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September
26

Upgrading a Home Office - JYB Realty

If you work from home, it's important to have the proper space to do it in. Maybe you just had your laptop on the kitchen table in your old place, but now, after looking at Atlanta homes for sale, you've finally found a house with space for a real home office. Now comes the task of setting it up and making it your own. Here's how to take your home office to the next level.

  • Ergonomic Chair. If you're sitting at your computer for hours, it's important to have proper support. Extended sitting can lead to back problems, poor posture, and high blood pressure. An ergonomic chair helps eliminate these problems, allowing you to sit straighter and more comfortably. Keeping your neck and back from aching, your feet from falling asleep, and more it's essential for any home office.

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September
19

What to Avoid Before Buying a Home - JYB Realty

After all of your hard work and careful saving, you're probably starting to look longingly at some of the beautiful Atlanta homes for sale. At this point in the process, a simple error in judgment could derail your plans. Our real estate agents want to help you avoid any such issues. 

  • Don't make a major purchase.
    Lenders will check your credit before approving your loan. Buying a new car, furniture, or appliance will impact the loan in more ways than one. Not only will such a purchase lower your FICO score, but it will also increase your debt-to-income ratio or DTI. If your DTI increases to around 43%, you will be considered a risky borrower. If your loan is approved at all, it may be at a higher interest rate. Avoid making such purchases for at least six months to a year before buying a home.

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September
12

Atlanta Chocolate Shops - JYB Realty

As if chocolate lovers need an excuse to eat an entire bag of truffles, International Chocolate Day is right around the corner. Taking place September 13, this is the perfect time to discover a new favorite place to find chocolatey goodness. To get you started on your way to chocolatey heaven, our real estate agents have scoured the area, and these are just a few of the best chocolate shops around Atlanta:

  1. Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company — 1046 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
    Founded by the first female chocolatier in the continental U.S. and near Atlanta homes for sale, the Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company lives by the philosophy that making chocolate is an art form. This is made quite clear even with the first bite of any of their delectable chocolate delights. To name just a couple of favorites that you absolutely must try, there's the Siamese Kitten (white chocolate, matcha, candied ginger) and the Campfire (graham cracker, toasted marshmallow fluff, marshmallow ash).

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September
6

Immersive Experiences Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Immersive experiences are becoming quite popular these days, and for good reason. They're highly engaging and interactive and can teach a lot about perception and the human mind. Not to mention, they're a great weekend activity and fun for the whole family.

Our real estate agents have seen all kinds of immersive experience events pop-up around Atlanta this year, and we can't wait to check them out. If you're ready to experience art in a whole new way or dive into a new world, here is a quick list of Atlanta immersive events you won't want to miss this fall.

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August
29

Home Inspector Questions - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents want to help you achieve true peace of mind. We're always there for you throughout the process of finding the right Atlanta homes for sale, making a bid, and getting to closing day.

Your real estate agent is your ally from start to finish but doesn't do it all alone. Depending on your situation, there may be other experts on your team. One of the most important ones virtually every buyer needs is a trusted home inspector.

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August
23

Dessert Food Trucks - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

When you're craving a sweet treat, one may be on the menu just around the corner at one of Atlanta's popular food trucks. Enjoy a dessert to perk up your day, or use one of these trucks to cater your next get-together.

Our real estate agents suggest paying a visit to one of these trucks where you can score dessert on wheels in and around Atlanta.

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August
15

Advantages of Buying Instead of Building - JYB Realty

In looking for Atlanta homes for sale, some people forego the buying process and build their new house themselves from the ground up. The idea certainly has its appeal. No long searches, no bidding wars, and you can get a brand new home tailored to your exact specifications. However, while good in theory, building a house may not be the best option in practice. Here are a few reasons why buying is better.

  • Cost. On average, building a new home costs $34,000 more than buying one. The cost is much less straightforward, too, and always ends up being significantly more than you'd originally anticipated. You never know when, several months into the process, an unexpected obstacle arises, requiring extra money to circumvent. On the other hand, the cost of buying a house can be negotiated. You can always walk away if it's more than you're comfortable paying. In building, walking away often means giving up the money you've already invested in the project as a loss.

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August
8

Summer 2022 Wine and Beer Festivals - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Attending beer and wine festivals is a great way to enjoy yourself in the summer. These festivals are also a good opportunity to sample new drinks, hone your palate, and discover new favorites. The Atlanta area is lucky to have several excellent wine and beer festivals coming up. So, take a break from looking at Atlanta homes for sale, and check out one or more of these events.

  • Summer Wine Festival at The Eastern: 777 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
    This will be the 6th Annual Summer Wine Festival at The Eastern. It's scheduled for August 13th, with two sessions being offered this year. The first session lasts from 12 - 4 pm and the second from 6 - 10 pm. You can purchase tickets for either session on the event website. Tickets are $45 in advance until August 4th, $50 after that, and $60 at the door.

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July
25

Air Quality Improvements - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Especially if your family has allergy or asthma sufferers, clean air is important. There are plenty of Atlanta homes for sale, but do they have good air circulation? Here are a few ways to improve your home's Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

  • IAQ Test. If you're looking at a house but are concerned about air quality, have it tested. There are DIY kits for this, though a professional will get more complete results. They can tell you how polluted the air is, which specific contaminants are in it, and how to eliminate them.

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July
18

Daiquiri Day - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

National Daiquiri Day is observed on July 19, giving you the perfect opportunity to sip one of these refreshing cocktails to cool off in another hot Atlanta summer. It's one of the oldest cocktails, getting its start in 1898 in a small mining town in Cuba called Daiquiri. Made with a simple blend of lime juice, sugar, and rum over cracked ice, the drinks were a great way to help miners cool off. In the U.S., it surged in popularity during World War II with restrictions on beer and whiskey.

Daiquiris remain popular today, of course, and our real estate agents suggest cooling off by celebrating Daiquiri Day at one of these Atlanta restaurants.

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July
11

Mosquito-Free Outdoor Entertaining - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Entertaining outside is one of the benefits of summer weather, but out-of-control mosquitoes can make an evening spent outside less than pleasant for your guests. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep those skeeters at bay! Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for making your patio party more enjoyable for everyone.

  • Use scents mosquitoes hate.
    Mosquitoes hate certain strong, sharp scents enough that using them liberally can help keep the biting pests away. Citronella is a common scent that people use to ward off mosquitoes and can be burned in candle form or added to tiki torch fuels. Cedar oil is another that mosquitoes and other pests dislike, so you can dilute it with water and spray it on the grass, plants, and outdoor furniture for a fresh scent and a bug-free experience.

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July
5

Live Music Venues - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

One of the many joys of summer is seeing live music outside under the stars. With its many outdoor amphitheaters, Atlanta concert-goers are lucky to have a variety of venues to choose from, including those that are larger and attract more well-known artists and smaller, more intimate settings with more local or regionally popular musicians.

Our real estate agents suggest seeing live music at some of the following outdoor venues around Atlanta this summer.

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June
27

Seller's Cleaning Guide - JYB Realty

Congratulations, you've found the ideal buyers, the ink has dried on the paperwork, and our real estate agents are helping you finalize the process. Essentially, it's a clean break! All you have to do is hand over the house keys to the new owners, walk away, and celebrate, right?

Well, not just yet! While it's tempting to skip out on the last few cleaning chores, not observing seller's etiquette could actually compromise the sale of your home.

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June
20

International Yoga Day Destinations - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Yoga has so many benefits. Physically, it helps improve flexibility and strength. Mentally, it can help you stay focused and relaxed. Whether you've done yoga for years or are just discovering it, you'll want to fit in a class on June 21. This is International Yoga Day, a celebration of this incredible wellness modality. Take a break from looking at Atlanta homes for sale, and stop by one of these local studios.

  • Be Hot Yoga Atlanta: 730 Ponce de Leon Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
    Be Hot Yoga Atlanta 
    specializes in Bikram yoga, a style of yoga that is performed in a hot room. Bikram yoga is incredible for clearing out your system and helping you start fresh. New students can join for only $69 for 30 days.

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June
13

Eco-Friendly Features - Homeowners - JYB Realty

As more people understand the need for sustainable living, homeowners are trying to adopt more eco-friendly practices. Going green not only benefits the environment but also increases your home's value, makes it durable, and helps you save on energy bills. As the government drives to eliminate the use of plastics and push citizens to adopt sustainable lifestyles, our real estate agents put together these six features you can use to go green in your home.

  1. Install a Smart Thermostat
    When the temperature is extremely cold or hot, it's easy to leave the HVAC unit on for longer than you need. The heating and cooling system consumes a significant proportion of energy in your home.

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June
6

Atlanta Restaurants for Best Friends Day - JYB Realty

Nobody knows you quite like your best friend(s). If it's been a while since you've had a chance to catch up with the girls, Best Friends Day on June 8 gives you the perfect excuse. It's a great day to celebrate friendships with those you can always count on, and it's also an excellent chance to try out some new restaurants around town.

