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“Small Business Saturday?” ~ Saturday After Thanksgiving!

Did you know this coming Saturday is “Small Business Saturday?”

Join me this Saturday, November 26th, for one of the biggest kickoffs to the holiday season. For many of us, the most common Thanksgiving weekend traditions are usually: eating turkey on Thursday with family and friends, and then checking out the bargains on Friday. Don’t forget to add shopping at local small boutiques on Saturday!

Starbucks_Haynes_V__A58FStarbucks-2_V__4581In just four short years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a day where Americans can show their support of neighborhood businesses. The Small Business Saturday campaign was established by American Express in 2010 to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A growing number of chambers of commerce, small business organizations and local retailers around the nation are persuading shoppers to bypass the big malls, big-box stores and drop in to your local shops, right in our own backyard.

This year, think about all the small businesses located in and around Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell — independent bookstores, dress shops, children’s clothing stores, home décor shops and many more fantastic boutiques. Show your support by shopping at, these local, independently owned businesses. You will be buying locally, supporting independent retailers and reinvesting money into the local economy. The retail environment has really changed over the past 10 years; many people are buying online without even leaving their homes. If you appreciate having independent businesses around your community, you need to show your support of them.

Stop by your local boutiques and find something special for you, or
someone you love, that you just can’t live without!

It’s going to be a day full of fun around town!

Details_Kim Dherty_V__AEE3Details -2_V__AF02Sooo….this Saturday as many of our independent merchants open their doors, greet them with hopeful success by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday.

Grab yourself a hot beverage and follow me as I head off to my local specialty shops. Here are some of my and the WOW Team’s favorites:

Josephine's at Ellard_V__3287Josephines-2_V__85D6The WOW Team wishes you and your family a very
Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Contact Janet Weidmann of the WOW Team to learn more about your neighborhood or the local real estate market .

Happy Shopping!

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October is Festival Time

Don’t Forget All the Fall Festivals: The South knows how to welcome the season!   

pumpkin_patch_fall_gaEnjoy family fun every weekend in October.

• Autumn Leaf Festival – Maysville, GA – Sept 30 to Oct 2, 2016

• Andersonville Historic Fair – Andersonville, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Candler Park Fall Fest – Atlanta, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Sweet Auburn Music Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Elisha Winn Fair – Dacula, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Georgia Marble Festival – Jasper, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest – Alpharetta, GA – Oct 1

• A3C Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 5 to Oct 9, 2016

• Georgia National Fair – Perry, GA – Oct 6 to Oct 16, 2016

• Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 6 to Oct 11, 2016

• Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – Hiawassee, GA – Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2016

• The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA – Oct 7 to Oct14

• Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival – Madison, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Great Atlanta Beer Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Georgia Apple Festival – Ellijay, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Blairsville, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Prater’s Mill Country Fair – Dalton, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

• Woodstock Lions Fall Festival – Woodstock, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• North Georgia Folk Festival – Athens, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Georgia Apple Festival – Elijah, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Paulding Fine Arts Fall Fest – Dallas, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Atlanta Horror Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016

• Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival – Richmond Hill, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 16

• Georgia Carolina State Fair – Augusta, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 23, 2016

• Stone Mountain Highland Games – Stone Mountain, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 16

• Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival – Euharlee, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 15

• GA Peanut Festival – Sylvester, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Hummingbird Festival – Hogansville, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Festival on Ponce – Atlanta, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Decatur Beer Fest – Decatur, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Brookhaven Arts Festival – Brookhaven, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Bremen Towne Festival – Bremen, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Harvest Balloon Festival – Flowery Branch, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Harvest Festival – Athens, GA – Oct 20 to Oct 20, 2016

• Taste of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016

• Braselton Antique and Artisan Festival – Braselton, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 23

• Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown – Cleveland, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016

• Deep Roots Festival – Milledgeville, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

choosing_the_big_pumpkin• Good Hope Poppy Festival – Good Hope, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

• Chiaha Harvest Fair – Rome, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

• Georgia Sweet Potato Festival – Ocilla, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

• Wings Over North Georgia Air Show – Rome, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2016

• Martin Fall Festival – Martin, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

• Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival – Jekyll Island, GA – Sep 16 to 18, 2016

For a full list of festivals around Georgia visithttp://www.funtober.com/festivals/georgia/

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Cell Phone: 770-597-2862
Office Phone: 770-594-1578

Make Your Voice Heard – Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC

Aerials-150828-web-37Here is some great information from our friends at Neel, Robinson & Stafford.
It is going to be a busy election year both locally and nationally. Read on for some tips in exercising your right to vote.

