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General News: Industry & Company – 2016 – June 2022

6/26/22

Happy Independence Day! – Maximum One Offices will be Closed on Monday July 4th! All associates have 24/7/365 access via your key fob or key. 

GREC Marketing & Advertising Guide: As a licensed real estate agent in Georgia, you are required to stay current with Georgia License law & adhere to those laws.  Please click here for the GREC Rules on Marketing & Advertising.

Is Governor Kemp’s Decision to Veto the Proposed License Law Changes Good or Bad?  A little of both! The reason GREC proposed this Rule change was to ensure the public understood that when they were dealing with a member of a Team, the “chain of command” so to speak is the Team Leader who is responsible for their Team members doing business in the Team Name and yet there is still a Qualifying Broker who is responsible for all agents – the Team Leader & the Team Members. Also, GREC’s concern is that the public may feel that when they are dealing with a Team, they are dealing with a licensed real estate BROKERAGE rather than a Team within a Brokerage. So with respect to those issues, it’s bad that Governor Kemp vetoed the changes to the law.   However….   I also believe it is good that Governor Kemp vetoed these changes. Many Teams would have had to change their names thereby incurring a lot of expense, Additionally, as far as free trade and innovation and entrepreneurship, I think the lack of restrictions and over-regulation for a real estate team by the State Government is a good thing – Brokerages may still have policies regarding how Teams operate but Teams then have a choice as to which Brokerage to join. With an Agent-Centric business model at Maximum One, we respect our agents and Teams as the true CEO’s of their businesses that they are and foster innovation & creativity & independence! As long as what an agent or Team does is LEGAL, ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL & COMPLIANT, they may put whatever spin or flavor to their practice as they choose! Additionally, this issue does not seem to be confusing to the public as GREC proposed which is the primary reason that it was not passed as an Amendment to the License Law!
Property Tax Bills & Closings: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting that property tax bills are coming out.  Once the county has sent out the property tax bill, the closing attorney must collect the entire bill amount for 2022 unless the Seller can PROVE with documentation FROM the county that the county has received payment.  A Seller may have paid the bill or it may have been deducted by their mortgage company but until the COUNTY shows it in THEIR records, the attorney must collect.  The person will eventually get a refund for any overage.  Let your Sellers know this so they are not surprised at the closing table.  Contact Amee for more information – ADavis@davisLawGA.com.
Taxes & Your Cash Past Buyers:  Make sure to contact your past Buyers who bought property with cash and inform them about Property Taxes for 2022.  The bills start coming out next month. If your cash Buyer / Investor does not get the bill (i.e. bill went to address of home they bought as an investment) then they will need to go online to look up the property tax bill and pay it!
MX1 Alabama Agents – License Renewal Due by 9/30/22: If a person has a Georgia original license and they hold an Alabama reciprocal license, they just have to show AREC that they remain active in Georgia by sending in the free Certified License History that they can get from the GREC website.   AREC is not interested in what CE they have taken in Georgia or if they have taken any CE at all – only that the license is active with an expiration date past 09/30/2022.   If someone has an Alabama Reciprocal license and can show they remain active in their original state at our renewal, they do not have to take the risk management course or any Alabama CE.   The only way we want to see Georgia CE is if the person holds an Alabama Reciprocal license and the Georgia license is inactive or they hold an Alabama Original License and a Georgia Reciprocal License. In those two cases, the person must take our risk management course but we can swap out the elective credit for classroom courses taken in Georgia. 
Remine Docs+ Re-Organization: In Remine Docs+ in FMLS, the Forms Folders have been reorganized to reflect the different markets that are now serviced by FMLS. Each state has their own folder & the RE Forms & Dual Entry Forms may be found under the “Georgia Forms” folder.  The GAR Forms may be found in the “More Groups” tab next to the “Georgia” folder.  
Instagram Scam:  Instagram scam steals selfies to trick your friends. Instagram users’ IDs are being stolen in a scam aimed at luring their friends into signing up for expensive subscription services.  Keep reading
Facebook Users Targeted in Massive Phishing Campaign: Deduction: Facebook has once again been used as the lure for a large-scale phishing campaign, reputedly generating millions in ill-gotten gains.  Keep reading
Increase Your Income NOW! Check out The Lacey Group Real Estate Training to improve your income and help more people EVEN in THIS market! Andrew Lacey will be in Atlanta doing a Coaching Seminar on June 28th – June 29th.  Check out one of his coaching calls here from June 6 2022
Max Cares: Prayers to Inam Inamullah who is recovering from blood clots from knee replacement surgery. He has been in the hospital 6 times in the past 3 months. Max Cares: Condolences to Johana Alonso whose father passed away. Max Cares: Prayers to Deborah Pals who had a stroke on Thursday. Max Cares: Congratulations to Teressa McIntosh who is expecting her first granddaughter in August! Max Cares: Prayers to Katie Luttrell who was in an auto accident on Friday. Max Cares: Prayer to Kim Murray who has bronchitis and a sinus infection. Max Cares: Prayers to Michelle Butz whose daughter-in-law went to the ER with tachycardia.

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6/19/2022

Happy Father’s Day! – Sunday June 18th Happy Juneteenth! – Sunday June 19th & Observed on Monday June 20th – No Banking & No Mail! 
Juneteenth – New Federal Holiday! In 2021, President Biden signed into legislation that Juneteenth (which is June 19th) is now a Federal Holiday.  On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were told they were free. This announcement was made by Gordon Granger, a Union general, in Galveston Texas; this announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation which had been issued more than 2 1/2 years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican,  on January 1, 1863.
Mortgage Program for 1099 Independent Contractors:  Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for explaining this program at the Woodstock Sale Meeting.  1099 Independent Contracts may use ALL their income to qualify & Movement Mortgage will not count normal write-offs on their returns on Schedule C tax forms. Great program for real estate agents & any commission only income earner! Contact John for more info:  John.Bohannon@Movement.com
IRS Increase in Mileage Deduction: Thank you to Rhonda Yearwood for sharing with us this information on the Rockstars Page: On June 9th, 2022, the IRS announced a mid-year adjustment to the standard mileage rate for the second half of 2022, raising the rate from 58.5 cents per mile to 62.5 cents per mile (a 4 cents per mile increase). The 14 cents per mile rate for charitable organizations remains unchanged. The new rates are effective July 1st, 2022.  Click here for the link to the IRS Press Release:  
GREC InfoBase: Another resource for you for answers to your questions is directly through GREC.  Check out the GREC InfoBase if you have not already done so.  The link is at the bottom of every “This Week at Maximum One” and you may also find it on GREC’s website or click here for: GREC InfoBase    
FREE Real Estate Content for Your Social Media or Newsletters:  It is so important to stay in front of your public with real estate related information.  Here are some great resources for REALTORS for free content:
REALTOR Content Resource (RCR) – NAR has a consumer-facing website, www.HouseLogic.com that has how-to articles on all aspects of home ownership.
REALTOR Magazine – This magazine has not only real estate information but general business content too – great for your clients & prospects.
Photofy – This app enables you to download social media assets from NAR’s “That’s Who We Are” Campaign that you may share with your clients – www.photofy.com/nar 
Realtor.com – The real estate website operated by Move.com with “News & Insights” section aimed at the consumer – www.realtor.com/news
Increase Your Income NOW! Check out The Lacey Group Real Estate Training to improve your income and help more people EVEN in THIS market!  Andrew Lacey will be in Atlanta doing a Coaching Seminar on June 28th – June 29th.  Andrew has offered to meet via Zoom or in person with Maximum One agents.  Please let Dana know if you are interested!  Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com.  Check out one of his coaching calls here from June 6 2022
Mortgage Competition Will Increase: Mortgage Companies are going to start becoming more competitive & one of those ways is sharing Interest Rate vs. APR.  Make sure your Buyers understand these terms!  Contact Jay or Denise of Homestar Financial Corporation for more information – Denise.Thomas@Homestarfc.com  & Jay.Alexander@Homestarfc.com
Max Cares: Continued Prayers to Cindy Corona whose son, Bryan & grandson, William, continue to undergo multiple surgeries for skull & other bone fractures in addition to other severe injuries.
REPEAT: MX1 Alabama Agents – Time to Renew Your License: General Renewal Information
Online license renewal will start mid-June 2022.
Use eCheck, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for online payments.
Credit card statement description will show Online Services transaction as “State of Alabama.
”License renewal postcard notices will be mailed mid-July 2022.
Renewal deadline without penalty is August 31, 2022.
All licenses, except temporary salesperson and temporary broker licenses, expire at midnight on September 30, 2022.
Temporary brokers may renew their salesperson license.
Both active and inactive licenses must be renewed to remain current.
Licenses not renewed by September 30, will be placed on inactive status on October 1, 2022.
Remember to check your CE credit to ensure accuracy.
CE 15 hours credit (3 hours Commission-approved Risk Management course and 12 hours Commission approved courses) deadline is September 30, 2022-if remaining active.
REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta – Online Credit Card Payment Links: The Payment Links on www.eAGENTweb.com are back working or you may go directly:   ·        
MXGA – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxga ·        
MXGR – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxgr
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1 Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
REPEAT – Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022

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6/12/2022

Maximum One Realty- #17 of Top Real Estate Companies in Atlanta!  Congratulations on Ranking #17 of the largest Real Estate Companies in Atlanta for 2021 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as published 4/1/22
Increase Your Income NOW! Check out The Lacey Group Real Estate Training to improve your income and help more people EVEN in THIS market!  Andrew Lacey will be in Atlanta doing a Coaching Seminar on June 28th – June 29th.  Andrew has offered to meet via Zoom or in person with Maximum One agents.  Please let Dana know if you are interested!  Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com.  Check out one of his coaching calls here from June 6 2022
MX1 Alabama Agents – Time to Renew Your License: General Renewal Information
Online license renewal will start mid-June 2022.
Use eCheck, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for online payments.
Credit card statement description will show Online Services transaction as “State of Alabama.
”License renewal postcard notices will be mailed mid-July 2022.
Renewal deadline without penalty is August 31, 2022.
All licenses, except temporary salesperson and temporary broker licenses, expire at midnight on September 30, 2022.
Temporary brokers may renew their salesperson license.
Both active and inactive licenses must be renewed to remain current.
Licenses not renewed by September 30, will be placed on inactive status on October 1, 2022.
Remember to check your CE credit to ensure accuracy.
CE 15 hours credit (3 hours Commission-approved Risk Management course and 12 hours Commission approved courses) deadline is September 30, 2022-if remaining active.
New Income Limits for USDA: There are New Income Limits as of 6/8/22.  For everyone in Douglas and Carroll counties, the income limit has been raised to $110,850 for families of 1-4. For families with 5 or more, the max income has been increased to $146,300.  For Haralson County, the income limit has been raised to $103,500 for families of 1-4. For families of 5 or greater, the new max is $136,600. This will open doors if you have someone who was just a little above the income that USDA would previously allow.    
4 Steps to Go from Sales to Service (& Get the Sale Every Time) :  The market doesn’t lie. There are a lot of ways to interpret the data, but it takes a professional – like you – to get to the truth of it. An issue I see all the time is agents failing to recognize that their clients are coming in with their own sets of beliefs. Before we try to change their minds about anything, we need to slow down and get an understanding of what their concerns are. So, for this week’s blog, I’m going to give you four easy steps to get on the same page as your clients from the very start of your working relationship. Read More Here…
Max Cares: Prayers to Cindy Corona whose son & grandson, William & Bryan, were in an auto accident & have undergone repeated surgeries. Grandson was airlifted to Eggleston with multiple skull fractures & is on a ventilator. Here is Go Fund Me Page – https://www.gofundme.com/f/3bqnwv-william-coronas-recovery
REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta – Online Credit Card Payment Links: The Payment Links on www.eAGENTweb.com are back working or you may go directly:   ·        
MXGA – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxga ·        
MXGR – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxgr
REPEAT: Agent Direct Deposit Info: If your Bank Account information that we have on file for your DIRECT DEPOSITS has changed from when you joined Maximum One, please let the accounting department of your Franchise know directly so there is no delay in your receiving your commissions via Direct Deposit! For Greater Atlanta, contact Robin Wilhite-Slay at Transactions@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 3111.
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1
Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
REPEAT – Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022

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6/5/2022

Welcome Agents to Maximum One – May 2022:  Please make the following agents feel welcome!
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Agent Direct Deposit Info: If your Bank Account information that we have on file for your DIRECT DEPOSITS has changed from when you joined Maximum One, please let the accounting department of your Franchise know directly so there is no delay in your receiving your commissions via Direct Deposit!  For Greater Atlanta, contact Robin Wilhite-Slay at Transactions@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 3111.
Text to Referral Clients: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for this great idea.  Text the following message to 5 clients who have referred people to you in the past:  “I heard it said that a referral is introducing a person you care about to a person you trust. Thanks for trusting me!”  Contact John & Chrisitna for more great marketing ideas!        
Greater Alabama MLS: The Greater Alabama MLS Service will begin using Remine and Remine Docs+ for transactions & contacts & e-sign.
License Law & Online Advertising of Properties:  When marketing a property online, per License Law you MUST include the real estate firm name & phone number in very specific size & frequency requirements among other items.  Make sure that you adhere to ALL License Laws when marketing a property online… including but not limited to Facebook, YouTube, Websites, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, etc.  You MUST include real estate firm name & phone number with specific size & frequency requirements.  Consider the following 2 Investigations & Hearings from GREC & read the License Law here…
RentSpree:  Rentals are on the rise! Set up your Agent-Branded Tenant-Screening site to help your Landlord Clients do a background & credit check on applicants & manage a lot more of the Tenant Application Process.  Tenant pays $60. Watch this brief recoded Video from RentSpree & check out this RentSpree for Maximum One Agents here. 
REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta – Online Credit Card Payment Links: The Payment Links on www.eAGENTweb.com are back working or you may go directly:   ·        
MXGA – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxga ·        
MXGR – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxgr
Max Cares: Congratulations to Robin Wilhite-Slay who is expecting a Grandson in October!
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose husband, Jerry who has been released from the hospital with complications from kidney stones.
Max Cares: Condolences to Peggy Withrow whose husband, Chuck Rey, passed away from cancer. Max Cares: Prayers to Katie Luttrell whose mom is having some medical issues.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Keely George who has capped!
Max Cares: Congratulations to ALL Graduates in May & June!
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW: kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1
Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
REPEAT – Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022

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5/22/2022 & 5/29/2022

Happy Memorial Day! Maximum One Offices are CLOSED on Monday, 5/30/33. Please check with your own Franchise regarding early closings on Friday 5/27/22. Thank you to all the men & women in service of our country who gave their lives to keep us free.  There will be no “This Week at Maximum One” email next week.
How to Rank in Google (Tom Ferry): Want to get more business?  How & where does your real estate business appear in a Google Search? Check out Tom Ferry’s hack for how to have success in your Google rank.  Click here for this FREE Download.
Movement Mortgage Updates: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon for sharing with us at the Woodstock Sales Meeting the Mortgage updates as of May 9, 2022; Click here for Movement Mortgage Updates including easy loan qualification for 1099 Independent Contractors. Contact John for more information: John.Bohannon@Movement.com    
Financing Exhibit with 0 Days:  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us at the West Metro/Pinnacle Sales Meeting that if you fill in 0 days for a Financing and/or appraisal contingency, then it’s the same thing as if it is not part of the contract.  So nothing else in the contract nor any protection for Buyer’s Earnest Money pertaining to a Buyer’s Financing or Appraisal if that is also 0 pertains to the contract.  For more information, contact Amee directly – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com.    
Ribbon Cash Advantage vs. Ribbon Cash + Programs:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for explaining in lengthy detail this new Ribbon Program and the difference to the Buyer between the existing Ribbon Program & the Cash + Program.  Ribbon in general turns any Buyer’s offer into an all cash with no contingencies offer.  The Buyer ONLY has a negotiated Due Diligence Period which makes the Buyer’s Offer attractive to a Seller.  The New Ribbon Cash PLUS program is in addition to the existing Ribbon Program.  The Cash PLUS program has a “Pay Now” option or a “Pay Later” option for the Buyer.  Contact Jay for all the “deets!”  Jay.Alexander@Homestarfc.com     Denise Thomas and Jay Alexander -Cash Advantage Program.png
RentSpree:  Rentals are on the rise! Set up your Agent-Branded Tenant-Screening site to help your Landlord Clients do a background & credit check on applicants & manage a lot more of the Tenant Application Process.  Tenant pays $60. Watch this brief recoded Video from RentSpree & check out this RentSpree for Maximum One Agents here. 
Dana Inspection Services:  This inspection company offers multiple warranties on their inspections:
90 Day general & structural
5-year roof leak
Sewer Backup
Mold
Contact info@danahi.com  For other Vendors go to www.eAGENTweb.com & click on the tile for “Vendors” and check the brochures in your Branch office.
REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta – Online Credit Card Payment Links: The Payment Links on www.eAGENTweb.com are back working or you may go directly:   ·        
MXGA – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxga ·        
MXGR – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxgr
Max Cares: Congratulations to Donna Black who is expecting a Grandon in October!
Max Cares: Prayers to Paula Black who is recovering from knee surgery.
Max Cares: Condolences to Christy Stanley whose Uncle passed away.
Max Cares: Congratulations to ALL Graduates in May & June!
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1
Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
REPEAT – Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS feesMX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022

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5/15/2022

Happy 15th Birthday to Maximum One!!!!!!  Thank you to Dave & Ann Kubat for creating Maximum One 15 years ago this month!!!!
“Submit” Button on FMLS Listing: Thank you to Matthew Share for sharing on the Rockstars Group on Facebook for pointing this out.  Did anyone notice the new “submit offer” button on every listing in FMLS? I clicked it on one of my listings and it takes me to OfferManager by Showingtime; which means that this functionality is actually being provided by Zillow since they recently purchased Showingtime. I am not sure if I should be happy about this new feature and embrace it or be skeptical that somehow Zillow is going to use the data collected by this web page against us. Thoughts? Some of the comments include:
Annelle Morgan – You still have to attach and submit a signed Offer, pre-approval letter and “all disclosures”. I’m guessing that means all contingencies.
Looks like this form is just one more form to fill out to attach to the contract. Think of it as a Fax Cover Sheet.
MaKay Worrill Swanson – I did go on to showing time and watch a video about it. One good thing is you can see when the agent opens the offer. It also allow you as a listing agent to communicate with all offers made through the system – Including sending a bulk decline when you have accepted a different offer. It compiles the listings in a comparison view. If it was anyone besides Showing Time/Zillow I would probably be excited about the streamline, much as I was when ShowingTime first came on the scene, but I’m just not sure what to make of Zillow being involved with anything.
Annelle Morgan – UPDATE 5-14-22 – I just learned today, that “Submit Offer” option is actually controlled by Agents on Showing Time.  When you configure Showing Time for you listings, there is a list of criteria that you can turn on or turn off. Submit Offer is on that list.  Apparently Showing Time has made some changes to what we’re used to.  Go to Showing Time, click you Profile settings. Or update Profile. See list of options and choose your preferences.
Gregory Moore then back to texting Listing Agent for showing appointment is fine by me too. Matthew Share – Realtor – I just tried that and I think that only allows us to set up how and if we want to be notified when an offer is submitted via Showingtime – not to let us turn off the option entirely.   Submit Buttom - FMLS.jpg
ShowingTime Purchased by Zillow: Here is an article on last Fall’s purchase of ShowingTime by Zillow.  Zillow Purchases ShowingTIme.
Movement Mortgage Updates: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon for sharing with us at the Woodstock Sales Meeting the Mortgage updates as of May 9, 2022;  Click here for Movement Mortgage Updates including easy loan qualification for 1099 Independent Contractors. Contact John for more information:  John.Bohannon@Movement.com
RentSpree:  Rentals are on the rise!  MX1 Agents may list a property for rent & help an owner procure a tenant – just not manage the property once a tenant has signed a Lease.  MX1 has teamed up with RentSpree for your own Agent-Branded Lease Application website.  Attend the Sales meeting this Tuesday at the West Metro/Pinnacle office to learn all about it!  Tuesday, 5/17/22 at 10am – 76 Highland Pavilion Ct., Hiram, GA.  Contact Branch CEO Advisor Katie Luttrell for more information – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 
REPEAT: MX1 Greater Atlanta – Online Credit Card Payment Links: The Payment Links on www.eAGENTweb.com are back working or you may go directly:   ·       
MXGA – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxga ·       
MXGR – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxgr
Max Cares: Congratulations to Nancy Zayas for being on Family Feud!  Episode airs on Monday 5/16 at 7:30pm on the CW Channel.  Good luck Nancy!
Max Cares: Prayers for Karlene Shiver whose husband, Terry, is recovering after she found her husband in the yard non-responsive & whose Mom is also ill.
Max Cares: Condolences to Sherry Saunders who has recently lost 5 family members.
Max Cares: Condolences to Cherie Christian whose son passed away.
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1
Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
REPEAT – Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examplesSpecial Stipulations to Consider – 2022

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5/8/2022

Happy Mother’s Day!
Welcome Agents to Maximum One – April 2022: Please make our new colleagues feel welcome!
You’ve GOT This!!: Rich Strike, an 80-1 Longshot, won yesterday’s 148th running of the Kentucky Derby! The horse wasn’t even IN the race until Friday morning. This was the jockey’s FIRST graded race! This horse was “claimed” for $30,000 vs. MILLIONS of dollars that other horses went for! It doesn’t matter what the market is, what your experience level is, how much or how little money you put in your business… you CAN be a success in this business & be a Blessing to those who need your real estate services! You’ve GOT this!! Go online and search this story of Rich Strike – the 80-1 odds horse who WON the Kentucky Derby yesterday!
Ferry – Next Level Your Videos: Have yo…. Advanced Tools to “Next Level” Your Video Production – Without Breaking the Bank – The most important part of making quality video is delivering valuable content. No fancy camera tricks will ever make up for that. But once you have that, what can you do to show you’re a serious professional who puts thought and craftsmanship into everything you do? Half of any video is you speaking, but the other half is the video speaking for itself. In this week’s blog post, we’re going to go over a list of tech tools you can choose from to create your own personal style and take some of the confusion out of impressive production. Read the Blog…
Unstoppable Real Estate Strategy – Michael Reese Do you want to fail-proof plan to make it in real estate? In this episode of the Digital President podcast, we walk you through exactly what you need to know to be successful in real estate. Everybody I know has been in a situation where they didn’t have any money and had to face off with the Goliath in their market. It’s not about where you are right now, but what you do every single day going forward. Where you are today is based on everything you’ve done in the past. If you want to change your life you have to change something you do daily. I remember having the comfort of knowing that I could do deals on demand. I knew exactly what I needed to do, and how much time I needed to invest to be able to produce a transaction when I needed a deal in the pipeline. I understood what activities were more productive than others and I always had a GO TO personal production plan that I could activate. Unfortunately, one of the mistakes I made when I got into real estate was I attacked marketing and invested money into so many things that didn’t work. My success was built on those failures. Every time I failed, I got better and it showed in the growth of my production. My one true go-to strategy for generating deals happened to be focusing on getting listings. I taught these strategies on how to be productive to agents for years. Everything that I taught then still works today. Maybe there’s a different media or maybe there’s a tweak in the message. Regardless, it still works. It starts with making a compelling offer to a qualified Prospect. If you’re not making the income you want to make from Real Estate it’s probably because you’re not having enough conversations. So how do you have more meaningful conversations with qualified prospects? Well, if you want to know the answer to that, then this episode is definitely for you. Here’s a link to the latest episode of the Digital President podcast. If you don’t have predictability or consistency in your production, then it’s probably related to a success principle you’re disobeying. The first step in changing anything starts with awareness. This episode should make you aware of the truth behind what makes an agent successful. Show me a person struggling in real estate and I will show you exactly what they are not doing. I am 100% confident I know why they aren’t doing it either. Success is simply a sum of decisions made over time. If you want to be a top producer in your market, you have to think and make the decisions they make. This is your chance to learn something that can change your business. Remember, if you don’t have everything you want, it’s simple because you haven’t learned something yet. 
NAR “That’s Who We R” National Ad Campaign: The member assessment used to fund That’s Who We R—the national ad campaign from the National Association of REALTORS®—will be $45 per year beginning in 2023. Since it was launched in 2019, That’s Who We R has won 42 advertising industry awards. Using the REALTOR® Code of Ethics as its foundation, the campaign demonstrates that REALTORS® provide unparalleled service and a higher-level commitment that consumers can’t experience through listing apps and non-member agents. The campaign’s television and radio ads, social media placements, content partnerships, and more combine to give REALTORS® brand exposure on a national scale. Despite increasing media inflation rates, the special assessment for the consumer ad campaign has remained flat at $35 per year since 2009. NAR’s Budget Review Team and Finance Committee, meeting in March, recommended an increase to continue to keep the brand top of mind with consumers and to drive home the REALTOR® difference. NAR’s Board of Directors approved the $10 per year increase at its May 6 meeting. The $45 per year remains in place through 2027. Watch the current campaign spots and download campaign assets to use in your own marketing at ThatsWhoWeR.realtor.
Zillow Stock Decrease: Thank you Bill Brannen for sharing this tidbit – I thought you guys might find this interesting. We’ve kind of all considered Zillow the snake in the corner over the last couple of years. Their stock is down 70% over the last 12 months. They are citing an uncertain real estate market as the reason for today’s 11% drop in their stock price. Not saying anything good or bad, just passing the information along… Snicker snicker
Interest Rates & Investor-Buyers: Thank you to George Ansong for this insight – INTEREST RATES AND OUR BUYERS – During the Powers Ferry monthly meeting on Tuesday – a lot of people asked about how interest rates will affect buyers. People have expressed fears that rates will stop people from purchasing. I personally don’t believe that rates will have any much effect. Remember it’s a hot market out there and its not cooling down soon. Properties might stay on the market for a much longer time, but this hot market will continue for a while. Home buyers, especially First Time home buyers might face some challenges, but a sub group of buyers that are actively buying are INVESTORS. Always remember whether the market is high or low investors are always looking to buy and invest. Investors look at the numbers and if the numbers make sense they just buy. Investors don’t go through the same emotional rollercoaster that most homebuyers do. And remember about 20% of transaction are happening right now with CASH. And INVESTORS using Private and Hard Money are used to paying high interest rates anyway. Learn to find investors looking to invest today. My Book – The Cash Flow Real Estate Agent – A Step By Step Guide To Working With Investors – shows you how to work with investors. Get your copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble – George Ansong – Realtor/Author
Massive Class-Action Lawsuit Against NAR & Realogy & ReMax & KW: There is a MASSIVE class action lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors, Realogy, Home Services of America, ReMax and Keller Williams. The future of real estate commissions depends on the outcome of this case. In this video, I’ll break down the latest news from this lawsuit and how it could impact real estate commissions and the real estate industry in the US as a whole. https://youtu.be/wDNr5voX7EA
MX1 Greater Atlanta – Online Credit Card Payment Links: The Payment Links on www.eAGENTweb.com are back working or you may go directly:   ·        
MXGA – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxga ·        
MXGR – https://www.maximumonerealtygreateratlanta.com/mxgr
Max Cares: Happy Mother’s Day to ALL moms!
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent OrientationVideo – Training #1
Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
REPEAT – Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include: Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022

