Friday, July 25, 2014

Weaverville, NC Homes For Sale in Reems Creek Golf Community

Do you play golf?  Want to be able to walk right onto the course?  Our team has three great options available in the Reems Creek Golf Community in Weaverville, NC.

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18 Lakeway Circle; Weaverville, NC; a custom home on the Reems Creek Golf Course with mountain and golf course views. This is the perfect place for entertaining or just enjoying life, dramatic tray GR, gleaming hardwood & tile floors, gourmet eat-in kitchen w/gas oven/range, luxurious main level master, new washer/dryer, in-law suite, home office & a bar, open/covered deck, stamped concrete golf cart path/garage.


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5 Manor Way; Weaverville, NC; a luxury home in the Reems Creek Golf Community w/panoramic mountain & golf course views where inside you will find a light & bright open floorplan w/a vaulted great room, skylights, a gourmet island kitch w/granite countertops & stainless appliances, a luxurious main level master suite & an in-law suite in the basement w/kitchenette. Enjoy entertaining on the open deck or relaxing on the screened porch & being just minutes to downtown Weaverville.

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14 High Meadow Dr; Weaverville, NC; a custom luxury home in the Reems Creek Golf Community w/a dramatic vaulted GR featuring beamed ceilings, tons of windows that take in the mountain views, a stone FP, formal DR, crown molding, hardwoods throughout most of the main living areas, an eat-in kitch w/pantry, luxurious master suite, lower level living w/kitchenette, an an elevator. Home sits on a private lot, is walking distance to golf, has year round views, you will not be disappointed.

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Mills River, NC Custom Home For Sale

Welcome to 193 Hollabrook Parkway in Mills River, NC; an immaculate custom home in Hollabrook Farms in a private, yet convenient setting. Inside you will find three suites, Mountain Showcase Blue Pearl granite countertops/custom cabinets, hickory hardwood floors in the main living areas, Kenmore Elite stainless finish appliances with a transferable warranty, a Rinnai tankless water heater, high efficiency Goodman HVAC, 9' ceilings, bonus room upstairs, & so much more. The community features a pool, park, and grilling area… come see for yourself!

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Property Features 

- Individual BR/BA suites 
- Custom built 
- Custom tile in showers w/frameless glass 
- Large walk-in shower and 6 ft soaker tub in master bath 
- Custom vanities by Mountain Showcase with Blue Pearl granite tops 
- Moen fixtures throughout 
- Engineered hickory floors in living room/kitchen, finished on site 
- Custom cabinets and Blue Pearl granite in kitchen, also by Mountain Showcase 
- Kenmore Elite kitchen appliances with stainless finish (double convection oven, dishwasher, 
built-in microwave and French door refrigerator with two freezer drawers) 
- All appliances have a transferable 5 year service plan from Sears; includes repairs and annual 
service at no cost. 
- High efficiency, high capacity Rinnai tankless hot water heater, gas fired, mounted in garage 
- Remote controlled Mendota gas log fireplace with ceramic glass and blower 
- All windows are double hung, double sash, duel finish, and highly efficient with wood trim inside 
and black aluminum outside 
- 9’ ceilings and ceiling fans throughout 
- High efficiency Goodman HVAC; gas heat/central air, dual zoned 
- Large walk-in pantry and ample storage throughout 
- Custom built wood shelving in all closets 
- Large double garage with 11’ ceilings and overhead storage 

About Hollabrook Farms

- Conveniently located to schools, shopping and easy access to I-26 
- Low HOA fees of $100/month 
- Community pool, large clubhouse, outside lakeside pavilion with gas grill and stone fireplace 
- Community park with gazebo, sings and lake for fishing 
- Located directly behind Glen Marlow Elementary, you can walk your children to school 
- Rural setting yet conveniently located 

Call The Puffer Team to schedule a showing, 828-771-2300;

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Monday, July 21, 2014

What to Expect When Buying Rental Properties

Buying an investment property?  Below are things to consider before you begin your search, provided courtesy of our partners at Movement Mortgage.  

While housing is still very affordable in many areas of the country, it seems like a good time to purchase real estate as an investment — that is, to own rental property. Should the average American consider this as a legitimate means to grow their financial portfolio?

In a word, yes. Even during the housing recession you heard the experts maintaining that real estate was still a valuable investment. There are many reasons to take the plunge and invest in rental properties. Here are a few.

It’s a good time to buy property. Rates and property prices are generally low right now, which means you can get a great mortgage rate and a good price on a property you like. But rates and prices are slowly building all across the country. This is both a plus and a minus: every eighth of a point rise in rates means your purchase power goes down. You’ll get less property for the money, and as home prices rise you’ll pay more for less as well. But keep in mind that property you purchase now will cost more in the future. As the market continues to recover, your investment should appreciate steadily.

