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“The Legacy. The Lifestyle. Nobody is more knowledgable about the Cashiers-Highlands, NC plateau than McKee Properties. Their experience, network of relationships, and advocacy for their clients are the reasons I’ve trusted them to represent me on nine real estate transactions and a new, private community.”
“Three Decades of Trust. Experience. Relationships. Integrity. For 35 years, our family has trusted McKee Properties with out real estate needs. They are a strategic part of our plan to continue to invest in the area.”
–Laurin & Rex F.
“Creating the Vision. Our dogs are a complete part of our life. So, we wanted open fields and flat land for walking with them — and amazing views. Our agent was able to visualize this and make it happen, even when we couldn’t see it. We refer anyone we know to McKee Properties.”
–Melanie & Peter B.
“Our Slice of Heaven. Our McKee Properties agent sold us on this house before we even saw it. He knew we would love Buck Knob Island. He also represented the sellers and he really stuck with us through the closing. Now, when we’re here, we step back in time.”
–Danette & Don S.
“My experience with my wife was exceptional in working with Beth to find us a home in Cashiers. She knew the market like it was the back of her hand — showing us several exclusive listings to which she was only privy. Her perception to quickly understand our home desires was remarkable (only a real estate veteran with her experience). Her hands-on services continued through and after closing (we still call on her a year after our closing). Beth is the consummate professional — knowledgeable, honest, service minded, fun and now a friend. We recommend her all the time to our friends. You will love working with her, and it will be the best thing you can do to successfully purchase a place in the Cashiers area.”
“Maggie Elmer is an absolute joy to work with. She is smart, hardworking and enthusiastic – all combined with a large dose of true Southern charm and hospitality! Maggie diligently helped us through our entire home search process and purchase and she continues to assist us as we renovate the property. She remains an invaluable source of local knowledge and resources on everything from construction and renovation, the moving process, landscaping, decorating and more. Maggie is a problem solver. Maggie has made would could have been a stressful experience into something exciting and very worthwhile. We would not have achieved a successful result on our recent second home purchase without Maggie’s assistance, knowledge and insights! We highly recommend Maggie without reservation!”
–Beth & Brad B
“Gus represented me on the purchase of a lot and is the best realtor I have worked with. He is smart, savvy and great to work with. He was very proactive in bringing me new ideas and handled the negotiations very effectively. Most importantly, he is honest, candid and trustworthy – which makes all the difference. I would strongly recommend him to anyone.”
“Liz Harris is on top of the Cashiers real estate market. She is proactive and creative and someone you want working for you. We’ve worked with her on several transactions and enjoy her personally as well as professionally.”
“Gus is a wonderful realtor with superb character who will research the area and look into various options that you desire, and is always willing to provide great wisdom on the home buying market while still being very observant to the wants and needs of his clients. He has been such a blessing in helping us find a home and is very passionate about his career in real estate and in taking care of the people he serves!”
–L. & A. J.
“Recently, we had the pleasure of working with Beth Townsend of McKee Properties for finding a home in Cashiers. Her knowledge of the area and in particular the characteristics of the different neighborhoods was invaluable. More important, she came to understand exactly what we were looking for. Beth knew of a property that was not listed for sale but might be available. She arranged for a showing and it proved to be a perfect match. We are the new proud owners and could not be happier.”
–John & Carrie I.
“Philip did a wonderful job for us and succeeded where others had repeatedly failed. Professional, sincere and effective. Could not have asked for a better relationship, and would highly recommend him.”
“We have known Gus for many years and have the joy of referring clients to him. He treats every one of them with knowledge, respect, appreciation and they all have fun! He is wonderful to work with! My husband and I highly recommend him!”
“It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter of acknowledgment and support of Wayne Monday. My wife and I have worked with numerous realtors over our 34 years of marriage, and I can say that our experience in working with Wayne totally exceeded our expectations and previous experiences with real estate professionals.
We first met Wayne in 2013 when we were looking for a vacation home in the Western North Carolina area. Wayne was extremely knowledgeable of the various communities that we were interested in visiting. He was very professional, thoroughly listened to what our housing requests were, built a list of properties to show us and escorted us to view numerous properties over the course of a couple of months.
