Blog :: 03-2018

Combat Environmental Concerns in Real Estate Deals

Environmental Concerns in Real Estate

So, you’re in the market to buy (or sell) your home. You have a to-do list at the ready, and feel fully prepared to embark on your real estate journey. But as equipped as you are, you may be overlooking something that is, quite literally, right under your nose – a property’s environmental issues. Everything from possible underground oil tanks, asbestos and mold to well-water and lead testing should be considered when entering any real estate transaction. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help to guide you through this particularly important facet of the process, allowing you to complete the deal with total peace of mind.

Underground Oil Tanks

Environmental TestingOne thing to consider when buying or selling a property is the possible existence of underground oil tanks. These are a common – and because of potential leaks – major environmental concern. Often, sellers don’t even realize that the oil tanks exist because they were never disclosed. But there are ways to determine if there is indeed an oil tank issue that needs addressing – from looking for pipes coming up from the ground or copper tubes in crawl spaces, to checking if a basement smells like oil. Mosaic agents are equipped to look for the tell-tale signs, and then if and when a problem is uncovered, they can advise on the best and most cost-effective ways to address it.

Asbestos, Lead and Mold

Asbestos RemovalUp until the mid-’80s, asbestos was used in a lot of building materials, including things like ceiling popcorn, drywall joint compound and plaster, and linoleum. Removal can be a pricey undertaking. In inspecting a home’s potential asbestos exposure, you may face many quandaries. Can asbestos mastic on a wood floor be abated? Should you be concerned about asbestos siding? These are questions Mosaic agents can answer, possibly saving you thousands of dollars on unnecessary measures.

When it comes to potential lead and mold contamination or well-water issues in a property deal, a highly informed agent is one of your best defenses. Mosaic’s agents can guide you in what to look for, and if further action is necessary, point you in the direction of the best-equipped professionals for the job.

Brownfields

Sites with environmental contamination are scattered throughout the region, so it’s important to know exactly where these brownfields are located before you close on a home or land deal. If such contamination is suspected, a thorough environmental analysis of the property and neighboring properties is advised. A Mosaic agent can go over the process and results with you, and determine if there are any red flags requiring further sampling.

These tips targeting environmental concerns only scratch the surface; if you’re ready to buy or list a property and want thorough environmental guidance sure to save you time and money down the line, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Whimsical Weaverville Has It All

Weaverville NC Real Estate

North of Asheville sits the unique, scenic town of Weaverville, North Carolina, home to entrepreneurs and artisans alike. With a thriving downtown district offering an array of businesses and plenty of parking, Weaverville draws visitors from all around to its quaint, picturesque Main Street and lush public spaces. Living in Weaverville offers the best of all worlds: quiet country living just a stone’s throw from a thriving in-town commercial district, with a 15-minute drive to Downtown Asheville.

The Town of Weaverville, with its range of home styles – everything from stately colonials to rambling ranches – started as a community of farmers. John Weaver, the community’s namesake, was one of the first settlers in the region. Families steadily settled in the area over the next 70 years, leading to the construction of several churches and schools.

Outstanding Outdoor Activities Surround Weaverville

Blue Ridge Parkway WeavervilleResidents and visitors to Weaverville can enjoy two public parks within its jurisdiction: Lake Louise Park and the Main Street Nature Park. Well-maintained areas prized for passive recreation, the parks offer walking paths lined with volunteer-maintained flower beds and educational information celebrating Weaverville’s rich heritage.

For those looking for nearby nature adventures, Weaverville boasts an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, miles of local hiking trails, cycling routes, scenic drives, wildlife, and native plants. In addition, the Town of Weaverville hosts several community events throughout the year celebrating its unique roots in Western North Carolina, including a Memorial Day Observance at Lake Louise, Fire on the Lake: July 4th Celebration at Lake Louise, a 9/11 Observance at Lake Louise, a Veterans’ Day Observance at Lake Louise, and a Town Christmas Parade downtown.

Eclectic, Engaging Downtown Weaverville

Weaverville NC DowntownResidents and visitors can stroll the length of Main Street, enjoying the town’s unique shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a range of art studios, where area artists welcome the public into their studios for events like the juried Art in Autumn and the Weaverville Art Safari. Some of the art galleries, shops, and restaurants that call downtown Weaverville home include: the Miya Gallery, Mangum Pottery, Shop Around the Corner, Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub, Well Bred Bakery, Aabani Salon & Spa, Glass Onion, Curtis Wright Outfitters, All Good Coffee, Twisted Laurel Eatery & Lounge, Zebulon Artisan Ales and Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store.

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

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Semi-Professional Soccer Kicks Into High Gear in Asheville

Asheville City Soccer Club

Bringing a community-driven semi-professional soccer experience to Western North Carolina, Asheville City Soccer Club continues the region’s history of love and support for the world’s game by offering up another season of unique excitement in the heart of Downtown Asheville. Asheville City SC, which saw an incredible outpouring of community support for its inaugural men’s team in 2017, will debut its women’s team as it kicks off its 2018 season, truly bringing to life its “Two Teams, One City” motto.

