Christie Kafka

Mosaic Implements Effective Strategies to Get Your Property Sold

Mosaic Realty Listing Your HomeIf you’re considering listing your Asheville area home, it’s important to find an agency that will promote your property in ways that are responsive to the environment, using strategies that will stimulate interest and maximize exposure in the markets most likely to produce interested buyers. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is adept at doing all of this and more, promising a positive selling experience with optimal results.

Mosaic promotes listings in ways that are responsive to changing markets and homebuyer trends. From properly positioning listings in the market to implementing grassroots promotions that engage potential buyers, properties are seen both online and in the community.

Marketing specialists

Mosaic employs a team of Internet and marketing specialists to maximize client listings in the online marketplace, including implementation of professional, wide-angle digital photography, virtual tours and full-color marketing brochures, to show a property in its best light. Mosaic listings receive their own gallery on the agency’s website and priority placement on other highly trafficked websites. Powerful tracking tools show how many people view a property online. Mosaic works to position a seller’s property for maximum exposure.

Mosaic Realty MarketingOnline marketing extends well beyond mymosaicrealty.com. Mosaic advertises its properties in the most prominent online marketplaces, including Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Homefinder.com and Homes.com. Additionally, Mosaic makes sure properties are optimally positioned in social media channels where buyers spend time.

Because community relationships are a core value at Mosaic, its agents are deeply engaged in the unique culture of Asheville, volunteering and building relationships. That connection to community benefits each and every client.

Pricing and staging

There is an art and science to pricing a property. When a Mosaic agent prices a listing, he or she factors in such things as comps, inventory levels, seasonality, neighborhood, improvements and current market. Doing so in a balanced manner produces solid offers, faster sales and easier due diligence periods.

Staging a home can propel it into the spotlight ahead of its non-staged counterparts. In fact, staged homes sell around 75% more quickly than homes that are not staged. For every $100 invested in home staging, there is a potential return of $400, as staged homes can bring in up to 20% more than those non-staged. In addition, buyers are 38% more willing to walk through a staged home they saw online versus a non-staged one. 

Mosaic understands the importance of staging a property. To that end, the agency offers discounted rates to its sellers on its in-house staging company, Asheville Home Staging and Design.

Mosaic Realty Asheville Selling HomeExpansive reach

While Mosaic has strong local roots, it has cultivated a national reach; this means it is able to give your property the attention of a smaller agency with the resources and marketing knowledge of a much larger one. Its brokers use a collaborative approach: Each personally handles a client’s sale from start to finish, backed by Mosaic’s extensive experience and expertise.

Finding someone who wants to buy your home is only half the equation. You need a broker who can communicate clearly and effectively. Mosaic’s brokers are trained communicators; they practice Nonviolent Communication methods, the same technique used in conflict mediation and high-level international negotiations. Communicating in this manner smooths transactions and facilitates positive results.

If you’re looking for an agent equipped to help you get the most out of the sale of your Asheville area home, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Low-maintenance Gardening Makes Lush Landscapes Easy

Native Perennials for Easy GardeningFor those who love the look of a summer yard brimming with blooms and showy foliage but don’t want to have to toil in the soil, a low-maintenance garden bed or a micro-garden is the ideal option. Low-maintenance gardens are exactly what they sound like – a collection of plantings chosen for their ease of care. Micro-gardens allow your green thumb to flourish on a small, easy-to-handle scale – think patio containers, window boxes and flower pots. Following are some tips on taking on either this summer.

Choose natives to Western N.C.

Native plants are an easy addition to a low-maintenance garden. They are already adapted to native soil types of Western North Carolina and generally grow best with little attention. Maximize your success by matching the right plants with the right site conditions: Take into account available light, moisture and soil pH, and for ideas look to nearby natural areas to observe how native plants grow naturally.

Some native plants to consider are: ferns such as Lady Fern and Hay-scented Fern; grasses and sedges such as Big Bluestem; ground covers like Wild Strawberry and Wild Blue Phlox; and wildflowers like Butterfly Milkweed and Blackeyed Susan.

