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It's true, I dont know about you but since I've been a Realtor I have remained pretty good friends with most of my clients. Its nice. Being a Realtor is rewarding on many different levels, my favorite one being the friendships formed. My very first clients I met at a local restaurant and they were wanting to move here from TN. Me, being as friendly as I am and an eager new Realtor, I jumped on the opportunity to help them and be their agent! They were an older couple and it was right when the pandemic happened so everything was already at a heightened level. But they trusted me and found their new home here in Weaverville. I was excited! I helped them move. I went over for morning coffee and porch talks. And then a couple years later when my husband and his business partners opened a new shop here in Weaverville, my clients were up there helping us getting the shop up and running! I mean, who would have ever guessed that as a Realtor these friendships would be born?! Others I have worked with got to watch me grow during my pregnancy and were just as eager to meet my little one as I was. Gifts were given, the coolest was a rocking chair for my little and I still send photo updates to them-Seriously, the best thing ever!
Heres an atricle to futher read another agents ups and downs of being a Realtor and relationships formed!
You can read the full article here: The Weird Reason You Confide More in a Real Estate Agent Than Your Therapist—or Even Your Best Friend
A 1031 exchange is part of the IRS tax code, allowing real estate investors to defer taxes by exchanging “like-kind” properties. The term “like-kind” refers to the nature or character of the property. These properties must only be used for business purposes or held as investments.
The proposal would allow the deferral of gains up to an aggregate amount of $500,000 for each taxpayer ($1 million in the case of married individuals filing a joint return) each year for real property exchanges that are like-kind. Any gains from like-kind exchanges in excess of $500,000 (or $1 million in the case of married individuals filing a joint return) a year would be recognized by the taxpayer in the year the taxpayer transfers the real property subject to the exchange.
As an agent that has worked with clients making 1031 like-exchanges, I can see the impact that this could have moving forward if approved. President Biden’s proposal to limit 1031 exchanges would severely limit the property values investors can use and also adversely impact the overall U.S. economy. If the proposal is approved, savvy wealthy investors would likely just hold on to property in response — expecting that the tax code will change once again.
You can read the full article here: Op-ed: What Biden’s proposed limits to 1031 exchanges mean for investors and the economy
Has the thought of selling your home cross your mind? Have you wondered when is the best time to sell? Well now just might be it! Over the last 10 years it has been shown that May is the best time to sell your house and get possibly the price for your home-who would have thought?!
Click the link to read the full article: Realtor Daily News
We may not have made the list but it is a breath of fresh air to see that some areas are starting to see the home prices starting to come down. This is actually an interesting article to read and see what some areas home prices are currently. I mean, Tulido, Ohio has a median price of $115,000 - you can imagine what that will get you here in the Asheville area. One city I didn't expect to see on the list was Los Angeles, California but will the median home price being $985,000 I can understand why they are starting to see home prices fall there, granted its not much. Take a look at the article by clicking the link below. Cheers!
Dreading those long winters? Or those too hot to handle summers? Thinking that it is time for a change? Well, Asheville has you covered! CNBC just released an article about climate havens and possible relocations for people that are trying to get out of the extreme. We welcome all here but I here Burlington, VT is pretty amazing too :)
A few others named as possible climate havens are:
Buffalo, New York
Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin
View Full article here: Americans are fleeing climate change — here’s where they can go
You’d be hard-pressed to find housing economists proclaiming that the ongoing housing boom is nearing a 2008-type bust. In fact, many say the opposite, based on the belief that the demographic wave of millennial first-time homebuyers, elevated wage growth, and limited supply will all continue pushing the market upwards. Every major real estate firm with a publicly available forecast, including CoreLogic and Fannie Mae, predicts that home prices will go even higher over the coming year.
Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data provider, showed Fortune an analysis on Friday that finds the typical American household would now have to spend 31% of their monthly income to make a mortgage payment on the average-priced U.S. home. That’s up from 29% just one week earlier, and up from 24% in December. Black Knight’s mortgage-payment-to-income ratio—which averaged 19.9% during the 2010s decade—hasn’t topped 31% since September 2007.