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5/1/2022

MX1 Greater Atlanta NEW Pinnacle/West Cobb Building Update: This building is progressing! Please see Dave Kubat’s walk-through video on the Rockstar’s Group Page in Facebook.
GAR Events: Please be aware of these GAR Events & dates. The 2022 Annual Conference is 8/29/22 – 9/2/22 in Nashville. Please join 2022 Georgia REALTORS® President Joey B. Tucker for the spring edition of the GAR Dispatch! In this update, Joey will discuss the upcoming Member Connect Summits, Broker Live Series, YPN Leadership Live, and the 2022 Annual Conference & Expo happening August 29 – September 2, in Nashville, Tennessee. Also, we are Region 4 do not forget to register for the (GAR Member Connect Summit), there will be lunch served packed with alot of information! “You do not want to miss it!” Click click here to watch the video. Learn more about each event:
GAR Member Connect Summits
Broker Live Series
YPN Leadership Live
2022 Annual Conference & Expo
Reverse Image Search: Have you ever seen an image online & wanted to know ALL the other places it has been posted? Check out this website to do a Reverse image search: www.tineye.com
Where to Find Ownership Information: Have you ever had a difficult time finding ownership information? Perhaps one of these sites will help you out!
www.GSCCCA.org – latest ownership transfer, liens, etc. – MX1 has a Free membership to all agents – contact Heidi Owens (DES@eAGENTweb.com) for PW – Agents will be charged for Printing from this site
www.Landslide.com
Realist – in FMLS & GAMLS
Remine
CRS
Spokeo – for owner’s Phone # & email Address – also FREE for all MX1 agents!
GREC April Newsletter: Make sure your email address is correct with GREC. Read more in the April GREC Newsletter.
GAR Infographic: 10 Reasons to List with a Realtor: Click here for the pdf version. Click here for the jpeg version.
MX1 Greater Atlanta – May Community Service: This month all MX1 Greater Atlanta offices are collecting new & gently used adult shoes for those in need in your branch’s area. For more information, contact Katie LuttrellPinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
REPEAT – Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1 Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
Max Cares: Happiness is a DIRECTION; not a place!
REPEAT – April is National Fair Housing Month: Make sure that you stay current on National & State Fair Housing laws. These laws apply not only to you as an agent but also to your Clients & Customers & Prospects. Violation of these laws may have consequences on your real estate license as well as judicial and financial consequences. Here are some resources for you:
NAR Fair Housing Resource
National Fair Housing Alliance
Closing the Gap: Fighting for Fair Housing
Books on Fair Housing
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Fair Housing Laws in Georgia
Georgia Fair Housing Laws Brochure
Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity
GAR Resource – Fair Housing
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee  
From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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4/24/2022

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One March 2022: Please make these agents who joined us in March feel welcome!
Tired of Offers Not Getting Accepted?: Turn your Buyer into a CASH Buyer! Check out the Homestar Financial Corporation Cash Advantage Program – Talk to Jay or Denise for all the details… you’ve heard “it’s too good to be true?” well this may just be the exception! Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com or Denise.Thomas@HomestarFC.com
Increase Your Business with kvCore: ALL Maximum One Companies provide the kvCore Platform for all of our agents for FREE!!!! You get an Agent-Branded lead-Generating Website, a robust CRM with Action Plans, a Listing Presentation, a Website for Every listing, a Social Media Push for listings or your real estate services & more! Get Started NOW:
kvCore Quick Start Guide (courtesy of Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Serviceskarie@echelonrealestateservices.com)
pdf of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Link to Shared Google Doc of kvCore Quick Start Guide
Video – Agent Orientation
Video – Training #1 Video – Training #2
Video – Listing Presentation (Core Present) & Listing Social Media Push (Core Listing Machine)
Market Update – Movement Mortgage: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon for sharing with us this Market Update full of ideas on how to grow in this crazy real estate market. The upcoming recession is GOOD for the Real Estate Market! This live Zoom Call features Market Leader – Barry Habib. Contact John & Christina for more information:
John.Bohannon@Movement.com & Christina.Bohannon@Movement.com.
Click Here to Listen to this Great Recording of this Zoom Meeting
6 Principals for Better Communication (Tom Ferry): Could your knowledge & expertise actually be hurting your communication? Have you ever thought you were explaining something really well, but afterwards nobody seemed to understand your message? I see this kind of thing happen all the time! So many agents post videos and give presentations which are meant to deliver answers, but only leave people feeling more confused. In most of these situations, the agents are fantastic presenters with a ton of charisma and valuable knowledge to give. So where does this disconnect come from? On this week’s blog, we’re going to discuss something called the “curse of knowledge.” We’ll cover:
What it is
How to recognize it
Areas of your business it could be affecting
And 6 principles for overcoming it
The most dangerous thing about this curse how hard it is to tell if you have it.
Click here to get started.
Motivation from Mike Ferry: Welcome to April. Are you working hard to take listings every day? Hopefully these thoughts will put you in the right mindset to start the second quarter off strong. 1.    Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
2.    There are no “secrets” to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
3.    When someone says you can’t do it … do it twice and take pictures.
4.    You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
5.    I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me. Be productive, do your job at the highest level and make April a great month.
Should an Owner put Their Property in a Trust? : Thank you to Shawn Horan & Paul Ellison of DeFoor, Ellison & Horan, PC Closing Attorneys for sharing with us at this month’s Pinnacle / West Metro Sales Meeting SO MUCH information on the benefits of putting a property in a Trust to avoid delays & issues upon the owner’s death. They also covered what to do if a Seller dies in the middle of a contract. Please contact Shawn & Paul for more information. Shawn@DonDeFoorLaw.com & Paul@DonDeFoorLaw.com. I can’t express enough how much VALUABLE information is shared at the Branch monthly Sales Meetings!!!
Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Cade whose Mom is in the hospital after falling & hitting her head & is having surgery on Monday.
Max Cares: Condolences to the family & friends of Tripp Anderson , a well-known & respected Real Estate Trainer in Atlanta for over 25 years.
Max Cares: Condolences to Jennifer Black who grandmother-in-law passed away.
Max Cares: Condolences to Cherie Christian whose son, Matthew, passed away.
REPEAT – April is National Fair Housing Month: Make sure that you stay current on National & State Fair Housing laws. These laws apply not only to you as an agent but also to your Clients & Customers & Prospects. Violation of these laws may have consequences on your real estate license as well as judicial and financial consequences. Here are some resources for you:
NAR Fair Housing Resource
National Fair Housing Alliance
Closing the Gap: Fighting for Fair Housing
Books on Fair Housing
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Fair Housing Laws in Georgia
Georgia Fair Housing Laws Brochure
Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity
GAR Resource – Fair Housing
REPEAT – REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee   From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller sidei.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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4/10/2022 & 4/17/2022

Happy Easter! – April 17th – No Newsletter on 4/17
Happy Passover! – Begins sundown April 15th
Maximum One Offices will Close at 1pm on Friday April 15th. All MX1 Agents have 24/7/365 access to offices via their key fob or key.
REVISED MX1 Forms: Please see attached Revised Maximum One Forms. These forms have been added to the Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline for Greater Atlanta. Dana is working on getting the Maximum One Greater Atlanta “Office Documents” folder in Remine Docs+ updated with these documents & new 2022 Special Stipulations. These include:
Service Recommendations for Buyers – Fillable pdf
Service Recommendations for Buyers
Added Buyer buying property sight unseen
Added Buyer buying without a _____ contingency
Commission Share Agreement 2022 – Fillable pdf
Commission Share Agreement – 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans Prior to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
MX1 Policy on In-House Referrals / Teams & Co-Agents Sharing Commissions – Plans After to 2022
Added information for clarity regarding MX1 Transaction Fees & FMLS fees
Updated table with examples
Special Stipulations to Consider – 2022
Increasing Prices & Homeowner’s Insurance: With the increase in market values and cost of goods & services, now is a great time to contact your past clients and encourage them to reach out to their Insurance agent to perhaps increase the coverage of their homeowner’s policy. Most hazard policies account for coverage on a COST to rebuild basis vs. a market value basis but those costs have also increased! Many times an additional $100,000 of protection may cost as little as $40/year increase in premium. Use this value-added service call to also ask your past clients if they have considered selling or if they know of anyone who is considering selling! Be of service AND generate a lead!
FREE Personalized Listing Presentation & Social Media Marketing thru kvCore: These are FREE for ALL MaximumOne Agents! Please attend this LIVE Interactive Webinar on Wednesday 4/13/22 from 3pm – 3:30pm to learn how to set yours up! Click Here to Register
April is National Fair Housing Month: Make sure that you stay current on National & State Fair Housing laws. These laws apply not only to you as an agent but also to your Clients & Customers & Prospects. Violation of these laws may have consequences on your real estate license as well as judicial and financial consequences. Here are some resources for you:
NAR Fair Housing Resource
National Fair Housing Alliance
Closing the Gap: Fighting for Fair Housing
Books on Fair Housing
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Fair Housing Laws in Georgia
Georgia Fair Housing Laws Brochure
Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity
GAR Resource – Fair Housing
Easy Personalized Agent Marketing: Looking for Newsletters or other forms of Agent Marketing that you may personalize? Check out the FREE service from Old Republic Home Warranty company! Go to their website: www.ORHP.com & click on “Agent Toolbox.” Register there & look through their resources that you may personalize/brand and send out to you past clients & prospects through your CRM.
Agent Tools include:
Confirmation of Warranty
Anniversary of Warranty
Home Purchase Anniversary
Congratulations
Newsletter
Calendar
Moving Guide
Homeowner TIps
Just Listed & Just Sold Postcards
Many Spanish publications too!
Tech Systems Every Agent Needs (Tom Ferry): Tom Ferry discusses Tech Systems every agent needs to help their business run smoothly. They include a good CRM & a Transaction Management system. Read More Here…
CRM System through kvCore: kvCore includes “Smart CRM” kvCORE’s Smart CRM serves as a powerhouse virtual assistant, surfacing the hottest opportunities and automating day-to-day tasks so your agents can focus on what they do best – building relationships. Improve productivity with lead validation and scoring, automated task plans and a mobile dialer prompting daily calls to warm contacts. Ensure maximum lead conversion with built-in accountability rules, sophisticated lead routing and automated lead follow up.  Log into YOUR kvCore Agent Productivity Platform today & see what it can do for you! Watch the brief video on the Smart CRM through kvCoreSmart CRM | kvCORE
https://youtu.be/BzO6BAiixlM
Motivation from Mike Ferry: Welcome to April. Are you working hard to take listings every day? Hopefully these thoughts will put you in the right mindset to start the second quarter off strong. 1.    Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
2.    There are no “secrets” to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
3.    When someone says you can’t do it … do it twice and take pictures.
4.    You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
5.    I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me. Be productive, do your job at the highest level and make April a great month.
Reminder about GAMLS Option: At Maximum One Greater Atlanta, you have a choice to Opt-In to GAMLS at no additional cost. Note that if you choose to Opt-In and you LIST a property in FMLS you must ALSO list that property in GAMLS. If you have been notified by GAMLS that you “access is denied” please contact our Agent Services Coordinator: Vivian Cade – ASC@eAGENTweb.com– to add you back in.
Buyer Pre-Qualification: Make sure to get Buyers Pre-Qualified not only for a loan to also get a sense of the cash needed for their loan PLUS any additional cash required for “Appraisal Gap” special stipulation. Contact Denise ThomasDenise.Thomas@HomestarFC.com or Jay AlexanderJay.Alexander@HomestafFC.com or Wes BarclayWes.Barclay@HomestarFC.com for more information.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Shaday Word-Daniels on getting her Broker’s License!
Max Cares: Prayers for Donna Black whose granddaughter is having tubes put in her ears & her adenoids removed.
Want more Business? Generate Your Own Leads for FREE – kvCore Agent Productivity Platform through Inside Real Estate: FREE to ALL Maximum One Real Estate Agents in ALL MX1 Franchises: Agent-Branded Website with IDX to show ALL MLS listings
Agent-Branded Website to Generate Leads
CRM with Action Plans so no one ever falls through the cracks
Video messaging
Mass Text Messaging
Presentations
Core Listing Machine = Automated Listing Marketing – https://www.insiderealestate.com/core-listingmachine
Core Present = Automated CMA & Listing Presentation – https://www.insiderealestate.com/core-present
And So Much More!!
Agents, there are 3 Trainings to Watch:
Agent Launch & Orientation – Agent Launch & Orientation
Agent Training #1 – Getting Started & Growing Your Business
Agent Training #2 – Grow Your Business
What is the kvCore Platform & What Can it Do For Me? This is the Top Rated Real Estate Platform & ALL MX1 Franchises offer this for FREE to ALL of our Agents. Click this link to learn more:
The Top Rated Real Estate Platform | kvCORE | Inside Real Estate
Customizable Agent-Branded IDX Websites – Showcase your unique brand with customizable websites for your company, offices, and every agent. Maximize lead capture with a modern, portal-like consumer search experience and intelligent behavior tracking. Hyper-local area pages, home valuation pages and options for rich lifestyle data keep customers searching with your brokerage as the local experts. Powerful Lead Engine – The most robust lead gen tools on the market help your brokerage, teams & agents effectively drive new business – no matter their budget. Empower your agents to generate free leads instantly with our simple to use landing pages & IDX squeeze pages. Drive more leads with higher quality and lower cost through in-house tools built within the platform. Diversify lead sources with our automated social media posting, integrated Google and Facebook advertising, custom text codes and more.
AI Powered Smart CRM – kvCORE’s Smart CRM serves as a powerhouse virtual assistant, surfacing the hottest opportunities and automating day-to-day tasks so your agents can focus on what they do best – building relationships. Improve productivity with lead validation and scoring, automated task plans and a mobile dialer prompting daily calls to warm contacts. Ensure maximum lead conversion with built-in accountability rules, sophisticated lead routing and automated lead follow up.  
Marketing Autopilot – Drive 5-10X more engagement with both new leads and Sphere-of-Influence contacts using kvCORE’s Marketing Autopilot. Dynamic, multi-channel campaigns, automatically adjust based on user behavior ensuring your agents deliver timely, relevant content. Fully automated Listing Alerts, Market Reports and built-in video messaging by BombBomb help agents stay top of mind to drive repeat & referral business.
Listing Management – Seamlessly manage & promote all your company listings, including off-market properties, in one central location. Drive maximum listing exposure with integrated social media marketing including one-click posting to Facebook, Craigslist, mass-texting and more. Capture leads and automatically kick-off tailored nurture campaigns from your own, branded Open House App. Marketplace – Create your own unique tech ecosystem with a fully integrated marketplace for premium add-on solutions & integrations designed to meet the unique needs of all your users. Empower agents and teams to customize the kvCORE Platform and make it their own with one-click access to paid advertising for additional lead generation, premium website enhancements, expert coaching and more. Vetted add-ons offer robust integration, not just SSO, ensuring your agents get maximum ROI while the attributing value back to your brokerage.
REPEAT: Property Tax Information You Need to Know as an Agent: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for explaining to us at the MX1 Greater Atlanta West metro/Pinnacle Sales Meeting the upcoming issues your clients will have when property taxes assessments come out April 1st. Contact Amee for more information – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com. A few highlights include:
Assessments are not based on sale price from last year
Everyone’s taxes are going UP!
Tax increases will cause insurance premiums to go UP!
Tax & Insurance increases impact Escrows
Escrows impact monthly mortgage payment by increasing payment to account for shortage
What Can YOU Do? – Be the point of contact & information NOW for your past clients before they get hit with these increases – there are options to pay for increases upfront vs. monthly – contact their lender & then your past clients!
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee  
From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents:
https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Appshttps://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
ttps://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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4/3/2022

GO TARHEELS!!!
New Construction Contracts: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding to us at the MX1 Greater Atlanta West Metro/Pinnacle Sales Meeting the issues issues with New Construction. Contact Amee for more information – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com. A few highlights include:
READ the contract
Know that many builders & contractors are jumping in the market – no history or reputation
Low New Construction Numbers
Smaller homes being built with larger profit margins for builders
With increase in prices for supplies and labor, many Builders are willing to terminate by default if Buyer won’t pay higher than contract price at closing
Many younger buyers & seniors are staying in homes longer
Average Home Ownership has increased from 7 years to 13 years
Rental prices are increasing too
Want more Business? Generate Your Own Leads for FREE – kvCore Agent Productivity Platform through Inside Real Estate: FREE to ALL Maximum One Real Estate Agents in ALL MX1 Franchises: Agent-Branded Website with IDX to show ALL MLS listings
Agent-Branded Website to Generate Leads
CRM with Action Plans so no one ever falls through the cracks
Video messaging
Mass Text Messaging
Presentations
Core Listing Machine = Automated Listing Marketing – https://www.insiderealestate.com/core-listingmachine
Core Present = Automated CMA & Listing Presentation – https://www.insiderealestate.com/core-present
And So Much More!!
Agents, there are 3 Trainings to Watch:
Agent Launch & Orientation – Agent Launch & Orientation
Agent Training #1 – Getting Started & Growing Your Business
Agent Training #2 – Grow Your Business
Home Improvements Increasing: Thank you to Ming & Alan Richardson of Maximum One Partners for going through this issue through the Real Estate Back Story.
Business Planning for the 2nd Quarter: Use your 1st Quarter statistics for your 2nd Quarter Business Planning. Are you a quarter of the way through your 2022 Goals? Time to check in! Thanks to Tom Ferry for helping us go through this process. Read More Here…
FMLS February Statistics: Thank you to FMLS for sharing these market stats:
Average Sale Price – $426,856 +17.8% from Feb 2021
New Listings – 7,683 +2.8% from Feb 2021
Investors made up 32% of all purchases in the 4th Quarter of 2021
Projected Rental Rates: FMLS Offers AirDNA as a Free Member Benefit to show investors short & long term rental income projections. Get More Information Here: AirDNA from FMLS
Market at a Glance: The Housing market statistics change very quickly! Here is some information you may find useful:
30 Year Fixed Interest Rate for Conventional Loan: 4.875% with an APR of 5.161%
Home prices nationally rose 19.2% year over year in January, up from 18.9% in December, according to the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index.
Millennials make up 43% of homebuyers and Baby Boomers account for 42% of home sellers, according to NAR’s Generation Trends Report.
Pending home sales fell 4.1% in February compared with January. However, purchase applications were up by 1% on the week.
Reminder about GAMLS Option: At Maximum One Greater Atlanta, you have a choice to Opt-In to GAMLS at no additional cost. Note that if you choose to Opt-In and you LIST a property in FMLS you must ALSO list that property in GAMLS. If you have been notified by GAMLS that you “access is denied” please contact our Agent Services Coordinator: Vivian Cade – ASC@eAGENTweb.com– to add you back in.
Max Cares: Prayers to John Kanalas who is having his right knee replaced on 4/11/22,
Max Cares: Condolences to Lorelle LoCurto on the passing of her mother.
Max Cares: Prayers for Jerry Kelly who had 5 stents put into his heart.
Max Cares: Condolences to Parupkar Gil whose son passed away from a sudden heart attack.
What is the kvCore Platform & What Can it Do For Me? This is the Top Rated Real Estate Platform & ALL MX1 Franchises offer this for FREE to ALL of our Agents. Click this link to learn more: The Top Rated Real Estate Platform | kvCORE | Inside Real Estate
Customizable Agent-Branded IDX Websites – Showcase your unique brand with customizable websites for your company, offices, and every agent. Maximize lead capture with a modern, portal-like consumer search experience and intelligent behavior tracking. Hyper-local area pages, home valuation pages and options for rich lifestyle data keep customers searching with your brokerage as the local experts. Powerful Lead Engine – The most robust lead gen tools on the market help your brokerage, teams & agents effectively drive new business – no matter their budget. Empower your agents to generate free leads instantly with our simple to use landing pages & IDX squeeze pages. Drive more leads with higher quality and lower cost through in-house tools built within the platform. Diversify lead sources with our automated social media posting, integrated Google and Facebook advertising, custom text codes and more.
AI Powered Smart CRM – kvCORE’s Smart CRM serves as a powerhouse virtual assistant, surfacing the hottest opportunities and automating day-to-day tasks so your agents can focus on what they do best – building relationships. Improve productivity with lead validation and scoring, automated task plans and a mobile dialer prompting daily calls to warm contacts. Ensure maximum lead conversion with built-in accountability rules, sophisticated lead routing and automated lead follow up.  
Marketing Autopilot – Drive 5-10X more engagement with both new leads and Sphere-of-Influence contacts using kvCORE’s Marketing Autopilot. Dynamic, multi-channel campaigns, automatically adjust based on user behavior ensuring your agents deliver timely, relevant content. Fully automated Listing Alerts, Market Reports and built-in video messaging by BombBomb help agents stay top of mind to drive repeat & referral business.
Listing Management – Seamlessly manage & promote all your company listings, including off-market properties, in one central location. Drive maximum listing exposure with integrated social media marketing including one-click posting to Facebook, Craigslist, mass-texting and more. Capture leads and automatically kick-off tailored nurture campaigns from your own, branded Open House App. Marketplace – Create your own unique tech ecosystem with a fully integrated marketplace for premium add-on solutions & integrations designed to meet the unique needs of all your users. Empower agents and teams to customize the kvCORE Platform and make it their own with one-click access to paid advertising for additional lead generation, premium website enhancements, expert coaching and more. Vetted add-ons offer robust integration, not just SSO, ensuring your agents get maximum ROI while the attributing value back to your brokerage.
REPEAT: Property Tax Information You Need to Know as an Agent: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for explaining to us at the MX1 Greater Atlanta West metro/Pinnacle Sales Meeting the upcoming issues your clients will have when property taxes assessments come out April 1st. Contact Amee for more information – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com. A few highlights include:
Assessments are not based on sale price from last year
Everyone’s taxes are going UP!
Tax increases will cause insurance premiums to go UP!
Tax & Insurance increases impact Escrows
Escrows impact monthly mortgage payment by increasing payment to account for shortage
What Can YOU Do? – Be the point of contact & information NOW for your past clients before they get hit with these increases – there are options to pay for increases upfront vs. monthly – contact their lender & then your past clients!
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee  
From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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3/27/2022

Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Agents on their 2021 Production! – If you would like a printed Certificate, please contact your Branch Office Manager! Here is pdf of the CORRECTED 2021 Maximum One Companies Production Awards   2021 Production Recognition with Photos is Posted on the Maximum One Rockstars page on Facebook!
CORRECTED – 2021 Top Producers Maximum One Companies – All Franchises
Want more Business? Generate Your Own Leads for FREE – kvCore Agent Productivity Platform through Inside Real Estate: FREE to ALL Maximum One Real Estate Agents in ALL MX1 Franchises: Agent-Branded Website with IDX to show ALL MLS listings
Agent-Branded Website to Generate Leads
CRM with Action Plans so no one ever falls through the cracks
Video messaging
Mass Text Messaging
Presentations
And So Much More!!
Agents, there are 3 Trainings to Watch:
Agent Launch & Orientation
Agent Training #1
Agent Training #2LIVE Tuesday 3/39/22 – 2pm – 2:30pm
The REAL Reason We Have a Housing Shortage: Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corp. for explaining to us in depth at the Maximum One Greater Atlanta West Metro/Pinnacle Sales Meeting that the housing shortage is NOT a surprise! The indicators have led to this for YEARS! Contact Jay for more information – Jay.Alexander@Homestarfc.com
Property Tax Information You Need to Know as an Agent: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for explaining to us at the MX1 Greater Atlanta West metro/Pinnacle Sales Meeting the upcoming issues your clients will have when property taxes assessments come out April 1st. Contact Amee for more information – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com. A few highlights include:
Assessments are not based on sale price from last year
Everyone’s taxes are going UP!
Tax increases will cause insurance premiums to go UP!
Tax & Insurance increases impact Escrows
Escrows impact monthly mortgage payment by increasing payment to account for shortage
What Can YOU Do? – Be the point of contact & information NOW for your past clients before they get hit with these increases – there are options to pay for increases upfront vs. monthly – contact their lender & then your past clients!
GAR February Housing Indicators: The overview of the market from February: The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for February. Average Sales Prices were up 17 percent year-over-year, Days on the Market decreased 23 percent, and Months Supply of Inventory shrank to 1.3 months.
New Listings decreased two percent to 13,678
Pending Sales decreased seven percent to 12,525
Closed Sales were down four percent to 10,761
Inventory levels shrank 20 percent to 14,616 units
The Median Sales Price increased 21 percent to $320,089
The Average Sales Price increased 17 percent to $369,678
Days on Market decreased 23 percent to 33 days
Months Supply of Inventory was down 23 percent to one month
Click here to read the full update for February, including our Housing Supply Overview.
Click here read the 2021 Annual Report on the Georgia Housing Market
Building Wealth Through Home Ownership: Click here for pdf for infographic.
Max Cares: Condolences to Jacinto Huerta whose grandfather passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers to Helen Shelley whose husband had a stroke.
Max Cares: Prayers to Anya & Danny Dupree whose son Bowie is in the hospital with sever digestion issues
What is the kvCore Platform & What Can it Do For Me? This is the Top Rated Real Estate Platform & ALL MX1 Franchises offer this for FREE to ALL of our Agents. Click this link to learn more: The Top Rated Real Estate Platform | kvCORE | Inside Real Estate
Customizable Agent-Branded IDX Websites – Showcase your unique brand with customizable websites for your company, offices, and every agent. Maximize lead capture with a modern, portal-like consumer search experience and intelligent behavior tracking. Hyper-local area pages, home valuation pages and options for rich lifestyle data keep customers searching with your brokerage as the local experts. Powerful Lead Engine – The most robust lead gen tools on the market help your brokerage, teams & agents effectively drive new business – no matter their budget. Empower your agents to generate free leads instantly with our simple to use landing pages & IDX squeeze pages. Drive more leads with higher quality and lower cost through in-house tools built within the platform. Diversify lead sources with our automated social media posting, integrated Google and Facebook advertising, custom text codes and more.
AI Powered Smart CRM – kvCORE’s Smart CRM serves as a powerhouse virtual assistant, surfacing the hottest opportunities and automating day-to-day tasks so your agents can focus on what they do best – building relationships. Improve productivity with lead validation and scoring, automated task plans and a mobile dialer prompting daily calls to warm contacts. Ensure maximum lead conversion with built-in accountability rules, sophisticated lead routing and automated lead follow up.  
Marketing Autopilot – Drive 5-10X more engagement with both new leads and Sphere-of-Influence contacts using kvCORE’s Marketing Autopilot. Dynamic, multi-channel campaigns, automatically adjust based on user behavior ensuring your agents deliver timely, relevant content. Fully automated Listing Alerts, Market Reports and built-in video messaging by BombBomb help agents stay top of mind to drive repeat & referral business.
Listing Management – Seamlessly manage & promote all your company listings, including off-market properties, in one central location. Drive maximum listing exposure with integrated social media marketing including one-click posting to Facebook, Craigslist, mass-texting and more. Capture leads and automatically kick-off tailored nurture campaigns from your own, branded Open House App. Marketplace – Create your own unique tech ecosystem with a fully integrated marketplace for premium add-on solutions & integrations designed to meet the unique needs of all your users. Empower agents and teams to customize the kvCORE Platform and make it their own with one-click access to paid advertising for additional lead generation, premium website enhancements, expert coaching and more. Vetted add-ons offer robust integration, not just SSO, ensuring your agents get maximum ROI while the attributing value back to your brokerage.
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee   From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA
:https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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3/20/2022

Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Agents on their 2021 Production! – If you would like a printed Certificate, please contact your Branch Office Manager! Here is pdf of the 2021 Maximum One Companies Production Awards   2021 Production Recognition with Photos is Posted on the Maximum One Rockstars page on Facebook!
Maximum One – All Franchises
Maximum One Greater Atlanta
Maximum One Alabama
Maximum One Executives
Maximum One Partners
Maximum One Community REALTORS
Maximum One Premier
Maximum One Platinum
Maximum One Elite
kvCore Productivity Platform – Orientation & Overview Zoom: Here is a link to the Agent Launch call from 3/17/22 for kvCore – so exciting to see what we have made available to our agents to enhance their productivity! Click on this link to Watch Recorded kvCore Agent Launch Zoom
kvCore Training Series 2 Part – Begins Tuesday 3/22 – 2pm & Next is 3/29/: Watch the Orientation/Overview video above then join the Live Training Series beginning on Tuesday 3/22/22. Click on this link to Register for Live Training beginning 3/22/22 at 2pm
Max Cares: Prayers for Jerry Kelly who will have 2 stents put in his heart on March 31st.
What is the kvCore Platform & What Can it Do For Me? This is the Top Rated Real Estate Platform & ALL MX1 Franchises offer this for FREE to ALL of our Agents. Click this link to learn more: The Top Rated Real Estate Platform | kvCORE | Inside Real Estate
Customizable Agent-Branded IDX Websites – Showcase your unique brand with customizable websites for your company, offices, and every agent. Maximize lead capture with a modern, portal-like consumer search experience and intelligent behavior tracking. Hyper-local area pages, home valuation pages and options for rich lifestyle data keep customers searching with your brokerage as the local experts. Powerful Lead Engine – The most robust lead gen tools on the market help your brokerage, teams & agents effectively drive new business – no matter their budget. Empower your agents to generate free leads instantly with our simple to use landing pages & IDX squeeze pages. Drive more leads with higher quality and lower cost through in-house tools built within the platform. Diversify lead sources with our automated social media posting, integrated Google and Facebook advertising, custom text codes and more.
AI Powered Smart CRM – kvCORE’s Smart CRM serves as a powerhouse virtual assistant, surfacing the hottest opportunities and automating day-to-day tasks so your agents can focus on what they do best – building relationships. Improve productivity with lead validation and scoring, automated task plans and a mobile dialer prompting daily calls to warm contacts. Ensure maximum lead conversion with built-in accountability rules, sophisticated lead routing and automated lead follow up.  
Marketing Autopilot – Drive 5-10X more engagement with both new leads and Sphere-of-Influence contacts using kvCORE’s Marketing Autopilot. Dynamic, multi-channel campaigns, automatically adjust based on user behavior ensuring your agents deliver timely, relevant content. Fully automated Listing Alerts, Market Reports and built-in video messaging by BombBomb help agents stay top of mind to drive repeat & referral business.
Listing Management – Seamlessly manage & promote all your company listings, including off-market properties, in one central location. Drive maximum listing exposure with integrated social media marketing including one-click posting to Facebook, Craigslist, mass-texting and more. Capture leads and automatically kick-off tailored nurture campaigns from your own, branded Open House App. Marketplace – Create your own unique tech ecosystem with a fully integrated marketplace for premium add-on solutions & integrations designed to meet the unique needs of all your users. Empower agents and teams to customize the kvCORE Platform and make it their own with one-click access to paid advertising for additional lead generation, premium website enhancements, expert coaching and more. Vetted add-ons offer robust integration, not just SSO, ensuring your agents get maximum ROI while the attributing value back to your brokerage.
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee   From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint ProtectionOffice
365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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3/13/2022

