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Front Page - Friday, July 7, 2017

Vacation-home options abound without leaving state

During the summer vacation months, many families toy with the idea of owning or renting a beachfront condo or home. If you’re considering a second home or vacation rental this year, there are a number of options to consider within a short drive of Chattanooga.

If you live in a rural setting and like to “get away” to the city on the weekends, then a downtown condo or house might just be the ticket for you. There are numerous options that allow you to walk or bike to all of Scenic City’s festivals and many local restaurants.

If you’re thinking about making this an incoming producing option, such as a short-term vacation rental, then check out the rules currently being put in place. An experienced Realtor can help you identify which properties are eligible for this option.

Have you always dreamed of waterfront living, boating until sunset, but the costs of homes near your work are out of your price range? Then consider these options:

A short drive to Watts Bar or Nickajack Lake can provide numerous choices for a weekend home. You might be surprised at how affordable the options are on these quiet TVA lakes. Venture a little farther across Northern Alabama and opportunities abound.

A mountain retreat might be your idea of a perfect getaway, so why not consider the numerous cabins and homes surrounding Chattanooga? Options are as close as the nearby Georgia mountains, or you could stretch out to two hours away and pick up an income producing chalet in Gatlinburg.

While prices have appreciated in recent years, there’s still a supply to fit any budget.

As you consider properties outside the primary service area of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors, do not forgo quality representation. Many of our members are licensed in Alabama and Georgia and therefore subscribe to neighboring Multiple Listing Services, so they might be able to assist you.

If not, then ask a member to research an experienced Realtor in the area in which you are looking and make the introduction. By choosing this route, you can buy with confidence of knowledgeable representation.

The Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS is The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga. The Association is a regional organization with more than 1,700 members and is one of more than 1,400 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors.GCAR services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. Go to www.GCAR.net for more information.