THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM  - ASHEVILLE  Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !  (Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)

THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !

Real Estate Broker/Owner / Asheville, NC
Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.

Get to know THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes






We want to know how our trailblazing team can help to find "happy trails" for you, since Asheville mountain land is full of surprises. There are hillsides and valleys to explore, and the possibility of a rainbow around every turn in the road.


Questions, Answers,Insights and Humor


(We'll call you back ASAP) CALL: 828-776-0779



With over a three decades in business and many years full time experience in real estate  we can say this is a land of wonderful possibility for you. We like to offer our insight and knowlege of the Asheville area to our clients. Professional representation means we know how to interpret buying and selling  data and convey important information to you.



WE KNOW and love LAND.  Do You?

CLICK HERE TO SEE  an Asheville Places and Views  photo gallery we created for you ...



 "... it is a collaborative adventure..."



 Here is a glimpse of the natural beauty and abundant real estate choices in signature mountain homes on LARGE ACREAGES & LAND FOR POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS in the Greater Asheville area. Here too is a sure-fire way to connect with what is most important to you whether you are selling or buying or investing in LAND in the AshevilleNC area.


The Greater Asheville, NC area is highly desirable in terms of creative retirement. The region affords excellent healthy-built homes and LANDs that embrace the area's natural blessings..AND MANY POSSIBILITIES...our wish for you is that here YOU may discover that dreams do come true- under that very rainbow of pure possibility.

Email me   and let's begin a conversation ....and please know that through our network of  professional colleagues we can refer clients to REALTORS® and real estate –related professionals all across the USA.



Do you know the Number One thing under $50 that is a great renovation essential for "boomers"?  If you love the idea of creating a home that works for all-regardless of age or physical ability,

You should know that our team at Asheville 1031 is into sustainable excellence! We write about planning a place to live at our blog here at Active Rain/Trulia and in our helpful eBooklets.

For those of you looking for a quick self-mentored guide,  our eBooklet Aging-in-P A L A C E " is in the top 10 aging-in-place books on Kindle- QUICK START GUIDE TO LIFELONG HOMES.



Let's talk about possibilities, creative lifestyle information. Visit our Founder’s  BLOG  - janeAnne,  the "Silver Sage"- Broker/Owner Designations: ePRO,NAR  GREEN, EcoBroker, EcoCertified Real Estate Consultant 

Asheville 1031 LAND & LIFELONG HOME BROKERAGE -1031- Sustainable Excellence at Home. We love Asheville. We  can help You get to know Asheville before investing in acreages and lifelong homes here. You can identify challenges and solutions and save time and money.

-High Performance Lifelong  ("Aging-in-Place") Homes



WE ARE  A FULL-TIME REAL ESTATE CONSULTING SERVICE  comprised of real estate and real estate-related professionals.
We are happy to sit down to have an honest conversation with our clients over a cup of coffee or tea. We are dedicated to interpreting online data for the benefit of clients. Over many years we have realized that a first-hand perspective from a local real estate professional can make a Big Difference for our clients. This can facilitate buying and/or selling decisions.

SPECIAL MARKETS: New Green Construction, Luxury View Homes and Condos, Post 50 (Aging-in-Place) Properties for “ Boomers”, Sustainable  Land and Homes, 10+ Acre Estates and Family Compunds, Permaculture, Mountain View Land, Large and Conservation Acreages, Organic Farms, Family Farms, Horse Properties, Green Construction  and Remodeling, Pocket Neighborhoods, Eco-Friendly Communities, Golf Communities and Neighborly Places.

WHERE WE WORK:  Cities and Neighborhoods in Western North Carolina --
Alexander, Arden, Asheville, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Biltmore Forest, Biltmore Lake, Buncombe County, Candler, Fairview, Fletcher, Leicester, Madison County, Mars Hill, Marshall, North Asheville, Swannanoa, Weaverville, West Asheville, Woodfin.




ArchitectsAppraisers (Home and Land)

AttorneysBanks/Mortgage OriginatorsBuilders (Quality Green and Energy Efficient)


Energy Efficient Systems Contractors

Home Inspectors

Landscape Architects

Lighting Contractors (Energy Efficient)

Mold/Mildew Inspectors

Pest Inspectors

Radon Inspectors

Septic Systems Installers



FOREVER HOMES ("aging-in-place")

Accessible Homes


Baby Boomers


Eco-Friendly and Green

"Senior" Specialists 




FOR SELLERS: ASHEVILLE AREA NC SELLERS’ MARKET is very strong and fast. When you factor in the quickly rising competition for buyer attention, what can make your property a  stand out in the marketplace?  Answer: GET READY!


