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A collection of interview from all of our guests on the AREN podcast.

  • Pocket Neighborhoods

    These communities of small homes are often referred to as pocket neighborhoods. Pocket neighborhoods are less expensive to get into than traditional neighborhoods,

  • Multi-Family Investing

    By focusing on Multi-Family Investing, he was able to handle more leases, bring in more income, and in turn hire employees to handle the day-to-day aspects of management rather than having to do it himself. It was, for Zahller, a no-brainer.

  • Esther Manheimer Mayor of Asheville

    Esther Manheimer Mayor of Asheville, who has been Mayor of Asheville since 2013, is keenly aware of everything going on in her city, from concerns about growth and gentrification to the vibrant arts and

  • Downtown Hendersonville NC

    While it can be tempting to think of Downtown Hendersonville NC as a kind of suburb of Asheville, it is, in fact, a city all its own.  It has its own economy, its own tourist draws, its own unique

  • BeLoved Asheville

    BeLoved Asheville is dedicated to community building and the empowerment of those who struggle financially in our city. To help us learn more about BeLoved’s mission and projects as well as to shed some light on the challenges faced by our community, Amy Cantrell and Ponkho Bermejo, co-directors of

  • Asheville Coworking: Has its time come for the Western N.C. market?

    Two decades ago, the concept of an Asheville coworking space was a novel idea. While the era of career-long job security – in the form of companies like IBM keeping employees on board until retirement – had already slipped away, the practice of working for a company but not

  • Two Questions To Revolutionize Your Marketing

    Two Questions To Revolutionize Your Marketing When it comes to business, one of the most important factors, after a solid offering and a great business plan, is a quality approach to marketing. For the new business owner just starting out, this can be a daunting prospect – how do

  • Property Payoff: Tips To Increase Resale Value

    Property Payoff: Tips To Increase Resale Value Home improvements do more than make your house more livable and increase your family’s comfort level. They also have the side effect of boosting its value when the time comes to sell. Although making any improvements throughout your house can impress potential

  • The City of Asheville Affordable Housing Bond

    In November 2016, the city created a $25M Asheville affordable housing bond. it’s essential to understand exactly what the Asheville

  • Pursuing Real Estate Investing on Top of a Day Job

    Pursuing Real Estate Investing on Top of a Day Job   For many investors, real estate is the be-all and end-all of their careers.  Real estate investing is what they love, and it’s how they seek to make a living and ultimately fund the rest of their lives.  For

  • Spring 2019 Western North Carolina Real Estate Market Update (With Stats)

    We’ve compiled a list of Western North Carolina real estate statistics, reflections, and predictions to provide an insight

  • Developing Affordable Housing in Asheville NC with Kirk Booth

    There is a crisis of Affordable housing in Asheville NC. Kirk Booth firmly believes that building affordable housing in Asheville, NC

  • Saving Money to Achieve Your Goals

    Develop the Discipline of Saving to Achieve Your Goals   When it comes to saving money, most of us have the same goal in mind – save as much as possible as quickly as possible, while still being able to lead a satisfying and fulfilling life in the present.

  • THE EMERGING HOME WATCH INDUSTRY WITH MATT ROOKS | AREN 98

    Matt Rooks, founder of Roost Home Watch a new local business joins us on the show today to discuss the emerging home watch industry. Matt’s company specializes in keeping vacant properties in shipshape condition while the owners are away, while houses are sitting empty on the market for sale,

  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION SPECIALIST ROBIN FUNSTEN | AREN 97

    If you’ve been in real estate long enough, then you have no doubt ran into a conflict. Albeit with partners, tenants, buyers/sellers, or anyone else. Today’s episode is all about conflict resolution. Robin Funsten Community Conflict Solutions sits down with Rodrigo Afanador to talk about resolving business and personal

  • Economic Development in Asheville, NC

    As any local resident knows, our city has seen a lot of growth and economic development in Asheville the past several years.

