Posted on: June 23, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

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Asheville agent tops 2023 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list

Josh Smith with Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Walnut Cove Realty is ranked No. 1 in North Carolina on this year’s America’s Best Real Estate Agents list from REAL Trends, based on closed sales volume. Smith closed transactions totalling $100,700,015 in 2022.

“It has been an incredible run in real estate the past few years,” Smith said. “It is a humbling experience to receive this distinction among the many amazing professionals we work with day in and day out. I am proud to serve the community and honored to be named the No. 1 agent in North Carolina by America’s Best.”

REAL Trends is the nation’s leading publisher of trends and analysis of the residential real estate brokerage industry. The annual rankings, sponsored by Tom Ferry International, a top coaching and training company, ranks top sales associates and teams in each state and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) by transaction sides and sales volume for the previous year.

More than 27,500 residential real estate professionals were considered for the ranking. Those named to the list represent the top 1.5 percent of more than 1.6 million real estate professionals in the United States.

“Josh is an exceptional real estate professional. His vast knowledge of the greater Asheville market, coupled with his unwavering dedication to exemplary customer service, has helped Josh secure his position as a premier luxury real estate agent in the region,” said Gary Scott, president, Allen Tate Realtors. “We are honored that he is part of our team at Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks Walnut Cove Realty.”

“We’re proud that REAL Trends could see what we already know: Josh Smith is a world-class Realtor,” said Neal Hanks, president, Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks. “Josh’s experience in the luxury market is just as deep as his personal connection to his Blue Ridge Mountain home.”

According to Smith, Asheville’s limitless outdoor activities, four-season climate, vibrant downtown and social scene, and proximity to other destinations aid in the appeal of homes in the region.

“As people retire from less attractive climates and metropolitan components, they will continue to seek refuge in our beloved mountains. That’s why communities like The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, The Ramble, Biltmore Forest, and many others in the region will stay at the forefront of consumers’ minds,” Smith said.

“Well-thought-out master plan communities will only shift in popularity if limited inventory forces the consumer to seek alternatives,” Smith said. “As long as inventory is available, these communities will remain in high demand.”

Smith says he will continue to focus on growing his business and the company’s footprint across Western North Carolina.

“We have proven to be the best in the business when it comes to selling luxury homes,” Smith said. “Our relationship with Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks will allow us to continue our momentum by assisting buyers and sellers in the luxury lifestyle communities near Asheville.”

“This career poses many challenges to raising a family, and my wife inspires me to give it my very best,” Smith said. “She does an amazing job raising our children and supporting the long hours, working on holidays, and taking calls—no matter the circumstances or time. And most certainly, I’d like to thank the staff at Walnut Cove Realty, my work family.”

“It is our job as real estate agents to assist in the navigation of sustainable development practices to support the continued growth of our region, but not lose sight of what many came here to experience. I just hope our clients continue to choose me to assist them with navigating these wonderful lifestyle opportunities.”

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About Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks
Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks is a full-service real estate firm offering residential and commercial sales, marketing, and consulting services across Western North Carolina. In addition to these core business platforms, Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks has strategic partnerships in several related industry ventures, including mortgage and title insurance.

About Allen Tate Companies
Allen Tate Companies is the Carolinas’ leading real estate company, based on closed transaction sides, with 72 offices and more than 2,100 Realtors® in the Charlotte, Triad, Triangle, High Country, Highlands/Cashiers, and Asheville/Mountain regions of North Carolina, as well as the Upstate region of South Carolina. Allen Tate provides real estate, mortgage, insurance, and relocation services throughout the entire homeownership lifecycle. We are committed to providing and protecting quality of life for the communities we serve. For more information, visit

About Howard Hanna
The Hanna Family of Companies proudly provide real estate, title, insurance and mortgage services to clients across 13 states. As the largest family-owned and -operated real estate brokerage in the United States, this full-service real estate company has more than 500 offices and 15,000 sales associates and staff, including many of the industry’s top-producing real estate, title, mortgage and insurance agents. For more information, visit

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