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Sam Hatfield Realty October 2008 Newsletter


Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker



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October 2008


Sam Hatfield Realty has moved to a new location – 4470 Mansford Road.  Strategically located between Tims Ford State Park and Tims Ford Marina, our new office boasts our logo colors of yellow and green!  The increased visibility will allow our company to continue to grow as the premiere Tims Ford Lake realty company in the area. 

The relaxed atmosphere of the new office welcomes clients to come in, chat, and visit.  Properties can be viewed on the “Big Screen”, in the comfort and ambience of a lake cabin.  Sam invites all customers and friends to stop by and “rock” on the front porch or “swing” on the back porch.  The surroundings of nature are abundant on the property.

Featured Home

MLS #1002663

 1552 Damron Road



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Great lakefront cottage/A-frame house with fantastic views of Tims Ford Lake.  Easy walk to dock, great yard for kids to play in, 3 bedrooms plus 375 sq ft in basement.  Sells partially furnished with all appliances.  Subdivision has one of the best boat ramps.


September New Listings and Closings

New Listings

MLS #1018174    4859 Mingo Road

Beautifully landscaped home with an above ground pool. Hardwood floors throughout house. Huge barn perfect for storage. Fenced in backyard. Back deck perfect for entertaining. Large two car detached garage. $299,000

MLS #1019012    0 Evans Place Lot 27

Great building lot, located at the end of street, privacy abounds. Back of lot backs up against TVA property. $44,900

-MLS #1019015    0 Evans Place Lot 28

Great building lot, located at end of street, privacy abounds. Property backs up to TVA. $44,900


Closed Listings

-MLS #936877 21 Cline Ridge Rd

New construction house in Cline Ridge. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, beautiful views of the lake.



Community Events


  • "Jazz in the Valley 2008"-6th Annual event Sat Oct 4, 2008 3-8pm @ Townsend School

  • Oct 20 – 24th Membership Meeting for year 2008

October Gardening Tips


Flower bulbs for fall planting have arrived. Make sure to follow the planting instructions that are specific for each bulb variety. Planting crocus too deep or daffodils too shallow will cause their spring blooms to be less effective or non-existent.


Remove any dying, diseased or insect ridden plants from the flower garden as soon as possible. Burn them or place them in the trash. If you leave them in the garden or turn them under, your problems will be twice as bad next season.


Dig up your Canna, Dahlia and Glad bulbs after the first frost. Leave a little soil clinging to each. Store the bulbs in a cool, dry place packed in peat moss. Make sure to label the bulbs now, instead of relying on your memory.


If slugs were a problem this season, apply slug killer now. Slugs will be laying their eggs now for next season. Eliminate them before they lay their eggs, so next seasons population will be drastically reduced.


Spray your fruit trees now with deer repellant. These sprays are well worth the effort as a deer can strip several years of growth from a tree in a single night. You only need to spray the tips since deer are browsers.


Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

With witches, goblins, and superheroes descending on neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment.  Following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.

    -    Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.

    -    Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.

    -    Cross the street only at corners.

    -    Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.

    -    Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to   put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)

    -    Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible have an adult go with you.

    -    Carry a flashlight to light your way.

    -    Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable).

    -    Visit homes that have the porch light on.

    -    Accept your treats at the door and never go into a strangers house.

    -    Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.

    -    Be cautious of animals and strangers.

    -    Have a grown up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.


Halloween Trivia Facts & Tidbits

-    In the US, the first citywide celebration was in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.

-    Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

-    Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the Roman harvest festival that honors Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees. 

-    Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia.

-    Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

-    About 50% of adults dress up for Halloween, while 67% take part in the activities, such as parties, decorating the house and trick or treating with their children.

-    86% of Americans decorate their house for Halloween.

-    Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes. (And yes, I am in with those 10%.  They should celebrate Halloween too!)

-    Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy purchasing holiday.

