Asheville, NC Real Estate News

By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
The State of North Carolina has dedicated more than a million acres to the National Forests- Pisgah and Nantahala. State parks and forests also hold thousands of acres. In Western North Carolina large acreages are rare, (as I mentioned in the previous post) and this especially is true in the Greater Asheville Area.. Still, it is wonderful to search for land. ...Maybe over a period of months or years! And who doesn't . and obviously inspired by what they see. . . HERE are five (5) hikes recommended to me by the Carolina Mountain Club:  Carolina Mountain Club  HikesBald Knob Ridge Trail Big Ivy - Walker Ridge LoopBlue Ridge Pinnacle Carolina Hemlock trail Colbert Ridge to Potato Hill     Let me know how YOU like them! _______________________________________________________________________...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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If you are a First Time Homebuyer think ahead! Make up your mind right now that  BEFORE you invest your hard-earned money in a home (and I mean even a new home) (and even a "green" home here in beautiful Asheville, N.C. ) you are going to insist on a home inspection. - Why? - Because such inspections are a critical part of the home buying process. They protect you and your investment. Engaging and working with home inspectors is explored in the valuable links that follow.  Follow them to discover a treasure trove of professional home inspection organizations and useful information available to you including one of my personal favorites: 10 Questions to ask home inspectors. P.S.  #1   Did you know that REALTORS® recommend a home buyer to have a home inspection?  3 Valuable Links:10 Quest...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Many of our clients are curious about the actual process of taking good care of their land before they build there. They ask how to design an eco-friendly and sustainable home site . We refer them to the experts. My best advice: "GO out to the home or building site with a professional solar evaluation team. Get your own feel for the process. Get cost details and estimates from 'The Eco Design  Pros' " We have been looking into solar possibilitiesthe last few posts, so using solar as an example here is what clients tell me they want to find out: 1) Will the price of a passive solar home may be no more than that of a conventional home? 2) Will passive solar features gives us benefits from reduced heating and cooling bills for the life of the home? 3) Does the cost of an active solar heati...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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As real estate clients become more and more interested in energy and cost savings, before investing in a residential property or building on eco-friendly land, many buyers want to know more about  solar capabilities.  So I put together this list  of 5 Steps Buyers Can Take to Learn More about a home's  Solar Capabilities. There's much to learn and consider, including, for example, the differences between passive and solar building features and the costs involved. (Unlike passive solar systems, active solar systems, use mechanical devices such as fans and pumps to distribute solar heat or cooling effect from a collector.)   (Photo shows expert David Tuch from Equinox Environmental in Asheville as he  talks with REALTOR and client...) There are so many  things to consider for inquisitive ...
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DECEMBER - 2008 What is a Healthy Real Estate Market? That is not always an easy question to answer, but usually, inventory of unsold homes available should not equal more than a 6 to 8 month supply. Prices and inventory seem to set the theme and "location, location, location" is not always the final judgment of health or desirability. As we ended the year, it was obvious that Asheville was not experiencing a "healthy" market. Asheville and Buncombe County are continuing to hold steady at about 14 months supply, on average. This is the normal slow-down time of year and inventory is normally reduced because some sellers do not want to have lookers go through the house in winter weather or can wait until the spring season when sales normally pick up. In Asheville, we are continuing to see...
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Vacant Land, Lots, and Acreage - Buncombe County, NC - December 2008 Buncombe County includes the cities or areas of Asheville, Weaverville, Leicester, Black Mountain, Arden, Skyland, Candler, and Biltmore Forest.     Buncombe County land sales in 2008 have averaged about 47% of sales in 2007. That would indicate that the land sales have lagged behind just like home sales and that would seem to indicate that investors/developers/speculators have slowed in concert with the existing housing market. 373 parcels have been Sold in 2008 with an Average Sold Price of $142,634, a slight decrease from November prices.     A breakdown of those sales for 2008 looks like this:   1 acre or under - 178 parcels sold with an Average Sold Price of $89,321. 1 to 2.99 acres - 118 parcels sold with an Aver...
