Press Release: Cottonwood Properties in Black Mountain is collecting Hurricane Relief supplies for North Carolina Coast

Press Release

Cottonwood Properties in Black Mountain is collecting Hurricane Relief supplies for North Carolina Coast

Cottonwood Properties is accepting donations through Sunday to fill their moving truck before driving to Wilmington Monday morning

September 19, 2018—Cottonwood Properties, located in Black Mountain at 100 W. State Street across from the Town Square, has been collecting hurricane relief supplies since news of the storm hit. Many area businesses have already joined Cottonwood’s efforts, including the wonderful folks at Jim Cook Chevrolet who are filling up a pickup truck in their car lot right now to add to our cause at 1075 North Main Street Marion, NC 28752.

Other local supporters so far include:

  • Ingles Corporation

  • John Haynes, Retreat Realty

  • Emily Bartlett and Tim Johnson, Keller Williams

  • Mark Morris, Black Mountain

  • Chuck Pittman, Allstate Insurance

  • Polly Leadbetter, Lake James Realty

  • Old Fort Elementary School

  • Cindi Davis

Cottonwood Properties owner, Eddie Colley, hopes that they’re able to fill their Company’s Client Courtesy moving truck to the brim with hurricane relief supplies. Most helpful items people can donate include:

  • Water

  • Batteries

  • Non-perishables

  • Blankets

  • Flashlights

  • Any cleaning supplies including brooms, dustpans, masks, bleach, household cleaners,

  • canned goods, coffee, tea, cleaning supplies,

  • Visa gift cards

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Solar Chargers

  • Solar lights

  • Diapers/wipes/formula

For those located in Asheville, Alex King Yarmo is collecting supplies to add to the truck at the downtown Keller Williams office located at 86 Asheland Avenue.  

“We’ve got a long way to go to fill this big truck, so please drop off your supplies now through Sunday,” Mr. Colley says. “We’ll be heading out early Monday morning to drive everything we collect out to Wilmington.” Folks that want to drop off supplies over the weekend are encouraged to send a Facebook message to the Cottonwood Properties’ page at or contact Eddie Colley directly through private message at

About Cottonwood Properties

Our team at Cottonwood Properties is dedicated to offering the best customer service possible, with high standards and a culture of caring. When you're looking for a Real Estate firm to help you navigate through the process of buying or selling, you need to choose a company that is experienced, local, and has a proven track record. Cottonwood Properties is a full service Real Estate firm focusing on sales and short- and long-term rentals in Asheville, Black Mountain, Montreat, and surrounding areas. We take pride in our knowledge of the Western North Carolina (WNC) region. Whether you’re looking to purchase a condo in downtown Asheville, or rent a vacation cabin getaway in the mountains, we’re here to help.

For more information, call Cottonwood Properties at (828) 419-9128, visit their website at or connect with Cottonwood Properties on Facebook or Instagram.

Help Us Help Our Coast!

Client Courtesy Vehicle

Some of you may already know about our moving truck or seen it around town (with our smiling faces on it!), which we allow any past or current customers to use free of charge. It's just one way we try to give back to our wonderful clients and community! But now, we are going to put our moving truck to work helping our fellow North Carolinians on the coast after Hurricane Florence passes through. Current predictions show the monster storm hitting our coast late Thursday or Friday.

Here's a list of North Carolina counties under mandatory evacuation, according to NC Emergency Management:

  • Dare County – mandatory evacuation for entire county effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 11
  • Hyde County – mandatory evacuation for residents to Ocracoke effective Tuesday, Sept 11
  • New Hanover County – mandatory evacuation for UNC-Wilmington
  • Onslow County – mandatory evacuation of Topsail Beach effective Tuesday, Sept 11
  • Pamlico County
  • Tyrell County
  • Currituck County – mandatory evacuation for Currituck Outer Banks (Corolla and Carova) effective 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 11

And here is a list of North Carolina beaches under mandatory evacuation:

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Indian Beach
  • Emerald Isle
  • Pine Knoll Shores
  • Ocracoke
  • Carolina
  • Kure
  • Wrightsville Beach
  • Topsail
  • Currituck Beach
  • Outer Banks (visitors)
  • Oak Island (visitors)
  • Holden Beach (visitors)

Supplies are already depleted in the area, and of course supplies will be even thinner after the storm. So, we are turning our Black Mountain office at 100 W. State Street into a supply drop-off center until Tuesday, September 18 at 5pm. Please HELP US HELP OUR COAST and FILL OUR TRUCK with water bottles, first aid kits, canned goods, batteries, sanitation/personal hygiene supplies, etc. Here's a list of other suggested supplies:

Let's pull together as a community and help our coast heal after the storm. No donation is too small. THANK YOU, and please spread the word to your family and friends in Western North Carolina. See you at the office!

