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Blog :: 02-2018

Staging Your Home for Selling Success

Asheville Home Seller Services

When you’re ready to put your house on the market, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a standout in a sea of listings. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty understands this, which is why our agents are equipped to guide you through one particularly important, yet sometimes overlooked, facet of the selling process: staging your home. Giving your home an aesthetic overhaul – whether large or small – can offer a clean slate, free of distractions so potential buyers can truly see themselves living in your home. To learn how to hook buyers and keep them interested, read on.

Back to Basics

Seller Services Staged Living RoomTo get your home market-ready, there are a few basic areas that every seller should consider. They include painting (both interior and exterior as needed), landscaping (think curb appeal), kitchens and bathrooms. A Mosaic agent can advise you on how extensive the updates – sellers often end up pouring more money into updates than is necessary, whittling away their return on investment once the sale is complete. Conferring with one of Mosaic’s agents, you will learn everything from which interior paint hues are of-the-moment to which minor bathroom updates give the impression of a fresh overhaul minus the full renovation.

It’s the Little Things

You may not think about, or even see, the small flaws in your home – but a buyer will, and Mosaic’s agents know this. That unused curtain rod or those damaged blinds will most definitely distract, no matter how new the windows. Mismatched, outdated door fixtures and cabinet handles, often overlooked by sellers, are an easy fix that will leave the buyer with the impression of a clean, attractive aesthetic. An inexpensive chandelier can help to define a dining room, doing double duty if the light fixture needs updating anyway.

Grow Interest

Seller Services Staged Outdoor LivingLandscaping and exterior work are obvious areas to improve when you want to set your listing apart from others. Sure, you should seed a patchy lawn or pressure wash that mildewed fence. But did you know that adding a fountain to the landscape can help to muffle street noise? Something as simple as cleaning gutters and replacing broken ones not only improves the appearance of your home, but can help to mitigate musty odors often associated with backed-up drainage.

Tips like this are only a start; if you are ready to list your home and want a detailed staging plan sure to garner selling success, contact Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at

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The 2018 Southern Conference Basketball Championships Promises a Winning Weekend in Asheville

SoCon Tournament Asheville

The Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are an exciting annual draw to Asheville, and this year’s event promises another fun-filled weekend of nonstop action, on and off the courts. The college basketball championships will take place March 1-5, 2018, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Women’s quarterfinals kick off Thursday, March 1, while Men’s first round starts Friday, March 2.

For fans visiting the city to attend the games, Asheville offers plenty of restaurants, breweries, shopping and activities to make the weekend an all-around winner. Businesses around town – including Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville’s Fun Depot, Asheville Outlets, Gray Line Trolley Tours, and Adventure Center of Asheville – will be offering discounts and special deals for fans.

SoCon Tournament AshevilleThe championship games are sponsored in part by Mosaic Community LIfestyle Realty and Mosaic agent Kathleen Cook.  " I'm thrilled to be supporting a college sports tournament that brings so much to our Asheville community. As an avid sports fan, it's amazing to see how the SOCON basketball tournament positively impacts our city. In it's 7th consecutive year in Asheville, SOCON draws an average of 30,000 - 35,000 sport fans to our downtown and more than 6 million dollars in expected economic impact to the area.  That's tremendous not only for us college-hoops-lovers, but for Asheville as a whole,” says Cook.

For fans wanting to get in on the basketball action, there will be a series of fun family events:

·      Downtown Dribble & Kid Fest Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Pack Square. Families will enjoy a pep rally filled with inflatables, obstacle courses and more. The first 700 children who register to participate in the event will receive a free basketball and t-shirt and the opportunity to participate in the dribble parade from Pack Square to the Cellular Center. In addition, they will receive free admission to the Men’s Quarterfinal noon session.

SoCon Tournament Asheville·      The SoCon Teddy Bear Toss, Saturday, March 3, at noon. When you make a small donation to Mission Children’s Hospital, you’ll receive one of 1,500 stuffed animals to throw on the court during the Teddy Bear Toss. The bears will be donated to the children’s hospital.

·      The second annual Ingles Jamfest, Sunday, March 4, from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. (after the women’s championship game and before the men’s semifinals). The outdoor tailgate party, outside the Cellular Center, will feature popular local musicians, as well as local food and beverage vendors.

·      Hometown Heroes Night, Monday, March 5, at 9 p.m. The final evening of competition will honor Hometown Heroes, the people and organizations that help keep us safe every day. Members of military, fire, police, emergency and medical services, charitable organizations, and civil service will have the opportunity to attend the men’s championship game at 9 p.m.