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By Eunice Pearson, ABR,CRS,GRI,ePRO
(CENTURY 21 Mountain Lifestyles)
. Ever hear the expression "That's a lot of bunk?" It seems that in 1820 there had been a long and difficult debate in Congress about the Missouri Compromise. Finally the vote was called, but Congressman Felix Walker, whose district included Buncombe County, stood and stated that he had to speak for his constituents - he needed to speak for Buncombe - whereupon he proceeded to ramble on while the others waited impatiently. Later one Congressman said to another,  "That wasn't for Buncombe that was Buncombe."  It was soon shortened to "bunkum" and then to "bunk" meaning meaningless words. This is just a glimpse of what you can find in Buncombe County and where you will find the various towns. It has a population of approximately 221,776 in 656 sq. miles for a density of 333.6 per sq. mile...
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By Eunice Pearson, ABR,CRS,GRI,ePRO
(CENTURY 21 Mountain Lifestyles)
Asheville is blessed with many local restaurants in case you are tired of the chains. They have delightful names such as the Flying Frog Cafe, Tupelo Honey, Mamacitas, Laughing Seed and Bouchon. Every type of cuisine is available with a warm welcome in most places to vegetarians.  Check out these and many more at this Independent Restuarant website.  Of course there are many chain restuarants available too.  You will never lack for good food in Asheville Eunice PearsonCENTURY 21 Mountain Lifestyleswww.ashevillehome.com
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By Eunice Pearson, ABR,CRS,GRI,ePRO
(CENTURY 21 Mountain Lifestyles)
Welcome to the Asheville Area which includes Hendersonville and numerous small, nearby towns. People often ask me, Where is Fairview? What is the Asheville community like? Is everybody in Hendersonville retired? This blog is designed to acquaint you with the many communities in this area and to answer some of those questions. If you have questions, please post them and I will find an answer for you.  If you live in this area and have suggestions and comments, please post them. Asheville is an old/new city with a traditional/modern, green/tourist mecca of mixture. In the center of the city old buildings have been renovated for condos and boutique type stores. New buildings have been built for the same purposes. Adjacent to downtown are traditional homes from small to grand. The grand old...
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DECEMBER 2008 Buncombe County is the home of Asheville, NC. Buncombe County and the surrounding areas of Asheville, Leicester, Black Mountain, Biltmore Forest, and Arden, like the rest of the country, have been experiencing many of the trends that keep the real estate markets unsettled.  Active listings inventory would normally drop this time of year due to sellers not wanting to have their home on the market in winter conditions. There has been a slight drop in active listings, but they are not yet at the "healthy" level. If they would stay at these levels or below for the next several months, then we might be able to see the market stabilize, but if, as it usually does, the inventory begins to build in mid-January, then we will most likely see a continued drop in house values. There h...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
Asheville, North Carolina!  So many people want to be here. What for? 'll give ya' three quick reasons: 1)  Asheville is a center for Cultural Creatives so there is an abundance of art and music to enjoy. . And 2) we have amazing organic produce readily available as per this and other  tailgate markets   so there is incredible food to delight in-even organic menus at local restaurants. AND 3) the Greater Asheville areas just happens to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. (note the photo I took overlooking a neighborhood nestled in the hands of the mountains here) A particular interest to our eco-friendly clients is good information about relocating to these fair climes. In response, over the years we have gathered a ten-foot stack of resource materials having to do with RELO I...
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   Here are the trends and statistics for for the 4th quarter of 2008 for Asheville & Buncombe County, NC. Buncombe County is made up of  Asheville, Leicester, Weaverville, Candler, Woodfin, Arden, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, and several other area locations. If you go to Realtor.com to search for listings in the Asheville area, be sure to put in Leicester and the other areas to get the complete picture of what is available in our beautiful part of the country. If you put just the word "Asheville" in a Google search you will get 14,800,000+ hits! The number one site for Asheville is Asheville.com. If you put the words Buncombe County NC you will get 294,000 hits. The number one site is Buncombe County. org. In comparison, if you put the word "ActiveRain" in you will get 1,700,000+ hi...
