Nikki Mercer Joins Beacham & Company®

Nikki Mercer is a seasoned business professional with a track record of delivering superior results for her clients.  At Beacham, she leverages her decades of business success in order to ensure optimal outcomes for her clients buying, selling and investing in real estate.

Throughout Nikki’s business career, her clients considered her a trusted advisor as she assisted them in growing their businesses and making significant technology investments. She also spent more than a decade in executive recruiting, placing CEOs and executive teams in corporate, entrepreneurial, and PE-backed companies.  The significant parallels to real estate include Nikki’s superior client service, sharp negotiations skills, and a keen ability to assist her clients in navigating complex situations and making solid investments, recognizing a home purchase is often her client’s largest financial investment.

Nikki and her family have relocated to several dynamic real estate markets including San Diego, Chicago, Charleston and Atlanta, where they invested in single family homes as well as vacation and rental properties. From the family’s experience relocating for corporate roles, Nikki recognizes what it takes to execute a flawless corporate relocation and she feels a firsthand connection with executives and families experiencing relocation – whether it’s moving to or from Atlanta.

She leverages Beacham’s relocation expertise and Leading RE network to make an otherwise stressful relocation situation thoroughly enjoyable and successful.

Nikki began her real estate career in Charleston and Kiawah Island before returning to Atlanta.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and her masters degree in International Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  Nikki’s passions include animal rescue, ensuring children earn their high school diplomas, and preserving land and advocating for smart development.  She served for several years on the boards of Communities in Schools of Atlanta; Duke Cancer Center, one of America’s leading cancer institutions; and Dix Park, a group credited with successfully saving and transforming 300 acres of urban land into a public park.  She is a member of the Urban Land Institute of Atlanta.  Nikki and her two rescue dogs, Charlotte and Fiona, reside in Peachtree Park.

 

Glennis Beacham of Beacham and Company® Sells Historic Brookhaven Home for $2.7 Million

ATLANTA, GA- Beacham and Company REALTORS® are thrilled applaud the recent sale of 4010 E Brookhaven Drive in Historic Brookhaven, Atlanta for $2.7 million dollars. Glennis Beacham represented the seller and our own Kristen Sodemann represented the buyer.

Total renovation from the ground up with the best view in Brookhaven overlooking the Buckhead skyline and sunset views over the Capital City Country Club. Inside you’ll find stunning details like the high ceilings, oversized windows, shiplap walls and antique hardwoods and beams. Both the main floor and second floor have fabulous porches with ample entertaining space. There is even a guest house with full kitchen and bath.

 

About Beacham and Company REALTORS®

Beacham & Company, REALTORS® is Atlanta’s top-selling luxury real estate office. The firm was founded by Glennis Beacham, one of Atlanta’s most celebrated real estate agents and the only agent in Georgia to sell nearly $2 billion in real estate. The firm has 100 agents who average $7 million in sales per agent – the most productivity by dollar volume sold than any other Atlanta real estate firm. In 2018, Beacham achieved record sales for the 12th consecutive year despite a down year for the overall market. Known for specializing in the sale of luxury properties, the firm has the highest average sales price in Atlanta among offices with at least $500 million in sales in 2017.

 

One of our own acknowledges her grandfather, Jesse Hill Jr., during Black History Month

By Jessica Cooke Scarborough

One of the reasons I love Atlanta is for its richness in #BlackHistory and #BlackExcellence.  Atlantans are literally surrounded by greatness and legends!  One such legend is my grandfather, Jesse Hill Jr., a prominent Atlanta businessman, civil rights leader, political activist and change agent who played a part in every major development in the City of Atlanta for over 40 years.  I am proud to be his namesake.

Jesse Hill Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1926 with business and service in his blood.  He grew up assisting his mother who was active with their local Urban League and his grandfather who sold wood and coal in the winter and ice and watermelons in the summer.

Jesse received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics from Lincoln University and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, becoming one of their first African American MBA graduates.  At the completion of his studies, Hill moved to Atlanta becoming an actuary with Atlanta Life Insurance Company making him only the second African American actuary in the entire country.

Professionally, Hill rose steadily through the corporate ranks of Atlanta Life and in 1973 Hill became Atlanta Life’s third President, Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board.  Simultaneously, Hill became the first president outside of the family of founder Alonzo Herndon, another legend in #BlackHistory and in life.  Hill went on to hold this position for over 20 years setting record breaking growth in total assets, revenues, profits and shareholder value and Hill’s professional and civil rights activities were always closely intertwined.

