In case you don’t know, this is a great updated listing search for homes for sale in Asheville NC.
In case you don’t know, this is a great updated listing search for homes for sale in Asheville NC.
As of October 31 2017, below are lists of FSBO’s & Foreclosure Properties in Asheville NC
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Sales filed in Buncombe County for Sept. 28-Oct. 4:
» 11 Elmwood Lane, $360,000, Sd South Dakota LLC to Jason L and Cynthia T Phillips
» 9 Stonebridge Drive, $335,000, Sandra L Hoskin Revocable Trust Sandra L Hoskin Trustee to Robert William and Katherine Valentina Miriello
» 10 Edgewood Road E, $310,000, Melodie Meadows and Ralph R Redpath to Mai C and Xamul Vang
» 100 Alpine Ridge Drive, $169,000, Cesare Carboni to Kevin Goldsmith
» 19 Hampstead Road, $550,000, Rebecca J Youle to John B and Arlene J Christiansen
» 288 Unit 10 Macon Ave., $1,450,000, Dwight H and Sue B Emanuelson to David Paul and Bettie Kelley Sousa
» 57 Unit B Broadway St., $775,000, Heather G Edgley and Calvin M Bard to Sartre Partners Ltd
» 445 Lakeshore Drive, $500,000, Robert S Brunk to Bruce F Tompkins
» 50 Hanover St., $240,000, Joanne C Gunter to John Mckinney and Rebecca Chambers
» 50 Blake Drive, $220,000, Martha J Emery to C E Emery Construction Inc
» 186 Courtland Place, $567,500, Eric Scott Zickerman to Ellen A Johnson
» Lot Lot 16B Providence Road, $45,000, Michele A Dutcher and Barbara A Granville to John A and J Blake F Boyd
» 17 Ocaso Drive, $408,000, Norma Jean and Charles E Henson to Paula W and Hilda Martin Harris
» 72 Pebble Creek Drive, $198,500, Marcia H and Van F Meadows to Paul and Judith Foster
» 15 Redwood Road, $400,000, Smith Stephanie H to John and Andree Ramey
» 99 New Leicester Highway, $375,000, Jerry A Lyda to Comito Properties LLC
» 86 Stony Ridge, $744,000, Geoffrey S Fradin Trustee to Jessica Porter
» 11 Druid Drive, $305,000, Mcmaster Real Estate Group LLC to Melissa Jane Banks Living Trust
» 28 Mckinley Ave., $195,000, Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity to Stefan Kirillovich and Nina Mikaylovna Tehnilenco
» 5 Chatham Road, $365,000, Gerald A and Eliazbeth R Beal to Nicholas R Valente and Jonna N Humphries
» 19 Oakwilde Drive, $190,000, Robert C and Betty Lawrence to Julianne Johnson
» 405 Unit 103 Windswept Drive, $439,000, Thomas Michael and Andrea B O‘gorman to Michael Ray Storey
» 21 Unit 601 Battery Park Ave., $875,000, Margaret E and Merritt S Rose Jr to Joel S Levine and Linda Ebin-levine
» 21 Unit 215 Battery Park Ave., $875,000, Margaret E and Merritt S Rose Jr to Joel S Levine and Linda Ebin-levine
» 115 Arco Road, $295,000, John T Labruyere to Sarah Allison Hart and Eric Tryon Morris
» 39 Ambler Road, $290,000, Wm R Henson to Tftd LLC
» 265 Sardis Road, $1,500,000, 231 Sardis LLC to Franklin School Of Innovation Inc
» 103 Morris St., $487,000, Ray R Forsythe to Derek and Sarah H Diluzio
» 74 Baker Place, $338,500, Mary K Bradford and Dennis C Smith II to Robert and Karma Engel
» 218 Patton Ave., $537,500, Homeward Bound Of Asheville Inc to William P and Catherine J Early
» Lot 6 in Nellie Park Revised, Patton Ave., $537,500, Homeward Bound Of Asheville Inc to William P and Catherine J Early
» 24 Rhododendron Drive, $100,000, Becky J Donald to T And J North Carolina Condos LLC
» 11 Dunwood Road, $389,000, Joshua D and Katherine L Lewis to Jeremy and Victoria Ferguson
» 105 Fairview Road, $3,100,000, Asheville Commons LLC to East West Fairview LLC
» 49 Inglewood Road, $266,000, Ellamay A E Byers to Aj Barlow LLC
» 7 Huffman Road, $218,000, Stanley J and Gail R Maggi to Peter E Ashley
» 194 Joyner Ave., $294,000, Brooks and Heather Robinson to Michael L and Rebecca A Wiese
» 185 Unit A8 Macon Ave., $480,000, Sharon E Zellman to Rosemary T Kirkland and Jason D Chambers
» 31 Little Cedar Court, $325,000, Gerhild S Dickerman to Wallace Ray and Beryl B Mack
» 29 Vermont Ave., $315,000, Christine Joellen Dickinson and Jennifer Dickinson Fox to Michael and Lesley A Dickinson
» 153 Bradley St., $285,000, Fiano Properties Inc to Jss Homes, LLC
» 151 Bradley St., $285,000, Fiano Properties Inc to Jss Homes, LLC
» 143 Bradley St., $285,000, Fiano Properties Inc to Jss Homes, LLC
» 43 Unit D15 Vermont Court, $220,000, Vance Martin and Jean Valerie Reese to Jennifer Keeney
» Lot 105 in Ballantree, Ballantree Drive, $145,000, Diane M Duermit to Richard H and Elaine P Bagley
» 3202 Idle Hour Drive, $143,000, Chester Gronke Rev Living Trust Chester Gronke Trustee to Cameron and Hannah Walsh
» 187 Beverly Road, $385,000, Charles B and Bernadette I Cranford to Stephen H and Martha A Ballman
» 189 Beverly Road, $69,000, Charles B and Bernadette I Cranford to Stephen H and Martha A Ballman
» 109 Colony Drive, $105,000, Leslee Jill Poupore to Allyson C Rabiipour
» 212 Wellington St., $368,000, Thomas G and Autumn Myer to Alexander R Wroten and Lindsay M Wolfe-wroten
» 412 Riverview Drive, $85,000, Wnc Homebuyers Alliance LLC to Rio Grande Asset Management LLC
» 14 Woodland Drive, $231,000, Laura Elizabeth Dintsch to Selim Chilaca-coconi and Jonathan Earl Crenshaw
» 745 Pearson Bridge Road, $353,000, Mb Land Investors LLC to Shirley Malter Revocable Trust
» 25 Parkview Drive, $320,000, Abernethy Trust to Elliott and Eva-michelle G Spicer