Low Maintenance GardeningPack in perennials

A garden bed packed with perennials promises blooms year after year, with minimal-to-no work. Add in flowering perennials that require no deadheading, and you can literally sit back and enjoy the fruits of your one-time labor!

Perennials require less yearly maintenance, saving you money, energy and time by not having to clear out garden beds and replant every year. They also don’t require annual composting or mulching.

Perennial root systems offer some amazing advantages, not only to the perennials themselves, but to surrounding plants and soil. Because they don’t need to be pulled up and replanted each year, the soil remains undisturbed and structurally strong. The roots aerate and channel the ground, allowing water to travel more efficiently. This benefits shallow-rooted plants nearby, which draw moisture and nutrients up from the surface of the perennial roots.

Hardy perennials provide ground cover and preserve moisture. You can choose perennials that continue to benefit your yard through the winter, dying back in the colder months yet keeping enough foliage to cover the soil and protect it.

The magic of mulch 

Adding a layer of mulch to your garden bed helps to prevent weeds from proliferating among your plants, saving you time and effort. Mulch also prevents erosion, an issue in the many hilly yards common in the Asheville area. It allows water to drip into the soil, rather than run off the surface and strip topsoil with it. Mulch also helps to retain moisture, so you don’t have to water as much. And it aids in regulating soil temperature, protecting plants from extremes that can stress and weaken them.

Easy Gardening TipsDepending on what you use, mulch can help to add nutrients and improve your soil over time. Natural mulch gradually decomposes, helping to aerate soil and prevent it from becoming compacted and hard.

Micro gardening options

If you’d like to grow plants and vegetables on a smaller, easier-to-handle scale, micro gardening is the way to go. Flowers, greens and herbs are micro favorites, but really anything can be grown with this method of gardening. All you need is a small outdoor space and a container.

Window boxes and flower pots are great for micro gardening, and having such containers can make it easier to tend to plants and amend the soil specifically to each plant’s needs. Micro gardening usually requires seed selection and germination, moist, rich soil, and a warm environment to start.

Depending on the type of vegetables or herbs planted, a micro garden can begin producing within two weeks of first leaf formation. The result is fresh, nutritious food for you and your family, easily attained with some tending.

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Give Your Quarantine Workout Some Weight With an At-Home Gym

Home Gym AshevilleWhile uncertainty continues to surround the safe reopening of gyms and workout studios around Asheville, it doesn’t mean your former exercise regimen has to lose muscle. Setting up a home gym is easier and less cumbersome than you might think. And doing so can be surprisingly economical: Body-weight workouts mean you can use items already available in your home. Here are some ideas for pumping up your at-home workout while you await your return to the gym.

Small items, big results

If you have even a free corner of a room, you can easily establish a workout spot. Start with a yoga mat; spreading one on the floor is a good way to delineate a designated exercise space. Mats are good for floor exercises, stretches and, of course, yoga. Another small item that can yield big results is a resistance band. Many can be purchased in sets of varying resistance. Use these for leg and arm strengthening. A stability ball has infinite uses as well: Think core strengthening, balance exercises, even stretching. A pair each of light, medium and heavy dumbbells can offer added weight when building upper-body muscle. For some cardio action, grab a jump rope: This old-school tool can be used outdoors or in, which means inclement weather won’t dampen your heart-pumping session. Finally, a foam roller and simple strap can help with stretching and flexibility.

Creating a Home GymOnline video guidance

Maybe you’ve got all the equipment but lack the guidance, or the motivation, to exercise. The Internet is teeming with tutorials for any type of workout you could want. Some may require a sign-up and fee, but you can easily find free videos to inspire you. The YMCA of Western N.C., among other establishments, offers a variety of full-length virtual classes touching on everything from core conditioning to pilates to youth and active older adult fitness.

Use what you have

Even if you don’t have official exercise equipment in your home, you can still work various muscles using common household furniture and a little improvisation. Incorporate your couch for feet-elevated glut bridges, incline and decline push-ups, and tricep dips. Use a chair to help balance while doing calf raises and lunges. Use a wall for wall-sits to strengthen quads. You can even get some workout use out of your bed by doing leg lifts from a reclined position. If your home has stairs, you can climb up and down them (maintaining control, of course) to elevate your heart rate. 

