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Western North Carolina 159 Acre Property

Western North Carolina 159 Acre Property

This recently listed western North Carolina 159 acre property is an outdoor lover’s playground.  Located within 1,500′ of the famed Blue Ridge Parkway, yet convenient to the four lane US 221 just…

Preparing For A Major Snow Event

Preparing For A Major Snow Event

For those of us in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we’re busily preparing for a major snow event.  One very nice thing about living in western North Carolina is that we have four very…

Letter Of Reference

Letter Of Reference

Its always rewarding to get a very nice letter of reference.  For those of you who have met me to look at property, many of you have seen the three ring binder I carry with me that contains…

Homemade Antiseptic

Homemade Antiseptic

Here’s a great, simple recipe for a homemade antiseptic.  When we get scrapes or small cuts, we often reach immediately for the alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, but this all natural ointment does…

Head To The Hills

Head To The Hills

According to a recent New York Times article written by Alyson Krueger, the cry “Head to the hills” is becoming more common as the talk of climate change continues to grow.  Whether you believe…

New Farm Listing Near Asheville

New Farm Listing Near Asheville

Check out this new farm listing near Asheville!  If you’ve been looking for a beautiful, updated, manageable farm that isn’t in the hinterlands, this is it.  Fourteen acres of gently rolling…

Appalachian Solar Works

Appalachian Solar Works

The other day, I had a chance encounter with Chad Colwell, Co-Owner of Appalachian Solar Works.  I was leaving Staples when this large utility van pulled up with their logo all over it, so I…

Armchair Agents

Armchair Agents

We’ve all heard of “armchair quarterbacks”, but what about armchair agents?  I’ve been involved in real estate since August 1987 when I started as an apprentice real estate appraiser.  Worked for…

Handling The Hurricanes

Handling The Hurricanes

Handling the hurricanes has become a requirement for folks living in North and South Carolina these past few weeks with Hurricanes Florence and Michael coming through.  Now the hard work begins….

What’s in the Water?

What’s in the Water?

What’s in the water that we see covering the eastern half of North Carolina?.  Though hurricane Florence is long gone, the rains it brought and poured on the North Carolina Piedmont are just now…

Preparing for Hurricane Florence

Preparing for Hurricane Florence

Here we are in the mountains of Western North Carolina and we are preparing for Hurricane Florence.  Seems odd to think that a weather event that is mostly associated with coastal flooding and…

New Summer Camp Listing

New Summer Camp Listing

We have a new summer camp listing for a 20 acre camp located just south of Hendersonville.  This beautiful property adjoins North Carolina Game Lands and the Green River Gorge area.  Its an…

Preparedness Month

Preparedness Month

In case you didn’t know, September is Preparedness Month.  Time to pull together your preps and review what you have.  Read a good book on the subject or take a class to learn a new skill.  In…

Fisherman’s Paradise

Fisherman’s Paradise

We just recently listed a fisherman’s paradise located on the N. Toe River in our beautiful western North Carolina mountains.  This 46 acre parcel features a custom built four bedroom house with…

Japan’s Electric Trains

Japan’s Electric Trains

Japan’s Electric Trains:  I just returned from a two week trip to Japan.  It was actually my fifth time there as I’m married to a missionary kid (“MK”) who was born there, as was her father, and…

A Little Time Away

A Little Time Away

Its been a very busy first half of the year, so I’m taking a little time away.  Won’t be writing anything for a few weeks as I visit my wife’s old stomping grounds in Japan.  Its a much needed…

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming soon we’ll be introducing a grouping of modestly priced properties that have a lot to offer the homesteader or those simply looking for a rural building site.  These properties consist of…

Invasive Plants

Invasive Plants

Invasive plants such as Kudzu aren’t anything new in these mountains, but one in particular is especially disturbing.  As I write this post, I have a mild case of Poison Ivy.  Its a real…

Sensible Mountain Preparedness Seminar

Sensible Mountain Preparedness Seminar

Our good friends at Carolina Readiness Supply in nearby Waynesville are hosting the Sensible Mountain Preparedness Seminar on July 14th from 9 AM to 6 PM.  Come for the whole day or part of it. …

Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane season is here!  We got an early start with Tropical Storm Alberto recently when it dropped around 12 inches of rain in our mountains over the span of a couple of days.  Did a pretty…

New Farm Listing

New Farm Listing

This new farm listing just north of Asheville is a beautiful spot for a family farm, retreat or bugout location.  Its easy to reach, yet very private and rich in resources.  There are more than…

Water Water Everywhere

Water Water Everywhere

Water water everywhere!  That’s how its been the past few weeks, then we got hit with numerous inches of rain from Tropical Storm Alberto.  Caught everyone by surprise.  It just parked over the…

Solar Forced Air

Solar Forced Air

Did you realize you can heat your house with solar forced air?  Yes, it is true (to a certain extent).  Basic physics teach us that hot air rises, and if you can capture hot air, then funnel it…

The Ants and the Grasshopper

The Ants and the Grasshopper

In today’s mail, I had a flyer from Emergency Essentials with a foldout recounting Aesop’s fable, “The Ants and the Grasshopper”.  You older folks will remember it, but the younger ones among us;…

Hot in Hawaii

Hot in Hawaii

Things have gotten hot in Hawaii of late.  You can’t watch the evening news without seeing the amazing video of the creeping lava flows engulfing entire neighborhoods.  How quickly one’s daily…

Silence Is Golden

Silence Is Golden

When the power goes out, silence is golden.  What do I mean by that?  Last week due to high winds, our power went out for about seven hours.  We live in a rural area with no houses in view, but…

92 Acres Near Lake Lure

92 Acres Near Lake Lure

We just listed a great 92 acres near Lake Lure located just about a half hour from the Tryon International Equestrian Center.  This property is ideally suited for a private retreat, homestead, or…

Cape Town’s Day Zero

Cape Town’s Day Zero

If you’ve not yet heard of Cape Town’s Day Zero, do a google search or just read about it here in USA Today.  “Day Zero” is the day government officials in Cape Town, South Africa estimate the…

A Kind Letter of Reference

A Kind Letter of Reference

In this business, it is always an honor to get a nice letter of reference in the mail.  I recently closed the sale of the 66 acres Goldsmith parcel I had listed outside Asheville that had been in…

Affordably Priced Ten Acres

Affordably Priced Ten Acres

These affordably priced ten acres with excellent access and features is offered with owner financing.  This is a rare find.  The property sits at 4,000′ elevation in a very private, small lot…

Heritage Life Skills

Heritage Life Skills

It is now April, so that means two things: The Masters in Augusta, Georgia and the Heritage Life Skills Event at Carolina Readiness Supply.  Each year our good friends at Carolina Readiness…

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…

New Homestead Prepper Community

New Homestead Prepper Community

Once in a while, we get introduced to some really unique opportunities and this new homestead prepper community is one such example.  I must first note that it is located in eastern Tennessee and…

Buckhorn Tavern Farm Listing

Buckhorn Tavern Farm Listing

The Buckhorn Tavern Farm listing represents a very upscale property ideally suited for a family retreat property, bed and breakfast inn or a wedding event venue.  Its one of the highest quality…

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

For those of you who don’t have an acre or more for a garden, the Garden Patch Grow Box is a must.  I purchased some of these last year and was amazed at the results.  It takes up very little…

Whistle While You Work

Whistle While You Work

“Whistle while you work” is a good habit to follow when out in the woods.  In my business, I do a lot of hiking on large land tracts, often by myself.  Therefore, I always carry a few things with…

One of the Best

One of the Best

Its nice to be recognized as one of the best among one’s peers.  That’s what happened just this week when survival blogger Tara Dodrill included Retreat Realty as the #2 such agency on her…

Tsunami Alert

Tsunami Alert

As of a few hours ago, a tsunami alert was issued along the west coast of the United States after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Gulf of Alaska.  No reports yet of damage or such, but…

50 States to 49?

50 States to 49?

A few days ago it seemed almost as if the United States was about to go from 50 states to 49.  That’s when the emergency broadcast center in Hawaii sent out an alarming notice of an inbound…

New Lake James Property

New Lake James Property

We just listed two new properties within a 1/2 mile of Lake James having direct access to the North Fork of The Catawba River.  These properties are of 22 and 16 acres with some wonderful…

Bugout property or Homestead?

