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Sam Hatfield Realty May 2009 Newsletter

 

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Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker
931-580-6207

 

NEWSLETTER OF

SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

4470 Mansford Road
Winchester, TN 37398

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REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. LAKE VACATION RENTALS

May 2009


Featured Home

Beautiful Lakefront home with a sundeck dock and plenty of decks to enjoy the views!

 

MLS #1073532

373 Waters Edge Drive 

$629,900

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Very beautiful lakefront home with a sundeck dock with boat lift. Gorgeous views of the lake. House features 3 bedrooms 3 baths, Trey ceilings, plenty of decks and a hot tub to enjoy with wonderful views of Tims Ford Lake.


Real Estate Update

LAKE PROPERTIES FOR SALE 2009
     TOTAL LAKE HOMES FOR SALE -
70
     TOTAL LAKE HOMES LISTED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL - 10
     TOTAL LAKE LOTS FOR SALE - 92
     TOTAL LAKE LOTS LISTED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL - 4
LAKE PROPERTIES SOLD FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL
      TOTAL LAKE HOMES SOLD - 0
      TOTAL LAKE LOTS SOLD - 0


April New Listings


MLS #1068652  1552 Damron Road   $269,900
Great lakefront cottage/A-frame house with fantastic views of Tims Ford Lake, easy walk to dock, great yard, 3 bedrooms, sells partially furnished, all appliances stay, subdivision has one of the best POAs on the lake.


 


MLS #1071003  109 Lake Street    $919,900
New construction on the lake, level lot with covered floating dock, stone exterior, hardwood and tile floors, granite counter tops, too many extras to name.



MLS #1075629  380 Tenn Drive    $485,900
Beautiful lakefront modified A-frame with 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, unfinished basement with bedroom. Floating dock with boat lift. A deck on every level to enjoy the beautiful views of the lake. Covered dock floats year round.


 

TIMS FORD LAKE TRIVIA

Q: How big is Tims Ford Reservoir and when was it completed?


 

A: Tims Ford Reservoir is a 10,680-acre impoundment on  the Elk River at Mile 133.3 in Franklin and Moore Counties,  Tennessee.  The Tims Ford Reservoir was completed in 1970 by TVA for the purposes of flood control, hydroelectric generation, recreation, and economic development.

Watch for more Tims Ford Lake trivia in next month's newsletter.  If there are any questions that you would like to have the answer featured on the newsletters please e-mail me at Lindsay.kendrick@samhatfield.com

 


May Calendar of Events

 

May 1-3 International Dogwood Festival
May 10 Mothers Day
May 25 Memorial Day

SAVE THE DATE -   July 18 

2nd Annual Sam Hatfield Realty Poker Run

Tims Ford Lake and Marina

Details to follow in June newsletter!!!!


Top 15 Ways to Sell Your Home in the Spring

Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Regardless of whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, inventory almost always rises in the spring. Why? Because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May and June. Tip: If your home has been languishing on the market since the holidays, take it off the market. Give it a chance to "cool down" for a few weeks before putting it back on the market. Nobody is going to look at your home in the spring if the Days On the Market show it's been on the market for several months. Buyers gravitate toward fresh, new listings! Here are 15 things you can do to improve the odds that your home will stand out among the sea of new listings flooding the spring-time real estate market:

1) Wash windows inside and out / polish all mirrors Sparkle is free, and sparkle sells homes. A potential buyer may not realize why your home seems so inviting but will feel drawn to it if the windows are spotless and your mirrors reflect sunlight. Cleaning is the first step to preparing your home for sale.

2) Rake the yard / trim back bushes Clean out dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don't let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home.

3) Mow diagonally and edge lawn along driveway / sidewalks Artfully manicured lawns are edged and tell buyers you pay attention to small details. Diagonally mowed lawns make your yard appear larger.

4) Transplant tulips and daffodils or buy flowers in containers Yellow flowers stimulate buying urges. After a long winter, everybody is anxious to see the first signs of spring. Yellow tulips and daffodils induce feelings of happiness and contentment. Arrange containers in groups of three or five near the entrance.

5) Clean drapes, curtains & blinds and open every window Send your window coverings to the dry cleaners or wash, dry and press. Toss blinds into a soapy bathtub for a quick wash. Get rid of all accumulated dust and spider webs. Crisp linens and a spring-time breeze through the windows invites the season inside.

