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Rachel Allain

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How to Increase Your Home's Value

Posted by Rachel Allain on April 26, 2023
When buying a home, increasing its value isn't always the first thing on our minds. Living in your home is the most important part of owning a home. Adding upgrades may help raise your home's potential value.

Here are some different ways how to increase your home’s value.
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Tags: Advice on Selling

Romantic Date Nights In Western North Carolina

Posted by Rachel Allain on March 28, 2023

Whether you were born and raised in WNC or you’ve only recently moved here to live in one of our amazing Vista communities, Western North Carolina will always have new and interesting experiences to offer.

If you’re looking for an offbeat romantic date night idea, we have four that we think will get you a great night out with that special someone.

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The Construction Process for Home-Building

Posted by Rachel Allain on March 28, 2023

Have you ever wondered what goes into building a custom home? Maybe you have some questions about the steps to build a home after the design is completed and the deal is made.

Our Process of Building eBook covers all the steps of building a custom-designed or pre-planned home from the lot picking stage to your home welcoming.

Here we'll go into depth about the construction process for home-building.

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Tags: Building Info

What's a Halfback Retiree? And Why Are People Moving Out of Florida?

Posted by Rachel Allain on February 23, 2023

Everyone knows that when you retire, you move to Florida, right?

Well, yes but no. Swathes of retirees have come to realize Florida isn’t for them. So, they move halfway back up the East Coast or closer to their relatives and most land in the Carolinas. When people follow this migration pattern, they’re called Halfbacks. And this isn’t the type of halfback you know from football.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Featured Custom Home Design: The Dogwood

Posted by Rachel Allain on January 26, 2023

Located near the beautiful Lake Lure, Bill’s Mountain is a Vista community with 800 acres of spectacular views of the NC Blue Ridge Mountains.

With convenient access to all of Western North Carolina’s treasures, this quiet mountain property was developed for those who appreciate the best that life has to offer.

So what makes this place the best? Besides the mountains, it’s your personalized home design, of course!

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Tags: Floor Plans

4 Reasons To Retire In Western North Carolina

Posted by Rachel Allain on January 19, 2023

Western North Carolina has gotten some (well-deserved) praise as a great place to retire over the past few years. It has almost all you could ask for: a 4-season climate, close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains, and nearby cities full of activities for people of all ages. When you’re looking to settle down for retirement, it's important to find a place that will meet all of your needs.  Before you take the leap and move, we've compiled 4 reasons to retire in Western North Carolina that we think you should look at.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Interior Design Trends of 2023

Posted by Rachel Allain on December 22, 2022

As the year is coming to a close and 2023 is rushing up toward us, we all are looking for a change. It could be a change in our work/life balances, health goals, or even in how we decorate our homes. You may feel the desire for a fresh start in your home. If so, we've got you covered! Here are some predicted interior design trends for 2023.

Keep in mind, trends can be a guideline to make your home feel revitalized. But these trends shouldn't be the end-all for your personal home design. Adopt what you like and disregard what you don't.

Having a home to yourself is all about making it your own. So go out there and decorate for the new year!

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Tags: Design Trends & Tips

What is the Average House Size and Layout?

Posted by Rachel Allain on November 22, 2022

If you ever have sat down and pondered about your future, the visualization of your dream home has probably come to you a time or two. You may have pictured your house deeply secluded in the woods or in that cookie-cutter neighborhood you've always dreamed of.

But what you may not have wondered about was the square footage of your home, and today, we want to provide you with a few things to remember before you purchase a big home

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

4 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Quickly

Posted by Rachel Allain on October 24, 2022

Kitchens are undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in a home. They are the place where food is prepped for family, friends, and guests to enjoy. New recipes are invented and old family recipes are recreated in this space.

A house can't really be a home without a good kitchen. If you are planning your dream home or in the process of building a new home in Western North Carolina, you probably have a number of layouts already in your mind.

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Tags: Design Trends & Tips