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Metro Atlanta home prices jump 10.3 percent since last year

The median sales price of a home sold in metro Atlanta last month jumped 10.3 percent from the same month last year, according to a report by Re/Max Georgia. The region’s real estate market slowed as it typically does in the autumn, the number of sales falling from September this year. Compared to a year ago, sales were essentially flat – just 1 percent higher than October of 2016. During...


Kempner: Confessions on the laziest, most-popular Christmas gift idea

Kempner: Confessions on the laziest, most-popular Christmas gift idea

Year after year, we return to the holiday season and ponder what special gifts would bring joy to friends and loved ones. And, once again, most Americans somehow arrive at the same answer: a plastic card. Or, increasingly, a digital equivalent of one. Gift cards are pretty much the easiest, fastest gift to give on the face of the Earth. (I know: unless you count a smile.) They refuse to give way to...
City sells Civic Center to Atlanta Housing Authority for redevelopment

City sells Civic Center to Atlanta Housing Authority for redevelopment

The Atlanta Housing Authority has closed on its purchase of the Civic Center property, a key step in a planned $300 million-plus redevelopment of the aging performing arts center into a mixed-use, mixed-income development. Mayor Kasim Reed and Catherine Buell, the CEO of AHA, said 30 percent of future housing units will be designated as affordable. The project also will include office space, retail...
The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner

The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner

The Department of Justice is suing to block AT&T's $85 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, setting the stage for one of the biggest antitrust cases to hit Washington in decades. The suit is fraught with legal and political risks for both sides. Several Democrats have expressed concern that antitrust officials could be seeking to block the deal because the Trump administration has...
Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site

Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site

The implosion of the Georgia Dome sets the stage for an overhaul of the Georgia World Congress Center campus that, coupled with planned future development in downtown Atlanta, could dramatically change the face of south and west downtown. In about a year, crews are expected to convert the old dome site into the Home Depot Backyard, a 13-acre green space that will be a community park most of the...
Business stories of the week: Amazon, 2018 priorities, Phipps Plaza

Business stories of the week: Amazon, 2018 priorities, Phipps Plaza

The week had no shortage of business headlines among Atlanta area companies – or perhaps companies that want to become Atlanta area companies. From the Amazon second headquarters search to major development projects, here are some of the big business headlines you might have missed from the past week. Georgia and Atlanta area economic development officials like to fancy the Atlanta region...
More job cuts coming to Atlanta as part of Coca-Cola restructuring

More job cuts coming to Atlanta as part of Coca-Cola restructuring

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola plans to cut an additional 179 jobs in its hometown as part of a broader restructuring the beverage giant announced earlier this year. In filings with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division, Coke identified layoffs at three corporate offices in the city effective by the end of December. The layoffs are part of a plan to cut about...
Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza makeover plan shifts into overdrive

Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza makeover plan shifts into overdrive

The reinvention of Phipps Plaza into a mixed-use entertainment and shopping complex has been in the works for more than a decade. But the announcement Tuesday of a $200 million-plus expansion, including a flagship Nobu hotel and restaurant, will take that the makeover to a new level, officials with mall owner Simon hope. In Nobu, Phipps will add a world-renowned luxury lodging and food brand...
4 of the best ways to turn your home into a cash cow

4 of the best ways to turn your home into a cash cow

Your house is a large expense with many associated costs like a mortgage payment, insurance, maintenance and more. It provides a roof over your head, of course, but since it usually costs you money each month, why not put it to work for you and earn some cash in the process? The following are four ways your house can make you money: If you're planning to be out of town for a few days or don't mind...
6 things to know about working for Uber

6 things to know about working for Uber

Uber has been making headlines in recent months for everything from a new CEO to industry regulation. But if you want to work as a driver for the service that revolutionized the taxi-transport industry, there is more important information about Uber you'll want to check out. Here are six things you need to know about Uber before working for them as a driver: Uber has its own system for estimating...
Kempner: Arthur Blank only cautiously bets on soccer fans in Gwinnett

Kempner: Arthur Blank only cautiously bets on soccer fans in Gwinnett

Atlanta United proved that a shockingly large number of metro Atlantans are willing — anxious even — to pay good money to go wild at pro soccer games. But a top official for owner Arthur Blank is toning down expectations as they press their luck and dig deeper into the world’s most popular sport. The organization, which also owns the Atlanta Falcons, is poised to test the market...
Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

It’s time for the holiday rush at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Check out the latest developments for travelers, so you can navigate the Atlanta airport like a pro. Road construction. The airport has launched a $6 billion plan to modernize the terminal and expand the airport. Watch for road closures outside the domestic terminal. The airport is installing a giant canopy over...
Wes Moss: Why $500,000 is a key figure in retirement planning

