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Steve Owen & Associates Adds Laughridge To Team


Last updated 2/21/2018 at 4:50pm

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Joey Laughridge

Steve Owen & Associates welcomes Joey Laughridge, who has joined Team Billy Harris in the south office on Greenville Highway.

Laughridge has worked in various roles at Bear Lake Reserve in Tuckasegee for the last 11 years, most recently as sales manager. He brings vast experience in high-end home sales and gated communities. His initial role at Bear Lake Reserve involved overseeing golf operations. He then transitioned into the club and community general manager.

Laughridge has remained vocationally focused on communities with amenities and community-specific activities, and brings this knowledge to Team Billy Harris as Steve Owen & Associates expands.

Laughridge is educationally and experientially familiar with selling amenity-based homes and land. With a degree in turfgrass management from North Carolina State University, a father who has storied career in the golf profession of Western North Carolina, and a mother also in the real estate business, he comes to the profession organically. He enjoys discussing the lifestyle of a community, focusing on the full experience of living in a particular area beyond the home or lot.

"I was once showing a family a home in a gated community, and the kids were upset that we didn't stop at the community playground. I realized that I'm selling much more than a house; I'm selling a lifestyle," he said. "The lakes, the golf course, the playground and the community activities are all part of what this family will be experiencing and what will make it their home."

The popularity of amenity-based homes and gated communities are on the rise in Western North Carolina, especially in areas like Transylvania County where the natural amenities of DuPont State Recreational Forest and Pisgah National Forest pull their own weight in drawing people to the area. Laughridge has had several successful closings since joining the firm, with several more under contract. Currently, Laugh-ridge has five active residential listings, three of which are in a gated community, and five acreage listings, four of which are in a gated community.

Billy Harris, managing Broker of Team Billy Harris, said of Laughridge, "Since joining our firm, Joey has shown a keen interest in learning the market and going above and beyond for his clients. Joey is diligent in his research, shows creative thinking and has proven himself a skilled negotiator. I feel confident that Joey has a great real estate career ahead of him."

Team Billy Harris is a division of Steve Owen & Associates and includes Billy Harris, Joey Laughridge and Hesper Dickson.

More information about Joey Laughridge and Team Billy Harris may be found at


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