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General News: Industry & Company

9/15/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/8/19

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

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

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

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8/25/19

Maximum One Offices Closed September 2nd for Labor Day!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Realtor vs iBuyer

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

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

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

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8/19/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8/12/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8/4/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7/28/19

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

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

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

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

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

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7/21/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7/14/19

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7/7/19

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

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

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

Late on Agent Bill:

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

 

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

Late Paperwork:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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6/30/19

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

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

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

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

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

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6/23/19

Maximum One Privacy Policy: If you need a link to the MX1 Privacy Policy for Facebook or other social media: https://maximumonerealty.wordpress.com/privacy-policy-maximum-one-companies .  It is a tab on the MX1 Greater Atlanta Blog.

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

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

Have you ever tried to record a video and worried:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6/17/19

Happy Father’s Day!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6/9/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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6/2/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5/26/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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5/19/19

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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5/12/19

Happy Mother’s Day! – May 12th

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

Please Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in April 2019!

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

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

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

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

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

AGENT ALERT:

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

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

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

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

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Craig Harris Mugshot | 05/29/09 Georgia Arrest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5/5/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Stats – March 2019 – 12 County Metro Area:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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4/28/29

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES of SALES MEETINGS

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

BRANCH TEAM CAPTAINS

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

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

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

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

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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4/21/19

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

DATES of SALES MEETINGS

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

BRANCH TEAM CAPTAINS

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

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

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

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

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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4/14/19

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

Happy Easter! – Sunday 4/21/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES of SALES MEETINGS

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

BRANCH TEAM CAPTAINS

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

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

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

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

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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4/7/19

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

 

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

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

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

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

Webinar of Ditto in Action

 

 

Introducing Ditto!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Powers Ferry Branch of MX1 Greater Atlanta

“Courtyards of Terrell Mill”

1355 Terrell Mill Rd

Bldg #1464

Marietta, GA 30067

 

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

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

 

Team Captains:

 

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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3/31/19

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

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

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

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

Team Captains:

Galleria Location Last Day – April 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actual Form to Have Buyer(s) Sign

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

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

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3/24/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3/17/19

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

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

 

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

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

Actual Form to Have Buyer(s) Sign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3/10/19

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3/3/19

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

TOP 10 COMPANY-WIDE – Units Sold

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

TOP 20 COMPANY-WIDE – Sales Volume

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2/24/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2/17/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2/10/19

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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2/3/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1/20/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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1/13/19

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

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

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

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

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

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1/6/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12/23/18 & 12/30/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 GAR Form Access for Non-Realtors

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

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

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

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

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12/16/18

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

2019 GAR Form Access for Non-Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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12/9/18

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

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

 

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

 

MX1 Greater Atlanta Brokers:

Kim Murray, Dawn Southern, Dana Sparks

MX1 Greater Atlanta Brokers

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

MX1 Franchisees at GAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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12/2/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/25/18

Happy Thanksgiving!!!   

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

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

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

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

A very  special Thank You to 

Dave & Ann Kubat who founded Maximum One!!!  

Without them, none of us would be here!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Attorneys at Law, LLC

www.davislawga.com 

Amee Davis 770-426-5440

ADavis@davislawga.com

Powers Ferry Shafritz & Dean,

Attorneys at Law

www.shafritz-dean.com 

Richard Shafritz 678-393-2140

RShafritz@Shafritz-Dean.com

Douglas Dean 678-393-2140

DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com

Galleria Davis & Associates,

Attorneys at Law, LLC

www.davislawga.com 

Amee Davis 770-426-5440

ADavis@davislawga.com

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

Shoran@westgalaw.com

Woodstock Hartman Law Firm

www.hartmanlawfirm.com 

Andy Hartman 770-284-1111

Andy@hartmanlawfirm.com

Paulding Cohen Law Office, LLC

www.aclawonline.com 

Holly Cohen McMurray 678-384-1113

Holly@aclawonline.com

Elizabeth Williams 678-384-1113

Elizabeth@aclawonline.com

Executives

Alpharetta & Buford

Shafritz & Dean,

Attorneys at Law

www.shafritz-dean.com 

Richard Shafritz 678-393-2140

RShafritz@Shafritz-Dean.com

Douglas Dean 678-393-2140

DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com

Partners

McDonough & Conyers & Airport South

Burgess Title & Escrow, LLC

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

Bill Miller 404-446-3300

Jessica@burgesstitle.com

Community

Emerson & Rome

Hartman Law Firm

www.hartmanlawfirm.com 

Andy Hartman 770-284-1111

Andy@hartmanlawfirm.com

Premier

Dawsonville

Shafritz & Dean,

Attorneys at Law

www.shafritz-dean.com 

Richard Shafritz 678-393-2140

RShafritz@Shafritz-Dean.com

Douglas Dean 678-393-2140

DDean@Shafritz-Dean.com

West Georgia

Carrollton & Villa Rica

Coats & Cordle,

Attorneys at Law

www.coatsandcordle.com 

Robert Coats 770-577-7155

rcoats@coatsandcordle.com

Randy Cordle 770-577-7155

rcordle@coatsandcordle.com

 

 

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

 

Branch Company Affiliate Affiliate Contact Information
West Cobb Homestar Financial Corporation

www.homestarfc.com 

Jay Alexander

NMLS 223779

404-409-5784

Jay.Alexander@homestarfc.com

Wes Barclay

NMLS 1309779

770-580-6748

Wes.Barclay@homrstarfc.com

Powers Ferry Cross Country Mortgage

www.myccmortgage.com 

Michael Matlin

NMLS 1076536

404-710-8317

Michael.Matlin@myccmortgage.com

 

Faith Helm

NMLS 260619

404-384-5452

Faith.Helm@myccmortgage.com

Galleria Movement Mortgage

www.movement.com 

John Bohannon

NMLS 170795

770-480-8210

John.Bohannon@movement.com

Douglasville Premier Mortgage Exchange

www.premiermortgagee

xchange.com

Mike Diffee

NMLS 170909

404-316-6944

MDiffee@premier-mtg.net

American Eagle Mortgage

www.aemc.cc 

Linda Kennedy

NMLS 209067

678-614-4653

LKennedy@aemc.cc

Woodstock Movement Mortgage

www.movement.com 

John Bohannon

NMLS 170795

770-480-8210

John.Bohannon@movement.com

Paulding Homestar Financial Corporation

www.homestarfc.com 

Denise Thomas

NMLS 222463

770-856-5726

Denise.Thomas@Homestarfc.com

Executives

Alpharetta & Buford

New American Funding

www.newamericanf

unding.com

Brad Taylor

NMLS 461982

770-883-3100

Brad.Taylor@nafinc.com

Partners

McDonough & Conyers & Airport South 

Movement Mortgage

www.movement.com 

Jarek Maddox

NMLS 1382192

404-242-1420

Jarek.Maddox@movement.com

Wendell Charles

NMLS 252138

678-595-5997

Wendell.Charles@movement.com

Premier

Dawsonville

North Georgia Lending

www.northgeorgial

ending.com

Tabatha Abbott

NMLS 168398

678-455-8051

tabatha@northgeorgialending.com

West Georgia

Carrollton & Villa Rica

Goldwater Bank – Legacy Mortgage

www.legacymortgaget

eam.com

Mark Pagomenakis

NMLS 163759

678-534-5718

Mark.Pago@goldwaterbank.com

 

Eleni Tagalos Loyd

NMLS 1242792

770-824-7194

Eleni.TagalosLoyd@goldwaterbank.com

 

 

 

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

 

Category Company Contact Info
Home Warranty America’s Preferred

Home Warranty

John Zupancic

678-502-6841

jzupancic@aphw.net

www.aphw.com 

 

First American Home

Buyer’s Protection

 

