Blowing Rock NC Area Information
North Carolina Mountain Property
Blowing Rock Investment Properties
Founded May 2004

Blowing Rock Investment Properties opened in May of 2004 with a vision of being the High Country's premier land acquisition and development company primarily dealing with tract of land 100 acres or more. Through Blowing Rock Investment Properties many investors purchased large tracts of land and then developed them into some of the areas finest high end communities, which the firm turned around and sold and even resold. The original philosophy was based upon creating a company culture where clients not only received services during the sale, but after the sale as well, in order to achieve their development goals.

While our firm still actively offers development services, we have evolved into a full service real estate firm catering not only to investors, but to the second and primary homeowners. With our investment background, we're able to give clients sound investment advice. We were among the first real estate companies in the area to understand and effectively implement the power of the internet. We have many experienced brokers who all come to use with different areas of expertise in our market, from land planning to luxury home buying and selling. Any of our experienced Brokers will be delighted to assist you with all your real estate needs. We have an agent on duty seven days a week and are open 363 days a year, whether you are interested in buying or selling. We offer homes, condominiums, lots, acreage, commercial and investment opportunities. We make every effort to lead the business by vigilantly following the response and respected suggestions from our clients. Your feedback is not only welcomed, it is encouraged. We vow to do everything in our control to make certain you're pleased and we've surpassed your expectations.

Scott MacIntosh
President
Scott@brips.com
Cell: 828-310-1236

Scott was born in Enfield, Connecticut and graduated from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts with a degree in Physical Therapy. Scott's diverse interest led him after graduation to Miami to the Fontainebleau Hilton Spa as Director of Sports Medicine. Scott started designing spa/fitness centers for the hospitality industry, with projects that included the Edna Rock Spa in Miami, Sandal Royal Bahamia Spa in Nassau, Bahamas, and Royal St. Lucia Spa in St. Lucia, West Indies. While in Miami, Scott got his start in real estate by buying, renovating and selling real estate in the Miami market.

After several years as Vice President of Operations for Concession Services with Carnival Cruise Lines, overseeing 14 ships and four resorts throughout the Caribbean and Alaska, Scott decided while vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains to purchased a 10 acre tract in the High Country, as a retreat and vacation home site. This investment was intended for his retirement, but after returning from the High Country Scott made arrangements to relocate to the High Country and pursue a career in real estate full time.

Scott acquired Blowing Rock Investment Properties after working for the firm for a year. He is now the President and Broker-in-Charge. With Scott's first hand knowledge of looking for that peaceful retreat and enthusiasm we're sure he can relate to your real estate needs. He got his start working with developers on large tracts of land intended for planned communities. Since his start, he has expanded the firms agent base to include agents who have expertise in all areas of the real estate industry. This includes brokers who are erudite in buyer's agency, relocation, staging, land development and planning and referral program implementation.

Blowing Rock Investment Properties has become one of the top firms in the area since Scott has owned and operated the firm. His staff and brokers have grown, and continue to grow and prosper.

  Chris Spangler
Broker/ Marketing
Chris@brips.com
Cell:
828-406-4310

Chris is originally from Northern VA & attended college in Blacksburg, VA. Then relocating to Roanoke, VA where he was the owner & operator of a successful small business. Using cutting edge marketing ideas he built a highly successful client base & business. He also gained 15 years of industry experience in marketing & customer relations during this time. After just a few visits to Blowing Rock, he decided to move to the High Country in 2007. Chris is consistently a top producing multi-million dollar agent every year since joining the firm in 2008. This experience enables him to understand our market & how to advise clients when buying or selling. Chris welcomes the opportunity to share his experience as your real estate professional & to build a lasting relationship


Patti McCollum
Broker
Patti@brips.com
Cell: 828-406-3239

Patti comes to the high country via Louisville Kentucky. She is a native North Carolinian growing up in Lincolnton, North Carolina a small town just over an hour south of Blowing Rock. After attending Limestone College, Patti settled down and started a family in Gastonia, North Carolina, while pursuing her business interests.

Patti was a partner and owner of McCollum and Associates that prospered for over twenty years, providing services for various successful blue chip companies. Patti successfully negotiated multiple contracts with Fortune 500 companies. She was personally responsible for establishing and developing a ground breaking engineering program for the then up-and-coming cellular phone industry. This program involved land acquisition and positioning of the industry's vast cellular infrastructure.

