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318 Dix Creek Rd #1, Leicester NC 28748

The Jim Buff Team has done it again! We’ve listed another fantastic property. One of the newest Buff Team listings is 318 Dix Creek #1 in Leicester.


318 Dix Creek #1 Rd is a brand new three bedroom, two and half bath home. It is  situated on .64 acres with a covered front porch to enjoy your day or evening and a large open rear deck perfect for entertaining friends and family.

This home has a beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and kitchen island. There are hardwood floors throughout the entire home. The full basement is easily finished and it is already plumbed for an additional full bathroom. There is also an attached two car garage to park your vehicles or for more storage.

This house comes with an AHS Home Warranty, click the link for additional information. There are two heat pumps to keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm outside.

If you’d like to view this listing or any other listing in the area call (828) 771-2310 to schedule an appointment and to get the most recent price!


The Jim Buff Team  

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24 Country Cove Court – Featured Listing of the Week

The Buff Team Featured Listing of the week this week is 24 Country Cove Court.

24 Country Cove Court is located in Leicester, NC, it is currently listed for $365,000, please call (828) 771-2310 to get most current pricing.  This 1.5 story home on a full basement with four bedroom home sits on 1.55 acres in the Stone Creek Subdivision in the Leicester community.


The home at 24 Country Cove Court along with it’s four bedrooms has 2.5 bathrooms, there is also an additional bathroom finished in the basement downstairs, that is not counted in that total.  It has a lovely dining room perfect for family dinner and a spacious kitchen with stainless appliances. The living room has a fireplace perfect for cozying up on a chilly day or evening.

There is plenty of parking for you, whether you have a lot of family cars or entertain a lot, there is an attached 2-car garage, and two driveways which makes for plenty of parking. On top of all the storage there is a full basement on this house, part of it has been finished and the rest of the basement could be easily finished off for additional living and entertaining space.

There is a lovely back deck to enjoy the 1.55 acres that the house is situated on and also a patio perfect for the family or entertaining guests.  This home also comes with an AHS Home Warranty. If you’d like to see this house or any other home for sale in the area, call (828) 771-2310 to schedule an appointment.

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Buff Team Open House & New Listing 2 Dixie Lane Candler, NC

Jim just listed a new house on 2 Dixie Lane in Candler, NC 28715 and we will be holding an Open House on, Sunday September 17th from 1-3pm.


2 Dixie Lane is a spacious all brick home in the Monte Vista Neighborhood in Candler, NC. The home sits on 2.04 acres with a fenced back yard. The property also has a large outbuilding, a patio, a covered deck and a large rear deck all to enjoy the privacy of the 2.04 acres it is situated on.

The home has a spacious kitchen and dining area, plenty of room for entertaining friends and family, with a large brick fireplace located in the living room to cozy up by on cool fall & winter evenings. The house as two heat pumps to keep it cool in summer and warm in the winter, there is tons of storage.

This home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a bonus room plus a family room! Along with all the bedrooms and bathrooms. It has a 3 car garage on the main level plus an additional 1 car garage in the basement, which is perfect for the lawn mower. This house also has central vacuum and a security system installed.

Come out on Sunday, September 17th from 1-3pm view it at our Open House hosted by James Mullis or call (828) 771-2310 to schedule a private showing anytime before or after.

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Real Estate Market in Asheville, NC!

What’s the Real Estate Market like in Asheville, NC??

Are you looking to  buy a home in the Asheville, NC area, or do you own a home in the area and you are looking to sell it? However, before you do that you’re wondering, how much are houses in Asheville, are there are lot of houses available,  how long is it going to take to sell my house? How much is my house worth? How many houses are on the market that are going to be in a similar price range as mine. Perhaps you haven’t even thought about any of that at all and now that you’ve read this you’re thinking all about it.


The first thing you should do is call a Real Estate professional, we’d really like it if  you called someone on the Jim Buff Team (828) 771-2310. The second thing you should do, don’t look at Zillow or Trulia. Yes, I know it seems like it has a ton of information on it and it does but just because it has all this information doesn’t mean it’s correct. They may give you a zestimate of your house, but they haven’t been in it. Zillow doesn’t know that the other houses that sold near by were older and had not been updated in 20 or 30 years, but what if yours has, it’s most likely going to make a difference. A Real Estate agent is going to have the most up to date information.


