home: Build Lifelong Client Relationships - Exclusive with Jackie Malcom - 07/23/14 01:34 PM
 Have you ever used for your tagline, Your REALTOR® For Life! or seen others use that statement?  I have and I loved it.  I would think, What a great way to affirm your quest for a lifelong client relationship... until I started to notice that it did not invoke the same sentiment in the actual clients of various agents - yikes.
 
Most real estate agents that have been in the business for awhile recognize that branding slogans are great but if they deviate from and inaccurately reflect who the agent is, they can have a limited (perhaps even non-existent) impact on the growth of one's business. … (2 comments)

home: How to Become the Agent of Choice in Your Community - 07/11/13 07:28 PM
If you are a fan or even just a casual viewer of HGTV, you are probably familiar with HGTV's on-air real estate expert Collette McDonald of RE/MAX Around Atlanta.  With a lifetime of experience lived vicariously through her father as a successful real estate agent and over a decade of personally being one of Georgia's top real estate agents, Collette has a wealth of knowledge to help you as a new or experienced agent become the agent of choice for your community.
Watch our exclusive interview and learn Collette's tips to:
Successfully migrate from Corporate America to Real Estate entrepreneurship Stand out … (2 comments)

home: A Facebook Secret to Selecting a REALTOR(r) - 07/11/13 06:23 AM
 
You see in your Facebook mini-feed the fabulous home purchase deals your friends are making.  And now that interest rates are inching upwards along with real estate home prices in Metro Atlanta and throughout the nation, you want to purchase a real estate gem (whether as an investor, move-up buyer, downsizer, or first-timer) before the market prices and rates become astronomical.  Smart move!  Here’s a tip to make your REALTOR agent search easy.
 
Simply log in to REALTOR.com with your Facebook account.  Now you will be able to directly contact all of the real estate agents that any of your friends, … (29 comments)

home: How to Successfully Switch to a Career in Real Estate - 07/05/13 04:39 PM
If you are a fan or even just a casual viewer of HGTV, you are probably familiar with HGTV's on-air real estate expert Collette McDonald of RE/MAX Around Atlanta.  With a lifetime of experience lived vicariously through her father as a successful real estate agent and over a decade of personally being one of Georgia's top real estate agents, Collette has a wealth of knowledge to help you as a new or experienced agent become the agent of choice for your community.Listen to our exclusive interview and learn Collette's tips to: Successfully migrate from Corporate America to Real Estate entrepreneurship Stand out … (0 comments)

home: How to Prosper as a New or Returning Real Estate Agent in ANY Market - 06/28/13 04:06 PM
Andrew Malone of RE/MAX Around Atlanta has been a successful and in-demand real estate agent in Metro Atlanta for the past 12 years.  Despite the "Dot-Com" market crash of 2001 and "The Great Recession" that began in 2007/2008, Andrew has thrived in real estate and we have the inside story on how he did it!
 
Watch this clip of Andrew and learn how to:
 
Get started as a real estate agent after a market crash Survive and thrive in all markets Select the right real estate brokerage  
 
Do you, or someone you know, have a great success … (2 comments)

home: When the Picture is NOT Worth a Thousand Words - 06/26/13 05:49 PM
As real estate agents, we are thrust into the world of photography with the very first home we list.  Whether we are taking the pictures ourselves or proofing the pictures of a hired photographer, real estate agents must have an eye for detail because our photos tell a story about our listings that our voices may never share.
 

For those of us that are taking pictures ourselves, the quintessential website to bookmark is iPiccy.com.  This fantastic find was featured on ActiveRain (which is a site every real estate agent should blog to if you are blogging but that is … (30 comments)

home: Build Your Online Presence FREE - 06/26/13 02:03 PM

In this Age of Information, it is vital for every real estate agent to have an online presence - this we know.  Without an online presence, you may have the most wonderful product and service but its like you are talking to a room full of empty chairs. However, an online presence can become quite expensive and even prohibitive relative to the resulting new clients it actually produces if any at all.  In the world of entrepreneurs, it is imperative that we prudently account for ever dollar while simultaneously maximizing our exposure.  I am sure you are thinking at this … (6 comments)

home: Uncertainty with Bank of America COOPERATIVE SHORT SALES - 01/17/13 02:52 PM
As a homeowner, do you have financial hardships making it impossible for you to continue to pay your home mortgage?  Have you heard that a short sale could be a viable option for you but are unsure if this is the right option for you?

