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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.

 

PPL Updates 10-19

REPEAT: REALTOR Board Memberships:  Most membership fees are already due or due October 31st!  Check with your Board directly.

REPEAT:  FREE Smarter Agent App: This is an Agent Tool FREE to Maximum One agents!  Are you using is to get more business?  Watch these videos to learn how!

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11/3/19

Standard Time Started Today – Hope you set your Clocks back!

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party – The Strand Theater: 12/12 – 7pm – 9pm – Final Arrangements announced next week!

Please Welcome:  the following agents who joined Maximum One in October 2019!

Lisa Horton Partners
Thom Holt Community
Chiketa Figures Douglasville
Angela Best Partners
David Stroup Partners
Jamila Moeti Executives
Jeannie Fredrick Woodstock
Lora Young Woodstock
Jodi Morales Douglasville
Larry Humble Powers Ferry “Welcome Back”
Bernice Ward Partners “Welcome Back”
Gromeko Reeves Executives
Karen Purvis Community
Jessica Hancock West Cobb
Salathia Brittian Partners “Welcome Back”
Ivette Tillman Partners
Tolulope Adebayo Executives
Carlos Brown Partners
Stanley McCoy Partners
Narden Kaldani Powers Ferry
Angel Ditman Executives
Dana Peoples Douglasville
Everett Jenkins Partners “Welcome Back”
Sonya Johnson Partners
Fred Codes Executives
Mario Luque West Cobb “Welcome Back”
Keela Stinchcomb Partners
Connie Stevens Community “Welcome Back”
Shernette Sibblies Partners
Erin Rhodes Community
Will Harper Community
Tammie Jenkins Powers Ferry “Welcome Back”
Michelle Moore Partners
Cori Watkins Community “Welcome Back”

Market Snapshot – September 2019:  Thank you to GAR for providing this information.  Georgia’s housing market remains steady as we head into the fall and winter months. Monthly indicators for September are as follows:  Read Full Report Here.

  • New Listings increased 6.5 percent to 16,066.
  • Pending Sales were up 11.2 percent to 11,436.
  • Inventory levels shrank 1.1 percent to 45,326 units.
  • Median Sales Price increased 5.8 percent to $230,000.
  • Days on Market was down 7.3 percent to 51 days.
  • Months Supply of Inventory was down 7.3 percent to 3.8 months.

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!!!

Copies of Amendments to Lender & Closing Attorney:  Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation & Amee Davis closing attorney with Davis & Associates (contact information at the bottom of this email) for reminding us of how important it is t have lender & attorney have copies of All Amendments.  Here is an example they encountered:   Last minute amendments can delay a closing.   We have a loan that was clear to close for a week and suppose to close today and now is delayed for probably 3 days.

Yesterday when the attorney was finalizing the CD, we were sent amendment #5 addressing a repair escrow they wanted on the CD regarding a repair that was not completed by seller prior to closing.  In our file we had no amendments and with this being #5, we had to obtain 4 other amendments of which one was the amendment to address concerns.  On the amendment to address concerns, there was mention of mold which as you all know this became a huge issue with the underwriters.  Now we have to obtain a mold inspection as mold was mentioned.  Also the seller had no receipts to show the other  repairs outlined on the amendment #1 had been completed.  These were safety items and appraiser has to go back out and re-inspect those items for clearance since seller has no receipts and apparently made the repairs himself.   This has caused a delay in  closing now for 3 more days and we have some unhappy sellers and buyers of course.  The good news is this was not a MAXIMUM ONE AGENT!

33 Ways to Generate New Listings Now:  Looking for new listing strategies?  Tom Ferry offers 33 new strategies to check out.  Click here for more information & to Download these ideas

Max Cares: Condolences to Tracy Barb whose 19 year old son, Zack, passed away.

Max Cares: Condolences to Jennifer Kolasz Mozley & Ed & Paula Kolasz whose brother / son, Chris, passed away from a heart attack.

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.

REPEAT: REALTOR Board Memberships:  Most membership fees are already due or due October 31st!  Check with your Board directly.

REPEAT:  FREE Smarter Agent App: This is an Agent Tool FREE to Maximum One agents!  Are you using is to get more business?  Watch these videos to learn how!

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10/27/19

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.

 

PPL Updates 10-19

 

MX1 Greater Atlanta Christmas Party:  Thank  you to Michelle Butz, West Cobb Branch CEO Advisor, for organizing the committees for this party!  She as has secured the Strand Theater in Marietta Square for our party!  They did not have December 5th available so the party will be on Thursday, December 12th!  We believe the cost will be $35/person but confirmation on that coming soon!  Food! Drinks! Dancing!  Fun! Festivities!  Please contact Michelle or your Branch Team Captain to volunteer for a committee!  WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com

REALTOR Board Memberships:  Most membership fees are already due or due October 31st!  Check with your Board directly.

FREE Smarter Agent App: This is an Agent Tool FREE to Maximum One agents!  Are you using is to get more business?  Watch these videos to learn how!

REALTOR Infographic:  If you are a REALTOR (by belonging to a Board of REALTORS) then GAR has a new content sharing program to help with your interactions with clients & prospects.

Coming up with new content to share with your audience can be time-consuming. GAR wants to help our members ease this struggle with our newest member benefit, the Plugged In content sharing campaign.  Starting this month, GAR will produce a new infographic each month on a timely real estate topic. Members are encouraged to share the infographic with their contacts in two ways:

 

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.

 

The topics are “evergreen,” in that they are timely throughout the year. While a new infographic is released each month, you may use any infographic in any format at any time.  Infographics will be posted around the 15th of each month.

 

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Max Cares:  Prayers to Donna Black whose sister, Tracee, has disc fusion surgery Friday.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn Southern whose nephew got married Friday.

Max Cares: Prayers to John Carney’s son, Blake, who lived & ran a barn for 19 showhorses in Bartow county. It burned to the ground Saturday and all was lost.  There is a GoFundMe account set up – contact John for more information.

REPEAT: Zillow Premier Agent Flex Program: If you are a CURRENT Zillow Premier Agent, below are the key dates you need to know. Flex program – agent pays Zillow as referral fee (NO upfront fees anymore) reward agent performance & intelligent matching.   Read the contract you sign.  A referral fee “success fee” is due to Zillow on the first 2 transactions involving a lead you get from them for up to 2 years.  Program only for current Zillow Premier Agents through December,

  • November 7 – Flex Enrollment Deadline
  • November 13 – Flex launches live in Atlanta
  • December 13 – Lead delivery switch from premier agent protocol (based on previous pay to Zillow) to delivery based on performance

REPEAT: Zillow Flex Program – Current Premier Agent: Here are the steps you need to take prior to November 7th

  • Login to Zillow & update your profile with all your past sales (add missing ones) & edit your service areas (narrow it down)
  • Enroll in Flex Program: www.Zillow.com/pbflex/agent
  • Download the Zillow App to your cell phone to learn the “Flex Connections” to be able to accept leads
  • Contact your Zillow Business Advisor (now IN Atlanta)

REPEAT: Zillow Flex Program – Desire to Participate:  Zillow is only opening this program for current Zillow Premier Agents (too late to enroll at this point)  Since it is a performance-based program, many of these existing agents will drop off creating a need for more agents to participate.  You may add yourself to an “Interest List” (this is not a waiting list as Zillow looks at performance statistics (mostly closed sales in an area.)  The following information was ONLY released to Maximum One agents at their unveil program we hosted in the Powers Ferry office on 10/17/19.  Thank you Zillow! What can you do to position yourself to get into this program:

  • Log in to Zillow (ALL agents have a profile even if you are not a Premier Agent)
  • Update your Past Sales
  • Add Markets you are willing to work – do NOT list every zip code but narrow it down to where the majority of your closings occur

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10/20/19

FMLS rDocs Page Issue:  Be careful is you get the following message from rDocs.  If you get this, try accessing your contracts through Transaction Desk in www.GAMLS.com .  This also has an eSignature program called Authentisign.  Contact FMLS by phone if you get this message.

 

 

 

FHA Requires 2 Appraisals:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us that FHA will require TWO appraisals in the following circumstances (as part of their Anti-flip rule):

  • Home has been owned less than 180 days
  • Sale price is over double the original purchase price

ReMine Enhancements – ReMine Pro:  Available through both FMLS Now you can increase your visibility to consumers and increase efficiency in transactions with Remine’s simple digital workflows. Enhancements Include:

ReMine.com Integration – Create your own public facing portal which is a free lead capture system.

  • Step One – StepOne provides the ability to send your clients a free credit report from Equifax as part of the Saved Search process.
  • Advanced Search – The industry’s most advanced search of full MLS and public record data.
  • Carts – Share specific properties or groups of properties with clients and receive quick and easy feedback.
  • Contacts – A central place to keep all your contacts with an easy 1-click upload from your phone.
  • Docs – You now have a place to upload your docs and e-sign them.

What is ReMine: ReMine is a fabulous tool for agents & is available in BOTH FMLS & GAMLS.  Watch this video for more information:

 

Zillow Premier Agent Flex Program: If you are a CURRENT Zillow Premier Agent, below are the key dates you need to know. Flex program – agent pays Zillow as referral fee (NO upfront fees anymore) reward agent performance & intelligent matching.   Read the contract you sign.  A referral fee “success fee” is due to Zillow on the first 2 transactions involving a lead you get from them for up to 2 years.  Program only for current Zillow Premier Agents through December,

  • November 7 – Flex Enrollment Deadline
  • November 13 – Flex launches live in Atlanta
  • December 13 – Lead delivery switch from premier agent protocol (based on previous pay to Zillow) to delivery based on performance

 

Zillow Flex Program – Current Premier Agent: Here are the steps you need to take prior to November 7th

  • Login to Zillow & update your profile with all your past sales (add missing ones) & edit your service areas (narrow it down)
  • Enroll in Flex Program: www.Zillow.com/pbflex/agent
  • Download the Zillow App to your cell phone to learn the “Flex Connections” to be able to accept leads
  • Contact your Zillow Business Advisor (now IN Atlanta)

 

Zillow Flex Program – Desire to Participate:  Zillow is only opening this program for current Zillow Premier Agents (too late to enroll at this point)  Since it is a performance-based program, many of these existing agents will drop off creating a need for more agents to participate.  You may add yourself to an “Interest List” (this is not a waiting list as Zillow looks at performance statistics (mostly closed sales in an area.)  The following information was ONLY released to Maximum One agents at their unveil program we hosted in the Powers Ferry office on 10/17/19.  Thank you Zillow! What can you do to position yourself to get into this program:

  • Log in to Zillow (ALL agents have a profile even if you are not a Premier Agent)
  • Update your Past Sales
  • Add Markets you are willing to work – do NOT list every zip code but narrow it down to where the majority of your closings occur

 

Safety Videos: Real Estate Agent safety is THE most important part of your job!  Please attend the 3 Hr CE Class ($35) on Safety 10/23/19 – 10am – Woodstock Branch (Click Here to Register)  Thank you to Arlene Johnson (arlenegjohnson@gmail.com)   of SAFE Encounters for teaching this class & sharing these videos. Here are some videos to bring this topic to your top of mind awareness:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

 

Max Cares:  Condolences to Parupkar Gil on the loss of both of his in-laws within a month of each other.

Max Cares: Condolences to Debbie Wright on the loss of her husband, Danny, to colon cancer.

Max Cares: Continued prayers to Tommy & Dawn Southern for a full recovery for hip replacement surgery that Tommy’s mom had on 10/17.

Max Cares: Prayers to Shawn Horan whose office flooded last week.

Max Cares; Prayers for Marty Devine’s son, Bryan, who had a huge metal probe go through his foot at work.

 

REPEAT: Cloud CMA to Include All Cash Offers from Open Door:  Agents using Cloud CMA, a comparative market analysis tool for listing presentations from W+R Studios, can now present listing clients with an all-cash offer from iBuying giant Opendoor alongside the traditional listing information.  The new integration, which is now live in Phoenix and Atlanta with other markets to follow, is aimed at empowering agents to give homesellers more transparency into the options they have when selling their home. It  could also help lift the iBuyer into the mainstream over time.  Read More here…

 

REPEAT: Lis Pendens:  Thank you to Doug Dean – attorney with Shafritz & Dean for explaining to us in the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting all about Lis Pendens and Notice of Settlement & how these two legal Notices may halt the sale of a property.  Brief information about Lis Pendens

 

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10/13/19

Zillow Premier Agent Flex Program:  Zillow is hosting an exclusive event to give Zillow Premier Agents from Maximum One (ALL MX1 FRANCHISES) an inside look into the Flex program and provide a hands-on learning experience. Thursday 10/17 from 10am – 12noon – MX1 Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry 1355 Terrell Mill Rd. Bldg #1464, Marietta 30067  770-919-8825 x 310.

* Get a deep dive into our new mission
* Gain insight into the Flex program and how it will impact your business
* Get hands on with the Flex program to set yourself up for success

Plus, you’ll have a chance to connect with Zillow Premier Agent leaders, product experts and your peers. With Flex, Zillow is betting on the best – you – and we’d love to help you get started. Please click here to RSVP now for this exclusive event.

MX1 Greater Atlanta Mentors: Current Mentors and those who would like to be considered for the Mentor Program will need to attend the Train the Mentor CE Class.  The first offering of this class is on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 10am -1:15pm at the Paulding Branch.    Click here to register.  Attendees who complete the class will receive 3 hours CE Credit.    I look forward to working with you and teaching you about the new program.  Together, we can make Maximum One’s Mentor Program the best available in our industry.  Contact Patti Loveless if you have any questions.  Patti@GAPropertyAgents.com 

Cloud CMA to Include All Cash Offers from Open Door:  Agents using Cloud CMA, a comparative market analysis tool for listing presentations from W+R Studios, can now present listing clients with an all-cash offer from iBuying giant Opendoor alongside the traditional listing information.  The new integration, which is now live in Phoenix and Atlanta with other markets to follow, is aimed at empowering agents to give homesellers more transparency into the options they have when selling their home. It  could also help lift the iBuyer into the mainstream over time.  Read More here…

Lis Pendens:  Thank you to Doug Dean – attorney with Shafritz & Dean for explaining to us in the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting all about Lis Pendens and Notice of Settlement & how these two legal Notices may halt the sale of a property.  Brief information about Lis Pendens

MX1 Paulding Sales Meeting: Tuesday 10/15/19 – Chili Cook-off!  Contact your Team Captains, Herb Haynes or Patti Loveless for information!

Personal Branding Blueprint for the Real Estate Professional:  Thank you to Shantha Wetterhan of Competitive Brand Social Media Management for sharing this document: Personal Branding Blueprint.  Contact Shanta for more information: Shantha Wetterhan shanthawetterhan@competitivebrand.com

Max Cares: Condolences to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage on the loss of her son-to-be son in law.

Max Cares:  Prayers for Nancy Sanders on her fierce battle with cancer.  The treatment on her brain stem has negatively impacted her vision & ability to get around.

Max Cares: Prayers for Tommy Southern’s Mom who is having hip replacement surgery on Thursday.

REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Christmas Party:  The Please join us for the MX1 Greater Atlanta Company-Wide Christmas Party!  Thursday, December 5th from 7pm – 9pm at the Powers Ferry MX1 location.  Dressy or business-casual – whatever youo are comfortable wearing!  Spouses / Significant Others are welcome!  Music! Dancing! Photos! Heavy hors d’oeuvres! Please RSVP so we have an accurate head count for food:  https://events.eventzilla.net/e/mx1-greater-atlanta-christmas-party–powers-ferry-2138757321?preview=1570218762869   The cost for the event will be posted soon!

REPEAT: MX1 Remote Earnest Money Deposit: MX1 allows its agents to deposit the Earnest Money remotely as a convenience to our agents.  Please know that this is ONLY FOR AGENTS!!!  You may NOT simply give your client our Banking Information & have them deposit the Earnest Money.  Specific instructions are available in the 2019 Manuals & in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

REPEAT: Earnest Money Handling:  It is YOUR responsibility as an agent to follow up with the Earnest Money on ALL CONTRACTS!  Regardless of MX1 is the Holder, the Co-Op Broker is the Holder or a Closing Attorney is the Holder.  It is YOUR responsibility as the agent (BOTH Listing Agent & Selling Agent) to follow up with the Holder regarding the receipt & deposit of the funds.  Remember that the Holder needs a copy of the Contract also for the EM deposit.

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10/6/19

“G’mar Hatima Tova” = “May you be sealed in the Book of Life!” – Happy Yom Kippur – October 8 – 9

Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One Companies in September:  Please make your new colleagues feel welcome!

Kayley Tracy Community
Michael Stallworth Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Christel McCrory Partners
Cierra Richard Powers Ferry
Angela Lumsden Paulding
Charonda Gardner Partners
Steve Roberts Executives “Welcome Back”
Oasis Nichols Partners
Anna Duncan Premier
Tara Bohanan Premier
Kristen Gee Premier
Paige  Smith Premier
Warren Vilders Premier
Anthony Criss Powers Ferry “Welcome Back”
Paula Taylor Woodstock “Welcome Back”
Marie Mazard Partners
Diona Wheeler Partners
Carlotta Jones Partners “Welcome Back”
LaToya Carr Partners
Henry Rose Douglasville
Daphne Crowe Douglasville
Monica Prather Partners
Nicole Donaldson-Hunter Partners
Huguette Boyer Partners
Christopher Chapman Partners
Caleb Bell Premier
Regina McDaniel Premier
Ila Robinson Partners “Welcome Back”
Paula Smith Paulding
Chenagi Blakely Partners
Neville Abrahams West Cobb
Nikeisha Powell Paulding “Welcome Back”
Rosalyn McDonald Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Dewey Stroup Partners
Chayla Harper Partners
Sherrita Fields Partners “Welcome Back”
Rod Fallas Woodstock “Welcome Back”

MX1 Greater Atlanta Christmas Party:  The Please join us for the MX1 Greater Atlanta Company-Wide Christmas Party!  Thursday, December 5th from 7pm – 9pm at the Powers Ferry MX1 location.  Dressy or business-casual – whatever youo are comfortable wearing!  Spouses / Significant Others are welcome!  Music! Dancing! Photos! Heavy hors d’oeuvres! Please RSVP so we have an accurate head count for food:  https://events.eventzilla.net/e/mx1-greater-atlanta-christmas-party–powers-ferry-2138757321?preview=1570218762869 

Delayed Taxes Due October 15th:  This is an important deadline for any Buyers who filed an extension of their 2018 Taxes… the Lender may need to pull an update – check this out to avoid delays!  Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial Corporation for reminding us of this during the West Cobb Sales Meeting!

USDA & Student Loans:  Thank you again to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial for informing us that USDA now only counts 1/2 percent of outstanding Student Loans (vs. 1%) as a debt

Closing Attorney Holding EM:  Along with all the other issues we have discussed with an attorney holding the EM, thank you to Amee Davis closing attorney of Davis & Associates for also reminding us that the attorney MUST have a copy of the contract so they will know what file to attribute the wired funds to.  This becomes problematic if the funds have been wired & the attorney does not have the contract – the attorney will not sign the form & the Alternate Holder becomes the contractual holder of the EM.  Please check out the “Earnest Money” Playlist on Dana’s YouTube Channel: “Real Estate Made Crystal Clear”

GAMLS Listing Enhancements: In an effort to assist the marketability of listings to both members and buying and selling consumers, Georgia MLS has enhanced two significant listing detail sections across all online platforms:

  • Listing agents can add up to 100 photos for each active listing in their inventory
  • Listing agents have the ability to add up to 4000 characters for the Public Remarks fields and 1,000 characters for the Private Remarks fields

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. The Private Remarks section has also been increased from 320 characters to 1000 characters allowing members to effectively communicate additional comments to prospective selling agents.

Listing syndication websites have been notified of these enhancements and will display the number of photos and remarks characters up to what their systems allow.

MX1 Remote Earnest Money Deposit: MX1 allows its agents to deposit the Earnest Money remotely as a convenience to our agents.  Please know that this is ONLY FOR AGENTS!!!  You may NOT simply give your client our Banking Information & have them deposit the Earnest Money.  Specific instructions are available in the 2019 Manuals & in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Earnest Money Handling:  It is YOUR responsibility as an agent to follow up with the Earnest Money on ALL CONTRACTS!  Regardless of MX1 is the Holder, the Co-Op Broker is the Holder or a Closing Attorney is the Holder.  It is YOUR responsibility as the agent (BOTH Listing Agent & Selling Agent) to follow up with the Holder regarding the receipt & deposit of the funds.  Remember that the Holder needs a copy of the Contract also for the EM deposit.

2020 GAR Contract Changes:  Be among the first to learn of the changes for 2020!  MX1 already has a new class scheduled in each MX1 Greater Atlanta Office in December (more will be taught in January!)  Sign up now!  Go to www.eAGENTweb.com & click on your area, then go to December & register for a class!

Max Cares:  Continued prayers to Karlene Shiver whose husband is in the Roselane Rehab Center recovering from complications from diabetes.

Max Cares: Condolences to Brent Griffin who had a family member recently pass away.

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9/29/19

Happy Rosh Hashanah – L’Sana Tova – 9/29 – 10/1

iBuyer Conference:  For those who were not able to attend the iBuyer Conference we hosted along with Movement Mortgage on 9/12/19, thank you to Chris Dunn who recorded these sessions for us.  You may watch them here or if you would like 3 hours of CE credit for each of the two sessions, contact your Branch Manager to schedule an appointment to watch these videos in a proctored setting.  You will NOT get CE credit without watching these videos proctored in a MX1 Branch.

iBuyers: What You Need to Know as a REALTOR – GREC Course #71044

iBuyers: How Your Value as a REALTOR Can Defeat Them to Help Sellers – GREC Course #71045

MX1 Greater Atlanta Thanksgiving & Christmas Parties:  The current plan is for each Branch to have their own Thanksgiving pot-luck lunch.  We are trying to determine what you all would prefer for Christmas:  one big central party?  what location? how much would you pay to attend? no special party & each branch focus on a community-related charity focus? other ideas?  Please contact your Team Captains with your ideas or Michelle ButzWestCobb@eAGENTweb.com.  Also please see the poll on the MX1 Rockstars Page.  Each Branch could use assistance with these (& any) Social Events – please contact your Team Captain!

Whiskey, Wine & Woodstock: Join closing attorney Andy Hartman for this event hosted in the Hartman Law Lounge – free live music, booze, food, & games – see more information on the online calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com – select Woodstock.

Could Blockchain Revolutionize the Real Estate Industry: Blockchain has become a buzzword in recent years, and according to two real estate industry experts, the tech phenomenon is worthy of the buzz. John L. Heithaus­, principal of… Read More Here…

How to Navigate Through GSCCCA – Thank you again to Doug Dean & Lee Pruitt & Matt Schuurman – closing attorneys with Shafritz & Dean for showing us to navigate through this system to find the information you need.  Access to this program is free for Maximum One Agents – the login & password information is available in the reference section of Paperless Pipeline.  If you print anything, there is a cost & yu are on the honor system to let your Accounting Department (for MX1 Greater Atlanta – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com) know how many pages you print.  Read information here:

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Vivian Green whose Aunt Lorene is not doing well after suffering 2+ strokes in a very short period of time.

REPEAT: Supra EKey App Upgrade for Apple Users: On September 19, 2019, Apple will release the new

operating system iOS 13 for iPhones and iPads. A new version of the Supra eKEY app is now available in the Apple App Store.   IMPORTANT: Please update your eKEY app to this new version before you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 13. You may not be able to access keyboxes if you use the older version of the eKEY app with iOS 13.

REPEAT: Paperless Pipeline Checklists: Once you create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline, your Compliance Broker will post various Checklists on the left.  Make sure that the “Agent” tasks are complete for a compliant file.  Your file must be complete & compliant in order to receive a “DA” = get paid at closing.  There are many resources for you regarding Paperless Pipeline:

  • MXGR Compliance Broker – Dawn Southern – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 309
  • MXGA Compliance Broker – Kim Murray – MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 303
  • Paperless Pipeline Tutorial Videos – www.eAGENTweb.com – tile = “Training Videos”
  • “Help” Videos in Paperless Pipeline
  • MX1 Procedures Manual
  • Paperless Pipeline Workshop
    • Paulding – 2nd Tuesday of EVERY Month – 1pm – 2pm
    • Woodstock – 3rd Wednesday of EVERY Month – 1pm – 2pm

REPEAT: Marketing & Advertising – GREC License Law:  Remember that all advertising must be done “in the name of the Broker” & “under the direct supervision of the Broker.  This includes your Agent Website.  Specifically with your website, you MUST have the Brokerage name & phone number on EVERY PAGE of your site.  Additionally, this site must not be misleading (i.e. you may not market an unlicensed assistant & their phone number where the public may be led to believe that they are a licensed agent.  See more information:

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9/22/19

Many Schools on Fall Break!

Step Aside Millennials – Gen Z is Ready to Buy:  The first members of Generation Z are all grown up and buying their first homes, but there’s not a lot of info about Gen Z’s home buying plans and expectations. So, Homes.com conducted a survey of over 1000 Gen Z adults to find out when they expect to buy their first home, what qualities they want in their real estate agent, their neighborhood preferences, and more. Find out where the next generation will take the real estate market below! Click here or see below.

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GA Dream Hardest Hit Fund:  Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for reminding us in the Douglasville Sales Meeting of this Down Payment Assistance (DPA) fund.  There is $15,000 available to qualified recipients.  Regular GA Dream funds must be paid back but these Hardest Hit funds do not need to be paid back.  Some of the counties that still have funds include Douglas, Fulton & Dekalb.  Contact Linda for more specific information.

Paperless Pipeline Checklists: Once you create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline, your Compliance Broker will post various Checklists on the left.  Make sure that the “Agent” tasks are complete for a compliant file.  Your file must be complete & compliant in order to receive a “DA” = get paid at closing.  There are many resources for you regarding Paperless Pipeline:

  • MXGR Compliance Broker – Dawn Southern – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 309
  • MXGA Compliance Broker – Kim Murray – MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 303
  • Paperless Pipeline Tutorial Videos – www.eAGENTweb.com – tile = “Training Videos”
  • “Help” Videos in Paperless Pipeline
  • MX1 Procedures Manual
  • Paperless Pipeline Workshop
    • Paulding – 2nd Tuesday of EVERY Month – 1pm – 2pm
    • Woodstock – 3rd Wednesday of EVERY Month – 1pm – 2pm

MX1 Affiliated Lenders & Closing Attorneys: Just a reminder that our affiliated lenders & attorneys are the only ones who may present information / participate in workshops within any of the Maximum One offices.

Max Cares:  Continued prayers to Ronnie House who is cancer free!!!!
Max Cares: Condolences to Lillian & Ken Ingram – Ken’s parents passed away within a month of each other this Summer.

REPEAT: Marketing & Advertising – GREC License Law:  Remember that all advertising must be done “in the name of the Broker” & “under the direct supervision of the Broker.  This includes your Agent Website.  Specifically with your website, you MUST have the Brokerage name & phone number on EVERY PAGE of your site.  Additionally, this site must not be misleading (i.e. you may not market an unlicensed assistant & their phone number where the public may be led to believe that they are a licensed agent.  See more information:

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9/15/19

Agents New to MX1 in August 2019:  Please welcome these agents new to Maximum One in August:

Tom Couch Community
Jacinth Brown Platinum
Jessica Stoddard Platinum
Sharon Brewer Woodstock
Amanda H. Ammons Paulding “Welcome Back”
Jamine Henry Douglasville
Guy Bibbs Partners “Welcome Back”
Liping Xu Premier
Jessica White Partners
Jalisa Smith Partners
Jack McGunn West GA
Brenda Leslie Paulding
Mandy McKendrick Premier
Anne Rocquemore Partners
Mondrian Hazure Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Charles Cash Partners
Joyce Chen Premier
Trone Jefferson Partners
Ralph Mitchell Partners
Tammy Richmond Premier
Greg Stalker West Cobb
John Carney Woodstock
Michelle  Thacker Community
Altanese Williams Partners
Susan Jasper Premier
Mary Luhring Premier
Donald Johnson Executives
Andrea Farley Partners
Francine Bean Executives
Sam Morgan Douglasville
Camille McKinnie Partners
Julian Tychanski West Cobb
Ifeoma Okosi Partners
Briana Blakely Partners
Michael Smith Powers Ferry

iBuyer Conference: Thank you to ALL who attended, participated in & helped with the event last week at the Mansour Conference Center.  Look out OpenDoor, Knock, OfferPad, Zillow Offers – we’re coming for YOU!  It was a rousing success and the information the speakers shared was enlightening, encouraging & inspiring!  We look forward to hosting another relevant conference next year!  Special thank you to the following: Please feel free to contact any speaker directly with any questions! We hope to have video of conference shortly!

MX1 Greater Atlanta Connects Agents with 1st Time Home Buyers:  We have now added our listings to feed to www.Apratments.com  in order to connect tenants with agents.  Apartments.com is the most comprehensive online rental marketplace dedicated to connecting high-intent renters with agents and property managers across the nation. Listing on Apartments.com is free for Agents providing complimentary exposure for your business and driving the highest quality leads directly to the listing agent. By syndicating to Apartments.com, your properties reach millions of ready-to-move renters searching for single-family homes, condos, townhomes, duplexes, triplex and apartment units across our full network of leading rental sites and mobile apps.

FMLS RDocs File Size Limits:  rDocs has certain file size recommendations depending on the tool being used. They are as follows:

  • Emailed forms: up to 20 MB, email limitation of 20MB for any combined forms
  • Total eSign Document size: 50MB
  • Individual forms sent via eSign: up to 25MB (includes logo)
  • Individual documents via eSign: up to 22MB
  • Emailed/Uploaded documents: up to 25MB with a 25MB limit on document packages
  • Office logo size: up to 250KB and/or a resolution of 350×94

REALTOR Board Dues:  If you are an agent with any of our REALTOR companies, MXGR in MX1 Greater Atlanta, then your Board Dues for 2020 are already due or coming due soon.  Please check with your Board, check your emails & check your “spam” email for more information specific to your Association.

Max Cares:  Prayers to Montego Bay Brooks who is having surgery for recently-diagnosed breast cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Carlock whose Mom who has been ill is not doing well.

REPEAT: Maximum One is Honored Inc 5000: Once again we placed in the prestigious Inc. 5000 fastest growing privately-owned companies in the US! Congratulations to us!

REPEAT: Marketing & Advertising – GREC License Law:  Remember that all advertising must be done “in the name of the Broker” & “under the direct supervision of the Broker.  This includes your Agent Website.  Specifically with your website, you MUST have the Brokerage name & phone number on EVERY PAGE of your site.  Additionally, this site must not be misleading (i.e. you may not market an unlicensed assistant & their phone number where the public may be led to believe that they are a licensed agent.  See more information:

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9/8/19

Prayers to the Bahamas & All of Those Impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Thursday 9/12 – 1st Annual “How to Crush it in Real Estate” Conference:  Focus is on iBuyers: How to Compete & Defeat them!  Please attend this FREE conference open to ALL agents!  More information to come.  Total of 6 Hrs CE Credit – 3 hours of CE credit for morning session & 3 hours of CE credit for the afternoon session. Here are the details:  Register Here.  We have 200 pre-registered!
  • Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Location: Mansour Conference Center  (near the Big Chicken)
  • Address: 995 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
  • Time: 9am – 4:30pm
  • Speakers:
    • Horace Ridley – iBuyer Education Specialist – Pinnacle Real Estate Group – KW Atlanta Classic
    • Amee Davis – Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates
    • Tori Young – Founder of UpSellMyListing
    • Shantha Wetterhan – Social Media Marketing Expert of Competitive Brand
    • Tim Davis – Movement Mortgage National Business Coach & Speaker
REALTOR Associations:  If you are an agent with any of our REALTOR companies, MXGR in MX1 Greater Atlanta, then your Board Dues for 2020 are already due or coming due soon.  Please check with your Board, check your emails & check your “spam” email for more information specific to your Association.
Paradym: Maximum One offers this service at a DEEP Discount for our agents – Only $10/month with no set up fee & no long-term contract.  Amazing way to connect with past clients & future clients!  Also has the “Reach Social” module you may add on.  So much exciting information shared at the West Cobb Sales Meeting from Paradym.  If you want to help more people, check it out!  If you are in MX1 Greater Atlanta, contact Vivian Green to create your account:  ASC@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 312.  If you are in a MX1 Franchise, contact your Franchise Managers.
What is Considered “Substantial Property Damage” Regarding Buyer Right to Terminate:    Per the Georgia Association of Realtors Legal Helpline:  Question: I have a buyer that was under contract when a pipe burst in the kitchen and flooded the kitchen, the garage, under the kitchen, and the living room. Water has caved in the ceiling to the garage and seeped in the walls. My buyer does not want to purchase the home anymore, so we terminated the contract. The GAR Purchase and Sales agreement states that the buyer is allowed to terminate the contact without penalty if there is damage to the home. The seller is saying that it is not substantial damage and he does not agree that the buyer should get her earnest money back. Please give me your opinion on this situation.
Answer: It is hard to make a judgment call on this without seeing the damage and understanding how much it will cost and how long it will take to make repairs. The language in the GAR Purchase and Sale Agreement allows the buyer to terminate if the property is destroyed or substantially damaged.  As a practical matter, the key question is likely going to be whether the property can be restored to the condition it was in on the binding agreement date by the date of closing. If that can occur, the buyer will likely have a hard time winning a case that the property was substantially damaged.  If the property cannot be fully restored by the date of closing, then the buyer does not have to purchase the Property because it is not in substantially the same condition as it was on the binding agreement date (as promised by the seller under the contract).

Housing Market Snapshot: July 2019:  Georgia’s housing market continued on a positive track and steady pace for the month of July. Monthly indicators are as follows:   Read full report here

  • New Listings decreased 7 percent to 18,416.
  • Pending Sales were up 7 percent to 13,286.
  • Inventory levels were flat, with a 0.3 percent decrease to 45,242 units.
  • Median Sales Price increased 4.5 percent to $235,000.
  • Days on Market was down 8 percent to 48 days.
  • Months Supply of Inventory was down 5 percent to 3.9 months.
Max Cares:  Prayers to George Bishara who is recovering from a stroke.
Max Cares: Prayers for Jeff Warrensford who was just diagnosed with eye cancer.
Max Cares: Condolences to Rhonda Clark whose father passed away suddenly 3 days before her wedding.
Max Cares: Condolences to Tara Hollingshead whose mother passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers for Bion Grady who had been in the hospital & is now home.
Max Cares: Condolences to Jane Schnobelen whose son-in-law Larry passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer.
Max Cares:  Prayers to Andrea & Jay Alexander whose son, William, is having a second surgery on Tuesday for an issue with his leg.
REPEAT: Maximum One is Honored Inc 5000: Once again we placed in the prestigious Inc. 5000 fastest growing privately-owned companies in the US! Congratulations to us!
REPEAT: Marketing & Advertising – GREC License Law:  Remember that all advertising must be done “in the name of the Broker” & “under the direct supervision of the Broker.  This includes your Agent Website.  Specifically with your website, you MUST have the Brokerage name & phone number on EVERY PAGE of your site.  Additionally, this site must not be misleading (i.e. you may not market an unlicensed assistant & their phone number where the public may be led to believe that they are a licensed agent.  See more information:
REPEAT: REALTOR Designation Courses:  If you are a REALTOR, you are eligible for taking classes to receive various Realtor designations (you must be a Realtor for these designations.)  To be a Realtor, you must belong to a Board of Realtors.

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8/25/19

Maximum One Offices Closed September 2nd for Labor Day!

No “This Week at Maximum One” EMail/Newsletter Next Week – See the Following Week’s Schedule & Classes in Schedule Below & on www.registerforREclasses.com – Select your area or Franchise.

Welcome Agents New to MX1 in July:  Please give a warm welcome to your new colleagues:

 

Betty Collins Executives
Jesus Pintado Executives
Megan Moore Powers Ferry
Tammie Jenkins Powers Ferry
Charm Jones Woodstock “Welcome Back”
Ron Brickey Powers Ferry
Niesha Veasley Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Sommer Miller Communities
Courtney Willis Partners
Andrieka Oliver Partners
Shirley Brown Communities
Sharon Croft Carrow Communities
Tamesha Dawson Partners
Shawtell Carter-McFadden Partners
Maxine Dennis Premier
Marina Perdomo Premier
George Wiley Executives
Tesharra Alexander Powers Ferry
Karon Coleman Paulding “Welcome Back”
Jerrica Robinson Douglasville
Eunor Motsi Executives “Welcome Back”
Brandon Tucker Partners
LaShayla Johnson Douglasville
John Gayden Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Helen Shelley West Cobb
Georgetta Bell Partners “Welcome Back”
Kimberly Williams Partners
Quinetta Cope Platinum
Michael Anderson Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Pat Cash Communities
Tonya Harrison Communities
Tonia Lawson Partners
Jeremy Mosely Partners
Geraldine Mickens Partners
Sandy Wilson West Cobb
Millie Davidson Partners
Cindy Stonebrook West Cobb “Welcome Back”
Daphne Henry Partners “Welcome Back”
Eric Colbert Partners
Tamika Ervin Partners
Chenagi Blakely Partners
Chris McCrater Emerson “Welcome Back”
Robert White Powers Ferry “Welcome Back”
Justin Childers Communities
Amanda Pettepher Communities
Oluwole Akinrolabu Partners

Maximum One is Honored Inc 5000: Once again we placed in the prestigious Inc. 5000 fastest growing privately-owned companies in the US! Congratulations to us!

Marketing & Advertising – GREC License Law:  Remember that all advertising must be done “in the name of the Broker” & “under the direct supervision of the Broker.  This includes your Agent Website.  Specifically with your website, you MUST have the Brokerage name & phone number on EVERY PAGE of your site.  Additionally, this site must not be misleading (i.e. you may not market an unlicensed assistant & their phone number where the public may be led to believe that they are a licensed agent.  See more information:

1st Annual “How to Crush it in Real Estate” Conference:  Focus is on iBuyers: How to Compete & Defeat them!  Please attend this FREE conference open to ALL agents!  More information to come.  Total of 6 Hrs CE Credit – 3 hours of CE credit for morning session & 3 hours of CE credit for the afternoon session. Here are the details:  Register Here.

  • Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Location: Mansour Conference Center  (near the Big Chicken)
  • Address: 995 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
  • Time: 9am – 4:30pm
  • Speakers:
    • Horace Ridley – Keynote Speaker & iBuyer Education Specialist
    • Amee Davis – Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates
    • Tori Smith – Founder of UpSellMyListing
    • Shantha Wetterhan – Social Media Marketing Expert of Competitive Brand
    • Tim Davis – Movement Mortgage National Business Coach & Speaker

iBuyers: What is the cost of convenience?  Attend the conference on September 12th for more specific information! Graphic courtesy of Sara Parvin of Alabama Real Estate Company Brodowski & McCurry.

Realtor vs iBuyer

Free Gas with GA Natural Gas (GNG):  Contact the gngHub team at www.gnghub@gng.com  to learn more about the gngHub program and request printed offers to share with your clients, tenants or anyone who uses natural gas.  Get your first month of natural gas for 0¢ per therm*when you sign up on any fixed rate plan by September 19, 2019.* You will only be responsible for non-gas charges such as the utility distribution charge and sales tax. After the first month, you will pay the fixed rate selected during enrollment. See rates at www.gng.com/FREEMONTH.

  • Visit gng.com/FREEMONTH or call 888.258.5897.
  • Sign up for any fixed rate plan using Promo Code: FREEMONTH, by September 19, 2019.
  • Provide My Referral Code
  • No deposit. No sign-up fees. No cost to switch.

REALTOR Designation Courses:  If you are a REALTOR, you are eligible for taking classes to receive various Realtor designations (you must be a Realtor for these designations.)  To be a Realtor, you must belong to a Board of Realtors.

Max Cares: Condolences to Shawn Horan whose mother passed away this week.
Max Cares: Prayers to Kim Murray whose son Zach has daily headaches – doctors are working on determining the cause.
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose Bonus dad had a heart catheter & whose sister got a hard cast in hopes of avoiding surgery for the 3 ankle breaks.
Max Cares: Prayers to Jennifer Mozley whose daughter Ruthi had continued bleeding in her brain.  She is doing well & back at school.
Max Cares: Prayers for Donna Carlock whose Mom got a heart catheter & whose grandson had a procedure done at the burn center.
Max Cares: Condolences to Deborah Pals whose sister passed away after a brave fight vs. cancer.
Max Cares: Prayers to Vivian Green’s fiance who is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn quadricep.

