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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
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
17

Sun Mapping - Homeowners - JYB Realty

If you've been looking at some of the beautiful landscaping surrounding many Atlanta homes for sale and wondering why some of them look so much nicer than yours, it may be a simple matter of sun mapping. That may sound like the latest hack, but it's actually a tried-and-true procedure used by the most successful gardeners. It's simply a method of identifying where to place each plant according to its sunlight needs. While there are gadgets available to do the job, most are a waste of money. They do measure the sunlight accurately, but they don't create the map that you will ultimately need. Why not enjoy your time outdoors and do the job right without spending a penny?

  • Sketch the area to be planted
    This may be a simple rectangle, but more than likely, there will be trees and walls that create shady spots throughout the day. These are the areas you will eventually identify and record. The map doesn't need to be exact or to scale as long as you can follow it later. One thing to consider is the shade that will be cast by the canopy of a tree without leaves. You may have to estimate.

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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
19

Atlanta Biking Trails - JYB Realty

The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and it's the perfect time to hit Atlanta's bike trails. With parks, nature preserves, and an extensive, connected trail system running through Atlanta, it's easy to find a trail to ride in any part of the city. Even if you don't own a bike, there are convenient rental stations located in some of the city's most popular parks. Our real estate agents have the details on six of the best trails for biking around Atlanta.

  1. Tanyard Creek Park - 73 28th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
    If you're searching for a family-friendly park for bike riding close to Atlanta homes for sale, then Tanyard Creek Park is the perfect place to start. This park is the perfect place to pick up the Northside Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine, which features trails that connect to a wide variety of greenspaces throughout the city. The Northside Trail runs parallel to the Bobby Jones Golf Course before winding its way through the outdoor beauty of Tanyard Creek Park and connecting with other nearby parks.

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April
12

Planning a remodel? Be sure to ask potential contractors these 5 questions.

One of the most important decisions you'll have to make when remodeling or adding on to your home is finding the right contractor for your job. After all, you're putting a whole lot of trust into one person by giving them a lot of money and letting them and their crew in your home. You also expect them to deliver solid and satisfactory results without major confrontations. With that in mind, our real estate agents have compiled five questions to ask potential contractors that can help you find the best fit for your project.

  1. Are You Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?
    A resounding yes is the answer you want to hear in response to this question. A license shows you that the contractor is qualified for the job you're looking to have completed and keeps up to speed on code changes and best practices. Having a surety bond is a security that if the contractor does not complete the job, you're protected by the surety company. The contractor should have general liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance to protect you from liability if something in your home is damaged or someone is injured while working on your property. Don't just take their word for it; ask for copies to ensure the contractor is current on credentials. If they can't provide papers, that should raise a red flag.

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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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October
26

Prepare for Home Inspection - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

So you've listed your home, found a buyer, and accepted an offer. Congratulations! You're almost closing the sale, but you still have to make it through the home inspection before you start packing. The home inspection process can be nerve-racking for a seller. You don't want the deal to fall through, be stuck with the cost of major repairs, or lower the price to account for repairs. With that in mind, it's important to show your home in the best possible light and have the inspection go as smoothly as possible. Our real estate agents provide tips for how you can get ready for a home inspection.

  • Work With Your Real Estate Agent
    Depending on how many houses you've sold before, you may have little to no experience with home inspection preparations and negotiations. Now is the time to trust your agent to help you navigate the process. Your real estate agent can explain how the home inspection works, help you understand the types of home maintenance problems that are common in your area, develop a plan for repair requests, determine whether you're in a seller's or buyer's market, and help you with negotiations based on the findings.

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October
19

Decorate for Fall - Homeowner Tips - JYB Realty

As the days get shorter and the air gets crisper, it's time to start thinking about how to decorate your front porch for fall. Atlanta homes for sale will get more attention when they have a cozy, lived-in look. Add instant curb appeal by following these tips for the perfect, autumn-ready front porch.

  • Create a Cozy Place to Sit
    If you have the space, create a cozy place to sit and sip on your morning coffee while you enjoy crisp autumn mornings. Set up a bench or a couple of chairs, depending on the size of your porch, and don't forget to make the area weather-proof so that you can enjoy your porch all autumn long. Partially enclosing the porch with windows or screens will let light in while acting as a windbreak, or you can hang insulated curtains to help keep the area comfortable. Throw pillows and blankets add the finishing touches to a cozy fall retreat.

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October
12

Dessert Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." That's the philosophy behind Dessert Day, a holiday celebrating the best course of a meal. On Wednesday, October 14, join our real estate agents by enjoying your favorite sweet treats at these great shops and bakeries around Atlanta.

  1. Sweet Cheats - 692-B Kirkwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
    The appropriately-named Sweet Cheats specializes in single-serve portions of elegant desserts. Founder Shirley Hughes was inspired by efforts to indulge her cravings during her days as a competitive bodybuilder. Sweet Cheats has developed devoted customers near Atlanta homes for sale who love their gourmet cupcakes and cruffles, which are the cake-pop versions. With an extensive selection of cookies, brownies, and cheesecake by the slice, there's something to satisfy any taste. Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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October
5

DIY or Pro - Home Remodeling - JYB Realty

Remodeling your home is a fantastic way to make your home a little bit more comfortable and a little more valuable when the time comes to put it on the market. Our real estate agents recommend taking stock of your skills and abilities before performing any remodeling. While it is fine to do some tasks by yourself, it is important to know when to leave the job to a professional.

