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Mark Zaffrann


Board of Directors


I specialize in brokering real estate transactions and solid investments with a high level of integrity. My business is driven by one simple goal: to apply my diverse background, see each transaction from your perspective, and guide the sales process with minimal stress.

Since my first paper route at age 12, my 40-year career has focused on sales, marketing, business development, project management and communications. I have worked in numerous fields including medical, hospitality, and community; from the operating room to the board room!. I earned my REALTOR® license in Florida in 2005, and since 2011 find the greatest enjoyment in helping people reach their home buying and selling goals in Western North Carolina.

As a collaborative, team-oriented professional, I have a passion for people and effective communication. I have a natural tendency to try to “fix” things—whether it’s something broken around the house or a breakdown in communication between people. 


My background as a native of Wisconsin explains my affection for beer, bowling, and cheese. I now call the contemplative mountain surroundings of Waynesville home. Home truly is where the heart is, and my favorite place is anywhere with my amazing wife, Rachel.

I consider myself a bit of a geek, jack-of-many-trades, civic-aholic, amateur chef, and avid outdoorsman who loves biking, hiking, and fishing. If only bowling were an outdoor sport! I enjoy the peace and reflective elements nature inspires, especially with an ice-cold craft beer, sitting by the edge of a creek.

I was Charter President of a Toastmasters Club and became an accomplished public speaker. I’ve coached youth and adults through leadership development and ROPES. I have also held leadership roles in my church and our local Knights of Columbus Council. I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t volunteering for some project. If I can make a difference in the life of another, make someone laugh or just have fun…I’m in. 

When a person with IDD touches your heart, both are changed forever. For me that was serving briefly in an Exceptional Children Class during a semester of high school way back in 1979. Fast forward a lot of years to when your best friend asks you to serve an entire community of Exceptional Individuals, my answer was “Of course I will–what do you need?”
In my heart I had that familiar urge that often guides me:  “Here am I, Send Me!”