July 3, 2017

Should You Have A Survey Done On The Property You Are Purchasing?

My own belief is that everyone buying a house or even raw land should obtain a survey whether or not the lender requires it. Even if you pay all cash for your new property, you should insist on obtaining a survey. It is always good to know where your property lines are located. And especially here in the north Georgia mountains, where many property’s original boundaries go back hundreds of years and before official record-keeping was standard practice. Survey prices vary considerably. Ask your agent to recommend several surveying firms in the area and talk to them about your needs. […]
June 23, 2017

Take the hassle out of north Georgia mountain home shopping

So you’ve decided it’s time to start looking for your own north Georgia mountain getaway cabin or home. Maybe it’s for your part-time vacationing use and for an investment by placing it in a rental program. Or maybe you’re considering retiring to our gorgeous area. No matter your reason(s) for beginning your search, having a plan can make the process a lot easier and even fun. While online home buying sites and apps have grown tremendously over the last few years (and they do make searching for homes much easier than in days past), they cannot replace the knowledge and […]
January 5, 2017

Off-season sellers face less competition for serious buyers

If other sellers decide to wait until spring to list their homes, it means less competition for buyers who are looking to purchase in the off-season. As many buyers tend to hibernate during winter months or want to avoid adverse road conditions, it’s a good bet that the ones who do their searching in the off-season are serious buyers ready to take action. Also, seeing the house’s features “perform” in the year’s most potentially damaging conditions—heavier rains, freezing temperatures—can further convince the serious off-season buyers that the home is not a money pit. While visiting and enjoying the area and […]
December 9, 2016

6 Things You Should Do Before the Cold Weather Arrives

We all know better. There are certain home maintenance chores that must be done each year to keep our home in tip top shape, but time gets away from us and before you know it, it’s been years since we’ve tackled those projects. This month, be sure to check these items off your list before the super cold winter takes hold. Buy a $2 faucet protector for each outdoor faucet. This protects your faucets from freezing and cracking which could cause a major leak and cost a lot of money to fix. Cleaning your gutters is free and will help […]
November 28, 2016

Enjoy the Season with Holiday Movies

Maybe it’s because my days are so full this time of year or maybe it’s because it gets dark so early, but in the evenings I love to cuddle up and watch all the old, but good, holiday movies. It’s time to pop up some pop corn, add a dash of peppermint schnapps to my hot chocolate, and turn on the TV. It also doesn’t hurt to snuggle with a nice warm blanket and two precious puppy dogs as A Charlie Brown Christmas plays on the television. The nostalgia of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman take me […]
November 18, 2016

Holiday Season Begins in Blue Ridge GA

Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season in Blue Ridge, GA. Temperatures are finally cooler, the leaves have all fallen, and activities abound to help celebrate. My favorite part of this time of year is spending so much time with family and friends around the table. The laughter is abundant, the food is delicious, and the love is palpable (even if there are a few nuts in the mix). Thanksgiving is full of tradition and overflowing tables so you may want to begin the day with the annual Blue Ridge Turkey Trot. Walkers, joggers, and serious competitors join in the […]