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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…

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…

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…

Black Mountain Mountaintop

Black Mountain Mountaintop

We just listed approximately 25 acres of prime mountaintop land just outside the upscale resort town of Black Mountain.  Located just minutes from town, yet a world away, these 25 acres offer…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

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…

Upper Rock Creek Hide Out (SOLD/CLOSED)

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…

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. …

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…

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…

Planned Community Lots

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…