August 2020

It's August and the dog days of summer are upon us! For many, this month represents the last few weeks of summer fun before the regular work and school schedules kick in. Be sure to check out the creative ideas for work spaces in the home for both adults and kids.

This month's featured topics include:

  • Atlanta Real Estate: Housing Market Overview (Spoiler Alert: It's hot!)
  • The Thrifty Homeowner: Save money on insurance with smart home technology
  • Mid-Year Design Trends: Great ideas for selling, updating, and refreshing
  • Atlanta Food: Crack a crustacean, grab some grub, or mingle at a farmer's market
  • Georgia Outdoor Fun: Relax, refresh, renew ... on a bike, in a kayak, or at a swimming hole

The real estate section focuses on metro-Atlanta statistics. I keep a close eye on housing market indicators and can be a good resource for market or neighborhood information. I am happy to share what I know about this dynamic market!

As always, I thank you for thinking of me when you or someone you know is buying or selling a home.


P.S. Don't forget that I have an extensive list of contractors for different home services. Let me know if you need any recommendations!
Housing Market Overview
In July, home sales continued to rebound, showing strong signs of a market turnaround after three straight months of a Pandemic Slump. As a result:
Low Interest Rates + Pent-up Demand = Strong Sales Prices

According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, this momentum has the potential to continue:
“The sales recovery is strong, as buyers were eager to purchase homes and properties that they had been eyeing during the shutdown…This revitalization looks to be sustainable for many months ahead as long as mortgage rates remain low and job gains continue.”
Atlanta Stats: 2020 vs 2019
Average Sales Price - Increasing
July 2020 YTD vs July 2019 YTD

Months of Inventory - Decreasing
July 2020 vs July 2019 (not YTD)

July 2020 YTD vs July 2019 YTD
The Thrifty Homeowner
Reduce Your Homeowners Insurance
From the Insurance Information Institute, a checklist of items to help you lower costs while maintaining the coverage you need.

Insurance companies love this new technology: a smart water security system that allows you to
monitor usage and avoid catastrophic damage.

Most insurance companies require a security system to be monitored for eligible discounts. There are DIY options that can be monitored!
Mid-Year Design Trends
What's In, What's Out
Top designers reveal 58 trends that are big this year—plus those worth saying goodbye to!

Home Designing offers tips and ideas for work spaces in your home for both adults and children.

Atlanta Food | Georgia Fun
A little off the beaten stream, with unbeatable scenery for paddlers.

Paved Trails, Mountain Biking, Bike Rentals
(COVID related restrictions may apply.)

A more adventurous alternative to the neighborhood pool.
Your August List of To-Do's