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Real Estate Agent - Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - GREC #208281
My honest opinion on things that I find interesting about the real estate industry. I'm here to help you save money and avoid making mistakes.

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2010 

I just read Lisa Udy's featured post, Are Cutthroat Home Buyers Causing Home Values To Decline More? and it made me wonder about things. She and others think that a buyer getting a home under the fair market value is causing neighborhood values to fall.  The buyers might actually be cutting their...
07/30/2010
I had a buyer ask me to check on the status of a home that was showing up as "Pending Sale". I saw that it was a short sale that went under contract in April and the proposed closing date was at the end of May.  I figured that it was already closed but I called the listing agent just to make sure...
07/28/2010
I had a closing today and at the end, my buyer was so happy that she couldn't stand it. I won't  go into the details of this transaction, but let's  just say that sometimes life throws a lot at you and you sometimes think that you'll never recover.  My buyer had gone through a family tragedy two ...
07/28/2010
A friend of mine forwarded me an email that's being sent around saying that if the "Cap and Trade" Bill that just passed in the House gets through the Senate, home sellers will need to make energy saving repairs before they'll be allowed to sell their homes.  Maybe you received a similar email.  ...
07/21/2010
This is a great explanation about what a pre-approval letter  actually means and how it affects the RESPA rules.Lenn Harley wrote a blog on Sunday in which she rightfully questioned the accuracy of what was being stated on another blog about Pre-Approval Letter. The writer of the blog that Lenn w...
07/21/2010
I enjoy studying the Civil War.  I was born a  proud Yankee but have lived in the South for 24 years and I try to learn about it from a different perspective. I found a speech given by a major player in the Civil War or "The War of Northern Aggression" as some refer to it down here. Read the exc...
07/18/2010
This kind of stuff is what drives me crazy about politics. They say whatever they think they need to say to push something through.  Back in September, President Obama had a spirited interview with George Stephanopoulos about whether the penalty that will be imposed on people who choose to not ge...
07/18/2010
Everyone seems to know that it's not OK to talk about commissions.  Fellow real estate agents can't have a discussion about what they charge.  You can advertise what you charge and other non-agents can discuss and compare commissions that are charged but competing members in the same business can...
07/16/2010
It was almost comical yesterday.  It seemed like everyone was talking about and waiting for LeBron James's  big decision on where he was going to play basketball. I kind of played along because I didn't want to be rude. But honestly, I think most people have gone nuts.  With all of the things goi...
07/09/2010
This is a great article that should help many better understand foreclosures and short sales and what the consequences might be. It's a little different in Georgia but the concept of a mortgage vs. a promissory note is very important to understand.We get so many questions about what is a DEFICIEN...
07/06/2010
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