-    90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids Halloween trick or treat bags.

-    More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces - enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.

 Top 10 Costumes for 2008

1. Batman

2. Joker

3. Hannah Montana

4. High School Musical

5. Clone Wars

6. Indiana Jones

7. Harry Potter

8. Scream

9. Power Rangers

10. Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)


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Tips to Live Green

In the Yard

The most earth-friendly option for your yard is to trade grass for ground covers or mulch, as maintaining a lawn takes a lot of water and energy. If you choose to keep your lawn, however, it is better to use native grasses; your local nursery can advise you on which are indigenous to your area. You should try, whenever possible, to do the following, according to the Choose Green Report from Green Seal Environment Partner:

-Cut grass no lower than 2.5 inches; any lower, and it will require more water.

-Always water the lawn before sunrise or after dark to reduce evaporation and water more efficiently.

-Don't throw away grass clippings. Leaving them on the lawn will provide nutrients.

-Buy organic fertilizers, as they don't degrade as quickly as synthetic fertilizers and are safer for children and animals.

-Buy an electric lawnmower. It will save you on average 73% on lawn care costs and is better for the environment. The average gasoline mower emits the same amount of hydrocarbons in one hour as a 1992 Ford Explorer emits in over 23,600 miles!

In the Fridge

Your appliances can be a great source of green living. Keep in mind the following when using and buying appliances for your home:

-It is more energy efficient to do a load of laundry in cold water than in hot. Also, when drying laundry, its more energy-efficient to dry loads of laundry consecutively, as you are taking advantage of residual heat in the dryer.

-Gas ranges are more efficient than electric ranges

-An energy efficient dishwasher is more "green" than hand-washing a sink full of dirty dishes.

-When buying new appliances, always look for the Energy Star label. It may cost a bit more, but it will save money and the environment.

-Replace refrigerators that are 10-20 years old, as they could be 40% less efficient than newer models. A new fridge can reduce your costs by as much as $15 a month.

-Side by side refrigerators use 10-25% more energy than stacked refrigerator-freezer models.

--When possible, don't place your refrigerator next to a heat source, such as a vent, dishwasher, oven or in direct sunlight, as it will require more energy to cool it.

In the Lights

Compact florescent lamps (CFLs) reduce the energy used for lighting by one-third and are available at most home stores and some warehouse club stores. A CFL can last 10,000 hours, whereas a regular bulb only lasts 1,000 hours. They can be used whenever you would use a regular bulb. On a dimmer switch, however, make sure that you use only a CFL that is labeled for such use. Over the long term, you can save $20-$30 per bulb.

In the Paint and Cleaner

Household cleaners and paints have ingredient lists that read like a complicated chemistry quiz. Here are a few tips to being more environmentally friendly while cleaning your home:

-Use a brand of cleaner that is concentrated, where you need to use water. You can use concentrated cleaners for a variety of things, and can cut down on the amount of cleaner containers that you use.

-Don't use cleaners with chlorine bleach or sodium hypochlorite as they have harmful environmental effects. Instead, look for cleaners with citric acid or hydrogen peroxide, which will do the job just as well.

-Avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some new paints will include the fact that they have low or no VOCs on the label. These VOC-less paints cost the same as other premium paints and have no paint smell.

In Your Shirts and Slacks

You may have seen dry cleaners in your neighborhood starting to offer "Earth-friendly" alternatives to traditional dry cleaning. The traditional solvent used in dry cleaning, percholoroethylene, has been linked to several health issues, including dizziness, headaches and possibly cancer. If a dry cleaner offers an "Earth-friendly" option, ask what solvent is used. There are two likely candidates: liquid carbon dioxide and siloxane. The former is the most promising and leaves no toxic residue. When tested, Consumer Reports found that it cleaned with the "best results, even better than conventional dry cleaning." Siloxane is also effective, but some preliminary studies have shown a possible link to cancer in rodents.