Keri Smith

770-595-1173

Ksmith@firstam.com

www.FAHW.com 

Home Warranty of America Angela Garner

222-492-7359

agarner@hwahomewarranty.com

www.hwahomewarranty.com 

American Home Shield

 

LaDonna Hocker

678-662-4423

lhocker@ahslink.com

www.ahs.com 

2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty Robert Murray

678-346-1333

romurray@2-10.com

www.2-10.com 

Old Republic Home Protection Scott Eaves/Hope Moore

800-282-7131 x1463/x1486

ScottE@orhp.com   HopeM@orhp.com

www.myorhp.com/scotteaves 

www.myorhp.com/hopemoore 

Home Inspector Davis Home Inspections Scott Davis

770-317-2328

scott@davishomeinspectionsllc.net

www.davishomeinspectionsllc.net 

Marlon Page

404-454-7651

www.thehomeinspectionpros.com 

thehomeinspectionpros@gmail.com

 

National Property Inspections

 

Scott Buckley

404-630-4481

scott@atlhomeinspector.com

www.atlhomeinspector.com 

AT Martin Home Inspections Anthony Martin

770-906-7294

amartinspect@gmail.com

www.amartinspect.com 

Home Inspections & More Tim Russu

770-388-0970

homeinspectionsandmore@gmail.com

www.himofatlanta.com 

HouseMaster Sophie Smith

770-847-0449

sophie.smith@housemaster.com

www.northatlantahousemaster.com 

Jones-Warren Home

Inspection Services

Meredith Jones

404-793-3773

Meredith@joneswarren.com

www.joneswarren.com 

Horton’s Inspection Services, LLC Gary Horton

404-545-5364

Gary.horton.40@gmail.com

www.hortoninspectionservices.com 

 

Dream Home Inspections, LLC Jacques Mountain

678-516-9467

dreamhomeinspectionsatl@gmail.com

www.dreamhomeinspections.org 

 

ProTech Home and Property Inspections Amie Hamby

770-277-5655

rrc.protech@gmail.com

www.protech-inspect.com 

 

 

Southern Family Home Inspections

 

David Thomason

770-580-5718

inspector@southernfamilyhomeinspections.com

www.southernfamilyhomeinspections.com 

 

Insurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGee Insurance Agency

 

Mark McGee

770-648-7586

mark@callmcgee.com

Farmers Insurance -The Emeri Agency, Inc

 

Stacy Emeri Watson

678-487-8311

semeri@farmersagent.com

www.stacyemeri.com 

 

Builder / Contractor S & S Homes Tommy Southern

770-846-6518

tommyleesouthern@yahoo.com

Termite Arrow Exterminators Jason Lamarca and Yessica Etchebarne

404-735-3225/770-862-0151

jlamarca@arrowexterminators.com; yetchebarne@arrowexterminators.com

www.arrowexterminators.com/pest-control/georgia 

Northwest Exterminating Ashley Sequens

678-822-6405

www.asequens@callnorthwest.com

www.callnorthwest.com 

 

Natural Gas Georgia Natural Gas Michael Harris

470-445-1893

X2michar@southernco.com

www.gng.com/gnghub 

 

Gas South Brenda Turner

770-763-4671

Brenda.turner@gassouth.com

www.gassouth.com/realestate 

 

 

Credit Repair Hope Credit Services Teressa McIntosh

678-383-2839

McIntosh@HopeCreditService.com

www.hopecreditservice.com 

Cleaning Service R&N House Cleaning Services

 

Roseane & Nei Santis

Residential & Commercial

404-438-5040

14+ years of Experience

Call for FREE Estimate

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

 

Ann

470-309-1323

HisWillServices17@gmail.com

Property Management

 

All County Cumberland Property Management George Johnson

770-431-4633 ext 102

gjohnson@allcountycumberland.com

www.allcountycumberland.com 

 

 

Skyline Properties Group Judy Cook

770-880-9440

judy@skylinepropertiesga.com

www.skylinepropertiesga.com 

Backyard Realty Group Jen Tolley

770-517-1761 x205

jen@backyardrealty.com

www.BackyardRealty.com 

Photography

Services

WOW Photo Pro Eric Axley

404-386-4724

wowphotopro@gmail.com

www.photopro.com 

DREAM Images Dianne Dunn

678-524-0265

dianne@yourdreamimages.com

www.yourdreamimages 

Anya Dupree Photography Anya Dupree

678-481-7384

anyadupree@mac.com

Home Staging Stage Right Georgia Julie Bostardi

404-368-1666

Julie@stagerightgeorgia.com

www.stagerightgeorgia.com 

Handyman Fox Home Repair Todd Fox

770-825-1249

Todd.Fox@FoxHomeRepair.com

www.FoxHomeRepair.com 

 

 

 Personal Security   Real Estate Security Solutions  Jefery Lewis

800-604-0387

Jefreytyrone6@gmail.com

www.RealEstateSecurityofAtlanta.com 

 Roofing  Storm Guard Roofing and Construction  David Isbill

678-986-9782

disbill@stormguardrc.com

www.stormguard-powdersprings.com 

Employee Benefits American National Worksite Benefits

 

 

Claude Salmon

470-217-1994

Claude.Salmon@AmericanNational.com

www.AmericaNational.com 

 

 

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

McDonough – Maximum One Realty Partners

Managing Partners: Ming & Alan Richardson

Office@MaxOnePartners.com 

313 Jonesboro Rd.

McDonough, GA 30253

678-782-5050 / 770-616-4901

 

Conyers / East Metro – Maximum One Realty Partners

1510 Klondike Rd. SW  #101

Conyers, GA  30094

678-400-6453

 

South Airport – Maximum One Realty Partners 

1580 Phoenix Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30349

678-400-2618

 

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

Managing Partners – Monica & Kenneth Storey

Office@MaxOneExecutives.com

1005 Alderman Dr.   Suite #113

Alpharetta, GA 30005

770-835-4311

Buford – Maximum One Realty Executives

4305 S. Lee St., Suite 300

Buford, GA 30518

770-835-4311

 

Emerson / Bartow – Maximum One Communities

Managing Partners – Lynn Lenton & Marcie Evans

Office@MaximumOneCommunityRealtors.com

708 Highway 293

Emerson, GA 30137

770-334-8286

Fax:  770-334-8062

 

Rome – Maximum One Communities 

9 W. 5th Ave.

Rome, GA 30161

770-334-8286

 

North Georgia Mountains – Maximum One Premier Realtors

Managing Partner – Neal Matheson

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

Villa Rica / Carrollton – Maximum One West Georgia Realtors 

Managing Partner – Donna Agan-Williams

Donna@MaxOneWestGA.com

95 Midway Church Dr.

Carrollton, GA 30116

(770) 856-1549

 

Warner Robins – Maximum One Platinum Realty 

Managing Partner – Tracy Barb

Tracy@MaxOnePlatinum.com
114 Constitution Drive  #700

Warner Robbins, GA  31088

(478) 365-9325

 

Alabama – Maximum One Alabama, Realtors 

Part of the Greater Atlanta Franchise

Broker – Nikki Russell

RealtorNikki1@gmail.com

Maximum One Alabama, REALTORS®

161-A West Main Street

Centre, AL  35960
(256) 459-2370

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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11/18/18

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

Happy Thanksgiving!!!   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/11/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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11/4/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/28/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/21/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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10/14/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/7/18

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/30/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/23/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/16/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/9/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9/2/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8/26/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8/19/18

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

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

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

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

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

PPL Monthly Stats 1

 

PPL Yearly Stats 2

 

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

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

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

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

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8/12/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is what it looks like:

