Helen, GA Real Estate News

By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Correct, sometimes buyers to our area don't buy!  That is when you wonder why.  I guess northeast Georgia is not for everyone, thank goodness, or we would lose our charm and our country feel!  But being a real estate agent, when they don't buy it is more difficult to remain objective.   Finding the perfect match for the buyer is not easy, but once found and the decision is made to purchase, what happens when it all falls apart?  Well for one thing, the fun of looking is done!  No more riding around looking at homes and arguing about which is best.  No more searching the internet for the new homes on the market.  No more "what ifs", it is now time to act.  Wait..maybe they did not want to act, maybe they just wanted the thrill of the hunt?  Yes, that does happen.  Many a buyer has been s...
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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
It's hard to believe that Memorial Day Weekend is already here. It's time for barbeques, get-togethers and the Indy 500. Traditionally, it also marks the beginning of the summer vacation season as well. But we should never forget the genuine significance of the occasion. Memorial Day is the day that we recognize the ultimate sacrifice made by those that fought to protect our way of life. Many did so in pain and agony, enduring suffering beyond imagination. And our remembrances should be more than perfunctory. Every privilege and entitlement that we enjoy as Americans has been purchased at a very high price by the brave men and women that fought and perished for it, and by the families that lost their loved ones forever in the struggle to preserve our freedom. Every locality in the natio...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
The American recovery and Reinvestment Act which was passed on Feb. 17, 2009 is available for homes purchased on January 1st, 2009 and before December 1st 2009....(KEEP that date in mind).  This tax credit does not have to be repaid.  The tax credit is equal to 10percent of the purchase price for our home, up to a maximum of $8,000. Now, if you purchased a home in 2009 before you knew about this, and have already filed your taxes, you can consider doing an amended return to collect on this.  Of course you have to be sure you are qualified.  And that includes your income if you are single and your combined incomes if you are married.  If you are single, your income can be no more than $75,000.  If you are married you can double that and have an incomes up to $150,000 for the full tax cre...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
First Time Homebuyer?  You may be. If you have not owned a home for the past 3 years, check it out, you will be surprised, you may be a first time homebuyer in the eyes of the government!  You just qualified for $8,000!  But you have to act before the end of 2009! Want more information?  I will be happy to help.  Northeast Georgia and Helen are wonderful places to start your search.  www.FlynnTaylor.com for all up to date information. 
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
About a week ago, I went up in a small plane and to my delight Northeast Georgia and Helen specifically are more beautiful from the air than I could ever imagine.  I was not aware how much our "foothills" connects to the mountain ranges. Helen is truly beautiful from the air.  It gave me a new appreciation for our area and I did realize how fortunate I am to be a part of this area.  It brought back memories of my first visit here and how everything just looked so wonderful.  I remember thinking how great it would be to live here year round!  Well I did come here to live year round.  And I came here to work year round in real estate.  there are still parts of the area I have not explored. Work takes over your life sometimes and you forget to appreciate all you have.  So I am here today t...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
If you are waiting for a good weekend to visit Helen, this is it!  No rain predicted until late Sunday, according to the weather wizards.  Beautiful days and nights cool enough for a fire outside and drinks with friends.  The moon shining over the Chattahoochee River is beautiful.  The skies are bright and clear with stars clearly visible, so nice to see darkness in the distance instead of city lights!!  Pack up the car, the dog and the family, come on up, the weather is fine!  See you soon?  Your Helen Ga connection is Flynn!
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
A beautiful day in the northeast Georgia Mountains!  I started off listening to GMA as I worked around, but the high and low point of my day will probably be grounded in that program. Thumbs UP!  This had to be GMA's interview with Susan Boyle from her Scotland home.  Of course they replayed her triumphant "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables which she sang on Brits Got Talent.  Wonderful is an understatement.  Then I read all the "comments" about her performance...many saying she could not sustain the quality of song...(I think she will do quite well, thank you, unless she decides to "rap")  Such sour grapes and negativity from the public..why?  You have to wonder don't you.  Can't the public just say something positive?  The answer is "NO".  It almost seems as though some people re...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Watching the snowflakes fall gently on the dogwood blossoms in northeast Georgia reminds me of all the things I love about Helen.  The chance of snow in April.  Knowing it will only be a few days and then it will be gone and the nicer spring like weather will return.  Never snowed in for days.  Just a few days of the delightful white stuff and then back to normal!  No snow tires.  Plenty of days in the 60s and 70s, nights in the 40s and 50s, just cool enough to light that fireplace, or gather around the fire pit and have drinks with the neighbors.  Yes, northeast Georgia and Helen are places you really want to consider for your home and lifestyle.  Is it for you?  It is for me!
