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Celebrate Father’s Day with the Ultimate Man Cave

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Man Cave PictureFather’s Day is right around the corner and what better gift is there for your father or husband than a space of their own? Man caves have become very popular in recent years and can sometimes be a “must have” for home buyers. Here are few key items that any man cave should include:

1 . Media Area – From curved screens to 4D, there’s certainly no shortage of awesome televisions available. Add that to a serious sound system and you’ve got the perfect spot for relaxing and watching your favorite sports team in the big game or an action packed new release. Most importantly, don’t forget to include some really comfortable seating to go with it!

2. Bar – Aside from keeping it fully stocked with cold adult beverages, there are some great options here. You’ll want to install a full appliance package including an ice maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, etc. to make entertaining a breeze. Micro-brewing is becoming more popular so you may even want to set aside space for that too! Find some fun decorative items and bar stools and you’ll be on your way to the number one hangout spot.

 3. Gaming/Activity Area – Do you have a favorite pastime? Poker, pool, darts? You’ll definitely want to set aside room to have a little fun. Make sure that the space can accommodate the equipment that comes along with these activities. Lighting can make a big difference too. Then, put on your best game face and show them what you’ve got 😉

There are many more great options for the ultimate man cave…from saunas to gyms! Just do a quick search on sites such as Pinterest or Houzz and the options are endless. Don’t know where to start when turning your basement or garage into the man cave of your dreams? Want to find a home with a man cave already ready to go?

Let The Peters Company help you! Give us a call today at 404-419-3619!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

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Does The Peters Company Matter?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Image that says MATTEROne of my favorite things we do each quarter is to visit Austin, Texas with the Top 100 Keller Williams agents across the country and mastermind with our co-founder and owner, Gary Keller. Each quarter, we typically receive a list a books to read prior to the mastermind. This time, Andy and I were both surprised when we were only assigned one book – Matter by Peter Sheahan.

 

 

For the better part of our first day in Austin, we brainstormed with agents across the country on the question, “Does my business MATTER?”

Peter Sheahan says, “To become the obvious choice, the company that matters, you need to consistently create outcomes that are valued more than those of your competitors and that are not easily replicated.”

The Peters Company wants to matter. While most real estate agents are focused on getting a deal done, we are focused on the overall client experience that creates clients for life.

We want our friends, family, and neighbors to know we care. And, we go above and beyond to add economic value long before there is economic opportunity for us.

We place great value in getting to know our clients. That’s why, we schedule a consultation for all buyers and sellers where we find out what would make this experience an A+ for them.

While most real estate agents wear the hat of a part-time buyer agent, part-time showing agent, part-time listing agent, part-time transaction coordinator, part-time marketing coordinator, part-time admin, The Peters Company specializes. We know by breaking down job duties that our clients receive the best service and care when each individual is responsible for ONE main thing!

However, we know to be a business that matters, it doesn’t stop with our client experience. Our passion to help others should also transcend into our industry and community. That’s why you see Andy and I traveling to offices in the Southeast Region teaching and training agents! And, that’s why you see our team GIVING back in our communities. In the past week alone, our team hosted our past clients, friends and neighbors at The Peters Company 1st Annual Derby Party that raised $1,700 for a local Atlanta charity called CHRIS Kids. Then, we attended Keller Williams Red Day, where we volunteered with hundreds of other agents in our office as we put on a Field Day for the Fugees Family – the nation’s only school for refugee children.

It is our hope that we not only bring you the very best real estate experience but also that we can give back to our industry and community. What are some ways that we can matter to you? We want to be a business that MATTERS.

 

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Why Staging Your Home is Important

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Andy Peters talks with Tasha Moody from Simply Staged about why staging your home is important.

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The Peters Company Derby Party 2016 Raises over $1700 for Chris Kids

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Video-The Peters Company Derby Party 2016What a blast! We had so much fun at The Peters Company First Annual Derby Party and we are so glad that over 100 of our friends and clients could join us! This was a great turnout and we couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a gorgeous Spring afternoon.

We wanted to shout out a special thanks to Brittany Burnett from Chris Kids for coming to speak about the charity and thank you everyone for helping us raise over $1700! We are so thankful for your generosity!

As always, please keep us in mind if you or your friends or family are looking to buy or sell Metro Atlanta real estate! You’re always in good company with The Peters Company!

P.S. If you see any photos from the video that you would like us to email to you, just email kimber@thepeterscompany.com!

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Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Cinco de MayoIt seems that everyone in Atlanta will find a reason or holiday to celebrate, and Cinco de Mayo is no exception! It’s not a traditional American holiday, yet people go out in droves to party and meet up with friends on this day, and for good reason… why not? Who doesn’t love sipping on margaritas and hanging out with friends?

Wondering where to go? We put together a few options for a hot spots in town. We hope you enjoy, whatever you decide to do!

Located at Krog Street Market at Inman Park, Superica is a tex-mex sensation. According to their website, “At first glance you may think you’re in Austin, Texas due to the mash-up of old and new findings like dang good margaritas, live music and our welcoming outdoor patio. Yup, that’s all reminiscent of the Great State alright.” The chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Maxey designed a “Mex-Tex” menu that plays to their own Texan roots. So if you want some good Tex-Mex in Inman Park for Cinco de Mayo, check it out!

