Things to Consider Before Buying a Home in the Mountains

Dreaming of a cozy cabin in the mountains? Consider these things before making the move.

Some people dream of owning a home in the mountains. The crisp air and winding roads makes driving through these areas a destination for car enthusiasts and the small mountain towns are quaint and inviting to those trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities. But, there are a few things to consider before buying that dream home in the mountains. 

Why Buy a Home in the Mountains?

There’s nothing like coming home at night to a house nestled into the woods, fireflies lighting up the trees and the distant hoot of an owl calling from the darkness. The moon shines brighter and the stars blanket the sky. 

In the morning, fog slowly lifts to reveal sun-kissed valleys where the shadows of surrounding mountain tops act like sundials over the course of the day. Life moves at a slower pace and there is no shortage of outdoor adventure. 

It is undoubtedly beautiful in the mountains. But there are some things about mountain life your realtor may not tell you about. And if you’ve only ever vacationed where you intend to live, you may have missed something important in your time away. 

Meet the Wildlife

The deer grazing right in your front yard and countless native birds at the feeder are some really enjoyable aspects of mountain life. Until they ravage your garden and destroy your crop. Catching a glimpse of elk crossing the road or bald eagles cresting the treetops is breathtaking. So is a run-in with a bear or mountain lion.

In the mountains, it is common to have bears or other predators mosey through your property and maybe tip over a trash can or two. After all, it is the woods and that’s where wild animals live. If you have pets, the mountains can be a dangerous place to leave them outside unattended- just one reason they make predator-proof pet armour

And those graceful deer? They kill an average of 120 people each year according to; more than sharks! Statistically it’s unlikely you’ll be on the losing end of a battle against Bambie but the deer are everywhere. 

Can You Hear Me Now?

Get used to bad cell phone service in the mountains. And no internet. Though some people seek the solitude mountain life offers, it can be incredibly limiting in many ways. 

If you work from home or require a cell phone or internet to conduct any business at all then the mountains might not be the best place to buy a house. Reception is spotty at best and your internet will go out if it even looks like rain. You can invest in expensive satellite services but check the coverage map before you sign anything. It is quite possible that won’t work up in the mountains either.


Every quaint mountain town has “season.” You might hear locals use it as an explanation for unusually slow, dense traffic, empty shelves at the store or hoards of people crowding lakes and trails. “It’s season,” they’ll say as though locusts have arrived.

Maybe it wasn’t as obvious when you vacationed there, or perhaps you toured the home you want “off-season” but be warned; season is coming. 

Becoming a permanent “local” at the mountain lake cabin you dream of means putting up with tourists, leaf-peepers and weekend warriors on a regular basis. If you thought city traffic was bad, try getting through Estes Park, CO when summer in the Rocky Mountains kicks off. Throw in a moose on the side of the road and you might as well park the car and walk. 

Small Town Charm

Folks who live in small mountain towns are some of the friendliest bunch you’ll meet. Southern hospitality can’t beat mountain courtesy or the patience you’ll learn in the hilltowns. 

It’s necessary for mountain living and you’ll have to learn to leave the fast pace you once knew behind. Learn patience while clerks have lengthy and detailed personal conversations with every customer as they write checks for groceries like it’s 1959. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to practice patience while you’re stuck on a double yellow behind the slowest tractor ever invented. Or when your internet cuts out and your calls drop. Or when an impromptu rockslide makes your 30 minute commute a three hour day trip. Remember, life is slower where the oxygen is lower. So are the people who live there. 

Should You Buy a Mountain Home?

Ask anyone who lives in the mountains and they will emphatically tell you that mountain life is the best. They’ll speak of their little town in a way that someone who loves where they live does. They’ll tell you about the fireflies and the fog and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. They’ll tell you how peaceful it is to trade sirens and cell phones for stars and streams. 

And ignore the ones who try to deter people from moving there so it never changes from the mountain town they always loved. The deer probably won’t kill you. If buying a home in the mountains is your dream, then cruise the listings and find the one that’s right for you. Make an offer and make the move. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful here.

Like to Write? Rake in Recurring Commissions Blogging

Wondering what it takes to make money with your blog? Stop wondering and find out how to rake in recurring commissions with your blog.

Anyone can start a blog but in order to make money with blogging there are a few tricks of the trade that every successful blogger uses to monetize their websites. But to make money blogging, it’s more than just writing a couple posts about your favorite things. 

Developing a successful money making blog, it can take a year or more before you start seeing the fruits of your labor. None of it happens overnight no matter how bad you want it. 

Many people give up shortly after they start a blog because they are not realistic about the time and commitment it takes to grow a successful blog. If you plan to quit your job to blog full time and make blogging an income, you need to think of it as a business and not just a hobby. 

