Kimberly Southern
"SOLD" with Southern Hospitality
Kimberly Southern
Century 21 In The Mountains / Sold with Southern Hospitality
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Why Potential Buyers Do Not Make Offers on Overpriced Homes~

So, even if a home is overpriced, it should not deter you. Take a close look at it and see whether it suits your needs.

Finding an Overpriced House

The best way to find overpriced homes is to check with your realtor. Find out what is the average ‘days on the market’ for your neighborhood. Then get a list of all homes that have been listed longer than the average days on the market. Invariably, a good realtor would know all the homes on the list. So, tap into your realtor to find out more about these homes. Then begin visiting these overpriced homes to see if you can find one that suits your needs and requirements.

Making an Offer

Many overpriced homes are owned by people who are looking to sell quickly. And these sellers do not know that their homes have been listed with an unrealistic asking price. Hence, if you reason with such homeowners logically as to why they should take your offer, you will find the owner will be conducive to accepting your lower offer even though he may have previously turned down similar offers. Here, it is all about timing and holding a reasonable and logical discussion with the seller. Try to convey to the seller that you would like to make a lower offer and the reason for it. You will be surprised at how receptive homeowners can be.

The reason why you should take a look at overpriced homes is that most of them are beautiful and gorgeous homes that are overlooked by potential buyers because of their asking price. Buyers do not even visit these homes. However, you should not make this mistake. Do check out these homes as, you never know, you may end up finding the home of your dream

My fellow Florida and South Georgia Realtors

My Thoughts and Prayers are going out to all of you in any way affected by Hurricane Irma!  I am sitting here in the North Georgia Mountains thinking of you and hoping you are all safe!  I have many clients and friends in this area and my heart is heavy tonight!  Stay safe and please let us know what we can do for you!
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Apple Festival 2017 Ellijay, Ga

When the leaves turn their lovely, rich color and the air is crisp, It's that time of year again in Ellijay!Join us for the biggest party of the year!Enjoy all the amazing arts, crafts, food and southern fun!  Ellijay is just an hour north of Atlanta in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia!
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What Is A Market Analysis?

Found this great article on Realtor.com that I would like to share explaining what a Market Analysis is. Are you ready to sell your home? If so give me a call and we will preform a Market Analysis on your home today! -Kim Southern Original article can be found here: http://www.realtor.com/blogs/2013/04/16/best-of-advice-what-is-a-market-analysis/ Real Estate News Apr 16, 2013 By: Deidre Woollard What does it mean when a Realtor does a market analysis on a property? Today’s question comes from Stockbridge, MI. Q: I have never sold a house before, I have a realtor coming tonight to do a Market Analysis, what is that? I have an idea what it is but want to be sure. If they tell me a price they think the house is worth and I think differently then what? A: A market analysis pertains to a list of information about homes that have sold in your neighborhood or surrounding area similar to yours. Yes it will show pricing and this will be statistics that a realtor will utilize to figure out what to list your house for. Another good idea is to go view the current homes for sale in your area that are similar to yours minus a bedroom or a basement. That is another way to see what features these homes have compared to yours. Your agent is going to tell you what the best price is to list your home that is of course their job and it may be you will not agree. You can always list for your price and try it out for a few weeks and see if get any buyer interest. You may also want to interview other agents and get at least 3 realtors opinions and choose the realtor you feel with market your property the best. In the end if you want to sell then go with an agent that has a solid marketing plan and knows your community and has sold in it before! Study the market analysis and see if selling your home is what is financially best for you at this time. If inventory is low then you should expect a fast sale but if numerous homes like yours are for sale at the same time then maybe a good time to wait unless your home has a fabulous feature the others don’t have like a basement, pool or other – your realtor will know best! Good luck and let me know if can answer any other questions! – Krisztine Bell, Homestager Virtually Staging Properties
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What a Beautiful Day In The North Georgia Mountains

There are many things I love about my job. Actually there are so many things about my job that I love that I can't really even begin to list them all. This past weekend I was able to enjoy one of the things I love most though..... going to look at property on a beautiful spring day! Sunday was the perfect day to be out looking at property. It was one of those perfect spring days in the North Georgia Mountains. Not to hot. Not to cold. Just right! Close your eyes and feel the warm sunshine on your face, the slight breeze blowing by. The type of day that makes you take a deep breath and say "aaawwwwweeeee." And I am blessed enough to be out working on this beautiful day! See why I love my job? Its as if with Spring the mountains have started to come alive after winter hibernation. The river was bustling with kayakers out enjoying the glorious weather. The Bradford Pear trees are blooming making the drive thru town more beautiful than it already is. Yes, there are many things I love about my job........... Come up and join me one weekend soon!
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Newly Listed Office Building ~ OSHA Approved & Manufacture Ready

