Homebuyers stymied by Asheville’s high cost look beyond the city limits

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: High housing prices in Asheville are pushing many homebuyers to outlying areas, where their dollars tend to stretch a bit farther. Images courtesy of Town and Mountain Realty It’s no news that Asheville-area housing costs keep climbing. In the last five years, the median sales price for site-built, single-family homes in Asheville jumped from $210,000 to $315,000, according to Multiple Listing Service data. That’s left many longtime city residents shaking their heads in wonder, and even some new arrivals may be surprised by what they find here these days. One strategy for homebuyers is simply to spend more. “People will call me all the time and… Read More

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NC officials assess damage from fatal mudslides

Stock photo SALUDA — Officials in one North Carolina county are assessing damage from floods and mudslides in hopes of qualifying for federal disaster aid. The Times-News of Hendersonville reports Polk County crews and engineers with the state Transportation Department were assessing damage to homes, roads and bridges. One person died in the storms, which dumped up to 6 inches of rain in three hours Friday night. Authorities say a couple was trying to escape their home when the mudslide occurred. The husband survived being swept away while the wife was trapped between the house and a carport. Her body was recovered Saturday morning. Officials haven’t released their names. Duke… Read More

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Democratic candidates differ on Balfour Parkway, NC 191

For the first time in many years, Democratic voters have a primary election choice for a seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. Michelle Antalec and Patricia “Pat” Sheley, both residents of Flat Rock, are running for the nomination for the District 1 seat currently held by county commission Chairman Michael Edney, who has no opponent in the Republican primary. Antalec, a risk manager for a corporation, has a degree in political science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and a masters in finance from Louisiana State University. She has lived in Flat Rock since November 2015. Sheley is a retired psychiatric mental health nurse with 40 years of… Read More

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