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Whether you are a tenant looking to rent in the Asheville area or a property owner looking for property management services you don’t need to look any further than Black Bear Rentals, Inc.! Established in 2007 we are a full-service company offering everything from finding the perfect rental property for tenants to managing all types of housing for owners.

At Black Bear Rentals we understand the needs of property owners and those looking to rent. Each of our customers, no matter what side of the equation, receive personal service from our dedicated, professional property management team. With our help, you can reach your real estate goals and enjoy everything Western North Carolina has to offer.

Contact us today to ensure that you get the area’s best rental and property management service. We gladly serve all of Western North Carolina and look forward to serving you!

Lee Ann Bannerman & Jasper Gilbert

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Lee Ann Bannerman & Jasper Gilbert bought Black Bear Rentals in June of 2017. Having lived in England for the past twelve years, Lee Ann returned to Asheville, where she spent much of her childhood. Her husband Jasper, a Londoner born and bred, has spent time in Asheville for years and at one time lived in Ann Arbor, MI. He joined Lee Ann full time in October of 2018. Huge dog lovers, you will often find Lee Ann and Jasper hiking in the area with their Lurcher Fishcake, also from England!

Tammy Todd

Tammy Todd was born, raised and still resides in Fairview, NC. In addition to raising three children ages 19, 17 & 3 (!) she joined Black Bear as Office Manager in October 2016 and in January of 2018 became a full broker. Tammy is the glue that binds the team and keeps the office running smoothly and efficiently. Like the rest of the staff Tammy loves dogs and often brings her beloved Dusty to work with her.

Stacy Miller


Stacy Miller joined Black Bear in summer of 2018 as a part-time employee and quickly proved to be a huge asset to the team. She now works full-time as Office Assistant and is often the first person folks meet when contacting the company. When not at work Stacy can be found bowling or relaxing with a beer on a patio at one of Asheville’s many breweries and restaurants. She even borrows a friend’s dog from time to time to add to the pack at the office.

Angela O’Brien


Angela O’Brien, one of the founding owners of Black Bear Rentals, Inc. has been buying, selling and managing property in Western North Carolina since 2001. She currently serves as our Broker-in-Charge and general consultant for everyone on staff. Also a dog lover, Angela often fosters puppies and other rescues for Brother Wolf.

Fishcake & Dusty

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Fishcake and Dusty are the office dogs of Black Bear. They can be found lounging in the sun, playing with toys, and helping to keep office morale high.