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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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

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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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North Asheville (Sherwood Heights) Home For Sale

1-18-robinhood-rd-frontJust Listed: 18 Robinhood Rd in the Sherwood Heights neighborhood of North Asheville.

Come and see this brick ranch home for sale with open living spaces, hardwoods throughout most of the home, trees for privacy & tons of natural lighting. Inside you will find a family room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining area, open kitchen/living room concept with natural gas FP & main level laundry. The unfinished basement is perfect for a rec room/work shop & has lots of space for storage.

This home is conveniently located to the Country Club of Asheville, shopping, dining, restaurants, Beaver Lake, Omni Grove Park Inn & Blue Ridge Parkway and is just 10 minutes to downtown Asheville and Weaverville.

 

Full Details:          http://goo.gl/ibYU29
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Call us today to schedule a showing, 828-771-2333.  Have a home to sell before you buy?  Contact us for a free, no obligation, home valuation.

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The Bourke Group Real Estate Scoop – August 2016 Edition

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DIY home projects are great for saving money and enjoying a good challenge, but these household projects are better left for professionals.

For some people, DIY is just a way of life. But whether your goal is to save money or just to enjoy a good challenge, there are some projects that are simply better left to the professionals. Whatever you do, don’t try these at home.
1. Flooring

On the surface, flooring seems like the perfect DIY project. But in reality, there’s much more to it than ripping up the old and replacing with new. Whether it’s carpet, wood or tile, there are several steps that (if not done correctly) could mean starting all over again. Plus, you never know what you’ll find underneath. You could have previous flooring material that’s now warped, damaged or in serious need of staining. Then of course, there’s the sub floor, which could be cracked or rotten and would need to be addressed before anything else can be done.

On top of all of that, there’s the sheer amount of waste that comes with the project. Your trashcan is definitely not big enough to hold it all. Do yourself a favor and call a professional right from the start.

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August Market Update 

Home sales in June surged to their highest level in years, putting 2016 on track to be the best year for home sales since the recession. Near rock-bottom mortgage rates continue to lure more and more buyers into the market despite steadily rising prices and low inventory levels.
Interest Rates

Interest rates decreased slightly from the month prior and remain near all-time lows. Mortgage rates have declined recently due to the drop in U.S. Treasury rates created by the uncertainty surrounding the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

 

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To Be Or Not To Be … Trendy

Anytime we fall into a rut with our homes it’s easy to look to the latest trends for inspiration.  There are a ton of DIY articles out there and lists outlining the latest and greatest update you should be doing for your home.  How do you decide what is and isn’t right for you?

  • If you’re on a budget, it’s usually fairly simple, go with what works with what you currently have.  If you have signature pieces of furniture that are too expensive to replace choose items that will serve as an accent.  Throw pillows, wall art, candle holders, etc will add a certain element of creativity that will keep you from having to invest in an expensive area rug, designer drapes, new flooring, etc.  When you’re stumped for ideas, you can go to store websites (Target, Pier 1, World Market) or online market places such as Etsy, Wayfair, or Joss and Main.Property Photo
  • If you’re short on time, prioritize.  Make a list of what’s important to you, your likes and dislikes, and then start searching for ideas.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the process, don’t let it get to you.  If you start out with a purpose you will save yourself from a lot of wasted time running in circles.  If you’ve ever gone on YouTube to look for one thing and ended up hours later looking at something that had nothing to do with your original search, you know exactly where we are coming from on this one.  When you’re clear on what your ultimate end goal is you can get from A to B sooner than later.
  • If you’re short on ideas, consult with an expert or someone who has an eye for what looks good with what.  There is absolutely no harm in asking for someone else’s opinion, plus it never hurts to have more than one eye on a project.Property Photo
  • If you’re short on vision … make sure that what’s trendy now truly appeals to you.  You don’t have to keep up up with the Joneses, just use what’s in style to inspire you to update your current look.
  • A final source of inspiration, real estate websites.  Most sellers put their best foot forward when putting their home on the market and a lot of time they’ve done just what you’re considering, they’ve looked at the current trends or they’ve consulted with a home staging service.  Make note of their color schemes, how their furniture is arranged and the accent pieces they’ve put into place.

Bottom line, don’t let the process overwhelm you.  Take it one day at a time and go with what feels like a natural change, in the long run you’ll love it more and for longer.