The 5 Senses of a Home Buyer

August 24th, 2016

fivesensesSee – Touch – Taste – Smell – Hear

When buyers walk into a home and immediately know that this is “the one”, they really are checking off each of their 5 senses. Without realizing, we all decide if we like something based off our 5 senses. When a buyer gets out of the car and takes their first look at your home, their senses are on high alert. We always say that a buyer will decide within the first few seconds upon entering a home if they like the home or not. Here are some great tips to make sure potential buyers think of your home first and fall in love.

See– As you can imagine, most buyers visit your home based off pictures they see online. The moment they arrive to your home, first impression is key. Curb appeal and the walkway leading up to your home is crucial. As the agent fumbles with the lock box to unlock the door, the buyers wait and look at everything. Make sure the porch is clean, front door has a fresh coat of paint, the Christmas wreath from December is still not on the door come spring time and a nice pot of fresh flowers are at the door to greet them. As the buyers enter the home, make sure the foyer is bright and welcoming. Before leaving your home for a showing, turn on all lights, open up blinds and make sure all clutter is put away.

Touch– When staging your home, make sure you have soft blankets, clean countertops and an area they can easily sit down on to envision themselves living there. Most buyers will open cabinets, open refrigerators and closet doors. Make sure all knobs and handles are clean and not sticky or dirty.

Taste– When showing homes, I always remember the homes with fresh brewed coffee, cold water bottles or sodas out on counter with signs stating to please help yourself. Even though this may not sell your home, the thoughtfulness and hospitality will remind the buyer of your home.

Smell– In my opinion, this is one of the most important senses you as a seller need to be conscious of. You may not realize that your home smells like wet dog or too overwhelming with candles. Sellers sometimes try to overdo this with plug ins in every room and candles. If your basement smells musty and wet, buyers immediately think the worst. Before listing, ask friends of their honest opinions of smell. Plug a dehumidifier up in the basement to help clear the air of moisture. Smell seems to be the one item buyers always remember when I ask them later to rank homes. Do your best to not be the “smelly house.”

Hear– Set the mood by leaving soft music on in your home. This will help buyers envision their home for entertainment. Also stop and listen to your home. Do you hear dripping faucets, squeaky floors? Sounds that you are used to are very obvious to buyers.

When it comes time to your list home, The Peters Company is here to assist you. We keep all 5 senses top of mind and offer a stager to help you with preparing your home to list.

Written by Amy Wade, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company

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Just Listed :: Brick Ranch in Marietta’s Freywood Estates!

August 22nd, 2016

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Welcome home! Nestled on a large level lot, this four-sides brick home is just what you’ve been looking for. The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. Being close to I-75, I-285, and Powers Ferry Road makes  virtually all commutes a breeze. You’ll also have easy access to the other highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination! Being in this popular area of East Cobb means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots as well and be only a short drive from the Marietta Square!

Features:

  • Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space, pantry, travertine floors, and a large window overlooking the spacious backyard.
  • Living room boasts a cozy wood-burning fireplace and wonderful built-in bookcases which provide plenty of extra storage.
  • Dining room is perfect for entertaining guests, hosting holiday gatherings, or casual meals at home.
  • Original hardwoods throughout.
  • Bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • Light and bright bathroom with charming accents.
  • Walk-in crawlspace provides tons of dry storage.
  • Large, level backyard is ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.
  • Great location convenient to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
  • Fresh interior paint.
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School’s in Session :: Investing in Real Estate in College Towns

August 17th, 2016

CollegeKidsWith summer coming to an end and fall just around the corner, kids and parents alike have prepared for school. From shiny new school supplies to stylish new clothes, the beginning of the school year can often feel like it’s sucking your bank account dry. What if it could be just the opposite though? Have you ever considered investing in real estate in a college town? Here are some pros and cons that you may want to consider:

Pros:

