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  • Is an Investment Property in Asheville Right For You?  By: Zachery Adam

    Buying an Investment Property: Long Term Rentals and More for WNC  Asheville is an area known for tourism, which means there is a lot of opportunity for investments in real estate. Whether you’re considering a short term or vacation rental property or a long-term rental for local residents, there

  • The City of Asheville’s Affordable Housing Bond

    The City of Asheville’s Affordable Housing Bond   On the surface of the housing crisis in Asheville, the simple solution makes sense – build more housing. If supply rises to meet the demand, the market will even itself out.  In theory, the principle is sound. But as both newcomers

  • Pursuing Real Estate Investing on Top of a Day Job

    Pursuing Real Estate Investing on Top of a Day Job   For many investors, real estate is the be-all and end-all of their careers.  Real estate investing is what they love, and it’s how they seek to make a living and ultimately fund the rest of their lives.  For

  • Spring 2019 Western North Carolina Real Estate Market Update (With Stats)

    Spring 2019 Western North Carolina Real Estate Market Update   We’re well into the spring season in WNC, which means baby bears, plenty of pollen, and, of course, an Asheville Real Estate News market update!  With the help of Stefanie Beierschmitt, a real estate agent and investor with eXp

  • Developing Affordable Housing in Asheville NC with Kirk Booth

    Developing Affordable Housing in Asheville NC with Kirk Booth   Whether it’s an issue they’ve struggled with personally or not, most everyone who lives in Asheville is aware of the affordable housing crisis facing our community.  With our unique environment and atmosphere, the city and surrounding areas make for

  • Saving Money to Achieve Your Goals

    Develop the Discipline of Saving to Achieve Your Goals   When it comes to saving money, most of us have the same goal in mind – save as much as possible as quickly as possible, while still being able to lead a satisfying and fulfilling life in the present.

  • MAYOR ESTHER MANHEIMER | AREN 100

    We are excited to have Asheville’s Mayor Manheimer back on the show for our one-hundredth episode! This conversation focuses on the growth Asheville has been experiencing, and how that affects the quality of life for the people living here. Mayor Manheimer also discusses the ban on short term rentals

  • POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS WITH MIKE ROMERO | AREN 99

    Mike Romero is a real estate professional, broker, and general contractor with over $70,000,000.00 in sales experience. Today he sits down with Rodrigo and dives into his latest passion of pocket neighborhoods and also shares details about his newest project, Barkley Terrace, WNC’s first dog-centric community.   More about

  • THE EMERGING HOME WATCH INDUSTRY WITH MATT ROOKS | AREN 98

    Matt Rooks, founder of Roost Home Watch a new local business joins us on the show today to discuss the emerging home watch industry. Matt’s company specializes in keeping vacant properties in shipshape condition while the owners are away, while houses are sitting empty on the market for sale,

  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION SPECIALIST ROBIN FUNSTEN | AREN 97

    If you’ve been in real estate long enough, then you have no doubt ran into a conflict. Albeit with partners, tenants, buyers/sellers, or anyone else. Today’s episode is all about conflict resolution. Robin Funsten Community Conflict Solutions sits down with Rodrigo Afanador to talk about resolving business and personal

  • The Future of Economic Development in Asheville, NC

    The Future of Economic Development in Asheville   As any resident of Asheville knows, our city has seen a lot of growth in the past several years.  Hotels, breweries, and everything in between has sprung up across town, and the people – both residents and tourists – have followed.

