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One Second After

One Second After

The catalyst that started me on the path to disaster preparedness was the moment I read the book “One Second After”.  It is recognized in these circles as the seminal book on the subject.  Its a fictional tale written by New York Times Best Selling author,...
Closed Two In One Day

Closed Two In One Day

An unusual thing happened yesterday; we closed two sales in one day.  In my 30 years of real estate, I don’t recall ever closing two transactions on the same day.  While it was certainly rewarding for everyone involved, it was also stressful leading up to that...
A Timely Update

A Timely Update

It has been a while since I’ve written about the book, “One Second After” that started me on the path of self-sufficiency learning (i.e. “prepping”) resulting in changing the focus and name of my firm to Retreat Realty, Ltd.  But given...
Historic Farm on Broad River

Historic Farm on Broad River

This historic Black Mountain farm on Broad River is located just 15 minutes south of the quintessential town of Black Mountain.  For those who have read the NY Times Bestseller “One Second After”, you’ll immediately recognize the town as the setting...
Thankful For Power

Thankful For Power

Yesterday morning started like any other.  Rolled out of bed around 6 AM and already had the Christmas tree lights on their timers, so we awoke to their warm glow.  Moments after pouring our cups of coffee to await the sunrise, the lights went out.  Not just ours, but...
Power Out in Black Mountain

Power Out in Black Mountain

As I write this post, the power is out in Black Mountain.  Not only in the town of Black Mountain, but the town of Montreat and Montreat College where classes have been cancelled.  No snow.  No ice.  No wind.  Nice sunshine and mild temps.  Nothing out of the...
Heritage Life Skills

Heritage Life Skills

The annual Heritage Life Skills in Waynesville is coming up soon! Its April 12 – 14 this year and is being held once again at the Folkmoot Center. if you haven’t attended and are interested in learning the skills our great-great grandparents knew, then...
DHS Report On The Power Grid

DHS Report On The Power Grid

A recently released DHS report on the power grid presents a thorough review of the frailty of our power grid and a potential failure’s long term impact on this nation.  Most folks totally ignore the power grid.  Flip a switch, and the lights come on.  Go to the...
Active Prepping Community

Active Prepping Community

One of the benefits of living where I do is that there is a very supportive and active prepping community.  One of the gems of this area is Carolina Readiness Supply in Waynesville.  If you’ve been a subscriber for a while, you know I’ve mentioned them...
A Great Summer Read

A Great Summer Read

Here is a great summer read.  My subscribers know that the book that really started me down this path is William Forstchen’s “One Second After” (about which I’ve written elsewhere).  As I meet others from around the country, many of them tell...
Heritage Life Skills VI

Heritage Life Skills VI

Heritage Life Skills VI is coming up April 21- 23 in Waynesville at the Folkmoot Center.  If you’ve not attended, but are into prepping, off-grid living, homesteading or just want to learn some long lost skills, you simply must attend.  HLS is one of the most...
New Property Coming

New Property Coming

Have a new property coming soon.  This one features 131 acres of beautiful land in southeastern Buncombe County (Asheville).  Its hardly ten minutes from downtown Black Mountain with its dozens of privately owned restaurants along with every shop and service you could...
The Final Day

The Final Day

Our good friend and best selling author, Dr. Bill Forstchen has been busy signing copies of his newest book, “The Final Day”.  This is the third and final installment in the “One Second After” trilogy.  The second installment was “One...
Non Electric Cooking Bag

Non Electric Cooking Bag

The Non Electric Cooking Bag?  What’s that? While visiting Jan Sterrett, friend and owner of Carolina Readiness Supply in Waynesville the other day, she pointed out what looked sort of like a gigantic 60 round magazine on its side with a beret covering the hole...
New Listing

New Listing

We have a new listing for an ideal prepper property close to the town of Black Mountain.  If you’ve read Dr. Bill Forstchen’s seminal book “One Second After”, you’ll recognize the town of Black Mountain as the story is based on our...
New Listing

Upper Rock Creek Hide Out (SOLD/CLOSED)

