Blog :: 2012

Western NC Real Estate Property Can Provide Field Day for Horses

Horse lovers looking for greener pastures should check out Greybeard's Asheville horse properties for sale.   Many of these properties include mountain views and streams in addition to different styles of barns and riding rings. These equestrian properties are in various communities including Asheville, Black Mountain and Weaverville.


Equestrian Property for Sale

Choose greener pastures with a Black Mountain horse property.


One property, 10 Sugar Maple Dr, Black Mountain, sits at the entrance to Laurel Ridge and has beautiful mountain views.  The 4-bedroom/2 bath home has a level yard with fenced in areas ready for horses. This home, now converted to office space, is zoned for open use and the property includes 6 lots plus the existing home.

Another home, 20 Price Rd., located just minutes from Warren Wilson College, has a three-stall barn already in place. This smaller 2 bedroom home also has level pastureland and mountain views as well as easy access to Black Mountain.

In addition to our equestrian listings, Greybeard also has listings for homes on five acres or more as well as land sites for sale, many of which can accommodate horses and farms. If you're chomping at the bit for more information about these properties, please contact Greybeard Realtors for assistance.

Simple Steps for Real Estate Buyers in Asheville and Elsewhere

Real estate buyers in Asheville can benefit from a few simple steps to ensure that when they find the house of their dreams, it won't become a nightmare. For every handful of happily-ever-after buyer stories, there is one house-that-got-away tale.  To be sure a buyer is prepared for house hunting, Greybeard Realty has assembled The ABCs for Buyers, six simple steps to get ready for a home purchase.


Home Buyers: Simple Steps

Simple steps to assist buyers.


In short, buyers should know what they need and what they can afford.  Very often, house hunters set off without taking into account they need a first floor bedroom or can only afford a fixer-upper home. Doing a brief assessment of needs and assets can shorten the list of homes a prospective buyer needs to check out.

Also, home buyers in western NC should do their homework about where they want to live. Are they heart set on city life in a home in Asheville or do they crave a peaceful mountainside home in Montreat? Regardless of the home's location, buyers can benefit from having a Realtor they know and trust to show them the various options.

For more information about how to prepare to buy a home, check out our buyers' notes.  To meet Greybeard's Realtors and get more information about the Asheville real estate market, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Pair of Montreat Homes for Sale Unmatched in Charm

Greybeard Realty has two historic treasures, both located on Magill Drive in Montreat, for sale, and both properties have been recently renovated to capitalize on their captivating charm. Anyone looking for a traditional mountain home in western North Carolina should make the effort to look into these two homes.


Historic interior of Greybeard's 533 Magill in Montreat.

Historic interior of Greybeard's 533 Magill in Montreat.


The 533 Magill home, built in 1907, has been in the same family for more than a century.  This two-story Montreat home was renovated in 2004 with a new roof, water heater and appliances.  In addition, the fireplace was restored to working order.  You can read about the historical significance of this home on Greybeard's website page.

Built in 1909,the 531 Magill home recently underwent a kitchen renovation with new cabinets and a dishwasher as well as all new plumbing and updated electricity, along with new wood floors. This home features a large lot and a delightful screened porch which enables residents to hear the roaring creek below.  The history of this special home can also be accessed on Greybeard's webpage.

Again, for buyers interested in owning a piece of historical western North Carolina real estate, these Montreat properties are unmatched.  Both the 4-bedroom 533 Magill home and the 5-bedroom 531 Magill home are not heated, but both properties would make remarkable vacation homes for people who crave a true mountain home getaway.  For more information, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Buncombe County Schools Score Big with Asheville Area Home Buyers

Buyers interested in Western NC homes will find solid information and facts on the Putting Students First website which provides recent statistics about the Buncombe County School District. Buncombe County encompasses a number of communities including Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville, Fairview, and Biltmore Forest.


Western NC Real Estate Benefits From Strong School

Buncombe County Schools Moves Western NC Real Estate to Head of the Class


A national survey of Realtors ranked quality of schools as one of the top five reasons people select a particular neighborhood. Greybeard Realty understands the importance of our school quality, and our Realtors are knowledgeable about Buncombe County Schools. Our Realtors send their children to these schools, and our founder serves as Vice-Chairman of the Buncombe County School Board.

