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Retreat Realty

Owner/Founder, John Haynes has been a licensed NC real estate broker since 1997 being involved in all facets of real estate since 1987 when he started in the appraisal business. Over the years, he has personally developed five successful subdivisions including one of 900 acres in western North Carolina. In recent years, while working in the jungles of Guyana, South America on a 34,000 acre project, John saw the United States from a different vantage point and as a result, he became concerned about its leadership, the direction of its economy and the instability of the dollar. Being good friends with others involved in a large NGO specializing in disaster relief, John became knowledgeable in the matter of disaster readiness and preparedness. Some would call him a “prepper” or even a “survivalist”, yet he’s actually a realist and pragmatist, skilled at what he does.

John’s excellent knowledge of real estate, planning and design caters specifically to clients of Retreat Realty. Given the nature of this subject, discretion is necessary and a special skill set is crucial. With such an investment, one must operate with the highest level of integrity. Read the testimonials and if you’d like to see dozens of full length testimonial letters, let us know. We also note that John is a broker affiliate with Keller Williams Professionals of Asheville, NC.

We value your time, but also ours. Viewing properties in the mountains takes time because of the distances involved, especially for retreat properties. Therefore, before investing a great deal of time, we need to know that you are (1) serious; (2) financially capable of buying and; (3) have the right mindset. We aren’t tour guides. We’re professionals.

While Retreat Realty’s focus is on land and homes in the mountains of western North Carolina, we can assist in the purchase of properties anywhere within the state. Just call and we will be glad to consult with you.


Sawyer Products

About Sawyer Products

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness use to our newest topical insect repellents that use time-released liposome technology.

We’re specifically dedicated to eliminating two of the biggest causes of death in the world: bad water and mosquito bites.

We acquired Coulston Products in 1999, the company that helped develop the use of permethrin, an insect repellent treatment for clothing that provides protection for U.S. troops and outdoor enthusiasts and was adapted for use on mosquito nets now widely used in Africa, saving millions of lives. Sawyer partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct the underlying studies that led to the widespread use of repellent on mosquito netting. Sawyer now sells the number one brand of permethrin in retail stores.

We are also the proud developers of point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water. Developed using advanced kidney dialysis filtration technology, our hollow fiber membrane filters are the fastest, easiest, and most cost efficient way to deliver clean water anywhere. They are small, portable, don’t require chemicals, a power source, or trained operator for use or maintenance.




Food and water is at the top of every preppers list. Our USA made ammo can contains five days of fortified tactical food rations and 17mg water purification tablets for the treatment of fifty liters of water. This bug-out-box can be used to collect three liters of water.

It’s no mistake we’ve made our ruggedized ammo cans to standard specifications; we had some specific goals in mind.

One, all food rations need to be protected. Once the Mylar vacuum pouch is punctured, the contents must be consumed within about five days. Tac-Bar is the only ration designed to perfectly fit into this standardized ammo can five at a time. Additionally, our custom made four layer Mylar vacuum pouches have a thickness of 110 microns, the strongest around. Finally, shipping often damages food rations if they are not adequately protected, not a chance of that here. There are no ez-open notches on our Mylar pouches, this is intentional since our field testing often showed accidental openings occurred.

Two, many prepper supplies are commonly packaged in stackable ammo cans. Conforming to this system makes storage and deployment both practical and efficient.

Three, the ammo can holds 3 liters of water, using the included 17mg Aquatab water purification tablets, therefore it’s possible to collect and sterilize water inside the ammo can. Follow the Aquatab instructions on each Tac-H20 packet. Visit the FAQ for detailed instructions.

Four, everyone likes a bad-ass ammo can.




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