Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect July 1: Everything You Need to Know

REMINDER: Hands-Free Georgia Act will be effective July 1st! Here’s a snippet of the “new laws” involving phone usage while driving. 🚙📱 I highly recommend getting a mount for your car to hold your phone. As a REALTOR®, it’s been a lifesaver for me, because I spend so much time in the car. See below for suggested mounts.


Car Mounts


Homebuyer’s Workshop Spring 2018

ATLANTA FRIENDS: You don’t want to miss this!! 


You’re invited to a special homebuyer’s workshop event, where you’ll learn about mortgage rates, the real estate market and the process of buying a home.

E-mail allisonjackson@atlantafinehomes.com or click the image below to RSVP to this amazing event!

BEST Dog-friendly Patios in Atlanta

Pictured: The sweetest puppy in the world, Bourbon!
  1. Perk-N-Pooch
  2. Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub
  3. Floataway Cafe
  4. JCT Kitchen & Bar
  5. Einstein’s
  6. Joe’s on Juniper
  7. Moe’s and Joe’s Tavern
  8. Leon’s Full Service
  9. The Local
  10. Hampton & Hudson
  11. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall **personal favorite** cheap beer, wine in a can, cool campsite vibe – what’s not to love?!
  12. ParkGrounds
  13. Muchacho
  14. Midway Pub
  15. 97 Estoria
  16. Le Bilboquet
  17. NEW BONUS – Fetch Park & Ice House

Updated from Original Post from Atlanta.Eater

Registration is Open for the Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K/8K!

Presented by Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Run.Walk.Go! Race Series is the perfect way to get your “fit” on while exploring different Atlanta BeltLine trail segments. Check out the latest project developments, snag a race t-shirt you’ll be proud to wear, and burn a few calories. Yes, it’s a race, but it’s all about the fun – runners, walkers, strollers, and four-footed friends are all welcome!

The first “race” of 2018 is the Westside 5K/8K (8K option new for this year) on Saturday, July 14. This year’s race starts and ends at Lee + White in historic West End, makes extensive use of the Westside Trail which opened to the public in September 2017 and features an awesome after-party at Monday Night Garage!

The Westside 5K/8K is a “fun run” meant for participants of all fitness levels. But if you’re looking to take home the hardware, they will have race medals ready for the following winners:

  • Overall M/F
  • Overall Master’s M/F
  • Overall Grand Master’s M/F
  • Overall Sr. Master’s M/F
  • Top 3 in each of the regular 5-year age groups (10 & under through 75+)

Overall awards based on gun time. Age group awards based on chip time.

The start/finish line area will be filled with energy, music, and refreshments. All participants will receive a complimentary adult beverage from Monday Night Garage. They will be chip timing the start and finish, and sending participants out in quick waves to ensure no one gets bumped around in the crowd. The 5k course has been USATF-certified.

Be sure to register by June 14 to take advantage of the early bird discount!

Recording Devices in Homes

If you are currently shopping for a home, you might just be on Candid Camera. (Click the link if I just dated myself, and you aren’t familiar with one of America’s FIRST Reality TV Shows.)

More and more homeowners/sellers are installing recording devices in their homes – cameras, listening devices, or both.

REAL LIFE STORY: I was on a showing with some clients, who happen to be good friends of mine, so our relationship was a bit more casual than the typical client relationship.

Before we went into the very first home I was showing them, I paused at the door and said: “Hey, by the way guys, if you have any comments that aren’t positive – save them until we are out of the house… or better yet, just don’t talk at all while we’re inside if necessary. A lot of people have recording devices in their homes, and you don’t want them to hear you bashing their decor or giving them negotiation leverage.”

My friends/clients (frilents?) sort of laughed me off and we’re like, “Ok.. hahaha”. Well, the second we’re in the door, the husband says, loudly: “Google, please stop recording.” And from somewhere in the house, came the response, “Ok, stopping recording now.”

I’ve never seen my clients look so shocked! Their eyes were as big as saucers and they were mouthing to me “WE THOUGHT YOU WERE KIDDING!?!”. Which, as they had just learned, I was not. We laughed about it once we were out of that house, and my clients were careful not to talk inside the homes we visited throughout their search.

So, be aware, homebuyers… Smile, you’re (possibly) on CANDID! CAMERA!  *That is another very dated reference but whatevs.*


For more information about recording devices in homes, here are couple of articles that dive a little deeper:



Please Don’t Let The Cat Out!

Sometimes, when touring homes with clients, we’ll be greeted with messages from the homeowners. Things such as:





and my personal favorite, PLEASE DON’T LET THE CAT OUT!

