Chattanooga, TN Real Estate News

By Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer
(Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289)
The Chattanooga Renaissance Oktoberfest was held this past weekend.Despite the threat of rain and the cool weather the turnout was good. Music, food, activities and fun times highlighted the event. The proceeds went to help the Chattanooga Education, Arts, and Culture programs.     Dancing and music on Walnut Bridge The view in Coolidge Park     One of the bands playing on the bridge     Glass Blowing in the Bluff View District In the park with Mel and Dude from Mellow Mushroom  My friend and local social networking hero, insurance agent extraordinaire Jon Moss provided these videos.    "I love Chattanooga"  The Chattanooga Choo Choo by violin
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
St. Elmo is probably the largest residential area of Chattanooga that has been designated a historical district. Both Fort Wood & Ferger Place share that distinction but each of those is a relatively small place. Not so, St. Elmo. Founded in 1885, St. Elmo was at one time it's very own little city on the way from Chattanooga to Chickamauga. It still retains its small town feel today. Like pretty much every historical area in Chattanooga, the Elmo has suffered from years of decay and urban blight (gee, I really get tired of writing that about all these neighborhoods) but it's on the rebound. About seven years ago, I looked at a wreck of a four square on Alabama Avenue that had been converted into a four-plex (not uncommon with some of these huge old places). When I told the owner - it wa...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
Walking Ghost Tours through downtown Chattanooga or Bluff View Art District Friday, October 9, 2009 $13 adults; $8 children under 12; group rates available http://www.chattanoogaghosttours.com / (423) 821-7125 USA Dance: Ballroom Dance Friday, October 9, 2009 The Choo-Choo Chapter of USA Dance Inc. invites you to join us for a fun night of ballroom dancing on a spacious, 4,700-square-foot floor. Admission includes one-hour group lesson and party. Polka lesson with Jeff Sandy: 7:30-8:30 pm. Party: 8:30-11:00 pm. All ages and dance levels welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Fantastic dance music, refreshments and a special door prize drawing for USA Dance members. Join today! Event cost: members $6, non-members $10, under 21 $5, first time free. www.chattanoogadanceinc.org / 423-...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
How cute are these houses? Very. I know. One place that I don't often get calls about is the Brainerd area. In all the hubbub surrounding North Chattanooga and more historic areas like Highland Park or St. Elmo, Brainerd often gets overlooked. But I'm on a one woman crusade to change that. Because there are also cottages and bungalows like this: These are not your cookie cutter subdivision kinds of places. No sirree, Bob. While they may not actually qualify as historic -most were built in the '30's and '40's - they certainly don't qualify as modern (mid-century or otherwise). I could eat 'em up with a spoon. And I haven't even mentioned the lovely old homes of Glendon Place... Tudors & Dutch Colonials & Craftsman bungalows, oh my! Squeeeeee! Admission: Yes, I'm the biggest house geek y...
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  If you are going to sell your present home or buy your first home, the market conditions will play a crucial role in determining the asking price and or offering price. Market conditions change constantly, so it is important that you get solid advice from a professional who is familiar with your specific area.   A good real estate agent will know how houses in your area are selling, as well as the other factors that may influence the sale. Nearby commercial developments such as the new VW plant, which may create congestion and noise, may also mean a greater demand for housing from people who will be working in the new office buildings and or new manufacturing facilities. A new road expansion that cuts commuting time could make your home more valuable but highways close by can be an is...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
Bring your chairs, coolers and tents and get ready for the Glenwood Jazz Festival! Featuring local and regional artists along with food vendors and kids activities, this weekend marks a great opportunity to celebrate some of Glenwood's cultural heritage and have a good time all at once. Here's the lineup: 1:00 Spectrum 2:00 LaFredrick Thirkill & Company 3:00 The Crumps 4:00 Monday Night Big Band 5:00 Dexter Bell Friends featuring Janan (from Atlanta) 6:00 Open Jazz Jam Session 7:00 Marques Dodson Trio featuring Ricard Edy 8:00 Kelle Jolly and Company   All the fun is happening in Historic Glenwood behind Parkridge Hospital.