» 29 Vista St., $374,000, Kristy J Wilson and Phil Hurley to Kimlee Jane and Stephen Rueyjer Kung
» 29 Reaston Ridge, $430,000, Allen and Susan Upson to Brian and Elizabeth Porras
» 1.92 acres on Ebb Burnette Road, $18,000, Vera P and Richard B Jones to Denise M Anthes
» Lot A in Warren G Emory, Ivy Hill Road, $195,000, Warren G Emory to Lillian Renee Sprinkle and Nicholas Lee Mapes
» 382 Vanderbilt Road, $206,500, Olivia Rhodes Woodin Revoc Trust Olivia R & Raye P Woodin Jr Trustee to Biltmore 382 LLC
» 1 Ridgefield Place, $258,500, Hilltop Associates LLC to Andrew T Stephens
» 16 Holly Hill Road, $1,090,000, Kenneth James Clark Jr Md and Anne Clark to Matthew R and Nicole A Baker
» 6 Hamlet St., $578,000, Karen Denise Tressler to James Roger and Sarah M Cox
» 17 Crockett Ridge Road, $40,000, Patricia L and John C Bennett to Wells Fargo Bank Na
» 1130 Montreat Road, $900,000, Carol A Redmond to Inevitable Grace Inc
» 305 Montreat Road, $175,500, R Melvin and Elizabeth B Keiser to Daniel O Snyder
» 672 Mountain Cove Road, $9,500, John F Carroll to Kevin Eugene and Laura Ann Heiderman
» 732 Bryson Road, $286,000, Michael C and Wanda B Tate to Amanda Johannessen and Damian Hugh Hensley Weller
» 370 Reeves Cove Road, $52,500, Ronald J Harayda to Freedom Mortgage Corporation
» 51 Parrot Road, $329,000, Hi Alta Investments LLC to Keith and Carla R Trull
» 5 Whispering Oaks Drive, $272,500, Elizabeth P and Zachary Wilkins to John Clinton and Carla Matthews
» 40 Evelyn Acres, $100,000, John W Mangel to Jolene Elkins
» 25 Youngs Cove Road, $97,000, Doris Ann Coleman Barnett to Clifford Dale Harrin
» 15 Fieldcrest Drive, $228,500, Amanda N Johannessen to Taylor S Mccurry
» 50 Tony Candler Court, $52,500, William R and Rebecca G Candler to Harry Lloyd and Sandra J Wooten
» 15 Mcclellan Drive, $214,500, Brenda Morris to Jill R Samuels
» 154 Starnes Cove Road, $196,000, Sara Loverde to Sarah Mercer Judson
» 55 Bamboo Trail, $35,000, Kimberly Marie White to Murray Welch
» 25 Dynasty Lane, $270,000, Samuel J and Katy R Ingle to Linda Campbell
» 315 Water Rock Terrace, $80,000, Bodystone LLC to Ashley Page and Paul Stebner
» 327 Water Rock Terrace, $80,000, Bodystone LLC to Ashley Page and Paul Stebner
» 142 Stradley Mountain Road, $215,000, Karen F and Marty L Shook to Nicholas A Bragg
» 100 Unit 207 Vista Lake Drive, $145,000, Tht Biltmore Lake LLC to James and Beth Vockley
» 67 Farm View Road, $1,500,000, Gaylon V and Kristi N Owens to Michelle and Phillip Kiser
» 41 Whitaker View Road, $45,000, E M Pettit Jr Revocable Trust to Joshua Aron and Regina Marie Myrick
» 29 Hawks Branch Circle, $818,000, Michael J Haas and Jeffrey W Parker to Richard Francis Blewitt Trust
» 79 Heritage Mountain Place, $100,000, Jeffrey Aaron and Deborah Lynne Nye to Andrew P and Jaymie Schepers
» 148 Olivia Trace Drive, $89,000, Cane Creek Views LLC to Ralph L and Elizabeth J Mcdaniel
» Lot 13 in Fairview Forest, Dogwood Forest Road, $324,000, Warren Mouradian to Tyler and Madeleine Davis Brown
» 110 Dogwood Forest Road, $324,000, Warren Mouradian to Tyler and Madeleine Davis Brown
» 1354 Upper Brush Creek Road, $110,000, Barbara Myron to Todd Lawrence Rhodes
» Lot 2 in Echo Valley Estates, Old Fort Road, $36,000, Betty G Stewart to Eric and Felicita King
» 0.77 acres on Charlotte Highway, $183,500, Christopher L and Kathryn A Edwards to Geoffrey and Megan Ebner
» 1703 Charlotte Highway, $183,500, Christopher L and Kathryn A Edwards to Geoffrey and Megan Ebner
» 39 Horizon Way, $42,000, Kady A and Smantha Adams Ward to Cynthia A Ward
» 7 Pack Saddle Trail, $407,000, Julius K and Melissa W Buckner to Frederick W and Grace S Barker
» Lot Small Pt 5A in Marcia A Buckner, Northstar Trail, $407,000, Julius K and Melissa W Buckner to Frederick W and Grace S Barker
» 11 Coates Court, $210,000, Colin Eric and Krystyna M Mcdonald to Britta M Voight
» 135 S Turkey Creek Road, $2,500, Margaret and Joe R Baker to Joe R and Margaret Baker
» 334 Old Newfound Road, $151,500, William Carroll Rogers to James L Wernhoff Family Trust
» 210 Walnut Brook Drive, $435,000, Mark Lewis and Connie Lewi to Gary and Lynda Donaldson
» 28 Rose Creek Road, $290,000, Joan Mondrick to William S and Peggy J Davis
» 62 Indian Hills Drive, $86,000, Donald A Hall to Anitra Biddix Hollifield
» Lot 33 in Indian Hill, Indian Hills Drive, $86,000, Donald A Hall to Anitra Biddix Hollifield
» 69 Sleepy Forest Drive, $85,000, Michael Odum to Seth Ivan and Elissa Harrison
» 149 Mississippi Road, $337,000, Our Thin Place LLC to Jean David and Morgan E Davies
» 125 Kanawha Drive, $570,000, Karlene A Shea to Clarence Duncan Fouse III and Alice Schaap Freeman
» 808 New Stock Road, $123,000, Pamela Barnett to Fidel Garcia Rosas and Angela Martinez Mayor
» 70 Goldview Road, $51,500, Sharon and Raymond Moore to Michael Allen and Rosemary Kuykendall Rice
» 94 Sassafras Gap Road, $260,000, John Stineman to Rocky Beauchane Morris and Jennifer Michelle Flint
» 0.15 acres on Sassafras Gap Road, $260,000, John Stineman to Rocky Beauchane Morris and Jennifer Michelle Flint
» 108 Pink Fox Cove Road, $445,000, Arnold and Sarah R Gnilka to Nan Yao and Nadia Arodak Su
» 34 Lamar Ave., $175,000, Susan Rader to Charles Scott Rader
