Just Listed :: Corner Unit Condo in Buckhead’s Eclipse!

April 17th, 2015

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Welcome home to this wonderful two bedroom, two bathroom corner unit condominium on the 9th floor of Buckhead’s private and highly sought-after Eclipse building. Convenient to Buckhead’s finest attractions, you will be in the middle of it all including prestigious shopping, award-winning restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Easy access to I-85, I-75, GA400, and Peachtree Road make virtually all commutes a breeze.

Features:

· Located in a gated community with 24/7 concierge  service.

· Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and island with breakfast bar.

· The main living area is accented by hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, and includes a nice combination of living room and dining area which are perfect for entertaining.

· Master suite is complete with a walk-in closet and bathroom with granite vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.

· Secondary bedroom with walk-in closet and attached bathroom is well-sized and bright.

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· Balcony provides additional living and lounging space with great city skyline views.

· Largest floor plan in building! Unit also comes with two deeded parking spaces and a spacious storage unit.

· Additional amenities include secure access between floors, a well-maintained pool, fitness center, and clubhouse with catering kitchen, pool table, and media room.

· Great location close to interstates, shopping, and restaurants.

How do Buyers Find Homes for Sale?

April 16th, 2015

IMG_3532At first you may think that this is just another how-to blog for buyers, but I promise that it’s not. Instead, this blog post is for current and potential SELLERS! The Peters Company wants to tell you how we help buyers find YOUR listing during their home search thanks to some tried and true marketing strategies.

Internet- Over 90% of buyers used the internet in some way during their home search. That’s a huge number! Did you know that when we enter your property in the listing service that it’s then syndicated to over 500 consumer and third party websites providing the most exposure possible? It would be very hard for a potential buyer to miss your home when they start their search on the web!

Yard Signs- A Yard Sign flags your house as “for sale” and provides a number for buyers to call to get more information. Many buyers further inquire on a property with a yard sign they pass by, especially if it’s in their desired neighborhood or area! We field these calls and emails, saving you time, and allowing us to market your home directly to the potential buyer. We can schedule a time to show them your property and share all the wonderful details that may make your home “the one.” Let us be your first line of defense for these types of inquiries!


Real Estate Agents-
 We are well-connected! There are over 5,000 real estate agents in Atlanta alone. That’s a lot of industry professionals to share your listing with. 88% of buyers used a real estate agent in their home search. E-mail lists, social media, real estate agent search engines/websites, etc. are just some of the ways that we can get the word out about your listing! Sometimes we can even make a match prior to going on the market thanks to our well-established relationships with other agents. Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to potentially pre-sale your home?!

Open Houses- Many buyers visit an open house at some point during their home search. We always try to host an open house the first or second weekend after one of our listings goes on the market. We advertise them all over the internet the week prior to the open house, place small directional signs throughout the neighborhood a few days ahead of time, and even go door-knocking the day of to invite neighbors and friends. We try really hard to get as many people as possible through your home during an open house- you never know when your buyer could come through that door!

These are just a few of the ways that The Peters Company works hard to get your home sold. We have a very detailed marketing plan for your home. We are able to get top dollar in the least amount of time possible. If you’ve been thinking about selling, please give us a call today. We’d love to help you!

*Statistics from the National Association of Realtors

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

Just Listed :: Gorgeous Home in Chastain!

April 13th, 2015

4620 Jettridge Drive Flyer front4620 Jettridge Drive Flyer Middle 14620 Jettridge Drive Flyer Middle 2A wonderful place to call home! Nestled on a great cul-de-sac street in the extremely popular Chastain Park area, this home offers living at its finest. The floor plan, custom features, and charming character of this home will never go out of style. You will love being close to all that Buckhead has to offer with easy access to the highways, byways, shopping, and restaurants that make this area such a well-loved destination.