Tally 2 Sample

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

POLICY: MX1 Holding Company – Transactions:  If you are in the Holding Company, you may only send referrals & receive referral fees. The MX1 Transaction Fee on fees received are 20% of gross plus the M.O.R.E. Corporation Franchise Fee of $10 / transaction. (Please see more information on the Holding / Referral Company if you are interested in placing your license in this company.) There is no cap on Transaction Fees in the Holding Company. If you wish to practice real estate actively, – including any transactions involving you as principal, you have two options:

  • Transfer to Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA) or Maximum One Greater Atlanta, REALTORS® (MXGR)
    • Pay one year of E&O Insurance up front
    • Stay in MXGA for a minimum of 3 months
    • You may choose whatever commission plan is available in MXGA or MXGA
    • MX1 Franchise Fee is $10 on every transaction
    • For Transaction involving Primary Residence for you or immediate family member, if you choose to take $0 Commission, the MX1 Transaction Fee is $50 if you choose Plan “A” or Plan “B” of MXGA or MXGR – Limit two per year.
    • Listings must be placed in FMLS & GAMLS – if property is in an FMLS Compulsory Area
    • FMLS fee must be paid at closing if the property is not your personal residence & an “FMLS AGENT OWNER” letter has not been signed
    • If you join MXGR you must join an Association of REALTORS to which MXGR belongs
  • Remain in the Holding Company (HC)
    • Pay one year of E&O insurance up front
    • No access to FMLS nor GAMLS
    • No FMLS Fees
    • MX1 Fee is 20% of 3% of the Sale Price
    • MX1 Franchise Fee is $10

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

What Changes for a Seller?

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

 

What Changes for a Buyer?

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

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

 

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

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

 

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8/5/18

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What Changes for a Seller?

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

 

What Changes for a Buyer?

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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7/29/18

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

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

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

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7/22/18

Agent as Principal: Agents Buying / Selling / Leasing / Renting / Exchanging:  Per License Law (GREC Rule 520-1-.11 “Licensees Acting as Principals”) you must send written notice of your intention to buy or sell or lease or rent or exchange PRIOR to signing any contracts.  This includes personal residences as well as investment properties.  This law encompasses you as a named principal and you as a member of an LLC or any other corporate entity that is buyer / selling / leasing / renting / exchanging real property. Send an email that includes your name (or LLC name) property address, intent to buy / sell / lease / rent. Send this email to either your Broker, Managing Broker or Compliance Broker.

  • (1)   Written Notification to Broker. No licensee shall be permitted to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option or offer to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option real estate, either in individual or multiple parcels, in the licensee’s own name without first advising, in writing, the broker for whom the real estate licensee is acting.
  • see also O.C.G.A. §§43-40-1, 43-40-2, & 43-40-25(9).

Agent as Principal Transactions:  If you are the principal in any transaction involving real property (i.e. personal residence or investment property) you must:

  • Create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline & upload all the documents into that transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • All transactions must go through a Compliance review
  • You must use either GAR contract forms or RE contract forms for these transactions unless specific written permission to the contrary is authorized
  • You may not hold any trust funds (earnest money or security deposits) in your own account – all escrow funds must be deposited with either Maximum One, another Broker or a Property Management Company
  • All agents must identify themselves as being a licensed agent in Georgia and include their Real Estate License Number

Want an Automated Way to Get More Prospects:  Check out the RIS Media “ACE” Media program.  ACE = Automated Content Engagement.  This program brands YOU in all the content!  For more information… RIS Media ACE Program

  • Automatically post custom-branded, consumer focused real estate content to your Facebook page and other social media channels.
  • Send you a daily notification of your ACE post via email that you can forward to your sphere.
  • Make it easy for you to interact with prospects and clients who have engaged with your ACE content.

First American Agent Marketing:  Need some marketing pieces branded with you name & photo for FREE?  These include newsletters, flyers, certificates, postcards, etc that they will print & mail!  Check out the 1st American Agent Marketing Portal: www.FirstAmRealEstate.com .  Thank you Keri Smith of 1st American Home Warranty for bringing this to us!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Connie Petrus on the loss of her father.

Max Cares: Prayers to MX1 Communities for the tree that fell on their building in Emerson over the weekend.

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

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

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7/15/18

Prosperity Coach Michael Maher LIVE: July 17th from 12:30pm – approx 2:30pm – Powers Ferry Office. Do you want more referrals everyday?  Are you frustrated with the Sales Process? Do you want to get the most out of your database? Are you interested in working with people who already trust you? Attend this opportunity to hear Micheal Maher for FREE!  Click here for more info & to register. FREE LUNCH TOO! Please register so we have enough food.

Training Calendar: MX1 Platinum in Warner Robbins:  Check out the new Online Training Calendar for this Franchise! http://localendar.com/public/maxoneplatinum    This link along with links to other Franchise Training Calendars is also at the bottom of this email & at the top of the Corporate Training Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”)

You Can Always Catch More Fish With a Net Than With a Hook: So what on Earth does this mean when it comes to real estate? How does one use a net for selling homes? Read the article to learn some clever ways to get more business!  Read More Here…

Facebook Marketing Secrets:  As Zillow and others continue to increase the cost of leads. There’s one giant that agents are using to CRUSH it! It’s Facebook!  Most agents THINK they know how to maximize Facebook to generate leads…It looks so easy, right? It’s just Facebook!  Are the leads POURING IN? Or have you discovered there is a learning curve?  Have you been hesitant to even try?  Click Here for more information & to register for a Live Webinar on Tuesday 7/17 from 1pm – 2pm

Best Buy Free In-Home Consultation:  This is a great new service about which to inform your clients! For no obligation, a person from Best Buy will come out to a house & help the homeowner (new buyer) connect all their gadgets, optimize home office, integrate all their tech, etc.  Go to: www.BestBuy.com/Consultation or call 1-800-548-0828. For personal service contact the MX1 Rep – Darryl Boyd – 678-567-0126.

Best Buy Total Tech Support:  This is a new service from Best Buy.  Basically it is “Geek Squad” for the home!  A tech comes out and will troubleshoot & fix any issues with any tech in the home – appliances, computers, wi-fi, home theater, etc!  Check with Best Buy for annual pricing – great Closing Gift for your clients!  For personal service contact the MX1 Rep – Darryl Boyd – 678-567-0126

Max Cares:  Prayers to Robin Wilhite-Slay for discovering the reason for her unexplained fainting

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Meilyn Marino on the birth of her son!

Max Cares:  Prayers to Precious Edet whose brother is a military policeman in Nigeria & was sent into hostile territory & is missing.

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7/8/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in June: Please welcome the following agents who have chosen to make Maximum One their home!

Name Company Welcome Back
Susan Baroni Platinum
Robert Knight Partners
JoAnn Hostutler Platinum
Daphne Rippy Community
Susan Harrill Premier
Kathy Roberts Partners
Stephanie Reed Partners
Annetta Brown Partners
Allison Caldwell Premier
Sam Adams Premier
Amy Covington Community
Bion Grady MXGR – Paulding Welcome BACK!
Dara Franks Premier
Brenda Lajoie Premier
Bradley Williams Premier
Wendy Artale-Amerman Premier
Kristen Van Buren MXGA – Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Sandra Low Platinum
James Katz Executives
Caroline Simmons Partners
Don Silverberg Premier
Bruce Snead MXGA – Douglasville
Nicole Rouse Premier
Holland Reed Partners
Laura Saunders Partners
Roy Calderon Executives
Brian King Executives
Robin Parker Premier
Laurence McDade MXGR – Woodstock Welcome BACK!
Phil Heck Platinum
Kacey Deen Platinum
Fran Barnes Executives
Fallon Birch Platinum
Tyrone Coleman Partners
Taqqeea Waters MXGR – Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Debra Byrd Platinum
Cindee De Atley MXGR – Woodstock
Bryant Miller Partners
Karyn Harrison MXGA – Galleria Welcome BACK!
Tracy Aragon Platinum
Tina Kennedy MXGA – Galleria Welcome BACK!

