Harry Norman Realtors BrokerThis week on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show, we are excited to have on Mike Wright, broker for the intown office of Atlanta-based Harry Norman, Realtors and Brian Hill with the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. It’s a great episode focused on intown living and lifestyle, and it’s a fabulous way to launch into spring!

Our first guest is Mike Wright, who is the intown office broker for Harry Norman, Realtors. Mike has been in the real estate business for about 15 years and is the leader of an office with over 75 real estate professionals. Harry Norman, Realtors has a fine tradition of real estate in the Atlanta area, as it was founded in 1930 and is Atlanta’s oldest and largest  residential real estate firm with 12 sales offices, various franchise and satellite offices and more than 1,000 real estate professionals. In addition, Harry Norman is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. This means Harry Norman is part of the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. with 30 locations, over 20,000 sales associates and more than 3,500 employees.

The intown office focuses on the center of Atlanta with historic neighborhoods like Ansley Park, Inman Park, and, as Mike says, almost anywhere that has a park in the name as well as Buckhead. These markets are hopping, and momentum from ending a great year of sales meant that things didn’t slow down much in winter, even for the powerful storms that blew through in January. Mike and his 75 agents are looking forward to a vibrant spring selling season.

Even in these historic neighborhoods, home buyers have a hunger for new construction. A number of builders are scooping up some of the older homes that they can and making room for the homes that buyers want now: traditional styles that play well with the neighborhood aesthetic that have modern conveniences. Mike also says that a big thing right now is not larger homes in the intown area, but homes with more features are driving buyer interest.

For more information about Mike Wright and the Harry Norman, Realtors intown office, including Mike’s tips for what you need to do to sell your home this year and more, listen to the full podcast above or download it on iTunes.  Then call Harry Norman, Realtors at 404-897-5558.


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Atlanta Dogwood FestivalOur second guest today is Brian Hill, executive director of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, which is just a few weeks away on April 11 through 13! This is the 78th festival and it has built upon its traditions and expanded to be something that multiple generations of Atlantans can enjoy and embrace as a feel of their Atlanta. With everything from traditional art to music, dog Frisbee competitions, stages of bands and other performing art, this celebration of spring in Atlanta is a can’t miss event! Best of all, the entire event is free and open to the public.

New this year to the festival is the Backyard Barbeque and Brews VIP experience, which is on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. This all-inclusive outdoor tasting event will take place in a spacious tented area overlooking the Main Stage. Backyard Barbecue & Brews will showcase local craft beers, wine, moonshine and barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city’s favorite restaurants and chefs. Guests will enjoy picnic-style seating, activities like corn hole and lawn bowling and access to private bathrooms.

Even if you don’t take part in that new exclusive part of the festival, there’s also new artists, new entertainers, new food trucks and more new fun to join in on along with old favorites that come to make the Dogwood Festival magical year after year. Make sure you also check out the student exhibitions, where Georgia’s newest crop of budding artists can show off their work.

Be sure to listen to the full podcast to hear more about all that the Dogwood Festival has to offer, and mark your calendars for April 11-13, earlier than usual for the festival. You can also check out www.Dogwood.org to learn more!


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