Hug Over a Handshake: The Value of a Consultant Over an Agent

May 24th, 2016

animals huggingRecently I was invited by a past client over to his house to catch up, have a drink and just casually talk about the market. I rang the doorbell, and when he opened the door it was like seeing a long lost friend. He immediately reached out for me, grabbed me, hugged me, and squeezed me harder than my grandmother would. It’d been about three years since I helped Mat and Darlene find their beautiful new construction home in Brookhaven off market.

I remember we looked at houses in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and eventually Brookhaven. The home they purchased had worked incredibly well for their family, and because they made a wise financial move, it had appreciated quite a bit since their purchase. Like every homeowner, there were things that had happened in the last three years that were minor annoyances, but nothing that would have deterred them from this home. Although it’d been a while since we had spent any real time together, Mat was genuinely excited to see me, and I felt the same. After all, we were not only friends as a result of business, but he has become quite the advocate for our business, sending us numerous referrals. Mat went on to open up his amazing scotch cabinet as I tried sip after sip with amazing commentary and direction on what I was tasting and where it was from. It was so good to hang out with a friend.

I was reminded that we build special relationships with our clients, and it’s not about selling a house; it’s about consulting and helping people improve their lives and make great decisions. There’s a reason why The Peters Company logo has the tagline “Premier Real Estate Consultants” and not “Premier Real Estate Agents.” An agent is just there to get a task or a job done. A consultant requires a higher level of relationship that starts with understanding and ends with what’s best for the client.

Everyday we have a choice to make: agent or consultant. Who do you build a better relationship with, an agent or a consultant? There’s your answer. I guess this is why our business is 85% referral and repeat, and I can’t imagine it any other way. When we go to Austin, Texas and hang out with the top 100 within Keller Williams Realty, we realize how very lucky we are to have a business that is so referral based. Most agents are working with 85% complete stranger leads generated through the internet, and they are in awe of what we do at the levels we accomplish, making us Georgia’s #1 Keller Williams Realty team in 2015.

By the way, Mat and Darlene were referrals from another close client, who was a referral from another dear client. You get the idea.

For a memorable experience and a good hug, call The Peters Company today at 404-419-3619 or visit us at www.ThePetersCompany.com.

Written by Andy Peters

 

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Just Listed :: Beautiful Pine Hills Home!

May 20th, 2016

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Welcome Home! Nestled in Atlanta’s popular Pine Hills neighborhood, 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 Peachtree Road, I-85, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also enjoy being close to all of your favorite Buckhead and Midtown restaurants and shopping spots! Highly sought after school district includes Sarah Smith Elementary.

Features:
-Open and expanded kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, breakfast bar, and pantry.
-Formal dining room is perfect for entertaining guests and opens to the formal living room with cozy wood-burning fireplace.
-Spacious family room boasts heated floors and tons of natural light with easy access to the back deck.
-Wood plantation shutters are carried throughout the home.
-Master suite is a true retreat including dual closets and a clean and crisp master bathroom with updated fixtures.
-Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright with generous closet space.
-A hall bathroom has been completely renovated including a beautiful vanity and luxurious soaking tub.
-Finished basement features beautiful exposed stone, multiple living spaces, extra storage, and spa-like bathroom with double vanity, Jacuzzi tub, and separate shower.
-Huge deck is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining and overlooks a private and serene backyard.
-Large two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra room for storage. Double driveways provide plenty of parking.
-Wonderful neighborhood amenities including membership at Roxboro Valley Swim Club with a well-maintained pool, tennis courts, and playground.
-Convenient location close to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.

 

 

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Just Listed :: Charming Ranch in Dunwoody Forest!

May 20th, 2016

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Welcome Home! Nestled in the popular Dunwoody Forest neighborhood, 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  Chamblee Dunwoody Road, I-285, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. Being in this wonderful location also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots! Outdoor enthusiasts will love being only minutes from Murphey Candler Park and Blackburn Park! This home is also located in a highly sought after school district which includes Montgomery Elementary!

