Prime Hiking Time on Lake Martin

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Right now is prime hiking time around Lake Martin.

We’ve had a really hot and dry autumn, but the temperatures are finally getting right to hit the trails. The other day we Coleys headed to one of the CRATA trails.  It’s the Deadening Alpine Trail.

It sounds pretty severe but it’s actually a really nice hike. The trailhead and parking area is located just west of the entrance to The Harbor subdivision on Overlook Road. The trail transitions from a red clay and pine tree stand to a deciduous forest with mountain laurel and rhododendron that makes you realize you’re on the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

The trail takes you up and over a ridge that you have seen a million times by boat if you have visited Chimney and Acapulco Rocks. In fact, the coolest part of the hike is when you hit some big boulders that are pretty high up from the water that look straight across to Lake Martin’s most infamous landmark. You can hang out on the rocks and get some selfies, or try and squeeze through the Needle’s Eye!

We just fooled around on those rocks for a while and then hiked back in time to catch some football on TV. It was lots of fun.

If you’d like to learn more about Cherokee Alpine Ridge Trails, click here for their website. They are a great nonprofit that maintains many miles of trails around Lake Martin.

If I can help you look for waterfront real estate in The Harbor, or anywhere else, please call me at the number on the top of this screen or CONTACT ME HERE.

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Lake Martin Remodel in Parker Creek

Earlier this summer I stopped by to see a Lake Martin cabin that I had sold a few years ago in the Parker Creek area.

This waterfront home built in 1983 is on a woodsy, private lot.  It had a good floor plan and great potential but was in need of some updating.

The new owners were excited to rejuvenate the home.  You should have seen their list of projects – “remove paneling, paint entire interior, remove popcorn ceiling, new stone countertops, replace all interior doors, install tile on bathroom floors …” and that was just the list for the interior.

The before and after photos below will tell the story of the exterior improvements.  They painted the home a good looking gray color and built a new entrance on the street side. The screened in porch (don’t we all love those) got a makeover and the boat house and dock were repaired.

Stay tuned for more photos of this cabin – you won’t believe the transformation of the inside.

By the way, if you are looking for a contractor or subcontractor to help you with a remodel, renovation, or new construction around Lake Martin, CONTACT ME HERE and I would be glad to make some recommendations.

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Before & After – Street View

 

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Before & After – Screened in Porch

 

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Before & After – Boat House

 

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Before & After – Dock

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Mosquito Authority for Lake Martin

Here at Lake Martin we don’t have a huge mosquito problem. However, they are out there, and a few factors in the last several years made me want to write this blog post.

First of all, mosquitos have been in the news here lately as carriers of some viruses and sicknesses.  Secondly, there have been some pretty cool advances in treatment methods that weren’t around a few years ago.  The cost of professional treatment has come down so low that it’s difficult to justify doing it yourself.  Lastly, I’ve had buyers ask me about it.  That factor alone is enough for me to let me know I should write about this!

And yes, I know I’m writing about this in November.  But here at Lake Martin we are still easily in the 80s.  I even had some friends of mine that were bitten while out Trick or Treating last week.

I’d like to introduce the Mosquito Authority.  It’s a great local company that is owned by some friends of mine.  They can help control mosquitos around your Lake Martin home.  Be sure to watch the video above to learn more about their services and see them in action.

They are based out of Montgomery but have been expanding to Lake Martin lately.  I caught up with them the other day when they were treating a home in the Blue Creek area.

Here are a few more Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.   Is the mosquito treatment safe at Lake Martin?

A.   Yes, because of our targeted application, it goes and stays where we put it.  By the time the product begins to wear off, runoff is minimal.

Q.   Is the spray safe for kids and pets?

A.  After the spray has a chance to dry in about 15 minutes, it is perfectly fine to let your children and pets run around.  We don’t spray the grass, but we focus on where the mosquitos hang out.  They frequent your trees and shrubs.

Q.  How often do you spray a home?

A.  We recommend spraying every three weeks.  The first spray will make a huge difference. The second one helps to break the life-cycle.  After that, it is more of a maintenance thing.

Q.  How long does each spray last?

A.  Our product is very durable.  It can last up to three weeks, even if it rains.  We only spray during dry conditions and after it dries, even rain doesn’t have much effect.