Go Ahead and Do It Yourself

You can probably take care of most painting tasks or hanging wallpaper. Likewise, you can do landscaping and most general maintenance tasks such as replacing baseboards or repairing damaged drywall. These tasks are not that difficult, and there is minimal risk of causing lasting damage to your home. Likewise, general maintenance tasks such as replacing air filters, cleaning gutters, repairing/painting fences, etc. are also easy to perform and won't risk damage to the home.

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September
28

Manufacturing Companies - Atlanta - JYB Realty

Join us in celebrating the hardworking men and women who manufacture the products and materials we rely on each day. The first Friday of October is National Manufacturing Day and our real estate agents believe that we should all acknowledge the many manufacturing companies around Atlanta that provide residential, commercial, and industrial areas with food, steel, chemicals, and other vital resources.

One of the best ways to celebrate National Manufacturing Day is to learn about the many manufacturing companies operating in our own backyard. Atlanta's manufacturing industry employs hundreds of residents and bolsters our economy. On October 2nd, consider doing some research into these five manufacturing companies that call ATL home.

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September
21

First-Timing Buyers in 2020 - JYB Realty

You had saved for the down payment and planned to become a first-time homeowner in 2020. And then just like that, the coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down. Should you still go through with the purchase or put your plans on hold? Navigating the real estate world as a first-time buyer can be confusing and stressful. Add in a layer of the paralyzing stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, and you have many potential buyers with mixed feelings about taking the leap when things are looking grim.

The real estate market is a bit shaken by the pandemic, but you can still explore Atlanta homes for sale. To help you make an informed decision, our real estate agents have compiled a list of 4 reasons why now is actually a good time to buy a first home.

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September
14

Atlanta Restaurants for Cheeseburgers - JYB Realty

With National Cheeseburger Day just around the corner, our real estate agents thought it'd be a good opportunity to highlight some of the best local burger joints. After all, one of the great benefits of living in or around such a great city is there is no shortage of good burger options and new restaurants to try. Below are recommendations for six great places to grab a burger in or around the Atlanta area.

  1. Grindhouse Killer Burgers - 1842 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
    Grindhouse Killer Burgers quickly became known as one of Atlanta's best burger joints and won several awards shortly after opening in 2009. In addition to their tasty fresh ground burgers, they also offer a fun, unique atmosphere, not far from these beautiful Atlanta homes for sale.

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September
8

Outdoor Kitchen - Remodeling - JYB Realty

Americans are embracing outdoor kitchens like never before. What has been a steady trend has really taken off in recent months as we stay home more and look to entertain small groups of family and close friends in safe gatherings. 

If you're thinking about building an outdoor kitchen on your property, you'll be upping its value among Atlanta homes for saleparticularly if you avoid certain outdoor kitchen mistakes. 

Our real estate agents can advise you on outdoor kitchens and a host of other topics to enhance your Atlanta home's value, including these common mistakes when planning an outdoor cooking and entertaining area.

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August
31

First-Time Buyers - Credit Score - JYB Realty

At Josey Young & Bradley, our real estate agents want to give all our clients the best opportunity to find a home they'll be happy with. In a time of increased buuyer activity and historic low interest rates, more people are finding now is the right time for them to explore Atlanta homes for sale.

Many people wonder, however, if their credit is "good enough" for a mortgage loan.

Your credit history serves as a measure of the risk lenders take if they decide to provide you with a mortgage loan. Your history of paying debts on time is the principal factor that determines credit, although other factors – like how much credit you have total – are also counted.

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August
24

Atlanta Golf Courses - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents understand how hard it is to feel cooped up inside during the beautiful summer months. But with safety first and foremost on everyone's mind, it can be hard to come up with activities that give us a breath of fresh air while maintaining safe social distancing. Luckily, golf is one of those activities. 

August is National Golf Month, and we're excited to take advantage of it. This month offers a perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy a round or two at one of these amazing Atlanta golf courses.

  • Candler Park Golf Course - 585 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
    Founded in 1927 and later donated to the city of Atlanta by Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, Candler Park Golf Course is a beautiful 9-hole public course that features three sets of tees for all different skill levels. Well-groomed and with sweeping views, it's a course that offers a fun challenge for any golfer. Candler Park Golf Course also provides a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere, just minutes from these Atlanta homes for sale.

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August
17

Wall Improvements - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents know that sellers are always looking for ways to impress buyers and make them notice all their home has to offer. Getting ready to sell always means completing a few projects around the house. When you're redoing a room, deciding on a look for the walls is a must. The walls are usually the largest surface and most noticeable part of a room. So it's a good opportunity to really catch a buyer's attention.

  1. Repair and patch. This is a big must when you're selling and it's the first step in any wall-related project.  Life happens, and your walls may have dents, cracks, gouges, or nail holes to prove it. They may seem small, but buyers will notice, and repairing them will make a dramatic difference.  For nail holes and other small blemishes, spackle and a putty knife will do the trick. For large holes mesh patches or a piece of drywall and some joint compound will be necessary. Sand afterward to blend the repairs into the rest of the wall.

