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Aaron Kraft, Managing Broker

Cell: 828-545-9953
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I am the Managing Broker of the office. As such, I am responsible for the training, coaching and overseeing of all real estate activities in our office. Please let me know if I can assist you in questions about our company or one of our brokers.

I am always looking to add to our fine team. Whether you have a real estate license or not, I am happy to discuss the exciting field of real estate with you and what we do differently at Weichert. Weichert provides incredible resources for our Brokers and clients. Give me a call anytime to discuss opportunities. 

Personally, I enjoy family time with my wife and 2 kids and love being a Dad. Our favorite place to go is to Seabrook and Kiawah Island. We spend a lot of time with sports and Church activities. We rest firmly in God's Word and are a family that fears God and thanks him for grace and for our salvation through Jesus Christ. I am a former US Marine and proud to have served. I love being a part of the Weichert family as well where support and opportunity are unmatched.

If I can assist in any way, please feel free to call the office at (828) 687-1083 or my cell phone at (828) 545-9953.

Elizabeth Kraft, Manager

Office: 828-687-1083 
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I am responsible with assisting our brokers to ensure they consistently provide our clients with exceptional service. If I can assist you with questions about our company or brokers, please give me a call. I graduated from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. My work experience includes membership development, event planning, and administration work. In my free time I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with our family and two dogs.

Avery Riggs, Office Impact Manager

Office: 828-687-1083
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Avery is a local Asheville resident and UNC Asheville graduate, receiving a bachelor’s of liberal arts in mass communication. Before working at Weichert, Realtors - Unlimited, Avery worked at a collaborative, in-house marketing consultant and advertising design agency. While there, she expanded her skills as a content creator, website designer and overall communications representative. Avery was also production manager of TEDxUNCAsheville in 2016. 

Avery currently lives in south Asheville with her predominantly four-legged household. When she’s not at work, she can be found hiking with her dogs or enjoying local hand-crafted food downtown. 

Traci Burke

Cell: 828-242-5393
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Hi! My name is Traci Burke. I am a native of Asheville NC. Although I have lived in other parts of the country and traveled often, I always feel blessed to come home. I love the mountains of Western North Carolina. I plan on spending the rest of my life here and it is my hope to work and invest in the area and also to be an inspiration in my circle of influence. It is my hope that I will leave a positive mark in the world on the people who knew me.

I have two awesome children that bring me great joy and whom I am very proud of, and a wonderful husband who is my partner in life and business. We are both health care workers, but for the last ten years we have focused our efforts on investing in Real Estate in the area. We own multiple rental properties which we enjoy managing and maintaining ourselves. We love to educate ourselves in the arena of Real Estate and have, over the years, invested our time and resources attending many Real
Estate seminars as well as utilized mentors, and private coaches in order to be experts in our field. We love what we do and feel blessed that we can do it together. It is our hope to provide Asheville with clean, affordable, well maintained and managed housing for years to come.

I recently received my Real Estate license as a means to educate myself but also to expand our business and take a wider stance in doing what we love to do. I would love to help you get to where you want to be. Whether that is selling your current home in order to move on or buying a home here in the area, I would feel privileged to help you get there.

Cathy Carter

Cell: 601-715-3055
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I have been traveling to Western North Carolina for over ten years and knew from my first visit to Asheville that I would settle here. I love the vibrant, colorful and diverse nature of Asheville and its surrounding communities, and I am involved in and committed to participating in activities that promote community, environmental sustainability, spiritual diversity, and inclusiveness. 

Following my graduation from Baylor University with a B.A. in History, I received my M.A. in History from Louisiana State University. Following graduate school, I taught English for a year in Thailand where I became immersed in Thai culture. I was a K-12 educator in Louisiana and North Carolina. I have traveled extensively in the United States, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.

I am happily married and am the mother of three children. My oldest son, Hunter, is married to a successful fashion designer and he is a very successful Hollywood film editor and entrepreneur. My daughter, Clair, is married to a successful art appraiser and soccer coach, and she is a Methodist minister in Louisiana. Thomas, my youngest son, is a senior in music technology at UNC-Asheville. My greatest joys and challenges in life have been in learning the grace and grit required of me in parenting these amazing children, and in watching them contribute their talent, ideas and vision to others. 