5 Most Popular Pieces of Content for August

Every month, we're going to share a roundup of the five most popular pieces of content that we've shared. We hope you find these fun, interesting, and/or useful too!

1. 24 Hours in Asheville, NC 

Created by Dig Local Asheville, an app that helps you stay on top of daily specials, events, fun things to do, and other deals, this video shares this video in order to answer the question: "What can you pack into a single day in Asheville, NC? A lot! Whether you already dig Asheville, or you’re thinking about visiting, check out all the things that make this mountain town like no other place on the planet."

2.  A peaceful morning has broken at Sheets Gap (MP 252.8). Nothing like starting the day off with a view like this!

Every time we get to drive or hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we pinch ourselves because this mountain range and America's Favorite Drive is truly a magical route that we try to enjoy as much as possible! 

3. Western North Carolina has a rich railroad history. Black Mountain celebrates its ties to the railroad and its significance in our community's history each and every day.

Watch the video shared by Visit Black Mountain here.

4. 22 Sellers Lane Black Mountain NC

And the listing that got the most attention this month is this beauty!



5. Those Monday Blues...

Last but not least, we also make sure to share some things to just plain ol' make our followers laugh sometimes, and folks certainly enjoyed this Monday blues post! 

Follow our daily posts to Facebook and Instagram today!




Top Ten in the Carolinas Region

Top Ten Team in Carolinas Region for July 2018

In July, our Black Mountain real estate team earned a top ten spot in the Keller Williams Carolinas Region. We were thrilled to represent Western North Carolina alongside strong teams from Charlotte, Kernersville, Pinehurst, Fort Mill, and Burlington. 

Having a regional Keller Williams office and all the support, education, and resources that come with being part of the Keller Williams family is a wonderful asset for our team. And these monthly Tops Lists are certainly motivational as we want to provide the best service and opportunities for our clients AND be the best real estate company in Black Mountain ...and in Western North Carolina...and in all of North Carolina...and in all of the Carolina Region! 

As an organization, Keller Williams has been named in the past year as:

  • #1 training organization across all industries
  • More offices represented on top real estate brokerages list than any other franchise
  • More agent teams ranked by closed transactions and sales volume than any other franchise
  • #1 Power Broker Brand with 32% of top brokers
  • #3 Happiest Companies to Work for
  • Top Company Cultures
  • One of the top 50 franchises for women
  • Only real estate company on "Fast & Serious" list of 40 smartest-growing brands

These accolades and more are why we're proudly a Keller Williams team that focuses on a hyperlocal approach. Our mission is to provide our Black Mountain clients the best possible experience whether they're selling their home or buying a home, and we are so happy that July was an amazing month for many of our satisfied clients and for our special team. We truly love getting to work, live, and play in this beautiful part of America with our Black Mountain community!

And as SmartAsset shared this week, "The average property tax rate in North Carolina is .84%, which is the 20th-lowest in the U.S." Just another reason to #ChooseNorthCarolina!

Client Testimonial: We Netted 30K More Working with Eddie Colley

We had to share our latest client testimonial written by a very happy client that allowed us to work with him to sell the very home that we also helped him buy a few years ago. 

"Eddie is the guy in Black Mountain, period. If you're buying or selling a home and don't use him you're crazy."

Bottom line: We netted over $30K more selling our house than if we had used another realtor. Here are the details:

We bought a house in Cheshire in 2013 for $581K. Eddie was our buyers agent then, and did a great job. But when our plans changed and we decided to sell the house 4 years later, we talked to 3 well-respected realtors (including Eddie). Our guess was that it would make sense to list the house for $650K, then if we got lucky we'd end up with an offer near that, and after paying realtor commissions and a few minor repairs (that are always needed after buyer inspection), we'd probably break even on the house, or maybe make a little. We didn't suggest the selling price to any of the realtors- we wanted to see what THEY suggested.

The first two realtors suggested exactly what we thought made sense--list the house for $650K, and see what happens. When we asked if we should "freshen" the house with new carpet and interior paint (both probably about ten years old), both advised against spending money on that, saying the buyers would want to choose their own colors, etc. That seemed to make sense to us, too. Then Eddie came over.