Wes Moss: Why $500,000 is a key figure in retirement planning

Fear mongering surrounds the topic of retirement. To hear many “experts” tell it, a solid, happy retirement is almost, if not completely, out of reach. Suze Orman recently said that everyone (everyone) should work until they’re at least 70 years old. Legg Mason released a study stating that if you don’t have at least $2.5 million socked away, you shouldn’t retire...
Metro Atlanta Chamber announces 2018 priorities

Metro Atlanta Chamber announces 2018 priorities

The Metro Atlanta Chamber on Thursday unveiled its priorities for 2018, a slate of initiatives that include new job recruitment strategies, workforce development, an emphasis on economic mobility and a new digital platform to recruit young professionals to move and start their careers in the region. During a lunchtime gala on the field of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, chamber leaders announced three...
Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity

Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity

One big item in Republican tax plans would make figuring out our individual income taxes a little less crazy. But it comes at a price. So here’s a basic question millions of Americans may soon face, one that highlights the link between behavior and money: Will we donate less to charities if it’s harder to get a tax break for doing so? Nonprofit leaders are nervous. In fact, they fear they...
Atlanta job growth slowing, says forecaster

Atlanta job growth slowing, says forecaster

Job growth in Atlanta will slow next year and in 2019, but the unemployment rate should remain below 5 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by Georgia State’s Economic Forecasting Center. The metro area will add about 51,900 jobs in 2018, compared to about 68,900 by the end of this year and more than 90,000 in 2016, said center director Rajeev Dhawan. All of the state’s metro...
Mattress Firm sues Atlanta’s Colliers and execs

Mattress Firm sues Atlanta’s Colliers and execs

A national retail mattress chain has sued an Atlanta-based commercial real estate broker for an alleged scheme of fraud and kickbacks. Mattress Firm, a 3,500-store chain, charged Colliers International’s Atlanta office, a former senior vice president and two former executives in the office, with inflating rents paid by the company stores, as well as “bribes, high-priced gifts and kickbacks...
Atlanta-based Home Depot grows without adding stores

Atlanta-based Home Depot grows without adding stores

The days of building a business by opening scores of stores each year are gone. But unlike many of the chains making up retail – from Belk to Kmart, from Macy’s to Kohl’s – Home Depot isn’t closing bunches of them while struggling to stay profitable. Instead, the $95 billion-a-year company has turned to efficiency and strategy for growth. Retail losses and store shutterings...
5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Health insurance has a large impact on your finances, so it pays to get the most out of your plan. Understanding its ins and outs can be confusing, but it's worth your time to check on benefits you could be losing out on or mistakes that could cost you money. Here are five ways to ensure you're getting the most out of your health insurance: When it's time to renew your health care coverage, consumer...
$4 million forest walk is now most popular artwork at Hartsfield-Jackson

$4 million forest walk is now most popular artwork at Hartsfield-Jackson

A massive $4.1 million art installation that simulates a walk through a forest in an underground walkway at Hartsfield-Jackson International has quickly become the most popular artwork at the world’s busiest airport. The 450-foot art installation titled “Flight Paths” was installed last year in the underground passenger walkway and between Concourses A and B. It came...
Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is about to get a major makeover

Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is about to get a major makeover

The tony Phipps Plaza mall in Buckhead is about to get another makeover. Developer Simon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that it will build a new luxury hotel, office tower, a fitness center and add new restaurants to the Atlanta stalwart of luxury shopping. Malls across the country have been under pressure from the rise of e-commerce. The makeover is part of Simon’s more than...
Nobu hotel and office tower to headline major Phipps Plaza expansion

Nobu hotel and office tower to headline major Phipps Plaza expansion

Phipps Plaza, Atlanta’s shopping playground for the upper crust, is about to undergo yet another transformation as the owners of the Buckhead mall attempt to re-energize the space with a new luxury hotel, restaurants, an office tower and fitness complex. Owner and developer Simon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution it will begin construction in the summer on a 150-room Nobu hotel and ...
Belk at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead to close

Belk at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead to close

UPDATED:  Phipps Plaza owner Simon said late Monday the company plans to add a hotel, office tower, major fitness complex and restaurants to the complex. To read the full story, click here.  ORIGINAL POST BELOW: The Belk department store at Phipps Plaza is expected to close this summer as the owners of the Buckhead mall embark on some form of re-development at the site. Details of the future...
Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

The average American family washes and dries about 300 loads of laundry each year, according to Energy Star. So, you may think it would be wise to replace washers and dryers with newer models. Yet dryers can last longer than washers since dryers have not changed much in recent years. Instead, they can be maintained just by cleaning the lint tray before or after every use. However, the story&rsquo...
Mercedes USA HQ in Sandy Springs speeds toward March grand opening

