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1st Quarter of 2016 Continues with a Strong Seller's Market in Asheville

 

2016 started off strong in the Asheville Buncombe housing market.  According to the analysis of the 1st Quarter of 2016 by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, home sales were strong through the end of the first quarter.

 

Median Home Sale Prices

 

Median home sale prices climbed to a new quarterly record of $250,000 in Asheville.  This indicates an 11.1% increase over the previous median price of $225,000 a year ago.  In Buncombe County, the median home price this past quarter was $227,500, 10.4% higher than the same time a year ago.

 

Chart 3 Q1 Market Analysis 2016

 

Inventory

 

Inventory, or the number of homes on the market, is a factor that is considered in determining the health of the housing market.  

 

As of April 2016, inventory in Asheville was under 6 months in the price ranges below $600,000. For the $600,000 and $700,000 price range, inventory was at 6 months. This represents lower inventory levels in Asheville in the middle/upper price ranges compared to previous years.

 

Inventory in Buncombe County was under 6 months for price ranges under $450,000 and was lower in almost every price range in the 1st quarter of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.

 

Table 1 Q1 Market Analysis 2015

 

 

Table 2 Q1 Market Analysis 2016

 

 

 

 

Average Days on the Market

 

 

 

The average Days on Market (DOM) in Asheville decreased to 69 days in the 1st quarter of 2016, the lowest since 2004. The average Days on Market in Buncombe County decreased to 95 Days on Market, the lowest since 2007.  The peak in Days on Market in the years 2009 to 2015 was artificially inflated by an estimated 30 days because during those years, the MLS software counted days when a property was under contract but had not closed. The software no longer counts days for DOM calculations when a property is under contract.

 

Chart 5 Q1 Market Analysis 2016

Median Price Per Square Foot

 

Median price per square foot increased in Asheville in the price ranges of $250,000 to $700,000 and slightly decreased in lower and higher home value brackets.  In Buncombe County, the reverse is generally true, with mid-level priced homes seeing a decrease in price per square foot and lower and higher end homes seeing an increase.

 

Table 5 Q1 Market Analysis 2016


Table 6 Q1 Market Analysis 2016

Green Homes

 

Inventory of green homes both within Asheville and Buncombe county is below six months, indicating a healthy seller’s market for this subgroup.  The median price per square foot for Asheville’s green homes is $217 versus Buncombe County’s $183 per square foot.

 

Table 7 Q1 Market Analysis 2016

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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See The Historic Montford Asheville North Carolina Video

Historic Montford in Asheville, North Carolina

 

The charming neighborhood of Montford, located within walking distance to Downtown, Asheville is filled with beautiful historic homes, parks, and history. Montford's established restaurants such as Nine Mile, Tod's Tasties, and Chiesa are soothing to the palate.  With it's quaint bed & breakfasts and historical elegance, Montford has become a prominent neighborhood in Asheville. Single family homes adorn the brick-sidewalk streets, convenient access to Reed Creek Greenway, and location to the Interstate, make it a desirable area to live. 

 

View Mosaic Realty's Historic Montford Neighborhood Video here:

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The Magic of Asheville, North Carolina

 

The Magic of Asheville North Carolin

Once named the happiest city in America, Asheville North Carolina has something to offer for everyone. This breathtaking city, known as the Land of the Sky, is located on a plateau rising over 2,000 feet high in the heart of the magnificient Blue Ridge mountains. 

Vibrant downtown Asheville is known for its extraordinary culinary scene, artists, culture, and of course, it's beauty.  Surrounded by extraordinary vistas and blow your mind natural wonders, Asheville, North Carolina is the place where magic happens. 

From drumming circles to art galleries, and an established music scene to architectural treasures, Asheville is ranked in the top 10 places to live, to retire, start a business, and to raise a family. Dozens of microbreweries and brewpubs producing tasty local craft beers has garnered Asheville the title of beer city USA for four years in a row, and one of eight best beer towns in the United States. 

Downtown's street performers and shops all turn heads and add to the city's charm. Coveted spots in downtown are the outdoor dining tables at many of the city's nationally acclaimed restaurants. Entertainment such as LaZoom comedy tours, and delicious treats at French Broad Chocolate Lounge, will leave you begging for more of this impromptu city.

