Rich Cooke

Residential Broker Associate
ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, e-PRO, LSS, AHWD
Allen Tate / Beverly-Hanks, REALTORS®
Hendersonville
cell: (828) 808-9238
office: (828) 697-0515
team member since 2013

About Me

As a Native Tarheel (I grew up in Ava Gardner's hometown of Smithfield), I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1981 with BA Degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications. I was a member (elected) of the University's Student Government Council for two Years.

While in my Corporate career, I lived in Manhattan, NY's Borough of Queens, Montclair, NJ, Atlanta, GA, Tampa and Hollywood Beach, FL, before being drawn back to the beautiful state of North Carolina in 2002!

I've been quite active in the area!

  • Member of the Planning Board for the Town of Laurel Park, NC - 2007
  • Councilman - Town of Laurel Park, NC - 2008-2015 (elected position)
  • Mayor Pro Tem - Town of Laurel Park -2010 - 2012, and 2014 - 2015
  • Past Member - Pardee Hospital Foundation Board
    • Chairperson - Generations of Excellence Committee - 2011
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Experience

Customer Service has been the focus of my professional life throughout two careers, spanning 27 years in the corporate world plus the past ten years in Western North Carolina Real Estate. For 27 years I worked for Fortune 100 Companies and International firms in the Pulp and Paper Industry in positions involving sales, marketing, and sales management with territories including the Southeastern United States, the continental United States at large, Mexico, Canada, and Finland. During the years in the corporate world, I developed my total Customer-Centric approach to sales and developed a reputation as the guy to go to if you wanted a problem solved.

In 2007 I obtained my Real Estate license and brought my Customer-Centric approach to my real estate clients. Additionally, I am one of only 3% of all National Realtors who hold ALL of the following designations: Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate of the Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyers Representative, e-Pro, Senior Real Estate Specialist, and the National Association of Realtors Diversity Certification. In addition, I am certified by the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World as a Relocation Specialist.

Throughout the past ten years in Real Estate, using my Customer-Centric approach, I have assisted scores of families in both purchasing and selling their properties, receiving positive accolades from my Clients, all of whom have left the Closing table completely satisfied that my skills and abilities helped them accomplish their Real Estate goals. Among my fellow real estate colleagues, I have continued my reputation from the corporate world as the guy to go to if you want a problem solved. Colleagues have told me “If anyone can close a deal, you are that person.”

Whether buying or selling, please contact me to experience the very best in Customer Centric Service. You are my focus!

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Testimonials

Rich Cooke is thoroughly professional, knowledgeable, diligent, and refreshingly candid. I certainly would recommend him to any buyer or seller.

Buddy Massagee

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Again, would highly recommend Rich to anyone selling or buying. He kept us in the loop and advised of steps along the way which was highly appreciated. He also knows the Hendersonville area and recommended awesome painters, movers etc. We were happy with all of Rich's recommendations. Communication was top notch. Thank You Rich for everything! Mike and Shirley

Mike and Shirley Hendersonville NC

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Rich was excellent in all facets of the home search, offer, and closing process. With an in-depth understanding of the local market, Rich was quickly able to direct us to an array of homes that met our needs and budget, even during a time of low inventory. Rich was available whenever we had questions and always responded in a timely manner. After the closing, Rich remained in close communication to ensure the entire process was successful. We highly recommend Rich Cooke and will work with Rich in the future as needed.

John & Crystal McGregor, Laurel Park, NC

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As I mentioned, we were looking for a like-minded Realtor to help us find an area where folks like us were more likely to reside. Rich Cooke was the perfect choice. He helped us out in so many ways to make sure we found just the right spot, with just the right neighborhood. It wasn't the easiest of chores, as we were steadfast in our mindset to find just the right home, one that we consider would be our "resting place". Our goal was to find a house that we won't need to move from ever again, and we believe Rich has helped us find exactly that place. If your searching for a home in the Hendersonville NC area, Rich is the best Realtor you will find. We can't recommend him enough! We'd also like to thank Beverly-Hanks for being the best agency in the area. We are looking forward to our new abode and surroundings very optimistically!

Rick Gourley, Tryon, NC

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Rich Cooke was a trusted partner throughout the whole buying process. We never felt that he rushed or criticized us. He gave us constant attention and reassurance from the start of our journey in September to our closing in January and beyond. We could not have done it without his guidance, knowledge and patient support. Now we have a home we love and a friend for life. We are so grateful for Rich.

Larry E., Hendersonville, NC

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Over the years, Rich and I have had a great working relationship

Lance C. Florida

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Friendly, knowledgably and went above and beyond what was required.

Charles Howell, Columbia SC

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Rich was a pleasure to work with. He was extremely knowledgeable about the local area and helped us hone in on where to look for a suitable property. He handled every detail on the transaction is a very professional manner. He was always quick to get back to us if we had any questions or concerns. Making the move to Hendersonville was easy thanks to Rich.

