Haley Livingston with HomeAid Atlanta is our first guest this week’s special Thanksgiving edition of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Haley is the program manager for HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. HomeAid’s mission is to build and maintain dignified housing for homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives.
HomeAid Atlanta recently completed its first environmentally sustainability project. This is a national project and HomeAid Atlanta had the first completed project in the country. This energy efficiency retrofit was done on a home in Decatur operated by Decatur Cooperative Ministry. They provide transitional housing to families in the Decatur area. HomeAid added airsealing, insulation and new appliances and anticipates that these updates will save them about 40-percent on their energy bills. This is money that they can now spend on client services.
HomeAid has a lot of participants who give back from builders, plumbers, building suppliers and others in the industry. Many people find it surprising to learn that women and children make up the majority of Atlanta’s homeless population. Transitional housing really helps them to get back on their feet, get a job and move on to their own apartment.
If you are interested in giving back, here are some ways to contact and interact with HomeAid Atlanta:
HomeAid Atlanta Website
Today’s Deal of the Day is from Edward Andrews Homes. They are offering an number fall incentives in five of its metro Atlanta communities — Greystone Manor in Cumming, Hawthorne at Lost Mountain in Powder Springs, Hillside Trace in Suwanee, Millstone at Little River in Woodstock and Stonemill Creek in Powder Springs. This is the perfect sale if you are looking to put a new home under your tree this holiday season. But hurry, the sale ends on Dec. 31, 2011. Incentives include a Thermador appliance package at Greystone Manor, one of three structural improvements at Hawthorne at Lost Mountain (three-car garage, keeping room or covered porch), and40% off or options up to $15,000 at Millstone at Little River. Visit www.EAHhomes.com for more information.
Our next guest is Shirley Gary with About Sales. About Sales, Inc. is a three year old real estate firm in Atlanta that focuses on new construction in the Atlanta metro market. About Sales has a number of neighborhoods all across Atlanta including communities in Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, North and South Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall County and Intown Atlanta.
Shirley has been involved with the Atlanta real estate industry for 24 years and started her own company just over three years ago. Her advice for young women looking to get started in the real estate industry, “You have to be strong, you have to be able to hold your own and have some humor with it.” This is great advice from the visionary behind one of Atlanta’s Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses (as ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle).
Shirley has been instrumental in bringing a number of new home builders out of the ground. About Sales works with lots of builders all across Atlanta. You can see all of her communities at the About Sales Inc. website on the new home communities tab.
Today’s buyers are excited about outdoor living and spending more time at home nesting. They are creating more of an outdoor and indoor living environment at home. People are more interested in saving that spending today. The economy being up and down makes people seek safety. They seek to make home a safe place to be. It’s more than a place to put your head at night.
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