» 15 Parkway Loop Road, $260,000, Eric W and Bonnie N Johnston to Nastassia Dorota and Evan Athan Pappas
» 8 Indian Place, $275,000, Indian Place LLC to Jenny and Matthew Rawlings
» 6 Woodland Court, $236,000, Corine G Fields to Jacob Alexander and Candice Stover
» 36 Old Farm School Road, $52,000, Joylyne E Lunsford to Robert John Wesphal and Yvette Vanessa Hill
» 15 Fairhaven Court, $128,000, Michael R and Lynda P Fagan to Trace R Erickson
» 73 Airport Road, $610,000, Roundtree LLC to Avl Holdings LLC
» 77 Airport Road, $800,000, Arch Investment Properties LLC to Avl Holdings LLC
» 331 Cedar Lane, $215,500, Thomas Parker Lewis to David Lach Rodgers and Ann Ree Sumner Mithcell
» 46 Stone House Road, $450,000, Angela M and Zoltan Laczko to Mitchell P Fortune and Justin A Crouch
» Lot 3 in Meadows Of Bradley Branch, Glenn Bridge Road, $55,000, N C Closing & Title Services LLC to Walter C and Trisha A Meadows
» Lot 1 in Meadows Of Bradley Branch, Glenn Bridge Road, $55,000, N C Closing & Title Services LLC to Walter C and Trisha A Meadows
» Lot 2 in Meadows Of Bradley Branch, Glenn Bridge Road, $55,000, N C Closing & Title Services LLC to Walter C and Trisha A Meadows
» 3 Trotters Circle, $507,000, Amy B and Charles C Thomas III to Miranda V and Kelly S Debruhl
» 0.02 acres on Surrey Run, $507,000, Amy B and Charles C Thomas III to Miranda V and Kelly S Debruhl
» 23 Sunny Meadows Blvd., $230,000, Bradley Branch Investments LLC to Patrick H Mcgary
» 75 Powder Springs Trail, $206,000, Powder Spring LLC to Lisa M Greene
» 30 Sunny Meadows Blvd., $187,000, Phillip T Scarnecchia to Roger L Wilkerson
» 8 N Fair Oaks Road, $195,000, Crystal N and David M Ryba Jr to Corey M and Cheryl J Brookhouzen
» 25 Sunny Meadows Blvd., $207,000, Bradley Branch Investments LLC to James D and Vicki E Totherow
» 1 Shackleford Drive, $420,000, Charles W Harvey and Diana Metcalf to Joseph Gene Yarkovich and Annelie Crook
» 30 Hallett Court, $178,000, Buchanan Construction LLC to Hilda K Van Hoek
» 7 Walter Morgan Drive, $490,000, Vanessa E Casey and Terry Lee Setzer to Robert Millard Deloach and Erin Looney
» 6 Elkhorn Court, $404,000, Michael Kutyana to Jason Thomas Plafcan and Stephanie Marie Foote
» Lot 8 in High Vista, Laurel Drive, $4,500, Eric N and Meg N Nygren to James P and Sharon D Kurdziel
» 10 Tree Top Drive, $335,000, Anthony Lee and Krista B Penix to Michael A Weston and Rebecca M Gallo
» 53 Foxberry Drive, $209,000, Dmitriy Mamontov and Madina Mamontova to Rachel Hillhouse
» 19 Corkstone Lane, $272,000, Lsf9 Master Participation Trust to Gavin Collin Doran and Breana Lynn Davison
» 614 Blue Mist Way, $100,000, James M Koert Revocable Trust James M Koert (trustee) to Stephan and Tamara Cohen
» 155 Oak Terrace, $124,000, William L Jenkins to Jessie R and Ashelee Holland
» 207 Sleepy Gap Road, $240,000, Jenna Tosi and Christopher Johnson to Adaira Leigh Mcinerney and Benjamin Carl Dofflemyer
» 207 Melody Circle, $100,000, Jenny Robin and William Grant Bodway to Robin Zieber
» 18 Rock Knob Trail, $290,000, Wendell A and Carol P Childs to Ralph Redpath and Melodie Meadows
» 110 Woodcreek Circle, $251,000, Constance H Ucci to Kathleen Marie Galloway
» Lot 16 Thru 19 in Sherwood Forest, Reger Ave., $42,500, Chas F English to Makson Inc
» 10 Lower Glady Fork Road, $19,000, Hall/mcclain Irrevocable Trust Deanna H Mcclain Trustee to Randall Lee and Laurie Eva Mathis
» 14 Mac Lane, $135,000, Christian R Jaxtheimer to Gregory Hale and Judith Randolph Jaxtheimer
» 455 Black Oak Cove Road, $295,000, M Michelle and Timothy W Field to Joshua Caleb and Renee N Jenkins
» 45 Lemon Creek Drive, $11,500, Mountain Vista Estates LLC to Marilyn Jane Purple and Scott Alexander Arrington
» 451 Creekside Drive, $213,000, Cynthia S Grady to Ashley Griffin Wineinger
» 34 Hillside St., $50,000, John T and Geraldine C Ray to Roya June Shahrokh
» 1 Gill Road, $3,284,000, Boro At Weaverville LLC to Mdc Coast 7 LLC
» 4 Rhoda Court, $286,000, Rhoda Larsen to Heather Rose Hall
» 36 Olivette Road, $59,000, Karen Radcliff Payne and Danny B Radcliff to Danny B Radcliff
» 0.12 acres on Olivette Road, $59,000, Karen Radcliff Payne and Danny B Radcliff to Danny B Radcliff
» 5 Tremorra Trail, $28,500, David C Lukoskie to Michael B and Laura N Marks
» 47 Smith Graveyard Road, $130,000, Linda G Lyday (etal) Donna G Melton (etal) to Emily and Arthur Herzog
» 566 Old County Home Road, $175,000, Dennis R Chandley to James E and Judith H Stines
» 0.36 acres on Panorama Drive, $37,000, Douglas Radcliffe Franklin to Eliud Ochoa
» 40 Vinewood Circle, $851,500, Cecil M and Brenda W Ward to Brian James Ward and Carolyn W Hargus
» 219 Post Oak Trail, $295,000, Francis J and Monica D Collins to Andrew V Field and Claudia E Fields
» 6 Old NC 20 Highway, $252,000, Billie L Anders to Margo E Eatmon
» Lot 24 in Village Creek West, Christina Court, $36,000, Larry N Bane to Mykola Deynega and Inna Donieva
» 68 N Willow Brook Drive, $282,000, Mark A and Freddie Jean Stoffan to Mark V and Barri E Koval
» 21 Mount Carmel Drive, $186,000, Mary A Narsiff to Betty Parris
» 12 Countryside Drive, $324,500, Lance K Wilson to Keith Michael and Sandra Steele Schorr
» 1 Parkwood Ave., $851,500, Cecil M and Brenda W Ward to Brian James Ward and Carolyn W Hargus