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August
10

Family Fun Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

Social distancing and shutdowns have made life somewhat mundane for many families. As things begin to slowly open up, our real estate agents are starting to talk to more parents who are looking for ways to get their children out of the house and have some fun. 

August is Family Fun Month, so now is a great time to start thinking about some safe activities that everyone in the family can enjoy! Whether you're a potential new resident exploring Atlanta homes for sale or you've lived in the area for years, you'll appreciate some of these great ideas. Each of the following options are offering "timed tickets" and taking other precautions to keep visitors safe and socially distant, so you have extra peace of mind while can planning your adventure.

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July
27

Re-Siding Tips for Homeowners - JYB Realty

Maybe you're concerned that the exterior of your home looks a little drab and worn down. Or, perhaps you want a different style for your home's siding. Rejuvenate your home by re-siding it.

Re-siding is an excellent way to prepare your home to put on the market before you call our real estate agents. When re-siding your home, here are a few things you should consider. 

  1. Whether Your Siding Actually Requires Replacement
    If you like the look of your home, but know your siding has quite a few holes and tears, it's important to determine if re-siding is your best option. While new siding will overhaul the entire look of your home, it's also a large investment.

    An alternative might be repairing or replacing the damaged portions of your home. Whether repairing is a viable solution depends on the age and condition of your siding and how many areas have damage.

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July
20

Patio Dining - Atlanta - JYB Realty

After months of eating indoors, dining inside a restaurant may not even be enough of a change. Enjoy the delights of outdoor dining on the patio of one of these wonderful restaurants, just minutes from Atlanta homes for sale

  • Whiskey Bird - 1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
    True to their culinary philosophy, Whiskey Bird gets its name from a fusion of American and Asian. "Whiskey" refers to their classic cocktails, while "Bird" denotes the chicken that's the main ingredient in yakitori, the restaurant's signature item. In addition to chicken, these skewered bites come in seven different varieties, such as mushroom and chimichurri shrimp. Many of Whiskey Bird's dishes come as small plates which are perfect for sharing. Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations are strongly recommended, with walk-ins accommodated as available.

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July
13

Buy a House Sight Unseen - JYB Realty

At Josey Young & Brady, our real estate agents are working overtime to help clients find the best Atlanta homes for sale. A question we've received more and more often lately is whether it is okay to buy a home "sight unseen" – that is, without visiting it in person first.

As people have gotten cautious about unnecessary travel, it's no surprise they're thinking twice about showings and open houses where they will be around strangers. Naturally, there are pros and cons to consider when you decide whether it's necessary to visit a house.

Naturally, the answer is up to you. However, it's crucial to make an informed choice. Here are some of the biggest "pro" arguments for buying a house sight unseen.

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July
6

Camping Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

When you need some time in the great outdoors, Georgia is a great place to be. Some of the state's most beautiful parks, trails, campgrounds, and lakes are within an hour's drive of Atlanta, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorites. If you're looking for tent camping near Atlanta, be sure to check out these fun, relaxing campgrounds:

  • Red Top Mountain State Park - 50 Lodge Rd. SE, Acworth, GA 30102
    Encompassing more than 1,000 shady, secluded acres on the shore of Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park is one of Georgia's top destinations for fishing, swimming, and water sports. Fifteen miles of hiking trails also make it a haven for hikers, and the park's campground includes just shy of 100 campsites for both tents and RVs. Red Top Mountain State Park is less than 40 minutes from the heart of Atlanta, and just a short drive from these Atlanta homes for sale.

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June
22

Buying a Home on a Busy Road - JYB Realty

When you're looking for Atlanta homes for sale, location is one of the most important aspects to look into. Buying a home on a major thoroughfare is often considered highly undesirable, but as with many things, it actually has some silver linings. The drawbacks don't have to deal breakers, but you should be a little more cautious before buying on a road that sees a lot of traffic. To help with your decision, we've highlighted the pros and cons of buying a home on a busier road.

Pros of Buying a Home on a Busier Road

  • Close to Public Transportation and Recreation
    Living on a busier road provides easy access to main recreation spots and mass transit that would typically take longer to get to when living in a quieter street. If access to local attractions, bus stations, bike paths, and train stations means a lot to you, living on a busy road could be a real advantage.

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June
15

Mexican Food - Atlanta - JYB Realty

Atlanta is the center of Southern cooking, but our real estate agents also love its wide range of delicious Mexican cuisine. Why wait for Taco Tuesday? Enjoy a tasty meal any day of the week at these great Mexican restaurants around the ATL.

  • Agave Restaurant - 242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
    If you like Mexican food with a spicy Southwestern twist, head to Agave Restaurant, which earned a #1 ranking on Tripadvisor. Dishes such as posole, enchiladas, and tacos get a charge from Hatch green, guajillo red, poblano, and ancho chiles. Even sides like mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and onion rings have heat. The tequila bar features dozens of top-shelf brands that can be turned into a traditional margarita for only an additional 50 cents.

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June
8

Movie Night Tips - JYB Realty

Summer is right around the corner, and there's no better time to host an outdoor movie night. Our real estate agents provide some tips for making your cinematic adventures go off without a hitch. 

