Somewhat Random Thoughts
Very, very early this morning (actually in the middle of the night) I had a great idea for a blog entry about Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area real estate but unfortunately I can no longer remember my almost brain storm. Because I need to write more frequently to this blog, but rarely have time to do so, this is particularly frustrating. This post will therefore be a combination of several recent events that we have experienced.
I have had however a very unpleasant experience I would like to share in the hope that it can be avoided for some of you. I recently recommended a fellow who I have worked with for many years to a client of mine to do some work for my client. Although I have had excellent results with this fellow for over 10 years now the results that my client got were far from excellent. In fact, they were borderline unacceptable and of course when this got back to me I was very disappointed. It is important for all of us to remember that we are judged by our most recent performance. If someone recommends our team to a friend, family member, or other associate for the purpose of providing real estate advice or services for property here in Sevier County, it is because they have had a really good experience with us in the past. Obviously, we don’t refer people to companies or individuals that have not served us well. The lesson here is that we must always perform at our best because we are being tested each time. If the result is less than the expectation we have failed miserably.
On a happier note, I also this week had the opportunity to be interviewed at length for an upcoming article that should be published in the “Men’s Health” magazine. They are going to be producing a section titled “Men’s Living” which will be all about purchasing and owning a second home. The article should be printed as a part of the December issue and hopefully it will be a positive for Smoky Mountain real estate as well as for our own firm. An interesting side note is that the writer contacted me because of an interview that was published by the New York Times several years ago. I guess that after you are published once it’s easier to be published again.
The Dick Clark’s Bandstand attraction has been a major hit this summer in Pigeon Forge. Although there were some noise complaints by some neighbors the venue has been very successful with a wide variety of styles of music from several good acts including Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Grand Funk Railroad, Rebecca St. James, Crystal Gayle, The Doobie Brothers, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Chubby Checker and many more. To view the complete schedule please visit their website.
Gatlinburg was recently featured in a book entitled “101 Best Outdoor Towns: Unspoiled Places to Live, Visit, and Play”. Written by Sarah Tuff and Greg Melville and published by Countryman Press, the book provides information for readers regarding communities that have easy access to National Parks, are still affordable for many tourists, and offer a range of options for visitors. Although Gatlinburg has received many laurels over the years this is just one of the most recent. Gatlinburg has also been listed recently in a publication entitled “100 Places You Have to See Before You Die” as one of their spots not to miss. It really is a huge blessing to be able to live in this area full time and we thank God for it daily.
If you are interested in making our home your home or second home, please contact us – we love choosing our neighbors!!