Grand Recommendations

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

My trip to Spain has been very informative. Interesting facts: There are 350 million olive trees in Spain. 120,000 trees are harvested every day.  Spain produces 60% of the world’s olive oil.  Olive trees can live up to 4000 years; their roots are up to 30′ deep. The Prado family in Baena Spain have been producing Olive Oil since 1795. They are pioneers in organic olive production. They have over 100,000 olive trees on one farm and 60,000 on another. The extra virgin olive oil is extracted with the use of hydraulic presses. They are washed, transported, then crushed with three long-serving conical stones. After pressing, the oils are separated from the vegetable water by natural decantation and gravity.  As the oil comes to the service, it flows over to the bowls until it is completely clear.  The style is sweet and fruity with lemon and floral flavors. It may also have a peppery punch.  So what are household uses for this earthly treasure? Click on the underlined phrase to access the link!

 

Brick Arch House

Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the near future?  Here are some interesting statistics from the National Association of Realtors.

The Median price in March of 2014 was $198,500, up 7.9 % from March of 2013.  The median price for the South was $173,000, up 6.7% one year ago.  Distressed sales contributed to 14% of the March sales, down from 21% a year ago. It is predicted that these types of sales will fall to single digits by the end of the year.

Housing inventory rose to 4.7% which is a 5.2 month supply. The median time on market was 55 days, down from 62 days in February.  37% of the homes sold in March were on the market for less than a month.

First-time buyers represented 30% of purchasers in March.  Less stringent underwriting has been helpful for first-time buyers but NAR still sees it as a headwind for some.

This is overall encouraging news for the real estate industry.  Buyers should be aggressive in purchasing now before prices increase dramatically.  And this news should be encouraging news for sellers who have waited to put their homes on the market.  Now just might be the time.

An experienced Realtor who can see the big picture is crucial in helping you with your real estate goals.

Article information is taken from NAR- Voice for Real Estate

By Carol Kamm, GRI, ABR, CRS

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Broker-Realtor

Grandview Realty– 423-790-4547

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By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

The cozy stone fireplace on this home makes you want to curl up, relax and stay a while.  Enjoy the view from the balcony overlooking 5 acres of the Cherokee National Forest.  Polk County Tennessee Real Estate offers some of the most pristine homes  in the country at very affordable prices.  White water rafting on the Ocoee or Hiwassee Rivers as well as fishing at Parksville Lake are only a few of the many places one can enjoy and spend time.front-upper towee resizedUpper Towee balcony resized

 

 

A Graying Housing Market

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

 

 

According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), homebuyers over age 55 are expected to continue to grow in 2014.  NAHB projects that the share of U. S. homes owned by people over age 55 will increase from 43.3 % to 46.6% in 2020.

“The 55-and over population….will steadily rise over the next several years, and the need for housing to accommodate that group will also rise,” says Paul Emrath, NAHB’s VP of survey and housing policy research.

Other research shows that the 55 and older buyers prefer to downsize to a one level home. However, they will not compromise on upgrades and neighborhood amenities.  We are currently seeing this trend in the homebuilding industry.

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

For those new to the Cleveland, Tennessee area, a real treat will be to visit the Bald Headed Bistro.  I was given a gift card from one of my sellers to this wonderful restaurant, so my husband and I took full advantage of it last night. We were pleased that BHB has developed a brand new menu within the past few days.  They now are getting all of their beef from Creekstone Farms in Kentucky.  The beef is guaranteed to be all natural, no antibiotics and hormone free.  Even more valuable is the Kobe Beef; these cows are massaged and given the best of care. The Bald Headed Bistro is planning to expand their menu in the near future by purchasing fresh produce from local markets and to begin growing their own herbs.  Currently, they use fresh ramps and mushroom for their Halibut dish.Steaks include Filet Mignon, NY Strip, Prime Cowboy Ribeye, Maine Lobster Tail, Prime Bone-in Filet and North American Elk Tenderloin. From the Fired Oven:  Spinach and Artichoke Souffle, Truffled Crab Meat Macaroni and Cheese, Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms, New Orleans Baked Oyster Trio.Reasonable sides and scrumptious Desserts are reasonably priced and complement the meal nicely. The wait staff is knowledgeable and professional, and give an outstanding presentation when serving the meal.  Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

Front - Old FederalFeatured Listing: 2214 Old Federal Road, Ocoee, Tennessee

A comfortable cabin off the beaten path, yet convenient to grocery store, local churches, and fabulous restaurants. Knotty pine wood floors and interior walls.  Wrap around porch.  Very private and comfortable.

2 Bedrooms plus loft on over 1/2 acre.  $109,900

Call me for additional photos or for a showing appointment.

 

By Carol Kamm, GRI, CRS, ABR

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Grandview Realty – 423-790-4547

Polk County, Tennessee – Featured Places

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Polk County not only has beauty and adventure, it boasts some of the finest restaurants around! Perfect place to go after white water rafting or hiking.  Here are some highlights in Polk County, Tennessee

The Ocoee Dam Deli – 1223 US Hwy 64, Ocoee, TN- 423-338-8184

The food at the Ocoee Dam Deli is consistently good, and it shows by the numbers of people who make the trip from as far away as Atlanta. The wait staff is respectful, friendly, and efficient.  The menu offers a wide variety of foods, including their homemade potato chips,  their “Dam omelets, Dam wraps, and Dam burgers.” Most everything is named after a famous Dam in the US.  The menu offers a “Blue Plate” special for every day of the week. For dessert, their specialty is a warm peanut butter and chocolate brownie served or warm Blackberry Cobbler served with ice cream..  My husband and I enjoy the live Bluegrass Entertainment on Saturday evenings. It’s best to go early though as sometimes there could be a long wait. I love it especially after a day of kayaking the Hiwassee or Ocoee River.

