What’s Happening Around Atlanta: January/February 2019

January 18, 2019

Check out our picks for the next 30 days! Click on the Title and off you go!       Atlanta Gladiators Hockey    January 12 – April 7, 2019       Atlanta Wine Festivals    January 19, 2019       Family Theater in Tucker – Little Mermaid    January 19 – February […]

Tips from our Resident Designer… Home Staging’s Huge Impact on Sales

January 18, 2019

I wanted to start off the new year with a great article on how staging your home will make you more money. The results don’t lie.   2018 Home Staging Statistics – Staging Works! I’m so excited about our latest, 2018 home staging statistics survey results!  In the survey, we studied the results of over […]

Historic Living… From Crisis to Recovery 2008 – 2018

January 18, 2019

It’s been 10 years and I still cannot bring myself to watch the film The Big Short. Some things are just too close to home. They say history is written by the survivors, so I am grateful to have made it to the other side of the mortgage and real estate crisis. I also believe […]

Taste of Home….Super Bowl Sunday Recipes

January 18, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday comes in second place, only to Thanksgiving, as the biggest eating day of the year in the United States and nothing says game day like mouth-watering appetizers. Chipotle Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe Serves 8 Serving Size: 1/2 sweet potato Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 sweet red […]

7 Essential Tips to Sell Your Home Faster and For More Money

January 13, 2019

    Click Here: Video of 7 Essential Tips   Stay tuned as we go into each tip in more depth over the next few weeks. Ready to sell now? Give us a call. We’d love to help.   mm    

What’s Happening Around Atlanta… December 2018/January 2019

December 18, 2018

You may be winding down your work life and ready to enjoy all the holidays have to offer. Here are some fun things to do over Christmas, New Years and into January 2019. Just click on the title and off you go! Macy’s at Lenox  The Pink Pig  is an Atlanta tradition for over 50 years […]

Market Update December 2018 Video

December 18, 2018

Here is your answer to “How’s the Real Estate Market?”   Market Update December 2018    

Tips From Our Resident Designer… How to Add Holiday Cheer to Your Mantle

December 17, 2018

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas in your home? Whether you’ve had Christmas decorations up since the first of November or your waiting until after the turkey is stuffed, sprucing up your mantel for the holidays can happen anytime during the Christmas season. Use these simple tips when decorating your mantel to […]

Historic Living… The boom of the Olympics to the Mortgage Crash, 1990 -2008

December 17, 2018

photo courtesy of Atlanta Magazine.   In the early 1970’s Atlanta’s metro population was around 2 million people. Before the Olympics in 1996 it had risen to roughly 3 million. After the Olympics in 1997, the population had increased to 4,458,253 in twelve months! The world got a glimpse of the sleeper city in the […]

Taste of Home… Beef Wellington, Traditional and Vegan

December 17, 2018

In an effort to support sustainable and healthy food choices (for the environment and for the body), this Christmas I will be making “traditional” holiday recipes along with vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free recipes. The main dish this Christmas will be Beef Wellington (traditional) and Roast Wellington (vegan but not gluten free). Both recipes are […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta… December 2018

December 4, 2018

The holidays are lighting up our fair city. Click on the event name below and off you go! So many choices for The Nutcracker: Nov. 30 to Dec. 16 – Gwinnett Ballet Theater, Duluth Dec. 7 to 9 – Atlanta Dance Theater, Roswell Dec. 8 to 24 – Atlanta Ballet, Fox Theater Dec. 14 to 16 – Metropolitan Ballet […]

Market Update December 2018

December 4, 2018

Good news for Buyers as more listings enter the market this fall.   We are still in a strong Seller’s Market with homes listed under $500,000. Above that mark, the market has started to flatten to a more balanced market. You must go above $1 million to see more of a Buyers Market and this […]

Tips From Our Resident Designer… How to care for Granite

December 4, 2018

Granite has been one of the most popular materials for counters in kitchens and baths since the early 2000’s. Granite is everywhere. It isn’t as porous as marble, so it is less prone to soaking up oils, spills and stains. That said, prevention is key with granite counter-tops. Mop us spills as soon as they happen […]

Historic Living … The Brady’s hop MARTA out of town 1970 – 1990

December 4, 2018

Atlanta elected its first black Mayor in 1973 showing a shift in demographics in the city limits. Mayor Maynard Jackson accomplished many things, including the construction of the MARTA rail system from 1975 – 1979 and the opening of the Georgia World Congress Center in 1976. This along with the modernization of Atlanta’s airport prepared […]

