Becoming a home owner is a huge milestone for many people, and as such is often viewed as part of the “American Dream.” Navigating the world of mortgages, housing markets and other additional costs such as HOA fees, insurance and repairs can be overwhelming, especially for a first-time homebuyer.

You may be going back in forth as to why you should buy a home or not, and we’re here to help you figure out what may be best for you and your situation.

It’s no surprise that costs of living are going up. Whether you’ve been renting your whole adult life or are interested in investing in other properties as a source of income, everything is getting more expensive, and that trend is projected to continue as inflation rises. Don’t let this scare you off though, as currently mortgage rates are historically low.

Western North Carolina is a popular destination, whether you’re just visiting or thinking about moving here, you’re bound to find something that will interest you.

This is partly because much of the area is family friendly and offers a lot of fun and safe activities for families to engage in year-round, although the breath-taking mountains may be reason enough. Whether your family is looking for an outdoor adventure, a cultural experience, or ya’ll want to learn something new, WNC has something for you!

There is a good balance between small town feel and big city convenience, and much of WNC is quite safe as well. Many families move here year after year and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. In fact, WNC has seen an unprecedented population growth since 2018. NC has had the largest numeric increase in population since 2018, falling only slightly behind Texas, Florida and Arizona. 

Because of all these new residents moving to the area, with the majority of them being families, many places on this side of the state are trying to keep up by building more entertainment venues, parks, and family friendly facilities and activity hubs. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the research and are happy to make suggestions. Keep reading to learn about family friendly activities in WNC!

Thinking about selling your home? Did you know that there are a few simple things that you can do to help get those offers rolling in and sell quick? Many people may think that in order to make their homes look better, they must do extensive work to improve the appearance of their home before even considering selling, but that’s not always the case.

Sometimes something as simple as a paint job, getting new blinds and light fixtures, or refinishing wood floors is all that is needed to make your home stand out from others in the neighborhood and sell.

When it comes to upgrades to your home, money is the primary concern and may be the reason upgrades in your home have stagnated. Fortunately, most of the upgrades on this list are relatively affordable, and are suitable for DIYers.

Will New Appliances Help Your Home Sell Faster?

You’re ready to sell your home and wanted the highest possible offer to come through the doors of your open house. After some time on the market, with low or no offers, you may be wondering what’s wrong with your home and what about it is turning buyers away.

You walk in to your kitchen, and your appliances are still avocado green and your counters varying shades of “harvest gold,” but you don’t want to part with those appliances yet because they’ve added a lot of happiness to your life; and have always been there for you during holiday dinners and entertaining friends. “I mean, they still work after all…” you might be thinking.

It may be time to replace those treasured old appliances, if you intend on wanting to sell your home to the highest bidder and for the highest return on investment.

Hendersonville is one of the most dog-friendly towns in Western North Carolina, so it’s no wonder that people who love their fur babies love living here. Pet-centered events such as “Tails in Town” and “Strut your Mutt” are hosted annually during the summer and fall months respectively. Both offer dog-specific activities and vendors offering pet products.

Hendersonville also has a plethora of dog-welcoming breweries, upscale pet boutiques, vacation rental spots, dog parks, walking and hiking trails, and many restaurants with outdoor patios. In fact, it’s not an uncommon sight to be walking downtown and see several dogs walking alongside their owners, living their best life.

If you’re looking for a home in Henderson County and have a four-legged friend or two, we’ve got some “pawpular” events and destinations that will adore your pets as much as you do!