The club – proudly co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and Mosaic agent (and Asheville City SC women’s head coach) Stacey Enos – will start things off with a 2018 season launch party at Hi-Wire’s Big Top (2 Huntsman Place) Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet and mingle with Asheville City SC players and staff. There will also be soccer pool, giveaways, speeches and special guests.

Sport Your Support for Asheville Soccer!

Asheville City Soccer ClubAsheville City SC is offering fans a new home jersey season ticket for the 2018 season, which will be unveiled and distributed at the launch party. Not only does the jersey give fans entry to all home games for both the men's and women's teams, it also allows them the opportunity to proudly display their team support anytime they wear it. Fans who purchase the season ticket option will also have an exclusive entry gate, with no lines. Of course, fans can also buy a ticket at the door for any game. And all kids 5 years old and under get in free with an accompanying adult.

Asheville City SC will play all home games at Memorial Stadium, bordering South Slope in Downtown Asheville. The stadium, built in 1925 to serve as a regional athletic and special events facility, stands adjacent to McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. It has seen action as the home field of the Asheville Splash women’s semi-professional soccer team (2002-2004) and the Asheville Grizzlies semi-pro football team. With last year’s men’s soccer club debut, the stadium contained an average 2,000 loyal and loud fans per game.

Kick-Off Soccer Matches in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville City Soccer ClubThe men kick things off May 4 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, facing the Myrtle Beach Mutiny. The women’s inaugural season gets under way May 5 at 7 p.m., when the team takes on Chattanooga FC at Memorial.

With the men’s team reaching the National Premier Soccer League's Southeastern Conference playoffs last year, this season promises to bring unprecedented excitement for fans. For more information, or to purchase season tickets, visit https://www.ashevillecitysc.com.

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

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Native American Knowledge and Western Science Intertwine in N.C. Arboretum's Roots of Wisdom Exhibit

NC Arboretum Asheville

Studying the Earth’s past in order to improve its future may be a tried-and-true strategy, but The North Carolina Arboretum brings fresh perspective to the process in its exhibit Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science., on display through May 6, 2018. The national traveling exhibit, proudly sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, educates visitors about the ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and cutting-edge Western science are intertwined to enhance the natural world.

Roots of Wisdom Exhibit NC ArboretumOn display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily inside the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center, Roots of Wisdom spotlights four indigenous communities, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The exhibit features the voices of elders and youth, engaging video interactives, and hands-on games, whereby visitors can learn about and take part in the growing movement toward sustainability and the incorporation of age-old yet timeless practices into today’s world to restore vital ecosystems, provide sustainable food sources and improve human health.

Each of the indigenous communities featured in the exhibit holds a sacred relationship with its homeland, and it’s the traditional knowledge gleaned from this relationship that helps to complement Western science in its quest for solutions to a multitude of ecological and health challenges. Visitors to the exhibit will come away with a new perspective on some not-so-new methods for drawing from the Earth’s resources for the greater good.

Roots of Wisdom NC ArboretumThe North Carolina Arboretum, located just south of Asheville on 434 acres of public gardens, has an ongoing history of and keen interest in working with native indigenous communities. Most recently, its Germplasm Repository has joined forces with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, United South and Eastern Tribes, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist in conserving traditional ecological knowledge through a variety of initiatives. It is this inspiring collaboration to help preserve the Asheville region’s botanical diversity that continues to shine through in exhibits like Roots of Wisdom.

The central mission of the Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants. A standard $14 per vehicle parking fee is required for non-members; no other admission fee is required for entry to the exhibit. For more information on the Arboretum and Roots of Wisdom, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call (828) 665-2492.

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Beyond the Mountains: The Inside Scoop on Asheville Entertainment

Asheville Entertainment and Music

Looking for something to do in Asheville after a day of driving along the Blue Ridge, hiking the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest, or floating down the French Broad River? Asheville is brimming with lots of enriching, entertaining indoor activities to rival even the most invigorating outdoor adventures. Below, a taste of some of the most popular options:

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

The Orange Peel

Housed in a historic building in downtown Asheville, the Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers.

Asheville Community Theatre

The oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country, ACT presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium AshevilleThe Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. Notable acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing AshevilleTo get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two Asheville locations (downtown and West Asheville), and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Expressive Dance

At Studio Zahiya, a downtown boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in dance classes are available for adults and kids.

The Galleries of the River Arts District

This popular destination boasts a vast array of artists and working studios to visit in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along a 1-mile stretch of the French Broad River. Twice a year, the River Arts District holds an artist’s studio stroll, where visitors can see the more than 200 artists showcasing their art in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, paper and more.

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

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