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Impress your loved ones today with these fun Valentine’s Day facts:

1. Valentine’s Day started with the Romans.

There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15 where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in hopes of upping their fertility. The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.

2. The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol.

Prior to the 14th century, the shape we call a heart symbolized the anatomical heart, widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, according to Time. It wasn’t until Italian and French artists began championing the idea of romantic love that the St. Valentine heart became synonymous with love.

3. Experiential gifts are on the rise.

In 2017, 40% of consumers told the National Retail Federation they wanted an “experience gift”—tickets to a concert or other event, an outdoor activity, or other evening out—although only 24% planned to give one. This gift option is particularly popular with millennials: 45% of people ages 18-24 and 40% of people ages 25-34 said they planned to give experiences for Valentine’s Day.

4. It’s not the most popular holiday for greeting cards.

According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.

5. Single ladies have a good shot at finding a date.

There are 119 single men—never married, widowed or divorced—in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age.

6. True love is apparently not that hard to find.

Over two million marriages take place in the United States every year. That means there are more than 6,000 a day!

7. Husbands and boyfriends like to give bouquets.

Men account for 73 percent of Valentine’s Day flower sales.

8. Roses are the flowers of love.

The favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love? The red rose, of course. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings, so it’s no surprise they make up the most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

9. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

10. Money can buy love.

The average U.S. consumer spent around $146.84 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals and entertainment in 2016, according to an annual U.S. National Retail Federation survey. Roughly 92 percent of married Americans with children will spend most of that money on their spouse; the rest goes to Valentine’s Day gifts for kids, friends, coworkers and even pets.

11. Americans have a serious sweet tooth.

According to the National Confectioners Association, about eight billion candy hearts were made in 2009.

12. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.

The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868


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Atlanta is in the Top 10

For Cities to Invest in Real Estate




More good news; Atlanta ranks 7th on Forbes list of best cities to invest in housing! At #7, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta market shows a three year price growth forecast of 24 percent. Homes in the Atlanta metro area are undervalued by 7 percent compared to the historic ratio of price and local income, with an average home price of $234,249. One-year price growth was set at 8 percent. That’s all good whether you are buying, selling or investing. Although the article specifically mentions Marietta & Sandy Springs there are many opportunities in other areas too.


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Buyer needs

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Can you help these buyers find a home?


Low inventory is making it challenging to find homes for my buyers & we could use your help to find homes for them. Here’s a brief description of what we need:

Home in Tucker or Smokerise area

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • Prefers updated or minimal cosmetics
  • Must have a fireplace & garage
  • Nice size master bath a priority too
  • Up to $350,000

Home in Canton or Woodstock

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • Must have a basement & garage
  • Minimum ½ acre lot, the bigger the better, the more private the better too
  • No fixer uppers
  • Up to $400,000
  • “Non-cookie cutter” neighborhood is important too

Fixer uppers in East Point/Ft. Mac area

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • <$100,000

Properties for executive rentals in Dunwoody & Sandy Springs

  • 3 BDR/2 BA minimum
  • Garage
  • No fixer uppers, some cosmetics OK
  • Up to $400,000

If you or someone you know has a match for these clients please contact me ASAP! It will help you get to your next spot faster & you’ll save time, money & energy because you won’t have to get the house in showing condition. If this is a match for you I can help you find your new home too! Can’t wait to see what’s out there? Just follow this link to find your dream home:

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