Watkinsville, GA Real Estate News

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My name is Cheryl Kieler and I live in Winder, Georgia. I have an amazing husband and 5 awesome children. We also have 8 rescue dogs, goats and chickens. We moved to Georgia about 2 years ago from South Florida. Since then I decided to get my real estate license and when my son, who is a Fire medic, used Homes for Heroes to purchase his first home, I knew I wanted to get involved. I have a strong desire to help, wherever and whenever I can. I may be newer to the Real Estate world, but I have over 20 years of experience in the business world. My husband and I ran a very successful business in South Florida for many years and I have a lot of experience that will contribute to my new venture.  I so look forward to helping as many heroes as I possibly can and I am proud to be a part of such...
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Selling a home for a home owner is an exciting and sometimes stressful scenario. The first and most important thing you want to do in preparing your house for market is to make sure it has good curb appeal.  Curb appeal is simply the first impression a prospective buyer gets when driving by the house. It has been said that up to 80% of the decision to buy a house is made before even entering the home. No matter how great your house looks inside with the best floor plan, the greatest design decor and updated finishings....if your house is unimaginative or overgrown and unsightly outside, a lot of potential drive by buyers will instantly judge the book by its cover and pass on to the next one. So start on the outside of the house by all means.  A lot of creating curb appeal is common sens...
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By Mega Agent Websites
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Homes in Oconee County - November 2012 from http://www.homesinoconeecounty.com There are currently 194 active homes for sale in Oconee County. The average listing price for Property in Oconee County during the month of November is $403,964. The median list price in November for single family residential and condo/town home properties in Oconee County is $296,400. The typical home for sale during the month of November in Oconee County is a 4.22 bedroom, 3.10 bath home built in 2001. To break down pricing further we can look at price by bedrooms in Oconee County. During the month of November a 3 bedroom homes average for sale price is $192,230 while a 4 bedroom homes average for sale price is $360,619. The 5 bedroom homes are listing for an average of $550,241. All market data and statist...
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By Mega Agent Websites
(Mega Agent Websites)
Real Estate in Oconee County - October 2012 from http://www.homesinoconeecounty.com There are currently 199 active homes for sale in Oconee County. The average listing price for Homes in Oconee County during the month of October is $408,160. The median list price in October for single family residential and condo/town home properties in Oconee County is $300,000. The typical home for sale during the month of October in Oconee County is a 4.26 bedroom, 3.15 bath home built in 2000. To break down pricing further we can look at price by bedrooms in Oconee County. During the month of October a 3 bedroom homes average for sale price is $196,463 while a 4 bedroom homes average for sale price is $383,210. The 5 bedroom homes are listing for an average of $507,810. All market data and statistic...
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By Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country)
Caterpiller Plant Expected to Open In Oconee. Rumor has it that this morning Governor Nathan Deal is expected to announce The Opening Of A Caterpillar Plant In Oconee County which has the potential to bring with it up to 2,000 jobs. What an incredible boost this could be for our local economy! According to 11alive.com, sources say the plant will relocate to Oconee near Athens from Japan to manufacture backhoes and other small machinery. Check back for more updates!     (photo courtesy of Google)
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
  After a really long, hot summer, we have been rewarded with an unusually long fall.  Some years it seems that we go straight from summer into winter with just a few days of real fall, but this year it cooled off right after Labor Day and we have had a long stretch of cool, mostly dry weather.  The trees in my neighborhood, Hickory Hill, have popped with color in the last few days.  It reminds me of the song, "Let's go out in a blaze of glory".                              
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
  Recently, a couple of our Hickory Hill Subdivision neighbors invited us over for a "honey extracting party".  They keep bees in their backyards and also take their hives to the north Georgia mountains for a time each summer for the sour wood honey.  They called us over a couple of weeks ago to witness (and help with) the honey extracting.  It was an interesting process and a lot of fun (until you got to the 100th frame).  There are quite a few backyard bee keepers here in Oconee County, GA.     After removing the frames from the hives, the first step is to slice open the honey comb.       Then the frames are placed into the extractor which spins and causes the honey to flow out of the comb and into the bottom of the extractor.       This is honeycomb from where the comb is sliced ope...
