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Oct. 20, 2020

OWNERSHIP GOALS

We all have home ownership goals. There are things you can do to help you achieve that goal. Paying down some looming credits cards is one of them. Your debt to income ration should be less that 36%. Meaning you only are using 36% of your credit available. Also, having steady income and work . During this last year many of us have lost work or had hours cut. Always check with your mortgage lender on this things before trying to get a loan. Get pre qualified from your lender before you start looking too. It will save you and your awesome agent time and energy and  also give you a realistic budget.  There is no need to go and see a home you can not afford.

 

We can help you take that first step towards making your dream home a reality. Send us a message to start your search for your dream home today.

Oct. 8, 2020

Thinking of selling??

It is a sellers market right now. Which means if you are just thinking of selling. NOW is the time to sell. Interest rates are at an all time low which is great for buyers, which in return is good for sellers.
People seem to be fleeing the larger cities to come live in this awesome area away from all the hustle and bustle of city life.
Navigating those waters can sometimes make you feel like your on an island all by yourself. You are not alone.
Let us help you get off that island and into a new home. If you are thinking of buying or listing your home , we have the best TEAM here to help you with ALL your real estate needs.
Give us a call!
Oct. 6, 2020

Autumn leaves

Are you always trying to figure out what to do with all those leaves this fall?

Leaves are always pretty to look at in the Autumn. With all the gold and red colors basking in the warm sun. Then we realize summer is fading away. They turn brown and fall to the ground. We spend hours raking them up on a tarp and putting them in the back of the yard, in a spot where no peering neighbors can see them.  Before you * take care* of those piles let those kids and pets enjoy them. You know we all love to see a pup play in them and a good pile of leaves for the kiddos to jump in.

Shredded leaves by mowing over them is an easy compost. It can provide good winter cover for perennials and bulbs as these plants can easily push through this mulch in the spring. Pine needles function best as winter cover for ornamental beds and shrubs. I personally use pine needles to cover my Dahlia tubers in the winter. So far they have come back strong every year.

Think of the leaf raking as protection for your beautiful flowers in the spring. It's also a great way to get rid of those leaf piles. Take pride in your gardens and they will reward you with delicious beauty.

 

Oct. 1, 2020

MAKING A HOUSE FEEL LIKE A HOME

When you are trying to figure out how to make this new house you just bought into a home. Here are a few simple things you can do. 

Put some indoor plants in your home . Nothing is better than to watch something grow. If you don't have a green thumb you can always put a cutting into water. This way you never have to remember to water it.

Create your own space. A place to create art or just read your favorite book. A place to relax, do some yoga, or just chill with a cup of tea(or your favorite beverage). This is your space, make it your own. Fill it with photos you love and things that make you feel good. You work hard and you deserve a break from it all. Never feel guilty for making time and a space for yourself.

Fill your home with things from your travels. You know that piece that brings a smile to your face. The one you bought at the local flea market or craft fair. Put it somewhere you can always see it. No one ever says they regret taking a vacation or traveling. Remind yourself of that happy place.

Keeping your home clean and clutter free, which may seem impossible at times. If you have pets, it's the muddy pet paws, or a puppy, with the stuffed animal parts everywhere. The kids shoes, clothes or smelly socks everywhere (or your partners).  Possibly all the dirty dishes left over from last nights delicious meal. We can try to keep it all tidy and perfect, but life isn't always perfect. It is usually a mess, full of mayhem and wonder.

Just remember, wherever your heart is .....there is a home.

We would love to help you find a place to fill up with love and laughter. 

 

Sept. 30, 2020

Leaf season in the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

The Blue Ridge Mountains have some of the longest autumn color seasons in the country . From the highest mountain peaks to the low valleys. Mother nature takes her time in showing us why we are lucky enough to live here with all its beautiful colors. We are happy to share this with all of our tourists and new people moving to the area. 

Here are a few spots you can check out during  peak LEAF season.

During the first week of October take a drive up to Mt. Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain. Mt. Mitchell is over 6,000 feet high and rising. It has a sweet little picnic area where you can take a picnic lunch or have a snack with the kids and get an amazing view to unwind to. Or go a little further south to Black Balsam area and Max Patch.

The Second week of October at around 4,000 to 5,000 feet in elevation you can head over to Waynesville and Cashiers take in a few colors and then go check out the sweet little town of Waynesville. Go visit your favorite antique shops or local artist gallery.

Rolling into the third week of October head out towards Spruce Pine and Burnsville . You could also go over to Lynnville Gorge . It is one of the third largest wilderness areas in NC and will not disappoint you.

Headed towards the end of October you can catch the foliage at Dupont State Forest area and see some amazing waterfalls as well. Asheville is also the place to be during the Halloween season. You can go visit the Biltmore Estate and the French Broad River to take a peek.

Rounding up our season is east of Asheville towards Lake James. You could also check out Chimney Rock and Lake Lure area. We will end our season out towards the Tryon Foothills Wine Country

No matter where you go you will be able to enjoy our season in the Appalachian Mountains. ENJOY.

 

 

 

Sept. 25, 2020

Asheville is the place to BE.

