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Old 10-16-2007, 09:56 PM
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Hi Everyone! I'm completely new to this, first time I ever posted anything anywhere.I am relocating ASAP to the Johnson City area. We are originally from Asheville and moved 5 years ago to south Georgia. My husband is ready to move "home" and since the Asheville area is very expensive (one of the many reasons we moved to begin with) and his mom is now in Greeneville,TN we are looking at that area. We really like JC and especially Jonesborough. We have found an old house that we fell in love with but our real estate agent said that it might not have a septic system because of the age and that there was no way to be sure unless the seller had some info. Is this still common in that area? Any suggestions on how to find out? It is outside of the city limits but I understand that city water is common in the county (good luck finding that in NC) but how about sewer? Any help would be great!
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:03 PM
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Well, your Realtor should be able to ask the owners agent (it SHOULD be in the MLS listing) if it has city sewage or an underground septic tank. You could call the JC water dept 423-461-1640 and give them the address of the house, they can tell you if they have had it set up priorly or currently. They can also tell you if city sewage is available to that street/house and the fees to get hooked up if it needs to.
Hope that helps.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:41 PM
Location: Telford, TN
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I can't answer your sewer question, but I can tell you that my wife and I have now been in the Jonesborough area about one and ahalf months and just love it here. We will be moving into a new home in the Telford area which about four miles outside of Jonesborough going toward Greeneville toward the end of October. We wish you good luck on your move. We moved up from Florida and it has been a trying experience, but worth it.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:46 PM
Location: TriCities, TN
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MB is right, it should be in the MLS listing for the house; however, you can't always trust what is in the listing. Your agent should verify with the owner of the house and also check with the county environmental services department and see if they have any kind of past permits on file for that address. I tried to find the number in the phone book but it wasn't listed. I think I have that number at work. I'll send it to you if I can find it. You could call Building Permits at 423-753-1753 and explain what you need. They should be able to direct you to the correct place.

What part of south Georgia are living in? I grew up in Tallahassee, FL which is more like south Georgia than Florida!

Good luck with your move!
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:25 PM
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Thanks for all of the info, it really helps. I called the JC water dept and they don't service the area. The realtor is trying to get info for me. Apparently the records don't go very far back on septic systems and alot of the older homes are not on record. We are currently in Brunswick, GA. I lived here for 10 years growing up and loved it then but after 16 years back in the mountains I can't seem to get used to the heat again. Of course when I was a kid I could stay at the beach or pool all of the time. No such luck now. Everyone around JC seems to be friendly so I hope that we will soon feel at home there, we are "almost" locals, lol. Actually my grandmother was from Erwin.I am a little concerned though about it becoming too much like Asheville, I REALLY hope that doesn't happen. Asheville was great 20 years ago but I wouldn't go back now even if I could afford it. Looking forward to being a neighbor soon!
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