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
  This Saturday, May 7, will be the first Tour d'Oconee bike ride, otherwise known as "Tame the Lion" due to the shape of the map outline.  Sponsored by the Oconee County Cycling Organization, the ride will depart from Rocket Field (200 2nd St.) in downtown Watkinsville, GA at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.  There will also be shorter options of  15, 25 and 35 miles and great SAG stops, so everyone can participate.  The whole town is excited about the ride and there will be live entertainment at Watkinsville's First Friday celebration on Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m.  Here's the catch - you need to register by midnight on May 5 (registration is $45).  For more information and registration go to http://www.active.com/cycling/watkinsville-ga/the-tour-doconee-2011  Come and see what beautif...
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
Concerts at Ashford Manor in downtown Watkinsville, GA, under the stars are always magical. This year Ashford Manor's Concerts on the Lawn won't just be on Monday evenings.  Concerts begin this week on May 4 with Grogus (Latin, Jazz and Salsa) May 18 (Wednesday) Abbey Road Live,  Beatles Tribute) May 30 The Splitz (Motown) June 15 (Wednesday) Deja Vu (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute July 2 (Saturday) The Athens King (Elvis Tribute) July 30 (Saturday) Sons of Sailors (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) Sept. 5 Half Dozen Brass Band (traditional horns) Sept 21 (Wednesday) Randall Bramblett Band (Soul, Funk, R&B) Oct . 5 (Wednesday)A Tribute to Santana Oct. 19 (Wednesday) Packway Handle Band (Old Time Bluegrass) Tickets can be purchased online at www.amconcerts.com or at the gate.  The gates open...
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What happenned in 2010? 2010 was a challenging year for real estate across the country. While Watkinsville Ga did not escape those challenges the presence of the University of Georgia in neighboring Athens and an unemployment rate that remained well below both the state (often the lowest in the state) and national averages kept the real estate market a little bit more stable than in many areas of the country as well as Georgia. The numbers: Chart 1, below, shows how the 2010 residential real estate market faired against the 2009 market as far as total sales and Days on Market. In 2009, there were 169 residental units sold. In 2010 that number increased by almost 9% to 184 units. During the same period the percentage of sales that were foreclosures also increased in 2010 over 2009. In 20...
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
The Annual OCAF (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Fall Wine Fest is Slated for Sunday, October 24 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm on the beautiful lawn at Ashford Manor B&B in downtown Watkinsville, GA.  Besides sampling a variety of wines, aditionally,  some 34of restaurants will have samples of their food plus plus beer from a local brewery.  There will be a silent auction and raffle of artwork, airplane tickets among others.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $30 ahead of time from OCAF at 34 School Street or online at ocaf.com, or for $35 at the event.  Get ready to spend a wonderful afternoon at the Manor! If you're interested in information about real estate in the Watkinsville, Oconee County or the Athens, GA area, please contact us at 706-296-7508 or paul@boykinteam.com or diane@b...
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
This year's Watkinsville Fall Festival will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 6:00 p.m. There will be all kinds of crafts, art, activities for children, farmer's market, food booths and bands to entertain all day. The festival is held just off Main Street behind the Eagle Tavern on Rocket Field.  There is free parking all around town with shuttles to the festival. And if you like to run, the Scarecrow 5K is earlier in the morning.  For more information about the festival and the Scarecrow, contact Julia Estes at the Oconee Co. Chamber of Commerce at 706-769-7947.  
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
  Come on out to the Oconee Co. Library on Experiment Station Rd. in Watkinsville from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. to find out how to cut your energy bill. 
