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Events Upcoming in Asheville NC

Events Upcoming in Asheville NC

Festivals, expos in Asheville area

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Carolina BalloonFest: Oct. 17-19, Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. 3-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19. Entertainment, attractions, family activities, 5K and kid’s Fun Run, 50 hot air balloons. Pets and coolers not permitted. Friday $5, Saturday-Sunday $15, $10 wine or beer tasting or $15 for both. Advance tickets available. Park at venue or take free shuttle from Iredell County Fairgrounds in Troutman.

Corn maze and fall festival: Thursday-Sunday to Oct. 26, Eliada Home, 2 Compton Drive, Asheville. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 12 acre corn maze, corn cannons, corn box, spider web climb-on, and giant slides. $9, $6 age 4-11, free age 3 and younger. Volunteers needed for three hour shifts.

The Haunted Farm: Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1, 624 Townsend Road, Hendersonville (three miles from I-26, Hendersonville/Bat Cave exit to U.S. 64E). $19 cash only. $3 for parking. Open from dark to midnight. Includes The Woods, The Farm, and haunted hayride.

Ghost Train Halloween Festival: Friday-Saturday to Nov. 1, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock. Daytime visitors (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) can still enjoy all the Wild West adventure but the park will take a chilling turn when the gates open at 7:30 p.m. Passengers travel back in time to the scene of one of the worst (fictional) accidents in railroading history. Spooky stroll through Freaky Forest, The Boneyard with 3-D Maze, Black Hole, Warp Tunnel, haunted house with 13 spooky rooms. $31 for adults and children, while ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Tickets at

Leaf Lookers Gemboree: Oct. 17-19, Macon County Community Building, U.S. 441, Franklin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Gem and mineral dealers display and sell fine jewelry, gems, minerals, and more. $2, free age 12 and younger. 800-336-7829.

Pinhead’s Graveyard outdoor haunted house: Daily to Nov. 1, Pinhead’s Graveyard, 2099 Asheville Hwy., Canton. 8-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. Meet horror icon R.A. Mihailoff. $15, $20 Oct. 17-19 (four nights of Leatherface). 670-8228 or or

Stecoah Harvest Festival: Oct. 17-18, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2:30-5 p.m. Oct. 19. Kicks off Friday with campfire and music. Saturday begins with Dry Creek 5K, then at 11 a.m. crafts, country fair, demonstrations, quilt show, music, food. The SteelDrivers at 7:30 p.m. ($25, $10 grades K-12). Festival concludes with gospel singing. 479-3364

The Maize: Wednesday-Sunday to Nov. 1, The Maize, 4168 Pisgah Drive, Canton. 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Corn maze, campfires, corn box, mini mazes, pumpkin patch, haunted maize. $8, free age 3 and younger. $2 hay rides. Cash or check only.

Apple Harvest Festival: Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Waynesville. Music, dance, craft and demonstration booths, lots of apples.

Blossman BBQ & Country Fest: Oct. 18, noon-5 p.m., Blossman Propane Gas, 170 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Grand re-opening. Webo’s BBQ food truck, 99.9 KISS Country live remote noon-2 p.m., music by Deep River 2-4 p.m., The Blossman Tiny House-an all-propane green home, “Touch-a-Truck” event, kid activities, prizes. Food sales benefit Meals on Wheels.

East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association Fall Family Festival: Oct. 18. Rummage/yard sale starts at 7 a.m. Festival from noon-7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Asheville. Clown, face painting, jump house. Live music and DJ. Community organizations info. RE/MAX hot air balloon rides 5-7 p.m.

Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Bounce castle, music, cloggers and other dancers, bake sale, free hot dogs. Pumpkin patch open through October. 298-7647.

Walk of the Dead: Oct. 18, 4-8 p.m., Black Mountain Recreation Park, Recreation Park Drive. Come dressed as your best zombie or wear a Halloween costume. Food, games, vendors, music, candy, treats and much more. Registration 4-5 p.m. with walk starting at 5:15 p.m. Join us even if you do not wish to participate in the walk. $10, $8 children, free age 5 and younger.

Woolly Worm Festival: Oct. 18-19, downtown Banner Elk. Celebrate the coming of the snow season. Arts and crafts, music, food, woolly worm races and more. or 898-5605.

HardLox: Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Pack Square Park, 121 College St., Asheville. Jewish food and heritage festival with traditional music and dance, crafts, food, children’s activities.

WNC Fall Harvest Days: Oct. 23-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Vendors, farm tools, antique engine and tractor show, more. Tractor parade daily at 3 p.m., weather permitting. $8 per day, children under 12 free with paid adult. or 888-729-6904.

