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Just Listed :: Beautiful Pine Hills Home!

Friday, May 20th, 2016

3107 Towerview Drive NE Flyer front3107 Towerview Drive NE Flyer back

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 :: Amazing Loft at The Stacks!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

170 Boulevard SE #E003 Flyer front170 Boulevard SE #E003 Flyer back

Welcome home! Historic charm meets modern day luxury in this true loft, giving you an amazing intown Atlanta experience. The wide open, renovated floor plan is just what you’ve been looking for. Easy access to Dekalb Avenue, Freedom Parkway, I-85, and I-20 makes virtually all commutes a breeze. Convenient to all of Atlanta’s finest attractions, you will be in the middle of it all including  prestigious shopping, award-winning restaurants, and exciting nightlife. You’ll also be only minutes from the Beltline, Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, Grant Park, Inman Park, and much more!

Features:

· Exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and a wood beam ceiling are wonderful architectural details carried throughout.

· An updated kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and sleek glass tile backsplash.

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

· Living room is bright and open with tons of natural light pouring in from a series of  tall windows.

· The bedroom space is well-sized and includes a great office area with built-in speakers and MP3 docking station.

· The large bathroom features modern fixtures and has  access to a spacious walk-in closet.

· Laundry is conveniently located in the unit and provides additional storage space.

· Wonderful community amenities include gated access, a well-maintained pool, gym, and rooftop terrace with stunning city skyline views.

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Just Listed :: Amazing Buckhead Condo at The Park at East Paces!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

3635 E Paces Circle NE Flyer Front3635 E Paces Circle NE Flyer Back

Welcome home to this wonderful two bedroom, two bathroom condo in the heart of Buckhead. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, I-75, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll love having easy access to all of your favorite Buckhead restaurants and shopping spots!  You’ll truly be in the middle of it all!

Features:

· Gleaming hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and gorgeous trim work throughout.

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

· The living room boasts a cozy gas fireplace and tons of natural light.

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

· The master suite features a large walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom with double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.

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

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· The private balcony provides additional living and lounging space.

· One deeded parking space and storage unit.

· Wonderful community amenities include a salt water pool, dog park, club room, gym facilities, gated entrance, and secure  building access.

· Great location convenient to interstates, Marta, shopping, restaurants, Lenox Square Mall, and Phipps Plaza!

 

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A Mom’s Guide to Selling Your Home

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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Sheer anxiety and stress… That’s the feeling most moms of little ones get when it’s time for selling their home! And, I understand completely.

I’ll never forget the first time we put our home on the market with a little one. We lived in a 1950s 1,400 sq. ft. home in Brookhaven! It was as cute as a button yet provided NO storage space. Every time our house would show, I’d load up the dog, the baby, the exersaucer, and the bouncy seat in the back of my Jeep Cherokee and drive around Ashford Park until the agent’s car was gone. Thankfully, it didn’t last long and I learned a great deal from that experience.

For you moms out there, here are my home selling tips to make showing a home with little ones work…

  1. Rent a storage building! It was my saving grace. Remember that we all survived as children playing with pots, pans and Tupperware. Bring those days back! Our kiddos don’t need 10 buckets of toys to choose from. One will be just fine for a couple of months.
  2. Donate, donate, donate… It’s not just time to remove all the toys that clutter up your home! Get rid of all those appliances you received as wedding gifts you’ve only used once since your big day. You know… that breadmaker that Aunt Sally said you would just love and now you’re gluten free!
  3. Create new habits! If your family doesn’t typically make up the bed every day, now is a great time to start. It only takes 66 days to form a habit. If everyone starts making their bed and putting their clothes away, BOOM! You’ve just accomplished more than listing and selling your home! You’ve transformed a spouse and children that can actually help around the house. That’s a serious win. It shouldn’t all fall on you!
  4. Be flexible! I know, I know… your children nap 2 times a day from 9-11 and 2-4. However, you NEVER know when the right buyer is going to want to see your home. Don’t make them miss it because Susie needs that extra 30 minutes of sleep. Live on the edge for the next month! I bet you’ll find that your little ones can adapt to slight schedules shifts much better than you imagine!

