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6/6/2021

June 6, 2021 – Today is the 77th Anniversary of D-Day – Never forget those Brave Allied Soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy to liberate a continent and turn the tide of WWII.
Welcome to Our New Colleagues! Please make the following agents new to Maximum One this month feel welcome!
June 4, 2021 – Happy 14th Anniversary Maximum One!!!! – From Dave & Ann Kubat – HAPPY 14TH BIRTHDAY, MAXIMUM ONE!! 14 years ago, Ann and I took a leap of faith (literally) and left KW to open MX1. We had 1 1/2 years with no paycheck, the RE market started crashing and we went broke quickly. God provided for us like we cannot even describe. Anonymous checks and gift cards would appear at our house, friends would drop by to just bring something that was “on their heart” and it was EXACTLY what we needed. Even our own Donna Black’s mother, whom I had never met, gave us money for Christmas presents for our young kids one year! Things like that happened a lot; God is still in the miracle business and He is our provider. One thing we knew for sure was that we didn’t make a mistake starting MX1. He knew the conditions in which we would be doing this and we had to persevere. Quitting was not an option. 14 years later, we have 1600 agents, 22 offices, 7 franchises. GOD IS GOOD! Thank you for making this your RE home!! Some of you are also celebrating 14 years or close at least. You are such a precious group of people and it is an honor to serve you. Blessings on you, of peace, joy, good health, prosperity, unity and liberty to be whom God called you to be. You are blessed and a blessing. In your coming and going. In the city and the burbs. Everywhere you go, people are drawn to you and want to give you business. Buyers and SELLERS shall come to you from the north, south, east and west. Your bank accounts are more than enough so you can give to the those in need who cross your path. May you have amazing time management and business savvy and take time to enjoy life. Lastly, I declare that you will live a long and healthy life. Amen! With love, adoration and appreciation, Dave, Ann, Josh and Sarah Kubat
***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)
MX1 Public Facebook Page: Remember that there is a Public Maximum One Realty Facebook Page that you may post new Listings, Open Houses, etc. For more information, please contact Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor, Katie Luttrell – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318
Open House Safety – Woodstock: A young women with blonde hair who’s name is Ashley Johnson will attend an open house. She will be accompanied by another woman. She will ask the agent if they will watch her baby while she walks around the house. She will spend a lot of time in the master bathroom and one agent caught her there and she was surprised and suspicious. After she leaves some agents have reported windows being found unlocked. She has been reported to the police. If you are hosting open houses please be aware of this situation and please be safe. If someone asks you to watch their baby or child, politely decline and tell them that you cannot be responsible for their child.If you are able to, call 911 if they arrive at your open house. Woodstock police have informed that broker the agents can call 911 anytime they feel unsafe at an open house. Do not confront her as this could put you in danger.If possible, work open houses with a second person. A co-agent or a mortgage lender are good options. Remind your sellers to secure any medications, weapons and anything of value. Your safety is the most important thing so please keep working hard but don’t let your guard down and remember to follow the REALTOR safety rules. 
Warn Your Prospects of MV Realty PBC, LLC : Apparently they approach a homeowner (primarily elderly) and have them sign a “listing agreement” for a fee (upwards of $1000) that gives this firm the exclusive rights to their listing (if they decide to sell) for a 40 year term. They encourage them to share the agreement with friends and even have a referral fee of $100 if they friend signs up. If the homeowner doesn’t want the firm to list their property there is a cancellation fee that is typically around $8,000.00. This agreement is recorded in the deed records as a lien on the property. There are over 3 pages of them in Carroll County, It is getting news coverage in Atlanta. Just thought you might like to know. It could affect your ability to get a listing. (or share a commission) Click below for news story. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gwinnett-county/metro-homeowners-locked-into-40-year-contracts-with-real-estate-company/XIAVXYAXWRAMBPB6K7RQ3LHPKY/
Miss a Previous Newsletter/Email? Simply go to www.eAGENTweb.com …. click on “Blog”…. select the tab “General & Industry News” and you’ll find all the previous emails there! You can search by pressing “Ctrl +F” then type in your search term to find every newsletter that addressed that term.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose sister, Kathy, had surgery to alleviate fluid on her lungs. Max Cares: Prayers to Annamaria Stalker whose mother had heart valve replacement surgery. Max Cares: Prayers to Pete Baranowsky whose wife Jeannie is in a rehab center learning to maneuver in a wheel chair and recovering from ankle surgery involving 8 pins in place.
REPEAT: Good Changes to Remine Docs+: Check out the following changes to RemineDocs+ in FMLS Unique Client Emails – Your clients will no longer be required to have their own unique email addresses. Clients sharing a single email address can now use it for more than one of their contacts.  Form Fields – When working with a PDF, you are now able to assign fillable form fields to your clients. If you need to fill a form field yourself prior to sending for signing, simply assign the text field to yourself.   MLS Visibility – When needing to remove a document from displaying on your listings, you are no longer required to change the MLS Visibility setting prior to deletion. Now, you may simply delete the document from the Transaction Folder and the document will be automatically pulled from the listing. 
REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.

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5/30/2021

Good Changes to Remine Docs+: Check out the following changes to RemineDocs+ in FMLS Unique Client Emails – Your clients will no longer be required to have their own unique email addresses. Clients sharing a single email address can now use it for more than one of their contacts.  Form Fields – When working with a PDF, you are now able to assign fillable form fields to your clients. If you need to fill a form field yourself prior to sending for signing, simply assign the text field to yourself.   MLS Visibility – When needing to remove a document from displaying on your listings, you are no longer required to change the MLS Visibility setting prior to deletion. Now, you may simply delete the document from the Transaction Folder and the document will be automatically pulled from the listing. 
Community Service for June – MX1 Pinnacle: The Pinnacle Office is collecting care kits for homeless shelters. Please bring any unused toiletries (like from hotel stays) or first aid kits, etc. by the Pinnacle Office this month.
MX1 Privacy Policy for Websites: The Maximum One Privacy Policy for Websites is located in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline and attached below. Feel free to use for your own Agent Website. Click here for MX1 Website Privacy Policy.
Max Cares: Condolences to Mary Poole whose husband Johnny Poole passed away. Max Cares: Condolences to Rapunzel Killens whose mother passed away. Max Cares: Prayers to Patti & Leah Loveless whos mother / grandmother is having lung issues. Max Cares: Prayers for Jennifer Black whose grandfather had open heart surgery. Max Cares: Prayer to Tommie Berry whose brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Max Cares: Congratulations to Leah Loveless who is having a baby!
REPEAT: Special Stipulations & Earnest Money: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us to not write any special stipulations but if you do, remember that you must address what happens to the Earnest Money if the parties do not perform per the stipulation. In MANY cases, a Buyer may still be required to close on the transaction even if a Seller breaches the contract. So much more information about Seller breaches was shared by Amee at the Pinnacle Sales meeting!
REPEAT: MX1 Woodstock Agent Accountability: We will begin a weekly Agent Accountability meeting in Woodstock every Wednesday beginning at 10am. These will begin in June. Contact Dawn Southern, Director of Career Development & Agent Growth for more information. MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309.
REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.

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5/23/2021

How to Compete with Big Tech Taking Your Leads (Tom Ferry): Big bucks are being spent to intercept local consumers BEFORE they come to you – all so these “leads” can be sold back to you or monetized as a referral fee. Which begs the question… How can you – as an independent agent – defend yourself against Big Tech encroaching on your turf? Tom Ferry created a brand-new video to address this topic. Click here to watch!
Contact Your Cash Buyers from 2020: Now is the time to contact your CASH Buyers from last year and remind them they need to get their property tax bills. Most tax bills still go to the previous owner and without a mortgage company involved, a cash Buyer may not know that. They need to contact the County of their residence and have the property tax bill sent to them at their new address. Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us!
MX1 Alabama Sales Meeting: Just a reminder about the In-Branch Sales Meeting for MX1 Alabama agents this Tuesday 5/25/21 beginning at 10am. For more information, contact Destinie GraceExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro or Dawn SouthernMX1AlabamaBroker@MaximumOne.pro
Step-By-Step Homebuying Journey? Thank you to Denise Thomas & Jay Alexander for sharing with us the Step-by-step Homebuying Journey Brochure available to use with your clients. Click here for pdf version
Homestar Financial Corporation Cash Advantage Program: Contact Denise Thomas or Jay Alexander (contact information above & below) for information on how to help your Buyer have no financing and no appraisal contingencies. Get them into a house now as interest rates continue to rise due to inflation.
Housing News: Some of the latest housing news: Homebuilders remain confident due to strong buyer demand amidst inventory shortages, but rising costs of construction materials are weighing on housing affordability.Housing starts fell more than expected in April, likely pulled down by soaring lumber prices. The acute inventory shortage is still supporting construction.Weekly mortgage purchase applications fell 4% last week. The average purchase application amount hit $411,400 — the highest since February.
Special Stipulations & Earnest Money: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us to not write any special stipulations but if you do, remember that you must address what happens to the Earnest Money if the parties do not perform per the stipulation. In MANY cases, a Buyer may still be required to close on the transaction even if a Seller breaches the contract. So much more information about Seller breaches was shared by Amee at the Pinnacle Sales meeting!
MX1 Woodstock Agent Accountability: We will begin a weekly Agent Accountability meeting in Woodstock every Wednesday beginning at 10am. These will begin in June. Contact Dawn Southern, Director of Career Development & Agent Growth for more information. MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309.
Max Cares: Condolences to Karen Foster whose cousin’s husband fell through a 3rd story balcony to his death. Max Cares: prayers to Mary Poole whose husband Johnny Poole is recovering in the hospital.
REPEAT: How to Add Documents to a Listing in ReMine: Thank you to Cindy Raftis for sharing this information! Save the documents to your clients file on your computer. Pull up Remine, create a transaction. When you go into the transaction (there are some tabs top left) one has an arrow pointing upward, click onto that and download.
REPEAT: ADA-Compliant Chime Websites : Chime announced on Thursday information about making your Chime Website ADA-Compliant. For more information, contact Heidi OwensDES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. Here is the information from Chime…
REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.
REPEAT: Interested In Getting Your Broker’s License?: If Georgia Real Estate Academy is offering a Virtual Broker’s Pre-License Course taught by MX1 Community Realtors Broker, Lynn Lenton. Class Schedule: May 24 2021 – July 5,2021 Monday Wednesday Friday 12:30 pm – 4:30pm July 5,2021 Exam Day . This course fulfills the 60 hour requirement for Broker Pre-License Students. The course contains practical applications that require students to apply the theories and principals that they will learn. Class is limited to 20 students. Cost is $450 – payable to Instructor – Paypal@MX1CRbroker. Once payment is received, you’ll get the link to the class. For more information, contact Lynn Directly: MX1crbroker@gmail.com

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5/16/2021

Parcel Overlays on Google Earth Maps: Want to see parcel overlays on a Google Earth Map? Go to this website to learn how! Parcel Overlays on Google Earth
When Will the Market Crash… Or Will It? Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us this information at the Woodstock Sales Meeting about why this market will continue for at least 3 years Contact John for more information – see contact information below. We are NOT in a Housing Bubble & Here’s Why…
FHA Issues Temporary Partial Waiver of Appraisal Requirements Due to Changing Markets: What does this mean for FHA Borrowers? Is this good news or bad news? Will this increase appraisal values? You’ll have to come to your monthly Branch Sales Meetings to find out from our affiliated Lenders!
Vendor Appreciation Day: Join us at the Pinnacle Branch Sales meeting on Tuesday 5/18/21 – beginning at 10am for the Sales meeting & Vendor Appreciation fun & Lunch! For more information, contact Katie Luttrell – 770-919-8825 x 318 Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com or Dawn Southern – 770-919-8825 x 309 MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro
How to Add Documents to a Listing in ReMine: Thank you to Cindy Raftis for sharing this information! Save the documents to your clients file on your computer. Pull up Remine, create a transaction. When you go into the transaction (there are some tabs top left) one has an arrow pointing upward, click onto that and download.
ADA-Compliant Chime Websites : Chime announced on Thursday information about making your Chime Website ADA-Compliant. For more information, contact Heidi OwensDES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. Here is the information from Chime…
Creative Buyer Special Stipulations: Thank you to Katryna Cox for sharing this creative Buyer Special Stipulation in a recent contract: “All parties agree Buyers shall provide pizza of Seller’s choice to be delivered to the Seller’s doorstep at no cost to the Sellers on the date of their choice prior to the agreed upon closing date to alleviate the stressors associated with the moving process.”
Max Cares: Prayers to Patti & Leah Loveless for her Mom (& Grandmother) ongoing lung issues. She is currently home & recovering nicely.
REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.
REPEAT: Interested In Getting Your Broker’s License?: If Georgia Real Estate Academy is offering a Virtual Broker’s Pre-License Course taught by MX1 Community Realtors Broker, Lynn Lenton. Class Schedule: May 24 2021 – July 5,2021 Monday Wednesday Friday 12:30 pm – 4:30pm July 5,2021 Exam Day . This course fulfills the 60 hour requirement for Broker Pre-License Students. The course contains practical applications that require students to apply the theories and principals that they will learn. Class is limited to 20 students. Cost is $450 – payable to Instructor – Paypal@MX1CRbroker. Once payment is received, you’ll get the link to the class. For more information, contact Lynn Directly: MX1crbroker@gmail.com

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5/9/21

Happy Mother’s Day!
 
Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in April 2021: Welcome these agents new to Maximum One this month!
 
No Appraisal Contingency? How can a Buyer remove an Appraisal Contingency & still close on a transaction without having to bring extra $$ to the table? Consider the following strategies:
  • With many lenders, if Buyer puts 20%+ down and has a good credit score, the Lender may be able to waive the Appraisal Contingency
  • Have the Lender order the appraisal IMMEDIATELY upon going binding and make sure that the Buyer’s Due Diligence period covers the time (perhaps 7 days but get with the Lender) in which the appraisal may be done & received back – then if it is low, Buyer may still terminate based on Due Diligence provision
  • Sellers get a pre-listing appraisal. If this is done by DS Murphy & a Buyer’s Appraisal comes in low, DS Murphy will fight for the value
 
Negotiating an “Appraisal Gap” There are many Buyers negotiating to pay for an “appraisal gap” – the variance between a low appraisal and the contract sales price. Be aware that if a Buyer offers to pay $_____ in cash above a low appraisal up to a cap of the Sale Price, if that still falls short, without any contractual verbiage, the Seller is not obligated to come down off the Contract price – also make sure that additional cash from the Buyer is approved by the Lender. Check out the various Special Stipulations regarding Appraisals we have provided for you authored by our affiliated Closing Attorneys. See “Special Stipulations to Consider – 2021”
 
MX1 Greater Atlanta – NEW Pinnacle Building: Getting Coser! For the latest check out the Maximum One Rockstars Group on Facebook!
 
ADA Compliance : What is ADA (American Disabilities Act) Compliance & what does it mean for your website? Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this article: What is ADA Compliance & What Does it Mean for Your Website?
 
Facebook Advertising: Do you advertise on Facebook? If so, you’ll want to understand Apple’s new operating system that allows users to block ad tracking in Facebook. Thank you Shawn Delaney for bringing us this information! Read full article here…
 
Low Credit Score: If you have a Buyer with a low credit score, get them qualified NOW as interest rates are on the rise! See information below from Denise Thomas & Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial Corporation – additional contact information at bottom of this email.
 
Max Cares: Congratulations to David Peterson on getting his Broker’s License!
 
REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.
 
REPEAT: Interested In Getting Your Broker’s License?: If Georgia Real Estate Academy is offering a Virtual Broker’s Pre-License Course taught by MX1 Community Realtors Broker, Lynn Lenton. Class Schedule:
May 24 2021 – July 5,2021 Monday Wednesday Friday 12:30 pm – 4:30pm July 5,2021 Exam Day . This course fulfills the 60 hour requirement for Broker Pre-License Students. The course contains practical applications that require students to apply the theories and principals that they will learn. Class is limited to 20 students. Cost is $450 – payable to Instructor – Paypal@MX1CRbroker. Once payment is received, you’ll get the link to the class. For more information, contact Lynn Directly: MX1crbroker@gmail.com

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5/2/2021

3 VA-Backed Loan Options for Surviving Spouses of Veterans: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage (see contact info at bottom of email) for this information. Surviving spouses of Veterans may be eligible to get a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) -backed home loan. Once you secure a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), you can use this benefit to, among others, purchase, build, improve or refinance your home.

Here are some VA-backed home loan options available to you as a surviving spouse of a Veteran:

1.  Purchase Loan – A VA-backed purchase loan can help you to buy, build or improve a home with zero percent down payment, no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) requirement, and for a loan amount more than the conforming loan limit if you qualify.

2.  Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) – If you have an existing VA-backed home loan, taking out an IRRRL could be a viable option to reduce your monthly mortgage payments if you can get a better interest rate. You could also convert your adjustable-rate mortgage into a fixed interest rate so that your monthly payments will no longer change until you fully pay the loan.

3.  Cash-Out Refinance Loan – Taking out a VA-backed cash-out refinance loan could be a viable option if you want to convert your home equity into cash and use it however you like. This is also an option to refinance a non-VA loan into a VA-backed loan which should have a more favorable term and interest rate.

The VA funding fee is generally required for Veterans, service members or survivors taking out a VA-backed home loan. Surviving spouses of Veterans may qualify to be exempted from paying the VA funding fee.

Sources:

https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/86857/gold-star-spouses-day/

https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/surviving-spouse/

https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/funding-fee-and-closing-costs/

 

Video Emails – Bomb-Bomb: Stand out from your competitors with Bomb-Bomb videos. MX1 offers a HUGE corporate discount for our agents for Bomb-Bomb- $20/month. Here is the latest: Introducing BombBomb’s All-New Video Page

Do you know what your recipient sees when they click your video? (Besides your smiling face!) Of course they can watch your video, but there’s more to it than that… You can now have your logo, contact information, call to action, header button, and more on the email itself AND on the page your video is hosted! BombBomb now offers a fully-customizable experience wrapped around the amazing videos you send! Click for more information.

And the BombBomb Video Page for Teams, Too! Do you have a team with BombBomb and worry about your team members keeping brand consistency? BombBomb now offers the ability for team admins to set up their team members’ Video Pages from the Manage Team tab! You can set information such as your team logo, brand color, address, and more. Additionally, you have the option to set this for your whole team, a sub-team, or for each individual member. Click for more information

2021.05.02 Bombbomb

Sending Emails via Paperless Pipeline : When you add a “Note/Email” in your Transaction in paperless Pipeline, it does NOT automatically get emailed to any staff member unless you check the box next to the staff member to whom you want to email the note. Compliance Broker, Kim Murray, does not go into all of your tranactions to just see the notes & will only get a note when you actually email that note to her within the transaction by clicking the check box next to “Compliance” to actually email your note to her email address – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com.

Max Cares: Prayers to Marsheva Perez whose boyfriend is recovering from a stroke.

REPEAT: ***PREVENT WIRE FRAUD***: Facebook Post from Closing Attorney Andy Hartman of Hartman Law – [See update at end] I (Andy) have to rant for a minute. First of all, many Realtors are my best friends. This rant is about separation between the best Realtors and the average ones. And here is what I mean.

If your Buyer gets to ONE DAY before closing and claims to know nothing about “the dangers of wire fraud” – you as their Realtor have absolutely failed them. 100%. Shame on them and shame on you when they lose 40k to a fraudster. Yeah. This happened to us today and unfortunately the fix was in before we could really even get in there and do much about it. The hackers were in play and impersonating people so quickly it was over before it started. And the buyer said – “nobody told me about this” – despite the fact that they signed two GAR documents disclosing the whole wire fraud scheme and at least two warnings from my office warning them about it. And still. Money gone.

REALTORS. PLEASE. GET IN YOUR BUYERS FACES AND VERBALLY TELL THEM THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO STEAL THEIR MONEY.

Some of these buyers just don’t listen and I feel like you can’t help them, no matter what it feels like they are going to send their funds to a car dealership in Florida if someone tells them to. It’s frustrating. Stop being so trusting, people. We are at war with thieves!! But in other cases it’s a lack of proper warning from those of us who are the gatekeepers of the information. We tell you and tell you and tell you, but why does it still happen?

I will sit in a dark room tonight and mourn the fact that someone lost money and although it was not my fault and there was nothing I could do to prevent it, I’m wrecked over the idea wondering if we as an industry of professionals can continue to do more and more to warn people about these motherfucking coward thieves, thousands of miles away, stealing the savings of middle Americans with no risks through the wires. It eats my gut worrying about this.

Update: I want to make the point that Realtors are essential to the buying and selling process and 99.9% of them are AWESOME! The point of my post was only to say – STAY EXCELLENT! The wolves are at the gates. This is proof more than ever that taking the human element out of real estate is DANGEROUS!

REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.

REPEAT: Interested In Getting Your Broker’s License?: If Georgia Real Estate Academy is offering a Virtual Broker’s Pre-License Course taught by MX1 Community Realtors Broker, Lynn Lenton. Class Schedule:

May 24 2021 – July 5,2021 Monday Wednesday Friday 12:30 pm – 4:30pm July 5,2021 Exam Day . This course fulfills the 60 hour requirement for Broker Pre-License Students. The course contains practical applications that require students to apply the theories and principals that they will learn. Class is limited to 20 students. Cost is $450 – payable to Instructor – Paypal@MX1CRbroker. Once payment is received, you’ll get the link to the class. For more information, contact Lynn Directly: MX1crbroker@gmail.com

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4/25/2021

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

***PREVENT WIRE FRAUD***: Facebook Post from Closing Attorney Andy Hartman of Hartman Law – [See update at end] I (Andy) have to rant for a minute. First of all, many Realtors are my best friends. This rant is about separation between the best Realtors and the average ones. And here is what I mean.

If your Buyer gets to ONE DAY before closing and claims to know nothing about “the dangers of wire fraud” – you as their Realtor have absolutely failed them. 100%. Shame on them and shame on you when they lose 40k to a fraudster. Yeah. This happened to us today and unfortunately the fix was in before we could really even get in there and do much about it. The hackers were in play and impersonating people so quickly it was over before it started. And the buyer said – “nobody told me about this” – despite the fact that they signed two GAR documents disclosing the whole wire fraud scheme and at least two warnings from my office warning them about it. And still. Money gone.

REALTORS. PLEASE. GET IN YOUR BUYERS FACES AND VERBALLY TELL THEM THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO STEAL THEIR MONEY.

Some of these buyers just don’t listen and I feel like you can’t help them, no matter what it feels like they are going to send their funds to a car dealership in Florida if someone tells them to. It’s frustrating. Stop being so trusting, people. We are at war with thieves!! But in other cases it’s a lack of proper warning from those of us who are the gatekeepers of the information. We tell you and tell you and tell you, but why does it still happen?

I will sit in a dark room tonight and mourn the fact that someone lost money and although it was not my fault and there was nothing I could do to prevent it, I’m wrecked over the idea wondering if we as an industry of professionals can continue to do more and more to warn people about these motherfucking coward thieves, thousands of miles away, stealing the savings of middle Americans with no risks through the wires. It eats my gut worrying about this.

Update: I want to make the point that Realtors are essential to the buying and selling process and 99.9% of them are AWESOME! The point of my post was only to say – STAY EXCELLENT! The wolves are at the gates. This is proof more than ever that taking the human element out of real estate is DANGEROUS!

Interested In Getting Your Broker’s License?: If Georgia Real Estate Academy is offering a Virtual Broker’s Pre-License Course taught by MX1 Community Realtors Broker, Lynn Lenton. Class Schedule:

May 24 2021 – July 5,2021 Monday Wednesday Friday 12:30 pm – 4:30pm July 5,2021 Exam Day . This course fulfills the 60 hour requirement for Broker Pre-License Students. The course contains practical applications that require students to apply the theories and principals that they will learn. Class is limited to 20 students. Cost is $450 – payable to Instructor – Paypal@MX1CRbroker. Once payment is received, you’ll get the link to the class. For more information, contact Lynn Directly: MX1crbroker@gmail.com

Sending Emails via Paperless Pipeline : TWhen you add a “Note/Email” in your Transaction in paperless Pipeline, it does NOT automatically get emailed to any staff member unless you check the box next to the staff member to whom you want to email the note. Compliance Broker, Kim Murray, does not go into all of your tranactions to just see the notes & will only get a note when you actually email that note to her within the transaction by clicking the check box next to “Compliance” to actually email your note to her email address – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com.

GAR March Housing Indicators: The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of March. The housing market shows no signs of slowing down as home prices and pending sales continue to rise. Closed Sales increased by 17 percent year over year with median sales prices increasing by 15 percent.

 

·    New Listings decreased 5 percent to 16,751

·    Pending Sales were up 35 percent to 15,574

·    Closed Sales were up 17 percent to 14,286

·    Inventory levels shrank 58 percent to 16,267 units

·    The Median Sales Price increased 15 percent to $278,000

·    The Average Sales Price increased percent to $334,664

·    Days on Market was decreased 36 percent to 38 days

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 64 percent to 1.2 months

 

Click here to read the full update for March including our Housing Supply Overview.

Click here to access the FastStats platform and county-level data.

Max Cares: Congratulations Jeanne O’Brien on getting your SRS designation!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Laura Wilson on the engagement of her son, Josh, to Bonnie!

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Agan-Williams on the passing of her sister, Deb.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Amy & Neal Matheson on a new baby in their family!

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.

REPEAT: All About “Specific Performance”: Thank you to Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean for sharing with us in the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting this week everything a Buyer needs to know about suing a Seller for Specific Performance… including the immediate steps that need to be taken to prevent a Seller from selling the house to another Buyer! If you missed it, Dana has done a video on this topic that will be available on YouTube this coming Tuesday & will be in next Sunday’s emails, “This Week at Maximum One.” – Watch Video: https://youtu.be/8-ejaYLUHwI

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4/18/2021

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

All About “Specific Performance”: Thank you to Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean for sharing with us in the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting this week everything a Buyer needs to know about suing a Seller for Specific Performance… including the immediate steps that need to be taken to prevent a Seller from selling the house to another Buyer! If you missed it, Dana has done a video on this topic that will be available on YouTube this coming Tuesday & will be in next Sunday’s emails, “This Week at Maximum One.” – Watch Video: https://youtu.be/8-ejaYLUHwI

GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.

Low Inventory Success Strategies (Tom Ferry): Want some effective ideas on how to generate listings in this time of low inventory? Tom Ferry has some great ones! Watch this Video: 3 Ways You Can Solve the 0 Inventory in Your Market & Download this Strategy Guide: Low Inventory Success Strategies

Find Sellers with Geographic Farming (RPR): If you are a REALTOR, then you have access to RPR. Through that program, you can geographically farm an area with good turnover rates to generate more listings. Here is a Video that explains: Geographical Farming to Find Sellers

Change in Instagram CE Class : The CE Class on April 22nd from 1pm – 4pm taught by Shantha Wetterhan on Instagram is being changed to a CE class on Linked In. If you would still like to attend, here is the Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcOqtrTwiGtfydUsuYJaeV6gLlZ27mU-W

ReMine Docs + Email Issues: Here are 2 questions about the emails from ReMine Docs+ & their answers. For additional questions, feel free to contact ReMine Directly:

·     Question #1: When we send forms for buyers or sellers to esign, it shows the email coming from “Remine Team”. I have had clients delete it because they don’t have a clue who Remine Team is. I know I should tell them upfront but sometimes I forget. They know me and my email and expect it to come from me. Could they program it so it shows the email coming from the agent or person sending it? Not Remine Team.

·     Remine Answer #1: At the moment, when you send a document out for signing it will say it is coming from docs-no-reply@remine.com instead of your email since it is going through our system. However, in the subject line it should say something along the lines of ‘Dana Sparks has shared documents with you’ to let your clients know who it is coming from. 

·     Question #2: For example, if I have an offer on my personal home. On the signature page, I have to sign as the Seller, Seller’s Agent and on the Buying side as they agreed to work with me as a customer. The system will only let me sign in one place with my email. I am not going to get 2 new emails just so I can sign these forms. I want to use one email. Can’t they program the system to allow that if we need to sign in more than one place?

·     ReMine Answer #2: The way Docs+ is programmed each person must have a unique email in order for it to be sent out for signing. What I would suggest is you list yourself as representing both sides, so you only have to create one other email. I will relay this feedback to my development team for them to look into. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Max Cares: Stay Happy Everyone!

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

REPEAT: Special Stipulations to Consider: Please check out the updated “Special Stipulations to Consider” with new stips for 2021. This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

REPEAT: Special Stip for Cash Difference with Low Appraisal: Thank you to Amee Davis for this Special Stipulation:

·     “All parties hereby acknowledge that any Appraisal Contingency is hereby amended to reflect the following terms: If any appraisal is for less than the purchase price, Buyer shall be responsible to deliver any additional funds needed for closing to satisfy the difference between the lower appraised value and the agreed upon purchase price of the Property up to an amount not to exceed (The Variance”). Any difference in appraised value and the purchase price that is equal to or lesser than the Variance will not be grounds to terminate this Agreement. However, if the difference in appraised value and the purchase price is greater than the Variance, Buyer is subject to the terms outlined in the Appraisal Contingency Clause of this Agreement and has the right, but not the obligation, to terminate this Agreement without penalty. Buyer will have 3 days from receipt of notice of appraised value, resulting in the Variance being greater than the variance agreed upon herein, to terminate. If buyer does not terminate within 3 days, buyer shall be deemed to waive the right to terminate and will bring additional funds above original variance value to close. This stipulation, if conflicting with any exhibit, addendum, or preceding paragraph, shall control.”

REPEAT: What Buyer Need to Know in This Seller’s Market! Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for creating for us this “Disclosures for a Buyer in a Seller’s Market” brochure that you may brand to yourself. Please make sure to get this brochure into your client / customer’s hands when you first meet with them. This information helps describe this market & gives the public some ideas of what to pay attention to when buying / selling today. Buyer Disclosures for a Seller’s Market – Amee Davis Contact information below.

REPEAT: Ribbon Homes – Cash Back-Up for Buyers for Competitive Offers: Many of you have been discussing in the MX1 Rockstars Group on Facebook a new program called “Ribbon Homes.” They offer CASH backup and purchases for buyers in this crazy competitive market. Their program basically allows us to present CASH offers for our clients while we wait for their financing to go through, hence considerably increasing the potential of winning bidding wars against other qualified buyers. I do not necessarily endorse this program – just want to bring it to your attention and share the information. Thank you to Stefania Wade for diligently looking into this program. For more information, contact, Chris Robinson – 713-352-3936 chrisrobinson@ribbonhome.com

Here is other information they provided:

·     Ribbon Program Information

·     Ribbon Contract Addendum

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4/11/21

 

All About “Specific Performance”: Thank you to Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean for sharing with us in the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting this week everything a Buyer needs to know about suing a Seller for Specific Performance… including the immediate steps that need to be taken to prevent a Seller from selling the house to another Buyer! If you missed it, Dana has done a video on this topic that will be available on YouTube this coming Tuesday & will be in next Sunday’s emails, “This Week at Maximum One.”
 
Lender Opinion of This Market: Thank you to Christina & John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for offering this perspective: “As lenders, we were doing a lot of second home loans for buyers in New York, Chicago, California back in 2007 and prior as well as after the “crash.” Atlanta was a best kept secret then but it’s out now and John R Bohannon and I don’t think it’ll go back down, ( unless our politicians do something drastic, but let’s not talk politics  ) . We seem to be on the same trajectory as those areas were years ago. Millennials are a large population & have cash and are buying. Boomers are holding onto their homes and independence. People are also moving here as so many of those expensive cities are a mess right now and people can work remote. Forbearance is not foreclosure, as many mortgage servicers are allowing for the balance to be tacked into the loan and / or payment increases to cover it. Banks don’t want to foreclose as it’s of no benefit to them. We are refinancing people out of them and lowering their payments as long as they have made 3 payments or have initiated a payment plan. The mortgage industry wrecked the world wide economy back in 2008 because our guidelines were too loose. They are very tight right now. As far as appraisals I know it’s hurting that many houses that are coming soon are not being able to be used as comps A lot of homes are being sold prior to hitting the market or off market. This is causing the appraisers to have a harder time finding comps. Rates have gone up about .250 or a bit more depending on credit score, but they are still low if you look over a 5-10 year average. You do have to protect your customers and we do see a lot of “Wild West “ deals going on in the real estate industry rather than the lending industry right now. Great agents will stand out. There is always opportunity yet we know it’s harder right now for a lot of our realtor partners. We are here to support and do our job with excellence so when we give that letter that they know that they know their deals they write will close. Hopefully some of this info helps
 
Generate More Listing Appointments (Tom Ferry): “It’s setting the most listing appointments for us right now.” Want to know what tactic – and script – Rockstar team leader Byron Lazine was talking about? Hint… It’s sorta “old school,” but sometimes you need to innovate, and sometimes you have to rely on what’s tried and true. Watch his video for the script, and then to make your efforts even more effective, be sure to download our new Low Inventory Success Strategies bundle to get free social media ad templates and direct mail letters to “rip off and duplicate” – as well as additional strategies to win more listings in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Click here for video: https://www.tomferry.com/low-inventory-strategies/?mkt_tok=NjQ0LVNYUS0xOTgAAAF8R2UdHOeXJBJeahco1bvwebAbpglCIWrQyEgHXHLCpK4EBF12TGu3hjp1uVHnLB-vjwkPnmC4RtdYMgA2E4UvONsKPxtMSwxyHuPYcB5E0977nw
 
Enter Listings Simultaneously to FMLS & GAMLS: The Bridge Interactive System is no longer available to enter listings to BOTH FMLS & GAMLS simultaneously. So you have alternatives:
 
Current State & Future of Real Estate Market : For those of you that were able to join, thank you for attending yesterday’s Speaker Series! We hope you enjoyed hearing Spencer Levy’s ( Chairman of Americas Research and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world) views on the current state and future of the real estate markets. f you weren’t able to make it, please click here for a recording of the discussion and save the date for our next Speaker Series, Wednesday, April 14th at 12pm CT. See you there!
 
Max Cares: Prayers for Donna Agan-Williams who has been really sick this week.
Max Cares: Prayers for Jennifer Jones whose dad is battling cancer.
 
REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!
  • Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office
  • Mail in any Deposits
  • For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:
  • Maximum One Realty
  • Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager
  • 76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141
  • Hiram, GA 30141
  • 770-919-8825 x 318
  • For Other Franchises – see contact information Below
  • Use Remote Deposit
  • Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)
  • Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management
 
REPEAT: Special Stipulations to Consider: Please check out the updated “Special Stipulations to Consider” with new stips for 2021. This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
 
REPEAT: Special Stip for Cash Difference with Low Appraisal: Thank you to Amee Davis for this Special Stipulation:
  • “All parties hereby acknowledge that any Appraisal Contingency is hereby amended to reflect the following terms: If any appraisal is for less than the purchase price, Buyer shall be responsible to deliver any additional funds needed for closing to satisfy the difference between the lower appraised value and the agreed upon purchase price of the Property up to an amount not to exceed (The Variance”). Any difference in appraised value and the purchase price that is equal to or lesser than the Variance will not be grounds to terminate this Agreement. However, if the difference in appraised value and the purchase price is greater than the Variance, Buyer is subject to the terms outlined in the Appraisal Contingency Clause of this Agreement and has the right, but not the obligation, to terminate this Agreement without penalty. Buyer will have 3 days from receipt of notice of appraised value, resulting in the Variance being greater than the variance agreed upon herein, to terminate. If buyer does not terminate within 3 days, buyer shall be deemed to waive the right to terminate and will bring additional funds above original variance value to close. This stipulation, if conflicting with any exhibit, addendum, or preceding paragraph, shall control.”
 
REPEAT: What Buyer Need to Know in This Seller’s Market! Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for creating for us this “Disclosures for a Buyer in a Seller’s Market” brochure that you may brand to yourself. Please make sure to get this brochure into your client / customer’s hands when you first meet with them. This information helps describe this market & gives the public some ideas of what to pay attention to when buying / selling today. Buyer Disclosures for a Seller’s Market – Amee Davis Contact information below.
 
REPEAT: Ribbon Homes – Cash Back-Up for Buyers for Competitive Offers: Many of you have been discussing in the MX1 Rockstars Group on Facebook a new program called “Ribbon Homes.” They offer CASH backup and purchases for buyers in this crazy competitive market. Their program basically allows us to present CASH offers for our clients while we wait for their financing to go through, hence considerably increasing the potential of winning bidding wars against other qualified buyers. I do not necessarily endorse this program – just want to bring it to your attention and share the information. Thank you to Stefania Wade for diligently looking into this program. For more information, contact, Chris Robinson – 713-352-3936 chrisrobinson@ribbonhome.com
Here is other information they provided:

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4/4/2021

Happy Easter! – Sunday April 4th

 

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in March 2021: Please make these agents new to our companies feel welcome!

2021.04.04 New Agent Table

Congratulations Cappers: Congratulations to these Agents Who Capped in March & have $0 in MX1 Transaction Fees until their annual anniversary!

·     Machelle Moody

·     Shaheedah Hill

·     Kiran Ramireddy

Maximum One 2020 Awards: Congratulations to Maximum One Companies for being #10 of Top Residential Real Estate Organizations & #15 of Top Residential Real Estate Companies in 2020 ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle!

2021.04.04 Top 10 Sales

Special Stip for Cash Difference with Low Appraisal: Thank you to Amee Davis for this Special Stipulation:

·     “All parties hereby acknowledge that any Appraisal Contingency is hereby amended to reflect the following terms: If any appraisal is for less than the purchase price, Buyer shall be responsible to deliver any additional funds needed for closing to satisfy the difference between the lower appraised value and the agreed upon purchase price of the Property up to an amount not to exceed (The Variance”). Any difference in appraised value and the purchase price that is equal to or lesser than the Variance will not be grounds to terminate this Agreement. However, if the difference in appraised value and the purchase price is greater than the Variance, Buyer is subject to the terms outlined in the Appraisal Contingency Clause of this Agreement and has the right, but not the obligation, to terminate this Agreement without penalty. Buyer will have 3 days from receipt of notice of appraised value, resulting in the Variance being greater than the variance agreed upon herein, to terminate. If buyer does not terminate within 3 days, buyer shall be deemed to waive the right to terminate and will bring additional funds above original variance value to close. This stipulation, if conflicting with any exhibit, addendum, or preceding paragraph, shall control.”

Spoofed Emails Appearing to Come from Shafritz & Dean: We have learned that an apparent fraudster is sending “spoofed” emails that appear to be from Shafritz & Dean, LLC or an employee in our firm (including me). The emails are FRAUD, and are not legitimate. The emails may show my name, the name of an employee at my firm, or the firm name, but the email address is a Gmail account (one of which is: “titleclosingagent300@gmail.com”, although there may other Fraudulent Gmail accounts in use). Authentic emails from my firm will always come from an email address ending in , “@Shafritz-Dean.com”, or via secure email from our Qualia Connect system. Please ensure your agents are aware of the potential for “spoofed” emails that appear to be sent from one sender, but are actually sent from another account [both specifically, as above, and in general, as this is a common attempted fraud scheme]. Wiring instructions should always be confirmed by calling a known-good phone number. 

Loans with Low Credit Score: Thank you to Wes Barclay, Jay Alexander & Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for bringing us this information about loan programs for those with lower credit scores.

2021.04.04 Homestar

MX1 Greater Atlanta Community Service of the Month: For the Month of April, we are collecting Art Supplies for Foster Children. Dawn Southern will be bringing Sunflower Seed packets to the Sales Meetings to hand out and on Earth Day which is also Alex’s Luttrell’s Birthday (AGL Day 4/22 ) we plant Sunflowers to brighten up this world a little bit. 

Max Cares: Condolences to Vivian Cade on the passing of her Aunt Lorene.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Linda Gailey for winning her battle with breast cancer after her recent surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers for Jennifer Jones whose father is battling stage 4 cancer throughout his body.

Max Cares: Condolences to Patti & Leah Loveless on the passing of their uncle/great uncle Morris.

Max Cares: Condolences to Rosanna Santiago whose Mother-In-Law passed away. 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

REPEAT: Special Stipulations to Consider: Please check out the updated “Special Stipulations to Consider” with new stips for 2021. This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

REPEAT: What Buyer Need to Know in This Seller’s Market! Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for creating for us this “Disclosures for a Buyer in a Seller’s Market” brochure that you may brand to yourself. Please make sure to get this brochure into your client / customer’s hands when you first meet with them. This information helps describe this market & gives the public some ideas of what to pay attention to when buying / selling today. Buyer Disclosures for a Seller’s Market – Amee Davis Contact information below.

REPEAT: Ribbon Homes – Cash Back-Up for Buyers for Competitive Offers: Many of you have been discussing in the MX1 Rockstars Group on Facebook a new program called “Ribbon Homes.” They offer CASH backup and purchases for buyers in this crazy competitive market. Their program basically allows us to present CASH offers for our clients while we wait for their financing to go through, hence considerably increasing the potential of winning bidding wars against other qualified buyers. I do not necessarily endorse this program – just want to bring it to your attention and share the information. Thank you to Stefania Wade for diligently looking into this program. For more information, contact, Chris Robinson – 713-352-3936 chrisrobinson@ribbonhome.com

Here is other information they provided:

·     Ribbon Program Information

·     Ribbon Contract Addendum

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3/28/2021

Happy Easter! – Sunday April 4th

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

Agent Disclosures for a Buyer During This Competitive Market! Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for creating for us this “Disclosures for a Buyer in a Seller’s Market” brochure that you may brand to yourself. Please make sure to get this brochure into your client / customer’s hands when you first meet with them. This information helps describe this market & gives the public some ideas of what to pay attention to when buying / selling today. Buyer Disclosures for a Seller’s Market – Amee Davis Contact information below.

