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Artisan Cheese in Asheville: From Field and Farm to Plate

 

 

WNC Cheese TrailAsheville, NC is one of the most food-forward cities a traveler could find.  If a food item or beverage can be cultivated locally and brought to the table, there are passionate Ashevillians doing it.  The city is already known nationally for its craft beer production, and now it is gaining momentum as a center for artisan cheese.  

Details about the WNC Cheese Trail

Be a part of this grassroots movement and celebration of southern cheese by joining in the WNC Cheese Trail on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 12pm-4pm.  The event will be held at one of Asheville’s pioneering breweries, Highlands Brewing Company, located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway.  It will be a great opportunity to check out their continuously updated tasting room and production facility as well.  Not to mention, cheese and beer pair so wonderfully.WNC Cheese Trail event

The WNC Cheese Trail is as much about education about the process of bringing cheese from the field and farm to the dinner plate as it is about enjoying the fruits of the labor.  Demonstrations will include the history of the ancient craft as well as the future of the cheese industry.  Of course, there will be ample opportunity to sample and buy a wide variety of local cheese.  

Children are welcome to participate in the family-centered activities, and vendors from across the country will be set up.

Mosaic Realty Sponsors the WNC Cheese Trail

Mosaic Realty is a proud sponsor of this event.  One of the reasons that we love Asheville is the drive and entrepreneurial spirit of the community that calls this town home.  Come join us at the WNC Cheese Trail in celebration of local, artisan cheese!

 

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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Semi-Professional Soccer Kicks Into High Gear in Asheville

Asheville City Soccer Club

Bringing a community-driven semi-professional soccer experience to Western North Carolina, Asheville City Soccer Club continues the region’s history of love and support for the world’s game by offering up another season of unique excitement in the heart of Downtown Asheville. Asheville City SC, which saw an incredible outpouring of community support for its inaugural men’s team in 2017, will debut its women’s team as it kicks off its 2018 season, truly bringing to life its “Two Teams, One City” motto.

The club – proudly co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and Mosaic agent (and Asheville City SC women’s head coach) Stacey Enos – will start things off with a 2018 season launch party at Hi-Wire’s Big Top (2 Huntsman Place) Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet and mingle with Asheville City SC players and staff. There will also be soccer pool, giveaways, speeches and special guests.

Sport Your Support for Asheville Soccer!

Asheville City Soccer ClubAsheville City SC is offering fans a new home jersey season ticket for the 2018 season, which will be unveiled and distributed at the launch party. Not only does the jersey give fans entry to all home games for both the men's and women's teams, it also allows them the opportunity to proudly display their team support anytime they wear it. Fans who purchase the season ticket option will also have an exclusive entry gate, with no lines. Of course, fans can also buy a ticket at the door for any game. And all kids 5 years old and under get in free with an accompanying adult.

Asheville City SC will play all home games at Memorial Stadium, bordering South Slope in Downtown Asheville. The stadium, built in 1925 to serve as a regional athletic and special events facility, stands adjacent to McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. It has seen action as the home field of the Asheville Splash women’s semi-professional soccer team (2002-2004) and the Asheville Grizzlies semi-pro football team. With last year’s men’s soccer club debut, the stadium contained an average 2,000 loyal and loud fans per game.

Kick-Off Soccer Matches in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville City Soccer ClubThe men kick things off May 4 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, facing the Myrtle Beach Mutiny. The women’s inaugural season gets under way May 5 at 7 p.m., when the team takes on Chattanooga FC at Memorial.

With the men’s team reaching the National Premier Soccer League's Southeastern Conference playoffs last year, this season promises to bring unprecedented excitement for fans. For more information, or to purchase season tickets, visit https://www.ashevillecitysc.com.

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

Learn More: Stacey Enos, Mosaic agent and Asheville City SC women's head coach

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Asheville Area Earth Day Events Celebrate Environmental Stewardship

Blue Ridge Mountains

Since 1970, when a grassroots demonstration initiated by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson marked what we know today as Earth Day, millions of people have gathered around the world every year to participate in events and activities focused on improving, cleaning up and celebrating the environment. This month, Asheville is host to a multitude of events culminating in the April 22 Earth Day celebration. No stranger to environmental activism and stewardship, the city gives everyone, young and old, the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, including clean-ups, vigils and festivals.

Spearheading area Earth Day events is WNC for the Planet, a collective made up of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the month of April. WNC for the Planet is teaming up with local businesses, universities, community groups and individuals for a month of environmental service, educational opportunities and celebrations in Asheville and across Western North Carolina.

Mosaic Makes a Difference

River Clean Up AshevilleWNC for the Planet also includes a Business & Community Challenge, allowing area businesses, civic organizations and community groups to create teams and compete for prizes and bragging rights. As part of their mission to work with and support the vitality and health of our local and global community, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agents and employees are joining in the challenge. Each team earns Planet Points according to how much it accomplishes at WNC for the Planet events – for example, how much trash it collects or how many trees it plants – and at the end of the month, each team is ranked. The harder the team works, the more points it earns.

Other Earth Month events include everything from clean-ups at the Green and Swannanoa Rivers, to invasive plant workshops and clearing, to composting talks and stargazing. The month culminates with a weekend of celebrations, including Earth Day Kids’ Festival with RiverLink on April 21, at Salvage Station, MountainTrue’s annual Earth Day Vigil with faith groups on April 22, at First Baptist Church, and an Earth Day Celebration Party on April 22 at New Belgium Brewery. For more information on all the WNC for the Planet events, visit https://wncfortheplanet.org/events/category/public-event/.

