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Mike Lacey of Lacey Realty

Originally published: 2013-10-23 13:00:19
Last modified: 2013-10-23 13:01:04

Lacey Realty stands the test of time, recession

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In 1962, S.B. Lacey founded Avery County’s first real estate office. More than 50 years later, Lacey Realty still sits in the same storefront in downtown Newland. S.B. Lacey’s son Mike, who began working in real estate himself in 1973, now owns the business and has expanded it to include real estate appraisals and surveying. With real estate sales on the uptick, Lacey has noticed a change in the market, just one of many he has seen over his career.

Lacey credits Lacey Realty’s longevity through the ups and downs with building community relationships, diversity in real estate offerings and follow-through.

“At one time, if you wanted to buy real estate in this county, this is where you had to be. There weren’t any other offices. We’ve had a good relationship with the local people. A good success rate as far as people feeling like they were treated well and referring their friends to us. That’s the best advertising you can have, is a referral through somebody that’s bought from us in the past. We’re fortunate in that,” Lacey said.

Lacey Realty sells commercial and residential real estate, mainly serving Avery County, Linville Falls and Jonas Ridge.

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