Real Estate

Curb Appeal: 4 Ways to Beautify Before Selling

 

 

Curb Appeal Color Selling Adding Color Can Lead Buyers to Your Door

Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts.  If you are considering selling your house this year, spring is also the time to renew your home's facade and make it fresh for prospective buyers.   As inventory creeps up and listings are hitting the market, there are ways that you can utilize the color pallette to enhance your curb appeal.  Check out these 4 ways to harness the potential of the color wheel!

 

1. Freshen up the paint.

 

For an investment of around $40-$70, the cost of a gallon of no VOC paint, you can enliven key areas of your exterior that are likely to make lasting first impressions.  A lipstick red or patriot blue coat of paint on your front door can create a welcoming yet lively entrance for prospective buyers.  Repainting existing trim or deck rails also demonstrates a commitment to home maintenance that buyers appreciate.

 

 

  1. Touch up the yard.

 

 

Winter leaves your yard dull, lifeless and littered with plant debris.  Get the most of the first spring rains by laying down grass seed and straw to bring the green back to life.  Provide contrast to the green by spreading a thick layer of fresh, dark mulch.  For a pop of spring color, plants that can be planted in early spring for late spring color in the southeast include pansies, primrose, and colorful evergreen ornamental grasses. Curb appeal selling color

 

 

  1. Accessorize with colorful outdoor living accents.

 

 

Draw attention to the leisure opportunities in your yard with colorful accent pieces.  A hammock in a vibrant color that is made of durable fabric can highlight the house's atmosphere of relaxation.  Similarly, colorful adirondack chairs placed in a well-landscaped corner of the yard create a peaceful retreat that potential buyers will notice.

 

 

 

  1. Highlight the fixtures that make your house feel homey.

 

 

 

By adding large, colorful or shiny house numbers near your front door, you will make your home's address memorable to potential buyers.  Similarly, a mailbox is often the first structural detail that a homebuyer may notice when pulling up to your curb.  With a clean, colorful and distinctive mailbox  set in a tidy landscaped bed, you can begin to demonstrate the charm that your home has to offer.

 

 

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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3 Reasons to Spring into Action and List Your House Now

Spring Home Sales

If you have been considering selling your home in the near future, there are many benefits to acting now to list this spring.  Discover 3 reasons here.

1.  Great Marketing Photos Sell Homes

Marketing Photos Sell HomesRemember that old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words?  Home shoppers make initial decisions on whether to schedule an appointment to see a home based largely on the visual presentation of the home in marketing photos and video.

Undoubtedly, homes show better in the warmer months.  Trees and grass are a vibrant green, flowers splash the landscape with color and blue skies are more frequent. Additionally, outdoor living spaces are more easily highlighted in the professional photography.

2.  Timing Your Listing to Get the Most Potential Buyers

Downtown AshevilleBy early March, home shoppers with families are starting to think ahead to being settled before the fall school season begins, and they know that the lengthy process requires getting a jump start on the process.  Inevitably, with the warm weather, they begin to emerge onto the home hunting scene.  The season has a back end time limit as well.  When the holiday season begins in November, buyers tend to turn their attention away from house hunting to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Another reason to consider putting your home on the market in the spring is to take advantage of the busy tourist season.  People often take vacations in the warmer months and may travel to your location.  Tourists frequently fall in love with their vacation destination and may reach out to real estate agents to begin the home search process while in town.

3.  Get a Higher Selling Price

InvestmentBecause the real estate world is very seasonal in terms of when people are out searching for properties, homes that sell in the warm weather months often fetch higher prices than homes that sell in the cooler months.  This may seem counter-intuitive, since more homes hit the market in warmer months and there should be more supply. However, with the influx of buyers in spring and summer, the supply of homes on the market actually gets tighter, driving prices up.

Who doesn’t love the prospect of getting more return on investment for their home?  So, don't wait to list, contact us today!

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

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5 Advantages to Using a Boutique Real Estate Firm in Asheville

Boutique Asheville

Boutique real estate firms are analogous to a boutique clothing store: you get localized knowledge, great customer service, the teamwork of the whole organization, commitment to community and quality over quantity.  Think Minx Boutique in downtown Asheville versus a department store in the mall.  The experience is unparalleled!

