We want to thank all of our clients who took the time and effort to provide these testimonials. Over 52% of our business comes from past clients and their referrals. You can buy a piece of real estate from anyone, it's our honesty, professionalism and integrity that sets us apart. 

Johnny and Kelly Pineda

 Alan and Tina were always available for us even though we live in another state. They made us feel like top priority! We will recommend Alan and Tina to our friends and family as they made our experience easy and pleasant.

Johhny and Kelly Pineda

Jack & Holly Harless

"Alan Cone
We enjoyed working with Alan very much.  Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about the area, but very willing to go the extra mile in helping us find the right property.
We would recommend him to others without hesitation." (10/27/15)

Jim Bennett

 "I recommend that you do business here, with Alan and Tina Cone at the Carolina Cone Team!  I have been buying and selling real estate for over 40 years and thought that I had experienced every kind of real estate agent, buyer/seller transaction challenge, but boy was I ever so wrong! My property was a remote mountain top property and not an easy showing to begin with.  Also, I was a long distance owner and not available to assist in the showing of my home in any meaningful way.  My house clearly required an extra special effort to market, show and finally sell.  Now comes the part where nothing but experience and personality come into play.  My buyer ended up being the most unreasonable, difficult, pushy individual that I have ever dealt with in over 40+ years.  Had it not been for Alan's smooth touch, yet firm stance, this deal would have never made it off the starting block.  Alan kept both me and himself calm and worked magic with the buyer's agent.  Alan and Tina made this transaction, which appeared doomed from the start, into a success rather than a failure.  The buyer's ridiculous initial offer ended up in the closed column!  There are always lots of real estate agents and companies to choose from, however, I stand fully convinced that Alan and Tina's local knowledge, experience, and extra ordinary abilities go far beyond any normal expectations.  Thanks from a happy seller!" (10/6/15)

Kathryn Thomas

 "Tina & Alan were most efficient and got the transaction done post-haste.  I appreciate their professionalism." (9/30/15)

Patricia & Junius Grimes

 "I've worked with lots of realtors over the years and Alan is the best & a pleasure to be around generally-as were his professional friends. Why would you want to change anything." (9/28/15)

Judy Price

 "I found my experience with Tina Cone to be very satisfactory! Everything was handled in a very professional manner.  I am so thankful to have our property sold and in a short time too!  Thanks! Cone Team!" (9/28/15)

Mike and Cindy Venditti

"If you are looking for the “BEST” realtor in the mountains look no further than the Cone Team.  I can’t say enough nice things about their efforts to get my home sold.  They do everything possible and are always available to you.  You will not be disappointed." (9/21/15)

Wes & Cathy Scovanner

We've never written a testimonial or a reference letter where we felt there was not one aspect of the subject's work where we could see some room for improvement-until now.  Alan Cone was incredibly professional, punctual, and considerate and the epitome of what a realtor should ideally be.

It would seem that in a location such as ours, there are a lot of buyers coming in from other parts of the country who are unfamiliar with property values, legal regulations, and other specifics of the area.  For that reason the issue of trust is especially important.  From the beginning Alan was straight forward and honest.  He quickly gained our trust and confidence.

 Alan has a unique approach to assisting his clients.  In addition to searching for property and going through all the aspects of the sale (setting  up inspections, making closing arrangements etc.) he goes a step further and provides advice and referrals for any needed assistance the new home owner could use.  The Cone Team website lists over 80 recommended services providers covering just about every imaginable type of assistance that could be required.

 For those looking for a first class real estate experience, they need look no further! (9/14/15)

Ray and Joan Grace

"Recently my wife and I decided it was time to fulfill a decades-long dream to own a log cabin in the Cashiers or Highlands areas, and found Alan Cone on the internet.  He showed us several properties, including the one we quickly agreed was our dream get away.

From first showing through closing and beyond, Alan has been incredibly helpful and responsive, recommending and arranging for a lawyer, insurance broker, structural engineer, due diligence inspector, and other contacts in the area.  Largely because of his knowledge of and contacts within the area, and his prompt answers to our questions, the entire process went much more quickly and smoothly than we expected.

The term "over the top" is much overworked these days, but is absolutely descriptive of our experience working with Alan Cone.  We can't say enough good things about him and his office."

Gabi Hauck

"Tina was very helpful and responsive to my needs.  She was knowledgeable and kept me well informed about the real estate market and sales in the area.

Living in Savannah, I needed someone local with inside knowledge.

Tina did everything from listing to pricing based on current sales and keeping my lot on top of the listings.  I was able to sell the lot in a very tough market even though I was hoping to get a little bit more for the lot.

Thank you again for your time and efforts."

Richard Heenan

 This team is really great.  They sell more houses in our development than all the others.  This should tell you something!  I would recommend them to anybody who needs to sell a house. (8/8/15)

Jennifer & Andrew Crager

 "Thanks Tina-for making us feel like our property was just as important as your bigger property.  We felt you had some good strategies to sell it but more importantly, you also did the extra work regarding the septic tank, etc.  You also had a great understanding of the Cats Paw area.  Thanks again for selling my property quickly." (8/17/15)

Michael and Susan Gill

 "Tina delivered!  Got us listed and sold quickly.  Would use her again." 8-12-15

Vito and Tara Cancellaro

Perfect balance of guidance and information without bias or pressure in decision making.  Communication consistently timely and always helpful.  Worked hard to represent us fairly and thoroughly through closing and beyond.
Thank you! (7-24-15)

Eric and Jill Kalin

Alan & Tina Cone go above & beyond in making sure their clients are informed, educated & most importantly, understand all facets of the process.  Without the Cone team, we would of never been able to buy, sell & understand the Cashiers market.
Thanks, Eric & Jill Kalin (7-17-15)

Tony and Sherri Annino

 My wife and I recently purchased a home in Sapphire Valley.  We were fortunate enough to have had "The Cone Team" working with us.  Sherri and I were provided with the utmost in professional service, which made our home buying experience much more enjoyable and efficient.  Alan helped us through each step of the process and made suggestions that helped us save money.
Thank you again,
Tony & Sherri Annino (6/25/15)

Peik and Gail V

 We have bought a lot of houses and worked with a lot of agents over the years and Alan Cone was one of the best!

