The Vista Blog

Living in Modern Mountain Homes

Posted by Rachel Allain on January 31, 2024

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Western North Carolina, modern mountain homes can offer a perfect blend of contemporary living and the serene beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Tags: Life in Western NC, Design Trends & Tips

5 Tips On Construction Loans & New Build Financing

Posted by Shelly Salomon on January 25, 2024

When buying a house, most people are very familiar with the process of applying for a mortgage, purchasing, and moving into a home that is already built. However, the situation is slightly different when building a new home from the ground up.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Advice on Buying

4 Must-See Sights in Lake Lure, NC

Posted by Rachel Allain on December 20, 2023

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Appalachian mountains lies the charming town of Lake Lure, NC, a little town waiting to be explored by you. Lake Lure is located in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and is about 40 minutes outside of Asheville, making it easily accessible for people who live in Western NC.

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Tags: Life in Western NC

Is Now a Good Time to Buy A House?

Posted by Shelly Salomon on December 20, 2023

For most of us, buying a house is the largest purchase of our lives, and the process is far from simple. If you are a first-time home buyer, you should know that the question of when to buy a new house is among the essential things to consider when embarking on this journey. 

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Tags: Advice on Buying

Your Complete Moving Out of State Checklist

Posted by Rachel Allain on November 30, 2023

Moving to a new home is never easy, and it can become ten times more difficult when you have to cross state lines. When completing a move like this, you need a guide to navigate through the various decisions that come with changing your residence. From the size and layout of your new home to the amenities in the surrounding community, each aspect requires careful consideration to guarantee a smooth transition and a fresh start that’s emotionally fulfilling.

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Tags: Life in Western NC, Advice on Buying

Be Your Own Home Renovator - 5 DIY Home Renovation Ideas

Posted by Shelly Salomon on November 29, 2023

Keeping your home in top shape through regular upgrades is key not only for maintaining its looks but, more importantly, for increasing the home’s value over time. The good news is that home upgrades don’t necessarily require extensive and expensive renovation projects.

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Tags: Building Info, Design Trends & Tips

Is a Gated Community Right for You?

Posted by Rachel Allain on November 03, 2023

Gated communities have become increasingly popular in many parts of the world, especially in the United States, in recent decades. But are they worth the investment? And what does living in one entail for you and your family?

In this blog, we'll take an in-depth look at the advantages and disadvantages of living in a gated community and answer all the other questions you could possibly have about them. By the end, we hope you’ll have a firmer understanding of what you’re looking for in a community.

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Tags: Advice on Buying

How to Winterize a House? - 6 Affordable Ways

Posted by Shelly Salomon on November 02, 2023

The cold months are upon us, and while that means gorgeous views and several holidays, it also means that homeowners have to deal with a unique set of challenges.

Cold weather can cause a lot of problems for homes that are ill-equipped for the change in seasons. However, by following a home winterization checklist with tips on how to winterize a house, you will be able to protect your house from the problems that come with cold weather. You will also be able to create a shelter of warmth against the cold winter ahead.

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Tags: Home Maintenance Tips

Spec Home vs Custom Home: Which is Better?

Posted by Rachel Allain on September 28, 2023

Spec home vs custom home - that is the question. What makes these two types of builds different and how do I know which one is best for me?

The short and simple answer: Custom homes are homes that are made from entirely scratch - using unique blueprints that are designed by a home builder. You get to customize to the "T". Spec homes, on the other hand, are a neat little term for a house that is pre-designed and pre-built, ready for a potential buyer to move in.

But there is more to this than this watered down response. How can you know which fit would be best for you? Let's dig into the specifics of specs and custom builds.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Floor Plans

What Drives the Value of My Home? 8 Key Factors

Posted by Shelly Salomon on September 19, 2023

Are you a homeowner looking to sell your property? Or are you in the market for a new home? While sellers and buyers may approach the market differently, they share an interest in the elements influencing a property's value. A mix of factors determines how much a home is worth. Some objective factors, like the location and market conditions, play a big role and are pretty reasonable. Nevertheless, subjective value judgments also matter. 

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Tags: Advice on Buying, Advice on Selling