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Sam Hatfield Realty August 2008 Newsletter

 

Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker
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SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. LAKE VACATION RENTALS

August 2008


      Featured Home

MLS #993086
0 Lake St.
$879,000
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 New construction on the lake, level lot with covered floating dock, stone exterior, hardwood and tile floors, granite counter tops, too many extras to mention.


Sam Hatfield Realty is expanding! 

Construction has begun for a new office location at 4470 Mansford Road.  Strategically located between Tims Ford State Park and Tims Ford Marina, our new office will offer increased visibility and convenience.  State-of-the-art technology will allow customers to view on a big screen all lake properties for sale.  We hope to be in operation at our new location in early Fall.  Watch for future information and an Open House!!


Community Events

TBD – Lake Cleanup/ Broadview Fire Dept Fish Fry

 Starting June 21 – Saturday Night Pickins

If you play an instrument or just enjoy listening to great music Tims Ford State Park is the place to be every other Saturday night. Please bring your instruments and join in. The music nights are held at the Recreation Building at Tims Ford State Park. 5-10 pm. For more information: Sharon.reagan@state.tn.us

Sept 8 – Tims Ford Council Board Meeting

Oct 20 – 4th Membership Meeting for year 2008

Dec 8 – Tims Ford Council Board Meeting

Keep up with Tims Ford Council Activities by going to www.timsfordcouncil.com


How to Sell Your Home in a Slow Market

Even though the real estate market has slowed down in recent months, there are still plenty of home buyers eager to make a purchase. Knowing how to prepare your home for sale, when to allow access for showings, and how you can offer buyer incentives will help you find the right buyer, even in a declining market.

-Before you put your house on the market, make sure that all basic repairs are completed. Nothing can turn off a prospective buyer quicker than loose railings, torn screens or missing hardware on cupboard doors. If a homebuyer sees the little things are not attended to, they are likely to believe that the larger things are neglected too. Let buyers know that you have pride in your home by making sure that all of the small repairs are taken care of.

-Keep your home clean throughout the time it is on the market. In a slow real estate market, it is important to have your home available to show at a moment's notice. The more often your home is shown, the likelier it is that your home will sell. Keep your home available to your realtor and they will be able to show your home quickly to any buyer that shows interest.

-Have your home staged by a professional. Home staging has become a booming business and a professional home stager will help you remove clutter and depersonalize your space. Prospective homebuyers want to picture their family in the home, not yours and a home full of personal clutter will not show off the potential of your home.

-Keep pets contained during a real estate showing and make sure that your cat litter box is always clean. Pet owners tend to get used to the odors caused by litter boxes and it is important that you remember to clean it every day. Many people are fearful of dogs, especially ones they don’t know. Make sure that you either take your dog with you for a showing or put them on a leash outside.

-Be realistic in your expectations of the price you will be able to sell your home. Forget about what could have been if you had sold it last year and focus on what your home is worth now. In a buyer's market, buyers don’t have to negotiate much. Buyers know that you want to sell your home and a home that is priced too high is likely to be looked over. Ask a fair price for your home to avoid the need for too much negotiation.

-In a slow market, hiring a real estate agent is crucial to get your home sold in a reasonable amount of time. Yes, there are ways you can list your home for sale by owner using the internet, but nothing beats the experience that comes from a real estate agent who is able to take care of everything in order to sell your home

Selling your home can be a stressful time, but you can be successful in selling your home if you remain patient, reasonable and flexible. There are buyers out there and the key is to find  them and get them to fall in love with your home.

 

THE LAKE LEVEL FOR TIMS FORD LAKE CURRENTLY AS OF August 1, 2008:

LAKE LEVEL IS: 885.9

Normal summer pool is 888

For more info go to www.tva.org


TVA Changes Water Releases from Tims Ford Dam

Flows To Help Protect Mussels, Fish Downstream

WINCHESTER, Tenn – TVA is changing the way it releases water from Tims Ford Dam to help protect six species of mussels and fish in the Elk River that are on the federal threatened and endangered species list.

After consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, TVA will alter releases from the dam to help provide more consistent flows and stable temperatures near the dam and increase water temperatures further downstream. To continue to protect trout fishing TVA will release a mix of warm and cold water from Tims Ford Reservoir to ensure that the existing trout fishery is not adversely impacted by the changes.

“By reducing high flows and mixing cold and warm water we believe the trout will continue to prosper, while at the same time the threatened species will be protected,” said Peggy Shute, TVA manager of Heritage Resources. “TVA will try different flow rates and water temperatures to determine the best means of providing the correct habitat for all species including the trout and the endangered species further downstream.”

If rainfall increases water levels in the reservoir behind the dam, TVA will release additional water from the dam to meet its operating guide for reservoir levels. Any time TVA plans to increase water flow from the dam, either by generating power or by spilling water, the information will be posted on the TVA Web site. This information can be found at www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo/.

TVA will continue to balance other benefits that the reservoir and dam provide such as recreation, flood control, water supply and power generation.

TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 159 power distributors that serve approximately 8.8 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.

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