Entries by integritive

Featured Hike: Appalachian Trail at Carver’s Gap

This is the summer of hiking for Jimmy and me for a couple of reasons. First, we have had our heads down and worked insanely for the last 4 years. We are reclaiming life-work balance after selling the office, and this glorious spring and summer have been perfect for hitting the trails. Second, we are […]

Featured Hike: River Loop Trail (Upper), Black Mountain Campground

This hike is an easy one, and a moderate length at about 4 miles (with the side trail to the waterfall). The Black Mountain Campground is not in or near the town of Black Mountain, though as the crow flies it probably isn’t that far. You can access it in Pisgah National Forest off Hwy […]

Truths About Home Ownership

Owning a home is the American dream. And with mortgage interest rates still low and a good economy, it is a great time to make that dream come true, whether you are a first-time buyer or moving up to your dream home. I am, clearly, a huge advocate of home ownership, but there are positives […]

Asheville Real Estate Market Spring 2017

In short: high demand, low inventory, rising prices When people meet me and learn that I am a real estate agent, the conversation quickly turns to "how is the market?" Most folks are aware that Asheville is a booming market with more and more people moving here daily to take advantage of our bounteous outdoors […]

Mortgage Information for Asheville and Beyond

A big thank you to Linda Brandt at Atlantic Bay Mortgage for the list below of the four factors that go into loan approval: 1. Property purchase- Primary, secondary or investment. While there is no rate adjustment for secondary home, there is for an investment property and the rate will be a bit higher2. Credit […]

Where You Live Matters, Even in Asheville

Jimmy and I lived in Asheville proper for nearly 20 years, in both North Asheville and West Asheville. We loved living in town and being able to walk to restaurants or downtown. All four of our “in town” houses gave us some ability to “walk-to” things, and we were happy as could be. When you […]

Are Bathrooms Affecting Asheville Real Estate?

By now, most folks are probalby familiar with North Carolina's infamous "Bathroom Bill" (House Bill 2 – HB2). In short, this bill made a big issue out of something which had never been a problem: transgender folk using the bathroom with which they identify their gender. I have been using bathrooms in North Carolina for […]

Moving Tips – Materials

Isn't moving fun! I have done my fair share of moving. Since college, I count this as my 10th move. Since my mom sent me out of the house with a ton of old (but very nice) family furniture, most of my moves, even in my 20s, involved movers. But I always pack the boxes […]

My Own Medicine is a Bitter Pill: Selling My Own House in Asheville!

Jimmy and I thought we had the house we would stay in forever. But life changes, Mom needs to move in, and we must sell and buy a different type of house to accommodate our new needs. So we are preparing the current house for sale, and I find myself having to take my own […]

Downtown Asheville in December

Downtown Asheville is getting festive! Music, decorations, and people everywhere! There are some wonderful window scenes and lots of people out and about on the streets and in our unique shops. And on every street corner you hear . . . Well, there were bells, but they are on the ground. These folks were terrific […]