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Blog :: 04-2020

Explore New Listings by Mosaic Realty the Week of April 27

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

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

 

 

 

155 Carroll Avenue

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155 Carroll Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms 2,032

SF • 0.40 Acres MLS #3612201

155 Carroll Avenue AshevilleFEATURES

• Updated 1960s ranch with lower-level studio

• Walkable to downtown

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

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

• Huge fully fenced yard

• Large back deck

• Large storage shed

• Wood-burning fireplace in living room

• Private, stone fire pit in back yard

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

• Nice, wide driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles

• Hardwood and tile upstairs; carpet downstairs

Learn more about 155 Carroll Avenue here!

49 Tahkieostie Trail

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49 Tahkieostie TrailAsheville, NC 28806

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathrooms

2-Car Garage

2,049 Sq. Ft.

.17 Acres

MLS # 361544

49 Tahkieostie TrailFEATURES

• 2017 Modern cottage with all the bells and whistles!

• Views of the Biltmore Estate property

• Open floor plan and beautiful maple floors

• Hunter Douglas custom window shades throughout the home

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

• Stone fireplace surround

• 10’ Ceilings on the main level

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

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

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

• Two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs

• Lower level utility room and exercise/workshop space

• Rear deck with completely fenced in backyard

• Year-round views

• Newer concrete driveway

• Two-car garage

Learn more about 49 Tahkieostie Trail here!

14 Davenport Road

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14 Davenport Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

1,549 Square Feet

• 0.15 Acres

MLS #3616396

14 Davenport Road AshevilleFEATURES

• Brand new GreenBuilt Arts and Crafts home by McMaster Builders

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

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

• Flat lot perfect for playing and entertaining

• Pisgah Range mountain views looking west from the second floor

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

• Gorgeous hardwood and tile floors throughout the home

• Coat closet at entry, and 9-foot ceilings

• Powder room and laundry room on main level

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about 14 Davenport Road here!

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

 

Open the Door to a Thorough Spring Cleaning

Deep Spring Cleaning of Home

Spring-cleaning season is here, and hunkering down at home in light of “Stay home, stay safe” directives provides plenty of opportunity for a thorough, top-to-bottom sweep. As you set out to tackle those nooks and crannies, here are some often-overlooked spots to target.

Clear the closets

If you’re not sure where to start, begin in those bedroom, hallway and coat closets. Sort last season’s clothes, bagging for donation the pieces you no longer wear, and moving the rest onto higher, out-of-the-way shelves for storage until next winter. Move spring- and summer-wear into the spotlight. Clean coats before storing away: Check the label to see which of them can be machine-washed. Use a small brush and a little soapy water to scrub mud, snow and rock salt stains off winter boots before storing away. Finally, don’t forget to wipe down and vacuum closet floors.

Deep Home CleaningClean windows, inside and out

Spring is a good time to wipe away winter’s grime from windows and windowsills. An easy and inexpensive way to clean glass is by mixing one part water to one part distilled vinegar in a spray bottle; for tough spots, you can use a cloth soaked in undiluted vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth to dust windowsills, and don’t forget the base between the window and the screen.

Wipe down baseboards

While we may vacuum and mop on a regular basis, we often neglect baseboards, which can accumulate a fine layer of dust over time. The easiest ways to wipe them down are with a microfiber cloth; skimming a vacuum-cleaner hose attachment along the edges will also do the trip. For those inevitable scuff marks, swipe a melamine foam sponge (commonly called Magic Eraser). 

Outdoor Cleaning of HomesFreshen couches and rugs

Deep cleaning fabric couches and rugs can be easy, economical and chemical-free. Liberally sprinkle baking soda (you can mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like) directly onto the entire area and let sit, preferably overnight. Vacuum as you normally would.

Awaken the bedroom

Dust loves to collect around heavy furniture, including beds and dressers. Spring is a great time to tackle the dust bunnies: Vacuum under and behind furniture, and wipe floor corners with a microfiber cloth. Remove duvet covers, as well as decorative and throw pillow covers, and toss in the washing machine.

Scrub decks and patio/lawn furniture

Bring lawn pieces back to life and manage mildew on wooden decks and furniture safely and effectively using ingredients you probably have in your home right now. For resin lawn furniture, use a wet sponge coated in baking soda to gently scrub away grime. Mild detergent mixed with half a cup of bleach and a gallon of water will help to clean dingy-looking plastic-mesh lawn furniture. You can remove mildew from wood decks and patio furniture by wiping them with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda in a gallon of water. The vinegar will help to prevent future mildew growth, but you can also keep some full-strength on hand in a spray bottle for spot cleaning wherever you see mildew emerge.

