About Margaret

Margaret Vestal, Asheville Realtor specializing in eco-homes, in-town living, historic homes and mountain properties

I love living in Asheville!  I grew up about 50 miles west of Asheville (Webster. near Sylva and Cullowhee - Western Carolina University), lived in Virginia (gave tours at Colonial Williamsburg -- ask me how that prepared me for a real estate career!)  and other parts of North Carolina.  But I could never adjust to life without the mountains.  And Asheville provides me with a fun culture and social activity along with hiking and mountain biking.
 
I kind of fell into real estate in 2001, and I quickly knew I had finally found my groove - finally.  Real Estate is my business, and I don't dabble in it, selling an occasional home.  It is my full-time profession.  I love everything about it: working with people to find the right home and selling homes so that folks can move along to the next adventure in life.  I even like the marketing and the paperwork!
 
So what I can offer to you is an agent who cares about your best interests (really), will understand your needs and work with them, whether it is budget or chemical sensitivities, having the right space for a family member or friend to live with you or needing the right set-up for your pets!  Finding a home is a cooperative process between buyer and agent, and it can be very positive and fun.
 
I understand that people sell homes for a lot of reasons, not all of which are happy.  I have worked with people in financial distress to avoid foreclosure, people going through the loss of a loved one, people in the unhappy process of divorce.  I don't "enjoy" these transactions, but I  try to make the process easier and let folks know that I understand.  It is fun to help people sell who are excited about moving on to the next phase.  That could be moving for a retirement dream, downsizing so they can travel, upsizing to their dreamhouse, or joining households with someone they love.
 
Real estate, to me, mirrors life in that it is about the relationships. I bring the experience and education to the relationship and transaction.
 
I have exceeded basic licensee training by earning my Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  and Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designations as well as the e-Pro designation and the North Carolina Broker's license. I am  one of the few ECO Envrionmental Consultants agents in the area. I am also a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), which thankfully isn't as relevant as it was during the Great Recession.  Recently, I have focused on completing my Residential Construction Certification (RCC) and the Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) certification.
 
I will continue to enrich my knowledge of the Real Estate business in order to better serve my clients and to do the job well. I do take my business seriously, and believe that customer service is the most important thing I do.
 
My husband, Jimmy, has also joined me in real estate practice.  He helps me out as well as working with his own clients.
 
I try to stay involved in my community and networked to provide you, my client, with the best services for whatever you may need. Having grown-up in Western North Carolina, I can help you find the right neighborhood or town as well as the best hiking trails, gardens, craft centers and local restaurants!  I support local organizations like ABCCM (Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministries, which does truly amazing work) and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and/or Asheville Humane Society. I am a member of the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County. On a broader scale, RE/MAX supports Children's Miracle Network.  And the Human Rights Campaign has been dear to my heart.
 
I have moved a good bit, in and out of North Carolina, so I know how stressful the process can be. I will do all I can to ease your transition and look forward to working with you!
 
Credentials and Education
  • North Carolina Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
  • ECO Certified Envrionmental Consultant (ECO)
  • E-Pro Internet Agent Specialist  (e-PRO)
  • Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS)
  • MA Public History, BA English & History
Areas of Expertise
  • In-Town Living
  • Historic Homes
  • Eco Friendly Homes
  • Mountain Homes
Other
  • Member National Association of REALTORS®
  • Member North Carolina Association of REALTORS®
  • Member Council of Residential Specialists
  • Member Green Building Council
When I am not selling Real Estate I enjoy gardening, hiking, & fitness. Jimmy and I recently moved to the 'burbs after 20 years in town!  Neither of us thought that would ever happen, but as it turns out, we love living in Biltmore Lake with all the walking/bike trails and the lake.  We have taken up kayaking on the lake - who knows, maybe we will soon be those "Asheville" people with the kayaks on the roof of the car and bikes on the back.  We share our lives with  dog, Nestle (pictured everywhere with me), and two kitties, Pixie and Honey.