Helen, GA Real Estate News

By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
If you did not make it to Helen Ga, or the foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in northeast Georgia, we missed you.  And you missed a beautiful showing of color.  What a difference a week makes, things are beginning to look a little shop worn here now.  The leaves are falling fast, but the brillant color has faded a bit!  Now it seems as though we are having a little colder weather than usual for this time of year, so who knows perhaps this year we will get snow!  Snow always brings in the Atlanta crowd, especially if the weather wizards predict it!  Now that prediction does not make it ture, but nobody wants to miss it, so everyone heads to Helen! All four seasons are beautiful here!  You can't choose a better place to live.  Why wait, start your home search here now.  You can opt fo...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
If you have been listening to the news, the lending institutions are gearing up to help the homeowner in distress so they will not have to foreclose on these properties.  This will change our market in all probability.  If you are a prospective purchaser and have been thinking about picking up a foreclosure or two, you might want to hurry!  It seems the lending institutions will have a change of heart here and start helping out the homeowners instead of taking back the homes.  This will certainly have an effect on short sales and foreclosures and consequently bank owned properties.  Now Foreclosures, short sales and reos have been a lucrative market for some in the past few years.  We have agents who specialize in these sales.  We have companys who charge big bucks to train agents to ge...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
This weekend was gorgeous.  Some of the Maples are still wonderul, and the Bradford Pears are just beginning to be glorious.  Riding over to look at a glorious home for sale on a beautiful creek, I coul dnot behlp but be thankful to be living here year round!  Fall comes every year, but with various degrees of beauty.  This fall has been about as good as it gets!  If you missed it this year, plan for coming up as soon as you can, we have lots of things in the works for the holidays.  You can enjoy each season here in the northeast Georgia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Winter is a great time to look for the "right" piece of land!  Spring brings forth blossoms from the Dogwoods and Summer is a shower of flowers and fruit for all.  Come live with us!  If you want a vacation home,...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Now is the time of year everyone thinks about changes of season and it is a great time to buy.  If you want to live in the Northeast Georgia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you have many choices of location.  Depending upon commute you can choose from Batesville, Lake Burton, Sautee-Nacoochee, Clarkesville, Cleveland, Dahlonega, and of course Helen.  There are some great buys right now in all these locations.  If you want a second or vacation home, there are many good buys out there right now!  People are ready to move on and so negotiations are possible now more than ever.  Some of the best buys are even furnished which is great if you just want to pick up and visit without having to furnish a home.  If you want to live on Lake Burton, now is definitely the time to purchase.  Ma...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Yes this is the "Last Call for Fall in Helen" and northeast Georgia.  From Batesville, Lake Burton, Sautee Nacoochee, Cleveland, Clarkesville, Helen to Dahlonega, you will see wonderful color from now through the weekend.  If we get rain (the weather wizards don't forecast it until Saturday) time will be cut shorter.  Right now the nice gentle greeze helps the leaves float through the air and gently settle on the ground.  This morning as i walked out just as the sun was peeking over the trees there was a stained glass effect, gorgeous hughes of red and gold looked back at me and the whole world seemed to be bathed in wonderous color.  There is no way you can look at that site and not be humbled.  Nothing is as splendid as nature.  Nature can create a masterpiece or a disaster.  Come on ...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Helen Georgia leaves are turning right on schedule.  It is beautiful today and tomorrow will be in the 70s.  It will be cooler this weekend, but nice to visit.  Last call for fall colors !  Just bring a jacket for evenings and a sweater for the days.  There are plenty of sites to see.  You can smell the clean fall air and in the evenings you smell smoke for near by fireplaces which tells you a nip is in the air.  Lots of people are building fire pits to sit by with neighbors, roast a marshmellow or two and drink some hot chocolate with the children.  You can use get to know your neighbors once you buy your vacation home to enjoy all year long in or near Helen.  Not sure what you want?  Visit www.FlynnTaylor.com and start your search.  Once you do this, you can email me from the site for...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Ok, you missed a beautiful week end in Northeast Georgia!  What a glorious day.  I actually transplanted a wild strawberry tree.  No, I don't have another name for it, it grows wild in this area, has little red berries in a strawberry shape.  The leaves are changing rapidly and I predict this week to be the peak, but I am not a weather wizard, so I may be wrong.  The maples are producing wonderful colors now.  The dogwoods are still wonderful to see, such a grand little tree, it treats us to so much, blossoms, berries and colorful foilage, with distinctive bark.  The last to turn color will be the Bradford Pear, and it is one of the first to produce blossoms in Spring. Don't miss our fall extravaganza!  Come on to Helen this week and for sure this weekend.  