Voted one of the ten most beautiful places in America, Asheville is an outdoor paradise. Downtown condos, and neighborhoods such as Montford, Five Points, and The Grove Park are within walking or biking distance to everything you need. Downtown markets like Hopey and Company and the French Broad Coop provide convenient access to supermarket needs, and the best thing - it's all local! 

People love Asheville because they don't have to fit into a mold. They can be who they are and still feel at home. 

Welcome to the city of Asheville. This Appalachian town is an abundance of magic and happiness. 

Moving in Asheville: 10 Tips for Green Spring Cleaning and Moving

 

 

green moving tips Asheville

 

 

 

 

Thinking of selling or buying a home in Asheville?  Put quite simply, homes that are de-cluttered and clean sell more quickly.  The problem is, we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff through the years, making moving a messy and potentially wasteful process.

 

Mosaic Realty is a  supporter of the urban environmental conservation organization, Asheville Greenworks.  We have collaborated with them to bring you a resource guide for cleaning your home ahead of this spring moving season while keeping the environment in mind.  

 

 

 

Here are 10 items that can be hard to dispose of when you are moving and a solution for what you can do with them in  Asheville.

 

Getting ready to move.... Declutter!

 

1. Bedding

 

Clean out those linen closets!  Brother Wolf, a local animal rescue organization,  gladly accepts donations of used bedding to create a comfortable environment for the pets up for adoption.


 

      2.  Cooking Oils

 

Cooking oils can easily clog up your home's plumbing and the city sewage system.  Asheville Greenworks and Blue Ridge BioFuels have partnered to provide locally-made recycling bins for used cooking oil.  They are placed throughout Buncombe County and can be found here.

 

     3.  Electronics, Scrap Metal and Batteries

 

Biltmore Iron and Metal Company, in Biltmore Village, uses environmentally safe procedures and will recycle many metals.  Check their website for details.  They also accept white goods and appliances, including stoves.

 

      4.  Gently Used Books

 

Consider paring down your book collection and making a donation to our local book mobile, Snake, Rabbit and Snail or get store credit at Mr. K's Books in East Asheville.  

 

      5.  Working Appliances, Furniture, and Building Materials

 

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity gladly accepts these items for use in their Re-Store.  Call to schedule a pick up at (828) 254-6706.  

 

      6.    Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

 

These energy efficient light bulbs can be recycled after use at the Buncombe County Landfill or Lowes and Home Depot stores.  If you have some that you are no longer using but still have life in them, consider donating them to a favorite charity for use in their organization's space.

 

      7.  Motor Oil, Used Oil Filters, and Empty Propane Tanks

 

Cleaning out the garage?  Inevitably, you will find containers of oil.  Advanced Auto and Autozone provide free recycling for these potentially environmentally harmful products.  Biltmore Iron and Metal will take your empty propane tanks.

 

     8.  Plastic Flower and Planting Pots

 

If you are unable to reuse these yourself, Home Depot and Lowes will both accept used flower and planting pots.

 

After the move.....Asheville Green Works recycling moving guide

 9.  Moving boxes

 

After moving, we are often left with mountains of cardboard boxes.  Although moving boxes can be recycled with curbside waste management in Asheville, you can repurpose them by breaking them down then layering them in your yard under a bed of mulch to keep weeds down.

 

  10.  Styrofoam Peanuts and Bubble Wrap

 

Open Box Moving  Solutions provides a service to help recycle these pesky styrofoam peanuts.  For drop off details, check out Asheville Greenwork's  Hard 2 Recycle Collection.  UPS and Fex-Ex stores will also accept bubble wrap and packing peanuts.

 

We wish you luck with your green spring cleaning. Please let us know if we can help you find a home in Asheville or get the most for a house you are selling in Asheville.

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Source: Asheville GreenWorks

 

3 Powerful and Green Asheville Home Renovation Resources

Asheville Tool Library

There are so many incredible joys of home ownership: the personalization, the stability, the financial benefits of forced savings…. But inevitably, there will come a time as a homeowner that you need to make some fixes, updates or improvements.  Here at Mosaic, we value environmental stewardship and strive to be a resource for you to not only find green homes but also to make green improvements to your existing home.

We would like to feature 3 unique Asheville resources that can help you along your green home improvement quest.