Choose a Movie Everyone Will Enjoy

Unless your gathering is child-free, it's best to pick a G or PG film that's appropriate for people of all ages. If you're using social media to create an invitation, select a few potential movies and make a poll. That way, everyone can weigh in on what they want to watch.

Set Up Your Outdoor Theater

Once you've made a decision, it's time to get started. First, figure out how you're going to show the movie, whether it's by purchasing it digitally, using a DVD, or streaming it via services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Hulu. Creating an outdoor movie theater experience can be daunting. If you have any techie friends or family, ask them for a hand. Here's the equipment you'll need:

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June
1

Farmers Markets for 2020 - JYB Realty

Summer is coming, and there are a lot of reasons to be excited about it. Farm-fresh produce at our local farmers markets is one of them. Just like many of you, our real estate agents are happy to see life gradually return to normal, and we can't wait to get out and stock up at these Atlanta area farmers markets. 

Best Farmers Markets in Atlanta

Georgia offers endless acres of fertile farmland, and Atlanta is right in the heart of it. From fresh fruits and vegetables to arts, crafts, and local goods of all kinds, you never know what you'll find at these Atlanta markets.

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May
26

Landscaping Trends - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents are on top of the hottest landscaping trends for the Empire City of the South in 2020. Word is some of the most popular trends are tracking from previous years—they're just too good to let go. But we're also watching some newer outdoor styles, making their way from coast to coast and evolving to fit Atlanta's unique Southern landscaping scene. 

Still Trending in 2020

  1. Indoor Living Moves Outdoors. This concept has been around for a while, but it's still going strong. In Atlanta, it's come to mean finding new ways to enjoy the outdoors longer—through the chill of winter and the hottest days of summer.

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May
18

House Noise Solutions - JYB Realty

A house full of persistent little sounds can drive you crazy all day and keep you up at night. House noises are usually early indicators of potential problems that require attention. Our real estate agents have prepared a list of fixes for the most common house noises to help you restore peace and quiet to your home.

  • Whistling Window
    A window that whistles in a strong wind can make for a long day. The unwanted whistling can be caused by worn weather stripping, improperly installed windows, the simple passage of time, or changes in temperature. You can soundproof your window by caulking or weatherstripping around the frame to take care of any possible leak.

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May
11

Stay Safe While Moving - JYB Realty

Moving is stressful under the best of circumstances, and it can cause even more anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Keeping your family and others safe is paramount as you go through all the tasks associated with a move, and this may take a little more work and planning during these unusual times.

Our real estate agents suggest the following five moving tips to help you stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Research your movers and minimize contact
    In a pre-coronavirus world, you'd probably want to be present as much as possible when movers are giving you an estimate or packing and loading your belongings. Now, however, minimizing contact is best for everyone's health. When you're choosing a mover, ask about contactless moving. Many companies are utilizing technology to do everything from seeing customers' belongings and providing quotes to showing customers the loaded truck.

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May
4

Create Sanctuary at Home - JYB Realty

Daily life can get stressful. Some chaotic days may leave you feeling out of control or burdened. During the hectic days, you must take care of yourself to avoid getting sick or overwhelmed. Making your current living space or new Atlanta homes for sale feel like a sanctuary is good for your overall health and well-being.

Thinking about what makes you feel relaxed and comfortable is the best way to create a sanctuary at home.  If you need some inspiration for your home, check out the following ideas.

  • Declutter and Organize: For many individuals, extra clutter can cause stress. Spend some time decluttering your indoor living space. Donate unused clothing or other household items to charity. You'll even receive a tax write off. Invest in bins, totes, and filing cabinet to keep everything organized.

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April
27

Online Listings - JYB Realty

Our real estate agents understand that your real estate plans can change in an instant. Whether you've been planning on selling your home for months or have recently encountered a situation that requires you to list it as soon as possible, the current world events have certainly disrupted our collective sense of normalcy. However, as long as the world keeps spinning, we must try to move forward with our plans as safely and intelligently as possible — including continuing to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals.

Now more than ever, online listings are vital resources that will impact a seller's success. Although most sellers are aware that the quality of a virtual listing has a significant impact on the buyer's perception of a home, they may not realize just how important their online presence is in our ever-changing world. When it comes to listing Atlanta homes for sale, every seller needs to understand that first-impressions matter more than they may know.

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April
20

Grow a Garden - Homeownership - JYB Realty

Gardening is a fun, rewarding, and beneficial way to pass the time. Many of the Atlanta homes for sale have lots of yard space to explore your gardening adventure. Whether you are gardening for the first-time or a seasoned grower, a garden provides numerous benefits. Daily exercise, fresh air, stress reliever, and a better night's sleep are the top reasons to start a garden. Plus, the fresh vegetables are always a welcomed addition to your dinner plate.

Gardening season is the perfect time to discover your inner green thumb. Check out the following tips to get the most out of your garden experience this year.

  • Know What You Want: Do you want to plant vegetables, herbs, or flowers? Or do you want to try a combination of all three? Knowing what you want to plant is an essential part of growing a garden. Start by making a list of the types of plants you want to grow.

