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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 davidbhare@yahoo.com.

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 – john@lakemartinvoice.com. 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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Memorial Day Weekend Events at Lake Martin – 2017

Summer officially starts June 20 but at Lake Martin we all know summer starts MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. And boy there are so many events to choose from here at the Lake you are going to wish you could clone yourself to enjoy them all.

Here is a list of events in no particular order:

RXR FEST – three nights of great music at Russell Crossroads – featuring Airside, Mose Wilson and The Delta Twang, The Bank Walkers, Raquel Lily, Jordy Searcy and The Jonathan Bloom Band. Bring your chairs and coolers and enjoy a weekend with family and friends. 6-10pm

Art on the Lake at Children’s Harbor – Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 9-2 this free art festival features art and jewelry from over 40 artisans with a portion of art purchases helping support Children’s Harbor.

Bezlo’s Cafe – Opened earlier this year in Eclectic. Avondale Brewing Company Tasting Party from 5-8pm on Friday. Live music from Mark Kelley from 8:30-10pm Friday and Saturday.

Chuck’s Marina – Your home all summer long. Live music all weekend – Friday at 7:30pm, Rachel Wilson, Saturday at 7:30pm, Blane Rudd and Sunday from 6-9pm River Dan!

Copper’s Grill at Stillwaters – Great food, live music, outside venue! Friday 7-10pm music from Blackberry Breeze, Saturday 7-10pm music from Winston Ramble and Sunday 7-10pm the Sid Phelps Band.

McFadden Cup Club Race – Dixie Sailing Club – Racing open to all members. Saturday from 11-5. Not a member? If interested in crewing see their website.

Eagles at Naturalist Cabin in Russell Crossroads – Saturday at 12pm and 1pm. Come visit two of Auburn’s popular eagles!

The Landing at Parker Creek – Saturday starting at 6pm, live music from the M-80s and Jenni Foreman Mote.

Interested in knowing what is happening at Lake Martin? Or check the weather? See the water level? Discover new restaurants or shops? Contact one of the area Marinas? Keep up to date with new property listings? Then download the free Lake Martin Voice App! You will be glad you did!

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Price Drop at The Ridge!

Just like Nacho knew it was the right time to drop down on Ramses, we know it is the perfect time for a price drop on this home in The Ridge!

190 Eagle Ridge is a spacious lake home – 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms with a wrap around porch on a wooded lot with an outstanding view.

Being located inside The Ridge has so many advantages – two swimming pools, workout center, members-only clubhouse, tennis courts, hiking trails and more; as Nacho would say “… it’s the baaayste.”

New price of $529,000!

Take a full tour below! (click play arrow)

For more information on 190 Eagle Ridge click here or contact Listing Agent John Coley at 334-221-5862 or by clicking here or email him – john@lakemartinvoice.com.

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Price Drop in River Oaks!

Heads-up! This Lake Martin waterfront home for sale in River Oaks has just had a price drop.

1642 River Oaks Drive sits on a beautiful lot with westerly views framing a huge vista of the lake. This lake home has a flexible floor plan, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, screened porch, boat lift and more!

New price of $749,500!

 

Take a full tour below! (click play arrow)

For more information on 1642 River Oaks Drive click here or contact Listing Agent John Coley at 334-221-5862 or by clicking here or email him – john@lakemartinvoice.com.

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Summer-ize to Show

As you read this, Lake Martin’s Plug Day 2017 should be comfortably behind us. Lord willing, spring rains and Alabama Power should be combining to raise the lake’s water level – inch by inch, day by day.

It’s Christmas morning every morning for people like me who love Lake Martin. How much fun is it to check your favorite source for the water level and see that the lake has risen higher than it was the day before? Each time I see a rise, in my head I can hear Johnny Cash ask, “How high’s the water, Mama?” It is glorious.

Have you squandered the time after September? Are you one of these folks that shuts your lake home up tight after Labor Day and doesn’t crack it open until Memorial Day? If so, shame on you. It’s your loss, really, because you are missing some of the best weather that the Lake Martin area offers.

Of course, people have their reasons for seasonal abandonment, one common excuse I hear from absentee owners is that once they winterize their cabins, they don’t want to summerize it just for one weekend, only to have to turn around and winterize it before they leave. Too much trouble, they protest.

One might ask, “what’s winterizing?” Basically, it involves preparing a home to be on its own over the winter. Each family at each home has its own winterizing ritual. Some people just lock up and leave. Others drag in all the outdoor furniture, put covers over the indoor furniture, and hide the TVs and the liquor. All of them, though, drain the water lines. The number one enemy of a winterized home is frozen plumbing.

Winterizing is a big deal around Lake Martin. It’s not that we live in an arctic climate. In fact, in a normal year there really is only two or three times that it gets cold enough for long enough so that pipes will freeze. My guess is its importance is due to the fact that many of the homes in the area are older and built in a time when ski boats only cost $1,000 and cabins were only used in the summer. They just weren’t designed with new fangled city conveniences like insulation.

If you have ever spent time looking at homes for sale during the winter, you are all too familiar with the practical effects of large scale winterization. Over the course of a seven hour showing day, it is not unusual to walk through eight or nine homes. Morning coffee and healthy hydration can combine to spur the call of nature. Many is the potential home buyer that has used the bathroom in a winterized cabin and heard the dreaded silence after the attempted flush. Silence in a toilet means nothing is happening. The bad stuff isn’t flushed away and new water isn’t being pumped in to replace it.  Then the embarrassed home buyer must, with hands a-wringing, admit to the real estate agent that they went, but the toilet didn’t cooperate.  There’s only one thing to do if you are a proper real estate agent.

