Honey, how about Colombia?

Thinking about retitiring overseas? Maybe your impression of Colombia has more to do with images of drug lords but how about Andean mountains and valleys, some of the worlds best weather, unique biodiversity, beautiful colonial cities, a rich culture, vibrant and exciting music, welcoming and friendly people, and the amazing opportunity to live a very comfortable lifestyle on a social security check. Colombia today is safe and very affordable, the country often is voted one of the best places in the world to retire, and for many reasons. 

Homes for Sale @ Oak Grove Elementary School District

One of the most recognized schools in Dekalb County is Oak Grove Elementary, a feeder to Henderson Middle and Lakeside High School, the area has always been an attractive alternative to other in-town neighborhoods that have higher taxes, smaller lot size and of course very congested traffic. The area has seen a resurgence in new construction with very high-quality finishes and locally recognized builders. The selection (as in must-in-town neighborhoods of Metro Atlanta) is very limited and the prices reflect that. Here is the link to Oak Grove Elem. Homes For Sale in the Oak Grove Elementary school footprint.

 

 

 

June 8, 2021

Juan...Two...Three...June Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

Juan...Two...Three... Newsletter!

 
 
 
Friends and clients,
While the average sales price of your home keeps increasing (at record levels) the number of homes available for sale remains low. The seller's market is still here, experts are divided as to how long this will last, a few experts believe this is a real estate bubble, and the majority believe the market has enough legs and momentum to continue the trend for the remainder 2021 and perhaps beyond. As all things come to an end, this will pass, and although many have opinions, no one knows. What we know is that real estate is very local,  the graphs below use data from 4 or the largest Metro Atlanta counties,  if you are interested in a more specific area (down to the subdivision level) feel free to contact me at 404-502-4629 or simply visit my website and run your specific market report.                         
 

COMING SOON TO THE MARKET


This beautiful home located in the sought-after Trotters Ridge Subdivision is getting ready to come to the market. My clients have enjoyed this house for years and have done an incredible job updating the house, their next project could have been adding a pool and building a third car garage but instead decided to sell. That is your gain, the list of upgrades and additions is very impressive. 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

I am very grateful to all my friends and clients that trust me when buying or selling their homes. The market is very competitive for buyers, having someone to trust you and listen to you during the process makes a world of difference and the results show, a successful transaction is impossible if we don't work together and that's exactly what you've done. 

Thank you MARIAH AND CODY, you were a pleasure to work with and I am super happy we found a house for you, I have no doubt you will be very happy in your new home! Save me some blueberries! :) and see you at the house warming party!
Thank you LEONARDO, this is our second transaction together and you are always a pleasure to work with, very clear in what you want and what you are looking for, I am glad we found something for your mother and family to enjoy. 
Thank you ROB AND KATIE, for your positive view and contagious optimism! Moving from out of state and having a time frame is always challenging but you made it happen, we worked hard and everything fell into place to find a house for you and your family with time to spare!  Welcome, Y'ALL. Enjoy your new Atlanta home. It was a pleasure.
Thank you LEO AND ALVARO, this was our 5th time working together and I am glad to say selling your house was an incredible experience and a fast-moving process, with multiple offers, and great communication and trust, thanks for the opportunity again.
Thank you MAURICIO AND SANDRA, I have to take my hat off to you and your family for tackling your house flipping project with such enthusiasm, we received multiple offers and it was hard work but it paid off!!  
 

HOW'S THAT NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION COMING ALONG?


Remember back at the start of 2021? We were all hopeful about the coming vaccine and looking forward to a sense of normalcy. And because hope springs eternal, we made New Year's Resolutions like we always do, imaging a brighter future.
For some of us, our resolutions revolved around the pandemic...getting rid of the extra 15 pounds we gained over 2020, or saving a bigger emergency fund for "next time," or just getting our job and life back. For others, it was buying a house, exercising more, taking a vacation again, or hugging relatives. 

Now we're six months in, and it's a good time to reassess and re-imagine our resolutions and goals. Things have changed — perhaps more slowly than we anticipated — but they have changed. Now is a good time to take a walk-through of your life and assess where you're at, where you want to go, and how you'll get there given the new realities of the world at large.

Here's a great post with a ton of goal-setting ideas that can get your thoughts flowing. The content comes from James Clear, author of Atomic Habits. As always, if real estate is in your plans — or in the plans of someone you know — please reach out to me for help.  
 

