Broker in Charge, CRS, ABR, GRI
- Specializing in homes, Land, Commercial and all types of investments
- Active Member of the Ashe and Avery Watauga Board of Realtors
- Active Member of the NC and National Association of Realtors
I am proud to say that Ashe County will be my lifelong home. Blessed to have grown up here on a large family farm, with parents believing that faith in God and hard work would take you far in life, I planted my roots here to carry on that philosophy. Those life lessons have made me the honest and dependable person I am today. Besides having a deep appreciation for my hometown, I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit that lead me to choose real estate as a career.
My goal is to provide you with an agent that has integrity and is knowledgeable. A real estate investment is the biggest decision you will ever have to make. You can make that decision with more confidence when you trust the person you are working with. My extensive knowledge of the area and quality customer service can definitely be counted on in obtaining the property of your dreams. It is my desire that after working with me that you consider me a friend more than just your realtor.
It is the relationships that I have developed through my life here and my real estate career that makes me love getting up and going to work each day. I enjoy what I do best, bringing buyers and sellers together, so they can experience the good life these beautiful mountains have to offer.
On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my two kids, Stephanie and Chad, Chad's wife Tara, and my three grandchildren, Kelsea, Morgan, and Ryder. Being able to enjoy the mountain air by hiking, boating, and having get-togethers with friends and family, as well as dancing are some of my favorite things to do in my spare time.
My wife and I have known Ellen since 2003 when she sold us our mountain retreat. Since then we have called on her for selling a condo and for purchasing land. In all of our transactions, Ellen has always professionally represented our interests and has given us critical advice when needed. She is knowledgeable about the real-estate in the mountain area, caring about client concerns, courteous, extremely professional and eager to assist in anyway possible. We have enjoyed doing business with her and have recommended her to other family members and our friends who have also enjoyed her representation. We would consider her a personal friend and will look forward to doing business with her again.
Andy O’Sullivan & Bonnie O’Sullivan
Ellen was professional throughout all aspects of the sale. She handled every detail with competence and punctuality. She found the answers to all of our questions, returned calls promptly, and kept us informed on every issue. She worked toward the highest and best interests of all parties involved. We feel blessed to have had Ellen represent both the sellers and the buyers in a very successful transaction!
Bill Sale & Ronda Sale
Ellen Phipps has been an answer to prayer and a true blessing to me and my family as we have searched for a home in Ashe County. When I met Ellen I was immediately impressed with her enthusiasm to help us find a house in spite of our unique situation, trying to fit 3 generations into one home. Ellen persevered and in fact, our first meeting to look at homes was literally over the river and through several inches of snow! As our search continued from winter, through spring, summer and into fall, Ellen was always encouraging, patient and ready to go look at houses, even at a moments notice. Most importantly, Ellen was always honest in advising me about the properties we saw. Thankfully, a couple who knew Ellen asked for her advice about selling their home and she realized it would work for us. I can truthfully say that Ellen has not only been my Realtor, she has become a friend. Ellen is a true representative of what makes Ashe County a wonderful place to live. It is not only the natural beauty of the land, but the very special people, like her that live her that makes Ashe County, home sweet home.
Clanton Williams & Susan Williams
Licensed Broker in North Carolina
When you are buying or selling property in today’s real estate market, it’s important to have confidence in your real estate professional. My commitment as your REALTOR is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve.
- Round Table Lifetime Achiever Award
- Top Producer Awards
- Platinum Award Winner
- Gold Award Winner
- Silver Award Winner
- Bronze Award Winner
- Super Sales Achiever Award
- President’s Circle Award
- Leading Edge Society Award
- Top Branch Producer
- Advisory Council Team Agent
When you are an informed buyer or seller, you’ll make the best decisions for the most important purchase or sale in your lifetime. That’s why my goal is to keep you informed on trends in the marketplace using the latest statistics in your local area. With property values and mortgage rates at a historical low, investing NOW in real estate will prove to be profitable in the future.
My objective is to work diligently to assist you in meeting your real estate goals. I have 37 years of combined experience, including sales, public relations, marketing, and real estate. As the owner of G.T. and Associates, promotional advertising firm based in New Orleans, La., I serviced clients nationwide. I am a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina.
My success is based largely on my service oriented work ethic which includes prompt response utilizing computer technology. I have a very aggressive marketing plan which has proven to be successful and I will be happy to share it with you.
My philosophy is based on properly pricing homes and extensively marketing them for my sellers and working closely with buyers to find them the best property in their price range and selected location.
If you are considering buying or selling a home or would just like to have additional information about real estate in your area, don’t hesitate to call or email me.
Thank you for visiting my website. Please consider it your online source for local real estate information and return often for the latest property listing updates.
We want to thank Gwen Hoover from the bottom of our hearts. She is a true professional in real estate who adds a personal touch to all she does. We recently walked into her office as tourists to the area and walked away a week later owning a piece of a mountain top off the parkway. It will become our summer home away from the Florida heat. Once Gwen knew what we were looking for, she worked tirelessly to make our dream come true. We would recommend her to anyone buying or selling in the area. She has a heart for real estate and a love of the area.
