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"Our experience with Alternative Realty was outstanding! Jane is very professional and when we listed, she came to our property quickly, took outstanding photos, and put us into the MLS and related realty sites quickly. Her relationships with other brokers in the area was helpful throughout the process and the process for scheduling showings and getting feedback very efficient. The offer and closing process on our property was very smooth. We would definitely recommend listing with Jane and plan to list another home we have in the area with her in the near future. Many thanks for providing a much lower cost alternative to listing with full service brokers!" Thanks! Jeff and Suzanne

We wanted to take a minute to say "thanks" for helping us sell our spec house in Ashe County. When we first considered a fixed fee alternative to sell the house we thought that all we would get would be an MLS listing. We were pleasantly surprised by all of the additional help that you provided. We had no idea that you would really do just about everything except show the property!
Your attention to the paperwork detail was excellent, and we were surprised by the quickness of your response to schedule showings and moving the forms back and forth from buyer to us as we negotiated the sale. Thanks for all that you do.
Bill & Mark for Affordable Housing Associates, LLC.

Jane was a pleasure to deal with. She is, by far, the most knowledgeable Realtor in the High Country. The listing was up and running in short-order, I received ongoing feedback, and had more showings than I did with a full service Realtor. Best money I ever spent on real estate services. Thanks Jane! Best regards, John

Jane, Thank you so much for your help selling our home! Working with you has been so easy and enjoyable. From the very beginning we found you to be very genuine, professional, and knowledgeable. Our listing was published online incredibly quickly and you always responded quickly to calls and emails when I had a question. I have already recommended you to several friends, and can’t thank you enough for the quick and painless sale of our home. All the best to you and yours! Katie 3/18/2015

We listed our lot in Blowing Rock with Jane to try and keep our expenses down. Jane was very helpful in determining a list price by providing us with comparable listings and recent sold properties so that we could accurately gauge what was going on in the market. She was a pleasure to work with, always very professional and prompt in getting back to us regarding any questions we had. I would highly recommend Jane's services as we know we got a great value for a small price. Thank you Jane!    Blake and Susan Shirley

If you are considering listing a property, PLEASE give High Country Flat Fee (Alternative Realty) a call. Jane is great to work with. She provides expert advice and guidance in a timely professional manner. After having our property listed with a traditional realtor with little or no activity we decided to give High Country a try. We were so surprised with the number of showings resulting in the sale of our property in 3 months! If you are a motivated seller please give Jane a call. C. Dixon 11/5/14

Want to Thank Jane and Alternative Realty for making the selling of my house a smooth and painless process. I was trying to sell the house myself and realized it was more complicated then I thought. Hired Jane and was able to list and sell my house in just a few months. Great service and piece of mind when it came to showing the house. Highly recommend Alternative Realty. Thanks again for helping make the process so easy.  Jerry Cantwell

After seeing the professionalism and helpfulness that Jane Werner provides to her clients, not to mention the great communication skills she implements throughout the selling/buying process, I would not hesitate to recommend listing any property with Alternative Realty. Within a few short weeks we were under contract and have closed recently; the entire process took less than three months. I have already recommended her services to several acquaintances/friends who are considering selling their homes. Great job Jane! 
P.S. Great Service/Save Money/Professional Results - Ray Halle  7/24/14

This is a short summary of the services of Jane:
"Jane  did a wonderful job in helping us to get our property listed. The process of listing was very smooth and Jane's photography was excellent and very instrumental in getting our home visited by many prospects, which in a short period of time became a sale. We give Jane high marks in every aspect of this real estate transaction!" Stanley J Riordan 

We sold our house in 2 1/2 weeks, and saved about $9,000.  There is no other way to sell a house than with Alternative Realty.  Jane's service is outstanding!  Jane went above and beyond from the very start, up until the day of closing.   Thanks again for all your help and expertise.  Tom and Vicki Kershaw  

Jane, just wanted to say "thank you" for listing our cabin.  Your knowledge and services are well worth the price!  By listing and selling our home through you, we saved over 12,000 dollars!  Thanks, again, for all of your help! Barry and Jamie McAllaster

