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John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) Real Estate Broker/Owner



John Dotson
The experience to get you to the other side!
location_on Highlands, NC — Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC
Independent Brokerage
Get to Know John Dotson

Having lived full time in Highlands since 1986, I am intimately familiar with Highlands and the surrounding area.

"Living in Highlands is a dream of so many people, I feel blessed to make that dream my reality and the reality of so many others!".

Thirty years of real estate sales in the Highlands and Cashiers area give me a perspective enjoyed by few others.  I devote 110% of my experience in getting the best deal for my clients!


I am very familiar with Highlands, Cashiers and the surrounding areas. Preferred Properties and myself specialize in second home, land and commercial sales.

Being one of, if the not the leading seller of undeveloped tracts in the Highlands area, I can guide you through all the potential potholes of buying or selling raw land in the mountains.

Located strategically on Main Street, and in the same location for over 20 years, Preferred Properties of Highlands is very accessible to buyers and sellers alike.  Our hours are from 9:00 to 5:00 M-F and from 10:00 am until on Saturdays.  To reach us after normal business hours, simply call our office for the after hours number.

Contact me any time. www.ppoh.com


My best advice for potential buyers:  Make sure you are dealing with a full time LOCAL real estate agent.  There are plenty of agents available that represent themselves as being knowledgeable of our specialized area that are simply... not.


From competitive to collaborative, my negotiating skills are some of the best around - just ask the competition!

R. Jobson
"John found a property not on market and represented us in negotiations. His knowledge of the Highlands home market convinced us we were getting good value. (He) negotiated lowest price with out of town seller without losing the deal. Johns reassuring approach to a sale helped keeps emotions in check on both sides during negotiations and at closing. Since the sale, John has been a helpful source to us helping us finding contractors, property managers, and other necessary vendors. If a buyer or seller was on the fence about a realtor choice - I would tell them that Preferred Properties realtors are honest, relentless in their pursuit of excellent client representation and continue to be helpful after the transaction."
T. Taylor
"It was a pleasure to work with John Dotson and Preferred Properties during our recent real estate acquisition. Their company was extremely professional and went “above and beyond” to bring a complicated purchase involving an estate with multiple heirs to fruition. Without hesitation, we would recommend John Dotson and Preferred Properties to anyone looking for a first class broker who exhibits integrity and professionalism."
P. Hill
"We have known John Dotson for many years, starting with his dealings with my parents, then his helping us find our property in Highlands. His reputation certainly preceded him! His knowledge of the area and expertise in marketing has made our most recent dealings of the sale of our property a most satisfying experience. He has certainly been a joy to work with and we consider him a friend for life!"
D. Gaddy
"Linda and I would like to thank you for being there for us at the closings of our real estate purchases throughout our years in Highlands. You went beyond the call of duty to make sure we were comfortable and to answer any questions we had concerning these closings. Thanks for being our real estate agent and, most of all, our friend."
Josephine Howard
I have known John Dotson for many years and bought two houses thru him and recently sold one. When I get ready to sell the second home, he will be my first call. He is a hard worker and very knowledgeable.
R. & E. Grimball
"E & I wanted to thank you and Preferred Properties again for your extra efforts involved in the sale of our former property in Highlands. We all knew on the front end of listing the property that it would take at least 2-3 years to sell. Through your assistance, professionalism, dogged determination and several interventions on our behalf, you got the property sold in less that two years. E and I have bought and sold more properties over the years than we care to count. Therefore, we have dealt with many Realtors, of whom only a select few have over-delivered on the buying or selling process. You are indeed one of those top shelf Realtors. Of special note, near the closing of the property, I learned you were a U.S.Navy veteran. As I write this note on Veterans Day, we thank you for your service to our Country. Best wishes for your continued success in the real estate business. We would not hesitate to use you and Preferred Properties again."
Judy M.
"When it was time to put my house on the market, there was no doubt in my mind or hesitation about listing it with John Dotson. As a friend of 25 years, I already knew "Buz" as a man of honesty and integrity. Getting to know him as a businessman, working to sell my house, Buz impressed me even further with his knowledge of the real estate market, his attention to detail, and the way he treats his clients professionally but personally . . . and with a huge dose of personality! Selling my house turned out to be more complicated than expected, but Buz stepped up with resolve and tenacity. He proved himself to be a problem solver, a go-getter, and a man who goes above and beyond what is expected. Thanks for all your hard work, Buz!"
R. & A. Watson
"We both tell everyone we meet (who needs an agent) that you are the best. We are so blessed to have gotten our “foreclosure” home and we owe it mostly to you. I was so glad to have a “low pressure” person on my side who was also a “bulldog” about getting that house for us!"

Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. has been established in the Highlands, NC market for over 29 years. We specialize in Residential and Commercial properties in Highlands & Cashiers, NC.