Luxury Lot For Sale In Sherwood Heights

Come see this wooded lot in North Asheville the luxurious Sherwood Heights subdivision, convenient to downtown Asheville, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville Country Club and the Blue Ridge Parkway, situated on a cul-de-sac. Inactive HOA, architectural review required, 2200 sqft minimum. Seller has architect’s rendering and plans for a 3100 sq. ft. house on the lot which complies with the city’s steep slope ordinance.

44 Elk Mountain Ridge; Asheville, NC  28804

 

Call us today for more information, 828-771-2333.

The Bourke Group, Keller Williams Professionals, www.TheBourkeGroup.com

JUST LISTED: 2 Story Traditional Near Grove Park W/Additional Living Space

1-117-furman-ave-frontWelcome to 117 Furman Ave; Asheville, NC  28804.  This is the perfect opportunity to live N of downtown, walkable to shops & dining. This 2 story brick traditional w/apartment in the basement features rich hardwood floors & door trim, 9′ ceilings, open living spaces with tons of natural light, closets in almost every room, a walk-up attic space, storage & laundry in the basement, character, charm & more. The main living area is 4BR/2.5BA w/hardwoods & tile, apartment (with separate entrance) features 1BR/1BA/Living Room, oven/range & refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Call The Bourke Group today to schedule a showing, 828-771-2333.

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The Bourke Group Real Estate Scoop – October 2016 Edition

 
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Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family? … continue reading

 

 

 

October Market Update

A cooling trend in the housing market continued in August with diminished inventory levels being the primary driving force behind 2016-10-oct-tmirethe decline. Despite near rock-bottom mortgage rates and healthy job growth, home sales eased after reaching record-setting levels in June. Affordability concerns have delayed some first-time buyers, which could contribute to pent-up demand in the future.

Interest Rates

Interest rates remain near all-time lows. Mortgage rates have remained relatively flat; however, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has suggested that an increase in the interest rate may be coming this December.

 

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Kitchen Island Styles For Your Asheville Area Home to Fit Any Use

Regardless of the size of your kitchen remodel, adding an island to your design is one of the best things you can do to make your home more livable. There are many ways to fit an island into your kitchen. Here are some types of kitchen islands to consider:
1) Go traditional.
If you have a small kitchen, you may not think you have room for a separate island. But even spatially limited kitchens have space for an island. Choose an appropriately sized island that blends well with the rest of the room.

The blend-in strategy works best for small kitchens, so choose colors and materials that are similar to what you already have. Whether you blend a butcher-block kitchen island into a wood-grain kitchen or select a small, black granite island to complement your black and white kitchen, you will end up with a stunning result.

2) Add more storage.
Many older kitchens suffer from two distinct, but interrelated, problems: a lack of room and a lack of storage space. You can solve both problems by converting an old table into a stunning kitchen island. Just add some storage shelves underneath one side of the table and some barstools to the other side.

You can top off your new kitchen island with a stunning butcher block or sturdy granite top. This idea works well in all kinds of kitchens – just choose a smaller table for a tiny kitchen and a larger one for a roomier space.

3) Build in versatility.
One of the smartest things you can do is make your kitchen island versatile enough to serve a variety of different uses. Position your island to help with meal prep, provide additional storage space and even offer a place for your children to do their homework.

You can please everyone by using various bench heights in your new kitchen island. Higher barstools will allow your kids to do their homework, while low-slung benches will help you to prepare meals or enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other.

4) Create a private area.
Whether you want to give the kids a private space to do their homework or create a cozy cooking nook for yourself, you can use your kitchen island to create a sense of privacy and block off a new space.

You can use your kitchen island to create a sense of openness. But sometimes it can do the opposite. If your kitchen is already fairly open, walling off a corner is a great way to restore a sense of privacy.

5) Use it for cooking.
Kitchen islands also provide extra room for prep work. Be sure to choose an island that can withstand sharp objects and hot pots and pans. A butcher-block counter, for example, is great for cutting up meats and baking prep work.

You can use your kitchen island in many different ways. Whether your kitchen is small and cozy or large and open, you can design a kitchen island that fits your needs, brings your family together and enhances the livability and value of your home.

 

Do you need to hire a professional to install your kitchen island?  Give us a call, we’re happy to point you in the right direction, 828-771-2333.

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The Bourke Group, Keller Williams Professionals, www.TheBourkeGroup.com

3 Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

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One of the best things a seller can do to increase the value of their home is start on a few home improvement projects. The following are some of the least expected upgrades that pack a large return for your investment:
  1. Install a Steel Door
    Aside from safe communities, buyers also want safe homes. Steel doors offer a feeling of security and protection, and will give you an impressive ROI of 101.8 percent.*
  2. Add a Wooden Deck
    Wooden decks are ideal for outdoor spaces. They make the home feel larger and typically cost less than brick patios, with an ROI of 80.5 percent.*
  3. Improve Curb Appeal
    The first areas of a home that buyers see are the driveway, front yard and the front of the house. Add some shrubs or flowers, pressure wash the driveway and repaint the front door to make a lasting impression.*Source: Realtor.com®
When you’re ready for your next move, call me to discuss home improvements that will add value and make your home stand out among the competition.

