About Us

 Relationships Matter… People You Can Trust.

Our team has a combination of many different, yet complementary skills, built upon each individual’s previous experience through either their corporate careers, in land acquisition and development, or real  estate investing.  Each member of our organization shares a commitment to customer service aimed at  building long lasting relationships with our clients, customers and the community in which we live. Each  of our associates strives to provide a positive experience to buyers and sellers alike.


Lisa Maloney, Broker/Owner, Carolina Mountain Realty Group

Lisa MaloneyLisa Maloney moved to Asheville in 2007 from Hilton Head, SC to give her daughters the opportunity to grow up with the lifestyle offered in Western North Carolina,  Following a 21 year career in sales and marketing with IBM in New York and Atlanta, she wanted to follow her true passion – real estate.  She enjoys building relationships with her clients whether they are selling or buying and loves “mentoring” other real estate professionals. She is a graduate of Leadership Asheville,  a member of the Luxury Marketing Institute, WinDS (Women in Default Services) AREAA and  holds numerous REO and Short Sale Certifications.  She affiliated carolinamountainrealtygroup.com in April 2015 with eXp Realty due to it’s technology, leadership, and the accolades it was receiving in the industry.  She recognizes that eXp offers brokers and clients the most innovative real estate services available.  She also serves as the Regional Manager for eXp Realty and looks forward to being involved in the growth of eXp in Western North Carolina.  She has been a member of the Cliffs Communities since 2002 and enjoys golf and other outdoor activities.  Most recently, she is a breast cancer survivor and hopes to inspire others on the journey.
 Call / Text Lisa at: (828) 337-1360 or Email her at:   lisa.maloney@exprealty.com


Samantha Jones, Broker,  Carolina Mountain Realty Group 

Samantha Jones is an Asheville native and has previuosly worked in accounting and financial positions.  In 2016 she finally obtained her real estate license and enjoys the technology that eXp Realty provides in working with buyers and sellers.  Her passsion is giving back to her community and the Christian mission projects she supports around the world.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking with her family. Her dedication and thoroughness with her clients is what has many of them providing her with referrals.




Call / Text Samantha at: (828) 545-4062  or Email her at:  samantha.jones@exprealty.com


Elaine “Lainey” Sherwood, Broker,  Carolina Mountain Realty Group  

Elaine “Lainey” Sherwood and her husband Brian, moved to Asheville from Los Angeles, California in 2012 to pursue the lifestyle Western North Carolina would offer their family.  She finds herself inspired by the great sense of community and enriching environment she is now able to provide to her son Carter, age 9 and her daughter, Reagan Jane (RJ), age 7.  She has traveled extensively as the daughter of a U.S. Navy captain and has lived in Europe, Japan, Hawaii and Southern California.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California and since that time has been employed at UCLA, and in numerous marketing and event management positions supporting the NFL, Olympic Games, executive retreats and large-scale award shows.  Her husband, Brian is in management at the Biltmore Estate.  Lainey’s passion is working with clients that are relocating to Western North Carolina.

Call / Text Lainey at: (828) 398-8838 or Email her at:  lainey.sherwood@exprealty.com


Sharon Pelle, Broker, Carolina Mountain Realty Group 

Sharon Pelle was born and raised in Asheville.  After college, she moved to Boca Raton, FL where she lived for 17 years.  She returned to the mountains to raise her three children and enjoys hiking, running and outdoor activities. She has been in interior design for 25 years and is involved with Rudy’s Wholesale Furniture in Asheville, started by her father Rudy Pelle.  She specializes in selling and staging luxury homes. Clients are always impressed with the results of her involvement in staging their home prior to listing.  Make sure to ask Sharon to share her  “before” and “after” photos in her portfolio



Call / Text Sharon at: (828) 712-5808 or Email her at:  sharon.pelle@exprealty.com



Rich Cassetta, Broker, Carolina Mountain Realty Group  

Rich Cassetta is originally from New Jersey and moved with his family to Western North Carolina to be near his wife’s family.  He lives with his wife and two children, in addition a collection of animals including a dog, a cat, lizard, guinea pig, chickens and fish.  Rich has always been in the construction and home repair business.  He also enjoys working with metal:  forming, welding, shaping and has a homemade foundry in his backyard for cashing aluminum.  Rich has been successful purchasing foreclosure properties for renovating and selling.  He has completed four projects in the past two years and is always searching for “that diamond in the rough”.  There is no better broker for assessing potential projects and provide candid, honest feedback.


Call / Text Rich at: (828) 553-7424 or Email him at:  rich.cassetta@gmail.com


Lynn Wells, Office Manager, Carolina Mountain Realty Group 

Lynn Wells was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  She spent her summers in Western North Carolina and fell in love with the mountains.  In 2000, she was able to move to the mountains with her husband, Bill and son Alexander.  She manages the staff of the real estate office and loves her interaction with clients during the process of selling their home and also working with clients who are moving to the area.  She assists with the foreclosure business and works with the bank asset managers.  Her previous 15 years as a mortgage underwriter for Bank of America provided her with the skills required in this complex area of real estate.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling both throughout the U.S. and internationally.  These travels convince her that she lives in the most beautiful and peaceful place possible.

Call Lynn at: (828) 337-6300 or Email her at:  lynn@wesellwnc.com


Andrea Schmitt, Broker, eXp Realty Asheville, Highlands, Cashiers

Andrea Schmitt recalls fond memories of spending summers as a child with her grandparents in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  She was raised in Southwest Florida but moved to the Highlands-Cashiers area fultime in 1987 and embarked on a twenty year culinary adventure, creating and developing Wild Thyme Restaurant.  She enjoyed creating recipes and meeting customers from all over the country that enjoyed the farm-inspired cuisine and exploring the beautiful mountains.  In 2011, Andrea began a new adventure, spending her days in the diverse and enchanting Asheville area.  “The people, the art, the farms, and the modern yet still historical downtown,  Asheville is a creative vibe that feels real, and has an amazingly eclectic mix of all the best that life has to offer”.  Andrea loves to introduce out of town clients to the area.  Her focus is also working with investors, tapping into the high demand in the area for renovated properties and rentals.  Andrea balances her time with her husband and two children between Asheville and Highlands.

Call / Text  Andrea at: (828) 421-4681 or Email her at:  andrea.schmitt@exprealty.com