When Blake made her decision to become a buyer’s agent seven years ago, she jumped in with both feet. Already highly educated, with a BA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a MA from Appalachian State University, her passion for continuous learning led her to earn several real estate certifications. These include ECO, GREEN, ABR (accredited buyer representative), SRES (senior real estate specialist), and an Affordable Housing Certification. She is also a Leadership Asheville graduate.
Along with the certifications and the knowledge they represent, Blake is passionate about representing buyers only, knowing that her role eliminates any conflict of interest. In fact, she decided to become a buyer’s agent after buying her home with The Buyer’s Agent.
“I can rest easy at night knowing I have represented my client’s interest throughout their home buying experience. Clients never have to question my motives. It also allows me to be completely honest and frank with my clients about every piece of property and situation,” she said.
Blake is a North Carolina native. Prior to moving to Asheville, she was a basketball manager for the UNC men’s basketball team and worked for the Atlantic Coast Conference. She comments that ESPN’s Jay Bilas recently said that a former basketball manager is one of the best hires you can make because of their organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
She moved to Asheville several years ago with her husband Sandy, and loves the community. She notes Asheville offers everything she wants in a town from the music to the local beer scene to great restaurants like Zambra’s or Wasabi. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers unlimited hiking, especially around Mount Pisgah, and she also enjoys a day hike at Max Patch and a good soak in the Hot Springs natural spa.
With her young son, she and her husband enjoy hikes in Bent Creek, the many festivals in and around town, WNC Nature Center, and Biltmore’s trails and farm animal area. They frequently take Anna, their golden/border collie mix, with them on these jaunts – having a dog in tow is an easy thing because Asheville is extremely dog friendly.
She embraces the value of community and gives back in many ways, including coaching middle school age girls soccer, and volunteering with Leadership Asheville and the River Arts District. She also supports United Way and Habitat for Humanity, and has taught home buying classes for On Track Financial, a nonprofit that financial and education counseling services.
“Many other agents question why we would only represent one side because it means half the commission opportunities. For me, it’s an easy decision knowing I can feel great about the job I did for my clients. At the end of the day, I treat my clients as I would want to be treated, and I think they appreciate that.”
What Blake’s Clients Say
Working with a buyer’s agent makes so much sense. Blake truly addressed, protected, and served our interests. From our first meeting with Blake as newcomers to Asheville, she met our needs by introducing us to the many different communities of Buncombe County. We lived about 350 miles away, so Blake accommodated our schedule by spending several hours each weekend we were able to come house hunting. She also gave great advice and assistance during the processes of making an offer, getting an inspection, and navigating closing. Her job was complicated by our being so far away, but she made everything come together smoothly–even getting the heavy snowfall cleared from the drive the day we took possession of our new home!