Audra Explains How You Can Get Paid to Give Your Opinion About What Goes on Store Shelves!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Yes, I realize the title of this article in and of itself sounds like a scam.  Too good to be true?  NO!  I visited the Consumer Innovation Center (CIC) and can show you my pictures and verify this is true!

First, let me mention the convenient location next to Dunwoody’s HOBNOB. … Read More »

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Meet Jennifer & Quincy – They get PAID to give their opinions to the Consumer Innovation Center

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Last year I visited the Consumer Innovation Center for the first time and told you all about How You Can Get Paid to Give Your Opinion About What Goes on Store Shelves!  Today I took Peggy along with me and now she’s already signed up to be a possible tester! … Read More »

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Meet Rebekah Daniell and learn how she can help you with the College Admissions Process – Giveaway Included!

by Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection

My youngest fell in love with Chemistry in 8th grade.  I would never ever have guessed this would happen in a million years.  I credit Brad Daniell, Walt’s 8th grade science teacher at Peachtree Charter Middle School.  Walt loved Mr. D’s class so much that when he found out Brad and his wife Rebekah were tutoring kids outside of school, he signed up for biology tutoring in the SUMMER. … Read More »

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Arje’ & Jim of Keller Williams’ McCarty Group love helping people find homes through all the ages and stages of life!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Jim & Arje McCarty

In 2002 when I was looking to move from Brookhaven to Dunwoody, my husband would swear we toured at least 1,000 houses.  I was very thorough in my search which included a great Cape Cod style home in The Branches.  Guess who showed it to me?  Arje’ and Jim McCarty!  I enjoyed meeting them so much but ended up purchasing my Meadowlake home from the original owners with no realtors involved.  My family joined Dunwoody United Methodist Church shortly after moving to Dunwoody and I was thrilled to run into Arje’ and Jim and have loved seeing them at DUMC for all these years!

They recently invited me to their office at The Terraces in Dunwoody a few weeks ago and I was thrilled to catch up with them…plus it was my first time ever in The Terraces building.  I just LOVED it.  There are fountains and streams INSIDE and so much sunlight and a putting green and lots of places to sit and be in the nature INSIDE.  I’m surprised everyone doesn’t want their offices at The Terraces.

We had a lovely conversation in their conference room where I learned so much more about the careers of both Arje’ and Jim.   Both started their careers in technology for the banking/finance industry.  They eventually started a family and were both working full time.  Arje’ had a 14-state territory to manage so after their daughter was born, they decided a career change was in order.  Because of the advice of friends and co-workers, Arje’ decided to obtain her Real Estate license and started working with Harry Norman in 1988 where she continued for 12 years.  To help Arje’ out “on the side”, Jim decided to obtain his real estate license in 1997 and joined Arje’ at Harry Norman.  Business was booming and both were busy so eventually Jim started working in real estate full time.  In 1999, they heard about Keller Williams coming to Atlanta.  The timing was perfect for a change, so they made the switch and were two of the first agents with Keller Williams in Atlanta!  By 2001 they were ready to open a Dunwoody KW office and did so in the building that now houses the City of Dunwoody and Dunwoody Police.  Now they are in the beautiful South Terraces building.

They have loved being a part of Keller Williams.  They mentioned the “good office energy” to me several times and I could feel it.  KW agents from all over Atlanta choose the Perimeter office as their home.  Jim and Arje’ have been the top team in their office for several years and have served on the Agent Leadership Council.  Both of their faces light up when discussing how much they love mentoring new agents.

Their structure is a bit of a family affair.  Typically, Arje’ is the listing agent and Jim is the buying agent.  Their son, Burke, was their internet and media coordinator and now acts as a consultant while also attending Medical School!  The family met Clare Weaver while Arje’ was team manager of the Branches Swim Team and she has continued to work with them as their design and staging consultant since.  Rounding out their team is Sandi Walker, who keeps things on track as the administrative manager and Kaleigh Malloy, their media coordinator.  Their daughter, Payton, doesn’t work on their team as she is a choreographer and managing director of a dance studio on Holcomb Bridge. She’s currently re-starting a charity, Dance Upon Injustice.  They are working on a production to educate about and raise funds to fight Human Trafficking. 

