Low Inventory

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price report earlier this month. The report revealed that home prices are not only continuing to rise but that the increases are accelerating. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, discussed the impact of low inventory on buyers in the report:”Without a significant ramp-up in new home construction and more homeowners listing their homes for sale, buyers are likely to see little relief in the form of slowing price growth in the months ahead.”

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Harvard: Why Owning A Home Makes Sense Financially

Harvard: Why Owning A Home Makes Sense FinanciallyPiggy-Bank-with-Glasses-KCM

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Things to Consider When Buying or Selling a Home


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Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2015

America’s remodeling dollars are flowing again. If you’re looking to upgrade,  Remodeling magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value  Report tabs these projects as offering  the best return on your investment.

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/photos/home-improvement/best-home-improvement/slide/steel-entry-door/#ixzz2sNWmmtpX

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If you don’t have time to go to the slopes, come to THE MOUNTAIN  for a little ski time!    The snow is back, Atlanta – and it’s better than ever.


Make the most of your visit and purchase a Combo Ticket that will include 3 additional attractions.

Your ticket includes:

  • Two-hour tubing session on Snow Mountain including the new Avalanche Alley.
  • Unlimited access to Snow Mountain’s expanded snow play area, the Snow Zone featuring the new Fort Snow.
  • PLUS, daytime admission to Summit Skyride, Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Theater and Memorial Hall Museum. Note that these attractions will be open from 10am – 5pm so if you are purchasing an evening session for Snow Mountain, be sure to arrive early enough to enjoy all that is included in the Combo Ticket. For guests visiting during the month of February, the Scenic Railroad will replace the Skyride attraction

One Adventure After Another !!!  http://www.stonemountainpark.com/activities/attractions.aspx

Serious fun. Endless adventure. It’s all waiting for you at Georgia’s #1 attraction.  Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, this natural wonderland offers 3,200 acres of excitement for every member of the family.  Begin your adventure on Summit Skyride, a swiss cable car that whisks you to the top of Stone Mountain for an unbelievable view of the Atlanta skyline. Then take a trek through the treetops on Sky Hike, one of the nation’s largest adventure courses. When your feet are back on firm ground, Journey to the Center of the Earth offers a spectacular 4D experience. And of course, don’t miss an Atlanta tradition, the Lasershow Spectacular – the world’s  longest running lasershow.

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Fall Festivals Around Atlanta

It’s that beautiful time of year with gorgeous weather, cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and of course, Fall Festivals are all Around Atlanta – Check out the links below for your favorites festivals:




If you want to do a little redecorating to usher in fall, check out these ideas:

Create a big impact with your fall displays by using contrasting colors. Use a vase in a color that complements that of the leaves you use to make them stand out and add more colors to the room. Stick with cool colors, like blues, purples, and greens, to complement different shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves.

Turn russet-orange roses into an autumn accent simply by adding woodland-inspired details. Fern fronds and acorns add a forestlike touch, giving the glam roses a more earthy vibe. Complete the look by turning a basic vase into a woodland stunner by wrapping it in wood-look wrapping paper.

Natural Gradient – As the leaves change outside, keep in mind that those changing colors can be perfect for fall-inspired decor. Create a quick and easy centerpiece by filling glass vases with water and bunches of small branches with different colors of leaves. Arrange them according to color, creating a natural color gradient.

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Day Ninety-Five: First Friday Art Walk, Marietta Square

The 2013 First Friday Art Walk takes place in historic Marietta Square on the first Friday of each month from April to October. The Art Walk is a free, self guided tour showcasing local original art. Local artists are hosted by Marietta Square area restaurants, galleries, museums, venues and boutiques from 5pm to 9pm, rain or shine, and participating venues display an official Art Walk banner in their window.

Art Walk
An Art Walk Map can help you choose your own route through the over thirty merchants hosting artists in their stores. Maps can be picked up at each participating merchant, at the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau, on Art Walk sandwich board signs, or online.

Tavern in the Garten:
New this year is the Tavern in the Garten, a beer and wine garden where you can enjoy drinks, music and more from May through October.

2013 Schedule:

  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 4

5pm to 9pm, rain or shine

For more information, call (770) 429-1115.

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Day Ninety-Four: Easter Egg Scrambles

Eastside Baptist Church, March 30 at 10:30 a.m.

The Egg Scramble is the amazing  Easter  tradition here at Eastside Baptist Church. We will feature an Easter egg hunt on our soccer field. There will also be inflatable games, face painting, food, a live band, and more!

New this year!…If you print your Eventbrite registration and bring it to EBC during March, you will receive your event bracelet! (your access to the event!) This means you get to skip the lines on Egg Scramble Day!

We can’t wait to see you there! Click Here to Register!


