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Explore These Featured July Listings by Mosaic Realty

Mosaic Realty has some exceptionally beautiful new listings that have hit the market during this first part of July. Here are just a few of our recently listed properties, from a historical home near Downtown Asheville, to a Jade Mountain Builders green build in Montford to a contemporary Biltmore Park beauty.

97 Broad Street Asheville97 Broad Street, Asheville NC

FEATURES • 2018 Griffin Award winning, classic craftsman two-story bungalow • Fully remodeled from the inside out including all new HVAC, windows, plumbing, and electrical • Located on a lovely, tree-lined street in the Annandale neighborhood • Walkable to Taco Temple, Plant Restaurant, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, City Bakery and downtown Asheville • Built in 1908 by C.C. Willis, the one-time owner of the Asheville Fish Market • Spacious covered wraparound porch • Light and bright foyer leads into home • 9’ Ceilings on main level, an open floor plan and many windows provide an abundance of natural light • Natural gas fireplaces in living and dining rooms • Living room has porch access through French doors • Gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops, island, apron sink and stainless steel appliances including a natural gas range • Counter-to-ceiling tiled backsplash with floating wood shelves • Large butler’s pantry with built-in cubbies; laundry room Covered Front Porch is Perfect for Relaxing • Main bedroom had a cozy fireplace and ensuite bathroom • Upstairs porch has been converted into bedroom • Large guest bedroom • Upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and subway tile Wainscoting • Hardwood floors and high-end light fixtures throughout • High-end window treatment and shades throughout • Permitted vacation rental in lower level with separate outside entrance • Lower level includes bedroom, living room, full bath and kitchenette • Rear deck overlooking fenced-in yard perfect for entertaining • Concrete driveway • Mature trees and established landscaping • Stained and polished concrete basement floors

Explore 97 Broad Street here.

114 Hibriten Drive Asheville114 Hibriten Drive, Asheville NC

FEATURES • Walkable to downtown Asheville • Historic Montford on Hibriten Street which hosts historic homes as well as a large number of new GreenBuilt homes by some of Asheville’s top green builders, including JAG Construction and JADE Mountain • Locally harvested walnut trim and bar top on main level • Locally harvested poplar trim on lower and upper levels • White oak, tile, and stained concrete flooring • On-demand water heater • Low-VOC paints • Low-maintenance landscape • Open floor plan from kitchen to dining to living • Chef’s kitchen has cherry cabinets and stainless steel BOSCH appliances, including a gas range • Custom sinks in both upstairs bath and main level half bath • Large windows let in abundant natural light • Mudroom off main entry • Laundry and bonus space for storage or workshop in basement • Basement bedrooms have large windows and lots of natural light • Amazing open staircase leads to upper and lower levels • Live-edge trim on windows and doors • Walk-in shower in upper level bathroom • Shower/tub combo in lower level bathroom • 10-Foot ceilings • AC with gas heat for efficient heating and cooling • Great outdoor living with front porch, fenced yard, and extensive decking • Nestled among the trees

Explore 114 Hibriten Drive here.

35 White Ash Drive35 White Ash Drive Asheville

FEATURES • Gorgeous Arts and Crafts Home in Biltmore Park • In-law suite on the lower level • Recent updates include fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, new plumbing fixtures, and more • Covered front porch with winter mountain views • Cozy sitting area at entry overlooks the neighborhood • Chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large pass-through window, island, and a pantry • Sunny dining area with space for large table • Spacious living room features a stone-surround gas fireplace and oversized windows for great natural light • Primary bedroom on the main level includes a large walk-in closet, new carpet, crown molding/picture railing, and an ensuite bathroom with a dual vanity, walk-in shower, and a soaking tub • 9-Foot ceilings, laundry, and powder room on the main level • Two-car garage on the main level opens to laundry room • Plenty of space upstairs with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a linen closet, and tons of storage • Second-level front bedroom has large walk-in closet and year-round mountain views • Second-level bathroom is Jack-and-Jill style with two sinks, two toilets, and one shared tub/shower • Fully finished basement with separate entrance, two bedrooms, one full bathroom, living room, laundry, and kitchen area • Basement ideal for relatives, guests, or spacious home office • Extraordinary outdoor living with a sunny back deck, private back yard, mature landscaping, and firepit • Beautiful stacked-stone walls and mature trees/perennials highlight the professionally landscaped yard • Walkable/bikeable to Biltmore Park shopping, dining and amenities • Go for a mountain hike from your doorstep with a connection to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail just down the road • Community features include pool, park, playground, walking trails, and wide sidewalks perfect for quiet strolls

Explore 35 White Ash Drive here.