Patti finds herself close to home and family in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains that she has loved her entire life. Patti has extensive knowledge of the Blowing Rock area from the time she spent in the area over the years. It is Patti's desire to use her business and negotiating experience to help turn your investment goals and personal dreams of owning mountain property, into a reality.

Margo Lenmark
Broker
margo@brips.com
Cell: 828-260-0873

Margo was born in northern Wisconsin, but she has journeyed far from her Midwestern roots to live an exciting and fulfilling life in the service of others. She has taught stress management to the executives of major U.S. corporations, including General Motors and McDonnell Douglas; she has taught meditation to individuals and groups as far away as Egypt, India, and the Philippines, and yoga to those seeking health and relaxation as close as our very own Boone. Margo was the top sales person for Books Are Fun for many years, as well as a top producer for Taylor Group, a recruiting firm originally out of Greensboro. Long before alternative health care became in vogue, Margo started and managed an alternative health center in Palm Beach FL. In 1996, Margo came to Blowing Rock to visit a friend. It was then that the magic and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains so seduced her that she decided to put down roots in this area. She became sales manager for a high-end resort in Boone, and then became owner/broker in charge of Lenmark Properties in 1997. She now brings the same passion and commitment to client-service, for which she has long been known, to Blowing Rock Investment Properties where she will introduce clients to the same beauty that captivated her.

Ann Rasheed
Broker
annerasheed@brips.com
Cell: 828-964-1674

A native of Pawley's Island, South Carolina, Anne Rasheed graduated from Appalachian State University with a major in Real Estate. She currently resides in the Boone/Blowing Rock area where she is a broker with Blowing Rock Investment Properties. Anne was selected as the 2003 "Educator of the Year" by the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association. She currently travels throughout Central and Western North Carolina teaching NC real estate education for Broker Pre-Licensing, Exam Prep Cram Courses, and Continuing Education Courses for the J.Y. Monk Real Estate School. Her students love her humorous classroom presentations using real life examples drawn from her real estate experience. She brings to BRIPS her years of experience and unsurpassed knowledge in our field.

Elyse Bledsoe
Office Manager
elyse@brips.com
Elyse is a native of Boone and a 2010 graduate of Appalachian State University. She enjoys skiing, hiking, tubing on the New River, and spending time with her son. Elyse manages the day-to-day operations for Blowing Rock Investment Properties utilizing her extensive knowledge of the area and years of office administration experience.

Cindy Kovalcin, GRI, ABR
Broker
ckovalcin@brips.com 
Cell: 828-963-3800

Cindy is a full time resident of the High Country and feels blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country. Originally from Pennsylvania and Florida, she moved to this area 12 years ago with her family, from a busy cosmopolitan lifestyle, to a slower pace lifestyle and improved quality of life. Although not a native of North Carolina, she spent many summers growing up and raising her children in the Asheville area on a farm that supported horses, cattle and tabacco. Having owned their own real estate companies in Florida and North Carolina, she and her husband, Larry, have worked together as a team for the past 35 years, managing their business and selling real estate. She realizes that finding your new home is a process, and experience goes a long way. With prior marketing and sales experience proving to be invaluable, Cindy pledges commitment, knowledge and personalized service to each client, and she puts forth that extra effort. As a recent client commented, "The honesty and sincerity of Cindy made our experience a true joy."

Whether you are interested in buying or selling--no one will work harder or look out more for your best interest. Contact Cindy today to guide you through this experience.

Larry Kovalcin, CCIM, GRI
Broker
larrykovalcin@brips.com
Cell: 828-963-0044

Larry has been a real estate broker for the past 26 years specializing in residential, commerical and real estate development. A 12 year resident of the High Country, he was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Ohio, and spent time raising his family in Florida. He offers the client a broad range of experience, and has assisted hundreds of buyers and sellers in the buying and selling process. As a select few Realtors in the country, he has obtained his CCIM designation, adding additional knowledge that can assit the commercial client. Having owned his own real estate companies in Florida and North Carolina in the previous years, he has the management skills and expertise that can sort through the real estate process, evaluating and critiquing on a strategic level.

Call Larry today for expert assistance in the buying or selling process.

Brian Rogers
Broker
brian@brips.com
Cell: (828) 260-1381

I am a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Real Estate and Urban Analysis. I came to Boone from South Boston, VA in 1997 to attend ASU. I have always been interested in Real Estate and I continue to pursue that passion today. While attending ASU's Walker College of Business, I became an active part of Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) the only co-ed, professional fraternal organization in sales, marketing, and management. In my three years with PSE, I was nominated and elected as the Vice President of Human Resources, and later I was chosen as President of the organization. I was also a member of the Walker College of Business Dean's Council.