Peik and Gail V

Rob M

 I have had the opportunity to work with Alan and Tina as a buyer and seller. Between them, they have a tremendous amount of real estate and local market knowledge about Sapphire Valley. What I appreciate about them is that they do what they say they're going to do. Whether you are buying or selling a home, you will feel confident that you made a great choice with Alan and Tina.
Rob M

Cabin 92

 I would definitely recommend the Carolina Team as the most qualified team of realtors in the area. I would highly recommend them both to buyer and seller. They go out of their way to conduct Open Houses, show the home in its best possible light and recommend upgrades and details that make the home more appealing to a prospective buyer. They navigate inspections of all kinds and make the selling process much less painful then it would normally be. They know when to compromise with prospective customers, when to let them go and when to push forward until a contract is signed. We followed their advice in all aspects of the selling process from beginning to end. They were dedicated, persistent and went the extra mile for us. They were always available. A panic phone call or text was answered immediately, always reassuring without misleading. Again...couldn't have done it without Tina and Alan 

John and Gloria

Kenny L

My wife and I contacted the Carolina Cone Team from out of state about one of their listed properties. We instantly reached Alan on a weekend and discussed our needs, we explained that we would be interested in viewing properties. We met Alan and Tina at their office and instantly noticed that they were well seasoned professionals. We found their knowledge of the area market to be extensive, their communication skills excellent and their personalities warm and friendly. Their honesty and integrity allowed us to complete a transaction that we probably would have declined had another realtor be involved. Alan was a most valued asset after the transaction, always willing to answer questions day or night and helping us to connect with his contacts for needs like renovation contractors, utilities and HOA issues. We wouldn't hesitate to use their services again or refer them to others.

Kenny and Lynne

Glenn and Kathy C

 Alan & Tina Cone have handled 5 real estate transactions for us over the past eight years. Some easy and some very challenging. All were handled with professionalism and courtesy. I would highly reccomend the Carolina Cone Team to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home or property. 

Glenn and Kathy

Paul and Shirley Jablonka

 We were very satisfied with all aspects of our sale. We would recommend The Carolina Cone Team to new customers. Tina did an outstanding job on the sale of our condo, we are very pleased.


Shirley and Paul Jablonka


Patrick and Kacy Whelan

 Thank you for helping us purchase our first home. Your team made the impossible, possible. You guided us through all the obstacles of home buying and made it a pleasant experience. Many thanks

Patrick and Kacy Whelan


John and Gloria Kircher

 We were extremely satisfied with both Alan and Tina. They were both available to explain their plan to sell our cabin. We were always told when the cabin was being shown and what the prospect said, both positive and negative.

John and Gloria Kircher


Vickie Johns

 I am very pleased with the Cone Team, so glad a friend recommended them. Everything went very smooth. She worked well with the other agent.

I am extremely pleased & would recommend them to anyone.

They sold the property in 3 weeks to my relief.

Vickie Johns

Jane & Bob Tolleson

We recently sold our home in Sapphire, NC using the Carolina Cone Team as our realtors.  From our first meeting until closing we could not have been more pleased with the professionalism and outstanding market knowledge that they provided us.  With their guidance we sold our home in two weeks.  They are now assisting us to find a lot to build another home.  We have been in multiple real estate transactions through the years.  Our experience with the Cone Team tops the list.

Jane & Bob Tolleson

Randy & Sue Rush

Alan & Tina know the Holly Forest market better than anyone.  Their guidance was just what we needed in the sale of our home.

Randy & Sue Rush

Bruce Vanderheide

What a refreshing experience!  Alan did exactly what he said he would do when he said he would do it. 

There's nothing better than having your expectations met and exceeded.  Alan and team did that every step of the way!

Thank you!

Bruce Vanderheide

Fred & Cheryl Whitcomb

Tina & Alan were both very professional in their business.  Every question or problem was answered in a most expedient manner.  We would highly recommend them for all your real estate needs.

Fred & Cheryl Whitcomb

Bob Beckes

Alan and Tina recently sold my second home.  My permanent home is 2,000 miles away, so I was not familiar with the nuances of the local market for my second home, nor was I able to be there while the home was listed.  I had tried listing the home previously with two realtors in that town.  Both were full or promises, but offered no counsel as to how to price the home, and we got no results because they adopted the 1950’s approach of “put a sign out front and wait for someone else to sell it”.  So I took the home off the market after the second listing and three lost buying seasons.

Earlier this year I was referred to the Carolina Cone Team.  They came to the house when I was there to open it up for Spring, and we talked about listing the house, and figuring out the appropriate price.  Alan did a comprehensive analysis of comparables that clearly showed the house was overpriced.  We worked together on an appropriate price and I listed the home with them.  Within three days they had a video tour done and posted online as a part of the listing; and had that listing co-posted on many other online websites.  Immediately I began getting all of the weekly and monthly reports of activity that the other realtors had promised but never delivered.  Plus, they followed up personally with every realtor who showed the home if (if not by one of their representatives) to get feedback.  And they provided that feedback to me, which again is something I didn’t get from the previous two listing agencies.