1.      Attract-Ability: Think Allure. Think Curb Appeal. Think Staging. Then let us help you make it happen with a walk-through consultation. We have the experts to “fine tune” your property for standout Attract-Ability.

Think of seeing your home with fresh eyes- as if you have just returned from a three-week vacation. Then you may be more likely to view as a potential buyer’s does. Over the years we have come to see that those homes we have staged sell faster.

2.      Perspective: Think First-Hand. Request an onsite CMA – a comparative market analysis  from a local real estate professional that can help market your property.

3.      Visual Appeal: Color digital photography – land and home- from professional photographers who understand how to provide accurate presentations as well as light and angle aspects.



please feel free to ask about our


Contract negotiation, closing assistance, other consultation-  $75/hr

Home measurement (when no current appraisal is available) - $150

Color digital photography - $50/hr

Land and Site Evaluation- $200/hr

Upload seller or pro digital photos (full 24 photo gallery) $325

Brochure design with digital photograph of exterior of property .. $150

Host and Open House (2 hour event )  Hosted by REALTOR® and staff- - announcement of, signs for,  beverages and sandwich platter- $300

Staging consultation with photographs and written report- $300


  Asheville 1031® - common sense approach geared for LAND INVESTMENTS, PROPERTIES FOR POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS and Leading Edge Baby Boomers


1. Listening to and understanding  a New Approach to investing in Property- supported by data interpretation for real estate in the Greater Asheville area. 

 2. Connecting for tried-and-true support eco-friendly and related land development professionals

3. Providing information DATA INTERPRETATION that can benefit you when making LAND INVESTMENT decisions.

4. Taking time to design a step-by-step approachin a mutually beneficial process for you and your family. 5. Offering years of expertise as a certified GREEN BROKERS and in a broad LAND network - as well as extensive outreach in social media:  Active Rain, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter -tuned in to the news.

6. Being vigilant- looking out for what matters to you, and supplying objective fiduciary counsel. 



The LAND & Secrets of "Aging-in-PALACE" Revealed





Asheville Market Reports & Trends
My Asheville HOME MOVIES Videos Senior Issues 


EAT. STAY. LIVE ASHEVILLE!                 

Asheville Neighborhoods Asheville SCHOOLS Weather & CLIMATE in Asheville, N.C.   Asheville Eateries ASHEVILLE Greenside Featured Listings MAPS and Directions WILD HORSE FUND please help Asheville Historical Events GOLF Communities HOPE FOR HORSES Audubon’s Green Golfer™ Pledge Senior Issues UN-Retirement




~ "I am in the middle of my second transaction with janeAnne as my Broker. Without qualification, I will say she is the best REALTOR® I've ever worked with as well as one of the most intuitive people I've ever encountered.   In late 2004, after an email exchange, janeAnne pretty much "knew" what I was looking for, assured me we'd find it,  initiated and directed the search, which we did over several days, covering a large area on the map, and then helped me identify, negotiate for a piece of land in a community which is perfect. 

Now, some  years later, I am about to  close on yet another  property she told me long ago I would be looking for!   She's honest, diligent, smart, patient, funny, knowledgeable, and pleasant to drive around with in a car. I highly recommend janeAnne Broker-in-Charge at The ECO-Steward Real Estate Firm. " ~ Don Silver  ~


~ “Thanks for always remembering us from the start, when we first met, all the way through to years to  later when you listed and SOLD the home we bought from you….” P.R.   

~I was "wowed", blown away by what a top-quality product you put together for our parent's home .Thank you so much for this superb presentation/product....Game On!"    Robby  ~ "Thank you for all you are doing...this seems like an unending marathon with no finish line discernible!!!! You are the only bright spot on the horizon:) " S.S. 


~ "You're the best pet friendly broker I know! ... Thank you for the extra time you have spent to make us feel comfortable during our planning period. If you go this far out of your way to help us in the planning phase of our move, what must your service be like once we are actively engaged in the move itself...." A.S.


~Your "New Approach"  to connecting us as sellers with buyers made us realize that even in a tough market, we might have a better chance to be seen. B.P. 

