Home buying may never get any cheaper.

Here’s a great article outlining why this will probably be the last year to get the best deals in real estate.   The combination of inventory starting to sell, savvy investors who are quick to snatch up properties “monopoly-style” and both home prices and interest rates beginning to creep back up will limit choices for those of us who have been waiting for prices to drop just a bit more.  The perfect time to buy is now!

Home buying may never get any cheaper – May. 3, 2012.

Ponce de Leon Ave Closed for Beltline Improvements!

Starting Friday March 23rd at 9pm Ponce de Leon Ave will be closed between Ponce de Leon Pl and Glen Iris Dr until Monday March 26th at 5am.  Consider yourself forewarned!!

For more info, checkout the Creative Loafing article: http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2012/03/20/ponce-de-leon-avenue-closes-this-weekend-for-beltline-trail-construction

Tour the Beltline!!! — For FREE :)

Did you know that the Atlanta Beltline Partnership offers free tours of the 22-mile Beltline path on Fridays and Saturdays??  I took this tour about 3 years ago and am planning on doing it again soon.  The guided bus tour starts at the Inman Park Marta station and follows the path while pointing out major Beltline stops and points of interest along the route.   For me, one of the highlights of the tour was a stop at the Bellwood Quarry on the West End.  Yes, you read correctly, Bellwood Quarry!  I had lived in Atlanta 16 years when I took the tour and know idea that we had a quarry and especially an active one.  The quarry will eventually become one of the new parks that will be created along the route.

For more information, check out:  http://beltline.org/GetInvolved/TourtheBeltLine/tabid/1746/Default.aspx

Keep Atlanta Beautiful’s Ongoing Recycling Program

On the second Saturday of every month Keep Atlanta Beautiful hosts a recycling event at their Community Recycling center located at 320 Irwin St. Atlanta, GA 30312.  They will be accepting electronics, paper for shredding, latex paint and styrofoam.  While most items are accepted free of charge, there is a small fee for latex paint ($2/qt or gal) and for  TVs ($10) and must be paid in cash.

For more information, visit http://www.keepatlantabeautiful.org/

Virginia-Highland makes list of “best kept secret” neighborhoods!

In an article from Inman News that identifies the hottest markets for out-of-area house hunters, Virginia-Highland has been named of one of the “best kept secret” neighborhoods in the country, according to Trulia.  Trulia identified the zip codes in different cities that were searched the most by locals over non-locals.  In Atlanta, that would be 30306!  Other notable neighborhoods around the country include Key Biscayne in Miami, Logan Circle in Washington DC and West Town/Wicker Park in Chicago.  Not bad Va-Hi, not bad!

http://www.inman.com/news/2012/02/8/10-hottest-markets-out-area-house-hunters

What’s hot and not in Home Styles this year.

Whether you’re a fan of Modern design or prefer an old-school Craftsman, it’s always interesting to see what’s trending around the country.  We’re very lucky in Atlanta to have such diversity in our neighborhoods’ architectural styles, especially in the fusion of old and new.

What’s hot and not in home styles this year – Yahoo! Real Estate.

Kitchens: The heart of the home & Key for selling your house.

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright felt that a house, as a home for a family, was an almost sacred place with the heat of a fire at its heart (typically in the family room).  Our lives and our homes have drastically changed since Mr. Wright was designing houses.  Today, we spend the majority of our time in the kitchen.  Whether we’re preparing/eating meals,  paying bills, doing homework or just hanging out; the kitchen’s where it’s at!  The life of the house or the party is always in the kitchen.  Subsequently, it has become the heart of our homes.  And, our hearts need to be paid special attention to.  Clients always ask me where they should prioritize their renovation dollars and my answer is always:  The kitchen (bathrooms, too, but, that’ll be a different post!).

Check out this great article: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20120124_kitchens.htm#.TzAPvLes-lA.twitter