north georgia: It's Not Just Raining Cats and Dogs - 04/14/14 07:51 AM
Weird accounts reported throughout time from Southern Greece, across the globe to Colorado and South Carolina.  Cows, alligators, frogs OH MY! 
Fact or myth, you decide,  read more.   
 
Although, rain is expected in Blue Ridge, Georgia today - animals raining down certainly is not. At the risk of sounding like a practicing meteorologist, the weather has been near perfection in the North Georgia Mountains.  After today, another nice run for the remainder of the week.
Comfortable, cool nights and warm days with just enough of a breeze to make you sit down, unwind and enjoy one of our greatest … (0 comments)

north georgia: Seven Steps When House Hunting - 03/14/14 06:10 AM
Seven Steps When House Hunting
 
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north georgia: Pace Slow but Real Estate is Indeed Moving Forward - 03/12/14 11:18 AM
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north georgia: What Buyers Should Know About Earnest Money Deposits - 03/09/14 08:06 PM
It’s important for buyers to understand “Earnest Money” deposit since payments made before closing may not be treated the same in all transactions. How the Earnest Money will be handled is usually spelled out in the purchase and sales contract. You (the buyer) should consult with an attorney if you do not understand the purpose or disposition of payment terms or any other terms in the contract.
Let’s start with some basic questions and answers:
 
 
What is Earnest Money?
It is good faith money that the buyer usually gives to the seller’s agent or may give to the buyer’s agent … (4 comments)

north georgia: Lake Nottely Home Under Contract Less than 30 Days - 03/05/14 12:29 PM
Great remodeled lake front home on popular Lake Nottely in North Georgia!  Home on market less than 30 days now under contract!  Anyone looking for a lake home, call me today!  This makes #3 in the the last couple of months.  Tweet @move2northGA 
 
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north georgia: Easy Tips for Selling a Vacant Home - 03/04/14 06:41 AM
 
Easy Tips for Selling a Vacant Home
 
 
Once all of the content belonging to the house has been removed, you will really notice all sorts of imperfections that you never paid attention to before - holes in the walls, worn carpet, dinginess. Everything stands out in an empty house.  What you see is what buyers see! A little paint can work wonders, replace worn carpet, and probably most important of all, make
   everything "shine" - keep it spiffy clean.
 
 
To get rid of the “empty house” feeling, leave a few pieces of furniture in good … (2 comments)

north georgia: Should I Buy a Vacation Home? - 02/27/14 06:11 AM

Should I Buy a Vacation Home? A critical component to the overall answer is personal based on one's own financial landscape and goals.  That aside, Where? and ask yourself "Why" ?? are you thinking about buying a vacation home. The obvious is for personal enjoyment more than likely. But perhaps the focus is more for investment purposes or a place for a permanent retirement haven in a few years, in which case can put you ahead of the game now. There are some tax benefits such as mortgage interest and property taxes which are deductible and help to offset the house … (1 comments)

north georgia: Tips to Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency - 02/26/14 09:30 AM
This winter with snow, ice and colder than typical temps for the North Georgia area feels like spring may never come.  For some, me for instance, the last snow/ice event was too much for my electric heat pump.  Just before the motor gave its last push to heat my house, I detected a burning smell.  It did not take  long to discover it was my heating system and shut it off immediately. No doubt, this was the time to call in a professional.
Even though spring has not officially started, now is the time for homeowners to consider home improvements that will add comfort … (6 comments)

north georgia: North Georgia's Spring Tonic Harvested in Blue Ridge Mountains - 02/25/14 05:54 AM
North Georgia's Spring Tonic Harvested in Blue Ridge Mountains  
 
I am a southern gal for sure and Georgia home grown but I admit, I do not recall ever hearing about “ramps” in reference to a vegetable.  Ramps are spring onions, wild leeks, wood leeks and wild garlic. I do know about spring onions and leeks and even garlic (my personal favorite); just never heard them called ramps. 
In case you are not familiar with “ramps” either, they are the first green vegetable to emerge in the spring in the North Georgia Mountains.  Do not look for these along the … (5 comments)

