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Tips for Finding a Home in Asheville

Finding an Asheville Home

Shopping for a home can be a complicated, confusing undertaking. As rewarding as the end result is, the process of attaining your dream requires time, patience and, most importantly, organization. Before you set out on the journey, it helps to map out your wants and needs. While you may not meet every one of your desires, detailing them at the outset will help you streamline the shopping process and make it more enjoyable. Following, a few tips to set you on the right path for finding your dream home in the hot Asheville, NC Real Estate market.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is an important first step toward a home purchase. Obtaining mortgage pre-approval means you can pinpoint your price range and narrow down your options. In addition, it shows you to be a serious buyer when it comes time to make an offer and you can be prepared to act quickly when that perfect property hits the market.

Zero in on Neighborhood Amenities

How to Find an Asheville HomeWhat are you looking for in a neighborhood? Is it homes with mountain views? Are you all about walkability? Do you desire a larger lot? Knowing what the options are, and then honing in on the neighborhoods that boast your favorites, will give you a good start in your search. Mosaic Realty's Search by Interest and Lifestyle page can assist you with dialing in your search.

Find a Knowledgeable Agent

When you’re looking for a home in Asheville, and especially if you’re planning to relocate to the area from a different part of the country, it helps to have a knowledgeable agent well-versed in Asheville’s neighborhoods and all they have to offer. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty know the ins and outs of this city they call home; they will listen to what you’re after in a home and neighborhood, and focus the search accordingly, saving you time and energy.

Prioritize Home Amenities

Asheville Homes for SaleThere are as many home styles and amenities to choose from as there are buyers. If you know you want an older home replete with claw-foot bathtub and antique fixtures, it makes little sense to spend time viewing modern green-builds. Homes may not house every detail you desire, but it is possible to find one that boasts a number of your top requirements.

Get to Know Your Potential ’Hood

The perfect home is only as perfect for you as the neighborhood it’s in. The best way to learn about a specific Asheville neighborhood is to visit it a few times, and during different times of the day and evening. Are there lots of kids playing in the neighborhood for yours to befriend? Do the barking dogs delight or dismay? Maybe even take a walk through the area and chat with residents you run into – most will be happy to talk to you about their neighborhood. If noise is a concern, it’s important to gauge things like area traffic and the resulting ambient noise. Details like this can’t be learned through a listing.

So, if you’re ready to begin your home search in Asheville, or want more tips to make the most of your house hunt, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Locally Grown, Fresh-Cut Flowers Flourish in Asheville

Asheville Local Flowers

Summer is in full bloom, and so are Asheville-area flower farms and greenhouses. For fresh cuts of everything from peonies and poppies to zinnias and dahlias, the sources are abundant. Flower farms provide their wares at farmer’s markets across the area, or through flower bouquet shares (similar to CSA shares). Some farms also offer pick-your-own options for guests to create custom clusters. Additionally, area greenhouses are brimming with colorful blooms to add a dash to your home. Following, a few farms and greenhouses to make buds with:

Flying Cloud Farm – This Fairview farm sells its blooms in mixed bouquets at the River Arts District Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays) and the North Asheville Tailgate Market (Saturdays), as well as at its farm roadside stand everyday May through mid-October. In addition, you can pick your own at the farm mid-July through mid-October.

Asheville Flower FarmFull Sun Farm – Flowers from this Leicester farm are available at both the River Arts District and North Asheville markets, with mixed bouquets and sunflower bunches among its most popular. The farm also offers fresh-picked field flowers for weddings and other special events, as well as pick-your-own flowers by the bucket.

Lady Luck Flower Farm – If you’re looking for a seasonal bouquet, you’re in luck – Lady Luck, to be precise. This farm in Leicester grows a variety of flowers from spring to fall, of which they hand-select the perfect blooms to create bouquets for sale at French Broad Food Co-op May through October. Lady Luck holds periodic Community U-Pick Flowers Days, usually in July and August, where they open up the farm for visitors to pick as many flowers as they’d like.

Flora – This botanical boutique in the heart of West Asheville offers fresh-cut flowers and arrangements to brighten your home. Shop for a range of blooms, from unique varieties to locally grown staples, in a small but stunning setting.

