Asheville Real Estate Trends

JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

Brand New Gorgeous Energy Star Home

There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

“Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at

3 Reasons to Spring into Action and List Your House Now

Spring Home Sales

If you have been considering selling your home in the near future, there are many benefits to acting now to list this spring.  Discover 3 reasons here.

1.  Great Marketing Photos Sell Homes

Marketing Photos Sell HomesRemember that old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words?  Home shoppers make initial decisions on whether to schedule an appointment to see a home based largely on the visual presentation of the home in marketing photos and video.

Undoubtedly, homes show better in the warmer months.  Trees and grass are a vibrant green, flowers splash the landscape with color and blue skies are more frequent. Additionally, outdoor living spaces are more easily highlighted in the professional photography.

2.  Timing Your Listing to Get the Most Potential Buyers

Downtown AshevilleBy early March, home shoppers with families are starting to think ahead to being settled before the fall school season begins, and they know that the lengthy process requires getting a jump start on the process.  Inevitably, with the warm weather, they begin to emerge onto the home hunting scene.  The season has a back end time limit as well.  When the holiday season begins in November, buyers tend to turn their attention away from house hunting to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Another reason to consider putting your home on the market in the spring is to take advantage of the busy tourist season.  People often take vacations in the warmer months and may travel to your location.  Tourists frequently fall in love with their vacation destination and may reach out to real estate agents to begin the home search process while in town.

3.  Get a Higher Selling Price

InvestmentBecause the real estate world is very seasonal in terms of when people are out searching for properties, homes that sell in the warm weather months often fetch higher prices than homes that sell in the cooler months.  This may seem counter-intuitive, since more homes hit the market in warmer months and there should be more supply. However, with the influx of buyers in spring and summer, the supply of homes on the market actually gets tighter, driving prices up.

Who doesn’t love the prospect of getting more return on investment for their home?  So, don't wait to list, contact us today!

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

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5 Advantages to Using a Boutique Real Estate Firm in Asheville

Boutique Asheville

Boutique real estate firms are analogous to a boutique clothing store: you get localized knowledge, great customer service, the teamwork of the whole organization, commitment to community and quality over quantity.  Think Minx Boutique in downtown Asheville versus a department store in the mall.  The experience is unparalleled!

Here we highlight how working with a boutique real estate firm such as Mosaic Realty makes for an efficient and pleasant real estate experience.

Localized Knowledge

AshevilleWhen you decide to buy or sell in a certain area, choosing a real estate firm that specializes in the area in which you are interested is of utmost importance.  Rather than work with a behemoth company that spreads it's agency over a multi-county area, choose a firm with specialized knowledge of the market and neighborhoods in which you are interested.  

Incredible Customer Service

When you walk into a department store, there is not a design specialist there to help you hand-select items that are a great fit for you.  In a boutique company however, the customer service is accessible, tailored, and responsive.  

From the moment that a client calls a boutique real estate firm, the staff and agents are listening to his or her needs.  The result of this listening is to pair you with an agent that will be the best fit for your real estate goals.  But it does not stop there.  From listing your home or touring neighborhoods all the way to the close of the deal, your agent and the staff will keep you top of mind.

Quality Over Quantity

Real EstateBoutique real estate agencies tend to select already successful agents rather than entry level brokers since they have a limited number of openings.  Their level of expertise, efficiency and professionalism is of the highest quality.  The measure of success that many boutique firms is looking for is productive, professional agents and happy customers as opposed to size of the firm.

The Teamwork of the Whole Office

In a large real estate company, there are many automated processes where you get put in the pipeline and passed through many hands. By contrast, your agent at a boutique real estate firm will be there to walk with you every step of the way.  The synergy and collaboration of the small but tightly knit team means that each listed property is given a team approach.

Commitment to Community

Asheville BoutiqueYour community is also the community of the boutique firm.  The agents and business owners live and work in this area, and their business only does well if the health of the community is strong.  They will be committed to fostering a community that is economically vital, welcoming and socially sound.   This often results in strong volunteer and donation programs within these boutique firms.  Supporting a business that gives back is always satisfactory!