 

 

Simple Ways to Support Hard-Hit Businesses in Asheville

Asheville Help During CovidAs the economic repercussions of COVID-19 continue to rattle the Asheville small-business community, finding ways to offer support is more important than ever. For Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.

#AshevilleStrong

#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores and restaurants stay shuttered or limited.

Asheville Take-Out foodRestaurant Takeout in Asheville

One simple way to support the Asheville economy through the coronavirus epidemic is to continue patronizing hard-hit area restaurants by ordering meals for takeout and delivery. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery.

One Buncombe Fund

This fund – a centralized COVID-19 donation and relief center – has been launched by Buncombe County and the City of Asheville in conjunction with business leaders from the Asheville-Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain BizWorks and the Land of Sky Regional Council. The mission of the fund is to provide bridge funding to area small businesses as well as to support the basic needs of individuals who have lost employment due to COVID-19. It is a secure and immediate way to donate to the response effort. 

Home Made Face MaskSupplyConnector

Finished goods, materials, manufacturing capability and support services are needed to combat COVID-19. SupplyConnector was started by a small group of outdoor industry professionals seeking a way to connect brands that were pivoting operations to help provide relief in the current crisis. This regional directory is designed to connect those who can supply materials and manufacture finished goods with essential providers who need them most. The site allows you to submit information to give or receive critical equipment (such as face coverings, shields, surgical masks and the like). Users can connect directly with one another.

There are many other ways to help out our local community as we continue with Stay Home and social distancing orders. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer; Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events; and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales.

 

 

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Open the Door to a Thorough Spring Cleaning

Deep Spring Cleaning of Home

Spring-cleaning season is here, and hunkering down at home in light of “Stay home, stay safe” directives provides plenty of opportunity for a thorough, top-to-bottom sweep. As you set out to tackle those nooks and crannies, here are some often-overlooked spots to target.

Clear the closets

If you’re not sure where to start, begin in those bedroom, hallway and coat closets. Sort last season’s clothes, bagging for donation the pieces you no longer wear, and moving the rest onto higher, out-of-the-way shelves for storage until next winter. Move spring- and summer-wear into the spotlight. Clean coats before storing away: Check the label to see which of them can be machine-washed. Use a small brush and a little soapy water to scrub mud, snow and rock salt stains off winter boots before storing away. Finally, don’t forget to wipe down and vacuum closet floors.

Deep Home CleaningClean windows, inside and out

Spring is a good time to wipe away winter’s grime from windows and windowsills. An easy and inexpensive way to clean glass is by mixing one part water to one part distilled vinegar in a spray bottle; for tough spots, you can use a cloth soaked in undiluted vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth to dust windowsills, and don’t forget the base between the window and the screen.

Wipe down baseboards

While we may vacuum and mop on a regular basis, we often neglect baseboards, which can accumulate a fine layer of dust over time. The easiest ways to wipe them down are with a microfiber cloth; skimming a vacuum-cleaner hose attachment along the edges will also do the trip. For those inevitable scuff marks, swipe a melamine foam sponge (commonly called Magic Eraser). 

Outdoor Cleaning of HomesFreshen couches and rugs

Deep cleaning fabric couches and rugs can be easy, economical and chemical-free. Liberally sprinkle baking soda (you can mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like) directly onto the entire area and let sit, preferably overnight. Vacuum as you normally would.

Awaken the bedroom

Dust loves to collect around heavy furniture, including beds and dressers. Spring is a great time to tackle the dust bunnies: Vacuum under and behind furniture, and wipe floor corners with a microfiber cloth. Remove duvet covers, as well as decorative and throw pillow covers, and toss in the washing machine.

Scrub decks and patio/lawn furniture

Bring lawn pieces back to life and manage mildew on wooden decks and furniture safely and effectively using ingredients you probably have in your home right now. For resin lawn furniture, use a wet sponge coated in baking soda to gently scrub away grime. Mild detergent mixed with half a cup of bleach and a gallon of water will help to clean dingy-looking plastic-mesh lawn furniture. You can remove mildew from wood decks and patio furniture by wiping them with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda in a gallon of water. The vinegar will help to prevent future mildew growth, but you can also keep some full-strength on hand in a spray bottle for spot cleaning wherever you see mildew emerge.

