Engel & Völkers Foothills

Engel & Völkers Foothills Sponsors Local Charity Event

Engel & Völkers Foothills was honored to be the Snowflake Sponsor at the 3rd annual Morganton Snow Ball on December 2, 2023. The Snow Ball is a gala event, auction, and fundraiser held annually that directly benefits Southmountain Children and Family Services.

Since 1903, Southmountain Children and Family Services (SCFS) has been providing pathways for children, families, and the community in numerous ways. From basic education to a safe haven, to a multitude of life-changing programs, Southmountain has remained a solid rock for children and families. Headquartered in Morganton, NC, Southmountain Children and Family Services operates the State’s first and only foster community. Situated near Lake James SCFS also serves families and children through our Children’s Advocacy Centers serving 16 counties in North Carolina.

Engel & Völkers Foothills had a wonderful time supporting our local community and enjoying great food and entertainment.



Lake James Land for Sale

274 West Camp Drive #39, Marion, NC

New Lot for Sale at Lake James!

274 West Camp Drive #39, Marion, NC | Offered at: $399,900

Located in the gated community of Black Forest, this 4.75 acre lot with nearly 500 ft of shoreline would make a perfect permanent residence or vacation home! This dockable lot is located on the west side of Lake James with access to all Black Forest amenities including Lake Camp, River Camp, Community House and plenty of walking trails. Don't miss out on this one! View complete listing





3598 NC 126, Morganton, NC

3598 NC 126, Morganton, NC 28655

Great opportunity to build a commercial business at Lake James. This would be perfect location for an outfitter, retail, kayak/bike rental, General store, campground, restaurant or boat and storage facility-so many possibilities in this quickly growing area of Burke County! Take advantage of being across the street from the Fonta Flora State trail, just 2 miles from the Linville Public access boat ramp and all of the Pisgah National Forest trails as well as beautiful Lake James. Adjacent to the Hawksbill Community. Zoning is Burke county General Business. 28+ Acres | Offered at: $359,000.

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Listed by: Polly Leadbetter, Engel & Völkers Foothills




The Importance of Real Estate Buyer Agency

When it comes to buying a home, many people believe that they can handle the process on their own. They may think that they can find the perfect property, negotiate a good price, and handle all the paperwork without any professional assistance. However, this is not always the best approach, and in reality, working with a real estate buyer agency can be highly beneficial. I want to stress the importance of real estate buyer agency and how it can make the homebuying process smoother and more successful. One of the primary reasons why a real estate buyer agent is important is because it provides expertise and knowledge of the local market. Real estate agents who specialize in buyer representation have thorough knowledge about the neighborhoods, schools, amenities, and market trends in the area. They can provide valuable insights that may not be readily available to an individual who is not actively involved in the real estate market. This knowledge helps buyers make informed decisions when choosing a property and ensures that they are paying a fair price. Furthermore, real estate buyer agents have access to a wide network of industry professionals, including mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and real estate attorneys. These relationships can simplify the homebuying process and ensure that all necessary steps are taken care of in a timely manner. For instance, a buyer agent can recommend reliable professionals for home inspections and help facilitate the mortgage application process. This network of industry professionals is a valuable resource for buyers.

Another significant aspect of real estate buyer agency is the skilled negotiation provided by an agent. Negotiating the terms and price of a home purchase can be a challenging task for many buyers. Real estate buyer agents, however, have the experience and expertise to negotiate on behalf of their clients effectively. They understand the local market conditions, analyze comparable sales, and may have some understanding of the seller’s motivation. All of this information can be used to negotiate a better price and favorable terms for the buyer. By having a professional handle the negotiation process, buyers can ensure that they are getting the most value for their investment.

Real estate buyer agents also play an essential role in protecting the interests of their clients. They have a fiduciary duty to their buyers, which means they are legally obligated to act in their best interests. This duty includes confidentiality, full disclosure, and loyalty. Agents are required to present all available options to their clients, including potential drawbacks and risks associated with a property. This transparency ensures that buyers can make well-informed decisions and avoid any potential pitfalls. In addition to their fiduciary duty, real estate buyer agents are knowledgeable about the legal aspects of a home purchase. They can help buyers understand contracts, interpret complex legal jargon, and assist with required documentation. This expertise can be invaluable in ensuring that all legal requirements are met.

Finally, real estate buyer agents provide peace of mind for buyers. Buying a home is a significant financial and emotional investment, and having a professional guide them through the process can reduce stress and uncertainty. By delegating the search, negotiation, and paperwork to a buyer agent, buyers can focus on other aspects of their lives while a knowledgeable professional handles the details.

In conclusion, the importance of real estate buyer agency cannot be understated. From their expertise and local market knowledge to their negotiation skills and legal guidance, real estate buyer agents offer considerable value to homebuyers. By working with a professional, buyers can be confident that they are making informed decisions, getting the best deal, and protecting their interests throughout the homebuying process.