For information on how we can help you with real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Exquisite Mediterranean-Style Home in the Kenilworth Neighborhood of Asheville

Exquisite Mediterranean- Style Home in Kenilworth

11 Digges Road, Asheville, NC 28805


2,209 Square Feet, 1.01 Acres

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Built in 2004   

MLS# 3224525



Peaceful SettingExquisite one-story home in the popular Kenilworth neighborhood

Beautiful postcard-like setting on an acre at the end of a quiet road

Walkable community with sidewalks to Kenilworth Lake and Park

Traditional Mediterranean architectural design include private courtyards, old-world plaster walls and arched doorways

Hand-sculpted oak posts and trim milled from trees on the property— in the living room, dining room and kitchen

Crème de la crème of heating systems with radiant-heated Italian tile floors

On-demand gas furnace for the radiant floor heating system

Exterior features include a terracotta tile roof, stucco walls, arched portico and private courtyards

Welcoming entrance with antique ornamental lamp posts, enormous clay urns, iron lantern and recessed sculpture alcove

Open, flowing floor plan with fantastic daylighting from a multitude of Anderson aluminum-clad windows

Great Room - Cathedral Ceiling - Exposed RafterSophisticated recessed lighting and Art Deco iron accent lighting

Inviting great room with cathedral ceiling and exposed rafters-15.7 feet at the peak

Coat closet in great room

Great room opens to central dining area surrounded by large gourmet kitchen

Enormous custom oak dining table harvested from trees on the property

French Doors off of living area lead to main courtyard, perfect for al fresco dining

Iron Art Deco chandelier

Splendid kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 5-burner Dacor gas range and hood, and electric oven and warming drawer

Corian countertops and custom tile backsplash

Enormous Custom Oak Dining TableCustom quarter-sawn oak kitchen cabinets in chestnut stain

Split bedroom plan ensures privacy for owners and guests

Master bedroom wing includes a study with built-in Schuler double desk

Gas fireplace with stone surround, site-harvested oak mantel and custom-tiled overmantel

Master suite hallway features arched doorways and recessed sculpture alcove

Picture rail molding and iron window hardware

Large walk-in closet with custom shoe storage

French Doors from master open to a private courtyard with gas outdoor fireplace and mature tulip tree

Master bathroom has two quarter-sawn oak vanities with Corian counter tops

Great Room Opens to Central CourtyardInternational Bath Corporation jetted tub and walk-in shower

Make-up/dressing area and custom tile backsplash

Light-filled hallway with recessed nook leads to guest quarters

2 guest bedrooms have ceiling fans, ceramic tile floors, picture rail trim for artwork and large locking oak armoires for closet storage

Guest bath has pedestal sink, walk-in shower, built-ins shelves, and glazed ceramic subway tile backsplash

Laundry room off of kitchen utility sink in custom tile vanity

Courtyard is landscaped with crape myrtles and a mature camelia

Stained concrete floor and large concrete planters

Large tile top dining table with umbrella and iron chairs will convey

Landscaped Central Courtyard - Al Fresco DiningTwo wooden garden gates for yard access from courtyard

Double covered carport with a work bench, and dogtrot to kitchen entrance

High thermal mass house with no cooling needed by previous owner

Heavily-insulated walls with plaster inside

Electrical backup system - generator will convey

Newer EPM roof on flat section, replaced in 2009

Dry-stacked stone garden terraces, garden arbor, and serene wooded view

Great spaces for raised garden beds with organic soil amendments

Mature fig and apple trees

4 miles to shopping, dining and entertainment in DowntownAsheville and Biltmore Village

Close Proximity to the hospital, Whole Foods Market and Interstate


Pergola with Grape Vine TrellisDriving/ Biking Directions: From Biltmore Avenue, turn onto Caledonia.  Turn right onto Forest Hill Drive. Turn left onto Kenilworth Road.  Turn left onto Digges Road. 11 Digges Road is on your right.

