Elisa Petree

Residential Broker Associate
Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, REALTORS®
team: Petree and Tousley Team
cell: (828) 712-9939
office: (828) 697-0515
team member since 2021

About Me

As the daughter of a former IBM executive, I spent 10 formative years of my life moving with my family from my native Southern California to Denver, Colorado; Upstate NY; and St.Louis, Missouri, returning to California during my sophomore year in high school. These years of uprooting and relocating taught me how to adapt to new environments and social groups and provided rich experiences as we traveled and explored our new cities. This also meant living in many new homes, and even as a child, I understood the importance to a family of finding the right house.

I graduated with a B.A. in Art from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, where I met the love of my life. We married in 1990 and moved to Asheville in 1992 with our four-month-old baby girl, buying our first dream home (and first renovation) in the Montford Historic District. After adding two boys to our family, we restored another historic home in South Asheville, bringing us closer to Veritas Christian Academy, where our children were enrolled (and later graduated from), and where I would go on to teach in the art department. We are deeply committed to our faith in Jesus Christ and value being part of a local church family. We thank God every day for the privilege and blessing of living in WNC.

Tidbits about me:

*I love to travel—I studied abroad my sophomore year in college and I have visited 21 foreign countries and counting!

*I love gardening and cultivating house plants.

*I love all things birds: Watching, feeding, and decor.

*I love to paddle board, locally on the French Broad River and Lake Jocassee, and in Florida in the gulf and on the Blackwater River.

*I love Yosemite National Park, CA, where my family has vacationed every summer for generations.

*I love the sun, especially on the Gulf Coast of Florida where we spend time as a family multiple times a year.

*I love being called “Mom Mom.” Lowen, our grandson, lives nearby with his mommy and daddy and frequently gets to spend the night with us.

*I love walking, hiking, and running the trails of WNC.

*I love puzzles of all sorts and the challenge of untangling things.

*I love good food, good drinks, good music, and especially good friends and family who share these things with us.

*Fun fact: My husband and I both have a parent who is a twin.

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I love houses! I love looking at them, designing them, decorating them, and staging them. I am married to a general contractor, and together, we have personally walked through more than a dozen real estate transactions since moving to Asheville in 1992. This includes buying and selling personal and investment properties, developing and building new construction, as well as passionately renovating historic homes, one of which was awarded the prestigious Griffin Award in 2005. Additionally, we have worked with dozens of clients, helping them envision new possibilities for their homes, providing design services for remodeling and additions, then walking through the process with them, helping their dreams become reality.

I love to do research! As a lifelong learner, I love to find answers to questions or explore new ideas, just because they come to mind. I am also a finder of all things needing to be found, whether it is the best car for our teenager, the highest rated travel bed for my grandson, or the most economical seed for my bird feeders. Helping my clients find their perfect home is by far the most rewarding research I could do.

I am an artist and, prior to real estate, was an art educator at a local private school. My years in the classroom have honed my natural organizational skills and have made me very efficient, flexible, and patient.

My primary goal as a real estate professional is to provide honest counsel, informed guidance, and knowledge of the market to clients, walking alongside them as they make one of the most important transactions in their lives. I am highly focused and goal oriented. Combined with being a problem solver and a creative visionary, I can confidently assure you your needs will be met.

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  • Pepperdine University
  • Pepperdine University


  • Visual Arts
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Theater/Film
  • Dog/Cat
  • Cooking/Dining
  • Fitness
  • Parenting
  • Personal Wellness
  • Reading/Writing
  • Spiritual/Religious
  • Music
  • Bird Watching
  • Gardening
  • Hiking and Camping
  • 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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