He said, "Do you want to know what I really think?" Obviously, we did. He said that we had a gorgeous house, but it really didn't come off that way. The paint and carpet were old and probably dated. We had furnished the house with our older furniture from our main house in Ohio, and added some Ikea things. Eddie said we should hire a staging company to select modern paint and carpet colors, and we should have them "stage" the home with nice furniture, artwork, etc. He said if we did that, he was confident in pricing the house at $700K. I thought that price was high, but it hadn't made sense to me that the other realtors didn't want us to paint the house and do carpet- it just looked "worn-out." Who wants to buy an expensive house that looks "worn-out"?

So, we went with Eddie. Hired the staging company he recommended, who chose paint and carpet, and redecorated the home with some our furnishings, and some new furniture and artwork added. Then we held our breath. It's not unusual for high-end vacation homes in Black Mountain to take a year or more to sell--there's just not a lot of buyers at those prices. We were confident we had made the right decision, the house looked GORGEOUS, but knew it might still take a long time to sell. Eddie also did great marketing, including great photos, a nice color brochure, even an online walk-through. And of course, he did open houses for both realtors and potential buyers. Several people looked at the house, some more than once. But no nibbles.

And then, after only a couple months, we had not only an offer, but a FULL PRICE offer. And, yes, it was a real buyer. After the inspection, there were a few minor repairs needed to make the buyer happy, and we gladly paid for those (since we don't live in the area, Eddie actually arranged and managed the repairs for us). Then we closed. The buyer is very happy, and so are we! We sold the house for $50,000 more than the other two realtors would have listed it for. After deducting the cost of the paint and carpet (which I bet we would have ended up doing anyway if we had gone with another realtor) and the staging fee, we netted about $30,000 more by using Eddie. Not because he simply wanted to try to sell our home for a higher price, but because he had a detailed, logical plan to make the house more desirable. 

Black Mountain the First Town to Earn Certified Entrepreneurial Community Status

Black Mountain, Certified Entrepreneurial Community

For people interested in starting a business, Black Mountain, North Carolina might be just the place for you to stretch your entrepreneurial muscles. In fact, Black Mountain was the recipient of the FIRST Certified Entrepreneurial Community (CEC®) certificate for a town in America. They earned this status in part because "Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley want businesses to know they are welcome. Businesses who come or grow here find it easy to do business, and business people reach out to each other, mentoring and helping when owners are in a pinch. An active youth entrepreneurial program is helping keep young people in town, assuring this entrepreneurial community will thrive for decades" according to CEC®. 

Local leadership credits this recognition to several factors, including:

  • People are friendly and accepting
  • 7 large conference centers mean lots of people (and potential customers!) coming and going 
  • Supportive business community
  • Home to two colleges, Montreat College and Warren Wilson College
  • Home to dozens of businesses that "wouldn't move anywhere else"
  • Asheville, a well-known independent business hub, sits just 20 minutes away with tons more amenities and plenty of nightlife 
  • In just downtown Black Mountain, you can buy Appalachian crafts, locally-built furniture, eat locally-sourced food, and find plenty of stylish clothing, jewelry and accessories. 
  • Several music venues
  • Walkable pristine lake
  • Locally-roasted coffee
  • Home to an active youth entrepreneurial program

Many local business owners have adopted some version of the philosophy of "making a customer for life." We here at Cottonwood Properties share that goal and want to be your go-to business for all your Black Mountain real estate needs. Many local businesses, like us, are led by husband-and-wife teams who share a passion and vision for our thriving community.

We feel lucky to be part of a forward-thinking town that understands the importance of shopping and supporting local! 

Top Content of the Month June 2018

Black Mountain North Carolina Mountains

Fall colors in Black Mountain, North Carolina (Photo by Southeast Discovery)

This year, we've made an effort to step up our digital presence, and it's been a lot of fun interacting more with folks, especially on Facebook and Instagram. It also shows us what content grabs our audience the most, and we're going to start doing a round-up style piece each month to showcase what content people have been loving the most. So whether it's a history piece about the area, insights on managing your finances, or information about an awesome mountain home, area, or activity, this is the most popular content for June 2018.

1. Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of an American Mill Town

This piece provides a brief history of Swannanoa dating back to its 1776 roots when it was called Shawano or Shawnee by the Cherokee Indians. 

