Began business in 1971 as Mountain Realty Inc, after having done business under name of Hiawassee Land Co with partners Hal Herrin & Ernie Dowdy for a short time. The sales agents were licensed in GA & NC, and even at one time an agent was licensed in
Hal Herrin was Principal Broker until he sold business to Carmolita Haney in 1989.
Carmolita came to work at Mountain Realty in 1984. Hal continued to work at Mountain Realty as an associate broker until he retired. A branch office in Young Harris
was opened and operated off and on from around 1985, until Carmolita bought the business.
In 1989, as new business owner, Carmolita has served as principal broker ever since. A new office building was built in Young Harris immediately. In 1991, Carmolita built a new office building in Hiawassee and had old building removed. We have served the real estate needs of the area from two locations ever since.
Sales staff has ranged from 3 to 12 agents, with one office manager and some times even a part time office assistant. In the 1990’s, vacation rentals were doing really well and were a big part of our business. However for the most part, our real estate services have mostly been focused on listings and sales.
Since the 1990’s, Mountain Realty is proud of the fact that every year there has been one or more agents who have sold $1,000,000 or more in real estate transactions. This is quite an accomplishment, especially in “lean years”. For past several years in a row, we have had anywhere from 4 to 7 agents who have achieved this honor, a huge accomplishment especially in years when real estate values in our market area are at an all time low and the nation’s economy is struggling. In fact, in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, one of our agents was the Top Producer for Towns County in our local Board of Realtors.
Owner with Carmolita remaining the qualifying broker. Since that time, our real estate services no longer included rental management. We have primarily worked full service on listing and selling properties. We began a Mountain Realty Facebook page in 2016, adding social media to our marketing strategies in this world of technological advancement, along with our internet presence as mountainrealty.com being our website and a presence on some 70+ internet sites that market real estate.