Food Truck Friday: Oct. 24, 5-9 p.m., Reynolds Village, 41-61 N. Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Food trucks, music, activities for kids, artists tent.

Fall Festival at Lake Julian Park: Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lake Julian Park, Overlook Road Extension, Arden. Scarecrow contest and pumpkin carving contest. Register in advance for scarecrow contest. Pirate pontoon boat rides, games, skeleton scavenger hunts, pumpkin volley ball, pumpkin walk, zombie Zumba, face and pumpkin painting, tattoos and more.

Fall Harvest Hoedown: Oct. 25, noon-3:30 p.m., Rainbow Community School, 574 Haywood Road, Asheville. Local food, bake sale, raffle table with prizes, bouncy houses, games, face painting, magician and much more. Wear your costume. Only tickets are used including food and drinks, no cash. Tickets are bought at the door for $1, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20.

PumpkinFest: Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Franklin. Traditional and non-traditional fall festivities. Franklin is full tilt with everything pumpkin on this Saturday. Bring your pumpkin or purchase one.

Day of the Dead Fair: Oct. 31, 5-10 p.m., Super Mercado, 2111 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. El Centro hosts festival celebrating Halloween, or Dia de Muertos, with raffles, candy, contests, games, music, folk dances, traditional altars, typical Mexican appetizers and food for sale, information booths. Explanation of meaning behind symbols found on the traditional Day of the Dead altar. Costume contest for ages 2-15. 698-2868.

Fall Family Festival: Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St., downtown.

CiderFest: Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m., WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville. Hosted by WNC Green Building Council. Over 13 cider makers. Cider and cheese tasting, music by Jon Stickley Trio, apple press demo, Hard Cider 101 panel of cidermakers, cheese making demo, cider evaluation and awards by French Broad Vignerons, free pumpkin painting and kids activities. Also non-alcoholic organic cider and apple cider pretzels. $30 age 21 and older, free age 20 and younger.

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Asheville bests Greenville in the race to recycle

Asheville bests Greenville in the race to recycle

RecycleTreeThe city of Greenville accepts a fraction of recyclable material compared to its neighbor to the north.

Look into your curbside recycling bin. Look at all the plastic you’ve managed to save from being buried in a landfill.

This is what your kids come home from school to lecture you about. You are saving the environment. Theoretically, you are saving yourself money.

But are you, really? If you live in Asheville, the answer for the most part is yes.

Read More: Article via Eric Connor, [email protected] 2:19 p.m. EDT October 20, 2014

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Self Help Credit Union Home Mortgages

Self-Help is a unique portfolio lender, with a range of mortgages designed to fit the diverse needs of our members. Our mortgages are ideal for borrowers with imperfect credit, first-time home-buyers, immigrant families, rural residents, and long-term credit union members. Our fixed-rate first mortgages can be used for purchases or refinances. We also offer unique loan products that include financing for manufactured homes, land loans, investment property, and property in distressed condition. A home loan officer would be happy to assess your situation and see which of our loans would work best for you.

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September 2014 Asheville Real Estate Report

Average days on market : 195

Average Listing Price: $273,600

Average Selling Price: $266,300

September 2014 saw continued growth in the Asheville real estate market with an increase in Buncombe County housing average sales price increasing to $266,300, compared to August 2014 average sales price of $258,168.79.

The decline of sales in Farms & Land could indicate a trend or limited inventory. September 2013 saw 63 sold listing in this category compared to August 2014 (48 sales with an average sales price of $181,052.29) and September 2014 (47 sales with an average sales price of $117,769.15) The decline could indicate a trend of buyers looking for existing, move-in ready homes.

Also increasing this month, is the sale of multi-family units.

Overall Median Home Sales Price in Asheville and Buncombe County have increased 5.0% in Asheville and 14.0% in Buncombe County between the 2nd quarters of 2013 and 2014.

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Building permits for new homes up 5% around Asheville

Building permits for new homes up 5% around Asheville

While much of the Southeast has seen a drop in building permits for new homes, Asheville and Western North Carolina have seen an average 5 percent increase so far this year.

Buncombe County could be on pace to top last year’s 757 permits — the best showing since 2009, according to the second quarter report by The Market Edge, a real estate research firm in Knoxville, Tenn., which studies markets from Kentucky to Tennessee and North and South Carolina.

“Asheville is definitely up while many markets are down this year,” said Dale Akins, president of The Market Edge. “Madison County is way up, more than doubling its permits from 12 to 28 so far this year.”

Charlotte is down 2.9 percent over last year, while Columbia, S.C., has seen a 24.8 percent plunge in new home permits.

