Congrats, James!

Purchased – Roswell

Congrats James on your new home! James, you’re officially a homeowner, and we’re so happy for you! About one year ago, we set out to find the perfect first home for James. He was looking for something move-in ready in an extremely sought-after area, Roswell.

James was constantly battling multiple buyers for the same houses. He put in over 10 offers on different houses, but nothing seemed to work out. (We know what you’re probably thinking, and no, we’re not exaggerating, he really put in over 10 offers!)

However, James did not let the market discourage him. After many months searching, even exploring neighborhoods outside his ideal area, and facing numerous multiple offer situations, he finally found the perfect first home! James is a prime example that if you stay positive and are willing to keep an open mind that you can find an amazing home that is totally worth it.

He now owns a gorgeous move-in ready home in his ideal location in Roswell, only a mile to Canton Street. His home features an open concept, a gourmet kitchen and stunning hardwood floors throughout. It was well worth the wait! Check out his home below!



Congrats, Katherine & Austin!

Purchased – Chamblee

Congrats, Katherine and Austin on your new home! You’re officially homeowners! We’re incredibly excited to welcome you to the neighborhood, and we can’t wait to see how you make your new home your very own.

We absolutely adore Katherine and Austin’s new home in Chamblee, and we’re seriously swooning over their stunning backyard oasis! Plus, their new home has a beautiful open concept and it’s located only a few minutes away from all Atlanta has to offer.

Katherine and Austin, we truly appreciate you providing us the opportunity to help you through your first home buying experience. It was such a joy to work with you! We hope you enjoy many happy years there. Cheers to being homeowners!

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Congratulations, Tim!

1101 Juniper Street NE Unit #1506 – Midtown Atlanta

Stunning 15th floor Penthouse walking distance to Piedmont Park!

Congrats on the sale of your condo, Tim! We’re excited to announce that The MacDonald Team was able to get Tim’s condo under contract after only 2 days on market and to the closing table in less than 30 days!

In an unbeatable location, walking distance to Piedmont Park, Tim’s stunning 15th floor penthouse was bursting with upgrades, including gleaming hardwood floors and an open concept perfect for entertaining guests. It also featured a large balcony with gorgeous Atlanta skyline views.

Tim, it was such a pleasure to meet and work with you. We’re so happy you were referred our way. We hope you enjoy your new adventure in California. Thank you for enlisting our help to sell your condo!

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2809 Wellsly Court NW – Kennesaw

We’re happy to say our client, Joel, received a great price for this beautiful 4-bed, 3.5-bath home in a sought-after community in Kennesaw! His home features brand new hardwoods throughout the main level, all new carpets upstairs and a freshly painted interior.

With its bright and cherry open floor plan filled with natural light, a kitchen with breakfast area, double French doors that lead to a private back patio and an open concept with view to the family room, it has it all. Plus, it features a spacious master with double trey ceiling, 2 walk-in closets and a master en suite with his and her vanities.

Joel, we know how much work went in to getting this home ready and we’re happy to say it was worth it. Congrats! We greatly appreciate you enlisting our help to sell your home!

10 Best Atlanta Real Estate Agents


We’re so excited to announce that SpareFoot Moving Guide, a top resource on relocation, named The MacDonald Team’s founder and lead Realtor, Kyle MacDonald, as one of the 10 Best Atlanta Real Estate Agents!

According to Jennifer Bradley Franklin, journalist, author and editor for SpareFoot Moving Guide, Atlanta’s constantly growing economy, evolving neighborhoods and increasing property values make it a top place to call home.

Jennifer also believes that, “since each neighborhood has its own unique flavor, price point, charm and access to the city’s infrastructure, it’s more important than ever to find a connected real estate agent to guide you on your home-buying or leasing journey.”

Kyle and The MacDonald Team could not agree more with Jennifer, and we love to help clients learn more about the different Atlanta neighborhoods while helping them find the area that best suits their needs.

Check out SpareFoot Moving Guide’s list of the 10 top-notch Atlanta-area agents here!

What’s SpareFoot Moving Guide?

It’s a top resource with all the information someone may need to make his or her next move rock. By partnering with local experts, SpareFoot Moving Guide created City Moving Guides, which include city-specific moving checklists, top neighborhood information, top real estate agents, and so much more.


Congrats, Randon!

Purchased – Peachtree Corners

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Congrats to an amazing client, Randon, on his new condo! His condo is in a wonderful community in Peachtree Corners, and the best part – his mortgage is even less than what he would have been paying on rent. Smart move, Randon!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to help you find the perfect condo to call your home. It was such a pleasure to work with you, and we hope you enjoy your new home for many years to come. We cannot wait to seeing how you make it your own (aka “geek it out” – ha!). We’re so happy for you!

Congrats, Heidi & Chad!

Purchased – Decatur

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BIG congrats to our awesome clients Heidi & Chad on their new home in Decatur! It’s an amazing mid-century modern house that makes my heart flutter every time I see the interior, and it fits their personalities to a T!

Heidi and Chad had a few very specific needs. Heidi is a phenomenal photographer – seriously, call her for your wedding, baby, family, or food photos, her work is breathtaking, and due to her profession, she needed a home with just the right studio space.

Well, their new home fits all their needs, including the perfect converted garage space for Heidi’s studio and even their very own fenced in dog run in the backyard for their adorable Irish Setter!

Heidi & Chad – We’re so thrilled we were able to help you find everything you were searching for in your home. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We have truly enjoyed helping you throughout the process and we cannot wait to see how you make this home your own!

Congrats, Lane!

Purchased – Brookhaven

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Congrats to a very wonderful client, Lane, on purchasing her condo in Brookhaven! Lane now owns a beautiful top floor condo with gorgeous floor to ceiling windows in a fantastic location that she can call her own. It’s walking distance to restaurants, shopping and nightlife, and we absolutely love it!

