Mosaic agent Vanessa Byrd knows the Asheville real estate market. Drawing from her experience as a long-time resident, historic-restoration expert, and accomplished interior designer, Byrd provides a multi-faceted approach to every property she handles. Offering clients a uniquely effective perspective focused on staging, renovations and marketing methods aimed at real estate success is a skill Byrd adeptly employs – and it’s one that has consistently landed her among the top agents in Asheville, year after year.
Tell us about your background, both personal and professional. What brought you to the Asheville area, and what drew you into real estate?
My family moved to the Asheville area in 1984 because of its natural beauty and friendly people. After graduating high school in Henderson County, I attended Appalachian State University and received a degree in Interior Design with a Business minor. I worked for a high-end interior design company in the Boone area before returning to Asheville to pursue my passion for historic renovation. After renovating and selling dozens of my own projects, I decided to become a Realtor in 2010 to use my skills to help my clients buy and sell homes.
I have been a top-100 agent since 2013, specializing in preparing my clients’ homes for the market to help them get the best price possible. I own my own staging company and over the years have helped sellers to prepare their homes with interior design decisions and, most importantly, staging. This has been proven to increase the sales price and decrease days on the market.
Mosaic agent Vanessa Byrd discusses home renovations and staging
You've renovated quite a few historic homes in Asheville over the years. How does your experience in renovations and restorations inform your expertise as an agent?
Renovating homes over the last 21 years helps me to assist my clients in making informed decisions when buying and selling their homes. Knowing what is involved in home improvement and renovations can help the buyers or sellers to realize the amount of work needed at the home and/or the improvements that the seller may need to do to get their best price.
Talk a little bit about the importance of staging and how you help clients prepare their homes to list.
It is my experience that staging is the number one thing people can do to maximize their profits when selling their home. I provide free staging services to all my listings to help them to put their best foot forward when presenting their home. Staging helps buyers to have spatial awareness and feel comfortable in the home. Empty homes often feel smaller than staged ones. Staging helps to create the best first impression possible.
Mosaic’s Vanessa Byrd on why she loves Asheville
What are your passions, especially as they relate to Asheville?
My family, fur family, and helping children in need in the Asheville area are my passions. We are so lucky to live in the most beautiful and friendly place. My family and four dogs enjoy the lakes, rivers and forests, and ski as often as possible. I enjoy helping all – including animals – who are less fortunate to improve their lives. As a self-made business owner and successful Realtor, it is very important to me that I give back to my community.
What do you love about Asheville, and what sets it apart from the other places where you've lived?
The beautiful surroundings, lovely, open-minded, compassionate people, and helping people to find their perfect home.
Anything you'd like to add about what makes you a stand-out agent in the Asheville area?
I truly care about every client and do my very best to go above and beyond to help them to make the most out of their real-estate experience. I love helping buyers get their best deal possible and doing everything in my power to help sellers with all my real estate skills: listing prep, staging, marketing. My relationships with local agents help me to facilitate deals and get the houses to the closing table.
Connect with Vanessa at 828-275-8534 or Vanessa@MyMosaicRealty.com