Golf Real Estate OnLine News
For Immediate Release
December 2008

In this issue
-- Purchasing Vacation Homes: What You Need to Know
-- Transforming Concrete Around Your Home Is Easy
-- Home of the Month
-- December PGA Tour Events
-- Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
-- The Golf Real Estate OnLine Library

Welcome to the December 2008 edition of Golf Real Estate OnLine News.

The information contained within Golf Real Estate OnLine News is designed to provide helpful information about Golf Real Estate, up-dates on our Communities of Distinction and new features on the Golf Real Estate OnLine site.

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Purchasing Vacation Homes: What You Need to Know
Part I of II to be continued in the January edition of Golf Real Estate OnLine News
by Chris Whitley

When you first begin investigating vacation homes, you will likely have many important questions. From the location of your new home to the type of structure that you will be purchasing, you may wonder what the best options are for you and your family when buying a second home. Learn more about the steps you should take to go about finding the perfect vacation home that is just right for you.

The First Step: General Questions to Consider about Vacation Homes

When buying a second home, you first need to decide what sort of setting you are seeking. For example, do you want to look at vacation homes that are near the beach, where you can swim and go boating? Or do you want to focus on vacation homes that are near the mountains, where you can go for hikes or ski in the winter? Or do you perhaps want access to both types of settings?

Next, you can narrow down the best location for your new home by establishing whether this residence will only be used for weekends, whether it will be used for longer stretches of the year, or whether you plan on transitioning it into your primary residence within a particular period of time. If you are only buying a second home to be used for weekends, you may want to limit your search to vacation homes within driving distance from your primary home to minimize travel time and maximize your mini-vacation. However, if you are buying a second home that will be used three, four, or six months out of the year, you may only need to travel once or twice, to and from the home and therefore the proximity to your primary residence is less of an issue.

Then you should consider who is going to be using your home. Are you buying a second home just for yourself? For a couple? Will parents, children or grandchildren be visiting? Will it be used to entertain corporate guests? Each of these will dictate the type of vacation homes that fit your needs. For example, if you are going to have children at the home every time it is used, then you will probably want to find a community or vacation homes that are family friendly with lots of activities for children - and lots of children around for socializing. If, instead, you are planning to entertain corporate guests, you may want to look into buying a second home within a community that is more formal - one with more entertainment options that may require you to wear a coat and tie to dinner. Carefully research all vacation homes and all communities to make sure that they will be appropriate for your situation.

The Second Step: More Specific Decisions to Be Made When Buying a Second Home

Now that you have determined the general scope for your new home, you can start to drill down and make more specific decisions. Do you want a turnkey product or have you been dreaming of designing the perfect getaway? Do you want to research vacation homes in a gated community or do you want a home that is simply in a general area or a local community? If you are buying a second home within a general area, you will likely have the opportunity for more land and greater architectural control. On the other hand, a gated community can offer security, amenities, property maintenance and a closeness with your neighbors that you might not find elsewhere.

If you do decide to look at vacation homes within a gated community, you should look at the strength of the developer. Investigate the developer's track record and the projects that have been completed to date. You can also look into the development's lifecycle. If you are on a budget or are looking for a growth-oriented investment, it may be advantageous to consider buying a second home in a community at an early stage, when the price points are lower and there is a greater opportunity for property appreciation. Or, you may want to enjoy all of the amenities today and know exactly what you are buying. However, the peace of mind of buying a second home in an established community often comes at a premium.

You should next step back and look at the area as a whole to see how it will support your lifestyle. Is it important for you to live in a community that is close to a hospital or physician, either for urgent care or for regular visits? Would you like to find vacation homes that have access to shopping, dining, or entertainment centers? Or are you planning on buying a second home that will let you escape from the crowds to your own piece of heaven?

Also, look at the recreation opportunities available in the area or community. If you like to swim, does buying a second home in the area grant you access to a beach or to a private pool? If you enjoy golf, are there any clubs near the vacation homes in the area? What type of access is available -- public, daily fee, or private -- and what are the associated fees?

To be continued in the January edition of Golf Real Estate OnLine News.

