New Year, New You?

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that your 2019 is off to a great start! Of course, it wouldn’t be a new year without resolutions, right? And those resolutions probably sound something like this: Go to the gym every day, eat healthier, drink less, make more money, find a better work/life balance. Sound familiar? While these are all great resolutions, let’s be honest, how many have you already broken and it’s only the 8th? I have a better solution. 

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New Year's Eve Decorating Ideas

It's almost time to ring in the New Year again! Resolutions for the coming year, the feeling of a fresh start, and the notion that anything is possible are all common as another year approaches. The young ones/amateurs will celebrate out on the town, but if you're what I like to call a professional/getting old like me, you're probably going to celebrate NYE at someone's home. This year my husband and I are hosting dinner and the ball drop at our house with London broil, crab cakes, and of course champagne!! We've got the menu down, but what party would be complete without the proper decorations? Here are some ways to make your New Year’s Eve celebration fittingly festive and I've included a link below that to help with your menu too! 

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Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief: November 2018

Demand: November residential sales were at 3,953, a decrease of 9.1% 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 November was $263,000, an increase of 7.3% from last November. The average sales price was $328,000, up 8.6% from the previous year. 

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 14,455 units in November, an increase of 10.2% from November, 2017. New listings totaled 4,066, up 16.0% from November, 2017 and down 18.1% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 2.9 months. 

A Word from 2018 Atlanta REALTORS® President Bill Murray: “New listings have risen the past few months, which has helped moderate price growth and has kept the inventory level higher than this time last year. Atlanta's market is still positioned as a great long-term strategy for homeowners.”

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Budget Christmas Gifts for Teachers

 Everyone wants to show appreciation for their kids’ teachers at Christmas time, right? Of course, but buying gifts can add up fast, especially if you have more than one child or more than one teacher! Here are some great ideas for putting together a simple holiday gift every teacher will appreciate without hurting your Christmas budget. 

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Holiday Happenings Around Atlanta

There are so many fun things happening around the city for the holidays right now, so I had to share a few of them with you. Maybe I'll run into you at one of these this holiday season! Cheers!!

1. Ice skating and igloos (yes, igloos!) on The Roof at Ponce City Market- Take a date or your family to 'skate the sky" and enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlanta skyline while you skate the night away. Skating is $15 for adults and $8 for kids (5-12 years old), which includes skates, plus rooftop admission. For the first year the rooftop is also offering igloos where you can keep warm while sharing food and beverages with strangers or you can reserve your own private igloo. Private Igloos rent for $500 for 2 hours and hold up to 8 guests. Private rental includes skating for each guest, charcuterie board for the group, a glass of champagne for each guest, and a dedicated cocktail server. Fancy!! All the rooftop details are here: 

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