The novel Coronavirus, Covid 19, has impacted the whole world. Ashe County currently has 1 case, as of the time of this article. Nearby, Alleghany County has 2 cases, and Watauga County has 7.

The Governor of North Carolina has ordered North Carolinians to stay at home, unless they are essential workers, such as law enforcement, healthcare, media, store workers, and other types of workers that are deemed to be needed. The county put together a helpful document that details what citizens of Ashe County are allowed to do and answer questions regarding the Stay at Home order. View the Stay at Home order FAQ document here.

At this time, Ashe County government and tax offices remain closed. Certain departments are available to visit with an appointment. The county has compiled a list of contacts and services that are operating. You can use this link to view the current status of the services. You can view the document by clicking on this link. The county also suspended short term rentals at this time, to deter people from traveling to our area and thus, potentially spreading the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided a helpful website that provides up to date information on Covid-19. You can view it and find out what to do if you are sick and learn the latest information on how to protect yourself. Click here for the CDC resource.

The most common symptoms associated with Covid-19 are a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We must all do our part to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve right now. We have taken steps to ensure that we are communicating with clients via email and by phone, rather than in person. At this time, it is unwise to hold open houses and large gatherings of 10 or more people, even in the spirit of providing the best real estate marketing to our clients.

Many people are refinancing their homes and properties as the interest rates are lower than ever at this time. If you are an interested buyer, mortgage rates are especially great. Now is a great time for buyers. We’d love to discuss your options even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Working remotely during this time and offering effective home buying and selling advice to our clients is what we do best.