Asheville, NC Real Estate News

By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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UPDATE: March, 2009 PLEASE KNOW  that all of us at the Eco-Steward Real Estate Firm are Eco Certified® Real Estate  Consultants, and specialize in land carefully and thoughtfully reviewed for eco-friendly development. Also, please know that we consider steep slopes and landslides a potential hazard ( I have personal experience with the result of  flat-lander inexperience in my own neighborhood and decry it)...and that we DO recommend that our clients contact Professionals and bring in a State licensed geotechnical engineer, if necessary ... to look at potential hazards ...   HERE IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY just this month in fact, we have been having quite a brouhahain terms of Steep Slope development...and landslides ...Fingers have been pointed at Developers, Sellers and at REALTORS® . .. THI...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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It is empowering to be part of the growing trend toward green-built homes here in Asheville, NC.  (see photo of green-built home) It is exciting to participate in sustainable practices "meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."  My clients tell me they really want to play a part in helping to preserve the natural beauty here in the Greater Asheville, N.C. Area. To take good care of your bioregion, the place in which you live and work, is something I believe that everyone wants to do. Through eco-wise choice making, we easily can do this. But where to start? How about starting at home? In the very recent past, people may not have realized that investing in green built homes is a major way that they can do it, ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 "Baby boomers" who, like their grandkids, are all bundled up for cold weather up north, are seeking the warmer climes and investment potential in the Greater Asheville Area. They  tell me they are ready to let their wealth "flower" in years to come. Interestingly, the demand for 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges has also "bloomed". More and more of my clients want to know whether they can qualify their vacation homes and secondary residences for an Exchange. Although I have done many successful 1031 Exchange transactions, and have taken advanced training in this subject area, I am NOT an expert on the intricacies of the tax code.  So, I like to refer my clients to those who are experts for details about the mechanics of the 1031 Exchange, especially in terms of Vacation Homes. (In order to c...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Heads-Up Investors there's a new trend in an old place.  A collaborative process for identifying and prioritizing brownfields for assessment for future use is about to get underway all across the USA.. Could this effort signal a trend in the real estate investment market? From where we stand, it looks that way. In fact, this effort can mean value-added opps for real estate professionals and investors alike. Take, for example, a pilot project scheduled to take place in the Greater Asheville, North Carolina Area It will include a region-wide inventory of brownfields. Here in the Asheville area, we expect Phase I   and Phase II environmental assessments of properties in the French Broad Riverfront area in Asheville, Phase I and Phase II assessments of the ice facility and the former tanner...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Where can you find gourmet vegetarian dishes served by candlelight, and a smorgasbord of goodies for the culturally-inspired?  Why in Asheville, North Carolina, of course. Embraced by mountains, fed by rivers, and admired by all who come to visit, this could be the opportunity of which real estate investors dream. Asheville  is both welcoming and exciting, both growing and with stable roots. This is not only an investment opportunity, but a home place with the compelling combinationof city amenities and village charm. (see photo)Sounds great, but what  do you do around here? Here are just a few chooices.1. Take Day Trips! Explore the  mountains and rivers to the north, to the little town such as Marshall or Mars Hill .2. Or just stay right in Asheville and take the Urban Trail  "an art ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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I'm sending this along in appreciation and celebration of Sharon Simms' NEW GROUP, Building Architecture and Dings. I approached the subject of this article back around Thanksgiving. Like Ines' article, it didn't get much notice at the time, but I loved writing it anyway.. I was feeling appreciative and sentimental. Thanksgiving does it to me every year. History does it to me. Imagine how amazing it is for me to live in a city (Asheville, N.C.) -- known not only for historic charm, but for  architectural diversity...Romanesque Revival,Victorian, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Georgian, Classical Revival, Art Deco, Craftsman, Bungalow...Cabins and Castles.               Here is one such castle, the Biltmore House at the Biltmore Estate   "House" in this case may be a misnomer as you can see with this p...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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On November 14th I wrote about an exciting scenario:   RURAL LAND SALE           Cash Deal with Contingencies. 