About the Author

Chris Whitley is a partner with Currahee Partners, LLC, the developer of Currahee Club, a 1,215 acre, single-family gated mountain community in Toccoa, Georgia offering Hartwell lakefront property. Prior to his involvement with Currahee Club, Whitley served as a development consultant for the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Laurel Springs, and Medalist Golf Club (the home golf club of PGA Tour Player Greg Norman). Whitley is a licensed Florida and Georgia real estate broker. For more information about the Currahee Club development, please visit www.curraheeclub.com.

Click here to learn more about Currahee Club

Transforming Concrete Around Your Home Is Easy
Curb Appeal Add value to your home by updating and beautifying outdoor concrete surfaces.

(MS) -- Curb appeal not only provides a first impression of your home but it also adds value. In the past, when it came to updating concrete and asphalt, most homeowners assumed that improvements would require a jack hammer and a whole lot of sweat equity. Thanks to innovations from Rust-Oleum, it's easy to restore and beautify concrete and asphalt surfaces without hiring a contractor. Here are a few tips from the experts at Rust-Oleum that are sure to add plenty of curb appeal to your home.

Add style to patios and walkways. Decorative concrete has become a hot home improvement trend. Adding color and style to old gray concrete surfaces is as easy as painting with new concrete stains like Rust-Oleum(R) Semi-Transparent Concrete Stain. Water-based and easy to apply, it adds durable color and dimension to concrete porches, patios, walkways, pool decks, and more. It's available in seven pre-mixed colors and 34 custom colors to suit every style! Try Concrete Stain in Limestone for a clean, fresh look. Or use Earth Brown to give a dramatic, decorative look. In fact, browns are one of the most popular colors in today's outdoor decorating trends.

Repair and restore concrete surfaces
Is cracked or chipped concrete making your home look older or just less appealing? Hiring a contractor to replace damaged patios, walkways and stairs can cost thousands of dollars. But, with Rust-Oleum EPOXYShield Concrete Resurfacer, it's easier than ever to restore concrete surfaces and give them a new and improved appearance. The two-part cementitious microtopping combines Portland cement with acrylic polymers to create a stronger bond with existing concrete than a traditional concrete and water mixture. Even better, Concrete Resurfacer adds an extra layer of protection that withstands heavy foot and even vehicle traffic. Plus, it's easy -- just roll it on for a natural concrete look.

For more inspiration and project ideas, visit www.paintideas.com. There are hundreds of easy, inexpensive projects that can help you transform any outdoor or indoor living space.

Home of the Month

Located in prestigious Audubon Ridge in the gated mountain community of Big Canoe, this fabulous custom home is modeled after Southern Living's 1997 Chestnut Hill Idea House and is one of Big Canoe's best.

With its picturesque views of Lake Sconti and Cox Mountain and located directly on the signature hole of the Lake Sconti Golf Course, this is one of Big Canoe's most sought after locations.

The Chestnut Hill inspired floor plan is a unique cottage style design. The home features numerous, artfully constructed interior spaces with an open floor plan and lots of windows to bring the beautiful views inside.

The home has 4 bedrooms, three full baths and two ½ baths and features a great room, a large den/media room, a three car garage with workshop and a large bonus room with bath above the garage. Just under 4000 square feet, this spectacular home sits on a 3/4 acre wooded lot.

Asking Price $845,000

For more information, contact Kim Loftin, 706-268-0179 (office) or 770-314-5408 (cell) or by email at kloftin@progress.com


December PGA Tour Events
Dec. 03 - 08
PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament
PGA West Stadium Course, La Quinta, California
Jack Nicklaus Tourn. Course, La Quinta, California
Televised by The Golf Channel

Dec. 06 - 07
Del Webb Father/Son Challenge
ChampionsGate Resort, ChampionsGate, Florida

Dec. 12 - 14
Merrill Lynch Shootout
Tiburon GC, Naples, Florida
Televised by The Golf Channel and NBC

Dec. 18 - 21
Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America
Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, California
Televised by The Golf Channel and NBC

For a full list of 2008 PGA Tour Events, go to PGA Tour Schdule

Fun Sites for the Avid Golfer
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