For information about this listing, or other properties in Asheville, email Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828)-337-8190.

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111 Robinhood Road: A Sustainable North Asheville Home with Huge Mountain Views

111 Robinhood Asheville NC Home tour from Mosaic Realty on Vimeo.


111 Robinhood Road, Asheville, NC 28804


3509 Square Feet, 0.46 Acres

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms

Built in 1987    MLS# 3227282

Elegant North Asheville ContemporaryNorth Asheville contemporary with breathtaking downtown views offers a sustainable luxury home for the sophisticated consumer. From the handmade Mahogany front door to the exquisite gourmet kitchen, this home leaves nothing wanting. Custom cherry and maple built-ins, artist fabricated ironwork, master masonry stonework, lovely landscaping and vast ipe deck. Rebuilt from the studs, this home was recreated by skilled craftsmen, artists, designers and efficiency experts. See brochure for details.


Entryway features custom fabricated ironwork by Portable

Welding Service

Stunning slate and granite stone work by Marc Archambault of

Hammerhead Stoneworks

Landscape architecture by Tony Hauser of Ambient Design

Accent exterior landscape lighting

Replaced driveway with new engineered retaining wall and

driveway ($100,000)

Whole house generator


Zephyr Hood. Wolf Induction CooktopKitchen design by Susan Mimken

Exquisite granite countertops by Rock Star Granite and Marble

Pastry island with marble countertop

Wood-Mode fine custom maple cabinetry with dovetail and soft
close features

Custom cabinets with built-in cutting board and knife drawer

Wolf induction and gas cooktops

Zephyr kitchen range hood

Miele dishwasher, steam, and convection ovens

KitchenAid refrigerator, bar refrigerator

Dornbracht faucet, separate bar sink

Johnsonite rubber floors are soft on the feet

Walk-in pantry


Open Living Room. Built-In Shelving.Breathtaking mountain and city views

Wall of west-facing windows

Hidden coat closet with door blending into custom paneling in the foyer

Gorgeous maple and cherry paneling

Conrad custom motorized blinds with hand woven raffia in living room and dining

Trey ceiling in living area

Whole-house sound system

Accent LED lighting embedded into cabinetry

Opens to spacious Ipe wood deck


Spacious Dining Room.Handmade, elegant contemporary maple and Anigre paneling

Modern built-ins with stainless steel accent bands made by
Jessie Jozwiak of True to Form

Sophisticated and stylish lighting package


Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Closets by More Space Place®

American Clay Paint

Built in cherry desk

Beautiful garden view


Handmade glass bowl and matching vanity mirror from New


Custom tile


Master Bedroom. Incredible City and Mountain ViewsBreathtaking downtown and mountain views

Trey ceiling

Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Grasscloth wallpaper

Custom closet by More Space Place®

Electric heated floor in master bath

Steam shower with custom tile

Toto Neorest toilet

Dual vanity with marble counter plus sit-down makeup area

Linen closet in master bath



En Suite Bathroom with Soaking Tub. Custom Tile Vanity.Serene garden view

Wool carpet (hypo-allergenic)

Beautiful natural light

Closet by More Space Place®

En-suite bathroom with soaking tub

Custom vanity and tile in bathroom


Wood-Mode cabinets for plenty of storage

Corian counters

Johnsonite rubber floors are soft on the feet


Lower Level Great Room. Separate EntranceHuge great room or third bedroom

Cork flooring

Built in murphy bed by More Space Place®

Great natural light with lots of windows

Corian counters and ample cabinetry for hobbyists

Full bathroom on lower level

Separate entrance

952 square feet in basement ready to be finished for easy expansion


Entertain on the Spacious Ipe DeckSpacious Ipe wood deckfor tranquil rest or first class entertaining