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Mosaic's Video Walkthroughs Offer Secure, Comprehensive Property Viewings

Asheville Real Estate Virtual Tours

If you’re interested in exploring the Asheville real estate market in the age of COVID-19 – either as a buyer or a seller – you can do so safely and with confidence thanks to Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s virtual walkthroughs. These high-quality recorded video showings are a key way Mosaic has quickly calibrated operations to conform to the changing climate, keeping the safety of our clients, our agents and our community at the forefront, while at the same time continuing to make the real-estate experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

The advantage to virtual showings

Mosaic listings’ virtual walkthroughs offer peace of mind to both sellers and buyers on many levels. Video showings help to curb viral exposure that traditional, potentially high-traffic showings might bring. They are helpful in educating a buyer on the design, layout and special features of a home, piquing interest and encouraging buyers to pursue a property further.

Virtual showings also serve to streamline the house-hunting or -selling process, allowing for convenient perusal of a home with a click of a button anytime, at the buyer’s leisure. Video showings can be viewed as many times as the buyer would like, and at any pace desired.

Professionally shot videos

Mosaic’s in-house videographer creates unique, high-quality virtual tours that feature the property’s surrounding yard, view, all interior spaces, garage and accessory structures, and deck or patio space. The videos, which also showcase the surrounding neighborhood and approach, are shot with optimal natural and professional lighting, boast high definition, and are prominently displayed on Mosaic’s listing page. 

If, after viewing Mosaic’s online video walkthroughs, you would like to virtually examine a property further, you can request a live-stream walkthrough (either via Zoom or FaceTime and given by the seller or the listing agent). After viewing a virtual walkthrough, buyers are encouraged to do drive-bys of properties that interest them, getting a first-hand look at the home’s exterior, yard and neighborhood. 

The option for in-person showings

Real estate in Asheville has been deemed an essential service, so Mosaic can do in-person showings, making every effort to adhere to CDC best practices to keep our clients, sellers and agents safe. For more details, see Mosaic’s COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure.

To view Mosaic Realty’s virtual tours, view this search. For more information on real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Incentives for Building Green Grow in Asheville

Asheville Green Building

Looking for ways to bolster your finances in light of our ever-changing world events? As a homeowner, you can take advantage of a variety of local and federal incentives and rebates available for building green and implementing sustainability in Asheville.

The City of Asheville Sustainability Office recently rolled out residential building permit fee rebates for single-family homes to support sustainability. Measures such as Green Built certification, solar photovoltaic systems, and tree protection will net homeowners a range of rebates. Information on all sustainability fee rebates can be found at the City of Asheville website

Green Building Incentives AshevilleElectric and gas discounts and rebates 

Duke Energy is offering Asheville area homeowners incentives to implement green upgrades. Its Smart Saver program provides rebates for such actions as attic insulation and air sealing, duct repair and replacement, and heat pump water heater installation. Energy Star-labeled homes receive a discount on electric rates after the first 350 kWh used per month. Visit the Duke Energy website to learn more.

PSNC Energy offers incentives for green upgrades as well. Replacing gas furnaces and water heaters with high-efficiency versions will net homeowners $150 per appliance upgrade.

Incentives for installing renewable energy

North Carolina allows cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels and other energy upgrades Learn more about these loans here. Federal incentives include a 30% tax credit with no caps; details found here. And through NC Green Power, a per-kWh rate is paid to homeowners for electricity generated from a renewable energy source. Morei information is available at this website. For a database of all renewable and efficiency incentives by state, visit https://www.dsireusa.org.

Green Building IncentivesCommercial cost-cutting

Business owners in Asheville can also qualify for rebates and incentives when they implement energy-efficient measures. Duke Energy offers a Small Business Energy Saver program, which pays up to 80% of energy-efficiency improvements such as LEDS and lighting controls, HVAC and refrigeration. Duke Energy also provides up to 14% off your bill if you take part in its Demand Response Automation, in which you use less energy during peak demand periods. (The program also helps you create a plan of action to take during these peak periods.)