But while you wait for one of the members of the Buff Team to get out to your house or to help you find a house here is some local information for you. All of this information is from the WNCRMLS and is accurate as of 9/7/2017.  As of 9/7/2017 there were 2210 properties on the market in Buncombe County. The average sales price in Buncombe County was $581,328 in comparison to national the average price of homes was $258,300. In Buncombe County the average days on market was 53 days. The shortest days on market is 34 and that is for houses in the price range from $175,000 – $199,000. The longest days on market was 258 and that was for houses in the $2,000,000 and up price range. Right now, there is just a little over 4 months of inventory available.  See the table below for more information. Or give us a call and we can talk to you more about the Real Estate  market in Asheville and the surrounding area!

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New Buff Team Listings!

The past week or so has been a busy one for the Buff Team and our agents.

We’ve got a few new listings to share with you.


7 Wray Ave in Swannanoa was listed for $119,900! Yes, you read that correctly. $119,900! This three bedroom home in a great Swannanoa location boasts an extra large open front deck, perfect for entertaining and rear deck. The property has a level .20 acre fenced lot with an outbuilding and a detached 2-car garage.  It is a great fixer upper, with lots of potential!

The next property we listed was 6 Kingston Way in Alexander for $364,900! This 3 bedroom home is on 1 level to rolling acres with gorgeous year around views. There is a fully finished basement  with a kitchenette, full bath and plenty of storage! This property comes with an AHS Home Warranty and is just 20 minutes to Asheville. It’s a must see.

Lastly we listed 3 prime building lots on Sand Hill Rd in West Asheville! These three lots are in a great West Asheville location, close to Haywood Rd and the trendy west side. They are level and cleared. They will be easy to build on, city water & sewer may be available. Site built homes only can be built on the lots.

If you’d like to see any or all of these listings or anything else that is For Sale, give us a call at (828) 771-2310 to schedule an appointment.

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Price Reduction, 781 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher NC!

The Jim Buff Team listing at 781 Fanning Bridge Rd in Fletcher NC recently had a price reduction. It is now listed for $200,000!

The home at 781 Fanning Bridge Rd is in a convenient Fletcher location and would make a great starter home. It has three bedrooms and 2 baths and sits on .24 acres with a partially fenced yard.

There has been some recent updates to the home. The updates include, new kitchen tile & backsplash and fresh paint. You can enjoy the backyard from the covered back deck.

781 Fanning Bridge Rd is in a convenient Fletcher location, close to restaurants & shopping. When you purchase this home you will receive a one year AHS Home Warranty, learn more about Home Warranties here.

If you’d like to see this home, or any other home for sale. Give us a call at (828) 771-2310 to schedule a visit. Or you can also email us at

The Jim Buff Team

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What’s a Home Warranty? Why do I need one?

Do I really need to purchase a Home Warranty when I list it with the Jim Buff Team or I’m buying a home?


Yes. That’s where we’d like to stop and everyone should just get a home warranty. Unfortunately, that’s not going to work with most of our clients and it wouldn’t work with  us  if we didn’t know anything about it either. So take a minute and read a little about it.


On the Buff Team here at Keller Williams Professionals Realty we offer the American Home Shield Home Warranty, and this is a home warranty company that Jim and all of his team members believe in. So much so, that many of us have it on our own homes, even though they aren’t for sale. Jim has been using AHS for well over a decade, that’s how much he believes in it.


You may have no idea what a home warranty does or what it covers. You also may think I have insurance I don’t need that. Well a Home Warranty covers things that your insurance will not cover, remember the time your heat stopped working when it was below freezing and you had to call the local heating and air company to come out and fix it and it was super expensive? Well with a Home Warranty if that would have happened you could have contact AHS and just paid a $75 trade service fee and that would have been it. Let me tell you more about the different home warranty packages available from AHS in North Carolina.


First of all, you can purchase a home warranty for any type of home, single family homes, condos, townhomes and mobile homes. You can even get it for new construction single family homes and condos. There are multiple price points you can purchase home warranties for, see for the most up to date pricing.


If you’re purchasing a home, the most popular plan we find is the Shield Plus. With the Shield Plus plan it covers all major systems which includes, air conditioning, heating, ductwork, plumbing, electrical and water heaters on top of that it also covers major appliances.  If you’re selling the home, you can purchase the home warranty as a selling tool and you can also have coverage while you still own the property. The coverage you receive as a seller is on the major systems and can come in very handy. The best part about having a home warranty when you’re selling the property, you don’t have to pay for it up front, all costs come out at closing, and if you don’t close the house with us, you don’t pay for the home warranty. It’s a win, win!