Ribbon Homes – Cash Back-Up for Buyers for Competitve Offers: Many of you have been discussing in the MX1 Rockstars Group on Facebook a new program called “Ribbon Homes.” They offer CASH backup and purchases for buyers in this crazy competitive market. Their program basically allows us to present CASH offers for our clients while we wait for their financing to go through, hence considerably increasing the potential of winning bidding wars against other qualified buyers. I do not necessarily endorse this program – just want to bring it to your attention and share the information. Thank you to Stefania Wade for diligently looking into this program. For more information, contact, Chris Robinson – 713-352-3936 chrisrobinson@ribbonhome.com

Here is other information they provided:

·     Ribbon Program Information

·     Ribbon Contract Addendum

VA Loans: Thank you to Wes Barclay for teaching us all about VA Loans. You may watch the Replay of this CE class by clicking here: VA Loans: What You Need to Know as an Agent. In today’s competitive market, some Sellers shy away from Buyers getting a VA-Insured loan so you need to learn all about it to be able to inform your clients. Thank you to Wes Barclay, Jay Alexander & Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for always informing us of the latest loan information at the Pinnacle office of Maximum One Greater Atlanta. Contact information below.

Marketing Words That Drive Action – OutboundEngine.com: When you spend time writing an email, an ad or a social post for your business, chances are you want the reader to take some kind of action. But without the right words, your message is likely to be a dead end. We put together a guide to choosing the right power words that will grab your readers’ attention and drive them to take the next step. Read More Here…

Agent Accountability Masterminds: Join us on Mondays for Agent Accountability if you want to increase your business. Special presentation on Monday at Powers Ferry by Faye Ette Williams on Marketing on a Dime – Virtual & In Branch – Zoom Links are posted on the online corporate calendar.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Karina Gallero on getting her Broker’s license!

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

REPEAT: Special Stipulations to Consider: Please check out the updated “Special Stipulations to Consider” with new stips for 2021. This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

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3/21/2021

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

Happy Passover!!!! First Seder is Saturday March 27th

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in February 2021! Please make these agents feel welcome!

2021.03.21 New Agents Table

Congratulations Cappers! Congratulations to the following who have capped! They have $0 MX1 Transaction Fees until their Anniversary year rolls back around!

·     Kiran Ramireddy

·     Amber Taylor

·     Nancy Zayas

Special Stipulations to Consider: Please check out the updated “Special Stipulations to Consider” with new stips for 2021. This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Mortgage Forbearance & Foreclosures: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for explaining to us in the Pinnacle Sales Meeting this week how the previous Mortgage Forebearance issues will impact foreclosures & that Foreclosures will begin again May 4th.

GAR InfoGraphic for March: Just Say No to FSBO. Here is REALTOR link to download & Personalize

2021.03.21 Just Say No to FSBO

Georgia National Rankings – Market Will Stay HOT: Georgia ranked in the top 20 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best states in the country, coming in at No. 18. It also ranks among the top 15 states in the economy, infrastructure, opportunity and fiscal stability categories. Read More Here…

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black whose cousin passed away last week.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Karina Galero on getting her Broker’s License!

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

REPEAT: 26 Ways to Write a Winning Offer: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us at the Woodstock Sales Meeting 26 Ways to Write a Winning Offer.

REPEAT: Multiple Offer Worksheet: Thank you to Shaheedah Hill for sharing this on the Maximum One Rockstars Page on Facebook. Download this worksheet from the Rockstars Page in Facebook

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3/14/2021

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

Daylight Saving Time Begins TODAY 3/14/21 at 2am – “Spring Forward!”

Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Producers! More Top Producer Announcements Last Week! These lists & Marketing Piece will be available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Corrections From Last Week: Elite Realty Associates and Brandon Stephens are part of the Maximum One Premier Franchise.

 
 
2021.3.14 Congrats
   
2021.3.21 2020Company Wide Highest Residential Sale Price
 
 

Images & Lists from last week & this week are available in Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline or contact Heidi Owens (Director of Executive Systems) for Greater Atlanta Images – DES@eAGENTweb.com

   
2021.03.21 MX1 Companies Highest Residential Sales Table
 
 
2021.03.21 Company Wide Top Comm 2020
   
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Top Teams 2020
 
 
2021.03.21 MX1 Companies Top Comm 2020 Table
   
2021.03.21 MX1 Greater Atlanta Teams 2020 Table
 
 
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Sales Volume
   
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Transactions
 
 
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Powers Ferry Sales Volume
   
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Powers Ferry Transactions
 
 
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Woodstock Sales Volume
   
2021.03.21 Greater Atlanta Woodstock Transactions
 
Multiple Offer Worksheet: Thank you to Shaheedah Hill for sharing this on the Maximum One Rockstars Page on Facebook: Multiple Offer Worksheet

3 Ways to Generate Listing Appointments New (Tom Ferry): The alarm has been sounded: You need listings. Listing opportunities… appointments… signed contracts. I’ve got some ideas… Three of them I’m sharing in today’s blog. And if that’s not enough, I’ll lead you to additional free resources to help as well. Read More here…

26 Ways to Write a Winning Offer: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us at the Woodstock Sales Meeting 26 Ways to Write a Winning Offer.

The Market is HOT & Why It will STAY That Way: Thank you again to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us at the Woodstock Sales Meeting information about why the market will STAY hot for the next few years! The Market is Hot

February Market Statistics from FMLS: Here is a snapshot of the market in February 2021

2021.03.21 FMLS First to Know

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black whose cousin passed away last week.

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management


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3/7/2021

Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Producers! More Top Producer Announcements Next Week! These lists & Marketing Piece will be available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

2021.03.07 Corporate Wide Sales Volume
2021.03.07 Corporate Wide Sales Volume Table
2021.03.07 Corporate Wide Transactions
2021.03.07 Corporate Wide Transactions Table
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Sales Volume
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Sales Volume Table
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Transactions
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Transaction Table A
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Transactions Table B
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realtors Sales Volume 1
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realtors Sales Volume Table
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realtors Transactions 2020
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realtors Transactions Table A

 

 
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realtors Transactions Table B
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realty Sales Volume 2020
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realty Sales Volume Table
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realty Transactions 2020
2021.03.07 Greater Atlanta Realty Transactions Table

Max Cares: Condolences to Nancy Zayas whose Mother-in-Law passed away last week.

Max Cares: Prayers to Shawn Delaney who is recovering from diverticulitis surgery last week.

REPEAT: Escalation Clause Variation: Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this variation of the Escalation Clause – ALL parts to be included:

·     ” In the event that the seller receives one or more additional bona fide offers to purchase the property with terms acceptable to the Seller, but which result in net proceeds of sale payable to the Seller equal to or greater than the net proceeds of sale payable to seller under this offer, then the sales price stated in this Offer shall automatically increase to an amount which generates net proceeds of sale to Seller equal to $0.00 in excess of the highest net proceeds of sale generated in such Other Offers.

·      The sales price under this offer shall in no event exceed a cap of $00,000.

·      In the event that Other Offers cause the escalation of the Sales Price of the Offer, the Seller will provide the buyer with a copy of sufficient documentation to justify the Sales Price increase and the buyer acknowledges that the Escalating Factor of this Offer and the Escalating Factors of Other Offers may result in multiple escalations and, in some cases, escalation to the Cap.

·      The terms contained herein are for the use and purpose of obtaining a mutually agreeable Sales Price and shall be deemed satisfied and will terminate upon ratification of a Contract for the above referenced property.

·      Buyer acknowledges and affirms that this Offer and Escalation Clause has been made of Buyer’s own volition and at Buyer’s own discretion and both Buyer and Seller agree to hold agents and their Brokers harmless with regard to negotiation of the Sales Price. In the event Other Offers are presented on this Property, Buyer acknowledges that a copy of the documents constituting the Offer may be provided to the parties making such Other Offers.

·      In the event the Seller agrees to accept a Sales Price within the terms of this Offer and pursuant to the Escalation clause, the Seller will submit to the Buyer a copy of this Offer with the Sales price adjusted according to the escalation provisions contained herein, having been fully executed by the Seller (“Counteroffer”). Acceptance of the counteroffer will occur upon counter signature and initial of the modified terms of this Offer, by the Buyer, and delivery to the Seller of the fully ratified Contract.”

REPEAT: Lead Generation “Soft” Touch for All Past Clients & Customers – Yours & Co-Op: The “Client” relationship ends at closing. Now is a GREAT time to get in touch with everything with whom you did business last year and ask for a referral in addition to providing them with something of value! Remind ALL 2020 Buyers to file for their Homestead Tax Exemption & send them a copy of their Closing Statement; send ALL 2020 Sellers a copy of their Closing Statement. Attach the following letters & then follow-up to find people to help with their real estate needs in 2021: Thank you to Faye Ette-Williams for reminding us that homes in the city limits must also file Homestead Exemption on their CITY taxes as well as their County taxes.

·     Letter to All Buyers

·     Letter to All Sellers

·     Dana’s Video Explanation of This Lead Generation Customer Service Touch: “How to Double Your Client Base With One Letter”

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Katie Luttrell / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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2/28/2021

MX1 Corporate Awards to be announced next week!

Agent Safety Alert: Agents in Metro Atlanta – Thank you to Jeanne Rodriguez for forwarding me this safety alert from the Cobb Association. Agents have been receiving calls about a man claiming to be a Major General in the Army. Cobb Association of REALTORS advises that he may be “Carmine Scarfone who has been previously arrested for criminal activities in the past.. He calls to advise that he is interested in listing 750 Park Avenue in Atlanta and the number he calls from is 704-989-7169. If you receive a call from this number you are advised to not respond.”:

Provide Valuable Information When Asking for Referrals: Looking for relevant content to send to clients & prospects when asking for referrals? Check out: Keeping Current Matters

Behind the Mastermind Facebook Group: You need to check out this Mastermind Group from agents around the country – you WILL get some fabulous ideas to propel your business forward. Thank you to Shawn Delaney for bringing this group to our attention: Behind the Mastermind

GAR Housing Indicators: . JANUARY HOUSING INDICATORS

The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of January and while buyer demand remains strong, inventory levels are low across the state. Closed Sales increased by 13 percent year over year with median sales prices increasing by 16 percent.

·    New Listings decreased 18 percent to 12,987

·    Pending Sales were up 13 percent to 12,639

·    Closed Sales were up 13 percent to 9,660

·    Inventory levels shrank 51 percent to 18,608 units

·    The Median Sales Price increased 16 percent to $225,000

·    The Average Sales Price increased 18 percent to $315,135

·    Days on Market was decreased 35 percent to 41 days

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 56 percent to 1.4 months

Click here to read the full update for January including our Housing Supply Overview.

Click here to access the FastStats platform and county-level data.

To view the Annual Report for 2020, click here

Photos Used in Your Listings : Do not use others’ photos when marketing your listing. You could get sued for a copyright claim. Watch this video by Seth Weissman for more information: https://youtu.be/YCDa8SuN6gk

From RIS Media – Zillow to Start Cashing In on Zestimates: Zillow has just announced that it will be pairing its Zestimate with its iBuying arm, and the industry response is varied. The Zestimate is now available as an initial cash offer for eligible homes in the following cities… Read More

Max Cares: Let your Branch Manager know of any good news or anyone needing prayers.

REPEAT: Escalation Clause Variation: Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this variation of the Escalation Clause – ALL parts to be included:

·     ” In the event that the seller receives one or more additional bona fide offers to purchase the property with terms acceptable to the Seller, but which result in net proceeds of sale payable to the Seller equal to or greater than the net proceeds of sale payable to seller under this offer, then the sales price stated in this Offer shall automatically increase to an amount which generates net proceeds of sale to Seller equal to $0.00 in excess of the highest net proceeds of sale generated in such Other Offers.

·      The sales price under this offer shall in no event exceed a cap of $00,000.

·      In the event that Other Offers cause the escalation of the Sales Price of the Offer, the Seller will provide the buyer with a copy of sufficient documentation to justify the Sales Price increase and the buyer acknowledges that the Escalating Factor of this Offer and the Escalating Factors of Other Offers may result in multiple escalations and, in some cases, escalation to the Cap.

·      The terms contained herein are for the use and purpose of obtaining a mutually agreeable Sales Price and shall be deemed satisfied and will terminate upon ratification of a Contract for the above referenced property.

·      Buyer acknowledges and affirms that this Offer and Escalation Clause has been made of Buyer’s own volition and at Buyer’s own discretion and both Buyer and Seller agree to hold agents and their Brokers harmless with regard to negotiation of the Sales Price. In the event Other Offers are presented on this Property, Buyer acknowledges that a copy of the documents constituting the Offer may be provided to the parties making such Other Offers.

·      In the event the Seller agrees to accept a Sales Price within the terms of this Offer and pursuant to the Escalation clause, the Seller will submit to the Buyer a copy of this Offer with the Sales price adjusted according to the escalation provisions contained herein, having been fully executed by the Seller (“Counteroffer”). Acceptance of the counteroffer will occur upon counter signature and initial of the modified terms of this Offer, by the Buyer, and delivery to the Seller of the fully ratified Contract.”

REPEAT: Zillow 3D Home + Interactive FloorPlans: The “New” Zillow 3D Home Interactive Floor Plans just made it easier for the nearly 200 million unique monthly visitors to our sites…to fully immerse themselves into your listings. I think it would be helpful if your listing agents were aware of the newest technology. I made a quick 5 Minute Video to give you insight on this cool new feature at ZG. Use this Passcode To Unlock the Video: $0J.o@q3

 

Sample Listing: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1258-Dekalb-Ave-NE-APT-128-Atlanta-GA-30307/70830384_zpid/

 

How is this different from ZG competitors?

There are no Fees to post your Zillow 3D Home Interactive Floor Plans to Zillow/Trulia — there are no per-home, app, service or hosting fees. You and your listing stand out on Zillow, with specialized exposure in search results, but you can also share the tour on your website, the MLS, social media or via email with an unbranded link. Click Here – whether you want to capture, use one of our photography partners, or choose your favorite local photographer.

 

Where are the 3D Home interactive floor plans hosted?

The 3D Home and Interactive Floor Plans are hosted on the Zillow app, with no hosting fees.

 

Can a listing on Zillow have 3D listings from competitors?

Yes, our goal is to have as much high quality rich media content in the shopping experience as possible.

 

Can I post a 3D Home interactive floor plan outside of Zillow listings?

At this time, interactive floor plans can be posted to Zillow listings on Zillow.com and Trulia.com.

You can also share your tour and interactive floor plan via social, email, text or on the MLS via

an unbranded link.

 

How do listings with a 3D Home interactive floor plan and/or tour appear on Zillow?

Listings with a 3D Home tour appear more prominently and receive more engagement within Zillow searches, emails and recommendations.

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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2/21/2021

MX1 Corporate Awards to be announced next week!

Please Welcome New Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor: Please welcome Katie Luttrell, the new Branch CEO Advisor of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Branch! Katie may be reached at: Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318 Michelle Butz is now full time in the MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department. Michelle may be reached at: DA@MyMaximumOne.com 770-919-8825 x 307.

Escalation Clause Variation: Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this variation of the Escalation Clause – ALL parts to be included:

·     ” In the event that the seller receives one or more additional bona fide offers to purchase the property with terms acceptable to the Seller, but which result in net proceeds of sale payable to the Seller equal to or greater than the net proceeds of sale payable to seller under this offer, then the sales price stated in this Offer shall automatically increase to an amount which generates net proceeds of sale to Seller equal to $0.00 in excess of the highest net proceeds of sale generated in such Other Offers.

·      The sales price under this offer shall in no event exceed a cap of $00,000.

·      In the event that Other Offers cause the escalation of the Sales Price of the Offer, the Seller will provide the buyer with a copy of sufficient documentation to justify the Sales Price increase and the buyer acknowledges that the Escalating Factor of this Offer and the Escalating Factors of Other Offers may result in multiple escalations and, in some cases, escalation to the Cap.

·      The terms contained herein are for the use and purpose of obtaining a mutually agreeable Sales Price and shall be deemed satisfied and will terminate upon ratification of a Contract for the above referenced property.

·      Buyer acknowledges and affirms that this Offer and Escalation Clause has been made of Buyer’s own volition and at Buyer’s own discretion and both Buyer and Seller agree to hold agents and their Brokers harmless with regard to negotiation of the Sales Price. In the event Other Offers are presented on this Property, Buyer acknowledges that a copy of the documents constituting the Offer may be provided to the parties making such Other Offers.

·      In the event the Seller agrees to accept a Sales Price within the terms of this Offer and pursuant to the Escalation clause, the Seller will submit to the Buyer a copy of this Offer with the Sales price adjusted according to the escalation provisions contained herein, having been fully executed by the Seller (“Counteroffer”). Acceptance of the counteroffer will occur upon counter signature and initial of the modified terms of this Offer, by the Buyer, and delivery to the Seller of the fully ratified Contract.”

The Real Takeaway from Zillow’s Announcement about Buying ShowingTime: You have all heard by now that Zillow has bought “Showing Time.” FYI… Showing Time is used throughout the country not just here in Atlanta. What is the REAL takeaway from this announcement for you as a real estate agent i& your practice? Read Tom Ferry’s Blog post here…

Buying Property Via Tax Lien Purchase: You have heard of this strategy to purchase a home via a “Tax Sale.” Thank you to Shawn Horan, Closing Attorney with DeFoor, Ellison & Horan, (contact info at bottom of this newsletter) of explaining to us at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting this week of all the “ins & outs” of this type of purchase… when the former Owner can redeem the property – even up to 20 years later if the Tax Lien Buyer did not follow the required procedures & file the correct deeds! Y’all need to attend your Sales Meetings! They are IN BRANCH & via Zoom… they are no longer being recorded. Check out the calendar for the schedule!

Realogy Leads Group : Realogy Holdings Corp recently announced it will be centralizing all of the brand’s lead generation programs under Realogy Leads Group. RISMedia 2021 Real Estate Newsmaker Katrina Helmkamp leads the charge as president and CEO of Realogy Leads Group, which encompasses… Read More

Zillow 3D Home + Interactive FloorPlans: The “New” Zillow 3D Home Interactive Floor Plans just made it easier for the nearly 200 million unique monthly visitors to our sites…to fully immerse themselves into your listings. I think it would be helpful if your listing agents were aware of the newest technology. I made a quick 5 Minute Video to give you insight on this cool new feature at ZG. Use this Passcode To Unlock the Video: $0J.o@q3

 

Sample Listing: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1258-Dekalb-Ave-NE-APT-128-Atlanta-GA-30307/70830384_zpid/

 

How is this different from ZG competitors?

There are no Fees to post your Zillow 3D Home Interactive Floor Plans to Zillow/Trulia — there are no per-home, app, service or hosting fees. You and your listing stand out on Zillow, with specialized exposure in search results, but you can also share the tour on your website, the MLS, social media or via email with an unbranded link. Click Here – whether you want to capture, use one of our photography partners, or choose your favorite local photographer.

 

Where are the 3D Home interactive floor plans hosted?

The 3D Home and Interactive Floor Plans are hosted on the Zillow app, with no hosting fees.

 

Can a listing on Zillow have 3D listings from competitors?

Yes, our goal is to have as much high quality rich media content in the shopping experience as possible.

 

Can I post a 3D Home interactive floor plan outside of Zillow listings?

At this time, interactive floor plans can be posted to Zillow listings on Zillow.com and Trulia.com.

You can also share your tour and interactive floor plan via social, email, text or on the MLS via

an unbranded link.

 

How do listings with a 3D Home interactive floor plan and/or tour appear on Zillow?

Listings with a 3D Home tour appear more prominently and receive more engagement within Zillow searches, emails and recommendations.

2020 Record Numbers: See this information from GAMLS about the record numbers for 2020. Download your copy here…

2021.02.21 Sales Figures

Maximum One 2020 Corporate Awards: Stay tuned to next week’s newsletter for MX1 Corporate Top Producer Awards!

Max Cares: Continued prayers for Rhonda Thompson whose husband has stage 3 colon cancer that has also metastacized to his lymph nodes.

Max Cares: Condolences to Carol Smith whose brother passed away.

REPEAT: Lead Generation “Soft” Touch for All Past Clients & Customers – Yours & Co-Op: The “Client” relationship ends at closing. Now is a GREAT time to get in touch with everything with whom you did business last year and ask for a referral in addition to providing them with something of value! Remind ALL 2020 Buyers to file for their Homestead Tax Exemption & send them a copy of their Closing Statement; send ALL 2020 Sellers a copy of their Closing Statement. Attach the following letters & then follow-up to find people to help with their real estate needs in 2021:

·     Letter to All Buyers

·     Letter to All Sellers

·     Dana’s Video Explanation of This Lead Generation Customer Service Touch: “How to Double Your Client Base With One Letter”

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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2/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day!

MX1 Greater Atlanta: PrimeStreet Leads: Maximum One Greater Atlanta is in the process of signing up for a New Lead Source: Prime Street. These are sale leads only (no rentals) and do not go lower than $100,000. The areas currently covered are: Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton & Gwinnett. They anticipate opening up more counties soon. In order to participate, agents must have closed 5 transactions within the previous 12 months (at least 1 with MX1 Greater Atlanta if you have transferred from another Brokerage.) Referral Fee is 35% of gross commission. PrimeStreet will reach out if you meet these qualifications and if you are interested in participating, you will take their training & they will send you the link to download their app.

Go Get Listings! : There is: an extreme dearth of listings on the market in metro Atlanta. “Listings Are & Always Have Been the Name of the Game!” Focus your business on doing everything you can to go get listings right now. Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas:

·     Attend an Agent Accountability Session

·     Attend Dawn’s “Mindbenders with Dawn”

·     Work with a Mentor

·     Hire a Coach

·     Shadow an Experienced Listing Agent

·     How to Get Listings: 18 Luxury Agent Spill Their Secrets

·     19 Fastest Ways to Get Listings

·     14 Ways to Get More Real Estate Listings

·     9 Ways to Get Listings as a New Real Estate Agent

·     6 Bullet Proof Ways to Get Listings Without Cold Calling

·     5 Ways to Get More Listings

·     8 Real Estate Solutions to Get Listings in a Competitive Market

·     Simple Guide to Get Real Estate Listings from Scratch

·     The Secret to Finding Off the Market Properties

Lead Generation “Soft” Touch for All Past Clients & Customers – Yours & Co-Op: The “Client” relationship ends at closing. Now is a GREAT time to get in touch with everything with whom you did business last year and ask for a referral in addition to providing them with something of value! Remind ALL 2020 Buyers to file for their Homestead Tax Exemption & send them a copy of their Closing Statement; send ALL 2020 Sellers a copy of their Closing Statement. Attach the following letters & then follow-up to find people to help with their real estate needs in 2021:

·     Letter to All Buyers

·     Letter to All Sellers

·     Dana’s Video Explanation of This Lead Generation Customer Service Touch: “How to Double Your Client Base With One Letter”

Please Attend Sales Meetings: Many of the Branch Sales Meetings are held BOTH IN BRANCH & VIRTUALLY. Dana is no longer recording these meetings so please attend one way or another. There is a TON of great information that will help your business.

Max Cares: Prayers for Rhonda Thompson whos husband had surgery for colon cancer.

Max Cares: Condolences to Cindee DeAtley whose boyfriend’s mother passed away.

Max Cares: Prayers to Peggy Withrow for her sister awaiting surgery.

REPEAT: Agent 1099’s: Maximum One Greater Atlanta has processed and sent your 1099 for 2020. They have been mailed via US mail to the mailing address we have on file for you. If you are an agent with another MX1 Franchise, please check with your Franchise Office.

REPEAT: Maximum One Update Listing Presentation: Check out the updated listing presentations from Zip Your Flyer. Click here for Maximum One Listing Presentations:

For more information, contact: TERESA OSKAM – ZIP YOUR FLYER |Sr. Brokerage Coordinator – Direct: 425-678-6440 – Email:Teresa@zipyourflyer.net – Customer Service: 888.947.8509 –www.zipyourflyer.com

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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2/7/21

Agents New to Maximum One in January 2021: Please make these agents new to Maximum One feel welcome!

Jan 2021 Agents

Increase in Conforming Loan Limits : Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage (see contact info at bottom) for letting us know about the increase in conforming loan limits:

  • Conventional Loan – $548,250
    FHA Loan – $412,850
Financial Assistance for Buyers – Federal Stimulus & Cobb County: Thank you again to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for informing us about the $17,000 financial assistance in the Federal Stimulus package, enhancements to the USDA program and the NEW Cobb County Down Payment Assistance Program – up to 4% of Sale Price! So much information is shared at the Sales Meetings – you really miss out if you don’t attend!

Maximum One Update Listing Presentation: Check out the updated listing presentations from Zip Your Flyer. Click here for Maximum One Listing Presentations:

For more information, contact: TERESA OSKAM – ZIP YOUR FLYER |Sr. Brokerage Coordinator – Direct: 425-678-6440 – Email:Teresa@zipyourflyer.net – Customer Service: 888.947.8509 –www.zipyourflyer.com

Client Gift Ideas: Thank you to Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Services (karie@echelonrealestateservices.com) for these great ideas for personalized closing gifts.

  • Personalized Lazy Susans (18″ & 23″) Paint, Stain, & Wood Burned> Prices Range from $60-$75 Paint & Stained> Wood Burned (call for pricing)
  • Personalized Cutting Boards> Starting at $50 (Styles vary according to availability)

Personalized Etched Glassware> Set of 4> Starting at $30

Echelon Closing Gifts

Max Cares: Condolences to Al Majolagbe on the loss of his uncle.

 

Max Cares: Prayers for Wayne Crowe who is fighting bladder & lung cancer.

REPEAT: Agent 1099’s: Maximum One Greater Atlanta has processed and sent your 1099 for 2020. They have been mailed via US mail to the mailing address we have on file for you. If you are an agent with another MX1 Franchise, please check with your Franchise Office.
REPEAT: NEW 2021 Special Stipulations to Consider: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney with Davis & Associates for writing 3 NEW Special Stipulations to consider for 2021. These include stips for a Buyer contracting for a house with a lease and regarding the change in the 2021 GAR contract regarding Buyer’s Right to enter property. Read the Stipulations here… This document is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Contract Tips.”
REPEAT: “Commission Permission” Forms: At Maximum One Companies, we honor our agents as the true CEO’s of their own businesses! With that business model, you have the freedom to alter or rebate YOUR portion of the Broker’s commission as you see fit as long as that rebate is legal, ethical, professional not misleading and compliant with GREC & MX1 Policies. A Commission Rebate MUST be included in the Closing Statement – NOT after closing.  If you rebate your portion of the commission, you will typically need the Broker’s written permission. If you are with a Franchise other than MX1 Greater Atlanta, please contact your Managing Broker for the procedures for obtaining this permission. These are located in the “MX1 Financial Forms” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. Here are the easy steps:

 

·     Complete the “fill-in-the-blanks” on the appropriate (MXGR vs. MXGA) “Commission Permission Forms”

·     Upload the completed form into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·     EMail (via the “Note/Email” tab in your Transaction in Pipeline) to your Compliance Broker

·     The Broker will sign & add the signed form to your transaction & email you the signed form.

·     MXGA Commission Permission Form

·     MXGR Commission Permission Form

REPEAT: MX1 Agent-Branded SmartPhone App: The current app (Smarter Agent) is going away because Smarter Agent will no longer offer or support. We have a REPLACEMENT APP available now!! Unlike Smarter Agent, to use this you will need to have a CHIME account, so it’s not exactly free, but I think that it definitely a great option for our Chime users. And just another reason why it’s a fabulous value at $17 a month! This will be a great opportunity to see what the agents think and for us to provide feedback to Chime, as they are still working on improvements for it. Contact Heidi Owens – Director of Executive Systems – DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310 – with any questions or suggestions. Here is a link to our Help Center article on the Closely App

 

https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us/articles/360041042691-Introduction-to-Closely-Mobile-App

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1/31/2021

Agent 1099’s: Maximum One Greater Atlanta has processed and sent your 1099 for 2020. They have been mailed via US mail to the mailing address we have on file for you. If you are an agent with another MX1 Franchise, please check with your Franchise Office.

MX1 Agent-Branded SmartPhone App: The current app (Smarter Agent) is going away because Smarter Agent will no longer offer or support. We have a REPLACEMENT APP available now!! Unlike Smarter Agent, to use this you will need to have a CHIME account, so it’s not exactly free, but I think that it definitely a great option for our Chime users. And just another reason why it’s a fabulous value at $17 a month! This will be a great opportunity to see what the agents think and for us to provide feedback to Chime, as they are still working on improvements for it. Contact Heidi Owens – Director of Executive Systems – DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310 – with any questions or suggestions. Here is a link to our Help Center article on the Closely App

https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us/articles/360041042691-Introduction-to-Closely-Mobile-App

Tom Ferry – 5 Simple Words to Get You UNstuck: You know Tom, he has shown you his schedule and his days are typically blocked out from morning to night to keep him on task and on track. But even for Tom, every once in a while, he feels a little “stuck” or like he doesn’t know what to do next. In those cases, he asks himself a simple five-word question and gets him right back into action. Read More Here…

GAMLS – 2020 Was Georgia’s Biggest Sales Year Ever : It was a record-shattering year for brokers and agents using the Georgia MLS, with sales volume jumping 18.5% from the previous year to $39.9 billion, according to the listing service. That’s the biggest number Georgia MLS has experienced since its inception in 1962. Read More Here…

GAR December Housing Report: The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of December. Closed Sales increased by 18 percent year over year with median sales prices increasing by 13 percent.

·    New Listings decreased 5 percent to 10,455

·    Pending Sales were up 29 percent to 10,619

·    Closed Sales were up 18 percent to 13,679

·    Inventory levels shrank 46 percent to 20,947 units

·    The Median Sales Price increased 13 percent to $265,000

·    The Average Sales Price increased 14 percent to $316,979

·    Days on Market was decreased 31 percent to 41 days

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 50 percent to 1.6 months

 

Click here to read the full update for December, including our Housing Supply Overview.

Click here to access the FastStats platform and county-level data.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Karina Galerno on getting her Broker’s License!

REPEAT: NEW 2021 Special Stipulations to Consider: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney with Davis & Associates for writing 3 NEW Special Stipulations to consider for 2021. These include stips for a Buyer contracting for a house with a lease and regarding the change in the 2021 GAR contract regarding Buyer’s Right to enter property. Read the Stipulations here… This document is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Contract Tips.”

REPEAT: “Commission Permission” Forms: At Maximum One Companies, we honor our agents as the true CEO’s of their own businesses! With that business model, you have the freedom to alter or rebate YOUR portion of the Broker’s commission as you see fit as long as that rebate is legal, ethical, professional not misleading and compliant with GREC & MX1 Policies. A Commission Rebate MUST be included in the Closing Statement – NOT after closing.  If you rebate your portion of the commission, you will typically need the Broker’s written permission. If you are with a Franchise other than MX1 Greater Atlanta, please contact your Managing Broker for the procedures for obtaining this permission. These are located in the “MX1 Financial Forms” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. Here are the easy steps:

·     Complete the “fill-in-the-blanks” on the appropriate (MXGR vs. MXGA) “Commission Permission Forms”

·     Upload the completed form into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·     EMail (via the “Note/Email” tab in your Transaction in Pipeline) to your Compliance Broker

·     The Broker will sign & add the signed form to your transaction & email you the signed form.

·     MXGA Commission Permission Form

·     MXGR Commission Permission Form

REPEAT: Accessing GAR Contracts in FMLS – ReMine Docs+: If you are a REALTOR or if you have purchased the license to use the GAR forms for 2021, you will still need to get the contract package accessible to you in ReMine Docs+. You will need your NRDS Number if you are a REALTOR & your FPID number if you have purchased the forms from GAR. See More Here….

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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1/24/2021

NEW 2021 Special Stipulations to Consider: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney with Davis & Associates for writing 3 NEW Special Stipulations to consider for 2021. These include stips for a Buyer contracting for a house with a lease and regarding the change in the 2021 GAR contract regarding Buyer’s Right to enter property. Read the Stipulations here… This document is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Contract Tips.”

 

“Commission Permission” Forms: At Maximum One Companies, we honor our agents as the true CEO’s of their own businesses! With that business model, you have the freedom to alter or rebate YOUR portion of the Broker’s commission as you see fit as long as that rebate is legal, ethical, professional not misleading and compliant with GREC & MX1 Policies. A Commission Rebate MUST be included in the Closing Statement – NOT after closing.  If you rebate your portion of the commission, you will typically need the Broker’s written permission. If you are with a Franchise other than MX1 Greater Atlanta, please contact your Managing Broker for the procedures for obtaining this permission. These are located in the “MX1 Financial Forms” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. Here are the easy steps:

·     Complete the “fill-in-the-blanks” on the appropriate (MXGR vs. MXGA) “Commission Permission Forms”

·     Upload the completed form into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·     EMail (via the “Note/Email” tab in your Transaction in Pipeline) to your Compliance Broker

·     The Broker will sign & add the signed form to your transaction & email you the signed form.

·     MXGA Commission Permission Form

·     MXGR Commission Permission Form

 

Georgia Dream & USDA: Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for going into great detail at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting this week information regarding these two programs. Highlights include that GA Dream has limited programs right now and that a Buyer may possibly escrow funds for repairs on USDA, roll in closing costs into pre-paids & get their Earnest Money back! TONS of information shared at Sales Meetings – you really need to attend in person or for a while via Zoom! Zoom links will be on calendar. Please contact Denise directly for more information – her contact info is at bottom of this email.

 

Buyer Buying House with a Current Lease: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for going into great detail at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting this week information regarding a contract for a house with a current lease. See the NEW Special Stipulations above as part of her discussion. She also went over how to address with the Tenant the Assignability of the Lease & Security Deposit over to the New Owner… EVEN if the tenant was supposed to vacate & doesn’t get out prior to the scheduled closing! See Amee’s contact info below.

 

Agent Safety Alert: We have received recent reports in the area regarding members of the public attending open houses or setting up showings in order to raid the house’s pharmaceuticals. This is just a reminder to be on alert and use these tips to keep yourself and your clients safe. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 130 Americans are dying every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Although there appears to be no end in sight to this crisis, the National Association of REALTORS® believes that our members can help prevent prescription drug abuse by encouraging their home-selling clients to take simple precautions when preparing for an open house.

·     First and foremost, REALTORS® need to recognize where risks reside when they are staging open houses, and in many of our educational webinars and “safety tip” communications we stress to our members the necessity of putting away or locking-up these medications before open houses, and also the importance of diligently looking for any easily-accessible locations where prescription drugs might be located.

·     Although we encourage homeowners to altogether remove prescription drugs from the home prior to the open house, we believe it is key for REALTORS® to communicate with their clients about ways to secure any sensitive items before prospective buyers are invited into their home.

·     While the vast majority of open houses occur without incident, NAR recognizes the severity of this issue and we continue to stress the importance of REALTORS® remaining vigilant during open houses, for their own safety as well as the wellbeing of their clients and their communities.

·     Be sure to visit NAR for other great resources about REALTOR® Safety: www.nar.realtor/safety 

 

Easier Way to Get Your $100 Fee – America’s Preferred Home Warranty: APHW has introduced a new, much easier way to earn your compensable service fees ($100) for every warranty you sell accompanied by some data collection. You can still upload the home inspection, or get us appliance brand names, but now you can just give us ‘Home Facts’. Yes, just check the boxes that apply (see below and attachment). This information can simply be retrieved from any listing information. The easiest way to submit this information is in our realtor portal (Real-Pro). Go to APHW.com, Real Estate Professionals, Register (or Login if you have already created a sign in). Choose Your Own Contractors – A+ rated by BBB – $425 or $460 coverage – Fast Service for your Homeowners!!! Call John Z if you have any questions. John Zupancic – Area Sales Manager – To order a warranty – 800.648.5006, then hit 3  — His mobile – 678.502.6841

·     APHW Home Warranty

·     APHW Data Collection Form

 
 

Max Cares: Prayers to Patti Loveless whose Mom has been in the hospital.

Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose Step Dad has been in the hospital.

Max Cares: Condolences to Laura Wilson whose cousin passed away this week.

 
 

REPEAT: Maximum One Corporate Rockstars Facebook Page: This Private (open only to MX1 Corporate agents) provides an opportunity to exchange a wealth of ideas information & provide solutions & suggestions to many of your issues and questions! Make sure to check it out. If you have any questions, please contact the Corporate Director of Executive Systems – Heidi OwensDES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. Some information shared recently… Listing Pre-Inspections…. opportunities for Open Houses…. Referral Opportunities for various parts of metro Atlanta… call for investors… information about land purchase contracts….. many many vendors’ information shared…. tips & tricks for ReMine Docs+….. information about eKey issues….. suggestions for working with listings /; buyers… and so much more! Make sure to check out the “search” feature too to look for issues already discussed!

 

REPEAT: 1099 Forms – Your Mailing Address & MX1: Make sure that we have your current mailing address now so there will be no delay in receiving your 1099 from us via US Mail in January. If you moved in 2020, send us your current mailing address. If you are in MX1 Greater Atlanta, send to Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 324. If you are in another Franchise, send it to your Franchise Manager / Broker.

 

REPEAT: Accessing GAR Contracts in FMLS – ReMine Docs+: If you are a REALTOR or if you have purchased the license to use the GAR forms for 2021, you will still need to get the contract package accessible to you in ReMine Docs+. You will need your NRDS Number if you are a REALTOR & your FPID number if you have purchased the forms from GAR. See More Here….

 
 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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1/17/21

Maximum One Corporate Rockstars Facebook Page: This Private (open only to MX1 Corporate agents) provides an opportunity to exchange a wealth of ideas information & provide solutions & suggestions to many of your issues and questions! Make sure to check it out. If you have any questions, please contact the Corporate Director of Executive Systems – Heidi OwensDES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. Some information shared recently… Listing Pre-Inspections…. opportunities for Open Houses…. Referral Opportunities for various parts of metro Atlanta… call for investors… information about land purchase contracts….. many many vendors’ information shared…. tips & tricks for ReMine Docs+….. information about eKey issues….. suggestions for working with listings /; buyers… and so much more! Make sure to check out the “search” feature too to look for issues already discussed!
Accessing GAR Contracts in FMLS – ReMine Docs+: If you are a REALTOR or if you have purchased the license to use the GAR forms for 2021, you will still need to get the contract package accessible to you in ReMine Docs+. You will need your NRDS Number if you are a REALTOR & your FPID number if you have purchased the forms from GAR. See More Here….
Want More Business This Year? Attend an Agent Accountability Session or Mindbenders with Dawn. What’s the difference? Well, “Mindbenders with Dawn” is like a SUMMER Camp to enhance & improve your business & “Agent Accountability” is like BOOT Camp – no excuses accepted for not improving yourself or your business! Check the calendar for dates & times & Zoom Links… www.eAGENTweb.com… click “Calendar” then your area for specific Franchise sessions or “Marietta” for Greater Atlanta Sessions.
GAR Designation Classes: Here are some upcoming GAR Designation classes. You MUST be a REALTOR in order to use any of these designations attached to your name professionally. To learn more about the designation courses listed below, click on the course title. For fees and to register for your desired course, please log in using your NRDS number as your username and your last name, case-sensitive, as your password (unless you have changed it in the past). Classes are all day each day, and will be livestreamed (via Zoom) unless stated otherwise. To search for additional education opportunities visit www.garealtor.com.

 

·     January 26 C-RETS: Designing &Sustaining Successful Teams

·     January 27-28: ABR Accredited Buyer’s Representative Core Course

·     January 29: PSA Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA

·     Feb 25-26: GRI Core Course – Risk Management

5 Valuable Apps for Real Estate Agents: Article by Paige Brown in RIS Media… 2021 is finally here, and as we continue to conduct business in this ever-changing landscape, many agents and brokers alike are relying on remote tools. As technology advances and social distancing guidelines are still in effect, real estate professionals are utilizing virtual communication and digital marketing tools more than ever before. Thankfully, smartphones are also constantly advancing, offering an on-the-go tool to help agents complete their tasks with ease—anytime and anywhere….. Read More Here….
 
Online Board Million Dollar Club Applications: Please verify your online application. Many Boards of REALTORS only pull from FMLS so any transactions that were not in that MLS service are not included on your application,. You will have to go in and manually add them prior to notifying me to review & approve.
 
 
Max Cares: Condolences to the family of Bob Butler who passed away on Thursday.

 

Max Cares: Congratulations to Steve Matthews who just got his Broker’s License!

 
 
REPEAT: Exciting Growth for Maximum One in 2021: Maximum One is poised for explosive growth in 2021:

 

·     New Mega Branch for MX1 Greater Atlanta – “Maximum One Pinnacle”

·     At least 1 New Franchise – “Maximum One Elite”

·     New Mastermind Sessions

·     New Accountability Sessions

·     New “Dawn’s Mindbenders” Sessions

·     New CE Classes

·     New Broker’s Pre-License Class

·     Revived Agent Leadership Collaboration (ALC) for more agent leadership involvement opportunities

·     And more to come!

