What Do Apartment Dwellers Really Want?

Nationwide apartment rental firm ApartmentGuide.com says the majority of apartment seekers between June 2009 and June 2010 looked for apartments in the $500 to $700 price range, followed by $700 to $900.

Distance from the city center was also a factor, with the majority of apartment hunters seeking homes five miles form the city center, followed by 10 miles, then 20 miles.

These are the other top features that apartment seekers sought over the last 12 months:

Washer and dryer in unit
Pets (allowed)
Air conditioning
Some paid utilities
Washer and dryer connections
Dishwasher
Balcony
Garage
Cable-ready
Furnished available
Fitness center
Swimming pool
Short-term lease available
Gated access
Oversized closets

Sources: ApartmentGuide.com (06/22/2010) 

Find Out Which U.S. Cities Are Growing Fastest

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its most recent population estimates for the nation’s incorporated places, including cities, boroughs, and villages.

These are not 2010 population counts. They reflect administrative records, including updated housing unit estimates.

The first 2010 U.S. census counts will be available by April 1. 2011.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek used the data to identify the fastest-growing city in each state. These include Buckeye, Ariz., Lincoln, Calif., and Spring Hill, Tenn.

The Wall Street Journal identified where urban population growth is trumping suburban and vice versa.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (06/22/2010)

Atlanta’s West End/ Westview Neighborhoods…home to the unexpected

Do you know your neighbor? Yes, you may know his/her name, whether or not they have kids or pets…but do you REALLY know your neighbor?

It has shocked many newcomers to in town Atlanta living that West End and Westview communities both are homes to some of the most respected known, unknown and behind the scene Artists, Politicians and Professionals. In just a few streets, our 1920 Bungalows are home to City Council Representatives and President, as well as Doctors, Lawyers, Architects, Writers, Artists and Fashion Designers.

Then why was it a surprise to me when I realized Fashion Designer Chloe Harper, of Vitamin C Clothing , is the same Chloe Harper who is my ‘911 neighborhood watch’ txt buddy??!! Apparently, in addition to being extremely talented, Ms Harper is also very humble about her accomplishments. Check out her line and some of the celebs now wearing her line: http://www.vitamincclothing.com/

If  you’re in the market for a new home, drop me a line- like many of our other home owners, you will be very surprised to find the hidden gems inside these communities!

Single Buyers Choosing Suburbia Over Cities

Some 52 percent of single home buyers in April chose suburban locations over urban and rural areas, according to a survey by Coldwell Banker of 1,000 single buyers.

· More than 53 percent of single home owners reported that they purchased a home because it was more cost effective than renting in their area, while 68 percent of single home owners purchased a home that was less expensive than they believed they could have afforded to pay.

· Some 55 percent have less than a 30-minute commute to their office or work from home.

· Singles don’t shy away from foreclosures – especially single men. Thirty-eight percent would currently consider purchasing a foreclosed/short sale home, compared to 29 percent of single women.

· Of the 13 percent of single home owners who own their home jointly with another person, 49 percent made the purchase with their parents. Forty percent live less than 30 minutes or even in the same neighborhood as their parents or extended family. An additional 12 percent live with at least one family member.

· Number of bedrooms is important to 27 percent of single women, while only 18 percent of men were concerned.

Source: Coldwell Banker Real Estate (06/18/2010)

Westview Centennial Celebration

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Westview Centennial Celebration

Our neighborhood is 100 years old! Come celebrate the centennial with a day full of fun activities for the whole family!

BELTLINE 5K RUN/WALK –

A free 5K around Westview and West End sponsored by the Atlanta BeltLine. Complete your free registration online by visiting www.active.com (search for “BeltLine” to find the race) and selecting the “No T-Shirt” option. Those who wish to make the optional $20 donation as part of their registration will receive an event t-shirt on race day!

MUSIC –

DJs Ramon Rawsoul (House in the Park – www.ramonrawsoul.com), Ryze (Imported Underground), and Drew (Drew’s House) will be playing the best in deep house and soul! Come boogie down on the lawn.

ART –

If you are interested in participating in our artist market please email us at info@westviewatlanta.com. This is our first year hosting the market so the application fee is only $10! We’ll supply you with a 10×10 space. You bring the tent, table, and other displays. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

FOOD –

Attendees – bring $5 to sample and vote for your favorite food! Participants – are you the master of the grill? Come out and prove it in the Westview Grill-Off! Entries in the Grill-Off are free! Individuals, organizations, restaurants are all allowed to participate. Please contact us at info@westviewatlanta.com for more info and to register.

FUN –

There will be fun games (with prizes) for the kids!

SCHEDULE –

9:30 – 11:00: BeltLine 5K

11:00 – 11:30: Ceremonies

11:30 – 4:00: Cook-off/BBQ/music/artist market

THINGS TO BRING –

Picnic blankets, camping chairs, an appetite, $5 for the grill-off, sunscreen, smiles.

More info at: http://www.westviewatlanta.com/centennial

How to Help a Family Member Buy a Home

Helping someone close to you buy a low-cost property – $50,000 or less – is a fairly straight-forward transaction, although it may require specific legal advice, says Charles Carter, an attorney and a consultant at Haint Blue Realty in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Carter suggests that buying a property outright, using the gift exclusion ($13,000 for singles; $26,000 for married couples) to pay for a down payment and closing costs and then giving the recipient a 30-year mortgage on the remaining amount at 5 percent interest is a good way to go.

There won’t be any gift taxes. And the mortgage holder may later cancel the mortgage and gift what remains on the loan as another annual gift-tax exclusion.

Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Charles Carter (06/03/2010)