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Remember the Faithful for They are Our Friends
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
This evening, I was looking at my Wordpress site, and I noticed this huge number of blog posts sitting in "draft." I'm thinking, WHAT? What are all those and are they even still relevant anymore? You know, you get that idea for a post, you start it and then you have to run off to do something else. I've deleted a couple, but this one certainly still was quite timely.... Remember The Faithful For They Are Our Friends  Probably one of the best phrases ever said was about a dog...."Man's Best Friend." This week while I've been in Montana, you see dogs in a different perspective. See, here in the "country" dogs are still as much a part of ones life as, say back in Atlanta. But in Atlanta,you don't see people with dogs in the back of their truck. Here in my home town, they take them everywhere, and the just sit in the back of the truck, paitently waiting for their master to return. There are leash laws, so most of the time, you see them on one. But not always. Now that I have my camera close by, I just wanted to share these two images.....Remember The Faithful For They Are Our Friends   Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
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Thursday's Random Thoughts
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
I got inspired for this post by my good friend and fellow real estate BFF, Tammy Lankford .I woke up extra early today..could not sleep. That causes a nap from 4:30-7pmI took an incredible 21 day trip to the Big Island of Hawaii last month. In fact, I've only been back 30 days. I didn't buy much in the way of souviners, and the special one I bought, I broke this morning. Yeah, it's only a coffee cup, but it might be 2 years before I can replace it. That really sucked. Sorry. I'm glad I did not pack up my ratty old quilt from when I was a little kid. It's ripped and frayed on the edges, but I'll be needing it tonight. Squirrels really tick me off. I planted Serenity Pond this past weekend and now they feel inclined to dig everywere. No plants uprooted yet, but it will only be a matter of time. Speaking of Serenity Pond, please welcome Koi, Jr to the family. Hope a darn raccoon or bird don't pick him off. I pre-drove my route for showing tomorrow, since it's an area I've not been in for awhile. As a real estate agent, I need to drive off and explore more...found entire new townhome developments I did not realize were even being built. But I know where I am going tomorrow and wont' get lost or be wandering around a townhome community looking stupid!I like Throwback Thursday. It's nice to take a trip down memory lane somewhere.... Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
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Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324
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What Is Title Insurance in Georgia?
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
When you purchase your Midtown Atlanta condo, one of the closings costs you will find on your HUD-1 or closing statement will be for two policies for title insurance. One will be a policy for your lender (unless you paid cash for your property) and the other will be for you. So... What Is Title Insurance in Georgia? Buying a home is unlike buying any other product or service in the world. Records for property purchased in the United States go back hundreds of years. Record keeping has not always been as sophisticated as it is today.  Many laws that affect ownership, taxes on property and other's possible rights to property change and can adversely affect ownership of real estate.  Judgments, liens and other debts belonging to previous owners of real estate can often appear in public record related to the property and often are not easy matters to simply dismiss.  Most people would be surprised to learn the variety of things that affect title to their property and how often those things become a problem. When a buyer purchases a home and purchases an owner's title insurance policy they are insured against these complicated matters. Owner's title insurance guarantees the Buyer(s) right of ownership to their real estate, no matter who or what came before them. At Perrie & Associates we research the property ownership history going back up to 60 years. We will clear any matters that may stand in the way of ownership or cause liability or financial obligation before a buyer purchases and we'll insure that the record of the transaction gets recorded properly and quickly. Why is Title Insurance in Georgia Important? Here's how things could go wrong... In extreme circumstances the seller may knowingly try to sell a home that he or she doesn't even own or a renter may be posing as the property owner. Typical title issues are less worthy of a crime show, but more complicated. For example, the seller might have co-purchased the house ten years ago with a cousin that he/she hasn't talked to since and is unaware that the cousin now needs to sign off on the sale. Or a problem might be lurking in the more distant past. For instance, the seller might have bought the home from a single woman, not realizing that her ex-husband still co-owned the property and hadn't signed off on the sale as required. Or the seller might have inherited the house under the terms of a will that -- oops -- turns out to have been out-of-date and a more recent will leaves the house to someone else. Liens also pose a significant threat to title. If liens have been filed against the home then specific people or agencies may have legally claimed the right to be paid from the proceeds of the property sale in order to settle the owner's debt to them. Typical debts include taxes, child support, and contractor's fees. These liens can stick to the house like glue until the house is sold or foreclosed on. The lender will also require you to buy a "lender's policy" covering and protecting the lender's collateral in the home. Buyer's often question "Why do we/I need both policies?" There is no preliminary title search (no matter how complete) that can predict when a long-lost relative or heir will turn up. Or, whether paperwork buried for years under a misspelled name will reveal a claim concerning the property. The lender's policy will kick in to defend such claims and might resolve the matter against whoever brought it up. But what if the court decides that the long-lost relative is in fact the house's true owner? Then the lender's policy will cover the lender's loss. However, the Buyer(s) will be out the amount of their down payment, principal payments and appreciation not to mention that they'll no longer own the home! The owner's policy, however, will cover the Buyer(s) financial loss up to the policy limits. This information is courtesy of Perrie & Associates, one of our closing attorney firms we have used for our clients. This article originally appeared at MyMidtownMojo.com  Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
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Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324
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The Condo Is Occupied and You Want to see it NOW?