 
REPEAT: 1099 Forms – Your Mailing Address & MX1: Make sure that we have your current mailing address now so there will be no delay in receiving your 1099 from us via US Mail in January. If you moved in 2020, send us your current mailing address. If you are in MX1 Greater Atlanta, send to Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 324. If you are in another Franchise, send it to your Franchise Manager / Broker.
 
 
 
REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

 

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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1/10/2021

Agents New to Maximum One in December 2020: Please make these agents feel welcome! If you know of an agent who is interested in Maximum One, please let us know! For MX1 Greater Atlanta, contact Dawn SouthernMX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro . For other Franchises, contact your Franchise Managers / Operating Partners!

2021.01.10 New Agents
 

New MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Office: Check out the architect renderings of the new MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Office! Thank you Dave Kubat – we are all so excited!

  2021.01.10 Pinnacle Drawings

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 

How to Have a Successful 2021: Maximum One provides ample opportunities and information to generate leads, stay on track & increase your business! Check out the accountability groups, mastermind groups Mindbenders with Dawn, CE classes, Tom Ferry Resources, OpCity Referrals, Mentor programs and more! Check out the calendar for specifics! www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar” select your area! Here is more information from Tom Ferry: It’s a new year, and when I look inside our private coaching member Facebook groups, there’s a lot of really inspiring activity…

·     People sharing their 2020 success stories (despite all the adversity they faced)

·     Others outlining their ambitious goals for 2021

·     Exchanging thanks for the contributions to one another

·     Arranging role plays

·     Solving for specific “blind spots” to fix in 2021, etc.

But here’s what REALLY gets me excited…When I see ambitious agents with common goals forming mastermind groups. I’ve spotted several of these over the last couple weeks… read more here…

 

Welcome NEW Maximum One Franchise! Please welcome Maximum One Elite – the newest Franchise! This franchise is located in the Grant Park area and the Franchise Managing & Operating Partner is Nicole London. If you are interested in learning about opening or investing in a Maximum One Franchise, please contact Regional Franchise Director: Kenneth Storey – Kenneth@MaxOneExecutives.com.

 

December Housing Report from Realtor.com: Existing inventory nation-wide at an all-time low. Inventory has been a struggle for a long time, and the problem has been compounded by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to realtor.com®’s December Housing Report, the number of homes for sale recently reached an all-time low, hitting below 700,000 for the first time after dropping 39.6 percent YoY—that’s 449.000 fewer homes for sale than last December. See more from article by RIS Media

 
 

Max Cares: Condolences to the Brandon Bramlett on the passing of his father.

Max Cares: Condolences to Paula Adams whose mother passed away from cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers for Paul Houston who is in the hospital.

 
 

REPEAT: Exciting Growth for Maximum One in 2021: Maximum One is poised for explosive growth in 2021:

·     New Mega Branch for MX1 Greater Atlanta – “Maximum One Pinnacle”

·     At least 1 New Franchise – “Maximum One Elite”

·     New Mastermind Sessions

·     New Accountability Sessions

·     New “Dawn’s Mindbenders” Sessions

·     New CE Classes

·     New Broker’s Pre-License Class

·     Revived Agent Leadership Collaboration (ALC) for more agent leadership involvement opportunities

·     And more to come!

 

REPEAT: 1099 Forms – Your Mailing Address & MX1: Make sure that we have your current mailing address now so there will be no delay in receiving your 1099 from us via US Mail in January. If you moved in 2020, send us your current mailing address. If you are in MX1 Greater Atlanta, send to Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 324. If you are in another Franchise, send it to your Franchise Manager / Broker.

 

REPEAT: Million Dollar Club Awards Applications: If you are participating in your Association of REALTORS Top Producer / Million Dollar Club Awards Programs, please complete your application NOW & send for signature to Dana (if you are an MX1 Greater Atlanta agent or your Broker if you are with another Franchise) We must cross check your application with our reports in Paperless Pipeline & this takes time. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!!!

 
 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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1/3/2021

2021 Maximum One Manuals: Please see attached 2021 Maximum One Manuals. These are also included at the bottom of every “This Week at Maximum One” and in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. If you are with a Franchise other than Greater Atlanta, please check with your Franchise Owners / Managers for any specific changes other than the ones in the documents below.

1 – Introduction to MX1 – Read Me First

2 – Orientation Manual

3 – Policy Manual

4 – Procedures Manual

5 – Policies from Sign-On Packages

6 – Agent Websites at MX1

7 – Free & Optional Services

8 – Transferring Agents in to MX1 with Existing Business

9 – How to Get Paid at MX1

10 – How-To: Contract to Close

11 – Teams at Maximum One

12 – Frequently Used Forms – also in the Reference Section of Paperless pipeline & in ReMine Docs+ on FMLS

13 – Agent Trade Name Program

14 – No Longer Exists – was about rDocs

15 – Agent Billing

16 – Mentor Agreement

17 – Licensee Use of Assistant

18 – Maximum One OpCity Leads Program

19a – Banks Shot Smart Phone Banking – Part 1 of 2

19b – Bank Shot Smart Phone Banking – Part 2 of 2

20 – Maximum One Franchise Locations – as of January 2021

 

Exciting Growth for Maximum One in 2021: Maximum One is poised for explosive growth in 2021:

·     New Mega Branch for MX1 Greater Atlanta – “Maximum One Pinnacle”

·     At least 1 New Franchise – “Maximum One Elite”

·     New Mastermind Sessions

·     New Accountability Sessions

·     New “Dawn’s Mindbenders” Sessions

·     New CE Classes

·     New Broker’s Pre-License Class

·     Revived Agent Leadership Collaboration (ALC) for more agent leadership involvement opportunities

·     And more to come!

 

Plan Your 2021: Get a 2021 Calendar & go through the WHOLE year & put in your planned vacations / breaks / School holidays / Other obligations. Count the remaining work days. Decide how many transactions you want this year….determine how many you need per work day… then get busy doing what you need to do to make that happen! Not sure what to do???

·     Attend a Branch Accountability Session

·     Attend Dawn’s Mindbenders”

·     Hire a Coach

·     Get a Maximum One Mentor

·     Take CE classes

·     Shadow a More productive agent

·     Learn your market

·     Learn what to say to people about Real Estate

·     Learn how to prospect for business

·     Learn Your Contracts

·     Go GET business… don’t just wait for it to come to you!

 

Your #1 Goal Should Be to Know Your Contracts – 2021 GAR Contract Changes: Maximum One Companies have been the FIRST to host & teach CE classes on the changes to the 2021 GAR contract! Don’t miss out! Register for a class NOW! See additional classes on the online calendar: http://maximumonetrainingcalendar.blogspot.com/

 

2021 Action Plan – Tom Ferry: Check out the Tom Ferry Coaching program… at least access the free info from his YouTube Channel & website. Download your Action Plan. If you’ve never looked into our coaching programs before, you’ll see there’s a wealth of benefits beyond talking with your coach. Ambitious, adaptable agents like you are primed for success with the right partner in your corner. I hope you make the most of your business goals moving forward. Download your Ultimate Goal-Setting Guide here and Access the webinar here

 

5 Easy Marketing Ideas for 2021: Article by Amanda Johnson in Outbound Engine. We all had to adapt the way we do business in 2020, and that new normal isn’t going to change for a while. What’s your plan to set your business up for success in 2021? Check out our new list of 5 small business marketing ideas for 2021 that are designed to keep your business thriving in a socially distanced world. #1: Face-to-face connection from a distance (read more) →We all had to adapt the way we do business in 2020, and that new normal isn’t going to change for a while. What’s your plan to set your business up for success in 2021?

 
 
 

Max Cares: Have a Happy & Healthy & Prosperous 2021!!!

Max Cares: Best Wishes to Kim Murray who got engaged over Christmas!!!

Max Cares: Condolences to the Jamie Patterson on the passing of your Mother-in-Law.

Max Cares: Condolences to Ronnie Tibbitts whose mother passed away this week.

Max Cares: Condolences to Chau Le for the passing of her father.

Max Cares: Prayers for Kenneth Storey whose father had a stroke.

 
 

REPEAT: 1099 Forms – Your Mailing Address & MX1: Make sure that we have your current mailing address now so there will be no delay in receiving your 1099 from us via US Mail in January. If you moved in 2020, send us your current mailing address. If you are in MX1 Greater Atlanta, send to Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 324. If you are in another Franchise, send it to your Franchise Manager / Broker.

 

REPEAT: Million Dollar Club Awards Applications: If you are participating in your Association of REALTORS Top Producer / Million Dollar Club Awards Programs, please complete your application NOW & send for signature to Dana (if you are an MX1 Greater Atlanta agent or your Broker if you are with another Franchise) We must cross check your application with our reports in Paperless Pipeline & this takes time. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!!!

 
 

REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Email Changes: As you know, Maximum One Greater Atlanta is making many exciting changes! Phase one has begun in that we closed the West Cobb and Douglasville branches and merged them into the Paulding branch in anticipation of our new Pinnacle Branch. Additionally, staff responsibilities have also changed… here are the new email addresses (& unchanged ones too) to reach out to us:

Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com – Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

·     Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor

·     Paulding Branch

·     West Cobb Branch

·     Douglasville Branch

Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray – 770-919-8825 x 303

·     Woodstock Branch CEO Advisor

PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade – 770-919-8825 x 312

·     Powers Ferry Branch CEO Advisor

·     Powers Ferry Staffed Hours 8:30am – 4:30pm

MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – Dawn Southern – 770-919-8825 x 309

·     Recruiting

·     Mentor Program

·     Accountability Program

Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray – 770-919-8825 x 303

·     Contract Compliance

·     Compliance with Maximum One Policies & Procedures

·     Compliance for both MXGR & MXGA

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

RosterCEadmin@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Kelly – 770-919-8825 x 306

·     CE Class Credit Recording

·     MX1 Corporate Roster

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Roster

·     Board of REALTORS Roster

·     GREC Notices

·     Agent Phone Extensions

·     Max Cares Manager

ASC@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade – 770-919-8825 x 312

·     Agent Services Coordinator – GREC & FMLS & GAMLS Management

·     Call Coordinator – Answers Public

·     Agent Email Addresses

·     VoicePad Manager

·     Paradym Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

·     Key Fob Assignment

·     Receives & Distributes Company-Received Faxes

DES@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Owens – 770-919-8825 x 310

·     Director of Executive Systems

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Chime Manager

·     Smarter Agent App Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

·     ALC Advisor

AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com – Donna Black – 770-919-8825 x 324

·     Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department Manager

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Bills

·     GAMLS & FMLS Fees

Transactions@eAGENTweb.com – Robin Wilhite-Slay – 770-919-8825 x 3111

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Commission Payments via Direct Deposit

·     Earnest Money Deposits

·     Earnest Money Disbursements

DA@MyMaximumOne.com – Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

·     Disbursement Authorization (DA) Pay at Close Management

ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro – Destinie Grace – 770-919-8825 x 605

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Agent Fee Reminders

Holding@MyMaximumOne.com – Ann Kubat – 770-919-8825 x 320

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Holding Company Manager

MX1AlabamaBroker@MaximumOne.pro – Dawn Southern – 770-919-8825 x 309

·     Qualifying Broker – Maximum One Alabama, REALTORS

Dave@MaximumOne.pro – Dave Kubat – 770-919-8825 x 308

·     Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies

Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – Dana Sparks – 770-919-8825 x 302

·     Managing Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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11/1/2020

Logos in ReMine Docs : For MX1 Greater Atlanta agents (MXGA & MXGR) the appropriate logo should now print on your contract forms! If you are with another Franchise, please contact your Broker about uploading the Logo to Remine Docs in FMLS.



MX1 Special Stipulations in ReMine Docs: Please check out the Maximum One Special Stipulations added to the “Clauses” Library in ReMine Docs for MXGR & MXGA – will be there by the end of the week. If you are in another Franchise, please ask your Broker to add these to the Clauses Library in ReMine Docs under your FMLS Code. They are all available to you in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.



NAR Pending Home Sales Index: The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales index fell -2.2% in September to 130.0, now its first decline since back in April. The September reading of 130.0 is still very positive, and although it is lower than the August print at 132.9, the YoY increase sits at +20.5%. Pending sales grew by +2.0% in the Northeast to 119.4 and is up +27% YoY. The Midwest saw a decline of -3.2% to 120.5 but is +18.5% higher than last year. In the South, numbers declined by -3.0% to 150.1, with the annual increase now at +19.6%. Finally, sales in the West were down -2.6% to 116.8, but still up +19.3% on an annual basis. According to the NAR, “The demand for home buying remains super strong, even with a slight monthly pullback in September, and we’re still likely to end the year with more homes sold overall in 2020 than in 2019. With persistent low mortgage rates and some degree of a continuing jobs recovery, more contract signings are expected soon. Additionally, a second-order demand will steadily arise as homeowners who had not considered moving before the pandemic begin to enter the market. A number of these owners are contemplating moving into larger homes in less densely populated areas in light of new-found work-from-home flexibility.”



MX1 – Sending or Receiving a Referral: When you Send or Receive a Referral , the fee you charge is whatever you negotiate for a Referral Fee! For example, we see referral Agreements from 25% – 40%. If the gross amount you receive is less than $1200, then the MX1 Transaction Fee (if you are on Plan A or B) is 25% of the gross (+ $10 Franchise Fee.) Per MX1 Policy & License Law [Unfair Trade Practices (OCGA 43-40-25b(36))] here is what you will need:

 

·     Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement:

·     If you are using GAR Forms: CO16 – Referral Agreement Broker to Broker (completed & signed by you & other Broker/Agent)

·     If you are RE Forms: RE156 – Broker Agreement to Pay Referral Agreement (completed & signed by you & other Broker/Agent)

·      

·     AND

·      

·     Prospect’s Consent to Referral:

·     If you are using GAR Forms: F843 – Referral Authorization (signed by your Public Person who is the one moving)

·     If you are using RE Forms: RE157 – Prospect’s Acknowledgement & Consent to Referral (signed by your Public Person who is the one moving)

·      

·     Create a “Referral Transaction” in Paperless Pipeline

·     upload these TWO completed documents

 

If for some reason, the referring Broker requests a W9, you will find the completed & signed W9 in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline (make sure to use the one that matches your company affiliation – MXGA or MXGR.)

 

If you are SENDING the Referral:

·     you create a new transaction in Paperless Pipeline with the Label “Referral” & upload these two completed documents. Then when Maximum One receives the referral check, we will cross reference it with your transaction, take out the MX1 fees based on your Commission plan & then send you your portion via Direct Deposit.

 

If you are RECEIVING the Referral

·     you will need these same documents in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline along with the Purchase & Sale Agreement (&/or Buyer Brokerage &/or Listing Agreement.)



How to Make a QR Code for a Property for Photos: Thank you too Shawn Delaney for sharing this information with us! Go Green! Save Money! Stay Safe! Just make the code and post in pictures and put in the old flyer display stand or picture frame to display at your listings!!!

 

Their might be another way or better way but this is what I came up with so far. 😊

 

I took the link of the disclosure that I uploaded to the FMLS to send via showtime (see below.)

 

http://infopacdocuments.showingtime.com/95211210/6c6cb9d4-ca64-428e-9d40-a25e28f012ea.pdf

 

then I took the link above and made a qr code on my phone with a free QR code app.

Then I took a screen shot of the QR code and BOOM! Game Changer! 😊

 

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Max Cares: Prayers to Arline Kubat who had bypass surgery this week.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Vivian Cade’s daughter, Victoria, on buying her 1st home!!



Paperless Pipeline Tutorial – Updated

Watch this video to learn all about how to use Paperless Pipeline – the Digital Transaction Management System of Maximum One companies! Tutorial by Dawn Southern – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro

 

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ReMine Docs+ Tutorial

How to use ReMine Docs! This is a very basic introduction to how to use Remine Docs through FMLS for yor real estate transactions. This system will replace rDocs in FMLS at some point for creating transactions for your real estate deals. In the metro Atlanta area, for more specific information, take a class through FMLS or contact Kevin Theobald – KTheobald@FMLS.com .

 

ReMine Docs Support “Getting Started with ReMine Docs” from ReMine: https://support.remine.com/hc/en-us/a…

 

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2020.11.01 Remine



REPEAT: MX1 Forms in ReMine Docs in FMLS: For agents in MXGR01 & MXGA01, the following forms below have been added to the Maximum One Office Folder in the Forms Library in ReMine Docs. For MX1 Greater Atlanta agents, please let Dana Sparks know what other forms you would like to see uploaded. For agents in other MX1 Franchises, please contact your Broker to add these forms to the ReMine Docs library for your Franchise FMLS Broker Codes. These are also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

·     Affiliated Business Disclosure / Wire Instructions

·     Affiliated Business Disclosure / Wire Instructions – Fillable

·     Service Recommendations

·     Commission Share Agreement

·     DA Request

·     DA Request – Fillable

·     Transfer of Earnest Money Between Properties

·     Request for Earnest Money for Closing – NOT for DA



REPEAT: Referral Fees & Approved DA’s (Pay-at-Close): If you are getting paid at the closing table via an approved DA AND you have to pay a referral fee (to another Broker, a Relo company, Zillow, OpCity, Veteran’s United, etc.) the portion of the commission that is payable to the Referral will come BACK TO MX1 for processing & MX1 will pay out the referral. In other words, the Closing Attorney will no longer write the check for the referral at closing. This procedure is to insure proper payment to the Referral on behalf of MX1 and to be able to research any potential issues with errors or changes in referral fees due and or paid or not.



REPEAT: Attention rDocs users: On October 27th you will not be able to create new Tiles in rDocs (you will ONLY be able to edit existing Tiles). On December 31st rDocs will be officially retired. Make the switch to Remine Docs+ now!!! It is a simple, smooth and fast way to create your forms & contracts, store, share and sign them.

·     Remine Docs+/rDocs Feature Comparison – Log in to www.FMLS.com or see “RemineDocs Cheat Sheet” here (also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “FMLS Forms”)

·     Remine Add/Edit will save you time and eliminate duplicate data entry into both FMLS and GAMLS (for dual members). 2-minute video

·     Remine Pro provides real-time access to all FMLS listings, nationwide public records/tax information, and awesome prospecting tools to help you get more listings! NOW is a GREAT TIME to learn Remine.

·     Dana’s Video: “How to Use Remine Docs”

·     Find A Class from FMLS – log in to www.FMLS.com & go to “Training”



REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Email Changes: As you know, Maximum One Greater Atlanta is making many exciting changes! Phase one has begun in that we closed the West Cobb and Douglasville branches and merged them into the Paulding branch in anticipation of our new Pinnacle Branch. Additionally, staff responsibilities have also changed… here are the new email addresses (& unchanged ones too) to reach out to us:

Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com – Michelle Butz

·     Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor

·     Paulding Branch

·     West Cobb Branch

·     Douglasville Branch

Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Woodstock Branch CEO Advisor

PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Powers Ferry Branch CEO Advisor

MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – Dawn Southern

·     Recruiting

·     Mentor Program

·     Accountability Program

Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Contract Compliance

·     Compliance with Maximum One Policies & Procedures

·     Compliance for both MXGR & MXGA

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

RosterCEadmin@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Kelly

·     CE Class Credit Recording

·     MX1 Corporate Roster

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Roster

·     Board of REALTORS Roster

·     GREC Notices

·     Max Cares Manager

ASC@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Agent Services Coordinator – GREC & FMLS & GAMLS Management

·     VoicePad Manager

·     Paradym Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

DES@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Helm (soon to be Owens!)

·     Director of Executive Systems

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Chime Manager

·     Smarter Agent App Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

·     ALC Advisor

AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com – Donna Black

·     Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department Manager

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Bills

·     GAMLS & FMLS Fees

Transactions@eAGENTweb.com – Robin Wilhite-Slay

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Commission Payments via Direct Deposit

·     Earnest Money Deposits

·     Earnest Money Disbursements

DA@MyMaximumOne.com – Michelle Butz

·     Disbursement Authorization (DA) Pay at Close Management

ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro – Destinie Grace

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Agent Fee Reminders

Holding@MyMaximumOne.com – Ann Kubat

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Holding Company Manager

Dave@MaximumOne.pro – Dave Kubat

·     Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies

Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – Dana Sparks

·     Managing Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS

 

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10/25/2020

MX1 Forms in ReMine Docs in FMLS: For agents in MXGR01 & MXGA01, the following forms below have been added to the Maximum One Office Folder in the Forms Library in ReMine Docs. For MX1 Greater Atlanta agents, please let Dana Sparks know what other forms you would like to see uploaded. For agents in other MX1 Franchises, please contact your Broker to add these forms to the ReMine Docs library for your Franchise FMLS Broker Codes. These are also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

·     Affiliated Business Disclosure / Wire Instructions

·     Affiliated Business Disclosure / Wire Instructions – Fillable

·     Service Recommendations

·     Commission Share Agreement

·     DA Request

·     DA Request – Fillable

·     Transfer of Earnest Money Between Properties

·     Request for Earnest Money for Closing – NOT for DA



NEW Mega Pinnacle Office Plans: Make sure to …… Thank you Dave Kubat for all the information about the plans for the NEW MEGA Pinnacle Branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta that you shared at this week’s Sales Meeting! Click here for initial Rendering



Zillow Unlock: Introducing Unlock: On Demand, a short, on-demand video series covering topics that will shape the future of our industry. All five videos are now available via the “On Demand” link on the Zillow Unlock Part 4 registration page. Watch Videos Here…



Choice Home Warranty Virtual Halloween Costume Contest: Contact Keri Smith for more information – ksmith@chwpro.com

 

2020.10.25 Choice



Achieving a 90% Referral Rate (RIS Media): Article by Sherri Johnson. Build a System to Earn Card-Carrying Fans, Repeat Clients and More Referrals. One of the surest paths to a long and successful real estate career is building a base of loyal clients. Having a steady stream of repeat clients, solid referrals and little to no cold calling is not only a recipe for a successful career, it typically makes for a much more enjoyable one as well. So what can a broker or manager do to help agents build a business with over 90 percent of clients coming from their sphere, past clients and referrals? The best way is to provide them with a system—a roadmap that they can follow to establish themselves for the long-term while earning business now. Here are some tips that I provide to my coaching clients nationwide and that have been proven to help agents earn annual sales of $50 million – $200 million and higher, all by referral. Read More Here…



GAR – September Housing Indicators – The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of September. The Average Sales Price increased by 18 percent year over year while Days on the Market and Inventory Levels are down.

·    New Listings decreased one percent to 15,919

·    Pending Sales were up 25 percent to 13,969

·    Closed Sales were up 26 percent to 14,537

·    Inventory levels shrank 39 percent to 26,801 units

·    The Median Sales Price increased 15 percent to $263,500

·    The Average Sales Price increased 18 percent to $321,278

·    Days on Market was decreased eight percent to 47 days

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 44.7 percent to 2.1 months

 

Click here to read the full update for September, including our Housing Supply Overview.

Click here to read more about the new FastStats platform, including how you can now access county-level data.




Max Cares: Health & Happiness & Love & Prosperity to All!




REPEAT: Referral Fees & Approved DA’s (Pay-at-Close): If you are getting paid at the closing table via an approved DA AND you have to pay a referral fee (to another Broker, a Relo company, Zillow, OpCity, Veteran’s United, etc.) the portion of the commission that is payable to the Referral will come BACK TO MX1 for processing & MX1 will pay out the referral. In other words, the Closing Attorney will no longer write the check for the referral at closing. This procedure is to insure proper payment to the Referral on behalf of MX1 and to be able to research any potential issues with errors or changes in referral fees due and or paid or not.



REPEAT: Attention rDocs users: On October 27th you will not be able to create new Tiles in rDocs (you will ONLY be able to edit existing Tiles). On December 31st rDocs will be officially retired. Make the switch to Remine Docs+ now!!! It is a simple, smooth and fast way to create your forms & contracts, store, share and sign them.

·     Remine Docs+/rDocs Feature Comparison – Log in to www.FMLS.com or see “RemineDocs Cheat Sheet” here (also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “FMLS Forms”)

·     Remine Add/Edit will save you time and eliminate duplicate data entry into both FMLS and GAMLS (for dual members). 2-minute video

·     Remine Pro provides real-time access to all FMLS listings, nationwide public records/tax information, and awesome prospecting tools to help you get more listings! NOW is a GREAT TIME to learn Remine.

·     Dana’s Video: “How to Use Remine Docs”

·     Find A Class from FMLS – log in to www.FMLS.com & go to “Training”



REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Email Changes: As you know, Maximum One Greater Atlanta is making many exciting changes! Phase one has begun in that we closed the West Cobb and Douglasville branches and merged them into the Paulding branch in anticipation of our new Pinnacle Branch. Additionally, staff responsibilities have also changed… here are the new email addresses (& unchanged ones too) to reach out to us:

Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com – Michelle Butz

·     Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor

·     Paulding Branch

·     West Cobb Branch

·     Douglasville Branch

Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Woodstock Branch CEO Advisor

PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Powers Ferry Branch CEO Advisor

MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – Dawn Southern

·     Recruiting

·     Mentor Program

·     Accountability Program

Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Contract Compliance

·     Compliance with Maximum One Policies & Procedures

·     Compliance for both MXGR & MXGA

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

RosterCEadmin@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Kelly

·     CE Class Credit Recording

·     MX1 Corporate Roster

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Roster

·     Board of REALTORS Roster

·     GREC Notices

·     Max Cares Manager

ASC@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Agent Services Coordinator – GREC & FMLS & GAMLS Management

·     VoicePad Manager

·     Paradym Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

DES@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Helm (soon to be Owens!)

·     Director of Executive Systems

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Chime Manager

·     Smarter Agent App Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

·     ALC Advisor

AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com – Donna Black

·     Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department Manager

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Bills

·     GAMLS & FMLS Fees

Transactions@eAGENTweb.com – Robin Wilhite-Slay

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Commission Payments via Direct Deposit

·     Earnest Money Deposits

·     Earnest Money Disbursements

DA@MyMaximumOne.com – Michelle Butz

·     Disbursement Authorization (DA) Pay at Close Management

ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro – Destinie Grace

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Agent Fee Reminders

Holding@MyMaximumOne.com – Ann Kubat

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Holding Company Manager

Dave@MaximumOne.pro – Dave Kubat

·     Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies

Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – Dana Sparks

·     Managing Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS

 

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10/18/2020

NEW Mega Pinnacle Office Plans: Make sure to attend the Pinnacle Sales Meeting – Tuesday October 20th from 10am – 11:30am for information directly from Dave Kubat regarding the NEW Pinnacle MX1 Greater Atlanta office! Dave will be there to walk through the plans, layout & answer ALL your questions!!! ALL are invited to attend! See information below about Chili Cookoff at that meeting too! Attend IN PERSON or via this Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88638649172?pwd=VTBjS3dwSGJLNGcyTjAyTU0wUDFJQT09



MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Office Sales Meeting – Oct. 20th at 10am – Chili Cookoff!! Make your homemade Chili & enter this fun Contest! This is the 3rd year that the Paulding Branch has hosted this contest and Todd Fox has won the coveted trophy 3 years in a row!! Can you beat him? YOU are the judges so come hungry. Denise from Homestar is providing Drinks/Ice/Cups and Amee from Davis & Associates will be providing Desserts/Crackers/Utensils. This is always a fun time!!! For more information, contact Patti LovelessPatti@GAPropertyAgents.com. Dave Kubat will be there to present plans for the NEW Mega Pinnacle office! Attend IN PERSON or via this Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88638649172?pwd=VTBjS3dwSGJLNGcyTjAyTU0wUDFJQT09



Maximum One Agent Leadership Collaborative (ALC): Want to get more involved with MX1 Greater Atlanta? Find information on joining the re-establishment of the Agent Leadership Collaborative. Join the Virtual Information session on Thursday 10/22 at 10am – Zoom Link is on the Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com select “Calendar” select “Marietta”. For more information, contact MaKay SwansonMoveNow@MaKaySwanson.com Committees include:

·     Recruiting Committee

·     Career Development Committee

·     Technology Committee

·     Social & Community Service Committee

·     Agent & Vendor Services Committee



Scheduling Tactics to Make Your Week Run Smoothly (RIS Media): Author – Zoe Eisenberg – The most successful people often work off a hard schedule. To join their ranks, consider the following scheduling tactics:

·     Schedule the hardest tasks on Monday. Don’t push that dreaded task off until Friday. Tackle it first thing on Monday to get it off your shoulders.

·     Schedule breaks. If you work breaks into your schedule when you think you will need them (hello, Wednesday afternoon), your week will fly by.

·     Add in time for contingencies. Schedule in an hour each day to tackle unforeseen tasks. If nothing comes up, use the hour to get ahead.

·     Go hard first and last. Open and end your day with an important task, like following up on emails, or running through an hour of cold calls.

·     Work in a weekend reward. Socially-distant drinks with pals Friday after work or a Saturday morning walk with your pups—planning these event-related goals for the end of the week can keep you focused Monday through Friday.

·     Click Here to Watch Video



FMLS rDocs Retirement Schedule: Here are some reminders about important upcoming dates. 

·     October 27th – rDocs will move to “edit-only” mode. No new Tiles can be created in rDocs. You will still be able to edit existing Tiles for a short time.

·     December 1st – rDocs will be “read-only.” This means you can still access historic information in rDocs, but you will no longer be able to edit anything. The one exception is in-progress eSignings will be available until all parties have completed the signing process, up until December 31st.

·     December 31st – At the end of the year, rDocs will be officially retired. From that day forward all transactions using RE Forms & GAR Forms must be created and managed using Remine Docs+, the official replacement for rDocs.

·     Remine is working to copy your historical forms and documents from rDocs into Remine, so you will not lose any history. However, that history will include completed forms that will be saved as locked PDF’s. That means the history will be preserved, but you will not be able to edit those forms within Remine.



GAR Infographic: Fall Checklist – 10 Things to Do Before Winter – Every month, GAR produces an infographic with helpful information that you can share with your contacts. Here’s how:

1. Download the infographic in PDF format and personalize it with your name and contact information at the bottom. You can then print it and use it in listing packages, marketing materials, etc.

2. Download the image in JPG or PNG format and share it across your social networks.



2020.10.18 FMLS



Max Cares: Prayers to Clarissa Zumwalt who is recovering from surgery to remove skin cancer.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Michelle Butz whose son, Chris was married last week!




REPEAT: Referral Fees & Approved DA’s (Pay-at-Close): If you are getting paid at the closing table via an approved DA AND you have to pay a referral fee (to another Broker, a Relo company, Zillow, OpCity, Veteran’s United, etc.) the portion of the commission that is payable to the Referral will come BACK TO MX1 for processing & MX1 will pay out the referral. In other words, the Closing Attorney will no longer write the check for the referral at closing. This procedure is to insure proper payment to the Referral on behalf of MX1 and to be able to research any potential issues with errors or changes in referral fees due and or paid or not.



REPEAT: Attention rDocs users: On October 27th you will not be able to create new Tiles in rDocs (you will ONLY be able to edit existing Tiles). On December 31st rDocs will be officially retired. Make the switch to Remine Docs+ now!!! It is a simple, smooth and fast way to create your forms & contracts, store, share and sign them.

·     Remine Docs+/rDocs Feature Comparison – Log in to www.FMLS.com or see “RemineDocs Cheat Sheet” here (also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “FMLS Forms”)

·     Remine Add/Edit will save you time and eliminate duplicate data entry into both FMLS and GAMLS (for dual members). 2-minute video

·     Remine Pro provides real-time access to all FMLS listings, nationwide public records/tax information, and awesome prospecting tools to help you get more listings! NOW is a GREAT TIME to learn Remine.

·     Dana’s Video: “How to Use Remine Docs”

·     Find A Class from FMLS – log in to www.FMLS.com & go to “Training”



REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Email Changes: As you know, Maximum One Greater Atlanta is making many exciting changes! Phase one has begun in that we closed the West Cobb and Douglasville branches and merged them into the Paulding branch in anticipation of our new Pinnacle Branch. Additionally, staff responsibilities have also changed… here are the new email addresses (& unchanged ones too) to reach out to us:

Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com – Michelle Butz

·     Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor

·     Paulding Branch

·     West Cobb Branch

·     Douglasville Branch

Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Woodstock Branch CEO Advisor

PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Powers Ferry Branch CEO Advisor

MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – Dawn Southern

·     Recruiting

·     Mentor Program

·     Accountability Program

Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Contract Compliance

·     Compliance with Maximum One Policies & Procedures

·     Compliance for both MXGR & MXGA

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

RosterCEadmin@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Kelly

·     CE Class Credit Recording

·     MX1 Corporate Roster

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Roster

·     Board of REALTORS Roster

·     GREC Notices

·     Max Cares Manager

ASC@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Agent Services Coordinator – GREC & FMLS & GAMLS Management

·     VoicePad Manager

·     Paradym Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

DES@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Helm (soon to be Owens!)

·     Director of Executive Systems

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Chime Manager

·     Smarter Agent App Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

·     ALC Advisor

AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com – Donna Black

·     Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department Manager

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Bills

·     GAMLS & FMLS Fees

Transactions@eAGENTweb.com – Robin Wilhite-Slay

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Commission Payments via Direct Deposit

·     Earnest Money Deposits

·     Earnest Money Disbursements

DA@MyMaximumOne.com – Michelle Butz

·     Disbursement Authorization (DA) Pay at Close Management

ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro – Destinie Grace

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Agent Fee Reminders

Holding@MyMaximumOne.com – Ann Kubat

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Holding Company Manager

Dave@MaximumOne.pro – Dave Kubat

·     Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies

Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – Dana Sparks

·     Managing Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS

 

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10/11/2020

Renewing Your Real Estate License: Make sure that you complete ALL your CE requirements (including 3 hours of a class specifically designated as “License Law” prior to renewing your real estate license or GREC will show your license as having LAPSED until your credits have been completed. This is true EVEN if you renew PRIOR to expiration of your license. If that happens, you must contact us to send you the appropriate GREC form to get you re-affiliated with Maximum One!

 

2020.10.11 Renewing License



107 Outside of the Box Real Estate Marketing Ideas: From Placester… Unique. Original. Remarkable. It’s difficult to develop real estate marketing ideas day in and day out that meet each of these criteria — especially when you spend much of your time meeting with clients and leads. Sometimes, however, the best remedy for marketing fatigue is thinking outside the box and identifying ways your primary marketing channels — website, SEO, email marketing, paid advertising and social media content — can differentiate you, your brand or brokerage from the competition. To give you some marketing inspiration, Placester has put together a list of 107 creative real estate marketing ideas to help promote your business and generate more leads. 107 Outside-the-Box Real Estate Marketing Ideas & Tips (With Examples).



MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Email Changes: As you know, Maximum One Greater Atlanta is making many exciting changes! Phase one has begun in that we closed the West Cobb and Douglasville branches and merged them into the Paulding branch in anticipation of our new Pinnacle Branch. Additionally, staff responsibilities have also changed… here are the new email addresses (& unchanged ones too) to reach out to us:

Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com – Michelle Butz

·     Pinnacle Branch CEO Advisor

·     Paulding Branch

·     West Cobb Branch

·     Douglasville Branch

Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Woodstock Branch CEO Advisor

PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Powers Ferry Branch CEO Advisor

MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – Dawn Southern

·     Recruiting

·     Mentor Program

·     Accountability Program

Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – Kim Murray

·     Contract Compliance

·     Compliance with Maximum One Policies & Procedures

·     Compliance for both MXGR & MXGA

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

RosterCEadmin@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Kelly

·     CE Class Credit Recording

·     MX1 Corporate Roster

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Roster

·     Board of REALTORS Roster

·     GREC Notices

·     Max Cares Manager

ASC@eAGENTweb.com – Vivian Cade

·     Agent Services Coordinator – GREC & FMLS & GAMLS Management

·     VoicePad Manager

·     Paradym Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

DES@eAGENTweb.com – Heidi Helm (soon to be Owens!)

·     Director of Executive Systems

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Chime Manager

·     Smarter Agent App Manager

·     MX1 Corporate Website

·     ALC Advisor

AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com – Donna Black

·     Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department Manager

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Bills

·     GAMLS & FMLS Fees

Transactions@eAGENTweb.com – Robin Wilhite-Slay

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Commission Payments via Direct Deposit

·     Earnest Money Deposits

·     Earnest Money Disbursements

DA@MyMaximumOne.com – Michelle Butz

·     Disbursement Authorization (DA) Pay at Close Management

ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro – Destinie Grace

·     Dave’s Executive Assistant

·     Agent Fee Reminders

Holding@MyMaximumOne.com – Ann Kubat

·     MX1 Greater Atlanta Holding Company Manager

Dave@MaximumOne.pro – Dave Kubat

·     Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies

Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – Dana Sparks

·     Managing Broker, Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta

·     Qualifying Broker, Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS



Referral Fees & Approved DA’s (Pay-at-Close): If you are getting paid at the closing table via an approved DA AND you have to pay a referral fee (to another Broker, a Relo company, Zillow, OpCity, Veteran’s United, etc.) the portion of the commission that is payable to the Referral will come BACK TO MX1 for processing & MX1 will pay out the referral. In other words, the Closing Attorney will no longer write the check for the referral at closing. This procedure is to insure proper payment to the Referral on behalf of MX1 and to be able to research any potential issues with errors or changes in referral fees due and or paid or not.



4 Ways to Crush It on YouTube (Tom Ferry): Chances are you’ve devoted a lot of time to setting up your profiles on all the big real estate websites. But are you overlooking the second most-popular website on Earth? If so, you need to fix that. But don’t worry… we’ve got your back.

Jason Pantana returns to guest host today’s #TomFerryShow, sharing 4 Ways to ‘Crush It’ on YouTube in 2021, including:

·     The most important detail about how often to post

·     YouTube settings and branding opportunities you might have overlooked

·     A powerful tool to help you identify video topics and keywords

·     And more!

With YouTube sitting immediately behind Google as the world’s most trafficked website, you can no longer ignore it. Don’t miss these tips…



Attention rDocs users: On October 27th you will not be able to create new Tiles in rDocs (you will ONLY be able to edit existing Tiles). On December 31st rDocs will be officially retired. Make the switch to Remine Docs+ now!!! It is a simple, smooth and fast way to create your forms & contracts, store, share and sign them.

·     Remine Docs+/rDocs Feature Comparison – Log in to www.FMLS.com or see “RemineDocs Cheat Sheet” here (also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “FMLS Forms”)

·     Remine Add/Edit will save you time and eliminate duplicate data entry into both FMLS and GAMLS (for dual members). 2-minute video

·     Remine Pro provides real-time access to all FMLS listings, nationwide public records/tax information, and awesome prospecting tools to help you get more listings! NOW is a GREAT TIME to learn Remine.

·     Dana’s Video: “How to Use Remine Docs”

·     Find A Class from FMLS – log in to www.FMLS.com & go to “Training”



Max Cares: Continued prayers to Carolyn Miller who is recovering from a double bypass (not the quadruple they had initially told her!




REPEAT ***BRANCH CHANGES – MX1 West Cobb & Douglasville are now Closed as they have Merged with Paulding: The Key Fobs for these 2 branches will be deactivated the end of September. You WILL have 24/7 access via your key fob to the Paulding, Powers Ferry & Woodstock locations as well as be registered in the copy machines at those locations! Please make sure to:

·     Get your mail from the Pendeflex files

·     Remove all your personal belongings from the office

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS if you have your Agent bill payments automatically sent to these offices

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS with any Closing Attorneys, clients, vendors, Relocation Companies, Referral Companies, etc. who send you things by mail – if you are renting space in the Meritage Centre, see their address above

·     PLEASE MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW!!!!!

·     MX1 Paulding – Temporary Pinnacle Mega HQ:

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com

·     MX1 Powers Ferry Office

·     1355 Terrell Mill Rd.

·     Bldg #1464

·     Marietta, GA 30067

·     770-919-8825 x 312

·     MX1 Woodstock Office

·     2370 Towne Lake Pkwy

·     Suite #100

·     Woodstock, GA 30089

·     770-919-8825 x 303



REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Changes: Congratulations to Dawn Southern who will be the Director of Agent Growth & Career Development! Congratulations to Kim Murray who will now be Compliance Broker for BOTH MXGA & MXGR! Congratulations to Michelle Butz who will now be the Branch CEO Advisor of the current Paulding office & the new MX1 Pinnacle Mega Office when it opens! As of October 1st, all MXGR agents will now have Kim as their Compliance Broker as Dawn will focus her time on recruiting, Mentoring & Agent Development through Accountability & more and Michelle will manage the Paulding Branch!

·     Dawn – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – 770-919-8825 x 309

·     Kim – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 303

·     Michelle – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 318



REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Office Sales Meeting – Oct. 20th at 10am – Chili Cookoff!! Make your homemade Chili & enter this fun Contest! This is the 3rd year that the Paulding Branch has hosted this contest and Todd Fox has won the coveted trophy 3 years in a row!! Can you beat him? YOU are the judges so come hungry. Denise from Homestar is providing Drinks/Ice/Cups and Amee from Davis & Associates will be providing Desserts/Crackers/Utensils. This is always a fun time!!!

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10/4/2020

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in September 2020: Please make these agents feel welcome to their new home – Maximum One!

