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Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network, has awarded affiliate status to Harry Norman, Realtors of Highlands. The firm joins Cottingham Chalk Hayes to become the second Affiliate in the Tar Heel State, and will exclusively represent the Christie’s brand in Highlands, Cashiers, and other communities throughout the counties of Jackson, Macon, and Transylvania.

Wholly owned by Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, Christie’s International Real Estate is represented in more than 40 countries. Harry Norman, Realtors, joins this carefully selected organization of brokerages with proven records of success in both high-end property sales and exemplary client service.


More than 600 million people in the world are on Facebook, including over 150 million Americans, or 1 in 2 adults. Twitter just topped 300 million accounts. Small business owners in droves are trying to capitalize on the trends, but few are reaping the benefits. For most local business owners, the temptation is to use social networks to promote their businesses and to broadcast their messages.

But if you take off your marketing cap, and put on your customer cap, you’ll realize that consumers are already pummeled by marketing and advertising messages all day long.


Officials say agreement is first step along the way to full affiliation

Last week, officials at Angel Medical Center in Franklin announced that an agreement has been reached for the healthcare provider to be managed by Asheville-based Mission Health System. The agreement is said to be the first step on the path to a full affiliation agreement that has been in the works for over a year.


..., job creation

Both Highlands and Sylva were recently notified that the towns will be the recipients of Main Street program grants aimed at revitalization projects and job creation in their downtown districts.

On April 21, Gov. Bev Perdue announced that seven communities would receive more than $969,000 through the state’s Main Street Solutions Fund. The small businesses that benefit from the Main Street Solutions grants are required to create or retain a minimum of 119 permanent and 57 part-time jobs in addition to 84 construction jobs, according to the grant applications.


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