We contacted Alternative Realty because we wanted to save on the realtor's commission.  Jane was very pleasant to deal with and was thorough in explaining and setting up our contract.  She was also timely in getting our listing up on the MLS and other internet listing services, as well as agreeable to the changes we wanted in the content of the listing.  As a result, we had our first (and only) showing two days later, and a contract signed in three more days.  I know our results were unusual, but I can highly recommend working with Jane.  She was great!  Jim Musser 

Jane: Just a short note to thank you for your assistance in the sale of our Blowing Rock house. From the beginning, whatever you said you were going to do you did. And, throughout the process you always communicated with us in a timely manner.  For anyone wishing to sell their real estate without the advice of a traditional Realtor, I would offer two pieces of advice: 1. The more realistic you are about your price, the faster the property will sell, and 2. Use Alternative Realty to ensure that your property is exposed to the MLS system. Thanks again. Jonathan Jones

Jane,  Well we have now closed on the last of our six cabins in the Boone area.  You have been outstanding to work with over these years.  You are far, far better than most “full service” brokers and extremely knowledgeable.  I have to say too that as I look back in the areas I sold cabins no one has gotten more money for their cabins than we have.  According to my calculations you have saved me $69,200 in commissions.  Wow.  Thank you for all you did during these times, for the advice and for the friendship---even though we have never met.  If we ever buy real estate again in the high country you will be the one we call when we purchase and when we sell.  You are the best.  Thank you for all you have done.  Dean and Jackie Noble - October, 2013

Jane's knowledge of the local real estate market was a great asset when selling my home. Her flat fee service is an excellent value! She provides all the bells and whistles of a traditional listing agent-without the cost! She made selling my house easy by scheduling showings and providing feedback. I highly recommend Jane's service! She is so easy to work with!  
Thanks again, Jane. I really appreciate you!  Trevor Stewart - 6/15/2013

Jane was great to work with. She provides exceptional value and service for the money. Jane was consistently responsive and informative. She is very well-informed about the market in the high country. Her help and guidance allowed us to make informed and educated decisions about the selling of our home. We would definitely recommend her to others selling their home. 
Courtney Rocheleau - 4/18/2013

As a realtor, I recognized that Jane was very detailed and precise in her listing. Very professional, prepared during our meeting and provided excellent service during the listing with great results!!
Thank you again, Dana Newman

Jane, We really appreciate & highly recommend your flat fee service. It met our needs completely. This allowed us to maximize our outcome of the sale. It was a pleasure dealing with you & so easy as well. You definitely provide the best value for the dollar & would be our first choice in the future. Glenn Newman - 3/23/13

Jane,  Thanks for the excellent service.  I was extremely happy with the value I received for your flat fee.  I got excellent responses from the showing agents due to your automated questionnaires too.   I would definitely recommend your service to others (in fact I already have) and I will use Alternative Realty again if I ever need to list another house. Thanks!  Trey Morrison

Jane was a lucky find for us. We called her quite by accident and are we glad we did. We immediately hit it off. She showed that she genuinely cared about finding a property that suited our particular needs. She was very patient and we never felt rushed into making an offer until we found something we truly wanted. We live outside the Boone area and Jane was particularly helpful in tracking down information about POA’s, plats, and properties. She was on top of our closing, keeping tabs on the many moving parts and coordinating inspections, etc. She was also the first person we went to in finding reputable workmen in the area to make repairs. Thank you Jane, for all you did for us! Tim & Cheri Strickland - 7/22/2012

Jane,  we cannot thank you enough for your help in selling our home.   After working in real estate for several years,  I did not feel that we needed a full service agent to guide us through the paperwork, but we definitely wanted to have our property on the MLS.  Working with you gave us this opportunity.   It was a pleasure to work with someone so professional and so pleasant!  You always returned our phone calls and responded to e-mails in a timely manner.  You provided advice when asked and provided support beyond the contractual agreement.   You were great to work with!   We made an excellent decision in choosing to work with you.  We have already highly recommended you to several friends.  Thanks, Jane! Donna and Bill Apple--7/15/2012

