Blog :: 04-2011

Asheville Real Estate Market Analysis Update

Statistics and statistical analysis can be varied, depending on who is parsing the numbers.  While I consider one item to be a positive sign, someone else can come along and decide it's a negative.  Regardless of how one looks at the real estate numbers for Buncombe County for the last few years, the one observation that most people would agree on is that we are a seasonal market, and we are headed toward our positive season.

In considering the first two months of market numbers for Buncombe County and Black Mountain, there are some numbers that seem solid.  The number of homes sold for Jan/Feb this year, compared with last year's numbers, are steady. In addition, in Black Mountain, the 14 homes sold are only two less than the 16 units sold for this period during 2008 before the national real estate market decline.  The County comparison for homes sold this year to date compared with 2008 during the same period, however, represents a 32% decline.

Sales volume comparison for the same period for 2011 versus 2010 in the County shows a 10% decline.  Black Mountain sales volume for these first two months of 2011 shows a 12% increase over the same period in 2010.  Those numbers parallel the average price trend, which has Buncombe County declining 9% and Black Mountain increasing 4%.

One area of concern is Days on Market which has increased in both the County and Black Mountain.  The number of days, 187 for both markets, is about double what we would like to see in a growing real estate market.  It's also interesting to note the number of homes on the market which has remained steady in Black Mountain and decreased in Buncombe County.  While that would seem like a positive, there is no way without further study to determine if those numbers are that way because people are removing their homes from the market or holding off putting them on the market until the market picks up a bit.

Again, different people will consider these numbers and perhaps have a different slant to put on them.  But I look at these numbers and the market trends over the last few years, and I feel very comfortable noting that with spring here and summer around the corner, we are entering an active period for home sales.  And if buyers enter the market willing to offer fair price, they should be able to buy a home that will meet their needs now and provide them with a solid investment for the future.

For more information about the Asheville Real Estate market, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Tiger Woods Might Need A Mulligan in the Asheville Real Estate Market

While Tiger Woods tackles the Augusta National Golf Course this week, he faces an uphill struggle with his company, Tiger Woods Design.  In the five years since his company's founding, none of his three golf course projects has been completed.  And one course, located in Asheville, will not resume construction until at least this summer.

Tiger Woods Golf Course in Asheville

Tiger Woods might need a mulligan.

His Asheville project, the Cliffs at High Carolina, reportedly paid him $10 million, and the golfing star attended the November 2008 groundbreaking with high hopes. The Cliffs reported then having sold 40 lots starting at $500,000 each.   Since then, not much has happened.

For a more complete understanding of Tiger's designs, check out the NY Times article that discusses the apparent cancellation of his Dubai project, as well as problems with his other two planned courses.

While Tiger's off-course travails may have had some effect, the national economic issues appear have impacted the slow-down even more.

For information about golf property available in the area, we invite you to view current Asheville area golf course community listings on our site or contact Greybeard Realty.