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"Oldie Couple" Goes Au Naturel with 5 Eco-Friendly Benefits - 07/31/12 08:40 AM
An “Oldie Couple” down the road from us has gone au naturel— ...in their landscaping choices, that is. (for more photos on LEED and Green homes ->) Soon after they did this, many of the residents in the neighborhood expressed concern that such “adventures” - the cessation of mowing and weeding of seeded grass, the replacing of invasive species with native plants and trees, and the choice to “let nature have a hand,” would “de-nude”(lower) home values. That is not an uncommon concern. Here is what actually happened. As it turned out, giving nature the thumbs-up worked in a positive way for (5 comments)
Tactical Urbanism - Open Asheville - 07/25/12 08:04 AM
Tactical Urbanism - Open AshevilleOpen Asheville is approaching "tactical urbanism," an idea that's recently gained increasing attention nationwide, with a small project. The organization is demonstrating a way to change a particular area for the better and create a model for larger initiatives in the future. "Tactical urbanism aims to get projects on the ground fast, to get a response from the public fast so it leads to bigger things," Gonzalez says. "The parklet is something small enough that it will make a statement and it had such a positive response in cities like San Francisco."
photo courtesy of Open (10 comments)
How My "Oldie" Real Estate Clients Overcome Negative Stereotypes - 07/23/12 07:40 AM
How My "Oldie" Real Estate Clients Overcome Negative StereotypesSO! ...seems that society, consumer marketing and the media offer images that reinforce negative stereotypes of "Oldies".... who are portrayed to be...bad drivers, set in their ways, repeat storytellers (like 40 times, ) absent-minded, full of mothballs, and live in houses cluttered with memorabilia ...and, if they aren’t already- they soon will be decrepit! BALOGNA, I SAY! At least here in Asheville, a Top Retirement Town in the USA, that ridiculous notion is blown. TOTALLY! Here in Asheville, Old is Bold. In sheer numbers, Boomers have the power to create change with compassion. I cringe when (5 comments)
Just discovered: The Duke Don't Dance (TDDD) a novel by Richard Sharp- a good-good read for the summer. Don't get me wrong- this is not some paperback to take to the shore, simply an entertaining bit of fluff .... au contraire- it is, according to one reviewer, a " smart story ... narrated slowly and carefully... not written in scenes, [and without] much dialogue... the characters are human and wonderfully flawed. "
If you follow professional book reviews, as I do, you will be impressed with the reviews from KIRKUS and ForeWord as per:
"Sharps (8 comments)
Mountain Land- The Asheville “Nudge” - 07/18/12 10:16 AM
Looking for Asheville Mountain Land? One thing I can guarantee,when you get the “nudge” it can be a real adventure. Over the years, I have learned to pay attention to land that simply “speaks” to you. The sale of land is a unique activity in the practice of real estate. There’s much to consider including that mysteriouus “nudge” that has something to do with a sense of place. The VIDEO below is an example of this attraction... *
ALSO, as a Land Broker, I advise my clients to consider::Appraisal -time for and costsSurvey -time for and costsUtilities – (8 comments)
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Big YES! - 07/17/12 07:49 AM
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) founded in 1979, is the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. The organization has farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit status. It helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods. (LOVE THAT! ) VIDEO It advocates " fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture. " Thus, for over thirty years the CFSA successfully has united farmers, consumers and businesses to build a just, healthy food and farming future.The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Key Program AreasEducationAdvocacyFood SystemsExamples:
How to Invest in What is Important to You. The Potential of the 1031 ExchangeAsheville Real Estate JournalFor people who grew up in the 60s, the “silent” and the “boomer” generations, over 80 Million now between the ages of 44-to-73-or so, investing wisely for happiness in the decades to come is important. To Age-WIN-Style can mean not only to Age Gracefully and Well, to Inspire Yourself and Others, to Use Your Clout, and to Do the "Right" Thing, but to invest in what is really matters to you, on many levels .Financial Investment : This post looks at these (1 comments)
The photo above entitled "The Light, The Storm, The Rain and The Mountains" taken from our cabin- (in NOT typical weather for Asheville, July, 2012 ) was caught via my SONY Cyber-shot . It reminds me of events over a lifetime. We see the mountains- their rocky surfaces pushed up by tectonic forces then, eroded by wind and rain, and sculpted by rushing waters- they settle into layers. This constant and powerful process over time is as the changes in our lives 365 days a year, every year... and...somehow I feel as if I could take flight...as
10 BENEFITS of Green Development- Asheville Style Countering a misconception about the financial viability of going green in real estate development, this white-haired investor in the idea of a sustainability and New Urban community is excited about her research and the benefits she has discovered. She points to the Smart Growth Network. . . Smart Growth- a Legacy of Positive Futures . . .which is reaching out to Asheville area stake-holders who are seeking innovative ideas about the future of our communities
such as the Villages at Crest Mountain where Permaculture is a central feature: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1701593/asheville-s-villages-at-crest-mountain-dance-with-the-land-permaculture-and-neighborly-caring
The Orange Badge - 07/05/12 01:05 PM
When I read this post from KERRIE today...I felt SO GOOD! I've been blogging at AR since September of 2006...and have enjoyed the rewards not only in Google Juice, but (most especially) in cultivating connections that really matter to me. Thanks for you post, Kerrie..I am so happy to be able to contribute as an Ambassador at AR. Via Kerrie Greenhalgh (ActiveRain, Community Manager): Currently, ActiveRain is blessed with 129 Ambassadors. So what does it all mean? ActiveRain has always been a place to help real estate related professionals connect and grow their business through learning, educating and sharing. Newer members of (3 comments)
Relocate?Retire? 9 Question Quiz - 07/05/12 12:22 PM
Retiring Quiz...This may come in handy for some of us who work with Baby Boomers... This Retiring (??) -Creative Retirement Quiz is simply a self-questionnaire from our “Over-the-Hill” team down the mountain here in Asheville. (www.EcoStewardRealty.com) Caution...over the years we have found that it is a good to leave plenty of room to change, expand on the choices. Possibly, simply pick an answer that best suits you for the time-being...and come back to this. Retiring Quiz again =) so...now..that being said...pick from below IN TERMS OF 1. PROXIMITY… How far would you consider moving when retiring ? Plan on staying near where I (2 comments)
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