Everyone knows Atlanta is known for their phenomenal cuisine, and there is an endless number of excellent restaurants around town to host your best friend date. These recommendations from our real estate agents can help narrow down your choices.

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May
31

Bidding War Tips - Buy a House - JYB Realty

When looking at the most desirable Atlanta homes for sale, it's important to be prepared for bidding wars. A bidding war occurs when a seller attracts multiple qualified bids for a property—and it is happening more and more throughout the Atlanta area. Our real estate agents are here to help.

There are signs that home prices are beginning to plateau in many parts of the United States. Still, it's a seller's market: Low available housing stock and high competition are driving prices thousands of dollars above asking on a regular basis. Buyers need to be prepared for a potentially challenging time.

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May
23

Road Races for Summer 2022 - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Running is good for both the body and the mind. You don't have to race to be considered a real runner, but many runners do enjoy hopping into a local race now and then. Luckily, there are some awesome races coming up in Atlanta this summer. Take a break from looking at Atlanta homes for sale, and register for one of these upcoming events.

  • Hotlanta: 121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
    Hotlanta is a running event with three races: a half-marathon, 5K, and relay. So no matter how far you feel like going, you can participate in this race to benefit Miles for Cystic Fibrosis.

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May
16

Music Room - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Whether the musicians in your home are practicing scales for the first time or rehearsing for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, their basic needs in a music room are the same. Our real estate agents have some tips to share to help convert a spare room in your home into the perfect space for them and the people who wish to hear them. 

  • Soundproofing
    If air can pass around doors and windows, so can sound. Cut down the leaks with weather stripping, door sweeps, and soundproofing duct liner around heating and cooling ducts. Like light, sound reflects off of hard surfaces, reverberating repeatedly. Carpeting, rugs, and wall hangings go a long way to dull unwanted echoes and resonance. If the room does double duty, shelves of books and spare beds also absorb sound, as do heavy drapes. While you want the sound to be partially absorbed, you still need to leave some hard surfaces to maintain the natural frequency of the music. Hard floors with luxurious rugs combine the best of both.

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May
9

Atlanta Wine Bars for Moscato - JYB Realty

Moscato is a sweet, white wine known for its notes of peach and citrus. It has been enjoyed as a dessert wine for years but has recently gained popularity as a casual, summer drinking wine. If you enjoy Moscato, then of course you have to celebrate National Moscato Day on May 9th! Here are some of the top Atlanta wine bars our real estate agents recommend visiting for a glass. 

  • Storico Vino: 3065 Peachtree Rd. NE, STE B210, Atlanta, GA 30305
    Storico Vino is a classic Italian restaurant with a lovely wine bar in Buckhead Village. You can order a glass of Moscato and enjoy it either at the bar or on the outdoor patio.

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April
18

Patio Plants - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Patios offer stellar opportunities to add beautiful comfort to your outdoor living space, our real estate agents would like to share some ideas with you about how to use these spaces to their very best advantage. 

  • Discover the Versatility of Container Planters
    Just as you can move your furniture to change the look of the inside of your home, you can change the exterior with plants that can be moved. To ease this process, heavier plants should be placed on wheeled platforms. Placement and purpose of the containers can also serve a variety of functions. For example, you can define entryways with tall plants such as juniper or boxwood. Juniper can be easily shaped into column-shaped accents. Foliage and vines can define a wall surrounding your patio but are less mobile.

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April
11

Grilled Cheese in Atlanta - JYB Realty

The modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s and has become one of our favorite cheesy foods. With gooey, melted cheese between slices of bread grilled to perfection, it's only suitable to dedicate a day to this simple yet delicious comfort food.

Near Atlanta homes for sale, several top-rated eateries are serving grilled cheese sandwiches, where you can experience a mix and match of cheeses, seasonings, and sides and take your celebration to another level. Our real estate agents recommend these locations to help you celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day April 12.

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April
4

Remodeling a Galley Kitchen - JYB Realty

An expansive kitchen is among the top attractions for people looking into Atlanta homes for sale. However, don't discount any house you love just because of a narrow kitchen. With a few remodeling tricks, you can turn a galley kitchen into a sophisticated space that looks wider than it actually is. Our real estate agents have some creative tips to maximize the square footage of a narrow kitchen.

  • Invest in Custom Cabinetry
    Traditional galley designs have upper and lower cabinets on opposite sides for symmetry and storage. If your kitchen has awkward angles, built-in cabinets will help you create something exceptional out of the unusual curves. You may need additional drawers for small appliances and other kitchen items and more shelving in different sections. Use cabinets with clean lines and modest hardware like pull bars or glass-front cabinets to add depth.

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March
28

Spend the Day in Brookhaven, GA - JYB Realty

A historic hamlet known for its classic architecture, outstanding local businesses, and welcoming vibe, Brookhaven is located just minutes from downtown Atlanta. Whether you're looking for a new place to settle down or just a fun place to spend a day close to Atlanta, Brookhaven has so much to offer. Our real estate agents have all of the delightful details on how Brookhaven came to be and the experiences you can enjoy when you spend the day there.

  • The History of Brookhaven
    Before it became its own fast-growing city, Brookhaven was actually part of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood until 2012. Despite its location a few miles from Atlanta homes for sale, Brookhaven was once a popular place for affluent Atlanta residents to purchase a second home in the early 1900s. Many of those homes and other historic buildings have been preserved, which is why so many people love to experience the architecture of Brookhaven.

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March
21

New Puppy - Homeowners - JYB Realty

National Puppy Day is coming up on March 23rd, and of course, it's that time of year: puppy season! Spring litters will soon be everywhere, rescues will be looking for homes, and chances are if you've been considering a dog, this is when the hypothetical discussion is likely to become a reality. If you're in the market for a puppy, consider these tips from our real estate agents for getting your home puppy-proofed first.

  • Keep trouble out of reach. Look around your house. There are probably many items that aren't safe for puppies. You'll need to get all of those moved out of reach of a puppy, which means putting medications and dangerous chemicals in upper cupboards, picking up throw rugs, and moving poisonous plants out of reach.

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March
14

Quilting Shops - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

National Quilting Day is celebrated on Saturday, March 19 in honor of this colorful and practical ancient art. So whether you're interested in getting started in this hobby or have already completed many beautiful projects, take time to visit an Atlanta quilting shop.

Our real estate agents recommend stopping by the following quilting shops around Atlanta.

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March
7

Butterfly Garden - Homeowners - JYB Realty

If you want to create a beautiful outdoor garden area for your home, consider a butterfly garden with colorful blooms. Butterfly gardens are not only visually interesting, but they are also beneficial for the environment. If you want a lovely garden that promotes a healthy landscape and great curb appeal, follow some tips from our real estate agents to create a stunning butterfly garden.

  • Choose the Right Garden Site
    When choosing your garden site, it's important to select an area where you can plant a variety of plants, including trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials. By planting greenery that grows to different sizes and heights with various colors and flowers that bloom at different times during the year, you will create a garden that attracts a wide range of butterflies. Grouping a variety of plants will create unity in your garden and cut down the distance that butterflies have to travel for nectar.

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February
28

Bridal Shops - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

March 1 is National Wedding Planning Day, so if you're engaged, it's the ideal time to start turning your wedding dreams into reality. For most brides, that starts with the perfect gown.

Atlanta is home to many bridal boutiques, so you're sure to find one that matches your style, budget, and size. Our real estate agents suggest stopping by any of the following shops to find your wedding dress around Atlanta.

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February
21

Places for Peanut Butter Day- Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Most people probably don't realize it, but on March 1st, we'll be celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. If you've been looking for Atlanta homes for sale, there are many places that you can check out if you'd like to indulge. Our real estate agents have a very long list of their favorite places to check out in Atlanta and nearby for specific peanut butter treats, but they've managed to narrow it down.

  • Highland Bakery — 655 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
    Highland Bakery is filled with so many amazing treats, and it all started because the owner had a love of coffee. From there, a variety of culinary delights followed, and now you can have a delicious cup of java paired with sweet potato pancakes, fried chicken benedict, and several types of muffins and breads. What many locals remember them for, however, is their amazing peanut butter French toast, which has become a must-try for locals and visitors. There are two locations in Atlanta, and you can't go wrong with either one.

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February
14

Bourbon Bars - Atlanta, GA  - JYB Realty

If you're looking for a way to warm up this winter, a nice glass of bourbon can do the trick. With its smoky, yet smooth, flavor, sipping on a bourbon on the rocks is a great way to unwind after a busy work week.

There are so many great bourbons out there and stopping by some of Atlanta's great bourbon bars will give you the chance to find your new favorite. Our real estate agents love exploring all the local restaurants Atlanta has to offer, and suggest these top bourbon locations.

