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The recovery in the housing market continues to pick up steam, as home prices posted the biggest percentage gain in more than two years in the latest reading of the closely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index.

The housing market is showing improvement in Western North Carolina and around the country. The index showed prices up 4.3% in October compared to a year earlier. That’s the best improvement since May 2010. But that earlier increase was due to a temporary spike caused by a homebuyers’ tax credit of up to $8,000 on homes purchased in late 2009 and early 2010.

This latest rise comes as the housing market has shown numerous other signs of recovery in recent months. A combination of near record-low mortgage rates, lower unemployment and a drop in foreclosures to a five-year low means there are more buyers interested in purchasing fewer available homes. That in turn has lifted prices.

How to Play the 2013 Housing Market

October marked the fifth straight month that the index has been up on a year-over-year basis.

The improvement in housing market fundamentals has helped to lift the pace of both home sales and home building. But even with the latest rise in prices, the index is still down 29% from the peak reached in June 2006.

The bounce back in prices likely will be another positive for both purchases and construction in the year ahead. Higher prices give current homeowners a better chance to sell their home and get the down payment they need on their next home purchase. They also encourage buyers who may have been on the sidelines because of uncertainty about home prices’ direction that now is the time to buy.

Of course, home builders will benefit from higher prices and increased demand. Major home builders such as PulteGroup (PHA), Lennar (LEN), KB Home (KBH), D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI) and Toll Brothers (TOL) have all enjoyed better than a 50% rise in their stock price over the last 12 months, with PulteGroup’s stock nearly tripling in value.

The increases in volume of home values were widespread in this latest reading, with only two of the 20 cities tracked by index showing modest price declines from a year earlier. Prices were down a little more than 1% in Chicago and New York.

The greatest rise was in Phoenix, one of the cities hardest hit when the housing bubble burst. Prices in Phoenix were 21.7% higher than in October 2011. 

The housing market is looking up so if you are looking to sell or purchase a home or investment property 2013 is the year!

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-837

HomeInBrevard Link: Housing Market Improves With the Largest Annual Jump in Two Years

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The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is excited to announce this year marks the 20th year of  National Gingerbread House Competition, from November 20, 2012 to January 2, 2013.  This wonderful  display of art can be viewed Mondays – Thursdays from 8am to 11pm, except for Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Eve and Day.  In addition to the gingerbread creations, you can see over 80 decorated trees in this grand, historic hotel.  The grand prize winning entry and other selected gingerbread winners will be removed the third week of December from the display and moved to New York City for a 13th appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America. Contestants come from all over the country bringing their constructive gingerbread masterpieces to this event.

Plan now for an Asheville vacation during the 2012 holiday season and experience the Blue Ridge Mountain traditions that make Christmas in Asheville so magical. Sit and warm your fingers by the 10-foot wide fireplaces of The Grove Park Inn and explore the amazing confectionary works of art for the National Gingerbread House Competition. Visit Biltmore, America’s largest home, for a candlelight tour and be mesmerized by the 35-foot Christmas filled with over 1,000 decorations. Or take in a festive show at one of Asheville’s many holiday theater performances. Whether you’re traveling for Christmas or New Year’s, a getaway to Asheville is the best way to find your jolly this holiday season.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, the Asheville area attracts newcomers for its overwhelming quality of life, low crime rate and welcoming entrepreneurial environment. Known for its culinary delights, history, architecture, natural settings and as a destination for adventure lovers, Asheville has something for everyone.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

HomeInBrevard Link: Holiday’s in the Mountains of North Carolina

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BREVARD RESIDENT MARLA CILLEY “THE FLYLADY”
AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
LAUNCH ”FLYLADY BUILD PROJECT”


Nationwide fund-raising effort rolls out with online campaign to build first FlyLady/Habitat house in
Transylvania County

 

BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA (November 13, 2012) – In February 2012, Transylvania Habitat for Humanity made its first foray into social media when it launched its Facebook page. This week, with the help of Brevard resident and Habitat for Humanity International celebrity spokesperson Marla Cilley – aka “The FlyLady” – and a team of Habitat for Humanity software developers based in Atlanta, the western North Carolina Habitat chapter launches a social media-based fund-raising effort that is hoped will raise thousands of dollars for Habitat in the coming years. FlyLady Build Project is an online fund-raising campaign, championed by Cilley (home organization expert and best-selling author), with the objective of raising enough money to build one Habitat house in Transylvania County. “My hope is this will be the first of many houses we build across the country,” Cilley says. Indeed, long-term objectives of FlyLady Build Project are to help other local Habitat affiliates in the United States similarly raise money to build houses. “But today, I’m excited to get to work and watch the walls of this very first house go up, right here in my own hometown of Brevard,” Cilley adds.

