Asheville, NC Real Estate News

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Asheville, N.C. Real Estate Journal November, 2015 It’s about the well-known factor of supply and demand.LAND- Is it a risky investment for buyers in Asheville, N.C.? Here are a few points to consider.  And remember that old adage, "Location. Location. Location."  What is the Return on Investment (ROI) potential for LAND?  There's only so much Land- Conclusion:  Land has solid potential to produce gains of great magnitude. Certainly, some of the wealthiest people in history invested in Land, and won.Land Investment Analysis. Although some Land Brokers (including myself) think of our practice as an art form, land brokerage also factors in analysis. Clients are encouraged to sit down with paper and pencil to  determine cash flow and outlay- from acquisition. and potential income (rental i...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Autumn- The Season to Discover LAND and Our Fall Color Tour  As I looked at the photo (above) I took on our ASHEVILLE 2015 Color Tour, one of my favorite passages from John Crowley’s book, Little Big came to mind. If you are looking for land and finding the “right” place , this may be helpful for you as it has been for many of our clients:  “…on brave luminous mornings walking expectant and watchful, waiting to be led and feeling (at once, at the same moment) the turning [you] must take that would lead to a place that took your hand and said, “We’re here….” ~ John Crowley
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Oct. 26, 2015 With a strong focus on sustainability – Asheville leads the way. And many new retailers prove that.  "Asheville Market has added a great dynamic to the area since Whole Foods opened last year. We are excited to continue that standard with the great new retailers that we're opening this fall," said Lyle Darnall, managing director of EDENS. /PRNewswire/ reorts - "Retailers opening soon include:Fifth Season Gardening: An Asheville favorite since 2000, where doing it yourself is always in season. In addition to their traditional offerings of hydroponic and organic gardening supplies, they carry beer and wine making products, supplies for cheese making, vinegar making, canning, fermentation and a host of other areas collectively known as Urban D.I.Y.Relax & Rej...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville NC Neighborhoods You Can Love – Montford It has been said, and I believe it is true that, in any neighborhood, the people who live there can make it distinct. Take, for example, Asheville’s Montford neighborhood. Through their vibrant sustainable community spirit, these Asheville residents make their neighborhood a great place to visit and an even greater place in which to live. Montford, This Historic Neighborhood is HAPPENING! Thoughtful design. A “Close In” neighborhood of about 300 acres. A lovely and rich diversity of architectural styles. A great place for a FOREVER home.Neighbors: Like most neighborhoods in Asheville, NC, the folks who live here (many of whom are “Cultural Creatives -- architects, designers, teachers, authors, doctors, poets, lawyers, and gallery artist...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Asheville Real Estate JournalKeep it Simple Many people, regardless of age or physical ability, love the idea of finding the land on which to create a "village" of "tiny homes"- and the experience of working with and/or simply enjoying the camaraderie of friends and neighbors - no age limit. And so, as some of our “aging-in-place” advocates surmise-a workshop may be just the “right ticket”  ... land for a village in Asheville  But how and where to get started? Tumbleweed Tiny Home Co. offers such workshops, and, by the way, you can go to one right here in  Asheville this month. This workshop is all about simplifying and downsizing - how to get started doing that -and is “packed with all the insightful and extensive information you’ll need to design and build your very own” small and sw...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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AUTUMN MAGIC in ASHEVILLE::  Fall comes to the mountains as trees bend to the winds of change leaving broad strokes of color across the slopes, and  folks from far and wide find festivals and festivities for family fun. There are wine tours along the trail, and art tours, and train rides- all supplied with hues of red and gold and ombre that add their own pizzazz... .It is magical. GET LOST in the mountains...or in a CORN MAZE! This is an " intergenerational experience" to be explored on 12 acres of twisting trails less than 5 miles from downtown Asheville . See you there?   poster is by z-ART-z ! studios, asheville, n.c.* 
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IF you are inspired by creative ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved by change with compassion -you may resonate with what Barbara Kingsolver wrote: “ What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed...”- come along with me as I visit one of my favorite Asheville "Tailgate" markets...on the campus of University of North Carolina-Asheville. Impressions from a Tailgate Market- Asheville                                    