35+ AC in beautiful (see photo) Madison County, North Carolina, about 30 minutes north of Asheville , NC. I expressed concern that the parties to the transaction wanted/neededto close in 60 days, max.  and that due diligence to remove contingencies on rural acreage was likely to take up to and  beyond 120 days. Challenge: Close in 60 Days.... Clock Ticking.. now at 40+ daysCheck These Items off the 2DO List ,in this Anatomy of a Rural Land Sale :The appraisal. Not a problem...we refer three appraisers. One of them allows as how he might be able to squeeze us in and  get out on the land before the Winter Solstice. If he can do it, this property will appraise. 360 degree views, e...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Are you relocating to the Greater Asheville area ? Coming in or going out you will find yourself immersed in GREEN!. (see photo above for a smile) Look at the statistics that follow. . . The GREEN trends these statistics clearly indicate could be of value to you.In general, North Carolina continues to see a rise in the amount of homes sold in 2006. Sale prices continue to climb and the average number of days a house is on the market has decreased. All of these indicators show that the real estate market in  Western North Carolina is strong."                                   (page 6, Real Estate Weekly -October, 2006)            In the City of Asheville alone, (pop about 75,000)  a total of 1450 homes listed  by January 1, 2006 closed by December 20th.  In the Greater Asheville Area,  2...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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CHICKEN HILL , 1945AN ASHEVILLE BROWNFIELD SITE,2006  Chicken Hill was a mill village near downtown Asheville, North Carolina, that dates back to the 1880's. Billie Clemmons, who grew up there  recalls, "...We were one big happy family. Poor but it didn't bother us".  For the past half century, however,  since the Historic Asheville, North Carolina  Cotton Mill  closed its doors on "Chicken Hill"  this area was  pretty much  left to its own devices, underutilized due to contamination. It was a Brownfield site. Recently, the  Regional Brownfields Initiative (RBI) in partnership among Western North Carolina's economic developers, local officials, bankers, environmental planners, REALTORS®, the Land-of Sky Regional Council and other stakeholders began to address these contamination issues...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 As  REALTOR ® who loves the mountain landscapes , historic homes now converted to successful  Inns and prosperous B&Bs nestled in Asheville, N.C., and  nearby in picturesque villages have a special appeal for me.As the former owner of a "green renovation" B&B Homestay,  I can recommend the B&B business--but only to my clients  who  enter it with eyes wide open, even if the building is green-built and new.  Whether investing in a new or restored building, or possibly one you will restore due diligence  is essential. It is also essential to know for sure that this business is for you.I can tell you for surethat it is not for everyone. But if you are attracted to it, the rewards can be immense. What owners of B& Bs tell me they like best about it varies.  Some owners say they enjoy meetin...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Capture Asheville's relax and rejuvenate spirit ....THE PORCH. It's a wrap-around invitation to "set-a-spell"    ...be shaded from the heat of the daybeneath trellises laden with Jasmine...be sheltered from the elements by that huge,overhanging roof! It keeps even  the worst rainstorms at bay. Here in Asheville, we like to take time to rock back-and-forth watching the neighbors, waving hello, then gathering with our family to see lightning flash around us in the darkening night.    In my mind's eye, the porch  is the welcoming expression that signifies Home. Screened or unscreened, it matters not. It's purpose is clear...It's the living space created for family and  neighbors to enjoy good company.  If asked, I could imagine a porch where one may not even yet be...first I see  steps wh...
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By William V. McCrary III
(KellerWilliams Proessionals)
I recently sold a foreclosure this year in 2006.  I had to jump through many flaming hoops and did not enjoy working for the bank.  I've felt that I was at the bank's mercy, especially when only receiving a 2.5% commission.  If you have never dealt with a foreclosure and you need some good advice, feel free to give me a call at anytime.  If you are buying/selling a house in Asheville NC, I would be happy to assist you. Thank you and Good day!   William V. McCrary III cell: 828.713.6173 office: 828.210.1786 fax: 828.254.8351 email: realestateasheville@verizon.net View thousands of MLS listings on the web....... www.realtyasheville.com realestateashevilleonline.com KellerWilliamsProfessionals "Because Your Move Matters!" "The referral of your friends and family is the greatest compliment ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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This year in the valley near our home in Asheville a black bear raised three, yes three! cubs, Mom and Pop Wild Turkey and their eleven chicks roamed undisturbed, rabbits scooted here and there, and at least one coyote howled loud enough to wake visiting grandkids. Life outdid itself right out our back door.  It's easy to get close to nature here, it's easy to be IN nature just by looking out the window. Hiking, horseback riding, sharing celebrations by fireside under the stars with family and friends seems to be a "given" in  the Grater Asheville area of Western North Carolina. Rivers, streams, waterfalls, mountains and the land, connect all of us who are lucky enough to live here to this  "little piece of heaven and earth"... And so I continue with the story of this incredible place I...