Don’t let the stress of showings with your little ones get you down. Now is the perfect time to sell your home! The last three years have shown the highest home appreciation in U.S. history. And, we’re selling homes in less than 2 weeks on the market on average.

Don’t wait until the market turns and you’re looking at months on the market and less appreciation! Bite the bullet and list today!

Give us a call at 404-419-3619.

Written by Lesley Peters

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Just Listed :: Adorable Condo in Heart of Buckhead!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

1903 Anjaco Road NW #4 Flyer front1903 Anjaco Road NW #4 Flyer back

Welcome home to this adorable two bedroom, two bathroom condo in the heart of Buckhead. The open floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Peachtree Road, I-85, I-75, and GA400 makes it convenient to and from any direction. You’ll love having easy  access to all of your favorite Buckhead and Midtown restaurants and shopping spots!  You’ll truly be in the middle of it all!

Features:

· Located in a secure access community.

· Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, ample cabinet space, and breakfast bar.

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

· The master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet with custom shelving and spa-like bathroom with double vanity and large walk-in shower.

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

· Laundry conveniently located in the unit.

· The private balcony provides additional living and lounging space.

· One deeded parking space.

· Great location close to interstates, shopping, restaurants, Piedmont Hospital, and The Beltline!

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Life is a Highway :: The Scoop on ITP vs. OTP

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

I-285 - The PerimeterLife is a Highway, and in Atlanta, that highway is I-285.  I’m pretty sure the letters “ITP” and “OTP” have little to no meaning outside of Atlanta.  However, these three little letters that we say on a daily basis have some of the strongest impact on Atlanta’s real estate and you NEED to know the difference.

When I meet with buyers relocating to Atlanta, the first thing I do is whip out a map and draw a big circle that traces around I-285 – also known as The Perimeter. I then explain that there are essentially two main areas of Atlanta – they are not north, south, east or west, but rather “Inside the Perimeter” and “Outside the Perimeter.” This distinction that probably shouldn’t mean much, actually does, and in a big way.

So what’s the big deal? Well, for one, ITP and OTP aren’t just locations – they are a way of life. Generally speaking, ITP is considered the “cool, hip” area of town. Brookhaven, Buckhead, Midtown, Vinings and Decatur are all ITP, so it makes sense that the area would be seen as very urban, or as one of our buyer’s specialists likes to say, “jivey!” You will find many areas of walkability, attached housing, and an overall city feel.

OTP consists of the major Atlanta suburbs such as Kennesaw, Roswell, Cumming, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, Tucker, Smyrna, etc. Of course, the suburbs of any city are usually known for their more low-key and family centered lifestyles, and that’s no different for Atlanta. The city’s sprawling OTP area is highly sought out for its laid-back feel and great schools.

Another huge difference that one will notice when comparing ITP vs. OTP are the prices and overall value of real estate located either inside or outside of The Perimeter. Homes ITP tend to be more expensive – especially when it comes to price per square footage while homes OTP offer a better value (and usually a larger yard!). However, the payoff comes each morning and afternoon when you make your commute to work. Living OTP and commuting into the city each day via the Perimeter (or any other major interstate in Atlanta) will make you strongly consider purchasing a helicopter to get to the office.

While native Atlantans will tell you that The Perimeter will always be a major defining line for the city, the truth is that you can actually find the great features of each on either side of the road. Downtown Roswell and Smyrna Market Village certainly capture the “in-town” vibe of live-work-play areas outside The Perimeter and great ITP neighborhoods like Virginia Highlands and Brookhaven offer single-family housing in a very family-friendly atmospheres. Truly, there is something for everyone. And with Atlanta being one of the top 10 relocation destinations in the country, ITP or OTP you can’t go wrong!

Inside or outside the Perimeter, let The Peters Company’s expert agents help you find the perfect place to call home. We would love to be your most trusted source for information on Atlanta real estate, and we’ll even share this important tip: Once you’re on I-285 you’ll eventually get right back where you started, so enjoy the ride!