November will be an exciting month for our country!  We will exercise our right to elect a new President of the United States and many other important officeholders.  Make sure you are registered to vote and that you take the opportunity to do so.  Here is pertinent information to make sure you can exercise your right to vote.

  • The Georgia Secretary of State registers voters and oversees elections.  On their website, www.sos.ga.gov , you can:  locate your voting location, register to vote, obtain key election dates, identify early voting locations and see sample ballots.
  • To vote in the Presidential Election on November 8, 2016, you must be registered by October 11, 2016
  • Georgia law requires Georgia residents to show photo ID when voting in person.  You may show a driver’s license (even if expired) , government employee ID, US passport, Military ID, Tribal ID, free ID card issued at any county registrar’s office or Driver Services (DDS) office or certain College Student ID.
  • If you vote early there are numerous locations in your county in which you can vote. Early voting for the Presidential Election begins October 17, 2016. A list of locations and the hours/days (Saturday hours are available at some locations) for voting at those locations is available on the Georgia Secretary of State website listed above.   If you vote on election day, you must vote at the location designated as your polling place; again, you can find your designated polling place on the Georgia Secretary of State website.  The hours to vote on election day are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Military and Overseas Voting for Georgia residents is available.  They may choose to receive their ballots by mail or electronically but all ballots must be returned by mail.
  • Absentee voting is also an option.  You may obtain an application for Absentee Ballot at the Georgia Secretary of State website.  Absentee ballots will be mailed as early as September 20, 2016.Aerials-150828-web-41

Neel, Robinson & Stafford, LLC  – Locations

Glenridge – Glenridge Highlands | 5555 Glenridge Connector, Suite 400 | Atlanta,GA 30342
Gwinnett – 3005 Breckinridge Blvd, Suite 200 | Duluth,GA 30096
Buckhead – 3060 Peachtree St, Suite 200 | Atlanta,GA 30305
Alpharetta – 500 Colonial Pkwy. – Mansell Overlook, Suite 675 | Roswell,GA 30076
West Cobb – 2414 Dallas Hwy – Building 100, Suite 300 | Marietta,GA 30064

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Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in  Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Cell Phone: 770-597-2862
Office Phone: 770-594-1578

Luxury Living in Ellard

EllardLogoIf you are unfamiliar with this private gated community it is worth a look. Situated on 168 acres of the Chattahoochee River, Ellard residents enjoy uncommon natural beauty with 90 acres of green space, 4 interior parks including Conservatory Park wherethe annual Easter Egg hunt occurs. The unique collection of classic homes, diverse in architectural styles, are inspired by American home types found in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States between 1750-1930. Yet, modern livability has imprinted its own classic mark in each home with luxurious owners suites, chef kitchens and all the bells and whistles expected in executive estate homes. Luxury Living in Ellard is available. Follow this link to learn more.

8625-Ellard-Dr-web-10Conveniently located adjacent to Ellard Village, residents can walk to upscale boutiques, fine dining and work out facilities. Walk to your local Starbucks or enjoy some of the best Sushi around at Sushi Uchi!