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Leading Edge. Smart. Involved. That's You.You would never crawl on toxin-laden surfaces-like the carpet you  might find in #5 below.Your living spaces are healthy from the ultimate gourmet kitchen,  sumptuous sauna-master bath,  vast solar room that breathes warm, fresh air into your surroundings while at the same time  offering you spectacular views of native landscape with a backdrop of distant mountains. YOU live in a veritable mini-biosphere... the next step in eco-logically sound living... up-to-the-minute style combined with advanced environmental sensitivity.... Highly efficient, with practical amenities and quality finishes.YAY, Baby! Your your home is generous.  With such laudable features and benefits for home dwellers, no wonder some industry experts are predicting sustainab...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Healthy-built Homes and Living Spaces...What are both the eco-friendly and the traditional  buyer after? Possibly a quality experience found in "green" homes. What's it like actually to live in a "green" home AKA an environmentally-conscious  dwelling?  ...in the early morning hours, to bounce out of bed on to floors that are warm to your feet, radiant floor heating, comfortably amble over bamboo flooring, shower in a gorgeous solar-heated spa,  and deeply inhale pure, toxin-free air? "Wonderful!"  investors here in the Asheville real estate market tell us. You, too might yearn to look at the azure sky as your low-e passive-solar windows  bring light and warmth to your home. You might have to smile as your wind turbine churns away like a giant mobile catching energy  that soon will conv...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Talk about lucky! That's me and my team at our real estate firm. Lucky because we get to meet amazing people almost every day,including here at Active Rain.  Lucky because we get to see amazing places and properties almost every day. Lucky because of the riches... in challenge... in  good company... and in wealth of the generous kind.. At this season of the year, we have so much for which to be thankful. This is a cameo of a family who gave me a focused definition of the word, "appreciation"... Barb and  Tom, our  real estate investment clients, and their  16-year old son, Connor. Connor is in a  continuing conversation about "smart growth." Barb and Tom kid  him..."Maybe we should buy your shoes a size too big."  Connor laughs...and they all know he is serious about "Smart Growth." He'...
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By William V. McCrary III
(KellerWilliams Proessionals)
When it comes down to it, in the end, one just wants to find a Realtor/broker thats easy to get along with, and one that will take the time to listen and work for you until a superior job is done! I do those simple things for my clients and walk the extra mile to finalize each deal. If you call my cell phone I will usually pick up, if I don't I will always call you back shortly. If  I am to busy to do  so , I will call  back and ask you if you'd  feel comfortable speaking with one  of my assistants  or  professional associates. Real  Estate is a very time consuming  job, which  requires  hours  of multi tasking  every  day, but  I will not ever let that take advantage my good natured service. I have delt with too many other Realtors in the business who are short  and just are out for t...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Residential Sales Trends/ Existing Homes  Asheville, N.C.As of November 2006, the average sale price for an existing home in the Asheville area is about $290,000. The price has increased about 10% percent since this time last year. Home Appreciation ...Annual appreciation rate for homes in the Greater  Asheville area is up 12.5 percent as of the second quarter of 2006. The data reflects same-home sales information collected by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). The Asheville appreciation rate tops the nationwide pace of 10 percent  and our area's appreciation rate ranks 83 among 275 metros across the USA.November 2006 Real Estate Market Stats Buncombe County (Asheville area), North Carolina                   Residential Properties on the Market: 2278Residential ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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  I awoke this morning to the call of a mockingbird. Then a cardinal pair sang the sun up. As the days shorten and cold weather gets ready to descend upon the mountains, the Dance of the Princely Paw Paws  begins. And I too begin this series of adventures in the Appalachian mountains told by "fireside"...stories of our bioregion , the Dazzling Provinces of the Blue Ridge Mountains . Possibly better known as the  Greater Asheville (Buncombe County) North Carolina area, this is a  land of refined mystery and beauty. As we journey through time and territory the magic of this area will reveal itself to you. ...a sense of place so magnetic that few who visit or are lucky enough to live here are untouched... . Magic happens here ...The world can look different through green glasses, so find a...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Various and charmingly interwoven cultural threads  make up the communities in which we offer our expertise as REALTORS®. As real estate professionals we are in the lucky position to be part of the design team for the future in such communities.Here's an example: Our small college town, Mars Hill , N.C. can only grow so much before it ceases to be a town and becomes a small city. Our small city, Asheville, N.C. can only grow so much  until it becomes a large city. And so we come to a place that 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?  Asheville,North Carolina,  seen in the photo I took just above here,  recently designed...
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