Do You Recycle?

This summer I have enrolled my daughter into a 1 week  “Recycling Camp”.  Day 1 had her going through our trash and informing us of all the harm “WE” were doing to “HER” world.  I must say-after that conversation, I was not looking forward to the rest of this week and her gaining more information in this area.
We recycle. At least I thought we did. We have a recycling bin from the city- to which we seem to slowly fill and pull to the curb I think, once a month. Is that not enough?  Thinking about how much trash we use and toss each day-I’m sure we have more paper, plastic and metal going out to have that filled weekly.
*hangs head in shame*
To be a bit more supportive, today I bought Lydia a 3-bin recycling kit and did more research in this area.
Here is a link I found to be helpful. You can also earn some cool points and prizes to recycle!

Open House and Ashview Heights Community Awareness event Today!

968 Fair Street, Atlanta GA 30314

Check out this renovated 4bedroom 3bath Bungalow with large walk-in closet (possibly a 5th bedroom) and spacious open kitchen within Ashview Heights! Find out more about this community and why this is the next HOT Atlanta neighborhood to consider for your home purchase.

Open today from 11-4PM.

Receive a map of other available homes for tour today at this home.

 

 

 

1455 Lucile Ave Open House/ Jazz Hour…

When: Saturday June 25th 12-4PM

Where: 1455 Lucile Ave Atlanta GA 30310

What: Tour this restored 4bedroom 3.5bath home , have lite refreshments then head the the Westview Summer Solstice across the street at KIPP Strive Academy

Find out more about the home HERE

 

Westview Summer Solstice (June 25th) Update!

Did you know that there is a CVC Urban Farm right here in Southwest Atlanta?

Formed as part of NPU-T’s Community Food Project, the Atwood Community Gardens (http://www.nextstepsyep.org) has been located in the Beecher-Donnelly (http://www.beecherdonnelly.com/) neighborhood since 2008. With the support of many southwest Atlanta residents and friends, the urban farm has initiated an agricultural training program that uses gardening to introduce students to careers in STEM.

Learn more about Beecher-Donnelly and other southwest Atlanta neighborhoods that will compete in the Westview Summer Solstice grill off competition! Come out on June 25th and join us for a day of music, food, vendors, and more. http://www.westviewatlanta.com/

This event is not possible without neighborhood donations and support. We need your help! See below how to help make this event a success.

 

Best,

Ayana

Events Chair, WCO

 

Westview Summer Solstice

June 25, 2 – 8 pm

KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Ave

Free food, music, entertainment, and vendors.

Grill competition: $5 for a taste

http://www.westviewatlanta.com/

 

How you can help:

 

Volunteer: We need persons to help run the grill competition, manage the free food grill, run kids games, set-up, and clean-up. If you are interested please contact me at agabriel1908@yahoo.com

Monetary Donations: Checks and cash accepted. Donate directly through paypal at:

http://www.westviewatlanta.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=173&Itemid=71

Donations go towards the cost of food and other items.

 

Food Donations: hot dogs, chips, coolers and wash tubs (temporary, to fill up with ice)

Pass Out Fliers: We really need persons who can pass out fliers on the Ontarios, Matthewson, Wellington, Inman, Emerald, Derry, Westwood, Stokes, Westmeath, and Willard sometime this week.

Tell Your Friends

Thank you to our sponsors: Coca-Cola, EpiCity, Kroger, Councilmember Cleta Winslow, Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Mutana Cooperatives, Q-Time Restaurant, Ruchda Wings, and KIPP STRIVE Academy.

Thanks to everyone on the Summer Solstice Committee for working hard to put this together: Shawnda, Steffi, Patrick, Kisha, Michael, and Katherine

 

Westview developer, Jim Kelly, gets recognition

The Westview Community Organization recognized developer Jim Kelly last night at the WCO meeting for his commitment to “context sensitive design in his rehabilitation of historic homes in Westview.”  Photos of Jim’s quality work can be seen on the Westview Facebook page.  Jim is a resident of West End.  Thanks, Jim, for helping to rehabilitate one of Westview’s most valuable assets– its historic homes!