Clare, Jim, Arje’, Burke, and Sandi

Peggy Smith….my friend/coworker is one of the team managers of the Vermack Swim Team so when Arje’ mentioned she took on that job for The Branches Pool back when she moved to Dunwoody in 1996, I KNEW what a big deal that is.  Business really started booming for the McCarty’s in The Branches after getting to know everyone through swim team!

Arje’ and Jim both love being a part of so many people’s stories.  They have so many examples of working with couples for as many as 6 transactions over time.  They’ve helped empty-nesters downsize, they’ve helped children maximize the value of their parents homes to take care of them in older stages, they’ve seen clients children grow up and have children of their own and worked with them to make room for their growing families.  Being in the business since 1988 has rewarded them with seeing multiple generations through various ages and stages and they love all this extended family so much.  They really want to be the “third call” after you let your family know you plan to move.

Jim previously lived in Kentucky, so the McCartys have an annual Derby party for their clients every Spring which also benefits a charity.  In the fall they have a Thanksgiving event to thank clients, referrers, painters, plumbers, see babies, engagement rings, etc. They really do take great care of their clients/family!

Another event they regularly host is a “Right Sizing Seminar”.  Covid cut down on these seminars, but they are about to start again.  During these seminars they invite experts such as lenders, designers, estate planners, clutter cleaners etc.  I loved hearing about one couple who attended one of their Right Sizing seminars in 2018.  This couple left the seminar and immediately started doing everything Arje’ and Jim suggested.  They used the McCartys resources to rid their home of clutter and did renovations they could enjoy that improved their home value.  This couple’s long-term plan was to sell in 2023.  However, their financial planner said “go” in March of 2022 due to this year’s insane market.  Because they had been slowly doing all the appropriate “rightsizing” steps, they were able to move quickly and maximize the sales value of their home.  Click here to see their Rightsizing Brochure.  I’ll be sure to let everyone know when the next one is scheduled!

A few final tidbits I picked up from our conversation:

  • Arje’ and Jim view their job as consultants.
  • When helping you purchase a home, they want to make sure it is re-sellable.
  • They typically focus on homes in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Roswell and across North Atlanta.

They love the Keller Williams national network and really enjoy the seminars and educational classes because they are always wanting to learn and grow!

The McCarty Group
Keller Williams Atlanta
115 Perimeter Center Place, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30346


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Meet Jodi Halpert ~ Trusted Realtor and Friend

by Peggy Smith for The Aha! Connection

A few years ago my family was on a glass bottom boat in Jamaica and the family that boarded after us looked familiar but I couldn’t place them.  It was driving me crazy and I’m sure the mom thought I was crazy since I kept staring at her!  Finally my husband and I realized the mom was realtor Jodi Halpert who advertised with Aha! but I had never met in person and had only seen her photo on her ads.  So, of course, I introduced myself and she was just as kind as I imagined she would be from her photos.  Fast forward a year and I was in the middle of going through chemotherapy for breast cancer when I get a message from Jodi that she too has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Our treatments were both similar and different but we were able to be a support to one another. 

The next year my husband and I kept tossing around the idea of moving locally … we had long wanted a home with a basement on a street that wasn’t a cut-through.  We were overwhelmed with the idea of how to sell our house and then buy a new one, knowing we couldn’t afford to buy without selling first.  The only person I even considered reaching out to was Jodi.  Was it because we kept running into each other?  Perhaps.  But from those life overlaps, I knew that Jodi was both kind AND strong.  I knew she was super connected, savvy and would get the job done while also supporting us throughout the process.

Jodi has been in the real estate business for over 21 years.  She lives in the Ashford Chase neighborhood in Dunwoody with her husband Ben (you may know him from Savvy Cyber Kids) and three kids … Ellie just graduated from Dunwoody High and will be heading off to UGA, Ava is at The Weber School and Ethan is at The Cottage School. 