Taste of Home… Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

December 4, 2018

Holiday party season is upon us!  For those of you who know me, know I love whiskey.  A few years back I came across a whiskey sour recipe with a twist (  It’s sweetened with maple syrup instead of simple syrup and has cinnamon in it!  It’s delicious and a crowd pleaser.  When invited to […]

Taste of Home… Parmesan Squash Gratin

October 19, 2018

One of my favorite things about fall (besides the break from the heat) is the food!  With the crispy bread crumbs, butternut squash seasoned with garlic and Parmesan, this savory squash recipe is sure to please. *photo and recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker Kitchens Ingredients 1 butternut squash (2 1/2 lb) ¼ cup butter or […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta: October/November 2018

October 18, 2018

Check out our top 16 picks for the next 30 days!     1. PumpKing Patch & Harvest Bar    Runs through October 31           2. Six Flags Fright Fest    Select nights through October 31           3. Owl-O-Ween    October 19 and 20           4. […]

Market Update… As the Economy Rises, So Do Mortgage Rates

October 18, 2018

‘The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change ‘. Heraclitus said that and he died in 475 BC. So when things stay the same for awhile it can seem like the norm. We have been in a period of historically low interest rates. For a few years now I have been listening to my lenders and reading that rates […]

Tips From Our Resident Designer: Hate Carving Those Halloween Pumpkins?

October 18, 2018

Look at these 5 different ideas to showcase our pumpkin decorating skills.   1. GLITTERY POLKA DOT PUMPKINS – paint the pumpkin white and glue on gold or silver sequins.   2. METALLIC PUMPKINS – paint the whole pumpkin a solid color. Select a metallic color and pour a small amount over the top and […]

Historic Living… Mid-Century Modern, the Connector and White Flight 1950 – 1970

October 18, 2018

If you really want to trace how Atlanta grew as a city, simply look at the housing styles in the neighborhoods. Early in my career I sold a home in the East Atlanta Village neighborhood that was built in the 1930’s. The home had two driveways; one on each side of the house. The one […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta: September/October 2018

September 17, 2018

Check out our picks for the next 30 days! Click on the title and off you go.   September 22, 2018  Beltline Lantern Parade         September 22, 2018  East Atlanta Village Strut       September 24 – 30, 2018   Inman Park Restaurant Week           September 28, 2018  Cheese Fest   […]

Market Update: Atlanta Still the #1 Spot For Buyers

September 17, 2018

According to the September 2018 Case Shiller Report, Atlanta is still the #1 choice for incoming Buyers.     In price ranges below $500,000 we are still seeing a market that is heavily swayed to Sellers with tight inventory, even into the Fall months. One thing that has continued to affect the lower inventories is […]

How to dress up that naked ceiling in a room?

September 17, 2018

Here’s 5 ways to add design to the ceiling of a room.   1. Paint the ceiling to add contrast and color to a room.         2. Add wood beams in a pattern.         3. Add wallpaper with a pattern to add design detail to your room. This works […]

Historic Living… Depression and War 1930-1950

September 17, 2018

With a title this gloomy, you’d think not much was going on in Atlanta during this time. Quite to the contrary, this 20 year period was one of the most active expansions to what is now considered Intown Atlanta. The iconic Craftsman Bungalow swept across Atlanta and is still the most requested architectural style in […]

Taste of Home- Everything Pretzel Dogs

September 17, 2018

Photo and recipe courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking It’s that time of year again …. Tailgating Time and Game Day! If you’ve been looking for alternatives to burgers, dogs and wings, we have a treat for you. I’m sure it’ll be a crowd pleaser.   INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) […]

Taste of Home- Herb Garden Moctails

August 21, 2018

If alcohol is not part of your lifestyle, or if you are giving your liver a needed break, the iced tea or lemonade route can get boring. Here are some fabulous moctails to give your end of summer soiree’s a little zing. For a low-carb take, make the simple syrups with stevia or erithritoyl (brand […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta: August/September 2018

August 19, 2018

Take a look at our top picks to round out the summer over the next 30 days. Click on the title and off you go!   August 25th, Walk, Wag & Run   August 25th & 26th, Grant Park Summer Shade Festival     August 30th – September 3rd, Dragon Con   August 31st, part of the Taste […]