REPEAT:  MX1 Greater Atlanta Mentor Program:  We are excited to announce that Patti Loveless is the new Director of the Mentor Program.  We are so excited to offer specific training for our Mentors & a consistent experience & training for our Mentees.  If you are interested in becoming a Mentor for Maximum One Greater Atlanta or learning more about the program, please contact Patti:  Patti@GAPropertyAgents.com  770-919-8825 x 819.  Here is a GENERAL Overview but there are more specific activities & responsibilities involved for our Mentors & Mentees.

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8/19/19

1st Annual “How to Crush it in Real Estate” Conference:  Focus is on iBuyers: How to Compete & Defeat them!  Please attend this FREE conference open to ALL agents!  More information to come.  Here are the details:  Register Here.

  • Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Location: Mansour Conference Center  (near the Big Chicken)
  • Address: 995 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
  • Time: 9am – 4:30pm
  • Speakers:
    • Horace Ridley – Keynote Speaker & iBuyer Education Specialist
    • Amee Davis – Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates
    • Shantha Wetterhan – Social Media Marketing Expert of Competitive Brand
    • Tim Davis – Movement Mortgage National Business Coach & Speaker

MX1 Greater Atlanta Mentor Program:  We are excited to announce that Patti Loveless is the new Director of the Mentor Program.  We are so excited to offer specific training for our Mentors & a consistent experience & training for our Mentees.  If you are interested in becoming a Mentor for Maximum One Greater Atlanta or learning more about the program, please contact Patti:  Patti@GAPropertyAgents.com  770-919-8825 x 819.  Here is a GENERAL Overview but there are more specific activities & responsibilities involved for our Mentors & Mentees.

FMLS Showcase:  FMLS annual Showcase to be held on August 22nd from 9:30am – 4:30pm at the Cobb Galleria. Technology is increasingly at the forefront of our daily business and lives. This year’s Trade Show will highlight all areas of our industry, from prospecting and market data to creative business strategies and using technology on the fly.  Read More Here… https://www.showcasetradeshow.com/

Henry County Computers Hacked:  The computer systems of Henry County were hacked in July.  This means title searches and closings will most likely be delayed.  Read more here….

“Opportunity Zones” in RPR:  RPR adds Opportunity Zones to its list of impressive real estate property data features. REALTORS® can now conduct a geographic search to reveal properties in Opportunity Zones, which are federally-appointed areas that present opportunities for real estate investment and development by offering tax incentives to investors. Read More Here…

RPR “Wows” Clients:  RPR helps REALTORS® “wow” their clients and close more deals. It puts data, tools and reports at their fingertips so they can respond to questions and requests instantly, while positioning themselves as real estate data experts.  Read More Here…

Zillow Leads: Would you like to get leads from Zillow & only pay for them when you get paid?  No more buying zip codes!  Watch the video below for more specific information!  Click here for more information on the Zillow Premier Agent Flex Program that starts in November.

“Bank Shot” – Make Deposits From Your Phone:  Want to deposit Earnest Money, Commissions, MX1 portion of your pay-at-close from you phone?  We are bringing to you “Bank Shot” – thanks to Donna Black (AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com ) & Dave Kubat.  Attend the Paulding Sales Meeting  Tuesday at 10am to learn more about it.  We’ll be coming around to all the Branch Sales Meetings when it is totally up & running by the end of the month!  The Powers Ferry office was the first to learn about it last week at their Sales Meeting!

Property Tax Bills: Thank you to Shafritz & Dean for reminding us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting that the Property Tax bills are starting to come out – this will affect the numbers on the Settlement Statement.  Check with the county where the property is located.

Movement Mortgage August Playbook: Thank you to John Bohannon for sharing this month’s August Playbook with us to help you enhance your business.  Check out the Lead Generation Sources that will actually bring you business!

Max Cares: Condolences to Larry Casner whose StepFather just passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green whose fiance just had surgery to repair a torn quadricep tendon & whose Aunt just suffered her 4th stroke.
Max Cares: Condolences to Dion Bartley whose Grandmother just passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers to Janet Sudbury who has some major health issues.
Max Cares: Prayers to Jane Schnoebelen whose son-in-law just went back in the hospital.
Max Cares: Prayers to Carolyn Miller who just had carpal tunnel syndrome surgery – and is still mourning the loss of her daughter as announced last week.

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8/12/19

EM & Commission Deposits from your Phone?  Would you be interested in being able to deposit Earnest Money for a transaction or Commission money from a closing directly from your phone?  Maximum One Greater Atlanta is unveiling a new program called “Bank Shot” that will enable you to do just that!  All the information will be shared at the Powers Ferry & Paulding Sales meetings this month!  Please attend to learn more about it!

  • Tuesday, August 13th – 10:30am – 12pm – Powers Ferry Sales Meeting 
    • 1355 Terrell Mill Rd, Marietta 30067
  • Tuesday, August 20th – 10am – 11:30am – Paulding Sales Meeting 
    • 76 Highland Pavilion Ct, Hiram 30141

Property Tax Time of the Year:  Drive Thank you to Closing Attorney, Amee Davis of Davis & Associates, for reminding us that it’s that time of year!  This is the time of year when at closing the Property Tax Bill collection switches from the Buyer to the Seller.  Once the bills are issued (around mid-August for most counties) a closing attorney is required to collect the full calendar year from the Seller & then give the Buyer a credit for their pro-rated portion.  Remember that the contracts & closing documents state that the parties are responsible for prorating between themselves should the bills differ from any estimates.

Interested in Commercial Real Estate?  If you have ever considered getting into commercial real estate or just want to know what it’s all about, we are hosting TWO much-requested CE classes this week on this topic.  These classes are taught by GAR instructor, Linda Olsen.  The cost is only $30 payable at the door.

Fulton County Property Tax Bills: ALL Fulton County property tax bills since 2017 have been ESTIMATES! The county government could never decide on a millage rate for 2017 or 2018 – therefore they used the 2016 millage rate as an estimate for the last 2 years of property taxes.  The state (Georgia) & the county (Fulton) have settled this issue when the state threatened to take over the county government.  This means that any property owners in Fulton county may have many changes to their property tax bills.  Also Fulton county is 6 months behind in the recording of their deeds.

“Day 1 Certainty” Mortgages:  If you have heard of this product lately, you will soon as it is one of the “buzz phrases” in the mortgage industry right now.  We have several of our Affiliated Lenders who also offer this program!  Many of the companies who advertise on the radio are giving it a lot of press.  There is some “small print” however!  Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial Company for explaining more about this at the West Cobb Sales meeting. The biggest caveat is that they must verify the buyer’s employment from the work number – that’s NOT the phone number the person puts on the application… it’s a site called “TheWorkNumber.com”  Many companies are NOT on that site & so the Buyer cannot get the “Day 1 Certainty” loan product.  Contact Jay & Wes for more specific information.

Agent Legend:  Interested in an automated way to stay in touch with prospects?  Check out Agent Legend.  It reaches out (as if it’s you) to prospects via text, email & voicemail. Get more information at www.AgentLegend.com

Max Cares:  Prayers to Vivian Green‘s fiance, Bennie, who had surgery to repair a torn quadricep tendon.
Max Cares: Prayers to Shawn Horan whose mother is having some major health issues.
Max Cares: Congratulations to John Bohannon whose son, Caleb, was just engaged to be married!
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose sister, Maria, fell and broke her ankle in two places.

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8/4/19

Schools Are Back in Session:  Drive carefully& watch for kids & remember there will be more traffic!

Earnest Money Disbursement: Terminated Contract: Remember that you may negotiate who the Holder of the EM is.  This will be important if a contract fails to close and the Holder must interpret the contract & decide to disburse the EM. This month we have had SEVERAL issues where others have held the EM (Brokers AND Closing Attorneys) making decisions contrary to the contract when sending the “10 day” letter.  For example, we had a closing attorney who defined “solely” in the financing contingency exhibit as “overriding.”  We sent our objection to the closing attorney & over a week later he DID change his mind – but he was not required to as it is the Holder’s interpretation of the contract.

Earnest Money Disbursement: Cash Transaction & Attorney Holding EM:  If you are binding on a GAR contract, it is a Cash deal & the Closing Attorney is holding the Earnest Money, the contract changed June 1, 2019.  In this situation, if the contract fails to close & there is a dispute over the disbursement of the Earnest Money, the ONLY option for the closing attorney is to interplead the funds into a court for a judge to decide.  The fees for doing this are anywhere from $750 – $1500+ AND the Holder gets to take these fees our of the Earnest Money.  Check this out in the GAR F510 & F511 forms which are REQUIRED if the Closing Attorney is holding these trust funds.

How to Complete the DA Request Form:  Please watch this video from Dawn Southern on how to complete the DA Form in order to get paid at closing. How to Complete a ‘DA” To Get Paid at Closing

Home Maintenance & Inspection Schedule: Stay in touch with your past clients & sphere of influence by giving them something of value.  Click here for access to a Home Maintenance & Inspection Schedule offered by Homes.com

FMLS Showcase:  FMLS annual Showcase to be held on August 22nd from 9:30am – 4:30pm at the Cobb Galleria. Technology is increasingly at the forefront of our daily business and lives. This year’s Trade Show will highlight all areas of our industry, from prospecting and market data to creative business strategies and using technology on the fly.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Stephanie Wiegand on the birth of baby Luna on Monday 7/29!
Max Cares: Prayers to Kim Murray whose son, Zach, went to the ER with an apparent concussion – he is ok!
Max Cares: Prayers to Jennifer Mozley whose daughter, Ruthi, who had emergency brain surgery to alleviate fluid that had been building up for several weeks.  She is doing well & went home on Friday!

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7/28/19

Major Changes to Facebook Ads:  Facebook has changed their ads.  They’re changing who will see your ads on Facebook.  Its a BIG deal and increased the value of a “CUSTOM AUDIENCE” on Facebook.  There are also some criteria you must be aware of to not get your Facebook account banned.  Watch this video by Chris Hardin of Book Me Solid:  https://www.facebook.com/hardin.chris/videos/10100228060038601/   For more information about Book Me Solid: https://bookmesolid.com/listingtemplate/ 

4 Ways to Reach New Leads Faster: It’s 2019 and buyers and sellers expect instant access to the information and services they’re looking for. Your best chance of converting your leads is to reach them in the first five minute window after they call or fill out a request form. There are a lot of ways you can respond to new leads more quickly. Find some ideas below.  Read More Here…

Agent Accountability: We are excited to announce weekly Agent Accountability in the Douglasville branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta.  Machelle Moody will facilitate this weekly event that will most definitely boost your production!  Join us on Tuesday July 30th at 10am.  Note that Paulding & Powers Ferry have Agent Accountability Sessions on Mondays – see the calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com & select your area.

How to Get Paid at Maximum One:  At Maximum One, you may either get paid one of two ways – either at closing directly by the Closing Attorney or via Direct Deposit a couple of days after closing.  If you want to get paid at closing, you must completely fill out a “DA Request” form (available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  On a complete & Compliant file, we will process this request & send the information to the attorney to cut you your check you may then take to the bank.  See the “How To” video below for more specific information!  If you do not want to go to the bank OR if your file is not yet complete or Compliant, then we will pay you via Direct Deposit after closing.  You go to closing & will get one check from the attorney payable to Maximum One.  You turn that into your branch, upload any missing documents into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline, upload a copy of the final Closing Statement & FMLS forms & then your commission will appear automatically in your bank account!

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Howard Brummel on the birth of his 19th Grandchild – Noelle Ann-Marie Brummel – that makes 5 girls & 14 boys… ALL under age 8!
Max Cares: Prayers to Nancy Sanders who is battling cancer.
Max Cares: Condolences to Carolyn Miller on the sudden passing of her daughter from what they think was a blood clot.

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7/21/19

FMLS New “Coming Soon” Status:  FMLS has a new category. Watch video below for more information.

Lease Move-In Form: At Maximum One, we REQUIRE a fully executed “Move-In Inspection” form when our agents work with Tenant or Landlords as Customers or Clients. Without this form, then there is no way to determine when a tenant vacates what damage was caused by the Landlord or Tenant.  Although we would not be in possession of the Security Deposit (because we do not allow our agents to practice Property Management for the public) you/we could potentially be named in a lawsuit.  If the parties fail to execute a Move-In Form, then we are requiring OUR customer/client to sign a statement to that effect (regardless if MX1 represents / works with Landlord OR Tenant.)  We have added this form to the reference section of Paperless Pipeline under “Contract Forms.”

Mail-Away Closings:  Thank you to Shawn Horan – closing Attorney with Horan Law Group for informing us that a mail-away closing requires that the closing docs be Notarized & Witnessed by 1 or potentially 2 witnesses.  If this does not happen before the mail-away gets sent back, then this will delay closing. So much more shared at the Douglasville Sales Meeting!

Crazy Low Interest Rates: Thank you to Mike Diffee of Premier Mortgage Exchange for telling us about the AMAZINGLY low rates including 3% interest on a conventional loan with only 3% down.  Contact Mike for more fantastic loan programs! He told us about so many at the Douglasville Sales Meeting! We never thought we’d see rates this low again!

“Day 1 Certainty” Loan: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for telling us about so many great loan programs.  The Day 1 Certainty approval even WAIVES appraisals in certain situations!  American Eagle also has an “EPMI” loan which is a loan with NO PMI (not lender paid, etc but none!)  Please contact Linda for these fabulous programs & more!

Give Thanks to Your Clients: Expressing gratitude is an incredible act of feeling appreciation and thankfulness and showing kindness in return. Never miss an opportunity to show how much you appreciate someone.  In today’s fast-paced, digital and sometimes impersonal environment where people are easily distracted, personal relationships and how we foster them are so important to maintain, not only for business relationships, but for true relationships to grow.  Read More Here…

Words Matter – How Do You Phrase Yours? Do we make our clients and customers feel that way? How can we do better?  How do we gently yet firmly make a necessary request, or handle an objection? How can we make the necessary point while being respectful of the other party? Can we bring about compliance in a way that allows others to maintain their dignity?  Read More Here…

3 Reasons Why Sellers Shouldn’t Wait:  If you’re planning on selling your home or even have it on the market now, you have probably heard of home staging. And if you’re like so many sellers, you’re thinking …I’ll give it a month or so and then if it doesn’t sell, I’ll think about staging it.  Read More Here…

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7/14/19

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in June! Please extend a warm welcome to these agents who joined our company in June!

 

Brian Summerset West Cobb
Leslie Finley Premier
Micki Craven West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Chad Edwards Premier
Darold Brooks Powers Ferry
Allyson Morris Executives
Jamie Coleman Executives
Stefanie Kramer Executives
Debora Lindstrom Premier
Ryan Rauch Woodstock
Courtney Price Partners
Ernest Green West Cobb
Nancy Watkins Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Richard Dixon West cobb
Shalonda Sumpter Premier
Paula Williams Douglasville
Jeannette Munarriz Premier
Kendra Oreggio Premier
Karonne Hosey Partners
Brenda Bridges Partners
Tommy Robbins Partners
Christy Crawford West Cobb
Dawnel Sibblis West Cobb
Natasha Katan West Cobb
Roy Calderon Executives Welcome BACK!
Jasmine Gant Executives Welcome BACK!
Becky Smith Paulding Welcome BACK!
Tamika Jackson West Cobb
Maribeth Brownhill Woodstock
Rony Calderon Executives Welcome BACK!
Belinda Atkins Partners
Lindsay Woodrum Partners
Bernadine Smith Douglasville
Nevina Lencrerot Douglasville

Having an LLC: – If you have incorporated your real estate business for tax or legal purposes, or any other purpose, please know that you must still RUN YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH MAXIMUM ONE!  Being a company recognized by the State of Georgia has no bearing on license laws or GREC meaning that you must still practice any and all forms of real estate through a firm recognized by GREC with a Qualifying Broker. You may never accept money related to a real estate transaction outside of your Broker.

MX1 Commissions Paid to Your LLC:  If you have incorporated your business & would like for your commission to be paid to your LLC vs to you as an individual, we will need a new form completed with your EIN Number, Name of Corporation, Copy of your Articles of Incorporation.  This information needs to go to Donna BlackAgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 324.  Please let us know so that we may send you the Docusign package to complete that has all the documents we need to be completed.

Incorporating As an LLC:  If you choose to incorporate your business as an LLC, this is a matter to discuss with your CPA and an attorney.  Maximum One cannot advise you on how to operate your business from a tax or legal perspective.

MX1 Agent Trade Name:  If you are marketing your business through a Trade Name that has been registered with GREC through Maximum One, remember that is only for marketing & advertising purposes.  You must still RUN YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH MAXIMUM ONE!  All contracts / Agreements / ETC. must go through a Compliance review.  You may never accept money related to a real estate transaction outside of your Broker. Please see the attached information about the MX1 Agent Trade Name Program

Delegate Your Weaknesses & Leverage Your Strengths:  Would you like to reach your true potential? Then do something that may sound counterproductive. Stop worrying about your weaknesses.  Although it is foolish to try to improve your weakness you have been told the opposite since you were in grade school. Even if you attempt correct your weaknesses you will never be fully satisfied, and you will be in a constant state of stress. But isn’t that what many of us try to do?   When your child comes home from school with his or her report card and it shows, for example, an A in math, B’s in history and science, and a C in English, what is your response?  Read More Here…

Max Cares:  Condolences to the family of Polly Kullmann who passed away this week. Polly had been an agent with Maximum One since the beginning of Maximum One.
Max Cares: Condolences to Heidi Helm whose 90 year old Grandpa passed away on Tuesday.
Max Cares: Condolences to Jane Schnoebelen whose cousin passed away from a heart attack at age 57.
Max Cares: Prayers to Jane
chnoebelen
for her son-in-law’s continued fight vs. pancreatic cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers for Todd Fox whose daughter was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis.

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7/7/19

Bank Shot Coming Soon! Stay tuned for a new way to deposit Earnest Money & Commission Checks to Maximum One via your Smart Phone!!!  Beginning in August!

Facebook Group: “The Real Estate Underground” – Check out this group (not exclusive to MX1 agents – it consists of agents around the country.)  They are currently sharing a TON of great info on Chime! One member stated that within a few days of creating her Chime Agent Website, she didn’t do anything & the system generated 3 showing leads for her!  Other great interaction about how to set up your CRM to be effective & more.  MX1 Agents get Chime agent sites for a HUGE discount!

Changes to Late Fees: Few changes on late fees effective August 1, 2019.  We are increasing late fees on agent billing as a major deterrent for late payers.  With our Agent-centric model, we absolutely have to keep expenses down to be able to continue offering the pay structure that is our cornerstone.  When agents are late paying their bills and we have to continue to follow them around, it wastes so much labor!  These are very stiff to deter anyone contemplating thinking it is OK to not pay us.  For those of you who always pay (thank you!) we are not going to let a minority continue bad behavior that could adversely affect your wallets someday.

Late on Agent Bill:

  •          1st offense – $25
  •          2nd Offense + – $150

 

For late turning in paperwork, this is a GREC License Law matter.  We had an auditor tell us that “he was glad we charge for late turning in paperwork” but he gave us a suggestion.  It was $75 for first offense, $500 for second and $1000 for third.  The fourth time he suggested we fire the agent and turn them into GREC in which he insinuated that there would be licensure suspension or revocation.  This is how important it is to GREC to have paperwork turned into the Broker.  So….these are getting steeper as well.  We do not want to do what he suggested but the penalties are increased as follows:

Late Paperwork:

  •          $75 first fine
  •          $150 second
  •          $300 third
  •          $500 fourth
  •           Released on the fifth and GREC report filed

 

We do not want your late fees!  We want to receive documents as per GA license law.  We want to get paid on time just like you do without chasing it down.   Thanks to the majority who operate their businesses as the true businesses that they are with integrity and accuracy.  You are all CEO’s and we are honored to partner with you.

GREC License Law – 520-1-.10 Handling Real Estate Transactions:  See below regarding turning in copies of contracts to Broker.

(1) PresentingOffers. A licensee shall promptly tender to any customer or client any signed offer to purchase, sell, lease, or exchange property made to such client or customer. In a transaction in which the offeror is not a client or customer of the licensee, the licensee receiving an offer must provide a copy of the offer to the licensee working with or representing the offeree. However, a licensee who obtains an offer may negotiate a sale, exchange, or lease directly with an owner, a lessor, a purchaser, or a tenant if the licensee who obtains the offer knows that such offeree has a written outstanding agreement in connection with such property that expressly provides the other licensee will not provide negotiation services to the offeree.

 

(2) License Numbers in Offers. A licensee preparing or signing a brokerage engagement or an offer to purchase, sell, lease, or exchange real property shall include the license number issued by the Commission of each firm and of each licensee participating in the transaction. The licensee shall include the six digit license number issued by the Commission.

 

(3) Responsibility to Distribute Copies. A licensee shall provide a copy of any document utilized in a real estate transaction to any individual signing such document. If any offer to purchase, sell, lease, or exchange is accepted and signed by all parties, copies of that document shall be properly distributed, one to each person signing the document and one to each brokerage firm involved in the transaction.

 

(4) Retention of Copies of Records and Documents. Copies of sales contracts, brokerage engagements, closing statements, leases, and other documents related to a real estate transaction required by law to be maintained in a broker’s file for three years shall be made available to authorized agents of the Commission upon reasonable request and at a reasonable cost to the Commission. Brokers that must keep copies of the documents cited in this paragraph include:

(a) any broker identified in a sales contract, brokerage engagement, closing statement, lease, or other document related to a real estate transaction;

 

(b) any broker firm that participates in the negotiations involving a sales contract, brokerage engagement, lease, or other contractual document related to a real estate transaction; and

 

(c) any broker required by O.C.G.A. Section 43-40-20 to maintain a trust account.

Copies of documents and other records which licensees are required by law and the Commission’s rules to maintain may be maintained in any records storage system that utilizes paper, film, electronic, or other media provided that:

 

(a) the licensee can produce true and correct copies of such documents and records and

 

(b) copies of such documents and records can be made available to an authorized representative of the Commission upon reasonable request and at reasonable cost to the Commission.

Tom Ferry Success Summit:  We are not planning on hosting the Tom Ferry Success Summit this year as an event.  Please let us know (Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com) if you would be interested in watching it at a branch without it actually being “hosted” as an event.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Donna Black – her daughter Kaitlyn is expecting a baby girl in January!  Donna will be a Grandma!!!
Max Cares: Prayers to Georgia Cauble who had surgery to remove painful kidney stones.
Max Cares: Condolences to Sophronia Qualls whose husband passed away in March.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Denise Thomas on the birth of her grandaughter, Evelyn (2nd grandbaby!)

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6/30/19

Maximum One Offices are CLOSED 7/4/19 to celebrate Independence Day!!!

Board of REALTORS Renewals: Please check your emails – this is the time of year when the Association of REALTORS start collecting dues for 2020.

12 Creative Ways to Be Your Client’s Local Expert: Buyers and sellers have more information at their fingertips than ever before. Agents that once were regarded as local experts now find themselves bending over backwards to offer an “insider’s perspective” on the area, knowing fully well that their clients and prospects can find all they need online. The result? Agents everywhere are looking for creative ways to reclaim their reputation as the local expert… read more here.

2019 Buyer & Seller Generational Trends:  According to the 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), multi-generational housing continues to be a growing trend among homebuyers. This trend is driven largely by Gen Xers, who are the second-largest band of homebuyers today at 24%. Of that cohort, one in six purchased a multi-gen home, half of whom cited accommodating adult children as their reason for doing so. Read More Here…

July Training Calendar: The July calendar has been posted!  Check it out & register for classes now!  Go to www.eAGENTweb.com  click on “Calendar” click on the location you are looking for & then you’ll see the online training calendar & registration links for the classes in that area!

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6/23/19

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.

MX1 Agents Now Have Spokeo for FREE! We have just added Spokeo as a FREE service for MX1 Agents!  For the Login & Password info, please visit the Private MX1 Group on Facebook: Maximum One Rockstars or contact your Branch CEO Advisor.

Get Comfortable on Camera:  As an agent in today’s market, you need to incorporate video.  Attend this webinar from Bomb-Bomb to help you get comfortable on camera! Tuesday June 25th 3pm – Click Here to Register!  Register even if you can’t attend to get a copy of the webinar!

Have you ever tried to record a video and worried:

  • I don’t like how I look on video
  • I don’t like the way I sound
  • I don’t know what to say
  • I’m not tech savvy enough

Register for this webinar and you’ll receive a copy of the recording and our downloadable Get Comfortable on Camera Guide

Supra Active Key: Supra is retiring the Active Key & has already done so in many places.  Your options include the eKey app on your phone or the Xpress Key.  Please contact your Supra Key provider for more information.

Zip Your Flyer:  Maximum One agents enjoy a discount on ZipMyFlyer services.  Click Here to Visit them or Call 888-947-8509 with any questions. Their value proposition includes:

  • Over 80% inbox placement
  • Get Your Proof Within 2 Hours!
  • Use the best designs in the industry to get your listing noticed!
  • Remember, MLS Hot Sheets Aren’t Marketing.
  • NO Monthly Fees, Use Us When You Need Us.
  • Don’t Forget, we truly GUARANTEE Double Digit Open Rates for all Listing E-Flyers.

Max Cares:  Prayers for Tanya Brown who is facing some very serious health issues battling sickle cell anemia.
Max Cares: Continued prayers for Jane Schnoebelen whose son-in-law was finally released from the hospital after 3 weeks.
Max Cares: Prayers for Toyia Milan who is facing some serious health issues with herself & her family.
Max Cares: Prayers to Bill Hornsby whose mother is home from the hospital recovering from a UTI.

REPEAT: Looking for Insurance?: If you are a REALTOR (which you are if you belong to a local Association of Realtors) and you are looking for insurance, then check out the NAR Insurance Marketplace:

https://www.nar.realtor/realtor-benefits-program/personal-insurance/realtors-insurance-marketplace

REPEAT:  POLICY CHANGE: Buying / Selling Personal Residence:  Beginning June 1, 2019, all transactions involving agent as principal will incur transaction / commission fees based on your plan despite take $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family.  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.  Any listing agreements or sales contracts signed prior to June 1, 2019 fall under the previous policy if it is your Primary Residence & you take $0 commission.

REPEAT: GAR Contract Forms: The annual mid-year GAR contract revisions will be published on Saturday June 1, 2019.  Stay tuned for future videos highlighting the changes.  Make sure to check them out yourself by reading a table of contents of the changes in rDocs in FMLS or Transaction Desk in GAMLS. Index of GAR Changes 6/1/19.

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6/17/19

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Overcoming the Most Common Buyer & Seller Objections: Be prepared to answer their questions to make them feel comfortable with hiring YOU!! Thank you to Paul McParland for presenting this to us in the Powers Ferry Sales meeting!  For more information & ANSWERS to these objections, read more here…

Does Your Home Inspector Go On the Roof?:  When helping a Buyer select an independent home inspector there are a number of issues to consider… mold, radon & the roof.  Check out Jones Warren Home Inspections who DO go on the roof (not just using a drone.)  Contact Meredith@joneswarren.com 

“Pop By” Ideas?:  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing some ideas for “pop by” items & attention-grabbing sayings – to give a past or potential client when you go visit them to ask for business.  Some of these include: spice packages, “I’m your seasoned professional for your RE needs!”  Also look online at the various “wacky” holidays – i.e. National donut day, etc.

Looking for Insurance?: If you are a REALTOR (which you are if you belong to a local Association of Realtors) and you are looking for insurance, then check out the NAR Insurance Marketplace:

https://www.nar.realtor/realtor-benefits-program/personal-insurance/realtors-insurance-marketplace

Max Cares:  Prayers to Carolyn McCraw whose 5 year old Grandson is in the hospital with complications from a tonsilectomy.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Cindy Berndt on the birth of her granddaughter, Harper.
Max Cares: Condolences to Anne Mason on the loss of her husband.

REPEAT:  POLICY CHANGE: Buying / Selling Personal Residence:  Beginning June 1, 2019, all transactions involving agent as principal will incur transaction / commission fees based on your plan despite take $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family.  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.  Any listing agreements or sales contracts signed prior to June 1, 2019 fall under the previous policy if it is your Primary Residence & you take $0 commission.

REPEAT: GAR Contract Forms: The annual mid-year GAR contract revisions will be published on Saturday June 1, 2019.  Stay tuned for future videos highlighting the changes.  Make sure to check them out yourself by reading a table of contents of the changes in rDocs in FMLS or Transaction Desk in GAMLS. Index of GAR Changes 6/1/19.

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6/9/19

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in May 2019: Please make these agents new to Maximum One feel comfortable!

Robert Howard Woodstock
Kimberly Frickey Community
Bethany Eubanks West Cobb
Gustavo Lazo West Cobb “Welcome Back”
Stefani Baskam Premier
Pat Brown Partners
Vanessa Thomas Partners
Megan Powell Community
David Brian Tillery Community
Erin Johnson Paulding
Robin Bergen Premier
Elizabeth Coles Premier
Christin Jones Partners
Kailey Mullis Partners
Cindy Burmudez-Presgraves Premier
Elbert Bell Woodstock
Jennette Jones Douglasville “Welcome Back”
Jessica Urban-Caramanica Premier
Tania Pacheco Community
Cassie Jackson Powers Ferry
Angela Paige Partners
Mercedes Lacy Powers Ferry “Welcome Back”
Aileen Conteh Partners
Ashley Hofmeister Woodstock
Carol Dunlap Premier
Camryn Tillman Douglasville
Elizabeth Friday Partners
Jann Eldridge Douglasville
Bruce Richardson, Jr Douglasville Welcome Back”
Tekeria Summerset West Cobb
Pam Grube West Cobb
Matt Tillman Douglasville
Carol Coleman Platinum
Shereaka DeSouza Partners
Alison Anderson Premier
Inam Inamullah Woodstock
Scott Patterson West Cobb
Marilyn Lyons Executives
Jesse White Premier

Want More Business?:  Please attend the FREE live/interactive webinar scheduled just for MX1 agents with Chime to learn how to generate leads!  This interactive webinar may be attended from your own computer anywhere!  It is Monday, 6/10/19 from 3pm – 4pm.  Click here to Register & Learn More.

Want More Business?:  Check out the Accountability Sessions on Mondays in the Powers Ferry & Paulding & West Cobb Branches & the Keep the Momentum Sessions in Douglasville the 3rd Thursday of each month!.  West Cobb’s sessions are on hiatus throughout the Summer.  Woodstock may soon also have accountability sessions.

Next Door Getting Into the Real Estate Brokerage Business?: Next Door has just started a new section to the ever-increasingly popular site that features Real Estate Listings. Their copy states: Introducing Your Home, a place for homeowners to get the local insights and tools they need to manage their home on Nextdoor. Today, neighbors can learn the value of their home, see stats on how the market is trending, and connect with trusted local real estate agents, like you.”

The Importance of Focus on Your Business: 20 years ago, Jeff Bezos gave an interview detailing Amazon’s killer business strategy & it’s absolutely brilliant.  Watch the interview & read more here…

Max Cares:  Prayers to Robin Wilhite-Slay who had a pacemaker put in her heart this week.

Max Cares: Prayers to John Bohannon whose son is recovering from a concussion from laying LaCrosse in college.

 

REPEAT:  POLICY CHANGE: Buying / Selling Personal Residence:  Beginning June 1, 2019, all transactions involving agent as principal will incur transaction / commission fees based on your plan despite take $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family.  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.  Any listing agreements or sales contracts signed prior to June 1, 2019 fall under the previous policy if it is your Primary Residence & you take $0 commission.

 

REPEAT: GAR Contract Forms: The annual mid-year GAR contract revisions will be published on Saturday June 1, 2019.  Stay tuned for future videos highlighting the changes.  Make sure to check them out yourself by reading a table of contents of the changes in rDocs in FMLS or Transaction Desk in GAMLS. Index of GAR Changes 6/1/19.

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6/2/19

GAR Contract Forms: The annual mid-year GAR contract revisions will be published on Saturday June 1, 2019.  Stay tuned for future videos highlighting the changes.  Make sure to check them out yourself by reading a table of contents of the changes in rDocs in FMLS or Transaction Desk in GAMLS. Index of GAR Changes 6/1/19.

Flood Insurance Update: Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program through June 14, preventing the federal initiative from expiring on Saturday, June 1.  The stopgap bill was passed by the House on Thursday, May 30, with a fast-track procedure used when members are on recess. It will allow new flood insurance policies to be issued and avoid delays of real estate transactions that depend on the program.  Read More Here…

Monthly Agent Playbook: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us the June Real Estate Agent Playbook.  Check it out for inspiration & ideas to help you grow your business!

MX1 Greater Atlanta Blood Drive: Join us on June 7th from 12pm – 5pm in the Paulding Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta to give blood. To make an appointment in advance, go to www.redcrossblood.org & use code MAX1RS.  In honor of Trauma Awareness Month, all donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. Click on flyer for more info.

Max Cares:  Condolences for Donna Black whose Mother-in-law passed away yesterday.

Max Cares: Prayers for Zia Afshani who is having back surgery on Monday.

REPEAT:  POLICY CHANGE: Buying / Selling Personal Residence:  Beginning June 1, 2019, all transactions involving agent as principal will incur transaction / commission fees based on your plan despite take $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family.  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.  Any listing agreements or sales contracts signed prior to June 1, 2019 fall under the previous policy if it is your Primary Residence & you take $0 commission.

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5/26/19

Congratulations to All Graduates – the Class of 2019!!!
Happy Memorial Day!  MX1 Offices Closed Monday 5/27/19.

Please remember our fallen military personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives protecting us & our freedoms.

Intellius:    We have had too many issues so we are cancelling our membership and searching for an alternative.  The most current information will be on the Maximum One Rockstars Group on Facebook.

Top Producer: Top producer is no longer offering discount.  Agents who currently have the corporate discount through Maximum One are grandfathered in but Top Producer is not offering corporate discounts for any new agents.  Chime is cheaper ($17) and has CRM and comes with a website.

POLICY CHANGE: Buying / Selling Personal Residence:  Beginning June 1, 2019, all transactions involving agent as principal will incur transaction / commission fees based on your plan despite take $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family.  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.  Any listing agreements or sales contracts signed prior to June 1, 2019 fall under the previous policy if it is your Primary Residence & you take $0 commission.

Photos From FMLS: You may NOT use another agent’s photos from FMLS.  You MUST take your own photos or get them from the Seller (be able to document that you received them from the Seller.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Ann & Dave Kubat on the high school graduation of their son, Josh

Max Cares: Condolences to Carol Smith on the loss of her husband of 56 years.

REPEAT: Bomb-Bomb Video Emails:  Want to capture a prospect’s attention & set yourself apart from your competition? To be successful, you need to truly connect with your prospects and clients. But in today’s inbox, basic email just doesn’t cut it. BombBomb puts you back into your sales process, and gets you face to face with the people who matter most! Use a VIDEO email through Bomb-Bomb vs a regular email.  Check out what Bomb-Bomb is all about:  www.BombBomb.com    Maximum One Agents have a HUGE discount.  To sign up, contact Dave via his Executive Assistant, Destinie Grace:  ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro

 

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5/19/19

Congratulations to All Graduates – the Class of 2019!!!

New Look to the MX1 Training Calendar:    If you go to www.registerforREclasses.com you’ll see that you now have access to ALL of the training calendars for all of the MX1 Franchises!  You simply click on the geographic location to find a class in that area!

 

Using Community Videos to Grow Your Business: Community videos are a tactic real estate agents have been using for years to generate business. They simply create videos inside some of their favorite local hot spots and promote them to their sphere. This allows them to showcase themselves as the neighborhood expert, and make some connections along the way.  If you’ve been thinking about trying community videos but are intimidated by the process check the post below.
We created our very first community video and documented the process so we could show other agents how easy it is to film a value packed community video in less than an hour. Read More Here…

Bomb-Bomb Video Emails:  Want to capture a prospect’s attention & set yourself apart from your competition? To be successful, you need to truly connect with your prospects and clients. But in today’s inbox, basic email just doesn’t cut it. BombBomb puts you back into your sales process, and gets you face to face with the people who matter most! Use a VIDEO email through Bomb-Bomb vs a regular email.  Check out what Bomb-Bomb is all about:  www.BombBomb.com    Maximum One Agents have a HUGE discount.  To sign up, contact Dave via his Executive Assistant, Destinie Grace:  ExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro

Market Statistics by Zip Code:  Looking for this information?  It’s at your fingertips: go to www.GAMLS.com  Log in… scroll to bottom of home page….  Here is what you will find:

 

REPEAT: Want to Increase Your Income?  Have you attended an Agent Accountability session?  These sessions are currently at the Paulding, West Cobb & Powers Ferry branches on Mondays (see calendar for specific times.)  Last month, in the Paulding office, 8 of the top 10 agents are regular attendees of the weekly accountability session.  You DEFINITELY need to check it out!  Your business will improve!  Your income will grow!

 

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5/12/19

Happy Mother’s Day! – May 12th

Congratulations to All Graduates – the Class of 2019!!!

Please Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in April 2019!

Suzanne Geddes Premier
Brandon Stephens Premier
Sam Ivey Powers Ferry
David Dowdell Partners
Lisa Cockerham Partners
Quinise Arnold Paulding Welcome BACK!
Dominique Morgan Douglasville
Lynnette Johnson Powers Ferry
Lasha Kortava Partners
Amy Kerlin Partners
Marie Eustache Powers Ferry
Donald Exler Partners
Ruby Brand Partners
Kiyota Reed Partners
Reginald Batiste Partners
Adrian Castaneda Community
Kimberly Greene Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Tony Harrill Premier
Tricia Dittlau Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Sharon Weld Douglasville
Sherri Merritt Partners
Cameron Barron Premier
Jena Edwards Paulding
Caleb Griffin West Cobb
Faith Griffin Partners
Crystal Cust Partners
Jacquelyn Sercye Paulding Welcome BACK!
Donna Samuel Partners
Nailah Nixon Partners

The Problems With Power of Attorney (POA): Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates informing us of the myriad of problematic issues using a POA in a transaction for real property.  In GA, you need a “specific” Power of Attorney that specifies the “who” “what” “Where” “When” & “How much.”  With a Durable POA, there is rampant fraud in our state & elder abuse.  you do NOT want to be a party to that.  Many times a party may still close a tranaction without having to be present at closing and without giving somone their POA.  Make sure to check with the closing attorney & thank you again Amee for all of the valuable information regarding this issue & selling property as an agent!  Want more info… should have attended the Sales Meeting!

MX1 Prohibits Agents from Taking POA for Clients/Customers:  As an agent with Maximum One, you absolutely may NOT take Power of Attorney for your client or customer.  You have no E&O insurance protection and it is strictly against our policy.

VA Loans: Perhaps the Best One for Agents?  Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of all the benefits for both Buyers AND Sellers of VA Loans.  This loan has fewer defaults than any other, this loan is easier to process for a Lender (who knows what they are doing!) this loan is easier to close, this loan is easier for a Buyer (Veteran obviously) to qualify for.  So for Sellers, what about the huge long list of items that a Seller is responsible for paying?  Well, it doesn’t necessarily add up to that much AND there is lender discretion on those costs AND there are lender credits with a VA loan.  Want more info… should have attended the Sales Meeting!  Also, check out the CE class: VA Loans: What You Need to Know as an Agent on Tuesday 5/14/19 at 10am at the West Cobb Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta.

Agent Safety Alert:  Please be careful ALL the time & even at Open Houses.  There is a suspicious person who apparently goes by Craig Harris, who poses as a buyer, & shows up at Open Houses & poses as a Buyer. The individual keeps temporary plates on his vehicle so that he cannot be tracked.  The Cobb Association of Realtors put out additional information:

AGENT ALERT:

The Cobb Association of Realtors has informed the brokers in our area about a concerning situation relating to agents safety:

AGENTS PLEASE BE ON ALERT FOR THESE NAMES: Craig Lamont Harris but he may also be using a name of Kenneth Hampton and Glen Mitchell. He has apparently used different phone numbers as well. Says he works with Venture Capital Investments.

He seems to be contacting different agents to show him listings he has seen before and has “lender letters” that are bogus. He had a woman with him when one of our members meet with him. Drives a silver Chevy Impala. He is looking at homes in the 400-700 price range and saying he is from Nashville and California. His cash proof of funds seemed legit when he showed them to one of our agents, but then he would never send them. He has asked to view attics and basements and thankfully so far all of our REALTOR members have refused to go into either location. Once the agent does refuse to show the attic or basement, he tends to leave quickly after. Something was very off. He also wore a suite and a black hat.

Please Take ALL safety precautions when showing properties….SHARE WITH AGENT COMMUNITY

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Craig Harris Mugshot | 05/29/09 Georgia Arrest

Mug Shot for Craig Harris booked into the DeKalb county jail. Arrested on 05/29/09 for an alleged burglary/theft offense.

