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That moment when you realize this is your circus and those are your monkeys… well kind of.

It’s been a long week at work, and you’re scrolling through totally relatable Pinterest humor when you find the one that just sticks: “that moment when you realize… this is your circus and those are your monkeys!” You head on over to Facebook to share a good laugh, and, after you post, you start looking around at monkeys online, and there goes thirty more minutes, right? We can relate. You’re back to your last scroll through Facebook before bed, and suddenly you see Project Chimps come across your Facebook page, and you read that it’s located in Morganton! What? Morganton, Georgia? Fannin County? Wow! That’s just down the road!

 

So, what is this “Project Chimps” I’m reading about? According to their Facebook page, “Project Chimps was founded in late 2014 by a ‘super group’ of chimpanzee, nonprofit, philanthropic, and legal experts to solve the critical question of what would happen to the hundreds of chimps still left in private biomedical research. After months of negotiations with the research institutions, Project Chimps secured agreements to permanently retire the chimpanzees. This was a colossal step in the right direction, and we are proud and grateful to our partners for making this decision for the betterment of the chimpanzees in their care.”

 

Before you rush to Morganton to take a look at these chimps, you must first understand that it is not currently open to the public. They are, however, in need of volunteers. We encourage you to quickly visit their Facebook page, as they have their next orientation session this Monday, and they need help from folks with a variety of skills: https://www.facebook.com/projectchimps/ or their website for more information regarding this exciting opportunity or to sponsor a chimp: www.ProjectChimps.org.

 

Fannin County is just full of unique experiences. Along with finding you the home of your dreams, Nathan Fitts & Team welcomes the opportunity to share our local expertise with you. You never know what’s waiting around the corner…

Don’t go bananas, give us a call (877)BUY-MTNS

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For Sale By Owner: Proceed with Caution

So you’re considering putting your real estate investment on the market, but what should you do first? You want the most for your investment. The listing process seems relatively easy; you call the agent, they run the numbers, and they get the paperwork ready. The photographer comes to your home, and, just like that, your home is on the market. All that commission for something so easy? I can do this myself. Mmmm… better think again. Selling by owner is risky – it may save you commission, but, in the long run, it could cost you even more!

 

Now we’re not saying you can’t do it, but let’s think this out. The agent’s first step is to run the numbers, so let’s start there – determining the correct listing price. How familiar are you with the activity in your area? Do you have the resources to pull active, contingent, pending, and sold real estate investments in your area to help make that decision? Research shows 18% of sellers found it difficult to find the right listing price, and that was just the start.

 

The next step for the realtor is preparing and gathering your paperwork. You will want to have many documents handy for interested parties. That includes pulling copies of your current deed, plat, septic permit, tax information, utility information, and what about those disclosures you’ve heard those realtors about? Potential buyers have done their homework, and they expect you to have done yours, too!

 

Then comes the marketing. Photography first. “I have the new iPhone X. My photos are just as good, and who really needs professional photos? Oh wait, Uncle Bob’s co-worker does that in his spare time. We’ll use him. Well he’s busy this week. And looks like it will be next Thursday evening before he can get to us. Okay, two weeks and we’ll have our photos back to market our home. Oh wait. We didn’t included editing time, too. Vistaprint is running a promotion, so, once we get the photos, our flyers will be ready.” As you can imagine, the story goes on. The cost of marketing materials, online advertising, professional photography, and more really add up, and you still aren’t getting the exposure that you do with a true agent.

 

Finding the right listing price and marketing are not the only difficult tasks. Other difficulties include struggles preparing the home for sale (13%), understanding & performing paperwork (12%), and selling within the planned length of time & having time to devote to the sale (6%), according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  Research shows  the average For Sale by Owner (FSBO) home sold for $185,000 compared to $240,000 for agent-assisted home sales. With over 50% of home buyers finding their home on the internet and 34% of buyers finding their home through a real estate agent, putting your home on the market FSBO may not be the best decision.

 

Don’t let it cost you. Nathan Fitts & Team has a team of professionals fully equipped to move your investment from “FOR SALE” to “SOLD.”

 

Nathan Fitts & Team of Remax Town & Country are leaders in Georgia’s Real Estate industry with proven results. This team will provide you with unmatched service and enhanced expertise in not only residential, new construction and building, but also in commercial, luxury homes & estates, and real estate development & acquisition.

This team of professionals has extensive knowledge and background of every aspect of the real estate industry, and, although the team is known as real estate specialists in North Georgia, it is comprised of agents able to serve you in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Nathan Fitts & Team offers the highest level of professionalism and customer service that you deserve as a valued client. The team’s success of repeat and referral business is true testimony to their genuine care for helping people experience their dream of “the mountain life.” You’ll find it easy to trust this team to put their wealth of knowledge, energy, and experience to work for you.

 

Allow Nathan Fitts & Team the opportunity to prepare a FREE comparative market analysis, and let’s get to work! Give us a call (877)BUY-MTNS or contact us via email nathan@nathanfitts.com

 

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It’s Game Time…

Game day is right around the corner. North Georgia’s #1 Real Estate Team is ready for Super Bowl 52, and we want to make sure you are, too, so we are here to share a few tips on how to get your home ready for the ultimate Super Bowl Party, as well as a quick new game day recipe!