Jane, we really enjoyed using your flat fee service. After trying traditional realtors we decided to cut our price and realtor fees and try Alternative Realty. You posted our listing very quickly with very nice photos. We had many showings for which you promptly notified us. Ultimately, we ended up selling without a buyer’s agent too, so the savings to us came to $24,000. This was a huge blessing! We would definitely list this way again!  Kevin and Sue Walker ~ 7/2012

After 40 plus years we decided to sell our family home in Boone. Our attempts of listing with a local real estate company proved fruitless.  Very soon afterwards, we were most fortunate to find Jane Werner of Alternative Realty.  Within a few days of talking with her, she had taken pictures of our home and property and had developed a virtual tour on her website.  She kept us up-to-date on who was looking at the house and their comments. In a matter of weeks we had an offer on the house.  Thanks to Jane and her expertise in the real estate market we found a buyer!  –The DeBell family ~ 4/27/12

Jane,  We highly recommend your flat fee services.  We have used this route twice to sell homes.   Both times, we were able to save thousands of dollars in commissions.  You have been quite helpful and always go beyond the contractual benefits stated.  If we ever need to sell a home in the future, you will be our first call! Thanks so much, Chris and Christy ~ West Jefferson, NC ~ 3/26/12

What a breath of fresh air it has been dealing with such a professional, knowledgable and extremely pleasant realtor in Jane of Alternative Realty.  I was so lucky to have found her.  Thanks to Jane, my property sold quickly and effortlessly.  She did in a
matter of months what two previous realtors could not do in many years.  I have experienced a wonderful journey in how customer service is supposed to be! With much appreciation, Ruth Leighton

Jane Werner provides a great service and attention to detail. We initially chose Alternative Reality for the cost but later found the quality was much better than the conventional realtor service. Jane provided us with feedback on the showing of our property & answered many of our questions. In addition, she called during the closing process and gave us recommendation for a smoother transition during the sale. We have already recommend Jane to many of our friends and neighbors. Thank you for assistance,
Toni and Tanya, 1/9/2012

Jane, Just a quick note to tell you how much we appreciate all the extra effort you put into making our land deal go smoothly.  Being a foreclosure, no disclosure was required but you had all past reports, surveys, and pertinent materials and names of locals to refer unanwered questions to.  We were impressed with your efficiency, and timely return of calls and e-mails.  What a pleasure to find such a good friend an competent businessperson in one.  You really went to extra mile.  Many thanks, Jack and Tara Belk

Jane, Thank you so much for all your hard and long work.  You went above and beyond in every aspect.  You also helped give us lots of information and did a great job at explaining things fully to us.  It was so helpful.  Biggest thanks to making the impossible... possible.  We were grateful to having you be our Realtor and will recommend you 1st to anyone.  Thanks for helping to sell our home!!!!!  The Christophers ~ 5/23/2011

Jane, Thank you so much for your tireless efforts to sell our house in such a difficult market! The virtual tour that was linked to the MLS listing was so wonderful and helped the sale. We made an excellent choice to sell with Alternative Realty, and we needed to save every penny we could in this market. Thank you for all the advice and continued work you did to help us sell the house! Blessings, Rebecca and Mike Burnett, Boone, NC

Jane, We have worked with many real estate professionals over the years, both as buyers and sellers.  For our most recent purchase, you blew us away.  You're the best of the best.  We've never had someone with such dedication to our needs, and you found exactly the right home for us.  However, it didn't stop there.  Your follow-through was extraordinary, taking care of every last detail through closing so the purchase was a breeze.  We won't hesitate to recommend you to everyone we know.  Thanks for everything. ~ Dave and Dottie Buster

Jane, Mike and I are highly satisfied with your services in selling our home Jane.  We have sold homes through flat fee listings twice before and your service rocks in comparison.  (The other realtors only offered the actual MLS listing based on information we provided).  I want to thank you for all your help in this lengthy endeavor.  Your support and the beautiful Virtual Tour made the sale possible, even in a down market.  Had you not told us that the buyers really wanted our place, we may not have come to closure.
~ Mike & Ann Clark

Hi Jane, Thank you for your efforts in listing and selling our house. Your professional and yet friendly and open approach caused what is sometimes a very difficult and unpleasant experience to be a very pleasant experience. Thanks again, Don Baucom
PS: I will have another property ready for you to list this Summer.

