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Be a part of the most beloved and storied holiday travel destination in the Southeast with a visit to America’s largest home, Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. On Christmas Eve in 1895,  Eve Vanderbilt opened the doors to the Biltmore House to friends and family for the first time and a visit to this historic home has become a classic holiday destination every year since.

Christmas is an especially spectacular time to enjoy the 250-room family home as it is decked in festive finery. Biltmore’s Banquet Hall tree alone, the largest of the sixty-eight decorated Christmas trees found in the home, has 500 lights, 500 gift-wrapped packages and 500 ornaments on it.  Throughout the rooms millions of twinkling lights, miles of garland and ribbon, glowing fireplaces, inspiring music, and holiday demonstrations all add to the magical feel and set the scene for this special time of year.  This year the house, gardens, and grounds are decorated in an art motif with each tree throughout the house decorated to complement a piece of art found in the room where the tree is placed.  Candlelight Christmas Evening takes the already magnificent house and adds an air of mystery to it as choirs perform the season’s traditional music in the glassed Winter Garden and the front yard is set aglow with a fifty-five foot tree.

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 Hunger Games,” shot in the lush woodlands of Transylvania County in North Carolina, opened in theatres March 23, 2012. It is one of over a dozen films shot recently in the “Land of Waterfalls” —the impact that likely will be felt on tourism and jobs for years to come. The natural beauty isn’t the only incentive for production companies to locate films in North Carolina. The state offers a 25 percent tax credit for productions spending over half a million dollars, and a generous lodging refund for visits exceeding 90 days. It’s a win-win situation that employs local actors and actresses to use as extras, fuels the local economy by employing construction workers, restaurant and lodging personnel for film crews as well as boosting the state’s tourism, especially for such highly touted films as Transylvania County’s “The Hunger Games.”

Other films shot here in Western North Carolina include “Thunder Road,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “The Healer.” “Iron Man 3” is prepping locally; shooting on the popular film series expects to begin soon. After hitting a tourism low in 2010, Governor Bev Perdue’s tax credit has positively impacted visitation to state attractions, including parks and welcome centers, over 21 percent. The only thing that the locals ask is that you treat the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the state with respect, enjoy it and make some great memories.

We strive to be the most informed professionals in our market area, contact Jay and Jewell Kaiser and let us make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.

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To experience the arts and cultural events of the Brevard area, look no further than the Brevard Music Center.  The Brevard Music Center is situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and is one of America’s premier summer training programs for high school and college students every summer, culminating in a series of concerts open to the general public.

Not content to only share music during one part of the year, the Brevard Music Center also holds free concerts the first Monday of every month from October through May, with the exception of January.  These free concerts take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, which is at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard, North Carolina.

On February 6, the concert series will feature Steve Cohen, professor of clarinet at Northwestern University.  In addition to his university teaching, he performs and teaches master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Korea.  He was the principal clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic, from 1975 to 2004.  Accompanying him is pianist Katherine Palmer, who has taught at the Brevard Music Center and remains an active chamber musician.  Together they will be performing chamber pieces by Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Ennio Morricone, and others.

On March 5, the concert series will play host to the Blair Quartet, one of the most-acclaimed string quartets in the United States, who will be playing Schubert’s Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden.”

Other upcoming performances include the Trio Solis on April 2 and the Georgia Woodwind Quintet on May 7.

We strive to be the most informed professionals in our market area, contact Jay and Jewell Kaiser and let us make your Brevard, North Carolina real estate experience productive and successful.

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North Carolina’s mountains have long been a haven for flyfishing enthusiasts. They are also home to the first fly fishing trail in the U.S. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, includes portions of 11 creeks and 4 rivers and features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. Serious fly fishers will like the smaller, lesser-known spots such as Pantertown Creek, Chattooga River, Whitewater River and Tanasee Creek. Beginners will enjoy the spots found along the Tuckasegee River.

The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail maps out 15 of the best spots to catch brown, rainbow and brook trout in the crystal-clear streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Trail provides a map for download, descriptions and GPS coordinates for all 15 spots, a weekly fishing report, plus a gallery for users to upload photos of their catches!

If trout fishing is not for you, Jackson County offers a number of high mountain lakes that offer anglers the opportunity to fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie, as well as panfish and crappie. Some of the best lakes are Bear Lake, Wolf Creek Lake and Lake Glenville.

