Martha Ann Brooks to play at the Terraces amphitheater at Big Canoe

Saturday July 30 at 7:30 PM, the Terraces amphitheater at Big Canoe will present Martha Ann Brooks and her Nashville band who will entertain you with folk, blues, country, and classic rock. Martha Ann, who  has been nominated by the Atlanta Society of Entertainers for Female Vocalist of the Year,  is currently listed as the #1 folk artist in Chattanooga. Two of her songs were number one on Neil Young’s web site, one for 10 consecutive weeks. Come relax and dance under the stars in the mountains of Big Canoe near Jasper and Tate, GA.

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.

Trout in Big Canoe’s Lake Petit

 

Although many streams in this North Georgia mountain area are designated trout streams, the Big Canoe property owners association gives Lake Petit and local fishermen a little help by stocking it with rainbow trout.

On June 13, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., 500 pounds of rainbow trout will be released into Lake Petit.  Fishing  experts will be there to talk about how to catch them and Terry Bramlett of Bramlett Trout Farms will also demonstrate how to fillet and cook trout.  Terry will then serve the trout with potato and macaroni salads.  Come to the Big Canoe marina and join the fun.

Big Canoe Swimming Lesson

The gosling that appeared in an ealier photograph by Big Canoe resident Jim Tanner has ventured into Lake Petit for a swim with his siblings.Big Canoe resident, Jim Tanner, continues to capture the progress of the goslings at Lake Petit with this new picture. The three siblings have ventured into the water for a swim and will soon be taking flight over the mountains. Wonder if they know how lucky they are to call Big Canoe home,

The Big Canoe fitness center is also offering swimming lessons in the indoor pool this summer for your “goslings” ranging from six months to 14 years. Contact the fitness center for more info.  706-268-3441

Moody’s Report Says Real Estate Prices to Bottom in 2012

According to Moody’s Analytics and Fiserv, Inc, price declines will end and average U.S. home prices will stabilize in some areas by Labor Day. According to the study, prices in some of  the hardest-hit markets will start to level by the end of 2012. The prediction was based on home price trends in 375 markets around the county that are tracked by the FiservCase-Schiller Indexes.

The Fiserv report states  that home prices have fallen to pre-bubble levels, creating affordable housing relative to income which, coupled with a gradually improving economy, will bring an end to price declines.

Easter Egg Hunt at Big Canoe

The annual Big Canoe Easter Egg Hunt for Big Canoe  residents and their young guests will be held at the Wildcat Recreation area near the North Gate of Big Canoe  on Saturday, April 23rd from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Bring your favorite little person and join the fun.

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.

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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