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Nestled in Natural Beauty, Black Mountain's Big on Small-Town Appeal

Black Mountain Homes and Neighborhoods

Collaborative Post by Mosaic Realty agent Megan Shook and Mosaic blog writer Christie Kafka

The charming town of Black Mountain, nestled 15 miles east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is an arts and crafts, furniture and music mecca, boasting year-round appeal for full-time residents and second-home owners alike. Formerly home to the renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain offers an array of restaurants, specialty shops and breweries, as well as enviable access to lakes, waterfalls and hiking trails.

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Dubbed “The Little Town That Rocks” thanks to the rocking chairs that line its picturesque streets, Black Mountain (population 7,500) was recently voted "Best Small Town in Western North Carolina," and it’s easy to see why. Black Mountain offers walkability with a central town square filled with a range of businesses. Gift shops, galleries, bed & breakfasts and antique stores populate the area.

For the outdoors and nature enthusiast, Black Mountain can’t be beat: walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping, trout fishing, lakes and waterfalls dot the town and surrounding areas.Hiking options offer a challenge for any skill level, from short and easy (Lookout Point) to more strenuous (Seven Sisters mountain range).

Lake Tomahawk is close to the town center and offers a gravel walking path, playground and public community pool. Black Mountain also has its own popular 18-hole municipal golf course surrounded by enticing neighborhoods close to the town center. Nearby Montreat offers hiking trails, Fourth of July festivities, athletic events, and concerts at the college.

Megan Shook Black Mountain RealtorFind your mountain retreat

If you're looking to spread out further, Highway 9 offers miles and miles of mountain privacy stretching to Lake Lure and Gerton. Numerous neighborhoods are tucked away off of Highway 9, including several gated communities ideal for a second-home getaway. The Straightaway Cafe is its own hidden gem for Highway 9 residents and passersby alike, offering family-friendly music five nights a week.

Homes in Black Mountain are as varied as the town itself. From rambling ranches close to the town center, to expansive homesteads surrounded by peaceful acres of evergreens, to compact modern builds with mountain vistas perfect for a vacation home – Black Mountain offers buyers a range of properties as close to, or as far from, commercial hubs as they want to be.

For more information about real estate in Black Mountain, please contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agent Megan Shook at Megan@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call her anytime at 828-450-6797. 

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It's Time to Spring Into Seasonal Home Maintenance

Spring Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

After winter’s chilly rains, ice and snow, you’re probably more than ready for spring to arrive. But is your home? Gearing up for the coming spring in Asheville requires some simple yet important home maintenance steps; by performing these tasks, you can ensure that your property’s seasonal transition will be smooth sailing.

Home Maintenance Tips SpringClean gutters

Removing all of the leaves and other debris that have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts over the winter months is an important early step. Doing so helps to prevent damage from spring rains, protects wood trim from rot, and diverts rain properly so water doesn’t collect around your foundation.

Reseal exterior wood

Decks, fences, railings and other outdoor woodwork benefit from a stain and seal every year or so, especially ahead of the heavier use warm weather will bring. Doing so will ensure that the woodwork lasts longer and stays in better condition.

Inspect roofs, driveways and paths

The freezing and thawing that comes with wintry weather can take a toll on the concrete and other hardscaping materials on your property. Closely examine walkways, paths, roofs and driveways for cracks, holes and other damage, and patch before the problem grows too large. Extremely damaged concrete may need to be replaced completely.

Spring Yard MaintenanceCheck sprinklers and clean/set up rain barrels

Spring is the ideal time to check irrigations systems; doing so can save water and money. Make sure heads haven’t been damaged, and adjust any that are errantly spraying. If you use a rain barrel to collect rain for watering your yard, it’s important to clear out sediment and organic debris that accumulate at the bottom of the barrel, and set it up properly in preparation for Asheville’s spring showers.

Prevent mosquitoes

The warmer temperatures and increase in humidity mean a more hospitable environment for mosquitoes. Don’t let them set up shop in your yard: The key is getting rid of standing water around your property (and for neighbors to do the same!). Look for places where water stands, and remedy or maintain those spots.