 

Salesperson PRE-License Course in July – Powers Ferry: If you know of someone who wants to get their real estate license, Maximum One is hosting a 75 Hour SalesPerson Prelicense course beginning July 16th & ending on August 29th.  This course is in the evenings & 1 Saturday.  Cost is $450 & includes the textbook.  Here is the registration link: Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course for Georgia  .  For any questions, please contact the instructor: Jan-Marie Elder: JanElder711@gmail.com  770-919-8825 x 1232

Salesperson POST-License Course in July – Emerson:  If you are newly licensed, you are required to take a “25 hr Post License” course within your first year.  This does not mean 25 hrs of CE credits, but a SPECIFIC course that counts for this requirement.  Maximum One is hosting a 25 Hour Post License course beginning July 17th & ending July 25th.  The cost is $95 & here is the registration link: Agent Fundamentals: Sales Post License Course.  For any questions, please contact the instructor, Donna Carlock:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com 770-919-8825 x 1051.

Rock Your Real Estate Social Media – Facebook:  Do you ever feel like real estate social media is just a blur of information? You’re not alone – your prospects probably feel the same way!  There are millions of social media message posted each day on Facebook alone, much less on other platforms. Fortunately, there are ways to stand out. Try these tips to rock your real estate social media presence today! Read More Here…

What Is ActiveRain & Why Should You Care? ActiveRain is an online real estate related blogging platform. It is designed to connect Realtors®, financial advisers, inspectors, stagers, and real estate marketers to each other for the purpose of referrals, marketing and expanding their business through blogging.  is an online community of real estate professionals who write blogs, exchange best practices and share information.  You will learn a lot from other professionals throughout the country – also great way to establish referral relationships. Click here for more information & how to join.

Max One Cares: Prayers to Cindy Stonebrook whose 5 year old son has had to undergo multiple surgeries for a broken arm.

REPEAT: 7/1/18 – Hands Free Georgia Law: This law in Georgia goes into effect on July 1st.  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
  • Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.

Penalties:

  • 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
  • 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
  • 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine

For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

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

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

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7/1/18

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED Wednesday July 4th in honor of Independence Day!

Video Marketing Tools: Thank you to Shawn Delaney for sharing with us these 12 Video Marketing Tools.  Using video in your marketing will increase your business.  Check some of these out!

  • Adobe Spark Video app combines clips, photos, icons, text overlays, your own music and voice-overs; provides free soundtracks, visual themes with transitions and motion.
  • CutStory and Story Cutter apps edit videos into 15 or 60-second lengths for Instagram.
  • Facebook Creator app is a one-stop shop for Facebook broadcasts.
  • Flyr app provides instant animations, royalty-free videos, images and soundtracks, thousands of video templates.
  • InShot for Apple and Android Image and video editor geared toward Instagram.
  • intoLive app creates live wallpapers from videos and GIFs, and “press and hold” images that reveal hidden videos.
  • Lumen5 Artificial intelligence transforms articles into videos.
  • Planoly Platform to visually plan, manage and schedule Instagram posts.
  • Rev creates video subtitles for the vast majority who watch without sound.
  • Videoshop app with lots of editing features-slow motion, music, sound effects, etc.
  • Wave.video online editor that uses your own clips, images, music, 200 million stock videos and 30+ formats.

Salesperson Pre-License Course in July: If you know of someone who wants to get their real estate license, Maximum One is hosting a 75 Hour SalesPerson Prelicense course beginning July 9th & ending on August 22nd.  This course is in the evenings & 1 Saturday.  Cost is $450 & includes the textbook.  Here is the registration link: Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course for Georgia  .  For any questions, please contact the instructor: Jan-Marie Elder: JanElder711@gmail.com  770-919-8825 x 1232

5 Creative Strategies to List FSBO’s:  I received this email from Smarter Agent regarding unique strategies to list fsbo’s without Propsecting.  If you are interested, read this info and attend this training.  Here’s a quick preview of what you’ll learn:

  • How to overcome the #1 reason FSBO sellers don’t hire a realtor
  • How to persuade FSBO sellers who are hesitant or on the fence
  • How to quickly list FSBO homes in any market
  • How to start the conversation with FSBO sellers
  • How to use FSBO seller’s resistance to your advantage
  • And finally, We’ll show you how to automate everything.

6 Emails That Every Agent Should Be Sending:  It’s no secret that a great real estate agent focuses on building and nurturing relationships with leads, active clients, AND past clients. This can be a daunting task as one’s sphere of opportunity increases, and many times relationships begin falling through the cracks. No worries though, by combining the magic of email marketing and well-thought strategy, even the busiest real estate agent can succeed at keeping in front of their growing audience…regularly!  Want to know what those emails are?  Read More Here…

7/1/18 – Hands Free Georgia Law: This law in Georgia goes into effect on July 1st.  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
  • Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.

Penalties:

  • 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
  • 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
  • 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine

For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

Update to OpenDoor Offers to Listing Agents: Open Door launches a new experience for listing agents requesting an offer on behalf of sellers before the home hits the MLS.  To request an offer, go to www.opendoor.com/agents.  Going forward, instead of a purchase contract in your email, you will receive a link to a personal dashboard at www.opendoor.com when your offer is ready. The dashboard will provide an overview of the terms of the Opendoor offer. Should your client choose to accept the offer, you’ll be able to select the Seller’s desired closing date before generating the purchase contract to share with your seller for signing!  Please note: The dashboard is currently only available for unlisted, aka pre-MLS, properties. Properties listed on the MLS will still be managed via phone and email until a further update.  Any questions or comments, never hesitate to drop us a line at agents@opendoor.com

2018 Orientation Videos:  The Maximum One 2018 Orientation Videos are linked below & are on the “Training Videos” tile on www.eAGENTweb.com

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

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

Max One Cares: Prayers to Jennifer Fowler who had to go to the ER & hospital on Monday with sever pain in her stomach.

REPEAT: Recommending Vendors: Remember that when you suggest a Vendor / Service Provider to a Client or Customer you must give more than one name & let the client choose the actual provider.  If you choose the vendor and there are any issues (i.e. an Inspector missing an item that needs to be repaired) you could have liability for selecting that vendor for the Buyer / Seller.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F141 – Vendor List to furnish the names to the client.  This form has a Hold Harmless Agreement to protect you.

REPEAT: Hiring Vendors:  If you as the agent hire a Vendor (i.e. Home Inspector or any vendor) on behalf of a client or customer and you cannot prove in writing that the Client authorized you to hire that vendor & agreed to hold you harmless, you could hold liability for the actions or omissions of that Service Provider.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F125 – Broker’s Authorization to Hire Vendor & have the client sign this.

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6/24/18

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED Wednesday July 4th in honor of Independence Day!

Recommending Vendors: Remember that when you suggest a Vendor / Service Provider to a Client or Customer you must give more than one name & let the client choose the actual provider.  If you choose the vendor and there are any issues (i.e. an Inspector missing an item that needs to be repaired) you could have liability for selecting that vendor for the Buyer / Seller.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F141 – Vendor List to furnish the names to the client.  This form has a Hold Harmless Agreement to protect you.

Hiring Vendors:  If you as the agent hire a Vendor (i.e. Home Inspector or any vendor) on behalf of a client or customer and you cannot prove in writing that the Client authorized you to hire that vendor & agreed to hold you harmless, you could hold liability for the actions or omissions of that Service Provider.  If you are an authorized user of the GAR forms, use Form F125 – Broker’s Authorization to Hire Vendor & have the client sign this.

Instagram for Real Estate:  Instagram is one of the most under utilized social media sources for real estate.  You may easily use it to grow your business!  Want to know how to do that?  Read this article: 33 Instagram Tips for Real Estate Professionals.