Tina & Alan worked hard to SELL my home, rather just put up a sign and wait for someone else to sell it.  The result – three months later the house was sold to an all-cash buyer.  The buyer is happy to own the home, and I was very happy to sell it to her.

I highly recommend the Carolina Cone Team.  They did what they said they would do, and I got the results I wanted!

Bob Beckes

Harold Hamilton

Alan was great to work with.  He provided all necessary information to help us make a purchase decision.  He went above and beyond our expectations before, during and after the sale.  We highly recommend Alan and the Carolina Cone Team for any real estate needs.

Harold Hamilton

George and Amy Fidler

Thank you, once again, for wonderful service. You all went above and beyond in setting things up for pictures in the home while we were away. If only other Realtors would put in the effort you all do! Nice to work with such friendly and efficient people!

George and Amy Fidler

Tony and Gema Saiz

Alan Cone was our Realtor (acting as a buyer's agent). From the first moment we spoke on the phone we felt confident that we had a good match for us. Alan provided us with courteous, honest and knowledgeable service that went far and beyond the expectations that we had.

We recommend Alan Cone with full confidence that he will deliver a level of service so exceptional that we guarantee you will be pleased. His staff is friendly, helpful and efficient, a big plus.

His friendly and warm personality adds to make the whole process very enjoyable. We are very happy customers.

Gema and Tony Saiz
Highlands, NC
Miami, FL

Chuck & Bonnie Berk

We appreciated their attentiveness and responsiveness.  They had an excellent feel for the current market.  Both Alan and Tina navigated us through the process.  When we hit a stumbling block, they brought in a professional to overcome the obstacle so we could complete the transaction.  We'd recommend them to our friends and relatives with utmost confidence.

Chuck & Bonnie Berk

Robin & Gary Hoch

We were considering a mountain home, found a listing on Realtor.com that looked interesting, and contacted Alan Cone.  We drove up from Florida and had never been to the area before.  In one weekend, Alan showed us dozens of houses and we ended up buying the one we had first seen online.  Alan made us feel comfortable enough with his knowledge of the area that we were able to make our decision so quickly.  Since we live 9 hours away, Alan and his team were instrumental in making sure everything with our purchase went smoothly.  We absolutely love our mountain home and go there every chance we get.  We highly recommend Alan and the Carolina Cone Team.

Robin & Gary Hoch

Peter & Robin Goldschmidt

My wife and I recently purchased a second home in Cashiers with Alan Cone as our agent. He was simply, THE BEST!!! Besides being a great guy, he spent hours patiently showing us houses, some several times. He offered intelligent, honest advice, never being pushy. Any texts or phone calls were answered very quickly. He handled everything from the lawyers to the plumbers to the future contracting work.Everything went flawlessly. I would and will, recommend Alan Cone whenever I can.

Peter & Robin Goldschmidt

Jim Irwin

As an absentee land owner I was very fortunate to retain the "Team" through their marketing efforts.  To this day I have never met any of them face-to-face but their knowledge and professionalism is exceptional.  In my opinion they could not have performed at a higher level.  Integrity, Integrity, Integrity!

Jim Irwin

Dickson Dorrier

I would highly recommend the Cone team for any real estate needs, whether buying or selling. They have proven to have extensive knowledge of the area, the whole buying/selling process, and have been very responsive to any questions that I have had. I would not bother to call anyone else!

Dickson Dorrier

David R. Varn

Alan & Tina were very professional.  After receiving their Holly Forest postcards for over two years, I decided to make the move.  I was expecting an 8-12 month ordeal of price cutting but we got an offer for what we wanted in about two weeks.  It was such a relief, and we are grateful for their effort.

We will absolutely recommend them to anyone.

David R. Varn

Bob & Anita Lee - (2nd Testimonial!)

We are very pleased with the "Cone" Team!  Our home listing and visual tour was the best I have ever seen!  The quick response & attention to details was excellent!

Tina Cone stayed at our house on moving day and closing day to allow us to go to the attorney's office for house closing!  She offered and it really helped us!

Alan, Tina & Cassie are a great team!  They have synergy and together they create a winning team.

We would NOT consider anybody, but the Carolina Cone Team!  They are our agents, and equally important, our friends!

Bob & Anita Lee

Tom & Kathy Herzog

Kathy and I would like to thank the Carolina Cone Team for their professional handling of the listing of our house in Sapphire through the sale and closing.  The entire process was very efficient with our closing October 31, 2013.  Every time we had any questions or concerns we would call and almost immediately got the questions answered in a calming and reassuring manner.

We without any reservation would highly recommend the team Tina, Alan and Cassie for your real estate buying or selling needs. 

P.S.  The visual tour was excellent and above what we expected.  A fantastic marketing tool.

Thank you again to everyone in the office.  Everyone was very friendly and so helpful.

Tom & Kathy Herzog

Jim and Cheryl Herritt

The Cone Team is professional, service oriented, cares about customer satisfaction and does anything to make us happy!

Alan is the best!

Everyone could get pointers from him to succeed!!

Jim and Sherry Herritt

Karen Gilfillan

Tina Cone offered excellent advice regarding the sale of my multi-acre property in Cashiers, NC

Her guidance (and patience) allowed a life changing event to be a pleasant journey.

Tina - THANK YOU!!

Karen G.

Reggie and Kim Pate

Alan Cone/Carolina Cone Team was recommended to us by friends who own property in the Sapphire area. Our first contact was my email, and Alan quickly answered our many questions and sent photo/information on the homes within our price range. We felt prepared for our weekend visit to view the properties.