» 3 Parkwood Ave., $851,500, Cecil M and Brenda W Ward to Brian James Ward and Carolyn W Hargus
» Lot 2 & Pt 1 & 3 in Woodfin Land Co, Rosecrest St., $851,500, Cecil M and Brenda W Ward to Brian James Ward and Carolyn W Hargus
» 345 Weaverville Road, $851,500, C M and Brenda W Ward to Brian James Ward and Carolyn W Hargus
» 1 Departure Drive, $851,500, C M and Brenda W Ward to Brian James Ward and Carolyn W Hargus
» 446 Old Marshall Highway, $260,000, Corbin and Tammy H Hightower to Bryan Patrick Delaney
ASHEVILLE – Self-Help Credit Union will host the third annual “Bringing it Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone” conference from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
The conference’s main venue will be the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., with some workshops next door at the Block off Biltmore and at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Connecting the Dots: Working Together Toward a Stronger, More Equitable Local Economy.” The keynote speaker will be Deena Hayes-Greene, managing director of the Racial Equity Institute in Greensboro.
Hayes-Greene specializes in trainings that include, according to a press release, “an in-depth analysis of systemic and historically constructed racism and its impact on contemporary systems and institutions across the U.S.”
She was elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2016 and also serves on the Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood Association and the Guilford County Gang Commission, and as board chair at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. She is a former human relations commissioner for the City of Greensboro.
Other workshops include:
• “Money, Money, Money,” with Dr. Joseph Fox, on finding grant money and other sources of revenue for your organization or business.
• “Developing a Successful Built Environment Project,” with a panel of experts in the field discussion how to carry out a large project involving real estate.
• “Our Youth, Our Future,” a panel of people working in organizations working with youth
• Two panels of local business owners who are people of color, one of African-American entrepreneurs, the other of Latino and Latina entrepreneurs.
Marisol Jimenez will open the conference with an interactive activity on “Establishing Group Norms, Common Language.”
Some of the other features will be performances by Word on the Street youth, a travelling exhibit from Duke University on “Trying to Get By. [Not] Making Ends Meet in NC” and networking sessions in which folks will be able to meet and interact with people who are engaged in both similar and different work.
The exhibit “Courage, Truth, Change: Inspiring and Engaging Youth Through Art and Story,” which features portraits of several local youth leaders, will also be on exhibit at the YMI during the conference.
Child care and transportation within the city limits are available, if requested in advance with registration. The event is free and open to the public, with registration available on a first-come, first-served basis at bringingithomewnc.org. Breakfast and lunch will be served by a “Cornucopia of Caterers,” featuring several local businesses owned by people of color.
Free parking will be available at the corners of Spruce and Marjorie streets or at the bottom of the hill, at the corner of Market and S. Charlotte streets. To learn more, contact Jane Hatley at 828-239-9231, ext. 3473.
Joel Burgess, [email protected] Published 4:07 p.m. ET Sept. 19, 2017 | Updated 12:47 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 2017
A quick primer on Asheville’s government and which council members are and aren’t running this fall.
ASHEVILLE — City Council candidates looking to survive the Oct. 10 primary and win a slot the general election met for one of their last times together Monday.
At a forum put on by UNC Asheville’s Student Government Association, the 12 staked out positions on housing, the meaning of Confederate monuments, tourism and other issues.
Among the candidates are two incumbents as well as seven who are running for the first time. Five of the dozen are women. There are also two African-American candidates, Dee Williams and Sheneika Smith; two Asian-American candidates Pratik Bhakta and Vijay Kapoor; and a Jewish candidate, Jeremy Goldstein.
Early primary voting starts Thursday. Voters get to choose three, plus a mayoral candidate. The top six council candidates move on to the Nov. 7 general election along with the top two mayoral candidates. The ultimate winners fill three council seats along with the mayor’s position. Here’s a forum synopsis:
Kim Roney: A “piano teacher, service industry worker and activist.”
“I’m running because Asheville is at a critical turning point. And We need courageous leaders as brave as the people of Asheville.”
Priorities include affordability and “putting the peoples’ voice in front of decision making” on development, childcare, education, environmental and race and equity issues.
Andrew Fletcher: A musician whose “feet are in the trenches of the tourism industry” and sees the “good and the bad” there.
Says Asheville could lose its culture while it invests in the “tourism-based economy.”