Hands Free Georgia Law: This law in Georgia goes into effect on July 1st.  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
  • Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.

Penalties:

  • 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
  • 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
  • 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine

For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.

Agents Using Training Rooms:  During business hours, any agent may use the Training Rooms as long as there is not a class or Sales Meeting or it has not been reserved by anyone.  You may also use these rooms after hours & on the weekends for meetings or events.  For these after hour uses, you must contact the branch CEO Advisor and reserve the room & there is a required deposit of $30.  This deposit is so that when the Branch CEO Advisor comes in in the morning, if the room needs to be cleaned, that deposit will go to the Branch Manager for additional services required; if you leave the room clean, trash picked up, garbage removed, etc., the deposit gets returned to you.

Agents Using Conference Rooms & Buyer Rooms:  Agents may also use the Conference Rooms.  There are many times when an agent is out showing property & then comes to the office with their clients to write an offer – that is what the Conference Room & Buyer Rooms are for.  Agents may also reserve the Conference Room for a meeting.  Agents may absolutely reserve the Conference Room to meet with their Team or for any other sort of meeting or closing.  No agent in any office where there is a conference room or Buyer Room may use those rooms as their personal offices all day.  We never know when an agent will need to use it when they are out with clients.  Those rooms are designed to be unoccupied on a regular basis for the situation when an agent needs to bring clients to the offices or meet a co-op agent at our office.  That is another reason why our offices are so gorgeous!!!

Reserving a Branch Training Room:  The Training Rooms are open for all agents to use as long as there is not a class, sales meeting or other reserved event.  If you wish to reserve the training Room after hours for an event or meeting, please contact your branch CEO Advisor and complete the attached Facility Reservation Form. A $30 Room Reservation Deposit is required & will be returned if the room is totally clean with tables & chairs back in place.

Max One Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose Mom has a severe virus that landed her in the ER Friday.  She is now home & getting better!

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6/17/18

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in April & May: Please welcome the following agents who joined Maximum One last two months!.

 

Sandra Cocanougher Community Welcome BACK
Kacylle Mohammed Partners
Eddie Pugh Partners
Yanett Marquez Woodstock
Aydee Agoda Galleria
Janice Carter West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Patricia Daniels-George Galleria
Eduarda Marins West Cobb
Keisha Cunningham Executives Welcome BACK!
James McLean West Cobb Welcome BACK!
Jeffer Carreker Partners
Kimberly “Brooke” Sassaman West Cobb
Jenifer Fugua Community
James Sumner West Georgia
Criss Corley West Cobb
Nancy Pitts Paulding Welcome BACK!
Lisa Cartwright-Williams Galleria
Pamela King Paulding
Ashlee Harmon Executives
Connie Dunmire Galleria
Michael A Smith West Cobb
Kirk Linder Woodstock
Chiquita Haliburton Partners
Jarrell Smith Powers Ferry
Nafi Hobbs Partners
Willie Purcell Partners
Shawn Roberts Woodstock
Aaron Gan Woodstock
Phoebe Ann Coryea West GA
LaShawn Harris Woodstock Welcome BACK!
Charles Anderson Galleria
Carly Smith Executives
Marjorie Lowe Executives

 

Andy Futch Partners
Sharon Whipple Partners
David Martin Partners
Marc Brown Partners
Corena Thornton Partners j

 

Lana Folsom Premier
Melissa Glover Community
Shena Gravitt Community Welcome  BACK!
Jenifer Fuqua Communty

 

Allison Gunter West Cobb
Taya Darling Galleria
Joseph Bell Partners
Sherrita Fields Galleria
Joselyn Acosta Douglasville
Bruce Kirby Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Zaidh Cuellar Executives
Shari Capers Galleria Welcome BACK!
Lorna Best Douglasville
Rich Dixon West Cobb
Carla Wilson Partners
Robert White West Cobb
Michael Wyatt Galleria Welcome BACK!
Bryan Mechling West Georgia
Irving Rivera Community
Maria Sharps Partners
Yvonne Richardson Partners
Beverly Gill Powers Ferry
Jennifer Tenorio Premier
Claude Cole Paulding
Ellen Mesnick Powers Ferry
Briana Boyd Douglasville Welcome BACK!
Stephen Roos Woodstock
Lisa Horton Partners
Paula Taylor Woodstock
Zia Afshani Powers Ferry Welcome BACK!
Terrie Davis Emerson
Montego Brooks Galleria
Felicia Hinton Galleria
Tanasha Pettigrew Executives

 

Online Property Tax Records:  Thank you to Shawn Horan closing attorney of Horan Law Group and John Davis, expert Title Examiner, for teaching the fabulous lunch & learn on how to use & interpret www.GSCCCA.org .  Of the many things we learned, one tip was the link to all the Property Tax Records online: Georgia Property Tax Records Online.  So much information may be found from the tax record and GSCCCA.org.

Property Taxes & Closings:  Thank you to Rich Shafritz & Doug Dean closing attorneys of Shafritz & Dean for reminding us at the Powers Ferry Sales Meeting for reminding us about closings this time of year.  Since tax bills are due soon, tax collections at closings are large.  After the property tax bills have been sent by the county, those bills create a lien against that property.  Check with the lender & closing attorney for those amounts which will be required form both Buyers & Sellers.

Best Farming Techniques: No matter how much real estate changes, and technology has dramatically altered the playing field in the last 15 years, there are still some tried and true methods of building your business. Because real estate remains, as much as anything, a contact sport, the number of people you interact with on a daily basis will often have a direct correlation to the amount of business you actually close. For this reason, traditional marketing efforts like farming, allow you to get in front of real live buyers and sellers in your chosen market and enhance the chances your target demographic will do business with you when the time comes.  Read More Here…

q Public Net:  This website is used heavily to pull up flood maps, off market sale comps and to search for neighboring plat data among other things.  It now has a cost associated with it where it used to be free.  Please let your Franchise know if this is something you would like Maximum One Corporation to purchase a login to share among the agents of all Franchisees.  Check it out: www.qPublic.net & let us know!

MX1 Greater Atlanta Surveys: Thank you all who responded to the Maximum One Greater Atlanta surveys!

Max One Cares: Congratulations to Travis Reedy on getting his Broker’s License!

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6/10/18

Almost Property Tax Time  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us that the property tax bills for Metro Atlanta are almost out!  What that means to your clients is that the closing attorneys are having to collect a large sum of tax money at closing for the escrows.  Once the tax bills are out, then that constitutes a lien against the Seller.  Check with the county for the dates the bills are issued & when they are due!

Georgia Dream Funds: Georgia Dream is currently experiencing a delay of approximately an additional 2 weeks for processing files. That means you’ll need to add those additional days when negotiating a closing date.  Thank you to Doug Brown of Homestar Financial Corporation for sharing this & other valuable information with us at the West Cobb Sales meeting.

Contract Contingency & Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Funds:  Remember that if a Buyer does NOT get their DPA funds, that reason does NOT satisfy the Financing Contingency.  That means that if a Buyer terminates a contract under the “Financing Contingency” because they could not get their DPA funds, they will default on the contract & either lose their Earnest Money or be sued.  To avoid this, make sure that you add a Special Stipulation making the Buyer’s purchase contingent upon their receipt of this down payment money.  See this stip & others in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “2018 Special Stipulations to Consider.”

Powers Ferry Office of MX1 Greater Atlanta: This branch is now open!  Please join us for the first sales meeting – Tuesday, June 12th at 10am.

