Monday, March 28, 2005

INTERNET Real Estate Professional 

e-PRO Certified : Choose a REALTOR® that IS!

The Internet has added a new dimension to the real estate world. Now you can be assured that the REALTOR® you choose will have the knowledge and skills to put the power of the Internet behind your real estate transaction.

All e-PRO Internet Professionals are REALTORS® who completed a rigorous certification program endorsed by the prestigious NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

Real estate agents and brokers who have earned e-PRO Certification are Internet Professionals who have completed extensive training using the Web. e-PRO Certification means the real estate professional is prepared to employ the latest techniques and services for your benefit, just like you've grown to expect from a professional.

Life can be a little easier.
Save time and irritation. Work with an e-PRO Certified real estate professional who provides both buyers and sellers with high quality, timely information using the resources of the Internet.
e-PRO Internet Professionals maximize your ability to leverage the enormous power of the Internet when you are buying and selling property.

Working with the best pays off.
Save money. e-PRO Internet Professionals can help you take advantage of the latest Internet innovations resulting in considerable savings and speed whether you are a buyer or a seller of property.
Work with someone who is ready, willing, and very capable. Your e-PRO Certified real estate professional has already proven that he or she is prepared to respond to the new market place. e-PRO Internet Professionals are committed to being more responsive, understand that you are the boss, and will completely respect and guard your privacy.

Rest easy...
e-PRO Internet Professionals can offer you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have chosen to work with a REALTOR® committed to using the Internet with skill, integrity, and professionalism.
Work with a professional who has made the extra commitment. Choose an e-PRO.

For My 1031 Exchange and Self-directed IRA /Real Esate Investment Clients

When you're on the Internet, you don't have time to waste on endless searches for useful real estate information. You want to get things done quickly and without hassle. So chances are you'd like a real estate agent who

Answers e-mail promptly and professionally.
Respects your on-line privacy.

AND knows how to sum things up and convey information.

Enter the e-PRO.
An e-PRO is a REALTOR® who has successfully completed the e-PRO training program for real estate professionals. Endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®, the e-PRO course teaches professionals the nuts and bolts of working with real estate on-line: Web sites, e-mail, on-line tools, and most of all, what YOU really want.

What does all this mean to you?

There are several benefits of working with a certified Internet professional.
An Understanding About Privacy

Are you reluctant to give out contact information through the Web for fear of being pestered or spammed? e-PROs understand. They've learned the Web isn't just a place to do business; you need information from someone you can trust. That's why e-PROs respect your privacy. They respond quickly to your questions, but don't send you unwanted communication. And they protect your personal information.

Less hassle
Tired of struggling to find information? e-PROs are more likely to have access to the latest Internet utilities, making your life easier. These tools may include:

Speedy access to comprehensive neighborhood data
Immediate e-mail notification of just-listed homes meeting your criteria
Referral networks and on-line forums, where e-PROs can quickly find information——even potential buyers——from other e-PROs
Newsletters on current real estate conditions in your area
Advanced software, PDAs, and laptops to find you answers on the spot

AND extensive listings

The result: you get more information, more easily.
With electronic files, you have less paperwork to deal with. And since your agent uses e-mail, you can even eliminate phone tag. The e-PRO streamlines your entire transaction, from showing to closing.

Less expense
An e-PRO's access to advanced technology can save you considerable expense. You have more tools to find or market your home, so you're likely to get a better price. With on-line home tours, you reduce in-person showings——and the costs involved. And by using e-mail, you save money on long-distance calls and fax charges.

An e-PRO is ideal for you. With the tools to do your research electronically, you can make a decision on a home the first day you're in town——or without traveling at all. You and your family save on travel costs. And after you've decided to buy, monitoring the sale by e-mail saves you even more.

Should you use an e-PRO?
Yes——especially if you're an Internet user. In this fast-paced age, technology has become a necessity. An e-PRO is someone who has recognized and responded to the needs of the new consumer.
If you choose an e-PRO, it's a safe bet you'll get the kind of service you want——and need.

When is a Real Estate Professional a REALTOR®?
When they are a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
The Voice for Real Estate® -- the world's largest professional association.
The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Founded in 1908, NAR has grown from its original nucleus of 120 to today's 750,000+ members. NAR is composed of REALTORS® who are involved in residential and commercial real estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,700 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®.

They can join one of our many institutes, societies and councils. Additionally, NAR offers members the opportunity to be active in our appraisal and international real estate specialty sections. REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Working for America's property owners, the NAR provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Top Notch Medical Care& The Greater Asheville Area 

People move to Asheville for many reasons. The beauty of the mountains, the cultural amenities, the friendly spirit that greets you here. Another reason people are choosing to invest in real estate in the Greater Asheville area, is the quality of health care.

