Mosaic broker Erin Walton approaches real estate with a fresh enthusiasm for Asheville. She’s able to expertly give clients – especially those moving from other parts of the country – the singular support, guidance and perspective that come from being a transplant herself. Erin’s air of adventure and discovery drew her to the mountains of Western North Carolina, and it’s something that strongly informs her approach to real estate – and life – in Asheville.
Give a little background on your life, both personal and professional. What drew you into real estate?
Born in Texas, I spent most of my childhood there while also moving across the country with my military family. I lived in roughly 15 houses in my childhood, and I can vividly recall the uniqueness of each place my family would end up in.
I think I was always drawn to real estate but I spent the most of my 20s working in the service industry in Austin, Texas. It was there that I developed a strong work ethic and figured my greatest strengths were connecting with others even if I was only taking care of them for an hour or two. I knew that the interpersonal skills that I was developing would transfer well into other industries, so I explored Marketing and Project Management before ultimately moving to Asheville and starting my career as a Realtor.
How did you find yourself in Asheville? What do you love about the area? What makes it stand out from other places you’ve lived?
My partner and I had both lived in Texas for years and decided it was time for a change of scenery. We visited Asheville for a long weekend and instantly fell in love. The air is pure and the people are so welcoming. I feel like Asheville is such a hidden gem, and I wanted to spend more time exploring all the beauty this area had to offer. We’ve had no regrets since buying our house sight unseen and making the big move to the area.
Being a transplant to Asheville gives you a fresh perspective on the area. How does this inform your approach as a broker?
Being fresh to Asheville inspires me to learn something new every day. I’ve really enjoyed driving around WNC and exploring and supporting the various communities that are outside of Asheville. I’ve always liked traveling, and there’s so much to discover in these mountains. I hope to assist others in finding their peace here.
What advice would you give to people looking to move to the Asheville area from other parts of the country?
I definitely recommend coming to visit the area with an open mind and willingness to explore. It isn’t hard to find scenery that will take your breath away, or to meet someone who feels like an old friend even though you’ve just met. Talk to the locals and ask what they love about this area. That is the approach that I took when visiting. I remember asking what people liked and disliked about living in Asheville, and the pros greatly outweighed the cons.
What gives you an edge as a broker in the Asheville real estate market?
I’m excited to add my own twist to the consumer’s experience. I love to laugh and be a goofball, and I believe that buying and selling a home should be a memorable experience (in a good way!). I hope to not only add value to my clients’ real estate transactions, but also leave them with a happy, optimistic attitude throughout the process.