How to Translate Confusing Industry Terms:  Remember that industry terms are meaningless to the public.  What is all the new information about “Eco” & “Green homes,” etc.? Want to turn this jargon into marketing magic?  Read this article for ideas! Turn Eco Jargon Into Marketing Magic

Want More Business?  The issue is not Lead GENERATION, the issue is typically Lead CONVERSION!  Learn how to convert those opportunities into clients & closings!  Watch the Tom Ferry Breakthrough By Design Webinars – on the weekly calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com  – click “Calendar.”  Also, take MX1 Founder & CEO Dave Kubat’s CE class  Lead Generation for Today’s Market – next Friday (6/15/18 at 1pm at the Galleria Branch of Maximum One Greater Atlanta.)  Also read this article:   Agents: Lead With Perception.

Max One Cares: Condolences for the family of Mary Lamb who passed away on Saturday, June 2nd.

Max One Cares: Congratulations to Jigisha Shah who received her ABR designation!

Max One Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green’s Aunt who has had 2 strokes.

REPEAT:  THREE New MX1 Locations: Three of our Franchises have NEW locations NOW Open!  Look for classes at these locations in June! www.eAGENTweb.com !  click “Calendar”

  • Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry Branch is NOW Open!
    • 1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta 300677
  • Executives – Buford Branch is NOW Open!
    • 4305 S. Lee St., Buford 30518
  • Communities – Rome Branch is NOW Open!
    • 9 W. 5th Ave., Rome 30161

REPEAT: 1-Click CMA: Want a quick & easy CMA with just 1 click?  Cloud CMA is the easy way to create amazing reports that help you write more offers and win more listings.  Create a CMA by just sending an email!  Check it out – try one of your own house!  Take the FMLS class on Cloud CMA – see online calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”  Thank you Amber Taylor for bringing this to our attention at the Paulding Sales Meeting last month!

  • Send an email to:  CMA@CloudCMA.com
  • Put client’s name in Subject Line
  • Put the address of the Subject Property in the body of the email
  • Click Send!  In less than a minute, you’ll get a link to a CMA that you may send & review with client

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6/3/18

Congratulations to All 2018 Graduates!!!!!!

THREE New MX1 Locations: Three of our Franchises have NEW locations NOW Open!  Look for classes at these locations in June! www.eAGENTweb.com !  click “Calendar”

  • Greater Atlanta – Powers Ferry Branch is NOW Open!
    • 1355 Terrell Mill Rd., Bldg #1464, Marietta 30067
  • Executives – Buford Branch is NOW Open!
    • 4305 S. Lee St., Buford 30518
  • Communities – Rome Branch is NOW Open!
    • 9 W. 5th Ave., Rome 30161

1-Click CMA: Want a quick & easy CMA with just 1 click?  Cloud CMA is the easy way to create amazing reports that help you write more offers and win more listings.  Create a CMA by just sending an email!  Check it out – try one of your own house!  Take the FMLS class on Cloud CMA – see online calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”  Thank you Amber Taylor for bringing this to our attention at the Paulding Sales Meeting last month!

  • Send an email to:  CMA@CloudCMA.com
  • Put client’s name in Subject Line
  • Put the address of the Subject Property in the body of the email
  • Click Send!  In less than a minute, you’ll get a link to a CMA that you may send & review with client

Buyer “Love Letters” and Fair Housing Concerns:  A strategy many Buyer’s agents use especially in a multiple offer situation is to include a “love letter” or video to entice the Seller to choose their contract over others.  Whereas it is not a Fair Housing violation to send the letter, it may be a Fair Housing violation for a Seller to select a Buyer based on this enticement especially if the Buyer’s letter mentions a couple wanting to raise their family in that home.  As a Listing Agent, the best strategy to assist in you or the Seller  from potentially violating Fair Housing laws would be to make the Seller AWARE of the letter but to not let them read it until or unless THAT is the offer they selected and went binding with.  For more on this issue, read the article in www.Inman.com – “Do buyer ‘love’ letters risk violating fair housing?  The ability to purchase a home should be made available to everyone – not just families with children” by Teresa Boardman.

7 Federally Protected Classes in Fair Housing Laws: Remember “FRESH CORN.”  F = familial status R = race E = nothing but think of “equal” S = sex H = handicap/disability C = color O = nothing but think of “opportunity” R = religion N = National origin.

Sexual Orientation & Fair Housing: Sexual orientation is not a protected class in the Federal fair housing laws nor in the Georgia state fair housing laws.  However, if you are a REALTOR® then Sexual Orientation is protected under the Code of Ethics. AND if you sign a Listing Agreement on the GAR or the RE Forms, then you agree to provide equal housing opportunities to ALL despite the 7 Federally protected groups AND sexual orientation and gender identity.

Max One Cares: Get better Heidi Kelley who has walking pneumonia!

Max One Cares: Condolences to Steve Matthews whose mother passed away.

Max One Cares:  Congratulations to Brenda Davis on getting her GRI designation!

Max One Cares:  Prayers for Mary Lamb who is in a coma after recent surgery.

REPEAT:  Title Insurance Primer:  Just because a Buyer gets a “Warranty Deed” when they purchase real property, this does not guarantee they have a title free & clear of any issues.  What’s the answer to this concern… Title Insurance!  Thank you to Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for this Title Insurance Primer.

REPEAT: Appraisal App by DS Murphy:  Download this App for $10/month to access their list of comps – many of which you won’t find on FMLS or GAMLS.  You may also speak to a licensed appraiser and get discounts on appraisal services.  FYI, DS Murphy will also help you with an appraisal rebuttal.

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5/20/18

Maximum One Office Closed Monday May 28th for Memorial Day

No Newsletter Sunday May 27th

Congratulations to All 2018 Graduates!!!!!!

The Importance of a CRM:  An effective CRM system will run your business.  The CRM available in the Agent Website through Chime is extremely powerful.  Read what RIS Media says about using a CRM in your real estate business:  Turn On & Harness the Power of Your Palm

Appraisal App by DS Murphy:  Download this App for $10/month to access their list of comps – many of which you won’t find on FMLS or GAMLS.  You may also speak to a licensed appraiser and get discounts on appraisal services.  FYI, DS Murphy will also help you with an appraisal rebuttal.

GAMLS Market Statistics: With the new integrations to the CRS Tax Suite, MLS reports that decipher your local market conditions, and training options to advance your understanding of our technology offerings. Georgia MLS is proud to be your partner in making homeownership happen. The information we safeguard, the rules we enforce, and the community we foster help you do what you do with confidence.

It’s no secret that low inventory is the biggest market condition our members and their clients face as we move into the summer season.

Find out how to utilize the Solds Analysis Report to get a localized view >

Update on LIFT Down Payment Assistance Funds – Cobb County: Regarding last week’s information on this program, LIFT has informed us that they are out of funds until July 6th.  After that date, they are not sure what amount of funds they will have for this program.  Another example of if you hear of a program for your Buyer clients, they need to act on it quickly.  Thank you Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for keeping us updated.  Great information is always shared at the monthly Branch Sales Meetings!

REPEAT: FMLS #117 & FMLS #118:  If you complete these forms online through FMLS, please print out the confirmation you receive & upload the confirmation into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline so that Compliance may mark off those items.

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5/13/18

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

MX1 Rock Stars Group on Facebook:  This is a group for MX1 Agents only – ALL Franchises of MX1.  You must request to be included or accept the invitation that is sent to you.  There is a TON of useful information shared by agents & Brokers in this group!  AND it is searchable!  Additionally, there is a link to this group for members on the Tile “Maximum One Rock Stars” when you go to www.eAGENTweb.com 

Outgoing Wires:  Just a reminder that all outgoing wires (i.e. for earnest money to a closing attorney) incurs a $30 charge to the agent.

FMLS #117 & FMLS #118:  If you complete these forms online through FMLS, please print out the confirmation you receive & upload the confirmation into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline so that Compliance may mark off those items.

