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Created a successful real estate business with over 12 years of experience in financial and customer relations including a wealth of knowledge on mortgage options, distressed sales, negotiating contracts, relocation, and marketing. I’ve worked together with numerous local service industries for financing, home inspection to repair, and various attorneys.

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20.56 Acres of PRIME Franklin NC Mountain LAND


Estate size parcel that is UNRESTRICTED with MAGNIFICENT VIEWS plus close to town amenities of Franklin, NC. Mostly pasture with a tree-lined parimeter. Two seperate easements for this property off state maintained paved road.

Call Debbie @ 828-421-8028 Today!!            MLS 26007169     Listed at $153,750


Why does it BENEFIT me to have my Franklin NC land SURVEYED?

1. Current Franklin NC property information: old maps and previous surveys do not indicate current changes, including encroachments and easements.    

2. Title insurance: unless you have a current survey, title insurance does not cover your entire investment, only your mortgage.    

3. Prevention of Franklin NC boundary disputes: knowing the exact lines of your property can save you from disputes with neighbors and, potentially, the legal battles that come with them.    

4. Homeowner's insurance reductions: lenders rely on Map Determination Companies to depict flood risk and these assessments are often inaccurate. An updated survey shows the true picture and may change risk involvement, thus reducing insurance rates for the homeowner.

Protect your investment. Schedule your survey TODAY!

Things I love about 406 Bertha Rice Rd., Franklin

This is a quality custom built, by owner, timber frame home on 3.75 private acres located a close proximity to town.

 Listed at $264,000

Built in 2004 with 1764 +/- square feet. Milled white pine timbers, milled wild cherry floors on the main and milled hickory flooring upstairs, SIP walls, Anderson windows, Vermont wood stove, milled oak built-ins, to name a few.

Cedar shake shingles, pavers, plus the mature landscaping makes for great curb appeal.


720 square feet of decking on 2 sides of the home makes for ample outdoor living space. 360 square feet is covered decking.

Need a workshop and a nice 1 bedroom in-law suite? Here is 490 square feet of useable space for yourself or guests.

Small garden area for the in-laws too.

If spiral stairs are not for you.....there is plenty of room to have a regular staircase and the owner will be happy to replace it.

Enjoy a large 28x14 livingroom for entertaining.


Workable 16x10 kitchen, gas stove, bread making station, tile flooring, white pine timber ceiling

The front area of the loft 19x14 would make a great reading nook with lots of natural light. Milled hickory flooring.

The back area of the loft 19x13.6 is the master bedroom and bath. Milled oak built in dressers. The door leads out to a small covered balcony.

Master bedroom has 2 custom oak built-in dressers.

On the main is a media room 13.6x12.6 which could be a second bedroom with a full bath. The door leads out to a landing with stairs. There are custom oak built-ins too.

Schedule an appointment today with Debbie Bale, Keller Williams Realty....828-421-8028


How to Speed Up the Franklin NC Real Estate Mortgage Process

Gather Your Paperwork Ahead of Time   No matter what firm you are working with, experts say the No.1 way to ensure a more efficient process is to gather all the necessary paperwork before an initial meeting.

You'll need pay stubs covering at least four weeks, two months real bank statement covering 30 days (a printed online snapshot does not qualify), prior two years Income Tax Return, and any other pertinent financial information like a divorce decree if you are no longer married.

Be Up Front About Assets and Finances   Excluding any information will also result in an unnecessary delay in the mortgage process. For example, some customers forget to tell the mortgage broker they have a second home, or about past due balances on loans or credit cards.

In the past, assets like an investment property may have gone unnoticed, but lenders are more prudent about checking public records nowadays, and that they will discover all financial information on a client—good or bad—before issuing a loan or modification.

Don't Change Your Financial Situation Once you are in the approval process, don't make any changes that will significantly alter your finances, avoid making big deposits into your bank account, taking out a new credit card or loan or charging up your existing credit cards. Discuss with you loan officer any employment changes.

If you do make a large deposit into your bank account or receive any requests for additional information, get the necessary documents to the lender as quickly as possible. Don't be your own worst enemy. If there's additional information that you don't understand don't guess, call your lender. Sending something wrong or inaccurate will only drag out the process.

Be There for the Appraiser The appraisal process takes up the most time, but it is also the most important step because it will determine the value of your home and whether you will get the mortgage or refinancing. It could take days to get an appraiser out to your home, so mortgage experts say to schedule the meeting immediately and be flexible.



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"We just wanted to tell you how wonderful a job that Debbie Bale did selling our home. She went above and beyond what was expected of someone to sell our home and get the price we needed. Everything she did was with professionalism and compassion Anyone down here in Florida that we know is looking to buy or visit Franklin, we have made sure she is the one to contact. With people like Deb working for Exit Smokey Mountain Realty – I am sure a lot more pleasurable experiences will be in the future for your company. Great job Deb!!! Keep up the good work!!!" – Rhonda and Kelly

"I located Debbie Bale as my agent through her real estate sign and web site. We were in the market to buy a lot to build our dream home in the mountains. Debbie was a valuable asset in that search as she really knows the area and what would work best for our needs and budget. She not only found the perfect location but she also referred us to a builder then followed the progress of construction with photos and numerous phone calls to our home in Minnesota. The Exit Smokey Mountain office personnel was always friendly and gracious yet professional too." - Allen and Karen