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    Friday, March 1, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    Tappable equity keeping home prices elevated…and the market prime for investment

    In today's article, I am highlighting the national news on why home prices are continuing to rise and why the equity that you have in your current home sets you up for investment opportunities. Data is brought to you by Keeping Current Matters, a real estate data collection and advisement company.
    If you’re holding out hope that the housing market is going to crash and bring home prices back down, here’s a look at what the data shows. And spoiler alert: that’s not in the cards. Instead, experts say home prices are going to keep going up.

    Today’s market is very different than it was before the housing crash in 2008. Here’s why.

    It’s Harder To Get a Loan Now – and That’s Actually a Good Thing

    It was much easier to get a home loan during the lead-up to the 2008 housing crisis than it is today. Back then, banks had different lending standards, making it easy for just about anyone to qualify for a home loa ...

    Thursday, February 29, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    New recreation site coming to Swannanoa

    A Swannanoa site gets a new life

    Beacon Village has big plans for outdoor recreation in Swannanoa. | Photo via Beacon Village 

    The 40-acre site of the former Beacon Manufacturing Company (once the largest blanket manufacturer in the world), in the heart of Swannanoa, is undergoing a revitalization. The site has been nonfunctioning since its closure in 2002 and the subsequent fire at the mill in 2003 — but it plans to once again become a thriving area of growth with the development of Beacon Village, a hub for outdoor recreation and industry + residential and commercial uses.

    Phase one
    Phase one of the revitalization will include an event lawn and a multi-use bike park from international bike design and construction company Velosolutions, complete with slopestyle, jump lines, and pump track lines. The bike park, designed for users of all skill levels, welcomes everything from bikes to skateboards, inline skates to adaptive wheelchairs.&n ...

    Wednesday, February 28, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    If you are considering selling, we may have reached the market "sweet spot"

    Sellers are also buyers and we know that! And having your next great home waiting in the wings is important. While many of you have been waiting to sell because you weren't sure of where to go, let me share with you what inventory is currently doing so that you know what you can expect to receive from your current home and some options of how we can get you into your next home without having to move twice.
    When selling, it is never optimal for the market to be feast or famine. You want an inventory that is steady enough to provide options for your next move, while being short enough to ensure a great return on your sale.
    Our lowest inventory numbers in over a decade were reached in July of 2022 with only 991 homes for sale in the entire Asheville market center (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties). Today we have 1203 homes for sale, a gain of 21.4% in inventory. While this may not seem huge, it is actually a great rebound from the depletion created by bottom. ...

    Monday, February 26, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    Where to find the best buy on a mountain home, take a look at the stats!

    We are moving on up, folks...yet again!
    Buyers are back! And they are back a bit early this year. Already select homes are going under multiple offers in less than 1 day. So let's take a look at what trends are occurring now and where we expect them to go as we kick off the buying season.
    In Buncombe county (Asheville), we have seen a gain of 17% in list price from this time last year (up over $100,000!!!). The average list price countywide is now $718,357. 
    Inventory is on the rise but so is the number of pending sales indicating a strong market this year. We are up 25% in inventory and 15.4% in pending sales indicating that we are almost balanced in the number of homes that are going on and off the market. Days on market until sold is holding at almost exactly the same numbers as one year ago meaning that the increase in price is not affecting the demand. 
    We are expecting a very active buying and selling season this year.

    Our sister county to the south, Henderson (H! ...

    Sunday, February 25, 2024   /   by Amy Brown

    Today's Open Houses in the Asheville area

    There are some key homes to pay attention to today so I will highlight those that you should consider:
    248 Bailey Rd. Candler
    Mountain log cabin on over 6 acres with mountain views, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1590 sf, great opportunity to own your hobby farm
    6 Reese Rd., Asheville
    Craftsman style in Haw Creek, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1795 sf, great price at $659,000
    45 Trotter Pl. W. Asheville
    Historic bungalow in charming Horney Heights neighborhood, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1361 sf, listed at $635,000
    451 Old Newfound Rd. Leicester
    One level brick rancher on 10.3 acres, stunning views and pastureland, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3360 sf, barns and outbuildings, listed at $850,000

    We are happy to attend open houses with you so that you can avoid the awkward questions and view the home in peace. Let me know how we can help! ...