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Free Government money.  Just buy a home.  True?  Not quite.  But stay tuned, you may qualify.  Do you need to be a first time home buyer?  Do you need to buy in a certain time frame?  Do you have to pay this money back?  Some think this is a great idea, some think it should be wider reaching.  Whatever you think, if you are in the market to buy a home you need answers.  If you are not ready to move, you will not be swayed by this offer of "free" money.  Homebuyers are not rushing in, but there is movement which suggests this will be a better than expected Spring for home sales.  Get your facts, decide if you are ready then call me.  I will bring you up to date with the latest and bests local loan programs and answers updated when you call.  After all, nothing is older than yesterdays ne...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
This is what I am hearing most now.  "I can't price my home at what YOU are suggesting".  Back up here, it is NOT what I am suggesting it is what the MARKET is suggesting".  Big difference.  Facts are not pleasant to see now, but necessary to be realistic. It is hard to turn down a listing, but it is harder to keep an unrealistic seller happy!  For the life of me I don't know why a Seller thinks THEIR house will sell for 30,000 more than the other houses on the street?  Who do the Sellers get upset with when the house does not sell?  The same agent who told them it would not sell at that price.    Yes it is hard to turn down a listing!  I did it today and it still makes me cringe! If Sellers only knew!  Being in real estate is rewarding, and challenging.  www.FlynnTaylor.com  for your r...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
So many times I get the phone call with the plea "I NEED to sell my house", and in this market many do indeed need to sell their home.  When I tell them that the way to sell their house/home is to reduce the price, they all suddenly become defensive. They have so many reasons NOT to reduce the price on their home.  So many say they will lose money if they sell at a lower price.  Are they not losing money by keeping the home?  If you can wait for a better market, then my advice is to wait.  If however, you do NEED to sell your home, a price reduction does not guarantee you will sell, but if you are BELOW the market price in your area, you will get people in to look.  Looking comes first, then an offer!  Flynn Learn more about the Northeast Georgia real estate market, visit my site and se...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Helen, Ga and the northeast portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains has weather which always surprises!  This year 2009 promises to be no different.  Heavy rains abound, and the Chattahoochee is rich with red clay and running quickly by, on its way to Lake Lanier and Atlanta.  The Chattahoochee does sometimes come up over the banks, but quickly lowers.  The river as it goes by makes one think that Lake Lanier will shortly be back up and beautiful.  Not so.  Lake Lanier is still sadly wanting for rain.  North of Gainesville, Ga we are fortunate to have beautiful undisturbed headwaters, our river homes still have beautiful shoals, white water and the wonderful sounds which make the Chattahoochee SING.  While most people love to live on the river, most rivers are silent and deep.  We are indee...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Is your house on the market?   Are you planning on making a move in the new few months?  Be sure and call your agent as soon as you have an offer on your house.  Why?  You can begin to look in earnest for that new property.  Many price reductions are seen at the end and beginning of the year.  Once you have an offer on your existing home, you have more leverage on negotiations for your new home, how? Contact me at www.FlynnTaylor.com or email me at Flynn@FlynnTaylor.com.   Let's talk.  Flynn
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Helen, Ga and surrounding areas are seasonable cold today, but for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?  Unseasonably warm.  Now if there is ever a time every one in Northeast Georgia and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains want snow it is now, the Season!  Yes White Christmases are to be desired everywhere.  We tend to think of Christmas and Christmas Eve as THE Season.  Really the season is in the heart.  In your heart as in mine you can always have a White Christmas.  Just close your eyes and place yourself there, feel the wonderful change of attitude?  You can actually open your eyes and keep that attitude, remember why we have this season?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if people could smile all year long, and wish you a Merry Christmas?   Think about it.  In our area people are very ...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Okay all your Helen Ga fans, the weather wizards are calling for SNOW tonight on all the area real estate!  