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LET THE BUYER BEWARE – THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME INSPECTIONS

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Latin for “let the buyer beware,” caveat emptor is a contract doctrine that puts the burden on the buyer to make a reasonable examination of a property prior to purchase to uncover any defects that may affect reasonable enjoyment of property, and further puts the onus on the buyer to take responsibility for its condition once the property has closed. In any real estate transaction, it is a given that a seller knows more than a buyer about the condition of a property. Because of this, the Georgia Association of Realtors requires all sellers to complete a seller’s disclosure that should identify any defects in a property that are known to the seller. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of sellers are completely forthcoming in the disclosures concerning any known defects. The tricky part comes in when the seller may not be aware of any defects or the fact that a situation may even constitute a defect. After all, they may have lived in a property for years with no problems at all blissfully ignorant of the fact that something may be in flagrant violation of current building standards. That is why a prudent buyer should always request a complete home inspection from a reputable home inspector, one who has taken formal training and has received certification from ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or GAHI (Georgia Association of Home Inspectors, which incorporates all the ASHI standards).

A formal inspection should encompass the various home systems: HVAC, interior plumbing, electrical systems, as well as the roof, foundation, walls, ceilings, doors, floors, basement and other structural components. Think of it as similar to a complete physical check-up when you visit your personal physician. Once the inspection has been completed, the inspector should provide you with a complete report laying out in detail the condition of all the major components of the structure: what condition they are in, if any repairs are necessary and, if so, what they are. Better inspectors will give you a ‘triage’ list of the items, prioritizing those items that require the most urgent attention down to those that can reasonably wait until a later date to be ameliorated. A good inspector will also point out those items that were built or installed that exceed current building standards. Some buyers can be frightened off from a perfectly good home if all they get is the bad news, while the house may be overall in great condition it’s just that no one has taken the time to point that out to them. The cost of a good home inspection can vary depending on the inspector and the size and intricacy of a home’s components. An average is typically $350 – $400; but, again, the price is dependent on a multitude of factors.

Once you receive the inspectors report, it is up to you to decide which items, if any, you want the seller to repair/replace, and which ones you can comfortably live with for the time being. Once you have made that decision, your agent will let the seller know what items you wish to have addressed. At this point, it is up to the sellers to decide what they are willing to fix and that can range from everything to nothing. Usually, what a seller is willing to have repaired is in direct proportion to the sale price agreed on for the house. If the seller has accepted what they consider to be a very low offer, they will more than likely be less willing to make repairs. If, however, they feel that a price that is fair to both buyer and seller has been arrived at, they will typically be more reasonable in accepting the responsibility for repairing items. Throughout this process your Realtor® can be an invaluable asset, not just in supplying you with a list of reputable, reliable inspectors, but also in helping you navigate the process of going back to the seller with your wish list of repairs and getting the most cooperation out of the seller throughout the process.

Let the buyer beware, but let the buyer not be scared.

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BLUE RIDGE STATION

Here we grow again! Ground has been broken for Blue Ridge’s newest project: Blue Ridge Station. A mixed-use development, there will be retail space on the ground floor and loft living on the upper three floors. The building itself has one foot in the past and the other in the future. With a nod to Blue Ridge’s past, the building will look something along the lines of an old brick warehouse. Inside, however, you will find the most up-to-date amenities. The ground floor will consist of upscale retail spaces that offer open, light-filled shops with convenient parking. Located alongside the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, it will be easy to stop into one of the shops and eateries that fill the retail spaces.

Upstairs, there are three floors of lofts – 15 in all—each offering two-bedrooms and two-baths. The 10-foot ceilings provide plenty of natural light and an overall burnished glow from the gleaming hardwood floors and natural color palette. Each has a balcony that overlooks the storybook city of Blue Ridge, helping you feel a connectedness to the city and its denizens. Each unit comes with two parking spaces in a well-lit, secure area to the rear of the building and there is no public access to the lofts. There is also a large area for dog-walking — or cat-walking if that’s your thing! The kitchens boast furniture-grade cabinetry, farm house-style sinks and quartz countertops. There are three different floor plans to suit a variety of tastes.

