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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
  Aging in Place: IS  this  “stay-put” choice a solution for you and your children?   Here in Asheville, a top retirement town, quality of life remains center stage. And one consideration pro sustainable excellence involves a decision-  whether to “downsize” possibly sell your home and rent, or opt for a phased-in assisted living choice. Money management may play a considerable role in your decision-making process. A cost analysis can be helpful. (See The Sage Companion Project’s Cost Analysis HERE )   Looking to the Future- LAND   Planned Money Management and Aging-in-Place : 6 Healthy Conversation Starters 1. Profit you may earn if you decide to sell. 2.Cost comparison-  costs higher, lower or the  just about the same. (Be sure to account for security deposits, association fees and ot...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Real Estate Journal TODAY: 4 Ways to Take Advantage of ASHEVILLE Real Estate Insights (2) Out exploring: Use your own insight as part of buying, selling or investing in real estate— structuring the subtleties into real property transactions   A. Understand the topography, the geology, and the aesthetic. B. Ask good questions. Could the land under development be a conservation development?  What do the experts say?  C. Utilize your heart and our resources: Equinox Environmental for Baseline Documentation, Green-Friendly Development, Farmland Preservation, Greenways Planning , Native Plantings, Park Planning , Phase 1 Assessments, Private Lands, Sustainable Landscapes, Watershed Assessments, and  Wetlands Delineation. D. Ask local experts. They know the trends in the real estat...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Real Estate Journal: 1031 TODAY: Take Advantage of ASHEVILLE Real Estate Insights (1)   Big Advantages for Asheville buyers, sellers and 1031 investors    can shown up for you when you do this: Combine your insights  with the (perhaps more)  obvious categorizing, comparing, and measuring involved in the very practical art of buying and selling property. Creating a home on the Land and the securing the Land itself  in the slopes of  Asheville’s beautiful  mountains is an art form.      "Feeling the Land"   It's all about feeling the land. It reminds  me of that moment when, as the early fog clears to reveal gorgeous mountain slopes, (see photo taken on a wintry morning)  you ask yourself this question: “What does my "instinct" tell me about this property?”  What would happen i...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Are You Ready to See Your Asheville, N.C. LAND? (Part 1)Asheville Real Estate Journal   As “boomers” settle in to living long and well in Asheville and across the land,  active involvement in wellness points to the benefits of "go green" attitude. A PBS special recently underscored that idea: Dr. Christiane Northrup  advises to keep moving not just through time, but through space.  As a land broker, moving through time and space here in the Greater Asheville area, I couldn’t agree more. And if your dream is to make that happen, you've come to the "right" place.     Are You Ready to See Your Home on the Asheville N.C. LAND?   So the question becomes... Are Y O U ready to invest time and energy into finding your space on the land? If so, you can find and take good care of awesome acreage...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
 Asheville Real Estate Journal: Renewable Energy If you have been considering the pros and cons of “aging in place” –thinking about rehabs and remodelers, you have powerful possibilities when it comes to energizing your home and getting around it with comfort.  You can do so much these days just by the way you site your  home on the land to take advantage of solar gain, and save energy costs. Inside, you can add skylights, retrofit windows to increase R-Value and enjoy the sunlight. You can pull together  a stylish, comfortable, and beautiful "palace" that is also non-toxic and environmentally friendly.   Here in Asheville, you  really  can get into Solar Power. (See Part 2 for details) Out at the Environmental Learning Center at Warren Wilson College, just 15 minutes from downtown  As...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Real Estate Journal: Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy Asheville Style (2)   As noted in Part (1), when considering the pros and cons of “aging in place” you have powerful possibilities when it comes to energizing your home and getting around it with comfort.  Customer groups are looking to " lift some of the technical and financial restrictions on distributed generation in North Carolina,” according to utilities reporter, Julia Pyper. This includes “ re-authorizing PACE loans, improving customer access to their energy usage data and lifting the ban on third-party sales arrangements.” There's light dawning on Asheville's beautiful horizon.   sunrise Asheville horizon     There’s good news on the employment front in North Carolina’s cleantech industry as well.  According to ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Real Estate Journal: Post 50 and Beyond the Narrow   I hopped over to The Sage Companion Project the other day. It’s an effort to reach out to a certain demographic you might recognize as most interesting if you follow trends in the real estate market- and work with Post 50 People. I noted that  Jan Goldfield, a Sage Companion contributor,  had a few choice words for those instructing others to,   “ Accept things like they are. Don't make waves. Don't draw attention to yourself. Hush. The teacher/minister/clerk/doctor/dentist wants you to be quiet and not interrupt. Don't ask questions.”    Post 50 People-Real Estate Trends and Choices I had to smile - for most REAL ESTATE business people I know may regard such advice as null and void- at least when it comes to buying, selling...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