Mike Kuypers, Hendersonville

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Rich did a great job. This is the second property that I have purchased through him and if there is a third, I will definitely use his services. (Or if I sell a property).

Glenn Wright, Asheville

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I've been dealing with Rich Cooke for about 8 years and all our transactions hace been no hassle and very professional I appreciate his hard work.

Lance Carbone/Florida

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Rich did a great job for us.

Butch Talbot, Hendersonville, NC

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It was a pleasure to deal with Rich. Thank you.

Renee Cole, Alabama and Rhonda Hazlett, TN

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Our first contact with Rich was when we moved to NC. He was excellent in assisting us find a home. Very professional yet friendly. He delivered a buyer quickly and was a great guidance through the sale.

Margaret LaVerde

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I got to know Rich over a period of several years and came to value him as, quite literally, “an honest broker,“ whom I could trust completely. That’s really what it came down to — a matter of trust. Although I read all contracts and forms before signing, when dealing with Rich, I knew he had my back. I’ve dealt with about a dozen agents over the course of my lifetime, and Rich has been the easiest to work with. Everything went smoothly and quickly, once we found a buyer. Never had to wait on Rich to move things along.

Dr. Darrel Drury, Sarasota, FL

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Will definitely call upon Rich Cooke again if we need a realtor. Rich was a great help and kept us informed as we were moving from out of state. We would recommend Rich in the future

Shirley C Hendersonville NC

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Rich Cooke provided us with exceptional service with the sale of our house. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He made the process easy and did a outstanding job facilitating the sale in a timely manner all the while making sure to represent our interests. I would recommend Rich Cooke to anybody that is looking for a great real Estate Agent.

Art & Halina Long, Hendersonville NC

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Rich Cooke is an excellent realtor with outstanding knowledge of the Fleetwood community and the Hendersonville area. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.

Emory Haselden, Hendersonville, NC

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Rich was great to work with. Very thorough and professional. Great follow up on inspection issues. Always kept on top of things.

Glenn Wright, Longmont, CO

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Rich is wonderful to work with. I appreciate his professionalism and refined skill with people. My house was under contract for full price in 2 days. Rich was helpful to me and kept things moving smoothly. He kept me updated at each step and kept the stress of selling down. Rich regularly checked in to see how I was doing and that was much appreciated. His attention to detail in the preparation of documents helped to make a smooth closing. Rich was an excellent choice in every way.

Ann Oliver, Flat Rock, NC

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Rich is the most knowledgeable, informative, and all around amazing realtor and person. He took his time, understood my needs and truly made sure the home I purchased is the home I'd love. I cannot say how truly blessed I was to work with Rich during this process. I never felt stressed, rushed or preaaured to make a bad deal.

Camille Hill, Fletcher

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Rich is an excellent realtor. We could not have asked for anyone better. We relocated from Florida and Rich was very helpful in locating the home that we just purchased. Hopefully we will not need another realtor, because we really do not want to move again, but if we did Rich would be our first call

James and Margaret LaVerde

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Rich is a real professional with lots of valuable local knowledge and experience. His expertise was key to the successful sale of a dated home needing renovation in less than three months from first listing to final closing. He's be my first recommendation to friends wanting to sell a home. The Hendersonville office is a well appointed space. A friendly environment to visit. Overall, I am very pleased

Robert Payne, Hendersonville

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Rich was very patient and had an excellent approach to guiding us to a reasonable decision. He did not force his opinion on us, but let us have time to digest the guidance that he was giving us. It is critical to have an agent, as was Rich, to discuss pros and cons of ideas and be willing to listen and to be patient with responses. Rich always kept us posted promptly about showings and the results of showings. We were all surprised about how much the road noise affected the price, and Rich was very open about his surprise with this, too. Rich provided excellent guidance and advice through the entire process. Our thanks go our to Rich for a successful sales conclusion.

Melvin Estes, Cary NC

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We dealt with 12 realtors in 3 different states, for buying and selling, before working with Rich. Rich was, by far, the best we worked with.

Jack Mandelman, Hendersonville, NC

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I had dealt with Rich before. I like him and think he does a very good job. The sale of my property was a lengthy one and Rich did everything he could to sell it and get it to closing. As I said above in the survey, I would certainly use Rich again as a realtor and would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Robin, Hendersonville

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I had previously used Rich when selling a property he went above and beyond! I knew if Rich was handling my next property I would be given the same service, he never disappoints.

The Moffitt Family, Hendersonville NC

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Rich Cooke is an excellent real.estate agent. He is knowledgeable and trustworthy, ensuring that his clients make the right purchase for their needs. We definitely recommend him to anyone needing an agent in the area.

