July 2023

July 2023

  • Jana Hufham
  • 07/6/23

July 2023 Newsletter


July marks the height of summer. Spring blooms have faded, air conditioners are running on high, summer gardens are beginning to produce, and we're seeking water and other respite. I've collected articles relevant to our season:

  • News in New Construction: Statistics on new construction, how an agent can help, and an excellent resource listing all the new and future projects.
  • Optimal Indoor Comfort: Did you know that Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors? This month the focus is on keeping your home cool and ways to improve the air quality in your home.
  • Summer Home Maintenance Checklist: It's time to concentrate on the exterior of our homes - and this is the "best of" list for our climate in Georgia.
  • Elevating Culinary Spaces: Both Houzz and Home Stratosphere offer up articles with many photos showing the trends for the year.
  • Beat the Heat with Cool Escapes: Pickin' peaches, waterfalls, best BBQ, day pool passes at hotels, indoor (and air-conditioned) arcades, cabanas, DIY backyard games, an ice cream festival, ideas for travel, and more.

It's always a pleasure to share news and information about changes and trends in Atlanta's real estate market. I hope you'll find this edition helpful, informative, and entertaining - and I always welcome your feedback. If you or someone you know is considering a change at home, I'd love to chat!

Enjoy Your Summer -


P.S. A reminder that if you have a Notice of Assessment you are questioning, give me a call so I can run a CMA for you. I'm happy to help!

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The Latest Buzz in New Construction

The US Census Bureau and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for May 2023:

  • Building Permits were up 5.2% over 4/2023 but down 12.7% from 5/2022
  • Housing Starts were 21.7% above 4/2023 estimate and 5.7% above 5/2022
  • Housing Completions were 9.5% above 4/2023 estimate and 5% above 5/2022

🏑 A Complete New Home Directory πŸ‘

This online resource lists every active new home subdivision, condominium and townhome community in the 25+ county Metropolitan Atlanta area.

The link above directs to a Map Search that you can drill down by county or city.

If you're in the market to purchase a new construction home, you may be wondering if you really need an agent to help you through the process. While it may be tempting to go it alone, there are several reasons why having an agent on your side can be extremely beneficial. Take a look ...

Unlocking the Benefits:

How an Agent Enhances Your New Construction Home Buying Experience


Optimal Indoor Comfort

Smart Cooling and Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

12 alternative ideas from Family Handyman. (With the exception of #9 ... that option doesn't really work in Atlanta πŸ˜‚)

Testing Air Quality in Your Home

From Bob Vila: Indoor air quality affects your family's health. Following these tips on how to test air quality in your home can help everyone breathe a little easier.

The Best Air-Purifying Plants

Low-maintenance houseplants that refresh your living room, bedroom, and bathroom.


How to Choose Ceiling Fans

The Spruce delivers all you ever needed to know about fans! Check out the list of recommendations for the Best Outdoor Fans and Best Indoor Fans in 2023.


Elevating Culinary Spaces

Latest Kitchen Design Trends

The 10 Most Popular Kitchens So Far in 2023

Houzz is always a good place to learn about what's new and trending. In this article, the editors share their most-saved photos.

Home Stratosphere is a great resource to gather more details, ideas, and information. The top 3 upgrades for kitchens are:


2023 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study

If you want a deep dive into trends, this study from Houzz is an interesting read!


Cool Escapes to Beat the Heat in Atlanta

Where to Get Fresh Georgia Peaches

Season is through late-September

DIY Backyard Games for All Ages

14 Best Swimming Holes in the U.S.

Road trip anyone? 2 are Georgia!

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

July 22, 11am-6pm | Piedmont Park

Epic Arcade Bars & Other Fun

Fun AND air conditioning all over ATL

Pools, Cabanas & Cocktails

Hotel pool day passes & private rentals

A Guide to Outdoor Movies in Atlanta

12 locations | Discount movies

Barbecue Restaurants & Pop-Ups

Updated | Interactive Map

Of special note: Fox Bros BBQ was voted to have the Best BURGER in Atlanta too!

Best Waterfalls in Georgia

Local favorites and hidden gems


Walter Reeves | The Georgia Gardener | Your July Calendar

Remove faded flowers | Trim your herbs by half | Support tall flowers | Plant seeds

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