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I bought my first home with Claire back in 2003, she was so awesome that I made a point to search her out when we bought our second home last year. Informative, quick, efficient and helpful, Claire has everything you want in a real estate agent along with a great knack for matching people with their ideal properties. I don’t think we will ever buy another home since we bought our dream home last year, but if we do, we will seek out Claire again!

We cannot rate Judy highly enough! She walked us through countless homes and three different offers before we found the perfect one. She was professional and patient. Always available for any questions or calls. If you need an experienced professional Judy is a must!

We purchased our first home in 2009. Claire was extremely helpful during the whole process, and as new homeowners we really needed the professional help. Highly recommend!

When I decided to buy my first house I knew that I needed to move fast in the current market. Claire jumped right on board and made the time for me immediately, helping me to get into my first home within just a couple of months. She’s no-nonsense and realistic, and not just out to make a sale.

Thanks for everything, Claire. We have been enjoying our new home. You are the best!

Almost 9 years ago, we picked Claire to be our buyer’s agent when we moved to Asheville from Costa Rica, looking for a home with a big, open kitchen with potential to be the site of our cottage industry chocolate business. When we first met her, we knew we had met a friend. After driving through beautiful Buncombe County seeing our chosen hometown from so many perspectives, she helped put us in a place that remains our home to this day. Fortunately we got to move our commercial kitchen to our brick and mortar business, and our castle has only gotten better. So grateful for you helping us get there, Claire!

Claire Bartholic is fantastic! She helped me find my first home.The final choice was such a great fit, I have remained in it for 11 years! Claire was very accessible as well as patient when working with my “buying a first home” jitters. She helped me weed through the local offerings that allowed me to zero in on what I was really looking for in a home. If I ever move again, I will certainly choose Claire.


Thank you Melinda Splain, our Buyer’s Agent, for making the journey fun instead of tense, uncomplicated instead of daunting. And especially for never giving up on us to find that very special place we call home.

We have moved 4 times in the last 10 years and realtors we have dealt with talk about service, but Melinda Splain actually delivers it–in spades. When Melinda met us at the home for one last time before making an offer, she had done her homework. Because of her knowledge about comps in the area and home values, she was able to negotiate an extremely good price for us.

I would highly recommend Jon to anyone looking to purchase a new home. I can’t say enough good things about the service Jon provides to his clients. He is very knowledgeable about the local market and is one of the hardest working people I know. I have referred friends and family to Jon after my experience and will continue to recommend him to everyone. Jon is good about returning phone calls and good about following up. I would highly recommend Jon to anyone and everyone!!!!

We still talk highly of Melinda who helped us 4 yrs ago to find our first home. We recommend her to others when we know they need a Buyers Agent and would hire her today if we were looking for a new property. Melinda stands out to us because she met our needs in a very professional manner. She treated her work with us as a job that she took seriously and also enjoyed. She did what she said she would do and worked to find us a home within the geographical area and price range we were specific about. Even when we overlooked a property that fit our specifics exactly, she responsibly held our stated needs as a mirror for us to look at, asking us to look at the property or let her know if our search criteria had changed. Thankfully, professionally pointing out to us what we said we wanted, led to the purchase of that very property as our first home! Melinda’s skills are superb, personally and in the realm of real estate knowledge. She gave us good advice in what price to offer, was as excited as we were in the bidding process, and was willing to let go when we would not match the seller’s price after the second negotiation. Amazingly, the seller called her a week later to meet our price after all. She honored us every step of the way. Melinda is kind, thoughtful, an excellent listener, holds boundaries, and makes a great real estate agent. We can’t say enough!

Our family recently purchased a home in Asheville with Melinda Splain as our buyer’s agent. We couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Melinda was courteous, professional, and patient throughout the entire process. We greatly appreciated how she made herself completely available to us during the limited time we had for house-hunting since we were moving from New York. It was evident that she was sincerely interested in finding a home that met both our needs and lifestyle. Her market knowledge enabled us to get a fabulous deal on a wonderful home. Melinda Splain was without a doubt the best agent we have ever worked with and we highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home in Asheville.