 

2020.10.04 New Agent Table



Transition to MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Mega Office – Phase 1: Phase 1 of our transition is complete! The West Cobb & Douglasville Branches have temporarily merged with the Paulding Branch. Please do not drop off any checks / earnest Money / documents / mail at West Cobb or Douglasville – there is NO staff at wither of these branches & the key fobs for these branches have been disabled. You DO have 24/7/365 access to Paulding / Powers Ferry / Woodstock. Remember all the Virtual capabilities – Bank Shot, Remote EM, etc and you may also use US mail! See address at bottom of this newsletter. Michelle Butz is the Branch Manager! Your Greater Atlanta Key Fob will access Powers Ferry & Woodstock & Paulding!



MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Office Sales Meeting – Oct. 20th at 10am – Chili Cookoff!! Make your homemade Chili & enter this fun Contest! This is the 3rd year that the Paulding Branch has hosted this contest and Todd Fox has won the coveted trophy 3 years in a row!! Can you beat him? YOU are the judges so come hungry. Denise from Homestar is providing Drinks/Ice/Cups and Amee from Davis & Associates will be providing Desserts/Crackers/Utensils. This is always a fun time!!!



Not Enough Listings? Betcha Haven’t Tried This! (Tom Ferry): There’s no question listings are at a premium right now. And how’s that make you feel? Does it feel good to have no listings and no clue where the next one will come from? No. It’s uncomfortable at best. Considering you’re already outside your comfort zone, why not stay there to overcome that challenge? In today’s #TomFerryShow, I’ve got one simple idea you might find “uncomfortable,” but it will help resolve the “no listings” dilemma you’re already in. Wanna know what it is? Click the link …



How to Form & Execute a Lead Generation Strategy: Placester has pulled pull together all of the strategies & tactics being used today into an ultimate guide so you can adapt your strategy as the market changes.

Here’s your free lead generation guide: The Definitive Guide to Real Estate Lead Generation in 2020.

This guide is completely updated to help you rethink, form, and execute a winning lead-generation strategy in 2020 into 2021. We hope this helps set you up for lead generation success..



Looking to Outperform Your Competition? Xcelerate Program: New Xcelerate Online Events – The right knowledge will get you to your goals faster. That’s why our new, quick-hit online event series, Xcelerate, is exactly what you need to stay ahead of the curve and out-perform the competition in today’s fast-moving marketplace. Click here to learn more…




Max Cares: Best Wishes to Heidi Helm on her engagement! She & Bill are getting married on November 7th!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Hannah Puckett on the birth of her son!

Max Cares: Prayers for Carolyn Miller who is having heart bypass surgery on Oct 7th.




REPEAT ***BRANCH CHANGES – MX1 West Cobb & Douglasville are now Closed as they have Merged with Paulding: The Key Fobs for these 2 branches will be deactivated the end of September. You WILL have 24/7 access via your key fob to the Paulding, Powers Ferry & Woodstock locations as well as be registered in the copy machines at those locations! Please make sure to:

·     Get your mail from the Pendeflex files

·     Remove all your personal belongings from the office

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS if you have your Agent bill payments automatically sent to these offices

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS with any Closing Attorneys, clients, vendors, Relocation Companies, Referral Companies, etc. who send you things by mail – if you are renting space in the Meritage Centre, see their address above

·     PLEASE MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW!!!!!

·     MX1 Paulding – Temporary Pinnacle Mega HQ:

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     Paulding@eAGENTweb.com

·     MX1 Powers Ferry Office

·     1355 Terrell Mill Rd.

·     Bldg #1464

·     Marietta, GA 30067

·     770-919-8825 x 312

·     MX1 Woodstock Office

·     2370 Towne Lake Pkwy

·     Suite #100

·     Woodstock, GA 30089

·     770-919-8825 x 303



REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Changes: Congratulations to Dawn Southern who will be the Director of Agent Growth & Career Development! Congratulations to Kim Murray who will now be Compliance Broker for BOTH MXGA & MXGR! Congratulations to Michelle Butz who will now be the Branch CEO Advisor of the current Paulding office & the new MX1 Pinnacle Mega Office when it opens! As of October 1st, all MXGR agents will now have Kim as their Compliance Broker as Dawn will focus her time on recruiting, Mentoring & Agent Development through Accountability & more and Michelle will manage the Paulding Branch!

·     Dawn – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro – 770-919-8825 x 309

·     Kim – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 303

·     Michelle – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 318



REPEAT: MX1 Douglasville Branch – Office Option!: In addition to Shawn Horan offering his conference room & copy machines to Douglasville agents (by appointment) As you have seen previously announced, due to the conglomeration of the Douglasville, West Cobb & Paulding Branches into the one Mega MX1 Office, the current location of the Douglasville Branch is closing September 30th. Thank you to Team Captain, Kim Rupp for arranging for an Office Space for our agents to rent right off Chapel Hill Rd! in the Meritage Centre3400 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville 30135. Here is the information below. If you are interested, please contact Kim Rupp – kimrupp7@gmail.com – 770-919-8825 x 764.

Mertiage Centre Features:

·     $50/month

·     Receptionist to greet your guests

·     Reception Area seating on the Main and 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Virtual Business Centre’s (VBC) common areas: kiosk, counter desk, conference room and café on the Ground floor

·     Usage of the Executive Conference Room on the 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Executive Day Suite on the 3rd floor

·     On line booking for the Conference Rooms, Day Suite and Event Theatre

·     Company/Agent discount for use of onsite Event Theatre $25.00/per hour

·     Wireless & High Speed Internet

·     Mail delivery held at the receptionist desk, recipient will be notified by email of receipt of mail.

·     Access to a Canon networked high-speed, color copier on site on the 3rd Floor; Printer/Fax/Scanner availability at the Reception Desk and in the VBC. There is no cost for copies.

·     Vending Machines on the 3rd floor with Pay Range App enabled.

·     Access to fully furnished cafe area including refrigerator, microwave on each floor with filtered water, coffee and tea on the 3rd floor.

·     Company/Agent listed in the Centre’s Directory in the Lobby area.

·     Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     Recurring Payment Plans are available for your convenience.

·     All utilities and maintenance included

·     Notary Public on site

·     Free parking

·     24 x 7 secured access, but VBC is limited to 8am to 11pm.

·     Elevators for your convenience, and Handicap accessibility throughout facility.

·      Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     If 15+ Maximum One agents sign up, we will get a “Maximum One” sign on the front Marquee that is ON Chapel Hill Rd

 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

 

 
 

 

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9/27/2020

L’Shana Tova & Good Yom Tov to those celebrating Rosh Hashanna & observing Yom Kippur!



Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to maintain 6′ distance between people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·     you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·     you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·     you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·     you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19



August Statistics from GAR: The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of August. Pending Sales jumped 25 percent year over year, and Average Sales Price increased by 15 percent. Meanwhile, Inventory dropped to only 2.2 months supply.

·    New Listings decreased seven percent to 16,577

·    Pending Sales were up 25.5 percent to 15,877

·    Closed Sales were up 12.5 percent to 15,172

·    Inventory levels shrank 37 percent to 27,937 units

·    The Median Sales Price increased 14 percent to $263,000

·    The Average Sales Price increased 15 percent to $316,301

·    Days on Market was decreased two percent to 51 days

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 42 percent to 2.2 months

 

Click here to read the full update for August, including our Housing Supply Overview.

Have you seen our new platform for monthly indicators? Click here to read more about the new platform, including how you can now access county-level data.

 

“Zillow Homes” – Their New Brokerage in 2021: In 2017, Zillow said they had no intention of becoming a Brokerage… last week they announced “Zillow Homes” for Atlanta, Tucson & Phoenix beginning in January 2021. The Zillow Press Release states that this is only a Brokerage to service their iBuyers to simplify the customer transaction. Here is link to Zillow Press Release. Here is link to RIS Media article about Zillow Homes.

 

Class Action Lawsuit Against CDC Regarding their Moratorium on Evictions Through End of 2020: N The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) has a class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the federal agency’s order. There are many landlords & agencies involved in this Class Action Lawsuit & there are additional individual lawsuits against the CDC. NAR also is in support of Home Owners. Read More Here…

 

How to Increase Your Business – Matthew Ferry (Tom’s Brother): Matthew Ferry shares what you can do to start connecting with more prospects to increase your business. How to start attracting more business to you and stop pushing it away.. Read More Here…

 

Referral Strategies That Will Transform Your Business : If referrals just seem to fall in your lap with no effort, this Bomb-Bomb webinar isn’t for you. For everyone else, Bomb-Bomb knows that it takes a little bit more effort. And they are here to help. This month’s webinar is focused on referral strategies that are proven to transform your business. These strategies are unique and unlike the ones you’re used to seeing that feel desperate and impersonal. Click here for more info…

 

REPEAT ***END OF SEPTEMBER – BRANCH CHANGES – MX1 West Cobb (Last Day 9/25) & Douglasville (Last Day 9/30) Agents: The Key Fobs for these 2 branches will be deactivated the end of September. You WILL have 24/7 access via your key fob to the Paulding, Powers Ferry & Woodstock locations as well as be registered in the copy machines at those locations! Please make sure to:

·     Get your mail from the Pendeflex files

·     Remove all your personal belongings from the office

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS if you have your Agent bill payments automatically sent to these offices

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS with any Closing Attorneys, clients, vendors, Relocation Companies, Referral Companies, etc. who send you things by mail – if you are renting space in the Meritage Centre, see their address above

·     PLEASE MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW!!!!!

·     MX1 Paulding – Temporary Pinnacle Mega HQ:

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     Paulding@eAGENTweb.com

·     MX1 Powers Ferry Office

·     1355 Terrell Mill Rd.

·     Bldg #1464

·     Marietta, GA 30067

·     770-919-8825 x 312

·     MX1 Woodstock Office

·     2370 Towne Lake Pkwy

·     Suite #100

·     Woodstock, GA 30089

·     770-919-8825 x 303



Max Cares: Condolences to Sherry Sanders on the recent loss of 3 family members.

Max Cares: Condolences to Laura Wilson on the recent loss of her first cousin.




REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Changes: Congratulations to Dawn Southern who will be the Director of Agent Growth & Career Development! Congratulations to Kim Murray who will now be Compliance Broker for BOTH MXGA & MXGR! Congratulations to Michelle Butz who will now be the Branch CEO Advisor of the current Paulding office & the new MX1 Pinnacle Mega Office when it opens! As of October 1st, all MXGR agents will now have Kim as their Compliance Broker as Dawn will focus her time on recruiting, Mentoring & Agent Development through Accountability & more and Michelle will manage the Paulding Branch!

 

REPEAT: Documents in rDocs: If you have already downloaded a specific form into your rDocs tile, it will not show as an available document from the library because you have already downloaded into your tile. For a Refresher Video on how to search for documents in rDocs, watch this Video: How to Find Forms on FMLS & GAMLS

 

REPEAT: MX1 Douglasville Branch – Office Option!: In addition to Shawn Horan offering his conference room & copy machines to Douglasville agents (by appointment) As you have seen previously announced, due to the conglomeration of the Douglasville, West Cobb & Paulding Branches into the one Mega MX1 Office, the current location of the Douglasville Branch is closing September 30th. Thank you to Team Captain, Kim Rupp for arranging for an Office Space for our agents to rent right off Chapel Hill Rd! in the Meritage Centre3400 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville 30135. Here is the information below. If you are interested, please contact Kim Rupp – kimrupp7@gmail.com – 770-919-8825 x 764.

Mertiage Centre Features:

·     $50/month

·     Receptionist to greet your guests

·     Reception Area seating on the Main and 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Virtual Business Centre’s (VBC) common areas: kiosk, counter desk, conference room and café on the Ground floor

·     Usage of the Executive Conference Room on the 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Executive Day Suite on the 3rd floor

·     On line booking for the Conference Rooms, Day Suite and Event Theatre

·     Company/Agent discount for use of onsite Event Theatre $25.00/per hour

·     Wireless & High Speed Internet

·     Mail delivery held at the receptionist desk, recipient will be notified by email of receipt of mail.

·     Access to a Canon networked high-speed, color copier on site on the 3rd Floor; Printer/Fax/Scanner availability at the Reception Desk and in the VBC. There is no cost for copies.

·     Vending Machines on the 3rd floor with Pay Range App enabled.

·     Access to fully furnished cafe area including refrigerator, microwave on each floor with filtered water, coffee and tea on the 3rd floor.

·     Company/Agent listed in the Centre’s Directory in the Lobby area.

·     Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     Recurring Payment Plans are available for your convenience.

·     All utilities and maintenance included

·     Notary Public on site

·     Free parking

·     24 x 7 secured access, but VBC is limited to 8am to 11pm.

·     Elevators for your convenience, and Handicap accessibility throughout facility.

·      Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     If 15+ Maximum One agents sign up, we will get a “Maximum One” sign on the front Marquee that is ON Chapel Hill Rd

 

REPEAT: Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

******************************

9/20/2020

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in August 2020: Please make these agents feel welcome!

 

2020.09.20 New Agent Table

 

NAR Petitions White House for Relief for Landlords Due to Moratorium on Evictions Through End of 2020: NAR President Vince Malta and other NAR leaders met with officials from the White house office of the Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council to discuss the eviction moratorium. President Malta outlined our significant concerns with the order and the burden it places on housing providers. He explained that “kicking the can down the road” and creating mountains of debt for renters would simply lead to a flood of evictions come January. REALTOR leaders presented anecdotes about the more than 40% of mom and pop owners around the country and how they are struggling to meet their obligations without rental income. They also explained about the confusion surrounding the order and how it is being interpreted very differently by different courts. During the q&a, REALTORS asked what relief would be provided to property owners – who were ineligible to receive unemployment or PPP or EIDL loans to make up for their lost revenue. White House staff said the Administration is committed to an additional stimulus bill and are working with Congress. They are open to including rental assistance. In the absence of Congressional action, the Administration is also working to prioritize funds for more relief, and will consider a rental assistance program as part of that. President Malta thanked the White House for their time and attention, and offered NAR’s expertise as they move forward with further relief measures. The White House thanked NAR and REALTORS for the dialogue. 

 

***END OF SEPTEMBER – BRANCH CHANGES – MX1 West Cobb & Douglasville Agents: The Key Fobs for these 2 branches will be deactivated the end of September. You WILL have 24/7 access via your key fob to the Paulding, Powers Ferry & Woodstock locations as well as be registered in the copy machines at those locations! Please make sure to:

·     Get your mail from the Pendeflex files

·     Remove all your personal belongings from the office

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS if you have your Agent bill payments automatically sent to these offices

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS with any Closing Attorneys, clients, vendors, Relocation Companies, Referral Companies, etc. who send you things by mail – if you are renting space in the Meritage Centre, see their address above

·     PLEASE MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW!!!!!

·     MX1 Paulding – Temporary Pinnacle Mega HQ:

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     MX1 Powers Ferry Office

·     1355 Terrell Mill Rd.

·     Bldg #1464

·     Marietta, GA 30067

·     770-919-8825 x 312

·     MX1 Woodstock Office

·     2370 Towne Lake Pkwy

·     Suite #100

·     Woodstock, GA 30089

·     770-919-8825 x 303

 

One Big Decision You Need to Make to Shape the Future of Your Business – Tom Ferry: Let’s talk decisions. Every day is full of decisions large and small that impact your business… Should I boost this post to extend its reach? Should I pursue those FSBOs? Should I bring on a buyer’s agent? All important decisions, indeed. But now let’s talk about an even bigger decision you need to make in the face of a massive change coming to our industry… your role moving forward. The way I see it, you have two big-picture choices with three possible outcomes. And it’s up to you to make that decision. Preferably sooner rather than later. Discover what I’m talking about in today’s blog. Read More Here…

 

FMLS More Exposure for Commercial Listings: FMLS now provides more exposure and leads for your Commercial listings. As you may recall, FMLS launched a Commercial Lease property type a few months ago. This gives you a great tool to promote Commercial Lease listings with no closed transaction fees. Similar to Residential Rentals, FMLS only charges a one-time listing fee for Commercial Lease listings, as low as $15, depending on the lease amount. We hope this helps FMLS members generate more listings, especially as businesses re-evaluate their needs due to the pandemic. And all of your Commercial listings will now be automatically displayed at www.Brevitas.com, a national commercial listing portal. If you already have a Commercial listing in FMLS, you may receive an instructional email from Brevitas. Once you receive their email, follow the instructions to acknowledge your account with Brevitas. This will give you options to unlock other features within their portal, such as deal rooms and the ability to directly message leads. We anticipate that FMLS members with existing Commercial listings will start getting leads from Brevitas right away! Most importantly, any leads from your listings will go directly to you!!  Watch 90 Sec Video Here…

 

Real Estate Agent Safety : REALTOR® and Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, shares the importance of following safety protocols and best practices while working in the industry. Hear key tips all real estate professionals should implement into their business to reduce the risk of safety incidents in the industry. Watch the Following Videos:

·     Beverly’s Best Tips SInce Losing My Sweet Mom

·     Personal Safety Tips for Real Estate Professionals

·     Realtor Safety

·     Realtor Safety at Home

 

Documents in rDocs: If you have already downloaded a specific form into your rDocs tile, it will not show as an available document from the library because you have already downloaded into your tile. For a Refresher Video on how to search for documents in rDocs, watch this Video: How to Find Forms on FMLS & GAMLS



Max Cares: Congratulations to Hope Dixon on the birth of her premature son, Sire, on 8/16.




REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Changes: Congratulations to Dawn Southern who will be the Director of Agent Growth & Career Development! Congratulations to Kim Murray who will now be Compliance Broker for BOTH MXGA & MXGR! Congratulations to Michelle Butz who will now be the Branch CEO Advisor of the current Paulding office & the new MX1 Pinnacle Mega Office when it opens! As of October 1st, all MXGR agents will now have Kim as their Compliance Broker as Dawn will focus her time on recruiting, Mentoring & Agent Development through Accountability & more and Michelle will manage the Paulding Branch!

 

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a New Mega Office – “Pinnacle”: Please watch Dave Kubat’s video above! Maximum One is building our own building near the Paulding Wellstar hospital and we will combine the forces of the West Cobb, Paulding & Douglasville Branches for an exciting synergy of energy, camaraderie & production! The West Cobb Branch & Douglasville Branch will close the end of September. The Paulding Branch will be the Operational Headquarters for these 3 branches until our new Building opens! Remember all the Virtual Conveniences available to you:

·     Bank Shot for All Deposits – Commissions & Earnest Money

·     Remote Deposit of Earnest Money at any branch of Chase Bank

·     Broker Support via email, phone, RockStars Group in Facebook, Support@MyMaximumOne.com & more!

·     TONS of Training Videos on www.eAGENTweb.com “Training Videos”

·     Digital Library in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline

·     Virtual CE Classes

·     Virtual Sales Meetings

·     And More!

Paulding Branch of Maximum One – You May Send Earnest Money Deposits Here Now

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 309 (Current Branch Manager Dawn Southern)

·     Beginning October 1, 2020 – Branch Manager, Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

 

REPEAT: MX1 Douglasville Branch – Office Option!: In addition to Shawn Horan offering his conference room & copy machines to Douglasville agents (by appointment) As you have seen previously announced, due to the conglomeration of the Douglasville, West Cobb & Paulding Branches into the one Mega MX1 Office, the current location of the Douglasville Branch is closing September 30th. Thank you to Team Captain, Kim Rupp for arranging for an Office Space for our agents to rent right off Chapel Hill Rd! in the Meritage Centre3400 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville 30135. Here is the information below. If you are interested, please contact Kim Rupp – kimrupp7@gmail.com – 770-919-8825 x 764.

Mertiage Centre Features:

·     $50/month

·     Receptionist to greet your guests

·     Reception Area seating on the Main and 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Virtual Business Centre’s (VBC) common areas: kiosk, counter desk, conference room and café on the Ground floor

·     Usage of the Executive Conference Room on the 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Executive Day Suite on the 3rd floor

·     On line booking for the Conference Rooms, Day Suite and Event Theatre

·     Company/Agent discount for use of onsite Event Theatre $25.00/per hour

·     Wireless & High Speed Internet

·     Mail delivery held at the receptionist desk, recipient will be notified by email of receipt of mail.

·     Access to a Canon networked high-speed, color copier on site on the 3rd Floor; Printer/Fax/Scanner availability at the Reception Desk and in the VBC. There is no cost for copies.

·     Vending Machines on the 3rd floor with Pay Range App enabled.

·     Access to fully furnished cafe area including refrigerator, microwave on each floor with filtered water, coffee and tea on the 3rd floor.

·     Company/Agent listed in the Centre’s Directory in the Lobby area.

·     Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     Recurring Payment Plans are available for your convenience.

·     All utilities and maintenance included

·     Notary Public on site

·     Free parking

·     24 x 7 secured access, but VBC is limited to 8am to 11pm.

·     Elevators for your convenience, and Handicap accessibility throughout facility.

·      Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     If 15+ Maximum One agents sign up, we will get a “Maximum One” sign on the front Marquee that is ON Chapel Hill Rd

 

REPEAT: Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

********************************

 

9/13/2020

MX1 Greater Atlanta Staff Changes: Congratulations to Dawn Southern who will be the Director of Agent Growth & Career Development! Congratulations to Kim Murray who will now be Compliance Broker for BOTH MXGA & MXGR! Congratulations to Michelle Butz who will now be the Branch CEO Advisor of the current Paulding office & the new MX1 Pinnacle Mega Office when it opens! As of October 1st, all MXGR agents will now have Kim as their Compliance Broker as Dawn will focus her time on recruiting, Mentoring & Agent Development through Accountability & more and Michelle will manage the Paulding Branch!

 

MX1 Greater Atlanta Picnic Sales Meetings This Week: The Paulding & Woodstock Branches are having a JOINT Sales Meeting/Tailgate Cookout AT the Woodstock Branch – Tues 9/15 at 10am (2370 Towne Lake Pkwy, Woodstock) The Douglasville Branch is having their Celebration & Farewell Picnic in the Parking Lot of the Douglasville Branch on Tues 9/15 at 10:30am (9365 The Landing Dr in The Landing Strip Center in Douglasville.)

 

MX1 Douglasville Branch – Office Option!: In addition to Shawn Horan offering his conference room & copy machines to Douglasville agents (by appointment) As you have seen previously announced, due to the conglomeration of the Douglasville, West Cobb & Paulding Branches into the one Mega MX1 Office, the current location of the Douglasville Branch is closing September 30th. Thank you to Team Captain, Kim Rupp for arranging for an Office Space for our agents to rent right off Chapel Hill Rd! in the Meritage Centre3400 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville 30135. Here is the information below. If you are interested, please contact Kim Rupp – kimrupp7@gmail.com – 770-919-8825 x 764.

Mertiage Centre Features:

·     $50/month

·     Receptionist to greet your guests

·     Reception Area seating on the Main and 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Virtual Business Centre’s (VBC) common areas: kiosk, counter desk, conference room and café on the Ground floor

·     Usage of the Executive Conference Room on the 3rd floor.

·     Usage of the Executive Day Suite on the 3rd floor

·     On line booking for the Conference Rooms, Day Suite and Event Theatre

·     Company/Agent discount for use of onsite Event Theatre $25.00/per hour

·     Wireless & High Speed Internet

·     Mail delivery held at the receptionist desk, recipient will be notified by email of receipt of mail.

·     Access to a Canon networked high-speed, color copier on site on the 3rd Floor; Printer/Fax/Scanner availability at the Reception Desk and in the VBC. There is no cost for copies.

·     Vending Machines on the 3rd floor with Pay Range App enabled.

·     Access to fully furnished cafe area including refrigerator, microwave on each floor with filtered water, coffee and tea on the 3rd floor.

·     Company/Agent listed in the Centre’s Directory in the Lobby area.

·     Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     Recurring Payment Plans are available for your convenience.

·     All utilities and maintenance included

·     Notary Public on site

·     Free parking

·     24 x 7 secured access, but VBC is limited to 8am to 11pm.

·     Elevators for your convenience, and Handicap accessibility throughout facility.

·      Available convenient online rent payments with no processing fees.

·     If 15+ Maximum One agents sign up, we will get a “Maximum One” sign on the front Marquee that is ON Chapel Hill Rd

 

***BRANCH CHANGES – MX1 West Cobb & Douglasville Agents: The Key Fobs for these 2 branches will be deactivated the end of September. You WILL have 24/7 access via your key fob to the Paulding, Powers Ferry & Woodstock locations as well as be registered in the copy machines at those locations! Please make sure to:

·     Get your mail from the Pendeflex files

·     Remove all your personal belongings from the office

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS if you have your Agent bill payments automatically sent to these offices

·     CHANGE THE ADDRESS with any Closing Attorneys, clients, vendors, Relocation Companies, Referral Companies, etc. who send you things by mail – if you are renting space in the Meritage Centre, see their address above

·     PLEASE MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW!!!!!

·     MX1 Paulding – Temporary Pinnacle Mega HQ:

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     MX1 Powers Ferry Office

·     1355 Terrell Mill Rd.

·     Bldg #1464

·     Marietta, GA 30067

·     770-919-8825 x 312

·     MX1 Woodstock Office

·     2370 Towne Lake Pkwy

·     Suite #100

·     Woodstock, GA 30089

·     770-919-8825 x 303

 

More 2020 Awards for Maximum One Companies! Congratulations to ALL Maximum One companies!

 

2020.09.13 INC 5000

 

2020.09.13 2020 25

 

2020.09.13 100

 

CDC Puts Moratorium on Evictions Until 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a moratorium on evictions through the end of 2020, a move they say will help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The CDC noted in the order released today that the moratorium makes it easier for state and local authorities to implement stay-at-home and social distancing directives.

“Housing stability helps protect public health because homelessness increases the likelihood of individuals moving into congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, which then puts individuals at higher risk to COVID-19,” the order stated. While the order has been celebrated by housing advocates, the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Home Builders and others criticized the decision, warning that the moratorium will hurt the economy without dedicated funds to assist property owners. Read More Here…

 

NAR & RIS Media to Co-Present State of the Industry : RISMedia, the leader in real estate news and trends and publisher of Real Estate magazine, is proud to announce that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will be co-presenting real estate’s most powerful event of the year: RISMedia’s Annual Real Estate CEO Exchange. In order to bring real estate’s top minds together, while mitigating risks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, RISMedia’s 31st annual Real Estate CEO Exchange will be held as an all-day virtual event on Sept. 17, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST. Here’s the agenda…READ MORE HERE…

 

Tips for Direct Marketing! Maximize your ROI on Direct marketing with these 3 tips from ReMine: Click here fore more info.

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3.  Personalize your messages with Remine. Use our search tips from our previous email to target those who need to hear from you most! Then, create your perfect mailer with our Rocket Print & Mail integration. Customize the pre-made templates with your branding or upload your designs.



Max Cares: Congratulations to Destinie Grace on the birth of her son, Brodie on Sept 10th!

Max Cares: Condolences to Christina Bohannon on the loss of her mother.

Max Cares: Prayers to Brenda Rogers for her Mom’s fight with liver cancer – Melanoma & other carcinomas are GONE!

Max Cares: Condolences to Lynda Mathews on the loss of her husband.

Max Cares: Prayers to Penny Ballew whose son & his friend were in a terrible auto crash and are now on their way to recovery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Scarlett Cogland whose cousin, Drew Bingham, is a lineman who got electrocuted on Wednesday & is still in critical condition in the ICU.

 

2020.09.13 Destinie Grace



REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a Mega Powerhouse Office!

Please watch this Video from Maximum One Founder & CEO Dave Kubat about the exciting growth of Maximum One and the plans for the new Mega Office! Dave@MaximumOne.pro

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REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a New Mega Office: Please watch Dave Kubat’s video above! Maximum One is building our own building near the Paulding Wellstar hospital and we will combine the forces of the West Cobb, Paulding & Douglasville Branches for an exciting synergy of energy, camaraderie & production! The West Cobb Branch & Douglasville Branch will close the end of September. The Paulding Branch will be the Operational Headquarters for these 3 branches until our new Building opens! Remember all the Virtual Conveniences available to you:

·     Bank Shot for All Deposits – Commissions & Earnest Money

·     Remote Deposit of Earnest Money at any branch of Chase Bank

·     Broker Support via email, phone, RockStars Group in Facebook, Support@MyMaximumOne.com & more!

·     TONS of Training Videos on www.eAGENTweb.com “Training Videos”

·     Digital Library in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline

·     Virtual CE Classes

·     Virtual Sales Meetings

·     And More!

Paulding Branch of Maximum One – You May Send Earnest Money Deposits Here Now

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 309 (Current Branch Manager Dawn Southern)

·     Beginning October 1, 2020 – Branch Manager, Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

 

REPEAT: Wire Instructions for Earnest Money: Remember that Maximum One will NEVER Email wire instructions to you or your client & MX1 agents are prohibited from emailing wire instructions to their clients due to potential fraud issues! If your client is going to wire Earnest Money to MX1 as Holder, we will need your client’s MAILING Address & we will mail them… be mindful of this process when negotiating the number of days in your contract for a Buyer to remit trust funds to the Holder.

 

REPEAT: Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money: Regardless of who is the Holder of the Earnest Money, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY as the agent – on BOTH sides – to follow up regarding the Holder’s Receipt & Deposit of those Trust Funds! If a Closing Attorney is the Holder, make sure they understand their responsibilities as Holder. Closing Attorneys make GREAT closers but not so great Holders of Earnest Money. You may Negotiate in the contract to have your Broker as the Holder! Here are two issues that happened this week as an illustration. Note, none of the Closing Attorneys involved were affiliated with Maximum One!

·     VA Buyer terminated prior to closing because property didn’t appraise for Sale Price. Seller would not sign the agreement to release the EM to the Buyer. Agent went to Attorney as Holder requesting 10 day letter disbursing to the Buyer per the Amendatory Clause (paragraph #11) in the VA Loan Exhibit – which EXPLICITLY states Buyer shall not be penalized by forfeiture of EM if property does not appraise) & closing attorney replied that the Amendatory clause was very “grey” regarding the disbursement of the EM if it does not appraise

·     Seller fails to close. Buyer wants EM as liquidated damages. Closing Attorney (a BIG firm) was the Holder. Agent found out that the Closing Attorney never received the funds AND they never sent out Notice that they had never received the funds.

 

REPEAT: Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

*********************************

 

8/30/2020

Zillow New 3D Photo & Floor Plans! This is ONLY in the Atlanta Market right now!!! Take advantage of this current exclusivity!! Zillow is unveiling a NEW package for Listing Agents – 3D Photos & Floorplan renderings! 30 photos for $160… if you already have photos, add on 3D & Floorplan for $50. Please watch last week’s live Zoom meeting with Zillow: Recording of 3D & Floor Plan call with Zillow Passcode: 6R$nC^Pg

 

Order Photo Package Here: Link to Order Photography/3D/Floor Plans

 

MX1 Douglasville Branch – Office Option!: As you have seen previously announced, due to the conglomeration of the Douglasville, West Cobb & Paulding Branches into the one Mega MX1 Office, the current location of the Douglasville Branch is closing September 30th. Thank you to Team Captain, Kim Rupp for arranging for an Office Space for our agents to rent right off Chapel Hill Rd! in the Meritage Centre – 3400 Chapel Hill Rd., Douglasville 30135. Here is the information below. If you are interested, please contact Kim Rupp – kimrupp7@gmail.com – 770-919-8825 x 764.

·     $50/month

·     24/7 access

·     Office Receptionist

·     Free Print Copies

·     2 Conference Rooms

·     Useage of all Common Areas / Hot Desks

·     Kitchen on Each of 3 Floors

·     Wireless Connection on all Floors

·     Maximum One Company Mailbox – each agent would have mail delivered to this one box

·     Event Center for rent that seats up to 30 people – Discount Rate of $25/hour

·     If 15+ Maximum One agents sign up, we will get a “Maximum One” sign on the front Marquee that is ON Chapel Hill Rd

 

Closing Attorney Shawn Horan Conference Rooms: Thank you to Shawn Horan for offering his Conference Tables & Copy Machines for your meetings with Clients in the Douglasville area. This is an additional option for MX1 Douglasville agents! You must first schedule an appointment – SHoran@WestGALaw.com

 

Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money: Regardless of who is the Holder of the Earnest Money, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY as the agent – on BOTH sides – to follow up regarding the Holder’s Receipt & Deposit of those Trust Funds! If a Closing Attorney is the Holder, make sure they understand their responsibilities as Holder. Closing Attorneys make GREAT closers but not so great Holders of Earnest Money. You may Negotiate in the contract to have your Broker as the Holder! Here are two issues that happened this week as an illustration. Note, none of the Closing Attorneys involved were affiliated with Maximum One!

·     VA Buyer terminated prior to closing because property didn’t appraise for Sale Price. Seller would not sign the agreement to release the EM to the Buyer. Agent went to Attorney as Holder requesting 10 day letter disbursing to the Buyer per the Amendatory Clause (paragraph #11) in the VA Loan Exhibit – which EXPLICITLY states Buyer shall not be penalized by forfeiture of EM if property does not appraise) & closing attorney replied that the Amendatory clause was very “grey” regarding the disbursement of the EM if it does not appraise

·     Seller fails to close. Buyer wants EM as liquidated damages. Closing Attorney (a BIG firm) was the Holder. Agent found out that the Closing Attorney never received the funds AND they never sent out Notice that they had never received the funds.

 

Verify Your Approved DA BEFORE Closing: Please make sure you are looking at the approved DA’s prior to closing to ensure all the information is correct (commission amount, contributions, FMLS fees, etc.). It’s a lot easier getting those corrected before you are sitting at the Closing Table. Also, please make sure you are looking at the checks from the Attorney before you leave the closing to ensure the numbers match. And finally, lately, we have had agents deposit Maximum One’s check into their checking account which causes an Accounting nightmare so please make sure the check you are depositing into your account has your name and not Maximum One. If you have any issues, please check with Kim Murray – MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com or Dawn Southern – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com

 

FMLS – ReMine to Prospect for New Sellers: : Find potential clients to maintain or grow your business in just 3 Simple Steps. Learn more marketing tips by visiting our Support Center and/or by attending a Search for New Leads with Remine webinar, starting on September 2, 2020 every Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT and Thursday at 3 p.m EDT.

STEP 1

Identify where you are prospecting (state, city, zip code, neighborhood*) or draw a defined area on the map.

 

2020.08.30 Remine

 

STEP 2

Apply filters to your search. Try applying these filters together to find potential sellers in your area:

Off-Market Status: Make sure all your prospects have not already listed their home or recently sold/purchased the property.

Ownership Time: Set a minimum ownership time based on your local knowledge, for example 5-10 years

Absentee*: Identify people who may be renting their property and ready to sell

*Available exclusively in Remine Pro

 

2020.08.30 Remine2

 

STEP 3

Add prospects to a Cart to review, organize, and fire off your next campaign!

 

2020.08.30 Remine 3

 

September Training Calendar is Posted! Sign up for Virtual classes now! http://maximumonetrainingcalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Housing News: Thank you to Dawn Southern for sharing this information – id you know that having your Buyers write a “love letter” to the Seller of the home they absolutely must have could be violating Fair Housing Laws and cost you at minimum $10,000? Read this article by Christine Smith and find out how something so simple could end up costing you your career. Why Buyer Letters are Risky Business

 

Wire Instructions for Earnest Money: Remember that Maximum One will NEVER Email wire instructions to you or your client & MX1 agents are prohibited from emailing wire instructions to their clients due to potential fraud issues! If your client is going to wire Earnest Money to MX1 as Holder, we will need your client’s MAILING Address & we will mail them… be mindful of this process when negotiating the number of days in your contract for a Buyer to remit trust funds to the Holder.



Max Cares: Condolences to Amy & Neal Matheson on the passing of Amy’s Grandmother.

Max Cares: Condolences to Stephanie Shelton whose Grandmother passed away.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Pete Baranowsky whose Grandson just joined the Green Beret’s

Max Cares: Prayers to Joyce Tyson who is battling an immune deficiency.



REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a Mega Powerhouse Office!

Please watch this Video from Maximum One Founder & CEO Dave Kubat about the exciting growth of Maximum One and the plans for the new Mega Office! Dave@MaximumOne.pro

https://bbemaildelivery.com/bbext/?p=vidEmbed&id=176278de-635d-4af3-a150-79bf77190331



REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a New Mega Office: Please watch Dave Kubat’s video above! Maximum One is building our own building near the Paulding Wellstar hospital and we will combine the forces of the West Cobb, Paulding & Douglasville Branches for an exciting synergy of energy, camaraderie & production! The West Cobb Branch & Douglasville Branch will close the end of September. The Paulding Branch will be the Operational Headquarters for these 3 branches until our new Building opens! Remember all the Virtual Conveniences available to you:

·     Bank Shot for All Deposits – Commissions & Earnest Money

·     Remote Deposit of Earnest Money at any branch of Chase Bank

·     Broker Support via email, phone, RockStars Group in Facebook, Support@MyMaximumOne.com & more!

·     TONS of Training Videos on www.eAGENTweb.com “Training Videos”

·     Digital Library in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline

·     Virtual CE Classes

·     Virtual Sales Meetings

·     And More!

Paulding Branch of Maximum One – You May Send Earnest Money Deposits Here Now

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 309 (Current Branch Manager Dawn Southern)

·     Beginning October 1, 2020 – Branch Manager, Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

 

REPEAT: Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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8/23/2020

Zillow New 3D Photo & Floor Plans! Zillow is unveiling a NEW package for Listing Agents – 3D Photos & Floorplan renderings! 30 photos for $160… if you already have photos, add on 3D & Floorplan for $50. Please attend a live Zoom meeting with Zillow for 20 minutes on Tuesday 8/25 at 9:30am – CLick here for link: https://zillowgroup.zoom.us/j/7273472506?pwd=UXJhK05tZmJKK1R1L2wzcUhrRDBkdz09#success

Closing Attorney Shawn Horan Conference Rooms: Thank you to Shawn Horan for offering his Conference Tables & Copy Machines for your meetings with Clients in the Douglasville area. You must first schedule an appointment – SHoran@WestGALaw.com

Suing a Seller for “Specific Performance”: If a Seller defaults on a contract, one of the remedies for a Buyer in the GAR & RE Forms contracts is to sue the Seller for Specific Performance. The first step is for the Buyer to file a Lis Pendens to put the Seller on Notice that there is a pending lawsuit. This prevents the Seller from selling the property to another Buyer until this lawsuit has been settled. Please watch the above video of the Douglasville Sales Meeting to hear Closing Attorney, Shawn Horan, explain this more in depth.

ReCasting a Mortgage: IThis is NOT a Refinance but a way in which a Home Owner may pay off their mortgage much sooner & save a TON of money! Watch the video above – Woodstock Sales Meeting to hear John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage explain this more in depth.

No Limit on VA Loans: VA has lifted their limits on VA insured loans! This is a great option for financing a Jumbo Loan if the Borrower is a Veteran!

2020 FMLS Showcase: This annual event is virtual & Free this year! Click here for the link to Register & drop in anytime. See full schedule below:

10 am: Real Estate Hot Topics

Moderator: Jennifer Pino, 2020 ARA President

Speaker: Ned Blumenthal, Weissman

Speaker: Craig Coffee, GREC (Georgia Real Estate Commission)

Speaker: Jeremy Crawford, FMLS

 

11 am: Keynote Speaker – The Bow Tie Economist

Elliot Eisenberg is an internationally-acclaimed economist specializing in making economics fun and relevant. He is a regularly-featured guest on TV and radio.

 

12 noon: Speed Dating with Mobile Apps

Moderator: Jeremy Crawford, FMLS

Speaker: Andrea Goodhart, RPR

Speaker: Chris Horton, Homes.com

Speaker: Leo Pareja, Remine

Speaker: Katie Smithson, Cloud CMA

Speaker: Gayle Weiswasser, Homesnap

 

1 pm: Crystal Ball Panel

Moderator: Quinn Arnau, 2020 ARA VP Professional Excellence

Speaker: Amir Fahroki

Speaker: Ken Jenny

Speaker: Joe Thomas

 

2 pm: Technology Trends in Real Estate

Speaker: Leo Pareja

 

3 pm: Fair Housing Panel

Moderator: Bikel Frenelle

Speaker: Matt Difanis, 2020 Chair – NAR Professional Standards Committee

Speaker: Bryan Greene, Director of NAR’s Fair Housing Policy, Advocacy Group

Speaker: Mabél Guzeman, 2020 NAR Vice President of Association Affairs

Speaker: JoAnne Poole, 2018 NAR Distinguished Service Award Recipient

 

4 pm: ARA Top Producers Panel

Moderator: Michael Fischer, 2020 ARA VP Member Services

Speaker: Elliot Hoyte

Speaker: Christine Nieva

 

Visit the Showcase 2020 website for complete details.

 

Learn new strategies to grow your business!

Max Cares: Prayers for Amy Matheson’s Grandmother who is fighting bacterial pneumonia & Coronavirus.

Max Cares: Prayers for Pete Canavan who must care for his mom 24/7

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a Mega Powerhouse Office!

Please watch this Video from Maximum One Founder & CEO Dave Kubat about the exciting growth of Maximum One and the plans for the new Mega Office! Dave@MaximumOne.pro

https://bbemaildelivery.com/bbext/?p=vidEmbed&id=176278de-635d-4af3-a150-79bf77190331

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a New Mega Office: Please watch Dave Kubat’s video above! Maximum One is building our own building near the Paulding Wellstar hospital and we will combine the forces of the West Cobb, Paulding & Douglasville Branches for an exciting synergy of energy, camaraderie & production! The West Cobb Branch & Douglasville Branch will close the end of September. The Paulding Branch will be the Operational Headquarters for these 3 branches until our new Building opens! Remember all the Virtual Conveniences available to you:

·     Bank Shot for All Deposits – Commissions & Earnest Money

·     Remote Deposit of Earnest Money at any branch of Chase Bank

·     Broker Support via email, phone, RockStars Group in Facebook, Support@MyMaximumOne.com & more!