Bugout property or Homestead?

What’s the difference between a bugout property or homestead?  For most of the characteristics, they are very similar.  The primary difference comes in the way the buyers/owners approach…

New Look

New Look

We have a new look here at Retreat Realty.  Its been over a month since our last post, and that’s been due to a number of circumstances that coalesced together into a perfect storm.  A death in…

Ultimate Off Grid Property

Ultimate Off Grid Property

If you’re looking for the ultimate off grid property, this is it, and it won’t cost you a fortune! This four bedroom ranch is situated just fifteen minutes from Hayesville, NC on a beautiful year…

Leave the Driving To Us

Leave the Driving To Us

Leave the driving to us. When coming to our area to look at real estate, its important clients have an understanding of what to expect. Its a sensitive topic, but something that needs to be…

Another Closing

Another Closing

Always good to have another closing. With the Thanksgiving holiday and lots of other things going on, it is a pleasure to have another closing come about. This one involved a 57+ acre parcel…

EMP Commission Report

EMP Commission Report

A recent Homeland Security subcommittee report presented to Congress describing the threat and impact an EMP could have on the continental U.S. was featured in Forbes Magazine. Anyone who follows…

Customer Appreciation Day

Customer Appreciation Day

Our friends at Carolina Readiness Supply are hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Day this Saturday, October 28th. This is a great opportunity to stock up on essential supplies as they will…

Fire On The Mountain

Fire On The Mountain

Fire on the mountain! That’s a cry no one wants to hear. But the wildfires in California bring to mind the fire storm that overtook Gatlinburg, TN last December. I have friends in Tennessee who…

SOS How to Survive

SOS How to Survive

The other night, I watched my first episode of the Weather Channel’s new show, “SOS How to Survive”. Unlike so many of the staged prepper shows such as Doomsday Preppers and such, this one offers…

Lots Going On

Lots Going On

Hard to believe it has been more than a month since my last post. Have had a lot going on. No, I wasn’t impacted much by the hurricane(s), just been busy with the showing and listing of…

Round Knob Lodge

Round Knob Lodge

The historic Round Knob Lodge is now available for sale.  Click here for the full information page including a 3D walkthrough tour and video.  Its an exceptional property on 29 acres with large…

Keep Out!

Keep Out!

Keep Out!  That was the message from a property owner I came across, although not necessarily directed at me.  In my line of work, I often come across some amazing properties and interesting…

The Helical Outpost

The Helical Outpost

I thank my friend and fellow broker, Billy May for introducing me to the Helical Outpost from Helical Holdings.  While the main purpose of its creation is to promote goodwill and low impact…

What’s yours is mine

What’s yours is mine

In a “What’s yours is mine” move, police and sheriff departments across the country have been seizing assets from drug dealers and other malcontents for years by using what is known as “civil…

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…

New Prepper Homestead

New Prepper Homestead

This new prepper homestead is an excellent option for those looking for a property with two residences, lots of water, privacy and good gardening area.  Located between Fontana Lake and Bryson…

Without Power

Without Power

Yesterday afternoon, a brief but violent storm blew through our town and suddenly we were without power.  It was a sobering reminder of how dependent we are on the power grid.  Your whole mindset…

Celebrating Your Liberty

Celebrating Your Liberty

On this July 4th, I hope you are celebrating your liberty.  After all, its been paid for by the blood and sacrifice of countless Americans so that you can enjoy more than hot dogs, fireworks and…

Avoid The Bugs When Bugging Out

Avoid The Bugs When Bugging Out

Here are some tips for ticks this season.  In this business, I spend a lot of time hiking through woods, pastures, climbing over downed trees, grassy fields and old barns.  As a result, its not…

30 Acre Bugout Property

30 Acre Bugout Property

We just took the private listing for a 30 acre bugout property.  Its an absolutely beautiful property with all that one needs for a secure, resource rich prepper property.  Click here to view the…

Ultimate Sustainable Survival Property

Ultimate Sustainable Survival Property

For the ultimate sustainable survival property, look no further.  I had the pleasure of meeting an electro-mechanical engineer who has built a most complete survival, off the grid property for…

