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Commercial Real Estate Broker Bill Roberts Joins Greybeard Realty

Greybeard Realty welcomes commercial real estate broker Bill Roberts to its Black Mountain office. Bill, who has spent the last two decades in commercial real estate, brings not only an expertise in commercial real estate development but a strong commitment to his community and western NC.

Originally from Memphis, Bill relocated to western NC in 2012 and immediately put his commercial real estate skills to work in the area. In addition to property sales, he has handled leasing and management assignments for property owners and land for development. Also, Bill has represented numerous tenants in buying and leasing commercial properties.  In particular, Bill enjoys working as an advisor to investors and tenants in determining the best site location and configuration for their businesses. He provides viable alternatives and information that allows his clients to make an educated decision in their own time.

“Greybeard is fortunate to have someone with Bill’s commercial real estate expertise join our team,” explains Chip Craig, Greybeard Realty and Rentals president and founder. “Bill brings with him not only his real estate acumen but his commitment to the local community as well.”

Bill, his wife, Cameron, and daughter, Willa, make their home in Montreat, and Bill continues to be very active in the local community. Bill served as board chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, presently is a board member with Youth Villages of WNC, and sits on the Planning and Zoning Committee of the Town of Montreat.

Bill and his family enjoy the strong sense of community and friendship that Black Mountain and Montreat provide.  Working with Greybeard allows Bill to continue to be active in the community where he lives and now works. When not working on commercial estate projects, Bill enjoys spending time with his family, hiking local trails, and working around his old Montreat home and yard.  

Bill joins the more than 25 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty and Rentals, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To see Greybeard Realty's exclusive listings for residential and commercial properties, please click here. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line at greybeardrealty.com.

Greybeard Realty Welcomes Realtor Amanda Berryhill

Greybeard Realty announces the addition of Amanda Berryhill as their newest broker. Realtors need to manage multiple details simultaneously, and Greybeard Realty’s newest real estate agent, Amanda Berryhill, has a strong history of success in that area, from many facets of her life. 

Originally from Lincoln County, Amanda relocated to Rutherford County in 2016. Long committed to working within her church and with her five children, she has found her next calling in real estate.

“I really wanted to do something to help my family while helping others as they invest in their future by the buying and selling of their home,” Amanda explains. And with her previous responsibilities, Amanda seems well-prepared to tackle the specifics and initiative that successful Realtors need.

As the homeschooler for her five children for 20 years, Amanda understands the need for organization and careful to attention to details. With her background, Amanda feels uniquely able to address the needs and concerns of each of her clients as they go through the home buying and home selling process.

In her free time, Amanda continues to enjoy time with her children as well as her two grandsons. And as the wife of a pastor, she also enjoys teaching Sunday school. She also enjoys crocheting, reading, history, and spending time with her two cats and two dogs.

Amanda joins the other 24 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty and Rentals, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort. Please check Greybeard's exclusive listings and for more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line at greybeardrealty.com.

Sunrises and Sunsets From this Charming Black Mountain Home

If Swannanoa Valley sunrises and sunsets are on your must-have list, then you need to check out 14 Red Plum Lane in Black Mountain. This four-bedroom, three-bath semi-detached villa provides incredible colorful views of the magnificent valley. At the same time, it offers easy proximity to downtown Black Mountain and all it has to offer. Gorgeous Views from 14 Red Plum Lane

The main floor of this home, easily accessible by a one-step entry, features incredible sunlight through spacious windows and mountain charm with special touches like a stone fireplace. The natural flow from foyer to living room to sunroom, dining and kitchen areas make it a perfect home for entertaining. And the exquisite view from the deck will keep new owners outside watching the changing colors for hours at time. A two-car garage has custom built storage, and a three-car garage has a family rec room/workshop, providing ample space for storage and family time space. There’s also an acoustical media room with hardwood floors and custom cabinetry. Outside, there’s a gorgeous garden with roses and numerous budding trees including a Kousa dogwood, a Franklin tree, and a redbud. All again, all of this is within a five-minute drive of Black Mountain.