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
This is some of the produce from our garden.  This year we tried some asparagus beans, shown above.  They are climbers, and produce long, thin beans that taste, oddly, somewhat like asparagus!  So far I've steamed them with a little garlic & ginger.  They are also supposed to be good in stir-fry. Does anyone have any experience with these or any ways to cook them?
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
  There 's a whole lot goin' on in Watkinsville over the 4th of July weekend! If you're in town on Friday, you'll want to start out by going to lunch at Miss Gail's as it is Fish Friday with fried fish and all the trimmings.  (Do keep in mind that she'll be closed on Saturday and Monday because of the holiday). Then in the evening be sure and come to First Friday downtown from 6:00-9:00.  The downtown shops will be open and lots of activities for the kids - train rides, booths and a lot more. Saturday morning at 9:00 is the "Strolls at Harris Shoals Park" hosted by artists Bob Clements and Bill Pierson.  They will stop at various locations throughout the park and help you sketch what you see.  The cost for adults is a $5.00 donation.     Then head on over to the Eagle Tavern on Main St...
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
Last evening we attended the Rose of Athens Theatre production of "Much Ado About Nothing" on the lawn at Ashford Manor in Watkinsville, Ga.  It was a warm and muggy evening on the beautiful lawn but the play was funny and delightful while the cast of local thespians did a great job of making Shakespeare come alive. There are 3 more performances this week, tonight and tomorrow (June 18, 19 & 20) at 8:00 p.m., so if you have a chance to go, don't miss it!  Ashford Manor is located at #5 Harden Hill Rd. in Watkinsville.  For more information, go to www.roseofathens.org.
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
OK, I couldn't resist blogging about a news item in the May 20 edition of the Oconee Enterprise, one of Watkinsville's weeklies.  It seems that the main courtroom has been bugged - not with electronic listening devices but with - yes - CHIGGERS!  Judge Lawton Stephens was complaining about being bitten while judging, so the courtroom had to be fumigated to get rid of the chiggers!  The court was back in business the next day. Anyone not familiar with chiggers:  they are tiny red bugs which embed themselves in a person's skin, making for a very itchy welt.  Picking blackberries, walking through fields and woods and sitting on old logs are common ways to acquire chiggers, but this is the first time I've heard of them attacking people in a courtroom
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By Paul & Diane Boykin
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens)
Ashford Manor in the heart of downtown Watkinsville, GA, has announced the schedule for the 2010 Concerts on the Lawn Series.  It is a great line-up for this 10th anniversary season: May 3 - The Courduroy Road (Americana, Bluegrass, Folk Rock, Old timey country) May 17 - The Last Waltz Ensemble with the music of Bob Dylan May 31 - Sons of Sailors (Jimmy Buffet cover band) June 14 - Normaltown Flyers (great local band dating from 1979 playing pickup truck rock & roll) July 3 - Abbey Road Live with favorites from the Beatles September 6 - Common People Band (hits from motown, soul & funk) Sept 20 - Stewart & Winfield (local folk rockers) October 4 - Packway Handle Band - bluegrass October 18 - Half Dozen Brass Band (jazz, hip-hop, funk & dixieland) Held on the beautiful lawn of Ashford M...
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When my family and I re-located to Athens in 2004 it was such a welcome adventure!  After spending entirely way too many years in the cold tundra that is Michigan, we finally decided to take my husband's mother's advice and head South.  He's a GA boy, born and bred and his mother is retired on Lake Oconee.  My husband and I own Pet Supplies "Plus" franchises http://www.petsuppliesplus.comand after visiting Athens one beautiful (yes over 60 degrees) winter day we decided that Athens was the perfect spot for our new business venture.  I love everything about GA.  I love the short winters!  I love the almost year round sunshine!  I love sitting on a Broad St. patio eating lunch on campus! Heck, I'll even love the pollen if it comes with the sunshine.  But (and I say this lovingly) it can b...
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