Akins calls the pace “the new normal” with Buncombe County likely to issue 800 building permits for the year with construction likely to quickly follow. “There’s no incentive to get a permit and then hang onto it.”

Here are Western North Carolina’s residential building permits issued for the first two quarters of 2013 versus 2014 and the percentage of change

Buncombe, 388, 397, 7.9%

Haywood, 58, 60 3.4%

Henderson, 150, l78, 18.7%

Jackson, 80, 63, minus 21.3%

Macon, 26, 40, 53.8%

Madison, 12, 28, 133.3%

McDowell, 42, 51, 21.4%

Polk, 16, 26, 62.5%

Rutherford, 99, 36, minus 63.6%

Transylvania, 28, 45, 60.7%

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Foreclosures fall to five-year low in Asheville area

Foreclosures fall to five-year low in Asheville area

Original Article credit: Dale Neal, [email protected]8:12 a.m. EDT August 21, 2014

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Asheville asking highest home prices since recession

Home sale prices climbed by 7.8 percent to an average of $267,169 in Asheville and Buncombe County compared to last year, according to national real estate data firm CoreLogic.

Home sellers in Buncombe County are asking the highest prices since the Great Recession. The average asking price for all homes for sale in July was $473,962, up 8 percent from a year ago. “That’s the highest average asking price since August 2008. We’re back to where the housing bubble burst,” said Don Davies, a local market analyst and real estate broker. Meanwhile, home sale prices climbed by 7.8 percent in the Asheville metro area of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties, according to national real estate data firm CoreLogic.

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Article via: Dale Neal, [email protected]

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So they say about AVL: Retire like a Vanderbilt without spending like one

Cash for Foreclosures: Asheville NC Homes purchased for cash by

Back in 1895, the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, a comfortable climate and relatively low land prices inspired the Vanderbilts to buy up 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness near Asheville and build the Biltmore House, the largest estate in the U.S. The same factors that attracted this wealthy family continue to make the Asheville area popular among retirees and second-home buyers today.

But the Tar Heel State offers a little bit of everything, geographically and culturally. Retirees who prefer to live by the sea can find 300 miles of barrier island beaches, two national seashores and idyllic villages in the state’s eastern region.

North Carolina also has some great college towns, including Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina; Davidson, home to Davidson College; and Durham, home to Duke University. And dynamic city dwelling can be found in fast-growing Charlotte, which has been undergoing a restaurant renaissance, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Cary vicinity, dubbed the “Research Triangle” due to its high density of high tech companies.

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Workshops for the state’s Mortgage Protection Program: Aug 16 & 27

Asheville is seeing about half of the rate of foreclosures than the rest of the nation and fewer delinquent home loans in May.

Foreclosures represented only 0.80 percent of all outstanding mortgage loans in the Asheville area in May, compared to 1.38 percent a year ago, according to CoreLogic, a national real estate research firm in California.

Foreclosure activity in Asheville was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.73 percent for May.

Also in Asheville, the mortgage delinquency rate decreased. According to CoreLogic data for May 2014, 2.76 percent of mortgage loans were 90 days or more delinquent compared to 3.48 percent for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, North Carolina released data on the number of county foreclosures in June. Buncombe had 38 foreclosures filed for the month, compared to 45 in May. The county saw a high of 135 foreclosures in June 2010.

Henderson had 26 filings in June, up from 23 in May.

Haywood reported 21 foreclosures in June, up from 18 in May.

For people facing potential foreclosure or delinquent loans, there will be workshops for the state’s Mortgage Protection Program at the OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling offices in the United Way Building, 50 South French Broad Ave., Asheville.

Workshops will be held:

• 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Wednesday.

• 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Aug. 16

• 5:30-7:30 pm Aug. 27.

Article credit of Dale Neal, [email protected]

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Tiny houses offer homeowners economic freedom

Cash for a home being foreclosed on, in the Asheville area. Call 828.216.5425.

In Washington, D.C., Boneyard Studios showcases three tiny houses in a triangular alley lot, once filled by illegally parked cars.

Posted July 14, 2014, at 5:06 a.m.

Nina Glinski | Bloomberg News
Aldo Lavaggi said extreme downsizing was “an experiment in voluntary simplicity,” for him. He built his 105-square-foot timber house on a friend’s farmland in New York’s Hudson Valley and has lived in it since August 2012.

Doug Immel recently completed his custom-built dream home, sparing no expense on details like cherry-wood floors, cathedral ceilings and stained-glass windows — in just 164 square feet of living space including a loft.


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