The best thing about blogging is that you can literally write about anything and get paid. Could you envision yourself taking a fat CBD dab from your oil rig and writing a blog article about taking a CBD dab and then getting paid for it? 

Mind = Blown

How Do You Start a Blog?

Is starting a blog easy? Sure! If you like to write then starting a blog is pretty easy. The harder part is in getting readers to check out what you’re writing. Harder still is making money with a blog if you don’t know how. 

But to make money blogging you have to first start your blog. Now it’s not as easy as just opening up a word doc and typing away. There’s a few things to take care of first before unveiling your new blog site to the world.

Step One: Name Your Blog

Think of something easy to remember and a name that reflects what you are blogging about. Tongue twisters and metaphors are best left out of the name game, but wordplay that sticks in your head works well. 

Step Two: Get a Domain Name

Buy a .Com for your blog so no one else can use the name of your blog for their website. A .Com also legitimizes your blog so readers will trust it and feel safe visiting your site.

Step Three: Design Your Website

You don’t need a degree in computer science to design a website anymore. Web-hosting services like GoDaddy, Wix, WordPress all provide easy to use templates for you to choose from and customize with your own content. 

Step Four: Have Back-Up 

Before making your first blog post, make sure you have several more written and pre-scheduled for publication. In order to have repeat visitors to your blog, they need to anticipate new content all the time. That one well written article you posted is great, but how many times do you think one person will read it? You need to leave people wanting more, and then give it to them. Repeatedly.

How Do You Monetize a Blog?

The most basic ways to monetize your blog are to sell directly to your readers. If you have a product or service to offer, make sure there’s a way for your followers to purchase directly from your site. You can also write and publish eBooks from your own site, or link those book sales to Amazon and other booksellers. 

The best way to monetize a blog or website is to find ways to partner with other businesses and act as a liaison between the company and the buyer. Essentially, a profitable blog is a middleman for buyers and sellers. This also requires the least amount of time investment on your end. 

In affiliate marketing, you use your platform to promote goods and services that you think your readers will benefit from, and when they buy that product or service you earn a commission. This is called Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Networks & Marketing Platforms

Travel Affiliate Programs For Travel Bloggers

You can also let companies put ads on your blog. For example, Google AdSense lets advertisers bid for space on your blog based on targeted marketing for your readers. You get paid for allowing the ad to appear. You can also hire content teams to write for you or to handle the editing and search engine optimization required to get articles seen. 

What Makes a Blog Profitable?

If you want to monetize your blog, it needs to be successful. A successful blog is one that people are reading. In a sense it doesn’t even matter what the content is or how good it sounds, to be profitable it only matters that the blog has followers who are engaged with the content.

Some bloggers become somewhat famous for their writing and engaging websites. That doesn’t happen for everyone but you can do a few things to drive traffic to your blog and increase followers on your site.

● Social Media and YouTube

Make sure to have all the appropriate social media pages set up to promote your blog and gain an audience. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and videos on YouTube all drive traffic to your blog.

 ● Podcasts to Compliment Your Blog

Start a podcast to compliment your blog so people who are too busy to read what you have to say can listen to it instead. 

 ● Email Marketing Campaigns

Marketing your blog with emails is a great way to get right into someone’s inbox to remind them of new content in your blog.

 ● Buy Traffic From Search Engines

It may seem counterintuitive to spend money on a blog that isn’t making money just yet, but you need to invest in yourself if you want others to as well.

None of these steps to make money blogging are too difficult and the only thing stopping you from having a profitable blog is the time you are willing to put into it. It’s every blogger’s dream to have recurring income from blogging but it all comes from hard work and dedication.

Creative Profiles

Writing your own bio or professional profile can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.

Melissa Kobielnik

If you need a business profile or a creative bio written, the results are often far superior when written from an outsider’s perspective. Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with something that sells your personal brand if you happen to be your own worst critic.

Below is an example of a profile I wrote for Top Realtor Melissa Kobielnik who serves the central Florida area. She needed something urgently and I was able to quickly turn around this concise profile for Issuu. Follow the link to view the article in Issuu or read the text below.

Josh Naylor & Melissa Kobielnik – Issuu

Finding that perfect property you’ve been dreaming of is only half the battle of closing on your new investment, and that’s why rising star realtor Melissa Kobielnik of Luxe Realty teams up with expert mortgage broker Josh Naylor of The Naylor Group.

While Melissa fiercely negotiates for you throughout the home buying process, Josh and his team are working hard to find you the absolute best mortgage rate possible. Between this real estate power team watching for new listings and last-second rate changes, they won’t let you miss an opportunity to make an offer when timing is everything.

