Jeff Payne

Managing Broker/ Principal

Best Atlanta Properties

Founding Broker/ Principal

Best Chicago Properties

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“We are thrilled with the outcome of the sale of our Morningside house.”

“Jeff was very attentive to details and a diligent problem solver. His responsiveness and follow-through were lightning fast. We are thrilled with the outcome of the sale of our Morningside house.”  More reviews of Jeff.

About Jeff

If you’re thinking of buying or selling in Atlanta’s Intown neighborhoods talk with me. I’ll listen carefully, understand your goals and develop a plan to achieve them.

I’ll work closely with you to create the best possible real estate experience.

My goal is to develop long term, mutually beneficial client relationships.

Beyond this, why should you choose me for your real estate needs?

The experience you deserve.

I’ve been helping buyers acquire their ideal home at the best price and sellers sell stress free at or above market since 2005.

And having relocated domestically and internationally for work many times, I’m passionate about helping people have a successful relocation experience.

Prior to real estate, I worked for 22 years in sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies including WestRock, Kimberly-Clark and CVS Health. Living everywhere from Chicago to Cologne, Germany to Atlanta.

In addition, I earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Communication from Arizona State University.

The Intown Atlanta knowledge you want.

Vintage bungalows, new construction, condos, lofts and townhouses – I’ve helped clients successfully buy, sell and lease nearly every type of home spanning a wide range of price points.

I first moved to Virginia-Highland in 1995 and am on my third time living in the neighborhood. The neighborhood has certainly grown and changed over the years and mostly for the better.

In the interim, I relocated with my husband first to Chicago where I founded Best Chicago Properties and then to Cologne, Germany where I taught English. We’ve always returned home to Virginia-Highland because there’s just that certain feeling that makes it home.

The success you expect.

What I enjoy most is helping clients successfully achieve their real estate goals in Atlanta’s amazing Intown neighborhoods.

If you have questions or would like to begin the process of buying or selling your home, I’m ready to help. Thanks, and I look forward to working with you.

Licensed real estate Managing Broker in Georgia & Illinois.

Memberships include: Atlanta Realtors® Association (ARA), Georgia Association of Realtors® (GAR), Chicago Association of Realtors® (CAR), Illinois Association of Realtors® (IAR), the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the Graduate Realtors® Institute (GRI).


“Jeff was amazing! We highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Atlanta’s in-town neighborhoods.”

“He was our trusted advisor when selling our Virginia-Highland home and we couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome. Jeff’s knowledge of our neighborhood and the in-town Atlanta market was invaluable. Jeff was responsive, diligent and provided superb service every step of the way. Every interaction with him was at the highest professional level. The Best Atlanta Properties marketing package was exceptional, it included professional photography, drone photography and a stunning virtual tour. This really helped the buyers, who were moving from out of town, understand both the quality of our home and its exceptional location between the Beltline and Virginia-Highland shops and restaurants. Jeff was extremely strategic in pricing our home and negotiating the deal. It was evident that he had conducted his research when presenting comps in our area. As a result, we sold our home quickly for a great price in a rapidly shifting market. The timing enabled us to quickly close on our new home.”

“We are thrilled with the outcome of the sale of our Morningside house.”

“Jeff was very attentive to details and a diligent problem solver. His responsiveness and follow-through were lightning fast. We are thrilled with the outcome of the sale of our Morningside house.”

“AAA+++ Working with Jeff was a great experience.”

“He is a great real estate broker and we wholeheartedly recommend him. He was very patient, courteous, and thoughtful preparing the list of properties he showed us. Once we selected the property we loved, he was very strategic but also sensitive about the negotiation. He helped us make easy and hard decisions, and constantly kept pointing out things we didn’t notice that turned out to be very important. We love our Inman Park home and feel we got a good deal. Will definitely work with Jeff again, what a pleasure.”

“If I could give more than five stars, I would!”

“Jeff treated me like I was his most important client at all times. He has integrity, commitment, know how, and wonderful people skills. Jeff is not only a great agent, but also a great person to be around. I more than recommend him for your real estate agent needs.”