Jane is excellent! She is responsive, prepared, detail oriented and went the extra steps to make our purchase efficient. She helped us by being prepared for our visit. In fact, the first house she showed, we bought. After the offer, she continued with detailed prompt follow-up calls and emails. She researched the background information needed to make the purchase efficient and suggested local contractors as inspectors. She is the best agent we’ve dealt with in many home purchases. ~ Dennis Sinar & Kathryn Gaston, Mountain City, TN

Hi Jane, As a full service realtor, my motivation for listing my property with a limited service broker was  probably different from a lot of your clients. Basically, I wanted the cabin to be in your MLS to supplement the marketing that I was going to do separately. I felt that I could represent myself in the transaction since I have 14 years of real estate experience.  I was surprised that it was a great experience! You were very professional and knowledgeable and timely in your notification of realtor showings. I thought the pictures you took of the cabin for the internet and MLS were great too. I will definitely use you again in the Spring to list my land, if the buyer of my cabin doesn't buy it first. Thanks for all your help! ~ Debbie Williams, Broker, SFS, ALHS; Allen Tate Realtors

I will never use a full service realtor again.  Jane did an outstanding job and sold my property fast.  She is more professional and detail-oriented than any realtor I've used in the past." ~ Joe Fisher.  Jane, thanks again. Joe

Alternative Realty is a great way to sell your home in the High Country. It saved us thousands of dollars on the sale of our house. We were so pleased with Jane's helpfulness in quickly listing our home, providing us with feedback, answering our many questions and always returning phone calls quickly. She called or emailed frequently to check in with us to make sure that we understood the process during the sale. Our house sold in 4 weeks, we couldn't be happier! ~ Jessica, Cove Creek

Jane Werner was always extremely professional and very responsive to any and all requests.  She had our property information, including pictures, loaded into the MLS in an exceptionally short period of time.  She was very clear about the services that she would provide as part of our agreement, and she fulfilled those services in a timely, and efficient manner.   I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a "flat fee" type of service!! ~ Che Brasch - 7/7/10

Hi Jane, Thank you so much for your help in selling our house.  It was a pleasure to work with you both times and I have already recommended you to several of my friends.  I think you've got a great business model and I hope to find someone who has your approach the next time I sell a house.  Best wishes, Mary Dean

Jane Werner provides excellent customer service, and Alternative Realty gave my property the exposure needed to find the right buyer.  For a "hands on" seller like myself, who doesn't mind filling the info tube and actively marketing a property, a flat fee listing simply made the most sense.  Thanks Jane!  David and Jill Nicklaw, Boone, NC

We have sold four houses by listing with Alternative Realty. We love Jane Werner! We get immediate feedback via email every time the house is shown. No other listing Realtor has ever given us the service that Jane gives us every time. Flat fee listing works. Nothing else makes sense, especially in this market.  Joe and Carolyn Weaver - 5/25/10

Jane Werner's services are provided timely, professionally, and with no hype or false hope. As a builder and renovator - I find that sales all boil down to having a listing in the local MLS - the EXACT same listing that works exactly the same with each and every commission based Realtor using the exact same MLS service! The listing is also picked up on the Internet in the exact same way.
I find commissioned based Realtors are incentive driven to obligate you contractually in fine print (with little words) to protect their interest as long as possible - extending far beyond the listing period. I also hear all the right words, hype, and wonderful visions of what’s to come - to get the listing contract. Afterward - Despite the words and promises – it’s a sit and wait game and requires persistence to motivate them into their promises! Believe me - I've been there too many times and unfortunately some were friends! The "clock ticks real slow" when your waiting for a contract to end!  Alternative Realty is simple and straight forward. The results are from the MLS. The incredible savings make it a no brain-er deciding which way to go. To sum it up - There is absolutely no reason to use a commissioned based listing agent - costing you a two sided (double) commission. Alternative Realty provides Professional Service - Great Results - and Big Savings!  Wishing you well in your venture, Dan