Lindsey & Jodi

Jodi has always considered real estate to be consulting rather than sales.  Despite attending countless sales seminars over the years, she’s never really connected with any of them until she took the Ninja Selling course this past spring. It spoke to her in terms of the focus being the people and the long term relationships, not the transactions.

She had long been considering ways to take her business to the next level while still maintaining the personal connection she values most with her clients.  She recently hired Lindsey Smith as her Director of Operations.  Lindsey had spent the previous five years managing operations on another real estate team and Jodi knew she would be the perfect fit.  Lindsey is able to focus on marketing, contract to close, paperwork and organization, thereby allowing Jodi more time to be with her clients.  They both liken the relationship to where Jodi is the visionary and drives her business while Lindsey is the integrator that keeps everything moving.  Interestingly this sounds much like Audra and myself (I typically prefer to stay behind the scenes though today I am the one out from behind my laptop to tell you all about Jodi!). 

While Jodi has always consulted with her buyers and sellers, post Ninja, she recently implemented a Buyer and Seller Consultation process to work with her clients most effectively by discussing goals and process from the start, so she can help them get to where they want to be. Jodi works diligently to control the process of buying and selling for her clients so they can make clear and stress free decisions.

She typically represents sellers and buyers about 50/50. In the current low inventory market she has a strong need for sellers, but Jodi truly loves creating relationships with buyers as well, especially when it comes to sharing what she love so much about this city.  In selling, you are telling the story of the house – setting it up to sell.  Jodi’s background is design and marketing so this has always been appealing.  On the flip side, buying is about learning the ins and outs of what a person or couple or family wants and doesn’t want and helping them get to their desired outcome. 

While you can list without an agent and save some commission dollars as some are doing in this market, working with an agent optimizes your dollars in the long run as it protects you, exposes you to the market as well as a network of agents and the pre-marketing done on a listing often results in quick, strong offers that net you more money.  It may be somewhat easy to find a buyer in this market but it’s NOT easy to get to the closing table. 

When we talked about what is most important to her in this business, we kept coming back to relationships – not just with clients but with other agents as well.  She thrives on mentoring other agents and works often with referrals and repeat clients.  She’s well connected in the community and her reputation among other agents is stellar.  People WANT to work with her.  If our closing was any indication, the sellers, buyers and other agent were all just genuinely happy to be at the table.  What I anticipated to be a stressful experience was the exact opposite. 

As we finished our conversation over coffee (which often digressed into anecdotes about recent trips, work experiences, kid activities), Lindsey shared her final thoughts on why you should hire Jodi:

– Jodi is real and authentic.  It ties into how she treats her clients and fellow agents.  She connects quickly with people and treats others the way she would want to be treated. 

– Jodi will fight for people like she has known them forever.  Her testimonials speak for themselves. 

– Jodi is a huge resource in the community.  Her connections, especially with other agents, and her likeability means people want to work with her.  They know and trust her.  Her reputation is one of being honest and ethical. 


Jodi Halpert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Dunwoody Office
5481 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Office Phone: (770) 393-3200
Mobile: (404) 513-5151


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Dunwoody Direct Primary Care ~ Dr. Casey Locarnini’s Revolutionary New Medical Practice

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Have you ever wished you had your doctor’s cell phone number?   Or that you could stop in real quick to see your doctor to ask about a rash that developed overnight?  Or that your kid away at Auburn could phone his doctor from school to ask about how to treat the bee sting that keeps swelling? … Read More »

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I’m so excited to see BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tonight!  I saw it with my Hubby a few years ago on Broadway and can’t wait to see it again tonight with my BFF, Carolyn.   The music is PHENOMENAL and it will only be here today through Sunday!   Purchase your tickets here.

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Marlow’s Tavern: Audra & Peggy Try the New Menu + Marlow’s is Hiring and Loves Supporting the Community!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection with lots of help from Peggy Smith!