Real estate is my second career. As a real estate investor and broker I have immersed myself in understanding the intricacies of the Western North Carolina real estate markets and the diverse communities in this beautiful area of the world. In particular, I enjoy assisting buyers in locating and settling into homes and communities that fulfill their dreams; and, I enjoy assisting sellers in marketing and selling their home in ways that meet their personal financial requirements. My greatest joy as a Weichert real estate broker is in knowing I have created a close professional relationship with my clients that leads to their success and satisfaction with their entire real estate sales or purchasing experience. 

Things I love … art, music, sports and walking with my labradoodle, Brody.

Proud Member of the National Association of Realtors®, North Carolina Association of Realtors®, and Land of Sky Association of Realtors®.

Alla Chistol

Cell: 828-423-8113
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My family relocated from Europe to Asheville 13 years ago. We fell in love with Western North Carolina from the moment we arrived. It reminded us of our home, so we settled in the Asheville area. I attended A.B.-Tech and received my Associates Degree in Business Administration.

Married a wonderful man four years ago, we have a handsome little boy. Together we enjoy family time at the park, strolling around downtown, attending musical festivals and anything outdoors.

I started my career as a certified nursing assistant. I love helping people and being there for them. Previously I worked as an accountant, and I also love working with numbers. 

I would love to be able to help you find your new home or sell your home. Together we can make a great team. I am confident that if you put your trust in me, I can help you with your real estate needs.

Proud member of the National Association of Realtors, North Carolina Association of Realtors, and Land of Sky Association of Realtors.

Nedra Creason

Cell: 828-400-1171
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Having grown up in WNC, Nedra is familiar with the values and traditions as well as the growth our area has seen over the years. Nedra was raised Haywood County and spent summers in Asheville with her Grandmother. She and her family now spend summers on Lake Fontana at their boathouse. Nedra knows WNC well and loves living and raising her children here. She feels everyone deserves the opportunity to create a home in and enjoy the four seasons and many opportunities both inside and out that WNC has to offer.

Nedra gives back to the community she loves by volunteering at Riverbend Elementary School where her daughter is a student. She and her family attend Longs Chapel Methodist Church. Nedra graduated from Tuscola High School and Haywood Community College. She studied real estate at Cumbie and Trull where she became a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker. In her spare time, Nedra enjoys reading, farming with her husband and spending valuable time with her family.

Cassandra DeJong

Cell: 828-216-6060
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Having relocated from Florida almost 30 years ago, and while volunteering at the Visitors Center, I realized how many people were moving to Asheville. When our children left home, I got my real estate license and have worked with numerous buyers and sellers since 2005. I am proud to be an Accredited Buyer Representative® (ABR).

I volunteer monthly at the Veterans Restoration Quarters, cooking and serving local veterans. I recently started offering a workshop for veteran homebuyers.

I am a wife and mother of two adult children and reside in beautiful Fairview. I enjoy gardening, reading and caring for two birds, two cats and a dog.
I am a member of the National Association of Realtors®, North Carolina Association of Realtors®, and the Land of Sky Association of Realtors®.

Rachael Evans

Cell: 571-332-6852
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Having relocated from the Washington D.C. area, I understand why the Asheville area is the destination of choice for so many. I fell in love with Western North Carolina from my first moments here. The beautiful surroundings, delicious local cuisine and the friendly community make it a wonderful place to call home. As a certified yoga instructor, I know that Asheville is a treasure for those seeking a peaceful, healthy way of life. Whether you’re seeking the excitement of downtown living or the tranquility of a mountaintop home, please contact me to explore your options - I look forward to working with you! 

Finding a new home is an exciting and challenging time. You can trust me to carefully guide you through the many steps and decisions along the way. Integrity and honesty are the core principles of my professional standards. I emphasize continuous communication throughout the process so your questions are answered and problems are solved. I spent many years working to help disabled veterans and have expertise in finding accessible housing. I am a member of the National Association of REALTORS, North Carolina Association of REALTORS, and the local Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS.

Greg Fournier

Cell: 828-788-4307
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After serving 27 years in the US Air Force and retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant, I decided to move to beautiful Western North Carolina. My wife Denise (also a retired Air Force veteran) and I fell in love with the majestic mountains and the rushing streams carving out the valleys below, but most of all, we fell in love with the people. We have lived in Maggie Valley for two years and we’re loving every minute of it! 

After two years of retirement I was chomping at the bit to start a new career, and what better career to have than working real estate in an area I truly love. I’m originally from Mount Kisco, NY and I’m an avid Giant, Yankee and Knicks fan! I have a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Park University, and an A.S. in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. For fun I enjoy spending time with my wife, golfing, hiking, camping and cooking.