14 Red Plum Lane Living RoomNew owners at 14 Red Plum can use this lovely home as their primary residence, a second home, or a rental property. And regardless of its use, this home allows residents easy access to town. Black Mountain, with its small town feel with big-time amenities, provides an incredible array of restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries. In addition, this charming town features numerous shops and various galleries. And if you’re more about the outdoors, you will find some of the most beautiful, varied hiking trails in all of western NC an easy distance from downtown Black Mountain.

For more information about this home, please contact Greybeard Realty. You can take a look at more western NC homes for sale by looking here. And if you have a home you’re ready to list, you can look on the Greybeard sellers page to get some tips on how to make that happen. The warmer weather of summer makes a great time to spend time out on the deck, watching the sun set. Isn’t it time you had a home that let you do that?

Western NC Real Estate Numbers May Have Peaked For Now

For several quarters now, signs have been pointing to a shift in the western NC housing market. The 2019 first quarter numbers further indicate that supply continues to increase while average price is holding steady or decreasing. A closer analysis of these 2019 indicate that these and other numbers support the notion that the western NC housing market is slowing a bit. Western NC Mountain Home

Buncombe County

In Buncombe County in the first quarter of 2019, the number of homes sold increased 4%, up to 786 units as compared to 754 homes in the same period for 2018. While that number may seem modest, it represents a steady increase in the number of homes sold since 2012 when only 535 homes sold during the first quarter. In terms of total sales volume, the market increased 4% as well in 2019, growing from $252.8 million to $264.1 million. Interestingly, the figure is almost double the 2012 first quarter total sales volume of $133.5 million. The average home price of $336,074 shows no measurable increase from 2018 numbers. That number, again, represents a substantial increase from the average home price for the first quarter of 2012 which was $249,513.

Another key figure to consider is Days on Market (DOM) which increased from 80 days in 2017 and 82 days in the first quarter of 2018 to 90 in the same period in 2019. While that represents a slight increase from last year, the DOM figure still falls significantly below the 189 DOM seen in 2012. The 2019 number of homes on the market, 1931 units, shows a 21% increase over the number of homes on the market in the first quarter of 2018. In both years, of the number of homes listed, 70% were not under contract. By contrast, the number of homes on the market in the first quarter of 2012 was 2422, a much larger figure than seen in the market in 2019.

Black Mountain

 In the Black Mountain housing market, which is notably a smaller sample size than the county, the number of homes sold increased 13% from 2018 to 2019 with 45 units sold in the latter year. It is interesting to contrast that with 2012 first quarter unit sales, the lowest figure in the last 8 years, when only 27 units sold. At the same time, total sales volume increased 9% to $13.4 million in 2019, up from $12.4 million in 2018. That 2019 figure represents more than 100% increase in total sales volume from the 2013 first quarter total sales volume of $5.99 million. At the same time, the average price per home in 2019 actually decreased by 3%, down to $299,465 from 2018 figure of $309,685. In contrast, the lowest average home price in the last eight years occurred in 2013 when average price was $213,983.

As was the case in the Buncombe County numbers, Black Mountain’s DOM increased as well, rising to 111 days in 2019 versus 79 in 2018. While this increase is steeper than the county figure, it still falls well below the 2012 first quarter DOM number which was 204 days. One final interesting number for Black Mountain is the number of units on the market for the first quarter. That number, 128 units, represents a 44% increase over 2018 first quarter’s 89 units. This increase, while again substantially higher than the county percentage increase, still falls below the 132 units listed in 2012.