View full article here: A bit of 2008 déjà vu: The housing market hits a level not seen since the last bubble
Do your taste buds ever get bored? Or maybe you just want to live más? If so, consider this your official invitation to complete the AVLtoday Hot Sauce Challenge.
TL;DR: the AVLtoday team went on a mission to sample every hot sauce in Asheville (read: the 20+ that we were able to track down). Here’s what we tried + how we reacted to each of these potent, peppery little vials.
We be so impressed by the sauces we sampled from local chef + UNC Asheville graduate Colin Wiebe. City Editor Laura needed at least a minute to compose herself after trying the Carolina Reaper and Thai Chili-Garlic — and according to Colin’s website, those had heat levels of 7.8 and 8.7, respectively. If you really want to light up your taste buds, seek out the Tropical Reaper Sauce, which has a 8.8 heat level.
Did you know that our beloved Caribbean fusion restaurant also slings hot sauce? All three bottles — Hempress Rising, Sun is Shining, and Red-i — dazzled us with their lively flavors + thick robust heat. We were particularly impressed by the Hempress, which layers green delight upon delight with its blend of tomatillo, jalapenos, habaneros, and faint hits of thyme.
This is the local hot sauce we received the most emails about, which we think is a pretty high endorsement. The spiciest batch available from this maker is the Running with the Reaper, which contains the Carolina Reaper pepper (known for holding the Guinness World Record for spiciest pepper in the world).
The Mango Blaze — a smooth combo of spicy and tropical sweet which would pair nicely with fish tacos— was City Editor Laura’s favorite. There’s also Original, Green Glow, and Smokejumper available — whatever you pick, you really can’t go wrong.
While not the spiciest around, these fermented sauces make for a quintessential farmers market purchase: they’re alive with bubbly probiotics and all go down quite gently. City Editor Laura loves drizzling the Red or Habanero-flavored hot sauce over eggs, toast, and hash browns. You can also snag the sauce in Green or Chipotle.
This creative suite of sauces, crafted by local musician + comedian Larry Williams, exudes tropical + refreshing energy with flavors like Jalapeno Kiwi, Molten Strawberry, Lemon Pepper, and Original. Multi-City Editor Emily S. especially loves the Lemon Pepper and recommends using it as a marinade for vegetables, fish, or poultry. Pro tip: Larry also makes his own ranch, BBQ sauce, jerk seasoning, and specialty cookies.
If you’re a regular consumer of hot sauce and want something that will shock, go for Ghost Dog. The Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce packs a punch with spritely citrus and the strong, vaguely sweet Scotch bonnet pepper. And if you’re a fan of ginger, go for the Ginger Fatali. Warning though: it brings a slow, menacing burn that may have you sweating (or crying) after a few seconds.
Yeah, you’ve probably guzzled a few (or way more) of this iconic breakfast chain’s biscuits and gravy. But this local franchise offers more than just comfort foods. The biscuit house’s Grilled Jalapeño Hot Sauce tastes like a salsa verde kicked up a few notches. Other flavors include: Sweet Heat, Blueberry Jalapeño, and Cat Scratch.
This artisan small batch hot sauce, made by Rhubarb Chef Davis Taylor, has a subtle, elegant flavor with fruity, almost sour, accents. It would be the ideal sauce to liven up a picnic — or to accompany home cooked Southern meal on a porch in the summertime.
This 24-ingredient sauce is packed with a variety of sweet, salty + savoring notes, including sweet potato, peaches, garlic, and habanero peppers. This one is not overwhelmingly spicy, but certainly leaves a nice tingle on your tongue.
Starts off with a lovely charred, sweet flavor — but don’t be fooled, the ghost, habanero, and jalapeño flavors will come for you in a few moments. There’s no website for the sauce currently, but you can text 828-777-5022 to purchase a $6 bottle or a 12-pack case for $64.
Bonus bottles we didn’t get to sample
We didn’t get a chance to try The Grey Eagle’s Cheerwine Habanero sauce or the products from Smoking J’s, but we’ve heard great things. If we can get our hands on these ones, we’ll update this page accordingly.
Know of any other fuego local hot sauces? Let us know who we’re missing.
And finally: if you scrolled all the way down here, congrats. Here’s special behind-the-scenes footage of myself and Multi-City Editor Emily S. losing our minds during the hot sauce tasting.