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More Extreme Architecture from Around the Globe

February 10, 2014

Last month, I wrote a blog about some crazy, awesome architecture from around the world. It was so popular and I got so many emails about it, I’ve decided to run another!

Here are some more amazing buildings from around the world:


Haewoojae (Toilet House) – Suwant, South Korea.

The late mayor of Suwon, South Korea, Sim Jae-Duck, built this toilet-shaped, two-story home to mark the 2007 inaugural meeting of the World Toilet Association. It is now a toilet museum. The 4,520-square-foot steel, concrete, and glass structure features a showcase, glass-walled bathroom at it’s center. Those concerned with privacy can turn the walls opaque at the touch of a button. The home also features a roof-top balcony that’s accessible by a “toilet drain” staircase and equipped with rainwater harvesting technology. (more…)

Extreme Architecture from Around the Globe

January 13, 2014

Every once and a while, a money laden business mogul comes along and makes an architect’s dreams come true. They let their imagination run wild, and the end product can be awesome, crazy, or a mixture of both.

Here are some amazing buildings from around the world:


Piano and Violin Building – Huainan City, China.

Built in 2007, the Piano and Violin Building was designed by students of the Hefey University of Technology along with designers from Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Company. It was built to promote a newly-developed area of the city. (more…)

Lowering Your Energy Bills During the Summer Months

July 8, 2013

energy_savingsI don’t know about you, but my energy bills always seem to rise along with the warm summer temperatures. Over the years, I’ve gathered a variety of methods for keeping my energy costs down during the summer months, and making sure that my bills don’t break the bank.

Here are 5 tried and true (and new!) methods for saving money on your house bills this summer: (more…)

Tornado? Don’t Just Take Cover, Get Coverage!

May 28, 2013
Source: AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

Source: AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

With the recent devastation in Oklahoma caused by tornadoes, it’s time to revisit if your insurance covers everything that’s needed in the event of this type of natural disaster.

The homeowner and auto insurance policy obviously respond to damage caused by windstorm.  Tornadoes and Hurricanes fall into that category. On the home insurance side, the following coverage will apply for all of those folks who had an insurance policy: (more…)

The 123’s of Warehouse Buying

May 20, 2013

warehouse_buyingAs commercial real estate continues to make a comeback, many buyers who are looking to expand their various businesses are beginning to look at the properties currently on the market. Warehouse space is one of the first items that a growing business will look for when it comes to storage or creation of goods.

Warehouses are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses and more. They are generally plain buildings in industrial areas, and include loading docs to load and unload goods from trucks.

If you are thinking of purchasing a warehouse, you should consider the following: (more…)

Straighten Your House for National Get Organized Month

January 28, 2013

At the beginning of the year, there are a lot of things to organize. You take down your holiday decorations, clean up after your big New Year’s bash and even start to get all of your paperwork in order to file your income taxes. It comes as no surprise that January is National Get Organized (GO) Month, so there’s an extra emphasis on “cleaning up”.

After reading through a recent Zillow blog titled “11 Creative Home Storage Ideas” and visiting Better Homes and Gardens® magazine’s Pinterest page, I’ve put together a list of great ideas for getting Organized for GO Month!

Use Every Inch


I love this picture of a book shelf that extends over the doorway. (more…)

10 Great Ways to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012

Every year, I’m busy hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for my friends and family. Although it may seem like a challenge, I’ve gathered a ton of good advice over the years for keeping the experience as stress-free as possible.

Here are my favorite tips that I’ve gathered:

  1. Create a plan. Sit down and make a guest list. Plan the meal around the number of guests you invite. The secret to a simple meal is planning ahead so everything doesn’t seem to demand your attention at once. (more…)

Haunted Houses Across Georgia

October 22, 2012

As Realtors®, we’re used to seeing homes haunted by crumbling foundations, leaky faucets, and – worst of all – angry sellers! But as Halloween approaches, you may want to take in a good scare for fun with the family. Georgia actually boasts a number of top haunted attractions!

Here’s a quick list of some of the haunted houses in your area that you can share with your friends, family and customers: (more…)

Insurance for “Big Boy” Toys

September 10, 2012

They say the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. Many households have these high priced toys in them and never think about whether or not they have the proper insurance to protect them. We buy an insurance policy to protect our assets in case we get hit with a claim that could bring about financial harm.

