Blog :: 03-2010

Deano's Italian Ice and Gourmet Popcorn Now Open

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After a day at the playground with the kids last Friday (and a 65 degree day) we stopped to get the kids a treat (and of course us as well) at Deanos Italian Ice and Gourmet Popcorn.

I had the creamsicle italian ice, my daugher the Red White & Blue (very tasty), and Christine had a creamsicle shake. Since my son was in trouble he did not get anything, but on the way out, Dean offered him some fresh popped popcorn which he willingly accepted and quickly devoured.

A great place to get a snack or a cool treat on a warm Spring day. Check out the video below and meet Dean, owner/operator of Deanos. He is located close to the intersection of HWY 19 and HWY 276 in Dellwood/Lake Junaluska.


Veterans Visit Free at Wheels Through Time this Weekend!

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DATE: March 21, 2009

CONTACT: Matt Walksler

PHONE: (828) 926-6266

FAX: (828) 926-9158



Veterans Visit Free at Wheels Through Time this Weekend!

This coming weekend, the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC will be honoring our nation's military by paying tribute to those men and women who have served our country, both past and present. Throughout the entire weekend, the museum will be offering free admission for all military veterans, as well as both active and non-active members of our nation's armed forces.

Several times each year, Wheels Through Time proudly recognizes those who have served our great country in various capacities. These events include numerous free-admission days and weekends throughout the spring, summer, and fall; hosting the annual Haywood County Toy Run on Veterans Day weekend in November; and showcasing its ever-growing Historical Military Motorcycles exhibit during our nation's birthday on July 4th each year.

Expect to see over a dozen rare military machines at the museum this weekend. Having just returned from Milwaukee, where it was on loan to the Harley-Davidson museum for their month-long "Harley's and Hollywood" exhibit, the museum's 1917 Harley-Davidson messenger pigeon carrier will be on display, and will be fired-up for visitors regularly. The "Pigeon Carrier" is the world's only known example and carries with it a unique story dating back to the earliest forms of "wireless communication". Decades after its role of providing a means of communication from the front lines of battle to safety behind American lines, the "Pigeon Carrier" was later used in "The Spirit of St. Louis", the 1957 Oscar-nominated movie starring Jimmie Stewart as Charles Lindberg. Subsequently owned by the late actor, Steve McQueen, the WWI-era machine was bought in the 1980s by museum curator, Dale Walksler, and has been on display for museum visitors ever since.

Nearly all of the over 300 motorcycles and automobiles housed within the museum are in running and operating condition, and the military machines are no exception. Running and on display will be machines from both the North-African and European fronts of World War II, as well as the 1918 Harley-Davidson World War I sidecar on which Walksler rode in the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, DC.

Wheels Through Time Museum, located at 62 Vintage Lane, across from the Fire Station in Maggie Valley, houses hundreds of rare and significant American motorcycles and automobiles set in a fascinating ambience for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The museum will be open all weekend from 9a.m.-5p.m., and all veterans and military members will receive free admission. For more information, visit their website, located at, or call (828) 926-6266.

Our very own is involved in Haywood County NC Pet Rescue Adoptions-SARGE

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Jamie Powell, our very own agent, here at Realty World-Heritage Realty is on the Board of Directors for SARGE, which is Haywood County NC Animal Rescue Foundation. They are very good at saving adoptable animals that end up in the animal shelter, avoiding euthanasia. We are so grateful and proud that Jamie has the opportunity to keep us updated and involved in helping animals in our area.. Here's an article that appeared recently in the Smoky Mountain News..

To view or read article large, click on image


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We will close for daily operations at the end of the skiing session on Sunday, March 21 as originally scheduled.

HOWEVER, by popular demand and based on the amount of snow base we currently have, we will reopen for two additional weekends of skiing and riding on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28 and Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. Skiing on those days will be from 9am until 4:30PM and weekday rates will be in effect. We will not operate during the week from Monday through Friday, March 22-26 or March 29- April 2. Now, on to current operating hours"¦

Wall Street Journal Ranks Asheville in its Top 10 For Second Homes

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We in Haywood County like to think that Asheville gets the attention because of places like Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Bethel, etc, etc. Great article and ranking!

Asheville Named Among Best Places for Second Homes Asheville was recently selected as one of the 10 best places in America for second homes, according to Barron's Magazine. Boasting a four-seasons lifestyle and a thriving art scene, Asheville's luxury home prices have dropped an estimated 38 percent from their peak.

USDA Loan Program Out of Money? Great Program for Haywood County

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This message is to notify you that program funding for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program will likely be exhausted by the end of April, 2010.

Once funding is exhausted, the Agency will not issue Conditional Commitments "subject to receipt of appropriated funds." This is because it is not certain when additional funding will be available.

Limited funding may become available for disaster areas declared in 2008, or in disaster areas declared for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Limited funding may also become available as prior Agency commitments are de-obligated, however, such funding will be very limited.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Should you have any questions, you may contact the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division at (202)720-1452.

Rodgers writes:

Every year USDA runs out of money for their fundings and normally you are not affected by this however, this year is very different. The USDA Section 502 guaranteed Rural Housing Program will have exhausted there 2010 fiscal funds by the end of April. The USDA would need to receive about 150 million in funding to be able to continue funding loans for the rest of fiscal year 2010.

In past years USDA has appropriated funds from other areas to make up for the shortfall in funding dollars giving lenders the oppurtunity to continue to fund USDA loans.

Why is this year any different then past years? USDA is removing the "subject to receipt of appropriated funds" from their conditional commitments meaning there is no guarantee that lenders will be able to guarantee the loan and fund it.

Why are they doing this? The money usually runs out around the end of the government's fiscal year which is September 30th and USDA basically tells everyone we'll get you're funding commitments either this year or next. Since the money is running out so early in the fiscal year USDA is not sure where the money will come from therefore will not put "subject to receipt of appropriated funds" on their conditional commitments. Last year the money ran out in March but the stimulus provided the gap funding to carry the program thru to the end of the year but this year there is no stimulus money.

What can I do as a Realtor, Builder, Developer or loan officer? You need to contact your US Congressman, US Senator, professional lobby and employer to get them working on a solution because if this happens many homeowners will be left out on their loan closing because it simply won't happen.

The USDA loan program is a wonderful program for Rural America. The program is ran very efficiently and the default rate on USDA loans are much lower than FHA or other financing programs.

Please take action today.


Well....lenders have already begun cutting off the program. Both Wells Fargo and BB&T stopped taking USDA Rural Development loan commitments TODAY. Others will soon follow....


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    Tom, There is time for borrowers to get their loan closed even if the funds run out. With quick purchase contracts, we can reserve funds and have funding available at closing. Derek Prickett ENG Lending
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            Solid Waste day today in Haywood County NC

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            This is a first for Haywood County NC.....

            Have old paint cans, or other common hazardous waste laying around, today is the day you can get rid of it..

            From 9am-2pm at the Haywood County office building, located at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville NC. TODAY only.

            Items accepted, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, old fuel, antifreeze, used oil, old cleaners, aerosol cans, flourescent bulbs, batteries, & any other toxic household products, and outdated medications.

            90% of the waste collected will be recycled. For more info call (828) 627-8042.


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