Mercedes USA HQ in Sandy Springs speeds toward March grand opening

It’s been a whirlwind 22 months for Mercedes-Benz USA since it announced its move from New Jersey to metro Atlanta. The company relocated and hired hundreds of employees. The German luxury carmaker opened a temporary office in Dunwoody. And then in September of last year, the company broke ground on its new home near Abernathy Road and Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs. On Monday at a hard...
Atlanta’s housing market rebounds from the recession

Atlanta’s housing market rebounds from the recession

Ten years after the housing boom was reaching its peak, the market now looks “suspiciously similar” to the moment just before the disastrous burst of the bubble – but it’s really not the same, says a report issued today. And while some metros in this country are seeing the same kind of double-digit price hikes that preceded the crash, Atlanta’s market shows more restraint...
5 car maintenance services you should never skip

5 car maintenance services you should never skip

Forget or ignore your car's maintenance needs at your peril, warns auto authority AAA.  The agency’s data showed that skipped maintenance caused literally millions of breakdowns each year and that consumers who don't keep up with maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs. "Repair facilities estimate drivers can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit simply by properly...
Vogtle delays and cost overruns not our fault, Georgia Power CEO says

Vogtle delays and cost overruns not our fault, Georgia Power CEO says

Years of delays and billions of cost overruns at Plant Vogtle cannot be blamed on any mistakes made by Georgia Power, the company’s chief executive said in an interview Friday. In a meeting with reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paul Bowers cited other factors, including bankruptcy of the main contractor, as well as actions and requirements imposed by the Nuclear Regulatory...
Will lawsuits spell doom for Gwinnett’s massive movie studio project?

Will lawsuits spell doom for Gwinnett’s massive movie studio project?

Four years after its announcement, the project that boasted of bringing the Southeast’s largest movie studio to Gwinnett County appears to be in danger of never getting off the ground. For months now, the owner of the site off I-85 near Norcross — fiber optic company OFS — has been quarreling in the courtroom with the supposed movie studio developer, Jacoby Development Inc....
'I don't feel wealthy': The upper middle class is worried about paying for the tax overhaul

'I don't feel wealthy': The upper middle class is worried about paying for the tax overhaul

On the income distribution charts at the center of tax overhaul plans, Courtney Mishoe knows she's doing well. She works as a tax manager at a firm in the Atlanta suburbs. Her husband is a police officer. Together they make more than $180,000 a year. They are solidly in the upper middle class. But they have a mortgage and three kids, including one in day care and one in high school with plans to go...
Cox Media Group names new leaders for Atlanta market

Cox Media Group names new leaders for Atlanta market

Cox Media Group on Friday announced four new members of its leadership team in Atlanta who will direct a plan to knit together its local print, web, radio and television operations. In Atlanta, CMG owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and radio and television properties, including WSB-TV and News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB radio. By combining operations of its media operations, CMG plans to leverage its...
5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

Dumb luck or a friend in high places are pretty rare reasons for promotions. In today's fast-paced global economy, positioning yourself for a promotion is a matter of following some straightforward strategies, according to World Economic Forum behavioral science and education expert Soulamia Gourani. Based on her long experience as a TED Talks mentor and working with corporate clients and leaders...
5 ways to ensure you're getting the best mortgage rate

5 ways to ensure you're getting the best mortgage rate

When you're buying a home, getting the best possible mortgage rate can have a positive effect on your finances for years to come. Depending on how large your mortgage is and how long you stay in your home, it can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. The following are five ways to ensure that you're getting the best mortgage rate possible: A 30-year fixed rate is the standard loan...
Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will rebid some of its controversial concessions contracts after finding that too many companies were disqualified, a snag expected to delay those contracts until the next mayoral administration. City officials had hoped to move forward on the lucrative contracts before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s term ends, while candidates running to be the...
Alpharetta-based Halyard selling units for $710 million

Alpharetta-based Halyard selling units for $710 million

An Alpharetta-based medical technology company, which had a $100 million judgment issued against it earlier this year, is selling the part of its business that was targeted in that suit. Halyard Health is selling its surgical and infection prevention business to Virginia-based Owens & Minor for $710 million, a deal to be completed early next year, the company announced earlier this month. The...
Uber, Lyft frustrations at Hartsfield-Jackson continue

Uber, Lyft frustrations at Hartsfield-Jackson continue

For months, Uber and Lyft users at Hartsfield-Jackson International have voiced their frustrations when trying to catch rides home during the busiest periods at the airport’s new ride-share pickup zones. Hartsfield-Jackson officials say they plan to have fixes to address some of those issues by Nov. 15. Among the problems: The new ride-share pickup areas are a lengthy walk from the terminal...
Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Job interviews can be stressful, especially if you are new to the job market or have had a hard time securing a job. Thankfully, many resources are available to assist job seekers with their resumes and mock interviews, from LinkedIn to your local department of labor. Though serving up a clean, impressive resume helps, you may not realize the power of your words during a job interview. Those...
Kempner: New trust issues arise between CNN and President Trump?

