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    Monday, September 25, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Monday market in minutes: In which mountain county can you get the most bang for your buck?

    I’ve noticed that when a lot of you register for information on homes in the area, your go-to location is Asheville. And while that’s a solid choice, you are missing out on a lot of great areas where you can get more home for the money, maybe the extra land that you desire, and perhaps a different lifestyle that suits you better. Asheville is located in Buncombe county and is the MOST EXPENSIVE county in the entire state of North Carolina. It is also the largest city in the mountain region with a population of approximately 92,000 people. In a city that is over 100 hundred years old, that means charming older neighborhoods…but houses that need a remodel, skinny mountain roads…tons of traffic congestion, and a city that is in a constant state of revitalization.But what if you desire a quieter way of life? Maybe a bit of land? A small town Main Street USA kind of existence where you can wave at your neighbors on the sidewalk? A local hardware store, bakery,! ...

    Sunday, September 24, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Sunday Open House Schedule and now serving the Greater Charlotte metro area including Mooresville and Lake Norman

    We are expanding our reach! In order to better serve our faithful clients, we now offer brokerage services in the Greater Charlotte metro area including Mooresville and Lake Norman! 
    Please let us know how we can help you find the North Carolina home of your dreams!
    Here are the open houses today in Buncombe county:

    Other counties available upon request, just send me an email or give me a call! ...

    Saturday, September 23, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Mortgage Rate News: Taking a look at Fed plans for Q4 2023 and Q1 2024

    While a rate hike was put on hold for this month’s meeting, there is another rate hike planned for November 2023. However, this is planned to be the last rate hike for quite some time, if not for the foreseeable future, as hopes are that this last one will finally stabilize inflation. What does that mean for homebuyers? That means that rates are going to stay at their current level for the Fall with one small hike going into winter and then that rate is going to hold going into 2024 until inflation hits the target goal of 2%. 
    Since more inventory is coming on the market every day and home prices continue to rise, real estate experts advise to go ahead and buy, reap the benefits of equity gains, and then refinance in the latter part of 2024 when rates are expected to start declining. Here are the prospectives from some of our lending experts:
    Movement Mortgage

    A more hawkish Fed. That was the tone of the FOMC meeting on Wednesday. As expected, the FOMC opted to keep rat. ...

    Friday, September 22, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Is this the slow season for buying a home in Asheville? Ummmm, NO

    When you are lucky enough to live in a place as beautiful as ours, we don't have a slow season and actually when other areas are slowing down we are picking up, mostly because of this...

    I am lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the entire world AND I get the added joy of helping others attain the same beauty in their lives.
    So what do you need to bring when it's fall, leaf season, and you want to buy a home in the Blue Ridge mountains? YOUR BATTLE ARMOR
    It is just as hot of a market in the fall as it is in the spring and the summer and you need to come prepared, with a thick skin, and with an aggressive mindset. So what does it take to win a bid on a home in Asheville?
    Here is my personal strategy...but it is up to you if you choose to follow...remember, always buy at your own comfort level.

    1. Expect to be in a multiple offer scenario regardless of whether you are the first bid in or not - more than likely (and this happens more times than I! ...

    Thursday, September 21, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Have you thought about a yurt? A new trend in homesteading

    Many homebuyers are trying to combat rising home prices but would also really like to enjoy rural living. A yurt can be a great option for some but they pose a lot of questions. So I’m here to answer some of the major ones.You don’t have to be a hippie to live in a yurt and you don’t have to be off grid. There are actually some very beautiful yurts out there and even some that people have installed hardboard siding on for a more permanent structure feel. So what is a yurt exactly?A yurt is a modern version of an ancient nomadic tribal shelter with the portability of a tent and stability of a cabin. Yurts are built on a deck or permanent foundation with a wooden frame structure covered in insulation and then a canvas wrap. Yurts have wood stoves, can have A/C, and you can build them out with full kitchens, bathrooms, and lofts.  
    Pros of the Yurt

    1. Less Money to Build and Easy Permitting
    Probably the biggest Pro of the Yurt is how much money you ca! ...