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Jan. 15, 2021

Listing your home in the Winter / WNC

In previous years most people selling their home would decide to *wait *until Spring or Summer when the tourist season ramps up in the Asheville area. 

Inventory is normally at its lowest point during the winter months as sellers would normally prefer to list before the Holiday season or wait until the weather is warmer. 

We are in a new *normal* these days in so many ways in WNC. As the past trends of waiting do not seem to be affecting the market in the Asheville area. The biggest problem we have is the low inventory. This can be a good thing for you as a seller but it does not mean that someone will overpay for your home. 

Make sure your home is listed with a great realtor who knows the market in the area your home is located.

There are so many factors in selling your home like accessibility, location, interior and exterior finishes these all make a difference when pricing your home and getting top dollar for it. Knowledge is power and having someone who is knowledgeable and up to speed on what is going on in the market is extremely valuable when listing your home for sale.

         

 

 

Jan. 8, 2021

Real Estate in 2020

At the beginning of 2020 the housing market in Western N.C was incredibly strong...then the pandemic hit.  Every realtor in the area held  their breath wondering what was going to happen to the local market,  just praying the economy would not crash again. We rolled into the spring with a small dip in sales due to the fact many people were not traveling and as summer rolled around we were pleasantly surprised how strong the market was. This was due in part to the out-of-towners jumping on the bandwagon of the low interest rates and getting away from the more populated, bigger city life.

 Homes are getting snatched up as soon as they hit the market. It is so important to have an agent that watches the market and knows what is out there and really listens to what you are looking for.  BUYERS need to also understand that when homes hit some of these online sites they are usually already sold or under contract or been on the market longer than you think. Having an educated, savvy agent is ALWAYS your best bet as a buyer.

 

 

The market we are in continues to be a SELLERS market as our inventory in the area is extremely low causing an imbalance with supply and demand. Higher prices have caused a lot of local, hard working folks to buy out of the Asheville area as things are not as affordable as they used to be. Making Yancey and Madison County more affordable and in turn more desirable. Real Estate continues to be a great investment in the WNC area and as usual it is the best place to BE.

 

Dec. 29, 2020

Christmas Trees for the Birds

Christmas is over and for some of us its a big sigh of relief as the lights decorations get put away. Then there is always the question of what to do with that expensive Christmas tree dying in the corner of your living room. In years past we would use them for a New Years Eve bond fire on our friends property (To say the least the fires were massive and contained) while ringing in the New Year with some Holiday cheer. This year the majority of those gatherings are not happening...SIGH....

Why not do something generous for the birds and squirrels. You can use your tree as a little oasis for them by putting Fresh orange garland or string up whole peanuts and popcorn feed in the tree. Just did a hole and plop it in there for the little fellas. They will thank you for it as they store up food for the winter. (Just like the rest of us do after the Holiday Festivities) Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas. Cheers!

 

Dec. 23, 2020

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from our Family here at Blue Ridge Properties Group to you and your loved ones. 

May the dawn of the New Year fill your heart with bright, hopeful days as you turn your dreams into a reality and your efforts into achievements.

Dec. 17, 2020

Christmas Gifts of Love

Big Surprise! Christmas is creeping upon us. This year may seem a bit different for everyone. Getting through this last year has been challenging for everyone in one form or another, either physically, emotionally, or financially. Let's take this time and reflect not only on just our family, but the lives of all those individuals and family's in need. The best gift we could ever give ourselves is to give without any expectation of anything in return. To give out of LOVE and without judgment. You never know what a person or family has been through to get them to that point of needing help and most will not ask for help. We are ALL in this together, so let's come together as a community and help those in need. To quote a friend... "SEE a need FILL a need"

Any of the local food /book pantries that you see on the side of the road that local residents have graciously built. Fill those up as well.

Here is a small list of places that would love any donation to help out the local community need, or just  give to any of your favorite charities.

Thank you.

TOYS FOR TOTS**

https://asheville-nc.toysfortots.org/?nPageID=300&nPreviewInd=400&redirectInd=2

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AIDS PROJECT (WNPAP)**

https://wncap.org/merry-bright/

HAND ON ASHEVILLE-BUNCOMBE**

https://www.handsonasheville.org/need/detail/?need_id=153613

ELIADA**

 

http://www.eliada.org/get-engaged/giving/sponsor-a-child

Dec. 15, 2020

NC Arboretum* Winter Lights *

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos or the family. Go check out the spectacular Christmas Lights at the NC Arboretum in Asheville. 

Support your Local!!

