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  • Work Starts on Fire Station on Jasper Mountain

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.Jasper Highlands, owned by Thunder Enterprises, launched construction today on a new fire station for the mountaintop community near Kimball.The privately funded $500,000 fire station atop Jasper Mountain in Marion County will include four fire engines, equipment storage and adequate room to facilitate various training opportunities. Additionally, the fire station will include a community room that will serve as a welcoming forum and me...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga's Housing Market is Healthy Despite a Nationwide Slowdown

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.The pace of deal making in 2016 slowed from the record high of the previous year, but merger and acquisition activity remained active in the Chattanooga region this year, both in growing and shrinking industries.With Chattanooga's improving economy and rental market, real estate investors bought more than $250 million of apartment complexes during 2016. Outside investors also acquired one of Chattanooga's biggest family-owned businesses...  Read More...

  • Jasper Highlands Fire Department Improves Public Protection Classification to Best in Marion County

    This article was originally published on nooga.com.Kimball residential mountaintop community Jasper Highlands has improved its public protection classification rating to the best in Marion County, Class 4. Leaders said that the new rating is a "drastic improvement" from the previous rating of Class 10, which the newly formed volunteer fire department inherited because of nearby departments electing to no longer cover the mountain, according to a news release. The volunte...  Read More...

  • Realtors Partner in Fighting Child Hunger

    This article was originally published on hamiltoncountyherald.com.Looking to end child hunger in the Chattanooga area, the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) is getting behind the local Snack Pack program, which puts food in the hands of more than 1,000 students a week in 12 Hamilton County schools.Donating $20,000 to the Snack Pack program this year alone, GCAR will be lending long-term support to the cause with an annual $10,000 donation beginning in 2017.“In the Chattano...  Read More...

  • New Jasper Highlands Fire Department Gets Best Rating in Marion County

    This article was originally published on Timesfreepress.com and also shared on Firefighternation.com. One of the region's newest volunteer fire departments has achieved the best fire rating of any fire service in Marion County after the developer of a 9,000-acre mountaintop subdivision agreed to fund the startup firefighting group.The Jasper Highlands Fire Department, created a year ago after the Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department said it was not going to service the new mountaintop deve...  Read More...

  • Spooktacular Fall Festival Draws Realtors, Affiliates to GCAR

    This article was originally published on hamiltoncountyherald.com.Zombies, Jedi Knights, and rock stars roamed the parking lot behind the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors Tuesday evening, coming face to face with superheroes, princesses, and cowboys.Children in a variety of costumes trick-or-treated and played games during GCAR’s annual fall festival while grown-ups enjoyed free food and collected freebies at the vendor booths.The event showcases local companies that do business with ...  Read More...

  • Jasper Highlands Grows, Hosts Sales Weekend

    This article was originally published on nooga.com. Marion County's Jasper Highlands is in its third phase of development, which means about 250 new lots are coming to the housing development. "We’re creating a full-service community on Jasper Mountain with the installation of our own water system, roadways, volunteer fire department and high-speed fiber internet; and now we’re offering a range of family-friendly conveniences that will enhance our residents' way of life that much more," Jas...  Read More...

  • BBQ, Blues and GCAR News

    This article was originally published on hamiltoncountyherald.com.The aroma of barbecue was inescapable, as was the sound of Deacon Bluz and the Holysmoke Band warming up outside. But before the members of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) could enjoy the food and music, they had business to attend to.The day was Thursday, Sept. 29, and the occasion was GCAR’s annual meeting.   Read More...

  • Jasper Highlands Adds 250 Lots, Cafe, Cottages and Other Amenities

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.One of Tennessee's biggest mountaintop residential communities is adding another 250 home sites this fall and will add a cafe, general store and community park next year.Jasper Highlands, the 9,000-acre development taking shape atop Jasper Mountain in Marion County, is growing to 700 platted lots with the opening of the third phase of the development this month. With 40 homes already built or nearly finished and a dozen more homes start...  Read More...

  • Local Realtors to Donate $5,000 Annually to Disaster Relief

    This article was originally published on hamiltoncountyherald.comThe Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) will be donating $5,000 each year to the Realtors Relief Foundation (RRF) to support survivors of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. - Photograph by David LapradIn the wake of the devastating floods that swept through southern Louisiana, the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) is putting into place an ongoing donation effort to provide needed support f...  Read More...

  • National Realtor Safety Month Being Locally Recognized By …

    This article was originally published on OriginatorTimes.com. The  Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR), a regional nonprofit organization with more than 1,600 members, understands the importance of safety when it comes to potential threats and dangers faced by many realtors every day. That’s why the organization will be advocating for realtor safety throughout the month of September, respectively known as National Realtor Safety Month.To recognize National Realtor ...  Read More...

  • National Housing Expert to Speak in Chattanooga

    This article was originally published on Nooga.com.National housing expert Jessica Lautz is slated to speak in Chattanooga about real estate trends. "[Our] main research is looking at homebuyer and seller trends," Lautz said of her research department at the National Association of Realtors. "It's a really interesting time to be working here because the demographics are changing."Lautz, who has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, Fox Business and The New York Times, and has bee...  Read More...

  • What Makes Tennessee a Top Retirement Spot?