  • Southern Art And Bourbon Bar - 3315 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
    Located in the InterContinental Buckhead hotel, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar features 70 hand-picked American bourbons and an extensive bourbon cocktail menu. To accompany your beverage, there's a great menu full of classic-American entrees and comfort foods. If you love this place, you might be interested in checking out some of the amazing Atlanta homes for sale, which are just a few blocks away.

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February
7

Buying a Short-Term Rental Property - JYB Realty

Are you thinking about investing in short-term rental properties? Perhaps you've sold your previous home or you're looking to build long-term wealth. Or maybe you're looking to cater to professionals traveling for work and in need of someplace to call home for a few weeks. Whatever the case, there's no denying short-term rental properties like these Atlanta homes for sale are an attractive investment venture.

Thanks to online platforms like Airbnb, short-term rental properties are proving to be attractive investment vehicles. Short-term housing is perfect for those who need somewhere to live for just a few weeks or months, making it an ideal investment in a world of work that's shifting towards the gig economy.

So, how do you find a short-term rental property that works for you? Here's what you need to know.

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January
31

Cleaning Overlooked Areas - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Oh, there are definitely spots in your house that need some deep cleaning. Even if you're a neat freak or pretty diligent about home maintenance, they're some areas you may be neglecting.

If you're not properly maintaining your home, the damages will be all too evident come inspection time. Consult our real estate agents to figure out which areas of your house could use some sprucing before putting your home up for sale.

That said, carrying out some chores can help prevent long-term and even expensive damage. Here are five cleaning tasks that don't often make it onto spring cleaning lists.

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January
24

Chai Tea - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

The sweet, spicy flavor of a good cup of chai tea is beyond compare. If you enjoy this delicious drink, why not pick up a cup of it for National Hot Tea Month? Our real estate agents have assembled a list of five tea and coffee shops where you can get an exemplary cup of chai near our Atlanta homes for sale.  

  1. Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot - 566 Fayetteville Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 
    Jayida Ché Herbal Tea Spot is one of Atlanta's best herbal tea vendors. Unlike the other shops on this list, this establishment doesn't sell any prepared drinks – instead, you can shop for the tea products you need to make your own.

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January
17

Low-Maintenance Houseplants - JYB Realty

Plants transform any living space into a home, in addition to purifying the air and adding a chic aesthetic. Many Atlanta homes for sale feature houseplants to attract buyers who appreciate greenery and eco-friendly spaces.

Most people hesitate to buy plants because they aren't gardening experts. However, there are durable plants that require little maintenance to stay alive. Scroll through the list below to explore some low-maintenance options.

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January
10

Food Halls Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Food halls are extremely attractive to people searching for Atlanta homes for sale because they offer food, fun, and a friendly atmosphere all in one convenient place. Our agents have selected some of their favorite food halls in the area that you should definitely check out:

  • Collective Food Hall at the Coda — 756 W. Peachtree St. NW #225, Atlanta, GA 30308
    This small food hall is always looking to add new, exciting vendors that will keep visitors coming back over and over again. Located in the heart of Tech Square, you'll find burritos, salads, a Mediterranean grill, barbecue, and more. A special highlight is Poke Burri, where you'll find not only sushi burritos but also sushi donuts. Yes, you read that correctly!

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December
27

New Year's Eve at Home - JYB Realty

While many homeowners downplayed New Year's in 2020, this year will probably be bigger for a lot of families. Perhaps that's why Atlanta homes for sale have become such a popular discussion. To help you start 2022 in the best way possible, our real estate agents have compiled a quick list of ways to ring in the new year in your new (or existing) home. 

  1. New Year's Essentials
    You can't start off a New Year's celebration in your new home without some of the essentials. We're talking, of course, about party hats, noisemakers, confetti poppers, and all that jazz. It also wouldn't hurt to pick up some crazy 2022 glasses to pass out to your guests. Go to any party store or most department stores, and you'll find plenty of great selections.

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December
20

Pumpkin Pie Day Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Silky-smooth and satisfying, pumpkin pie has become so indelibly associated with the holidays that it's earned its own designation. Join our real estate agents in celebrating National Pumpkin Pie Day on Saturday, December 25 with a treat from one of these top bakeries near Atlanta homes for sale.

  • Southern Sweets Bakery - 186 Rio Circle, Decatur, GA 30030
    After some prompting from friends, Nancy Cole began baking her tasty apple and pecan pies for top restaurants and hotels near Decatur homes for sale. Her runaway success led to the opening of Southern Sweets Bakery. The extensive menu of pies, cakes, bars, and tarts includes a wide selection of vegan and gluten-free favorites. Want a special gift for the foodie on your list? Ask about their Dessert of the Month program. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends.

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December
13

Adding a Kitchen Island - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Kitchen islands have become a popular addition for homeowners looking to renovate their kitchen design to meet the current trend. Our real estate agents have noticed most homebuyers prefer a kitchen with an island as it helps them enjoy more counter space, storage, and an eating area. Other than these advantages, how can a kitchen island be a game-changer for your home?

  • Ample and Flexible Workspace
    Kitchen spaces tend to be compact and are designed to be enough. However, a lot of activity occurs in the kitchen, and an additional counter can help provide enough flexible working space. It relieves the kitchen of the overburdened and cramped counters.

    Furthermore, you can add extra kitchen amenities like a stovetop on the kitchen island, which can help change the usefulness of your kitchen. An island also makes it easy to accommodate more people in the kitchen without it seeming crowded.

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December
6

Bagel Shops - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

In the mood for a New York-style bagel? Have A Bagel Day is December 11, so it's a good time to stop by your favorite bagel shop or deli and try something new.  Everybody loves a good bagel as there is an endless number of toppings, styles, and varieties. The good news is you don't have to go all the way to New York City to enjoy the chewy goodness of a delicious bagel. There are lots of authentic bagel shops right here in the Atlanta area. Below are some great recommendations from our real estate agents.

  • Emerald City Bagels - 1257A Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
    Widely considered one of Atlanta's best bagel shops, Emerald City Bagels serves up delicious New York-style bagels every morning. Bagels are available as is, with your favorite topping or in sandwich form. All bagels are made kettle-boiled, resulting in an extra chewy inside and crispy outside. Stop in or order bagel delivery online. The shop is open daily until 3 pm and is just around the corner from these beautiful Atlanta homes for sale.

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November
29

Housewarming Gifts - JYB Realty

Buying a new home is a big step for most people, especially first-time homebuyers. Our real estate agents know that it's an important part of building a life in a new community with other families, neighborhood activities, and friendly neighbors.

With the real estate market booming and the high demand for Atlanta homes for sale, it's likely that you know someone who recently purchased a new home or condo. A housewarming gift is a wonderful way to say hello and welcome them to the neighborhood. Whether you prefer a useful gift or a gift that's just fun, we have some great suggestions for the perfect housewarming gift.

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November
22

Small Business Saturday 2021 - Atlanta - JYB Realty

Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 27 this year, is designed to encourage shoppers to support small businesses on that day and beyond. It's a great way to support local businesses that provide unique merchandise along with personalized customer service while adding to the local flavor of the community.
  
Our real estate agents suggest stopping by the following establishments on Small Business Saturday and beyond.

  • Atlanta Breakfast Club - 249 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313
    Start your day of shopping by fueling up at the Atlanta Breakfast Club, a comfortable diner-style restaurant. You'll be able to choose from a modest yet delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt with local honey and house-made granola. Or go all out with a Southern Breakfast consisting of two eggs in any style, your choice of meat, grits or breakfast potatoes, and your choice of a biscuit or toast. If you'd prefer to stop by for a break in your shopping for lunch, try the fried chicken sandwich (made with two chicken breasts) or shrimp po' boy.

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November
15

Living Room Storage - JYB Realty

The living room is one of the most important spaces in many households, serving as a gathering spot for conversation, entertainment, and hobbies. However, our real estate agents know that it's easy for "stuff" to overwhelm your living room, especially if you lack ample storage for efficient organization. Here are some living room storage ideas to assist with your organizational efforts. 

  1. An Entertainment Center
    An entertainment center is an excellent addition because it serves multiple functions with one piece of furniture. Your entertainment center holds your TV and all your electronic items, like your gaming consoles, cable box, and Blu-Ray Player. It also provides drawers or cabinets for you to store additional entertainment accessories. Use your entertainment center to house your video game collection, DVDs, extra gaming controllers, and remote controls. If you have any free space left, use it to stow books, blankets, toys, or collectibles.

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October
25

Homeowners Insurance - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents at Josey Young & Brady Realty field all kinds of questions from new homeowners and those still exploring Atlanta homes for sale. One subject that comes up with increasing frequency has to do with insurance.

With all the confusion around other kinds of insurance products, like health insurance and car insurance, it's no surprise people wonder about homeowners insurance. Is it all it's cracked up to be? Or will they find themselves denied coverage when they need it most?

This is particularly important as more homes face intense weather.

