We began business in 1971 as Mountain Realty Incorporated, after having done business under name of Hiawassee Land Company with partners Hal Herrin & Ernie Dowdy for a short time prior. The sales agents were licensed in GA & NC, and even at one time an agent was licensed in Tennessee also.
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, following next in line as Owner/Broker, Carmolita served as Principal broker until 2018. Under Carmolita’s management, a new office building was built in Young Harris immediately. In 1991, Carmolita built a new office building in Hiawassee and had the old building removed. We served the real estate needs of the area from two locations from that time on until 2015.
Sales staff has ranged from 3 to 12 agents, with one office manager and sometimes 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 or more agents who have achieved this honor, a huge accomplishment especially in years when real estate values in our market area were at an all time low and the nation’s economy was struggling during the economic downfall experienced around 2007. In fact, in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, one of our agents was the Top Producer for Towns County in our local Board of Realtors.
On Jan 1, 2015, Janet Allen bought Mountain Realty from Carmolita, becoming the new Owner with Carmolita remaining the qualifying broker until 2018 when the owner Janet Allen became the Principal Broker. Under new management, our real estate services no longer included rental management and our Young Harris location was closed. We have primarily worked full service on listing and selling properties, located in Hiawassee at 325 N Main Street right on the shores of Lake Chatuge.
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. We belong to two MLS services – the local regional Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors MLS and the Georgia MLS, which gains exposure of any of our client’s listings to a huge number of Realtors working with buyers at any given time.