  • Climate Change and its Effects on Real Estate

    Climate Change and its Effects on Real Estate   Anyone who has been paying attention has seen the signs – unusual temperatures, increased storm activity, and severity, broad changes in the seasonal pattern: climate change is very real, and its consequences are immediate and urgent.  We’ve been hearing about

  • Mold Remediation and Business Challenges

    Mold Remediation and Business Challenges   Western North Carolina is a beautiful place – often referred to as a temperate rainforest, our region is blessed with a huge amount of biodiversity, in both plant and animal life.  Unfortunately, what makes the area so well-suited to supporting its unique flora

  • DO YOU NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE TO BE SUCCESSFUL? | AREN 96

    This week we’re bringing you an audio-only special! This episode started as a whim to test out some new mics for the podcast and ended up turning into an interview with Nolan Freeland, who alongside producing, editing and overall making this podcast a reality has also been an integral part

  • USING A REALTOR TO BUY INVESTMENT PROPERTIES | AREN 95

    Al Sartorelli is a Real Estate Broker and Property Manager at Alpha Real Estate. Al manages over 100 different homes, tenants, and owners. On this episode, we sit down with Al to not only discuss the reasons why you should hire a property manager and when it is the

  • THESE 2 QUESTIONS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR MARKETING | AREN 94

    If you’re struggling with your marketing, and not sure which route to take then this is the episode for you. Caleb Welborn, owner, and founder of Welborn & Co. The avenues of marketing are always changing, but principles remain the same. In this episode, Caleb proposes two questions, that

  • THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND | AREN 93

    We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down with Paul D’ Angelo the Community Development Director for the City of Asheville as well as Nikki Reid the City’s Real Estate Program Director to dive deep into a few big topics and things that the city is

  • SPRING 2019 WNC MARKET UPDATE | AREN 92

    April marks the start of Q2 for 2019, and as part of that, it’s time for our quarterly market update episode! On this particular one, we invited Stefanie Beierschmitt an investor and an agent from eXp Realty to sit down, talk stats and what trends she is seeing first

  • PURSUING REAL ESTATE INVESTING ON TOP OF A GREAT CAREER | AREN 91

    Kierna Mason is an engineer by day and a real estate investor by night. We first met Kierna when she attended one of our monthly real estate networking meetups. Kierna focuses her investing efforts mostly in the Johnson City area. If you’re looking to get into real estate investing and still hold your

  • BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ASHEVILLE W/ KIRK BOOTH | AREN 90

    BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ASHEVILLE W/ KIRK BOOTH | AREN 90   Kirk Booth is a developer who is local to Asheville and focuses on only building affordable housing. In this episode, we dive into why affordable housing is so important to Booth, what are the challenges with building

  • DEVELOP THE DISCIPLINE OF SAVING TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS | AREN 89

    We talk a lot about investing in real estate and being involved in the real estate business, but we haven’t ever talked about the step before getting started… Which is saving money! Today we are bringing you that episode! Tony Pierfelice is a local investor and private money lender

  • CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS ON REAL ESTATE | AREN 88

    Today, we’re talking about a bit of a controversial subject. What effects does the development of real estate have on climate change? and what are the ripple effects as we keep developing? Dr. Doug Bruggeman Ph.D. is our guest for this episode. Tune in as we dive into his expertise!

  • Steve Wilde – Short Sales

    Short sales can sound like an amazing opportunity and a great deal for real estate investors looking to make a profit.  They provide an opportunity to purchase a property at less than what is currently owned on it, and to walk away from the sale with free-and-clear ownership.  That

  • Scott Bolte – Front Range Cash Buyers

    For real estate investors just getting started, the path can often seem prescribed – start out wholesaling, cut your teeth, and then, once you’ve put in your time, branch out, find your niche, and specialize.  In the beginning, that was exactly the path that Scott Bolte of Front Range

  • Gay Weber – Vacation Rentals

    In Asheville, tourism is the name of the game.  And, with visitors coming in from near and far, there’s a constant need for short-term housing to keep them comfortable.  Traditionally, that housing has been provided by hotels – they’re able to achieve a high density of rooms, offer a

  • Debbie Alford – Homeward Bound

    It’s no secret that homelessness is a major problem in Asheville.  We have a large homeless population for a city of our size, and in particular, have a significant number of individuals who are chronically homeless.  This isn’t an easy problem to solve, and multiple factors must be put

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