Jack Young Greenhouses – Located in Candler, this locally owned greenhouse, in business for nearly half a century, is a popular destination not just for its wide selection of blooms, but also for on-site events throughout the season that appeal to the entire family. The greenhouse prides itself in ethically sourcing plants with a strong devotion to sustainability.

Area Groceries – An easy option for locally grown, fresh-cut bouquets is your local grocery. West Village Market & Deli, Earthfare’s Westgate and South locations, and French Broad Food Co-op are all urban options for buying blooms to weave a little of the outdoors into your indoors.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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In Asheville, GreenWorks' Hard 2 Recycle Events Make for a More Eco-Friendly Move

Asheville Greenworks Hard to Recycle

Moving is never an easy task. The to-do list in preparation for the undertaking can be long and laborious. Keeping the environment in mind when planning a move may be the last thing you want to worry about, but it’s easier than you think. Doing little things like opting for eco-friendly moving containers and supplies can cut back on excessive cardboard uses, and greatly reduce the amount of unfriendly packing materials you might use, like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam. Additionally, finding ways to soundly dispose of hard-to-recycle items you might not want to move – think that old television, dusty, unused books, or a dilapidated table – can help reduce moving costs AND stay kind to the environment.

Recycling AshevilleAsheville GreenWorks offers an easy solution with its Hard 2 Recycle events. Founded in 2011 by Rainbow Recycling, the free events bring to the public an awareness of alternate modes of recycling in Buncombe County. Held five times throughout the year (four events around the county and one central event in downtown Asheville), Hard 2 Recycle aims to collect and divert items that would otherwise end up crowding a landfill.

Working with various community businesses to recycle or repurpose discarded items, Hard 2 Recycle will accept everything from electronics, appliances, Styrofoam and packing peanuts to furniture, hardware, plumbing, rolls of chain link, even cooking oil. Finding the next Hard 2 Recycle event is simple; just visit http://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard-2-recycle.html for a schedule, along with which items will be accepted at the upcoming event.

If you’re planning to move, taking advantage of the next Hard 2 Recycle event – either to avoid moving unnecessary items, or to properly dispose of any hard-to-recycle packing materials you may use in the move – is just one way of applying an eco-friendly approach to the task. Here are some other ways to do so:

·     Asheville Greenworks Hard to Recycle  Instead of buying a bunch of brand-new moving boxes – which usually last for a handful of uses before they need to be recycled – ask friends or local businesses if they have any you can take off their hands. You can get creative with moving containers as well. Suitcases, laundry baskets, clean garbage bins, furniture drawers and trash bags can all pull double duty when transporting possessions.

·       Substitute packing materials like plastic bubble wrap and Styrofoam packing peanuts with more eco-friendly options. You can wrap and cushion delicate items with blankets, towels, sheets or clothing.

·       Moving your belongings yourself, in piecemeal, may seem like a good idea, but the back-and-forth car trips can tax the environment. Instead, leave the job to the movers on your designated moving day, and concentrate on packing efficiently so as to minimize the number of boxes they’ll need to transport.

For more information about Asheville or about real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. 

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Kid-Friendly Fun Is Hopping at These Asheville-Area Breweries

Brewery Asheville Kid Friendly

In Asheville, enjoying the craft-beer scene goes beyond simply sitting back and sipping: Thanks to everything from state-of-the-art spaces and informative tours to live entertainment, lawn games and scenic surroundings, a number of area breweries are becoming destinations for the entire family. Following, a few spots that supply fun for adults and kids alike:

New Belgium Brewing Company

This brewery, situated in the heart of Asheville by the French Broad River, is surrounded by an expansive lawn perfect for tossing a ball, a roomy deck for watching the action along the water, and paths for exploring native gardens or bike-riding. Take the entire family on a free all-ages tour of New Belgium’s operations, or enjoy the outdoor shows the brewery hosts throughout the warmer months. On-site food trucks mean you can make an afternoon of your visit.