Whether you’re buying or selling, coming or going, I understand that the process can be complicated and challenging, and I’d like to help take the pressure off you so that you can clearly focus and breath easily throughout the entire process. I’ll be right by your side all the way. I take great pride in helping people find positive solutions to their real estate needs. No task is to big or to small, so give me a call and let’s get started on your next great adventure in the hills of Western North Carolina. 

Matthew Hooker

Cell: 650-888-1614
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I have lived in Asheville for four years. I'm an 8 year veteran of the Fire Service, and more specifically I have been a member of the Asheville Fire Department for 4 years. I love being able to serve my community and the wonderful people in the Asheville area. I'm quite familiar with the city of Asheville's different and unique districts, as well as many of the surrounding areas.

Daniel Jameson

Cell: 828-216-2543
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Hi, my name is Daniel. I moved to North Carolina in August of 2013 from a small mountain town where I grew up out West. Yes, where everybody knew their next door neighbor. Because of that upbringing, I have acquired the old fashioned values of customer service. There is a saying I remember from my childhood that sums up my philosophy of customer service, “Every customer is a potential friend waiting to be met.”

Some of the things I like to do when I have a little time to myself is go hiking on local trails, fishing, and canoeing. This fall I hope to start learning to kayak and hunting for various game animals in the area. I also would like to one day travel the world to see other cultures and to study their history, which is another hobby of mine I enjoy immensely.

Danielle King

Cell: 828-230-2242
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I earned my real estate license in the summer of 2004. My main focus has been selling and marketing corporate REO/foreclosures. As a full time real estate professional, I strive to deliver an unparalleled experience for every customer. My goal is to make the process of buying or selling real estate a very efficient, pleasant and successful experience. To achieve these goals I utilize current technologies and offer outstanding customer service. 

I am what one would call a “half back”. Originally born and raised in New Jersey, I relocated to the gulf coast of Florida for four years. In 1994, I moved half way back where I finally settled in the beautiful mountains of WNC. I love to cook, sew, hike and help buyers and sellers find their dream home.

Proud member of the National Association of Realtors, North Carolina Association of Realtors, and Land of Sky Association of Realtors.

Leading Edge Society
Honor Society
Top Listing and Selling Team 48 Times 

Benjamin Lynch

Cell: 561-310-0260
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Hello, I'm Ben with WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Unlimited in Asheville.

Over the last 10 years, I've enjoyed serving my country and my community. From 2008-2012 I served in the United States Air Force as an active duty firefighter. Shortly after fulfilling my military commitment, I started working for the City of Asheville as a firefighter/EMT, and continue to do so today. 

I am very enthusiastic about real estate and I have a great understanding of the local area.

I believe in honesty, hard work, and integrity; I take these values very seriously, and look forward to demonstrating them for you.

Whether you're interested in buying or selling, I'd love the opportunity to help make it a smooth and successful process. 

Please feel free to call or text me with any questions you may have at 561-310-0260.

Kala Ray

Cell: 828-527-3859
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A native of western North Carolina, Kala was born and raised in Old Fort̶ a small town twenty minutes east of Asheville. She still resides in her small hometown and holds the area dear to her heart. Kala’s love of western North Carolina motivates her to help build a better economic and environmental future for the region.

Family is at the core of Kala's life and priorities. She has an amazing spouse of ten
years and two beautiful boys who are their pride and joy. They enjoy everything and
anything outdoors, ranging from hiking, camping, cycling and horseback riding. Her
family serves as a major motivation for her success. She applies that charisma toward
overcoming the challenges that being a real estate professional brings to provide the
best results for her clients. Kala believes your success is also her own.

Kala is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, North Carolina
Association of Realtors®, and the Land of Sky Association of Realtors®.

Alan Rosenthal

Cell: 828-419-0979
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Originally from New Jersey, Alan worked and lived in the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC regions. He has lived in Asheville the last twelve years and has a unique understanding of the local area.

Alan is also the founder and organizer of Vibrant Asheville Business™ which is a very well-attended business education and networking group. Alan also maintains working relationships with community and local government leaders, county commissioners, city council persons, as well as our representatives in Raleigh and Washington.

Alan comes to WEICHERT, REALTORS®-Unlimited as a 35-year business person, author, private investigator, public records expert, experienced researcher, problem-solver and negotiator with knowledge of numerous types of businesses.

