Advisors

James H. Diaz, CCIM

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Originally from New Orleans, LA, Jim is a twelve-year Asheville resident, licensed real estate broker and active real estate investor.  As Principal and broker-in-charge of CoveStar Investment Realty Advisors, Jim has earned a reputation among peers and clients alike, as one of Western North Carolina’s most respected real estate professionals.  His experience with urban infill development and familiarity with new urbanist design principles will assist him in leading the in-house sales and marketing team at Thompson Street. 

Jim has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation conferred by the CCIM Institute.  The CCIM designation is awarded upon completion of a post-graduate-level curriculum and attainment of a level of qualifying experience. CCIM’s are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis, and form a business network encompassing 1,000 markets throughout North America. Of the estimated 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners in North America, only 7,000 currently hold the CCIM designation. 

Jim’s experience includes participation in strategic planning, management of budgets, retention and leadership of personnel, transaction management and license law compliance. Jim also retains responsibility for land assemblage transaction management. Jim has been instrumental in bringing about multiple land assemblages, assisting in the crafting of strategic plans and retaining primary responsibility for their tactical implementation.  As an experienced real estate investor and one of the area’s most respected transaction professionals, Jim’s commercial and residential experience, combined with his extensive knowledge of infill redevelopment and adaptive reuse, have strongly benefited many clients. Focusing his activity in the areas of master planned development, complex land assemblage, infill redevelopment and adaptive reuse, Jim has been able to leverage the combination of a strong reputation, experience and a broad and respected relationship base for the benefit of his clients.  Jim’s outstanding reputation combined with the breadth of his relationship base in the Asheville market, have been pivotal in enabling the Thompson Street Apartment development team to earn the respect and cooperation of the Asheville business community.   

As a real estate investor, manager, developer and third party agent/consultant, Jim’s responsibilities include the optimal management of successful acquisition, disposition, leasing and property management of a portfolio of real property in the Asheville/Hendersonville markets.   

For the past ten years, Jim has been a consistent top producing commercial real estate professional in the Carolinas.  One of Jim’s most valuable professional skills as a real estate owner/operator and practitioner is the intimate knowledge of how successful deals get structured.  Jim’s brokerage business is primarily focused on development; with the expertise to orchestrate and guide the interrelated activities of the development process; beginning with the demand-based market analysis driving land planning studies within the regulatory constraints of the local market and ultimately the profitability of the project.  Jim is an officer of the Asheville Business Achievers Association, a member of the Asheville and Hendersonville Chambers of Commerce, the Asheville Board of Realtors, the Commercial Investment Realty Association of WNC and the Partnership for Economic Development. 

Jim’s experience with multiple product types in various stages of their lifecycle is the key to quickly assess the challenges and opportunities facing real estate investors and developers, and ultimately Jim has the skills necessary to make the decisions necessary to adapt to the market conditions we see today.

Education

Millsaps College, Jackson, MS B.A. History, Spanish Minor, Graduated Cum Laude

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Graduate by special invitation, Fund for American Studies Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems

Affiliations

CCIM Institute Member, CCIM designation

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Member

AACC Small Business of the Year Sky High Growth Award Winner

Small Business Leader of the Year (AACC) Nominee

Asheville Board of Realtors Member

Asheville Business Achievers Assoc. President

Asheville Commercial Investment Realty Association, Vice-President

 


James H. Diaz


Curtis A. Burge


Curtis A. Burge, CCIM

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A native of Georgia, Curtis has called the Asheville area home since 2002.  He began his real estate career selling commercial and exclusive residential properties in Vail, Colorado. 

Upon his relocation to Asheville, Curtis ventured into the world of mini-storage where he bought and managed several locations in a three-county area.  During that time he also remained active in real estate brokerage while affiliated with French Broad Realty.

In late 2005, Curtis joined CoveStar Investment Realty Advisors to become more involved in commercial brokerage in Western North Carolina.  Being a commercial investor, manager and broker has given Curtis the ability to offer his clients valuable insight with regard to maximizing potential profits through ownership and management.

Curtis received his CCIM designation in May of 2007. The CCIM designation is awarded upon completion of a post-graduate-level curriculum and attainment of a level of qualifying experience. CCIM’s are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis, and form a business network encompassing 1,000 markets throughout North America.

In May of 2012, Curtis became a graduating member of the 30th class of Leadership Asheville. This is a year-long program in which participants develop ways to enhance community leadership by developing, connecting, and mobilizing citizens throughout the region.

In his spare time, Curtis enjoys cycling, farming and spending time with his wife and three young boys.

Curtis would like the opportunity to represent you whether you are buying or selling commercial real estate in Western North Carolina.

 

Affiliations

Asheville Board of Realtors

Certified Commercial Investment Member

National Association of Realtors

Commercial Investment Realty Association of WNC

Leadership Asheville