Blog :: 09-2012

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.