  ~ Bill and I  want to thank you for all of your efforts in selling our home in Fairview Forest. From our first talk with you at our kitchen table, we felt reassured that your attention to detail and that little "something extra" that is uniquely JaneAnne would bring us success. 

Being strangers "from back East", we were so glad you were able to knowledgeably explain the competitiveness of the market here in Western North Carolina and why our home would need to make it to the First Page of Google to be seen and have good exposure. You said you planned to use a combination of good-old-fashioned techniques plus what you called the “proven power of technology” to reach more potential buyers and generally get the word out about our home. 

It was a good conversation about what we now call "The Plan"- especially when it came to the time-frame for selling and realistic expectations in terms of the Listing Price.  You taught us new terms like comparative market analysis or CMAand offered us an idea of what a realistic asking price should be, how long our house might be on the market, and what improvements (including professional staging) we might budget for.   Thank you for all your exceptional work and “Selling Tips”. We especially liked the information cards you placed around the house for the showings. They really did point out the features of our home for buyer’s and their agents when they came. I was amazed that we sold so quickly and I am sure it was thanks to you.   

We also want you to know that we appreciate your exceptional work ethic and warm personal style - Not only did you make the process trouble free but we learned so much along the way.      

Thanks again,
 Bill and Sue Russo




"... more on a collaborative adventure..."

LAND BROKERAGE WITH A NEW APPROACH  _____________________________________________________________xo  ___________________________


ASHEVILLE NC ACCOLADES- TOP 10 LISTS::Second and Vacation Homes
Green-Built Homes  Active Retirement Opportunities


  Asheville's Top 10 include recognition for

NATURE LOVERS. Asheville will thrill you."Most Beautiful Places in America."

DOG LOVERS, My-Twylah wants you to know that Asheville is on the Top 10 List released its list of "Top 10 Resort Areas to Visit with your Dog"

YOGA ENTHUSIASTSYoga Journal magazine "10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns."

ARTISTS! You will find this link of interest: AmericanStyle magazine's Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations

BREW PUB FANS "Asheville, BeerCity USA 2011 makes it a three-pete




 CONTACT janeAnne -M.A., CSW,  Changing Aging consultant with a NEW APPROACH  _____________________________________________________________xo  ______________



Restoration/ Renovation -A Special Farm Home

Preview of Asheville Area Sustainable Home

 Cross the Stream - Bridge to Asheville Home

30 Second  Movie of the Birth of an Asheville ECO Village  

Pleasant Stroll from Asheville Area Home to Stream

2 Minutes Wheeling Along the Path from the NO STEP exit to a 3 acre park-like setting at this PET-Friendly NC Handicap Accessible LAND!

Overlook Path at The Eco-Villages at Crest Mountain-Asheville

Turn Up the Volume for Sounds of the Mountain in Autumnand Flock of Geese Migrating



The SOUND of the Mountains




 CONTACT TRAILBLAZING TEAM A NEW APPROACH  _____________________________________________________________xo  ______________



Possibly one good reason why Asheville hits so many TOP 10 LISTS is that it is also a place to enjoy the company of good neighbors, the proximity of the wonders of Nature...  and sharing our stories...    Here's Our Story  

     Real Estate runs in our blood. Back in the day, between rounds of golf, Dad built a successful real estate brokerage based on positive relationships in the community and with his clients.  With our family's guidance we learned that whether in golf, real estate, or in day-to-day life,"paying attention" is all-important. 

 With family roots that go way back in the mountains and valleys around Asheville, North Carolina ( a couple of hundred years,) the National Association of REALTORS® reminder that

"...under it all lies the land...."   has special meaning for us. 

It runs in the family. The patriarch of our family, a million dollar REALTOR back in The Day  and now my son and I held/hold LAND dear.

...I guess that is where our story begins...


"There is only so much Land, " Dad said, I hope your grandchildren can experience it as we do today." 

My career path as schoolteacher, career coach, corporate marketing consultant, and publisher and author curved gracefully back to the mountains and a family real estate business where sustainable innovation rules, and where, not long after coming home to Asheville in 2000, I launched Asheville 1031 Real Estate Firm.   ...and a NEW APPROACH to LAND BROKERAGE that employs  a tech-savvy approach to sustainable excellence.