Highland Brewing Company

Kid Friendly Breweries AshevilleThe tasting room of this East Asheville brewery, open year-round, offers a spacious, family-friendly space to enjoy a beer and live music, which Highland hosts throughout the year. In the warmer months, the entertainment moves to the Meadow, a green space surrounded by trees perfect for energetic kids to run around in. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic along with your beer, or grab a bite from a rotating roster of popular food trucks.

Wedge Brewing Co.

With two locations in the River Arts District, The Wedge offers plenty of opportunities to make a family evening of your brewery outing. Enjoy a range of live music and outdoor movies in the summer months, or play a game of corn hole as the sun sets.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

This popular brewery, boasting three Asheville locations, is the epitome of family-friendly. The North Asheville location is a combo pizza place, dine-in movie theater, and brewpub, and also features an airy game room perfect for letting the kids loose while you enjoy one of their many on-tap beers. The downtown location has a large covered patio for taking in the South Slope scene while you savor a meal and a brew.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Asheville Beer and BreweriesThis Mills River destination, against an Appalachian backdrop, stuns with its state-of-the-art brewery, restaurant and taproom, along with both an indoor entertainment space and outdoor amphitheater hosting free concerts. The Visitor Corridor offers the entire family a bird’s-eye view of the stunning brewhouse, warehouse and packaging hall from its raised mezzanine. Lounge in the large outdoor area, stroll through the gardens, or play a game of cornhole or bocce ball.

Oskar Blues Brewery

This Brevard brewery features live music from local and regional bands, farmer’s markets, and Monday music jams for all skill levels, guaranteeing your little ones will have lots to enjoy. Grab a bite from the CHUBwagon food truck and enjoy a family evening at the outdoor patio bar.

For more information about Asheville or real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Building a New Home Requires the Right Tools

New Construction Green Home Asheville

Asheville has seen a new-construction boom in recent years, thanks to an influx of buyers looking for fresh, modern, green or more centrally located homes in popular neighborhoods. While it’s easy to believe that a newly built home translates to a headache-free real estate transaction, new construction carries its own set of cautionary guidelines. Finding an agent who can navigate the ins and outs of a new-construction purchase is key to getting the best out of your experience. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty have the knowhow to guide you through the process smoothly, eliminating the headaches that can come with venturing into unfamiliar territory. Below, a few pointers to get you started:

  • New Construction Asheville HomeIf you’re purchasing a home before or during construction, make sure the building specifics are adequately defined so there is no question about finishes. A Mosaic agent can clue you in to which details you need to know – floor plans and spec sheets are but two of the specifics – and from whom to secure the information.
  • If the seller or builder is perhaps just starting out and lacks some experience, you will want the due diligence period to run beyond completion of construction. That way, you have time to terminate the deal if the house is not completed to spec.
  • Did you know that even if you’re building a new home, you should still be ready to perform a regular home inspection and radon test? While green-built homes already come radon-tested, other types of new-home construction may not.
  • Newly constructed homes don’t generally come with things like mailboxes or bathroom hardware – think towel rods and toilet paper holders. An adept agent will know what to look for on spec sheets, and can help you determine which missing pieces you’ll need to supply yourself.
  • Always make sure you have a one-year warranty as part of new construction. A Mosaic agent can help you nail down the right contract or addendum to protect your new investment.
  • Did you know you can pay for blinds or window treatments but have the builder install them? A knowledgeable agent can help you think through ancillary items like these that you may want to add on during construction of your new home.

Tips like these are only a start; if you’re ready to build or buy a new-construction home in Asheville, and want a thorough plan and expert direction that thoughtfully encompasses all of your needs, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at info@mymosaicrealty.com.

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Mills River Offers Ample Space Amid Abundant Natural Beauty

Mills River Neighborhood

Within minutes of some of the country’s most popular and picturesque state and national forests sits Mills River, a town in the northwestern part of Henderson County stretching northeast to the Buncombe County border and southwest to the Transylvania County line. Sitting 17 miles to the southwest of Asheville, Mills River offers expansive living against breathtaking backdrops, with close proximity to all manner of amenities.

Mills River was incorporated as a town in 2003, and has a population of around 7,000. Featuring rolling hills dotted with everything from rambling ranches to newly constructed homes, as well as lots ready for custom creations, the town is a draw for those seeking room to stretch out, but still be within arm’s reach of conveniences. The Asheville Regional Airport and I-26 are mere minutes away. The towns of Hendersonville (8 miles away) and Brevard (14 miles away) are also easily accessible.

