About Us

Owner/Broker/GRI/Auctioneer

Phone: 828 524 3500 Having started in Real Estate Business here in Western North Carolina in my early 20’s and now having over 40 years of experience, I have sold thousands of acres, hundreds of homes and more than a few commercial properties. I have also conducted hundreds of successful Real Estate Auctions. I am a lifelong resident of Franklin, North Carolina and served for 2 terms in the NC General Assembly as a State Representative. My goal has always been (and continues to be) to ensure that Franklin and Macon County remains a safe and secure haven for those seeking a place of comfort, peace and refuge. I continue to be involved, so as to maintain our community's traditional mountain values, freedoms and property rights. Should you ever need my help, my pledge to you is that no one will be more straightforward, diligent, honest or professional than me and my team. I hope the following resume gives you a bit of insight about myself and our continued involvement in our community. Thank you for your time, and if I may be of personal assistance, please let me know.
  • REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE
        • Extensive experience in real estate brokerage, sales, development and real estate auction marketing.
        • Broker at RE/MAX Elite Realty & Marty Kimsey Team 2015-Present
        • Licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker 1979-Present
        • Owned/Operated top producing RE/MAX offices from 1998-2009
        • Co-Owned Top 100 (U.S.) RE/MAX offices from 1998-2009
        • Owned/Operated Kimsey Grading Company 1996-2007
        • Owned/Operated ERA Franchise & held #1 market share 1983-1988
        • Founded Kimsey & Company Realtors in 1982
        • Developed 1,ooos of acres of residential properties in Western North Carolina. Including Nantahala Power & Light Properties, Bud Brown Farms, Gold City Estates, Stone Creek Crossing, Westwood Estates and many more.
    REAL ESTATE AUCTION EXPERIENCE
        • Originated and organized the conduct of numerous major real estate auctions, including the two largest land auctions in recent Western North Carolina history, and one of the largest land & condominium auctions in the history of North Georgia at Sky Valley Resort.
        • Organized and promoted real estate auctions of many various types in Western North Carolina, North Georgia and East Tennessee
        • Founded Kimsey Realty & Auction 2008-Present
        • Regional Vice President with Carolina Auction Team 1989-2007
        • Affiliated with Carolina Auction Team, 1986-1989
        • Licensed North Carolina Auctioneer
    PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE
        • RE/MAX Diamond Award
        • # 1 Agent 2021
        • RE/MAX Chairman's Club Award 2018
        • #1 Team for Carolina Smokies MLS 2018 - 2021
        • #1 Vacant Land Sales Agent 2018 -2019
        • RE/MAX Hall of Fame
        • RE/MAX Platinum Club
        • Realtor Hall of Fame, Franklin Board of Realtors, 2013
        • Member Local North Carolina Association of Realtors 1980-Present
        • RE/MAX 100 Percent Club Awards
        • Qualified as Expert Witness in Federal and State Counts on Real Property Values
        • Member Advantage West Board (Regional Economic Development) 1995-1997
        • Elected to North Carolina House of Representatives, (R) 54rd District, 1989-1992
    EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
        • RE/MAX Broker/Owner Certification
        • Graduate North Carolina REALTORS Institute (GRI)
        • Completed North Georgia School of Auctioneering
        • Completed Numerous Real Estate Marketing, Management, Sales & Appraisal Courses
        • Attended Western Carolina University
        • Attended Southwestern Community College
        • Attended Hiawassee Junior College 1977-1978
        • Graduate Franklin High School, 1976
Thank you for your interest in working with Kimsey Auction. We have a simple and transparent process that you and your clients can feel confident about. All agents and buyers must register prior to sale day. Please fill out the form below to participate with your buyer client on auction day. Note: Please have your client register on our page as well by clicking Register Now.
For more information on the Auction Process, please click here for Auction Terms and Conditions.
PLEASE READ AND REVIEW THESE TERMS THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO BIDDING. BY BIDDING ON THIS AUCTION, BUYER AGREES TO ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH AND ENTERS INTO A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY UNDER THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
This auction is not contingent on or subject to financing, appraisal, survey, or inspections of any kind. All property sells as is, where is, with all faults, in its current and present condition. Due diligence is the responsibility of the bidder/buyer. Seller reserves the right to add or delete property, reject any bid unless selling Absolute, accept an offer prior to auction (unless otherwise stated), and/or cancel the sale. Announcements made prior to the auction will take precedence over any other previous written or verbal communication. Information is subject to change.