north georgia: Are You a Lake Enthusiast? Great Lake Nottely Home For Sale - 02/22/14 02:27 PM
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north georgia: Need Somewhere to Stay? Historic Blue Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn - 02/22/14 09:04 AM
Blue Ridge Georgia Bed and Breakfast Accommodations   The Historic Blue Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast
This charming bed and breakfast in downtown Blue Ridge was originally built as a home and it represents one of the oldest residences in the county.   Visitors from all over the country have discovered this gem.   Today our firm held our monthly meeting at the Inn.  Inn keepers Cecilia Mitchell and Dena Martin gave our associates a tour and the history of the Inn and provided us with homemade breakfast treats and beverages.
We learned the Inn was originally known as the Kincaid … (0 comments)

north georgia: A Taste of Spring is in the Air in the Blue Ridge Mountains - 02/22/14 08:37 AM
A taste of spring is in the air this weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  So pretty outside weatherwise, even though a little nippy this morning but blue skies and clear viewing across Lake Blue Ridge to the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. The temp is sure to push 70 as the day warms. Plenty of sunshine to go around.
A wonderful day to "unplug" for a little bit and take a walk with my two cocker spaniels and five (yes, five) cats!  I am not the crazy old cat lady but sometimes, I wonder.  I rescue cats and darn, if I … (2 comments)

north georgia: Frosty Takes a Bite Out of Housing - 02/21/14 06:57 AM
 Snow 2014 - North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains
Frosty takes a bite out of housing!

Maybe we won't be singing the winter time blues much longer! What a difference a week makes. In the North Georgia area, about this time last week, we were still dealing with snow and some ice. However, this week, temps were in the upper 60s, pushing 70 in places. 
 
What is not clear as yet, is how much of an impact the winter weather had on our local real estate market.  But what is clear, is when the North Georgia Mountains are covered in snow, … (2 comments)

north georgia: Mercier's Orchards - Customer Appreciation Day - 02/20/14 12:09 PM
Mercier Orchards is a beautiful apple orchard which opened back in 1943 by Bill and Adele Mercier. Still family owned and operated and celebrating 70 years of fruitful harvest! This is a "must-do" when visiting Blue Ridge. A huge favorite among locals and visitors alike. Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines and of course apples! are currently grown and harvested.
 
Events such as U-PICK, kite flying, kids baking classes, along with a deli, bakery and farm winery make this a perfect outing for everyone.  Kids will really get a kick out picking their own apples!
 
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north georgia: Seven Steps for Millennials to Define Their Financial Future - 02/20/14 05:09 AM
Seven Steps for Millennials to Define Their Financial Future
Like other age groups, not saving enough for retirement is the biggest vulnerability facing Millennials. However, they’re the only generation that doesn’t seem to know it, as Millennials ranked more urgent needs like managing cash flow, getting out of debt and investing as higher priorities. Here are some steps Millennials can take to strike a better balance between the needs of today and tomorrow.
1. Take control over your day-to-day finances. Millennials rank managing cash flow as their top priority. The first step is to find out where your money is going by looking … (0 comments)

north georgia: A Beach Creekside in the Georgia Mountains at 537 Johns Ridge Awaits - 01/19/13 05:15 PM
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north georgia: Lot 23 Lakeview Drive Blue Ridge - Views of Lake Blue Ridge - 01/17/13 09:23 AM
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north georgia: 430 New Jewel Mason Blairsville GA Lake Front on Nottely - Great Remodel - 01/12/13 05:46 PM
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north georgia: Tips for Eco Friendly Holiday Decorating - 10/05/12 05:25 AM
Holiday, Green, Decorating, Eco-friendly

Great Ways to 'Green' your Holiday Season
With trees dressed in fall finery and homes adorned in holiday hues of silver, gold and red, fall and winter are colorful times. This year, why not “green” your holiday by adopting some eco-friendly traditions? From decorating Christmas trees to wrapping gifts in recycled paper, it's easy to find ways to celebrate the season and be kind to Mother Nature at the same time.Decorating with heartSome traditional holiday decorations can be less than friendly for the environment, but a cut tree is not necessarily one of them. Consider that … (2 comments)

north georgia: North Georgia Train Ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains - 09/30/12 06:59 AM
North Georgia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad, Vacation and Recreation

 "...a piece of railroad history"
Come take a 13 mile, 3.5 - 4 hour trip on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad which will take you along the beautiful Toccoa River for most of the trip. As you start the ride you will leave the hustle and bustle of the town and ride the rails possibly seeing turkey, deer and an occasional beaver.
As we make our way to McCaysville, GA/Copperhill, TN you will be told about some of the sites along the way. You’ll see the ‘Wye’ at … (2 comments)

 
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