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Sun Festival 2017 – 9 Days of Fun in Alexander City

The Alexander City Sun Festival – nine days of fun – July 14- 22, 2017!

I really have to hand it to the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. I think the Sun Festival is the perfect way to meld the City with Lake Martin. And they always schedule it after July 4th but well before Labor Day. The events are sponsored by local businesses that all bring their own flair. If you are anywhere near the Lake Martin area for this week, you owe it to yourself to catch one of these fun events.

With fun for the entire family be sure to make your plans now because you know you don’t want to miss anything! To help with your planning download our free Lake Martin Voice app – all of the events are listed. Be sure to check the Sun Festival’s Facebook page and website too for more details. Also the printed day-by-day guide can be picked up at the Chamber office and various businesses around town.

Listed below are a few of my favorite events:

  • July 15 – Slip-n-Slide 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – Be sure to pre-register. I saw a pic of the slip-n-slide they will be using. They will end up at Strand Park and that is a great hill for sliding.
  • July 16 – PaddleBoard Race at Wind Creek State Park – This is sponsored by my friends Nicki and Jackson Dozier at TowBoat U.S. Lake Martin and also by Sharon and the Paddle Lake Martin group. The lake area has a growing paddle community and if you are new, this would be the perfect time to hop in, meet folks, and have fun.
  • July 17 – Dawg-Gawn Good Parade – Call me a sucker for dogs but I think this is just hilarious. Quintessential small town. You just dress your dog up in a funny costume, show up, and walk the walk. They even have prizes. Don’t take it too seriously, this is not Best in Show. It’s just for fun.
  • July 22 – On the Pontoon – two-hour cruises around Lake Martin sponsored by our fellow Lake Martin Voice Realty agent, the ever fun loving Paige Patterson. Paige will need to correct me if I am wrong but I think she has been doing these about three years. She first started them as a way to show real estate to folks new to Lake Martin, and it was such a hit she decided to incorporate a tour during Sun Festival. It’s a great way to get to know the Lake. Also, if you absolutely just had to buy a piece of real estate that you saw along the way, Paige probably wouldn’t hold you back. Just sayin’.
  • July 22 – Cornhole Tournament – starting at 4 in Strand Park. Cornhole is a “sport” that requires a minimal amount of effort.
  • July 22 – Moon Taxi Concert – starting at 6 in Strand Park. End the nine days of Sun Festival fun with a musical celebration! You absolutely need to get tickets ahead of time for this one, but they are only $20. Be sure to check the Chamber website www.alexandercitychamber.com.

Some of the events require registration or tickets. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.alexandercitychamber.com or go by the Chamber office.

Sun Festival is possible due to the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the many sponsors and volunteers and the city and county governments. Be sure to thank and support the sponsors and thank the volunteers when you see them!

Happy Sun Festival – enjoy celebrating all that Lake Martin and Alex City has to offer!

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Ego Versus Effectiveness

Earlier this year I had my first “Instagram closing” for a waterfront home sale here at Lake Martin.

Let me explain how it went down.

I saw a #sneakpeek of a new listing for a home in the Real Island area on my friend Becky’s Instagram feed. I forwarded it to my potential buyer and within 20 minutes they drove by the house. I scheduled a showing and the next day they made an offer, beating out a couple of other buyers, and got under contract. We closed soon after.

I was pretty amazed when I reflected that it pretty much happened over Instagram.

Not that Instagram or any social media is the end all be all.

In my opinion, too many real estate agents think that merely “having a presence” is the point of social media. They think they have to be everywhere. They brag on the number of platforms they’re on and say “Follow me on Facebook” or “Like my stuff on Instagram.”

I tend to think “Why should I follow you?” Or more accurately, “Why should the public follow me or any agent?” What is in it for them? Everyone these days has a Facebook page or Instagram or whatever. Big deal. It’s free.

The big question is “What are you (as a real estate agent) doing with it?

Social media is a tool, just like a phone or a car or a camera.

What separates effective agents from self-promoters is that effective ones think “How can I help my clients with this? What would they like? What is useful to them?”

If you are an agent reading this – think about it – what’s a more helpful way to use your phone to help your
buyer – texting them a picture of the view of Lake Martin from a home? or posting a selfie of you (gobbling
up all of the screen space) in front of the same view and posting it on social media? My friend Becky nailed it when she posted the sneak peak. She was being helpful to her followers and showing a great view of the home. It worked.

I admit, I have an ego just like the next guy. Probably more than the next guy. Sometimes it is a struggle to me to not give in to those that advise agents to constantly “promote your personal brand” by splashing your name and Glamour Shot all over the place.

For the record, I do think that brand promotion has its place – in limited quantities for specific purposes. But, I also think that my approach suits me personally.