For more information about Asheville area real estate, contact us at info@mymosaicrealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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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.

Read More: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

 

 

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. 

 

 

Explore New Listings by Mosaic Realty the Week of April 27

Asheville Metro Real Estate ActivityDespite the current global health crisis, our local real estate market is seeing good activity. Last week (the week of April 20-April 26), the Asheville Metro Area saw 127 New Listings, 187 Homes Under Contract, and 129 Closings. Continue to follow our weekly real estate activity updates on our Facebook page and our Instagram account, or contact us to get a better picture of what is happening with real estate in our area right now.

In this week's blog post, we would like to highlight a few of our brand new listings that hit the market this week! Find all of our current listings on Our Listings page. There, you can view detailed informational brochures and Virtual Showings that our agents now offer in order to let people get a thorough preview of homes before deciding to tour them in person. 

 

 

 

155 Carroll Avenue

INFO

155 Carroll Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms 2,032

SF • 0.40 Acres MLS #3612201

155 Carroll Avenue AshevilleFEATURES

• Updated 1960s ranch with lower-level studio

• Walkable to downtown

• Spacious kitchen offers plenty of cabinets and lots of countertop area

• Lower-level bathroom updated with beautiful, tiled, walk-in shower

• Huge fully fenced yard

• Large back deck

• Large storage shed

• Wood-burning fireplace in living room

• Private, stone fire pit in back yard

• Mini-splits throughout the home offer efficient, ductless, zoned heating and air conditioning

• Nice, wide driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles

• Hardwood and tile upstairs; carpet downstairs

Learn more about 155 Carroll Avenue here!

49 Tahkieostie Trail

INFO

49 Tahkieostie TrailAsheville, NC 28806

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathrooms

2-Car Garage

2,049 Sq. Ft.

.17 Acres

MLS # 361544

49 Tahkieostie TrailFEATURES

• 2017 Modern cottage with all the bells and whistles!

• Views of the Biltmore Estate property

• Open floor plan and beautiful maple floors

• Hunter Douglas custom window shades throughout the home

• Large living room with lots of natural light and gas log fireplace

• Stone fireplace surround

• 10’ Ceilings on the main level

• Oversized dining area with plenty of room for your large table

• Eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances and oversized kitchen island

• Spacious vaulted master suite with ensuite bathroom featuring a dual master vanity and custom closet system

• Two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs

• Lower level utility room and exercise/workshop space

• Rear deck with completely fenced in backyard

• Year-round views

• Newer concrete driveway

• Two-car garage

Learn more about 49 Tahkieostie Trail here!

14 Davenport Road

INFO

14 Davenport Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

1,549 Square Feet

• 0.15 Acres

MLS #3616396

14 Davenport Road AshevilleFEATURES

• Brand new GreenBuilt Arts and Crafts home by McMaster Builders

• Fantastic location in the heart of West Asheville; a stone’s throw to shopping and dining

• Walkable to West Asheville Park • Short drive or bike ride to downtown Asheville

• Flat lot perfect for playing and entertaining

• Pisgah Range mountain views looking west from the second floor

• Open, flowing floor plan and oversized windows for great light

• Gorgeous hardwood and tile floors throughout the home

• Coat closet at entry, and 9-foot ceilings

• Powder room and laundry room on main level

• Chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pantry, modern fixtures and kitchen island with breakfast bar connects to dining area

• Gas fireplace in living room in living room for a cozy ambiance

• Bright living room adjoins open-slatted stairwell leading to three bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs

• Master on second level features gorgeous hardwood floors, tray ceiling, a walk-in closet, a second closet and ensuite full bathroom that includes granite countertops and a tiled shower

• Second full bathroom upstairs with quartz countertops, a tiled shower, and a linen closet

• Extra storage under stairs on main level • Outdoor living with covered front porch and sunny back deck

Learn more about 14 Davenport Road here!