All eyes will be glued to the screen, so the first step to getting your home “game day ready” is to clean the TV screen and speakers, and, with the television being the focal point, make sure all seats in the room are pointed in that direction. The next step is to protect your home – accidents happen, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. We recommend putting the breakables away for the evening and having cleaning supplies ready. You never know when someone may have a spill! And speaking of clean-up, begin with the end in mind. When you choose your game-day décor, think disposable. Party stores have an abundance of Super Bowl party décor & football decorations, so that part is easy, but we also recommend disposable plastic tablecloths and paperware. When the party is over, you pull up the sides, and throw it all away. A quick wipe down & vacuum, and you are ready for Monday morning!

 

A casual potluck party is the way to go, and we’ve got a new game day recipe for you: Jalapeno Popper Crisps!

Ingredients:

  • Finely shredded Parmesan
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Thinly sliced jalapenos
  • Bacon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Spoon a tablespoon of Parmesan into a small mound on the parchment paper. Top with ½ tablespoon of cheddar. Carefully pat cheese flat and place jalapeno slice on top. Sprinkle with bacon and a dash of pepper over each mound. Bake approximately 12 minutes until golden crispy.

Step 3: Slightly cool and transfer to serving dish. Serve at room temperature.

 

Have you been thinking about buying or selling in North Georgia? It’s time to huddle up and get a game plan together! Our coach, Nathan Fitts, will call the play, and, whether you are cheering on the Eagles or Patriots, you are sure to score big. There are no fumbles when you chose Nathan Fitts & Team – just ask our fans…

Get in the game with Nathan Fitts & Team (877)BUY-MTNS

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Cabins for Sale in Blue Ridge GA

Cabins for Sale in Blue Ridge GA

Are you looking to purchase a cabin for sale in Blue Ridge GA sometime in the future? This article covers a few key points associated with property searches in the North Georgia Mountains such as styles of home, types of views to look for, property sizes, and access to your future dream home.

Do you know what style you’re interested in?

Many buyers seeking to purchase cabins for sale in the mountains are unaware of the variety of styles that can be found.

Ranch

Ranch style cabins are noted for their rectangular, single level, and traditional layout. Many of the earlier cabins in the Blue Ridge mountains were constructed in this fashion due to the easier style of building and lower costs. While in recent years we have seen an revival of this type of building the demand is substantially higher than supply causing prices of smaller, ranch style homes to be higher per square foot than most others. All ranch style homes feature master bedroom and laundry on the main, as well as near 100% of living space. Some “sunken ranch” style homes feature a fully finished basement with walk-out access as a lower level living suite.

Chalet

Chalets originated in the Swiss Alps and are often seen in vacation homes and short term rental properties. Typical details include exposed timbers, wrap around decks, glass prow front facing long range views, high ceilings, open floor plans, and plentiful sleeping areas. The features of a chalet while making them the ideal vacation or rental property are often not best suited for long term living as they require a substantial amount of maintenance and cleaning. Many newer style chalet homes while still having the chalet features are built to be smaller more usable homes for full time living. The wrap around open deck style is the perfect place for an entertainment porch or to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee with nature.

Traditional

The vast majority of mountain homes are constructed of a more traditional floor plan consisting of 2-4 levels and a variety of floor plans. If you’re looking for a cabin for sale in blue ridge have you considered the focus of your home and the features you would use most? An example is to think about how much you enjoy cooking which would lead you to purchase a cabin with a larger open kitchen and copious amounts of cooking & preparation space. Some might need to consider what types of items they own that would occupy large amounts of space such as a grand piano, or even kayaks and canoes. These factors often make or break decisions on purchasing a traditional style cabin as each is built with different features to suit different lifestyles.

Square footage different in the mountains

The area measurements of a home, typically listed in Square Feet (Sq Ft), are an important consideration when looking to buy a cabin in the North Georgia Mountains especially if you’re considering a permanent move. When buying a cabin in Blue Ridge there are a few notes regarding area measurements, specifically that of “Sq Ft Above Grade” and “Sq Ft Below Grade.” Most sites, such as Zillow and Trulia, will only list the Sq Ft Above Grade making some mansion-esque  cabins appear to be less than 2,000 Sq Ft when in reality they are closer to 6,000. Other sites, such as Realtor.com, will list 100% of the heated area in one number giving a more accurate picture of total size.

When searching for a cabin to purchase in the North Georgia Mountains, instead of relying on the Sq Ft measurements of various websites, use an estimate of room and livable space sizes, quantities, and locations. The reason for this is primarily due to custom built cabin styles and locations being perched on the side of a mountain requiring what would typically be considered the lower portions of a home (1st & 2nd floor) to be set below grade in a similar position of a traditional basement. The lower floors of most mountain cabins while in the position of a basement will often feature a view with deck or walk out access to a hot tub area.

How a “million dollar view” can be less than a million dollars

If you’re looking for a cabin for sale in Blue Ridge GA and can’t figure out what type of view you want for your vacation home or full time residence there are a few key factors to consider.

