Just Listed :: Charming Cottage in Clairmont Terrace!

May 21st, 2015

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Welcome Home! Here you will find the location and value that you’ve been looking for. The charming character of this home will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-85, I-285, and Clairmont Road makes it 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:

  • Thoughtful touches and custom features  throughout.
  • Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space.
  • Spacious living room boasts neutral colors and crown molding.
  • Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.
  • Master suite is a true retreat with wonderful natural light.
  • Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout.
  • Sunroom is light and bright, and would be great as a playroom or home office!
  • Unfinished basement is waiting for your ideas. It provides tons of extra storage.
  • Wonderful outdoor space includes a large deck and stone patio overlooking the fenced backyard– ideal for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining!
  • Front and back yards professionally landscaped!
  • Convenient location close to interstates, restaurants, and shopping.

Call The Peters Company today to see this adorable home at 1949 Shalimar Drive NE… 404-419-3619!

Metro Atlanta Property Taxes

May 21st, 2015

Property Tax ImageAs Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I’m not a CPA (thankfully), but I do know a thing or two about taxes… and I mean property taxes.

A property tax is a tax assessed on real estate by the local government (counties and cities). While property taxes in Georgia certainly aren’t cheap, our state actually falls on the lower end of the spectrum when compared to other states at #29 in the country for median property tax rates.

In Georgia, the tax amount owed depends on the appraised market value of the property in combination with the millage rate for the county/city. I’m conjuring up my old real estate license course here!

See below for a calculation that illustrates the process:

Market Value x Georgia’s assessment ratio (40%) = Assessed value

Assessed value x mil rate (varies by county/city) = Your tax bill.

Market value is a theoretical notion of what your home would sell for in a normal market. This figure is also sometimes determined by the latest market sales price of the home.

In Metro Atlanta, it’s important to take into consideration not only your county tax bill but also your city tax bill. This list is not inclusive, but for instance the following areas are subject to additional city taxes:

  • Cobb :: Acworth, Marietta, Powder Springs, and Smyrna
  • DeKalb :: Atlanta, Brookhaven, Decatur, and Dunwoody
  • Fulton :: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Chattahoochee Hills, Johns Creek, Roswell, and Sandy Springs
  • Gwinnett :: Duluth, Lawrenceville, and Suwanee

Because taxes are calculated into your monthly mortgage payment – also known as the PITI (principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) – having a clear understanding of how much your annual tax bill is incredibly important. For instance, a $300,000 home in unincorporated Forsyth County with no exemptions has an estimated annual tax bill of $3,177 – where a $300,000 home in City of Decatur/DeKalb with no exemptions is $6,500 – a difference of over $3,300! Divide that out over 12 months of payments and you’re looking at an additional $275 per MONTH. Again, these are estimates, but you get my point….

Another thing to note is that your property taxes are a FANTASTIC write-off when it comes time for tax season… and yes, you heard that correctly – property taxes are a tax deductible tax (gotta love the government!). Additionally, there are a few common exemptions to lower your property taxes including Homestead Exemptions, Senior Exemptions, Veterans Exemptions, and Disability Exemptions. Visit your county’s local property tax website for more information on these as well as further information on your county’s millage rate, assessments and more.

Moral of the story :: When looking for homes be sure to take into consideration the property taxes and have a veteran agent on your side (like the amazing buyer specialist team at The Peters Company) to help you understand the full implications of the property taxes for where you live!

Written by Jennie Moshure, The Peters Company Lead Buyers Agent

Just Listed :: Gorgeous Townhome in Village Park at Brookhaven!

May 15th, 2015

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Welcome home! Located in one of the best spots in Brookhaven, this end unit townhome 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 mention that you are literally only seconds 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 stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space, breakfast area, pantry, and breakfast bar.
  • The spacious living room has a beautiful coffered ceiling, cozy gas fireplace, and wonderful built-in bookcases.
  • The separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level.
  • Master suite is a true retreat complete with a walk-in closet and spa-like master bath with a double vanity, jetted tub, and separate shower.
  • Additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
    Laundry is conveniently located upstairs.
  • The lower level boasts additional living space, a full bathroom, kitchenette, extra storage, and possible 4th bedroom.
  • Detached garage ideal for a vehicle or storage

Call The Peters Company today to see this beautiful townhome at 1475 Village Park Court NE… 404-419-3619!

