Brenda Thompson, Brenda Thompson (Special Finds, Inc.) Real Estate Broker/Owner



Brenda Thompson
Brenda Thompson
location_on Raleigh, NC — Special Finds, Inc.
Independent Brokerage
NC 147693, PA & MD
Get to Know Brenda Thompson


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Since 1991, Brenda Thompson Asheville real estate agent, has been focusing, solely on representing unusual properties, making them stand out from the crowd, and bringing them to life. For each property in her care, she gives an identity and creates a story.



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Featured in Business Innovators Magazine, Brenda offers Advice on Selling Unique Properties

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“I’m a poet, and every Special “Find…” deserves a story!

Asheville historic homes for sale.

Nostalgia Cottage The screen door slams as a child dashes in one door then out another. Laughter echoes throughout the house as children play hide-‘n-seek on the lawn. Grown-ups sip iced tea in rockers on the wraparound porch. A gingham cloth drapes picnic tables where lemonade and cakes tempt nibbling from passersby. Nostalgia Cottage has lived a rich social history where friends and community gathered annually for various occasions. Built in 1908 by the well known Tanner family, she sits back from the road on approximately 3 acres. Freshly painted bright white, with new roof and significant infrastructural updates, she is well on her way to renovation. Her sturdy walls hold a history of warmth, love, and pride, obvious in the detail of some of the original features still remaining — oak flooring cut from the trees…

Historic Homes for Sale Asheville

In bare feet, I pad from room to room on bright painted floors of pale green and white. Light fills this space, pouring through every window and door. I settle on the huge wraparound porch to read poems and stories written and inspired by current and previous owners of this wonderful Queen Anne Victorian cottage. Located in the historic district of Flat Rock, NC and featured in Martha Stewart Living and Country Home magazines, she was built in 1893 as a family retreat by a grandson of Governor Allston of SC. With some 1500 sq. ft., there are fireplaces in four of the rooms including the living room, a large studio, the master bedroom and a guest bedroom with windows so large you can step through them onto the summer porch. In the bath, a romantic claw foot tub perched on a raised platform has a relaxing view of the rear garden. The kitchen is roomy with original cast iron sink, huge window and pantry/office. The architectural detailings here are so rich with history – tall windows with old wavy glass, high ceilings, plaster walls, wide floor moldings, picture rail, heart pine floors and four sets of French doors opening onto wide porches. Outside, there are perennial gardens an historic barn and ample room to expand. Completely private, yet only three miles from downtown Hendersonville, you’ll find it easy to fall in love with this cottage – I did.


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I bring my listings to life!

Asheville Real Estate, Brenda Thompson, Founder and President of Special Finds.

Brenda Thompson

“I worked for the New York Stock Exchange as Marketing Director for many years.  Wanting more freedom than corporate America could give me, I obtained my NY Real Estate license.  After working with some of the nationally franchised real estate companies, I ventured out on my own. “Cookie cutter” or “mass-produced” would never work for me, so I developed Special “Finds…” for people like me — people who wanted something different!  I opened our first Special Finds office in ’95 in Asheville, NC, and a second office in Hendersonville, NC in 2003.”

As the market for Special "Finds..." has evolved, we have expanded into the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham areas, bringing a focus on unusual properties to those areas.

What is a Special Find?

Get an understanding of what is considered a unique property.


In 2007, Brenda was one of sixteen Finalists in the prestigious Make Mine a $Million Business® program sponsored by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence — and founding partner, OPEN from American Express®. The program provides a combination of money, marketing and mentoring to women entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their businesses to a $million and beyond. Over 450 applications were received from women-owned businesses across the nation. Sixteen Finalists were selected. In a three minute “elevator pitch”, each winner presented her business concept to a live audience of over 1000 people in Boston. Explaining her firm’s unusual concept of representing select properties having distinctive characteristics, Ms. Thompson, stated “What establishes a property as a Special “Find…” is not its price, but rather its personality and its distinct character. Our signature advertising style is well known for its emotional impact on buyers and sellers.”In recognition of her firm’s premise, vision, and financial potential, Ms. Thompson won a package of awards including: up to $20,000 in financing by OPEN from American Express® and Count Me In; small business insurance and financial planning from AIG®; business and financial management software from Intuit, and mentoring and coaching from a “dream team” of coaches and business experts.

Mine a Million $ Business is an initiative program of Count Me In, where boldly creative women help each other turn into a reality.


S. Adams
Brenda is good at what she does....stays in contact and is open and responsive to all questions and requests. Our home is currently listed with Ms. Thompson.
L. Pallas
Ms. Thompson has always been prepared and efficient and conducts herself in a most professional manner. Her enthusiasm and confidence is contagious. She is most helpful and supportive in a process that can be difficult at times for any homeowner. I bought my current house from her in 2003 and I am now selling it with her as well. I think there can be no better recommendation than that !
J. Cooke
It was a pleasure working with Brenda Thompson as our agent in buying our new home! She was always prompt in answering our calls and emails, was totally available, and knows her stuff! She went above and beyond the call of duty in terms of resource information that we asked for. While quite professional, she also was wonderful to relate to with a personable style.
P. Thobe
An interview with several real estate agents prompted me to list with Brenda. However, she did so much more than 'list.' She met with us to lay the foundation for how she would present this house. She then spent time on the property to enable her to write a story of the home that would convey its unique character to buyers. The buyer approached her so functioned professionally as a dual agent. Brenda and her assistant helped both the buyer and seller to move through the process and were an excellent liaison during due dilligence and on through closing...... which occurred within 2 months of our initial meeting!
M. Certain
Brenda helped my sister and I purchase a home and land near Mars Hill, NC. She was always available for us to look at the house so we we able to make a good decision about our purchase. Our negotiations went quickly and easily, facilitating the closing as early as possible. We are sure to enjoy our new home for years to come.
S. Rentz
After being left stranded by another realtor, Brenda came to my rescue, going above and beyond my expectations. She represents me as a seller and I am amazed by her hard work and energy. She is also my buyer agent and I depend on her with the utmost confidence to locate my dream home. I highly recommend her!
D. Cramer
Brenda is, as her business is called, a Special Find! I have worked with a number of agents through several home purchases and Brenda is the best. When I was looking for a small low-maintenance A-Frame in Western, PA she was relentless in her search and we landed a beautiful, well-maintained place on an acre and within my budget. When employment dictated I move, Brenda was right there to help me find agents in the area to help me sell. Great listener and communicator. Brenda will not waste your time! Highly recommended.
L. Gratton
Within the real estate market, Brenda Thompson is a special find all by herself. The extent to which she goes to acquire unusual and special listings is exhibited in the listings themselves. She is personable and trustworthy. Her straight forward attitude and honest approach to marketing not only benefits the seller, but also the potential buyer. She is a pleasure with which to work.
T. Stephenson
Brenda is very knowledgeable with the market in this area. She has always kept me up to date with and when the property is being shown. When it came time to pack up the house Brenda went out of her way to help find us a truck and a place to stay in town. Brenda has made several trips to the property just to make sure things are okay at my mother's place.
D. Harris
Very patient and professional. Showed me several options in my price range, keeping in mind my needs for space and storage. Great knowledge of Western North Carolina, especially Asheville and Buncombe County.
J. Thomas
Brenda Thompson did a terrific job on helping us acquire he house on Church Hill Drive. She as able to answer all our questions and made many helpful suggestions on the buy process. She has a very good knowledge of what all the requirements are and has the ability to find the right people to help get the job done right. Brenda works hard o see that all your needs are fulfilled and she'll take care of even the smallest details. Home buying is a large investment and Brenda made the process as easy as possible. I highly recommend as a real estate agent.
T. Sharon
My knowledge of Brenda is based not only on her skills but more importantly on her attitude. She listens to what I have to say, then responds accordingly. I don't always like what I hear but I know that her facts are accurate. Brenda has a good heart. She understands how attached one can become toward property and home and she treats that attachment with respect. Anyone can list a property but not all are willing to do the extra things needed to show and sell.
P. Kisamore
Although Brenda was located in our area just a short time, she impressed us with her knowledge of the industry and marketing ability. The first meeting with Brenda sealed the deal with regard to our listing with her; we were confident she would do an outstanding job on our behalf. Our home was listed with Brenda for a very short period, as she relocated, thus, we are unable to comment on her negotiation skills; however, having said that, we were confident in her abilities. We found Brenda to be knowledgeable about the industry, very personable and responsive. We count her as a friend today.
B Armand
I dealt with Brenda over 10 years ago when we were visiting North Carolina and fell in love with the Asheville area. Back then she was very helpful and took the time to show us several different locations till we settled on just the "right" lot. Today I am selling and I wouldn't list with anyone but her. She answered my numerous questions effortlessly and guided me in the right way to go about it all. I trust her explicitly. That's hard to come by nowadays
I. Gretczko
When looking for a "special find" (and everybody is), Brenda is the one to help you realize your dreams! Brenda helped me find and recommended a home for me in a different state which became my dream house. I'm living there now. Thank you Brenda for your invaluable help.
D. Grabill
Brenda I was having difficulty selling my historic home. I don't think most real estate agents are as creative as Brenda when it comes to marketing these unique type homes. She gives great advice, and will do everything in her power to address all of your concerns. She is energetic and loves a challenge. I would seriously consider Brenda Thompson with Special " Finds..." for your agent if you are planning on selling your unique home.

Focusing entirely on unique homes and unusual houses for sale. makes unusual properties stand out from the crowd.