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Fun Holiday Things To-Do in Asheville

Looking for some Holiday-themed fun?  Here's a few ideas for this weekend:
carolA Christmas Carol
Newly revised for the 2013 season, this is The Montford Park Players' retelling of the classic Dickens tale of greed and redemption.  Starring Carney Gray in his MPP debut as Ebenezer Scrooge, and directed by Michelle Schwantes,  this "Asheville tradition" is a must-see for the whole family.  A Christmas Carol is always sold out, so get your tickets early!  For more information call the box office at (828) 254-5146.  Click here for more information. Through 12/22 at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, Downtown Asheville  (more info)
gingerbread13Gingerbread House Competition
Smells of Gingerbread are in the air!  The time has finally arrived for viewing the entries and winners of the 21st Annual National Gingerbread House Competition(TM)! Many of the  unique entries will remain on display throughout the hotel. Available for public viewing from Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays. A panel of nine judges evaluated more than 150 gingerbread creations in various categories for overall appearance, originality / creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. As is tradition, the fanciful entries remain on display throughout the holiday season for viewing by resort guests and the general public. Click here to enjoy some photographs of a few of the winning entries. At the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville.  $10 parking.   (more info)
shadracks
Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland
The world's largest drive-through, fully computerized, LED light and music show of its kind! This show was born from a passion for Christmas with one show in Bristol, TN. By mixing a love of music with Christmas spirit they ended up programming lights to dance to some of our favorite tunes. You'll love this wonderland of lights, and want to make it part of your  family's holiday tradition. At the Western NC Agricultural Center (Fairgrounds) o 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher. Open through January 1st 2014!  Dusk - 10PM* Every Night, Including Holidays! Even in the rain! (* = or later on weekends) (more info)

 

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        WOOLWORTH WALK Find art, pottery, metalwork and jewelry, wood, paintings, photography, and fiber arts. Downtown on Haywood St. www.woolworthwalk.com

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        THE DOWNTOWN MARKET  All under one roof: 42,000 sqft of local arts, crafts, antiques, vintage and upcycled clothes, used and antique furniture, local health and beauty products, books and records, local honey, chocolate, herbs, gifts and treats. Need a break from shopping? Hit the Sly Grog Wine and Beer Lounge for a sip, or Hi-Fi Coffee for a pick-me-up. 45 South French Broad Avenue.  www.downtownmarketasheville.net

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                      The housing recovery in Asheville and Buncombe County continues to accelerate.

                      The number of homes sold in the 3rd quarter in Asheville was up 36% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2012, and for Buncombe County, the figure was a 16.7% increase in sales.

                      Average Home Sales Price in Asheville and Buncombe County. Prices are generally rising amongst almost all price sectors in Asheville, with a significant rise in the overall median home sales price in Asheville of 12.2%. Pricing in Buncombe County is much more variable amongst price sectors, resulting in minimal overall median home sales price increase.

                      Inventory levels are some of the best indicators of the health of a housing market. A balanced market has inventory levels of 6 months. When inventory levels are significantly over 6 months there is downward pressure on prices and when inventory levels are at 6 months or less, there is upward pressure on prices.  Inventory in the Asheville is reaching very low levels, with all price ranges under $600,000 having inventory near 6 months or less.  Inventory levels in Buncombe County are higher than Asheville, with levels over 6 months for all price ranges above $200,000.
                      The average Days on Market (DOM) is coming down significantly in Asheville but not as much in Buncombe County. Days on Market peaked at 193 DOM in Asheville in the 2nd quarter of 2012 but it is now down to 135 DOM. Days on Market had peaked at 191 DOM in Buncombe County in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and it is now at 173 DOM.
                      The brightest spot in the market continues to be green building, with low inventory levels and high average price per square feet.

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                              2nd Qtr 2013 Asheville and Buncombe County Market Analysis

                              The housing recovery in Asheville and Buncombe County continues to accelerate.

                              The number of homes sold in the 2nd quarter in Asheville was up 25% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2012, and for Buncombe County, the figure was a 27% increase in sales.

                              Average Home Sales Price in Asheville and Buncombe County. Prices are struggling to find equilibrium with the changing market.  While average prices are generally rising in Asheville and falling in Buncombe County, there's a lot of variation among different price categories. Generally, foreclosures and short sales continue to weigh down the market, while new or updated homes in desirable locations are lifting the market.

                              Inventory levels are some of the best indicators of the health of a housing market.  A balanced market has inventory levels of 6 months. When inventory levels are significantly over 6 months there is downward pressure on prices and when inventory levels are at 6 months or less, there is upward pressure on prices. Inventory in the Asheville is reaching very low levels, with all price ranges under $700,000 having inventory near 6 months or less.  Inventory levels in Buncombe County are higher than Asheville, with levels over 6 months for all price ranges above $200,000.
                              The average Days on Market (DOM) is coming down significantly in Asheville but not as much in Buncombe County.  Days on Market peaked at 193 DOM in Asheville in the 2nd quarter of 2012 but it is now down to 147 DOM.  Days on Market had peaked at 191 DOM in Buncombe County in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and it is now at 182 DOM.
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                              1st Qtr 2013 Asheville and Buncombe County Market Analysis

                              The Asheville and Buncombe County real estate market is looking up for the year 2013 compared to the past few years. All of the indicators used in this report are pointing in a positive direction. The average sales price has risen slightly between 2011 and 2012 in Asheville and Buncombe County (Graph 3). Most of the price ranges in the City of Asheville and Buncombe County are seeing increases in the average price per square foot (Chart 3 for the City of Asheville; Chart 4 for Buncombe County). However, price appreciation in the City of Asheville appears stronger than in Buncombe County, as more price ranges in the City are showing greater increases in average price per square foot.

                              Looking at inventory levels (Chart 1 and Chart 2), it is evident why prices are stabilizing and bouncing back. Inventory is getting lower in both the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The upper price ranges in the City and County still have much higher inventory levels than the lower price ranges, indicating that there is still downward pressure on prices in the uppermost price ranges. However, inventory levels are starting to balance in some of the upper middle price ranges ($350,000 to $450,000) in both the City and the County. A balanced and healthy market has inventory levels of 6 months. When inventory levels are significantly over 6 months, there is downward pressure on prices and when inventory levels are at 6 months or less, there is upward pressure on prices.

                              The average Days on Market (DOM) is coming down. It had reached a peak of 193 DOM in Asheville and 191 DOM in Buncombe County in the 2nd quarter of 2012, but it has come down to 176 DOM (City) and 178 DOM (County) for 2012 as a whole (Graph 5).

                              The brightest spot in the market seems to be green building, with low inventory levels and high average price per square feet (Chart 5).

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