Georgia Voice 2017 Best of Atlanta winners: People

Business Person Justin Ziegler (Common Ground Real Estate) It was a close call, but Common Ground Real Estate President Justin Ziegler (www.commongroundrealestate.com) came out on top as your favorite busin...

Best of Atlanta 2016 Winners: Services

Doctor Scott Parry Dr. Scott Parry claims the top spot for his medical expertise in HIV, hormone replace­ment therapy and primary psychiatry care. Parry’s Intown Primary Care (www.intown­primarycare.com) ...
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Home & Real Estate: ‘Glimmer of hope’ seen in Atlanta’s housing market

If there are five houses for sale on one block priced at about $300,000 each, how do you make your house stand out to potential buyers?

First, make sure your house is in “perfect marketing condition,” including a renovated bathroom and kitchen, said Barb Rowland, Realtor for Common Ground Real Estate based in Decatur.

“The house must look like it’s staged, ready to move in,” she said. “People want a good value.”

Justin Ziegler, also a Realtor with Common Ground, has been in the business for just over two years. He said people don’t always have the imagination to see a house on the market the way it could be after they move in, so it is important to make sure it looks like it is ready to move in immediately.

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Top 50 Creative Atlantans includes gay residents

CommonCreativ, an Atlanta website and magazine billed as "common ground for creative professionals," is out with its count of "Atlanta's 50 Most Creative People." And as you can imagine, several prominent gay Atlantans make the list.

We love that CommonCreativ defines creativity broadly, including not only categories traditionally thought of as "art" but also activism, journalism, entrepreneurship, make-up and even public relations.

Picking out the gays from a list of creative people is a bit like finding the haystack, not the needle.