My Real Estate career started by working with vacation rentals and property management. After five years of property management experience I decided it was time to move to full-time sales. So, I worked for a company that had both property management and Real Estate sales. This was a great opportunity to put my education into action. Three years later, I had a total of eight years of field experience and I was ready to start my career as a full-time Real Estate professional. After working for a firm in Boone for two years I decided to move to a Blowing Rock Office and that is what brought me to Blowing Rock Investment Properties.

I take pride in my career and I take advantage of every opportunity to improve my professionalism. I also believe that one can never have enough education. In my real estate career I have earned many designations to broaden my expertise. I have earned my GRI-Graduate Realtor Institution (GRI), GREEN designation, e-PRO, and SFR-Short Sale and Foreclosure designation.

I have dedicated over fifteen years of my life to Real Estate education and practice. As your agent, I put these experience and education to work for you. Whether you want to purchase a home in the area or sell your current home, I can help you. Take care, and please visit my website for more information www.NcMtnHouses.com.


Susan Freshcorn
Broker
peachy@brips.com
Cell: (704) 989-0690

Susan wasn't born in North Carolina but got here as quick as she could! Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to NC with family and was raised primarily in Charlotte. A long-time frequent visitor to the high country, she relocated to Blowing Rock in 2005. Now a full-time broker licensed in North Carolina, she will tell you she's thrilled to be associated with Blowing Rock Investment Properties, the top producing firm in our area.

Her liberal arts education at UNC-Charlotte, and early career in hospitality sales and marketing have provided a solid background for work in real estate sales. "I've developed a strong work ethic and a unique ability to identify the right property for the right home buyers and convert mountain home dreams to reality". Customers will certainly appreciate Susan's knowledge and enthusiasm of this market as you consider a move or investment property purchase in the High Country.

With the firm's support, Susan vows to do everything in her control to make certain you're expectations towards making that mountain dream home a reality are surpassed.

Testimonial:
"We love our mountain home and could not have found it and made it through the process without Susan. From the beginning she was wonderful to work with, knowledgeable about the area, patient as we looked at multiple homes, and she kept us within our budget. When we did find our dream home, she acted swiftly as a keen negotiator who got us under contract and expertly and painlessly guided us through the inspection and closing process."
-Dr. and Mrs. David Robertson, Morehead City, NC


Steve Berndt
Broker
steve@brips.com
Cell:  (828) 406-5455

Steve brings a wealth of legal experience to the BRIPS team. In addition to being a real estate broker, he is a practicing real estate attorney in Boone. His residential and commercial legal experience spans 25 years and gives him a unique perspective and expertise. He graduated from Florida State Law School in 1977 and practiced law in Florida until 1985 when he moved to Boone. His primary focus is commercial real estate and his vision is to promote healthy building and environmentally friendly building practices.

Steve is an avid hiker and camper and has been a Boy Scout leader for over 15 years. He loves this area with a passion and knows all the cool places to hike, bike, picnic and camp!

He is firmly committed to assisting you in making very well informed decisions regarding your real estate needs.


Benjamin Ray
Broker
benjamin@brips.com
Cell:  (704) 287-2760

Benjamin was born on the West Coast, but grew up on the East Coast in Wilmington, NC. He moved to Raleigh to attend college at NC State University to study mechanical engineering. After 2 years in Raleigh, and one semester studying overseas at Melbourne University in Australia, he decided to change degrees and graduated with a degree in Christian Ministry from Morningstar School of Ministry in Charlotte, NC. He spent 8 years in the Queen City while making frequent visits to the High Country to go backpacking on many of the surrounding trails. Falling in love with the beautiful natural surroundings, he decided to purchase his first home off the Blue Ridge Parkway as his retreat from the city. Within a year he decided that the mountains were the place for him and moved here permanently. Just a few years later he met and married his wife, Kimberly, a Violin Performance major from ASU.

His business background is in retail sales, with 8 years as a Produce Manager for Food Lion in various locations throughout NC. In 2009 he went back to school at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk and obtained his BS in Business Administration in 2011. His interest in real estate goes back for many years, with the past 5 years spent as an investor in Charlotte and Boone. Before becoming a Broker, he personally bought or sold 15 properties, and has experience in short-sales, foreclosures, property auctions, subdividing land, long-term rentals, owner-financing, and house remodels and flips. He loves working with buyers to find the perfect home at a great price. When working with sellers, he goes out of his way to market their property as if it was his own!