We were successful in finding the perfect home for our family in Cashiers and Wayne was the key factor in making our search such a pleasant experience. Wayne has continued to stay in touch with us over the years, introducing us to the community and helping us with referrals for service providers when needed.
After our home purchase, we referred my wife’s sister and her husband to Wayne and, again, he successfully assisted them in locating and purchasing their beautiful vacation home in Sapphire, NC.
I have no reservations in recommending Wayne to anyone who may be in need of a professional real estate agent to represent them. In fact, I recently referred him to a close personal friend of mine and his wife, and he is currently representing them in a search for a family vacation home in the Western North Carolina area.”
“We were thrilled to work with Liz on the sale of our home and the purchase of our lot. Many thanks to her for expertly guiding us through a challenging process and providing superlative counsel and support. Her in-depth knowledge of market trends and understanding of our needs resulted in a perfect scenario for us to continue enjoying the Cashiers community. With her abundance of listings, we were especially appreciative of her responsiveness and ability to make us feel as if we were always her top priority. We could not be any more pleased with the combination of professionalism and sensitivity to our concerns throughout our sale and purchase. We are certainly looking forward to a long relationship of real estate transactions and friendship.”
–Jan & Dudley W.
“Our experience with Gus has been nothing less than great. He is professional, knowledgeable, and very hard working. We particularly like his accessibility and personal guidance through the real estate process. We have not been in the real estate market for almost 30 years, so having someone like Gus to guide and advise us has been extremely important. We would be delighted, and proud, to recommend Gus to anybody in need of excellent representation in a real estate transaction.”
“From the very start, Beth explained the process and provided realistic expectations through thoughtful and detailed pricing analysis. Her experience and knowledge made the process of selling our home much easier. And her calm demeanor helped us through closing.
Unlike most real estate companies that put the house in the MLS and shove the key in a lockbox, McKee is structured to provide real concierge service. With Beth as our agent, she provided the overall experience and guidance. But Beth has a team of dedicated assistants that add the concierge touch. Her licensed assistant, Clay Cantler, was assigned to our house sale. Clay demonstrated strong business and project management skills throughout the process. He coordinated multiple contractor activities to achieve a successful close while demonstrating a professional demeanor throughout. And either Clay or Beth were present for every client showing, inspection, and contractor visit.
It was a pleasure to work with Beth and Clay!”
–Steve & Kathy K.
“We cannot thank Sandy enough for leading us to the perfect home for our family. She was so kind, patient, and went above and beyond for us. We know that our family will make lasting memories here in Cashiers.”
–Reid & Jenny B.
“Gus is especially patient and knowledgeable of the market and the home buying process. He is deft at assisting with identifying the area and house that fit both our lifestyle and our budget. He has realistic goals on prices and is well versed in the realities of mortgages and down payments as it relates to a house’s asking price. Gus has no problem telling you that a house is not right for you. He wants to put you in a house you love. Gus makes himself available to accommodate his clients’ schedules. He is always quick with a return phone call or email no matter the day or the time.”
“Maggie Elmer was fantastic to work with! She made purchasing my land extremely easy and stress free. She went above and beyond to make sure the inspections were completed on time per the contract deliverable dates. She also changed out the gate lock at her own time and expense for my ease of mind since I was in Florida during the close. I highly recommend her!”
“Wayne was a pleasure to work with. He is very knowledgeable of the area and was quick to get a good sense of what we were interested in purchasing. Wayne knows what is going on, not only in the real estate market but also in the community. Wayne is very prompt in returning phone calls and procuring information for us. He is very patient and a good negotiator. I believe Wayne represented our interests well in negotiating our purchase agreement. I would highly recommend Wayne to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the Cashiers area and surrounding communities.”
“Gus is a seasoned veteran at the real estate game! He is always available to view homes and works around your schedule to get you in them. We used Gus to sell and buy and it worked out great!!!!”
