We’re proud of the team of agents we’ve assembled here at Nest Realty. We think they’re pretty awesome, and we think you will too. During our “Meet the Agent” series, we sit down with our agents to learn more about them, what makes them tick, and why they’re passionate about the real estate industry. In this installment, we chat with Blake and Sandy Boyd, Brokers/Realtors® with Nest Realty in Asheville, North Carolina.
Nest Realty: Tell us a bit about yourself! What brought you to Asheville?
Blake & Sandy Boyd: Blake is from North Carolina and Sandy is from South Carolina, and we actually first met in middle school. We reunited post college and world travels. Then we both moved to WNC for graduate school and never left. Drawn in by the mountains and culture, we’ve now lived in West Asheville since 2005 with our two kids and dog.
NR: How did you get into real estate?
Blake & Sandy: After leaving her position in college athletics, Blake moved to Asheville to join Sandy. She always had an interest in real estate, and used that time to get her real estate license. She then joined The Buyer’s Agent of Asheville where she served buyer clients for 13 years. For Sandy, a tumultuous year left him eager for a change, so he earned his real estate license, and has found it to be a great fit. His experience in education and love for exploring and sharing the mountains works perfectly for his clients.
NR: What was your previous career? How has that prepared you for real estate?
Blake & Sandy: Blake was a men’s basketball manager for the UNC TarHeels under Coach Dean Smith and Coach Bill Gutheridge. She went on to work at the Atlantic Coast Conference in both marketing and football operations. During graduate school and after, Blake worked with students of all ages in academic and career advising. Real estate has been a natural fit for her as she helps align her clients with their goals while educating them about the current market and process.
Sandy has been a counselor and educator for over 20 years. An opportunity to join his wife in partnership with real estate was an exciting opportunity to grow our family business. He appreciates the opportunity to help people enjoy all that Asheville and the surrounding area has to offer.
NR: What led you to Nest Realty, as opposed to another brokerage?
Blake & Sandy: We have shifted to Nest Realty because of the culture.The agents and the brand are a great fit for our personalities. It’s a supportive environment that will allow us to be the best versions of ourselves for our clients.
NR: What is your favorite part of being an agent?
Blake: While I love the aspect of seeing homes, it really is the relationships I develop with clients and colleagues. I love being able to connect people on any level whether for business or lifestyle. I have also formed amazing friendships with past clients. It’s also a great avenue for helping people build wealth.
Sandy: I love the complexity and challenge of finding the right fit for buyers and sellers. I appreciate the diversity of properties and am always interested in hearing the stories of the people who inhabit them. I’m a good listener and try to help people meet the demands around their real estate needs.
NR: Do you have a specific area of expertise to offer clients?:
Blake: I spent many years specifically as a buyers agent. I have attended countless inspections and really value education on every level. It has helped me anticipate issues for both buyer and seller. In turn, I think that has made a better listing agent as well. I work hard to help my clients meet their goals whether it be on price or other terms.
Sandy: I’ve lived in WNC for over 20 years and know the city and surrounding region very well. My experiences hiking, running, climbing, biking and whitewater kayaking give me a unique perspective on the landscape. I’m an empathic listener, creative problem solver, and savvy negotiator.
NR: What makes you different from other agents? What sets you apart?:
Blake: With my experience, I’m able to anticipate issues and help guide clients on specific property issues or potential obstacles that can arise. I work hard to set them up for success in any market—particularly now with high demand on the listing side and multiple offer competition for buyers.
Sandy: I’m very knowledgeable about the region and the proximity to all outdoor adventures specific to client’s needs and culture.
NR: What are five adjectives that describe you?:
Blake: Professional, knowledgeable, fierce negotiators, approachable, and funny.Funny
Sandy: Dad jokes anyone?
NR: Who would be your dream client?
Sandy: Michael Scott. He would drive my crazy, but it would be totally endearing. In the end I could find him the perfect home to park that Sebring.
NR: If you had one piece of advice for a first-time home buyer, what would it be?:
Blake: In this crazy market, I think it’s important to talk to someone that has experience and can prepare you for multiple offers. Someone who can help you understand the process and can anticipate any specific obstacles or major problems with a home, so that when the time comes you are prepared for all the scenarios thrown your way.
NR: What is your favorite season in Asheville?
Blake: Tough call, but would have to say summer—I do love being warm. There is just so much vibrancy to the city and foliage in the mountains. The longer days are ideal for enjoying all of Asheville’s amenities. in.
Sandy: That’s like asking which child is your favorite. Having four distinct seasons is my favorite season.
Blake and Sandy Boyd of Boyd Properties are Brokers/Realtors with Nest Realty Asheville. With over 15 years of experience, they are passionate about helping others buy, sell, and invest in real estate in the local area. To learn more about this vibrant team, visit their agent page.