Under Hill’s leadership, Atlanta Life quietly underwrote finances for civil rights initiatives throughout Atlanta and the South, including providing bail money to release demonstrators arrested in sit-ins and other protests.  Hill and Atlanta Life Insurance Company are also credited for increasing African American access to affordable mortgage financing in the South.

Soon after his arrival to Atlanta in 1949, Hill quickly became acquainted with most of the key leaders of the time through the Hungry Club which held its meetings at the Butler Street YMCA where Hill first resided and which was then the only forum for black and white leaders to collectively engage in serious dialogue on contemporary issues.  As Chair of virtually every major voter registration drive in the black community during the 1960s registering over 50,000 new black voters, Hill also founded and chaired the All Citizens Registration Committee, a precursor to a political organization that has since nurtured the careers of Atlanta’s last four mayors.  And though Hill never held a political office, he had an ear to nearly every high ranking politican in Georgia from President Jimmy Carter to city council members and everyone in between.

Hill founded The Atlanta Inquirer, the weekly newspaper that became the voice of the civil rights movement in Atlanta.  And in 1960 along with other young black leaders of the time, Hill produced a survey of Atlanta’s black population entitled “A Second Look: The Negro Citizen in Atlanta” which challenged the predominant belief in Atlanta’s white community that Atlanta was a model for racial harmony in the South.  Hill was also a key player in the integration of Georgia colleges and universities namely the University of Georgia.

Hill achieved a laundry lists of first for African Americans.  In 1977 he was elected president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and became the first African American to hold such a position in any major U.S. city.  An integral figure in bringing public transit to Atlanta, Hill was appointed the first chair of MARTA Board of Directors and first African American to serve on the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.  He was also elected as the first black member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce Club, and was the first African American receipt of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service.  Hill served on a number of corporate boards including Delta Air Lines, SunTrust, Comsat, Knight-Ridder, Morse Shoes, National Service Industries, and Rich’s, often as the first minority member.

Hill served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change for over 15 years and also chaired the local NAACP.

Hill was a key player in bringing the 1996 Olympic Games to the City of Atlanta and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Directors for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Hill had a knack for bringing the city’s white leaders and black leaders together at one table to transform Atlanta from a mid-sized southern city to the large international city we think of today.

My grandfather left his earthly body and transitioned to heaven on December 17, 2012 but his legacy is all around Atlanta!  Whether taking Marta to a game, running through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, or riding down I-75/85 and passing the exit for Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in the heart of downtown, I am reminded of the words of another #BlackHistory leader and family friend, “Nothing good and nothing of importance happened in this town that Jesse wasn’t somehow involved in.”

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Jessica Cooke Scarborough, Esq. is a third generation Atlantan and an Ivy League educated attorney who completed her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Following law school, Jess practiced at one of Atlanta’s largest and most well respected law firms.  In more than five years of legal practice, Jess represented developers, lenders, borrowers, servicers, asset managers, and financial institutions in a wide array of real estate, finance, lending and securitization issues. Jess became an agent with Beacham & Company in 2014 and has been one of the firm’s most consistent producers. She and her husband, Jae, have two daughters and live in Smyrna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 9th Annual Beacham Bravos at Cherokee Country Club

Tuesday, February 12th 2019 the annual Beacham Breakfast Awards were held, now dubbed ‘The Bravos’, at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Buckhead, Atlanta. We love highlighting our top agents from the previous sales year, as well as our staff and marketing team. The Morris-Raney Team came in first as the #1 Overall Company-Wide, Lowe Baumann Team was top-selling team dollar volume closed, Troy Stowe as the #1 Individual Agent Company-wide and Lindley Knight top agent for number of homes sold.

Morris-Raney Team #1 Overall

 

Lowe Baumann Team #1 Dollar Volume Closed

 

Our founder, Glennis Beacham,  presented The Sense of Excellence Award to Troy Stowe. The Sense of Excellence Award is Beacham’s highest honor and is presented to the agent who demonstrates the utmost professionalism both in and out of the office. He always makes time for anyone who has a question, an agent in need and has mentored numerous new agents and interns.

 

 

Huge congrats to our 20 top producing agents of 2018!

 

2018 was Beacham and Company REALTORS® 13th consecutive year of sales records! Company closings were up 16% compared to 2017, while the overall market was down 2%.

