Just Listed :: Wonderful Condo in Midtown’s Park Central!

January 21st, 2015

1101 Juniper Street NE #1018 Flyer front1101 Juniper Street NE #1018 Flyer back

Welcome home to this wonderful two-bedroom, two bathroom condominium in Midtown’s private and gated Park Central. Convenient to Midtown’s finest attractions, you will be in the middle of it all including prestigious shopping, award-winning restaurants, exciting nightlife, and only a short walk to Piedmont Park. Easy access to I-85, I-75, and GA400, make virtually all commutes a breeze.

Features:

  • Located in a gated community with 24/7 concierge service.
  • Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, sleek backsplash, and breakfast bar.
  • The main living area is accented by gleaming hardwood floors and crown molding, 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 garden tub and vessel sink.
  • Secondary bedroom with private bath is well-sized and bright.
  • Laundry conveniently located in the unit.
  • The covered balcony provides additional living and lounging space.
  • Two deeded parking spaces.
  • Personal storage unit a bonus for the building.
  • Additional amenities include two well-maintained pools, a roof-top terrace, fitness center, and clubhouse.
  • Great location close to interstates, shopping, and restaurants!

 

Just Listed :: Amazing Renovation in Brookhaven Fields!

January 15th, 2015

2341 Briarwood Hills Drive Flyer Front2341 Briarwood Hills Drive Flyer Back

Welcome home! Nestled in the popular Brookhaven Fields neighborhood, this home has been totally transformed. You’ll truly love this amazing renovation with second story addition. The open 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 makes this home 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:

  • Loaded with craftsman touches, custom features, and a great open plan.
  • Kitchen features custom white pencil glazed cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, island, walk-in pantry, and spacious peninsula with breakfast bar.
  • Separate dining room with coffered ceiling is perfect for entertaining.
  • Hardwoods floors and plantation shutters are carried throughout the main level.
  • Living room has a gas starter fireplace with stone surround.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including an oversized walk-in closet and vaulted ceiling.
  • Master bath has a double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.
  • Three additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • Second floor loft area is ideal for a home office, playroom, or media room.
  • Two car garage is a bonus for the area and price point.
  • Dry storage and useful workbench in the unfinished exterior entry basement.

Showing Tips for Metro Atlanta Sellers

January 13th, 2015

Now that the spring market is quickly approaching, The Peters Company is taking on more and more listings. As the Listing Coordinator for our team, one of the most common questions I get when meeting with sellers is “what should I do during a showing?” I like to walk them step by step through the process and provide the following tips for making a showing go smoothly:

  • Turn on all lights.
  • Keep all curtains, blinds, and shutters open.
  • Remove pets if possible.
  • Keep the thermostat warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Tidy up around the house. Be sure everything is in its place, beds are made, and trash is disposed of.
  • Make sure your property flyers are displayed in an easily accessible location.
  • Leave the house! Buyers are much more likely to take their time and really explore your home if you are not home. When sellers are present, buyers may get anxious and leave the home faster, not wanting to intrude; you want them to spend as much time as possible in the home. The first few minutes will be spent examining the house. It is after that time that the buyer will begin to imagine themselves there, and making a home there. When sellers are present, buyers often cut their visit short, missing the key time to make an emotional connection with your house!
  • If you happen to run into the buyer, “mum” is the word. Let your Realtor discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer.  They are eminently qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.

Remember, first impressions count! While you may not be able to do everything on the list, checking off as many items as possible is a sure way to have a great showing. A little work up front goes a long way in making the buyer feel as though they’ve just walked into their next home!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company’s Listing Coordinator

Just Listed :: Charming Traditional Featured on Property Brothers!

January 12th, 2015

2475 Rosecrest Place Flyer front2475 Rosecrest Place Flyer back

Welcome home! Here you will find the location and value that you’ve been looking for. Featured on HGTV’s Property Brothers, the wonderful updates and charming character of this home 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 just inside of the perimeter also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots!

 
Features:

  • Great flowing floor plan and neutral colors.
  • Renovated kitchen features granite counters, sleek backsplash, walk-in pantry, and over-sized peninsula with breakfast bar.
  • A series of large windows lets tons of natural light into the spacious living room with gas starter fireplace.
  • Separate dining room is great for entertaining.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors and crown molding throughout main level.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including trey ceiling, large walk-in closet, and master bath with double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • All bathrooms updated.
  • Bonus room would be ideal for 4th bedroom, home office, playroom, or media room.
  • Large deck is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and overlooks the fenced backyard.
  • Quiet cul-de-sac location.

