Don Woodard

Residential Broker Associate
Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, REALTORS®
North Asheville
team: Don and Karen Woodard
cell: (828) 335-3839
office: (828) 251-1800
team member since 2012

About Me

The Asheville area is now my home and I couldn't be happier, but it took a few stops to finally get here. I was born in Fort Worth, Texas and still have family in the area. But I spent my Wonder Years in South Florida, then went to high school at Culver Academy in Northern Indiana. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and with a passion for writing and acting, I loaded up my late-model Chevrolet and moved to Los Angeles. I enjoyed almost 30 years in the entertainment industry, first as a performer for the comedy/improv group, The Groundlings, then as a television writer, producer and show-runner, writing for established network and cable series, creating pilots, and overseeing production staffs.

During those years, I met my wife, Karen — “re-met,” really — at our 20-year high school reunion. (If you had handed me a script with that storyline, I would’ve told you to rewrite it into something more believable.) And while there was much to love about Southern California, we eventually decided it was time to move a little closer to our roots. We became great students of those "Places Rated" towns, and we’re thrilled with where we settled down. Mountains, hiking trails, great weather, fabulous restaurants, golf around every corner, skiing a short drive away, and great friends who share a common belief: That living the Good Life – whatever that means to you – begins by choosing where you want to live, not where you have to.

Once in Asheville, Karen took the opportunity to become a licensed mortgage consultant, working a wide variety of clients. This experience has been invaluable, allowing her to provide necessary insight and advice to both our buyers and sellers. In 2012 she became a licensed real estate broker at what we believe is the best real estate company in Western North Carolina, Beverly-Hanks Realtors. The marketing, negotiating and customer relationship skills and knowledge gleaned from twenty years serving corporate and private banking clients, combined with her lending experience, propelled her into the ranks of Asheville’s Top 100 Realtors within three years of her licensure.

I took a slightly different path after moving here. This area is a haven for service organizations, thanks in no small part to a curious phenomenon: Asheville is home to a generation of people who arrive here, only to realize they aren’t done yet. For two years, I used my management, writing and people skills toward nonprofit development, raising funds and awareness for Pisgah Legal Services, a team that provides free civil legal aid to low-income local residents.

In 2014, I joined Karen at Beverly-Hanks, putting my descriptive writing and marketing skills to work, creating a truly effective Real Estate team.

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Experience

Karen and I started working together in 2014, and we've found that one of the many advantages of being a successful team is our ability to share the load, fully utilize our individual skills, and always be prepared for the unknown obstacles that often appear in a real estate transaction.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure you are confident that you have made informed and intelligent decisions and are pleased with the outcome of your real estate purchase for years to come.

We offer unparalleled personal service, candid advice, extensive market knowledge, negotiating skills and determination in meeting the needs of our clients. We are energized and committed and believe the keys to success are a strong work ethic, systematic process, clear communication, and willingness to embrace new technologies and best practices as they emerge over time.

We work with buyers and sellers and cater to those relocating to the area or purchasing their first, second and sometimes third home. Having moved here in 2008, without knowing a soul, we have experienced some of the concerns out-of-area the buyers may feel as well as the doubts that can develop while selling a house, in both hot and cold markets.

Hard work, systematic detailed processes, and the very real desire to help our clients find homes that will bring them joy, launched us into the ranks of Asheville's top producing real estate agents by 2015. Our business is now based on more than 80% repeat business or referrals from satisfied clients; We hope you will join those ranks.

Since 2012 we have sold over $47,000,000 in real estate properties and helped over 130 families realize their dreams. Western North Carolina is the place we were meant to be. We hope you'll feel the same, and discover, with us (if you haven't already), everything this beautiful area has to offer.

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Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Theater/Film
  • Cooking/Dining
  • Dog/Cat Lover
  • Parenting
  • Reading/Writing
  • Music
  • Golfing
  • Hiking and Camping
  • Sports Enthusiast
  • Travel

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Is there a best time of the year to buy a house?

When it comes to buying a home, there are pros and cons for each season. Generally, the best season to buy a home is in late summer or fall. There are still plenty of homes for sale, but without the intense competition found during spring. Sellers are also known for being a bit more flexible this time of the year. Zillow reports that the highest number of listings with at least one price reduction are found August–September. However, the deeper buyers venture into fall, the less choice is available. If you value choice, and you want more buyers competing for the home you are leaving, spring could be your best season. Ultimately, the best time to buy a home is when you’re financially ready to do so.

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