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Asheville on the Greenside-Take a LookAsheville Real Estate Journal  You may have asked more than once, for good, reliable (“green” ) advice when considering investing money in land or homes on the land in the Asheville, N.C. area.  “ What comes after  a brief discussion about home and land values, green-friendly features, and the long-term benefits when it comes to universal design elements? ” you may ask.  Happy to provide information you may need. Take a look HERE     Up-fitting?  If you are scoping out up-fitting requirements, an energy-wise  True /False Test may be useful.  GO HERE     3 Points for Good Ecology: 1)  Enriched drought-resistant soil for less soli erosion,  2) less groundwater pollution and 3) improved farm biodiversity. P.S. When land buyers stop for lunch as we tour...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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BIG Acreages and Farmland~  Create Your Legacy Asheville Real Estate Journal, August, 2015 As a large LANDS and acreage real estate brokers here in the Asheville , NC area, we are keen observers of the Land Market across the USA.- especially when it comes to land for conservation. We hypothesized that Land Buyers -of large acreages might  find attractive the idea of working in concert with conservation organizations- possibly as sustainable agriculture grants- possibly a lease to buy program with a Farm Stewardship organization... . Taking that discussion one step further—  in terms of a “safe” investment— how does the  large acreage and/or farmland real estate market look, and is this the time to create your land legacy?  LAND, LARGE ACREAGES and Farmland Values Increasing Farmland val...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Newsy NewsI am a dog lover:: Big ones, little ones.  Papillons. Great Danes. Goldens. Poodles. Beagles and Terriers, Hounds and Mutts like this one.  I take dog biscuits with me in my pocket, just in case. I carry dog goodies in my glove box. I do this in part in gratitude for lessons learned, and about to be learned. I support  Brother Wolf No-Kill Shelter Events Recently I noticed that, unlike the dog in the photo, human-folk tend to hold on to our "issues" with a firm grasp. Is it that we think that we cannot choose otherwise? Or maybe that we think we should try to be better than who we are? I wonder. (Still working on that.)  In the meantime, I’ve learned a lot from my own dog-friends.  DOGS “get” that life happens right now.  Why is that?  Possibly it is because they don...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Duke Energy is proposing to build a new substation in Campobello, SC and run 140' high towering transmission lines that are as much as 1,000 feet apart through Buncombe County, Henderson County, and Polk County.You can access an interactive map to see where your property may be in relation to the planned routes at Duke Energy Foothills Project. There is a measuring tool that you can see how far the lines are from your property. You can also visit Duke Energy Western Carolinas Modernization Project for more information and access to online comments and forums to give comments and feedback. Possibly it is a good idea to learn more about this plan and to attend the public information meetings scheduled this week. Currently, there are several alternate routes being proposed and it doesn't m...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Newsy-News :YOU and smart living spaces- IMAGINE a " green"-  an energy efficient , high performance home that gives you "staying power"- or temporary quarters as you build  on beautiful Asheville area acreage. Maybe something like the "greenbuilt" home you see below that we visited and photographed not long ago...(?) OR...  "greenbuilt" home in Asheville, N.C. How would that look to you? A lock ‘n leave a structure on land you are preserving in the mountains outside of Asheville,  as per this post I wrote back in 2008 ?   Have you ever thought of the possibiliy of turning a cargo container into a dwelling place ? Priced at about $60,000 cargo container homes might offer interesting solutions for land buyers .... YOu could, maybe, customize options - create a gorgeous chef's ,...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    1031 Like Kind Exchange, An Asheville Downtown Condo and be a True Investment Find if and when you know a) what to look for and b) how to make it happen. That can take a special kind of “I.Q.” Here’s the scoop: The FEA and The Special QI  The real estate market in Asheville, N.C. is heating up- FAST! Investors in properties in the Asheville area, like the condo our clients are excited about in downtown Asheville is a prime example of this. (Watercolor is from a local artist.) Life is good in downtown Asheville where that "European: feeling is at your doorstep. Many people  like the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange option. It can work well for investors interested in creative retirement –( Post50 “boomers”) – if they utilize the professional services of a Qualified Intermediary ( QI ).  Here’...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Beautiful days. Perfect weather. And a great time for land and investment buyers to be out and about in search of interesting acreages for 1031 like-kind exchange possibilities- or for mountain homes, family farms and legacies. That's why we have been scouting and offer (below) a quick sampling  of really sweet acreages (over 10 acre parcels) within a short drive (30 minutes or less)of Asheville. Take a peek at this chart. Dream Possible. Email me for details. Let me know what you think....