Josh Naylor

Today’s uncertain real estate market requires a dedicated team of experts who have your back and best interest in mind at every step. Josh and Melissa ensure the entire home buying process is stress-free and that you’re comfortable with your decisions. From finding your dream home to securing financing that fits your individual needs, these two have the skills, knowledge and experience to make sure every detail is handled. Josh and Melissa will help you realize your dreams with superior customer service and unique solutions to custom fit a contract that works for you. Whether you are looking for a Conventional Loan or qualify for FHA, VA, or renovation loan, this real estate power team can manage your first home purchase flawlessly and be there for future refinancing or investment opportunities as your needs change.

Josh and his team at The Naylor Group, powered by USA Mortgages, can get you qualified for a home loan in just 15 minutes! Using state-of-the-art technology, The Naylor Group makes finding a loan easy and painless. Josh will get you pre-approved so when Melissa finds you that perfect home, you’ll be closing in no time. Let them work for you today.

Social Equity Has Become a Driving Force in The Cannabis Industry

As the social perception of legalizing cannabis changes, so does the social equity movement’s influence strengthen within the industry. 

With the rise in States which have and are rapidly legalizing cannabis in one form or another, social justice advocates are fighting for equality in the budding marijuana industry. By writing legislation that includes reversing the damage done by the War on Drugs, some lawmakers are clearing the way for minority communities who have been disproportionately jailed for marijuana offenses to become growers and dispensary operators and expunging their criminal records.

What is Social Equity and Why Does it Matter?

Social equity is public policy that is inclusive of oppressed and minority communities and addresses and corrects the biases and discriminatory practices of the past which are currently written into law. 

With only one in five cannabis companies owned by minorities as reported by Marijuana Business Daily, and nearly four times the amount of black people compared to white people arrested for marijuana charges despite comparable useage, social equity legislation in cannabis is lagging far behind fully legalizing the plant itself.

Why Is Social Equity in Cannabis Important?

The numbers don’t lie when it comes to how many people’s lives are negatively impacted by archaic marijuana laws and that minority communities have taken the brunt of it. For example, the ACLU reports on their website that in 2016, less than five percent of all Chicago marijuana arrests were white people, while an outrageous 78 percent of all marijuana arrests were of Black people despite making up only 36% of Chicago’s population. 

Shockingly, that’s an improvement from the city’s 91 arrests per day happening in 2010, just two years before the City Council of Chicago decriminalized weed. And of those arrests? Most were for less than 10 grams. Combine these minor offenses with many state’s Three Strikes rule, and you can find some inmates sitting in jail for the rest of their lives for merely having a couple joints in their pocket

What this leads to is difficulty finding gainful employment; difficulty finding housing; difficulty acquiring a loan. Countless families and lives, futures, disrupted for those who have been victimized by marijuana laws that could easily be described as a combination of Jim Crow era abuses of power and the witch-hunt-like McCarthyism of the 60s that was used to suppress political freethinkers.

What Is Being Done to Create Equity Within the Cannabis Industry?

Despite recent progress marijuana reform has made in the political arena with easier and more available access to cannabis, some businesses are taking it upon themselves to speed up the process and make social equity a part of their strategy for growth and sustaining a healthy corporate culture.

And not just in the cannabis market. Other companies across various fields are seeing the value in fair and equitable laws surrounding federal legalization. 

“We will continue to look for other pro bono opportunities that have the potential to exact social and racial justice as it relates to cannabis. It’s the least we can do as attorneys and participants in this commercial industry.” Robert Hoben writes in Forbes Magazine about the Hoben Law Firm’s mission to right the wrongs of an unfair history of cannabis laws. 

“We created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee dedicated to advocating for Black, People of Color and LGBTQ employment candidates, clients, and employees,” Hoben writes. “The intention of this committee is to challenge us and help us address the injustices each of us witnesses every day.“ He says his law firm does this through unconscious bias training for all employees and casting a wide net to attract applicants to the firm from more diverse backgrounds. 

Even the NFL has taken notice. Former NY Jets football player turned cannabis entrepreneur Marvin Washington was a plaintiff in a lawsuit (though the complaint dismissed by the circuit court in 2019) challenging the federal government’s scheduling of marijuana, which led to the court admitting concern over the DEA’s “history of dilatory proceedings.” 

He and others in the suit claimed that the exaggerated scheduling of marijuana as more dangerous than cocaine and with no medicinal value, infringes on their basic right to preservation of health and life. Not to mention the government’s bogus classification is completely opposite of even their own federally funded studies. 

How Can You Support Social Equity in Cannabis?