Conclusion

As stated earlier, the loosening of supply and the slowing or turning of the average home price are both indications that the housing market pace has slowed. Add to that the increase in both the county and the Black Mountain market DOM numbers, and it seems appropriate to begin to talk about an early trend toward a market slow down. Now, it seems that all eyes will be on the next few quarters to see if this is a natural and expected settling of the market or perhaps more of a solid downturn. And as usual, a few more quarters of numbers are needed to make that determination. For more information about market trends, please see the Market Numbers link. And if you want to list your home, please check out the selling your home link at Greybeard Realty. You can find all of Greybeard Realty's exclusive listings here. And please contact Greybeard directly for more information about the western NC real estate market.

Charming Black Mountain Home With Downtown Proximity

People often speak about the community charm of Black Mountain, and now there’s a home for sale that exemplifies that same quality. Centrally located within downtown Black Mountain, 102 Terry Estate features a century-old main home as well as four other housing options. With its covered front porch and back deck, it makes a wonderful home to enjoy the small-town ambience. Century-old Black Mountain Home

Nestled away on Terry Estate Drive, the property features a 4-bedroom, 3-bath main home as well as an in-home apartment, a cottage and a duplex, currently used as rental income. Located on a 1.14 acre lot, the main home features hardwood floors, two fireplaces, and a remodeled kitchen and bath. There’s also an additional .2/.3 acre lot parcel that provides year-round mountain views. The property backs up to more than 89 acres of Montreat College Black Mountain property.

With its proximity to downtown, this home allows new owners to stroll from its covered porch right into the center of town in a matter of minutes. Black Mountain, known as the front porch of North Carolina, has an eclectic Black Mountain Front Porch assortment of dining choices, diverse shops, and artistic craft galleries. If you’re ready to settle down and enjoy the small-town feel with its western NC beauty, you need to come see this lovely home and property. For more information about this home, please contact Greybeard Realty. And if you want some information about how to prepare to purchase any home, please take a look at Greybeard’s buyer link. Greybeard Realty has some exceptional exclusive western NC listings right now.

Western NC Swimming Holes Are Calling This Summer

Living in Asheville not only provides access to incredible hiking but also proximity to some of the most incredible natural swimming spots you’ll ever find. If you’re considering buying a home in the western NC mountains, you can skip the swimming pool amenity for the carefree enjoyment of one of western NC’s natural swimming holes.

Perhaps the most iconic locale for local mountain dips is Sliding Rock, located less than an hour from Asheville. Basically a natural water park, this wonderfully popular spot includes a long water-covered descent, culminating with a drop into a breathtakingly refreshing pool. Nationally ranked as one of the top 10 natural swimming holed, Sliding Rock gets crowded on hot summer days so plan to have some company when you take the plunge!

For something a less known, head over to Whaleback Swimming Hole, just a few more miles away from Sliding Rock. Accessible from the Cove Creek Falls hiking area, this cooling off spot is more about wading and resting than sliding. Regardless, however, it still manages to cool you down from the summer heat. It’s also a great location for some terrific hiking while you’re there.

Turtleback FallsA little further from Asheville in that same direction is Turtleback Falls, a natural sliding area that concludes in a swimming hole. Recommended only for strong swimmers, it is not recommended for young children and requires strong swimmers. Also, only a little further down the river is Hidden Falls, a more family-friendly swimming spot. All are accessible from within Gorges State Park.

Hooker Falls, located within DuPont State Park, provides a peaceful cooling off spot, and again the watering hole is part of a series of waterfalls making it a great hike/swim combo spot. The other falls are not conducive with swimming so plan to cool off at Hooker Falls but enjoy the various waterfalls before you take a dip.

And speaking of dipping, another great option is Skinny Dip Falls, which contrary to its name is not clothes optional! With a jumping off rock and plenty of places to wade, this area is worth a trip for the scenery year round. For something with a more dramatic waterfall, head over to Looking Glass Falls which features a waterfall with a 60 foot cascade. You can wade into the water and near the waterfall and is a bit more easily accessible than some of the other spots. Greybeard Realty Available Homes

And for anyone seeking a larger swimming area than these waterfall areas provide, take advantage of the numerous local lakes including Lake Lure and Lake James. With sandy beaches and ample swimming areas, these lakes provide a chance for more swimming with less hiking.