Kempner: New trust issues arise between CNN and President Trump?

We always knew there were trust issues between Donald Trump and CNN. Now, some people are looking for the president’s fingerprints on action that could undercut the network. News outlets reported that the U.S. Department of Justice told AT&T it will try to block the company’s purchase of Time Warner unless AT&T makes a brutal move, such as selling off Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting...
Atlanta top Southern city for people on the move, study says

Atlanta top Southern city for people on the move, study says

Among large metros, Atlanta ranks fifth in the nation as a destination for Americans on the move and highest in the South, according to a report released Wednesday by a national real estate brokerage company. But the metro area with the biggest increase in interest — as measured by Redfin database searches — is Nashville. There were five southern cities in the top ten destinations &ndash...
Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? If so, you’ve probably considered an energy-efficient one. Costing an average of $550, according to lifehacker.com, newer dishwashers generally use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle instead of 10 gallons per cycle like some older models, even if you have a working older dishwasher there could be savings you’re missing out on. Before investing...
Piggy bank vs. savings account: Which is the best way to save?

Piggy bank vs. savings account: Which is the best way to save?

If you're trying to build up your savings, you may be wondering where it's best to stash your cash – in a piggy bank or in a savings account. The best choice depends on what works for you. Do you need to keep your money harder to access, or does seeing it accumulate give you an incentive to keep saving? The following are some advantages of piggy banks versus savings accounts, so you can choose...
Hartsfield-Jackson installs first solar array

Hartsfield-Jackson installs first solar array

Hartsfield-Jackson International has built its first solar array, on top of a building in the airport’s new taxi hold lot. On the roof of the new taxicab “bullpen” building are 250 individual photo-voltaic panels, each 327 watts. The Sunpower E series solar panels cover about 4,500 square feet. The airport said it expects the panels to generate about 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity...
Kempner: CEO of Georgia powerhouse skips the whole apology thing

Kempner: CEO of Georgia powerhouse skips the whole apology thing

If you made a giant mess that your neighbors were going to end up paying for, would you take a moment to apologize to them? Perhaps at least mumble something about “regret”? Georgia Power’s CEO did not utter such words the other day. Not even close. CEO Paul Bowers made a rare personal appearance at a hearing before the Georgia Public Service Commission this week. He was there...
6 ways to teach your children the value of money

6 ways to teach your children the value of money

If you're a parent, you're probably used to your children's pleas to buy them something, whether it's toys, candy or bigger ticket items.  Instead of feeling like a callous parent for not giving in to their begging, consider a way to turn their requests into a teachable moment. Children need steady guidance from their parents to lead them on solid paths to secure financial futures. So, it's never...
Big firms chosen to open restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Concourse E

Big firms chosen to open restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Concourse E

Several big concessionaires have been selected to open new restaurants on Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The contract awards are subject to Atlanta City Council approval, but the city’s interim chief procurement officer sent notification letters to concessionaires about the companies that will be recommended for the contracts. The Concourse E restaurant contracts are...
Georgia Ports leaders seek more federal funds for Savannah River dredging

Georgia Ports leaders seek more federal funds for Savannah River dredging

Georgia Ports Authority officials plan to hit Capitol Hill this week to press for more federal funding to deepen the Savannah River, and they’ll bring with them new figures to support their case that show record-breaking cargo traffic. The Savannah port saw container traffic increase by nearly a third in October, setting a new monthly record as the bustling harbor continues to see larger vessels...
Too many or just right? Here’s how that new credit card affects your credit

Too many or just right? Here’s how that new credit card affects your credit

A newly embossed credit card can raise your spirits just like a decadent dessert or a sunny spring day. But is the shiny new card feeling worth the impact on your credit? The answer depends on your spending history, borrowing goals and ability to handle spending power, according to credit experts like NerdWallet and Experian.  Here's how a new credit card will affect your credit at every stage...
Filing hints at huge downtown development near Philips Arena

Filing hints at huge downtown development near Philips Arena

Could a mixed-use project, with more office space than Amazon needs for its planned massive second headquarters, be in the offing near Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta? An unnamed group filed documents this week with the city of Atlanta suggesting a project of mammoth scope — more than 10 million square feet of total development. It would rise on 9-acres near the home of the Atlanta Hawks in...
Sexual harassment complaints shed light on widespread issue

Sexual harassment complaints shed light on widespread issue

Last week, investigators found a DeKalb County commissioner violated the county’s sexual harassment policy by sending a female district director late-night texts during a business trip, requesting pictures of her wearing a bikini and referring to himself as her “big daddy.” When the district director, Ashlee Wright, first publicly accused her boss of sexual harassment...
Outgoing CEO of Cox Enterprises talks about lessons learned

