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7 Tips When Considering a Lakefront Home!

by Sherrie Toth

7 Tips When Considering a Lakefront Home:

You’re ready to make the dive, eh?  Purchasing a Lakefront home is the next item on your bucket list and as you get ready to venture into this endeavor, you will have some things to think about first.  A purchase of this magnitude will require much more than a simple Internet search for:” Lakefront properties near me”. While there are several aspects to consider when purchasing a lakefront home, Toth and Team has whittled that list down to seven points.


 

  1. Find a local agent who is a true waterfront/ area specialist.  We cannot stress this enough, hence why it’s number one on the list.  You wouldn’t go to your dentist to perform brain surgery and you wouldn’t hire any agent to help you with your search.  And it doesn’t stop at simply being a Lakefront Specialist-- you also want your agent to be a local specialist.  You want an agent who also lives in the area and knows the ins and outs.  Toth and Team is proud to say that not only are we experts in lake living, but we are also proud owners of a lakefront property on the very lake in which we specialize. We have been second lakefront owners and full time lakefront owners. We know both lifestyles.   

  2. Have a chat with other residents.  Along the lines of getting expert advice, why not talk to others who live there?  Do they enjoy living in the community?  How long have they been there? What are the greatest challenges? What are the benefits?

  3. What will be your waterfront responsibilities?  Your agent will be able to give advice or direct you with this one.  If you’re new to waterfront properties, you might want to do research on what your new responsibilities will be.  Consider the fact that your backyard is your new front yard-- it is visible for all to see now with boaters driving by.

  4. Look into loans early.  Start the prequalification process early.  Purchasing a Lake Home is typically a very large purchase and available to those who are extremely qualified.  You will want to start this process early because it can take a lot longer than the normal home loan process. Another note to consider is, a second home requires more money down.

  5. Lake Location. Are you happy to be located anywhere on the lake or do you desire a specific area?  Depending on where your property is located (East, West, North, South) you could experience more day time sun (sunrise) or more evening sun (sunset)-- all of which are YOUR preference.  Do you want to reside on the main lake or would you prefer a more quaint, quiet cove?

  6. Boat restrictions: Make sure you understand the restrictions at the lake. For instance, did you just purchase a 22ft Mastercraft? This boat would not be approved for Apple Valley Lake. Our team is well informed and educated on the dos, don’ts, cans and can'ts

  7. Picking the right real estate professional. Understand that lakefront at most lakes is highly desired. We know our “niche” market well. At the time you are looking, we can update you what is happening and what we predict will happen on the waterfront. -Many times we know about homes before they list in the MLS!  Many homes in 2017 on the lakefront, sold within days and even hours.

Do you have questions?  Maybe you’re not ready to jump right in, but you just want to talk.  That’s what we’re here for.  Let’s chat over a cup of coffee!  Contact us  and we can help!

 

Fall Landscaping

by Sherrie Toth

When summer ends, some people cover their patio furniture and stash their gardening tools away until the first sign of spring in the next year. More and more people, however, are embracing the great outdoors outside their homes with a number of interesting landscape trends.

Fire features are big, with everything from new twists on fire pits (like the glass gas fire pit, below) to outdoor fireplaces controlled with your smartphone in your backyard or by you dock at the lake. 



Plan a fall garden with as much fervor as you’d plan your spring garden, focusing on plantings like boxwoods and maples that reach peak bloom during fall and winter.

And when you can’t stand the cold any longer, you can bring the green inside with whole walls made out of green plants and tropical gardens nurtured inside year-round.

Fall is a still a great time to sell or buy a lake home. Contact us and we can let you know what the lake home market is doing. 

 

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Buses converted to homes

by Sherrie Toth

Can you imagine living in a school bus? What if it looked like this?



Come to think of it, this looks a lot nicer than my first apartment! It was designed by a builder in Denver who also happens to know a thing or two about buses. He spent about $27,000 turning this bus into a home, complete with a full kitchen, living room, and yes, a bathroom. Plus, it actually runs so when he wants a change of scenery, all he has to do is jump into the driver’s seat and go.

What do you think? Could you live in a bus, or would the quarters be a little too tight?

More info and pictures here about this builder and his builds

Joe & Sherrie

For a traditional home or lot at Apple Valley Lake, Contact the agents that know the area well! 
 

Apple Valley Lake surprise in Tennessee

by Sherrie Toth

My parents went to Tennessee and visited the Gaylord Opryland hotel and resort and came back with a pretty cool story that includes Apple Valley Lake. Thanks Ma!

 

The Opryland Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1977.  Originally, the hotel was built to support the Grand Ole Opry. It had 580 guest rooms and a ballroom. 

