Sotheby’s Heritage

Founded in the heart of London in 1744, Sotheby’s Auction House quickly dominated the auction scene by marketing the world’s most cherished possessions, creating a tradition comparable to none. As the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID), Sotheby’s Auction House demonstrates exemplary knowledge and experience on a global level, having 90 offices in 40 countries, including nine different salerooms located in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Geneva, Milan, Paris, Zurich and Doha.

Sotheby’s International Realty® was founded in 1976 and exemplifies the same passion that guides the Sotheby’s Auction House by being a commanding presence in the representation of the world’s most exclusive properties. The real estate company aspires to deliver the same commendable customer service to properties at all price points while keeping each listing unique. Sotheby’s International Realty has a large local and global impact with over 22,000 sales associates in approximately 950 offices and 69 countries and territories. Locally, we have more than 430 sales associates serving the metro Atlanta area and beyond.

A Cajun Toast

Being born on the bayou, I thought I’d share a little Cajun flavor with everyone,  to ring in our country’s 242nd birthday! And maybe serve as a little reminder that, the United States of America is an amazing gumbo of people, and we are all incredibly lucky to be a part of it!

Street Performer, Jackson Square – New Orleans, LA

May there be crawfish in your nets

And gumbo in your pot.

May the Sac-au-lait be biting

At your favorite fishing spot. 

 

May God’s sun be shining brightly

When you need its cheerful rays. 

May the oak tree shade you gently

On those lazy bayou days.

 

May a Bourreé game be waiting

When all your work is through. 

May the fais-do-do bring pretty girls 

To toss a wink at you.

 

And when your time is over

And your place on earth is gone.

May you waltz right into heaven

To the tune of “Jolie Blonde.”

Copywright: Bob Hamm, 1973

Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect July 1: Everything You Need to Know

REMINDER: Hands-Free Georgia Act will be effective July 1st! Here’s a snippet of the “new laws” involving phone usage while driving. 🚙📱 I highly recommend getting a mount for your car to hold your phone. As a REALTOR®, it’s been a lifesaver for me, because I spend so much time in the car. See below for suggested mounts.

 

Car Mounts

 

Homebuyer’s Workshop Spring 2018

ATLANTA FRIENDS: You don’t want to miss this!! 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 5:30PM

You’re invited to a special homebuyer’s workshop event, where you’ll learn about mortgage rates, the real estate market and the process of buying a home.

E-mail allisonjackson@atlantafinehomes.com or click the image below to RSVP to this amazing event!


Recording Devices in Homes

If you are currently shopping for a home, you might just be on Candid Camera. (Click the link if I just dated myself, and you aren’t familiar with one of America’s FIRST Reality TV Shows.)

More and more homeowners/sellers are installing recording devices in their homes – cameras, listening devices, or both.

REAL LIFE STORY: I was on a showing with some clients, who happen to be good friends of mine, so our relationship was a bit more casual than the typical client relationship.

Before we went into the very first home I was showing them, I paused at the door and said: “Hey, by the way guys, if you have any comments that aren’t positive – save them until we are out of the house… or better yet, just don’t talk at all while we’re inside if necessary. A lot of people have recording devices in their homes, and you don’t want them to hear you bashing their decor or giving them negotiation leverage.”

My friends/clients (frilents?) sort of laughed me off and we’re like, “Ok.. hahaha”. Well, the second we’re in the door, the husband says, loudly: “Google, please stop recording.” And from somewhere in the house, came the response, “Ok, stopping recording now.”

I’ve never seen my clients look so shocked! Their eyes were as big as saucers and they were mouthing to me “WE THOUGHT YOU WERE KIDDING!?!”. Which, as they had just learned, I was not. We laughed about it once we were out of that house, and my clients were careful not to talk inside the homes we visited throughout their search.

So, be aware, homebuyers… Smile, you’re (possibly) on CANDID! CAMERA!  *That is another very dated reference but whatevs.*

 

For more information about recording devices in homes, here are couple of articles that dive a little deeper:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/04/30/home-sellers-spying-home-buyers/553818002/

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/buyers-under-surveillance/

Please Don’t Let The Cat Out!

Sometimes, when touring homes with clients, we’ll be greeted with messages from the homeowners. Things such as:

PLEASE REMOVE SHOES

WARNING: LARGE DOG, BUT IS NICE

DOG IN CRATE, PLEASE DO NOT LET OUT

PLEASE TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS UPON LEAVING

and my personal favorite, PLEASE DON’T LET THE CAT OUT!

The reason why it’s my favorite, is because of the delightful and unpredictable nature of cats. They are frequently hiding in small spaces, slinking around furniture, or sometimes, darting from room to room. If you see them in the kitchen, the next thing you know, it’s on the bathroom counter in the master bathroom… even though you never saw it follow you.

REAL LIFE STORY:  I was showing homes outside of the city, where behind houses there are woods, instead of other homes. As we’re walking up to the last house, we are greeted with a small handwritten note on the front door that says: “PLEASE DO NOT LET CAT OUTSIDE”. I turn to my client and say, “Hey, make sure to be mindful of their cat.” We were almost finished touring the home, checking out the finished basement, when my client said, “Oh! I want to look at the backyard!” as she opens the door that leads outside, the cat – who had been super chill the entire time we were there – darts out the door, straight towards the woods.

So, for everyone wondering: “Is real estate really as glamorous as Allison makes it look?” 

The answer is: I had to go climbing through the woods of rural Georgia, in heels, behind a house I was showing.. because the flight-risk cat, the owner left a note on the front door about, escaped when we were looking at the basement/backyard. …so basically, yes. It’s the MOST glamorous.

And for anyone wondering if I did, in fact, retrieve the cat… you bet your sweet tush I did.

2017 | An Extraordinary Year

THANK YOU!!

I cannot thank you enough for your support in 2017! This was an incredible year for me, and it would not have been possible without you.

My business relies on my clients, friends and family for your support and referrals. I hope to continue serving you and your real estate needs in 2018. Happy New Year and best wishes!

Quick Mortgage Calculator

I love this simple mortgage calculator. Hope you do too!

Just enter the Total Price, desired Down Payment, the annual Interest Rate, the Term in Years, and the Payment Period.

Click the little Ⓘ for detailed information about the calculation.

Simple, fast, and perfect for a rough estimate. Enjoy!