2014 Vinings Christmas Tree Lighting

December 4, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Vinings Village Christmas Tree Lighting

Gather your family, friends and neighbors for an evening of holiday fun during the 44th Annual Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting. Join us on Thursday, December 4th from 6-8 pm in front of the Clock Tower for holiday music, delicious treats,  Vinings Express train rides, face painting, balloon twisting, and (of course) Santa Claus!

Santa Claus is coming back to town for the 2013 Christmas Tree Lighting at Vinings Jubilee. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for some holiday fun. This will be Vinings’ 43rd Annual Christmas Tree lighting so you won’t want to miss out.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a Vinings tradition. Every year the people of Vinings gather at the clock tower in Vinings Jubilee and celebrate the lighting of a Christmas tree that stands as a holiday centerpiece to the Vinings community.

You won’t want to miss pictures with Santa Claus, live holiday music performances by local schools, or our holiday drawings and giveaways.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a free community event sponsored by Paces Holdings, the Vinings Jubilee Merchants and the Vinings Civic Club.

We hope to see you there!

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Fifth Annual Small Business Saturday

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday - Shop Small

This is one of my wife’s favorite days. She always likes to go shopping and tell me how much she’s saved. With Small Business Saturday, it’s just a little easier for her. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 29th.

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, there’s the 5th annual Small Business Saturday, the day people support small businesses. American Express is partnering with lots of local businesses.

This year, American Express is offering Card Members the opportunity to get a $10 statement credit when they enroll their eligible American Express® Card and then use it to spend $10 or more in a single in – store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Small Business Saturday. And you can do this three times.

The number of enrollments is limited. Enrollment opened at 12:00AM MST on November 16th and continues until 11:59PM MST on November 29th unless the enrollment limit is reached sooner.

If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge.

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Don’t Wait for Black Friday

Black Friday is right around the corner and is known for some fabulous deals. But if you’re looking for a Smyrna Vinings home, your fellow house hunters aren’t waiting and you shouldn’t either. Rates are phenomenal and inventory moves quickly. Smyrna Vinings home sales surged in October. Is this the typical early Fall jump before the holidays or a sign of continued growth? The Smyrna Vinings real estate market has been on quite a resurgence for the past couple years. With US home loan rates remaining low, we expect demand to remain strong and we expect to see a lot of move-up homebuyers taking advantage of the opportunities that 2014 will continue to offer.

Smyrna Vinings Home Sales October 2014

This chart shows you the past 12 months of home sales at any given point. As you’ll notice, the green bar is 2007 and we were selling a fair amount more homes in 2007. Sales dropped significantly in 2008, with the drop becoming more pronounced toward the last quarter of 2008. That would be the beginning of the financial meltdown. 2009 home sales started off about 32% off the level just two years previously in January 2007. We saw Smyrna Vinings home sales continue to drop in 2009, but then leveling off in late summer and actually seeing sales pick up toward the end of the year. Typically, you expect sales to be higher in the late Spring and early Summer, but that hasn’t been the case in 2007-2010.

2014 Smyrna Vinings home sales increased in October as buyers continue to jump on the opportunities. A lot of what that tells us is that supply is modulating actual sales as the demand is certainly there. While nationally there has been some concern about which direction the housing market is headed, we’re only heading one way in the Smyrna Vinings real estate market.

Smyrna Vinings Homes for Sale October 2014

The Active Listings chart depicts Smyrna Vinings homes currently for sale. As a general rule, we’ve seen inventory increase in the April to June range and then see the amount of Smyrna Vinings homes for sale reduce towards the end of the year. While sales and months of inventory numbers vary drastically from previous years, the one thing you can count on is that inventory decreases in the last quarter of the year, as indicated above. The big difference of course is that the overall number of homes on the market is just much less than in years past due to homes selling so quickly.

We’ve seen a slight increase in the number of homes for sale in the first half of 2014 and now a slight drop each month in the second half. Sellers are starting to understand that now is a great time to sell and take advantage of the current market.

As sales are improving, we’re also seeing prices increasing as well. We’re going to continue to see more equity sellers in the market and fewer distressed properties as we move forward over the next couple years. This will result in continued low inventory levels as the number of equity sellers that can afford to sell will be outnumbered by buyers eager to take advantage of prices that are still depressed and interest rates that are phenomenal. If you’ve thought about selling and just aren’t sure, be sure to contact us or find out how much your home is worth. Less competition is a good thing if you’re ready to sell.

