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Fourth of July at Lake Martin

Lake Martin 4th of July events

July 4th at Lake Martin

Lake Martin is the place to be this Independence Day with plenty of activities for everyone.

Sure, there’s the fireworks show at 9 PM at The Amp. I challenge you to find a better one! But did you know about the concert before? See the Amp’s site for more info.

A few other fun events:
July 3rd: Fridays on The Green, Wine Tastings, Arti Gras at Russell Crossroads; Live Music at Chuck’s Marina
July 4th: Boat Parade at Kowaliga, Pancake Breakfast  & Arti Gras at Russell Crossroads.
July 5th: Worship God lakeside at Church In The Pines or Church of the Living Waters or any of the numerous Lake Martin area churches.

Why miss any Lake Martin events when you can download our FREE APP here?  Or go to your favorite app store and search “Lake Martin Voice.”

John Coley’s tips for a fun 4th of July at Lake Martin:

  1. Wherever you go, whatever you do, please be careful and have fun.
  2. If you are man enough to go see the fireworks by boat, have a sober driver and two sober spotters. Don’t take off instantly and create huge hole shot waves. Take it slow and easy when you leave.
  3. Don’t pack a huge cooler from home. Stop in and give the locals some business. It’s probably cheaper from wherever you are coming, is less of a hassle, and our economy is centered around tourism.
  4. Don’t complain about the boat traffic. We all know that you are so old you “can remember when…. “
  5. Spend 10% more on fireworks than you planned.
  6. Find a slough that is empty. Toss out a small anchor and float, if even for a few minutes.
  7. Know that the U.S. is still the greatest country in the world. I am quite sure that no matter your political flavor, in the past 12 months there has been something in our country that made you shake your head and think the whole thing is going down the tubes. Cheer up. Be thankful for today, and resolve to help change tomorrow. America wasn’t founded, nor was it made great, by apathetic whiners. That last bit is directed at me. I find myself saying “they ought to….” or “someone should ….” a lot these days. My resolution is to pitch in and help, not complain.
  8. Get a bad sunburn on purpose. Racoon eyes. Farmer’s tan. How else will the folks at work know you’ve been to the lake? (I wrote that to see how many in my family read to the end).

 

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Jazz Fest 2015 Tonight At The Amp

If you missed last night’s Jazz Fest in downtown Alex City, fear not, you have a chance tonight.

Every year, the Alex City Jazz Fest puts on one of the state’s best free musical events. Friday night is always in downtown Alex City at what is now the Strand Park. Saturday nights are at The Amp, the incredible amphitheater that overlooks Lake Martin.

Tonight, June 13, 2015, the lineup is:

6:30    The Chad Fisher Group

8:00  Hotel Oscar

9:30 The Revivalists

Like I said, The Amp is a really cool venue and the admission is free. You can’t beat that. I think that the local VFD takes a collection for parking but it’s well worth it.

Lake Martin Voice Realty is a long time sponsor of the Alex City Jazz Fest!!

How to Find Lake Martin Events

The best way to keep up with all events at Lake Martin is to download my FREE app, Lake Martin Voice.  Here’s a quick video of how it works for Events:

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The app is available for iOS in the Apple Store and Android also. Like I said, it’s FREE. The app also has a quick guide to Lake Martin area restaurants, marinas, a real estate search, weather, and more.

Lake Martin Voice app for Apple

Lake Martin Voice App

 

 

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April’s Lake Martin Real Estate Market Report

The headline on AL.com reads “Lake Martin Sales Have Slipped 2 Percent.” Should we be worried?

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We shouldn’t be panicking quite yet. This number came from the Alabama Center for Real Estate. They do a great job at accumulating and reporting real estate market reports for the entire state of Alabama. That particular study was looking at the entire area of Lake Martin which includes off water property. If you dig into the details in their report, you’ll see that the Lake Martin waterfront home sales are actually pretty much the same as April 2014.

In April 2014, 25 waterfront homes were sold on the Lake Martin MLS*, this includes all brokerages, all real estate agents. This year, in April 2015, we also sold 25 waterfront homes, so we are dead even with last year from a monthly standpoint.

If we look at the cumulative sales from the whole year in 2015, in the Lake Martin MLS*, we sold 87 waterfront homes. Throughout 2014 in the Lake Martin MLS, we sold 72 waterfront homes, and 2014 was a record year. So far, we are tracking ahead of last year in sales by over 20%.

