Grant Park (Atlanta, GA)
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
Grant Park welcomes you to the 36th Annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes. Don’t miss one of Atlanta’s best and most eclectic holiday home tours! The Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 and Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.Buy your tickets now!  Advance tickets for the 2016 Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes are $20 each through Friday, December 9th. Ticket prices increase to $25 each beginning Saturday, December 10th.One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season in Atlanta, Historic Grant Park’s Candlelight Tour of Homes first began in 1980 as a benefit for a pioneering community daycare center.  Over the years, the tour has grown and evolved into a fundraiser for three cherished community organizatio...
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By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
Do you enjoy sampling beer and wine, but you don’t so much enjoy doing it on a crowded concrete parking lot? Follow your nature – surrounded by our nature! Do your brew in an exotic outdoor destination that’s home to more than 1,400 animals from around the world, including Atlanta’s famous panda beauties Mei Lun and Mei Huan. Looking for the festival that swallows all the other festivals whole? Go ahead, shed your skin! Brew at the Zoo 2016 is back with more brews, more bubbly and more bands to add to your favorite Memorial Day weekend tradition.Brew at the Zoo 2016 will be on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Event times: VIP Pre-party 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. General Admission 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Highlights will include sampling of more than 70 beers and wines, including local favorites such as T...
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By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
Come “Stroll Through Time” in Grant Park this Spring during the 42nd Annual Historic Grant Park Tour of Homes! Saturday, May 21, 2016 (12 PM to 6 PM) Sunday, May 22, 2016 (12 PM to 6 PM) Grant Park’s Spring tour of homes theme, “A Stroll Through Time,” takes the unique approach of organizing homes, businesses and historic sites, from the oldest to the newest to tell the amazing stories of one of Atlanta’s original “streetcar suburbs.” This neighborhood is still evolving after over a century and a half!Grant Park is home to antebellum houses, Queen Anne Victorians, bungalows, post WWII ranches, contemporary lofts and thriving businesses. The “Stroll Through Time” theme has been popular for several years andl focuses on residential changes and additions through time. See how modest resid...
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By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
The Grant Park Conservancy is pleased to bring back, 2016 Pick’n in Grant Park BBQ and Music Festival for a second year. Sign up and compete against some of the strongest talent in Atlanta. Teams must cook ribs, chicken, and pork. Contest takes place May 6th-7th. For attendees, competitors will NOT be serving samples during the competition. If you are nice though, they might serve some of their sweet treats when the competition closes on Saturday afternoon!The 2016 Pick’n in Grant Park BBQ and Music Festival will be held on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th. The festival is located in Grant Park at 840 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.What better to enjoy great BBQ with than rockin’ music? Set up your blankets and kick back with some of the best musicians from all over.In between ...
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By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
Make your own history at one of the most historical locations in Atlanta! Grant Park will be hosting its finest Food-O-Rama on April 16, 2016. The event will be one of high spirits, community bonding, and great food! Grant Park is ecstatic to welcome people of all ages for an event that will bring together the past and present by playing on the park’s historical value and the new innovations in the food truck industry.The Grant Park Food-o-Rama will gather Atlanta’s top Food Vendors in one place from 11am to 8pm. The food itself will mirror the diversity Atlanta is so known for, holding a different cultures around every corner. The vendors will be selling small portions from their trucks, allowing attendees to partake in multiple delicacies and not be constrained to choosing just one am...
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By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
  We've been introduced to buyers with interest in one of our listings.  It would really help if they could sell a property in Atlanta...a specific neighborhood in Atlanta. So, I called Richard Weisser of Coweta Fayette Real Estate in Newnan, Georgia.  Leslie and I have been big fans of his poetry and photography on ActiveRain plus he is one of the most visible agents in Georgia.   His voice really belongs to his photo.  We had a pleasant chat about lots of things.  He and his wife are big Smoky Mountain enthusiasts and are planning a visit here soon.  Leslie and I will have lunch with them, one of those mini AR meetups.  We're really looking forward to it.   One of the things we talked about was our buyers' neighborhood in Atlanta.  Even though Richard no longer concentrates his busine...
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By Kerry Lucasse, Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group)
  FHA Anti-Flipping Waiver Extended Good news for Atlanta real estate investors, renovators and buyers who want to take advantage of FHA’s low down payment mortgages!  The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) announced that the temporary waiver of FHA’s 90-day “anti-flipping” rule has been extended through 2014. This extension is going to have an enormous — and positive — impact on our Atlanta real estate market.  What’s so exciting about this announcement?  For many years FHA had a rule that forbids “flipping” a home (i.e. updating/renovating a home and reselling in less than 90 days). This meant that Atlanta real estate investors / renovators would have to hold onto a property for a minimum of 90 days in order to sell it to a buyer with an FHA loan — or home buyers who qualified for FHA fi...
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