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Real Estate Agent Bernadette Merriman


Bernadette Merriman is no stranger to Brevard, a hidden gem in western North Carolina. In 2002, she transplanted her roots here to attend Brevard College and major in Business with a minor in Wilderness Leadership Experiential Education. Working full-time to put herself through college, she finished in three years and graduated in 2005.

Bernadette immediately fell in love with the incredible hills, natural resources, recreational opportunities, and culture. Throughout her college tenure, she never once questioned that she had found the place that she would forever call home. Her unbridled enthusiasm for the outdoors, mountain biking, and exploring has given her a unique perspective and vast knowledge of the Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville areas.

Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or invest in a home in western North Carolina, Bernadette works hard for her clients to help them tackle their adventures in this rich environment. Since laying roots in the community in 2002, she has created a vast network of community and knowledge of the local resources. Learning from her mother’s work ethic as a nurse, Bernadette has been instilled with good organizational skills and a work ethic herself. With her knowledge of the area and enthusiasm, she will listen to your needs, focus on the details, and guide you along your real estate journey. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, an experienced buyer, or looking for help selling your home, she will help you develop a plan and meet your goals.

When Bernadette is not in the office or out with clients, you can find her and her daughter, Greysen, in the woods. They like to catch a colorful sunset, bike in the forest with friends, and cheer Greysen on at high school soccer games! As a single mother, Bernadette knows the value of quality time and tries to provide that to her daughter and clients.


"This is my second time working with Bernadette, she’s always incredible. She’s on top of all the little things and very responsive. Can’t recommend her enough for any of your real estate needs!"


"We are remote buyers, living in Maryland and looking to retire in the Asheville area. Bernadette was recommended to us by our in-laws. They had previously worked with Bernadette and were very pleased with the outcome. Due to the speed with which houses were being purchased, several times we called Bernadette with little notice to see if we could see homes that had recently come on the market. She was always accommodating and was very pleasant to work with. She worked with us to establish fair offers for the homes we bid on. After the offer was accepted, Bernadette was extremely helpful when guiding us through the closing process. She had good recommendations for all inspections and offered to stand in if we could not travel. I would highly recommend Bernadette for her expertise, her support, and her approachability."


"Bernadette worked tirelessly to get us into a wonderful new home! After sitting down with her explaining our budget & desires for what we wanted in a home, she tirelessly showed us home after home. After narrowing down to the one we were most interested in, she guided us through making an offer, lining up all of the inspectors (who were all fantastic in their own right!) to ensure we'd know what, if anything needed attention before closing. Just like every other step along the way, she was right by our side on closing day to ensure that everything went smoothly. Bernadette was always available & responsive whenever we had questions. While I'm sure she always has multiple clients at one time, it always felt like we were her number one concern. While I hope we'll never be moving again--we love our new home!--I wouldn't hesitate to reach out to Bernadette again, and definitely would recommend her to anyone looking to move into the Brevard area!"

-Lance Alligood

"My husband and I went with Looking Glass Realty for our move from TN to WNC. Our buyer's agent, Bernadette Merriman, was a true partner to us as we engaged in a months-long search to find the right place for us to settle down. Berne was our guide to the area, gave us candid feedback on our options, and was able ready to answer our questions about different listings and/or set up fully virtual walk-throughs at almost any moments' notice. We were met with timely responses, patience, and support every step of the way, and we're only here now because she did all of that for almost 6 months. The due diligence process was also easy to pull off with her extensive network of support contractors. We are very pleased with Looking Glass Realty and extremely gracious to Berne for all her help."

-Alexandra Garcia

"Our experience working with Bernadette was incredible! We were very impressed by her professionalism, responsiveness, and ability to guide us through the home buying process start to finish. This was our first home purchase and having Bernadette made the entire process go smoothly. She was willing to go above and beyond for us and we feel lucky for all her help."

-Nathan Ziemba

"Bernadette is amazing. She got our home sold after a bad experience with a different realtor/agency. She is professional, realistic, knowledgeable and extremely responsive. I would highly recommend Bernadette to anyone, she was a pleasure to work with and helped so much!"


"Working with Bernadette was great! She provided excellent insights on the various neighborhoods in the Brevard area, helping my partner and me to hone in on the best fit for our lifestyle and needs. Then, during the home buying process, she was an expert in helping us navigate the details in getting to a final closing on our new home. Well done Berne!"