Most lenders will not finance a home unless standard homeowners insurance is maintained. In theory, it helps you repair or replace your home and some of the things within it if a disaster strikes. That said, there are two caveats you need to know.

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October
18

Investigate Fossils Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Fossils provide a unique window into what the world was like so long ago and inspire the imagination of people of all ages. Whether you're already a fossil fanatic or you're interested in discovering more about these unique specimens, Atlanta has a variety of museums where you can learn more about fossils. Our real estate agents have all of the info you need to explore fossils around Atlanta.

  • Fernbank Natural History Museum – 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307
    For fossil explorations close to Atlanta homes for sale, it's tough to top the experience at the Fernbank Natural History Museum. The museum is home to countless exhibits on the natural history of Georgia and points far beyond, including an excellent collection of fossils. The Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit is where you'll find many of the best fossils, and the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit is also open.

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October
11

Adjusting to a New Neighborhood - JYB Realty

Moving can be as disruptive an experience for kids as it is for adults, especially if they're too young to understand why. Older kids also find the transition stressful since they'll be giving up their home, familiar places, friends, and school for new ones. Even when moving into a home as lovely and serene as these Atlanta homes for sale, navigating a big change such as moving has its difficulties.

Kids don't adapt as quickly as adults to change. But there are several ways you can help your kids adjust to a new neighborhood.

  1. Talk about what's happening
    The best way to counter moving anxiety is to talk to your kids before the move. Explain where you're moving to and why. How detailed the explanation will depend on how verbal they are. For toddlers and preschoolers, you can use toy trucks and furniture to act out and explain the move.

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October
4

Moving to Peachtree City - JYB Realty

Do the unprecedented events of the last 18 months have you longing for a more peaceful, family-oriented place to call home? You're not alone. Our real estate agents share the compelling reasons that led Realtor.com to name Peachtree City as one of the top 11 family-friendly suburbs in the country.

Peachtree City by the Numbers

  • Peachtree City enjoys a robust job market. At a rate of 2%, unemployment is nearly nonexistent and only one-third of the national rate of 6%. In addition, the job market has increased 2.9% over the last year and is projected to grow by 44.1% over the next 10 years, compared to the national estimate of 33.5%.

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September
27

Buying a Flipped House - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

You're not alone if you're flipping and flopping over buying a flipped house. Is it a good investment? Bad investment? Safe or risky? Our real estate agents know it's a tough decision. The fact is that some flipped properties can be beautiful opportunities, while others are poisoned fruit to be avoided at all costs. As with any real estate purchase, due diligence and a cautious eye can help you choose the former and avoid the latter.

Atlanta homes for sale are a hot commodity, and many investors are purchasing distressed properties, fixing them up, and selling them for a quick, tidy profit. Some of these individuals devote significant care and attention to every last detail in the process. Wary of potential legal consequences, these individuals go through the home and properly resolve critical issues such as leaking roofs and faulty wiring. They secure the necessary permits and ensure the work is done by qualified, licensed, and insured plumbers, electricians, roofers, etc. But, these individuals and the properties they renovate, restore, and remodel are not the norms.

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September
20

Stock Up on Sewing Supplies - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents love helping new residents explore the area. From recommending great restaurants to helping them find places to enjoy their favorite hobbies, we're always looking for ways to help.

September is Sewing Month, and we've created a round-up of the best local places where you can stock up on all of your sewing supplies. Check it out! 

  • Forsyth Fabrics: 1401 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
    One of Atlanta's most well-established fabric stores, Forsyth Fabrics has been around since 1949! They carry thousands of in-stock drapery and upholstery fabrics and trims. They also carry pillow inserts, hardware, performance fabrics, and more.

    You can check out their website for an idea of what they carry, but don't stop there. They have many more items in-store and are also happy to place special orders if you're looking for something specific.

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September
13

Improve Credit Score - Buy a House - JYB Realty

You may have heard that there is a shortage of real estate available in America, but our real estate agents want to assure you that there are plenty of magnificent Atlanta homes for sale, no matter your price range. But did you know that your credit score can change the affordability of your dream house? Credit scores not only make a difference in the mortgage rate but also in the type of loan for which you can qualify, including the amount of down payment required. Conventional mortgages usually require a minimum score of 620, FHA requires 580, VA and USDA require 640, and jumbo loans 700-740. Unfortunately, how these credit scores are calculated is a mystery to most consumers. Here are few ways to boost your score.

  • Don't apply for new credit
    Retailers are always pitching their store cards with promises of money-saving prices and cashback on purchases. Lenders look at your FICO score to determine creditworthiness. Opening new accounts over a short period of time can signal a greater credit risk to lenders. New credit accounts for about 10% of your score.

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September
7

Bakeries for Sourdough Bread - Atlanta - JYB Realty

Happy September! If you're a bread lover, then you're probably excited this month has finally arrived. Sourdough September is the perfect opportunity to visit some local bakeries and sample what they have to offer. Here are some top bakeries our real estate agents recommend visiting in the Atlanta area.

  • Proof Bakeshop: 100 Hurt St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
    Proof Bakeshop is a neighborhood bakery offering delicious pastries, desserts, and breads. Their Country Sourdough is a tried and true favorite. Every loaf is tall and loaded with that classic, sour flavor. They also offer a Sesame Sourdough, which is lovely for making sandwiches.

    If you're at Proof Bakeshop around lunchtime, consider ordering some avocado toast or a pressed sandwich on sourdough. There's a cozy seating area where you can dine surrounded by fresh, green plants and sunny windows.

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August
23

Family Fun Destinations - Atlanta - JYB Realty

August is National Family Fun Month! Just the perfect time to have some carefree playtime with the kids before you get devoured by the chaotic routines of school. And what better place to enjoy some family-fun activities than in Atlanta? From top museums to amusement parks, the capital of Georgia offers a lot to love for natives and visitors alike. Our real estate agents have rounded up the top fun attractions to get you started.

  • Georgia Aquarium - 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
    As the country's largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium has plenty to see and do. Be amazed at the graceful motions of fascinating oceanic giants such as manta rays, whale sharks, and beluga whales, or be amused by the antics of big-bellied seahorses and sea otters. Don't forget to visit the new shark gallery and experience unique encounters with Predators of the Deep.

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August
16

Relocating to Atlanta - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

A new job. A desire to be closer to family. A change of scenery. There are many reasons why you might be looking to relocate to Atlanta. A cross-country move can be exciting, but it also adds a few more layers to the relocation process. The following tips by our real estate agents will help you avoid the pitfalls of buying a house out of state and ensure the deal goes smoothly.

  • Do Your Research
    Whether you're moving 30 miles or 3,000 miles away in a different state, you should do loads of research before making the big purchase. You need to prioritize what's most important to you in order to narrow down your choices. Do you want the shortest commute to work, picturesque scenery, or a high-ranking school district? Fire up Google and discover important details about a community's economic stability, employment potential, local crime rate, weather, schools, amenities, and more.

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August
9

Buford Highway Restaurants - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

The Buford Highway stretches from Brookhaven to Duluth, passing through Atlanta. Over the years, this busy highway has become known for its restaurants and markets, many of which feature global flavors and cuisines. You can sample Vietnamese cuisine in one spot and Mexican food just down the road. Here are some specific Buford Highway restaurants to try while you're looking for Atlanta homes for sale.

  • Bismillah Cafe: 4022 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
    There aren't that many Bangladeshi restaurants in the United States, and Bismillah Cafe is one of them. They use fresh, local ingredients when possible and create modern versions of classic Bangladeshi dishes. There are some Indian and American options on the menu, too.

    If you're in the mood for something traditional, try the ruhu fish curry. The malay lamb curry is also a great choice, as is the vegetable biriyani.

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July
26

Buying an Older Home - JYB Realty

Buying an older home can be a one-of-a-kind experience. Our real estate agents understand the sentimental appeal of a home whose walls are filled with history and character. If you're thinking about purchasing older Atlanta homes for sale, there's a lot to consider. We've laid out the pros and cons to help you decide if it's worth it.

The Pros

  • Charm and Craftsmanship
    These days, homes are somewhat cookie-cutter in style- they tend to have the same features and feel. Older houses come with plenty of character and charm. From the wide-plank wood floors, balustrades, and ornate stone fireplaces to vintage door knockers, sloping ceilings, and crown moldings in the corners, there are so many fun details to love in an older home.

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July
19

Art Studios Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Whether you're an experienced artist looking to improve your skills or would simply like to explore your creative side in a fun class, you'll find plenty of art studios that offer painting classes in Atlanta. Some are more serious, while others are a little more laid back and have wine and nibbles available.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following Atlanta studios to help you paint a work of art.

  • DawnArt Studios – 180 11th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
    You'll be in expert hands at DawnArt Studios, whose award-winning owner has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta and The Atlanta College of Art. She teaches one-on-one private painting lessons that cater to each student's abilities and interests, as well as group classes and workshops. Classes range from those designed specifically for beginners to those appropriate for all levels, and workshops include a 3-day session on controlling your color and getting the color you want. Each year, students of DawnArt Studios have the opporunity to plan and hang their own group show at an Atlanta gallery.

