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What home buyers are looking for in a new home is reflective of the current real estate market and the overall state of the economy. Home sellers should be aware of these current market trends so that they can highlight those features already existing in their home or, when possible and cost-effective, to do some updating that will include some of those sought after wish list items. So what are today’s home buyers looking for in a new home? According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, these are what home buyers seem to want most:

1. Energy Efficiency.
Energy-star rated appliances, energy-star rated windows, and ceiling fans topped their list. Seeking to lower their overall energy costs, today’s cost-conscious buyers are no longer attracted to the two-story foyer and living spaces that were once so popular.

Read: ‘Green’ Improvements Can Help Sell Your Home

2. Organization.
Areas such as laundry rooms, linen closets in the bathroom, garage space with storage systems, and walk-in pantries in the kitchen provide accessible storage and easy organization for today’s home buyers.

3. Resale Value.
Today’s home buyers are looking for high end amenities and are willing to have a smaller space to get them. Double sinks in the kitchen, both a tub and stall shower in the bath, french doors rather than standard doors, and home technology features including home security systems and central controls for entertainment and utilities.

Read: Home Buyers Ready to Grab Bargains This Spring. Is Your Home Ready?

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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This fabulous 20 acre parcel in Brevard, North Carolina offers two approved home sites, several acres of board fenced pastures with eight stall high end stable and tack room. A horse enthusiast property laid out with the appreciation of year round views and practicality of equestrian usefulness. Two wells, underground electricity and roads to both home sites. Best trails in the Southern United States, as quoted by Trail Riding Magazine.

Pisgah Forest, North Carolinais in Transylvania County and is only minutes from Brevard and located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the crossroads between Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, and The Gorges State Park all offering a smorgasbord of outdoor activities such as world-renowned fly fishing, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping and climbing. Brevard is also home to the world-renowned Brevard Music Center, Brevard College, and Transylvania Community Arts Council, bringing very diverse programs, concerts and exhibits to our mountain community.

  • Acres – Cleared: 5
  • Improvements: Barn, Feed Barn, Partial Fencing, Stable, Wood Fence
  • Lot Description: 2500-3000 Ft. Elev., Level, Mountain View, Pasture, Private, Year Round View
  • Lot Number: 5a
  • Lot Size: 20+- Acres
  • Road Frontage Depth: 1
  • Street Access: Private Road, State Road
  • Street Type: Gravel
  • Sub-Type: Vacant Land
  • Suitable Use: Horse Ranch, Pasture/Grazing, Residential
  • Utilities: Electric, Phone, Underground
  • Wooded Acres: 15
  • View: Yes, See Lot Description
  • Subdivision: The Reserve

Brevard’s hometown feeling is captured by four annual street festivals: White Squirrel Festival, the famous Fourth of July Festival, Halloween Fest, and the Twilight Tour. These include special events such as the Annual Squirrel Box Derby, antique auto show, Old Time Music Competition, and Main Street Alive. The city is nicknamed “The Land of the Waterfalls” due to the many waterfalls in the area, including Looking Glass, Connestee Falls, and Sliding Rock.

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. Search Real Estate For Sale In Brevard, Asheville, and Hendersonville areas of Western North Carolina

Web Link: The Reserve Road Lot 5a Vacant Land For Sale

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No home seller wants their home to linger on the market but there can be a number of reasons that someone may have to sell their Western North Carolina house as quickly as possible.  Selling your home quickly doesn’t have to be an impossible endeavor.  Here are a few tips to consider to have your home ready for a fast sale:

Stage Your Home Properly

•Pack up all of your personal memorabilia. The potential buyers don’t need to see your life in the house, they need to be able to visualize their life in the house. Put away any objects you do not need on a daily basis. Books, pictures, personal décor, and other knick knacks that once added familiarity to your home may now appear as clutter to potential buyers. Arrange closets and cabinets to portray a spacious, neat, and orderly appearance.

•As the seller you need to sell the idea that your house is well maintained. Clean every square inch of the house until it shines. Make small repairs as you go along, patch the nail holes, put up fresh paint, fix the squeaky door. Again it’s in the attention to detail!

Cut That Price

•For a quick sale of your home, consider starting your listing price at about 10% below its estimated value. This will make your home competitive and grab the attention of buyers. Starting with a lower price is more effective than continually reducing the price, which can create a perception in the market that nobody wants your property.