Erick D

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Rich Cooke is the man for the job if you want a caring and compassionate agent handling the purchase or selling of property. My situation was a little unique and Rich was always there to help and guide me thru the sale not only as my agent but he has treated my family like a friend thru the whole process. If your out there trying to find a agent who really cares and has your best interest at heart give Rich a try you will be glad you did!

The Moffitt Newman Family, Hendersonville NC

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Riche went above and beyond what we expected him to do. He coordinated our schedule with numerous showings each time we visited. He was very knowledgeable of the areas of town we were interested in and understood our needs. He previewed houses for us so that we weren’t wasting time seeing homes that did not meet our needs. My broker, in Savannah, Ga, actually called several brokers and interviewed them and selected who she thought would be the right person. Rich met our criteria 100%. We couldn’t be more pleased with him. We would highly recommend him! Rich walked us through every aspect of the sale. He explained the contract, set up the inspections, negotiated the sale, and arranged a local attorney for the closing. We have never gone through a purchase of a home that was so easy. Rich handled everything and made this a very pleasant experience. We can’t say enough good things about Rich! He is the best realtor that we have ever worked with. Each of the above characteristics describe him perfectly. Very accommodating and very professional. We couldn’t be any happier with our experience. Rich has spoiled us!

Sheila and Rodney Cubbage, Flowery Branch, GA

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Rich was easy to work with always available and when he was out of town his advise to consult with Nancy was right on. She just picked up and stepped right in and was there when we needed her and followed up on any lead we had !!! Great team effort !!

Betty Kay Brookshire Hendersonville NC

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Rich was extremely patient and understanding as we worked through not only selling our old home, but purchasing a new one. He explained everything to us as we went along and was very helpful in being able to recommend people to take care of the various chores that needed doing along the way. We could not be more satisfied with the service he provided.

Ed and Betty Lockwood, Hendersonville

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We loved working with Rich. He helped us narrow our search based on our needs. He was very knowledgeable of the area and could give good feedback on resources. Rich dedicated his time to us when we came to town for our house search and was very patient as we searched for our new home. We found the perfect place and Rich worked with all of the moving parts of the transaction to make it happen. We love Rich!!

Pam Wingrove, Horse Shoe, North Carolina

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Rich was very helpful guiding us through the home buying experience. He anticipated our questions and was ready with explanations for things we were not familiar with. He was available when needed, returning phone calls in a timely manner. Nothing was too much trouble for Rich. Again, we were very fortunate to have him helping us every step of the way.

Ed Lockwood, Hendersonville, NC

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A true recommendation of an agent is would you do business with that agent again. We bought our home through Rich, and now called Rich when we decided to sell it. He's knowledgeable about the area and market conditions. He's also a very nice person.

Sharon Eng North Port FL

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Rich is the best. We could not have done this deal without him.

Phil D'Jernes Tampa/Hendersonville

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Rich Cooke was very patient and professional in getting our sale done. He did an excellent job! Rich lives in the same neighborhood and has a great working knowledge of all the properties in Laurel Park. He was very helpful when a potential buyer was looking. He knew the property very well. I would certainly use Rich again.

Gail Wittig, Sarasota, FL

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Rich is great! The best agent we have ever worked with. He is very patient, knowledgeable and professional.

Gary Sheridan, Hendersonville, NC

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He was very professional but easy to talk to and he always came through with whatever he said that he would do for us. We were very satisfied with his work and also to say that Laura Flores was also always there for us when we needed help or information.

Susan Neil, Hendersonville. NC

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Rich was a pleasure to work with during the entire home buying process. His professional attitude, knowledge of the area, network of professional resources and patience helped to keep us informed from initial contact to the closing.

Curt and Carla, Hendersonville, NC

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If you are searching for a Realtor to work with, then contact Rich Cooke. I assure you , you will be satisfied with his ability and knowledge of current real estate conditions in the Western North Carolina area! Explain to him your needs and then sit back to enjoy the experience.

Captain Ed Knapp USN (ret.)

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Rich knows the area and is very professional. I get updates on the market conditions on a regular basis. Our last sale went smoothly and Rich is the go-to guy.

Lance Carbone, Pembroke Pines

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from beginning to the end rich was great , I don't know how he put up with the buyer rich gave his all on this one, should be agent of the year.

jack dutra

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Rich was a helpful tool In selling our house! He let us know what was going on at all times and had very helpful advice when we needed it. I would recommend Rich Cooke to make the sell of your house anytime

Chi Shipman Hendersonville

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Have known Rich for many years.....would always use him again and recommend him to others. His knowledge and caring ways are greatly appreciated. Kept me informed, always there to answer ANY questions I had. He is an asset to your business. Rich always worked with MY schedule..to meet with me or come by...always a call away and returned calls VERY promptly. Let me know he was working for me. I really appreciated all Rich Cooke did for me in selling my home.

Millie Nodurft, Laurel Park, N.C.

