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“I love this business. I just can’t imagine doing anything else”
Bill Fishburne is a residential specialist working primarily in Henderson and Buncombe counties. His office is in the Beverly-Hanks Hendersonville office. His is a seasoned real estate agent with an incredible background, loyal clients and deep roots in Western North Carolina.
Bill is a man of all seasons with multiple successful business careers that moved him all around the county and the globe. His background ranges from a first job out of college (N.C. State) as Associate Editor of Car and Driver magazine, through four years in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces A-Team Leader, to Director of Communications for a Fortune 50 company. He and his wife, Barbara, raised their three children in Asheville. Bill established one of the area’s first retail computer stores (ComputerLand of Asheville) and grew it to a six-store operation in Winston-Salem, Hickory, Asheville, Greenville, Splartanburg and Anderson.
In 1992 he sold his computer stores and became a morning drive-time talk radio host. He quickly established himself as Asheville’s most popular morning talk host, a title he wore until he retired from doing part-time radio in 2004. Along the way (on multiple occasions) his personal and on-air support of military veterans caused the American Legion to name him North Carolina Talk Show Host of the Year. He also has won awards for creative writing and currently is a contributing editor and real estate columnist for Capital at Play magazine.
In 1995, while doing radio part-time, he created one of Western North Carolina’s first Internet companies, Internet of Asheville. He grew the business to serving six counties with more than 8,000 clients. In 1999 he sold the business to Earthlink.
“All that is history,” Bill now says. “What matters is that all that background taught me how to listen to people. A lot of folks come to the mountains with dreams in their heads and MLS numbers in their hands. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. My job is to pull those dreams out of their heads, put them on paper and help them determine their real wants and needs. We start with every listing in the MLS and work hard to turn those dreams into reality.
“People don’t always want a three bedroom house with a view. Sometimes what they really want is friends in a community, or privacy in the country. You never know. The challenge is to listen intently, ask questions and follow the answers wherever they lead. I think this is the right approach. I’m fortunate to be able to count many of my previous clients among my very best friends.”
If commonality of interest is a stepping stone to good relationships it is hard to find any agent – or anyone – who is easier to bond with. He still speaks and reads Spanish, a leftover from his Army days when he was stationed at Ft. Gulick in the former Canal Zone of Panama. He accumulated more than 3,000 parachute jumps during a 10-year period that started in the Army and ended with the 3,000th jump in 1976 in Hiram, Ohio. For two years he commanded the USARSO Parachute Team, America’s exhibition sport parachute team in Latin America. He also became a professional race car driver for Saab sedans and for five years drove for the Saab factory team in Sports Car Club of America competition. In 2001 his long-time friend Carroll Shelby invited him to drive a 289FIA Cobra for the factory sponsored Team Shelby Racing in vintage car races. Somewhere along the line he also co-founded the Asheville Tribune weekly newspaper and was it’s first editor.
Bill also is very involved in his community. He was an original member of the Asheville Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO). He served two terms on the Asheville Public Art Board and was vice-chairman. He also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Lyric Opera and was also vice-chairman. For 26 years he was a member of the Rotary Club of Arden and in 2000 was the club president. He has served on three church vestries and currently is Senior Warden (elect) and a 15-year member of the choir at All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River. He co-founded the Asheville Torch Club and served four terms as its President. (Torch is a club dedicated to joining the intellectualism of academia with the far more practical business experience of local citizens through debates and presentations at monthly dinner meetings.) He is a member of the Hendersonville Round Table discussion group, is the 2013 President of the Hendersonville Board of Realtors and is a Director of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. He also is a Director of the North Carolina Association of Realtors and a Trustee of the North Carolina Realtors Political Action Committee.
“My professional career is just getting started,” Bill says. “I’m forever learning new things about real estate and I really enjoy the people I meet. Everyone has a story and we all, somewhere, have something in common. I love this business. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
His hobbies include writing, sketching, cars, singing in choral groups and doting over his and Barbara’s three children and grandchildren.