For a complete display of our newest listings this week, visit our saved search, Our Listings at MyMosaicRealty.com, where you can view virtual showings of these homes and detailed brochures.

 

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.

 

Mosaic Safely Adjusts to Meet Real Estate Needs During ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe' Mandate

Updated April 9th, 2020

As Asheville and Buncombe County adjust to the mandated “Stay Safe, Stay Home” local order (updated April 9), you may be wondering how to (or even if) you can successfully navigate the real estate market as a buyer or seller. Mosaic Realty has quickly calibrated operations to conform to the changing climate, for the safety of our clients, our agents and our community, while at the same time continuing to make the experience as smooth and successful as possible. Here’s what you can expect when working with us:

We will be asking all buyers and sellers to read and sign the COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure. Please review this document to read about the best practices we will adhere to and buyer and seller commitments.

Virtual Showing AshevilleIf you’re in the market to buy a property in Asheville:

  • Your Mosaic agent will continue to send you listings as usual, and you can let them know which ones pique your interest.
  • After letting your agent know which properties you’d like to “see,” he or she will send you any video walkthroughs that aren’t attached to the listing (agents are still working to get these done for all area properties) of those properties, along with floor plans and any other pertinent info that will help you to best experience the properties.
  • You can do a drive-by of homes you are interested in.
  • Virtual showings will be used whenever possible and can happen with livestream services such as Zoom and Face Time.
  • Real estate in Asheville has now been deemed an essential service, so we can now do in-person showings and will make every effort to adhere to CDC best practices to keep our clients, sellers and ourselves safe. For more details, see our  COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure.
  • If you are more comfortable with "touring" from afar, virtual showings can happen via Zoom/Face Time live-stream videos.  These are either given by the seller or the listing agent when the seller can't provide the walkthrough.
  • Once you have a property under contract, you can come inside during the inspection.

Asheville Virtual Real EstateWhat you should expect once a deal is in place:

  • Once you are under contract, we can get a home inspector in to do a general home inspection of the property, radon test and the like. Inspectors are asking that they be unaccompanied, but they can do a video call walkthrough to point out concerns with you and your agent once they are done.
  • Mosaic can execute all contract elements electronically, including signatures.
  • Your loan will most likely take longer to process; we will speak to your lender for definitive information on this.
  • It is advisable to ask for an extended due diligence period to accommodate the longer loan-processing time (length of due diligence will be primarily driven by what your lender says). A longer DD period will also allow for the possibility that the situation may improve enough to let you view the home in person before the expiration of DD or, at least, before closing.

Virtual Real Estate AshevilleIf you’re in the market to sell your Asheville property:

  • A Mosaic agent can list your property now and visit it in person, but will ask that you leave the home during the visit. You and your agent can have a conversation about the house outside of the home.
  • In-person showings to buyers or buyers’ agents can now happen, and we will make every effort to help you minimize viral exposure in your home should you decide to allow in-person showings.
  • Once you have a signed listing contract with Mosaic, your agent can have a photographer, videographer and floor plan/measuring consultant come to the property and take photos, record a video walkthrough, and create a floor plan of the property to market it in the MLS. You will be asked to leave the house while those service providers are inside.
  • Buyers' agents can do in-person showings or they may show the property to their clients via listing agent-provided video walkthroughs, photos and floor plans.
  • If you are technically proficient, you may be asked to provide a live video walkthrough for serious buyers and their agents.
  • Once we receive an offer, Mosaic will negotiate and execute contracts just as we always have, via email, phone calls and electronic signatures.
  • Once the property is under contract, the buyer can come inside the home during the inspection.
  • Mosaic will make every effort to curb viral exposure within your home, including those outlined in our COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure. These efforts will include: leaving all lights on and interior doors open, so there’s no need for unnecessary handling of knobs and switches; and placing small notes around your home reminding visitors not to touch surfaces unnecessarily.

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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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