Just Listed :: Amazing Views in Metropolis!

May 14th, 2015

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Welcome home to this wonderful one bedroom, one bathroom studio condominium in Midtown’s highly sought after Metropolis building. 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 blocks from Piedmont Park. Easy access to Peachtree Street, I-85, I-75, and GA400 makes virtually all commutes a breeze.

Features:

  • Located in a secure access community with 24/7 concierge service.
  • Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, sleek backsplash, granite countertops, ample cabinet space, and island with breakfast bar.
  • The main living area is accented by gleaming hardwood floors and exposed cement walls, and includes a nice combination of living and dining area which are perfect for entertaining.
  • The bedroom boasts a walk-in closet and bathroom with granite vanity.
  • Laundry conveniently located in the unit.
  • The balcony provides additional living and lounging space with amazing unobstructed views of the city skyline.
  • One deeded parking space.
  • Additional amenities include a well-maintained pool, fitness center, grilling area, and clubhouse with catering kitchen and media area.
  • Great location close to interstates, shopping, and restaurants!

Just Listed :: All American Charmer in Virginia Highland!

May 14th, 2015

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Welcome Home! Located on one of the neighborhood’s best streets, this home is loaded with historic charm and modern day luxury. You will love being only minutes to all that Virginia Highland has to offer– casual and fine dining, exciting nightlife, and boutique shopping! The close proximity to I-85 and I-75 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also love being near Piedmont Park’s beautiful setting and many activities throughout the year.

Features:

· Thoughtful touches and custom features  throughout.

· Remodeled kitchen features top of the line stainless steel appliances (including a Sub-Zero fridge), soapstone counters, farmhouse sink, and island.

· Spacious living room boasts neutral colors, crown molding, and a dual sided gas fireplace.

· Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.

· The wonderful sun porch can be used year round.

· Main level master suite is a true retreat including an updated bathroom and large walk-in closet with custom shelving.

· The spa-like master bathroom features a vaulted ceiling, double vanity with limestone countertop, and oversized walk-in shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.

· Secondary bathrooms are full of classic details.

· Gleaming hardwood floors throughout.

· The full basement provides plenty of additional living and storage space.

· A covered deck is perfect for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining. Four-legged friends will love the large level backyard.

· Amazing curb appeal thanks to mature landscaping and a tree lined street with sidewalks.

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

Do you feel lucky? Real Estate Superstitions

May 14th, 2015

Superstition ImageThe Atlanta real estate market is a little bit crazy right now. Prices are increasing, homes are selling at record speed, and emotions are high. Having the right agent to keep you ahead of the curve is a huge part of “winning” in today’s market, but sometimes we all need a little LUCK!

Buying a home is the largest investment that most people will make, so the decision is important. While most Metor Atlanta homebuyers will look at comparable sold properties, school rankings, and area trends to determine whether or not they should buy, there are those who take other things into consideration… we’ve seen it all at The Peters Company, but here are a few of our favorite superstitions when it comes to real estate…

