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!

 

Missing Person Report :: Runner/Driver

March 24th, 2015

missing personThe Peters Company is looking for an individual with strong organizational skills, a sense of urgency, and high level of detail.

The Team Runner/Driver would handle the following tasks:

              • Deliver flyers
              • Install lockboxes
              • Install signs
              • Install riders/directional signs
              • Deliver pre-listing packages
              • Check on properties
              • Take photos
              • Assist with copying, scanning, filing and office related tasks

Position Requirements ::

Part-time position of 10-15 hours/week, Daily, Monday-Friday. Since the world of real estate depends highly on clients’ schedules, some weekend and evening flexibility may also be necessary.

Salary :: $10/hour plus mileage

The Peters Company is a top performing real estate team with Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road in Metro Atlanta and currently ranked in the Top 1% of Keller Williams teams nationally. We are experienced and knowledgeable real estate agents, tactful negotiators, and conscientious advisors. We represent both buyers and sellers independently. The Peters Company will double their sales volume over the next two years and is looking for a passionate individual to join us for a fun ride.

If you or someone you know is interested, call us right away to let us know at 404-564-5751. All inquiries are confidential.

Just Listed :: Charming Two Bedroom Condo in Sandy Springs!

March 24th, 2015

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Welcome home to this charming two-bedroom, two bathroom condominium in the wonderful Sandy Springs community of Dunwoody Hills. Easy access to GA400, I-285, and Roswell Road makes virtually all commutes a breeze. You’ll enjoy being only minutes from many nearby restaurants and shopping spots! Outdoor enthusiasts will love being close to multiple parks and the Chattahoochee River!

Features:

· Recently remodeled kitchen features new cabinets and granite countertops.

· Separate dining area perfect for casual meals or entertaining guests.

· Spacious living room has cozy gas fireplace and wall of windows that lets in tons of natural light.

· Crown molding, 9ft. ceilings, and wood blinds throughout.

· Master suite is complete with a spacious walk-in closet and bathroom with updated tub/shower.

· Secondary bedroom with private bathroom is well-sized and bright.

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· The covered deck provides additional living and lounging space and overlooks the peaceful pond with fountain.

· Two unassigned parking spaces.

· Personal storage unit included with property.

· Additional amenities include a pool and tennis court.

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

 

 

Just Listed :: Amazing Views in Buckhead’s Eclipse!

March 20th, 2015

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Welcome home to this wonderful two-bedroom, two bathroom condominium on the 11th floor in 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, sleek backsplash, granite counters, and breakfast bar.
  • 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.
  • Master suite is complete with a walk-in closet and bathroom with garden tub and granite vanity.
  • Secondary bedroom with walk-in closet and attached bathroom is well-sized and bright.
  • Laundry conveniently located in the unit with washer and dryer included in the sale of the property.
  • Balcony provides additional living and lounging space with great views of all the excitement in the new Buckhead Atlanta development. Wonderful sunset views as well.
  • Two deeded parking spaces.
  • 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!

 

Why Do I Need a Survey?

March 19th, 2015

Property SurveyI have many clients ask, “Why do I need a survey, the property is already fully fenced?” “I can see the property lines.”

Here are the reasons why it is so important.

Wouldn’t you want to know if there is a city or county gas, power or sewer line easement on your property? Thinking of adding a pool, you better make sure a sewer line isn’t running through property.

Is your neighbor’s fence, the current fence or wall or driveway over the property line? If so, by how much?

Are you are planning on doing an addition to your home? You need to make sure you are within the setbacks. Are there any restrictions stopping you from adding onto your house?

Are you in a flood plain? This is rather critical information! Flood insurance can be quite costly and harder for re-sale in the future.

After asking myself these simple questions, my answer is that I would definitely want to know what is on or potentially under the land I am about to purchase! Knowing this information ahead of time will save you in the long run or can stop you from making a huge mistake!

When you stop and think that your home is typically the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime, spending around $400-$700, depending on your lot size, is cheap when you put it into perspective.

My advice is for every home buyer to have a survey done during our due diligence period. This way we know exactly what we are buying and everything that comes with it that we may or may not be able to see with our own eyes.

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

Just Listed :: Renovated Ranch in Alpharetta!

March 19th, 2015

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Welcome Home! Located on a great street, this home has been totally transformed thanks to a wonderful renovation. The custom features and charming character of this home will never go out of style. The close proximity to Windward Parkway, GA400, and Highway 9 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 surrounding North Point Mall, the Avenue Forsyth, and the new Avalon development.

Features:

· Thoughtful craftsman touches and custom features  throughout.

· Single level living with a great flowing floor plan.

· Kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and spacious breakfast area.

· Oversized living room boasts neutral colors and large gas starter fireplace.

· Master suite is a true retreat including a large closet and bathroom with double vanity and tiled bathtub and shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.

· Updated hall bathroom with tile bathtub and shower.

· Gleaming new floors and beautiful molding throughout home.

· Wonderful outdoor space includes a deck overlooking a large backyard.

· Unfinished basement is waiting for your ideas.

· Two car garage easily fits vehicles with extra storage.