·      Hoops Against Hunger, all tournament weekend. Anyone bringing an approved food item to donate will get $5 off a single-session ticket for any session.

For tickets and more information on all the championship weekend events, visit .

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

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For the Perfect Combination of Convenience and Country, Arden Awaits

Lake Julian Arden NC

Living in Arden means enjoying all the peaceful, natural beauty Western North Carolina has to offer – along with close proximity to commercial corridors that provide the ultimate in daily conveniences. From established neighborhoods with rambling ranches to newer communities filled with spacious homes, Arden boasts a variety of real estate choices.

An unincorporated community situated in southern Buncombe County between Skyland and Fletcher, Arden is just 15 minutes south of downtown Asheville and 15 minutes north of Hendersonville. The communities of Mills River and Biltmore Forest are also nearby. Arden’s close proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport makes it easy to catch a flight. The nearby commercial corridor of Hendersonville Road boasts a plethora of restaurants, as well as grocery and department stores.

Schools in Arden are a major draw to the area. Part of the Buncombe County School system, Glen Arden Elementary School has been designated a School of Excellence many times over. Valley Springs Middle, Avery’s Creek Elementary, Koontz Intermediate and TC Roberson High schools also serve the Arden community.

Outdoor Adventures Abound in the Arden Neighborhood

Tubing French Broad River ArdenTo the east of Arden flows the French Broad River, replete with kayaking, canoeing and tubing opportunities. A short drive away is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a hiker’s and mountain biker’s paradise, with miles and miles of trails on which to spend the day.

Also nearby is the North Carolina Arboretum, which offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens,10 miles of trails, and year-round exhibits to enthrall the entire family. A mere 30-minute drive away is Pisgah Forest, perfect for a daytrip getaway to spots like Looking Glass falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

A popular place to spend the afternoon outdoors in Arden is Lake Julian Park, a county park with a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, disc-golf course, rental boats and picnic shelters.

Enjoy Jumps and Hops

Trampoline Park Arden NCWhen the weather’s less than hospitable, residents can get a little indoor exercise at one of the two nearby popular trampoline parks (Launch and Sky Zone).

For a break from the day, or an informative look behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art brewery, Arden residents can zip on over to the sprawling Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in nearby Mills River. The brewery’s taproom and restaurant offer a full menu and 23 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the eatery.

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

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Asheville on Bikes Gears Up for Cycle-Centric Events

Cycling Asheville

Cyclists in Asheville have plenty to enjoy around the city. From Asheville’s bike path infrastructure to its greenways, opportunities to cycle around town are growing. Spearheading the pro-pedal movement is Asheville on Bikes, a non-profit that advocates for better biking and walking infrastructure in the city and the surrounding Western N.C. region. The group celebrates bike culture regularly through group rides, educational programs – and fun special events.

Ready to get the good times rolling? Then join Asheville on Bikes for two of its most popular events, coming in February and March.

Bike Love

Road Bikes AshevilleThe 11th annual Bike Love, presented by New Belgium Brewing, returns to Salvage Station (468 Riverside Dr.) the evening of Saturday, Feb. 24. Bike Love is Asheville on Bikes’ annual signature extravaganza and fundraiser celebrating all things bicycle. Come and score popular gear and dance the night away while supporting Asheville on Bike’s mission. The event features a silent auction, a bicycle raffle, a photo booth, and music from top local artists. An early reception for special ticket holders includes small bites, a free beer and a sneak peak at the auction goodies. DJ Marley Carroll and Siamese Sound Club featuring CaroMia Tiller will be on hand to supply the grooves throughout the night. You can purchase tickets in advance online or at a variety of shops around Asheville. For more information, visit

Bike of the Irish, in Asheville

The 12th annual Bike of the Irish is set for March 2018. Bike of the Irish is Asheville on Bike’s annual spring ride, featuring hundreds of green-bedecked riders and routes that showcase the best of Asheville’s bike infrastructure and greenways. Family-friendly and free to everyone (although donations are appreciated), Bike of the Irish has drawn hundreds every year to cycle along scenic routes including the River Arts District, into Downtown Asheville, and along various greenways before ending in an after-ride celebration at brewery favorites. For more information, visit

Thanks to Asheville on Bikes events like these, as well as the efforts of its members, sponsors and civic partners, Asheville is seeing real change on the ground and in the community in creating a safer cycling-friendly city.

For a personally guided tour of bikeable homes or homes near greenways in Asheville, or for more information on other Asheville real estate, please contact Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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