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Description11,300 SQ FT OSHA APPROVED MANUFACTURING PLANT INCLUDES: 2500 SQ FT OF OFFICE SPACE DIVIDED INTO 6 IND OFFICES OR 4 OFFICES AND 2 CONFERENCE ROOMS, BREAK AREA, 2 PRIVATE BATHROOMS AND THEN APPROX 8800 SQ FT OF WAREHOUSE SPACE TO INCLUDE FULLY 18 WHEEL ACCESSIBLE DOCK- 3 -14' DOORS- COMPLETE CIRCULAR DRIVE- SET UP WITH 3 PHASE POWER AND COMPRESSED AIR RUN T'OUT. TO BE USED AS RETAIL, MANUFACTURING OR ANY KIND OF INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS. OPTION TO RENT OR LEASE PURCHASE AVAIL- FRONT OFFICE SPACE CAN BE SEP FROM W'HOUSE AREA- SELLERS OPEN TO ALL OPTIONS. LOCATION ACROSS FROM NEW JASPER WAMART.Features
Square Footage: 11300
Zoning: C-2
Property ID: 207851
Lot Size: 1.7 acres
Utilities: Public Utilities / Septic
Location111 Hugh Mullins Court Jasper GA 30143
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How to make your front entry porch say “Welcome”

Tips for a Warm Welcome According to the groundhog Spring is on its way!  Since the front entry porch is used everyday it's easy to get used to its condition over time or even overlook it as you come and go.  Stop for a moment, examine your front entry porch, and really look at it as a buyer will see it.  What does it need to freshen it up and make it more inviting?  Here are tips for getting your front entry porch in order so it is truly a welcoming statement for your home: Clean the door - Wipe the door down completely and broom the corners and around the frame to remove any cobwebs. Repaint, varnish or oil the wood- You'll be amazed by what a fresh new color can do for your door.  If you prefer a natural wood door make sure it is protected with oil or varnish and in good condition. Install a new door handle, doorbell, and door knocker - this small investment will add sparkle to your entry - just like an appropriate piece of jewelry brightens a simple outfit. Clean or update the welcome mat - Select a mat sized appropriately for your door or use two mats if you can't find one big enough for your double doors. Fill decorative pots or urns with seasonal plantings, use window boxes and/or hang planting baskets - Use window boxes or hang planted baskets to highlight the entry area and add color. Freshen or replace the front door light fixture - Be sure your fixture provides enough light for safety and enhancement. Add seating - If you have room, place a bench, a rocking chair, or other furniture pieces at your front door entry. Clean the steps and walkway - depending on the material they're made from, also make sure to keep them repaired, painted, weeded and rut free. Clean the glass - Keep the glass in your front door or the windows surrounding it sparkling clean.
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Five Reasons Why Owning a Home is Better Than Renting

The housing market is on the mend in many parts of the country, but media reports about falling prices and foreclosures may still be making you hesitate before taking the plunge and buying a new home. The truth is this: There's never been a better time to buy a home. Low interest rates, a great supply of houses from which to choose, and motivated sellers are just a few of the reasons why now is a great time to buy. But there are many other advantages to owning a home, rather than renting. Here are just a few: The potential to build equity. Sure, there are still reports of falling prices in some parts of the nation. But, in general and over time, you are likely to build equity in your new home. Plus, if you stay in your house long enough, you will ultimately pay off your mortgage and own it outright. Tax savings. For many, the interest on a home mortgage, and real estate property taxes, are tax deductable. Rent is not. Check with your financial advisor for more information. Control. Want to remodel your home, repaint the exterior or plant some flowers? If you own your own home, you are free to do so, subject only to local zoning ordinances and homeowners association or condominium rules. If you rent, you cannot make these changes unless the landlord agrees. Stable housing costs. If you have a fixed rate mortgage, your principal and interest are fixed, and your payments are predictable. But a landlord can raise your rent. Pride of ownership. If you purchase a house, it's yours! To many, owning a home is the very epitome of the American dream. And, with a sense of permanence, you will establish roots in your community. Would you like to learn more about the advantages of home ownership or take advantage of today's opportunities? Give me a call today to learn about available homes in your area. (Information provided by Century 21)
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Squatter's Rights in Florida -- Community Service or Scam?