Just Listed :: Amazing Ranch in Roswell’s Saddle Creek!

January 12th, 2015

145 Harness Trail Flyer front145 Harness Trail Flyer back

 

Welcome home! This Chatham built brick ranch in Saddle Creek is just what you’ve been looking for! The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character of this home will never go out of style. Being located in a wonderful neighborhood with easy access to GA-400 makes commutes a breeze. You’ll also have easy access to the highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination! Being in this popular area also means you can enjoy many nearby restaurants and shopping spots, including those in historic downtown Roswell!

Features:

  • Huge corner lot is almost an acre in size!
  • Loaded with thoughtful touches, custom features, and a great flowing floor plan.
  • Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, island, pantry, and spacious breakfast area.
  • Large living room has vaulted ceiling and wood burning fireplace with stone surround.
  • Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including a walk-in closet and spa-like bath with double vanity and slate tile shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • The patio is ideal for outdoor enjoyment while looking out on the level backyard.
  • A two car garage easily fits vehicles and has extra storage space.
  • Wonderful neighborhood amenities include a pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, and multiple playgrounds.

 

Due Diligence :: What Every Metro Atlanta Home Buyer Should Know!

January 12th, 2015

We all have heard the term, “Due Diligence,” but what does it mean?

After you go under contract, unless the property is being sold “As Is,” buyers have a due diligence period of anywhere from 7 to 14 days (on average). During this time, buyers can opt to get the following completed to learn more about their home: (List is not inclusive)

• Home inspection

• Radon test – for more information click HERE

• Termite inspection

• Property survey

• Air quality/mold test

• Septic inspection

• Sewer scope

• Lead based paint test

After the inspections are complete, the agent prepares an Amendment to Address Concerns in order to ask the seller to repair issues of concern for the buyer. The Due Diligence period is a negotiable time: some sellers agree to repair all or some items and some sellers opt to contribute to closing costs or reduce the purchase price rather than make the repairs. And finally, there are the sellers who do not want to address any concerns at all.

Keep in mind that Georgia is a Buyer Beware state, which means that it is up to the buyer to do all necessary research prior to purchasing property. The seller may or may not be aware of defects, and it it is the responsibility of the buyer to find any that may exist.Buyers may terminate the contract at any time during the Due Diligence period and get their earnest money back in full.

The due diligence period is one of the most vital parts of the home buying process for a buyer. And, you need the right agent on your side to guide you through this period. The Peters Company wants their buyers to learn as much about a house as practically possible. And, we have the tools, inspectors, and resources necessary to enable you to find out as much as possible!

Written by Dore Brooks, Buyer Specialist at The Peters Company

New Atlanta Home Buyers :: Homestead Exemption :: You must file!

January 12th, 2015

Dearest 2014 Peters Company Homebuyers,

I BEG of YOU… If you read nothing all year long from us, please don’t ignore this…

Sitting in a closing a few months ago, I met a seller who never realized he could file for “Homestead Exemption” on his primary residence. So, for the past 6 years that he owned his home, he was paying property taxes with no homestead exemption (i.e. property tax discount for primary residents)! Not only did that cost him thousands upon thousands of dollars per year for the past 6 years, it also cost our buyers months of increased property taxes until they could file for homestead exemption in the New Year!

Make sure you do whatever you must do to file for your homestead exemption TODAY!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Homestead Exemption?

A homeowner is generally entitled to homestead exemption on the home and land that was owned by the homeowner and was their legal residence as of January 1st of the taxable year.

How do I qualify?

To receive homestead exemption, a person must actually occupy the home and the home is considered their primary legal residence.

How do I apply?

You’ve come to the right place! You may need to provide your warranty deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, drivers license and car tag info.

See below for your specific county deadline, website with application instructions, and phone number:

Gwinnett County – deadline is April 1, 2015

770-822-8800

http://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.manatron.com/Tabs/Property/HomesteadExemption.aspx

Fulton County – deadline is April 1, 2015

404-612-6440

http://www.qpublic.net/ga/fulton/basic_homestead.html

DeKalb County – deadline is April 1, 2015

404-298-4000

http://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/taxcommissioner/homesteadgen.html

Cobb County – deadline is April 1, 2015

770-528-8600

http://www.cobbtax.org/property/exemptioninformation

Cherokee County – deadline is April 1, 2015

678-493-6120

http://qpublic.net/ga/cherokee/exemptions.html

Forsyth County – deadline is April 1, 2015

770-781-2106

http://www.qpublic.net/ga/forsyth/homestead.html

Your very concerned real estate agent,

Lesley Peters

Managing Agent, The Peters Company

Low Inventory Dilemma

January 9th, 2015

Are you feeling down that no properties are available in your favorite neighborhood? Are you tired of waiting around for something to get listed and then stressing over the possibility of multiple offers and paying too much?   I know I am! I am in a similar boat myself. I am watching the market daily in my favorite neighborhoods anxiously waiting for something to pop up!