Mission / St. Joseph Hospital right here in our area, has a special way with patients! This hospital strives for a “small town” approach to quality patient care. In fact, just this past year, the hospital received the national recognition to prove it. According to reports, Mission Hospitals demonstrated the best practices for patient and is a top notch facility because it goes “beyond the important first step of benchmarking …quality performance… drilling well below the surface to identify the root causes of the quality deficiencies, exercising high-level leadership to change physician practice patterns, and feeding information from modern information technology systems to physicians and nurses on a real-time basis.”

Mission Hospitals have received numerous accolades. Recently, Solucient (an Illinois-based health care information provider) listed Mission in the top 100 hospitals in the U.S., and U.S. News and World Report listed Mission Hospitals in their top 50 ranking of the nation's heart and heart surgery facilities.

An article from our local paper, the Asheville Citizen –Times reported recently:

A patient who is a nurse and who also suffers from a heart ailment …”recently looked into the quality of care of hospitals while searching for a summer home location. “I did a lot of research,” said Smith. “I wanted really good experts in cardiology.” Her fact-finding mission helped make her decision to choose a home in Asheville. She has also recommended Asheville to other friends some of whom have found their homes through me.

The same article noted that “ Mission is not the only facility expanding and offering new and better services. On August 16th Park Ridge Hospital, a 103-bed health-care facility in Fletcher, opened the Park Ridge Urgent Care at 77 Airport Road, east of Interstate 26, south of Asheville. When area patients are not able to see their family physicians or their illnesses and injuries are not severe enough for a trip to the hospital emergency room, they can come to the Urgent Care."


I just heard that an emergency department and will specialize in patients exhibiting chest pain where they can immediately be taken for stabilization, observation, and diagnosis. A team of cardiologists is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on these healthcare facilities visit Missions Website
Park Ridges Website or Henderson County's Health website
Michael Flynn contributed to this story..thanks Michael.

All the Best,

Sunday, March 13, 2005

~commercial Real Estate~ Asheville 

I just read an informative article in the Asheville Citizens-Times that will be of interest to my clients who are investors in commercial real estate in the Greater Asheville area.

Here's the gist of the article:

The Institute of Real Estate Management commissioned Karnes Research Co. to conduct twice-a-year surveys of the commercial real estate leasing market in Asheville and northern Henderson County.

Karnes issues reports intended to be a resource for anyone seeking, representing, researching or owning commercial lease space, and also offers an in-depth report of the commercial lease market. This is available by private subscription on its Web site.

The research looks at "all the major factors affecting commercial real estate, including the local economy, inventory, development activity (supply), net absorption (demand), vacancy and rental rates.... " and at submarkets for pinpoint analysis of what is happening in the Greater Asheville geographic area.

I like the fact that Karnes has surveyed the Asheville market three times in order to have enough historical perspective to start publishing its reports.

For further information, you can get your own copy of the KARNES REPORT. The fee for the Karnes Report on Asheville, analyzing the office, industrial and retail leasing market, is available at a cost of $300. To place an order visit: www.karnesresearch.com/asheville

Please contact me!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

~ eco BIT 

The North Carolina Home*A*Syst Program

The North Carolina Home*A*Syst program, and the program's series of publications can help you to be a positive influence as an environmental steward. This program can also protect the health and well-being of your family.

For example, one of the publications leads you through an evaluation of your home and property to determine the pollution and health risks of your water supply protection practices. If there is a problem or a potential problem, the Home*A*Syst publications have information about how to solve the problems.

Another publication lists the North Carolina state agencies who offer resources to solve your particular problem.


Saturday, March 05, 2005

geo BIT ~ 

French Broad River

As we tour the Greater Asheville area, we cross the French Broad River at numerous points. "WHAT River is THAT?" my clients ask...and I tell them.."THAT'S the French Broad...again!
It seems the French Broad River is ever-present around here...and it takes special care...even has a River Keeper. (see link below) He's the person to ask serious questions about it, but I do know a few things that might interest you...such as

where it starts and to where it flows...

The French Broad flows from Transylvania County, North Carolina, into Tennessee. Its confluence with the Holston River at Knoxville, Tennessee is considered to be the headwaters of the Tennessee River.

how it got its name...
This amazing river originally was named for being one of two broad rivers in western North Carolina . The one which flowed into formerly French territory was named the French Broad, and the other which stayed in English territory (the American colonies) was named the English Broad, now just the Broad River.

The lower portion of the river is the site of a major hydroelectric dam development of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Douglas Dam, which is one of the larger TVA developments on a Tennessee River tributary stream. Douglas, like many of the older TVA facilites in East Tennessee, was initially developed largely to meet the power demands entailed by World War II, particularly the atomic weapons plant at Oak Ridge.

amazing fact!
The river begins west of the
Eastern Continental Divide, and therefore actually flows northwest through the Appalachian Mountains. The river flows through the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Interstate 40 generally follows this route in Tennessee, just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

External links
RiverLink (http://www.riverlink.org)

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