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Land transfers in the State of North Carolina may bring with them metes and bounds and mystery. Be prepared for bits of history written between the lines in old land surveys, and also be ready for a challenge when you decipher them. Interested in definitions?...Metes... "A boundary defined by the measurement of each straight run, specified by a distance between the terminal points, and an orientation or direction. Bounds... "A more general boundary description, such as along a certain watercourse, a stone wall, an adjoining public road way, or an existing building." When you first encounter a metes and bounds survey (10 comments)
The Human-Scale Architect Pioneer: Charles Eliot - 12/24/06 01:38 PM
I'm sending this along in appreciation and celebration of Sharon Simms' NEW GROUP, Building Architecture and Dings. I approached the subject of this article back around Thanksgiving. Like Ines' article, it didn't get much notice at the time, but I loved writing it anyway.. I was feeling appreciative and sentimental. Thanksgiving does it to me every year. History does it to me. Imagine how amazing it is for me to live in a city (Asheville, N.C.) -- known not only for historic charm, but for architectural diversity...Romanesque Revival,Victorian, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Georgian, Classical Revival, Art Deco, Craftsman, Bungalow...Cabins and Castles. Here is one such castle, the Biltmore House at the Biltmore Estate (15 comments)
Anatomy of Rural Land Sale. A Good-Natured Look at a Real Challenge. Part 2 - 12/22/06 01:04 PM
On November 14th I wrote about an exciting scenario: RURAL LAND SALE Cash Deal with Contingencies. 35+ AC in beautiful (see photo) Madison County, North Carolina, about 30 minutes north of Asheville , NC. I expressed concern that the parties to the transaction wanted/neededto close in 60 days, max. and that due diligence to remove contingencies on rural acreage was likely to take up to and beyond 120 days. Challenge: Close in 60 Days.... Clock Ticking.. now at 40+ days Check These Items off the 2DO List ,in this Anatomy of a Rural Land Sale : The appraisal. Not a problem...we refer three appraisers. One of them (15 comments)
Are you relocating to the Greater Asheville area ? Coming in or going out you will find yourself immersed in GREEN!. (see photo above for a smile) Look at the statistics that follow. . . The GREEN trends these statistics clearly indicate could be of value to you. 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 (4 comments)
Trendy Brownfields - 12/18/06 11:41 PM
CHICKEN HILL , 1945AN ASHEVILLE BROWNFIELD SITE,2006 Chicken Hill was a mill village near downtown Asheville, North Carolina, that dates back to the 1880's. Billie Clemmons, who grew up there recalls, "...We were one big happy family. Poor but it didn't bother us". For the past half century, however, since the Historic Asheville, North Carolina Cotton Mill closed its doors on "Chicken Hill" this area was pretty much left to its own devices, underutilized due to contamination. It was a Brownfield site. Recently, the Regional Brownfields Initiative (RBI) in partnership among Western North Carolina's economic developers, local officials, bankers, environmental planners, REALTORS®, the (12 comments)
reliable stumpers - 12/18/06 02:59 PM
Have you ever noticed that clients sometimes ask you all kinds of questions NOT about the property they want to list or about the property in which they want to invest, but about subjects librarians love to answer? This past month, I have been asked at least 10 questions that had me stumped, well, at least for a minute or two. Like, "Are they going to decorate the cell towers around Asheville for the holidays?" And "At what rate does that waterfall- fall?" ummmm..hmmm..GOOD QUESTION!What's a real estate person to do, I ask ya" ? Possibly answer the question with a question?? So here I am, (12 comments)
I got memed(memmed?) by Tricia Jumonville who raised Morgans ..and here are 5 things that you didn't know about me, probably... 1.. My family is originally from the Carolinas, but I grew up in Detroit where I helped my buddies build engines for drag racing and then cruised Woodward Avenue to test the engines in the days when car hops delivered your Cherry Coke and French Fries to your car on roller skates. 2..My partner and I won a dance contest when I was fifteen. I got my master's degree while teaching full-time and going to night school when I was twenty-something. 3.. By (8 comments)
What "Kind" of Land Attracts You? - 12/15/06 11:31 PM
Here's a COSMIC QUESTION question for ya'. What if you just landed here on Earth and were looking for opportunity in investment property? What "kind" of land would attract you? a) agricultural landb) rural landc) urban land Let's say you could leave your footprint upon Terra Firma. How would you plan to establish it and watch it turn into something special? Maybe you would be like this little "green" guy who grew up on a farm on a faraway galaxy. You are interested in agricultural land. You head out with a vision to create a working farm, maybe your brother will develop co-housing facilities, (10 comments)
Black Ink Sustainable Design = GREEN - 12/15/06 07:04 PM
It's a lot easier to be under the green umbrella these days than it used to be even five years ago. I remember the day when folks rolled their eyes and looked for roots growing out of my feet when I first became interested in alternative and sustainable design. Now they shake my hand and ask good questions about sustainable features that add up to benefits for all of us. It seems as if everybody winswhen we build and/or invest in an eco-conscious way. It's about stewardship, sustainability - and money. Our market is moving toward: Lower operating costs- Lower utility bills (8 comments)