Well, with the nation's avoidance of falling off the seemingly apocalyptic "fiscal cliff" you may have heard homeowners collectively breathed a sigh of relief on January 3rd when the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was extended through the end of 2013. One provision of this act is that homeowners that need to sell their home … (0 comments)

home: Home Sweet Home: Should I Stay or Can I Go? - 01/17/13 01:33 PM
With the start of 2013, all signs are pointing to continued recovery of the Georgia real estate market here in Sandy Springs and Metro Atlanta.  As a homeowner, you may be perplexed with internal questions on if you should now try to sell your home while interest rates are still driving home buyers to purchase or wait it out another year to see if your neighborhood values will continue to appreciate.  Before you put on brakes (waiting out the market and electing to stay as your best option) or even speed to the next home location with determination to sell your … (0 comments)

home: Need To Sell Your Home But Can’t? Here’s The Next Best Option… - 06/23/12 08:42 AM
Whether you need to move due to a family situation, a job relocation, or just take advantage of the low home prices in today’s real estate market, you may have discovered that your home is not worth what you owe on it (for many, this is unfortunately a sad understatement).  But there really may be another option for you that will allow you to move on and not be stuck in your current residence – it is the often misunderstood but fairly profitable option of… drum roll please… renting.  Renting a home is a dreaded option only to many owners because … (3 comments)

home: CALLING ALL DOCTORS: 100% Mortgage Financing Available Now! - 05/01/12 05:37 AM
Whether you have been in your medical practice for years or are just getting started with your residency/fellowship, there is now a fantastic mortgage loan available to you whether you are searching for a home to purchase in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, or any other area of metro Atlanta.  Fidelity Bank of Georgia is offering to medical doctors of all seasons a 100% home loan financing for up to $1,500,000 with no mortgage insurance.  Fidelity Bank does require that this loan be used for a real estate purchase that you personally plan to inhabit (sorry investors!), that your credit score … (7 comments)

home: 10 Things NOT to Do When Buying A Home - 02/19/12 09:32 AM
Ready to take advantage of the low home prices of today’s real estate market?  Great but whether you are a first-time home buyer or this will be your 5th home purchase, if you require financing, there are things you must not do in today’s ever-changing lending market (that you probably could do 5- 10 years ago) that will jeopardize your real estate purchase.  And, these are not just things to avoid while getting pre-qualified/pre-approved but even up to the day of your closing because if you have not closed yet, your closing may be delayed or forfeited, causing your money spent … (1 comments)

home: Buyer Beware: Caveats of REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS - 01/03/11 08:28 AM
You hear about a great home being offered at a real estate auction for a fraction of what it should sale for.  This must be a great opportunity, right? Not necessarily.  You may remember seeing sitcoms where someone at an auction accidentally coughs, scratches his head, etc. and then ends up purchasing the auction item at a price they did not want.  Then the rest of the TV show we see them scrabbling to get out of the purchase.  Similarly, with real estate auctions, a Buyer can unknowingly sign-up for a purchase they are not prepared to make.  Thus, it is extremely important for Buyers to understand … (29 comments)

home: Hope For Your Home If You Are Unemployed - 07/10/09 06:12 PM

Job loss is not the end nor does it have to be the end of your home.  Although refinancing a home when the borrower is unemployed is practically impossible, U.S. Rep Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, is proposing to spend $2 billion to help.

The proposal would revive a 1975 program that lends money to the unemployed so they don't lose their homes.
"There has to be a reasonable likelihood that the homeowner will be able to resume making the mortgage payment without state help,'' said Brian A. Hudson Sr., the chief … (1 comments)

home: 5 Tips for Saving on Your Mortgage Loan - 07/10/09 05:55 PM
Purchasing a home does not have to empty out your bank account, especially if you know the following ways to save, save, save!  Here are some things that buyers should know as they go through the mortgage loan application process:

Ask for the "Good Faith Estimate" early.  This is the document that reveals just how much your loan is going to cost you.  It won't be released until it is officially "complete" and all the questions are answered so push yourself to find answers right away to all the lender's questions.
 
Read and ask questions about the fine print. Identifying and … (0 comments)