Blog :: 09-2018

Asheville Collective Spearheads Mobile Kitchen to Help Hurricane-Ravaged Regions

Food Relief from Hurricane Florence

When Hurricane Florence tore into North Carolina in mid-September, it left a wide swath of destruction in its wake. The storm’s stalled forward motion meant continually heavy rains along the coast. This, coupled with a large storm surge, caused widespread flooding along a long stretch of the N.C. coast, from New Bern to Wilmington, as well as inland. Major rivers spilled over their banks, and major roads and highways experienced such immense flooding that large portions remained impassable for days.

Food for Flooded Areas

Hurricane Relief AshevilleIn Florence’s aftermath, businesses and communities are coming together to help those tragically affected by the powerful storm. Asheville’s Dr. Dave’s Automotive and Triple D Creations are spearheading one such effort, to bring free hot meals to those ravaged areas via a pop-up kitchen trailer.

The mobile kitchen, donated for the disaster relief by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, is capable of serving up to 2,000 hot meals a day. As many residents remain without power, and emergency relief workers are still struggling to reach towns cut off by flooding, the mobile kitchen is working to help those affected and provide as many free meals as possible, thanks to donations and volunteers.

A Collective Helping Communities

MAPS Kitchen insideThe effort, of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a financial supporter, is part of the Grassroots Aid Partnership (GAP), which brings together socially responsible companies and volunteer aid groups with experience in disaster relief.

GAP’s vision is to find underserved areas affected by disaster and serve healthy hot meals, sourcing organic options when possible and providing a safe space where affected residents can heal through community. In addition to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, GAP has helped with California wildfire relief, Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida, and Hurricane Harvey recovery.

To donate to or volunteer with the GAP mobile kitchen, visit https://tripledcreations.com/, https://drdavesauto.com/ or https://www.grassrootsaidpartnership.org. Other area organizations accepting donations and volunteers to aid Florence-ravaged regions include Foundation for the Carolinas, All Hands and Hearts Smart Response and Americares.

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

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LEAF Brings Epic Celebration of Global Arts, Music and Creativity to WNC

LEAF Festival Asheville Black Mountain

Each May and October, 12,000 people descend on the Lake Eden grounds in Black Mountain for LEAF, an epic celebration of music, art, creativity and culture. Taking place at Camp Rockmont on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College amid rolling hills, lakes and mountain beauty, LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) features global artists, musicians, performers and facilitators who are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and community impact.

The site of the festival, which has been running for more than two decades, is surrounded by hundreds of stunning acres featuring rustic cabins, large camping fields with mountain views, hiking trails, barns, streams and lakes for canoeing and swimming, and a zipline. Included in entry is a range of fun-filled activities for the entire family:

LEAF Festival Asheville·      Entertainment Stages: With six performance stages, attendees can enjoy all manner of entertainment. A variety of musicians, dancers and other performers fills the roster and keeps the nonstop entertainment going. This fall, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG & Associates Construction are co-sponsors of The Barn stage.

·      LEAF Family Adventure Villages: There are eight adventure villages, and each is filled with interactive stations, where young and old alike can enjoy crafts, games, sports and shows.

·      Healing Arts: Free healing arts workshops are available to attendees, including yoga, dance and martial arts. Workshops on nutrition, ancient earth skills and plant walks, as well as booths offering massage, rolfing, acupuncture and chiropractic work, are also available.

·      Vendors: Over 100 of the region’s best artisans, crafters, holistic practitioners and foodies gather at every LEAF to market their wares and services.

LEAF Festival Black MountainAt any given LEAF, expect to experience more than 400 performing artists, more than 100 shows, around 50 healing arts workshops and some 20 Family Adventure workshops.

In addition, LEAF Café in Eden Hall and various culinary booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. The food is prepared on site all day and into the evening, with offerings ranging from vegan dishes to BBQ, and everything in between. Culinary Passports containing multiple meal vouchers are available for purchase.

LEAF offers daily and weekend passes. Attendees with weekend passes can also choose to spend the entire weekend on the grounds by renting tent or vehicle camping spots, or by booking an on-site cabin.

LEAF Community Arts, which spearheads the festival, is a nonprofit organization that directly supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally. For more information or to purchase tickets to LEAF, visit www.theleaf.org.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG and Associates Construction are proud co-sponsors of the Barn Stage in 2018.