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

A busy weekend and week has put me behind in posting.  But I’m not complaining.  This weekend saw two more listings go to contract: the Sustainable Farm and Holcombe Farm properties.  Neither of…

Day of Remembrance

Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance during which we remember those who have given their all and thank those among us who have lost loved ones in the service of our nation.  Some folks confuse it…

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…

WannaCry Ransomware Attack

WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Companies and governments are still reeling from Friday’s WannaCry Ransomware Attack.  We’re all now well familiar with computer viruses and such, but many folks had still never heard of…

Off The Grid Wonder

Off The Grid Wonder

This Off The Grid Wonder is a prime example of all that one can do to live off the grid and sustainably from the land, yet in comfort.  Living off the grid doesn’t have to mean living in a yurt…

Weekend of Learning

Weekend of Learning

The recent Heritage Life Skills in Waynesville provided a weekend of learning.  HLS is by far the best event of which I know wherein one can gain a lifetime of knowledge in three days.  You’ve…

Another New Listing

Another New Listing

We are pleased to announce another new listing.  This time, its a 131 acre tract located 25 minutes north of Asheville just outside the college town of Mars Hill.  Off the beaten path, but…

Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns

Many happy returns (to Uncle Sam).  Now that the 2016 tax season is officially over, my mind wondered over to thinking of where does all that money go.  Its practically impossible to tell these…

Heritage Life Skills

Heritage Life Skills

Its time again for the sixth annual Heritage Life Skills in Waynesville.  If you’ve not attended one of these before, I highly encourage you to do so.  This is the most complete event of its kind…

Outsider Club

Outsider Club

I recently had the good fortune of having Jimmy Mengel, Managing Editor of the Outsider Club interview me and now publish the interview on their website here.  For those who don’t know, the…

Biggest Listing Yet

Biggest Listing Yet

Morris Glen Farm is our biggest listing yet.  At 761 acres, Morris Glen Farm located in McDowell County (Marion, NC) is the largest listing in the MLS within seven counties.  We’re honored to…

A Safer Smarter Grid

A Safer Smarter Grid

The current issue of Time Magazine has an article titled A Safer Smarter Grid as part of its cover story of America’s aging infrastructure.  I’ve written several times in previous posts about the…

New Cabin and 40 Acres

New Cabin and 40 Acres

We recently listed a wonderful 3 bedroom, 3 bath cabin on 40 very private acres with two year round streams and a pond.  This is an exceptional value in that it is an immaculate house with all…

Thank You Veterans

Thank You Veterans

Thank you Veterans!  This post has nothing to do with real estate or prepping, but rather a public thank you to our veterans. I just had the privilege of attending a Black Mountain Chamber of…

Market Is Up

Market Is Up

Like many areas of the country, the real estate market is up for property in the western North Carolina mountains.  This has been true for a few years now in regard to single family homes. …

Seed Vault?

Seed Vault?

Does your homestead or bugout spot have a seed vault?  No, I’m not talking about a steel safe with stacks and stacks of seeds on shelves.  A seed vault simply means having heirloom, non-hybrid,…

A Sustainable Farm

A Sustainable Farm

We’re pleased to have just listed a sustainable farm 15 minutes from Black Mountain, NC.  This farm is situated on 14+ acres of prime land and is easily accessible, yet totally hidden from view. …

Another Major Glitch

Another Major Glitch

Once again, another major glitch has brought down a substantial portion of the internet.  As of 11:45 AM EST, Amazon Web Services which maintains its Simple Storage Service for the likes of…

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 Listing

New Listing

We have a new listing for a 131 acre tract just outside the town of Black Mountain.  Click here to read the property description and view photos of this exceptional property.  Featuring creeks,…

Silicon Valley and Prepping

Silicon Valley and Prepping

What do Silicon Valley and prepping have in common?  Turns out, there is a growing interest in prepping out there and elsewhere in the high tech sector.  An article in the current issue of “The…

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

One of my favorite movies is Apollo 13, which chronicles the events surrounding the explosion on the Apollo command module in 1969.  Its one of the few “based on a true story” movies that is…