“We’re turning the short buck and losing the long dollar.”
Gwen Wisler (incumbent): City’s vice mayor who said in her first term she’s “been working for a safe, vibrant, healthy and accessible Asheville.”
“I’m proud of the work that we’ve done for the last four years and I hope to continue that…We still have a lot of work to do, but I think we’re making some great progress.”
Dee Williams: “There is a tale of two cities. We’ve got people who live really well. Then we have a divide. People of color and poor people who do not live so well.”
A former concrete and road construction contractor, said she’s the only candidate setting up a land trust for permanent affordable housing.
Said she convinced Mission Health to pay living wages for its thousands of employees and to remove “the box” about criminal history on applications.
An Asheville native, she grew up as an orphan and now wants to spend her time helping others.
Pratik Bhakta: A hotelier who said “the hotel industry has gotten a bad rap in the media — but I am part of that hotel industry.”
As a business owner, said he would push for fiscal responsibility in city budgets. Affordability depends on it, he said.
“We have to look at the revenues coming in and the expenses going out and if one exceeds the other then we’re doing something wrong.
Jeremy Goldstein: 19-years resident, lives in Haw Creek with four sons in Asheville City Schools and a wife, an attorney at Van Winkle Law Firm.
“Quite simply I’m running to help preserve and protect our quality of life, the very reason we moved here.”
Small business owner (real estate investment company) who created his job and has experience helping businesses and developers navigate rules and open businesses and build projects. Has been on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission six years and the chairman for four and is “intimately” familiar with important development rules. No council members have been on the commission, he said.
Cecil Bothwell (incumbent): “The thing that drives me the most in my life broadly is climate change. We really need to address that at every turn.”
Two-term councilman said he went off the grid with solar power in 1979. His efforts led to the city having the nation’s second electric police car, he said, along with single-stream recycling and new LED street lights to save $365,000 a year and cut coal use. He is now pushing for more fuel-efficient police vehicles.
Despite Asheville’s highly recognized efforts to encourage lower-cost housing, a free bus system expanded beyond city limits would better boost affordability, he said.
Vijay Kapoor: Former attorney, now economic consultant for cities. A father of two, ages, 3 and 6.
“I want to make sure that each resident goes to sleep each night feeling safe, fed, healthy and valued.”
The council should be “laser focused” on needs of residents and neighborhoods, deal better with development and growth and diversify the local economy to reduce dependence on “real estate and tourism.”
Said he’s concerned about lack of good pay for young people. Green jobs and those addressing climate change should be a priority.
Adrian Vassallo: Moved to Asheville 12 years ago to work as accountant for locally founded Dixon Hughes Goodman.
Held leadership positions with Asheville Downtown Association, Downtown Commission, WCQS (now BPR). Now board treasurer for LEAF. Has run United Way campaigns and volunteered with Eblen, Elida and MANNA and is involved with his church Trinity Episcopal downtown.
“So, I’ve always been involved in the community working on projects.”
One of the first was a partnership between Jackson Park Neighborhood Association, the city and UNC Asheville, he said, to put a sidewalk on Edgewood Road. Wants to continue that kind of “back to basics” work on safety, infrastructure maintenance and planning.
Sheneika Smith: Fourth-generation Asheville native, graduated in 1996 from Asheville High and “like most young people” left to pursue education, career and family.
Returned in 2011 and saw how city had become a high-profile regional economic leader.
“One of the richest cities in Western North Carolina but our community development had been misdirected.”
Works for Green Opportunities with job training for unemployed and under-employed people, and is “in the community daily.”
Said she would focus on job creation, neighborhood revitalization, living wages and home ownership.
Rich Lee: A 20-year resident, Western Carolina “Catamount,” parent and “advocate for healthy neighborhoods.” Also a financial advisor with a socially-responsible investment practice, he said.
Running to advance issues “I’ve been working on for years: Making Asheville a safe and easy place to get around, keeping the feel of a genuine, authentic, artistic, working small town full of unique, eclectic neighborhoods and people; and protecting the diversity of Asheville’s population from gentrification and from the problems of being a tourism-based economy.”
A member of city’s multi-model transportation commission and greenway committee. Past board member of Bountiful Cities Project and member of Just Economics’ policy advocacy committee.
Jan (Howard) Kubiniec: 30-year resident of Kenilworth community. Past president and board member of Kenilworth Residents Association and “formative member” of Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods.
Retired school teacher who said she did some work with city schools and volunteered as a court guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children.
Said from her home on Beaucatcher Mountain she sees problems with sustainable growth and disparity between rich and poor.
“I would like to look and see if all of our children are getting a free and appropriate education out of the public schools. I see that as the way out of the embedded poverty.”
(Note: The council doesn’t fund schools, but appoints the board for Asheville City Schools)
Kubiniec: Moderate tourism advertising. (Note: The council doesn’t control the $17.5 million in hotel taxes used to boost tourism.)
Lee: Require new large commercial buildings on main corridors to have housing on top. Give low-interest loans for basement apartment construction, tax breaks to small landlords.
Smith: Better education, look to other cities for ideas. Consider rent controls.
Vassallo: Density bonuses for developers. Come up with a plan for using city-owned land. No need for “land banking” more without a plan.
Kapoor: No need to incentivize development, use city’s desirability as leverage with developers, focus on density and good-paying jobs.
Bothwell: City shouldn’t focus on building below-market-rate housing. Instead extend bus lines outside city where housing is cheaper.
Goldstein: Depoliticize building rules and make it easier to build in “urban core.” Don’t promote growth outside city.
Bhakta: Maintain ban on short-term rentals for tourists in residentially-zoned areas.
Williams: Focus on poorest neighborhoods. Use zoning for community benefits, such as guarantees by businesses to pay living wages.
Wisler: Don’t push lower-income residents outside city. Use zoning to leverage living wages and other community benefits.
Fletcher: Partially lift ban on short-term rentals. Regulate the tourist rentals with neighborhood input.
Roney: Create zoning rule that developers include below-market-rate housing along with regular units. (Note: Such “inclusionary” zoning has faced legal challenges in the state.)
Roney: Remove all monuments, engage with minority leaders and look to the city-county African-American Heritage Commission for guidance.
