Very Happy to join ActiveRain

Real Estate Agent with Gabe Swinney


Hello to everybody out there! 

My name is Gabe Swinney and I am a new broker working with janeAnne Narrin's ECO Steward Realty Firm.  I just want to take this quick opportunity to introduce myself to the green community and to tell you a little about myself.  I like many people you will meet in the greater Asheville, NC area am not from the greater Asheville, NC area.  My grandfather once said that all young men need a time to be vagabonds, well this proved true for me.  After I left my native Missouri home I did my best to explore our beautiful country, falling in love with places like the North Maine Woods, The Sierra Blanca Mountains of New Mexico, the Spruce and Hemlock dappled islands of South-East Alaska, and of course the gentle hills and green mountains of Western North Carolin.


It was in Alaska where I first got seriously involved with Conservation.  The woods had always been a very important and special part of my life.  They were a place where anything was possible and where I could find a peace that seemed to open the doors to an outstanding joy.  While attending a small private college in the town of Sitka I helped form an on campus environmental group, this eventually led to me serving on the Board of Directors of Alaska's oldest conservation group; Sitka Conservation Society.  It has been a life long dream of mine to have my work be in line with my values of conservation, adventure, and appreciation of this wonderful place we have been given.


When I became a broker in Western NC it was because I thought it was the best way for me to be a part of the fascinating and stunningly fast growing community here.  I knew the market was good hoped to be able to use my enthusiasm and creativity to provide a good life for myself and for my daughter Ruby.  Feeling up to the challenge I had initially wanted to get involved with a large commercial firm.  However, after meeting with janeAnne Narrin and her son John I heard the sound of opportunity knocking.  Opportunity to work in line with my values in a place that I love.

I am so happy to be a part of ECO Steward Realty and to have a working role to play in the exciting future of Western North Carolina.


All The Best,

Gabe Swinney

Comments (19)

Angie Vandenbergh
Crye-Leike, Realtors - Memphis, TN
A Crye-Leike Blogger
Hi! Welcome to the site!  I recommend that you read, read, read and then comment, comment, comment. There are so many different blogs to read. There are tons of topics out there from real estate, marketing, technology, seo, staging, mortgage, etc. It goes on and on. Find topics you like (in the groups) follow those for a little while, start to find certain writers you like. Comment on their posts. You'll start to get to know people and before you know it... you'll have figured out the benefits of the site. Also reciprocate your comments. Consider posting blogs with content for consumers. Those are included on So you could write about your area or about things you know in real estate or related etc. Also check out Resources for the Active Rain Newbie. Good luck
Jul 25, 2007 08:44 AM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Welcome to Active will really enjoy it's all give and take!
Jul 25, 2007 08:44 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Welcome, Gabe!  You've posted your first blog and it's good.  Now you'll have to come in several times a day, everyday and you'll truly be a blogger.  Kidding.  Glad to meet you and enjoy the rain!

Jul 25, 2007 09:02 AM
Poppy Dinsey
Globrix - Anaheim, CA
London, UK


Welcome to AR! I only joined yesterday myself...although it feels like I've been here a lifetime!

Cute goat btw!


Jul 25, 2007 09:07 AM
Stacey Champion
Champion Indoor Environmental Services, LLC/Champion Indoors, LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Welcome Gabe!

Though I'm somewhat of a newbie here myself and am still getting the hang of things, I look forward to reading your future posts.

Jul 25, 2007 09:22 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Gabe

Welcome to AR. and Newbie land. Looking forward to seeing more posts by you.

Have a good one

Jul 25, 2007 09:34 AM
Dianne Barody
Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty - Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Florida Real Estate
Gabe, welcome to active rain.  There is a lot of helpful information here. 
Jul 25, 2007 10:09 AM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hi Gabe!  You are the new one there huh!??!  :)  We are so glad to have you here.  I can tell there are more beautiful photos coming our way.  I can't wait!!

Alaska?  I would love to hear about that.

Jul 25, 2007 10:49 AM
Melissa Nottingham
Coldwell Banker Advantage - Winfield, WV
WV Real Estate Agent
Hello Gabe,  From one newbie to another, welcome to Active Rain. You will find that there is much to learn here if you take the time. I hope you enjoy!
Jul 25, 2007 11:55 AM
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Hi Gabe,

Welcome to Active Rain and the Newbie Group!  You've already rec'd excellent advice so I won't repeat it.  Just jump on in -- you see it's warm and friendly here and of course, if you have any questions or need help, just post a question, someone will stop by to help you.  :)

Jul 25, 2007 11:56 AM
Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® - Bay Minette, AL
Hi Gabe, Welcome to Active rain . glad to meet you.
Jul 25, 2007 02:21 PM
Marie Kletke
iNet Realty - Long Beach, CA
Broker - Long Beach Real Estate
Hi and Welcome Gabe!  I love your photo of the mountain goat. You will do great here at AR!
Jul 25, 2007 07:18 PM

Hi Gabe~ 

We are lucky to have you here at Active Rain. AND I am lucky to count yo as a member of our Eco-Team at our firm in Asheville. I am sure we can-look forward to many interesting new posts.

Jul 26, 2007 02:07 AM
Angie Gerhardson
Luminate Home Loans, Inc. - NMLS# 150953 - Isanti, MN
Helping YOU Realize your Dream of Homeownership!

Welcome and glad to meet you.  You'll be addicted in NO Time!!  It's so great that you love what you do.  You'll find that most of us here on AR do and you'll also hear about all of our frustrations.  Welcome to the club.  Keep blogging!  Can't wait to hear from you more.


Jul 26, 2007 03:33 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Welcome! Hey, if your first post looks like this (just to intro yourself) my goodness....we'll be seeing a lot of you. janeAnne is a wonderful person!
Jul 26, 2007 04:09 AM
Nancy Siau
The Lachicotte Company An Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's - Pawleys Island, SC
Selling Coastal SC
Welcome Gabe!  You will be a fellow activerain addict...I predict.  Your photo's are great!
Jul 26, 2007 04:30 AM
Nice work, Gabe.  You always impress me.
Jul 31, 2007 12:27 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hello Gabe and Howdy from Texas. Thanks for also sharing the nice photographs.

I have an x-sister-in-law that lives in Ashville, she says it is so beautiful and I should come for a visit.

I'll be looking for your blogs.


Jul 31, 2007 02:18 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wecome to Active Rain, Gabe,

I really like what you said about Active Rain in one of your other posts.    "Browsing here and spending the afternoon at the public library....... Active Rain gives me the same feeling as "  

Thank you janeAnne for inviting Gabe.


Jul 31, 2007 02:54 PM