Now, if the Lake Martin waterfront market starts seeing months lose to the prior year and we see that cumulative total go down and we start tracking behind last year, then there might be reason to worry. But so far, we are doing great this year!

If you have any questions, please contact John Coley with Lake Martin Voice Realty at 334 221 5862 or emailing directly at john (at) lakemartinvoice (dot) com.

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Copyright notice – the above, and every other post on this blog, is the property of John Coley, Broker, Lake Martin Voice Realty. Appraisers may use my information in their appraisals without charge or asking, but please give me credit by citing me, my company name and title, and website address of http://lakemartinvoice.com.  If anyone else would like to use this information, please contact me here and ask. I probably will let you do it, just please ask!

(*)Disclaimers: All of the above info was taken from the Lake Martin Area Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Accuracy is not guaranteed but deemed reliable. The above does not include sales by   FSBOs or developers that sell privately and not through the MLS. But, I do think that the above represents a very large majority of all waterfront sales on Lake Martin, Alabama.

 

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The Camera That Started It All

Lake Martin Real Estate Video Camera 0.1

My wife is in full spring cleaning mode. She has attacked the attic with a vengeance. Since I tend towards being nostalgic about my stuff, she knows she has to throw away some and then ask about others. She found this gem  – my old Sony Handycam.

It was the first camera I used to make Lake Martin real estate videos in 2008. It had these little tapes that I had to use to capture the footage. I remember thinking long and hard about whether to invest another twenty bucks in extra tapes. If I had known how the lord was going to bless my business, largely because of my videos about lake Martin real estate, I wouldn’t have been so cheap. Note how I had an after market wide angle lens. I bought that off of eBay and thought I was being pretty resourceful.

Sure, it is outdated now, but this little camera filmed many homes, neighborhoods, and places around Lake Martin.

May she rest in peace. 

Fast forward to now, three video cameras later, and I find myself in a quandary about by Canon 60d. It’s a nice one, but is its footage so nice that it beats an iphone six? The iPhone is so much easier to upload and transfer files. The other day I was in a pinch to record a Lake Martin Real Estate Market report, and I found that the quality on the 6 is so close to my DSLR, you can barely tell the difference. My guess is I will start to use the 60d less and less. In someone else’s more professional hands, the 60d is tons better I am sure.

It just reminds me that if you want to be proficient at anything, you have to keep sharp!

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LMRA Annual Meeting This Saturday

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LMRA Annual Meeting 2015
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Where: Harbor House at Children’s Harbor

Make plans to attend and hear information on:
· Current break ins-Mack Daugherty-Chief of Security for Russell Lands
· Organizational changes and challenges-State Trooper Marine Patrol-Sgt. Mark Fuller
· Update on FERC EIS recommendation & COE Water Management Manual revisions – Steve Forehand, LMRA Officer
· Other LMRA programs

Non Members are welcome to attend!

For more info contact:

John Thompson, President
[email protected]

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I am a huge supporter of LMRA (Lake Martin Resource Association) and all of the good they have done, and continue to do, for Lake Martin. They do it all, from lobbying FERC to picking up trash. I can’t be there because I will be showing houses but please attend if you can!

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Lake Martin Agent Linda Shaffer on HGTV

In the flurry of activity around Lake Martin for Memorial Day, I realized I hadn’t posted anything about ReMax Around the Lake’s Linda Shaffer being on HGTV!

The Episode is called “All In The Family” and the link is here on HGTV. Click there for the latest but there is an upcoming airing on June 6 at 6:30pm ET / 5:30 PM CT.

 

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I posted it on my Facebook page but hadn’t said anything here. Linda was on an episode of Lakefront Bargain Hunt, just a week after Amy Clark was featured. It seems Lake Martin is having a real run of promotion by the network. I can’t blame them, Lake Martin is a great place.

Linda’s contact info is:

Linda Shaffer, GRI, ABR
REMAX Around the Lake
5295 Highway 280
Alexander City, AL 35010
Office Phone – 256 329-5253
Cell – 256 794-4641
shaffer @ lakemartin . net
http://lindashaffer.com

I also can’t blame HGTV for selecting Linda. She is has been an outstanding agent for a long time and even better person for longer.  She lives in the same neighborhood as my parents. When I first started selling real estate in the Lake Martin area, one of the homes I was to show was Linda’s listing. She invited me by her house and gave me lots of words of encouragement about the industry. I will never forget it. Also, her husband also offered to let me borrow his truck anytime, just in case I ever need it! That’s the way they are.