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Rich is organized and always does what he says he will do. You do not have to keep after him. Rich keeps his word which is most important to me. I know Rich from another purchase and after dealing with him again can say in all honesty that there are realtors and then there is Rich Cooke. I would highly recommend that anyone looking to buy or sell a home contact Rich Cooke. We were not sorry and I know they will not be either. Sincerely, Wayne M. Arcuri

Wayne M. Arcuri

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I have and will continue to recommend Rich Cooke as an effective real estate agent. Rich quickly zeroed in on my needs and found the perfect home for me. He was very patient, personable and professional. I appreciated his immense knowledge of the area which he so graciously shared. Many thanks to Rich for the excellent service he gave. Marjorie W. Phipps

Marjorie W. Phipps

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Rich Cook was excellent in assisting me with many offers and troublesome prospective buyers with 3 closings falling through within 7-10 days of closing. Numerous issues needed to be resolved and Rich helped with everything and provided me w/excellent advice and put me in touch with the right people to get things resolved in a timely matter when I could do so. He put up with more than his fair share of troubles and issues from buyers as well as the final buyer's attorney who kept asking for more and more to be done. Rich went out of his way to meet me at different locations in the middle of my work day when papers needed to be signed. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor than Rich and I would highly recommend him.

P. Newell

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Rich, is genuine, he truly cares about his clients and is willing to go the extra mile for them. He helped us buy and sell our first home, which made the process a lot less stressful! We would and have recommended Rich to others seeking an experienced and extremely patient realtor. My husband and I consider him a friend. -Shannon & Stuart Twiddy

Stuart & Shannon Twiddy, New Bern, NC

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We made several trips to Hendersonville to look at condos. Rich was accommodating and never made us feel rushed even though our price point was rather low. We had to do everything long distance and Rich was easily accessible and always quickly responsive to texts and emails. He went well beyond what is expected of an agent. We highly recommend Rich Cooke to anyone looking for real estate in the Hendersonville market.

Sharon Eng, Hendersonville

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Rich Cooke was very knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating. Great guy! We are new to North Carolina. Rich Cooke helped us navigate the state's purchase and closing process.

Rodney & Susan Worrell

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Rich Cooke did an excellent job marketing and selling our mother's condo. He was very realistic about setting the asking price and his suggestions proved to help us sell this property. This sale was somewhat difficult for us emotionally and Rich was always very kind in his communications with us. Rich was always aware of the market and always passed his information and knowledge to us. As out-of-town owners we were always sure that Rich was doing everything he could to sell our property. His attitude and reassurance assisted us greatly. Rich Cooke is a superb agent and we would recommend him to anyone interested in buying or selling in the area. He always goes the extra mile for his clients. Even though we had some obstacles to overcome with our condo e.g. significant repairs, Rich remained realistic and optimistic throughout the process. We are very appreciative of all the work Rich Cooke put into marketing and selling our condo and would definitely use his services again!

Lisa Gray Atlanta, Ga.

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We met Rich two years ago when he was an agent with Keller Williams. In the past two plus years he has answered hundreds of inquiries as well as patiently shown us house after house until "the one" popped up. He is very knowledgeable, very thorough, infinitely patient and unfailingly pleasant and very polite. On the occasions when my grandchildren were with me as we looked at houses Rich won them over and is now referred to as "Uncle Rich". I feel that Rich has become a friend and we look forward to continuing our association with him now that we are going to be "neighbors". In my opinion, Rich performed above and beyond the call of duty in every area of interaction with him. I feel that not only did he make the real estate transaction as easy as it could possibly be, he will make the actual process of our relocation equally smooth. I give him the highest rating possible - both as an agent and a human. He is a gem.

Jennifer and Franco Zanetti, Atlanta Georgia and Valdagno Italy

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Rich was wonderful to work with and we knew he always had our best interests in mind. He helped us deal with any problems that arose and had good suggestions as to how to solve them. Even though he was dealing with the folks who were buying the house as well as us, he was always fair and managed to come up with a plan after the inspection that satisfied us and the buyers. But of course the most important thing is that he sold the house in three weeks, and we are grateful for that! Rich was top-notch in everything he did and we will recommend him to others. We had not sold a house for 45 years and he walked us through the process in a caring, patient, knowledgeable way. We knew we could count on him to be truthful and helpful, so we were comfortable following his advice.

Mary Ellen Frier, Hendersonville

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When my husband and I first met with Rich, we left our meeting with the feeling that he was genuinely concerned with our needs and requirements. My husband is disabled, so we were looking for handicap accessible homes and other criteria for his disability.

James and Teresa Chambers, Hendersonville, NC

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We found Rich Cooke's professionalism above excellent, especially his patience and perseverance. No kidding. We really did have the best search and purchase experience ever.

Victoria Kolb Highlands NC

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I've known Rich for years. I trust him to get the job done. And he did. Very well at that. I have already referred Rich and would again.