DIY HOME REPAIRS THAT CAN BITE YOU IN THE END 

I love the idea of an independent home owner. However, before diving into your DIY repairs, here are a few common places where a pro might be cheaper than doing it yourself in the long run.

Cutting down large trees. If you have the right tools and can do so safely, it may be perfectly OK to cut your own trees. But check with local regulations first. If you cut a tree and it causes an accident or damage, you may be liable.

Replacing an electrical panel. Again, if you have the knowledge and tools, you may be able to do it. However, this is one household improvement you probably shouldn't do yourself, given that you may need a permit, and it needs to be done to code.

Replacing your stove. You can probably manage replacing an electric stove with another electric stove, but it might be harder to replace an electric stove with a gas stove. That is best done by a licensed professional.

Removing a wall. You may like the idea of an open living space, but if you remove a supporting wall, you'll have more open space than you bargained for if your ceiling collapses. If you want to do it yourself, first have a contractor confirm it's not a supporting wall. 

Replacing a water heater. Replacing one is a simple matter, if you have the right tools and know-how. You need to make sure you're running the right sized electrical wiring for the load required by the new heater. You'll also need to be comfortable working with a gas line if it's a gas heater.

Making roof repairs. This isn't necessarily difficult, but it is dangerous. Roof falls is one of the more common household injuries. From adjusting satellite dishes to fixing roof tiles, it pays to have the right safety gear on.
It's a good question. The answer is yes and no...

Any kind of LISS (low-intensity steady state) exercise, like brisk walking or jogging, will help you build lung endurance, improve heart health, and burn fat. But even if you walk or jog a lot, you still need to eat right to be fit. As one fitness expert puts it, "If you have a large gut when you start jogging, it'll stay large unless you also change what you put into it."

You can markedly increase your fitness level by adding weights to your routine. Lifting weights burns carbohydrates and fat to literally "build" muscle and bone density. Furthermore, lifting weights will also increase the "after burn" effect, where you have a higher Resting Metabolic Rate that continues to burn calories for up to an hour after exercising. And weights will improve bone density.

So walking will make you fitter than not walking, but eating right and lifting weights to build muscle will make you much fitter than walking alone.
 
 

WHAT FOREIGNERS FIND STRANGE ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN HOMES

If you've ever watched International House Hunters, you might have noticed North American home buyers commenting on the "strange" things in foreign homes. Like small refrigerators, door-less kitchen cabinets, or combined toilet and shower areas. Those things are perfectly normal in many countries, but often deemed "weird" or "unacceptable" by North American buyers. But the reverse is also true. When foreigners house-hunt in North America, they're often shocked at some truly weird things to them, like separate laundry rooms, vast front lawns, garbage disposals, ice makers in (very large) refrigerators, and wall-to-wall carpeting.

 

JUST FOR FUN

KINETIC ART TRANSFORMS BEFORE YOUR EYES

I thought this was cool. Painter Sergie Cadenas has developed a technique for painting "moving" images...entirely using paint and canvas, with no actual moving parts and no digital technology. To see how he does it, watch this interview from Euromaxx. To see more images, visit his Instagram here.

 

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April 1, 2021

Juan...Two...Three...April 2021 Newsletter

 

April showers bring May home buyers! It's not a great rhyme, but it's a perfect description of the real estate season, however, we still have a low inventory (see homes for sale graph) and a high number of buyers which is one of the factors that fuel the incredible price increases that we are seeing (see average sales price graph), which according to the experts will continue for most of 2021, that is very good news for sellers not so good for buyers. 
Enjoy the beautiful forecasted weather for this first weekend of April and Happy Easter!

The graphs below are monthly and each data point is one month of activity.