Features:

  • The foyer greets you with rich hardwood floors and an open invitation to the formal living room and den on either side.
  • The formal living room features beautiful built-in shelving, perfect for showcasing books, collectibles, and other decorative pieces.
  • The cozy den is complete with a wood burning fireplace, built-in bookcases, and beautiful molding.
  • The separate formal dining room is open, well-lit, and perfect for the finest of dinner parties.
  • The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, island with breakfast bar, built-in icemaker, pantry, and breakfast area that overlooks the family room.
  • A large bar off the breakfast area provides plenty of additional storage for serving pieces, glassware, and wine! A built-in wine refrigerator makes entertaining a breeze!
  • A bay window and skylights let natural light pour into the spacious family room located off of the kitchen. It also features wonderful built-in bookcases that provide plenty of extra storage.
  • A large bedroom and full bathroom on the main level are ideal for guests.
  • The master suite is a true retreat including recessed lighting and a recently remodeled walk-in closet with custom shelving.
  • The spa-like master bath features a double vanity with marble countertop, luxurious soaking tub, and separate oversized walk-in shower.
  • All additional upstairs bedrooms are well-sized and bright with ample closet space.
  • An oversized bonus room is the perfect spot for an additional bedroom, amazing playroom, or private home office.
  • Washer and dryer are conveniently located upstairs so there will be no more toting laundry all over the house.
  • The fully finished basement is a wonderful additional living space including a half bathroom, built-in bookcase, and plenty of storage.
  • The two car garage easily fits your vehicles along with providing additional storage space.
  • The large deck overlooks a serene backyard and is the perfect spot for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.

 

What are Atlanta’s Best Schools?

April 9th, 2015

What are Atlanta’s Best Schools? If I had a nickel for the number of times we get that question, I’d be one rich woman! And, you know what… It’s one of my favorite questions!

After graduating from Furman University with a degree in business, I decided I wanted to go back and get my Masters in Early Childhood Education and follow in the footsteps of all the teachers in my family. Turns out, I loved teaching but my real calling was real estate! Andy still fusses about all that money spent on that Masters degree that I don’t use. ;) But, guess what? I do use it! And, not just with my own children! If anyone on our team or clients have questions regarding schools and districts, I’m the go-to gal!

Atlanta is full of WONDERFUL schools – public and private alike! It all depends on what you want for your children and that’s an inside job! What I can tell you, though, is that I’ve become really good at my recall of school names, scores, and rankings all over the city. We get calls from clients all the time ready to move into that perfect school district! The problem is that many times the cart gets put before the horse!

If you are looking to move into the best school district for your child, my recommendation is to follow a process:

1)   Use SchoolDigger.com and GreatSchools.net to research schools in your desired area. Both websites provide a wealth of information on test scores and parent opinions that should help you narrow your search.

Just remember, though, you can’t always judge a book by its cover!

So, step 2 is a must! Move right along…

2)   Tour a couple of the schools you found to be good matches from your internet research! Be prepared to ask lots of questions… Average class sizes for each grade, amount of parent involvement required/encouraged, gifted programs, second language offerings, extra-curricular activity offerings, music class offerings, art class, recess time, lunch policies, and most importantly ask if redistricting has been brought up in the past couple of years? As you’re touring the school, imagine your child being there! And, look for other parents. Parent involvement is so important in schools! If you see parents bustling about in the library, supply room, and classrooms, it’s a fabulous sign!

Tour goes well, move right along to Step 3!

3)   Call parents of current students. Talk with them about any concerns or questions that were brought up or didn’t get answered on the tour! They are such a great resource! Most schools are happy to share their PTO members names with prospective families. And, hey… remember! I love to talk schools! So, call me. I can probably think of a few families to connect you with as well!

So, now you have found the perfect neighborhood school for your child! Next step is to call The Peters Company and let the House Hunt begin! 404-419-3619

Written by Lesley Peters, Managing Agent at The Peters Company

Just Listed :: Gorgeous Traditional in Suwanee Swim/Tennis!

April 9th, 2015

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Welcome Home! Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this home is just what you’ve been looking for. The custom features and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, McGinnis Ferry Road, and I-85 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You will love being close to everything with easy access to the other highways, byways, shopping, and restaurants that make this area such a well-loved destination.

Features:

· Thoughtful touches and custom features  throughout.

· Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry, island with breakfast bar, and spacious breakfast area.

· Spacious family room boasts a soaring ceiling, built-in bookcase, and gas starter fireplace.

