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Baby Boomers Seek "The Perfect Home" - 08/31/11 12:03 AM
So often "Baby Boomers," charged with the energy of a final destination, seek "the perfect home” - with features such as The View, The Location, The Perfect Energy Efficient and Healthy Dwelling. Once all this has been accomplished, and the same people are sitting, in Good Company, of an afternoon, just looking out over the vista…
...is there Something Else that satisfies? Perhaps the duet of cardinals? Perhaps the way the sun plays on the land?
Or perhaps it is a champagne breeze…as described below...my experience on this Asheville afternoon …
Good Balance standing here on my deck, late afternoon, (8 comments)
Every so often, I get to thinking about sprucing up my blog. I’m sure Asheville Stagers could help. Or, Laura Cerrano --whose recent post on abundance delighted me, might have some Feng Shui suggestions- if that were the creative challenge on my mind. But today I’m thinking more about energizing blog Content rather than appearance. A Little AR History: Since way back in 2006-2007, I’ve been hearing about the very targeted content on my blog from clients who found me via Active Rain. ( My (8 comments)
ReGreening- REALTORS ® Could This be An Emerging Trend? NAR GREEN Designation... - 08/25/11 03:14 PM
ReGreening. - “If you’re here, you probably already know that green homes are healthier places to live, are better for the environment and can save money…” But, REALTORS®, did you know that the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is busy developing best practice guidelines for sustainable residential improvement projects? REALTORS ® who hold the NAR GREEN Designation, may find the effort and results of regreening not only fascinating, as I do,but a trend with a positive impact on our real estate markets as, according to the USGBC, “REGREEN fosters sustainable renovation practices and benefits by providing quality resources, including REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines, numerous (15 comments)
Planning, Infrastructure and Urban Design- Incremental Urbanism- Asheville - 08/23/11 10:09 AM
The work in Urban Sustainable Innovation of two Georgia Tech professors has captured my interest. They are Michael Gamble and Jude LeBlanc who work in the field of intelligent, site responsive design at all scales with a special focus on the creation of healthy environments. And they will be coming to Asheville, NC next week for a presentation on Incremental Urbanism (see insert) for Asheville's AIA! Gamble has received grants from the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, the National Endowments of the Arts, and received First Prize for Research in an international competition sponsored by the Environmental Design (3 comments)
Asheville NC Fan Pays Tribute to Webb Simpson and Real Green Golf - 08/22/11 10:13 AM
“Hang on to the straps above your head!....” the sportscaster pronounced. It was North Carolina's Webb Simpson and he was about to win his first PGA Golf Tournament. As I watched, holding my breath because I have followed Webb's career and his near wins, Webb sank that final putt and raised his smiling face to a cheering audience. “Hang on to the straps above your head!....” INDEED! Not only did this North Carolina man win the Wyndham Golf Classic at Greensboro, NC yesterday…but he won my heart ... As he stood holding his 6-month old Baby James, with a prominent sports reporter (5 comments)
5 Ways to Recognize an Eco-Friendly Community - 08/21/11 01:22 PM
5 Ways to Recognize an Eco-Friendly Development - Asheville Style Looking for sustainable innovation in the eco-friendly developments? Here's information that fits no matter where you live, based on leading edge examples I call... Asheville Style! Eco-friendly developments can be found just around the corner, or around the bend...some are urban and some are rural. You may be attracted to miles and miles of hiking trails that adjoin the National Forest. You may be attracted to the community amenities. But, whether you find your eco-savvy dream in a rural or an urban area, you can be certain that an eco-friendly (1 comments)
Music - How to set the stage for your videos. Part 5. Artistic Notes - 08/18/11 01:28 PM
I wrote DEBB JANES to say...Thanks so much for selecting my videos as part of this outstanding series. I have learned so much from DEBB'S excellent tutorial series. I'd like to mention that...creating videos and then finding "just the 'right' musical accompaniment" is FUN. Via Debb Janes, Residential Realtor Green Camas, Washington Residential Realtor (The Carl Group, LLC): Music - How to set the stage for your videos. Part 5. Artistic Notes.