2. Spring in WNC!

A collection of photos showcasing the beauty to be found in Western North Carolina.

3. 6 Reasons to Live in Black Mountain, North Carolina

One local shares a roundup of six reasons why he loves living in Black Mountain, including its convenience to getting around Western North Carolina thanks to the town's proximity to I-40.

4. Sourwood Festival

When a festival has survived 41 years, you know they are doing something right! This year's festivities take place on August 11-12 and include a Sourwood Idol amateur singing contest.

5. Black Mountain Grants Endowment Fund Announces $91K in Grants

Roundup of recent grant projects in and around the Black Mountain and Swannanoa communities.

Have a topic you'd like us to cover in our July blog posts? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter

Black Mountain's Delightful Craft Beverage Scene

Cottonwood Properties at Pisgah Brewing fundraiser VegOut

The Cottonwood Properties team hanging out at VegOut, held at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain June 9.

It’s no secret that North Carolina is a major craft beer hub, with more than 260 craft breweries already opened and more opening every day. This makes it one of the beer powerhouses of the East Coast (Pennsylvania had 236 breweries accounted for at the end of 2017; New York had 214, with no other state coming in with more than 200). Of course, the competition gets stiffer when factoring in California (520) and Colorado (252). But the WNC region is also starting to take other craft beverage industries by storm, like hard cider, alcoholic ginger beer, and non-alcoholic crafted drinks like kombucha and craft sodas. Here’s where you can drink locally crafted suds and more in and around Black Mountain.

Black Mountain Ciderworks and Meadery

We love ciderist and mazeer Jessica Puzzo Bowman’s approach to cidermaking as she keeps it super-local. “We focus on what is local...and choose to appreciate how specific terroir of Henderson County shapes the complexities of our cider as a finished product,” she stated to Mountain Xpress. And she has a garden-to-glass approach as well, taking ingredients straight from her on-site garden to add to her ciders such as lavender, pineapple sage, and rosemary. Plus, Trips to Discover named Black Mountain Ciderworks one of their “6 Best Places to Go Cider Tasting in NC This Fall” last year (but we say go try their ciders anytime!).

Lookout Brewing

Lookout Brewing Company is a tiny brewery located across the street from some of the best pizza around at Fresh Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta. Last year, they expanded the taproom and production facility, but the laid-back, hang-for-awhile vibe hasn’t changed. They also employ interns from the A-B Tech brewing program, and often have live music on weekends. Read about their plans here in Black Mountain News.

Pisgah Brewing

Pisgah Brewing Company is the place to go for live music and craft beer in Black Mountain, and they certainly keep a jam-packed events calendar, like hosting the recent VegOut fundraiser for Bounty & Soul, which we were honored to help sponsor. They also host food trucks five days a week, have two stages, and even have a 9-hole disc golf course.

5 Reasons People Love Living in Western North Carolina

Cold Mountain North CarolinaNo doubt we could list hundreds, no, thousands of reasons we love living in North Carolina, and Western North Carolina specifically. But, we figured we’d let others do the talking, so we’ve rounded up 5 reasons people think living in WNC is awesome.

1. From’s “23 Reasons Why North Carolina Might Just Be the Best State Ever

“If you want to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Tar Heel State doesn’t disappoint. The Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains all thread their way through the western part of the state, and it’s where you’ll find some of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.”

2. From Only in Your State’s “Here are 20 Reasons Why Living in North Carolina is the Absolute Best

“You’ll never run out of delicious new restaurants to try. North Carolina’s food scene is consistently ranked as one of the best, and most progressive in the nation. We have tied with states like California on notable lists for “best restaurants” in the country.

3. From U.S. News & World Report

“For many residents, the primary draw is the area’s prime access to outdoor activities. The metro area is located a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which features opportunities for seeing wildlife and stunning vistas, and hiking miles of trails.”

4.  From “Life in Western North Carolina

With mountain living comes plenty of access to streams, lakes, and rivers throughout Western North Carolina...Or, keep it simple and head to one of the many swimming holes in the area, like Paradise Falls.”

5. From The New York Times’ “A Cultured Retreat in the Shadow of the Seven Sisters

“The half-million-acre Pisgah National Forest is adjacent to town and is known for some of the best hiking and mountain biking in the South, and stream like Curtis Creek make for excellent fishing. In addition to the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, galleries in town feature many local artists.”

Why do you live in Western North Carolina (or, why do you want to?). Share with us on Facebook!