It’s amazing how crippling fear could be, and how “fear” could be the underlying motive driving our decisions.

I have a client who has viewed many (I think we’re up to 20) homes, and today I just realized why we do not have one under contract. FEAR.

I have shown everything on the “wish list”, intown- out of town, up and down, pools, facing North… flats.- You name it, and we have come -THIS- close to making offers…until we have a 3rd tour  of the  home. Right before signing on the dotted line, she finds something wrong, something unchangeable (the flow of the walls) to convince herself  “this is not my home”.

How do I help her overcome this? It’s funny, because I have lived in MANY homes-i would never have thought (from initial inspection) that they were “MY” home. It wasn’t until I put my stamp, MY love-and MY life in it that it transformed into MY home…but there is nothing I can say about the feng shui of a wall…

Just when you think being a Real Estate agent is only opening doors and wearing cute shoes…I must use some phycology and find out our stumbling block or we are just wasting time and turning down a lot of great homes!

Home Owner Satisfaction Remains High

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, January 23, 2012

Nearly three out of every four home owners say they are satisfied with their purchase – and the No. 1 reason for their satisfaction is pride they feel about owning a home, according to HomeGain’s 2012 National Home Ownership Survey.
In addition to pride, home owners also said they enjoy the freedom and control they have to make improvement and upgrades to their home.
Of the 1,400 home owners surveyed nationwide, satisfaction was found to be highest in the Northeast at 77 percent, followed by the Southeast at 73 percent, the West at 71 percent, and the Midwest at 68 percent.
“The HomeGain 2012 National Home Ownership satisfaction survey shows in spite of declines in the values of homes nationwide, satisfaction among home owners remains high at 72 percent,” said Louis Cammarosano, general manager of HomeGain.
Of the 28 percent of surveyed home owners who indicated they are dissatisfied, price depreciation was cited as the primary cause. Other reasons for their discontent include property taxes, homeowner association fees, and maintenance and repairs.
Noteworthy survey statistics:
  • Home owners who paid less than $75,000 for their home were the most satisfied at 77 percent.
  • Home owners who paid more than $800,000 were least satisfied at 69 percent.
  • Buyers who purchased a home via short sale had the highest satisfaction rate at 83 percent, followed by foreclosed home buyers at 79 percent.
  • New-home buyers had a satisfaction rate of 73 percent, and existing-home buyers had a satisfaction rate of 71 percent.
  • Home owners ages 55-65 were the most satisfied at 76 percent. Home owners between 18 and 25 had the lowest satisfaction rate at 45 percent.
By Erica Christoffer, REALTOR® Magazine



More than a Dozen Performances on the East Side during Three Weekends in November,

Including The Lantern Parade in Historic Fourth Ward Park on November 12!

Atlanta –November, the final month of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, will have sixteen performances and events to close out the exhibit. There will be performances of music, dance, theatre, and the return of the signature “Lantern Parade” by Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, one of the stand-out events of the 2010 program. A map of the visual installations is available online at HERE.

The performance schedule for the month of November is as follows:


Friday, November 4

Location: Reynoldstown Stage

  • 5-7 p.m. – Atlanta Public Schools Performance Night

Saturday, November 5

Location: Reynoldstown Stage

  • 3 p.m. – Gateway Performance Producations, Water is Life: Hidden Springs, Atlanta

Location: Lewis Gulch

  • 6:45 p.m. – Klimchak and Stuart Gerber, Trio for Two Percussionists and Urban Woods

Location: Kirkwood Ave.

  • 6 p.m. – Dance Truck presents Crossover Movement Arts, “Pressure” and “Iron and Steel”

Sunday, November 6

Location: Lewis Gulch

  • 4 p.m. – Dashboard Co-Op, Picnic: A Communal Food/Dance Art Piece
  • 5:30 p.m. – Twinhead Theater, Murder on the BeltLine

Saturday, November 12

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park

  • 5 a.m.-7 p.m. – Priscilla Smith, The View From Here
  • 5 p.m. – Ile’ Tambor
  • 6 p.m. – Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, BeltLine Lantern Parade 2011
  • 7 p.m. – Imperial Opa!