Back in the day when my boys were playing travel baseball, my husband discovered Marlow’s Taverns in Tucker and Vinings.   Then we found the one in East Cobb and then the one near Sugarloaf.  If we could find a Marlow’s near our games…we went. … Read More »

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Zurn Plumbing….their Apprentice Program is a great option for an alternative to college!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

About this time last year, I sat down with Lisa Z Burns at Zurn Plumbing and wrote the following article…Zurn Plumbing – Did you know the owners are DHS grads/siblings?   I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Lisa and her dad.

Well, Lisa invited me back last week to talk about their Plumber Apprentice Program. … Read More »

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A Conversation with Jennifer Barnes and Dawn Young of Keller Williams’ Barnes/Young Team

L-R Jennifer Barnes, Dawn Young Proctor & Audra Anders

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Recently Peggy and I had coffee at Crema with Dawn Young Proctor & Jennifer Barnes from The Barnes Young Team.  We really enjoyed getting to know this delightful duo!

More on this later but I want to go ahead and tell you, Jennifer co-founded Solidarity Sandy Springs during the pandemic and Peggy and I were amazed to hear the stories of the tremendous growth since the inception of the idea to feed a mere 10 hungry families in March of 2020.  First let me tell you about Dawn and Jennifer’s Real Estate careers….

Dawn is originally from Winter Park, Florida, went to Ole Miss and then moved to Atlanta from Memphis.  She lives in Redfield and has a 5th grader at Cornerstone.  Her daughter happens to know Peggy’s daughter from softball and school.  Jennifer is from Tennessee, went to Agnes Scott, and never left Atlanta.  She and her husband have a 16-year-old son and live in Sandy Springs.

Jennifer and Dawn have been together 20 years working for Keller Williams.  Jennifer started with Jenny Pruitt and opened the first Keller Williams office in Atlanta.  Shortly after Dawn obtained her real estate license, the two met at a baby shower for a mutual friend and started working together two weeks later!  In 1999, the company was The Barnes Team.  Then when given the opportunity to open an office in Town Brookhaven in 2004 they soon became The Barnes Young Team (BYT).   Their team focuses mostly on Dunwoody and Sandy Springs real estate but they’ve done transactions all over the Atlanta area! 

When I asked them why someone should choose them to be their realtor, they said:  “We care about people.  It’s about improving your life not just selling your house.  It’s about what can we do to help you.  We go through the entire process with you.  It’s not a transaction, it’s a person or a family.”

When discussing the current crazy market where homeowners are getting well above asking prices, they mentioned how much they have enjoyed seeing their clients create different lives.  They worked with a young couple who had bought their home for around $250k but recently sold it after a few years for $450k and can now invest the equity for their kids education…a life changer for this family.  They have several clients who have recently been able to purchase second homes and investment properties.  They enjoy seeing people going through different stages from the $100k condo to moving to larger homes, etc.  Since they’ve been working together for 20 years, they have enjoyed working with clients multiple times at different stages in their lives. 

Dawn’s whole face lit up when she mentioned how much she loves the complicated deals where multiple pieces have to fit together to make the puzzle work.  Recently, they had a situation in which a couple #1 wanted to move to Redfield but lived in High Point in Sandy Springs.  Dawn was working with couple #2 who wanted couple #1’s High Point house and then she miraculously was able to find Couple #1 a house in Redfield….all with critical perfect timing.

I asked them to share some outrageous situations they have run into during their partnership.  Jennifer told us that once they found a homeowner hiding under the bed during a showing so they could hear feedback on the house!  Even though everyone knows RING doorbells record, potential buyers still stop to talk on the stoop and unintentionally give important feedback or information!

Both Jen and Dawn said that they love what they do and their work is rewarding even with bumps in the road.  One of their mantras is “give it 15 minutes” because everything changes in real estate so quickly.  Take a moment to pause and regroup and sometimes things just work themselves out. 

Even though houses are selling like hotcakes, they indicated it is almost harder working now in the current market.  Clients are constantly up against the timing of selling a home.  Clients are putting a lot of trust in Dawn and Jenn because they strive to time events so that clients won’t have to move to temporary housing.  