Asheville North Carolina Real Estate- In-City Masterpiece Horse Property - 12/10/06 11:50 PM
UPDATE: We sold this property to a wonderful family this summer. We are horse property specialists, though, so we know a few more interesting horse farms from Asheville all the way to Columbus, NC and Tryon. An exquisite equestrian property with country charm and vistas, yet within 7 minutes of downtown Asheville, this private North Asheville estate on 3.80 acres inside the city offers contemporary Craftsman charm in a custom built 4,248 Sq Ft. home that shines with the work of local artisans. Historic craftsmanship complements contemporary appointments. Hardwood floors, fireplaces, graceful archways ,reading nooks and a personal garden space overlooking Carter (14 comments)
"Disposable" REALTORS®- “Bah Humbug” on Misperceptions - 12/10/06 04:11 PM
Let's put it right on the table. Some folks hold REALTORS® a bit suspect , even disposable,much the same they do used car salespersons. I don't much like that... Another thing. Some folks assume REALTORS® are happy to chat well after the last embers from the holiday fire are cold. . . I don't much like that, either. I could get crankier than You-Know-Who about these misperceptions. Case in Point: (A rookie real estate person told me this tale.|) The Characters: Two talkative customers and a greenhorn. The Scene: A windswept mountainside on a chilly, rainy December day. A mile of steep gravel (14 comments)
EDIT/UPDATE This property sold. Father and son will enjoy the benefits. PLEASE do go ahead and let us know if you would be interested in similar properties for 1031 investment , second/vacation home, or for a wonderful place to live close to schools and Asheville amenities. We specialize in unique , value-added properties and are ready for the challenge of finding the "right" opportunity for YOU.
IMMACULATE 2/2 `garden` condo (plumbed for 3BR) in a charming, 8-unit complex convenient to shopping, schools and downtown Asheville, N.C. This is the perfect, reasonably-priced second/vacation home. Just lock it up when you are not here, and leave. If (5 comments)
Life in Corporate HQ or Promises of Romance & Prosperity in a B&B? Ask Your REALTOR® (Part 2) - 12/07/06 09:26 PM
As REALTOR ® who loves the mountain landscapes , historic homes now converted to successful Inns and prosperous B&Bs nestled in Asheville, N.C., and nearby in picturesque villages have a special appeal for me. As the former owner of a "green renovation" B&B Homestay, I can recommend the B&B business--but only to my clients who enter it with eyes wide open, even if the building is green-built and new. Whether investing in a new or restored building, or possibly one you will restore due diligence is essential. It is also essential to know for sure that this business is for you.I can tell you for (6 comments)
FYI~ ECO-Friendly Real Estate Investors - 12/06/06 10:38 PM
~info bit~ THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 5,300 member companies and organizations, a 50-person professional staff, a broad portfolio of LEED(r) products and services, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and a network of 67 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.The LEED(r) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is (7 comments)
A mature couple paused as they wandered down the sidewalk in a village not far from Asheville, North Carolina. Though on vacation, they had spotted a sign that stopped them in their tracks. There by the rose arbor just inside the gate stood a Painted Lady ,the most charming (possibly a "green" renovation?) Victorian they had ever seen! And to their utter astonishment, decorated in hand-painted roses and green filigrees, they noticed a sign that read, "The Village Rose, - I'm Your Dream B&B, and I'm for Sale- Ask Your REALTOR® About Me!" For this couple, it was an invitation to dreams come . Ever since as (5 comments)
I listed this very nice condo today. Before I did, I reviewed the 3 Essential CONDO CAVEATS, reminding myself that things can appear to be black and white , but beneath the charm could look a big red stoplight! CONDO CAVEATS1. Fifty (50) percent or more of the units are tenant (renter as opposed to owner) occupied.Check to see the percentage of rented condos in the complex. If 50 percent or more of the units are rentals, it may be more difficult to find a lender to loan money for a unit in the complex. If few lenders will make loans, this may impact you (13 comments)
The Next Trend: Multi-generational Ecovillages with Pizzazz - 12/01/06 02:33 PM
Old-fashioned sense of neighborhood? Eco-village? Co-Housing? I hit the nature trail with a client-friend of mine this mid-morning. This tiny woman has long had a gigantic interest in "improving the world, one neighborhood at a time."Today she was beaming as we chatted and walked-- the reason- she and her group of investors are about to create an ecovillage.At 70-something , she informs me,this is one of the most thrilling projects she has sponsored. Old-fashioned Sense of Neighborhood? Eco-village? Co-Housing? Whatever you call it, those who are"in the know" say this is the next trend in multi-generational quality of life housing. "And what (25 comments)
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