The lofts are perfect for full-time living, vacation rental/retreat, or a get-away from the pressures of city life. You are right in the center of beautiful downtown Blue Ridge so you can easily enjoy the many restaurants, shops, and galleries that are right in your front yard.. You are also oh-so-close to the many natural amenities in and around Blue Ridge, like trout fishing and kayaking on the Toccoa River, hiking and biking on the miles of trails that criss-cross Fannin County, paddle boarding on Lake Blue Ridge. Enjoy the best of all worlds at Blue Ridge Station. For more information and to keep up with the progress of the project, give Nathan a call. He will be glad to assist you in anyway possible to make your Blue Ridge dreams come true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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What You Need to Know About Buying Your First Home When You Don’t Know Where to Start

Every home owner has been there. Maybe you’ve been renting for a few years in a apartment or a condo, or perhaps you’ve even rented an entire private home. You have a friend who’s recently moved into a new home they’ve purchased, and when you go out for dinner or coffee with coworkers or friends, some start discussing how they’ve looking at purchasing a new home for the first time.

 

Though renting can be great too, you’re missing out on all of the extra amenities and financial benefits that come from owning a home, especially if you’re buying a home in Blue Ridge, GA. A monthly mortgage rate can actually be less expensive and more cost effective than paying rent, and with the help of Blue Ridge real estate agents, you’re able to acquire more square footage for less money. Just the idea of starting the process to buy a new home can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

 

We broke down what you need to know about buying a home, especially if you’re a first time buyer (because let’s be honest, school taught you pre-calculous and how to analyze 20th century literature, but no one ever explained how buying a home actually works).

 

Use a realtor who can become your home-buying guru

 

The most important thing to know is that you do not have to go about doing this yourself. Think of it like this: working with a trusted north Georgia real estate agent is like bringing on a team captain who will walk you through every step of the home buying process and help you protect your investment. Though you have thousands of details to consider when looking at homes themselves, it’s the financial decisions and contracts that can be the most overwhelming factors. Realtors help you understand the current market in your area and will be your voice when negotiating those contracts.

 

Odds are that you’re not an expert on required home inspection services either, simply because you’ve never had to go through this process before. And that’s ok! When you’re buying a home in Blue Ridge GA, realtors are able to help you understand a timeline for needed inspections, who should be responsible for paying, and if there are any potential problem areas to be aware of in a home. The last thing you want is to purchase a home that has a hidden, costly problem that will affect you in the coming years, and having a Blue Ridge buyers agent on your side will act as an advocate for you and your purchase.

 

When we’re presented with a contract that we don’t fully understand, we might assume that there’s nothing we can do, or should do, to alter it. If I’m told by a mechanic that my car needs additional inspections, and I don’t fully understand what the inspection does or how often it’s required, I’m likely to agree to the additional costs even if it wasn’t something I needed to do. But if I had someone on my side who was an expert on the condition of my car, that person could help advocate for me and negotiate a better deal to save me money, while still ensuring that my vehicle is completely safe to drive.

 

In the same way, a realtor is going to be your expert on the local market, your home inspection and paperwork guru, and an all-around ally to lead you on your home-buying journey.

 

Understand the commitment of buying a home

 

This might seem obvious, but it’s incredibly important that you understand the full commitment that you’re making when you decide to buy a home. Yes, you can eventually resell your new home and move to a new property that better suits your future circumstances, but buying a home is not as simple as renting or leasing. Before you start the process of buying a home in Blue Ridge, GA, you’ll want to do your own research and understand the community and available housing options that best meet your needs. Only you know what your true priorities are when it comes to finding that perfect fit in a new house.