Keep your cool

Spring is the time to schedule air-conditioning service. Doing so will not only ensure the most efficient use of the system, but will extend its life. Make sure to clean or replace HVAC filters. And if you have ceiling fans, don’t forget to give them a good wipe-down to eliminate the dust and particles that accumulate on top of the blades.

Get your garden going

Asheville’s last frost typically occurs in early to mid-April; ahead of that, pull up weeds, trim and clear dead twigs and brush, and plan out which plants you’d like to add to your yard. After the last frost, find flowering plants that thrive in early spring to bring brightness to your garden; seed any patchy lawn spots to take advantage of the moisture our April showers will bring; and mulch around trees and any perennials that have started popping up.

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

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Selling Your Home? Early Prep Promises Less Stress

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Spring’s warm weather invariably beckons buyers, making it a prime time to list your Asheville home. However, that same motivation also inspires other sellers to crowd the market. While it may seem overwhelming to stay ahead of the flurry, taking early steps to prepare for a sale will ensure less stress when your home hits the market. Here are some ways to get a leg up from the outset.

De-Clutter Before Selling Your Home

This may seem like an obvious first step, but sellers are often unsure of how thoroughly they should pare down their presentation. Start with those stacks of books and papers, unnecessary items crowding your kitchen and bathroom counters, shelves piled high with knickknacks, clothes cluttering the closets, and the like. Art is fine, but put away family and personal photos – you want potential buyers to see themselves, not you, in the home. Streamline furnishings and keep hallways and paths free of any objects that can impede the flow of the home.

Staged Bedroom for SalePinpoint and Eliminate Small Flaws

Turn a critical eye to your home and you’re sure to uncover little flaws long overlooked. 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 are an easy early 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. And don’t neglect simple improvements to your exterior: 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. Small improvements can pay off in a big way.

Boost Curb Appeal

Landscaping is an economical way to improve a buyer’s first impressions. And during the spring, it’s easy to surround your home in the season’s glorious green and vibrant color to boost appeal. Adding sod, small bushes, or a focal point like a stone walkway can enhance your home immensely. If you don’t have the funds for a full exterior paint job, coat the front door in a fresh color that complements the exterior but provides just the right pop to make your home stand out.

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Presenting your home as the star of the show is one of the easiest things you can do to up the appeal. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty understands this, which is why Mosaic agents are equipped to give your home an aesthetic overhaul. Whether the undertaking is large or small, staging can offer a clean slate, free of distractions. Some ways you can easily begin the staging process:

·     Neutralize wall colors to provide a calm backdrop on which to create inviting rooms

·     Increase lighting, open blinds, clean windows – generally present an open, bright air about your home

·     Create furniture arrangements that are “conversational”: couches that face one another and aren’t pointed at a TV

·     Make small spaces appear larger with things like mirrors, pedestal sinks and “airy” furnishings: If you can, replace that giant sectional with a polished sofa, or a heavy hutch with understated shelves

·     Never leave a room empty; instead, turn it into a guest room, craft room or office

If spring has inspired you to sell, and you want 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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Mosaic Realty Invites You to a 6-Home Spring Release at Craggy Park

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Explore West Asheville’s Premier Green-Building Community

Craggy Park, located in the heart of eclectic West Asheville, N.C., is a sustainable urban community featuring 45 Energy Star homes nestled amid streamside trails, organic gardens and community gathering spaces in a park-like setting. Closely connected to the vibrant Haywood Road business district by a greenway trail and a short stroll up Dunwell Avenue, Craggy Park features homes that blend modern with Arts and Crafts elements, crafted with a “smart and sustainable design” philosophy. The community park on Fox Creek and adjacent urban woodland conservation area make it easy to stay connected to nature in your very own backyard.

Custom designed by W2 Architects and built by the craftsmen at JAG Construction, Craggy Park’s beautiful state-of-the-art green homes provide plans suited to every lifestyle. The homes – each certified by GreenBuilt North Carolina, a voluntary, statewide green building program – are designed for easy maintenance, leaving lots of free time to enjoy everything Asheville has to offer.

The Park

Craggy Park’s design philosophy of clustering homes and providing ample common space allows for a relaxing outdoor-centric community. Our park includes a nature trail with benches, a lawn by the stream, two little free libraries, a tree house, an over-sized double swing, organic gardens, a fire pit, a picnic area with a community grill and herb spiral gardens.

What Makes Craggy Park So Green?

Craggy Park’s walkable and bikeable urban infill location optimizes use of existing infrastructure and minimizes the development’s environmental impact. A clustered-home site design preserves green space, existing trees, and nearby habitats, and native, drought-tolerant and edible landscaping provides a habitat for local flora and fauna.

From re-use of bricks from a former on-site home, to milling of trees taken down during grading for lumber, the construction process also boasts minimal environmental impact. Preservation and re-use of topsoil during grading; construction waste management and recycling; and effective stormwater run-off controls throughout construction keep things green from the start.

And then there are the homes: Energy Star and GreenBuilt-certified; a high-efficiency mechanical design; third-party blower door and duct-blaster tested homes; low and no-VOC materials and finishes for optimal indoor air quality; Energy Star appliances and lighting; day-lighting techniques for great natural light; low-flow plumbing fixtures; durable material use (30-year roof, 50-year siding); and 6" walls and formaldehyde-free insulation are just some of the many green features of each Craggy Park home.

New-Homes Event

If the Craggy Park lifestyle appeals to you, mark your calendar for an exciting event March 9 and 10, from 1-5 p.m. That’s when six new homes will be unveiled as part of Craggy Park’s Spring Release. You can tour a completed home, as well as see homes under construction. Acting early means you can even select your finishes on some models.

Directions

If using GPS, you can get to Craggy Park by entering Mauricet Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

From Haywood Road, head north on Louisiana Avenue and Craggy Park will be half a mile down Louisiana Avenue on the left.

From Patton Avenue, head south on Louisiana Avenue and the Craggy Park entrance will be .2 mile on the right.

There is a sign for Craggy Park, and the entrance road is labeled Mauricet Lane.

Contact Us

For more information about Craggy Park, available homes, and home designs, visit www.craggypark.com, or contact broker Mike Figura at 828.337.8190 or at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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Pinpoint Your Perfect Asheville Home With Mosaic Realty's Advanced Search Feature

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A boutique real estate agency born and built in the heart of Asheville, N.C., Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s intimate size and deep local roots offer the ideal mix of knowledge and personalized service that consistently places us among the top firms for sales per agent in the area. Part of Mosaic’s success as an Asheville agency is its ability to precisely pinpoint properties to match a range of parameters, digging deep to help you find the perfect fit.

To that end, Mosaic offers an advanced search feature on its website. This feature works to your benefit by implementing focused criteria so you can see each and every property available – in exactly the style, size and location you want it. Following are a few ways Mosaic’s advanced feature expertly streamlines your home search in Asheville.

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Your property needs may go beyond a traditional home: Maybe you’re looking for land on which to build, a multifamily dwelling for investment, or even a bed and breakfast. Mosaic’s advanced search feature allows you to select specific property types and even subtypes, like pre-construction, residential auction or equity ownership.

Most general search features allow buyers to plug in for the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, but Mosaic goes beyond this to allow you to set such varied parameters as minimum and maximum square footage, acreage and number of exterior spaces. Doing so allows for laser-focused finds, saving you time and energy in your Asheville home search.

Search Asheville Homes for SaleTown, Street and Year-Built Searches

Maybe one of the smaller towns bordering Asheville has struck your fancy, or you have a particular street in or around the Asheville area that appeals to you: Mosaic’s advanced search feature allows you to take your search beyond city limits, to towns like Enka, Brevard, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, Waynesville and many others. Or you can type in a specific street name to see if any properties at that address have hit the market.

If you’re looking for a mid-century stunner, or you see yourself in a modern mountain home, Mosaic can help narrow your search. Simply enter the “Year Built After” or “Year Built Before” to turn up properties that fit your preference.

To see more ways you can refine your Asheville home search, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/real-estate/search/. For more information on the homes your find, or for a personally guided tour of neighborhoods and available properties in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Green Thinking Takes Center Stage in Today's Interior Design

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Planning your dream home in Asheville? Whether you’re starting fresh in a new space, or seeking to update your current home’s decor, trends in interior design are coming into focus this year, with an emphasis on “green” – in more ways than one.

With environmentally conscious construction gaining ground in Asheville, home interior designs are reflecting the movement, incorporating recycled, reclaimed and found materials into the design. Drawing inspiration from Asheville’s naturally stunning surroundings, interior designers are bringing green, airy elements of the outdoors in. Of course, the kitchen continues to be a design focal point, especially in this food-centric city. Following, a few ways to take advantage of today’s trends and give your home’s interior a fresh face:

Home Design Trends AshevilleEnvironmentally Green Design

Sustainability is an across-the-board trend that doesn’t stop at the front door. Finding furnishings that boast durable or recycled materials means less waste: Think a coffee table crafted from reclaimed wood, or a set of eco-chic chairs made from recycled materials. Peruse one of Asheville’s many flea and antique markets for just the right found-object-turned-focal-point. Bare wood surfaces favoring oak trees are a popular choice, and the area’s plentiful growth makes such wood easy to source locally to create a custom countertop.

Naturally Inclined

Bringing the outdoors in has become one of the best interior design trends for 2019. In Asheville, it’s particularly popular for a home’s interior to reflect the city’s airy, Blue Ridge backdrop. This trend can take the form of natural wood and stone materials incorporated into bathrooms, kitchens, even walls.

Also finding fans in 2019 is the color green, with such elements as cabinetry, furnishings and walls taking on the tint. Go for a hunter shade for a fresh take on kitchen cabinets, or accent a living room wall with emerald. For a less dramatic take on the trend, incorporate moss-hued throw pillows or a pine-colored shag rug to make your living space pop.

A nod to nature can be as simple as adding a little living greenery – in the form of easy-care succulents, fast-growing vines and statement potted trees that supply earthy texture. Another plant perk: Those leaves help to purify the air, for fresher, healthier breathing.

Home Design Trends in AshevilleThe Communal Kitchen

The kitchen continues to be the epicenter of the home, fueled not only by Asheville’s food-centric mentality, but by the supply of and ease with which fresh, locally grown produce and meat can be obtained. However, kitchens go beyond cooking: Trends toward making the kitchen a multipurpose yet open area mean communal elements are a must. Consider a kitchen island, or a peninsula, lined with low-profile stools and enough openness to allow family and guests the option to perch or to circulate. Another trend in line with the more relaxed, communal kitchen space: built-in benches, banquettes and booths. Such arrangements allow for better use of space, and more comfortable seating for lounging.

After a day of enjoying the beautiful, invigorating environs of Asheville, it’s nice to come home to a space that continues the theme. Incorporating these natural, airy design trends will make the transition from the great outdoors to the great indoors a seamless and inviting one.

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

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Easy-to-Install Green Features for Your Home

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Even if your home isn’t green built, you and your family can still find ways to live a more environmentally friendly life at home. From installing low-flow showerheads to buying more energy-efficient appliances, even small adjustments can pay off big time for the environment – and for your wallet.

Get a Compost Bin

Compost Green HomesComposting kitchen scraps – coffee grounds, fruit, vegetable peels, even napkins – is a great way to keep food waste out of landfills, where it generates the greenhouse gas methane. And the resulting compost is a free, easy way to fertilize your garden. Invest in a compost bin, which is designed to hasten the decomposition of organic matter through proper aeration and moisture retention. Another option is worm composting, where worms eat food scraps, which becomes compost as they pass through the worm's body.

Save Water

According to the EPA, the average American household can waste 180 gallons of water per week through faucet leaks alone. Check and replace any leaky fixtures. In addition, installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can curb unnecessary water usage. Outside your home, choose native vegetation for your landscaping, since they generally require less water. Install a rain barrel to collect water for outdoor use.

Replace Old Light Bulbs with LEDs

Swapping out old bulbs for LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is an easy way to go green in your home. Old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs waste up to 90% of their energy as heat. LED lights use 80% less energy, and light about 25 times longer, than incandescent bulbs. LED lights don’t produce as much heat, which can save on energy and maintenance costs.

Become a Fan of Fans

Air conditioning accounts for a huge portion of a home’s electricity use. To save money and energy while still keeping cool in the summer, install ceiling fans or place inexpensive oscillating fans throughout your house.

Get Smart about Thermostats

Smart Thermostate Green HomesProgrammable thermostats, one of many types of new smart home features, regulate your home’s temperature according to settings you create for certain times of the day. That means your thermostat can turn the air or heat off when you’re not home, or lower it when you’re asleep. A smart thermostat will save on energy costs, and prevent energy waste.

Seek Solar

Photovoltaic devices and materials, which can convert sunlight into electricity, are becoming increasingly popular for residential use. Solar power can be harnessed to create electricity for your home, to heat water and to improve indoor lighting. Though this feature is not necessarily easy for you to install, there are many local solar companies who walk you through the process and will help you navigate the existing rebates and tax incentives.

Plug Air Leaks

Apply weather stripping around your doors and caulk around your windows to prevent air leaks into and out of your house. Doing so will keep your HVAC system from having to overwork to maintain a desirable indoor temperature.

Upgrade Appliances

Got an old agitator washer in your laundry room? That machine uses about 70% more water than many models available today. Thanks to tighter restrictions on energy use, washers, along with other major appliances like dryers, refrigerators and dishwasher, are much more efficient and environmentally friendly. Swapping out your old, energy-hogging appliances for new, greener ones may seem pricey initially, but doing so will pay off in the long run.

For more information about green homes or about Asheville Real Estate, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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In Candler, Pastoral Living Pairs with Enviable Amenities

Candler NC Real Estate

Collaborative Post by Mosaic Realty agent Carol Marin and Mosaic blog writer Christie Kafka

Conveniently located just west of Asheville and surrounded by stunning mountain views sits the pastoral community of Candler. This Buncombe County region in Hominy Valley offers all the advantages of country life – more acreage on average than city properties, in a wider price range – coupled with easy access to downtown Asheville and a multitude of retail amenities.

Originally settled by the native Cherokee, Candler was claimed by German, Scottish and English settlers in the early to mid-1700s. In 1885, Civil War Capt. John K. Hoyt resided in a Queen Anne style house in Candler, which today operates as a historic bed and breakfast, the Engadine Inn.

Enka Candler NC Homes for SaleFrom Farms to Townhomes in Candler, NC

Candler properties for purchase run the gamut: Everything from working farms to low-maintenance townhomes is available. Tucked-away estates, rambling ranches in subdivisions, compact cottages and vacant land for building a custom home are all available in Candler.

The Farm at Bradshaw Lane, Lindon Cove Crossing and Justice Ridge Estates are just a few of the communities that offer quality-built homes in a beautiful mountain setting with minimal HOA restrictions. High Meadows, Challedon and Morgan Branch Estates feature older homes in established neighborhoods. For newer homes in a range of sizes, Holcombe Meadows, Holcombe Woods and Village at Knotty Alder are possibilities. Cross Creek is a community of newer one-level homes with half-acre lots. Woodside Hills is a neighborhood of mainly 1970s brick ranches boasting picturesque yards and city services.

Don’t want the upkeep of a large house and yard? The Vistas of Westfield and Brigadoon presents low-maintenance townhome living, with pools and clubhouses.

For luxurious amenities, Biltmore Lake boasts a large variety of homes and townhomes with access to a 62-acre lake, beach, clubhouse, tennis courts and walking trails.

Enka Candler NC Near AshevilleCandler has Perfect Proximity to Retail and Outdoor Amenities

Candler has easy access to I-26 and I-40; Smokey Park Highway (19-23) is the main route through town. Monte Vista, Liberty Road, Pisgah Highway (NC 151), Dogwood Road, Justice Ridge and Sand Hill Road are major secondary roads that branch off to a variety of neighborhoods.

Candler boasts a local YMCA, a number of large grocery stores, and a handful of popular homestyle eateries: The Miami, Sand Hill Kitchen and Highway 151 are some local favorites. The community is served by three public elementary schools and one middle school; most of Candler lies within the district of Enka High School. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking and camping abound around Candler, with the N.C. Arboretum, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway all a short drive away. On a clear day in Candler, you can catch the delightful sight of hot air balloons flying across Hominy Valley; one might even land in your backyard!

Carol Marin Candler NC Real Estate AgentAmong other areas and property types, Mosaic Realty agent Carol Marin specializes in property in the Candler area. For a personally guided tour of Candler or to list your Candler property, please contact Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty broker Carol Marin at (828) 545-2712, or email her at Carol@MyMosaicRealty.com

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Expert Marketing Is Key to Selling Your Asheville Home

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When it comes time to sell your Asheville area home, having an agent well-versed in every facet of marketing your property is crucial. From properly positioning your listing in the market to implementing grassroots exposure that engages potential buyers, promoting your home in ways that are responsive to changing markets and homebuyer trends will generate greater interest and get you the sale price you want, in a timely manner. What are some key ways an effective, experienced agent draws the most attention to your listing? Read on.