Your expenses are offset in several ways. By buying a property and renting it out, your tenants will be covering a large portion of the costs you incur. Over time, rents will increase as you pay off the mortgage, leaving more income as profit. In addition, you’ll benefit from tax breaks and incentives* on your depreciation and expenses.

Appreciation works in your favor. Your investment will be appreciating on the entire value of the property. If you put 20% down on a $200,000 property, you may be paying 4% interest on the 80% you borrow, but a 3% appreciation on the value of the property is on the entire $200,000, not just the $40,000 you put down. Compare that to your return on an investment in the stock market.

Diversity in your investment portfolio is a good idea. See above. And remember that by spreading out your investments, you’re more likely to reap the benefits of a changing economy.

You can invest in your retirement. If your $200,000 investment appreciates 3% per year for the next 20 years, just think of what you can do with the money when you sell the property upon your retirement. Or perhaps you bought a property you would want to retire to.

It’s true that being a landlord can be stressful for many people. However, the benefits of investing in property outweigh the negatives for many. I am always available to review your finances and help you determine the strategy and mortgage options that can benefit you the most. Call me today to take advantage of the market and invest in your future!

*We are not a tax advisory firm. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and may not reflect current tax year rules and regulations. Consult your tax advisor or the IRS for current tax year rules, restrictions and regulations.


Ready to begin your search?  Call The Puffer Team today, 828-771-2300,

Have an investement property your're ready to list?  Click here for the current market value.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Asheville Area Recommended Businesses/Restaurants/Attractions

Courtesy of The Puffer Team
86 Asheland Avenue; Asheville, NC  28801


The Rock Church (non-denominational/contemporary Christian); 273 Monte Vista Rd; Candler, NC    28715;  828-670-7625;
Biltmore Baptist Church; (non-denominational/contemporary Christian); 35 Clayton Rd; Arden, NC  28704; 828-687-1111;
New Life Community Church (non-denomintational); 1417 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28804;  (828) 254-0040

Dr. Bart Martin - Martin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 18 Clayton St; Asheville, NC  28801828-255-6200,
Dr. Robert Powell; Asheville Dental Care 10 Yorkshire St; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-348-7663;
Dr. Thomas Rennard, MD, 147 Asheland Avenue; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-258-1188
Dr. Lorena Wade; Family Practitioner; 900 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803, 828-213-8235
Mountain Area Pediatrics; 500 Centre Park Dr; Asheville, NC  28805; 828-254-4337
Forest Dermatology; Dr. H. Duncan Dorris; 1119 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803828-274-6003;
Dr Harris, DDS; 1 Vanderbilt Park Dr , Suite 220; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-277-2214
Roeder Orthodontics; 22 Medical Park Dr; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-274-2500
Laurel OB/GYN; Dr. Susan West; 41 Oakland Rd, Suite 200; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-253-5381,       
Dr. Thompson, Asheville Pediatrics; 2 Medical Park Dr, #1000; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-254-5326;
Dr. Julie Duvall, GP; 53 S French Broad Ave, Suite 200; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-890-3883
Blue Ridge Bone & Joint; 129 McDowell St; Asheville; NC  28801; 828-258-8800
Southeastern Sports Medicine (urgent care); 21 Turtle Creek Dr; Asheville, NC  28803828-274-4555;
Fox’s Barber Shop; Michelle Silver; 811 Patton Ave; Asheville, NC  28806; 828-252-1370 


Centro Hair Studio (for wavy/curly hair); 2200 Hendersonville Rd, Suite D; Arden, NC  28704; 828-505-1190;
Lola Salon; Hannah Keenan/Amanda Lewis; 60 Biltmore Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-236-3456
Salon Dragonfly (Christa Reece); 115 Patton Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-253-3977;


Downtown Asheville

Wicked Weed Brewing, 91 Biltmore Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-575-9599;
Marble Slab Creamery, 14 Biltmore Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-225-5579;
LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery); 39 N Lexington Ave; Asheville, NC  28801, 828-525-0212;
Asheville Brewing Company (Pizza/Beer/Movies); 77 Coxe Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-255-4077;
Farm Burger, 10 Patton Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-348-8540;
Vincenzo’s Ristorante & Bistro; 10 N Market St; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-254-4698;
Curate (bar de tapas); 11 Biltmore Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-239-2946;
White Duck Taco Shop; 1 Roberts St Suite 101; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-258-1660;
French Broad Chocolate Lounge; 10 S Lexington Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 88-252-4181;
Green Sage Coffeehouse & Café (two locations); 5 Broadway St; Asheville, NC  28801;
Loretta’s Café; 114 N Lexington Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-253-3747;
Nine Mile (Vegetarian/Carribbean, two locations); 233 Montford Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-505-3121;
Mellow Mushroom (stone baked pizza); 50 Broadway Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-236-9800
Pizza Pura; 342 Depot St; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-252-2582;
Tupelo Honey (two locations); 12 College St; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-255-4863
Early Girl Eatery; 8 Wall St; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-259-9292;