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HOUSE HAIKU - IT'S POETRY TO MY EARS


April is National Poetry Month, so I dug up some fun house-related poetry for you. These are Haiku, which is a type of non-rhyming poem that contains 3 lines with a total of 17 syllables. (The first line contains 5, the second 7, and the third 5, although that's not set in stone.) Try creating one of your own...it's a fun mental exercise.
PLANNING AHEAD
Dreamhouse - we see our
children climbing the pear tree
that's not yet planted

HOME FROM WORK
Good neighbors all 'round;
Coming home is a joy from
car door to front door
THE HARD PART'S DONE
These clouds overhead
where I bought my house today
will give way to sun

Or my personal favorite:
Time to sell your house,
but so much complexity!
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HOME IMPROVEMENT IN 15 MINUTES A DAY


We all tend to go "house blind" to things we live with day in and day out. We stop noticing stains on the carpet or dated light switch covers. We hardly see the crumpled and threadbare couch cushions. We tolerate the mismatched lamp. If you suspect you've gone "house blind" to these kinds of details, here's a fun exercise for a fresh perspective:
 

STEP 1

Start by sitting in any room and simply noticing all those tolerations with a fresh eye. Maybe you notice that your colors look faded, or your curtains look dated, or your paintings are crooked. Your list might be short, or long. It doesn't matter. What does matter is what you do next...
 

STEP 2

Once you have a list, prioritize it. Start with the items that you can change in 15 minutes or less.  Then order the remainder of your list by time or cost involved. 
 

STEP 3

Decide if any of those larger projects can be broken into smaller chunks. Group those chunks into one project, but you don't have to do the chunks all at once.
 

STEP 4

Finally, post the list where you can see it (not buried in your phone where you can forget it exists), and start knocking off items one after another when you can.

If your best home improvement strategy is to find a new home, call me for an appointment to get started. Juan Visbal 404-502-4629
 
 
 

HOW TO RECOVER YOUR SENSE OF SMELL 

Whether due to COVID or another reason, if you’ve lost your sense of smell, smell training can help you recover.

You will need four different strong fragrances, ideally Lemon, Rose, Cloves, and Eucalyptus to activate different smell senses. This is your smell training kit. These are usually essential oils, but there are other ways to create your own strong odors. Investigate these on Google.

To do smell training, sniff the four fragrances, each, in turn, every day. Just lots of short, light, little inhales - bunny sniffs, not hard snorts - just taking air into your nose. Spend about 20 seconds on each smell.

Improvement may be slow or hit and miss. But give it time and you will likely recover all or most of your sense of smell. Here's a video that explains more. I recommend starting the video at mark 2:15.

 
You can't always tell what will delight a home buyer. Often it's some small detail, like the crown molding around your living room ceiling, your red front door, or the delightful container garden you've staged your front entry with.

What? You don't have a delightful container garden staging your entry? You can, and it will add a fun detail that could be the thing to put homebuyers in a buying mood. Or it's just fun for your family to enjoy. Here are 4 quick tips. 
  1. Use Google to look up container arrangements and ideas.
  2. You don't need to buy expensive pots; a thrift or second-hand store will have pots you can use. Make sure there's a drainage hole. Select a variety of sizes and shapes.
  3.  Use good potting soil from the garden center.
  4.  Visit your garden center and choose a variety of bloom shapes and colors, stem heights, and leaf sizes.

FUN GREEN TEA BUBBLE RECIPE

 
It's oddly satisfying to suck up chewy tapioca balls through a fat straw. Here's a quick & easy recipe.

REAL LIFE SHORT STORIES WITH A TWIST

  • "I am traveling around Ireland. Decided to take a funny photo with a sheep wearing my glasses. So if you meet a sheep in Ray-Ban shades..."
  • "4 days before our wedding, my bride broke her left ring finger."
  • "I asked a trainee to make 150 copies. She made only 50. When I told her about it, she threw the already-made copies into a garbage bin... and went to make new ones."
  • "Today in the park, I met my classmate that I hadn't seen since school ended. She was with her husband and 2 kids and I was catching Pokémon with my friends."
  • "I fell asleep on a train and slept for only several minutes. When I woke up, everyone in the wagon was looking at me with strange smiles. I still don't know what I did."
  • "Today I got a strong urge to buy my wife flowers. She accepted them with tears in her eyes saying, 'Darling, you didn't forget.' I still don't know what she was talking about, but at least I dodged that bullet!"
 

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Biggest Homes Seller Mistakes

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Juan...Two...Three...February 2021 Newsletter

It is hard to believe but February is already gone! Below you will see charts reflecting homes for sale and days on the market, the data is for the month of February for the past three years. The inventory of homes for sale remains low, and the days on the market (from listing day to under contract) have decreased dramatically. You hear and read the stories about our real estate market, hopefully, these charts give you a clearer picture. Let's talk for a free consultation if you are thinking of buying or selling a home.