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
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  The Chattanooga National Cemetery is a beautiful and awe inspiring place. Founded during the Civil War to bury the Union dead who were killed at the Battle for Chattanooga, it is the largest national cemetery in Tennessee. Located on the edge of the Highland Park neighborhood at the corner of Bailey & Holtzclaw Avenues, this is a wonderful place to come to reflect on our nation's history, particularly in the quiet of sunrise, when this photo was taken. Click here for more information about the cemetery and its history.
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
That's the call I got this morning from the buyer's agent for a house that I have listed (and under contract). We are supposed to close in a couple of weeks and she wanted to know if there was anyway that we could come to an occupancy agreement so that the buyer could go ahead and get out of his waterlogged abode. I think everyone here has just about had it with rain, Active or otherwise!   Photo taken from WRCB TV
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
Before there were historic homes in Chattanooga, there was, well, history. Nowhere is that more evident than along Missionary Ridge. On the morning of November 25, 1863, General US Grant's Union Army began its attack on Confederate General Braxton Bragg and his troops which occupied Missionary Ridge and the slopes below. The Union victory here was decisive, leaving strategic Chattanooga firmly in the hands of the Northern Army and set the stage for the march to Atlanta by General Sherman. Many monuments to the fallen & victorious remain along the Crest Road, which is divided into North Crest and South Crest. The historic nature of the homes, many of which were built in the early to mid 20th century, along with stunning views of either downtown Chattanooga or the Brainerd area and beyond...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
This sign makes me smile every time I drive by it. Which is quite a lot since it's close to my boy's school. I mean, who doesn't love chopped weiners with their pit bar-b-q?   You can find this sign and lots of other great old places driving down MLK between Palmetto & Georgia  
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
Chattanooga Stand is close to reaching its goal of 25,000 surveys completed by Chattanooga area residents. Do you live in the Chattanooga metro area (including Cleveland and northwest Georgia)? Have you taken the Stand survey? Well, you should, because if you don't I'm not listening to any whining about not liking where the city is headed. What is Stand? Glad you asked. It's a campaign to determine what Chattanoogans want from the city. It's a way to make your voice heard about the direction the city is going. It's a way to develop a clear vision for the future. Chattanooga has come a long way from the dirtiest city in America but there's still a long way to go to make it the shining beacon of progressive city plannng that I'd like to see. And no, it isn't multiple choice so put your th...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
    I will admit (my family would tell you even if I didn't) that I have attempted the elusive faux finish before. I have also gone gung ho for the "red" paint job. A color that professionals painters fear to paint, and with good reason. I will also admit that half way through my red paint job attempt - that would be coat number 47 for those keeping count - I was tempted to leave it looking just like this one. That's why these people are getting off with just a slap on the wrist even though this is a truly horrific crime against paint. Trying to paint a room red would make anyone commit a crime.
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
For the last couple of weeks, when I've given my business card to new clients, they look at the card, and then they look at the sign in the yard. And then they ask, "Ummm, how are you connected?" It's especially confusing because they usually have started out talking to Elisha and she then passes their contact information over to me. So they are looking at a sign that says "Call Elisha Wooden, Southern Style Realty" which they dutifully do, and then I show up and hand them a card that says "Julia Odom, Select Realty Professionals." I said all that to say this...Southern Style Realty is now Select Realty Professionals! While I am as proud of my southern heritage as anyone who doesn't fly a Confederate flag can be, I was never that crazy about our company name. Unfortunately, right or wro...
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By Darwin White
(RE/MAX Properties)
Time Is Running Out on what could be the best investment this generation of first time home owners will ever see! This could truly be your once in a life time chance for a windfall profit on the most important investment people make! Having just finished the dog days of summer and entering into a more cooler season and a time when real estate sales seasonally slow down, its time to take a moment to remind everyone that a large amount of money is available to those first time home buyers who are able purchase their first home before Nov 30, 2009! To qualify you must meet the following:  1:  Not have owned a home as your primary residence for the last 3 years! You must occupy this home as your primary resident for the next 3 years or you will have to pay back the Tax Credit.  By the way y...
