Karen Hollingsed And Krista Valentine
We share a passion and love for Western North Carolina and the people in it. Our family moved here to live the “mountain life dream” over 20 years ago and never looked back.
Karen has been married for over 30 years and is the mother to three beautiful daughters. Krista is a second generation real estate agent with a B.S. in Political Science from Western Carolina University. We both enjoy the people, the beautiful seasons, the culture, and the numerous outdoor activities available in the area.
Our team is set up to provide you with superior service and extensive knowledge of your neighborhood real estate market. We love the energy and excitement that goes along with finding the perfect home. Each transaction is different, and we truly enjoy personalizing every experience to meet your exact needs.
Karen entered real estate in 2007 after having lived in Western North Carolina for over 20 years. She applies her integrity, experience, and passion to a wide client base with loyal repeat customers. She is known for providing great customer service, constant communication, and a positive experience for all involved in the transaction.
Krista grew up accompanying her mother in various real estate activities. She discovered her own passion for the industry while serving mini quiche at open houses and walking property lines. Krista’s work is characterized by her desire to serve other people and a strong work ethic. She’s daily motivated by the spontaneity and relationships of the real estate industry.
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How is the tax bill of a home determined in North Carolina?
Real property is appraised at 100% of market value and includes land, buildings, structures, and improvements. State law requires counties to reappraise every eight years, but many counties reappraise every four. A bill can be a combination of tax rates. For example, a home inside the City of Asheville and Asheville City School districts will have three separate tax rates represented on a bill: the Buncombe County rate, the City of Asheville rate, and the Asheville City School rate. All rates are totaled to calculate the total tax liability. Tax rate estimates for our mountain communities can be found on page 127 of the Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Welcome magazine.
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Karen and Krista are top notch realtors. It was a pleasure to work with them again. Looking for a realtor? They are the best.
Barbara Carabeau, Waynesville
Karen Holingsef was referred by a fellow coworker and I am so very grateful. These ladies are great and made the whole experience personal versus just doing their job. Until I met Karen and Krista, I never realized how dedicated an agent could be. They helped me tackle every single obstacle that jumped in the way and there were several unforseen surprises. They talked me off the ledge more than once and connected me with the necessary resources to keep moving forward. I wouldn't have made it without the support and encouragement I received from them. Thank you!
Trudy Williams, Clyde NC
Krista and Karen Hollingsed was very attentive and professional. I highly recommend them
Brenda for Clermont FLorida
Karen and Krista are extremely professional and knowledgeable of Haywood County and the surrounding area. They were always available and willing to do whatever we asked. Would highly recommend.
Becky Lindsay Waynesville
These two are amazing, patient, knowledgeable, and accessible! There was some back and forth negotiations that they handled in a claim and professional manner that ultimately led to a successful conclusion for both us as buyers and I assume the sellers as well! Also, I have already recommended them to all of my Facebook friends!!!
Melinda Hersey, Waynesville, NC
Karen and Krista stuck with us throughout the process. We looked at numerous properties over several months. They were very accommodating and most helpful.
Roger Coward, Canton NC
I think she did more than was normally required of a broker in selling the property. She is a very hard worker and concerned that the seller is taken care of resulting the best outcome of the seller. She is very highly recommended.
Karen and Krista were both excellent, professional and so nice To work with. I would highly recommend both of them.
I opened the yellow pages, their ad was the first one that caught my eye, I called the office, was connected to Karen, and the rest is history. Karen and Krista are AWESOME !!! I couldnt have asked for a better TEAM !!!! Karen and Krista are AWESOME !!! AWESOME !!! only dealt with Karen and Krista AWESOME !!!!
Jeffery Todd Haywood County
Dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy and persistent were just some of the many qualities that Karen and Krista brought to our working relationship. Definitely recommend them for anyone buying or selling.
Doug Hillman, Waynesville, NC
Karen and Krista or always available by phone and being out of state sellers they went all above and beyond any other realtor we’ve ever dealt with. Karen and Krista were there for the inspection and the appraisal they got more than I anticipating and getting for the home that we sold. I highly recommend Karen and Krista to all my Friends and relatives I sell real estate in Vero beach Florida and I would love to have Karen and Krista on my team.
Peter J. Marini Vero Beach
I felt very comfortable looking at homes with them. They always returned calls and texts right away. Also I'm glad Karen went to closing because she fixed something that was wrong and would have cost me a lot of money.
They were knowledgeable, helpful, professional and provided an exemplary experience from start to finish. I could not be more pleased and will provide them with my unqualified reccomendation.
Tom, Clyde NC
I will never be able to thank you both for all you did for us!! Thank you so so much. Good people like you don’t come across us in life very often ...we were LUCKY !!♥️♥️♥️
Karen Counts : Waynesville
Karen and Krista are always responsive and helpful, the process was so easy! Loved working with them!
They were wonderful from start to finish. They kept us up to date on all showings and any information that was pertinent to the sale of our home. We would gladly do business with them again.