Firstly, a year round mountain view is not always best. Many consider the year round mountain view to be the most important factor when purchasing a home yet fail to realize that excellent views can be seen even with partial or seasonal mountain views and not carry the 10-30% increase in property cost. Did you know that with most seasonal mountain views the mountains are actually visible year round, simply partially obstructed by trees?

Second, typically water features and year round mountain views cannot be combined. Streams and creeks typically run across flat or rolling land to a lake while stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains are best seen perched atop a mountain, where there are little to no streams/creeks/rivers. If you’re looking for a combination of views your best option would be to include homes for sale on Lake Blue Ridge or homes for sale on Lake Nottely.

Third, be sure to consider the various environmental factors when searching for a view. For example, a year round mountain view means chillier temperatures and bigger wind gusts in the winter, as well as unobstructed solar exposure during the summer months. River, creek, and stream views while typically not a concern for flooding in the Blue Ridge mountains can sometimes raise insurance rates.

Not all parking and roads are the same like many suburban areas

Now that you’ve selected a style of home & view you’re searching for it is time to look at options for parking your vehicles and the quality of access to prospective properties.

Cabins in Blue Ridge with a garage

The full time living and vacation home or rental/investment property carry very different parking requirements. Full time residents would often prefer a garage for storing their vehicles during off hours and inclement weather primarily for the safety and security. This is not always the case with vacation homes or rental/investment purchases where the stay is of short duration and the occupants are not necessarily the same as the owners. A two car garage in Blue Ridge is not a standard feature as it is in most other communities because of complex building and permitting requirements associated with constructing the additional structure or attempting to adjoin with an existing structure. Another factor typically prohibiting the construction of a garage is lot size, shape, and access location. Some builders have found creative ways to add garaging space by either placing it in a basement garage with wrap around access or constructing it as a separate structure on a flat area near the home but without covered walkway between the two.

Four wheel drive access vs. all paved roads

There is not much more disappointing than to find your dream home and realize as you’re traveling there the only vehicle capable of getting there is a 4WD monster truck. One of the most frequent requests from buyers is to have all paved access because they are concerned about being able to get to the house. The honest truth is areas without all paved access are sometimes just as easily accessed as those with because the road maintenance contractors are familiar with the proper grading style and schedules.

The areas you should buy in

Blue Ridge

Searching for cabins for sale in Blue Ridge GA? Blue Ridge offers a wondrous amount of activities and a vibrant community best suited for vacation rental, up scale full time living, and investment properties. Though many properties are listed as Blue Ridge this does not necessarily mean they are within the city limits which can often be a good thing from many perspectives. Some great areas to consider are cabins for sale on Aska Rd, cabins for sale on Lake Blue Ridge, and cabins for sale in one of the many subdivisions.

Cherry Log

A commonly overlooked area during property searches yet one of the number one areas to purchase a reasonably priced mountain cabin is the Cherry Log area. Cherry Log is comprised of many different communities though the most notable area is Cherry Log Mountain.  Are you looking for a cabin for sale in Cherry Log? Start with searching in the Cherry Lake and Cherry Log Mountain properties. This area features prime examples of mountain top cabins and seclusion without being too removed from the Blue Ridge and Ellijay area.

Ellijay

A growing area primarily consisting of full time residential living makes cabins for sale in Ellijay an excellent location to purchase. The Ellijay community, in contrast to Blue Ridge, is focused more on full time residents and carries commercial shopping, chain restaurants, and easy access to larger cities. Though Ellijay is primarily catered toward full time living that does not mean there is a shortage of cabins for sale featuring the true mountain feel.

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15 Home Selling Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Many people in your life may think they’re an expert in real estate. Maybe they enjoy looking at listings online in your area, or maybe they’re obsessed with popular real estate realty television shows. Perhaps they sold a home several years ago and want to share their lessons learned with you.

What you learn from others about selling your home could be valuable information, but you may also be hearing popular myths that, if believed, could hurt your chances of selling your home for its highest potential price.

Here are 15 myths in Blue Ridge realty you should not believe:

 

1) You get to choose the selling price

Get this idea out of your head right now. Your real estate research and personal experience does not set the asking price for your home. Your experienced Blue Ridge real estate agent will determine the price of your home, which will be listed based on the current market, the home’s location, the amenities it offers, and its size.

2) Listing at a higher price means more money

This can actually be the opposite of the truth. When you overprice a home, you’re shrinking the pool of buyers who see your listing when they shop online, and you make buyer’s agents wary of working with you and your agent because they’ll know the asking price is too high compared to other sales in your area for similar properties.

3) You’ll keep more money if the agent has a lower commission

Again, this can often be the reverse of what actually happens. If your agent has a lower commission, he or she also has a smaller marketing budget and is reaching fewer buyers. Seller’s agents with commissions much lower than the standard rate (likely to lure in more home sellers) may also lack experience in how to negotiate the price of your home.

4) You’ll get better offers if the house stays on the market longer

The perfect window to sell your home is within the first 3-4 weeks. Homes that are on the market for too long may make others curious as to what was “wrong” with the house. People start to assume that there’s a specific reason others have stayed away. Marketing is strategic, and when done properly, will create buzz around your home within the ideal window.