Florida, as is often the case, is yet again ahead of an interesting real estate phenomenon. Increasing numbers of people are staking claim to abandoned properties and 'renting' them out to folks who might otherwise be homeless. Citing the laws of adverse possession -- more commonly known as squatter's rights -- the 'landlords' hope to eventually own the properties outright by having paid taxes and maintained the properties for a proscribed amount of time. And, they say, in the meantime, they are providing an altruistic service to the community by providing shelter to the needy.Enterprising and altruistic? Scam artists? Read the article in today's New York Times and decide for yourself.
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Joanna Court, Blue Ridge -- Spectacular Sunsets Over a Sea of Mountains

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Description~~SPECTACULAR SUNSETS OVER LAYERED MOUNTAINS...ON A CLEAR DAY CATCH GLIMPSES OF SPARKLING LAKE BLUE RIDGE~~VIEWS DON'T COME ANY BETTER IN BLUE RIDGE~~Enjoy a front-row seat for the greatest shows nature has to offer from this gorgeous 3-bedroom, 3-bath cabin. Great Room with a sprawling stone FIREPLACE with generous hearth, vaulted beamed ceiling, and French doors that open out onto the wide covered screened deck and SPECTACULAR VIEWS!HUGE kitchen with ample cabinetry, counter space, custom task lighting, and a seating island. A beautiful dining area with wrap-around windows and antler chandelier. MASTER ON MAIN, as well as a spacious loft which has been turned into an additional master suite. FINISHED BASEMENT with yet another rocked gas-log fireplace, bedroom and full bath. This fabulous cabin with fabulous views come fabulously FURNISHED!!Features
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 2000
Subdivision: Maple Grove
Lot Size: 1.42 acres
School District: Fannin
Agent Name: The Southern Team
Broker: C21 In The Mountains
MLS #: 205058
Location75 Joanna Court Blue Ridge GA 30513
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Ellijay Brick Ranch -- Perfectly located for home or business...Or both!

$198,500.00 - 519 Old Highway 5 North, Ellijay, GA
Location: Ellijay, GA~~DISTINCTIVE LIVING IN THIS ALL-ON-ONE RANCH~~ Luxuriously renovated, beautifully maintained 3-bath, 3-bath with terrific Old Highway 5 North frontage, seconds from the historic Ellijay square. Everything about this low-maintenance ranch is exceptional, starting with the AMAZING MASTER SUITE with its own private study & extravagantly sumptuous bath with a jetted tub AND huge tile shower, copper sinks, granite counters, oil-rubbed fixtures. The huge living room has the original ash floors that have been lovingly restored and ample windows, bathing the room in a warm, sunny glow. The completely updated country kitchen features ample cabinetry, new appliances and it flows into the gracious dining area. The large laundry / mud room is conveniently located just off the kitchen, with plenty of storage space.Rounding out the upstairs are two roomy bedrooms and baths, plus a large office / den.A FULL UNFINISHED BASEMENT and workshop ensure that the home is as practical as it is lovely.The 1.53 ac. yard has been lovingly landscaped with a low-maintenance mix of fruit trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. The 2-car carport provides covered, easy access to the home. Great frontage on Old Highway 5 North means COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL FOR MEDICAL OR LAW OFFICES, WITHOUT THE COMMERCIAL PRICE TAG!!All of this within seconds of the historic square in beautiful downtown Ellijay.
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Kim Southern & Dawn McGuire404-435-6470Dawn McGuire706-455-8106
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Price: $198,500.00
Property Location
519 Old Hwy. 5 NorthEllijay, GA 30540View Map
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Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
Lot Size: 1.53 acres School District: Gilmer
Agent Name: The Southern Team Broker: C21 In The Mountains
MLS #: 204673
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Range/Oven
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Interior Amenities
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Pine Tree Drive, Blue Ridge -- Mountain Cabin

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Description~~STRIKINGLY SIMPLE~~Enjoy the perfect weekend get-away in this delightful 1-bedroom, 1-bath cabin BUILT BY ONE OF THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN'S PRE-EMINENT BUILDERS! Open, airy, spacious GREAT ROOM with soaring vaulted ceilings, oodles of windows to frame soul-soothing views of nature, and a top-of-the-line RED ENAMELED WOOD STOVE that adds a unique & bright touch to the room, while being energy smart. The kitchen is open to the Great Room, and has delightful custom cabinetry with ample counterspace and light. There is a MASTER ON MAIN, as well as a spacious full bath and laundry area. The FULL UNFINISHED DAYLIGHT BASEMENT is ALREADY STUBBED IN & FRAMED and ready to be easily -- and inexpensively -- finished out with an additional bedroom, bath, plus media/game room. All this on 1.53 beautifully wooded, gentle acres with SEASONAL MOUNTAIN VIEWS!! LIVE IN THE LAND OF AAAHHHHSSS!!!Features
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Year Built: 2010
Subdivision: Quail Ridge
Lot Size: 1.53
School District: Fannin
Agent Name: The Southern Team
Broker: C21 In The Mountains
MLS #: 205074
Location325 Pine Tree Drive Blue Ridge GA 30513
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Blue Ridge Calendar of Events -- November 2010

