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Town and Mountain Realty Invites You 'Home for the Holidays'



12/19/2012 - Town and Mountain Realty Invites You "Home for the Holidays"
by Asheville Citizen Times

Special to the Asheville Citizen-Times

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It's been a great 10 years at Town and Mountain Realty, and with wonderful support from clients, agents and staff, the Asheville agency wants to give thanks to everyone who has helped the company grow and flourish, even through some rough economic times.

To celebrate their decade of success, Town and Mountain will be donating $5000.00 to several local organizations that bring needy area residents assistance yearround, and are encouraging friends and clients of the company to contribute as well. (If you'd like to help online, visit www. to donate through their "Home for the Holidays Fund".)

Service drives Town and Mountain's business philosophy, but so does giving back to the community that has supported it during these 10 years. Co-owners Mike Miller and Joy Lovoy take pride in expressing their appreciation to all of Western North Carolina for helping Town and Mountain grow from a small shop with three staff mem bers and three agents to an agency with some 40 agents and a staff of four.

Mike, an Asheville native, had been working in real estate locally about seventeen years when he started the company 10 years ago with another real estate agent, Lew Bellows (now a scuba instructor in Florida) and Joy, Mike's wife.

"We are extremely grateful for all of our past employees and agents and for the role they played in making Town and Mountain Realty the successful company it is today," Joy said.

"It's part of the American dream to open your own place and to run it the way you want it to be run," Mike said. Starting small, he and Joy put into place business practices that were based on community involvement. "My philosophy," Joy said,"has always been that with the public, our agents and the staff, we should be a service organization."

The company's agents show their support of that philosophy by taking time out of their schedules to get out of the office and make a difference in the community. Town and Mountain Realty groups participated in 10 Habitat for Humanity volunteer work days in 2012 and contributed upwards of 400 work hours building homes. In addition to working with their hands, they also give financially; the company has donated a portion of its closings to help Blue Ridge Forever safeguard land and water, and helped support Dining Out for Life and Girls on the Run over the years.

"That's part of who we are and who we want to be," Mike said. Locally owned and operated, not part of a real estate franchise, Town and Mountain is independent and focused on the needs of its clients and those who want to buy or sell real estate. The concept is important to the company.

"I've lived here about all my life,"Mike said. "All our agents are locally involved. That's who we want to be - an independent business, involved in our community and helping people achieve their real estate goals."

The office itself isn't a conventional"suit-and-tie required" environment. "Our office is our home away from home, where on any given day you might meet our kids or dogs when you drop in for a visit," Joy said.

"Town and Mountain isn't just the place I go every day to work," said Madison Link, Operations Manager. "It is also the place where I go to spend time with what now feels like my second family."

And now Town and Mountain Realty welcomes a new member into the family -Stephanie Bagby, Broker in Charge.

With 18 years of real estate experience in Western North Carolina, Stephanie has made a commitment to being the best she can be. A graduate of the Graduate Realtor Institute, she is a Certified Residential Specialist and a certified Negotiation Specialist. Stephanie has also been through the At Home With Diversity Certification program.

As Town and Mountain Realty's Broker in Charge, she looks forward to bringing her expertise in recruiting, training, retention and coaching to the associates and staff.

By sharing knowledge, adapting to trends and providing quality service, Town and Mountain Realty has successfully guided buyers and sellers in thousands of transactions, but a commitment to "The Golden Rule" is what is at the heart of this company.

"Our business is not about the next sale. It's about doing the right thing and protecting our clients, whether they're buyers or sellers," Mike said. "Providing good service and treating people the way we would like to be treated sounds kind of hokey, but it's true. It's not about us. It's about the people who trust us."

Town and Mountain Realty...
setting the bar!

Average Days on the Market
Town and Mountain: 146
Buncombe County: 165

Average List-to-Sale Price Ratio:
Town and Mountain: 95%
Buncombe County: 93%

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