Alan is active in the real estate community. He was Co-Chair of the Professional Development & Events Committee and sat on the Finance and Legislative/RPAC committees for the Land of the Sky Association of Realtors®. Alan created and presented the monthly Realtor Safety message for new agents.

He is a member of the Commercial Investment Realty Association of Western North Carolina, the National Association of Realtors®, and the North Carolina Association of Realtors®.

Alan is one of the first Realtors in the United States to receive the Building Green Real Estate (BGRE) certification, co-created by the Western North Carolina Green Building Council, of which he is also a member.

Alan is an active member of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and the Fletcher Area Business Association.

On the personal side, Alan enjoys his cat, reading, writing and many of Asheville’s offerings, such as Southern Conference basketball, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Asheville Lyric Opera, Asheville Ballet and the Asheville Symphony. In his spare time, Alan enjoys the study of theology and is a student at Montreat College pursuing a Masters in Business Leadership.

Jurgen 'Rick' Schmidt

Cell: 828-712-5528
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"Exceptional Service & Results."
I am an experienced Realtor/Broker in the Asheville/Western North Carolina area. I am a certified short-sale, foreclosure and investment property specialist. I am proud to have the following designations: CDPE-CIAS-SFR-ePro-ADAC. Se Habla Español.

Proud member of the National Assocation of Realtors, North Carolina Association of Realtors, and Land of Sky Association of Realtors.

Lori Starr

Cell: 828-337-5795
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As a committed, hard-working organizer, I value personal and professional integrity, commitment, dedication, and discipline above all else. My attention to detail is only surpassed by my personal approach to getting the job done.

As a cofounder and owner of a community based business for the last ten years, I have dedicated my life to helping others accomplish their professional and personal goals.

I believe in education as a priority and as such have a B.A in Sociology from Arizona State University and continued education in a variety of arenas including Massage Therapy, plant medicine, yoga, and nutrition. 

My personal attention to creating friendships is one that embodies integrity, reliability and thoughtfulness. It is with this personalized attention that I am able to assess and dedicate to your individual Real Estate needs.

Tracy Stevanov

Cell: 828-280-2219
Email Tracy

Hello, my name is Tracy and I live in Asheville and love all of Western North Carolina. I know how arduous of a process purchasing a home can be and wish to make that succinct and smooth while you transition to a new home or new life in Western North Carolina. Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina communities each offer different experiences within their cities and towns, each region has a unique way of life! Give me a call, and I will help you find the right home and fit for your lifestyle!

Erik Tillman

Cell: 828-676-9196
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My Business Philosophy is to own every aspect of my chosen profession and to serve my clients. Real Estate is an occupation that inspires and allows me to serve others. I owe duty and loyalty to my clients. My performance dictates my success or failure. The more I serve, the greater the success. I have spent the last 15 years in many different sales capacities. Most of my professional experience is related to performance based sales and leadership. I have 6 years retail sales, 4 years wireless communications sales and 5 years retail sales management, training, and sales operations.

I relocated from Victorville, California 13 years ago to Western North Carolina. I met my lovely wife of 2 years here in WNC and we have 2 amazing children. I attended both AB Tech and Western Carolina University. I love WNC and decided to raise my family here. I grew up in the church and currently attend Seacoast Church.

Kristina Trainque

Cell: 203-613-9644
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I am a licensed Realtor who is passionate about living in Western North Carolina. I represent Real Estate Buyers and Sellers and am affiliated with Weichert Realtors, one of the nation's leading providers of homeownership services. 

The purchase or sale of real estate is a complex process. Being represented by a professional Realtor ensures exceptional service and attention to detail. Every client I work with gets my commitment to make their home realty experience smooth and seamless. 

I relocated to WNC in 2006 from New York with 10+ years marketing experience and a master’s degree in therapy. My background helps me understand client needs, provide clear communication and use state of the art technical skills. My personal interests include art, sailing, yoga, and music. I love to travel and I speak Swedish as a second language.

From downtown living to mountain homes - I would be delighted to show you the services I provide. I am a proud member of the Land of the Sky Association of Realtors®. If you are buying or selling real estate anywhere in NC or the US I would be happy to give you a referral to a trustworthy REALTOR®.



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802 Fairview Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: 828-687-1083
Fax: 828-333-5534
Email: akraft@weichertunlimited.com

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