From October 16, 2010 Southern Appalachian Artist Guild / National Juried Show
To November 13, 2010 Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
From November 04, 2010 NunSensation / Hilarious Comedy
To December 05, 2010 Blue Ridge Community Theater
 
From November 05, 2010 HemlockFest
To November 07, 2010 Starbridge Farm
 
  November 05, 2010 Culinary Arts Event
    The Martyn House
 
  November 06, 2010 Veterans Day Parade / Blue Ridge
    Downtown Historic District of Blue Ridge
 
  November 07, 2010 Studio Tour and Open House
    The Martyn House
 
  November 20, 2010 Holiday Art Show Opening Reception
    Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
From November 20, 2010 Holiday Art Show and Sale
To December 23, 2010 Blue Ridge Art Association
 
From November 22, 2010 Festival of Trees
To November 27, 2010 Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
From November 24, 2010 Santa Express
To December 24, 2010 Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
 
  November 25, 2010 Farm to Table Thanksgiving Feast
    The Martyn House
 
  November 25, 2010 Turkey Trot
    Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  November 26, 2010 Night Train Excursions to Santas Village
    Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
 
  November 27, 2010 Light up Blue Ridge
    Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  November 27, 2010 Night Train Excursions to Santas Village
    Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

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Avoid "Atlanta Pipe," Don't Forget To 'Dress' Your Cabin for Winter, Too...

Autumn has finally arrived in the North Georgia mountains. Chilly mornings and cool, sunny days are welcome after the extended warm and dry summer-like weather we've had this year. I was beginning to wonder if I'd be wearing Christmas t-shirts this year instead of Christmas sweaters. The North Georgia mountains are primarily a second-home market, so cabins may go largely unused during the heart of the winter months. As we dig our jackets, scarves and hats out in preparation for the cold months ahead, it is important to remember that our cabins need to be properly 'dressed' for the season too. Nothing's worse than arriving at your cabin in anticipation of a relaxing weekend, only to open the door to watery destruction caused by "Atlanta Pipe" because when you were up at the cabin last time, you forgot to unscrew the hose from the faucet before you drove back down to Atlanta and the pipe froze and burst.My favorite home inspector -- C.B. Moore, with American Heritage Home Inspection -- has prepared a great 'how-to' list to Winterize Your Cabin. For those of you who have neither the time nor the inclination to do the job yourself, just give C.B. a call. He'd love to help! So, don't forget to wrap that cabin up cause, baby, it's gettin' cold outside!
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Autumn weekend in Blue Ridge: Man & nature must have conspired to arrange such perfection...

This past weekend saw Blue Ridge bursting at the seams with fall events and visitors. The 'chamber of commerce' perfect weather cooperated, with temperatures in the low 70's and a cloudless cobalt blue sky that provided the perfect backdrop for autumn's vivid reds and golds.One of the weekend's big draws was the Blue Ridge Harvest Festival, held at the old State Farmers Market. Arts and crafts were the centerpiece of the festival, and there were items to choose from to suit almost any taste, from hand-turned wood bowls to hand-crafted quilts to home-made jams and preserves. There was also a large section of locally-grown produce and all kinds of scrumptious food to nosh on, from kettle corn to bar-b-cue. The Harvest Festival was the perfect event in the perfect weather in the perfect place...Blue Ridge.
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The Money You "Lost" in Your Price Reduction Wasn't Real

