Quick access to town: In addition to being just an hour and a half from their home in Smyrna, the house is also 5 miles from Blue Ridge so a trip for milk, bread and eggs takes just 10 minutes. "There's good shopping in Blue Ridge and excellent grocery stores, plus newer restaurants that are really nice. We don't feel we have to take everything from home to go up there for the weekend," Christy said. "The sophistication of what's there is pretty amazing for what seems like a small mountain town."
At a glance
With five bedrooms, three baths and close to 3,000 square feet on three levels, the Youngs’ home offers plenty of space for family visits. The master on the main means the house works well when it’s just Christy and Rick. The bedrooms on the upper level are connected with an open balcony that overlooks the great room, and the lowest level has two more bedrooms as well as a utility room and a huge room “just begging for a pool table,” Christy said. A big space that would work as a recreation room for family was important since their over 1 1/2 acre lot is very steep with little place for outside play.
The Youngs’ cabin was a foreclosure, and their purchase was made through the government program Fannie Mae. “The house was offered as-is, with absolutely no room to negotiate over any repairs or issues about the condition of the house,” Christy said. “We had a complete home inspection done just so that we were sure we knew what we were getting into. Our first task was to get the wood exterior stained and sealed, and we still need to refinish the decks and repair the screening on the back porch. Otherwise, the inspection showed that the house was in good condition with only some minor repairs needed.”
Rachel Callihan of Harry Norman, Realtors, says the key to working with Fannie Mae properties is making a smart offer. “The listing agent is generally handling many properties for Fannie Mae so having your own agent who can advise you, especially in a situation where there are multiple bids, is really necessary. Remember that once your offer is accepted, you have to sign the paperwork they give you. If you want to alter it, they will just move on to the next bidder. A good agent will let you know when the situation is a good one, and when you should just stop and move on to a better deal,” she said.
Take I-75 north to I-575/Ga. 5 north. This will turn into Ga. 515 and U.S. 76. Follow U.S. 76 into Blue Ridge
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