Yes, living in western NC means hiking and incredible access to natural swimming holes. This provided list is only the beginning for residents looking to cool off from the summer heat in a natural setting. If you have some summer favorite cooling off spots, we would love to hear about them! And if you’re ready to live up this way, whether it’s year round or seasonally, Greybeard Realty would love to welcome you to the area. Take a look at Greybeard’s exclusive listings and contact us. And, please, if you head out to one of the numerous swimming holes and waterfalls, please use extreme caution. Most places do not have lifeguards, and wet rocks can be extremely slippery. Use good judgement and have a safe time making the most of western NC’s beauty.

Christy McFadden Joins Black Mountain's Greybeard Realty

Greybeard Realty announces the addition of Christy McFadden as their newest broker. While she will be based in the Black Mountain office, she also will serve the Old Fort and Asheville offices on occasion.

Quite often, people talk about just landing in western NC and never leaving again. While the same can be true for Christy, she first explored 49 states and Mexico before finally settling down in the Asheville area, first as a student at Warren Wilson College and then with her family for the next 20 years. After the birth of her children, she became interested in early childhood development and worked as a NC infant/toddler and family specialist which took her to many communities in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison counties. Her exposure to the various communities have provided her with an ample knowledge of the specific character and charm of the different towns within the region.

“We are so excited to have Christy on board,” remarks Chip Craig, president and founder of Greybeard Realty. “With her extensive knowledge of the various communities around Asheville, she brings a depth of information that makes her very skilled at matching potential buyers with the right sellers.”

In addition to her extensive knowledge in real estate, Christy has a passionate interest in being active. She, her husband, her two children and three dogs can be found doing a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, running, mountain biking, snowboarding, and paddling through the trails, rivers and lakes that make western NC so beautiful.

Christy joins the other 23 Greybeard Realtors who work at Greybeard Realty and Rentals, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In addition to its original Black Mountain office, located at 204 East State Street, Greybeard Realty has additional offices in Asheville and Old Fort.

Whether you are interested in buying a western NC property or placing your local home on the real estate market, a local Realtor can make that process easier. Please check out Greybeard Realty's exclusive property listings. For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty at 828 669-1072 or on line through our contact Greybeard link.

Exquisite Construction at Sweet Birch Commons

If you’ve been searching for a new construction Black Mountain home with mountain views, you need to come up and see Sweet Birch Commons. With limited home maintenance and a strong sense of community and security, this mountainside community offers easy access and minimum upkeep of each home. If you yearn for a neighborhood experience in a mountain community, Sweet Birch Commons can be your home.

Sweet Birch Commons features two models of duplex homes, both semi-customizable. The Magnolia Plan, with 2,074 sq ft, has a first-floor master suite. The Sawyer Plan, at 1,894 sq ft, has its master suite on the second floor. Both options provide owners with easy, flat access to the duplex-designed home. Buyers have opportunities to personalize their home with options for upgraded cabinetry, flooring, interior trim, lighting, and appliances.

Careful attention was been taken during the community design to ensure that the neighborhood feel is preserved. Community members and their guests can gather at the community pavilion which utilizes an original grain silo, enhanced with reclaimed barn wood. In addition, there’s a stone terrace, a game lawn and a fire pit. And with its proximity to Black Mountain, Sweet Birch Commons provides easy access to the charming town’s amenities. Recently selected by TripAdvisor as America’s Prettiest Small Towns, Black Mountain has a broad variety of dining spots, shopping opportunities, and art and crafts offerings.