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Large townhome like new in small subdivision on cul-de-sac. Near Grace Academy Christian School, Hamilton Place Mall, and 1.7 miles from new Volkswagen plant. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bath. Two car garage. Master on main, large walk-in closet, ceramic shower, jacuzzi tub, hardwood and carpet with ceramic tile in kitchen and bathrooms. Fireplace and fenced backyard. Stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, newly painted inside, and faux blinds throughout. To directly access this property, use this shortcut: http://www.fizber.com/tennessee-buy-condo-townhome-co-op-home-11647474.html
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
You may have already read my overview post on Chattanooga's historic neighborhoods. Now we'll take a look at a few neighborhoods in depth, beginning with Ferger Place.Ferger Place is made up of only two main streets: Morningside Drive & Eveningside Drive and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. Ferger Place was one of the earliest examples of urban planning, even though, at the time it was built, the neighborhood was relatively rural.Ferger Place was originally designed by Ferger Brothers Real Estate and most of the structures are good examples of bungalow or Craftsman style architecture. The term "bungalow" can be misconstrued to mean that the homes are smaller than average. Nothing could be further from the truth with regard to Ferger Place. Most Fe...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
Bounded by Holtzclaw and Willow, McCallie and Main, Highland Park surrounds Tennessee Temple University. Several Temple Alumni and home restorers have been fixing up these houses over the late 1990's and early 2000's.The bulk of the homes on Chamberlain and Duncan have been renovated,nearly as many on Bailey and Union have been restored. These homes command a premium price, particularly those with original historic details. The Highland Park Neighborhood Association sponsors a tour of homes each year. The neighborhoods of Highland Park, Ridgedale, Oak Grove, Orchard Knob & Bushtown are often collectively referred to by Chattanoogans as Highland Park.Bordered by Willow, Missionary Ridge, McCallie & Main, Ridgedale was originally conceived as an addition to Highland Park but it has now e...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
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All of Hamilton County All active, residential listings as of 8/5/09: 2,765 Pending or contingent listings (under contract) as of 8/5/09: 440 Residential listings closed (sold) during July 2009: 328 Number of months to sell current actives at July's sales pace: 8.4 months   Hamilton County, under $100,000 Active, residential listings: 576 Pending or contingent listings: 140 Residential listings closed during July 2009: 93 Number of months to sell current actives at July's sales pace: 6.2 months   Hamilton County, $100,000-200,000 Active, residential listings: 1054 Pending or contingent listings: 185 Residential listings closed during July 2009: 145 Number of months to sell current actives at July's sales pace: 7.3 months   Hamilton County, $200,000-400,000 Active, residential listings: ...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
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May 14th, 5.30pm South Chattanooga Recreation Center 1151 W. 40th St in Alton Park/St. Elmo.   Join me and the residents of District Seven for a sugar rush the likes of which have not been seen in Alton Park for lo these many years. Hosted by the Chattanooga City Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Councilman Manny Rico, Sweet Diversity gives the residents of District Seven (Ridgedale, Alton Park & St. Elmo) a chance to show off their cultural heritage. Sweet Diversity is free and open to the public. Individuals, neighborhood associations and community groups are welcome to take part in the festivities. Participants bring desserts, distribute recipes, and display information about their cultural & ethnic background. (Pictured: My soon to be famous pecan tartlets)     www.JuliaOdom.com ...
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By Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale
(Select Realty Professionals)
All of Hamilton County All active, residential listings as of 5/11/09: 2,663 Pending or contingent listings (under contract) as of 5/11/09: 486 Residential listings closed (sold) during April 2009: 226 Number of months to sell current actives at April's sales pace: 11.8 months   Hamilton County, under $100,000 Active, residential listings: 532 Pendng or contingent listings: 122 Residential listings closed during April 2009: 69 Number of months to sell current actives at April's sales pace: 7.7 months   Hamilton County, $100,000-200,000 Active, residential listings: 991 Pending or contingent listings: 211 Residential listings closed during April 2009: 107 Number of months to sell current actives at April's sales pace: 9.3 months   Hamilton County, $200,000-400,000 Active, residential lis...
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