As a long-time real estate professional, for me, the following quotation is a reminder to be creative when looking at "green steps" for Post 50 People. Looking to the future does not require "disengagement" I am thinking, but instead, planning ahead for a home that works across the generations...."aging in a P A L A C E"... as opposed to some less attractive alternative. That certainly makes sense here in Asheville...or wherever you may live. " Life’s second half should be a positive and joyful experience…an adventure in personal growth and fulfillment rather than a time of disengagement and loss as many currently perceive it to be," wrote The Sage Companion Project contributor, Dick Ambrosius. His perspective is a bright step above the old grey road. It inspired this digital art- mixe...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Real Estate: A Valentine to the LANDland for sale   Mountain land never ceases to inspire and amaze people around Asheville, N.C. And, while it is safe to say that my own approach to walking the mountain land that is for sale (and/or stewardship) in and around Asheville has evolved over the years, it seems to me that YOU will love the land as much and  never tire of coming in close contact with mountain scenes like this (below). " A Valentine to the Land"  This is a mixed media design taken from one of  of my photos - part of a collection of cards - a happy project these days-   I must have written a thousand "love notes" about mountain land and acreage here in Asheville. I love the land! For lucky 1031 buyers the investment they made in land for sale remains strong. Here are ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville Real Estate Journal :Invest in the Land - THE 1031 INVESTMENT  YOU are HERE with a professional and PERSONALIZED adventure in investing in Asheville acreages.     ·        Whether you have lived in the Asheville area all of your life, or your are relocating to this beautiful area, we are interested in what feels attractive to you and your family-  your lifestyle, your goals. As you look to the future, we offer excellent REFERRAL services to people we know and trust. This is a complimentary service to you to accompany "tons 'n tons" of resources for buyers, investors, and sellers you can find right here (since 2007) at our No. 1, personally hand-woven Asheville Real Estate BLOG. We would love to be your one-of-a-kind resource...NOTE: Some of our best work has been done just sit...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Conservation Land:  An Asheville Land Broker "Talks Dirt"    On a 45-minute drive, there is much land to see as you traverse the mountains and valleys around Asheville. It’s a good idea to get on the road early if you desire to connect with conservation land. Dawn's soft light provides moments for taking photos and a good time to see acreage with conservation potential for sale near Asheville, N.C.       So, if you are an adventurous early-rising conservation land investor let’s "talk dirt" while we roll on down a highway where dark-blue mountains are fringed the fifty-shades-of-blue skies where you  may find yourself smiling.     Fifty Shades of Blue Skies- Asheville Area Conservation Acreage   One of our favorite places, less than an hour’s drive from downtown Asheville, has been a c...
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Asheville, NC has been placed on many Top Ten Lists over the years because of its beauty, mountains, milder climate, scenery, beer, eclectic entertainment and food, weirdness, etc. and as a result housing is in great demand, but because of its popularity, housing inventory is now at its lowest in 10 years and prices are at their highest.   Here is what 2014 looked like at the end of the year: CURRENT HOUSING TRENDS AND INDICATORS (Buncombe County)  2014 – 4th Quarter – Year Review    Total number residential homes/condos/townhouses/mobile homes available as of 01/07/2015            ▼1492   Number residential homes/condos/townhouses/mobile homes put on market since 01/01/2014            5225   Average asking prices of all homes/condos/townhouses/mobiles currently on market               ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Farms and Land- A Review Asheville, N.C. Real Estate Journal   Offering objective fiduciary counsel to Land and Acreage buyers/sellers/1031 investors means keeping a finger on the pulse of local goings-on here in the Greater Asheville area. When it comes to sustainable innovation in Asheville,  it is an on-going adventure.(see photo of horse enjoying a good graze ... and what the dog at the previous link reveals...)     Recently, we reviewed findings for clients in search of large acreages. The discoveries came from Farmland Values Project.    The Farmland Values Project involved both data collection and research, and a community interaction initiative. It asked the following questions:        Does farmland in our area affect the quality of life of residents?       Is farmlan...