5) If your house sells fast, it was priced too low

This is also a Blue Ridge real estate myth! For buyers who’ve been actively searching for homes in your area, a quick offer usually means that the buyer sees the competitive and attractive pricing that’s exactly in the right range for the size and location of your home, and they know other buyers will also be interested in the property.

6) You should overprice because the buyer will want to negotiate anyway

First, see #2 in this list. Then you need to realize that in actuality, Blue Ridge home buyers are more likely to pass over your house altogether than try to negotiate the price down. On top of that, if a buyer or agent is using an online tool to search for homes and your price is out of the search range, you’re losing all of that potential interest.

7) Real estate agents don’t purposely overprice properties

If you get multiple opinions on how to price your property (which you should do), you shouldn’t choose the agent who named the highest listing price just because it was the highest. If a seller’s agent is pricing the home significantly higher than what you’ve heard from other agents or seen in your own research, he or she is likely just trying to get your interest and is likely a less experienced and less qualified agent.

8) You can depend on home valuations you find online

Looking online for home pricing estimates is a good starting point, but it should absolutely not be your only source (or considered to be reliable). Online pricing estimates can give you the wrong impression about proper price range for your home, and having the wrong expectations can set you up for a disappointing listing.

9) Selling a home “For Sale By Owner” saves money

Having a professional real estate agent working on the marketing plan — and vetting buyers — for your home is not a simple feat. Aside from being a much more time-consuming and challenging that you previously though it to be, statistics show that people who choose for sale by owner wind up selling their home for 15-20% less than what it would have sold for under an agent.

10) A home doesn’t need to be prepped or changed before it’s shown

Your biggest goal, along with your Blue Ridge real estate agent, is to make a buyer feel emotionally connected to your house. In order to do that, buyers should be able to imagine themselves in your home, and that requires some cleaning, organizing, light staging, and preparation.

11) Open houses sell houses

You might be surprised to learn that open houses very rarely sell the home. Rather, it’s much better to work with a trusted Blue Ridge real estate agent to develop a specific marketing plan that will reach potential buyers however they want to shop for homes.

12) My home is beautiful and has a great location, so it will sell itself

Myth! Just because your home is an attractive size and located in a sought-after part of town, the sale will still take effort and strategic marketing plan. Don’t assume that your home isn’t in need of a proper sale plan crafted by an Blue Ridge real estate agent.

13) You should wait until summer to sell your home

The summer months are more popular nationwide, but in Blue Ridge, the best time to sell your home is whenever it’s best for you — year round. Don’t hold back or put off the start of your home selling journey because of this myth.

14) Marketing your home nationally will earn you more money

Advertising nationally or in digital media markets targeted to out-of-state audiences will limit the amount of exposure your home receives within your pool of potential buyers. Rebranding your property just to raise the asking price will not help your home sell any faster and can actually hurt a local sale.

15) Home improvements pay for themselves

This is just not true. Yes, improvements made will help your home become more attractive to buyers, but just because you spent $10,000 on an improvement project does not mean the asking price automatically gets to go up by $10,000.

 

When it comes to learning how to best sell your home, and who is looking to buy a home in Blue Ridge, do your research and work with an expert in the field (so you don’t lose money by listening to these popular myths)!

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Hiring a Real Estate Agent? Don’t Make These 7 Home Seller Mistakes

Hiring a Real Estate Agent? Don’t Make These 7 Home Seller Mistakes

There are many reasons why you might want to sell your home in Blue Ridge, and one of the absolute best decisions you can make when doing so is to hire a real estate agent. And we’re not talking about just any real estate agent, but a home seller agent who will be your ally, partner, and all-around guru for the entirety of the home selling process! Choosing the agent that’s the right fit for you is important, and you’ll want to stay away from making these 7 popular mistakes:

7) Don’t choose an agent because they have the longest resume

When you’re looking at profiles of real estate agents, one of the factors that may stand out to you is the total number of homes that person has sold. Yes, you absolutely want a person who has sold a large number of homes, but the person with the largest number isn’t always the best home seller agent.

Selling more homes means that those homes have also sold more quickly, which could mean the person was pricing homes too low or poorly negotiating with buyers’ agents. Rather, you’ll want to look at the sales-to-listing rate: the number of homes sold compared to the total number of homes listed. Someone who sold 95% of their listed homes is a much more qualified and valuable agent than someone who sold 60% of their listed homes, even if the person who sold 60% totaled in more home sales overall. At Nathan Fitts & Team we focus on getting our buyers the best return on investment possible rather than just selling their home in Blue Ridge quickly.

6) Don’t stop after you’ve met with only one agent

Hearing an agent’s marketing plan for your home is essential, but you won’t be able to gauge which plan best fits your home and your potential buyers until you hear multiple marketing strategies.