The historic Chattahoochee River has always shaped the character of this area. Inhabited by the Creek Indians, and then the Cherokee tribe it eventually was settled by Thomas Ellard who purchased some 1284 acres of land including the Holcombe property in 1910. After his death a few years later, his wife Mary Pearl Ellard kept about 400 acres and farmed it with the help of Laurence Garrard. Laurence married Mrs. Ellard’s daughter where they lived until 1992. Time and time again developers called on them to sell their land. My son, Larry played with son Greg on the land discovering arrowheads and searching for civil war treasures. After the death of the Gerrard’s, part of the land became available due to an estate tax situation and Ellard was born. Ellard became a beautiful legacy to the history of the bygone eras affording much park land and tree-lined/lamp lighted sidewalks, porches and verandahs bringing neighbors together with modern conveniences.

Discriminating charm includes a caretaker’s cottage reminiscent of entries to estates in England circa 18th century. This gate house ensures 24 hour guarded security.

8625-Ellard-Dr-web-48The Georgian-style clubhouse (Conservatory) is located on a 4 acre preserve near the Chattahoochee River and includes a large gathering area with Stone fireplaces, full kitchen, covered veranda and stone grotto with showers and changing rooms for private pool. Tennis is a very
active pastime where coaching and ALTA meet on the 2 lighted tennis courts every week. Walking trails weave through the community and along the Chattahoochee River where fly fishing and canoeing are a weekend delight.

This sanctuary is a special place ~ not too big, but an intimate refuge away from the fast lane. This is why so many residents call it “home.”

Photography by:
Joshua Vensel / VENVISIO, LLC

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Living Atlanta Luxury.
Link here to find out more – Live Atlanta Luxury in Ellard.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

It Takes Only A Mustard Seed

The following is insight to a program that Diane Rochford, the WOW Team and I hold dear to our hearts.
It has been an adventure & an experience of a lifetime.

1- Orphanage_16602-OrphanageThe Mustard Seed Communities opened an orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua (circa 2000) to assist the handicapped and/or mentally challenged children throughout Managua.  It was a last resort for abandoned children.  But there was another group equally desperate.  A group comprised of 300 families mostly consisting of women and children living inside the city dump, La Chureca.

From 2004 Mustard Seed had a feeding program within La Chureca, to aid the many desperately poor. This was only a temporary fix.  La Chureca has since been closed but tremendous poverty still exists outside the dump.

They say that if you give someone a fish you feed them for a day but if you give them a fishing pole you feed them for a lifetime.

A volunteer daydreamed about an education center where women could learn to sew and thus help support her family. It takes Only a Mustard Seed!

'Diane Rochford with recent 2015 graduate.'

In 2006 a group of dedicated individuals found a vacant building, and after a week of renovations and sewing classes we had our first classroom.  A teacher was hired before our departure to insure that the classes would continue.  Fast forward 9 years … today this center has become a force with momentum, growing on its own.  A new reality has unfolded where women can come to meet free of charge and learn to sew, tailor, alter clothing, and simply support one another in fellowship.   Baking classes and English lessons have also been added Student Baker_IMG_1808to supplement the sewing curriculum.  Upon graduation, the sewing graduates are given a sewing machine and the bakers are given a mixer.

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Our 9th graduation of yearlong curriculum program – Sewing & tailoring graduates, Baking graduates, and English language graduates.

2-Graduation Class_IMG_1721The Rags to Bags program is an auxiliary program.  One of a kind handbags are made from otherwise discarded fabrics from the states.  Think of all that drapery fabric that might be otherwise thrown into landfills all for the sake of a new homeowner’s style preference!  Expired sample fabric books found in upholstery shops is another resource for great fabrics.  In the words of the ladies constructing the handbags . . . “We love working with such exotic fabrics!”  In the words of the many repeat customers . . . “We can’t wait to see the new styles!”

So, for the past 9 years Diane and I have gone down once a year, and sometimes twice a year to help bolster the programs growth.  Mostly now the program runs itself and we come to celebrate the graduations each October.  It’s been a joyful adventure.  From the orphanage we have seen a small seed take root and blossom into many beautiful branches.  In the Sewing Center We have witnessed women realize their self-worth, bloom with self-esteem and re-discover hope.

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Join us a one of the up coming Trunk Shows where “Rags 2 Bags” items will be on sale.
I look forward to meeting you.

