Asheville, NC Real Estate News

By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Asheville's Charm: Weaving the  Threads of "Smart Growth" and Cultural Creativity:  Various and charmingly interwoven cultural threads make up the historic and eco-friendly communities in Asheville, NC. As Green Buyers' Brokershere in Asheville, we feel lucky to be a part of "the design team for the future".  Our small city, Asheville, N.C. can only grow so much until it becomes a large city. As we grow, and judging from the influx of folks (especially Baby Boomers) relocating to Asheville indicate, we will continue grow,  how we grow requires consideration.  If a community likes its "small town feeling" then the community needs to acknowledge that growth must stop at some point in order to preserve that feeling.What choices are available in terms of  sustainability? Read on!  Asheville...
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Asheville, Buncombe County, NC Real Estate Market Statistics - Active and Sold - November 2008 and 2007 Comparisons Our Active Residential Listings have increased 6% from this same time last year.  The Average Asking Price has increased 3.8% and Median Asking Price has increased 1.7%. What we faced this month was the lowest number of homes sold in a month in over 7 years! It was a decrease of 53% over November 2007. That is the  real problem we still face, the SOLD numbers are down. This month the SOLD prices are also down significantly from November 2007. As you can see by the chart below, we have been down significantly on our SOLD numbers and that has been the case all of the last 12 months, yet our inventory has increased. Also the number of Days on Market is at the highest levels i...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Relocating to Western North Carolina? (see map courtesy of Asheville.com) Asheville, North Carolina is a favorite choice! From baby boomers to first-time home buyers and young families, from artists to organic growers, Asheville is the spot for relocation.  Happily, our real estate practice is well-prepared for the "newly arrived."  We love the idea of introducing our clients to Asheville area ECO-friendly  properties-green-built homes in eco-friendly, sustainable communities, and in particular land for horse farms, organic growing and conservation.   Here in the mountains, we serve clients who demand healthy-built homes thoughtfully sited below the ridgeline. Careful planning is a must here in the mountains where an appreciation for sustainability is almost a  given....  Our clients se...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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          A gentle soul once told me,".....there's a pathway to contentment here in Asheville.  It is like the rainbows over the ridges. The surging flow of a waterfall. It's an uncommon force. When you see it you can measure it by your heartbeat ... an all-at-once coming together and letting go... ." ... Yes...Artists and Poets and Creative People love it here. Inspiration. . . and Pure Potential really are in the air! Something exciting ...on so many levels ...arranges itself like a waterfall over boulders. Somewhere between the coves and rising ridges, the artists and the eco-friendly buildersfind a meeting place in  possibility-thinking. For this Green Buyers' Broker, it's a good  place to start.           At our very fingertips is anything we could ever wish for...an abundance of c...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Luxury Real Estate . This phrase brings to the fore a question on the minds of many a "green" buyers' broker here in Asheville of late. That question is: "Can a luxury home also be GREEN?" It's a good question and one bound to elicit opposing viewpoints. But here in Asheville we are taking some time tonight just to consider the beauty of a winter's eve. It is one of those perfect nights. The sky is a canvas of pale blue decorated from east to west with clouds of pink and silver and deepest rose.   From the ridge, facing north, it seems a million stars above might well call your name. Families are together for the holidays. Winter vacationers at Reynolds Mountain enjoy the view from their lofty perches above Asheville. Here in the venerable mountains, almost as old as time itself, they m...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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The Greater Asheville area of Western North Carolina has seen an influx of people relocating and investing in real property in recent years.  As you can imagine farmland (as described in the previous post) is disappearing at a rapid rate. And, where "working the land" used to mean laboring to harvest corn, tobacco, hogs, cattle, sheep, and native plants, "working the land"  now calls to mind bulldozers, cranes, and construction crews erecting residential properties. Still farming, noted for its impact on the history, economy, and culture of our region, is alive and breathing  in the hills and coves just miles from downtown Asheville. And although you may see a group of new homes rising up in the middle of a pasture while cows look on placidly from the other side of the fence, where the ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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I am an avid admirer of furry creatures, the four-legged kind. They seem to like me, too. Mules appear to be especially fond of me. Bodie-the Mule greets me with a huge noise that starts with a whinny, and ends in a hee-haw whenever I round the bend to visit the Jones' at their place, a 30+ acre eco-friendly spread we brokered for them a few years ago.  It is now set aside for organic farming and not to be developed.   For some reason, I also am one Buyers' Broker who also keeps attracting dog lovers. Maybe that's because I am a dog lover myself. I hop in the car with families and their poodles, beagles, hounds and mutts. I take dog biscuits with me to my appointments. I carry dog goodies in my glove box. And I have a list of pet-friendly establishments here in the Ashevillearea where m...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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I've been thinking about TIME so much lately! Time must be the most convenient invention of the human mind - sometimes it's even a tool for getting to a Holiday Party just about when everyone else does. (I'm smiling.) Our holiday gathering this year will find us with high hopes and aspirations. Despite a challenging economy there is much positive news to share. Maybe it is just time for GREEN and our Green Buyers' Brokers here in Asheville. Headline: Asheville's Real Estate Weekly " Green Building Growing Despite Tight Housing Market." That's good timing, eh? As Asheville's GREEN Buyers' Brokers we all applaud that!  But I am wondering if  2009 will bring the expected "Green Revolution" and a surge in green buildingnot only here in Asheville, but across the country. Only time will tell....
