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The History of Blue Ridge Premier Realty
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, Carol 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 Blue Ridge Premier Realty and our affiliate real estate company came on board. In addition, Tom became our office manager.
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 in 2019 she became the new office manager. Also, in 2019 after finishing her bachelor's degree from WCU, Samantha Teague joined our office in August. Our mutual friend, Susan Fouts retired in December 2019 and joined us in January 2020. Micah Carter joined us in March 2020. In the first year in our new office, we grew from 2 to 6 full-time brokers and now in 2020, we have 8 brokers.
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.
'Adrienne Clark has been managing the rental of my Mom's North Carolina cabin in Whittier for over a year. I do Mom's books and the statements they send make my job so much easier than any other management company. They are pleasant to work with." - Christine B.
"Premier has managed my property for the past year and has been the best company that I have ever worked with. I trust their staff, especially Adrienne . She has been very helpful and thorough in researching to get me the best tenants and prices for repairs and upgrades . I would recommend this company as the best in Jackson county and I have used others that were not nearly as thoughtful and professional before finding them." -Laurie S. H.
"My wife and I are very thankful that we enlisted the help of Blue Ridge Premier's competent and friendly brokers when purchasing our home in Haywood County. They went out of their way to ensure that our closing went smoothly. Their knowledge of local regulations and permitting made a huge difference in getting through our due diligence period. We highly recommend Blue Ridge Premier to everyone!!" - William M.
"Carol is friendly, honest, and knowledgeable, and we are so thankful to Blue Ridge Premier Realty for really going the extra mile to help us purchase our land." - Lindsey C.
"When my husband and I were ready to purchase a house in Sylva last fall, we know who to call. Carol Pearce Taylor exceeded our expectations and provided us with trustworthy, professional expertise every step of the way. With her guidance and advice we were successful in purchasing the house of our choice at a fair price. To top it off, when the seller's moving company left a muddy mess on the carpet Carol had it cleaned on the spot and ready to welcome us to our new home." - Kathryn R.
"Carol and her team helped my wife and I find our dream home. We had some tough criteria so she's good! Rented through her agency for about 4 years before we decided to buy so I've seen first hand that side of the business is well managed too. Thanks guys!" - Jeff B.
"I can’t say enough good things about Carol Taylor and our experience in finding the perfect mountain home. She has a wealth of knowledge in local real estate, and a passion for connecting people to places. Carol’s warm, friendly personality and healthy sense of humor were vital to me in navigating our search. Her understanding and patience lead us right to where we needed to be. I highly recommend Carol and her team to anyone looking for property in our area." - John S.
"Renee Corbin was great at helping us look for houses. Was very happy with the service and all the help that we go in searching for a home. If you are looking for a great realtor to help you find what you are looking for I highly recommend her."- D.B."Renee Corbin has done an outstanding job of marketing my property. She has posted signage that is clearly visible, made on- line postings, tried aerial photo videos, made suggestions for better pricing, and has been a strong advocate the entire process. I highly recommend her for any real estate work that you may be considering." - Jean D.
"[Renee is] Super professional and very friendly. Gets the job done." - Clyde H.
"Renee Corbin at Blue Ridge Premier Realty went above and beyond our expectations when we were selling our home . She was very professional while maintaining a warm and friendly atmosphere during our business relationship. Renee was tenacious about making absolutely sure we stayed ahead of our legal obligations as a seller and provided us with continuous education on selling a home. She provided guidance and encouragement combined with innovative and creative solutions to any challenges we encountered. We were blessed to have her as our real estate agent." - Nancy B.
"Angie Hambling helped my husband Jon and I find our home in Sylva and she was absolutely phenomenal! I CANNOT say enough good about her or her office. She was kind, informative, quick to respond whenever we needed something, eager to jump in and assist but never pushy. Love this firm! - Jon K.
"Angie Hambling was the realtor who worked with me. I can't say enough good things about my experience with her and with the company. Everyone knows that purchasing and selling a house could be intrusive, unpleasant, and frustrating. Angie was with me and on my side throughout the entire process. She did not move forward with any step of the process without my consent, which was very professional, and I never felt pressured at any time. She was available at any time I wanted to view a property, which was helpful because I'm on a tight schedule with work. Angie was additionally helpful to me, having such a positive and caring attitude. She helped me purchase my absolute dream home, and I will always thank her for that. Purchasing realty in this area of WNC has it's nuances that make it unique from most other areas of the country. If you want to work with a company that knows this area well, and everything that comes along with purchasing a house in the mountains, even if it's providing you with contacts to set up your utilities, then choose Blue Ridge Premier Realty. And ask for Angie Hambling." - Mike B.
"Samantha and Carol were excellent in finding us our first home. They were very helpful and knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to communicate with us, our lenders, and our lawyers. I highly recommend Samantha!" - Maria T.
"We moved from Arizona to Western North Carolina (WNC) in mid March. No realtor's we contacted prior to our move made an effort to set up a meeting with us upon our arrival, so we started our search alone. We noticed Blue Ridge Realty had several listings, so we called them up to see a couple of the houses. This is how we met Angie Hambling and began our home hunting adventure. We met with Angie, and described what we were looking for. She went right to work and nearly everyday we went out to see homes. She took us from Maggie Valley to Andrews, Robbinsville to Highlands, all over WNC. From nice paved roads to mountain top gravel 4WD roads, there was no terrain that kept her from getting us to the home she was showing. It's no exaggeration that we must have looked at 40 homes before we found the one for us. We would be remiss in not stating that spending 2 months searching for, and then closing on a house, is never a thrilling experience, but Angie's positive attitude and warm and friendly personality made the effort fun and rewarding. We always felt that we were out with a friend. We will also add that the entire staff at Blue Ridge Realty made us feel welcome and appreciated. Thanks again Angie. We really appreciate everything you did for us." - Daphne O.
"We met Adrienne Clark over a year and a half ago when we were moving from out of state, and looking to rent a house. Adrienne was immediately helpful and set us up to rent a perfect little home. We later decided to buy the same house, which we closed on last week. At every step of knowing her, both as our rental and home buying agent, she has been so helpful and knowledgeable, and always doing whatever it takes to thoroughly get the job done with us. We feel so lucky to be where we are, and a lot of that is because of Adrienne! Thank you so much!!" - Robyn O.
"Fabulous experience with realtor Adrienne Clark Higdon. Experienced, professional, and ON IT. Quick to respond and knows the area. Highly recommend!" - C. O'Connor
"Adrienne has been our rental property manager since January and has been amazing. Her integrity, professionalism and work ethic were clearly evidenced as we worked through a series of necessary repairs. We trust her knowledge, insights and honesty and look forward to working with her in the future." - Mike M.
"We selected Blue Ridge Premier Realty & Rentals (Carol Taylor specifically) to sell our home. We were out-of-state for a majority of the time that our home was listed and she truly represented our best interests and backed us up. She also had a team of support staff that was very helpful. Carol's level of service and competence is hard to find. The house did sell and we were thrilled. Carol is a professional and was able to handle every single challenge associated with our unique situation. She is knowledgable, patient, informative, pleasant and supportive. She also understands the WNC market. We would definitely choose her again. My wife and I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a trustworthy real estate professional." William P.
"We have had an exceptional service experience with Adrienne. She has been our contact for a rental unit we contracted for through Blue Ridge Premier Realty & Rentals. Adrienne has been friendly, easy to work with, very prompt in responding to our requests for assistance, and a true professional. I highly recommend Adrienne!!" - Jan L.