6) Set out fresh-smelling flowers such as just-clipped lilacs branches or peonies Why not flatter your neighbors and ask if you can borrow flowers from their yards? Natural scents are more appealing than artificial and trigger fewer allergies among those susceptible. Peony vases are designed to hold peonies upright, but wash the flowers first to avoid carrying ants inside. Clever home staging brings color and fragrance indoors.

7) Polish floors to a high gloss Your hardwood floors should be refinished, if necessary. Make your ceramic and linoleum floors twinkle and shine. Bleach dull grout. Thoroughly clean all area rugs.

8) Utilize towels, throws, pillows in light colors yellows, pinks, pale blues, lavenders Even if it means replacing items, towels, linens, throws and sofa pillows are inexpensive accents you can buy. In soft spring colors, they will light up a room. Layer towels on bathroom towel racks and place rolled wash cloths on the counters in a fashionable pyramid.

9) Offer an outside mat for cleaning shoes & put umbrella stand at entrance No matter where you live, spring weather is often unpredictable. In some states, it can be 72 degrees one day and snowing the next. If it's raining, give buyers a place to stash umbrellas and wipe their feet before entering your home. Some sellers lay down plastic runners across floors for protection, but that tends to ruin the effect of a glittering polish job.

10) Buy brightly colored helium balloons Stationery and party-supply stores sell helium balloons for about a dollar each. So, there's no reason not to pick up a couple dozen balloons to tie to your open house signs. Balloons build excitement and will get your home noticed by home shoppers.

11) Set out four-color flyers & financing options Don't skimp on your marketing materials. You want home buyers to select your flyer among the dozens they pick up. Color sells better than black and white. Show home buyers how easily they can afford to buy your home by giving them two or three financing options. The first thing on buyer's minds when considering a home purchase is the monthly mortgage payment. Don't make them guess.

12) Use a color photo for display advertising Spend a little more on newspaper and online advertising by including a color photograph in your ad. Remember: a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Look through your photo galleries for a seasonal photograph that flaunts your home to its best advantage.

13) Mail four-color postcards with UV coating Call a local title company to obtain a free direct-mail list of your surrounding neighbors. Print four-color oversized postcards and include a UV coating to give the marketing oomph. Use first-class postage.

14) Fill sink with ice to chill bottled water for guests Put a couple dozen bottles of water in a sink of ice for buyers. You can also tape labels to the bottles, printed from your computer, with your phone number, a photograph and address of your home.

15) Set out treats, individually wrapped in cellophane & tied w/ribbon Touring homes makes buyers hungry. Give them a snack. It will give buyers an opportunity to linger in your kitchen and marvel at its elegant appointments, which might otherwise be overlooked.


Memorial Day Trivia

  1. Q. What was the first state, which officially celebrated Memorial Day?

    A. New York was the first state, which officially celebrated Memorial Day in 1968, making it the birthplace of this holiday.  

  2. Q. Originally, Memorial Day was first known as what, the hint is the day begins with the letter d.

    A. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and it celebrated the memory of those soldiers who had died serving the country during the civil war. Southern states rejected to celebrate those fallen soldiers on Memorial Day until after WWI when the meaning of Memorial Day changed to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war either at home or aboard.  

  3. Q. Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

    A. Memorial Day is a day of commemoration of those who have died fighting for the freedom of every American. 

  4. Q. Who is General John Alexander Logan and what role does his memory play in our Memorial Day celebrations?

    A. General John Alexander Logan declared that Memorial Day is to be observed by decorating the gravestones of soldiers who died while fighting for our freedom. He was a man of passion who believed that no one should be forgotten for the scarf ices they gave so that all of us could enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy.  

  5. Q. On this special day of remembrance, should the American Flag be half raised all-day or fly in all her glory at full mast?

    A. On Memorial Day Old Glory should be flown at half-mast until noon, then she should be raised to fly at full mast.  

  6. Q. What is the nationally recognized flower of Memorial Day?

    A. Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower these littler red flowers were first worn back in 1915 to honor fallen soldiers. When you see the folks from the VFW selling the red poppies outside of your local stores, purchase one and wear it proudly for those who died giving us our freedom.  

  7. Q. What day of the week is Memorial Day held on?

    A. This holiday is always celebrated on the last Monday of the month of May and has been this way since 1971 when the National Holiday Act of 1971 changed it from May 30 to the last Monday.

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THE LAKE LEVEL FOR TIMS FORD LAKE CURRENTLY AS OF May 1, 2009:

LAKE LEVEL IS: 886

 

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