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April
13

 

Atlanta Restaurants - Curbside Pickup - JYB Realty

Your favorite restaurant dishes ready-to-eat in the comfort of your own home? It's not a dream. Our real estate agents love supporting local restaurants while dining in style. Call ahead or order online for curbside pickup at these top restaurants just minutes from Atlanta homes for sale

  • Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails - 800 Mayfield Road, Milton, GA 30009
    Conveniently located in Crabapple's Historic District, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails serves a menu of contemporary New Southern Cuisine. The fresh ingredients include many items grown in Milton's Acre, their on-site garden. Favorites include Southern fried chicken breast, prime beef Bolognese, and Milton's signature pimento cheese dip. Watch their Facebook page for periodic sales of vacuum-packed, individually frozen meat and seafood. Hours are 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

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April
6

Bonus Room - JYB Realty

If you're lucky enough to have a home with a bonus room or a "flex space," you're already at an advantage. When you're ready to list, this will help your house stand out from many of the other Atlanta homes for sale. However, simply having this extra space isn't enough to attract a great buyer. You also need to know how to properly showcase the room so potential buyers will fall in love. 

Not sure where to start? No worries! Follow these five tips, and you'll be ready to turn your bonus room into one of your home's best features. 

  1. Understand Your Potential Buyer
    The first thing you'll need to do is get a good idea of the type of person who is likely to buy your home. This will help you determine what they're likely to want when it comes to extra space. For example, if you live in an up-and-coming area that's popular with professionals, you might consider showcasing the room as a home office, gym, or entertainment room.

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March
30

Home Remodeling ROI - JYB Realty

Remodeling can give your home a brand new look and feel. It can enhance your comfort and enjoyment of the house, and if you plan it right, remodeling can add a pretty penny to your home's resale value. When planning your remodel, it's essential to choose your projects carefully so that you can get the maximum return on your investment when you put your house on the market among other Atlanta homes for sale.

  • The Kitchen
    Kitchen remodels are a top renovation priority. Most people spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, and your kitchen must have a comfortable, welcoming ambiance. You should select tiles, flooring, and fixtures that create a cohesive, modern atmosphere. And, it never hurts to upgrade your appliances to incorporate the stainless steel, energy efficiency, and reliability that will entice 21st-century homebuyers to make an offer. A mid-range remodel can provide a return of about 80%, while a full remodel will provide an ROI of around 60%.

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March
16

Roof Replacement Tips - JYB Realty

A properly installed roof can reach the end of its useful life without experiencing leaks or other signs of failure. It may simply look old and worn out. However, storm damage can wreak havoc on an old roof and cause further problems down the road. So, you need to watch for warning signs that your roof needs replacement even if it looks fine at the moment. Fortunately, our real estate agents have searched far and wide to bring you this list of telltale signs that your roof needs to be replaced.

  • Your Roof is at Least 20 Years Old
    All roofing systems have a maximum lifespan. Asphalt shingles, for example, last 15-20 years, while tile roofing can last up to 100 years. Although many shingles today are made for durability, several factors can accelerate aging. For example, harsh storms can damage your roof, compromising its integrity. Poorly ventilated roofs can also negatively impact your shingles and cause them to fail sooner. So, an asphalt shingle roof that is 20 years old should be a signal for replacement regardless of its present condition.

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March
9

Atlanta Parks and Museums - JYB Realty

If you're looking for Atlanta homes for sale, you've probably been impressed at everything the city has to offer. You'll find there's always plenty going on, for kids and adults alike to enjoy, including over Spring Break (April 5-April 9, 2020 in most metro Atlanta school districts).

Our real estate agents suggest the following five destinations as great examples of Spring Break fun that's going on around Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta
    The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located adjacent to midtown Atlanta's Piedmont Park, and it's a beautiful destination that hosts exhibitions, classes, and more. The venue kicks off Spring Break with an interactive program teaching families how certain plants can create stunning colors for dying eggs. You'll learn more about the plants and make and take three vibrant eggs. In addition, you can enroll the kids in a Spring Break camp that celebrates the arrival of spring by letting them learn and explore how plants and animals emerge for the spring season.

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March
2

Atlanta Running Trails - JYB Realty

Feel like you are just running around the same ole' track, week in, and week out? Maybe it is time to break some new ground and try out some new stomping grounds where you can take in some new sights and mix up your running routine. When you are ready to explore some new paths and trails, our real estate agents recommend the following places in the area that are perfect for runners getting ready to run everything from a 5k to an Ironman.  

  1. Cochran Shoals Trail - 1956-2068 Eugene Gunby Road, Marietta, GA 30067 
    If there is any park in the area that is perfect for a scenic run, then Cochran Shoals Trail rises to the top of that list. This trail is precisely 3.1 miles round trip. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Chattahoochee River. The trail is broad, level, and gravel lined, which makes it one of the most popular in the Atlanta area.

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February
24

Color of the Year - Sell a Home - JYB Realty

It's a new year — a time to embrace change, leap into new experiences, and say yes to amazing opportunities. Whether you're hoping to upgrade your space to one of our new Atlanta homes for sale or if you're planning on relocating to the city of your dreams, our real estate agents encourage you to help sell your home with Pantone's Color of the Year — Classic Blue!