Written by Jennie Moshure, Lead Buyer Specialist

Whether you are looking to buy ITP or OTP, you can easily find what you need with our easy-to-use map view of properties here!

 

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The 5 W’s of Final Walkthroughs

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

walkthrough blog picAs The Peters Company’s Transaction Coordinator, one of the topics that I get the most questions about is the Final Walkthrough.  And rightfully so! If you’ve never purchased or sold a home before, the final walkthrough can be a little confusing!

Let’s break it down!

Who: Who attends the final walkthrough? The Buyer and their Agent. Occasionally the Listing Agent will also come to the final walkthrough.

Where: Where is the final walkthrough? At the home being purchased/sold.

Why: Why are we doing a final walkthrough? So the Buyer can make sure the property is in the same condition as when they made their original offer to purchase. Also, if any repairs were negotiated to be completed prior to closing, the Buyer and their Agent will make sure those repairs were all completed. The final walkthrough is especially important when the home has been vacant.

When: When do you do the final walkthrough? Prior to closing. Typically the day before or morning of closing. Even when the Sellers will keep possession after closing (for a pre-determined amount of time) it is still important to do the final walkthrough prior to closing.

What: What should you be checking? Here’s a quick list to get you started:

  • Make sure all debris is removed and that the home is in “broom swept condition”
  • Test the heating and air units
  • Open and close all of the windows
  • Turn on and off all of the light fixtures
  • Run the water in every sink and shower. Check the water pressure and for leaks under the sinks
  • Flush the toilets
  • Open and close all of the doors
  • Test all of the appliances
  • Test garbage disposal and exhaust fans
  • Inspect the repairs (if any) that were to be made
  • Look over the ceilings, walls, and floors

How: Most times final walkthroughs are pretty quick.  Unless there were a crazy amount of repairs, it should only take about 15 – 20 minutes.

Now that you’ve made it through the final walkthrough, congrats! You’re on your way to the closing table! If you are looking to buy or sell this year, let The Peters Company hold your hand every step of the way! Call us today at 404-419-3619!

See what homes are available right now!

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Food for Thought: Do Health Food Stores Mean Healthy Home Values?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

health food storesAs the New Year rolled around, I’m sure we all put some resolutions in place. If I had to guess as to what one of those goals was for most of us, I would say that it’s to eat healthier! It’s no secret that a home’s proximity to a grocery store (and other shopping/retail/restaurants) can impact its value, but does having a health food store nearby have even bigger implications? A recent study by real estate analysis company, RealtyTrac, compared two of our favorite stores (Trader Joes and Whole Foods) in relation to home values and the results might surprise you. Here’s a breakdown of their findings:


Whole Foods

  • Zip codes with only a Whole Foods (no Trader Joes) experienced a 34% gain in home values.
  • Zip codes with only a Whole Foods (no Trader Joes) have an average home value of $561,840.
  • Zip codes with only a Whole Foods (no Trader Joes) paid average property taxes of $5,382.

Trader Joes

  • Zip codes with only a Trader Joes (no Whole Foods) experiences a 40% gain in home values.
  • Zip codes with only a Trader Joes (no Whole Foods) have an average home value of $592,339.
  • Zip codes with only a Trades Joes (no Whole Foods) paid average property taxes of $8,536.

Yes, you read that correctly. Having a Trader Joes nearby actually has a more positive impact on home values than Whole Foods! Honestly, I would have thought just the opposite when comparing their products, prices, etc. After all, I’m sure some of us look at shopping at Whole Foods as more of a luxury than necessity. While growing home values are definitely a good thing, on the downside those higher values usually bring larger property taxes which we can see in this case. It may also make it less affordable for those who want to purchase a home in that area. There are always two sides to the story! For those of us in Metro Atlanta though, both Trader Joes and Whole Foods stores seem to be popping up all over the place. Hopefully that is good news for all of our home values!