South Asheville/Arden/Fletcher

Blue Sky Café; 3987 Hendersonville Rd; Fletcher, NC  28732; 828-684-1247;
Corner Kitchen (Southern w/Urban Twist), 3 Boston Way; Asheville, NC  28803, 828-274-2439;
Rezaz (Restaurant/Wine Bar), 28 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-277-1510;
Ichiban Japanese Steakhosue & Sushi; 2 Hendersoinville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803, 828-252-7885;
Acropolis Pizza; 140 Aiport Rd; Arden, NC  28704; 828-684-5737;
Iannucci’s Pizzeria/Itialian; 1981 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-684-5050;
 Moe’s Original BBQ; 4 Sweeten Creek Rd; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-505-8282;
12 Bones Smokehouse; 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd; Arden, NC  28704; 828-687-1395 (two locations);
The Local Joint (comfort food, local ingredients); 1185 Charlotte Hwy; Fairview, NC  28730; 828-338-0469
131 Main (good crab cakes/french dip); 308 Thetford St; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-651-0131;
Katuah Market/Café; 2 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-676-2882;

North Asheville/Weaverville

The Hop Ice Cream Café, 640 Merrimon Ave; Asheville, NC  28804; 828-254-2224
Ultimate Ice Cream, 197 Charlotte St; Asheville, NC; 828-258-1515Yolo Frozen Yogurt; 505 Merrimon Ave; Asheville, NC; 828-255-4515
Asheville Brewing Company; 675 Merrimon Ave; Asheville, NC  28804, 828-254-1281
Stoney Knob Café (Brunch/Lunch/Dinner); 337 Merrimon Ave; Weaverville, NC  28787, 828-645-3309;
Well-Bred Bakery & Café; 26 N Main St; Weaverville, NC  28787; 828-645-9300;

West Asheville

Buffalo Nickel (Modern, Tapas, Craft Beers); 747 Haywood Rd; Asheville, NC  28806; 828-575-2844;
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack (Hot Wings), 1455 Patton Ave; Asheville, NC  28806; 828-575-2260;
Universal Joint (Burgers/Brews/Etc), 784 Haywood Rd; Asheville, NC  28806; 828-505-7262;
West End Bakery; 757 Haywood Rd; West Asheville, NC  28806; 828-252-9378;
Papa’s & Beer; 1000 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806; (828) 665-9070
Westville Pub; 777 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806; (828) 225-9782;
Bandido’s (Latin) - 697 Haywood Rd Asheville NC 28806  (828) 255-8681;
Green Tea (Japanese/Sushi) - 2 Regent Park Blvd, Asheville, NC 28806; (828) 252-8300;

East Asheville

Frank’s Roman Pizza; 90 S Tunnel Rd; Asheville, NC  28805; 828-298-5855;
Pomodoros Green & Italian; 1070 Tunnel Rd; Asheville, NC  28805;
 Creekside Tap House; 8 Beverly Rd; Asheville, NC  28805, 828-575-2880
The Social Bar & Grill (Pub food, live music, etc); 1078 Tunnel Rd; Asheville, NC  28805; 828-298-8780
Highland Brewing Company (Craft Beers); 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 299-3370;
India Garden; 80 S Tunnel Rd Ste 60, Asheville, NC 28805; (828) 298-5001;

Pet Care

Happy Tails Country Club (boarding), 1984 Cane Creek Rd; Fletcher, NC 28732, 828-628-8510
Around The Town Hound (pet sitting), 11 Breezy Meadows Ln; Fletcher, NC  28732; 828-216-0161
Anything But Alligators! (pet sitting), 828-407-0764
Animal Hospital of North Asheville (vet), 1 Beaverdam Rd; Asheville, NC  28804


Tops for Shoes; 27 N Lexington Ave; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-254-6721;
The L.O.F.T. (Lost Objects Found Treasures); 53 Broadway St; Asheville, NC  28801
Discount Shoes; 1282 Brevard Rd; Asheville, NC  28806; 828-667-0085
J Crew Clearance Center; 1 Clifford Way (off NC 191); Arden, NC  28704; 828-687-6475
Dillard’s Clearance Center; 800 Brevard Rd; Asheville, NC 28806; 828-665-4434
 Mr. K’s New & Used Books; 800 Fairview Rd (River Ridge Shopping Center); Asheville, NC  28803; 828-299-1145
Clothes Mentor (quality women’s consignment); 1829 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-274-4901
Frugal Backpacker; 2621 Hendersonville Rd; Arden, NC  28704; 828-209-1530