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Mosaic's Video Walkthroughs Offer Secure, Comprehensive Property Viewings

Asheville Real Estate Virtual Tours

If you’re interested in exploring the Asheville real estate market in the age of COVID-19 – either as a buyer or a seller – you can do so safely and with confidence thanks to Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s virtual walkthroughs. These high-quality recorded video showings are a key way Mosaic has quickly calibrated operations to conform to the changing climate, keeping the safety of our clients, our agents and our community at the forefront, while at the same time continuing to make the real-estate experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

The advantage to virtual showings

Mosaic listings’ virtual walkthroughs offer peace of mind to both sellers and buyers on many levels. Video showings help to curb viral exposure that traditional, potentially high-traffic showings might bring. They are helpful in educating a buyer on the design, layout and special features of a home, piquing interest and encouraging buyers to pursue a property further.

Virtual showings also serve to streamline the house-hunting or -selling process, allowing for convenient perusal of a home with a click of a button anytime, at the buyer’s leisure. Video showings can be viewed as many times as the buyer would like, and at any pace desired.

Professionally shot videos

Mosaic’s in-house videographer creates unique, high-quality virtual tours that feature the property’s surrounding yard, view, all interior spaces, garage and accessory structures, and deck or patio space. The videos, which also showcase the surrounding neighborhood and approach, are shot with optimal natural and professional lighting, boast high definition, and are prominently displayed on Mosaic’s listing page. 

If, after viewing Mosaic’s online video walkthroughs, you would like to virtually examine a property further, you can request a live-stream walkthrough (either via Zoom or FaceTime and given by the seller or the listing agent). After viewing a virtual walkthrough, buyers are encouraged to do drive-bys of properties that interest them, getting a first-hand look at the home’s exterior, yard and neighborhood. 

The option for in-person showings

Real estate in Asheville has been deemed an essential service, so Mosaic can do in-person showings, making every effort to adhere to CDC best practices to keep our clients, sellers and agents safe. For more details, see Mosaic’s COVID Compliant Commitment and Disclosure.

To view Mosaic Realty’s virtual tours, view this search. For more information on real estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Incentives for Building Green Grow in Asheville

Asheville Green Building

Looking for ways to bolster your finances in light of our ever-changing world events? As a homeowner, you can take advantage of a variety of local and federal incentives and rebates available for building green and implementing sustainability in Asheville.

The City of Asheville Sustainability Office recently rolled out residential building permit fee rebates for single-family homes to support sustainability. Measures such as Green Built certification, solar photovoltaic systems, and tree protection will net homeowners a range of rebates. Information on all sustainability fee rebates can be found at the City of Asheville website

Green Building Incentives AshevilleElectric and gas discounts and rebates 

Duke Energy is offering Asheville area homeowners incentives to implement green upgrades. Its Smart Saver program provides rebates for such actions as attic insulation and air sealing, duct repair and replacement, and heat pump water heater installation. Energy Star-labeled homes receive a discount on electric rates after the first 350 kWh used per month. Visit the Duke Energy website to learn more.

PSNC Energy offers incentives for green upgrades as well. Replacing gas furnaces and water heaters with high-efficiency versions will net homeowners $150 per appliance upgrade.

Incentives for installing renewable energy

North Carolina allows cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels and other energy upgrades Learn more about these loans here. Federal incentives include a 30% tax credit with no caps; details found here. And through NC Green Power, a per-kWh rate is paid to homeowners for electricity generated from a renewable energy source. Morei information is available at this website. For a database of all renewable and efficiency incentives by state, visit https://www.dsireusa.org.

Green Building IncentivesCommercial cost-cutting

Business owners in Asheville can also qualify for rebates and incentives when they implement energy-efficient measures. Duke Energy offers a Small Business Energy Saver program, which pays up to 80% of energy-efficiency improvements such as LEDS and lighting controls, HVAC and refrigeration. Duke Energy also provides up to 14% off your bill if you take part in its Demand Response Automation, in which you use less energy during peak demand periods. (The program also helps you create a plan of action to take during these peak periods.)

For additional information on tax discounts and other programs to positively impact your wallet while at the same time aiding the environment, go to Green Built Alliance’s comprehensive compilation.  

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a member and supporter of Green Built Alliance and thankful for the important green building resources that they provide.

 

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

Updated April 9th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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