Empathy, Arranger, Communicator, Includer, Developer
I am delighted to be a recent transplant to Asheville (my husband and I moved here several years ago). Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a child, spending summers at Camp Judaea in Hendersonville. After graduating with a degree in Drama/Dance from Bard College, I escaped the East Coast for San Francisco. Appreciating the sense of “the big city inside a small town,” I lived there until moving to Asheville – all except for five years in Jerusalem, Israel. My parents had moved to Israel and it became important for me to spend time with them during the final chapter of their lives. I became a real estate agent there, serving a widely diverse clientele, many of whom were buyers from overseas, seeking retirement or vacation properties.
Making people feel at home is one of the joys in my life. And this is what I bring to serving my clients – helping them find the home that will become their nest, their place of celebration, comfort and safety. Or helping sellers prepare their homes for the market, so they can leave the nest for whatever their goals are.
I am proud to be serving as the Real Estate Consultant on the Steering Team of Housing Options for Aging in Place (HOAP), an Age-friendly Buncombe County Initiative. In just a few years, one in five residents of the County will be age 65 or older. The purpose of HOAP is to create a comprehensive, coordinated initiative that knits together diverse stakeholders across multiple domains to effectively work toward a community where older adults have the ability and choice to age in place. Our goals are for the community to recognize and support safe, accessible, affordable housing as a social determinant of health for older adults; to create new and modified policies and practices (both governmental and organizational) which support and promote affordable and accessible housing options.
Upon arrival in Asheville, I became very active in my synagogue community, Congregation Beth Israel. A regular attendee at services, I am a member of the Ritual Committee, and I often step up to volunteer for events and ad hoc committees. I also serve on the Steering Committee for the Center of Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville. You can find me at one of the Asheville’s many superb restaurants (I happily describe myself as a foodie) or fine theaters (you may even find me on stage now and then), and most definitely at Tourists baseball games. Elie and I love adventuring – continuing to explore the areas in and around Asheville – which broadens and deepens my knowledge of my new home. I can’t wait to help you find yours!
Sara is an amazing realtor and a wonderful person. She helped me every step of the way and went above and way beyond what a realtor is supposed to do. She "held my hand" through a long process in a difficult housing market with a remote purchase. I highly recommend Sara for any realty needs. I was very fortunate to have found her and you would be too!
—Zillow Reviewer who bought a home in NC 28714.
Sara Yakira was helpful, present, and caring every step of the way, ensuring that I found the right home and that everything went as smoothly as it possibly could. I especially loved her keen real estate eyes that caught details about homes that were not the right fit for me, the way that she was so on top of all the logistics and patiently kept me focused and on schedule with details, the way that she made sure to ask questions I didn't know to ask throughout the process (and comprehensive note-taking on all the details), her help landing a contract on a highly-competitive home, and the way that I felt cared about by Sara in a human-to-human way, not only a business way. I am grateful for her care and help, and that I am writing this review from my peaceful new home after a relatively short home search.
—Zillow Reviewer who bought a home in 28711.
Sara did an outstanding job of assisting us with the purchase of our new home. I especially appreciated her responsiveness and patience with all of our questions and her attention to detail. I highly recommend her.
—Zillow Reviewer who bought a home in 28711.
Sara was exception throughout the entire process. I was on a time crunch and needed to be in a house for a custody hearing. With 6 weeks and price point, Sara helped me find multiple homes that would be perfect for my kids and I. Once I found the one Sara went to work scheduling inspections and handling all the details. This is my second home purchase. And Sara made it an amazing experience.
—Zillow Reviewer who bought a home in NC 28792.
My wife and I recently moved to Asheville, NC and Sara has been instrumental in helping us buy our dream home within a month of arriving. Our good fortune was definitely helped by Sara getting to know us prior to our move through Zoom chats, phone conversations and e-mails. When we arrived, we felt meeting Sara in person was like meeting a long time friend. Sara is very responsive and is top notch in her real estate knowledge. We highly recommend you choose Sara Yakira as your real estate agent. Dan & Laura V.
—Zillow Reviewer who bought a home in NC 28730.