Big Canoe Weddings at the Big Canoe Chapel

The beautiful  Big Canoe non denominational  Chapel, a favorite place for weddings, will be accepting reservations for wedding dates  from Chapel members starting August 1. On September 1, they will accept reservations from any Big Canoe homeowners and the general public.  Go to BigCanoeChapel.org for pictures and more information on the Chapel and associated facilities. Janet Noyes is the Chapel contact person for reservations. [706-268-3203]

The Chapel is located 50 miles north of Atlanta  inside the gates of Big Canoe, the premier  gated community in the scenic north Georgia mountains.  If you are looking for an easily accessible wedding destination with many accomodation options for guests, the Big Canoe Chapel might the place for your special day.   Call for more info on Big Canoe and the surrounding area. Shelby Collins 404-863-2676

Calling all Parrot Heads!!!

The Terraces concert series will rock out  on Saturday June 4th with “The Live Bait” Jimmy Buffett tribute band.  Wear your tropical shirts, parrot head outfits, and join the Parrot Heads at the Terraces Big Canoe Amphitheater for a great time.  The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $20.00 at the gate. You can bring a picnic and tailgate or enjoy pre concert food  catered by “Mexicali Joes” from Big Canoe.  Watch for bouncing beach balls!! Call me for more info.  Shelby Collins 404-863-2676

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.

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


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.

WAll Street Journal Article touts Housing Rebound

The following WSJ article is among many I have seen in the past few weeks touting the housing rebound.  Sales and real estate traffic in Big Canoe are startiing 2011 in a positive way. In spite of  atypical weather events this winter, traffic has been steady.  If you are waiting for a sign that it is time to buy, this could be it.  The Big Canoe bargains won’t be around forever. 

2011 Rebound: Affordability High, Investors Back
Plenty of signs point to the housing market finally bottoming out and moving into rebound mode this year, experts say in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.