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Sam Hatfield Realty September 2008 Newsletter

 

Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker
931-580-6207

 

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SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. LAKE VACATION RENTALS

September 2008


SAM HATFIELD REALTY…ON THE MOVE! 

Sam Hatfield Realty has moved to a new location – 4470 Mansford Road.  Strategically located between Tims Ford State Park and Tims Ford Marina, our new office boasts our logo colors of yellow and green!  The increased visibility will allow our company to continue to grow as the premiere Tims Ford Lake realty company in the area. 

The relaxed atmosphere of the new office welcomes clients to come in, chat, and visit.  Properties can be viewed on the “Big Screen” and in the comforts of a lake cabin ambience.  Sam invites all customers and friends to stop by and “rock” on the front porch or “swing” on the back porch.  The surroundings of nature are abundant on the property.


Featured Home

MLS #974108

 295 Coopers Cove

$699,000

 

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Beautiful lakefront home with open floor plan and great views of the lake. Home has 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen, dining area, rec/bonus room, covered floating dock, 2 jet ski ports with jet skis, and home sells furnished 


August listings and closings

New Listings

MLS #1006795 0 Huntington W Lot 86 & 87

Affordable lakefront lot, has retaining wall. $139,500

-MLS #1006796 0 Huntington W Lot 88

Nice waterfront lot in Heatherwood subdivision, already has a pier. $129,900

-MLS #1006338 0 Sanders Drive

Nice lot in Ridgeville Subdivision. Has a lake view. $144,900

-MLS #1008371 0 Stone Field

Great lot in new subdivision with view of mountains. $35,000

-MLS #1006303 0 Damron Road

Nice building lot, subdivision has great POA area. $14,900

-MLS # 1006334 0 Damron Road Lot 61

Good lot in Highland Ridge subdivision, great POA area. $14,900

Closed Listings

-MLS #992736 1200 Old Mansford Road

-MLS #964869 107 Lake Street

-MLS #967114 123 Ty Point Lane


Community Events

TBD – Lake Cleanup/ Broadview Fire Dept Fish Fry

September:

  • Heritage Day Celebration Tims Ford State Park looks to its 30th Anniversary by having a Heritage Day Celebration September 13 @ 10:00 am
     

  • Sept 8 – Tims Ford Council Board Meeting
     

  • Franklin Co Fair click here for more info

October:

  • Jazz in the Valley 2008 6th Annual event Sat Oct 4, 2008 3-8pm @ Townsend School

  • Oct 20 – 24th Membership Meeting for year 2008
     


10 tips to make your Home more Salable

1. Dump the Junk

Less clutter in your home makes it look bigger, roomier and cleaner. Go through your home and make piles of items, such as "garbage", "charity" and "maybe". Throw away anything useless, give away anything that may still have use and seriously consider the maybes, such as how long its been since you've used the item and whether its broke or damaged.

2. Price it Right

A home that is priced well above the local market or above similar homes will not sell quickly, or possibly at all. Work with your agent to price your home correctly the first time.

3. Find the Best

Having a good real estate agent or broker can make all the difference in the world when the market becomes more competitive. An agent who knows how to market and advertise your property, and who has good experience and connections, will be an invaluable asset. Interview real estate agents and ask for references.

4. Require a marketing plan

When you decide upon an agent, make sure that he or she develops a customized marketing plan that fits you and your property. The standard approach may not work for every property.

5. Change the deal

If your home isn't selling within a decent time period, consider changing the deal instead of lowering the price. For example, instead of lowering your asking price from $500,000 to $480,000, keep the $500,000 but offer a 2 percent "seller contribution" to help pay for closing costs. This saves you money and is very appealing to many buyers.

6. Get a HELOC

Having a home equity line of credit in place can help you, even if you're not planning to sell your home for several years. This way, you'll have funds available if you want to buy another home while your current home is on the market. Be aware, however, that if you home doesn't sell in a reasonable time period, you may be saddled with multiple mortgage payments.

7. Fix it.

Buyers will ask for a home inspection. You'll save time by getting a preliminary home inspection yourself and making repairs before putting the house on the market. However, if a repair is requested from a potential buyer, it may be cheaper than finding a new buyer.