Today I continue my walk on the LAND and am so excited that my son has joined our team. He's also a professional photographer with a Goof Eye for special points, and a way with all the professionals involved in making things happen in real estate.

As I "age-with-grace" as a  leading edge boomer ..out on the land...and as the curator of The Sage Companion Project - where our focus is - again sustainable excellence, it's  a privilege to come to be valued and respected by clients and the real estate community, especially for a particular expertise in properties that demonstrate innovation  in Quality of Lifestyle and Life-Healthy-Homes, beautiful horse properties and pocket neighborhoods and village communities,... and LAND.

Here in Asheville, the emerald jewel in the mountains of Western North Carolina, our mutual real estate story starts with conversation that can lead to "happy endings."



 CONTACT US -HOMES ON THE LAND BROKERAGE TEAM _____________________________________________________________xo  ______________


...Talk Around the Kitchen Table

SO IMPORTANT! YOUR FAMILY. YOUR HOME. This understanding is at the heart of that story.  As we sit around the "kitchen table" or at a cozy coffee shoppe, I want you to know that, as a REALTOR® I am dedicated to helping you connect with your FOREVER  mountain home and/or land legacy in and around Asheville real estate. 

JT and I are  passionate about the Greater Asheville area and about making the process of exploring and finding LAND for your pocket neighborhood, eco-village and green-built home here in the Asheville- Black Mountain-Marshall-Mars Hill area - in Buncombe and Madison County, as enjoyable and smooth as possible.

We know that this means accepting the challenge of a professional adventure- It starts with planning, listening, problem-solving, consulting especially about the value-added benefits of sustainable properties, interpreting data you may find online from the perspective of local reality...and so much more. You know, it simply is important to understand the whole process required to keep the momentum moving in a positive direction.

Communication with clients (YOU) and with  the other parties in the transaction, the builder, the lender, the attorney, the inspectors, the surveyor...etc...could be daunting without a good heart from all concerned... and a good sense of humor. 


 ________________________________________________________________________________AREAS OF EXPERTISE ::





Sustainable Excellence at Home

1031 ExchangesGreenBuilt HomesBaby Boomers' Nests

Lifelong Homes ("Aging-in-Place")
 Referral Services

Eco- Friendly Properties of Enduring Excellence. 



Through the years great care has gone into learning  not just about one town in the Asheville area but about Buncombe, Madison and the surrounding counties too.


We personally have driven most of the back roads through the mountains (had some Big Adventures along the way) with the result that we are  better able to help you make a considered choice about LAND.

You may be able to tell from this photo that we learn - continuously...from clients, colleagues, conversations, and experiences.

We also learn from continuing education in Real Estate, an industry that is constantly changing. Designations: Eco Certified ®Real Estate Consultant (NC)-  NAR GREEN®, ePRO®. This last designation means that when it comes to literacy online, we are current and can be of real assistance to clients relocating to Asheville. ..especially those interested in our TECH-SAVVY APPROACH TO CONNECTING SELLERS AND BUYERS.

So if you're thinking about Asheville, Black Mountain, Marshall and points in-btween in the Greater Asheville area (Buncombe/Madison counties) real estate ...

whether you are considering a mountain home or village or pocket community or horse farm or organic small farm or  land legacy, here is your connection to success the following kind words from clients can attest.

 ________________________________________________________________________________CONTACT janeAnne "Asheville's Greenolina" -M.A., CSW,  a real estate consultant and professional business person.. ...



She is the author of numerous articles on real estate. Her nonfiction titles include: Authentic Communication on the Worldwide Web and One Degree Beyond.  HGTV filmed the Eco-All-Star Team for a show on sustainable innovation for Green Week.

Interviewed for various print and online publications, Narrin holds the highly-regarded designations of NAR GREEN®,  ECO Certified ® Real Estate Consultant, EcoBroker® and e-PRO®.

Email  for complimentary Asheville Real Estate Checklists and Articles where you will find her expert real estate advice based on years of experience in Asheville's Quality-of-Life real estate market.










What real estate treasure lies beneath your rainbow!

What are your Top 10 Mist Haves in your  Asheville rainbow's "pot of gold?"

When it comes to mountain homes and/or LAND/ land legacies, real estate and enduring excellence,

what elements must be included in your story's happy endings?  



(photo taken from janeAnne's cabin in Asheville, NC.)