The same idea goes for pricing. You might really like a listing price that’s quoted by one agent, but you always want a second opinion. Listing a price that’s too high will prolong your sale and minimize your buyer pool, but a price that’s too low can also be a risk to you financially. It’s in your best interest to meet with more than one real estate agency to get a better idea of how your home will sell overall. When meeting with an agent ask them to prepare a Comparable Market Analysis, also known as a CMA, to gauge your home’s value against other recently sold properties. At Nathan Fitts & Team, we perform FREE home valuation estimates in Blue Ridge and the North Georgia mountains. Click here to get your FREE CMA!

5) Don’t choose an agent based on their commission rate

If you’re picking an agent because of their lower commission rate, it’s likely the rate was lowed specifically for that reason: to get your attention. There are a few reasons why that should be a “red flag” for you. If that agent has a commission rate that stands out from most other agents in the area (on the lower side), that agent had likely not been getting many clients, which speaks to their ability as a home seller agent.

Keep in mind that a real estate agent with a lower commission rate is also more limited in their marketing resources, which means your home listing will reach fewer potential buyers. Not to mention, if the home seller agent is willing to drop his or her commission, you should be hesitant to trust that person when it comes to negotiating offers for the price of your home.

We’re not saying to choose an agent with a higher commission rate either, but understand what the going standard rate in your market is, and look for someone whose rate is comparable to the standard. This is why we have established our commission guidelines to determine residential, commercial, and vacant property commissions.

4) Don’t choose a real estate agent who wants to sell your home for the highest price

The most important time for any new house on the market is that first 3-4 week window. If the price of your home is too high, your home will be off the radar for buyers who would have been a great fit for the property. Your seller’s agent needs to be able to execute a pricing, marketing, and negotiation plan that can attract buyers whose expectations are met. Creating that competition and eagerness to make an offer can then drive up the final sale price.

3) Don’t choose a real estate agent solely because they’re a family friend

This should be sort of a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by the amount of people who get pressured by a friend or family member to hire someone that they know. Don’t be afraid to say no, and don’t be worried about hurting someone’s feelings when you hire another other real estate agent. Of course, if the friend or family member has an excellent reputation and is a top candidate all-around, then that’s an entirely different situation. But don’t feel any kind of obligation to work with a friend of a friend, or a second cousin, just because that person needs more clients.

Your home and your sale experience always come first, and you deserve a qualified real estate agent who will ultimately do the best job. And if you do feel that a friend or family member is the best person for the job, be sure that you’ll both be able to separate business matters from personal ones.

2) Don’t choose an agent if they aren’t working in real estate full-time

Part-time agents means part-time availability, part-time open house schedules and part-time communication with other agents, potential buyers, and you! Don’t hire an agent until you’re sure that their schedule will best serve your needs (and the needs of buyers’ agents).

1) Don’t hire an agent without asking for references or checking reviews

You’re likely someone who is Internet-savvy when it comes to researching the best restaurants, vendors, and physicians in your area. You know how to research tech gadgets and appliances before purchasing them too. You need to have the same digital reference checking process when it comes to your real estate agent.

Checking the reviews on the agency and the home seller agent him or herself is a must. It also doesn’t hurt to check their social media profiles and to look for the marketing strategies they used when selling other homes similar to yours. The Nathan Fitts & Team Zillow reviews speak for themselves…to learn more click here: Nathan Fitts & Team Reviews

Most importantly, never be afraid to ask for a list of references. A home seller agent should never be wary of passing a list of references over to you.

Putting in time and effort to do the proper research before selecting your real estate agent is essential to having a successful and stress-free home sale experience. Remember to avoid these common mistakes, and you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect agent (and buyer)!

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Congratulations Nathan Fitts & Team – Real Trends Top 1000 – #24!

Congratulations to Nathan Fitts & Team of RE/MAX Town & Country for ranking #24 in the United States for total number of transactions! Nathan Fitts & Team have performed over 250 transactions this year in the North Georgia Real Estate market. This is a great example of what a motivated team can accomplish under excellent leadership despite being in a smaller market. The REAL Trends rankings are done in a partnership with the Wall Street Journal and cover the United States on both individual and team level. Nathan Fitts & Team specialize in providing a pain-free experience for both buyers and sellers in the Blue Ridge and North Georgia Mountain area.

Each year REAL Trends ranks the top sales professionals in the United States by transaction sides and sales volume. This ranking is done in partnership with The Wall Street Journal. The application process begins in January and ends in March and requires independent third-party verification on every sales professional and team, including their status as an individual sales professional or part of a team.

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Top Events in Blue Ridge for 2018

Blue Ridge is home to an amazing community of families that love amazing local food, cultural arts programs, scenic outdoor activities, and historical sites that transport you to another century. With an active residential population and a growing number of tourists and visitors, there are more reasons than ever before to visit year round. Top events in Blue Ridge, GA are happening each season, and we guarantee there’s something everyone in your family will enjoy.

February 2018

Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off:

Get ready! The 7th annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off is “so hot, it’s cold”! The festival unites chili cooking with competitive ice sculpting in one of the most unique events in Blue Ridge. With live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili to taste, you can buy a $10 card to sample all of the competition and vote on your favorite chili while checking out the ice carving demonstrations.

