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Tips for Finding a Home in Asheville

Finding an Asheville Home

Shopping for a home can be a complicated, confusing undertaking. As rewarding as the end result is, the process of attaining your dream requires time, patience and, most importantly, organization. Before you set out on the journey, it helps to map out your wants and needs. While you may not meet every one of your desires, detailing them at the outset will help you streamline the shopping process and make it more enjoyable. Following, a few tips to set you on the right path for finding your dream home in the hot Asheville, NC Real Estate market.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is an important first step toward a home purchase. Obtaining mortgage pre-approval means you can pinpoint your price range and narrow down your options. In addition, it shows you to be a serious buyer when it comes time to make an offer and you can be prepared to act quickly when that perfect property hits the market.

Zero in on Neighborhood Amenities

How to Find an Asheville HomeWhat are you looking for in a neighborhood? Is it homes with mountain views? Are you all about walkability? Do you desire a larger lot? Knowing what the options are, and then honing in on the neighborhoods that boast your favorites, will give you a good start in your search. Mosaic Realty's Search by Interest and Lifestyle page can assist you with dialing in your search.

Find a Knowledgeable Agent

When you’re looking for a home in Asheville, and especially if you’re planning to relocate to the area from a different part of the country, it helps to have a knowledgeable agent well-versed in Asheville’s neighborhoods and all they have to offer. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty know the ins and outs of this city they call home; they will listen to what you’re after in a home and neighborhood, and focus the search accordingly, saving you time and energy.

Prioritize Home Amenities

Asheville Homes for SaleThere are as many home styles and amenities to choose from as there are buyers. If you know you want an older home replete with claw-foot bathtub and antique fixtures, it makes little sense to spend time viewing modern green-builds. Homes may not house every detail you desire, but it is possible to find one that boasts a number of your top requirements.

Get to Know Your Potential ’Hood

The perfect home is only as perfect for you as the neighborhood it’s in. The best way to learn about a specific Asheville neighborhood is to visit it a few times, and during different times of the day and evening. Are there lots of kids playing in the neighborhood for yours to befriend? Do the barking dogs delight or dismay? Maybe even take a walk through the area and chat with residents you run into – most will be happy to talk to you about their neighborhood. If noise is a concern, it’s important to gauge things like area traffic and the resulting ambient noise. Details like this can’t be learned through a listing.

So, if you’re ready to begin your home search in Asheville, or want more tips to make the most of your house hunt, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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

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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:

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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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How To Get the Most Out of Your Asheville Real Estate Negotiations

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When it comes time to buy or sell your home in Asheville, having a seasoned agent well-versed in the intricacies of real estate transactions and negotiations is crucial to getting the best results. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty have the knowledge that comes with industry experience, but beyond that, knowledge of the market specific to Asheville. Did you know a Blue Ridge view can add thousands to a home price? Or that floodplain maps, which can adversely affect property values, are shifting at a significant rate? Mosaic agents can offer you guidance on these and a range of other logistics as you set out on your real estate journey. Following, a few tips to get you started:

Asheville Real Estate·      When selling a home, it’s key to cut utilities off after the day of closing, and no sooner. Power needs to stay on in case the closing is delayed for things like last-minute walk-throughs.

·      A thorough comparative market analysis will help you get the most for your home: A Mosaic agent can closely examine nearby sales for comparable finishes, size, views – the list goes on. Knowing how to price competitively, especially in hot markets like West Asheville, will help keep your property from stagnating.

·      Did you know that soil stability can affect property values? If a home is on a steep slope, as many in the Asheville area are, or on a flood plain, it’s important to obtain tests by a geotechnical engineer to assess soil stability. A Mosaic agent can point you in the direction of reputable firms to assess potentially problematic land, saving you headaches down the road.

·      When you’re in the market to buy a home, it’s extremely important to know what surrounds your preferred neighborhoods: Will your home be near an environmental waste site or sewer plant? Which industries are – or could potentially end up – nearby? Is flooding a possible risk? Relying on a knowledgeable Mosaic agent to steer you away from problematic properties can give you peace of mind during your house hunt.

Mosaic Realty Agents·      Beyond the basics of getting home inspections, radon studies and well and septic field tests, it’s important to dig deeper: If a home smells even the slightest bit moldy, for example, don’t dismiss it. An inspection is imperative, as is finding and addressing the source of the water problem. Getting the highest-risk issues inspected first is key to avoiding unnecessary costs.

·      Carrying out a real estate deal that involves an HOA brings its own set of logistics. Part of due diligence involves examining the health of the HOA, especially with condos and townhomes. A Mosaic agent will examine the budget, bylaws and rules, and verify possible restrictions on everything from rentals to pets.

These are just a few of the many areas Mosaic can cover with you as you embark on your Asheville real estate experience. For more tips like these, or to find a Mosaic agent suited to your specific needs, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Small Improvements Can Pay Off Big When It's Time to Sell Your Home

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When it comes time to sell your home, even the smallest improvements can help you get top dollar. From a fresh coat of interior paint, to a major kitchen renovation, there is a range of home improvement options to fit every budget and price point. Following are a few tried-and-true tacks:

De-clutter – This may seem like an obvious first step, but sellers are often unsure of how thoroughly they should pare down their presentation. Start with those stacks of bills and papers, unnecessary items crowding your kitchen counter, shelves piled high with knickknacks, clothes piled in the closets, and the like. Art is fine, but keep family and personal photos to a minimum – you want potential buyers to see themselves, not you, in the home. Streamline furnishings and keep hallways and paths free of any objects that can impede the flow of the home.

Staging Your Home for Sale AshevilleCurb appeal – Landscaping is an economical way to improve a buyer’s first impressions. Local garden centers can offer advice and design services, or a quick drive around the neighborhood can serve as inspiration. Adding sod, small bushes, or a focal point like a stone walkway can enhance your home immensely. If you don’t have the funds for a full exterior paint job, coat the front door in a fresh color that complements the exterior but provides just the right pop to make your home stand out.

Consider staging your home – Presenting your home as the star of the show is one of the easiest things you can do to up the appeal. Professional stagers are equipped with the materials – whether furniture, accessories or the like – to add the right amount of polish. But you can also do the staging yourself, with a few simple tricks:

·     Neutralize wall colors to provide a calm backdrop on which to create inviting rooms

·     Increase lighting, open blinds, clean windows – generally present an open, bright air about your home

·     Create furniture arrangements that are “conversational”: couches that face one another and aren’t pointed at a TV

·     Make small spaces appear larger with things like mirrors, pedestal sinks and “airy” furnishings: If you can, replace that giant sectional with a polished sofa, or a heavy hutch with understated shelves

·     Never leave a room empty; instead, turn it into a guest room, craft room or office

Asheville Home Improvements for SaleBathroom and kitchen updates – A gut renovation of an outdated bathroom or kitchen can help immensely in the final selling price, but if it’s not in the budget, consider smaller updates that can freshen the overall look. Swap out old fixtures and faucets for modern ones, re-caulk around sinks, replace or re-glaze old tubs, and re-face cabinets and drawers.

For more tips like these, or to find an agent equipped to help you get the most out of the sale of your Asheville area home, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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