Our first meeting with Alan went very well. He set forth our agenda for the day and outlined his responsibilities and purpose as our Realtor. Alan provided some very helpful information and insight to the area and the many homes we visited. Upon deciding the property to make an offer, Alan went to work and made our process easy as well as successful....all while we lived in Atlanta. Alan kept us informed, coordinated all inspections (including being present for many due to our absence). Alan truly represented our interest throughout the process and made it very easy, which is why we are new home owners in the Sapphire area.

Reggie and Kim Pate

Philip & Patricia LoGrippo

Alan Cone responded to our inquiry immediately, and followed through from beginning to end in helping purchase the lot we wanted.

Philip & Patricia LoGrippo

Suzanne Fetter

Tina gave excellent service, despite a long distance transaction.  She is knowledgeable, polite and prompt.  Her familiarity with the Cashiers area was an asset to our desired quick sale.

Suzanne Fetter

Doug and Becky Herring

We appreciate how proactive you were in showing and selling our home. Your concern made us feel like we were top on your priority list of homes to sell!  Thank you~

Doug and Becky Herring

Thomas M. Kidder, MD, and Eliza Weinstein

We were interested in buying a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains in reasonable driving distance from Charlotte.  Going online we saw a couple of homes in Sapphire that appealed to us.  Purely by chance we called the Carolina Cone Team office - thus began a most satisfying and pleasant home-buying experience.  During that first contact by phone we spoke with Alan Cone, explained what we were interested in, and he arranged to show us half a dozen homes for sale the following week.

We spent an entire afternoon with Alan looking at homes, asking questions which he thoroughly answered, and finding just the right home that met and exceeded our expectations.  We learned a lot about the area around Sapphire, the homeowner's association, and other amenities associated with our new home.

The entire experience from our first meeting with Alan to the closing on our home couldn't have been handled more competently or been more worry-free.  His referrals to inspectors, surveyors, property manager, and utility agencies have proven that he selects people who are skilled, trustworthy and easy to work with.  During the process of buying the home, Alan kept us informed and updated every step of the way.

The most outstanding qualities we will always remember have to do with Alan's personal characteristics.  For neophyte home buyers, we felt we could trust Alan completely.  His warm personality and approachability were genuine - not contrived just to make a sale.  He always listened to our questions and concerns, responded promptly and forthrightly, and went "the extra mile" for us.

We have no reservations in recommending him to anyone who is looking to buy a home or property in beautiful western North Carolina.

Thomas M. Kidder, MD, and Eliza Weinstein

Bill Talley

The Virtual Tour was very well done and I think aided to the sale of the property. Help with final final arrangements made the sale from Florida much easier.

Bill Talley

David and Marilyn Healy

Alan asked a lot of questions to understand what we wanted, never tried to sell above the budget. Had the patience to look with me for almost a whole year and since "it" just wasn't there, found an excellent lot and introduced me to a great builder.

Dave Healy

Keith and Nicole Sharp

Alan was professional and friendly and knew the properties he represented to us. He even referred us to another broker since we had some interest out of his area. Alan communicates well and promptly. He never seemed to tire of my various questions as we bought this land sight unseen. I would highly recommend Alan if you are interested in purchasing Real Estate in this area.

Nicole Sharp

William and Carol Mizell

Alan was referred to me by a friend who highly recommended him for his knowledge and professionalism. I 100% agree with my friend's recommendation. I had never visited Cashiers, my wife and I had done research on Alan's very user friendly website and communicated a range of properties that might interest us. Two days later we made an offer on a lot that was accepted. Alan recommended a very professional and honest builder with whom we had immediate confidence. On the third day we had budgets and a handshake deal that we later consummated for our dream mountain home on a beautiful lot within the budget we established.

Alan has since followed through working with the builder to satisfy survey and septic permit requirements for the lot.

Alan definitely goes the extra mile.

Willie Mizell

Gael Harrison

Tina and Alan exceeded our expectations with their service and communications. They kept up apprised monthly on the state of the local market and our listing in particular, then negotiated a fair sale for us in a difficult environment. I would be delighted to recommend this highly efficient and knowledgable team, and we would deffinitely engage them again in any real estate transaction should the occasion arise.
Thanks Tina and Alan

Ron and Susan Johnson

Alan and the entire Carolina Cone Team were a pleasure to work with. Buying a home can be stressful and fun. Alan took responsibility for all of the stressful part and left us with only the fun part (except for writing the check). If we were buying or selling again in the Highlands, Cashiers area, we would look no further than The Carolina Cone Team


Bob & Dawn Benjamin

We were fortunate enough to find the Carolina Cone Team's website when we were looking for a vacation home.  Being out-of-state, we were a little apprehensive about finding the right property. 

Our initial meeting eased our concern.  We were able to look at the properties we had seen on the MLS and the Cone Team had some additional properties that met our parameters.  This gave us a good look at areas and options.  The team has a wealth of knowledge of the area and were very helpful as we made our decision. 

Throughout the process they provided excellent service, going above and beyond in their work to assist us.  Being out-of-state made it a little more challenging, however, the Cone Team helped us with all of our needs that came up. 

The Cone Team is professional, courteous and knowledgeable.  We would highly recommend them for anyone's real estate needs. 

Thank you Alan & Cassie for all your hard work!


Susan Whitaker

Luck or Divine Intervention??
I walked in off the street not even knowing what I wanted. Tina Cone happened to be in her office. She greeted me as if she and I had been friends forever. Her excellent advice and reassurance eased my nervousness and uncertainty. She listened intently to my unique wants and needs. She showed respect for my “budgetary constraints”. I genuinely enjoyed being with her and appreciated her forthrightness and honesty. She showed sincere concern for me and demonstrated extreme patience with my decisions and “re-decisions”. Her knowledge of the area and dependability were invaluable. Tina Cone is a person of outstanding character, integrity and dedication to her profession. She went that extra step to help me buy the perfect property. She was there for me the whole way.
I’m convinced the entire experience was a result of Divine Intervention.