For additional information on tax discounts and other programs to positively impact your wallet while at the same time aiding the environment, go to Green Built Alliance’s comprehensive compilation.  

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a member and supporter of Green Built Alliance and thankful for the important green building resources that they provide.

 

Asheville Partnership Provides Early Education and Enrichment Guidance

Buncombe Partnership for Children Childcare

Childcare, youth activities, kindergarten: The educational and enrichment options available to parents of young children can feel overwhelming. Buncombe Partnership for Children offers parents in Asheville guidance and a range of resources to help them make the best decisions for their family as they embark on their educational journey. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to help build up area families by supporting this invaluable initiative. 

Asheville Buncombe PreschoolsWhat is Buncombe Partnership for Children?

The group partners with local organizations to provide programs that improve the quality of early childhood education, increase access to affordable, high-quality early care, expand early literacy opportunities, and provide family support. The partnership’s vision is that every child in the Asheville community will reach his or her fullest potential and be prepared for lifelong success.

Asheville/ Buncombe County Childcare

Finding the right childcare program can be daunting; the partnership points parents in the direction of helpful resources, such as Mountain Child Care Connections, a regional call center providing families with free, confidential information about quality child care to meet their individual needs. Another resource is the Division of Child Development & Early Education, which offers guides and a database for parents to easily research area childcare centers. Buncombe Partnership also offers a map of childcare centers in the county so parents can gauge proximity to home or work.

Play & Learn groups

Buncombe Partnership also works with Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups, which are free adult-child groups for families of children 3 months to 5 years old. Activities include singing songs, stories, art, outdoor play, puppet shows and crafts. Children must reside in Buncombe County and not be in enrolled in licensed childcare. Registration is ongoing, but is required before attending and begins immediately.

Asheville Buncombe ChildcarePre-kindergarten

Buncombe Partnership for Children administers the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program  (NC Pre-K) in Asheville. NC Pre-K is a state-funded, free, high-quality early care and education program that aims to enhance children’s school readiness. The program is offered for 6.5 hours a day for 10 months; programs are located in public schools, private childcare programs, and Head Start. 

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read program provides free books to children 6 months to 5 years at all well child doctor’s office visits. The medical practitioners have a chance to observe the child’s interest in and approach to the book, which helps them note development stages. Doctors also advise families on how best to introduce books and build a love of reading. Reach Out and Read’s partnership with Buncombe Partnership for Children has helped to bring the total number of area children served to 1,600 annually.

Asheville Adventure Play

The partnership has been working with community volunteers to provide untraditional play opportunities, hosting pop-up adventure playgrounds around Buncombe County. Its newest collaboration will bring pop-ups to Buncombe County Sports Park throughout the summer.

Kindergarten preparedness

To help your child get ready for making the transition to kindergarten, the partnership recommends you do a number of things before the first day. Talk with your child about their new school. What are they looking forward to?  What are they wondering about? Find books at the library about getting ready for school to read to your child. Practice getting ready. Take a trip to their new school. Even seeing the school from the outside can help your child feel more prepared.

For more information on early education and enrichment in Asheville, visit https://buncombepfc.org.

To learn more about Asheville area Real Estate, contact Mosaic Realty owner/broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Appalachian Offsets Program Aids Asheville Community, and Planet

Cut My Carbon Program Asheville

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to join the movement toward a healthier planet by supporting green initiatives around Asheville. One of those initiatives is Appalachian Offsets, an organization that offers carbon offsets to fund projects that cut carbon-dioxide pollution.

What are carbon offsets?

Green Building AshevilleCarbon offsets are pollution equivalents that can be purchased to help pay for a renewable energy project, an energy-efficiency upgrade, or the like. So, for example, if you bought three tons of carbon offsets, that money would go to fund a project that either reduces carbon-dioxide production by three tons, or removes three tons of carbon dioxide from the air. Carbon offsetting is a long-lasting tool that aids the environment as well as the community.