My approach- to use my marketing muscle to talk about Lake Martin.

I try to talk about my sellers’ properties, not myself. My goal is to help buyers learn about Lake Martin, not about me.

I realize that along the way, parts of my life will inevitably spill into the interweb and my marketing. You can’t help it when you put so much of yourself into something. However, such spillover should be incidental to the process, not Step 1 of it.

To return to the Instagram example, true- that’s how we found it. But, my buyers would not have listened to me on that one had I not earned their trust over years of looking at other homes online and in person. In other words, social media was one of the tools we used. Not the only one.

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It’s Mosquito Season – who ya gonna call?

It’s mosquito season in Alabama and with all of the rain we have had in the last month you are probably hearing those pesky, buzzing mosquitos and feeling their presence at Lake Martin.

When at Lake Martin we want to be outside and enjoy ourselves – not keep swatting away mosquitoes. Help can be on the way! Call my friends with Mosquito Authority at (334) 648-0936. They are a local company based out of Montgomery and can help control mosquitoes around your home.

Last fall I wrote a blog post explaining what Mosquito Authority does and how to get in contact with them. If you would like to read it now click here – it should answer most of your questions. Prices have changed a little for 2017. The price is $69 per treatment. Or save some money and choose the one payment option for the remaining season – (currently there are 5 applications left in the official mosquito season.) The season starts in early April and continues thru October – the worst month for mosquitos is typically August.

There is no contract or obligation but if you choose the repeat treatments plan the Mosquito Authority guarantees that if the mosquitoes keep biting they will come back to spray again at no extra charge.

Mosquito Authority is helping keep away mosquitoes at our lake house again this year and they can make a difference in controlling the mosquitos around your yard too!

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4th of July Events at Lake Martin – 2017

What is there to do at Lake Martin on the 4th of July?

I am glad you asked! Since the 4th is on a Tuesday this year (and hopefully you have Monday off from work) there are loads of events scheduled at the Lake starting Friday, June the 30th. In fact there are too many to list here but don’t worry – check out my free Lake Martin Voice app for a full list of events.

As far as July 4th here are some great choices:

The Amp 4th of July Blast – Concert and Fireworks – gates open at 5:00 with music starting at 6:30 from The Bank Walkers and the Sweet Tea Trio. Fireworks will start at 9 featuring the Southeast’s largest fireworks show! Tickets are $10 with children 6 and under free.

Russell Marine 4th of July Boat Parade – boats will parade from Kowaliga Marina to Children’s Harbor in a “festive and patriotic holiday display.” The parade starts at 10. Prizes awarded! Register to enter the parade (call 334-857-2111) or enjoy the parade from the shore!

Blue Creek 4th of July Parade – starts at the North end of Ponder Camp Road at 11 and ends at Niffer’s. Watch or enter – fun for all!

Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

The Lake Martin Voice app is available for free (click on images below):

 

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Wine and Words to benefit Friends of the Dadeville Library

This year’s Wine & Words event is Friday, June 23 from 6-8 pm at Chuck’s Marina. Please come out to support the Friends of the Dadeville Library – sample some wine, browse the selection of books and listen to some live music from John Bull and Ed Pickett.

Also meet author Katie Porterfield who will be on hand to sell and sign her book “Find Your Heart in Lake Martin.” This book would make a great gift for anyone, any age that loves Lake Martin. To read more about Katie click here for an article from the Alex City Outlook.

Any donations will benefit the Friends of the Dadeville Library. The Friends are also offering chances to win a brand-new Fender “T-Bucket” acoustic guitar, featuring an on-board amplifier. Tickets for the guitar drawing are a $2 donation each. Tickets are currently being offered at Dadeville Public Library and can also be purchased at Wine & Words.

We are happy to help sponsor Wine & Words this year along with Chuck’s Marina Winestoppers and Friends of the Dadeville Library.

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Country Living 2017 Lake House of the Year at Lake Martin!

Country Living magazine chose their 2017 Lake House of the Year location at Lake Martin! Their July/August issue (which goes on sale at news stands this week) has been dubbed The Water Issue. And since you love Lake Martin like I do you will agree they made a wise choice in choosing Lake Martin as the site of the Lake House of the Year! This issue celebrates life on the water so be sure to pick up an issue today!

This beautiful, relaxed home was built in a collaboration with architect Jonathan Torode of Nashville (Pfeffer Torode Architecture), builder Chad Calhoun of Alexander City (Classic Homes), and Russell Lands on Lake Martin. The home is located at 321 Paddock Point in The Ridge, a Russell Lands development.  Click here for Google map.

