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How About Some Special Asheville Area Hiking

Often times, when we’re choosing a new place to live like the Asheville area we get caught up in the school system, the nearby medical facilities, and the overall quality of life. Don’t get us wrong; all of that is relevant. We also value the outdoor opportunities, however, and we think this new list of Marmot’s top ten Asheville hikes is a keeper.

Asheville Area HikesHiking is something many of us here at Greybeard Realty enjoy, and we offer some hiking spots on the Greybeard Rentals activities website. What is great about this list, however, is that it covers places a little further distance from town. So yes, you can learn about Crabtree Falls and Old Mitchell Trail, but you also can read up on Waterrock Knob, located 33.7 miles from downtown Asheville. See, that’s what’s great about this new listing. First of all, it tells you exactly how far most of the hikes are from Asheville, how difficult the hike is, and why the site is significant. And secondly, it offers some hikes that are a bit further out from town. In fact, through the article you can access a “bucket list” of Asheville hikes that has more than 25 locations within 100 miles of an Asheville home. This list is possibly more helpful to people who live in the area than people who have already travelled for an Asheville vacation and want something closer to town.

Greybeard staff and Realtors spend lots of time enjoying the remarkable outdoor offerings in the Asheville area. We hike, bike, ultra-marathon, and whitewater raft, among other activities. To us, the Asheville area is unmatched in its possible outdoor pastimes.  It’s why we love living here, and why we think you would too. Take a look at Greybeard's western NC residential listings and contact us to go check out a few homes. It’s just the beginning of your mountain adventures.

Hipster Asheville Makes Another Top Ten List

Asheville has again placed on a “favorite list”, this one compiled by Travel + Leisure. Noted for its “earnestly hipster heart”, Asheville lands at #10 on the list. Voters in the random survey pointed to the downtown drum circle and the Carolina barbecue as a couple of local draws. For anyone who lives in this area, we know that Asheville is much more than that.

For this year’s survey, readers ranked towns with a population of less than 100,000 based on dining, shopping, and other particulars. In addition to the items cited above, Asheville also received high scores for its live music scene as well as its other local food. The locals, that’s those of us year-rounders I suppose, were ranked as “delightfully quirky.” In short, as one survey taker noted, Asheville is “probably one of the most eclectic towns in America.”

If you haven’t had a chance to experience this wonderful area of western NC, why not choose from Greybeard Rentals current listings and come see what everyone is talking about. And if you have been here and are ready to become one of the quirky members of this eclectic town, check out Greybeard Realty’s western NC residential listings. While Greybeard Realty agrees about the live music, the great food, and the incredible people, we also think you have to try it out yourself to see what everyone else is talking about. Come on up.

Realistic Pricing Assists Asheville Area Home Sales

As recent real estate statistics indicate, Asheville area home sales are on the rise. With the housing market improving across the nation, some homesellers are overestimating their homes' value. Establishing an appropriate market-based price for your home can contribute to a timelier sale of your property. Greybeard Realty Asheville Home for Sale

According to the National Association of Realtors, the gap between what homeowners say their home is worth and what value appraisers put on the home has risen for seven straight months. Right now, homeowners place their home value at 2.65 percent higher. The pricing difference can lead to longer days on the market as potential buyers negotiate or walk away from the price differential. Realistic home pricing is just one element that factors into putting your home on the market.

At Greybeard Realty, we will walk you through the whole selling process. A few simple steps can make a big difference in preparing to put your home on the market. First of all, get your own home inspection completed. Don't wait for the buyer's inspector to make the list of what needs to be done; tackle the inspection list or at least know what needs to be done so there aren't any surprises. Work on your home's curb appeal. "You only make a first impression once." Make sure your home looks its best from the outside. Also, have a professional photographer take the photographs. With internet use for marketing, your home potentially will be seen by thousands of viewers. Make it look its best. And finally, have the plans for your next move sorted out so you know when you will be out of your old home. When a buyer makes an offer, you want to be able to tell them when they can move in.

For assistance in selling your home, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you have questions about how to prepare your home for sale, our Realtors can assist you. Let us help you put your Asheville area home on the market.

Piecing Together Western NC First Quarter Real Estate Numbers

Analyzing the Western NC real estate market is similar to assembling a jigsaw puzzle. In addition to collecting the pieces and comparing the edges, a good puzzle solver also needs to be able to make an educated guess about what the next piece will be. First quarter numbers for the Asheville area indicate that the recent upward trend in the real estate market continues and has solidified. Indices including total sales volume and the number of homes sold continue to grow at a healthy rate, just one indication of the vibrant housing market the area is enjoying right now.