March 2018

St Patrick’s Day Parade:

Taking place on St. Patrick’s Day in 2018, one of the highly anticipated Blue Ridge 2018 events is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by The Boro Inn Irish Pub. Gather with other families in Blue Ridge to see musicians, local groups, organizations and vendors march through Blue Ridge to celebrate.

April 2018

Trout Festival:

On April 28, Downtown City Park will celebrate all-things trout fishing in the 3rd annual Blue Ridge Trout Festival! The festival is also hosts an educational seminar series where fishers and families can learn about conservation, fish hatcheries, equipment, tips for trout fishing and more. Meet other trout fishing enthusiasts and enjoy one of the most popular things to do in Blue Ridge!

Spring Fest Arts and Crafts:

For two weekends each April, the Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Sale at the State Farmers Market in Blue Ridge brings dozens of vendors together. The free event, which is sponsored by Fannin County Fire Explorer Post 401, showcases vendors’ homemade work in pottery, wood carvings and quilts, as well as homemade snacks, canned goods and other one-of-a-kind items.

Taste of Blue Ridge:

The annual Taste of Blue Ridge is a foodie lover’s dream. This special event each spring unites visitors and locals for truly exceptional culinary experiences. The Taste of Blue Ridge is all about local cuisine and fresh ingredients, highlighting some of the best dishes Georgia has to offer.

May 2018

Arts in the Park (Spring):

This very popular art show and series prove why Blue Ridge was named of the the top five art towns in Georgia and one of the top ten fine craft towns in the country! Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this festival series attracts over 13,000 people who are able to see work from almost 200 artists.

Georgia Mountain Classic Car Show:

The Classic Car Show features over 100 cars with door prizes and trophies for many of the vehicles on display. For car fans, the local concessions and attractions make the day fun for the whole family.

June 2018

Independence Day Fireworks:

One of the most popular events in Blue Ridge is the Independence Day Fireworks show! Next year the show will take place on June 30 at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, but you can also get spectacular views from the Dam and Morganton Point Recreation Area.

August 2018

Denim & Diamonds:

Benefitting the Georgia Mountains Hospice organization, this charity event held each August brings people in Blue Ridge together for a night out in their best denim pants, boots and sparkly bling. The night’s filled with music and dancing, along with a silent auction and dinner.

September 2018

Blues & BBQ Festival:

You can start the Blues & BBQ Festival off right by participating in a BBQ restaurant crawl the night before (and if you visit all participating restaurants and bars, you get into the festival for free!). Then spend your Saturday eating BBQ, tasting local beers, and listening to some incredible Blues music. A portion of proceeds from the festival also go to support Snack in a Backpack.

October 2018

Arts in the Park (Fall):

Similar to the event that happens in Blue Ridge each spring, the Arts in the Park each October highlights work from local artists and brings in more than 8,000 visitors each year.

Georgia Apple Festival:

Do you like apple pie? Apple ice cream? Apple tarts? Apple candies? Apple candles? Pretty much anything that apples could be for? You need to check out the famous Georgia Apple Festival that runs for two weeks each October, showcasing all things apple. There’s also a popular parade and antique car show.

Home Builders Showcase:

Taking place on the first Saturday in October, the Home Builders Showcase is a free event that features local architects, builders, and cabinet makers, along with lenders, realtors, insurers, and furnishing representatives.

Paws in the Park:

This annual event hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge invites pet owners and animal lovers alike to participate in a pet parade, costume contest, photo shoots, and the Paws in the Park 5K through Blue Ridge to support the society.

Fall Festival:

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy the scenery and weather in Blue Ridge. This 9-day festival features performances, craft artists, demonstrations by local organizations, and flower shows. The highlight of the event though is the Georgia Official State Fiddler’s Convention.

November 2018

Light Up Blue Ridge (Saturday after Thanksgiving):

Mr. and Mrs. Clause will make their way into Blue Ridge on the famous train Saturday morning. Come out and see the Santa in the park, grab a bite downtown and take your place for the evening Christmas parade before the majestic tree lighting. It’s a magical tradition for all!

December 2018

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights:

The Mountain Country Christmas in Lights is a light show you and your family can walk through while enjoying caroling singers, seasonal food, arts & crafts, and other entertainment. Located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, this Christmas light show is the place to be throughout the month of December.

Whether you love fishing, food, music, crafts, parades, holiday lights, animals or all of the above, the top events in Blue Ridge in 2018 are for everyone in the family. Locals and tourists alike will love the social, cultural, and historic richness that Blue Ridge events have to offer, making a Blue Ridge vacation a perfect bucket list addition to your new year!

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Why Vacant Land in Blue Ridge Is the Most Underrated, Finite Investment

When you think of a strong investment, your mind will likely jump to thinking about stocks or business purchases, but you might be surprised to learn that land ownership is one of the most underrated investments you can make. Vacant land is often misunderstood when it comes to financial benefits for the simple reason that a piece of land just is not that exciting. It sits there without doing anything, and to be honest, it’s just a really boring product — but that’s what makes it such an amazing purchase opportunity!

 

You may have never realized it, but owning vacant land is a great way to make money, and because you can do so much with it, it’s an investment that can become very versatile. Owning a piece of land, in a location that can best meet your needs, will benefit you financially for decades to come.