The hotel became a hot spot destination and in 1984, it increased its size to accommodate another 480 guests and also added a convention center and a Garden Conservatory. The atrium featured over 10,000 plants and flowers. 

Keeping up with demand, in 1988 another 2 acres and nearly 800 guests rooms were added!  Another Atrium was built that included  a beautiful 3.5-story waterfall with over 8,000 tropical plants.

In 1996, A 4.5-acre expansion adding 1,024 guest rooms, 10 meeting rooms and a 57,000-square-foot ballroom was added. The incredible main feature of this addition was the Delta Atrium, which included a quarter-mile-long Delta River. As a part of the Grand opening of the river, water from 1700 lakes and rivers in the US were poured into the waterway. INCLUDING from Apple Valley Lake. It may have only been a couple ounces from a Jack Daniels bottle, but the story is fun to share and is now a piece of our lake history.  

Unfortunately, In 2010, a flood from the Cumberland river devastated the Opryland Hotel with over 250 million in damages. Restored and beautiful again, it attracts thousands of visitors (like my parents) a year., 

Does anyone know who filled the bottle/s with Apple Valley's water? 

Pictures by Evelyn G Ing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Info above from the following references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylord_Opryland_Resort_%26_Convention_Center

http://www.restonian.org/2014/10/watergate-2014-how-did-water-from.html?showComment=1414201290926#c6770942505793521554

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/history-opryland-hotel-53488.html

COMING SOON!

by Sherrie Toth

365 Northridge Heights Dr - $714,555 LAKEFRONT Open House July 8th, 12-4 

 

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Four season room


The End Of CABIN FEVER Fundraiser! May 13th

by Sherrie Toth

 

Rock Painting! The New Craze

by Sherrie Toth

Rock Painting: The New Craze!

Who knew that such a simple, inexpensive time passer would become the latest and greatest craze?!

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Painting rocks!

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Maybe you’ve found some hidden in a public place or along a path at the park. Or maybe you’ve painted a box full and have strategically placed them for others to find!  Regardless, finding and hiding these “gems” is certain to brighten your day and it’s quite the relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed alone or with others no matter what age you are.

 

The options are endless.  You can paint little critters, sceneries, people, or even a lakeside or lakefront landscape like the ones shown below:

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Painted rocks can serve many purposes such as for decorating, paperweights or gifts.  But what we seem to enjoy is the painting/hiding/finding/rehiding purpose!  On Facebook, there are many public pages where you can post the rocks you find.  It’s even cooler if someone discovers a rock that YOU personally hid.

 

Here are some directions on how to get started with this fun pastime!

Painting and Hiding your Rocks!

  1. Find some rocks! - You can use driveway rocks or stones right from your backyard! Craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby also carry smooth, black or grey stones that are inexpensive.  **Remember that if you are not permitted to take stones from state parks and most other places like that.  Keep in mind the parks’ motto: “Leave only footprints and take only pictures.”  

  2. Paint!- wash your rock and let it fully dry and then use an acrylic paint to create any design of your choosing!  The options are endless.  Google it. You’ll see!  Let dry overnight.

  3. Seal your Rock!- Using a clear outdoor sealer, spray your rock to protect it from the elements.

  4. Hide your Rock!-  You may hide your rock so that others can find them!  If you belong to a Rock forum, they may have extra suggestions as to where you may or may not hide your rock or what you can do to track where your rock has been.

  5. Have Fun!- It’s refreshing to see others having fun like this.  Have fun with it and make it special for all involved.

 

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Opening up the Lake House!

by Joe Toth

One of the fun parts of owning a lake house at Apple Valley Lake or any Ohio Lake for that matter is opening it up for the season. Unless you plan ahead, you might forget some tasks.  Here are a few tips to get the first weekend at the lake off to a good start. 

Your Checklist

To make sure you don't forget anything, write down a checklist of everything you have to do before you leave home and what must be done when you arrive at the lake. It takes a little extra time, but a checklist is the easiest way to make sure you get everything done. 

1. Contact the utility company and phone company to turn on your services. We have contact numbers right here for you
2. Get all your cleaning supplies, clothing, food, and all your family's needs together.
3. Make sure the insurance policies for your cottage, boat, trailer, and other documents you need are ready to go.

When You Arrive

1. Take inventory of your property. Check the property outside for any damage that may have occurred during the winter. 
2. Check the phone and power lines.
3. Check the roof and chimney for damage.
4. Inspect the windows and screens.
5. Check the structure under the cottage including beams and posts.
6. Check the deck and see if it needs a fresh coat of paint or stain.


