Sally "Cricket" Benfer - President & Founder

After she first vacationed in Western North Carolina, Sally knew she wanted to move to the area permanently and in 2003 she made it happened! She is now living the dream on four acres just outside of Asheville, NC with a menagerie and a garden. 

Sally has been in the real estate business for 21 years. She has worked in several facets of the industry before she found her true passion in residential real estate in 2009 and opened her own firm, Cricket Realty, LLC, in 2010. Before real estate, Sally worked for GE and prior to that as a flight attendant. She graduated from THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

Sally’s areas of expertise include working with second home purchasers, transfers, luxury real estate, and equine farms. She is a Strategic Pricing Specialist (SPS) and Strategic Listing Specialist (SLS). Her real estate expertise and local market knowledge are greatly appreciated by her clients. However, it is her trust, discretion, integrity, superior negotiation skills and ability to produce results that set her apart from the rest. Sally truly is the authority in real estate in Asheville!

Sally is active in the tennis community in Asheville where she competes on several USTA teams. Her most important role is that of a mother to two daughters. Her oldest is currently studying at NCSU and her younger daughter is a gifted dancer who is currently home schooled.

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing SpecialistTM (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require.

CLHMS designation is awarded to Institute Members with documented sales performance in the top 10% of their market.