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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/

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Should We Fear the Shadow Inventory ?

Predictions for housing in 2013 are bullish by most accounts.  That sounds like a fair assessment when supplies are low and demand is up in most market areas such as in Atlanta GA.Rear side of Providence Estate

Low inventory in good homes as well as geographic locations in close proximity to excellent schools drives housing desirability.  Here in Atlanta GA we are seeing “school flight” increasing demands on the Decatur City schools, while the city of Atlanta figures out the redistricting.  We see North Fulton and East Cobb county experiencing unusual demands on the low inventory, increasing the incidences of multiple offers on available “good homes”.

So what about the foreclosures and the short sale shadow inventories that haven’t hit the market yet?  How will 2013 shape up for the housing market in Atlanta and the rest of the country.  According the WSJ… the shadow inventory is overhyped as a housing threat.  The shadow inventory is shrinking.

Salem Dr  After photoAs a residential real estate specialist here in Atlanta I personally see evidence of  foreclosure homes being snapped up by the hearty investor appetite who are buying ‘to hold and rent’. Trimmed inventories and backlogs of investors are further reducing the discount of foreclosures due to competition.  While Atlanta’s market has liberal foreclosure laws (GA. is a non judicial foreclosure state) other states may experience a more difficult transition due to court-administered foreclosure processes to clear bad debt.

Where do you think we’ll be this time next year?!  Will our rear view mirror look back on 2013 as the year housing leaps forward or will the shadow inventory dampen our enthusiasm for the housing rebound?  My optimism tells me 2013 will be a banner year for most of us… most especially in our Atlanta market.  Don’t let the possible shadow inventory dampen your spirits!  Instead raise a toast to new beginnings… and let the New Year begin!!

May your 2013 be prosperous and filled with Joy!

Decatur: Small Town Living in the Big City

People of all walks of life flock to Decatur because it truly offers something for everyone. Decatur is one of the few Atlanta neighborhoods where shopping, dining and entertainment are only a short walk or bike ride away. Top rated schools, eclectic culture, a well-run city with an active community, and convenient amenities make Decatur a great place to call home!

Below we have highlighted some of the features that make Decatur, and its surrounding historic neighborhoods, a desirable and unique place to live:

Convenience- The city of Decatur is located just 6 minutes east of Downtown Atlanta. Decatur is conveniently situated for individuals commuting to/from downtown to work, college, or the airport. Three MARTA stations throughout the city provide multiple rapid transit options for those electing to walk or ride their bikes.

Food/Garden- Your Dekalb Farmers Market has been known for years to be a great place to go for the best-priced quality groceries and produce. Located in downtown Decatur, this 140,000 square foot farmers market has a reputation for carrying high quality goods with prices that are easy on the wallet. The majority of items found on the shelves are organic and locally grown. DeKalb Farmers Market supports small farms that employ humane, environmentally responsible and sustainable production methods. Decatur also boasts several community gardens, the largest being the Oakhurst Community Garden. Founded in 1997, Oakhurst Community Garden offers classes on all things gardening, houses 34 community garden plots, event space available for rental, chicken coops, a composting station, play area and green house!

Going Green- Decatur has many programs and policies that are making strides in going green for the environment. In 1998, Decatur instituted a “Pay As You Throw” program that essentially makes it more expensive to throw away trash rather than recycle the items. Residents buy designated City of Decatur trash bags, which cost more than your regular Glad or Hefty brand. The city will not collect trash in any other type of bag, and people who recycle more will save money by using fewer bags.The city also promotes “Earth Hour” where once a year all residents turn off their lights to celebrate their commitment to the planet. Another earth friendly effort they implement twice a year is a free Electronics Recycling event in which electronic equipment is diverted from entering landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water.

Parks and Recreation- Decatur offers a variety of ­­parks, pools, bike paths, ball fields, dog parks and more! The city has a multitude of events throughout the year, from free concerts to family festivals. The city plays host to several community events such as Blue Sky Concerts and Concerts on the Square at the bandstand in downtown Decatur. Residents can pack a picnic basket and listen to free music at lunch and in the evening! They also have an annual Decatur Beach Party, where the street is transformed into “Ponce Beach” with 60 tons of sand, live music, games, food and fun. Another extremely popular event is the Decatur Craft Beer Festival, which showcases over 100 American craft beers.

Variety- This area has a very diverse population, with 9-to-5ers, hipsters, college students, and families, they all come together to create a highly inclusive community attitude. Unique art galleries, antique shops, clothing boutiques, coffee houses, music stores and specialty shops can all be found in and around Decatur. While the shopping in Decatur is abundant, nothing can compare to the variety of dining options available. Dozens of popular restaurants are located along the Decatur Square and other gems are sprinkled throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.

Walkability- Most of the above mentioned retail, restaurant and businesses are within easy walking distance or short bike ride on beautiful tree-lined streets. Pedestrian and bicycle access is a top priority for their economic development program. Decatur has also produced a series of self-guided walking tours to encourage that form of transportation as well as familiarize people with the local attractions and history.

~The WOW Team

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