Smyrna Vinings Homes Months Inventory October 2014

One other important statistic that we like to track is the overall health of the Smyrna Vinings home market. Months of inventory is a calculation that takes the current amount of homes for sale and divides that by the number of homes that have sold in the last 12 months. What the result means is if no more homes were listed, how many months would it take, based upon the past 12 months activity, to sell all the homes currently for sale.

A result of 6 months is considered a healthy market, less than 6 months a seller’s market and more than 6 months, a buyer’s market. What we can see from the chart above is that we have lower inventory levels right now than at any point in the past five years. Compare that with the highest amount of bloat and most severe buyer’s market in July of 2009 with significant improvement starting in mid-2010 and continuing through today.

In October, inventory levels decreased further, but are tracking very closely with last year. As prices have increased this year, we have seen a big pickup in new construction and an increase in resale activity as more home owners can afford to sell. Technically, we continue to work in a seller’s market based on current inventory levels. What this means as you will continue to see prices slowly rise from here as demand outpaces supply.

That is your Smyrna Vinings homes sales activity recap for October 2014. Hope that was helpful and don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help you sell your Smyrna Vinings home or find your new Smyrna Vinings home.

Click here if you’d like to know what your Smyrna Vinings homes is worth.

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Lights of Life 2014

November 27, 2014toDecember 31, 2014

Lights of Life

Lights Of Life 2014

The Lights of Life is an annual tradition that was started by Life University and dates back to 1989. They welcome you to come by and see this visual treat that the whole family will enjoy!

The Lights of Life event runs every night from November 27th through December 31st.

  • Sunday-Thursday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

The Lights of Life is held on the the campus of Life University (Barclay Circle – off Hwy 41 just north of Dobbins AFB, Marietta) just north of Smyrna Vinings.

The cost to enter is $10 per car on Fridays and Saturdays and November 27th thru November 30th and December 19-31st. $5 per car all other days. $20 per van/bus regardless of the day. This is a zero-profit operation. Fees cover the cost of the electricity for the lights, as well as the costs associated with the ongoing operations.

They will also have a concession stand open every day, along with a few other attractions.

  • Petting Zoo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only – $3 per person (weather permitting)
  • Train Rides – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only – $3 per person (weather permitting)
  • Pony Rides – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only – $5 per person (weather permitting)
  • Santa Claus – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only – $12 per person (includes a photo with Santa) (weather permitting)
  • Jazz band, percussion, brass quintet or choir will be provided by a Cobb County high school from 6-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for your enjoyment.

For more information or questions about Lights of Life, please call (678) 331-4334.

22nd Annual Meeting and Mixer for Cobb Travel and Tourism

November 13, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

cobb travel and tourism

Cobb Travel & Tourism is celebrating their 2014 successes at its 22nd Annual Meeting and Mixer at The Georgian Club on November 13 at 5 p.m.

Representing “Atlanta’s sweet spot,” Cobb Travel & Tourism is the leader of one of the Southeast’s most influential destination marketing agencies. The third largest county in Georgia, Cobb is a preferred destination for vacation travelers and planners of conventions, tradeshows and special events.

As the number one economic driver in Cobb County, the agency and its partners play an influential role in economic development efforts supporting travel and tourism. The industry has a total economic impact of more than $2.1 billion and employs over 30,000 people.

“This past year has been tremendous for not only Cobb Travel & Tourism, but for the entire tourism industry in Cobb County,” said Holly Bass, CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism. “We pride ourselves on being a catalyst and believe in the many assets our community has to offer. As Cobb’s official destination marketing organization, we work hard every day to bring visitors to Atlanta’s sweet spot.”

The program will highlight Cobb Travel & Tourism’s 2014 accomplishments, recognize the one-year anniversary of the Cobb Sports Alliance and feature Cobb’s Camera Ready initiative. Guests will be encouraged to enjoy food, drinks, great giveaways and networking in an exciting atmosphere.

“We are so proud of our accomplishments this year,” said Bass. “And we are looking forward to building on our successes in 2015!”

Click here to RSVP to the Cobb Travel & Tourism22nd Annual Meeting and Mixer.