  • November 4 / Queen of Angels Sale – Roswell, GA
  • November 12-13 / Holly Days @ St Brigid – Johns Creek, GA
  • November 21 / Holiday Marketplace @ St. Pius X H.S. – Atlanta, GA

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn
more about Mustard Seed Communities.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

The Start of Summer Vacation in Alpharetta, Georgia

Memorial Day weekend often signals
the start of Summer vacation.

Kids have packed away the schoolbooks and replaced them with summer reading lists.  Moms shuttle to swim meets instead of soccer games.  Weather becomes a more constant high of 80+ degrees instead of the intermittent winds, rains and hail of springtime.  Life’s pace actually slows down . . . just a bit!

So take time to look around at all the newest changes taking place in our neck of the woods! The start of Summer vacation proves to be quite eventful here in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Alpharetta Courthouse n Park March Aerial 2015

The New Alpharetta City Hall, Library and Parking Deck.

Have you ventured out to see what’s happening
in Alpharetta lately!

WOW an amazing streetscape is evolving down Alpharetta’s Main Street!  The new city hall sits back regally overlooking a fresh carpet of lawn and trees. A new public library sits adjacent to city hall & street roundabouts and garden pots grace the more pedestrian friendly streetscapes.  In fact Alpharetta’s commitment to revitalizing downtown has increased residential and commercial interests across the whole city.

Avalon a $600 million mixed use development fills the need for high-end retail,  Whole Foods, and executive ‘urban style’ housing , while the downtown area of Alpharetta maintains the historic motif with mom & pop shops such as a favorite of mine Karen’s Fabrics!  Karen has been around for 20 years and is an expert in today’s upscale furniture & window fabric designs at reasonable price points. Before my real estate career  (18 years ago! WOW) I worked with Karen and remember the hey day of swags and jabots!

With Wills Park and now the new city center and Avalon in place we will be looking forward to the ‘bridging’ of these 3 dynamic locations with pedestrian friendly parks, bikeways, and much more!

A new dynamic city center is unfolding and this summer will be transformative in many ways . . . There will certainly be more festivals, concerts, shops and dining to explore.  After years of recession we’re finally digging out and building  up in a big way here in Alpharetta!!!

Happy Summer Everyone!

2015-02-27 Downtown Alpharetta Master Plan Report-1Here are some up-and-coming events in Alpharetta, GA to watch for this summer. And, for light reading, click on the Alpharetta Master Plan document to the left.

See you around Alpharetta this Summer.

  • Alpharetta Art in the Park presented by Gallery 35 ~ Last full weekend of each month May through September
    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Avenue
    Event Dates:
    June 27-28, 2015
    July 25-26, 2015
    August 29-30, 2015
    September 26-27, 2015
    For more information – visit Gallery 35 Alpharetta
  • Alpharetta Farmers Market ~ Saturday mornings through April through October
    Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta
    At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps.
    For more information – visit Alpharetta Farmers Market
  • Alpharetta Food Truck Alley ~ Every Thursday from April through October
    Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA
    Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!
    June 25, 2015: Mr. Blue Sky
    For more informationAlpharetta Foodtruck Alley
  • Nightlife in Alpharetta
    Alpharetta’s exciting nightlife scene ranges from wine bars to breweries to events in the downtown area.
    For more informationvisit Awesome Alpharetta Nightlife
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30004
    Enjoy performances by today’s leading artists and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The 12,000-seat state-of-the art venue provides a unique setting for music lovers.
    For more informationVerizon Alpharetta

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Alpharetta and your immediate neighborhood and other local happenings. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

The Farmers’ Markets Are Open

The Markets are Open!

Fresh_Fruits_&_VeggiesIn Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell the Farmers’ Markets are now open and brimming with fresh produce and other products. After winter many of us are craving fresh fruits & vegetables and all the better that it is local. Most of these locations are open now through October.

In and around our neighborhoods, local farmers are busy preparing their produce to bring to the markets this weekend. Many of these vendors have been delivering produce to the market for years.