While other city's claim to be the best place to live . Asheville and the surrounding cities actually ARE the best places to live. 

Here are a few of the top reasons to live here. 

The Blue Ridge Mountains * These are some of the oldest in the world and quite frankly some of the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen. If you love the outdoors in all its glory, this is the spot for you. From hiking trails to kayaking on all the rivers, you will never run out of things to do outside. It is a nature lovers paradise.

The Community * If you are a lover of local handmade crafts, food that is grown with LOVE at a nearby farm, grass fed organic meats or fresh eggs from your favorite goat lady. You can find it all here.

This area boasts creative and crafty artists from jewelry makers, woodworkers, potters and welders just to name a few. The local community colleges are a great resource if you ever want to learn a craft or trade. You can also learn how to grow your own food or brew your own beverages.

The Food * The food is AMAZING in this town. Everywhere you go you will find an awesome BBQ, taco joint, tapas, mom and pop dinner, or that sweet ice cream shop that only uses local ingredients. It is all delicious, it is worth investing in your taste buds to go try it all out . 

The Homes * The homes are for the most part all very different. You can get into that subdivision with the clubhouse if that is your jam. Or you can find a hip modern home in the West side of Asheville that is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and live music.

We also have log cabins if you prefer to live in the mountains away from the city or the craftsman style home with gorgeous woodwork throughout the house. We have them all.

 

When you're making a decision on where to move, think of the Asheville area. It really is the best place to BE.

 

 

Sept. 21, 2020

Why inspections are so important.

Lets chat about home inspections.

As a buyer when you are ordering a home inspection on that property with the killer views that you have fallen in love with. Keep in mind something will inevitably come up wrong in this very long report.

No matter how much your home cost it is ALWAYS recommended that you get a licensed home inspector. It is their job to inform you of the issues with the home and in the end this will help you make the right decision. 

Some things are small and some are not so small. For example, a bad roof can cost anywhere from $4,000 up to $20,000 depending on the size of the home. Other large ticket items are foundation and structural repairs. You want to make sure your home won't slide off the side of a mountain when it rains or the the foundation that has a giant crack in it is  actually  fixed not just painted over to hide the real problem. Sometime sellers think they can get away with covering up the problem and hoping the inspector wont notice. Well, a good one, will notice and this is exactly why you get an inspection.

When negotiating a price reduction keep your inspection report in mind and how much time and energy you may have to put into the home to make it perfect.  do you have the time or the energy to put into it? Things can always be fixed, but sometimes the cost is way more than you may think.

Get that inspection, get those estimates and hire someone you can trust to help you navigate these issues.

In the end we all want that perfect home, at the perfect price, with the amazing views. Here at Blue Ridge Properties Group, we would love to help you navigate those waters. 

 

 

 

Sept. 16, 2020

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR COLDER WEATHER

Autumn is creeping around the corner with all its glorious fall colors. We should keep in mind that the cooler weather is on its way.

Preparing your home during this time is always a great idea. A few things you could do for example is to get that fireplace ready for those cold, cozy winter nights by getting that dirty chimney cleaned out. (by a licensed professional is always recommended). Consider checking for air leaks around your windows and doors. A little weather stripping can go a long way when sealing up those air leaks.

Also, clean out the gutters as debris and leaves will always pile up.It causes issues and even bad leaks in your basement.

Enjoy this beautiful weather as summer fades away,  although times feels a little crazy these days be grateful we live in such a beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sept. 9, 2020

WNC CABINET SOLUTIONS

 

If you are considering buying a new home that just happens to be in the perfect size, is the perfect lot with a majestic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains but the kitchen is outdated with lime green cabinets and has carpet everywhere including the bathroom. (You know the house I am talking about)

Keep in mind there are a few things you can't change like the location and your budget. A finished home in that perfect area is way over your realistic budget and lets try to keep that realistic part in the forefront of your mind when you are falling out of love with those lime green cabinets.

With some updating and a little work you can make this house the perfect home and enjoy the wise decision you just made in purchasing it.

When you consider doing any updating to your home consider WNC Cabinet Solutions. They will custom fit your space to your design with a variety of choices of cabinets and flooring. They also redo closet space,I don't know anyone that doesn't want an organized closet. 

 

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We would love to help you find your dream home!!

Sept. 4, 2020

Home buying for our pets.

 

When searching for a new home one of the things that we must take into consideration is our furry family member.

As we scroll aimlessly through the MLS and Zillow or our awesome website http://www.blueridgepropertiesnc.com/

looking for the puurfect home that has a fenced in yard, on a road that is not to busy, a pocket neighborhood that geared towards pets,or one that is close to a dog park. We think about our pets, all their needs and if they will be happy. Because as we all know our pets rule the roost.

Its pretty eye opening to think that 68% of households have pets and out of that 60% have dogs.

 

A recent survey stated that 33% of millennials are motivated by the desire to find a space for their beloved fur baby.That is a pretty big percentage, so when you are searching for a new home or selling your current home please keep your furry family member in mind. They will LOVE you unconditionally for it.


               

 

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