Is your Lake Sinclair home mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Growing up there were always two jars in my parents refrigerator.  Daddy ate Blue Plate Mayonnaise and Mom ate Miracle Whip.  From my experience of the two you come down on one side of fence or the other.  I landed on Mom's side and so did my brother. 

When I got married to Donald he ate Mayonnaise, but since there wasn't any in the refrigerator and he didn't do the shopping he crossed over from the dark side. He now happily makes his sandwiches with my jar of Miracle Whip.

So how in the world does this relate to lake homes?

When I am showing lake homes to couples there are two sides to the fence.  The Mayonnaise (the men's side) is the lake, the lot, the garage, the dock, the boathouse.  The Miracle Whip side (the lady's side) is the kitchen, the greatroom, the gas logs in the fireplace, the size of all the bedrooms.  And if I had a dime for every time I've had a couple say... "If we could put this house on that lot, we'd buy it right now".

Usually someone has to compromisewhen buying a lake home where husbands and wives are looking for two different sides of the same coin.  And while wives don't like the side I lean towards... to me it's simple.  You can change the house, but you can't change the land.  So even if it's not your ideal house, down the road you can remodel a room or two.  But if your land only has 82 feet of shoreline you can't count on Georgia Power changing the rules and letting you build a double boathouse.

There are many factors that are important in buying a lake home that you need to prioritize before your search begins.

  1. View- other than trimming, cutting a few trees it isn't going to change
  2. water depth- it is what it is
  3. Shoreline- you need to know the rules and regulations for what Georgia Power will allow/will not allow for the number of feet (which by the way is measured straight pin to pin, not along the contour)
  4. Grandfathered- yes, this can be important.  If you purchase a home with a "cook out" room above the boathouse- great for you, you can't build a new one.  Or if you purchase a house with a double boathouse with 90 feet of shoreline- great for you, can't built that now, want an enclosed boathouse- nope- can't build those anymore either)
  5. Topography- don't want to be walking up and down a billy goat lot to get to the lake when you are in your 60's- well don't buy one when you are in your 50's.
  6. Number of bedrooms and baths- can the current house you are looking at be added on to?
  7. Restrictions & HOA- chances are they won't go away or become more lenient
  8. Kitchen- would a remodel or new counter tops and appliances make this kitchen work for your needs?
  9. Fireplace- Easy to add gas logs or even a free standing wood burning or gas logs fireplace.
  10. Landscaping- we have several good businesses to buy from or do it all for you
  11. Garage- you can always build one.
  12. Location- with 15,000 acres and 417 miles of shoreline it really depends on what your needs are.. will it be full time?  weekends?  retirement?  what are the taxes (3 counties border our lake)?

As you can see there are a lot of things to consider when looking for a Lake Sinclair Home.  As your buyers agent I bring a vast knowledge of the lake (it's been my home for over 40 years)  So when I know what is important to you, I can help narrow your search and help you find the mayonnaise or the Miracle Whip that suits your families' needs best. 

If a home has enough space to meet your family's needs you have to remember that many things inside a home... colors, flooring, fireplaces, porches, decks, garages.  The site on the otherhand can not be changed too much.  You can't buy a house on a cove and wake up one morning and find a main lake view.  You can do some dirt moving and land scaping, but you can't really change the topography of the land.

So maybe you have to buy the mayonnaise and ease your husband over from the dark side one room at time until you have that dream Miracle Whip you've been wanting all along.  Give me a call guys... I'll be happy to explain it to your wife.  And just click below on the search the lake sinclair MLS link to see what is available right now.  Lots of homes on the market and it's the perfect time to buy.

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Rainer
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Cheryl Clayton
Westlake Village home buyers and sellers Thousand Oaks homes - Westlake Village, CA
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Tammy, fun article. Personally I prefer "Best Foods" Mayo. No substitutions will do for me:)

Dec 01, 2009 05:56 AM #1
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I like both . . . what does that make me??  (Miracle Whip is a MUST for Waldorf Salad, for example!)  Good blog, and I would buy from you in a heart beat!!  The lake looks LOVELY!!

Dec 01, 2009 07:23 AM #2
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Jonathan Hall
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty - Danbury, CT
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Good way to use analogizes to help clients explain that way things go on Lake Sinclair!

Dec 01, 2009 07:39 AM #3
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Liz Loadholt
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Tammy ---- interesting analogy  --- you just gave me an idea for a post. Thanks.

                                                                   

Dec 01, 2009 08:13 AM #4
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Cheryl- never even heard of that brand.

Carla- one of those fence sitters I guess. LOL

Jonathon- I try.

Liz- am looking forward to seeing what this might have insprired.

Dec 01, 2009 09:12 AM #5
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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Hi Tammy,  What a great analogy!  I have heard that same line about moving this house to that lot...and I like your response Tammy!  You can change the house, but you can't change the land. I like Miracle Whip too, by the way:-)

Dec 01, 2009 10:03 AM #6
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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We are currently "training" my daughter's boyfriend to Miracle Whip. LOL  And it's so true, good view and it's always gonna be there, bad house... doesn't have to be.

Dec 01, 2009 11:39 AM #7
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Sheldon Neal
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This is such a great breakdown Tammy !

Coming from different home feature considerations, this was a really fun read, and informative too !

Nicely done !

Dec 01, 2009 01:21 PM #8
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Tammy Lankford,
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Thanks Sheldon, but I gotta ask boxers or briefs?  Mayo or Miracle Whip?

Dec 01, 2009 01:23 PM #9
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
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Tammy - What great analogies and so true too.  I've always believed that buying the worst house in the best neighborhood is a great opportunity because the house can always be fixed up - neighborhoods are a whole other issue.

Also, hubby and I are are mayo people, always have been (since we were kids) and always will be (we have never liked Miracle Whip). 

Dec 01, 2009 03:15 PM #10
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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You know Donne- I've ventured out and tried some things I never got to eat as a child *after all my mother does not eat pasta and I had to have that right?, but for the most part I think our likes and dislikes are all molded by parents when we are kids.  And speaking of neighborhoods, you've inspired a post for later this week.  Must go email myself a note about it.

Dec 01, 2009 03:49 PM #11
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Donne Knudsen
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Tammy - LOL I just read a post by Todd Clark that inspired me to write a post of my own on the topic.  I love how so many of us here can be inspired by the others.  I love this about AR.

Dec 01, 2009 04:11 PM #12
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Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR
BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles - Sequim, WA

PERFECT! Your post is the complete WORD on all the "I'd buy it if only... it were a different color outside; the carpet wasn't blue; the flowers were all roses/ all gone; it didn't back up to open land; it backed up to open land.  I'm going to adopt your outline for circumstances in Sequim. Tammy, this was just great.

Dec 02, 2009 05:33 PM #13
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Tammy Lankford,
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Donne- It really is, we can be inspired for a blog or even otherwise inspired with something that will help out business.

Sherry- Adopt away, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Dec 02, 2009 11:13 PM #14
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