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 Asheville Creative News: training artists on how to be public artists- RiverLink -a free seminar for artists interested in contracting with the City of Asheville A FREE SEMINAR on training artists on how to be public artists, increase and encourage response to the Asheville's  future calls for artists on future public projects is happening this week. This free training will highlight an actual call for artist process, general overview of public contracting basics, resources and how to connect.  You can join RiverLink and Brenda Mills tomorrow -- May 14 -- to find out how artists can become contractors for the city. RiverLink is pleased to offer these special two-hour interactive free information sessions at RiverLink's Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 a.m. to 12. Brenda Mill...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Real Estate Journal Coggins Farm Land Development and Plans “ Irreplaceable natural treasure, worthy of protection and deep stewardship.”  An opinion piece by Ian Booth appeared in The Asheville-Citizens Times and caught my eye. As a land broker at-heart concerned about worthy conservancy of historical lands, I noted that Will Hamilton of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, reported that only two percent of the landmass in western North Carolina is farmland. Booth wrote: “The proposed ‘new standard’ is actually a throwback to the old model of sprawl and habitat loss. As pointed out by noted economic development leader Becky Anderson in her presentation at last spring’s Four Futures for Mountain Farmland symposium at Warren Wilson College, a pristine historic famil...
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Asheville Real Estate JournalSMALL SPACES LARGE VIEWSCAPES  You may find the these graphics illustrating "small spaces"   of interest, especially if you are investing in LAND in our beautiful mountains AND are looking to simplify your life and living space. If the graphics appeal to you, could you see yourself living here over the long term? Is this a home for “aging in place”?  Take a  look at the interior and then ask yourself Is this a home for “aging in place”? SMALL SPACES LARGE VIEWSCAPES Possibly consider investing in LAND...on which to place such an abode. If you desire looking a  panoramic from north-northwest, west, south to east-southeast,  privacy, convenience and  southern exposure  a paved interior road and underground electric to top of the viewshed, you might (depending ...
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  ASHEVILLE Real Estate Journal Well, it’s “official”... within a couple years, the iconic 17-floor BB&T Building will be called the Vandre Nouveau Tower as Asheville's BB&T Building (downtown Asheville) repurposes itself as an "unique," "upper-upscale" hotel and condominium complex with 150 rooms.Will this change the skyline  of downtown Asheville?Asheville Downtown Skyline Reportedly, several architects are working on the exterior and interior of the building's final design. In a meeting at the Asheville Citizen-Times,  it certainly was reported that this hotel will be “unlike any other in Asheville." And there will be condos available with those indcredible mountain views we so appreciate. “No prices for the 35 condominiums have been set, but company executives say they have already ...
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Asheville has made news on WLOS-TV and the news report was based on my research of the market for over 20 years. This was the article and the video:   BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Buncombe County has hit a record high for the average asking price for a home with an average of $536,000. The figure comes from Don Davies who runs real estate analysis firm Real Search. Davies said the figure tops that of every city in North Carolina including Charlotte and Raleigh."The town is crazy as far as real estate," Elise Okrend said, an artist, who moved to Asheville with her husband two years ago."We're looking for something in the $350,000 area," Okrend said. "If you don't put a bid on it within an hour it's gone." Okrend said she feels housing prices are a bit out of whack in Asheville when compared ...
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 aging-in-place (aka P A L A C E )  in Asheville Style Asheville Real Estate Journal  If YOU have been thinking about “quality of life” now that we are no longer spring chicks, here's some interesting information. It's our sustainability checklist. You may find it a helpful conversation -starter regardless of how old you are, but it could be an essential for  consideration by "boomers" older adults and intergenerational stakeholders who love the idea of "aging in P A L A C E ".   Daryl Rantis Architect -Example of Aging in P A L A C E  What follows is NOT a complete list, by any means- but it IS an invitation to join the conversation.....(especially if you or someone you know would be more comfortable as you turn 50,60,70,80+)... However, if you are wondering about the intersection of a...
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