Piecing Together Western NC Real Estate Puzzle

Piecing Together Western NC Real Estate Puzzle

Buncombe County

In Buncombe County, the number of homes sold in 2015 grew 14% over the same time period in 2014. The 715 homes sold are still below the 819 homes sold in 2007, but it represents the second consecutive year that the number of units has increased. As anticipated, the total sales volume has increased a steady 15% as well. The $195 million sales volume marks the fourth consecutive year of increases in total sales volume for year-to-date numbers. The sales figure is slightly below the $233.7 million in sales volume which occurred in 2007, the last year before the recession occurred. The price average of $260,065 represents a modest increase of 1%, a figure that is anticipated to increase as inventory continues its steady decline. The number of houses on the market is down 17% this quarter to 1,469 units on the market and down from the high of 3,316 homes available in 2010.

Black Mountain

In Black Mountain, the real estate market grew in the first quarter of 2015 at a very robust rate. The total number of 49 units sold in the first quarter of 2015 is up 63% from the same time last year. As a further illustration of the market's growth, that number of units compares with the low of 17 units sold in the first quarter of 2009. Total sales volume, $11 million in the first quarter, represents a 71% increase over the same period last year and marks the largest sales volume in the last nine years. Interestingly, the average price per home was $228, 642, up a modest 5% from last year's number. It marks the third consecutive year of increase in the first quarter. And because inventory is at 102 homes, down 10% from last year and the sixth year of steady decrease in units, it seems reasonable to conclude that the steady increase in home prices should continue.


All the puzzle pieces seem to be falling together, indicating that home prices should begin to rise at a sharper rate and the western NC real estate market upward trend should continue. The only mystery to this puzzle is land sales which continue to lag behind the growth of existing homes. In both Buncombe County and Black Mountain, land sale units have decreased in the first quarter of 2015. In Black Mountain, in particular, the number of lots sold, four, matches the lowest number of units sold in 2012. If the inventory of existing homes continues to shrink, land sales may rise as people opt to build their own homes. However, it's going to take a few more quarters of tracking real estate and land sales to see if that final piece falls into place. For more information about the Greybeard western NC listings, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Serenity Now in this Lovely Log Cabin Near Asheville

If you're looking for a private mountain getaway, take a look at 22 New Lite in Fairview. Located just minutes from Asheville, this two-bedroom, two bath log home has spectacular views. Enjoy your morning coffee on the spacious covered front porch and take in the quiet nature of the area.

This newly-listed log cabin is an Asheville paradise.

This newly-listed log cabin is an Asheville paradise.

This well-kept Asheville area log cabin, now known as "Annie's Cozy Cabin" also can continue as a vacation rental. Currently managed by Greybeard Rentals, this home has an excellent rental history with numerous return guests. With its wood paneling interior and its log exterior, this smaller home fits nicely in the natural setting. Constructed in 2007, this one-story home with a private well has just been listed and should sell quickly.

For more information on this newly-listed home, please contact Greybeard Realty. Take a look at Greybeard Realty's vacation homes for sale and read over Greybeard's information on buying a vacation rental home. Isn't it time for you to have your own mountain escape home?


TLC For Your Vacation Home in Asheville

If you've worried about who will keep an eye on your vacation home in the Asheville area when you can't be there, relax. Greybeard's Second Home Care has that covered. Launched in the fall of 2014, this service provides homeowners with peace of mind when they can't be at that home.

Open the door to your new Asheville vacation home.

Open the door to your new Asheville vacation home.

How many times have you wanted to take that step and buy your own Asheville vacation home but hesitated because of concern about who will check for frozen pipes after a hard freeze? Or maybe you already have your second home and are tired of driving up to check on the damage after the latest wind storm. With Greybeard's Second Home Care, someone will take care of that for you and even e-mail you with any concerns. In addition, manager and Realtor Jean David and his wife, Morgan, can make regular maintenance recommendations that may be needed.

This new division of Greybeard Realty takes the stress out of second-home ownership. If the added responsibility of a second home has been a deterrent for you, then that obstacle has been removed. Browse through Greybeard Realty's vacation home listings and then head on up to take a look at a couple of homes. With Greybeard's Second Home Care, you won't have to give property maintenance a second thought.


Magnificent Views Make this Asheville Area Vacation Home

If spectacular views and privacy top your list for an Asheville area vacation home, you'll want to take a look at 92 Mountain Lily Ridge in Alpine Valley. This 3-bedroom contemporary one-level home in the greater Asheville area has fantastic long-range mountain and valley views. It has to be seen.

