My Top 5 Favorite Things About Being a Realtor in Boone

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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

Hello, my name is Sarah Long. I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1997, I moved to Boone, North Carolina to attend Appalachian State University. I received my degree in Theatre Education and spent 6 years in Charlotte, North Carolina teaching before being given the opportunity to move back to the High Country in 2007. I began practicing Real Estate in 2007 with a small firm in Blowing Rock, before helping to open a Real Estate Franchise in the area in 2010. As the franchise grew, I began to realize my desire to get back to my roots and have more of a local connection. In 2018 I launched 828 Real Estate and fulfilled my decade long dream of owning a real estate firm in Beautiful Downtown Boone!!

I feel so blessed to live in the High Country of North Carolina with my husband Matt, a local General Contractor, and our two children, Sadie Rose and Levi. We attend Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone. I love spending time outdoors and with my family. Between spending summers on the river or hiking and winters playing on the ski mountains- the High Country doesn’t disappoint with opportunities to enjoy God’s creation~!

I am a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. I stay involved in the Young Peoples Network through the local board of Realtors. This group allows me to stay up to date on the latest technology and marketing for Realtors. I am also a member of the Boone Chamber of Commerce and High Country Local First.

I am a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and 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.