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday March 13th at 2am – “Spring Forward!” – Great reminder to “touch” your database – also time to change those air filters!
Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One – Feb 2022: Welcome to Maximum One!
FREE for ALL MX1 Agents – The kvCore Platform through Inside Real Estate – It’s HERE (Required Agent Orientation)!!!: Please join us LIVE & INTERACTIVE ZOOM on March 17th 11am – 11:30am for the initial Orientation to kvCore!  
Agents MUST go through this kvCore Orientation prior to unlocking their agent-branded kvCore Platform!. Click Here to Register & Join.
Welcome to the kvCORE Platform! This webinar will introduce you to the powerful platform, kvCORE! In this webinar, Senior Trainer Brett Kay will give you an overview of the platform and it’s components along with an orientation of your next steps to obtain access to kvCORE as well as the Training Plan that has been designed for your brokerage along with other great resources to help you and your team get started leveraging kvCORE successfully in your real estate business!
What is the kvCore Platform & What Can it Do For Me? This is the Top Rated Real Estate Platform & ALL MX1 Franchises offer this for FREE to ALL of our Agents. Click this link to learn more: The Top Rated Real Estate Platform | kvCORE | Inside Real Estate
Customizable Agent-Branded IDX Websites – Showcase your unique brand with customizable websites for your company, offices, and every agent. Maximize lead capture with a modern, portal-like consumer search experience and intelligent behavior tracking. Hyper-local area pages, home valuation pages and options for rich lifestyle data keep customers searching with your brokerage as the local experts. Powerful Lead Engine – The most robust lead gen tools on the market help your brokerage, teams & agents effectively drive new business – no matter their budget. Empower your agents to generate free leads instantly with our simple to use landing pages & IDX squeeze pages. Drive more leads with higher quality and lower cost through in-house tools built within the platform. Diversify lead sources with our automated social media posting, integrated Google and Facebook advertising, custom text codes and more.
AI Powered Smart CRM – kvCORE’s Smart CRM serves as a powerhouse virtual assistant, surfacing the hottest opportunities and automating day-to-day tasks so your agents can focus on what they do best – building relationships. Improve productivity with lead validation and scoring, automated task plans and a mobile dialer prompting daily calls to warm contacts. Ensure maximum lead conversion with built-in accountability rules, sophisticated lead routing and automated lead follow up.  
Marketing Autopilot – Drive 5-10X more engagement with both new leads and Sphere-of-Influence contacts using kvCORE’s Marketing Autopilot. Dynamic, multi-channel campaigns, automatically adjust based on user behavior ensuring your agents deliver timely, relevant content. Fully automated Listing Alerts, Market Reports and built-in video messaging by BombBomb help agents stay top of mind to drive repeat & referral business.
Listing Management – Seamlessly manage & promote all your company listings, including off-market properties, in one central location. Drive maximum listing exposure with integrated social media marketing including one-click posting to Facebook, Craigslist, mass-texting and more. Capture leads and automatically kick-off tailored nurture campaigns from your own, branded Open House App. Marketplace – Create your own unique tech ecosystem with a fully integrated marketplace for premium add-on solutions & integrations designed to meet the unique needs of all your users. Empower agents and teams to customize the kvCORE Platform and make it their own with one-click access to paid advertising for additional lead generation, premium website enhancements, expert coaching and more. Vetted add-ons offer robust integration, not just SSO, ensuring your agents get maximum ROI while the attributing value back to your brokerage.
Appraisal Gap Stipulation with Obligation for Seller to Agree to Lower Sale Price:
As a follow up to last week’s video: “A Unique Twist on the Appraisal Gap Stipulation,” here is a stipulation to consider. “Should the property appraise for less than the contract sales price, at closing, Buyer agrees to pay $______ cash above the appraised value “variance” up to the contract sales price. Should this difference “variance” still fall below the contract sales price, Seller agrees to sell at the new price including this $_______ cash overage. Buyer shall have 3 days from receipt of notice of appraised value resulting in an appraised value more than the Variance (i.e. there is still a gap between the contract Sale Price and appraised value plus Buyer’s cash overage) to deliver copy of Appraisal to Seller along with an Amendment to Sale Price reflecting this new contract sale price (appraisal value plus cash amount Buyer agrees to pay at closing.) Should Seller not agree in writing (by signing the Amendment to Sale Price and delivering signed Amendment to Buyer) to this new Sale Price within 3 days after receipt of copy of Appraisal and Amendment, Buyer reserves the right to terminate this contract in writing with Notice sent to Seller through Closing Date of contract with no penalty and full refund of earnest money. Should Buyer not send copy of Appraisal plus Amendment to Sale Price to Seller at least 7 days prior to Closing Date, Buyer agrees to pay contract sale price with no changes despite the appraised value of the property.”
Bank Statement Loan – Homestar Financial Corporation: Homestar offers a Bank Statement Loan – see information below. Contact Denise ThomasDenise.Thomas@Homestarfc.com or Jay AlexanderJay.Alexander@Homestarfc.com or Wes BarclayWes.Barclay@Homestarfc.com for the specifics!
Max Cares: Condolences to Deborah Pals on the passing of her father.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Chetaun Smith on getting her Broker’s License!
Max Cares: Congratulations to Machelle Moody on capping!
Max Cares: Prayers to Jerry Kelly on recovery from some medical procedures.
REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Community Service for March 2022: New or gently used children’s books. Drop these off at your branch! Contact Katie Luttrell for more information – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
REPEAT: Maximum One Contact Information: All agents, make sure to verify your current phone number & email address that we have for you on our Company Websites – Corporate & Franchise (www.MaximumOne.pro) & Rosters (Corporate & Franchise) available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & in the dial by name directory we have on our company phones – your extension should ring through to the number you have given us (cell or home or google number.) When we receive incoming calls for you the number we have on our corporate roster or in the phone system is how we connect that call to you.
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee   From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller sidei.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real EstateTraining Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents:
https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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3/6/2022

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday March 13th at 2am – “Spring Forward!” – Great reminder to “touch” your database – also time to change those air filters!
Appraisal Gap Stipulation with Obligation for Seller to Agree to Lower Sale Price: As a follow up to last week’s video: “A Unique Twist on the Appraisal Gap Stipulation,” here is a stipulation to consider. “Should the property appraise for less than the contract sales price, at closing, Buyer agrees to pay $______ cash above the appraised value “variance” up to the contract sales price. Should this difference “variance” still fall below the contract sales price, Seller agrees to sell at the new price including this $_______ cash overage. Buyer shall have 3 days from receipt of notice of appraised value resulting in an appraised value more than the Variance (i.e. there is still a gap between the contract Sale Price and appraised value plus Buyer’s cash overage) to deliver copy of Appraisal to Seller along with an Amendment to Sale Price reflecting this new contract sale price (appraisal value plus cash amount Buyer agrees to pay at closing.) Should Seller not agree in writing (by signing the Amendment to Sale Price and delivering signed Amendment to Buyer) to this new Sale Price within 3 days after receipt of copy of Appraisal and Amendment, Buyer reserves the right to terminate this contract in writing with Notice sent to Seller through Closing Date of contract with no penalty and full refund of earnest money. Should Buyer not send copy of Appraisal plus Amendment to Sale Price to Seller at least 7 days prior to Closing Date, Buyer agrees to pay contract sale price with no changes despite the appraised value of the property.”
BEWARE of FAKE Emails & Text Messages: The bad guys are out in full force! NO Maximum One staff will EVER contact you via email or text & ask you to go spend money on their behalf or for them – no gift cards, etc. Those are BAD GUYS!!!
BEWARE of Fake Emails or Calls from the IRS About Your Tax Returns: The IRS will not call or text or email you. They will only contact you via US Mail. Please let your clients & customers & prospects know this too!
Pay Attention to Your Emails: Please pay particular attention to the types of emails you will be receiving these next few weeks as the threat actors are increasing their attacks on small businesses because of the situation in Ukraine. Also, if you have any questions or concerns about the dark web reports I sent you please let me know and we can hop on a call with Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions – 678-799-7635 Chris@beyondcs.com, http://www.beyondcs.com.
MX1 Greater Atlanta – Woodstock – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Join us on Tuesday 3/8/22 beginning at 10am for a St. Patrick’s Day Sales Meeting Celebration!
Become a Social Savvy Agent with This E-Book (from Residential Realty Today) Close more deals from social media leads in 2022! This three-chapter eBook covers the fundamentals of building a digital strategy. You’ll hear from top industry experts and get exclusive insights into how you can become the social-savvy agent. Download the eBook today! Residential Realty Today Editors
Max Cares: Congratulations to Lynn Lenton on the marriage of her son, Patrick!
Max Cares: Prayers to LaShawn Halimon for her father-in-law’s battle with liver cancer.
Max Cares: Condolences for Laura Wilson for the passing of her mother yesterday.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Laura Wilson on her son, Josh’s, upcoming wedding!
Max Cares: Condolences to Rudley Kelly whose mother passed away this week.
Max Cares: Condolences to Angelia Bynum on the passing of her mother.
REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Community Service for March 2022: New or gently used children’s books. Drop these off at your branch! Contact Katie Luttrell for more information – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
REPEAT: Maximum One Contact Information: All agents, make sure to verify your current phone number & email address that we have for you on our Company Websites – Corporate & Franchise (www.MaximumOne.pro) & Rosters (Corporate & Franchise) available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & in the dial by name directory we have on our company phones – your extension should ring through to the number you have given us (cell or home or google number.) When we receive incoming calls for you the number we have on our corporate roster or in the phone system is how we connect that call to you.
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee  

From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller sidei.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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2/27/2022

Maximum One Premier Realtors – Hiawassee Grand Opening: Congratulations to Amy & Neal Matheson on opening the Hiawassee branch of Maximum One Premier! Please join them in the Grand Opening Celebration on March 4th from 11am – 1pm. Click here for more information.
GAR Designations: If you are interested in getting a real estate related professional designation through GAR – through which MOST of the designations are granted – then you MUST belong to GAR & therefore a local Board of REALTORS and take the appropriate classes to get the designation. Here are some upcoming Virtual Designation Courses offered by GAR:
March 3 – 4: GRI Core Course – Risk Management (Livestream)
March 9: Military Relocation Professional (Columbus)
March 9 – 10: GRI Core Course – Skill Building (Golden Isles)
March 17: GRI Core Course – Systems & Tools (Columbus)
March 17 – 18: GRI Core Course – Skill Building (Livestream)
To search for additional education opportunities, visit www.garealtor.com.
All courses listed above are eligible for a GAR Scholarship. Click here for details.
Georgia Voted #1 State for Doing Business: Georgia was designated the “top state for doing business” for the eighth year in a row by Area Development, the nation’s leading corporate site selection magazine. Magazine.* The annual poll of site consulting firms considers various factors such as overall cost of doing business, cooperative and responsive state government, competitive labor environment, workforce development programs, and available real estate. The Georgia Economic Development Guide is available digitally and includes economic reports as well as information on new business in or coming to Georgia.
Email Marketing for Real Estate Agents (Michael Reese): When was the last time you emailed your database? How frequently do you email them? What type of content do you send? Tap here to find out what questions you need to answer to win with email marketing. Spoiler alert: There is no “magic drip campaign”. However, there is a formula for success. Minimum weekly email + video content (preferably on Youtube) + this short 3-minute video. If you haven’t started, use this opportunity to get started. If you feel guilty because you know you are neglecting your database… Free yourself and get started today!
5 Options to Generate More Business with Video (Tom Ferry): Video Your Way: 5 Options to Generate More Business with Video… on Your Terms! The opportunity is too big to NOT be doing it. Yes, I’m talking about video again. But don’t worry… if the topic still scares you, today’s blog can help. I’m sharing five different ways you can succeed with video… that match who you are and your comfort level in front of the camera. You don’t have to be funny. You don’t have to dance around. But if you want to be relevant in 2022, you need to be using video. Click here to find the best approach for you.
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Community Service for March 2022: New or gently used children’s books. Drop these off at your branch! Contact Katie Luttrell for more information – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
Max Cares: Condolences to Linda Kennedy on the sudden passing of her 21 year old son.
REPEAT: Maximum One Contact Information: All agents, make sure to verify your current phone number & email address that we have for you on our Company Websites – Corporate & Franchise (www.MaximumOne.pro) & Rosters (Corporate & Franchise) available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & in the dial by name directory we have on our company phones – your extension should ring through to the number you have given us (cell or home or google number.) When we receive incoming calls for you the number we have on our corporate roster or in the phone system is how we connect that call to you.
REPEAT – FMLS Fees & New Construction To Be Built – If you help a Buyer purchase a New Construction Home that needs to be built & that property was not listed in FMLS at the time of contract, please re-check FMLS prior to requesting a DA or receiving a Direct Deposit. Many New Construction Brokers are entering these properties in FMLS AFTER they are under contract and maximum One is required to collect an FMLS Fee.
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee  

From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:
 
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
REPEAT: CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/
https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
https://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/

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2/20/2022

President’s Day Observed – Monday 2/21/22 – No Banking & No US Mail
Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Companies on an amazing 2021!!!
CyberSecurity for Real Estate Agents: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to Chris Noles of Beyond Computer Solutions Chris@beyondcs.com & Jared Venson of Barracuda jvenson@barracuda.com for the extremely informative presentation on cybersecurity for real estate agents. We learned how very easily someone can steal email passwords and impersonate you as well as the steps you can take to protect yourself. The Real Estate Industry is fraught with Cyber Fraud so take steps to protect your email & digital integrity. Below is some information and I encourage ALL to reach out to Chris & Jared to take the next steps. Also see “CyberSecurity” in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Cyber Protection Offered by Beyond Computer Solutions
Email Protection
Endpoint Protection
Office 365 Security Monitoring
Training Presentations on Cyber Security for Real Estate
Training Presentation on Cyber Security for Real Estate Agents: https://maximumonerealty.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/bcs-barracuda-cybersecurity-training-2-15.pptx
Training session recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obxt-hrHVNM
Multi-Factor Authentication Apps
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-authenticator/id983156458
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twilio-authy/id494168017
2 Factor Authentication Directory – List of websites and whether or not they support 2FA:
https://2fa.directory/us/
Password Managers:
https://www.lastpass.com/
https://bitwarden.com/https://1password.com/
https://www.dashlane.com/
VPN:
ttps://nordvpn.com/
https://www.ipvanish.com/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/
Maximum One Premier Realtors – Hiawassee Grand Opening: Congratulations to Amy & Neal Matheson on opening the Hiawassee branch of Maximum One Premier! Please join them in the Grand Opening Celebration on March 4th from 11am – 1pm. Click here for more information.
Market Statistics – January 2022: Please check out the Market Statistics on FMLS or Market Statistics on GAMLS. Here is a brief summary:
The ABC’s of Home Buying & Selling (GAR): Every month, GAR produces an infographic with helpful information that you can share with your contacts. Here’s how: 
1. Download and print the infographic in PDF format*. You can then use it in listing packages, marketing materials, etc.
2. Download the image in JPG or PNG format and share it across your social networks. *For those who have editing software (Adobe Indesign, Canva, etc.), the PDF can be personalized in the white space at the bottom. A new infographic is released around the 15th of each month, but you may use any infographic in any format at any time.
Effective Use of Ribbon Program to Get Buyers Closed: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage (John.Bohannon@Movement.com ) & Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation (Jay.Alexander@Homestarfc.com) for sharing so much information with us about how Buyers may effectively use the Ribbon Program to close on transactions & overcome all sorts of issues – contingencies, VA/FHA insured loans & more! Basically Ribbon turns your Buyer into a CASH Buyer! Cost is 1% if Buyer closes on home with loan they were originally seeking; cost is 2.4% if Ribbon closes on the home with their cash. Contact John or Jay for specifics & examples!
Email Signature Not Showing up on Cell Phone?: Thank you to Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Services (Karie@EchelonRealEstateServices.com) for sharing with us information about how to correct the situation if your email signature does not show up on a mobile device. Click here to learn how to get your email signature to show up on a cell phone
Email Marketing Ideas – Michael Reese: Some of the best email marketing ideas come from modeling successful marketers from other industries. Here’s what I do to get ideas. One of my best email marketing tips is to subscribe to other marketers’ email lists so you can see their best practices and model them. Unfortunately, a lot of real estate training doesn’t really teach this, so in this short clip from the Digital President podcast, I’ll show you how I learned email marketing so you can too.
Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black on the passing of her Aunt.
Max Cares: Prayers to Inam on his upcoming knee replacement surgery.
Max Cares: Condolences to Sandy Cole on the loss of her father-in-law.
REPEAT: Maximum One Contact Information: All agents, make sure to verify your current phone number & email address that we have for you on our Company Websites – Corporate & Franchise (www.MaximumOne.pro) & Rosters (Corporate & Franchise) available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & in the dial by name directory we have on our company phones – your extension should ring through to the number you have given us (cell or home or google number.) When we receive incoming calls for you the number we have on our corporate roster or in the phone system is how we connect that call to you.
REPEAT – FMLS Fees & New Construction To Be Built – If you help a Buyer purchase a New Construction Home that needs to be built & that property was not listed in FMLS at the time of contract, please re-check FMLS prior to requesting a DA or receiving a Direct Deposit. Many New Construction Brokers are entering these properties in FMLS AFTER they are under contract and maximum One is required to collect an FMLS Fee.
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:

Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee
 
From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:
 
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®

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2/13/2022

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Companies on an amazing 2021!!!
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Welcome Agents to Maximum One in January 2022: Please make these agents feel welcome:
Maximum One Contact Information: All agents, make sure to verify your current phone number & email address that we have for you on our Company Websites – Corporate & Franchise (www.MaximumOne.pro) & Rosters (Corporate & Franchise) available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & in the dial by name directory we have on our company phones – your extension should ring through to the number you have given us (cell or home or google number.) When we receive incoming calls for you the number we have on our corporate roster or in the phone system is how we connect that call to you.
2021 Maximum One Production Awards: Congratulations to ALL Maximum One agents! Maximum One production awards will be announced in the March Sales Meetings & online on the Maximum One Rockstars Group on Facebook!
Movement Mortgage Info – Feb 2022: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movememnt Mortgage (John.Bohannon@Movement.com ) for sharing so much information with us at the MX1 Greater Atlanta Woodstock Sales meeting this week! They can match any offer may by a New Construction builder with their preferred lender incentives! Click here for more information about what Movement Mortgage can do for Your Clients!
Eschelon Real Estate Services: Thank you to Karie Smith of Eschelon Real Estate Services (Karie@EchelonRealEstateServices.com) for sharing with us all of the Virtual Assistant & Social Media solutions she and her team have to offer. Click here for information on Complete RE Admin Support
REPEAT – 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:
Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee   From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  
MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller side
i.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
Protect Yourself Personally & Professionally from Cyber Fraud: ALL are welcome! Mark your calendar for Tuesday 2/15/22 at 10am and join us Virtually or in the Pinnacle/West Metro Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta for a live presentation on how to protect yourself personally & professionally against CyberFraud. Thank you to Closing Attorney Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to IT CyberFraud Prevention Expert Chris Noles – President of Beyond Computer Solutions – for his Zoom presentation. The link is on the Training Calendar (www.registerforREclasses.com … select “Marietta” … look for Sales Meeting – Pinnacle/West Metro) or save this link here and click on it to join on 2/15/22 beginning at 10am: https://barracuda.zoom.us/j/93800108374
7 Questions to Create Long-Term Meaningful Success in Real Estate (Tom Ferry) Look around our industry and you’ll see many different levels of ambition. Some agents are happy to collect commissions from one or two sales a year… …while others are all-in on building a thriving business. If you’re in that first group, no offense, but today’s blog isn’t for you. But if you ARE committed to building something meaningful, I’d recommend you read this one. Because I want to help you get there. Read More Here…
Atlanta REALTORS Association Feb 2022 Video Update: Click Here to watch the video from ARA President Karen Hatcher about exciting updates for this year!
Max Cares: Prayers to Karlene Shiver for her husband, Terry, who is in the hospital.
Max Cares: Prayers to Jerrie Lusk who has been ill and also has a death in her family.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Kiran Ramireddy on Capping!
REPEAT – FMLS Fees & New Construction To Be Built – If you help a Buyer purchase a New Construction Home that needs to be built & that property was not listed in FMLS at the time of contract, please re-check FMLS prior to requesting a DA or receiving a Direct Deposit. Many New Construction Brokers are entering these properties in FMLS AFTER they are under contract and maximum One is required to collect an FMLS Fee.
REPEAT – MX1 & Electronic Forms of Earnest Money: Maximum One does NOT accept Earnest Money in the form of an ACH nor Zelle nor Venmo nor PayPal, etc.
REPEAT – Maximum One Offices & Winter Weather: When the forecast calls for possible snow or ice, he Maximum One Branch in your area will follow the same schedule as the schools in that district – i.e. if schools open 1 hour late, then MX1 offices will follow accordingly.
REPEAT – NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.

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2/6/2022

Happy Birthday Dave Kubat – 2/12 – Founder & CEO of Maximum One Companies!
FMLS Fees & New Construction To Be Built – If you help a Buyer purchase a New Construction Home that needs to be built & that property was not listed in FMLS at the time of contract, please re-check FMLS prior to requesting a DA or receiving a Direct Deposit. Many New Construction Brokers are entering these properties in FMLS AFTER they are under contract and maximum One is required to collect an FMLS Fee.
2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement – Buyer Commission Obligation: Please be sure to take one of our 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE classes for a more in-depth discussion on this topic & the DOJ v. NAR lawsuit behind this issue. Changes to the 2022 GAR Buyer Brokerage Agreement paragraph on Commission has created quite a buzz! For those not yet familiar with the change, GAR made the Brokerage Commission from a Buyer an OBLIGATION rather than an OPTION (basically “Buyer has obligation to pay Brokerage ___% minus any commission paid by Seller or Seller’s Broker” Additionally, GAR stated that you should not put $0 in the fill-in-the-blank. In teaching the 2022 GAR Contract Changes CE class, agents are going CRAZY over this (the 2021 version had “Buyer’s Broker deserves _____% which is usually paid by Listing Broker; if not Buyer SHALL or SHALL NOT pay the difference…” This is a huge issue right now due to:

Ongoing Lawsuit between the Department of Justice & NAR regarding violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act
Many Sellers/Listing Brokers paying $0.00 (or very very little) for a Buyer’s Broker as a co-op fee   From my conversations with attorneys knowledgeable on this topic, here are my current thoughts on the 2022 Buyer Brokerage Agreement although there is no definitive prevailing thoughts even by these attorneys:  

MX1 will not at this point make any policies regarding commission amounts for a Buyer Brokerage Agreement
MX1 WILL strongly suggest that due to this issue being a “hot topic” in real estate, that agent do NOT put in 0% or $0
MX1 will suggest that an agent may enter in a % of Sale Price or $_____ and then on a transaction by transaction basis, amend the Buyer Brokerage Agreement if they wish – AFTER the Buyer is under contract & specifically identifying a property & commission to be received from Seller sidei.e. “At the closing of 123 Lucky Street, Buyer to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta $0.00 as the Brokerage will accept commission of _____% of Sale Price solely from Listing Broker.”
Agents may still never market their services as “Free” to Buyers because they are not – commission is included in sale price and may be negotiated outside of the Buyer &/or Buyer’s Broker but has impact on the Buyer
The lawsuit between the US Dept of Justice & NAR is still ongoing – not yet settled nor litigated – so no law or ruling on this issue as being a violation of antitrust laws
One of the issues is that in a transaction, the Buyer is the only party who does not know how much the Brokers are getting paid AND these commission amounts DO affect the Buyer due to negotiations regarding the sale price & concessions
There are other issues that involve lockboxes & ekeys that are from agents who belong to one MLS & buyers of agents who don’t belong to that MLS are precluded from seeing that property
Not in Metro Atlanta with FMLS & GAMLS which are independent but definitely in other parts of GA & around the country where the MMLS services are owned & operated by a particular Association of REALTORS®
Protect Yourself Personally & Professionally from Cyber Fraud: ALL are welcome! Mark your calendar for Tuesday 2/15/22 at 10am and join us Virtually or in the Pinnacle/West Metro Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta for a live presentation on how to protect yourself personally & professionally against CyberFraud. Thank you to Closing Attorney Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for introducing us to IT CyberFraud Prevention Expert Chris Noles – President of Beyond Computer Solutions – for his Zoom presentation. The link is on the Training Calendar (www.registerforREclasses.com … select “Marietta” … look for Sales Meeting – Pinnacle/West Metro) or save this link here and click on it to join on 2/15/22 beginning at 10am:
https://barracuda.zoom.us/j/93800108374
Max Cares: Condolences to Teresa Kimber on the passing of her father.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Penny Ballew on her daughter Addison being Varsity Rookie of the Year in cheerleading!
REPEAT – MX1 1099 Tax Forms have been mailed: Please note that your 1099 will report your gross income. Please get with you accountant regarding itemizing your real estate related fees such as office fees, FMLS fees, etc.
REPEAT – DA Commissions in December & 1099 Tax Form: If you received your commission in December via a DA (Pay at Close) but did not turn in the MX1 deposit or finalize your transaction in Paperless Pipeline until January, that transaction will not show up for 2021 Tax Purposes. Since it was closed out with Maximum One in January, it will appear on your 2022 1099 Tax Form.
REPEAT – MX1 & Electronic Forms of Earnest Money: Maximum One does NOT accept Earnest Money in the form of an ACH nor Zelle nor Venmo nor PayPal, etc.
REPEAT – Maximum One Offices & Winter Weather: When the forecast calls for possible snow or ice, he Maximum One Branch in your area will follow the same schedule as the schools in that district – i.e. if schools open 1 hour late, then MX1 offices will follow accordingly.
REPEAT – Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. – for Transactions written after 1/1/22 Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.