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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO NEUTRALIZE YOUR DECOR BEFORE YOU SELL? 

Sometimes you don't. When tastefully done, bright colors and unique embellishments can add to a home. For instance, imagine a bright orange wall that compliments your mid-century modern furniture. Or a huge custom fireplace mantel that enhances your masculine leather seating. Buyers can imagine themselves living in that beautiful space. But if you remove the furnishings and are left with just an orange wall or chunky mantel, buyers focus more on the changes they'll need to make.

While your strong décor choices might appeal to some buyers, a neutral interior appeals to the broadest range of buyers. Seriously. There's just too much data out there to think otherwise. You get more, better offers from neutral décor than from strongly unique décor. Of course, there's a broad range between strong décor and neutral décor, so be sure to get impartial feedback if you're unsure.

What if you don't want to go through he cost or effort of neutralizing? I have two thoughts. 1) Keep your space staged so buyers can imagine themselves there. 2) Offer a sign that says something like "We will have this professionally repainted before closing if you prefer."

Need impartial advice about preparing your house for sale? Set an appointment with me for a walk-through. Juan, 404-502-4629 Email Me Here 

HOW ORGANIZED IS ORGANIZED ENOUGH?


According to the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the more clutter you can see, the less efficient your brain is. Competing visual stimuli put demands on your attention, resulting in less focus and greater stress.

The study wasn't addressing creativity. In fact, I've seen competing articles that say clutter can help a creative person think out of the box. The study was saying that in normal every day life—like doing laundry or paying bills—clutter is a detriment. Think of the stress when you lose an important bill, or have to search the house for your car keys every other day.

But being organized doesn't mean we need to sort the mail alphabetically, or hang up our clothes by color, or group books by size (unless you want to). It does mean having a place for everything and putting everything in its place. The bills always get stacked on the same corner spot. The keys always get placed on the same hook.

If you need to get better organized at home, consider using a method like the one offered by Marie Kondo, which helps you let go of things you don't really need any more. It can be fun and freeing. And if you feel that you need to move into a new house in order to get organized, I can help with that. Let’s go house-hunting! Juan, 404-502-4629
 
 
THE SECRET OF PERFECTLY BAKED SWEET POTATOES

Love sweet potatoes, but don't love how hard the are to bake to perfection? Here's a secret: Freeze them first. By freezing them, the inside becomes ice. As crystals form, they break up the cell walls within. This essentially macerates the uncooked flesh, so that once it bakes, it takes on a smooth mashed potato-like texture. It’s important that the skin isn’t punctured.
 

STORY TIME...

IT'S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE

A hiker came to a fast river. Though he looked up and down the bank for a while, he couldn't see a way across. Eventually, he gave up and was about to retrace his steps when he spotted an old man standing on the opposite bank, staring at him.
 
He yelled across to the man, “Excuse me! I'm stuck here. Can you tell me how to get across to the other side?”

The old man looked up the river, then down, then behind him. Finally he looked at the hiker and shouted, "Seems to me you're already on the other side." 

 

3 BACKUP POWER SOURCES FOR YOUR HOME

Threats to household power can include forced blackouts during heat waves, downed lines during storms, grid shut-downs during wildfires and floods, and random events. It makes sense for us to equip ourselves with at least minimal back up power. Here are three types of backup power:

1. Hand-sized solar devices. If you just want to keep your phones, tablets, and laptops charged, there are a plethora of small solar generators available for under $100 that will do the job. This power source is ideal for everyone to have in a power pinch. It also makes a great gift.

2. Whole-house generators. If you need continuous power to sustain a freezer or life-support system (such as a sleep apnea device), then you may want to spring for a small generator. Gas-powered or lithium-ion generators range in price from $2,000 to $5,000, and you may be able to find them used.

3. Rooftop solar panels are an option for some home owners. The cost starts over $10,000 and up, but you may be able to take advantage of rebates and savings provided by the government. Power generated by your array will offset your monthly electric bill, eventually paying for itself.
 

HOW TO REMEMBER PEOPLE'S NAMES

USE THE METHOD EXPERTS USE


How often has this happened to you? You're at a social event (maybe not right now, but soon), and you're talking to a stranger. As the conversation wraps up, the other guy calls you by name. At that moment, you realize you have no idea what his name is, even though he told you minutes ago. 