Tips From Our Resident Designer: Chandeliers

August 19, 2018

What is the correct size of a chandelier for a dining room?   Chandeliers can be tricky for anyone to figure out the correct size because they hang in the middle of the room. A good rule of thumb is the take the width of the room in feet, double the number, convert into inches […]

Market Update: No End in Sight for Atlanta’s Population Growth

August 19, 2018

The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts the 20 county Metro area to see continued growth and the population breaking the 8 million person mark by the year 2040. That may seem like a long time from now, yet if you buy a home with a 30 year mortgage, you will have 8 more years to pay […]

Historic Living… Atlanta’s First Housing Boom 1880 – 1930 Part 2

August 19, 2018

Smith-Benning House. Candler Park. Photo courtesy the National Register of Historic Places. By the early 1900’s, Candler and George Adair Jr. were in a “real estate race”, building homes along their trolley lines. Each named a park and neighborhood after themselves. (Candler Park to the east and Adair Park to the south.) Both neighborhoods were targeted […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta- July/August 2018

July 18, 2018

Our top picks for the next 3o days of fun in our fair city. Click on the name of the event in Bold and be on your way!     July 19th -26th  Atlanta Underground Filmfest     July 20th -22nd  Dirty South Yoga Fest     July 20th -28th   Georgia Mountain Fair     July 27th […]

Market Update- The Baby Boomers Are Coming!

July 18, 2018

If you were wondering if it was a good time to sell your home or buy a new one, here are three more reasons why the Time is Now. When I moved to Atlanta in 1989, I was thrilled when I met someone who was actually born here. At the time, it seemed like everyone […]

Taste of Home- Summer Tacos

July 18, 2018

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has recipes for fish, pork, and chicken and black bean tacos — which can easily be adapted to serve a hungry summer crowd — as well as condiment suggestions, and brings them in for hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to try. This is great summertime eating. Use any type of fish […]

Historic Living… Atlanta’s First Housing Boom 1880 – 1930 Part 1

July 18, 2018

  Original plans circa 1854, photo courtesy APC Atlanta continued to grow and expand in the days after Reconstruction. The railroads brought a constant stream of goods and people to the hub of transportation. Lemuel P Grant has been called the “Father of Atlanta,” Originally from Maine, Grant came south to build out the railroad […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta June/July 2018

June 28, 2018

Summer is in full swing and there is no wondering where the nickname Hotlanta came from.  Check out all the happening below. A few may even cool you off! Are you joining us for the Intown Area Homes Summer Party and Big Wheel Race, Sunday June 24th from 1:00 -4:00? Come jump on an adult […]

Market Update: What a Difference 5 Years Makes

June 28, 2018

There are many factors that feed into Atlanta’s real estate market growth. Much of the development currently taking place in Atlanta started long ago before the economic downturn in 2008. We were doing tours of the “Future Beltline” back in 2004. Talk of the Memorial Corridor Redevelopment started over 20 years ago. Atlanta’s population has […]

Taste of Home

June 28, 2018

Now that summer is upon us and it’s time for entertaining. Here are crowd pleasing side dishes you can bring to share.   Meet the MELON CAPRESE SKEWER INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup Basil Vinaigrette (recipe below) 1 small cantaloupe, scooped into balls 1 small honeydew, scooped into balls 1 small seedless watermelon, scooped into balls 20 […]

IAH Summer Party Highlights- Big Wheel Races!!!!!

June 28, 2018

Sunday, June 24th we had our biggest client event so far- Big Wheel Races! Did you join us? Guests had a choice of participating in a large Team Race event or individual races   or could enjoy pizza, salads, cake and two drinks of their choosing in the air conditioning.       We had […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta May/June 2018

May 23, 2018

May flowers are in full bloom here in Atlanta. Enjoy the beautiful weather and check out these upcoming events in and around our fair city over the next 30 days! Click on the name of the event below for more details. Every Thursday starting on May 24th through September 27th, grab a friend and head […]

Market Update: Is the Market Shifting?

May 23, 2018

If we look at the total Atlanta real estate market, we are still in a heavy “Seller’s Market”. How long can this last? Are we in a shift? Yes and no. Here is a look at April 2018 vs April 2017.       This is the overall market, which shows less inventory, shorter days […]

A Delicious Summer Cocktail to Cool You Off!