Dam Deli resizedThe Whitewater Grill – 1224 US 64, Ocoee, TN -423-299-0046

The Whitewater Grill is a big pleasant surprise. You wouldn’t know it by the outside (used to be an old gas station), but the food is fresh and delicious. My husband’s favorite is their homemade french fries.  They are perfectly crispy on the outside.  My personal favorite is the Shepherd’s Pie, one of their specialties on Saturday nights.  The Taco Salad seems to be a favorite for many, but actually there are too many favorites to choose just one.  The wait staff are super friendly and work hard at building their business.

 

 

 

 

 


By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

McCamy Lake

Many live near Polk County and have no idea of some of the hidden gems.

McCamy Lake Beach.  3170 Hwy 61, Benton – 423-338-3300. A seven-acre lake on top of scenic Chilhowee Mountain.  The swim area has a white sand beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, outdoor grills, and an easy hiking trail around the lake.  No motor boats are allowed.  This is a perfect day trip and just as much fun as a trip to the ocean. Children can bring their buckets, shovels and rafting floats.  Pack a picnic lunch or grill your supper.  It’s free entertainment except for a $3.00 parking fee, (unless you have an annual parking pass from the US Forestry Service).

 

The Mennonite Farm, Delano, Tennessee.  This is a refreshing step back in time.  A large selection of fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, rugs, furniture, and crafts.  It’s a wonderful place to observe how work is done without the use of electricity or gas-powered plows.  The landscape with green fields and beautiful horses is quite relaxing and picturesque.  The people are extremely friendly.  Please note they appreciate their customers to respect them by coming in modest clothing.

 

Retirement Realignment – Southeast Tennessee

By Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

Interesting comments made in Edge Magazine regarding “Retirement Realignment”.

Every day, 100,000 Baby Boomers reach age 65.  Ramay Winchester, who heads Retire Tennessee, wants more of those to move to Tennessee.

“East Tennessee has the natural. four season beauty of the mountains and rivers with far lower taxes and cost-of-living than in most communities,” she says.

Believe it or not, seniors often change states when they retire.  While the recession has slowed some moving plans down in the past for Seniors, median home prices are up nearly a third for their recession lows and stock values double the 2009 trough.  Now Seniors are on the move again.

….East Tennessee is an attractive area for seniors interested in saving money and paying less in taxes.  “A couple moving from Chicago to Chattanooga for example, would pay, on average, 9 percent less for food, 20 percent less for gas and transportation, 11 percent less for utilities, and a whopping 33 percent less for housing according to cost-living data prepared by the Council of Community and Economic Research. But the biggest differences often come in taxes.  Tennessee has no income tax on wages and property taxes in many communities are only half what they are in many cities.”

Not only are taxes and cost-of-living a huge advantage but Chattanooga also has tremendous cultural, recreational, and volunteer activities for seniors and anyone moving to our city, says Linda Bennett, a former City Council member who heads Choose Chattanooga.  Tennessee offers certification programs to designate some communities as having the best natural and man-made amenities to serve retirees”.

Age 65 and older will rise from 13 percent today to 18 percent in 2030 as Boomers retire and live longer, according to the Pew Research Center.

Tennessee River in Chattanooga Tennessee

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I think anyone thinking of retiring should take a look at some of the Southeast Tennessee cities:  Chattanooga, Cleveland, Ocoee, Athens.  It will be a nice surprise.

 

sandhill cranesBy Carol Kamm at Grandview Realty

Real Estate Services in Bradley, Polk, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe Counties.

 

Wondering what there is to do in the dreary months of winter?

The Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival, at the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, is well worth the trip! January 19-20, 2014 from 8-5 pm each day.  The Hiwassee Refuge sits on almost 6,000 acres and is the ideal habitat for thousands of birds.  The event is sponsored by, the TN Wildlife Resource Agency, Olin-Chlor Alkali Products, TN Ornithological Society, and Birchwood Area Society Improvement Council.

So how did the Sandhill Cranes find this area?  Early in the 1990’s the Sandhill Cranes began stopping at this refuge on their way to winter in Georgia and Florida.  Some 12,000 birds will spend the entire winter here at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers.  Other birds that can be seen include the Endangered Whooping Cranes, Bald and Golden Eagles, and other native wildlife species.  Occasionally other crane species can be found from Asia and other parts of the world.

Fun activities during the event include Children’s Arts and Crafts booth at the Birchwood Community Center, Music by Nashville’s Don King and Friends, Bluegrass Music by Tom Morgan, Lynne Haas, and folk songs by Ron Branham.  The American Eagles Foundation will feature a Raptors Show.  Chris Simpson of TWRA Region biodiversity Coordinator will host a program on bats and Scott Somershoe, state Ornithologist, will give an update on the Golden Eagle population status on Saturday.

The nearby area is full of Cherokee Indian History and the nearby Cherokee Removal Memorial will host Native American performances and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

My husband and I enjoyed this wonderful festival a few years ago and were fascinated with the Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. Their 6 foot wing span is incredible to watch.  Visitors come from all over the US and the world, and we have it right at our back door.

For more information go to www.ncranefestival.org

 

 

 

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