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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I have been thinking about time in terms of The Green Buyers' Broker- Specifically I have been thinking how important green features are to our clients. In a challenging time in the real estate market, where the economy calls for creative planning and competent action, the wisdom of sustainable renovation and green building seem a given. And then, there is time for that certain dynamic of which we get to be a part: Making the most of time!  We bring buyers and sellers together, expediting a process of discovery and commitment. Then comes a magical equation. What is that "something" Outside of Time that lets us see the process both from a distance and in great detail? For the Green Byers' Broker whose clients are committed to sustainability, there is a time-line, a history of place and e...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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I wish you could be with us here in Asheville, NC. for our Third Annual Community Feast!  The menu never varies...and we really look forward to the gathering. (see menu) But you cancome along, no matter where you  find yourself this holiday season. You can help us celebrate everything positive in Santa's GREEN Sack... You are invited! We all may marvel at the wee reindeer and the fine red velvet suit Santa's wearing, but even better is what you may discover in Santa's GREEN Sack. . . for there you may find  the answer to some questions you and I have asked about eco-friendly remedies and connections......(see Link List below).. So along with the feast Here's a Gift of Good-Green connections you can use all year through ... Conservation Online (CoOL)Web site: palimpsest.stanford.edu Eart...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Systems theorists  construct models of complex real-world systems.  And I am a real estate professional in the real world.  But, systems theorists are  mathematical. You and I might lean toward more pedestrian analogies and metaphors to help to explain the basic structure of optimal methodsfor getting from point "A" to point "B".  The object of getting to a certain spot, of course, either is to maintain stability or to drive toward a desired goal. ... such as  a happy eco-friendly Closing Event... I like the that goal. But  I want to know more about these "optimal methods"... Possibly a closer look into this approach is in order. I may be drawn toward a "simpler version". . . ...."optimal methods"........  it turns out are widely held assumptions that people can be regulated by a system...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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It's that time of the year again. Gift giving is upon the land. I like the idea of being generous with each other. It's so nice, too to express appreciation for those around us.   So in that spirit, here's a little good news for you.It might turn out to be a gift for all seasons.   FOR ALL THE SEASONS: INCENTIVES FOR HOMEOWNERS INSTALLING RENWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS  Did you know that a number of state and municipal governments are trying to stimulate demand for alternative energy by offering cash incentives to companies and homeowners that install solar electric (photovoltaic) systems, fuel cells, small wind turbines, solar thermal systems for heat and hot water, and other renewable energy technologies?  If you read my BLOG on a regular basis, you probably did know that. But have you check...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Within 30 Minutes of Asheville North Carolina those who live, relocate, or simply are indulging in a visit to our beautiful mountains quickly can discover amazing areas of natural significance. (Photo taken at Florence Preserve byJT in 2008. This is adjacent to the Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community) Prompted by the allure of our area, North Carolina's stewards of sustainable development continue to put great energy into the project, working not only for our generation but for future generations as well. Now, North Carolina has at least one hundred (100) dedicated State Nature Preserves -"areas of natural significance important for scientific research and education, as reservoirs of biodiversity, as habitats for native plant and animal species and biotic communities and for public enjoyme...