What can you do? You can apologize and ask his name again, or you can make an awkward comment, like "Yeah, you too." 

Or you can resolve to try a memory technique for your next encounter. For example, you can make associations that stick in the mind like a TV commercial jingle. Here's how that works:

Link information you want to remember to people, characters or things you’re already familiar with. Suppose you meet a person whose name is Scott Morrison. You might picture a Scottish terrier chasing the Doors’ Jim Morrison. Of course, you'll use images that are familiar to you. You'll also want to practice picturing the person's face as you make the association.
 
 

Remember to contact me to buy or sell your next home.

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If you're not buying, please forward this newsletter to someone you know who can use it. Thanks! ~Juan
 
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Relocating in 2020? Follow These Moving Tips for a Stress-free Transition!

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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO NEUTRALIZE YOUR DECOR BEFORE YOU SELL? 

Sometimes you don't. When tastefully done, bright colors and unique embellishments can add to a home. For instance, imagine a bright orange wall that compliments your mid-century modern furniture. Or a huge custom fireplace mantel that enhances your masculine leather seating. Buyers can imagine themselves living in that beautiful space. But if you remove the furnishings and are left with just an orange wall or chunky mantel, buyers focus more on the changes they'll need to make.

While your strong décor choices might appeal to some buyers, a neutral interior appeals to the broadest range of buyers. Seriously. There's just too much data out there to think otherwise. You get more, better offers from neutral décor than from strongly unique décor. Of course, there's a broad range between strong décor and neutral décor, so be sure to get impartial feedback if you're unsure.

What if you don't want to go through he cost or effort of neutralizing? I have two thoughts. 1) Keep your space staged so buyers can imagine themselves there. 2) Offer a sign that says something like "We will have this professionally repainted before closing if you prefer."

Need impartial advice about preparing your house for sale? Set an appointment with me for a walk-through. Juan, 404-502-4629 Email Me Here 

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Last month's Q&A: If a red brick house is red, and a blue brick house is blue, and a yellow brick house is yellow, what color is a green house? A green house doesn't have a color; it's made of glass. Hahahaha!
 

HOW ORGANIZED IS ORGANIZED ENOUGH?


According to the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the more clutter you can see, the less efficient your brain is. Competing visual stimuli put demands on your attention, resulting in less focus and greater stress.

The study wasn't addressing creativity. In fact, I've seen competing articles that say clutter can help a creative person think out of the box. The study was saying that in normal every day life—like doing laundry or paying bills—clutter is a detriment. Think of the stress when you lose an important bill, or have to search the house for your car keys every other day.

But being organized doesn't mean we need to sort the mail alphabetically, or hang up our clothes by color, or group books by size (unless you want to). It does mean having a place for everything and putting everything in its place. The bills always get stacked on the same corner spot. The keys always get placed on the same hook.

If you need to get better organized at home, consider using a method like the one offered by Marie Kondo, which helps you let go of things you don't really need any more. It can be fun and freeing. And if you feel that you need to move into a new house in order to get organized, I can help with that. Let’s go house-hunting! Juan, 404-502-4629
 
 
THE SECRET OF PERFECTLY BAKED SWEET POTATOES

Love sweet potatoes, but don't love how hard the are to bake to perfection? Here's a secret: Freeze them first. By freezing them, the inside becomes ice. As crystals form, they break up the cell walls within. This essentially macerates the uncooked flesh, so that once it bakes, it takes on a smooth mashed potato-like texture. It’s important that the skin isn’t punctured.
 

STORY TIME...

IT'S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE

A hiker came to a fast river. Though he looked up and down the bank for a while, he couldn't see a way across. Eventually, he gave up and was about to retrace his steps when he spotted an old man standing on the opposite bank, staring at him.
 
He yelled across to the man, “Excuse me! I'm stuck here. Can you tell me how to get across to the other side?”

The old man looked up the river, then down, then behind him. Finally he looked at the hiker and shouted, "Seems to me you're already on the other side." 