We will see, but it does look likely, it is dreary and rainy today and COLD!  All it takes is the mention of snow from the Atlata weather wizards, and poof...we have tourists in Helen!  Let's hope it happens this time, since it is right after a holiday, we may not see so many people.  So if you want to see snow, keep your ears open and your eyes on this blog.  I will let you know when I hear of the first sprinkles of snow.  This year we have more cold weather earlier than before, I can tell because my heat has been on more now than in the fall months last year!  Now if you decide you are tired of the big city life, come on and invest in northeast georgia Blue Ridge Mountain foothi...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Now is the very best time to buy in the northeast Georgia area.  Helen, Ga and Lake Burton have some fantastic buys on the market right now.  Take advantage of the end of the year.  Everyone wants an offer and many are being written right now.  People are surprised at the great buys that are on the market!  Don't wait and get left behind on the house you wish you had bought!  Our lenders have fantastic terms and money is available in our market!   Want a house in Helen, Lake Burton, Batesville, GA?  Now is the time, the best deals are NOW! Call or email me for more information.  Let's talk soon about investments, second or retirement omes of your dream cabin in the mountains.  Flynn
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
A very Happy Thanksgiving to you from the Helen Ga. Real Estate Lady a/k/a Flynn Gentry-Taylor! What a beautiful day to be giving thanks for living in the most wonderful country in the world.  Where else can you have the freedoms we have and the blessings that are ours every day of the year?  I give thanks for the many in uniform who are protecting my freedom and blessings today.  I pray for their safety and pray for the comfort of their families who are worried about them today.  I give thanks for being able to assist people who need or want to move to our area.  I give thanks my family, and all the opportunities which we encouter on a daily basis.  Look up, look around and see what you have to be thankful for, I am sure you will be surprised at all you have. Once you decide to move, l...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Thinking about buying real estate in Helen Ga, or nearby?  You may want to purchase a home before 2009.  Why?  FHA rates are going up in January 2009 and limits are going down!  So it may cost you more if you wait.  Check with me and I will put you in touch with a lender in our area who will be able to guide you to making the best decision.  You will want to look at the available properties, so visit www.FlynnTaylor.com for updated listings in the Helen, Sautee, Cleveland, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Batesville, areas of northeast Georgia.  You will love living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!   Let's talk soon and get your started on your real estate investment!  706 865 5700 or email me at Flynn@FlynnTaylor.com Don't forget if you have a gently worn coat, I am collecting to g...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Want to move?  Retirement right around the corner?  Still looking for the right place to live?  Thinking Rural?  You want to consider our Habersham, White and Stephens Counties.  You should find the lifestyle you really want in one of these 3 counties.  We have everything from farm houses, new construction, lake living, riverfront cabins, waterfront residences and mountain views! All this and you can be about 50 miles from the Mall of Georgia to get your "shopping fix" or  80 miles from the High Museum.  Of course you have serveral neighborhood theaters for plays, and lots of great eating establishments, if you prefer to stay "rural". What else?  Rural lending is at its best.  YES, Virginia, we still have 100 % Financing available!  Some excellent terms.  For more information, contact m...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Don't miss the evenings in northeast Georgia this time of year.  The sun reflecting through the golden oak leaves into the house is something to behold.  It only lasts a few minutes and if you miss it, you missed it until next year.  Yes there will be a golden reflection tomorrow, but not quite the same, some of the leaves will have fallen to the ground and lie there in splendor, waiting to replenish the earth.  Driving in Helen, Cleveland, Batesville, Lake Burton, Clarkesville and Sautee-Nacoochee is an unforgettable experience.  The driveways, yards, and roads have literally hundreds of leaves blanketing the surfaces.  The winds clear the roads from time to time, but more leaves fall and the cycle begins anew.  Life's Golden moments, don't miss them.  Every day, every where, there is ...
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