Outdoor Adventures Abound

Du Pont State ForestWhen it comes to outdoor adventures, Mills River can’t be beat. For water activities, the French Broad River flows through the northeastern part of town, while one of its tributaries, the Mills River, flows through the center of town. Both Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest are a short drive away, offering daytrips overflowing with waterfalls, hiking paths and mountain biking trails – you can even take a horseback trail ride. The area also boasts renowned destinations like Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

For world-class music performances, Mills River is just a short drive from the Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, which features everything from bluegrass to classical to operatic productions.

Excitement is Brewing in Mills River

Sierra Nevada Brewery Mills RiverA major boon to the town came in 2014, when Sierra Nevada opened a brewery – its second in the U.S. – in Mills River. The sprawling, state-of-the-art facility and Taproom and Restaurant draw thousands of visitors from all over the region and the world to enjoy tours, tastings and special events, as well as live music indoors and outdoors, in a relaxed family atmosphere. 

Other popular spots to visit in Mills River include the Mills River Creamery, offering a range of locally made milk, cheeses, ice cream, as well as the Bold Rock Hard Cidery, which has daily tours, tastings, flights and food.

For a personally guided tour of Mills River, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Catch Mosaic Realty Agent Laura Moye on National TV

Laura Moye on National TV

Our very own Laura Moye is making her small-screen debut this week! Tune in to “Mountain Life” on Great American Country (GAC) June 25 at 9 p.m. ET to see Laura help her clients, Alesha and Sean – and their dog Bandit – find and purchase their growing family’s first home in Canton.

Can’t tune in? Not to worry. The episode airs several more times in the coming weeks on GAC and HGTV. Click here for listings. https://www.greatamericancountry.com/shows/mountain-life/episodes/200

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Asheville Lights Up With July Fourth Celebrations

Fireworks Asheville

Every Fourth of July, the Asheville area plays host to a multitude of Independence Day celebrations, with an array of activities to delight young and old. Choose from one of these Fourth of July fetes, and you’re sure to have a blast! (Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on July 4th.)

Downtown Asheville:

July Fourth AshevilleIngles Independence Day Celebration 2018 – Things kick off in Downtown’s Pack Square Park at 2 p.m. with kids’ activities and a bouncy house. There will be live music at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30. Food trucks, along with beer and wine for sale at the event, mean you can bring your lawn chair or blanket to the park early and plan on spending the day enjoying the festivities. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/independenceday

Asheville Tourists Baseball – Take in a game, followed by a grand fireworks display, at the Tourist stadium in South Slope. https://www.milb.com/asheville

South Asheville:

Lake Julian offers the perfect backdrop for a night of family fun this Fourth. Enjoy sand volleyball, horseshoe, boat rentals, and a picnic ahead of the fireworks display, which begins at sundown.

Biltmore House:

For a special celebration, head to the Biltmore’s Antler Hill Barn beginning at 6 p.m. to enjoy a dinner buffet, live music, Biltmore wines and old-fashioned fun and games for all ages. The evening culminates in a dramatic fireworks display on the estate grounds. $125/adult, $60/child. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/july-4th-celebration-dinner-at-antler-hill-barn

Surrounding Towns:

Fourth of July AshevilleWeaverville – Lake Louisa Park will feature live music, vendors and food, followed by fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Bryson City – From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Bryson City comes alive with a 5K, crafts, food, live music and fireworks.

Sylva – Take in the shops and restaurants along Sylva’s picturesque Main Street, then enjoy live music starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Marion – A parade at 6 p.m. kicks off Fourth festivities. There will be live music, food vendors and fireworks.

Lake Lure – This celebration, on July 3, features fireworks over the lake that you can view from the beach, so bring a picnic and make an evening of it!

Hendersonville – Downtown will feature live outdoor music at its Visitors’ Center, followed by fireworks.

Waynesville – While there won’t be fireworks, Main Street will light up with music, sidewalk sales and children’s parade at 11 a.m.