Breathtaking downtown Asheville and long-range mountain

Stainless steel railing by Marc Archambault

Retractable electric awning


Home deconstructed to the studs and completely rebuilt —

inside and out •

Replaced electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, exterior walls,

interior walls, deck and more

Landscape Architecture by Ambient DesignLoewen aluminum clad windows

50 year architectural shingle roof

Hardiplank cement board siding

Advantech subfloor and sheathing

High efficiency Bryant heat pump with gas furnace back up

HVAC system zoned with three active zones (master bedroom,
main area and lower level) and capacity for more zones

Whole house humidifier on HVAC system

Aquasana whole-house water filter

Sealed and conditioned crawl space by Home Energy Partners

Foundation sealed for water protection during renovation

Spray foam insulation in walls (Iceyene), floors and ceiling by

Home Energy Partners

Triple pane windows on East and South sides, North and West

sides double pane

Tankless gas hot water heater with recirculating pump

Half round gutters with leaf guard


Located just 5 miles north of downtown Asheville, known for its fine dining, craft beverages, galleries and performing arts

Proximity to the Country Club of Asheville’s golf, pool, tennis and social facilities

Convenient access to walking trails at Beaver Lake and hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Driving/ Biking Directions:

Breathtaking Mountain and City Views.From Downtown Asheville, take Merrimon Avenue north and turn right on Beaverdam Road. Turn left on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway. Left on Robinhood Road. 111 Robinhood Road is on the left.

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

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Featured Green Home near Asheville: 123 Ivey Baptist Road

Green Home Near Asheville

A gorgeous property has just hit the market, and the icing on the cake is that it is a highly desirable NC Healthy Built home!  

Incredible Custom Mountain Retreat Near Asheville

  • Front DoorNestled in the mountains with gorgeous views
  • Minutes to Weaverville’s shopping and restaurants
  • Just 25 minutes to downtown Asheville
  • Close to hiking, mountain biking, Navitat Ziplines, and Big Ivy Historical Park
  • NC Healthy Built home
  • Handcrafted artisan details throughout home
  • Huge covered front porch features a gas-assisted fireplace, rock surround and chimney, handcrafted wood mantel, and built-in seating area
  • Gorgeous handmade artisan door welcomes you
  • Open floor plan creates a mountain lodge feel
  • Locally-sourced walnut floors, breakfast bar, and trim
  • Site-sourced pine woodwork throughout

Chefs Kitchen
Healthy Built Features

Certified Gold v4 NC Healthy Built home

Solar hot water and geothermal systems in place for future installation

Radiant heat floors in lower & main levels

Marvin Ultimate doors and windows

Central vacuum

Whole-house energy recovery ventilator 

Icynene insulation

Hardwood siding

Back-up generator w separate electric panel

Pond acts as a rain catchment system

Locally-sourced wood throughout

View brochure for more information and photos


Master BedroomFor more information:

Trip Howell

Direct: 828-450-4792



See The Historic Montford Asheville North Carolina Video

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Historic Montford in Asheville, North Carolina


The charming neighborhood of Montford, located within walking distance to Downtown, Asheville is filled with beautiful historic homes, parks, and history. Montford's established restaurants such as Nine Mile, Tod's Tasties, and Chiesa are soothing to the palate.  With it's quaint bed & breakfasts and historical elegance, Montford has become a prominent neighborhood in Asheville. Single family homes adorn the brick-sidewalk streets, convenient access to Reed Creek Greenway, and location to the Interstate, make it a desirable area to live. 


View Mosaic Realty's Historic Montford Neighborhood Video here:

Historic Montford Neighborhood Tour from Mosaic Realty on Vimeo.


What Is a Buyer's Agent and Why Do You Need One?

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Buyer's AgentIt’s no secret that the real estate industry has evolved in numerous ways over the last decade.   Smart phones, apps, and a variety of internet sites are taking the market by storm, and many looking to buy a home have unprecedented access to property information at their fingertips, without depending on a real estate agent.

There is one problem with this, many of these sites are outdated. Information that is said to be current is actually not, and misleading many homebuyers looking to buy in Ashevile. Our office receives many calls to ask about a certain properties found on Zillow or other sites, and more often than not, the property has already sold and is no longer available. 

