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Hunting Preserve Now Open In Greater Valley Area

There is a new and exciting activity for residents of the Greater Valley Area to partake in. The area already known for an abundance of outdoor activities has just become a mecca for hunters as well, now that Twisted Pine Hunting preserve is now open.

Offering 2,100 acres of pristine hunting countryside in east Alabama and west Georgia, the preserve is conveniently located just minutes from the communities of Quail Run and Riverside Estates, making both neighborhoods of
homes in Lanett Alabama ideal for hunting enthusiasts.

The preserve is managed by Colorado State University graduate, Kyle Farner. An enthusiastic and life-longer hunter, Farner maintains the property with controlled burns, supplemental feed and mineral stations, food plots, predator control and selective harvests in an effort to insure hunters have a healthy selection of dove, whitetail deer and turkey. Dove hunts are already sold out for the 2010-2011 season, and deer hunts are expected to be popular as well.

Quail Run, a master-planned community, features classically southern floor plans on sprawling green lots. Numerous homes offering the best in southern architecture are available. Community amenities include a pool, pool pavilion, tennis courts, a multi-purpose sports field and fishing pond.

Riverside Estates offers custom homes located on over-sized wooded lots. Amenities include an initial year membership to nearby Riverside County Club, which boasts a championship 18-hole golf course, exclusive outdoor pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and dinning room. The new “Founder’s Club” program, presents the first 20 lot owners in this community with the opportunity to purchase a home site at special discounted pricing.

Both communities are ideal for residents who seek the serenity and beauty of nature while still maintaining convenience for those who wish to live near Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia or live an easy driving distance to Ft. Benning, near Columbus, Ga.

For more information about the Greater Valley area communities of Quail Run or Riverside Estates, visit the 
Greater Valley Group’s Web site.
For more information about 
Twisted Pine Hunting Preserve, including available hunting packages, visit the website or call 706-643-5888.

Greater Valley Group Connects With Homebuyers Online

Homebuyers looking for
homes in West Point Georgia have several new ways to connect with Greater Valley Group, a leading home builder in the area. GVG is actively engaged with buyers and Realtors on Facebook, Twitter and through its blog,

The blog is a rich source of information for area residents and homebuyers, from news on regional events to current homebuilder promotions, and is the centerpiece of GVG’s social media program. The Greater Valley Group social media outlets are a great source of information for home buyers, as well as a good forum for asking questions related to home buying and home building.

The Greater Valley Group approach to social media is a comprehensive team approach with numerous participants blogging. Having numerous bloggers gives readers a variety of voices, while at the same time allowing many Greater Valley Group employees to showcase their expertise.

Greater Valley Group is pleased to partner with 
new home marketing agency mRELEVANCE, LLC on its Internet marketing and social media campaign.

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Boone Homes Gives Fall Incentives on New Richmond Homes

Boone homes has some great fall offers on
Richmond new homes. You could save as much as $50,000 on a new home at  the Villas at Grey Oaks located in Henrico County. This no-maintenance community features homes in the $400,000s, in the trendy Short Pump area. Two of the available homes with the incentive are The Highcroft and The Briarsted, and include a price reduction of more than $50,000. Homes must be closed by November 30, 2010 for special pricing.

The Highcroft, priced at only $449,950 on home site 63, boasts a savings of $52,000 off of the original price. The floor plan for this model features the green energy efficient package, as well as a raised patio, hardwood floors on the first floor,

Remember the Nanny Tax? Don’t Forget the Other Workers in Your Luxury Home

personal chefWhether you’re planning to run for public office or not, you may want to take a second look at the “Nanny Tax,” the one that’s been the downfall of several public servant-wannabes over the years. Even if you’re past the age where you need a nanny to look after the children, you could have dozens of other homeworkers who may make you subject to the tax, according to the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog.

When do you have to pay? According to “

The Nanny Tax: How to Pay Nannies, Babysitters, and Home Help,”  you need to pay taxes on behalf of anyone  who works in your home for $1,700 or more annually and doesn’t have a business license. The exceptions are other people’s kids under 18 (as long s they make less than $1,000 a quarter), your own kids up to age 21, your spouse and (maybe) your parents. The person who cuts your grass and cares for your landscaping, the sitter who stays with your aging parents, your babysitter, your housekeeper – they all fall under the rule unless they have their own businesses.

Even the author of the post, tax expert Eva Rosenberg, admits that keeping up with household employment taxes is not as easy as the IRS wants you to think. You have to get an Employer Identification Number from the IRS and also register with your state. When you first hire, you must complete an I-9, a W-4, and get photocopies of two forms of ID, including a Social Security card.

And you’re just getting started at that point. You have to track employees’ time with time cards, and you have to withhold for Social Security and disability from their paychecks. You must file paperwork quarterly, paying estimated taxes to cover your employees’ Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes. Then you will have the annual paperwork you complete so your workers can file their own tax returns and so you can attach information to your personal return. Of course, by April 15th, you’ll need to pay any extras if you underestimated throughout the year.

Rosenberg provides links galore in her post on the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog.  And her last tip? Hire a payroll service to do all the work for you. Possibly a great idea, but make sure they have a business license or you may have to pay taxes for them, too!

Award-Winning Builder, Sterling Custom Homes a Finalist for 14 Star Awards

Austin custom home builder, Sterling Custom Homes is nominated for 14 custom builder categories by the 2010 Star Awards Committee. These prestigious annual awards are presented by the Texas Association of Builders to the winners.

The 2010 Star Awards will be located at the Gaylord Glass Cactus, on Friday, October 15 during the Lonestar Spike Party and Sunbelt Bash. Grand winners will also be announced that evening.

A few of the categories Sterling Custom Homes is nominated for, as part of the 2010 Star Awards, are: Best Master Bedroom for a home $500,000 – $1 million, Best Master Bedroom for a home over $1 million, Best Specialty Room, and Best Architectural Design for a home $500,000 – $1 million, among 10 other categories.

During their 20 years of building history, this custom home builder has received an honor equivalent to the Triple Crown for the building industry. They are the only Texas / Southwest region builder to be a three-time recipient of
Texas Custom Builder of the Year (for 1992, 2004, 2008), also awarded by the Texas Association of Builders. Sterling Custom Homes was also named on the list of Top Custom homebuilders for the Austin, Texas area, for high sales volume in 2009, by the Austin Business Journal.

Sterling Custom Homes is the perfect choice for building your luxury custom home in Austin. For more information, visit the builder’s website.