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Rental & Investment Cabins

Rental & Investment Cabins in the North Georgia Mountains   The North Georgia Mountains has a very high number of cabins that are on Short Term Vacation Rentals – in other words, 2, 3, 4, & 7-night rentals.  There are over 1,100 in Fannin County alone – or at least 1,100 that have registered with […]

Credit Score Used by Lenders

Many of my clients keep an eye on their credit scores via Credit Karma or through one of their credit card companies – or both.  Most of these scores are coming from VantageScore, a joint venture created in 2006 by TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax, the three largest credit-reporting firms.  However, the credit score most widely […]

Existing-home sales roar back in February, hitting an 11-month high

Existing-home sales roar back in February, hitting an 11-month high The biggest one-month increase since the recovery from the post-crisis TRID regulation hit, in 2015 By  ANDREA RIQUIER The numbers: Existing-home sales ran at a 5.51 million seasonally-adjusted annual rate in February, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. That was an increase of 11.8% for the month. […]

State of Georgia Conservation Use Value Assessment (CUVA) Tax Covenant Saves up to 80% on Taxes if you have 10AC+

Clients who purchase land or homes on large acreage up here in the North Georgia Mountains are sometimes not aware of a statewide program called the Conservation Use Program, also sometimes referred to as Conservation Use Value Assessment (CUVA).  The Conservation Use program was created by the Georgia Legislature in 1992 due to the skyrocketing […]

Expedia Names Blue Ridge as the “Best Place to Escape” in Georgia

Many of us that live here or own second homes, vacation homes investment homes or retirement homes here already know that Blue Ridge is a great place to escape to, but now the word is getting out! Here is the blurb about Blue Ridge: “Named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, this area is incredibly scenic, […]

Slowing US housing market will have ‘a small silver lining’ in 2019

In the past few months I have frequently been asked about how the Real Estate Market is doing in the North Georgia Mountains.  In my opinion the reason for that has a lot to do with the slow down in the New Construction market, particularly in Texas and California.  The builders there are having to […]

How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying a Home

A home is one of the largest purchases we make in our life.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there that are not only aware of this fact, but have found a way to scam people out of their hard earned money when buying a home. It takes most people 5-10 years to […]

North GA Mountains in The News

North Georgia Mountains in the News: Project Chimps provides lifelong care to former research chimpanzees at a 236-acre forested sanctuary in Morganton, about 15 minutes from Blue Ridge.  This facility provides a way for these chimpanzees to get out of the lab and into a more natural habitat.  There are currently 59 chimpanzees living at […]

Covenants & Restrictions are Different Up Here in the Mountains!

Covenants & Restrictions are Different Up Here in the Mountains! I frequently have customers and clients that ask me to show them only “unrestricted land”.  When I ask them why they explain that they have lived in communities and neighborhoods that have very strict Covenants & Restrictions, and when they come up here to the […]