Asheville, NC Real Estate News

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Asheville, North Carolina- Market Watch   Home prices in Asheville increased by 9.2 percent in May, compared to a year ago, pointing to continued improvements in the mountain real estate market.   CoreLogic  researchers  say that North Carolina, home prices, not including foreclosures and short sales, were up 5.9 percent. Asheville, N.C.- RELOCATION? YES!!! But unlike predictions made for other parts of the country, where a slow-down is predicted, the Asheville market may be less subject to seasonal “flow”- since Asheville, N.C.  is one of the Top Relocation Towns in the U.S.A.  Did you know that  “baby boomers” getting ready to settle in a FOR EVER Home  tell us that  Smart Buyers are tuned into that fact. A favored idea for creative “boomers” is to build a dream home.  So, atop Ashev...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    It’s Tomato-Time in Asheville, N.C. Yes, we love locally-grown, harvested and picked-ripe tomatoes like these. (see photo)  How about you? And . . .if you are relocating to, visiting or already live in Asheville, we know just where you can go to find some of the best-tasting, locally-grown, organic, fresh-off-the vine tomatoes ...Possibly in the entire world!!     ASHEVILLE AROUND TOWN: Every week you can head  on over to the North Asheville Tailgate Market on the campus of UNCA, where you also may encounter a lot more than thunderously –wonderful tomatoes ...  such as... Fiddlers, bakers, candlestick-makers, jovial companions, smiling neighbors, dogs with wagging tails...and some of the most attractive locally-grown, organic produce you could imagine. (see photos )                 ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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AWESOME! That's what locals and tourists say about Asheville Happenings this summer. For example, take a peek at this announcement we just received and placed on our TO-DO LIST!   RiverLink's RiverMusic continues on Friday, July 11 with The Billy Sea           "RiverLink's RiverMusic series continues on Friday, July 11, featuring progressive Bluegrass and rythmic beats with headliners The Billy Sea and opening act Grammy Award winning artist River Guerguerian appearing with the Jeff Sipe Global Percussion Ensemble, Robert Mangum and Parrish Ellis. Former Washington Post music critic Joe Safsy says of the evening, "Call night three (July 11) an evening of cosmic musical exploration as The Billy Sea present their virtuosic expansion of Appalachian tradition into the territory called 'worl...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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  We had to smile when we read an Asheville-based company is in the headlines having recently won an award from Green America- as Cathy Martin reports in Business North Carolina: "FLS Energy, ranked as North Carolina's fastest growing company in 2011 and 2012 by Inc. magazine, will build eight new solar farms across North Carolina."   Many of our Asheville LAND Buyers and Sellers are curious about the actual process . We refer them to the experts- a professional solar evaluation team. "Get your own feel for the process," we advise them.  It is always a good idea to get cost details and estimates-especially when considering market trends and investing in Asheville Acreages for a 1031 Like Kind Exchange. For example,  find out: 1) Will the price of a passive solar home be more than that ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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True Stories from Asheville Land For Sale Team   You might find , as  your trailblazing real estate team here in Asheville, N.C. has, thatit is FUN to get together with others to discover the latest trends in exterior and interior new-construction and remodeling.  New Construction on Nice Acreage, Asheville, NC.     When the photo above was taken, we didn’t know the surprise that awaited us inside.... and YOU might be even more surprised to learn that the interior floors were concrete!  After experiencing the luster (see photo below) of concrete flooring, you might also be fascinated with thepossibilities for your lifelong home.    did you notice the really beautiful finish on this concrete floor?    What makes concrete a product to be placed in the “sustainable excellence” category?  ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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   TRUE STORIES (no ads) - Asheville Acreage/Land for Sale Series - 1031 Like Kind Exchange   Recently, a large acreage investor excited about relocating to Asheville from Boston and I got together over a cup of tea.  She had found us via ActiveRain-Trulia and our Asheville Acreage and Land for Sale- TRUE STORIES (no ads) Series. The Topic of our conversation: LAND and The 1031 Like Kind Exchange-   She was interested in  “GREEN” (as in large acreage)  investment strategies. Her wonderful old brownstone was on the market and she expressed concern about how the  1031 Like-Kind Exchange would work in terms of exchanging that residential investment for LAND. But before she "took off into the wild green yonder" (see photo) as she put it, she wanted to address a couple concerns.   taking off...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    LAND FOR SALE- Asheville Mountain Land -The LISTING CHECKLIST As I mentioned in Part 1 of this LAND FOR SALE series -  I saw pure potential in a large acreage, that might have appeared NOT to be in buyer-investor-friendly shape because:   • The roughed-in driveway into the acreage had disappeared under an intense bramble of grass and wild carrot.   • Most all the acreage (almost 50 acres) was overgrown.. . .       As an expereinced Land Broker here in the Asheville area, I could imagine all kinds of beautiful possibilities. Could this large acreage look something like this with a bit of TLC? What do you think?       “Let’s get on our gear,” I said to my buyer. “ARE YOU READY for a hike?” Notepad in hand, I began a listing prep checklist. I would advise the FSBO sellers later...   CH...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    Asheville Land Broker - The Stories and Acreage Sales As you may know, dawn's soft light provides an exciting moment for taking photos.  It’s also a good time to scope out acreage for sale near Asheville, N.C.  - So, with an adventurous early-rising land buyer-investor at my side, we rolled down a highway where dark-blue mountains fringed the fifty-shades of-pink skies.      (photo-fifty shades-of-pink skies)   On our 20-minute drive, we talked about 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges, taxation, estates and inheritance, environmental ideas and concerns, natural resources, the good thing about water on the land, conservation easements, soil and water quality – then on to septic permits and  surveys - and financing, building on the land, loans and mortgages and legal questions about Land- bound...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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THE OPEN CONCEPT- A Trend?   I asked an American Hero and Medevac Pilot now on wheels what he was  seeking in  a comfortable home here in Asheville-    “ Are YOU  up for a 'stair-free delight'?”  We had to laugh at the euphemism. But, in truth,   planning  a home that is both functional and aesthetically-pleasing is not really a laughing matter. Think about it: As you envision your life 10, 20, 30 or more years down the road- would getting around your own home easily be on your list of priorities?  Having all your basic amenities- master suite and spa, gourmet kitchen and dining- in the open-space concept easy to enjoy and all on one floor-  YES! Thiscould be a “good-thing”.       DESIGN FOR MORE  ALL ON THE MAIN FLOOR (it's sheer poetry!) I read an article today that pointed out that ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Golf, US OPEN - Dad and Driving from Asheville  Happy Father's Day to a Real Champion   It’s a Big Week here in North Carolina. Over at the Village of Pinehurst  the U.S. Open Golf Championship is underway- and we are excited about our “stay steady” competitors. Just about a two-hour drive from Asheville, Pinehurst is a “charming, vibrant community which reflects our rich history and traditions, enhanced by a unique combination of cultural arts and recreational activities.”    (photo of Dad- on Father's Day we remember a Real Champion) With all this going on, we were reminded that "Handicaps are for golf and horse racing…” but for people, it’s all about accessibility AT home- regardless of age or physical ability. So let's talk about how a new vision of aging is trending, and how our i...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Creating a Feathered Nest of a Lifetime?   You don't have to be OLD to live in an ever evolving home. But with luck, you will be old some day. Are you planning a place to live in comfort and style? Plenty of light and ease of navigation  may be on the table for discussion- (see photo) -but there's more to consider.   photo courtesy of Daryl Rantis, Asheville, NC Architect   We love the idea that our clients can create a homeplace that is organized to meet their needs -today and tomorrow. Regardless of age or physical ability, a plan of action that works in the best interest of all stakeholders can be a value-added feature for buyers and sellers.  What is a good starting point? An ACTION PLAN for creating feathered nests that are accessible, functional,  beautiful and incorporate  unive...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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      Asheville Land For Sale- Special Investments   Whether the property you seek in Asheville is commercial, residential or, our favorite, LAND/ acreage - it is special in one way or another. We love the idea of the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange- trading in a condo in a rental program for organic farmland to be tended by a family…that’s special.   (photo - gorgeous land for sale in the Asheville, NC area)   But there are points beyond special. For example, you may be interested in any number of “ market niches” - the “Boomer” Downsizing …the Second/Vacation…the Hospitality . Each carries its own particular “zest”.   Here’s a quick  look at the over-arching appeal of  sustainable excellence – GREEN- and a number of attractive web sites. Here are just a few resources our clients tell us they ...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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  "Boomers"- In the Real Estate News-- AGAIN!The Emerald Greens of UNretirement-Asheville Style   “A series of studies by The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology this year found that an expected workforce shortage hasn't been as bad as it could have been because Boomers have been reluctant to retire. Longer, healthier lives have helped them stay in the workforce longer than previous generations, but a bigger factor may be their rewarding roles.” Source    That’s news to some people. But here in the home of the Creative UN retirees, Asheville, N.C., our clients have been saying it all along:  Many people, regardless of age or physical ability, love the idea and experience of continuing to work with and/or  simply enjoy the camaraderie of friends and neighbors. This cont...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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    Famous Trees on the Land- Asheville YOU have done it, and you are not even a tree hugger. YOU have gone right ahead and fallen in love with a tree! Admit it! There is magic in the air around it. And yes, just standing there, you want to put your arms around it. In fact, it would be great if your entire family could form a loving circle around it.     