 

So what’s the secret to land investment? It’s knowing how to make your purchase be one of the best decisions for you and your family, earning you money without taking up too much time or effort. Flipping houses or buying properties to rent out could be worthy investments, but why should you put energy into a project when you can just benefit from something that doesn’t need any additional work?

Purchase property in Blue Ridge GA that best meets your needs

There’s no house to flip, nothing to renovate, no plumbing to fix, no codes to keep, and no inspections to deal with. If you love simplicity and efficiency, land purchasing is for you. Not to mention, you won’t have much emotional attachment to your investment, making it easy when it’s time to sell or rent the property for someone else to build on. This anti-sentimental quality also makes it much painless for you as a buyer to find a seller willing to pass along their vacant property to you.

 

When a land owner doesn’t spend time there and has no construction with which to attach themselves, it makes it effortless to let go. Just because someone didn’t know how to make the best use of the land and earn a substantial profit from it, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to benefit greatly from the same investment. Location is everything, and just as long as someone else or another company can come in and build on your land, you’ll be set to see the growth of your investment.

Be in control of your investment in Blue Ridge GA

 

If you’ve been looking in the market to buy a home, chances are you’ve been warned about tight competition or the need for quick decision making in order to beat out any other interested clients. With vacant land however, there is often little to no competition whatsoever. Even for investors who are experts at purchasing and reselling houses, or even residential lots, the idea of buying land doesn’t often cross one’s mind. It doesn’t seem like a great move because you can’t see the concrete product that you’ve purchased. But that’s just it — the land itself if the tangible item you’re buying — and it’s worth is not to be underestimated. Having this inside knowledge gives you a great start over other real estate competitors who don’t realize that they too should have tried to acquire the land.

 

Unlike stocks or buildings, purchasing land in Blue Ridge GA means that you are in total control of what happens to your investment. The way your make your purchase even provides its own kind of independence. In some cases, you’ll be able to buy without having to communicate with third party financial institutions like mortgage companies or banks. Thanks to modern technology, you could buy an attractive lot without actually having to travel there in person, which also cuts back on your personal expenses and time involved. Virtual purchasing and selling? Yes, you read that correctly. You can manage your property investment from your couch.

Investing your money can be stress-free in Blue Ridge GA

As far as long-term investments go, owning land is the best and most sound option available. Not only will land always stay in the same place and never change, owners are also free from having to pay bills, fix repairs, upgrade structures, or investigate the conditions of the property in person. It doesn’t diminish in size or value, and you’re not relying on a certain time frame in which you’ll need to sell or rent your purchase. There’s also a limited quantity available — no one is making more land out of thin air to sell — which increases its value just by existing in the first place.

 

If you’re concerned about property taxes, that’s something to research depending upon where you’re looking to acquire land, but comparatively, taxes on vacant land are very low. Land investment is a simple, concrete opportunity that all but guarantees future income, so as long as the land can be used by other buyers down the road, there’s a sense of security for your purchase.

 

Money is not something we spend without consideration, and when we do decide to make a long-term investment, it should be something that’s easy to navigate and even easier to make a profit from. With economic change and uncertainty happening in domestic and foreign stock markets, putting money into stocks, bonds and companies is less reassuring, especially since we don’t have control over what happens to our money once it’s been invested.

 

All factors considered, the safest and most likely place to see financial growth is through the purchasing and selling of land. Land agents, real estate sellers, and virtual property managers agree, when you’re able to secure a plot of land that could be the slightest bit useful to another person, you’re able to increase its value and earn revenue from the property. Land is permanent, resourceful, useful, and a necessary part of any new structure, business or production. It may seem out-of-the-box, but gain a sense of security by choosing vacant land as your next long-term investment strategy.

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20 Honest Facts about Blue Ridge Real Estate Home Selling

So you’ve been thinking “it’s time to sell my home in Blue Ridge.” You’re outgrowing your property, or maybe you’re looking to move for a new career path. You’ve checked the market, done your preliminary research, and have started shopping for a new place to live. Selling your current home could seem like a complicated, stressful experience, but with the right financial, structural, and emotional preparations, and help from sellers agent in Blue Ridge, you’ll have a streamlined selling experience.

 

Once you’ve partnered with trusted Blue Ridge real estate agents in your area, here’s what you need to know to have a positive, stress-free sale.

 

1) List your home for an attractive price.

Your Realtor will help you with this, but your home should be priced so that it is attractive to buyers. Remember that you want to get the attention of the best buyers, people who are qualified to purchase your home and will quickly act on their attachment to it. If a home is overpriced, it will likely sit on the market for an extended period of time, and buyers will be curious as to why others passed it over. Ideally, you’ll have multiple buyers show interest in placing an offer on your home, which will drive up the final sale price.

 

2) Always present your home at its best.

It takes time and effort (and a bit of well-spent money) to prepare your home for potential buyers. Over-staging isn’t necessary, but a clean home that invites a new family to envision themselves there is ideal. If you’re posting a video tour or virtual scan of your house, you’ll also want to ensure all the rooms are organized and tidy.

