End of Summer Labor Day Getaway Ideas

Although it doesn't feel like it outside, summer is drawing to a close and for most in metro Atlanta the new school year has already begun, but there is still time to enjoy one more summer getaway this Labor Day weekend! While it’s fun to send summer out with a bang, it can also mean crowds at popular destinations and overpriced hotels. Enjoy a great Labor Day weekend with these simple tips: 

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Can a Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home's Value?

Yes it can!! When you are planning to sell your home, a bathroom remodel may be one of the best places to increase your home’s value. Depending on the existing condition as well as the style and age of your home, here are a few things to consider before tearing out that sink! 

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7 Tips for Easy Summer Home Care

While summertime offers us a great opportunity to make the most of our sunny weekends, you might find yourself with some extra free time. What to do? Why not take a little time each weekend to give your home a little extra care? One of the best things about owning a home is the pride and satisfaction we get from making it look as beautiful as possible! Here are some practical summer to-do’s that will help you keep your home and garden in fantastic shape.

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Summer 2018 Kitchen Trends

 According to the 2018 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, homeowners are clearing their countertops. The study surveyed over 1,700 Houzz users who are in the midst of, are planning, or recntly completed a kitchen project, and found that 75% of respondents are focusing on decluttering their eating and dining spaces this year, while 49% are planning to incorporate better recycling practices.  

Clutter-Free Counters

With so little visible on their countertops, homeowners are requiring more storage. The majority of homeowners (63%) are prioritizing new storage solutions over all other functions of their kitchens, followed by creating open spaces that allow for working, playing, and living (38%). The top requested features revolve around cabinet storage and organization, including pull-out waste or recycling baskets (67%), cookie sheet/tray organizers (58%), revolving corner trays (44%), deep drawer organizers (42%) and pull or swing out trays and shelves (42%). 


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Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief

 June 2018 Comments 

Demand: June residential sales were at 5,671, a decrease of 10.9% from the previous year. 

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2017’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in June was $285,000, an increase of 7.5% from last June. The average sales price was $353,000, up 8.6% from the previous year. 

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 14,396 units in June, a decrease of 7.1% from June, 2017. New listings totaled 5,638, down 1.6% from June, 2017 and up 8.4% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period increased to 3.0 months. 

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