Below are some benefits to Homebuyers and Home Sellers right from the AHS Website

Benefits to Home Buyers

Our real estate plans protect your house, so you can focus on making it your home.

  • Gain confidence and comfort knowing that your hard-earned investment is covered by an industry leader.
  • Don’t stress about potential undetectable pre-existing conditions (like lack of maintenance and mismatched systems) — they’re covered!
  • Confidence in our nationwide network of professional home repair experts that we prescreen and monitor for your convenience.

Benefits to Home Sellers

Sell faster, for more money and with fewer worries.

  • Gain confidence and comfort knowing that your budget is protected while your home is on the market.*
  • Help sell your home an average of 11 days faster and for an average of $2,314 more.**
  • Mitigate unexpected issues from the home inspection to keep the sale of your home on track.

If you’re looking to sell your home, or buy a new home you should make sure you’re really considering a home warranty. For more information on home warranties and buying and selling homes contact the Jim Buff Team at (828) 771-2310 or email us  

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Open House, August 20th 1-3pm!

This week the Jim Buff Team  will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, August 20th from 1-3pm at 4 Lynnette Drive in Fairview.  Hosting the event, this Sunday will be Tamra Fore one of our veteran agents on the team.


The home on 4 Lynnette Drive has 3 bedroom and 2 bathrooms and sits on a .75 acre lot. It has been mostly remodeled within the past year with new wood floors, new paint and a bright beautiful kitchen. The freshly remodeled kitchen has all new appliances, new cabinetry and granite countertops.




4 Lynnette Drive is located in the Rainbow Ridge subdivision in Fairview, NC. It’s just under 20 minutes to downtown Asheville. If you’d like a private showing of this home, or any other home for sale in the area call (828) 771-2310 to schedule an appointment.


The Jim Buff Team

Keller Williams Professionals Realty

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Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart

George Souto a mortgage broker from Connecticut wrote this article about “stupid”  things that sellers do that cause sales to fall apart.

It is a very informative read: Click here to see original article 

Stupid Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart.  There are several things Sellers do or do not do which can result in their home not selling.  Most of them are things which the Listing Agent/Realtor has to deal with such as:

  • Overpricing a home
  • Refusing to negotiate
  • Not making homes available for showings.
  • House does not show well
  • Homes which smell bad.

These are just a few examples of what Sellers do or do not do which can cause a house not to sell.

However, as a Loan Originator I work with Buyers and not Sellers.  So I am not involved in the home shopping process other than providing a Pre-Qualification Letter.  The role I play in the purchase of a home is the financing, which involves:

  • Qualify the Buyer for the price range they can purchase in
  • Meeting with the Buyer to put the loan into process once the offer has been accepted
  • Following the Loan through Loan Commitment, and on to Closing.

So I do not get to see why a Buyer chooses to purchase a house or not, but what I do get to see is the stupid things Sellers do which cause my Borrowers to walk away from the property. There are two major things I see Borrowers walking away from a property are for.

The first and foremost reason I see my Borrowers walking away from a purchase, is Sellers refusing to negotiating repairs which are identified by Appraisers and Home Inspectors.  When a Seller takes a hard nose attitude of “I am not bugging”, the Borrower more often than not walks away from the purchase.  Many times the purchase blows up because of ridiculous little things, the Seller is unreasonable about.  This is not to say that Buyers are not equally unreasonable at times.

The second most common reason I have seen which causes a Borrower to walk away from a purchase are things which are discovered during the final walk through just before the Closing.  For whatever reason Sellers seem to think they can hide damage and get away with it.  Somehow they think the Buyer will not walk away from the purchase the day of the Closing.  Let me give a couple of quick examples:

  • On the final walk through a huge urine stain was discovered on a hardwood floor which the Seller had covered up with a large rug.  The stain was so bad that a large section of the floor needed to be replace.  It was to late to fix the floor before the Closing, and the Seller refused to provide funds to fix the damage after the Closing.  As a result the Buyer walked at the Closing Table.
  • Another was a Seller while moving their furniture out of the house, dragged the furniture across the hardwood floors causing deep gouges through out the hardwood floors in the house.  In this case the Buyers didn’t even go to the Closing and try to negotiate a remedy, the Buyers walked away right there and then.  Found another house a week later they actually liked better, and we Closed a few weeks later.

These are just a couple of examples, I could provide more, but I think these make my point of Stupid Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart.