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

As Asheville and Buncombe County adjust to the mandated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive (effective until April 9, unless otherwise amended), 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:

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

  • Know that agents aren’t currently allowed to conduct physical, in-person showings of properties.
  • 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.
  • In some instances, if a home is seller-occupied and the seller is willing, he or she may be able to give you a live video walkthrough.

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

  • Once you are under contract (with as long as possible due diligence period recommended), 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.
  • There can be no in-person showings to buyers or buyers’ agents.
  • 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 will 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.

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Mortgage and Rental Relief in the Face of COVID-19

Help for Renters Asheville CoronavirusA note from Mike Figura, Mosaic Realty Owner and Broker:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread across the country, many are facing hardships meeting mortgage and rent payments.  The federal government is enacting up to 12 months of mortgage forbearance for borrowers who have Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or other government-backed loans, which are the majority of residential loans.  The federal government is also encouraging other mortgage service providers and lenders to implement forbearance programs of their own. 

Landlords whose mortgages are guaranteed by these federal loan agencies can also obtain mortgage forbearance if their tenants cannot pay their rent, giving landlords a chance to help their tenants in the form of rent reduction.  Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has worked with Marshall, Roth and Gregory, P.C. to come up with a generic rent modification form to temporarily reduce rent (click here to download form).

FAQs about Mortgage Forbearance

How can I find out who services my loan?

Visit the Making Home Affordable website for links to instantly find out if Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae service your loan. https://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/get-answers/Pages/get-answers-find-out-mortgage.aspx

What if my loan is not backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac?

If your loan is not backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, call your mortgage service provider or lender. Their contact information should be on your most recent mortgage statement. Lenders from all sectors, residential and commercial, are currently providing various forms of forbearance.  

What is mortgage forbearance?

A mortgage forbearance agreement is an agreement made between a mortgage lender and a borrower in which the lender agrees not to foreclose, and the borrower agrees to a mortgage plan that differs from the original repayment plan. Forms of forbearance range from a temporary halt in mortgage payments (ex. no payments for 90 days) to loan modifications (ex. interest-only loans, lower interest rates, etc).

What does mortgage forbearance look like?

The steps for applying for mortgage forbearance vary by lender. Borrowers should contact their lenders for specific information. You need to sign paperwork with your lender before you are allowed to stop paying your mortgage. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and most lenders are expediting the process and requiring minimal paperwork. 

Does mortgage forbearance impact my credit?

Mortgage forbearance usually has little to no impact on your credit.  

“Generally, forbearance is not likely to have any impact on the credit score,” says Ethan Dornhelm, a FICO senior director of model development. According to the National Association of REALTORS, lenders may (or may not) report to credit companies the existence of a mortgage forbearance, but it definitely does not wreck your credit like being delinquent on a mortgage.

While Mosaic Realty cannot commit to mortgage forbearance not impacting your credit, it is our opinion that in the face of COVID-19, it is unlikely that mortgage forbearance will impact your credit, as under normal circumstances it usually has no impact.

Where do renters fit in?

Renters aren’t directly covered though the Federal Housing Financial Agency (FHFA) plans, although FHFA is offering mortgage relief to the owners of apartment buildings who are struggling when their tenants can’t afford to pay their rent.

At the state level, North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has ordered that eviction and foreclosure hearings be postponed 30 days until April 17. 

If you are facing eviction, contact your attorney or Pisgah Legal Services. https://www.pisgahlegal.org/resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

Help available via landlords

Landlords can take advantage of mortgage forbearance programs that are available to them and pass along relief to their tenants.  We encourage landlords to check in with their tenants to see how they are doing and to take advantage of mortgage forbearance programs when needing to reduce their tenant’s rent.  This is especially important in a rent-burdened community like Western North Carolina. Tenants and landlords can elect to use this form, created by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and Marshall, Roth and Gregory, P.C., to help make temporary rental contract adjustments for residential and commercial property. 

Download: Agreement to Amend Residential Rental Contract or Commercial Lease Agreement (“COVID-19 Amendment”) 

Sources and Further Reading: 

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818343720/homeowners-hurt-financially-by-the-coronavirus-may-get-a-mortgage-break  

https://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/how-mortgage-forbearance-can-help-homeowners/

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Mosaic Realty Helping to Keep the Real Estate Market Safe, Functional and Informed

At Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, we are committed to helping our clients conduct real estate transactions safely. This is especially true as we monitor the ongoing COVID-19 developments. Our COVID-19 policies are structured to help provide safety while also facilitating the real estate transaction process. Our goal is to promote a stable marketplace and a safe and smooth experience.

Safety Mosaic Realty AshevillePrograms to Help Struggling Homeowners

Mortgage relief options are available to homeowners affected by coronavirus safety measures. See this article from our blog below for more information. Mosaic Realty will keep you updated with the latest programs to help you manage your housing expenses.

https://mymosaicrealty.com/blog/posts/2020/03/23/mortgage-and-rental-relief-in-the-face-of-covid-19/

Proactive agents

Implementing recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Buncombe County Health Department, Mosaic has asked its agents to take added precautions when interacting within the company and with clients to keep the community healthy.  Mosaic’s offices will be sanitized on a regular basis. Our office is still open, but we are requesting that our agents and clients limit visits to the office on an as-needed basis. Agents are required to stay at home if they’re feeling ill. Company-wide meetings will be held virtually. Taking these steps will ensure a healthier staff and minimal disruptions so we can continue to focus on helping you find success in your real estate journey. 

Clean Safe Real Estate AshevilleAgent interaction with clients will also adapt to the circumstances. Agents will encourage clients to ride in separate vehicles. They will have sanitizers and wipes on hand to clean surfaces touched during a showing. Technology will play a bigger part in the process. Clients will have the ability to video conference with their agents. We encourage clients to allow us to live-stream showings if they are not comfortable going to the house in person. Clients will be able to electronically sign necessary documents whenever possible. 

Secure in selling or buying

If you’re planning to sell your property, Mosaic will make every effort to curb viral exposure within your home. 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.  We will not be conducting public open houses or broker open houses at this time, but in lieu of that we will be providing a video walkthrough for potential buyers to explore listings remotely before they enter your home.

Impact of COVID-19 on real estate in Asheville

Clean Safe Real Estate Asheville BuncombeAs of March 15, real estate in Buncombe County is seeing an unexpected impact from COVID-19.  Low interest rates are bringing buyers to the market, but some sellers are choosing to delay listing their homes.  Due to that, we have a lack of inventory on the market, with two months’ supply in Asheville and less than three months’ worth in Buncombe County.  A balanced market has six months of inventory. Less than six months of inventory is considered a seller’s market. Buyers are still looking, buyer leads are coming into our office daily, and bidding wars are happening due to the lack of supply.  

Coordinating a response within the Asheville/Buncombe real estate industry

Mosaic Realty believes that it is time to set competition aside and work together within the industry to establish best-practices that all agents in Western North Carolina follow. As such, we are working with the Land of Sky Association of Realtors, other real estate companies, attorneys’ offices and service providers to establish widely adopted policies.  Our policies are subject to change as industry standards become adopted.

It’s important during this time to stay well-informed and adequately prepared by accessing accurate COVID-19 information and updates. The CDC has set up a site specific to COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/), offering up-to-date information at the world and national levels; Buncombe County has made information on the local level available at buncombecounty.org/bcready.

With an eye on the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, Mosaic will continue to make the safety of our clients and community a top priority. For further information please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Resource: Buncombe County Emergency Services Covid 19 Preparedness

 

 

 

Appalachian Offsets Program Aids Asheville Community, and Planet

Cut My Carbon Program Asheville

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

What are carbon offsets?

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

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

Appalachian Offsets is a group effort

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

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

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

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

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

Pisgah Legal AshevilleWhy We Support Pisgah Legal

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

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

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

Cristin's Story

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

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

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

Learn More

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

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

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

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Mosaic Offers Window Into Asheville Real Estate With Open House Quick Search

Open Houses in Asheville Real Estate

If you’re in the market to buy (or sell) a home in Asheville, open houses can offer a useful window into the process, allowing you to, quite literally, see what’s out there. 

To this end, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s website now provides a direct link to current open houses in the area, perfect for helping buyers to quickly and easily see which properties are open to the public on a given weekend. The search can also benefit sellers, allowing them to feature their scheduled open houses on a high-traffic site, which can potentially translate into high traffic for their viewing.

Quick Search for Asheville Open HousesGet a feel for the property

There are many reasons to attend (or hold) an open house, rather than to strictly peruse listings online. To start, attending an open house can give you a feel for the neighborhood the property is in. Is it quiet? Is it walkable? Is it high-traffic? These are all details you won’t necessarily glean from a computer screen.

Attending an open house can also allow you to see beyond the online photos, which are only highlights of a home. Open houses give you a chance to examine, with a detailed eye, things like closet and cabinet space, and to visualize furniture placement. They can allow you to decide which layouts and amenities you like best.

Meet a Mosaic Realty agent

Asheville NC Public Open HousesIf you’re new to the Asheville area, or don’t yet have a buyer’s agent, checking out the link within the Open Houses quick search that returns results for Mosaic Realty’s own public open houses. Attending one or our open houses will introduce you to potential agents who can aid you in your hunt. Mosaic agents are adept at helping you navigate the home-buying process; attending an exclusive Mosaic open house will introduce you to an insightful agent who, if the open house you’re visiting isn’t an ideal fit, will help to find a property that checks off all the boxes.

Attending an open house and seeing the traffic it generates can give you a gauge on the price: Lots of attendees could indicate a sweet spot regarding price, and if you’re selling, it can let you see how competitively priced your home is.

If you’d like to learn more about open houses in the Asheville area, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/open-houses/ to find current area open houses. You can also go here to view any of Mosaic’s exclusive current open houses. And if you’re ready to buy (or sell) in Asheville, Mosaic has agents who specialize in working with both buyers and sellers.

For more information, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Staging Your Home? Focus on Key Rooms for Maximum Appeal

Living Room Staged for Sale

If you’re in the market to sell your house, you’ve probably heard that home staging can help your property stand out when prospective buyers come calling. But what you may not know is that there are key rooms in your house that will benefit most from staging. Of course, prepping the entire house is important, but learning where to focus your staging efforts will streamline the process, saving you time and money and adding buyer appeal where it matters most.

Staged KitchenKitchen

Prospective buyers will be closely examining the kitchen, so this room requires detailed staging. To start, clean and de-clutter: Obviously, the countertops should be cleared, so remove that toaster oven, the dish drying rack, and the stove-side cooking supplies. Replace with a bowl of fresh fruit, a vase of flowers, perhaps a cookbook on a display holder. But de-cluttering goes beyond the surface: Clean out cutlery drawers, organize the pantry, clean the refrigerator and oven. These are all things that may be opened during a showing, and disorganization will make the spaces look smaller. If appliances are broken or old, they will need replacing. Outdated cabinets will also require attention; if you don’t want to put money into a completely new set, look into replacing just the cabinet doors. Swapping out old faucets, cabinet handles and fixtures is another way to modernize a kitchen without breaking the bank.

Living Room

The living room is the hub of the home, the place where families relax, guests gather, and entertaining takes place. It is often the focal point for buyers, and creating a space where they can see themselves enjoying their surroundings is important. As with most rooms, de-cluttering is the easiest, most inexpensive place to start. Remove personal photographs, knick-knacks, stacks of toys – anything that can detract from the room’s overall ambiance. Replace vibrant wall colors with more universally appealing, muted tones; if furniture and textiles are worn or threadbare, replace those as well. New, inexpensive throws and accent pillows, area rugs, and neutral wall art help to define the space. Sub out harsh lighting with warmer fixtures; add greenery or flowers for a cozier, more relaxed feel.

Bathroom Staging Real Estate SaleMaster Bath

The master bath is a room that should feel inviting, relaxing and spa-like. Start with a deep clean, including scrubbing tile grout and polishing fixtures. Wipe down and organize medicine cabinets and drawers. De-clutter the counters and put toothbrushes, hair products and razors out of sight. If fixtures are old or dated, replace them. Adding towel racks, new lighting and extra storage can be an inexpensive way to freshen up the space. Crisp white towels and bath mats will give the space a clean feel. If the bathtub is old and dingy, a replacement may be in order; if you must gut the bathroom, try to retain as much of the existing shell as you can. Even if you can’t replace the entire toilet, you can easily and inexpensively replace an old toilet seat with a new one.

If you’re ready to stage and sell your home, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Looking for a Job in Asheville? Here are 5 Top Tips

Networking Asheville JobsGuest post by Mosaic Realty Agent Nancy Horowitz

Whether you’re looking for a job ahead of your relocation to Asheville, or you already live in the area and want to further your career, there are strategic steps that can make for a smoother job search. As a real estate broker for Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, and a former recruiter, I am often asked for career advice. That said, below are my Top 5 Job Search Tips 

1- Do Your Homework.

With something as simple as buying a new yoga mat, you do research. You might look for best sellers, read reviews, compare prices -- it’s a similar process when looking for a job, yet obviously more intense as you’re building your career! When I decided to leave recruiting, before becoming a real estate agent, I needed stability as a 9-5er. I hit the job boards, but I also thought about my interests. I made a list and began the hunt for companies that involved my passions. That’s how I ended up at a local software company that connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities. You never know what’s out there until you start looking for it.

2- Get Social.

Whether it’s online, via LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, or in person, start noticing or asking what your various networks are doing and where they are doing it. Look into your different circles, alumni groups, interest/hobby groups, or parent groups; for those already living in Asheville, start attending functions or activities.These interactions provide solid insight into an organization, can get your foot in the door, or just plain give you ideas on different directions to take your career.

3- Work Your Resume.

As my dad told me years ago, “a resume is a work in progress.” Accept and instill that attitude as you will always be adding to, editing, and tweaking it for that one company, that one job, that one career move. Have a basic outline, starting with what your employer might write in your job description, but upgrade and personalize it to include your specific accomplishments. Provide details of your contributions, over and above what the basic role entailed.

4- Find Your Angle and Stand Out.

What is unique about you and how can you incorporate that in applying for the job? This is where you get to be creative, not just a typical cover letter but something that demonstrates who you are and how that might benefit the role and/or company. After I applied online for the software company job, I did not hear back. After a few days, I walked my resume in. I met the CEO, who passed my resume along to the director of sales, who emailed me the next day to schedule an interview.

Nancy Horowitz Asheville Realtor5- Follow Up After the Interview.

Gently poke with a friendly reminder. Of course send a thank you note, but do not be afraid to periodically reach out again. This is a great way for a potential employer to see how you would interact if you were an employee. Find a common ground and once again be creative: Share an article you read about the industry, discuss a favorite Asheville activity, or just ask about their weekend. This continued communication can make a big difference. 

Prior to joining Mosaic, Nancy Horowitz spent more than 15 years as an executive search consultant. Connecting an employer with an employee involves a thorough understanding of both parties’ demands, strengths and goals; Nancy draws upon this foundation to determine her real estate clients’ needs and successfully walk them through the home-buying or -selling process. 

Click here to read Nancy’s full bio, email her at Nancy@MyMosaicRealty.com, and follow @whyasheville on Instagram to see what Nancy is up to. 

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Mosaic Agents Are Committed to Community Causes Around Asheville

Kathleen Cook Asheville Realtor

As long-time residents of Asheville, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s team of agents is committed to building community through more than just real estate: They make it their mission to work with and support the outstanding area organizations that advocate for the vitality and health of the local and global community.

Mosaic is proud to have given over $115,000 to more than 70 nonprofit and community organizations in 2019 . The agency’s contributions go beyond fiscal aid: Mosaic also helps with hundreds of annual volunteer hours. As a group, Mosaic supports WNCAP’s Dining Out for Life fundraiser every year by sending nine volunteers to work three shifts at Sunny Point Café. The agency also gathers annually for volunteer efforts such as environmental clean-ups and Habitat for Humanity builds.

In addition, Mosaic agents regularly volunteer their time individually, organizing and assisting community initiatives. From serving on nonprofit boards to assisting in schools and churches to aiding conservation causes, Mosaic’s agents have an important hand in the Asheville community. Here are a few ways they help:

Megan Shook – Megan volunteers at her children’s school, part of the Asheville City School system. She also works with Room in the Inn, a Homeward Bound shelter-to-home initiative that helps women experiencing homelessness. In addition, Megan regularly assists with outreach for Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association. Learn more about Megan here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/megan-shook/

Anthony Thomas -- Anthony has a strong history of community service and his efforts can be seen in many area organizations. He currently serves on the boards of both the YMI Cultural Center and Mountain Housing Opportunities. Additionally, he volunteers as a coach for Asheville’s YMCA. Learn more about Anthony here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/anthony-thomas/

Nancy Horowitz – Every Tuesday, Nancy collects leftover food from the UNCA dining hall and delivers it to Hall Fletcher Elementary School to feed children in the after-school program MusicWorks; occasionally, she will also deliver the food to Trinity Place. Nancy’s work helps to divert hundreds of pounds of food from landfills and redirects it to programs that could really use it. Learn more about Nancy here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/nancy-horowitz/

Kathleen Cook – Kathleen serves as vice president of the WNC Children’s Fund, which helps improve children’s lives through wellness, education and poverty alleviation. As VP, Kathleen helps spearhead wristband fundraisers at Asheville Tourists games; she also helps with the group’s annual golf tournament fundraiser. In addition, this year she led an extensive rebranding of the organization.