Are you a "Baby Boomer" seeking a truly-creative retirement? A golfing enthusiast whose heart's desire is a home overlooking the fairway or at the 18th hole?

Do you long for acreage with streams and mountain views, a family destination or mountain retreat, a horse farm in the rolling hills?

Possibly you are a discriminating adventurer seeking a sustainable, comfortable, well designed, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly place  (like this green-built home I took a photo of just the other day) to make your dreams come true... 

*see STATS on Green-Built Homes (such as the photo shows)


Let's start a conversation at the local coffee shoppe and/or via online connections ASAP.

You can save time and money this way. In fact, my Asheville area homes and land clients an average of 15 hours- of-time in the purchase of home, or about 50 hours per land purchase. Or me ASAP!

 ________________________________________________________________________________CONTACT janeAnne "Asheville's Greenolina" -M.A., CSW,  a sustainable excellence at HOME  real estate consultant and ECO Certified Real Estate Consultant..Let me know what is important to you.YOUR Dreams Can Come True in Asheville  









 One of the most sought after destinations in the USA, Asheville NC , and the beautiful mountains and valleys that surround the city welcome you home. 

With a diverse economic base, excellent healthcare facilities and schools, fantastic out-of-doors delights to enjoy, and lifestyle and cultural offerings that satisfy, Asheville is known as "The Happiest City in the USA."

Coming home to reality shows on TV isn't enough.  The beautiful Asheville mountain and valley setting provides the sounds of songbirds and bamboo in the wind, the views, the organic garden, possibility of horses, artistic pursuits......and magic!  

Relocating? Asheville's Cozy Cabins in the Mountains, Log Homes by a Stream, Elegant Downtown Lofts, or even an Artist's Dream are waiting for you. We can interpret local data that you may  find online so that you have an up-to-the-minute understanding of our real estate market.

We can let you know about the benefits existing for YOU in Asheville's 2013  Real Estate Market. 

BEST WAY TO contact me. ...Let me know what is important to you when selling or investing in mountain homes and land legacies . . .  


THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes Expertise

Expect Enduring Excellence & Lifestyles


 Asheville NC Vistas and Aging-in-Place Homes



 Sustainable homes with natural light                                               Accessible homes



Creative Retirement Lifestyle  and Your Real Estate Goals



If you  love the idea of the active lifestyle and choice for creative retirement in accessible  homes regardless of age or physical ability. If you prefer green design whether it be for a pocket community or accessible home with universal design elements, to  elegant aging-in-palace estate, or urban eco-village- or one of  Asheville's eco-sensitive golf communities where energy efficient homes overlook a fairway, I we can help you meet expectations. Let us know what interests you.


RIGHT NOW, fantastic opportunities exist in LARGE ACREAGES and around Asheville. Take your best shot at the prize by utilizing our years of experience in specialized markets, and access to our tried and true network of professionals. Here in the Asheville area, enduring excellence is expected.

Call me today at 828-776-0779 or contact me via my personal web site for solid information about age-friendly living.   As an Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultant, I am proud also to have achieved the NAR GREEN® and EcoBroker® Designations . This offers you the forward-thinking information that can support wise buying or selling choices that take enduring excellence into account and can add value to your property today and tomorrow.

I also have earned the ePRO ® Internet Experts designation.  This means I can interpret local data and the benefits existing for YOU in Asheville's 2010 Real Estate Market.  Please feel comfortable in contacting me if you have questions..   Let me know what is important to you when selling or investing in mountain homes and land legacies . . . 



 The Creative Leading Edge Boomer Lifestyle and Golf

Raised where nature has a say, in part on golf courses, I appreciate the beauty of the game of golf and the environment in which it is played. Having taken Audubon's Green GolferTM Pledge, I also appreciate the emerging focus on sustainable golf facilities- sited, designed, constructed and managed in ways that enhance the Greater Asheville community. These courses, and their attending "homes on the green"  can help to reduce or eliminate the impact on Asheville's amazing natural resources. This I say not only as an eco-friendly real estate professional, but as an avid putter! Golf and real estate run in my blood."  ~  

My current awards are...   

  • English

My skills are...   

ASHEVILLE SIGNATURE & GREEN-BUILT HOMES, MILLION-DOLLAR VIEWS. AWESOME ACREAGES. Talk with us about sustainable excellence at home. NAR GREEN®, Eco®Certified Consultants, ePRO®. NC LIC 209970
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