  • Sizable Tenant Pool- Housing can be a hot commodity in college towns. Each year tens of thousands of students move to these areas across the country. This allows for a large pool of prospective tenants who will be competing for the opportunity to rent your property. This could mean that you can be more selective as to who your rent to and allow you to rent your property faster.
  • Consistent Rent- Due to the high demand of housing for students and those associated with a university, properties in these areas generally retain their value well. This means that rental prices tend to stay stable unlike other markets which may experience more flucuation that could affect what landlords can charge. Something else to consider is that many parents pay for their children’s rent. This may mean that you can get by charging a little higher rent since a parent’s budget tends to be larger than that of a student.
  • Easy Marketing- College towns tend to sell themselves. They bring an assortment of activities and entertainment options to the area which can draw people in. Many dining and shopping spots are easily available too. Students often don’t have access to cars, so public transportation is readily available. All of these work together to create a lifestyle that can be very attractive to potential tenants.

Cons:

  • High Turnover- Tenants tend to be short-term. Students are known to move around a lot in college, often switching roommates, living on campus vs. off campus, etc. The student population rotates with each new semester and it’s unlikely to have a tenant sign a lease for more than a year, if even that.
  • Seasonality- There is obviously an influx of students needing housing in the fall. It’s very likely to see a slow down during the summer months when many students return home. You’ll need to plan ahead for potential vacancies during those slower months.
  • Wear and Tear- It’s no secret that students can be hard on a property. Add into the mix large parties or the fact that mom and dad are paying the rent, and things could get pretty bad. It’s not uncommon for damage to exceed the security deposit. As the owner you will care much more about the property than a tenant, especially a young college student.

Are you ready to go back to school? If so, The Peters Company would be honored to help you learn the ins and outs of investing in college towns! Give us a call today at 404-419-3619!

Written by Heather Thomas, Listing Coordinator, The Peters Company

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Just Listed :: Wonderful Ranch in Bethlehem’s Riverwalk!

August 12th, 2016

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Welcome home! Located on a quiet street in the popular Riverwalk subdivision, this home is just what you’ve been looking for. The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to GA-316, US-78, and Patrick Mill Road makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also enjoy being close to shopping and restaurants!

Features:

  • Kitchen features ample cabinet space, granite countertops, pantry, island, and breakfast area.
  • Living room boasts a vaulted ceiling and cozy fireplace.
  • Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
  • Natural light pours into the entire home.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, walk-in closet, and spa-like master bathroom with a double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright. They are connected by a wonderful Jack and Jill style bathroom.
  • Two car garage easily fits your vehicles.
  • Wonderful outdoor space includes a patio leading out to the large backyard.
  • Great location convenient to highways, restaurants, and shopping.
  • New carpet and fresh paint.
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Just Listed :: Top Floor Unit in River West!

August 12th, 2016

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Welcome home! This wonderful two bedroom, one bathroom condo in the popular River West community is just what you’ve been looking for! The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Northside Parkway, I-75, and I-285 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll love having easy access to all of your favorite Vinings, Buckhead, and Midtown restaurants and shopping spots! Not to mention that you’ll   only be a few minutes from SunTrust Field (future home of the Atlanta Braves)!

Features:

  • Private and serene top floor, corner unit location.
  • Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash, under cabinet lighting, wine rack, and breakfast bar.
  • The main living area is a nice combination of living and dining rooms which are ideal for entertaining.
  • The spacious living room boasts an extra tall trey ceiling, gleaming hardwood floors, and cozy gas fireplace.
  • The light and bright master bedroom features a large walk-in closet and access to the hall bathroom.
  • Additional bedroom is well-sized and bright.
  • The private balcony provides additional living and lounging space. It’s the perfect spot for outdoor enjoyment.
  • Two covered parking spaces.
  • Wonderful community amenities include a well-maintained pool, gym facilities, clubhouse, dog park, gated entrance, and secure building access.
  • Great location convenient to interstates, shopping, and restaurants.
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The Rising Tide Raises All Boats

August 3rd, 2016

SeashoreI just returned from another great family beach trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Normal people would call it a vacation, but it’s really more of a change of location as there’s generally a fair amount of work this time of the year. Getting away in the summertime means you better bring your cell phone if you are a real estate agent. I can’t complain. This is the life we choose, and I love it.