Jane, We are so pleased with our first home purchase thanks to your hard work, attention to detail, patience, and professionalism. We’ve recommended your services to others and will continue to do so. You helped to guide us through this exciting yet daunting process every step of the way. We appreciated your honesty and integrity and the fact that you never rushed or pushed us into any decisions. We felt like we received individualized attention and top notch service. And the 1% buyer’s rebate/credit was the icing on the cake! Sincerely, Melinda B. and Tim R., Boone, NC

Thank you so much for your support and assistance in this sale.  We highly recommend your services to any and all prospective sellers! Larry & Kathy Parkin 

We first saw an ad on Ray's Weather Center for Alternative Realty. From the moment we contacted Jane, she was so professional and helpful. Our home sold quickly (especially considering the state of the market) and we saved thousands of dollars by utilizing Alternative Realty. We have consistently recommended the service to friends and family, and will definitely be a return customer! Thanks Jane for everything! David, Vanessa & Ashton Brumfield, Boone, NC

Alternative Realty is a great way to sell a home.  We saved thousand of dollars on the sale of our home.  Jane is always available and very helpful.  She does a great job with pictures and advertising.  Our home sold in 3 months. Sara Rigdon, Banner Elk, NC

Dear Jane, Thank you so very much for the tremendous job you did with and for us this last year.  We were a challenge, with one of us in NC and one in SC, and having very specific wish lists for a new home, but you kept after it, sending me new things to look at regularly, and responding helpfully when I sent houses I found to you.  I had worked with another agent briefly, and it was a night and day difference in professionalism and helpfulness when I found you. How lucky that was! I have already recommended you to other folks and I know they will be similarly grateful for the saving in the commission you give back, but mostly for the pleasure of doing business with someone as professional and pleasant as you are. I hope we don't need your services soon, for obvious reasons, but I do hope we get together again as I always enjoyed our house-hunting trips! Leslie, Boone, NC 

We used Alternative Realty for our first real estate sales experience.  Jane is on the ball.  We found her to be very easy to work with, and quick to return emails and phone calls.  A true contrast to much of the full service real estate culture.  No bull with Alternative Realty.  We will use Jane again without hesitation.  Thanks, Jane! Mitchell Johnston

Jane has sold several of my properties and has saved me a ton of money in commissions. She has also successfully assisted me in purchasing properties as well.  I would never go back to a full service broker.  This is the only way to go! In fact, she has another one of properties under contract.  As always, thank you for your continued prompt support and professional experience. J. Carrin

Jane,  I just wanted to say thank you and it was a pleasure working with you.  Thank you for all your help. Jody & Misti Coffey 

Working with Jane on the recent sale of our home was smooth and relatively easy. Due to our own experience with several real estate transactions in the past, we didn’t need all of the services provided by a conventional seller’s agent. We got a lot of value from our investment in Jane’s flat fee, & we saved several thousand dollars compared with what we would have paid a conventional seller’s agent. We were impressed with how available and helpful Jane was throughout the process. Bob O, Watauga County

Jane is an excellent resource for me. I have worked with her on two real estate purchases. She is exceptionally creative and excellent with follow-through and guidance. I think Jane goes "above and beyond" expectations and is truly a resource for anyone considering real estate investments. I highly recommend Jane for her professionalism and for her marketing skills. Gina G. Houser

I was incredibly impressed with the quality of attention and service Jane provided every step of the way. I chose Alternative Reality for the cost. I had no idea what a value I was getting. I would HIGHLY recommend Jane to anyone looking to sell their house. Thank you Jane!! Ben G./Sept., 2008

Jane, It was a pleasure to work with someone so thorough and professional.  I am recommending your service to friends and family -- it's the best  value in the High Country! Jon Towers, Vilas, NC

Jane, Once again you prove to be the best.  Not only do you have the best rates but your service is as good as any of the "Full Service" brokerages.  The next time I sell a place I will call you again.  My two experiences this year selling with you have exceeded my expectations.  Thank you for the hard work and the results you obtained. Dean Noble

