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Come and enjoy Newnan Market Days on the first Saturday of every month. - 04/29/09 08:24 PM
On the first Saturday of every month from April through December, local vendors set up shop around the old courthouse square for Newnan Market Days. Hosted by Main Street Newnan, the once a month event brings citizens from throughout the county and beyond to historic downtown Newnan for local fare, crafts, and unique items available for purchase. The event is typically from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. but on a beautiful day many of the vendors will stay as long as there is interest in their wares. And while you're downtown, you can visit the independent local merchants who comprise the (7 comments)
Home buyers: Before you make an offer on a house, determine if the property is appropriately priced from the get-go. - 04/28/09 09:41 PM
In our local real estate market in Newnan Georgia, most homes are listed at fair market price based on condition and the market. Sellers have become savvier, and they understand that it takes a low list price to attract buyers. But many purchasers lose buying opportunities because they believe that every house offered for sale is supposed to be delivered in perfect condition. So even though a property is deeply discounted, they expect to deduct thousands from their offers to replace old appliances or re-sod the yard, But you can't ask the seller to take the hit TWICE for the same (23 comments)
A very common misconception about purchasing a foreclosed property. Tips for buying a foreclosure. - 04/27/09 07:07 AM
There is a common assumption that there are many foreclosed properties for sale and not enough buyers. Numerically, that is absolutely true. There is still a lot of standing inventory, and more foreclosed homes come on the market every month. What a bargain hunter needs to realize is that there may not be many houses available that are "perfect" for them. All buyers want a good deal. They want the best schools, a nice yard, a house that is in good shape and move-in ready, modern appliances and a great neighborhood. What they fail to understand is that in most cases, (55 comments)
Never put off until tomorrow the photo you can take today! - 04/26/09 08:10 PM
Coweta County Georgia still has some rural areas. I like to drive the country roads in the early evening with the top down and the wind in what's left of my graying hair. One of my favorite spots has always been this tree-lined country lane. I have tried many times to capture it in a photo, but the light was never quite right and I have never been satisfied with the results. But the photos I have in stock are now going to have to suffice, because when I returned to this spot this evening all of the beautiful trees had (28 comments)
Texture in photographs. Another not so wordless weekend! - 04/25/09 11:04 PM
Sometime a photographic subject can appear quite ordinary in real life, but it can take on an entirely new dimension in a photograph. Often it's not the subject itself that is of interest, but a singular attribute can be very appearing. One of those attributes that translates well to the flat plane is texture. These photographs of otherwise rather mundane subjects come to life by exploiting texture. You can almost run your fingers through the coffee beans and smell the aroma! Texture photos translate well into posters or computer background. The simple forms do not overload the senses, and consequently, they generate (23 comments)
Are foreclosures always the best deal? Risks associated with the purchase of REO property. - 04/24/09 07:30 PM
Everyone loves to get a bargain. And with a good supply of bank-owned properties available for sale, it seems like there are great deals ripe for the picking! And buyers are coming out in droves! But the fact of the matter is, not all foreclosed properties offer distinct advantages over conventional, appropriately priced property. In many cases, you are purchasing a property with all of its faults and defects. In most cases, banks and lenders do not offer any kind of disclosures or termite clearance letters or warranties of any kind. The buyer is responsible for determining the suitability of the (17 comments)
Photos of the North Georgia Mountains on another not so wordless weekday. - 04/22/09 07:02 PM
The vales from emerald quilts are wakedViridian green-clad boughs draw nighAwake to don the robes of leafAs celadon waves crash on mountains high. (R Weisser) Spring comes late to the mountains of North Georgia! But the mountains take on a special beauty as they transform from wintry grays and browns into a carpet of green. Beginning in the river valleys of the lowlands, and gradually rising into the high elevations, the emerald tide rolls in swells towards the crests of the range. The advent of spring occurs day after day in each topographic plane. It's a special kind of beauty!
