Blog :: 01-2015

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.


Hooray for the Asheville Area Real Estate Year-End Numbers

Over the last year, monthly reports have indicated that this could be a great year for Asheville area real estate sales. And now that the 2014 year-end numbers for Buncombe County and Black Mountain have been released, statistics confirm that this last year indeed was a very positive one. In both markets, figures confirm that the steady growth has continued through the year.

Asheville real estate market numbers on the rise

Asheville real estate market numbers on the rise

Buncombe County

Asheville area sales showed a steady increase at year's end with the number of units sold increasing 4% from 2013 to 3,577 homes sold. Total sales volume grew 8% to more than $967 million while the average price per home increased 4% to $270,376. In fact, the only declining numbers reported for the region were in "days on the market" and the "number of units on the market" which decreased by 13% to 1,489 homes. This decline illustrates the tightening of supply on the market which should lead to increase prices in the future.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain numbers mirrored those of Buncombe County, and the numbers were even stronger for this region. The number of units sold reached 170 for the year, a 13% increase over 2013. In addition, sales volume grew to more than $39 million, a 28% increase over last year. Also, the average price per home grew 13% to $229,838, a bit lower than Buncombe County prices. And similar to the County numbers, "days on the market" decreased to pre-2010 levels and the "number of units on the market" decreased by 13%, to 95 units. Like the Buncombe County numbers, all of these are still below the peak market numbers from 2006-2007.


While these numbers are all still below the peak numbers of 2006/2007, there are signs that perhaps numbers are inching back up toward those peak numbers. In the month of December 2014 in Buncombe County, 317 homes sold. Compare that with 239 that sold that month in 2013 and the December 2006 peak of 276 homes. Sales volume for December 2014 was $94.2 million compared to $59.6 million in December 2013 and $83.6 million in December 2006. While it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions after just one month, given the positive year-end numbers and the strong growth level of December 2014, it may be that these 2014 year-end numbers are just a harbinger of the good times to come.

Greybeard Realty tracks real estate sales statistics which can be accessed at real estate statistics and trends on the website. For more information or for assistance in buying or selling a home in the Asheville area, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Black Mountain Beauty for Sale

If an idyllic Black Mountain home is on your wish list, look no further than 36 Cheshire Drive in Cheshire Village. This 3-bedroom, 2 bath home, constructed in 2000, has meticulous details and varied living spaces.

Take advantage of the mature plantings at 36 Cheshire Dr.

Take advantage of the mature plantings at 36 Cheshire Dr.

The home, which overlooks Cheshire Park, has a front porch perfect for rocking chairs to watch as life strolls by. And a back patio features stone work and mature plantings including raised beds. The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and the various living spaces combine woodwork and clean, calm colors, giving the home a fresh, cozy feel. Cheshire Village is a wonderful walking community with restaurants, a gourmet market, and walking trails. In addition, you are only a short drive from downtown Black Mountain, with its amenities.

This move-in ready Black Mountain home is only one of Greybeard's Black Mountain listings. Black Mountain, the front porch of western North Carolina, has mountain craft and art stores, outdoor gear shops, and several microbreweries in addition to a wide variety of eating establishments. This lovely mountain community provides easy access to Asheville while providing a close sense of community. Why not contact Greybeard Realty and come take a look at this charming Black Mountain home and check out this home's beauty.