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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Glen Abbey Mega Amenities v.s. Hartridge Intimate Swim Tennis

Clients always ask … “How important is living in a Swim Tennis community  for Resale Value.”  This is an interesting Question.  It is all in the perspective.  What communities are you competing with when you go to sell?  Are they truly comparable homes? Put on your Buyers cap to decide where you might get the better value.   Often if you have a growing family then YES, you will definitely attract the more like Buyers when you go to sell.  There is a caveat to this however.  If housing prices combined with dues for HOA are too high by comparison to other comparable neighborhoods which might be “closer in”, then many families will opt for an easier commute over the mega amenities package.

Tennis and Swim Club for Glen Abbey off Kimball Bridge Rd.

Hartridge Swim Tennis Club off Brumbelow Rd.

This Swim Tennis club at Hartridge offers WI-Fi and has a more intimate setting.  The pros are …. less costly maintenance and the neighborhood location is considered closer in.  Buying in a Swim Tennis community is still a good bet for Resale but as in anything in life…. there is a house and setting for everyone.  An updated home, well cared for and loved, trumps a swim tennis most every time!  The bonus is the amenities package!  Happy hunting….

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Fun Fall Activites In and Around Atlanta

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The crisp, cool Fall weather bring with it many fun activities to do around Atlanta. From apple picking to haunted houses there is something for everyone in September, October and November. Many wonderful fall events are located in North Georgia, where you can enjoy the beautiful sloping mountainscapes while the seeing leaves change colors. Check out our list of fun things to do with your family and friends to enjoy the fall fun around Atlanta.

Octoberfest
If you are looking for a true German experience, head up to the small barbarian village of Helen, GA. From September 22 through October 30 you can attend the best Oktoberfest in Georgia. Enjoy German music, dancing, food & drink. If Helen is a little far, there are plenty of activities around metro Atlanta. Der Biergarten, downtown Atlanta’s very own German watering hole, is hosting Oktoberfest activities throughout the season. Even though Fado’s is an Irish Pub, they will celebrate Octoberfest this year with a street festival, live music, a bratwurst eating contest and a Strongmain Stein Holding contest on Oct. 1st.

Haunted Houses
Atlanta is know for having some of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country. For a thrilling evening of frightful fun, head over to Netherworld, which opens Sept 28th. This ghoulish attraction has regularly received national attention for being one of America’s best haunted houses in the nation. Another unique and terrifying place to try is the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. This will feel like you literally become part of a zombie horror movie, running in and out of old abandoned warehouses while dodging zombies that are out to get you in a post apocalyptic world.

Apple Picking
Apple Picking is a great way to get away with the family and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather in North Georgia. There are several areas where you can go to pick your own apples, but Ellijay, GA is known to be one of the most popular. They even host the Georgia Apple Festival in October, an event where you will find an arts and crafts market, festival food, and tons of family friendly games and activities. Also check out the BJ Reece Apples House while you are there. They are a family run business that even offers an apple cannon and petting zoo in addition to apple picking. If you are looking to pick a particular type of apple, make sure to call in advance to see if it is in season.

Corn Mazes
Trying to find you way through a corn maze has been a fun fall tradition for many families. Most locations are just a short drive north if Atlanta, the closest and most poplar being Cagles Family Farm in Cherokee County. In addition to a maze adventure, you can enjoy a hayride, checkout the haunted barn, or gather around the bonfire at night with friends with some hot chocolate. You can also head further north to the Enchanted Maize by Rock City, just outside of Chattanooga at the foot of Lookout Mountain. They promise to give you a fall experience you will long remember.

Pumpkin Patches
Instead of grabbing your pumpkin from the local grocery store, why not make it a memorable family experience. There are several pumpkin patches in Georgia where you can find the perfect fall pumpkin. If you would like to pick your pumpkin right off the vine, then the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch is for you.  Located in Stockbridge, this pumpkin patch has more than just pumpkins; it also has a science center and fun zone for the kids and young at heart. Another location just north of Atlanta is Burt’s Farm. They have an impressive selection of every type of pumpkin, winter squash, gourds and fall decoration. Also check out their store that offers fresh pumpkin pies and pumpkin roll, as well as other goodies.

Fall into the fun with some of the above activities to make this season in Atlanta your favorite!

Global Properties Specialist designation comes to Keller Williams

No Boundaries: Keller Williams Realty announces new Global Property Specialist designation   Today at Mega Camp in Austin Texas we learned about the new designation that will allow many luxury agents to think globally in marketing their properties as well as understand the cultural nuances of different countries.  For years now I have been a certified Luxury Marketing Specialist with membership to Proxio but now with this newest platform we will be enriched with a greater knowledge base to help clients both here in the USA as well as around the world.  Keller Williams is always looking for the ‘cutting edge’ and today they proved they ‘did it again’!!

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