“When the decision was made to buy a home in the Cashiers area, we went online to begin our real estate search, and as luck would have it, our first call was to Beth Townsend. Immediately, she began lining up homes for us to see based on our wants and needs, and those of our 3 dogs. Thanks to her hard work and guidance, within a few weeks we had signed a contract on our beautiful new mountain home. Beth goes beyond just being a realtor. We have found her to be a loved and respected member of the community. With her extensive knowledge and active involvement in the area, we had no doubt that she was working in our best interests to not just sell us a house, but to welcome us to her beloved hometown. We will be forever grateful that we made the call to her that day, because through Beth we found more than just a beautiful home, we found a friend as well.”
“Ya’ll need to go straight to Maggie Elmer for a great experience buying and selling a home in Cashiers, Sapphire and surrounding areas. We met Maggie when we were selling our small home and trading up. Every step of the way she was a consummate professional and went out of her way to give us the best service possible. In a red-hot market, she got us in to see what became our new home the very first day it was on the market, pitched our offer and locked it down for us. During inspection, Maggie was spied in the crawl space looking for leaks just to confirm our house inspection findings! Maggie will go the extra mile with a smile. She really got after it like nobody’s business. Recommend Maggie Elmer without reservation.”
“Gus was truly the easiest real estate agent to work with possible! He spent days, taking time away from his family to help my wife and I find the perfect home. Even after we thought we had decided on a home, Gus took us to see one more, which ended up being the one we bought! I cannot recommend Gus enough! He was with us every step of the process, including sitting at the closing table. Truly an easy, easy experience.”
“We have had two real estate transactions with Beth Townsend to date, with another (hopefully!) in the near future. On a buying side, Beth was quick to understand our unique needs and desires, and because of her expansive market knowledge, hone in and accurately lead us to agreeable selections. Our time is always valued. From a selling side, Beth is creative and as hard-working a real estate professional as either of us has ever known. We are certain that Beth will expose our property to every single prospective buyer. Both of us are licensed, career-long real estate sales professionals, so we know a talent when we see it. Beth Townsend’s reputation first lead us to her, but her performance and success in meeting our needs has earned her our loyalty — now and as long as we live in western North Carolina.”
–Pete R. & Cathy L.
“Over the last 10 years, Liz Harris has represented us as buyers or sellers in probably six transactions. She has a keen sense when a ‘deal’ is possible and works very hard and creatively to make it happen. Bottom line is Liz is the best!”
–Bill & Ann V.
“I loved my experience working with Gus. He came highly recommended through a friend of a friend as I was new to this region and did not have any realtor contacts. How do I describe Gus? Supremely professional, smart, hardworking, diligent, intuitive, knowledgeable, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, and fun, to boot. He made the arduous process of finding the perfect home, and negotiating a difficult deal, seamless for me. And when it came time to prep and move in, he was right there to help with all the little details. I love my new home and the good friends I made with Gus and his wonderful family. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Gus Bright.”
“When we decided to look for a vacation home in the Cashiers area, we were told Beth Townsend was the person to call. Since then, Beth has been our go-to person for all real estate matters in Cashiers. She has provided professional, personal and super friendly service at every turn. She’s a great, hard working person we trust and appreciate.”
–Lyn & Terri A.
“Wayne is an excellent realtor. He was very knowledgeable, gave us plenty of his time, and knew the area very well. He quickly learned what we were looking for and was very patient with us. It took us 3 years to find the right home. He is polite, fun, and has continued to be a great asset to us. We have become friends with Wayne and his wife; they are great people who have introduced us to many things. We would strongly recommend Wayne.”
–Michelle & Mike T.
“Gus Bright was very professional in his skills as a real estate agent. He was diligent and worked within our time frame. He understood exactly what our needs and desires were for our future home. His selection of homes to show us were all within our established requirements. He didn’t waste our time in showing us properties which didn’t meet our standards or price range. He was a wise negotiator during the final offer phase of our purchase. Gus Bright will be our agent on any future real estate purchases. It was a pleasure to work with him.”
“Beth is a pleasure to work with and knows how to get the job done. She has helped us to sell two houses over the years, and neither sale was without some stress due to a variety of factors, none of which were caused by Beth. She is adept at working through challenges and finding a way to make things happen. You can be confident that she will get the very best possible result when she represents you.”
–Vickie & Rufus D.