Recently reopened by popular demand, Ray’s Rio Bravo has found a sweet spot near the river on Powers Ferry a few doors away from Ray’s on the River – both owned by Ray Schoenbaum. It should be a Great Evening to Celebrate “Cinco de Mayo”. A1A – a Jimmy Buffet tribute band – will be playing starting at 6pm and the outdoor patio overlooking the lake and fountain will be the perfect atmosphere for sipping margaritas with your buddies!

Rock’n’Taco has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to hang out with friends. It’s a gourmet taqueria with infusions of several different cultures and they use fresh ingredients, organic fruits and vegetables. The offer tacos in everything from the traditional chicken or beef to duck, oysters and more! If you’re a creative foodie, give them a try! Both locations will be offering drink and beer specials and the Sandy Springs location will also have live bands.

Rosa Mexicano is fairly new on the scene in Atlantic Station. And Lesley’s favorite! They are featuring a special Cinco de Mayo menu all day. Their fresh guacamole is insanely delicious… so go check them out! Quoted as “gold standard” in “upscale” “modern” Mexican cuisine by Zagat, it’s probably better known for their food than a hot nightspot, but would be a great place to hit before you enjoy a night on the town!

Tin Lizzy’s is always a good choice for tacos and margarita’s. Not mention, they’ve already started Cinqo de Mayo countdown with $10 TLC Margarita Pitchers, which started on April 5th! While they haven’t unveiled the festivities for the night, it’s always a good time with good friends at Tin Lizzy’s! They have several locations, but Buckhead is my favorite! Stay posted on their Facebook page.

Flip Flops – Cinco de Mayo Stache’ Bash 2016 – starts at 5pm. Named for its laid back atmosphere, Flip Flops is in midtown. They have two levels of live music, dancing and entertainment. If you want to feel like you’re at the beach while you’re sipping your cinco margarita, then Flip Flops might be a good choice. They will have guest DJ’s throughout the night. Bring your stash or get one from a bartender. Doors open at 5pm for Happy Hour Specials!

P.S. Fun fact: Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo , according to the California Avocado Commission.

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Trends in Metro Atlanta’s Real Estate Market

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

trends in real estate marketWe’re all watching closely to see what the real estate market is going to do in 2016!

Here at The Peters Company, we feel like we have a superior pulse on the Metro Atlanta market due to the number of transactions we close each year. And, you better believe we watch trends closely!

So far this year, we’ve seen an interesting phenomenon. While homes priced under $500,000 are still selling quickly, we’re starting to see a slowing of home sales over $500,000.

What does that mean? Homes that are priced at $500,000 or greater have fewer buyers and are taking longer to sell than those lower price points.

Why? Well, honestly, we think it’s because there is such a shortage of inventory available for first-time homebuyers, which is causing a ripple effect for move-up buyers.

What do we need? More inventory under the $500,000 mark!

Even the condo market that was suffering for years during the economic downturn is now BOOMING! In fact, days on market and sales to list price ratios in the affordable condo complexes are lower than single family. And, this is because we are in great need for more affordable home ownership.

My advice:  If you own a home under $500,000, now is the PERFECT time to sell. Buyers are out in full force and conditions are incredibly favorable for sellers. Thinking of moving up to a higher price point? Even better as you’ll be in a buyer’s market in many neighborhoods!

Note: This is a look at the Metro Atlanta market as a whole. Give us a call to see if we’re seeing these trends in your particular neighborhood! 404-419-3619

Find the most recent listings on the market here!

Written by Lesley Peters

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Glamour Shots :: Property Photos that Sell

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

1287 Sylvan Cir_low res8You know the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words?” Well, that’s never truer than with property photos for a real estate listing. As the listing coordinator on our team, I am responsible for setting up the photo shoot for each of our listings. This means scheduling an appointment with the professional photographer and arranging it with the seller. I’m often at the properties a couple of days before the photos are taken and find myself telling our sellers that one of the most important pieces of the marketing plan is going to be the photos. We want them to look as good as possible! When a buyer pulls up a listing on the computer they aren’t stopping to first read the verbiage, summary, etc. They immediately look at the photos! Luckily, we work with an amazing professional photography company, Home Tour America, which does a really great job shooting our listing photos. Sometimes they’re so good that people can’t believe the pictures are of the same property! Home Tour America has generously provided us a detailed checklist to share with our sellers ahead of the photo shoot to ensure flawless pictures. Here’s a sneak peek at that list:

  • Make sure all light bulbs are replaced and consistent throughout the home. A combination of eco bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs result in color distortion in photos.
  • Please turn off all fans and have lights on. The photographer may decide to turn off the lights depending on the lighting conditions.
  • Clear all clutter including pictures, personal effects, trash cans, toys, pet beds and food bowls. Limit pillows and throws.
  • Clear all kitchen and bathroom counters.
  • Clear refrigerator of magnets and personal items.
  • Make sure pets are secured and, if possible, out of the home.
  • Please blow debris from deck, yard, driveway, etc.
  • Remove trash cans, cars, etc. from the front of house.