    1.  Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC)

WNCGBC is an Asheville-based nonprofit whose mission is to educate the community about green building resources.  They have a new Fan Test Home Energy Scoreprogram called Green Gauge which is a simple assessment that results in a Home Energy Score.  This is a way for you to learn about your home’s energy performance and to receive some specific recommendations for improvement.  Find out more here

   

2.  Asheville Tool Library

Asheville Tool Library, located on the South Slope of downtown, provides a method for people to share some of the many tools that are often necessary for a DIY home improvement project.  An annual membership fee of $50-$100 allows people within an hour of Asheville to check out tools for a few days at a time.  Scholarships are also available for those needing financial assistance.  This fantastic resource embraces the conservationist concept of reuse through sharing.  More information here.

    3.  Habitat for Humanity Restore

The Habitat for Humanity Restore, operated by the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, has been selling donated items to the public since 1990.  As other Western North Carolina residents remodel their homes, many of their unwanted appliances, cabinets and other home goods are collected by the Restore.  

Habitat for Humanity Restore AshevilleWith a little time spent at the store, you may find just what you are looking for for your home improvement project.  The Restore even holds annual competitions to see who can find the most innovative way to reuse an item from the store.  As an added bonus, proceeds from the Restore sales go to fund the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity building programs.  Finding what you need + helping the environment by reusing + helping fund local building programs = Win! Win! Win!  More information can be found here.  

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Powerful Performing Arts in Asheville: A Look at What's Ahead

Diana Wortham Theatre Dance Asheville Parsons

Asheville is a city of art- both visual and performing.  From street corners full of buskers to community concerts to national and international performing artists, opportunity to soak it all in abounds.  At Mosaic, we believe in the power of art to keep a community thriving.  We support multiple performing arts opportunities in Asheville and the surrounding area.  Here, we would like to feature two fantastic series that we sponsor and whose seasons are on the brink of launch.  

Blue Ridge Orchestra in Western North Carolina

Blue Ridge Orchestra AshevilleBlue Ridge Orchestra is a group of talented musicians from around Western North Carolina.  These volunteers are a mix of professional, amateur and retired musicians.  The venues change throughout the season in attempt to bring wonderful music to many of the communities in the Western part of the state.

The season is beginning September 17 at Deerfield Chapel in South Asheville with Gaga for Vivaldi.  Some of the highlights of the 2016-2017 season include Homage to Haydn, BRO Revels, and a Wedding with Wolfgang.  The season closes in April at the Folk Art Center with Cantus Terrae (an Earth Day Celebration).

A full schedule of events can be found here.

Diana Wortham Theatre in Downtown Asheville

Diana Wortham Theatre Dance Asheville ShadowlandDiana Wortham Theatre is a beautiful and intimate theatre of only 500 seats and is located in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Parking is easy at an adjacent parking garage, and there are many top-notch restaurants and bars within easy walking distance to the theatre.  Their live performances feature dance, music, comedy, circus arts and theatre throughout the year.  This stellar nonprofit organization hosts regional vocational arts performances throughout the year as well as nationally and internationally touring artists in their Mainstage Series performances.  

This year’s Mainstage Series, running from September 2016 through May 2017, features a spectrum of performing art from the comic relief of The Capitol Steps to leading dance ensemble Parsons Dance to Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  Mosaic Realty is helping to sponsor the Dance Series this year, enabling Diana Wortham Theatre to continue in their tradition of being a top presenter of dance in the southeast.  

A full schedule of events can be found here.

At Mosaic, we strive to know our community and to be connected to it.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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7 Reasons Asheville is a Food Forward Heaven

 

It has been said by many visitors to Asheville that the food scene here is more progressive than anywhere else they have visited.  Here we offer 7 reasons that Asheville is a food forward heaven:

1.  Asheville Food is Fresh

Farmers Market AshevilleEveryone knows that fantastic chefs cook with the freshest ingredients.  In the Asheville area, there are over a dozen farmers markets that both home cooks and professional chefs frequent to find ingredients.  Menus all over town boast meat, cheese and produce from local farms.  The Hop Ice Cream Cafe is known to stop by the West Asheville Tailgate Market for farm fresh ingredients that then show up in their incredibly creative ice cream flavors.
 

2.  It’s Easy to Grab a Bite in Asheville

A new trend that we are seeing is the rise of the food truck, lending convenience to grabbing a bite on the go in every nook and cranny of Asheville.  You will find food trucks parked at breweries, festivals, private parties and even gas stations, making it incredibly easy to eat a delicious meal.  There is even a dedicated food truck park!