Becky Brown, Easley

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Rich Cooke has both sold a property for us and helped my husband and I buy two additional properties in the last year. Rich is truly 'one-stop' shopping...he has professional resources for inspections and any other work that needs to be completed and he's always available! I can send him an email and within a few minutes (if not sooner), he's gotten back to me with the answer to my question. He's on stop of the timeline and reminds you when you need to take the next step (and what the next step is). You and Rich are not stumbling over each other duplicating tasks as you decide with him, up front, who's responsible for what action. Rich is extremely knowledgeable about the area and really listens to your requirements. I began my search for our latest property on April 15 and we closed on the new property May 30. I would, without hesitation, recommend Rich to anyone buying or selling property in Henderson County. You won't be disappointed!

Judy Babb, Hendersonville, NC

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Rich - You made selling my mothers home effortless. I didn't know how I was going to be able to be in two places at one time, living and working in Portland Maine while moms house was located in Hendersonville. Rich kept me posted at every turn. From having the house cleaned and readied for showings to the final signature on the sale all under one month period of time. I didn't have to leave Maine, Rich took care of everything. He is a very special agent, one who gets the job done.

Vickie Popanz. Portland Maine and Hendersonville NC

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Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
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  • Theater/Film
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  • Dog/Cat Lover
  • Reading/Writing
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  • Travel

Testimonials

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Rich Cooke is thoroughly professional, knowledgeable, diligent, and refreshingly candid. I certainly would recommend him to any buyer or seller.

Buddy Massagee

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Again, would highly recommend Rich to anyone selling or buying. He kept us in the loop and advised of steps along the way which was highly appreciated. He also knows the Hendersonville area and recommended awesome painters, movers etc. We were happy with all of Rich's recommendations. Communication was top notch. Thank You Rich for everything! Mike and Shirley

Mike and Shirley Hendersonville NC

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Rich was excellent in all facets of the home search, offer, and closing process. With an in-depth understanding of the local market, Rich was quickly able to direct us to an array of homes that met our needs and budget, even during a time of low inventory. Rich was available whenever we had questions and always responded in a timely manner. After the closing, Rich remained in close communication to ensure the entire process was successful. We highly recommend Rich Cooke and will work with Rich in the future as needed.

John & Crystal McGregor, Laurel Park, NC

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As I mentioned, we were looking for a like-minded Realtor to help us find an area where folks like us were more likely to reside. Rich Cooke was the perfect choice. He helped us out in so many ways to make sure we found just the right spot, with just the right neighborhood. It wasn't the easiest of chores, as we were steadfast in our mindset to find just the right home, one that we consider would be our "resting place". Our goal was to find a house that we won't need to move from ever again, and we believe Rich has helped us find exactly that place. If your searching for a home in the Hendersonville NC area, Rich is the best Realtor you will find. We can't recommend him enough! We'd also like to thank Beverly-Hanks for being the best agency in the area. We are looking forward to our new abode and surroundings very optimistically!

Rick Gourley, Tryon, NC

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Rich Cooke was a trusted partner throughout the whole buying process. We never felt that he rushed or criticized us. He gave us constant attention and reassurance from the start of our journey in September to our closing in January and beyond. We could not have done it without his guidance, knowledge and patient support. Now we have a home we love and a friend for life. We are so grateful for Rich.

Larry E., Hendersonville, NC

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Over the years, Rich and I have had a great working relationship

Lance C. Florida

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Friendly, knowledgably and went above and beyond what was required.

Charles Howell, Columbia SC

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Rich was a pleasure to work with. He was extremely knowledgeable about the local area and helped us hone in on where to look for a suitable property. He handled every detail on the transaction is a very professional manner. He was always quick to get back to us if we had any questions or concerns. Making the move to Hendersonville was easy thanks to Rich.

Mike Kuypers, Hendersonville

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Rich did a great job. This is the second property that I have purchased through him and if there is a third, I will definitely use his services. (Or if I sell a property).

Glenn Wright, Asheville

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I've been dealing with Rich Cooke for about 8 years and all our transactions hace been no hassle and very professional I appreciate his hard work.

Lance Carbone/Florida

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Rich did a great job for us.

Butch Talbot, Hendersonville, NC

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It was a pleasure to deal with Rich. Thank you.

Renee Cole, Alabama and Rhonda Hazlett, TN

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Our first contact with Rich was when we moved to NC. He was excellent in assisting us find a home. Very professional yet friendly. He delivered a buyer quickly and was a great guidance through the sale.

Margaret LaVerde

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I got to know Rich over a period of several years and came to value him as, quite literally, “an honest broker,“ whom I could trust completely. That’s really what it came down to — a matter of trust. Although I read all contracts and forms before signing, when dealing with Rich, I knew he had my back. I’ve dealt with about a dozen agents over the course of my lifetime, and Rich has been the easiest to work with. Everything went smoothly and quickly, once we found a buyer. Never had to wait on Rich to move things along.

