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!

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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: https://atlanta.daybooknetwork.com/story/2017-04-26/53407-keller-knapp-red-robin-merger/email

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:

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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!

Get in my Belly!

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Delicious scents will soon be in the air throughout Chamblee as more and more restaurants are set to open this year! Chamblee’s restaurant scene is booming and we’re super exited about it, especially because food is involved! Nom, nom, nom!

Here are our favorite soon-to-be restaurants set to debut in Chamblee this year that are totally worth biting into:

Royal

Inspired by the ‘50’s and ‘60’s diner-era, the Royal will have a warm, cozy atmosphere with a fun retro vibe. Brought to life by Haven and Valenza founder, Michel Arnette, this “classic American restaurant,” is set to open at the old Brown Auto Service on Peachtree Road, which was previously a gas station.

It will seat 80 diners inside and 40 on a covered patio. It will also feature an indoor/outdoor bar with signature drinks, adult shakes and malts, wines and beers. Rustic wooden beams and industrial furnishings will characterize the interior.

Comfort foods like hot dogs and burgers, a chicken club sandwich, the Royal double stack bone-in pork chop with mac n’ cheese and of course, shakes and malts are just a few items that will be on the menu. Our mouths are watering already!

Check out more here: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/dining-news/diner-era-restaurant-royal-open-chamblee/

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Memphis based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken has plans to open a third location at Broad Street and Peachtree Road in historic Chamblee! It’s two current Atlanta locations are in Peachtree Center downtown and Sandy Springs.

Gus’s will occupy an approximate 2,900 square foot space and we’re happy to see that they have preserved the Rust-N-Dust Antiques sign on the exterior!

P.S. It’s right next to Dutchman’s, a new furniture and gifts retailer, which opened last year. If you haven’t checked it out, you won’t regret doing so. It’s super cute!

Find out more here: http://www.tonetoatl.com/2016/12/exclusive-guss-fried-chicken-coming-to.html

BlueTop

Think outdoor seating, drinks and bocce ball! That’s what BlueTop is all about. It’s a new American restaurant set to open in early 2017 in the ivy-covered building, previously a service station, on Peachtree Road in historic Chamblee.

Visit the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BlueTopGeorgia/?pnref=story

Visit the website here: http://www.bluetopchamblee.com/

Locomotion

Longtime brewer at Twain’s Brewpup in Decatur, Chase Medlin, is set to launch a new craft brewery, Locomotion Brewing Co., in Chamblee early this year.

At Locomotion, Chase plans to have a three-vessel, 30-barrel brewing system and the capacity to produce numerous styles on a production scale for packaging draft as well as canned beer.

A tasting room will take up 21,000 square feet in a Chamblee warehouse at 3588 Broad Street, close to the City Hall, where the city is working to make the area more attractive to new restaurants, shops and residential projects. Locomotion will also feature fun bar games and outdoor entertainment like corn hole.

Check it out here: http://atlantarestaurants.blog.ajc.com/2016/09/27/twains-brewer-opening-locomotion-brewing-in-chamblee/

Although the following two restaurants are already open, they’re fairly new and super delicious, which we feel makes them share worthy!

Hopstix

Located on Pierce Drive, in the booming development in Chamblee, Hopstix is a new Asian brewpup brought to the city by an award-wining homebrewer, Andy Tan.

Andy combines sushi bar with beer bar in a superb atmosphere with a menu featuring Asian-fusion starters and entrees, along with robata grill and raw bar items.

Hopstix is equipped with 3 bars – the beer bar, the robata grill bar and the raw bar – a 5-barrel brew house visible through a window between the kitchen and brewery and 20 taps – 10 taps for house beers and 10 for beers from local breweries including Cherry Street, Max Lager’s, Twain’s and Wrecking Bar.

Check out the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Hopstix/

Halal Guys

In a brightly colored red-and-yellow building on Chamblee Tucker Road and Buford Highway in Chamblee, Halal Guys sits awaiting you to try their tasty cuisine.

Just like it’s beginning as a street cart in New York City, this place gets lines out the door, wrapping around the building well into the parking lot.

Once you’ve tried their gyro or chicken platters over rice with that dreamy white sauce drizzled on top, you’ll understand why New Yorkers will sometimes wait hours in the city’s longest food cart line. Trust us, it’s 100% worth it!

Check out the website here: http://thehalalguys.com/

It’s exciting to see such growth and development in Chamblee and we look forward to these restaurants opening soon! Enjoy!