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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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Would you like to use blogging as an effective tool in getting more business in the Real Estate field.  I used to spend countless hours reading and commenting on blog posts. Don’t get me wrong the networking was wonderful and I have made lots of friendships. I learned along the way, however, that spending all day in one spot making making comments or writing for other Realtors is not going to earn you a fantastic income. In fact it is not a productive use of your time at all. 

For those of you that do want to generate more business listen closely!!  If you want to truly make an exceptional living selling Real Estate you need to be well versed in SEO and social media. We live in a technology world today. We all know that buyer’s and seller’s are turning to the internet to find someone to work with. They way more and more people pick a Realtor to use is far different than it used to be. Many consumers will go right to Google and punch in something like “Realtor’s, city and state”. If you are not on the first page then you can forget about getting a consumer’s business.

Whether you a Realtor in a small town, like Brevard, North Carolina or any other industry professional you need to understand this can help you make an incredible income. What I am going to tell you will be the most important advice you have heard in a while. Get on Google Plus and use it everyday!!!

Google is eventually going to start showing results based upon a user’s profile! Much like the Active Rain point system, those that share information within Google can get a Google+, a Google share and comments on the articles, pictures and videos they post.

You obviously need to be there and participate to get your profile to rank. One of the things I have been doing over at G+ besides sharing some of my better Real Estate blog posts, is posting articles about how to use Google+ and build your profile. The first thing you should do is sign up for a Google account and fill out a profile if you don’t have one.

More than 170 million people have upgraded to Google+, enjoying new ways to share in Search, Gmail, YouTube and lots of other places. It’s still early days, and there’s plenty left to do, but we’re more excited than ever to build a seamless social experience, all across Google.

A critical piece of this social layer is a design that grows alongside our aspirations. So today we’re introducing a more functional and flexible version of Google+. We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google.

Navigation you can make your own

One of the first things you’ll notice is a new way to get around the stream. Instead of static icons at the top, there’s a dynamic ribbon of applications on the left. This approach comes with lots of perks, but some of our favorites include:

  • You can drag apps up or down to create the order you want
  • You can hover over certain apps to reveal a set of quick actions
  • You can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”

Taken together, these powers make it easier to access your favorites, and to adjust your preferences over time. We’ve also built the ribbon with the future in mind, giving us an obvious (and clutter-free) space for The Next Big Feature, and The Feature After That. So stay tuned.

Conversations you’ll really care about

Once you’ve upgraded to Google+, it’s easy to share with your circles from just about anywhere. We’re dreaming bigger, though. We’re aiming for an experience that fuses utility with beauty—one that inspires you to connect with others, and cherish the conversations that unfold. Today’s update is an important step in this direction, including:

  • Full bleed photos and videos that’ll make you really proud to post
  • A stream of conversation “cards” that make it easier to scan and join discussions
  • An activity drawer that highlights the community around your content

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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Fall is in the air, and if you are like a lot of Western North Carolina home owners, the urge to bring a little of the magic of fall indoors is almost irresistable.  There are lots of ways to update your living space to reflect the splendor of Fall.  It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to create a warm sense of home and hearth indoors.

When thinking about color, use hues and tones that mirror the vibrant splashes of colors you see during this season.  Think about changing up your home décor with a new coat of paint or accessories to complement your current pallet.  Consider using golds, chocolates and bronzes for a warmer feel, or work in jewel tones to add a sense of richness and luxury to your room.  A new space rug or wall hanging can completely transform your room’s look.

Layering and texturing can also work to add warmth and comfort to a room.   Try adding a new throw to your current chair, or textural pieces like suede pillows or cashmere blankets to a bed.  Wall treatments like textured wallpaper can also add variety and a bit of a warm dimension to any room.  If you have  a fireplace, play up this focal point in a room to reflect the sights and sounds of the season.  Add seasonal yet decorative touches to the mantle (pine cones, cinnamon brooms, etc.) to complete your look.

Fall comes to the kitchen too, so don’t forget to switch over your accessories to match!  New towels, pot holders, window and table treatments, and other homey touches are easy things to add to increase the Autumnal feel of your home’s hub.  Mini pumpkins, gourds and seasonal fruit and flowers also add to the ambience.  When it comes to decorating for Fall, your only limitation is your imagination!  Have fun!

We are your Real Estate experts for the Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard areas of Western North Carolina Email Jay or Jewell Kaiser or give us a call today, Jay (828) 421-0375 or Jewell (828) 421-8376, and let us put our experience to work for you and help you find the perfect home or homesite to fit your personal lifestyle. “You are the most important person in our business and we don’t take it lightly!”