Outgoing CEO of Cox Enterprises talks about lessons learned

John Dyer grew up on a farm but became a finance guy. He kept the ledgers straight at numerous posts at cable giant Cox Communications, before taking the top job as CEO of Cox Enterprises in 2014. In a 40-year career, Dyer said he never forgot the lessons he learned while slinging hay and tending crops on the family farm in Newnan. Other than a five-year stint at the Times Mirror Co. (the cable arm...
Documents hint at massive downtown Atlanta project near Philips Arena

Documents hint at massive downtown Atlanta project near Philips Arena

Could a mixed-use project, with more office space than Amazon needs for its planned massive second headquarters, be in the offing for downtown Atlanta? An unnamed group filed documents this week with the city of Atlanta suggesting a project of mammoth scope — more than 10 million square feet of total development. It would rise on 9-acres near Philips Arena in undeveloped swath of parking lots...
7 last-minute ways to save money on your next vacation

7 last-minute ways to save money on your next vacation

Sometimes you just need to get away, but a vacation can often be a big strain on your budget.  In fact, about 74 percent of Americans have gone into debt while planning a vacation. The following seven tips will help you save money and avoid facing debt when you get back from your trip: If you've made a reservation for a flight or hotel online, it can be frustrating to later watch its price...
Atlanta rents rise, but not as fast as home prices

Atlanta rents rise, but not as fast as home prices

If you can afford the down-payment and you’re going to stay a few years, experts say the math is pretty clear: it’s generally cheaper to buy a home rather than rent. But the equation in Atlanta has been shifting. Atlanta, a metro area that historically has been dominated by homeowners, has seen a dramatic surge of apartment construction the past decade – along with a steady...
As employers use more foreign workers, Trump wins 70 visas for Mar-a-Lago

As employers use more foreign workers, Trump wins 70 visas for Mar-a-Lago

Like other Palm Beach County employers who staff their clubs with foreign workers, President Donald Trump is boosting the number of employees he’s bringing from overseas this winter. Trump won permission to hire 70 maids, cooks and servers at the Mar-a-Lago Club for the 2017-18 tourist season, according to newly released data from the U.S. Labor Department. In 2016-17, Trump hired...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires in November

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires in November

Looking for a new job? Many metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this November, with positions ranging from flight attendants to data analysts to retail associates. Check out the following companies, who are adding employees in metro Atlanta: Delta is adding more than 1,000 flight attendants, offering a starting salary of about $25,000 a year or more, depending upon your schedule. You'll need...
Wes Moss: Suze Orman wants you to work until 70; why she is wrong

Wes Moss: Suze Orman wants you to work until 70; why she is wrong

Suze Orman has built an amazing career offering strategies for how to achieve financial freedom and success. Her advice has typically been sensible, prudent and rooted in common sense. Until now. Allow me to explain. In a recent Money Magazine article, Suze told Americans that everyone should work far beyond typical retirement age — perhaps, until we die. The article was titled “Suze...
Kempner: Time to decide if you pay more for Georgia’s nuclear debacle

Kempner: Time to decide if you pay more for Georgia’s nuclear debacle

Don’t read beyond this sentence if you don’t pay a power bill in Georgia and never will. Otherwise, get your wallet out. There’s a bit of show biz about to start Monday in hearings with elected state regulators. When it’s over, it’s likely to end up costing you and your Georgia descendents for decades to come. That’s because the only giant, deeply delayed, steeply...
Atlanta dad and daughters take on snack industry with Symphony Chips

Atlanta dad and daughters take on snack industry with Symphony Chips

Dondre Anderson is the master chef of his household. But if you ask his daughters, Amina and Amari Anderson, to name his specialty dish, they’ll have trouble choosing just one. “Definitely the Italian beef. That’s good. That is the best,” Amari said with confidence. “Yea, but my favorite is the teriyaki chicken with rice. It was inside of a pineapple. It was awesome,&rdquo...
7 clever ways to cut the costs of buying your first home

7 clever ways to cut the costs of buying your first home

Being a first-time home buyer makes you a newbie, but it doesn't necessarily mean you have to be naive about purchasing a home.  While you might not be the “Property Brothers” your first time out, you can still have some clever tools and tips to reduce those costs. Here are seven tips to lower the cost of your first home: Reducing your mortgage interest rate by even a fraction of...
Cox Media Group selling Florida and Texas newspapers

Cox Media Group selling Florida and Texas newspapers

Atlanta-based Cox Media Group said Tuesday it plans to sell its newspapers in Florida and Texas. “As the media business continues to change, we must adapt our business strategy to navigate these disruptive times for the benefit of our entire media portfolio,” CMG President Kim Guthrie said in a news release. CMG said it will sell the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, the Austin American-Statesmen...
Atlanta home prices up over year, but pace slows