“It was a pleasure working with Wayne in 2014 when we purchased our house in Laurel Falls. It was an easy decision when we decided to sell our home to contact Wayne in Oct. 2020. He is a true professional and certainly a man of his word. We both have enjoyed working with him in finalizing the transaction. I cannot say enough about his professionalism and work ethics to complete the sale. Thank you, Wayne!”
–Bob & Kathy B.
“Gus is a hands-on realtor. He knocks himself out of the ballpark to help you sell your house from hosting open houses, setting mood lighting, turning on the music and serving delicious cookies. He advertises and sincerely digs deep to find a buyer for you.”
–Don & Donna D.
“We have worked with many real estate agents over the years and I can’t say enough about the professional service provided to us throughout the process by Beth Townsend. She represented us buying homes in downtown Highlands as well as High Hampton and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Not only was she adept at presenting us with homes that met our very specific criteria, but she was also a stellar negotiator and ensured that we got the best possible deal. Beth is easy to communicate with, knows her market intimately and helped to shepherd us through the entire closing process. Thank you for everything, Beth.”
–Bill & Misty B.
“We decided to relocate to unknown territory. Joanne Bryson’s knowledge of local area was unmatched. She went above and beyond to not only show us properties that suited our needs, but actively listened to our feedback and introduced us to the community which we now call home.”
“I want to say thank you to Gus Bright for your hard work. I would recommend him to people who would like to buy or sell properties or make an investment. He is very honest and hard working. He is very knowledgeable about the market as well as a good communicator. All the best and thank you for helping me.”
“When selling a challenging property, you want Beth on your team. She is determined, creative and perseveres to meet your goals. From emails and texts on the weekend to going above and beyond her ‘broker duties,’ you know instantly that you have an essential advocate on your side.”
“My husband Scotty and I had the privilege of working with Joanne Bryson earlier this year. We had two lots in Laurel Falls that we wished to sell. We had known Joanne previously and asked her to assist us. She was amazing! She got us considerably more money for our lots than we thought we could possibly get and got it sold VERY quickly. She was so friendly and yet super professional. No issues whatsoever in the entire process. If we EVER need a realtor, Joanne is most definitely the first we will call.”
“My husband and I recently purchased a home in Holly Forest and sold a Hilltop condo at Fairfield Lake. The realtor who represented us on both transactions was Maggie Elmer with McKee Properties. I highly recommend Maggie. She was on top of both transactions. She’s a good communicator, always responding to our concerns. She made both the purchase and sale go smoothly.”
–Robert & Mary Lane J.
“It was an emotional time for the whole family, since we were selling the mountain house we had enjoyed together for nearly 30 years. Even though we all agreed the time had come, the decision was not easily made.
All of the agents we interviewed were top-notch, but Beth distinguished herself through both her knowledge of the market and through her ability to “connect” with us and adjust her approach to our situation. Beth and her assistant Clay worked hard behind the scenes, but could not have been more available and attentive to our needs.
A full-price offer, after only a few weeks on the market, helped affirm we had made the right decision. Not only did Beth help sell our house, she helped us reach closure and transition to the next chapter in our lives with grace. Thank you Beth. We are grateful for your service.”
“Wayne Monday was so kind to help my family with the sale of our home. We loved Wayne’s ‘get up and go’ attitude! He had creative ideas and brought value to the table with different avenues on marketing, open houses and showing the property. He was always very quick to respond and stayed in touch with us quite well throughout the entire process. I am certain that we secured a higher sales price as a result of Wayne. I would highly recommend him!”
“It is with great pleasure (after a wonderful sale result) that I write to applaud the work of the entire McKee Properties team and acknowledge, in particular, Beth Townsend as a very talented, knowledgeable and hard-working (as in never stops) Broker. Her ability to act, react and constantly address the particular situation is outstanding and truly unique in the field.
Our home in High Hampton had been listed unsuccessfully and at the end of that agency agreement we engaged Beth and the McKee firm. Within 10 days of our signing, we had a beautiful brochure that was bright and attractive with a well composed message and was well circulated. It received nice compliments from even the non-buyers.
The greatest difference in the use of McKee was the interaction with the area’s brokerage community. Due to Beth’s extensive experience and visibility in the brokerage community, she was able to have numerous showings and interaction through other agencies.