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
As a real estate broker, and a blogger, I often say my topics come from real life experiences. And I try to use those experiences to make myself a better agent. And I share these experiences so Buyers and Sellers can understand what we go through when we represent either one of you! But this post was also inspired by a post from Bliz Biz and Bill Spear about a Seller being upset that Bill and his Buyers were in the house TOO LONG!!! Seriously? I had a call from an agent to show one of my listings yesterday. First off, she said she had "lots of things to look at today, so I have no idea when we will be there." While the listing clearly states the home is occupied, I mentioned to the agent that anytime before 4pm was fine as I knew my tenant was at work. If it was going to be after 4pm, they would need to schedule an appointment so I could coordinate. At about 5:15pm, I get a call. "Hi Thom...This is Rita Real Estate Agent and we are in the building and would like to look at your listing NOW." Ah, what part of that first conversation did you miss Rita? So, I reached out to my tenant and told them it was completely acceptable for them to refuse a showing with 5 minutes notice. Lucky for ALL of us, he was out of town. Just as the case with Bill, we never know how long we may take showing a home. I sell mostly condominiums, so I know about how long we will spend in a condo. And add amenities to that as well. But I've got a pretty good system down to keep us on schedule. But, if we DO start to run behind, or ahead of schedule, I stop us along the way and simply tell my Buyers I need to make some schedule adjustments because some of our upcoming homes are occupied and we have a time frame to be there. Can't tell you how amazed the Seller's are if I talk to them directly! Some agents seem a bit mifted that they are going to have to call the Seller again...but hey, are you not happy I called to advise either way, rather than show up late, or early? The ultimate goal of the agent/broker is to bring a Buyer and a Seller together. It's the landmines along the way that keep us on our toes and having a glass at the end of the day! Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
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Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324
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Speechless Sunday -- Mountain Calming in North Carolina
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Sadly, I love the beach. The ocean, the breeze, the sand....I would love to walk the beach every night! But the beach is 6 hours from Atlanta! So, we take Option 2...which is not a bad one. Even my partner who LOVES the beach is pretty happy now when we go to the Mountains! I can say, I'm recharged as well. Mind you, recent trips involve rock hunting for our stream bed project in our front yard, but we still get time to recharge! Enjoy Silent Sunday! Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
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Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324
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Do You Look at Your OWN For Sale Listing?