In the last four years, Buncombe County Schools has achieved a 35% decrease in dropouts. On SAT scores, Buncombe County School district students rank third highest among NC school districts with more than two high schools. Also, the Buncombe County School  district is one of only 381 school districts in the country on the Advanced Placement Achievement List for student participation and high scores in AP classes.

For Asheville home buyers with children moving into the area, the high quality of Buncombe County Schools is a real plus. For more information about Buncombe County Schools within particular communities and for assistance in selecting a new home in Western NC, please contact Greybeard Realty.


National Trends Increase Optimism for Western North Carolina Real Estate Market

The western North Carolina real estate market has begun to show signs of growth, as outlined in Greybeard's mid-July blog. And the latest figures for the national real estate market indicate that nationally, positive real estate signs are increasing.

In numbers released this month by the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales increased in July while the median price increased for the fifth consecutive month. Industry experts report that one-third of homes that sold last month were on the market for less than a month.  They go on to note that proper pricing, with the assistance of a Realtor, can result in better marketing results.


Black Mountain Real Estate Market

Western North Carolina property in Black Mountain provides vistas.



Traditionally, the report states, first-time buyers make up approximately 40% of home purchasers in a stable real estate market.  In July, first-time buyers accounted for 34% which is an increase over the 32% for the same month last year.  The market experts attribute that figure to a lack of listings in the lower price ranges.

At Greybeard Realty, buyers can use the custom search option which enables them to select a particular town within western North Carolina such as Weaverville, Marion and Fairview. In addition, buyers can narrow their search by price range which enables them to see all of the listings that meet their price criteria.

Right now in Black Mountain, there are two wonderful properties that offer an affordable option. One property, 611 Hiawassee Avenue, Black Mountain (MLS #:450296), is adjacent to the Black Mountain golf course and offers one of the best locations in all of Black Mountain. This small farmhouse offers options for expansion as well.

Another property, 111 West Brook in Black Mountain (MLS#: 515910), provides a large open interior space and a lot with breathtaking views. This home, nestled in the woods, provides privacy with accessibility.

For more information on these or other Black Mountain properties or for assistance in searching for western North Carolina homes for sale, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Selling Your Home: Act One-Setting the Stage

While the Asheville real estate market has shown positive signs of growth, selling Western North Carolina real estate still requires presenting the property for sale in pristine condition.  Staging a home for sale goes beyond cleaning the home, and the process can be completed without a large financial investment.


Important Staging for Western North Carolina real estate market

Prepare a to-do list for staging an Asheville home for sale.


To assist sellers in preparing their homes for sale, Greybeard Realty has assembled some simple home staging steps for getting a home in good shape prior to placing it on the competitive Asheville real estate market.  Buyers of Asheville homes are looking for homes they can imagine themselves living in, not imagine themselves visiting.  Often, sellers neglect to remove the numerous photographs and personal items which make it more difficult for buyers to envision the home as their own.   In addition, special attention should be paid to preparing the outside of the home, as potential buyers often will not even ask to look inside a home that has no curb appeal.

One very simple step for readying a home is to have a good friend come over and do a walk through for you, just as a potential buyer will do.  Often, a homeowner is so acclimated to their surroundings that they may not notice the personal items or the animal smells or the other items that can detract from a home's appeal.

For more information on staging a home, please refer to our full list of home staging ideas or contact Greybeard Realty with any questions.

The Tourists are Coming; The Tourists are Coming: Time to Buy An Asheville Vacation Home?

Anyone considering buying an Asheville vacation home within Western North Carolina real estate will be interested in the latest figures on tourist spending in Buncombe County.  State figures indicate that Buncombe County had the fifth highest amount of tourist spending of North Carolina counties. Tourists to this county that includes Asheville, Black Mountain and Montreat homes spent $783 million in 2011.  That figure represents a 7.4 percent increase from 2010 North Carolina tourist spending.


Western North Carolina Benefits From Tourism Dollars

Tourism Dollars Can Strengthen Asheville Real Estate Market


So why would that concern people interested in buying a Western North Carolina home? First of all, those tourist dollars impacted 9,070 jobs in the county with a payroll of $165.2 million for 2011.  An increase in tourist dollars indicates the strength of the tourist economy in the Asheville area. And secondly, with tourism spending up, people interested in purchasing an vacation home in Asheville to rent when they are not in residence can gain confidence that the tourism industry had a good showing for 2011.