The original episode aired on Mother’s Day, which was appropriate. The show featured Linda helping her daughter Lacey and Lacey’s husband John look for a home. Everyone came out looking great. Lacey, of course, is of Wickles Pickles fame, and John is a world traveling sculpture restorer for Robinson Iron. It had a happy ending and I thought they did a great job capturing Lake Martin in the fall!

I am so happy for Linda, and her entire family, as well as ReMax Around The Lake. A well deserved spotlight on some great people!

Do you have our free Lake Martin Voice App?

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Lake Martin Pizza Grand Opening

Friday May 22 was the Grand Opening of a new restaurant – Lake Martin Pizza! If you would like to call them, their number is (256) 373-3337 and they are located at 5095 Highway 49 S, Dadeville. Basically it’s at the shopping center that is at the corner of Highway 49 and Tallapoosa County road 34. For their info see their: facebook page.

lake martin pizza company grand opening picture of outside  I am happy to report that their pizza is great! I ordered the “Kira’s Favorite”– it was a sorta white pizza. It had chicken, pesto, feta, garlic, onions, and sun dried tomatoes. I really enjoyed it as well as the garlic rolls I got. I am not normally a garlic and onions guy but these were not overpowering. They are tasty!

They make their dough and sauce fresh each day and use as many local products as possible.

Plug for my free Lake Martin Voice app:

If you would like the easiest way to see the best Lake Martin area restaurants, on and off the water, plus their hours, their locations, and their menus, please download my Lake Martin Voice app. It’s free, available on Apple, Android, and Kindle. Plus it is the best way to see all Lake Martin area events, weather, Marinas, and of course, the best mobile real estate search! CLICK HERE for the Lake Martin Voice App!
the inside of Lake Martin Pizza Company in Dadeville, Alabama

Future Plans for Lake Martin Pizza

I talked to the owner and here are his very near future plans:

  • Wine Bar – will serve beer and wine. Maybe a speciality drink, but the focus will be on wine and beer
  • Outside seating – they are creating a covered patio area to the side so they will have outside seating and a guitar player on weekends
  • Delivery – they will keep it small for good service but they’re working on delivering in a small radius, also delivering dockside at a few marinas! What a cool idea!  garlic rolls at Lake Martin Pizza Company - Dadeville, AL  picture of a "Kira's Favorite" pizza at Lake Martin Pizza Company, Dadeville Alabama  the kitchen at Lake Martin Pizza, Dadeville, AL  view from the back at Lake Martin Pizza Dadeville ALabama

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Memorial Day Weekend Events at Lake Martin

There are a lot of great events and things going on at Lake Martin this year for Memorial Day 2015!

I would like to list some, not all of them below.

The best way to keep up with all events at Lake Martin is to download my FREE app, Lake Martin Voice.  Here’s a quick video of how it works for Events:

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The app is available for iOS in the Apple Store and Android also. Like I said, it’s FREE. The app also has a quick guide to Lake Martin area restaurants, marinas, a real estate search, weather, and more.

Lake Martin Voice app for Apple

Lake Martin Voice App

Memorial Day Events for Lake Martin

Art on The Lakeis at Children’s Harbor near Kowaliga Bridge. It is one of my favorite events all summer because they showcase the rich trove of artistic talent that is around the Lake Martin area. Plus, Children’s Harbor is a charity near and dear to many hearts. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 am. My tip is to go to the pancake breakfast below at 8 am on Saturday, then go to at 9 to Art on the Lake.

Crossroads Pancake Breakfast – at Russell Crossroads. It’s $5, cash or check, and the proceeds go to the Crossroads garden. Saturday 8 AM – 9:30 AM.

Chuck’s Marina – Chuck’s Marina has really stepped up their game this year. They have added another oven to crank out more pizzas, and they have live music every weekend. Unless you download my app, Chuck’s Facebook page is the best way to keep up with their music schedule. Friday and Saturday night, 8 PM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday.

RXR Fest – Russell Lands is starting a new tradition called RXR Fest – music and fun and activities around Russell Crossroads and the Green at Catherine’s.

But Seriously, please download my free app!

It gives you so much more than just Events.

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Lake Martin Voice App

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Spring 2015 Market Report for Lake Martin

March 2015 was another great month for Lake Martin waterfront home sales.

