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Listen in to hear positive news about the real estate market in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. We discuss current market statistics, what is selling in this market, tips on listing your home, tips on buying, and hot new listings available.
Life in Hendersonville, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, is often stumbled upon by those looking for a special place to call home. Visitors almost always spend an afternoon strolling down our “old-fashioned” Main Street, lined with one-of-a-kind shops and great restaurants frequented daily by locals and tourists alike. Spending time in Hendersonville provides a glimpse of Americana as it once was, a community built on community, support, and enjoying the little things.
All these qualities are exemplified on our Main Street, where many begin their day with coffee at Black Bear Coffee or with a pastry from McFarlan’s Bakery. For a full breakfast, at the corner of Main and 2nd Street you can visit Mikes on Main, an old-fashioned drug store-turned diner where you can have a root beer float with your eggs and bacon, if you would like.
While walking down Main Street you may notice something a bit out of the ordinary: full size ceramic bears painted with wild colors and designs populate every block. Don’t worry though, it’s just a small-town tradition that brings the town together to raise money for those in need when the bears are auctioned off every year. Last year it was giant apples; the year before, Billy Goats!
All of these “statues” are representations of our community. The Black Bears are obvious, we live in the mountains and in turn, we live with the black bears. The apples are because of our many apple orchards, a significant part of our economy and the inspiration for our annual North Carolina Apple Festival held every Labor Day weekend. A wonderful Street Fair, the Apple Festival draws thousands over four days of arts & crafts, performances, a parade, and of course, apples prepared in every way imaginable!
The Billy Goat statues are a nod to our wonderful State Park, Connemara -The Carl Sandburg Home. Located in Flat Rock, the Carl Sandburg Estate was home of course to the poet Carl Sandburg and is full of hiking and walking paths as well as the home of the Sandburgs. Around the corner from the elegant white house is a barn, populated with dozens of goats! Mrs. Sandburg loved goats and raised them at their estate. Now, visitors can enter the fenced goat-haven and pet and play with the very friendly goats. [...] more
I am excited to announce my new website is officially here! It has been a long project and with the help of some very talented people I am confident I have one of the best real estate websites in Hendersonville and Western North Carolina.
Now the fun begins. Not only can you search the entire Western North Carolina MLS, but I have set up some easy one click searches. If you find something you like, let me know so I can provide additional information on the property such as tax value, if there are any loans on the property, how long it has been on the market, etc.
You will also find up to date market stats for the Hendersonville Real Estate market to help you understand the market conditions. I believe the more information available to you, the better you can make an informed and educated decision regarding your Real Estate needs. This information important to you as a buyer, but if you are considering selling, this information is key in the successful sale of your home. If you are interested in discussing your home value, give me a call and we can set up a time to sit down and talk.
I’m a blessed man to honestly say, that I love what I do. Nothing makes me happier than to work with all different types of people and from all over the world to achieve their Real Estate goals. Because I care about my clients, and develop a relationship with them, most of my business is referral based. No matter if you’re buying, selling, or just want some information, please give me a call. I’d like to meet with you!
This site is meant to be a resource for you. If you have any thoughts or suggestions to improve the site please let me know.
Have a great day!
Your lender decides what you can borrow but you decide what you can afford.
Lenders are careful, but they make qualification decisions based on averages and formulas. They won’t understand the nuances of your lifestyle and spending patterns quite as well as you do. So, leave a little room for the unexpected – for all the new opportunities your home will give you to spend money, from furnishings, to landscaping, to repairs.
Historically, banks use a ratio called 28/36 to decide how much borrowers could borrow. An approved housing payment couldn’t be more than 28 percent of the buyer’s gross monthly income, and his or her total debt load, including car payments, student loans, and credit card payments, couldn’t be more than 36 percent. (In Canada lenders apply similar formulas to determine how much a buyer can afford. The Gross Debt Service ratio, or GDS, is not to exceed 32 percent of the buyer’s gross monthly income, and the Total Debt Service ration, or TDS, is not to exceed 40 percent of the buyer’s total debt load.) As home prices have risen, some lenders have responded by stretching these rations to as high as 50 percent. No matter how expensive your market though, we urge you to think carefully before stretching your budget quite so much. [...] more
10 Questions to Ask Your Realtor about Selling a House
- Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you worked full time in real estate? How long have you been representing buyers? What professional designations do you have?
Knowing whether or not your agent practices full time can help you determine potential scheduling conflicts and his or her commitment to your transaction. As with any profession, the number of years a person has been in the business does not necessarily reflect the level of service you can expect, but it is a good starting point for your discussion. The same issue can apply to professional designations.
- Do you have a personal assistant, team or staff to handle different parts of the purchase? What are their names and how will each of them help me in my transaction? How do I communicate with them? [...] more