·     TONS of Training Videos on www.eAGENTweb.com “Training Videos”

·     Digital Library in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline

·     Virtual CE Classes

·     Virtual Sales Meetings

·     And More!

Paulding Branch of Maximum One – You May Send Earnest Money Deposits Here Now

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 309 (Current Branch Manager Dawn Southern)

·     Beginning October 1, 2020 – Branch Manager, Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

REPEAT: Congratulations to Maximum One – 2020 Pacesetter Award: Congratulations to ALL of us at Maximum One for being Ranked #46 as the Fastest Growing Area Companies per the Atlanta Business Chronicle

REPEAT: GAR 2020 Annual Conference – VIRTUAL: This is the 1st Virtual Conference & will be September 8th – 10th. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend from the comfort of your own home. Click here for the Entire Schedule & to Register: https://garealtor.com/events/annual-conference-2/

REPEAT: Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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8/16/2020

Welcome the Agents New to Maximum One in July! Please make these agents feel welcome!

2020.08.16 New Agent Table

Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a New Mega Office: Please watch Dave Kubat’s video above! Maximum One is building our own building near the Paulding Wellstar hospital and we will combine the forces of the West Cobb, Paulding & Douglasville Branches for an exciting synergy of energy, camaraderie & production! The West Cobb Branch & Douglasville Branch will close the end of September. The Paulding Branch will be the Operational Headquarters for these 3 branches until our new Building opens! Remember all the Virtual Conveniences available to you:

·     Bank Shot for All Deposits – Commissions & Earnest Money

·     Remote Deposit of Earnest Money at any branch of Chase Bank

·     Broker Support via email, phone, RockStars Group in Facebook, Support@MyMaximumOne.com & more!

·     TONS of Training Videos on www.eAGENTweb.com “Training Videos”

·     Digital Library in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline

·     Virtual CE Classes

·     Virtual Sales Meetings

·     And More!

Paulding Branch of Maximum One – You May Send Earnest Money Deposits Here Now

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct.

·     Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 309 (Current Branch Manager Dawn Southern)

·     Beginning October 1, 2020 – Branch Manager, Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318

MX1 Health Insurance for Agents: See Information Below & attend webinar on MONDAY 8/17 at 10am. Here is Registration link: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/9/62wxzfo

Awesome CE Classes This Week: Take advantage of these Virtual Classes & workshops including a rarely-taught Negotiating Class by Amee Davis. Check out the Virtual Training Calendar & Register Here: http://maximumonetrainingcalendar.blogspot.com/

Zillow Flex: In the Metro Atlanta area, there is no more Premier Agent program – just Zillow Flex. (The Agent Premier Program is available in other parts of the country so you may see adss for this.) If you are interested in getting on the Zillow Agent Flex Waiting List, here is the information: https://premieragent.zillow.com/re/flex-program/ 

GAR 2020 Annual Conference – VIRTUAL: This is the 1st Virtual Conference & will be September 8th – 10th. Take advantage of this opportunity to attend from the comfort of your own home. Click here for the Entire Schedule & to Register: https://garealtor.com/events/annual-conference-2/

3 Ways to Help Buyers Win in a Multiple Offer Situation: You finally find the perfect property for a buyer, they get their hopes up, you write an offer, and… nothing. They lose out in a multiple-offer scenario, and you’re right back to square one. It hurts. For them. For you. For your schedule. For your bank balance. For your reputation. So let’s fix that. On #TomFerryShow, I’ve got 3 tips to get your buyer’s offer accepted – and a bunch of ideas within each of those three tips. In times like these with so much competition for every property, it takes some ingenuity to separate your offer from the pack. Find out Tom’s advice in this quick video

July 2020 Statistics:

2020.08.16 FMLS July

Max Cares: Congratulations to Destinie Grace who is expecting baby Boy, Brodie, in September!

Max Cares: Congratulations to “Nini” Jeanne Rodriguez on the birth of twin Grandbabies – Emma Grace & Luke Michael.

Max Cares: Condolences to Rapunzel Killens on the loss of her family member this week.

Max Cares: Prayers to Brenda Rogers whose Mother is fighting melanoma & liver cancer.

REPEAT: Congratulations to Maximum One – 2020 Pacesetter Award: Congratulations to ALL of us at Maximum One for being Ranked #46 as the Fastest Growing Area Companies per the Atlanta Business Chronicle

REPEAT: Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

 
 

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8/9/2020

Congratulations to Maximum One – 2020 Pacesetter Award: Congratulations to ALL of us at Maximum One for being Ranked #46 as the Fastest Growing Area Companies per the Atlanta Business Chronicle

2020.08.09 Ranked 46

Congratulations to Maximum One Founder & CEO, Dave Kubat: Voted among the “Who’s Who in Residential Real Estate” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a real estate professional who leads the market!

2020.08.09 Dave Kubat Who's Who

Maximum One Companies Now Offer HEALTH INSURANCE to Agents!: We understand how difficult it is for self-employed professionals to find quality healthcare options on the open marketplace, and we know how frustrating it is to pay high premiums every month with money that could otherwise be used to support your family, your business, or your investment goals. 

 

In support of our agents, we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Clearwater Benefits to provide you with high quality healthcare options for dramatically lower costs. Clearwater’s healthcare packages are on average 30% less expensive than what you can find on the open marketplace, and provide better overall coverage than most plans available to self-employed professionals. 

 

We encourage everyone to attend one of the two live webinar sessions that Clearwater will be hosting next week and the week after, where a representative will provide an overview of their healthcare offerings and answer any questions you may have. The sessions will be taking place on:

Monday, August 10th at 10:00am EST

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am EST

 

You’ll need to register to attend either webinar here: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/MaxOne 

 

If you want to learn more about Clearwater’s offerings ahead of the webinar, you can visit their website at myagenthealth.com to explore their healthcare packages or to book a 1-1 consultation with one of their healthcare experts to compare your existing plan with theirs.

 

Supporting our agents has always been one of our top priorities at Maximum One, and rolling out this exciting partnership is just one more way we hope to demonstrate our commitment to you. 

Maximum One Greater Atlanta to Build a New Mega Office: Maximum One is building our own building near the Paulding Wellstar hospital and we will combine the forces of the West Cobb, Paulding & Douglasville Branches for an exciting synergy of energy, camaraderie & production! Stay tuned for more information next week!

Max Cares: Prayers for Georgia Cauble who had hip surgery this week.

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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8/2/2020

NEW Zillow Program for MX1 Agents: Zillow Premier Agent Direct: This is DIFFERENT from the old ‘Agent Premier’ Program & from ‘Agent Flex’ program. Here is link to Webinar presentation for more info: Zillow Premier Agent Direct

3 Communication Hacks to Get More Business: 85% of your ability to successfully conduct business relies solely on your communication. Real Estate is a relationship business & you creat relationships with communication. TO learn how to improve your… Watch Video Here…

FMLS – Mindflash: FMLS has a new Online Course set up. ome even qualify for CE Credit! Your on-line class will maintain the same standards and requirements as if you were physically sitting among your classmates and instructor. Log in to FMLS for more information.

Course Requirements for CE Classes

To receive continuing education credit for your course, you must:

·     Complete all lessons on the computer and demonstrate mastery on all module quizzes

·     You must score 80% on each quiz to pass

Treat these sessions exactly as if you were attending class in person… Come ready to learn, disable and disconnect from distractions, let family and friends know you are in class and not to be disturbed.

Generating the Best Leads for Your Business: You In real estate, lead generation is an essential and never-ending task. If you’re looking for new tactics to add to your repertoire while you’re stuck at home, here are five lead generation tricks you can test out today: Read More Here…

·     Add Social Sharing Buttons to Your Email Newsletter

·     Create a Promo Video

·     Display Testimonials & Reviews

·     Buy targeted Facebook ads

·     Optimize your Blog

Condolences for Family & Friend of Richard Shafritz of Shafritz & Dean: The following is from Doug Dean (DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com)… Richard Shafritz was diagnosed with cancer (melanoma) in August 2018. He has fought bravely and valiantly, following his doctor’s orders and treatments.  Unfortunately, with the greatest heartbreak and sorrow, I need to share with you that, despite all best efforts, his cancer spread and his health continued to fail. Richard passed away peacefully at his home Friday night, in the company of his family . Please join me in praying for the Shafritz family during this difficult and painful time. Richard is survived by his wife of 28 years, Stacy, and three sons: Joseph, Sammy, and Noah. On a practical note, I realize you may have concerns about the future of your relationship with the firm of Shafritz & Dean, LLC. I want you to know that we foresee no changes to our firm’s operations, and intend to maintain “business as usual”.   Richard would like to help children in need. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Funeral service will be Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM EDT. Due to COVID-19, only immediate family members will attend in person, but the service will be live-streamed for all. More details, including the link to live-stream, can be found here

Max Cares: Prayers Condolences to Stacy Shafritz on the passing of her husband & Maximum One Affiliated Attorney, Richard Shafritz who passed away this weekend from melanoma cancer.

Max Cares: Condolences to the family & friends of Heather Ingram-Reese who passed away this afternoon from lung cancer. She was 51 & diagnosed on Memorial Day.

REPEAT: OpCity Referrals: We are excited to offer OpCity referral to any Maximum One agent who wishes to participate. There are “Core” Referrals & “Platinum” Referrals & “Client Reward” Referrals.” If you wish to participate, you must sign an Amendment to your ICA. Please see attached information & if you are in Greater Atlanta, let Dana know if you have any questions: Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com ; if you are in another Franchise, contact your Franchise Manager!

·     Maximum One OpCity Leads Program Information

·     Amendment to ICA for Agent Participating in Referral Transactions

REPEAT: Listings & FMLS & GAMLS: Just a reminder about listings & FMLS & GAMLS. Maximum One Companies (in metro Atlanta) belong to both FMLS & GAMLS. Part of our membership contract with GAMLS is that if a property is listed in FMLS it must also be listed in GAMLS. Our membership contract with FMLS states that if the Broker is a member of FMLS, the property is in a compulsory area, it is a residential listing, once an Exclusive Listing Agreement is signed, it becomes part of the FMLS database & must be input into FMLS within 48 hours (Active or Coming Soon.) Also, whn you & a Seller sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement, if you fill in that the property will be listed in FMLS & GAMLS (& some in Navica) then you must list it. Your Exclusive Listing Agreement that you sign with a Seller (creates the CLient relationship with the Seller) & is a legally binding contract – just like a purchase & sale contract. All contracts are written in the name of the Broker & you are an affiliated licensee of the Broker. Just like any contract, if the Seller needs to change something (i.e. not completing a Seller Property Disclosure form – which is stated in the Listing Agreement) then the parties must add a Special Stipulation or an Amendment to this contract to alter it – just like parties do with ANY contract. So here are some scenarios… per Dawn’s “Compliance Corner” this week:

·     Congratulations you have a new listing!!!! The property is Non-Compulsory but you put on the Listing Agreement that you will be listing in FMLS and GAMLS. You are going to be required to list that property in BOTH MLS’s since you and the Seller agreed on the Listing Agreement that you will list them in both. Please make sure if you are not going to list in FMLS for a non-compulsory listing, you don’t put FMLS on the Listing Agreement of places you will be advertising the property. This includes Land and Commercial. You will need to amend the Listing prior to receiving an offer if you aren’t going to list it in FMLS.

·     You have an Exclusive Listing Agreement “on hold” in the MLS’s, you get a Contract (which is awesome) , you still have to put the property in the MLS’s but the cool thing for you is your “On the Market” days are 1 & your stats will look AWESOME!

·     You cannot advertise a property in FMLS if you do not have an Exclusive Listing Agreement.

REPEAT: FMLS Rules About Listings: Per FMLS, These Rules and Regulations, as may be amended from time to time, shall be Binding upon all Members as a Condition of Their Continued Membership.

 

Rule 3 – Listings of Properties

·     3.1 All improved and unimproved real estate listed for sale under an Exclusive Right to Sell Contract with a Principal Member must be listed with FMLS and entered into the FMLS Database within 48 hours after the listing is signed by the Owner (excepting weekends, federal holidays and postal holidays). See Rules 3.4 and 3.5 below for exceptions.

·     a) Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public.

Rule 6 – Compulsory Listing Area

·     6.1 The geographical area covered by FMLS is divided into two (2) categories:

·     a) The Compulsory Listing Area, in which all properties, subject to the provisions of Rules 3 and 4 hereof, must be listed with FMLS. The compulsory areas are the following counties: Barrow, Bartow, Cherokee, Chattooga, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Jackson, Lumpkin, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rockdale and Walton.

·     b) All other areas are considered non-compulsory. Listings on properties in these areas, subject to the provisions of Rules 3 and 4 hereof, may be listed with FMLS.

Rule 7 – Multiple Listing Procedures

·     7.1 At such time as any Exclusive Right to Sell Contract is signed (Agreement Date) for a listing located within the Compulsory Listing Area, the listing automatically becomes part of the FMLS database. All FMLS Listings must be entered into the FMLS Database within forty-eight (48) hours after the listing is signed by the Owner (excepting weekends, federal holidays and postal holidays). Should the property be sold before the listing information is entered into the FMLS Database, the listing must still be entered in FMLS and the sale reported (and any FMLS fee must be paid).

·     No paperwork is required to be sent to FMLS. Exception: FMLS reserves the right to request submission of listing agreement(s) in cases of disputes, dual listings, sign rider verbiage or any other reason to check compliance with FMLS Rules. Failure to comply with a request for submission of listing agreement(s) may result in being imposed.

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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7/26/2020

FMLS Plans to Retire rDocs: Make sure to start learning & using ReMine Docs+!!! rDocs will disappear 12/31/20. But starting October 27th, rDocs will be in EDIT mode only! Through Remine Docs+ you have access to the GAR and RE forms right along with MLS data and Georgia-wide tax and public data records (in fact, Remine provides FMLS with nationwide tax data at no charge to you). Also, Remine introduced the ability to live-stream and record showings and virtual open houses, which was a great addition during the pandemic. And just two weeks ago, Remine launched their new Add/Edit feature, which allows you to upload listings to both FMLS and GAMLS simultaneously.

 

Please watch this video I did on ReMine Docs: and take a class through FMLS on how to use this program: DO IT NOW so that you are not scrambling on how to learn a new software package when you need it!!

·     How to Use ReMine Docs:https://youtu.be/lmeKhHvJP0E

·     FMLS Classes: Log in to FMLS & look for “Training”

Zillow Searches Have Increased: The consumer searches on Zillow have drastically increased due to Covid….. I guess Zillow is the new Pinterest! LOL LOL LOL Check out this article on the Zillow searches: https://www.today.com/tmrw/browsing-houses-zillow-newest-pandemic-pastime-t187394

3 Ways to Get involved with Zillow:

·     NEW Zillow Premier Agent Direct Program: If you are a listing agent, you may be interested in the new Zillow Premier Agent Direct Listing Tool for premium placement on Zillow & Facebook Advertising to your Own Landing page, let Dana know & she’ll put you in touch with our Zillow MX1 Broker contact (Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com) – $500/month no minimum & no contract… great info session last Friday!

·     Zillow Agent Flex Program: More Info & to Get on Waiting List – https://premieragent.zillow.com/re/flex-program/

·     Zillow Agent Profile: Every Agent has a Profile on Zillow – go in there & update your profile with your photos, your statistics & Reviews

August Training Calendar: The August Training Calendar has been posted. Please jpooin us for virtual CE. Go to www.registerforREclasses.com & select your geographic area to see the In-Branch Classes & meetings by Branch. For the FULL List of Virtual Classes, click on “Marietta.”

GAR June Market Report – The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of June. Real estate activity continued to strengthen as reopening phases continue. Click here to read the full update for June, including our Housing Supply Overview. 

 

·     New Listings decreased 4.2 percent to 17,269.

·    Pending Sales were up 21.2 percent to 16,131. 

·     Inventory levels shrank 24.9 percent to 32,752 units.

·    The Median Sales Price increased 4.6 percent to $250,000. 

·    Days on Market was up 8.2 percent to 53 days. 

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 28.9 percent to 3 months. 

iBuyers are Returning: When iBuyers first appeared, they took the real estate market by storm as they spread to markets throughout the United States. However, the spread of iBuyers slowed to a virtual stop as COVID-19 began wreaking havoc on the industry. Now, iBuyers are beginning to make their resurgence. Read More Here…

Max Cares: Prayers to Lynn Lenton whose daughter had a heart catheter on Wednesday.

Max Cares: Prayers to Sharon Priest whose Mom is recovering & doing well!

Max Cares: Prayers to Kathleen Hayes whose husband was just diagnosed with cancer.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Nita Price whose Grandson came home from the hospital after being born 3 months ago at 1 pound 12 oz.

REPEAT: NEW Zillow Program for MX1 Agents: Zillow Premier Agent Direct: This is DIFFERENT from the old ‘Agent Premier’ Program & from ‘Agent Flex’ program

·     This is more of a tool for LISTING Agents – Featured Listing Exposure

·     Promote listings on Zillow & Facebook

·     Listing always shows in the 3rd place – desktop or Zillow App

·     Zip Code search

·     Agent may have as many zip codes as they choose! – No limitations & no difference in price

·     Agent may rotate 2 listings in this spot

·     One of those spots may be for Agent Promotion

·     Facebook Ads are Part of the Program

·     Zillow creates a FB ad of your listing & promotes on Facebook to the demographic who is searching for that

·     The consumer then goes to you Branded Landing Page

·     Pricing

·     $500/month

·     No contract

·     No minimum number of months

·     If interested or want to learn more about it, please attend this LIVE & Interactive Virtual Meeting on Friday 7/24 from 10am – 11am: https://zillowgroup.zoom.us/j/96279945384?pwd=N1Z6YklUcEN3VTdHMmdrVkpmN3BYQT09#success

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·     I also have info & Zoom Link on MX1 Greater Atlanta Calendar: http://maximumonetrainingcalendar.blogspot.com/

REPEAT: OpCity Referrals: We are excited to offer OpCity referral to any Maximum One agent who wishes to participate. There are “Core” Referrals & “Platinum” Referrals & “Client Reward” Referrals.” If you wish to participate, you must sign an Amendment to your ICA. Please see attached information & if you are in Greater Atlanta, let Dana know if you have any questions: Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com ; if you are in another Franchise, contact your Franchise Manager!

·     Maximum One OpCity Leads Program Information

·     Amendment to ICA for Agent Participating in Referral Transactions

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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7/19/2020

NEW Zillow Program for MX1 Agents: Zillow Premier Agent Direct: This is DIFFERENT from the old ‘Agent Premier’ Program & from ‘Agent Flex’ program

·     This is more of a tool for LISTING Agents – Featured Listing Exposure

·     Promote listings on Zillow & Facebook

·     Listing always shows in the 3rd place – desktop or Zillow App

·     Zip Code search

·     Agent may have as many zip codes as they choose! – No limitations & no difference in price

·     Agent may rotate 2 listings in this spot

·     One of those spots may be for Agent Promotion

·     Facebook Ads are Part of the Program

·     Zillow creates a FB ad of your listing & promotes on Facebook to the demographic who is searching for that

·     The consumer then goes to you Branded Landing Page

·     Pricing

·     $500/month

·     No contract

·     No minimum number of months

·     If interested or want to learn more about it, please attend this LIVE & Interactive Virtual Meeting on Friday 7/24 from 10am – 11am: https://zillowgroup.zoom.us/j/96279945384?pwd=N1Z6YklUcEN3VTdHMmdrVkpmN3BYQT09#success

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·     I also have info & Zoom Link on MX1 Greater Atlanta Calendar: http://maximumonetrainingcalendar.blogspot.com/

Realtors RPR = Realtors Property Resource: RPR is FREE for all REALTORS & includes Comprehensive data, powerful analytics, and client-friendly reports for each of NAR’s constituencies. As REALTORS® across the country get back to business, they might find themselves too busy to stay current on skills and transactional knowledge. RPR offers a time-saving solution with our new Facebook “Tip A Day” video series: 22 different topics covered in a quick 3-7 minutes each. Read Article Here…

OpCity Referrals: We are excited to offer OpCity referral to any Maximum One agent who wishes to participate. There are “Core” Referrals & “Platinum” Referrals & “Client Reward” Referrals.” If you wish to participate, you must sign an Amendment to your ICA. Please see attached information & if you are in Greater Atlanta, let Dana know if you have any questions: Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com ; if you are in another Franchise, contact your Franchise Manager!

·     Maximum One OpCity Leads Program Information

·     Amendment to ICA for Agent Participating in Referral Transactions

Tom Ferry – Differentiate Yourself in 4 Steps: You might be the most prepared, most diligent, best follow-through agent in the universe… but if you can’t communicate that in a compelling way, no one will ever know. You’ll be lumped in with all the others as “just another agent.”

So let’s fix that. I’ve got four steps to set yourself apart from the competition and give you a better answer than “I sell real estate” when someone asks what you do for a living. It’s time to create your unique selling proposition in four simple steps. Read More Here…

GAR Infographic: Six Summer Maintenacne Tips – You may personalize & brand this infographic to send out to your Sphere of Influence. GAR has this available to you as a PDF, JPG or PNG to personalize. https://garealtor.com/members/member-resources/plugged-in-with-gar/

2020.07.19 Summer time Tips

Millennial Buying Trends in 2020 – Luxury Market: Article from Diane Hartley published in RIS Media… Millennial home-buying trends have become a hot topic in luxury real estate. Millennials include anyone born between 1981 and 1996, and they’re quickly becoming a dominating force in real estate. In 2018, millennials represented the largest cohort of home buyers at 37 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report. This group now outnumbers baby boomers, and what they’re looking for in a home is drastically different than what their parents wanted when they entered the market. Read More Here…

Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose sister, Maria, just had surgery to remove her colon.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Patti Loveless whose daughter, Kim & Family moved to South Dakota to be Missionaries

Max Cares: Congratulations to Ginger Rhea whose daughter, Lilly, has enlisted in the US Navy

Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Agan-Williams whose Mom has been in the ER with a possible stroke

Max Cares: Congratulations to Jayne Pearson on the birth of her granddaughter, Jenna Brooke Pearson born on 7/14

REPEAT: Listings & FMLS & GAMLS: Just a reminder about listings & FMLS & GAMLS. Maximum One Companies (in metro Atlanta) belong to both FMLS & GAMLS. Part of our membership contract with GAMLS is that if a property is listed in FMLS it must also be listed in GAMLS. Our membership contract with FMLS states that if the Broker is a member of FMLS, the property is in a compulsory area, it is a residential listing, once an Exclusive Listing Agreement is signed, it becomes part of the FMLS database & must be input into FMLS within 48 hours (Active or Coming Soon.) Also, whn you & a Seller sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement, if you fill in that the property will be listed in FMLS & GAMLS (& some in Navica) then you must list it. Your Exclusive Listing Agreement that you sign with a Seller (creates the CLient relationship with the Seller) & is a legally binding contract – just like a purchase & sale contract. All contracts are written in the name of the Broker & you are an affiliated licensee of the Broker. Just like any contract, if the Seller needs to change something (i.e. not completing a Seller Property Disclosure form – which is stated in the Listing Agreement) then the parties must add a Special Stipulation or an Amendment to this contract to alter it – just like parties do with ANY contract. So here are some scenarios… per Dawn’s “Compliance Corner” this week:

·     Congratulations you have a new listing!!!! The property is Non-Compulsory but you put on the Listing Agreement that you will be listing in FMLS and GAMLS. You are going to be required to list that property in BOTH MLS’s since you and the Seller agreed on the Listing Agreement that you will list them in both. Please make sure if you are not going to list in FMLS for a non-compulsory listing, you don’t put FMLS on the Listing Agreement of places you will be advertising the property. This includes Land and Commercial. You will need to amend the Listing prior to receiving an offer if you aren’t going to list it in FMLS.

·     You have an Exclusive Listing Agreement “on hold” in the MLS’s, you get a Contract (which is awesome) , you still have to put the property in the MLS’s but the cool thing for you is your “On the Market” days are 1 & your stats will look AWESOME!

·     You cannot advertise a property in FMLS if you do not have an Exclusive Listing Agreement.

REPEAT: FMLS Rules About Listings: Per FMLS, These Rules and Regulations, as may be amended from time to time, shall be Binding upon all Members as a Condition of Their Continued Membership.

 

Rule 3 – Listings of Properties

·     3.1 All improved and unimproved real estate listed for sale under an Exclusive Right to Sell Contract with a Principal Member must be listed with FMLS and entered into the FMLS Database within 48 hours after the listing is signed by the Owner (excepting weekends, federal holidays and postal holidays). See Rules 3.4 and 3.5 below for exceptions.

·     a) Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public.

Rule 6 – Compulsory Listing Area

·     6.1 The geographical area covered by FMLS is divided into two (2) categories:

·     a) The Compulsory Listing Area, in which all properties, subject to the provisions of Rules 3 and 4 hereof, must be listed with FMLS. The compulsory areas are the following counties: Barrow, Bartow, Cherokee, Chattooga, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Jackson, Lumpkin, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rockdale and Walton.

·     b) All other areas are considered non-compulsory. Listings on properties in these areas, subject to the provisions of Rules 3 and 4 hereof, may be listed with FMLS.

Rule 7 – Multiple Listing Procedures

·     7.1 At such time as any Exclusive Right to Sell Contract is signed (Agreement Date) for a listing located within the Compulsory Listing Area, the listing automatically becomes part of the FMLS database. All FMLS Listings must be entered into the FMLS Database within forty-eight (48) hours after the listing is signed by the Owner (excepting weekends, federal holidays and postal holidays). Should the property be sold before the listing information is entered into the FMLS Database, the listing must still be entered in FMLS and the sale reported (and any FMLS fee must be paid).

·     No paperwork is required to be sent to FMLS. Exception: FMLS reserves the right to request submission of listing agreement(s) in cases of disputes, dual listings, sign rider verbiage or any other reason to check compliance with FMLS Rules. Failure to comply with a request for submission of listing agreement(s) may result in being imposed.

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the West Cobb Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     5041 Dallas Hwy. Bldg. #700

·     Powder Springs, GA 30127

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit – see information below

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

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7/12/2020

Agent 1099’s: Maximum One Greater Atlanta has processed and sent your 1099 for 2020. They have been mailed via US mail to the mailing address we have on file for you. If you are an agent with another MX1 Franchise, please check with your Franchise Office.

MX1 Agent-Branded SmartPhone App: The current app (Smarter Agent) is going away because Smarter Agent will no longer offer or support. We have a REPLACEMENT APP available now!! Unlike Smarter Agent, to use this you will need to have a CHIME account, so it’s not exactly free, but I think that it definitely a great option for our Chime users. And just another reason why it’s a fabulous value at $17 a month! This will be a great opportunity to see what the agents think and for us to provide feedback to Chime, as they are still working on improvements for it. Contact Heidi Owens – Director of Executive Systems – DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310 – with any questions or suggestions. Here is a link to our Help Center article on the Closely App

https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us/articles/360041042691-Introduction-to-Closely-Mobile-App

Tom Ferry – 5 Simple Words to Get You UNstuck: You know Tom, he has shown you his schedule and his days are typically blocked out from morning to night to keep him on task and on track. But even for Tom, every once in a while, he feels a little “stuck” or like he doesn’t know what to do next. In those cases, he asks himself a simple five-word question and gets him right back into action. Read More Here…

GAMLS – 2020 Was Georgia’s Biggest Sales Year Ever : It was a record-shattering year for brokers and agents using the Georgia MLS, with sales volume jumping 18.5% from the previous year to $39.9 billion, according to the listing service. That’s the biggest number Georgia MLS has experienced since its inception in 1962. Read More Here…

GAR December Housing Report: The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of December. Closed Sales increased by 18 percent year over year with median sales prices increasing by 13 percent.

·    New Listings decreased 5 percent to 10,455

·    Pending Sales were up 29 percent to 10,619

·    Closed Sales were up 18 percent to 13,679

·    Inventory levels shrank 46 percent to 20,947 units

·    The Median Sales Price increased 13 percent to $265,000

·    The Average Sales Price increased 14 percent to $316,979

·    Days on Market was decreased 31 percent to 41 days

·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 50 percent to 1.6 months

 

Click here to read the full update for December, including our Housing Supply Overview.

Click here to access the FastStats platform and county-level data.

 

Max Cares: Congratulations to Karina Galerno on getting her Broker’s License!

 

REPEAT: NEW 2021 Special Stipulations to Consider: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney with Davis & Associates for writing 3 NEW Special Stipulations to consider for 2021. These include stips for a Buyer contracting for a house with a lease and regarding the change in the 2021 GAR contract regarding Buyer’s Right to enter property. Read the Stipulations here… This document is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Contract Tips.”

REPEAT: “Commission Permission” Forms: At Maximum One Companies, we honor our agents as the true CEO’s of their own businesses! With that business model, you have the freedom to alter or rebate YOUR portion of the Broker’s commission as you see fit as long as that rebate is legal, ethical, professional not misleading and compliant with GREC & MX1 Policies. A Commission Rebate MUST be included in the Closing Statement – NOT after closing.  If you rebate your portion of the commission, you will typically need the Broker’s written permission. If you are with a Franchise other than MX1 Greater Atlanta, please contact your Managing Broker for the procedures for obtaining this permission. These are located in the “MX1 Financial Forms” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. Here are the easy steps:

·     Complete the “fill-in-the-blanks” on the appropriate (MXGR vs. MXGA) “Commission Permission Forms”

·     Upload the completed form into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·     EMail (via the “Note/Email” tab in your Transaction in Pipeline) to your Compliance Broker

·     The Broker will sign & add the signed form to your transaction & email you the signed form.

·     MXGA Commission Permission Form

·     MXGR Commission Permission Form

REPEAT: Accessing GAR Contracts in FMLS – ReMine Docs+: If you are a REALTOR or if you have purchased the license to use the GAR forms for 2021, you will still need to get the contract package accessible to you in ReMine Docs+. You will need your NRDS Number if you are a REALTOR & your FPID number if you have purchased the forms from GAR. See More Here….

 

REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!

·     Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office

·     Mail in any Deposits

·     For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Pinnacle Office:

·     Maximum One Realty

·     Attn: Michelle Butz / Branch Manager

·     76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141

·     Hiram, GA 30141

·     770-919-8825 x 318

·     For Other Franchises – see contact information Below

·     Use Remote Deposit

·     Use Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta)

·     Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management

 
 

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4/19/20

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch Offices Remain OPEN! All Maximum One Branches remain open regular business hours from 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri. We will follow suit with the “big box stores” & grocery stores – if they are open, we will be open. The Paulding Branches does NOT have Full-Time Staff. The Powers Ferry Branch will have Full-Time Staff from 10am – 2pm.

 

The Douglasville Branch is OPEN with full-time staff during regular business hours as of 4/20/20

ALL In-Branch Activities Cancelled Until Further Notice: This includes classroom CE classes, Sales Meetings, Accountability Sessions, etc.

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to 10 or fewer people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·    you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·    you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·    you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·    you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

Remote Deposits & Payments: We strongly encourage ALL agents to take advantage & use the Remote Systems we have in place for managing your business financially. See specific information below.

Maximum One Prohibits In-Person Open Houses During This Time: In order to not put an agent, Seller or others in an uncomfortable or potentially unhealthy position at this time, there are to be No Open Houses during the Georgia State of Emergency.

Maximum One RockStars Facebook Page: The most current resource for ALL Maximum One agents during this time. If you need us to re-send you an invitation, please contact: ExecutiveAdministrator@MaximumOne.pro

Welcome the Following Agents New to Maximum One in March 2020:

Agents March 2020

 
REVISED as of 4/17/20 GAR Covid-19 Special Stipulation: GREC has revised this Stip to try & protect the Buyer from changes in Loan qualification due to COVID-19 issues. Make sure you READ this because it has very different implications for a BUYER vs. a SELLER. The use of this stip depends upon the negotiations between your Buyer & Seller!

 

“Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained herein, in the event the Closing cannot occur when scheduled due to a COVID-19 related event (“CRE”) resulting in the closing attorney, the mortgage lender and/or the Buyer and/or Seller being unable to perform their respective obligations, then the Closing shall be postponed until 7 days after the specific event delaying the Closing has been resolved. If the Buyer or Seller is unable to perform due to a CRE, the affected party shall promptly notify the other party both of the CRE and of its resolution.

 

Buyer or Seller having concerns about attending the Closing or self-quarantining (in the absence of a quarantine or government ordered lockdown that specifically applies to Buyer and/or Seller) shall not excuse Buyer or Seller from attending the Closing either in-person, virtually or through a power of attorney. Buyer or Seller presently having COVID-19 shall excuse Buyer and/or Seller from attending the Closing until the party is no longer at risk of infecting others. However, in all situations where Buyer and/or Seller cannot attend the Closing, Buyer and or Seller shall use their best efforts to fulfill their contractual obligations through a power of attorney. Buyer or Seller experiencing a job loss, reduction in salary or other financial hardship shall not be deemed a CRE.

 

If the CRE causing a permitted delay results in the Closing being delayed by more than _____ days from the original Closing date, then either Buyer or Seller may terminate this Agreement without penalty upon notice to the other party.

*For use in commercial real estate transactions where CRE has already been defined in your agreement, please consider writing out “COVID-19 Related Event” throughout the special stipulation.

Please click here for the clean copy of the GAR updated (as of 4/17/20) COVID-19 Special Stipulation.

What Does This Mean?

For agents representing buyers who are concerned about their ability to obtain financing due to COVID-19, they are encouraged to have the difficult conversation with the buyer to determine if now is the right time to try to purchase a home. Additionally, for those buyers who do need to move forward, they should consider a longer financing contingency to protect their earnest money.

As previously mentioned, this additional language clarifies the Forms Committee’s original intent; it does not reflect a change in the Forms Committee’s position. The use of this special stipulation is completely optional. Although this is language released by Georgia REALTORS®, you are welcome to modify it (with your broker’s guidance and approval) as you see fit for your transactions. Should you have questions as to whether or not you should use this special stipulation in your contracts moving forward, please speak with your broker.

Choice Home Warranty “GIVE BACK” Program for MX1 Agents: CHW is launching a GIVE BACK to our Realtor Community as their way of helping the real estate industry in this uncertain time and an opportunity to assist with a possible small income. You can make $75 per referral in guiding your past clients and sphere of influence if they are interested in a Choice Home Warranty. (Non RE transaction only per RESPA) They qualify for our RE product pricing, coverages and current promotions. There are two ways to order: 1. On the Realtor portal CHWPro.com or 2. Send them directly to Keri Smith. Contact Keri if you have additional questions: ksmith@chwpro.com 770-570-7544
FMLS “Temp Off Market” & More: FMLS is working together with agents during this time.

 

·    Send Online CMAs to Past Clients Automatically – With Homebeat, a free FMLS member benefit, you can schedule online CMAs to be delivered 1, 2, 4 or 12 times a year. Webinar or Video.

·    Add More Info in Private Comments in Matrix – We increased the character limit from 430 to 1,000, so you can add more information and expand your custom showing instructions.

·    Order Supra eKeys and Lockboxes Online – Now you can do everything online in advance to receive your crucial eKeys and lockboxes. Log in to FMLS for eKeys or this link for lockboxes.

·    Move a Listing to Hold, Temporarily Off Market – You can move a listing to hold, temporarily off market. You will not accrual days-on-market while in this status. See Video Here

·    FMLS Exclusive HomeBeat – Send up-to-date, online CMAs to clients with your branding. Set the frequency: monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or yearly. Don’t miss this Thursday Webinar

Agent “unemployment” Questions: Remember that as a real estate agent you are NOT an Employee of Maximum One. You are considered “Self-Employed” or “Contract Labor” or a “Gig Worker.” The Georgia Department of Revenue website will have the information you need & will be able to answer your questions. Also check out the resources on the GAR & NAR website if you are a REALTOR (i.e. belong to a Board of REALTORS.) There are MANY Buyers & Sellers who need your help – go find them!
Virtual CE Classes in May: We are working on a Virtual CE class calendar for May! Stay tuned! We are having 200 – 420 agents attend these Virtual CE classes!
 
Max Cares: Stay healthy Everyone!

 

Max Cares: Condolences to Herb Haynes on the passing of his Mom this week.

Max Cares: Condolences to Marcie Evans on the passing of her Brother-in-Law, Warren Craft.

Max Cares: Condolences to Georgia Cauble on her stillborn Grandson, Nate.

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4/13/20

Happy Easter! – 4/12/20

Happy Passover! – 4/8/20 – 4/16/20

Mortgage Forebearance: Caution your past clients & sphere of Influence that a Mortgage Forebearance may cause more issues than it solves. If someone takes a forebearance, at the end, they must pay back PRINCIPAL & INTEREST at the end of the forebearance (i.e. 3 months) – NOT tacked on to the end of the length of the mortgage. If not, it will wreck their credit.
Interest Rates & Discount Points: This is the time to stay in touch with our Affiliated Mortgage Lenders to make sure you understand what a Buyer is paying for an interest rate. These are changing DAILY!
Credit Scores Required for Loans: The minimum Credit Scores are increasing on a regular basis right now. A Buyer who was qualified 2 weeks ago may NOT be approved now. Check with the lender on a regular basis.
General Buyer Qualification: Many pre-approved Buyers are being turned down right before closing due to changing underwriting guidelines. Lenders are re-checking credit & verifying employment DAY OF CLOSING.
Communication with Lenders is KEY: Selling & Listing Agents need to communicate with lenders consistently for the ongoing changes. It is VITAL to use a Maximum One Affiliated Lender to facilitate this knowledge & communication & to get an understanding of the requirements for a Buyer’s loan right now.
Maximum One Showing Protocol: Agents, please remember the Covid Showing Protocol and the Covid Addendum to Exclusive Agency Agreements. Closing Attorney Amee Davis reminds us that these are really important.  We put these together last week for Maximum One agents. See “Repeat” below & the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Who May Attend Closings: Please make certain that you are checking with your closing attorney on who they are allowing to attend closing. Be advised that most are only allowing signing parties to attend in an effort to follow the CDC recommended guidelines for a 6 foot separation among parties. Please let the Closing Attorney & their staff know how they can best serve you and accommodate your clients. Also check if the attorney is still cutting checks for DA’s and will bring them to your car after closing or if the checks & Closing Statements must be mailed to the office.
Maximum One Company Affiliated Lenders & Closing Attorneys: See more specific information below for Lender & Closing Attorney companies, names & Contact Information!
GAMLS – Live Streaming Open House: GAMLS has a field in Paragon to stream live open houses. Maximum One currently prohibits any traditional open houses. To keep transactions moving forward, the industry is quickly adopting a new paradigm called virtual open houses. These are scheduled and set up like traditional Open Houses, but visitors participate via live streaming apps such as Zoom or Facebook Live, with the Real Estate agent providing a live streaming video feed from the property. To support this model, Paragon is enhancing the Open House module to allow Agents to schedule a Live Streaming Open House. Click to Learn More Here. Sample Live Streaming Video Here.
REALTOR Association Covid-19 Resources & Tools & Assistance: GAR has a COVID-19 Resource Page. And NAR also is offering its members COVID-19 Tools & Resources. You must be a member of Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR or National Association of REALTORS (NAR) to take advantage of the potential financial assistance they are offering.
 
Max Cares: Stay healthy Everyone!

 

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Agan-Williams on the passing of her Uncle this week.

Max Cares: Prayers to Gary Marshall who is in the hospital with heart & lymph issues.

Max Cares: Condolences to Sergio E. Ayala, Jr. on the passing of his Uncle this week

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4/6/20

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch Offices Remain OPEN! All Maximum One Branches remain open regular business hours from 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri. We will follow suit with the “big box stores” & grocery stores – if they are open, we will be open. The Douglasville Branch is the only one at this time that does NOT have Full-Time Staff. The Powers Ferry Branch will have Full-Time Staff from 10am – 2pm.

 

ALL In-Branch Activities Cancelled Until Further Notice: This includes classroom CE classes, Sales Meetings, Accountability Sessions, etc.

Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines

We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to 10 or fewer people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:

·    you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,

·    you have run any fever in the last 14 days,

·    you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,

·    you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19

Remote Deposits & Payments: We strongly encourage ALL agents to take advantage & use the Remote Systems we have in place for managing your business financially. See specific information below.

Maximum One Prohibits In-Person Open Houses During This Time: In order to not put an agent, Seller or others in an uncomfortable or potentially unhealthy position at this time, there are to be No Open Houses during the Georgia State of Emergency.

Maximum One RockStars Facebook Page: The most current resource for ALL Maximum One agents during this time. If you need us to re-send you an invitation, please contact: ExecutiveAdministrator@MaximumOne.pro

 
CONGRATULATIONS to Maximum One Companies – Top 25 Real Estate Companies in 2020: Congratulations to ALL of us! Maximum One Realty Corporation was named #13 in the List of Top 25 Largest Residential Real Estate Companies in 2020!
 