Questions a Listing Agent Should Ask a Buyer’s Lender:  When you are representing a Seller and you receive multiple offers from Buyers getting a mortgage, there is certain information that would be useful to know  when deciding on an offer to accept.  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing with us this list of Listing Agent Questions for a Buyer’s Loan Officer

“Smart Agents”: Check out www.SmartAgents.com for some ideas, systems and guides to help your real estate business.  They are based out of Jacksonville, FL and offer many free training guides and paid products and services.  You can even author a real estate book – ghost written by them – to help you in getting more deals!

4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Traffic: Your social media should direct prospects to your website to give you the opportunity to engage them and help them as a client.  Read this article for ideas to help you improve this traffic: 4 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Traffic When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

Live Happy:  Want to know the 9 super habits of people living in total happiness?.  Read Article Here.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Nikki Russell (formerly Tucker) who was recently married!

Max Cares:  Get well soon, Cindy Corona who recently had knee surgery.

REPEAT:  How to Access MX1 Forms in FMLS – As a Maximum One Greater Atlanta Agent, you may access a variety of MX1 forms through rDocs so that you may complete the form electronically and for forms that need a client signature you may send also through E-Sign.  Here is the How To Access MX1 Forms in rDocs – 4 Easy Steps with screen shots

  • Step 1 – Select Forms Manager
  • Step 2 – Click on “Forms Package”
  • Step 3 – Under “Office Broker Forms” Select Desired Form
  • Step 4 – Send through E-Sign for Completion &/or Signature – depending on the Form

REPEAT:  LIFT DownPayment Assistance Program:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of this new DPA program for Cobb County – which is great because the GA Dream Hardest Hit Fund is not available for this county.  It’s for “1st Time” homebuyers & there are income & credit limits.  The amount is $15,000 asistance and $18,000 assistance for police, firemen & teachers.  The source of the funding is Wells Fargo but there are many approved Lenders who may access this program for your clients!  See Jay’s contact information at the end of this Newsletter.

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5/6/18

How to Access MX1 Forms in FMLS – As a Maximum One Greater Atlanta Agent, you may access a variety of MX1 forms through rDocs so that you may complete the form electronically and for forms that need a client signature you may send also through E-Sign.  Here is the How To Access MX1 Forms in rDocs – 4 Easy Steps with screen shots

  • Step 1 – Select Forms Manager
  • Step 2 – Click on “Forms Package”
  • Step 3 – Under “Office Broker Forms” Select Desired Form
  • Step 4 – Send through E-Sign for Completion &/or Signature – depending on the Form

LIFT DownPayment Assistance Program:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of this new DPA program for Cobb County – which is great because the GA Dream Hardest Hit Fund is not available for this county.  It’s for “1st Time” homebuyers & there are income & credit limits.  The amount is $15,000 asistance and $18,000 assistance for police, firemen & teachers.  The source of the funding is Wells Fargo but there are many approved Lenders who may access this program for your clients!  See Jay’s contact information at the end of this Newsletter.

Know Whom You Represent:  When you work with a client who signs a Buyer Brokerage Agreement or a Listing Agreement, remember THAT is the person whom you represent regardless of the client’s relationship with other interested parties.  For example, your best friend is engaged & it is the fiance who is buying the house & who is getting the loan & on the contract.  The fiance is your client – NOT your best friend.  You MUST refrain from providing any type of legal advice regarding the transaction as you are NOT an attorney.  For example, you may NOT suggest that the other party go on the TItle at closing – you are giving legal advice, you do not know all the legal ramifications for two engaged people being on title prior to marriage and how a court or IRS would look at a pre-marital asset in the event they don’t marry or get divorced.  Bottom line, you represent only your client & you need to refrain from giving legal advice or offering an opinion on something outside of your license.  Thank you Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us!  Amee’s contact information is at the end of this newsletter.

Statute of Limitations on a Lien Attached to a Property:  A Judgement Lien against a property will stay attached to a debtor’s property (real or personal) for seven (7) years.

Cobb Association “Boots & Bandits”:  Please attend this fun RPAC Fundraiser at the Governors Gun Club in Kennesaw on May 10th from 6pm – 9pm.  Watch this Video for more info & click link to Register for food, drink & fun!

Technology to Help You Be More Productive: You are always on your phone anyway, check out this article on Productivity Apps. 29 Experts Give Their Best Picks

Max Cares: Condolences to Teressa McIntosh of Hope Credit Services on the loss of her father-in-law.

Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black whose step brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Max Cares: Condolences to Remey Caraballo whose husband was killed in an accident on Thursday.

REPEAT: Wire Instructions for MX1 – for Earnest Money:  Maximum One will not email wire instructions to you or your clients.  If they are to wire Earnest Money to Maximum One, we will need their mailing address & will mail the information to them.  OR you as the agent may come into a Branch & pick up the wire instructions so that you may hand deliver or tell your client on the phone.

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4/30/18

 Wire Fraud:  One of our top agents experienced the devastating effects of wire fraud. He represented the Seller.  The parties were sitting at the closing table when the attorney asked the Buyer for the down payment.  The Buyer replied that he had wired it to the attorney’s office 2 weeks prior to closing.  Buyer stated that he received the wire instructions by email & then the “CORRECTED” wire instructions an hour later.  The Buyer wired the down payment to the fraudulent wire information.  Sooooo…. no closing! Buyer out $12,000+! Agents out commissions!  No way of recovering the funds.  As an agent…. do NOT email wire instructions or any financial information to your client.  Hand deliver or mail instructions.  Make sure your clients know that if they receive wire information by email they are to pick up the phone and call the closing attorney from the number that YOU give them to confirm.  NEVER be the intermediary of communicating wire instructions between a closing attorney & the client.

Wire Instructions for MX1 – for Earnest Money:  Maximum One will not email wire instructions to you or your clients.  If they are to wire Earnest Money to Maximum One, we will need their mailing address & will mail the information to them.  OR you as the agent may come into a Branch & pick up the wire instructions so that you may hand deliver or tell your client on the phone.

How to Turn a FSBO into a Client: With this hot market, many Sellers may think this is so easy that they don’t need you, the real estate professional, to help them sell their house.  Here are some tips to turn FSBOs into Clients.  Go over these issues with a FSBO:

Questions a FSBO Seller needs to consider:

  • Are you ready to field calls all day from people asking about your home?
  • What price will the market bear for the home?  What will the home appraise for based on the market data?
  • Are the Buyers touring your home pre-approved?
  • Are you comfortable letting strangers in your home?
  • What listing price do you list your home for?
  • Are you ready to be home for all the showings?
  • Are your valuables and prescription drugs secure?
  • Do you have the required disclosure paperwork needed to sell a home?
  • What forms will you use for a contract?
  • Are you familiar with a closing attorney and what is required to close the transaction?
  • Do you know what to expect from a home inspection?
  • How will you attract the most qualified and motivated Buyers whom are already working with real estate agents?
  • If you are willing to work with an agent who is representing a Buyer, you do realize that the agent will be working and negotiating in the best interest of the Buyer & not you, the Seller?
  • Are you familiar with your options if the appraisal comes in lower than the Sale Price?
  • If you receive multiple simultaneous offers are you prepared to evaluate the terms of the offer in addition to the price?
  • Are you familiar with different property requirements and Seller obligations based on the Buyer’s type of loan – conventional vs. FHA vs. VA?

These are some of the many questions / issues that you may raise with the Seller to highlight to them the value that you as the agent can bring to the situation so that you can help them sell their house for the best price & terms to help them move forward with their real estate needs.