3.  Local Food Abounds

Asheville’s hospitable climate is conducive to many crops flourishing.  At farmers markets, co-ops and independent grocery stores you can find various local foods throughout the seasons.  Late spring brings scrumptious greens and summer yields countless root veggies, squashes, berries and more.  Crisp apples are a fall staple in Western North Carolina.

4.  There is a Focus on Sustainable Food

Asheville Fresh ApplesIn true Asheville form, there is a huge grassroots effort to make food sustainable in our area.  An organization called Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project provides support for farmers and education to the community so that we, as consumers, may have sustainable food choices and that farm businesses can continue to thrive.  Their efforts help to connect us to the farmers through markets and farm tours.

5.  Healthy Food is Everywhere

There is nowhere easier than Asheville to find healthy food that suits any diet.  Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan or any other food sensitive designation, there is a delectable menu waiting for you here!  Plant is an entirely vegan fine-dining establishment.  Posana, in Pack Square, is entirely gluten-free.  Laughing Seed Cafe, an early Asheville restaurant located on Wall Street, pioneered the way for vegetarian food in the area in the 1990s.  The Hop Ice Cream Cafe serves soymilk, almond milk, coconut milk and banana ice cream in addition to dairy ice cream.

6.  Food is Art in Asheville

Art, both visual and performing, is a large part of Asheville’s culture, and it carries over into the food realm as well.  Gorgeous, colorful combinations of local ingredients grace plates city-wide.  Notable culinary displays can be witnessed at Bull and Beggar with their seafood tower.  The sushi at Heiwa Shokudo on Lexington Avenue is stunning.  Check out the Instagram account of The Junction in the River Arts District to see their food art.  French Broad Chocolate Lounge’s handmade truffles are individual masterpieces!

7.  Asheville food is Delicious

Asheville Fresh FoodThe bottom line here is that you can taste some of the most delectable dishes imaginable in Asheville’s restaurants.  The Admiral, an unexpected fine dining restaurant in a dive bar’s body, often has reservations booked for weeks in advance.  Chef Katie Button churns out amazing tapas at Curate Spanish tapas bar.  Some of our other favorites are Mela Indian Food, Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean and the Asian cuisine of Gan Shan Station.

Feasting for FEAST Event

For the last several years, Mosaic Realty has been a supporter of the annual Feasting for FEAST celebration.  FEAST, an Asheville nonprofit, seeks to educate youth and families to grow, prepare and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.  Their annual Feasting for FEAST celebration brings together many of Asheville’s finest restaurants for a tasting of this fantastic food culture. Funds raised go toward programming that serves over 1500 local children.  Get your tickets now for the September 29th event!

At Mosaic Realty, we know this small city inside and out.  We would love to help you decide where in Asheville to call home.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Appalachian Offsets: A Local Solution to Global Pollution

Tree in Light Bulb

A Program of Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Appalachian OffsetsWestern North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) is bringing back it’s locally focused carbon-offsetting program due to community demand!  This innovative local program allows area residents to calculate their carbon footprint and then offset it by paying into a community fund.  The community fund then supports energy-efficient upgrades at local nonprofits, low-income housing and schools.

Executive director of the WNCGBC, Sam Ruark Eastes, states, “the scientific consensus is in.  Climate change is happening and is greatly influenced by the burning of fossil fuels.” The average United States resident was responsible for 18 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.  This number is almost 4 times greater than the global average of 4.6 tons, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report in 2011 (the last year of the data).

Two grants have helped to bring the Appalachian Offsets program back into action.  It encourages individuals to first offset their own carbon footprint.  Then, they can pay into a fund that helps the community as a whole.  

Making a Difference in Asheville

UNCA AHAAn example of a project that is funded would be upgrading inefficient lighting and supporting clean energy within area organizations.  In 2007, UNCA students volunteered with the Asheville Housing Authority to replace 13,000 inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.  This initiative helped reduce carbon emissions by 3, 790 tons annually and saved the Housing Authority and its residents about $250,000 annually!

“Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy costs and upgrading their facilities,” Ruark Eastes said.

You can get involved by going to the program’s website: www.cutmycarbon.org!  Here, you can use the carbon calculator to see your own or your business’ carbon footprint.  Additionally,you can also learn more about the projects that will be supported by offsets you may choose to purchase.