  1. Friday the 13th :: In 2015, there are THREE Friday the 13th days, and while two have passed, we have another to look forward to in November! Some clients are very superstitious and simply refuse to close on this “unlucky” day.
  2. Numerology :: Real estate is ALL about numbers. As I mentioned, 13 tends to get a bad wrap. Just this weekend a client questioned making an offer on a great unit because it was on the 13th floor of a building! On the opposite end of the spectrum, we’ve had clients work “lucky” numbers into their offer prices to hopefully give themselves an advantage. Maybe throw a 777 in the offer price for a multiple offer situation to hit the real estate jackpot!
  3. Joseph :: More geared toward sellers than buyers, the patron saint of real estate, St. Joseph can bring some much needed divine intervention to help get your home sold! Many sellers put this enduring practice to the test, and fully believe in its powers! We have a seller right now who buried their St. Joseph, received multiple offers on their home, and are closing for full price! The seller said they won’t be digging up the statue until after closing. If you’re interested, here are the directions for utilizing St. Joseph:
    • Dig a hole near the “For Sale” sign approximately 3 inches deeper than the statue. If you have no yard, use a large plant pot.
    • Place the St. Joseph statue facing the street in the hole.
    • When covering the statue, prayers should be said. They are very often included in the packaging.
    • Once you have sold you home, remove the statue and place in your new home
  4. Astrology :: There are also clients who won’t take action during certain astrological time periods. Ever heard the saying “Mercury is in Retrograde?” For those who don’t know, Mercury retrograde occurs when Mercury appears to stop and move backward in the sky. During this time period it is said that communications are muddled, electronics tend to go awry, and most importantly, it’s considered to be a very bad time to enter into contracts. Mercury goes into retrograde four times per year, and if you believe in this sort of thing, you’ll want to check your calendar closely before making an offer!

So grab your rabbits foot, avoid walking under ladders, and call us to help you find your next home. It’s a great time to buy! Do you feel lucky?

Written by Jennie Moshure, The Peters Company’s Lead Buyer Specialist

Just Listed :: Stunning Townhome in Brookwood Place!

May 14th, 2015

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Welcome home to this wonderful townhome located in the popular Brookwood Place community. The floor plan, custom features, and charming character of this townhome will never go out of style. Convenient to Midtown and Buckhead’s finest attractions, you will be in the middle of it all including prestigious shopping, award-winning restaurants, exciting nightlife, and only minutes to Piedmont Park! Easy access to Peachtree Street, I-85,  I-75, and GA400 makes virtually all commutes a breeze.

Features:

· Kitchen features granite counters, tons of cabinet space, under cabinet lighting, pantry, and island with breakfast bar.

· The spacious living room has a cozy gas fireplace and wonderful built-in bookcases.

· The separate dining room is perfect for entertaining guests.

· Master suite is a true retreat complete with a trey ceiling, large walk-in closet, and spa-like master bath with a double vanity, and separate tile shower with dual shower heads.

· Additional upstairs bedroom is well-sized and bright with easy access to the hall bathroom.

· A loft/landing area on the second floor is ideal for a home office or sitting area.

· Laundry is conveniently located upstairs.

· A third floor bonus space would be ideal as a media room, 4th bedroom, playroom, etc.

· A lower level bedroom and full bathroom are ideal for guests.

· The patio is great for outdoor enjoyment. Four-legged friends will love having a grassy area to play in out back.

· Garage easily fits two vehicles with extra space for storage.

· Wonderful community amenities include 24/7 concierge, gated access, on-site property manager, a well-maintained pool with grilling area, fitness center, media room, conference room, and library.

Just Listed :: Gorgeous Traditional in High Point!

May 14th, 2015

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A wonderful place to call home! Nestled on a great street in the extremely popular High Point 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 and Sandy Springs have to offer with easy access to the highways, byways, shopping, and restaurants that make this area such a well-loved destination. Not to mention that you’ll be only minutes from the highly anticipated new Sandy Springs Gateway development!

Features:

· A wrap around front porch provides an inviting welcome and wonderful curb appeal. No details were missed with the gorgeous stone and wood work.

· The foyer greets you with rich hardwood floors and an open invitation to the formal living room and dining room on either side.

· The formal living room is a wonderful additional living space. It could also be used as a playroom or home office if you don’t need a formal space.

· The family room is complete with a cozy gas starter fireplace with gorgeous stone surround.

· The separate formal dining room is perfect hosting dinner parties and entertaining guests.

· The gourmet kitchen features top of the line stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash, oversized breakfast bar, pantry, and spacious breakfast area.

· A powder room on the main level is  ideal for guests.

· The master suite is a true retreat including a beautiful trey ceiling, sitting area with dual sided fireplace, and a large walk-in closet with custom shelving.

