Tara Phipps


Hi! I’m Tara. I moved to the High Country at 12 years of age and immediately fell in love with the area. Truly, and what’s not to love? We have 4 beautiful seasons, each magical in their own way, the New River, one of the oldest on the planet, and of course, our amazing mountain vistas. There is so much to explore and appreciate with every direction. After graduating from high school here in Ashe County, I moved to the Raleigh area for college. After graduating I came right back. It’s impossible to stay away! I knew I had to return home to the mountain’s.

I worked as a Veterinary Technician for several years (I love animals!) then I stayed home with my 2 older children and helped my husband run his business. Next, I went to work at ASU where I loved helping students and working with their families. I then became the office manager at A1 Mountain Realty. After almost 2 years of being the office manager I couldn’t put it off any longer. I had to help people directly with their real estate needs. It makes me so happy to help a family find their perfect home, or someone find their dream vacation home. I have extensive knowledge of the High Country. My goal is to make every client a client for life. I will act as an advocate for my clients and take the trust they place in me very seriously.

It has been a long-time dream of mine to work in the Real Estate Industry. My dad is a contractor, so I grew up around the construction business, which helped me develop a love of houses at an early age. Whether you’re looking for a 1900’s farmhouse, a vacation cabin, a place on the river, a property at either one of our 2 golf courses in the county or anywhere in between I would love to work with you!

I strongly believe that it is my duty to represent clients’ to the best of my ability and also educate them throughout every step of the process with clear information and market insight, so my clients are informed to make the best possible decision. For buyers, I will listen to what is important to them as I have experience to know which neighborhoods and home features will best meet their lifestyle needs. For sellers, I take an individual approach, knowing that each home has special features that will appeal to the ideal buyer. Sellers’ properties are marketed using the latest online tools, including social media, various websites, and traditional print media.

In my spare time I love to watch my 2 older kids play sports. My daughter does soccer, travel basketball and track. My son does football, basketball and travel baseball. My youngest daughter is her siblings biggest fan. I enjoy planting flowers and hiking with our dogs. I live in West Jefferson with my husband Chad and our three kids, Morgan, Ryder and Saylor.