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Real Estate Journal- Winter, the Land and Fireside     It’s wintertime in the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina. It is the perfect time to take an invigorating hike to look at the land now that the trees are bare. When you come home to your glowing fireplace, you may, like me, enjoy a “good-read-by-the-fire” while an adventurous friend lights up the grill on your deck. (see photo)   Life is good. Pick up one of Rita Mae Brown’s Sneaky Pie Brown books- a “cozy mystery” that is quite predictable. But therein lies a pleasantry to accompany your hot chocolate.     After exploring Asheville’s gorgeous winterscapes and viewsheds the adventures of a heroine and her furry companions, two opinionated cats and one respectful dog—  who are forever stumbling into “who-done-...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Real Estate Journal :4 Ways to Take Advantage of Real Estate Insights -2015 (Part 2)   In Part 2:  How does one go about the use of insight as part of buying, selling or investing in real estate— structuring the subtleties into real property transactions? Here are four ways that may be attractive to you. Let me know what you think.   A. Take time to learn about the topography, the geology, and the aesthetic. B. Ask good questions. Could the land under development be a conservation development?  Is the land appropriate for building an "ALL-INCLUSIVE HOME". (What do the experts say?)  C. Utilize Your heart and Our resources: Equinox Environmental for Baseline Documentation, Conservation Subdivisions, Farmland Preservation, Greenways Planning ,Native Plantings ,Park Planning ,Ph...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
    Need we reiterate? Asheville is synonymous with quality of life! The town, nestled in the mountains and with rivers and lakes gracing it (see photo of the December at Beaver lake) offers homes and land that suit many  lifestyles. THIS is the time of year Land Investors come to the area. It is easier to see how the land lies when the leaves are off the trees. Plan this "land excursion" in the next couple of months. We are happy to refer you to general contractors we know and trust. You can make this your home place.
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By Kim N. Bregman, Exclusive Buyer Agent in South Florida
(Optima Properties)
Even though fall is in full swing here in Western North Carolina, it is not too early to start to think ahead to the Christmas Holidays and plan your visit to the area. Here are our top 6 things to do in Asheville, NC this winter. 1. For those of you who love to be outdoors, one of the best things to do in Asheville, NC this winter is go hiking. We are just south enough that you don’t need snow boots but just north enough that there will be consistently cold weather that is perfect for spending some time outside. One of the best and most iconic trails available in Asheville, NC is the Appalachian Trail. Walked where others have walked through history and see some of the best sites of North Carolina.     2. Another fun Asheville activity is going zip lining. Never heard of it? Zip lining...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville Real Estate Journal- The French Broad River   janeAnne's photo of the beloved French Broad River- Asheville, N.C. It was a perfect December day here in Asheville. Q and I took a walk at the park where the French Broad River borders the land(see photo), and I sang a tune of gratitude to Wilma Dykeman for her part in making this possible. Just this morning, I had been reading about her. In case you missed it- there is a continuing series from the autobiography  of Wilma Dykeman in The Laurel of Asheville.  The story is an inspiration for all ages but has special meaning those working for a creative retirement. Wilma Dykeman held the torch. Wilma Dykeman Stokely (May 20, 1920 – December 22, 2006) was a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Dykeman chronicled the lived of people and l...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
1031 Like Kind Exchange: The Special QI   Shedding light on the 1031 Like Kind Exchange is of interest to a number of our clients and investors in properties in the Asheville area. Many are attracted to the 1031 option as part of their creative retirement   –( Post50 “boomers”) – plan. We are happy to refer our clients to Qualified Intermediaries ( QI ) –with this caveat:  First interview and then select a Qualified Intermediary to assist transactions. More information? A good place to start is with the Federation of Exchange Accommodators .  The Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA) is the only national trade organization formed to represent qualified intermediaries (QI's), their primary legal/tax advisers and affiliates who are directly involved in Section 1031 Exchanges. A sear...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
1031 Investment Ideas: Golden Girls, Asheville-Style... AND NOW... a special focus on aging-in-place, or (as we refer to it) Aging in P A L A C E.  That’s because aging in place is the preferred lifestyle among a majority of boomers—71% of adults ages 50 to 64, according to AARP data earlier this year. Taking this information, 1031 investors in Asheville may find a lucrative placement of their money in “Golden Girls” type housing opportunities. Could a 4,000 sq. ft. residential property zoned multi-family be a good 1031 investment?   Consider the idea of  investments made in buildings zoned multi-family. One couple we know decided to purchase a B&B with the idea of turning it into and aging-in-P A L A C E property as part of their creative (un)retirement plan.  Not only could these Ash...
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