Phil Faranda's post "The Money You "Lost" in Your Price Reduction Wasn't Real" -- funny (painfully so!) and to-the-point -- should be required reading for any seller in today's market. He cuts to the chase...and to the bone. Enjoy! With a median home price hovering near $700,000, even a modest price reduction on a Westchester County home can be tens of thousands of dollars. I have to approach a reduction with the diplomacy of a funeral director but be as convincing as a physician imploring his patient to quit smoking. No one could predict after the stimulus where prices would go, but it is clear that what few buyers we have are skimming the absolute cream off the top and leaving the rest. They even fight over the good stuff, creating an illusion of urgency in isolated precincts. Overall, sadly, median home price is an illusion; it is a metric of the value of those few, unique sought after homes that people watch even when they weren't on sale. They needed nothing. They were priced to the bone for their category. Money lost in a price reduction was never your money. It was an illusion. It didn't exist. I find myself, more and more, explaining to mournful sellers that the $25,000 that went down the drain when they went from $624,900 to $599,900 was a paramour that never loved them. She never cared, Johnny. The baby wasn't yours. She wanted to close the Copa and make sure you never worked in this town again. For God's sake man pull yourself together, it was all an illusion. You know, that sort of thing they cover day 2 in licensing class. Or not. In 2005, 852 single family homes sold in Westchester County with a median price of $732,000. In 2010, 424 single family homes sold in Westchester County with a median price of $715,000. 428 people got nothing. The pool of able buyers has shrunken by an absurd amount. Millions of prospects have vanished due to either their own disasters or the new draconian lender underwriting guidelines. What few buyers remain are skeptical, drunk with options, terrified of making a mistake, have no confidence in the future, and are heavily invested in the group think notion that they must get a steal or they will be exposed to grave financial risk. You know, all those happy things perspective home buyers have always focused on. Here's the reality: If you are multiple listed, staged well, tidy, and have been on the market for 60 or 90 days with no offers or few lookers, the market has spoken; you need to reduce your price. You aren't the McClotchkees down at the end of the cul de sac who sold in the first 30 days. They had something, or ten things, you don't have. And the only adjustment you can make to the buying public is price. A feature ad won't do it. A newspaper display ad won't get it done. Busting your agent's chops to chase down Gladys Pflarphlingston for feedback on a showing 2 weeks ago won't do it. If you are on the MLS, I can show you how many people have clicked on you online and clicked off every week since we listed. You aren't a secret. Quite the opposite: with public searches, serious prospects can tell me their opinion of your toothpaste. If we are in showing condition with my marketing and you aren't sold, the faster we address price the faster we'll sell. The money you are asking for is not on deposit in the bank of buyer opinion. We Are Westchester County & Hudson Valley NY Real Estate. Reach Phil at (914) 723-8900. J. Philip Faranda, Broker-owner, J. Philip Real Estate, LLC. 2010 Vice President, Westchester-Putnam Multiple Listing Service. I am one of New York's premier short sale REALTORS. J. Philip Serves Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Croton, the River Towns, Westchester County, and the bedroom counties of New York City. Free MLS Search! Register for a Free Listingbook account and search the MLS like an agent. I am hiring agents. We offer outstanding support, marketing resources, and pasta. All content/images, unless noted, are the property of J. Philip Faranda & may not be used without permission
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Cornbread: One woman's recipe to reclaim her foreclosed home

When Beverly Davis lost her full-time government job in 2006, it set into motion a series of events that ultimately led to her lender foreclosing on her three-bedroom, two-bath home. With a 'never-surrender' attitude, the Atlanta resident is using a recipe of equal parts spunk and ingenuity to win her house back. And a recipe for Home Girl's Sweet Potato Cornbread. In the hopes of reclaiming her home, which is currently under contract, Davis has begun an online business that sells cornbread mixes...and throws in inspiration for free.  You can read about her uplifting journey in Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Things to do in Blue Ridge -- September 2010

From September 10, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
To September 12, 2010 The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
From September 10, 2010 Worldwide Artists Paint Out
To September 12, 2010 Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
 
From September 10, 2010 Fall Plein Air Festival in Blue Ridge
To September 12, 2010 The Art Center in Historic Court House at 420 West Main Street
 
  September 11, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
From September 11, 2010 Apple Picking
To September 12, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
  September 11, 2010 High Country Harmonizers
    Fannin County Performing Arts Center
 
  September 11, 2010 Mountain Music and Arts & Craft Festival
    Vogel State Park
 
  September 12, 2010 Black Bear Rampage Bicycle Challenge
    Ocoee Whitewater Center
 
  September 16, 2010 Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park
    Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park , McCaysville, GA.
 
From September 17, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
To September 19, 2010 The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
  September 17, 2010 Friday Night Concerts
    Historic Union County Courthouse
 
From September 17, 2010 Bluegrass Festival
To September 19, 2010 Downtown Blairsville on the square
 
From September 18, 2010 Apple Picking
To September 19, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
From September 18, 2010 Wildlife and Nature Art Festival and Expo
To September 19, 2010 Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge
 
  September 18, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  September 18, 2010 The Art Walk
    Art Galleries in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
From September 18, 2010 Ride the Rails Festival
To September 19, 2010 Mineral Bluff
 
  September 18, 2010 Mystery in the Mountains Train Ride
    Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
 
  September 23, 2010 Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park
    Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park , McCaysville, GA.
 
From September 24, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
To September 26, 2010 The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
From September 24, 2010 Smoke On The Water Barbeque
To September 25, 2010 Downtown McCaysville
 
  September 24, 2010 Friday Night Concerts
    Historic Union County Courthouse
 
From September 25, 2010 Apple Picking
To September 26, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
  September 25, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  September 25, 2010 Classic Cars Cruise In
    Downtown Historic Blue Ridge across from City Park
 
  September 30, 2010 Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park
    Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park , McCaysville, GA.

