Liz Henkel


About Liz

I came to Western North Carolina 2 years ago with my husband Bob. We fell in love with it as we soon as we drove through the gates of the well-established community Connestee Falls along with the Brevard area. Back in Massachusetts, I helped my husband build his dental practice while raising 2 wonderful children. When it was time to retire, we knew the mountains of North Carolina was where we wanted to plant our roots. Connestee Falls has proven to be the perfect place to start a new adventure in life.
I became a REALTOR® in this area because I wanted to share my love of the mountains and the Brevard area with others. I believe in helping people find the perfect location in which to raise a family or retire.
As a REALTOR® member of Connestee Falls Realty, I am enthusiastic to find you the perfect home and lifestyle in Western North Carolina. Connestee Falls, as well as the surrounding area, has proven to be a perfect location for whatever life has to offer.
I will help and guide you with a no pressure attitude to find the perfect home for you and your family.


Contact Information


Connestee Falls Office
Downtown Office

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We moved from Orange County (CA) and purchased a home in Connestee Falls. We love it here. James showed us a variety of properties and worked to help us find the very best property for our needs. We highly recommend Connestee Falls, and also working with James as a buyer’s agent!

-Candace & Al

Nita Kersey has been our real estate agent since 2010. During those years she has helped us buy or sell 5 houses personally for us. Nita has a strong grasp on the Market and knows her business. We highly recommend Nita as your agent. Kris and Capers D.

I worked with Sarah Hysong on selling my home in the summer of 2018. I found her very helpful and responsive to my needs. I was out of town for much of the time my house was being shown so she took the responsibility for having my house open and ready to when a showing was scheduled. The website kept me well informed with feedback about each showing. She handled all the details of the sale as well as helping with setting up inspections and negotiating. She was positive and encouraging. I recommend her highly.

-Joan Toepfer

Bridgette found our “forever home “ for us and we love it!  She listened to our needs and wants and found it.  If you are looking for a home Bridgette is the one to work with! 

- Janice & Bob Hiner

Kirt and Cathy Kaempfer go above and beyond to make the home search not only as easy as possible but also enjoyable. Their professional advice was invaluable throughout the process. They also shared some of their personal experiences with local tradesmen and community elements that helped in the decision process. Kirt even brought his truck—after I moved in—to haul off large boxes. I’ve bought and sold a number of houses and this team exceeded every previous benchmark. Don’t think you can go wrong with them.

Recently, we found a home on Lake Atagahi and decided to sell our home and purchase the lake home. Again, Nita was extremely helpful in guiding us through the process of both selling our existing home and purchasing the new one. Having gone through several experiences with Nita, we would recommend her to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home. She is readily available to help navigate your way through the process, and does this in a friendly and relaxed manner. Cliff and Jeri M.

After studying and visiting lake communities in five states and extensively in North Carolina, we decided Connestee Falls was definitely the best community for us.  At the beginning of this three-year process, we met Nolan Riess and he started telling us about all the amenities and natural wonders of Connestee while also keeping us posted about possible homes.  Nolan has patiently and cheerfully worked with us all this time and with his consistent but never high-pressure help, we recently purchased a beautiful home on an amazing lot on Lake Ataghi. Nolan is enthusiastic with a positive outlook and we are blessed to have gotten to know him.  He was always happy to show us any property we wanted to see, and he was responsive and knowledgeable about houses and the community. Nolan has been helpful to us in so many ways beyond being our realtor, even after we had purchased the property. We highly recommend Nolan and the community of Connestee Falls and we can’t wait to move into our new home.

- Charlie and Becky

Sarah was open and honest about the homes we toured if she was the listing agent, and even showed us a few homes that were not even for sale at the time, but were due to be completed in the coming months. It was certainly not a difficult decision to purchase the home in Connestee Falls, the area speaks for itself. Sarah communicated by phone or text promptly, and coordinated everything for our closing. Since we are from out of state, and not moving in immediately after closing, Sarah has acted as the property manager and directed the installation of utilities, appliances and general oversight of the home until we could arrive. Sarah and Lynda Hysong even went out of their way to ensure that a car I had shipped down got delivered and put into the garage….at 10 PM on a Thursday night! The level of expertise and commitment to detail sets Connestee Falls Realty apart from other agencies that I have worked with. I truly feel as if I have been treated like a friend and not just another client.

-Bob Henkel

Over the years, I have learned how imperative it is to work with just the
right realtor - someone with knowledge of the product, of course, but one who also has the utmost integrity so that you know that they really are working on your behalf. I got that and more when I worked with Nolan Riess to find my new home in Connestee Falls. Nolan not only has a great working knowledge of available homes and the surrounding community, but he also has an amazing knack for remembering all kinds of little details about the homes which came in very handy. That was not a small task when it came to how many homes we saw together, and I was just one of his clients!

-Jamie Birch

I was recently asked if I would recommend my realtor to someone interested in looking in this area. I had no hesitation at all in recommending Nolan. He did a great job for me! He was attentive, knowledgeable, professional, super fun to go house hunting with, and I really think he was as happy as I was that we found my new home. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

- Jamie Birch

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