Some markets are open on Saturday and some open Saturday and Sunday. At the market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps and much more.

Follow these links for a few of the local markets: 

  1. Alpharetta –  http://alpharettafarmersmarket.com/
  2. Johns Creek –  http://www.johnscreekga.gov/community/events/farmersmarket
  3. Roswellhttp://roswellfam.com/
  4. Marietta – http://www.marietta.com/marietta-square-farmers-market
  5. Milton – http://farmtablemarket.com/fresh-market-in-milton-ga/

You may also want to visit some of these websites and locations: 

  1. Roswell Farmers Market – Not to be confused with the weekend market, this is GA’s First 100% GMO Free Grocer and Organic Café! They specialize in Local, Organic, Biodynamic produce, meats, seafood, and dairy. The store is located on Founder’s Square in Roswell.
    http://www.roswellfarmersmarket.com/
  2. Local Harvest – This is a terrific website with multiple links to “Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community.”
    Shop all the local farmers in Georgia by the types of vegetables & products they produce.
    http://www.localharvest.org/locations/ga
    > Sample for Alpharetta – http://www.localharvest.org/alpharetta-ga

Enjoy supporting these local businesses at the various markets and happy/healthy eating. 
The Markets are open to the public. Admission is free. Parking is available in and around each location.

 

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in your immediate neighborhood and other local happenings. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Janet Weidmann speaks on Atlanta Housing in 2015

“According to the latest FMLS stats there were
2,959 closings for Residential Single Family
detached houses in January 2015.

That represents a DECREASE of 7% over same period last year.
Active Inventory for Single Family houses is UP as of
the end of January with an INCREASE of about 12%!
Sales_Price_vs_Supply

NUMBERS are UP – The Median Sales Price rose during last 2 months of 2014 due to a decrease in supply, but now SUPPLY is UP in January 2015. What does this all mean?

What does this mean for Buyers & Sellers?

There is more inventory to choose from as Sellers become more confident in putting their homes on market due to higher sales prices.  Sellers are digging out from being under water.  Interest rates continue to be historically low.

What will the Future bring?

Interest rates historically tend to shift upward in the spring and back down again at year’s end.  With interest rates low and affordability high Atlanta is #1 of the Top 10 Housing Markets in the nation.
According to Realtor.com, Atlanta is predicted to have a 6% increase in home owning households over the next 5 years.

Where will these buyers be purchasing homes?

Urban areas are high on the list for Millennials. However, with ever-increasing price tags and growing families this trend may not be sustainable to most couples. Good school areas are always a strong pull for relocation clients as well as locals.  With more soft industries coming to the burbs, (e.g. Mercedes Benz – coming to Sandy Springs in 2015) there will be more viable lifestyle options to families and couples alike without the horrible commute that Atlanta is known for. “

My best always,
Janet Weidmann, REALTOR
WOW Team Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn more about the real estate in your immediate neighborhood. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

See Around Corners – The WOW Team and 3Q Real Estate Statistics

Maximize your evaluation
of current prices.

Why are statistics so important? Stats help us see around corners. As professional REALTORS ~ The WOW Team wants to better predict what to look for and how to plan and strategize for pricing property and negotiating on the buying side.

Understanding 3 market views allows Buyers to maximize their evaluation of current prices, and allows sellers to position their property to maximize their sale price with less time on market.

The Three Market Areas:
A) The Macro View
(National Market as reported in National Media coverage)
B) Metro View
(Atlanta Market as reported by FMLS statistics and our hired statistician ChartMaster Services, LLC
C) Micro View
(Your community or neighborhood as reported through a comparative market analysis and FMLS stats)

 

ChartMasters Services Reports 3Q Stats:

Top 5 Atlanta Companies - Keller Williams

Historic indicators predict this activity will ripple out to the suburbs.