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In this digital age, it’s important to find a realty that understands the importance of the online marketplace. At Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, a team of Internet and marketing specialists maximizes digital listings by implementing professional, wide-angle digital photography and full-color marketing brochures. This visually engaging virtual approach draws in those who may not be local to Asheville, and who may have to do most of their initial shopping online – a significant portion of potential home buyers to the area.

Online Marketplace

Online marketing should extend well beyond your real estate agency’s website. Mosaic advertises your property in the most prominent online marketplaces, including Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Homefinder.com and Homes.com. Additionally, it’s important that your property is optimally positioned in social media channels where buyers spend time – something Mosaic makes sure to do.

Maximum Exposure

List with Mosaic, and your home will receive its own gallery on the website and priority placement on other highly trafficked sites. Powerful tracking tools will be implemented to show how many people view your property online, giving you valuable selling data. Mosaic will also make sure all area real estate agencies receive your listing, so they may present the property to their buyers.

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Mosaic is 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.

Connection to Community

Community relationships should be a core value. Mosaic’s agents are deeply engaged in the unique culture of Asheville, volunteering, attending festivals and building relationships. That connection to community benefits everyone, and will prove a boon when you’re ready to introduce your property to the Asheville marketplace.

If you are ready to list your home and want an agent adept at navigating the Asheville market, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190, or get in touch with any of Mosaic’s selling agents at info@MyMosaicRealty.com.

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Keep Cold-Weather Woes at Bay With a Winterized Home

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As winter kicks into high gear in Asheville, making sure your home is equipped to handle the elements should take top priority. While warm bursts can interrupt winter’s march in this part of the Appalachians, there are still enough sustained cold snaps to warrant a thorough home prep. From heating to insulation to weather safety measures, having everything in and around your house readied can prevent cold-triggered dilemmas down the line.

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Preventive maintenance can help extend the life of your heating system and identify potential problems that can turn into major headaches in the dead of winter. Before the cold settles in, have your furnace or boiler checked; clean or replace the furnace filter if you have a forced hot air system; if you have a working fireplace, make sure to have your chimney checked and serviced annually. As you settle into winter, have fuel tanks filled, and monitor levels throughout the season; never set your heat lower than 55 degrees, as the walls where water pipes live are colder than your home’s interior. Which brings us to …

Water Pipes

When water inside pipes freezes, the expansion can cause pipes to crack or, worse, burst. Pipes can also burst when water builds behind a chunk of ice, so leaving faucets dripping in very cold weather, especially in colder parts of your house (basements and utility rooms), is a good idea. Don’t forget about exterior faucets and sprinkler systems: Drain water from them to keep those pipes from freezing, disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators. Pay particular attention to piping in garages, crawl spaces and attics, where it could be colder, and consider extra insulation for these areas. Know where the water shutoff for your home is, in case your pipes do freeze; closing off the supply can prevent a water disaster.

Winter Home Maintenance TipsInsulation

Inspect and upgrade insulation regularly, and consider weather stripping for added protection against cold, blustery days. Extra insulation in attics can avoid ice dams: When too much heat escapes into the attic, it can warm icy roofs that can eventually refreeze and cause an ice dam. Such situations can lead to water damage inside your home. Doors and windows that are weather stripped will prevent drafts and heat loss. If you have storm windows, install them.

Safety and Supplies

Ice and snow can pose safety concerns, even if you’re not on the road. Maintain trees in your yard to avoid ice-laden branch breaks that can lead to injury, damage to your home, or downed power lines. Make sure steps and handrails are in good condition; check that you have snow shovels and rakes, as well as ice-melting compounds, on hand. Be prepared for possible power outages with bottled water, nonperishable foods, first-aid supplies, and smartphone chargers.

All-season pleasures abound in Asheville. Knowing that your home is ready for the elements means you can stop worrying about the cold weather – and start enjoying everything winter in Western North Carolina has to offer.

For information on Asheville, NC or Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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