The lake home’s exterior features rough cedar siding and a natural stone chimney and outdoor spaces that we all love such as a screened in porch, a lakeside fire pit and a deck area to watch the sunset. Inside the 2,900 sq. ft. home are expansive windows – each room taking advantage of natural light, oak hardwood floors, tongue and groove pine walls, a smooth cypress ceiling in the open living room, a natural stone fireplace, beautiful finishes in the kitchen such as subway tile quartz countertops and a pecky cypress kitchen island, 3 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms with patterned porcelain tile, an upstairs bonus room, a pantry and more.

And guess what? You can take a tour between June 26 and July 9 from 10-5 daily. Tickets are only $15 and will benefit Children’s Harbor. Click here to purchase tickets now.

Check out one of the videos Country Living did (click play arrow):

To read the online article and see photos and more videos from Country Living click here.

If you are ready to find your Lake Martin home to enjoy life on the water give me, John Coley, a call or text me at the number at the top of this page, email me [email protected] or contact me here.

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Small Changes in Kitchen = Big Difference!

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that applies to kitchens at Lake Martin too. The kitchen in this condo at Sunset Point in Stillwaters needed some updating. The existing white cabinet doors and drawer fronts were replaced with new white ones and the color of the walls were kept the same “lemon drops” yellow. The cabinet hardware was replaced which made a big difference.

All of the countertops were replaced and included a redesign of the peninsula counter containing the sink. A new tile backsplash was also installed and plug outlets were moved and updated which made a big difference in the overall look of the kitchen.

See for yourself – small changes can make a big difference!

If you’re a buyer who is looking for a Lake Martin home let me know.  My name is John Coley and I’ll help you find a property that makes sense for your vision and your budget Give me a call or text me at the number at the top of this screen or email me here.

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My Buyers Catch More Than Great Real Estate Deals

 

I first met G. C Lewis and his family when I was helping them find a waterfront lot on Lake Martin. Being an Auburn alum G.C. was interested in building a lake home close to Auburn. Since the Lewis family lived in Georgia they were weighing their options at Lake Martin vs lots at Lake Chatuge in Georgia. They realized Lake Martin had a lot more to offer in terms of amenities and restaurants.

We found a lot in Shady Bay that was perfect for them. They hired Bryan Jones of Jones Pierce to design their home. The Lewis family was so excited to move forward with their plans to build at Lake Martin.

It is so much fun for me to keep in touch with my clients over the years. The Lewises were new to Lake Martin but as you can see in the photo above, they quickly learned the fishing hot spots with help from David Hare.

David Hare, owner and head guide of Alex City Guide Services, is one of the best guides on the Lake and certainly one to talk to about learning to fish Lake Martin. Give him a call at 256-401-3089 or email him at [email protected]

If you are looking for a lot at Lake Martin and ready to start planning your lake getaway, call or text me, John Coley at 334-221-5862  or by clicking here or email me – [email protected]. I would love to help you navigate around the Lake and catch your great real estate deal.

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BrOlympics at Lake Martin

What better place than Lake Martin to reunite with old friends and family? Now’s the time of year we all start eyeing the calendar and carving out some vacation time.

I thought it’d be fun to share an aspect of a gathering I’ve attended here at the lake. It’s a get together of old college buddies – just the guys.

I know what you’re thinking – mid-life crisis types trying to relive the nuttiness of their youth. Actually, these days, we are more concerned with good coffee. Instead of trying to avoid rooming with the guy that will keep you up all night, you’re worried about which oneS of the group have to sleep with a CPAP.

One (of the more creative) of the group came up with the BrOlympics concept last year. It’s pronounced “bro-lympics.” We “competed” in several categories. Wake surfing, ordering food food at Kowaliga, cards, cornhole, and responsible beer drinking. It was a huge hit! He even made a gold medal for it.

This summer, I encourage you to reach out to your friends, loved ones, and, hey … even your family :)!

If you need help planning your weekend, download my free Lake Martin Voice app here. It has all of Lake Martin’s events in one easy spot!

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Lake Martin – for a few or for 50!

Not long ago I sold a waterfront home in the Real Island area of Lake Martin to Mike and Michelle. Like many couples, they had been dreaming about owning a home at Lake Martin for a long time.

This will be their first summer at Lake Martin in their new home. I couldn’t wait to see how they were enjoying it so far.  So I checked with them earlier in May and here is their response:

“We are thoroughly enjoying our lake house! We hosted our school’s track team this past Saturday for their end of the year party. We had about 50 people there for the afternoon, and it was a blast! This holiday weekend we will have some close friends staying with us.We are having fun making it our own, and creating special memories! Thanks for checking on us!”

I am happy to help you make your dream of owning a home at Lake Martin come true too! But here is a warning – be prepared to be the most popular mom and dad around the school when it comes time to host the team!

Can I help you find your dream Lake Martin home or lot? Contact me here or call me at the number at the top of the page.

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