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New hometown, new business and a new life
Realtor Goodrich, husband tell story through podcast

Realtor Bri Goodrich says many agents overlook one of the key factors to success in home sales: finding a region with more people than cows.

Born and raised an hour’s drive from Chicago, Goodrich, 27, had been in real estate for one year when she and her husband, Luke, began earnestly planning for the future in 2021. They envisioned themselves building wealth, raising a family and becoming part of a community.

Attorneys gather to remember colleagues lost

“Max Bahner often said that if he had a dozen lives to live, then he’d live each one as a lawyer,” recalled attorney Bill Pickering during the Chattanooga Bar Association’s annual memorial service, held March 1 in the Hamilton County Commission Room. “The law was Max’s calling, and he excelled at it in many ways.”

From the NFL to real estate
Gardner’s path leads to GCR leadership post

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is governed by an elected board of directors, and I’m enjoying the cohesiveness and passion among the entire team to serve our members. So, each month, I plan to feature an officer or director to help our community and my fellow Realtors know who else is showing up to serve them.

Big isn’t better Buyers choose amenities over square footage in modern homes

After a brief surge in new home sizes during 2021, the average size of new homes is continuing to slowly decrease. Data reveals the average size dipped from 2,479 square feet to 2,411 square feet 2022 to 2023, marking the smallest average size observed in 13 years.

Chambliss welcomes Sutton to estate planning section

New Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel associate attorney Abigail Jansen Sutton will serve the firm’s estate planning and estate and trust administration practice areas.

Sutton is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Bar Association. In addition, she serves on the board of the Rotaract Club of Chattanooga.

Briefs: Area 61 Gallery closing in December

Area 61 Gallery owners Keeli and David Crewe have announced their decision not to renew their lease in 2025.

In their latest newsletter, the Crewes said their reasons for closing Area 61, which opened in 2009 at on East Main Street and later moved to 721 Broad Street, are primarily financial.

Unfolding a roadmap for Chattanooga’s future
Unveiling of key findings from Plan Chattanooga begins mid-March

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency expects demand for new housing units in Chattanooga and Hamilton County to total 46,000 units during the next 20 years.

The RPA based its conclusion on the research and analysis phases of Plan Chattanooga, its planning processes for Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

City unveils reconfiguration option for Frazier

The Chattanooga Planning Department and Department of Public Works are seeking public input on their preferred option and alternative for a permanent traffic reconfiguration of Frazier Avenue. The public can comment at cha.city/frazier through March 15.

Chattanooga Airport celebrates $28M terminal renovation, expansion

The Chattanooga Airport has completed a $28 million terminal renovation and expansion that added 26,000 square feet to the terminal and included renovating 36,000 square feet of existing concourse.

The expansion also includes two new gates, an additional passenger loading bridge, an expanded security checkpoint, more restrooms and concessions and a new business center with 10 gigabit Wi-Fi provided by EPB.

Chattanooga River Market to open for spring break weekends

The Chattanooga River Market will return during the weekends of March 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza.

The sprawl of local artists, crafters and food artisans will be open to the public Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Urban Story Ventures acquires shopping center

Southeast real estate development group Urban Story Ventures is planning a redevelopment in East Ridge following its recent acquisition of a 13-acre shopping center at 3715 Ringgold Road.

The developer purchased the 160,000-square-foot property, which includes a former Food City, five retail outlet buildings and parking in 2023. Space ranges from the vacant big box at 38,000 square feet down to suites as small as 2,500 square feet.

Financial Focus: Can you save too much for a rainy day?

“Save for a rainy day” is an old piece of advice, and a good one. But is it possible to save too much?

To begin with, what defines a “rainy day” in terms of financial needs? It could be any number of things: a temporary loss of employment, a major home or car repair, a large medical bill and so on.

Personal Finance: Can you afford to pay for health care in retirement?

At age 65, some couples might need as much as $413,000 to cover health care costs in retirement, a January report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute reveals. That’s an extreme case, representing two people with high prescription drug costs – but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

Millennial Money: 5 financial mistakes to avoid when you are self-employed

When you become self-employed, you join millions of other business owners hoping to materialize their dreams. However, navigating the murky waters of self-employment can be challenging, especially during the early stages.

While there are no guarantees in business, there are some strategies that could increase your chances of success, especially financially. Here are a few mistakes to avoid as a self-employed person.

Career Corner: Grace in the workplace: Cut co-workers some slack

If there’s anything I’ve learned recently, it’s just how important it is to give grace to others in the workplace.

How often does a co-worker not respond within the agreed timeframe? How often are they short with you when speaking? I would bet this happens pretty often.