 

Just Listed :: Beautiful Home in Buckhead’s Castlewood!

March 17th, 2015

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A wonderful place to call home! Nestled on a great street overlooking a quiet park in the extremely popular and active Castlewood neighborhood, 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 cherry hardwood floors and an open invitation to the dining room and formal living room on either side.
  • Doors off the foyer lead to a formal living room which could also be used as an office or study.
  • The separate formal dining room is open, well-lit, and perfect for the finest of dinner parties.
  • A butler’s pantry connects the kitchen and dining room, providing plenty of additional storage for serving pieces, linens, candles, and wine! A built-in wine refrigerator and ice-maker make entertaining a breeze!
  • The gourmet kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, farmhouse sink, oversized island with breakfast bar, and breakfast area that overlooks the family room.
  • The family room located off of the kitchen has a gas starter fireplace with beautiful stone         surround and wonderful built-in bookcases.
  • The luxurious master suite is conveniently located on the main level and features recessed lighting and his and her closets with custom built-in shelving.
  • The spa-like master bath is a true retreat and features a double vanity with marble countertop, jetted tub, and separate oversized walk-in shower.
  • All additional upstairs bedrooms are well-sized and bright and have their own full bathroom with marble vanities in each.
  • An oversized bonus room is the perfect spot for an amazing playroom or teen hangout space.
  • A spacious landing at the top of the stairs provides a cozy reading nook along with a large built-in bookcase perfect for storing books, games, collectibles, etc.
  • The basement features multiple flex spaces, a bedroom, full bathroom, and an unfinished, but pre-wired media room that is waiting for your ideas. Tons of additional storage as well!
  • A true mudroom awaits for book bags, coats, shopping bags, a leash– you name it! It even has a private half bath.
  • Not only is there a useful laundry room with jetted sink for washing delicates on the main floor, but an extra wide linen closet on the second level also has washer and dryer connections.
  • The three car garage easily fits your vehicles along with providing plenty of storage space.
  • The covered stone porch with cozy fireplace overlooks a serene backyard and is the perfect spot for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. It is a true outdoor living space!
  • Professional landscaping, warm paint colors, and a covered front porch provide plenty of curb   appeal to this already stunning home.

 

Last, but not least, check out our video on You Tube of this lovely home by clicking here!

 

Exciting Changes on the Way for Chamblee

March 12th, 2015

As a former resident of two neighborhoods in Chamblee (Huntley Hills and Sexton Woods) as well as a proud Chamblee High School alum, the City of Chamblee holds a special place in my heart. This is why I am so excited to see all of the new development coming to the area! Below are just a few of the exciting changes that are on the way!

Peachtree Crossing: Located across from the Lowes Home Improvement store on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, this is the most recently announced development for the area. It’s slated to have two major anchor stores with one of them rumored to be a Whole Foods Market. Numerous restaurants, retail space, and a bank are possibilities as well. A couple of small parks and playgrounds along with a direct connection to Keswick Trail round out the development and provide some nice green space for visitors. There has been a lot of talk and excitement about this one from nearby residents, and overall it seems like it will be welcomed with open arms- mine included!

The Blee on Peachtree: Formerly known as Chamblee Plaza, this development has been in the works for some time now and any signs of progress have been almost non-existent so far. Regardless of when the project gets underway, let’s hope that some of the shopping center’s current tenants like​ Chik-fil-A, IHOP, and Dunkin’ Donuts are all here to stay. It will be interesting to see what other restaurants and retail stores make their way into the development too! Although this will not be new construction like many of the other upcoming developments in the area, the new owner has promised to give the existing structure and parking lot a pretty nice face lift along with some new signage. The revitalization of this location has definitely been a long time coming and I can’t wait to see the final product!

The Olmsted: This mixed-use development sits right on the corner of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Chamblee Tucker Road on the site of the old International Farmer’s Market. From the sound of it, the development will include apartments, townhomes, and a mix of other restaurants and retail space. The development will be located right across the street from the fairly recent Chamblee Village which houses a Super Wal-Mart along with some other shops and restaurants. The Olmsted promises to deliver a cool vibe and fun atmosphere where people will want to be. My favorite part is that renderings of the development show a style similar to that which you may find in popular West Coast cities like Seattle or Portland- a nice change of scenery for the area in my opinion!

Parkview on Peachtree: Former home to Great Gatsby’s Collectibles and Antiques, this mixed-use development will include apartments, grocery, retail, and office space as well as being very transit oriented​. The close proximity to the Chamblee Marta Station and walking and bike trails have been heavily touted. Could this be another live, work, and play development like its ever so popular neighbor, Town Brookhavenjust down the street? I sure hope so!

Just as other nearby areas have experienced recent growth and development, Chamblee is not going to be left behind. I feel that Chamblee may be one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets, especially for inside of the perimeter. It’s truly on the brink of explosive growth and development that will hopefully create more jobs, raise home values, and foster a renewed sense of community. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this next big thing! If you’ve been thinking about a move to Chamblee, give us a call today! The Peters Company would love to help you explore this wonderful area!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

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