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Who Is Buying Homes in the USA?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Bent Tree Real Estate

Just one of the exciting opportunities available now in Bent Tree

The National Association of Realtors has released its 2011 Profile of Buyers and Sellers and the statistics begin to paint a picture of just who is still in the market.   NAR researchers report the following Characteristics of Home Buyers

  • Thirty-seven percent of recent home buyers were first time buyers, a drop from 50 percent in 2010.
  • The typical buyer was 45-years-old, a jump from 39-years-old in 2010.
  • The 2010 median household income of buyers was $80,900.
  •  The median income was $62,400 among first-time buyers and $96,600 among repeat buyers.
  •  Sixty-four percent of recent home buyers were married couples—the highest share since 2001.
  •  Eighteen percent of recent home buyers were single females—the lowest share since 2004.
  •  For 27 percent of recent home buyers, the primary reason for the recent home purchase was a desire to own a home

We’ll post more results over the next few weeks.

See ya ’round the mountains,


Bent Tree Golf Notes

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Bent Tree Golf Course

Bent Tree’s Stunning # 7

This update provided by the Bent Tree Pro Shop.

“Hello Golfer Friends,

July has been a very active month on the course!

Youth Week started the month off with a bang and we were happy to see all those smiling faces on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. That said; we would like to say thank you to our volunteers for youth week. George Preisinger, Jim Gunter, Joe Quinzi, Robby Cole, Tim Stephens, Dean Ferris, Bill Brush, Ben Ferris,Joe Purdy, Henry Hall for helping on the driving range and putting green. Thank you for making this event a success for our kids!

Even with a rainy start our couples July Tournament was a success. We started out with a rain delay and had dry weather for a full 18 holes. Someone up there likes us! The clouds started to gather and the rain came down soon after we finished. (Thank you Linda Leopard for being so thoughtful.) For those of you that thought the golf fairy took care of your clubs and carts that day it was Linda. While everyone was inside Linda took it upon herself to cover the golf clubs before it rained.

Here are the results for the Couples Tournament

1st Place Gross – Denny Williams & Judy Crain/Thurman & Carol Slone

1st Net – Bob & Kimberley Holfels/David & Maureen Cohn

2nd Gross -Bo & Kelly Anthony/John Menzies & Sandra Potts

2nd Net – Bill & Lyn Fickes/Kerry & Sharon Hirschy

3rd Gross – Tim & Edie Stephens/Jim & June Carlsen

3rd Net – Stan Taraskewich & Carol Carlsen/ Dino & Sheryl Colston

***Thank you all for your participation we hope you enjoyed the Step Aside Format.**


Don’t forget we have the couples Friday Night Scramble beginning at 5:00 and would love to see you there. For those that may not know this is a 9 hole scramble and all you do is call us at 770-893-2626 or come by the Pro Shop to sign up. Hope to see you all Friday.

Let’s not forget the Men’s Thursday Scramble – the scramble begins at 5:00 so give us a call or come by to sign up!

Bent Tree hosted the Atlanta Juniors on Wednesday the 18th. Once again our golf members stepped up to help; thank you to Mel Halfon, Kathy Santia, Doug McClellan,Bill Wickham, Vicki Wickham, Tim Stephens, Malan Blanchard and Jim Cox for giving the junior players a lift from 4-5 and 9-10.

MGA had their Red White and Blue Tournament on Saturday the 21st – even with the 2 rain delays and soggy conditions they played all 18 holes. Great going guys!

1st Place – Ray Frame/Phil Stohr/Walter White/Doug McClellan

2nd Place – Ron Flowers/Dino Colston/Bill Duncan/George Rotkvich

3rd Place – Mab Francis/Peter Hiro/Thurman Slone/Bob Jorns

4th Place – Robert Kitsell/Mitchel Henson/Tom Hammerberg/Dave Ward

5th Place – Rob Johnson/Bill Haldeman/Bob Potts/Richard Leopard


The Mayor’s Tournament will be held Wednesday July 25th and we will have an 8:30 AM Shotgun for those members that would like to play before the Tournament. Just call or come by for your tee times.


CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP IS AUGUST 3-4  Be there or be square!

Entry fee is $45.00 with Super Senior Division, Senior Division, Men’s Regular Division and the Champion Division (Blue Tees). No Phone entries please; you must declare your division when you register. DEADLINE is July 29th!

Just wanted to tell you once more how much you are all appreciated! Bent Tree is a very special place, a community made up of people that care and want to make their community a success.”

Let me second that last remark and tell you that I will

See ya ’round the mountains,





Don’t Miss “Just Plein Air”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Three local artists are opening a fine arts exhibition at the Sharptop Arts Association in August.  I have not seen the works in this exhibition yet, but I know Carol Massey’s work and it would be worth the trip  just to see Carol’s work!  If you haven’t ever visited the Sharptop Arts Association, you need to make time and go.  It is a great little place and a real asset to our community.

Fine Arts Show at the Sharptop Arts Association

3 Local Artists in Fine Arts Exhibit at the Sharptop Arts Association

Carol is one of my clients and she has been a great asset to our community and particularly to the Arts in Jasper and North Georgia.   I assisted Carol and her husband Guerry in purchasing their beautiful home on Lake Tamarack.

See ya ’round the mountains, – or maybe at the show.


“Gypsy” Burlesque Line Steals the Show!

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
World's Best Burlesque Line

Laugh til it hurts. Then Laugh some more!

Just go ahead and add this to your bucket list.  You need to see the Burlesque line at the Tater Patch Players presentation of “Gypsy.”  Tickets are still available for the Sunday Matinee and next Friday and Saturday night.  It is a good show and well acted – but I am afraid the 3 “ladies” above pulled the rug out from under the rest of them.  Go have some fun!

See ya ’round the mountains,



“Gypsy” Opens in Jasper

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Tater Patch Players Open “Gypsy” on the 13th. Expect a Great Run for A Great Show. Visit the Tater Patch Website:

Or view their Newsletter. Here is is the link to the Newsletter:

Here is our Ad for the Back Cover.

Torrey Mountain Properties Cover Ad for Gypsy

Our Ad on the Back Cover of the “Gypsy” Program

See ya ’round the mountains,