Asheville Tree to HUG     It could be the only tree that you will  remember when you talk a bout all the wonderful scenes you enjoyed on your pre-relocation visit to Asheville this summer.  The Trailblazer Team was with you as you found the perfect LAND on which to build a sustainable home for three generations of your family. Now, back in the arid dessert you sit around the kitchen table with your family and ask: What is an old tree wo...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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You can take a  mini tour of the beautiful mountainscapes by clicking on the links below. Here's a sample! Waterfall in Asheville Area Eco Community   Turn the album pages. Here are the Top 10 client chosen  photos: From the back door of the cabin- to the great farmlands of the Asheville area- ( with a few words about happiness ) -  right from the pages of The Trailblazer Team's Asheville Real Estate Journal-    Mountainscapes of Asheville, North Carolina     1)Land Legacy- Farmland and Stewardship of Asheville Area Beautiful Land  2) “Peace  in the Valley” - Asheville 3) Take Flight at Dawn- Asheville Mountainscape 4) Double Rainbow Over Asheville   Cabins and Gardens in and Around Asheville, NC 5)  Huge Early Summer Bloom at Asheville Cabin Door     6)  Mountain Morning View from Cab...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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  Local News from The Trail Blazer Team’s Official “Nose for News” Retriever Not long ago, The Trailblazer Team's Official Nose for News Retriever (photo above)  found a report about Senior Adults enjoying sharing  life experiences with younger people and students. The report talked of ways to:: Increase interaction and exchange of information between the younger and older generations; to enrich the community by honoring and preserving wisdom keepers and culture bearers; and to support our youth’s energy and enthusiasm for learning. To be honest, that wasn't news to us, as we have noticed an upswing in clients seeking homes that will work across the generations - But it did remind us to let you know about of Asheville’s Living Treasures Organization that  “publicly honors elders who ha...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Breakthrough- Home Design Asheville-Style Trailblazer Real Estate Journal You may have read a report that signals a potential breakthrough in home design as we did recently. It really captured our attention. Here’s the gist:    (photo - breakthrough morning light- Asheville mountain morning)   “Gretchen Anderson, the healthcare designer, who said that if we view seniors through the products that are available to them, then they would be viewed as ‘cranky, stupid, and tacky’ goes on to say that when we talk about needs of seniors there is a tendency to imagine someone whose eyesight, dexterity, and hearing are so impaired that they are incapable of having an experience. She says, ‘It is therefore assumed that they will make do with, or perhaps even prefer, a mechanistic, bulky product t...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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 Asheville Real Estate Journal- LAND: Will you build and hemp? We received an invitation to attend the screening of a documentary about building with HEMP this morning.  Always intrigued with creative ways to build affordable and sustainable homes on LAND, we read the invitation with interest. The documentary-  Bringing It Home – will show mid-June (details below) as part of Asheville’s  Hemp History Week . The film was inspired by the "Nation's First Hemp House" built in Asheville for the city's former mayor.   VIDEO SHOWS "Nation's First Hemp House"     “Hemp is in the national media spotlight as a result of the recent Kentucky Department of Agriculture's lawsuit against the DEA to release industrial hemp seeds being held in Customs for the state's research pilot programs, “ a media a...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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Real Estate- Asheville-Style:  “Boomers” Opt for Aging Near Universities  Take a stroll with us near the University of North Carolina campus and let's talk about "senior housing trends" and choices older adults ("boomers") are making.   Always trend watchers here at The Trailblazer Team’s Blog, we were interested to read about a PBS report: “Older Americans are opting for university-based retirement communities rather than more traditional—and often isolated—resort-style communities, reports PBS.”  The report notes that older adults (those 50++)  are trending toward “…  intellectually stimulating… intergenerational retirement environments….” – which, if you read our blog, you already know, as we’ve been saying this for years. It’s not a surprise, as Asheville, NC is on the leading edge...
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By ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com
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   Asheville Real Estate Market Trends For the past how-many years I’ve been blogging about sustainable excellence and quality of life in our hometown- Asheville, NC. This morning, I had to smile when I read an article in the WSJ :“Real Estate Rebound-Asheville, N.C.  ... Families are drawn to Asheville, N.C., for its small-town feel, good schools and great outdoors… .”   people of all ages enjoy coming to the neighborhood tailgate markets-here's a photo I took of  the market on the University of North Carolina-Asheville  campus        “And older Americans,"  the article stated ," like the gentle seasons, health-care facilities and educational opportunities, such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of North Carolina Asheville….”  Hey! I’m over 50-  “older” and wise en...
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