May 2012


Asheville’s first ever Beer Week has started! It takes place from May 24 through June 3, 2012. The eleven days celebrating beer and Beer City, USA, will culminate at Asheville’s third Beer City Festival on June 2.

The mission is to celebrate beer! —to taste many different styles of beer and variations on those styles; to pair beer with a smorgasbord of delicious foods; to learn about and explore beer in all its delectable complexity; and, most of all, to have fun drinking beer in the brewery-centric mountains of Asheville, NC.

The “week” will include seminars, tastings, dinners, and special events with “beer celebrities” from around the country and the world. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival already.

The event is organized by a bunch of regional beer industry folks, Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events and include as many bars, restaurants and breweries as possible!

Click here to learn more about Asheville Brewers Alliance.

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Top 10 Turnaround Housing Markets

Finally, Florida is starting to move again! This is really good news for us in the Asheville area. One of our biggest feeder markets is Florida. Miami, Orlando, Naples, Tampa real estate markets are all increasing for the first time in a long time. See below for the numbers.

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Asheville’s hipness continues to grow…

Excerpt taken from

Word’s out on Asheville’s hip, hit street

May 6, 2012

The funky charm of Lexington Avenue is no secret to everyone who lives in Asheville. Now its fame has stretched statewide.

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association selected Lexington from among 75 nominees to be one of the state’s four “Great Main Streets” and the only one in the mountains.

“They worked over time to turn it into a wonderful, interesting and dynamic place,” said Ben Hitchings, president-elect of the chapter. He was referring to the decades-long grassroots effort to revitalize the avenue. Read more here.

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Market Ready: Replacing Carpet before A Sale

Market Ready
Published: May 2, 2012

Q. My bedroom has worn carpet. Should I replace it with a hardwood flooring before trying to sell my home?

A. “Especially in Manhattan, nobody wants a worn anything,” said Darren Sukenik, a managing director at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. That applies almost equally to “people, places or things,” he said. So “they certainly don’t want worn carpet in a bedroom.”

What most buyers look for in a bedroom is “an austere feeling of peace and clean,” Mr. Sukenik said, and ragged carpeting only detracts from that.

But you may not need to replace it with a different type of flooring altogether. Although hardwood flooring is usually considered an asset throughout the rest of a home, in the bedroom there is a little more flexibility. Read more here.

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