Westview Holiday Celebration!

Since the Holiday season has begun, I would like everybody to remember that the Westview Community Celebration will be Dec. 15, 2012. If you would like to make a dish fowhr the event let me know. I would also like to get a count on who will come so we can get tables and chairs.

Event:   Westview Community Celebration
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
Time:  2:00pm
Detail :  Kendal Carey (  kenscarey@yahoo.com )

Happy Thanksgiving from Area West Realty!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Pottery Barn Turkey
Pottery Barn Holiday Home Decor

Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your life, and assist in one of the biggest transactions of a lifetime.

We are Thankful for the opportunity to serve within these great communities.

We are grateful to have your support as we grow, and  humbled by your willingness to give countless hours to develop our brand.

Area West Realty will continue to work hard and continue to be committed to developing communities!

Westview Community Yard Sale

A community-wide yard sale will take place in Westview on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Maps for the various yard sale locations can be picked up at 1679 Westwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Location: 1679 Westwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310

1679 Westwood Avenue
1655 Westwood Avenue
1745 Stokes Avenue
1623 Stokes Avenue
1606 South Gordon
525 Westmeath Drive
511 West Ontario

Westview Community Events!

One of the qualities I love about the Westview Community is their ability to ALWAYS have a social event; either a dinner party, yard sale,community clean up or gardening club- Westview is NOT lacking in “things to do”.  The  only thing… you must be in the loop to know  “What’s up?” …

Here are a few of our up coming events. It’s a good time to come out, meet your neighbors (or future neighbors) and see how genuinely in love these people are with their community.

Saturday–November 10, 2012  the Westview community wide “Yard Sale”  If you need more details please email  Annie Evans at  annie2evans@yahoo.com

Sunday—November  11, 2012  the Westview Fall Hike–at SweetWater Creek State Park  If you need more details please email Kendal Carey at kenscarey@yahoo.com

Saturday–December  15, 2012  the Holiday Celebration Dinner at the fire station in the Westview community.  If you need more details please email Kendal Carey at kenscarey@yahoo.com

checkout the website for all Westview information: www.WestviewAtlanta.com

Atlanta No. 2 most affordable housing market

Metro Atlanta hasn’t been the greatest place in the country to own a home, as everyone with a devalued house in these parts knows.

There is some good news, relatively speaking, though.

It doesn’t cost that much to buy here.

Atlanta ranks second in the U.S. among the top 25 metro areas in terms of home affordability, new research from Interest.com, a Bankrate company, shows.

The median household income in the Atlanta area exceeds the income required to purchase a median-priced home here by 40 percent. That’s better than every other  big market except for Detroit, where it’s 45.32 percent.

The rest of the top five most affordable metro areas are Minneapolis, Phoenix and St. Louis.

Of course, Detroit is hardly the symbol of economic success, and Phoenix has had major housing issues.

The least affordable markets: San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Miami and Los Angeles.

Housing affordability is key concern nationally, and nationwide a  median-income household can afford a median-priced home in only 14 of the 25 largest markets, the study found.

Mike Sante, managing editor of Interest.com, said, “Despite all the talk about how homes are more affordable than they have been in decades, buying a home is still a big challenge for many American households.”

Sante continued, “Dealing with rising expenses and stagnant wages is a struggle. Even after years of declining home prices and record-low mortgage rates, median-income households are unable to afford a median-priced home in nearly half of the metropolitan areas that we looked at.”

AJC 10:39 am October 17, 2012, by David Markiewicz

Are we there yet?

Ever felt like you were on the heels of greatness? 

THIS _ close to accomplishment… you can almost taste it?

Can’t sleep- don’t blink and God forbid, you miss a community meeting!  

Maybe it’s just me, and me knowing what I know- seeing THIS scene occur in New York (Harlem… Brooklyn..)but every meeting, every discussion, every media article, every planning  report  received is confirmation to what I feel deep in my soul.

We’re almost there…..

Not only do we have great residents working hard, we have many community advocates who are passionate about our communities and working to ensure we do “gentrification” correctly.  What do I mean? I mean, not only one group benefiting from the revitalization of our neighborhoods but we ALL benefit; our seniors,children, entrepreneurs, all races, cultures  and income levels- ALL, willing to persevere and work to reap the benefits of the vision.

Let me just say, yesterday I did not feel like this AT ALL.  I felt  tired, a bit defeated and  overwhelmed thinking:

“what more can I do? I just want to stay in my little house on my little corner doing nothing but fight with my landscaping “. 

Then Ireceived a call, an invitation to the West End Merchants Coalition. It  was time for their meeting this morning at 7AM.  YES- 7AM??…same thing I said. “Too early, I can’t make it.” However, the call was very timely as I recently completed a tour of our commercial  space, taking inventory of available locations.  Dragging myself out of bed at 6AM was a much needed renewal.  Not only did Council Member Winslow provide information on all the commercial incentives available, my personal SHE-RO, Deborah Scott of Georgia Standup was the guest speaker.  If you don’t know Ms. Scott, you’re missing out! (www.GeorgiaStandup.org)

Ms. Scott discussed how our businesses (and residents) can benefit from the developments taking place in Atlanta.  Do you know how many developments are taking place in Atlanta?  The list is pretty amazing. I have no idea which I should jump into first (all late) but, after the meeting with Ms Scott-  I KNOW I can’t sit and do nothing…or mentally fight with my landscaping much longer. A wise woman said, “If  you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu!”… I really like that  lady!

Here are a few projects and links for you to research:

Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal:

http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/p3/projects/mmpt/Pages/default.aspx

http://ajc.com/business/gulch-planners-take-big-1476572.html

http://atlantamagazine.com/fivepoints/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10403206

Fort McPherson:

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-government/state-aims-to-invest-139780.html

http://www.mcphersonredevelopment.com/

Atlanta Transit:

http://beltline.org/atlanta-beltline-programs/strenghening-the-community/

http://beltline.org/progress/planning/

http://www.atlantadowntown.com/initiatives/atlanta-streetcar/About

Atlanta Stadiums:

http://www.gwcc.com/about/Masterplans.aspx

http://www.investatlanta.com/buildDev/StadiumArea.jsp

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/football/new-stadium-plan-retractable-roof-demolish-dome-1/nQTK4/

Business Development Opportunities:

www.investatlanta.com/entprnrSmallBus/commercialLoans.jsp

 http://www.dca.state.ga.us/economic/DevelopmentTools/programs/opportunityzones.asp

Community Improvement District:

http://westendcid.org/

Study up, and be prepared to come to the table! NPU-T holds our meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7PM. www.NPUTAtlanta.org

Please let me know if any links are broken, I’m so excited I can’t type fast enough. 🙂