Dr. Darrel Drury, Sarasota, FL

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Will definitely call upon Rich Cooke again if we need a realtor. Rich was a great help and kept us informed as we were moving from out of state. We would recommend Rich in the future

Shirley C Hendersonville NC

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Rich Cooke provided us with exceptional service with the sale of our house. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He made the process easy and did a outstanding job facilitating the sale in a timely manner all the while making sure to represent our interests. I would recommend Rich Cooke to anybody that is looking for a great real Estate Agent.

Art & Halina Long, Hendersonville NC

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Rich Cooke is an excellent realtor with outstanding knowledge of the Fleetwood community and the Hendersonville area. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.

Emory Haselden, Hendersonville, NC

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Rich was great to work with. Very thorough and professional. Great follow up on inspection issues. Always kept on top of things.

Glenn Wright, Longmont, CO

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Rich is wonderful to work with. I appreciate his professionalism and refined skill with people. My house was under contract for full price in 2 days. Rich was helpful to me and kept things moving smoothly. He kept me updated at each step and kept the stress of selling down. Rich regularly checked in to see how I was doing and that was much appreciated. His attention to detail in the preparation of documents helped to make a smooth closing. Rich was an excellent choice in every way.

Ann Oliver, Flat Rock, NC

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Rich is the most knowledgeable, informative, and all around amazing realtor and person. He took his time, understood my needs and truly made sure the home I purchased is the home I'd love. I cannot say how truly blessed I was to work with Rich during this process. I never felt stressed, rushed or preaaured to make a bad deal.

Camille Hill, Fletcher

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Rich is an excellent realtor. We could not have asked for anyone better. We relocated from Florida and Rich was very helpful in locating the home that we just purchased. Hopefully we will not need another realtor, because we really do not want to move again, but if we did Rich would be our first call

James and Margaret LaVerde

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Rich is a real professional with lots of valuable local knowledge and experience. His expertise was key to the successful sale of a dated home needing renovation in less than three months from first listing to final closing. He's be my first recommendation to friends wanting to sell a home. The Hendersonville office is a well appointed space. A friendly environment to visit. Overall, I am very pleased

Robert Payne, Hendersonville

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Rich was very patient and had an excellent approach to guiding us to a reasonable decision. He did not force his opinion on us, but let us have time to digest the guidance that he was giving us. It is critical to have an agent, as was Rich, to discuss pros and cons of ideas and be willing to listen and to be patient with responses. Rich always kept us posted promptly about showings and the results of showings. We were all surprised about how much the road noise affected the price, and Rich was very open about his surprise with this, too. Rich provided excellent guidance and advice through the entire process. Our thanks go our to Rich for a successful sales conclusion.

Melvin Estes, Cary NC

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We dealt with 12 realtors in 3 different states, for buying and selling, before working with Rich. Rich was, by far, the best we worked with.

Jack Mandelman, Hendersonville, NC

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I had dealt with Rich before. I like him and think he does a very good job. The sale of my property was a lengthy one and Rich did everything he could to sell it and get it to closing. As I said above in the survey, I would certainly use Rich again as a realtor and would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Robin, Hendersonville

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I had previously used Rich when selling a property he went above and beyond! I knew if Rich was handling my next property I would be given the same service, he never disappoints.

The Moffitt Family, Hendersonville NC

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Rich Cooke is an excellent real.estate agent. He is knowledgeable and trustworthy, ensuring that his clients make the right purchase for their needs. We definitely recommend him to anyone needing an agent in the area.

Erick D

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Rich Cooke is the man for the job if you want a caring and compassionate agent handling the purchase or selling of property. My situation was a little unique and Rich was always there to help and guide me thru the sale not only as my agent but he has treated my family like a friend thru the whole process. If your out there trying to find a agent who really cares and has your best interest at heart give Rich a try you will be glad you did!

The Moffitt Newman Family, Hendersonville NC

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Riche went above and beyond what we expected him to do. He coordinated our schedule with numerous showings each time we visited. He was very knowledgeable of the areas of town we were interested in and understood our needs. He previewed houses for us so that we weren’t wasting time seeing homes that did not meet our needs. My broker, in Savannah, Ga, actually called several brokers and interviewed them and selected who she thought would be the right person. Rich met our criteria 100%. We couldn’t be more pleased with him. We would highly recommend him! Rich walked us through every aspect of the sale. He explained the contract, set up the inspections, negotiated the sale, and arranged a local attorney for the closing. We have never gone through a purchase of a home that was so easy. Rich handled everything and made this a very pleasant experience. We can’t say enough good things about Rich! He is the best realtor that we have ever worked with. Each of the above characteristics describe him perfectly. Very accommodating and very professional. We couldn’t be any happier with our experience. Rich has spoiled us!