The internet is a good resource to get familiar and get started, however have a good buyer’s agent is key to finding the right Asheville home. What is a buyer’s agent? A buyer’s agent is there to protect the home buyers interest — tasks that reach far beyond the property search function.  Here is a condensed list of the essential tasks that should be handled by a qualified buyer’s agent:


  • Walk you through the buying process, at no cost to you. They will be able to be the giver of advice, schedule appointments, explain to you about neighborhoods and properties. They will negotiate on your behalf and write up contracts for you.
  • Educate buyer’s on current market conditions
  • Research homes in the area and sort through active listings to make suggestions after cross-referencing buyer’s needs (i.e. Which homes are located in areas that have retained home values? Which homes are located inside good school districts? Lower taxed areas? Easy work commutes? etc.)
  • Help buyers achieve their lifestyle needs with a different set of features than originally anticipated (this is particularly useful when dealing with financial constraints)
  • Aid buyers in narrowing their search until they have identified their top choices
  • Handle the ins and outs of the negotiation process including the preparation of all necessary forms when making an offer and/or counteroffer
  • Provide oversight and follow up for any inspections deemed necessary
  • Counsel buyers on how to handle any repairs needed on the property
  • Be present at closing to ensure that all the buyer’s interests are protected


Buyer’s agents are no longer the gatekeepers of property information, but understanding, evaluating, and presenting that property information to home buyers remains an integral part of an agent’s job.  If done properly, everyone benefits; if ignored or executed inadequately, everyone suffers.


Search for an Asheville buyer’s agent now. 

Source: | Forbes | North Carolina Association of REALTORS®

Buying Your First Asheville Home

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Asheville First Time Home BuyerAre you ready to buy your first Asheville home? What you need to know before you buy.


A Financial Review - Do you have your budget in order and know where your monthly mortgage payments need to be? Keep in mind additional home ownership costs, such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance. 


Check Your Credit. It is important to know the shape of your credit, and what you will qualify for if you are getting a home loan. If you have lots of late payments, have declared bankruptcy or left old debts unpaid, it's harder to get a mortgage. And if you do get one, your bad credit record will make you pay a much higher interest rate.


Discuss Likes & Dislikes.  When you start looking at homes, it will be important to know what you can't live without and what is a want more than a need. Having an understanding prior to your search, will assist in keeping the emotions out of the decisions. 


A REALTOR® on your side. You want to work with an Asheville real estate professional that understands your needs and understands real estate laws. Your agent will help guide you through the home buying process. 


Don't Skimp On A Home Inspection. Home inspectors look past the visible surface to the infrastructure, inspecting plumbing and looking for faulty fixtures and waste lines. They check electrical systems to make sure they aren't overloaded or a safety hazard.  Their job will protect your hard earned money by discovering problems or potential problems before you buy. Inspectors will also look at possible structural problems like the foundation, walls and floor joists.


17 Falll Home Maintenance Tips

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17 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

With sightings of red and yellow leaves adorning downtown trees, fall is on the way here in Asheville, North Carolina. September and October are some of the most beautiful months in Western North Carolina. With the intoxicating weather and many outdoor festivals to enjoy, we often forget to do some fall home maintenance heading into winter. Here is a reminder checklist to prepare your Asheville home for winter’s worst. 


  1. Clean your gutters 
  2. Inspect your roof for damage or leaks 
  3. Seal cracks around doors and windows (Consider caulking all windows)
  4. Get your furnace serviced
  5. Change your air filters
  6. Prune your plants 
  7. Look up chimney for blockages
  8. Direct drainage away from your house to avoid leaks or flooding 
  9. Drain and turn off sprinkler system
  10. Clean Your Yard Equipment (Don’t forget drain fuel from mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws)
  11. Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets when freezing temperatures arrive
  12. Check foundation for cracks
  13. Check for peeling paint
  14. Ready the Fireplace
  15. Reverse the Ceiling Fan (It creates an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling)
  16. Cover Air Conditioners
  17. Prepare deck and outdoor furniture for winter.