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Jay Kaiser Listed and Sold this Home in less than 90 Days!
(Make a listing appointment with Jay Kaiser (828) 421-0375 today to see how he can market your home for a quick sell)

This beautiful 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Custom Built Heritage Hand Hewn Log Home is ideally sited for privacy on 10.5+ acres of Mother Nature's Paradise located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. The DuPont State Forest is just a few minutes away where the famous Hunger Games was filmed along with its world renowned waterfalls, miles of mountain biking, equestrian and hiking trails. Driving along the gentle driveway, passing native flowering plants and mature trees your then welcomed by this one of a kind home. You will instinctively know you have finally found the home of your dreams. You will enjoy entertaining friends and family on your 790 square feet of decks or strolling along the three sides of the home on the wrap around decks as you listen to the sounds of the waterfalls from the Cascade Lake…

The Pisgah National Forest covers over 500,000 acres of forest land across the central mountains of Western North Carolina. The highest peak is Mount Pisgah and is where Pisgah National Forest received it’s name. This large forest includes lands surrounding the town of Asheville and the French Broad River Valley and extends into the higher mountains all around. It envelopes some of the highest mountains in the Southern Appalachians, and the Eastern U.S.

Located in Transylvania County, Pisgah Forest is community of Mother Nature’s best art work withNorth America's largest concentration of waterfalls. It sits at an elevation of 2100 feet and just minutes to downtown Brevard. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Asheville Airport. Pisgah Forest is a popular retirement area, at least partly because of the many hiking trails and trout streams of the nearby Pisgah National Forest.

You will enjoy the extraordinary recreational opportunities, including hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking and backpacking, abound within its boundaries. With breathtaking waterfalls, astonishing art, and soaring music; Brevard and Transylvania County offer a tapestry of wonder that is unlike any other in these mountains of the Blue Ridge.

Imagine one hundred thousand acres of pristine forests laced with epic hiking and mountain biking trails that you can follow all the way to the edge of the sky. Glimmering mountain streams overflowing with native trout. Massive rock monoliths daring to be climbed. And, millions of years in the making, waiting to be discovered.

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: Jay Kaiser Sells Home in Under 90 days

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Selling your home in the midst of a depressed market can be difficult and there can be a lot of stiff competition.  One of the first things any Western North Carolina home sellers should consider before placing their home on the market is to repair the essentials.  Take some time to consider these top 5 quick repairs essential to putting your home in the best light for selling.

1. Entryway. You are trying to sell the experience of living in your home. Walk around with a critical eye, make sure the doors are freshly painted, screens are fresh, flowers are clipped, and the lawn is mowed. Be sure that the first overall impression of where the buyer will enter looks warm and welcoming.

2. Look up. Your roof and gutters should be in pristine condition. Make sure you are not missing shingles, and that there is no moss growing on your roof. Hire a professional roofer to help tidy up that end. The gutters should be unclogged and the seals should be caulked properly.

3. Patch ups. Make sure all nail holes inside of the home have been patched up and the main rooms painted with a fresh coat. This will help the home look fresh and inviting.

4. Running Water. Be sure your toilet is properly sealed. If there is discoloration around the base of the toilet, replace the seal and the flooring. The faucet is another problem area, a drippy faucet can be a major turn off for potential buyers. Most of these fixes can be done by the seller themselves if they’re willing to invest the time.  If it seems like more than you’re willing to do,  call a plumber to do the handy work.

5. The baseline. Take a look around your house, down low – the baseboards can take a beating.  Make sure to wash them down, putty any dings or markings, and repaint them. This small step can make a huge difference in how a buyer will perceive the room as a whole.

Contact Jay & Jewell Kaiser, we are the most informed professionals in our market area and we will make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.

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The Law of Supply and Demand for Real Estate

Real Estate if in Brevard, Asheville,  no matter the property type such as residential, condos, town homes or raw land, all follow the cycle like other products in the US and World.  Supply and demand dictates pricing, with homes the days on market, and pricing. Every area naturally has it’s little quirks. But for Buyers, currently they have the advantage of being the drivers seat with little demand( number of available buyers looking)  and a plentiful supply of available homes. So for those selling and buying the houses that will sell have to have the WOW features to win out the competitors.

So what is the WOW features that buyers are saying about a property prior to and after a purchase. You will find below the top results in the bulleted points. In my many years of experience you will find the same square footage home, nearly the same neighborhood and the same asking price with the WOW features will win out. So where does your property fall in this list?

“The Seven “WOWS”