Orvis, recognized for its unparalleled influence on the sport of fly-fishing and the fly-fishing industry endorses these local businesses in the Asheville/Brevard area.

Endorsed Lodges:  Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC          Endorsed Guides: Brown Trout Fly Fishing, Asheville, NC

Grab your gear and head out to enjoy a great day of mountain fishing!

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Summary of 2010 Squirrel Count in Brevard North Carolina

Brevard’s white squirrels would seem to be doing well as preparations are being made for the Seventh Annual White Squirrel Festival on Memorial Day weekend.

Under the supervision of the Heart of Brevard, community volunteers conducted the 14th Annual Brevard Squirrel Count this past fall over a three square mile study area centered on the Courthouse.

The Count is not meant to be a true census but rather an estimate of the percentage of the white versus the gray variant of the Eastern Gray Squirrel.

This year’s estimate of 37.1% is the highest yet on record, well above the 14 year average being 28.1%. Overall abundance of squirrels, both white and gray, was up representing the third highest in count history.

The highest concentration of the white variant was once again along the southeast margin of the study area north and east of Brevard Elementary School, Warren and Bluebird Lane, McCrary Acres, Morgan Heights and the general area between Elm Bend Road and Outland Avenue. Because of its park-like landscape, Brevard College remains a good place to view your first white squirrel although their abundance there seems to have declined slightly in recent years. Overall results can be viewed by clicking here. Likewise, particulars for the 35 Sectors of the study area can viewed by following this link.

To participate in future counts or in becoming a designated Squirrel Spotter for a neighborhood contact Madrid Zimmerman (828-884-3278; heartexec@comporium.net), Director of the Heart of Brevard, or Bob Glesener (828-862-3231; rrglesener@gmail.com), Director of the White Squirrel Research Institute.  This article is from the Heart of Brevard

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Even though some indicators are unfavorable overall it looks like North Carolina is in for Growth in 2011. To get the full report email me and I will send you the report and graphs…Jay Kaiser Jay@HomeINBrevard.Com


National and state indicators have remained relatively stable recently, with employment and other indicators holding steady over the last 2 months.  Most indicators are still well below pre-recessionary levels, but both state and national trends indicate that economic growth is occurring.  Businesses have still been reluctant to increase hiring, which is a reflection of consumer reluctance to spend in the current economy.  The housing market has seen foreclosures increase after a minor reprieve during the foreclosure freeze.  Despite the setbacks in employment and housing, economic recovery is on track increasing hopes for growth and  increased employment into 2011.


 1-    Unemployment, employment, and labor force shrink from previous month

 2-    This trend appeared in month-over-month changes from May to June of this year and has continued since.

 3-    Unemployment rates continue a year-long declining trend statewide and for most counties

 4-    Total non-farm employment was unchanged; Leisure and Hospitality sector experienced greatest job loss

 5-    For the year-to-date monthly average non farm employment is at 2001 levels.

 6-    Workers affected by closings and layoffs decreased and is below 4-month and 12-month averages

 7-   Announced Capital Investment in the 2nd Quarter Exceeded $2 billion and Announced Jobs Exceeded 7,500

 8-   Foreclosures increased; home sales and building permits declined

 9-   The value of goods exported declined from the previous quarter but increased from the same period in 2009

 Note:  An Economic Overview was not produced in the month of October.  Additionally, the December monthly will follow a slightly different format than usual due to different data release timetables at the end of the calendar year.


Little has changed to the overall economy at the national or state level in the past month.  Most indicators remain well below pre-recessionary levels, but both state and national trends indicate economic growth is occurring, albeit very slowly. And, in North Carolina the housing market remains weakened. Businesses have been slow to hire and confidence in the economy has declined, leading consumers to reduce spending. National polls of the general public as well as economists indicate pessimism regarding economic recovery. Despite this and expectations of slow growth through the first parts of 2011, many economists believe the recovery remains on track. In North Carolina, recent data shows the state outpacing the nation regarding job and income growth.   