 

If you’ve already become interested in a few specific properties, put effort into researching the costs of any needed repairs or remodeling projects. Understand the full picture of what you’re taking on as a new home buyer. Your Blue Ridge real estate agent can help you of course, but buying your first home is a big deal, and that commitment is not to be taken lightly. At the same time, buying a home is a potentially a very special milestone in your life, especially if you’re looking to raise a family (but we’ll talk more about future needs later).

 

Financial security and pre-planning

 

Having a better understanding of your financial needs and what benchmarks you need to reach within your savings is also crucial in the early stages of the home search process. Even if you’re months or a year (or more) away from buying your first home, it’s never too early to start strengthening your credit score. Paying credit cards bills on time and in full will help you raise your score. Opening new cards to acquire more credit isn’t the way to do this either. Stick to using one or two cards, and always submit payments on time.

 

At the same time, it’s important for you to build a savings account, where you are able to set aside money for your down payment and any other closing costs. Do research in your area and talk with a Blue Ridge buyers agent to learn more about expected fees and estimated down payments for homes in your price range. You can also use tools online to help you in the process.

Another step in the pre-buying process is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Getting pre-approved and working out what you can afford monthly is a significant step in ensuring you’re ready to take on this commitment and shop for a house you’re excited to fall in love with.

 

Think “big picture” and long-term lifestyle

 

Your Blue Ridge realty team wants you to have the best possible home buying experience, and as a first-time buyer, you’re going to have dozens of questions along the way. When you’re considering homes on the market, remember to think about the bigger picture. How might your lifestyle change in the next decade? What kind of a home layout would best fit your future needs as an individual or as a growing family? A home that may seem like it fits your needs now, may not be right for you in a few years. Take this “big picture” mindset into consideration when looking for homes and touring them with your north Georgia real estate agent to ensure it’s the best possible fit for you.

 

Though buying a home may still seem daunting, by doing research on homes in your area, strengthening your credit score, understanding what you want in a home, and meeting with your realtor, you will enjoy being able to shop the market and find the perfect house to name your home.

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Lifestyle & Views in Blue Ridge GA

The Real Estate market in the Blue Ridge GA area is continuing to grow. This is a great time to buy or sell a home as we roll into the winter months with many people looking to sell properties before the end of year and others looking to purchase in the same time frame.

There are so many ways to enjoy the area! To make the best of your move there are a few things to think about.

Blue Ridge Lifestyle

Most people when looking for Real Estate in Blue Ridge GA assume the only styles are traditional “cabin” and log homes. This is not the case! In Blue Ridge there are a variety of properties for sale to include lake front, mini-farms with rolling pastures, Toccoa River front, and so much more. These are all terrific options for buying real estate in the Blue Ridge area. All of these property types are part of the Blue Ridge lifestyle which is that of relaxed yet still modern living. Blue Ridge has a variety of outdoor activities such as rafting, tubing, hiking, boating, and scenic tours. This is only a small part of the Blue Ridge lifestyle as the community and city of Blue Ridge are equally as beautiful and full of adventure. Be sure to check out all of the restaurants & boutique shops – all are unique to this area. A great resource for where to eat, what to do, and where to stay is the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce.

Are you looking for lake front properties?

Lake Blue Ridge is accessible from both Morganton and Blue Ridge making it an ideal area for a variety of budgets and styles. The Lake Blue Ridge eastern side, primarily accessible from Old Highway 76 and Aska Rd., are typically modern rustic cabin style homes featuring a variety of amenities including gated access and deeded lake access. These properties are as unique as the leaves being built by a variety of custom home builders including Big Dawg Builders and High Country Builders.

The western side of Lake Blue Ridge, located primarily in Morganton, is an excellent option for those looking to purchase rental investments or live full time in a more budget friendly area. These homes are a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern rustic cabins – a property type for every preference and budget range.

Lakefront properties while varied in style typically are on the market for very short times due to the limited availability and gorgeous views.

Are you looking for a creek or river view?

