Effective Real Estate Searches in the North Georgia Mountains

The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains begin in the northeastern part of the state of Georgia. Within this mountain range near beautiful Amicalola Falls is Springer Mountain, the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Further north near the town of Blairsville is Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia. All these scenic beauties and outdoor recreational opportunities create a wonderful environment in which to have second homes and vacation cabins, or to live and raise a family in a small town atmosphere.

During the last four years, the national economic downturn affected the value of Blairsville real estate adversely and the values have yet to recover to their 2010 levels. This has created a strong buyer’s market and a great opportunity for real estate investors and anyone who longs for a second home but has previously thought they could not afford one. A home valued at $165,000 in 2010 had a value of only $135,000 in 2011, a drop of over 22%.  In 2013, the value has now risen to $146,000. While considerably better, this value is still much lower than the 2010 value and less than the same house’s value would be nationally. Buyers desiring a second home should seriously consider shopping now. There are over a thousand listings available with local real estate agents that will assuredly increase in value for the new owner in the coming years.

Working with a licensed local real estate agent to find a vacation or second home or a family resident has many advantages over trying to purchase real estate without one.  A real estate professional studies the market and understands the local land and home values. They know the demographics that affect the local market and can explain the ones pertinent to any property you are considering. They can answer questions about the local school district and neighborhood schools. They understand local zoning laws and future plans for zoning changes and developments in the county that might affect any property you are considering. They can tell how long a property has been on the market and if there are any hidden conditions about it that could affect the purchase. Once a contract has been negotiated successfully, they can help you find a lender and assist with paperwork for the closing attorney.

Some buyers are real estate investors and real estate agents have skills to offer them also. They are invaluable in providing information to national and international investors who are conducting searches and purchases by long distance. They provide regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) searches for client s that are relocating either to or from the area. They can introduce investors with property managers for those who purchase cabins or vacation homes as rental properties. Some realtors specialize only in residential real estate while others handle both residential and commercial properties. Others specialize in representing commercial building and land sales and purchases exclusively.

A licensed realtor guides buyers to a property they like at a price they can afford. They steer them through the purchasing and approval process and remain until the end of the closing. Homeowners and investors alike will find many suitable properties from which to choose in the Blairsville area. This is a prime real estate market.