Press Release: Michael Carr to judge White Room Challenge

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 Each year the AAHBA (Athens Area Home Builders Association) hosts the annual Athens Home & Garden Show.  This year, they are adding a brand new event called the White Room Challenge.  The White Room Challenge allows University of Georgia and Athens Technical College design program students to compete in decorating two empty, white rooms in order to win the coveted title of White Room Challenge Champion.

Michael Carr, President/CEO of Michael Carr & Associates Real Estate will serve among those on the judging panel.  “It’s such an honor to be a part of this event.  Many times our agents rely on a great design for a speedy sale, so any chance we get to participate in making a space feel more inviting and welcoming, we’re all about that”, said Michael.

The White Room Challenge starts with two empty rooms.  Design students from both schools will shop for furnishings and accessories at the Athens Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, which takes in new and used home furnishings and sells them at up to 90% off retail cost, offering the community an active venue for reusing/recycling building materials and home furnishings that would otherwise be thrown away.  Students have the entire day Saturday during the event to complete the design challenge.  On Sunday, a judge’s panel will critique their efforts based on five criteria:  placement (form and function), balance (color and weight), best use of materials and accessories, most inviting atmosphere and best use of lighting.

The main sponsor for this event is Chastain & Associates Insurance, located in Athens.  The panel of judges includes Michael Carr (Michael Carr & Associates Realty & Ashton Laine Home Improvement), Laura Sterns (Studio 21 Interiors) and Andrew Downs (Andrew Downs and Company).

“This is our first year for the White Room Challenge”, says Jean Channell, Executive Officer, AAHBA.  “We are so excited to have Michael as a judge.  We love having new people in our event, especially people of his stature.  It gives our organization more credibility.”

The Athens Home & Garden Show takes place February 22nd and 23rd at the Athens Classic Center.  The White Room Challenge judging will begin at 1:00pm on Sunday, and the winning team will be awarded at 2:30pm.

About Michael Carr, Inc.:  Michael Carr, Inc. is comprised of three divisions (Auctioneers, Brokers and Contractors) and proudly handles Anything Real Estate.  Michael has sold billions of dollars in auto, heavy equipment, land, commercial and residential properties and is licensed in over 27 states in the U.S. as both a broker and an auctioneer.  He has been actively involved in the sale of over 55,000 homes. He currently serves as Senior VP of Brokerage for  His headquarters is in Jefferson, Georgia for both his real estate brokerage (Michael Carr & Associates) and his construction/home improvement company (Ashton Laine).  Call Tonya Eberhart (Remerge, LLC) at 614-746-7151 for more information or visit to learn more about Michael Carr, Inc. company divisions.

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Michael Carr

Michael Carr is America’s Top Selling Real Estate Auctioneer. He has been an auctioneer since 1991 and has sold billions of dollars in auto, heavy equipment, land, commercial and residential properties. Since becoming a licensed real estate agent in 1994, Michael has been actively involved in the sale of over 78,000 homes and licensed in as many as 27 states in the continental U.S. as a broker and an auctioneer. Overall, he has conducted over 8,400 auctions throughout the last 28 years. Michael is a former Senior Vice President of Brokerage for and personally conducted over 2,000 auctions during his tenure there. He resigned from that post in order to continue to expand his own companies, focusing on a more customer service oriented direction. Michael Carr & Associates, Inc. was founded in 2000 and serves as the umbrella corporation for his auctioneer practice and real estate company. He currently spends part of his week traveling to consult investors or conduct auctions, while balancing the rest of his time at his Jefferson, Georgia headquarters. Michael also co-authored a marketing and personal branding book called ”BrandFace® for Real Estate Professionals (Be the Face of Your Business & a Star in Your Industry), and is currently scheduling a book and speaking tour. See for more information. He is available for interviews and appearances on the subjects of real estate investment, real estate management, real estate marketing and auctions. View the video below to learn how Michael Carr got started, and what keeps him motivated to stay on top and continue his passion for his craft after 28 years as one of America’s premier auctioneers.