Outside of the Children’s Fund, Kathleen is creating her own nonprofit, Asheville Art Supplies for Kids. The organization raises funds and collects art supplies for Asheville City and Buncombe County classrooms, city programs, and art groups in need of supplies/ materials. Learn more about Kathleen here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/kathleen-cook/

Stephanie Cochran – Stephanie leads a program every week that works with MANNA Foodbank to provide food for families in need. MANNA supplies prepackaged bags of food that are picked up by a group from Stephanie’s team and delivered to Grace Church; from there, another group from her team takes them to Ira B. Jones Elementary School. The team also supplements Jones’s afterschool program with snacks that are either donated or purchased through Grace. Learn more about Stephanie here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/stephanie-cochran/

Maggie Marshall – Maggie helps to lead the Flatiron Writers Room, a hub for the Asheville literary community, offering writers’ workshops, retreats, author events, co-working space and more. Funds raised from the completely volunteer-run organization go to supporting the organization in the form of teacher honoraria, need-based class scholarships, classroom equipment and supplies, marketing, and charitable contributions to other literary organizations. Learn more about Maggie here: https://mymosaicrealty.com/realestate/agent/maggie-marshall/

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, reach out to one of our agents directly, contact us at info@MyMosaicRealty.com or call us anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Downtown Asheville's 23 Rankin Avenue, Unit 302 is Home to Luxurious Living

23 Rankin Avenue Unit 302

Asheville is synonymous with lots of things – wide-ranging outdoor activities, a world-class craft beer scene, unparalleled mountain vistas – but urban oasis? Many would be surprised to learn that at the heart of Asheville’s natural beauty sits a compact, livable downtown district brimming with big-city amenities, arts, entertainment, eateries, markets, gyms … the list goes on. Living in downtown Asheville puts all of these conveniences within easy walking distance.

But how to achieve luxurious living in such an urban oasis? If your timing is right, you can uncover one of the residential gems that comes available periodically. One such rarity has entered Asheville’s real estate market, perched conveniently above Rankin Avenue in a beautiful 1916 building brimming with history.

Electrolux Gas Oven Hood23 Rankin Avenue, Unit 302: A Modern Industrial Penthouse in the Heart of Asheville

Located at 23 Rankin Ave., unit 302 is the peak of sumptuous living. Totally renovated in 2010, this stunning modern industrial penthouse affords dynamic vistas of the city as well as spectacular year-round mountain views from its spacious, 2,000-square-foot rooftop patio. Rustic industrial character is found throughout, including original brick interior walls, hemlock floors harvested from the Biltmore Estate, custom steel railings and dramatic use of original wood beams and truss. 

Eat Out, Eat In

There’s no shortage of drinking and dining options for meeting friends in downtown Asheville – everything from brunch hotspots Over Easy Café, Early Girl Eatery and Tupelo Honey to bustling brew pubs Wicked Weed Brewery and Bhramari Brewing Co. to dessert destinations French Broad Chocolates and Karen Donatelli, just to name a few. 

But if you’re feeling like dining or entertaining at home, unit 302 allows you to do so easily, with its open floor plan featuring a spacious living room, raised den with home theater, office and chef's kitchen. The luxurious kitchen features leathered granite counters, generous custom Wenge cabinets, a walk-in pantry and an Electrolux gas range. 

Theater in AshevilleA Welcoming Home After a Day Downtown

Look for culturally rich programs and entertainment in downtown Asheville, and you won’t be disappointed. Think dance and music performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre; a range of concerts and sporting events at the U.S. Cellular Center/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium; and all manner of outdoor music and arts fests in Pack Square. Pack Memorial Library also features performances and a range of organized activities for all ages. 

Itching for an enriching museum experience? Hit the Asheville Art Museum, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum of Science or the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, or mix in a little play at the Asheville Pinball Museum. And after a day soaking in everything downtown Asheville has to offer, come home to unit 302 and soak in the master suite’s sumptuous tub and relaxing spa shower. 

Interested in learning more about 23 Rankin, unit 302? Please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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