Atlanta home prices up over year, but pace slows

Atlanta’s home prices are still rising, but the rate of increase has been slowing, according to a nationally watched report issued Tuesday. The price of the average home sold in the metro area is up 5.4 percent from a year ago, edging 0.2 percent higher during the most recent month, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. Nationally, prices were up 6.1 percent in the past year and...
Hartsfield-Jackson businesses hiring at job fair

Hartsfield-Jackson businesses hiring at job fair

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport held a job fair Tuesday for more than 2,500 job seekers. At the world’s busiest airport’s fall job fair held at the Georgia International Convention Center, about 60 companies that operate at the airport were hiring for more than 1,000 jobs. Hartsfield-Jackson holds two job fairs a year. The job openings Tuesday were for cashiers, cooks, accountants...
Amazon to open warehouse in Macon and hire more than 500

Amazon to open warehouse in Macon and hire more than 500

E-commerce giant Amazon said Tuesday it will open a new “fulfillment center” in Macon as part of its mission to speed up delivery of products to consumers. The warehouse and distribution hub — Amazon’s fourth in Georgia — will employ more than 500, a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said. “Amazon’s continued investment in our state speaks...
Amazon to open distribution hub in Georgia with more than 500 jobs

Amazon to open distribution hub in Georgia with more than 500 jobs

E-commerce giant Amazon said Tuesday it will open a new “fulfillment center” in Macon in a move that will create more than 500 jobs. The warehouse and distribution hub will be company’s fourth in Georgia, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. The announcement comes as Georgia is also in the hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters, a 50,000-job...
Georgia officials expect Amazon to start HQ2 site visits soon

Georgia officials expect Amazon to start HQ2 site visits soon

Georgia officials expect Amazon’s site selection team to begin making visits to prospect cities as soon as next month as the hunt for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters — and 50,000 corporate jobs — enters its next phase. On Monday, state officials offered a glimpse into the official bid for HQ2, a proposal that included both urban and suburban sites, and ...
Henry County picked for 300 job warehouse plan

Henry County picked for 300 job warehouse plan

An Illinois wholesaler will add 300 jobs in Henry County as part of a plan to use metro Atlanta as a hub for shipping through the southeast. S&S Activewear, which ships “imprintable material” – including shirts, jackets, hoodies, aprons and coolers – will add a 505,000-square-foot warehouse at the Midland Logistic Center in McDonough by mid-2018, according to an announcement...
Hate those job personality tests? Here's how to hack them

Hate those job personality tests? Here's how to hack them

As if interviewing isn't already stressful enough, today's job seekers often have to take personality tests before they receive an offer. You might be asked some head-scratching questions that seem impossible while wondering what the company is trying to learn about you. They're used as a screening tool to help determine which job candidates will stick around and succeed on the job, according...
Delta to hire 300 IT workers

Delta to hire 300 IT workers

Delta Air Lines plans to hire 300 information technology employees over the next 12 months, said the company’s chief information officer Rahul Samant. He said the jobs will help the airline grow its expertise in cloud technology, apps and other areas, and the company is hiring for expertise in testing, project management and other skills. “We’ve got a pretty good talent pool here...
Georgia official: Amazon site visits could start in November for HQ2

Georgia official: Amazon site visits could start in November for HQ2

A top Georgia business recruiter gave a peek behind the curtain of Georgia’s pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters on Monday. The Georgia bid, which pitched the entire metro area and gave the e-commerce giant dozens of potential sites to peruse, focused heavily on what the metro Atlanta area could be for Amazon, and touted its workforce, research universities, transit and connections...
Site Selection names Georgia tops for business for fifth-straight year

Site Selection names Georgia tops for business for fifth-straight year

Gov. Nathan Deal and top economic development officials on Monday announced the state has been named the top state to do business in by Site Selection magazine for a fifth straight year. The announcement, at a press conference in Midtown, comes as Georgia is gunning for the second headquarters of e-commerce giant Amazon. The state live-streamed the event online to get a little extra attention...
Scott Selig, 47: Developer left imprint on metro Atlanta, many lives

Scott Selig, 47: Developer left imprint on metro Atlanta, many lives

Residents and passers-by in Atlanta may not know the name Scott Selig, but they see his fingerprints as they travel across the counties that make up this metropolitan area of nearly 6 million. The new town center being built in Sandy Springs? That’s Selig and Carter, the real estate development company. Development going on in the gentrification of West Atlanta? Him again. From offices and mixed-use...
Lay it down: 6 tips on making a smooth mattress purchase

Lay it down: 6 tips on making a smooth mattress purchase

Between the high prices and the huge impact good sleep has on physical and mental health, choosing a mattress is a big decision. "If your mattress is uncomfortable, it could disturb your sleep, exacerbate orthopedic problems or possibly have a negative impact on your long-term health," Michael H. Bonnet, Ph.D., a neurology professor and sleep expert at the Wright State University Boonshoft...
What do metro Atlantans think about buying ‘haunted’ homes?