If social equity is important to you there are ways to support the cause. Simply by being conscious of your purchases and supporting minority-owned businesses makes a world of difference.
Find and buy from black-owned businesses and the cannabis companies championing for social justice. Stay informed through websites dedicated to cannabis inclusivity, like Cannaclusive and CREC. Most of all, share your knowledge and help educate people of the importance of social equity in the marijuana movement.

Delta-8 Definitely Got Us High, BUT- Read How It’s Different

In our continuing quest to consume all things cannabis, we had to give Delta-8 a try to see how it stacks up against our beloved Mary Jane. Check out how it went for us then try some for yourself.

There’s nothing like kicking back and smoking a big fat joint at the end of the day, or anytime really. But there is something like it, and that something is still weed, just slightly different. 

You’ve probably seen Delta-8 THC products at your local head shop, maybe at a doctor’s office or even a convenience store. It’s being sold as dried flower, in vape form, edibles and tinctures; any way traditional and federally illegal marijuana comes, the legal Delta-8 variety is also available.

Of course we had to try it. We love weed, so this was an opportunity to further explore our love for the Green Goddess and what better place to go for quality herb than a dispensary?

We hit up Alpine Dispensary in Helen, Georgia where they sell legal medical cannabis that contains miniscule amounts of Delta-9 THC. That’s the highly desired compound in marijuana that creates the strongest euphoric effect. Instead, theirs contains incredibly high percentages of Delta-8 THC. It’s a similar naturally occurring cannabis compound, just not as powerful. 

It looked exactly like regular marijuana. Under the magnifying lens, the trichomes were beautiful little crystalline sprouts gently resting on deep green leaves. It smelled dank and looked sticky. Being sativa fans, we opted for that variety. Though not strain specific, the pre-rolled joint we bought was pretty pricey. At $15 for a gram, we bought just one pre-roll to split before dipping deeper into the wallet for an eighth or more. Let’s see how this plane flys first, right? 

How is Delta-8 Different From Delta-9 THC?

So how is Delta-8 different from Delta-9 and why does it matter? First off, the effect is a bit different. It’s definitely not as strong as quality Delta-9-rich marijuana, so if you’re looking for that “stoned” effect, you’ll need a lot of it. At least a lot more than you’d normally smoke. 

The effects of Delta-8 do however feel like traditional weed, just not what you’d normally expect. Some people have described it as weed-lite akin to low-alcohol lite-beers, or call it CBD’s big brother. In that respect, Delta-8 does fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum if Delta-9 THC was at one end and CBD on the other. It’s still a cannabis plant, although technically classified as “hemp” due to the low Delta-9 THC percentage as opposed to the federally illegal high Delta-9 THC marijuana

Because of this, growers and manufacturers can still produce deeply therapeutic strains that have nearly equal medicinal value to strains you’d find in shops all over California, the first state in the nation to legalize medical pot back in 1996. Full-spectrum benefits mean that Delta-8 cannabis products still have potent levels of the flavonoids and terpenes that provide an endless well of medicinal value. 

What Does Delta-8 Feel Like?

The joint we smoked was…not bad! Although it paled in comparison to some of the “cultivar” collections of legal medical weed that contain Delta-9 THC percentages nearing 35% it was more like mid-grade weed that has all the bells but none of the whistles. A fair comparison would be to a joint rocking around 10% Delta-9. 

That said it was clearly quality herb. It had a very relaxing effect, calming and somewhat euphoric. You could tell that there was a high percentage of medicinal terpenes and its mild buzz lasted for what seemed like an hour or so. As far as taste and smell, there was very little to distinguish it from being legal or illegal.  

While that was a little nerve-wracking in Georgia of all places to potentially get busted, the budtender assured us that if we had the receipt and packaging, we’d be legally protected if the cops wanted to give us a hard time puffing in public. 

Experience and wisdom told me not to press my luck with out-of-state plates, so we found a nearby trail and hiked to a waterfall where we were able to smoke our doobie with discretion. As someone who has been smoking regularly for 20 years, I wouldn’t switch over to Delta-8 products but it is reassuring to know it’s available if I happen to catch myself in places like Georgia or Texas. 

Although the war on people’s right to get stoned is far from over (Alabama recently banned Delta-8 hemp and shocked the agricultural market) cannabis growers and consumers continue to stay at least one step ahead of the long arm of the law and find a way to bring happiness to the masses. 

Since the prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s, propaganda twisted America’s views on the effects of marijuana with straight up lies and used one of the world’s most valuable commodities against anyone who tried it. Despite Delta-8 having truly medicinal value and a similar effect as the THC we want, there is no reason for archaic and socially unjust laws to lead the legislation in cannabis legalization at the federal level. 

In the meantime, you can try Delta-8 if you’re anywhere but Alabama.

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