Winter Lights at The N.C. Arboretum

November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

5:30 – 10:00 p.m. Nightly

Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. This year, guests are invited to take a dreamy ride through the Arboretum’s enchanted forest and attend Winter Lights safely within their own vehicles. In light of COVID-19, the Arboretum has converted its popular event into a drive-thru show with per-car ticketing, allowing guests to navigate through a one-mile stretch of the Arboretum’s campus and see unique exhibits covered in thousands of holiday lights. As the Arboretum’s largest fundraising event of the year, proceeds generated from Winter Lights will directly support the Arboretum’s mission-driven programming.

https://www.ncarboretum.org/winter-lights/

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Dec. 10, 2020

Rail Possibly Coming To Asheville

Great article about the rail potentially 
coming to Asheville from AVL Today news.

 

 

https://avltoday.6amcity.com/amtrak-rail-service-train-asheville-nc/
Over the weekend, news broke that Amtrak is expanding its service in the Tar Heel State. The railway’s 500+ destinations in 46 states may now include Asheville + WilmingtonThe country’s foremost provider of intercity passenger rail service has several projects in development here, including a new route between Raleigh + Richmond, VA (which officials with the NC Department of Transportation say is a priority likely to begin soon). The company also plans to add service between Charlotte and Atlanta, GA. All of this is noteworthy, because the only Amtrak service we have nearby in the mountains are within driving distance in Spartanburg + Greenville, South Carolina, making train travel an option for those who can’t drive, as well as those unwilling to travel by plane during the pandemic. Asheville hasn’t had rail service since 1975, when the city’s last official passenger train ran a final time. In those 45 years, there have been multiple efforts to bring rail service back to the mountains, including the NC Department of Transportation’s 2001 adoption of a phased plan to build and renovate train stations with other community uses. In 2004, the Swannanoa River crested + overflowed in Biltmore Village after three hurricane systems, including Hurricanes Francis and Ivan, came through the area back to back, causing massive flooding and over $200 million in damage, which ultimately rerouted $450 million in state money to disaster reliefIn 2005, the city +  state bought property in Biltmore Village as a site for a future station, but it has not yet been built. In 2008, when lawmakers were set to request state funding for transit and rail service, the economy tanked with the Great Recession, pushing it back once more.   Last year, local governments requested an $890,000 funding package from the state to cover expenses for a new passenger bus run between Asheville and Salisbury, NC (about two hours and fifteen minutes east of town) which would connect passengers to rail service on Amtrak in SalisburyThe prospect of riding a bus to Salisbury to catch a train to another destination did not elicit the enthusiasm officials had hoped for, and then, notably, the pandemic struck. While the future of rail service here is still uncertain, this is promising news.

 

Dec. 8, 2020

BEAVER LAKE / ASHEVILLE, NC

Beaver Lake /Asheville, NC

Here is a little history of Beaver Lake in North Asheville** In the early 1900’s, prior to being Beaver Lake the pasture land was known as Baird Bottom which was used for grazing cattle. There was also a trolley service that carried people to and from the transfer station that was located near Grace's Church on Merrimon Ave. The trolley went from Asheville to Weaverville so the city dwellers could escape the busy life they were living in Asheville. As time went on( around 1923) the trolley rails and the pasture land were flooded when they made Beaver Lake Dam. Right around this same time Merrimon Ave. became part of the eastern branch of the Dixie Highway system which extended down towards Georgia and Florida. The Lake was turned into a hub for people to picnic and swim. With the mountains surrounding this Lake it was the perfect place to gather the family and cool off in the summer. 

The Lake today is not a place to swim, but with a permit you can kayak, paddle board ,canoe or walk your pup. The trail is fairly flat and it is approximately a 2 mile walk around the lake and through the woods. It’s  a great spot to play frisbee or picnic and catch the last rays of the sun going down. There are fees for boating, fishing and dog walking which are reasonable as these fees help maintain the trails and park area. (human walking is free)

 

On the Marshy side of the lake is the Bird Sanctuary. Its is about ⅜ of a mile of boardwalk within a 10 acre space. There are multiple sitting areas to bird watch or to just sit and ponder. When life feels a little crazy this area is a calm place to walk and clear your mind. Take care of yourself and enjoy every moment.

 

Dec. 4, 2020

New Local Restaurant !

New Local joint NANIS has opened from the owners of CHAI PANI RESTAURANT GROUP AT at the Grove Arcade.