What do metro Atlantans think about buying ‘haunted’ homes?

When it comes to spooky real estate, Bruce Ailion considers himself pretty blasé. The Woodstock Re/Max realtor has marketed houses where people have died of natural causes, houses where people were murdered, houses that sit next door to cemeteries. But this time of year, he’s reminded how many people are squeamish about death, unsure about spirits, and how the line tends to blur. Realtor...
Amid procurement delays, longtime Atlanta airport contractors get extensions

Amid procurement delays, longtime Atlanta airport contractors get extensions

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport contracting has encountered hiccups as longtime concessionaires get contract extensions. Atlanta airport officials are seeking City Council approval for a fifth extension of old airport restaurant contracts on Concourse E, saying former chief procurement officer Adam Smith and his successors had raised concerns that delayed the award of contracts to new concessionaires...
Kempner: Who do you trust more with your key, Amazon or your neighbor?

Kempner: Who do you trust more with your key, Amazon or your neighbor?

My wife and I have almost always given neighbors our house keys to keep. That’s because we are infinitely needy, and they are infinitely fantastic people. (We nicknamed one “Jesus.”) Now, Amazon wants our keys, too. It’s launching a service called Amazon Key, in which, at your request, it can remotely, electronically unbolt smart locks on your door so its contractors can deliver...
UPS expects record holiday shipping season

UPS expects record holiday shipping season

UPS expects to handle a record 750 million packages over the holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve this year. The Sandy Spring-based shipping giant said it expects delivery volume to be up 5 percent this year over last year’s holiday peak season, as online shopping continues to grow. But it could be more expensive to ship packages this year. UPS is adding peak...
Analysis: Why McDonald's is beating out the 'fresh,' 'healthy' competition

Analysis: Why McDonald's is beating out the 'fresh,' 'healthy' competition

Americans aren't forsaking fast food just yet. Three years after analysts predicted that Chipotle would be the death of McDonald's and other fast-food stalwarts, the onetime fast-casual darling is in free fall - and McDonald's is reporting its third consecutive quarter of solid same-store sales. McDonald's is not alone. All of the "Big 3" burger joints - McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King...
Chamblee growth fed by lifestyle choices, city’s vision

Chamblee growth fed by lifestyle choices, city’s vision

For Matthew Clark, it’s convenient, affordable and stylish, the kind of just-ahead-of-the-curve choice that could look pretty darned hip in a few years. And it’s home. “I like that this is brand new,” said Clark, 35, of the Olmsted Chamblee apartments where he’s lived since the spring. “You see that developers are looking at it and think it’s up and coming...
4 common cover letter mistakes you should never make again

4 common cover letter mistakes you should never make again

A cover letter can make or break an applicant's chances of scoring a new job. Stand out from other candidates by drafting a well written and compelling cover letter, because 53 percent of managers prefer to receive one, according to Forbes magazine. The first step to winning over a hiring manager is to know what not to include in a cover letter.  Your cover letter is not the place to spill...
UPS expects record year for holiday shipping

UPS expects record year for holiday shipping

UPS expects to handle a record 750 million packages over the holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve this year. The Sandy Spring-based shipping giant said it expects delivery volume to be up 5 percent this year over last year’s holiday peak season, as online shopping continues to grow. But it could be more expensive to ship packages this year. UPS is adding peak...
Airport hotels going upscale in Hartsfield-Jackson area

Airport hotels going upscale in Hartsfield-Jackson area

Upscale hotels coming to the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International are sparking hopes of turning the long-struggling airport district into a destination. On Nov. 1, a Solis hotel opens next to the Porsche North America headquarters by the airport, bringing a new international name to an area that has been slow to spur development for years. The luxury hotel will have 214 rooms...
Kempner: Atlanta airport spends jaw-dropping money for fancy umbrella

Kempner: Atlanta airport spends jaw-dropping money for fancy umbrella

The domestic terminal at the world’s busiest airport isn’t exactly a looker from the outside. Most travelers probably are too focused on making their flights or trying to remember if they brought the travel-size toothpaste to care about street aesthetics outside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta We-Can’t-Even-Remember-What-It Looks-Like-From-The-Outside International Airport. Hartsfield...
5 things to know before becoming a Lyft driver

5 things to know before becoming a Lyft driver

Rideshare services like Lyft have become increasingly common, especially in larger cities. For drivers, it's a popular option to make some extra money, since it lets you determine where and when you want to work. Lyft is one of the premier ridesharing options across the country, so it may come to mind for those looking for easy, extra cash. The transportation network, founded in San Francisco, started...
Athenahealth cuts to total 60 in Atlanta as part of restructuring