I tried the traditional method of selling with a real estate agent.  I did not get the feedback on showings I was looking for and felt I could do a better job myself so I listed with www.HighcountryFlatFee.com (Alternative Realty).  Jane has been the best and most knowledgeable to work with.  I felt she provided more services than a traditional real estate agent and much better feedback from showings.  Mike Boston, Charlotte, NC

Jane- I wanted to let you know I very much appreciated your assistance in the recent sale of my property.  I have been involved in real estate transactions for over 20 years.  Alternative Realty is by far one of the most effective, efficient, and professional firms that I have worked with. I look forward to doing business with you again. Scott E., Charlotte, NC

Jane, We found your support and expertise to be invaluable in selling our log home.  All leads were quickly and accurately relayed to us and the follow up after the quick contract (about forty five days) was just as professional.  Be sure to know that we will continue to use Alternative Realty (highcountryflatfee.com) for our business in the future.
John Ludwig, President, Ludwig Properties, LLC.

To anyone considering Jane Werner (Alternative Realty) and her flat fee services:
I decided to “go out on a limb” and try Jane’s flat fee services.  It was not too long a limb because I had been hearing how great she was from a friend of mine that had a house listed with her.  We listed the house at 10 am; had the first showing around 2 pm and a full price offer by 5 pm.  It was the highest price anyone in the neighborhood has received. 

My friend who recommended her told me he had gotten better service from Jane than he did with most full service brokers.  I have found that to be true as well.  She is thorough, professional and a complement to the real estate community.  I highly recommend Jane and her flat fee services.
Dean Noble, Davidson, NC 

Dear Jane, Thank you for providing excellent service throughout the sale of our land property!  You are very professional and truly helped us in keeping all the parties informed.  It was great knowing you were looking out for us.
Thank you, Jonathan and Yvonne Lewis 

Jane,  Just wanted you to know I will be using your flat-fee services again! 

We received great response from the listing with the pictures from your website, and the placement in the MLS. We had a contract within 4 weeks!  It was a very strong offer and we closed on the sale shortly thereafter. 

We saved almost $12,000 with this process by only having to pay the buyers-agent fee. 
Thanks again,  Norm Mitchell, Owner/Developer Vista Ridge

Our experience with Jane Werner of Alternative Realty has been very  positive.  She maintained frequent contact with us by phone and by email.  In about a week after signing up with her, we had the first offer on our townhome and in about a month we had a firm sales contract.  We  encourage anyone wishing to sell real estate without paying high sales commissions to contact Jane at Alternative Realty.  Nelson and Joann Towle, June, 2006 

Dear Jane @ Alternative Realty,
We can not Thank You enough for the money you saved us! You saved us a small fortune at closing since we only had to give up 3% commission. It was nice to know if we would have sold it on our own we would have had to pay nothing. It was nice to have the flexibility with your program. Thank You for allowing us to have the MLS exposure for a fraction of the cost. We would highly recommend you & your services to anyone with common sense. Why would anyone want to pay a 6% commission when they have an option to pay only 3% if a Realtor sells it.
Thank You So Very Much!  Sincerely, Linda & Jay Cramblit, Banner Elk, NC 

Jane, You have been one of the most professional realtors we have ever worked with, and as a residential contractor, we have worked with many. With your weekly e-mails, we never had to wonder what was happening. You kept us well informed and that is rare indeed according to our experiences with other realtors. The fact that we sold our house with a 3% commission was just icing on the cake! Thanks again for everything. Sincerely, Margaret Butler, Butler Home Builders, Inc. 

To: Jane Werner, Alternative Realty
From: Joan S. Durden, Retired Professor of Art - and Garey C. Durden, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Fernandina Beach, FL

Dear Jane: Thank you for your assistance in selling our home in Boone. Your advice was very professional and the MLS listing facilitated a speedy and satisfactory closing.  The flat fee on the listing saved us thousands of dollars.
Thanks again, Joan and Garey Durden 

Jane, I want to thank you for the successful sale of my property in Zionville, North Carolina.  Since I live in Florida it is almost impossible to sell property so many miles away without being able to trust and believe in what an outside party can do for you.  100% of this transaction was because of YOU and your efforts to sell my property!
Nanci Hubsch, President, Insurance Associates of Florida, Inc. 
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