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How the Atlanta Film Industry Is Strengthening the City’s Real Estate

In case you didn’t notice, film is big in Atlanta. Really big. Thanks in part to generous tax incentives now offered by the state, the Atlanta film industry has mushroomed into a contender on the world stage over the years. In fact, the Atlanta Business Chronicle recently reported that Georgia hosted no less than 17 major feature film productions in 2016, making it the top location in the world last year for film production, even over mainstays like Los Angeles and New York. Among the most notable titles filmed include “Passengers,” “Allegiant” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” — not to mention ongoing series like “The Walking Dead,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and the recent Netflix hit series “Stranger Things.” […]

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Atlanta’s Favorable Market Attracts First-Time Home Buyers

If you are a first-time home buyer in the United States, chances are you have at least taken a look at the Atlanta area, according to recent market research. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Atlanta now ranks among the top cities in the nation for attracting first-time home buyers, among others like Orlando and Memphis. The analysis, conducted by Zillow, took several key metrics into account when evaluating the housing markets of major U.S. cities, including median home values, expected one-year appreciation rates and available inventory. The research concluded that many of the most favorable markets are concentrated in the South and Midwest. Other cities topping the list included Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Tampa and Birmingham, while some of the […]

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Atlanta Home Prices Over The Last Year

As Atlanta enters 2015, it does so with big expectations. A list published by CNN projected that the city would lead the country with a pretty sizable increase in housing prices — some experts are predicting up to 11 percent. With that in mind, take a look at what the last year held for the city’s real estate market. Housing Prices in 2014 Overall, 2014 was a good year for Atlanta. For the most part, prices increased and foreclosures decreased, all while sales increased and mortgage rates remained very low. It was definitely better than 2013 when the city underperformed compared to most of the rest of the country. Over the course of the entire year, prices rose about 4.5 […]

Is Stainless Steel on the way out?

Is this the end of a 25-year run for stainless steel? Stainless has been the big word in kitchen appliances for years. What’s next? Two major appliance manufacturers are going head-to-head with difference finishes, as Ellen Byron explains on Lunch Break. Major manufacturers are placing bets on different potential successors to the shiny, upscale appliance finish, which surprised everyone with its resilience. It is a pivotal moment in kitchen design: While stainless steel is still the dominant look, there are clear signals it has outworn its welcome, even with no clear successor in place. The appliance industry has tried to promote new looks before. In recent years, manufacturers have pitched “oiled bronze,” “antique copper” and a gray hue called “meteorite,” […]

Home Trends Watch: Homeowners Want More Kitchen Space

More home owners want more space in their kitchens and are expanding the kitchen’s use for more than just cooking, according to the latest findings from the American Institute of Architects’ quarterly Home Design Trends Survey. The survey, conducted in the fourth quarter of 2011, focused on kitchens and bathrooms. “Kitchens seem to be regaining their function as the home’s ‘nerve center,’” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. During the housing downturn, kitchen design fell as a priority for home owners, Baker notes. But as the market has picked up, Americans’ interest in kitchens has been renewed. “The last few years have seen kitchens take on new functions with dedicated computer areas and recharging stations,” Baker notes. The kitchen products […]