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

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Smaller images courtesy of Evan Kafka, larger image courtesy of LEAF

Using a Buyer's Agent Can Open Doors to a Smooth, Successful Home Purchase

Buyers Agent Asheville

As you begin your home search in Asheville, the benefits of using a buyer’s agent cannot be understated. A buyer's agent works exclusively for you to protect your interests and ensure you have all the information you need to make the best possible decisions when buying a home. The key is finding an agent thoroughly versed in every aspect of Asheville real estate. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty bring with them extensive knowledge of all of Asheville’s neighborhoods and available properties, and how to navigate the process smoothly. Following, some key ways a buyer’s agent can make your Asheville real estate search a successful one:

Find a Home in Asheville

A good buyer’s agent will start with a personal guided tour of the Asheville area and homes for sale, then research the properties you're considering, including culling information about the lot, deed, permit, previously sold pricing, and other details the seller's agent won't provide. With inventory low in Asheville, and good homes going quickly, it’s important to have someone tapped into the most up-to-date information available, so when the perfect house comes along, you’ll be ready.

Negotiate the Offer

Asheville Real EstateA seasoned buyer’s agent can set a price on a home the minute they walk through the door. Ample experience in the Asheville market, and knowledge of how well a neighborhood holds its value, are key to the computation. Before making an offer, the agents at Mosaic will check selling prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood, and review all disclosures about the home with you. They’ll work with you to write the offer with terms that are favorable to you as well as attractive to the seller, allowing you to get the home you want at the price you want.

Code Expertise

Say you want to buy a home near a business district and turn the main floor into a storefront, or you want to know that the small home next door won’t eventually be replaced with a multistory complex: An experienced buyer’s agent should be familiar enough with local zoning ordinances to know exactly what can, or could, be done to your home or in the neighborhood, saving you any surprises down the road.

Request Repairs

A good buyer’s agent will be able to identify trouble that you may not see, as well as recommend a good independent home inspector who will provide a detailed report on problems with the house. Once that report is in hand, the buyer’s agent can comb through it, picking out which problems are important and which aren’t. A good agent will know which repair requests are reasonable, and which may (unnecessarily) break the deal.

Coordinate the Purchase

Energy Efficient AshevilleOnce your offer is accepted, a buyer’s agent will help with all aspects of your home purchase. From scheduling and reviewing the appropriate home inspections to coordinating with your mortgage broker and settlement agent, the agent works with you every step of the way to make sure everything gets done correctly and in a timely manner.

Evaluate Energy-Efficiency Improvements

A buyer’s agent can assist you in obtaining a property energy assessment, helping you to understand what, if any, improvements should be made. The agents at Mosaic can connect you with the Green Built Alliance's Green Gauge program, which uses a simple tool for assessing home efficiency and sustainability.

Avoid Closing Problems

When a sale nears closing, all kinds of pitfalls – whether a title issue, last-minute inspection revelation, or financing glitch – can kill the deal in the final hours. A seasoned buyer’s agent knows to watch for trouble before it's too late.

If you’re ready to begin your home search in Asheville with one of Mosaic’s knowledgeable buyer’s agents at the helm, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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The Latest Technology Makes Smart Homes a No-Brainer

Smart Home Technology

With ever-advancing technology, smart homes are only getting smarter. From security cameras that send motion notifications to your smartphone, to doorbells that let you see who’s at the door before you even answer it, the latest additions to the smart-home roster promise easier, less stressful, streamlined living. How can you make your home smarter? Read on.

Doorbells

With built-in video cameras, smart doorbells can send images to your phone so you can see who’s knocking without going to the door. Some even come with built-in microphones for communicating with your visitor even if you’re not home.

Speakers

Smart Homes AshevilleThese hands-free devices allow you to do a range of things, from checking the morning traffic to sending a text to streaming a podcast, all via voice activation. In addition, such smart speakers can allow you to do things like dim lights and lower the shades, using compatible smart-home kits.

Security Cameras

Gone are the days of third-party security services: With the latest smart security devices, a camera can send emails, pictures and alerts to your smart phone whenever it detects motion or activity outside. Built-in speakers allow you to also listen or speak through the device.

Ovens

Even cooking is getting tech-y: Some of the newest ovens on the market offer built-in Wi-Fi, so you can use a smartphone app to preheat, adjust temperatures, or even turn off the appliance (especially helpful if you often leave home wondering if the oven is still on). The ovens will also alert you if you’ve left a burner on, which you can turn off via your phone.

Robotic Mowers and Vacuums

Smart Home Technology AshevilleThe newest models have perfected their sensors to more easily detect obstacles and work around them. Some mowers can return to their base if they sense rain, or need to recharge. Vacuums have improved on multi-surfacing and cornering, and many allow you to schedule tasks or set virtual mapping for a truly hands-free clean-up.

Thermostats

Manually changing temperature settings is a thing of the past, thanks to the latest smart thermostats, which respond to your comfort and energy-saving needs using algorithms and smart senses. With responsive touchscreen displays, remote temperature sensors, and integrations with smart-home kits, these devices make it simple to reduce consumption, and thus save money.

For information about Asheville or Real Estate in Asheville, email Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-777-3955.

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