Q.  How much does it cost?

A.  It depends on the size of the yard, but you have options.  You can choose to pay per spray, you can pay for the season package with 2 payments or to save the most money, you can pay for the whole 10-spray season in one payment.  There is no commitment or contract.  You can stop service whenever you want.  For 2016 the full season price was $525, the 2 payment plan was $285 and the monthly rate was $62.

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The Mosquito Authority can be reached at 334-648-0936 or find them on Facebook at The Mosquito Authority of Alabama.

 

 

 

 

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Nothing Scary about this Basement in Lake Martin!

Like a lot of people, I love to check out how Lake Martin home buyers renovate their waterfront homes after the purchase.

I was really excited earlier this summer when I stopped by a lake home in the north Lake Martin area that I had sold a few years ago.  The young couple who bought it wanted me to see the results of their remodeling job. They renovated the bedrooms upstairs, and really put a number on the basement!

And wow – the basement (aka lake level) had been transformed!  Sometimes the word “basement” makes us think of a dark, damp and dreary space – sort of scary.  Nothing scary here!

The previous owners had used the area for storage.  While it was easy to see the potential for this large space it would not be an easy project even for the handiest DIYer or professional contractor, yet the buyers performed most of the work themselves. From design to installation of some tricky sheetrock and carpentry, this was almost 100% their remodeling work!

With this renovated lake level area the homeowners have probably doubled the size of their home.  They added a finished bedroom in the space and a bright family room with its own door to the lake side deck.  The existing bathroom was updated and expanded.  The interior stairs were improved and made more user friendly.

The exterior also received some updating.  The old single garage door was removed and replaced with two custom wood, barn style faux doors that look amazing and really add to the lake appeal of the home.

Don’t just take my word for it – look at these before and after photos below!

By the way, if you are looking for a contractor or subcontractor to help you with a remodel, renovation, or new construction around Lake Martin, CONTACT ME HERE and I would be glad to make some recommendations.

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What Fire Department responds to my house in Lake Martin?

 

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What fire department responds to your house in Lake Martin?

The answer is – it depends. Why? Several reasons – Lake Martin is located in 3 counties (Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa), the Lake has about 880 miles of shoreline and there are several nearby cities (Alexander City, Dadeville, Jackson’s Gap and Eclectic).

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Alexander City Fire Department

Dadeville Fire Department

Eclectic Fire Department

Pace’s Point Volunteer Fire & Rescue

But if you have an emergency call 911!  Don’t call me to ask what fire district you are in!

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Alabama Power Public Education Open House

 

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Photo courtesy of apcshorelines.com

Alabama Power’s Shoreline Management staff is hosting a Public Education Open House on Friday, October. 21. The event will be held from 11 to 2  in the Creekside Lodge Event Center in Dadeville.

Shoreline Management staff will discuss how the permitting process works for shoreline structures such as boat houses, docks/piers and seawalls, and answer any questions. Lunch will be provided.

This will be a great way to learn about the shoreline permitting at Lake Martin.  Hope to see you there!

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Click here for Alabama Power Company’s Shorelines website.

Click here for Creekside Lodge Event Center google map.

 

 

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August 2016 Market Report for Lake Martin

What’s the waterfront real estate market doing right now for Lake Martin?

2015 was a record year for the Lake Martin waterfront market. Was that followed up with another huge result so far in 2016?

Let’s take a look at the latest results from the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE). They are my trusted source for the data for all the real estate markets in Alabama.

Below is a chart from ACRE. For August 2016 – 30 homes were sold (all agents and brokerages). Compare that to August 2015 – 37 homes were sold.  That is down about 19%.

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If we look at our year to date numbers-  214 homes at Lake Martin were sold through the end of August 2016.  For the same period in 2015 – 245 homes were sold – resulting in a decrease of about 13%.

How about lots?  Waterfront lots year to date (again through August 2016) sold were 44.  Last year, 67 lots were sold at the end of August.  So, lot sales are down about 30%, which is a pretty significant number.

Inventory of homes is still way down – 25% from last year.  I’m still seeing a lot of pricing pressure because Lake Martin has a lot of homes for sale but fewer homes are selling.

What does all of this mean?  What is the interpretation?  I looked at the 5 year average waterfront home sales for the month of August and also the 3 year average of sales.  The average for 5 years in August is 30 and for 3 years is 36 – still sort of inconclusive.

