Why we chose to invest in Atlanta, USA
With almost 125 years of experience, Ray White is a household name synonymous with the Australian and global real estate industry. Our investment portfolio is endless. As an institution that includes every aspect of real estate including home loans, mortgages and insurance, our annual sales turnover is in excess of $43 billion dollars.
After many years of research and exploring a multitude of options, the decision to invest in the city of Atlanta became more and more clear. And now, after six years of living, exploring and managing the properties we have shared with our investors, we are certain you will share in that same clarity.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
Atlanta began as a railroad stop and remains one of the world’s largest transportation hubs. Now with a 21st-century, global approach. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. Currently, 80 percent of the U.S. population lives within a two-hour flight. And just 250 miles from Atlanta is the Port of Savannah, the nation’s fastest growing and fourth largest container port.
In town, Atlantans can roll into downtown directly from the airport and beyond by riding Atlanta’s public rail system, MARTA, to places of employment, entertainment, or just a quick, safe, jaunt home.
Atlanta’s history and entertainment
ATLANTA’S RICH HISTORY LIVES ON
Just a few blocks away, attractions surround the area including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Atlanta Streetcar, the city’s modern-day trolley, which carries passengers from the convention and entertainment district to the eastside of the city.
Atlanta’s rich history comes to life in Sweet Auburn Historic District, once the wealthiest black community in America. The area is a focal point for the American civil rights movement, as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church are located within the district.
SPORTS FAN HAVE MANY MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS TO SEE IN ACTION
Home to ten professional sports franchises, Atlanta enjoys a bustling, year-round social and recreational events calendar, including large outdoor festivals, NCAA events, and the world’s largest 10K foot race., the Peachtree Road Race.
ATLANTA’S RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE DOMINATE THE SOUTH AND BEYOND
Atlanta’s research and development labs are attracting top talent and keeping the city at the forefront of technology and business innovation.
The website Why Atlanta boasts that Atlanta is “known as the innovation capital of the South with a vibrant startup community that is home to the Advanced Technology Development Center considered by Forbes Magazine as one of Twelve Business Incubators Changing the World. “
The acclaimed current higher education system in Metro Atlanta and the city’s international prominence also seeds the regional innovation community.
From 2007 to 2015, Atlanta-area universities filed more than 3400 invention disclosures and received over 500 U.S. patents.
The City of Atlanta is home to more than 70 consular and trade offices, 40 bi-national chambers of commerce and more than 2,700 international businesses.
Atlanta has become the epicenter of the healthcare industry, boasting cross-disciplinary excellence in disease prevention, non-profit presence, and medical research and development. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in metro Atlanta, is the world’s most recognized authority in disease eradication and prevention. National and global non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society and CARE are also headquartered here.
The city’s also home to top healthcare systems, including Emory University, Grady Health System and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The bioscience industry and university research, plus the CDC, has a $20 billion annual impact on Georgia and employs nearly 100,000 people.
THE TOP FILM AND TELEVISION LOCATION IN THE WOLRD
Georgia is now the No. 1 filming location in the world, according to FilmL.A., and the industry has a giant impact on the state’s economy. Gov. Nathan Deal announced film and television productions generated $9.5 billion in economic impact in fiscal 2017. This includes $2.7 billion in direct spending.
“Georgia’s growth in the film industry — from $67.7 million in direct spending in FY 2007 to $2.7 billion in FY 2017 — is unprecedented, not only in production spend, but also in the amount of investment that has been made in infrastructure,” said Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office.
Aside from these many impressive statistics, quite simply, the vast majority of Atlantans just love living in Atlanta and do not want to live anywhere else. Atlantans are proud to be a part of what has been called the “Center of Southern Hospitality” and “The City Too Busy to Hate.”
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