2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue

What defines a classic? It's a hallmark of a yesterday that we don't want to let go. It's a memory, a feeling that we love to immerse ourselves in. If there's one color that will let us swim in such serenity, it's Pantone's Color of the Year — Classic Blue. This rich, stable color instills a sense of calm as we venture into a new decade. The peace and tranquility it lends our spirit allows us to focus our minds and prepare to take on the year with resilience.

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February
17

Earnest Money - Buy a Home - JYB Realty

You've looked at many Atlanta homes for sale and finally found one that you love. You probably can't wait to get started with the purchasing process. But you have to make an offer to show to make sure the seller takes the house off the market as you work on different closing aspects. Accepting an offer is a big commitment for a seller. If the buyer backs out of the deal, the seller loses a significant amount of money and time finding another buyer. This is where sellers request earnest money. Read on to learn what earnest money is, when to offer it, and steps you can take to protect your upfront investment.

Understanding Earnest Money

Earnest money is a deposit made to a seller as a good-faith gesture that you mean business when it comes to buying the house. It's a way of you showing the seller that you're serious about closing the deal. Sellers tend to favor these deposits because it gives them peace of mind to proceed to the next steps of the transaction. Earnest money doesn't go to the seller right away. Instead, it is held in an escrow account with an escrow company until closing.

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February
10

Valentine's Day Flowers - Atlanta - JYB Realty

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day quite like a beautiful floral arrangement. There's a good reason why everyone is happy to receive flowers: They're a gorgeous way to show your love and make an impressive display.

Our real estate agents suggest the following five Atlanta florists to try when you're ordering flowers for your Valentine:

  • Peachtree Petals, 1450 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
    Peachtree Petals offers created-to-order arrangements, including many that are excellent choices for Valentine's Day. The shop's professional staff has over 50 years of experience, and its general manager/senior floral designer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture. You can place your order at Peachtree Petals' storefront, online, or at the shop, and electronic notifications will keep you informed about its progress until your selection is delivered to your sweetie.

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February
3

Atlanta Wine & Beer Events - JY&B Realty

According to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, "There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking." Sample the wide variety of top-quality beer and wine brands available near Atlanta homes for sale at these festive upcoming events. 

  • Valentines in the Garden - Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309
    Sip Valentine's Day cocktails, sample savory bites and desserts from top Atlanta chefs, and enjoy themed music and decor from the past 80 years at Valentines in the Garden from 7 - 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. This year's theme of "Decades of Love" will feature a '50s sock hop, a '70s disco dance floor, and an '80s "totally tubular" prom. Dance the night away and don't forget to participate in the group vow renewals at 7:45 and 8:45 p.m. 

    VIP tickets cost $165 per couple for members and $175 per couple for non-members and allow for early admission at 6:30 p.m., two drink tickets, and two corsages or boutonnieres. General admission is $45 for garden members and $50 for non-members.

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January
27

Closet Organization for Sellers - JYB Realty

As you prepare your home to put it on the market, it's easy to focus on the more obvious rooms and neglect your closets. In fact, as you clean other rooms, you may have ended up storing some additional items in your closets. Overstuffed, dark, and disorganized closets are a turn-off to prospective buyers. They want to see stylish, roomy areas in Atlanta homes for sale so they'll enough space to store what they need and not dread going into their closets.

Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to make your closets appeal to prospective buyers:

  • Give your closets a thorough cleaning
    Make sure to clean your closets when you're getting your home ready to sell. Empty each closet and clean it with a damp rag and extendable duster from top to bottom. Clean the floor with a vacuum if it's carpeted and with a dust mop or Swiffer Wet Jet if it has hardwood floors. After you clean, leave the doors open and let your closet dry out before replacing any items.

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January
20

Unique Dining - Atlanta - JY&B Realty

Are you looking to break up your average dinner routine with an extraordinary night out? Our real estate agents have picked out five unique dining destinations around Atlanta that we're sure you'll love!

  1. Agatha's A Taste of Mystery — 161 Peachtree Center Ave. NE., Atlanta, GA 30303
    Would you like a side of mystery with your dinner? There's been a murder at Agatha's A Taste of Mystery and it's hauntingly hilarious. This interactive murder mystery show changes by the season, serving up a fresh who-dun-it with their delicious five-course meals. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, soup and salad while the plot thickens. By the time you've finished your chicken, pork or fish entrée, you'll be ready to catch the culprit and dive into a delectable dessert. For 30 years, diners have raved about this intimate venue's comedy and cuisine — we guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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January
13

Fix Mortgage Loan Problems - JY&B Realty

The mortgage loan application process is quite rigorous - one or several strikes against you and the loan officer decides that you don't qualify. There are many reasons why your request for a loan may have been rejected. Receiving a rejection letter can certainly be a disappointment. But rather than dwell on the unfortunate outcome, use it as a valuable learning experience and correct the problem. Our real estate agents share five possible causes for a mortgage loan denial and what you can do to improve your chances moving forward.

  • Down Payment is Too Small
    A down payment shows lenders that you're capable of saving money, and you're serious about investing in your future home. So, a small down payment does little to put their minds at ease. Conventional loans require a down payment anywhere between 5% and 20% of the total value of a home. If you come up with anything less than 20%, chances are very high that you'll receive a denial or be required to pay private mortgage insurance.