Brevard – An 8 a.m. Firecracker Run kicks off the festivities, followed by a Fine Arts & Craft Festival. The Courthouse Gazebo will host live music all day. Fireworks will happen at Brevard College.

For more information about the Asheville area, or for questions about Asheville real estate, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828.337.8190.

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In Asheville, Residential Solar Systems Brighten the Bottom Line

Solar Panels Home Asheville

As the movement toward alternative energy sources continues, residential solar energy incentives are gaining a growing audience. In Asheville, homeowners can take advantage of many rebates and incentives at the state and federal levels, meaning that both up-front and long-term costs can be reduced. Following, a few financial benefits to installing solar systems in your home:

Federal Tax Credits

The installation of both solar water heaters and solar panels can qualify for a tax credit. As of 2018, that means a credit of 30% of the cost, including installation costs, with no upper limit. (The credit decreases to 26% in 2020). The systems must be installed in a home you own and use as a primary residence, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2021. For solar water heaters, at least half of the energy generated must come from the sun, and the system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. For solar panels, the photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence.

State Incentives

Solar Power HomeDuke Energy provides its N.C. customers with rebates if they install solar panel systems. Homeowners can receive a $0.60/watt rebate for systems up to 10 kilowatts. That means an average 6-kilowatt system would be eligible for a rebate of $3,600.

Revolving loan options are another perk for North Carolina residents. Legislation enacted in the state allows for cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels. The legislation limits loan terms to 20 years, with an interest rate cap of 8 percent.

Property Tax Exemption

Solar PowerSolar systems are lauded for increasing the value of your home, but that can also mean higher property taxes. However, in North Carolina, for homeowners who are using their systems for residential purposes (and not for business or profit), an N.C. property tax exemption means that the value their system adds to the property isn’t included in property tax assessments.

Another incentive for N.C. residents who install solar panels is net metering. The state’s net metering policy credits homeowners for the extra power the solar panels produce, and allows them to apply that credit during times when the system doesn’t generate enough electricity.

At the local level, installing solar panels will net a bonus incentive. If you live in the city of Asheville, you can receive a rebate on your building permit when installing a solar system on either residential or commercial construction.

If you’re in the market for a home in Asheville that is equipped with a solar system, or one that can accommodate such a system, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Multilingual Site Makes Mosaic an Asheville Real Estate Resource for All

Mosaic Realty Website Asheville Homepage Spanish

As Asheville’s appeal widens, so grows its attractiveness as a place to purchase a home, whether it be a primary residence or a vacation property. International interest in the city means more non-English-speaking buyers are exploring real estate options in Asheville – and thus the need for multilingual assistance.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is at the forefront of accommodating this new population of potential clients, becoming an inclusive resource for non-English speakers searching for Asheville-area properties. One way Mosaic is doing this is through its website. Mymosaicrealty.com now offers Google Translate, which instantly translates the site from English into more than 100 other world languages.

Easy-to-Use System

Mosaic Realty Website Asheville SpanishThe system is simple: When a user goes to Mosaic’s homepage, or any other page, he or she can click on the tab appearing in the upper left corner that says “Select Language.” From there, a drop-down menu reveals the language options available. A quick click on one of the myriad language options will translate that page, and every page to which the user navigates.

In addition, there is also a notification on most browsers that will pop up to recommend visitors translate the language of the page. The notification might read: "We have detected that this website is in English. Do you want to translate to Spanish now?"

Spanish-Speaking Agents

Mosaic Realty AgentsBeyond its website, Mosaic is specifically reaching out to Spanish-speaking clients in a more direct fashion. Three Mosaic agents – Joseph Ruiz, Hart Dalhauser and Gus Mujica – are fluent in Spanish, which means they can adeptly assist Spanish speakers, providing them with a more comfortable environment in which to buy or sell a home.

Mosaic approaches each client’s individual needs with respect, honesty and integrity. Now, that approach can be extended across a multilingual platform. Thanks to Google Translate, navigating Mosaic’s listings and its other helpful real estate and regional information has never been easier – in any language.

For more information on real estate in the Asheville area, or if you know of a non-native-English speaker seeking to buy or sell a home in Asheville, contact Mosaic owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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