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1/30/2022

MX1 1099 Tax Forms: Please note that your 1099 will report your gross income. Please get with you accountant regarding itemizing your real estate related fees such as office fees, FMLS fees, etc.
DA Commissions in December & 1099 Tax Form: If you received your commission in December via a DA (Pay at Close) but did not turn in the MX1 deposit or finalize your transaction in Paperless Pipeline until January, that transaction will not show up for 2021 Tax Purposes. Since it was closed out with Maximum One in January, it will appear on your 2022 1099 Tax Form.
MX1 & Electronic Forms of Earnest Money: Maximum One does NOT accept Earnest Money in the form of an ACH nor Zelle nor Venmo nor PayPal, etc.
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Pinnacle/West Metro Office Building – Grading of the lot has begun! See renderings below. Stay tuned!
2022 Business Plan From Residential Realty Today: Overthinking your business plan? The old and tired process of building a 12-month business plan simply doesn’t make sense for the modern real estate business. Learn how to build one that will actually help you keep on track, stay nimble, and close more deals in 2022.
Download the eBook today!
4 Major Challenges Every Agent Must Conquer in 2022 (Tom Ferry): Agree or disagree…

There aren’t enough homes for sale
Buyers are dragging their feet and burning out
You’re not getting enough from your database
You want to grow but feel overworked already

No. 1 coach Tom Ferry and Keeping Current Matters’ David Childers agree with all four… so they dug in and figured out how to overcome these complex challenges facing you as an agent. And they’re sharing their solutions in a FREE WEBINAR on January 31! Click Here to Register now for “4 Major Challenges Every Agent Must Conquer in 2022” before it fills up! – January 31st – begins at 1pm EST
MX1 Greater Atlanta – February Community Outreach- Animal Shelters: It’s all about the pets this month! Please donate anything pet-related to your local branch. MX1 Greater Atlanta will donate these items to the local Animal Shelter in your area. For any questions, please contact Katie Luttrell – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
List of Revenue Generating Activities for Real Estate Agents (Michael Reese): It’s not surprising that a lot of real estate agents waste time doing things that don’t make money.
Here’s our list of revenue-generating activities. 2022 can be your best year. It’s going to depend on how you spend your time. If you haven’t audited your calendar lately, maybe it’s time to make sure you’re doing what it takes to close deals every day.
Watch this video and make sure your calendar includes these few critical things.
Max Cares: Condolences to Tesharra Alexander on the passing of her father.
Max Cares: Prayers to Katrice Edwards who was hospitalized for fluid in her lungs.
Max Cares: Condolences to Bernadette Bennett on the passing of her father
Max Cares: Condolences to April Byrd on the passing of her father.
REPEAT: 2022 Monthly Fee Changes & Auto Pay: ALL Monthly Plans increased by $22. If you are set up on Autopay, you will need to increase the amount to allow for this increase to avoid a partial payment. This is for your Payment Portal or if you have your Bank automatically sending your monthly payment. If you need instructions on how to change your settings in your Bill.com payment portal – click here. For any questions, contact your Franchise Accounting Department.
REPEAT – Maximum One Offices & Winter Weather: When the forecast calls for possible snow or ice, he Maximum One Branch in your area will follow the same schedule as the schools in that district – i.e. if schools open 1 hour late, then MX1 offices will follow accordingly.
REPEAT – 2022 REVISED DA Request – Due to the change in Royalty Fee for all Maximum One Agents, the DA Request Form will be changed by your Franchise. For MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents, the REVISED DA Request form is available for you in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & is accessible here – 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta And Fillable PDF 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta
REPEAT – Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. – for Transactions written after 1/1/22 Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.
REPEAT – To Access GAR Forms: Wherever you access your forms (Remine Docs or Transaction Desk, etc.) you will need to enter your NRDS Number (if you are a REALTOR) or you will need to purchase the 2022 Forms from GAR (https://forms.garealtor.com) & then you’ll get an FPID Number to enter.
REPEAT – Changes to GAR Contract Forms: Make sure to take a CE class on 2022 GAR Contract Changes – see calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select geographic area – select “Marietta” for master Virtual Calendar
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 

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1/23/2022

***1099 TAX FORM for 2021 – Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address &/or Email address has changed from January 2021, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.*** Email the Accounting Department for Your Franchise!

Financing on Condos: Thank you to Amy Matheson of Maximum One Premier for sharing with us on Rockstars this article about financing on condos. If you sell condos, you should read this article as financing for condos may be affected soon! New HOA Questionnaire Could Torpedo Financing on Condos Through Fannie & Freddie
CyberFraud – Real Estate is a Targeted Industry: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for sharing with us at the Pinnacle/West Metro Sales Meeting this week so much information on cyber fraud and how it impacts you professionally & PERSONNALY! We learned about the steps a client can take to protect themselves if they catch wire fraud in time, how to interact with Closing Attorneys & Brokers regarding Earnest Money, how to protect yourself when using your Debit Card & SO MANY great tips & tricks to protect yours & your client’s financial life!!! This was SUCH an important topic, that the February Pinnacle/West Metro Sales Meeting – February 15th at 10am at the office – 76 Highland Pavilion Ct. Hiram – will be devoted to protections from cyberfraud for you & your clients presented by a CyberFraud IT specialist. Please attend!
MX1 & Electronic Forms of Earnest Money: Maximum One does NOT accept Earnest Money in the form of an ACH nor Zelle nor Venmo nor PayPal, etc.
December DA Commission Payments & Tax 1099 Forms – HIf you got paid your commission in December via a DA but did not complete your transaction in Paperless Pipeline, that transaction will not show up on your 1099 for 2021. The file must be complete & compliant in Paperless Pipeline in order for Maximum One to completely close out the file – regardless of when you received your commission from the closing attorney.
VA Loans – How Much Loan Benefit Remains: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for reminding us that a Veteran who has already used part of the VA Mortgage Entitlement, may still have additional VA loan benefits. On their Certificate of Eligibility (COE), they can find the amount of your entitlement you previously used under the “Entitlement Charged” column in the “Prior Loans charged to entitlement” table. The VA will restore their full entitlement when you sell your home and pay back their existing VA-backed home loan in full, or repay in full any claim the VA has paid. If they’ll be using your remaining entitlement to take out another VA-backed home loan, keep in mind that they’re covered by the current county loan limit where they live. They may either use your remaining entitlement on its own, or consider putting a down payment if they think your remaining entitlement is not enough to cover the loan amount they’re planning to take. Contact Linda with any questions – LKennedy@aemc.cc
Market Statistics – December 2021: From FMLS… Average Sale Price of $346308 is an increase of 15.8% from December of 2020. You may login to FMLS – Showing Time – Stats – Market for a variety of market statistics.
Mortgage Interest Rates Are Increasing: Talk to your Affiliated Mortgage Lender this week to get a sense of the increasing interest rates so that you may serve your Buyer clients. See the Affiliated Lenders & their contact information with each Branch at the bottom of this email.
OneHome FMLS Client Portal: This enhanced Client Portal is coming to FMLS Matrix soon. Watch this video for more information on OneHome Client Portal to FMLS.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Lauline Babineaux on the birth of her baby January 1st!
Max Cares: Condolences to Melanie Mayer, affiliated closing attorney with MX1 Elite, on the loss of her mother.
Max Cares: Condolences to Tony Jones on the loss of his mother-in-law.
REPEAT: 2022 Monthly Fee Changes & Auto Pay: ALL Monthly Plans increased by $22. If you are set up on Autopay, you will need to increase the amount to allow for this increase to avoid a partial payment. This is for your Payment Portal or if you have your Bank automatically sending your monthly payment. If you need instructions on how to change your settings in your Bill.com payment portal – click here. For any questions, contact your Franchise Accounting Department.
REPEAT – Maximum One Offices & Winter Weather: When the forecast calls for possible snow or ice, he Maximum One Branch in your area will follow the same schedule as the schools in that district – i.e. if schools open 1 hour late, then MX1 offices will follow accordingly.
REPEAT – 2022 REVISED DA Request – Due to the change in Royalty Fee for all Maximum One Agents, the DA Request Form will be changed by your Franchise. For MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents, the REVISED DA Request form is available for you in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & is accessible here – 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta And Fillable PDF 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta
REPEAT – Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. – for Transactions written after 1/1/22 Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.
REPEAT – To Access GAR Forms: Wherever you access your forms (Remine Docs or Transaction Desk, etc.) you will need to enter your NRDS Number (if you are a REALTOR) or you will need to purchase the 2022 Forms from GAR (https://forms.garealtor.com) & then you’ll get an FPID Number to enter.
REPEAT – Changes to GAR Contract Forms: Make sure to take a CE class on 2022 GAR Contract Changes – see calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select geographic area – select “Marietta” for master Virtual Calendar
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 

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1/16/2022

***1099 TAX FORM for 2021 – Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address &/or Email address has changed from January 2021, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.*** Email the Accounting Department for Your Franchise!
Happy MLK Day! Thank you Dr. King for your vision, your dream and your positive influence on ALL Americans!! Maximum One Offices will open Monday 1/17/22 at least 1 hour late. Depending on the weather in your area, please call the branch to confirm if staff is there. Agents have 24/7/365 accessibility to MX1 Offices within their Franchise.
Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in December 2021: Please give a warm welcome to these agents who joined us in December!
Maximum One Offices & Winter Weather: When the forecast calls for possible snow or ice, he Maximum One Branch in your area will follow the same schedule as the schools in that district – i.e. if schools open 1 hour late, then MX1 offices will follow accordingly.
2022 Monthly Fee Changes & Auto Pay: ALL Monthly Plans increased by $22. If you are set up on Autopay, you will need to increase the amount to allow for this increase to avoid a partial payment. This is for your Payment Portal or if you have your Bank automatically sending your monthly payment. If you need instructions on how to change your settings in your Bill.com payment portal – click here. For any questions, contact your Franchise Accounting Department.
2021 REALTOR Association Top Producer “Million Dollar Club” Applications: Get those applications in Now & send to your Broker to sign. Here are the deadlines: If deadline is not listed please check with your Local Association – MX1 Franchises belong to different Associations of REALTORS so check with your Broker also!

400 North – January 21
Atlanta Realtor Association – January 14
Atlanta Commercial Board –
Cherokee Association of Realtors – Not yet determined
Cobb Association of Realtors – January 31
Fayette County Board of Realtors – January 21
Metro South Association of Realtors
NAMAR – January 31Northwest Metro – January 18
Paulding Board of Realtors – January 14
West Georgia Board of Realtors – January 31
West Metro Board of Realtors & NAVICA MLS – January 18
Alabama – Etowah / Cherokee Board & North Alabama MLS
Alabama – Calhoun County Board & Greater Alabama MLS
Alabama – Birmingham Association & Greater Alabama MLS
2022 MX1 Greater Atlanta Community Outreach: Maximum One Companies are committed to being a positive influence in our local communities throughout the year. Katie Lutrell (Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318) is managing the Community Outreach Program for Greater Atlanta. The recipients of our goodwill throughout the year are below:
February – Collect pet supplies for local animal shelter
March – Collect gently used children’s books
April – Collect gently used or new clothes for children
May – Collect gently used or new shoes for adults
June – Food drive
July – Collect School Supplies
August – Collect hygiene products for shelters & homeless
September – Collect blankets for Assisted Living & Nursing Homes
October – Collecting coats
November – Food Drive
December – Angel Tree
MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Office Building – Here’s the latest news from Dave Kubat – Click Here for the latest version of the Pinnacle/West Metro office. The land is still not graded. The Seller is still putting in sewers and water drains, then can do curbs and gutters and then grade our lot. It is looking like probably a year still. The building materials has shortages and huge price increases now too. That may delay more as well. Not sure. Either way…very exciting!
Movement Mortgage – Latest Information: Thank you to John Bohannon for walking us through all of the latest information regarding the mortgage market & forecast for the near future.
See information here & contact John for more info – John.Bohannon@Movement.com.
Health Insurance SCAM Calls & Texts: From the GAR Inaugural Conference: I’m sure you are all receiving multiple text messages and phone calls about NAR and GAR insurance plans. They informed us yesterday these are NOT our programs and are scams. NAR doesn’t even have a program. It’s health care vendors using that as a means of communication but not the program our state has worked hard to put together for their members. Below is a link to the actual program and information. This is real actual insurance and is saving members up to $1000 a month. If you are a REALTOR & need insurance check it out! https://garealtor.com/members/member-resources/gare-health-benefits-center/
Max Cares: Prayers for Kim Murray whose sister had to be admitted to the hospital for losing feeling in her legs and difficulty breathing.
Max Cares: Prayers for Cindy Berndt whose Stepdad is in ICU & whose Mom is also ill.
Max Cares: prayers to Jay & Andrea Alexander on the loss of Jay’s grandfather.
REPEAT – 2022 REVISED DA Request – Due to the change in Royalty Fee for all Maximum One Agents, the DA Request Form will be changed by your Franchise. For MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents, the REVISED DA Request form is available for you in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & is accessible here – 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta And Fillable PDF 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta
REPEAT – Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. – for Transactions written after 1/1/22 Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.
REPEAT – Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards through REALTOR Associations: Make sure to monitor your email from your local Association if you are participating in your Board’s Top Producer Awards. Complete their respective applications EARLY as your Broker must confirm & approve.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!
REPEAT – To Access GAR Forms: Wherever you access your forms (Remine Docs or Transaction Desk, etc.) you will need to enter your NRDS Number (if you are a REALTOR) or you will need to purchase the 2022 Forms from GAR (https://forms.garealtor.com) & then you’ll get an FPID Number to enter.
REPEAT – Changes to GAR Contract Forms: Make sure to take a CE class on 2022 GAR Contract Changes – see calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select geographic area – select “Marietta” for master Virtual Calendar
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 

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1/9/2022

***1099 TAX FORM for 2021 – Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address &/or Email address has changed from January 2021, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.*** Email the Accounting Department for Your Franchise!
GO DAWGS!!!! ROLL TIDE!!! – Congrats to one of these Teams who will be NCAA Football National Champion on Monday evening!
2022 REVISED DA Request – Due to the change in Royalty Fee for all Maximum One Agents, the DA Request Form will be changed by your Franchise. For MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents, the REVISED DA Request form is available for you in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & is accessible here – 2022 DA Request for MX1 Greater Atlanta
2022 Business / Life Plan: If you have not already done so, take the time to plan your 2022 year for business and life. There are many plans available and here is another that you may enjoy: Year Compass Online 2022 Plan
Predictions for 2022 Real Estate Market from Michael Reese: 2022 is here and we’re already seeing big changes. These changes are creating massive opportunities for those who embrace them. They can also bring grave consequences to those who do nothing. Take action and learn how to make 2022 your best year yet:
Changes in the market…
Changes in technology…
Changes in the real estate industry.
Tap here to see our Top Real Estate Predictions For 2022
How to Use Symbols of Credibility to Get More Business in 2022: Article from Pasi Poutanen – So let’s talk about symbols of credibility – what they are, how they work, and how to use them. To understand how you can get someone to view you as their 1# choice, you need to understand this about psychology: First, you need to get clear on what homeowners want from a Realtor. Things like… Personal attributes:
Honesty and integrity –
Easily approachable & likable –
Intelligence –
Lack of caring about the commission and putting others first (so you do the best job for them and don’t just quickly want their money)
Skills:
Great communication skills & responsiveness –
Great negotiation skills –
Niche specialized expertise
Knowledge of:
The home selling process –
The real estate market –
Economy & finances –
Local area
Read more here…
Interest Rates for SECOND Homes: Fannie Mae announced this week changes to their pricing policy on Second Homes. Currently, there is no rate penalty for purchasing a second home. For all loans closing on or after March 15th, Fannie has imposed a 1.25% pricing hit, which will cause rates for Second Homes to be comparable to Investment Property rates. If you have clients who are currently shopping for a second home, please advise them to get under contract as quickly as possible so they can avoid the rate hike, which will be approximately a full point above what it is currently. If they are NOT going to be able to close prior to March 15th, they might be better to purchase in Jumbo loan range (if they were already close to that range) and take the lower rate, as currently Jumbo loans do not have a 2nd home adjustment. We ran numbers today both ways, and popping just into jumbo range actually saved over 80,000 in interest for a couple of scenarios.
Also, just worthy of note. Due to the announcements from the Fed and the inflation numbers this week, we are beginning to see rates move up into the 4% range even on FHA and VA loans with pretty good scores.
Attend your Branch Sales Meeting to Ask Your Affiliated Lender specific questions!
Max Cares: Condolences to Jay & Andrea Alexander whose grandfather passed away.
Max Cares: Condolences to the family of Sandra Anderson who passed away suddenly.
REPEAT – Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. – for Transactions written after 1/1/22 Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.
REPEAT – Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards through REALTOR Associations: Make sure to monitor your email from your local Association if you are participating in your Board’s Top Producer Awards. Complete their respective applications EARLY as your Broker must confirm & approve.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!
REPEAT – To Access GAR Forms: Wherever you access your forms (Remine Docs or Transaction Desk, etc.) you will need to enter your NRDS Number (if you are a REALTOR) or you will need to purchase the 2022 Forms from GAR (https://forms.garealtor.com) & then you’ll get an FPID Number to enter.
REPEAT – Changes to GAR Contract Forms: Make sure to take a CE class on 2022 GAR Contract Changes – see calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select geographic area – select “Marietta” for master Virtual Calendar
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 

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1/2/2022

Happy New Year!: Have a Happy & Healthy & Joyous & Prosperous 2022!
Lots of Reminders & New Info Below!
Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. – for Transactions written after 1/1/22 Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
To Access GAR Forms: Wherever you access your forms (Remine Docs or Transaction Desk, etc.) you will need to enter your NRDS Number (if you are a REALTOR) or you will need to purchase the 2022 Forms from GAR (https://forms.garealtor.com) & then you’ll get an FPID Number to enter.
Changes to GAR Contract Forms: Make sure to take a CE class on 2022 GAR Contract Changes – see calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select geographic area – select “Marietta” for master Virtual Calendar
Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards through REALTOR Associations: Make sure to monitor your email from your local Association if you are participating in your Board’s Top Producer Awards. Complete their respective applications EARLY as your Broker must confirm & approve. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!
2022 GAR Contract Changes: The 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms watermarked “For NON-CE Training” are now available. Please use the next few weeks to review the upcoming 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms and the changes that have been made from 2021 to 2022.
 
In order to access the watermarked 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms, you must have an active NRDS number or a valid 2022 Forms Purchase ID (FPID) number.
 
You may access the zipfolder with all 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms that have been watermarked “For NON-CE Training” by clicking here or via our website, www.garealtor.com.  

FOR NON-GAR MEMBERS ONLY: If you need to pre-purchase a 2022 FPID or renew your FPID for 2022, you can do so by clicking here. Fee is $254
Tom Ferry – Top Blogs from 2021: Before we move forward into 2022, it’s time to reflect on what you learned – or possibly what you missed out on – in 2021. In that spirit, today I present to you the top 21 blogs of 2021, including:
• A powerful new script you should be using
• Video content creation ideas to get you known
The five simple words to rely on when you’re feeling unmotivated And tons more! Which important tips did you miss? Which ones do you need to revisit? Click Here to find out…
Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.
NEW Policy- Changes to DA Requests: Agents may have 3 changes to DA requests; if there are more changes, agent will be paid via Direct Deposit & a DA will not be approved. Point of Practice – do not request a DA until the Buyer & Seller have come to the end of their Due Diligence period as many parties negotiate through issues financially which will change your DA. The issue is we have many agents changing their DA requests 5+ times and the wrong information gets sent to the Closing Attorney & to the Accounting Department.
Tom Ferry – 4 Life-Changing Objectives Within Reach in 2022: Hot market + strong forecast = Tons of opportunity for 2022. A few months ago, I shared my vision with our coaching members for what I know is possible in 2022 for any disciplined, dedicated agent. Today I’m sharing these four objectives with you… to serve as a bold target for you to aspire to in the new year. Because when you accomplish them, not only will they make your business more productive, but they’ll also transform how you live and enjoy your life. Click here to find out what they are.
Max Cares: Prayers to Robin Wilhite-Slay whose husband is home from the hospital.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Owens whose husband is home from the hospital.
Max Cares: Prayers to Pat McLeroy whose husband fights & defeats cancer.
Max Cares: Prayers to Tracy Barb whose mom passed away.
Max Cares: Condolences to Shantha Wetterhan whose father-in-law passed away suddently
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: 2022 Business Plan (Tom Ferry): Create Your Plan to Dominate 2022 – FREE! The Tom Ferry brand-new 2022 business plan template includes everything you need to gain total clarity heading into the new year. Click Here to DOWNLOAD NOW

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12/19/2021 & 12/26/2021

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!: Maximum One Realty Offices will be Closed:
Thursday, December 23rd at 1pm
Friday, December 24th – Closed
Friday, January 31st – Closed
All Maximum One Realty Associates have 24/7/365 access via your key fob or key depending upon your Franchise
Changes to GAR Contract Forms: Make sure to take a CE class on 2022 GAR Contract Changes – see calendar: www.registerforREclasses.com – select geographic area – select “Marietta” for master Virtual Calendar
Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards through REALTOR Associations: Make sure to monitor your email from your local Association if you are participating in your Board’s Top Producer Awards. Complete their respective applications EARLY as your Broker must confirm & approve. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!!
2022 GAR Contract Changes: The 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms watermarked “For NON-CE Training” are now available. Please use the next few weeks to review the upcoming 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms and the changes that have been made from 2021 to 2022.   In order to access the watermarked 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms, you must have an active NRDS number or a valid 2022 Forms Purchase ID (FPID) number.   You may access the zipfolder with all 2022 Georgia REALTORS® Forms that have been watermarked “For NON-CE Training” by clicking here or via our website, www.garealtor.com.   FOR NON-GAR MEMBERS ONLY: If you need to pre-purchase a 2022 FPID or renew your FPID for 2022, you can do so by clicking here. Fee is $254
Getting Listings from Social Media – from Pasi Poutenan: The top 9 questions I get from agents when it comes to getting serious amounts of listing appointments from their social media and online marketing are:
1. “I don’t have much social media experience, what to do?”
2. “I’m already active on social, but not getting results. What’s wrong?”
3. “Can I make social media work if I’m not tech savvy?”
4. “Can I use templated content or copy/paste posts?”
5. “Can I outsource my social media?”
6. “How to make social media work in my local market?”
7. “How much time does social media and online marketing take?”
8. “How long till I see results from my online marketing?”
9. “Why have most social strategies I’ve tried before failed?”
If you’d like to hear my answers based on our learnings from working with +100 of our private clients over the years, seeing what truly works, what doesn’t, day in, day out… I wrote them down in the context of our Realtor Accelerator program here: Click here to read answers
Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.
REPEAT: Mail at the Branch: All Branch CEO Advisors will be cleaning out the mailboxes by the end of December. Anything that has not been picked up will be thrown away. Please go by your Branch in the next few weeks and collect your mail!
Max Cares: Condolences to Nicole London whose Uncle passed away and whose Aunt is in the hospital.
Max Cares: Prayers to Tracy Barb whose mom is on a ventilator & 24 hr dialysis.
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction.
Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: 2022 Business Plan (Tom Ferry): Create Your Plan to Dominate 2022 – FREE! The Tom Ferry brand-new 2022 business plan template includes everything you need to gain total clarity heading into the new year. Click Here to DOWNLOAD NOW

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12/12/2021

Changes to FMLS Search – No More Area Numbers: Thank you to Shawn Delaney for reminding us of how to search via Map! No more area number searches. Not a problem…When doing an FMLS search using map search you can click on the layers icon and select ZIP Codes and county lines when trying to map out and select your search area with the draw tool FYI you might have to zoom in some to select zip codes for layers. See his video on the Maximum One Rockstars Group on Facebook.
Changes to FMLS Hotsheets: Thank you to MaKay Swanson for reminding us – If you have Hotsheets set up on your FMLS dashboard based on a particular Area, you will now have to go in and redefine your custom area or else you will receive information based on all new listings. I’m going in and setting up a map using the fmls area filter that is on the map page. Happy Searching!
The Cash Flow Real Estate Agent: Congratulations to George Ansong for having published a book, The Cash Flow Real Estate Agent!!!!!!!!! Check out this awesome resource for investing in real estate! Contact George for more information – GAnsong@Bellsouth.net www.thecashflowrealestateagent.com
Loan Limits Increasing 1/1/22: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for sharing with us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting, the following information. Effective January 1, 2022, the loan limits for conventional loan will be increasing. The increased loan limit may help buyers whose price range exceeds the 2021 conventional loan limit of $548,250. The conventional loan limit for 1-unit residential properties will increase by almost $100k, from $548,250 to $647,200. The Federal Housing Agency (FHA) has just raised its loan limit by 18% to a maximum amount of $420,680 in most areas. In certain high cost areas, it’s $970,800
Georgia Natural Gas Agent Partnership: Great news! Georgia Natural Gas® is spreading holiday cheer this season! We’re extending our fall special incentive through December which means, you’ll earn $75 for each qualifying referral!* Plus, the top 3 referring gngHub members with the highest number of qualifying referrals in December will each be rewarded a $500 Visa® Prepaid Reward Card!We call it, the gift that keeps giving! But hurry, this offer ends soon. Click Here to Register.
What is APR & How is it Different from Interest Rate? Thank you to Denise Thomas & Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay of Homestar Financial Corporation for making available this great information to share with your Buyers so they may really compare “apples to apples!” Contact Denise or Jay or Wes for this great brochure to give to your clients! Contact information at the bottom of this newsletter.
REPEAT: 2022 GAR Contract Changes – CE classes start THIS WEEK!: Be among the FIRST to learn what GAR is changing in the contracts & get 3 hrs CE credit! Sign up for a class now! Many In Branch & Virtual Options in December! Go to: www.registerforREclasses.com – select your geographic location & register now!
REPEAT: Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.
REPEAT: Mail at the Branch: All Branch CEO Advisors will be cleaning out the mailboxes by the end of December. Anything that has not been picked up will be thrown away. Please go by your Branch in the next few weeks and collect your mail!
Max Cares: Condolences to the family of Judy Shand who passed away from bladder cancer.
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction.
Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: 2022 Business Plan (Tom Ferry): Create Your Plan to Dominate 2022 – FREE! The Tom Ferry brand-new 2022 business plan template includes everything you need to gain total clarity heading into the new year. Click Here to DOWNLOAD NOW

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12/5/2021

Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One in November of 2021: Please welcome the following agents to Maximum One companies!
New FMLS Login Procedure: As you know, we recently moved www.fmls.com to www. firstmls.com and as of Nov 30 at 11PM, your login process will be different. When you click the login button, you will be taken to a new page that looks like the image below. Enter your FMLS User ID in ALL CAPS, then enter your current password as usual and select Sign In.
Facts About VA Funding Fee: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for reminding us of these important VA Funding Fee facts: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may want to consider it sooner than later. Taking out a mortgage that is backed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a great option. Here are some important facts that you should know about the VA Funding Fee:
The fee is a requirement to help lower the cost of the loan for taxpayers.
You’ll pay for the fee regardless if you purchase a home or refinance your existing mortgage.
There are situations where you can be exempted from paying the fee.
You can pay the fee by either financing (include it in your loan) or paying the full amount upfront on the closing table.
The type of loan you’ll be getting, your total loan amount, and (depending on your loan type) whether you’re using your loan benefits for your first or subsequent time and your down payment amount, will all be factors in determining the amount of how much you will pay.
Source: https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/funding-fee-and-closing-costs/
2022 Business Plan (Tom Ferry): Create Your Plan to Dominate 2022 – FREE! The Tom Ferry brand-new 2022 business plan template includes everything you need to gain total clarity heading into the new year. Click Here to DOWNLOAD NOW
2022 GAR Contract Changes – CE classes start THIS WEEK!: Be among the FIRST to learn what GAR is changing in the contracts & get 3 hrs CE credit! Sign up for a class now! Many In Branch & Virtual Options in December! Go to: www.registerforREclasses.com – select your geographic location & register now!
REPEAT: Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.
REPEAT: Mail at the Branch: All Branch CEO Advisors will be cleaning out the mailboxes by the end of December. Anything that has not been picked up will be thrown away. Please go by your Branch in the next few weeks and collect your mail!
Max Cares: Prayers to Tracy Barb whose brother passed away this week & whose mother is in the hospital with pneumonia.
Max Cares: Prayers for healing for Mohammad “Inam” Inamullah who has been sick since May and has undergone 3 surgeries.
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction.
Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 

