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We Moved Downtown!

Moving on up…to the East side

Whether we are located in the North, South, East, or West, Nathan Fitts & Team loves being a part of the Blue Ridge community! Our new office, located at 3354 East First Street in Downtown Blue Ridge, couldn’t be more perfect. What were the determining factors for our move? There were three big reasons:

1. Space – Because we are the top producing real estate team, we needed more space to accommodate our stellar team members and more importantly for our customers. An open concept work area complete with a large conference room allows for regular communication on available listings between the team and privacy for clients during their real estate transactions.

2. Visibility – Although our previous space was easily accessible from Hwy 515, we were tucked in the back of the plaza and it was challenging for people to find us. Our new location puts us right in the downtown proximity allowing us to be easily seen, easily accessed, and extremely well positioned to show you what an amazing community Blue Ridge is to live, work, and play.

3. Location – As they say, “location, location, location” and we couldn’t agree more. While we were fortunate to have several fast food restaurants close by previously, our new location allows us to be within walking distance to downtown shops and a variety of dine-in restaurants like Blue Smoke BBQ and Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill! The options are endless and we even have the opportunity to work off our meals on the short walk back to the office!

The inside offices are now complete, and you’ll see changes to our exterior soon. We have really enjoyed being a part of Re/Max Town & Country for the last four years, and our whole team is looking forward to a bright future assisting our customers with the care and attention they deserve. We receive new listings every day, so keep checking back with us or let us list your property today!

We invite you to come visit us at our new office. If you are traveling North on Hwy 515 towards Blue Ridge, make a right on East First Street (Bill Holt Chevrolet is on the corner). Travel 1.6 miles and our office will be on the right. If you are traveling west on Hwy 76 from the Hiawassee or Blairsville area, head towards Blue Ridge and make a left on the Old US76 Connector (near Checkers). Then take a right onto Old US76 (near Pizza Hut) and you’ll come right to us. See you soon!

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8 Things Every Retiree Should Have in a Home

You’ve worked hard your entire life, raised your family, and now it’s time for you to retire and enjoy the finer things in life. The North Georgia Mountains are an ideal location to find your retirement dream home and Nathan Fitts & Team are here to help! Let’s take a look at some features you should consider adding to your wish list when you begin house hunting:

1. Location, location, location!

The age-old adage is true, location is everything. The beauty of small town living is that you are close to delicious restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, and medical services. Not only do you get to enjoy the quaintness of the mountains, but a quick run into town will provide you with city conveniences.

2. Can you hear me now?

When looking for a mountain home, you want to be sure that you will be able to receive cellular reception and high-speed internet. Wi-Fi is a definite necessity for our smart tv’s and smart homes offering conveniences and security features for this day and age. Many North Georgia communities are now part of the North Georgia Network which provides a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network offering high-speed broadband.

3. Let there be light!

Bring the outdoors in with large windows and tons of natural lighting. Not only will this lift your spirits, but you’ll be more active and able to get more tasks accomplished. Not to mention that as we age, it becomes more difficult to see so the lighter the better! Task lighting, dimmable switches, and ambient lighting are also considerations for lighting your new home.

4. No fuss, no stress!

Now that you’ve retired in style, who wants to spend all their time fussing with maintaining your home’s exterior and landscaping? Look for homes with vinyl or brick siding to ensure minimal upkeep. Consider a metal roof. Not only are they low maintenance, but you’ll love the sound of the rain coming down! Wooded lots are ideal options to keep your outdoor workload light. If you do have large grassy areas, consider removing it by paving, graveling or adding a deck to the space.

5. Just say no!

If you were to ask our knees and hips if they want to walk up and down stairs to get to and from the bedroom, they would give you a resounding no! Search for homes with master bedrooms on the main floor to keep those aches to a minimum. While single story living is most desirable, multi-levels work great as long as the master is on the main and your guest rooms are upstairs!

6. Walk on in!

As we mature, traditional tubs become cumbersome to step into and can be dangerous when getting out. Look for walk-in showers with no step or a small step to reduce the risks of slipping. Fortunately, walk-in showers are easier to clean and they look great too!

7. Take it for granite!

Yes, we really meant granite! Granite countertops are the ideal hard surface countertops. Easy to clean and maintain, these durable counters are resistant to heat, scratches, and stains. Not only do they increase the value of your home, but the earthy look and variety of color options will complement both the rustic and modern home styles.