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”…

New Pocket Listing

New Pocket Listing

We have a new pocket listing that will be of interest to some of our readers.  I toured this property back in the spring and at the time it was listed with another firm.  The owners didn’t get…

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…

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  As we pause to celebrate Christmas amid the hustle and bustle of getting and giving…

Price Adjustment on the Pisgah Ranch

Price Adjustment on the Pisgah Ranch

There has been a price adjustment on the Pisgah Ranch.  Pisgah Ranch is a property built with bugging out and prepping in mind. Situated at the end of a private road in southwestern Buncombe…

Picking a Prepper Property 2

Picking a Prepper Property 2

In my prior post on pricing a prepper property, I described the impact the distance from town can have on finding an affordable survival or bugout property.  Generally the further out you go, the…

Pricing a Prepper Property

Pricing a Prepper Property

How does one go about pricing a prepper property?  There are many characteristics I’ve described in previous blog posts that make up a good bugout or prepper property.  An interesting point is…

Stocking Stuffers for Your Prepper?

Stocking Stuffers for Your Prepper?

Looking for some stocking stuffers for your prepper?  Then look no further than this list Tess Pennington has compiled on her blog site.  Lets face it, many of the items you find for sale on…

Sold One, Listed Another

Sold One, Listed Another

Here at Retreat Realty, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday week, including the fact that in the last few days we sold one, listed another!  Through the year, we’ve been…

Fried, Scrambled or Hard Boiled?

Fried, Scrambled or Hard Boiled?

Do you like your eggs fried, scrambled or hard boiled?  If you have backyard chickens, you can have them any way you like, because with a coop of egg laying hens, you have an unlimited supply. …

“Only You can Prevent Forest Fires”

“Only You can Prevent Forest Fires”

Growing up, I remember hearing Smoky the Bear saying “Only you can prevent forest fires”.  It was quaint, but the seriousness of it was lost on a 9 year old boy who was more interested in playing…

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. …

Unable to Access Account

Unable to Access Account

If you saw the message “Unable to Access Account” when attempting log in to your online accounts week before last, you were like millions of others.  A concentrated Denial of Service attack was…

Amid the hype

Amid the hype

Here at Retreat Realty, our purpose is to assist those seeking a personal retreat or survival property to find the most suitable property.  The entire philosophy of one needing such a survival…

Prepper World Summit 3

Prepper World Summit 3

The Prepper World Summit 3 begins October 23rd through the 31st, and there’s never been a more important time to be prepped.  The Prepper World Summit is an online format featuring many of the…

Cell Tower Power

Cell Tower Power

In a grid down situation, how long before cell tower power goes out as well? Its well known that cell phone towers have back up power to keep cellular service up and running when the power goes…

Out of Gas

Out of Gas

“Out of Gas”  Not something you really want to hear, but hear it we are.  The discovery of a leak in the Colonial Pipeline gas line which distributes 1.3 to 1.5 million gallons of gasoline per…

SOLD AND CLOSED ANOTHER

SOLD AND CLOSED ANOTHER

We recently had the pleasure of assisting buyers as we sold and closed another great property up in northern Madison County (north of Asheville).  This 20 acre property featured end of the road…

Cooking with the Sun Oven

Cooking with the Sun Oven

This weekend I tried out cooking with the Sun Oven during a practice bugout scenario at a friend’s farm.  The Sun Oven worked perfectly.  There was basically no assembly required and I had it out…

The Borrowed World

The Borrowed World

While in nearby Waynesville visiting my friends at Carolina Readiness Supply, I picked up a copy of the book The Borrowed World by Franklin Horton.  Started reading it this evening and had…

Protecting Electronics from an EMP

Protecting Electronics from an EMP

Protecting electronics from an EMP needn’t be complex or expensive.  It can be done with every day items, and be very effective.  First, what is an EMP? Regular readers know that an EMP stands…

New Affordable Property Listing

New Affordable Property Listing

We just signed up a new affordable property listing that should have broad appeal for various reasons.  The Little Camp Creek Tract is situated in Rutherford County in the foothills between…

A Man’s Best Friend

A Man’s Best Friend

It has long been said that a dog is a man’s best friend.  For those in the prepper movement who may have a mountain survival property, a dog is likely to be much more than just a friend and…