Max Cares: Prayers to Patti Loveless & Leah Loveless whose brother (& Uncle) had heart surgery on Tuesday.

Max Cares: Prayers for Virnalisi Johnson-King whose Mother-in-Law was admitted to the hospital with a possible stroke.

Max Cares: Continued prayers for Eunice Carter for a full & complete recovery from surgery!

REPEAT: Want to Increase Your Income?  Have you attended an Agent Accountability session?  These sessions are currently at the Paulding, West Cobb & Powers Ferry branches on Mondays (see calendar for specific times.)  Last month, in the Paulding office, 8 of the top 10 agents are regular attendees of the weekly accountability session.  You DEFINITELY need to check it out!  Your business will improve!  Your income will grow!

REPEAT: Should I Suppress the Price on my VoicePad Property Presentations: VoicePad (FREE to MX1 Agents!!!)  has a strategy that requires callers to transfer directly to you for the price of their property of interest.  We call it price suppression.  The property price is not announced.  It’s wildly successful! This strategy increases transferred calls up to 80%! . How to set price suppression?  Simply navigate to the price page on your dashboard.  Select NO when prompted to include the price in the property presentation. The price is also omitted from any texted info as well.  The caller has to speak with you to learn the price! (More info, contact VoicePad – 888-595-7347  customer.care@voicepad.com  )
VP Price Suppression

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5/5/19

Happy Cinco de Mayo! – May 5th
Happy Mother’s Day! – May 12th

Want to Increase Your Income?  Have you attended an Agent Accountability session?  These sessions are currently at the Paulding, West Cobb & Powers Ferry branches on Mondays (see calendar for specific times.)  Last month, in the Paulding office, 8 of the top 10 agents are regular attendees of the weekly accountability session.  You DEFINITELY need to check it out!  Your business will improve!  Your income will grow!

Should I Suppress the Price on my VoicePad Property Presentations: VoicePad (FREE to MX1 Agents!!!)  has a strategy that requires callers to transfer directly to you for the price of their property of interest.  We call it price suppression.  The property price is not announced.  It’s wildly successful! This strategy increases transferred calls up to 80%! . How to set price suppression?  Simply navigate to the price page on your dashboard.  Select NO when prompted to include the price in the property presentation. The price is also omitted from any texted info as well.  The caller has to speak with you to learn the price! (More info, contact VoicePad – 888-595-7347  customer.care@voicepad.com  )
VP Price Suppression

REALTORS Property Resource (RPR):   If you are a REALTOR, check out www.narrpr.com for a wealth of information & resources for your business.  RPR provides REALTORS with data, tools and reports to help clients and close more deals. Access the nation’s largest property database, exclusively for REALTORS. 24-7 Customer Service. Exclusively for Realtors. 100% NAR Member Benefit. Courses: Buyer Tour With RPR, Easy, Accurate CMAs.

17 Great Books for Anyone Who Wants to Get Ahead in Business:  If you want to improve the quality of your life, one of easiest ways to get there is by reading books. It’s because researchers have consistently found that it’s an activity which reduces stress, increases intelligence, boosts memory, and helps people be more open-minded. If you’re looking for ideas on what to read next, here are titles more than a dozen successful executives say influenced them most.  Read More Here…

New FMLS Compulsory Areas:  Beginning May 1, 2019, FMLS is adding two additional counties to their Compulsory Areas: Rockdale & Newton Counties.  This means that if the Broker is a member of FMLS (which MX1 is) then all listings in these counties MUST be listed in FMLS & we MUST collect FMLS fees.  Additionally, if the Broker is ALSO a member of GAMLS (which MX1 is) then these listings must also be listed in GAMLS.  Remember that the program Bridge Interactive will input the data into BOTH FMLS & GAMLS simultaneously!

Market Stats – March 2019 – 12 County Metro Area:

Demand: March residential sales were at 4,699, a decrease of 8.9% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2018’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in March was $275,000, an increase of 3.8% from last March. The average sales price was $344,000, up 6.2% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 13,046 units in March, an increase of 12.1% from March, 2018. New listings totaled 5,455, up 11.4% from March, 2018 and up 19.3% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period increased to 2.7 months.

 

Max Cares: Prayers for Eunice Carter who is having surgery on May 9th.

REPEAT: 2019 Atlanta HomeBuilder Parade of Homes:  April 27-28, May 4-5 & 11-12 | City’s Largest Showcase of New Construction Homes.  The Parade of Homes is a Self-Guided Tour of new homes, townhomes & condos throughout the Atlanta Metro Area.  The Parade spans 3 weekends in April 7 May.  Download the app: ATLHomesParade or visit the website for the map of homes.  Read more info here: 

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4/28/29

Georgia Housing Market Snapshopt: March: The Georgia housing market posted steady numbers for March with slight increases and decreases across the board. Indicators for March are as follows: Read full report here.

  • New Listings decreased 1.1 percent to 18,483.
  • Pending Sales were up 0.5 percent to 13,911.
  • Inventory levels grew 1.5 percent to 41,463 units.
  • Median Sales Price increased 4.4 percent to $222,000.
  • Days on Market was down 9.1 percent to 60 days.
  • Months Supply of Inventory was down 5.3 percent to 3.6 months.

If a builder gives me a prize or bonus for selling his or her homes, does it belong to me or my broker?   If the prize or bonus is for performing brokerage services, the prize or bonus technically belongs to the broker. The broker would then be required to share it with the licensee based on the terms of the Independent Contractor Agreement with the broker. Georgia license law prohibits a licensee from “accepting a commission or other valuable consideration… from anyone other than the broker holding that licensee’s license without the consent of that broker.” (See O.C.G.A. § 43-40-25(b)(8).)

2019 Atlanta HomeBuilder Parade of Homes:  April 27-28, May 4-5 & 11-12 | City’s Largest Showcase of New Construction Homes.  The Parade of Homes is a Self-Guided Tour of new homes, townhomes & condos throughout the Atlanta Metro Area.  The Parade spans 3 weekends in April 7 May.  Download the app: ATLHomesParade or visit the website for the map of homes.  Read more info here: 

Max Cares: Congratulations to Rhonda Yearwood on getting her Broker’s License!

REPEAT:  MX1 Greater Atlanta Branch Sales Meetings: There is so much information that is shared at the Branch Sales Meetings that you need to know as a professional real estate agent.  They are not required of you but they will greatly benefit you!  Here is a list of the dates of the meetings & your Branch Team Captains who do such an amazing job at facilitating these meetings!

DATES of SALES MEETINGS

  • West Cobb – 1st Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Powers Ferry – 2nd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Woodstock – 2nd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Paulding – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Douglasville – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 11am – 12:30pm

BRANCH TEAM CAPTAINS

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Merging Galleria & Powers Ferry Offices: We are excited to announce that Maximum One is merging the Galleria & Powers Ferry Branches! We will be vacating the Galleria location as of April 30th .  The address of the Powers Ferry Branch is:  1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta, GA 30067.  Maximum One owns this building vs. renting the space in the Galleria location.  For more information, please watch MX1 Founder, Dave Kubat’s video below.

Powers Ferry Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta
“Courtyards of Terrell Mill”
1355 Terrell Mill Rd
Bldg #1464
Marietta, GA 30067

Branch Manager: Heidi Helm – PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 310

Branch Support: Vivian Green – ASC@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 312

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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4/21/19

Happy Passover! – Friday 4/19/19 – 4/27/19
Happy Easter! – Sunday 4/21/19

ReHab Loans: Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for explaining at the Paulding Sales Meeting all the various Rehab Loans available to Buyers – FHA 203k, VA & Conventional!  These loans provide a great opportunity for Buyer to finance repairs & other issues.  The Conventional Rehab Loan – great for a 2nd home or Investment property!

Adding a Spouse to Title at Closing:  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for explaining the process and issues to be wary of when a Buyer wants to add a spouse to the title AT closing when only one spouse qualifies for the loan.  You must tell the Lender up front.  Based on the Lender’s underwriting criteria, the spouse may  be added at closing OR may have to wait until after the deed is recorded before being added to title.

30 Life-Changing Questions: Find your “true north” by honestly answering these questions:

  • What do you want your legacy to be 10, 20, 50 years from now?
  • What one word would you like for people to describe you? What word do you think they currently use?
  • Read entire article here

 

What do Super Productive People Do That Others Don’t?:  Ever wonder how some people ALWAYS get stuff done & others claim “there aren’t enough hours in the day!” Here is a list of what super productive people do – to help you with your productivity!  Read entire article here.

 

Max Cares: Prayers to Johnny Poole who has suffered from a detached lung & is on the road to recovery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Teresa Kimber whose sister is in the hospital with heart issues.

Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Agan-Williams on recovery from some major surgery she had on Thursday

Max Cares: Congratulations to Ming & Alan Richardson on the adoption of their daughter Hann!

 

REPEAT:  MX1 Greater Atlanta Branch Sales Meetings: There is so much information that is shared at the Branch Sales Meetings that you need to know as a professional real estate agent.  They are not required of you but they will greatly benefit you!  Here is a list of the dates of the meetings & your Branch Team Captains who do such an amazing job at facilitating these meetings!

DATES of SALES MEETINGS

  • West Cobb – 1st Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Powers Ferry – 2nd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Woodstock – 2nd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Paulding – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Douglasville – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 11am – 12:30pm

BRANCH TEAM CAPTAINS

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Merging Galleria & Powers Ferry Offices: We are excited to announce that Maximum One is merging the Galleria & Powers Ferry Branches! We will be vacating the Galleria location as of April 30th .  The address of the Powers Ferry Branch is:  1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta, GA 30067.  Maximum One owns this building vs. renting the space in the Galleria location.  For more information, please watch MX1 Founder, Dave Kubat’s video below.

Powers Ferry Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta
“Courtyards of Terrell Mill”
1355 Terrell Mill Rd
Bldg #1464
Marietta, GA 30067

Branch Manager: Heidi Helm – PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 310

Branch Support: Vivian Green – ASC@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 312

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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4/14/19

Happy Passover! – Friday 4/19/19 – 4/27/19

Happy Easter! – Sunday 4/21/19

Listing Agent’s Questions to Ask Buyer’s Loan officer: When working with a Seller, when you get an offer from a Buyer getting a loan, there is certain information that will help the Seller understand more about the Buyer’s financial qualification to purchase the home.  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing this questionnaire with us at the Woodstock Sales Meeting.  When was the last time YOU attended your branch’s sales meeting?  Listing Agent Questions to Ask a Buyer’s Loan Officer

What Triggers the “Due on Sale” Clause in a Mortgage?:  Thank you to Amee Davis closing attorney of Davis & Associates for informing us all about the St. Germaine Act that governs what does and does not trigger the Due on Sale clause with a Title Transfer.  Obviously a traditional sale will trigger it but what about?  Thank you Amee for providing us at the Sales Meeting with the answers to the following questions!

  • Divorce – title transferred from couple to just one of the parties?
  • Trust – title transfer from an individual to a Trust?
  • Estate/Deceased Owner – title transfer from deceased individual to heir?
  • Mortgage Assumption – title transfer to an investor who just “assumes’ the mortgage?
  • Transfer to LLC – title transfer from an individual to that individual’s LLC?
  • Conversion to 3rd Party not on Title – title transfer to a relative (or other) who is not currently on title
  • Adding Spouse or Other to Title at or after Closing – title transfer to party who qualifies for financing when a couple is buying the the house together?

Converting Social Media to Hard Cash: GAMLS is hosting this webinar on Tuesday 4/16 in which you’ll learn: This is no ordinary social media introductory training. We will take a deep dive into how to properly use social media. Included will be detailed instructions on creating real Facebook ad campaigns and how to monitor them for true success. This is a class for beginners and seasoned users alike. You will leave with information you can use to truly make a difference in your real estate career.  Click here to register for webinar at either 10am or 1:30pm

How to Start a Real Estate Blog:  If you are a newbie or aspiring realtor, establishing yourself as an expert in the minds of your audience is necessary to build credibility. One way to showcase your real estate acumen and build a positive reputation is to start a blog and give useful and important information to your readers. However, starting a real estate blog and making it popular among readers and search engines is not an easy job. Here is a complete guide on how to start your real estate blog. Article courtesy of Set Schedule.

  • Find the Right Hosting Platform: There are many hosting sites that can be used to host your WordPress blogging platform at a cheap price. Be sure to choose a host site that is optimized for viewing on mobile devices so that it’s always accessible and to your audiences and loads quickly on all mobile devices. Start your search for blog host on Google and choose a company after examining its pros and cons. If you already have a website, it is easy to add a new page for your blogs on your domain.
  • Identify Your Audience: Consider your expertise as a realtor when identifying your audience. The more of a niche you carve out for yourself, the more unique your blog will be. If your target group of customers is Millennials looking for homes in your area, you need to create content that is useful for them. If you specialize in selling homes, you should focus upon homeowners who are interested in selling their homes in near future.
  • Brainstorm Topics: You cannot write blogs randomly with whatever comes to your mind. Create a content strategy with a schedule, and stick to it. Be consistent with your blog and post at least 2-3 blogs per week. Take your time before creating content and look at other popular real estate blogs to know what type of content will be interesting and useful for your readers, but be sure you make your own content stand out.
  • Don’t Forget SEO: SEO is very important for your real estate blog to boos its visibility and popularity in your chosen niche. Insert keywords related to your topic in the title, headings, and content but do not overstuff these keywords. Include beautiful images to make your blogs more interesting for readers. Share your blog on realty websites and on your social media accounts. Place a share button on the blog to allow readers to share it with their friends. The more you promote your blog, the higher are its chances of reaching to larger number of readers.

MX1 Greater Atlanta Branch Sales Meetings: There is so much information that is shared at the Branch Sales Meetings that you need to know as a professional real estate agent.  They are not required of you but they will greatly benefit you!  Here is a list of the dates of the meetings & your Branch Team Captains who do such an amazing job at facilitating these meetings!

DATES of SALES MEETINGS

  • West Cobb – 1st Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Powers Ferry – 2nd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Woodstock – 2nd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Paulding – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 10am – 11:30am
    Douglasville – 3rd Tuesday of each month – 11am – 12:30pm

BRANCH TEAM CAPTAINS

Max Cares: Prayers for Faye Ette Williams who broke her wrist in 2 places.
Max Cares: Prayers for Betty Cassa who is recovering from the Astro Virus – if you were at the Woodstock Sales Meeting then you heard she got it from her rendezvous with Aliens!
Max Cares: Prayers for Karlene Shiver who husband has had some painful side effects from his Type I diabetes
Max Cares: Prayers for Karlene Shiver whose sister had a mastectomy & reconstructions surgery & was just declared cancer-free!
Max Cares: Prayers for Jonathan Barrett whose Mom is facing some major issues.
Max Cares: Prayers to Jeremiah Shamburger who is recovering from a kidney transplant.
Max Cares: Please attend on Sunday April 20th  the AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation 5k – contact Dawn Southern for more information

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Merging Galleria & Powers Ferry Offices: We are excited to announce that Maximum One is merging the Galleria & Powers Ferry Branches! We will be vacating the Galleria location as of April 30th .  The address of the Powers Ferry Branch is:  1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta, GA 30067.  Maximum One owns this building vs. renting the space in the Galleria location.  For more information, please watch MX1 Founder, Dave Kubat’s video below.

Powers Ferry Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta
“Courtyards of Terrell Mill”
1355 Terrell Mill Rd
Bldg #1464
Marietta, GA 30067

Branch Manager: Heidi Helm – PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 310
Branch Support: Vivian Green – ASC@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 312

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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4/7/19

Agents New to Maximum One Companies March 2019: Please welcome our new colleagues:

 

Nancy Zayas Woodstock
Bev Lightfoot Premier
Peter Yeh Premier
Mansi Agarwal Executives
Cody Kunkel Executives
Allen Redmond Platinum
Miraj Khan Executives
Karen West West GA
Jamel Smith Partners
Marva Cummins Partners Welcome BACK!
Don Silverberg Premier
Gloriqua Tarantine-Hill West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Sonya Dickerson West GA
Alicia Hardy Douglasville
Eric Valentin West GA
Joseph Grimmett Partners
Ila Robinson Partners
Sherida Freeman West GA
Chad Bush Augusta
Krystal Killcreas West GA
Gillian Carr Community
Barbara Weiss West Cobb
Tami Holmes Partners
Marilyn Mullis Partners
Monica Keith Premier
Dioney Escalera Community
Risa Baker West Cobb
Carol Lee Executives
Angie Childers Community
DeEtta Jones Executives
Dusty Uselton Premier

Automate Your Business on Facebook: Would you like to know how to have ongoing conversations with potential clients through Facebook – even when you are not actually ON Facebook?  Attend the Galleria Sales Meeting this Wednesday 4/10/19 10am – 11:30am (the last one at Galleria) and learn how to do this through the Facebook Messenger App.  Presentation by Chris Hardin of Book Me Solid.  (www.BookMeSolid.com )

Ditto = GAMLS Has New Auto-Fill Listing Tool:  Ditto is an autofill product developed by Georgia MLS designed to save you time entering listings from different property types or from other MLSs.  By allowing you to spend less time entering (or re-entering) the same information, you can spend more time focused on what makes your business successful.  How Does Ditto Work?

  • Ditto takes advantage of the RESO standard in real estate data to map information from one MLS to another and one property type to another.
  • After a listing is translated, we can prefill most fields for a GAMLS listing input sheet, saving you more time.
  • Requirements between property types and MLSs are different, so additional information is sometimes required. In those cases, we defer to the listing expert (the agent) to provide the correct information.
  • Once submitted, Ditto uploads the listing to Paragon instantly.  It will appear on our public/agent websites within 15 minutes.

Webinar of Ditto in Action

 

 

Introducing Ditto!

8 First Time Home Seller Tips: Win the confidence of 1st time Sellers by providing them with information about what to expect from the process.  Here is an article from Active Rain to give you some ideas: 8 First TIme Home Seller TIps.

Hand-Written Thank You Notes:  When was the last time you received a hand-written note?  How did it make you feel?  What impact did it have on you?  Enhance your business by going back to an “old fashioned” practice that will net you HUGE results!n (The Dollar Store has packages of 6 or 8 blank cards or Thank you cards for $1.) So who should you thank:

  • Every Potential Seller after every Listing Appointment – thank you for opportunity to determine if we could work together – I appreciate your time
  • Every Listing You Get – thank you for opportunity to serve you with my best possible service
  • Every Potential Buyer
  • Every Buyer You Get
  • Every FSBO
  • Every Onsite Listing Agent where your Buyers visit
  • Every Co-Op Agent – thank you for opportunity to work together I look forward to working with you again … here is a list of my other listings or I have Buyers looking for _____ do you have any listings
  • Every Closing Attorney – thank you for being on my Team & I look forward to working with you again in the future
  • Every Lender – regardless if your client was the Buyer or Seller – same as attorney
  • Every Past Client – thank you for opportunity to serve you with respect to your real estate needs… by the way, please let me know if I may be of service to anyone else you may know
  • Every Sale Anniversary – Congratulations again vs. Thank you

 FMLS Log In:  Remember to log into FMLS periodically or you will get kicked off their service for non-useage

Supra eKey:  If you have issues with your Supra eKey, please contact them directly… Maximum One does not contact Supra regarding our agents’ ekeys.

Max Cares: Prayers for Rosanna Santiago‘s son who had nasal surgery this week

REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Merging Galleria & Powers Ferry Offices: We are excited to announce that Maximum One is merging the Galleria & Powers Ferry Branches! We will be vacating the Galleria location as of April 30th .  The address of the Powers Ferry Branch is:  1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta, GA 30067.  Maximum One owns this building vs. renting the space in the Galleria location.  For more information, please watch MX1 Founder, Dave Kubat’s video below.

Powers Ferry Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta

“Courtyards of Terrell Mill”

1355 Terrell Mill Rd

Bldg #1464

Marietta, GA 30067

 

Branch Manager: Heidi Helm – PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 310

Branch Support: Vivian Green – ASC@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 312

 

Team Captains:

 

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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3/31/19

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Merging Galleria & Powers Ferry Offices: We are excited to announce that Maximum One is merging the Galleria & Powers Ferry Branches! We will be vacating the Galleria location as of April 30th .  The address of the Powers Ferry Branch is:  1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta, GA 30067.  Maximum One owns this building vs. renting the space in the Galleria location.  For more information, please watch MX1 Founder, Dave Kubat’s video below.

Powers Ferry Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta
“Courtyards of Terrell Mill”
1355 Terrell Mill Rd
Bldg #1464
Marietta, GA 30067

Branch Manager: Heidi Helm – PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 310

Branch Support: Vivian Green – ASC@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 312

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Trade Name Program:  If you want to market & advertise in your own Agent Trade Name, the cost by Cobb County has gone up by $10 bringing to total cost to: $196 – $176 to Cobb County Superior Court & $20 to Marietta Daily Journal.  For more information, please see 2019 Agent Trade Name Program Manual below under “2019 Manuals MX1 Greater Atlanta”

Transferring rDocs Tiles: FMLS has changed their process & now rDocs Tiles may be transferred by the Qualifying Broker vs. FMLS.  So if you join us from another Brokerage, your current Tiles go to your Previous Broker.  Your Previous Broker will have to log in to FMLS & transfer those tiles to you via your FMLS Login ID.

Georgia Housing Market Snapshot for February 2019:  The housing market in Georgia remains healthy, with gains posted for Pending and Closed Sales, as well as Median and Average Prices. While Inventory is still low overall, we do see a gain in supply year over year. Indicators for February are as follows:  Click here to View Full Report from GAR

  • New Listings decreased 0.9 percent to 15,012.
  • Pending Sales were up 7.4 percent to 11,389.
  • Inventory levels grew 2.3 percent to 40,724 units.
  • Median Sales Price increased 4.3 percent to $210,000.
  • Days on Market was down 5.6 percent to 68 days.
  • Months Supply of Inventory was down 7.9 percent to 3.5 months.

Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose nephew Luke is battling some health issues.

REPEAT: MX1 Wire Instructions:  Maximum One Companies & agents will NOT email wire instructions!  If a Buyer is going to wire Earnest Money to Maximum One, we will need their MAILING Address & we will mail them the Wire instructions.  Make sure you account for the additional days required to mail them the Wire instructions when you are negotiating a time frame for Buyers to remit funds to Holder.  Click here for MX1 Greater Atlanta Wire Instructions.

REPEAT: Closing Attorney Holding EM and Accepts Funds Other than Wire:  If your clients are binding on a GAR contract and a Closing Attorney is designated as the Holder of the EM, then that EM MUST be in the form of a wire!  If the closing attorney accepts another form of funds (they have violated the Terms of the form they have signed – see GAR F511 paragraph 1a.)  If the closing attorney does breach the terms of this Agreement, then we REQUIRE that you Amend the contract and get Buyer & Seller written acknowledgement:

“All parties acknowledge, Closing Attorney, ______(attorney firm name)_______, has accepted a personal check for the earnest money instead of a wire per the F510 “Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money” Exhibit paragraph 5 “Earnest Money Must Be Wired to Closing Attorney Acting as Holder.”  Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary contained herein, Buyer shall be responsible for sending all earnest money and other Buyer trust funds to the Closing Attorney acting as Holder by wire transfer of immediately available funds and immediately notify Seller when the same has been accomplished.  This provision shall only apply if the Holder is the Closing Attorney.”

REPEAT:  NEW POLICY If You Think Potential Client May Have Outstanding Brokerage Agreement:  If the Buyer says he/she wants to “fire” or “has fired” the agent with whom he or she previously worked, then perhaps Buyer HAS signed something & may still have an obligation to another Broker!  Also telling an agent via email or phone or text that they are “fired” or I no longer want to work with you does NOT mean that they have terminated any Brokerage Agreement AND if the termination is unilateral, they may still owe the former Brokerage commission when they close on a Property. Additionally we have no idea what Special Stipulations are included in anything Buyer may have signed IF Buyer may have actually signed anything!  Based on License Law & the issues above, the agent should tell the Buyer that he / she needs to talk with the current Broker to ensure the relationship has been terminated in writing and only then can the Buyer work with us – just so they Buyer is not obligated financially to the other Broker.  Click Here for Full Policy Information – Outstanding Brokerage Agreement   

Actual Form to Have Buyer(s) Sign

REPEAT: POLICY: If you have reason to believe a Buyer or Seller may have an outstanding Brokerage Agreement with another Broker, you need to confirm with the previous Broker that the person has terminated that Agreement with previous Broker prior to signing the person to a Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One Greater Atlanta.

  • For a Seller – Expiration or Withdraw from FMLS / GAMLS will suffice
  • For a Buyer:
    • Copy of Termination of Brokerage Agreement with Previous Broker
    • Send email to former Broker/Agent:
      • ” ____(Name of Buyer)_____ has approached me for representation regarding real estate transactions. I have reason to believe that this Buyer has terminated the Brokerage Agreement with your firm. In compliance with License Laws OCGA 43-40-25b(13) and OCGA 43-40-25b(26) please confirm this termination. If I do not hear back from you within 24 hours, I will accept the non-response as confirmation of the termination of the Brokerage Agreement with your firm.”
  • If Buyer refuses to furnish name of previous agent / Broker, then Buyer must sign:
    • “I ___(name of Buyer)______ affirm that I have no written obligation to work with any other Broker for my real estate needs.”
    • All parties agree to indemnify and hold agent and Brokerage harmless from and against all claims, injuries, suits and damages arising out of the parties’ answer to the above choices.

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3/24/19

GSCCCA How-To: Maximum One Companies offer our agents access to GSCCCA for FREE.  If you actually print from this site, there is a 25 cents per page charge that you need to report to the Accounting Department.  For the login & password and instructions, please find the information on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

MX1 Wire Instructions:  Maximum One Companies & agents will NOT email wire instructions!  If a Buyer is going to wire Earnest Money to Maximum One, we will need their MAILING Address & we will mail them the Wire instructions.  Make sure you account for the additional days required to mail them the Wire instructions when you are negotiating a time frame for Buyers to remit funds to Holder.  Click here for MX1 Greater Atlanta Wire Instructions.

Open Door & Offer Pad Yelp Reviews:  Notice they are conspicuously absent?  Perhaps that is due to the fact that they make financial contributions to Yelp and perhaps that may be why you don’t see any negative reviews on these companies!  Just a thought!

Closing Attorney Holding EM and Accepts Funds Other than Wire:  If your clients are binding on a GAR contract and a Closing Attorney is designated as the Holder of the EM, then that EM MUST be in the form of a wire!  If the closing attorney accepts another form of funds (they have violated the Terms of the form they have signed – see GAR F511 paragraph 1a.)  If the closing attorney does breach the terms of this Agreement, then we REQUIRE that you Amend the contract and get Buyer & Seller written acknowledgement:

“All parties acknowledge, Closing Attorney, ______(attorney firm name)_______, has accepted a personal check for the earnest money instead of a wire per the F510 “Closing Attorney Acting as Holder of Earnest Money” Exhibit paragraph 5 “Earnest Money Must Be Wired to Closing Attorney Acting as Holder.”  Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary contained herein, Buyer shall be responsible for sending all earnest money and other Buyer trust funds to the Closing Attorney acting as Holder by wire transfer of immediately available funds and immediately notify Seller when the same has been accomplished.  This provision shall only apply if the Holder is the Closing Attorney.”

Mortgage Lending at Your Fingers:  Thank you to Mike Diffee of Premier Mortgage for sharing with us his app to share with your Buyers.  This app allows your Buyers to get pre-qualified and understand more of the process.  https://mikediffee.mortgagemapp.com/s50ajo   Mike also does not charge any origination fees or underwriting fees.

Inside Scoop on How to Compete with OpenDoor, OfferPad & Knock:  Oh my!  what FABULOUS information on what these companies actually charge & how they work.  Thank you to Jan Thomas & Kim Rupp & Danny DeJesus & Kevin Walker for bringing this speaker to us at the Douglasville Sales Meeting that was amazing information!  You miss a lot when you don’t attend the monthly Sales meetings!

Title Issues with Selling with Knock, Zillow, etc:  Thank you so much to Shawn Horan of Horan Law Group for sharing with us all the potential title issues at closings with transactions involving these companies.  Now we know what to do to avoid these issues – info was provided at the Douglasville Sales Meeting!

Max Cares: Prayers to Allison Dodd whose boyfriend Juan battles cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers to Pete Baranowsky’s wife who had a cyst removed from her back.

Max Cares: Prayers for Shari Capers whose husband is going through chemotherapy & whose Mother is in hospice.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Katryna Cox on getting her Broker’s License!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Brenda Perry on being a Grandmother!

Max Cares: Prayers to Jeanne Rodriguez as you deal with the diagnosis of leukemia of your in-law.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Jeanne Rodriguez on your son, Erik, being a Dr. & doing an internship at Kennestone!

Max Cares: Prayers for Taqqeea Waters whose son was on a deck that fell 3 stories – a week after her other son’s automobile accident.

Max Cares: Prayers to Laura Wilson whose son has been to the ER with unknown cause of chest pain.

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3/17/19

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One Companies February 2019: Please welcome our new colleagues!

 

Glenda Dabney Douglasville
Jackie Taylor Galleria
Eddison Rosa West Cobb
Alika Nathan Douglasville
Jeffery Ross Community
Miranda Ross Community
Kelley McGrew West Georgia
Twanna Bankston Partners
John Scranton Partners
Karen Magwood Douglasville Welcome BACK!
TaKisha Johnson-Mukoro Douglasville
Tony Jones Executives
Tyesha Ward-Haynes Executives
Wyndoleyn Bethel Partners
Sasha Edwards Partners
Michael Smith Galleria
Vernetta Gregory West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Traletta Washington Partners
Mary Houston Community
Nichole Hollis Community
Christy Wethington Premier
TaNeshia Reed Partners
JoAnn Harp Douglasville
Holly Wear Platinum
Janee Price Partners
Latasha Lanier Partners
Tiffany Pruitt Partners
Michelle Brown Galleria Welcome BACK!
Toyia Milan Paulding
LaTasha Hill Platinum
Devon Spires Community
Daphne Howell Executives

NEW POLICY If You Think Potential Client May Have Outstanding Brokerage Agreement:  If the Buyer says he/she wants to “fire” or “has fired” the agent with whom he or she previously worked, then perhaps Buyer HAS signed something & may still have an obligation to another Broker!  Also telling an agent via email or phone or text that they are “fired” or I no longer want to work with you does NOT mean that they have terminated any Brokerage Agreement AND if the termination is unilateral, they may still owe the former Brokerage commission when they close on a Property. Additionally we have no idea what Special Stipulations are included in anything Buyer may have signed IF Buyer may have actually signed anything!  Based on License Law & the issues above, the agent should tell the Buyer that he / she needs to talk with the current Broker to ensure the relationship has been terminated in writing and only then can the Buyer work with us – just so they Buyer is not obligated financially to the other Broker.  Click Here for Full Policy Information – Outstanding Brokerage Agreement   

Actual Form to Have Buyer(s) Sign

POLICY: If you have reason to believe a Buyer or Seller may have an outstanding Brokerage Agreement with another Broker, you need to confirm with the previous Broker that the person has terminated that Agreement with previous Broker prior to signing the person to a Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One Greater Atlanta.

  • For a Seller – Expiration or Withdraw from FMLS / GAMLS will suffice
  • For a Buyer:
    • Copy of Termination of Brokerage Agreement with Previous Broker
    • Send email to former Broker/Agent:
      • ” ____(Name of Buyer)_____ has approached me for representation regarding real estate transactions. I have reason to believe that this Buyer has terminated the Brokerage Agreement with your firm. In compliance with License Laws OCGA 43-40-25b(13) and OCGA 43-40-25b(26) please confirm this termination. If I do not hear back from you within 24 hours, I will accept the non-response as confirmation of the termination of the Brokerage Agreement with your firm.”
  • If Buyer refuses to furnish name of previous agent / Broker, then Buyer must sign:
    • “I ___(name of Buyer)______ affirm that I have no written obligation to work with any other Broker for my real estate needs.”
    • All parties agree to indemnify and hold agent and Brokerage harmless from and against all claims, injuries, suits and damages arising out of the parties’ answer to the above choices.

Interest Rate Isn’t Everything:  How does one lender charge one rate & another something different?  What does the Buyer really get & how much does it really cost?  Thank you to Michael Matlin of Cross Country Mortgage for the fabulous flyer that explains all of this and more so that your Buyer can actually compare “apples to apples” and see how long it would take to really save money if they “buy down” the rate up front. “Rate Isn’t Everything”  This is a Fabulous document to hand out to your Buyers!

IRS Lien (Unrecorded) Against Property:  Thank you to Rich Shafritz & Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean for the extremely informative (& scary) information about how to manage a transaction when there is an unrecorded IRS Tax Lien against the property.  What role / responsibility do the agents have?  Buyer have?  Seller have?  Closing Attorneys have?  Title Insurance Company have?  Is the Buyer responsible for that potential IRS Tax Lien?  Thank you Rich & Doug for giving us all those answers!  If you were not at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting – you missed all that information!!

Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Nation’s Biggest Real Estate Franchisors (Re/Max, KW, etc.) of Massive Commission Racket Costing Home Sellers:  The outcome of this lawsuit could radically change the way real estate is practiced throughout the country.  Thank you to Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for bringing this to our attention at the Woodstock Sale Meeting.  Here is the Article provided by Andy Hartman.  There was also an article about this in Active Rain – here is that article.

Max Cares: Condolences to April Lawson for the loss of her nephew, Antoine Lewis, who was on that plane that crashed in Ethiopia.

Max Cares: Prayers to Eunice Carter for some health issues she is facing.

 REPEAT: Attorney as Holder of EM (GAR Forms): If parties go binding on a GAR contract & an Attorney is named as the Holder of the Earnest Money, you MUST:

  • Include GAR F510 WITH the contract
  • Have a Broker named as the Alternate Holder
  • Have the Attorney SIGN GAR F511 within 3 Business days
  • Complete all of the Required Contact information on the F511
  • WIRE the funds to the Attorney – regardless of the form of Earnest Money indicated on the Purchase & Sale Agreement (Exhibit supersedes the P&S)

REPEAT: Attorney as Holder of EM (RE Forms Contract): If the parties go binding on an RE Forms contract and an Attorney is named as the Holder of Earnest Money, there is no REQUIRED form to add to the contract.  Make sure that you & your clients understand that since the Attorney is NOT a party to the contract & does not sign the contract anywhere, the Attorney is NOT REQUIRED to fulfill any of the responsibilities as “Holder” as outlined in the purchase & Sale & Standard Terms:

  • they don’t have to deposit
  • they don’t have to send Notice if they don’t receive the funds
  • they don’t have to do a “10 day letter”
  • they can return to whomever they choose if the contract fails to close.

If parties go Binding on an RE Form & the GAR F510 is included, then you MUST get the attorney to sign the GAR F511 within 3 business days or the Alternate Holder is the Holder & if not in possession of the funds, will send Notice to the Buyer & Seller that Buyer has defaulted & Seller has right to terminate!

REPEAT: MX1 Policy on Personal Checks:  If Maximum One receives a personal check for Earnest Money (anything between $5,000 – $10,000 must be in certified funds or wired & anything over $10,000 must be wired) we will HOLD those funds for 10 Banking days prior to acting on them.  FOR EXAMPLE, if your Buyer has paid EM by personal check and terminates the contract on Day 5 from Binding Agreement Date & wants to write an offer on another property, they may NOT use that EM that we are holding for contract #2 – we cannot release it for 10 Banking Days.  So as a point of practice, consider having ALL Earnest Money in certified funds.

REPEAT: MX1 Compliance Brokers:  Remember that your Compliance Brokers are checking your contracts in order to protect YOU & your license and Maximum One as a Brokerage for ALL of us.  If you are asked to bring your contract into compliance by your Compliance Broker and you ask for confirmation from another agent, another firm or a closing attorney remember that their job is not to look out for the protection of YOUR license!

  • Another agent may not know contract compliance or license laws as well as your compliance brokers
  • Just because another Broker does not require compliance of their agents doesn’t mean that our Compliance Department is going to slack off
  • Another broker is not looking out for your or MX1’s best interest
  • A Closing Attorney may look at the contract only for enforceability between the Buyer & Seller and disregard the License Laws to which you are held to

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3/10/19

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time!!

Attorney as Holder of EM (GAR Contract): If parties go binding on a GAR contract & an Attorney is named as the Holder of the Earnest Money, you MUST:

  • Include GAR F510 WITH the contract
  • Have a Broker named as the Alternate Holder
  • Have the Attorney SIGN GAR F511 within 3 Business days
  • Complete all of the Required Contact information on the F511
  • WIRE the funds to the Attorney – regardless of the form of Earnest Money indicated on the Purchase & Sale Agreement (Exhibit supersedes the P&S)

Attorney as Holder of EM (RE Forms Contract): If the parties go binding on an RE Forms contract and an Attorney is named as the Holder of Earnest Money, there is no REQUIRED form to add to the contract.  Make sure that you & your clients understand that since the Attorney is NOT a party to the contract & does not sign the contract anywhere, the Attorney is NOT REQUIRED to fulfill any of the responsibilities as “Holder” as outlined in the purchase & Sale & Standard Terms:

  • they don’t have to deposit
  • they don’t have to send Notice if they don’t receive the funds
  • they don’t have to do a “10 day letter”
  • they can return to whomever they choose if the contract fails to close.

If parties go Binding on an RE Form & the GAR F510 is included, then you MUST get the attorney to sign the GAR F511 within 3 business days or the Alternate Holder is the Holder & if not in possession of the funds, will send Notice to the Buyer & Seller that Buyer has defaulted & Seller has right to terminate!

Form of Earnest Money on a Contract:  Do not leave blank the form of the Earnest Money (i.e. check, wire, etc.)  This is a point of negotiation between the parties and if the amount is over $5,000 most Brokers require certified funds, over $10,000 most Brokers require a wire and most brokers have a time frame they hold a personal check before acting on it.

MX1 Policy on Personal Checks:  If Maximum One receives a personal check for Earnest Money (anything between $5,000 – $10,000 must be in certified funds or wired & anything over $10,000 must be wired) we will HOLD those funds for 10 Banking days prior to acting on them.  FOR EXAMPLE, if your Buyer has paid EM by personal check and terminates the contract on Day 5 from Binding Agreement Date & wants to write an offer on another property, they may NOT use that EM that we are holding for contract #2 – we cannot release it for 10 Banking Days.  So as a point of practice, consider having ALL Earnest Money in certified funds.

MX1 Compliance Brokers:  Remember that your Compliance Brokers are checking your contracts in order to protect YOU & your license and Maximum One as a Brokerage for ALL of us.  If you are asked to bring your contract into compliance by your Compliance Broker and you ask for confirmation from another agent, another firm or a closing attorney remember that their job is not to look out for the protection of YOUR license!

  • Another agent may not know contract compliance or license laws as well as your compliance brokers
  • Just because another Broker does not require compliance of their agents doesn’t mean that our Compliance Department is going to slack off
  • Another broker is not looking out for your or MX1’s best interest
  • A Closing Attorney may look at the contract only for enforceability between the Buyer & Seller and disregard the License Laws to which you are held to

Homestar Financial Corporation: Thank you to Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay for informing us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting that they will NOT lose any transactions to another Lender based on pricing!

What You Missed at Sales Meeting:  Thank you to Shawn Delaney for teaching all such coll tech tips to use on your iPhone & Android!  Want to know what they are????  You must attend the Sales Meeting!

What You Missed at Sales Meeting:  Thank you to Amber Taylor for teaching us the AMAZEBALLS amount of information you can get from ReMine & how to use to to get to people who you KNOW want to sell – not just expireds!  Soooooo cool!  Want to know how much someone has left on their mortgage?  Should have come to your Sales Meeting!

Max Cares: Prayers to Pat McLeroy who was involved in an automobile accident.

Max Cares: Best wishes to Robin Wilhite-Slay’s step daughter who got married this weekend.

Max Cares: Prayers for Dawn Southern’s nephew who is having testing done on his liver & sister who fell & has to wear a leg brace for a while.

REPEAT:  Want More Leads?  Use VoicePad IVR:   Maximum One offers VoicePad FREE to all our agents.  Want to know how to maximize the IVR capabilities of this system?  Read this article from Inman News on 10 Golden Rules of IVR Lead Generation.  It’s FREE to you but not to other agents in our marketplace!  Learn how to use it & help more people & make more money!

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3/3/19

Maximum One Company-Wide Awards:  Congratulations to ALL!!