I think we still need more information – let’s see what the 4th quarter is going to do and also I would like to see what the 1st quarter of 2017 will do. And then we can decide if 2015 was an anomaly – the Muhammed Ali of all years or a sign of a general trend that means we hit a market peak in 2015.

I don’t know yet, but I can promise you I will stay on top of the numbers and do my best to keep you updated.

If you have any questions about this or more specifically how these numbers affect your home give me a call or email me – John Coley at 334-221-5862 or [email protected].

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What Does Pending Mean in the Lake Martin MLS?

 

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Q:  Thank you for all of the email updates for homes for sale around Lake Martin.  I see one I like- but it says “Pending” by the home’s info. What does Pending (Y) mean on your website?

A:  For my website, (Lake Martin Voice.com) – I pull all of my information from the Lake Martin MLS. Regardless of what bloated sites like Zillow will try and tell you, the Lake Martin MLS is the most accurate and updated database for waterfront property here at Lake Martin. This is because it is made up of the real estate agents and brokerages here.

One of the fields of data we have is “Status.” When you see the Status = Active, that means that the waterfront lot or home is currently for sale. When you see Status = Pending, it means that the property is under contract.  There has been an offer, and that offer was accepted, and the parties are working towards closing.

Typically, the time that a home is ‘pending’ is about five or six weeks to allow for the buyers to do their due diligence, such as the lending process, any inspections, surveys, etc.

Incidentally, once the sale has finalized and closed, the status is changed to “Closed” and it will be removed from the website.  This is because, according to our Lake Martin MLS rules, sold properties are not allowed to be on public facing websites. Sold information is only visible to Lake Martin MLS members, so if you would like info on a sold property, please CONTACT ME HERE and I can help you with that.

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Do People Stay at Lake Martin for Auburn Games?

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Do people stay at Lake Martin for Auburn games?  I believe the answer is YES. The Lake is a such a short drive to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

According to an article published earlier this month in Alex City Outlook (click here to read) Auburn home football games make a big impact on the economy around the Lake Martin area. Local merchants, businesses and restaurants report increased revenue for home game weekends.

And rentals at Lake Martin are popular for football weekends – enjoy the game in Auburn on Saturday and the Lake on Sunday!  What could be better?  (besides a winning season).

Even if you don’t plan on going to the Auburn football game, if you are coming to look at waterfront real estate, it affects you, too.  As an example, I recently had a couple from Atlanta coming in to look at some homes and lots on Lake Martin.  They happened to be coming on a football weekend, and hadn’t made any reservations.  Most of the local hotels around the Lake were booked up!  So it always pays to think ahead, even if you are not a football fan.

Since we are talking about Auburn and Lake Martin … were you one of the few that missed Auburn’s kicker, Daniel Carlson’s, Instagram video from this summer?  He and teammate Will Hastings were at Lake Martin “working hard in the offseason.”  Click here to see the video and read the article from AL.com.

Whether or not you Roll with the Tide, yell Waaarrr Eagle, scream Go Vols, support the Bulldogs (Mississippi State or Georgia), geaux with the Tigers, get fired up about the Gators, Gamecocks, Razorbacks, Rebel Black Bears or any other team – enjoy the Fall with Faith, Family, Friends and Football!

 

 

 

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Meet Real Buyers of Lake Martin

"Thank you, John! We love our new Lake Martin home!!"

“Thank you, John! We love our new Lake Martin home!!”

When ready to buy a Lake Martin home, Randy and Jennifer did their homework. Let the house hunting begin!  They researched, looked, and researched some more.  They took advantage of a key tool that I give to my buyers – a constantly updated list of every potential dream home – emailed right to their phones.

When their dream home hit the market, they knew they had to move fast.  In a seller’s market, speed is critical for the buyer.  But you don’t want to rush into anything!

By receiving custom curated search results, and by walking through a few homes, Randy and Jennifer were ready to move with informed confidence when their time came.  They got my email alert on Sunday, we saw the home on Monday and we were under contract by Tuesday.

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Cheers to Randy and Jennifer on securing their Lake Martin dream home!

Buying a home is exciting and can sometimes be overwhelming but with the right agent  you can find your dream home too! As your agent I would love to talk to you about how I can help you find your home on Lake Martin by using this key tool – giving you the latest and most accurate list of homes that fit your ‘must-haves’!

Please call or text me at the number at the top of this page or contact me Here.

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