BYT offers a full concierge service.  They have a Buyers Agent – Alexis Werner and an Operations Manager – Amy Murphy.  They also have everyone needed to help facilitate the process from start to finish including a stager, photographer, organizer, painter, and more.  They typically do a pre-inspection and have an electrician, handyman, plumber, etc. on hand to help with any fixes required. 

Now back to Solidarity Sandy Springs…

Jennifer and her friend Sonia Simon served together at Every Woman Works and had been helping to send kids to summer camp at Camp Grace in Roberta, GA.  Many of these kids live in apartments inside the Perimeter and are often hungry.  Some eat their only meals at school for breakfast and lunch when eligible for the government funded free and reduced meal program.  When the pandemic arrived and schools shut down in March, 2020 Jennifer knew these kids were going to be hungry.  She and Sonia reached out to everyone they knew to come up with a plan to help.  Jason Sheetz from Under the Cork Tree offered the use of his restaurant to set up a food pantry.  They opened and ran out of food after 60 shoppers despite a line around the block.  Jen was determined to not turn away hungry people again.  They rallied everyone they knew the next day and served 105 shoppers and have never had to turn anyone away since!   They have had 42,000 shoppers in two years.  Solidarity Sandy Springs, co-founded by Jennifer Barnes and Erin Olivier, is currently in the Prado shopping center serving 400+ families per week.   They began as an emergency food source for food insecure families during the shutdowns.  Now they are a community movement, serving the people of Sandy Springs.  Their volunteers collaborate with schools, Scouts, local food drives, churches, etc. to receive items and use monetary donations for produce.  They are currently collecting Mother’s Day gifts so that the children they serve can “shop” for gifts for their moms.   If you have a gift closet or items that could be “re-gifted” this is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to donate!

Pantry Hours – T/Th/Sat from 9-12pm
Donation Hours- M- Sat 9-12pm

The Barnes Young Team
Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road

Dawn Young Proctor


Jennifer Barnes
(404) 271-1347

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Audra’s Make-Up Lesson, Ella’s Pre-Teen Facial & Peggy’s Hydrating Facial all from Angela Michael Skincare & Spa

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

When I was a Gayfer Girl at Auburn Mall in high school, someone must have shown me how to apply makeup.  Surely they did…however, my Dad always said I wore too much though, so maybe not?  Anyway, now that I’m older and have wrinkles and freckles I have decided it is time to figure out how someone my age can improve their appearance with cosmetics.  … Read More »

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Meet Nicole McAluney, Ansley Atlanta Realtor + learn about the enclave of 13 new homes coming to Dunwoody!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I’m having so much fun getting out and about meeting clients so far this year.  Meeting Nicole McAluney in her beautiful downtown Alpharetta office was so much fun.  I’m wondering how or why I don’t know her already?  I learned immediately that she was friends with Foodie Patty through Brownies, she has a daughter my youngest sons age (now at TCU), another daughter currently at Marist and a son at Clemson PLUS she lives across the street from very good friends of our family!

Nicole was born in New York City where her father was working as a physician.  Both her parents had recently migrated to the US from the Netherlands.  She was raised in the Washington, DC area and graduated from Loyola University in Maryland.  She married her college sweetheart and they began their professional lives in Atlanta shortly after college graduation.  Nicole has always loved working.  Prior to becoming a realtor, she had a very successful sales career with a business forms company and then later with Xerox.  Nicole and her husband decided one of them needed to step back and stay home for a while once they had three children with very busy lives of their own.  Nicole became the stay at home mom who was volunteering and in charge of everything at school, church and in the community (reminds me of me!). 

After 5 years of being at home and inspired by her husband’s Aunt, a realtor in Philadelphia, plus the fact that she loved interior design, Nicole decided to pursue getting her real estate license.  In 2006, she started her real estate career with Jenny Pruitt and Associates, and was mentored by Andrea Cueny from the very beginning!  They worked so well together that they remained linked in their careers through several company changes/buyouts and eventually approached Bonneau Ansley to expand his single Ansley Buckhead office into the North Atlanta residential market.  He agreed and they established their first Ansley North Atlanta location at Avalon.  Now Ansley Real Estate consists of multiple offices including Athens, Buckhead, East Cobb, Intown, Marietta, Mountain & Lake, and North Atlanta. 