Bronwyn Jenkins, New Smyrna Beach Florida
Karen always made herself available to accommodate our schedule. Weekends, evenings, etc. She returned our phone calls or texts in a timely manner, no matter the time. All documents were sent as promised. Will not hesitate to use Karen Hollingshed again if we have another real estate need.
Reah Landau Waynesville NC
They did a great job making the sale happen. They brainstormed with us concerning marketing the property and completed 2 open houses. Would definitely use them for future needs.
Karen is a great broker. I would recommend her to anyone looking in Haywood County.
Karen Hollingsed helped me find and buy a house for my daughter with me living in California. What could have been a long, messy process ended up being quick and easier than I imagined. My daughter is thrilled with her new home and I was very happy working with Karen.
Helena Iceman, Brentwood, California
Karen is very personable and is familiar with the the outlying area. That is helpful in suggesting potential properties that would be suitable for us. Karen was very familiar with the purchasing process. She was very involved in helping us protect our interests and familiarizing us with North Carolina laws and regulations. She was very attentive to our needs and responded to our concerns quickly. She kept us updated frequently as we were mostly dealing with her from Orlando ,Florida. She was helpful in suggesting things to look for when buying a house in Waynesville , NC. Excellent experience. It was productive and fun! She has a great sense of humor, which added to the fun of looking at properties!
Mike Juett, Orlando, Florida
Karen did such an incredible job in finding the perfect home for us. What I appreciated most about Karen was her accessibility. I had many questions and at odd times of the day/night. She was never off the clock! No matter when I asked, she was always quick to respond. This, for me, is priceless. Furthermore, it was easy for us to see how much Karen truly cared about our wellbeing. There are some things which just can't be taught. Passion in what she does, and caring for others are just a couple of the many wonderful attributes which Karen possesses. Thank you so much Karen! You're the best!
Dennis D. Waynesville nc
Karen was amazing !!!!
Connie Teneriello Waynesville
Karen went out of her way to accommodate our schedule for the short time we were in the area. Then, she tracked down resources we needed and became our "feet on the ground" so we felt connected with all aspects of the purchase process even from a long distance away. She was only a phone call away. I can't think of one quality lacking in Karen. She is an outstanding agent and our first friend in Waynesville. Karen won us over with her friendliness and knowledge of the local market.
The Stinsons, Maine
We based our decision from meeting with Karen. She was knowledgeable, professional, and communicative. We would highly recommend Karen Hollingsed. She listened to what we were looking for in a home and helped guide us through the entire home buying process. She worked closely with our lender and made the experience a successful and easy venture. Karen Hollingsed helped make our home dream come true, Thank you Karen.
Brian Beck and Chelle Baker, Waynesville
Karen and Krista were amazing and truly cared about finding us the right home. They were there every step of the way supporting us during this experience. We cannot say enough about our experience with them.
Thomas and Kris Mann
We truly felt Karen and Krista Hollingsed were “on our side.” They wanted us to find a home we’d be happy with, worked patiently with us, and didn’t try to push a “quick sale” on us. We would happily work with them again, and recommend them to others.
Doug and Andrea H., Waynesville
Krista and Karen were great. They handled tasks for us when they did not have to. They were always available when needed and called. Would recommend their expertise to any friend or family member!
Kendall and Taylor Yates
Karen has been extremely helpful during the entire process. I appreciate the way she takes interest and follows up with us. She truely seems to care about the client and what is best for them. Have recommended her to my sister in law and Karen currently holds the listing. The overall process with Karen was more than we could ask for. She is an excellent agent.
Tim Stair Florida and Waynesville, NC
Karen was referred to us by a family friend. She was so great through the whole process at answering our questions and helping us narrow down what we needed vs what we wanted and helped us get what we needed and wanted in the end. She was a delight to deal with, and although I hope to never move again, I know if we do she will be the person we call!
T. Wilson, Waynesville, NC
Once Karen understood our needs she worked with us to secure the property. Found her to be friendly and engaging. Glad Karen was agent and found that she was good at brokering our offer to the seller. Although the title search slowed the process for the most part the process went smoothly.
Paul Turner, Bethel
My wife Dorothy and I really enjoyed working with Karen Hollingsed she was always Avaluable when we needed her I would highly recommend Karen for anybody looking to buy or sell a home her knowledge of the area was impeccable her service outstanding and her negotiating skills or by far the best I've seen any realtor have we felt Karen was working real hard for us
Peter & Dorothy Marini Vero Beach fl. And Waynesville N.C.
Karen did a great job in keeping me informed on all aspects of the sale of my home. She always returned my calls or texts promptly and answered my questions or concerns professionally and to my satisfaction. If I'm ever in need of an agent in the area again, I will definitely work with Karen again. Thanks Karen! You're the best!
Karen Hollingsed is one of the Best agents you could have. Whats Best is she loves to Sell homes and understands what the customer wants and is looking for in a home. She certainlyly matched us up to the right property.
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