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a supporter of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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4 Ideas for Fall Family Fun in Asheville, NC

Apple Orchard Asheville

There is no greater time to appreciate the abundant beauty of our area than autumn.  The colors become electric as the air turns crisp.  Fall in Asheville brings with it several associations for us, and seeking out these traditions in the name of family fun is a great way to spend time together!

Asheville Area Corn Mazes

Corn MazeThe campus of Eliada Homes offers 12 acres with 4 miles of twisting and turning trails through their corn field.  This has been an Asheville tradition for years, with families flocking to their West Asheville location by the van-full.  Annually, the event brings in 20,000 visitors and is ranked among the top corn mazes in the nation.  All funds raised benefit Eliada Homes, serving children and families since 1906.

For a smaller corn maze experience, head out to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, where just a stone’s throw from their country store, children can explore the corn maze and then return to the farm store for fresh cider.  The farm is located just 10 miles southeast of Asheville.  

Apple Orchards: A WNC Tradition

Sky Top Orchard offers incredible scenery as you pick your own apples surrounded by panoramic mountain views.  Children will delight in the sights of the geese, ducks, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and peacocks.  Sky Top is famous for its apple cider doughnuts and lasting memories!

Pumpkins-a-Plenty

Pumpkins AshevillePicking the perfect pumpkin is a fun and easy task with so many local and convenient options in Asheville.  The Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market has a plethora of pumpkins as well as gourds and other fall harvest decorations.  Many area churches hold pumpkin adoptions as fundraisers to benefit charities they support.  Hickory Nut Gap also features a pumpkin patch for your own picking.  


Leaf Color in Asheville

Fall Leaves AshevilleFamily fun in the autumn can be as simple as a drive to see the amazing colors on our deciduous trees, with some pit stops for the children to stomp in the leaves.  Because we live near so many state and national parks, a short drive pays huge dividends in satisfaction.  Mid to late October is known as “peak leaf season”, and there is no better time to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway with a picnic basket in hand.  There are vistas all along the drive, but larger stop-off points include Craggy Gardens and Mount Pisgah.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for trick or treating!  Here is our guide to the Halloween scene in Asheville’s neighborhoods.

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Step Up Your Green Home Maintenance Game this Spring

 

Spring Daisies

As the weather takes a turn for the warmer, many a homeowner begins to contemplate cleaning, decluttering and strategizing toward spring home maintenance.  With some intentionality, you can carry out your spring home maintenance plan with our planet’s health in mind. Take a moment to read this post while relaxing on your front porch, then roll up your sleeves and dig in.  You will reap the rewards of a cleaner, greener and freshly maintained property in a few days of honest work.  Then you will be back to enjoying your front porch with a clean conscience and healthy, efficient home!

 

Green Home Cleaning

 

Green home cleaning involves using compounds that are bio-based as opposed to petroleum-based and synthetic.  For example, vinegar and filtered water, scented with essential oils makes a great all-purpose cleaner that is versatile enough to use to clean windows or to mop floors.  Stains may be tackled using baking soda, water and salt.  If you choose to purchase green cleaning products, look for logos by these certifying agencies:

 

  • USDA Certified Biobased Product

  • GreenSeal Certified

 

Make sure that your vacuum cleaner uses a HEPA rated filter.  This will help improve your indoor air quality by not allowing residue to cycle back into the room as you vacuum.  Choose microfiber cloths over paper towels.  Microfiber is recyclable and very efficient at picking up dust and not leaving behind residue.

 

Green Home Contracting

 

If you are having work done on your home, try to find tradesmen who use recycled materials, methods that save resources and energy, or materials that are better for the environment.  Carpenters, painters, landscapers, energy contractors, plumbers, masons and remodelers can all obtain certifications that help you identify their green home contracting status.  Look for certifications such as these:

 

  • Certified Green Professional (CGP)

  • LEED Professional Credentials

  • Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP)

Home with Solar Panels

Green Improvements You can Make Now

Replace old windows.  You can significantly lower your energy bills and reduce your consumption of energy simultaneously if you replace your old windows with modern, energy efficient windows.

 

Install solar panels.  Due to the significant reduction in panel installation costs and energy savings by as much as 80%, the number of households installing solar panels is skyrocketing.  Harness the power of the sun this spring!

 

Install water-saving measures.  Energy-efficient toilets, rainwater collection barrels, tankless water heaters, and low-flow fixtures are all great ways to reduce your household consumption of water.  According to the EPA, your family could save about 20,000 gallons of water annually by making just a few of these changes.

 

For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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