If you’re interested in finding a Metro Atlanta home near one of these popular stores let us know! The Peters Company would be happy to help you make a “healthy” home buying decision in 2016! Give us a call today at 404.419.3619! Now excuse me while I go enjoy a glass of Two Buck Chuck!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

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Winning in a Seller’s Market

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

winningMultiple offers are a part of the real estate market in 2016 – in fact over half of the offers The Peters Company buyer team wrote in 2015 were in multiple offer situations. Buyers look to us to know how to “win” in these circumstances. Of course, making an offer at a great price is key, but there are other terms that can work in your favor to help “win” in today’s market. Here are a few tips and tricks that will strengthen your offer without having to lay out more cash…

  1. Earnest Money – Earnest money is the money you put down when you go under contract on a home. It is refunded to you when you close. If you terminate the contract within the confines of your contingencies (due diligence, appraisal, etc), you get this money refunded to you. Typically, the amount of earnest money you put down is around 1% of the purchase price, but if you increase your earnest money – up to 3-5% then it shows the seller that you are a strong buyer willing to put more money on the line. Of course, in the end it stays your money, but it’s a great way to show that you are serious about the purchase.
  2. Close/Possession Date – Usually, the buyer chooses the close date in the transaction because they make the initial offer, but a great way to get the seller’s attention is to let THEM choose the close date. You can give a range of dates that work for you for the seller to choose from and then all parties will agree on the close date. Additionally, you can allow the seller to stay in the house past the closing date. Many times, sellers are purchasing another home and the extra time in their house after closing means much more than money. It gives them the chance for two smooth closings and an easier move. You can either ask them to pay for their time after closing in the house, OR to make your deal even sweeter let them stay for free!
  3. Lender Paid Closing Costs – Oftentimes, the “cleanest” offer is the one that is ultimately chosen. That means few stipulations, short deadlines and no seller paid closing costs. Not all buyers are in a position to pay their down payment AND all of their closing costs, but with the ultra low interest rates, it makes sense to look into lender paid closing costs. In this circumstance, the lender will increase the interest rate slightly and cover the buyer’s closing costs through their fees. This means a cleaner offer for you and a better chance of acceptance from the seller.

Of course, there are many other insider tricks that we can share with you to help make the best of your offer! Let the fabulous buyer team at The Peters Company help you “win” in this Metro Atlanta seller’s market!

Written by Jennie Moshure, Lead Buyer Specialist

 

 

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#1 KW Residential Real Estate Team in State of Georgia :: The Peters Company

Friday, February 26th, 2016
#1 Georgia Collage
The Peters Company invaded New Orleans, Louisianna this month for Keller Williams Realty’s annual convention known as Family Reunion! We joined 15,000 KW agents from across the world to share and expand our real estate knowledge.

The week started early for Andy and Lesley as they attended MAPS coaching skills camp. In 2015, at Gary Keller’s request, Lesley and Andy became real estate coaches for Keller Williams MAPS. So, now, they not only share their real estate knowledge and experience with our team, they also coach fellow real estate agents across the country on a weekly basis. While at MAPS training, Lesley and Andy learned that their beloved coaching and training leaders, Dianna Kokoszka and Tony Di’Cello, were named Top 25 Best Real Estate Coaches in the Business. Spending two days with Dianna and Tony, who are also married, was inspirational for The Peters!

The remainder of the week provided endless learning opportunities for all. There were literally classes from 7:30-6:00 every day! On the first full day, Andy was in the SPOTLIGHT as he discussed “Turning on Your Buyer Funnel with Great Questions!” A crowd packed the house even for a 7:30 am class on a Sunday morning in New Orleans. What an honor it was to have our very own on stage!

While there was little time for bar hopping on Bourbon, there was time for us to attend the Southeast Region’s Awards Banquet on the last evening to snag the award for #1 Residential Real Estate Group in the entire State of Georgia! We were so proud!

Someone asked this week, “So how did you get to #1 in Georgia?” That’s easy! Our service! We’re #1 because we treat every client like they are our #1. This business isn’t about selling, it’s about serving. And, when you do that at a high level, the business just keeps coming. So, thank you for making us #1!


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