You too can live in this buco...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Well, is there Helen haunting?  yes and no.  Yes there will be many "haunts" to visit in Helen, but as far as I can see there are no real histories of haunted places in Helen.  You can do the research yourself, and if you find something please let me know.  I can only find the nearest "haunting" to have been in Cleveland, at the Friendship Nursing Home.  But you won't miss the fun in Helen, if you visit this weekend.  There is always plenty to do and it is still Oktober!  Friends are coming up from Florida this weekend to enjoy their second home/vacation cabin they purchased a year ago in November.  Believe it or not they missed all the beautiful fall colors and purchase a home on the Chattahoochee River on a cold, dreary, bleak day.  They have a small plane and are able to rly up from ...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
If you are coming to Helen for the weekend, you will enjoy color and good weather!  The trees are turning and there are riots of color to enjoy.  Reds, Yellows, Oranges, Golds mingle with the remaining green leaves for a great display.  Looking at the Blue Ridge Mountain ranges you will see sights worthy of autumn.  Bring your camera, light jacket and a container to take home some fall leaves to display with your pumpkins for Thanksgiving.  You will need a weekend to enjoy Helen, Batesville, Sautee, Lake Burton, Cleveland and Clarkesville.  If you are fortunate enough to own a motorcycle, this weekend will be great riding weather.  The air is clean and crisp befitting the season.  Days are wonderful and the evenings full of things to do in Helen! Now once you visit you will want to come...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
I do not intend this to become anything other than a reminder of our right to vote.  I personally have already voted, because I will be working at the polls on election day.  I get there at 6 am and leave who knows when and I am happy to do it.  (Yes there is a small check received for the 12plus hour day) But my point is to tell you what I see at the polls on election day.  I have seen one person who comes in a wheel chair and has not missed a vote in 3 years I have been working.  I see another who is legally blind who comes to vote, being brought by a family member.  I see one who is 97 years old who is still very bright and insists on coming to vote.  I see one who is of Native American origin and is so proud to present his Tribal Card as identification.  I see many who are veterans ...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Yes, the foilage is beautiful.  If you visit Helen, or surrounding areas of Batesville, Lake Burton, Clarkesville, Cleveland, Sautee-Nacoochee or Dahlonega, you will indeed see some beautiful colors.  Here in the Helen area, you have two more days of jacket weather  It is 10:30 am and the temp is still under 50 degrees, going up to only 57, if the weather wizards are to be believed!  The weekend will be somewhat warmer, but keep that jacket and hat in the car!   On the Chattahoochee river it is a little warmer and the trees turn a little more slowly than inland and on the highest peaks of Mt. Yonah, the photo ops are there!  I do believe this weekend and next week will be the perfect time to get some good picture of the changing season.  If you want to go on up to Batesville and Lake Bu...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Okay, you have an accepted contract on your home.  The inspections have all been resolved, the due diligence period has passed, you have prepared for your move.  You have a closing scheduled on your home at your new destination right after your closing here!  You have scheduled sitters, purchased crates for the dog and cat to travel with you, called the movers, packed up all your personal belongings, you have called the utility companies here and at your new location. You have scheduled the last day of school for your children.  You have asked your sister to come and help you out on moving week and yes, she has scheduled time off work to help out.  You have everything ready to go. You know your closing is scheduled for date certain, two days from now.  Suddenly you wonder?  What time?  ...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Sunday is beautiful, temps will be in low 70s here in Helen, but watch out for the rest of the week, if you come to Helen, bring your jackets!  We will be in low 40s and 30s on Mon, Tues, and Weds, IF the weather wizards know what they are talking about for our area!   What does this mean besides bring your jackets?  It means you can enjoy the fireplace in the cabin you have rented for the weekend, curl up in a thick throw, read a book or just watch the leaves fall from inside!  When you are forced out for food :-} you can enjoy any of the many wonderful dining experiences Helen has to offer.  Or head on over to Clarkesville which is a change of pace.  Don't forget the Batesville area, and you can still go on up to Lake Burton if you like the Lake area.  Helen is not only a destination,...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Saturday was beautiful, the rain left early in the morning and bright skies where only dimmed by the number of leaves falling to the ground.  What a beautiful time of year in these foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The maples are just beginning to change their colors from green to yellow, orange, gold and red.  I think most of the acorns have fallen, at least I am not hearing the bullet-like sounds all during the day and night.  And yes, my decks and driveway are covered in those acorns.  Bailey, my little lion dog has brought in a hundred of them, I think.  He loves to crack them open.  A squirrel has nothing on Bailey!  He does not eat them, but he does crack them open and leave them on the floor.  Now try to sweep off the deck and it is a game for Bailey, called kill the broom....