Fernando and Beth Fleites

Alan was extremely patient, first showing us homes and subsequently lots. He understood what we wanted and helped us stay on course. He was also personally involved in the offer and subsequent purchase of a lot.


Chad and Julie Brawley

Thank you Alan & Tina for helping us find our dream home in Sapphire. I've already recommended you to others and when we are ready to buy again we are going with you for sure.


Steven Horton

I would like to provide a few comments in response to your request for a testimonial from our buyer experience with Keller Williams and, specifically, Alan Cone who was our realtor. Our experience in purchasing a home in the Sapphire Valley Resort community in August 2012 was exceptional from our initial contact with Alan through closing. Alan was extremely knowledgeable, accessible and competent. We have bought and sold a number of homes over the years, and this was the best realtor experience that we have ever had on the buyer’s end.

I was particularly impressed by Alan’s personal attention to detail throughout the process. Alan listened to our interests and quickly was able to hone in on the properties that fit our requirements. During the search process, he provided valuable and unbiased input as we looked at homes - he quickly earned our trust and confidence. Once we decided on a property, he again provided sound advice and judgment. Once we entered into a contract, he was extremely attentive throughout the process to closing- -keeping us closely advised throughout. He was also an extremely valuable source of information as we transitioned into this new area. Throughout, we appreciated Alan’s enthusiasm and positive attitude and easy-going manner (i.e., he did not create any stress!).

Also, we found everyone in the office to be very friendly, helpful and responsive. I would especially call to your attention the responsefulness and cheerful attitude of Megan on the front desk who was always eager to help and find an answer to a question - - she sets the positive tone for your office when you call in. 
All in all, this was an outstanding experience for us and we appreciate what Keller Williams brought to the table throughout the process. 
Please feel free to share these comments with others and I am glad to act as a reference in the future. Thanks again.
Steven Horton  


Thomas Crowley and Rosemary Franklin

Because we were out of state buyers, we had to throw ourselves on the mercy of an agent, who happened to be Alan Cone. We were lucky! Alan explained the differences in N Carolina real estate law and agreed to be our buyer's agent. We chose to see 4 or 5 houses. We settled on a unique furnished house and made three offers. He was patient and prompt to deliver these to the seller's agent. We purchased a gem and all we brought were our clothes and toothbrushes.


Kay Sweat

My family asked for a quick sale of our condo in Sapphire, NC and Tina and Alan did that for us. They did a good job marketing the condo and kept us informed of the interest in our condo and the showing of the condo.


David and Pixie Gray

We've had experience with both Alan and Tina Cone and found them to be most knowledgeable, prompt, accessible and attentive to our needs. Although this is a busy office, the time spent with us made us feel like their only clients. Each telephone call, voicemail or inquiry was promptly answered. We are pleased with our purchase and with the experience overall with The Cone Team.


Audrey Urquhart

I was extremely pleased with the way you managed the whole transaction. You were pleasantly optimistic about the prospects for a quick sale which turned out to be accurate. My friends, with whom I shared your web-site viewing of the property were "blown away" by the showing. Things went so smoothly and as you predicted, I hardly had to do anything!

Sincerely, Audrey Urquhart


Jessica Buchanan and Gerald van der Laan

We cannot express how lovely it was to purchase our retirement home in NC through Alan Cone. He clearly understood our wish list, gave us honest direction and made the whole experience fun and effortless. We saw our home on a Saturday, had a contract the next day and owned it in 30 days. No hiccups.

The Cone Team was instrumental in making our dream happen.


Christine and Sam Hines

Tina and Alan,

Thanks for being available with good research and market knowledge during a difficult economic condition which affected everyone. You guys kept us informed about market conditions in our efforts to sell our home and another lot. The news was not always good, but it was real and we appreciated that you didn't just tell us what we wanted to hear. Thank you for sticking with us!

Sam and Christine Hines

Ardeis and Misti Scott

From appointments to closing, everything is done and done right.


Jim and Donna Neil

Alan and his team provided the information, communication and professional guidance to help us complete the recent sale of our home in Cashiers. They were at all times pleasant and prompt in our correspondence. We would most definitely use them again for our real estate needs and would highly recommend their real estate agency.

Jim and Donna Neil

Carol Meyer

Despite the weak market, we achieved our goal of selling our property, thanks to Alan and Tina Cone.

Carol Meyer

Tom and Judy Harbin

We were referred to Alan and Tina Cone by another agent. Alan, Tina and their team were a pleasure to work with. Alan honed in to our needs and focused the search accordingly. Since we were not local, they used creative means of communication to process our transaction from start to finish. They responded quickly to our questions and helped overcome any obstacles. We felt that they were our advocate.

 We are very satisfied with the results of our search and the professional and friendly way the process was handled by the Cones. We highly recommend them to others.

Thanks again Alan and Tina!

Robert and Annette Olsson

Tina and Alan Cone have been most helpful to us as we've tried to sell our property in Holly Forest. They have listened to our needs, kept us informed monthly and responded quickly when we needed to discuss options.

Their thoroughness and pleasant concern have been most comforting. We would recommend The Carolina Cone Team to anyone seeking assistance when buying or selling real estate.

Annette Olsson
Robert Olsson

Terry Shatto

We were very satisfied with how you handled all transactions in a very timely and professional manner.