 

Tech Entrepreneur Chad Carrodus Joins Beacham

ATLANTA, GA- Beacham and Company REALTORS® welcomed Chad Carrodus to their Buckhead office this past month.

Chad’s passion for real estate is in part driven by an intrinsic motivation to develop custom solutions for client’s unique needs. From working in the fast pace world private jets to running an investor backed tech startup, Chad brings a rare perspective which translates into a first class client experience in luxury real estate.

Chad, a native Atlatan, grew up in Marietta and attended George Walton Comprehensive High School in East Cobb. Chad carries deep community ties and prestigious designations,including being the youngest person to ever be named to Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40 list. His early ventures included co-founding a startup called BizBoards which is a revolutionary B2B platform to sell businesses, seek investment and post job listings. A second tech venture of his is a mobile app which makes meeting people online safer and more organic.He has been featured as a keynote speaker at Tedx, Emory’s Goizueta Business School and received official commendation from Governor Nathan Deal. Chad’s sharp attention to detail and first class customer service comes from his stint in private aviation where he sold charters for private jets and various private aviation services.

About Beacham and Company REALTORS®

Beacham & Company, REALTORS® is Atlanta’s top-selling luxury real estate office. The firm was founded by Glennis Beacham, one of Atlanta’s most celebrated real estate agents and the only agent in Georgia to sell nearly $2 billion in real estate. The firm has 100 agents who average $7 million in sales per agent – the most productivity by dollar volume sold than any other Atlanta real estate firm. In 2018, Beacham achieved record sales for the 12th consecutive year despite a down year for the overall market. Known for specializing in the sale of luxury properties, the firm has the highest average sales price in Atlanta among offices with at least $500 million in sales in 2017.

 

Linda Williams and Glennis Beacham Sell 3.95 Million Dollar Home Designed by T.S. Adams

 

Beacham and Company REALTORS® are happy to announce the sale of 1350 Mount Paran Road in Buckhead. This home sold for 3.9 million dollars with Linda Williams and Glennis Beacham representing the seller.

Designed by T.S. Adams Studio Architects in Atlanta, GA, a firm who specializes in designing homes of visionary distinction. Sitting on 2.4 private acres of land in the prestigious Buckhead area, this home offers an open floor plan throughout with natural light streaming in through every corner.

Curved archways, ceiling beams, marble waterfall island and iron windows show off the distinct architectural details of the home. The luxurious master suite is located on the main floor with a custom Carerra marble bath, dual vanities and large walk-in shower. The living room features a limestone fireplace and iron doors openings to the vaulted outdoor living space overlooking the flat backyard. 

Beacham Gives Back: Donates $11,902 to Our House Shelter

The Our House Shelter in Atlanta, Georgia was the last quarterly charity of 2018. Formerly known as the Genesis Shelter, Our House strives to help homeless families stay together, grow in personal development, and take the steps toward bettering their lives. Beacham and Company REALTORS® agents and staff in total donated $11,902 to the shelter.

Our House is an organization that hosts homeless families in two shelters in Atlanta: Downtown and Decatur. In addition to these 18-room shelters, they also have two early childhood education facilities for homeless children. One of the unique aspects of the organization is that it aims to keep families together. Other shelters have restrictions on who may stay, but Our House allows the families to stay together regardless of age or gender. Further, to be allowed into an Our House shelter, families must have a newborn child. During a family’s 6-month stay, they are taught practical life skills and coached on how to get a job. The education facilities are unique in the fact that they allow both children residing outside and inside the shelter to attend. Our House recognizes that finding childcare can be expensive and stressful for some families living below the poverty line.

If you would like to submit a charity for consideration, you can email us at [email protected]. Please keep in mind that charities must be approved by our agent.  If you know a Beacham agent, we encourage you to contact them directly about participation in this program.

Need to Know: 2019 Homestead Exemptions

New Senior Homestead Exemption

All property owners over the age of 65 are now eligible for a senior homestead exemption that will increase their base exemption from $30,000 to $50,000. This exemption only applies to the Fulton County portion of the property taxes. Homeowners over the age of 65 qualify regardless of income which is different from other senior homestead exemptions which usually have income limits.

This exemption will be automatic to properties who already have senior property exemptions for age 65 and older. Those who do not already have others should visit one of the five offices of Fulton County Board Assessors with proof of age (license, passport etc.) or apply online here.