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
That seems like a pretty obvious question, right? But do you? Do You Look at Your OWN Listing? You are selling the single biggest asset you own. (Most likely anyways!) You did your homework, and found agents on-line. Or maybe it was a recommendation from someone in the office. Or your gym. Nothing wrong with a referral if your friend was happy with them, right? You (hopefully) met with at least a couple of them before you made your decision. The presented you a marketing plan, showed you some of their past sales and you said "Let's Do This!" But once you've signed your Listing Agreement, and the marketing of your home or condo begins, how much do you follow up on what your agent is doing? Or supposed to be doing? The primary place your home or condo will be marketed is....well....where you are right this very moment. On the Internet. On your laptop, phone or tablet. This is most likely where it will be seen first. So, have you looked at your own listing to SEE how it is being marketed? Many agents hire professional photographers to do the photographs for listings, and many do not. It's not to say they HAVE to have a professional so this, if they know what they are doing. But do they? They may be very well versed in photography. And have the right equipment. I personally have a DSLR camera with a wide-angle lens (a MUST if you are trying to photograph a condo!) and my iPhone. Hey, you may think an iPhone is not professional, but you tell me. Which one of these photos I took was taken with the DSLR and which with my iPhone? Point being, both clear, crisp photos that would look great in the marketing of your Midtown Atlanta condo, especially Viewpoint Midtown, the building on the right. But I am totally amazed at the photos I find on listings! These photos are being used by the Seller's agent to market their home!!!    The left is a very blurry bathroom I found just this morning....the middle....a CAT? And the right....do the jeans and the guys come with the condo? Do You Look at Your OWN For Sale Listing? If not, maybe you should. And if your photos look like these three or the upside-down bar stools at the top, you better be asking your agent for some new photos. Or maybe be looking for a new agent. Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
SEARCH ATLANTA HOMES FOR SALE BY ZIP CODE!
Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324
Are you looking for a specific Intown Atlanta neighborhood to focus on? Contact Thomas Ramon Realty and we can set up a search for any specific neighborhood you are looking for!
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But...You're A Real Estate Agent. Why CAN'T You Help Me?
Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Yes, I'm probably beating a dead horse, but blogging is an outlet, right? And I mean nothing against the callers that I get that have this response, so I want to give you, the Buyer, some reasons why I just may NOT be able to help you."It's Not My Listing"  This can often be a challenge to explain to a home buyer that does not know how the "back of the house" operates in real estate. See, when you find a listing on MyMidtownMojo.com, it for all intent and purposes, looks like my listing. But chances are, it's not. We have a process/system/whatever called Internet Data Exchange (IDX) whereby we are able to display listings from other brokers on our website. And they can do the same. So when you start asking me numerous questions as though I am the listing agent, most likely I am not. Does not mean I won't help you, but...."Yes I Have An Agent, I just have some questions..."  Well, you actually answered the question yourself. If you are a home buyer and you already are working with an agent (meaning you have a brokerage relationship with that agent) then they should be asking your questions for you! They are representing you, and that is what they are getting paid to do. I've often had the statement from a Buyer, "Well my agent is out of town till Monday, we'd just like to see the home." Again, I can't do that if you have an agreement, and secondly, unless you are planning to work with me, I probably don't want to show a home and not get paid. (It's kind of like you going to work tomorrow, but not getting paid for the day!) You need to work with YOUR agent when you want to see a home."I want to talk to someone at the bank that will take my offer." This exact statement from a Buyer today is what prompted me to write this post. Going back to the IDX, the Buyer found the listing on the Internet, and it had my name on it. He made the presumption that is was my listing, and I could help him "talk to the bank." First off, not my listing. Secondly, he HAS an agent, and has placed on offer on the property but has not gotten a response. In helping him as much as I could, I explained it was a different sort of process on this specific listing, but there were instructions in the Agent Only Remarks on how to find out the status of an offer. I advised him to call his agent and they should be able to follow that process. The same goes for the numerous rental calls I get. I sometimes feel bad for the potential renter on the other side, but I simply can't make money handling rentals. Renters have a tendancy to have no loyalty (meaning they will call 10 listing agents to look at 10 listings vs. 1 agent to look at 10 listings) and you end up showing property and never get paid. Depending on the listing, I sometimes will give the caller the listing agents direct information. (There are some listing agents out there that should be gosh darned happy when they get these direct calls...they get to keep all the money...not that they were sharing any of it in the first place) I'm here to help Buyers find that perfect home or condo. I get no greater pleasure than when I can see their eyes light up when they have "found the one" and even more so when all works out, we close and it really is THEIR home. But sometimes, we just can't help.  Associate Broker Thomas Ramon Realty @ Palmer House Properties 2911 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Direct: 770.713.1505  Office: 404.876.4901  Fax: 404.478.8495               
SEARCH ATLANTA HOMES FOR SALE BY ZIP CODE!
Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324
Are you looking for a specific Intown Atlanta neighborhood to focus on? Contact Thomas Ramon Realty and we can set up a search for any specific neighborhood you are looking for!
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