8. Go, go energy!

Select energy efficient appliances not just because of the tax break, but because you will reduce your carbon footprint. Energy efficient appliances use less energy, cuts utility costs, and help to protect our environment.

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Meet Nathan Fitts!

Meet Nathan Fitts!

Blue Ridge Native and Real Estate Icon

You have most likely heard about, seen billboards for, or even met Nathan Fitts because he is an icon in the real estate industry for North Georgia. Today we are going to dive a little deeper into his background and learn more about this hard-working, intelligent, and dare we say, easy-on-the-eyes man!

Nathan Fitts was born and raised in Blue Ridge, Georgia. In fact, his family has resided in these beautiful mountains for more than four generations. A graduate of Fannin County High School, he continued his education at Truett McConnell University graduating with a degree in business. The consummate entrepreneur, Nathan has owned and operated several businesses including a restaurant and bar, a hotel, and of course Nathan Fitts & Team.

Nathan is widely known as an expert in real estate serving the North Georgia area for twenty years. Whether he is assisting a buyer or seller in a residential or commercial transaction, Nathan goes the extra mile for each of his clients. Nathan has achieved the Northeast Georgia Board of Realtor’s #1 agent, RE/MAX of Georgia’s #1 producing realtor, RE/MAX of Georgia’s #1 realtor in closed transactions, and he is ranked in the top 10 agents in the United States! You might even remember seeing him as a featured agent on HGTV’s series Log Cabin Living and on their Mountain Life series!

This businessman is very accomplished professionally, but his passion is his family. Nathan is very close to his parents and his sister and fellow realtor, Julie Fitts Queen, along with his nieces and nephew. However, the pride and joy of Nathan’s life is being a father to his twin sons, Grant & Logan. Although the young men are now both off to college, Nathan looks forward to every opportunity he gets to spend time with them. You never know, they might just follow in their Dad’s footsteps and continue in the family real estate business.

Because the Blue Ridge community helped to form his life, it is important for Nathan to both give back and help his town continue to flourish. He serves as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia, was a founding member of the Blue Ridge Lodging Association and is active in many other charitable organizations including the Appalachian Children’s Center and the Easter Seals. Additionally, Nathan’s care and concern about the city of Blue Ridge’s future and his dedication to the families, businesses, and residents of Fannin County, he ran and was elected for the Blue Ridge City Council.

As you can see, Nathan is a loving father and a devoted public servant. He has the experience, knowledge, and energy that is always used to serve his clients and support his mountain hometown. If you are looking for a real estate agent that will work hard for you, complete your goals and always do it with a smile, Nathan Fitts should be your only choice!

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Blue Ridge Station

Classy and Convenient Mountain Living!

It has been said that “If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, that you are lucky enough”. All of us at Nathan Fitts & Team couldn’t agree more! Regardless of what type of home you are looking for in the North Georgia Mountains, we have something perfect for you! Whether you are looking for a full-time residence or a summer retreat, our inventory of listings is sure to please every budget and every style.

 

If you are looking for mountain living with city conveniences, we’ve got a great suggestion for you….Blue Ridge Station! This newly constructed multi-use property consists of retail units on the 1st floor and five loft apartments on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors for a total of fifteen. These two-bedroom, two bath lofts are not your run-of-the-mill style units. These lofts were built to display the rustic feel of the mountains coupled with luxurious amenities for your comfort. Three different open concept floor plans allow you to select the layout that best suits your style. Each option offers hardwood floors, a farmhouse sink, quartz countertops, walk-in closets, a laundry room, a private balcony, and natural color palettes throughout.

 

Just picture this: You wake up in the morning and grab your cup of java or hot tea to head out to the veranda for some quiet time. As you sip, you watch the town of Blue Ridge come to life just below. Shops begin to open, and people begin to meander around. You hear the laughter of children excited for a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and observe couples walking hand in hand down Main Street. After you’ve eaten your breakfast and gotten ready for the day’s adventures, you ride the elevator down to pick up your car from one of your two designated spaces and off you go! Upon your return, it’s time to take Fido out for a walk in the large, beautifully landscaped dog walk area. As you are waiting on Fido, you smell the delicious aromas from the many restaurants conveniently located in downtown Blue Ridge. A quick walk from your loft, you window shop at all the cute stores on your way to Harvest on Main. After a fabulous meal, you decide a nightcap is in order at the Blue Ridge Brewery. After enjoying the nightlife downtown, you only have a short walk back to your spacious home. Just think, this could be YOUR life!