I’ve decided if I were a realtor, I’d love working on a team.  Nicole explained to me how her team (The Cueny Team) meets weekly to collaborate.  They rely heavily on these weekly 30-60 minute strategizing sessions.  Their team consists of a social media specialist, a director of operations and 6 agents.  They all get along really well, hold each other accountable, and rely on each other for back-up.  Learn more about their team here.

Nicole explained the three pronged approach The Cueny Team uses for their business:  It’s three P’s:

  • Price
  • Projects
  • People

Price:  In this current, crazy market with very low inventory they’ve started a database for “make you move prices” for their contacts.  For example, if I’m not really interested in selling but tell Nicole…$900K would “make me move”.   She updates her database with the details of my home and if a buyer with a $900K budget matches with what my home has to offer, then maybe it really would “make me move”…

Projects:  New Construction is thriving. The Cueny Team has partnered with several recent projects including MH Halcyon in Alpharetta, The Grove at Forest Hills in Smyrna, Dunhill in Sandy Springs, Parkside Roswell and, wait for it……the upcoming development in Dunwoody on Roberts Drive across from Austin Elementary behind the Swancy historical home….more on that in a moment.

People:  Everything The Cueny Team does is motivated behind the fact that they are all “people people”.  All of them give back to the community.  They recently hosted a tennis tournament which raised over $5K for CHOA in two hours!  They support Hope by Design which provides furniture to those in need.   Nicole personally is a sponsor for the Dunwoody Nature Center and has purchased a table for the upcoming Monarchs and Margaritas event!

Now, back to the new development in Dunwoody behind the historical Swancy House…Nicole and her team are already working closely with Peachland Homes.  If you ride by then you can see the work in progress which is right now just the building of roads and laying of pipes (from what I can tell).  Nicole assures me these 13 new homes are going to be great looking.  It will not be gated and will focus on green space and more outdoor space.  The neighborhood will be a single enclave of 13 homes plus the historical Swancy House.  Stay tuned for dates and more information but soon you’ll be able to contact Nicole and purchase one of these amazing homes!

Nicole McAluney
Ansley Real Estate
The Cueny Team

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Meet Gina Bodell ~ Realtor at The Suits Team (She’s also the “G” in Emily G’s Jam!)

Gina and Audra with our Crema Lattes!

By Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection

You may remember the article I wrote last March about my visit to The Suits Team ~ 9 Moms working together 24/7 to get their clients in homes they love to live in!?  Well, fast forward to March 2022 and meet another one of the 9….Gina Bodell!

Gina has lived in Dunwoody’s North Springs neighborhood for 16 years in two different houses!  Interesting fact:  The former owner of her current home was one of the founders of the Dunwoody Nature Center!

I met Gina shortly after she first obtained her Real Estate license in 2011.  She had organized a holiday decoration contest in North Springs and invited me to be a judge.  I was honored she asked me and had a great (albeit freezing) ride through her neighborhood with my kiddos judging the contest!  

Gina is an Atlanta native.  She and her husband are raising three amazing girls.  The oldest two attend St. Pius X and the youngest is at Kingsley Elementary.  Gina says she most frequently finds herself selling in the Dunwoody and St. Pius area markets, but having been born and raised here,  she is knowledgeable all over metro Atlanta.

Gina loves to cook.  She just happens to be the Co-founder of Emily G’s Jam of Love!   Gina (hence the “G”) and her friend “Emily”  met at a mom’s event.   They have kids the same age, got to chatting and quickly became friends.  One day they went strawberry picking and made fresh strawberry jam.  Then they kept making more and more and decided to start selling at local festivals and markets, including the Dunwoody Farmer’s Market.  Now you can purchase Emily G’s jam all over the USA!  Gina eventually transitioned to Real Estate so she sold her half of the business to Emily who has since sold it to Jennifer Burns who continues to keep on jamming! 