ALL Maximum One Agent Working with Buyers & Showing Property During Covid-19 Pandemic: We have worked diligently with attorney, Amee Davis of Davis & Associates to come up with some documents that may hopefully protect YOU, our agents, and our firms should you as a Maximum One agent show property & a client / customer / public person gets exposed to Coronavirus during this activity. Thank you also to Shawn Horan of DeFoor & Associates for the final touches on these forms! These have been uploaded to Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “COVID-19 Forms” (MX1 Greater Atlanta.)

 

Attached are TWO Documents – for ALL MX1 Agents Showing Property & Working with Buyers:

·    Maximum One Covid-19 SHOWING PROTOCOL – to be used for ALL Showings

·    Maximum One Covid-19 Buyer Brokerage Addendum – to be referenced and attached to a Buyer Brokerage Agreement

“Essential Worker” Letter: Many agents have been asking for an “Essential Worker” letter to keep with you in your car. We have created (for MX1 Greater Atlanta) a letter for BOTH Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta MXGA agents & Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS (MXGR) agents. They are attached here & in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under the folder “COVID-19 Forms” If you are in another MX1 Franchise, please get this from your Broker. I also suggest you keep your Business card & GREC License Pocket Card on you during these crazy times. You will need to fill in your name & license number.

 

·    MXGR Essential Worker Letter

·    MXGA Essential Worker Letter

VIRTUAL CE Classes & Sales Meetings in April! We have put together the April Calendar for virtual CE classes and Sale Meetings. You MUST register in advance for CE classes. Please check out the calendar & register: http://maximumonetrainingcalendar.blogspot.com/
Real Estate IS an Essential Business in Georgia: Governor Kemp’s latest Executive Order 4/2/20 states that “Critical Infrastructure Businesses” for Georgia shall be those itemized in the Homeland Security list of “Critical Infrastructure Businesses.” Homeland Security specifically spells out “Commercial & Residential Real Estate & related Settlement .” Georgia’s Executive Order 4/2/20 and Homeland Security CISA Guidance on Critical Infrastructure Workforce Additionally, even NON-ESSENTIAL Businesses (as long as not specified in the Executive Order – i.e. spas, etc.) in Georgia, may still run their business following the guidelines of minimum basic operations. Regardless, Real Estate IS considered an Essential Business in Georgia.
GAR “Best Practices” for REALTORS During This Time: The Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR) has put out an article on their suggestions for “Best Practices” during this time. Read Article here: “Real Estate is an Essential Service but It’s Not Business as Usual”
GAMLS Open House Tours via Paradym: GAMLS is offering Open House Tours via Paradym. Working remotely with clients is now a reality and virtual marketing has never been so important. We want you to have access to a leading Virtual Tour platform that allows you to stay productive working with buyers and sellers remotely. Learn More April 7th or 8th or 9th at 3pm . Click Here to Register for Webinar. Features include:

 

·    Interactive virtual experience

·    Real-time chat-to-text for all listings

·    Unlimited creation of tours and virtual open houses

·    High-resolution video integration

·    Media studio for custom creation

·    Mobile app and video walk-throughs

·    Amazon-powered text-to-voice technology

Tom Ferry: “Pivot”  Program: We will get through this, and I’m doing my all to help provide clarity and keep you and our entire industry moving forward positively. That’s why we created Pivot… to provide answers and a path forward, and to help lessen the struggle. For just $99/mo., you get two webinars per week with me and real estate leaders – plus access to the Pivot Toolbox – all designed to deliver the guidance, tools, scripts, and mental toughness you need to get through this difficult disruption. We’re all in this together, and we’ll do Pivot for as long as it’s needed to get things back to normal. There is no contract or commitment. Yes, the world is in crisis… but your business doesn’t have to be. Let us help you. Learn more and enroll here.
Home Disinfection Services: May be of interest to Buyers. Disinfection Services from True Enviro & Crystal Clear View. Maximum One Companies do NOT vouch for the validity of either of these companies nor their claims. We just thought it would be interesting information to share with your clients for THEM to choose or not.
 
Max Cares: Everyone Stay Healthy!

 

Max Cares: Condolences to Laura Micalizzi on the loss of her mother.

Max Cares: Condolences to Laura Wilson on the loss of her Aunt.

Max Cares: Prayers to Jerrie Lusk as she fights the virus.

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3/29/20

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch Offices Remain OPEN! All Maximum One Branches remain open regular business hours from 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri. We will follow suit with the “big box stores” & grocery stores – if they are open, we will be open. The Douglasville Branch is the only one at this time that does NOT have Full-Time Staff.
 
Douglasville Branch: This Branch does not have full-time staff. Agents have 24/7 access via your key fob. Please place ALL deposits in the EXTERIOR dropbox & text the number on the sign.
 
ALL In-Branch Activities Cancelled Until Further Notice: This includes classroom CE classes, Sales Meetings, Accountability Sessions, etc.
 
Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines
We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to 10 or fewer people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:
  • you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,
  • you have run any fever in the last 14 days,
  • you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,
  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19
 
Remote Deposits & Payments: We strongly encourage ALL agents to take advantage & use the Remote Systems we have in place for managing your business financially. See specific information below.
 
Maximum One Prohibits In-Person Open Houses During This Time: In order to not put an agent, Seller or others in an uncomfortable or potentially unhealthy position at this time, there are to be No Open Houses during the Georgia State of Emergency.
 
Maximum One RockStars Facebook Page: The most current resource for ALL Maximum One agents during this time. If you need us to re-send you an invitation, please contact: ExecutiveAdministrator@MaximumOne.pro
 
FREE CE Classes in April! We are in the process of putting together an April schedule for FREE Virtual CE classes! The Georgia Real Estate Academy (school affiliated with Maximum One) has been approved by GREC to offer virtual CE classes for credit. The Instructor will make sure that student is at their computer during the entire 3 hours (other than the 15 minute break.) If you take a virtual CE class through another School, MAKE SURE that school has been approved by GREC to give CE credit for that class. Stay tuned for the April Schedule to come out SOON! www.registerforREclasses.com
 
Listing & Showing Properties Right Now: Affiliated Closing Attorney Amee Davis of Davis & Associates (contact information is below for all Affiliates) is putting together a list of showing parameters to share with your Sellers to continue to show properties with some precautions in mind. I will share this when I receive it. Some of these ideas include:
  • Prohibiting Buyers from entering home if they have been outside of the US in past 14 days or exhibit any signs of Coronavirus
  • Maintaining all the other current precautions (no more than 10 people at a time & maintaining 6′ apart)
  • Remove shoes prior to entering
  • Seller to leave on all lights & interior doors open
  • No Buyer may use bathroom facilities
  • Seller to share Property Disclosure Form with Buyer prior to showing
 
Importance of Using Video Conferencing & Video Chat For Your Real Estate Business During COVID-19 Precautions: Using video has never been more important than it is now! Just do it! Dive in! There are MANY platforms you may use to do business via video. This is a great way to interact with prospects, clients & co-ops and maintain your social distance. Some video platforms to check out the following – there is overlap between the “Chat” apps & the “Conferencing” software:
Video Chat:
  • YouTube
  • Facebook Video
  • Instagram
  • FaceTime
  • Messenger Video
  • Google Hangouts Video
  • Bomb-Bomb Video
  • Zoom Conferencing
  • What’s App
  • Marco Polo
  • Google Duo
  • Slack
  • Discord
  • Skype
 
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • Free Conference Call
  • Hangouts Meet
  • Go To Meeting
  • Blue Jeans
  • Cisco WebEx Meetings
  • Microsoft Teams
 
Buyer Financing During the Pandemic: The Financing Information we are receiving from Lenders is changing DAILY! FHA & VA & USDA Loans – limited financing & raising credit limits? Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac making money more available? Interest Rates on the rise? What should you do as an agent?
  • Tell Buyers to stay in touch with their Lender DAILY!
  • Make sure your Buyers are working with a Lender that you know, love & trust!
  • Buyers should probably lock their rate – ask the Lender & check the time frame for closing
  • Get your transactions CLOSED!
  • YOU stay in touch with the Lender
  • Stay in touch with the Co-Op agent.
 
Government-Backed Loans (FHA, VA & USDA): From Maximum One Partners Franchise Owner, Alan Richardson: I have received some credible news from several high ups in major lending institutions and we want to share with you. If you have a client that is getting a Government Backed loan such as VA, FHA or USDA – have them lock in their rate right now! The secondary mortgage market for government backed securities is seeing tough economic times. As such we should expect that some lenders will stop doing VA or FHA loans short term and many others will raise the minimum credit scores up to the 680’s. Best short term recommendation is to get your client to lock in their rates NOW, which means if the lenders raise their rates or suspend those loans, the one’s already locked should be secure. Please have your clients reach out to their lenders right away. One lender suspended VA last week, one suspended FHA today. Do not wait. I don’t wish to be an alarmist, but I would rather err on the side of caution as to letting our clients miss on their opportunity to purchase a home.
 
GAR & Realtor Support: See how GAR is supporting agents during COVID-19: https://garealtor.com/members/member-resources/covid-19-resources-for-gar-members/. Also, see letter that GAR sent to Governor Kemp: GAR Letter to Gov. Kemp
 
New COVID-19 Scam: Scammers are going door-to-door stating that they are from the CDC & collecting vital information. They are then stealing identities. Do NOT give these scammers ANY personal information… THEY ARE SCAMMERS!!! The CDC is not sending people door-to-door.
 
33 Ways to Attract More Listings: Now is a GREAT time to fill your pipeline with LEADS!!!! People will always need to Buy & Sell. Get your Listings in place NOW! Read this article by Tom Ferry on 33 Ways to Attract More Listings.
 
Maximum One Public Facebook Page: Use this public Facebook Page to post your listings, “Coming Soon,” etc! Thank you to Michelle Butz (WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com ) for getting this page up & running! https://www.facebook.com/Mx1GreaterAtl
 
How to Sell Homes During Coronavirus: Here is another email training I received and wanted to share. MX1 does not vouch for any of these programs but wants to share with you a myriad of ideas to grow yor business. How to Sell Homes during the Coronavirus
 
Keep Your Business Moving Forward: I get many emails from a variety of real estate marketing / coaching companies with ideas on how to grow your business. I am sharing some of these resources but I don’t specifically vouch for any of these programs. Here is a video to help you keep your business moving during this crisis: The video shows you what to do: https://postAprop.com/pro-plan.html
Also, on the page review the ‘offer’. They will create 2 complete marketing campaigns for you. Inexpensive. Effective. Current. Geo-Focused. Ok…what does that mean? They create 2 current campaigns that will work RIGHT NOW to help your business and it doesn’t cost much to do it
 
Max Cares: Everyone Stay Healthy!
 
REPEAT: If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!
  • Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office
  • Mail in any Deposits
  • For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Paulding Office:
  • Maximum One Realty
  • Attn: Dawn Southern
  • 76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141
  • Hiram, GA 30141
  • 770-919-8825 x 309
  • For Other Franchises – see contact information Below
  • Use Remote Deposit – see information below
  • Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management
 
REPEAT: Getting Paid Commission During This Time: MANY Closing Attorneys are ONLY allowing the signing parties at closings (i.e. Buyer & Seller) & not agents. If you are not attending Closing for ANY reason, Maximum One will not approve a DA (= Pay at close.) You will not be there to pick up the check nor Closing Statement anyway! This is ALREADY our policy anyway! The the Closing attorney simply mails us the Closing Statement & the gross commission check!
 
Here is the way you get paid if you do not attend closing:
  • Ask the Closing Attorney to mailing Maximum One the Closing Statement & the gross Commission Check
  • For MX1 Greater Atlanta, please mail to the Paulding Branch (76 Highland Pavilion Ct., #141, Hiram, GA 30141 770-919-8825 x 309)
  • For Other Franchises, see mailing addresses below
  • Make sure your file is Complete & Compliant in Pipeline – see checklists in the transaction in Pipeline
  • You will need to complete the final items for Closing – see checklist to the Left in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • We will send your commission to you via Direct Deposit
  • We have that information from your Sign-On package when you first joined Maximum One
  • We will pay the referral fee due – if any – make sure the Referral Agreement is in the Transaction in Pipeline
  • Since you are not getting paid at the closing table by the Attorney, there is no need for MX1 to send the Closing Attorney any Earnest Money that we may be holding (unless your commission is less than EM – contact Compliance if this is the case.)
 
REPEAT: REMOTE Deposits: Remember that you may remotely deposit Earnest Money & Commission Checks following the instructions provided in the Reference Section on Paperless Pipeline.
  • Remote Earnest Money Deposit – Instructions in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline
  • Bank Shot – for MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents – Instructions in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline
  • Wires – we will need the mailing address of your client so we may mail them these instructions (MX1 agents & staff are prohibited from emailing wire instructions) or you may pick up the wire instructions & deliver to your Buyer.
  • There is a $30 Bank wire fee for outgoing wires that will be passed through to your agent bill if we have to wire money out from MX1 to a client or closing attorney for your transaction
 
REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Classes / Meetings / Workshops Cancelled Until Further Notice: In an abundance of caution to prevent any potential spread of the Coronavirus and due to current extremely low turnout, all CE classes, Sales Meetings, Workshops & Accountability meetings are cancelled through the end of March. We will make a determination about April at a later date. For classes and meetings at the other MX1 Franchises, please check directly with the actual Franchise – See all of their contact information below.

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3/22/20

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch Offices Remain OPEN! All Maximum One Branches remain open regular business hours from 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri. We will follow suit with the “big box stores” & grocery stores – if they are open, we will be open.
 
Agents Entering MX1 Offices & COVID-19 CDC Guidelines
We are limiting the total number of people in the office at any one time to 10 or fewer people. Please bring your own pens to use. We ask that you not enter the office if:
  • you have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days,
  • you have run any fever in the last 14 days,
  • you have knowingly been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19,
  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been labeled by a physician as “recovered” or you have participated in any high risk behavior that would put you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19
 
The Halt of Billion Dollar Real Estate iBuyer Business: See this article by Forbes magazine about the iBuyers going out of business! Great news in general but many are pulling out of binding contracts scheduled to close now – may cause some issues for your current clients under contract with an iBuyer. Also, Inman News has reported than OpenDoor and Redfin have ceased all iBuyer programs until further notice. Read Forbes Article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliakarayaneva/2020/03/19/billion-dollar-real-estate-businesses-ibuyer-suspended/?subId3=xid:fr1584706983478jif&fbclid=IwAR3ykOZ7EipUNOBkFB4TDitc5SHRADrXp3Z5RoQLsCi29tzf7f2T7p3sYVM#77fc5fc72174
 
INMAN NEWS has some great stuff from all kinds of gurus in our industry. Thank you Dave Kubat for sharing this information. This is an excerpt from an article today written by Gary Keller. GREAT STUFF
 
1. Wake Up and Pay Attention
Make no mistake where we are. Don’t let how you feel about this situation dictate what you do about it. When you’re dealing with less, you must do more. This isn’t a choice—it’s an imperative.
Although it sounds trite, what is still true is that tough times call for tough-minded people. In normal times, rising tides keep all boats afloat. When tides recede, only boats that respond appropriately stay in the game. All others are grounded. In 1979, musical artist Kenny Loggins’ father was sick and facing uncertain odds. Unwilling to allow his father to slip into complacency, Kenny wrote these heartfelt words to his father, in his famous song “This Is It”:
“There’ve been times in my life
I’ve been wondering why
Still, somehow I believed we’d always survive
Now, I’m not so sure you’re waiting to hear
One good reason to try
But what more can I say
What’s left to provide
You think that maybe it’s over
Only if you want it to be
Are you gonna wait for a sign, your miracle
Stand up and fight
This is it
Make no mistake where you are
This is it
Your back’s to the corner
This is it
Don’t be a fool anymore
This is it”
Kenny wrote this song to his father as a way of saying “Your situation is real. And you need to get up and get after it.” Today, we all face a similar moment. We need to pivot and face our new reality.
 
2. Learn to Live on Less
There’s an old saying, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” This applies to dollars too. When a shift happens it pays to understand that the first dollar you make is the dollar you don’t spend. The way you do this is to lower your expenses. The real power of this pivot is realizing that reducing your expenses is not a one-time event. Cut expenses every month for the rest of the year. Make it a game. And don’t forget to acknowledge and reward those who help. Review everything. Review every line, every month. And don’t stop until January 2021. You’ll be amazed at what you would have missed each time. You’ll often be encouraged by how once you cut something, the next month you’ll discover that you can cut even more.
And please remember, financial pivoting isn’t just a business concept — it’s a personal one too. It doesn’t help to lower your business expenses if you don’t keep your personal expenses in check. Why save one dollar when you can save two. Learn to live on less.
 
3. Double Down on Leads
Dig into your goals and determine how many leads you’re going to need to achieve them. It is an absolute certainty that it will take more leads to accomplish your sales goals today than it did yesterday. This is why you double down. Think of it this way. The number of people out there you can do business with is never zero. There are still people that need you, you’ll just have to work twice as hard to find them. Even in 2011, the worst year of the Great Recession, the number of sides per agent was nearly the same as in 2019. Make no mistake, there’s still a lot of opportunity. There’s just less. So you must pivot and get more. Dust off your lead generation options. Choose the ones that make the most sense. Time block a minimum of four hours a day for lead generation. And never stop.
 
4. Lean into the Market of the Moment
To succeed in a market, you must understand it. No two markets are the same, which means a solution for one won’t necessarily work in another. Take a step back, look around, and identify the opportunities your market today has to offer. Every market will explain how you can best work in it and how people can best make it work for them. Whether it’s the type of property, the price of the property, the financing of the property, the type of seller, or the type of buyer, each market always has its own unique combination to unlock. When you’ve talked to enough people you’ll understand what your market has taken away and, more importantly, what it still has to give.
 
The market will show you where you need to pivot. Every shift leaves an opening. A reason to stay in the market. Every problem eventually presents a solution. A way to help someone when they need it most. Today isn’t yesterday, and tomorrow isn’t determined. When the desire to do more comes from a place that’s bigger than ourselves, anything is possible. Potential can become reality. When we pivot, we help others pivot, and together we all have the opportunity to achieve more.
 
Buyer Financing & COVID-19: Agents, make sure to stay on top of your financing contingency time frames! If Pre-Approved Buyers are no longer approved, protect their Earnest Money by terminating per the contingency time frames & getting Loan Denial Letters from the Lenders. Remember that if binding under RE Forms, the Loan Denial Letter must be sent simultaneously with the Termination; if binding under GAR Forms, the Buyer has 7 days after terminating under a Financing Contingency to send the Loan Denial Letter.
 
If You Are Not Comfortable Entering into the Office: If you are not comfortable entering an office, take advantage of the virtuality of Maximum One Companies!
  • Use the exterior dropbox outside of your office
  • Mail in any Deposits
  • For Greater Atlanta Agents, mail any deposits to the Paulding Office:
  • Maximum One Realty
  • Attn: Dawn Southern
  • 76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Suite #141
  • Hiram, GA 30141
  • 770-919-8825 x 309
  • For Other Franchises – see contact information Below
  • Use Remote Deposit – see information below
  • Paperless Pipeline – Digital Transaction Management
 
Getting Paid Commission During This Time: MANY Closing Attorneys are ONLY allowing the signing parties at closings (i.e. Buyer & Seller) & not agents. If you are not attending Closing for ANY reason, Maximum One will not approve a DA (= Pay at close.) You will not be there to pick up the check nor Closing Statement anyway! This is ALREADY our policy anyway! The the Closing attorney simply mails us the Closing Statement & the gross commission check!
 
Here is the way you get paid if you do not attend closing:
  • Ask the Closing Attorney to mailing Maximum One the Closing Statement & the gross Commission Check
  • For MX1 Greater Atlanta, please mail to the Paulding Branch (76 Highland Pavilion Ct., #141, Hiram, GA 30141 770-919-8825 x 309)
  • For Other Franchises, see mailing addresses below
  • Make sure your file is Complete & Compliant in Pipeline – see checklists in the transaction in Pipeline
  • You will need to complete the final items for Closing – see checklist to the Left in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • We will send your commission to you via Direct Deposit
  • We have that information from your Sign-On package when you first joined Maximum One
  • We will pay the referral fee due – if any – make sure the Referral Agreement is in the Transaction in Pipeline
  • Since you are not getting paid at the closing table by the Attorney, there is no need for MX1 to send the Closing Attorney any Earnest Money that we may be holding (unless your commission is less than EM – contact Compliance if this is the case.)
 
REMOTE Deposits: Remember that you may remotely deposit Earnest Money & Commission Checks following the instructions provided in the Reference Section on Paperless Pipeline.
  • Remote Earnest Money Deposit – Instructions in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline
  • Bank Shot – for MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents – Instructions in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline
  • Wires – we will need the mailing address of your client so we may mail them these instructions (MX1 agents & staff are prohibited from emailing wire instructions) or you may pick up the wire instructions & deliver to your Buyer.
  • There is a $30 Bank wire fee for outgoing wires that will be passed through to your agent bill if we have to wire money out from MX1 to a client or closing attorney for your transaction
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Classes / Meetings / Workshops Cancelled Until Further Notice: In an abundance of caution to prevent any potential spread of the Coronavirus and due to current extremely low turnout, all CE classes, Sales Meetings, Workshops & Accountability meetings are cancelled through the end of March. We will make a determination about April at a later date. For classes and meetings at the other MX1 Franchises, please check directly with the actual Franchise – See all of their contact information below.
 
How to Be a Successful Real Estate Agent During the Coronavirus Disruption: Please watch the video in last week’s newsletter/email by Dave Kubat (Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies) for creative ideas on how to flex during this unprecedented time in our history. Remember that Interest Rates are AMAZINGLY low!!
 
Max Cares: Everyone stay healthy!

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3/15/20

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in February 2020! Maximum One Companies welcome the following agents:
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch Offices Remain OPEN! All Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branches remain open regular business hours from 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri.
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Classes / Meetings / Workshops Cancelled for March: In an abundance of caution to prevent any potential spread of the Coronavirus and due to current extremely low turnout, all CE classes, Sales Meetings, Workshops & Accountability meetings are cancelled through the end of March. We will make a determination about April at a later date. For classes and meetings at the other MX1 Franchises, please check directly with the actual Franchise – See all of their contact information below.
 
Update – GREC Rule Change – Teams Definitions & Prohibited Words for Advertising: GREC met on March 11th and had a public hearing and was scheduled to vote. Based on the calls & emails and discussions at the Public Hearing, GREC is going to propose an UPDATED Rule Change to the definition of “Team” & “Team Captain” as well as what words may be used in marketing & advertising. It appears that GREC may allow the use of “Real Estate” “Realty” Broker” “Associate Broker” and some others. They will vote on the new Proposal in their April meeting and then bring up for a public hearing before voting it into law. Other issues they are taking into consideration: grandfathering in marketing (i.e. YouTube videos) that includes any prohibited words, giving a several month “grace” period for agents to switch over their marketing, and more. Many issues were discussed at the Public hearing. Thank you to Matthew Share & Monifa Taylor who attended and supplied me with a ton of information.
 
How to Be a Successful Real Estate Agent During the Coronavirus Disruption: Please watch the video above by Dave Kubat (Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies) for creative ideas on how to flex during this unprecedented time in our history. Remember that Interest Rates are AMAZINGLY low!!
 
Various Association of REALTORS Top Producer Banquets: Most of the Million Dollar Club Banquets have been cancelled. Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Realty Agents who have received recognition by their local Board of Realtors for their 2019 production!
 
Max Cares: Congratulations to Jeanne Rodriguez on becoming a “NiNi” in August t twins!
Max Cares: Condolences to Brenda Perry on the loss of her father.
Max Cares: Prayers to Rebecca Courson who had a total knee replacement.
Max Cares: Prayers to Carolyn Miller whose daughter is still battling lung cancer & a brain tumor.
Max Cares: Congratulations to MaKay Swanson who just got her Broker’s License!

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3/8/20

2020 Pacesetter Award! Maximum One as a corporation has won the 2020 Pacesetter Award for being one of the fastest growing companies in Atlanta! Congratulations to us ALL!!!
 
2019 Maximum One Corporate Production Numbers: Congratulations to ALL agents affiliated with Maximum One Franchises.
 
  • Total M.O.R.E. Corporation (= ALL Franchises):
  • 5390 Transactions
  • $1.3B in sales. YES Billion with a “B!”
 
  • By Franchise:
  • Greater Atlanta  3144   $784.6M
  • Partners              691     $135.1M
  • Executives         425     $120.9M
  • Community       398     $88.8M
  • Premier               325     $92.4M
  • Platinum             407     $79.9M
  • West Georgia           0     $0.00
 
Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Top Producers for 2019 from ALL Franchises! Please see below for Corporate-Wide & Greater Atlanta Company-Wide Awards!
 
Maximum One Corporate-Wide – Volume:
 
 
1) Sekhar Putta (Executives) – $26,231,141
2) Annamaria Stalker (Greater Atlanta) – $15,087,901
3) Kim Hunter (Platinum) $14,715,876
4) Keely George (Greater Atlanta) – $11,323,189
5) Wendee Long (Greater Atlanta) – $11,215,665
6) Steve Matthews (Greater Atlanta) – $10,914,300
7) Tony Cade (Greater Atlanta) – $10,759,147
8) Debi Cole (Platinum) $10,271,104
9) Team Haigh Realty (Greater Atlanta) – $9,041,742
10) Britney Burton (Executives) – $8,793,228
 
11) Daniel Gonzalez (Greater Atlanta) – $8,182,900
12) Shawn Delaney (Greater Atlanta) – $7,875,590
13) Laura Wilson (Greater Atlanta) – $7,847,100
14) Greg Moore (Greater Atlanta) – $7,723,365
15) The Carlock Homes Team (Greater Atlanta) $7,656,482
16) Matthew Share (Greater Atlanta) – $7,267,194
17) Morgan & Ivonne McDonald (Greater Atlanta) – $7,239,795
18) Team Wildfire (Partners) – $7,064,050
19) Machelle Moody (Greater Atlanta) – $6,511,512
20) Cindy Corona (Greater Atlanta) – $5,937,968
 
Maximum One Corporate-Wide – Production (Transactions):
 
 
1) Sekhar Putta (Executives)
2) Daniel Gonzalez (Greater Atlanta)
3) Annamaria Stalker (Greater Atlanta)
4) Wendee Long (Greater Atlanta)
5) Tony Cade (Greater Atlanta)
6) Greg Moore (Greater atlanta)
7) Shawn Delaney (Greater Atlanta)
8) Steve Matthews (Greater Atlanta)
9) Keely George (Greater Atlanta)
10) Laura Wilson (Greater Atlanta)
 
11) Machelle Moody (Greater Atlanta)
12) Donika Parker (Greater Atlanta)
13) Matthew Share (Greater Atlanta)
14) Martha Edwards (Greater Atlanta)
15) Yelana Demchenko (Executives)
16) Justin Pollard (Communities)
17) Nicole London (Executives)
18) Stephanie Shelton (Greater Atlanta)
19) Brandon Bramlett (Greater Atlanta)
20) Morgan & Ivonne McDonald (Greater Atlanta)
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Volume:
 
 
1)   Annamaria Stalker – $15,087,901
2)   Keely George – $11,323,189
3)   Wendee Long – $11,215,665
4)   Steve Matthews – $10,914,300
5)   Tony Cade – $10,759,147
6)   Team Haigh – $9,041,742
7)   Daniel Gonzalez – $8,182,900
8)   Shawn Delaney – $7,875,590
9)   Laura Wilson – $7,847,100
10) Greg Moore – $7,723,365
 
11)    The Carlock Homes Team $7,656,482
12)    Matthew Share – $7,267,194
13)    Morgan and Ivonne McDonald – $7,239,795
14)    Machelle Moody – $6,511,512
15)    Cindy Corona – $5,937,969
16)    Kiran Ramireddy – $5,796,726
17)    Mike Hammock – $5,525,723
18)    Donika Parker – $5,489,950
19)    Stephanie Shelton – $5,483,265
20) Brandon Bramlett – $5,088,500
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Production (Transactions):
 
 
1)     Daniel Gonzalez
2)     Annamaria Stalker
3)     Wendee Long
4)     Tony Cade
5)     Greg Moore
6)     Shawn Delaney
7)     Steve Matthews
8)     Keely George
9)     Laura Wilson
10)   Machelle Moody
 
11)     Donika Parker
12)     Matthew Share
13)     Martha Edwards
14)     Cindy Corona
15)     Stephanie Shelton
16)     Brandon Bramlett
17)     Morgan and Ivonne McDonald
18)     Whitney Elizabeth
19)     Team Haigh
20)   Allison Dodd
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS (MXGR) – Volume
 
 
1) Annamaria Stalker – $15,087,901
2) Keely George – $11,323,189
3) Wendee Long – $11,215,665
4) Team Haigh – $9,041,742
5) Laura Wilson – $7,847,100
 
6) The Carlock Homes Team – $7,656,482
7) Matthew Share – $7,267,194
8) Morgan & Ivonne McDonald – $7,239,795
9) Machelle Moody – $6,511,512
10) Cindy Corona – $5,937,968.75
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS (MXGR) – Production (Transactions)
 
 
1) Annamaria Stalker
2) Wendee Long
3) Keely George
4) Laura Wilson
5) Machelle Moody
 
6) Donika Parker
7) Matthew Share
8) Martha Edwards
9) Cindy Corona
10) Stephanie Shelton
 
Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA) – Volume
 
 
1) Steve Matthews – $10,914,300
2) Tony Cade – $10,759,147.60
3) Daniel Gonzalez – $8,182,900
4) Shawn Delaney – $7,875,590
5) Greg Moore – $7,723,365
 
6) Mike Hammock – $5,525,723
7) Team Fears – $4,917,085
8) Dennis Hankins – $4,320,825
9) John Phillip – $3,894,000
10) Leticia Mora – $3,490,200
 
Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA) – Production (Transactions)
 
 
1) Daniel Gonzalez
2) Tony Cade
3) Greg Moore
4) Shawn Delaney
5) Steve Matthews
 
6) Mike Hammock
7) Mark Johnson
8) Joann Whitney
9) Maria Monterrubio
10) Team Fears

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3/1/20

Congratulations to ALL MX1 Greater Atlanta Top Producers for 2019! Please see below. Company-wide & Corporate-Wide Awards to be announced Next Week.
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – West Cobb:
 
 
1) Annamaria Stalker – $15,087,901
2) Keely George – $11,323,189
3) Team Haigh Realty – $9,041,742
4) Shawn Delaney – $7,875,590
5) Laura Wilson – $7,847,100
 
6) Mike Hammock – $5,525,723
7) Stephanie Wiegand – $4,551,000
8) Anya Dupree – $4,464,100
9) Jeanne Rodriguez – $4,311,163
10) Bill Brannen – $4,140,050
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Paulding:
 
 
1) Wendee Long – $11,215,665
2) Stephanie Shelton $5,483,265
3) Brandon Bramlett – $5,088,500
4) Patti Loveless – $4,491,309
5) Barbara Roberts – $3,965,036
 
6) Janet Scanlon – $3,755,760
7) Allison Dodd – $3,589,850
8) Herb Haynes – $3,567,450
9) Mark Johnson – $3,246,000
10) Jamie Patterson – $2,992,480
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Douglasville:
 
 
1) Greg Moore – $7,723,365
2) The Carlock Homes Team – $7,656,482
3) Machelle Moody – $6,511,512
4) Lora Stilley – $4,793,252
5) Dennis Hankins – $4,320,825
 
6) Martha Edwards – $4,229,229
7) Tahir Johnson – $4,075,690
8) Alicia Hardy – $3,999,100
9) Mandy Seay – $$3,121,500
10) Jacqueline Smith – $3,106,194
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Woodstock:
 
 
1) The Morgan McDonald Team – $10,029,295
2) Cindy Corona – $$5,937,969
3) Howard Brummel – $$4,047,500
4) Nancy Zayas – $3,417,700
5) Bob James – $2,934,650
 
6) Hani Mahmoud – $2,417,539
7) Belkis Diaz – $$2,230,500
8) Marty Devine – $2,229,850
9) Lil Hoepfinger – $2,219,500
10) Renee Cagle – $2,113,100
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry:
 
 
1) Steve Matthews – $10,914,300
2) Tony Cade – $10,759,148
3) Daniel Gonzales – $8,182,900
4) Matthew Share – $7,267,194
5) Kiran Ramireddy – $5,796,726
 
6) Donika Parker – $5,489,950
7) Team Fears – $4,917,085
8) Whitney Elizabeth – $4,708,981
9) Bobbie Todoroff – $4,621,900
10) Jack Barnette – $3,401,500

3/1/20

Congratulations to ALL MX1 Greater Atlanta Top Producers for 2019! Please see below. Company-wide & Corporate-Wide Awards to be announced Next Week.
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – West Cobb:
 
 
1) Annamaria Stalker – $15,087,901
2) Keely George – $11,323,189
3) Team Haigh Realty – $9,041,742
4) Shawn Delaney – $7,875,590
5) Laura Wilson – $7,847,100
 
6) Mike Hammock – $5,525,723
7) Stephanie Wiegand – $4,551,000
8) Anya Dupree – $4,464,100
9) Jeanne Rodriguez – $4,311,163
10) Bill Brannen – $4,140,050
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Paulding:
 
 
1) Wendee Long – $11,215,665
2) Stephanie Shelton $5,483,265
3) Brandon Bramlett – $5,088,500
4) Patti Loveless – $4,491,309
5) Barbara Roberts – $3,965,036
 
6) Janet Scanlon – $3,755,760
7) Allison Dodd – $3,589,850
8) Herb Haynes – $3,567,450
9) Mark Johnson – $3,246,000
10) Jamie Patterson – $2,992,480
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Douglasville:
 
 
1) Greg Moore – $7,723,365
2) The Carlock Homes Team – $7,656,482
3) Machelle Moody – $6,511,512
4) Lora Stilley – $4,793,252
5) Dennis Hankins – $4,320,825
 
6) Martha Edwards – $4,229,229
7) Tahir Johnson – $4,075,690
8) Alicia Hardy – $3,999,100
9) Mandy Seay – $$3,121,500
10) Jacqueline Smith – $3,106,194
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Woodstock:
 
 
1) The Morgan McDonald Team – $10,029,295
2) Cindy Corona – $$5,937,969
3) Howard Brummel – $$4,047,500
4) Nancy Zayas – $3,417,700
5) Bob James – $2,934,650
 
6) Hani Mahmoud – $2,417,539
7) Belkis Diaz – $$2,230,500
8) Marty Devine – $2,229,850
9) Lil Hoepfinger – $2,219,500
10) Renee Cagle – $2,113,100
 
Maximum One Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry:
 
 
1) Steve Matthews – $10,914,300
2) Tony Cade – $10,759,148
3) Daniel Gonzales – $8,182,900
4) Matthew Share – $7,267,194
5) Kiran Ramireddy – $5,796,726
 
6) Donika Parker – $5,489,950
7) Team Fears – $4,917,085
8) Whitney Elizabeth – $4,708,981
9) Bobbie Todoroff – $4,621,900
10) Jack Barnette – $3,401,500

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2/23/20

GREC License Law Change – TEAMS – A public hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on March 11, 2020, at the Georgia Real Estate Commission, Suite 1000 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 to provide the public an opportunity to comment upon and provide input into the proposed rule amendments. At the public hearing anyone may present data, make a statement, comment or offer a viewpoint or argument whether orally or in writing. Lengthy statements or statements of a considerable technical or economic nature, as well as previously recorded messages, must be submitted for the official record. Oral statements should be concise and will be limited to five (5) minutes per person. Additional comments should be presented in writing. Written comments are welcome. Such written comments must be legible and signed, should contain contact information from the maker (address, telephone number and/or facsimile number, etc.) and be received in the office prior to the close of business (4:30 P.M.) on February 28, 2020, to allow for timely processing. Written comments should be addressed to Frank Lynn Dempsey, Georgia Real Estate Commission, Suite 1000 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
 
The proposed rule amendments will be considered for adoption by the Commission at its meeting on March 11, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. following the public hearing.
 
 
SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE GEORGIA REAL ESTATE COMMISSION RULES CHAPTER 520 Rule 520-1-.02
Purpose: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to define the terms “Team” and “Team Leader” as they relate to real estate brokerage activity in Georgia.
Main Feature: Defining the terms “Team” and “Team Leader”.
 
CHAPTER 520 Rule 520-1-.02 (2) – Terms
(u) “Team” is comprised of two or more licensees who
1. act on behalf of, and are affiliated with, the same firm;
2. work together on a regular basis to provide real estate brokerage services;
3. represent themselves to the public as a team; and
4. are identified by a team name.
 
(v) “Team Leader” is a licensee designated by his or her qualifying broker or broker as a Team Leader. Each Team in a firm must have a Team Leader. Each Team Leader shall maintain an accurate list of the names, license numbers, contact information for each team member, and provide the list to the qualifying broker or broker of the firm.
 
CHAPTER 520 Rule 520-1-.02 (11) – Advertising as Teams
(a) It shall be the Team Leader’s responsibility to submit all team advertising to the qualifying broker or broker of the Firm of which the Team is affiliated. The qualifying broker or the broker shall timely review all advertising by Teams to assure compliance with the advertising rules of Chapter 520-1-.09.
(b) The word “team” or “group” must be included as part of the name for all Teams. Real estate team or group names may not include the following words or phrases, or variations thereof:
 
* Associate Brokerage
* Broker
 * Company
* Corporation
* Corp.
* Incorporated
* Inc.
* LLC
* LLP
* LP
* Real Estate
* Realty.
MX1 Team or Individual Agent Names: If this Law passes GREC on March 11th, you may not use any of those above terms in your marketing or advertising if you are a Team or even as an Individual.
 
MX1 Agent Trade Name Program & Proposed License Law Change: If you have an Agent Trade Name with Maximum One that we have registered with the County & with GREC, then you may use any of the terms above but not any of the “corporation” names like LLC, Inc, etc. Please see the infomraiton on this program in the “2020 Manuals” section below.
GAMLS New Status “Coming Soon”: In conjunction with the National Association of REALTORS® Clear Cooperation policy 8.0, Georgia MLS will be implementing a new property status of Coming Soon March 3, 2020. The Coming Soon status accommodates the pre-marketing of listings before they become available for showing, as well as providing a category for listings that could otherwise be kept off the MLS. This status solidifies the efficient marketplace that is the MLS, while responding to the marketing needs of REALTORS®, real estate professionals, and their sellers.
 
GAMLS “Coming Soon” Guidelines:
  1. Coming Soon Guidelines: Soon is only allowed for a maximum of 21 days prior to the list date on the Exclusive Right to Sell or Exclusive Agency Agreement. The Coming Soon Listing must have an “On Market Date” that must be later than the date of listing entry and list date.
  2. After the 21 days of Coming Soon, the listing will automatically go to New status. A listing can be changed to an Active status any time within the 21 days by having Georgia MLS change the “On Market Date” field.
  3. “Days on Market (DOM)” will not accrue while in the Coming Soon status and will only begin once the listing status becomes New.
  4. The Coming Soon status will be designated as “CS” and will only be visible to Georgia MLS members.
  5. A listing that was once in the Coming Soon status must be off market for 90 days or more before it can be relisted by the same Brokerage as Coming Soon.
  6. Listings in the Coming Soon status will not be distributed to Broker, Agent, consumer facing, or any 3rd party syndication websites.
  7. Listings in the Coming Soon status cannot be shown until the listing reaches the “On Market Date”. Coming Soon listings will be unavailable for the ShowingTime service.
  8. Coming Soon status is required to be strictly adhered to, as stated by the MLS Statement 8.0 Clear Cooperation Policy.  If the status is not updated within one business day, the Broker’s office will be subject to an initial fine of $25 and $5 every business day thereafter, until the property is within compliance.
 
NAR Clear Cooperation Policy 8.0: Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public.
 
For more information regarding NAR Clear Cooperation 8.0, please visit –
Showing Time Suspicious Callers – Cobb & Forsyth Counties: FMLS has received reports from some FMLS members that they have received suspicious calls from people claiming to be from the Forsyth or Cobb County Sheriff departments. The callers have even spoofed the phone numbers of those sheriff offices. If you believe you have received a potentially fraudulent call from someone claiming to be from law enforcement, we recommend contacting the police department directly to verify the caller’s identity
 
FHA Loan Limit: FHA has raised the loan limit in Metro Atlanta to $401,351. Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage (LKennedy@aemc.cc) for sharing this information with us at the Douglasville Sales Meeting.
 
Lower Your Mortgage Payment with a Phone Call: Thank you again to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for informing us about so much mortgage information including how a homeowner may lower their mortgage payment with just a phone call to “recast” their mortgage. Contact Linda for more information!
Staying Safe as a Real Estate Agent: 2019 Thank you to Hiram Police Chief for speaking to us at the Paulding Sales Meeting to teach us all how to be safe in our jobs!
 
Max Cares: Congratulations to Cheryl Crocker on getting her Broker’s License
Max Cares: Congratulations to Roger Philmon on getting married!