    How to fix: Start saving early enough so you reach the 20% threshold when submitting your application or wait and give yourself time to save up the funds. You can also use a gift from a relative as long as no repayment is expected. Ensure you're transparent in documenting the source of the money. Finally, you can have the seller pay some of the closing costs.

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January
6

Atlanta Spas & Salons - JY&B Realty

Once you've made everyone's holiday dreams come true, it's time to treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering. Start the new year right with post-holiday relaxation at one of these fabulous spas around Atlanta homes for sale.

  1. The Art of Touch - 855 Peachtree St., Suite 2B, Atlanta 30308
    A visit to The Art of Touch is a treat for all the senses. Massage is customized to meet your specific needs, so pricing is based only on the length of the session regardless of the style you select. Extras such as aromatherapy, body oils, and chocolate bars add to overall relaxation, while the massage space itself is designed as a showcase for a rotating selection of local artwork. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

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December
30

Home Loan Pre-Approval Timing - JY&B Realty

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a crucial step on the path to buying a home, and one that every shopper should look into when they get serious about making a purchase. Pre-approval allows you to get a strong idea of the funds you'll have available to spend on your home, makes it easier to plan your budget, and shows sellers that you're a serious buyer. But it's important to be prepared before speaking with lenders, so when is the right time to get pre-approved? Our real estate agents are here to help, with a guide to planning for mortgage pre-approval when shopping for a home.

  • Why Pre-Approval Is So Important
    When you're competing with other buyers for Atlanta homes for sale, you want to do everything that you can to make your offer stand out from the pack. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage shows sellers that you have the necessary funds available to back your offer, and gives seller's agents a reason to take your offers seriously. From your perspective, pre-approval provides a firm range for how much home you can afford and allows you to start planning for your purchase with confidence. Overall, a buyer with pre-approval is in a much better position to close the deal.

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December
16

New Year New Hobbies - Atlanta, GA - JY&B Realty

As the January approaches, our real estate agents want you to start the New Year on the right foot. Instead of choosing a resolution, we believe it's fun and exciting to try a new hobby. Here are a few popular activities you can try in the New Year.

  • Find Your Om at Tough Love Yoga — 1530 Dekalb Ave. NE. Suite D., Atlanta, GA 30307
    Making a resolution to commit to an exercise regiment is a healthy choice but did you know that you can get a great workout in just through stretching? Find your "om" at Tough Love Yoga where you'll learn yoga poses through a variety of lessons. Classes include Deep Stretch, Prenatal Yoga, Basics, Yoga + Meditate. Moms-to-be will enjoy Prenatal Yoga while rockers will love Metal Yoga. There's a class for you at this affordable and accessible yoga studio in Atlanta.

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December
9

Holiday Shop Local - Atlanta - JY&B Realty

Did you wait until the last minute to start thinking about your holiday shopping? It's okay! Whether you've been distracted by exploring all of the best Atlanta homes for sale or time just got away from you, it's still not too late. 

To help make sure your holidays are jolly, our real estate agents have pulled together a list of some of the coolest, quirkiest local places to do your last-minute holiday shopping. Check it out! 

  • Young Blood: 632 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
    For beautiful, handcrafted items, you can't go wrong with Young Blood. This shop carries a carefully curated selection of gift items including accessories, jewelry, fragrances, ceramics, candles, incense, and more. There aren't your typical retail goods—they're made by individual artists from all across the United States and abroad. Shopping for someone who loves beautiful things has never been easier!

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December
2

Credit Score - Buy a House - Josey Young & Brady Realty

Our real estate agents at Josey Young & Brady Realty know that buying Atlanta homes for sale starts long before you reach out to us. In fact, many people save up for months or years before they embark on the journey of buying their own home. Even if you only have a few months to get ready, there are steps that will help! Two financial habits are essential to achieving your goals:

  • Save up money so that you can easily handle a down payment or closing costs.
  • Reduce your debts so you can improve your credit score before getting a loan.

Of these, it's the second one that creates the most confusion! Every time you pay down debt, you are raising your credit score. Your credit score, in turn, is a numerical representation of your good financial habits. It uses a number of factors to help lenders assess the risk in offering you a loan.

There are opportunities to raise your credit score every month. A change of just a few points can give you access to loans on more favorable terms, so knowing how your credit score works is worth the effort. Let's look at some of the best ways to improve your credit before applying for a home loan.

  1. Pay Bills on Time
    Most people have predictable income from work and set, monthly due dates for bills. Still, with so many things to keep track of, it's possible to let something slip. Set up a calendar, use a mobile app with reminders, or set up automatic payments to ensure bills get out on time.

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November
25

Top Employers in Atlanta - JY&B Realty

If you're relocating to the metro Atlanta area, you'll be moving to a growing, vibrant city that has a lot to offer. You'll be able to enjoy plenty of entertainment options, green space, a mild climate, and a relatively low cost of living when compared to other parts of the country. Atlanta also has a thriving business climate, so if you're looking for a job, you'll see that many companies are hiring.

As you look for Atlanta homes for sale, you can also check out job openings at some of the city's top employers:

  1. Delta Air Lines
    Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been named the busiest passenger airport for 21 years in a row, so it should come as no surprise that Delta Air Lines is one of Atlanta's top employers. The airline, which is headquartered in Atlanta, has about 34,500 employees in the city, including flight attendants, cargo positions, airport customer service, and information technology. It also earned a spot on Glassdoor's December 2018 list of the best places to work.

