Born in the southern cornbelt area of Indiana and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, Charlotte Martin Gentry arrived in DeKalb County in 1975 and promptly fell in love with its scenic beauty. In the years since, she has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad, but always returns with a renewed appreciation for her home in the mountains of Alabama.
A lifelong student of nature, she has always enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge about the native species of plants, trees and animals to be found in abundance here in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is, perhaps, because of her Native American ancestry that Charlotte feels this kinship with the land and its inhabitants.
As a teenager when she moved to Alabama, she toured much of the area on her bicycle, discovering the wonders of DeSoto Sate Park, DeSoto Falls, Little River Canyon and other scenic areas of the county. Her jaunts to Lookout Mtn always included a stop at Sally Howard Chapel (the church built on the rock) near DeSoto State Park. The words carved in the rugged beams near the altar have stuck with her: "GOD HAS ALL WAYS BEEN AS GOOD TO ME AS I WOULD LET HIM BE." (sic)
Nowadays, Charlotte can be found discovering and sharing the area in her trusty old Subaru, as she travels throughout NE Alabama doing what she loves to do-- finding just the right property to fit the needs and desires of her customers.
And, it isn't just about real estate. It's about the Land, the People and trying to keep the right balance of both. She feels it is important to retain the integrity of our beautiful area at the same time it is being discovered by more and more people who want to own a "bit of earth" for themselves to enjoy this same unspoiled feeling folks have found for generations.
Of course, not everyone is seeking a rural or mountain property. It's this knack of finding just the right place to fit the needs of her customers that puts Charlotte in a class by herself. Uptown or Down Home, she knows the market and translates this knowlege into a happy pairing of Buyers and Sellers.
Relying on her experience, instincts and the latest in technology, Charlotte helps her Sellers understand where their property should fit on the market, then she targets the right purchasers in advertising these properties in many different ways. The Internet has certainly become an invaluable tool in this process, with some 90% of customers looking online first when seeking real estate.
But, it's the personal touch that makes the difference. Gismos, gadgets, and electronic wizardry will never take the place of just plain old, straightforward, friendly service. So, don't be surprised if you find more than just a Realtor (R), you'll find a friend when you get to know Charlotte.