Cumulative Market Sales for 3rd Quarter 2014 mirrors 2013 same period.  However, Keller Williams agents sales are up nearly 10% above other companies.  (see graph left – KW is indicated in RED)

We are watching in town condos where sales are 14% above 2013.  Historic indicators predict this activity will ripple out to the suburbs. As single family houses become more expensive due to short supply, condos and townhouses become more attractive.  Condo prices are going up because detached single family prices are going up.

The Atlanta market is in a “self leveling market” which simply put, means there are no extenuating indicators to give sharp up or downward momentum. 1-7% is a normal market for measuring an increase of median pricing.  The median sales price rose by +7.1% in 2014.

Keller Williams Median Sales Price History

The median sales price was higher in September 2014 than the previous high median September price reached in 2007! WE ARE BACK!!

The chart attached (right) shows our median sales prices shown monthly, and by year.  2014 is indicated with the red line and shows that the median sales price was higher in September 2014 than the previous high median September price reached in 2007! 
WE ARE BACK!!  

As we move toward the 4th quarter we are experiencing the seasonality of the market and any sudden global or national factors could expose the fragile nature of this recovery. (Below)

KW_3_Qtr_Stats_p_18Looking back  (2008 through 2014) on the activity of closed sales and the seasonality of the market the chart above shows we have consistent sales throughout the years, regardless of what kind of market we are experiencing. The blue bars at the bottom indicate the number of closed sales.  The red bars indicate the amount of inventory.  So, listing your home say in December could be a good thing since inventory is so low and there are still Buyers looking for good homes.

How does all this play out in community?  If you want more in depth information of months of inventory, or sales… we have those stats too.  This report is more of an overview for the Atlanta Market.

The good news is that prices are still attractive and interest rates are comparatively low.  It’s still a great time to get into the market!!

The WOW Team will continue to re-evaluate market trends and look around corners so you don’t have to!

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Benefits of Working with WOW

The WOW Team and Keller Williams First Atlanta (KWFA) ~ The Benefits

  1. KWFA, The Rawls Group, has hired a statistician to study the quarterly statistics in our Atlanta Market.
  2. Quarterly stats come out 4 times a year.

Here are the Hi-Lights of the most recent 2014 Quarterly Stats (3rd quarter stats will be released early in November)

  • Keller Williams Top 5 Atlanta Real Estate Companies

    Graph #1

    KWFA continues to outperform the market ~ because of this we ARE a direct reflection of “what’s happening in the Atlanta market.” (see graph #1)

    • KWFA has 21% market share while the other top players trail with 5-8% market share
  • Market Sales are Down – 1.2% but basically flat from this same period in 2013
    • It is interesting to note that single family housing sales reflect a -4% over last year, but Attached housing had stronger sales than same period in 2013
    • It is also a result of homeowners electing NOT to sell because they don’t know where to move (inventory remains low in the highly sought after school districts) or they are opting to stay put as a more conservative approach to their post recession lifestyle
  • Inventory of housing stock is above the 6 month mark (see graph #2)
    • 6-7 months of inventory is considered a balanced market
    • The last time we saw 6 months of inventory was June 2012
    • Increased inventory is a sign of confidence with Buyers & Seller. Homeowners are finally digging their way out of being under water.
  • Graph #2

    Graph #2

    How Does this Affect You?

    • With higher inventory there is more competition in selling . . . We are no longer a “Sellers Market for many market areas … consult with the WOW Team regarding your specific are
    • The median sales price is nearly back to 2007 ~ however, this is because there are fewer distressed homes on the market, fewer investors and more luxury homes sales. (see graph #3)
    • School districts continue to drive sales ~ if you are in a highly sought after school district your home will experience higher than average sales price and less time on market
    • Graph #3

      Graph #3

      The Supply / Demand relationship is still a Seller’s Advantage with distressed properties (if you can find them!) . . . Quick action and serious offers are required when high-value properties are found. Expect multiple offers.

    • Strategies for Sellers: Maximize selling price and minimize market time by choosing an initial listing price that represents a high value compared to competing listings!
    • Strategies for Buyers: Don’t low ball offers on High-Value Properties

Our Best Always,
Janet Weidmann & The WOW Team!

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