Let’s review. If we mess up and have an accident that is our fault, we legally owe the people we harm for their lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering.  We also owe them to put their property back like it was before the accident. Property and Casualty policies (homeowner insurance, auto insurance, etc.) contain liability coverage to protect us from having to pay these amounts out of pocket. However, they don’t cover everything. In addition, if the limit on our policy isn’t enough to cover what we owe, the court will garnish wages and take the assets of the at fault person.


Save Money by Growing Your Own Garden

July 23, 2012

Although the economy is on the rise, people are still interested in saving money. An interesting (and delicious) trend that I’m seeing is the revival of the home garden. Homeowners with a little room in the backyard are making room for some fruits and vegetables. I definitely consider myself a “foodie”, and I love it when you can go out the back door and pick your own fresh produce!

In addition to being much fresher and tastier, growing your own produce can save you a ton of money!

Let’s say you want to grow tomatoes:

  • Average tomato plant yield 35-40 pounds
  • $4 per plant from your local nursery
  • $4 cage which can be used and reused
  • $5 worth of quality planting soil (you’ll get about 30-40 lbs of dirt at this price)

With a little time and TLC your tomatoes cost you only $14. Compare that to an average cost of $1.50 per pound from your grocery store where 35 pounds of tomatoes will cost you $52.50! Plus, you can reuse the cage and planting soil, so you save more money with each yield! (more…)

Shake Hands, Don’t Shake Down

March 12, 2012

Do you remember when Julia Roberts dressed in her “street” clothes and shopped on Rodeo Drive, and she was snubbed? Then, she came back looking like “money” and they were all over themselves trying to get her business. She reminded them of her past treatment and said “HUGE MISTAKE, HUGE”. I have actually heard similar stories from customers recently who were very upset that their agent talked about money before they even had an opportunity to talk to the customer about their wants and needs. I agree with Julia: Huge mistake.

I think two things come into play here. First, we’ve been conditioned from real estate birth to find out if our prospect qualifies to purchase. Today’s customer is really quite offended by the money conversation right out of the gate. Today’s buyer wants to know if their agent cares about them and can give them the level of service they expect. There’s nothing wrong with having them qualified by a mortgage company, in fact it’s beneficial to everyone, but only after you’ve established a relationship with the customer. Give them a chance to see if the relationship is a good fit for them and for you. (more…)

How to Start Your Own Blog

March 5, 2012

Thinking about starting your own blog?

I have a few tips to get you started. Metro Brokers’ Blog has remained successful, with thousands of views each month. In fact, this entry marks its 200th post.

While blogging is definitely a form of social networking, it can help you in ways that Facebook and Twitter can’t. It’s a great outlet for your business knowledge and personal views, and you can go into much greater detail than on other social networking sites.

Just be sure that you have time to dedicate to it. (more…)

The Most Expensive Home in the World Costs $1 Billion!

February 27, 2012

In 2010, Mukesh Ambani – the richest man in India, forth richest man in the world – completed work on the most expensive home ever built. Totaling $1 billion, the 27-story tower in Mumbai has more floor space than the palace of Versailles and employs 600 staff members.

Named Antilia, the exterior features a very modern design with asymmetric stacks of glass, steel and tiles. There’s also a four-story hanging garden, health club with gym and dance studio, at least one swimming pool, a 50-seat cinema, 3 helipads and a 160-car parking garage on property.


Beam Me Up! Star Trek House is an Absolute Marvel!

February 6, 2012

Talk about a geek’s dream come to life! I recently came across a story on about a Star Trek home inLeicester, UK. Tony Alleyne, the owner, turned the interior of his flat into a replica of a Star Trek spaceship!

The transformation took more than 10 years, and it included hand-crafted furniture, reworked walls, a command console, a transporter room, voice-activated lighting system and more. The level of detail is absolutely incredible… Alleyne really outdid himself. (more…)

Best Places in Metro Atlanta to Take in the Holiday Lights

December 16, 2011

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about the holidays is seeing everyone take out their holiday decorations. It’s especially great at night, when you can drive around and see all of the holiday lights at the neighbors’ homes.

But where do you go to get absolutely overwhelmed by holiday light displays? Georgia has some great spots that are sure to make your jaw drop! (more…)