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Climate Migration Drives Asheville's Real Estate Market Higher

Asheville, N.C., has long been a desirable city in which to live, with people from all over the country drawn to its exhilarating outdoor scene, eclectic music and entertainment offerings, natural Blue Ridge beauty, and charming mountain vibe. In recent years, another factor has driven growth: climate migration. Asheville, and Western N.C., have the advantage of being better situated than a lot of the U.S. to withstand the growing impacts from climate change; this positioning has compounded the influx of new residents. And with this influx comes added pressure on the Asheville real estate market.

Asheville NC Climate Migration

Asheville: A top climate refuge

Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, wildfires and more powerful storms are sending populations along the coast and other threatened regions to relatively safer spots. This so-called climate migration shows no signs of letting up. According to a recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville ranked third among the top 12 climate-refuge cities in the U.S. most likely to see an influx of new residents. Its geographical position, protectively nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, makes it less vulnerable to weather extremes associated with climate change, such as high heat and winds, powerful hurricanes, destructive storms, and resulting erosion issues.

Asheville’s real estate market has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade, and with its burgeoning reputation as a climate refuge, that growth and added value show no signs of slowing. The increase in property values is of course proving to be a double-edged sword: good for current property owners but challenging for those looking to buy or rent in Asheville. Even with market uncertainties, a substantial drop in Asheville real estate prices is not likely to occur in the near future. With these challenges in mind, prospective home buyers would do well to act sooner rather than later.

Work with a green-driven real estate firm

If climate change has prompted your search for a home in the Asheville area, it makes sense to enlist an agency well-versed in real estate that lessens environmental impact. Mosaic Realty boasts a staff of green-home specialists who have worked with the region’s leading green builders to help advance sustainable homes. But Mosaic doesn’t stop there: The agency also leads by example in environmental stewardship, proactively reducing its carbon footprint, contributing to the region’s clean-energy economy, and supporting such sustainability initiatives as local solar projects. 

For information about green and eco-friendly real estate in Asheville or Western N.C., contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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