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By Jim Cottam
(Keller-Williams)
Asheville Real Estate Report  www.JimCottam.com  jim@jimcottam.com  828-775-3288 Asheville December 2008 Home Sales ReportPercentage Changes 2008 vs 2007 Homes Sold                        -31.40% Avg Days on Market            +38.94% Avg Selling Price                 -10.30% Median Selling Price            -17.35% Total Sell Price Volume        -38.67% Data is from the 5 county WNC Regional MLS system and represents total home sales in Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, Henderson and Transylvania counties.   December 2007 Sales   December 2008 Sales   Single-Family Homes Sold 476 Single-Family Homes Sold 327 Average Days on Market 113 Average Days on Market 157 Average Selling Price 277,971 Average Selling Price 248,151 Median Selling Price 231,098 Median Selling Price 191,000 Average List Pri...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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green school  /grEn skül / n. a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money--  Not long ago teachers across the USA helped pass a resolution: "WHEREAS, green and sustainable schools are new or renovated schools that create a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy resources and money.   Green schools focus on improvements in site selection, daylighting, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and classroom design - all of which have an important impact on a child's ability to learn and a teacher's ability to teach ..."  You can see the entire resolution here: http://www.buildgreenschools.org/news/news_story_4.html  Teachers are SMART!  So that is why  I am wonde...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Once you have experienced Asheville,  where beautiful sustainable living is the norm, you will understand why the "Paris of the South" in the mountains of Western North Carolina ranks among the favorite second home and vacation spots-and that is true even in the depths of winter. You will be able to create some amazing adventures and join our great storytellers perhaps over some hot chocolate while enjoying the locally -grown FOOD  and telling tall tales.... (do you see tall tale teller in photo? ) TALL TALES like... the tale of the lonesome canoe (see  photos taken by the lake, newly kissed with snow) ... Local lore says that it was abandoned one summer's day-far out on the lake.        Just in the nick of time, as the winter winds approached, it is said,  a passing REALTOR® , always k...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Can a "Luxury" Home also be "Green"?   If you think that it is possible for a home to be both a "luxury home" and  eco-savvyyou are one person who has given some thought to how the building is to be used. Flexible design a key feature in green-built homes. Size and function matter when you are talking about environmental impact. In fact, size can be quite a lively, if not controversial subject with our green buyer clients and eco-friendly builders and developers. Can a "Luxury" home also be "Green"? As you consider  your answer, you may want to take into account the relationship between size and  sustainability. After all, some people will tell you that  "luxury" real estate may come in many shapes and sizes. There are small footprints with three-stories rising in the trees and lots of ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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  There he stood at the end of a curious crossing. I didn't know how he got there. He seemed very pleased with himself, however, and he was beckoning me to cross where he had already gone. It was a beautiful but frigid wintry day.Carolina blueskies above. A noisy river below. No ice on the plank that served as his bridge. I didn't want him to assume I was any less brave then he was.....so I took this shot (just in case I fell in )took a deep breath...and crossed to the other side.......
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Vacant Land, Lots, and Acreage - Buncombe County, NC - November 2008 Buncombe County includes the cities or areas of Asheville, Weaverville, Leicester, Black Mountain, Arden, Skyland, Candler, and Biltmore Forest.     Buncombe County land sales in 2008 have averaged about 54% of sales in 2007. That would indicate that the land sales have lagged behind just like home sales and that would seem to indicate that investors/developers/speculators have slowed in concert with the existing housing market. 348 parcels have been Sold in 2008 with an Average Sold Price of $145,712, a slight decrease from October prices.     A breakdown of those sales, year to date, looks like this:   1 acre or under - 166 parcels sold with an Average Sold Price of $90,953. 1 to 2.99 acres - 111 parcels sold with an...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK )
     UPDATE- September, 2011NC Healthy Built Certified : 539NC Healthy Built Certified in Progress: 244 UPDATE -June 2011  NC Healthy Built Certified as of 05/31/11: 511NC Healthy Built Certified in progress as of 05/31/11: 312   Over the past few years, have you noticed a change in perception about the way people choose where and how they live and what they need? Is this a trend? JT (see photo) has been keeping an eye out . He has noticed a change. And it does appear to be a trend!   But just to be sure, I am looking for the "proof in the pudding" so -to-speak; I'm looking at statisticsunearthed from our Mountain MLS System here in Asheville. xo Although putting numbers on my intuitionas a REALTOR® feels a little "dangerous"- (I don't want to lose my intuitive edge) - this  search for...
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By Jim Cottam
(Keller-Williams)
Asheville Area Residential Single Family Home Sales per WNCRMLS as of 1-4-09   2008 2007 Difference Homes Sold 4351 6458 -32.8% Dollar Volume $1,226,732,444 $1,921,341,846 -36.2% Avg. List Price $282,007 $297,513 -5.3% Avg. Sell Price $265,197 $284,707 -6.9% Med. List Price $234,900 $236,900 -1.0% Med. Sell Price $216,250 $227,000 -4.8% AVG Days on Market 149 133 +12.0% Recent Home Sales in Your Neighborhood-click and type in your address. On the Market in your WNC Neighborhood-click and type in subdivision name.
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