Acworth Easter Egg Hunt

March 22, 2013

  • Location: Acworth Sports Complex
  • Address: 3883 Old McEver Road, Acworth, GA 30101

  • Location:Acworth Sports Complex
  • The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Freedom Church to bring the kids of our community a fresh spin on a time honored tradition, Acworth’s second after dark Easter Egg Hunt!!! The Easter Bunny will be dropping in on Friday, March 22 at the Acworth Sports Complex, located at 4000 South Main St. Acworth, GA 30101 and he is bringing 50,000 eggs filled with candy. The Easter Bunny will skydive in at 8:00 p.m.
  • Kennesaw Easter Egg Scramble and Bunny Breakfast

    March 23, 2013

  • Location: Adams Park Softball Complex
  • Address: 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144
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  • Marietta Easter Egg Scramble – Marietta’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Easter Egg Scramble will take place Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road, March 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos after the Egg Scramble. Arrive early to find parking and your child’s correct age group.
  • March 22, 2013
  • Location: Laurel Park in Marietta, GA
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    Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop

    March 30, 2013

    Location: Sprayberry High School football field/stadium area

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    Easter Sunrise Service

    March 31, 2013

    Location: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Address: 900 Kennesaw Mt. Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152

    Location:Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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    4 Ways to Hater-Proof Your Listing

    This article is not only great for Realtors, but for homeowners who are thinking of putting their home on the market.

    4 Ways to Hater-Proof Your Listing by Tara-Nicholle Nelson, March 5, 2013 

    In my experience, there’s one fundamental truth about haters: you can never fully escape them. The only way to live a 100% hater-free life is to never stick your neck out, and never do anything because, as the saying goes, you simply cannot please all of the people all of the time.

    And this is particularly true with real estate and putting your listings on the market – because homes, locations, aesthetics and such are so much a matter of personal preference, some people will find something to criticize about even the most perfectly staged, priciest properties on the market.

    As a listing agent, your job is not to try to make your listings be all things to all people – but you do want it to appeal to enough buyers that you get one great offer (and multiple offers never hurt anybody, either). That said, you don’t want your listing to be the house that nearly every buyer and broker sees, rolls their eyes and utters the same few, predictable deal-killing criticisms.

    Fortunately, what is predictable is avoidable. Unfortunately, many of the things that make a listing susceptible to haters are issues on the seller’s side of the property preparation responsibilities. Let’s explore the most common things buyers hate about listings they see. In the process, you’ll get equipped with things you can say to your sellers to help sidestep those issues and, in large part, hater-proof your own listing.

    House Hater Complaint #1: Odors.

    You might think I’m beating a dead horse, here, or even preaching to the choir. But as long as house hunters keep emailing me to ask why, in the name of all that is sacred, they keep seeing homes that smell like all sorts of madness and mayhem, I’m going to keep repeating this message.

    Viewing a home sounds like it’s all about the visual of the experience. And visuals are critical – your listing should be in its Sunday best, so to speak, when it’s being shown, in terms of being spruced, staged and clutter-free. But when a buyer comes to see your listing, they don’t turn off the rest of their senses. And there is nothing that can turn a buyer off from a home they’d otherwise like more quickly than a powerfully bad odor.

    In particular, cigarette and pet odors in a house that seems to have been well-cleaned create the concern that they might be permanent and that the buyer might not be able to get rid of them without dropping some serious cash on cleaning or even removing wall, window and floor coverings.

    If you are listing a home and you know that someone has been habitually smoking in it home or that the seller has had a “challenge,” let’s say, with pet accidents, do not ignore the problem. And do not think that because you had the carpet shampooed or the drapes cleaned, or because YOU can’t smell anything, that the problem is gone.  The human sense of smell very quickly gets used to smells that it lives with or is surrounded with on a regular basis.

    It’s one of the tougher parts of your job as an agent to point out bad smells and odors, no matter how painful the conversation and make sure they are eradicated by any means necessary, before you place your listings on the market.

    House Hater Complaint #2: Glaringly extreme overpricing.

    There’s the kind of overpricing that makes a buyer say, “Hmmm – seems a bit high. Let’s go see it, but we might have to offer a little less than the asking price if we like it.”  Then there’s the kind of overpricing that makes buyer say “I’ll wait until a price reduction” or worse, hold their sides from laughing.

    When overpricing is glaring, many buyers and buyer’s brokers will comment on it or inquire about it. What they are less likely to do is actually come out and see the place – especially if they weed it out online after comparing its specs to all the other homes in the area and the price range.  Often, homes this severely overpriced simply don’t sell, or not until after they’ve had some serious price cuts or have been on the market so long buyers begin to feel confident about making lowball offers.

    In fact, the goal is the opposite – you want your listing to stand out as a property that is not dirt cheap, but does present a good value for the money – that’s what motivates buyers to get out of their chairs and into the property for a viewing.

    Obviously, you don’t set the price of your listings. It’s also obvious that the agent-seller conflict about overpricing is one of those battles that have been fought since Adam and Eve sought to list the Garden of Eden.

    Here’s how to hater-proof your home’s listing against this issue: force your sellers to fixate on the comps. Smart sellers deactivate their emotional attachment and very human tendency to overvalue their precious homes by poring over the sales prices (not list prices) of similar, nearby homes that have recently sold. Walk them through this data – don’t forget to show them the overpriced listings that are lagging on the market, and any value-priced listings that have sold for way more than asking.