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11/21/2021 and 11/28/2021

Happy Thanksgiving! Maximum One Offices will be closed Thursday 11/25 & Friday 11/26 for Thanksgiving! All associates have 24/7/365 access via their key fob or key.
Happy Hannukkah! November 28th – December 6th
No “This Week at Maximum One” next week
MX1 Holding More Earnest Money Than Commission: If you have a pending closing & Maximum One is holding more Earnest Money than your commission (i.e. if you have lowered or waived your commission) & you are not getting a DA (to be paid at closing) then you MUST pick up the Earnest Money & take it with you to Closing. You simply complete the form in the Reference Section of Pipeline “Request for Earnest Money NOT for a DA Closing” & upload it into your transaction in Pipeline.
Closing Dates in December: Please make sure to look at a calendar when writing contracts & amendments. Be aware of the holidays! Do NOT schedule your closings right before or after Christmas! Although your affiliated attorneys & lenders are open, it may be stressful & difficult to get closing packages & get transactions closed. Amee Davis of Davis & Associates suggests to schedule your closings by December 21st. Be aware of the New Year holiday dates too! Also remember that if a Buyer fails to close by January 1st, they will not be able to file for their Homestead Exemption for 2022.
Dates on Contracts: Make sure to remember to use 2022 on your dates if you are using dates after January! This is for Listing Agreements & Buyer Brokerage Agreements & Purchase & Sale Agreements.
2022 GAR Contract Changes: Be among the FIRST to learn what GAR is changing in the contracts & get 3 hrs CE credit! Sign up for a class now! Many In Branch & Virtual Options in December! Go to: www.eAGENTweb.com – select your geographic location & register now before we notify the entire GREC email list!
Market Stats for October 2021: The October 2021 Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides a regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for residential properties in Metro Atlanta. This summary covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding and Rockdale.
Demand: October residential sales were at 6,476, a decrease of 12.0% from the previous year.
Price: Average and median sales prices continue to outpace 2020’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in October was $370,000, an increase of 18.2% from last October. The average sales price was $438,500, up 16.6% from the previous year.
Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 8,822 units in October, a decrease of 28.3% from October 2020. New listings totaled 7,851, down 9.0% from October 2020 and down 2.2% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 1.3 months.
GAR Special Stipulations: The Winter 2021 edition of the GAR Magazine has an article by Seth Weissman regarding various GAR Special Stipulations. Read Full Article Here.
Get Online Reviews of Your Real Estate Services: Are you getting enough online reviews? Are you making it easy for clients to review you? Read this article by Tom Ferry to get more reviews to increase your business. Read Article Here.
GAMLS Connect: GAMLS Connect replaces Paragon – start learning it now if you are a member of GAMLS.
October Stats from FMLS: The following are from FMLS for October 2021 for Residential Detached: BTW… you should know all of these same statistics for your OWN production!
Average Sale Price: $440,546 – increase of 18.7% from October 2020
New Listings: 8,249 – decrease of 3.5% from October 2020
Average Days on Market: 19 days vs. 32 days October 2020
Average List Price to Sale Price Ration: 100.8% – vs. 99.2% in October 2020
Powerful CMA through kvCore – Coming FREE to all MX1 Agents in 2022: kvCore Platform will include CorePresent. Out-present your competition CORE Present—the award-winning CMA & presentation builder rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ by Inman News—just got even better. Help your agents guide clients through interactive, compelling pricing discussions, now with even more powerful activity tracking and AI. Win the listing, win the offer, and wow clients every time with CORE Present, available now only with kvCORE. Click here to see a demo.
REPEAT: Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.
REPEAT: Mail at the Branch: All Branch CEO Advisors will be cleaning out the mailboxes by the end of December. Anything that has not been picked up will be thrown away. Please go by your Branch in the next few weeks and collect your mail!
REPEAT: Branch Christmas Social Events: Please check your Franchise Calendar & with your Branch Team Captains & Branch CEO Advisors regarding your Branch Holiday Social Events in November &/or December!
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern who had an emergency appendectomy on Saturday.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly who has not been feeling well lately.
REPEAT – NAR Members – Ethics Course Requirement due by 12/31/21: If you are a REALTOR, then you are REQUIRED per your Membership to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to take an Ethics course each cycle. We are currently in Cycle 6 which ends 12/31/21 (& started 1/1/19.) So, if you are a member of NAR and have not taken the Ethics course since 1/1/19, you are required to take it by 12/31/21 or your membership to NAR will be suspended. This is NOT the GREC License Law requirement this is ONLY a requirement for Realtors. Watch the video to the right “Law vs. Ethics – Course Requirements for Real Estate Agents in Georgia.” Check the Calendar and sign up for a course now! www.registerforREclasses.comLaw vs. Ethics - Class Requirements for Agents in GA
REPEAT: Ethics Requirement for NAR Members – ALL REALTORS – Your NAR Ethics Class is Required by 12/31/21 – We Offer 7 Ethics Classes This Month! The 6th Cycle is from 1/1/19 – 12/31/21. So if you have not taken an Ethics Class since 1/1/19, you are required per your NAR membership to Take One NOW! This is NOT the same as the License Law requirement by GREC for all Georgia licensees – see video: “Law vs. Ethics Requirements for GA Licensees” at the bottom of this email for more information! Plus… be on the look out for 2022 GAR Contract CE classes throughout December! Go to www.registerforREclasses.com – select your geographic area or “Marietta” for the master Virtual CE schedule
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore / Inside Real Estate!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/https://youtu.be/uZk8qYxEMN4The #1 ranked kvCORE Platform, from Inside Real Estate

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11/14/2021



NEW FMLS on November 16th: On Tuesday evening Nov 16 www.fmls.com will be moving to www.gofirstmls.com. This exciting new site is full of the latest news and trends, easy access to product information and more. And it allows our new partners to access the many features of FMLS.com.  

FMLS takes data integrity and data security very seriously. With the two-step process, it protects your data, the backbone of your business, like never before.

The morning of Nov 17th access FMLS.com. Click the FMLS Login button at the top right corner of the page. A new screen opens. Login same login credentials that you currently use and select Sign In.
Watch this Video on the NEW FMLS – www.gofirstfmls.comhttps://youtu.be/CAEwNAwR3GcIntroducing our New Website For Enhanced Security
MX1 Greater Atlanta Community Service for November: All Branches of Maximum One Greater Atlanta are collecting canned goods for this month’s community service. Please bring your canned goods to one of the offices & leave them in the bins at the Branch. For any questions, please contact Katie LuttrellPinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
Mortgage Updates from Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage lkennedy@aemc.cc for sharing with us at the Powers Ferry Sales meeting this week so many mortgage updates. Below are some topics – contact Linda for specific information! Fannie Mae will average the 3 credit scores – makes it easier to qualify
Two 100% FHA Financing Loans – “Advantage” & “Edge” – 620 Credit Score
Drive Report – so important to avoid delays or denials AFTER expiration of financing contingency
Atlanta REALTORS Association Top Producer Application: If you are a member of the Atlanta Realtor Association, you may now apply for your 2021 Top Producer Award online! Deadline is January 14, 2022. Top Producer Rules Here.
MX1 Greater Atlanta Pinnacle Branch – Thanksgiving Lunch: We look forward to seeing you for Thanksgiving lunch on Tuesday at the Pinnacle Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta. Festivities begin at 11am. Please contact Branch CEO Advisor Katie Luttrell to tell her what side dish or dessert you are bringing! Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318
The Secret to Closing Sales with Tom Hopkins: The following information is courtesy of Michael Reese… If selling skills were similar to disarming a bomb, NOBODY would want to start practicing their craft without being fully trained. On this episode of the Digital President Podcast, we have the legendary Tom Hopkins on the show. Tom is a legendary sales trainer who has been helping salespeople in a wide range of industries since 1976. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Michael Reese was honored to have the opportunity to sit down with Tom on the show. They discussed the art and power of the spoken word, WHY words matter and how small changes can exponentially change your performance. Remember you want to watch the full episode here on YouTube.
Your Mailing Address: If your mailing address has changed, please make sure that we have your current mailing address – we’ll need this for your 1099 forms for 2021.
Mail at the Branch: All Branch CEO Advisors will be cleaning out the mailboxes by the end of December. Anything that has not been picked up will be thrown away. Please go by your Branch in the next few weeks and collect your mail!
Branch Thanksgiving & Christmas Social Events: Please check your Franchise Calendar & with your Branch Team Captains & Branch CEO Advisors regarding your Branch Holiday Social Events in November &/or December!
Max Cares: Enjoy this time of year – most of your competitors will stop working for the year after Thanksgiving! Buyers and Sellers, however, still need to buy & sell!
REPEAT – NAR Members – Ethics Course Requirement due by 12/31/21: If you are a REALTOR, then you are REQUIRED per your Membership to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to take an Ethics course each cycle. We are currently in Cycle 6 which ends 12/31/21 (& started 1/1/19.) So, if you are a member of NAR and have not taken the Ethics course since 1/1/19, you are required to take it by 12/31/21 or your membership to NAR will be suspended. This is NOT the GREC License Law requirement this is ONLY a requirement for Realtors. Watch the video to the right “Law vs. Ethics – Course Requirements for Real Estate Agents in Georgia.” Check the Calendar and sign up for a course now! www.registerforREclasses.comhttps://youtu.be/WWtSipOJN8MLaw vs. Ethics - Class Requirements for Agents in GA
REPEAT: Ethics Requirement for NAR Members – ALL REALTORS – Your NAR Ethics Class is Required by 12/31/21 – We Offer 7 Ethics Classes This Month! The 6th Cycle is from 1/1/19 – 12/31/21. So if you have not taken an Ethics Class since 1/1/19, you are required per your NAR membership to Take One NOW! This is NOT the same as the License Law requirement by GREC for all Georgia licensees – see video: “Law vs. Ethics Requirements for GA Licensees” at the bottom of this email for more information! Plus… be on the look out for 2022 GAR Contract CE classes throughout December! Go to www.registerforREclasses.com – select your geographic area or “Marietta” for the master Virtual CE schedule
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore / Inside Real Estate!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/The #1 ranked kvCORE Platform, from Inside Real Estate

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11/7/2021

Fall Back This Weekend! – Standard Time begins!
Veteran’s Day: Thursday 11/11 – Thank you to ALL our Veterans (Living & Deceased) who have served our country! We thank you for keeping us safe & free! It is also a Federal Banking Holiday – Check with Lenders & Closing Attorneys regarding any Transactions
Welcome – October 2021: Please welcome these agents new to Maximum One in October 2021:
Congratulations to Capping Agents: Congratulations to the following agents who have recently capped! Keely George
Tamika Pratt
Wendee Long
Aline Saenz & Greg Moore
GAMLS Paragon OFFLINE: Starting Monday, GAMLS Paragon will be offline for a couple of days. You will have to use GAMLS CONNECT to add or edit your listings. I believe Remine Add/Edit may also be offline for a while so to enter listings in BOTH services simultaneously, you’ll have to use Ditto through GAMLS.
FMLS & GAMLS Entry for Listings: GAMLS is transferring from Paragon to FMLS Connect & Remine may go through some updates. So if Remine Add/Edit goes temporarily down for dual entry to enter your listings into these services: Ditto through GAMLS – simultaneous dual entryGAMLS individuallyFMLS individually
Zillow National Announcement: Zillow announced this week it will be exiting Offers, their iBuyer Program, the business it started in December 2019 to buy and flip homes. The move will eliminate 25% of their workforce. There are many articles on the internet you may read if you google this topic. If you are a REALTOR, I want to PROTECT YOU (NOT defend Zillow) that since Zillow is a Broker, be cautious to not violate the REALTOR Code of Ethics in any comments you post about Zillow.
kvCore: All Maximum One Franchises are working diligently on the back end to get kcVore / Inside Real Estate up & running for y’all! We are so excited to bring this to you – Google this to see all that it does – here’s a link to just a brief introduction to kvCore.
RentSpree Online Tenant App & Credit & Background Check: Maximum One Franchises are connecting with RentSpree for their own MX1 Franchise-Specific Branded Website. Check with your Franchise to see when the online interactive Training will take place for your Franchise. The training for MX1 Greater Atlanta agents is on Wednesday, November 10th at 1pm – 5 Essential Skills for Agents Entering the Rental Market
Branch Thanksgiving & Christmas Social Events: Please check your Franchise Calendar & with your Branch Team Captains & Branch CEO Advisors regarding your Branch Holiday Social Events in November &/or December!
Max Cares: Condolences to Chiquita Chaney whose Brother-In-Law and Aunt passed away.
REPEAT – NAR Members – Ethics Course Requirement due by 12/31/21: If you are a REALTOR, then you are REQUIRED per your Membership to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to take an Ethics course each cycle. We are currently in Cycle 6 which ends 12/31/21 (& started 1/1/19.) So, if you are a member of NAR and have not taken the Ethics course since 1/1/19, you are required to take it by 12/31/21 or your membership to NAR will be suspended. This is NOT the GREC License Law requirement this is ONLY a requirement for Realtors. Watch the video to the right “Law vs. Ethics – Course Requirements for Real Estate Agents in Georgia.” Check the Calendar and sign up for a course now! www.registerforREclasses.comhttps://youtu.be/WWtSipOJN8MLaw vs. Ethics - Class Requirements for Agents in GA
REPEAT: Ethics Requirement for NAR Members – ALL REALTORS – Your NAR Ethics Class is Required by 12/31/21 – We Offer 7 Ethics Classes This Month! The 6th Cycle is from 1/1/19 – 12/31/21. So if you have not taken an Ethics Class since 1/1/19, you are required per your NAR membership to Take One NOW! This is NOT the same as the License Law requirement by GREC for all Georgia licensees – see video: “Law vs. Ethics Requirements for GA Licensees” at the bottom of this email for more information! Plus… be on the look out for 2022 GAR Contract CE classes throughout December! Go to www.registerforREclasses.com – select your geographic area or “Marietta” for the master Virtual CE schedule
REPEAT: Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
REPEAT: Maximum One to Provide RentSpree for Rental Application Screening: We are excited to bring to you a FREE Tenant Application/Screening platform to easily help your Landlords take and process rental applications including background checks & credit checks! Most of the Maximum One Franchises are getting their own Maximum One branded website & each agent who uses will have their own login & dashboard. The application fee for the tenant is $60 which includes the background check & Credit check with TransUnion – all For more information, MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents click the logo on the right to check it out! MX1 Greater Atlanta Live Interactive Webinar scheduled for November 10th at 1pm!
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore / Inside Real Estate!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/https://youtu.be/uZk8qYxEMN4The #1 ranked kvCORE Platform, from Inside Real Estate

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10/31/2021

Go Braves!!!
Happy Halloween!
Changes to MX1 Sharing Commissions Between Agents: If two or more agents within the same Franchise share commissions, please note that depending on how you work out the Commission share will impact the Transaction Fees you pay to Maximum One. Basically, the difference comes down to if the agents are actually on a Team or Co-Agents on a contract vs. sharing the commission as a Referral Fee. If the agents are on different sides of the contract (i.e. one agent representing Seller & one agent representing Buyer) then those are handled independently. Click Here for specific information & examples to Download MX1 Transaction Fees for In-House Transactions.
In Writing: Agents MUST sign a Broker-to-Broker Referral Form, Commission Share Form or some other written agreement (i.e. signed Team Contract) outlining the percent split each agent will receive. This signed Agreement must be uploaded into the Transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Maximum One will not make those decisions should there be a dispute between the agents. If an Agent is on a “Split” plan vs. a “Transaction Fee” plan, then that agent still pays their split percentage – regardless of the scenario / side.
Separate Realty & Realtor Companies: Maximum One Franchise REALTY Companies & REALTOR Companies are two separate companies and full MLS & MX1 Transaction Fees are due from each agent regardless of how they share / split the gross commission and regardless of which side of the Transaction they are on. NOTE: FMLS charges one fee per company regardless of # of agents involved in the transaction & regardless of which side of the transaction agents from the same company are on.
Separate Sides of a Transaction: Each side of a transaction is also treated as its own transaction regardless if the agents on each side are both in the REALTY or REALTOR companies and regardless if agents on each side are on the Same Team. However, if one agent has both sides of a transaction, there is only one transaction Fee one Royalty Fee paid – MX1 is processing payment for only one agent.
Team or Co-Agent Scenario: For two or more agents to be on the same side of a transaction (i.e. co-Listing Agents or co-Buyer’s Agents) then they must be in the same company (Both in REALTY or Both in REALTOR) AND must either be on the same Team or Both have signed the Buyer Brokerage Agreement or Both Signed the Seller Brokerage Agreement AND Both Signed the Purchase & Sale Agreement / Lease. Maximum One Transaction Fees and FMLS Fees are split in the same percentage that the Gross Commission is Split. Each Agent must pay full Royalty Fee.
Referral Scenario: Regardless of which company an agent is in (REALTY or REALTOR) If only one Agent is on the paperwork with the public (i.e. Brokerage & Contract) and other agent is receiving a portion of the commission via a Commission Share Agreement or Broker-to-Broker Referral Agreement then each agent pays 100% of their Maximum One Transaction Fee based on their Plan, each agent pays 100% of the Royalty Fee and the agent whose name is on the contract pays 100% of the MLS Fees.  
Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees: Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.
Teams at Maximum One: Please review the information above about MX1 Fees due based on commission shares between agents. If you are thinking about creating or joining a Team here is information about Teams at Maximum One. Please note in this document the proposed GREC Rule Changes to Teams as of October 2021.
Ethics Requirement for NAR Members – ALL REALTORS – Your NAR Ethics Class is Required by 12/31/21 – We Offer 7 Ethics Classes This Month! The 6th Cycle is from 1/1/19 – 12/31/21. So if you have not taken an Ethics Class since 1/1/19, you are required per your NAR membership to Take One NOW! This is NOT the same as the License Law requirement by GREC for all Georgia licensees – see video: “Law vs. Ethics Requirements for GA Licensees” at the bottom of this email for more information! Plus… be on the look out for 2022 GAR Contract CE classes throughout December! Go to www.registerforREclasses.com – select your geographic area or “Marietta” for the master Virtual CE schedule
FMLS Search Changes – Eliminating Area Numbers: FMLS is discontinuing Area Numbers. Map or zip code search features provide greater latitude for you to pinpoint where your clients want to buy.  We asked our members, who overwhelmingly said that searching with the Map is easier, faster, and less confusing than Area Numbers. For members who were using Map Area Number in their Saved Searches, we will automatically convert them to zip codes for you, no action will be required on your part to update your saved searches or auto emails.  In addition, when displaying search results, by viewing Maps, a Legacy (Area Map) layer will remain available to use with map-drawing tools such as the polygon to zero in on the geographic location. Because of this change, Shadow Listings will no longer be supported.
For more information on how to use Matrix Map features, click here.
For the reasons why FMLS decided to make this decision, click here.
Assistance with FMLS: Search our Knowledge Base at fmls.com where you can find step by step User Guides and answers to questions like:
Accessing Matrix
Matrix Search Tips
Introduction to Cloud CMA
eSign Authentication Options
Changing your Password
And many other questions
You can also find helpful Videos at YouTube Channel that will help walk you through things like: Matrix – Perform a Basic Search
rDocs Document Management
Matrix Client
Portal
Add/Edit Lisitngs in Matrix
eSign Webinar
And many more
Our Customer Support is open for Phone calls:
Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.
Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Live Chat Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Should you require additional assistance, please contact us by phone at 404-255-8660 or email us at support@fmls.com
REPEAT – FMLS XPress Key Upgrade NOW: As of December 1st, your Xpress Key will NO LONGER WORK! You need to Upgrade it from November 1st – 19th. Beginning in December, your XpressKEY will no longer work due to 3G cellular being discontinued by cellular providers. This was not a decision made by FMLS or Supra. Schedule a virtual appointment to activate your eKEY. Schedule Appointment Here.
Second Mortgage Payoffs: If you are working with a Seller, make sure that the Seller gets the payoff for any 1st AND 2nd Mortgages in order to avoid any closing delays. Many don’t realize they even have a 2nd mortgage – equity line, mortgage forbearance, an old 2nd mortgage that has been sold to another service provider, DPA program when they first bought the house, etc. Lately there have been many 2nd mortgages who have been sold to servicer – Novad – and many closing attorneys are having a hard time getting payoff information from this company in a timely manner. Thank you to Peggy Sledge for bringing this to our attention – unfortunately the hard way!
Who Services a Seller’s Mortgage Now?: A Seller may ALWAYS go back to the ORIGINAL Loan provider to find out what company is currently servicing their loan in order to get accurate & timely payoff information.
Listing Presentation Scripts & Templates: Looking for ideas for your listing presentation? Check out these Listing Presentation Scripts & Templates from Paperless Agent.
Max Cares: Condolences to Malika Bowling whose father passed away suddenly this week.
Max Cares: Prayers to Monifa Taylor who has been going through some traumatic times with her family.
Max Cares: Condolences to the family of Maximum One Partners’ agent Tyrone Coleman who passed away from a heart attack.
REPEAT – NAR Members – Ethics Course Requirement due by 12/31/21: If you are a REALTOR, then you are REQUIRED per your Membership to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to take an Ethics course each cycle. We are currently in Cycle 6 which ends 12/31/21 (& started 1/1/19.) So, if you are a member of NAR and have not taken the Ethics course since 1/1/19, you are required to take it by 12/31/21 or your membership to NAR will be suspended. This is NOT the GREC License Law requirement this is ONLY a requirement for Realtors. Watch the video to the right “Law vs. Ethics – Course Requirements for Real Estate Agents in Georgia.” Check the Calendar and sign up for a course now! www.registerforREclasses.comhttps://youtu.be/WWtSipOJN8MLaw vs. Ethics - Class Requirements for Agents in GA
REPEAT: Maximum One to Provide RentSpree for Rental Application Screening: We are excited to bring to you a FREE Tenant Application/Screening platform to easily help your Landlords take and process rental applications including background checks & credit checks! Most of the Maximum One Franchises are getting their own Maximum One branded website & each agent who uses will have their own login & dashboard. The application fee for the tenant is $60 which includes the background check & Credit check with TransUnion – all For more information, MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents click the logo on the right to check it out! MX1 Greater Atlanta Live Interactive Webinar scheduled for November 10th at 1pm!
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction.
Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore / Inside Real Estate!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/https://youtu.be/uZk8qYxEMN4The #1 ranked kvCORE Platform, from Inside Real Estate

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10/24/2021

NAR Members – Ethics Course Requirement due by 12/31/21: If you are a REALTOR, then you are REQUIRED per your Membership to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to take an Ethics course each cycle. We are currently in Cycle 6 which ends 12/31/21 (& started 1/1/19.) So, if you are a member of NAR and have not taken the Ethics course since 1/1/19, you are required to take it by 12/31/21 or your membership to NAR will be suspended. This is NOT the GREC License Law requirement this is ONLY a requirement for Realtors.
Watch the video to the right “Law vs. Ethics – Course Requirements for Real Estate Agents in Georgia.”
Check the Calendar and sign up for a course now! www.registerforREclasses.com
https://youtu.be/WWtSipOJN8MLaw vs. Ethics - Class Requirements for Agents in GA
Mortgage Updates from Homestar Financial Corporation: Thank you to Denise Thomas (Denise.Thomas@HomestarFC.com) & Jay Alexander (Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com) for sharing so many mortgage updates at the Pinnacle Sales meeting. Contact them for more specific information! These meetings are not mandatory but SOOOOOO MUCH amazing information is shared!
Conforming Loan Limits – these generally increase by the same percentage as home prices increase
Interest Rates will Rise – the Fed is tapering off purchasing mortgage bonds so interest rates will rise. As the inflation rate increases higher than the interest rates, it becomes a bad investment for investors so rates will be certain to rise
MD’s & Veterinarians 100% Financing – Buyers in these professions can get 100% financing with no mortgage insurance. Also student loans won’t count against them of they were in forbearance for 6 months
Mortgage Terms – For a copy of “Mortgage Terms to Know” to include in your Buyer Presentation, contact Denise or Jay or Wes!
Legal Updates from Amee Davis: Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis and Associates for the great quiz with answers to keep us out of trouble! Contact Amee for specific info – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com.
Names on Contract Must Match Legal Name – Get copy of license if dealing with a “Jr., Sr., III, etc.
“Buyer’s Agents – Don’t Work for Free – Get Commission Agreement Signed early & sent to Closing Attorney. Many Sellers are not paying Buy-Side Commission
Wire Fraud – Never email wire instructions! Never be the messenger of closing attorney wire instructions
Home Warranty – Never tell a Buyer a Home Warranty is in lieu of repairs – they will not cover pre-existing issues
Closing Delays – Most delays are caused by Buyers
Correct Legal Description is Critical – Make sure it covers ALL the property you intend in the contract. Check GSCCCA & QPublic / Tax Assessors site (NOT Realist) for satellite image of property lines & identify the tax parcel id & verify or check on any needed easements, etc.
Contracts for Acreage – Make sure to add a Special Stipulation that address how much acreage is intended to be conveyed in the contract
Cobb & Paulding County Deeds are Behind: If you have a contract involving a property that was sold this year, you may have issues / delays in closing the flip. Cobb & Paulding counties are only up to August in recording the deeds; the deeds are recorded in the county but may not yet be public record and there may not yet be a Deed Book and Page recorded yet. In order to close on the flip, you may need to get a County-Stamped copy of the deed and a copy of the Owner’s Title Insurance policy. Thank you to Amee Davis (ADavis@DavisLawGA.com) for sharing this information with us at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting last week!
Maximum One to Provide RentSpree for Rental Application Screening: We are excited to bring to you a FREE Tenant Application/Screening platform to easily help your Landlords take and process rental applications including background checks & credit checks! Most of the Maximum One Franchises are getting their own Maximum One branded website & each agent who uses will have their own login & dashboard. The application fee for the tenant is $60 which includes the background check & Credit check with TransUnion – all For more information, MX1 Greater Atlanta Agents click the logo on the right to check it out! MX1 Greater Atlanta Live Interactive Webinar scheduled for November 10th at 1pm!
FMLS XPress Key Upgrade NOW: As of December 1st, your Xpress Key will NO LONGER WORK! You need to Upgrade it from November 1st – 19th. Beginning in December, your XpressKEY will no longer work due to 3G cellular being discontinued by cellular providers. This was not a decision made by FMLS or Supra. Schedule a virtual appointment to activate your eKEY. Schedule Appointment Here.
1031 Exchange – May Need to File for an Extension of 180 Day Period: If you are beginning the process of an IRC §1031 exchange and your relinquished property will close between October 18th and December 31st, 2021, please be aware that your normal exchange period of 180 days will be shortened if you close during this period. Why? Because Treasury Reg. § 1.1031(k)-1(b) (ii) – provides as follows:
 
(ii) The exchange period begins on the date the taxpayer transfers the relinquished property and ends at midnight on the earlier of the 180th day thereafter or the due date (including extensions) for the taxpayer’s return of the tax for the taxable year, in which the transfer of the relinquished property occurs.
 
In other words, you have 180 days after closing your relinquished property to complete your exchange UNLESS your tax filing deadline occurs first, in which case your exchange period will instead expire on the day your taxes are due. In 2022, the due date for filing 2021 returns (for most taxpayers) is Friday, April 15th, 2022
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For example, suppose Mr. Smith sells Greenacre Farm on December 11th, 2021 as part of a 1031 exchange. The 180th day thereafter is June 8th, 2022. Unfortunately, Mr. Smith will not have until June 8th to complete his exchange because his tax filing deadline occurs before the 180th day of June 9th. If, however, Mr. Smith requests an extension of time to file his tax return, he will get the benefit of a full 180-day exchange period.
 