Fence sitters take note. Six reasons that the time to buy real estate is NOW! - 04/19/09 07:24 PM
The next few weeks should be very active in the real estate business. There are many cyclical reasons, and many incentives for buyers to gobble up the current deals that are on the market. Here are some of the reasons that you should be ready to get busy: Spring is in full force. Houses show well in pleasant weather, with green lawns and blooming flowers, and there is a general aura of peace of mind surrounding the season. The school year is nearly over. Many buyers plan to move as soon as the current school year is over. If you are (15 comments)
I read too many posts this morning that made my blood boil, so instead of responding I'm going to my "Happy Place!" - 04/19/09 07:08 AM
I have gotten to the point where I can't watch the news anymore. And I have read a lot of posts about otherwise normal people saying and doing the craziest things that exacerbate an already unprecedented national catastrophe. I wanted to get on my soapbox, and rant and rave, and send my voice of incredulous reason throughout cyberspace in an attempt to calm the tempestuous waters of mayhem and confusion. Instead, I'm going to my "Happy Place!" That place in my imagination where the tribulations of the world do not affect me, nor do they require any response or declaration on (41 comments)
Spring is just Autumn is reverse, and very often there are unique photographic opportunities that are overlooked! - 04/18/09 07:10 AM
When we think of spring and photography, we usually think about all of the wonderful and colorful blooms that burst forth in our neighborhood. It is truly beautiful and I take as many photos of flowers in spring as I can. But some years back, I also noticed that trees had a unique quality during the leafing process. As they initially set their seeds, they assume autumn-like hues for a very short period of time. They can appear red, orange and yellow with a translucent quality that is very conducive to photography. The film photograph in this article, which appears at first (25 comments)
It's a fact of life that you can't escape: Leave town and the phone will ring like crazy with customers demanding your help. - 04/17/09 07:25 AM
It NEVER fails. If you set aside time for some out-of-town functions or leisure time, an automaticalert goes out into space the minute you pass the point of no return, and the phone starts ringing! And it's always customers that are demanding your immediate attention on the other end of the line. And they can't wait, for whatever reason, a day or two until you are able to be in a position to help them. Now, it would be easy to say "just ignore" them, but that can't happen in the real world. The burning starts inside, and you can't dismiss (32 comments)
As winter wanes, all of nature bursts forth into a new and glorious spring fresh world! - 04/16/09 05:27 AM
As Winter's gnarly grasp erodesSuccumbs to vernal breezes fresh.Persephone's pink and purple dabsPastel palette paint to fantail brush. Perfumes from fragile petals waftAnd dance on vernal breezes fresh.And draughts of airy tickled scentsPersist in downy dream's caress! Such ecstasy of hint and hueAwash on vernal breezes fresh,Just once a year the spell is castTis Spring in all her glory dressed! (R Weisser 4-2009) The ancients understood the celestial reasoning for the seasons. They studied the movements of the sun and moon, and soon came to realize that the sun "moved" one way and then another, and then back again and then (39 comments)
What I hate about digital photography ... oh, for the days of film. - 04/15/09 07:10 AM
First of all, I have to tell you, that I was dragged into digital photography kicking and screaming. But the truth was, film was getting harder and harder to find, and I had more than one store clerk tell me that it was "obsolete." So, in October 2006, just before a four day excursion to the great Smoky Mountains National Park, I purchased a Nikon D80 camera body as a secondary camera to my trusty 8088 film camera. I was not surprised that my twenty year old lenses fit the camera body. After all, Nikon's bayonet mount has been a standard (27 comments)
Don't let your success be derailed by forces beyond your control! - 04/14/09 07:11 AM
Running a business in itself is hard enough. Even in the best of times there is a precarious balance between success and failure. If you add to the mix the necessity of having to deal with unprecedented external economic forces, the quest becomes one more of survival than success. Many are just trying to hang on for dear life and weather the storm. The problem is; this isn't a passing cyclone, it's a major climate shift. Many of the changes in the marketplace are permanent and will never revert to the former status quo. So it is important to accept the fact (30 comments)
Tips for the Southern Gardener...Chives are easy to grow, and look and taste great! - 04/12/09 07:38 PM
