Author Archives: Barbra Bowers

Atlanta Construction Projects with Empty Hard Hats

By Inga Harmon The Atlanta skyline is filled with cranes and scaffolding sprouting from the ground like plants on a daily basis. Even as a real estate professional, sometimes it is hard to keep up with the latest development pipeline. The addition of Mercedes Benz Stadium, SunTrust Park, and connectivity of the Atlanta Beltline has ignited a huge demand for housing and development from foreign investors, current residents, and new residents.  There is a residential and commercial boom happening all across the region, from the intown neighborhoods to the farthest … Read More

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An Education Model With An Affordable Housing Solution

By: Marjy Stagmeier This week the school-bells ring across the Atlanta region signaling the beginning of another school year. For some of you this means no more summer schedule. For others it just means thinking twice about your commute as traffic patterns have changed.  For me, the new school year is the reminder of the important community ecosystem intertwining education and housing, and the critical impact that housing has on the educational achievement of our children. While we are housing investors, we often describe our company as an “education model, … Read More

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Opinion: LINK trip opened local eyes on need for affordable housing

Originally printed in the AJC on Friday, July 20, 2018 by Sarah Kirsch Metro Atlanta has a well-earned reputation for being the economic engine of the Southeast, and a big factor driving that growth is our region’s affordability. This competitive advantage, however, is in danger of eroding as housing costs rise. Consider these numbers from a recent report prepared by the Bleakly Advisory Group for the Urban Land Institute’s Atlanta District Council: The median household income in metro Atlanta increased just one percent per year between 2010 and 2015. At the same … Read More

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Atlanta Ignited: ULI Atlanta’s 24th Annual Awards For Excellence Dinner

By: Stacy Patton and Bill Halter Each year, a group of dedicated and willing Urban Land Institute (ULI) members in the Atlanta District Council form the Awards Committee to plan for our annual Awards for Excellence Dinner. This planning process typically takes about 6 months and is a big lift for all of those involved, but critical in advancing the local mission of ULI Atlanta to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and create sustaining and thriving communities. As we began the planning process for the 24th Annual … Read More

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Georgia Tech Real Estate Development By Design

by Rick Porter History tells us that shaping land for human habitat is not a new idea. From high rise cliff dwellers to high rise office dwellers, real estate development has been a centerpiece of the human experience. Georgia Tech is exploring this paradigm through its new Masters of Real Estate Development program. Over the past half century, the development of our land has been accomplished by a rapidly expanding group of entrepreneurs that have loosely created the profession of real estate developer. These practitioners have traditionally acquired and honed … Read More

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Broaden Your Worldview Of Real Estate

Reflections on ULI’s Center for Leadership by Kyle Reis The real estate industry in Atlanta is a paradox of sorts. With almost 6 million people currently residing in the Metro region, and growth projections of 2.5 million additional people in the coming years, the Atlanta region represents a relatively large and urbanizing real estate market. Despite the size of the Atlanta market, it amazes me how connected real estate professionals really are. Real estate is a personal, relationship-based industry even in a large region like ours. There are many opportunities … Read More

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Cast Your Line Now! ULI Atlanta Seeking Entrepreneurial Developers For 1st Ever Shark Tank

By: Thomas Kramer Tailored after the hit TV show, Shark Tank, ULI Atlanta’s 1st ever Real Estate Development Shark Tank will bring together aspiring and veteran developers in front of a live audience, as they pitch their projects in front of an expert panel of sharks. The sharks represent Atlanta’s most seasoned leaders in the industry and will offer the audience an opportunity to look behind the scenes at the inner-workings of an investment committee. ULI Atlanta is soliciting investment proposals from savvy, aspiring real estate developers who are actively pursuing … Read More

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Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI): Where Relationships Help Build Opportunity

By: Kim Bucklew Since its inception in 2011, ULI’s Women Leadership Initiative (WLI) has been on a mission to increase the visibility of women leaders throughout the real estate industry. A ULI survey of its membership revealed only 25 percent were women and of those women only 14 percent were CEOs. A clear gender gap exists when we talk about women in leadership across all industries, real estate is no exception. Something has to change and change is good. Atlanta’s WLI for 2018 is designed to inspire women by showcasing … Read More

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Atlanta’s Changing Transportation Ecosystem

Atlanta’s traffic woes are a well-known story. Despite having the nation’s 9th largest transit system, we are still an auto-centric city and region, rife with congestion along our main corridors. The lesser known story, perhaps, is the remarkable level of investment and coordination currently underway among our state and regional agencies to make significant changes in how Atlantans move around and through the region. The momentum began in earnest in 2015 when House Bill 170 passed, providing additional, dedicated, cost adjusted funding for transportation investment across the state of Georgia. … Read More

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Out of the Ashes, Once Again

On July 31, 2012, the Atlanta region soundly rejected a well-publicized and carefully orchestrated Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSLOST) which would have funded multiple billions of dollars of projects for the region. While those of us in the shell-shocked transportation advocacy world licked our wounds amidst the clearing smoke on the battlefield, pundits claimed that Atlanta would never get out of its perpetual traffic woes, which became emblematic for the city since the late 1990s. Much like Phoenix rising from the ashes, however, the transportation community made a … Read More

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