Potential buyers of second homes in the Asheville area should be encouraged by these latest figures. In some instances, buyers may want to buy a home now for later Asheville retirement.  For other buyers, an Asheville real estate purchase may be strictly for investment. Regardless of the reason, buying a second home and renting it until time to take residence or recoup an investment is an option.

If an Asheville rental property is the buyer's goal, be sure to contact Greybeard Rentals, an award-winning property management team with 14 years of western North Carolina rental property experience. For more information about investing in Asheville real estate or for assistance in selecting an Asheville vacation property, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Attention Asheville Real Estate Shoppers: August Deals Available Once in a Blue Moon

As indicated in Greybeard's 2012 mid-year market report blog, Western North Carolina Real Estate has begun to show signs of recovery. This month features a blue moon, meaning two full moons in one month, a very rare occurrence. Similarly, the Asheville market, with near record low interest rates available and a good supply of homes, may offer buyers an unusual chance to buy that perfect home.


Asheville Home Deals Once in a Blue Moon

Asheville Real Estate in August's Blue Moon


It continues to be a good time to consider purchasing an Asheville home. If a small-town atmosphere appeals, be sure to consider Weaverville homes, Black Mountain homes, or Montreat homes when searching for that special second home. One option when trying to decide which Western North Carolina community is right for you is to consider an Asheville long-term rental which will give you the opportunity to tryout an area prior to making a purchase commitment.

While the Asheville real estate market has not been as hard hit as some other housing markets, Greybeard Realty does have a listing of Asheville foreclosures presently available.  As described on our foreclosure page, buying a foreclosed home takes a few extra steps, but Greybeard Realty's staff can guide you through the purchase process if you find the home of your dreams.

With the seasonal nature of the Asheville real estate market, now is a good time to find that second home in Western North Carolina. For assistance in making your home selection, please contact Greybeard Realty.



Black Mountain Home Offers Small Town Charm with World Class Views

Anyone interested in Western North Carolina real estate should check out 66 Timber Park Drive in Black Mountain (MLS# 518956). This meticulously-kept home, built in 1996, provides the spectacular views from its decks considered requisite by many buyers. This spacious 3,930 sq. ft. home features five bedrooms and three baths.


Majestic Western North Carolina Views

Enjoy NC Mountain Charm in this Black Mountain Real Estate Listing


While many Asheville homes offer incredible mountain views, this home has easy access without a steep-sloped driveway that is often characteristic of a home with a view. To appreciate the magnificent view from this home, you really need to come take a look for yourself.

Black Mountain homes offer the proximity to Asheville within the town limits of a charming small mountain community.  In addition to arts and music, Black Mountain also has several successful small businesses including the micro-brewery, Pisgah Brewing Company. Take a look at Greybeard's Webcam any time to see what's going on in this remarkable little town.

For information about this Black Mountain home or for assistance in finding other incredible homes for sale in Black Mountain or the Asheville area, please contact Greybeard Realty.

Western North Carolina Land Offers Creative Options

Western North Carolina land can provide owners with a chance to be creative and design the mountain home of their dreams.  Buyers should be knowledgeable, however, of the various considerations presented by building in the mountains.


Asheville Land Listing

Example of Greybeard Realty's Land Listings


In establishing a building budget, be sure to take into account the available infrastructure versus what will need to be constructed.  Is there city water or will you need a well? Can you hook into the city sewer system or should you budget for a septic system? Will retaining walls be needed, and how long and sloped will the driveway be? While sellers list a property as a "buildable" lot, will the lot allow you to build the dream home you envision?

Greybeard Realty's land offerings have some tremendous features including amazing views and incredibly lush vegetation.  In order to maximize the property, Greybeard Realty suggests that you take your builder to the land of your dreams prior to purchasing it, particularly if it is a steeply sloped piece of land.  Building is possible, but you may need to accommodate the land in some ways, and best to work that into your budget prior to purchase.

For more information about available Asheville land for sale or for some suggestions of seasoned Asheville contractors, please contact Greybeard Realty.