DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SPRING!

Broker | REALTOR® Patty Woolf, of The Woolf Team, gives you the inside story on listing your home during the (so-called) “slow-season”.

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biltmore village christmasThe REAL reason to keep your home on the market during the winter

Maybe in waaaaaay northern areas of our country the real estate market crashes during winter, but not here.  One of the major attractions to our region is our four-season climate.  No matter which season you love, we have it here.  That also means we have visitors year-round.  Winter brings beautiful decorations of all kinds, twinkling lights all over the city, and the temperatures that make us feel in a holiday mood.  Downtown is packed; Biltmore Village is packed; Pack Place is, well, packed!  People from all over are here falling in love with the area and wanting to see what homes they can purchase.  I know, because that’s what my family did!

So your home’s been on the market and you decide to take it off because no one searches for homes during the winter, it’s a…

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Climate Change Resilience in Real Estate

How do buyers and sellers adapt to the changing physical landscape? Our Broker | REALTOR® and one half of The Woolf Team, Patty Woolf, breaks it down for us.

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Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover from difficulties; toughness.  As it specifically relates to social communities, resilience is the ability of a system or community to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of change.

Tacking onto the blog from last week about natural disasters and the cost to rebuild, it makes sense to talk about how adapt to these costly disasters in the first place.  Setting aside climate change as a politically-charged debate topic, industry leaders are building climate change into their five, 10, and 100-year plans.  It is having an impact on the housing industry accept it or not.   The hot topic is resilience and it has everything to do with property values, insurance rates, and population movement.  At its core, resilience in housing starts with location, location, location.   Not a shock; people don’t want to buy homes in locations that are…

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The Disasters Were Horrific: Will Rebuilding Be Worse?

Broker | REALTOR® Patty Wolf, of The Woolf Team here at Carolina Mountain Sales, writes a thoughtful investigation of how cities and communities are recovering after the natural disasters that befell them recently. Who will rebuild these homes and businesses? We will watch these developments closely in the months ahead, but in the meantime, read on. Thank you Patty!

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When thinking about a good topic to reignite my blog it seemed obvious that as a home specialist, the effects of the recent and ongoing natural disasters on U.S. housing stock would be a good choice.  Going into the research I assumed that building material shortages would be the biggest factor in cost and speed of recovery.  Though materials are an issue, the more important shortage is labor.  Nationally we were facing a labor shortage before Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the California fires (see graphic below).  The National Mortgage News reports that shortages of labor have kept construction underperforming recently as it is. (www.nationalmortgagenews.com/news/more-hurricane-pain-fewer-homes-shortage-of-construction-workers) “In Santa Rosa alone, the fires have consumed 2,834 homes, roughly six times the number of new residential units that will be produced this year in all of Sonoma County,” reports www.sfgate.com.  (www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/costruction-labor-shortage-will-slow-post-fire-1277178.php) The same article quotes CEO of North Coast Builders Exchange…

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Another Happy Client!

The Smiths recently worked with Broker | REALTOR® Lisa Hagan to sell their 40 Manderley Way Arden NC-large-001-14-40Manderley2-1498x1000-72dpihome at 40 Manderley Way in Arden.

“Lisa made the home buying and selling process amazingly easy. With our best interests in mind, she helped sell our house and get us in a new one without a hitch. We are thankful to have met her and worked with her; and we look forward to doing more business in the future. Thank you Lisa.”  -The Smith Family

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It’s not often you meet the type of REALTOR® that can effortlessly both sell a client’s home (surpassing all expectations) and find them the perfect new house to call home.  Lisa Hagan, Broker | REALTOR® here at Carolina Mountain Sales, is that REALTOR®

Recently The Smiths shared a family photo that captures the happiness of their beautiful young family.  It is these relationships that give our firm such satisfaction and remind us that with every transaction, we are changing lives and helping people make some of the biggest investments they will make in their lifetimes.  It is our hope that we can make each one of those journeys a wonderful and memorable real estate experience.

Contact Lisa to discuss any of your real estate needs.

Lisa Hagan | Broker, REALTOR®      (828) 779-5404  | LisaHaganRealty@gmail.com

Featured Home of the Week

212 Freedom Lane | Hot Springs, NC

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212 Freedom Lane is one of those rare and remarkable homes that come along once in a blue moon.  Imagine the most incredible year-round views you can find, with a 1,000 sq ft wrap-around deck to gaze at your mesmerizing Southern views day and night.  Inside, you’ll find attention to detail and the fine finishes you’d expect from an idyllic mountain retreat; Walnut, Pine, Mahogany, Cedar, Maple, Travertine tile, and ammonite fossil hardware all come together to present a gorgeous blend of nature and heart.  This unbelievably private Eco Timber Frame home is a wonderful piece of paradise that can easily be off grid, if so desired!  MLS#3256116  |  $287,654   

For more information, or to schedule a showing, please contact the listing agent:

Lisa Hagan, Broker | REALTOR®

(828) 779-5404 | LisaHaganRealty@gmail.com

March Artist Reception

Celebrating artist and former broadcaster, Jennifer Mills.

On Friday, March 3rd, we hosted a wine & cheese reception honoring artist Jennifer Mills.  As part of our regular series of artist exhibitions, we featured the work of Jennifer Mills in our Historic Biltmore Village office.  A former broadcaster and co-founder of the Golf Channel, Jennifer is now a popular and widely collected painter living in Tryon, NC and Orlando, FL.  It was a wonderful evening of live jazz, surrounded by vibrant artwork, colleagues, family, and friends.

 

This Weekend’s Open Houses

Don’t miss these fabulous homes, open to the public Sunday, February 26th.

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Wine & Cheese Artist Reception 3/3/17

 

Featuring the multi-talented artist and broadcaster Jennifer Mills.

Join us for a fun evening, featuring the fabulous paintings of Jennifer Mills!
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March 3rd, from 4pm – 6pm.  Many of you may know Jennifer Mills from her 30 year career in broadcasting, including a partnership with Arnold Palmer in launching the Golf Channel.  She has since traded her microphone in for a paintbrush!  Influenced by her extensive travels, her style is bold and colorful.

Featured Home of the Week

 

Superb, quality new construction, conveniently located just minutes to Asheville!

107 Noble Road | Fairview, NC 28730.  Move right into this newly completed home in Fairview.  Low maintenance Hardiplank & cedar shake siding, double-car garage with concrete driveway, underground utilities, and large lot with stunning mountain views, all complement this lovely arts and crafts style home.  Enjoy the open concept living area with hardwood and tile floors, master-on-main with walk-in covered front porch, and open back deck.

MLS#3228744 $395,000.

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Hot Chocolate Office Social

Enjoying a mild February evening at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.

 

We had a great turnout at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge last week for our monthly social hour.  The weather was cool and misty and we toasted alternate glasses of hot chocolate and wine while we sampled French Broad Chocolate’s delicious cakes and sweet treats, in fine company.  This was one social hour that received an overwhelming kids stamp of approval! Continue reading Hot Chocolate Office Social