Features:

  • Light and bright kitchen features stainless steel appliances and ample cabinet and counter space.
  • Separate dining area is perfect for entertaining guests or casual meals at home.
  • Natural light pours into the living room with cozy wood-burning stove.
  • Spacious family room provides additional living and lounging space.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors are carried throughout the home.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including dual closets and a private master bathroom.
  • Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • Screened-in porch and large deck are perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining and lead to a huge backyard.
  • Two car carport easily fits vehicles with additional storage room.
  • Convenient location close to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.
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Just Listed :: Gorgeous Traditional in Rose Arbor Neighborhood!

May 19th, 2016

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Welcome home! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in the popular Rose Arbor neighborhood, 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. Easy access to I-85, I-285, and Chamblee Tucker Road makes virtually all commutes a breeze.  You’ll also enjoy having many restaurants and shopping spots  nearby!

Features:
-Updated kitchen features ample cabinet space, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, glass tile backsplash, island with breakfast bar, pantry, and breakfast area.
-Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings,
-Spacious family room boasts a cozy fireplace and tons of natural light.
-Formal living room provides additional living space.
-Master suite is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, sitting area with fireplace, and large walk-in closet.
-Spa-like master bathroom with marble detail features dual vanities, jetted tub, and separate shower.
-Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright and share a  wonderful hall bathroom with double vanity.
-Flex space and loft/bonus room upstairs provide tons of extra living and lounging space and would be great for a playroom, media room, or home office.
-Laundry room is conveniently located upstairs.
-Two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra space for storage.
-A large patio is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. It leads out to a huge, fully fenced backyard.
-Convenient location close to interstates, shopping, and restaurants.
-Access to membership at swim/tennis club in nearby neighborhood with lots of fun activities throughout the year.

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Just Listed :: Beautiful Newer Construction in Cumming!

May 19th, 2016

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Welcome home! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac street in the popular Hunters Walk swim/tennis neighborhood, 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 GA400, Peachtree Parkway, and Highway 20 makes it convenient to and from any direction. Being in this popular area of Cumming also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots!

Features:
-Spacious kitchen features ample cabinet space, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, pantry, and breakfast area.
-Family room boasts plenty of natural light and a cozy fireplace.
-Formal dining room with coffered ceiling is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.
-Formal living room is wonderful additional living space.
-Main level bedroom and full bathroom are ideal for guests.
-Oversized master suite is a true retreat including a vaulted ceiling, sitting area with fireplace, and dual walk-in closets.
-Spa-like master bathroom features a double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.
-Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
-Two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra storage space.
-A patio leads out to a flat, usable backyard and is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.
-Wonderful neighborhood amenities include a well-maintained swimming pool, tennis courts, and nature trails.

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Does The Peters Company Matter?

May 19th, 2016

Image that says MATTEROne of my favorite things we do each quarter is to visit Austin, Texas with the Top 100 Keller Williams agents across the country and mastermind with our co-founder and owner, Gary Keller. Each quarter, we typically receive a list a books to read prior to the mastermind. This time, Andy and I were both surprised when we were only assigned one book – Matter by Peter Sheahan.

 

 

For the better part of our first day in Austin, we brainstormed with agents across the country on the question, “Does my business MATTER?”

Peter Sheahan says, “To become the obvious choice, the company that matters, you need to consistently create outcomes that are valued more than those of your competitors and that are not easily replicated.”

The Peters Company wants to matter. While most real estate agents are focused on getting a deal done, we are focused on the overall client experience that creates clients for life.

We want our friends, family, and neighbors to know we care. And, we go above and beyond to add economic value long before there is economic opportunity for us.

We place great value in getting to know our clients. That’s why, we schedule a consultation for all buyers and sellers where we find out what would make this experience an A+ for them.

While most real estate agents wear the hat of a part-time buyer agent, part-time showing agent, part-time listing agent, part-time transaction coordinator, part-time marketing coordinator, part-time admin, The Peters Company specializes. We know by breaking down job duties that our clients receive the best service and care when each individual is responsible for ONE main thing!

