December 2022

December 2022

  • Jana Hufham
  • 12/28/22

December 2022 Newsletter


I hope December finds you enjoying all the warmth and joy of the holiday season! In this month's newsletter topics include:

  • National & Local Real Estate Forecasts for 2023: Reliable sources from different segments of the real estate industry weigh in
  • Holiday Traditions: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other celebrations around the world
  • Holiday Libations: Cocktails, Mocktails, Hot Chocolate, and a bit of the "hair of the dog" for New Years Day
  • Atlanta Celebrations: Holiday lights, menorah lightings, gift ideas, Chinese restaurants, First Day Hikes 2023, and more

I hope that you find ideas that inspire you and add to a meaningful and peaceful holiday season. Many thanks for your friendship, support, and kindness this past year.


P.S. Is Christmas complete without Oprah's Favorite Things? I think not! And I love the fact that they focused on small businesses this year.

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National and Local Real Estate Forecasts for 2023

Housing Experts, Polls, and Opinions

"Will house prices go down in 2023? Depending on who you ask, the forecast for 2023 is mixed. Most experts in the housing industry predict less buyer demand, lower prices, and higher borrowing rates. Rate increases, along with a shortage of availability, have pushed many purchasers to the sidelines. Home prices may fall slightly, but not drastically as they did in 2008. Some believe that the housing market will continue to outperform compared to the pre-pandemic."

Read More from NORADA Real Estate Investments

"Metro Atlanta's housing market has witnessed three turbulent years. But there was consensus about the area most poised for growth in the next year."
Read More from The Atlanta Business Chronicle

"We polled eight industry insiders for their 2023 mortgage rate predictions and answers varied widely, from just 5% to over 9% for the 30-year fixed rate."
Read More from The Mortgage Reports

Predictions for 2023 are just that, and while economists and analysts tend to focus more on nationwide trends, local real estate agents and other professionals have a finger on the pulse of the current trends in your area.
Read More from Experian: What to Expect When Buying a House in 2023


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Holiday Traditions

Décor For Your Table
In Celebration of Hanukkah
In Celebration of Christmas

Kwanzaa Decorations, Food, and More
Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26th - Jan. 1st.

Holiday Traditions from Around the World
Learn about celebrations from around the globe, what they have in common, and what makes them unique.

Christmas Tree Farms Near Us
Take a short trip and start a new family tradition!


Creative Holiday Libations

50 Holiday Cocktails
Add a whole lot of extra cheer with these holiday cocktail recipes.

15+ Best Christmas Mocktails
Because a non-alcoholic hot buttered rum is just as tasty as the boozy version.

Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar
Did you know that January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day? Wonder why ... 🥳

20 Heavenly Hot Cocoa Recipes
From spiked cups of cocoa to mugs around the world ...

Atlanta Holiday Lights, Menorahs, Gifts, and More

Christmas Lights
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights | To 12-14
Fantasy in Lights | To 12-1
Margaritaville's Lakeside Lights | To 1-16

OpenTable | Holiday Reservations
Your holiday EASY button

Gift Ideas
31 White Elephant Gifts Under $20
Ranging from enviable to ridiculous

41 Gift Ideas Under $10
Ideas that will make everyone happy

Avalon in Alpharetta 12-18, 5-6pm
Ponce City Market 12-21, 6-7:30pm
Decatur Square 12-22, 6-7:30pm

Best Chinese in the Atlanta Area
For traditional holiday alternatives

Looking Towards 2023
First Day Hikes 2023
A resource from Georgia State Parks
Family-Friendly Fun for New Year's Eve
Ringing in 2023

Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener
Your List of To-Do's for December

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