Fletcher: Remove Vance Monument and put it at Vance Birthplace. Replace it with something more reflective of city. Listen to groups, such as Black Lives Matter on policy recommendations.
Wisler: City is forming a Human Relations Commission to help advise on racial issues. Encourage and promote that group.
Williams: Don’t focus on symbols, such as monuments. Try to fix things such as educational achievement gap.
Bhakta: Don’t remove the monument, but use for education, as reminder of past wrongs.
Goldstein: Repurpose or rededicate the monument. We need to be reminded of past hatred and atrocities.
Bothwell: Take down Confederate monuments, which are monuments to traitors and symbols used by white supremacists. Vote for new legislators in charge of General Assembly.
Kapoor: Remove smaller monuments and rededicate Vance Monument. Focus on police relations with black residents, getting officers to interact more with communities.
Vassallo: Support the human relations council when it is formed and makes decisions on issues such as monument. Focus on economic issues, helping feed children, for example.
Smith: Symbols are important. Remove monument and put at Vance Birthplace.
Lee: Remove the monument. Push for bigger equity issues, looking at minority representation on city boards and business ownership.
Kubiniec: Don’t focus on monument. Look to government and social institutions, such as black churches, to help with economic issues and fight institutional racism.
We’ll assess and try to close on the house you recommend. If so, we’ll send you $100!!!
With a relatively light agenda for its Sept. 12 meeting, Asheville City Council will dive back into discussion of a proposed single-family subdivision in the Shiloh community and will tackle a proposal to ease the parking crunch downtown by allowing temporary gravel lots.
Council will also consider a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month.
Items Council will consider as part of its consent agenda include:
A public hearing will be held to discuss conditional zoning for a proposed 20-home development in the Shiloh community, which lies between Hendersonville and Sweeten Creek roads just south of Interstate 40. Mountain Housing Opportunities is requesting conditional zoning to reduce the minimum lot size from 5,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet and minimum lot width from 50 feet to 40 feet.
The hearing is a continuation from the Aug. 22 meeting. At that time, discussion centered on a strip of open space that would be created through an easement across privately owned parcels. Council members asked the applicant who would be responsible for maintaining that property and managing its stormwater system. Norma Baynes of the Shiloh Community Association indicated that the group needed to more closely consider whether it would be willing to take on that role.
For its second public hearing of the evening, City Council will discuss whether to allow temporary gravel parking lots in the Central Business District. Currently, parking lots in the CBD must be paved, and temporary parking lots are only allowed for construction staging and when in connection with an active building permit. The proposal would allow temporary gravel lots to help ease parking congestion and to provide a path to compliance for lots that have already been put in place without approval.
“The lack of monthly parking for downtown residents and workers has reached a critical level of concern,” states a staff memo on the amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance. The Downtown Commission reviewed the idea at its April, May and June meetings, when members expressed the view that the plan doesn’t encourage the use of property for surface parking beyond a limited time period; they urged the city to continue to explore a more permanent solution. In August, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposal while pointing out that loose gravel could affect stormwater drainage and that allowing temporary lots might interfere with the creation of a more robust and long-term parking plan.
A public hearing is also planned to receive public comments on the proposed limited obligation bond financing for capital projects and acquisitions. In August, Council passed a resolution authorizing the city to refinance a portion of the 2016 limited obligation bond ($18 million), refinance all or a portion of the currently outstanding 2012 LOBs ($11.7 million), and make application to the Local Government Commission of up to $31.2 million limited obligation refunding bonds. Council will also allow the public to give feedback on a plan to apply to the commission for up to $20 million in special obligation bonds.
Limited and special obligation bonds are forms of municipal borrowing that do not require voter approval through a referendum but must be the subject of a public hearing. Unlike general obligation bonds, which are secured by the municipality’s future tax revenue, limited obligation bonds use real estate as collateral for the loan; special obligation bonds use anticipated municipal revenues from sources other than taxes (for example, license and permitting fees).
Council will also consider assigning a zoning designation of highway business district to a 1.26-acre property at 421 Airport Road that the city annexed in June and on which a commercial building is currently under construction.
Council will decide which candidates it will interview for the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Council will consider which candidates to interview for spots on the Affordable Housing Committee, Recreation Board and Tourism Development Authority.
Council will hear comment from members of the public on items not previously discussed on Council’s agenda.
Asheville City Council meets at 5 p.m. in Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 70 Court Plaza, Asheville. The full meeting agenda and supporting documents can be found here.
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In the red hot local real estate business, it’s a little taboo to use “the B-word.”
That’s mainly because everyone has painfully fresh memories of the last housing bubble, which burst with a near-nuclear detonation in 2008, leading to a worldwide recession with impacts that lingered for years.
So pardon professionals like Mike Figura, founder of Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and a local market analyst, who is dancing around the B-word in light of the first quarter real estate report. It shows record sales in the city of Asheville and housing inventory levels that are so tight that everything priced under $1 million fits in the “less than six months”
The real estate market remains super hot in the Asheville area, according to two reports out that track real estate sales.The Citizen-Times
Inventory refers to the number of months it would take for all homes currently for sale to sell, based on monthly sales volume. When inventory is tight, prices just keep climbing, and that can lead to, well, let’s not say the word out loud.
“It’s getting a little frothy out there,” Figura said, noting that he opened his company in 2005. “When I started, it did feel similar to what’s going on now, in terms of bidding wars and setting new records each quarter.”
In short, the first quarter of 2017 indicates a fantastic seller’s market, with 327 homes sold in Asheville and 510 in Buncombe County. In Asheville, the median home sales price also set a record, at $275,000, and the county was close to one set last year, at $243,450.
Asheville native Janis Turner, 40, knows exactly what that hot market means for buyers. A mental health clinician, Turner sold her West Asheville home three years ago and moved away, but she recently returned.
After living in an apartment “for the first time in forever,” she started looking for a house about a month ago.
“In that month, I put in three offers on three different homes,” Turner said. “Within 24 hours of my offer, I would get a call from my real estate agent saying they had numerous offers and they were calling for ‘first and best.’ Two times I got outbid, in less than a month.”