Music is a great conduit. It has the power to create connections. If you're going to use videos as part of your marketing efforts, and I certainly hope (3 comments)
THREE CREEKS ECO-Friendly Development (Lake Lure, NC) is Just Right for Creative Baby Boomers - 08/18/11 09:56 AM
Baby Boomers and Nature Lovers? Turn your sights toward Eco-Friendly Creative Retirement Living at Three Creeks in Lake Lure. Looking for the essential Creative Retirement? Do you appreciate the active lifestyle? And, are you a Nature Lover? If so— the woods, the hills, the mountain vistas and the sounds of waterfalls (see photo of waterfall at Three Creeks) —add up to Eco-Friendly living at one of my favorite developments near Asheville, NC. This is what engaged and engaging living is all about at Three Creeks in Lake Lure. And Three Creeks is an easy drive of about 45 minutes to (4 comments)
Lot 8 Winterle (Three Creeks) Lake Lure, NC - 3.25 AC MLS 492979 - 08/17/11 04:38 PM
-Exceptional parcel in mature rco-friendly community. This beautiful 3.25 AC Site is bordered by stream and sits in the heart of 278 pristine, forested acres . You can hear the cascading waterfall from this very spot. An ideal community with only nineteen 3± acre homesites within 277 acres, at Three Creeks, the surrounding park-like common land is deeded to the owners to be enjoyed by all. Homesites have been thoughtfully selected. Choose THIS site ( LOT #8 Winterle) and you will discover a vibrant sanctuary bordered by a creek, with sounds of the cascading waterfall inviting you Home. Comprehensive covenants require custom (2 comments)
Cargo Containers = Sustainable Living Spaces - 08/15/11 04:00 PM
Some time ago, a member at the Eco-All-Stars Group clued us all in to " ...the next big thing in small [GREEN & Eco-Friendly] living— sustainable living spaces in cargo containers. It seems that IdeaBox, a company out of Salem, Oregon offered "a lifestyle prefab housing solution,” a ready to go product - This living space was " a blast to hang out in! [and offered] small spaces that soar, kitchens that rock, (see photo) baths with vessel sinks and tile showers. And a modern design that works!
As a LAND specialist, right away, I saw potential for my (31 comments)
5 Quick and Easy Renovations and Remedies - 08/15/11 09:20 AM
"Invest in low-maintenance lawns, water-saving devices and energy efficient appliances that will appeal to tenants and potential buyers alike. Green is in. ..." says DAVID HILL in the post that follows. I like the idea that our clients and home owners can apply a bit of elbow grease and make a big difference in their properties. Whether it is with color, indoor air quality (IAQ) removing clutter, or GREEN TECHNOLOGY--there are plenty of remedies that are quick and easy to do! Via David Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE Gurnee Real Estate Agent (Midwest Premier Realty): Learn how to earn tidy profits when selling your home or (1 comments)
If Your House Is Stapled Together, It Will Come Apart - 08/15/11 09:12 AM
JAY MARKANICH has some words of advice for home owners. Jay asserts: " So please, instead of staples, use nails or even the proper screws! I know they are harder to put in than staples, but they are the right thing to put in! You'll thank me you did." I like his way of thinking. I like that he has shared it. Read more below... Via Jeremy Wrenn--Wake Forest & Raleigh Home Improvements, Repairs, Handyman Services (Wrenn Home Improvements): If you think all fasteners are the same, you're wrong. Just ask Jay Markanich.