An initiative from the Green Built Alliance, Appalachian Offsets allows Asheville residents and businesses to offset their carbon footprint while at the same time helping local schools, non-profits, and other area organizations. A few simple steps will get you there: first, calculate your carbon footprint, then make a (tax-deductible) donation to Appalachian Offsets to offset your footprint, at a rate of $20 per ton. The funds are then matched with a local school, non-profit, or other community organization to pay for an energy-efficiency project. Projects spearheaded by Appalachian Offsets include energy-efficiency lighting retrofits, water-conservation upgrades and solar-energy installations. The organization is also exploring local tree-planting projects. 

Appalachian Offsets is a group effort

Appalachian Offsets Asheville“Appalachian Offsets offers individuals the ability to simply offset their personal carbon footprint and also encourages local businesses to offset the footprint of their entire operations or a portion, with options to contribute either by making an annual lump sum or dividing it into more manageable recurring monthly payments,” said Green Built Alliance Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas. 

“We are extremely grateful to our generous business supporters, including AB Tech, Deltec Homes, Deutsch & Gottschalk Attorneys at Law, Joel Adams and Associates Investor Advisors, LaZoom, Mosaic Realty, Samsel Architects, SouthWings, Trillium Family Medicine, and Vandemusser Design for offsetting their footprints through Appalachian Offsets,” continued Barcas. “We invite the whole community to visit our website to learn about your personal or professional carbon footprint and offset options through our individual and business carbon calculators.”

For more information on Appalachian Offsets, and to calculate your carbon footprint, go to https://www.cutmycarbon.org/. To learn more about how Mosaic helps to build and support the Asheville community through green initiatives and beyond, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/.

 To learn about Real Estate in the Asheville area, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Mosaic's Support of Pisgah Legal Helps Promote Housing Security in Asheville

Pisgah Legal AshevilleWhy We Support Pisgah Legal

At Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, supporting area non-profit organizations is an important component of our philosophy. Lifting up the lives of individuals serves to lift up the city as a whole. Mosaic is proud to have given more than $115,000 to 70 non-profit and community organizations in 2019. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer time organizing and assisting these community initiatives. 

Among the organizations Mosaic supports is Pisgah Legal Services. Pisgah Legal provides free legal assistance to people living in poverty throughout Western North Carolina to help them avoid eviction and homelessness, stay safe from domestic violence, access much-needed health insurance and health care, and stabilize their immigration status. 

In 2019, more than 18,800 neighbors from across the region improved their lives with help from Pisgah Legal. With affordable housing an issue in the area, Pisgah Legal believes in intervening to keep people in their homes so they’re not stuck searching for a new home that they can afford. 

Cristin's Story

Asheville Legal HelpTo better understand just how necessary Pisgah Legal’s services, consider the story of Cristin, a single mother raising two daughters while attending school and working. When Cristin’s subsidized rent doubled unexpectedly, her busy life didn’t give her the time to investigate why. She knew that she couldn’t afford the increase without cutting back on food, childcare and other basic needs. She couldn’t find a way to make things work, and her landlord took her to court for non-payment of rent.

Cristin was intimidated and unsure about how to advocate for herself in the courtroom. The judge told her she had 30 days to pay her past-due balance or move out. Pisgah Legal Services attorney Thomas Lodwick was at the courthouse as part of the Tenant Eviction Response Program, which places Pisgah Legal attorneys in the courthouse to assist people facing eviction. This is often the last line of defense against homelessness. Thomas discovered an error in Cristin's rent calculation and negotiated an affordable payment plan for the back rent. Cristin's case was dismissed. She was able to stay in her home, finish her degree and move from part-time to full-time employment.

According to Cristin, “If Thomas wasn’t in that courtroom, I would have lost my home. He really stepped up when I needed the help."

Learn More

Pisgah Legal invites you to visit their website at www.pisgahlegal.org to donate to the cause, learn more, or sign up for a bi-monthly Justice Matters Tour.

To learn more about how Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is committed to being the change it seeks, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/.

To find out more about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner/broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or all him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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