Holmes Family at the Big Canoe Terraces Tonight

HOLMES FAMILY TRIO comes to Twilight at the Big Canoe Chapel Terraces Saturday July 16, at 7:30

 This popular local, family trio will perform at the Big Canoe Terraces tonight.  The talented siblings, well-known entertainers in North Georgia, will feature selections from Broadway to gospel.

Many Big Canoe homeowners know Alison Holmes Adams gorgeous voice from Big Canoe Chapel events as well as Reinhardt University, the Atlantic Music Club and Cherokee Community Chorale.

Housing Shortage Forecast!!!

Harvard Report Says Housing Shortage Is Coming

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies in its latest annual “State of the Nation’s Housing” report says that within the next decade, 16 million new housing units will be needed to meet population growth and shifting demands

Household growth, which has dropped drastically in recent years, will be the key component in a housing shortage.  From 2007-2010, household growth decreased to about 500,000 per year which was less than half the 1.2 million annual increase averaged prior from 2000-2007.

Big Canoe Tour of Homes is a Success

Beautiful weather, fabulous mountain homes, crafts, art, antiques, the book nook and good food were a winning combination for a fun weekend for the many visitors to Big Canoe this weekend. 

The evening was capped off with a great concert at the Big Canoe Terraces Amphitheater by the ever popular Banks and Shane. 

Come spend a day in the mountains on  your own personal home tour. Big Canoe features everything from  weekend cabins to executive mountain lodges.  Shelby Collins 404-863-2676

Just another sign consumer confidence is back

I just read yet  another article that supports my thought that consumer confidence along with the housing market is improving. Residential architects are reporting that home owners are opting for larger kitchens and bathrooms, and in some cases,  want even more than one kitchen as in the “guest kitchens” on the terrace level of so many Big Canoe homes. Gone is the austerity of the past two years when people were willing to settle for smaller kitchens and bathrooms. Bigger is better and it is back in a big way.

Tate, Georgia Train Depot

This article is taken from the Big Canoe Smoke Signals online publication. The Tate terminal is finally going to get a long overdue restoration so it can be used for community events.  Tate is just a few miles from Big Canoe in Pickens County. It is but one of the many venues available to Big Canoe residents in the mountains north of Atlanta.

For the first time in 62 years the Tate Train Depot opens its doors to the public during Tate Depot Days Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17.  

Bunker Sales Up Since Japanese Earthquake

I thought this article from CNN Money interesting and worth passing along for the humorous content if nothing else.  We here in the gated community of Big Canoe in the North Georgia Mountains feel safe and so removed from happenings like this that installing a bunker in the back yard would never occur to us.  The “bunker mentality” has definitely not come to our mountain home.

Daily Real Estate News  |  March 24, 2011  |   Share

Bunker Sales Soar Amid Japan Crisis
More home owners are considering adding a bunker to their backyard. The 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan as well as the tensions in the Middle East have prompted doomsday bunker sales to skyrocket, as much as 1,000 percent in some cases.

Foreclosure Rates are Down!!!

Could the real estate market be on the verge of a rebound?!! Big Canoe foreclosures, following this national trend, have slowed as well.  If you are waiting for the bottom of the market, this could be the first sign that it is time to buy. 

Foreclosures Post Biggest Drop on Record
The number of foreclosure notices filed in February declined 14 percent compared with last month, and foreclosure notices dropped 27 percent compared to last year at this time. That marks the largest year-over-year decline that RealtyTrac, a foreclosure tracking site, has ever recorded.

Capital Economics Research Firm Reports Undervalued U.S. Housing Market

The following article by housing analyst Carrie Bay gives credence to what I have been saying about the Big Canoe home market.  Homes are selling for much less than it would cost to replace them at current market levels and are great deals for savy home shoppers. There are lots of buying opportunities for one looking for a change of pace from the hectic pace of the city. The biggest real estate sale in history is still here. Come home to the Big Canoe mountains.

 

Research Firm Says U.S. Housing Has Never Been This Undervalued

03/07/2011 By: Carrie Bay Printer Friendly View


Mardi Gras Celebration at Big Canoe

Come join the Mardi Gras celebration at the Big Canoe Lake Sconti Clubhouse on Saturday March 12. There is live entertainment [ The Uncle Russ Band] and a crawfish low country boil.   Featured drinks are Abita beer and Hurricanes. The fesitivities are from 6:30 to 10:30 and are open to Big Canoe residents and guests. Come celebrate Mardi Gras mountain style.

Better Cell Phone Service at Big Canoe

 During  the last few months, Big Canoe HOA teams have  worked with AT&T management on ways to improve cell phone service in Big Canoe and Bent Tree. It seems the hard work by the Big Canoe HOA volunteers has paid off.  AT&T has made  their new Microcell 3G device,that routes cell calls over the house WIFI connection, available to  Big Canoe homeowners. The 3G gives us five bars at our house where we previously had no service at all so we are delighted.  AT&T has also committed to adding a cell tower in or around Big Canoe to ramp up cell service when we are not in range of a 3G WIFI connection. We applaud the efforts of the Big Canoe HOA and AT&T for their efforts in correcting this problem that has plagued Big Canoe residents since the invention of cell phones.