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July
12

Pet Fire Safety Tips - Homeowners - JYB Realty

Today, the majority of American families own pets. As important members of your household, it's vital to make pets feel at home and take the necessary measures to protect them. If you're finding it difficult to find a pet-friendly house in a safe and welcoming neighborhood, our real estate agents can help you out.

In honor of National Pet Fire Safety Day, on July 15th, here are some ways you can make your home safer for your furry friends.

  • Prevent Your Pets From Starting Fires
    Pets start nearly 1,000 home fires every year, making it necessary to pet-proof your home and eliminate any potential hazards, such as loose wires. Other tips include:
    • Lock or cover stove knobs. Your pet may nudge the knobs just enough to ignite the burners.
    • Do not leave candles unattended. It's a good idea to extinguish all open flames so a stray tail or paw doesn't tip them over.
    • Beware of glass water bowls on wooden decks, especially on hot summer days. Hot rays from the sun can ignite wood when filtered through glass.

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July
5

Atlanta Road Races - JYB Realty

August and September are prime time for road races in Atlanta, as the schedule fills with various runs/walks in local parks and other scenic locations. They're frequently accompanied by music and other entertainment, and many help raise money for local or national non-profits, so you're helping out a good cause when you run.

Our real estate agents hope you can hit the road running at these races around Atlanta.

  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K – Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 – Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr., Atlanta, GA 30309 
    Runners in the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K will have a refreshing treat at the end of the race if they're age 21 and up – a mimosa. If you have kids aged 7 and under, they can run the Mini-Mosa that's held after the 5K. And as runners, you'll get free admission to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, a community staple for over 80 years.

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June
28

Competitive Housing Market - JYB Realty

The 2021 housing market is a royal flush for sellers – inventory is low, buyer demand is high, and mortgage rates are at historical lows. If you're buying in an extreme seller's market, you're bound to experience stiff competition, and you'll be expected to make quick decisions. In sought-after areas, houses like these Atlanta homes for sale are going under contract in just a matter of days due to competitive bidding.

So here's the question, is this a good time to buy? Yes, if you're ready. The best time to buy a home is when you're ready. Don't let the competition scare you from closing on your dream home.

Extremely low housing inventory has made it difficult for most buyers to lock in a deal. But fret not; with these tips, you'll be able to secure the right home for you.

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June
21

Picnic in the Park - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Get your checkered blanket, pack your favorite food, grab your favorite people, head to the park, and enjoy an al fresco lunch, because June 18 is International Picnic Day. This unofficial holiday is all about enjoying good food and good company in a beautiful setting. Our real estate agents hope you get a chance to soak up some sun and have fun in a park around Atlanta. Here are some of the parks that offer a grassy spot, as well as scenic and active settings.

  • Historic Fourth Ward Park - 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
    Located just a few blocks from Atlanta homes for sale, the Historic Fourth Ward Park is one of the highest-rated in the area. It offers 17 acres of green space, a skate park, a 2-acre lake, and athletic fields. The kid-friendly spot has a splash pad, slides, and climbing structures. You can grab a picnic bench, but there are lots of wide-open spaces where you can set up a picnic if the area is busy.

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June
14

Listing Photos - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

Times have changed. From birthday presents to a new pair of shoes, shoppers seek the items they desire online, avoiding brick-and-mortar stores. The same holds true of home sales, shifting the focus from driving through the neighborhood to looking at houses online. Our real estate agents will assure you that if you want to sell your home quickly and easily, you'll invest in a series of listing photographs that will show your house to its greatest advantage. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your house is photographed.

  • Make it sparkle!
    The camera lens is far more critical than the human eye, allowing viewers to enlarge a photo with the swipe of a finger. And you can be assured that they will do exactly that. Every streak on the baseboards will stand out. Smart sellers won't just clean the house the best they can. They will hire a service to deep clean all of the places they didn't think about. Make sure all windows are cleaned and drapes pulled open to show off both the view and the natural light.

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June
7

Wood-Fired Pizza - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

Even scientists agree that pizza's "holy trinity" of crust, sauce, and cheese makes it a truly satisfying food. So how do you improve on perfection? Our real estate agents agree there's nothing better than Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizza served at these top restaurants around Atlanta. 

  • Antico Pizza Napoletana - 1093 Hemphill Ave., Atlanta, GA 30318
    Established in 2009, Antico Pizza Napoletana is so good that a neighborhood grew around it. Inspired by the long lines of people waiting to order his sensational wood-fired pizza, founder Giovanni Di Palma developed Little Italia, channeling the spirit of town centers in his native country.  Be sure to try the Sophia, Antico's signature pie, featuring buffalo mozzarella, cipollini onions, roasted mushrooms, and white truffle oil. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

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May
24

Atlanta Parks to Ride an E-Scooter - JYB Realty

If you own an e-scooter, it's important to have fun and interesting places nearby where you can ride it. When looking for a home, parks in the area and their scooter access will likely be a concern. Fortunately, our real estate agents can connect you with homes in a variety of interesting areas, near parks with great views, wide-open spaces, and paths to ride your scooter freely. In fact, if you don't have a scooter of your own, many of these parks have them for rent through Bird, Atlanta's scooter rental service. Here are five of the best Atlanta parks for scooter enthusiasts.

  • Piedmont Park - 1320 Monroe Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
    About a mile northeast of Downtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park features a two-and-a-half-mile loop that's perfect for exploring on your e-scooter. It also has three acres of off-leash dog park and a walking history tour of the area's physical and historical evolution.

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May
10

Birria Tacos - Atlanta, GA - JYB Realty

It's Tuesday night, and you don't feel like cooking. Some Mexican food would be great, but not just any Mexican food. If you really want to make your Taco Tuesday a cut above, you'll want to find some birria tacos. Birria is a delicious meat stew (traditionally goat meat, but it can also be made with beef or lamb) that's sweet, sour, spicy, tender, and amazing. It's great on its own, and it's even better as a taco filling.

But you've just moved to a new house. Where are the good Mexican restaurants in your area, and which ones serve birria? Fear not. Our real estate agents know where all the best places for birria tacos in the Atlanta area and can help you find one near you. Here are some favorites, to take your Taco Tuesday to the next level.

  • DMT - 479-B Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316
    Tuesday through Friday nights, as well as weekend afternoons, you can find this pop-up in front of We Suki Suki Vietnamese restaurant, in East Atlanta Village. The birria tacos from DMT have delicious braised beef on a corn tortilla, along with onion, cilantro, and avocado salsa. You can also get the birria-queso taco, which comes with cheese. In addition to tacos, they also have mulitas, tortas, and a host of other amazing menu options, including a few surprise offerings that they announce on their Instagram.

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May
3

Getting Paint Right the First Time - JYB Realty

Few decorating moves can transform the ambiance of a room as easily and inexpensively as a fresh coat of paint. The shade we pick to adorn our interior walls provides a background on which the rest of our aesthetic choices are based on. Picking the right color, however, is no walk in the park. It's a boggling world of various shades, tints, and hues, each one just a little different from the last. Many just choose their favorite color or go all-out with the color of the day, only for it to look like a dud once it's up on the walls. To put this age-old problem to rest, our real estate agents have compiled a list of the best tips on how to find the perfect interior paint color the first time.

  • Do Your Homework Before Shopping
    Finding the perfect paint color starts at home. Before you make a trip to the paint store, gather inspiration from fabric swatches, magazines, and catalogs. Pinterest is also a great place to start, so login, make an inspiration board for your room, and pin designs that catch your eye. The inspirational ideas can help you visualize the perfect space and narrow down your paint color choices.

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April
26

FICO Score Importance - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

Your credit score is more than a number; it is a reflection of your financial health and your ability to service your financial obligations. When you purchase a home, it is a number that is as important as your down payment, income, and assets. Our real estate agents don't want your deal to fall through because of a low FICO Score. Understanding the following can help you prepare your credit for one of the most important investments of your life.

How Lenders Use Credit Scores

Lenders view your FICO Score as a measure of your creditworthiness. The higher your score, the lower the fees and interest rates you will pay. That's because the higher the score, the lower the risk you pose to the lender. Conversely, if you have a lower score, you pose a greater risk and will pay higher fees and interest.

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April
5

Atlanta Craft Breweries for Beer Day - JYB Realty

Beer Day is coming, and our real estate agents know some places around Atlanta where you can celebrate.

Believe it or not, beer has been around for thousands and thousands of years. It far predates coffee, and many of the traditions around beer have been passed down intact since oldest antiquity. At different times, brewing beer was considered a feminine or masculine art. Medieval monks were often dedicated to the craft.

