James Harrison

James Harrison

Commercial Real Estate Broker

James Harrison serves as a broker for Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services, specializing in the sales and leasing of office, industrial, flex and retail properties in Asheville and Western North Carolina. James began his career in commercial real estate in 2014, initially working to coordinate marketing efforts for the firm. Since becoming a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker in 2015, James has secured a career sales volume in excess of $25 million and fulfilled more than 50 [...]

James Harrison serves as a broker for Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services, specializing in the sales and leasing of office, industrial, flex and retail properties in Asheville and Western North Carolina. James began his career in commercial real estate in 2014, initially working to coordinate marketing efforts for the firm. Since becoming a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker in 2015, James has secured a career sales volume in excess of $25 million and fulfilled more than 50 sale and lease transactions.

A 7th-generation Asheville native, James’ goal is to help facilitate the best outcomes for Western North Carolina’s businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs and property owners. Recognizing each as essential building blocks of the community, he is committed to helping clients of all kinds achieve their business goals.

Clients who have entrusted James with their commercial real estate needs have represented a broad range of local and national businesses and organizations, including the North Carolina Arboretum, Momentum Art Gallery, Bojangles of WNC, The Blood Connection, The Dogwood Alliance, Arvato Bertelsmann, Edward Jones, Allied Wheel & Alignment Company, Ambiente Modern Furniture, Asheville Color & Imaging, Grace and Peace Church, and The Cedarwood Inn; along with many additional individual investors and property owners.

Prior to joining Whitney Commercial, James worked as a political reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he covered all aspects of local, state, and federal government and elections. He has also served locally as a freelance writer for Ashevegas.com and Carolina Public Press. His investigative method supports his approach to transaction details, as well as his ability to perform outreach for clients and their properties. Due to his local roots and involvement in the community, James has developed solid connections throughout the region.

James serves as President of the Asheville Commercial Investment Realty Association (CIRA). He is also a member of the Asheville Board of Realtors, the Asheville Downtown Association, the Asheville Buncombe County Preservation Society, the Asheville Young Professionals Association, and the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Additionally, James is a candidate for the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation (CCIM).

Recent transaction highlights for James include:

The $8.1M sale of 108 Monticello Road, a 416,500 SF industrial plant on 33.5 acres in Weaverville, NC

The $4.75M sale of 52 Broadway, an off-market 21,000 SF historic property in downtown Asheville, NC that was identified for an investor

The $3.95M sale of Mountain Trace Apartments, an off-market multifamily property in Clyde that was identified for a 1031 investor

The $1.6M sale or 225 Airport Road, representing the Blood Connection, Inc. in their first real estate venture into the Asheville market

James and his wife Helen have been married since 2010. They reside with their daughters in West Asheville, and love living in their hometown. They are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church. James earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Development from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, in 2010. Leisure interests for James include being outside with his family, trail running, cycling, reading, writing, music and photography (many of his photos of Asheville and its surrounding beauty are featured on our website).

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