Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief: September 2019

Demand: Sales are down 5.3% from last year. Although as with the last two months that reflected decreases at time of reporting, they are now both increases after factoring in the additional sales that trailed. We expect to see a similar leveling once all sales are factored in. Price: Median price continued to rise and is still up 7.3%, with average sales price up 6.2%. 

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Create a Spooky Yard for Halloween

Happy Monday!! Can you believe that Halloween is in just 2 weeks from Thursday?! Time is flying. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays- I mean we are the Coffins!! We put all of our yard and house decorations up last week and I just love coming home to a spooky looking porch and fun decorations all over the house!

Halloween can be one of the most child-like and fun holidays of the year. From the adorable and excited children in their costumes to costume parties for adults, Halloween is really a time to let out the kid in all of us and have a good time. Whether just entertaining the Trick-or-Treaters or having a party, creating a spooky looking yard and exterior for your home can really add to the atmosphere of the event. Here are a few great ideas to make your home and yard look “spooktacular”! 

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De-clutter Your Kitchen

Since we recently found out we're expecting our first baby, I've found myself wanting to tidy up many things in the house and purge anything that I don't really use. Many of us spend a lot of time in our kitchen, so it's no wonder it becomes so cluttered so quickly! I mean who hasn’t had a cupboard full of Tupperware come crashing down on their head? And don’t we all have a drawer in our kitchen that holds every scrap of paper and useless knickknack we have ever owned? Yep! While kitchen clutter may be a universal truth, it can also make using your kitchen a time consuming and frustrating task. Though de-cluttering your kitchen may seem like an equally unpleasant job, here a few simple tricks can get it organized and keep it that way. 

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Artist’s project spotlights some of Atlanta’s most ridiculous intersections

This is great! Such a funny and telling depiction of some of Atlanta's most poorly planned interesections. Coincidence that many of them look like an A??                         

Click here to read the full article and see the artist's project.

Anyone who’s found themselves on Glenwood Avenue where it meets Moreland Avenue near East Atlanta Village has probably pondered the oddities—if not incomprehensible missteps—of city planning. 

Fewer are those who see the potential for art in these bizarre intersections. 

But such is the case with artist Peter Gorman, a full-time map designer based on the Big Island of Hawaii who recently completed a work titled “Intersections of Atlanta.” 

It’s a compendium of 20, um, creative intersections across Atlanta rendered simple on a dark gray backdrop—and part of a series Gorman has been working on called Barely Maps. 

Atlanta’s design will be included in a forthcoming hardcover book of 100 minimalist maps that was initially inspired by an 11,000-mile, solo bicycle trip Gorman completed around the U.S. and Canada. It’ll focus on 31 cities, proving Atlanta isn’t alone in its use of unorthodox (nonsensical?) street alignments.

 “Since I started, I’ve been getting recommendations for new cities to adapt the design to, so Atlanta has been on my list for a while,” Gorman tells Curbed Atlanta. “It was fun to explore; I really like the names of streets in Atlanta, especially all of the Peachtrees.” 

To raise cash for the Barely Maps book project, Gorman launched a Kickstarter campaign, and he reached full funding ($10,000, and then some) within a few days. 

Gorman shared his Atlanta design online before committing it to the book. In the city’s decidedly non-grid street pattern, many commenters spotted “A”-shaped intersections. (An almost perfect A is also found where Virginia Avenue meets Monroe Drive, where Woody’s CheeseSteaks is.) 

“One of my favorite parts of sharing these designs is hearing what people see in the shapes,” says Gorman. “One Reddit commenter was even able to spell out ‘ATLANTA’ using just the intersection shapes.” 

Have a look below. What oddball ATL crossroads should be included next time, should a second edition be printed?

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Moving to Assisted Living: What Should You Do with the House?

Happy Wednesday, all! We have a guest blogger today who is tackling a difficult subject that many of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. Rhonda Underhill with http://www.getwellderly.com/ shares her advice on what to do with your home when moving to assisted living.

Moving to assisted living is a major undertaking. Not only do you have to find the right assisted living community and downsize your possessions, but you also have to decide what to do with your house. Should you leave it to family? Sell it to free up your assets? Rent it out? This guide will help you weigh the pros and cons so you can make the right decision for your finances. 

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