Free Vaccine Clinics Offered at Asheville Outlets

Asheville Outlets at 800 Brevard Road will host a mobile clinic sponsored by FEMA’s mobile vaccine center where all three COVID-19 vaccines will be offered – Pfizer, Moderna and J&J.

The mobile clinic is located behind Sportsman’s Warehouse.

The vaccine center can administer up to 250 vaccines each day. First and second doses, as well as booster vaccines will be provided.

Vaccines will be offered on Monday, Oct. 18, and Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 25, Tuesday, Oct. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There is no cost to receive a vaccine and no appointments are required to participate in the clinic.

Adopt a Storm Drain, Reduce Flooding

RiverLink seeks volunteers interested in keeping their communities clean, safe and beautiful by ensuring storm drains are free of debris.

Clean storm drains decrease problems associated with flooding and help keep rivers free from pollution.

RiverLink has set a goal adopting 100 storm drains by the end of 2021.

Adopting a storm drain allows individuals and businesses to maintain a drain in the Central Asheville Watershed by picking up trash and other debris several times a month.

The adoption process is easy: Pick an available storm drain, fill out an application form and meet with a RiverLink staff member to review the program’s responsibilities.

Access available storm drains at https://riverlink.org/work/adopt-a-storm-drain/.

Learn How to Mange Stormwater Runoff

RiverLink will present a stormwater management class from 3-4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at MLK Park, 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Learn how to control stormwater in your neighborhood by using rain barrels, rain gardens and constructed wetlands that can address drainage issues, decrease stormwater runoff and add beauty.

The workshop will include planting features in a rain garden being constructed as part of RiverLink’s DIS in the Mountains Project, along with a chance to win a rain barrel.

Register at https://riverlink.salsalabs.org/stormwatermanagementworkshop1015/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=664dc863-1e9b-45bc-a854-a3ac89735f46.

Home Sales Dip Heading Into Fall Season

Home sales across the Asheville region continued to lose steam and declined 9.5% year-over-year, as 1,186 homes sold in August 2021, compared to the 1,311 homes that sold in August 2020. This is the second consecutive month of year-over-year sales declines, reported Canopy MLS.

Month-over-month, sales compared to July 2021, were down 4.4%, however year-to-date figures show sales during the first eight months of the year ahead of year-to-date 2020 closed sales by 22.2%. Should the overall pace of sales continue, annual sales at year end could eclipse 2020 home sales. These are completed transactions that include single family and condo/townhome data only.

Buyer demand, as signaled by pending contracts or pending sales, were relatively flat when compared to buyer demand in August 2020, dipping slightly by 1.5% as 1,431 properties went under contract during the month. Contract activity in August compared to July 2021 was roughly on par, down 0.1% month-over-month.

New listing activity continues its positive run, as 1,397 homes were listed throughout the 13-county region, a 1.5% year-over-year increase, showing listing activity on the same level as August 2020. Seller confidence has risen over much of the summer, which over time can bring the market back into balance, as neither a seller’s market (less than six months of supply) nor a buyer’s market (more than six months of supply). Growth in new listings will help buyers with more choice, but inventory across the region remains critically low, with 2,028 homes for sale at report time or 1.7 months of supply. This time last year the region had 3.3 months of supply.

“Though a second month of slower sales may indicate the market is cooling, it could also be the typical market activity that we generally saw, well before the pandemic, of buyers and sellers with families, shifting their focus from summer home sales to the usual routines of fall and back to school,” said Brian Cagle, a Canopy MLS Board of Directors member. “Buyer demand and new listing activity are steady, and the slower pace of sales should help relieve some buyer fatigue and competition, especially in the metro-Asheville area.”

In Buncombe County, sales declined 7.6% year-over-year as 437 homes sold compared to 473 that sold in August 2020. Pending sales rose a modest 2.2% year-over-year as 510 homes went under contract during the month, showing buyers still in the market for homes in metro Asheville. New listings however, slipped by 2.5% year-over-year as 508 homes were listed in August, just 13 less than listed this time last year.

This will do little to help improve the inventory situation, which declined by 43.1% year-over-year, to 636 homes on market or 1.4 months of inventory.

Prices continue to rise, due to pressure from low inventory. Both the median sales price ($419,986) and the average sales price ($522,564) rose 23%, each year-over-year, while the average list price rose 8% year-over-year to $518,466.

The original list price to sale price ratio showed sellers received 99.6% of asking price with homes on market an average of 26 days in August 2021.

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