The History of 828 Real Estate

The 828 Real Estate team of North Carolina realtors and brokers.

How We Started

828 Real Estate started as a dream, in fact, a decade long dream. Our owner, Sarah Long, joined the real estate world of the High Country in 2007. Formerly a theatre arts teacher in Charlotte, NC, she was told she “had the personality of a real estate agent.” Not long after, she found herself in the industry in Boone!

After 10 years of working with other agencies, Sarah started 828 Real Estate in 2018 with Susan Stelling and Corrinne Loucks. The three wanted to create an environment that was unlike the rest: an environment built off community.

Our Environment

828 Real Estate strives to foster a community between not only their clients, but with each other. It is important for us to know the stories of our co-workers and what is going on in their lives. We don’t just sell homes, we build relationships.

We all love it here in the High Country! We want to share that love with our clients and provide them with the best chance of finding their dream property.

Watch Our New Video Series

In order for you to get to know us more, check out the red YouTube logo beneath each of our team member’s names to hear their story, or you can go directly to our YouTube Playlist.

We would like to thank C-Squared Productions for all of their hard work in putting this together!

About the Author

Shalamar Blevins grew up in Ashe County, right next to the North Fork of the New River. Shalamar loves the outdoors after spending most of her life kayaking and hiking in her own front yard. 

Throughout her life, Shalamar tried to learn every art form she could get her hands on, from ceramics to African Batiking! Being creative and adding a splash of lively color is Shalamar’s superpower. After studying the classic mediums from local masters such as Stephen Shoemaker and Lenore DePree, Shalamar attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem before attending UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2011, Shalamar spent time traveling through Europe and Asia before moving back to the North Carolina High Country to start her own studio and to work for Florence Thomas Art School.

To this day Shalamar still loves to travel and hosts small art classes on location and at festivals. She joined the 828 Real Estate gang in the fall of 2021. Since then, she has been working diligently to provide their agents and clients with the latest marketing tools, while celebrating the adventures that await in the 828! Shalamar got married to wonderful fellow Ashe County native, Micheal the summer of 2021. Micheal is a 13 year US Army Veteran, recently graduated from Nursing school and just started a career at Watauga Medical. They have 2 fur babies, an Australian Shepherd named Quill and Chocolate Lab named Brody. These boys keep Mike and Shalamar on their toes!

 When Mike and Shalamar aren’t working on their garden and home improvement ventures, they love spending time with their big family and friends while exploring the local music and art scene of NC High Country!