Our Town Monthly September 2022

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Our Town • Large living and outdoor areas to gather with friends and loved ones • Life enrichment center for residents to gather for art classes, lectures, games, etc. • Certified Parkinson’s Delay the Disease Programs • Wellness Centers & Programs On Site (Sterling Recreation Therapist and Exercise Specialist) • Award Winning food. Spacious dining areas overlooking courtyards “We’re honored that both Sterling Estates Communities have been recognized as ‘Best of Cobb’ for Retirement Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care again in 2022. I’m proud to say that it’s the 4th year in a row we’ve won these awards and an awesome tribute to our staff members. We’ve been serving seniors in greater Atlanta for over 25+ years now...we invite you to come and experience what sets us apart.” - Marshall Gill, COO & Partner, Sterling Estates Senior Living Communities The time has never been better to join the Sterling Estates Family! 2022 Voted Again, Cobb’s Best Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care STERLING ESTATES Independent, Assisted Living & Memory Care SterlingEstatesWest.comSterlingEstatesEast.com WEST COBB 3105 Dallas Hwy Marietta, 770-255-7000GA Lacey & Sherry EAST COBB 4220 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, 678-946-4454GA Shelly STERLINGESTATES Senior Living Communities SAFE SOCIAL COME SEE WHAT SETS US APART!

PAGE 6 In This Issue SEPTEMBER 2022 Note from the Publisher............................8 Cover Photographer: Nadja Cook.......................................................9 Friday Night Lights are Back! Preview the upcoming high school season with Justin in Talkin’ Sports...................................10 Cover Story: Welcome to Italy, Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria........................................................15 Travel Expert Heather Meliski, gives you tips on how to pack light and carry on...........................................18 Home Town Heroes! Crossing with Tim Bolton...............................21 Health & Fitness Our Town’s health expert, Ashley Inglese, talks about the importance of rest and recovery.......24 90th Annual Superior Plumbing presents North Georgia State Fair.......27 Animal Rescue............................................29 Business Spotlight Five Star Chimney takes chimney sweeping to a whole new level by offering full-service services...........................................................31HVAC Looking for a Bright Spot in the housing market? Our Town’s own real estate expert Deborah Ratchford provides all the information............34 Cover Story Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria Travel Lost Luggage 29 27 10 Talkin’ Sports Friday Night Lights 18 15 Animal Rescue Puppies North Georgia State Fair 24 Health Exercise Recovery

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Quarterback Zak Roszman has graduated but Junior signal caller Jeremy Hecklinski, and his big arm, threw for 1471 yards and 13 scores in 2021, while sharing the playing time. Look for those numbers to go way up with the help of a stout running game. Senior Braylen Stokes along with Juniors Austin Williams and Makari Bodiford will carry the rock and open things up for Hecklinski. Defensively the Raiders return 7 of their top 13 tacklers.

Justin Hanover is a sports reporter/analyst who has worked in the business since 1996. His stops have included ESPN, CNN, 790 The Zone and 680 The Fan. He has also done play-byplay analysis and color commentary ranging from the high school level all the way through the professional level. Justin lives in Smyrna with his wife and three children.

Let’s take a look at some of our Cobb County High School teams, a coun ty which has won four state championships over the past seven years. The last to do so were Marietta and Harrison back in 2019, Allatoona was victorious despite a plethora of injuries in 2015 and Mt. Paran won the Class A Private title in 2014. So, who can represent us in going all the way in 2022????

WALTON RAIDERS Head Coach Daniel Brunner boasts a 42-19 record in six seasons at Raid er Valley. Last year Brunner led his team to a 9-4 mark and a State semi final berth which included playoff victories over powerhouses such as Colquitt County, Archer and Brookwood.

Senior QB Cayman Pringley, who boasts a 4.18 GPA, threw for 1942 yards and 25 Touchdowns in 2021. Pringley is a four-year starter and a young man that endured an 0-10 Freshman year. Meanwhile, 6’3” All-State Cen ter Connor Lew is the third highest recruit in school history and is listed at #79 in the 247 Sports Composite rankings.

PAGE 10 Our Town t’s officially that time of the year. School is back, the weather is starting to cool down (maybe) and life continues to get crazier and crazier. Yup, Friday Night High School football is back!


Add into the mix first team All-State Wide Receiver Cayden Lee, a 4* 1,000 yard receiver who transferred in from Westlake. Lee has offers from both Georgia and Georgia Tech and with this blue chipper you can see how the sky is the limit for the 2022 Mustangs.


As for the defense, Allatoona brings back 7 of the top 11 tacklers includ ing Vinnie Canosa and Bryce Stack who combined for 104 tackles a sea son ago. Justin Hanover Under Those Night

Gary Varner, the only Head Coach in school history, is 123-43-1 in his 14 years. He will be looking for his Buccaneers to rebound from a down year (relatively speaking) after playing in that Championship game in 2020.

Allatoona finished 6-4 in 2021 and were eliminated by Shiloh in the first round of the playoffs.


The run game should also be very solid as 3* Senior Benjamin Hall, a future Michigan Wolverine, will look to improve on his 5.7 yards per carry and 8 scores in 2021.

Protecting Singleton on the offensive line will be three returners includ ing Senior RJ Grigsby (6’3’, 310 lbs), a North Carolina commit.

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Shane Queen’s (116-64 in 16 seasons at the school) Warriors went 10-2 last year and were upset by Roswell in the Round of 16 thanks to that amazing Hornets comeback in the fourth quarter. North Cobb once again brings back a ton of talent led by first team All-State and AJC Super 11 Quarterback Malachi Singleton. The 4*dual threat signal caller has com mitted to Arkansas after throwing for 2348 yards and 24 td’s and running for 1037 yards and another 25 scores a season ago.


Yes, I said the “Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs”. Not exactly known for its football history the Mustangs broke through a season ago, winning their first region title en-route to a 10-2 season. They allowed only 14 points per game and improved greatly from that 4-6 mark in 2020. Coach Caleb Carmean has seen his hard work pay off with this recent success and now a top 100 ranking in Maxpreps’ national poll.

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Starting Quarterback Tyler McGuire returns after throwing for 1080 yards and 8 touchdowns. Add in the experienced Senior running back in Jayden Ponder and his back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and the offense should be pretty set.

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Crispina Restaurante and Pizzeria is #1 for pizza in the Kennesaw area, we are proud to have brought the first wood fire pizza oven to Kennesaw.

Crispina: We like to bring Italy to you. When you walk into our restaurants, we want you to feel like you are actually in Italy. We have beautiful music playing, lights low for the romantic feel, freshly made pasta daily, and homemade desserts. We ARE authentic Italy!

Crispina: We appreciate the love and support we received from the community since we have opened. Everyone has been very welcoming, and we are grateful for the accep tance of this beautiful community.

OTM: WOW! You were serious about bringing Italy to the community. What do you like best about serving Cobb County?

Crispina: Our wood burning oven is a “Stafano Ferrara”, it is over 6000 pounds and directly from Naples.

As a matter of fact, we signed our lease in December of 2019 for our second location during the surge of the COVID pandemic. We had to quickly adjust and pivot to ensure our customers felt safe. We created various options such as: UberEATS, carryout and in person dining while strictly following the social distancing guidelines. We even pulled tables outside into the parking lot at our Vinings location to keep the 6-foot distance between tables. I think our customers truly appreciated our dedication to them as we appreciate their dedication to us.

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OTM: I know personally from eating at your restaurant, your food is delicious and does taste fresh. How do you achieve that?

rom the moment the front door opens, you feel as if you have been transported to Italy... lovers of all things Italian take notice: Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria is here to bring Italy to you with two locations serving Cobb County in Vinings and Kennesaw. Co-Owners, Andriano Djula and Raffaele Crispino have extensive backgrounds in the restaurant industry and decided to combine their skills, knowledge, and experiences into creating something special. At Crispina, the focus is on traditional, contemporary Italian cuisine originating from Naples and the country of We were thrilled to sit down with these two gentlemen to learn what makes this Italian restaurant so authentic and delicious.

OTM: In a sea of Italian restaurants, what makes Crispina different?

OTM: In addition to your vast menu, you offer wine and a full bar?

Crispina: Yes, 80% of our wine is Italian with 20 wines by the glass. We also offer a fully stocked bar. By the way, our menu offers vegan and gluten free options as well.

Crispina: One of the main characteristics of authentic Italian cuisine is its simplicity. With many dishes made up of few ingredients, we rely heavily on the quality of the ingredients rather than the complexity of preparation. Most all of our ingredients, except the water, come from Italy. I (part owner and master Chef Raffaele) being a Napoli native, know the importance of using the freshest ingredients giving you a taste of Italy right in the heart of Atlanta. Our recipes are authentic family recipes straight from our hometown of Naples, “Napoli street food”.

OTM: I am glad you mentioned that, your wood fire pizza oven is pretty spectacular!

As you can see, Crispina is not your average pizzeria. They go above and beyond to provide the most authentic food along with a memorable experience. If you’re looking to take a trip to Italy without your passport, go to Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria. With delicious food, a beautiful atmosphere and daily specials, you do not want to miss out.

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Keep your baggage tags when you check your luggage. It’s much more difficult to track your bags without the baggage tag.

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At this point you can also file a claim with the DOT which will help draw more attention to your missing bag.

Use AirTags. This is a great secondary way to track your bags and a num ber of people have been able to find their bags by utilizing these.

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Next, find out what expenses the airline will cover. Some airlines have amenity kits on hand whereas others will reimburse you for travel es sentials. Once you have filed your missing luggage report, purchase any necessary items. Make sure to keep all receipts as these will be required for Oncereimbursement.you’reatyour

hotel, keep tracking your luggage to see if there is an update. If after 24 hours you don’t receive an update, escalate your claim.

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Heather Meliski is a travel agent specializing in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the South Pacific, cruises, theme parks, and more. She lives in Smyrna with her husband two sons. Heather@yellowshoetravel.com FB @heatheryel lowshoetravel IG @yellowshoetravelheather icture this – you’re standing at the luggage carousel patiently waiting for your bag. The bags all come out and you realize that everyone else has found their bags and left. Ugh. This summer lost and mishandled luggage has been a huge issue worldwide. If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate position, here’s what you need to do.

Try to have something unique on your bag so it’s easier to identify. Most luggage looks similar so a colorful bag tag or ribbon is helpful to identify your bag in a sea of luggage.

If your luggage is found, make sure that you have the airline deliver it to you. Do not offer to come to the airport to pick it up. The airline’s baggage office is responsible for returning your bag to you.

Your luggage will be considered truly lost after 14-21 days, depending on the airline. At this point you will have to file a new claim since the bag is considered truly lost. Airlines offer different levels of compensation, and the rules vary for domestic versus international flights. This is also when you will want to file a claim with your travel insurance to see if you qualify for additional reimbursement.

Here are some things you can do before travel to help you in case your luggage is lost: Take photos of the items packed in your bags before you leave. This makes it easier to file claims if your luggage is truly lost.

First, determine if your luggage is lost versus mishandled. Sometimes luggage may appear to be lost when in fact it is delayed making the carou sel, was placed on the wrong carousel, or placed somewhere else in the baggage area. Stay calm, look around, and ensure that it’s really missing. If your bag is missing, the first thing you want to do is find the baggage desk for your airline. Ensure it’s the baggage desk for the airline of the last leg of your flight - this is important if you were on multiple airlines.

Let the agent know that your bag is missing and provide them with your bag tag so they can pull up your information and track the bag. You’ll then want to file a missing baggage report – either a physical form or online.

If your airline has online baggage tracking, check the app before your flight takes off to ensure that your luggage made it onto the plane.

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Our Town PAGE 21 he alarm goes off at 6:50 am, the stop sign and wand come out and a few minutes later the car practically drives itself to the corner of Reed Road and King Valley Drive.


I pressed our Hometown Hero on the amazing 25 year run (and still go ing) from the community aspect and you could see the nostalgia set in.

“I knew I was getting old when I started crossing the kids of the parents who I used to cross years earlier. I even crossed a good majority of the barbers who work with me today. It’s so satisfying. It’s the purest thing I do every day, the laughter of kids. I can’t imagine not doing it anymore.”

Both of my children have had full academic scholarships and I couldn’t be more thankful to King Springs and the schools they went to. My daughter just graduated (from college) and my son is just starting. I feel like I’m in debt to King Springs,” said Bolton.

And we can’t imagine you not doing it anymore either. Thank you, Tim Bolton, err “Mr. Tim”!

“I knew I was getting old when I started crossing the kids of the parents who I used to cross years earlier. It’s the purest thing I do every day, the laughter of kids. I can’t imagine not doing it anymore.”


Fast forward 25 years since it all began, to present day 2022 and Bolton is still doing his three a days, King Springs Elementary, Camp bell Middle School and Campbell High School before and after his “real job” at wasKingfoundation“AcademicallyGoodfellas.theofSpringspriceless.

Crossing guard Job number one (of six) for the day is to safely make sure all of the kids at King Springs Elementary School get across the street and into the building. Then at 7:50 it’s off to Campbell High School doing the same and then a final stop on Atlanta Road at Campbell Middle School. When the first split shift of the day finishes at around 9:15 it’s time to head to the barber shop and do his thing there. Then a few hours later it’s deja vu all over again but this time in reverse as the three schools let out for the day. That has pretty much been the daily weekday ritual for Tim Bolton over the last 25 years. If you have children and live anywhere in or near the Smyrna area then you surely know this man, who to many, is simply called “Mr. Tim”. Back in 1996, a young Bolton was working as a barber in the first black owned barber shop in Smyrna. The owner was a man named Mr. Ripp, who also happened to “moonlight” as the local school crossing guard. A year later Bolton and his wife moved out of the Smyrna area district cre ating a quandary as they wanted their soon to be children to go to school in Smyrna and especially to attend King Springs Elementary. Later that year, in 1997, the plan was hatched. The New Jersey native would take over for Mr. Ripp as the local crossing guard for the three local schools and the Bolton kids would eventually be “good to go” in the school district of their liking. A daughter named India and a son named Myles were born and it all started to come together. In 2003, six years into his crossing guard job, Bolton even became a business owner buying Goodfellas Barber Shop on Concord Road giving him a little more inde pendence to move as he pleased.

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Active recovery Sometimes recovery means just purely a rest day. Sometimes we need to just take a load off and sit around. I like to plan my recovery days into my week. If I look at the week ahead and I know there is a day where there is no chance of fitting in a workout, I will plan that as my rest day. Rest and recovery are actually different though. Rest refers more to just not working out that day or taking a day off. Recovery refers to returning to a normal state. I like to go a step further and allow my recovery days to really prime my body and help me perform at my absolute best. That’s why I love active recovery. Active recovery means that you are moving your body but in a restorative way. You may take a slow flow or Yin yoga class. My favorite way to recover is by taking hot yoga in the infrared sauna at HOTWORX. It reduces any inflammation that I have, soreness from other workouts that week {especially strength training}, and allows me to stretch and foam roll which reduces the chances of me getting injured at the gym. And it feels amazing which recharges my mind and soul as well. I honestly can’t think of a better active recovery workout than some type of yoga but a nice leisurely walk is great as well.

Fueling your body for recovery is so important. I take a host of supple ments and love a good IV drip or recovery smoothie. I’m not a licensed nutritionist or registered dietician so you would probably want to reach out to a professional for advice but if you DM me @ashley_inglese on Instagram I’d be happy to share with you some of the things that work for me. I can also give you a few referrals of local professionals who would love to work with you on fueling your body for recovery.

You may be curious about the new businesses popping up around re covery. The good news is, there are a lot of great options available and we are getting tuned into the fact that rest is good! These businesses like Restore Hyper Wellness in Vinings or Studio Recovery in West Cobb have some awesome tools to support your body like cryotherapy, normatec, and infrared sauna. I’ll let the pros explain how these tools work but there are a variety of methods used to decrease inflammation and in crease circulation in the body.

Fuel and Supplementation

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What’s the point of working out if it’s not fun or it hurts. I always recom mend finding a workout that you enjoy rather than suffering through. There are a lot of great options out there. I love that everything at HOT WORX is zero impact and truly designed to restore the body all while detoxing and burning 3x the calories in less time. If you love an intense workout or you have training goals that’s amazing! Just be sure to build some restorative, recharging, recovery into your sched ule as well so that you can keep up the pace and feel great while doing it. Ashley Inglese

o, you’ve been working out? That’s great! Oh, you’ve been super con sistent? Even better! How are you preventing burn out and injury? Your re covery is just as important as your work out itself! Here are a few tips and tricks for not only performing optimally but feeling great while you do it.

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Our Town PAGE 27 Superior Plumbing Presents 90th Annual North Georgia State Fair September 22October 2, 2022 Jim R Miller Park, Marietta, GA Voted Best Festival and Best Family Amusement 2021WINNER FREE!&KIDS10UNDERADMISSIONEVERYDAY Presented By: SponsoredThursday,By: September 29 @ 8 PM Corey Smith Friday, September 30 @ 8 PMMichael Ray Sat, Oct. 1 & Sun, Oct. 2 Bull Riding BullRidersAmericanTour Carriage2022 ConcertKia Series Friday, September 23 @ 8 PMThe Afters Saturday, September 24 @ 8 PM LOCASH Wednesday, September 28 @ 8 PMJosh Turner Youth Attendance Policy- After 6:00 pm each day no person under the age of 17 will be allowed entry without a parent. Clear Bag Policy- Clear Bag may not exceed 12”x6”x12” -storage bag- one-gallon resealable clear plastic freezer bag. Small clutch purse no larger than 4.5”x 6.5” permitted. Gate Entry Policy- No Entry Sun-Thurs 9:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00pm. ONLINE THRU SEPT. 21 COURTESY OF ADMISSION $7 | 21 RIDE TICKETS $11 10 & UNDER ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION! TICKETS! Discount

Background: As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the Superior Plumbing presents North Georgia State Fair attracts 300,000 people every year from north Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competi tions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway– one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Roll ercoaster, Georgia Mountain Lift and the Mega Slide.

Directions: Take I-75 to Windy Hill Rd. ( Exit #260 ). Go west approxi mately five miles on Windy Hill Rd. and turn right on Austell Road. Turn left on County Services Parkway then left on Al Bishop Dr. Jim R Miller Park will be on your left.

Gate Admission: $10 admission. Children 10 and under are always free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, $20 for 21 tickets, $50 for 55 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. Parking is $5. Concerts FREE with fair admission. ATM machines are located on the Onlinemidway.advance discount tickets can be purchased for $7, with children 10 and under free. A book of 21 ride tickets can be purchased for only $11, which is 50% off. Tickets available online! Visit our website at www. northgeorgiastatefair.com

Discount Tickets: can be purchased for $5, with children 10 and under free - available at all Metro Atlanta O’Reilly Auto Parts stores for the month of September.

Unlimited Rides: $20 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials - on Thursday (opening day), 9/22; Monday, 9/26; Wednesday, 9/28 and Thursday 9/29. $25 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – on Fridays 9/23 and 9/30. $30 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials - on Saturdays, 9/24 and 10/1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (good till close); Sunday, 10/2 all day. Information: (770) 423-1330 or (770) 528-8989 after September 6 Visit http://northgeorgiastatefair.com/newsroom.html for Full Media Kit Download, Hi-Res Images & additional releases. www.northgeorgiastatefair.com or email tod. miller@northgeorgiastatefair.com or on Facebook @TheNorthGeorgiaStateFair or on Twitter @ngstatefair and on Instagram @northgeorgiastatefair or add us on Snapchat @ngstatefair.

Thursday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, October 2, Monday through Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Fridays 4 p.m. to midnight Saturdays 10 a.m., to midnight, and Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road S.W., Marietta, Georgia 30008

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Free Concerts with Fair Admission: A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine, including appearances by great country and contemporary Christian artists. Headlining the Carriage KIA Concert Series this year are: The Afters on Friday, September 23; LOCASH on Saturday, September 24; Josh Turner on Wednesday, September 28; Corey Smith on Thursday, September 29; Michael Ray on Friday, September 30; And NEW in 2022 the American Bull Riders Tour on Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2.


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All of this made me start thinking again about where my dog, Pam came from. Was she abandoned? Was she scared? I know she wasn’t alone because her brothers and sisters were at the shelter with her. It made me feel so happy knowing I res cued Pam and all of the other dogs would be adopted too.

Still Family Farm y family adopted our dog Pam from a rescue shelter but we had no idea where she came from or how she got there. I actually thought about it for a few days after we got her. Was she sad being away from her family or was she happy to be with me?

If you are looking for a dog, maybe you should go to a rescue shelter. You don’t know what they went through but you can play with them and give them lots of love, like I do with Pam.

Have you ever rescued a dog from a shelter? I have.

Just recently, my cousin was driv ing down the road and saw many puppies running through high grass and razor wire on the side of a gravel road. She pulled her car over and started catching the tiny puppies. There were eight puppies total but sad ly she was only able to catch seven. They were hungry, thirsty, exhausted and some had been cut by the wire. Somebody must have abandoned them and dropped them off, all alone. She brought them to my house. We gave them food and water, we held them and let them run around my backyard. I even named one “Lightning”. I was so happy my cousin found them but I was so sad we could not keep them. My mom, dad and neighbors made lots of phone calls. They were trying to figure out what to do with so many pup pies. I really wanted to keep them but my mom said, no. They ended up taking them to a shelter that took really good care of them. The dogs who had cuts on them received treatment, all of the dogs got their shots and our cousin even got to keep one of them, he named it “Letty”. One of my neighbors kept one too. They named him “Iko”.


Beckham is 8 years old and is in the 2nd grade. He enjoys playing baseball, flag football and of course, playing with his rescue dog Pam.

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If you have a house on the market that’s not selling in a timely fashion, then the number one thing to attract buyers is a price drop. More buyers are backing out of sales contracts for new homes as new home buying slows, causing homebuilder confidence to drop over the summer. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 seems to have kicked off the housing boom mostly because of people working at home as well as the great mortgage rates. If you have been thinking of buying a house but don’t like the idea of competing with multitudes of buyers then maybe now is the time to start looking. Don’t let higher mortgage rates stop you from buying a house because it’s not hard to keep an eye on rates and refinance once they come down. Mortgage rates go up and down all the S time. The fall market normally sees a good number of homes come on the market. The hot summer is over making it more pleasant to go see homes on the market. It’s always wise to touch base with a local Real Estate agent to get the latest update on the areas you would like to buy in.

ome homeowners may need to reset their price expecta tions. Signs of a slowing real estate market are growing across the coun try and existing-home sales plus new-home sales are falling as well as pending home sales. It’s not hard to notice that more and more homes are staying on the market a bit longer than what we’ve been seeing in the past year. We are also seeing more new construction not go under contract before the builder breaks ground. Homes are still selling fast but a slowdown is occurring and ev ident in many markets. Amid rising mortgage rates that are pricing more buyers out, some home sellers are having to revisit their asking price.

Does it seem like Homes For Sale are taking longer to sell?

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The hope for consumers is that there is a bright spot in the market, such as gradually increasing inventory, which is good news for the buyers. If you are thinking of selling, then selling now and or this fall is a great idea before prices come down too much for you. Don’t forget that it’s always best to talk to a top agent in your local market to keep in the know.

I know we see in the news that the country isn’t officially in a recession yet even though consumer product prices are on the increase and the job market is still overall stable. We are also hearing in the news that there are two major factors at work counteracting current economic conditions. Job creation is still on the increase. While COVID-19 shutdowns precipitated a steep decline in jobs, now more strong job creation after the Covid-19 restrictions are getting lift ed, more and more.

The second factor is that commercial real estate is growing since more Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. The rental demand is booming, and rents are up significantly. Demand for warehouse space has also surged as retailers stock up to avoid supply chain disruptions. Hotel bookings, air travel and park attendance are now above pre-pan demic levels. All of this increased activity has led to high demand for new commercial construction which also fuels the work force.


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