"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others."
- Pericles -
Judy M. - Durham NC - 2018
"When it was time to put my house on the market, there was no doubt in my mind or hesitation about listing it with John Dotson.
As a friend of 25 years, I already knew "Buz" as a man of honesty and integrity. Getting to know him as a businessman, working to sell my house, Buz impressed me even further with his knowledge of the real estate market, his attention to detail, and the way he treats his clients professionally but personally . . . and with a huge dose of personality!
Selling my house turned out to be more complicated than expected, but Buz stepped up with resolve and tenacity. He proved himself to be a problem solver, a go-getter, and a man who goes above and beyond what is expected. Thanks for all your hard work, Buz!"
R. & E. Grimball - Gulfport, MS - 2018
"E & I wanted to thank you and Preferred Properties again for your extra efforts involved in the sale of our former property in Highlands. We all knew on the front end of listing the property that it would take at least 2-3 years to sell. Through your assistance, professionalism, dogged determination and several interventions on our behalf, you got the property sold in less that two years.
E and I have bought and sold more properties over the years than we care to count. Therefore, we have dealt with many Realtors, of whom only a select few have over-delivered on the buying or selling process. You are indeed one of those top shelf Realtors.
Of special note, near the closing of the property, I learned you were a U.S.Navy veteran. As I write this note on Veterans Day, we thank you for your service to our Country.
Best wishes for your continued success in the real estate business. We would not hesitate to use you and Preferred Properties again."
R. & A. Watson - Griffin, GA - 2018
"We both tell everyone we meet (who needs an agent) that you are the best.
We are so blessed to have gotten our “foreclosure” home and we owe it mostly to you. I was so glad to have a “low pressure” person on my side who was also a “bulldog” about getting that house for us!"
P. Hill - Peachtree City, GA - 2017
"We have known John Dotson for many years, starting with his dealings with my parents, then his helping us find our property in Highlands.
His reputation certainly preceded him! His knowledge of the area and expertise in marketing has made our most recent dealings of the sale of our property a most satisfying experience.
He has certainly been a joy to work with and we consider him a friend for life!"
B. Parham - Highlands, NC - 2017
"I was not actively looking for a home in town when I met Ann Scott. I was merely tagging along with a friend who was in the market for a home in town. Thank goodness I had no other plans for that day!
Little did I know that I would be so lucky as to find a perfect future home and a wonderful new friend in Ann. This was the first time I would be buying a home on my own as my husband had died the year before, and I was a "babe in the woods" when it came to serious financial decisions.
I couldn't have asked for a better guide to the complicated maze of real estate - Lucky, lucky me!
Ann has been patient, good-natured, informative, helpful, accommodating, generous with her time, a good problem solver and a delightful person.
I have not only gotten the wonderful new home but also a wonderful new friend.
P.S. - Ann will be handling the sale of my present home!"
L. Garvey - Cocoa Beach, FL - 2017
"We chose Preferred Properties by chance, calling on a property we wanted to see while on a long weekend getaway in the Highlands. I liked Barbara from the get go. She was friendly, knowledgeable and quick to get answers to any questions we might have had. We were not completely familiar with the area so meeting Barbara gave us a true "native" who educated us on all the wonderful things Highlands has to offer.
I think buying real estate and working with the right agent is imperative to reaching a successful goal. Barbara did that for us.
We started this process with a set goal, to have our mountain home in time for summer. I think Barbara knew quickly what we were looking for and we never felt like our time was being wasted. She didn't show us houses that did not fit our criteria so therefore everything went smoothly.
Absolutely I would recommend Barbara."
D. Gaddy - Chattanooga, TN - 2017
"Linda and I would like to thank you for being there for us at the closings of our real estate purchases throughout our years in Highlands.
You went beyond the call of duty to make sure we were comfortable and to answer any questions we had concerning these closings. Thanks for being our real estate agent and, most of all, our friend."
T. & C. Taylor - Highlands, NC - 2016
"It was a pleasure to work with John Dotson and Preferred Properties during our recent real estate acquisition. Their company was extremely professional and went “above and beyond” to bring a complicated purchase involving an estate with multiple heirs to fruition.
Without hesitation, we would recommend John Dotson and Preferred Properties to anyone looking for a first class broker who exhibits integrity and professionalism."
J. Costa, Ph.D - Cullowhee, NC - 2017
"A friend recommended Buz after her own very positive experience working with him and Preferred Properties. We felt that Buz really cared and took the time to look for us. He knew our price range, and had lots of recommendations and suggestions for places to see around town.
Buz was great in finding prospective places for us that fit our criteria. He clearly was very knowledgeable about the local market and found a great home that we ultimately bought.
We would unreservedly recommend Preferred Properties and especially working with Buz, owing to the care he took in finding us a great home. Diligent, professional, knowledgeable, engaging, and experienced — what more could you ask for?"
J. S. - Cincinnati, OH - 2017
"Barbara Newton and Preferred Properties did a great job selling our house at the appraised value in under a year.
They especially did a wonderful job closing the deal even though we were in a different state. We highly recommend the services of this real estate agent and her company."
R. Jobson - Atlanta, GA - 2017
"John found a property not on market and represented us in negotiations. His knowledge of the Highlands home market convinced us we were getting good value. (He) negotiated lowest price with out of town seller without losing the deal. Johns reassuring approach to a sale helped keeps emotions in check on both sides during negotiations and at closing. Since the sale, John has been a helpful source to us helping us finding contractors, property managers, and other necessary vendors.
If a buyer or seller was on the fence about a realtor choice - I would tell them that Preferred Properties realtors are honest, relentless in their pursuit of excellent client representation and continue to be helpful after the transaction."
T. Meade - St. Augustine, FL - 2017
"We called you first, and did not call any other realtor because you put us at ease, and acted like we were important to you and your operation.
You went the extra mile, giving us a real appraisal of the value of our house and the follow up pictures you put on the web were a great help. In conclusion, we have had a great time in all dealings with you and the staff that work with you.
The expediting of the closing papers, the attention to details in dealing with people who are not aware of the operation of an out of state closing, all things came together to produce a very comfortable atmosphere of trust and faith."
M.A. Bulla & R. Cortina - New Orleans, LA - 2017
"We are two friends who have together dealt with Preferred Properties and with their agent Barbara Newton for several years. We sold a lot in Mountain Laurel through them and later purchased a house in Highlands through them. Both of these experiences could not have been better or more pleasant.
We live in Louisiana and completed almost all of the paperwork required for both transactions through emails and faxes. We only had to be there in person one time - - for the final closing of the house we bought!! This meant that Preferred Properties ably and efficiently managed almost everything with ease and simplicity from long distance, making it so very easy on us. Barbara Newton and all the rest of the staff are very personable, easy to talk to, friendly and warm, yet at the same time highly professional.
It is indeed a pleasure just to drop by their office even without business in mind because the entire staff is so very welcoming and warm. I even stop in just to say "hi" to the owner’s little dog, Molly, who is usually there and ever ready and willing to give you her tummy!! From the more serious and "business" side of all the proceedings, Preferred Properties is extremely professional and efficient with all of the necessary procedures required.
We highly recommend Preferred Properties to anyone who is considering any kind of real estate matters in the Highlands area. You will not only be pleased with the professional/business side of your undertaking, but also the personal and human side of the entire experience."