Thursday, May 6, 2021 / by Randy Durham
The Chattanooga area has over 50 trailheads, offering a variety of distances and difficulty levels for outdoor enthusiasts. Most are favorites of both locals and tourists. Every trail in this article offers priceless views, a dive into local history or great opportunities to spot wildlife.
1. Snoopers Rock: This overlook of the Tennessee River Gorge is nestled on the edge of Prentice Cooper State Forest. The trail is a moderately difficult 6-mile hike. It can be heavily trafficked in the warmer months. If you are looking for a short trip, there is trailhead parking off Tower Dive on Game Reserve Road. This hike is less than a mile and will lead you straight to the overlook, with an elevation gain of only 130 feet.
2. Cravens House Loop: This trail is only a short drive on Lookout Mountain from Downtown Chattanooga. The trailhead is located just past Ruby Falls at the Craven’s House. You can also start at . ...
Friday, April 30, 2021 / by Randy Durham
This is a family-owned facility that specializes in award-winning fine wines. They offer wine tasting, winery tours, and a gift shop filled with locally made products. Their vineyards are comprised of 15 acres of organic Muscadine vines. Since 2014, the winery made its wines available across Georgia. If you don’t have time to visit, check out their online store that offers a variety of price ranges and even offers purchases by the case.
This is one of the largest antique malls in the Southeast. They have a plethora of isles and vendor booths on display in their space on Cloud Springs Road. They have hosted swap meets and offer plenty of opportunities to find anything from gorgeous furniture, rare books, or items for collectors.
Old Stone Church
This historic building has been around since 1837. The church was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Ownership has changed over the years but is now owned by the Catoosa County H; ...
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 / by Randy Durham
Chattanooga has reinvented its reputation from being one of the dirtiest cities in the U.S. to be an innovator in urban sustainability. In recent years, energy efficiency and sustainability in residential properties have been major priorities in housing policy. In recent news, Freddie Mac reports energy-efficient homes are selling for more money than those without. Also, homes that are marketed as "energy-efficient" tend to sell faster. Aside from the usual headaches of home selling, investing money into renovations of a home destined for resale is risky. However, the cost vs value of green renovations is above common upgrades, such as kitchens or bathrooms. So how can you make your home stand out in today's market? Going the green route is one option, and is surprisingly variable in the range of options available to homeowners.
What is the Difference between Sustainable & Energy-Efficient?
Friday, April 16, 2021 / by Randy Durham
Money talks if you are a serious buyer. This is why the pre-approval process is highly recommended in the very first stages of your home search. Knowing how much you can afford makes your home process more efficient and gives you a higher negotiating power once you make your first offer. To get a pre-approval letter, you will need several documents. These include proof of income, a credit report, and employment verification.
1. Proof of Income: You must provide W-2 wage statements from the past two years, and recent pay stubs to show income and the number of your earnings for the current year. If you have any additional income like alimony or bonuses, you will need to provide your lender with these statements. Also, you need to provide tax returns from the past two years.
2. Proof of Assets: There are several hidden costs of buying a home. If you are using a down payment, paying for closing costs, or requiring Private Mortgage Insur! ...
Thursday, April 8, 2021 / by Randy Durham
While renovation shows have gained popularity, think twice before you decide to do any major structural changes or invest in high-end upgrades. There are several ways to improve your return on investment. Surprisingly, it is often the simple updates that pay off when you list your home, while larger and more expensive projects run the risk of you not recouping your expenses.
Upgrades that Add More Space: It is important to check local zoning laws and building codes when you are adding extra space. Another factor to consider is your neighborhood and the average home size in your area. This can throw off market value and hurt the resale value if you add too much square footage.
Finishing the basement: This improvement adds more square footage that is climate controlled and can move your house into the next price bracket, and you can recoup up to 70% of the total cost. The cost varies widely depending on your home’s existing square footage. Popular options are add? ...