    This article was originally published on Nooga.com. Washington, D.C.-based business and personal finance publisher Kiplinger.com recently ranked Tennessee the fourth-best state to retire, and locals agree. The ranking from this month put Tennessee in the top 10 states, and the report cited the state's low cost of living, low property taxes, low average health care costs, higher average household income, high number of residents 65 years old and older, and wide range of entertainment op...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Realtors Learn Self-defense for On-The-Job Protection

     This article was originally published on Timesfreepress.com. An open house may not seem like a danger zone, but it is one of many situations that could make a Realtor a sitting duck for a violent attack.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that since 2004 an average of 25 real estate agents have died on the job, many from attacks while showing homes for sale.That's why the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors on Friday hosted the latest class in a series of self-defens...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Realtors Hold Close to 300 Open Houses this Weekend as Home Sales Soar

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com. See you in church on Sunday — and then later at open houses of homes for sale. That's a thing here in Chattanooga, a real estate agent says."In Chattanooga, open houses are almost always Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4," said Daniel Staub, an agent with Todd Henon Properties at Keller Williams Realty.   Read More...

  • 2016 GCAR Open House Weekend Is Saturday And Sunday

    This article was originally published on chattanoogan.com. The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) is kicking off the popular spring homebuying season with its annual Open House Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.“Hundreds of our most knowledgeable Realtors step up to the plate each year during this event and welcome the public to tour some of the highest-quality homes in the southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia areas,” said Nathan Walldorf, president of GCAR. “...  Read More...

  • Tee Up & Wine Down for Habitat and GCAR Golf Tournament

    This article was originally published on newschannel9.com. Two local nonprofits are joining together to make home-ownership a reality for people in our community.Habitat for Humanity and the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors held a golf tournament fundraiser today.More than a dozen teams took part at Black Creek Club to raise money.. which will be used to build a home for someone in the coming year.Chattanooga Association of Realtors President, Nathan Walldorf, says serving the communi...  Read More...

  • Jasper Mountain welcomes high speed internet

    This article was originally published on wrcbtv.com.The internet has become part of the daily lives of millions of Americans but not everyone has access to broadband. Thanks to one developing company internet speed will be a lot faster in one neighborhood in the Sequatchie Valley. Jasper Highlands revealed Thursday; they are offering residents high speed internet.   Read More...

  • UPDATE: Local Schools Name Jasper Highlands Fire Trucks

    This article was originally published on wrcbtv.com. UPDATE: General Neyland, Big Squirt and Ole' Smokey are the names of the new firetrucks serving the Jasper Highlands Community. Elementary schools from Grundy, Marion, and Sequatichie Counties were a part of the naming contest that started on March 24th. The grand prize winner of the contest, Jasper Elementary School is taking home the grand prize of $10,000 for their firetruck name submission of ‘General Neyland’, in honor of the la...  Read More...

  • Jasper Highlands Launches its Own Volunteer Fire Department after Community Squabble

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com.Jasper Highlands, the high-end mountain-top development in Jasper, Tenn., now has its own volunteer fire department, complete with three trucks.Developers were previously rebuffed  when they sought fire protection from neighboring Foster Falls, so they bought their own trucks. In an announcement of the fire department's formation on Thursday, John "Thunder" Thornton, owner and developer of the Jasper Highlands and CEO of ...  Read More...

  • GCAR Aims to Keep Realtors Safe with Self-defense Instruction

    This article was originally published in the Hamilton County Herald. In light of the potential dangers real estate agents face on a daily basis and the growing number of attacks on Realtors, self-defense has become both a hot topic and a crucial concern. With this in mind, the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) is preparing local agents with a series of interactive self-defense courses tailored to the safety risks specific to the realty community.   Read More...

  • Berkshire Hathaway Realtor Honored as Chattanooga's Realtor of the Year

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. Travis Close, a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realty Center who served as president of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors last year, was recognized Wednesday at the 2015 Realtor of the Year in Chattanooga.The award was presented Wednesday at GCAR's membership breakfast.The Realtor of the Year award is given to a Realtor in recognition of his or her civic, business and industry/organization contributions. Clos...  Read More...

  • GCAR Names Kathy Tucker As 2015 George Kangles Community Citizenship Award Winner

    This article was originally published on chattanoogan.com. The new year began with a night of celebration for the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) as the group welcomed a fresh leadership team and recognized one deserving local realtor with the association’s prized George Kangles Community Citizenship Award. Established in 2011, the award honors a member of the realty community who demonstrates a proven track record of active political involvement and ...  Read More...

  • Walldorf is Third Generation Head of Chattanooga Realtors Group

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. Following in the path previously walked by his grandfather, father and uncle, Nathan Walldorf was elected last week as president of the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.The 39-year-old Realtor, who works as an affiliate broker at the real estate agency founded by his grandfather Herman, was sworn in as the new volunteer head of the 1,600-member association by his father Charles, who headed the local Realtors group three deca...  Read More...

  • High-speed Internet Access Impacts Home Sales

    This article was originally published on nooga.com. Locally and nationally, consumers are opting not to buy homes if they don't have access to high-speed Internet. The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted the topic, and Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors President Travis Close said that residents in rural areas value high-speed Internet access just as much as people who live in city centers.But access isn't always available. There are still unincorporated areas of Hamilton Coun...  Read More...

  • Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors plan Open House Weekend

    This article was originally published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. With home sales on the rise and spring in full bloom, more than 200 Chattanooga home sellers are expected to open their houses to prospective buyers this weekend during Chattanooga's biggest open house event of the year.The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors is organizing the citywide open house to help boost housing sales as the traditionally busy home-buying season begins."With no phone calls or appoi...  Read More...

  • Hundreds of Homes Unlock Their Doors for Open House Weekend

    This article was originally published on hamiltoncountyherald.com. The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors will host its second annual Open House Weekend on April 25 and 26. Hundreds of available homes in the Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia areas will be open to the public for viewing.“With no phone calls or appointment times to make, this event allows everyone to have a fair chance at finding their dream home,” said Travis Close, president of the Greater Chattanooga Association o...  Read More...