Green Designated


Bennisford "Ben" McKay
Broker
benmckay@brips.com
Cell:  917-669-3064

Ben moved from New York to Charlotte seven years ago, and shortly thereafter was drawn to the Blowing Rock area where he is currently a resident and former business owner. Originally hailing from the beautiful country of Belize, Ben has traveled the world extensively since he joined the U.S. Navy 22 years ago where he served in both active and reserve capacity. In his civilian life in New York City, he enjoyed successful careers in carpentry and cabinetry-making, as well as massage therapy before coming to North Carolina. Ben's degree is in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Johnson and Wales University, a profession that remains close to his heart in his personal avocations of cooking, traveling and meeting people from all walks of life.

Ben's leadership in the military sector and service industries has resulted in both an attention to the details of a successful operation, as well as a focus on customer satisfaction. With a delightful ability to match personalities and proclivities in lifestyle, Ben's passion and ability for property acquisition and development in the high country is rooted in his own experience, the bountiful assets of the region, and the eclectic people that call the Blue Ridge home. Ben would be happy to share with you the joys he is privileged to experience on a year-round basis as a resident of the area. Whether your interests are in buying or selling, Ben looks forward to serving you with LOADS: loyalty, obedience, accounting, diligence, and skill-in all your real estate needs.


Craig Carlson
Broker
craig@brips.com
Cell:  (828)773-7472

Craig is originally from Newport Beach in Southern California. After attending college with the goal of getting a degree in engineering, he instead decided to go into the restaurant business. Along with several restaurants, Craig, along with his beautiful wife Cynthia, have also owned and operated a small family Ski Resort, as well as a Tennis and Fitness Club.

In 2007 they decided to begin looking for a new place to call home. After traveling the country, they decided on North Carolina after visiting and falling in love with the high country and Boone. Craig has spent the last few years exploring and enjoying most everything the area has to offer, and looks forward to sharing what he knows with you.

As a current homeowner and former business owner in Boone, he is experienced in many different aspects of buying and selling real estate. He is very excited to be able to help buyers find their perfect home in the high country, and will give sellers his very best to help them sell their property.


Alice Roess
Broker
alice@brips.com
Cell: (828) 467-5558

Roess (pronounced "RACE") and her family, although native Floridians, have spent every summer and fall in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and more specifically in Blowing Rock for the past twenty years. A legacy attendee at Ashley Hall School for Girls in Charleston and a graduate from Eckerd College (formerly Florida Presbyterian College,) Roess received an honorary doctorate from APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY in 2011. Residing permanently in Blowing Rock for the past several years, Roess has been civically and socially active and has recently been reappointed by the North Carolina Board of Governors to serve her second four year term on APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY's Board of Trustees, a treasured honor indeed. A lifelong Episcopalian, Roess has supported St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock as well as attending the Blowing Rock Methodist Church in the summer. She loves working with her friends in real estate by sharing her passion for the High Country!


Cody Hawkins
Provisional Broker
cody@brips.com
Cell: (828) 320-3268

Cody is very excited to be joining the Blowing Rock Investment Properties team! He grew up in the quaint town of Lenoir , just a short drive down from the High Country. He attended Caldwell Community College where he received his degree in Massage Therapy. Growing a small business in the foothills Cody wanted to venture out in a new direction in a town he grew up to fall in love with. In the spring of 2013 Cody followed his heart and moved to Blowing Rock area with a degree in Real Estate. With dedication and loyalty Cody looks forward to helping those wanting to buy or sell their property in the beautiful scenery of the high country.


Donna Dunham
Broker
Donna@brips.com
828-268-5337

Donna was born in Gadsden, Alabama and, as the daughter of a naval officer, lived "from sea to shining sea" before her father, finally, anchored his family in Florida. Donna's original plan for college was the medical field but fate would, instead, lead her to dentistry where she worked as a dental technician for 15 years.

In 1993 Donna moved to Boone with her three daughters and opened Dunham Dental Lab which she, successfully, owned and operated for 20 years. Her ability to combine mechanics and art, her incredible work ethic, and her desire to make people smile helped make her lab a huge success.

Donna's interest in the versatility of homes and the beauty of this area led her toward real estate and she became a broker in 2001. She believes that her artists eye, her attention to detail, and that same desire to make people smile will play key roles in helping you find the mountain home of your dreams. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of this unique and beautiful area with you and helping make the search for your next home a successful one.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us 866.795.7337, 828.295.7337, email us, or use our online request form.


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