SOLD! Congrats, Kelsey & Kyle!

Buyers – North Decatur

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BIG congrats to the soon-to-be Correll’s! You’re seriously adulting now, ha! We couldn’t be more excited for you! Kyle and Kelsey purchased an incredible home in the sought after Briarcliff Woods neighborhood.

We love their updated ranch featuring a light and bright kitchen with all new appliances and white subway tile backsplash, hardwood floors throughout, and a fireside family room with built-in bookcases and private back deck.

Kyle and Kelsey have plans for a major master bath renovation and we’re so exited to see how it turns out. We plan to share their progress with you, so stay tuned on that one!

We want to give a big thanks to Kelsey and Kyle for entrusting in us to help them with their home purchase. It was such a joy to work with them and we’re thrilled to have gained new friends along the way! Next up, your wedding! Cheers to you both and your new home!


Congrats, Lucas!

SOLD! Buyer – Brookhaven

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Pardon us, a pictures is coming soon, we promise!

Congrats to Lucas on his new home in Ashford Park! It’s an awesome bungalow just blocks to the new Whole Foods complex (P.S. Whole Foods finally opened on Saturday!) and only a few minutes to the Town Brookhaven, Dresden Village and Marta.

His new home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a private fenced in backyard. It also has a newer siding, HVAC and windows, so it’s in excellent shape! We can’t wait to see how Lucas adds his own touches!

Lucas, thank you so much for the opportunity to help you with your home purchase. We’re thrilled you’re staying in the neighborhood and we hope to see you around more often! It was such a pleasure to work with you! Congrats!

SOLD! Congrats, Kristina & Trevor!

Buyers – Chamblee

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Congrats, Kristina and Trevor on your very first home! You’re officially homeowners! That’s a serious adult move right there, and we’re super excited for you on your new adventure!

Featuring authentic concrete floors, massive floor to ceiling windows and exposed ductwork, their loft’s chic industrial vibe is incredibly cool. It’s also walking distance to all the booming development in historic downtown Chamblee!

We can’t deny we’re a little jealous they’ll be able to walk right out their front door to places like Blue Top (Chamblee’s new restaurant and bar equipped with a bocce ball court!), Southbound, Dutchmans and the Frosty Caboose, to name a few.

We absolutely love their condo’s industrial aesthetic and we can’t wait to see how they transform their condo into their home! We know they already have big plans in the works!

Kristina and Trevor, thank you so much for the opportunity to help you with your home purchase. It was such a joy to work with you! We’re thrilled for you on your new home and we wish you both many happy years there! Cheers!

Tax Assessments – Appeal or Not?

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If you’re reading this article, you were likely hit hard by the recently released property tax assessments. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; many residents are feeling the pinch.

With the rise in property values and to catch up with their valuations, many homeowners are seeing an increase in property taxes. Some are even seeing very dramatic increases, especially if they haven’t seen an increase in several years.

So what can you do about it? You might be able to appeal! Keep your money in your pocket, not in Uncle Sam’s! Here’s what to do:

Review the assessment carefully. If you feel it’s inaccurate, click the link for your county below for information on the appeal process.

If you do not agree with your home’s fair market value shown, you have 45 days (in both counties) from the date shown on the notice to appeal.

Reason for appeal:

*A mistake – they made a mistake; incorrect data on your property

*Comparable homes in your neighborhood received lower assessments

*Your home’s market value is incorrect

If anything above applies to you, click the link for your respective county below for more information on the appeal process:

Cobb County:

DeKalb County:

Fulton County:

Just a reminder, the millage rates have not been set yet so these are not your final bills, just an assessment.

Disclaimer: Information on this topic was summarized from an article provided by Melissa Wakamo, Managing Broker at Red Robbin REALTORS®, a division of Keller Knapp Realty.


SOLD! Congrats, Ryan & Kimberly!

Buyers – Brookhaven

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BIG, BIG congrats to Ryan and Kimberly, who closed on their new home in Brookhaven last month! From getting married to purchasing their new home, Ryan and Kimberly have had a very exciting few months, and we’re so excited for them on their new adventure!