    When you get a seller who simply won’t budge off a dramatically high list price:

    (a) get them to sign a reduction addendum that will automatically kick in after 30 or 45 days on the market, and/or

    (b) consider whether this listing makes sense to take in the first place.

    Also, consider using your broker’s first Open House as an additional hater-proof measure: if the agents overwhelmingly comment that they think the home is significantly overpriced, communicate this feedback to your seller.

    House Hater Complaint #3: Dirt and messes.

    Possibly the single largest source of House Hater Complaints I’ve ever heard are the dirt, messes, piles and personal belongings that buyers find so distracting, when they walk into a home for a viewing or Open House. Obviously, homes that are filthy from floor to ceiling are fertile fodder for haters, but often those homes are bank-owned or otherwise distressed so that the sellers aren’t likely to do much.  What is underestimated is how often even savvy home buyers are distracted (and disgusted) by relatively clean homes that just have a few outstanding messes, like piles of dirty dishes in the sink, piles of dog poo in the yard or even piles of papers, mail, books or clothes lying out in plain view.

    Will one or two such items ruin the sale of your home? Perhaps not. But a few of them (or more) can certainly distract a buyer enough that they fixate on the home’s messes and, in the process, fail to see what is so great about your property.  As I see it, cleaning up, meticulously, before every single showing is free – so it makes no sense to even run the risk of turning off a prospective buyer by letting messes get in the way of their ability to visualize themselves and their families flourishing in your home.

    Make sure you brief the sellers in detail on what buyers expect, in the way of cleanliness.  Also, set up a plan for giving them enough notice of showing appointments that they can do a quick, but thorough, house cleaning pass through before every single viewing.

    House Hater Complaint #4: Lots of little malfunctions.

    All of us tend to think our homes are in fantastic condition.  After all, your sellers have had the furnace maintained regularly, they’ve installed granite and dual paned windows – maybe they even took your advice to have the floors refinished or the walls painted in preparation for putting the place on the market.

    That’s all fantastic – all the non-cosmetic work that’s been done to maintain and improve your listing should be trumpeted in your marketing materials, and the cosmetic items will (or should) speak for themselves. But here’s the thing: houe hunters won’t be running the dishwasher or testing the furnace (at least not until inspections).

    What they will do – almost unconsciously – is:

    • flick light and fan switches

    • open or close window coverings, closet, room and entry doors,

    • open and close drawers, cupboards, gates and fences and

    • hold the handrails as they walk up and down the stairs.

    They will hear leaky faucets and point out water spots from long-ago repaired leaks, and they will notice (or potentially trip on) uneven exterior tiles, paths and walkways. And even though these items might be vastly less expensive to fix than the roof or sewer line you had replaced, they are much more visible and noticeable to a buyer.  In fact, buyers don’t always even know that the little malfunctions and repairs that need doing are little or inexpensive. And when they notice a bunch of these sorts of things in a single property, they can jump to the conclusion that the whole place is rickety.

    Since these little fixes are inexpensive to make, have them completed before you list, if at all possible. You might even ask your seller to walk through the property with you, pinpoint all the necessary little fixes and offer the a handyperson reference for someone you know works efficiently.

    Reprinted Article by Tara-Nicholle Nelson, March 5, 2013

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    Day Ninety-Three: Mardi Gras on Main and Woodstock Concerts in the Park Summer Series

    March 1 is  Mardi Gras on Main
    The 5th annual celebration of Mardi Gras in Downtown Woodstock. Event will feature a Mardi Gras parade at 8 p.m. At end of parade a King & Queen of Mardi Gras on Main will be crowned.

    The parade route will be the following: the parade will enter Main Street from the parking lot of Ameris Bank, then proceed north up Main Street into the heart of Downtown Woodstock. The parade will turn onto East Main Street at the intersection of Main Street and Arnold Mill Road. The parade will then go south on East Main Street. The parade will end at the mini park that is located between PURE and CANYONS.

    Live music on the sidewalks during the event add to the festive feel. The Downtown restaurants and stores will have Mardi Gras themed activities going on at their businesses during the event.

    Main Street Woodstock is proud to have a Friday Night Live series T-Shirt for sale this year (see the attached photo). Will have a table set up on sidewalk selling the shirt. One for $12, two for $20.

    For all the events, click here

    Spend the first Friday of every month in Downtown Woodstock and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer as the Downtown Merchants stay open late, 6 to 9 p.m. and celebrate with a themed downtown wide festival.

    For each Friday Night Live theme participating Downtown Merchants will have activities going on at their stores and throughout the Downtown area related to the theme of the month.

    For more information, please call 770-924-0406

    Woodstock Concert Series – 2013 marks the 16th season for Georgia’s best summer concert series!! All concerts are free of charge and begin at 7:30 p.m.

    May 11 – Little Texas

    March 1 – Mardi Gras on Main Street 6 – 9 p.m.

    June 8 – Yacht Rock Review-Friday Night Fever

    July 13 – Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project

    August 10 – The Dazz Band

    September 14 – The Marshall Tucker Band

    Concert FAQ’s

    Directions to the Park – Click Here


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