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Atlanta a top city for starting families?

In research speak this is called household formation. The age at which an individual gets married and has children. There are other types of household formations as well, like students graduating from college and into their first apartment, or a couple going through a divorce. Relative to families, household formation is often a life stage met with the purchase of a home. Nationally, household formations are outpacing new supply by a rate of 3.5 million formed households, according to findings in a joint study produced by ULI and PWC called … Read More

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5 Trends Directly Impacting Atlanta’s Real Estate Industry

The Urban Land Institute released their Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018 on October 26, 2017. This is a top publication in the industry compiled by individual interviews from real estate, development, and financial services professionals across the country and provides an outlook on investment and development trends, finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas, and other real estate issues. While the report focuses on national trends, there are 5 key takeaways for the Atlanta region. There’s a general belief the real estate market will not crash like previous cycles, but rather … Read More

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Will the next Mayor of Atlanta tackle affordable housing?

It’s a story that we continue to read every time we open a newspaper. Families are priced out of the better-performing school districts because of rising home prices. Employers are having a tough time retaining staff due to rising rental rates.  Atlanta’s competitive advantage of affordability may be waning. Atlanta’s major problems are twofold: The city is experiencing an affordable housing crisis, not yet rivaling other East Coast cities like Washington, D.C. and Boston, but some predict the writing is on the wall.  And because people cannot afford to live … Read More

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Why we love Atlanta.

This article appeared in the Saporta Report on August 8, 2017. by Ryan Gravel Love is in the air. Don’t get me wrong – it’s easy enough to see Atlanta’s shortcomings. But when you take a minute to see them as opportunities, and when you watch people grab hold of them and make this city their own, it’s hard not to fall in love with Atlanta. In fact, the most common observation I hear from people about why they love this town – why they moved here or what makes … Read More

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The Link Between the Shifting Retail Market and Revitalizing Greyfields

Cities and towns across the country are being challenged with how to revitalize auto-centric, sprawling corridors into more pedestrian friendly, thriving destinations. At the same time, the retail industry is experiencing a major economic shift. How can these dated commercial strips be transformed into more attractive and innovative streetscapes? To help answer this question, ULI Atlanta convened a panel discussion on Thursday, June 29 featuring remarks by ULI senior fellow Ed McMahon, a national expert on health and real estate, sustainable development, and land use. Ed shared his belief that … Read More

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Housing in the Evolving Atlanta Suburb

ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, in partnership with RCLCO, released an in-depth study covering the evolution of urban and suburban housing markets. Specifically, it takes a fresh look at how we define urban verses suburban and the wide variety of housing characteristics and development opportunities. On Tuesday, February 7th a panel came together to discuss the current trends, market variances, and changes in consumer preferences. While presenters, Adam Ducker and Stockton Williams zoomed in on the Atlanta market and suburbs.  See presentation HERE. Panelists included (from left to right): Mike Busher – Senior Vice President-Land Acquisition and … Read More

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Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season!

ULI Atlanta Members and Friends, As 2016 winds down, we want to take a moment to thank you for your leadership, partnership, and support. It has been a remarkable year working together to move the needle on responsible land use. We know you have been busy – ranging from the very visible cranes of infill development across our city and the resounding public support to expand MARTA and the BeltLine to the quieter work of creative placemaking, project and policy feasibility, and long range planning for our region. We hope … Read More

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Top of Mind Issues at the Bottom of the Ballot

Residents in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County will have the opportunity to vote on transportation investment in November. These will be the last questions on the ballot. Get informed about each – two votes in the City of Atlanta and one of Fulton County outside of the City – and share with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Download Handout Download Handout Download Handout

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Apply Now for CFL Class of 2017!

Our MISSION is to cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industries how the Atlanta region gets built. WHY PARTICIPATE: • Collaborate with real estate professionals in problem solving; • Interface with like-minded professionals; • Engage with top speakers from every facet of land use in a small group environment; • Establish relationships with a diverse group of professionals; and • Expand your perspectives on the development process as well as issues and opportunities facing the Atlanta region. WHO PARTICIPATES: • … Read More

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National Spotlight on Atlanta’s ‘SoYES’

Originally posted in Saporta Report March 1, 2016 By Sarah Kirsch of the Urban Land Institute At its annual meeting last week, Midtown Alliance President & CEO Kevin Green shared that there is significant investment and change coming to the area of the city south of North Avenue. So much, in fact, that locals will no longer refer to it as ‘SoNo’ but ‘SoYES.’ Who doesn’t love a good pun? It so happens that over the last two months, ‘SoYES’ has been the focus of the national ULI Hines Student Competition and the country’s … Read More

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