I know, I know, again with the competitive market talk, but it really is tough to be a buyer in a market that is majorly lacking inventory, even when you know that owning is the right financial investment for you.

Due to the lacking inventory, Ryan and Kimberly were having a very challenging time finding a home that fit their needs. However, with a little creativity and their willingness to take quick action, we were able to help them find an amazing home that wasn’t even on the market!

Not only is their new home located in an extremely desirable neighborhood walking distance to Murphy Candler Park, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Equipped with a gourmet kitchen, a large private backyard and a full finished basement, we’re sure they’ll enjoy many nights entertaining friends and family!

Ryan and Kimberly, thank you so much for providing us with the opportunity to help you with your home purchase! It was such a joy to work with you. We hope you enjoy your new home for many years to come! Congrats!

SOLD! Congrats, Tanner & Kimberly!

Buyers – Sandy Springs

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Congrats, Tanner and Kimberly on your very first home! You’re officially homeowners!

Tanner and Kimberly originally started their home search looking for a single-family house, however after chatting with them about their wants and needs, we realized a townhouse was a much better fit for their lifestyle.

Just like many other buyers, low inventory and high competition made it tough for Tanner and Kimberly to a home. I know, I know, again with the competitive market talk, but it really is tough being a buyer in a low inventory market!

Although the market is challenging, Tanner and Kimberly knew that owning a home was a much smarter financial decision vs. renting, so they hit the market head on, and we were able to find them a gorgeous townhouse in their ideal location!

Located in Sandy Springs, their new home features an open concept, hardwoods throughout, an oversized master bedroom and the basement that Tanner was seeking!

Tanner and Kimberly have big plans to paint the interior a gorgeous gray and update the kitchen cabinets with a fresh white paint coat. We cannot wait to see how they transform this house into their home!

Tanner and Kimberly, thank you so much for entrusting us to help you with your first home purchase. It was such fun to help you! We hope you enjoy your new home! Cheers!

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Tanner & Kimberly’s new home!

Photo source: First Multiple Listing Service

Recent Merger Solidifies Keller Knapp Realty as Top Atlanta Boutique Real Estate Brokerage

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We’re excited to announce that our brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty, Inc., joined forces with Red Robin Group, LLC this month to bring our diverse strengths and resources together to better benefit our agents and most importantly our clients!

Keller Knapp has experienced tremendous growth since 2009, with sales increasing from $25M to $300M in 2016, and to manage this growth, our Broker, Weslee Knapp, looked at firms with strong marketing, training and management systems in place. We feel we have found the perfect match in a partnership with Red Robin Group!

We believe the merger with Red Robin Group, a smaller Atlanta firm, is a huge win for both brokerages! Our merger will enable us to take our marketing and management systems to the next level thus increasing our capabilities to better serve our clients.

Currently, Keller Knapp is located with offices in two key in-town Atlanta markets, Decatur and Midtown. As we merge with Red Robin Group, we will gain a 3rd office in the fast growing southeast Atlanta market! We will also have over 100 agents!

We will continue to maintain our company as a boutique firm, ensuring we keep a culture that feels like a family. We will also continue to focus on maintaining strong relationships with our clients and with the communities we serve.

About Red Robin Group

Started in 2007 by Broker Melissa Wakamo, Red Robin Group has its roots in the southeast Atlanta real estate market, focused primarily in neighborhoods below the I-20 corridor. With just under $60M in sales in 2016, it might be a small firm, but it’s a force to be reckoned with.

About Keller Knapp Realty

Keller Knapp agents provide residential and commercial sales and leasing services. Our company is prominent in residential resale, buyer and seller representation, new construction and commercial development.

Read the entire press release here:

SOLD! Congrats, Jessica!

So how did we help our close friend, Jessica (aka Jmad), achieve $15k higher when selling her condo than her original goal? Here’s the inside scoop:

Jessica reached out to us several months before she was actually ready to put her condo on the market. By looping us into the process early, we were able to work with her to help her prep her condo for sale to ensure she achieved top dollar.

We met with Jessica at her home to help her decide what upgrades and repairs to make. We also suggested contractors that were able to perform the work quickly and affordably. Jessica opted to install new carpet on the stairs and top floor. She also installed all new windows. Both updates were big selling features.