  • Exterior Curb Appeal:This often can be done very inexpensively with landscaping, painting doors and trim, pressure washing the exterior of the home and decks. Wood decks that are dried out need to be stained or sealed, and don’t forget the pickets and top rail.
  • Interior Curb Appeal: This comes down to the basics, does it smell good, are the interior colors neutral or so bright colored that the buyer knows a paint job is needed. Is the home clean and closets de-cluttered?
  • View: Being in the Western North Carolina mountains, a high majority of request we get are for mountain views. The longer the better. For saleability do you need to top a few trees, cut a few saplings down?
  • Location: Location-Location, we have all heard this all our lives. This often can be a challenge in the mountains, as some want a long range view but not willing to gain elevation to get it, or walk to town and yet still have privacy. Either way location of your property is critical no matter what type of buyer we are working with. Location is always a buyers choice and one a seller can’t do much about.
  • Setting:  Is your property within a clean neighborhood, or remote with good access, or are your driveways and roadway entrances full of potholes? First impressions are so critical and the driveway to the property and neighborhood will afford a higher offer than others in need of repair.
  • Value: Everyone today is looking for value. Either in square footage cost, acreage, privacy views, creeks, streams all play an important roll. Move in ready will always win over a home in desperate need of upgrading regardless of asking price. A buyer from my experience always estimates minor to major fix ups much higher than actual costs, so  just make sure the property “Sparkles”!
  • Lastly is Price:Supply and demand is the first dictator to helping price your property. The less competition the better as we all know, but this often is out of our control. Yet, I can assure you the homes that are selling all follow these seven points with aggressive pricing followed by motivation. Overpriced homes today are not being shown, buyers are smarter and often I have buyers email with the list of homes they want to see. Today buyers will often know more about the tax, aerial photo’s and property details from the Internet than most sellers will know. In short, price to sell without giving the property away. If your property has the  “Sparkle”, has curb appeal, location, setting, views or other natural features, of the property are good then you are likely to receive an offer faster and higher priced.

 So where does your house fall into these seven WOWS? A market analyses today is far more than just comparing houses, so make your house Sparkle and you will get a sale! For more tips and tricks give me a call today so we may discuss all your options: Jay 828-421-0375

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Brevard May Insurance Tips To Protect Your Home

As you are doing your gardening and yard work getting ready for the summer, below are some suggestions to keep your home safe from a brush fire. It is also a good tip to share with customers purchasing a new home that may need a little tender, loving care. Clear branches and tree limbs a minimum of 10 feet from around any chimneys. Provide a spark arrester on all chimneys; the screen’s mesh must be ½ inch.

  • Clear all leaves, pine needles, and debris from the roof and gutters. Be sure the street address is clearly posted, in a color that contrasts with the background.
  • To protect against unusual hazards, such as hot winds, clear away all dry weeds, brush, rubbish, dry leaves, and dead trees on your property a distance of 100 feet or more from all structures.
  • Maintain at least 10 feet of clearance around liquid propane gas tanks.
  • Install protection posts around liquid propane tanks if the possibility of vehicle damage exists.
  • Comply with requirements for approved spark plug arresters on the exhaust systems of off-road vehicles, tractors and other equipment used around the home.
  • It is important to have a FIRE BREAK around your property as Brevard NC and the Western North Carolina area mountains are heavely wooded, it is critical that we pay attention to the homes exterior to prevent a fire. Avoid landscaping with natural vegetation. Rhododendron, azaleas, laurels, hemlocks and other resinous evergreens including the pine needles we use for ground cover are all flash fuels. If you live on the side of a mountain, you are even more vulnerable. Upwinds and downdrafts help spread a fire. You should have at least a 30-60 foot area around the house for a FIRE BREAK. Use hardwood mulch instead of pine needles. When you plant, intersperse deciduous trees with evergreens.
  • Make sure your hoses and connectors are in proper working condition.
  • Keep firewood piles away from the house.
  • Dispose of fireplace and grill ashes in a metal bucket and soak with water. And MOST Important have an escape plan, and practice it so all know what to do instinctively

These important tips are from Priscilla Tinsley For your Brevard, Hendersonville and all of Western North Carolina Insurance, be sure and let them give you a quote!

Thank you and be safe!  Priscilla Tinsley; CIC, CISR

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc   800 Beverly-Hanks Centre   Hendersonville, NC  28792

800.228.3132 x135 – office line   828.694.5135 – direct line   828.693-1834 – fax

ptinsley@morrowinsurance.com     www.morrowinsurance.com

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While searching for ways to not only add storage to a desk area, but to improve it’s overall look, I came accross a few great ideas!  The first is from Home Made Simple, with 3 Easy Repurposed Desk Organizers.  One of their ways to create an organized space is with the use of clipboards and decorative paper.

Clipboard + Pretty Paper = Mini Bulletin Board
Whether it’s organizing loose papers or displaying artwork that brightens up your space, personalized clipboards are the perfect, fuss-free solution.

1 sheet decorative paper, 8 1/2” x 14” or larger
Craft knife
Decoupage glue

1.Lay your paper, pattern side-down, on a clean work surface, then place your clipboard on top of it and trace its shape with your pencil.

2.Cut along the lines with your craft knife.

3.Use your paintbrush to apply a smooth, even layer of decoupage glue to the front side of your clipboard.

4.Attach the paper to the clipboard, smoothing away wrinkles with clean hands. Cut away excess paper around the metal clip with your craft knife.

5.Apply a second thin coat of glue on the top of the paper to create a seal. Let dry, then hang the clipboards on large nails or hooks.

Tip: Try hanging four or five clipboards in a row over your desk, mixing and matching paper patterns and colors to make a statement.

Keeping your office desk organized will allow you to be more efficient, get your work done quicker, and will keep you at a least a little less stressed!  What ideas do you have for staying organized at your desk?

Article by Lori Thomas

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