AGENCY:
Kimsey Realty & Auction, auctioneer/broker, is acting exclusively as agent for the seller. NCAL 8704
REGISTRATION:
In order to better serve our customers, all bidders must provide their name, address, daytime phone number, and email address at which they can be contacted. This is to ensure good communication between Kimsey Realty & Auction and the bidder throughout any transactions. For online bidding, we require you to register with a credit/debit card. The card information is kept confidential and is not automatically charged when you’re a successful bidder. The card is for verification purposes only to ensure we have serious bidders. Kimsey Realty & Auction reserves the right to preclude any person from bidding if there is any question as to the person’s credentials, mental fitness, etc. Bidders agree to keep their username and password confidential as they are responsible for ANY and ALL activity involving their accounts.
BUYER’S PREMIUM:
A buyer’s premium will be added to the high bid. For example: On $10,000, a 10% buyer’s premium of $1,000 would be added to arrive at the total purchase price of $11,000.
FINANCING/CONSIDERATION:
This auction is a cash sale not contingent on or subject to financing. However, financing is allowed. Seller and auction company agree to cooperate with any lending institutions to help facilitate the closing.
TERMS FOR LIVE AUCTION:
Doors open 2 hours prior to the event. Bidders will register in advance online or in-person on auction day. The successful bidder shall sign a purchase agreement, terms of sale, and auction announcements immediately upon the conclusion of the auction. The successful bidder will submit a non-refundable deposit (amount to be determined for each sale) on sale day by cash, a good company or personal check, or cashier’s check to the closing attorney for that property. The balance is due at closing in 30 days. Seller only reserves the right to extend closing for an additional 30 days if necessary. Any buyer not closing within the contractual time period to close or any extension thereof will forfeit the deposit. A copy of the purchase contract may be reviewed prior to bidding by contacting the auction company.
TERMS FOR ONLINE & PHONE/ABSENTEE BIDDING (If Applicable):
All remote bidders must register online prior to auction and will receive email instructions once your application has been reviewed. The successful bidder agrees to sign the purchase agreement, terms of sale, and auction announcements immediately upon the conclusion of a sale. Within 24 hours or one business day, the successful bidder shall wire transfer a non-refundable deposit (amount to be determined for each sale) to the provided closing attorney. The balance is due at closing in 30 days. Seller only reserves the right to extend the closing an additional 30 days if necessary. A copy of the purchase contract may be reviewed prior to bidding by contacting the auction company.
CLOSING ATTORNEY AND DETAILS:
Contact auction company for closing attorney details. Purchaser will pay closing fee including, but not limited to, deed preparation, recording fee, title examination, documentary stamps and/or transfer tax. Taxes and HOA/POA fees will be prorated as of date of closing. Title insurance may be acquired at the purchaser’s expense. For deed type on individual properties, questions regarding closings, closing fee or contracts, contact auction company at 828-524-3500.
DISCLAIMER:
All property sells “as is, where is” with all faults in its current and present condition. Property is subject to all easements, leases, restrictions, covenants, conditions, HOA/POA documents and all other matters of record as well as applicable land use laws and ordinances. Information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed reliable. However, no warranty of any nature is expressed or implied, other than good title. Buyer acknowledges that buyer is not relying on any representations, statements, guarantees or warranties of any kind including, without limitation, the physical condition of the property, any improvements located thereon, soil condition, enviornmental condition, wetlands or its suitability for any particular purpose or merchantability. Bidders should carefully verify all information and make their own decisions as to the accuracy thereof. It is assumed that the purchaser has inspected the property prior to bidding and that it is suitable for his/her purposes before submitting their bid.
BIDDING:
The auctioneer shall make the sole and final decision as to the winning high bid amount. The auction company shall not be held responsible for any ‘missed’ bids. By bidding on any item, the bidder shows acceptance of the terms of the auction and your bid becomes a legally binding offer to purchase the property being auctioned.