Friday, June 21, 2013

Around Town -- Asheville Summer Happenings

Asheville is a wonderful place to live and visit all year long. Everyone knows about the splendors of fall in Western North Carolina but summertime is also an amazing time of year to be here. Asheville rolls out the red carpet and invites you in to share in a plethora of musical, culinary and cultural events to keep you entertained all summer long. Below is a list of some of the exciting things to do around the city this summer!

1. Biltmore Outdoor concerts
The Biltmore House is Asheville's biggest tourist attraction and during the summer, it puts on a concert series that is well loved by both visitors and locals. It's a must see for everyone in the city.

2. Downtown After Five
Downtown After Five provides free live music concerts in Downtown Asheville every third Friday, May through September. Be one of the thousands that gather on North Lexington Avenue from 5-9 PM for the free event, celebrating its 25th year! 

3. Asheville Tourists
What's summer without baseball? The Tourists are Asheville's minor league baseball team. You might get to see a rising star in action (Russel Wilson played here) but at the very least you'll get to enjoy the nation's pastime with family and friends as the Tourists fight to regain their division title.

4. Shindig on the Green
Maybe Asheville should change it's name to music city. These hills come alive with music during these steamer months and Shindig on the Green is another opportunity for people to be a part of the music experience. This music series offers free mountain bluegrass music and dance in the center of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park in front of the Asheville City Hall.

5. Visit a Swimming Hole
Need to escape the summer heat? Nothing says summer in Asheville like a dip in a swimming hole and there are plenty of them around town. Throw in a tube and drift the say away. You can thank me later.

6. Brevard Music Festival
Not quite Asheville but close enough! This Festival is truly a musical delight in the mountains. Four hundred of the most talented students in the world join Brevard's artist faculty to present more than 80 concerts in a beautiful setting.Take a picnic basket and enjoy the beautiful music while sharing a romantic meal. 

7. Second Saturdays in the River Arts District
Join the artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.

8. Too Many Food Events to list here
The food scene in Asheville is dynamic and growing. You can try some of the best restaurants in the South in this one small city. From acclaimed Chef Katie Button to the food trucks at The Lot, a culinary adventure awaits you at every turn.
9. Bele Chere
One of the city's premiere music festivals, this may you last year to experience Bele Chere. The festival is taking a break after this summer and it's anyone's guess when of even if it will be back.

10. Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
The Craft Fair showcases work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. Members' work must be juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship. 

If this list doesn't whet you appetite for a fun-filled summer in Asheville, check out this link to see what else is going on around town:


The Puffer Team, Keller Williams Professionals, 828-771-2300,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Homes For Sale in Black Mountain & Weaverville

We are continuing to supply the market with new listings to help keep up with buyer demand.  Here are a couple of our newest listings.

$100K under current appraisal. Private mountain retreat, artistically renovated home on 32 acres w/a bold rushing creek, walking trails, multiple decks for entertaining/relaxing, an artist studio & exterior storage. Inside you will find vaulted/beamed ceilings, rich hardwoods, an open GR, an inviting sitting area w/wood-burning FP, luxurious mstr suite w/sunken hot tub, & so much more..all just 15 min to town, convenient to Fairview & Black Mountain.

Like new Lindal Cedar home in Fairway View Estates, a popular Weaverville golf course community just minutes to shopping & dining in town. Inside you will find a light & bright open floorplan, custom granite kitchen, exposed beam ceilings, & a vaulted main level master suite w/double pedestal sinks, jet tub & large walk-in closets; there is also a family room & wet bar in the basement, & a large deck in the back great for entertaining. 

Want more information on either of these homes or would like to see similar homes?  Give The Puffer Team a call today, 828-771-2300.  Be sure to also check out our website,  We look forward to the opportunity to help you find your next Asheville area home!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

This Month In Real Estate - June 2013

Check out this video via with tips on how to find a home in a seller's market.

...and for information about the local Asheville area real estate market, check out the flyer below.

If you're looking to buy or sell a home, give The Puffer Team a call, 828-771-2300, or visit our website,

Monday, June 3, 2013

How To Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation

Summer vacation — for most people, this phrase conjures images of sandy beaches, amusement parks, lakeside cabins, or family road trips.

For burglars, summer vacations are the perfect opportunity to take advantage of unoccupied homes and garages. In fact, property crimes spike during summer months, peaking in July and August.
Here are a few tips for protecting your home while you’re gone this summer (courtesy of American Home Shield):

Stay secure.
Before you leave, double check that all doors and windows are locked. Don’t forget the upstairs windows: AC units, ladders, nearby trees, and even garbage cans can give thieves access to those windows. Trim or remove shrubs that offer easy hiding places. Don’t leave spare keys outside; thieves know where to look, too.

Privacy matters.
Don’t post vacation plans on social media sites. You can’t completely control who sees your updates, regardless of your privacy settings. Have a trusted friend periodically check your home, but resist the temptation to announce your departure on the Internet.

Leave the light on.
Make it appear you haven’t left home at all. Stop your mail, or have a friend or neighbor collect it. Have someone mow your lawn if you’ll be away for a longer period of time. Set timers for inside lights or even a television. Don’t leave a porch light on continuously, though, as that could signal that you’re not home. Instead, install motion-sensing floodlights, even on the sides of your home. Many homeowners light up the front and back of their houses, but leave the sides dark, making it more inviting to burglars.

Don’t forget tiny invaders.
Bugs can also take advantage of empty homes. Before you leave, make sure all trashcans are emptied and cleaned. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, and wipe any stray crumbs from kitchen countertops. Many bugs come inside in search of water, so fix any leaks before you leave.

American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.