  

3) Be prepared for a challenge.

You probably already know that you’re up for a challenge, and your sellers agent in Blue Ridge will help you along the way, but being aware that there will be ups and downs in the process will help you get over hurdles and other unplanned obstacles. Do your home selling research, work collaboratively with Blue Ridge real estate agent, and troubleshoot any unforeseen problems to make the home selling process go smoothly.

 

 

4) Understand your local market and community.

One of the most important factors when choosing a north Georgia real estate agent is making sure that person is an expert on local trends in the market for your community. They should have experience selling homes similar to yours, which will give them a better understanding of what potential buyers are wanting to see.

 

5) Don’t go to your open house (or any other showings).

It’s never a good idea for the homeowner to attend their own showings or walk-

throughs. Aside from the fact that it can be stressful and potentially even emotional to

watch someone critique your home, you also don’t want to over-share information or

say something that devalues the property.

 

6) Always repair what needs to be repaired.

What’s easy is not always what is right. If repairs need to be completed, trust us and do

finish them before you sell. Show buyers that your home is move-in ready, and that

they will not need to make any repairs themselves before moving in. Repairs tend to

work in a domino effect, and if you give the impression that you’re not taking care of

the property, buyers will get the idea that they home hasn’t been well-kept in the past.

 

7) Your too-familiar “home smell” is not your friend.

We all know that “other people’s homes” have that specific smell… but your house doesn’t have a smell, right? Wrong. Just because you’ve gotten used to an odor, doesn’t mean it’s not there for others. Take the time to get carpets, furniture, and other fabrics cleaned properly to remove any lingering smells that could affect the buyer’s impression.

 

8) Overpricing is only hurting you.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your home’s price should be attractive and in-range for desired buyers. Your price should take location, features, age, and size into account, but overpricing your home will make it harder to sell and will catch the attention of a smaller portion of buyers.

 

9) Be ready to negotiate… and to negotiate again.

During your home’s inspection, you might be told that certain areas need to be repaired or changed. When buyers receive this information, they will often want to alter their offer because of the additional costs in making these repairs. Anticipate these changes and negotiations and be prepared for how to respond to them.

 

10) Don’t assume a Cash Buyer is the best way to go.

Cash sounds really great, but a financing buyer has his or her advantages too,

especially when it comes to having pre-approval, strong purchase contracts, and being

able to stick to schedules and planned deadlines in the purchasing process.

 

11) Your curb appeal is worth the time and money.

When it comes to your personal style, first impressions matter. The same rule applies to

your home. Having a well-kept front yard with an inviting entrance for potential buyers

will help give them a sense of reassurance that this home is a positive and welcoming

place to be.

 

12) You have to make communication a priority.

After you’ve made the commitment to sell your home, it’s your responsibility to be

reliable and to communicate. Be available to answer emails and calls, always being

prompt with your responses.

 

13) Do not lie. Ever.

Every detail counts, and trying to hide defects or your home’s history from buyers (or

Realtors) is the worst thing you can do. It’s not worth the potential law suit when you

could have just been honest or solved the problem beforehand.

 

14) Home buyers should be able to see themselves living there.

While you do want to show buyers that your home was a great fit for your own family,

you don’t want to have too many personal items on display. The reason for this is if you

have too many things that are unique to your family, it will be harder for buyers to

envision themselves living there.

 

15) Detailed video tours and home photos can make a huge difference.

Having photos of your home is great, but being able to post video tours or virtual scans

is even better. Over 90% of potential buyers use the Internet to shop for homes, and

you want to be able to give them as much information as possible about your house’s

layout without actually having them stand on your property. Having video or detailed

photos/scans will also show the buyer that you have nothing to hide, and that you’re

proud to show off the space.

 

16) Sometimes a little compromising creates a win-win situation.

With any deal negotiation, you need to be ready to cooperate. A compromise can go a

long way, and help smooth out the process of selling your home. Keep people happy,

including yourself, and you’ll have much better results.

 

17) Set a closing date that supports your own move-out schedule.

Once your closing date is set, you have to be ready to move. The closing date is the

day the buyer is handed the keys to your home, and you have to be completely moved

out by that point.

 

18) Be sure to attract (and vet) qualified buyers.

Your Real Estate agent should be knowledgeable about your home’s “best fit” audience, especially if you have one of the area’s many Blue Ridge custom homes, and they should be vetted. Don’t get caught up in wasting time on buyers who aren’t able to afford the home, or who haven’t been pre-approved for a mortgage.

 

19) Consider that new buyers could see your home in a different way.

Financial and architectural preparation might be planned out ahead of time, but don’t

forget the emotional preparation either. Anticipate that a buyer may want to completely

change the layout of your home or repurpose certain areas. They might also remodel

the visual aesthetics completely. This isn’t a personal dig at you, but a way for the

buyer to make the home their own, which is always a good thing.

 

20) Seriously, use a trusted Realtor who’s sold homes in your area.

If you want a streamlined process for selling your home without surprise fees or

extended timelines, your Realtor decision is the most important. Find someone with

experience in your area, and at your home’s price range, who will be able to be the

most effective resource for you.