Gina obtained her real estate license after having her third baby.  For three years Gina worked in the same Brookhaven Keller Williams office she is in now.  She took a little breather to be home with her kids but missed her real estate career so much.  She reached out to Madalyn Suits when she was considering returning to work and Madalyn said, “Come work for me!” 

Gina has now been part of The Suits Team for 6 years and LOVES working there.  Everyone is like-minded, supportive, and in similar life stages as moms with kids, etc.  She told me it is a great working environment with brilliant minds who collaborate often and continue to learn from one another.  Recently they had a team session with the topic of “how to win offers” and shared winning strategies amongst the team.  Of all the Keller Williams groups, The Suits Team is #1 in the Brookhaven office, #1 in Georgia, and #1 in the entire Southeast Region!

Gina Bodell

I asked Gina why should people choose her as their agent?  Here’s what she said.  “I work VERY hard for my clients.  I view this job as a relationship business that’s in the service industry.  I am here to connect with people and work for my clients.  I plan to be in it for the long haul, and truly want all my clients to come back and work with me over and over again as their needs change.  I would never steer them wrong or put them anywhere I wouldn’t want to be myself.  I also just really like people, and am grateful to have great relationships with my clients and with other agents.”

Gina also told me that since the market is so hot right now and houses are perceived as “easy to sell”, many homeowners think they can sell on their own.  As a seller in this market, getting an offer is the easy part.  What do you do when you have 15 offers and have to choose 1?  The real work begins, and so much has to go “right” in order to get to the closing table.  Since the market is so competitive and offers are written with no inspections/no contingencies to win when competing against multiple offers, her clients are even more thankful these days to have an agent involved to help with all of the details.

Gina is very connected in many metro areas and knows how to navigate the differences in the market in each area.  It is a huge benefit to choose an agent familiar with the areas you want to buy or sell in.

Gina Bodell
The Suits Team
804 Town Blvd., Ste. A2040, Atlanta, GA 30319

The Suits Team
The Bodell Family


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Meet Sally Moore….SVP/Broker of BHHS Dunwoody!

Kerry Arias
Sally Moore

By Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Earlier this week as Peggy and I were walking into the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services offices in Dunwoody Village, I remembered what a lovely interview I had with Kerry Arias last March and wondered whether she’d be in the office.  Well, she was the first smiling face to greet us as we walked in the front door.  When I interviewed her last year she was just starting out her new career in Real Estate.  I could not wait to hug her neck and congratulate her on her huge success in such a short time.  She was one of the Dunwoody BHHS offices Top Dunwoody Agents of 2021!

She introduced Peggy and me to her Broker, Sally Moore, Senior Vice President and Managing Broker of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Dunwoody office.  I was so excited to meet Sally because my next-door neighbor ADORES her and has been saying I should meet her for quite some time.  My next door neighbor, Toni McGowan is FAMOUS at BHHS and has recently been given the title of Executive Vice President Emeritus….basically meaning she’s so talented they will not let her retire…ever!

Sally Moore

Toni hired Sally way back when BHHS was still Prudential Georgia Realty, when Sally was 20 years old, newly married and had just gained her real estate license!  Thirty something years later Toni remembers that day in 1986.  She told me “Sally is one of the most positive and focused people I know.  That was what got my attention in her very first interview!”   

Sally says her entire world changed that year!  She built her business in Dunwoody, took a few years off to have a wonderful son and daughter, then came back full time in 1995 and was all in!  She was always a top producer and has loved the experience she gained from working around the northern Atlanta suburbs and in other BHHS offices in the metro area.

Sally obtained her Broker’s license in 2011 at the urging of a fellow Broker.   She gained experience working as a co-broker alongside other brokers in the Cumming and Suwanee offices for a few years.   Meanwhile DeAnn Golden, Managing Broker of the Dunwoody BHHS office was promoted Senior Vice President/Regional Manager. Obviously, Sally and Toni were well acquainted, so it was no surprise when Toni called her to return to the Dunwoody office to become Managing Broker!  Sally returned to Dunwoody on February 18, 2020, then went straight to the BHHS convention in Nashville.  Then the world stopped for Covid.  Sally got to know her agents (sixty-five of them at the time) over Zoom and/or wearing masks. 

