Friday, November 12, 2010

Asheville Livable and Fine

As a REALTOR in Asheville, specializing in homes on the land, I am always on the lookout for special finds...

Here is one of my absolute favorite homes on acreage in the Asheville area. It is bordered by a sweet stream and has amazing solar gain for organic gardening. There's room enough for 2 horses in the run-in barn.

Inside: Totally NO-STEP Handicap access. Freshly painted with NO VOC paint for excellent indoor air quality. And this home is full of natural light, as you will see when you watch the video I did on a recent preview of the home...

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Farmers Market Commercial--Mountain Tailgate Market Association

Recognizing our area's amazing local farmers and local food movement, as well as the talent of Patrick and Galen, Google and YouTube named the first commercial as a finalist in their 2010 TV For All contest, and the contest winner is up to you! Public voting for your favorite commercial runs until November 9.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MLS 462353

MLS 462353

Special building site w/creek ON it, forest bordering it, and priced to sell. 3.25 AC site calls to nature-lovers, and is one of only19 at Three Creeks, a preserve of 278 AC where you will find park-like common land-deeded to you can. Enjoy waterfalls, a sweet swimming pond, trout fishing, the community cabin and subtle elegance all about.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

GREEN Asheville Real Estate.
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Monday, January 22, 2007

north carolina real estate market, asheville real estate market stats

In general, North Carolina continues to see a rise in the amount of homes sold in 2006.
Sale prices continue to climb and the average number of days a house is on the market has decreased.

All of these indicators show that the real estate market in Western North Carolina is strong." (page 6, Real Estate Weekly -October, 2006)

In the City of Asheville alone, (pop about 75,000) a total of 1450 homes listed by January 1, 2006 closed by December 20th. In the Greater Asheville Area, 2820 homes were sold from Jan. 1 through December 20, 2006.

For those following the ECO-friendly stats in our region, in the period between January 1, 2006 and December 20, 2006, 14 Energy Star® rated homes sold, but wait! --there are 35 currently on the market and there are currently 32 certified HealthyBuilt Homes on the market and 378 in progress in the Western North Carolina area. From 14 "green homes" to 378 in our market- could that indicate a Trend ?

Residential Sales Trends/ Existing Homes Asheville, N.C. As of December, 2006, the average sale price for an existing home in the Asheville area is $261,098. The price has increased about 10% percent since this time last year according to Annual Percent Change in OFHEO MSA House Price Indexes through Q3 2006. ..

Home Appreciation ...Annual appreciation rate for homes in the Greater Asheville area is about 12.5 per cent as of the third quarter of 2006. The data reflects same-home sales information collected by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO).

The Asheville appreciation rate tops the nationwide pace of 10 percent and our area's appreciation rate ranks 83 among 275 metros across the USA.

December, 2006 Real Estate Market Stats Buncombe County (Asheville area), North Carolina

Residential Properties on the Market: 2078 Residential Properties Pending: 702Priced Over $1M: 117Priced Under $50K : 7Farms & Land on the Market in Combined Buncombe, Madison, Yancey Counties : 2107
Asheville, North Carolina Buncombe County
Pending: 242Priced Over $1M: 161Priced Under $50K : 2989
Our market is moving toward:
Lower operating costs- Lower utility bills for heating and cooling
Increased comfort- Improved indoor air quality
Creating lasting value- Third party review
Building with health in mind- Lowered Environmental Impact
NC Healthy Built Homes: DUE in 2007: 378


Saturday, October 14, 2006

ECO conscious real estate practice...STEWARDSHIP

ECO conscious real estate practice...STEWARDSHIP

ASHEVILLE is a “sweet spot” for
people who make choices to enjoy
authentic quality of life…..

Our viewsheds, valleys, waterfalls are natural gifts, and there is a specific sense of community,an uncommon blend of neighborliness with “cultural progressive” verve. Here the heritage of the indigenous peoples is woven into the kilts of those who followed. Like the Big Laurel River, a beautiful,” intact example of a healthy high mountain riparian ecosystem” where children play and churches baptize , and fisherman, paddlers, and grandparents converge, Asheville holds the promise of welcoming celebration of life to all.

Yet, of late, others…maybe not motivated by a desire for quality of life, by a hunger not akin to stewardship…..have begun to arrive on the scene.Outside developers’ interest in Western North Carolina has increased.And there are issues raised by the development happening across the Mountains;some related simply to not knowing the terrain.