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Cypress Edge Drive, Blairsville -- Living the Easy Life

$199,900 - Cypress Edge -- Feel RIGHT at Home!
Location: Blairsville, GADesigned for easy living, this immaculately maintained 2-bedroom, 3-bath home is just a stone's throw to beautiful LAKE NOTTELY!! 2 MASTERS ON MAIN, both large and lovely with French doors out to the covered wrap-around deck. The spacious, light-filled Great Room has beamed vaulted ceilings, gleaming wood floors, a beautiful stone FIREPLACE and French doors out to the deck. The large kitchen features ample cabinetry and counter space and upgraded appliances. The dining area has a chic Murano glass chandelier. A big pantry & laundry area round out the main level. Downstairs is a FULL FINISHED BASEMENT with an entertainment/game room with another fireplace; a spacious office/den and a 3rd full bath. There is a basement GARAGE, and amazing storage space. The open, level yard has lovely, easy-to-maintain landscaping. There is even a spot for your RV!! Living is easy in this delightful Blairsville home!
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Kim Southern & Dawn McGuire404-435-6470Dawn McGuire706-455-8106
Pricing
Price: $199,900
Property Location
158 Cypress Edge DriveBlairsville, GA 30512View Map
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Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 2004 Subdivision: Mountain Lake Overlook
Lot Size: 1.19 acres Garage Size: 1-car
School District: Union Agent Name: The Southern Team
Broker: C21 In the Mountains MLS #: 203891
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Appliances
Range/Oven
Full Refrigerator
Dishwasher
Microwave
Satellite
Interior Amenities
Fireplace
Hardwood Floors
Kitchen Island
Vaulted Ceilings
Basement
Exterior Amenities
Wrap-around deck
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Blue Ridge Cabin -- Eagles Nest Mountain

$269,900 - Blue Ridge Cabin on Eagle's Nest Mountain
Location: Eagles Nest MountainBeautiful and SPACIOUS CABIN in the heart of the highly sought after ASKA ADVENTURE AREA, just a little over A MILE TO DOWNTOWN BLUE RIDGE.Extra roomy 4-bedroom, 3-bath with a MASTER ON MAIN, plus a 2nd main level bedroom that's larger than most masters. Wide open GREAT ROOM, with gleaming wood floors, that flows beautifully, from the spacious kitchen with furniture-grade cabinetry and a center island, to the dining area, to the living room area with its beautiful corner STONE FIREPLACE. French doors open out onto the super wide covered WRAP-AROUND DECK. The FULL FINISHED BASEMENT offers two more large bedrooms, a full bath and a media/game room, plus another level of covered decks! The property below is also included so you can open up the view to take in the twinkling lights of BLUE RIDGE.This immaculately maintained cabin is in an established subdivision, just MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN BLUE RIDGE, ASKA TRAILS HIKING & BIKING; LAKE BLUE RIDGE; and the TOCCOA RIVER.
Contact Information
Kim Southern & Dawn McGuire404-435-6470Dawn McGuire706-455-8106
Pricing
Price: $269,900
Property Location
221 Eagles Nest LaneBlue Ridge, GA 30513View Map
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Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 2005 Subdivision: Eagles Nest Mountain
Lot Size: 1.17 acres School District: Fannin
Agent Name: THE SOUTHERN TEAM Broker: C21 In the Mountains
MLS #: 203180
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Appliances
Range/Oven
Full Refrigerator
Washer/Dryer
Dishwasher
Microwave
Interior Amenities
Fireplace
Hardwood Floors
Kitchen Island
Vaulted Ceilings
Full-finished basement
Exterior Amenities
Mountain Views
Covered wrap-around decks
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Ellijay Builder's Home -- Evans Road

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DescriptionPRACTICAL, UPGRADED, AND ELEGANT describe this gorgeous custom-built home chock-full of builder's upgrades from the inside out.The heart of this lovely ALL-ON-ONE home is the spacious Great Room with its beautiful stone gas-log fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and views out the French doors to the wide covered back deck and 6'x30' lap pool and waterfall. The open kitchen boasts ample cabinetry, custom task-lighting, upgraded appliances, solid-surface countertops, and a generous pantry. The laundry room is practically located just off the kitchen and has storage cabinetry and a utility sink. The dining room is surrounded by two walls of windows, allowing you to dine while taking in your private, wooded surroundings.A spacious master suite, large and airy, has sliding French doors out to the covered deck, a beautiful double-vanity master, and spacious closet space.Rounding out the interior of this lovely home is an entry foyer, large bedroom, elegant bath, and a built-in office/library area.The oversized 2-car garage has a huge bonus area above which can be used for future expansion or kept as practical storage space.3.96 level, private and wooded acres surround this home. The yard has been landscaped with practicality in mind, as it is pleasing to the eye, yet low-maintenance. There is an adorable outbuilding, built with the same materials as the home itself. The centerpiece of the exterior is the sparkling lap pool, with water cascading over the rocked waterfall into the pool, offering a soothing serenade.For those who know construction, here are just some of the builder upgrades: 2x12 floor joists (standard is 2x10); upgraded R-15 insulation in walls and R-45 in ceilings; garage has finished drywall and is completely insulated; the exterior siding is premium grade low-maintenance vinyl cedar shake; 8x40' porch with composite wood planks (Trex and Lowe's Choice); 40-year roofing shingles; energy-efficient 3-ton 13 SEER electric heat pump; 600' deep well with premium water pump; oversize water storage tank; whole house water filter. This lovely yet practical and solidly-built home is PRICED TO SELL!! Make it yours today...Features
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Year Built: 2006
Subdivision: Osborn Farms
Lot Size: 3.96 acres
Garage Size: 2-car
School District: Gilmer
Agent Name: The Southern Team
Broker: C21 In The Mountains
MLS #: 202532
Location715 Evans Road Ellijay GA 30536
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Blue Ridge Calendar of Events -- August 2010