· Separate dining room and formal living room are perfect for entertaining.

· French doors lead to a private study on the main level which is ideal for a home office.

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

· The spa-like master bathroom has a double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.

· Laundry room conveniently located upstairs.

· Wonderful outdoor space includes a large patio overlooking the private and level backyard.

· Two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra storage.

· Fantastic neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground, and basketball court.

Metro Atlanta Real Estate Update :: February 2015

April 2nd, 2015

February MMO 2015

One of my favorite parts of my job is analyzing data! I’m the weird one on the team. HA! ;) Here at The Peters Company we had an amazing February. So, I’m always interested to see how the rest of the Atlanta market performed. 

So… How does February 2014 compare to February 2015?

  • 10% More Homes for Sale this February
  • 2.2% More Homes Sold this February
  • Foreclosures Down 2.8% to 6.8%
    • 5-10% distressed sales is normal
  • Short sales Down 8.3% to 4.8%
    • Theoretically, by 2016, all homes should be back above water
  • 4.2 Months of Supply (7.7% higher than last year)
    • Anything under 6 months of supply is considered a sellers market
  • Median Original List Price is up 12.1% to $229,900
    • Still rising due to low supply
  • Median Sales Price is up 13.2% to $214,990
    • Continuing a trend of higher median sales prices in a low-supply environment
  • Median Sales/List Price Ratio remains around 95% (Here at The Peters Co we’re around 99%)
  • Median Days on Market is up 12.5% to 63 days on market (Here at The Peters Co we’re around 18 days on the market)

All in all, February was a great month! 12,508 Metro Atlanta homes sold and prices were on the rise! And, although these numbers above pertain to single family detached residences, we continue to see fabulous improvements in the condo/townhome market. Here’s a sampling of some of the good news out of the condo/townhome market:

  • 8.9% More Condos/Townhomes Sold this February
  • Distressed Condo/Townhome Property Sales are Down 13.1%
  • 3.1 Months of Supply (even lower than detached residences)
  • Median Original List Price is up 10.9% to $176,950
  • Median Sales Price is up 14.7% to $172,000
  • Median Sales/List Price Ratio remains around 96.3%
  • Median Days on Market is down 12.8% to 41 days on market 

If you’ve been thinking of buying or selling and just want to chat about the market in your neighborhood, we’d love nothing more than to hear from you! We can give you a free and highly accurate opinion of value. Give us a call at 404-419-3619 today! 

Written by Lesley Peters, The Peters Company Managing Agent

Just Listed :: Charming Tucker Townhome!

March 31st, 2015

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Welcome home to this charming Tucker townhome! Being  located in a quiet community with easy access to I-285, I-85, and Highway 78 makes virtually all commutes a breeze. Being in this booming area of Dekalb County also means you get to live as close as you can to the city without the escalating tax bills associated with Fulton County and the City of Atlanta. Convenient location with shopping and restaurants only minutes away!

Features:

· Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space along with a pantry perfect for storage.

· The formal living room has a bay window that lets in plenty of natural light.

· The separate dining room is perfect for entertaining and even has built-in storage.

· The spacious den has a cozy wood burning fireplace and built-in bookcase.

· The master suite is a true retreat including multiple closets and private master bathroom with double vanities.

· Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.

· The large, fenced patio has slate tiles and is ideal for outdoor enjoyment.

· Great location close to interstates, shopping, and restaurants!

 

The Three Biggest Lies that Your Listing Agent Will Tell You

March 27th, 2015

Just Sign HereSo you’re selling your house, and all you know is that you need to talk to a real estate agent.  If you’re talking to one, you might as well talk to two, right? Well, about 65% of people only interview one agent, but I digress. Let’s say you are talking to two real estate agents. There are three big lies that real estate agents trying to get a listing will tell you, and I see at least one of them every time I’m competing with another agent. Here we go…

#1 – “You don’t need to do anything before hitting the market. Your home is awesome!” I’ve never seen a perfect home, and I’m not holding my breathe that I ever will. The fact is that every home needs even the most simple edits before hitting the market. Could be paint. Could be furniture placement. Could be getting that silk flower from Home Goods for the bathroom. This is why we call in a professional stager on virtually every listing before we list it. Having a professional’s opinion even above and beyond the listing agent’s thoughts is crucial to the success of any listing. By the way, I pay for that service in our listing package so it’s no additional cost to you.