The reason why it’s my favorite, is because of the delightful and unpredictable nature of cats. They are frequently hiding in small spaces, slinking around furniture, or sometimes, darting from room to room. If you see them in the kitchen, the next thing you know, it’s on the bathroom counter in the master bathroom… even though you never saw it follow you.

REAL LIFE STORY:  I was showing homes outside of the city, where behind houses there are woods, instead of other homes. As we’re walking up to the last house, we are greeted with a small handwritten note on the front door that says: “PLEASE DO NOT LET CAT OUTSIDE”. I turn to my client and say, “Hey, make sure to be mindful of their cat.” We were almost finished touring the home, checking out the finished basement, when my client said, “Oh! I want to look at the backyard!” as she opens the door that leads outside, the cat – who had been super chill the entire time we were there – darts out the door, straight towards the woods.

So, for everyone wondering: “Is real estate really as glamorous as Allison makes it look?” 

The answer is: I had to go climbing through the woods of rural Georgia, in heels, behind a house I was showing.. because the flight-risk cat, the owner left a note on the front door about, escaped when we were looking at the basement/backyard. …so basically, yes. It’s the MOST glamorous.

And for anyone wondering if I did, in fact, retrieve the cat… you bet your sweet tush I did.

Spring Festivals Around Atlanta

Metro Atlanta has so many things to do every weekend, and this list is only a fraction of the events that occur in and around our incredible city. I love Atlanta and hope you do, too! The real estate market is hot right now. If you are considering buying or selling a home, now is the time of year to act! Real estate is truly my passion; call me today to find out how my marketing and local and global connections can help you buy or sell a home.


The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the Southeastern United States. More than 25,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary, and short films each year.

The Dogwood Festival has evolved into one of the largest events in the Southeast. You’ll find the country’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers and glass blowers, as well as live performance art exhibitions, interactive music workshops and a food festival.

Join hundreds of colorfully-clad characters for a medieval European Country Faire. Feast on hearty food and drink, shop for hand-crafted treasures and become mesmerized by artisans at work. Ten stages of music and comedy, performing animals and games ensure fun for the entire family!

Widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic event, the Inman Park Festival boasts a weekend of family fun. Atlanta’s biggest street market, the city’s quirkiest parade, a juried art show, live entertainment and dance festival are just a few of the things you’ll find.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Atlanta-based brewery’s annual festival in Centennial Olympic Park! Enjoy live music, an artist market, comedy tent and 5K race, all while safely enjoying the best of Sweetwater’s beverages.


The annual Caribbean Carnival continues to offer even more music and marvels. Kick off this Memorial Day weekend with Mas and Music – a celebration of Caribbean culture, cuisine and costumes. Festival highlights include the annual parade of bands through downtown, an artist market and tons of dance demos.

Shaky Knees Music Festival features more than 30 bands, comprised of national, regional and local favorites, over two days at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown. In addition to a stellar musical lineup, the festival includes food trucks, artisans and more.

Shaky Beats Music Festival hosts over 30 international touring DJs’ dropping their latest EDM tracks for three days at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown. In addition to a brilliant lineup, the festival includes food trucks, photo booths, and more.

Located at beautiful Chastain Park, the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 175 artists and artisans, live music, activities for children and much more.

Celebrating more than 40 years of soulful expression, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to start your Memorial Day weekend. Explore Piedmont Park and visit vendors displaying some of the city’s finest arts and crafts, food and drink and merchandise.

The Decatur Arts Festival celebrates culture, community and creativity with a weekend exploding with artistic expressions. The weekend starts with the ArtWalk, where local shops host free receptions for new art shows. You’ll also find music, performance art, dancing and special events just for kids and teens.

Sweet Auburn Springfest is a celebration of more than 25 years of great festivals on Auburn Avenue. Live entertainment, Southern hospitality and tons of activities are just a few sweet things you’ll find.

You can find additional details about these and other Atlanta festivals on the official Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) website.



Going Above & Beyond

Here’s a quick example of how dedicated I am to helping my clients find a home they truly love!

My client was in LOVE with a particular community, that unfortunately, had very few to no listings. So, I made up these cards, hand addressed 75 envelopes and mailed one to every single home. We were under contract in less than 3 days!! If you’re looking for a REALTOR who will go above and beyond for you, I’m your girl!

2017 | An Extraordinary Year


I cannot thank you enough for your support in 2017! This was an incredible year for me, and it would not have been possible without you.

My business relies on my clients, friends and family for your support and referrals. I hope to continue serving you and your real estate needs in 2018. Happy New Year and best wishes!