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…

The Brits Did It

The Brits Did It

Well, the Brits did it.  By a narrow margin of less than two percent, the citizens of Britain voted to leave the EU and chart their own course.  About the only guarantee is that there will be a…

Venezuela Unravels

Venezuela Unravels

Venezuela unravels and you need to be wondering, “Could this happen in America?”  Venezuela sits on the largest oil reserves in the world.  That’s right, more than Saudi Arabia.  At one time,…

The Upcoming Bank Bail In

The Upcoming Bank Bail In

Are you and I going to be part of the upcoming bank bail in?  What is a “Bail In” you ask?  You’re not going to like it. We’re all familiar with the big bank bailouts of 2008 and 2009 for those…

Huntsville Farm

Huntsville Farm

The Huntsville Farm is one of the most special, ideal North Carolina prepper properties we’ve come across.  If you’ve read “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, then you know about Gault’s Gultch.  Well,…

Britain’s Vote On The 23rd?

Britain’s Vote On The 23rd?

Why should we care about Britain’s vote on the 23rd?  If you’ve not been following overseas news lately, you may have missed the debate about Britain’s historic vote on June 23rd in which its…

TV Casting Call!

TV Casting Call!

Here is a TV casting call for anyone interested in their fifteen minutes of fame on television.  Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call from a television producer in California that is…

Carolina Preppers Network

Carolina Preppers Network

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Charlotte chapter of the Carolina Preppers Network.  The group consists of hundreds of members that stay connected through a web based…

From One Who Lived Through Katrina

From One Who Lived Through Katrina

Had an email recently from one who lived through Katrina and it was a sobering tale of warning to those who are unprepared.  Steve B. shared his story of how he and his wife flew into New Orleans…

Fire On The Mountain!

Fire On The Mountain!

Just the other day while heading to one of my listings to show potential buyers, I got a message from the seller that there was fire on the mountain!  Thinking such a situation would be a huge…

Prime Bug Out Property

Prime Bug Out Property

The other day, I had the opportunity to tour a prime bug out property with its owner.  The Pisgah Ranch was designed from the ground up to be a North Carolina survival property.  It looks like a…

What is “Due Diligence”?

What is “Due Diligence”?

Much of what Retreat Realty does for folks is conduct due diligence.  But what is “due diligence”?  Its a real estate term describing the research and analysis of a property to determine if it is…

Raising Rabbits

Raising Rabbits

Raising rabbits as a food source is something most of us find unsettling.  After all, how could one butcher a cute bunny?  But when the economy tanks and the grocery stores are stripped bare, our…

Three Days of Learning

Three Days of Learning

Just completed three days of learning and showcasing at the Heritage Life Skills event in Waynesville, and what an event!  Retreat Realty had its display booth featuring western North Carolina…

NPR Broadcast on Survival Real Estate

NPR Broadcast on Survival Real Estate

Today a friend of mine alerted me that on the afternoon broadcast of “All Things Considered” an NPR broadcast on Survival Real Estate would be aired.  I hurriedly turned on my Bose Wave Radio and…

Heritage Life Skills

Heritage Life Skills

Just a reminder of the upcoming Heritage Life Skills event taking place at the Waynesville Fairgrounds this weekend April 29, April 30 and May 1.  Our friends at Carolina Readiness Supply are…

An Affordable Bug Out Property

An Affordable Bug Out Property

More often than not, a North Carolina survival property entails a sizable amount of acreage in order to provide privacy and the natural resources one may need in an off the grid living…

Earthquakes In Two Days

Earthquakes In Two Days

Amazingly, we’ve witnessed three earthquakes in two days time with two of them in southern Japan and a third in Ecuador.  These reminded me of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe and Osaka Japan…

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…

Survival Property Testimonial

Survival Property Testimonial

In today’s Inbox, I received the following survival property testimonial from a recent client.  This individual had responded to a mailing I’d sent to his area saying he had been thinking of…

Fiat Money And Bartering

Fiat Money And Bartering

When most people hear the word “fiat”, they think of the Italian auto company that builds tiny cars sold via edgy television ads.  However, when put into the financial world, “fiat money” simply…

JUST LISTED WNC CAMP PROPERTY

JUST LISTED WNC CAMP PROPERTY

Going it alone may be for some, but for many of us, there is strength in numbers.  Its just nice to sometimes have neighbors to call upon when needed.  This property is ideally suited for just…

CLOSED ANOTHER ONE!