 

3 BACKUP POWER SOURCES FOR YOUR HOME

Threats to household power can include forced blackouts during heat waves, downed lines during storms, grid shut-downs during wildfires and floods, and random events. It makes sense for us to equip ourselves with at least minimal back up power. Here are three types of backup power:

1. Hand-sized solar devices. If you just want to keep your phones, tablets, and laptops charged, there are a plethora of small solar generators available for under $100 that will do the job. This power source is ideal for everyone to have in a power pinch. It also makes a great gift.

2. Whole-house generators. If you need continuous power to sustain a freezer or life-support system (such as a sleep apnea device), then you may want to spring for a small generator. Gas-powered or lithium-ion generators range in price from $2,000 to $5,000, and you may be able to find them used.

3. Rooftop solar panels are an option for some home owners. The cost starts over $10,000 and up, but you may be able to take advantage of rebates and savings provided by the government. Power generated by your array will offset your monthly electric bill, eventually paying for itself.
 

HOW TO REMEMBER PEOPLE'S NAMES

USE THE METHOD EXPERTS USE


How often has this happened to you? You're at a social event (maybe not right now, but soon), and you're talking to a stranger. As the conversation wraps up, the other guy calls you by name. At that moment, you realize you have no idea what his name is, even though he told you minutes ago. 

What can you do? You can apologize and ask his name again, or you can make an awkward comment, like "Yeah, you too." 

Or you can resolve to try a memory technique for your next encounter. For example, you can make associations that stick in the mind like a TV commercial jingle. Here's how that works:

Link information you want to remember to people, characters or things you’re already familiar with. Suppose you meet a person whose name is Scott Morrison. You might picture a Scottish terrier chasing the Doors’ Jim Morrison. Of course, you'll use images that are familiar to you. You'll also want to practice picturing the person's face as you make the association.
 
 

Remember to contact me to buy or sell your next home.

Contact me now ➤
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Sagamore Hills offers some of the best features that buyers are looking for in the Atlanta area, a great and convenient ITA location, well-ranked schools (Sagamore Hills Elementary - Henderson Middle - Lakeside High), great value and some very beautiful renovations. This neighborhood is located between Clairmont -Briarcliff and La Vista roads with easy access to I-85 and close to major areas of interest, education and employment powerhouses such as Emory University, Atlanta VA Hospital, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and more, the neighborhood is loaded with ranch style homes built in the late 50's early 60's with plenty of character.  

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What I love about Atlanta

I love living in Atlanta. In fact, I love it so much that I’ve made it my life’s mission to help other people discover and fall in love with it. I’ve spent fifteen years living and breathing Atlanta real estate and truly getting to know what it means to be an Atlanta local. I haven’t always lived in this city, however! Having lived all around the world, from Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia to Kirksville, Missouri to New York City, I understand a lot about what makes a city great, which is exactly why I’m proud to call Atlanta home.

When it comes to this diverse city, there’s a lot to know, and I’ll be using this blog as a resource for both buyers and sellers to aid in their real estate quests. I’ll attempt to equip you with some of my local knowledge and help you make the smartest home buying decisions. But fear not, it won’t be all business. I’ll also be using this space to share some fun tips and tools to make the most of your home ownership journey. It can be easy to forget, when in the thick of buying or selling, that this journey is supposed to be fun and inspiring.

How about I start with why I got involved in the real estate, market to begin with? I first moved to the US almost 30 years ago to complete my college education at Truman University in Missouri, after graduation I found a job in Atlanta before being offered a job to one of the greatest cities in the world, New York, a place I had always dreamed of calling home. I quickly found myself right in the middle of the action! In fact, I lived at 70th and Broadway, for those familiar with Manhattan, during some of the most important events of the century. I was in the heart of the city for New Year’s Eve of 1999 as well as for the tragedy that was 9/11. Upon learning that my wife and I were expecting our first child, we decided, however, to move to a city that was a little bit more family friendly. We were looking for a place with ample professional opportunity, a diverse culture, safe and friendly neighborhoods, and great schools for our new baby. We found all this and more in Atlanta and decided to make it our new home.

