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Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We have been telling folks for months that activity in the local market was trying to recover. 2011 was actually one of my better years in total sales volume – admittedly, I reached that level with many smaller sales as opposed to fewer small ones. I am pleased to report that 2012 is continuing on the same kind of pace and home values are actually beginning to recover a little. Late last month the National Association of Realtors released the results of its survey of Investment and Vacation Home Buyers and they confirm a national trend to support what we are seeing locally.

The sale of vacation homes grew a respectable 7% in 2011, the growth in investment homes surged an amazing 64.5% I will have local sales information from 2011 posted in a few days. If you would like to read the entire article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) you can do so at this link: NAR Reports Investment and Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2011

See ya ’round the mountains,

Small Businesses Expecting a Better Year

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Atlanta Journal & Constitution is reporting today that Atlanta Small Business Owners are optimistic about the next 6 months. That is great news for our area as positive business growth in Atlanta will affect our local area. More jobs and more disposable income in the northern suburbs of Atlanta will translate into more traffic into our North Georgia communities affecting service and retail businesses now . Eventually, it will result in a strengthening of the vacation and 2nd home market, which drove a lot of growth here in the two decades prior to 2006. Here is a link to the article on the AJC Website: Atlanta Small Business Owners Optimistic

See ya ’round the mountains,

The Perfect Mortgage Loan ?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

In the press today, we frequently see reports of how hard it is to get a mortgage for a home loan and a great deal of the “blame” for the lack of a better housing recovery is laid at at the feet of the mortgage industry. When I tell folks that in the last 6 years I have not lost a single sale because a qualified buyer couldn’t get a loan they look at me like I have a 3rd eye or my nose just grew 3 inches. Now I am not saying there haven’t been challenges and I am not saying that I haven’t been so mad I could bite nails when a closing was delayed because the mortgage company asked for “new” documentation at the last minute; but, they did all close – eventually.

Below is a link to a great article published by Forbes. (The article was sent to me by my good friend John Palmer at Liberty Home Mortgage. Thanks John.) The premise of the article- and it makes great sense in retrospect – is that mortgage originators are no longer looking for the perfect mortgage or the perfect mortgage customer. The mortgage originator is looking for the perfect mortgage FILE. It makes great sense and it might save all of us a lot of grief if we took this little article to heart.

Take a few minutes and read it through and pass it on to anyone that might be considering buying a home. It is a quick read & a good one.

The Perfect Loan File

See you ’round the Mountains,


The Rotary Club of Jasper Breaks Ground on New Rotary Youth Park

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Rotary Youth Park

Rotary Club of Jasper Breaks Ground on a new Rotary Youth Park

The Rotary Club of Jasper has launched a project to bring a new youth park to Pickens County. The new Rotary Youth Park is located across from the Pickens County Middle School in the Roper Park complex. With all the competitive playing fields, the new County Recreation Center and future Boys & Girls Club facility, the location will be a perfect spot for parents and children of all ages to take a break from all the more structured activities. The plans for the park are complete and there are lots of opportunities for individuals or organization to add Legacy features to the park as it matures and grows.

If you are interested in joining a great local organization with international reach come visit the Rotary Club of Jasper. We meet every Wednesday at Noon on the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College. Just tell them you are Don’s Guest.

The link below has a great story, photos and videos provided by Know

Rotary Club of Jasper Youth Park

What a great little corner of God’s earth we have to live in!

See you ’round the mountains,

Hans Rueffert in Huff Post Article

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Greetings from Beautiful Bent Tree,

I just received this article and video on Hans Rueffert on the Huff Post from my little sister way up in New Jersey. It looks like it was posted in October, but I haven’t seen it before, so I am posting so anyone else that missed it can have a look. (Thanks Marilyn!)

Huff Post Food Article and Video

Have a Happy New Year and a Blessed 2012,

See you ’round the mountains,