While hanging on the beach, the kids always create their sand castles close to the crashing ocean waves. Despite my best efforts to explain the changing tides, they continue unmercifully building their sand castle creations within harm’s way. Eventually every day the rising tide takes their giant granular masterpieces, and there is a feeling of disappointment in their eyes as their hard work is swept out to sea.

It reminded me of this real estate market. Things are good, right? I mean, your house is probably worth more than you paid for it by now.  If it’s not, it’ll soon be. Rates are at a three year low, and your buddy’s house in the neighborhood just went into a mega multiple offer scenario and yielded an ungodly number in less than a week on the market. So, it’s got you thinking. Now is the time to sell out and move up to that dream neighborhood that you’ve always wanted.  Although it’s still a stretch for you to get there, you can now afford the least expensive homes in that dream neighborhood, and you are really tempted. You’re tempted by that home that sits way up on a hill where your car scrapes every day going up the driveway. The thought of paying flood insurance for a home in the flood plain doesn’t seem so bad now if you get into that neighborhood. After all, the likelihood of the creek cresting and flooding your home is pretty low, right? That home that abuts the propane gas line or the Georgia Power lines sure does have a lot of great play space for the kids. Just stop it! If I gotta wrestle the gun out of your hand, I will.

They say the rising tide raises all boats, and the same is true in real estate. Even the least desirable properties seem like a value in an up market, but the real value in an up market is securing a great home that will weather the market undulations. In fact, I’ve oftentimes said that the best time to buy a great piece of property is always, no matter the market. We can’t lose track of what good real estate looks like:

  • Safe environments
  • Superior schools
  • Walkability
  • Usable yards
  • Desirable floorpans that make sense
  • Well kept amenities

We want to avoid concerns that we can’t change.  For instance, let’s not do extreme topography in the lot, flood plains, power lines, houses in a hole or up a cliff, super busy roads, etc. The Peters Company is a consulting real estate team. That means we are always looking out for you and your best interests. We want you to make sound decisions that yield you great returns regardless of the market. Let’s get started today! www.ThePetersCompany.com

Written by Andy Peters

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Just Listed :: Updated Ranch in Lavista Park!

July 31st, 2016

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Welcome Home! This brick ranch nestled in Lavista Park is just what you’ve been looking for! The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-85, I-75, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. Being in this booming area of unincorporated Dekalb County also means you get to live as close to the city as you can without the escalating tax bills associated with Fulton County and the City of Atlanta. You’ll enjoy being only minutes from many popular restaurants and shopping spots too!

Features:

  • Kitchen features stone countertops and backsplash, ample cabinet space, pantry, and breakfast area.
  • The main living space is a nice combination of living and dining rooms which are perfect for entertaining.
  • Natural light pours into the spacious family room/sunroom that has a vaulted ceiling with wood detail.
  • Hardwood floors and crown molding are carried throughout most of the home.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, walk-in closet, and access to the back deck.
  • Spa-like master bathroom boasts an oversized soaking tub, separate walk-in shower, and heated floors.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.
  • Huge deck is ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. It leads out to a fully fenced and terraced backyard.
  • One car garage with plenty of additional parking.
  • Wonderful location convenient to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
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Your Paint Colors Could Affect Your Mood

July 29th, 2016

NL-200X150-paintswatchesCongrats! You’ve just closed on your new home (with The Peters Company, of course!) You, like many new homeowners, will probably start with a fresh coat of paint to make your new home feel like “yours”.

Of course you’ll choose paint colors that are appealing to you and many of you might even think about if the color(s) you choose will make the room feel darker/lighter and larger/smaller, but have you ever thought about how the colors you choose for your home will affect the mood of the people living there?

That’s right! It’s important to choose your colors wisely, as color can psychologically affect our moods. “Color is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it. What color you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics.  It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior” says Leslie Harrington, a color consultant (source).