The third time was the charm, and Turner is closing on a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home in Candler. She’ll pay about $200,000 for the 1,800-square-foot home, which dates to 1920 but has been completely renovated, and she feels like she’s getting a good deal.
“The housing prices are significantly higher than when I moved from the area three years ago,” Turner said. “I sold my home in West Asheville right off Haywood Road three years ago for $155,000. It was a two-bedroom, two bath. I kick myself.”
Kent Wolff, senior loan officer at Mountain Lifestyles Mortgage, is handling the mortgage for Turner. Her story has become commonplace.
“We consistently have clients who make full-price or over full-price offers on one, two or in some examples, even a third home, only to lose to people bidding even higher,” Wolff said. “Many home buyers are understandably becoming more frustrated or increasingly discouraged with the limited level of inventory available in the Asheville. It’s really a challenge for everyone, minus the sellers.”
Don Davies, whose firm RealSearch conducts market studies, traced several records in the first quarter for Buncombe County, all related to that seller’s market:
“The inventory is low, and that drives prices up, and the number of sales is very strong,” Davies said. “They have not slowed — they’re actually about 1 percent higher for this time of year, and last year was a record-setting year.”
So, dare he utter the B-word?
“I don’t know if we’re in a situation where we’re creating bubbles, but we are seeing appreciation in selling prices of about 10-12 percent (a year), and I’m not sure if that’s sustainable,” Davies said.
He and Figura temper their comments by noting that one key element of the previous bubble is absent today: speculative buying, in which investors were snapping up properties strictly to flip them for a profit.
“What’s different in this case is there is real demand,” Figura said. “People are actually buying homes for themselves.”
For homebuilders, times are good, but they too are treading lightly, the specter of 2008 always hovering over the job site.
“Growth wise, our business has just exploded since the downturn,” said Jody Guokos, founder and president of JAG Construction, a green home building company. “Last year, we grew more than we had grown in any of our previous years. We’re seeing year over year growth that continues to beat the previous year — 40 percent in the case of last year.”
So, he should be happy, right? The B-word should not be a factor in his life.
And yet, he thinks about the painful image of a market bubble bursting “every day of my life.”
“When every story you see is about the inventory is even lower and the median home price is up, you just start to get nervous,” Guokos said. “Just when you think things can’t get worse again, they can. I’m starting to feel like we’re at the point. The bottom is going to drop one of these days.”
He quickly walks that back a bit, though, noting that if a correction comes, he suspects it will be nothing like the last one, mainly because the speculation element is missing. For the most part, he’s building homes in the $400,000-$500,000 range, whereas three or four years ago that figure was about $100,000 lower.
“It’s not so much people building bigger homes, it’s that they want more bells and whistles,” Guokos said. “What we’re seeing is people are feeling the last eight years they had decent income, and they’ve started to look at their mortgage payments, saying, ‘I can afford a little more, I can afford an extra $600 a month to add that $80,000 to the value.'”
Another issue driving the tightness of the market inventory and ensuing rising prices is the lack of spec homes on the market. During the previous boom, builders and investors would build subdivisions or homes before they had a seller locked in, or on speculation.
And they were selling the homes pretty quickly. But after the bust, banks tightened lending on such projects, and wary home builders stopped building unless they had a buyer locked in.
Davies said one developer he knows who’s building a small subdivision told him point blank, “I’m going to build one at a time, instead of 10 at a time, so I can make sure it sells.”
Figura and his business partners are building a 45-home development in West Asheville called Craggy Park, and they are building all spec homes, in part because of the high demand for homes in that area and the shortage of buildable land. The homes will range from 1,600-2,400-square feet and likely sell in the mid-$300,000 range to the high $400,000’s, Figura said.
He’s seen personally how tight the market is for buyers.
“It takes a lot of planning and patience, depending on the price range your’e in, especially homes in the lower price ranges and on up to $600,000,” Figura said. “You’ve got inventory of less than three months in some of those case, so you’re competing with a lot of other buyers.”
A little relief may be coming, as Figura points out in his report that the average “days on market” for homes in Asheville increased from 55 days in 2016 to 68 in the first quarter. In Buncombe it rose from 77 to 82 days.
That, Figura says in his report, “is likely due to more sellers pricing their homes higher than market value, causing the homes to take longer to sell.”
But, the buyers keep coming, drawn by what has brought them here for decades — beautiful scenery, a vibrant city and prices that may seem high to locals but are way cheaper than northern states, Florida, Texas or California.
Tom Tveidt, founder of Syneva Economics in Asheville, looked at Census data covering 2010-2016, and it shows that for the four metro counties — Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison — “essentially all of the net population change is due to new people moving in.” Of that influx, 95 percent of the newcomers are from the U.S., the rest international.
Buncombe did have a gain of 884 people from births outpacing deaths, but the other three counties had negative numbers in the “natural gain” department.
“So only about 3 percent of the net population growth in the metro was due to the local population increasing; the remaining 97 percent are newcomers,” Tveidt said. “This has been the case for at least the last decade.”
That comes as no surprise to Turner.
“I think my fear is that people with money are moving in and pushing out local people who may not have the money,” Turner said. “I feel like it’s definitely going to change the culture in the area.”
By the numbers:
Total number of residential homes, condos, townhouses, mobile homes available as of April 5: 1,134.
Number of homes put on the market since Jan. 1: 1,260.
Median asking price: $399,995 (new record high).
Number of homes sold Jan. 1-March 31, 2017: 837.
Median selling price: $255,000 (new record).
Average selling price of all homes sold in the last 12 months: $315,163 (new record).
Source: RealSearch, Don Davies. Number derived from MLS data and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.
ASHEVILLE – Fast-rising real estate prices and local political decisions are expected to drive up property tax bills this year.
That’s because some things are known about the formula used for figuring taxes – and some things aren’t. There are two near-certainties. The first is that city property values went up an average of 29 percent since the last time the government assessed them in 2013. The second is taxes will be needed to start making payments on $74 million in voter-approved bond borrowing.
The unknowns are tax rates, which are set by the city and Buncombe County and combined for Asheville property bills.
Bills could inch up even more depending on a City Council debate over public transit funding.
Mayor Esther Manheimer said she’s not personally “shut the door” on additional funding for programs such as energy-efficiency initiatives or buses but is also concerned about tax bills.