You have to fix it.

You can’t summerize the house for one flush. No way. Risky even if technically possible. No, the best thing you can do if you’re the agent is to start looking around for a bucket. Usually there is one sitting under the house or in the shed. You grab the bucket, walk to the lake, scoop a healthy ladle of water, and trek back to the house. If you’re lucky, you can do this from the dock and keep your shoes clean. However, many is the home without year round water, and this means walking in a possibly muddy lake bottom to get near enough to the water to scoop. Whether you kick off your shoes to do this, or put out a board to walk on is a game time decision, but muddying up the inside of the home is not an option.

Once you have your water in the bucket, simply fill up the tank in the toilet and flush. Hopefully, one flush will do it. If not, rinse and repeat.

There are all kinds of complicating factors. Once, I couldn’t find a bucket and had to use a small salad bowl; it took five trips. The tank might be leaky so you might have to fill it up repeatedly and flush quickly. I won’t mention the myriad of problems that might surface from a “number two” situation. They ain’t pretty. However, I do think it is a rite of passage of sorts for Lake Martin agents. I say you aren’t an initiated member until you have dipped a bucket in the lake on a cold winter day.

Despite the challenges of a winterized home, I still think that it’s worth it to come to the lake house and summerize, even if it’s for one weekend or one day.

If the winterizing and summerizing of your lake home is particularly onerous, I would challenge you to make it easier. Use the winter to learn about your home and figure out if there’s a better way to do it. For instance, much of the trouble centers around draining all of the plumbing lines to make sure there is absolutely no water present.  For home owners of old homes, or for old home owners, the prospect of crawling underneath the house with a flashlight and a monkey wrench is not appealing. But maybe you can hire a plumber to install an additional drain line that is easy to access and operate.

Also, you might accept that a certain amount of failure should be viewed as feedback. No matter how much we plan, we still make mistakes, no matter how “professional” we think we might be at winterizing. This winter, I myself suffered the shame of frozen pipes at the lake. I thought I had drained my plumbing lines perfectly, only to be met with the dreaded hissing when the water was turned back on after a cold weekend.

My father thought this was hilarious. You have to know him to know why, but generally he delights in situations that cost me money, especially if he’s afforded an opportunity to not-so-gently mock me with questions like, “What? Don’t you know how to winterize your house? It’s pretty simple.”

After I recovered from my embarrassment, I vowed to learn from the incident. I crawled under the house and studied the complex network of iron and PEX and came away with a plan to change it a bit for the better. Maybe next time the temperature dips, I will be able to get all the water out in a fast, effortless way.

That’s my encouragement to any home owner who says that it’s too much of a pain to winterize. I ask you, “Why is it so much trouble? Why not make it easier?” You are missing out on a lot. Lake Martin is too beautiful to only enjoy it above eighty degrees.

Note: I originally published this article in my monthly column in Lake Magazine.  I am proud to write about Lake Martin Real Estate for Lake Magazine. This article was also published on the ACRE (Alabama Center for Real Estate) website and AL.com

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I’m Endorsed by Larry

“I am so happy my family used John Coley to help them find a Lake Martin home in the Kowaliga area! We love it so much! They even bought me a little doggie life vest! You have my full endorsement, and I will recommend you to all my other dog friends! Although, I must admit, my other doggie friends are not as cute as I am. I hope this is not a problem.”***

Larry O., Montgomery, AL

***I am sure Larry would say this if he could talk.

I would love to help your dog (and I guess you, too) find your Lake Martin home. Call or text me, John Coley at 334-221-5862  or by clicking here or email me – john@lakemartinvoice.com.

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Price Drop on townhouse at The Ridge!

Heads-up! A great Lake Martin townhouse for sale at The Ridge has just had a price drop.

184 Ledges Trail at The Ridge is a gorgeous home with upscale finishes, an open, spacious floor plan, 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, a deeded boat slip and an easy care exterior – plus all the extras of The Ridge. AND it is right on the waterfront! New price of $539,000!

Take a 3D and 360 Tour below: (click Play Arrow):

For more information on 184 Ledges Trail click here or contact Listing Agent John Coley at 334-221-5862 or by clicking here or email him – john@lakemartinvoice.com.

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Treasured Mile: Anti-Litter Program for Lake Martin

Did you know that you could make an impact on keeping Lake Martin litter free? Lake Martin Resource Association (LMRA) has launched the Treasured Mile Program to promote a litter-free lake environment.

Individuals and groups can adopt a section of Lake Martin’s shoreline or an Alabama Power Company island for regular litter patrol and cleanup. Volunteers who adopt a portion of the shoreline or an island will help to maintain the beauty of the lake for a two year period.

Helping sponsor the Treasured Mile Program is Alabama Power Company and Russell Lands. “The Treasured Mile Program is a great opportunity for those who love and appreciate Lake Martin to make meaningful contributions toward the scenic and environmental preservation of the lake for current and future generations,” said Rhett Hanks, Lake Manager for Alabama Power Company.

More information can be found on the  LMRA website including application forms and a map showing you the latest areas that have been adopted and which areas still need adopting. This is your opportunity to help make a cleaner, healthier Lake Martin. Get involved and give back! Let’s keep Lake Martin beautiful.

Click here to read an article from Alex City Outlook by John Thompson, President of LMRA. Call John at 334-323-7880 or email him – john.thompson@hcsinc.net if you have any questions about the Treasured Mile Program.

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