TOP 10 COMPANY-WIDE – Units Sold

1 Wendee Long
2 Gregory Moore
3 Shawn Delaney
4 Tony Cade
5 Steve Matthews
6 Sekhar Putta
7 TIED Stephanie Shelton
7 TIED Nikki Givens Russell
8 Keely Sherrill George
9 Kimberly Hunter
10 TIED Machelle Moody
10 TIED Donna Carlock

TOP 20 COMPANY-WIDE – Sales Volume

1 Steve Matthews
2 Sekhar Putta
3 Kiran Ramireddy
4 Wendee Long
5 Tony Cade
6 Keely Sherrill George
7 Stephanie Shelton
8 Shawn Delaney
9 Danny Hao
10 Yelena Demchenko
11 Donna Carlock
12 Nikki Givens Russell
13 Laura Wilson
14 Sarah Coleman
15 Mark Phillips
16 Greg Gregory Moore
17 Howard Brummel
18 Cindy Ruddell Corona
19 Marty Devinee
20 Matthew Share

 

Need photos emailed to Dave please for a marketing piece. Dave@MaximumOne.pro.

FMLS Listing Advice: Thank you to closing attorney Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for this information.  In FMLS Listings, perhaps you have seen, “Must close with XYZ Attorney, PreLim title work complete.”  This is NOT a valid reason to be required to use someone else’s attorney choice.  you do NOT have to comply with that.  It is still a Buyer’s choice with RESPA.  Push back on that! Don’t sacrifice your right to go with a firm that looks out for you!

Want More Leads?  Use VoicePad IVR:   Maximum One offers VoicePad FREE to all our agents.  Want to know how to maximize the IVR capabilities of this system?  Read this article from Inman News on 10 Golden Rules of IVR Lead Generation.  It’s FREE to you but not to other agents in our marketplace!  Learn how to use it & help more people & make more money!

New MX1 Corporate Discount – “Capital Ready”  Maximum One offers a corporate discount for our agents  for “Capital Ready” – a program that gives you access to capital guaranteed at $100,000 to invest into & grow your business!  For more information, contact Teressa McIntosh of Hope Credit Service – McIntosh@HopeCreditService.com 

How Do I Find Out Who Is Visiting My IDX Website?  You cannot find out individual visitors to your site, but you can use some freely available software, such as Google Analytics, to find out how many visitors come to your site, when they are most likely to browse, and their preferred content. To learn how to read Google Analytics with respect to your website, read more here…

Max Cares: Congratulations to Brenda Perry whose Daughter & Son-in-Law made the cover of Cobb’s In Focus magazine as Leaders in Giving – SafePath’s Next Generation of Advocates. Go to www.Safepath.org to learn more about the Safepath child advocacy center on Whitlock Avenue.

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Katryna Cox for getting her Broker’s License!

Max Cares: Prayers for Sandy Cole who is recovering from back surgery.

Max Cares:  Prayers for Mia Brummel’s Mom who broke her hip & is having surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers for Barbara Shaw whose husband is in the hospital with complications from Diabetes.

Max Cares: Prayers for Taqqeea Waters who son was in an auto accident that totaled his car – he is doing well.

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2/24/19

Want to Learn to Get Comfortable Making YouTube Videos:   Check out the Active Rain series “You-Tube Thursdays.”  Click here for more info: https://activerain.com/groups/youtubethursdays

If you’re camera shy, we know it’s hard to step in front of the lens. However, injecting your brand personality, the essence of you, into some of your videos is a powerful way to make connections and build relationships. Unlike other real estate oriented videos, we encourage you to tap into your passions and interests, first, and then establish that you sell real estate. It’s a big opportunity for authenticity to shine, and that’s when you start building trust.   Here are some ideas for those of you reluctant to face the camera…. Read More Here

Filing for Homestead Exemption: In most counties, to be eligible for the current year, Homeowners must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1st. If the property is located within city limits, the homeowner may be required to file with the city, as well.

Homestead Exemption
Generally, a homeowner is entitled to a homestead exemption on their home and land underneath provided the home was owned by the landowner and was their legal residence as of January 1st of the taxable year (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-40).

Application for Homestead Exemption
To be granted a homestead exemption, a person must actually occupy the home, and the home is considered their legal residence for all purposes. Persons that are away from their home because of health reasons will not be denied homestead exemption. A family member or friend can notify the tax receiver or tax commissioner and the homestead exemption will be granted (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-40).
Failure to apply by the deadline will result in loss of the exemption for that year (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-45).

Exemptions Offered by the State & Counties
The State of Georgia offers homestead exemptions to all qualifying homeowners. In some counties they have increased the amounts of their homestead exemptions by local legislation above the amounts offered by the State. As a general rule, the exemptions offered by the county are more beneficial to the homeowner.

For more information, visit: http://dor.georgia.gov/documents/property-tax-application-homestead-exemption. 

Homestead Exemption in Your County
Click on a county name below to visit that specific county’s homestead exemption information page.
The deadline to file for all counties is April 1.

  • Cherokee County, 678.493.6120
  • Clayton County, 770.477.3311
  • Cobb County, 770.528.8600
  • Decatur City, 404.370.4100
    If you live in the City of Decatur, YOU MUST APPLY FOR BOTH DECATUR AND DEKALB.
  • DeKalb County, 404.298.4000
    City of Dunwoody homes are included in DeKalb County.
  • Fayette County, 770.461.3652
  • Forsyth County, 770.781.2106
  • Fulton County, 404.612.6440
    City of Sandy Springs homes are included in Fulton County.
  • Gwinnett County, 770.822.8800
  • Henry County, 770.288.8180
  • Paulding County, 770.443.7606

 

Free Marketing Material: Free Just Listed & Just Sold Postcards plus more!  Branded with YOUR information.  Go to the Agent Portal site at www.FirstAMRealEstate.com register & then order.  1st American will print & pay postage for 25 items/month.  For more information contact our 1st American Rep, Keri Smith –

Safety Alert (from 2/20/19):  It has been brought to our attention by the Fayette Realtors Association that in the Lithonia and surrounding areas, agents are being targeted at Open Houses. The most recent one was where an agent was in the process of locking up the house and was approached by a man who flashed a gun and demanded the key to the home. The man may not have been acting alone. The agent though is safe!

We wanted to let you know as you may do business in this area and wanted you to remain alert. Please aware of your surroundings and don’t forget to practice your safety protocols.

If you would like safety tips or information, NAR has safety resources to help which can be found at  https://www.nar.realtor/safety 

***REALTOR GRACE PERIOD thru 2/28/19 – NAR Ethics Course Requirement:  To maintain your membership with NAR, you are REQUIRED to take a course on the REALTOR Code of Ethics.  This requirement runs in cycles & the last cycle ended 12/31/19.  NAR has added a grace period through 2/28/19.  If you have not taken this course & REPORTED THIS COURSE TO YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF REALTORS, then your NRDS number will be suspended & this may impact your access to the GAR contracts.  At Maximum One, if you are a REALTOR & your NAR membership gets suspended, we will have to switch you from the REALTOR division of your Franchise to the Realty division in GREC & FMLS & GAMLS.  Here are places to take this class PRIOR TO 2/28/19:

  • NAR Online Course: Click Here. Choose between the $29.95, 3 CE Credit course, or the FREE, No CE Credit Course.
  • Check for Classes with your Local Association of REALTORS

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Betty Scyphers who has been in the hospital with the Astro Virus & is now in rehab.

Max Cares: Condolences to Brandon Bramlett whose Grandmother passed away this week.

Max Cares: Prayers for Dave & Ann Kubat & Robin Wilhite who have some flooding on their properties.

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2/17/19

Monday, 2/18/19 – Happy President’s Day – No Banking!

Does Your Co-Op Agent Want You to Communicate Directly with Their Client? Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for suggesting this verbiage to use to assist you when you are working with a co-op agent who instructs you to interact directly with their client.  Email documents & communicate by email with the agent.  Then email their client, “I have emailed your Broker.  Please get with them to review ___(i.e. the offer)_____.”  How do you know if that Seller has a client relationship with the Broker?  Watch this video: You Must Disclose Agency Relationships But How Do You Know the Seller’s Agency?

What is a “Bedroom?”  This question is raised when listing properties for sale – what actually constitutes a bedroom… having a closet?  having 2 ways in ingress/egress?  Thank you to Larry Casner for bringing this article to my attention:  What is a Bedroom?

How to Convert a Lead: Want tips on dealing with stress & how to convert a lead?  Read this ebook by Steve Wener that is provided to us courtesy of Chime: The Communication Code

Financial Market Update: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for the latest info on the Financial Market.  The Fed will raise rates only 2 more times this year, compared to 4 times in 2018.  It raised it .25% in December.  Fed Funds Rate will stay between 2.75% – 3% (currently 2.5%) & most 30 year fixed mortgages are 4.5% – 4.625% for “primary residence.”

Down Payment Assistance Loan:  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for this info. 100% financing for 700 FICO score borrowers.  Fannie Mae Home Ready 30 year fixed conventional loan.  4% down payment loan may be used for down payment &/or closing costs. No monthly PMI. No loan amount max. Seller concession limit is 3%.

Max Cares: Prayers for Tommy Southern’s mom who is having knee replacement surgery on Monday.

REPEAT: ***REALTOR GRACE PERIOD thru 2/28/19 – NAR Ethics Course Requirement:  To maintain your membership with NAR, you are REQUIRED to take a course on the REALTOR Code of Ethics.  This requirement runs in cycles & the last cycle ended 12/31/19.  NAR has added a grace period through 2/28/19.  If you have not taken this course & REPORTED THIS COURSE TO YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF REALTORS, then your NRDS number will be suspended & this may impact your access to the GAR contracts.  At Maximum One, if you are a REALTOR & your NAR membership gets suspended, we will have to switch you from the REALTOR division of your Franchise to the Realty division in GREC & FMLS & GAMLS.  Here are places to take this class PRIOR TO 2/28/19:

  • 2/19/19 – The Code of Ethics- Our Promise of Professionalism – taught by Dana Sparks – Paulding Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta – 12 – 3pm
  • NAR Online Course: Click Here. Choose between the $29.95, 3 CE Credit course, or the FREE, No CE Credit Course.
  • Check for Classes with your Local Association of REALTORS

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2/10/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MX1 COMPANIES FOUNDER & CEO DAVE KUBAT on 2/12/19!!!!

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One Companies:  Please welcome these agents who joined us in December & January – all Franchises!

Venkateshwar Satoor Executives
Amarender Bommineni Executives
Pradeep Pinnamareddy Executives
Carol Smith Executives
Sekhar Putta Executives
Sherry Cruther Executives
Maria Vassileva Executives
Bobbie Todorof Woodstock
LaShawnda Henderson Executives
Hannah Puckett Paulding
Kathleen Hayes Woodstock Welcome BACK!
Latavia Elder Partners
Willie Clay Platinum
Theresa Younce Platinum
Lytice Brown Partners
Nita Price Paulding
Marianela Urena Partners
Contessa Crutchfield Partners
Kaneka Harris Platinum
Antonious Samuels Platinum
Jacquelyn Shaw Partners
Alan Scott Galleria Welcome BACK!
Kim Tankersley Premier
Lynn Dunn Paulding
Lakimba Grant Partners
Patricia Henderson Partners
Kay Marshall Paulding
Anicho Moody Partners
Linda Allen Premier
Marcus Chatman Executives
Shadene Channer Douglasville
Mark Phillips Partners
Lauren Kerr West Cobb
Karen Roulette Platinum
Toni Walker Partners
Wanda Langley Partners
Tuval Barnea Executives
Ken Ingram Powers Ferry
Joan Elise Jobin Woodstock
Brian Franklin Douglasville
Karen Bailey Partners
Betsy Jackson Premier
Rod Fallas Woodstock
Sunsheba Saintvil Galleria
Debora Barber Executives
Mark Weischedel Premier
Travis Powers Premier
Dave Wolfe Premier
Tabassum Shoaib Community
Adam Goldstein West Cobb
Billy Ogilvie Executives
Jose Vazquez Community
Toni Couch Community
Kondala Maddala Executives
Deborah Allen MXGR
Jennifer Seitz Premier
Jessica Sewell West Cobb
Ololade “Al” Majolagbe Galleria Welcome BACK!
Peter Barron Community
Soraya Mejia De Vasquez Executives
Thomas Dwain Smith Executives
Barbara Stanfield Koehler West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Clyde Cornelius Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Gabriel Brittin Woodstock
Jill Vaughan West Georgia
Meghan Jackson Platinum
Michael Troutman Platinum
Teresa Roberts Platinum
Jen Dover Community
Shayla Holmes West Georgia
Susan Peek Woodstock
Jane Owens Premier
Kate Reilly Woodstock

 

***REALTOR GRACE PERIOD thru 2/28/19 – NAR Ethics Course Requirement:  To maintain your membership with NAR, you are REQUIRED to take a course on the REALTOR Code of Ethics.  This requirement runs in cycles & the last cycle ended 12/31/19.  NAR has added a grace period through 2/28/19.  If you have not taken this course & REPORTED THIS COURSE TO YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF REALTORS, then your NRDS number will be suspended & this may impact your access to the GAR contracts.  At Maximum One, if you are a REALTOR & your NAR membership gets suspended, we will have to switch you from the REALTOR division of your Franchise to the Realty division in GREC & FMLS & GAMLS.  Here are places to take this class PRIOR TO 2/28/19:

  • 2/19/19 – The Code of Ethics- Our Promise of Professionalism – taught by Dana Sparks – Paulding Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta – 12 – 3pm
  • NAR Online Course: Click Here. Choose between the $29.95, 3 CE Credit course, or the FREE, No CE Credit Course.
  • Check for Classes with your Local Association of REALTORS

Governor’s Towne Club HOA:  Thank you to Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for sharing with us the following information.  If you list and sell within GTC and minimize the number of issues that would arise when you prepare contracts and have closings, whether it is with Hartmanlaw or at other law firms.    It has been brought to our attention that there is a possible issue with obtaining a full disclosure of Mandatory HOA dues in dealing with the Governors Towne Club Subdivision in Acworth, Cobb County, GA. The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Governors Towne Club is recorded in Deed Book 13573, Page 3019, et seq. Cobb County Georgia records; however, pursuant to the Fifth Amendment to the Declaration recorded at Deed Book 14167, Page 3877, Cobb County Records, The Golf Club at Governors Towne Club is entitled to a Mandatory Membership Fee on all transfers of title in the subdivision.
NOTE:   This is a separate and distinct fee from the Mandatory HOA dues and apparently will not be reflected in the normal estoppel letter inquiry from the HOA.

If you are contacted to close a transaction or have a current pending transaction in this subdivision, it is imperative that you contact the Golf Club separately and collect the separate fees for the Mandatory Membership Fee as a part of your closing transaction.

Homestar 100 – 100% Financing Conventional Loan:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting of the 100% Conventional Loan Financing Program offered by Homestar. 97% first Mortgage & 4% second mortgage (1% goes to Closing Costs) – 660 minimum Credit Score & no PMI.  For more information, contact Jay.

Has Your Email Address Been Hacked? Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for informing us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting of a website where you can see if your email address has been compromised or is on the “dark web.”  Go to: www.haveIbeenpwned.com & put in your email address.

Craigslist FAKE Leases:  The Bad Guys are still at it – listing vacant homes that are actually for sale as being for “Lease.”  They are then meeting unsuspecting people at YOUR listing, changing the locks & taking security deposits & having these people move in!  Be aware of this scam if you list a vacant house & make your Sellers aware!

Tom Ferry: Sales Edge in Atlanta: Mon 2/11 – Wed 2/13 at Hilton Atlanta – 255 Courtland ST NE Atlanta, GA 30303.   Online price $499. Discount of $199 if you contact – aespinosa@tomferry.com  949-299-3064.  What will you get out of Sales Edge?  Sales Edge Flyer

  • Bulletproof your Listing & Buyer Presentation
  • A workbook with 134 pages on Scripts and Dialogues
  • Leave the Event with 2-3 Appointments
  • What to say and how to say it to Dramatically Increase Your Lead to Appointment Conversion Rate
  • Strategies to work Efficiently vs Harder
  • Master Your Sales Persuasion and Objection Handling Skills

 

REPEAT: MX1 TWO New Locations:  Congratulations on the two newest Maximum One locations which are now open!  New location in Cumming – a branch owned & operated by Neal & Amy Matheson as part of the Maximum One Premiere Franchise!  Another new location in Newnan – owned & operated by Ming & Alan Richardson as part of the Maximum One Partners Franchise!  See addresses and phone numbers in location section at bottom of this newsletter.

REPEAT: Wire Fraud Disclaimer: We have thoroughly addressed the issue of Wire Fraud in Sales Meetings, CE Classes, Policies & in this weekly Newsletter.  So what steps can you as an agent take to protect yourself & your clients?  MX1 Greater Atlanta’s additional CyberFraud E&O policy will help AFTER the fact but there are many steps you may take to avoid this type of fraud from happening:

  • NEVER email wire instructions from the Broker or Closing Attorney
  • Let the closing Attorney address the wire instructions issue with your clients directly
  • If MX1 is holder of EM funds being wired, we will mail the client the wire instructions
  • If EM is being wired to the Holder, put in a longer time frame in contract for Buyer to remit funds to account for Broker having to mail the instructions to the client
  • Point out the Cyber Fraud paragraph in the Buyer Brokerage Agreement, Listing Agreement, Purchase & Sale Agreement, Consumer Brochures in GAR
  • Send every client & customer the MX1 Wire Fraud Disclosure for their initials BEFORE ever addressing electronic money exchange
  • Make sure you point out Cyber Fraud issues if you are using RE Forms
  • Put a Wire Fraud Disclosure in the signature of your email
  • Feel Free to use this one:
    • BEWARE OF WIRE FRAUD!   WARNING: Wire fraud, email hacking and phishing attacks are on the rise! Email is neither secure nor confidential. If you receive an email from anyone concerning any transaction involving Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta, requesting you to wire funds anywhere or asking you to provide nonpublic personal information (such as credit or debit card numbers, or bank account or bank routing numbers) by unsecured return email, NEVER respond to the message even if it appears to be sent by our company. Instead, immediately call your real estate agent and report the suspicious activity.  ALWAYS confirm wire transfer instructions by phone to a known number before sending any funds.

REPEAT: HOA Information Request: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates for providing us with form for your Sellers to send to their HOA / Management Company to request fees in  order to more accurately complete the Community Association Exhibit. HOA Information Request

.  This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Misc. Forms.”

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2/3/19

1099 Forms:  You should have already have received your 1099 by Email – FROM “Tax1099”   You will also receive an Agent Pay Breakdown in a separate email that will detail all fees paid.  We appreciate your patience with the Accounting Department in getting these Agent Pay Breakdowns out.  For questions, please email change of address to:  Paperwork@eAGENTweb.com  or contact Melanie:  770-919-8825 x 325.

MX1 TWO New Locations:  Congratulations on the two newest Maximum One locations which are now open!  New location in Cumming – a branch owned & operated by Neal & Amy Matheson as part of the Maximum One Premiere Franchise!  Another new location in Newnan – owned & operated by Ming & Alan Richardson as part of the Maximum One Partners Franchise!  See addresses and phone numbers in location section at bottom of this newsletter.

Close More Listing in 3 Days:  The Tom Ferry Sales Edge program is in Atlanta on February 11 – .  13.  This is the ultimate Sales Skills Bootcamp & you WILL get more business by applying the skills you learn.  For more information: Tom Ferry Sales Edge in Atlanta 

How to Access GAR Forms Through GAMLS:  Don’t like rDocs through FMLS?  Check out Transaction Desk through GAMLS as an option.  You may access GAR & RE Forms, &    .  You can ceate & track transaction folders & send docs out for esignature.  Here is a Video on Accessing GAR Docs through Transaction Desk.  Many agents prefer using Transaction Desk over rDocs to organize their business.

Need Access to HUD & Fannie Mae Forms:  If you need access to a variety of forms, check out the Instanet Form library in Transaction Desk on GAMLS.  Included in that library are: GAR Forms, RE Forms, Alabama Contract Forms, HUD Forms, Fannie Mae Addenda,  Go to www.GAMLS.com  & login & then go to “Transaction Desk.”

“Zillow Owned” Brokerage Services:  Zillow is in the Atlanta area offering Brokerage services in a program similar to OfferPad / Open Door / etc.  MX1 Woodstock affiliated Closing Attorney Andy Hartman wants you to be aware of their requirements specifically regarding Closing Attorney you must use in their transactions.  In a Facebook post from Andy:

  • Just curious Georgia Realtors if you have had a buyer purchase a Zillow-owned property yet.
  • If so, you now have been subjected in your contract to what I call the “bully amendment” which overrides pretty much all of your GAR timelines and many of the critical buyer protections. PM me and I will tell u the name of the Zillow seller if you don’t know it.
  • Realtors, I listened to so many of you get so angry when you realized how Zillow started to fleece and abuse you – and our title and closing industry knew it was only a matter of time, too. Buyers – you are paying a heavy price for all of this “click convenience.” Sacrificing your protections from your humans like Realtors and Attorneys.
  • This amendment is “real good stuff” let me tell ya – of course I’m a little chapped (on behalf of my profession) because they are back to creating a monopoly on closing services by forcing your buyer to only one closing firm in the entire Atlanta metro. Ask yourself why – who really benefits from such an unnecessary monopoly. There are 100s of convenient, well qualified closing firms. Let the buyer choose their own, for goodness sake. This is America.
  • This amendment is a gem. Despite the inherent conflict of interest in having a seller dictate who a buyer or their lender must use for legal representation, this amendment imposes draconian penalties and short timelines and little means for a buyer to review a title commitment or protect themselves. Particularly in light of the fact that the ability of the closing firm to truly advocate for the interests of the buyer (THE CLOSING ATTORNEY IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE BUYER OR LENDER) is in direct conflict with this firm’s business relationship with the Seller.
  • The 8 day unilateral extension is gone. It purports to remove lenders right to choose the closing attorney. Let’s see how that flies. There are several other GAR protections blown out.
  • Per the amendment – The Buyer is free to hire and pay for outside counsel to represent himself. Yay! A greater cost for the buyer in the long run.
  • Often these massive arrangements are underpinned by ventures where a new “joint venture title company” is set up where the closing firm shares the title insurance premiums with the exclusive listing agent or even the seller. Wow right??? (To be very clear: I’m not suggesting that such an arrangement exists with Zillow listings. I have no such information – at this time). But just consider the opinion that if it were – this is but a further disservice to your buyer. Even without the profit share, the promise of a monopoly is conflict of interest enough IMO. Who is representing the buyer when all of the information gatekeepers and watchdogs have so many conflicting alliances?
  • I hope I won’t be the only industry professional to raise my voice about this. Particularly among title insurance and attorneys. That would be a lonely place. Because I know more of you are MAD and affected. It only matters because Zillow is so darn big. This could become a big thorn.

Max Cares: Condolences on the passing of Deloris Jenkins who had been with MX1 since the beginning.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn Southern on the launch of the AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation on Feb. 1.  Please check out all of the amazing things this foundation is doing in honor of her Angel Son, Alex.  https://aglfoundation.org/

Max Cares: Thank you All for the condolences on the passing of both my In-Laws within 18 days of each other. (Dana Sparks)

REPEAT: Wire Fraud Disclaimer: We have thoroughly addressed the issue of Wire Fraud in Sales Meetings, CE Classes, Policies & in this weekly Newsletter.  So what steps can you as an agent take to protect yourself & your clients?  MX1 Greater Atlanta’s additional CyberFraud E&O policy will help AFTER the fact but there are many steps you may take to avoid this type of fraud from happening:

  • NEVER email wire instructions from the Broker or Closing Attorney
  • Let the closing Attorney address the wire instructions issue with your clients directly
  • If MX1 is holder of EM funds being wired, we will mail the client the wire instructions
  • If EM is being wired to the Holder, put in a longer time frame in contract for Buyer to remit funds to account for Broker having to mail the instructions to the client
  • Point out the Cyber Fraud paragraph in the Buyer Brokerage Agreement, Listing Agreement, Purchase & Sale Agreement, Consumer Brochures in GAR
  • Send every client & customer the MX1 Wire Fraud Disclosure for their initials BEFORE ever addressing electronic money exchange
  • Make sure you point out Cyber Fraud issues if you are using RE Forms
  • Put a Wire Fraud Disclosure in the signature of your email
  • Feel Free to use this one:
    • BEWARE OF WIRE FRAUD!   WARNING: Wire fraud, email hacking and phishing attacks are on the rise! Email is neither secure nor confidential. If you receive an email from anyone concerning any transaction involving Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta, requesting you to wire funds anywhere or asking you to provide nonpublic personal information (such as credit or debit card numbers, or bank account or bank routing numbers) by unsecured return email, NEVER respond to the message even if it appears to be sent by our company. Instead, immediately call your real estate agent and report the suspicious activity.  ALWAYS confirm wire transfer instructions by phone to a known number before sending any funds.

REPEAT: HOA Information Request: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates for providing us with form for your Sellers to send to their HOA / Management Company to request fees in  order to more accurately complete the Community Association Exhibit. HOA Information Request

.  This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Misc. Forms.”

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1/20/19

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 21st – No Banking today

1099 Forms:  Maximum One will mail you your 1099 by 1/31/19.  If you have moved since last year or since you have come on board with us this year, please make sure we have your new mailing address.  Email to:  Paperwork@eAGENTweb.com  or contact Melanie:  770-919-8825 x 325.

Wire Fraud Disclaimer: We have thoroughly addressed the issue of Wire Fraud in Sales Meetings, CE Classes, Policies & in this weekly Newsletter.  So what steps can you as an agent take to protect yourself & your clients?  MX1 Greater Atlanta’s additional CyberFraud E&O policy will help AFTER the fact but there are many steps you may take to avoid this type of fraud from happening:

  • NEVER email wire instructions from the Broker or Closing Attorney
  • Let the closing Attorney address the wire instructions issue with your clients directly
  • If MX1 is holder of EM funds being wired, we will mail the client the wire instructions
  • If EM is being wired to the Holder, put in a longer time frame in contract for Buyer to remit funds to account for Broker having to mail the instructions to the client
  • Point out the Cyber Fraud paragraph in the Buyer Brokerage Agreement, Listing Agreement, Purchase & Sale Agreement, Consumer Brochures in GAR
  • Send every client & customer the MX1 Wire Fraud Disclosure for their initials BEFORE ever addressing electronic money exchange
  • Make sure you point out Cyber Fraud issues if you are using RE Forms
  • Put a Wire Fraud Disclosure in the signature of your email
  • Feel Free to use this one:
    • BEWARE OF WIRE FRAUD!   WARNING: Wire fraud, email hacking and phishing attacks are on the rise! Email is neither secure nor confidential. If you receive an email from anyone concerning any transaction involving Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta, requesting you to wire funds anywhere or asking you to provide nonpublic personal information (such as credit or debit card numbers, or bank account or bank routing numbers) by unsecured return email, NEVER respond to the message even if it appears to be sent by our company. Instead, immediately call your real estate agent and report the suspicious activity.  ALWAYS confirm wire transfer instructions by phone to a known number before sending any funds.

HOA Information Request: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates for providing us with form for your Sellers to send to their HOA / Management Company to request fees in  order to more accurately complete the Community Association Exhibit. HOA Information Request

.  This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Misc. Forms.”

How to Pay for Home Renovations: Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for sharing with us this awesome Loan program “Homestyle Renovation” for an easy & affordable way to finance home renovations during a purchase or re-fi.  Read more info & contact Denise for specifics: Homestyle Renovation Loan

Radon: Radon is the new buzzword in our market right now.  GAR has a new Radon Consumer Brochure – GAR CB08 – EPA’s Home Buyer’s & Seller’s Guide to Radon Pamphlet. Also many inspectors are now offering Radon inspections.  You may find more information by going to www.EPA.gov

100% No MI Conventional Loan:  Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of a new 100% No Mortgage Insurance Conventional Loan.  Read the flyer & contact Denise for more info. 100% No MI Conventional Loan

Free Guide to Getting More Listings:  Here is a Guide from Market Leader.  Guide to Getting More Listings.  You have to register for it so they may try & sell you something but may have some good information for your business & just wanted to share!

Max Cares: Prayers for Kim Murray whose sister was in the hospital with extremely high blood sugar.

Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green whose Aunt was rushed to the ER with unknown bleeding.

Max Cares: Prayers for Heidi Helm whose Mother has been in the hospital for 10+ days with very serious depression and is undergoing treatment.

Max Cares: Condolences to Carlyse Canada whose Father passed away last Sunday.

 

 

REPEAT: 2019 GAR Contract Classes: We offer many classes this month Many of these are taught or co-taught with our Affiliated Closing Attorneys.  Thank you to Holly McMurray-Cohen of Cohen Law Office & Shawn Horan of Horan Law Group for teaching these classes last week & last month.  Please check the calendar for details & to register. www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar”

  • Tuesday, 1/22 – Powers Ferry – Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean
  • Tuesday, 1/22 – Conyers – Ming Richardson
  • Thursday 1/24 – Galleria – Amee Davis of Davis & Associates
  • Tuesday, 1/29 – Emerson – Marcie Evans
  • Wednesday, 1/30 – Paulding – Dana Sparks
  • Thursday, 1/31 – McDonough – Ming RichardsonHappy Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 21st – No Banking todayWire Fraud Disclaimer: We have thoroughly addressed the issue of Wire Fraud in Sales Meetings, CE Classes, Policies & in this weekly Newsletter.  So what steps can you as an agent take to protect yourself & your clients?  MX1 Greater Atlanta’s additional CyberFraud E&O policy will help AFTER the fact but there are many steps you may take to avoid this type of fraud from happening:
    • NEVER email wire instructions from the Broker or Closing Attorney
    • Let the closing Attorney address the wire instructions issue with your clients directly
    • If MX1 is holder of EM funds being wired, we will mail the client the wire instructions
    • If EM is being wired to the Holder, put in a longer time frame in contract for Buyer to remit funds to account for Broker having to mail the instructions to the client
    • Point out the Cyber Fraud paragraph in the Buyer Brokerage Agreement, Listing Agreement, Purchase & Sale Agreement, Consumer Brochures in GAR
    • Send every client & customer the MX1 Wire Fraud Disclosure for their initials BEFORE ever addressing electronic money exchange
    • Make sure you point out Cyber Fraud issues if you are using RE Forms
    • Put a Wire Fraud Disclosure in the signature of your email
    • Feel Free to use this one:
      • BEWARE OF WIRE FRAUD!   WARNING: Wire fraud, email hacking and phishing attacks are on the rise! Email is neither secure nor confidential. If you receive an email from anyone concerning any transaction involving Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta, requesting you to wire funds anywhere or asking you to provide nonpublic personal information (such as credit or debit card numbers, or bank account or bank routing numbers) by unsecured return email, NEVER respond to the message even if it appears to be sent by our company. Instead, immediately call your real estate agent and report the suspicious activity.  ALWAYS confirm wire transfer instructions by phone to a known number before sending any funds.

    HOA Information Request: Thank you to Amee Davis Closing Attorney of Davis & Associates for providing us with form for your Sellers to send to their HOA / Management Company to request fees in  order to more accurately complete the Community Association Exhibit. HOA Information Request

    .  This is also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Misc. Forms.”

     

    How to Pay for Home Renovations: Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for sharing with us this awesome Loan program “Homestyle Renovation” for an easy & affordable way to finance home renovations during a purchase or re-fi.  Read more info & contact Denise for specifics: Homestyle Renovation Loan

     

    Radon: Radon is the new buzzword in our market right now.  GAR has a new Radon Consumer Brochure – GAR CB08 – EPA’s Home Buyer’s & Seller’s Guide to Radon Pamphlet. Also many inspectors are now offering Radon inspections.  You may find more information by going to www.EPA.gov

     

    100% No MI Conventional Loan:  Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of a new 100% No Mortgage Insurance Conventional Loan.  Read the flyer & contact Denise for more info. 100% No MI Conventional Loan

     

    Free Guide to Getting More Listings:  Here is a Guide from Market Leader.  Guide to Getting More Listings.  You have to register for it so they may try & sell you something but may have some good information for your business & just wanted to share!

     

     

     

    Max Cares: Prayers for Kim Murray whose sister was in the hospital with extremely high blood sugar.

    Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green whose Aunt was rushed to the ER with unknown bleeding.

    Max Cares: Prayers for Heidi Helm whose Mother has been in the hospital for 10+ days with very serious depression and is undergoing treatment.

    Max Cares: Condolences to Carlyse Canada whose Father passed away last Sunday.

     

     

    REPEAT: 2019 GAR Contract Classes: We offer many classes this month Many of these are taught or co-taught with our Affiliated Closing Attorneys.  Thank you to Holly McMurray-Cohen of Cohen Law Office & Shawn Horan of Horan Law Group for teaching these classes last week & last month.  Please check the calendar for details & to register. www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar”

    • Tuesday, 1/22 – Powers Ferry – Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean
    • Tuesday, 1/22 – Conyers – Ming Richardson
    • Thursday 1/24 – Galleria – Amee Davis of Davis & Associates
    • Tuesday, 1/29 – Emerson – Marcie Evans
    • Wednesday, 1/30 – Paulding – Dana Sparks
    • Thursday, 1/31 – McDonough – Ming Richardson

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1/13/19

2019 GAR Contracts CE Classes: We offer many classes this month Many of these are taught or co-taught with our Affiliated Closing Attorneys.  Thank you to Holly McMurray-Cohen of Cohen Law Office & Shawn Horan of Horan Law Group for teaching these classes last week & last month.  Please check the calendar for details & to register. www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar”
  • Tuesday, 1/15 – West Cobb – Amee Davis of Davis & Associates
  • Tuesday, 1/15 – Buford – Doug Dean of Shafrtitz & Dean
  • Wednesday, 1/16 – Airport South – Ming Richardson
  • Thursday, 1/17 – Alpharetta – Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean
  • Thursday, 1/17 – Woodstock – Andy Hartman of Hartman Law Firm
  • Tuesday, 1/22 – Powers Ferry – Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean
  • Tuesday, 1/22 – Conyers – Ming Richardson
  • Thursday 1/24 – Galleria – Amee Davis of Davis & Associates
  • Tuesday, 1/29 – Emerson – Marcie Evans
  • Wednesday, 1/30 – Paulding – Dana Sparks
  • Thursday, 1/31 – McDonough – Ming Richardson
REPEAT: Dues for Your Local Board of Realtors:  is Make sure that your Dues are paid for your Local Board of REALTORS – do not ignore their emails.  If you are not paid up with the Board and you want to use the GAR contracts forms for 2019 you will either need to pay the Board or you will have to pay GAR for the right to use their contracts for 2019 ($239.)  If you choose to no longer be a REALTOR, we will need to change you from the Maximum One Realtor company (i.e. MXGR) to the Realty company (i.e. MXGA) in GREC & FMLS & GAMLS.
REPEAT: Realtor Association Million Dollar Club Awards: Check with your Local Board regarding their requirements to complete applications for the Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards.  You must send your Application to Dana Sparks – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – for verification & signature. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!
REPEAT: MX1 Mailboxes / Pendeflex Files: Branch CEO Advisers are throwing way all mail in these folders so make sure to check yours this week if you think you have anything important or any Christmas Gift Cards from Vendors.
REPEAT: 2019 GAR Licensing Agreement: Since the 2019 GAR Contract Forms are now available, it is against the GAR Licensing Agreement to use any forms dated 2018 or earlier that have not been fully executed by all parties prior to 12/31/18.  See GAR Forms Licensing Agreement
REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Policy – MXGR Agents & HUD Properties: Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS MXGR is a HUD Listing Broker (NLB / LLB) and therefore any agent in MXGR or their immediate family is prohibited from purchasing a HUD property.  This is a change in 2019 –  in prior years, MXGA was the HUD Listing Broker.
* NLB’s their employees, their agents company affiliates and subcontractors are not allowed to purchase any HUD properties or acquire any interest in any HUD properties

REPEAT: MX1 Policy – Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money: If a contract names a Closing Attorney as the Holder of the Earnest Money, you MUST have the Closing Attorney’s signature agreeing to perform the duties and responsibilities of Holder / Escrow Agent as outlined in the contract.

  • GAR – Forms 510 & 511
  • RE Forms – Amendment RE 261 – “All parties agree that Closing Attorney / Firm named as Escrow Agent in Paragraph 3 of the Contract for Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property (RE100) shall perform all duties & accept all responsibilities of Escrow Agent as outlined in paragraph 3 of Standard Terms (RE1) for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.”

o Required Signatures: Buyer(s) & Seller(s) & Closing Attorney

REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta E&O Insurance & Cyber Protection Reminder: As first announced in September 2018, MX1 Greater Atlanta now has Cyber Protection for our agents.  For this vital added protection, E&O Premium is $242 when paid in full or may be paid in 12 monthly installments of $24.40 each for a total of $292.80.
REPEAT: MX1 Policy Reminder – Legal Matters Involving Agents: If Agent is involved in any legal matter which involves MAXIMUM ONE™ staff time to address (including but not limited to potential litigation involving the agent in which MAXIMUM ONE™ is requested to provide documentation, garnishment issues, etc.) Agent acknowledges that MAXIMUM ONE™ may charge agent a fee for assisting in such matters.  Fee shall be $48/hour with a minimum charge of $100. Should MAXIMUM ONE™ be required to be of further service in such matter or hire an attorney, Agent shall reimburse MAXIMUM ONE™ for all related actual expenses.
 
Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Agan-Willians  whose sister Wanda had some complications from unscheduled open heart surgery and is still in ICU. Also for her Brother-in-Law, Wayne, who contracted the flu & pneumonia from visiting his wife in the hospital & is now in the hospital himself.
Max Cares: I thank you all for the prayers & sympathy extended to my family for the passing of my Father-in-Law, Lee Sparks, on Wednesday.

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1/6/19

Have a Happy, Healthy, Joyous & Prosperous 2019 full of Blessings & Opportunity!

Dues for Your Local Board of Realtors:  is Make sure that your Dues are paid for your Local Board of REALTORS – do not ignore their emails.  If you are not paid up with the Board and you want to use the GAR contracts forms for 2019 you will either need to pay the Board or you will have to pay GAR for the right to use their contracts for 2019 ($239.)  If you choose to no longer be a REALTOR, we will need to change you from the Maximum One Realtor company (i.e. MXGR) to the Realty company (i.e. MXGA) in GREC & FMLS & GAMLS.

Realtor Association Million Dollar Club Awards: Check with your Local Board regarding their requirements to complete applications for the Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards.  You must send your Application to Dana Sparks – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com – for verification & signature. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

MX1 Mailboxes / Pendeflex Files: Branch CEO Advisers are throwing way all mail in these folders so make sure to check yours this week if you think you have anything important or any Christmas Gift Cards from Vendors.

2019 GAR Licensing Agreement: Since the 2019 GAR Contract Forms are now available, it is against the GAR Licensing Agreement to use any forms dated 2018 or earlier that have not been fully executed by all parties prior to 12/31/18.  See GAR Forms Licensing Agreement

MX1 Greater Atlanta Policy – MXGR Agents & HUD Properties: Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS MXGR is a HUD Listing Broker (NLB / LLB) and therefore any agent in MXGR or their immediate family is prohibited from purchasing a HUD property.  This is a change in 2019 –  in prior years, MXGA was the HUD Listing Broker.
* NLB’s their employees, their agents company affiliates and subcontractors are not allowed to purchase any HUD properties or acquire any interest in any HUD properties

MX1 Policy – Closing Attorney as Holder of Earnest Money: If a contract names a Closing Attorney as the Holder of the Earnest Money, you MUST have the Closing Attorney’s signature agreeing to perform the duties and responsibilities of Holder / Escrow Agent as outlined in the contract.

  • GAR – Forms 510 & 511
  • RE Forms – Amendment RE 261 – “All parties agree that Closing Attorney / Firm named as Escrow Agent in Paragraph 3 of the Contract for Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property (RE100) shall perform all duties & accept all responsibilities of Escrow Agent as outlined in paragraph 3 of Standard Terms (RE1) for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.”

o Required Signatures: Buyer(s) & Seller(s) & Closing Attorney

MX1 Greater Atlanta E&O Insurance & Cyber Protection Reminder: As first announced in September 2018, MX1 Greater Atlanta now has Cyber Protection for our agents.  For this vital added protection, E&O Premium is $242 when paid in full or may be paid in 12 monthly installments of $24.40 each for a total of $292.80.

MX1 Policy Reminder – Legal Matters Involving Agents: If Agent is involved in any legal matter which involves MAXIMUM ONE™ staff time to address (including but not limited to potential litigation involving the agent in which MAXIMUM ONE™ is requested to provide documentation, garnishment issues, etc.) Agent acknowledges that MAXIMUM ONE™ may charge agent a fee for assisting in such matters.  Fee shall be $48/hour with a minimum charge of $100. Should MAXIMUM ONE™ be required to be of further service in such matter or hire an attorney, Agent shall reimburse MAXIMUM ONE™ for all related actual expenses.

