Blairsville Georgia Real Estate reVIEWS Category
It was only a few short weeks ago that I was asked “Do you ever see any Bears?” My answer was simple, “…..not very often.” Boy was I wrong. I have seen more Bear in the North Georgia Mountains this year than I have seen in a lifetime almost.
Just last week I was on my way to a Home Retention Counceling meeting with a client near Helton Creek Falls just past Vogel State Park outside of Blairsville, GA. I had decided to take a short cut through Owl Town and stopped in to preview this listing in Chestnut Mountain and met a new friend right there in the front yard. The neighbor’s were outside next door and didn’t even know the bear was next door being nosey!
A few weeks before that I was showing property with a client and we were looking at this cabin in Big Sky near the Cohutta Wilderness . As we were drving up the mountain we saw a Black Bear take off through the woods that was sitting along the side of the road.
I also had a client that was meeting with Jim the Plumber at his new cabin in Hiawassee, GA . near Lake Chatuge just a couple of weeks ago. As they were discussing the final details of the job just outside the cabin on the drive-way, Jim asked the new owner to turn around slowly to see the Black Bear Cub that was walking down toward them out of the woods. He turned to see that there was not one, but two Bear Cubs. Now you know mama wasn’t too far away!
I came across a great article this morning titled Following In The Footsteps of Bears. Be sure to read it, it has some great tips should you see a Black Bear in the North Georgia Mountains . Please let us know if you have spotted any Black Bear during your visit or stay in the area. I would love to hear about them.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the Real Estate that you have seen in this article, or any other North Georgia Mountain property, please contact me. I would be grateful for the opportunity to answer any question or obtain any additional information that you may need. If you haven’t visited us here in the mountains, please come see us soon….you will absolutely love it!
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Harbin Woods Subdivision is a rustic, gated development located in Union County, Georgia . It features 65-70 home sites with paved roads, underground utilities and gentle lots. Harbin Woods offers close and long-range mountain views. Also located on the property is a 1 +/- acre pond, of which all lots have access to.
Harbin Woods is conveniently located within a two hour drive from Atlanta, GA Chattanooga, TN and Asheville, NC. It is within driving distance to Lake Nottely , a beautiful 4,180 acre TVA lake; and the towns of Blue Ridge Georgia , Murphy North Carolina, and Blairsville, Georgia. Please visit our Location page for more detailed directions.
Harbin Woods subdivision offers lots ranging between .91 acres to 2.19 acres and will vary in price from $19K to $76K. Please view our Plat/Lot Info page for a layout of the subdivision and the lot prices.
If you’re looking for a private, quiet subdivision with mountain views, Harbin Woods is just the place for you!
At the present time, the Owners and Developers of Harbin Woods are offering for a limited time, Owner Financing on all remaining lots within the development. This is a huge incentive if the prices weren’t enough.
If you would like an additional information on any of the listings that you have seen in this post, please feel free to call me at 706.994.8686, or you Contact Me.
The North Georgia Real Estate Market continues to improve. For the third straight month, we continue to see improvements in Union County. This Residential Market Report will show you that the number of Homes For Sale in Blairsville, GA. continues to slowly come down. This is good news for all the builder’s in Union County. As Realtors continue to reduce our inventory, New Home Construction can then begin to resume at a little bit faster pace.
Although the number of Homes Sold in Blairsville Georgia is going to show a decline of 41% from May of 2008, we have seen a slow but positive increase in the number of Sales during the past several months. Take a look at the number of Homes Under Contract and you will see that we have experienced a matching 41% increase in Pending Home Sales. Our Median Sales Price continues to move downward due mostly in part to the number of Foreclosures that we have been experiencing much like may other States.
Union Counties Residential Month Supply of Inventory has declined 31% from where we were in May of 2008. Our Average Days on Market is slowly increasing to 15o Days which is a 15% increase.
Should you have any questions or concerns about this or any other North Georgia Mountain Real Estate Market Report, I welcome your call at 706.994.8686, or you may email me at [email protected]
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I apologize that I haven’t posted the 3rd Reason to Retire in The North Georgia Mountains for some time now. We have been experiencing a sudden flurry of activity lately that has lead to many contracts here at Blairsville Realty, and of course more importantly to ME! Is it possible that the Obama Plan is actually starting to have an affect on the Housing Crisis? ……Well I can say that the phones have definitely started to ring again and it is nice to see that “I Have Mail” in my inbox almost everyday!