After Jessica completed the updates and a few minor repairs, we met with her at her home again to go over staging the property to ensure it showed at its absolute best while on the market. Since Jessica has great style, we were able to use her existing furniture for staging. We rearranged her pieces, opening up the space to create a more spacious layout and a more airy feel.

We also discussed the current market with Jessica, shared with her what comparable homes were selling for in her neighborhood and helped her set a fair yet competitive list price. Setting the right price is key. Overpricing may cause your home to grow stale while under pricing might leave money on the table. With Jessica’s updates and repairs, we were able to list for $10k higher than her original list price.

We utilized our marketing strategy to create high interest and generate multiple offers. Within 24 hours, Jessica was under contract for $5k higher than list price, thus bringing her grand total to $15k higher than her goal.

Together with Jessica’s cooperation on following our tips and guidance, we were able to help her achieve the highest dollar possible while ensuring a smooth transaction from start to finish.

Jmad, HUGE congrats on selling your home! Thank you so much for entrusting us to sell your condo. Your friendship and support mean the absolute world to us! Your sale is really bittersweet. We’re sad you’re leaving, but we know you and Wells are going to thrive on your new adventure! We’re JMad that you’re leaving, but we wish you Wells!

Check out Jmad’s home when it hit the market:



Congrats, Stacey & Justin!

Buyer – Chamblee

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Congrats, Stacey and Justin on your first home! You’re officially homeowners! Adulting just got real, ha!

We all know it’s a pretty competitive market to be a Buyer right now. Seriously, it’s like the Game of Thrones out there with everyone battling over the same home. However, Stacey and Justin’s positive attitude and willingness to make a few compromises, helped them win their throne in a sought after neighborhood in Chamblee!

Stacey and Justin came to us with a goal to find a fully renovated home within their budget, and they quickly realized just how competitive it was to find a turnkey home in their ideal location.

We introduced them to a neighborhood only a few minutes outside their ideal neighborhood and they fell in love! When their perfect home hit the market, they wrote an offer that same day. We weren’t taking any chances on them missing out!

Stacey and Justin’s home is an adorable split-level that is fully renovated from top to bottom. It features an open concept perfect for entertaining, stunning marble counters, gleaming hardwoods throughout and a large yard! Plus, it’s located walking distance to Dresden Park, only minutes to Dresden Village in Brookhaven and all the yummy restaurants and new developments in downtown Chamblee.

Stacey and Justin, thank you so much for working with us on your first home purchase. It was such a joy to work with you! You’re positive attitudes are so contagious and we look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood. We hope you enjoy many happy years in your new home!

Below are a few pictures showcasing our favorite features in their new home!

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Stacey and Justin outside their home on closing day!

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Here’s a little insider knowledge for you: Almost every home in the neighborhood with the same floor plan has walls separating the kitchen from the family room; the walls were removed to create this beautiful open concept.

2800 Pioneer Ct Image3Gleaming hardwoods, grey custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and gorgeous white marble counters make this the perfect kitchen for entertaining.

2800 Pioneer Ct Image4Spa-like master bathroom! Crushing on the black penny tile floor in the shower!

That’s it! If you want to see more, you’ll have to ask Stacey and Justin. Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek!

Photo Credit: Some photos were pulled from the First Multiple Listing Service

Congrats to all Keller Knapp Top Producers!

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We’re beyond excited to announce that Kyle and Stephanie MacDonald were recognized for being in the Top 10% of REATLORS® for sales and units sold in Atlanta in 2016!

It could not have been achieved without the support from our incredible clients, friends, family and brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty. We’re extremely grateful to share what we love with you each and everyday. Thank you for your continued trust in us and for allowing us to share what we love with you!

We want to congratulate all the Keller Knapp REALTORS® who made Top Producers! To qualify as a Top Producer, you must be in the top 15% of REALTORS® in Atlanta for units sold or overall sales volume.

We’re also thrilled to announce that Keller Knapp Realty sold $300 million in local Atlanta Real Estate last year as a brokerage and that we continue to give 10% of our profits back to local Atlanta charities every year!