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Big Canoe photos - 04/30/09 03:27 PM
Big Canoe is one of North Georgia's great communities. It is a Mountain Gem. It is over 8,000 acres. The 2 photos below are just one sample of what you can see. I took these from the top of a dam. The first one overlooks Lake Petit. The dam is the second largest earthen dam in the State. Lake Petit is one of 3 Lakes in Big Canoe and is about 90 feet deep at its deepest and over 95 acres in size. It is clean and beautiful and the fishing is great!! Looking the other way from Lake Petit you (5 comments)
Big Canoe 6299 Columbine home for sale - 04/28/09 02:35 PM
6299 is all you could want in a home and more. It has a great location and a great view. It is 4 bedrooms 4 baths. Home is in great shape. Looking for a great upscale Mountain home ? Look no further. Asking price is 525,000. This is a wonderful home in an amenity rich community that is also a great wild life sanctuary . All only about 1 hour North of Atlanta. If the last picture looks familiar to you some how it is because it could have been the shots you saw ( it isn't) at the start of (1 comments)
How to lose money when buying - 04/26/09 10:28 AM
A friend of mine from Florida called me and said , "Hey I have a friend who is buying in Georgia. " I said. " good send him to me and I will help him. " My friend called me back and said , " Oh, sorry he is working with another agent." "No problem" I said." thanks for thinking about me." About a month later I was talking to the same friend and asked him about the guy who was buying. Oh, the story was he really had a tough time. "Was he a first time buyer?" I asked. "Yes" (7 comments)
The week is over - 04/25/09 04:43 PM
This was a great week. Great because the sun came out. We have had some bad weather. So for us in North Georgia real estate is now starting to get busier. Here is hoping that we can help folks buy , who are first timers, sell who need to sell , and invest for their future. All Mountain Realty provides a number of great services to help you enjoy mountain living. Read our posts and see that we are the mountain experts.Give us a call at 706 579 1098. You will be glad you did. (0 comments)
Big Canoe Fire Department , or how to spend a Saturday - 04/25/09 04:34 PM
This Saturday I continued to work on my volunteer fire fighting. Yes I took a day off from Real Estate. When buying in the mountains insurance prices are influenced greatly based on fire coverage. Some communities like Big Canoe have their own fire Department. And while you do pay monthly fees in the end your insurance is down. I am one of the volunteers and spent this Saturday Training. So I could not help including this photo. What did I learn? NEVER stand in front of a fire hydrant when it is being bled!!!
LAND LAND LAND - 04/23/09 05:10 PM
We are about to close on a great 1 Acre lot for under 10,000. Land sales here are slow. So if you are looking to invest or buy a piece of property for your dream home now is the time to buy. We have a great range of lots from 12,000 and up! All these lots have soil tests and some are on good size rivers. You will never find a better time to buy land in the North Georgia Mountains. Contact the pros here at All Mountain Realty and put us to work for you (2 comments)
Bent Tree New listing - 04/23/09 05:06 PM
We have a new listing on Little pine road in Benttree . It is a lot . It is about .88 acres. It has a pretty stream running down the side. Location in this community is very good . Asking price is 28,000 !!! This is a really good price. Bent tree has golf Tennis and an equestrian center. This is a beautiful community and the fees run approximately 1300 a year . Build your mountain get away in this secure gated community in the North Georgia Mountains (1 comments)
Your walking along in the woods. Maybe you see a stream. You are looking at the birds and the trees. In the summer the woods can be dark and cool. Fun to walk in and then you see it. Take a closer look (below). The mushroom is this small intricate thing that springs out of the ground. It is life. It has it's own birth, death, and reproduction. So we post great landscapes and all kind of pictures. I know I do. But along the way we need to see the beauty in the small and understated. It helps us (10 comments)
Yes first there was a strange noise and then with Camera in hand i ran out the door. I was not looking up at the sky but down at the ground. This big Tom Turkey was moving through my yard and I managed to snap him going through.He looked to be about 20 pounds. which is big for a wild guy. Ben Franklin wanted to make it our native bird due to its beauty and intelligence. Red Foxx joked about it. But when you think of gated communities do you think of this? If not think again . Beautiful Big (5 comments)
Gardening in the Mountains - 04/20/09 11:00 AM
Gardening in the Mountains can be a real chore. We have a hill full of a few different types of Daffodils. The problem is they need to be split and moved to keep flowering. This leads to gardening in the Mountains. Mountains are after all rock covered with dirt. You do not have to dig far down to hit rock. But also what holds the dirt on the side of a mountain? Trees! So yes if you miss the rock you usually hit some roots. Here you Garden with a pick ax. Ever see that guy on Victory Garden? He takes (4 comments)
Spring is coming - 04/17/09 11:10 AM
The North Georgia Mountains are beautiful. These pictures are in Big Canoe. They are the same shot but different seasons. You can tell by looking at them why folks want to be here and why it is so beautiful here all year round. Big Canoe is amenity rich and in the Southern end of the mountains. If you are looking for a great Mountain home contact us . we work in Big Canoe and many of the great areas through out our mountains.
