WNC Retreat/Homestead/Bugout Specialist Started in real estate as an appraiser in 1987. Spent several years in corporate land acquisitions before developing his own properties throughout North Carolina, including the successful 878 acre Headwaters at Banner Elk. That is, he knows mountain land.
After reading Bill Forstchen's book "One Second After" and three years on a 34,000 acre project in the jungles of Guyana, he changed his firm from commercial real estate to survival real estate and the name to Retreat Realty, Ltd. Today John lives in Black Mountain, NC (setting of "One Second After") and is well connected in the prepper community of western NC. He's one of only five corporate sponsors of the Carolina Preppers Network with over 7,000 members and recognized as one of the leading survival realty firms in the nation. In February, 2018, he was named No.2 Survival Real Estate Firm in the nation by well known survival blogger Tara Dodrill. He himself is a regular blogger on the subject of prepper real estate with nearly 200 posts on his website.
His experience in land development, construction and prepping gives his client's an edge when selling or buying real estate in the mountains of western North Carolina. John is a member of the Carolinas MLS and the Yancey-Mitchell MLS boards. Read the testimonials on his website. He has dozens more.
Rosie Johnson, a Black Mountain native, grew up in these mountains, giving her an expert knowledge of the area and a passion for maintaining the region's beauty. With more than 15 years of experience as a Realtor, Rosie maintains a high level of professionalism and integrity throughout any contract process, whether representing buyer, seller, or both. Rosie can offer guidance and advice on a permanent residence, vacation home or investment property.
She is Managing Broker (Broker In Charge) of the new GreyBeard Asheville location, a position she began in the fall of 2013. Rosie joined GreyBeard Realty in 2001 as rental manager and oversaw the company's growth from 30 rentals to more than 75 rental properties. In 2004, she began applying her energy and knowledge of vacation and long-term rentals to sales. She has been a "Top 100 Realtor" for the Land of the Sky Board of Realtors (Asheville Board).
When not in the office or working with clients, Rosie enjoys visits and travel with family and friends, long walks, hiking, reading and cooking.