 

Serving delicious brined, rotisserie chicken rubbed with Spicewalla herbs de provence and for a spicer version their peri -peri blend spice. You can also get a choice of different sides with this bird that are worth writing home about. Order online and get it TO GO. This pandemic friendly local joint will not disappoint. The staff is professional and masked up ready to take you orders.  We are all in this together. Support LOCAL and don't forget to tip !!

 

https://www.nanischicken.com/

Dec. 1, 2020

Preparing your home for winter.

Preparing your house for winter is never on any ones to-do list. (Because it's so fun!) Most of us would rather be sipping on a big latte, eating our weight in Christmas cookies or eating stollen, prepared by our favorite German baker while watching the snow fall. But, the reality is that your favorite baker has moved and this list of things will save you a headache in the future if you do them.

Cold weather, ice, and snow can do serious damage to your home, unless you take the time to prepare it before the winter chill takes hold.

Here is a great checklist of things to do to keep your Home cozy for the months to come.

 

Insulate Windows

Winter drafts can drive up your energy bill — and detract from the cozy vibe you want inside your home when it’s cold outside — if your windows have any air leaks. But by reducing drafts you can lower your home’s energy costs by up to 20% per year, according to the U.S. Energy Department, while also making your living space more comfortable.

Here are five simple solutions that will allow you to insulate your windows quickly

  1. V-seal weather stripping. Add this plastic weather stripping along the sides of the sashes. Windows can open and shut evenly with the V-seal in place. (Pro tip: Weather stripping also works wonders on doors.)

  2. Rope caulk. This soft, sticky stuff can be molded to fill the gap — and the caulk removes easily at the end of the cold season.

  3. Shrink film. Applied with double-sided tape, this clear plastic sheeting shrinks drum-tight when heated with a hair dryer. The film seals off drafts and captures an insulating buffer of air. Use rubbing alcohol to help release the tape in the spring to avoid stripping off any paint.

  4. Nail polish. If carefully applied, clear polish fills the crack almost invisibly. Once hardened, it will stabilize the glass until you can replace it in the spring.

  5. Draft snake. If the bottom of your window is letting in cold air, buy a foam-and-fabric draft snake kit. Cut the 36-inch foam tube provided to length and slip the washable cover over it. Then place the snake on the sill, and shut the window on to seal the deal.

Trim Tree Branches

The last thing you need is a winter storm losing the wrath of that mighty tree whose branches are angling over your roof. Not to mention, overhanding limbs can cause excess water to seep into cracks in your home’s roof or siding, which is why you want to make sure any tree limbs or branches surrounding your home are at least 3 feet away from the house.

Inspect Your Fireplace

A visual inspection, both inside and outside your home, can ensure that your wood-burning fireplace is in good shape for the burning season.

During an outdoor inspection, make sure:

  • A chimney cap is present and in good condition.

  • There is no bird nest or debris buildup on the cap.

  • There are no tree limbs above or near the chimney.

  • The mortar and bricks on the chimney aren’t crumbling or missing.

  • The chimney rises at least 2 feet above where it exits the roof.

  • The chimney crown — the sloping cement shoulders at the top of the chimney — is beveled, which helps air flow.

  • The flue liner is visible above the chimney crown.

  • The chimney is plumb and not leaning to one side or the other.·      

  • The roof flashing is tight against the chimney.

Inside your home, confirm that:

  • The flue damper opens, closes, and seals properly.

  • There are no combustible materials, such as animal nests, or other foreign objects in the flue.

  • The fireplace surround, hearth, and firebox have no cracked bricks or missing mortar.

If you spot any damage, order a professional fireplace and chimney inspection. .Gas fireplaces require less maintenance, but you should still:

  • Inspect the glass doors for cracks or latch issues.

  • Check that the gas logs are in the proper position.

  • Turn gas off at the shut-off valve and test the igniter.

  • Ignite the fire and look for clogged burner holes. If present, turn off gas and clear obstructions with a pin or needle.

  • Check the Roof

You certainly don’t want to find out you have a leaky roof after the first snow hits. A roof inspection can help you spot any potential issues.

Work your way around your house, looking for these defects:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.

  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.

  • Missing or broken shingles.

  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.

  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.

 

Some roofing fixes are easy to do yourself, such as repairing shingles or caulking flashing, if you’re comfortable working on a roof. If you’re not, you’ll want to consult a specialized roof inspector.

Clear Out Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged rain gutters or downspouts can damage your home’s foundation or cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. So, after the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves and twigs. Also, make sure the gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water, tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets, and replace any worn or damaged materials.

Bundle up and enjoy the cold weather!!