We just can’t say enough good things about Jon. He was very knowledgeable about the local market, provided great advice, showed us property that we were interested in purchasing given the time he spent getting to know exactly what we were looking for. Jon was very helpful in navigating the whole “process”, and always quick to help resolve any issue. Jon always returned calls immediately with an “answer”. In short, there is not enough space to sing all his praises. We would highly recommend Jon to anyone and everyone!!!!

Thank you for all of your hard work. You put so much effort into my new house and you made everything so smooth for me. You are a great agent and a wonderful person. I will recommend everyone to you.

I would highly recommend Judy for any one looking to purchase a home In the Asheville area. As a tenured “Ashevillian”, her knowledge and experience is invaluable. This was particularly useful for someone like me who moved from New England. Judy provided insights about the uniqueness of each town, detailed the nearby amenities and was candid about the pros and cons of each location and neighborhood. She was patient with her explanations to our many questions and extremely responsive with everything. If integrity, honesty and experience are fundamental to you, look no further.

I want to commend Claire for her hard work on behalf of us in buying our first home. She was very patient and professional throughout the entire process. When we wanted information or had a request, she never failed to assist us in a timely manner. We recommend Claire to anybody who needs help coordinating the various transactions and information needed to result in a closing. Way to go, Claire!

Judy, I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks for all you have done for us. We love our house, and we’re making great memories in it. In fact, we just gave our little one her first bath!

Melinda stands out to us because she met our needs in a very professional manner. She treated her work with us as a job that she took seriously and also enjoyed. She did what she said she would do and worked to find us a home within the geographical area and price range we were specific about. Even when we overlooked a property that fit our specifics exactly, she responsibly held our stated needs as a mirror for us to look at, asking us to look at the property or let her know if our search criteria had changed. Thankfully, professionally pointing out to us what we said we wanted, led to the purchase of that very property as our first home! She gave us good advice in what price to offer, was as excited as we were in the bidding process, and was willing to let go when we would not match the seller’s price after the second negotiation. Amazingly, the seller called her a week later to meet our price after all. She honored us every step of the way.

We would give our highest recommendation for anyone interested in buying a house in the greater Asheville area to use Jon and his extensive talents. Jon very patiently deciphered our needs and matched us up with the best house possible for our family. I think his focus as only a “buyer’s agent” provides an extra level service than you would expect from your typical real estate agent who focuses on a wide range of properties to buy and sell.

I honestly can’t imagine having a more experienced, Asheville realtor than Judy Stone. Judy is a native “Ashevillian” and she was patient, knowledgeable and never pushy. Judy provided her opinion when asked but otherwise presented you with all the information required to make an informed decision. All of these qualities were of particular importance to us since we were moving to Asheville from New England and relied heavily on her expertise. Do yourself a favor and choose Judy – you will not regret it!

Claire was great helping me buy my first home. She was very available to show me houses and talked me through the pros and cons of various homes. I would highly recommend Claire!

We’ve bought two homes with Melinda Splain, and we can’t imagine working with anyone else. She has expert knowledge in home construction and in the Asheville market, which is a highly diverse market that can pose unique challenges. Melinda is incredibly detail-oriented and responsive, which keeps the process flowing smoothly. Her judgment and advice have been invaluable in buying both a primary residence and a vacation property. Melinda is also a genuinely nice person who is a pleasure to work with and to know. She is hands-down our favorite realtor.

Jon is a superb real estate professional. He was very responsive and accommodating in meeting our purchasing needs. His wealth of local and regional knowledge was extremely helpful in our search. And, his business experience and expertise were particularly valuable in negotiating the purchasing process and securing local resources. I highly recommend Jon to service your real estate needs.