Max Cares: Condolences to Mandy Gentile whose Mother passed away.

Max Cares: Best Wishes to Vivian Green who got engaged on Christmas!

Max Cares: Prayers for Wayne Crowe who is having his bladder removed due to having bladder cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers to Michelle Butz whose son, Chris had a seizure while driving on Friday & totaled his car and stayed safe

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black whose Aunt passed away yesterday.

REPEAT: 2019 GAR Contracts for Non-Realtors: If you are not a Realtor & want to purchase the rights to use the 2019 GAR Contract forms you may pay now to get your FPID number so that you can get access in FMLS & GAMLS . Any questions, call GAR – 770-451-1831 or  forms@garealtor.com.

REPEAT: Where to Find Your NRDS Number:  You can quickly retrieve your NRDS ID from the www.Realtor.org website.  In addition, your NRDS ID is shown on your NAR membership card-every member should have a card. If your membership card isn’t handy, you can also find your NRDS ID on the address label of your monthly copy of REALTOR® magazine. Or call NAR’s Information Central, 800-874-6500, and ask for it.

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12/23/18 & 12/30/18

Maximum One Offices are Closed for Christmas on Monday 12/24 & Tuesday 12/25 – Merry Christmas!

Maximum One Offices will be Closed on 1/1/19 – Happy New Year!  (No Newsletter next weekend)

Have a Happy, Healthy, Joyous & Prosperous 2019 full of Blessings & Opportunity!

Dues for Your Local Board of Realtors:  is Make sure that your Dues are paid for your Local Board of REALTORS – do not ignore their emails.  If you are not paid up with the Board and you want to use the GAR contracts forms for 2019 you will either need to pay the Board or you will have to pay GAR for the right to use their contracts for 2019 ($239.)  If you choose to no longer be a REALTOR, we will need to change you from the Maximum One Realtor company (i.e. MXGR) to the Realty company (i.e. MXGA) in GREC & FMLS & GAMLS.

Max Cares: Best Wishes to Karlene Shiver who is getting married on 12/29/18.

Max Cares: Best Wishes to Jennifer Fowler who got engaged on 12/22/18.

REPEAT: 2019 GAR Contracts for Non-Realtors: If you are not a Realtor & want to purchase the rights to use the 2019 GAR Contract forms (which will be available 1/1/19) you may pay now to reserve your FPID number so that you can get access in FMLS & GAMLS on 1/1/19.

2019 GAR Form Access for Non-Realtors

REPEAT: 2019 GAR Contract Forms for Realtors:  The 2019 GAR Contract forms will be available on FMLS & GAMLS on 1/1/19.  You will need your NRDS number in order to access these forms.

REPEAT: Where to Find Your NRDS Number:  You can quickly retrieve your NRDS ID from the www.Realtor.org website.  In addition, your NRDS ID is shown on your NAR membership card-every member should have a card. If your membership card isn’t handy, you can also find your NRDS ID on the address label of your monthly copy of REALTOR® magazine. Or call NAR’s Information Central, 800-874-6500, and ask for it.

REPEAT: Realtor Ethics Requirement:  If you are a Realtor (i.e. member of a Local Board of Realtors,) you MUST complete your Ethics course requirement by 12/31/18.  Online classes are available through NAR & GAMLS.

  • NAR On-Line Course: Click Here. Choose between the $29.95, 3 CE Credit course, or the FREE, No CE Credit Course.
  • GAMLS offers several ethics courses that are available to members at no charge through our Online Continuing Education portal.  These courses meet the NAR biennial requirement.   To access the Online Continuing Education courses, just LOGIN TO GAMLS with your username and password and select ‘Online Continuing Education’ in the Quick Access menu. Below is a list of the available ethics courses:
    • Disclosure and Cooperation
    • Pricing, Offers, and Advertising
    • Ethics in Real Estate

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12/16/18

2019 GAR Contracts for Non-Realtors: If you are not a Realtor & want to purchase the rights to use the 2019 GAR Contract forms (which will be available 1/1/19) you may pay now to reserve your FPID number so that you can get access in FMLS & GAMLS on 1/1/19.

2019 GAR Form Access for Non-Realtors

2019 GAR Contract Forms for Realtors:  ChecThe 2019 GAR Contract forms will be available on FMLS & GAMLS on 1/1/19.  You will need your NRDS number in order to access these forms.

Where to Find Your NRDS Number:  You can quickly retrieve your NRDS ID from the www.Realtor.org website.  In addition, your NRDS ID is shown on your NAR membership card-every member should have a card. If your membership card isn’t handy, you can also find your NRDS ID on the address label of your monthly copy of REALTOR® magazine. Or call NAR’s Information Central, 800-874-6500, and ask for it.

Realtor Ethics Requirement:  If you are a Realtor (i.e. member of a Local Board of Realtors,) you MUST complete your Ethics course requirement by 12/31/18.  Online classes are available through NAR & GAMLS.

  • NAR On-Line Course: Click Here. Choose between the $29.95, 3 CE Credit course, or the FREE, No CE Credit Course.
  • GAMLS offers several ethics courses that are available to members at no charge through our Online Continuing Education portal.  These courses meet the NAR biennial requirement.   To access the Online Continuing Education courses, just LOGIN TO GAMLS with your username and password and select ‘Online Continuing Education’ in the Quick Access menu. Below is a list of the available ethics courses:
    • Disclosure and Cooperation
    • Pricing, Offers, and Advertising
    • Ethics in Real Estate

How to List Property During the Holidays:  You may get Seller objections about listing their home this time of year.  Check out this list from the Mike Ferry Organization (Tom Ferry’s Dad) to help you list these properties:  “11 Reasons to List During the Holidays.”

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12/9/18

Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Parties! – Tuesday 12/11 & Friday 12/14 – Contact your Team Captains for more information!  Fellowship! Food! Fun! & Give-Aways!

USDA Loans & Repairs: If the repairs are required per the appraisal, USDA absolutely allows the repair costs to be be escrowed and completed after closing (the repair escrow account can be funded by the buyer/seller/agent/or even rolled into the loan if the appraisal amount exceeds the sales price). With that said, the lender may not allow it…but USDA does. Thank you to Jay Alexander for sharing this information – please see his contact information below.

 

2019 GAR Contract Classes:  Check out the calendar to be THE FIRST to learn of the changes! Classes start THIS WEEK & they will sell out! Your MX1 Greater Atlanta Brokers & Your MX1 Franchise Leaders all learned about the changes from GAR last week!  Register for a class now!  www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”

 

MX1 Greater Atlanta Brokers:

Kim Murray, Dawn Southern, Dana Sparks

MX1 Greater Atlanta Brokers

MX1 Franchise Leaders: Dawn Southern, Ming Richardson, Lynn Lenton, Kenneth Storey, Tracy Barb, Donna Agan-Williams, Kim Murray, Dana Sparks (Missing: Neal Matheson)

MX1 Franchisees at GAR

Additional Search Options on Your Chime Lead-Generating Agent Website:  Thank you to Shawn Delaney for getting this added for us!  We now have stories as an option on our chime search and the garage search feature has been fixed.  ��   If there is anything else you think is a must please contact chime to see what they can do.

Auto Text / Auto Dialer on your Chime Agent Website:  If you would like to add an Auto-Dialer / Auto-Texter on your smart plans in your Chime Agent Lead-Generating Website, it is only $10/onth.  Please contact Jennifer Fowler – Admin@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 964

Why Your Listing is Being Ignored: Are you getting few showings for your listing, or do visitors want to leave quickly? Here are a few items that could be turning off potential buyers. Vague property descriptions. Online descriptions of just a few words-or none at all-create a missed opportunity to provide buyers with more details on why they should….  Read More Here

Real Estate Investors MLS:  There is a new marketplace opening that has been purpose-built to be the real estate investor’s MLS. As easy as it is to search your local MLS, the same experience is now available to real estate investors looking for discounted, off-market properties. It’s called PiN and it’s quickly turned into the real estate investor’s MLS.  Click here for More Info.   From Ross Hamilton:ross@connectedinvestor.org

Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn Southern on her son Jimmy’s graduation from college on Tuesday!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Donna Black on the passing of her Aunt.

Max Cares: Prayers for health to Donna Black for her other Aunt.

 

REPEAT: AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation: Last September, Patti Loveless thought it would be a great tribute to Alex Luttrell (Dawn Southern’s youngest son who was tragically killed in 2017) for the monthly Community Service Project for our Paulding Maximum One office to have a Fundraiser in his name to collect donations for the SPHS Fine Arts Department, that was so important to him, which was a huge success, we collected $6500 for them. So, we decided to make it an annual event. Patti wanted more than just an annual event and felt led to turn this in to something bigger…much bigger. We tossed around idea’s for a little bit and it is with great honor to finally be able to announce that the Alex G Luttrell Over the Rainbow Fund is officially the AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation. We are now a Non-Profit Organization and will be awarding scholarships in memory of Alex to students in the Fine Arts Department. We will start with South Paulding High School and eventually be Nation wide. SPHS will always have a scholarship reserved for them each year and every September any funds collected during the Annual AGL Over the Rainbow Fundraiser will go to SPHS Fine Arts Department. We are currently working on the website and official Facebook page. Alex said in his Senior Project that he would always try to change someones life with Theater, he is going to continue to change lives through the AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation.  Continued prayers to Dawn & Tommy Southern.

 

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12/2/18

Happy Hanukkah! – 1st Night is December 2nd!

Homestar Financial Corporation Loan Limits Increasing in 2019: Homestar FC is increasing their maximum base conforming and high-cost area loan limits on January 1, 2019.  For a one-unit property in most areas in the U.S., the 2019 maximum base conforming loan limit will be $484,350. The maximum limit for a super conforming loan secured by a one-unit property will be $726,525.

We will update Freddie Mac Loan Product Advisor® on December 1, 2018, so you may begin originating mortgages with these new loan limits. However, mortgages with higher original loan amounts eligible under the 2019 loan limits must have Freddie Mac funding or settlement dates on or after January 1, 2019.  Thank you to Jay Alexander for sharing this information – please see his contact information below.

AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation: Last September, Patti Loveless thought it would be a great tribute to Alex Luttrell (Dawn Southern’s youngest son who was tragically killed in 2017) for the monthly Community Service Project for our Paulding Maximum One office to have a Fundraiser in his name to collect donations for the SPHS Fine Arts Department, that was so important to him, which was a huge success, we collected $6500 for them. So, we decided to make it an annual event. Patti wanted more than just an annual event and felt led to turn this in to something bigger…much bigger. We tossed around idea’s for a little bit and it is with great honor to finally be able to announce that the Alex G Luttrell Over the Rainbow Fund is officially the AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation. We are now a Non-Profit Organization and will be awarding scholarships in memory of Alex to students in the Fine Arts Department. We will start with South Paulding High School and eventually be Nation wide. SPHS will always have a scholarship reserved for them each year and every September any funds collected during the Annual AGL Over the Rainbow Fundraiser will go to SPHS Fine Arts Department. We are currently working on the website and official Facebook page. Alex said in his Senior Project that he would always try to change someones life with Theater, he is going to continue to change lives through the AGL Over the Rainbow Foundation.  Continued prayers to Dawn & Tommy Southern.

Remine – Available through FMLS & GAMLS: Remine combines consumer data and property data into a single platform that delivers more actionable intelligence to real estate agents than any other tool. GAMLS is hosting training sessions will walk you through the platform as you learn how to best utilize its many tools

  • Tuesday, Dec 4th – 9am & 11am & 1pm & 3pm – Morrow Location – More Here
  • Wednesday, Dec 5th – 10am & 11am & 12pm – Tucker Location – More Here

10 Things Sellers Should Never Say to Listing Agents:  When it comes to putting a home on the market, sellers love to share their insight about how the selling process should work. They want and expect to give their input to their listing agent as to how showings should be handled as well as pricing, managing other agents, offers, negotiations and what they will and will not repair. Selling a home is an art, and not an exact science, and ultimately you never know what is going to happen until a buyer crosses the seller’s path. Keeping an open mind and not setting predetermined limits on the process leads to a more productive and positive selling experience.  Here are ten things sellers often say – but shouldn’t – to listing agents:

Check Your Own CE Credits Online:  To see what CE credits you have for your license, simply log on to GREC & they are listed there. Go to GREC & then on the left click on “Login to Online Services” & then enter your RE License Number & Password (more instructions on the GREC site.)

Checking Real Estate License:  All Georgia Agents’ real estate license information is public information located online.  Simply google “GREC Find an Agent” and then enter the agent’s name or license number. Then you will see their name, license number, license type, license status, renewal date & firm name. Then if you click on their license number, you will see when that agent was initially licensed and if they have any sanctions.

Max Cares:  Prayers for healing to Lynn Lenton’s  Mom who is in the hospital after a nasty fall

Max Cares: Prayers to Sophronia Qualls whose Husband is fighting Alzheimer’s disease & was just diagnosed with cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers to Jackie Koch who is recovering from spinal surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers for Donna Agan-Williams’s daughter who went to the ER with stroke symptoms.

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11/25/18

Happy Thanksgiving!!!   

It’s so easy to get caught up in our busy lives.  

From New Year’s resolutions to spring cleaning, and summer vacations to the holidays-life can come and go as quickly as the seasons.  

That’s why it’s so important to pause and be thankful for the blessings we have in our lives. – Dawn Southern

 Happy Hanukkah! – 1st Night is December 2nd!

A very  special Thank You to 

Dave & Ann Kubat who founded Maximum One!!!  

Without them, none of us would be here!

Thank you to All the Branch CEO Advisers: These amazing staff members are the glue that holds Maximum One together!  They all run their Branch and all have corporate responsibilities for the entire company as well – some of which are listed below!

  • West Cobb – Michelle Butz – 770-919-8825 x 318 – WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com
    • DA Manager
  • Galleria – Vivian Green – 770-919-8825 x 318 – Galleria@eAGENTweb.com
    • Agent Services Coordinator
  • Paulding – Dawn Southern – 770-919-8825 x 321 – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com
    • Compliance Department Manager & MXGR Compliance
  • Woodstock – Kim Murray – 770-919-8825 x 303 – Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com
    • MXGA Compliance
  • Douglasville – Heidi Kelly – 770-919-8825 x 306 – Douglasville@eAGENTweb.com
    • Roster Manager & Association of Realtor Manager
  • Powers Ferry – Heidi Helm – 770-919-8825 x 310 – PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com
    • AOD Manager & Max Cares & Vendor Program Coordinator
  • Executive Administrator – Jennifer Fowler – 770-919-8825 x 964 – Admin@eAGENTweb.com
    • Chime Manager & Recruiting Director

Thank You to All of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department: These amazing staff member keep the money flowing for our ongoing prosperity so that we may ALL bless more people!

 

Thank You to All of Our Branch Team Captains:  These agent leaders organize, plan and facilitate the Sales Meetings & Social events & work closely with your Branch CEO Advisers doing so much more to provide an amazing office for you.  They welcome your assistance with all events especially decorating the offices for Christmas & organizing your Community Service events for your office!

 

Thank You to All of Our Affiliated Closing Attorneys:  These attorneys have taught us all so much & supported us in a myriad of ways!  Thank you!

 

Branch Company Affiliate Affiliate Contact Information
West Cobb Davis & Associates,

Attorneys at Law, LLC

www.davislawga.com 

Amee Davis 770-426-5440

ADavis@davislawga.com

Powers Ferry Shafritz & Dean,

Attorneys at Law

www.shafritz-dean.com 

Richard Shafritz 678-393-2140

RShafritz@Shafritz-Dean.com

Douglas Dean 678-393-2140

DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com

Galleria Davis & Associates,

Attorneys at Law, LLC

www.davislawga.com 

Amee Davis 770-426-5440

ADavis@davislawga.com

Douglasville Horan Law Group, PC Shawn Horan 770-942-8887

Shoran@westgalaw.com

Woodstock Hartman Law Firm

www.hartmanlawfirm.com 

Andy Hartman 770-284-1111

Andy@hartmanlawfirm.com

Paulding Cohen Law Office, LLC

www.aclawonline.com 

Holly Cohen McMurray 678-384-1113

Holly@aclawonline.com

Elizabeth Williams 678-384-1113

Elizabeth@aclawonline.com

Executives

Alpharetta & Buford

Shafritz & Dean,

Attorneys at Law

www.shafritz-dean.com 

Richard Shafritz 678-393-2140

RShafritz@Shafritz-Dean.com

Douglas Dean 678-393-2140

DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com

Partners

McDonough & Conyers & Airport South

Burgess Title & Escrow, LLC

www.facebook.com/Burgess-Title-Escrow-LLC 

Bill Miller 404-446-3300

Jessica@burgesstitle.com

Community

Emerson & Rome

Hartman Law Firm

www.hartmanlawfirm.com 

Andy Hartman 770-284-1111

Andy@hartmanlawfirm.com

Premier

Dawsonville

Shafritz & Dean,

Attorneys at Law

www.shafritz-dean.com 

Richard Shafritz 678-393-2140

RShafritz@Shafritz-Dean.com

Douglas Dean 678-393-2140

DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com

West Georgia

Carrollton & Villa Rica

Coats & Cordle,

Attorneys at Law

www.coatsandcordle.com 

Robert Coats 770-577-7155

rcoats@coatsandcordle.com

Randy Cordle 770-577-7155

rcordle@coatsandcordle.com

 

 

Thank You to All of Our Affiliated Mortgage Lenders:  These lenders help us and our Buyers get the houses they want to make their dreams come true.

 

Branch Company Affiliate Affiliate Contact Information
West Cobb Homestar Financial Corporation

www.homestarfc.com 

Jay Alexander

NMLS 223779

404-409-5784

Jay.Alexander@homestarfc.com

Wes Barclay

NMLS 1309779

770-580-6748

Wes.Barclay@homrstarfc.com

Powers Ferry Cross Country Mortgage

www.myccmortgage.com 

Michael Matlin

NMLS 1076536

404-710-8317

Michael.Matlin@myccmortgage.com

 

Faith Helm

NMLS 260619

404-384-5452

Faith.Helm@myccmortgage.com

Galleria Movement Mortgage

www.movement.com 

John Bohannon

NMLS 170795

770-480-8210

John.Bohannon@movement.com

Douglasville Premier Mortgage Exchange

www.premiermortgagee

xchange.com

Mike Diffee

NMLS 170909

404-316-6944

MDiffee@premier-mtg.net

American Eagle Mortgage

www.aemc.cc 

Linda Kennedy

NMLS 209067

678-614-4653

LKennedy@aemc.cc

Woodstock Movement Mortgage

www.movement.com 

John Bohannon

NMLS 170795

770-480-8210

John.Bohannon@movement.com

Paulding Homestar Financial Corporation

www.homestarfc.com 

Denise Thomas

NMLS 222463

770-856-5726

Denise.Thomas@Homestarfc.com

Executives

Alpharetta & Buford

New American Funding

www.newamericanf

unding.com

Brad Taylor

NMLS 461982

770-883-3100

Brad.Taylor@nafinc.com

Partners

McDonough & Conyers & Airport South 

Movement Mortgage

www.movement.com 

Jarek Maddox

NMLS 1382192

404-242-1420

Jarek.Maddox@movement.com

Wendell Charles

NMLS 252138

678-595-5997

Wendell.Charles@movement.com

Premier

Dawsonville

North Georgia Lending

www.northgeorgial

ending.com

Tabatha Abbott

NMLS 168398

678-455-8051

tabatha@northgeorgialending.com

West Georgia

Carrollton & Villa Rica

Goldwater Bank – Legacy Mortgage

www.legacymortgaget

eam.com

Mark Pagomenakis

NMLS 163759

678-534-5718

Mark.Pago@goldwaterbank.com

 

Eleni Tagalos Loyd

NMLS 1242792

770-824-7194

Eleni.TagalosLoyd@goldwaterbank.com

 

 

 

Thank You to All of Our Preferred Vendors: Thank you all for supporting Maximum One!  This list is always available – www.eAGENTweb.com click “Vendors”

 

Category Company Contact Info
Home Warranty America’s Preferred

Home Warranty

John Zupancic

678-502-6841

jzupancic@aphw.net

www.aphw.com 

 

First American Home

Buyer’s Protection

 

Keri Smith

770-595-1173

Ksmith@firstam.com

www.FAHW.com 

Home Warranty of America Angela Garner

222-492-7359

agarner@hwahomewarranty.com

www.hwahomewarranty.com 

American Home Shield

 

LaDonna Hocker

678-662-4423

lhocker@ahslink.com

www.ahs.com 

2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty Robert Murray

678-346-1333

romurray@2-10.com

www.2-10.com 

Old Republic Home Protection Scott Eaves/Hope Moore

800-282-7131 x1463/x1486

ScottE@orhp.com   HopeM@orhp.com

www.myorhp.com/scotteaves 

www.myorhp.com/hopemoore 

Home Inspector Davis Home Inspections Scott Davis

770-317-2328

scott@davishomeinspectionsllc.net

www.davishomeinspectionsllc.net 

Marlon Page

404-454-7651

www.thehomeinspectionpros.com 

thehomeinspectionpros@gmail.com

 

National Property Inspections

 

Scott Buckley

404-630-4481

scott@atlhomeinspector.com

www.atlhomeinspector.com 

AT Martin Home Inspections Anthony Martin

770-906-7294

amartinspect@gmail.com

www.amartinspect.com 

Home Inspections & More Tim Russu

770-388-0970

homeinspectionsandmore@gmail.com

www.himofatlanta.com 

HouseMaster Sophie Smith

770-847-0449

sophie.smith@housemaster.com

www.northatlantahousemaster.com 

Jones-Warren Home

Inspection Services

Meredith Jones

404-793-3773

Meredith@joneswarren.com

www.joneswarren.com 

Horton’s Inspection Services, LLC Gary Horton

404-545-5364

Gary.horton.40@gmail.com

www.hortoninspectionservices.com 

 

Dream Home Inspections, LLC Jacques Mountain

678-516-9467

dreamhomeinspectionsatl@gmail.com

www.dreamhomeinspections.org 

 

ProTech Home and Property Inspections Amie Hamby

770-277-5655

rrc.protech@gmail.com

www.protech-inspect.com 

 

 

Southern Family Home Inspections

 

David Thomason

770-580-5718

inspector@southernfamilyhomeinspections.com

www.southernfamilyhomeinspections.com 

 

Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGee Insurance Agency

 

Mark McGee

770-648-7586

mark@callmcgee.com

Farmers Insurance -The Emeri Agency, Inc

 

Stacy Emeri Watson

678-487-8311

semeri@farmersagent.com

www.stacyemeri.com 

 

Builder / Contractor S & S Homes Tommy Southern

770-846-6518

tommyleesouthern@yahoo.com

Termite Arrow Exterminators Jason Lamarca and Yessica Etchebarne

404-735-3225/770-862-0151

jlamarca@arrowexterminators.com; yetchebarne@arrowexterminators.com

www.arrowexterminators.com/pest-control/georgia 

Northwest Exterminating Ashley Sequens

678-822-6405

www.asequens@callnorthwest.com

www.callnorthwest.com 

 

Natural Gas Georgia Natural Gas Michael Harris

470-445-1893

X2michar@southernco.com

www.gng.com/gnghub 

 

Gas South Brenda Turner

770-763-4671

Brenda.turner@gassouth.com

www.gassouth.com/realestate 

 

 

Credit Repair Hope Credit Services Teressa McIntosh

678-383-2839

McIntosh@HopeCreditService.com

www.hopecreditservice.com 

Cleaning Service R&N House Cleaning Services

 

Roseane & Nei Santis

Residential & Commercial

404-438-5040

14+ years of Experience

Call for FREE Estimate

“His Will” Junk Removal, Hauling & Clean Out Service, LLC

 

Ann

470-309-1323

HisWillServices17@gmail.com

Property Management

 

All County Cumberland Property Management George Johnson

770-431-4633 ext 102

gjohnson@allcountycumberland.com

www.allcountycumberland.com 

 

 

Skyline Properties Group Judy Cook

770-880-9440

judy@skylinepropertiesga.com

www.skylinepropertiesga.com 

Backyard Realty Group Jen Tolley

770-517-1761 x205

jen@backyardrealty.com

www.BackyardRealty.com 

Photography

Services

WOW Photo Pro Eric Axley

404-386-4724

wowphotopro@gmail.com

www.photopro.com 

DREAM Images Dianne Dunn

678-524-0265

dianne@yourdreamimages.com

www.yourdreamimages 

Anya Dupree Photography Anya Dupree

678-481-7384

anyadupree@mac.com

Home Staging Stage Right Georgia Julie Bostardi

404-368-1666

Julie@stagerightgeorgia.com

www.stagerightgeorgia.com 

Handyman Fox Home Repair Todd Fox

770-825-1249

Todd.Fox@FoxHomeRepair.com

www.FoxHomeRepair.com 

 

 

 Personal Security   Real Estate Security Solutions  Jefery Lewis

800-604-0387

Jefreytyrone6@gmail.com

www.RealEstateSecurityofAtlanta.com 

 Roofing  Storm Guard Roofing and Construction  David Isbill

678-986-9782

disbill@stormguardrc.com

www.stormguard-powdersprings.com 

Employee Benefits American National Worksite Benefits

 

 

Claude Salmon

470-217-1994

Claude.Salmon@AmericanNational.com

www.AmericaNational.com 

 

 

Thank You to All of Our Franchisees: These Franchises are allowing agents throughout GA & Alabama also enjoy the benefits of the Maximum One concept!

McDonough – Maximum One Realty Partners

Managing Partners: Ming & Alan Richardson

Office@MaxOnePartners.com 

313 Jonesboro Rd.

McDonough, GA 30253

678-782-5050 / 770-616-4901

 

Conyers / East Metro – Maximum One Realty Partners

1510 Klondike Rd. SW  #101

Conyers, GA  30094

678-400-6453

 

South Airport – Maximum One Realty Partners 

1580 Phoenix Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30349

678-400-2618

 

Alpharetta / North Fulton / Gwinnett / Forsyth – Maximum One Realty Executives

Managing Partners – Monica & Kenneth Storey

Office@MaxOneExecutives.com

1005 Alderman Dr.   Suite #113

Alpharetta, GA 30005

770-835-4311

Buford – Maximum One Realty Executives

4305 S. Lee St., Suite 300

Buford, GA 30518

770-835-4311

 

Emerson / Bartow – Maximum One Communities

Managing Partners – Lynn Lenton & Marcie Evans

Office@MaximumOneCommunityRealtors.com

708 Highway 293

Emerson, GA 30137

770-334-8286

Fax:  770-334-8062

 

Rome – Maximum One Communities 

9 W. 5th Ave.

Rome, GA 30161

770-334-8286

 

North Georgia Mountains – Maximum One Premier Realtors

Managing Partner – Neal Matheson

Neal@MaxOnePremier.com  
800 Old Dawson Village Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534
(470) 400-9877

Villa Rica / Carrollton – Maximum One West Georgia Realtors 

Managing Partner – Donna Agan-Williams

Donna@MaxOneWestGA.com

95 Midway Church Dr.

Carrollton, GA 30116

(770) 856-1549

 

Warner Robins – Maximum One Platinum Realty 

Managing Partner – Tracy Barb

Tracy@MaxOnePlatinum.com
114 Constitution Drive  #700

Warner Robbins, GA  31088

(478) 365-9325

 

Alabama – Maximum One Alabama, Realtors 

Part of the Greater Atlanta Franchise

Broker – Nikki Russell

RealtorNikki1@gmail.com

Maximum One Alabama, REALTORS®

161-A West Main Street

Centre, AL  35960
(256) 459-2370

 

 

 

Max Cares:  Prayers for healing to Tommy Southern  who is recovering from surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain from a brain bleed he suffered from a fall.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Angelia Bynum on getting her Broker’s license!

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Jennifer Fowler who spent Thanksgiving Day in the ER with her daughter, Mylie, with strep throat & a ruptured eardrum.

 

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11/18/18

Maximum One Offices Closed for Thanksgiving – Offices are Closed on 11/22 and 11/23 – Agents have 24/7 access with Key Fob – Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!   

It’s so easy to get caught up in our busy lives.  From New Year’s resolutions to spring cleaning, and summer vacations to the holidays-life can come and go as quickly as the seasons.  That’s why it’s so important to pause and be thankful for the blessings we have in our lives. – Dawn Southern

 Thank you to All the Branch Team Captains: These agent leaders organize, plan and facilitate the Sales Meetings & Social events & work closely with your Branch CEO Advisers doing so much more to provide an amazing office for you.  They welcome your assistance with all events especially decorating the offices for Christmas & organizing your Community Service events for your office!

Cross Country Fast Track Loan Process:  Have a Buyer who needs to close quickly or wants more assurance that their loan will be funded?  Thank you to Michael Matlin & Faith Helm of Cross Country Mortgage for informing us of the Fast Track Credit Approval process.  With this process, a Buyer may close in as few as 10 days after going binding on a contract.  Contact Michael for more information… see below.

Facebook Marketing Tips: What NOT to do:  With some effort you can see good marketing results on Facebook. Whether it is brand exposure or generating new leads, there are many options available to help you reach your goals. What you do not want to do is make silly mistakes that drive consumers away from your page instead of towards it.  Here are 5 things you should avoid doing on your Facebook page.  Read More Here…

MX1 Branch Production Contests: Starting January 2019, the offices are going to have a friendly little competition. The Branch with the most closed transactions each month will get bragging rights, plus it is a fabulous marketing tool. Also, a new feature in the Paperless Pipeline is tracking where your lead came from so when you enter the clients name, next to it will be a drop down of lead choices.

99 Lead Sources for Real Estate Agents:  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to real estate leads. Read this article describing 99 lead sources to help you drum up some business – and a bus bench isn’t one.  The leads in this list are broken down into 16 different categories. This article from Inman News has gone into detail about a lot of lead sources, but let’s start with the first 99.  Read More Here…

2019 GAR Contract Changes:  Please register now for a FREE 3 Hr CE Class on the 2019 GAR Contract.  At least one class will be in each MX1 Greater Atlanta Branch in December!  Additional classes will be scheduled in January & February in the branches and co-taught with your affiliated Closing Attorney.  We publicize & open our classes to ALL agents regardless of Brokerage so please don’t wait so that you may hit January running!  See the calendar & register now: www.eAGENTweb.com click  “Calendar” then click on December
Max Cares:  Prayers for healing to Richard Shafritz  who is recovering from surgery to remove melanoma.

REPEAT:  Seller’s Property Disclosure Form:  This form is NOT warranted by the Seller.  So if there is an issue of importance (i.e. Seller states that property is on Sewer when it is actually on septic) then you need to add a Special Stipulation making it that the Seller warrants that information in order for any recourse for a Buyer after closing.  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for addressing this issue on the West Cobb Sales Meeting and giving us this Special Stipulation:

  • “Seller’s Disclosure Form attached herein states ______ (i.e. property is on sewer & not septic)_____ and Seller warrants this information.  This disclosure and Seller warranty of this information shall survive closing.”

REPEAT:  NEW Policy: Earnest Money Over $10,000:  Any Earnest Money to be held by Maximum One that is OVER $10,000 must be in the form of a wire directly to Maximum One. Wire instructions will be mailed to your client / customer via US Mail.

REPEAT: Maximum One Release of EM:  If MX1 Greater Atlanta is the Holder of EM & it gets released (i.e. from a T&R or Amendment) we release it via the Bill Pay system of our bank.  The check goes directly from Chase Bank to the person’s address.  Please make sure we have the person’s mailing address and let them know it will be a few days as it goes through the system.

REPEAT: AGENT OWNED PROPERTY FOR SALE: Remember that there are various License Laws governing your actions if you are buying / selling / renting / leasing / exchanging real property.  These Laws apply to you regardless if the property is a personal residence or investment or if you are 100% sole owner or partial owner or if you are taking a commission or not.  Per GREC Rule 520-1-.11 & OCGA 43-40-12

  • You must first advise the Broker in writing – in other words, send us an email PRIOR to signing a contract / Agreement
  • You Must disclose that you are a licensed real estate agent in ALL Marketing & Advertising including MLS listings
  • You Must comply with all GREC Licensing / Marketing Rules & Laws
  • You Must submit all contracts / agreements to Broker for Compliance Review (i.e. create transaction in Paperless Pipeline)
  • And More!  Review License law on Agent as Principal

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11/11/18

Veteran’s Day Observed: Monday, November 12, 2018 – No Banking & No US Mail

Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One in October:  Please welcome these agents new to our company!

Teresa Johnson Partners
Amanda Siniard Community
Amanda Kelly Community
Erin Johnson Community
Retina Burton Douglasville
Erica Smith Community
Ian Frances Partners
Teresa Hodges Platinum
Chuck Goldstein Woodstock
Teresa Finks West Cobb
Enrique Copeland Partners
Erica Mitchell Galleria
Vicki Stouffer Premier
Salathia Brittian Partners
Donald Williams Partners
Bernice Ward Galleria
Karonisha Coleman West Cobb
Leah Loveless Paulding
Earl Walker Platinum
British Martin Executives
Casey Williams Executives
Yashica Holmes Galleria
Yolanda Watson Douglasville
Lidia Bonilla Executives
Ted Sapp Galleria
Karisma Ware West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Mandy Gentile Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Michael Schneider West Cobb
Jerrell Joyner Platinum
Michael Salter Platinum
John Siniard Community
Ervin Williams Community
Scott Muglach Community
Lisa Wright Community
Patrick Walker Galleria
Freddie Hires Partners
Antonio Perkins Galleria Welcome BACK!
Marc Jenkins Partners
Venice Harris Partners

Seller’s Property Disclosure Form:  This form is NOT warranted by the Seller.  So if there is an issue of importance (i.e. Seller states that property is on Sewer when it is actually on septic) then you need to add a Special Stipulation making it that the Seller warrants that information in order for any recourse for a Buyer after closing.  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for addressing this issue on the West Cobb Sales Meeting and giving us this Special Stipulation:

  • “Seller’s Disclosure Form attached herein states ______ (i.e. property is on sewer & not septic)_____ and Seller warrants this information.  This disclosure and Seller warranty of this information shall survive closing.”

Mortgages & Student Loans:  If you have a Buyer with Student Loans & they can’t seem to get qualified go see Wes Barclay with Homestar Mortgage Financing Corporation.  He informed us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting of a myriad of way that he can get Buyers approved with Student Loans – Even when others can’t!

NEW Policy: Earnest Money Over $10,000:  Any Earnest Money to be held by Maximum One that is OVER $10,000 must be in the form of a wire directly to Maximum One. Wire instructions will be mailed to your client / customer via US Mail.

Maximum One Release of EM:  If MX1 Greater Atlanta is the Holder of EM & it gets released (i.e. from a T&R or Amendment) we release it via the Bill Pay system of our bank.  The check goes directly from Chase Bank to the person’s address.  Please make sure we have the person’s mailing address and let them know it will be a few days as it goes through the system.

Max Cares: Condolences for Nicole London’s uncle who passed away.

Max Cares:  Condolences for Rebecca Brown Harris’  father who passed away.

Max Cares:  Condolences to the family of Tamara Myers who passed away – Tamara was the New American Funding Loan Officer affiliated with Maximum One Executives.

Max Cares:  Prayers to Melanie Brown whose dad had surgery on his broken ankle.

 

REPEAT: AGENT OWNED PROPERTY FOR SALE: Remember that there are various License Laws governing your actions if you are buying / selling / renting / leasing / exchanging real property.  These Laws apply to you regardless if the property is a personal residence or investment or if you are 100% sole owner or partial owner or if you are taking a commission or not.  Per GREC Rule 520-1-.11 & OCGA 43-40-12

  • You must first advise the Broker in writing – in other words, send us an email PRIOR to signing a contract / Agreement
  • You Must disclose that you are a licensed real estate agent in ALL Marketing & Advertising including MLS listings
  • You Must comply with all GREC Licensing / Marketing Rules & Laws
  • You Must submit all contracts / agreements to Broker for Compliance Review (i.e. create transactin in Paperless Pipeline)
  • And More!  Review License law on Agent as Principal

REPEAT: Tech Helpline:  The Metro South Association of REALTORS has a general Tech Helpline. With more than 200 collective years of tech know-how, Tech Helpline analysts specialize in real estate agents’ day-to-day tech business challenges. And that means when agents adopt new technology, Tech Helpline is available to aid with new tech tools too.  Click here is the link to the TechHelpline

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11/4/18

Election Day: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – Go Vote!

Agent Owned Property For Sale:  Remember that there are various License Laws governing your actions if you are buying / selling / renting / leasing / exchanging real property.  These Laws apply to you regardless if the property is a personal residence or investment or if you are 100% sole owner or partial owner or if you are taking a commission or not.  Per GREC Rule 520-1-.11 & OCGA 43-40-12

  • You must first advise the Broker in writing – in other words, send us an email PRIOR to signing a contract / Agreement
  • You Must disclose that you are a licensed real estate agent in ALL Marketing & Advertising including MLS listings
  • You Must comply with all GREC Licensing / Marketing Rules & Laws
  • You Must submit all contracts / agreements to Broker for Compliance Review (i.e. create transactin in Paperless Pipeline)
  • And More!  Review License law on Agent as Principal

Tech Helpline:  The Metro South Association of REALTORS has a general Tech Helpline. With more than 200 collective years of tech know-how, Tech Helpline analysts specialize in real estate agents’ day-to-day tech business challenges. And that means when agents adopt new technology, Tech Helpline is available to aid with new tech tools too.  Click here is the link to the TechHelpline

America’s Preferred Home Warranty:  We have many Warranty Vendors on our Preferred Vendor List.  It is interesting when I can learn about some of the unique differences among the various companies.  Here is what i learned about America’s Preferred  For more information, contact John Zupancic  JZupancic@APHW.com  678-333-4086.  I’ll share more information as I learn it as well!

  • $100 Compensatory Service Fee back to agent
  • Client gets to choose their OWN technician / Repair person
  • Covers Well Water & Sum Pump
  • Septic System – Covered in Basic Plan
  • Roof leaks covered in Basic Plan
  • Contact John for more information

rDocs Update:  FMLS has updated rDocs/ eSign.  These updates include the following: More details will be posted on the home page of FMLS.com.  It is recommended for users to clear cache and cookies after the update.

  • Forms: Loading Clauses
  • Announcement as Modal – Broker level only
  • List View Sorting for Original Agents – Broker level only
  • Forms: CC Email Option
  • Expired Archived Sessions  – eSign

21 Signs It’s Time to Fire That Annoying Client: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to work with a client who is a poor fit for your business. If you feel your blood pressure increasing every time you see that client’s number of your caller ID, it may be time to ask, “Is it time to fire that annoying client?”  When times are tough, or you need the money, it may be tempting to lower your standards to work with a client whose way of approaching their transaction is clearly out of alignment with your personal integrity. More often than not, this choice results in poor outcomes for both you and the client. Read More Here…

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Debbie Watts who just had some major surgery.

Max Cares:  Condolences to the family of Maximum One agent, Jimmy Pace, who passed away this weekend. A Memorial Service will be held 11/4/18 at 3pm at the Pine Ridge Baptist Church. Obituary: https://www.samclarkfuneralhome.com/notices/James-Pace

Max Cares:  Prayers to Deloris Jenkins who is in the hospital with an extremely rare form of blood cancer.

Max Cares:  Condolences to Ginger Rhea who father recently passed away.

Max Cares:  Condolences to Tracy Barb whose grandmother passed away today.

REPEAT: REALTOR Ethics Class Requirement  Remember that if you are a REALTOR, then you are required by your NAR Membership to complete a course on Ethics prior to 12/31/18 for the current cycle. The NAR Ethics cycle is now a two year cycle – 1/1/17 thru 12/31/18.  This is only required if you belong to NAR & has nothing to do with your GA real estate license.  Please check the calendar for scheduled Ethics classes: www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar.”

REPEAT: Sharing Commission – Referrals:  Remember that you are REQUIRED to make a notation in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline if the transaction is a Referral.  The Compliance Department does not cross-check with the referral companies for your specific transaction so you must let us know.

REPEAT: Sharing Commission: In-House Transactions:  The Agents MUST have something in writing and signed by all agents who are participating in the commission share.  Maximum One will not resolve any business disputes and will go with what is on the contract if we do not have any commission share agreement or Referral Form in the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  There is a blank Commission Share Agreement in the reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & the Referral Forms are found where you access your contracts on FMLS or GAMLS.

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10/28/18

21 Inspiring Real Estate Instagram Accounts to Follow:  As a real estate agent, Instagram can be one of the most powerful tools at your disposal – a way to both search for and market beautiful listing photos, stay up to date on industry news and even find leads.