When relocating to Atlanta I had very little time to devote to my home search. Between tying up loose ends at my New York job and and helping my pregnant wife get situated with a new doctor, I had very little time to find the perfect new home. This is where real estate really became an interest for me. Since I was still predominantly in New York, I had to enlist the help of a local Atlanta real estate agent from afar. I was lucky enough to find an expert who was willing to accommodate all of my needs, devote hours and hours into hunting down the perfect house for me, and make me feel safe and secure. This relationship was so trusting that eventually I purchased a home from this agent, sight unseen. Yes, that means that I said yes to the house without ever setting foot inside of it. How did I feel so confident making the biggest financial decision of my life without ever actually seeing what I was buying? It all came down to trust. The trust and confidence I had in my real estate agent made me secure enough to make this decision. This is precisely when I decided that I wanted to play a similar role in people’s lives. I had first hand experience in the ups and downs, excitements, and confusions of buying a home and I knew the vital role that a trusted agent plays in the process. I wanted to be that figure for people. I wanted to help home buyers feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their home purchase and I wanted sellers to feel confident and informed. Thus began my journey into real estate!

Atlanta is an incredible city to work and live in. There are endless reasons to love living in this Southern gem, but I’ll mention a few of my favorites.

1.The food! With nearly a half million people in the ATL, it has one of the most diverse cultural and culinary landscapes. Buford Highway is nationally recognized for its restaurant scene. This foodie hotspot alone is home to restaurants from over 35 countries. Renowned TV chefs often set up shop here, making Atlanta one of the tastiest cities in the country. Georgia is, by all accounts, a southern city. You’ll find some of the best home southern cooking around. But if biscuits, gravy, and chicken fried steak aren’t your favorites, have no fear! No matter your preference you’re sure to find comfort in the cooking in Atlanta.

2. The opportunity! Atlanta is the home of superlatives, especially when it comes to industry. Atlanta is the home of the CDC, or the Center for Disease Control. This is the only federal agency based outside of the Washington D.C. area. The CDC does incredible work and helps to keep the US a safe and healthy place. It is also one of the biggest employers in the area, with most people being directly or indirectly tied to the agency in some way. In order to assist families relocating to the area for a role at the CDC, I have devoted a part of my website exclusively to you!

3. Atlanta is also home to the most heavily trafficked international airport in the world! That’s right, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport serves the more travelers each year than any other airport. In fact, over 50,000 people are somehow tied to the airport’s operations. That means that 1 in 8 Atlanta locals are somehow affiliated with this behemoth! For those in aviation, retail, travel, or almost any other industry, this means near limitless opportunity.

4. Atlanta is also home to some of the best tax incentives in the entertainment industry. Thousands of Hollywood bigwigs make their way to the ATL each year to produce all types of media, from feature films to television shows, to music albums. Some popular shows that are filmed in Atlanta are Ozark, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead, among others.

5. The sports! If you’re a lover of sports, then Atlanta is a natural home for you. The Atlanta Braves play locally at SunTrust Park. Catching a night game with a hot dog and some locally brewed beer is one of our favorite things to do! Our beloved football team, the Atlanta Falcons, are excited to call the newly minted Mercedes-Benz Stadium home. In addition, we also have a new MLS soccer team. I recently went to an Atlanta United FC game, which was a nail-biting, record-setting game that drew a crowd of over 70,000 people! If you feed off the energy of screaming fans at sports games, you’ll be in good company.

6. The weather and nature! Atlanta is lucky enough to have pretty stable weather and definitely gives you a taste of all four seasons. In the summer months, the ATL often reaches temperatures above 90 degrees. Locals like to spend the sunny months getting outside and enjoying Atlanta’s ample greenery. Piedmont Park, Grant Park, and Centennial Olympic Park are among the city’s most beloved spaces. The city also has a soft, sandy beach only 5 hours away and locals love to slip away for the weekend to the seaside in the hotter months. Atlanta isn’t the snowiest, but it has been known to get its fair share of winter white. With an average of 3 inches of snowfall a year, Atlanta gives you a taste of the winter without being too extreme. Regardless of your favorite time of year, you’re sure to get a bit of all four seasons in the ATL.

7. The Atlanta housing market. The city is booming and listings reflect it. Each quarter we’re seeing the number of sold homes rising, the number of active listings slipping as more and more flock to the city, and the average home price increased slightly. There’s never been a better time to move to Atlanta. Having a strong grasp of the market and a trusted real estate agent are the keys to your success in this arena. Whether you’re buying or selling in Atlanta, I’ll be using this blog to make sure that you’re as knowledgeable and confident about making your next home decision. It made all the difference in the world to me, and I’m looking for the opportunity to do the same for you!

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