CLOSED ANOTHER ONE!

We’re pleased to announce that yesterday Retreat Realty served as the buyer’s agent on the closing of a 107 acre parcel in Wilkes County, NC.  This was a beautiful gently rolling wooded property…

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…

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…

Who You Gonna Call?

Who You Gonna Call?

With the revival of the hit movie “Ghostbusters” and the tag line “Who you gonna call?”, it prompted me to raise the question about communications in an emergency situation.  There are many…

Do You Need a “Bug-Out Bag”?

Do You Need a “Bug-Out Bag”?

In the prepper world, there is a lot of discussion about “bug out bags” or “get out of dodge (G.O.O.D) bags” meaning a backpack you keep close by that is filled with materials to help you get…

A Great Retreat Property in Ashe Co.

A Great Retreat Property in Ashe Co.

I recently walked a 208 parcel for a client in Ashe County, NC about 25 minutes northwest of the quaint town of West Jefferson.  West Jefferson is a thriving mountain resort town where nearly…

Cooking with the Volcano

Cooking with the Volcano

In a recent meeting with a group of like minded guys, we discussed food and its preparation.  Several have made plans with 100 gallon propane tanks to hook up to grills.  But in a long term grid…

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…

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

Last night “60 Minutes”, the CBS news show broadcast an interview by Scott Pelley of the current Director of the CIA, John Brennan.  If you’ve read this blog in the past, you’ll recognize the…

Vital Records

Vital Records

When a major natural disaster strikes, the American Red Cross and other relief agencies often set up temporary shelters in schools, churches and municipal buildings.  The services these agencies…

Winter Storm  Hits Home

Winter Storm Hits Home

As I write this post, according to Kentucky authorities, there are an estimated 3,000 vehicles stranded on I-75 buried in snow and have been there since the sun went down yesterday.  It is now…

Track Cyber-Attacks Live

Track Cyber-Attacks Live

My wife recently attended a company seminar on cyber-security where they were reminded of the importance of protecting their passwords and online information.  But upon returning home, she told…

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…

Duke Energy: Combating Cyber-attacks

Duke Energy: Combating Cyber-attacks

The front page of the December 21, 2015 issue of the Asheville Citizen-Times featured an article about Duke Energy’s efforts to combat continued cyber-attacks on its critical systems.  The fact…

The Pentagon Announces its Plan

The Pentagon Announces its Plan

In yet another acknowledgement of the possibility of a cyber-attack on our nation’s power grid, the Pentagon recently announced it is planning for such.  The Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation,…

Another Reason to Prepare

Another Reason to Prepare

Yet another headline about a major power outage.  This time, its in Crimea, the section of Ukraine which Russia recently annexed.  Don’t think that this is a third world environment accustomed to…

Paris – Friday the 13th

Paris – Friday the 13th

I am not a superstitious individual at all.  Numbers and dates are just that: ways to record and communicate time and quantities.  But Friday, November 13th will forever be etched in the minds of…

Ted Koppel Gets It

Ted Koppel Gets It

The idea of needing a survival retreat or preparations for disaster (man made or otherwise) is most often considered the realm of fringe actors and conspiracy theorists.  However, it should be…

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…

Japanese Government Disaster Guide

Japanese Government Disaster Guide

Had an interesting conversation with close family members the other night who lived in Japan for many years in Osaka and Kobe, two extremely large metro areas.  While there, they lived through…

The Risk of “Normalcy Bias”

The Risk of “Normalcy Bias”

Its been said that the majority of the population lives with the mindset of “Normalcy Bias”.  This means they are so accustomed to the conveniences and routines of life that there is no awareness…

Announcing Retreat Realty

Announcing Retreat Realty

After 28 years in the real estate business, John Haynes has launched Retreat Realty with the focus of helping forward thinking individuals locate properties that can provide them an “out of sight…