Geri Ellis

Residential Broker Associate
Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, REALTORS®
cell: (828) 329-2677
office: (828) 628-3532
team member since 2022

About Me

I was born and raised in New York City and North New Jersey. I moved to Florida where I married my husband and had my two wonderful children. My daughter, Jeanne, is the manager of the Inn on Biltmore Estate and has blessed me with two beautiful grandsons. My son, John, is a Captain with the Asheville Fire Department and is also a real estate agent with Walnut Cove Realty. I currently live in Fairview, NC in a small rural community of only 14 homes - a long way from NYC! I enjoy spending time with my family and supporting church functions and charities including the Salvation Army, the Humane Society, the Shriners Hospital, and St. John the Baptist Church in NYC, among others.

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As a seasoned, licensed real estate professional for nearly 20 years, I love finding the perfect fit for buyers at the best price and helping sellers through a fast and stress free (as possible) closing. I have a GRI designation as a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of the National Association of Realtors and enjoy working with first time home buyers and more experienced buyers as well as sellers.

My career in banking with JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street in the Commercial Letter of Credit Department before moving to New Jersey and working for Thomas J. Lipton in the Accounting Department has prepared me well for the complexities of the real estate market. After relocating to Florida, I began my career in real estate as the V.P and CFO for a real estate company, custom builder and land developer who helped develop Bay Hill Country Club, where I was able to add real estate custom site building to my professional skill set.

I moved to Western North Carolina in 2002 where I owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Laurel Park outside of Hendersonville. Many of my guests were visiting the area looking for retirement homes and I saw a need to get my real estate license, especially given my background in real estate in Florida. I enjoy working alongside my Walnut Cove Realty Southcliff colleagues as we help our clients navigate the real estate market in Western North Carolina.

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How is the tax bill of a home determined in North Carolina?

Real property is appraised at 100% of market value and includes land, buildings, structures, and improvements. State law requires counties to reappraise every eight years, but many counties reappraise every four. A bill can be a combination of tax rates. For example, a home inside the City of Asheville and Asheville City School districts will have three separate tax rates represented on a bill: the Buncombe County rate, the City of Asheville rate, and the Asheville City School rate. All rates are totaled to calculate the total tax liability. Tax rate estimates for our mountain communities can be found on page 127 of the Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Welcome magazine.

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