Reason 3 To Retire in the North Georgia Mountains
Cost of Living
Property Taxes in Union County are currently the 3rd lowest in Georgia. Other taxes include Georgia State Income Tax, and Local Sales Tax which is 7%.
The state income tax rates range from 1%-6% of taxable income. Income and deductions generally follow Federal regulations. The current local sales tax is again currently at 7%. This consists of the 4% state sales tax and 3% Union County sales tax which includes a special purpose local option sales tax or better known as SPLOST. Ad Valor em Tax or Property Tax is one of the primary sources of revenue for Union County. It is used to fund Police and Fire Services, Education, Roads, Bridges, Water, Parks, and other various county services. The basis for Property Tax is the Fair Market Value of the Property established on January 1st of each year. The tax is levied on the assessment value, which by law is established at 40% of Market Value. The amount of Property Tax is determined by the Mill Rate. One Mill of Tax is equal to $1 per $1,000 of the assessed value. Union County’s Mill Rate is 14.30.
Tax Exemptions are available for residents that are 62–65 years or older depending on their qualifications. There is also a standard elderly school tax homestead exemption, and for age 65 and older an exemption from State Ad Valor em Tax for qualified seniors. Other exemptions exist for Property Tax Deferrals, floating or varying Homestead Exemption and Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption.
There is a lot to be said about having the 3rd lowest taxes in the entire state. With the economy in a state of uncertainty and especially the Real Estate Market, folks purchasing a Retirement Home or possible Vacation Home are most likely looking at their finances much more closely. One of the most frequently asked questions from my customers and clients that are looking to Buy a Home For Sale in Blairsville, or a Cabin For Sale In Blue Ridge is “What are the Property Taxes here?” It is comforting for them to know that they are typically much lower from where they are currently residing Full Time.
If you are considering retiring in the North Georgia Mountains, or possibly searching for a nice get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of the “Big City,” please give me a call at , or simply send me an email at [email protected]. I would be grateful for the opportunity to assist you with your every need here in these Beautiful Mountains. I look forward to hearing from you real soon.
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The number of homes under contract to sell is rising, another signal that the housing market may be regaining its footing.
As reported by an industry trade group, the Pending Home Sales Index gained 2 percent in February. The report measures MLS-listed homes in “pending” status — sold but not yet closed.
Pending Home Sales is not a perfect statistic, though, by any means.
For one, the Pending Home Sales Index doesn’t account for non-MLS listed homes including For Sale By Owner properties and mass Foreclosure auctions. In certain markets nationwide, these two categories represent a large percentage of the overall transaction volume.
Secondly, Pending Home Sales samples just 20 percent of all MLS-based transactions — hardly a complete listing.
But most importantly, a “pending” home sale is not the same as a closed home sale. A lot of things can go wrong between the time a home goes under contract and the supposed closing date. For example, the home inspection could fail, the contract could fall apart, and/or the buyer’s financing could be denied in underwriting.
All things equal, though, Pending Home Sales is a fair forward-looking indicator for the housing market as a measurement of buy-side demand for homes.
When Pending Home Sales rise, it’s tells us that buyers and sellers are matching up, clearing out market inventory. And actual home sales often follow “pending” ones — 80 percent of Pending Home Sales will close within 60 days.
In the North Georgia Mountain Real Estate Market we have seen a steady increase in Homes For Sale going Under Contract. Take for instance Union County, which is the Blairsville Real Estate Market. In January there were 20 Homes Under Contract, in February 35, and in March there were 40 Homes Under Contract. That is a 100% increase over the 3 month period.
In Fannin County, which is the Blue Ridge Real Estate Market, in January there were 13 Homes Under Contract, February 15, and in March there were 36 Homes Pending or Under Contract! That is an amazing 177% increase.
Now I know we are still looking at much lower numbers than what we were seeing before this housing crisis hit, but it is a positive current outlook. We continue to see positive signs that North Georgia Real Estate and Home Sales are improving. I am not so sure if we are seeing the Bottom, that will take some more time to determine, but I will have a very optimistic look on the months ahead. Typically in years past we experience an increase in North Georgia Home Sales due to the change of Season and the new life that comes with Spring here in the North Georgia Mountains.
If you are looking to Buy or Sell here in the North Georgia Mountains and you are not currently working with a Realtor, I would really appreciate the opportunity to work with you in your search or the sale of your North Georgia Mountain Home or Cabin. My name is Chad Lariscy, Contact Me or call me at 706.633.8186 to set up an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.
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