Thank you for your services.     
Terry Shatto

Bill and Corinne Cary

Alan Cone may be the hardest working Realtor in the U. S. He certainly delivered for us. He found the place of our dreams within the price range we specified and then he did the heavy lifting to make it ours. We are like two kids with a new toy enjoying our new home. Thank you Alan


Glenn and Gwen Thomas

We don't have much experience working with Realtors, so when our real estate transaction went so smoothly we were discussing our experience with friends and found out that not everyone finds this to be the case. Alan Cone was a true professional at every stage. He kept us informed and always followed through with everything required. We will always refer anyone we know who needs a Realtor in NC to Alan.


Cesar and Patty Sastre

The Carolina Cone Team was a tremendous help to us! They helped us price our house right, so we could sell it right away. Tina was very honest with regards to the listing price and offered some great ideas to advertise the house. The Carolina Cone Team was responsive with returning our calls and answering our questions. We live out of the area and Tina was so helpful with the inspections and final details that we could not have possibly attended to. We highly recommend The Carolina Cone Team and know you will be as satisfied as we were.

Patty and Cesar Sastre

Penny and Jackie Medford

Our experience with The Carolina Cone Team was very professional and went rather smoothly. We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them and we love our new home!

Jackie and Penny Medford

Denis and Netta Kennedy

We had a most satisfactory experience with the Carolina Cone Team which represented us in our purchase of a townhouse at River Run Sapphire, North Carolina. Alan initially alerted us to properties which he considered well valued in the area. Tina successfully showed us some of these properties in a very pleasant and professional manner. Alan finally went above and beyond the customary standard for Realtor services when he helped us negotiate very satisfactory terms for the purchase. We would not hesitate to recommend this real estate team to anyone who is contemplating purchasing or selling property in the Sapphire, Cashers or Highlands area.
Denis Kennedy

Molly and Dave Cole

We had been thinking about buying property in North Carolina for several years. Alan was recommended to us and within a few short months we found the perfect piece of land at the perfect price. Can't wait to build and take in the "goose bump" mountain views.
Alan was professional, accessible and trustworthy. Working with Alan was a great experience.

Jim and Carol Burnette

With the real estate market in turmoil and the economy in a horrible tailspin, we knew we had to utilize the services of an outstanding realty firm if we were going to be able to sell our town house in Sapphire Valley. We were extremely fortunate to contract the services of The Carolina Cone Team to handle the sale for us. The firm helped us price the town house competitively within the local market and used the latest technology to advertise the unit in an attractive and appealing manner. Everyone with The Carolina Cone Team exhibited a warm and professional attitude throughout the process and was always available to us whenever we had questions or concerns. As our agent, Tina Cone provided us excellent information, advice and assistance during the contract negotiations and helped us close the sale quickly after an acceptable offer was received. She also went out of her way to take care of several little things that arose because we were some distance away from the point of sale. The Carolina Cone Team truly lived up to its excellent reputation and we would be happy to recommend them to anyone to handle the purchase and/or sale of property.

Dr and Mrs. H J Burnette

Walter and Carol Farrell

Outstanding Service - Kept looking for ways to make my property more marketable in this terrible bear market. Made a couple of adjustments and offers began to come in. Got a much better price than I thought was out there!

Thank you guys!


Rebecca Smith

We listed our property with Keller Williams Realty the end of May 2010. They were very upfront about what we could expect to sell it for. They kept us informed about our listing at least once a month. They presented us an offer Nov 10 2010. They also showed us other similar properties that had just sold for the same price. We accepted the offer. The Cone Team handled everything in the sale. We received a check for our proceeds December 14 2010. We were extremely happy with the way everything was handled.

Rebecca M Smith

Ed and Virginia Gurry

The Cones always made themselves available to us, even when we stopped in without notice. Always felt welcomed and that we were never a bother. Always strategized different ideas for marketing in order to make our home more sellable. Made adjustments to price when necessary and increased visibility with website listing. Honest feedback also.

George and Amy Fidler

We are very pleased with all you have done for us in regard to finding, purchasing and organizing the construction of our vacation home in Sapphire. Alan has been very efficient and accessible to us, always returning phone calls and e-mails etc. We would certainly recommend his "team" to anyone looking to purchase or sell in this area.  

Mark Brush

Very friendly and professional. Great feedback and up to date usable information. Great use of e-mail.

Vernon and Brenda Korhn

We have been dealing with the Cone Team for a number of years. Alan and Tina Cone are outstanding. They are very professional in all their dealings and treat their clients with dignity and respect. They are very thorough in all that they do and leave no stone unturned.

We highly recommend the Cone Team and Keller Williams Realty.

Vernon and Brenda Korhn

Sandra Miller

Dear Alan,
As a seasoned Realtor myself, I know the difference between a "pro" and a "pretender", you're the top flight! Thank you so much for your support & patience. Everyone I met in your office or that I have dealt with on your recommendation is also just great. Many thanks!

Sandy Miller

PS. Houses sell themselves - a true Real Estate Professional is a facilitator, not a salesperson - you do know the difference!

Larry Chewning

Results speak for themselves.

Via long distance your firm did the total package for selling our lot in Holly Forest:
1. Coordinated septic permitting
2. Arranged land clearing

Lot listed for sale on 3/1/10
Received contract on 4/6/10
Closed on 5/6/10

What more can we say but "YOU ARE THE BEST"

Larry Chewning

Elaine Schnoor

I recently had a real estate transaction with Alan Cone of The Carolina Cone Team. It actually entailed four months of involvement including foreclosure. Alan stayed on top of it every step of the way. His perseverance and experience in real estate made it happen. I would highly recommend Alan to the most sophisticated buyer or seller of real estate. He is fantastic to work with.