One of the staples of the Southern herb garden is chives. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are one of those wonderful garden plant selections that have nearly every attribute desired by chef and horticulturalist alike! First of all, they are easy to grow. These smallest relatives of the onion are planted in small clumps, grow quickly, and are easily divided every year. They are hardy and require little attention from the gardener. They produce beautiful purple spiked flowers every spring, which makes them perfect border plants in the perennial garden. All parts of the chives, including the blooms, are edible and are used (19 comments)
It's not just Easter, it's a new beginning! Easter Sunday in Newnan Georgia. - 04/12/09 07:17 AM
It's Easter Sunday 2009 and it's a beautiful morning in Newnan Georgia. I have always considered Easter to be a very special day, not only for the spiritual significance, but also as a day of reflection and renewal. Springs brings about a change in our lifestyle. We emerge from hibernation in our cozy domiciles and venture outdoors, timidly at first, and then with a keen awareness that a new growing season has begun and there is plenty of work to do! It's time to tend our awakening gardens, and then commence the annual struggle to get the lawn back in shape. (28 comments)
Photos of historic homes in Newnan Georgia in spring. An essay in pictures. - 04/11/09 08:55 PM
Newnan Georgia is especially beautiful in the spring. The abundance and variety of historic homes, including several surviving antebellum estates, period Victorian houses and true craftsman bungalows make the city a photographer's paradise. Preservationists in the area have designated six historic districts in the city, and have placed them all on the National Register. The six historic districts are Downtown, Greenville-Lagrange, College-Temple, Cole Town, Platinum Point and the Newnan Cotton Mill and Mill district. Newnan in Spring ... it's beautiful!
All content, including text, original art, photographs and images, is the exclusive property of Coweta Fayette Real Estate, (11 comments)
Newnan Spring Tour of Homes sponsored by the Newnan Coweta Historical Society is set for April 25, 2009 - 04/09/09 08:16 PM
The Spring Newnan Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, April 25th 2009 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. It is sponsored by the Newnan Coweta Historical Society. The homes featured on this years tour are the Gibson/Starr/Sides Home - Circa 1900 at 29 Temple Ave, the Arnall-Mann Home/Welden Financial - Circa 1924 at 75 Jackson St, the Cantwell Home - Built 2002 at 55 Jackson St, the Farmer/Davis Home - Circa 1885 at 70 Jackson St, and the Jones/ Paulk Home - Circa 1900 at 701 W. Hwy 16! Tickets are $12 if purchased in advance, or $15 on (12 comments)
The Azaleas are blooming, and golf's greatest players have gathered in Augusta Georgia! - 04/09/09 07:12 AM
It is an annual rite of spring. The elite golfers of the world are invited to The Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the most prestigious tournament of the of the year. Want to buy a ticket? Forget about it! A ticket to the Masters is the hardest ticket in all of sports to obtain. They are passed down from generation to generation, and are prized beyond comprehension. My late father-in-law worked at the Masters for forty consecutive years and he couldn't get me a ticket on a play day. (He could swing me a Wednesday Pass!) Unless you have (21 comments)
It's April 8 and 26 degrees in Newnan Georgia. We even had snow flurries yesterday in the Sunny South! - 04/08/09 06:55 AM
If there is one piece of advice that I give local horticulture enthusiasts, it is to never plant tender annual flowers or vegetables before "income tax day," April 15. That's because there is always a minimal chance of frost in early April. When the weather turns warm in March, the desire to get out there and get the garden going is almost overwhelming, and every third year or so, a late frost can wreak havoc on the amateur gardener. But a hard freeze this late in the year is almost unheard of. It is very destructive to our blooming azaleas and (28 comments)
The social network watering down factor ... are we spreading ourselves too thin? - 04/07/09 06:55 AM
There are only so many minutes in a day. And some of our precious time needs to be dedicated to online activities. But with so many social networking opportunities available, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the enormity of it all. And to make matters worse, there are new sites starting up every day, each one trying to be the next FaceBook or MySpace. But do you really need to be present in as many places as possible? Or is it better to concentrate on one social network and gain as much visibility as possible on that site? My late (34 comments)