For instance, staples work great for things like carpet (1 comments)
HealthyBuilt Home Orientation - 08/10/11 11:01 PM
WNCGBC Presents: HealthyBuilt Home Orientation Training: On Thusday August 11th, Matt Siegel and Maggie Leslie are combining their impressive talents to provide HealthyBuilt Home Orientation Training REALTORS will find of interest.. Maggie is the program director for the HealthyBuilt Homes and LEED for homes programs. Matt is Director of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) and has extensive experience in green building for new construction and renovation. All interested homebuilders and building professionals are invited to this half-day introduction to the NC HealthyBuilt Homes (HBH) Program. HBH is a statewide green builder program for residential building professionals administered by (3 comments)
Adventures of a Land Broker - FSBO Mountain View Land Near Asheville - 08/09/11 03:50 PM
Mountain View "Land For Sale 43 Acres! " read the FSBO (owner's) hand-painted sign tacked to the fencepost next to the property my client and I had come here to see. We looked at each other. "Should we?" we asked in unison. "Seems like we outta'... " And so we stopped in our tracks on that country road.... I'm still recovering from my broken shoulder, so my client had to steer as we backed up... carefully. Just then, who should arrive at that very FSBO Land for sale sign but a man whose blue eyes you could see twinkling from across the (11 comments)
Advise EPA -Protect Streams and Children from Mercury Pollution - 08/09/11 11:43 AM
News Flash...just in from Donna Lisenby, Director of Water ProgramsAppalachian Voices Advise EPA -Protect Streams and Children from Mercury Pollution HURDLE: Fish from our streams may be unfit to eat with thousands of newborns born with neurological disorders due to mercury pollution...CHALLENGE: Mercury emitted by dirty and outdated coal-fired power plants.EPA OUTREACH: The EPA is currently accepting comments on a proposal to make utilities clean up their act and reduce mercury pollution by 91%. The deadline to submit comments is midnight, Thursday, August 11. ACTION: Use the link below to advise the EPA to protect our streams and children from mercury (2 comments)
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Media Outreach-The Land Report - 08/06/11 10:50 AM
Outreach: LAND BROKERS! and those interested in land legacies, farms, ranches and pure possibility- Here is an interesting link just in to me from Eddie Lee Rider. He is the Publisher & Founder of THE LAND REPORT . This link will take you to a complimentary copy where you even can print out pages of particular interest to you and land buyers as you see I did here with We’re Your EcoPartner. Clue in: Consider outreach opportunities via The Land Report. In 2007, its first year of publication, it was recognized as one of the 15 hottest launches in American media. According to Wikipedia, and I (1 comments)
The School to Which You'd Sure Like to GO- GREEN Asheville Style - 08/03/11 12:32 PM
As a REALTOR® dedicated to the concept of enduring excellence and sustainable innovation, and as an old schoolteacher, I’m always excited about improvements in education. To have an opportunity to visit an educational facility that combines both, I am nearly ecstatic!. And I’m beaming because I, and others, just received an invitation from Architectural Design Studio, PA, Asheville, NC. to make a site visit to their project.
This is a new Intermediate School where a conscious decision to raise the bar includes the use of sustainable design practices to levels that will earn U.S. Green Building Council recognition. Consider these (5 comments)
Urban Food Forests- Asheville-Style - 08/02/11 12:03 PM
Do you recognize this person? If not, you may sooner than you expected. That's because she has an innovative approach to sustainability, and she has created a way to share what she has learned. And it is far-reaching! This is Michelle Smith, an urban sustainability and permaculture enthusiast whose early commitment to social justice and the environment wound its way into a career in non-profit development. Her program is called "LinkingWaters." Michelle offers a most attractive whole-systems approach to reclaiming urban water. This approach also 1. creates green jobs 2. expands growing food in urban neighborhoods 3. protects our (4 comments)
Green What? - 08/01/11 01:39 PM
JAN GREEN just joined the Eco-All-Stars Group here at Active Rain. I am looking forward to her contributions. I am sure that as she "takes a step beyond", those her read her posts, and the posts of other members of this Group, may get a great "Heads-Up!" on trends that affect our daily business. Via Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, Scottsdale, AZ (RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR,CDPE,SFR,EcoBroker,CIAS,Scottsdale): Green What? A while back I was luck enough to be included in a training session with Bob Stewart. Probably the best 30 minutes for my "career" on AR. His advice was quick and to the point and he (3 comments)
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