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
To all the "leaf lookers" today and tonight have been rainy.  But the weather wizards say that tomorrow will be beautiful in the Northeast Georgia Mountains and Swiss Alpine Helen!  Pack up the car and come on over to visit.  The leaves are changing and falling.  Hopefully the next two weekends will be great for the viewing and photographing the colors of fall.  We have so very many points of interest in the area, you will definitely have a difficult time choosing, if you are only coming for one day!  Gas prices have fallen and we have no gas shortage in the area now.   Don't miss the fall foilage and don't miss the wonderful german foods available in Helen.  You will also find many wonderful mom and pop eating establishments along the way.  Don't miss Yonah Burger on Hwy 75 just outsid...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Now.  Now is a good time to buy real estate in northeast Georgia.  Why?  Because you don't have as much competition for the home you like and want to purchase.  Because everyone else is shying away from making a decision until after the election.  Because people who have to relocate are willing to take less if you have a good offer.  What is a good offer?  One that does not have strings attached.  One that comes with a letter from the buyers' lender stating the buyers have their loan in place and are ready to close.  One that comes WITHOUT a house to sell before the buyer can purchase.   Then a Seller is more excited about an offer to purchase and don't feel as threatened.  A Seller feels threatened when they are not sure their house will close, because the Buyers house may not close.  ...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
A good question!  A better one is "What can MY Real Estate Agent Do for Me?"   With things as they are today and so many places on line to look, so many things available to "look" at the property through Google, Google Earth, Mapquest, you name it, you may be tempted to drive by and look at everything and then contact an agent.  Well, that is okay, but not the best use of your time.  I am a full time real estate agent.  No, I have not seen every property out there, but I have seen many of them.  But if you are my Buyer Client, I save you much time and time is money!  I have a good working relationship after 18 years, with the local agents.  I can call them and ask questions and I can usually know from their answers how to proceed.  Sometimes when I call, the listing agent will tell me t...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Heard all the hype about how difficult it is to get a home loan now?  Well, here in the Helen GA area, we still have some great terms available for you when you purchase your home, or even second home. You can actually still get a loan for a SECOND home with as little as 5 per cent down!  Yes, you can, I checked today and it is true!  We have some excellent prices on little get away cabins as well as year round homes, to see the values, visit http://flynntaylor.com anytime!  If you want persoanl assistance call me at 706 865 5700.  For additional information on home loans in our area, contact me and I will put you in touch with a local lender who will be happy to tell you all about our great terms if you purchase now!  You can email me also.  Flynn@FlynnTaylor.com  Don't forget to visit...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
Make sure you are ready to take a trip to northeast Georgia this weekend!  Helen, Ga will be a mass of beautiful fall color!  Bring your camera and click away.  Bring your appetite and visit one of our many local restaurants, try something new!  Stop in Cleveland and visit The Cabbage Patch.  You can pick up an early Christmas gift for the younger members of your family.  Take time to browse the Square in Cleveland, then head on toward Helen.  You will find many interesting places to stop, shop or just look!  Everything from carved bears to antique stores and more.  Just try looking on one side of the road when you come in to Helen, then on your way out, visit the stores on the other side of the road.  It is well worth the visit. Also see more on Helen at my blog on www.HelenGeorgiaReal...
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By Flynn Gentry Taylor, Helen, GA Real Estate
(No. Georgia Mountain Realty)
How is the color?  Getting there is the answer!  My oaks are turning slowly, the acorns pelt the roof and deck with shotgun like retorts!  Never have I seen so many acorns fall.  The actually hurt if they happen to hit your head.  My car had to be parked in a clear area!  THe pets are becoming accustomed to the acorns raining down, but at first actually ran from the noise.  The dogwoods berries are red and beautiful.   Leaves cover the drive now, and it is beautiful.  Now is not the favorite time of year for the gardner who likes a spotless yard.  However for people like me who live in the middle of the wood and love it, it is wonderful.  I enjoy wading through those same leaves that I will have to sweep off the decks soon.  Today promises rain however, which will change things.  (After...
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