So, exchangers, if your relinquished property is scheduled to close between October 18th, 2021 and December 31st, 2021, don’t lose out on your full 180-day exchange period. Make sure you file for an extension on or before April 15th, 2022
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For information on filing for an extension, please visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc304.html
 
Taxpayers contemplating an exchange should always consult their tax or legal advisor.
MX1 Greater Atlanta Thanksgiving and Christmas: Please check the calendar & with your Team Captains. Most Branches are having a Social Get Together with food and merriment at their November &/or December Sales meetings!
Max Cares: Continued prayers for Heidi Owens whose mother is home from the hospital and doing well!
Max Cares: Congratulations to Hannah Puckett who is 5 months pregnant!
Max Cares: Prayers to Keely George whose parents are in the hospital.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Ebony McAlister on getting her Broker’s License!
REPEAT: Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction. Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
REPEAT – NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore / Inside Real Estate!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/https://youtu.be/uZk8qYxEMN4The #1 ranked kvCORE Platform, from Inside Real Estate
REPEAT – Definition of “Commercial” Real Estate: For purposes of Maximum One Commercial Real Estate Transaction fees, a “Commercial Real Estate Transaction” includes but is not limited to a Transaction that is:
Not residential
Is written on a Commercial Contract
Includes Commercial Exhibits / Addenda / Amendments
Is on a property / land that is listed in Commercial site such as Loopnet, CoStar, and others
Is on a property / land that is represented exclusively by a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
Is for multifamily of 5+ units (i.e. duplex, triplex. quadplex is typically considered “residential” real estate for financing and tax purposes)

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10/17/2021

Maximum One Commission Plans as of 1/1/22: 14 years yielding 37% inflation with zero fee adjustments has caught up with us. As of 1/1/22, there are two monetary increases that will affect all of us.
1.   All plans will increase $22 per month
2.   Per-transaction royalty will increase by $15 per transaction.
Thank you so much for hanging your license with us. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and we know you have many other choices out there; we do not take that for granted. Blessings! Dave Kubat and your amazing support team.
NEW POLICY – Changing Commission Plans: Agents may only change plans on their annual Anniversary Date with Maximum One. If an agent changes plans, for a period of 30 days, any commissions/fees paid will be paid at the previous plan; agent’s monthly fees will begin according to the new plan on the next agent bill.   Any changes in my Commission Split plan must be done in writing on this form. 
Definition of “Commercial” Real Estate: For purposes of Maximum One Commercial Real Estate Transaction fees, a “Commercial Real Estate Transaction” includes but is not limited to a Transaction that is:
Not residential
Is written on a Commercial Contract
Includes Commercial Exhibits / Addenda / Amendments
Is on a property / land that is listed in Commercial site such as Loopnet, CoStar, and others
Is on a property / land that is represented exclusively by a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
Is for multifamily of 5+ units (i.e. duplex, triplex. quadplex is typically considered “residential” real estate for financing and tax purposes)
Maximum One to Provide RentSpree for Rental Application Screening: We are excited to bring to you a FREE Tenant Application/Screening platform to easily help your Landlords take and process rental applications including background checks & credit checks! We are in the process of getting a Maximum One branded website & each agent who uses will have their own login & dashboard. The application fee for the tenant is $30 which includes the background check & Credit check with TransUnion – all This should be up and running in a couple of weeks! For more information, check out www.rentspree.com
kvCore / Inside RealEstate is Getting Your Ready for a Fabulous 2022: As 2022 is approaching, we’d love to show you how kvCORE—the #1-rated productivity platform—can be your greatest asset. kvCORE is the only brokerage solution purpose-built to drive agent and team results. Our upcoming Fall Release is loaded with enhanced features that will put you ahead of the competition for the new year:
Sphere Playbooks that help you power up your sphere
Sell Pages for improved lead capture of potential sellers
A revolutionary CMA & presentation builder with all-new, powerful client activity tracking + AI
Do you have all the fuel you need to power up your 2022? Grab a seat for the webinar, and we’ll show you how kvCORE is the way. Can’t attend live? Be sure to register anyway, and we’ll send you the recording after the webinar.  Webinar – Wed 10/19/21 – 2pm – 2:30pmRegister Here
Pinnacle Sales Meeting – Tues 10/19/21- 10am – Chili Cookoff & Costume Contest: Join us for the Sales Meeting & Chili Cookoff & Costume Contest! Meet your fellow ghouls & goblins, share some chili & have fun! Call Katie Luttrell to enter the Chili Cookoff & for more information – Pinnacle@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318.
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore / Inside Real Estate!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/
Tom Ferry Success Summit: We are working on getting a replay of this to share with all. You will NOT get the 18 hours of CE credit, but you’ll have access to the information. Stay tuned!
Movement Mortgage Tips & Tricks – October 2021 – Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon for explaining to us in the Woodstock Sales Meeting why the interest rates will start to rise & when the Government will stop buying mortgage that will cause this! Please click on link for pdf of some great information from John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage October Info – See where interest rates are… what the market will do in the future & more! John.Bohannon@Movement.com & Christina.Bohannon@Movement.com.
VA Loan Discharge Upgrade or Correction – Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage lkennedy@aemc.cc for sharing with us this information about how Veterans can take advantage of this process to get a VA Mortgage Loan. As a Veteran, you are not generally eligible for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits if you’ve received an “other than honorable, bad conduct or dishonorable discharge”. However, you may still qualify for VA benefits if you apply and are approved for a Discharge Upgrade or Correction. Consider applying for a Discharge Upgrade or Correction if you can show your discharge falls in any of these four categories:
Mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Sexual assault or harassment during military service (Military Sexual Trauma or MST)
Sexual orientation (including under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy)
For further directions, answer the questions found on this link to get customized instructions on your discharge upgrade or correction application. You could be entitled for VA benefits once your discharge is upgraded or corrected. If you’ve been discharged, and you can show your case falls in any of the four categories mentioned, applying for a Discharge Upgrade or Correction is necessary so that you can use your VA home loan benefits. Sources:
https://www.va.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions/
https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/eligibility/
FREE HomeSnap Pro Agent App: Homesnap Pro Agent App is FREE for you via FMLS. Get yours here: https://www.homesnap.com/#modal
It’s free! Homesnap Pro is provided to you at no additional cost, courtesy of FMLS.
Our data is updated in real time. Because Homesnap Pro has a direct integration with FMLS, our listings are always up-to-date and your time is never wasted.
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Your buyers will love it. Share new listings in one click, instantly access your clients’ feedback, and even find their dream home before it hits the market! 
Free leads. Millions of consumers use Homesnap to search for homes every month. Anytime a consumer inquires about your listing, you get the lead instantly.
Homesnap Pro is available on iOS or Android, and via the web, so you can use it on-the-go or simply browse from your desktop. Don’t miss out and claim your free FMLS benefit today!
Max Cares: Be Happy! Don’t Worry!
REPEAT: Earnest Money for a Closing When NOT Getting Paid at Closing (DA): If Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money & the Earnest Money is more than your commission, you will need to take the Earnest Money with you to the Closing. You simply complete the Form: Request for Earnest Money Not for a DA. This must be completed & uploaded at least 72 business hours prior to your closing so as to not cause any delays. The forms is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
REPEAT – FMLS AGENT OWNER LETTER CHANGES: FMLS has just informed us that as of 9/14/21 in order to avoid FMLS fees for the purchase or sale of a property that an agent owns as a , the following documents must be sent in to FMLS within 3 business days of closing:
Closing Statement
FMLS #118
Completed Agent Owner Letter (In Paperless Pipeline) or Agent Owner Fast Form on FMLS
In order to make sure that you do not incur an FMLS Fee, you must turn in those above documents into your transaction in Pipeline within 24 hours of your closing so that we may sign the forms & get them to FMLS within their 3 business day time frame. For DA Closings, Maximum One will charge the FMLS fee & then reimburse to the agent if these timelines are met.
REPEAT – Copyrighted Photos: Just a reminder that all photos on FMLS & GAMLS & any other MLS service are copyrighted and NOT available for you to copy and use in your own listing without written permission of the owner & perhaps photographer. It is a copyright violation AND a REALTOR code of Ethics violation to pass off a listing or reproduce a photo as your own work when it is not. So what about IDX reciprocity? Many photographers will geo-tag their photos or encrypt their photos with information allowing them or companies they hire to easily scour the internet to find their photos being used without permission. The copyright infringement can be around $2000 per photo per instance.
So What About IDX Reciprocity & Copyright?: IDX Reciprocity grants permission to post a listing of another Broker on your agent or a Broker’s website provided that:
You attribute the listing to the Broker who has it or if not available the MLS System
The other Broker’s listing is posted by you on a website belonging to a Broker that is another member of that same MLS service
So….. Facebook is NOT a website owned or operated by a Broker so if you have an IDX reciprocity agreement with an MLS service, that does NOT give you permission to advertise another Broker’s listing on any of your Social Media sites

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10/10/2021

Welcome Agents NEW to Maximum One in September 2021: Please give a warm welcome to the following agent!
FREE Interactive FloorPlans & Virtual Tour: Thank you to Doug Dean of Shafritz & Dean (DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com) for sharing with us this promotion for agents to get FREE Interactive Floor plan & Virtual Tour for October! Shafritz & Dean is a sponsor of Real Estate Connections (Peter Pasternack and Denny Faircloth). TruPlace is running a promotion for Real Estate Connections with a free “Interactive Floor Plan Tour” (virtual tour) during the month of October. Here is the landing page with all the information: https://info.truplace.com/free-virtual-tour . Use the Promo code FallPromo40. Contact Sydney Klein – TruPlace Brand Manager – 301-972-3201 x 821
HomeScenes Floor Plans: Homescenes also has floor plans with dimensions starting at $79.
REPEAT: ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/
Tom Ferry Success Summit: Thank you to ALL who HELPED out & Participated in the Tom Ferry Success Summit LiveStream! Soooooooo much amazing information to make your business EXPLODE! I can’t WAIT to see your production skyrocket! Thank you to Heidi Owens for organizing the Livestreams! Vivian Cade & Katie Luttrell for managing the attendees and providing refreshments throughout the entire day all 3 days – as well as fixing computer glitches! MaKay Swanson, Amber Taylor,, Shawn Delaney & George Ansong for assisting with the computers – bringing amaze-balls speakers & helping the Branches! Heidi Kelley for recording all of the CE credits! All of the MX1 Franchises who also participated!
Max Cares: Condolences to Arline Kubat whos brother passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose daughter had surgery this week.
REPEAT: Earnest Money for a Closing When NOT Getting Paid at Closing (DA): If Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money & the Earnest Money is more than your commission, you will need to take the Earnest Money with you to the Closing. You simply complete the Form: Request for Earnest Money Not for a DA. This must be completed & uploaded at least 72 business hours prior to your closing so as to not cause any delays. The forms is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
REPEAT – FMLS AGENT OWNER LETTER CHANGES: FMLS has just informed us that as of 9/14/21 in order to avoid FMLS fees for the purchase or sale of a property that an agent owns as a , the following documents must be sent in to FMLS within 3 business days of closing: Closing StatementFMLS #118Completed Agent Owner Letter (In Paperless Pipeline) or Agent Owner Fast Form on FMLS In order to make sure that you do not incur an FMLS Fee, you must turn in those above documents into your transaction in Pipeline within 24 hours of your closing so that we may sign the forms & get them to FMLS within their 3 business day time frame. For DA Closings, Maximum One will charge the FMLS fee & then reimburse to the agent if these timelines are met.
REPEAT – Copyrighted Photos: Just a reminder that all photos on FMLS & GAMLS & any other MLS service are copyrighted and NOT available for you to copy and use in your own listing without written permission of the owner & perhaps photographer. It is a copyright violation AND a REALTOR code of Ethics violation to pass off a listing or reproduce a photo as your own work when it is not. So what about IDX reciprocity? Many photographers will geo-tag their photos or encrypt their photos with information allowing them or companies they hire to easily scour the internet to find their photos being used without permission. The copyright infringement can be around $2000 per photo per instance.
So What About IDX Reciprocity & Copyright?: IDX Reciprocity grants permission to post a listing of another Broker on your agent or a Broker’s website provided that: You attribute the listing to the Broker who has it or if not available the MLS SystemThe other Broker’s listing is posted by you on a website belonging to a Broker that is another member of that same MLS serviceSo….. Facebook is NOT a website owned or operated by a Broker so if you have an IDX reciprocity agreement with an MLS service, that does NOT give you permission to advertise another Broker’s listing on any of your Social Media sites

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10/3/2021

ALL MX1 Offices in ALL Franchises To Get kvCore!!!: Announcement from MX1 Founder Dave Kubat – Hi everyone! So excited to share with you something we have been working on for a very long time! We have signed us all up for KVcore aka “Inside Real Estate!”! This is an AMAZING all-in-one platform to help you help more people & make more money & have more time in your chosen profession of Real Estate! It has EVERYTHING you need all in ONE place with Agent Websites, Artificial Intelligence or “Bots” to automate your engagement with prospects ( AI,) Lead Generation, Social Media integration, high tech CRM, automation, IVR Prospect Call Capture from Listings, Listing Presentations, and more! See for yourself! https://s.insiderealestate.com/maximum-one-kvcore-agents/ If you were to get your own KVcore account, it is $599 per month! That’s cheap for an assistant! But…it is our pleasure to inform you that this is company-paid and subsidized by our Alliance Lender Partners! This is the Tech Package you have been waiting for AND it’s all in one place! We are in production and it will launch in 3-4 months. Please tune in the the Maximum One Facebook Group: “Rockstars” for the most current announcements / information. If you do not have access, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com SO EXCITED! Click the following link for Q&A: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/kvcore-qa/
Tom Ferry Summit Live Stream & Up To 18 Hours of CE Credit – October 5,6 & 7: We are excited to host the Tom Ferry Live Summit via Live Stream in the following Maximum One Offices: Pinnacle, Powers Ferry, Airport South, Conyers, Fayetteville, McDonough, Newnan & Warner Robins! Additionally, if you attend the entire session each day, you will receive 6 hrs CE credit each day! Tom Ferry will cover Real Estate 2025: Future-Proof Your Business – You can’t stop evolution. But you can get ahead of it. Let’s face it – more and more disruptors are taking dead aim at your commissions every day. And in the next few years, succeeding as a real estate professional will require entirely new skills and an unavoidable presence in your marketplace. The disparity between top producers and “the rest” will grow even wider. And it’s obvious you don’t want to be on the wrong side of that gap. All the signs indicate that this is the future of the real estate industry. So at Success Summit 2021, we’re looking ahead to provide you with the tools, technology and marketing strategies necessary to “future-proof” your business for 2025 and beyond. Read More Here.
 
Topics Covered: Coaching – Three days of coaching from Tom Ferry spanning the big picture to the granular details so you can implement immediately.
Lead Conversion – Up your persuasion skills to book more appointments, win more listings and earn more of the money you deserve.
Marketing – Proven online and offline marketing strategies so you can stop wondering where your next deal will come from.
Networking – Get involved to exchange ideas, learn from experts and build referral partners! Productivity Hacks – Time is precious. Learn how to master your schedule and reclaim your life! Scripts – You’ll learn what to say and how to say it to win more business and earn more commissions!   Click on Registration Link by specific location below. You MUST register to attend so that we may enough materials and refreshments.

Tue, October 5, 10am-6pm – Real Estate Success Summit Part 1 – Your Future is Now #68469 – 6 Hrs.
Pinnacle Powers Ferry Airport South Conyers Fayetteville McDonough Newnan Warner Robins

Wed, October 6, 10am-6pmReal Estate Success Summit Part 2 – Creating a High Performance Sales Environment – #68470 – 6 Hrs Pinnacle Powers Ferry Airport South Conyers Fayetteville McDonough Newnan Warner Robins
 
Thu, October 7, 10am-6pm – Real Estate Success Summit Part 3 – Planning Your Future Success as an Agent – #68471 – 6 Hrs Pinnacle Powers Ferry Airport South Conyers Fayetteville McDonough Newnan Warner Robins
Earnest Money for a Closing When NOT Getting Paid at Closing (DA): If Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money & the Earnest Money is more than your commission, you will need to take the Earnest Money with you to the Closing. You simply complete the Form: Request for Earnest Money Not for a DA. This must be completed & uploaded at least 72 business hours prior to your closing so as to not cause any delays. The forms is available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
Broker’s Lien Waiver: If you need to have a Broker’s Lien Waiver signed for your closing, please do not wait until the last minute to upload into your transaction & request a Broker Signature. It takes 1 – 2 business days for us to sign & have notarized and we do not want to cause any delays in Funding of your closings.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Owens whose mother is back in the hospital suffering from severe clinical depression.
Max Cares: Condolences to Jigisha Shah whose father passed away.
Max Cares: Continued prayers to Patti Loveless whose husband has a blood clot in his lung & went back to the hospital and is now home.
REPEAT – FMLS AGENT OWNER LETTER CHANGES: FMLS has just informed us that as of 9/14/21 in order to avoid FMLS fees for the purchase or sale of a property that an agent owns as a , the following documents must be sent in to FMLS within 3 business days of closing:

Closing Statement
FMLS #118
Completed Agent Owner Letter (In Paperless Pipeline) or Agent Owner Fast Form on FMLS

In order to make sure that you do not incur an FMLS Fee, you must turn in those above documents into your transaction in Pipeline within 24 hours of your closing so that we may sign the forms & get them to FMLS within their 3 business day time frame. For DA Closings, Maximum One will charge the FMLS fee & then reimburse to the agent if these timelines are met.
REPEAT – Copyrighted Photos: Just a reminder that all photos on FMLS & GAMLS & any other MLS service are copyrighted and NOT available for you to copy and use in your own listing without written permission of the owner & perhaps photographer. It is a copyright violation AND a REALTOR code of Ethics violation to pass off a listing or reproduce a photo as your own work when it is not. So what about IDX reciprocity? Many photographers will geo-tag their photos or encrypt their photos with information allowing them or companies they hire to easily scour the internet to find their photos being used without permission. The copyright infringement can be around $2000 per photo per instance.
So What About IDX Reciprocity & Copyright?: IDX Reciprocity grants permission to post a listing of another Broker on your agent or a Broker’s website provided that:

You attribute the listing to the Broker who has it or if not available the MLS System
The other Broker’s listing is posted by you on a website belonging to a Broker that is another member of that same MLS service
So….. Facebook is NOT a website owned or operated by a Broker so if you have an IDX reciprocity agreement with an MLS service, that does NOT give you permission to advertise another Broker’s listing on any of your Social Media sites

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9/26/2021

Tom Ferry Summit Live Stream & Up To 18 Hours of CE Credit – October 5,6 & 7: We are excited to host the Tom Ferry Live Summit via Live Stream in the following Maximum One Offices: Pinnacle, Powers Ferry, Airport South, Conyers, Fayetteville, McDonough, Newnan & Warner Robins! Additionally, if you attend the entire session each day, you will receive 6 hrs CE credit each day! Tom Ferry will cover Real Estate 2025: Future-Proof Your Business – You can’t stop evolution. But you can get ahead of it. Let’s face it – more and more disruptors are taking dead aim at your commissions every day. And in the next few years, succeeding as a real estate professional will require entirely new skills and an unavoidable presence in your marketplace. The disparity between top producers and “the rest” will grow even wider. And it’s obvious you don’t want to be on the wrong side of that gap. All the signs indicate that this is the future of the real estate industry. So at Success Summit 2021, we’re looking ahead to provide you with the tools, technology and marketing strategies necessary to “future-proof” your business for 2025 and beyond. Read More Here.  
Topics Covered:
Coaching – Three days of coaching from Tom Ferry spanning the big picture to the granular details so you can implement immediately.
Lead Conversion – Up your persuasion skills to book more appointments, win more listings and earn more of the money you deserve.
Marketing – Proven online and offline marketing strategies so you can stop wondering where your next deal will come from.
Networking – Get involved to exchange ideas, learn from experts and build referral partners! Productivity Hacks – Time is precious. Learn how to master your schedule and reclaim your life! Scripts – You’ll learn what to say and how to say it to win more business and earn more commissions!   Click on Registration Link by specific location below. You MUST register to attend so that we may enough materials and refreshments.

Tue, October 5, 10am-6pm – Real Estate Success Summit Part 1 – Your Future is Now #68469 – 6 Hrs.
Pinnacle
Powers Ferry
Airport South
Conyers
Fayetteville
McDonough
Newnan
Warner Robins
 
Wed, October 6, 10am-6pmReal Estate Success Summit Part 2 – Creating a High Performance Sales Environment – #68470 – 6 Hrs
Pinnacle
Powers Ferry
Airport South Conyers
Fayetteville
McDonough
Newnan
Warner Robins
 
Thu, October 7, 10am-6pm – Real Estate Success Summit Part 3 – Planning Your Future Success as an Agent – #68471 – 6 Hrs
Pinnacle
Powers Ferry
Airport South
Conyers
Fayetteville
McDonough
Newnan
Warner Robins
Updates from Homestar Financial: Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial for sharing a ton of valuable information at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting this week! Denise.Thomas@HomestarFC.com
Student Loans – Different programs have a different % of the outstanding balance that counts against your DTI ratio – Fannie Mae – 1%; Freddie Mac – 1/2%; FHA – 1/2%
Re-Fi – VA has a 100% cash-out Refi – underwriting 14 – 45 days
EM & Gifts – MUST be documents regarding the source of the funds
Updates from Amee Davis of Davis & Associates: Thank you to Amee for sharing this information with us at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting this week. Contact Amee for more information – ADavis@DavisLawGA.com
Default on Contract – Defaulting party not only loses Earnest Money but is also liable to BOTH Brokers for Commission & many are pursuing them in court – could entail legal fees too
Q-Public Tax Assessor Site – Make sure to check the QPublic Tax Assessor Site to see the actual lot lines (https://qpublic.net/ga/gaassessors/ – Cobb County – https://cobbassessor.org/ ) this will show you the easements for access (ingress & egress & utility easements) if a lot is landlocked, easements will have to be granted to access the property & repair utilities
Consider Special Stipulation – “Seller warrants there is an easement to & from the property.”
Smarter Agent App: Reminder to agents using the Smarter Agent App: we have less than two weeks before it goes away. If you’re a Chime user there is a client based app that you can use. There is also a free Homesnap app and I’m sure there are others. Let Heidi Owens know if you have any questions! DES@eAGENTweb.com
Real Estate Agent SAFETY: Your SAFETY is our #1 priority! Please review these safety tips!
NAR Safety Guide
GAR Safety Guide  
Staying Safe on the Job: 12 Tips for REALTORS®
Keeping Your Clients Safe from Wire Fraud
Cyber Security: 6 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe Online
Click Here for pdf version of Safety Tips for your Sellers as Below
August in Review from ARA: The August 2021 Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides a regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for residential properties in Metro Atlanta. This summary covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding and Rockdale.
Demand: August residential sales were at 7,284, a decrease of 5.7% from the previous year.
Price: Average and median sales prices continue to outpace 2020’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in August was $360,000, an increase of 17.6% from last August. The average sales price was $428,000, up 14.6% from the previous year.
Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 9,205 units in August, a decrease of 29.8% from August 2020. New listings totaled 8,753, down 3.6% from August 2020 and down 7.1% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 1.3 months.
August in Review from GAR: The Monthly Housing Indicators for Georgia are in for the month of August. Demand for housing continues to increase as we near the end of 2021. The Median Sales Price increased 15 percent year over year and New Listings were up five percent. Pending Sales dipped four percent.  
·    New Listings increased five percent to 117,529
·    Pending Sales were down four percent to 15,162
·    Closed Sales were down three percent to 14,905
·    Inventory levels shrank 27 percent to 20,540 units
·    The Median Sales Price increased 15 percent to $302,000
·    The Average Sales Price increased 13 percent to $3356,386
·    Days on Market decreased 57 percent to 22 days
·    Months Supply of Inventory was down 35 percent to 1.5 months  

Click here to read the full update for August including our Housing Supply Overview.
Clickhere to access the FastStats platform and county-level data.
100 Day Warning: 6 Steps to Finish 2021 Strong & Hit the Ground Running in 2022 (Tom Ferry): How much can you achieve in 100 days? There are 100 days left in 2021. I say you can achieve a lot, but only if you follow the 6 steps I’m sharing with you in today’s blog. I call it my “Ultimate Success Formula,” and I guarantee it will help you finish 2021 strong and set you up to dominate in early 2022.
Click Here to access these six simple steps.
REPEAT: Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Classes: If you know of anyone who is interested in getting a Real Estate License, Maximum One is hosting THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Courses – Daytime & Evening! Please send your friends to these classes!  
Mon, September 27 – October 20, 9am-2pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville  
Mon, September 27 – October 28, 6pm-10pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville
Max Cares: Prayers to Sherry Sanders whose husband is in the hospital with blood clots & spots on his liver.
Max Cares: Prayers to Eduarda Marins who is battling some health issues.
REPEAT – FMLS AGENT OWNER LETTER CHANGES: FMLS has just informed us that as of 9/14/21 in order to avoid FMLS fees for the purchase or sale of a property that an agent owns as a , the following documents must be sent in to FMLS within 3 business days of closing:
Closing Statement
FMLS #118
Completed Agent Owner Letter (In Paperless Pipeline) or Agent Owner Fast Form on FMLS
In order to make sure that you do not incur an FMLS Fee, you must turn in those above documents into your transaction in Pipeline within 24 hours of your closing so that we may sign the forms & get them to FMLS within their 3 business day time frame. For DA Closings, Maximum One will charge the FMLS fee & then reimburse to the agent if these timelines are met.
REPEAT – Copyrighted Photos: Just a reminder that all photos on FMLS & GAMLS & any other MLS service are copyrighted and NOT available for you to copy and use in your own listing without written permission of the owner & perhaps photographer. It is a copyright violation AND a REALTOR code of Ethics violation to pass off a listing or reproduce a photo as your own work when it is not. So what about IDX reciprocity? Many photographers will geo-tag their photos or encrypt their photos with information allowing them or companies they hire to easily scour the internet to find their photos being used without permission. The copyright infringement can be around $2000 per photo per instance.
So What About IDX Reciprocity & Copyright?: IDX Reciprocity grants permission to post a listing of another Broker on your agent or a Broker’s website provided that:
You attribute the listing to the Broker who has it or if not available the MLS System
The other Broker’s listing is posted by you on a website belonging to a Broker that is another member of that same MLS service
So….. Facebook is NOT a website owned or operated by a Broker so if you have an IDX reciprocity agreement with an MLS service, that does NOT give you permission to advertise another Broker’s listing on any of your Social Media sites

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9/19/2021

FMLS AGENT OWNER LETTER CHANGES: FMLS has just informed us that as of 9/14/21 in order to avoid FMLS fees for the purchase or sale of a property that an agent owns as a , the following documents must be sent in to FMLS within 3 business days of closing:

Closing Statement

FMLS #118

Completed Agent Owner Letter (In Paperless Pipeline) or Agent Owner Fast Form on FMLS

In order to make sure that you do not incur an FMLS Fee, you must turn in those above documents into your transaction in Pipeline within 24 hours of your closing so that we may sign the forms & get them to FMLS within their 3 business day time frame. For DA Closings, Maximum One will charge the FMLS fee & then reimburse to the agent if these timelines are met.
Buyers Who Are 1099 Independent Contractors: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for explaining this program where ALL of their income can be used to qualify – not their income less their write-offs! This information and closing Buyers with a 600 Credit Score and More was discussed in depth at the Woodstock Sales Meeting.
Click here for the outline of Movement Mortgage Update 9-14-21
10 Steps for Getting More Positive Online Reviews (Sam Foster): When a prospect searches your name, often the first results they see are your reviews on sites like Yelp, Google and social media. To have a chance at their business, not only do you need good reviews, you also need more than just a handful of them. What kind of first impression is your business making? Generating reviews and managing all those sites may seem overwhelming. That’s why we put together a 10-step guide to online reviews to simplify the process and help you strengthen your online presence. Read the 10-step guide to getting reviews →
Copyrighted Photos: Just a reminder that all photos on FMLS & GAMLS & any other MLS service are copyrighted and NOT available for you to copy and use in your own listing without written permission of the owner & perhaps photographer. It is a copyright violation AND a REALTOR code of Ethics violation to pass off a listing or reproduce a photo as your own work when it is not. So what about IDX reciprocity? Many photographers will geo-tag their photos or encrypt their photos with information allowing them or companies they hire to easily scour the internet to find their photos being used without permission. The copyright infringement can be around $2000 per photo per instance.
So What About IDX Reciprocity & Copyright?: IDX Reciprocity grants permission to post a listing of another Broker on your agent or a Broker’s website provided that:

You attribute the listing to the Broker who has it or if not available the MLS System

The other Broker’s listing is posted by you on a website belonging to a Broker that is another member of that same MLS service

So….. Facebook is NOT a website owned or operated by a Broker so if you have an IDX reciprocity agreement with an MLS service, that does NOT give you permission to advertise another Broker’s listing on any of your Social Media sites
MX1 Pinnacle Sales Meeting – FREE 3D pix on All your Listings – Tuesday 9/21 – 10am: Please join us at the Pinnacle Branch for the Sales Meeting – included is a presentation on FREE 3D pictures on ALL your Listings – you DON’T have to be a “Zillow Premier or Flex” agent to use this free technology! This portion of the meeting will be on Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87157389923?pwd=a2p5N21XaUN3dHVuY0c2d1RrQnBNdz09
Good News for Investors: On 9/14/21, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that they were suspending certain provisions previously added to the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements with FNMA and FHLMC. The suspended provisions include limits on the Agencies’ cash window purchases, loans with higher risk characteristics, and second homes and investment properties. These provisions had a significant negative impact on the market prices for Investment property and 2nd home loans. What does this mean?  A few months ago, Fannie and Freddie were ordered to reduce their investment property/second home portfolios by 7% because they were considered to be too much adverse risk. We were facing approximately a 4% charge on every investment loan/second home that we financed, meaning the rates were horrific.  We personally had investors closing last week (with excellent credit) that were paying 4.5% interest rates and still having to pay up to 3 points to get that rate. Many banks had completely put a stop to investment property loans as a result of the restrictions, and others had put a hold on all investment properties until 2022 while they waited to see what would happen. Those rules were overturned so if you have investors, they should begin to see better rates and easier financing again as a result of these changes
REPEAT: Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Classes: If you know of anyone who is interested in getting a Real Estate License, Maximum One is hosting THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Courses – Daytime & Evening! Please send your friends to these classes!  
Mon, September 27 – October 20, 9am-2pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville  
Mon, September 27 – October 28, 6pm-10pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville
Max Cares: Condolences to Andy Hartman whose Stepfather passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Owens whose daughter, Dess, has not been feeling well & has been out of school all week.
Max Cares: Prayers to Karlene Shiver whose grandson’s murderer is going through arraignment & trial
Max Cares: Shared joy for Patti Loveless whose husband, RJ, finally came home from the hospital today! Continued prayers for the ongoing rehab.
REPEAT: Clarification of Policy of Gross Fees/Commissions Less than $1200: If you have a closing, the full MX1 Transaction Fee is due to Maximum One regardless of the amount of gross commission; however if you receive a Referral Fee or Lease Fee or Partial payment that is less than $1200, then the MX1 Transaction Fee is 25% of that gross fee. “Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees from or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.”  