May 23, 2018

We know the Derby and Cinco de Mayo have passed. This looks so delish, we just had to share. INGREDIENTS IN THE BLACKBERRY MINT JULEP MARGARITA COCKTAIL 5 Blackberries 6 Mint leaves 2 oz Milagro Añejo tequila 1 ozFresh lime juice 1 ozHoney syrup (one part honey, one part water)   Garnish: 2 Blackberries 1 Mint sprig   Directions: In a shaker, […]

Historic Living… Fables of the Reconstruction

May 23, 2018

The American Civil War left Atlanta in ashes. Many of the farms in the surrounding areas had also been devastated leaving no proper food supply. Freed slaves, then known as Freedmen, left the countryside in droves for the city. The population of Fulton county doubled in size from 1860 to 1870. Shantytowns developed on the […]

Historic Living…How Terminus turned into Atlanta

April 11, 2018

What does the history of Atlanta have to do with real estate? More than you may think. The growth of a town from the city center out has a pattern; as does its decline and then subsequent revitalization. Let’s look at a few little known facts about our fair city. When the Western and Atlantic […]

What’s Happening Around Atlanta

April 11, 2018

  Happy Spring! April in Atlanta means Festival Season has begun! Take a look at all the happenings around town taking place in the next 30 days!   The Atlanta Film Festival will be taking place from April 13th – 22nd. Find the complete schedule for your cinematic pleasure here:   Atlanta Film Festival   Looking […]

Easy Dips for Your Picnics and Parties

April 11, 2018

  As it warms up here (finally), you may find yourself having a picnic or going to a friend’s house for a potluck cookout. Regardless, we think you’ll find these dips an easy way to feed a crowd.  So, grab some friends and enjoy one or all of these dips! Spinach Dip INGREDIENTS For the […]

Market Update- Do Rising Interest Rates Make a Difference?

April 11, 2018

Last summer you considered buying a new home. You heard inventory was low and several homes in the area had multiple offers. You decided that it was not the right time for you. You figured you’d wait until the market “calmed down” and more homes came on the market. Maybe next Spring,,, Spring is here! […]

Lush – Champagne Cocktail

November 9, 2017

Since this month IAH will be hosting our quarterly event Celebrate You, where we will have a blind taste test of 3 bubblies, it seems the perfect recipe this month is a champagne cocktail.   Atlanta Chef-owner Shaun Doty and bar manager Jacki Schmidt created Lush as an aperitif, but it’s become a popular nightcap.   […]

What’s Happening…Around Atlanta?

November 9, 2017

We are fortunate to live in such a diverse, vibrant city.  We want to share a sampling of what’s happening around Atlanta over the next month. If you’re looking for something fun to do and you don’t see it here, reach out to us. Chances are… we can give you some ideas!   November 14, […]

Your Property Tax Skyrocketed!!! Now what?

June 10, 2017

Your Property Tax Skyrocketed!  Now What? Our phones have lit up with calls from clients and neighbors who were shocked to see increases of 20-60% on their property assessments. It’s that time of year…when the County Tax Assessor mails out notices to property owners informing them of any changes in appraised value on their homes and […]

Give your Atlanta home a quick refresh with these budget-friendly tips

May 14, 2017

(BPT) – Whether you are buying, selling or simply remodeling your Atlanta home, you are looking to invest in updates that will increase the value and appeal of your home. It’s natural to want it all, but before you over-personalize or break the bank, there are many simple, budget-friendly changes that can increase the value […]

Tax Advantages of Home Ownership in Atlanta

January 16, 2017

If you purchased or sold a home in 2016, you’ll want to read this and discover your tax advantages of home ownership. Soon, you will be preparing your Income Tax Return for 2016. You will need a copy of your home’s closing statement to make some of the calculations. These statements sometimes get mixed up […]

Thoughtful design in everyday spaces

November 29, 2016

Have you ever stopped to consider how much thought and effort went into the design of the spaces you visit every day? You may not realize it, but your favorite restaurants, neighborhood grocery store and go-to movie theater follow some very specific design principles in order to create a unique space that is both visually […]

​5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

November 1, 2016

  (BPT) – 5 tips for creating fall curb appeal! Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales […]