Athens Georgia

Despite What You’ve Heard, It Isn’t Championship or Bust for Bulldog Fans in 2021

I am a lifelong Georgia fan, and I was born in March of 1981 shortly after the Bulldogs won their last national championship in the Sugar Bowl. Since then, the Bulldogs have had some close calls with another outright title in 1981, 1982, 1984, 2002, 2007, 2012 and the most recent heart break of the 2018 national championship game.

Pay Attention to Property Tax Increases in Athens-Clarke County

As you can see, there has been a drastic increase in property tax revenue over the last 5 years. In fact, that revenue stream has far out paced the other areas of revenue as demonstrated in the graph. This graph shows the real story of our local tax increase which has been $20,000,000 of increased revenue over 5 years

Be a Proud Bulldog in a Pandemic

First, let me say how grateful I am that there was a college football season. It is one of the few sports that I am truly passionate about. Years ago, my wife told me I could either be a Bulldog fan or a Falcon fan, but I couldn’t be both. She said there was no way she could let me ruin a Saturday and a Sunday if both teams lost. I like the Braves, but I don’t love them. I don’t follow the NBA at all anymore, and as a Georgia fan college basketball just isn’t much fun. What I can’t believe is how hard so many people worked and sacrificed so that these kids could compete and have a chance to fulfill dreams while also entertaining us. That leads me to my overall thoughts on the Georgia Football Program which is overwhelming pride.

GEORGIA FOOTBALL: Week one is in the Books & Here comes Auburn

Thankfully, the Georgia Bulldogs have a game played and a “W” in the win column, but the first two quarters were hard to watch. Even so, I was grateful for them. I feel like I missed a lot during the game due to cooking ribs and parenting. But watching it again always helps to understand a little more. As I mentioned in my last post, upsets are likely to be abundant and offense may be hard to find and for the most part last weekend didn’t disappoint. Mississippi State wins over LSU with tons of offense and Oklahoma fell to Kansas State with almost no defense.

The Latest Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4%

Last Friday, the Bureau for Labor Statistics released their Employment Report for August 2020. The big surprise was that the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%, a full percent lower than what many analysts had forecasted

10 Straight SEC Games could be fun

It is August 28th, I am sitting here at my desk waiting on some estimates to help work through some issues on a contract.  It’s been a long week and long year.  I really wish I was out doing something else, but I am grateful to have the work as many others do not.  Many … Read More

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates back to 1971 (See graph below): What does this … Read More

Impacts of Covid-19 on Athens Real Estate: The Good and The Bad

This area of the market has performed very well as I noted above. May and June were ahead of 2019 by 30% in pending home sales, and overall values appreciated by an average of 4% from 2019. Most of this gain was seen in homes under $600,000. In some cases, properties over $700,000 have seen a small drop in listing price, but those reduced prices are still in line with values from 2019. We have seen a pent-up demand drive a lot of this activity. Home buyers came out of the gates strong in May and so far the activity remains strong.

LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT: GREAT NEWS…FOR THE MOST PART

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest Employment Situation Summary last Thursday, and it again beat analysts’ expectations in a big way. The consensus was for 3,074,000 jobs to be added in June. The report revealed that 4,800,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% last month. Again, excellent news as the … Read More

Is the Health Crisis Driving Buyers Out of Urban Areas?

The pandemic has caused consumers to re-examine the components that make up the “perfect home.” Many families are no longer comfortable with the locations and layouts of their existing homes. The allure of city life (more congested) seems to be giving way to either suburban or rural life (less congested). The fascination with an open … Read More