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2/16/20

Presidents’ Day – Observed Monday, February 17th
 
NEW POLICY – Maximum One Commercial Transactions – All Metro Area Franchises: Commercial transactions require more training and a different type of real estate knowledge than residential or rental real estate. As of March 1, 2020, if you are a Maximum One agent and participate in a commercial transaction, the following applies:
  • Commercial Transaction Fees:
  • Commercial Transaction Fee: 92%/8% commission split – 92% to agent & 8% to Maximum One Company
  • Franchise Fee: $10/transaction
  • “Transaction” Commercial Transaction Fee applies on every payment made to agent (i.e. if agent receives commission monthly or another form of multiple payments)
  • Cap: No cap on commercial transactions & this Transaction Fee does not apply to cap for other transactions
  • Commercial Training / Experience:
  • “Full time” Commercial Agent must belong to a Commercial Board of REALTORS® (and therefore must be in the REALTOR® company of their Maximum One Franchise) or hold a CCIM Designation
  • If Agent does not belong to a Commercial Board of REALTORS® and has closed fewer than three commercial transactions within the previous year, then agent is required to work with a “full-time” commercial agent
  • “Transaction” Commercial Transaction Fee applies on every payment made to agent (i.e. if agent receives commission monthly or another form of multiple payments)
 
MX1 Duluth Office – Congratulations to Maximum One Executives for opening a new office in Duluth! 3175 Satellite Blvd., Bldg. #600, Suite #120, Duluth, GA 30096 – 770-835-4311. For more information contact Monica or Kenneth Storey – Monica@MaxOneExectuives.com or Kenneth@MaxOneExecutives.com
 
XPlode Atlanta Conference: This is a real estate technology conference on March 16th from 8:30am – 4pm at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Peachtree Corners. Xplode Conference is a jam-packed day of technology and digital marketing for the real estate professional. If you’re looking for a real estate event that is all about getting results, then you’ll want to attend.  National industry leaders including Matt Fagioli, Kat Robinson, Leigh Brown and Jack Markham promise you will walk away with a framework and a more powerful approach to your lead generation. Kick-start an amazing new decade in your real estate business! Click here for more information: https://xplodethis.com/Atlanta/
 
FMLS ReMine Pro: Start learning about this program as it will replace rDocs and perhaps some other features in FMLS. See the ReMine Pro Booklet
 
How to Improve Your Credit Score: Have your Buyers consult with a Lender who can do a “Rapid Rescore” or a Credit Services Specialist. Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Mortgage for also supplying these tips:
 
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Pay balances down but not off – thresholds – 50% – 30% – lower but not off
  • Don’t cancel debt / close your accounts
 
GSCCCA: This website (FREE to MX1 agents – login info in Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline) is a great resource for title information and property lien information. Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis and Associates for reminding us that a GSCCCA search does not take the place of a Title Search. IN other words, there may be liens against a property or a different legal description (if parts have been separated off) that don’t show up in GSCCCA. Also remember that when many REO properties were sold, the Title search may have only gone back 2 owners rather than a full 50 year Title search.
 
Panel of Top Producers – Powers Ferry: 2019 Thank you to Matthew Share, Donica Parker & Steve Matthews for sharing with us your tips & tricks for success in your real estate business! We learned valuable things at the Powers Ferry’s Sales Meeting last week! There were many specific programs and ideas they shared & three general ideas included:
  • Start every day at 0
  • Position yourself as knowledgeable / an expert
  • Always market yourself
  • Always be yourself!
 
Max Cares: Prayers to Tracy Barb whose daughter was admitted to the hospital last weekend.
Max Cares: Condolences to Nita Price whose father-in-law passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers to Carolyn Miller whose daughter found out she has a brain tumor & lung cancer.
Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Black whose cousin has lesions on her lung & liver.
Max Cares: Prayers to Fran Barnes who is having multiple surgeries to recover from a head-on collision.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Jamie Patterson whose daughter, Kelsey just got engaged!
 
REPEAT: Being a Mentor at Maximum One Greater Atlanta: Want to give back to your profession & help agents who have newly received their license or are experienced agents but new to Georgia? Did you know that MX1 Greater Atlanta has a Mentor program for training on being an approved Mentor? Well we do! Patti Loveless is the Director of the Maximum One Greater Atlanta Mentor Program. For specific information on becoming a mentor, please contact Patti: MX1Mentor@MaximumOne.pro. We will get more training calendars on the calendar (you will get 3 hrs CE credit.) If you are the head of a Team or thinking about starting a Team, you will also be required to take this training if you want to bring New Licensees on to your team. This Team Leader requirement is coming soon.

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2/9/20

Happy Birthday Dave Kubat! 2/12/20 Dave is the Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies & M.O.R.E. Corporation!

Please Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One Companies in January 2020! Please make them feel welcome

New Agents 1-20

Smarter Agent App: All MX1 agents get the Smarter Agent app for FREE! Maximum One agents now get their own FREE app to share with their prospects, clients & customers. This app is through Smarter Agent and is totally FREE. The app is branded to YOU the agent & your clients simply download it from Google Play or iTunes. It is through Smarter Agent. This program is being managed for Maximum One by Heidi HelmPowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com –  770-919-8825 ext. 310. To add your photo to your app and for any assistance, please contact Michelle. This is a REAL app. You have already received an email from Smarter Agent regarding your own personal app. (Please check your “junk” mail or contact Michelle for assistance.) watch Dave’s brief video for more information!  See all the information in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Technology” Learn how it can help you get more business! Live interactive webinars throughout the month! First one is Tuesday 2/11/20 at the Douglasville Branch from 1pm – 1:45pm.

 

NEW MX1 Calhoun Office: Congratulations to Maximum One Communities on the opening of their new Calhoun Office! 416 N. Wall St., Calhoun, GA 30701 – 770-334-8062. For more information, contact Marcie Evans or Lynn LentonMarcie@MaximumOneCommunityRealtors.com or MX1CRbroker@gmail.com

MX1 Duluth Office – Maximum One Executives will be opening a new office in Duluth! FOr more information contact Monica or Kenneth StoreyMonica@MaxOneExectuives.com or Kenneth@MaxOneExecutives.com

End of Due Diligence Date in FMLS: Thank you to Todd Fox for the following information. The day you input as the “end date for DD” run through 11:59pm of that day. so to get FMLS to reflect the contract, enter the LAST day of the Due Diligence period as the end because FMLS will change the status after 11:59pm on that day.
Homestead Exemption: Now is the time to “touch” the Buyer from last year to remind them to file for their Homestead Tax Exemption if the house they purchased is their “primary” residence. Deadline to file is April 1, 2020

 

·    What is it? – A homestead exemption is a discount on your real estate property tax bill for an owner-occupied principal place of residence.

·    Am I Eligible? – If the property is your principal place of residence as of January 1, 2020, and you purchased last year (or any year prior), you are likely eligible to file for a homestead exemption with your county’s tax assessor’s office.

·    How much will it save me? – Savings vary depending upon where the property is located, but if you are eligible, you don’t want to miss the deadline for filing!

County Tax Contact: The actual county where the property is will be the best resource for homeowners’ questions.

·    Cobb County: https://www.cobbtax.org/property/exemptioninformation

·    Paulding County: https://www.paulding.gov/89/Homestead-Exemptions

·    Cherokee County: https://www.cherokeega.com/tax-assessors-office/homestead-exemptions/

·    Douglas County: http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/file/tax/homestead.html

·    Fulton County: http://fultonassessor.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2018/04/2018-Guide-To-Homestead-Exemptions.pdf

·    Dekalb County: https://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/taxcommissioner/homesteadOnlineApp/TChomesteadOnline.asp

·    Gwinnett County: https://gwinnetttaxcommissioner.publicaccessnow.com/HomesteadExemptionApplication.aspx

·    Forsyth County: https://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Board-of-Assessors/Homestead-Exemption

·    Bartow County: https://www.bartowga.org/departments/tax_commissioner/homestead_exemption.php

2019 Sellers – How to Ask for a Referral NOW: Want a fabulous way to ask for referral business from last year’s sellers while offering them something of value? Send them a copy of their Closing Statement which they will most likely need for their tax preparation along with this letter: Closing Statement Letter & How to Ask for Referral. Make sure to brand it with your photo and contact information!

 

2019 Buyers – How to Ask for a Referral NOW: Want a fabulous way to ask for referral business from last year’s sellers while offering them something of value? Send them the information about filing for their Homestead Exemption, a copy of their Closing Statement which they will most likely need for their tax preparation along with this letter: Homestead Exemption Letter & How to Ask for Referral. Make sure to brand it with your photo and contact information!

GAMLS – Record-Breaking 2019: 2019 was a record-breaking production year for Georgia MLS members. Last year our members established all time record highs for both transactions and dollar volume with an amazing

 

·    124,000 units sold

·    $33.7 billion dollars in sales volume

·    real estate transaction sales in 146 out of 159 Georgia counties.

We are truly the largest real estate marketplace in the state of Georgia. Transaction activity in our service outpaced the nearest competitor by a difference of 29% in units sold and 4 billion dollars in sales volume. All of this while allowing you to keep more of your commissions in your pocket. Congratulations to our members for an outstanding year of production. More homes are sold through Georgia MLS than any other MLS in the state!

 
Max Cares: Prayers to Ramona Roper who is recovering from a fall.

 

Max Cares: Congratulations to Dion Bartley who got his Broker’s License!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Jigisha Shah who got her Broker’s License!

Max Cares: Prayers to Nita Price whose Aunt passed away and daughter-in-law’s brother passed away and whose father-in-law is in hospice.

Max Cares: Prayers to Bob James whose sister passed away from the flu.

 
REPEAT: Issues with Closing Attorney Holding EM: Please watch Video Above – This issue is being re-visited due to the contracts coming across compliance lately. Please make sure that you completely understand the two contractually-required forms when negotiating for a Closing Attorney to be the Holder of the Earnest Money. Thank you to Dawn Southern, MX1 Greater Atlanta Compliance Department Manager, for her comments and reminders on this issue. If a Buyer & Seller are binding under a GAR Purchase & Sale Agreement and they choose to have a Closing Attorney hold the Earnest Money, the following is REQUIRED:

 

·    GAR F510 “Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money” – MUST be included with the Binding Agreement

·    The “Alternate Holder” (paragraph 7 on GAR F510 MUST be completed & MUST be either Selling or Listing Broker

·    Buyer MUST deliver the entire Binding Contract (which MUST include F510) within 2 business days of Binding Agreement Date (paragraph 2 of GAR F510)

·    The Closing Attorney MUST sign GAR F511 “Agreement of Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money” – within 3 business days of receiving the Binding Contract (paragraph 3 of GAR F510 AND paragraph 2 of GAR F511)

·    The Closing Attorney MUST receive a copy of the Binding contract within 3 business days so they may sign the GAR F511

·    If the F511 has not been signed within those 3 days, the Alternate Holder becomes Primary Holder

·    If the Alternate Holder becomes Primary, the Holder (One of the Brokers) has timelines to go by and if the earnest money hasn’t been remitted, Notices have to go out.

·    “N/A” for the Alternate Holder is not acceptable.

·    The form of the Earnest Money MUST be a WIRE to the Closing Attorney

·    If the Closing Attorney fails to read and adhere to the form they sign and accepts a check or certified funds for Earnest money, then the Buyer & Seller MUST sign an Amendment agreeing to this fact OR the Buyer must submit the EM as a Wire as agreed upon in the contract.

·    The form of the Earnest Money may NOT be changed by a Special Stipulation in the contract for the following reasons:

·    The Closing Attorney does NOT sign the Purchase & Sale Agreement

·    The Buyer & Seller do NOT sign the GAR F511

·    GAR F511 clearly states in paragraph 2 that the Closing Attorney shall sign the Escrow Agreement “WITHOUT MODIFICATION”

REPEAT: GAR & MX1 Suggested Changes to Forms F510 & F511 – Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money: We have contacted the GAR forms committee regarding the issues that closing attorneys create for Buyers and Agents & Brokers when they violate the form that they sign by accepting EM in a form other than a wire. Christina Chow, Director of Legal Affairs for GAR, has thanked us for our comments & suggestions & informed us that the GAR Forms Committee will review these forms either for the Midyear GAR changes of for the 2021 GAR Changes. We have strongly suggested that Form F511 be changed to state that the Closing attorney may accept the Earnest Money in ANY form – not just a wire or ACH (which metro Atlanta Closing Attorneys do no accept anyway.) However, until these change

REPEAT: License Law & Changing the “form” of the Earnest Money: It is a License Law violation (GREC Rule 520-1-.10 (5)(c) – Handling Transactions) if an agent “falsifies or is a party to falsification of a document involved in a real estate transaction or knowingly represent, either verbally or in writing, to a principal or any interested third party: c) an amount other than the true and actual earnest money, security deposit, or other trust funds or that such trust funds have been tendered in any form other than its true and actual form;” In a real estate contract, an Exhibit supersedes the Purchase & Sale Agreement. Therefore, even if paragraph A7 of the GAR Purchase & Sale Agreement indicates that the Earnest Money is in the form of check, but the “Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money Exhibit” – F510 – is part of the contract, then the form of the Earnest Money MUST be a Wire (or ACH.) So if the Closing Attorney accepts a check (either personal or certified) then upon your learning of this, YOU, the licensee have violated this License Law. Please read the two previous paragraphs related to this issue so that you may avoid this problem and license law violation.

REPEAT: Being a Mentor at Maximum One Greater Atlanta: Want to give back to your profession & help agents who have newly received their license or are experienced agents but new to Georgia? Did you know that MX1 Greater Atlanta has a Mentor program for training on being an approved Mentor? Well we do! Patti Loveless is the Director of the Maximum One Greater Atlanta Mentor Program. For specific information on becoming a mentor, please contact Patti: MX1Mentor@MaximumOne.pro. We will get more training calendars on the calendar (you will get 3 hrs CE credit.) If you are the head of a Team or thinking about starting a Team, you will also be required to take this training if you want to bring New Licensees on to your team. This Team Leader requirement is coming soon.

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2/2/20

 Real Estate News: Industry & Maximum One 
Happy Groundhog Day! 2/2/2020 – Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this morning? Will we experience 6 more weeks of Winter or Spring weather!?!?!?

 

MX1 Greater Atlanta 1099’s: We have mailed you your 1099 via US Mail. They went to the post office on Wednesday 1/29/20 and were mailed to the mailing address we have on file for you.

REPEAT BUT STARTS TUESDAY – FMLS Remine Docs vs. rDocs: On February 4th we are conducting a “soft-launch” of a brand new Forms, Transaction Management & Electronic Signing tool for all of our members. Many Brokers & Agents have been asking FMLS to deliver an alternative to rDOCS.  We listened and are moving forward! he new software is called Remine Docs. We have vetted and tested them extensively and are very, very pleased with their capabilities. Remine Docs is substantially more Reliable, Modern, Faster, and Intuitive than any system we’ve ever seen. Remine Docs is a fully integrated part of the Remine Pro MLS system.

GAR & RE forms are already fully integrated. The Remine team is also building a listing upload feature so you will be able to upload listings directly to Remine, Matrix and beyond. That means your agents will no longer need to flip between different software to list & sell property. We think you will be very pleased. Here’s a short 1-minute overview video: https://remine.wistia.com/medias/w5cdve9uyv (& see video below)

 
Social Media & the Real Estate Professional: Do you consider time spent on Social Media effetive for your business or a time-water? Read this article from RIS Media on this topic. A Matter of TIme: Real Estate Agents Clock in on Social Media. Also check out the MX1 Franchise Calendars for CE classes on Social Media & your Real Estate Business: www.registerforREclasses.com – click a geographic area.
Useful App for Real Estate: Thank you to Patti Loveless for sharing with us an app for your smart phone that you will use ALL the time! Genius Scan – this app uses your camera & can turn photos into pdf files. Great to use IN your business (i.e. copies of documents you need as a pdf when you’re not near a copy machine/scanner) and ON your business (i.e. photograph your receipts & turn them into pdf files for your CPA.) Read more about it: https://thegrizzlylabs.com/genius-scan

 

Being a Mentor at Maximum One Greater Atlanta: Want to give back to your profession & help agents who have newly received their license or are experienced agents but new to Georgia? Did you know that MX1 Greater Atlanta has a Mentor program for training on being an approved Mentor? Well we do! Patti Loveless is the Director of the Maximum One Greater Atlanta Mentor Program. For specific information on becoming a mentor, please contact Patti: MX1Mentor@MaximumOne.pro. We will get more training calendars on the calendar (you will get 3 hrs CE credit.) If you are the head of a Team or thinking about starting a Team, you will also be required to take this training if you want to bring New Licensees on to your team. This Team Leader requirement is coming soon.

Issues with Closing Attorney Holding EM: This issue is being re-visited due to the contracts coming across compliance lately. Please make sure that you completely understand the two contractually-required forms when negotiating for a Closing Attorney to be the Holder of the Earnest Money. Thank you to Dawn Southern, MX1 Greater Atlanta Compliance Department Manager, for her comments and reminders on this issue. If a Buyer & Seller are binding under a GAR Purchase & Sale Agreement and they choose to have a Closing Attorney hold the Earnest Money, the following is REQUIRED:

 

·    GAR F510 “Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money” – MUST be included with the Binding Agreement

·    The “Alternate Holder” (paragraph 7 on GAR F510 MUST be completed & MUST be either Selling or Listing Broker

·    Buyer MUST deliver the entire Binding Contract (which MUST include F510) within 2 business days of Binding Agreement Date (paragraph 2 of GAR F510)

·    The Closing Attorney MUST sign GAR F511 “Agreement of Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money” – within 3 business days of receiving the Binding Contract (paragraph 3 of GAR F510 AND paragraph 2 of GAR F511)

·    The Closing Attorney MUST receive a copy of the Binding contract within 3 business days so they may sign the GAR F511

·    If the F511 has not been signed within those 3 days, the Alternate Holder becomes Primary Holder

·    If the Alternate Holder becomes Primary, the Holder (One of the Brokers) has timelines to go by and if the earnest money hasn’t been remitted, Notices have to go out.

·    “N/A” for the Alternate Holder is not acceptable.

·    The form of the Earnest Money MUST be a WIRE to the Closing Attorney

·    If the Closing Attorney fails to read and adhere to the form they sign and accepts a check or certified funds for Earnest money, then the Buyer & Seller MUST sign an Amendment agreeing to this fact OR the Buyer must submit the EM as a Wire as agreed upon in the contract.

·    The form of the Earnest Money may NOT be changed by a Special Stipulation in the contract for the following reasons:

·    The Closing Attorney does NOT sign the Purchase & Sale Agreement

·    The Buyer & Seller do NOT sign the GAR F511

·    GAR F511 clearly states in paragraph 2 that the Closing Attorney shall sign the Escrow Agreement “WITHOUT MODIFICATION”

GAR & MX1 Suggested Changes to Forms F510 & F511 – Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money: We have contacted the GAR forms committee regarding the issues that closing attorneys create for Buyers and Agents & Brokers when they violate the form that they sign by accepting EM in a form other than a wire. Christina Chow, Director of Legal Affairs for GAR, has thanked us for our comments & suggestions & informed us that the GAR Forms Committee will review these forms either for the Midyear GAR changes of for the 2021 GAR Changes. We have strongly suggested that Form F511 be changed to state that the Closing attorney may accept the Earnest Money in ANY form – not just a wire or ACH (which metro Atlanta Closing Attorneys do no accept anyway.) However, until these changes are made, if the Closing Attorney is the Holder, the earnest Money MUST be in the form of a WIRE.

License Law & Changing the “form” of the Earnest Money: It is a License Law violation (GREC Rule 520-1-.10 (5)(c) – Handling Transactions) if an agent “falsifies or is a party to falsification of a document involved in a real estate transaction or knowingly represent, either verbally or in writing, to a principal or any interested third party: c) an amount other than the true and actual earnest money, security deposit, or other trust funds or that such trust funds have been tendered in any form other than its true and actual form;” In a real estate contract, an Exhibit supersedes the Purchase & Sale Agreement. Therefore, even if paragraph A7 of the GAR Purchase & Sale Agreement indicates that the Earnest Money is in the form of check, but the “Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money Exhibit” – F510 – is part of the contract, then the form of the Earnest Money MUST be a Wire (or ACH.) So if the Closing Attorney accepts a check (either personal or certified) then upon your learning of this, YOU, the licensee have violated this License Law. Please read the two previous paragraphs related to this issue so that you may avoid this problem and license law violation.

MX1 Contract Support: Please familiarize yourself with ALL the avenues to receive Broker Support. See “Additional Helpful Information” section and “GREC & Maximum One Resources” section at the bottom of this newsletter. We have had several MAJOR contract issues lately because an agent listened to the “advice” of their co-op agent rather than reaching our for contract assistance from Maximum One. If there is a question regarding how to handle a contract issue, please reach out to Maximum One rather than relying on the so-called advice from a co-op agent – regardless of how many years they may have been in the business.

 
Max Cares: Prayers to Rhonda Perryman who is recovering from surgerty from a horriffic car accident on 12/31/19 involving he car and an 18 wheeler & Box Van.

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Michelle Butz whose son, Caleb, just had surgery to put in pins in his broken ankle.

Max Cares: Prayers to Jennifer Mozley whose daughter is sick and whose husband was involved in a minor fender -bender when picking up their daughter from school.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Robin Wilhite-Slay & her husband Jim who just welcomed their 5th grandbaby – Tucker Drew Harrison.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Marcie Evans who passed her Broker’s Exam!

Max Cares: Condolences to Tracy Barb whose Aunt Dorothy passed away.

 
REPEAT: 1099 Numbers: Agent 1099 will report gross income earned. You will have to consult with your CPA regarding how to itemize FMLS fees, agent bill, Supra eKey, and other related real estate career fees. When you receive your “Agent Pay Breakdown” this will itemize your FMLS fees. As a business professional, you should be keeping track of all of these itemized expenses on your own for every transaction throughout the year.

 

REPEAT: GREC Proposed License Law Change: On December 11, 2019, the Georgia Real Estate Commission proposed amending Rule 520-1-.02 Definitions. and Rule 520-1.09 Advertising. You can read the proposed amendments at: http://www.grec.state.ga.us/about/reproposed.html. Basically, a “Team” may not be mistaken for a brokerage by the public – there is no qualifying Broker of a Team so the marketing and names that may or may not be used are being amended in License Law.

·    Click to read Proposed License Law Change

 

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1/26/20

 Real Estate News: Industry & Maximum One 
FMLS Remine Docs vs. rDocs: On February 4th we are conducting a “soft-launch” of a brand new Forms, Transaction Management & Electronic Signing tool for all of our members. Many Brokers & Agents have been asking FMLS to deliver an alternative to rDOCS.  We listened and are moving forward! he new software is called Remine Docs. We have vetted and tested them extensively and are very, very pleased with their capabilities. Remine Docs is substantially more Reliable, Modern, Faster, and Intuitive than any system we’ve ever seen. Remine Docs is a fully integrated part of the Remine Pro MLS system.

 

GAR & RE forms are already fully integrated. The Remine team is also building a listing upload feature so you will be able to upload listings directly to Remine, Matrix and beyond. That means your agents will no longer need to flip between different software to list & sell property. We think you will be very pleased. Here’s a short 1-minute overview video: https://remine.wistia.com/medias/w5cdve9uyv (& see video below)

 
4 Remodeling Projects with the Best ROI: Thank you to GAR for providing us with this infographic:
 
Tax Expenses for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Elisa Gilner of Yates & Company for sharing with us at the Woodstock sales Meeting a ton of information on what you need to know as a real estate agent when preparing your taxes. The 3 main red flags of deductions for the IRS on your tax returns include: 100% mileage, entertainment (which no longer exists as a deduction) and too much for your home office. Click here for a list of Taxes – Expenses Related to Real Estate from Elisa@yatescpa.com

 

2020 Real Estate Marketing Planner: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage (John.Bohannon@Movement.com) for sharing with us this annual marketing planner to help you track your business & plan your business including scheduling your marketing all year. Contact John for a copy of this Marketing Planner. Here is just a sample. Sample of 2020 Marketing Planner

Avoid Wire Fraud: Thank you to Andy Hartman of Hartman Law firm (Andy@HartmanLawFirm.com) for sharing with us what his firm is doing to prevent wire fraud for your clients. Hartman Law Firm – Avoid Wire Fraud
 
Max Cares: Prayers to Kim Murray who has a severe infection from her surgery last week on her salivary gland.
 
REPEAT: 1099’s for 2019: Make sure that we have your MAILING ADDRESS. We will MAIL via US MAIL your 1099 to you. For MX1 Greater Atlanta, if your mailing address has changed from what you think we have on file, email Donna: AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com

 

REPEAT: 1099 Numbers: Agent 1099 will report gross income earned. You will have to consult with your CPA regarding how to itemize FMLS fees, agent bill, Supra eKey, and other related real estate career fees. When you receive your “Agent Pay Breakdown” this will itemize your FMLS fees. As a business professional, you should be keeping track of all of these itemized expenses on your own for every transaction throughout the year.

REPEAT: GREC Proposed License Law Change: On December 11, 2019, the Georgia Real Estate Commission proposed amending Rule 520-1-.02 Definitions. and Rule 520-1.09 Advertising. You can read the proposed amendments at: http://www.grec.state.ga.us/about/reproposed.html. Basically, a “Team” may not be mistaken for a brokerage by the public – there is no qualifying Broker of a Team so the marketing and names that may or may not be used are being amended in License Law.

·    Click to read Proposed License Law Change

REPEAT: Grow Your Business with Paradym: Maximum One offers agents Paradym for $10/month. (See video below for more basic information.) We are considering adding on their Social Media Suite. The Social Media Suite of services would be an additional $10/month for a total of $20/month (no contract & no long term commitment.) Let us know if you would be interested! To add this service, please contact MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian GreenASC@eAGENTweb.com

·    Please check out this “Explainer Video” also: https://www.paradym.com/blog/resources/better-easier-real-estate-marketing/

·    Click here for Marketing Suite & Social Media Suite of Services

 

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1/19/20

Happy MLK Day! – Monday January 20, 2020
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Lead Sources – 2019: When you enter a transaction in Paperless Pipeline, you have the “fill-in-the-blank” for the Lead Source. Not all agents have completed this information in 2019, but the following numbers are from the ones who DID complete this information. For 2020 please fill in this information in your transactions so we may share more accurate information.
 
1099’s for 2019: Make sure that we have your MAILING ADDRESS. We will MAIL via US MAIL your 1099 to you. For MX1 Greater Atlanta, if your mailing address has changed from what you think we have on file, email Donna: AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com

 

1099 Numbers: Agent 1099 will report gross income earned. You will have to consult with your CPA regarding how to itemize FMLS fees, agent bill, Supra eKey, and other related real estate career fees. When you receive your “Agent Pay Breakdown” this will itemize your FMLS fees. As a business professional, you should be keeping track of all of these itemized expenses on your own for every transaction throughout the year.

2020 W9 Forms MX1 Greater Atlanta – MXGA & MXGR: Completed & Signed W9 Forms for both MXGA & MXGR may be located in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “MX1 Financial Forms.”

MX1 Alabama, REALTORS: Congratulations to Dawn Southern for becoming the new Qualifying Broker of MX1 Alabama REALTORS. Thank you Nikki Givens for all of your service as Broker! Nikki will still be with MX1 Alabama as an Associate Broker!

GREC Proposed License Law Change: On December 11, 2019, the Georgia Real Estate Commission proposed amending Rule 520-1-.02 Definitions. and Rule 520-1.09 Advertising. You can read the proposed amendments at: http://www.grec.state.ga.us/about/reproposed.html. Basically, a “Team” may not be mistaken for a brokerage by the public – there is no qualifying Broker of a Team so the marketing and names that may or may not be used are being amended in License Law.

·    Click to read Proposed License Law Change

Grow Your Business with Paradym: Maximum One offers agents Paradym for $10/month. (See video below for more basic information.) We are considering adding on their Social Media Suite. The Social Media Suite of services would be an additional $10/month for a total of $20/month (no contract & no long term commitment.) Let us know if you would be interested! To add this service, please contact MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian GreenASC@eAGENTweb.com

·    Please check out this “Explainer Video” also: https://www.paradym.com/blog/resources/better-easier-real-estate-marketing/

·    Click here for Marketing Suite & Social Media Suite of Services

GREC License Law Class – REQUIRED: On July 1, 2015: required hours of continuing education increased from 24 to 36. On July 1, 2016: 3 of the 36 hours must be on the topic of License Law. Click here for list of approved LAW courses. Dana Sparks is the Director of the Georgia Real Estate Academy & Heidi Kelly is the school coordinator. We have a License Law class (#65208 – LICENSE LAW FOR AGENTS AND BROKERS) that is hosted by every Maximum One office on a regular rotating basis throughout every year. Please check the online calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select a geographic area – you may scroll ahead to future months too. The GAR Contract classes do NOT satisfy this Law requirement.

15 Most Important Questions to Ask a Lender: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage (see contact information below) for sharing with us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting this list of questions to share with your Buyer. This will help you Buyer select a lender who will look out for their & your best interest. Click here to read the 15 Questions to Ask Any Lender

 

Surveys & Title Insurance: Thank you to Lee Pruitt – closing attorney with Shafritz & Dean (see contact information below) for explaining to us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting how surveys and easements & more are tied in to title insurance. He also covered the differences between a survey vs. Plat Map vs. Tax Maps. Stay tuned for a Lunch & Learn on this topic! Survey 101 CE class by Jeff McClung on Thursday in the Paulding Branch. Register now – this class sells out! https://events.eventzilla.net/e/survey-101-how-to-read-a-survey–free-ce-credit–paulding-2138890600?preview=1576015031212

How to Generate Leads on YouTube: Interested in learning how to use YouTube to enhance your business? There is a class this Saturday in Douglasville by MX1 agent, Shaheeda Hill zamare@msn.com – $25 payable to instructor at the door. This is NOT a CE class. Click here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-generate-leads-on-youtube-tickets-88147326025
 
Max Cares: Prayers to Kim Murray who had a stone removed from her salivary gland.

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Bion Grady who was in a car accident & is sore but doing fine.

Max Cares: Prayers to Sandy Cole whose husband had neck surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Morris Levy whose girlfriend is having health issues.

Max Cares: Prayers to Herb Haynes whose wife is having a medical procedure done next week.

Max Cares: Prayers to Rhonda Yearwood whose son-in-law who is Active in the Air Force Reserves was deployed. Thank him for his service.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Jayne Pearson on the announcement of the expectation of her 5th grandbaby!

 
REPEAT: Summary of Agent as Principal at Maximum One: If you are the principal in any transaction involving real property (i.e. personal residence or investment property) regardless if you are receiving/paying a commission or not, you must:

 

·    Send Broker an email with the property address of your desire / intent to buy / sell / rent / lease / option / exchange real property – prior to signing a contract / agreement (GREC 520-1-.11(1))

·    Create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline & upload all the documents into that transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·    All transactions must go through a Compliance review – in order to protect the public, license law does not allow a licensee to draw a distinction between their brokerage activity for the public & brokerage activity for real property they own (§O.C.G.A. 43-40-18)

·    You must use either GAR contract forms or RE contract forms for these transactions unless specific written permission to the contrary is authorized

·    You must sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement with Maximum One if you are Selling a Property and a Buyer Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One if you are Buying a Property (Lease Listing if Renting & Tenant Brokerage if Renting)

·    You must list properties in FMLS & GAMLS if the property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

·    You may not hold any trust funds (earnest money or security deposits) in your own account – all escrow funds must be deposited with either Maximum One, another Broker or a Property Management Company

·    All agents must identify themselves as being a licensed agent in Georgia and include their Real Estate License Number and the firm number of the Broker holding their license

·    Reveal any material relationship with any one else on the contract – including any business entity acting as principal – i.e. “Listing Agent is a member of _____, LLC which is the Seller in this transaction.”

·    If this is your personal primary residence, if you complete the “Agent Owner Letter” in FMLS & upload to your transaction in PPL, there is no FMLS fee.

·    Even if you choose to take $0, commission, the full MX1 Transaction fee is due

·    If any of the parties in the transaction require Broker’s permission to take $0 commission, please make that request for a Broker Commission Permission Letter in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & email that request to the Managing Broker & your Compliance Broker. We will need the following information:

·    Your name as it appears on contract (& parties) as Buyer or Seller (i.e. you & spouse)

·    Total commission for your side of the transaction

·    Total amount of commission you wish to apply towards the deal

·    You must STILL pay all of your transaction fee, Franchise fee, MLS fees & any overdue agent fees – so we will not be able to give permission for the amount of these to go into the deal.

REPEAT: Property Management at Maximum One: All Maximum One Agents in All Franchises are prohibited from managing property for the public!!!! If you own property that has a tenant, you may manage your OWN property under the following conditions. As a Maximum One agent, you may NEVER hold Trust Money (i.e. Security Deposit) for any properties even those you own!

 

·    Maximum One prohibits agents from managing property for the public

·    If you are a Maximum One Greater Atlanta Agent (MXGR or MXGA or HC) and you own rental property (this means that you are on title to the property as an individual, as a co-owner, as a member of an LLC or other corporate entity that owns the property) and place a tenant in that property, then you may manage your own property with the following requirements:

·    If you own rental property prior to joining Maximum One, this information should have been disclosed in your Sign-On package

·    You MUST notify Maximum One that you are a Landlord of this property (per License Law & the Maximum One Agent as Principal policies)

·    Maximum One MUST hold the Security Deposit in a Trust Account

·    You must create a Lease Transaction in Paperless Pipeline & comply with the Compliance requirements of that transaction from the Compliance Broker

·    You must upload a copy of the fully executed lease

·    You must upload a copy of the fully executed Property Move-In Form

·    If this lease was not already executed prior to joining Maximum One then you must follow the Maximum One Agent as Principal policies (including using either the GAR or RE Forms)

·    If this lease WAS executed and in place prior to joining Maximum One then you must amend the lease & transfer the security deposit from wherever it is to Maximum One Trust Account

·    If you have a Broker’s License, you may open your own firm with GREC that allows the practice of Property Management

·    This firm must be established & sanctioned by the Georgia Real estate Commission

·    Maximum One must amend your Independent Contractor Agreement agreeing to this firm and allowing you to practice property management for the public through this firm that is totally separate from Maximum One

·    Any and all other transactions including lease listing and tenant procurement must go through Maximum One

·    You may place the management of that property with a Property Management Company

·    Per License Law and Maximum One policies for Agent as Principal, you must notify the Broker

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1/12/2020

Remember to write “2020” on all your contracts!
Maximum One Greater Atlanta 2019 Year-End Numbers: Congratulations on a Great 2019! Below are the year-end numbers. Individual Agent Awards will be announced soon! Thank you to Dawn Southern for pulling all this data together!!

 

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Totals:

·    Closed: 3132 Transactions

·    Total Sales Volume: $783,733,446

·    Listing Volume: $317,366,342

·    Selling Volume: $466,367,104

·    Average Sale Price: $227,489

MXGR (Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS)

·    Closed: 1958

·    Sales Volume: $490,526, 261

·    Total Agent Count: 339

·    Producing Agent Count: 256

·    Percent of Producing Agents: 75.5%

MXGA (Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta)

·    Closed: 1133

·    Sales Volume: $286,266,461

·    Total Agent Count: 369

·    Producing Agent Count: 225

·    Percent of Producing Agents: 61%

Breakdown by Branch:

·    Douglasville

·    Closed: 547, Sales Volume $128,195,306

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·    Galleria: Now Merged with Powers Ferry

·    Closed: 275 , Sales Volume $58,028,920

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·    Paulding

·    Closed 539, Sales Volume $110,650,444

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·    Powers Ferry

·    Closed: 616, Sales Volume $165,006,211

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·    West Cobb

·    Closed: 776, Sales Volume $221,652,633

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·    Woodstock

·    Closed: 338, Sales Volume $ 93,257,758

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·    Alabama

·    Closed: 35, Sales Volume $5,788,900

1099’s for 2019: Make sure that we have your MAILING ADDRESS. We will MAIL via US MAIL your 1099 to you. For MX1 Greater Atlanta, if your mailing address has changed from what you think we have on file, email Donna: AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com

 

2020 W9 Forms – MXGA & MXGR: Completed & Signed W9 Forms for both MXGA & MXGR may be located in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “MX1 Financial Forms.”

Grow Your Business with Chime Training: Brett Baker of Real Estate Underground Page on Facebook has some great Chime Training! MX1 Agents get Chime for only $17/month (vs. $400+ per month for other brokerages!) Learn how to use it to grow your business. Monday, 1/13/2020, he is releasing the (Officially Unofficial) Chime Training. This will be the one time that you can get the Real Estate Underground pricing on it. It will be first come, first served. Those of you that signed up using the www.youneedchime.com link, you’ll get an email Monday with the details. To ensure you’re on that list, get your information on this list – http://eepurl.com/gPa-eT

Grow Your Business with Paradym: Maximum One provides Paradym at a deep discount to Maximum One agents ($10/month – no setup fee & no long term commitment) Come to the LIVE workshop with a rep from Paradym on Tuesday from 1pm – 1:30pm at the Powers Ferry office to learn all the ways this program can enhance and grow your business! Register here for a headcount. https://events.eventzilla.net/e/generate-more-business-with-paradym—free-workshop–powers-ferry-2138783544?preview=1578000701105

Happy 100th Birthday GAR: January 10, 1920 is when the Georgia Association of REALTORS received its charter from the National Association of REALTORS.

Buyers & Taxes: If you are working with a Buyer between now and April 15th, make sure they speak with a Lender PRIOR to filing their tax returns. Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial Company for explaining in the West Cobb Sale Meeting how this may make a difference regarding their qualification to buy a home. (Jay & Wes contact information at the bottom of this email.)

 

How to Estimate Closing Costs: A great formula to use to estimate a Buyer’s Closing Costs is 2% of the Sale Price + $2,000. Thank you to Georgia-Tech trained Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for this formula! Of course a Buyer should consult their Mortgage Lender for the actual umber but this is a great rule of thumb to use for agents!

REALTOR Board Association Awards: If you are MXGR and need your 2019 Transactions Spreadsheet from the Paperless Pipeline to complete your Board of Realtors High Achievers Application email MXGR Compliance Broker, Dawn Southern at Compliance@eagentweb.com and she can send it to you. The deadline for the applications is quickly approaching, please don’t wait until the last minute to get the applications sent to Dana Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com for her signature.

Your Real Estate REALTOR Board Association Membership: If you are a REALTOR, make sure that your membership is current & active with a Board of Realtors to which MXGR belongs. If not, you must switch to MXGA – see information below in the “Repeat” section.

Property Management at Maximum One: All Maximum One Agents in All Franchises are prohibited from managing property for the public!!!! If you own property that has a tenant, you may manage your OWN property under the following conditions. As a Maximum One agent, you may NEVER hold Trust Money (i.e. Security Deposit) for any properties even those you own!

·    Maximum One prohibits agents from managing property for the public

·    If you are a Maximum One Greater Atlanta Agent (MXGR or MXGA or HC) and you own rental property (this means that you are on title to the property as an individual, as a co-owner, as a member of an LLC or other corporate entity that owns the property) and place a tenant in that property, then you may manage your own property with the following requirements:

·    If you own rental property prior to joining Maximum One, this information should have been disclosed in your Sign-On package

·    You MUST notify Maximum One that you are a Landlord of this property (per License Law & the Maximum One Agent as Principal policies)

·    Maximum One MUST hold the Security Deposit in a Trust Account

·    You must create a Lease Transaction in Paperless Pipeline & comply with the Compliance requirements of that transaction from the Compliance Broker

·    You must upload a copy of the fully executed lease

·    You must upload a copy of the fully executed Property Move-In Form

·    If this lease was not already executed prior to joining Maximum One then you must follow the Maximum One Agent as Principal policies (including using either the GAR or RE Forms)

·    If this lease WAS executed and in place prior to joining Maximum One then you must amend the lease & transfer the security deposit from wherever it is to Maximum One Trust Account

·    If you have a Broker’s License, you may open your own firm with GREC that allows the practice of Property Management

·    This firm must be established & sanctioned by the Georgia Real estate Commission

·    Maximum One must amend your Independent Contractor Agreement agreeing to this firm and allowing you to practice property management for the public through this firm that is totally separate from Maximum One

·    Any and all other transactions including lease listing and tenant procurement must go through Maximum One

·    You may place the management of that property with a Property Management Company

·    Per License Law and Maximum One policies for Agent as Principal, you must notify the Broker

Congratulations Grandma Donna Black! Congratulations on the birth of your 1st Granddaughter Harlyn 1/9/20. The mother, Kaitlyn, & father, Zack & daughter are doing well!
 
 
Max Cares: Congratulations to Donna Black, on the birth of her 1st Granddaughter, Harlyn! She was born on 1/9/2020 – Mother & Daughter & Grandma are all doing well!

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Matt Payton whose wife had an emergency appendectomy. She is now home & recovering.

 
REPEAT: Summary of Agent as Principal at Maximum One: If you are the principal in any transaction involving real property (i.e. personal residence or investment property) regardless if you are receiving/paying a commission or not, you must:

 

·    Send Broker an email with the property address of your desire / intent to buy / sell / rent / lease / option / exchange real property – prior to signing a contract / agreement (GREC 520-1-.11(1))

·    Create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline & upload all the documents into that transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·    All transactions must go through a Compliance review – in order to protect the public, license law does not allow a licensee to draw a distinction between their brokerage activity for the public & brokerage activity for real property they own (§O.C.G.A. 43-40-18)

·    You must use either GAR contract forms or RE contract forms for these transactions unless specific written permission to the contrary is authorized

·    You must sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement with Maximum One if you are Selling a Property and a Buyer Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One if you are Buying a Property (Lease Listing if Renting & Tenant Brokerage if Renting)

·    You must list properties in FMLS & GAMLS if the property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

·    You may not hold any trust funds (earnest money or security deposits) in your own account – all escrow funds must be deposited with either Maximum One, another Broker or a Property Management Company

·    All agents must identify themselves as being a licensed agent in Georgia and include their Real Estate License Number and the firm number of the Broker holding their license

·    Reveal any material relationship with any one else on the contract – including any business entity acting as principal – i.e. “Listing Agent is a member of _____, LLC which is the Seller in this transaction.”