Beth was willing to use creative marketing methods and was in command of good ideas. This was the key to our quick sales agreement signing and sale that was closed in less than three months from agency start to finish.
The result was fine and we are very pleased; but, most of all, we loved the feeling of being in good hands throughout.”
“I would like to take a minute to let you know what an asset Joanne Bryson is to your organization. Having bought and sold 35+ properties over my lifetime, I have never had the pleasure of working with someone like Joanne. She is professional, compassionate, detailed, and truly interested in the customers wants and needs. She takes the time to get to know her client, and also has an unusual talent to listen. That is rare these days. I would recommend Joanne to anyone that wanted to buy or sell a piece of property. She is responsive and detailed at all times. She was a joy to work with, and she is a real asset to McKee properties.”
“We’ve worked with Beth on a number of transactions over the past several years as buyers and sellers. She is smart, honest, hardworking and a lot of fun. She is well-prepared and strategic, and we have always been well-served by trusting her instincts and advice. Plus, she just makes the whole process enjoyable from beginning to end. I can’t imagine there’s a better broker in Western North Carolina.”
–Dave & Jen D.
“We had one of the best experiences working with McKee Properties and your associate, Maggie Elmer. Maggie is the definition of professionalism. With a nice dose of true southern hospitality and the ideal amount of relentless pursuit! We found the perfect home to purchase and she gave us great guidance through the entire process. Not only did she work out a great deal, but Maggie had all the inspectors, contractors and service groups set up for us without an issue. Our sincere thanks to Maggie and McKee for everything.”
–Paul & Mary J.
“Beth found the ideal home for us when others said our search was too precise. A property with stellar views, unique construction, gated privacy, and quick Cashiers access — at a targeted price point. Pleasant, patience, and a deep array of options yielded success for us long distance. Additionally, Beth learned our interests and sought routes to speed our acclimation to what has become our new beloved hometown.”
–Sarah & Jud P.
“We had the pleasure of working with Maggie Elmer on the purchase of land to build on. From start to finish she was very responsive, kind, and a constant professional. We are out of state and she handled all of the items that come up with such a purchase. We look forward to working with her again should the opportunity arise.”
–Rena & Spencer P.
“I’m excited to launch my real estate career and I chose to affiliate with McKee Properties based on their stellar reputation and extensive knowledge of the area’s luxury market, their legacy and decades of experience developing award-winning communities on the plateau, and for their exceptional marketing and branding. When you think Cashiers real estate, you think McKee Properties.”
“We have purchased and sold homes with Beth Townsend at McKee Properties. Her local knowledge and expertise were extremely helpful. She is thorough, detail oriented, very creative and flexible. Above all else she is a wonderful person who I would highly recommend to any of my friends.”
“John worked hard and was a good advocate for us. I was happy with the way things moved along. I appreciated everything he did for us!”
“Beth was wonderful to work with as a buyer’s agent. I initially engaged her to help me evaluate a property that was off-market. She did a thorough job and provided the info I needed to determine the asking price was too high. Then she found me a much better property at a reasonable price. Beth was always responsive and in command of the process all the way to, and beyond, closing. I would definitely work with Beth again and value her expertise and judgement.”
“Working with Logan has been a pleasure. He had answers to all my questions and showed he is very knowledgeable about the area and housing market in Cashiers and surrounding communities. I would highly recommend him as your broker here on the Plateau!”
“We met Beth in 2019 when she helped us find and purchase a special cottage at Wade Hampton Golf Club. Beth spent time getting to know us, sharing the history of the area, great hikes and favorite eateries. We grew to love the area too and realized we needed a slightly larger home. We reached out again to Beth who soon found a perfect next home for our family. Beth then listed and put under contract our old cottage within 48 hours. Beth was more than helpful with both negotiating and working through the purchases and closings we’ve had over the past several years. She has since helped multiple friends find homes in the western North Carolina Mountains, too. You have the very best there is when you are working with Beth Townsend!”
–Carolyn & Kevin K.
“Words cannot describe the experience we had working with Gus. He went above and beyond every step of the way. The process of purchasing our home was smooth, and even when it seemed there would be a hiccup, Gus handled it promptly with professionalism that is unmatched. We would recommend Gus without reservation for all real estate needs.”