Francis & Jan Newbrough
We wanted to personally thank you, Gwen, for all of your hard work during our first home purchase in Deep Gap, NC. The time that you took to educate us on the entire process (from searching high and low for the perfect mountain home to making an offer) very much contributed to this not being the pain-staking process that we had thought it would be. We truly appreciate your work to keep us updated on changes and how things were progressing until our closing date.
Based on our recent experience, we think you are absolutely wonderful. Your representation of us as a home buyer and your diligence to preserve our best interest will never be forgotten.
All our best,
Chris and Tiffany Shreve
I would highly recommend Gwen Hoover to any potential real estate client looking for honesty and integrity in business dealings. When I was trying to sell my home, she was the first in her office to show it and the first (and only) to give me any feedback on customer comments and concerns about the home.
Later, when I was in the market to buy another home, Gwen again represented me. It turned out to be a stressful situation because of another agent, but Gwen continually went to bat for me. Communication between the seller and myself was made totally clear and upfront because of Gwen´s efforts. She is an outstanding agent and her care and concern for me have gone far beyond the usual agent-buyer relationship. She has continued to check to see how the new house is suiting me and to offer help with new questions.
Since the real estate market is in such a precarious state, I believe that having an agent who will really be your advocate is essential. Gwen is the ONLY agent that says what she means and does what she says she will do. She is wonderful not only because she "knows her stuff" but because she truly cares for the individual customer and his or her needs!
Thank you, Gwen, for making my move to a new home so easy!
Kyle Norris Todd, NC
Licensed Broker in North Carolina
Certified Residential Appraiser
Sherry is an Ashe County native and the daughter of the late Donald M. Goodman and Christine Goodman of West Jefferson. She has a daughter, Christen Rinehart, who is a senior at Western Carolina University and currently applying to graduate school to obtain her Masters’ Degree. Sherry serves on the board of the Ashe Suicide/Depression Awareness and Prevention Taskforce and works actively in the community to raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to depression and suicide. This work became a driving force in her life after the suicide death of her son Brandon in 2008.
Sherry is dually licensed as a North Carolina broker, Certified Residential Appraiser and plans to open Ashe Rental Agency. She graduated with honors from UNC-Greensboro in 1984 and completed post graduate work in the Legal Assistants Program at Meredith College. Sherry has a varied background having worked as a legal assistant in Durham for many years and then for an attorney in Boone. Sherry also worked with the Ashe Partnership for Children and served as Advertising Director for the Jefferson Post, where she learned a great deal about marketing and worked with the early revitalization efforts for downtown West Jefferson. Real estate is the continuous thread running throughout her career, with a variety of interesting jobs and experiences which have given Sherry unique abilities to assist buyers and sellers in all aspects of the real estate industry. In 2007, Sherry received a tremendous honor being nominated and voted by her peers as Realtor of the Year by the Ashe County Board of Realtors.
“My greatest joy is assisting first time home buyers. There is nothing better than the smiles and excitement of a family who has just been handed the keys to their new home”. Sherry states, “The real estate market has changed dramatically since I was licensed in 2000. There is a greater challenge today than ever before in advising property owners how to best manage their real estate investments. For buyers, it is an exceptional time to buy with many properties available at the lowest prices in years and extremely low interest rates. For sellers, each situation must be analyzed to determine if the sellers’ best interests are served by selling at today’s prices, reaping income potential from the property by leasing, whether the home should be rented long-term or managed as a vacation rental property.” In addition to applying her expertise to these questions, Sherry is adept at providing sound advice on staging- preparing a home to sell by arranging furniture and accessories, selecting colors, and making subtle changes which help a home to show its best and sell for the best possible price. Sherry plans to operate a full service rental agency as well, providing assistance to homeowners with properties to rent and to tenants seeking long-term or vacation rentals.
“I am so pleased to join the A-1 Mountain Realty family. Ellen Phipps is a dominant force in the local real estate market and has been a friend for many years. I know that I will learn a great deal working with her. In addition, Gwen Hoover is a tremendously talented award-winning realtor who gained her experience in other markets and is now available to help Ashe County folks with their real estate needs”. Combined, these three ladies have a total of over 33 years of experience in the real estate industry.
Ellen Phipps adds, “As the owner of A1 Mountain Realty I am proud to have a seasoned realtor/appraiser like Sherry to join our office. I have worked with Sherry in the past and have always found her to be a woman of integrity. Here at A1 our goal is not to be the biggest real estate office, we just want to do what we do best and that is, put YOU the client first. We feel a small town office can provide over-the-top customer service and that the level of expertise and integrity of our agents is unmatched. We look forward to a very successful 2012 year and we hope if you have any real estate needs you will consider calling A1 Mountain Realty at 336-846-4900.
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