  August 05, 2010 Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park
    Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park , McCaysville, GA.
 
From August 06, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
To August 08, 2010 The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
From August 07, 2010 Tractor Rides
To August 08, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
  August 07, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  August 07, 2010 Smokey Bear's Birthday Party
    Ocoee Whitewater Center in Ducktown, TN
 
  August 07, 2010 Friday Night Concerts
    Historic Union County Courthouse
 
  August 09, 2010 Aubrey Atwater / Live Music
    John C. Campbell Folkschool / Community Room Keith House
 
From August 12, 2010 Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In
To August 14, 2010 Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
 
  August 12, 2010 Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park
    Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park , McCaysville, GA.
 
  August 13, 2010 The Dismembered Tennesseans / Live Music
    John C. Campbell Folk School / Festival Barn
 
From August 13, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
To August 15, 2010 The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
  August 13, 2010 Friday Night Concerts
    Historic Union County Courthouse
 
From August 14, 2010 Tractor Rides
To August 15, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
  August 14, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
From August 20, 2010 Rodeo
To August 21, 2010 Kiwanis Fairgrounds, Blue Ridge
 
  August 20, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
    The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
  August 20, 2010 Friday Night Concerts
    Historic Union County Courthouse
 
From August 21, 2010 Tractor Rides
To August 22, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
  August 21, 2010 Annual Tomato Festival at Crane Creek Vineyard
    Crane Creek Vineyards
 
  August 21, 2010 The Art Walk
    Art Galleries in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  August 21, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  August 21, 2010 Natti Love Joys / Reggae Music
    Downtown Blue Ridge
 
  August 26, 2010 Pickin' in Horseshoe Bend Park
    Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park , McCaysville, GA.
 
From August 27, 2010 Appalachian Fresh Market
To August 29, 2010 The Farmers Market @ Summit Street
 
  August 27, 2010 Friday Night Concerts
    Historic Union County Courthouse
 
From August 28, 2010 Tractor Rides
To August 29, 2010 Mercier Orchards
 
From August 28, 2010 Wilderness Survival Weekend
To August 29, 2010 Amicalola Falls State Park
 
  August 28, 2010 Classic Cars Cruise In
    Downtown Historic Blue Ridge across from City Park
 
  August 28, 2010 Blue Ridge Farmers Market
    Historic Downtown Blue Ridge
 

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Aska Trails -- A Hiker's Paradise

Hiking has become my new passion. Those who have known me for years will find this quite amusing. After all, I was the one who agreed to co-lead my daughter's Brownie troop if -- and only if -- I didn't have to camp in a tent or hike. Used to be the thought of hiking conjured up images of bugs, crawly things, and most dreaded of all, sweat. Today it brings me peace, joy, and most welcomed of all, sweat. I never cease to be grateful to live in an area that has such a wealth of natural beauty, and, thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, so many opportunities to immerse myself in that beauty. Most of my recent hiking has been on the Aska Trails, a 17-mile system of trails in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area in the North Georgia mountains Chattahoochee National Forest, accessed off Aska Road. A hiker can opt for an easy 2.1 mile hike, or a strenuous 3.6 mile hike, or moderate hikes ranging from 1 to 5.7 miles. Or, link them together in any combination. In other words, there is something for every hiker. These trails are also open to mountain bikers. Trails ascend to over 3,200 feet, and dip to the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge. Take the  Flat Creek Loop, and for most of your journey, you will be serenaded by the soothing sounds of Flat Creek. A hike on the Stanley Gap Trail will reward you with transcendent views of the surrounding mountains, especially in the winter. One cautionary note...any time you engage on a hike, make sure you know where the trail goes. My husband and I started hiking the Aska Trails using the Flat Creek Loop, which, as its name implies, is a 5.7 mile trail that makes a large loop and drops you off where you started. We have subsequently hiked the loop many times. One afternoon, with my husband away for the day, I decided to try a new trail--the Stanley Gap Trail--by myself. After hiking over 5 miles in the July heat, I was quite ready to get back to my car and head home to my air-conditioned home and a cool shower. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Stanley Gap was not a loop, and that the end of the trail brought me to a dirt road that was many miles away from where I had begun (when I finally figured out where I was). In my naivete, I had assumed that all the trails in the Aska Trails were loops. Being too pooped to walk all the way back, I hitched a ride with some fellow hikers who had been smart enough to have a car at both ends of the trail. Even though they were very nice about it all, I felt like a complete jerk--as I should have. Lesson learned...I can assure you, it won't happen again!
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Blue Ridge Cape Cod...True Southern Elegance