Sometimes creek front and river front properties, while still on the upper end of prices, are the most affordable type of waterfront real estate in Blue Ridge. These typically cabin style homes make for excellent investment properties having a high rental value due to the versatile nature. Creek and riverfront cabins make excellent honeymoon destinations and weekend fishing getaways. The Blue Ridge creeks and rivers range from small branches up to the Toccoa River and Fightingtown Creek – both of which are perfect for outdoor activities and peaceful rushing water life.

While property on Lake Blue Ridge is limited and nearing 100% developed there are hundreds of lots available on the variety of rivers and creeks. Land/Lots/Acreage can range from less than $50,000 to well over $150,000 depending on the proximity to town and what type/area/length of water feature is available. Many of the homes located on Fightingtown Creek and the Toccoa River are within 5-15 miles from downtown Blue Ridge yet boast privacy and seclusion.

What qualifies as a mountain view?

Most Real Estate in Blue Ridge GA feature some time of feature or view – the most coveted being the long range mountain view. Mountain views in Blue Ridge GA while plentiful are becoming more and more scarce for purchase as vacant lots are being purchased by investors and building companies to build new cabins. These views are classified as year round, seasonal, long range, and traditional.

The best combination for beautiful serene living are year round long range views which feature boundless mountain tops often extending into Tennessee and North Carolina. Most long range mountain views are found toward the top of a mountain but do not necessarily need to be far out of town. A great example of of property close to Blue Ridge with an endless view is 352 Endless View Rd – Check out the listing by clicking here. You can also see the Matterport virtual tour here!

Traditional and long range year round mountain views usually incur a higher price tag due to their highly coveted nature. An excellent way to stay toward the lower end of your budget while still getting a gorgeous home is to look for properties with limited mountain views such as seasonal or less than 30 degrees field of view.

Mountain view properties in Blue Ridge GA can be found in most every area and property type! This is great for buyers because you’ll find homes in most every price range and style. A couple great areas to check out are Cherry Log, Cashes Valley, and Cohutta Ranch!

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Buying A Cabin in Blue Ridge GA With Resale Value in Mind

Buying a cabin in Blue Ridge GA is one of our biggest investments and some of us are doing it more than once during our life – that is surely something to be proud of! Like many things in our life that have changed dramatically, so did our home style preferences and every day life. Most of us don’t stay in one house for the full duration of our lives whether it be due to career or life changes.

Our modern dynamic life style and economy, calls for flexibility, mobility and frequent changes. People are following their jobs and careers even if it means moving from one side of the nation to the other. Others are needing to get away from the suburban lifestyle and retire or vacation in a more remote, close knit mountain community like Blue Ridge GA.

When we decide to buy a cabin in Blue Ridge GA we need to think in terms of sort to medium range periods of time and that should bring us to consider the resale value of our home in the future. Buying a home with good resale value might take a little longer, and it might take a bit more work on your part, but you’ll love the payback later, when it sells quickly and puts extra money in your bank account. It is also important to consider the opportunity to make an investment in a Blue Ridge cabin for the use on rental programs. Rental cabins in Blue Ridge GA have an extremely high rate of return and contrary to many other cities they stay booked 60%-90% of the time, we have found.

The first consideration should be your family needs but it’s good to keep an open mind about what might suite future buyers or rental opportunities as well.

The most important three factors are: location, location and location…!

Indeed, it’s first thing to consider when looking for a home. So, what makes a good location?

There are some general elements which are obvious like:

  • Does the area have easy and fast access to the downtown Blue Ridge areas, hiking, fishing, biking, and other outdoor adventure areas?
  • It’s wise to pick a cabin that is located relatively elevated above the area, that can provide two advantages: a flow of good air and a nicer view.
  • How many neighbors are adjacent to you and/or across you in proximity, off course the less the better.
  • A cabin located at the end of the access road will suffer less noises from the neighbors and their guests, but have a harsher access type, such as gravel or dirt roads.
  • A cabin with a eastern or western mountain view will receive sunlight at different times of the day, which can be very bright. A mountain top Blue Ridge cabin may have more light and air.