“I’ve heard real concerns from people about affordability,” Manheimer said.
The annual tax bill for city property owners is actually a combination of tax bills.
Those are a county tax, a city tax, and in most cases, an Asheville City Schools tax.
The city rate is set by the council. The Board of Commissioners sets the county rate. Commissioners also set the schools rate after getting a recommendation from the school board.
The two elected bodies vote on those rates before the start of each fiscal year.
For most city property owners, those three rates are added together. For those outside the city schools district, only city and county rates are used. A property’s value is divided by 100 then multiplied by the combined rates.
Normally rates stay the same or go up. This year, they’re expected to drop.
But that doesn’t mean bills will also drop.
That’s because of new county-assigned property values, something that happens about every four years. This year, those values jumped in an eye-popping way.
In the slowest-growing part of the city, South Asheville, property values rose a combined 17 percent, according to the county tax office. Meanwhile, in downtown there was a 44 percent increase in the value of land, homes and other buildings.
The following transfers were filed in the Register of Deeds office Feb. 20-24:
• 3 Glenview Road (Lot 1), $135,500, James D. and Bobbie Lynn Wooten to Eugene L. Phillips
• 20 Plemmons St. (Lot 52), $32,500, Real Trust IRA Alternatives LLC FBO James Bash IRA #20711-TR07 & FBO Kathryn Bash IRA #20709-TR07 to Blue Horizon Inc.
• Lot 1 West Chapel Road (0.499), $48,000, Bruce B. and Laynene T. Gaskins to JCS III LLC
• Lot 28 Thoms Estate, $305,000, Gated Communities of Asheville LLC to Bruce A. and Marjorie A. Newman
• Lot 13 section 5 Woodland Hills, $275,000, The Michael J. and Martin and Marcelle L. Martin Living Trust to Robert A. Pligge, Sarah Heiden
• 7 Alta Ave., $169,000, The Smith Family Trust to Tyra L. Goodman, Robert M. Jackson
• 26 N. Liberty St., $530,000, Blossman Real Estate Holdings LLC to 26 Liberty LLC
• Lot 26B of the Wildes At Chunns Cove, $385,000, Robert and Rosina Bremner (Trading as 2 Farley 2 Partners) to Ion and Olesea Ermurache
• Unit E-6 Woodfield Condominiums section 3, $178,000, Theresa N. Wilmerding to Kitty Marston Hoover
• Lot 3 Morgan Hill Road, $110,000, Linda and Ernest Russell to Michael A. and Regina Gilliam Knipp
• 22 Moore Circle (Lot 22 Buckners Knob), $65,000, Water’s Edge Properties LLC to Hultman Properties LLC
• 128 Broadway St., $483,000, Ice House Creations LLC to Joseph E. Cordell
• Lot 21 Living Waters, $350,000, John V. and Linda D. Burris to Rebecca Meredith, Janet L. Conrad
• 1502 Hyde Park Drive (Biltmore Commons phase V) $145,000, the Jan Walter Bordewick Revocable Trust (a. k. a. Polynesia Island Resorts Trust) to Marsha M. Henson
• Lot 56 section 1-A of High Meadows, $225,000, Ann G. Touzinsky to Mark and Betty-Sue Crossley
• 41 Hamilton St. (Lot 19), $70,000, Julia G. Ray Revocable Living Trust to Palas/Paly LLC
• 26 Canterbury Road (Lot D block F Beverly Hills), $300,000, PGD Real Estate LLC to Jason and Laura Gulley
• LUnit BBB-2 Beaverdam Run Condominiums, $538,000, John William and Valerie L. Thomas to The Sarah Reaney Bevington Revocable Living Trust
• Lot 8 High Valley Forest section 1, $264,000, McMaster Real Estate Group LLC to David Eshan
• Lot 12 and a portion of lot 13 at Beaver Point Park, $502,500, John C. and Terri C. Frue to Gretchen Ian and Matthew Thomas Charles Brown
• Lot 6 Anna Glenn, $125,000, Gregory Lawrence and Angela Anders Mace to Russell G. and Meghan L. Cooper
• Lot 4 Woodridge Place, $52,000, Susan C. and Gorden F. Duckett Jr., Pamela D. and Spergion Lee Henry to James Michael and Holly Ann Jordan
• 98 Stewart St. (0.16 acre), $225,000, Joseph Chennault to Ella Pavlyuk
• Lot 27 Reynolds Mountain phase 1, $850,000, Kevin and Nancy Leaderer to Bradley W. and Laurie K. O’Halla
• Lot 12 Clovernook, $185,000, Lynda G. Carroll to Anita Beth Westmoreland, Mary Elizabeth Hickling-Suggs (a. k. a. Hickling Suggs)
• Lot 4 Serenity phase 1A, $158,000, Michael Lloyd Parrish (a. k. a. Parish) to Melissa Leigh and Frithjof Hoegener
• 672 Monta Vista Road, $94,000, New Residential Mortgage Loan Trust to KT Enterprises Inc.
• Lot 8 Ledgstone (Lot 8), $25,000, WETA LLC to Anne Marie and Gregory R. Costanzo Sr.
• Lot 24 Moores Valley phase II, $6,000, Bayview Loan Servicing LLC to Vladimir Grebenyuk
• Lot 20 Farmstead Subdivision, $97,000, Paul Thomas Salos to James J. and Mary Craig Goure
• Lot 22 Meadow View Estates, $6,000, Rodney M. and Betty H. Sparkman to Judith M. Baker, Anne Dumont Cooke
• Lot 40 section I St. Andrews Brookwood Community, $221,000, Jennifer Brooks and Thomas Dalton to Alison Ann and John Brennan Norvell II
• Lots 184 & 184 A of Beacon Manufacturing, $80,000, Michael D. and Melissa K. Harrin to Henry C. McGuire
• 6 Wise Road, $26,000, Kevin Brooks to Joffrey W. and Della J. Brooks
• Lot 13 Reems Creek Town Homes phase 2A, $210,000, Erin M. and Paul J. Lusignan to Frederick M. and Elizabeth H. Bracklein
Compiled by Citizen-Times News Correspondent Bonnie Black