With the groundbreaking completed and the first units under construction, Sweet Birch Commons is beginning to take form. To experience the location, the sense of neighborhood, and the quality of construction, prospective buyers should head on up to Black Mountain to see it firsthand. Greybeard Realty, a home-grown Black Mountain real estate company, is the exclusive listing company. For more information or to make an appointment to check out this growing neighborhood community, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Greybeard Realty Features Sweet Birch Commons

Greybeard Realty announces it’s the exclusive listing agent for Sweet Birch Commons, a 60 unit townhome project now under development in Black Mountain. This duplex-style community offers easy maintenance and an atmosphere reminiscent of a time gone by. With no through traffic, this charming new community provides a quiet living space with a small-town feel.

The center piece of Sweet Birch Commons is the 1200 sq ft community pavilion, constructed from reclaimed barn wood. Included at the gathering spot are an original grain silo, a stone terrace, a game lawn and a fire pit. The community has easy proximity to Black Mountain, year-round mountain views, and simple access to Asheville and its environs.

Homeowners can choose from two styles of home: the Sawyer model and the Magnolia model. The Sawyer model features three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a two-car garage. With high-end finishes and ample space, this large duplex-style home includes granite countertops and hardwood floors on the main floor plus other features. The Magnolia Model, a three-bedroom, 2.5 bath option with a two-car garage, provides the same elements in its standard package. Additional features are available through upgrade options, so homeowners have a chance to create the home of their dreams.

To get a better idea of what’s underway in this Black Mountain development, please take a moment to watch the video on the Sweet Birch Commons homepage. In addition, it may be helpful to watch the Greybeard videos on a day in Asheville and in Black Mountain. Construction on the model units begins in the next few weeks, and these finely crafted homes can be customized to accommodate new owners’ preferences.

Sweet Birch Commons provides access to the incredible mountain lifestyle that is Black Mountain. With arts, music, incredible dining options, hiking and outdoor adventures, and a thriving craft beer industry, Black Mountain has something for everyone. For more information about this exciting new development, please contact Greybeard Realty. Here’s your opportunity to customize an incredible mountain home and enjoy all that the western NC mountains have to offer.

Loving Life in Western North Carolina

With autumn coming to a close and Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems natural to look around and take note of why we are grateful to live and work in the western NC mountains. Next year marks the 20th anniversary in the history of Greybeard Realty, and we are very thankful to have made our home in the area with offices now in Black Mountain, Asheville, and Old Fort.

Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the people. There’s something very special about living in close-knit communities that come together when needed and support each other. And each community has its own identity, whether it’s Asheville, Black Mountain, Old Fort or any one of the other local towns. Greybeard recently produced a video of life in Black Mountain and a day in Asheville that encapsulates some of this charm.At Greybeard Realty, we are fortunate to have local employees who know the different areas. In fact, most every employee has a western NC tie to the area. In some instances, people were born and raised here and have never left. In other cases, people arrived here for college or through marriage and have decided to settle in and stay. That commitment to the local area is something that is very important in setting Greybeard apart from some of the other national real estate companies that have come into the area.

Another bright spot about western NC is the natural beauty. Is there anyone who hasn’t hiked up to Lookout in Montreat for a sunrise and been so grateful for the incredible views and peacefulness? And the innumerable trails and hikes throughout western NC draw thousands of visitors each year, and we are fortunate enough to have them all right out our back door!

And next, let’s throw in the diverse restaurants and the craft beer industry. The Asheville area is known both as Beer City USA and as Foodtopia. Again, people come from all over to enjoy our cuisine and our beers, and we can just head into town. On Greybeard’s Things to Do List, there is the well-known Biltmore Estate to tour and the lesser-known but still remarkable Thomas Wolfe House. There’s also the Black Mountain Center for the Arts as well as the Montford Park Players. And there’s something very moving about the Friday night Drum Circle that pulls together the diverse community in Asheville.

So, as we head into winter and the holidays, it feels important to recognize what makes western NC such a superior place to live. At Greybeard, we are very grateful to be here, and we appreciate the folks that have let us help them buy and sell their homes. Greybeard Realty feels very fortunate to have grown here the last nearly 20 years, and we look forward to continuing our business here in the years to come. Please use the comment button to let us know what you're grateful for about the western NC mountains.