The Return of the Blues ... another not so wordless weekend. - 04/05/09 08:02 PM
A few months ago, I posted: A photographic study in blue ... long wavelengths produces interesting images. Since that time, I have assembled another collection of blue themed photos that I would like to share. Blues are great for photography for two reasons ... they translate to both an LCD display or to ink printing very well, with little or no significant variance. That's because blue is a primary color in both light and pigments. Blue is basic, primal and intense. It evokes strong emotions and can be soothing as well as inspiring reflection. It's a necessary tone on every artist's (22 comments)
Dixieland Fun Park in Fayetteville Georgia opens the 2009 Season with new rides, new rates, and a new look! - 04/04/09 10:00 PM
Dixieland Fun Park has been a favorite playground for south metro Atlanta area families since 1990! And the park has grown from humble beginnings into a full fledged theme park, with over twenty rides and attractions, and exciting and entertaining shows. But the big news for the 2009 season is an all new daily use pricing structure. Dixieland has inaugurated a new all day admission fee that allows visitors to enjoy nearly all of the rides an unlimited amount of times during each visit. Individual ride tickets have become a thing of the past so there is no more rationing or (8 comments)
Video in my blog posts ... I really don't care for it, and I don't see what all the fuss is about. - 04/04/09 06:55 AM
As I was commenting on my friend Michael Thorton's: They're Gonna Put Me in the Movies... yesterday, a thought occurred to me that I felt needed further explanation. I don't care for videos on the Internet. I never have, and I doubt that I ever will. The interface is clunky, there are skips and pauses, and most of all, there is a lot of really bad stuff out there that is not well executed. When I read material on the Internet, I can rapidly skim through the article to see if it's worth a second look. I can literally "look at" (32 comments)
It's time to sing a new song, have you been practicing and perfecting your skills? - 04/03/09 08:40 AM
Last evening, after the office front door was locked, some fellow real estate agents and I got together for our nightly "pickin' and singin'" session. We play some old standards, and try to learn a few new songs here and there. The office manager happened by, and asked "can you do Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle, because that's the most awesome song ever." I replied that I didn't, but I would learn it for his benefit. He then took a phone call and walked away. After he finished the call, he came back in and I said: "Okay, here's your (42 comments)
I got a cold call from a real estate website tonight and I'm hopping mad! - 04/02/09 06:43 PM
I just got home, brought the mail in, fed the cats and started preparing dinner. My cell phone rang, and a voice starts reading from a script: Hello, I'm calling from Realty__________ (I won't use their real name because I don't want them getting any more publicity than possible) website and we're looking for exclusive agents in your area and blah blah blah. When he finally took a breath I said" We are on Eastern Time here, and I have just sat down to dinner. Would you please call me tomorrow?" His response: "Which zip codes are you interested in obtaining?" (34 comments)
There's something fishy going on around here! Another not so wordless weekday. - 04/01/09 08:22 PM
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the largest aquarium in the world. On an average day, thousands of visitors will be enjoying the many collections of aquatic species. Most have a camera, and will take as many photos as possible. Some have great results, sometimes the resulting pictures are not so good. Taking photos in an aquarium can be tricky, mostly because of glass and water! Here are a few tips for aquarium shooting: First of all, don't use a flash. The resulting reflections on the glass will obscure the photo. Use a fast lens, and open the lens as much (35 comments)
How do you determine when a drought is officially over? That question seems silly but it actually matters! - 04/01/09 06:54 AM
At first the question seems insanely easy: "When is a drought over?" Most people would instinctively say: "when it rains." Apparently, that notion is incorrect. Here in the Southeast, we have suffered from low rainfall for over two years. And although there have been periods of rainfall, the total amount of rain per year has been significantly below the levels needed to keep the lakes and reservoirs full, and the water table at a dependable level. So we have been under mandatory water conservation regulations for years. No outside watering and no car washing has been permitted Brown lawns and flowers (20 comments)
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