As you can see, even the tiniest detail can make a difference in the way listing photos turn out. The professional photography combined with a staging consultation that we offer our sellers allow a listing to truly put its best foot forward.

If you’d like to see what we can do to help prepare your home for the market so you receive top dollar, please give The Peters Company a call today at 404-419-3619! We’d love to help!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

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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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Billion Dollar Powerball and Atlanta’s Most Expensive Real Estate

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Billion Dollar PowerballSo what if the odds of winning 1.5 billion dollars were 1 in 292 million? It was still fun to think about all of the things you would do with all of those dollars (post-tax, of course). Other than paying off debt, most people I talked to mentioned some sort of real estate endeavor as their first move. A private tropical island here, a sprawling penthouse in Manhattan there, the $200 million dollar Playboy Mansion that is now for sale (and you’d still have enough money leftover for the amount of cleaning supplies that place would need). We’ve all imagined these luxuries, right?

Did you stop to think about what mega monstrosities you could purchase in your own backyard? The three priciest residential properties in Atlanta/metro Atlanta lie in the 30327 Zip Code, which happens to be the most expensive zip code in all of Georgia.

Topping the list at a whopping $48,000,000 is a quaint 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom (plus 3 half bathrooms) European estate off of Riverview Road. Spanning across 18.6 acres and built of limestone and brick, you will find perfectly manicured lawns, gates galore, a tennis court, a guest house, home gym, pretty much anything you can imagine so you would never have to leave your house. Ever. The home is closing in on 2 years on the market. As you can probably imagine, homes like these don’t just fly off the market.

Not far behind at #2 is, well, actually three houses on one property. For a cool $44,500,000 these West Paces Ferry Road stunners on 23 acres can be yours! Amenities include soccer field, lighted tennis court, field house, putting green, Olympic park fountain, garage built for a classic car collection, gazebo, aviary and each home has its own pool. Pictured in the listing are two swans and a peacock. No note of those being part of the sale, but everything is negotiable, right?

If homes in the $40,000,000 range are a little bit out of your budget then #3 might just be the perfect one for you. The $25,000,000 French Provincial home located on Paces Ferry boasts 7 bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms and 5 half bathrooms. Nestled on 17 acres on the Chattahoochee River this home includes an infinity edge pool, tennis court, full gym, spa, home theater, hobby house, underground ballroom WITH a catering kitchen (how cool is that?!), many different gardens, security guard stand, and the list goes on. Oh, how could I forget to mention? This is the Tyler Perry estate! Madea herself. It really is truly breathtaking (in pictures, at least).

Maybe you didn’t win the Powerball, but maybe you still want to buy one of these incredible homes. The Peters Company can help you with that! Give us a call at 404-419-3619 today!

Written by Shiloh Sadoti, Buyer Specialist

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Congratulations to The Peters Company November Metro Atlanta Homebuyers!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
November 2015 Buyer Collage
Congratulations, Aaron and Brooke on the purchase of your very first home! As transplants from Alabama and Los Angeles, it was so fun to get to know your personalities and figure out the very best fit for the location of your perfect home in Atlanta. Brooke kept the faith that she and Aaron would end up exactly where they needed to be. At their first meeting, Brooke and Aaron described a very specific home that they wanted to be in, but they knew they would have to make concessions as the perfect home rarely ​exists​. After a few attempts at offers in a competitive market, it was as ​if their dream home appeared out of thin air! Of course, ​other buyers thought it was great as well, but Aaron and Brooke came out on top in the multiple offer situation! When Jennie saw the house she couldn’t believe how perfectly it fit almost the exact description from their first meeting! We hope that you enjoy your adorable Marietta bungalow steps from Marietta Square for many, many years to come, and thank your for being awesome clients and new friends!

Nothing makes us happier than getting a phone call from a past client who is ready to find a new home! Congratulations Jenni on your fantastic new condo in Decatur! We know you will continue to enjoy the tennis courts with your friends and being so close to your office! We enjoyed working with you and your sweet daughter, Irene! Thank you for continuing to trust The Peters Company for your real estate needs!

Eric and Lauren, congrats to you and your sweet girls on purchasing your “kindergarten to college” home by a gorgeous lake in East Cobb! It’s been a true pleasure to help you find the home of your dreams. When we started the search months ago, I could tell that you were looking for something very special – you wanted a home that worked for all members of your family and you kept that at the forefront of the search ​at all times. Who knew that we would find THE family house with a vacation home view?? It has been so wonderful getting to know you, and Jennie will never forget the string of emails that displayed Eric’s very impressive Taylor Swift lyric knowledge! Thank you for allowing our team to be a part of your family during this search, and we cannot wait to see the finished product when you finalize renovations at Jacksons Creek!

The Peters Company is currently searching for Metro Atlanta Homebuyers looking to find a place to call home in 2016! If you want the best Atlanta real estate agents on your side, give us a call at 404-419-3619 today!
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