 

Blue Ridge Station is a terrific option for low maintenance living and the rare opportunity to own property in downtown Blue Ridge! Whether the loft is your full-time residence, or you choose to receive income from short-term rentals, Blue Ridge Station is a smart investment for classy and convenient mountain living!

 

 

Photo courtesy of Justin Rush

 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Independence Day in North Georgia

Celebrate the 4th in the North…Georgia that is!

Nathan Fitts & Team are proud to be Americans and live in the land of the Free in the Home of the Brave. We have pulled together an Ultimate Guide to your Independence Day celebrations in North Georgia. As you celebrate with picnics, parades, sparklers, friends, family, and fireworks, take a moment to give thanks to all the men and women that have fought to defend our freedom that we get to enjoy each and every day. God Bless America!

Blairsville June 30th Boat Parade on Lake Nottely

The great folks at Lake Nottely Marina invite both spectators and boaters to join in the fun for the annual Boat Parade from 12pm-1: 30 PM. You can decorate in any theme and creativity is encouraged. Make sure to arrive early so you can secure your spot along the shoreline and at the Marina.

July 4th at Meeks Park

At dusk on Wednesday, July 4th the skies in Blairsville will explode with color as the annual firework display begins in beautiful Meeks Park. Come early for a picnic in the park and enjoy hiking trails, two playgrounds, a creek to splash in, and a kinetic art sculpture throughout the park. Across the street, the First United Methodist Church will have music, BBQ, and children’s activities.

July 4th at Woody Gap, Suches

Surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, the small unincorporated town of Suches, just south of Blairsville, pulls out all the stops for your 4th of July celebrations. Sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department in the Suches, the community invites everyone to gather at Woody Gap School as early as 5:30 pm. Prior to the fireworks display at dark, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more for sale at the concession stand. The Gaddistown Homemakers will even be on hand for a fun rubber duck race!

July 4th at Vogel State Park

Independence Day at Vogel State Park provides summertime fun for the entire family. Georgia’s most beloved State Park begins the day with a special flag raising celebration at 8:30 am and family activities all day long. Enjoy a picnic overlooking Lake Trahlyta and work off your lunch with a walk down to Trahlyta Falls. Drop a line in Wolf Creek or pitch a tent and enjoy an evening under the stars. There will be a special concert by Wyatt Espalin at the Lake Pavilion from 8-9pm.

Blue Ridge June 29th & 30th Independence Day – Lake Blue Ridge Style

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show? Who doesn’t love a day on the lake? Get the best of both worlds on the last weekend in June on Lake Blue Ridge. Get a jump start on your Independence Day celebrations on Friday, June 29th at 8:30 pm with the annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade. Decorate your boat and join in on the boat parade or secure a spot-on land to watch the festivities. On the evening of Saturday, June 30th a firework spectacular over Lake Blue Ridge will dazzle you from land or boat.

Popular viewing locations include the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Tammen Park, and Morganton Point Campground.

July 4th Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K

Celebrate your American freedom with a big breath of mountain air and the feeling of accomplishment after you complete the 5k or 10k foot race. Downtown Blue Ridge welcomes racers decked out in red, white, and blue to enjoy the scenic race route and celebrate at the post-race party with a big glass of sweet tea or lemonade, music, watermelon, and more!

Ellijay July 4th Fireworks and Parade in Downtown Ellijay

This Independence Day enjoy a glorious day in Ellijay! The River Street Parking lot opens at 10 am with food, vendors, and live music. Dine on the Square and peruse the cute shops while you wait for the parade to roll through town at 6 pm. The day comes to a perfect conclusion with a firework display delighting both the young and young at heart.

July 4th Star Wars Movie at Top of Falls

Fireworks not really your thing? Channel your inner Hans Solo or Princess Leia and enjoy an outdoor movie at the top of Amicalola Falls. The Original Star Wars movie will begin at 8:30 pm and concessions will be available.