· The spa-like master bath features a double vanity with granite countertop, luxurious  jetted tub with fireplace view, and separate walk-in shower.

· A covered patio off the master suite will quickly become a favorite relaxation spot.

· All additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright with ample closet space and private bathrooms.

· The fully finished basement includes additional living space, a full bathroom, separate room that could be used as a possible 5th bedroom or home office, wine cellar, and built-in bar with wine refrigerator, icemaker, and dishwasher.

· The two car garage easily fits your vehicles along with additional storage space.

· The covered patio just off the family room overlooks a serene backyard and is the perfect spot for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.

· Other amazing features include whole house audio, central vacuum system, recessed lighting, extra tall ceilings, beautiful molding and trim work, and much more!

Just Listed :: Charming Split Level in Smyrna!

May 12th, 2015

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Welcome Home! Located in one of Smyrna’s most popular neighborhoods, this home 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. 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 highways, byways, and activities that make this location such a well loved destination. You will certainly enjoy being only a short drive from Smyrna Market Village, Vinings shopping, several area parks, and the 61-mile long Silver Comet Trail!

Features:

· Kitchen features ample cabinet space and granite counters.

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

· Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.

· Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level.

· Master suite is a true retreat including large walk-in closet and spa-like master bath with updated vanity and beautiful tile shower.

· Additional bedrooms are well sized and bright.

· Finished basement provides wonderful additional living space.

· Garage easily fits two vehicles with extra space for storage.

· Great outdoor space includes a deck overlooking the large backyard.

· Convenient location close to interstates, shops, and restaurants!

 

Congratulations to our March Metro Atlanta Home Buyers

May 7th, 2015

March 2015 Homebuyers

Britt, What a pleasure working with you to find your new home in the adorable Kirkwood neighborhood! Big shout out to Paige for sharing our names with you! We know you will LOVE your new home and it’s excellent location!

Kristen, congrats on your first home purchase in Smyrna’s Highlands View neighborhood! Thank you for letting us help you find the perfect place for you – I know you will enjoy the space and the location. Special shout out to Brittany for referring us! :)

Lori, thank you for allowing The Peters Company to assist in finding your first home. Love that the townhome met all of your requirements! And you are so lucky to be right on the belt line. Congratulations! Shout out to Brittany again for referring us!

Tim and Lori, congratulations on buying your first home together! You will love living in Brookhaven Fields and are surrounded by great neighbors. Wink…wink… Thank you for trusting me to help you find a super house!

Kathy, we did it again… We found another great investment condo in Buckhead’s Cross Creek neighborhood! With your vision and hard work, you will have it leased in no time. Congrats!

When we started working together, Shawn wanted to build in Brookhaven on a flat lot large enough for a pool. He ended up buying a newly built home with a gorgeous flat backyard and construction is soon to begin on his pool! Congratulations Shawn – I am glad we found the perfect home for you. Big shout out to Roger for sharing our name with you! :)

Kimberly and Jefry, So glad we were able to find you a wonderful home in Sandy Springs that is ready for your finishing touches! I hope you enjoy gardening in your beautiful, private backyard this summer!

Seth and Kendra, congratulations on your cute home in Briarcliff Heights! So happy we were able to snag that one as it was sure to get gobbled up quickly! It is the perfect home for you!

Erinn, after seeing many not so great condos, we found the perfect one with a beautiful view and balcony with a bright space for your office. I hope you enjoy your new home and convenient Sandy Springs location! Congratulations!

Congrats to Bo and Cassandra on your gorgeous new home! I love that you found such a great house in an unconventional way! As it turns out, “Make Me Move” on Zillow does work, ha. We’re glad that you stayed nearby, and we know Chamblee’s Gramercy Park is lucky to have you! Thanks for all of the laughs along the way.

Kristie and Eric, the road wasn’t always easy, but thanks for sticking with The Peters Company through moves, transfers, sales, multiple offers (and more multiple offers) to ultimately land you an amazing home in North Druid Hills! We can’t wait to see you on the patio at Verde, but only when you’re not enjoying your amazing back yard! Please send photos of the new puppy! Congratulations!

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