Sheila and Rodney Cubbage, Flowery Branch, GA

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Rich was easy to work with always available and when he was out of town his advise to consult with Nancy was right on. She just picked up and stepped right in and was there when we needed her and followed up on any lead we had !!! Great team effort !!

Betty Kay Brookshire Hendersonville NC

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Rich was extremely patient and understanding as we worked through not only selling our old home, but purchasing a new one. He explained everything to us as we went along and was very helpful in being able to recommend people to take care of the various chores that needed doing along the way. We could not be more satisfied with the service he provided.

Ed and Betty Lockwood, Hendersonville

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We loved working with Rich. He helped us narrow our search based on our needs. He was very knowledgeable of the area and could give good feedback on resources. Rich dedicated his time to us when we came to town for our house search and was very patient as we searched for our new home. We found the perfect place and Rich worked with all of the moving parts of the transaction to make it happen. We love Rich!!

Pam Wingrove, Horse Shoe, North Carolina

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Rich was very helpful guiding us through the home buying experience. He anticipated our questions and was ready with explanations for things we were not familiar with. He was available when needed, returning phone calls in a timely manner. Nothing was too much trouble for Rich. Again, we were very fortunate to have him helping us every step of the way.

Ed Lockwood, Hendersonville, NC

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A true recommendation of an agent is would you do business with that agent again. We bought our home through Rich, and now called Rich when we decided to sell it. He's knowledgeable about the area and market conditions. He's also a very nice person.

Sharon Eng North Port FL

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Rich is the best. We could not have done this deal without him.

Phil D'Jernes Tampa/Hendersonville

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Rich Cooke was very patient and professional in getting our sale done. He did an excellent job! Rich lives in the same neighborhood and has a great working knowledge of all the properties in Laurel Park. He was very helpful when a potential buyer was looking. He knew the property very well. I would certainly use Rich again.

Gail Wittig, Sarasota, FL

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Rich is great! The best agent we have ever worked with. He is very patient, knowledgeable and professional.

Gary Sheridan, Hendersonville, NC

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He was very professional but easy to talk to and he always came through with whatever he said that he would do for us. We were very satisfied with his work and also to say that Laura Flores was also always there for us when we needed help or information.

Susan Neil, Hendersonville. NC

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Rich was a pleasure to work with during the entire home buying process. His professional attitude, knowledge of the area, network of professional resources and patience helped to keep us informed from initial contact to the closing.

Curt and Carla, Hendersonville, NC

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If you are searching for a Realtor to work with, then contact Rich Cooke. I assure you , you will be satisfied with his ability and knowledge of current real estate conditions in the Western North Carolina area! Explain to him your needs and then sit back to enjoy the experience.

Captain Ed Knapp USN (ret.)

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Rich knows the area and is very professional. I get updates on the market conditions on a regular basis. Our last sale went smoothly and Rich is the go-to guy.

Lance Carbone, Pembroke Pines

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from beginning to the end rich was great , I don't know how he put up with the buyer rich gave his all on this one, should be agent of the year.

jack dutra

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Rich was a helpful tool In selling our house! He let us know what was going on at all times and had very helpful advice when we needed it. I would recommend Rich Cooke to make the sell of your house anytime

Chi Shipman Hendersonville

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Have known Rich for many years.....would always use him again and recommend him to others. His knowledge and caring ways are greatly appreciated. Kept me informed, always there to answer ANY questions I had. He is an asset to your business. Rich always worked with MY schedule..to meet with me or come by...always a call away and returned calls VERY promptly. Let me know he was working for me. I really appreciated all Rich Cooke did for me in selling my home.

Millie Nodurft, Laurel Park, N.C.

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Rich is organized and always does what he says he will do. You do not have to keep after him. Rich keeps his word which is most important to me. I know Rich from another purchase and after dealing with him again can say in all honesty that there are realtors and then there is Rich Cooke. I would highly recommend that anyone looking to buy or sell a home contact Rich Cooke. We were not sorry and I know they will not be either. Sincerely, Wayne M. Arcuri

Wayne M. Arcuri

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I have and will continue to recommend Rich Cooke as an effective real estate agent. Rich quickly zeroed in on my needs and found the perfect home for me. He was very patient, personable and professional. I appreciated his immense knowledge of the area which he so graciously shared. Many thanks to Rich for the excellent service he gave. Marjorie W. Phipps

Marjorie W. Phipps

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Rich Cook was excellent in assisting me with many offers and troublesome prospective buyers with 3 closings falling through within 7-10 days of closing. Numerous issues needed to be resolved and Rich helped with everything and provided me w/excellent advice and put me in touch with the right people to get things resolved in a timely matter when I could do so. He put up with more than his fair share of troubles and issues from buyers as well as the final buyer's attorney who kept asking for more and more to be done. Rich went out of his way to meet me at different locations in the middle of my work day when papers needed to be signed. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor than Rich and I would highly recommend him.