We first met Claire when she was the agent for the buyer of the home we were selling. Her professionalism and knowledge impressed us, so we contacted her when we needed a buyer’s agent ourselves. She listened carefully to our needs and tirelessly helped us navigate the neighborhoods that would work best for us. When we found the property we wanted, she assisted us from the initial offer to the change order to the inspection all the way to the closing.

Claire is awesome. When I was looking for my first home she was relentless and had several places lined up each time we got together. She was honest and told me what she thought. At one point we were looking at a house and in the middle of viewing it she turned to me “Please don’t buy this house” and she began to list a series of reasons why. She helped find the perfect house for me, with all I wanted. The whole experience was perfect and I could not recommend a better realtor to help you find your new home.

In fall 2010 we moved to the Asheville area, and began a house hunt.  We had found some advertising for The Buyer’s Agent, and Melinda Splain and gave her a call.  Immediately in our first phone conversation with Melinda we knew we had the right person to help us find a home.  As time went on we learned that Melinda’s level of knowledge, expertise, experience, and personal approach were beyond our expectations.  She met with us to learn our requirements, provided us needed information, and immediately began a house search for us.  There was no “hard sell”, she worked at our pace, and was flexible in scheduling her time.  We felt throughout that she was committed to giving us the best possible experience with minimal stress and a positive outcome.  Melinda’s knowledge of real estate and the Buncombe County area were very helpful in our decision making process.  She was a tremendous asset for us as newcomers giving us additional recommendations about businesses and vendors.
We happily recommend Melinda to those looking for a property.  In the event we again are house hunting, there is no doubt we will turn to Melinda.  Along with her high level of expertise and knowledge, she is a joy to work with.

On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate Claire a 12!

As a first time home buyer Melinda made it so easy.  Her knowledge of the area, her patience and her ability to work within the guidelines that you set makes her a vital asset to your home purchasing experience.  She was incredible!  I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to purchase a home in Asheville.  You will not be disappointed.  Many thanks!!!

Melinda’s warm southern charm, experience and knowledge of Asheville really won us over. We felt very comfortable with her and trusted that she cared about helping us find the home of our dreams.

We chose Judy to help us begin our search for a future retirement home in Asheville, NC. We traveled to Asheville on several occasions and each time, Judy was well prepared, pro-active and maintained an excellent schedule of appropriate homes to visit. Judy identified what we were looking for and met our expectations completely. In the final decision, we chose a home that Judy suggested we look at that was not even in our plans. By listening to us and taking the time to know us, she better understood the lifestyle we were looking for and helped us see many housing opportunities in Asheville. She was respectful of our time and went out of her way to work around our travel and time frame.

Most people don’t purchase a lot of homes in their lifetime. It’s reassuring to have a buyer’s agent on your side to be your guide throughout the process. Claire Bartholic helped me through my relocation, from learning about the Asheville area before I was ready to move, to closing on my personal retreat, and through a lot of ups and downs in between. I would estimate that Claire saved me about ten thousand dollars in purchasing my home. But she saved me immeasurable amounts of money on the houses I didn’t buy. Claire has my highest endorsement. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and support are unmatched. Call Claire, she loves Asheville as much as you do.

Claire guided me through the process of purchasing my first house. She was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and enthusiastic about it every step of the way. I greatly appreciated all extra information and insight she offered while searching for my house. Being very knowledgeable of the area and open to her client’s interests, she can help anyone find their perfect fit!

This is the second time that we have worked with Judy on purchasing a property. She does a great job helping you to find properties.

We really enjoyed working with you and appreciate all of your time, knowledge and friendship. You made it work.

We feel incredibly lucky to have chosen Melinda Splain as our real estate agent.  When we began working with Melinda, we lived out of state and were unfamiliar with the greater Asheville area.  Melinda did an excellent job of listening to our needs, wants and dislikes regarding houses and neighborhoods, and she quickly showed us a number of suitable properties.  Once we settled on a property, she provided valuable guidance during the negotiation process and then met with the inspectors since we were living out of state.  Working with Melinda was a wonderful experience.