Buncombe County Schools Weather Hotline:  828-255-5939
Terminix:  828-321-3588
Weavers Motors & Repairs (Fairview); 828-628-3922
Sunshine Chevrolet (great service/quality repairs); 100 Thunderland Cir; Arden, NC 28704; 828-684-3571
Liberty Biles (great service/quality repairs); 1378 Hendersonville Rd; Asheville, NC  28803; 828-274-2453
Allied Moving; 828-271-7964

Things to Do

Navitat Canopy Adventures (ziplining), 242 Poverty Branch Rd; Barnardsville, NC; 828-626-3700;
Zen Tubing, 608 Riverside Dr; Asheville, NC  28801; 828-926-8823
Lazoom Comedy Bus Tour; (828) 225-6932;
Amazing Pubcycle, 828-214-5010;
Asheville By Foot Walking Tour; 828-407-0435;
Asheville Brewery Tours; 828-233-5006;
Biltmore Estate; 800-411-3812;
Grove Park Inn; 828-252-2711;

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

East Asheville Open House: Sunday 7/20, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Immaculate two story in a convenient East Asheville location just minutes to the VA hospital, Blue Ridge Parkway, & downtown Asheville. Inside you will find a light & bright floorplan w/hardwoods in the main living areas, 9' ceilings, an eat-in kitchen, formal dining area, large closets, bedroom over the garage perfect for guests, & so much more. Enjoy sipping your morning coffee on your covered front porch and entertaining on the back patio.

Directions: From Tunnel Rd take Hwy 70E to Lt on Riceville Rd (at VA Hospital); go 1 mi to Rt into Riceville Meadows.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summering In & Around Asheville, NC

Most would consider The Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, & Blue Ridge Parkway to be "must see" opportunities when visiting Asheville, NC; but when planning a trip to our town you need to branch out and explore.  There are tons of opportunities to take in the scenery of Asheville. Whether it's right in town or an hour drive, all are worth checking out if you're up for an adventure. Some of our team's favorites include the following:

- Hiking at Dupont National Forest 
- Camping at Blackberry Campground 
- Tubing on the French Broad River
- Asheville Area Brewery Tours
- Ziplinging at Navitat

Those are just a few of the hot spots we've all checked out, if you need other recommendations, just give us a call.

Are you a local or a frequent visitor?  What's your favorite Asheville area hot spot?

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Top 6 Remodeling Projects to Improve the Value of Your Home

Is your home ready for a makeover?  Here are some quick fixes that will increase the appeal as well as increase your home's value.

You may be dreaming of a new in-ground swimming pool or stainless-steel kitchen counters, but will these investments give you the right ROI when it’s time to sell? Below are some of the top home improvements that, according to Remodeling magazine, will also improve your chances of getting the most for your home at the closing table.

First Impressions. A new steel front door speaks volumes about home security and energy efficiency. You can choose from a wide price range and many colors. Not ready to replace? Paint the existing front door and repair any cracks or marring of the casing to up your curb appeal. 96.6% ROI. [A fiberglass front door will net you about 70.8% ROI.]

Take It to the Top. Turning an attic into an additional bedroom is a popular trend and a great investment. Maximize your living space without a major adjustment to your home’s structure. This also gives you the opportunity to beef up your insulation and improve your home’s energy efficiency — a hugely desirable feature for Millennial buyers. 84.3% ROI.

Get Decked Out. A wooden deck addition to your home brings an 87.4% ROI, according to Remodeling magazine. Choosing a composite instead still nets you about 74.3% return. Outdoor entertaining is on the upswing, and an open deck in general costs far less than an enclosed addition.

Go Low. As with an attic remodel, redoing a basement improves the value of your home without altering its footprint. Refinish the room and add a wet bar and bathroom for maximum enjoyment and return on your investment. 77.6% ROI.

Consider the Ups and Downs. How many people think about replacing their garage door when they’re making home improvements? Apparently more of us should. It’s another bump to your curb appeal, and you have a vast array of choices, from uninsulated steel to insulated panels with windows. Your choice may depend on whether your garage is only for storing cars or if you have a workshop or laundry facilities there too. 83.7% ROI.

Cook Up Some Change. Of course, an updated kitchen is always one of the best investments you can make when it comes to home improvements. We’re talking a minor remodel, here: new cabinet fronts and hardware, new midpriced sink and faucet, and if you’re really in the mood, replacing the stove with a more energy-efficient model. A major upgrade probably isn’t worth it: a minor remodel brings in about an 82.7% ROI, while spending over $50,000 on a major upgrade will probably only net you 74.2% ROI.

Need more advice? I’m happy to recommend a local real estate agent who is an expert on the home trends in our area. And feel free to contact me anytime regarding a home-improvement loan. Your home is the most important investment in your financial portfolio; let’s discuss how to make this investment work for you.

Article provided courtesy of Movement Mortgage


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