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When you’re buying or selling a home, there’s only one thing that really matters:


There’s so much misleading information in the world of real estate, and a prevailing misconception that realtors are sheisty. (We’re not.)

Mostly it’s just because realtors do this all the time, and forget that YOU don’t do it, ever.

Which is why I insist on looking under floorboards. Because why would you ever think to do that? There’s spiders down there.

I make sure you know what’s up, through every step of the buying — or selling — process. Even if it means breaking the news that your dream house!!! might be a money pit.

It’s an emotional process, and sooooo stressful. My job is to explain all the confusing bits. To go see a property before you do, so I can rule it out if it’s not right.

And to talk you down when you start freaking out.

Even though realtors are allowed to represent both buyer and seller on the same property (betcha didn’t know that), I never do.

When you bring me in?

You get me ALL to yourself.

Integrity and all.

I’ll never let you close a deal without making sure your eyes are WIDE open.

Because a house isn’t just a bunch of dollar signs and contracts.

It’s where your family will scramble on hectic weekday mornings. Where your dog will hunt for squirrels, where you’ll open the door after a long, not-so-great day at work, take a deep breath, and think…

I’m home.

Sona provided us the best home buying experience imaginable!

We are so lucky to be in the home of our dreams for less than asking price! Sona is the bomb! If you want someone as equally committed as you are to the right house at the right price she is your best partner!!!


Whether buyer or seller,

clients who select Sona Merlin as an agent may rest assured that they’ve found the best real estate representation. More than a capable professional, Sona’s a strategist who will work with you to achieve the most lucrative market position for any property. And with the support of Appalachian Realty Sona Merlin will assist you in finding the Asheville area home that speaks to YOUR individuality.


We worked very closely with Sona

and others on the Appalachian staff in searching for our new home. Sona took care to understand what we were looking for and then culled the many properties on the market to ensure that we visited those that fit our needs. Her work experience in construction enabled her to offer comments on the pros and cons of houses we visited, and she pointed out things we would surely have missed without her. In the end, we had a new house built, and she helped us deal with the builders and performed unofficial inspections of the work as it progressed.

We can give Sona our highest recommendation as a thoughtful, competent, and cheerful real estate agent. We also found the entire Appalachian staff to be pleasure to work with.

PS. Sona also has a great sense of humor!

Mike and Wynn Weaverville, NC

The thing I like

The thing I love most about Sona, other than her incredible knowledge about real estate and home buying, is that she gets to know her clients in order to put them in not just any house – but the right house. She had no problem asking us to question or really think about our choices and was super proactive in finding out all she could about a home prior to showing it to us, and then continuing to look for problems as we toured. Sona treats her clients as partners throughout the entire process. Its every bit as if she were buying the house herself. I can’t imagine trusting another agent with any future purchases – you shouldn’t either.
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She goes above and beyond for her clients. You can tell she is passionate about her work…


My family recently bought a home

in Black Mountain and sold a home in West Asheville with the expert help of Sona Merlin. Buying and selling a home is a very “real” experience that is a business transaction fueled by emotion. If you want someone who understands both sides of that experience than Sona is the agent for you. Either buying or selling she works hard to make sure you get what you are looking for while protecting and guiding you through the business aspects.

When looking for or new home she was more than willing to explore new counties to help us find what we needed. When prepping our home to sell she gave us great advice about what we should leave as is and what we should tweak. Our house was seen by several buyers and was under contract in less than 24 hours and it sold for well above list price.

For one of the most “real” experiences you will have in your life, you can not find a more authentic guide than Sona.

So the lit major in me came out. I hope this works for you. Thanks so much for everything.

We shall have you all out as we progress with changes to the house. Take care


When I first started looking for a home to purchase I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted,

Condo or House…or what location in Asheville. However, Sona was very patient with me while I worked to figure it all out. She was beside me all the way! She spent days hanging out with me driving from house to house, condo to condo showing me what was out there in my budget range. If and when she couldn’t come, her lovely husband Mark would help out. Fortunately Sona has a wonderful program that emailed me lisiting for sale so I could look online on a daily basis. Honestly I just didn’t find anything that felt right for me right away…it actually took about a year (me figuring things out), then one day finally I found a beautiful Cape Code style Cottage with a huge front porch in Oakley!! I fell in love instantly. I immediately got in touch with Sona. She called to make an appointment for us to see only to find out it was already under contract….my heart was broken. Sona on the other hand contacted the listing agent anyway and told them if anything goes wrong with the sale of the house to please let her know. And wouldn’t ya know, the contract fell thru!!! Long story short…I own that house now aka “Sherrie’s Bamboo Cottage”(…ask Tommy about my Bamboo forest that gives me so much peace & privacy). Thanks to Sona I got my house below Market Value, a New Roof, and a simple painless closing 2 weeks later!!!”

So if you’re thinking that you too my want to buy a new place in the future, why not sign up for email listings and start looking now!

Sherie Bergan

Sona’s knowledge base of the area, diligence and attention to detail makes the process worry free

She is well known in the Asheville Community of Realtors and Attorneys. She stays on top of the closing process-leaving you to focus on the excitement of purchasing a new home, a farm, land or whatever it is you are looking for.

Sona goes Above and Beyond! Over the past 14 years she has handled the purchase or sale of 6 other properties. Our last sale was a family farm. Sona helped us with the daunting task of cleaning out, disposing of and moving 60 years of accumulated clutter. She assisted in scheduled donation pickups, rolled up her sleeves to help fill two dumpsters and even coordinated the removal of cattle to a neighboring farm.

We highly recommend Sona to help anyone to find their “Feels good to be home!” property

Dan & Rose

We had worked with Sona before

on the sale of a condo is South Asheville, but this time we were selling our house and hunting for a new one in West Asheville. When we started thinking about buying and selling, the first thought we had was, “Let’s talk to Sona and find out what she thinks we need to do in order to get the best price for our house.” We met with Sona at the beginning of December, got some good advice, and began working on the house in our spare time with the intention of finding a new house in 6-12 months and selling our current house. When we found a house we liked at the end of January, but were not really prepared to put ours on the market, we pushed into high gear to get our house ready for sale. Despite Sona’s best efforts with what we felt was an unreasonable seller, the deal fell through. We went and looked at a good many houses with Sona over the next month, and worked diligently to get our house ready for market. When we saw our dream house pop up on the real estate sites at the end of February, we called Sona so we could schedule an appointment to look at it, and she moved quickly to get us in to look at the house. Once we saw the house with Sona, all of us knew this was THE house. Sona acted quickly, helping us craft an offer on a Saturday afternoon, so that we could be the first offer to be presented. With Sona’s help, we managed to get our house on the market a week and a half later, and had it looking perfect. Sona put it up on the real estate sites before dawn, and by dusk, we had signed a contract for our asking price. Through the whole process, Sona kept us moving toward our goals, and helped us to get the best deals possible on both houses. She fought for us, and we knew that if there was something that needed done, Sona would make sure it was taken care of, whether it was paperwork for us, the lender, the seller, or the insurance company to fill out, Sona was on top of it.

Thanks from Shaun, Leigh, and Lucy!

My husband and I recently worked with Sona to sell our home

Throughout the whole process, she was very informative and always available for us. We both were very comfortable working with her and would recommend her with no hesitation.

Harvey and RoseAnne