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9 Winter Home Décor Ideas

Posted by Ryan Potvin on December 18, 2019

While you may be enjoying everything Western North Carolina has to offer, you may also just want to relax in your home and observe the cold weather from inside!  Make your home a winter headquarter by keeping your home stylish and cozy until the warmer months arrive.  Here are some winter home décor ideas:

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Tags: Life in Western NC

3 Must Haves When Starting the Custom Home Building Process

Posted by Ryan Potvin on September 13, 2019

Building a custom home is a long and complex process that has many variables. While the finished product can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, the path to getting there can be quite stressful if you're not prepared. Before you begin the process of building your custom dream home, there are a few things you should know that will help everything go more smoothly so you can have peace of mind throughout the planning and building process.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

What You Need to Know if You’re a First Time Home Buyer

Posted by Ryan Potvin on August 15, 2019

Home buying is one of the most important decisions a person can make. Being aware of the various factors and concerns regarding home buying is incredibly important, so we put together a list to help. Here is what you need to know if you’re a first time home buyer:

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Tags: Advice on Buying

How to Calculate Your Potential Mortgage Payment

Posted by Ryan Potvin on June 13, 2019

One of the most important parts of buying that beautiful mountain home of your dreams is planning for the mortgage. Mortgages can often be confusing and understanding how the loan is calculated and the different variables involved will help you make the wisest decision possible and get yourself moved in sooner than later!

To get started you’ll need some information regarding the loan and then you can use a mortgage calculator like this one or you can get out the pen and paper and do it by hand. But what details do you need?

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Tags: Advice on Buying

How to Decide When to Buy a New House

Posted by Ryan Potvin on May 02, 2019

Although home ownership may not be the best decision for everyone, it is definitely an important choice to consider. Home ownership can be beneficial by increasing your independence, as well as paving a path toward economic stability. It can be a rewarding and satisfying experience but not one to be considered lightly. When considering a new home purchase, how do you know it’s the right time? Here are a few factors to consider when you are ready to buy a new house:

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Tags: Advice on Buying

Preparing Your Landscape for Spring

Posted by Ryan Potvin on April 02, 2019

Now that winter is wrapping up in western North Carolina, it is a good time to begin thinking about spring weather and all the great things to do outside for this coming season! It is also time to start thinking about laying the proper foundation to help make your yard look great all season and into the summer. Here are some tips for preparing your landscape for spring:

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

Featured Home Design: The Oak

Posted by Ryan Potvin on March 21, 2019

Minutes from historic downtown Hendersonville and only a short drive from Lake Lure is Vista at Blacksmith Run—an exclusive Western North Carolina mountain property designed for residential development.

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Tags: Floor Plans

Where to Take Your Date on Valentine’s Day in North Carolina

Posted by Ryan Potvin on February 13, 2019

Are you thinking about what to do Valentine’s Day?  Western North Carolina affords ample opportunity to enjoy a multitude of outdoor and indoor activities, including hiking, biking, skiing and exploring the beautiful mountain vistas. You could also take some time to check out all the restaurants, breweries and tourist hot spots! Check out the following ideas for places to take your date on Valentine’s Day in Western North Carolina: Cataloochee Ski Area, The Biltmore Estate, Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino, Sierra Nevada Brewery, and Waynesville, NC.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

How to Host a Stress-Free Super Bowl Party

Posted by Ryan Potvin on January 31, 2019

Didn’t all the holiday parties just end?  They did!  And if you are like everyone else, the thought of hosting a Super Bowl party in your Western, NC home can make you a little stressed even though it sounds spectacular!  How about enjoy a party without the stress?  We’ve put together some ideas that will make this year’s super bowl party less stressful and fun.  Here is how to host a stress-free super bowl party.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

How to Save on Winter Heating Costs

Posted by Ryan Potvin on January 17, 2019

Western North Carolina is a haven for all four seasons. In the warmer weather you can hike, fish, white water raft, or visit Asheville or one of the many towns in the region, each with its own unique style. In the cooler months you can ski or tube down a slope filled with snow, or you can just sit by the fire and enjoy the crisp air next to a mountain stream.

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Tags: Life in Western NC, Home Maintenance Tips