The online link (www.share.habitat.org/flyladybuildproject) is closely integrated with social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Visitors to the online donation page have the ability to post comments, view videos, share activity with friends, create fund-raising teams, and make donations.  The first phase of the project, kicking off today, is a 60-day campaign to raise $111,000, the amount needed to build one house in Transylvania County. “I hope we can build a whole subdivision of houses,” says Cilley with enthusiasm. “With support from our community here, and the our caring community of FlyBabies
around the world, I know we’ll succeed.”

In June 2012, Transylvania Habitat for Humanity celebrated the grand opening of its new ReStore thrift store at 690 Ecusta Road in Brevard. In October 2012, the chapter unveiled their redesigned web site (www.transylvaniahabitat.org). “It’s been a busy and blessed year for us,” says Don Campbell, Transylvania Habitat Board President. “We’re looking forward to next year, and very excited about the FlyLady Build Project launch. It’s yet another tool to help us raise funds to help provide decent, affordable housing for deserving families in our community.” Since 1984, Transylvania Habitat for Humanity has provided 53 partner families with homes that are purchased through interest-free mortgages.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.
“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

HomeInBrevard Link: Press Release FlyLady Habitat for Humanity Project

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Join the FlyLady and Habitat for Humanity

Join theFlyLady and Habitat for Humanity to make a difference in our community. The FlyLady and her fans have stepped up to do their part in ending poverty housing conditions in Transylvania, North Carolina.  Their goal is to construct 1 new, affordable home for a family in the area.  Become a part of this transformative event!  Help them give a hand up, not a hand out, to families in need.

Transylvania Habitat for Humanity, Inc. Philosophy

It is the philosophy of Transylvania Habitat for Humanity to provide housing for the needy in Transylvania County through home ownership financed by no interest mortgages reflecting the actual costs of construction. Housing provided should be simple in design yet adequate for the needs of the family. All plans, materials, equipment, appliances, fixtures, etc., should be of standard (medium, moderate, middle) grade.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Since its inception in 1984 in Transylvania County, 54 homes have been built, with the 55th nearing completion.

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

 

Make a difference today and DONATE to the FlyLady Build Project HERE!

Exit for Habitat for Humanity - HomeInBrevard

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

HomeInBrevard Link: FlyLady Habitat for Humanity Project
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Fall Captured in the Blue Ridge Mountains - HomeInBrevard

Each fall, the Asheville and Western NC area attracts visitors from around the U.S. to take in the colorful landscape this region offers.  Given the 5,000 feet of elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the longest-running leaf color shows in the United States.  

Colors begin to change early October at the highest elevation areas in Western North Carolina and work their way down to the lower elevations by the end of October and into the first weeks of November. Both elevation and weather patterns have the biggest factor in Mother Nature’s Color Show…an early frost speeds up the leaves turning colors and warmer fall weather allows the leaves to stay on the trees and in full color for an extended period of time.

October 4-12:  Highest elevations are located north of Asheville which offer 5,000 feet and higher – this is in the Grandfather Mountain and High Country area of Western North Carolina.  

October 10-19:  Leaf colors increase in elevations above 4,000 feet in the Highlands, Cashiers and Lake Toxaway areas, southwest of Asheville.  Here, not only can you see fall color but you’ll see beautiful waterfalls as well.  