Here we highlight how working with a boutique real estate firm such as Mosaic Realty makes for an efficient and pleasant real estate experience.

Localized Knowledge

AshevilleWhen you decide to buy or sell in a certain area, choosing a real estate firm that specializes in the area in which you are interested is of utmost importance.  Rather than work with a behemoth company that spreads it's agency over a multi-county area, choose a firm with specialized knowledge of the market and neighborhoods in which you are interested.  

Incredible Customer Service

When you walk into a department store, there is not a design specialist there to help you hand-select items that are a great fit for you.  In a boutique company however, the customer service is accessible, tailored, and responsive.  

From the moment that a client calls a boutique real estate firm, the staff and agents are listening to his or her needs.  The result of this listening is to pair you with an agent that will be the best fit for your real estate goals.  But it does not stop there.  From listing your home or touring neighborhoods all the way to the close of the deal, your agent and the staff will keep you top of mind.

Quality Over Quantity

Real EstateBoutique real estate agencies tend to select already successful agents rather than entry level brokers since they have a limited number of openings.  Their level of expertise, efficiency and professionalism is of the highest quality.  The measure of success that many boutique firms is looking for is productive, professional agents and happy customers as opposed to size of the firm.

The Teamwork of the Whole Office

In a large real estate company, there are many automated processes where you get put in the pipeline and passed through many hands. By contrast, your agent at a boutique real estate firm will be there to walk with you every step of the way.  The synergy and collaboration of the small but tightly knit team means that each listed property is given a team approach.

Commitment to Community

Asheville BoutiqueYour community is also the community of the boutique firm.  The agents and business owners live and work in this area, and their business only does well if the health of the community is strong.  They will be committed to fostering a community that is economically vital, welcoming and socially sound.   This often results in strong volunteer and donation programs within these boutique firms.  Supporting a business that gives back is always satisfactory!

For information on how we can help you with real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Combat Environmental Concerns in Real Estate Deals

Environmental Concerns in Real Estate

So, you’re in the market to buy (or sell) your home. You have a to-do list at the ready, and feel fully prepared to embark on your real estate journey. But as equipped as you are, you may be overlooking something that is, quite literally, right under your nose – a property’s environmental issues. Everything from possible underground oil tanks, asbestos and mold to well-water and lead testing should be considered when entering any real estate transaction. The agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help to guide you through this particularly important facet of the process, allowing you to complete the deal with total peace of mind.

Underground Oil Tanks

Environmental TestingOne thing to consider when buying or selling a property is the possible existence of underground oil tanks. These are a common – and because of potential leaks – major environmental concern. Often, sellers don’t even realize that the oil tanks exist because they were never disclosed. But there are ways to determine if there is indeed an oil tank issue that needs addressing – from looking for pipes coming up from the ground or copper tubes in crawl spaces, to checking if a basement smells like oil. Mosaic agents are equipped to look for the tell-tale signs, and then if and when a problem is uncovered, they can advise on the best and most cost-effective ways to address it.

Asbestos, Lead and Mold

Asbestos RemovalUp until the mid-’80s, asbestos was used in a lot of building materials, including things like ceiling popcorn, drywall joint compound and plaster, and linoleum. Removal can be a pricey undertaking. In inspecting a home’s potential asbestos exposure, you may face many quandaries. Can asbestos mastic on a wood floor be abated? Should you be concerned about asbestos siding? These are questions Mosaic agents can answer, possibly saving you thousands of dollars on unnecessary measures.

When it comes to potential lead and mold contamination or well-water issues in a property deal, a highly informed agent is one of your best defenses. Mosaic’s agents can guide you in what to look for, and if further action is necessary, point you in the direction of the best-equipped professionals for the job.

Brownfields

Sites with environmental contamination are scattered throughout the region, so it’s important to know exactly where these brownfields are located before you close on a home or land deal. If such contamination is suspected, a thorough environmental analysis of the property and neighboring properties is advised. A Mosaic agent can go over the process and results with you, and determine if there are any red flags requiring further sampling.