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The graph below was provided by the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE). On it you can see the number of homes sold monthly and the amount of inventory in the Lake Martin area during those months. ACRE’s chart shows the months of March for 2007 through 2015.

March has been consistently been a good month for Lake Martin waterfront home sales.(*) In 2015, 36 homes were sold in the month of March. This number includes sales from all brokerages and real estate agencies that participate in the Lake Martin MLS. In 2014, there were 28 homes sold in the month of March, so there was an 8 home increase in sales from 2014 to 2015. This is impressive, because 2014 was a record year for sales. The previous record year for sales was in 2005, when 30 waterfront homes were sold in March.

Lake Martin Home Price Changes?

A question I hear a lot is, “if Lake Martin home sales are up, what about prices?”

It’s a great question. When I looked back at the entire year of 2014, I did not see evidence of a huge price increase for waterfront property. What I saw, maybe, was a slight increase. Perhaps a couple of percent, but it’s hard to parse the numbers that tightly. Looking forward, I think you have to consider the amount of waterfront homes for sale right now on Lake Martin.

There are currently 358 homes for sale right now in the Lake Martin MLS. In comparison, there were 324 homes for sale at this time in 2014. Back in 2005, there were 180 homes for sale and prices went up from 2005 to 2006.  To emphasize this point, I cut the ACRE chart down to only the years of 2005, 2014, and the current year.  For example, in 2005, when we had 180 homes for sale and selling 30 homes a month, it was only 6 months of inventory being sold.

I think that 2015 will be the first year in a while that we will be able to go up in price. I don’t think we will see huge (30%) price jumps like we saw in 2005 because of the ratio of sales to inventory. But I do think we have a pretty good chance for a home price increase here at Lake Martin.

Only time will tell, so check back for more market reports as the year goes on.

Do You Need Help At Lake Martin?

I’m a full time real estate agent here at Lake Martin. I write these market reports help my clients. Do you need help with buying or selling at Lake Martin, please contact me, John Coley, by using this contact form, calling me at 334 221 5862 or emailing directly at john (at) lakemartinvoice (dot) com.

Copyright notice – the above, and every other post on this blog, is the property of John Coley, Broker, Lake Martin Voice Realty. Appraisers may use my information in their appraisals without charge or asking, but please give me credit by citing me, my company name and title, and website address of http://lakemartinvoice.com.  If anyone else would like to use this information, please contact me here and ask. I probably will let you do it, just please ask!

(*)Disclaimers: All of the above info was taken from the Lake Martin Area Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Accuracy is not guaranteed but deemed reliable. The above does not include sales by   FSBOs or developers that sell privately and not through the MLS. But, I do think that the above represents a very large majority of all waterfront sales on Lake Martin, Alabama.

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Paddle for a Purpose – 2015

This Saturday, May 30, is this year’s installment of “Paddle for a Purpose.” This annual stand up paddle board race is also a fund raiser for Children’s Harbor, one of Lake Martin’s most popular charities.

Paddle Board Race 2015

This SUP race is also part of a three race series called “SUP the South.” This means that lots of paddlers from around the southeast will be on hand at Children’s Harbor. The first leg of the series was in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. The Lake Martin race on May 30 is the middle, and the triple crown closes in Destin, Florida, on June 20, 2015.

Racers will have a choice of a 1 mile fun race, a 3 mile, and a 6 miler.

RACE MEETING AT 8:30 AM – FIRST RACE AT 9:00 AM

How To Register for Lake Martin’s Paddle For a Purpose

CLICK HERE to register for the Lake Martin Race.

For more information on the series, see this Facebook Page.

Last year, one of my sons raced in the one miler. This year the other one will! We are every excited about the event and Lake Martin Voice is proud to be a sponsor again this year.

Other big sponsors are Bote Paddleboards, and my friends at Lake Martin Dock Company. I bought my Bote at Lake Martin Dock. I get asked a lot about what board I have, it is the 12 foot HD. I really like it because it’s flexible, – I can do about anything with it. I fish from it, paddle around for fun, and even occasionally race. I haven’t done yoga from it yet, but would love to try.

Fly fishing setup for striped bass

Here’s a link to a post I wrote about my  fly fishing setup for my paddleboard. I am on a multi year quest to learn to consistently catch Lake Martin striped bass, on my fly rod, from my paddle board. It’s a work in progress! Maybe I can pick up some tips from the pros this weekend.

If you have any pointers, I would love to hear them!

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