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November
18

Holiday Craft Fairs in Atlanta - JY&B Realty

One of the best things about Atlanta homes for sale is all the opportunities in our neighborhoods to connect with people and support the local community. The winter holidays are the perfect time to shop local and support local artists and the local economy. And holiday shopping can be extra fun when you attend a craft fair.  It's exciting to see all the one-of-a-kind gifts available, and those special gifts mean so much more when you know someone took the time to hand-make them. For gifts everyone on your list will love, visit one of these holiday craft fairs and get shopping!

  1. Indie Craft Experience Holiday Spectacular - Georgia World Congress Center, 235 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, 30313 | 
    Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, November 24, 2019, 11-6

    Looking to get all your holiday shopping done at once? The Indie Craft Experience Holiday Spectacular can help you do exactly that! This two-day event is celebrating its 15th year and with over 200 crafters, artists and vendors, there's plenty to choose from. Entertainment, hands-on art experiences, and swag bags for the first 250 attendees all add some extra fun to your shopping trip.

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November
11

Gated Communities - JY&B Realty

Gated communities often convey a feeling of safety and luxury, but they aren't necessarily the best choice for every homebuyer. Our real estate agents at Josey Young & Brady Realty can help you find Atlanta homes for sale in a variety of gated communities and understand whether living in a gated neighborhood is the right choice for you.

The following are some of the most important things you should consider if you're thinking about moving into a gated community:

Pros

  • Increased safety and security
    While there's no guarantee against crime, gated communities tend to be safer because access is limited.

  • More amenities and social opportunities 
    Gated communities often have pools, green spaces, clubhouses and/or recreation centers that serve as community hubs. Some also have additional perks such as golf courses or tennis courts. They're likely to host community events that help you form bonds with your neighbors and build a strong sense of community.

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November
4

Order Thanksgiving Pies Around Atlanta - JYB Realty

While we often think of pumpkin pie as part of the first Thanksgiving meal at Plymouth Colony, the tradition dates back only to the 19th century. After Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, writer Sarah Josepha Hale promoted the idea with recipes for turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

The "godmother of Thanksgiving" would be pleased to see how heartily pie has been embraced as a holiday staple. Be sure to stock up with a variety of flavors from these great bakeries around Atlanta homes for sale.

  • Southern Baked Pie Company - 3145 Peachtree Road, Suite 165, Atlanta 30305
    How can you go wrong with a bakery called Southern Baked Pie Company? Owner Amanda Wilbanks infuses Southern charm into her pies made from family recipes featuring all-butter crusts. Looking for non-traditional options? Try the salted caramel turtle or Sweet Caroline candy bar pies. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, including two additional locations in Alpharetta and Gainesville.

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October
28

Home Maintenance Toolbox - Josey Young & Brady Realty

Whether you've owned your house for years, or you're just now about to buy one of the beautiful Atlanta homes for sale, all homeowners should be able to complete maintenance and repairs around their property. Our real estate agents know that even newer homes will require a little bit of handy work as the years pass. We believe that it's wise to have a handful of specific tools available to use when you need them most. Here are 15 tools that every homeowner needs in their home.

  1. Tape Measure
    A tape measure is one tool you should have the minute you move in. As you attempt to move in your existing furniture or purchase new pieces, you'll need to know the exact measurements of specific spaces. We recommend buying a sturdy tap measure for around the house and a smaller tape measure to keep in your car or purse for measuring items in store.

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October
21

Atlanta Filming Locations - JYB Realty

"All the world's a stage" is the classic opening line of a monologue from Shakespeare's As You Like It, but the phrase could certainly apply to modern-day Atlanta, which has become a favorite location for film crews. As you tour Atlanta homes for sale, check out these local spots that have appeared on movie and TV screens.

  1. High Museum of Art - 1280 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta 30309 
    With its white concrete walls, spacious and light-filled atrium and impressive collection of world art, High Museum of Art is a natural setting for dramatic movie scenes. In its most recent appearance, the High stood in for the Museum of Great Britain during Killmonger's daring theft of a Wakandan tool in Black Panther. The popular Southeast museum also turned up in What to Expect When You're Expecting, Manhunter and Allegiant.

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October
7

Hogansville Hummingbird Festival - Josey Young & Brady Realty

Held the third weekend of every October in historic downtown Hogansville, GA, the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival is one of our real estate agents' favorite fall festivities. This vibrant outdoor festival provides fun for the whole family, with activities, music, food, and vendors and wares from local artists, crafters, shops, and more.

Tons of Events and Activities

Designated as a Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Event, this fabulous festival has a true small-town feel. It happens in downtown Hogansville (aka "The City of Friendly People"). To find it on your GPS, enter the address: 400 East Main Street, Hogansville, GA. Start time is 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. Admission and parking are free, with security and handicap access available. With more than 200 vendors, tasty food, live music, a children's area, and tons of local restaurants and businesses, it's the perfect way to spend a beautiful autumn weekend. Or get to know your neighbors at the annual Kickoff Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction gala at the Victoria Belle Mansion, Thursday, Oct 17.

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September
30