Building on Western North Carolina’s steep slopes has (sadly) a proven potential for dangerous landslides and erosion. Landslides are most common in the western region of North Carolina because of its mountainous landscape. In the past two years, 120+ landslides occurred in western North Carolina, claiming five lives and destroying 27 homes. A lack of understanding of the significance of underlying soils and geology is partially to blame.This is of concern to REALTORS® in the Greater Asheville Area where we are seeing much new development that is not regulated by slope ordinances– and where very attractive acreage just 20 minutes north is especially steep.

With this concern, ECO certified real estate professionals here in the Greater Asheville area are working to facilitate the transfer of information as a resource to professional resources….i.e. land trust professionals, county planners and assessors, who have deep knowledge of both conservation tools and land use regulations for responsible land use and the preservation of quality of life and environment.

We are ready to inform landowners and investors of tools they can useto conserve and steward forests, farms, open space, and wildlife habitat.We can point the way to ecoconscious participation across the landscape…from the mountains, rivers and streams, to the wild lands and urban places.We can help our clients get good information on environmental impacts.
Landowners and investors play a vital role in the management of the natural resourcesthat define our region.

The stewardship measures our clients undertake can have a critical impact on agriculture and forest production, water quality, soil erosion,fish and wildlife habitats, rivers, streams, and groundwater resources.


Friday, September 15, 2006



Because people are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding, our ECO-friendly BLOG offers practical resources for change that will foster value-added real estate practices in the Greater ASHEVILLE, BUNCOMBE COUNTY AND MADISON COUNTY, PISGAH FOREST AREA..

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Horse people have much to contribute to the preservation of sustainable rural communities and are a caring influence in smart growth initiatives, where rapidly developing communities must recognize the value of maintaining natural corridors that serve the needs of a wide range of interests.That is why Asheville 1031, The ECO-STEWARD Real Estate Firm is a Member of the The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource

Mountin’ Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center Mountin' Hopes is a therapeutic horseback riding center located in near Asheville, N.C. that provides children and adults with special both riding and care of the horse, so a relationship can develop between the person and the animal as guided by the principles of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).The ECO-STEWARD Real Estate Firm’s senior consultant, Arlene Brown is on the Board at Mountin’ Hopes.

Land-of-Sky Regional Council Fosters desirable social, economic, cultural and ecological conditions in the Greater Asheville, N.C. area.

The North Carolina Division of Water Quality in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the agency responsible for statewide regulatory programs in groundwater and surface water protection. DWQ's mission is to preserve, protect and enhance North Carolina's water and groundwater resources through quality monitoring programs, efficient permitting, responsible management, fair and effective enforcement.

Discover Your Ecological Address You know what street you live on and what town you live in, but do you know where you live ecologically? Your ecological address can tell you much about your place in the world.

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the state's citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality in North Carolina for the health and benefit of all.

The Clean Air Community Trust Provides activities, events and education that can inspire individuals and communities to make wise choices that lead to air quality improvement.

AIR QUALITY IN THE ASHEVILLE AREA RIGHT NOW - COLD MOUNTAIN (near Asheville) LIVE - The North Carolina Division of Air Quality and the Forest Service perform real-time monitoring. The available data from the ozone, visibility, and fine particle monitoring is available to you. The results will help us determine if current air pollution exposures are causing an adverse impact




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ASHEVILLE AREA INFORMATION Asheville Chamber of Commerce -

WLOS - Local News and WeatherBuncombe County, NC

The Ultimate Guide To Asheville"Best selling guidebook to Asheville & Hendersonville"by Lee James Pantas

North Carolina State Home PageNorth Carolina Dept. of Revenue (Tax Information)

North Carolina Travel GuideThe School Report Express School reports for all areas and districts

North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports DevelopmentNorth Carolina Arts Council

VA Medical Center in Asheville(828) 298-7911

The Biltmore Estate & Winery

The Bele Chere Festival in Asheville

Chimney Rock Park

The Cherokee Indian Reservation

Grandfather Mountain

Pisgah Forest

Brevard Music Center

Western North Carolina Bed & BreakfastWestern Carolina

Guide of Events
Blue Ridge Parkway
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Western North Carolina Tourist Destinations

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