The size of the lot, its shape and the square footage of the cabin itself:

  • The majority of buyers in the Blue Ridge area are 2nd home or retirement, so consider a cabin with an open mountain view or a river view.

There are many other environmental aspects to consider with respect to personal preference like a high mountain top area vs. close proximity to the City of Blue Ridge, quality of amenities in the neighborhood, and proximity to outdoor activity hobbies.

In addition to these external considerations there are many important internal elements that can make a cabin quality higher and buyers are always looking for, such as:

  • Closets, lots of closets and with as much additional storage space as possible.
  • Light and bright – Homes with lots of natural lighting are very popular.
  • Split bedroom plans, with bedrooms on each end of the home, are increasingly popular with buyers.
  • If you live in a scenic area, having a view can help you sell.
  • Plenty of bedrooms and bath rooms.
  • Large and convenient kitchen with as many cabinets and as much cooking space as possible.
  • The tendency to work from home calls for a suitable room to be set as a home office, as well as a stable internet connection.
  • Laundry and dryer machines located at the same level as the bed rooms.
  • A master bedroom on the main floor is often important.
  • A spacious basement is a plus.

Features to avoid

  • One bath homes sell for significantly less than homes with at least two baths and they take longer to sell, unless the cabin is setup to be a romantic getaway vacation cabin rental in Blue Ridge GA.
  • Electric baseboard heat and electric ceiling heat are not as desirable as central heating systems. A fireplace in the living room is a plus, especially when real wood. Most buyers prefer real wood fire places in traditional Blue Ridge mountain cabins.
  • Tubs and showers in outdated colors, or scratched from years of improper cleaning, might be hard to change without ripping out doors or walls. The preferred style is a stone or neutral tile colored walk in shower.
  • Popcorn ceilings date a cabin , you know, those bumpy ceilings that were so popular in the 1970’s. Vaulted ceilings with visible wood runners and roofing structure are often a popular style in Blue Ridge cabins.

Your first objective is to buy a home that’s right for you, but do consider its resale value before you make the final decision, especially if you know you’ll move again within three to five years. A careful purchase now will help give you extra funds to move up with the next time you buy a home.

Home Inspections

Depending on the type of financing you choose, there should be either 2 or 3 separate inspections on the home you want to purchase. The first should be your own basic inspection, the second should be a professional whole-house inspection by a reputable person. Should you select a government loan (FHA or VA), the third inspection should come at the time of the appraisal, which to some degree amounts to a “mini-inspection.” Do not, however, rely on this appraisal as your only inspection of the property!

We cannot emphasize enough the value and necessity of an extensive home inspection. Many home purchasers, either in the desire to save the $200 to $500 that a good inspection costs, or due to simple ignorance, have spent enormous sums of money repairing items that any good home inspector would have pointed out. Any offer to purchase you make should be contingent upon (subject to) a whole house inspection with a satisfactory report. Do not let anyone not the agent, not your family or friends, and especially not the seller, dissuade you from having the property thoroughly inspected! Not only will you sleep much sounder after you have moved into the cabin, a professional inspection can give you an escape hatch from a contract on a defective cabin. If the contract is written contingent on an acceptable inspection, any defects in the home must be either repaired or monetarily compensated for.

If you are not satisfied, you have the option to cancel the contract.

Buying a Home in Blue Ridge GA

While buying a primary home, and even second home, can be a daunting and stressful task our office and team are available to walk you through the process and make home buying in Blue Ridge GA as painless as possible. Nathan Fitts has over 20 years of experience in North Georgia real estate and with an knowledgeable support staff we here to help. Don’t buy a home in North Georgia without talking to us first!

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Finding Your Ideal Home in Blue Ridge, GA

The purchase of a home in Blue Ridge GA is a exciting time in anyone’s life, especially if it is your first home. Naturally you want to find the best home that suits all of your needs, and your budget. This is a purchase that requires planning on every aspect. The last thing you ever want to do is impulse buy a home, only to find out later that there are problems with the home or that it does not suit your needs.

