North Georgia Real Estate do's and don'ts Part 2

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The mountains are great . This is part 2 in a series of mountain living tips. This part applies to Gated communities like Big Canoe or Bent Tree as well as areas not in these types of communities.


Bears are beautiful things to see. But you really do not want them on your front porch. There is nothing to get you going in the morning like looking out a window and seeing a pair of fuzzy eyes looking back at you . Trust me. It is better than an espresso to get the juices going. The black bears in the mountains are usually not aggressive. But they are bears so......

1 Never, never, never, get between a mama and her cubs. If you have dogs make sure they will obey you when they are left off a leash. One of my favorite bear stories here in Big Canoe is about a lady who had two little dogs who saw a cub and chased it. The cub ran to mama. This brought the dogs to a complete stop . And I am sure they said the dog equivalent of "oh S%$#$#T" ! as the mama bear chased them. Of course they ran back to their human mama. She saw them coming with a bear behind( there is a joke in there some where). The human mama said OH S&%^%$T! and neighbors came out in time to make the mama bear realize that she had made her point and she stopped.

2 Never leave food out. You can have Racoons as well as larger animals on your porch. We tell folks here not to leave out bird feeders between April and Oct. Baffles work for squirrels but nothing bigger.

3 If you cook outside in a green egg or barbecue one of our tricks is to use moth balls around them The critters do not like the smell and it usually stops them.

The Mountains are great and you will really enjoy seeing the Natural life. I just thing ther is space for them that is theirs and space that is ours. Let the folks at All Mountain Realty show you why we love living in the North Georgia Mountains

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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
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When I lived in a rural area in New Jersey we had plenty of Black Bears to contend with. Mostly civil interactions but they can create a lot of havoc going through the garbage.


Jan 18, 2012 06:17 AM #1
Jark Krysinski *PREC (Personal Real Estate Corporation)

Hi Charlie, those are great points. Thank you for sharing your experience and your knowledge with us. Those are not only useful to North Georia real estate, but also to other place's real estate. Best wishes for your business!

Jan 18, 2012 06:38 AM #2
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Hey Rich i always loved North jersey but never saw a bear. Walked up n a deer once inthe tall grass and he almost ran me down

Jark thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post. It means a lot

Jan 18, 2012 07:59 AM #3
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Wow, didn't realize moth balls keep the animals away.  I guess it makes sense since people themselves run away from grandma that smells like moth balls!  LOL!

Jan 18, 2012 02:05 PM #4
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


The bear population is on the rise and as habitat continues to disappear, we will have a lot more bears interacting with humans.

Jan 18, 2012 03:42 PM #5
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Jennifer you are tooo funny. One day they will be saying this about us !!

Richard thanks for stoppingby my friend.

Jan 19, 2012 08:51 AM #6
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