·    If this is your personal primary residence, if you complete the “Agent Owner Letter” in FMLS & upload to your transaction in PPL, there is no FMLS fee.

·    Even if you choose to take $0, commission, the full MX1 Transaction fee is due

·    If any of the parties in the transaction require Broker’s permission to take $0 commission, please make that request for a Broker Commission Permission Letter in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & email that request to the Managing Broker & your Compliance Broker. We will need the following information:

·    Your name as it appears on contract (& parties) as Buyer or Seller (i.e. you & spouse)

·    Total commission for your side of the transaction

·    Total amount of commission you wish to apply towards the deal

·    You must STILL pay all of your transaction fee, Franchise fee, MLS fees & any overdue agent fees – so we will not be able to give permission for the amount of these to go into the deal.

REPEAT: 2020 GAR Contract Forms & FMLS: All 2019 GAR Forms licenses expire on December 31, 2019. 2020 Forms are $244.00. Users can pre-purchase the 2020 GAR Forms Package by using this link: https://forms.garealtor.com/. Users can choose to renew your current FPID #. On the website, the hyperlink will read “Click here to renew your existing license.” On the next page, you will be asked to submit your email address. Your most recent FPID associated with that email address will pull up, and you will be taken to the payment page. Once you submit your payment, your FPID # will be renewed for the 2020 calendar year. f you prefer, you can still purchase a new FPID for 2020. Please hold onto your receipt as you will be asked to re-enter your renewed FPID # or new FPID #. New 2020 Forms purchase ids should NOT be entered into rDocs until January 1, 2020. They are NOT VALID until 1/1/2020. For NRDS users as long as you renew with your board before your expiration period, nothing in rDocs changes.
REPEAT: Your Membership with a Board of REALTORS: If you were a member of a Local Board of REALTORS in 2019, you must renew that membership for 2020 if you with to stay a REALTOR & in MXGR. At Maximum One (most franchises) you have a choice to join a Board or not. LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO SWITCH FROM MXGR TO MXGA. If you switch from one Maximum One Greater Atlanta company to the other (i.e. MXGR to MXGA or vice versa) please know that on paper, these companies are as separate from each other as Maximum One is from another Brand! Therefore, we will have to switch you in all of the systems:

 

·     GREC

·     FMLS

·     GAMLS

·     Paperless Pipeline

We will send you a new Independent Contractor Agreement to sign through Docusign

For any ACTIVE Listings you have, you must do the following:

·     Terminate the Listing Agreement with the Company you are leaving

·     Sign a New Listing Agreement with the Company you are joining

·     Re-list those listings in Both listing services under new brokerage code and also complete the following

·     Complete the FMLS #116

·     Complete the GAMLS Transfer Form

·     Send all of these completed documents to your Compliance Broker / Managing Broker / Qualifying Broker for signature

o  MXGR – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 309

o  MXGA – MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 303

o  Dana Sparks – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com  770-919-8825 x 302

Maximum One keeps all PENDING Transactions in the Maximum One Firm where you were when they went Pending. 

You will still have access to files in Paperless Pipeline

REPEAT: Association of REALTORS Awards: Check with your local Board & get those Production Applications in soon! You must complete the application & then send to your Broker (MX1 Greater Atlanta – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com) to cross check with what we have in Paperless Pipeline & then sign & get back to you. many of the Association deadlines are in early January. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!

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1/5/2020

Remember to write “2020” on all your contracts!

 

Maximum One Corporate wishes each & every one of you a Happy & Healthy & Prosperous New Year & New Decade full of Love & Joy & Peace & Blessings!

Welcome These Agents to Maximum One in December 2019: Please welcome our new colleagues!
 
Caution When Writing the Year 2020 in Contracts: Thank you to MX1 Agent, Oluremi Falwole for this great contract tip! While writing a date on any document in the upcoming year *2020*, we should write it in its full format, e.g. *01/31/2020* and not as *01/31/20.,* because anyone can change it to *01/31/2000 or 01/31/2019* or in between any year to suit his/her convenience. So be cautious about this. Don’t write and also don’t accept it in any documents. This problem will persist only during the year 2020.

 

SUPRA EKey Fee Increase: As of January 1, 2020, the monthly fee for an eKey will increase to $20.00. This small increase is the result of an increase in the expense to the MLS that Supra will be implementing at the beginning of January as well. Contact SUPRA for more information.

Agents in Holding Company with Transactions: If you are in the Holding Company, you may only send referrals & receive referral fees. The MX1 Transaction Fee on fees received are 20% of gross plus the M.O.R.E. Corporation Franchise Fee of $10 / transaction. There is no cap on Transaction Fees in the Holding Company. If you wish to practice real estate actively, – including any transactions involving you as principal, you have two options:

·    Transfer to Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA) or Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS® (MXGR)

·    Pay one year of E&O Insurance up front

·    Stay in MXGA for a minimum of 3 months

·    You may choose whatever commission plan is available in MXGA or MXGA

·    MX1 Franchise Fee is $10 on every transaction

·    For Transaction involving Primary Residence for you or immediate family member, even if you choose to take $0 Commission, the MX1 Transaction Fee / Commission Split is whatever it would be based on your plan.

·    Listings must be placed in FMLS & GAMLS – if property is in an FMLS Compulsory Area

·    FMLS fee must be paid at closing if the property is not your personal residence & an “FMLS AGENT OWNER” letter has not been signed

·    If you join MXGR you must join an Association of REALTORS® to which MXGR belongs

·    Remain in the Holding Company (HC)

·    Pay one year of E&O insurance up front

·    No access to FMLS nor GAMLS

·    No FMLS Fees

·    MX1 Fee is 20% of 3% of the Sale Price

·    MX1 Franchise Fee is $10

1099’s for 2019: Make sure that we have your MAILING ADDRESS. We will MAIL via US MAIL your 1099 to you. For MX1 Greater Atlanta, if your mailing address has changed from what you think we have on file, email Donna: AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com .

Georgia Housing Market Snapshot – November 2019: Check the P…. Median home sale prices and new listings increase while days on the market are down as we move toward the new year. Monthly indicators for November are as follows: Read More Here…

 

·   New Listings increased 1.9 percent to 12,713.

·   Pending Sales were up 16.5 percent to 10,317.

·   Inventory levels shrank 4.7 percent to 42,675 units.

·   Median Sales Price increased 5.6 percent to $225,000.

·   Days on Market was down 8.6 percent to 53 days.

Months Supply of Inventory was down 7.7 percent to 3.6 months

RESPA License Law Question: I have seen advertising where members are stating that they will provide free trips to clients who buy or sell with them within a certain time frame. I have been asked if this is legal and if it is, how is that? Click here to read the entire question and the answer.

10 Books for Real Estate Agents: Why do some agents excel while others struggle? It’s rarely an issue of natural talent, personality, or knowledge of the industry. It all comes down to whether or not an agent has found the right approach to tie their unique talents, personality traits, and knowledge together. Conversion strategies and marketing plans that work for one agent will be ineffective for others. Figuring out your path to real estate success can be tricky, but plenty of agents and business professionals have created strategies that could work for you. Here are 10 books you should read in 2020 if you’re searching for your business’s ultimate success strategy. Read More Here…

1.   The Modern Real Estate Professional’s Guide to Success – Marki Lemons-Ryhdal

2.   They Ask, You Answer – Marcus Sheridan

3.   Leadership & Self-Deception – The Arbinger Institute

4.   Ninja Selling – Larry Kendall

5.   This is Marketing – Seth Godin

6.   The Emigrant Edge – Brian Buffini

7.   Success Habits for Dummies – Dirk Zeller

8.   Re-humanize Your Business – Ethan Beute & Stephen Pacinelli

9.   Exactly What to Say: For Real Estate Agents – Phil Jones, Chris Smith & Jimmy Mackin

10.Secrets of Top Selling Agents: The Keys to Real Estate Success – Joe Sesso

 
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose sister, Maria has been in the hospital since Christmas, had colon surgery. & is going home today.

 

Max Cares: Condolences to Brenda Leslie whose mother passed away.

Max Cares: Prayers to Nancy Sanders who is recovering from her lung surgery.

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12/29/19

Happy New Year!!! Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED January 1st & Opening at 12 noon on January 2nd!

 

Maximum One Corporate wishes each & every one of you a Happy & Healthy & Prosperous New Year & New Decade full of Love & Joy & Peace & Blessings!

Vulcan 7 – FREE to MX1 Agents: FSBO Leads & Expired Listings are changing. Vulcan7 delivers higher quality leads and innovative ways to contact homeowners. Login Information & password is in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & on the MX1 Rockstars Page in Faccebook.

 

Association of REALTORS Awards: Check with your local Board & get those Production Applications in soon! You must complete the application & then send to your Broker (MX1 Greater Atlanta – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com) to cross check with what we have in Paperless Pipeline & then sign & get back to you. many of the Association deadlines are in early January. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!

1099’s for 2019: Make sure that we have your MAILING ADDRESS. We will MAIL via US MAIL your 1099 to you. For MX1 Greater Atlanta, if your mailing address has changed from what you think we have on file, email Donna: AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com .

Agent Mail at Branch: Check the Pendeflex Folder in the Agent Workroom of your Branch for any mail you may have received. Many vendors may have sent you gift cards! The Branch CEO Advisors will be emptying these folders & throwing everything away that is not collected by you by Friday 1/3/20 – some Branch Managers may empty them by 12/31/19.

 

Your Membership with a Board of REALTORS: If you were a member of a Local Board of REALTORS in 2019, you must renew that membership for 2020 if you with to stay a REALTOR & in MXGR. At Maximum One (most franchises) you have a choice to join a Board or not. LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO SWITCH FROM MXGR TO MXGA. If you switch from one Maximum One Greater Atlanta company to the other (i.e. MXGR to MXGA or vice versa) please know that on paper, these companies are as separate from each other as Maximum One is from another Brand! Therefore, we will have to switch you in all of the systems:

·     GREC

·     FMLS

·     GAMLS

·     Paperless Pipeline

We will send you a new Independent Contractor Agreement to sign through Docusign

For any ACTIVE Listings you have, you must do the following:

·     Terminate the Listing Agreement with the Company you are leaving

·     Sign a New Listing Agreement with the Company you are joining

·     Re-list those listings in Both listing services under new brokerage code and also complete the following

·     Complete the FMLS #116

·     Complete the GAMLS Transfer Form

·     Send all of these completed documents to your Compliance Broker / Managing Broker / Qualifying Broker for signature

o  MXGR – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 309

o  MXGA – MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 303

o  Dana Sparks – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com  770-919-8825 x 302

Maximum One keeps all PENDING Transactions in the Maximum One Firm where you were when they went Pending. 

You will still have access to files in Paperless Pipeline

“Explainer” Videos: This came across my email & thought someone may be interested: I don’t vouch for them or know anything about this company. We make premium animated explainer videos helping companies like yours to effectively explain what they do, why it matters and how they’re unique in less than 2 minutes. www.storybite.co/portfolio

REALTOR Federal Funding Bill: From the Atlanta Commercial Realtor Board – Work is getting done in Washington, DC! In the midst of all that is going on in Congress, the House and Senate both passed a federal spending bill that contains several REALTOR® wins and is now set to be signed by the President. Read More Here…
 
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose sister, Maria was hospitalized with severe colon blockage.

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Kim Butz whose grandmother had a heart attack & is currently in the hospital.

Max Cares: Condolences to Laura Wilson whose ex-husband & father of her children passed away on 12/19.

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12/15/19

 Real Estate News: Industry & Maximum One 
Happy Hanukkah! Begins at sundown 12/22

 

Merry Christmas! Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED 12/24 and 12/25

NO Newsletter Next Weekend – 12/22/19

Welcome Agent New to Maximum One in November 2019: Please make the following agents feel welcome as your new colleagues!

 
Keller William iBuyer Program: Keller Williams Realty has partnered with Offer Pad to create “Keller Offers.” Their program is a bit different and potentially creates a huge conflict of interest – check out this article and see what you think! Click Here to Read More About it.

 

2020 GAR Contract Forms: Register for a CE Class on 2020 GAR Contract Changes to understand what they are & how they will impact your clients: www.registerforREclasses.com – select a geographic area – more classes will be scheduled in January & February.

Cost for 2020 GAR Contract: If you are a member of GAR then they are included at no additional cost. If you are not a member of GAR, then yuo may pay GAR directly $244 to obtain an FPID (Forms Purchase ID Number) that you then enter into FMLS & GAMLS for access to these forms.

Top 10 Tech Christmas GIfts for Real Estate Agents: What’s on your gift list this year? Whether you are a real estate agent or you have an agent on your shopping list, we’ve compiled a list of 10 awesome tech toys for real estate agents in 2019. Read more Here…

 

GREC Website is Down All Week: There will be delays in recording CE credits this week & we have to fax in paperwork for changes to GREC so there will be delays with agents transferring companies as well.

Christmas Parties This Week: Check calendar for Christmas parties at the Paulding & Douglasville offices!

Summary of Agent as Principal at Maximum One: If you are the principal in any transaction involving real property (i.e. personal residence or investment property) regardless if you are receiving/paying a commission or not, you must:

 

·    Send Broker an email with the property address of your desire / intent to buy / sell / rent / lease / option / exchange real property – prior to signing a contract / agreement (GREC 520-1-.11(1))

·    Create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline & upload all the documents into that transaction in Paperless Pipeline

·    All transactions must go through a Compliance review – in order to protect the public, license law does not allow a licensee to draw a distinction between their brokerage activity for the public & brokerage activity for real property they own (§O.C.G.A. 43-40-18)

·    You must use either GAR contract forms or RE contract forms for these transactions unless specific written permission to the contrary is authorized

·    You must sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement with Maximum One if you are Selling a Property and a Buyer Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One if you are Buying a Property (Lease Listing if Renting & Tenant Brokerage if Renting)

·    You must list properties in FMLS & GAMLS if the property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

·    You may not hold any trust funds (earnest money or security deposits) in your own account – all escrow funds must be deposited with either Maximum One, another Broker or a Property Management Company

·    All agents must identify themselves as being a licensed agent in Georgia and include their Real Estate License Number and the firm number of the Broker holding their license

·    Reveal any material relationship with any one else on the contract – including any business entity acting as principal – i.e. “Listing Agent is a member of _____, LLC which is the Seller in this transaction.”

·    If this is your personal primary residence, if you complete the “Agent Owner Letter” in FMLS & upload to your transaction in PPL, there is no FMLS fee.

·    Even if you choose to take $0, commission, the full MX1 Transaction fee is due

·    If any of the parties in the transaction require Broker’s permission to take $0 commission, please make that request for a Broker Commission Permission Letter in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & email that request to the Managing Broker & your Compliance Broker. We will need the following information:

·    Your name as it appears on contract (& parties) as Buyer or Seller (i.e. you & spouse)

·    Total commission for your side of the transaction

·    Total amount of commission you wish to apply towards the deal

·    You must STILL pay all of your transaction fee, Franchise fee, MLS fees & any overdue agent fees – so we will not be able to give permission for the amount of these to go into the deal.

Maximum One Privacy Policy: If you need a link to the MX1 Privacy Policy for Facebook or other social media: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/privacy-policy-maximum-one-companies . It is a tab on the MX1 Greater Atlanta Blog.
 
Max Cares: Prayers to Rebecca King whose husband was injured badly in a motorcycle crash & had to be life-flighted to the hospital.

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Brenda Leslie whose Mom just went into hospice care.

Max Cares: Prayers for Donna Carlock whose Mom is coming home from the hospital to live with her.

 
REPEAT: 2020 GAR Contract Forms & FMLS: All 2019 GAR Forms licenses expire on December 31, 2019. 2020 Forms are $244.00. Users can pre-purchase the 2020 GAR Forms Package by using this link: https://forms.garealtor.com/. Users can choose to renew your current FPID #. On the website, the hyperlink will read “Click here to renew your existing license.” On the next page, you will be asked to submit your email address. Your most recent FPID associated with that email address will pull up, and you will be taken to the payment page. Once you submit your payment, your FPID # will be renewed for the 2020 calendar year. f you prefer, you can still purchase a new FPID for 2020. Please hold onto your receipt as you will be asked to re-enter your renewed FPID # or new FPID #. New 2020 Forms purchase ids should NOT be entered into rDocs until January 1, 2020. They are NOT VALID until 1/1/2020. For NRDS users as long as you renew with your board before your expiration period, nothing in rDocs changes.

 

REPEAT: NEW MX1 Policy (as of 12/1/19): On a Terminated Contract, the Agent will be fined $25 if the Broker writes & sends a “Notice for not having Earnest Money” or the “10 Day” letter and the agent then uploads into the transaction in Paperless Pipeline the previously signed Termination & Agreement that the parties had signed and the agent failed to upload into Paperless Pipeline in a timely manner.

REPEAT: Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta) – Official Launch November 15, 2019:  Maximum One Greater Atlanta offers agents “Bank Shot” as a convenient way to “turn in” Earnest Money, Commissions, MX1 portion of commission if you get paid via a DA. Bank Shot is making deposits to Maximum One via your Smart Phone. There is ONE “Landing” account – this to be used regardless if the deposit is Trust Money or not & regardless if you are MXGA or MXGR. All deposits go into Landing Account (MXGA & MXGR) then MX1 Accounting will sweep from Landing Account into appropriate Chase Account & then send to Compliance to log into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline. Agents who attended the Launch information from the Powers Ferry & Paulding Sales Meetings should be all set. If you did not attend one of those sales meetings for detailed information, stay tuned for info to be presented at your Sales Meetings next year! Available on iPhones & Android phones – download the app at iTunes or Google Play. Ideal for depositing:

·    Earnest Money

·    Maximum One’s portion of fees when you get paid via a DA closing

·    Code (for BOTH MXGA & MXGR) – 173496

 

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12/8/19

 Real Estate News: Industry & Maximum One 
CANCELLED – Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party 12/12:  We are so sad to announce that we are going to have to cancel our Christmas Holiday Party at The Strand. So sorry! We are nowhere near the minimum required attendance. For those that have paid, we will return your monies to your Agent Account as a credit. We were really looking forward to it so what we will do is go ahead and see if we can book for next year and start earlier promoting so we can get the attendance we need to have a party. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!! Thank you to Michelle Butz who invested so much time researching & planning this event!

 

2020 GAR Contract Forms: These forms are available to all agents 1/1/20. Want a sneak peak into the changes? Attend a FREE 3 hr CE Class: 2020 GAR Contract Changes in December! Check out the training calendar & select a geographic location: www.registerforREclasses.com

2020 GAR Contract Forms & FMLS: All 2019 GAR Forms licenses expire on December 31, 2019. 2020 Forms are $244.00. Users can pre-purchase the 2020 GAR Forms Package by using this link: https://forms.garealtor.com/. Users can choose to renew your current FPID #. On the website, the hyperlink will read “Click here to renew your existing license.” On the next page, you will be asked to submit your email address. Your most recent FPID associated with that email address will pull up, and you will be taken to the payment page. Once you submit your payment, your FPID # will be renewed for the 2020 calendar year. f you prefer, you can still purchase a new FPID for 2020. Please hold onto your receipt as you will be asked to re-enter your renewed FPID # or new FPID #. New 2020 Forms purchase ids should NOT be entered into rDocs until January 1, 2020. They are NOT VALID until 1/1/2020. For NRDS users as long as you renew with your board before your expiration period, nothing in rDocs changes.
Chime Information: Maximum One offers Chime to agents for $17/month (vs. $500/month for other Brokers.) If you are interested, please contact: Heidi HelmPowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. Here is some helpful information:

 

·    Chime Help Center https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us

·    Chime Product Updates https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us/categories/201663123-What-s-New-

·    CRM Training https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us/categories/115000016986-CRM-Agent

·    CMS Tool Training https://help.chime.me/hc/en-us/categories/201796546-IDX-Website

·    Facebook Mastermind Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chimecrm/

·    Network with other Chime users

·    Learn about upcoming Webinars

·    Read posts about best practices

·    Onboarding Training for new Agent

·    Training #1 Getting Started and Navigating Chime: https://chime.zoom.us/recording/play/jO5vIFpWNhNoUEUL4p5YZhb5IVwgjMEtPxazaiNKd0aUYxnVqyyWvhlP28HB-Up6?autoplay=true&startTime=1574870926000

·    Training #2 IDX: https://chime.zoom.us/recording/play/JJtKCXudszm6a9iczTzGuH1fEnqyGwZML1Ax5_m91AAVGpdN0hPkBrrXgLyXW7Ec?autoplay=true&startTime=1571262675000

·    Training #3 Listing Management, Smart Plans, Listings Filters etc… https://chime.zoom.us/recording/play/Zrfrkn09sOUwbtK7FLXab2hXsx7I7-1_6fxxfwCeO0U4r8uMnWtMbNVAQ4-uuzwd?autoplay=true&startTime=1569613678000&_ga=2.232636697.722647965.1569610689-301996670.1567639542

Keep an eye out in the New Year as we will continue to roll out new ways for Agents to be involved!

 
Max Cares: Condolences to Patricia “Hollywood” Johnson whose brother passed away 12/6/19 from a sudden heart attack.

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Brandon Bramlett who had a heart attack last Sunday.

Max Cares: Prayers to Shari Capers whose mother passed away.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Lee Joissaint who just got his Broker’s License

Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose daughter Ashley is recovering from surgery last week.

 
REPEAT: NEW MX1 Policy (as of 12/1/19): On a Terminated Contract, the Agent will be fined $25 if the Broker writes & sends a “Notice for not having Earnest Money” or the “10 Day” letter and the agent then uploads into the transaction in Paperless Pipeline the previously signed Termination & Agreement that the parties had signed and the agent failed to upload into Paperless Pipeline in a timely manner.

 

REPEAT: Bank Shot (MX1 Greater Atlanta) – Official Launch November 15, 2019:  Maximum One Greater Atlanta offers agents “Bank Shot” as a convenient way to “turn in” Earnest Money, Commissions, MX1 portion of commission if you get paid via a DA. Bank Shot is making deposits to Maximum One via your Smart Phone. There is ONE “Landing” account – this to be used regardless if the deposit is Trust Money or not & regardless if you are MXGA or MXGR. All deposits go into Landing Account (MXGA & MXGR) then MX1 Accounting will sweep from Landing Account into appropriate Chase Account & then send to Compliance to log into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline. Agents who attended the Launch information from the Powers Ferry & Paulding Sales Meetings should be all set. If you did not attend one of those sales meetings for detailed information, stay tuned for info to be presented at your Sales Meetings next year! Available on iPhones & Android phones – download the app at iTunes or Google Play. Ideal for depositing:

·    Earnest Money

·    Maximum One’s portion of fees when you get paid via a DA closing

·    Code (for BOTH MXGA & MXGR) – 173496

 

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11/24/19

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

MX1 Greater Atlanta Offices Closed for Thanksgiving 11/28 & 11/29:  Agents have 24/7/365 access.

No Newsletter Next Weekend: Please see CE classes: www.registerforREclasses.com & then select your geographic area

FREE Agent Tool for MX1 Agents – Your OWN account with SPOKEO:  We have a new agent tool FREE for you!  Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies, Dave Kubat, has negotiated an amaze-balls deal for our agents!  As an agent, you may get your own free account.    What is Spokeo?  People Search, Email Search, Phone Search, Friends Search with Spokeo®. Blazing Fast Results. Billions of Records. Fresh Data. More Accurate Data. Powerful Search. Types: Name Lookup, Phone Number Lookup, Username Lookup, Address Lookup, Ultimate Profiles.  If you are interested in this service, please email MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian Green:  ASC@eAGENTweb.com.

Logging In to FMLS & GAMLS:  Please remember to log into these MLS services every 30 – 45 days or your account will be disabled by FMLS & GAMLS.  If you are trying to access this service over a weekend or in an evening & your account has been disabled, you will have to contact your Agent Services Coordinator to complete the form & send in to FMLS.  Avoid undue delays by maintaining your account on a regular basis!
MX1 Wire Fraud Disclaimer Form:  MX1 requires this document be signed by all Clients & Customers even if they are not wiring any funds.  This form does not need to be part of the contract but it does need to be included in all of our files.  This form is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  MX1 Wire Fraud Disclaimer and Affiliated Business Disclosure

Dawn’s Compliance Corner: If you are Listing or Buying your own property, personal or investment, you are still required to run the transaction through Maximum One. You must also have either a Listing Agreement or Buyer Brokerage, yes, with yourself. Why? Because you as the Seller/Buyer are a client of Maximum One. You, as the agent, are acting on behalf of Maximum One in the Transaction.

NEW MX1 Policy (as of 12/1/19):  On a Terminated Contract, the Agent will be fined $25 if the Broker writes & sends the “10 Day” letter and the agent then uploads into the transaction in Paperless Pipeline the previously signed Termination & Agreement that the parties had signed and the agent failed to upload into Paperless Pipeline in a timely manner.

NEW MX1 Policy (as of 12/1/19):  On a transaction where the agent is Principal being represented by Maximum One, failure to use a contract on a GAR or RE Form or Builder’s New Construction Form or HUD Form without Compliance or Managing or Qualifying Broker written permission will be fined $25 for first offense, $75 for second offense, $150 for third offense & possible release from Maximum One.

Register by 12/2/19 so we may have a head count for the Caterer for Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party – The Strand Theater $30/person: 12/12 – 7pm – 9pm – We are excited to invite you to the first ever Greater Atlanta – Wide mix and mingle Maximum One Holiday Extravaganza at the Beautiful Historic Strand in Marietta.  There will be photographers on hand to capture you in your dressy, sparkly holiday attire. We will also have a DJ, so bring your best dance moves! There will be a cash bar as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres to munch on and plenty of dinner and after party drink options nearby.  We will have some pretty amazing stuff to raffle off. Mark your Calendars, don’t delay, sign up today, tickets are limited and only available through 12/2/19 unless sold out earlier with a two ticket per agent limit. You do not want to miss this night of fun!  Please contact your Branch Team Captain to volunteer to help with the Social Committee!

RPR Webinars:  If you are a REALTOR, take advantage of these upcoming RPR Webinars:

Max Cares: Prayers to Tania Ward whose mother passed away.

REPEAT: Bank Shot – Official Launch November 15, 2019:   Maximum One Greater Atlanta offers agents “Bank Shot” as a convenient way to “turn in” Earnest Money, Commissions, MX1 portion of commission if you get paid via a DA. Bank Shot is making deposits to Maximum One via your Smart Phone. There is ONE “Landing” account – this to be used regardless if the deposit is Trust Money or not & regardless if you are MXGA or MXGR. All deposits go into Landing Account (MXGA & MXGR) then MX1 Accounting will sweep from Landing Account into appropriate Chase Account & then send to Compliance to log into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Agents who attended the Launch information from the Powers Ferry & Paulding Sales Meetings should be all set.  If you did not attend one of those sales meetings for detailed information, stay tuned for info to be presented at your Sales Meetings next year!  Available on iPhones & Android phones – download the app at iTunes or Google Play.  Ideal for depositing:

  • Earnest Money
  • Maximum One’s portion of fees when you get paid via a DA closing

REPEAT:  NAR Changes Code of Ethics Cycle: The change extends the training requirement from every two years to every three years and extends the current Cycle 6 deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021.  The next cycle (Cycle 7) will begin Jan. 1, 2022, and end Dec. 31, 2024.  If you have already taken a Code of Ethics class from January 1, 2019 through now then you have met the Cycle 6 deadline requirement.  If you have any question please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Association of REALTORS.

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11/17/19

MX1 Greater Atlanta Thanksgiving Luncheons:  Please enjoy fellowship, food, friendship & fun at the Thanksgiving Luncheons this week.  Contact your Team Captains for more information & ideas on what you may bring!

  • Tuesday, 11/19 – Paulding – Sales Meeting begins at 10am Lunch begins at 11:15
  • Tuesday, 11/19 – Douglasville – Sales Meeting begins at 10:30am Lunch begins around 11am
  • Tuesday, 11/19 – Woodstock – Lunch begins at 11:30am

Zillow Flex Program:  The Zillow Flex Program has gone live for the previous Zillow Premier Agents who completed their application & onboarding process.  If you are interested in perhaps getting involved with their referral program (pay referral fee after closing) when it is unveiled for other agents, here is the information.  You will deal directly with Zillow – the MX1 Brokers do not sign you up for this program.  If you wish to be a part of Flex in the future, complete the onboarding process and join the waitlist. Once we have availability in your market, we’ll reach out to get you started with Flex.  For questions or additional information on Flex or our waitlist process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at pbflexpricing@zillowgroup.com.  This onboarding process link has Dana’s photo but it is the link to use (currently) for ALL MX1 Franchises.
Homestar 101 Mortgage Program:  Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay for informing us of this program.  It is a $0 downpayment Conventional Financing program. Fabulous talking point to get new clients.  Contact Jay or Wes for details – contact information below.

NAR Changes Code of Ethics Cycle: The change extends the training requirement from every two years to every three years and extends the current Cycle 6 deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021.  The next cycle (Cycle 7) will begin Jan. 1, 2022, and end Dec. 31, 2024.  If you have already taken a Code of Ethics class from January 1, 2019 through now then you have met the Cycle 6 deadline requirement.  If you have any question please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Association of REALTORS.

MERS Number:  Thank you to Amee Davis, Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates for explaining at the West Cobb Sales Meeting what the “MERS Number” is… where you can easily find out & how to use it to determine who is servicing a mortgage throughout the life of the loan!  Amee’s contact information is below.  There is SO MUCH INFORMATION shared at the monthly Sales Meetings!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Patricia “Hollywood” Johnson whose ex-husband passed away.

Max Cares: Condolences to Micki Craven whose mother passed away.

Max Cares: Prayers to Brenda Leslie whose mother is in the hospital and non-responsive.

Max Cares: Prayers for healing for Nancy Sanders who just had lung surgery.

Max Cares:  Condolences to Penny Ballew on the loss of her Father-in-Law.

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party – The Strand Theater $30/person: 12/12 – 7pm – 9pm – We are excited to invite you to the first ever Greater Atlanta – Wide mix and mingle Maximum One Holiday Extravaganza at the Beautiful Historic Strand in Marietta.  There will be photographers on hand to capture you in your dressy, sparkly holiday attire. We will also have a DJ, so bring your best dance moves! There will be a cash bar as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres to munch on and plenty of dinner and after party drink options nearby.  We will have some pretty amazing stuff to raffle off. Mark your Calendars, don’t delay, sign up today, tickets are limited and only available through 12/2/19 unless sold out earlier with a two ticket per agent limit. You do not want to miss this night of fun!  Please contact your Branch Team Captain to volunteer to help with the Social Committee!

REPEAT: Getting Paid at Closing via a “DA” = Disbursement Authorization: 

At Maximum One you may get your commission check directly from the Closing Attorney so that you may go right from closing to the bank!  If you do not get paid at closing, then you will simply get paid via Direct Deposit – right into your account!  Here is how to get paid via a DA: This request form may be found in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

  • Request for Original DA must be UPLOADED NO LATER than 72 business hours prior to Closing – Must be Updated if Any Information Changes
  • Request for Revised DA must be UPLOADED NO LATER than 24 business hours prior to Closing – Must be Updated if Any Information Changes
  • It is Agent’s responsibility to make sure file is complete & compliant at least 72 Business hours prior to Closing in Paperless Pipeline
  • If this is a “quick closing” remember personal checks for earnest money must be held for 10 business days
  • No DA will be issued on incomplete files
  • Late Paperwork Fines and/or Outstanding Agent Balances will be collected on the Approved DA
  • Agent MUST be present at Closing for a DA to be approved!  If not then you will get paid via Direct Deposit

REPEAT: Getting Paid via Direct Deposit:  If you do not attend your closing or if your file is not complete & compliant in Paperless Pipeline or if you just choose, you may get paid via “traditional” means by receiving one check at closing & turning it in to the office.

  • At Closing, you will receive ONE check from the Closing Attorney made payable to “Maximum One” – Commission + MX1 fees + FMLS fees – Earnest Money if Maximum One is Holder
  • After closing, bring your check to any Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch
  • Turn it in to the prescribed place in each Branch – typically in Agent Workroom – completing information on appropriate “Closing” envelope
  • Put a note on the check with your (Agent) name on it – fill out the appropriate envelope by the locked check box in the agent workroom
  • Upload a copy of the Closing Disclosure & any Amendments signed at Closing into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • Any closings turned in before 12noon will be paid out by EFT after 2pm the following business day
  • Agent’s commission will be directly deposited into Agent’s account
  • Agent must have already completed a Direct Deposit Form (Chase Bank) and Maximum One must have on file – included in Sign-On Package when you joined Maximum One
  • If file is not compliant when agent turns in closing, the same time frame applies once the agent gets the transaction into compliance (i.e. if agent gets file into compliance before 12noon, their commission will be paid after 2pm the following business day)

REPEAT: Bank Shot – Official Launch November 15, 2019:   Maximum One Greater Atlanta offers agents “Bank Shot” as a convenient way to “turn in” Earnest Money, Commissions, MX1 portion of commission if you get paid via a DA. Bank Shot is making deposits to Maximum One via your Smart Phone. There is ONE “Landing” account – this to be used regardless if the deposit is Trust Money or not & regardless if you are MXGA or MXGR. All deposits go into Landing Account (MXGA & MXGR) then MX1 Accounting will sweep from Landing Account into appropriate Chase Account & then send to Compliance to log into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Agents who attended the Launch information from the Powers Ferry & Paulding Sales Meetings should be all set.  If you did not attend one of those sales meetings for detailed information, stay tuned for info to be presented at your Sales Meetings next year!  Available on iPhones & Android phones – download the app at iTunes or Google Play.  Ideal for depositing:

  • Earnest Money
  • Maximum One’s portion of fees when you get paid via a DA closing

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11/10/19

Veteran’s Day: November 11, 2019 – Thank you for all who serve to protect us & keep us safe & free!

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party – The Strand Theater $30/person: 12/12 – 7pm – 9pm – We are excited to invite you to the first ever Greater Atlanta – Wide mix and mingle Maximum One Holiday Extravaganza at the Beautiful Historic Strand in Marietta.  There will be photographers on hand to capture you in your dressy, sparkly holiday attire. We will also have a DJ, so bring your best dance moves! There will be a cash bar as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres to munch on and plenty of dinner and after party drink options nearby.  We will have some pretty amazing stuff to raffle off. Mark your Calendars, don’t delay, sign up today, tickets are limited and only available through 12/2/19 unless sold out earlier with a two ticket per agent limit. You do not want to miss this night of fun!  Please contact your Branch Team Captain to volunteer to help with the Social Committee!

Offices Decorated for Christmas: Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped decorate the offices for the Holidays!  I have seen the pictures & watched the videos on the Rockstars page in Facebook & you all had so much fun!!!  We thank you for enjoying this festive time of fellowship & fun & for doing such a great job!  If you would like to get involved with Social or Community Service activities in your office, please contact your Team Captains!  Please see the photos in Facebook – Maximum One Rockstars Group!

Weekend Broker-on-Duty:  The Weekend Broker on Duty may always be found in the Education portion of this email & in the Online Training Calendar if you look under “Marietta”  … www.registerforREclasses.com then select “Marietta”

Grand Opening: Maximum One Catalyst in Gainesville: Congratulations to Neal & Amy Matheson & Monica & Kenneth Storey for opening the newest Maximum One Franchise in Gainesville, GA!  Grand Opening is Thursday 11/14/19.

1210 Washington St. NW   Suite #203

Gainesville, GA 30501

470-400-9877

Getting Paid at Closing via a “DA” = Disbursement Authorization:  At Maximum One you may get your commission check directly from the Closing Attorney so that you may go right from closing to the bank!  If you do not get paid at closing, then you will simply get paid via Direct Deposit – right into your account!  Here is how to get paid via a DA: This request form may be found in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

  • Request for Original DA must be UPLOADED NO LATER than 72 business hours prior to Closing – Must be Updated if Any Information Changes
  • Request for Revised DA must be UPLOADED NO LATER than 24 business hours prior to Closing – Must be Updated if Any Information Changes
  • It is Agent’s responsibility to make sure file is complete & compliant at least 72 Business hours prior to Closing in Paperless Pipeline
  • If this is a “quick closing” remember personal checks for earnest money must be held for 10 business days
  • No DA will be issued on incomplete files
  • Late Paperwork Fines and/or Outstanding Agent Balances will be collected on the Approved DA
  • Agent MUST be present at Closing for a DA to be approved!  If not then you will get paid via Direct Deposit

Getting Paid via Direct Deposit:  If you do not attend your closing or if your file is not complete & compliant in Paperless Pipeline or if you just choose, you may get paid via “traditional” means by receiving one check at closing & turning it in to the office.

  • At Closing, you will receive ONE check from the Closing Attorney made payable to “Maximum One” – Commission + MX1 fees + FMLS fees – Earnest Money if Maximum One is Holder
  • After closing, bring your check to any Maximum One Greater Atlanta Branch
  • Turn it in to the prescribed place in each Branch – typically in Agent Workroom – completing information on appropriate “Closing” envelope
  • Put a note on the check with your (Agent) name on it – fill out the appropriate envelope by the locked check box in the agent workroom
  • Upload a copy of the Closing Disclosure & any Amendments signed at Closing into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • Any closings turned in before 12noon will be paid out by EFT after 2pm the following business day
  • Agent’s commission will be directly deposited into Agent’s account
  • Agent must have already completed a Direct Deposit Form (Chase Bank) and Maximum One must have on file – included in Sign-On Package when you joined Maximum One
  • If file is not compliant when agent turns in closing, the same time frame applies once the agent gets the transaction into compliance (i.e. if agent gets file into compliance before 12noon, their commission will be paid after 2pm the following business day)

Bank Shot – Official Launch November 15, 2019:   Maximum One Greater Atlanta offers agents “Bank Shot” as a convenient way to “turn in” Earnest Money, Commissions, MX1 portion of commission if you get paid via a DA. Bank Shot is making deposits to Maximum One via your Smart Phone. There is ONE “Landing” account – this to be used regardless if the deposit is Trust Money or not & regardless if you are MXGA or MXGR. All deposits go into Landing Account (MXGA & MXGR) then MX1 Accounting will sweep from Landing Account into appropriate Chase Account & then send to Compliance to log into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Agents who attended the Launch information from the Powers Ferry & Paulding Sales Meetings should be all set.  If you did not attend one of those sales meetings for detailed information, stay tuned for info to be presented at your Sales Meetings next year!  Available on iPhones & Android phones – download the app at iTunes or Google Play.  Ideal for depositing:

  • Earnest Money
  • Maximum One’s portion of fees when you get paid via a DA closing

Docusign Scam:  If you get an unsolicited / unexpected email to sign a Docusign Document, DO NOT CLICK ON IT without investigating.  A REAL Docusign document comes from the system:  DocuSign System dse@docusign.net.  You will see a person’s name but a real one is actually sent from the system itself on that person’s behalf. Be careful!!! The real estate industry is a target for this scam through Docusign!

  • Is it something you are expecting?
  • CHECK THE RETURN EMAIL ADDRESS

GAMLS Listing Enhancements – 100 photos & More Public Remarks: Recognizing that photos and remarks play a prime marketing role in highlighting features and property descriptions, Georgia MLS has worked with our partners to considerably increase these important listing sections. By enhancing the maximum number of photos from 36 to 100, and increasing Public Remarks from 768 characters to 4,000, members gain considerable latitude to further best describe their client’s listings.

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Career Launch Manual:  If you are a new licensee, this Career Launch Manual is for you. This manual is your step-by-step guide to get you started at Maximum One!  If you did not receive one from your Branch Manual, there is one attached here (& available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.)  For more information, please contact Patti Loveless, the Director of the Mentor Program – Patti@GAPropertyAgents.com 770-919-8825 x 819.

Max Cares: Prayers to Nancy Sanders who is having part of her lung removed Monday.

Max Cares: Prayers to Abrahams Neville who is very ill & just got out of the hospital & may have to return shortly.

Max Cares: Prayers to Kiyota Reed who was in a terrible car accident in CA and is in a coma.

Max Cares: Prayers for Janet Scanlon who shattered her ankle and is recovering from surgery where they added screws & plates.

REPEAT: Compliance Corner:  Lead Based Paint Exhibit. Did you Know?  Thank you to Dawn Southern for this Compliance Tip.  The EPA and HUD have authority under the regulations to impose monetary penalties – now up to $16,000 – on any landlord, seller, or agent who knowingly violates the lead-based paint disclosure requirements.  Read what the EPA has to say about it here: EPA and Lead Based Paint Disclosure

Make sure you are marking the correct box on the Contract indicating if the home was or was not built prior to 1978 and getting those Lead Based Paint Exhibits filled out, initialed and signed!!!

REPEAT:  New Features in Paperless Pipeline:  Several new date fields have been added to allow you to track important dates on transactions. I strongly urge you to use this feature when creating a Transaction. It will take questions out of the equation when trying to remember when the earnest money is due. The system will send you a reminder, even if Maximum One is not the Holder, so you can verify the money has been remitted and everyone stays compliant with the time frames set forth in the Contract.