OK. Now its list time. Sit down with pen and paper and start planning out what you need in a home. Don’t be afraid to think big, but stay within reason. Remember if you think you need a high mountain view or Toccoa river view but can only spend $150,000.00 chances are you will be disappointed. Things like number of rooms, or a fenced yard, or proximity to work and schools should be the priority at this stage. You can also make a list of things that you would like to have in a home. In the case where you are buying a second home or rental property you should tailor your search in Blue Ridge GA to match the optimal criteria for that specific use. This is where you can let your imagination run wild.

Consider all the aspects of the Blue Ridge area. Talk to some of the people that live here, and ask if they like living in the area. The long-term residents are a great source of information, and if they are to be your neighbors, get to know them! Also be sure to find out about the schools and recreational programs in the area if you have children. Another good thing to look into is the kind of commute you can expect to deal with getting to work every day. If there are major congestion problems between the area and the home then you might want to consider a different location.

With these things in mind you can now begin to look at the available homes in Blue Ridge GA. When you have found something that suits your needs and wants, its time to start your homework on the home itself. If you’re not already working with a Buyer’s Agent it is key to do so. Having a Buyer’s Agent ensures you are being represented with your best interest in mind – strictly speaking, do not work with an agent willing to dual represent. Buying homes in Blue Ridge GA and finding homes for sale in Blue Ridge GA can be a daunting and challenging task if you’re not assisted by someone familiar with the area.

Never forget; this is likely the largest purchase you will ever make; this could also be a substantial investment opportunity in Blue Ridge GA. You can not afford to not be picky!

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No BUNNY knows Georgia’s Blue Ridge like Nathan Fitts & Team…

No BUNNY knows Georgia’s Blue Ridge like Nathan Fitts & Team. Nathan Fitts & Team will help you find an EGG-cellent deal in your dream mountain home, as well as activities for your Easter weekend! For all of your real estate needs, give us a call (877)BUY-MTNS.

EASTER EGG-SPRESS TRAIN RIDES

BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY, BLUE RIDGE, GA

Join our friends at Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for an Easter Egg Hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny for one of the two Easter Egg-spress train rides this Saturday, April 15, at 11:00AM & 2:00PM. Visit www.brscenic.com or call (877)413-8724 for tickets and additional information.

 

EASTER EGG HUNT 

JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLD SCHOOL, BRASSTOWN, NC

The John C. Campbell annual Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 15, at 1:00pm. There will be three age divisions: 1-4, 5-8, and 9 & older. Please arrive early – the hunt begins promptly at 1:00 pm and doesn’t last very long! There will be live music during the event.

 

CHILDREN’S EASTER THEMED BAKING CLASS & TRACTOR SHOW

MERCIER ORCHARDS, BLUE RIDGE, GA

Mercier Apple Orchards will be hosting a Children’s Easter themed baking class this Saturday, April 15. There will be 2 classes. The children will be making a bunny cake and decorating candy apples! Classes will be held from 9AM-10:30AM and 11:30AM-1:00PM. To reserve your child a spot, contact Merciers at (800)361-7731. There will also be a tractor show from 9AM-3PM with live entertainment and some of the coolest tractors around. Free tractor rides this weekend!

 

ST. LUKE’S EASTER EGG HUNT

ST. LUKE’S CHURCH, BLUE RIDGE, GA

The 22nd annual Blue Ridge Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 15 at St. Luke’s Church at 7 Ewing Street in Blue Ridge. This free hunt begins at 1:00PM; refreshments will be served, and prizes will be awarded to children finding prize eggs.

 

MCCAYSVILLE EASTER EGG HUNT

WEST TENNESSEE AVENUE BALL FIELD, MCCAYSVILLE, GA

Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Business Association, The annual “Easter Egg Scramble” will be hosted April 15th from 11AM-12:30PM. There will be over 1,000 stuffed eggs for children under 12 with prize eggs and a grand prize egg for each age group! There will also be photos with the Easter Bunny!