 1·     NC’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.7%, but the decline is a result of workers leaving labor force as the  number of people employed  also decreased

 2·    The unemployment rate is declining in 90 of 100 counties

 3·    Total non-farm employment increased; Government sector experienced significant job gain

 4·    Workers affected by closings & layoffs increased; but monthly data is below 4-month and 12-month averages

 5·    Foreclosures held constant from last month while home sales and building permits declines

 6·    The dollar value of goods exported increased from the previous quarter and this point last year 

Unemployment, employment, and labor force shrink from previous month

 The number of employed workers decreased by 5,270 between September and October while the number of unemployed workers declined by 6,882, resulting in a 0.3% decrease in the size of the labor force (-12,152). This trend appeared in monthover-month changes from May to June
of this year and has continued since. Since January 2010 the labor force has decreased by 69,585, while employment has increased by 5,502.
This trend is different than what occurred from January to October of 2009, when the labor force decreased by only 21,356 and the employment
losses (76,645) far outpaced losses in the labor force.
N.C. Employment Security Commission, Labor Force Statistics North Carolina

Jared Wiener

Director of Economic Analysis

NC Dept. Of Commerce

PRSP Division

September 2010 Economic Overview

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By Karyn McCormack

Let the Kaiser Team Make your Dream Come True

(REUTERS) — When you’re looking to buy or sell a home, naturally you want to find a real estate agent with integrity and your best interests in mind. You don’t need a new best friend, but you do need someone you genuinely like because you are about to spend a lot of time in their presence. You can start by asking friends, family or neighbors – especially ones that have bought or sold a home in the past year – for recommendations.

You want an agent who is very familiar with the neighborhood. It’s harder to find someone who understands your tastes (will your Danish modern table look good in the dining room?) and needs (Starbuck’s within a five-minute drive). We all know someone who has spent endless hours driving around with a chatty, over-perfumed agent only to end up looking at houses that are not suitable for the family dog.

Finding an agent who can assist in the onerous transaction process is just as crucial. They should be able to recommend a mortgage broker and real estate lawyer to get the deal done. Knowledge of the latest trends in mortgage loan products and property taxes are certainly helpful, too.

Once you obtain a few names, set up an interview with each agent that should last about 30 minutes. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recommends asking the following questions before committing to working with a Realtor:

How long have you been working in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? Real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job. And keep in mind that experience is not a guarantee that the person is successful.

What are your credentials? The agent should be licensed by your state, which means the agent has met minimum levels of education, training, and testing. Designations such as GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), which require that real estate professionals take additional, specialized real estate training, are held by only about one-quarter of real estate pros.

How many homes did you sell in the last year? How many homes did you find for buyers? Ask the agent for the addresses and selling prices for the homes bought and sold recently.

How many days did it take you to sell the average home? How did that compare to the overall market? This information also determines the agent’s track record of marketing homes. Remember that real estate markets vary by location. For example, properties in desirable metropolitan neighborhoods might stay on the market for just one or two weeks, while homes in other areas of the country might take a month to sell. Make sure the Realtor’s record is in line with local conditions.

How close to the initial asking prices of the homes you sold were the final sale prices? If there are very large discrepancies between asking and final sale prices, ask for the reasons behind that. As a seller, you should listen to the agent’s advice about what the competitive price is so that you’re not pricing your home too high. When you’re a buyer, the realtor will provide the current price ranges for that local market. And it’s not always just about price. Agents need to know how fast you’re able to close the deal. And in the stringent lending environment, they also want to know if you’re pre-approved for a mortgage.

When I’m selling my home, what types of marketing approaches will you use? Look for someone who has aggressive, innovative approaches beyond fresh-baked cookies. You don’t want someone who’s going to put a sign in the yard and hope for the best.

Will you represent me exclusively, or will you represent both the buyer and the seller in the transaction? Dual representation is allowed in certain states and has to be disclosed by the agent. Make sure the agent represents only your interests.

Can you help me find service providers to get a mortgage, make repairs on my home, and other things I need done? Real estate professionals should generally recommend more than one provider and should tell you if they receive any compensation from any of them.

How will you keep me informed about listings or sale of my home? Decide how you want to communicate – email or phone or personal visit – and how often. You can also discuss and establish goals and expectations, such as how many properties you want to see each week or what services or technical support you might need from the agent.

Finally, references are crucial. Ask for the names and phone numbers of the agent’s three most recent clients. Make sure to call these references to find out their experience with the agent. 

Jewell and I strongly agree with these recommendations and we can assure you that you can’t go wrong with the Kaiser team. Here is a link to  some Kaiser Team recommendations and more available. Call the best first and that’s Jay 828-421-0375 or Jewell Kaiser 828-421-0375 for all your Brevard, Hendersonville & Asheville NC Real Estate needs, whether buying or selling!

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