Do Your Research

•Get an appraisal and inspection ahead of time, which you can offer at each showing. This will build confidence with your buyers, since you will be providing the hard facts up front and you will show there is nothing to hide.

•Include receipts and/or documentation of repairs done on the home, as well as any new appliances that may have been purchased.

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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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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If your Western North Carolina home is currently on the market, or if you’re getting ready to put it on the market,  it is important to do everything you can to give it a competitive edge. Home buyers value green improvements that make a home healthier, more comfortable and save on operating costs.  Homes that are green sell quicker, and for more money, than a house that lacks environmentally friendly accommodations.  Clearly, ‘green’ improvements are something buyers are looking for and sellers should be thinking about.  Here are some eco-friendly home improvements to consider:

High efficiency toilets, faucets, and shower heads are a great way to reduce water usage while also lowering costly water bills – just replacing aerators and shower heads, the average home will save $65.

•As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. If needed, consider investing in new energy-efficient windows, replacing an old furnace with a new energy efficient model, or updating your home’s insulation.

Lights can be a great green asset. Swap traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and install dimmer switches to control your energy usage.

Appliances that are Energy Star rated can be a major selling point to potential buyers.

•Consider indoor air quality. You may want to repaint with low VOC paints because this really matters to a growing number of people, especially people with young children

•Replace your old water heater with a tankless one.

•You may want to get an energy audit. They are inexpensive and inspectors will give recommendations, both big and small, that will make your home more energy efficient.

If your home has any of these green energy-saving features don’t wait for potential buyers to notice them on their own,  be sure to highlight them, the advantages they will enjoy from the features,  and the benefits that they provide in reducing expenses.

/center>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.

“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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So you’re ready to take advantage of all that that Western North Carolina has to offer its residents and buy a home here in the Asheville or Brevard area …As a home buyer you’ll need to think about whether you should purchase an existing home or build a new one. How do you decide which is the better choice? You’ll need to consider your budget, your lifestyle and your everyday needs.

Building a new home can be exciting, however, starting from scratch on all the decorating needs can be time-consuming and can become overwhelming. Existing home sellers have usually done small updates and neutralized interior design elements prior to putting their home on the market, so although you may want to add your own personal touch to your new home, much of it can be done incrementally.

Do you want to be close to amenities? You’re likely to find more existing homes closer to town providing easier access to jobs, shopping, entertainment, and other ammenities. New housing tends to be in the outskirts of town so you will have to consider whether the drive into town to get to that favorite doctor or grocer is worth the additional time and expense.

Consider too that existing homes cost less per square foot than new homes. Existing homes are often in mature neighborhoods and frequently are not part of a larger home-owner’s group. Outlying areas tend toward higher taxes, assessment fees and land costs, however, existing homes are often in need of some maintenance and tend to be less energy efficient, so while you may not be paying monthly home-owner’s fees, that may be offset by higher energy and utility costs.

It’s still a buyers’ market, although home prices have slowly risen in selected areas. So if your personal economics make you ready to take the plunge, consider what will make you and your family happy and what will make your house a home.

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.

“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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As we slide quickly into the bottom half of the year, many Western North Carolina home owners have been questioning just what this new 3.8 percent home sales tax that comes as part of healthcare reforms will mean.  The answer: not much.  The fact is that only a few home sellers will be subject to this tax, which takes effect in 2013.

Under the new tax law, only those who meet a minimum income requirement ($200,000 per year for individuals and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay the sales tax.  Further, the tax does not apply to the first $250k on profits from the sale of your personal residence for an individual ($500k for married couples).  So for the average – and even the well above-average – home sale, there is little to worry about.   According to the National Association of Realtors, half of all existing homes sold for $189,400 or less in June, since none of those sales could possibly generate a $250,000 profit, none would be subject to the tax.

So who pays?  For the couple making $260,000 a year, a sale of a $850,000 home that nets them $525,000 in profit only results in a 3.8%  tax on the $25,000 amount over the $500,000 exemption.  This means that in addition to the standard capital gains tax, this couple would pay an additional $950 as part of the health care tax.  For the executive who makes $300,000 per year and sells his $475,000 vacation home for a $75,000 profit, the tax amounts to $2850. Thus, the healthcare tax isn’t going to apply to most of us.  However, this does not apply to second homes or investment properties so it is something to factor in as you prepare to buy a home for these purposes.

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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