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9/12/2021

Have an Easy Fast for Yom Kippur! – Erev Yom Kippur – 9/15/21
Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One Companies: Please make the following agents feel welcomed:
TWO Fannie Mae Changes to Help Buyers – 9/18/21: Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for explaining to us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting about the Fannie Mae Desktop Underwriting changes beginning 9/18/21. For more information, contact Linda directly – lkennedy@aemc.cc
RENTAL HISTORY – For 1st time Buyer, rental history for 12+ months of $300+ will offset some of their credit risk for qualifying
CREDIT SCORES FOR 2+ BUYERS -With 2 Buyers, Desktop Underwriting will look at the MIDDLE Credit Score of Each Buyer & then Average them together for qualifying purposes (vs. previous method of using LOWEST of the scores.)
FMLS No Longer Using “Areas” For Searching: FMLS is discontinuing Area Numbers. Map or zip code search features provide greater latitude for you to pinpoint where your clients want to buy.  We asked our members, who overwhelmingly said that searching with the Map is easier, faster, and less confusing than Area Numbers. For members who were using Map Area Number in their Saved Searches, we will automatically convert them to zip codes for you, no action will be required on your part to update your saved searches or auto emails.  In addition, when displaying search results, by viewing Maps, a Legacy (Area Map) layer will remain available to use with map-drawing tools such as the polygon to zero in on the geographic location. Because of this change, Shadow Listings will no longer be supported. For more information on how to use Matrix Map features, click here. For the reasons why FMLS decided to make this decision, click here.
MX1 Woodstock Sales Meeting – FREE 3D pix on All your Listings – Tuesday 9/14 – 10am: Please join us in the Woodstock Branch for this sales meeting! The educational portion will include a presentation by Zillow on how to add 3D photos for FREE on all your listings – for ALL Maximum One agents!!! ALL agents are welcomed to join. This presentation may be viewed on Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84082632598?pwd=aXREU3BPUGZoZysyYXV2NjRMZEk2Zz09
Do NOT Use Photos You Find Online – Copyright Issues: Remember that pictures you find on the internet are most likely copyrighted and NOT available for you to use in your listings, marketing, nor advertising. Pix on FMLS & GAMLS are copyrighted – in other words, you may not copy them & use them in any marketing of YOUR listings without written permission. Photos online of common areas, amenities, etc. are copyrighted and you may NOT copy them & use for your listings without written permission. YOUR website may have other listings on there via IDX reciprocity but you may NOT copy a photo you find online & use it without written permission to market any of your listings or your services. Copyright infringement begins at $2000 per photo per use.
REPEAT: THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Classes: If you know of anyone who is interested in getting a Real Estate License, Maximum One is hosting THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Courses – Daytime & Evening! Please send your friends to these classes!
Mon, September 13- October 5, 8:45am-3pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Cumming  
Mon, September 27 – October 20, 9am-2pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville  
Mon, September 27 – October 28, 6pm-10pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville
Max Cares: Prayers for ALL of us in remembrance of the atrocities committed by terrorists against the USA on 9/11/01
Max Cares: Prayers to Todd Fox whose 3 year old granddaughter is now home from Scottish Rite hospital.
Max Cares: Condolences to Brittany-Ann Henry on the loss of her father this week.
REPEAT: Clarification of Policy of Gross Fees/Commissions Less than $1200: If you have a closing, the full MX1 Transaction Fee is due to Maximum One regardless of the amount of gross commission; however if you receive a Referral Fee or Lease Fee or Partial payment that is less than $1200, then the MX1 Transaction Fee is 25% of that gross fee. Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees from or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.”  

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9/5/2021

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED on Monday September 6th in observance of Labor Day! All Affiliated Agents have 24/7/365 access via your Key Fob or key for other Franchises!   Happy Rosh Hashana – Begins Sundown on Monday September 6th!
Address on the Signature Page of Contract: Make sure to check the address on the signature page of your contracts. Many closing attorneys will use this address to mail any checks or documents to us on your behalf. See addresses at bottom of this email or go to www.eAGENTweb.com & click on “Staff & Brokers Contact”
Clarification of Policy of Gross Fees/Commissions Less than $1200: If you have a closing, the full MX1 Transaction Fee is due to Maximum One regardless of the amount of gross commission; however if you receive a Referral Fee or Lease Fee or Partial payment that is less than $1200, then the MX1 Transaction Fee is 25% of that gross fee. “Other than commercial transactions, for Transaction Fee plans, on Referral Fees from or Lease Co-Op Fees that are charged and collected by the agent that are less than $1,200, the split is 25/75 (agent retains 75%) with 25% going towards cap. Regardless of the gross commission, if there is a “closing” and/or a Closing Statement involved, the MX1 Transaction Fee must be paid in full regardless of the amount of gross commission.”  
MX1 Powers Ferry Sales Meeting – Tuesday 9/7 – 10am – VIRTUAL: Due to this sales meeting falling on the first day after a holiday, we will hold this meeting virtually – ALL agents are welcomed to join. The main educational portion of this meeting will be “How to use Remine to Enhance Your Business” presented by our own agent, Amber Taylor! Here is the Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81645792353?pwd=VGw5T0x0SFB6T1Qra2RiM2Q3bkZJQT09
REPEAT: THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Classes: If you know of anyone who is interested in getting a Real Estate License, Maximum One is hosting THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Courses – Daytime & Evening! Please send your friends to these classes!

Mon, September 13- October 5, 8:45am-3pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Cumming  

Mon, September 27 – October 20, 9am-2pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville  

Mon, September 27 – October 28, 6pm-10pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville
Max Cares: Prayers to Jerry Kelly who is passing (hopefully passed) kidney stones.
Max Cares: Prayer to all of those who need them for a variety of reasons!
REPEAT: How the Ribbon Cash Advantage Program Works: Watch this replay of the Ribbon Program with Ryan Lantz of Ribbon. This presentation was at the Woodstock branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta on 8/10/21. Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for making this meeting possible.
John.Bohannon@Movement.com 770-480-8210
https://youtu.be/Okp_roxxb8sHow the Ribbon Cash Advantage Program Works in Real Estate

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8/29/2021

MX1 Office – USE the CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS: If you are having a closing attorney / Client / Customer mail a document & / or check to Maximum One, make SURE to confirm the CORRECT mailing address for the office for your Franchise to avoid any delays or additional costs or having any DA privileges suspended. The CORRECT MAILING Addresses for all the MX1 Franchise Locations are listed at the bottom of this email/newsletter.
Ferry – How to Earn $100k GCI: We created a new, comprehensive guide to reaching the monumental milestone of $100k annual GCI. Click below to get your free copy! Click here for The Real Estate Guide to $100k GCI
THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Classes: If you know of anyone who is interested in getting a Real Estate License, Maximum One is hosting THREE Salesperson 75 Hr Pre-License Courses – Daytime & Evening! Please send your friends to these classes!
Mon, September 13- October 5, 8:45am-3pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Cumming  
Mon, September 27 – October 20, 9am-2pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville  
Mon, September 27 – October 28, 6pm-10pm 75 HR – Real Estate Salesperson’s Pre-License Course for Georgia – $450 *IN BRANCH* Douglasville
ReMine – How to Identify Properties That Meet Your Buyer’s Needs: Feeling like a master chef yet? If you had success with our first Remine Recipe you will surely love our next. Join us in the Remine kitchen as we get cooking with part two of our Remine Recipes Series! Remember, these recipes are a resource you can easily refer to for a step-by-step approach to our most used tips within the platform. By using our ingredients, you can save time and identify properties that meet your client’s criteria. Learn by watching our on-demand webinar as we share how to put our Remine Recipe into action.  
         
Here’s a Bonus Video – How to Search Off Market Properties
https://youtu.be/lKNsuqhkTx8How to Search for Properties on Remine Mobile https://youtu.be/JwQN0DMroTURemine Basic Search for Off Market Properties

STEP 1: Identify the Area   Search for your targeted area and apply the criteria to the map. You may define your search areas by city, zip code, neighborhood or school zone. It is also important to note which toggle you are under. To identity properties for your buyers, you will need to use the Listing toggle.

Step 2 – Apply the Status Filter to the Map (Active & Coming Soon)   Click the Status filter and select “Active” properties for your search. If this status is available in your market, you may also want to select “Coming Soon.” Please note, the MLS you belong to will dictate the Statuses available to you. 




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STEP 3: Apply Price, Bed & Bath Filter to the Map   Use filters such as Price, Bed, Bath and Square Footage to narrow down properties.
Pro Tip: If you are on the Pro plan, you can also use Remine’s Advanced Search for additional filters that further narrow down results.

STEP 4: Create a Saved Search & Share   Click “Save Search” above the results menu to share future properties that meet these criteria with your client. 

STEP 5: Create a Cart & Share   To share a list of properties with your client now, click “Cart” to add the selected properties. From the Carts page, you can share properties and gather feedback from clients on their likes and dislikes.
Now that you have the ingredients to take your business to the next level, you can also visit ReMine blog and view our support articles for a more in-depth look at this recipe. Log in to your ReMine account and start searching for the best properties for your clients today!
ReMine & Chime Training Classes: You asked for more training on ReMine & Chime & we have filled the calendar with these classes! Check them out & sign up! Go to www.eAGENTweb.com …. click “Calendar”…. select “Marietta” for the Master Virtual Calendar or select a Geographic area for an In-Branch Class near you!
Max Cares: Condolences to Patti Loveless & Leah Loveless whose mother & grandmother passed away.
REPEAT: How the Ribbon Cash Advantage Program Works: Watch this replay of the Ribbon Program with Ryan Lantz of Ribbon. This presentation was at the Woodstock branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta on 8/10/21. Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for making this meeting possible. John.Bohannon@Movement.com 770-480-8210https://youtu.be/Okp_roxxb8sHow the Ribbon Cash Advantage Program Works in Real Estate
REPEAT: FREE Zillow 3D photos for ANY Agent for ALL of Your Listings: Zillow offers FREE 3d photos for all of your listings for EVERY AGENT! Make your listing pop with FREE Zillow 3D. Want to learn how to do it? Read More Here – Zillow 3D Photos

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8/22/2021

How the Ribbon Cash Advantage Program Works: Watch this replay of the Ribbon Program with Ryan Lantz of Ribbon. This presentation was at the Woodstock branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta on 8/10/21. Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for making this meeting possible. John.Bohannon@Movement.com 770-480-8210https://youtu.be/Okp_roxxb8sHow the Ribbon Cash Advantage Program Works in Real Estate
When credit card rewards points are converted to cash, is this an acceptable source of funds for closing, down payment, and financial reserves?: Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corp Denise.Thomas@Homestarfc.com for this information.Fannie Mae permits credit card reward points as acceptable funds for use towards closing costs, down payment and financial reserves, provided the reward points are converted to cash prior to the closing of the loan. The following requirements apply: If the credit card reward points are converted to cash and deposited into the borrower’s depository account (for example, checking or savings), no additional documentation is required unless the deposit is considered a large deposit. In this event, the lender must follow the requirements in Evaluating Large Deposits in B3-4.2-02, Depository Accounts.  If the credit card reward points are converted to cash, but not deposited into a borrower’s depository account, the lender must provide evidence the reward points were available to the borrower prior to the conversion, including verification of the cash value (for example, credit card reward statement prior to conversion); and converted to cash prior to closing of this loan.
GAR is Moving to a Text Message Platform: On Friday, August 20, GAR will migrate to a new text messaging platform. Anyone who is currently signed up to receive our text messages must opt in again to keep receiving text messages once the old platform is discontinued. Please text “GARealtors” to 866-280-0576, to opt into the new platform. All numbers that are registered with the old platform will be discarded on August 20, 2021. Those who have not already signed up for text messages may do so as well, using the information above. GAR never sends more than four texts per month, and usually only sends no more than two per month. Text topics are limited to agent safety alerts, deadlines (conferences, scholarship applications), contract forms updates, and legislative Calls for Action. You may opt out of text messages at any time by replying “STOP,” and you will be automatically removed.
3 Tips for a VA Home Loan Thank you to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage (678.614.4653 lkennedy@aemc.cc www.aemc.cc/lkennedy) for the following information to help you help you Veteran Buyers. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has loan programs that would allow you to buy a home without putting a down payment, do not require private mortgage insurance or mortgage insurance premiums, and that would give you the ability to borrow more than the conforming loan limit, if you meet any of the requirements. However, if this is your first time utilizing your VA Home Loan benefits, you should know that some home sellers who are not familiar with the program may turn down your offer. So, once you’ve secured your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), consider the following tips when buying a home: Apply for a mortgage pre-approval.Hire a real estate agent who specializes in serving borrowers eligible to take out a VA-backed home loan.Consider increasing your earnest money deposit when making an offer and pay upfront fees at the closing table. When you apply for a VA-backed home loan, keep in mind that you’ll be required to pay, unless you are exempt, a funding fee, which is a one-time fee that lowers the cost of the loan to taxpayers.
FMLS August Newsletter: Interested in a summary of statistics from FMLS? Click here for the August 2021 Newsletter with that information & more!
Max Cares: Continued prayers to Patti Loveless whose husband had a stroke & whose mom is now under hospice care.
Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Agan-Williams whose mother passed away.
Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Owens whose mother suffers from severe depression and is seeking help for the associated suicidal thoughts in addition to her stepdaughter’s mother passing away suddenly.
REPEAT: FREE Zillow 3D photos for ANY Agent for ALL of Your Listings: Zillow offers FREE 3d photos for all of your listings for EVERY AGENT! Make your listing pop with FREE Zillow 3D. Want to learn how to do it? Read More Here – Zillow 3D Photos
REPEAT – EFT in Transaction in Pipeline: If you are getting paid via Direct Deposit, a copy of your EFT will be placed in your transaction for your convenience! No more waiting on an email, simply look in your transaction and you’ll find it!
REPEAT – MX1 Greater Atlanta – GAMLS: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and you are having issues with GAMLS, please contact our Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian CadeASC@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 312.
REPEAT: Documents “Disappearing” from Pipeline: We never delete any documents from your transaction. If you have multiple contract for one listing or one Buyer (i.e. one has terminated & now you have an active contract) then the documents related to the terminated deal are in the “Private” or “Office” section where staff still has access to them but they are out of your view so as not to get confused with a current transaction. If you need to see one of these, simply let your compliance Broker know through the transaction to re-label the document to “Listing” or “Sale” and it will once again be visible from your agent login.

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8/15/2021

FREE Zillow 3D photos for ANY Agent for ALL of Your Listings: Zillow offers FREE 3d photos for all of your listings for EVERY AGENT! Make your listing pop with FREE Zillow 3D. Want to learn how to do it? Read More Here – Zillow 3D Photos
How to identify Sellers Through ReMine Recipe: You might be asking yourself what is a Remine Recipe? Well, put on your imaginary chef’s hat and join us in the Remine kitchen as we get cooking! These recipes are a resource you can easily refer to for a step-by-step approach to our most used tips within the platform. By using our ingredients, you can save time and generate new leads. Learn by watching our on-demand webinar as we share how to put our Remine Recipe into action.
Step 1: Identify the Area – Search for your targeted area and apply the criteria to the map. You may define your search areas by city, zip code, neighborhood or school zone. It is also important to note which toggle you are under. To identity sellers and for prospecting purposes, you will need to use the Properties toggle.
Step 2: Apply the Filters – Apply Filters to narrow down your search. We suggest using the Status – Off Market filter and then applying the layers of Ownership Time and Sell Score, when prospecting for sellers.
Step 3: Market to Potential Clients – Add your search results to a Cart. From here, you can take actions such as printing mailing labels and exporting a CSV. Alternatively, you can use PCMDigital to build a customizable mailing campaign from the list created. If you choose to use PCMDigital, they are currently running a promotion! Use the code TENFREE at checkout for 10 free postcards. Pro Tip – If you are on the Pro plan, you can add “Owner Information” to your CSV export to include the owner’s name, associated email and phone numbers.
Now that you have the ingredients to take your business to the next level, you can also visit our blog and view our support articles for a more in-depth look at this recipe. Log in to your account and start cooking up new leads today!
4 Types of Referral & How to Get Them (Sam Foster): Small business owners agree: referrals are the gold standard. A prospect sent to you as a referral from a happy client is a much better bet than a cold lead, so it’s in your best interest to maximize your flow of referrals. Check out our guide to the four main types of referrals, complete with strategies for getting more of each type.

Type #1: The coveted word-of-mouth referral (read more) →
What is APR? This is the benchmark for your Buyers to compare Apples-to-Apples when shopping lenders. Contact Denise ThomasDenise.Thomas@Homestarfc.com or Jay AlexanderJay.Alexander@Homestarfc.com or Wes BarclayWes.Barclay@Homestarfc.com for this FREE guide to APR to share with your Buyers.
Max Cares: Condolences & Prayers to Patti Loveless whose mother-in-law passed away & husband is in the hospital.
Max Cares: Continued prayers to Jeff Watson whose son & wife have been ill and in& out of the hospital for over 3 months.
REPEAT – EFT in Transaction in Pipeline: If you are getting paid via Direct Deposit, a copy of your EFT will be placed in your transaction for your convenience! No more waiting on an email, simply look in your transaction and you’ll find it!
REPEAT – MX1 Greater Atlanta – GAMLS: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and you are having issues with GAMLS, please contact our Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian CadeASC@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 312.
REPEAT: Documents “Disappearing” from Pipeline: We never delete any documents from your transaction. If you have multiple contract for one listing or one Buyer (i.e. one has terminated & now you have an active contract) then the documents related to the terminated deal are in the “Private” or “Office” section where staff still has access to them but they are out of your view so as not to get confused with a current transaction. If you need to see one of these, simply let your compliance Broker know through the transaction to re-label the document to “Listing” or “Sale” and it will once again be visible from your agent login.

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8/8/2021

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in July 2021: Please make these following agents feel welcome!
How Ribbon Can Help Buyers – ALL & FHA & VA: You are invited to a Zoom meeting or come to the MX1 Woodstock Branch. When: Aug 10, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time Register in advance for this meeting: https://ribbonhome.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuduqsrz8vHNavBqRuHaHbO-IWGpcUpkod After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Ryan Lantz Business Development Lead Direct: 704-228-4467 Email: Ryan@ribbonhome.com
EFT in Transaction in Pipeline: If you are getting paid via Direct Deposit, a copy of your EFT will be placed in your transaction for your convenience! No more waiting on an email, simply look in your transaction and you’ll find it!
Documents “Disappearing” from Pipeline: We never delete any documents from your transaction. If you have multiple contract for one listing or one Buyer (i.e. one has terminated & now you have an active contract) then the documents related to the terminated deal are in the “Private” or “Office” section where staff still has access to them but they are out of your view so as not to get confused with a current transaction. If you need to see one of these, simply let your compliance Broker know through the transaction to re-label the document to “Listing” or “Sale” and it will once again be visible from your agent login.
Is Your Business Ready for the “New Normal?” (Tom Ferry): We know…. August 12th – 1pm – 4pm – Renaissance Waverly Hotel- We all want to get back to normal. But what is “normal” when…
Zillow has basically entered the brokerage game
Big tech is trying to steal commissions out of your pocket
Regulators are making it increasingly difficult to reach your audience
Homeowners are afraid to put their home on the market – even in a great market!
Buyers have to compete with multiple offers on every home  
So we’ll ask again… is your real estate business ready for this “new normal”? Let No. 1-ranked real estate coach Tom Ferry help get your business “battle ready” for the new normal. These are FREE 3-HOUR EVENTS where Tom will show you how our coaching members excel – despite all of these obstacles! Prepare yourself now for when Open Houses return and consumers begin to flood the market more than ever as we emerge from the final days of the pandemic. Although these events are free, you MUST pre-register! Click Here to REGISTER. Click here for more information. https://www.tomferry.com/rebooting-real-estate-america/
Max Cares: Condolences to Melanie Smith whose brother passed away.
REPEAT – MX1 Greater Atlanta – GAMLS: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and you are having issues with GAMLS, please contact our Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian CadeASC@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 312.
REPEAT – 25 Hr PostLicense Course “reLaunch: Propel Your Career” – Required by GREC for NEW Licensees – Begins MONDAY 8/2/21 at 2pm in the Pinnacle Branch: Maximum One is teaching this FREE 25 hr Post License Course for all New Licensees and agents in the MX1 Greater Atlanta Mentor Program. Each class of this course is ALSO available for ANY agent for 3 hours CE credit! All classes are on Mondays from 2pm – 5pm. Click Online Calendar to Register
 
August 2nd – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #1 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Real Estate Marketing & Technology Secrets (3 hrs CE – GREC # 62636) – taught by Janet Scanlon
August 9th – Woodstock – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #2 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Path to Success: Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional (3 hrs CE – GREC # 65143) – taught by MaKay Swanson
August 16th – Woodstock – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #3 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Lead Generation in Today’s Market (3 hrs CE – GREC # 59856) – taught by Karlene Shiver
August 23rd – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #4 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Wow Your Clients with Service (GREC #64879) – taught by Rosalyn McDonald
August 30th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #5 (Post License – GREC # 65293) The Ultimate Buyer System (GREC #63409) – taught by Penny Ballew
September 13th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #6 (Post License – GREC # 65293) The Ultimate Listing System (GREC #59855) – taught by Penny Ballew
September 20th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #7 (Post License – GREC # 65293) – The GAR Contract: Contract Writing & Negotiation (GREC #61551) – taught by Patti Loveless
September 27th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #7 (Post License – GREC # 65293) The GAR Contract: Contract Writing & Negotiation (GREC #61551) – taught by Patti Loveless
September 27th – Pinnacle – Final Exam

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8/1/2021

MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Appreciation Party: Join us on Tuesday 8/3/21 for our Agent Appreciation Party for ALL MX1 Greater Atlanta agents! This party begins at 10am with a brief introduction to a new tool for your Buyers with a home to sell – the Knock Homeswap Program. Following that presentation, we will have a Fun & Festive party for YOU! Come enjoy in the fun & food & meet your colleagues & our affiliated lenders & attorneys & vendors! The party is at the MX1 Powers Ferry Office – 1364 Powers Ferry Rd., Bldg. #1464, Marietta, GA 30067 770-919-8825 x 312. For more information, contact Heidi Owens – DES@eAGENTweb.com
25 Hr PostLicense Course “reLaunch: Propel Your Career” – Required by GREC for NEW Licensees – Begins MONDAY 8/2/21 at 2pm in the Pinnacle Branch: Maximum One is teaching this FREE 25 hr Post License Course for all New Licensees and agents in the MX1 Greater Atlanta Mentor Program. Each class of this course is ALSO available for ANY agent for 3 hours CE credit! All classes are on Mondays from 2pm – 5pm. Click Online Calendar to Register  

August 2nd – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #1 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Real Estate Marketing & Technology Secrets (3 hrs CE – GREC # 62636) – taught by Janet Scanlon

August 9th – Woodstock – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #2 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Path to Success: Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional (3 hrs CE – GREC # 65143) – taught by MaKay Swanson

August 16th – Woodstock – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #3 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Lead Generation in Today’s Market (3 hrs CE – GREC # 59856) – taught by Karlene Shiver

August 23rd – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #4 (Post License – GREC # 65293) Wow Your Clients with Service (GREC #64879) – taught by Rosalyn McDonald

August 30th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #5 (Post License – GREC # 65293) The Ultimate Buyer System (GREC #63409) – taught by Penny Ballew

September 13th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #6 (Post License – GREC # 65293) The Ultimate Listing System (GREC #59855) – taught by Penny Ballew

September 20th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #7 (Post License – GREC # 65293) – The GAR Contract: Contract Writing & Negotiation (GREC #61551) – taught by Patti Loveless

September 27th – Pinnacle – reLaunch: Propel Your Career #7 (Post License – GREC # 65293) The GAR Contract: Contract Writing & Negotiation (GREC #61551) – taught by Patti Loveless

September 27th – Pinnacle – Final Exam
REPEAT – MX1 Greater Atlanta – GAMLS: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and you are having issues with GAMLS, please contact our Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian CadeASC@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 312.
ReMine Classes: We have put several ReMine classes on the calendar – click here to see when they are in August! As soon as FMLS reps will come back to teach in the offices, we’ll get them scheduled in person!
Generate More Listing Leads & Close More Appointments (Tom Ferry): We know… it’s nearly impossible to find anyone willing to sell their house right now. That’s why we’re making it easier to identify those opportunities and reach potential sellers BEFORE they make that decision. Our brand-new Low Inventory Success Strategies bundle includes step-by-step, real-world plans used by top agents to get more listings, even in today’s extremely tight market. Click Here for More Information. Your “Low Inventory Success Strategies” Bundle Includes:
Explainer videos direct from top real estate coaches
Circle Marketing plan with 19 ad examples to “rip-off and duplicate
”NOD (Notice of Default) letters and scripts
A niche farming plan specifically targeting those who are most likely to move!
Absentee Owners 6-step strategy
Max Cares: Condolences to Jennifer Mozley & Paula & Ed Kolasz whose husband & son-in-law, Mark passed away this morning.
Max Cares: Condolences to Karlene Shiver whose grandson Kaleb, passed away after a brutal beating outside of a restaurant in Dawsonville. The murderer is now in jail.
Max Cares: Prayers to Lynn Lenton who had knee replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago & then ended up back in the hospital with sever pain. She is home now & recovering well!
Max Cares: Congratulations to Amy & Neal Matheson whose son, Caleb just got engaged!
REPEAT: Ribbon Program & FHA Buyer Assistance: This program has been successfully used by many Buyers to close on a transaction when they may not otherwise be able to do so. Please go back to the “This Week at Maximum One” Newsletter Email from 3/28/21 for TONS of information, Program Addendum & Ribbon contact information. (Documents currently posted in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.) Many questions have been raised and answered on the Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page. Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com has helped Buyers with this program as well. Please watch Jay’s video below for a further explanation that may help you understand this program and explain it to your Buyers.
Make Your Buyer's offer stand out with Ribbonhttps://youtu.be/D5PxpdF2irI
REPEAT – PrimeStreet Leads – Maximum One Greater Atlanta: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and interested in receiving referral leads from PrimeStreet, please let Dana know – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com. Their program used to be restricted to agents with 8+ closings/year; they have now expanded and offer agents with less production leads – these agents will be categorized as “Rising Stars” with PrimeStreet until their production numbers increase. Here is more information on PrimeStreet Leads – https://primestreet.io/solutions/primestreet-referrals
REPEAT – OpCity “Client Rewards” Referrals: Please note some Opcity referrals are subject to an additional 3% referral fee outlined specifically when you accept the referral. These special referrals are known as Opcity Client Rewards. More Information about Client Rewards can be found at:  https://support.realtor.com/s/article/Client-Rewards-Buyer-Cash-Rewards-FAQs
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)