October 15-24:  Mountains surrounding Asheville in the 3,000 and 4,000 foot elevation range in places like Waynesville and Sylva which are 30 minutes west of Asheville.  Waynesville is home to a quaint downtown area, filled with one of a kind shopping and restaurants and throughout the year, local entertainment. Similarly, Black Mountain which is a quick 18 minutes east of Asheville offers a downtown of yesterday.  Birthplace of Roberta Flack and home to Billy Graham’s estate, Black Mountain is a quaint town, ideal for year round living.  North of Asheville, by 30 minutes is the town of Burnsville which has been a dry county for years, therefore merchant shopping and dining isn’t near as plentiful as areas such as Waynesville and Black Mountain.  

Fall Captured in the Blue Ridge Mountains - HomeInBrevard

October 20-30:  Asheville, which is situated at about 2,000 feet in elevation lights up with color about this time.  If you have ever wanted to visit the Biltmore Estate, this is the 10 day period where leaves are usually at their peak.  Retirement-popular town Hendersonville is also a place to mark as one to visit as it offers small town charm in a welcoming environment.

October 24-November 5:  Last but not least is the Lake Lure area, which is 30 minutes south of Asheville and known as the ‘Thermal Belt” area.  This scenic lake is home to movies such as “Dirty Dancing” and “Last of the

Mohicans”.  Lake Lure is home to Chimney Rock State Park.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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You will fall in love with this unique property located on Jeter Mountain in Mills River, North Carolina just over the property line from Transylvania County. This lot is level to gently rolling with light restrictions; RV, Campers, Mobile Homes, Stick Built Homes all welcome, including your horses. Cool 3000+- foot elevation and just a few miles to DuPont State Forest, only 6.8 miles to the Pisgah National Forest, WalMart, restaurants, and groceries. Only 14 minutes to downtown Hendersonville or downtown Brevard. Buy lot 2 and 3 together for 2.3 acres. Perfect privacy, old spring house, with active spring on lots 2 and 3.

Lot 3 Clipper Lane Hendersonville NC Vacant Land for Sale - HomeInBrevard

Features

  • Style: Vacant Land
  • Lot Description: Private, Spring Head, Road in place, Level to Gently Rolling, Mature Timber
  • School District: East Henderson
  • Elevation: 3000+

Mills River is only minutes of Pisgah National Forest, Interstate 26, and Asheville Regional Airport.  Highways 280 and 191 serve as the major arteries and provide access to the nearby cities of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard.  Mills River is 22 square miles in size, is home to approximately 6,830 residents, and has a rich history in agriculture.

The Mills River area is the largest in the Pisgah Ranger District. Trails in this area tend to be less popular, more remote, and less traveled than their counterparts over the ridge in either Bent Creek or Davidson River. Two main watercourses flow through the area – the North and South Mills River, which join together near the town of Mills River further East. These rivers drain the south side of the Pisgah Ridge, which sports the highest elevations in the Mills River area (up to over 5000′ on Laurel Mountain).  

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today’s market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

“You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!” So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

HomeInBrevard Link: Lot 3 Clipper Lane Mills River NC Vacant Land for Sale

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Glen Cannon is located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina- and nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. You will love the delightfully peaceful, friendly place and enjoy making new friends and bring old ones for a day of fun. Join the Glen Cannon County Club and take advantage of the many amenities such as golfing, swimming, playing tennis, or dining while you are surrounded by a gorgeous view of the mountains. In the evening, having a cool drink on our covered patio or in the dining room, you will be delighted and enchanted by breathtaking sunsets.

Glen Cannon Pisgah Forest NC Properties for Sale - HomeInBrevard

Located just outside the scenic and popular town of Brevard, our golf course is one of the most enjoyable in Western North Carolina. As you stand on the tee of Hole #2, our signature hole, before you is a cascading waterfall feeding into a crystal clear mountain stream that weaves its way throughout the course. In the spring, flowering trees and azaleas delight the eye. In the summer, the scent of honeysuckle entices the senses. Even on a day when you are not playing your best golf, the beauty of your surroundings will make you smile.

Jay & Jewell Kaiser are extremely passionate about real estate. We make it our daily goal to strive to be the very best real estate professionals in the Brevard, and Western North Carolina area. This requires us to be the most informed professionals in our market area… In today's market, it is so very critical to stay abreast of new technology tools, changing laws and industry rules.

"You are the most important person in our business and we don't take it lightly!" So give us a call today Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376.

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