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It’s no secret that Pat Allen Loves the heat of Highlands real estate.

As a writer, you come into contact with many personalities. But, by far, one of my favorite people I’ve ever had to write about would be someone I haven’t had the honor of meeting at all.

Her name is Pat Allen. And when this past week I was touring the Highlands, it was her face that greeted me when I opened the door to Mountain Fresh Grocery with her cookbook, “Mouth of the South.” As a writer, I give her total props for the title of that book. Don’t you just love that title!?

Thumbing through the pages of “Mouth of the South, I immediately identified Pat Allen as a winner with ambition, and unparalleled strong work ethics. Speaking as a writer, I loved her book, “Mouth of the South “. Stop by Mountain Fresh Grocery and pick up a copy and maybe if you’re lucky she’ll sign it!

She is a true Southern lady who wields an award-winning granola recipe (winner of the National Baking Association’s Best Granola Award). This same dedication and determination is evident in helping her clients find the perfect Highlands or Cashiers home. She and her husband, who is also named Pat, moved to Highlands, NC in 1994 to open a bed and breakfast. They loved it and also added a cooking school and even played host to visitors from Southern Living’s test kitchen. “Stress galore, but they loved it!” Pat says. They featured us in their magazine!”

It was in hearing second hand stories and through e-mail correspondence that I began to piece together a picture of Pat Allen.  Women described her as immaculately dressed, men described her as determined and respectable. Anyone who has a cookbook called, “Mouth of the South,” has to be an innovator. A mover and a shaker.

Speaking of moving, since she and her husband moved to Highlands, she’s put her mark on real-estate. She was Broker-in Charge at Harry Norman Realtors in Highlands for 7 years before branching out on her own and starting Pat Allen Realty Group. She says it was scary in every sense of the word and “I just kept going and growing and am proud to say my firm is number one in sales for 2016 and I am the top selling broker! My team of seven are powerful.”

When she’s not selling homes, Pat can be seen out and about in the community as she is an avid supporter of non-profits and is on the board of directors of the local Humane Society. She also writes about chef’s for the Laurel Magazine. She says many of her clients are attracted to the small town life and sophisticated shopping and dining that Highlands has to offer. Many people come to visit Highlands for its mountain beauty and Main Street charm but end up staying once they participate in the cultural offerings such as The Bascom Fine Arts Center, The Highlands Playhouse, the Performing Arts Center, or the many art galleries, boutiques, and world renowned chefs. The mountain views, waterfalls, and great hiking attract visitors from all over. The high elevation also assures cool summers for those wanting to escape the heat!

Pat’s advice to anyone thinking about purchasing a home in Highlands is use a full-time broker who studies the market and will make sure that the location you choose is good and that you aren’t over paying. A great broker will guide you through the process to insure your investment and satisfaction”. She attributes her success to knowledge, integrity, honesty, negotiating skills and her great team.

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