As a new broker in real estate during a down time in market sales in 2008/2009, Carol Pearce Taylor realized few homes were selling and there was a high demand for long-term rentals. To meet this need, Blue Ridge Premier Rentals, LLC began in August 2009 with a small desk space in an affiliated Sylva real estate company to meet both the needs of our clients who wanted quality renters in their homes until the sales market could improve and also to meet the increasing demand for quality homes for rent.
As the rental business grew and sales increased, I moved to a larger home office and in 2015 hired Adrienne Clark Higdon, as a full-time property manager who soon became a broker. When the opportunity came in 2016 to buy a home in Historic Dillsboro and convert into our new bigger office, we jumped on it.
After 5 months of renovation, we moved into our new space in February 2017 and immediately doubled the numbers of brokers in our office from 2 to 4. Tom Bommer, the original BIC of both BRPR and our affiliate real estate company came on board as well as Zac Newland. In addition, Tom became our office manager and Zac our marketing director.
As Angie Hambling was preparing to retire from NCCAT and completing her pre-licensing real estate course, she came by our office to begin the search process. We all realized it was a great fit and Angie came on board in October 2017. Renee Corbin came to our Open House in May 2017 with a mutual long-term friend and decided to pursue a new career in real estate after retiring from WCU the previous year.
She also has been a welcome addition since October 2017 and our mutual friend, Susan Fouts, will join us after she retires from WCU. In the first year in our new office, we grew from 2 to 6 full-time brokers and will have 7 brokers in early 2019.
As one of the fastest growing real estate companies in our area, we are proud of our brokers and the integrity we all bring to the real estate industry. Of highest importance is our honesty and kindness we show to others. We each have our own special talents which covers a big spectrum of the market and are increasing our expertise in new markets all the time.