Just like agents should be using Instagram to market themselves, it’s also a good idea to follow those who know how to work the platform successfully for inspiration. In 2018, Instagram is home to just about every kind of real estate account imaginable – from major companies like Zillow to indie brokerages and ‘Instagram celebrities’ who sell multi-million-dollar homes straight from the platform.

That said, knowing who to follow isn’t always obvious. We’ve put together this list of the best real estate Instagram accounts that will bring a daily stream of interesting and helpful real estate content at your fingertips. Read More Here…

REALTOR Ethics Class Requirement  Remember that if you are a REALTOR, then you are required by your NAR Membership to complete a course on Ethics prior to 12/31/18 for the current cycle. The NAR Ethics cycle is now a two year cycle – 1/1/17 thru 12/31/18.  This is only required if you belong to NAR & has nothing to do with your GA real estate license.  Please check the calendar for scheduled Ethics classes: www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar.”

Cost of Waiting Analysis:  Thank you to John Bohannon for sharing with us the cool software that he has to determine a personalized Cost of Waiting Analysis for your buyers.  If you have a Buyer on the fence, this is a great tool to help them determine the financial cost of waiting.  Here is a Sample of Cost of Waiting on a Conventional 30 Loan

Sharing Commission – Referrals:  Remember that you are REQUIRED to make a notation in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline if the transaction is a Referral.  The Compliance Department does not cross-check with the referral companies for your specific transaction so you must let us know.

Sharing Commission: In-House Transactions:  The Agents MUST have something in writing and signed by all agents who are participating in the commission share.  Maximum One will not resolve any business disputes and will go with what is on the contract if we do not have any commission share agreement or Referral Form in the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  There is a blank Commission Share Agreement in the reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & the Referral Forms are found where you access your contracts on FMLS or GAMLS.

Housemaster Inspections:  We have many Inspector Vendors on our Preferred Vendor List.  It is interesting when I can learn about some of the unique differences among the various companies.  Here is what i learned about HouseMaster.  For more information, contact Sophie CotySophie.Coty@housemaster.com  678-591-7197.  I’ll share more information as I learn it as well!

  • 1 Yr. guarantee – up to $1500 if they said appliance is “ok” in inspection & it fails within a year
  • Repair List Generator – this tool would be useful for an Amendment to address concerns
  • Buyer Benefits Program – Coupons & Discounts on products & services Buyers & Sellers would use
  • HouseMaster Connect – to set up all utilities
  • Free termite Letters

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10/21/18

8 Ways Not to Get Sued:  As Realtors, we have all promised to abide by a detailed Code of Ethics that sets a stringent standard of behavior for “fair and honest dealing” with all parties in a transaction.

Following the Code of Ethics religiously – backed up by a good E&O policy – is one of the best ways to avoid winding up on the losing end of a costly lawsuit.  Read More Here…

How to Pursue FSBOs:  FSBO’s are easily some of the “lowest hanging fruit” available to agents who want to list more homes.  The problem is most of us are taught to”chase” the FSBO with outdated & ineffective methodologies. Which generally only leads to frustration & little or NO results.

But what if you could ATTRACT the FSBO to you instead of chasing them Without ANY conflict or frustration. If interested, here is link for complimentary workshop:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/58281107503178242?inf_contact_key=0eac13b905b18b2a7434c9a37138457942994b9b09d558c73dc6747f6815621c
XPlode Atlanta Conference – 10/26/18 – 8:30am – 3:30pm:  Want to know what really works today, and how you can make it work for you? Xplode illuminates today’s best practices and the most useful technologies, so you can make your business more productive. If you’re looking for a new farming technique, social media strategy or website, get what you need from Xplode.   Learn more here: http://www.xplodethis.com/about-us/

Knock – OfferPad – Open Door:  Thank you to all of the Team Captains for addressing these programs at the Branch Sales Meetings over the past couple of months! There is a TON of info shared at these meetings!  Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this article with us on the Facebook Group: Maximum One Rock Stars:

https://national.wfgnationaltitle.com/inman/an-atlanta-agent-takes-knock-offerpad-and-opendoor-for-a-test-drive/

Max Cares: Congratulations to Tonette Moore on her Grandbaby & on getting her Florida License!

REPEAT: ***NEW CORPORATE POLICY for ALL AGENTS: Paying a Showing Agent Directly:  Regarding License Law §OCGA 43-40-25b (8) Maximum One gives affiliated licensees express written permission to pay another licensee directly for showing property or watching their business while agent is out of town or otherwise unable to cover their own business.
REPEAT: NEW CORPORATE POLICY for ALL AGENTS: Maximum One Logo Colors:  As an agent affiliated with any Maximum One Franchise, the Maximum One Logo on your signs must be in one of or any combination of the following colors listed below.  As an Agent-Centric company, we do not limit your decisions on the rest of your sign design.  However, ALL media must be compliant with GREC & done under the direct supervision of your Broker – per GREC.

  • Blue (“reflex blue”)
  • Black
  • White
  • Grey

 

REPEAT: How to Access MX1 Logos: All the MX1 Logos are available for you to download from the Extranet.  To access:

  • Paperless Pipeline
  • Reference Section
  • Extranet
  • Admin
  • Logos

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10/14/18

Interest Rate Updates:  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for informing us at the Galleria Sales Meeting about the latest on interest rates.  In September, the “Fed” raised the rate .25% and one more increase is expected this year.  With unemployment at the lowest rate since 1969 & the Fed buying 50% fewer mortgages now vs. last year.  This combination means rates are increasing.  John went into more detail and presented a detailed chart to customize for you to show Buyer the cost of waiting.  So much info shared at Sales Meetings – if you do not attend you are MISSING OUT!!!

Bank Statement Loans & Self-Employed Loans:  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for informing us about these great loans – again so much was shared at Sales Meetings.  For specific information, please contact John.

Closing Attorney / Title Company for Knock.com Deals:  Make sure to verify that the Closing Attorney is licensed in Georgia if your Seller is involved in a transaction with Knock. Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for explaining this issue to us at the Galleria Sales Meeting (PLEASE ATTEND YOUR SALES MEETINGS FOR A TON OF INFO!!!)  that Blue Wave Title is NOT license in GA.  If your Clients send money to a Title Company or Attorney our of GA, there is no protection for their funds as other states do NOT have the protection that GA has over Attorney’s IOLTA (Escrow) Accounts. For closing a transaction for Real Property in Georgia, an attorney is responsible for the totality of circumstance & oversight of the closing (i.e. printing docs, preparing docs, transfer of funds & conveyance of deed) so if there is an attorney licensed in GA simply preparing the documents, that does not meet the requirements in GA.  The State Bar is looking into this issue.  Be aware of this for ANY transaction where the Closing Attorney is only preparing docs & the Title Company requires the Client send their funds out of state – these issues are occurring for others in addition to Knock.

***NEW CORPORATE POLICY for ALL AGENTS: Paying a Showing Agent Directly:  Regarding License Law §OCGA 43-40-25b (8) Maximum One gives affiliated licensees express written permission to pay another licensee directly for showing property or watching their business while agent is out of town or otherwise unable to cover their own business.

Selling Acreage:  Make sure that your contract clearly indicates what is actually being conveyed between the parties.  There are many legal descriptions which are incorrect or incomplete in land deals & / or assemblage deals.  Verify the complete legal description and make sure it is current & includes ALL parcels of land being sold.  A Plat Book & Page is NOT sufficient.  For protection of the Buyer & Seller make sure to include a Special Stipulation, “The intent of this contract is to convey ___ (number of acres) ____ acres.”  OR  “Title to include tract of ___(#)___ Acres.”  Then make sure that the Closing Attorney is aware of that Stipulation so that the deeds prepared include the total acreage being bought & sold.

Max Cares: Prayers to Pat McLeroy who two stints put in her heart for 90% blockage.
Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Carlock whose Mom is having some heart issues.
Max Cares: Prayers to Jennifer Mozley whose daughter, Ruthie, was rushed to the ER with seizure issues.  She is home now & doing well.
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern on October 15th (& every day) the 1 year Angelversary of the death of her son, Alex.

REPEAT: How Far Back Does the Title Search Go: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for all the valuable information she shared with us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting.  Part of the information included making sure that the Closing attorney dies a 50 Year Title search rather than anything less than that.  Many are charging a “discounted fee” for a search that does not go back far enough to discover breaks in the chain of title – many of which occurred during the “short sale” & “foreclosure” market.  We are experiencing a myriad of cloud on title issues.  Close with Amee Davis or any of our Affiliated Closing Attorneys and ask how far back their Title Search goes for ANY closing!

REPEAT: NEW CORPORATE POLICY for ALL AGENTS: Maximum One Logo Colors:  As an agent affiliated with any Maximum One Franchise, the Maximum One Logo on your signs must be in one of or any combination of the following colors listed below.  As an Agent-Centric company, we do not limit your decisions on the rest of your sign design.  However, ALL media must be compliant with GREC & done under the direct supervision of your Broker – per GREC.

  • Blue (“reflex blue”)
  • Black
  • White
  • Grey

REPEAT: How to Access MX1 Logos: All the MX1 Logos are available for you to download from the Extranet.  To access:

  • Paperless Pipeline
  • Reference Section
  • Extranet
  • Admin
  • Logos

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10/7/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in September 2018:  Please make the following agents feel welcome to our Company!

 

Phyllis Agee Paulding
JoJuan Maxwell Partners
E. Paul Woodruff Platinum
Bret Newton Platinum
Shannon Sandry Platinum
Irish Fishback Partners
William Keys Galleria
Teese Silver Exec
Justin Picklesimer Premier
Haroldeen Swearingen Galleria
Brenda Bryant Powers Ferry
LaShana Middleton Partners
Tumika Rucker Partners
Anisha Perry Partners
Tabitha Cox Partners
John Murray EXEC
Jude Ogbechie Douglasville
Robert Adams Exec – Buford
Gail Adams Exec – Buford
Brian Matheson Premier
Iyeshu Dunnigan Partners
Rony Calderon Exec
Bejamin Michael Exec
Ivy Bowe Exec
Janelle Childree Community
Bryan Blalock Comm Rome
Chanda Perry Partners
Chelsi McGuire Galleria
Ramonia Corhen Powers Ferry
Collette Hines Galleria

 

Columbus Day – October 8th:  Monday is a Federal Bank Holiday – keep this in mind with respect to your contracts.

NEW CORPORATE POLICY for ALL AGENTS: Maximum One Logo Colors:  As an agent affiliated with any Maximum One Franchise, the Maximum One Logo on your signs must be in one of or any combination of the following colors listed below.  As an Agent-Centric company, we do not limit your decisions on the rest of your sign design.  However, ALL media must be compliant with GREC & done under the direct supervision of your Broker – per GREC.

  • Blue (“reflex blue”)
  • Black
  • White
  • Grey

GAMLS Online CE Classes:  Georgia MLS, in partnership with OnCourse Learning, brings you Online Continuing Education and Professional Development Courses.  To access the library of 41 continuing education courses and a series of Professional Development courses, just login to www.gamls.com  with your username and password and select ‘Online Continuing Education’ in the Quick Access Menu.

Mortgage Loans & Tax Returns: Now that postponed Tax Returns are due October 15th, a Lender will require 2017 Tax Returns for Loan Processing.

180 Day Mortgage Rate Lock: Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting that Homestar has a program to lock an interest rate for 180 days on New Construction.

How Far Back Does the Title Search Go: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for all the valuable information she shared with us at the West Cobb Sales Meeting.  Part of the information included making sure that the Closing attorney dies a 50 Year Title search rather than anything less than that.  Many are charging a “discounted fee” for a search that does not go back far enough to discover breaks in the chain of title – many of which occurred during the “short sale” & “foreclosure” market.  We are experiencing a myriad of cloud on title issues.  Close with Amee Davis or any of our Affiliated Closing Attorneys and ask how far back their Title Search goes for ANY closing!

Max Cares: Prayers to Donna Agan-Williams whose sister, Deb, just had major surgery.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Cindy Raftis , Dave and Ann Kubat on the wedding this weekend of Cindy’s daughter and Dave & Ann’s Niece, Amanda.
Max Cares: Celebrate with Jeremiah Shamburger  who just found out he does NOT have cancer!
Max Cares: Prayers to Brenda Perry whose father was just diagnosed with Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

REPEAT: How to Access MX1 Logos: All the MX1 Logos are available for you to download from the Extranet.  To access:

  • Paperless Pipeline
  • Reference Section
  • Extranet
  • Admin
  • Logos

 REPEAT: Broker Signature on Documents:  Remember that if you need a Broker Signature on a document, if you upload that document into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & send an email / note to a Broker requesting a signature, it will get to the right place to get the required signature.

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9/30/18

6 Emails Every Agent Should Be Sending:  As an agent, you get more business by having meaningful business conversations with others.  Not sure how to start the conversation?  Here are 6 emails offering value & opening the door for the conversation to ask them for business.  Read More Here…

  • Introduction
  • New Listings
  • Open Houses
  • “Just Sold”
  • Referral Request
  • Newsletter / House Tips

How to Determine if Condo is FHA/VA Approved:  If ever you want to confirm if a condo HOA is FHA or VA approved, below are the links. Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this information with us!  Just select state and county and see if on the approved list.

Broker Signature on Documents:  Remember that if you need a Broker Signature on a document, if you upload that document into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & send an email / note to a Broker requesting a signature, it will get to the right place to get the required signature.

October Training Calendar Out: Register for classes now!  The Ethics classes are “selling out” so don’t delay!  Go to www.eAGENTweb.com & click on “Calendar.”

Max Cares: Congratulations to Eric Sunstrom on getting his Broker’s license!.
Max Cares:  Prayers to Monica Poole who was in a bad car accident last week.

REPEAT: How to Access MX1 Logos: All the MX1 Logos are available for you to download from the Extranet.  To access:

  • Paperless Pipeline
  • Reference Section
  • Extranet
  • Admin
  • Logos

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9/23/18

How to Access MX1 Logos: All the MX1 Logos are available for you to download from the Extranet.  To access:

  • Paperless Pipeline
  • Reference Section
  • Extranet
  • Admin
  • Logos

Jones-Warren Home Inspection Services:  It’Thank you to Meredith Jones-Warren for letting us know that their inspectors will go on the roof, offer a discount for military & 1st responders and offers an “11 month” inspection on New Construction. See Maximum One Vendors on www.eAGENTweb.com for contact information.

100% Conventional Loan:  Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage Company for letting us know at the Douglasville Sales Meeting of the true 100% Conventional Financing Program they have! 97% first & 3% second – 620 Credit Score – Reduced MI – AND the 2nd is forgiven after 36 consecutive on-time payments! See contact information at bottom of newsletter.

Top 4 Websites for Real Estate Agent Reviews: We all know how important online reviews are!  Here are the top 4 places where these reviews will gain the most traction for you.  Read the full article here.

  • Your Own Website
  • Zillow
  • Google
  • Realtor.com

Max Cares: Condolences to Robin Wilhite-Slay on the passing of her Uncle.

Max Cares: Continued get well wishes to Becky Godbee on recovering from stomach surgery.

REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta Associations:  Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS belongs to the following Boards.  The Broker for the Georgia Associations is: Dana Sparks.  The Broker for the Alabama Associations is: Nikki Taylor Russell.  If you are in MXGR you may join any of these Boards:

  • Atlanta Board of Realtors
  • Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
  • Cherokee Association of Realtors
  • Cobb Association of Realtors
  • Dekalb Realtors
  • Fayette County Board of Realtors
  • Metro South Association of Realtors
  • NAMAR
  • Paulding Board of Realtors
  • West Georgia Board of Realtors
  • West Metro Board of Realtors
  • Alabama – Etowah / Cherokee Board & North Alabama MLS
  • Alabama – Calhoun county Board & Greater Alabama MLS

REPEAT: Board Membership is a Choice at MX1: At Maximum One Greater Atlanta, it is YOUR CHOICE as you have another option with our company – to join Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta – No Board Dues Required. If you choose to not renew your Board membership, please let us know and we will simply switch your Maximum One affiliation and transfer you from Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS® (MXGR) and put you into Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA.) This change will occur in GREC, FMLS & GAMLS and also involves you having to transfer any active listings in FMLS & GAMLS due to a different Broker Code. If you do not belong to a Board of REALTORS®, you may not use the term “REALTOR®” in your practice and you have to pay GAR a fee to access the GAR contracts.
REPEAT: Board Membership at Other MX1 Franchises:  Please check with your Franchise regarding your options regarding Board Membership.

REPEAT: Ethics Class Requirement:  If you are a member of a Board of realtors, you are required to take an Ethics Course.  This has nothing to do with your license and has only to do with your Membership in the National Association of Realtors (NAR.)  This class is required every “Cycle.”  The Current Cycle is 1/1/17 – 12/31/18.  If you are not sure if you have fulfilled this requirement, please contact your local Board for assistance.  If you are not a Realtor, this requirement does not apply to you.  Please check the Maximum One online training calendar as we offer the Ethics class that fulfills this requirement at a number of locations as we have all year!

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9/16/18

Chime Agent Website to Make You Money: Does your website make you money?  If not, check out the Agent Website through Chime that WILL!  MX1 has negotiated a HUGE corporate discount for you of $17/month. Chime will be IN TOWN conducting on-site workshops to introduce you to this site or show you how to set it up. Take advantage of Chime being here IN PERSON!

  • Monday
    • Warner Robins – 10am – 11am
    • Conyers – 1:45pm – 2:45pm
    • Powers Ferry – 4pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday
    • Alpharetta – 12pm – 1pm
    • Woodstock – 3pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday
    • West Cobb – 9am – 10am

More Technology Tips:  Check out thees programs to help your business:

  • Box Brownie – An affordable way to virtually stage any vacant commercial space with CGI technology
  • ActivePipe – Build & deploy beautiful marketing pieces & send out by email to your database
  • Hurdlr – Track your mileage & expenses – like fitbit for your business
  • Catylist – Commercial listing & research service

REALTOR Association Renewals:  It’s that time of year again!  Please check with your Board and make sure your dues are current for 2019 to avoid late fees!  If you wish to switch Realtor Associations, please let us know.

MX1 Greater Atlanta Associations:  Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS belongs to the following Boards.  The Broker for the Georgia Associations is: Dana Sparks.  The Broker for the Alabama Associations is: Nikki Taylor Russell.  If you are in MXGR you may join any of these Boards:

  • Atlanta Board of Realtors
  • Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
  • Cherokee Association of Realtors
  • Cobb Association of Realtors
  • Dekalb Realtors
  • Fayette County Board of Realtors
  • Metro South Association of Realtors
  • NAMAR
  • Paulding Board of Realtors
  • West Georgia Board of Realtors
  • West Metro Board of Realtors
  • Alabama – Etowah / Cherokee Board & North Alabama MLS
  • Alabama – Calhoun county Board & Greater Alabama MLS

Board Membership is a Choice at MX1: At Maximum One Greater Atlanta, it is YOUR CHOICE as you have another option with our company – to join Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta – No Board Dues Required. If you choose to not renew your Board membership, please let us know and we will simply switch your Maximum One affiliation and transfer you from Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS® (MXGR) and put you into Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA.) This change will occur in GREC, FMLS & GAMLS and also involves you having to transfer any active listings in FMLS & GAMLS due to a different Broker Code. If you do not belong to a Board of REALTORS®, you may not use the term “REALTOR®” in your practice and you have to pay GAR a fee to access the GAR contracts.

Board Membership at Other MX1 Franchises:  Please check with your Franchise regarding your options regarding Board Membership.

Ethics Class Requirement:  If you are a member of a Board of realtors, you are required to take an Ethics Course.  This has nothing to do with your license and has only to do with your Membership in the National Association of Realtors (NAR.)  This class is required every “Cycle.”  The Current Cycle is 1/1/17 – 12/31/18.  If you are not sure if you have fulfilled this requirement, please contact your local Board for assistance.  If you are not a Realtor, this requirement does not apply to you.  Please check the Maximum One online training calendar as we offer the Ethics class that fulfills this requirement at a number of locations as we have all year!

Powers Ferry Sales Meeting – If you were not able to attend this Sales Meeting, you missed A LOT!!!  Part of what you missed was information from Hope Moore with Old Republic – no age limit on systems & appliances & no limit on freon & awesome deals on new construction coverage.  See all the Preferred Vendors at www.eAGENTweb.com click tile, “Maximum One Vendors.”

Galleria Sales Meeting: If you didn’t make it, you missed a lot! One of those items was the “Cost of Waiting” complete analysis specifically designed for YOUR buyer!  They can see a complete chart & graph of what it will cost them if they wait to buy!  Thank you John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for providing this information!  Contact John for more!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn Southern whose niece, Skilynn, was married on Saturday!

Max Cares:  Prayers to Robin Wilhite-Slay whose Uncle was revived after going flatline and is still in critical condition.

Max Cares: Prayers to Janet Scanlon whose Mom’s breast cancer metastacized to her lungs & esophagus in 2 months

REPEAT: Bomb Bomb Video Emails: If you’re not familiar with this program, check it out!  www.BombBomb.com  Fun & easy video emails – great way to stay in touch with clients, co-ops & prospects – no worries about spelling!  May include links & attachments!  This program has built-in content for you to use.  Best news…. Maximum One has a corporate discount for you – $20/month!  If you are interested contact Jennifer:  Admin@eAGENTweb.com.

REPEAT: Maximum One Premier – Northeast GA Board of Realtors:  We just wanted to let everyone know that we bit the bullet and joined the Northeast GA BOR. We have our first agent who will be working the northern towns/cities. As of today, we are officially in. Let us know if you have any north GA mountain referrals that you would like to send this way!  Contact Neal@MaxOnePremier.com

REPEAT: RE Forms Standard Terms:  Remember that as a Maximum One Agent you are REQUIRED to print out & reference as an Exhibit the Standard Terms for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.  This form is incorporated by reference in the contract anyway & it is MX1 Policy that you print it out & reference as an Exhibit & attach tot he contract.

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9/9/18

MX1 Premier – Northeast GA Board of Realtors:  We just wanted to let everyone know that we bit the bullet and joined the Northeast GA BOR. We have our first agent who will be working the northern towns/cities. As of today, we are officially in. Let us know if you have any north GA mountain referrals that you would like to send this way!  Contact Neal@MaxOnePremier.com

FMLS Agent-Owner Letter:  If you are buying or selling a personal residence for yourself, you are exempt from paying FMLS fees when you complete the FMLS Agent-Owner letter.  This is available in FMLS & there is a copy in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Simply complete the form & then upload it into your transaction & a Broker will sign & send in to FMLS.

From Leads to Listings: Join Active Rain on September 12th from 1pm – 2pm as they host Ben Kinney, Bev Blume and Avi Gupta for an hour of insights and “Aha!” moments as they share their secrets on how to generate even more business during the 4th quarter crunch time!  In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The best sources for qualified seller-leads
  • Proven steps for building the relationship, nurturing the lead and closing the deal
  • How to turn the single transaction into multiple deals

Now is not the time to relax, take control of the final quarter and set yourself up for a successful year-end and an explosive start to 2019!  Register Here

Geo-Farming List: Want to mail out to a neighborhood, google “buy mailing list for <zip code.>

Max Cares: Prayers to Cameo Clark who has to move temporarily out of state to care for her father.

Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelley who has had a virus.

Max Cares: Prayers to Vivian Green who has a bladder infection.

REPEAT: Bomb Bomb Video Emails: If you’re not familiar with this program, check it out!  www.BombBomb.com  Fun & easy video emails – great way to stay in touch with clients, co-ops & prospects – no worries about spelling!  May include links & attachments!  This program has built-in content for you to use.  Best news…. Maximum One has a corporate discount for you – $20/month!  If you are interested contact Jennifer:  Admin@eAGENTweb.com.

REPEAT: How Long Does an Appraisal Stay With a Property: It depends on the type of Loan the Buyer is getting.

  • FHA Loan – 4 Months
  • VA Loan – 6 months
  • USDA Loan – 120 Days + 30 Days
  • Conventional Loan – 120 days – with the same Buyer

REPEAT: RE Forms Standard Terms:  Remember that as a Maximum One Agent you are REQUIRED to print out & reference as an Exhibit the Standard Terms for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.  This form is incorporated by reference in the contract anyway & it is MX1 Policy that you print it out & reference as an Exhibit & attach tot he contract.

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9/2/18

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED 9/3/18 in Observance of Labor Day

Facebook Removes Ad Options After HUD Complaint:  Facebook is removing thousands of targeting options from its advertising platform after the Department of Housing and Urban Development accused the social media giant of discriminatory practices with its housing ads. HUD filed a complaint last Friday against Facebook that claimed the social network’s advertising platform allowed users to discriminate against prospective renters and buyers by being able to limit who saw their ads based on the users’ race, color, religion, sex, family status, national origin, disability, ZIP code, and other factors.  Read More Here…

New Rehab Loan with Conventional:  Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for letting us know in advance of a new Rehab loan for conventional financing.  Great option for some Buyers who can’t find the perfect house – they can MAKE their perfect house!  Contact Denise for more info!

Appraisal Information: At the last Paulding Sales meeting, their informational speaker was an Appraiser!  We learned a lot of useful information!

  • Suggested time frame for Appraisal Contingency – minimum 28 days
  • Lender doesn’t order appraisal until after Due Diligence period ends
  • FHA loans, house must not have rotten wood & must have heat

How Long Does an Appraisal Stay With a Property: It depends on the type of Loan the Buyer is getting.

  • FHA Loan – 4 Months
  • VA Loan – 6 months
  • USDA Loan – 120 Days + 30 Days
  • Conventional Loan – 120 days – with the same Buyer

September Training Calendar: Please check out the September calendar online & register for classes & workshops!

Bomb Bomb Video Emails: If you’re not familiar with this program, check it out!  www.BombBomb.com  Fun & easy video emails – great way to stay in touch with clients, co-ops & prospects – no worries about spelling!  May include links & attachments!  This program has built-in content for you to use.  Best news…. Maximum One has a corporate discount for you – $20/month!  If you are interested contact Jennifer:  Admin@eAGENTweb.com.

Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green whose Aunt suffered her third stroke.

Max Cares: Condolences to Rhonda Thompson on the loss of her Mother after a tough battle with Alzheimers.

Max Cares: Prayers for healing for Virnalisi Johnson-King who had recent surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers for healing for Becky Godbee who had recent surgery.

Max Cares:  Prayers for health for Marcie Evans for a recent hospital stay.

Max Cares: Prayers for Rebecca King whose dad had surgery on Friday.

REPEAT: RE Forms Standard Terms:  Remember that as a Maximum One Agent you are REQUIRED to print out & reference as an Exhibit the Standard Terms for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.  This form is incorporated by reference in the contract anyway & it is MX1 Policy that you print it out & reference as an Exhibit & attach tot he contract.

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8/26/18

Wire Fraud: A New Twist:  The bad guys are at it again… this time with a new twist!  Unfortunately, they got away with it to the tune of a Buyer’s $11,000 down payment!  Here’s what happened…..  Agent received an email from the Lender (legitimate email) with disclosures of the transaction & an itemization of all of the parties (Buyer, Seller, Closing Attorney, agents, etc.)  Badguys hacked agent’s email.  Then agent receives an email from the “Closing Attorney” – or so she thought!  This email was asking for her to verify the Buyer’s email address because the attorney had to send some additional disclosures.  Agent sends “attorney” the buyer’s email address – even though she had already sent it previously but they asked for “confirmation” of email address.  Then…. Buyer gets an email from the “closing attorney” (because badguys now have closing attorney’s name) with wire instructions.  Buyer wires $11,000.  Buyer calls lender to let him know funds were wired.  Lender call attorney to confirm receipt of funds.  Funds were never received by attorney because Buyer wired to wrong account. ….. Buyer out $11,000 AND defaulted on contract so lost Earnest Money and does not have new home.  Seller out the transaction AND defaulted on the purchase of their new home – it was a back-to-back closing.  Closing attorneys, lender & agents our commissions.  No one wins!  Buyer is working with their bank to attempt to recover the stolen money.  Agent DID have Wire Fraud disclosure signed.  LESSONS:  Repeatedly remind your clients to never trust anything they receive by email regarding wiring funds or anything having to do with money.  If you think it’s odd to get an email from the lender, attorney, etc. asking for information that you know they already have (or is in the contract that they have a copy of) don’t trust that email & call the attorney or lender, etc.

MastermindsTom Ferry 2018 Success Summit:  Do you want to keep the Momentum going?  This is YOUR Business!  We have set up TWO Masterminds for you!  These are the third Thursday of every month from 10am – 11am.  The Powers Ferry Mastermind is facilitated by Karlene Shivers & the Douglasville Mastermind is facilitated by Martha Edwards & Jan Thomas.  They have volunteered to facilitate – not teach – so your participation is required.  This will be an awesome way to enhance your business!

Grow Your Business: If you weren’t able to attend the 2018 Success Summit by Tom Ferry then we have replays available!  See the “Tom Ferry Coaching Info” tab in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline for log-in information & a ton of other information.  Please join the Masterminds for the 2018 Success Summit on the 3rd Thursday of the month in Powers Ferry & Douglasville – see the calendar: www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”

Phone Number Spoofing: Be aware of this SCAM – phone number “spoofing.”  The bad guys call your cell & the number they call from is the SAME number as yours!  Then they potential have access to using your number to contact others or text others or access your account with your Service provider to buy phones, etc.  If you see your own number calling you – DON’T ANSWER IT!  If you DO answer, do NOT give them any personal information.  It is NOT your cell phone provider – they already HAVE your number & if there is an issue with the phone, the number you would see would be from THEM not your own number!  One of our clients was almost defrauded out of Down Payment funds when she received a Text message from the phone number of the Closing Attorney with “new” wire instructions.  The attorney’s phone number had been spoofed!

Internet Fraud & Safety Checks: How it works: The most common fraud arrives by email, claiming to be from your bank, credit card company or some other service you frequent. It usually asks you to send your account details – and sometimes your PIN – either by return email or through a website. Various tricks are used to lower your guard, such as ‘security and maintenance upgrades,’ ‘investigation of irregularities,’ or ‘bills/charges due.’   If you have sent any details through an email or website that you’re a bit worried about, contact your bank, credit card company or service provider right away!

Fraudsters typically scan the Internet for email addresses or generate them at random. They don’t need an online service provider’s mailing lists. Some may send just a few dozen emails while others send thousands. Even if only a few unsuspecting people bite, it can be worth the effort to break into their accounts.

Safety checks to avoid fraud:
* Only use your PIN through the official log-in site offered by your provider.
* Check official websites for announcements.
* Take common sense privacy precautions, such as avoiding financial transactions at internet cafes and libraries.
* Act quickly if you think you’ve been conned. If you get a suspicious email, tell your service provider.

Max Cares: Condolences on the loss of Jonathan & Ariella Livnat on the loss of their father.

REPEAT: RE Forms Standard Terms:  Remember that as a Maximum One Agent you are REQUIRED to print out & reference as an Exhibit the Standard Terms for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.  This form is incorporated by reference in the contract anyway & it is MX1 Policy that you print it out & reference as an Exhibit & attach tot he contract.

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8/19/18

What You Need to Know About Facebook Permission Change:  RIS Media posted a great article about Facebook & your Real estate Business.  Facebook is in the process of rolling out changes to its platform, this time to its developer platform, where, among other changes, it will no longer allow apps to post to your personal profile. How might this affect real estate professionals? Many busy agents use auto-posting platforms to manage their social media content on their profile page. The good news Facebook’s permission changes do not affect Facebook Pages. Here’s what to do if you don’t have one. Read Entire Article Here…

Notes from the Tom Ferry 2018 Success Summit:  DO you want Tom’s notes?  Download his 2018 Success Summit App!  “Tom Ferry Events”

More Notes from Tom Ferry Success Summit: One of Tom’s Coaching Clients, Bri Martin, always takes spectacular notes from this event.  She is kind enough to share them with EVERYONE!  Please see 2018 Success Summit Notes in the Reference Sectin of paperless Pipeline under the category “Business Planning.”

RE Forms Standard Terms:  Remember that as a Maximum One Agent you are REQUIRED to print out & reference as an Exhibit the Standard Terms for the Purchase & Sale of Georgia Real Property.  This form is incorporated by reference in the contract anyway & it is MX1 Policy that you print it out & reference as an Exhibit & attach tot he contract.

Agent Statistics from Paperless Pipeline:  Every month when you have a closing, you will automatically receive an email from Paperless Pipeline of your monthly production & Year-To-Date Production.  Here is a sample of what this looks like.

PPL Monthly Stats 1

 

PPL Yearly Stats 2

 

Advertising in Publication at Country Clubs:  If you are interested in marketing your business in a publication that will be in Cobb County Country Clubs, please contact: Richard Adams, Relationship Manager, Luxury Lifestyle Report, 561 335 3185 direct, richard@privateclubliving.com .  Here is a sample of the publication: http://www.luxurylifestylereport.com/magazine/

Max Cares:  Prayers for Priscilla Amanda Johnson who had a heart attack & is now at home & doing well!

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Eric Sunstrom on getting his Broker’s License

Max Cares:  Condolences to Lil Hoepfinger on the death of several relatives in a short period of time

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8/12/18

Thank You for 2018 Success Summit LiveCast:  A very special thank you to Jennifer Fowler for all the amazing work she did in puttling together the LiveCast for the 2018 Tom Ferry Success Summit!  She arranged for the majority of the Logins, and for MX1 Greater Atlanta, she put together all the Workbooks & arranged for all the Vendor Sponsors!!  Additionally thank you to Michelle Butz, Heidi Helm, Heidi Kelly & Jane Schnoebelen for hosting the events at the MX1 Greater Atlanta Offices.  And thank you to all of the Vendors & Affiliates who sponsored the events with the delicios food & adult beverages!  This event was educational, informative, inspiring, fun & fattening!

Zillow Buys Into the Mortgage Business:  Zillow Group, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mortgage Lenders of America, a national mortgage lender headquartered in Overland Park, Kan. According to Marketwatch, shortly after the announcement, Zillow stock dropped… READ MORE…

Notes from the Tom Ferry 2018 Success Summit:  DO you want Tom’s notes?  Download his 2018 Success Summit App!  “Tom Ferry Events”

2018 – 2019 MX1 E&O Policy: The 2018 – 2019 Maximum One E&O Policy has been processed and is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  If you need more information for one of the Asset Management companies with which you work, please contact Dana – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com

How Can You Rank on Google?  When you search Google for terms related to your business, do you see your website listed on the first page of results? If not, don’t worry. There are a few steps you can take to improve your presence on Google and make sure people find you when searching for your type of business, instead of your competitor.  Read more here…

Business Planning Numbers:  Use technology to track your business planning numbers (Dials… Conversations… Appointments Set…. Appointments Attended … Listings Taken / Buyer Brokerages Signed…. Closings)  Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing with us the App he uses:  Tally-2.  This app is available at iTunes & Google Play.  Read more info here…

Here is what it looks like:

Tally 2 Sample

Why OpenDoor, Knock & Zillow Love Atlanta:  I was informed that you were not able to read the article.  I have copied the main article & attached here as a pdf: Why OpenDoor, Knock & Zillow Love Atlanta.  For the other article links, you’ll have to subscribe to Inman – www.Inman.com

POLICY: MX1 Holding Company – 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. (Please see more information on the Holding / Referral Company if you are interested in placing your license in this company.) 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, if you choose to take $0 Commission, the MX1 Transaction Fee is $50 if you choose Plan “A” or Plan “B” of MXGA or MXGR – Limit two per year.
    • 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

Max Cares:  Prayers for health to John Ashoke who is in the hospital.

REPEAT: Changes to GAR Contract: The Georgia REALTORS (GAR) Forms Committee voted to revise the residential Purchase and Sale agreements effective August 1, 2018. All vendors and the GAR website will have the new forms ready for use by this Wednesday, August 1.  In the meantime, you may ,review the list of changes here.  The Forms Committee voted to make this change due to a challenge to the liquidated damages portion of the Purchase and Sale Agreements being an illegal penalty in which the court agreed.   You can read more about the changes and how real estate agents can help protect their clients in Seth Weissman’s newest Legal Ease Article in the Fall edition of Georgia REALTOR® magazine (pg. 12.)

Changes to GAR Explained Further:  Effective as of August, the GAR Purchase and Sale Agreement provides revised remedies to Sellers and Buyers upon breach of contract.

 

  1. Default
a.  Remedies of Seller: In the event this Agreement fails to close due to the default of Buyer, Seller’s sole remedy shall be to retain the earnest money as full liquidated damages. Seller expressly waives any right to assert a claim for specific performance. The parties expressly agree that the earnest money is a reasonable pre-estimate of Seller’s actual damages, which damages the parties agree are difficult to ascertain. The parties expressly intend for the earnest money to serve as liquidated damages and not as a penalty.

 

b. Remedies of Buyer: In the event this Agreement fails to close due to the default of Seller, Buyer may either seek the specific performance of this Agreement or terminate this Agreement upon notice to Seller and holder, in which case all earnest money deposits and other payments Buyer has paid towards the purchase of the Property shall be returned to Buyer following the procedures set forth elsewhere herein.

 

What Changes for a Seller?

  • With this new change, Seller’s sole remedy for a Buyer’s breach is to accept the Earnest Money as full liquidated damages.  Prior to this change, the Seller had the right to pursue “any lawful remedy” such as suing the breaching Buyer for specific performance and/or the losses Seller incurred, which could include the difference between what they could have sold the home for to the Buyer versus another person, Seller’s legal fees, Seller’s additional moving expenses, Seller’s rent, etc. However, in most cases when a Buyer breached the contract, the Seller would accept the Earnest Money and move on, selling the home to another buyer.  Sellers will ask for more in Earnest Money as a result of this change!

 

What Changes for a Buyer?

  • Buyer’s remedy for Seller’s default shall be 1) to sue for specific performance or 2) terminate the contract with the return of Earnest Money.  In the past, the Buyer could seek all lawful remedies which could have included consequential damages, attorney’s fees, extra moving expenses, rent during holdover, etc.

REPEAT: MX1 Releasing Earnest Money: Remember that we need the mailing address of the person who will receive the Earnest Money upon termination.  We release Earnest Money via Bill Pay through Chase Bank & it gets mailed directly to the party.

 

REPEAT: Paperless Pipeline – Hands-On Class: Every month we host two hands-on classes on Paperless Pipeline.  These classes are taught by Compliance Brokers – Dawn Southern & Kim Murray.  Even if you are an experienced agent, you’ll want to take this class to find out all the fabulous things this system does for you!

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month – Paulding Branch – 1pm – 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month – Woodstock Branch – 1pm – 2pm

 

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8/5/18

Please Welcome Agents New to Maximum One This Month:  Please make the following agents feel welcome!

Pam Freeman Partners
Tanya Lane Partners
Cori Watkins Community
Drew Damnjanovic Platinum
Jackie Kaestner Platinum
Debi Cole Platinum
Veyla Barnes Partners
Todd Fox Paulding
Tamarsh Davis Partners
Paul Houston Woodstock
Kelly Goodson Woodstock
Chandra Manzueta Partners
Cliff Merrill Alabama
Gardiner Snyder Jr Premier
Debra Snyder Premier
Kathy Manzella Premier
Jeffery Kirves Premier
Michael Anderson Douglasville
Chetaun Smith Platinum
Stephanie Scott Platinum
Kim Hunter Platinum
Mary Mitchell Woodstock
Judy Florence Partners
Gary Marshall West Cobb
Carlotta Jones Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Dina Hardy Partners
Casey Long Paulding Welcome BACK!
Heather Scalzitti Paulding Welcome BACK!
Shikera James Executives
Belkis Diaz Woodstock
Melody Clay Partners
Karyn Allen Partners
Eric Mincey Galleria Welcome BACK!
Wanda Sealy Woodstock Welcome BACK!
Kevin Sealy Woodstock
Joy Waltz Community
Philip Lombardi Paulding
Jackie Koch Alabama

 

 

Changes to GAR Contract: The Georgia REALTORS (GAR) Forms Committee voted to revise the residential Purchase and Sale agreements effective August 1, 2018. All vendors and the GAR website will have the new forms ready for use by this Wednesday, August 1.  In the meantime, you may ,review the list of changes here.  The Forms Committee voted to make this change due to a challenge to the liquidated damages portion of the Purchase and Sale Agreements being an illegal penalty in which the court agreed.   You can read more about the changes and how real estate agents can help protect their clients in Seth Weissman’s newest Legal Ease Article in the Fall edition of Georgia REALTOR® magazine (pg. 12.)

 

Changes to GAR Explained Further:  Effective as of August, the GAR Purchase and Sale Agreement provides revised remedies to Sellers and Buyers upon breach of contract.