Elaine Schnoor

Highview Properties, Inc

My husband and I have been in real estate for many years, as real estate professionals as well as purchasers and sellers of a large number of real properties, and never have we come in contact with realtors as competent, knowledgeable and professional as Alan and Tina Cone. We were especially impressed with the way they represented us in our recent purchase of a lovely home in Sapphire, NC. They were readily available, extremely patient and truly a pleasure to work with.

Bob and Phyllis Dubow


Joy and Ken Millard

Alan found us a great lot in January to build on and then Tina sold our current home for close to what we were asking in November of the same year in a tough sellers market of 2007. Then they recommended a couple of builders for our new home we plan to build in 2008. Can't wait to build and spend more time in the NC mountains. Great job Carolina Cone Team! 

Bob and Debbie Reinhardt

We had the privilege of working with both Tina and Alan, they are the best real estate people we have ever worked with. They knew what we wanted before we did. I would absolutely recommend them and look forward to using them again.

Anne and Steven Duchac

Tina and Alan did a wonderful job selling our house. They stayed in touch with us and were very easy to get hold of throughout the entire process. I would have never imagined we could sell a home with so little stress and worry! This is the third time we've used Tina and Alan and we couldn't be more pleased.

Ed and Nancy Millette

Alan and Tina made our home buying process a quite pleasant experience, very knowledgable about local market. Offered very constuctive suggestions and basically made the job a "no brainer" for us being an out of state buyer. Would highly recommend the Cone Team to anyone.

Bill Simmers

Alan Cone has proved to be both a very competent and professional realtor. I have worked with Alan and his team on two separate buying occasions, both deals have closed and I have been completely satisfied! "Having gone the extra mile" is not just an expression for the Cone Team.

Bill Simmer


Ron Tomlinson

The Tina and Alan Cone Team stand out as true professionals in an industry that can use more people like them. They are realistic with price advise, produce an effective marketing program and are very responsive to all details of customer communications and service. I highly recommend prospective buyers and sellers give strong consideration to hiring them. I would hire them again.

Ron Tomlinson


Ed Gurry

I have been working with Tina and Alan Cone for the past few years and will continue to do so in the future.

Tina and Alan are extremely knowledgeable of there market and trends in the industry. They are creative in their marketing efforts; they are professional, trustworthy and just great people to work with.

You can't go wrong with The Carolina Cone Team

Ed Gurry

Jim Carlson

Had perseverance in working thru a short sale, not giving up.

Bill and Bonnie Hardegree

Tina and her staff went way beyond what any sales staff could ever do or think about doing. They are professional and go beyond their scope of duties. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing to sell or buy a property or home in Western North Carolina.

Bill Hardegree



Bob and Anita Lee

Alan and Tina Cone are true professionals! We received excellent guidance and were treated with the utmost respect and patience. We could not be happier with our experience with Alan and Tina Cone of Keller Williams. We will always call The Carolina Cone Team with our real estate questions and needs.

Fern Creek Builders, LLC

Tina and Alan work tirelessly for all of their clients. They treat each individual as if they were their only client. I have worked with them on numerous projects and always find them extremely professional and up to speed on the current market. I highly recommend the Cone Team!

Robert and Jane Kilroy

From the time that we contacted Alan until the closing we were treated with supreme professionality. We wanted to buy a vacation home in the mountains, Alan personally showed us 13 houses in one day and he even found one that was not listed and that was the one we purchased. Alan was very helpful in arranging a loan and held our hand through all the stages of purchase. He knows everybody in the area and was able and willing to recommend people to us who could provide various services. We have no hesitation recommending Alan and his team to anyone wanting the professional skills and services of an excellent real estate team.

Robert F. Kilroy


Harry and Martha Cain

The sale of our property could not have been handled better! Everything went smoothly and we were surprised by how quickly and effectively the Cone Team took action at every step along the way. Also impressive was the way we were kept informed. They worked hard for us and it showed up in the results.

The Marrin Family

Dear Alan and Tina;  Lisa, Jessica, Alli and I all agree you should change the name of the business from The Carolina Cone Team to The Carolina Dream Team.

Thank you for making our dream come true and for being such good friends.

The Marrins

Nancy Aitken

I encountered the Keller Williams website as well as countless others by performing a web search. The motivating factor in selecting their site was reviewing the posted testimonials. The motivating factor in purchasing my new vacation home from Keller Williams were the people. The Keller Williams team I worked with were extremely well informed, proactive, responsive and passionate. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in purchasing property contact Alan and Tina Cone. Thank you for enriching my life with a beautiful home and a most pleasant and memorable experience.

Kelly Wilk

The lot sold so quickly! Suprising in such a bad real estate market. Thanks for a job well done.

Larry Hall

Good listining skills, no pressure approach, easy access, quick follow-up and delivered on all promises.

Marta Napoles

The sales process was outstanding and the follow up was excellent.