Claire helped us find just the right first home eleven years ago. When we decided to move our growing family into a bigger place this year we knew Claire was the right choice again. She was expert at helping us navigate several multiple offer situations, giving us solid advice, and being a strong advocate in the negotiation process. When we zeroed in on a specific neighborhood she did some detective work to find a renovation that was a few weeks from coming onto the market. We never would have known about this listing without her help and Claire’s persistence got us in the door first. I believe that was the key to us getting this house, and also saved us money in such an active market!

I’ve worked with many real estate agents and this was my best experience ever. Jon is friendly and knowledgeable. He actually listens to what it is you’re looking for and then focuses on those properties. He didn’t try to talk me into looking at homes that didn’t match my criteria or were outside my preferred price range. He was not pushy, but once I made a decision, he stayed on top of the process, always advocating for me.

As a first-time homebuyer, I had plenty of questions (and experiential gaps) when seeking a rental to buy. Claire was incredibly patient and knowledgeable throughout the process of finding a home to fit my needs. Her honest and practical advice saved me a lot of money and headaches, and she has been more than willing to guide me through any follow-up issues I’ve had after the closing. I will continue to recommend Claire Bartholic to anyone looking for honest answers as they navigate the purchase of a home.

Jon Corbin is definitely top notch. His professionalism, experience, and expertise helped me navigate through the home-buying process. When I gave Jon my very specific (and limited) parameters, he focused on my needs and spent our time together very productively. Jon listens. Jon valued my time when scheduling appointments and looking for the “right” home for me. He responded quickly and concisely to all my questions and requests for information. Jon was recommended by a friend of mine, and I have since recommended him to several others. Thank you, Jon, for finding me the perfect home so quickly.

Judy patiently helped us find our dream home in 2014, so we knew after we sold in late 2022 and were ready to buy our next home, she was our first and only call! Once again she delivered an impressive level of real estate knowledge and service as we looked at properties across three counties in the Asheville area. Her hard work and commitment to our priorities landed us a great house at a fair price with as little stress as possible. We highly recommend anyone needing a buyer’s agent to give her a call! You won’t be disappointed.

I recommend Jon to everyone I meet that is thinking of buying a house. Jon helped me find my new home and then helped every step of the way with the buying process. I first saw my new home on the 19th July and moved on the 12th August (and that was with arranging a mortgage). He is very professional.

Judy was amazing to work with. The amount of knowledge and experience Judy brings to the table is unparalleled. She made the process of buying our home smooth and seamless. I can’t imagine a better agent to trust with your buying experience.

Claire helped us purchase a vacation home from long distance. Thanks to Claire, the process was smooth and successful beyond our expectations. She led us seamlessly through each step of the process. She is a hard working, honest, knowledgeable, and responsive agent. We highly recommend Claire!

Claire was wonderful to work with and explained every part of the process clearly when we purchased our first house with her in 2014. She was extremely patient as we searched and scoured for our home and was great at negotiating our final price. I highly recommend using Claire as your buying agent.

Jon is the absolute best. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and helpful, he is a terrific person. When you are going from house to house, trying to find something to live in, it’s really a plus to have a real estate guy along who is pleasant and funny. Also, I have known Jon for virtually all of his 13 years of experience, and I have referred many people to him. They all rave about him. He makes house hunting as easy as it can be. Then, when you find a place, he makes the purchase as smooth as it can be. Jon gets my highest possible recommendation.

I can’t speak highly enough of the experience I had working with Jon. He is a local, and knows Asheville inside and out. He provided good insight and worked to help me find the home I was looking for. He is prompt to answer questions and is readily available. I am a first time homebuyer, and he walked me through every step of the process. I am tied up with work most of the day, and Jon did most of the legwork during the transaction so I didn’t have to. I got an incredible deal due to his knowledge of the market and the negotiation process. There were several instances when he went above and beyond what one would expect of an agent when I was having issues with my lender in order to meet my closing date. I have worked with a lot of professionals in various fields, but Jon stands out and has my highest recommendation.