These tips targeting environmental concerns only scratch the surface; if you’re ready to buy or list a property and want thorough environmental guidance sure to save you time and money down the line, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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In Picturesque Woodfin, NC, Fun and Amenities Abound

Woodfin NC Real Estate

Photo by Gus Mujica, Mosaic Realty Agent

Nestled just north of Asheville, surrounded by picturesque vistas and exciting outdoor adventures, is the cozy community of Woodfin. Featuring eclectic shops and a range of dining options, Woodfin offers residents and visitors alike relaxed surroundings mere minutes from the amenities of the Merrimon Avenue corridor, and only a short drive to downtown Asheville. A range of housing options abound in Woodfin, from sleek condos with walkable amenities, to mid-century ranches with expansive yards, to modern mountain builds tucked in natural beauty.

Woodfin: a Little City in the Country

Woodfin YMCALocated in Buncombe County with a population just over 6,000, Woodfin was named for Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom Gov. Zebulon Vance clerked as an attorney. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century.

With Weaverville Road, Woodfin’s commercial epicenter, winding through the town, it’s easy to access a range of restaurants and stores. Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Eden-Out Bulk Organic Meals Delivery Service, Bellagio Bistro, and the Bavarian Restaurant & Biergarten are just a few of the tasty options available. The YMCA operates a facility and remote playing field out of Woodfin as well.

Also calling Woodfin home is the Shops at Reynolds Village, a collection of local businesses offering shopping, dining and other services. Located one mile north of Beaver Lake, Reynolds Village features walkable tree-lined streets, plenty of free parking, and fun community events in the town square and at various businesses on street level. The Knitting Diva, Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, Thirsty Monk and Chupacabra Latin Café all call Reynolds Village home. Services including medical, pet and floral are also available at the Shops. Getting some fun physical activity indoors is easy in Woodfin, with the Woodfin YMCA, 9Round North Asheville, Rococo Ballroom and Asheville Pilates located in the Shops.

Outdoor Adventures in Woodfin

French Broad River WoodfinThe French Broad River runs along the western length of Woodfin, meaning residents have easy access to all the outdoor water activities the river is famed for. Beaver Lake, with its scenic walking paths and varied wildlife species, is just a couple minutes’ drive from Woodfin. For an immersive, all-day adventure in the great outdoors, Woodfin is perfectly positioned near the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the hiking and camping options the parkway has to offer. Also nearby is the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, with its beautiful, easy hikes for an afternoon of outdoor enjoyment.

For a personally guided tour of Woodfin, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Make the Road to Your First Home Purchase a Smooth One

First Time Home Buyer Asheville

Taking the leap into first-time home ownership can be a daunting experience – but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to make the process of buying your first home in the Asheville area a smooth one, the agents at Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty can help. Mosaic’s agents are well-versed in the particulars of purchasing a first home; they are trained to support you through every step of the process, implementing tools and resources rarely secured by buyers who choose to go with less experienced agents. Following, a few tips from Mosaic to help you on your way to buying your first home:

Money Matters

Home ChecklistBefore diving deep into your home search, it’s best to meet with a mortgage broker who can explain the types of loans for which you qualify, and ways in which you can capitalize on financial aids available to you as a first-time homebuyer.

A Mosaic agent can help you formulate an expected cost checklist, and advise on ways to tackle, stagger or better manage those costs. As with any big-ticket purchase, there will be risks associated with buying a home. It’s Mosaic’s job to make you aware of all of those risks, so that you’re fully prepared if and when you encounter them.

Educate Yourself

Did you know there are a variety of educational programs geared to the first-time homebuyer? A Mosaic agent can explain the class options offered in the area; everything from broad instruction to personalized guidance is available to you.

Strategies to Prepare

First Time HomebuyerAttaining the fiscal know-how necessary for a home purchase takes some practice. Mosaic knows this, and has a range of tips for getting you – and your wallet – ready for the undertaking. Everything from saving strategies to credit repair can be thoroughly explored with the help of Mosaic’s knowledgeable staff.

Knowing the Rules

Did you know specific loan rules can apply to homes on private roads? Or that certain condominium complexes can carry assessments and fees beyond the standard purchase price? When it comes to first-time home purchases, Mosaic agents are well-versed in the rules, both routine and unconventional. Having them in the driver’s seat means never being surprised by hidden or little-understood regulations.

Tips like this are only a start; if you are ready to buy your first home in the Asheville area, and want a plan that thoughtfully encompasses all of your purchasing parameters, 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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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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