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7/25/2021

Prospect for Listings per Notice of Default: Thank you to Bobby Kirk for sharing this website with us on the Rockstars page where to easily find “pre-foreclosures” – Georgia Public Notice
MX1 Greater Atlanta – GAMLS: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and you are having issues with GAMLS, please contact our Agent Services Coordinator, Vivian CadeASC@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 312.
GAR Buyer’s Right to Inspect Exhibit: We are having many issues and questions from Buyers 7 Sellers regarding this Exhibit. I’ll do a video on this but just some issues to keep in mind: Earnest Money is not addressed so you must add a special stipulation regarding the disbursement of the Earnest Money of this contract terminates because Buyer & Seller can’t agree on an AmendmentBuyer may only ask for Seller to address “Defects” as defined in that ExhibitIf parties agree to address any issues financially, then in that Amendment, you must state that the Exhibit is no longer part of the contract
Agent Accountability – MX1 Greater Atlanta Powers Ferry: Many Maximum One agents are thriving with the support & ideas & interaction they receive from the various Agent Accountability sessions offered in various branches by various Franchises. The majority of these sessions are now being held in person in the Branch. George Ansong (GAnsong@Bellsouth.net) facilitates the Agent Accountability session in the Powers Ferry Branch on Mondays at 10:30am. He has asked me to remind everyone of this session! Agents participating in the various Agent Accountability sessions DO show a significant increase in production!
PrimeStreet Leads – Maximum One Greater Atlanta: If you are an agent with Maximum One Greater Atlanta and interested in receiving referral leads from PrimeStreet, please let Dana know – Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com. Their program used to be restricted to agents with 8+ closings/year; they have now expanded and offer agents with less production leads – these agents will be categorized as “Rising Stars” with PrimeStreet until their production numbers increase. Here is more information on PrimeStreet Leads – https://primestreet.io/solutions/primestreet-referrals
OpCity “Client Rewards” Referrals: Please note some Opcity referrals are subject to an additional 3% referral fee outlined specifically when you accept the referral. These special referrals are known as Opcity Client Rewards. More Information about Client Rewards can be found at:  https://support.realtor.com/s/article/Client-Rewards-Buyer-Cash-Rewards-FAQs
Mortgage Terms to Know: Thank you to Denise Thomas & Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for providing us with this information about various Mortgage terms including APR, Amortization, etc. This is a great form to add to your Buyer Checklist – see Video Above – Click here for PDF version of “Mortgage Terms to Know”
Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn & Tommy Southern on their son Kyle Southern’s graduation from Army bootcamp! Thank you Kyle for your service!
Max Cares: Prayers to John Z is in the hospital recovering from a leg injury from falling from a ladder.
Max Cares: Prayers for Jennifer Mozley whose husband, Mark is in the hospital with covid related issues.
REPEAT: Ribbon Program & FHA Buyer Assistance: This program has been successfully used by many Buyers to close on a transaction when they may not otherwise be able to do so. Please go back to the “This Week at Maximum One” Newsletter Email from 3/28/21 for TONS of information, Program Addendum & Ribbon contact information. (Documents currently posted in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.) Many questions have been raised and answered on the Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page. Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com has helped Buyers with this program as well. Please watch Jay’s video below for a further explanation that may help you understand this program and explain it to your Buyers.
Make Your Buyer's offer stand out with Ribbonhttps://youtu.be/D5PxpdF2irI
REPEAT: Maximum One Greater Atlanta Ambassadors: We are so excited about our MX1 Greater Atlanta Ambassadors who assist agents new to Maximum One. Being an Ambassador for Maximum One is like being a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” to our new hires. Basically, when an Agent signs on with us, the Ambassador will be assigned to them, based off their Branch. They will receive the Ambassador’s contact information should they have any questions, after New Agent Orientation, for their first 30 days to get them acclimated to Maximum One and our system. . This does not apply to Mentees since their Mentor will be their first point of Contact. Ambassadors will be notified if an Agent has been assigned to you so you can reach out to say hello. Also, if an Agent joins Maximum One and names you as the reason they joined in their sign on package, you will now receive a $100 credit on your agent invoice. For more information or if you would like to apply, please contact Dawn Southern – Director of Agent Growth & Career Development – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309. The Current MX1 Greater Atlanta Ambassadors include:
Amber Taylor
Shawn Delaney
Terri Younce
Keely George
Nancy Zayas
Rhonda Yearwood
Janet Scanlon
Patti Loveless
Cindy Corona
Lisa Paulauski
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)

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7/18/2021

Protect Your Clients from Wire Fraud: Please make sure to protect your customers & clients from wire fraud! Here are some things to do:
Never email wire instructions
Never use the word “wire” in the Subject line of your email
Warn your clients and customers about the rampant wire fraud in our industry
Have your public cross-reference and verify any wire instructions they receive by looking up the phone number online and calling the attorney / Broker who sent the wire instructions
Pick up wire instructions from your closing attorney / broker and hand them to your Buyers & Sellers in person
Mail the wiring instructions via US mail
See more information below
Pick up this pamphlet below from Amee Davis of Davis and Associates ADavis@DavisLawGA.com and hand to your Buyers and Sellers
Ribbon Program & Buyer Assistance: This program has been successfully used by many Buyers to close on a transaction when they may not otherwise be able to do so. Please go back to the “This Week at Maximum One” Newsletter Email from 3/28/21 for TONS of information, Program Addendum & Ribbon contact information. (Documents currently posted in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.) Many questions have been raised and answered on the Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page. Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com has helped Buyers with this program as well. Please watch Jay’s video below for a further explanation that may help you understand this program and explain it to your Buyers.
Make Your Buyer's offer stand out with Ribbonhttps://youtu.be/D5PxpdF2irI
Update on GREC Proposed Rule Change on Teams – Open Hearing – July 14th at 9:30am: There was a lot of discussion & opposition to parts of this proposed License Law change on Teams. The 2 main issues that are troubling are:
Having to use an agent’s NAME as part of the Team Name
Limiting Team names to either “Team” or “Group”
The use of “LLC” or Inc” or “Corp” as part of the marketing of Team Names
Based on the heated discussions & some great points in opposition to the proposal as is, GREC voted to amend the Law change and have another Public Hearing before bringing it up to a vote. Thank you to Matthew Share for attending this meeting along with me to voice our concerns. When this issue was addressed at a public hearing last March, there was standing room only and many issues were changed from that point to this latest proposal. At this meeting, there were only 16 people there – including Matthew & myself. The agents & Brokers in attendance were powerful in presenting their opposition and suggestions for changes. When this issue is brought to public hearing again, I STRONGLY suggest that you attend to make you position known. This will impact agent who now have or are on a Team or who are planning on that in the future.  
Click Here for Proposed Rule Change. See more information in “Repeats” too.
July Community Service – MX1 Greater Atlanta: Back to School Supplies is this month’s community service focus. Please bring any back-to-school supplies to your Branch!
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Ambassadors: We are so excited about our MX1 Greater Atlanta Ambassadors who assist agents new to Maximum One. Being an Ambassador for Maximum One is like being a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” to our new hires. Basically, when an Agent signs on with us, the Ambassador will be assigned to them, based off their Branch. They will receive the Ambassador’s contact information should they have any questions, after New Agent Orientation, for their first 30 days to get them acclimated to Maximum One and our system. . This does not apply to Mentees since their Mentor will be their first point of Contact. Ambassadors will be notified if an Agent has been assigned to you so you can reach out to say hello. Also, if an Agent joins Maximum One and names you as the reason they joined in their sign on package, you will now receive a $100 credit on your agent invoice. For more information or if you would like to apply, please contact Dawn Southern – Director of Agent Growth & Career Development – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309. The Current MX1 Greater Atlanta Ambassadors include:
Amber Taylor
Shawn Delaney
Terri Younce
Keely George
Nancy Zayas
Rhonda Yearwood
Janet Scanlon
Patti Loveless
Cindy Corona
Lisa Paulauski
Get Your Emails Out of Spam: Email service providers are on the hunt for spammers. Unfortunately, because of this, many legitimate emails are being marked as spam. With the state of digital pollution, now more than ever, it’s important to be using best practices to make sure your valuable emails end up in the inbox and not in the spam folder. During this month’s Bomb-Bomb webinar, they’ll sit down with Conner Vickery, our Deliverability Analyst at BombBomb, to get tips on avoiding the dreaded spam folder. Live Webinar – Wednesday, July 21 at 12 p.m –
Click here to register
Remine Docs+ Training: You have asked for classes on Remine Docs+. FMLS is not yet providing in-branch classes but they ARE having CE classes. We have posted them on the online calendar for your convenience or you are free to go to FMLS’s site & check out all of their online training…. same for GAMLS!
Max Cares: Condolences to Patti Loveless on the loss of her Uncle-in-Law & her mother-in-law being in the hospital.
Max Cares: Condolences to Amber Taylor on the loss of her Grandmother.
Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Cade who has not been feeling well lately.
Max Cares: Congratulations George Ansong for publishing his 1st book “The Cash Flow Real Estate Agent!”
Max Cares: Prayers to Lynn Lenton who is recovering from knee surgery.
Max Cares: prayers for Dawn Southern’s infant grand nephew, Noah, who is in the hospital struggling to gain weight.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Leah Loveless on the birth of her daughter Meleah Moon. Congrats to Grandma Patti Loveless!
REPEAT – Earnest Money Release on T&R: Please add in the party’s mailing address on the “Release” part of the T&R to avoid any delays in the office releasing the Earnest money to the party. This is regardless of whom the holder is!
REPEAT – Locations of Maximum One Offices: If you do not attend closing & have the Closing Attorney mail the Final Closing Statement & your Commission check to a Maximum One Office, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ADDRESS!! Many Maximum One Offices have MOVED or CONSOLIDATED & if you have a commission check sent to an office where we no longer are, there will be a delay in your getting paid. You MUST include Building and/or Suite Numbers as well to ensure that we receive this mail for you. Please see the current list of offices & addresses at the bottom of this email.
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)

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7/11/2021

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in June 2021: Please make these agents feel welcome!
Congratulations on CAPPING Agents in June 2021: These agents have capped and have $0 Maximum One Fees until their Anniversary with Maximum One! Please congratulate:
Anthony Cade – No MX1 Fees until May 2022
Wendee Long – No MX1 Fees until October 2021
GREC Proposed Rule Change on Teams – Open Hearing – July 14th at 9:30am: This is an open meeting of GREC for discussion regarding the proposed changes on Teams, Team Names, Marketing and Advertising and more! This WILL impact you so come join in the discussion and learn about it BEFORE you have to spend a lot of money changing your marketing. Georgia Real Estate Commission, Suite 1000 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For further information, contact the Commission at (404) 656-3916.Click Here for Proposed Rule Change. See more information in “Repeats” too.
Locations of Maximum One Offices: If you do not attend closing & have the Closing Attorney mail the Final Closing Statement & your Commission check to a Maximum One Office, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ADDRESS!! Many Maximum One Offices have MOVED or CONSOLIDATED & if you have a commission check sent to an office where we no longer are, there will be a delay in your getting paid. You MUST include Building and/or Suite Numbers as well to ensure that we receive this mail for you. Please see the current list of offices & addresses at the bottom of this email.
July Community Service – MX1 Greater Atlanta: Back to School Supplies is this month’s community service focus. Please bring any back-to-school supplies to your Branch!
Tom Ferry “Success Summit” LiveStream – October 5-7, 2021: We are in the process of ordering the Live Stream for the Tom Ferry Success Summit. We need to know if you are interested and in which Office/Franchise you are located to determine which Offices / Franchises we will offer this. We will also be able to give CE credit for this event. Please contact the following if you would like your Office / Franchise to order this Pay-Per-View (on our behalf) event! Here is the link for more information: https://www.tomferry.com/summit/ Please contact the following:
Greater Atlanta – DES@eAGENTweb.com
Executives – Monica@MaxOneExecutives.com
Partners – Ming@MaxOnePartners.com
Community – Marcie@MaximumOneCommunityRealtors.com
West Georgia – Donna@MaxOneWestGeorgia.com
Premiere / Catalyst – Amy@MaxOnePremier.com
Platinum – Tracy@MaxOnePlatinum.com
Elite – Info@MaximumOneElite.com
Earnest Money Release on T&R: Please add in the party’s mailing address on the “Release” part of the T&R to avoid any delays in the office releasing the Earnest money to the party. This is regardless of whom the holder is!
Tom Ferry Summer Tour: Tom Ferry will be in Atlanta LIVE on August 12th – FREE 3 Hr Event but must pre-register. Is your real estate business ready for the “new normal”? We all want to get back to normal. But what is “normal” when… Zillow has basically entered the brokerage gameBig tech is trying to steal commissions out of your pocketRegulators are making it increasingly difficult to reach your audienceHomeowners are afraid to put their home on the market – even in a great market!Buyers have to compete with multiple offers on every home So we’ll ask again… is your real estate business ready for this “new normal”?   Let No. 1-ranked real estate coach Tom Ferry help get your business “battle ready” for the new normal. This is a FREE 3-HOUR EVENT where Tom will show you how our coaching members excel – despite all of these obstacles! Prepare yourself now for when open houses return and consumers begin to flood the market more than ever as we emerge from the final days of the pandemic. Although this event is free, you MUST pre-register! Link to Pre-Register: https://pages.tomferry.com/08122021-Atlanta-GA-Rebooting-RE-America-General-SignUp
Depositing Your Commission via BankShot: At MX1 Greater Atlanta, you are welcome to deposit your commission via BankShot on your Smart Phone. Please know that this will result in a day delay in the processing of your commission due to the additional system we access.
House of Magnets is Now Markful – 10% Off: House of Magnets is now Markful learn more about our name change. All your login information, order history, and assets have been carried over to Markful.com. To ensure you don’t miss a beat on sales and important updates, please see below. Here’s what you can do: 1. Click this link to let us know you’ve received this email and get a code for 10% off 2. Mark this email, info@e.markful.com as a safe sender 3. Forward this to your colleagues and friends to make sure they are in the know As always, please let us know if you have any questions. We’re here for your success! By clicking any of these links you are giving permission to be sent emails from Markful.
Max Cares: Condolences to Dawn Southern & Katie Luttrell on the loss of their stepdad / grandfather, Mike.
Max Cares: Prayers for Anthony Criss who has been in the hospital.
Max Cares: Prayers for Heidi Owens whose mother has been in ICU.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Roger Philmon whos is a new father of Jacob as of 7 weeks ago!
Max Cares: Condolences to LaShawn Halimon whose mother passed away.
REPEAT: GREC Proposed Rule Changes – Teams: . The Georgia Real Estate Commission is proposing two new Rule changes regarding the operation of real estate Teams in Georgia and advertising. The purpose of this email is to both notify all Georgia Brokers of the proposals and to solicit feedback. Public Meeting on this issue is July 14th The first proposed Rule defines the terms Team and Team Leader, as they have not previously been defined in GA License Law or the Rules of the Commission. The second proposed Rule amends the current advertising Rules in Chapter 520-1-.09. In addition to amending the current advertising rules, new guidelines shall pertain to the advertising of any Team. The complete proposal is posted on the GA Real Estate Commission website and it may be accessed here: Proposed Rule Change Written comments should be submitted prior to the close of business on July 2, 2021. Comments may be sent via email to: ldempsey@grec.state.ga.us, or via mail to: Frank Lynn Dempsey 229 Peachtree St. N.E. Suite 1000 Atlanta, GA 30303
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)

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6/27/2021

Maximum One Realty Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, July 5th in honor of Independence Day!
Renewing Your Real Estate License: You can renew your license 24 hours a day, seven days a week, up to 120 days (4 months) prior to the renewal date. You must renew by midnight of your renewal due date to avoid lapsing and incurring a late fee. (Renewals include Salesperson, Associate Broker, Broker, CAM, Firm, and Appraisers. Online renewals will be discounted by $25 and must be processed by midnight on last day of the month, or a late fee will apply. You may renew online by clicking on Licensed Professionals and go to the Online Services Login on the GREC home page.
Renewing Your License Before Completing CE: If you renew your license before you complete your education courses, your license is placed Inactive and you cannot practice real estate until you return your license to Active status. If you must renew without all required education, after you complete your education hours and the hours are posted on your record, submit a Change Application signed by the Broker holding your license. Once the Change Application is processed by GREC, you can practice real estate. For further explanation, please review the screen shot example below.
Reinstatement of a Lapsed License: Per GREC Rule 520-1-.05 – “Maintenance of a Real Estate License” – if your license is lapsed for over 2 years, you will have to take the Pre-License Course all over again! So, if you are considering taking a break, remember that we have a “Holding Company” where you can “park” your license and still collect referral fees! Let us know if you are interested! Here is a link to the License Law on Maintaining your Real Estate License – GREC Rule 520-1-.05
GREC Proposed Rule Changes – Teams: . The Georgia Real Estate Commission is proposing two new Rule changes regarding the operation of real estate Teams in Georgia and advertising. The purpose of this email is to both notify all Georgia Brokers of the proposals and to solicit feedback. Public Meeting on this issue is July 14th The first proposed Rule defines the terms Team and Team Leader, as they have not previously been defined in GA License Law or the Rules of the Commission. The second proposed Rule amends the current advertising Rules in Chapter 520-1-.09. In addition to amending the current advertising rules, new guidelines shall pertain to the advertising of any Team. The complete proposal is posted on the GA Real Estate Commission website and it may be accessed here: Proposed Rule Change Written comments should be submitted prior to the close of business on July 2, 2021. Comments may be sent via email to: ldempsey@grec.state.ga.us, or via mail to: Frank Lynn Dempsey 229 Peachtree St. N.E. Suite 1000 Atlanta, GA 30303
FHA Updates on Student Loans: As of Thursday, 6/17/2021, lenders are now able to qualify the borrower using payments reported on the credit report for student loans even if it is less than 1% of the balance. However, if the credit report does not indicate a payment, we are now able to use .5% of the student loan balance OR document whether the payment is forgiven, canceled, discharged (to exclude the payment altogether). Lendersare able to implement these changes immediately, however the actual guidance is not technically effective until 8/16/2021.   What this means: Qualifying more borrowers with FHA loans that align and compete with Fannie and Freddie student loan requirements. Now, more than ever we are seeing a soaring population of potential homebuyers with major student loan debt. With rising real estate prices and shortage of affordable housing, these changes will help many young, professional and first time homebuyers to qualify for more homes with FHA’s higher DTI range and now their revised policy on qualifying with student loan debt.
Homestar Financial Corporation: Prequalification is the Key! Thank you to Denise Thomas & Jay Alexander & Wes Barclay for reminding is of the first step for a Buyer!
Max Cares: Continued prayers to Dawn Southern whose stepdad, Mike, is now home under hospice care.
Max Cares: Prayers to Michelle Butz who has ongoing challenges helping her son through his mental illness.
Max Cares: Prayers to Mervin Barnes who had surgery this week.
Max Cares: Condolences to Cheryl Thompson whose father passed away from a sudden illness this week.
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)
REPEAT – Help Us Grow! – If you are part of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Franchise, you will get an agent credit against your monthly bill if a new agent that we bring onboard informs us in their sign-on package that YOU are the reason they joined MX1 Greater Atlanta. For more information, contact Dawn Southern – MX1 Greater Atlanta Director of Agent Growth & Career Development – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309.
REPEAT – Knock Home Swap Program: Maximum One Greater Atlanta will soon be able to provide our agents with the ability to become a Knock HomeSwap certified agent. This program is another tool in your arsenal to help Buyers be able to get in to a home they otherwise may not be able to in this market. Stay tuned for more information – not all of your Buyers will qualify but for those who do, this may solve their potential dilemma in this market so they won’t have to sell their current home before buying their new one!
REPEAT – Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party: Save the Date – December 10th – Sidelines in Canton. Stay tuned for more information!

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6/20/2021

Happy Father’s Day!
Mortgage Information for Mobile Homes! Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for explaining to us at the Pinnacle Sales Meeting all the ins & outs of financing for a Mobile Home as additional information to last week’s video. Please contact Denise for additional information. Click here for: Information for Financing a Mobile Home
How to Test & Fix Your Google Ranking – Tom Ferry: It goes without saying that “location” plays a huge role in a home’s desirability. Did you know it also factors into where YOU show up when someone conducts a Google search for agents in your market? “Location authority” is basically the new SEO when it comes to all things Google. In today’s blog, I’ll show you a quick way to test yours! And if it’s not so hot, I’ll give you step-by-step instructions to improve it. Read More Here…
Appraisal Guidelines: Here is a document from January of 2021 regarding Appraisal Guidelines for a Seller Correspondent from Truist: Appraisal Guidelines
No More Online Closings: Thanks to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for informing us that there are no more Online Closings in Georgia. She went over a number of other options available for your clients including options for Buyers who must sign in the presence of an attorney. She also discussed HUD’s latest Panel Discussion on Appraisals. Y’all should have been there! Be sure to be at your Branch Sales Meetings for a TON of useful information!
Forbearance = Lien: If you have a Seller who took a mortgage forbearance last year, they will have an FHA lien on their home that must be paid off prior to selling their home.
Revised Elevations for MX1 Pinnacle Office: We have had to revise the elevations for the upcoming new MX1 Pinnacle Office. Please send your thoughts to Dave – Dave@MaximumOneRealty.com
Knock Home Swap Program: Maximum One Greater Atlanta will soon be able to provide our agents with the ability to become a Knock HomeSwap certified agent. This program is another tool in your arsenal to help Buyers be able to get in to a home they otherwise may not be able to in this market. Stay tuned for more information – not all of your Buyers will qualify but for those who do, this may solve their potential dilemma in this market so they won’t have to sell their current home before buying their new one!
5 Ways a Realtor Can Help in This Market: Thanks to Linda Kennedy of American Eagle Mortgage for supplying us with this great information to share with our clients. If you’re planning to fulfill your homeownership dreams, you may find it challenging in a sizzling hot market. This is especially true if you’re taking out a home loan backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Searching homes through online listing sites like Zillow may not show all the properties that you can purchase with a VA-backed home loan. As a homebuyer utilizing your VA-backed home loan, here are the ways real estate agents can help you find your dream home: Location expertise – They can help you find homes that are near hospitals, schools, grocery stores or any establishments that fits your lifestyle.Access to Updated Information – Aside from having access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database, they also have insider information on what properties will soon enter the market.Negotiate with the seller – They can help you make an offer and negotiate with the seller to get the best price for the property you’re eyeing.Protects your interests – Because they have fiduciary duties, you can expect that your interests and personal information as a homebuyer are protected.Networks of trusted contractors – They can also connect you with professional contractors if you want to renovate or improve the design of the home you’re planning to buy. Not all real estate agents are the same. Make sure to work with a buyer’s agent with a certain list of skills. When hiring a real estate agent, you must have a mortgage pre-approval to show that you’ve worked with a bank to obtain financing. Sources: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/real-estate/it-s-red-hot-real-estate-market-so-why-are-n1268248 https://www.lend.us/2021/01/15/how-real-estate-agents-can-be-your-guide/
Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose stepdad, Mike, is in the hospital awaiting life or death spinal surgery. The doctors must first get his kidneys back functioning & his liver enzymes under control. Max Cares: Prayers to George Ansong who is having a medical procedure that will take him out of the office for the next couple of weeks.
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)
REPEAT – Help Us Grow! – If you are part of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Franchise, you will get an agent credit against your monthly bill if a new agent that we bring onboard informs us in their sign-on package that YOU are the reason they joined MX1 Greater Atlanta. For more information, contact Dawn Southern – MX1 Greater Atlanta Director of Agent Growth & Career Development – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309.
REPEAT – Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party: Save the Date – December 10th – Sidelines in Canton. Stay tuned for more information!

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6/13/2021

Congratulations on 1600 Agents! Maximum One Companies have reached an agent count exceeding 1600! Congratulations to us all and thank you ALL for being such an integral part of your fabulous growing company!
Help Us Grow Even More!!!! – If you are part of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Franchise, you will get an agent credit against your monthly bill if a new agent that we bring onboard informs us in their sign-on package that YOU are the reason they joined MX1 Greater Atlanta. For more information, contact Dawn Southern – MX1 Greater Atlanta Director of Agent Growth & Career Development – MX1Careers@MaximumOne.pro 770-919-8825 x 309.
Hot New Loan Program for 1099 Independent Contractors: Thank you to John & Christina Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for telling us in the Woodstock Sales Meeting about a fabulous new program. They can now qualify your Buyers based on ALL of their 1099 income and in this new program, they do not have to count the Buyer’s write-offs on their tax returns against the income as most loan programs do. Contact John & Christina for more information! John.Bohannon@movement.com 770-480-8210
Supra EKey: Remember that your Supra eKey is a contract between you & Supra. If you transfer Brokerages or go into the Holding Company, you will need to contact Supra directly to make sure your ekey reflects your new company or to cancel your contract with Supra. Even though you get you ekey from FMLS or GAMLS, Supra is a different company and related to the MLS services.
Tips to Attract More Listings: Here is some information from Boomtown on how to attract more LISTINGS – Click Here – 3 Pro TIps to Attract More Listings
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Christmas Party: Save the Date – December 10th – Sidelines in Canton. Stay tuned for more information!
Automated Contact with Clients: Thank you to Karie Smith of Echelon Real Estate Services for telling us in the Woodstock Sales meeting about www.SendOutCards.com . Set up your account, upload your database & the program will automatically send out greeting cards on your behalf! For more tips & tricks please contact Karie – karie@echelonrealestateservices.com – 770-240-2007
Max Cares: Prayers to Leticia Mora who had an emergency that took her out of the country. Max Cares: Condolences to Amber Taylor whose grandmother passed away.
REPEAT – ***MX1 Policy Clarification*** – Waiving/Lowering Your Commission (including $0 Commission) & MX1 Transaction Fee All transactions (including those involving agent as principal) will incur transaction / commission split fees based on your plan despite lowering or taking $0 commission and regardless if the property is a primary residence or an investment property or a commercial transaction and regardless if this is for yourself or immediate family or anyone else. If the transaction involves your primary residence, complete the FMLS “Agent Owner” form & upload it in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline for $0 FMLS fees. If you are on a split plan with Maximum One, then the Transaction Fee will be the percent based on your plan of 3% of the Sale Price; for a lease the Maximum One transaction fee will be based on half of the monthly rent. The only exceptions are if you charge or receive a lease co-op fee or referral fee that is less than $1200, then the transaction fee is 25% of the commission received. (rev.6/7/21)
REPEAT – Miss a Previous Newsletter/Email? Simply go to www.eAGENTweb.com …. click on “Blog”…. select the tab “General & Industry News” and you’ll find all the previous emails there! You can search by pressing “Ctrl +F” then type in your search term to find every newsletter that addressed that term.
REPEAT: GSCCCA.org: At Maximum One, we a s a Broker pay for your access to www.GSCCCA.org so that you may look up deeds & liens. This is just another value-added service we provide. Agents have been under the honor system to contact us when they print something from this site so that we me add the printing cost to your agent bill. Some agents have completely mis-used this privilege & have wracked up enormous fees without informing us. Therefore, there is no more readily available access to GSCCCA.org. If you need to access that site, you must first contact Heidi Owens, Director of Executive Systems, & she will give you a one time use login ID & Password. This will enable us to know who is accessing this site & printing docs so we may add these printing costs to your bill. Heidi is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm & you may reach her: DES@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 310. There is no cost to access the site – we still pay for that for our agents… there IS a cost to print a document & now we will know exactly who is accessing this site so that we may pass through the fees accordingly.

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6/6/2021

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

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5/30/2021

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

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5/23/2021

How to Compete with Big Tech Taking Your Leads (Tom Ferry): Big bucks are being spent to intercept local consumers BEFORE they come to you – all so these “leads” can be sold back to you or monetized as a referral fee. Which begs the question… How can you – as an independent agent – defend yourself against Big Tech encroaching on your turf? Tom Ferry created a brand-new video to address this topic. Click here to watch!
Contact Your Cash Buyers from 2020: Now is the time to contact your CASH Buyers from last year and remind them they need to get their property tax bills. Most tax bills still go to the previous owner and without a mortgage company involved, a cash Buyer may not know that. They need to contact the County of their residence and have the property tax bill sent to them at their new address. Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us!
MX1 Alabama Sales Meeting: Just a reminder about the In-Branch Sales Meeting for MX1 Alabama agents this Tuesday 5/25/21 beginning at 10am. For more information, contact Destinie GraceExecutiveAssistant@MaximumOne.pro or Dawn SouthernMX1AlabamaBroker