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North Fulton cities

Properties in Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton and Mountain Park will now have a floating homestead exemption in place. These will cap the annually adjusted value at 3% over the determined lowest base year value for the city portion of property taxes for each of these jurisdictions.

How to apply: The cities of Milton, Roswell, and Alpharetta each process their own city homestead applications. Milton will automatically apply the new exemption to properties with a floating exemption in place.

For properties in Johns Creek and Mountain Park, Fulton County will automatically apply this exemption if a homestead exemptions in place, as well as to future homestead applications. The base year will be automatically determined.

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Fulton County Schools

All Fulton properties outside of Atlanta will have a floating homestead exemption in place for Fulton Co. Schools portion of the property taxes. This will cap the annually adjusted value at 3% over the determined base year value.

This will automatically apply to properties with exemptions in place in Fulton Co. outside of Atlanta as well as future applications.

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Atlanta Public Schools

Properties in City of Atlanta are now eligible for an increase in base exemption for the APS portion of the taxes. The current exemption is $30,000 and will now increase to $50,000 after the first $10,000.

This will automatically apply for properties in the city with homestead exemptions in place and base year will be automatically determined.

 

FOR MORE INFO CALL: 404-612-6440 X 4 // VISIT: https://fultonassessor.org/exemptions/

 

Carol Curran Sells $3.8 Million Dollar Estate

Beacham and Company REALTORS® is proud to announce the sale of 4674 Whitestone Way in Suwanee, Georgia for $3,800,000. Carol Curran represented the seller. 

Situated in the prestigious River Club neighborhood in Suwanee just North of Atlanta sits a serene lake front estate overlooking the 7th fairway. This community was exquisitely crafted and offers exceptional living with access to world-class golf, a 10,000 sqft club house and Chattahoochee River trails and recreation. Simply unrivaled, this estate is located along the rolling woodlands of the Chattahoochee River with tranquil beauty and nature surrounding it. Indiana limestone coats the exterior and a Vermont slate roof that offers the best in quality. Dark wide plank walnut floors are found on the main and upper floors of the home with the terrace featuring Beaumaniere limestone. There are 8 fireplaces in the home and a mahogany paneled elevator with a bronze light from France reaching the terrace level all the way to the climatized 3rd floor storage.  The ceilings are 12′ on main including the master suite with his and her separate vanities. There are three levels each with covered porches offering breathtaking views of the pool and river.

About Beacham and Company REALTORS®

Glennis Beacham founded Beacham & Company, REALTORS in November 2006 after more than 13 years as the top real estate agent at one of Atlanta’s largest real estate companies. She realized the need for a boutique Atlanta real estate firm that specialized in luxury properties and was committed to producing the highest quality marketing materials in the business. Starting with the company logo, Beacham was determined to create an image and a brand that would redefine upscale Atlanta real estate. Her goal was to appeal to anyone who routinely stays in a five-star resort. By capturing that audience, Beacham reasoned, everyone else would follow. Visit Beacham. 

 

Sellers, don’t get buried in the avalanche of listings coming off the market

Avalanche!

The number of for sale listings in Atlanta that have either expired or were withdrawn in the last 45 days has seemingly snowballed. Although withdrawals and expireds are typical toward the end of the year, it is counter intuitive given December is one of the best months for real estate closings. Whether it’s for tax purposes or relocation or the other many reasons people move, December can be a BUSY month for real estate. In fact, if the number of residential real estate closings in any given year is divided by 12, there is a good chance it equals the number of closings in December.

Why do agents and sellers take homes off the market in December? Many sellers don’t want their houses available for showing in the time running up to the holidays. Some get discouraged by slower-than-spring market traffic. However, showings are generally of better quality in December and January because nosy neighbors and tire-kickers are distracted by the holidays. Showings are fewer, but of better quality.

The attached chart from the National Association of Realtors illustrates “The Sweet Spot” in the real estate market that occurs every year when homes for sale inventory craters, creating the least competitive environment for sellers any given year. Listings that haven’t sold in the current year come off the market with then intent of going back on the market in the spring. The problem is that those sellers face competition with completely new inventory in the spring which puts further downward pressure on home values.

Beacham & Company, REALTORS has already exceeded its’ 2017 sales as of October. The 12 year-old firm has already enjoyed its best year ever in 2018 as closings are up nearly 20 percent.

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