After all this time, the resurgence in craft brewing has shown that there's still more to learn when it comes to beer. Homes for sale in Atlanta benefit from a vigorous brewing culture with lots of local startups. Some have become known around the United States, while others remain among the area's best-kept secret.

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March
22

Pre-Approval Process - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents know viewing Atlanta homes for sale is an exciting experience! When you visit a new home, you open up a world of possibilities for the future. As exciting as it all is, it's vital not to overlook any of the important steps in the homebuying process. If you approach buying in a methodical way, you'll be more prepared – and more likely to get the home you want.

The most crucial thing many buyers forget about is pre-approval. In fact, you should take care of it before you even look at homes for sale.

What is Pre-Approval and Why Does It Matter?

Pre-approval is an essential step in getting a mortgage loan.

During pre-approval, a lender examines your finances in detail and determines exactly how much money you can qualify for in your loan package. The loan isn't finalized until you select a home, but you receive a letter from your lender showing that they are willing to extend a financing package to you.

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March
15

Unique Museums Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Atlanta is an amazing place to live if you love exploring museums, with exhibits that both kids and adults will love. While there are many conventional museums of art, history, and more, some of the area's best museums deal with subject matter that's off the beaten path. If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of puppetry, visit a state-of-the-art 3D theater, or experience a museum entirely devoted to taking selfies, you've come to the right city. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on some of the most unique, unusual, and exciting museums around Atlanta.

  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History – 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307
    Long a favorite for families to visit near Atlanta homes for sale, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History features some unique attractions that you won't find at other natural history museums. Start with the amazing 3D theater, where you can watch shows that bring natural history to life. There's also a spectacular, 75-acre outdoor section of the museum, which features a rain garden, forest, and nature art gallery.

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March
8

Decluttering Like the Pros - Sellers - JYB Realty

Estimates indicate that a whopping 80 percent of items in a household sit unused. Our real estate agents find that a home with less clutter appears larger and more appealing to potential better.

If you're ready to tame your home's clutter, make sure to determine how you want to declutter. Many homeowners forgo decluttering simply because it feels too overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you find your decluttering preferences. 

Decluttering Methods That Suits Your Goals

There are a slew of decluttering methods that will help you decide what things to keep. The best alternative will depend on your goals for decluttering and what you're hoping to accomplish.

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March
1

World Book Day Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

World Book Day is coming up soon! Whether you're an avid bookworm or you prefer to skim the occasional paperback, it's a great time to celebrate by buying, borrowing, or donating a book or two. 

While you're driving around checking out Atlanta homes for sale, we recommend stopping by one or more of these popular locations. 

  • Tall Tales Book Shop: 2105 Lavista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329
    A full-service independent bookstore, the Tall Takes Book Shop has been a favorite among Atlanta residents since 1979. Not only do they carry a large selection of books for sale, but they'll also special-order books, do out-of-print searches, and are happy to gift wrap your purchases. They currently offer curbside pickup, shipping, and delivery. If you're interested in browsing books, you can give them a call and schedule an appointment.

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February
22

Carpet or Hardwood - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

Which is better, carpet or hardwood? This is a common question many homeowners have when trying to find the best flooring choice for their homes. The "right" decision for you will depend on your situation, budget, and taste. If you're planning to put your home on the market, you'll also need to consider the preferences and traditions in your neighborhood. Our real estate agents take a look at the difference between carpet floors and hardwood floors.

  • Care and Cleaning
    Hardwood
    Of the two materials, hardwood flooring is easier to clean and maintain. The floor can be swept, vacuumed, or damp mopped to remove loose dirt, dust, surface stains, and other debris. Also, it's easier to spot dust and dirt on a hardwood floor.

    Carpet
    Keeping the carpet clean typically involves simple but frequent vacuuming. However, some people feel that keeping the carpet fully clean is a little tougher because stains soak in and settle permanently. Also, dust, pollen, micro-bacteria, and other allergens are easily trapped in the fibers. Carpet is a hard choice in high traffic areas and for people with pets or those who suffer from allergies.

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February
15

Tennis Courts Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Mild temperatures will be here before you know it, so we can finally get some fresh air and outdoor exercise. Some of our real estate agents love playing tennis and are looking forward to hitting the courts this year.

Tennis is the perfect way to mix fun, exercise, and socializing. Whether you're a seasoned professional or novice beginner, anybody can enjoy tennis, especially with dozens of great courts around Atlanta. If you're planning to incorporate tennis into your spring workout routine, below are some of our favorite facilities around the city:

  • McGhee Tennis Center - 820 Beecher Ct. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311|
    The McGhee Tennis Center in downtown Atlanta is often considered one of the best places to play tennis in Atlanta. This facility offers nine outdoor lighted tennis courts, an indoor clubhouse, and a pro shop.  Join in on a variety of activities like new player programs, weekly round robins, and weekly tournaments. Hours vary depending on the season, but the facility is open seven days a week. Fees range from $3 to $6 per person per hour and $15 per hour for ball machine rental.

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February
8

Tips for the Perfect Homemade Bread - JYB Realty

With so many people staying at home during the pandemic, cooking has become a popular activity. Trying out new recipes and brushing up on cooking skills has created a surge of new cooks in the kitchen. At Josey Young & Brady Realty, our real estate agents are noticing a renewed interest in Atlanta homes for sale that offer well-equipped, functional kitchens.

One popular cooking trend that's making a comeback is bread baking. Even people with little cooking experience are baking homemade loaves of wheat, sourdough, and gluten-free bread from scratch. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a little patience. Here are 5 tips for baking the perfect homemade bread for your family:

  1. Use the Right Ingredients
    When baking bread, you only need four main ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt. You can use white flour or wheat flour, as well as dry or wet yeast. If you're making sourdough bread, you don't need commercial yeast. You can use a sourdough starter, a live fermented culture, which acts as a natural leavening agent. All of these ingredients can be found in local grocery stores.

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February
1

Atlanta: Bright Lights, Big City, Low Cost - JYB Realty

If you've been thinking about making Atlanta your new home, now is a perfect time! Not only are there many great Atlanta homes for sale, but the cost of living here is also incredibly low. In fact, the city was recently named #12 in a recent article titled "America's 20 Cheapest Cities Where Everyone Wants to Live Right Now." 

What makes the Atlanta area so attractive? Let's take a look! 

  • A Look at the Numbers
    As one of the largest metro areas in the country, there's a lot to love about Atlanta. The city offers beautiful, unique neighborhoods, excellent dining opportunities, and comfortable weather. It's also home to some of the country's top-rated colleges, including Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georga State University, and Kennesaw State University. If you love to travel, you'll appreciate being close to Atlanta-Hartsfield International, the world's busiest airport.

    It's also super-affordable to live here! The median household income is $71,724, which is $6,000 higher than the average in the United States. The cost of living is also 2.7% lower than the national average.

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January
25

LEGO Day Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Put on your construction hat and get ready to create — National LEGO Day is January 28th! LEGOS are unlike any other toy. They're a worldwide sensation that any girl or boy can enjoy. Though many LEGO materials come in sets that allow you to build awesome structures, the magic of LEGOs is found in each builder's unique creativity. LEGOs can turn into whatever your mind desires! Our real estate agents encourage you to grab a few new bricks from these LEGO stores around Atlanta and build some happy memories.

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta — 3500 Peachtree Rd. Suite G-1, Atlanta, GA 30326
    LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is the ultimate destination for everything LEGOs. Millions upon millions of LEGOs create a bricktastic experience for kids and adults of all ages. This LEGO-themed park has rides and attractions you won't find anywhere else. Your kids can learn tips from master LEGO builders, construct a few new creations, and take home tons of new LEGOs from the expansive retail shop.

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January
18

Home Gym Set-Up - JYB Realty

Adding a dedicated workout space to your home promotes health and wellness. It's also a great way to customize your new home or get the attention of buyers if you'll be selling soon. And the best part is that it's an upgrade that can work with any budget. Our real estate agents have seen a wide variety of gyms in Atlanta homes for sale, and we can tell you it's an upgrade you'll be glad to have. Here are some ideas to get you started

  • Think about your training goals and workout style.
    This will help you decide on equipment and how much space you'll need. A home workout space can range from containing little or no equipment for bodyweight training workouts to the latest high tech cardio and weight training equipment that can cost thousands of dollars. You can use almost any space for a gym. A corner of the garage, an extra room, a basement, or even outside can offer all kinds of options for your own workout space.

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January
11

Italian Food Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

One of our favorite things to do in the winter is to spend time with friends or family over a delicious pasta meal in a warm, cozy restaurant. Fresh pasta is such a comforting food  — especially when it's cold outside. With so many excellent restaurants in the Atlanta area, it's easy to get decision fatigue when trying to decide where to go for dinner. To help narrow down your choices, our real estate agents put together a list of some of their favorite Italian restaurants in Atlanta serving up your favorite pasta dishes.

