Bye Bye K-mart

Bye Bye K-mart


After years of waiting, it’s finally time to say goodbye to K-mart. Demolition started today. I’d hoped for something more exciting than a grocery store, but Publix is better than an empty building in the heart of Boone.


Read the Original Article Here: Publix to open Boone store

Ashe County: Crumpler’s Healing Springs

Ashe County: Crumpler’s Healing Springs

The High Country is filled with unique places and they all seem to have an interesting story to tell. Crumpler is a small community in Ashe County on the banks of the New River. The Healing Springs were found over 100 years ago in 1884 and was subsequently the site of the Healing Springs Hotel. Today, a restoration is underway by the owners of The Cabins at Healing Springs.




Read the Original Article Here: Ashe County’s healing water!

0% Down for Real Estate in Boone

While renting is a good option for many people in the High Country, there are ways to get a home with a small down payment if buying is the route you decide to take. Due to our low population density, homes in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga qualify for USDA loans where you don’t need a down payment. You don’t need to live in a rural section of the county to purchase real estate with a USDA loan. Even if you live in Boone, Blowing Rock, or West Jefferson where there are more people, you’ll qualify if you meet the other eligibility requirements.

Here’s an excerpt from the USDA Website:

What does this program do? 
This program assists approved lenders in providing low- and moderate-income households the opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings as their primary residence in eligible rural areas. Eligible applicants may build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate a dwelling in an eligible rural area. The program provides a 90% loan note guarantee to approved lenders in order to reduce the risk of extending 100% loans to eligible rural homebuyers.

Who may apply for this program?
Applicants must:

  • Meet income-eligibility
  • Agree to personally occupy the dwelling as their primary residence
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. non-citizen national or Qualified Alien
  • Have the legal capacity to incur the loan obligation
  • Have not been suspended or debarred from participation in federal programs
  • Demonstrate the willingness to meet credit obligations in a timely manner
  • Purchase a property that meets all program criteria



Read the Original Article Here: Down Payments Posing a Roadblock for Renters to Become Owners

Zillow for Apple TV

Zillow for Apple TV

Our family has a lot of Disney movies on iTunes so it makes a lot of sense for us to use Apple TV. When our new one got here this week, I was pleasantly surprised to see this Zillow App in the app store. It’s easy to use and just one more way buyers can search for real estate in Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk.



Read the Original Article Here: Zillow Launches App for New Apple TV

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