  • Climate Change and its Effects on Real Estate

    Climate Change and its Effects on Real Estate   Anyone who has been paying attention has seen the signs – unusual temperatures, increased storm activity, and severity, broad changes in the seasonal pattern: climate change is very real, and its consequences are immediate and urgent.  We’ve been hearing about

  • Mold Remediation and Business Challenges

    Mold Remediation and Business Challenges   Western North Carolina is a beautiful place – often referred to as a temperate rainforest, our region is blessed with a huge amount of biodiversity, in both plant and animal life.  Unfortunately, what makes the area so well-suited to supporting its unique flora

  • DO YOU NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE TO BE SUCCESSFUL? | AREN 96

    This week we’re bringing you an audio-only special! This episode started as a whim to test out some new mics for the podcast and ended up turning into an interview with Nolan Freeland, who alongside producing, editing and overall making this podcast a reality has also been an integral part

  • USING A REALTOR TO BUY INVESTMENT PROPERTIES | AREN 95

    Al Sartorelli is a Real Estate Broker and Property Manager at Alpha Real Estate. Al manages over 100 different homes, tenants, and owners. On this episode, we sit down with Al to not only discuss the reasons why you should hire a property manager and when it is the

  • THESE 2 QUESTIONS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR MARKETING | AREN 94

    If you’re struggling with your marketing, and not sure which route to take then this is the episode for you. Caleb Welborn, owner, and founder of Welborn & Co. The avenues of marketing are always changing, but principles remain the same. In this episode, Caleb proposes two questions, that

  • SPRING 2019 WNC MARKET UPDATE | AREN 92

    April marks the start of Q2 for 2019, and as part of that, it’s time for our quarterly market update episode! On this particular one, we invited Stefanie Beierschmitt an investor and an agent from eXp Realty to sit down, talk stats and what trends she is seeing first

  • PURSUING REAL ESTATE INVESTING ON TOP OF A GREAT CAREER | AREN 91

    Kierna Mason is an engineer by day and a real estate investor by night. We first met Kierna when she attended one of our monthly real estate networking meetups. Kierna focuses her investing efforts mostly in the Johnson City area. If you’re looking to get into real estate investing and still hold your

  • DEVELOP THE DISCIPLINE OF SAVING TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS | AREN 89

    We talk a lot about investing in real estate and being involved in the real estate business, but we haven’t ever talked about the step before getting started… Which is saving money! Today we are bringing you that episode! Tony Pierfelice is a local investor and private money lender

  • CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS ON REAL ESTATE | AREN 88

    Today, we’re talking about a bit of a controversial subject. What effects does the development of real estate have on climate change? and what are the ripple effects as we keep developing? Dr. Doug Bruggeman Ph.D. is our guest for this episode. Tune in as we dive into his expertise!

  • Real Estate Short Sales in North Carolina | Steve Wilde The Wilde Law Firm

    Real Estate Short sales in North Carolina can sound like an amazing opportunity and a great deal for real estate investors looking to

  • Scott Bolte – Front Range Cash Buyers

    For real estate investors just getting started, the path can often seem prescribed – start out wholesaling, cut your teeth, and then, once you’ve put in your time, branch out, find your niche, and specialize.  In the beginning, that was exactly the path that Scott Bolte of Front Range

  • Asheville Vacation Rentals – Gay Weber

    In Asheville, tourism is the name of the game.  And, with visitors coming in from near and far, there’s a constant need for Asheville vacation rentals

  • Debbie Alford – Homeward Bound

    It’s no secret that homelessness is a major problem in Asheville.  We have a large homeless population for a city of our size, and in particular, have a significant number of individuals who are chronically homeless.  This isn’t an easy problem to solve, and multiple factors must be put

  • IRA Lawyer – John Hyre

    John Hyre has been a tax attorney & IRA Lawyer for 23 years, became involved with real estate law through his own investments.

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