P. Newell

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Rich, is genuine, he truly cares about his clients and is willing to go the extra mile for them. He helped us buy and sell our first home, which made the process a lot less stressful! We would and have recommended Rich to others seeking an experienced and extremely patient realtor. My husband and I consider him a friend. -Shannon & Stuart Twiddy

Stuart & Shannon Twiddy, New Bern, NC

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We made several trips to Hendersonville to look at condos. Rich was accommodating and never made us feel rushed even though our price point was rather low. We had to do everything long distance and Rich was easily accessible and always quickly responsive to texts and emails. He went well beyond what is expected of an agent. We highly recommend Rich Cooke to anyone looking for real estate in the Hendersonville market.

Sharon Eng, Hendersonville

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Rich Cooke was very knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating. Great guy! We are new to North Carolina. Rich Cooke helped us navigate the state's purchase and closing process.

Rodney & Susan Worrell

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Rich Cooke did an excellent job marketing and selling our mother's condo. He was very realistic about setting the asking price and his suggestions proved to help us sell this property. This sale was somewhat difficult for us emotionally and Rich was always very kind in his communications with us. Rich was always aware of the market and always passed his information and knowledge to us. As out-of-town owners we were always sure that Rich was doing everything he could to sell our property. His attitude and reassurance assisted us greatly. Rich Cooke is a superb agent and we would recommend him to anyone interested in buying or selling in the area. He always goes the extra mile for his clients. Even though we had some obstacles to overcome with our condo e.g. significant repairs, Rich remained realistic and optimistic throughout the process. We are very appreciative of all the work Rich Cooke put into marketing and selling our condo and would definitely use his services again!

Lisa Gray Atlanta, Ga.

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We met Rich two years ago when he was an agent with Keller Williams. In the past two plus years he has answered hundreds of inquiries as well as patiently shown us house after house until "the one" popped up. He is very knowledgeable, very thorough, infinitely patient and unfailingly pleasant and very polite. On the occasions when my grandchildren were with me as we looked at houses Rich won them over and is now referred to as "Uncle Rich". I feel that Rich has become a friend and we look forward to continuing our association with him now that we are going to be "neighbors". In my opinion, Rich performed above and beyond the call of duty in every area of interaction with him. I feel that not only did he make the real estate transaction as easy as it could possibly be, he will make the actual process of our relocation equally smooth. I give him the highest rating possible - both as an agent and a human. He is a gem.

Jennifer and Franco Zanetti, Atlanta Georgia and Valdagno Italy

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Rich was wonderful to work with and we knew he always had our best interests in mind. He helped us deal with any problems that arose and had good suggestions as to how to solve them. Even though he was dealing with the folks who were buying the house as well as us, he was always fair and managed to come up with a plan after the inspection that satisfied us and the buyers. But of course the most important thing is that he sold the house in three weeks, and we are grateful for that! Rich was top-notch in everything he did and we will recommend him to others. We had not sold a house for 45 years and he walked us through the process in a caring, patient, knowledgeable way. We knew we could count on him to be truthful and helpful, so we were comfortable following his advice.

Mary Ellen Frier, Hendersonville

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When my husband and I first met with Rich, we left our meeting with the feeling that he was genuinely concerned with our needs and requirements. My husband is disabled, so we were looking for handicap accessible homes and other criteria for his disability.

James and Teresa Chambers, Hendersonville, NC

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We found Rich Cooke's professionalism above excellent, especially his patience and perseverance. No kidding. We really did have the best search and purchase experience ever.

Victoria Kolb Highlands NC

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I've known Rich for years. I trust him to get the job done. And he did. Very well at that. I have already referred Rich and would again.

Becky Brown, Easley

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Rich Cooke has both sold a property for us and helped my husband and I buy two additional properties in the last year. Rich is truly 'one-stop' shopping...he has professional resources for inspections and any other work that needs to be completed and he's always available! I can send him an email and within a few minutes (if not sooner), he's gotten back to me with the answer to my question. He's on stop of the timeline and reminds you when you need to take the next step (and what the next step is). You and Rich are not stumbling over each other duplicating tasks as you decide with him, up front, who's responsible for what action. Rich is extremely knowledgeable about the area and really listens to your requirements. I began my search for our latest property on April 15 and we closed on the new property May 30. I would, without hesitation, recommend Rich to anyone buying or selling property in Henderson County. You won't be disappointed!

Judy Babb, Hendersonville, NC

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Rich - You made selling my mothers home effortless. I didn't know how I was going to be able to be in two places at one time, living and working in Portland Maine while moms house was located in Hendersonville. Rich kept me posted at every turn. From having the house cleaned and readied for showings to the final signature on the sale all under one month period of time. I didn't have to leave Maine, Rich took care of everything. He is a very special agent, one who gets the job done.

Vickie Popanz. Portland Maine and Hendersonville NC

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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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