  • BoccaLupo - 753 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
    Low-key and intimate are the best words to describe BoccaLupo, an authentic restaurant in Inman Park serving up Italian-American cuisine. In addition to some delicious pasta dishes, BoccaLupo also offers a really casual vibe — making it a great place to either catch-up with friends or have a romantic date. They also have a full bar with classic cocktails, wines, and beer. Reservations are recommended, and takeout is also available.

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January
4

Homeowners: Color Trends for 2021 | JYB Realty

2021 is the perfect opportunity to spruce up your home and make it a little bit more comfortable. If you are looking for a fast and cost-effective option that will add value to your home, a fresh coat of paint is something our real estate agents highly recommend. Of course, it always pays to stay up-to-date on trends so that your paint choice matches the tastes of prospective buyers.

  • Pantone Returns to the Classics
    Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020 was Classic Blue. This simple color makes a statement that is as soft and subtle as it is timelessly elegant. When you look at the world's most extraordinary homes and palaces, you will find plenty of Classic Blue walls, ceilings, and trim.

    For 2021, Pantone has chosen to stick with a more subdued color of Ultimate Gray. Soft and refined, it's a practical color that works well in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and more. However, as with Classic Blue, it's best to use these colors in rooms with plenty of natural light; otherwise, it can feel a bit confining. In addition, Illuminating, a bright, sunny yellow, has also been showcased by Pantone for 2021 and provides a welcome pop of color when paired with Ultimate Gray.

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December
29

Kitchen Lighting - Homeownership - JYB Realty

To see, or not to see — 'tis not the philosophical question anyone wants to grapple with while cooking their favorite meal. If you ask our real estate agents the one ingredient that can make a beautiful kitchen seem dull and drab, the top answer will almost always be the lighting. In particular, task lighting makes it much easier to achieve culinary perfection. Whether you are building a new home or renovating your kitchen, pay close attention to the illumination you put into the plans.

  • Under-Cabinet Lights are Worth Their Weight in Golden Saffron
    Under-cabinet lights banish shadows from your countertops. They make it easier to fill the coffee pot, roll the dough, or chop the carrots. They also make these tasks safer and less likely to spill all over the floor when you miss your mark. These lights are simple and inexpensive to install. You can choose DIY plug-in puck lights and mounted strip lights for fast and inexpensive installation. However, the best option which will add significant value to the kitchen is professionally mounted hard-wired lights.  

    Because these lighting options fit snugly beneath the cabinets, they are an unobtrusive feature that won't eat up valuable storage space. They can be controlled by switches or operated via smart home systems. Connecting your under-cabinet lights to your smart home offers a considerable advantage: you won't have to wash your hands to turn the lights on or adjust the lighting. This can make cooking a little faster and easier.

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December
21

5 Things That Could Delay Closing on a House | JYB Realty

Buying a new home is one of life's most exciting moments, but weeks leading-up to the closing can be stressful at times. On occasion, problems can pop-up at the last minute, so it's often recommended that buyers temper their expectations until the seller hands over the keys. Unfortunately, this can be a lengthy process as average home closings can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

When it comes to closings, our real estate agents have seen it all. If you're considering one of these Atlanta homes for sale, below are some common problems that can delay closing on a property.

  • The Home Inspection
    The home inspection report is one of the most common causes of a delayed closing. Often, a home inspector will uncover an issue or defect that the seller either was not aware of or did not disclose. Upon receiving a home inspection report, you may want to negotiate further with the seller around potential repairs. Luckily, by adding a home inspection contingency to your offer, you'll have the right to back out without penalty if you discover something in the home inspection report that is a major cause for concern.

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December
14

Holiday Shop Local in Atlanta - JYB Realty

Looking for interesting, out-of-the-box presents to give your list of holiday gift recipients? Atlanta has numerous gift shops that allow you to choose from a wide range of special items, and you'll be supporting local businesses at the same time.
  
Our real estate agents recommend consulting your gift list and visiting the following holiday gift shops around Atlanta:

  • Young Blood Boutique – 632 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA  30306
    Young Blood Boutique specializes in providing handcrafted objects from independent makers, so you'll find special gifts to give for the holidays. Choose from an extensive collection of gifts that include several different types of jewelry, delectables such as a French Broad chocolate collection, fragrant candles, and accessories, including a bento box shearling backpack. The boutique's hours are from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday-Saturday.

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December
7

Holiday Light Displays - Atlanta Area - JYB Realty

While Christmas may look a little different this year, there's still plenty to see and do around Atlanta. Our real estate agents know that you want to stay as safe as possible yet still want to embrace the holiday season in every way imaginable. Load up the family car with hot cocoa and cookies; these drive-thru and social-distant walk-through light displays within an hour of Atlanta will keep your holidays magical.

  • Atlanta Festival of Lights — Atlantic Station, 270 17th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
    Fill your evening with holiday festivities without venturing out of city limits at the Atlanta Festival of Lights show. This dazzling drive-thru display takes place at Atlantic Station and lasts approximately half of an hour. The event prioritizes social distancing, so you don't even need to roll your window down to present your ticket. However, they will also have a bike/scooter night (masks required) for those who want to enjoy the fresh winter air. There is also an ice-skating rink across the street with food and drinks available if you would like to spend the evening celebrating the season at Atlantic Station.

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November
23

Condo or House - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

Deciding whether to purchase a house or a condo can be a tough decision. There are unique benefits to both options - and the best choice ultimately depends on your preference, budget, and where you are in your life. To help you make an informed decision, our real estate agents outlined several advantages of owning a house and a condo.

Three Benefits of Purchasing a Condo

  • They're Often Less Expensive
    When all else is equal (market, size, etc.), condos tend to be your cheaper option. If you have a smaller budget, condos will allow you to get by with a smaller down payment and a smaller mortgage payment. However, keep in mind that some condos often have Homeowners Association (HOA) fees ranging anywhere from $100 a month to well over $1,000 per month.

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November
16

Homeownership in Retirement - JYB Realty

For most people, your home is one of your greatest resources in retirement, both as a place to live and an important financial asset. It should also be an important part of your retirement planning when you're preparing for the future. There are a variety of ways that you can gain equity from your property as a homeowner, while not owning a home can come with significant costs and financial uncertainty during retirement. Planning to retire soon? Our real estate agents have some important factors for you to consider how your home will factor into your retirement.

  • Will You Be Carrying a Mortgage?
    Owning your home free and clear of mortgage payments is an ideal situation for retirement. There are significant tax benefits, and, of course, you won't have to worry about monthly mortgage payments. If you do have a mortgage that makes balancing your retirement budget complicated, then downsizing to a new, more affordable home can make life easier.

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November
9

Wine Tasting - Atlanta - JYB Realty

Wine tastings offer not only a way to find favorite new wines but also a fun thing to do with friends. Just one more reason why living in Atlanta is the best: Check out these wineries and wine tasting rooms, where you can either learn how to taste wine properly or put your well-honed nose to the test. And while you're in town, check out Atlanta homes for sale, and find your next great home with the perfect compromise between suburb and city.

November
2

Art Museums - Atlanta - JYB Realty

The ATL is full of ART, and National Go to an Art Museum Day is the perfect day to visit the many art museums of Georgia's capital city. Atlanta has no shortage of art museums, and each of these colorful facilities illustrates the diverse cultures that call the city home. Our real estate agents encourage you to celebrate National Go to an Art Museum Day on November 9th by visiting one of these great Atlanta art museums.

  • High Museum of Art – 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
    Once a simple, stately home on Peachtree Street, the High Museum of Art is now one of the leading art museums in the Southeast. Collections include African Art, European Art, Modern & Contemporary Art, Photography, and more. If you're interested in getting more involved during National Go to an Art Museum Day, you can sign up for one of the High Museum of Art's exciting art classes for families, teens, children, and adults.

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May
27

Exterior Home Improvements-JYB Realty

It's every seller's dream for buyers to come see their home and instantly fall in love. But how do you know what buyers are really looking for? Our real estate agents have lots of experience with Atlanta homes for sale and there are just some things that buyers want to see again and again. If you're lucky enough to have these features already in your home, make sure buyers know about them. If you're looking to make some improvements before you sell, these exterior features are sure to get a buyer's attention.

  1. Exterior lighting. Exterior lights serve two purposes, so if you don't have any, adding some offers a lot of value for your home improvement dollar. Aesthetics and safety are top considerations for homeowners, and exterior lighting provides both. Lights can be part of the security system with motion sensors, they can highlight areas of the property, or provide illumination by entrances or along pathways or stairs for extra safety.

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January
14

Atlanta Moving Tips - Josey Young & Brady Realty

Relocation to Atlanta has exploded in recent years, and if you're planning to do the same, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure your move goes smoothly. With all the hassles involved – from the big physical stuff such as packing, down to the small things like paperwork – it's no surprise that you might forget some things.

With the following tips from our real estate agents, you'll be sure to comb through everything and ensure you don't leave any stone unturned.