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NOVEMBER - 2008 It has always been difficult to say exactly what a "healthy" real estate market should look like.Prices and inventory seem to set the theme and "location, location, location" is not always the final judgment of health or desirability. In the "good days", in the Asheville area, a "normal" real estate market was estimated to be when the housing inventory of homes for sale should be somewhere around 6 to 7 months supply. Asheville and Buncombe County are continuing to hold steady at about 15 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 during the holidays. In Asheville, we are continuing to see a slow, but small, reduction in h...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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"What are you doing out here all on your owney-o?"  ~Diana Gabaldon,A Breath of Snow and Ashes  Deep within every one of us, I am told, lies a secret place. Within that primordial chamber the web of life is woven. And here, the "owney-o" shines in concert with the grand tapestry,bringing to the creation the incredible momentum of acceptance. There follows a tale of that incredible momentum . . .   The Holidays, A Winter Visit and the Gift of Acceptance, 2008.  Warmed by the fire, newly stoked, embraced by the welcoming atmosphere in their home, I sat on the pleasantly overstuffed sofa. I had been here many times since we found the farm.  I was not surprised to enjoy, once more, the particular gift of understanding that had brought the couple and me to that place many years ago, and to t...
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NOVEMBER 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 and because of the holidays, when they don't want surprise visitors. We have seen a slight drop in active listings, but they are not yet at the "healthy" level. There has been a slight change in the market conditions compared to last month, but only slight.  The continuing bad news is that the number of homes over or close to $1 million are not moving, however,...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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-FRIENDLY BUYERS' CONNECTIONS & RELOCATING in the Asheville, NC Area Wee GREEN tree house (see photo I took not long ago) or grand sustainable estate, there's no doubt about it, even moving to beautiful ASHEVILLE, NC can be a challenging experience. RELOCATING to new surroundings can disrupt the flow of your daily life, be time-consuming and costly. Working with us to scout out and secure that "perfect" eco-friendly property, while it is an exciting adventure, can also bring up concerns. That transition needs thoughtful coordination. Not to worry...we can help! Actually, we enjoy providing eco-friendly information and details of interest to you. The "winds of change' blow gently when we are around. Below you will find information about relocating to the Greater Asheville area - informat...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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The Greater ASHEVILLE Area  is a "sweet spot" for eco-friendly folks looking for the rare and much appreciated  homebred quality of life.....Viewsheds, valleys, waterfalls are nature's gifts. (see photo taken by J.T. Narrin) When you add to these the sense of community, the uncommon blend of neighborliness and "cultural creative" verve, everyone wins, even during difficult days.  There is a song under an ancient tree. You can almost hear the Cherokee peoples.  A Royal Proclamation of 1763 from King George III forbade British settlements west of the Appalachian crest and encroachment on Cherokee lands.  While that was very long ago, even today,  the Laurel Vally and the Big Laurel River remain a beautiful, intact example of a healthy high mountain ecosystem. Here children still play, an...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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GREEN (and Other Interesting) Land, Horse, and Eco-Friendly Buyers'  RESOURCES in Asheville, North Carolina.It's that time of year again. Time to light up the world with the gift of possibility.  And time to share positive information from our very generous local experts in the interesting green real estate market here inAsheville, NC.  (here is a photo of Asheville's skyline during the season of possibility) Because most of us are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding, each year our ECO-friendly GREEN TEAM updates and compiles a list of resources to support that possibility.   We hope that our list (it follows) fosters value-added sustainable  real estate. Here buyers can connect with others who are working to take good care of mountain...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Today I' m thinking about possible scenarios in a challenging market...and coming up with some good ones (IMO) on how NOT to end up "backwards" with the IRS.. .For example: The 1031 Like-Kind Exchange , a 2009 Opportunity. Here in the Asheville  NC area, that could mean an investment in the sustainable community .. . but no matter where you live, let's take a look at how the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange could work for you in 2009 and beyond...WHAT IF...you are an ECO-wise Investor interested in a "simple swap" where you trade 150 acres that you own in Georgia for 150 acres of mountain majesty in Western North Carolina. That sounds easy, doesn't it? In reality, it is unusual for a seller and the buyer to have exactly the same properties of equal size/value, etc.. So careful attention is in o...
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