Sunday, November 13

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park

  • 3:30 p.m. – Taranji Alvarado, Sound Community
  • 4:30 p.m. – Zentropy and Crossover Movement Arts, Freestyle Polers Take The 4th Ward

Saturday, November 19

Location: Lewis Gulch

  • 2 p.m. – GloATL, Milk Float

Location: Reynoldstown Stage

  • 3-8 p.m. – Closing Concert
  • 4:30 p.m. – GloATL, Milk Float

Sunday, November 20

Location: Lewis Gulch

  • 2 p.m. – GloATL, Milk Float

Schedules are subject to change, please check art.BeltLine.org for updates.

More than 145 proposals were submitted for inclusion in this year’s exhibit, with 66 visual and performance pieces selected to become part of the exhibit, a 30 percent increase over last year. The exhibit began on September 9 and runs through November 20.

About the Atlanta BeltLine:

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), formed by the Atlanta Development Authority, is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.



Creative Loafing Atlanta

Need something to do this weekend?  The Atlanta Opera has recently been authorized to run a one-hour production for children.  This fall, it will be presented at several school across Atlanta.  “Rabbit Tales” is based on the collection of fictional stories, written by Joel Chandler Harris, called Br’er Rabbit.  The world premier of  “Rabbit Tales” will be  shown on Saturday, October 29, at 1 p.m at the Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy SW.  The event is fun and FREE! For more information visit The Atlanta Opera .

W&W Presents 2011 Emerging Authors




Hammonds House Museum

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Atlanta, Georgia 30310




A Night in Treme

The Musical Majesty of of New Orleans

Sat, October 22 / 8:00PM

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for Hammonds House Museum members

through Thursday, October 20th.
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Offer Expires: 10/20/11



Art on the Beltline Events this weekend

This weekend’s events and schedule for Art on the Beltline.  Feel free to pass this message on to your neighbors, friends, and family.

Friday, September 30th

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park

  • 6:30 p.m. – Spiral of Sound Crystal Bowl Choir, Peace Spiral
  • 8-10 pm – Center for Civil and Human Rights “Films That Matter” series, featuring the Movie “Philadelphia”  FREE

Saturday, October 1st

  • 4-7 p.m. – Artist Walk on the Westside: This is one of three walks where we will explore the Art of the Atlanta Beltline exhibition on foot and have artists give us the history and inspiration of their work.  We will start the walk at the southern end (intersection of Allene Avenue and Catherine Street in 30310).  The other walks will be October 16 (southeast) and November 18th (northeast).  We will also have an artists’ panel on October 20 at H. Harper Station.  All events are on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 1st

Location: The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW, Atlanta

For more details about this year’s artists, installation locations and performing arts schedule please visit art.beltline.org.  Also visit us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ArtontheAtlantaBeltLine where you can post pictures of installations and events, make comments and interact with Art on the Beltline.  Feel free to share our Facebook page with your friends, family, and the organizations you’re connected to.


We look forward to seeing you on the Atlanta Beltline for another incredible season!


Got Art?

If  you were looking for something to do on this beautiful September day, you should have dropped by Piedmont Park to enjoy the annual Arts Festival!  Not only were there plenty of pieces of amazing artwork, but originally designed apparel, jewelry, and accessories were stationed, too.

From the Cellar Art booth, the most gorgeous glass treasures laid.  Nancy Cann has been creating these reversible pieces of jewelry for several years, and her skills are proven through her work.  To view more of her collection, CLICK HERE. (Sorry, she refused to let me take pictures!)

In another corner, Daniel Schemel had us frozen in time, as we gazed in awe at his wonderful clockwork.  Wooden watches  with leather bands, isn’t that unique?  To see more of his work visit Mistura Timepieces.


If you enjoy watercolor paintings, you should check out Helen Beacham’s Fine Art.  The most esquisite works of art could be found in this booth.  Her specialties are still life and landscape.  From the looks of things, she never disappoints!



My personal favorite display was Vicki Love’s.  She designs and creates products from deerskin.  At this particular booth, she displayed bags and a vest.  The detailed craftsmanship of each item exhibits her dedication to her work.  For a closer look, check her out HERE.

There were so many gorgeous works on display during this even.  If you missed out this year, now you know what to expect. Don’t miss out, this festival is one worth attending!

Cassia Preston (Photos not always consistent with content.)