The Bourke Group, Keller Williams Professionals, www.TheBourkeGroup.com

3 Rules to Remember When Shopping for a Mortgage

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If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably in the market for a new mortgage. Here are 3 critical shopping tips for anyone looking for a new loan.

  • Know the Terms
    All the terms of a loan matter. Unfortunately, shopping for a mortgage is not as simple as finding out how much a lender will let you borrow and at what interest rate. You’ll want to get a complete breakdown of what any offer your receive means to you on a monthly basis as well as how much money you’ll be spending over the life of the loan.
  • Not all Mortgages are the same
    There are several mortgage types available to residential home buyers. Most people will shop for a traditional fixed rate mortgage, but other options are available including adjustable rate loans (ARMs), Federal Housing Administration loans (FHAs), and Veteran’s Administration loans. You’ll want to be sure to understand what kind of loan a lender is offering you.
  • Fees, Fees, Fees
    Most loans have fees associated with them in additional to the principal amount borrowed to buy the home. You can sometimes borrow the money need to cover these fees, but that will obviously increase the overall amount of debt you undertake. Some fees are paid up front, and others are not due until closing.

If you’d like to chat with us personally about how to shop for a mortgage and what other questions you can ask lenders to find the best deal, give me a call at any time, 828-771-2333. We’re happy to get you started on the right path so we can start looking for your new home!

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The Bourke Group, Keller Williams Professionals, www.TheBourkeGroup.com

How to Keep Your Asheville Area Home Allergy Free

 

Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are several best practices you can adopt to manage allergens in your home:
 

1. Keep it clean. Regularly cleaning your home will go far in reducing allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet dander.

 

2. Redo your floors. Replacing rugs and carpets with wood or vinyl floorings will help minimize dust and other allergens that become embedded in fabric fibers.

3. Groom your furry friends. Regularly bathing and brushing your pets will help reduce the amount of dander and pet hair in your home.

 

 

4. Go on mold patrol. Be on the lookout for any leaks or moisture in your home as this can cause mold to thrive.


Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

The Bourke Group, Keller Williams Professionals, 86 Asheland Avenue; Asheville, NC  28801

www.TheBourkeGroup.com

828-771-2333

How can your Asheville area home make you happier?

Your home should be your sanctuary, a refuge from the stresses of everyday life, where you can relax, enjoy yourself and spend time with friends and family. If your home isn’t bringing you the happiness it should, take a look at the following tips to help put a smile on your face whenever you walk in your front door.

Surround yourself with mood-boosting colors. Red, orange and yellow are most often associated with generating positive feelings. If those colors don’t make you smile, surround yourself with the colors that you’re most drawn to. Try using one of your favorite memories for inspiration. If you took a life-changing trip to Greece a few years ago, why not paint your bedroom the deep blue of the Aegean Sea?
 

Fill the air with blissful scents. Many scents, including jasmine, citrus and freshly baked bread, are reported to be linked to happiness. Scent is also closely linked with memory, so filling your home with a scent tied to happy memories will give your spirits a lift.

 

Create a dedicated space for your favorite hobbies. Spending time on activities that bring you joy is important to your overall happiness. Whether your passion is reading, painting or woodworking, having a space devoted to your favorite hobby will motivate you to spend more time doing what you love.

 

Bring the outdoors in. According to Psychology Today, there is a significant link between time spent enjoying nature and happiness. To bring Mother Nature indoors, fill your home with plants and fresh flowers or just open your curtains to enjoy the view of any nearby gardens or trees.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home.

Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

The Bourke Group, Keller Williams Professionals, 86 Asheland Avenue; Asheville, NC  28801

www.TheBourkeGroup.com

828-771-2333

The Bourke Group Real Estate Scoop – September 2016 Edition

Late Summer Tips to Ready Your Home for Fall
Fall is fast approaching, and with it, the need for home maintenance. According to experts, the most important tasks for late summer are:Painting the ExteriorLower humidity and cooler temperatures make late summer and early fall ideal times to paint the exterior of the home.Cleaning Gutters and Downspouts

Clear all drainage areas of leaves and debris, and consider installing gutter guards.

Inspecting the Roof

Hire a licensed professional to examine the roof for wear and tear. (If the shingles are buckling, cracking or curling, it is time to replace them.) Be sure the professional assesses the flashing around chimneys, pipes and/or skylights.

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September Market Update2016-09-sept-tmire

The housing market cooled in July as inventory remains at inadequate levels in many regions, particularly in the starter-home category. Affordability appears to be impacting prospective buyers despite near record-low mortgage rates. After several consecutive months of steady growth, home sales declined over the year prior for the first time since November 2015.
Interest Rates

Interest rates remain near all-time lows. Mortgage rates have remained flat; however, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has hinted that conditions are such that an increase in the interest rate may be coming later in the year.

 

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