Do you know any Middle Schoolers (rising 6- rising 8)?

Your child should be in this cool FREE program!!
Project LEAFF
May 31-June 30, from 8:30-12:30 daily
Again, the program is free and provides breakfast/lunch and transportation from your child’s ‘zoned middle school’ (i.e. in West End that would be Brown Middle School.)
Curriculum is more enriched, focus being on ELA, Math, Robotics, and Culinary Arts.
The ELA and math are embedded in the cooking and robotics classes.
The program is located in Kennedy Middle School.
Contact Shari McEachern at 404-502-2229 for more details.

I Dislike “Appointment Only”

Selling a home in this market is not easy.  The obstacles seem endless, from competing with foreclosure prices,newly renovated homes,better locations and now what seems an unfairly matched battle of obtaining correct appraisals..why would any seller want to add to the challenge?
I’m sure you wouldn’t, but YOU may be adding to this unknowingly.
Currently, we have just about 200 single family listings  “available” in the 30310 zip code.  I present my sellers with as much data as possible to prepare for the challenges we may face when listing, and to understand that this process will not be completed over night, in a week and may even take a few months before we obtain a solid buyer.
Initially this could be fine, but once the home is on the market-anxiety often sets in and “is my home being viewed?’ becomes a constant thought.
As an agent, there are a few punch list items we can do to make sure your home is being viewed, but most importantly- availability is KEY.
It is more of a challenge to sell a home listed as “Shown by Appointment Only” or a home that is occupied by a tenant with an unpredictable or varying work schedule.
Buyers AND agents love the flexibility of being able to show a home anytime- at the buyers request and this could come as soon as they see a listing. Often giving the agent less than 24hrs notice.  While working as a buyers agent, it has been my experience to schedule appointments to show a home, and then to line up readily available homes to show my buyer THAT DAY.  Usually, after we view the ‘available and vacant’ homes, we have an idea of which we would like to make an offer on, leaving us to either cancel our appointment or briefly view out of courtesy but without the intention of moving forward.
I have lost many viewers by not having my homes available “now” to view while an agent was out touring my community with their buyer.  Keep in mind, buyers and agents may not live locally and it isn’t always convenient for them to come back another day to view 1 home.
If you are listing a home, although you may feel a bit uneasy with it, having a Supra (agent computerized) lockbox really is best! There are many
ways to ensure your home(and personal items)are protected. Your home should be available for your listing agent to adequately preform their job.
Also, Surpa boxes are a great way to track viewers! Your agent and print off a list with contact information to agents that have shown your home. It’s a good reporting tool and a great way to measure your homes performance.
Another challenge, which could hinder the sale of a home is listing a home currently occupied with a tenant who has a lot of furniture.
I remember viewing one home and feeling immediately over whelmed, and I do this professionally– I can’t imagine what my poor buyers felt.(Well, I can since we did NOT go back to view nor did we make an offer)
Once we left-neither of us could remember if the home had hardwood floors or carpet.
It is difficult for buyers to feel comfortable going through closets, and even bathrooms of these homes. No matter how neat and clean the tenant may be, it feels very intrusive-as if we’re snooping.  Buyers spend less time in these listings and therefore walk away feeling unsure or not at all familiar with the layout.
In this day, no one wants to lose money- so I do not recommend losing a tenant to list your home, however you must make it very clear to have the home in “show” condition daily, and that a lockbox will be added to the home. You might even want to offer a bonus or incentive for your tenant to motivate them to help the process.
Asking agents to “courtesy call” the tenant prior to showing is reasonable and could make your tenant feel better about the process and lockbox.
These are just a few challenges I’m up against on my listings,and hope this will help you when you make your decision to list!
Nia