Upcoming neighborhood, family friendly race event

The 3rd Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race to benefit local parks- including the new park on Lavista in the Oak Grove area- will begin at 10AM on March 23rd, 2013 in the parking lot at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. You can check out last year’s event on the website: www.embraceourgreenspacerace.org and also pre-register online with the link to Active.com and get the shirt. There is an event for everyone from a 2K walk, 5K and 10K runs, 10K skate and 24K bike ride; so come out and meet some new neighbors and get some exercise! Police escorts at major intersections to control traffic, and medical support provided by Urgent Care Clinic on Clairmont.
Post race snacks provided by local restaurants including Sprig, Napoleon’s, The Grove, the Oak Grove Meat Market and others.
Onsite registration the day of the event begins at 9AM and costs $25/person.
This event has been growing each year, so come join the fun!
Thank you for your support!

Free Community Paper Shredding Event

I’m hosting a Free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, January 26, 2013 between 9:30 am- noon (or until the truck fills up) and again on Sunday January 27, 2013 between 1:30pm-4:00 pm (or until the truck fills up) at the Marshall Berch & Associates real estate office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hills (on the Kroger side). Gather up old documents to be shredded & destroyed on-site by Eco Shredding (maximum of 5 boxes per vehicle). We teamed up with professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There Professional Organizers to host this free community event for the third year in a row. For more information contact Joan Kaplan, Drake Realty 404/ 281 4106 or joan@joankaplan.com.

Spring in Atlanta

Wow! I’m happy to report the real estate market around the Emory/CDC area of DeKalb County, Georgia is really brisk! One of my listings in the Oak Grove area went under contract within 2 days of it going on the market. Each week I get agents calling me looking for homes for their buyers..We need new inventory so please contact me if you are considering selling!

Free Community Paper Shredding Event January 21, 2012

We will host our 2nd Annual Free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday January 21, 2012 between 9:30 am- noon at the Marshall Berch & Associates office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hills. Gather up old documents to be shredded & destroyed on-site by Eco Shredding (maximum of 5 boxes per vehicle). We’ve teamed up with professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There Professional Organizers to host this event for the second year in a row. For more information contact Joan Kaplan, Drake Realty 404/ 281 4106 or joan@joankaplan.com

Free Paper Shredding “Shredfest” Event

We are hosting a free community paper shredding “shred-fest” event, along with professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There on Saturday January 22, 2011 between 9 am- noon at the new Marshall Berch & Associates office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hills. Gather up old documents and files to be shredded & destroyed on-site by Eco Shredding. Come celebrate National “Get Organized” Month with us! For more information contact Joan Kaplan, Drake Realty 404/ 281 4106 or joan@joankaplan.com

Coat & Blanket Drive- Saturday December 4th

If you have coats & blankets you no longer need, consider donating them! We’ll collect them outside our new soon-to-open office and donate them to Eternal Impact who wil bring them to the homeless throughout the streets of Atlanta. Drop by on Saturday 9am-2pm. Marshall Berch & Assoc., Drake Realty 2899A N. Druid Hills (near clock tower) For more info, call Joan Kaplan 404/ 281 4106. We’ll be serving coffee compliments of Atlanta Coffee Roasters!

Real Estate Update

In response to the profound and continual changes in the real estate industry, I’m adapting how I conduct business as a real estate agent and investor. In the current market, it’s all about value. Buyers are not only looking for a deal, but rather the ‘steal of the century.’ Sellers cling to hope their home has retained value. In today’s market a home must look pristine and be in superb shape or the buyer simply continues searching until the right home in the best condition at the lowest price is found.

Just as the buyers and the sellers are adjusting to the conditions in the market, so are successful agents and brokers. In analyzing the costs of my association with a brokerage firm with high fees and overhead, I realized the value was no longer there. Months of thorough research and consulting with experts in the industry verified what I had already determined – there is a growing trend for agents to move to brokerages with low fees and an emphasis on service. I feel very fortunate to have discovered Drake Realty, a 20 year-old Atlanta-based brokerage with more than 750 agents and 7 offices around town. The support, responsiveness and attention they give agents is unlike anything I’ve experienced. They are expanding into our neighborhood and I’m so excited to be part of their growth! Please let me know if you’d like more details about the move or anything else real estate related.

As always, I look forward to connecting with you soon. Your love and support through the years continues to amaze me. With your help and your referrals, I’ve had more than 100 real estate closings. I am so appreciative and promise to continue to take great care of my clients and the referrals you send my way, so please keep ’em coming!

Joan Kaplan
404/ 281 4106
joan@joankaplan.com