The Upper Rock Creek Hide Out is ideal for those needing great privacy, yet convenience at an affordable price.  This property is located 14 miles south of the Norman Rockwell-ish town of Black Mountain, NC (the setting of the book “One Second After”) in a...
Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band had a top 100 hit song, “Blinded by the Light” in 1977 (although it was originally written by Bruce Springsteen in 73).  Great tune with some forever confused lyrics.  However, if you want to really be blinded by the light,...
An Evening with Dr. William Forstchen

An Evening with Dr. William Forstchen

Last night I had the pleasure of introducing Dr. William Forstchen and his wife Robin to the Charlotte chapter of the Carolina Preppers Network.  Around 95 people from as far away as Myrtle Beach attended the dinner and presentation.  They were not disappointed. As...
The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

After years of ignoring the very real threat of an electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP), the US House Committee on Homeland Security recently passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.  Like most government programs, it is best known by its acronym...
Bug Out In Style

Bug Out In Style

Normally, a survival property offers a lot of acreage without any kind of covenants and restrictions, but occasionally, I find a property in a platted development that may be a good fix for some.  Very often, to get a large amount of acreage, one must spend quite a...
Bug Out In Style

Planned Community Lots

The Planned Community Lots grouping is unique.  All of the other listings on Retreat Realty have a minimum of five acres or more, however, in this case, we are featuring a grouping of our exclusive listings for consideration as retreat properties because they are part...
Heritage Life Skills Event

Heritage Life Skills Event

Whether you’re new to the idea of disaster preparedness or not, the Heritage Life Skills V is something I highly encourage you to attend.  Held April 29th through May 1st at the Haywood County Fairgrounds outside Waynesville, it is the most comprehensive event...
Bill Forstchen To Be Featured on Glen Beck

Bill Forstchen To Be Featured on Glen Beck

I  just spoke with friend and Black Mountain neighbor, Bill Forstchen who informed me that he will be a guest on tomorrow night’s (February 17th) airing of the Glen Beck Show on The Blaze between 9 PM and 9:30 PM EST.  So if you happen to be close to your...
Mini Farm Near Brevard

Mini Farm Near Brevard

This is a totally turn-key mini farm ready for your dreams.  Located less than 20 minutes from Asheville, just across the county line in a rural area this fifteen acre farm is ideal for the first-time/wanna-be farmer or the more seasoned veteran.  Everything is ready...
Complete Retreat Center on 200+/- Acres

Complete Retreat Center on 200+/- Acres

This amazing 200+ acre retreat center in Madison County is located just across the county line from Asheville.  Its in an area called “Spring Creek” which is between Asheville and the resort town of Hot Springs.  Spring Creek is a lovely farming community...
Water Is Necessary

Water Is Necessary

Water is as necessary for our survival as oxygen, so what plans do you have in the event your water supply is compromised?  Here in the U.S. we expect that every time we turn on the faucet, clean water will pour out.  Fortunately that’s pretty much true, but ask...
200+ Acre Retreat Center in Madison County

200+ Acre Retreat Center in Madison County

We recently listed this amazing 200+ acre retreat center in Madison County located just across the county line from Asheville.  Its in an area called “Spring Creek” which is between Asheville and the resort town of Hot Springs.  Spring Creek is a lovely...
Earthquake

Earthquake

The other morning, I was awakened around 4:15 AM being shaken by an earthquake that occurred in eastern Tennessee.  It lasted for about five seconds, and I immediately concluded that’s what it was.  No damage was reported and I immediately drifted back to...
Parson & Kirstein Testimonial

Parson & Kirstein Testimonial

Dear Mr. Haynes: We are writing to thank you for the excellent service you provided to us in the recent sale of our family’s long-held property in Fairview, NC. From the beginning, we were very impressed by the way you presented yourself and Retreat Realty. You are...
Emergency Trauma Treatment

Emergency Trauma Treatment

When planning for a grid down situation and heading to one’s bug out location, much of the discussion centers around food storage, shelter and firearms.  However, an equally important component is that of medical treatment.  If such a situation should arise, you...
What Makes a Good Retreat? – Vol. 5

What Makes a Good Retreat? – Vol. 5

In prior posts we’ve described the need for a low profile, low density, distance from town and having a water supply.  Today we hit on the very simple, yet important aspect of proximity to your primary place of residence. For most of us, we can’t live at...