The truth is, we are experiencing a market we haven’t seen in quite some time with very low inventory and high demand. In Realtor’s terms, we call this a “Sellers Market” and for many, many years we were spoiled in a “Buyers Market” with loads of inventory. This market is a new reality we are all learning how to deal with and that is why you need an experienced Realtor to walk you through the process and help you make smart decisions.

Here is an idea that can work and has worked for many people! Let us know what your favorite neighborhoods are and we can send a personal letter to the owners asking if they are interested in selling. Trust me, this does work and I’ve seen it work. So don’t fret, we are here to help you find a wonderful home and hopefully without multiple offers! There are ways around this madness by talking to a Realtor and thinking outside the box.

Give us a call today and let us uncover a hidden gem for you!

Written by Lilli Lombardi Thompson, Buyer Specialist at The Peters Company

Home Affordability

January 9th, 2015

I had a client this week tell me that their financial planner told them to move before March of this year for fear of rising interest rates, and it was an ah-ha moment because it reinforces what I know and don’t always share.

Did you know that a 1% increase in interest rates can make a 10% difference in terms of how much home can afford? If I could afford a $500k home now at 4% interest, I will only be able to afford a $450k home at a 5% interest rate. Say what?! But, Andy, rates have been low for so long…they can’t possibly move up 1%! Not so fast, my friend.

We’ve all been spoiled with these crazy low interest rates for the past 5+ years, but the party could be winding down. The fact of the matter is that what goes up must come down, but in terms of rates what goes down must come up. It’s easy to say I’m gonna wait to lock a rate when I can get that extra 1/8%, but I’d caution you. We are enjoying historically low rates right now. Lock. It. Down.

As the market continues to ride the hot streak, prices are on the rise. When you couple these escalating prices with the inevitable rise in interest rates, you can easily get bopped on the head twice by waiting. If you’re planning to move over the next 3 years anyway, you might wanna do a discount double check and call us for a chat.

Written by Andy Peters, Lead Agent/Listing Specialist at The Peters Company

Spotlight on Brookhaven’s Brookleigh Neighborhood

January 8th, 2015

Jennie and Mike New House

Last year I worked with my toughest client ever. He had a difficult search ahead of him in a competitive market. He had very specific criteria – good schools, walkability to shops & restaurants, new construction and to live ITP. This client was my husband, and I thought his “dream” neighborhood didn’t exist.

That all changed in mid-2013 when, I heard rumors of a new neighborhood within Brookhaven called Brookleigh. This area had yet to be developed, and it peaked my interest. As I learned more and more about Brookleigh, I quickly realized that it might be the perfect place for us to call home!

Brookleigh is a 56 acrea mixed-used, master planned community centrally located in north Brookhaven on Johnson Ferry Road. Adjacent to Blackburn Park, the site was redeveloped over the past three years thanks to a partnership with the Housing Authority of DeKalb County, The Norsouth Companies and The Collaborative Firm. The community boasts several housing options including Hearthside at Brookleigh (luxury senior apartments), The Heights at Brookleigh (luxury apartments), and The Reserve at Brookleigh (single-family residences and townhomes built by Ashton Woods). Additionally, there is Central Park – a great open green space with a paved walking path and gazebo area. The final phase of the neighborhood is currently under construction and will be known as the “Shops at Brookleigh.” This area fronts Johnson Ferry Road. A Primrose School and PURE Taqueria are slated to open in Spring 2015 with other various boutiques and restaurants to quickly follow.

The Reserve at Brookleigh neighborhood is in the well-rated Montgomery Elementary, Chamblee Middle and Chamblee High School district. Walkability to the Oglethorpe Shopping Center (Publix, CVS) and to Blackburn Park are icing on the cake! Making the decision to live in the Reserve at Brookleigh has been an excellent choice for our family. This area is no longer a hidden-gem – you can’t miss the buzz of activity as you pass the development at the corner of Johnson Ferry and Durden Drive, so stop by for a visit and see what’s going on in Brookhaven’s newest ‘hood!

If you’d like to know more about the Brookleigh area and how to become MY neighbor, please contact our team!

Article written by The Peters Company’s Lead Buyer Specialist Jennie Moshure.

 

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