However, we know to be a business that matters, it doesn’t stop with our client experience. Our passion to help others should also transcend into our industry and community. That’s why you see Andy and I traveling to offices in the Southeast Region teaching and training agents! And, that’s why you see our team GIVING back in our communities. In the past week alone, our team hosted our past clients, friends and neighbors at The Peters Company 1st Annual Derby Party that raised $1,700 for a local Atlanta charity called CHRIS Kids. Then, we attended Keller Williams Red Day, where we volunteered with hundreds of other agents in our office as we put on a Field Day for the Fugees Family – the nation’s only school for refugee children.

It is our hope that we not only bring you the very best real estate experience but also that we can give back to our industry and community. What are some ways that we can matter to you? We want to be a business that MATTERS.

 

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Why Staging Your Home is Important

May 12th, 2016

Andy Peters talks with Tasha Moody from Simply Staged about why staging your home is important.

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Just Listed :: Beautiful Alpharetta Traditional!

May 12th, 2016

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Welcome home! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in the popular Douglas Downs neighborhood, 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 GA400, McGinnis Ferry Road, and Jones Bridge Road makes it convenient to and from any direction. Being in this popular area of Alpharetta also means you can enjoy many nearby parks, restaurants, and shopping spots! Highly sought after school district includes Lake Windward Elementary, Taylor Road Middle, and Chattahoochee High!

Features:

· Spacious kitchen features ample cabinet space with updated hardware, granite countertops, breakfast bar, pantry, and breakfast area wit bay window.

· Family room boasts plenty of natural light and a cozy fireplace with brick surround.

· Separate dining room with trey ceiling is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.

· Formal living room is ideal for a home office or study.

· Gleaming hardwood floors are carried throughout the main level, stairs, and second floor landing.

· Master suite is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, sitting area, and walk-in closet.

· Master bathroom features dual vanities, garden tub, and separate shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.

· Finished basement has a large living area/4th bedroom and full bathroom.

· Two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra storage space. New garage doors were recently installed.

· A large deck overlooking the backyard is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.

· Wonderful location convenient to shopping and restaurants.

· Access to membership at popular Windward swim/tennis club.

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The Peters Company Derby Party 2016 Raises over $1700 for Chris Kids

May 10th, 2016

Video-The Peters Company Derby Party 2016What a blast! We had so much fun at The Peters Company First Annual Derby Party and we are so glad that over 100 of our friends and clients could join us! This was a great turnout and we couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a gorgeous Spring afternoon.

We wanted to shout out a special thanks to Brittany Burnett from Chris Kids for coming to speak about the charity and thank you everyone for helping us raise over $1700! We are so thankful for your generosity!

As always, please keep us in mind if you or your friends or family are looking to buy or sell Metro Atlanta real estate! You’re always in good company with The Peters Company!

P.S. If you see any photos from the video that you would like us to email to you, just email kimber@thepeterscompany.com!

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Just Listed :: Beautiful Traditional in Vinings Place Swim/Tennis!

May 4th, 2016

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Welcome Home! Located in one of Mableton’s most popular swim/tennis neighborhoods, 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 I-285 and I-75 makes this home convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also have easy access to the other highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination. You will certainly enjoy being only a short drive from several area parks, the 61-mile long Silver Comet Trail, and the new SunTrust Field (future home of the Atlanta Braves)!

Features:

· Kitchen features tons of cabinet and counter space, recessed lighting, spacious pantry, breakfast bar, and breakfast area with bay window.

· Amazing keeping room off kitchen has exposed beam ceiling and fireplace with stacked stone surround.

· Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining guests or hosting holiday gatherings.

· Spacious family room has a cozy fireplace and vaulted ceiling.

· Master on main is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, oversized walk-in closet, and dual sided fireplace.

· Spa-like master bathroom has a double vanity, jetted tub, and separate  shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright including a second master bedroom upstairs.

· Large bonus room/4th bedroom could also be used as a playroom, media room, or home office.

· Great outdoor space includes a patio overlooking the flat, fenced backyard.

· Wonderful neighborhood amenities including a swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground.

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