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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

Atanta – Top 5 Markets to Watch

The WOW Team knows how to Live Atlanta Luxury“Atlanta is one of the Top 5 Markets to Watch in – 2016.”
The Urban Land Institute (ULI), is a nonprofit research organization who recently published its Emerging Trends in Real Estate report. They report that individual real estate markets are ranked based on their performance (and their expected performance) in three primary areas: investment, development, and home building. The general consensus is that Residential and Commercial real estate in Atlanta will thrive throughout 2016.

Aerial Photography by:  Joshua Vensel / VENVISIO, LLC

Why?
A) Home Building is still far behind our peak of 60,000 permits in a year. In 2014 according to the U.S. Census there were neawrly 27,000 permits pulled. This year’s stats haven’t been released yet but we suspect a healthy increase over 2014. However, there is still a notable lack of New Home construction in ALL price categories.
B) Resale Inventory remains low with less than 5 months of inventory in most price categories. Many homeowners are stuck because they don’t have enough equity to make a move worthwhile;
C) There is a pent up demand by homeowners who HAVE regained enough equity to sell and trade up.
Caveat: The Luxury market is a different story. Luxury homes is defined here as homes with a value of over $1.million. Depending on what geographic area you are in the inventory may fluctuate between 1-2 years. This too is better than a few years ago when inventory was between 2-3 years in the Luxury price points above $1.million.

Here are the Top 10 Markets:

• Dallas/Forth Worth, TX
• Austin, TX
• Charlotte, NC
• Seattle, WA
• Atlanta, GA
• Denver, CO
• Nashville, TN
• San Francisco, CA
• Portland, OR
• Los Angeles, CA

Chief economist Lawrence Yun says the trend represents the release of pentup demand by homeowners who have regained enough equity to sell and trade up. But when you combine that with homeowners who might move but are stuck because they don’t have enough equity, plus a notable lack of newly built homes, you have a short.

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate inSuwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell 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
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

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!

Best real estate company in Atlanta for a reason!!

Hey Everyone,

Take a look at these stats just uploaded from Broker Metrics!… Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta lives up to it’s name of being FIRST!   Our office is FIRST  in days on Market (We out perform all offices in LESS Days on market!) That means our Sellers get to have an Under Contract sign hung on their yard sign before the competition!  Our office ALSO is FIRST in SALES VOLUME!  Simply said we sell MORE! GREAT Comparison of the Top 10 offices in Atlanta... Keller Williams out performs EVERYONE!
KW blog Stats 2012

GREAT Comparison of the Top 10 offices in Atlanta…

CLICK ON IMAGE to ENLARGE!  …….Watch for more stats to come as 2012 comes to a close!

How soon can I purchase a home if I sold a distressed house in the “Great Recession”? Read on….

Hi Everyone!  This chart may be very helpful to those of you out there that have sold distressed properties in the past few years but now are ready to get back into the market.  There are different guidelines dependent upon the type of distressed sale you closed.  CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE.
Compliments of Starkey Mortgage.

Interest rates are stinking low, hovering at 3.5% and it is becoming a Sellers market depending on what part of Atlanta you reside.  Now is the time to take advantage of these fabulous market conditions.  Rents are through the roof while home ownership is still a bargain.  If you are serious about owning a home again ~ let Starkey Mortgage and the WOW Team at Keller Williams First Atlanta be your HELP Desk for any Real Estate and Mortgage queries!

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