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DescriptionLooking for a home that stands the test of time? Look no further, this 4 bedroom home with 2 full baths and 2 half-baths was built to last...Generations to come will be proud to call this "home." From the sweeping circular drive onto the impeccably maintained grounds, to the completely updated and lovingly maintained interior, this beautiful Cape Cod is a masterpiece of gracious Southern Living. Ease and elegance infuse this lovely home, from the spacious master suite on the main level--that includes a roomy bath and walk-in closet with built-in shelving--to the eat-in kitchen, to the formal dining room, living room with gas-log fireplace, den, powder room and laundry room that round out the main floor. The second-story features three bedrooms, a full bath, and a seating/library area. The basement is finished, with several rooms that could serve as bedrooms, or as office space and media center. There is also another half-bath, plus a huge workshop area.Sit on the huge screened deck and look out over the beautiful and level back yard with its old-growth trees spreading their graceful branches over the immaculately kept fenced yard. Even the detached two-car garage has an air of elegance about it, blending in perfectly, as it does, with its genteel surroundings.This is a home built for family, love, and great memories! Features
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1940
Lot Size: 1.33 acres
Garage Size: 2 Car
School District: Fannin
Agent Name: The Southern Team
Broker: C21 In The Mountains
MLS #: 202427
Location1060 Old Highway 5 Blue Ridge GA 30513
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Blue Ridge Market Report -- Say Hello to a Good Buy!!

The first six months of 2010 saw the number of residential sales in Fannin County ahead of 2009's sales, with the median sale price down. There were 199 units sold through June 30th of this year, compared with 148 sold in the same time period last year. The median residential sale price this year was $185,000. That is down 15% from 2009's $216,250, and down a whopping 33% from 2007's high of $277,750. In practical terms, that means that if you purchased a $300,000 cabin in 2007, you might expect to sell it for $201,000 this year. That's very bad news for sellers, but, oh!, what a time to be a buyer! Sales of foreclosures made up an ever-increasing percentage of this year's market, 28% compared with 24% of last year's. Mortgage rates have dropped to historical lows. Couple that with dropping prices, and you have an unprecedented time to buy a home in the North Georgia mountains.
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Georgia Mountain Fair WOWS Three Generations!

This year's Georgia Mountain Fair marks it's 60th ANNIVERSARY! This means this wonderful event is providing fun, food, and entertainment to a third generation of fair-goers. The fair starts this coming Wednesday, July 21, and runs through July 31st. This year's musical acts include Roy Clark, Brenda Lee, the Bellamy Brothers, and Ray Price, to name but a few. Sunday, July 25, will feature a day of inspirational artists including The McKamey's and The Primitives. Admission to the fair is only $9 per person, $8 on Customer Appreciation Day, July 28th. The fair is held at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in the picturesque town of Hiawassee on the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge. Hiawassee held its first fair in 1950, a three-day agricultural exposition held at the local high school. Attendees numbered 2,000-actually an impressive number for such a tiny town. Now in its fifty-eighth year, the fair draws crowds from all over the southeast and attendance numbers have approached 100,000 in recent years! The fair features a multitude of activities and events that run from midway rides, to arts and crafts booths, to daily concerts, to demonstrations of old mountain ways of life. Oh, and let us not forget the food. You have a wide-variety of ways to overindulge from standard festival fare-cotton candy, funnel cakes, hot dogs--to mountain favorites like fried pies, home-cooked vegetable plates, smoked trout and fresh-squeezed apple and peach cider. Robert Anderson Music Hall-named in honor of a former president of the fair-is the venue for live music that ranges from gospel to blues, performances by cloggers and line dancers, and the annual Miss Georgia Mountain Fair pageant. Old-time demonstrations include a working blacksmith shop, a grist mill, a smokehouse, a country store and locals are on hand to show you how to make soap, baskets, and quilts among other skills. Enjoy a truly wonderful experience at the Georgia Mountain Fair!
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