 

  1. Default
a.  Remedies of Seller: In the event this Agreement fails to close due to the default of Buyer, Seller’s sole remedy shall be to retain the earnest money as full liquidated damages. Seller expressly waives any right to assert a claim for specific performance. The parties expressly agree that the earnest money is a reasonable pre-estimate of Seller’s actual damages, which damages the parties agree are difficult to ascertain. The parties expressly intend for the earnest money to serve as liquidated damages and not as a penalty.

 

b. Remedies of Buyer: In the event this Agreement fails to close due to the default of Seller, Buyer may either seek the specific performance of this Agreement or terminate this Agreement upon notice to Seller and holder, in which case all earnest money deposits and other payments Buyer has paid towards the purchase of the Property shall be returned to Buyer following the procedures set forth elsewhere herein.

 

What Changes for a Seller?

  • With this new change, Seller’s sole remedy for a Buyer’s breach is to accept the Earnest Money as full liquidated damages.  Prior to this change, the Seller had the right to pursue “any lawful remedy” such as suing the breaching Buyer for specific performance and/or the losses Seller incurred, which could include the difference between what they could have sold the home for to the Buyer versus another person, Seller’s legal fees, Seller’s additional moving expenses, Seller’s rent, etc. However, in most cases when a Buyer breached the contract, the Seller would accept the Earnest Money and move on, selling the home to another buyer.  Sellers will ask for more in Earnest Money as a result of this change!

 

What Changes for a Buyer?

  • Buyer’s remedy for Seller’s default shall be 1) to sue for specific performance or 2) terminate the contract with the return of Earnest Money.  In the past, the Buyer could seek all lawful remedies which could have included consequential damages, attorney’s fees, extra moving expenses, rent during holdover, etc.

MX1 Releasing Earnest Money: Remember that we need the mailing address of the person who will receive the Earnest Money upon termination.  We release Earnest Money via Bill Pay through Chase Bank & it gets mailed directly to the party.

 

Update to NAVICA MLS:  We now have a link for REALTOR.com on the search page on the right hand side under external links!

 

Max Cares:  Prayers to Quillie Williams who has been in the hospital with pneumonia

Max Cares: Prayers to Becky Godbee who has severe anemia and is having major abdominal surgery on August 21st.
REPEAT:  How to Access FMLS Admin Forms:  Since FMLS has recently changed their format, many agents are finding it difficult to access these forms (i.e. FMLS #116 & #117 & #118, etc.)  Please see the How To Access FMLS Admin Forms.  I have also uploaded into the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. If anyone has any additional info I need to add or modify, please email Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com

 

REPEAT:  Why OpenDoor, Offerpad, Zillow Instant Offers and Knock All Love Atlanta:  Sitting in a car in Atlanta, you’ll probably hear an ad on the radio for at least one real estate tech company.  KnockOpendoorOfferpad and Zillow Instant Offers are all fine-tuning their technology that buys and sells homes online in the city. Each company – known as iBuyers – operates in a handful of cities while strategizing expansion across the country. Along with Phoenix, Atlanta is the city that sees the most crossover among the crop.  Read More Here…

 

REPEAT: How to Complete a T&R When Earnest Money has Not Yet Been Remitted:  If Earnest Money is addressed in the creation of a contract, it must always be addressed in the termination of a contract EVEN IF the Buyer has not yet remitted the funds.  Regardless of where the funds are regarding remittance or deposit, Earnest Money is still a part of the contract.  So, if you write a Termination & Release prior to the Buyer’s obligation to remit the funds, you would simply state, “Buyer to retain Earnest Money not yet remitted per paragraph A7b (in GAR)  or if the parties are binding on the RE Forms, “Buyer to retain Earnest Money not yet remitted per paragraph 3.1.”   

 

REPEAT: Paperless Pipeline – Hands-On Class: Every month we host two hands-on classes on Paperless Pipeline.  These classes are taught by Compliance Brokers – Dawn Southern & Kim Murray.  Even if you are an experienced agent, you’ll want to take this class to find out all the fabulous things this system does for you!

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month – Paulding Branch – 1pm – 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month – Woodstock Branch – 1pm – 2pm

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7/29/18

FMLS Compulsory Areas:  Here is a Map of the FMLS Compulsory Areas.  This is also contained in the Reference Section of paperless Pipeline under “FMLS Forms.”

How to Access FMLS Admin Forms:  Since FMLS has recently changed their format, many agents are finding it difficult to access these forms (i.e. FMLS #116 & #117 & #118, etc.)  Please see the How To Access FMLS Admin Forms.  I have also uploaded into the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline. If anyone has any additional info I need to add or modify, please email Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com

Why OpenDoor, Offerpad, Zillow Instant Offers and Knock All Love Atlanta:  Sitting in a car in Atlanta, you’ll probably hear an ad on the radio for at least one real estate tech company.  KnockOpendoorOfferpad and Zillow Instant Offers are all fine-tuning their technology that buys and sells homes online in the city. Each company – known as iBuyers – operates in a handful of cities while strategizing expansion across the country. Along with Phoenix, Atlanta is the city that sees the most crossover among the crop.  Read More Here…
Schools Start Back:  Back to schools for most of our area schools!  Take extra time for traffic & consider all the teachers & other parents as new sources of business – let them know you are in real estate!
  • Cobb County – August 1
  • Paulding County – August 1
  • Cherokee County – August 1
  • Douglas County – August 8
How to Complete a T&R When Earnest Money has Not Yet Been Remitted:  If Earnest Money is addressed in the creation of a contract, it must always be addressed in the termination of a contract EVEN IF the Buyer has not yet remitted the funds.  Regardless of where the funds are regarding remittance or deposit, Earnest Money is still a part of the contract.  So, if you write a Termination & Release prior to the Buyer’s obligation to remit the funds, you would simply state, “Buyer to retain Earnest Money not yet remitted per paragraph A7b (in GAR)  or if the parties are binding on the RE Forms, “Buyer to retain Earnest Money not yet remitted per paragraph 3.1.”   
 
Max Cares:  Congratulations Lovette Johnson on the birth of her daughter, Mecca!
Max Cares:  Condolences to Olga Russov on the passing of her mother-in-law.
REPEAT: Paperless Pipeline – Hands-On Class: Every month we host two hands-on classes on Paperless Pipeline.  These classes are taught by Compliance Brokers – Dawn Southern & Kim Murray.  Even if you are an experienced agent, you’ll want to take this class to find out all the fabulous things this system does for you! 
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month – Paulding Branch – 1pm – 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month – Woodstock Branch – 1pm – 2pm

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7/22/18

Agent as Principal: Agents Buying / Selling / Leasing / Renting / Exchanging:  Per License Law (GREC Rule 520-1-.11 “Licensees Acting as Principals”) you must send written notice of your intention to buy or sell or lease or rent or exchange PRIOR to signing any contracts.  This includes personal residences as well as investment properties.  This law encompasses you as a named principal and you as a member of an LLC or any other corporate entity that is buyer / selling / leasing / renting / exchanging real property. Send an email that includes your name (or LLC name) property address, intent to buy / sell / lease / rent. Send this email to either your Broker, Managing Broker or Compliance Broker.

  • (1)   Written Notification to Broker. No licensee shall be permitted to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option or offer to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option real estate, either in individual or multiple parcels, in the licensee’s own name without first advising, in writing, the broker for whom the real estate licensee is acting.
  • see also O.C.G.A. §§43-40-1, 43-40-2, & 43-40-25(9).

Agent as Principal Transactions:  If you are the principal in any transaction involving real property (i.e. personal residence or investment property) you must:

  • Create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline & upload all the documents into that transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • All transactions must go through a Compliance review
  • You must use either GAR contract forms or RE contract forms for these transactions unless specific written permission to the contrary is authorized
  • 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

Want an Automated Way to Get More Prospects:  Check out the RIS Media “ACE” Media program.  ACE = Automated Content Engagement.  This program brands YOU in all the content!  For more information… RIS Media ACE Program

  • Automatically post custom-branded, consumer focused real estate content to your Facebook page and other social media channels.
  • Send you a daily notification of your ACE post via email that you can forward to your sphere.
  • Make it easy for you to interact with prospects and clients who have engaged with your ACE content.

First American Agent Marketing:  Need some marketing pieces branded with you name & photo for FREE?  These include newsletters, flyers, certificates, postcards, etc that they will print & mail!  Check out the 1st American Agent Marketing Portal: www.FirstAmRealEstate.com .  Thank you Keri Smith of 1st American Home Warranty for bringing this to us!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Connie Petrus on the loss of her father.

Max Cares: Prayers to MX1 Communities for the tree that fell on their building in Emerson over the weekend.

REPEAT: Paperless Pipeline – Hands-On Class: Every month we host two hands-on classes on Paperless Pipeline.  These classes are taught by Compliance Brokers – Dawn Southern & Kim Murray.  Even if you are an experienced agent, you’ll want to take this class to find out all the fabulous things this system does for you!

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month – Paulding Branch – 1pm – 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month – Woodstock Branch – 1pm – 2pm

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7/15/18

Prosperity Coach Michael Maher LIVE: July 17th from 12:30pm – approx 2:30pm – Powers Ferry Office. Do you want more referrals everyday?  Are you frustrated with the Sales Process? Do you want to get the most out of your database? Are you interested in working with people who already trust you? Attend this opportunity to hear Micheal Maher for FREE!  Click here for more info & to register. FREE LUNCH TOO! Please register so we have enough food.

Training Calendar: MX1 Platinum in Warner Robbins:  Check out the new Online Training Calendar for this Franchise! http://localendar.com/public/maxoneplatinum    This link along with links to other Franchise Training Calendars is also at the bottom of this email & at the top of the Corporate Training Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”)

You Can Always Catch More Fish With a Net Than With a Hook: So what on Earth does this mean when it comes to real estate? How does one use a net for selling homes? Read the article to learn some clever ways to get more business!  Read More Here…

Facebook Marketing Secrets:  As Zillow and others continue to increase the cost of leads. There’s one giant that agents are using to CRUSH it! It’s Facebook!  Most agents THINK they know how to maximize Facebook to generate leads…It looks so easy, right? It’s just Facebook!  Are the leads POURING IN? Or have you discovered there is a learning curve?  Have you been hesitant to even try?  Click Here for more information & to register for a Live Webinar on Tuesday 7/17 from 1pm – 2pm

Best Buy Free In-Home Consultation:  This is a great new service about which to inform your clients! For no obligation, a person from Best Buy will come out to a house & help the homeowner (new buyer) connect all their gadgets, optimize home office, integrate all their tech, etc.  Go to: www.BestBuy.com/Consultation or call 1-800-548-0828. For personal service contact the MX1 Rep – Darryl Boyd – 678-567-0126.

Best Buy Total Tech Support:  This is a new service from Best Buy.  Basically it is “Geek Squad” for the home!  A tech comes out and will troubleshoot & fix any issues with any tech in the home – appliances, computers, wi-fi, home theater, etc!  Check with Best Buy for annual pricing – great Closing Gift for your clients!  For personal service contact the MX1 Rep – Darryl Boyd – 678-567-0126

Max Cares:  Prayers to Robin Wilhite-Slay for discovering the reason for her unexplained fainting

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Meilyn Marino on the birth of her son!

Max Cares:  Prayers to Precious Edet whose brother is a military policeman in Nigeria & was sent into hostile territory & is missing.

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7/8/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in June: Please welcome the following agents who have chosen to make Maximum One their home!

Name Company Welcome Back
Susan Baroni Platinum
Robert Knight Partners
JoAnn Hostutler Platinum
Daphne Rippy Community
Susan Harrill Premier
Kathy Roberts Partners
Stephanie Reed Partners
Annetta Brown Partners
Allison Caldwell Premier
Sam Adams Premier
Amy Covington Community
Bion Grady MXGR – Paulding Welcome BACK!
Dara Franks Premier
Brenda Lajoie Premier
Bradley Williams Premier
Wendy Artale-Amerman Premier
Kristen Van Buren MXGA – Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Sandra Low Platinum
James Katz Executives
Caroline Simmons Partners
Don Silverberg Premier
Bruce Snead MXGA – Douglasville
Nicole Rouse Premier
Holland Reed Partners
Laura Saunders Partners
Roy Calderon Executives
Brian King Executives
Robin Parker Premier
Laurence McDade MXGR – Woodstock Welcome BACK!
Phil Heck Platinum
Kacey Deen Platinum
Fran Barnes Executives
Fallon Birch Platinum
Tyrone Coleman Partners
Taqqeea Waters MXGR – Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Debra Byrd Platinum
Cindee De Atley MXGR – Woodstock
Bryant Miller Partners
Karyn Harrison MXGA – Galleria Welcome BACK!
Tracy Aragon Platinum
Tina Kennedy MXGA – Galleria Welcome BACK!

 

Salesperson PRE-License Course in July – Powers Ferry: If you know of someone who wants to get their real estate license, Maximum One is hosting a 75 Hour SalesPerson Prelicense course beginning July 16th & ending on August 29th.  This course is in the evenings & 1 Saturday.  Cost is $450 & includes the textbook.  Here is the registration link: Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course for Georgia  .  For any questions, please contact the instructor: Jan-Marie Elder: JanElder711@gmail.com  770-919-8825 x 1232

Salesperson POST-License Course in July – Emerson:  If you are newly licensed, you are required to take a “25 hr Post License” course within your first year.  This does not mean 25 hrs of CE credits, but a SPECIFIC course that counts for this requirement.  Maximum One is hosting a 25 Hour Post License course beginning July 17th & ending July 25th.  The cost is $95 & here is the registration link: Agent Fundamentals: Sales Post License Course.  For any questions, please contact the instructor, Donna Carlock:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com 770-919-8825 x 1051.

Rock Your Real Estate Social Media – Facebook:  Do you ever feel like real estate social media is just a blur of information? You’re not alone – your prospects probably feel the same way!  There are millions of social media message posted each day on Facebook alone, much less on other platforms. Fortunately, there are ways to stand out. Try these tips to rock your real estate social media presence today! Read More Here…

What Is ActiveRain & Why Should You Care? ActiveRain is an online real estate related blogging platform. It is designed to connect Realtors®, financial advisers, inspectors, stagers, and real estate marketers to each other for the purpose of referrals, marketing and expanding their business through blogging.  is an online community of real estate professionals who write blogs, exchange best practices and share information.  You will learn a lot from other professionals throughout the country – also great way to establish referral relationships. Click here for more information & how to join.

Max One Cares: Prayers to Cindy Stonebrook whose 5 year old son has had to undergo multiple surgeries for a broken arm.

REPEAT: 7/1/18 – Hands Free Georgia Law: This law in Georgia goes into effect on July 1st.  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
  • Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.

Penalties:

  • 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
  • 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
  • 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine

For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

REPEAT: Paperless Pipeline – Hands-On Class: Every month we host two hands-on classes on Paperless Pipeline.  These classes are taught by Compliance Brokers – Dawn Southern & Kim Murray.  Even if you are an experienced agent, you’ll want to take this class to find out all the fabulous things this system does for you!

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month – Paulding Branch – 1pm – 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month – Woodstock Branch – 1pm – 2pm

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7/1/18

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED Wednesday July 4th in honor of Independence Day!

Video Marketing Tools: Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing with us these 12 Video Marketing Tools.  Using video in your marketing will increase your business.  Check some of these out!

  • Adobe Spark Video app combines clips, photos, icons, text overlays, your own music and voice-overs; provides free soundtracks, visual themes with transitions and motion.
  • CutStory and Story Cutter apps edit videos into 15 or 60-second lengths for Instagram.
  • Facebook Creator app is a one-stop shop for Facebook broadcasts.
  • Flyr app provides instant animations, royalty-free videos, images and soundtracks, thousands of video templates.
  • InShot for Apple and Android Image and video editor geared toward Instagram.
  • intoLive app creates live wallpapers from videos and GIFs, and “press and hold” images that reveal hidden videos.
  • Lumen5 Artificial intelligence transforms articles into videos.
  • Planoly Platform to visually plan, manage and schedule Instagram posts.
  • Rev creates video subtitles for the vast majority who watch without sound.
  • Videoshop app with lots of editing features-slow motion, music, sound effects, etc.
  • Wave.video online editor that uses your own clips, images, music, 200 million stock videos and 30+ formats.

Salesperson Pre-License Course in July: If you know of someone who wants to get their real estate license, Maximum One is hosting a 75 Hour SalesPerson Prelicense course beginning July 9th & ending on August 22nd.  This course is in the evenings & 1 Saturday.  Cost is $450 & includes the textbook.  Here is the registration link: Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course for Georgia  .  For any questions, please contact the instructor: Jan-Marie Elder: JanElder711@gmail.com  770-919-8825 x 1232

5 Creative Strategies to List FSBO’s:  I received this email from Smarter Agent regarding unique strategies to list fsbo’s without Propsecting.  If you are interested, read this info and attend this training.  Here’s a quick preview of what you’ll learn:

  • How to overcome the #1 reason FSBO sellers don’t hire a realtor
  • How to persuade FSBO sellers who are hesitant or on the fence
  • How to quickly list FSBO homes in any market
  • How to start the conversation with FSBO sellers
  • How to use FSBO seller’s resistance to your advantage
  • And finally, We’ll show you how to automate everything.

6 Emails That Every Agent Should Be Sending:  It’s no secret that a great real estate agent focuses on building and nurturing relationships with leads, active clients, AND past clients. This can be a daunting task as one’s sphere of opportunity increases, and many times relationships begin falling through the cracks. No worries though, by combining the magic of email marketing and well-thought strategy, even the busiest real estate agent can succeed at keeping in front of their growing audience…regularly!  Want to know what those emails are?  Read More Here…

7/1/18 – Hands Free Georgia Law: This law in Georgia goes into effect on July 1st.  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
  • Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.

Penalties:

  • 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
  • 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
  • 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine

For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

Update to OpenDoor Offers to Listing Agents: Open Door launches a new experience for listing agents requesting an offer on behalf of sellers before the home hits the MLS.  To request an offer, go to www.opendoor.com/agents.  Going forward, instead of a purchase contract in your email, you will receive a link to a personal dashboard at www.opendoor.com when your offer is ready. The dashboard will provide an overview of the terms of the Opendoor offer. Should your client choose to accept the offer, you’ll be able to select the Seller’s desired closing date before generating the purchase contract to share with your seller for signing!  Please note: The dashboard is currently only available for unlisted, aka pre-MLS, properties. Properties listed on the MLS will still be managed via phone and email until a further update.  Any questions or comments, never hesitate to drop us a line at agents@opendoor.com

2018 Orientation Videos:  The Maximum One 2018 Orientation Videos are linked below & are on the “Training Videos” tile on www.eAGENTweb.com

Paperless Pipeline – Hands-On Class: Every month we host two hands-on classes on Paperless Pipeline.  These classes are taught by Compliance Brokers – Dawn Southern & Kim Murray.  Even if you are an experienced agent, you’ll want to take this class to find out all the fabulous things this system does for you!

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month – Paulding Branch – 1pm – 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month – Woodstock Branch – 1pm – 2pm

Max One Cares: Prayers to Jennifer Fowler who had to go to the ER & hospital on Monday with sever pain in her stomach.

REPEAT: Recommending Vendors: Remember that when you suggest a Vendor / Service Provider to a Client or Customer you must give more than one name & let the client choose the actual provider.  If you choose the vendor and there are any issues (i.e. an Inspector missing an item that needs to be repaired) you could have liability for selecting that vendor for the Buyer / Seller.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F141 – Vendor List to furnish the names to the client.  This form has a Hold Harmless Agreement to protect you.

REPEAT: Hiring Vendors:  If you as the agent hire a Vendor (i.e. Home Inspector or any vendor) on behalf of a client or customer and you cannot prove in writing that the Client authorized you to hire that vendor & agreed to hold you harmless, you could hold liability for the actions or omissions of that Service Provider.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F125 – Broker’s Authorization to Hire Vendor & have the client sign this.

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6/24/18

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED Wednesday July 4th in honor of Independence Day!

Recommending Vendors: Remember that when you suggest a Vendor / Service Provider to a Client or Customer you must give more than one name & let the client choose the actual provider.  If you choose the vendor and there are any issues (i.e. an Inspector missing an item that needs to be repaired) you could have liability for selecting that vendor for the Buyer / Seller.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F141 – Vendor List to furnish the names to the client.  This form has a Hold Harmless Agreement to protect you.

Hiring Vendors:  If you as the agent hire a Vendor (i.e. Home Inspector or any vendor) on behalf of a client or customer and you cannot prove in writing that the Client authorized you to hire that vendor & agreed to hold you harmless, you could hold liability for the actions or omissions of that Service Provider.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F125 – Broker’s Authorization to Hire Vendor & have the client sign this.

Instagram for Real Estate:  Instagram is one of the most under utilized social media sources for real estate.  You may easily use it to grow your business!  Want to know how to do that?  Read this article: 33 Instagram Tips for Real Estate Professionals.

Hands Free Georgia Law: This law in Georgia goes into effect on July 1st.  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
  • Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.

Penalties:

  • 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
  • 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
  • 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine

For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

Agents Using Training Rooms:  During business hours, any agent may use the Training Rooms as long as there is not a class or Sales Meeting or it has not been reserved by anyone.  You may also use these rooms after hours & on the weekends for meetings or events.  For these after hour uses, you must contact the branch CEO Advisor and reserve the room & there is a required deposit of $30.  This deposit is so that when the Branch CEO Advisor comes in in the morning, if the room needs to be cleaned, that deposit will go to the Branch Manager for additional services required; if you leave the room clean, trash picked up, garbage removed, etc., the deposit gets returned to you.

Agents Using Conference Rooms & Buyer Rooms:  Agents may also use the Conference Rooms.  There are many times when an agent is out showing property & then comes to the office with their clients to write an offer – that is what the Conference Room & Buyer Rooms are for.  Agents may also reserve the Conference Room for a meeting.  Agents may absolutely reserve the Conference Room to meet with their Team or for any other sort of meeting or closing.  No agent in any office where there is a conference room or Buyer Room may use those rooms as their personal offices all day.  We never know when an agent will need to use it when they are out with clients.  Those rooms are designed to be unoccupied on a regular basis for the situation when an agent needs to bring clients to the offices or meet a co-op agent at our office.  That is another reason why our offices are so gorgeous!!!

Reserving a Branch Training Room:  The Training Rooms are open for all agents to use as long as there is not a class, sales meeting or other reserved event.  If you wish to reserve the training Room after hours for an event or meeting, please contact your branch CEO Advisor and complete the attached Facility Reservation Form. A $30 Room Reservation Deposit is required & will be returned if the room is totally clean with tables & chairs back in place.

Max One Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose Mom has a severe virus that landed her in the ER Friday.  She is now home & getting better!

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6/17/18

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in April & May: Please welcome the following agents who joined Maximum One last two months!.

 

Sandra Cocanougher Community Welcome BACK
Kacylle Mohammed Partners
Eddie Pugh Partners
Yanett Marquez Woodstock
Aydee Agoda Galleria
Janice Carter West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Patricia Daniels-George Galleria
Eduarda Marins West Cobb
Keisha Cunningham Executives Welcome BACK!
James McLean West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Jeffer Carreker Partners
Kimberly “Brooke” Sassaman West Cobb
Jenifer Fugua Community
James Sumner West Georgia
Criss Corley West Cobb
Nancy Pitts Paulding Welcome BACK!
Lisa Cartwright-Williams Galleria
Pamela King Paulding
Ashlee Harmon Executives
Connie Dunmire Galleria
Michael A Smith West Cobb
Kirk Linder Woodstock
Chiquita Haliburton Partners
Jarrell Smith Powers Ferry
Nafi Hobbs Partners
Willie Purcell Partners
Shawn Roberts Woodstock
Aaron Gan Woodstock
Phoebe Ann Coryea West GA
LaShawn Harris Woodstock Welcome BACK!
Charles Anderson Galleria
Carly Smith Executives
Marjorie Lowe Executives

 

Andy Futch Partners
Sharon Whipple Partners
David Martin Partners
Marc Brown Partners
Corena Thornton Partners j

 

Lana Folsom Premier
Melissa Glover Community
Shena Gravitt Community Welcome  BACK!
Jenifer Fuqua Communty

 

Allison Gunter West Cobb
Taya Darling Galleria
Joseph Bell Partners
Sherrita Fields Galleria
Joselyn Acosta Douglasville
Bruce Kirby Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Zaidh Cuellar Executives
Shari Capers Galleria Welcome BACK!
Lorna Best Douglasville
Rich Dixon West Cobb
Carla Wilson Partners
Robert White West Cobb
Michael Wyatt Galleria Welcome BACK!
Bryan Mechling West Georgia
Irving Rivera Community
Maria Sharps Partners
Yvonne Richardson Partners
Beverly Gill Powers Ferry
Jennifer Tenorio Premier
Claude Cole Paulding
Ellen Mesnick Powers Ferry
Briana Boyd Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Stephen Roos Woodstock
Lisa Horton Partners
Paula Taylor Woodstock
Zia Afshani Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Terrie Davis Emerson
Montego Brooks Galleria
Felicia Hinton Galleria
Tanasha Pettigrew Executives

 

Online Property Tax Records:  Thank you to Shawn Horan closing attorney of Horan Law Group and John Davis, expert Title Examiner, for teaching the fabulous lunch & learn on how to use & interpret www.GSCCCA.org .  Of the many things we learned, one tip was the link to all the Property Tax Records online: Georgia Property Tax Records Online.  So much information may be found from the tax record and GSCCCA.org.

Property Taxes & Closings:  Thank you to Rich Shafritz & Doug Dean closing attorneys of Shafritz & Dean for reminding us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting for reminding us about closings this time of year.  Since tax bills are due soon, tax collections at closings are large.  After the property tax bills have been sent by the county, those bills create a lien against that property.  Check with the lender & closing attorney for those amounts which will be required form both Buyers & Sellers.

Best Farming Techniques: No matter how much real estate changes, and technology has dramatically altered the playing field in the last 15 years, there are still some tried and true methods of building your business. Because real estate remains, as much as anything, a contact sport, the number of people you interact with on a daily basis will often have a direct correlation to the amount of business you actually close. For this reason, traditional marketing efforts like farming, allow you to get in front of real live buyers and sellers in your chosen market and enhance the chances your target demographic will do business with you when the time comes.  Read More Here…

q Public Net:  This website is used heavily to pull up flood maps, off market sale comps and to search for neighboring plat data among other things.  It now has a cost associated with it where it used to be free.  Please let your Franchise know if this is something you would like Maximum One Corporation to purchase a login to share among the agents of all Franchisees.  Check it out: www.qPublic.net & let us know!

MX1 Greater Atlanta Surveys: Thank you all who responded to the Maximum One Greater Atlanta surveys!

Max One Cares: Congratulations to Travis Reedy on getting his Broker’s License!

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6/10/18

Almost Property Tax Time  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us that the property tax bills for Metro Atlanta are almost out!  What that means to your clients is that the closing attorneys are having to collect a large sum of tax money at closing for the escrows.  Once the tax bills are out, then that constitutes a lien against the Seller.  Check with the county for the dates the bills are issued & when they are due!

Georgia Dream Funds: Georgia Dream is currently experiencing a delay of approximately an additional 2 weeks for processing files. That means you’ll need to add those additional days when negotiating a closing date.  Thank you to Doug Brown of Homestar Financial Corporation for sharing this & other valuable information with us at the West Cobb Sales meeting.

Contract Contingency & Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Funds:  Remember that if a Buyer does NOT get their DPA funds, that reason does NOT satisfy the Financing Contingency.  That means that if a Buyer terminates a contract under the “Financing Contingency” because they could not get their DPA funds, they will default on the contract & either lose their Earnest Money or be sued.  To avoid this, make sure that you add a Special Stipulation making the Buyer’s purchase contingent upon their receipt of this down payment money.  See this stip & others in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “2018 Special Stipulations to Consider.”

Powers Ferry Office of MX1 Greater Atlanta: This branch is now open!  Please join us for the first sales meeting – Tuesday, June 12th at 10am.

How to Translate Confusing Industry Terms:  Remember that industry terms are meaningless to the public.  What is all the new information about “Eco” & “Green homes,” etc.? Want to turn this jargon into marketing magic?  Read this article for ideas! Turn Eco Jargon Into Marketing Magic

Want More Business?  The issue is not Lead GENERATION, the issue is typically Lead CONVERSION!  Learn how to convert those opportunities into clients & closings!  Watch the Tom Ferry Breakthrough By Design Webinars – on the weekly calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com  – click “Calendar.”  Also, take MX1 Founder & CEO Dave Kubat’s CE class  Lead Generation for Today’s Market – next Friday (6/15/18 at 1pm at the Galleria Branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta.)  Also read this article:   Agents: Lead With Perception.

Max One Cares: Condolences for the family of Mary Lamb who passed away on Saturday, June 2nd.

Max One Cares: Congratulations to Jigisha Shah who received her ABR designation!

Max One Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green’s Aunt who has had 2 strokes.

REPEAT:  THREE New MX1 Locations: Three of our Franchises have NEW locations NOW Open!  Look for classes at these locations in June! www.eAGENTweb.com !  click “Calendar”

  • Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry Branch is NOW Open!
    • 1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta 300677
  • Executives – Buford Branch is NOW Open!
    • 4305 S. Lee St., Buford 30518
  • Communities – Rome Branch is NOW Open!
    • 9 W. 5th Ave., Rome 30161

REPEAT: 1-Click CMA: Want a quick & easy CMA with just 1 click?  Cloud CMA is the easy way to create amazing reports that help you write more offers and win more listings.  Create a CMA by just sending an email!  Check it out – try one of your own house!  Take the FMLS class on Cloud CMA – see online calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”  Thank you Amber Taylor for bringing this to our attention at the Paulding Sales Meeting last month!

  • Send an email to:  CMA@CloudCMA.com
  • Put client’s name in Subject Line
  • Put the address of the Subject Property in the body of the email
  • Click Send!  In less than a minute, you’ll get a link to a CMA that you may send & review with client

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6/3/18

Congratulations to All 2018 Graduates!!!!!!

THREE New MX1 Locations: Three of our Franchises have NEW locations NOW Open!  Look for classes at these locations in June! www.eAGENTweb.com !  click “Calendar”

  • Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry Branch is NOW Open!
    • 1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta 30067
  • Executives – Buford Branch is NOW Open!
    • 4305 S. Lee St., Buford 30518
  • Communities – Rome Branch is NOW Open!
    • 9 W. 5th Ave., Rome 30161

1-Click CMA: Want a quick & easy CMA with just 1 click?  Cloud CMA is the easy way to create amazing reports that help you write more offers and win more listings.  Create a CMA by just sending an email!  Check it out – try one of your own house!  Take the FMLS class on Cloud CMA – see online calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”  Thank you Amber Taylor for bringing this to our attention at the Paulding Sales Meeting last month!

  • Send an email to:  CMA@CloudCMA.com
  • Put client’s name in Subject Line
  • Put the address of the Subject Property in the body of the email
  • Click Send!  In less than a minute, you’ll get a link to a CMA that you may send & review with client

Buyer “Love Letters” and Fair Housing Concerns:  A strategy many Buyer’s agents use especially in a multiple offer situation is to include a “love letter” or video to entice the Seller to choose their contract over others.  Whereas it is not a Fair Housing violation to send the letter, it may be a Fair Housing violation for a Seller to select a Buyer based on this enticement especially if the Buyer’s letter mentions a couple wanting to raise their family in that home.  As a Listing Agent, the best strategy to assist in you or the Seller  from potentially violating Fair Housing laws would be to make the Seller AWARE of the letter but to not let them read it until or unless THAT is the offer they selected and went binding with.  For more on this issue, read the article in www.Inman.com – “Do buyer ‘love’ letters risk violating fair housing?  The ability to purchase a home should be made available to everyone – not just families with children” by Teresa Boardman.

7 Federally Protected Classes in Fair Housing Laws: Remember “FRESH CORN.”  F = familial status R = race E = nothing but think of “equal” S = sex H = handicap/disability C = color O = nothing but think of “opportunity” R = religion N = National origin.

Sexual Orientation & Fair Housing: Sexual orientation is not a protected class in the Federal fair housing laws nor in the Georgia state fair housing laws.  However, if you are a REALTOR® then Sexual Orientation is protected under the Code of Ethics. AND if you sign a Listing Agreement on the GAR or the RE Forms, then you agree to provide equal housing opportunities to ALL despite the 7 Federally protected groups AND sexual orientation and gender identity.

Max One Cares: Get better Heidi Kelley who has walking pneumonia!

Max One Cares: Condolences to Steve Matthews whose mother passed away.

Max One Cares:  Congratulations to Brenda Davis on getting her GRI designation!

Max One Cares:  Prayers for Mary Lamb who is in a coma after recent surgery.

REPEAT:  Title Insurance Primer:  Just because a Buyer gets a “Warranty Deed” when they purchase real property, this does not guarantee they have a title free & clear of any issues.  What’s the answer to this concern… Title Insurance!  Thank you to Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for this Title Insurance Primer.

REPEAT: Appraisal App by DS Murphy:  Download this App for $10/month to access their list of comps – many of which you won’t find on FMLS or GAMLS.  You may also speak to a licensed appraiser and get discounts on appraisal services.  FYI, DS Murphy will also help you with an appraisal rebuttal.

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5/20/18

Maximum One Office Closed Monday May 28th for Memorial Day

No Newsletter Sunday May 27th

Congratulations to All 2018 Graduates!!!!!!

The Importance of a CRM:  An effective CRM system will run your business.  The CRM available in the Agent Website through Chime is extremely powerful.  Read what RIS Media says about using a CRM in your real estate business:  Turn On & Harness the Power of Your Palm

Appraisal App by DS Murphy:  Download this App for $10/month to access their list of comps – many of which you won’t find on FMLS or GAMLS.  You may also speak to a licensed appraiser and get discounts on appraisal services.  FYI, DS Murphy will also help you with an appraisal rebuttal.

GAMLS Market Statistics: With the new integrations to the CRS Tax Suite, MLS reports that decipher your local market conditions, and training options to advance your understanding of our technology offerings. Georgia MLS is proud to be your partner in making homeownership happen. The information we safeguard, the rules we enforce, and the community we foster help you do what you do with confidence.

It’s no secret that low inventory is the biggest market condition our members and their clients face as we move into the summer season.

Find out how to utilize the Solds Analysis Report to get a localized view >

Update on LIFT Down Payment Assistance Funds – Cobb County: Regarding last week’s information on this program, LIFT has informed us that they are out of funds until July 6th.  After that date, they are not sure what amount of funds they will have for this program.  Another example of if you hear of a program for your Buyer clients, they need to act on it quickly.  Thank you Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for keeping us updated.  Great information is always shared at the monthly Branch Sales Meetings!

REPEAT: FMLS #117 & FMLS #118:  If you complete these forms online through FMLS, please print out the confirmation you receive & upload the confirmation into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline so that Compliance may mark off those items.

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5/13/18

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

MX1 Rock Stars Group on Facebook:  This is a group for MX1 Agents only – ALL Franchises of MX1.  You must request to be included or accept the invitation that is sent to you.  There is a TON of useful information shared by agents & Brokers in this group!  AND it is searchable!  Additionally, there is a link to this group for members on the Tile “Maximum One Rock Stars” when you go to www.eAGENTweb.com 

Outgoing Wires:  Just a reminder that all outgoing wires (i.e. for earnest money to a closing attorney) incurs a $30 charge to the agent.

FMLS #117 & FMLS #118:  If you complete these forms online through FMLS, please print out the confirmation you receive & upload the confirmation into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline so that Compliance may mark off those items.

Questions a Listing Agent Should Ask a Buyer’s Lender:  When you are representing a Seller and you receive multiple offers from Buyers getting a mortgage, there is certain information that would be useful to know  when deciding on an offer to accept.  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us this list of Listing Agent Questions for a Buyer’s Loan Officer

“Smart Agents”: Check out www.SmartAgents.com for some ideas, systems and guides to help your real estate business.  They are based out of Jacksonville, FL and offer many free training guides and paid products and services.  You can even author a real estate book – ghost written by them – to help you in getting more deals!

4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Traffic: Your social media should direct prospects to your website to give you the opportunity to engage them and help them as a client.  Read this article for ideas to help you improve this traffic: 4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Traffic When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

Live Happy:  Want to know the 9 super habits of people living in total happiness?.  Read Article Here.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Nikki Russell (formerly Tucker) who was recently married!

Max Cares:  Get well soon, Cindy Corona who recently had knee surgery.

REPEAT:  How to Access MX1 Forms in FMLS – As a Maximum One Greater Atlanta Agent, you may access a variety of MX1 forms through rDocs so that you may complete the form electronically and for forms that need a client signature you may send also through E-Sign.  Here is the How To Access MX1 Forms in rDocs – 4 Easy Steps with screen shots

  • Step 1 – Select Forms Manager
  • Step 2 – Click on “Forms Package”
  • Step 3 – Under “Office Broker Forms” Select Desired Form
  • Step 4 – Send through E-Sign for Completion &/or Signature – depending on the Form

REPEAT:  LIFT DownPayment Assistance Program:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of this new DPA program for Cobb County – which is great because the GA Dream Hardest Hit Fund is not available for this county.  It’s for “1st Time” homebuyers & there are income & credit limits.  The amount is $15,000 asistance and $18,000 assistance for police, firemen & teachers.  The source of the funding is Wells Fargo but there are many approved Lenders who may access this program for your clients!  See Jay’s contact information at the end of this Newsletter.

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5/6/18

How to Access MX1 Forms in FMLS – As a Maximum One Greater Atlanta Agent, you may access a variety of MX1 forms through rDocs so that you may complete the form electronically and for forms that need a client signature you may send also through E-Sign.  Here is the How To Access MX1 Forms in rDocs – 4 Easy Steps with screen shots

  • Step 1 – Select Forms Manager
  • Step 2 – Click on “Forms Package”
  • Step 3 – Under “Office Broker Forms” Select Desired Form
  • Step 4 – Send through E-Sign for Completion &/or Signature – depending on the Form

LIFT DownPayment Assistance Program:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of this new DPA program for Cobb County – which is great because the GA Dream Hardest Hit Fund is not available for this county.  It’s for “1st Time” homebuyers & there are income & credit limits.  The amount is $15,000 asistance and $18,000 assistance for police, firemen & teachers.  The source of the funding is Wells Fargo but there are many approved Lenders who may access this program for your clients!  See Jay’s contact information at the end of this Newsletter.

Know Whom You Represent:  When you work with a client who signs a Buyer Brokerage Agreement or a Listing Agreement, remember THAT is the person whom you represent regardless of the client’s relationship with other interested parties.  For example, your best friend is engaged & it is the fiance who is buying the house & who is getting the loan & on the contract.  The fiance is your client – NOT your best friend.  You MUST refrain from providing any type of legal advice regarding the transaction as you are NOT an attorney.  For example, you may NOT suggest that the other party go on the TItle at closing – you are giving legal advice, you do not know all the legal ramifications for two engaged people being on title prior to marriage and how a court or IRS would look at a pre-marital asset in the event they don’t marry or get divorced.  Bottom line, you represent only your client & you need to refrain from giving legal advice or offering an opinion on something outside of your license.  Thank you Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us!  Amee’s contact information is at the end of this newsletter.

Statute of Limitations on a Lien Attached to a Property:  A Judgement Lien against a property will stay attached to a debtor’s property (real or personal) for seven (7) years.

Cobb Association “Boots & Bandits”:  Please attend this fun RPAC Fundraiser at the Governors Gun Club in Kennesaw on May 10th from 6pm – 9pm.  Watch this Video for more info & click link to Register for food, drink & fun!

Technology to Help You Be More Productive: You are always on your phone anyway, check out this article on Productivity Apps. 29 Experts Give Their Best Picks

Max Cares: Condolences to Teressa McIntosh of Hope Credit Services on the loss of her father-in-law.

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black whose step brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Max Cares: Condolences to Remey Caraballo whose husband was killed in an accident on Thursday.

REPEAT: Wire Instructions for MX1 – for Earnest Money:  Maximum One will not email wire instructions to you or your clients.  If they are to wire Earnest Money to Maximum One, we will need their mailing address & will mail the information to them.  OR you as the agent may come into a Branch & pick up the wire instructions so that you may hand deliver or tell your client on the phone.

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4/30/18

 Wire Fraud:  One of our top agents experienced the devastating effects of wire fraud. He represented the Seller.  The parties were sitting at the closing table when the attorney asked the Buyer for the down payment.  The Buyer replied that he had wired it to the attorney’s office 2 weeks prior to closing.  Buyer stated that he received the wire instructions by email & then the “CORRECTED” wire instructions an hour later.  The Buyer wired the down payment to the fraudulent wire information.  Sooooo…. no closing! Buyer out $12,000+! Agents out commissions!  No way of recovering the funds.  As an agent…. do NOT email wire instructions or any financial information to your client.  Hand deliver or mail instructions.  Make sure your clients know that if they receive wire information by email they are to pick up the phone and call the closing attorney from the number that YOU give them to confirm.  NEVER be the intermediary of communicating wire instructions between a closing attorney & the client.

Wire Instructions for MX1 – for Earnest Money:  Maximum One will not email wire instructions to you or your clients.  If they are to wire Earnest Money to Maximum One, we will need their mailing address & will mail the information to them.  OR you as the agent may come into a Branch & pick up the wire instructions so that you may hand deliver or tell your client on the phone.

How to Turn a FSBO into a Client: With this hot market, many Sellers may think this is so easy that they don’t need you, the real estate professional, to help them sell their house.  Here are some tips to turn FSBOs into Clients.  Go over these issues with a FSBO:

Questions a FSBO Seller needs to consider:

  • Are you ready to field calls all day from people asking about your home?
  • What price will the market bear for the home?  What will the home appraise for based on the market data?
  • Are the Buyers touring your home pre-approved?
  • Are you comfortable letting strangers in your home?
  • What listing price do you list your home for?
  • Are you ready to be home for all the showings?
  • Are your valuables and prescription drugs secure?
  • Do you have the required disclosure paperwork needed to sell a home?
  • What forms will you use for a contract?
  • Are you familiar with a closing attorney and what is required to close the transaction?
  • Do you know what to expect from a home inspection?
  • How will you attract the most qualified and motivated Buyers whom are already working with real estate agents?
  • If you are willing to work with an agent who is representing a Buyer, you do realize that the agent will be working and negotiating in the best interest of the Buyer & not you, the Seller?
  • Are you familiar with your options if the appraisal comes in lower than the Sale Price?
  • If you receive multiple simultaneous offers are you prepared to evaluate the terms of the offer in addition to the price?
  • Are you familiar with different property requirements and Seller obligations based on the Buyer’s type of loan – conventional vs. FHA vs. VA?

These are some of the many questions / issues that you may raise with the Seller to highlight to them the value that you as the agent can bring to the situation so that you can help them sell their house for the best price & terms to help them move forward with their real estate needs.

Where to Find FSBOs:  There are many sources for you to find FSBO leads

  • Drive around
  • Zillow Make Me Moves – Free
  • Vulcan 7 – Free for MX1 Agents
  • TheRedX – Fee
  • My Plus Leads – Fee
  • FSBO Lead USA
  • HotHomeLeads
  • FSBO.com
  • Craigslist
  • And Many More

Case Study Working FSBOs:  Read this case study from agents in the Tom Ferry coaching program to see how they work FSBOs and what a huge part of their business FSBO leads provide. FSBOs Case Study – Tom Ferry

Max Cares: Congratulations to MX1 Accounting Department Manager, Donna Black, on the wedding  of her daughter Kaitlyn this weekend!

 

REPEAT:  Realtors Property Resource: If you are a Realtor, then check out this program which is free to Realtors as a resource for doing a CMA for your clients.  Check it out:  https://www.narrpr.com/

 

REPEAT:  Upnest: Check out www.UpNest.com .  This is a free service to receive listing and buyer leads.  If you close a transaction from this source, you will owe UpNest a referral fee but no costs until closing. This leads service pre-screens potential leads and has advisors that will help you win the business in a competitive situation.

REPEAT: Broker Signature on Documents:  Remember that if you need a Broker Signature on a document, if you upload that document into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & send an email / note to a Broker requesting a signature, it will get to the right place to get the required signature.

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4/23/18

Expand Your Social Media Marketing:  One of the Maximum One vendors, Paradym (formerly Visual Tour) has a new program called Reach Social  to assist you in your Social Media efforts to reach more people in a powerful way.  Watch this video for more information: https://www.paradym.com/blog/resources/introducing-reach-social/

Realtors Property Resource: If you are a Realtor, then check out this program which is free to Realtors as a resource for doing a CMA for your clients.  Check it out:  https://www.narrpr.com/

Real Estate Agent Business Insurance:  As an agent, you have Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance coverage through Maximum One.  There is other “business” insurance you may get to cover your business.  Thank you to Kelly Scott of Allstate for bringing this type of insurance coverage to my attention.  She offers “Allstate Business Shield for Real Estate Agents”  This customized protection covers things like business personal property, valuable papers & records, virus protection, yard signs, and more.  Contact Kelly for more information – kellymscott@allstate.com  770-883-4890

Upnest: Check out www.UpNest.com .  This is a free service to receive listing and buyer leads.  If you close a transaction from this source, you will owe UpNest a referral fee but no costs until closing. This leads service pre-screens potential leads and has advisors that will help you win the business in a competitive situation.

Broker Signature on Documents:  Remember that if you need a Broker Signature on a document, if you upload that document into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & send an email / note to a Broker requesting a signature, it will get to the right place to get the required signature.

Tiles on www.eAGENTweb.com – Please bear with us as we update the links on www.eAGENTweb.com .  Thank you!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Allen & Shawn Roberts whose dad passed away unexpectedly.

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4/15/18

Ideas to Help Agents Not Have Low Appraisals:  In an increasing market like we are in now, we always have an issue with appraisals coming in lower than the contract sales price.  Appraisers look at the past to value a home now & this many times causes an issue.  Here are some tips to help you as an agent prevent the issue of having to negotiate a low appraisal:

  • Analyze your comps thoroughly when pricing a listing & when assisting a Buyer structure an offer
  • Complete a Seller Net Sheet with different sale price scenarios
  • Contact DS Murphy for a Consultation / Pre-Listing Appraisal – $500 donation to charity
  • Download the DS Murphy App – valuation videos to show Sellers, chat with an appraiser, discounts – thank you John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing this tip
  • Meet the appraiser at the property – bring your thorough CMA, point out specific items with this property, point out this section of the SD & how it differs from other sections – cookies help too!
  • Make the Appraiser Call You Prior to appraising – after you go binding, change the showing instructions in the MLS to “Appointment Only – Contact Listing Agent” – that way the appraiser MUST call you to schedule the appraisal so you’ll know when to meet at the house
  • Order a floor plan to present to the appraiser – order from an appraiser or a service such as Plan-o-Matic
  • Take CE classes on appraisals
  • Consult with an appraiser prior to listing – check out the “Other Specialties” tab on the Maximum One Corporate Roster – we have several agents who are also licensed appraisers
  • List your properties in FMLS & GAMLS even if they sell in hours of putting the sign in the yard
  • Appraisers look to see if the house was “exposed to the open market” – via MLS services – if not, this may put downward valuation on the price
  • With cash deals in the MLS services, you establish easily-available comps for this increasing market – especially with cash deals

Investors Looking for Property to Buy to Rent: Many investors are still looking for properties to purchase to turn into rental property.  With increasing interest rates, the rental market tends to increase as well.  If you are working with an investor looking for a rental property, make sure to check with the subdivision / Townhouse / Condominium / Homeowner’s Association to check their rental restrictions.  Many neighborhoods limit the percentage of homes that can be rented & there may already be a waiting list of existing homeowners who want to rent out their homes.

Chime Lead-Generating Website:  If you want information on this or if you are having any issues getting your website up & running or performing how you thought it would, the reps from Chime will be in town to help you.  They are only here for 3 days.  Please attend one of these session to get dialed in!

  • Day 1 (Mon 4/16) – 10am McDonough & 2pm Airport South
  • Day 2 (Tue 4/17) – 10am Galleria & 1:30 (after Sales Meeting) Paulding
  • Day 3 (Wed 4/18) – 9:30am Emerson & 2pm Alpharetta

7 Social Media Marketing Techniques: Check out this article on Social Media Marketing Techniques.

FMLS Fees on WD or EXP Listing that Sells:  Please be aware of the FMLS policy on fees due if a withdrawn listing sells.  Just like a “protection period” in your listing agreement, they too have a similar concept for 90 days.  Here is the actual rule:

  • Rule 15 – Offers After Expiration or Withdrawal of FMLS Listing
  • 15.1 In the event that a Member has shown a client a property under an FMLS listing with another Principal Member and secures an offer from the same client after the FMLS listing has expired or been withdrawn, the following procedures shall govern:
  • a) If the property has not been re-listed by any real estate firm on an exclusive basis within ninety (90) days after expiration or withdrawal of the FMLS listing but is on an “open listing” status, then the offer must be presented through the firm that had the FMLS listing at the time the property was originally shown.
  • 15.2 When a property is listed by a Principal Member and a contract presented within ninety (90) days after expiration is accepted, providing the buyer was introduced to the property prior to its expiration, a fee shall be due FMLS from the selling and listing Principal Member, according to the FMLS fee schedule, when the property closes.
  • 15.3 When a property is listed by a Principal Member and a contract presented within ninety (90) days after withdrawal of the listing is accepted, providing the buyer was introduced to the property prior to its withdrawal, a fee shall be due FMLS from the selling and listing Principal Member, according to the FMLS fee schedule, when the property closes.

 

Max Cares:  Condolences to Lil Hoepfinger her just lost her 3rd family member in a short period of time – her StepDad, Uncle & Father-in-Law.

Max Cares:  Feel better Heidi Kelly!

Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green’s mom who had to go to the ER with severe back pain.

REPEAT: MX1 & FMLS Fees on Unreported Listings:  Per the FMLS Membership, we are required to collect FMLS fees & the property is required to be listed in FMLS in the following situation:

  • Contract indicates that Seller is CLIENT of Listing Broker
  • Listing Broker is a member of FMLS
  • Property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

So, if you represent a Buyer & write a contract on a property & the above is true, then MX1 is collecting FMLS fees even if the Listing broker did not enter the property in FMLS.  After the close, FMLS will contact the Listing Broker to get the property listed & collect fees from them as well.  This is per Cantey Davis, President of FMLS & FMLS Rule 18.

  • Rule 18 – FMLS Listing Effective as Provided in the Listing Contract  –  At such time as any listing contract is signed (Agreement Date), the property is considered filed with FMLS. Should the property be sold before the listing is entered into the FMLS computer system or sent to FMLS, the sale must be reported as an FMLS sale and any FMLS fee must be paid.

REPEAT: FMLS Listings & GAMLS Listings:  Per the GAMLS Membership, any listings listed in FMLS must also be listed in GAMLS.

 

 

4/8/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in March 2018:  Welcome Everyone!

  • Julie Johnson – McDonough
  • Pilar Grimes – Powers Ferry
  • Michelle Brown – Galleria
  • Anthony Weber – Woodstock
  • Jan-Marie Elder – Alabama
  • Mekeba Bryant – McDonough
  • Beth Haralson – Paulding
  • Kimberly Thomas – Woodstock
  • Craig Perryman – McDonough
  • Mattie Ealey – McDonough
  • Mark Ware – Alpharetta
  • Julie Bosse – West Georgia
  • Susie Vann – Powers Ferry
  • Donna English – McDonough
  • Barbara Knox – McDonough
  • Dionna Whitney – McDonough
  • Malcolm Jennings – McDonough
  • Erika Litman – McDonough
  • Linda Glisson – Woodstock
  • Brittan Pettway – Emerson
  • Tammy Rogers – Emerson
  • Paula Warren – Warner Robbins
  • Jennifer Thompson – Warner Robbins
  • Lesley Hudson – McDonough
  • Jennifer Thompson – McDonough
  • Rosemarie Parrish – Douglasville
  • Bowan Strahan – West Cobb
  • Khori Peacock – McDonough
  • Gabrielle Fletcher – Galleria
  • Samra Hadden – Woodstock – Welcome BACK!
  • Shenita Woodard – McDonough
  • Carmen Jordan – McDonough
  • William Thompson III – Paulding
  • Ashley Martin – West Cobb
  • Donna Sullivan – Dawsonville
  • Lora Stilley – DOuglasville
  • Frederic Robinson – Galleria
  • Rebecca Brown Harris – Alpharetta
  • Carmen Papallo – West Cobb
  • Judit Beta – Alpharetta
  • Christina Dobbs – Galleria
  • Kristi Ellenburg – Emerson – Welcome BACK!
  • Lori Cagle – Emerson
  • Karen Foster – Paulding – Welcome BACK!
  • Tanash Pettigrew – Alpharetta
  • Tonia Benas – West Cobb

Checking for Mold:  There are only 3 Inspectors in GA who are actually certified in Mold Inspections.  Make sure that your clients are protected.  MX1 Vendor, Tim Russo of Mold Be Gone & Home Inspections & More is one of the 3 certified in Mold inspections.  Contact Tim for info – homeinspectionsandmore@gmail.com 678-366-3446.  He also has several articles on his blog – www.moldbegoneatlanta.com

 

MX1 & FMLS Fees on Unreported Listings:  Per the FMLS Membership, we are required to collect FMLS fees & the property is required to be listed in FMLS in the following situation:

  • Contract indicates that Seller is CLIENT of Listing Broker
  • Listing Broker is a member of FMLS
  • Property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

So, if you represent a Buyer & write a contract on a property & the above is true, then MX1 is collecting FMLS fees even if the Listing broker did not enter the property in FMLS.  After the close, FMLS will contact the Listing Broker to get the property listed & collect fees from them as well.  This is per Cantey Davis, President of FMLS & FMLS Rule 18.

  • Rule 18 – FMLS Listing Effective as Provided in the Listing Contract  –  At such time as any listing contract is signed (Agreement Date), the property is considered filed with FMLS. Should the property be sold before the listing is entered into the FMLS computer system or sent to FMLS, the sale must be reported as an FMLS sale and any FMLS fee must be paid.

FMLS Listings & GAMLS Listings:  Per the GAMLS Membership, any listings listed in FMLS must also be listed in GAMLS.

 

FMLS – New Look Launching April 12th:  When you log in to www.FMLS.com you will see a new look! Take some time to check out the new design before you really NEED something over the weekend or in the evening & can’t find it!  For a preview: https://preview.fmls.com/memberhome

 

MX1 West Cobb & Safe Path:  The West Cobb Branch is supporting Safe Path throughout the year.  This is child-advocay center for kids of sexual & physical abuse.  There will be a barrel in the office all year. Thank you, Team Captain, Brenda Perry, for organizing this.  For more information: SafePath Purpose  & SafePath Needs.

 

Max Cares: Please send prayers to Nancy Sanders who is in the hospital with pneumonia.

Max Cares: Please send prayers to Donna Green whose sister was in the hospital having surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose dad had open heart surgery & 2 Bypasses.

Max Cares: Congratulations to John Zupancic of America’s Preferred Warranty on the birth of his granddaughter, Lucy Ann!

 

REPEAT: Bridge Dual Entry Listing System: The Bridge Dual Entry System is up & running for Maximum One agents to input their listings to by simultaneously sent to FMLS & GAMLS & Zillow & www.RealEstate.com .  Here is the information you need – this is also available for you on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Thank you to Kim Murray for managing this project for us!

 

REPEAT:  Renewing Your License:  Remember that GREC requires you have 36 hours of CE & 3 of those 36 hours must be specifically categorized as “License Law.”  You may log on to your account on GREC to verify your CE credits.  Check out the 141 hours of CE Maximum One Companies are hosting in April 2018 – www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar.”

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4/1/18

Happy Passover! – March 30th

Happy Easter! – April 1

Bridge Dual Entry Listing System:  The Bridge Dual Entry System is up & running for Maximum One agents to input their listings to by simultaneously sent to FMLS & GAMLS & Zillow & www.RealEstate.com .  Here is the information you need – this is also available for you on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Thank you to Kim Murray for managing this project for us!

Email Address Used in Transactions:  Both the GAR Purchase & Sale Agreement and the RE Forms Contract specifically stipulate that for the purposes of Notice (i.e. sending a Termination) that notice MUST be sent to the email address on the signature page of the contract or the Notice is deemed to have not been sent.  This is true even if the co-op agent interacts with you from another email address.. Video coming soon!

Renewing Your License:  Remember that GREC requires you have 36 hours of CE & 3 of those 36 hours must be specifically categorized as “License Law.”  You may log on to your account on GREC to verify your CE credits.  Check out the 141 hours of CE Maximum One Companies are hosting in April 2018 – www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar.”

Strategies to Be More Productive at Work:  Have you ever asked yourself, “What did I actually do today?” Have you wondered how to be more productive at work?  Read this article for some ideas to help you out!  Strategies to Be More Productive at Work.

Technology & Real Estate Teams: Do you have a real estate team and are you looking for better ways to stay in touch with the Team?  This article may offer you some ideas. Technology & Teams: What Drives the Power Team

Cost vs. Value – Projects with Highest ROI – Do your Sellers ever ask you what they should do to their house to get the biggest bang for their buck?  Have them check out the report on 2018 Cost vs. Value Report  by Remodeling Magazine.  Most of these figures took a dive.  For more information on this topic, check out the entire article by RIS Media here.

Max Cares: Condolences to JC Murphy on the loss of several family members recently.

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Greg Moore who just received his Broker’s License.

REPEAT: A Title Insurance Primer: A Buyer’s decision to purchase title insurance is one of the largest and most important financial decisions your client will make.  There is a lot of information your clients need to know about this insurance.  Thank you to Andy Hartman & his peeps at Hartman Law for providing us with this Title Insurance Primer

REPEAT: Business Planning:  If you don’t have a business plan for 2018, you need one now!  If you do have a business plan, review & revise for the second quarter of 2018.  Need more information, check out these resources from Tom Ferry & take the CE class – “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  Want more business, consider hiring a real estate coach.  Maximum One is a Tome Ferry coaching supporter & many of our agents who coach with this organization have seen tremendous increases in their production.  Check out www.TomFerry.com

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3/25/18

Happy Passover! – March 30th

Happy Easter! – April 1

CONGRATULATIONS to the Maximum One Greater Atlanta Top Producers – 2017! 

WC – West Cobb            GL – Galleria            DG – Douglasville

WD – Woodstock            PD – Paulding            PF – Powers Ferry

Top 25 Company-wide in Sales Volume MXGA & MXGR combined   (other franchises not included)

  1. Real Estate Across Atlanta – Annamaria Stalker & Jayne Pearson – WC $11M
  2. Wendee Long – PD $9.6M
  3. Larry Casner – PF $9.7M
  4. Team Haigh – WC $9.5M
  5. Keely George – WC $9.3M
  6. Steve Matthews – PF $8.6M
  7. John Philip – WC 8.1M
  8. Shonna Sherrill – DG $7.4M
  9. Shawn Delaney – WC $7.4M
  10. Kiran Ramireddy – PF $7.1M
  11. Bill Brannen – WC $6.6M
  12. Howard Brummel – WD $6.5M
  13. Donna Carlock – WC $6.3M
  14. Stephanie Shelton – PD $5M
  15. Michael Hammock – WC $6M
  16. Anthony Cade – GL   $6.1M
  17. Cindi Corona – WD $5.9M
  18. Lisa Osborne – GL $5.6M
  19. Parupkar Gill – WD $5.2M
  20. Dmitriy Gorin – GL $5M
  21. Jonathan Barrett – WC $ 4.86M
  22. Laura Wilson – WC $4.83M
  23. Matthew Share – PF $4.65M
  24. Morgan McDonald – WD $4.6M
  25. Kris Zugloff – PF $4M

West Cobb

Top Teams Sales Volume per branch

  1. Real Estate Across Atlanta   $11M
  2. Team Haigh   9.5M

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Keely George $8.9M
  2. John Philip $8.1M
  3. Shawn Delaney $7.4M
  4. William Brannen, Jr. $6.5M
  5. Donna Carlock $6.3M
  6. Michael Hammock $6.0M
  7. Jonathan Barrett $4.86M
  8. Laura Wilson $4.83M
  9. Diane Maldonado $4.5M
  10. Mike Maldonado $4.1M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Shawn Delaney   36.5
  2. Keely George 29
  3. Jonathan Barrett 27
  4. Michael Hammock 26
  5. Donna Carlock 25.5
  6. William Brannen, Jr 24
  7. Mike Maldonado 20
  8. Diane Maldonado 19
  9. Laura Wilson 17
  10. Paula Adams 16

GCI $100K+

  • John Philip
  • Keely George
  • Shawn Delaney
  • Mike Hammock
  • William Brannen, Jr
  • Donna Carlock

Galleria

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Anthony Cade – $6.1M
  2. Lisa Osborne – $5.6M
  3. Dmitriy Gorin – $5M
  4. Lamar Young – $4.3M
  5. Donika Parker – $3.2M
  6. Patricia Johnson – $3M
  7. Crystal Fordham – $2.8M
  8. Whitney Pool – $2.7M
  9. Roger Philmon – $2.7M
  10. Lettie Hill – $2.6M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Anthony Cade – 32
  2. Dmitriy Gorin – 25
  3. Daniel Gonzalez – 23
  4. Lisa Osborne – 21
  5. Lamar Young – 20
  6. Eric Pipkorn – 18.6
  7. Whitney Pool – 18
  8. Donika Parker – 17
  9. Lettie Hill – 15.7
  10. Roger Philmon – 15

GCI $100K+

  • Anthony Cade
  • Lisa Osborne
  • Lamar Young
  • Dmitriy Gorin

Douglasville

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Shonna Sherrill   $ 7.4M
  2. Tia Rosser   $ 3.9M
  3. Taqqeea Waters   $ 3.6M
  4. Tahir Johnson   $ 3.3M
  5. Enemesio Hernandez   $ 2.88M
  6. Martha Edwards   $ 2.87
  7. Isabel Haynes   $ 2.4M
  8. Erica Burton   $ 2.3M
  9. Tommie Berry   $2.3M
  10. Quillie Williams   $2.1M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Shonna Sherrill 35
  2. Martha Edwards 23
  3. Tia Rosser 20
  4. Tahir Johnson & Enemesio Hernandez   19
  5. Tommie Berry, Greg Moore & John Ashokhe 16
  6. Taqqeea Waters 14
  7. Isabel Haynes 13.3
  8. Quillie Williams & Tamarra Davis 13
  9. Machelle Moody 12
  10. Matthew Payton & Rosalyn McDonald 11

GCI $100K+

  • Shonna Sherrill
  • Tia Rosser

Woodstock

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Howard Brummel – $6.5M
  2. Cindy Corona – $5.9M
  3. Parupkar Gill – $5.2M
  4. Morgan McDonald – $4.6M
  5. Andrew Reibly – $3.7M
  6. Holly Pecht – $3.4M
  7. Martin Devine – $3.2M
  8. Stefania Wade – $2.7M
  9. Karen Moonshower – $2.69M
  10. Cindy Berndt $2.67M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Cindy Corona – 24.8
  2. Howard Brummel – 22
  3. Morgan McDonald – 20.3
  4. Martin Devine – 16.5
  5. Stefania Wade – 16
  6. Karen Moonshower – 15.4
  7. Andrew Reibly – 13.6
  8. Peggy Withrow & Monica Castro – 13
  9. Bob James/Enrique Kroes/Remey Caraballo – 12
  10. Holly Pecht & Rich Spaulding – 11

GCI $100K+

  • Howard Brummel
  • Cindy Corona
  • Morgan McDonald

Paulding

Top 10 Sales Volume per branch

  1. Wendee Long $9.6M
  2. Stephanie Shelton $5M
  3. Barbara Rice $4.1M
  4. Dennis Hankins $3.64M
  5. Laura Micalizzi $3.63M
  6. Teresa Kimber $2.90M
  7. Rhonda Yearwood $2.8M
  8. Herb Haynes $2.68M
  9. Janet Scanlon $2.63M
  10. Jodi Byers $2.4M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Wendee Long 52.8
  2. Stephanie Shelton 32.3
  3. Janet Scanlon 20
  4. Herb Haynes 17
  5. Rhonda Yearwood 17
  6. Monica Poole 15
  7. Brandon Bramlett 14
  8. Nancy Gorrow   13
  9. Barbara Roberts 12
  10. Laura Micalizzi & Sandy Cole  11.7

GCI $100K+

  • Stephanie Shelton
  • Wendee Long
  • Barbara Rice

Powers Ferry

Top 10 Sales Volume per branch

  1. Larry Casner $9.7M
  2. Steve Matthews $8.6M
  3. Kirankumar Ramireddy $7.1M
  4. Matthew Share $4.6M
  5. Jonathan Livnat $4.08M
  6. Kris Zugloff $4.00M
  7. Gary Mesnick $3.8M
  8. Kim Fulay $3.3M
  9. Simmy Aluwalia $2.9M
  10. Jigisha Shah $2.8M

Top 10 By Units Sold

  1. Larry Casner 58
  2. Steve Matthews 37
  3. Kris Zugloff 21
  4. Kirankumar Ramireddy 18
  5. Matthew Share 18
  6. Jonathan Livnat 17
  7. George Ansong 14.1
  8. Charles Nolan 14
  9. Gary Mesnick 13
  10. Kim Fulay, Jigisha Shah & Adrienne Lewis 10

GCI $100K+

  • Larry Casner
  • Steve Matthews
  • Gary Mesnick
  • Jonathan Livnat
  • Kirankumar Ramireddy
  • Kris Zugloff

 

Release of Earnest Money:   If you have a contract that terminates and Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money that needs to be released, please remember that we will need the mailing address of the person who is to receive the funds.  We release via the Bill Pay system through Chase Bank and the check gets mailed to them.  The RE Forms Agreement to Release (RE-212) does have a place on the actual form to complete for the person’s mailing address but the GAR form (F83) does not.  Please indicate the party who is receiving the funds address on the actual Release Agreement or please make sure to let us know the mailing address of the party by adding it as a note in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline when you upload the T&R.

Welcome to Our Newest Affiliated Lenders in our Douglasville Branch:  Please join me in welcoming Linda Kennedy of American Eagle & Mike Diffee of Premier Mortgage Exchange!  Linda & her team and Mike and his team are excited to work together in order to offer a wide variety of loan services & products to our clients.  Please see their contact information below with all of our Affiliated Lenders & Closing Attorneys!

Bridge Dual Entry Listing System:  The Bridge Dual Entry System is up & running for Maximum One agents to input their listings to by simultaneously sent to FMLS & GAMLS & Zillow & www.RealEstate.com .  Here is the information you need – this is also available for you on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Thank you to Kim Murray for managing this project for us!

 

Max Cares: Congratulations to Mary Lamb who has been declared Cancer-FREE by her doctors!!  Please celebrate with Mary!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Brenda Davis on receiving her Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation!

REPEAT: A Title Insurance Primer: A Buyer’s decision to purchase title insurance is one of the largest and most important financial decisions your client will make.  There is a lot of information your clients need to know about this insurance.  Thank you to Andy Hartman & his peeps at Hartman Law for providing us with this Title Insurance Primer

REPEAT: FMLS Administrative Docs:  On Friday March 16th, all FMLS Admin forms will be removed from rDocs. After that date the forms may only be accessed from the Print On Demand section of the FMLS.com home page. There is also a choice to select the pdf version of this form on this same page.

REPEAT: How to Access GAR Contracts in rDocs: To confirm that your GAR ID # is active, go to NRDS Lookup: https://reg.realtor.org/roreg.nsf/retrieveID? or OpenFormhttps://garealtor.com/LawEthics/ContractForms/DownloadableContractForms/tabid/344/Default.aspx

To add your NRDS # or FPID # to rDocs, go to SELECT> My Profile and insert your NRDS # or FPID # into the ID# section of the page. Click Update. You can then access your GAR forms in rDocs. Questions on adding your purchase ids to rDocs should go to FMLS Customer Support Team at 404-255-4219 option 1.

rDocs HELP is located under the Select button dropdown at the top of your rDocs Dashboard.

REPEAT: Business Planning:  If you don’t have a business plan for 2018, you need one now!  If you do have a business plan, review & revise for the second quarter of 2018.  Need more information, check out these resources from Tom Ferry & take the CE class – “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  Want more business, consider hiring a real estate coach.  Maximum One is a Tome Ferry coaching supporter & many of our agents who coach with this organization have seen tremendous increases in their production.  Check out www.TomFerry.com

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3/18/18

“How Did You Find Me?”:   Make sure to ask how your prospects found you.   It is vital to know which marketing efforts are effective for you.  Read article for more information: Active Rain: Ask an Ambassador How Did You Find Me?

A Title Insurance Primer: A Buyer’s decision to purchase title insurance is one of the largest and most important financial decisions your client will make.  There is a lot of information your clients need to know about this insurance.  Thank you to Andy Hartman & his peeps at Hartman Law for providing us with this Title Insurance Primer

Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends:  Of all Buyers, millennials have the most purchases accounting for 36% of purchases.  Read the rest of the article here from RIS media: Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends.

Business Planning:  If you don’t have a business plan for 2018, you need one now!  If you do have a business plan, review & revise for the second quarter of 2018.  Need more information, check out these resources from Tom Ferry & take the CE class – “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  Want more business, consider hiring a real estate coach.  Maximum One is a Tome Ferry coaching supporter & many of our agents who coach with this organization have seen tremendous increases in their production.  Check out www.TomFerry.com

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Tamika McCray Pratt on publishing her new children’s book, Mommy’s Having Another Baby – Making It Through an Only Child’s Fear.  Check it out on Amazon!

 

Repeat: RE Forms Update:  Starting on Monday, 3/13/18, you will have access to updated RE Forms in rDocs in FMLS.  No announcement yet regarding when they will be updated on Instanet Forms on GAMLS.  These are the forms being updated:

  • RE1 Standard Terms for Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE3 RE Forms Index
  • RE4 RE Forms Index- by category
  • RE100 Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE101 New Construction Contract for Purchase & Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE102 Multi-Family Contract
  • RE103 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Developed Lots
  • RE104 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Undeveloped Land
  • RE136 Community Association Exhibit
  • RE145 Home Selling-The Process
  • RE146 Home Buying- The Process
  • RE150 Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE151 Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement
  • RE158 Seller Authorization to Show Property Without Listing
  • RE161 NonExclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE162 NonExclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement

 

Repeat: Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

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3/11/18

47 Lead Generation Ideas:  Want more business?  Check out this list of the “Top 47 Real Estate Lead Generation Ideas.”  Then compare this list to the tools Maximum One offers:  VoicePad, Vulcan 7, Intellius, Smarter Agent App, Chime Lead-Generating Website, Paradym & so much more!

RE Forms Update:  Starting on Monday, you will have access to updated RE Forms in rDocs in FMLS.  No announcement yet regarding when they will be updated on Instanet Forms on GAMLS.  These are the forms being updated:

  • RE1 Standard Terms for Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE3 RE Forms Index
  • RE4 RE Forms Index- by category
  • RE100 Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE101 New Construction Contract for Purchase & Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE102 Multi-Family Contract
  • RE103 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Developed Lots
  • RE104 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Undeveloped Land
  • RE136 Community Association Exhibit
  • RE145 Home Selling-The Process
  • RE146 Home Buying- The Process
  • RE150 Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE151 Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement
  • RE158 Seller Authorization to Show Property Without Listing
  • RE161 NonExclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE162 NonExclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement

Market Activity by Zip Code:  Want information & graphs of market activity by zip code?  Log into www.GAMLS.com and scroll to the bottom of the home page.  Enter the zip code & you’ll get the information you can use: Number of Sales, Media List & Sale Price, Median Days on Market & a Hotsheet!

 

 

Max Cares:  Prayers to Rhonda Thompson whose mother is in the hospital and both brothers are having surgery & all 3 are in different states.

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Stacey Horton on the birth of her son!

 

 

REPEAT:  How to Determine if Condo is FHA/VA Approved:  If ever you want to confirm if a condo HOA is FHA or VA approved, below are the links. Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this information with us!  Just select state and county and see if on the approved list.

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3/4/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One:  Please welcome the following agents who have chosen to make Maximum One their new home!

  • Briana Jones – Galleria
  • Jacquelyn Allen – Partners
  • Funmilola Metzger – Partners
  • Krista Mills – West Cobb
  • Karen Watkins – Douglasville
  • Andrea Cuartas – Galleria
  • Liane Barber – Galleria
  • Ashma Webb – Partners
  • Fritz Stepat – Woodstock
  • Maureen Mack – West Cobb
  • Karen Rainwater – Paulding – Welcome BACK!
  • Larry Kelly – Executives
  • Jason Everett – Partners
  • Eric Bailey – Partners
  • Brittney Comer – West Cobb
  • LaShawn Halimon – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Mercedes Lacy – Powers Ferry
  • Sherl Taylor – Galleria
  • Connie Petrus – West Cobb
  • Dave Wolfe – Premier
  • Gary Cooper – Premier
  • Amir Mohannadesmaeili – Executives
  • Sylva Lisk – West Cobb
  • Lisa Carver – Woodstock
  • Adrienne Williams – Douglasville
  • Rose Agbor – Douglasville – Welcome BACK!
  • Nikki Tucker – Alabama
  • Becky Tarbush – Paulding
  • Lisa Rose – West Cobb
  • Taqusia Ellis – Partners
  • Jasmine Gant – Executives
  • Jean Herd – West Georgia – Welcome BACK!
  • Cathy McLeod – Community
  • Jeanette D’Amico – Community
  • Renee Harris – Galleria
  • Summer Carpenter – Community
  • TIara Sanders – Galleria
  • Phil Milam – Community
  • Shaday Word-Daniels – Welcome BACK!
  • Kim Clower – Partners
  • Jacqueline O’Neal – Partners
  • Graylin Allison – Executives
  • Kenn Edge – Community
  • Melanie Hyde – Paulding
  • Alona Lacefield – Partners
  • Ruby Leak – Partners
  • Carlyn Pincus – Powers Ferry
  • Jacqueline Belton – Partners
  • Everett Jenkins – Partners
  • Andrea Trotter – Partners
  • Ariana Williams – Partners
  • Samuel Cooper – Partners
  • Robin Wood – Woodstock
  • Dathan Johnson – West Cobb
  • Amber Chaisson – Galleria
  • Hector Osses – Executives
  • Justin Pollard – Community
  • Sheila Jones – Community
  • Michaline Wierzchucka – Executives
  • Taiwo Ogunyemi – Executives
  • Melanie Coxville – Premier
  • Dana Clogston – Premier
  • Mia Brummber – Paulding
  • Janet Sudbury – Community
  • Soronda Minor – Partners
  • LaShawn Giles – Partners
  • Nattalie de la Mothe – Galleria

How to Determine if Condo is FHA/VA Approved:  If ever you want to confirm if a condo HOA is FHA or VA approved, below are the links. Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing this information with us!  Just select state and county and see if on the approved list.

Daylight Saving Time – March 11th:  This is a great occasion to contact your past clients, present clients & Sphere of Influence.  Remind them to change the clocks, change the batteries in their smoke detectors & ask them for referral business!

 

Legal Changes to HOA & Property Management Company Fees:  If the fees that Buyers & Sellers have to pay at closing has ever been an issue in one of your transactions, then you will be interested in Georgia House Bill 410.  The GA legislature is working on a new law that will have an impact on your closings.  This bill has passed the GA House of Representatives on 2/28/18.  Next is for the State Senate before anything can be sent to the Governor to sign in to law.  In summary, A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 3 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to regulation of specialized land transactions, so as to provide for limits on certain fees imposed on purchasers of condominiums and lots in a property owners’ association; to provide for fees for statements of amounts owing to a property owners’ association; to provide for the manner of providing such statements; to provide for expedited fees; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.  Read the current version of the bill here: HB 410.  Make sure to contact your State Senator with your thoughts and desires as how they should vote and / or amend this bill to represent your interest with respect to this bill.

 

 

Max Cares:  Condolences for Jeanne O’Brien whose mother passed away.

 

Repeat: Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

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2/25/18

MX1 Awards:  We are in the process of calculating all the data for 2017 Production Awards.  These awards include Volume & Transaction & GCI recognition.  Awards are divided by Branch and also corporate-wide.  The Paulding Branch had their awards ceremony last week.  The other Branches will have their Awards Ceremonies at the March Sales Meetings.  If you are an award winner, please send your Headshot to Jennifer – Admin@eAGENTweb.com .  Thank you & congratulations to ALL!

Generate Leads with Linked In:  Looking for an easy way to connect with people & get more business… use Linked In!  It’s easy to complete your profile & use it even more effectively.  Watch the Training Calendar for a 3 Hr CE Class on using Linked In for your Real Estate Business.  Read More Here…

Make Your Listing “Move-In Ready”:  If you have a listing, get it pre-inspected by Southern Family Home Inspections and they’ll put a “Certified Move-In Ready” sign in the yard.  Contact Denise & David for more information.  www.southernfamilyhomeinspections.com 770-580-5718

Interest Rates on the Rise – How to Prepare Your Buyers: Rates have increased .25 in the last 45 days.  The 30 year conventional rate is 4.25 & FHA rate is 4.375 without discount or origination points.  Due to this increase, many lenders are starting to quote a lower rate but it DOES include these fees.  Prepare your Buyers who are shopping to make sure they are truly comparing “apples to apples.”  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for this information.  Contact Jay for more info – Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com 

Georgia Dream Hardest Hit Fund:  There are still approximately 200 reservations left for Buyers who qualify for the GA Dream Hardest Hit fund for Down Payment Assistance.  This funding is for “1st Time” homebuyers which means anyone who has not been on a Mortgage for the past 3 years.  $15,000 is available for down payment, closing costs and prepaid items.  The money is forgivable over a 5-year period if you stay in your home. This money is available for a limited time until funds run out.  Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for this information.  Contact Denise to find out if your Buyers quality!  Denise.Thomas@HomestarFC.com

Post-License Course:  If you are newly licensed, we will have a 25 hr Post-License course that will satisfy your GREC requirement beginning in March!  The course is called: Agent Fundamentals: Salesperson Post-License Course & is taught by Donna Carlock.  The cost is $95 and is on Saturdays from March 3, 2018 ending April 21st.  Payment is to be paid directly to the instructor:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com.  If you already have your post-license credit & just need CE & are available on Saturdays, you experienced agents may also take this course & you will receive 24 hours of CE credit. Register soon before all the spots are taken!  Here is the link for the course: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/agent-fundamentals-sales-post-license-course–95–24-hrs-of-ce–galleria-2138944039

Repeat: Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

 

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2/18/18

1099s for 2017:  Our accountant has emailed your 1099’s on Friday afternoon 2/2/18.  If you did not receive yours or if you have any issues please contact Donna or Melanie in our Accounting Department:  

Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

HUD Homes – Initial Bid Award Notification:  The latest information from HUD courtesy of Real Estate Across Atlanta – Annamaria Stalker & Jayne Pearson.
  •  Original earnest money deposit check must be made payable to the buyer select closing agent (Buyer attorney).
  • Earnest money check must be cashier’s check or money order. Personal checks are not acceptable.
    • Original EM check and proof of funds must be delivered to listing agent within 48 of bid award (Listing Broker holds EM check until binding).
    • Must show purchaser’s name as listed on the bid. 
    • A copy of a closing statement, or similar type of notice for a future closing date/receipt of future funds, is not acceptable. 
    • Funds must be available at time of bid award.
  • Proof of funds must be dated within 30 days of bid award notification if buyer is paying cash.
    • Must show purchaser’s name as listed on the bid.
    • Balance must equal or exceed the bid award amount. 
  • Pre-approval letter must be dated within 30 days of bid award notification if buyer is financing.
    • Must show purchaser’s name as listed on the bid.
    • Balance must equal or exceed the bid award amount.   
  • Corporations need to provide a copy of Articles of Incorporation.
  •  Broker Designation Letter of Authorization is required when any person other than the principal broker is signing the contract.  – These permission letters are located in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
  • Supporting documentation must be uploaded no more than 2 business days after bid award notification. Failure to complete same by the 2nd business day, will result in bid cancellation. 

What the New Facebook Algorithm Means for Your Real Estate Business: In January Facebook updated their algorithm.  The update aims to make Facebook more social and meaningful to its users as it prioritizes posts from friends and family over posts from brands and business pages. This is a major change for businesses as the reach of their posts will most likely see a significant decrease and will thus make it harder for brands to communicate with their followers.  Read more here…

Maximum One Support Team:  Maximum One has 24/7 Broker/Contract Support.  When you email Support@myMAXIMUMone.com the email goes to 47 associate brokers & experienced agents.  The answers to these questions are also typically shared among the group.  If you are an Associate Broker, experienced agent or mentor, we would LOVE for more volunteers to be on there…  you will get more out of it than you put into it.  Please email Dana if you would like to volunteer:  Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com
Rates Update:  There has been a .25 increase in rates in the last 45 days.  Some lenders are starting to quote origination fees and fees for discount points because rates are now over 4% and they want to appear competitive.  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for this information.
Repeat:  WolfConnect: Maximum One no longer uses the WolfConnect system.  For a CRM System & client follow-up action plans check out an Agent Lead-Generating Website through Chime (See info below.)  For the Extranet, there is a link on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline (www.eAGENTweb.com click “Paperless Pipeline.”) For specific Maximum One Greater A