Hiawassee July 4th Fireworks at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds knows good music and this Fourth of July won’t disappoint! Local favorites, Raven and Red will play a special concert at 6 pm. This toe-tapping bluegrass, country, and an acoustic group will lift your spirits and fill your soul with their beautiful harmonies. When darkness falls, the mountain skies will light up with a Fireworks

Extravaganza! July 4th Cookout And Fireworks Show

Brasstown Valley Resort pulls out all the stops this 4th of July! Beginning at 6:30 pm a Southern-style cookout will tickle your taste buds with classic favorites served up at the Sunset Pavilion. The children will enjoy getting their faces painted and jumping in a bounce castle. The rest of the family will enjoy playing horseshoes and participating in a pie eating contest! Yum! As the sun sets behind the mountains, the fireworks will explode in an amazing display.

4th of July Boat Parade on Lake Chatuge

Spend the day where the lake meets the mountains on Lake Chatuge. The annual boat parade begins at 10:30 am and all participating boats must display an American flag, but additional decorations are encouraged.

McCaysville June 29th McCaysville Fireworks

Delight in a magical firework display in the twin cities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Excitement and patriotism will be evident throughout downtown regardless of the state line you view from. Families can enjoy a full-on street festival featuring live music, food, and vendors only to be made complete with a fair hosted by the First Baptist Church of McCaysville. Don’t fight for a parking space, just ride the Firecracker Express (Blue Ridge Scenic Railway) to and from downtown Blue Ridge to the twin cities.

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Top Summer Events in Blue Ridge GA

Freedom, Fast riding, and Flavor!

One of the best reasons to own a home in North Georgia is because there are so many great activities to keep you and your family entertained! From festivals to the arts and dining to shopping, the adventure never ends in Blue Ridge. Nathan Fitts & Team have created a round-up of some of the best events for you to enjoy this summer!

 

June 29th & 30th Independence Day – Lake Blue Ridge Style

Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show? Who doesn’t love a day on the lake? Get the best of both worlds on the last weekend in June on Lake Blue Ridge. Get a jump start on your Independence Day celebrations on Friday, June 29th at 8:30 pm with the annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade. Decorate your boat and join in on the boat parade or secure a spot on land to watch the festivities. On the evening of Saturday, June 30th a firework spectacular over Lake Blue Ridge will dazzle you from land or boat. Popular viewing locations include the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Tammen Park, and Morganton Point Campground.

 

July 4th Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K

Celebrate your American freedom with a big breath of mountain air and the feeling of accomplishment after you complete the 5k or 10k foot race. Downtown Blue Ridge welcomes racers decked out in red, white, and blue to enjoy the scenic race route and celebrate at the post-race party with a big glass of sweet tea or lemonade, music, watermelon, and more!

 

August 17th & 18th Kiwanis RODEO!   

Get out your best boots and cowboy hat because it’s rodeo time! Enjoy watching bull riding, saddle bronco riding, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and other special events. The rodeo clown will have you laughing and there will be plenty of fun for the kiddos. Gates open at 6 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. A free shuttle will be available at the Fannin County Middle School. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate

 

 

August 25th Mercier Orchards Hard Cider & Beer Festival

Tap into the fun for Mercier Orchards first annual Hard Cider & Beer Festival on August 25th from 12pm-6pm. You’ll have the opportunity to sample 6 cider vendors and 5 breweries while listening to live music and enjoying games like cornhole and beer pong. Food trucks will be onsite and they’ll even have an electric bull! Any day is a great day to spend at Mercier’s, but you definitely won’t want to miss this inaugural event!

 

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The Appalachian Trail Begins Here-Blue Ridge, GA

On August 14, 1937 the Appalachian Trail was opened as a “continuous footpath” that spans about 2,180 miles from its southern terminus at Fannin County’s own Springer Mountain to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

While close to 2,000 hikers a year attempt to walk the entire Trail, known as a thru-hike, only a small percentage succeed. The total number of hardy souls that have actually made the complete hike from start-to-finish in one attempt — which usually takes between five to seven months — is fewer than 10,000.

But for those of us who are far less ambitious, the Trail still beckons, offering the opportunity to find serenity and to escape the pressures of daily life in just an afternoon.

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Buyer Beware – 5 Reasons Home Inspections Matter

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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