8. Ask for feedback

Find out what potential buyers thought after a showing or open house. Take negative comments as constructive criticism, which you can use to make the next showing or open house better.

9. Beware of the take back

Watch out for buyers who want to take back financing. When loans are available everywhere for little or nothing down, don't go into the banking business when there is less risk to you with an outright sale.

10. Ignore inconvenience

If a potential buyer wants to see the house at 7 am on Saturday morning, so be it. This is a time where you have to be flexible. It is better to show flexibility and have the house seen than to turn away potential buyers.

 

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

LAKE LEVEL IS: 884.73

Normal summer pool is 888

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Tips to Live Green

In the Yard

The most earth-friendly option for your yard is to trade grass for ground covers or mulch, as maintaining a lawn takes a lot of water and energy. If you choose to keep your lawn, however, it is better to use native grasses; your local nursery can advise you on which are indigenous to your area. You should try, whenever possible, to do the following, according to the Choose Green Report from Green Seal Environment Partner:

-Cut grass no lower than 2.5 inches; any lower, and it will require more water.

-Always water the lawn before sunrise or after dark to reduce evaporation and water more efficiently.

-Don't throw away grass clippings. Leaving them on the lawn will provide nutrients.

-Buy organic fertilizers, as they don't degrade as quickly as synthetic fertilizers and are safer for children and animals.

-Buy an electric lawnmower. It will save you on average 73% on lawn care costs and is better for the environment. The average gasoline mower emits the same amount of hydrocarbons in one hour as a 1992 Ford Explorer emits in over 23,600 miles!

In the Fridge

Your appliances can be a great source of green living. Keep in mind the following when using and buying appliances for your home:

-It is more energy efficient to do a load of laundry in cold water than in hot. Also, when drying laundry, its more energy-efficient to dry loads of laundry consecutively, as you are taking advantage of residual heat in the dryer.

-Gas ranges are more efficient than electric ranges

-An energy efficient dishwasher is more "green" than hand-washing a sink full of dirty dishes.

-When buying new appliances, always look for the Energy Star label. It may cost a bit more, but it will save money and the environment.

-Replace refrigerators that are 10-20 years old, as they could be 40% less efficient than newer models. A new fridge can reduce your costs by as much as $15 a month.

-Side by side refrigerators use 10-25% more energy than stacked refrigerator-freezer models.

-When possible, dont place your refrigerator next to a heat source, such as a vent, dishwasher, oven or in direct sunlight, as it will require more energy to cool it.

In the Lights

Compact florescent lamps (CFLs) reduce the energy used for lighting by one-third and are available at most home stores and some warehouse club stores. A CFL can last 10,000 hours, whereas a regular bulb only lasts 1,000 hours. They can be used whenever you would use a regular bulb. On a dimmer switch, however, make sure that you use only a CFL that is labeled for such use. Over the long term, you can save $20-$30 per bulb.

In the Paint and Cleaner

Household cleaners and paints have ingredient lists that read like a complicated chemistry quiz. Here are a few tips to being more environmentally friendly while cleaning your home:

-Use a brand of cleaner that is concentrated, where you need to use water. You can use concentrated cleaners for a variety of things, and can cut down on the amount of cleaner containers that you use.

-Don't use cleaners with chlorine bleach or sodium hypochlorite as they have harmful environmental effects. Instead, look for cleaners with citric acid or hydrogen peroxide, which will do the job just as well.

-Avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some new paints will include the fact that they have low or no VOCs on the label. These VOC-less paints cost the same as other premium paints and have no paint smell.

In Your Shirts and Slacks

You may have seen dry cleaners in your neighborhood starting to offer "Earth-friendly" alternatives to traditional dry cleaning. The traditional solvent used in dry cleaning, percholoroethylene, has been linked to several health issues, including dizziness, headaches and possibly cancer. If a dry cleaner offers an "Earth-friendly" option, ask what solvent is used. There are two likely candidates: liquid carbon dioxide and siloxane. The former is the most promising and leaves no toxic residue. When tested, Consumer Reports found that it cleaned with the "best results, even better than conventional dry cleaning." Siloxane is also effective, but some preliminary studies have shown a possible link to cancer in rodents.

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