–Kristi & Jeff
“Maggie was such an asset in the marketing and sale of our property. She was extremely professional and positive throughout the sale. She never avoided delivering the news of any setbacks and remained steadfast during the entire process. I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
–Rosemary & Gary M.
“The best team in Cashiers!”
“Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness! I have purchased and sold many properties through the years. My far, Mckee has one of the most professional, knowledgeable, responsive staffs I have encountered. It’s a great group to work with and they listen to you.”
“If you are looking to purchase property in or around Cashiers, I highly recommend McKee Properties. My partner and I were looking for the perfect getaway and Philip went above and beyond to make our dream a reality. Philip was able to show us numerous properties in the area that met our expectations. The decision was very difficult, since each one was so special. We couldn’t be happier with our experience with McKee Properties.”
“Good place to find a real estate agent!”
“This experienced firm has exceptional contacts in this part of North Carolina and the employees know volumes about the homes and values in the market.”
“Philip is very knowledgeable about the Cashier and Highlands areas. He goes above and beyond to meet the needs of his clients, before, during and after the the sale of properties!! Example, sending a box of letters found in the basement, from one parent to the other parent after we sold their property with Philips assistance!! Which he paid the postage on! You may need a realtor but you will end up with a friend!!!”
“Fully knowledge of the cashiers area, friendly, NO Pressure, and professional. Most customer become friends with their Agent!”
“They are very professional and trustworthy!”
“Beth Townsend had become a friend of ours in Cashiers, where we had a home. We knew of her reputation as an excellent realtor. When we decided to sell, we immediately called Beth. No time was lost in listing the property. Beth, and her assistant Clay, listened carefully to our questions and suggestions, noting everything in detail. Very complimentary photographs and an attractive listing of the property was sent out to the media. It took one week to sell the house! Beth’s reputation in Cashiers is well known. She is extremely active in the community. She knows everything there is to know about the area, and her advertising with McKee Properties reaches far and wide. We are a family of top realtors, thirty five years and still active, so we can appreciate all that Beth has done for us to get a quick sale with the right price. And, she is still our good friend!!!!”
–Cheri & Chipper A.
“It is a privilege to write about our experiences of selling our beautiful home in Cashiers with McKee Properties as our Broker. We met with our children to see if they could come one or more times a year and help us assess what items needed maintenance and even join us in getting the projects completed. We had been unable to obtain dependable help to assume these roles in our absence. This discussion led to a recommendation to sell the property. Husband Al made the initial call to John Barrow. A follow-up meeting was held with John and Sandy and the team began its task. Communications were an A+. The written communications were written with the English teacher in mind and the photography and use of color and texture of paper made it a coffee table edition.
Now it was the magical team of Sandy and John — SOLD!! There were general drop-ins. One was a drop-in for all the female brokers for a sit-down formal dinner which Sandy cooked and McKee Properties provided the French wine. We live three hours from Cashiers. We typically come every other week to clean, cut grass and water plants. Since both of us are experiencing health issues, we notified them when we were not being able to come to Cashiers. They watered all the plants for us.
I could continue with so many other things they did for us to make this such a memorable experience. When they walk through the door, they are greeted with “Come in Friends.” Congratulations on having such Special people on your team. With grateful hearts,”
–Evelyn & Al B.
“Having worked for 25 years as a top producing Realtor for one of the two most prestigious real estate firms in Houston, I always found it rewarding to receive appreciation and thanks from my clients both buyers and sellers. Being on the other end of the transaction as a buyer myself in North Carolina was a novel experience. Beth Townsend knows the market inside out, she listens, she wants to help you find or sell your home in the most efficient way possible. In my case, she found the house of my dreams which checked every box on my wish list except for one thing; it had no flowing water on the property. Within two weeks of signing the contract with the seller for the house, she investigated the contiguous property which had a branch flowing through it, contacted the owners and persuaded them to sell. I closed both transactions back-to-back. I have my “forever” house with all that I dreamt of. To say that Beth was proactive is an understatement; she is determined, capable, and she cares about her clients. This is one excellent Realtor describing from personal experience another excellent Realtor.”
Nearly 50 years of luxury real estate expertise in the Cashiers-Highlands area