing the Cherokee Heritage Museum in Charleston.  This is so incredible to have such wonderful history right at our back door.  Come and enjoy this festival with your friends and neighbors.

Buyers relocating to Bradley County, Cleveland, Charleston, and the Ocoee Region will appreciate the efforts from the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce in promoting our agri-heritage roots and community spirit.  Cleveland, TN offers so much for homeowners and prospective buyers of all types.


Distressed Sales are Falling

An article found in the Residential Specialist magazine is showing that distressed home sales fell from 26% of the U.S. home sales market in 2012 to 17% in 2013 and 15% in the first quarter of this year according to the National Association of Realtors.  The group expects distressed sales will account for just a single-digit market share by the end of the year. All cash home purchases meanwhile rose from 29% in 2012 to 31% in 2013 and 33% in the first quarter of this year.  This could reflect increasing consumer confidence as the economic recovery continues. “Distressed home sales, popular with investors who pay cash, have declined in the past two years, yet the share of all cash purchases has risen, says NAR chief economist, Lawrence Yun.   “A majority of foreign buyers pay cash as well, and the five-year bull run of the stock market has provided financial wherewithal among higher wealth households,” says Yun. So how does this affect the everyday world of real estate?  I have found that listings are not having as much trouble appraising now that a neighborhood isn’t saturated with foreclosures and short sales.  Buyers are once again looking at homes for the long terms benefit rather than finding the best deal and cheapest price.  Home buying is back to a well thought out process, determining a buyer’s needs and goals. A good Realtor will listen to your needs and find homes accordingly.  With interest rates still reasonably low, it’s a good time to get started with your home buying plans.

Carol Kamm – Grandview Realty

Serving Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk Counties, Tennessee

Are Houses Getting Older ??

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s American Housing Survey, the median age of an owner-occupied home in the United States was 35 years old in 2011, up from a median  of 23 in 1985. More than 40% of the owner-occupied homes in the U.S. were built before 1969.  Homes built from 2000-2009 account for 15% of the owner-occupied housing stock. Aging houses could prove to be a boon for home remodeling businesses, the study finds. Older homes tend to be less energy-efficient than new homes and y require more repairs. Our aging baby boomer generation may be mirrored by the aging of America’s housing stock. But even with the expenses incurred with an aging home, buyers still want to have the charm and warmth that a newer home does not bring.  It may be hard to find it all without lots of elbow grease and pure work. Working with a Realtor who knows the pros and cons of new and older homes will be helpful in making decisions when purchasing a home.  Cleveland, Tennessee offers a good variety of homes, especially in the historic district.  There are older homes that still have lots of charm and may or may not need significant work. (Parts of this article were taken from The Residential Specialist, April 14- magazine for CRS members)

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Towee Home For Sale The Hiwassee River in Reliance, Tennessee is one of the best places for Trout fishing, rafting, tubing, picnicking, and hiking.  This cozy cabin is within minutes of some of the most exciting recreational experiences in Southeast Tennessee.  And where can you find a comfortable cabin with over 6 acres for $99,900?  Private and peaceful, this property is a perfect getaway or permanent dwelling.  Two screened porches looks on to the lush woods of the Cherokee National Forest. Hurry, this property is currently for sale. Call Polk County Realtor, Carol Kamm of Grandview Realty 423-790-4547 for a personal tour.  MLS # 20143536, Knoxville MLS # 893476. Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Suggestions from the National Association of Realtors:

The Right Realtor® For You

When searching for a real estate professional it’s helpful to start your search by meeting with agents that have assisted family or friends that you know and trust. During your meeting, ask if he or she is a Realtor®, a member of the National Association of Realtors®, and a professional who holds themselves to a higher ethical standard.

You can also look up a Realtor®’s licensing information; state regulatory boards are happy to assist you in your research and will let you know of any disciplinary action or complaints. However, NAR research shows that nearly nine out of ten recent buyers were satisfied with their Realtors® honesty and integrity, knowledge of the purchase process, and knowledge of the real estate market.

Another way to find a Realtor® is to look at their current listings. The presentation of a Realtors® listings and how fast properties sells can give you an indication of a Realtors® selling skills.

To search for a local Realtor® and find accurate home listings in your area, visit®.

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Nine in 10 buyers would recommend or use their Realtor® again. Talk to recent buyers and sellers who worked with Realtors® to learn about their motivations and experiences. Ask Realtors® to explain how they market homes and reach buyers in today’s economic climate, and talk to sellers who are trying to sell their homes without professional assistancestions by the National Association of Realtors:

You can always go to my website at to see testimonials of past buyers and sellers.  I consider my profession as a service provider to the consumer and treat others just like I would like to be treated, nothing less.

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Can’t Miss This Affordable Opportunity!

Polk County Southeastern Tennessee Pool

Polk County Southeastern Tennessee

Polk County Southeastern Tennessee

This is an incredible property on 8 acres with awesome views! This comfortable home comes with 2 large barns, a pool and riding trails nearby Cherokee National Forest. Very affordable! Contact me to find out what other features this home provides! Carol Kamm, GRI, CRS, ABR Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties. Grandview Realty – 423-790-4547

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