Lane – We truly appreciate you providing us the opportunity to help you through the buying process. We’re so glad we were able to share this experience with you, and we loved helping you find the perfect condo to call your own! We’re so incredibly happy for you! We hope you enjoy it for many years to come!

8 Benefits to Owning a Home

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Buying a home is likely the biggest financial decision you’ve made in your lifetime, so we totally understand that it may seem a little scary. And, we’re not sugarcoating it over here, it’s definitely a bit overwhelming, but it can also be an exciting, rewarding and pretty epic experience.

Wondering why you should even consider buying a home? Maybe you’ve got a pretty cushy deal going on with your landlord or you don’t want to fork out the cash for the down payment. Maybe you’ve heard that inventory in Atlanta is really low.

Well, more than likely, your landlord raises the rent at any opportunity and that cash you feel like is being thrown away on a down payment is actually building equity for your future.

And, yes, inventory in Atlanta is low. Our buyers can definitely attest to that, but they’ll also tell you that if you’re patient and move quickly on the right option, it’s totally worth it, especially since interest rates are at phenomenally low rates making it much more affordable to own.

So what are the benefits to buying? We’re sharing 8 awesome reasons with you right here!

1. You’ll own a home that is “yours” – It can be customized to your specific taste from paint colors to remodeling.

Say you want to build a big back deck to grill out on in the evenings or to entertain your family and friends, or maybe you want to paint your bedroom that trendy shade gray you’ve been eyeing?

If you rent, you’ll have to ask your landlord for permission, but if you own, you can do whatever your heart desires. Plus, those updates will benefit your bank account when you resale rather than your landlord’s.

2. Owning a home builds wealth – It can be a very savvy financial move.

It’s true, the past decade was a little rough on the real estate market, but that had a lot to do with the fact that people were purchasing homes they simply could not afford. We’re in a new market now and as long as you stick with a home that you can comfortably afford, you’ll gradually build wealth.

Plus, our current market is in an upswing in most areas. Home prices are steadily rising. In some areas, we’ve seen median home prices rise as much as 8%! If you make a smart investment in a good area, you’ll likely see your home increase in value too.

But, wait, won’t the prices eventually stabilize or even drop? Yes, home prices do move in cycles, but it’s typically over the short-term, so if you stay in your home long enough, it can increase in value and provide you with a substantial return on your investment.

3. You’ll build equityWho doesn’t love equity?

Equity in your home is the amount you can sell it for minus the amount you owe on your loan (i.e. your profit). You can build equity in 2 ways:

  1. Every month, when you make a mortgage payment, you reduce the amount you owe, thus increasing your equity.
  1. As your home increases in value, it creates more equity for you.

Here’s a real life example: You purchase a home at $300,000. You put 5% ($15,000) down as your down payment when you close on your home. Your loan is $285,000.

A few years later you decide to sell your home so you can buy an even bigger, better home. When you go to sell your home, not only has the value increased to $350,000, but you have also paid down your mortgage to $225,000. You sell your home at top dollar for $350,000. You pay off your remaining loan ($225,000) and you put $125,000 in your bank account. Cha-ching! That’s your equity! Get it? Got it. Good!

4. You’ll have a forced savings planAnd, let’s be honest, that’s a good thing!

Have you ever added up how much you spent in rent in a year? We did that once and it left us feeling extremely sick to our stomachs.

Let’s say your rent is $750 a month. (And, it’s important to note that this is on the lower side these days). $750 over 12 months is $9,000! Yep, that’s almost $10k in just one year. Feeling sick yet?

Although it may feel like you’re spending money every month when you pay your mortgage, it’s actually more like a forced savings account. Your payment reduces the amount you owe each month and you’re building up more valuable equity in your home.

5. You’ll have stability You may like to live on the edge, but a little stability is nice once in awhile.

Rental rates can rise over time (we’re definitely seeing that in today’s market), but with a fixed rate mortgage, your monthly payments will stay the same making it easier to budget and save for your future.

6. You may have tax benefits Yep, you heard us correctly, tax benefits!

Interest on your mortgage and property taxes may be deductible. When interest on your monthly payments is the highest in early years, this can be a massive savings.

Do you know about the Homestead exemption? If not, ask us, because it’s a reduction on your property taxes on your primary residence, and it can save you some very pretty pennies.

Also, the first year you buy your home, you may be able to claim some closing cost deductions.

7. You’ll be getting a great deal on an interest rateSeriously, they’re phenomenally low.

Interest rates are as low as many have ever seen in their lifetime and it’s likely that they may never be this low again. Although the low inventory in the housing market might be a little frustrating, if you’re patient and you move quickly when the right option becomes available, it can be a great opportunity to lock a loan in at an extremely low rate.

8. Most importantly, you’re not throwing away money on rent – You have to live someplace!

Yes, it’s sometimes more affordable to rent, but that’s usually only in the beginning. As the interest on your home decreases (which it will do every time you make a payment), the interest that you’re paying will eventually be less than the rent you would have been paying.

MOST importantly, you’re not throwing all that money away on rent. Remember, that $9,000 we talked about earlier? Why give that to your landlord? Use it to pay your mortgage and build equity for you future, not your landlord’s!

Congrats, Marlee!

Purchased – Marietta

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Congrats to an amazing client, Marlee, on her very first home purchase! Marlee just closed on the most adorable home with the most beautiful yard and it’s close to her family, including her very sweet nieces.

Marlee, thank you so much for the opportunity to help you with your first home purchase. We cannot wait to see how you make it your own! You are such a wonderful client and we truly enjoyed working with you! We’re incredibly happy for you!