#2 – “Overprice your home.” OK, so maybe they don’t tell you that out right, but be careful of the agent who tells you an absurd number for your home, a number that shocks you. Remember that if you’re the highest bidder on your home that you get to keep it. So many times I see agents give a seller a false expectation that they can actually get them some crazy price for their home. In the business, we call that “buying the listing,” except they didn’t do you any favors, especially when they come after you in 10 days on the market with no offers to reduce the price. One of the values of a premier agent is to tell you the marketable price (not to be confused with value, but that’s another blog for another day) for a property and then get it for you. We’re selling homes for between 98-99% of their original list price so when we give you a price, you better start packing, and take it to the bank!

#3 – “I have (insert any number between 3-5 here) buyers for your home right now!” While we occasionally have buyers for our own listings, and of course, we work exceptionally hard to make those matches when they are in the best interest of our clients, be leery of someone trying to impress with you with their number of buyers. A couple of things here on this point…first of all, do you really want your listing agent working with a bunch of buyers? You really want someone who specializes on listings so that you, as a seller, are their focus. This scenario is not typically in your best interest. With as hot as the market is right now, I’m encouraging all sellers to go to market. There’s no sense in selling off market anymore. The demand for a beautifully staged, well priced home is off the charts, and we’re exceeding our sellers’ expectations every week, regardless of where the buyer comes from. In addition, as our listing specialist I only work with our seller clients, and our amazing buyer specialist team just works with (you guessed it) buyers.

In summary, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t take a chance on some agent feeding you what you want to hear. Follow a time tested process for selling your home, and call us at 404-419-3619 so we can cut through the lies and get your home sold! www.thepeterscompany.com

Written by Andy Peters, Lead Agent at The Peters Company

Just Listed :: Renovated Cottage in Ashford Park!

March 27th, 2015

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Welcome Home! Located in one of Brookhaven’s best locations, Ashford Park, this home is just what you’ve been looking for. The custom features and charming character of this home will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. Did we also mention that you are literally only minutes from all your  favorite hot spots at Village Place Brookhaven including Haven, Valenza, Verde, Kaleidoscope, and Pour?

Features:

· Thoughtful craftsman touches and custom features  throughout.

· Kitchen features ample cabinet space, granite counters, walk-in pantry, island, and spacious breakfast area with built-in banquette seating.

· Formal living room boasts neutral colors and plenty of natural light.

· Spacious family room addition is the perfect spot for relaxing.

· Master suite is a true retreat including dual closets, built-in shelving, and bath with large vanity and separate  shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.

· Gleaming hardwood floors throughout most of main level.

· Wonderful outdoor space includes a large patio overlooking the fully fenced backyard with storage shed.

· Convenient location close to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.

Just Listed :: Adorable Townhome in Brookhaven’s Druid Knoll!

March 25th, 2015

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Welcome home to this wonderful end-unit townhome in the popular Druid Knoll neighborhood. The floor plan, custom features, and charming character of this home will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, and GA400 make it convenient to and from any direction. Being in the booming city of Brookhaven means you can enjoy nearby hot spots like Town Brookhaven and Village Place Brookhaven!

Features:

· Recently updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, subway tile backsplash, pantry, and granite countertops.

· The main living area is accented by gleaming hardwood floors, and includes a nice combination of living room and dining area which are perfect for entertaining.

· The spacious living room also has a cozy fireplace with new custom mantle. Plenty of natural light pours into the space.

· Master suite is a true retreat complete with a vaulted ceiling, dual closets, and updated bathroom.

· Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright. Both have vaulted ceilings and large closets.

· Laundry conveniently located upstairs.

· The large patio is great for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. The wooded backyard provides plenty of shade and privacy.

· Wonderful community amenities include professional landscaping and a well-maintained pool.

· Great location close to interstates, shopping, and restaurants!

 

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