Indoor Inspection of the Cottage

It's important to check the ceilings for any water leaks and do the necessary repairs as soon as possible. You should inspect all windows for leaks and functionality, check cupboards and drawers for signs of mice and clean them thoroughly. Put out fresh sheets and blankets, fluff up the towels and you're ready to enjoy Apple Valley Lake for the next season. 

A good once over cleaning

Open up all of the windows and air out the cottage! Its been several months so dust is going to build up. Sherrie's favorite sent at our lake house is lemon. She has tried them all and has found that Pine Sol Lemon is the best! Wipe down cabinets, floors and counter tops.  A quick once over will make things sparkle and smell fresh again. 

Needing a service provider to help with projects?  Here is our community list of KNOXPROS 

What are some of your tasks that you do to get the lake house ready?

 

 

5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor

by Sherrie Toth

Sellers and Buyers: 5 MUST ASK questions when interviewing a Realtor.

Hands, Home, Protection ...

Are you buying or selling a home? Thinking about it?

At RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team, we are confident in our ability to do the best job representing you.  But we want YOU to be just as confident.  Here are a few questions you can ask when your are interviewing for a Realtor to help you either look for a home or sell one.

 

  1. Ask about experience- The sale of your home is one of the most costly transactions you will likely make in your lifetime and you should be confident that your Realtors experience will allow them to handle the sale of your home with fidelity from listing to closing. Its suggested  that you will want your agent to have at least 5-8  years of experience.
  2. When selling, ask how they plan to market your home- Marketing set’s  an agent apart.  Data shows that homes sell faster  the more thoroughly they are marketed. Many agents put a sign in the yard, put it in the MLS  and hope it sells.  It’s important that your agent has a written plan for your home. They should be able to sell the lifestyle of the area and should be talented at social marketing. Social marketing is the new  print press.
  3. Ask about communication - The process of selling a home will require a lot of communication-- nail biting at times!  Do you have a preference to which communication you prefer and how often?  Most agents are “cookie cutter” communicators. Make sure your communication from your Realtor is tailored just for you.
  4. Ask about office location and area knowledge- Is your agent local or miles or even counties away?  Can they react within minutes of a call? Many Realtors are moving to virtual offices. Buyers and sellers still like to walk into an office and talk with a professional face to face. Buyers want to trust their agent and get to know them before they feel confident allowing the agent to take care of their financial business.  An office will have maps, local information and feature their sellers listings to new buyers. Although paper marketing is becoming archaic to buyers, they still love to come into an office and get materials and information about a community from an area professional without seeing it for the first time at a showing. A brokerage that invests in an area office,  typically make it their business to know it  like the back of their hand.
  5. Ask about  past performance- Ask for performance documentation. Not their brokerage stats but their own personal stats compared the average agent. You don't want an average agent helping you with hundreds of thousands of dollars! Remember, past performance is likely going to be their future performance.


Of course, these are not the ONLY questions that you can ask, but these are definitely high up on the list.  RE/MAX Consultant Group, Toth and Team have a full list of questions that you can use in an interview.  Give us a call and let’s sit down and chat!  

Pancakes this weekend, at the lake

by Sherrie Toth

Pancakes this weekend, at the lake!

Fluffy. Sweet. Golden. Tasty.  PANCAKES.   I’m starting to think we might take these things for granted.  Nothing says all-American breakfast like the traditional pancake and it doesn’t have to be packed with unhealthy ingredients, either. This recipe has been developed over time by researching and trying dozens of recipes and tweaking certain things here and there to make these perfect for us.  We’d love to hear how you switch things up to suit YOUR family’s taste buds.

 

Old-Fashioned, All-American Pancakes

Ingredients:

2c Whole Wheat Flour

1c Oats

4T sugar (or your favorite substitute)

2 heaping T baking powder

1 Stick melted butter or 1/2c oil

2t vanilla

2 Whole eggs

3 cups milk (add more later to get desired consistency)

 

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Directions:

Preheat pan or cast iron skillet to low to medium temperature. Mix dry ingredients together.  When you’re finished add wet ingredients.  If you desire a thinner pancake, you may choose to add a little more milk or water during this step.  We like them thicker, so we typically skip any additional ingredients.   

Spray hot pan with some cooking spray and add desired amount of batter.  If you are cooking for kids or the tiny child within, you can add sprinkles or chocolate chips to this step.  Wait until you see bubbles and then flip the pancake.  Your finished product should be a golden brown.  Sprinkle some powdered sugar or any other topping you desire.


What are your favorite winter recipes?

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Howard OH 43028
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