Let’s take a quick look at the colors and how they may affect us!

Red: A high energy and intense color. It has been shown to raise your adrenaline, heart rate, and blood pressure levels. It can also draw people together and stimulate conversation. Best used in dining rooms and living rooms.

Orange: Creates excitement, enthusiasm, and is also an energetic color. This color can appear raw and flamboyant. It’s suggested use is in a workout area/room.

Yellow: Communicates happiness, hope, and optimism.  While some studies show that yellow can create a welcoming and positive feeling, other studies show that if used in large amounts, yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger. Best used in kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.

Green: With its soothing affect, green represents renewal and youth.  It is a calming and restful color.  Green is believed to relive stress and promote comfort and togetherness. Is thought to be the most versatile paint color and can be used in almost any room of the home.

Blue: A calming, relaxing, and serene color.  Unlike red, blue has been shown to bring down blood pressure, heart rate, and slow your breathing. In most studies, blue often ranks as the “most popular” color.  Be careful not to choose a shade that is too dark – it can feel cold and sad. Most blues are a perfect choice for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Purple: Can be a tricky color. The dark versions (eggplant) promote the feelings of rich, dramatic, sophisticated, luxurious and creativity. The lighter shades (lilac) can give the same restful qualities as blue. Purple is shown to stimulate brain activity.  It is best used as an accent color.

Neutral (Black, White, Gray, Brown): Are, obviously, the most flexible colors. Black is best used as an accent color to ground any room.  It can make most paint color schemes feel elegant, formal, and sophisticated. However, too much black can be depressing, so choose wisely. White conveys peace, simplicity, and spaciousness. It can lend a crisp finish to any paint job.

Still looking for your perfect home to choose the paint colors for? Give The Peters Company a call today, we’d love to help!

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, Transaction Coordinator, The Peters Company

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Just Listed :: Charming Ranch in Wakefield Forest

July 28th, 2016

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Welcome Home! Here you will find the location and value that you’ve been looking for. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-85, I-285, and Buford Highway makes this home convenient to and from any direction. Being in this popular area inside of the perimeter also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots!

Features:

  • Totally renovated and open kitchen features stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, subway tile backsplash, and modern farmhouse finishes.
  • The main living space is a nice combination of living and dining area that are perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
  • Spacious family room/den has a cozy fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and gorgeous wood detail.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors are carried throughout.
  • Master bedroom boasts a large closet and private half bathroom.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.
  • Spacious laundry room provides additional storage.
  • Large deck is ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. It leads out to a fully fenced backyard with fire pit and storage shed.
  • One car carport.
  • Wonderful location convenient to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
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Why did Live-Work-Play Communities Evolve?

July 28th, 2016

mixed-useWhen I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, suburbia was IT! Quiet neighborhoods and being removed from the chaos of being in the city, was most desirable. Suburbs were synonymous with safety, security, and community.

In the past couple of decades, people realized that it would save time, energy, and money to live close to where they worked, shopped, ate, went to church/synagogue, etc. Especially in cities like Atlanta, DC, LA, and Chicago where traffic is horrendous.

Developers and city planners foresaw that people’s quality of life was affected by long work commutes and distance from conveniences and they provided the solution: build communities where you live, work and play. (And eat and shop etc.)

Some examples of these communities include Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Atlanta, Town Brookhaven, Avalon, and the new Gateway at Windsor Parkway and Roswell Roads. These developments are a response to our desire to have everything we need close at hand.

If you want more information about Live – Work – Play communities, we can help!

In 1943, Abraham Maslow published “A Theory of Human Motivation,” which included what is now known as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It puts forth the theory that our basic human needs must be satisfied before we can become the evolved, self-actualized social beings that (we think) we are. Those primary needs include shelter and property (live); employment and financial security (work); health, well-being, basic socializing and “belongingness” (play); food and water (eat); and finally clothing and “security of resources” (shop).

Written by Dore Brooks, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company

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