Magnificent Views From Mountain Lily Ridge Home

Magnificent Views From Mountain Lily Ridge Home

In addition to the main house, there's also a new one-bedroom, one-bath garage apartment for guests and family. The gated community where this lovely home is located has waterfalls and creeks and does not allow rentals. Mature landscaping around the home includes roses, irises and flame azaleas, all of which add to the sense of peacefulness in the home. Watch gorgeous sunsets, see the storm clouds drop into the valley, and take advantage of the best view around of the July 4th fireworks.

While this home cannot be used as a rental income property, it can serve as a fabulous second home. With nearby waterfalls, incredible vistas, and remarkable privacy, it meets the requirements of most people seeking solitude for their second home. For more information about this home or other Greybeard vacation homes for sale, please contact Greybeard Realty. To see how Greybeard assists buyers in the home-buying process, check out our buyers' webpage. It's not too early to think of watching dogwoods bloom in the distance from this gorgeous home.


Buy Your Own Asheville Vacation Home Now

As this holiday season comes to a close, it is time to start working on the next family reunion. And what would be better than having that gathering in your own western North Carolina vacation home?

Buy your own western NC vacation home

Buy your own western NC vacation home

Right now, Greybeard Realty has a solid listing of Asheville vacation homes for sale. Having your own vacation home in this peaceful yet adventurous area offers everyone in your family a chance to pursue something of interest. Perhaps you have a dare-devil daughter who prefers ziplining or mountain climbing. Or does your grandchild love mountain biking? To see a little of what the area offers, check out Greybeard's Family Fun page. You could buy your dream vacation home now, and the extended family could settle in for a bit this summer for the next family get-together.

And if you want to use the property as a rental when you aren't using it, consider having Greybeard Rentals manage it as a rental property. Greybeard Rentals, founded in 1999 manages 339 rental properties, including 170 long-term homes and 169 vacation rentals. And a recent survey with almost 500 participants ranked their satisfaction with Greybeard's overall property management at 4.73 out of 5. For more information about our management team or to start searching for your own vacation home, please contact Greybeard.

Highlights of Asheville Real Estate Market Numbers

At Greybeard Realty, we monitor Asheville market news, always looking for indicators of how the housing market is growing. In the last month, we've seen some very interesting numbers that may foretell of further area growth in the coming year.

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

Highlights of the Asheville Housing Market

In the month of July, the number of housing units sold in Buncombe County reached 374 units. This figure surpasses the 362 homes sold in July of 2006 which was the peak for the number of unit sold. While the July 2014 average sales price of each home was a bit below the 2006 high, we see other numbers the lead us to believe those prices may be increasing over the next year as well.

For one example, the Asheville area had the lowest number of foreclosure filings in the last 5 years this summer with less than one in 100 homes going into foreclosure. With fewer distressed sales, prices should begin inching up. In addition, while year-to-date numbers are still slightly below the 2006/2007 peak in total sales volume and average price, both of those figures are up so far in 2014. Total Sales Volume is up 9% over the same period last year while average price is up 5% in 2014 for the same time in 2013. And perhaps the greatest indicator of potential growth in home price and sales volume is the continuation of the shrinking home inventory. From its peak of 3472 units for sale as this time in 2010, the number of units on the market year-to-date for 2014 stands at 2056 homes.

At Greybeard, we understand that one month of numbers do not represent a trend. We also know, however, that as the Asheville housing market continues to show these positive signs, it is reasonable to anticipate that the market will continue to show this strength. To see what's on the Asheville real estate market, browse through our Asheville listings. And please contact Greybeard Realty if you're ready to make a move to the Asheville area.

See Asheville's Spirit for Yourself

Greybeard Realty tries to convey the special qualities of Asheville and its environs. In our blogs we talk about art, food, and outdoor activities. If you want to hear more of the same message from a variety of people, check out this YouTube video we ran across.

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville Drum Circle

The video, first aired in 2009, shows the drum circle, a few local galleries and the gorgeous scenery around town. More than that, however, it also has the people of Asheville speaking for themselves about what makes this city so great. We can talk about Asheville's unique flavors, but there's nothing like hearing it from the people who live here.

If you've been thinking about making Asheville home, this video might just be what cinches it for you. And if you're not that familiar with Asheville and want to know more, consider renting an Asheville area rental to try out living here. Or perhaps you've been vacationing here and know it's where you want to settle. Please see our listings for western NC homes for sale. Isn't it time to get into the Asheville spirit?