Todd and Norma Newton

My husband, Todd,  and I are from Clemson, SC., located approximately one hour southeast of Cashiers, known as the beautiful Foothills. On a regular basis, we drive up for an afternoon or occasionally spend a night or two in or around the Cashiers area.  Our dream, has always been and still is, is to have a small cabin for a weekend get-away.
In the past while visiting, we had walked off the street into different Real Estate offices if we stumbled across an interesting listing or property ~ but no Realtor had stood out or made a connection with us that warranted any loyalty.
Around 1998, Todd and I spent a few days vacationing at Cottage Inn, located in Cashiers.  While there, we asked the receptionist if she knew of a good Realtor that she could recommend.  She recommended Tina Cone to us.  Well, Tina stood out . We were/are wowed with her awesome personality and devotion that she has shown us.  We are always treated as if we are shopping for the million dollar property, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Actually, we are a Real Estate Agents nightmare ~ the ones looking for the the deal on a cheap fixer-upper or a low-end lot.  That never once has swayed Tina from sending us any info that met our criteria or helping us in any way ~ and this went on for years. 
Todd and I often expressed one another how lucky we felt to have found her and how she was such a terrific person and Realtor.  Some years later, Alan came on board with Tina, and we must say that they make a perfect team.  Alan has every bit the personality, devotion and true professionalism that Tina has.
After many, many, years working with Alan and Tina, Todd and I finally bought a lot in Whisper Lake to build a spec home on.  We placed our trust in them entirely to help us locate a desirable lot to purchase for a "resale location".  They have always been dead-on the "up and coming" areas as we have watched their prediction come true time after time, over the years. 
Recently,  they sold our spec-home for us in this less than desirable market.  They have repeatedly worked hard for us and we hope to do more business with them in the future.  Alan and Tina are top-notch Realtors and people that we highly recommend to anyone looking in their area. We can say with no uncertainty that you won't be dissatisfied.
Thank you Tina and Alan!
Very sincerely,
Todd and Norma Newton 

Steve Tatum

Tina was a terrific person to work with on our new home. She was very knowledgable of the entire real estate market and took the time to find exactly what we were looking for. After the sale she continued to help us adjust to our needs in the community.

Bob & Sarah Walrath

Tina Cone is an experienced, well qualified real estate agent. She knows the market and we found her to be very creative in finding ways to attract people to our property, which she successfully sold.

Don Newland

In my search for a home in the Cashiers area I turned to Alan Cone, who analyzed my needs and requirements and found the perfect place for me in a short period of time. He helped me navigate the path to closing with wisdom and experience. This is the seventh home I have purchased in my lifetime and I found Alan to be knowledgeable and professional, directing me to community institutions and organizations that possess the same honesty, warmth, follow through and attention to detail that he himself employs. I can say without reservation that Alan is one of the best Realtors that I have ever worked with and I am happy to recommend him as a personal guide to anyone seeking property in the Cashiers/Sapphire area.           
       Don Newland

James & Denise Dunn

You sold our house when others couldn't. You sold it for more money than the prior broker had it listed for. In a neighborhood of multi-million dollar homes, we greatly appreciated your treating us and our home as priorities.

John and Linda Pinch

Tina is so professional, knowledgable and thorough. Alan spent an entire week with me traipsing up the mountains to show me lots. This couple is fun, honest, and they get the job done!

Linda and John Pinch


James and Carlyn Stewart

My wife and I visited the Cashiers-Highlands area to purchase a vacant piece of property. Alan was very accommodating in meeting our needs-schedules etc. Alan was not pushy but very patient with us in looking at several different pieces of property. Alan was very knowledgable and sincere....I would recommend Alan to any of my family or friends in the future.

Jim Stewart


Carl, Inc

Alan Cone did a super job of keeping us informed of available property in our area of interest. He followed up on questions asked in a very timely manner. His attention to detail was exceptional!

Andy Baez

Tina Cone is a very knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. I would not hesitate using her services again.



Ken and Joy Millard

We currently have a home in Holly Forest with an excellent view to the west which we visit once a month from Atlanta. Each time we come up, we would always go "lot" hunting. It became so time consuming that we decided to hire a real estate agent, and tell them what we were looking for in a lot, so we could build our own designed retirement home. So we hired The Carolina Cone Team. Well, one day a lot became available in an area we had already visited on our own a few months earlier, in which my wife and I both said "wouldn't it be nice if something became available in this area". When Alan called us, he said "I've got something I think you're really going to like". So we drove up that weekend and immediately said "Yes we'll take it". If it wasn't for Alan being on top of things in the community, we would never have known that it became available. Alan, thanks for a professional job well done. Now, we have just put our current home up for sale with Tina, and if our previous experience with The Carolina Cone Team is any indication of things to come, then we will be building our new home soon.  

Elton "Buzz" and Barbara Babbitt

Alan was and still is always available for information, even if it's not even related to real estate.

Thomas and Barbara Martin

Great job in finding a buyer for our lot and handling the closing in a very efficient manner.

Tom Martin

Mary Rutledge

I was certainly impressed with Tina Cone. She is very knowledgable and professional. It was a pleasure to do business with her.

Lynn and David Painter

The Carolina Cone Team sold a lot for us. When we contacted them, we had an immediate response with helpful information. They expedited the sale with efficiency and kept us informed of their progress. We are pleased to recommend The Carolina Cone Team.

Robert and Patty Miesowicz

Alan and Tina, you were really great in every way. We had no complaints at all. You always returned our calls and your office staff was always there for us. Your service was above average and we felt very safe with you handling our purchase. Everyone knows their job very well. Thanks again for helping us getting our dream home.

Robert and Patty Miesowicz


Jose & Lourdes Vivas

The Carolina Cone Team did a great job in selling our property. The deal was not easy because we live in Puerto Rico. Several problems arose, but all were quickly solved by Tina and her team. They acted on our behalf at closing and every penny was accounted for.

Josh and Claire Koch

Alan was an unexpected surprise to my summer plans. When I called him I was expecting to deal with yet another agent. What I got was a genuine and lovely person who was a pleasure to work with. I now consider Alan a friend not my agent.

Claire Koch

Jeff and Julie Wenslow

Alan Cone was a true professional and a very personable individual to work with. We are extremely pleased with the home we purchased and the price we paid for it.

Don and Beth McDade

Beautiful virtual tour lovely music (A+). Appreciate the updates with notification of properties that have sold. Difficult market right now to get a good price for seller. Thanks for all your help!