Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Western North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) February 27, 2013

After decades of research, Real Estate Scorecard reveals the top 10 reasons why Baby Boomers choose to retire in Western North Carolina:


There are hundreds of artists who live near the best of Asheville NC and they dont mind welcoming you into their art studios. For example, in downtown Asheville, NC along the French Broad River in the River Arts District, you’ll find 165 year round working artist studios. Thirty minutes to the north in Burnsville NC, the Toe River Studio Tour takes place twice a year where youll find 100 more local artists opening their studio doors to the public.


A lady said to Real Estate Scorecard recently, If you dont stay young living in this place, its your own darn fault! Science has proven a stimulated mind and body improves the quality of our life, especially as we age. Real Estate Scorecard considers Asheville NC to be ahead of the curve by recognizing how desirable this region has become to retirees and delivering community forums geared towards mature adults. For example, the University of North Carolina Asheville founded the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. The NCCCR offers an impressive list of lifelong learning courses for mature adults and cultural entertainment on campus.


Do you know by living beyond the city limits of Asheville NC, you can save $ 665 per $ 100,000 of your homes value in real estate taxes per year. On a $ 300k home, you will save about $ 2,000 per year or $ 166 per month. If you are concerned about real estate tax increases, move to a county whose infrastructure is in place and is up to date. Study the hospitals, public school system and roadways in addition to evaluating the best master planned communities. Study the countys annual budget and future capital improvements. If a county needs to build and expand social services, it would be reasonable to expect property tax increases.


Getting in and out of Western North Carolina to see your family and friends is quick, easy and is becoming less expensive. Asheville Regional Airport ( AVL ) currently offers the following non-stop flights from these major cities:

Atlanta – Delta Charlotte – U S Airways Chicago – United Detroit – Delta Houston – Continental Newark – Continental Orlando – Allegiant Philadelphia – U S Airways


From the farm to the dinner table, if eating healthy food is important to you, there is no better place to live than in Western North Carolina. How you’ll wish you had more time to shop at all the Saturday Green Markets and organic health food stores in the area. The city of Asheville appeals to the most demanding taste buds and health conscious obsessions. Ashevillians pride themselves on fresh grown mountain produce. Apples, herbs, homemade cheeses, breads, grass fed beef and free range poultry are just a few of the items you can find at the 88 tail gate markets in the Appalachian Mountain range.


Asheville, NC – Bele Chere Festival

Asheville, NC – Big Band Swing and Dance Weekend

Asheville, NC – Comedy Classic Weekend

Asheville, NC – Festival of Flowers

Asheville, NC – Winter Warmer Beer Festival

Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)

Brevard, NC – White Squirrel Festival

Hendersonville, NC – North Carolina Apple Festival

Waynesville, NC – Folkmoot USA


From the Virginia state line at mile post 216.9 south to mile post 469.1 bordering Tennessee and Western North Carolina, this 253 mile stretch is among the most scenic roadways in America overlooking more than 1,000,000 acres of protected national forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through the Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest and leads to the gateway of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible from Asheville.


Dating back to 1565, the first master planned community in the US was established in St. Augustine Florida. Master planned communities are carefully planned and usually designed around a theme such as golf, tennis, equestrian or beach activities. In Western North Carolina, the are a number of high quality best master planned communities to choose from.


Mission Hospital Asheville, NC – Ranked a Top 100 Heart Hospital

As bizarre as it sounds, your chance of dying in Mission Hospital Asheville are 21% less than a typical hospital according to Dr. Ronald A. Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health. The Asheville Mission Hospital Health system is ranked among the Top 15 Health Care Systems in the country by Thomson Reuters, a measurement of excellence. Asheville Mission Hospitals comprehensive geriatric specialties serve the community by providing preventive care and inpatient care in the heart of Western North Carolina.


Whether youre a Florida half backer seeking to escape the summer heat or a northerner leaving the frigid winters behind, Western North Carolina offers four mild seasons, incredible mountain beauty, intriguing art, rich culture, quick access to major cities and home affordability. How many more reasons would you need to retire in Western North Carolina?

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Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) January 05, 2013

Katie Karczewski has been a partner of Keller Williams Realty Grand Rapids and the number one KW agent in West Michigan for more than 12 years. Now shes lending her real estate savvy to serve as Operating Principal of a new Grand Rapids Market Center North that promises to bring the Keller Williams brand of high-caliber training, integrity and tech know-how to a new generation of real estate professionals. Beginning in January, the company will begin recruiting passionate real estate professionals to expand the Keller Williams presence in the Grand Rapids north market.

The market is ripe for expansion following unprecedented shifts in supply and demand. Ive had more multiple offers on properties in virtually every transaction this last quarter than ever before, and demand continues to skyrocket. People have realized that the market hit bottom and with interest rates at a historic low, theyre responding in full force, Karczewski said.

During the first quarter of 2013, she will be looking for entrepreneurial-minded individuals who are interested in joining Grand Rapids number one realty company. The Grand Rapids Market Center North will cater to plug and play technology aficionados who want to build their real estate practice using cutting edge methodologies and technology for success.

Keller Williams is unparalleled in setting the standard for real estate training, coaching and consulting. I am especially looking forward to giving back to my profession by mentoring the next generation of real estate professionals. Our company motto has always been Win-Win or No Deal. That philosophy extends from our relationship with our realtors to our individual treatment of home buyers and sellers, Karczewski said.

The Katie-K team will continue its tradition of outstanding sales and service in its core markets with extra support from newest team members, Tanya Craig and Cathy Dracht, who both possess considerable prior experience and track records as producers. Interim offices are now open at 4949 Plainfield Avenue NE, with plans for a permanent facility in the works for a northern East Beltline location.

Professionals interesting in joining the Market Center North team are encouraged to contact, in confidence, the Katie-K Team at (616) 575-0119. Subscribe to Katie K’s RSS feed here.

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