We spent a long time talking about how insane the residential real estate market has been during the pandemic.  Sally says it is a learning experience every day.  Sally no longer sells or lists properties herself…her job is to strictly support her sixty-seven agents and help them navigate and grow their business and meet their goals.  She collaborates with them to develop business plans by learning WHY they are in real estate, WHAT they want to achieve, and HOW they plan to get there.  She is described as “available, flexible, self-motivated etc.”.  Helping agents reach their own goals is her most prioritized role.  She wants her agents to enjoy what they do and live their personal lives to the fullest.  Sally repeated a few times, “Being a Realtor is so much more than just having a license”.  Sally is an excellent counselor for her agents because of her vast accumulated knowledge.

Toni told me to ask Sally about her morning routine.

Sally grinned and told me about the healthy routine she learned from the CEO of BHHS.  She prioritizes MEDS every day! 

I asked Sally:  “Why should potential clients choose one of her Dunwoody BHHS agents if they want to buy or sell a home in our community?”

Jodi Halpert

Sally reminded us:  BHHS is one of the most recognized names in the real estate industry worldwide.  She confirmed it is extremely helpful to be under such a large corporate umbrella and able to benefit from all the resources within it.  Her Dunwoody agents KNOW the market because they LIVE in it.  They offer the highest levels of service and integrity.  All the BHHS agents are members of the Atlanta Board of Realtors and therefore held to the highest standards in the industry.  Sally has fostered an office environment where her agents are willing to help each other, train each other and develop strong working relationships with each other.  Case in point – Jodi Halpert (the Dunwoody BHHS TOP individual producer of 2021) walked in to share a few recent transactional stories with us.  Jodi has written a “multiple offer response” to provide to agents who have bid offers on properties but did not win.  Bidding wars are happening with MOST properties for sale now.  Jodi shared excellent feedback received from agents thanking her for her integrity and service to her clients and other agents. 

On a side note….Peggy and her husband worked with Jodi Halpert in 2018 to sell their former home and buy a new home around the corner.  Jodi’s knowledge of the Dunwoody market, her relationship with the other agent, and expertise in contracts/negotiations, all facilitated a seamless experience.  Jodi’s connections in the community allowed her to sell Peggy’s existing home off market without having to stage or show!

When wrapping up, we asked both Jodi and Sally:  “What’s changed in the last 5 years in Dunwoody Residential Real Estate?”  With wide eyes and expressive commentary, they started sharing excitedly…

  • Everything has changed!
  • The market has exploded!
  • Technology and social media changed how business is done. 
  • The sales process is now all electronic.
  • So many homes have been bought “sight unseen” or even via FaceTime. 
  • Agents meet clients at homes rather than riding in cars with them due to masks and germs.
  • Bidding wars!
  • Offers with no inspections or contingencies.

Both Jodi and Sally say the most important thing for agents to realize right now is to follow the directions on a listing.  If agents do not follow the listing directions, their client could be moved to the bottom of the bid list despite the quality of the offer!

A few fun facts about our new friend Sally:  She lives nearby in the beautiful Aria property in Sandy Springs off Glenridge.  She has two grown children.  One close to home and the other across the country in California.  She loves all the local flavor in Dunwoody … especially NFA Burger Novo Cucina, Carbonara Trattoria and the new Bar(n)...all in Dunwoody Village.  In fact, our conversation happened during lunch time, so we stopped by to say hello to Billy Kramer at NFA and enjoyed burgers and tots.  Can you believe it was Peggy’s first time ever to have an NFA Burger?!  It will not be her last.  We liked Sally so much we plan to go grab her for lunch often!

Sally Moore
Senior Vice President, Managing Broker 
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Office
5481 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 393-3200

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