  1. Changing your address
    When you move, simple things like changing your address can go unforgotten. Ensure that you contact the US Postal Service to update your address, letting them know if you are making a temporary or permanent move. It's also wise to update things like credit card and bank companies, and DMV.

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January
7

Atlanta Restaurants for Chili

Our real estate agents love to grab a bowl of hot chili for lunch here in Atlanta. Atlanta homes for sale are easy to recommend, but not many home buyers realize that a long tradition of spicy, flavorful chili is one major attraction.

When you visit or relocate to Atlanta, you'll be in the thick of some of the best chili restaurants in the nation. State and national chili competitions are held in Atlanta on a regular basis – and all the hoopla means there are plenty of world-class barbecue restaurants for you to enjoy.

Let's take a look at six of our favorite places for a bowl of chili in Atlanta.

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December
11

Atlanta Voluteering Opportunities
With all the hustle and bustle happening this time of year, it's easy to forget what the holiday season is all about. Our real estate agents believe in taking some time away from our hectic schedules to give back to those less fortunate. If you'd like to join us in doing our part to make the world a better place, check out some of these volunteer opportunities. You may be surprised to see how donating just a few hours of your time can help.

  1. Atlanta Mission - 2353 Bolton Road NW Atlanta, GA 30318
    The Atlanta Mission aims to end homelessness, one person at a time. This organization helps men, women, and children get back on their feet and reclaim the dignity they deserve by providing meals, shelter, clothing, job training, and more. Volunteer opportunities are available for both individuals and groups and include helping out in the kitchen, serving meals, sorting donations, and volunteering at the thrift shop.

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November
13

Atlanta GA Thanksgiving Day Events
Thanksgiving ranks highly among our favorite holidays, and for a simple reason – the food! Of course, that Thanksgiving feast might also give you a reason to consider getting in a little more exercise this season, and if that's the case, you're in luck. 

These local Turkey Trots in the Atlanta area will give you a great opportunity to get a head start on burning off those extra calories, all while helping out a good cause. So whether you're in the area looking at Atlanta homes for sale, or already call Atlanta home, be sure to check out these fun Thanksgiving runs, walks and trots this season.

  1. Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trot - 3835 Johns Creek Parkway, Suwanee
    Started as a way to give back to all the runners who have participated in Five Star NTP races throughout the years, the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot takes place bright and early on Thanksgiving morning in Suwanee, GA. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Johns Creek Parkway, just south of Kids R Kids. Great prizes are available for the winners in each category.

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October
2

Atlanta Hip Hop Day
Looking for a fun, free event, close to home in Atlanta? Atlanta Hip Hop Day, a free festival held every year around this time, is about to celebrate its eighth year as one of Atlanta's favorite free, local events. The festival provides an opportunity to learn more about Atlanta's many contributions to hip-hop history, enjoy a stacked schedule of live shows all weekend, and sample some of the best food that the city has to offer. Our real estate agents have all the details on where, when, and what to expect from Atlanta Hip Hop Day 2018.

Atlanta Hip Hop Day: A Free Celebration of Music, Culture, and Hip Hop History

Atlanta Hip Hop Day
Location: Woodruff Park – 91 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Dates/Times: October 6 - 7, 2018 – 11 am to 7 pm
Admission: Free Admission – No Tickets Required

Learn More about the Mission of Atlanta Hip Hop Day

Atlanta Hip Hop Day got its start eight years ago and has grown so large since that time that events are now spread over two days. This year's festival takes place at Woodruff Park, with each side of the park themed around a different part of hip-hop culture. The park sections include "B-Boy & B-Girl exhibits, Emcee Battles, Turntablism and Graffiti artists." As always, Atlanta Hip Hop Day is a free event, with a focus on live music and Atlanta's contributions to hip-hop history and culture.

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September
26

Atlanta Chattahoochee River Kayaking
Starting as a mere trickle in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia, the Chattahoochee River descends nearly 2,400 feet in its first hundred miles alone, becoming a might torrent by the time it empties into Lake Seminole, 434 miles from its headwaters. It meanders right through the Atlanta city limits along the way, offering what our real estate agents consider to be some of the best paddling water in the state. 

Chattahoochee River Paddling

The Chattahoochee River is, almost without exception, a very easy river to navigate by canoe or kayak. It rolls along gently between its banks, with an average water speed of around 3 miles per hour, through fields, forests, and farmlands. Only in spring, when runoff from the mountains causes the river to swell, does paddling become more of a challenge. But throughout summer and fall, the Chattahoochee is one of the most reliably calm paddling waters in the Southeast.  

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September
13

Atlanta Attractions: Georgia Aquarium
When you're a home shopper, the neighborhood in which you're searching is equally as important as the house itself.  The home's accessibility to shopping, schools, dining, and area attractions play a leading role in your final home buying decision.   

When move to Atlanta, our real estate agents will be ready to introduce you to our city by showing you some of the best Atlanta homes for sale and attractions available.

Let's get started at the Georgia Aquarium.

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September
7

Atlanta GA Fox Theatre
There's no doubt you know Atlanta is an exciting and diverse place to live.  It has a wide variety of entertainment venues from contemporary to historical; consequently, you'll never be at a loss for things to do.  Our real estate agents live and work in the Atlanta and are sure you won't be disappointed with the Fox Theatre, one of Atlanta's most iconic locations.

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August
29

Hire the Right Real Estate Agent
Successfully selling your home affects your financial well being and your future. For most people, your home is your most valuable asset, and you won't want to entrust something that important to just anyone. Picking the right agent to sell your home is essential, and these tips can help you find the right one. 

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August
21

Atlanta Moving Guide
So, you've decided to buy one of our Atlanta homes for sale and relocate to the Big Peach. Congratulations!

Our REALTORS® want to know more about what this city you've decide to make your home.  Let's talk about Atlanta and everything a prospective new resident should know:

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July
30

Atlanta GA Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby
Are you ready for a memorable day of family fun that parents and kids alike will love? Every year, around the middle of the summer, the Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby Festival comes to our corner of Atlanta and creates unforgettable moments for families. The Cool Dads Rock organization is dedicated to forming stronger relationships between fathers and their children, and the Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby Festival is one of the organization's biggest events each year. Our REALTORS® have all the details on what to expect from this year's Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby Festival. 

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July
10

Atlanta College Park Homes
A fusion of historic charm and modern innovation, College Park, GA offers residents and visitors the best of metropolitan living while maintaining an inviting neighborhood atmosphere. The city's close proximity to downtown Atlanta makes it a convenient place to live, work and play. Take some time to get to know the area, and let our REALTORS® help you discover a range of College Park homes suited to your lifestyle.

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June
26

Atlanta Celebrates July 4
Atlanta is an exciting all American town. It's a hub for major corporations, sporting events, media, and everyday fun. If you crave a quieter lifestyle, small towns and communities nearby offer the calming culture you prefer. If you plan to tour Atlanta homes for sale, summer is the perfect season. When you time your visit just right, you can connect with Atlanta communities as they celebrate Independence Day.

Our real estate agents enjoy life in Atlanta. We believe you'll appreciate it too when you get to know the people and the communities at our favorite Independence Day Celebrations.

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June
19

Atlanta Skyview Ferris Wheel
Discover your new Atlanta neighborhood with a a bird's-eye view of the city from atop the Skyview Ferris Wheel.   If you're in town checking out Atlanta homes for saleour REALTORS® are certain you'll love Atlanta and the Skyview Ferris Wheel.  Towering almost 20 stories above the city in Centennial Park, it is the perfect way to see the city you're about to make your home. Here are the details to help you plan your visit. 

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June
4

Selling Your Home and Buy Another
Are You a Move-Up Buyer? What You Need to Know

You may recall a sense of relief as your first-time home-buying strategies brought you success. Moving up to a second home requires you to navigate a new set of challenges. As you make the rounds of Atlanta homes for sale, you must update your home-buying strategy to avoid personal and financial disruption.

Our real estate agents have helped many Atlanta families sell their current home and buy another. We can explain your options, but ultimately, you must make the choice that's right for you.

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May
29

Atlanta Neighborhoods
There's no doubt that Atlanta puts the "big" in big city, and the city certainly offers tons of unique, dynamic neighborhoods to call home. The diverse interests, passions, and backgrounds of Atlanta residents combine to create a truly unique atmosphere, no matter which corner of the city you choose to make your own. Many of Atlanta's residents started out living somewhere else, near or far, yet everyone in a city can find a neighborhood that feels like home. There are so many things to love about the unique neighborhoods of Atlanta, and our real estate agents have the details on five of the factors that make Atlanta neighborhoods such special places to call home.

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May
24

Atlanta GA
The city of Atlanta is an exciting, dynamic place to call home, with a deep history and a bright future. Whether you're moving to Atlanta from across the state or across the country, there's much to be learned about your new favorite city. Our real estate agents know the city, and we've put together 10 things you should know about Atlanta, GA. 

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