Impacting the Earth, Every Day in Asheville

Earth Day Asheville NCIn the meantime, there are many ways you and your family can make a positive impact, however small, on the environment in celebration of Earth Day, and all year long:

·      Clean up the Asheville community by organizing a group to pick up litter in a local park or along a roadway.

·      Talk to local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property.

·      Try an organic vegetable garden.

·      Conserve water.

·      Simply enjoy nature through hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway or taking a stroll through any of Asheville’s beautiful local parks.

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

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Multilingual Site Makes Mosaic an Asheville Real Estate Resource for All

Mosaic Realty Website Asheville Homepage Spanish

As Asheville’s appeal widens, so grows its attractiveness as a place to purchase a home, whether it be a primary residence or a vacation property. International interest in the city means more non-English-speaking buyers are exploring real estate options in Asheville – and thus the need for multilingual assistance.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is at the forefront of accommodating this new population of potential clients, becoming an inclusive resource for non-English speakers searching for Asheville-area properties. One way Mosaic is doing this is through its website. Mymosaicrealty.com now offers Google Translate, which instantly translates the site from English into more than 100 other world languages.

Easy-to-Use System

Mosaic Realty Website Asheville SpanishThe system is simple: When a user goes to Mosaic’s homepage, or any other page, he or she can click on the tab appearing in the upper left corner that says “Select Language.” From there, a drop-down menu reveals the language options available. A quick click on one of the myriad language options will translate that page, and every page to which the user navigates.

In addition, there is also a notification on most browsers that will pop up to recommend visitors translate the language of the page. The notification might read: "We have detected that this website is in English. Do you want to translate to Spanish now?"

Spanish-Speaking Agents

Mosaic Realty AgentsBeyond its website, Mosaic is specifically reaching out to Spanish-speaking clients in a more direct fashion. Three Mosaic agents – Joseph Ruiz, Hart Dalhauser and Gus Mujica – are fluent in Spanish, which means they can adeptly assist Spanish speakers, providing them with a more comfortable environment in which to buy or sell a home.

Mosaic approaches each client’s individual needs with respect, honesty and integrity. Now, that approach can be extended across a multilingual platform. Thanks to Google Translate, navigating Mosaic’s listings and its other helpful real estate and regional information has never been easier – in any language.

For more information on real estate in the Asheville area, or if you know of a non-native-English speaker seeking to buy or sell a home in Asheville, contact Mosaic owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Catch Mosaic Realty Agent Laura Moye on National TV

Laura Moye on National TV

Our very own Laura Moye is making her small-screen debut this week! Tune in to “Mountain Life” on Great American Country (GAC) June 25 at 9 p.m. ET to see Laura help her clients, Alesha and Sean – and their dog Bandit – find and purchase their growing family’s first home in Canton.

Can’t tune in? Not to worry. The episode airs several more times in the coming weeks on GAC and HGTV. Click here for listings. https://www.greatamericancountry.com/shows/mountain-life/episodes/200

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Navigating Asheville's Real Estate Zoning Laws Requires the Right Research

Asheville Zoning

As you begin your real estate search in the Asheville area, it’s important to learn the zoning rules and regulations specific to the neighborhoods you’re interested in. The laws can be complicated and circuitous depending on the type of home or business you plan to establish; extremely helpful to the process is securing a real estate agent that knows the zoning ins and outs, and can successfully and smoothly guide you.

The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help you every step of the way, fully educating you on all the zoning regulations that can affect your purchase so you’re not left with any surprises once you’ve moved in. So whether you’re thinking of a future remodel, starting a home business, or even keeping farm animals, here are some tips as you begin your search:

Asheville Zoning Rules·      If you are within a city or town that is incorporated, they will have their own planning code that trumps the county’s planning code. It is essential to figure out which you are under; the best way to do this is to ask the listing agent.

·      If you’re planning to buy land to build on, or property to renovate or add onto, you will have to run it by the city. A Mosaic agent can help you craft a description of the project to submit to the city planning department.

·      Did you know that both residential and commercial properties can carry parking regulations and requirements? Everything from the size of parking to curb cuts can come into play. It’s important to know what’s required before you set out.

·      If you’ve decided on a neighborhood you like, find out what zoning category it falls under: single-family, multifamily residential, mixed use? These categories can affect whether or not a home business is lawful, and they can also prepare you for the possibility that the house next door could eventually be torn down and replaced with an apartment building.

·      If remodeling is in your future, make sure you get the lowdown on things like how much square footage you can add on, or whether a garage addition is allowed. Even exterior paint color and landscaping can fall under zoning ordinances. Enlist a Mosaic agent to do the research for you, and you’ll be fully prepared for the rules.

·      Raising farm animals such as chickens, roosters, even goats is a popular pastime for many in the Asheville area. But zoning regulations can prohibit keeping such animals in your yard. Best to find out early, so your urban farming dreams aren’t dashed!

·      When in doubt, visit Asheville’s city planning department in person and get your questions answered directly, and in writing. That way, if there’s any uncertainty down the road, you can produce documentation of permissible parameters.

If you’re ready to start your search, and would like more tips like these, and guidance maneuvering Asheville’s zoning regulations, 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

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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