Top photo is early spring things are just greening. Next photo is fall. The third photo is (6 comments)
Listing a home, some free advice - 04/15/09 02:58 PM
Ok so we all know how to list homes. We all have , or should have presentations that are slick. If you do not stop reading. But what about selling the listing. Somewhere in your presentation there is a slide that shows how activity happens right in the beginning. But how many of you take the listing and get it on line before the work needed on the property is done. At All Mountain realty it takes us 2 days to do a listing. Why? Day one s introducing and viewing and pricing the property. At this point the seller either (3 comments)
Spring in Big Canoe - 04/15/09 02:45 PM
Spring is coming to the Mountains. One of the Mountain Beauties are the Native Azaleas. Here is a picture of a rarer golden one that is in Bloom. They also have a great scent. This is one of the natural mountain treasures. Get your hiking boots on and come visit us in beautiful, affordable Big Canoe. And when you do call the Experts at All Mountain Realty to help you find that great mountain home or land. (5 comments)
Doing the Opposite - 04/14/09 07:29 AM
When we formed all Mountain Realty in Sept of 07 we set out goals. I laugh about the one I tell folks , We want to get in at the bottom. (Achieved). Some tell me at least you didn't have to go through the pain of scaling back. One of the goals was to go after buyers. That has been a strategy. Contrary to the mantra you need sellers, and you do, we focused on buyers instead. Why , we figured that is who has the money. Kind of Willie Suttonish. Now in ths big buyers market we are shifting our (4 comments)
Study the Lion - 04/13/09 07:45 AM
Use the Lion as your example for how you should be in your business. The Lion uses all his strength even when the prey is a rabbit. So in your business you should be a Lion too. Small closings, a general inquiry, something that seems more of a distraction than actual business can pay unexpected dividends. It only happens if you are a Lion. Face it a Lion is respected ,held in awe, and feared . You should be respected, and held in awe by your clients. You should be feared for your tenacity by your competition. So study the Lion. (3 comments)
Georgia has been hit really hard in recent years with a drought. But this winter and spring as well as toward the end of last summer lake levels have been rising. Lake Lanier for example was down 20 feet last August. Now they are open for fishing tournaments. So if you are planning a holiday in te mountains or near one of our great mountain lakes. Things look good. In fact it is raining right now here. Enjoy hiking and baoting in our Nroth Georhia mountains. See you on the trails
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Some must have web sites - 04/10/09 07:32 AM
The Mortgage crisis and the bail outs have brought out the sharks and predators. There is an up tick big time on Mortgage fraud. In Fact CNN reported drug crooks are shifting to Mortgage fraud as it is more lucrative. People in trouble can be prey. So here are a couple of web sites you should have for folks asking about refinancing or looking for debt relief. www.makinghomeaffordable.gov is a great site that guides you step by step through mortgage and debt relief. In Georgia www.dca.state.ga.us/housing/homeownership/index.asp will help you in our state. This link will even direct you to free classes (7 comments)
Jasper Georgia Real Estate - 04/09/09 07:31 AM
I was searching for information and came across some interesting statistics about our market. Over the last 8 years housing prices are up. Over the last 2 years they are relatively flat. In terms of numbers of sales this is where we see the greatest swing. As numbers of units sold over the last 2 years are down. What this means , and I believe it is true all over the mountains not just in Jasper is that since mountain property is the second most sought after behind water front, our values are holding. So if you are looking to buy (3 comments)
Jasper Georgia New Listing , 80 South Richards street - 04/08/09 07:53 AM
We have a great New listing in Jasper. This 3 bedroom 1 bath home is right in the middle of town. It is on a little over 1/4 of an acre. The home has been totally rebuilt and renovated over the years. There is a separate dining room. There is a Florida room and a deck outside as well. The laundry room and pantry are together. The stove is new, the electric is new, the paint inside and out are new. Listing price is 119,900. This is a great home as you can walk to main Street but yet be on (0 comments)
Big Canoe Snowy Day photos - 04/07/09 07:51 AM
April and can you believe snow! These photos were taken from my back and front porch in Big Canoe. Now the beauty of snow here in the mountains is by tomorrow it will be gone, I think. One photo shows the snowy mist over the mountains and the second photo shows the snow in the trees and Mountain Laurels. . Oh by the way Big Canoe is a gated mountain community. Do these photos change your image of what yo think a gated community is? For a great outdoors and amenity filled experience Big Canoe here in the North Georgia Mountains (5 comments)
Give me Land..... - 04/02/09 07:41 AM
Currently in North Georgia land sales are slow. The reasons for this is are clear. 1 Investors have become skittish or in fact were over extended and have been forced to pull back 2 Land loans are not as easy as they once were 3 People are not buying as much to build as the inventory of existing homes is high, and priced well. 4 Construction loans are harder to get than conventional loans Given all of the above if you are looking for great land deals, Now is the time to buy. We see great tracts consistently under 15,000 an (0 comments)
North Georgia Mountain Update - 04/01/09 07:28 AM
This year so far has been tough in the mountains. Winter seems to have lasted forever. Also lay-offs in some of the industries, notably carpet have effected the local economies. We are often a lagging indicator of the market. So while other areas were experiencing high rates of value decline not so much us. But lately the declines have excelerated. So in some ways while thers are rebounding we are struggling. The news is nt all bad. Given the economic state we already see more and more local folks traveling and exploring the mountains as we are close to them. We (2 comments)
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