“Jeff made believers of us in using a GREAT Realtor”

“As we were preparing to get married, we met Jeff Payne at a showing of a property as we were considering selling each of our properties and purchasing one together. Previously we had been successful selling/buying property without a Realtor. Jeff’s understanding of the market (even in the current challenging times), professionalism, honesty and superb service convinced us to contract with him for all three transactions. The result was a sale in 10 days at 98% of listing price, a sale in 8 weeks at 99% of listing price and the purchase of a magnificent new home. Jeff made believers of us in using a GREAT Realtor. In this market you need an exceptional agent. We would highly recommend Jeff for any real estate transactions.”

“I’ve worked with many Realtors over the years and you are by far, the best”

“Jeff, I wanted to write to thank you for your top-notch talent and above-and-beyond support in selling my condo. I’ve worked with many Realtors over the years and you are by far, the best. While I’m sure you don’t have a large number of clients that buy a condo and then sell it within the course of six months, you were gracious, supportive, and responded well to my desire to make a profit, even after such a short ownership tenure. The fact that we had a signed offer within days of listing, at the selling price that I wanted, is nothing short of spectacular. Thank you for being so good at what you do. If and when I buy real estate in Chicago or Atlanta, you’re definitely the first person that I’ll call.”

“It was always clear he had our best interests at heart”

“Working with Jeff Payne is the best decision we could have made in searching for our first home. Jeff was both friendly and professional, and his knowledge of the real estate market was exceptional. He devoted a huge amount of time to helping us find the perfect property, and it was always clear he had our best interests at heart. Everything about our experience with Jeff was great and we would enthusiastically recommend them to anyone looking to buy a home!”

“Jeff’s level of professionalism is second to none”

“We used Jeff to sell our condo last year and purchase our new townhouse this year. Jeff’s level of professionalism is second to none. Jeff is honest and straight forward and will always tell you what he believes are the honest facts. It’s a tough market for real estate right now and you don’t need someone to tell you want you want to hear; you need objective honest assessments of what it is. Even in this tough market, we sold our condo to the second person who looked at it. Jeff’s excellent negotiating skills are what got the deal done. Moreover, Jeff had the patience to go through our experiencing of finding a new place, trying to decide on what neighborhood, looking at many properties and often at short notice. There are a lot of Realtors out there but if you want a true professional that will represent your interest, Jeff is your Realtor.”

“Jeff has taken the stress out of selling our home”

“We chose Jeff to sell our condo because he is knowledgeable about the market, well-organized and committed to meeting our goals. Jeff took the time to explain the marketing strategy as well as what we can expect throughout the selling process. Jeff has taken the stress out of selling our home and we would definitely recommend him to our friends.”

“We were most impressed with Jeff’s professionalism”

“He helped us sell our home during a tough real estate market as well as make the purchase of our dream home a smooth process. Jeff kept us informed every step of the way and never hesitated to research questions that he did not know the answers to. Even our real estate attorney was impressed with the level of service Jeff provided…thanks Jeff!”

“A very charismatic, honest, and patient person”

“This was my first time buying a place and I was very uncertain about the process and what all needed to be done to do this. Luckily I ran into Jeff Payne at one of his showings. He offered to help me out and aid me through the process. He was very professional and personal which made the home shopping very easy. He walked me through all the forms and what to keep an eye out for when shopping around. He is a very charismatic, honest, and patient person. Not once did I feel pressured to buying any place. He wanted me to be certain and feel confident about my decision. I would recommend Jeff to anyone I know who is looking for a new place. Thank you Jeff for everything!”

“Totally dedicated to finding you the right home at the right price”

“When we moved from Upstate New York, we connected with Jeff Payne and immediately decided to work with him to find our new condo because of his enthusiasm, professionalism and sincerity. Jeff listened to our needs and desires and from there he located 5 perfect condos from which to choose. Without Jeff, we would never have met our timeline for a quick close at the right price on the perfect vintage concrete loft which we now call home. If you want a high energy Broker who will be totally dedicated to finding you the right home at the right price, we recommend you work with Jeff.”

“His solid experience, flawless matchmaking skills, and calming demeanor made the process very smooth and enjoyable”

“Chris and I have had a lot on our minds this year. With job searching for me, a hurried condo search, and a big marriage set for September, we really haven’t had any time to burn. Jeff’s presence in the process was a God-send. He honestly answered every question we had and guided us safely through the turmoil of this shaky housing market. His solid experience, flawless matchmaking skills, and calming demeanor made the process very smooth and enjoyable. He’ll be the first one we call if we need further real estate services.”

“Working with Jeff on the sale of my home was a breeze”

“He was very thorough and went the extra mile to explain contract details, ramifications and potential conflicts. Before entering into an agreement Jeff made sure he understood my sales objectives, what would be acceptable and any nuisances that I had. He did a realistic analysis of comparable properties that had sold and were on the market. We discussed market conditions and timing. Jeff then set out to find the right potential buyers and didn’t waste my time with repetitive questions or casual prospects. In one of the most difficult real estate markets in many years, we got a fair price in a surprisingly short period of time. The sale closed without a hitch. I experienced none of the horror stories that have been floated during this down market with turbulent financing. I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.”

“Jeff was fabulous throughout the whole process”

“Being a first time home buyer, I was more than just a little apprehensive about the whole process and really had no idea where to start looking or what I really wanted. Jeff was fabulous throughout the whole process weather it was questions I had about property or real estate in general to concerns I had with a specific developments. What could have been a very stressful process was a blast and I look forward to finding my next property with Jeff.”

“Made the process extremely easy”

“Jeff, we would like to thank you for all your work in selling our home. You made the process extremely easy for us by giving us feedback on a regular basis. Once the condo was sold you also kept us informed through every step of the sales process and really put us at ease during a busy time. Your advice was greatly appreciated and we felt confident that our home was in great hands with you. The selling process was painless and we can’t thank you enough!”

“Answered all our questions honestly and objectively”

“Shoji and I wanted to write and say thank you for the guidance you provided us through this adventure of buying our first home. I have to say I was quite skeptical of the whole process at first, thinking most Realtors we met would be like telemarketers or used car salesmen in their tactics, but you were nothing of the kind and answered all our questions honestly and objectively. Jeff, I don’t think Shoji and I would have felt ready to make such a huge purchase if we didn’t have someone like you guiding us through the process.”

“Jeff’s trusted advice and unflagging enthusiasm helped guide us”

“We were first-time homebuyers, not really sure where to start. We had looked around at properties with other agents over the past couple of years, but nobody had shown us anyplace that felt special enough that we would want to make it our home. When we met Jeff Payne, our luck changed! He understood what we were looking for, and knew what kind of a home would be right us–maybe even better than we did ourselves. Jeff’s trusted advice and unflagging enthusiasm helped guide us through the intimidating process of buying our first condo, a light-filled vintage home and we are so delighted!”

“We felt we were fully informed at all times”

“Bob and I were extremely happy that we chose you as the Realtor to sell our condo. As you know, we had listed it previously with another Realtor but got very little interest. When you came on board, we felt you were really interested in selling our unit and gave us extremely beneficial professional advice. You designed promotional material did a great job of highlighting the benefits of our condo. Your program for marketing also worked well and within a short time our unit was sold. One of the things we appreciated the most was your constant feedback to any sales opportunity. We felt we were fully informed at all times. I can’t tell you how much that meant to us in feeling confident that we chose the right Realtor. And obviously we did! Everything worked out well and we’re now where we want to be at the right time and with everything we hoped to have. Jeff, we can’t thank you enough!”

“An offer in 24 hours!”

“After having our loft listed for a year with another real estate agent, we finally moved to Jeff. The result was an offer in 24 hours! Thanks for a great experience throughout the total sales process.”

“Jeff–You went above and beyond the call of duty in listing and selling my home”

“Your knowledge of the market, marketing skills and hard work is greatly appreciated. Thanks for making this process as painless as it was—as well as the great results you got for me!! I will definetly use your service in the future, as well as recommend you to my friends (most of whom did not have the same experience in the past as I did!)”

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