Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ford Hapeville Plant

After several months of speculation, we now know what will become of the Ford Hapeville Plant near the airport. The 122 acre site was recently purchased by Jacoby Development and they've announced plans to develop an "aerotropolis" - an aviation-intensive business district that is expected to include office, retail, restaurant, hotel and airport parking.

The development is expected to bring thousands of jobs to the area. The timeframe for its completion is unclear as it will take about a year to demo the site and perform the necessary environmental clean up. Construction will begin at that time but Jacoby has made it clear that no buildings will go up until tenants are signed.

Demolition of the site may begin as early as next week. The developer is also exploring the possibility of extending MARTA rail service into Hapeville.

Jacoby Development is the same company responsible for converting the old Atlantic Steel Mill into Atlantic Station in midtown Atlanta.

Read on for more information

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ways to Get in Shape

Now that summer is here, losing weight is on a lot of our minds. If you are looking to lose a few pounds then read on for my top 3 list. These are all things I've done before and would most likely do again.
  1. Hip Hop Dance Classes
  2. Pole Dancing Classes
  3. Boot Camp

The hip hop dance classes are my favorite. You get a good cardio workout and you don't focus on how hard you are working as you are trying to learn the routine and get the moves right. Check out the Music Video Funk class at Dance 101 to experience this yourself. Its just like it sounds. You learn steps from music videos and its a lot of fun.

Pole dancing comes in second. Its not the intense cardio workout that you'd get from the hip hop classes or bootcamp but its awesome for toning up and it is definitely fun. This isn't practice for the real thing so you won't be taking off any clothes or performing for men in class. Its a safe environment of women only and everyone is very encouraging and supportive. Words don't do it justice. This is something that you have to experience yourself to really appreciate. Click here for more info.

Last on the list is boot camp. This is really not fun at all. Not in the beginning anyway. If you are a couch potato then this workout will be very challenging. My first day was miserable. The next day was better and each day after it improved. I won't lie and say that I enjoyed it but I knew it was good for me. Running, lunges, squats, crunches... You'll do all of this before sunrise and you'll see quick results. There are multiple options around town. American Boot Camp Company offers programs at Piedmont Park, Atlantic Station, Chastain Park, and other locations.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Furniture Auctions This Weekend

There are two upcoming auctions this weekend at Beazer Homes communities in Acworth and Kennesaw.

Here are the details:
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Canterbury Estates
3931 Nemours Trail
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Preview Furniture at 11AM
Auction Begins at 1PM

Sunday, June 8, 2008
Centennial Lakes
919 Silver Lake Drive
Acworth, GA 30102

Preview Furniture at Noon
Auction Begins at 2PM

Before you go to the auction there are a few things you should know:

  1. Everything is sold as is. There are no refunds on items purchased.
  2. There is a 15% buyer's premium on items purchased so if you buy something for $100, it will actually cost you $115 plus tax.
  3. Payment can be made with cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard.
  4. You must take your purchases with you the same day. There are people at the auction for a couple of hours after it ends so you will have time to rent a truck if necessary. Your best bet for a last minute rental is Lowe's or Home Depot. I can also recommend a mover if you don't want to worry about getting a truck.
  5. There are people on hand that can help you load heavy furniture into your vehicle. They work for tips so bring cash.

The photo above is from the auction on Saturday.

Send me an email if you need directions. Maybe I'll see you there. :)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tribute Lofts Fire Sale

Tribute Lofts is a condo development off of I-75/85 and Freedom Parkway. I first visited the property about 8 months ago and thought it had a lot to offer. Good intown location, priced well for the market, and nice amenities. I didn't have a buyer for it at the time so I didn't give it much more thought.

I recently learned that Tribute Lofts will be auctioning 40 units next month. The best part is that the beginning bid will be 55% of the market price on select units. That's a starting price of $110,000!

This is an amazing opportunity! Previously the best deal in the development was on 1 bedroom TAD units. With money from the ADA, it was possible to buy 1 bedroom units at $144,000 and 2 bedroom units at $154,000. While this is a great deal, it came with restrictions and required the homeowner to own and reside in the property for several years or incur penalties.

With the auction you can buy inexpensively and without the restrictions. This is an awesome opportunity for those looking for a home and also investors. If you'd like more information, please send me a quick email by clicking here. I have floor plans, details on the registration process, and info on viewing the units.

I'd love to show you how you can find a great home and/or build wealth through real estate.