"My family is so thankful for Bernadette, what an excellent real estate agent. She helped us negotiate a really tough market and we ended up in a really nice home that we are so happy with. The Brevard/Etowah/Pisgah Forest area took a lot of patience, research and touring before we were able to find a home that we wanted to buy. Bernadette is calm, consistent, responsive, and acts quickly with precision. She walked with us through the entire process, worked very hard, and provided excellent advice. We would not want anyone different for a home purchase and we are so grateful we chose Bernadette to help us."


"Bernadette was very knowledgeable about the area and helped us narrow down which communities were the best match for our needs. She was always available for questions and arranged all our viewings in a timely manner. She even did a video walk-through for us when we were unable to be present. She did such a good job on the video we ended up buying the house! While I don't recommend relying solely on a video when buying a home, I do recommend Bernadette and Looking Glass as your realtor. She was a professional and knowledgeable advocate for us during the entire process. Highly recommend!"


"I can't say enough about how effective and professional Bernie was in helping us sell our Brevard area home. The sale presented a number of challenges that she overcame with patience, excellent communication and our best interest always in her heart. Her knowledge of the area and inspiring mountain bike skills were big plusses as well. I highly recommend Bernie and Looking Glass Realty!"

-Ed Kizer

"Very responsive to messaging. Communicates well through email, text, and phone. Always available to make showings work even at odd hours required in the crowded stressful market. When on vacation had a partner agent lined up and ready to work with us."


"Bernadette is one of a kind! With the search of my new home I genuinely felt as though she had my best interest at heart. And, the process took less time with fewer surprises than I expected. I would recommend Bernadette to anyone buying or selling in the area."

-Travis Howard

"Bernadette Merriman did a great job when we purchased a home in Hendersonville NC. She followed up on everything and stayed in touch throughout the process. We enjoyed working with her."

-Jackie Brown

"Bernadette did a great job helping us find and close on a building lot in Brevard. Highly recommended."


"Words can't describe how thankful we are to have chosen to work with Bernadette Merriman especially since we did most of our search remotely. It all started during the search process with her willingness to always go the extra mile and being completely honest as our eyes on the ground. Once we had a house under contract she was very organized and helped arrange all the inspections and was always quick to respond. Then the closing happened and this is where she really shined. First off the sellers were not out of the house at the time of closing and she negotiated compensation. Next, we found out after closing that the well was dry, which the seller did not disclose, so she negotiated for the sellers to pay for the drilling and went to the house numerous times over the next month to make sure everything was completed and we were satisfied. I highly recommend Bernadette!!!"

-Scott Ebeling

"We loved working with Bernadette! She understood what we wanted in a house, was always willing to accommodate our schedules, and has extensive knowledge of the Brevard area and the people who work there. She was very responsive and great at following up with everyone involved, and she ensured that we had a smooth closing. We would recommend her without hesitation!"


"We worked with Bernadette Merriman, who was incredibly helpful even though we were working from long distance. She went above and beyond with scheduling inspections and such for us, and she particularly shone in holding everything together and keeping everyone happy on both sides in dealing with inspection issues. Much appreciated!"

-Kathryn Kadous

"Bernadette Merriman was outstanding in representing me as a seller in Florida selling a home in Brevard. She was efficient, professional, and a delight to work with. I'm not easy to please and I give her my highest recommendation!"

-June Wiener

"Bernadette at Looking Glass was fantastic. We've had great realtors before but I've never had someone so personally committed to our success and satisfaction. Above and beyond A+ service."

-Ty Witt

"Bernadette went beyond my expectations to help me buy my home and make my dream of moving to Western North Carolina a reality. She was always available to answer questions and help coordinate services while I was in Wisconsin waiting to move down. I highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed in choosing her to represent you."

-Marty Lemon

"My experience with Bernadette Merriman was wonderful. She was always right there when I had a question and went over and above all expectations in my dealings with her. I would highly recommend her and Looking Glass Realty to anyone looking for or listing real estate in the Brevard area."

-Patti Robertson

"I've worked with Bernadette Merriman on 2 home purchases, and she is absolutely wonderful. She makes a potentially annoying and tedious process even enjoyable. I would not hesitate to recommend her and looking glass to anyone, and the fact that I hired her to help with the purchase of a home for my mom should back that up! She really knows the area and the market so well, is so easy to be around and really keeps all the nitty-gritty details organized (so I don't have to, ha!)."

-Terri Robertson Elder

"I would HIGHLY recommend Bernadette and Looking Glass Realty for any and all Real Estate needs. She was very knowledgeable, super helpful, and willing to go above and beyond at a moment's notice. Thank you soo much for helping us find our dream home and taking such great care of us!"

-Andy Wiedrich

"We had the chance to work with Bernadette, who was so wonderful in making our dream of moving to Western North Carolina come true. She went above and beyond to make sure we had everything needed to find the right house for us. From looking at homes to going through the contract process and then closing, she made everything easy and run smoothly. Overall, Bernadette had our best interest in mind and with moving across the country being a huge stressful change, she made everything so much easier."

-Stacey Mulligan

"We just closed on a home with Bernadette as our realtor, and we couldn't be happier! She was very responsive, attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, and overall fantastic to work with! I even made an offer on our house without actually seeing it, and she did not let me down, I am so in love with our home! If you are looking for a realtor in the Brevard area, Bernadette is the best!!"

-Caitlin Payne

"Bernadette was more than just an excellent agent during our over 18-month search for a home in the mountains. She guided us on many "adventures" as we worked our way through just about every mountain community in western North Carolina. We had a lot of fun along the way and ended up with the perfect home. We also found new friends with Berne and her lovely daughter. I would strongly recommend using her if you are looking for a place in the area."

-Richard Back

"Bernadette is an incredible realtor! She is so knowledgeable, had my back the entire time, and made sure I got the best deal possible."

-Lauren Morgan

"Our experience with Looking Glass Realty and especially with Bernadette Merriman was amazing. I don't think we would have had the patience to get to closing without her expertise and knowledge. It was a very difficult purchase with many obstacles for which she always had a solution. We are grateful for everything she did to help us fulfill our dream of owning a beautiful piece of North Carolina property! We couldn't and don't think we would have done it without her and the team at Looking Glass Realty. Many Thanks!!"

-William Whittaker

"Bernadette is a fantastic realtor. She made our first home buying experience smooth, and we could tell she wanted our best interest along the way. I am very thankful to have used her during this life-changing event. She also was quick in response and very thorough in providing the information necessary for new homeowners so that we didn't feel clueless with such lingo and legal knowledge. Thank you Looking Glass Realty for having such a great realtor. Thank you, Bernadette, for all of your help!"

-Elizabeth Orvis

"My husband and I entered the market as buyers with very specific (and fairly lofty) needs, and Bernadette met those needs time and time again. We worked intensively with her for close to three months to find the perfect property for us, and she maintained incredible communication with us and other team members of the buying process. Bernadette is personable, savvy, attentive to details and goes above and beyond in more ways than I can list here. Buying a home is a stressful process, but somehow Bernadette made it smooth, stress-free and even fun! We couldn't be happier with our experience and the home that we've found thanks to Bernadette. We recommend her highly to anyone in search of their dream home in WNC!"

-Rob and Kendra Lilley

"Bernadette was such a delight to work with, even as I began my search as just a casual interest in the area. She was always happy to answer my questions and provide the information above and beyond even though I was "just curious" at the time and then pointed out a property to me that fit all my criteria which did not come up in searches since the listing agent used an incorrect address. Her knowledge of the area was key in this, and she helped me through multiple rounds of negotiations both in terms of knowledge of the market and area and assistance in my decisions. She made a somewhat unusual negotiation/due diligence situation very manageable (especially from afar) and was great to work with! She caught other things I would not have seen and her experience was invaluable in multiple instances."

-Haley Beaupre

"Bernadette was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was quick to respond to our needs in the house hunt and super helpful in doing sleuth work in finding out details on homes we were interested in. Once under contract she was very organized and made sure everything happened in a timely fashion that led us to a quick closing date. She helped us navigate buying a house out of state--everything from helping with explaining different laws in NC real estate, giving us contacts for local service providers, etc., and meeting folks at the house to get inspections set up when we couldn't be there. Would highly recommend her for a flawless buying experience!"

-Bejan Saeedi & Brittney Henderson

"Really enjoyed working with Bernadette and Jamie. Both ladies were very helpful and answered all the questions we ever had. Bernadette understood what we were looking for and made it her mission to be available and meet us for all showings. I highly recommend using her for your next home purchase."

-Kristy Harvell

"Bernadette Merriman and the Looking Glass Realty team rocked it! We are busy remote people looking to move into the area, and Bernadette communicated often and effectively, helped us find the best home in the area for us. Throughout the closing process Bernadette, coordinated and communicated to ensure that things went smoothly! It was a huge help being so busy and not physically in town to work with inspectors and engineers. Very happy customers!"

-Kirk Elder

"Looking Glass realtors are an absolute delight to work with. I highly recommend Bernadette Merriman. She is an expert in her field on all counts and holds your best interest as her priority."

-Katie Dean

Bernadette Merriman

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  • Bernadette@LookingGlassRealty.com

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