Athenahealth cuts to total 60 in Atlanta as part of restructuring

Athenahealth, the Massachusetts-based electronic medical records company with a substantial operation in metro Atlanta, plans to cut an estimated 61 jobs in metro Atlanta as part of a broader business restructuring, according to a state agency notice. Last week, the company announced plans to cut its workforce by 9 percent as part of a cost cutting plan, but declined to say how many jobs in Atlanta...
Amazon in Atlanta? Bad for renters and first-time homebuyers

Amazon in Atlanta? Bad for renters and first-time homebuyers

The state of Georgia has joined in something of a nationwide frenzy over Amazon. The Seattle-based internet giant is looking to build a second headquarters and 238 applicants — from major metro areas like Atlanta, Boston and New York to smaller cities like Austin, Denver and Raleigh — have lined up, offering to throw a lot of taxpayer money at the company. Whether you consider that corporate...
Chin up: 4 ways to get over the rejection and ace the rejection letter

Chin up: 4 ways to get over the rejection and ace the rejection letter

Receiving a rejection letter is never enjoyable, but responding properly will help you place the experience in the "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" category. Resisting the urge toward self-pity is important, according to LinkedIn job search expert Susan P Joyce, because rejection can douse you with the kind of negative energy that will drain you and make the next stage of...
Hartsfield-Jackson moves forward with recycling, composting facility

Hartsfield-Jackson moves forward with recycling, composting facility

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has selected a firm to develop a recycling and composting facility on airport grounds, moving forward on a project in the works for years. The Atlanta airport has chosen Green Energy and Development Inc. to develop the facility it calls Green Acres on 30 acres of property on the south side of the airport in Clayton County. Hartsfield-Jackson officials...
Atlanta has stiff competition as Amazon fields 238 proposals for HQ2

Atlanta has stiff competition as Amazon fields 238 proposals for HQ2

Amazon wanted a bidding war, and its 50,000-job second headquarters project got quite the response. The e-commerce giant said Monday the company received “238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America.” It appears proposals came from every state in the U.S., except Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota...
Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta Air Lines is hiring more than 1,000 flight attendants. The average entry-level flight attendant at Delta earns about $25,000 a year, “with an opportunity to earn more depending upon schedule,” according to the airline. Atlanta-based Delta said applicants must have a high school degree or GED, be at least 21 years old, be able to work in the United States and be fluent in...
5 surefire ways to get to retire earlier than you thought

5 surefire ways to get to retire earlier than you thought

Retirement can seem like a difficult goal to reach, so the thought of achieving it early may seem downright impossible. But getting to retirement quicker doesn't require genius-level investing knowledge or extreme deprivation. With a plan, hard work and discipline, you may be able to get there sooner rather than later. Consumer adviser Clark Howard recently shared advice from Chris Reining, who...
AJC Top Workplaces: Nomination deadline extended 

AJC Top Workplaces: Nomination deadline extended 

You say you work for a great company with an encouraging and inclusive atmosphere. You say you have good benefits. You say your bosses are fair, sympathetic, understanding. Then why not share the good news? And, there’s still time to do it because the nomination deadline has been extended to Nov. 17. In March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will publish its annual special section on the top...
Coke rejects charges of deceit in Diet Coke’s name

Coke rejects charges of deceit in Diet Coke’s name

A lawsuit has been filed against Coca-Cola charging the company with falsely advertising Diet Coke — allegations that the company vehemently rejects. The plaintiffs say that, instead of aiding in weight loss, the drink actually promotes weight gain and – worse – triggers other health problems, according to a report in Top Class Actions, a website that covers legal efforts pegged...
Wes Moss: Why bitcoin is a big deal, and why you should be careful

Wes Moss: Why bitcoin is a big deal, and why you should be careful

Bitcoin. It’s everywhere. Thanks to its skyrocketing value, it’s been a regular topic on the front page of every financial website. One bitcoin is currently worth $5,500, up from $1,000 in December. I hear what you’re thinking. Wow. So, what’s bitcoin? And am I missing out on something? Bitcoin, simply put, is a currency, similar to the dollar, euro or peso. Unlike traditional...
Updated: Athenahealth cutting jobs in Atlanta, elsewhere

Updated: Athenahealth cutting jobs in Atlanta, elsewhere

Athenahealth, the Massachusetts-based electronic medical records company with a substantial operation in metro Atlanta, said Thursday it plans to cut its workforce by 9 percent as part of a cost cutting plan. A notice posted with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division said the cuts in the Atlanta area would total 61. Before last week, Athenahealth had been in...
Video: Georgia brings its bid for Amazon HQ2 to Seattle

Video: Georgia brings its bid for Amazon HQ2 to Seattle

A top Georgia recruiter on Thursday walked into Amazon’s Day One tower in downtown Seattle to hand-deliver the state’s pitch for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters. And she had a camera crew in tow. Brittany Holtzclaw, director of logistics, energy, agribusiness and food processing for the state’s economic development department, is shown traveling from Atlanta to Seattle...
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