My Top 5 Favorite Things About Being a Realtor in Boone

Real Estate Professional holding the keys to a house.

Did you know that real estate professionals are among the most satisfied people in their careers? There are loads of benefits to being a Realtor in the High Country of North Carolina. Here are my top 5 favorite things that make me love my job as a Realtor in Boone!

#1: The People

I am a fairly social lady. Being a Real Estate Broker offers me an amazing opportunity to interact with all different types of people from all over! I am able to educate people about the High Country and Real Estate in the area. Having a background as a teacher certainly helps. I love to hear peopleโ€™s stories. Why they are moving here, their goals with an investment property, why they are selling or just starting to explore the area. I would say the majority of my clients were already friends or turn into friends in the process!

#2: The Flexible Schedule

In real estate we work a lot of weekends, but that random Tuesday that you get to spend the whole day hiking Blue Ridge Mountain trails or taking a day trip to Highland State Park with your kids, is very refreshing. Somedays I even start the day extra early so that I can take a midday snowboarding run or head to coffee with a friend. When choosing this career the average 9-5 job was not what I was looking for. Most weeks I work a lot more than 40 hours, but it is certainly nice to have the flexibility Real Estate offers.


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#3: Working From Anywhere

There are positives and negatives with being able to work from anywhere. Overall I would say it is positive. We all have to learn to set boundaries, which is hard for a yes person. That said, the longer I am in this career, the easier saying no has become. I may be on my phone answering a quick email from auditorium at the recital, but I am at every recital!

#4: Every Day is Different

Variety is seriously a blessing. Everyday can look totally different. When you get bored easily and always want a challenge, this is awesome. One day I am training agents in the office, the next hiking 30 acres with a buyer along the river, and the next negotiating 8 offers on your newest listing. It really keeps things interesting!

#5: Continuous Learning

Even after 13 years in Real Estate in the High Country, I learn something new with almost every transaction. When dealing with zoning, wells, septic, USDA loans, 1031 Exchanges, right of ways, surveys, chimneys, personalities, deeds, title insurance, covenants, closing disclosures, water testing, pest inspections, home inspections, or road maintenance agreement, there is always something new to learn. Here recently, I’ve been learning how to market my real estate firm effectively. Being able to be stretch and learn is a lifelong goal.

Selling Real Estate in the High Countryย is the super triple double bonus of my career. We get to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a rare day that I donโ€™t stop and take a picture of something I am passing by. The breathtaking views, the snow, the fall foliage, the amazing creeks, rivers and wildlife are pretty surreal!

The Possibilities are Endless in a Career in Realty

If you’re looking for more reasons to become a real estate professional, we’ve got you covered. The real estate agents and brokers at 828 Real Estate love their careers. If you ever want to ask a question about pursuing a career in our field, we’d love to show you the ropes!

About the Author
Sarah Long is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. She has spent the last 24 years of her life in North Carolina. In 1997 she moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University where she received her degree in Theatre Education and Communications. She met her husband, Matt Long, a Boone native and general contractor in a “communications class”. Sarah moved to Charlotte to teach soon after graduation. After 5 years of teaching, they were finally given the opportunity to move back to the place they love, the High Country of NC. In 2007 Sarah received her NC Real Estate License and began her new career. After 3 years in the business, she was presented with an opportunity to help open a Franchise Real Estate Company in the area. Lots of growing, education and relationships were formed over the years with this large brokerage. In 2018 Sarah made the decision to step away from a larger company and start to build a smaller, locally focused brokerage. 828 Real Estate is located in vibrant downtown Boone. It is a boutique brokerage firm that focuses on Quality, not Quantity. Sarah is a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She is also a member of the Boone Chamber of Commerce and on the board for Downtown Boone Development Association. She successfully completed the REALTOR e-PRO course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered through the National Association of REALTORS.® The REALTOR e-PRO certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale property. On a personal note, Sarah and Matt have 2 beautiful children, Sadie Rose (11) and Levi (9). The Longs attend Alliance Bible Fellowship and stay connected by serving the community by supporting local non-profits like Western Youth Network, The Appalachian Theatre and Valle Crucis Community Park. The Longs love to spend time outside on hikes, on the river, playing with their pup, shredding the slopes and making the most of their time in this amazing place they get to call home!