High Speed Fiber Network in the Georgia Mountains

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in blog_commentary, Uncategorized | 0 comments

N. Georgia Enters 21st Century!

The North Georgia Network is building and operating a 1000 mile fiber optic network that will benefit an eight-county area of more than 334,000 people in Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union and White counties. The system, which is 100% fiber optic, boasts speeds as fast as anywhere in the world. With core speeds up to 3.6 terabits (Screamin’ fast!), the system will be fully symmetrical – the same speed for uploads or downloads! The system should be operational sometime in April.

Blairsville/Union County Ga 2011 Market Report by Lester Chesser

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Good Morning!

I hope this finds you warm and well on a cold day here in the beautiful North Ga mountains! I have some good news today for both buyers and sellers, regarding the local real estate market here in Blairsville! Sounds odd to say that, but in this case it’s true!

In 2011 there were 623 total sales in Union County (Blairsville), as compared to 518 in 2010! A nice increase! In 2011 there were 395 homes sold in Union County, up from 348 in 2010! The average home sale price in 2011 was $154,821 rising just slightly from the 2010 average of $152,979. Slight, but still an increase and the first one we have seen since 2005! the median home sale price dipped slightly in 2011, from $139,000 in 2010 to $135,000 in 2011! The average home selling in 2011 was on the market for only 160 days, down from 178 in 2010! Again a positive note for the market! Homes sold on average in 2011 for 91.53 percent of list price again up from 90.72 percent in 2010!

Lot sales numbered 129 in 2011, up from 2010 in 2010! The average lot price in 2011 dipped to only $17,854, down from  $23,578 in 2010, while the median lot price dipped to only $12,750 again down from $20,000 in 2010! The good news here is the number of sales increased, but the price continues to drop, mainly due to the lack of building in Union County, as well as the low price of homes!

The outlook, in my opinion, is improving for the first time in 6 years! Home sales are rising, home prices have at least settled, and we can possibly even see some upswing in prices locally! Lot sales will remain stagnant for at least another year!


For buyers, NOW IS THE TIME! It is very clear the Blairsville market has hit bottom, and a rise is coming! Will you sit back and watch the prices rise, or buy now before they get higher? The supply of available homes is dropping, and the demand is rising, which is  a strong signal of improvement!


For sellers, stabilizing prices are excellent news, along with the reduced amount of inventory to choose from! are we ready to sing “Happy days are Here Again”? Not yet, but if these trends continue through 2012, we might just be warming up!


Have a great day, and call me to discuss any of the info I have provided, or to ask any questions you may have!

Lester Chesser, GRI, CRS, CRB, SRES

Accredited Buyer Representative

Blairsville Realty

27 Murphy Hwy

Blairsville, Ga. 30512


Direct 706-781-7379


Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in Georgia’s mountains

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in blog_commentary, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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December 21, 2011 - Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.
Archaeological zone 9UN367 at Track Rock Gap, nearGeorgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald, is a half mile (800 m) square and rises 700 feet (213 m) in elevation up a steep mountainside.  Visible are at least 154 stone masonry walls for agricultural terraces, plus evidence of a sophisticated irrigation system and ruins of several other stone structures. Much more may be hidden underground.  It is possibly the site of the fabled city of Yupaha, which Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto failed to find in 1540, and certainly one of the most important archaeological discoveries in recent times. 

BLAIRSVILLE, GA (December 21, 2011) — Around the year 800 AD the flourishing Maya civilization of Central America suddenly began a rapid collapse. A series of catastrophic volcanic eruptions were followed by two long periods of extreme drought conditions and unending wars between city states.

Cities and agricultural villages in the fertile, abundantly watered, Maya Highlands were the first to be abandoned.  Here, for 16 centuries, Itza Maya farmers produced an abundance of food on mountainside terraces.  Their agricultural surpluses made possible the rise of great cities in the Maya Lowlands and Yucatan Peninsula. When the combination of volcanic eruptions, wars and drought erased the abundance of food, famines struck the densely populated Maya Lowlands. Within a century, most of the cities were abandoned.   However, some of the cities in the far north were taken over by the Itza Maya and thrived for two more centuries.


Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in blog_commentary, Uncategorized | 0 comments