Where to Find FSBOs:  There are many sources for you to find FSBO leads

  • Drive around
  • Zillow Make Me Moves – Free
  • Vulcan 7 – Free for MX1 Agents
  • TheRedX – Fee
  • My Plus Leads – Fee
  • FSBO Lead USA
  • HotHomeLeads
  • FSBO.com
  • Craigslist
  • And Many More

Case Study Working FSBOs:  Read this case study from agents in the Tom Ferry coaching program to see how they work FSBOs and what a huge part of their business FSBO leads provide. FSBOs Case Study – Tom Ferry

Max Cares: Congratulations to MX1 Accounting Department Manager, Donna Black, on the wedding  of her daughter Kaitlyn this weekend!

 

REPEAT:  Realtors Property Resource: If you are a Realtor, then check out this program which is free to Realtors as a resource for doing a CMA for your clients.  Check it out:  https://www.narrpr.com/

 

REPEAT:  Upnest: Check out www.UpNest.com .  This is a free service to receive listing and buyer leads.  If you close a transaction from this source, you will owe UpNest a referral fee but no costs until closing. This leads service pre-screens potential leads and has advisors that will help you win the business in a competitive situation.

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

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4/23/18

Expand Your Social Media Marketing:  One of the Maximum One vendors, Paradym (formerly Visual Tour) has a new program called Reach Social  to assist you in your Social Media efforts to reach more people in a powerful way.  Watch this video for more information: https://www.paradym.com/blog/resources/introducing-reach-social/

Realtors Property Resource: If you are a Realtor, then check out this program which is free to Realtors as a resource for doing a CMA for your clients.  Check it out:  https://www.narrpr.com/

Real Estate Agent Business Insurance:  As an agent, you have Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance coverage through Maximum One.  There is other “business” insurance you may get to cover your business.  Thank you to Kelly Scott of Allstate for bringing this type of insurance coverage to my attention.  She offers “Allstate Business Shield for Real Estate Agents”  This customized protection covers things like business personal property, valuable papers & records, virus protection, yard signs, and more.  Contact Kelly for more information – kellymscott@allstate.com  770-883-4890

Upnest: Check out www.UpNest.com .  This is a free service to receive listing and buyer leads.  If you close a transaction from this source, you will owe UpNest a referral fee but no costs until closing. This leads service pre-screens potential leads and has advisors that will help you win the business in a competitive situation.

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

Tiles on www.eAGENTweb.com – Please bear with us as we update the links on www.eAGENTweb.com .  Thank you!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Allen & Shawn Roberts whose dad passed away unexpectedly.

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4/15/18

Ideas to Help Agents Not Have Low Appraisals:  In an increasing market like we are in now, we always have an issue with appraisals coming in lower than the contract sales price.  Appraisers look at the past to value a home now & this many times causes an issue.  Here are some tips to help you as an agent prevent the issue of having to negotiate a low appraisal:

  • Analyze your comps thoroughly when pricing a listing & when assisting a Buyer structure an offer
  • Complete a Seller Net Sheet with different sale price scenarios
  • Contact DS Murphy for a Consultation / Pre-Listing Appraisal – $500 donation to charity
  • Download the DS Murphy App – valuation videos to show Sellers, chat with an appraiser, discounts – thank you John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for sharing this tip
  • Meet the appraiser at the property – bring your thorough CMA, point out specific items with this property, point out this section of the SD & how it differs from other sections – cookies help too!
  • Make the Appraiser Call You Prior to appraising – after you go binding, change the showing instructions in the MLS to “Appointment Only – Contact Listing Agent” – that way the appraiser MUST call you to schedule the appraisal so you’ll know when to meet at the house
  • Order a floor plan to present to the appraiser – order from an appraiser or a service such as Plan-o-Matic
  • Take CE classes on appraisals
  • Consult with an appraiser prior to listing – check out the “Other Specialties” tab on the Maximum One Corporate Roster – we have several agents who are also licensed appraisers
  • List your properties in FMLS & GAMLS even if they sell in hours of putting the sign in the yard
  • Appraisers look to see if the house was “exposed to the open market” – via MLS services – if not, this may put downward valuation on the price
  • With cash deals in the MLS services, you establish easily-available comps for this increasing market – especially with cash deals

Investors Looking for Property to Buy to Rent: Many investors are still looking for properties to purchase to turn into rental property.  With increasing interest rates, the rental market tends to increase as well.  If you are working with an investor looking for a rental property, make sure to check with the subdivision / Townhouse / Condominium / Homeowner’s Association to check their rental restrictions.  Many neighborhoods limit the percentage of homes that can be rented & there may already be a waiting list of existing homeowners who want to rent out their homes.

Chime Lead-Generating Website:  If you want information on this or if you are having any issues getting your website up & running or performing how you thought it would, the reps from Chime will be in town to help you.  They are only here for 3 days.  Please attend one of these session to get dialed in!

  • Day 1 (Mon 4/16) – 10am McDonough & 2pm Airport South
  • Day 2 (Tue 4/17) – 10am Galleria & 1:30 (after Sales Meeting) Paulding
  • Day 3 (Wed 4/18) – 9:30am Emerson & 2pm Alpharetta

7 Social Media Marketing Techniques: Check out this article on Social Media Marketing Techniques.

FMLS Fees on WD or EXP Listing that Sells:  Please be aware of the FMLS policy on fees due if a withdrawn listing sells.  Just like a “protection period” in your listing agreement, they too have a similar concept for 90 days.  Here is the actual rule:

  • Rule 15 – Offers After Expiration or Withdrawal of FMLS Listing
  • 15.1 In the event that a Member has shown a client a property under an FMLS listing with another Principal Member and secures an offer from the same client after the FMLS listing has expired or been withdrawn, the following procedures shall govern:
  • a) If the property has not been re-listed by any real estate firm on an exclusive basis within ninety (90) days after expiration or withdrawal of the FMLS listing but is on an “open listing” status, then the offer must be presented through the firm that had the FMLS listing at the time the property was originally shown.
  • 15.2 When a property is listed by a Principal Member and a contract presented within ninety (90) days after expiration is accepted, providing the buyer was introduced to the property prior to its expiration, a fee shall be due FMLS from the selling and listing Principal Member, according to the FMLS fee schedule, when the property closes.
  • 15.3 When a property is listed by a Principal Member and a contract presented within ninety (90) days after withdrawal of the listing is accepted, providing the buyer was introduced to the property prior to its withdrawal, a fee shall be due FMLS from the selling and listing Principal Member, according to the FMLS fee schedule, when the property closes.

 

Max Cares:  Condolences to Lil Hoepfinger her just lost her 3rd family member in a short period of time – her StepDad, Uncle & Father-in-Law.

Max Cares:  Feel better Heidi Kelly!

Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green’s mom who had to go to the ER with severe back pain.

REPEAT: MX1 & FMLS Fees on Unreported Listings:  Per the FMLS Membership, we are required to collect FMLS fees & the property is required to be listed in FMLS in the following situation:

  • Contract indicates that Seller is CLIENT of Listing Broker
  • Listing Broker is a member of FMLS
  • Property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

So, if you represent a Buyer & write a contract on a property & the above is true, then MX1 is collecting FMLS fees even if the Listing broker did not enter the property in FMLS.  After the close, FMLS will contact the Listing Broker to get the property listed & collect fees from them as well.  This is per Cantey Davis, President of FMLS & FMLS Rule 18.

  • Rule 18 – FMLS Listing Effective as Provided in the Listing Contract  –  At such time as any listing contract is signed (Agreement Date), the property is considered filed with FMLS. Should the property be sold before the listing is entered into the FMLS computer system or sent to FMLS, the sale must be reported as an FMLS sale and any FMLS fee must be paid.

REPEAT: FMLS Listings & GAMLS Listings:  Per the GAMLS Membership, any listings listed in FMLS must also be listed in GAMLS.

 

 

4/8/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in March 2018:  Welcome Everyone!

  • Julie Johnson – McDonough
  • Pilar Grimes – Powers Ferry
  • Michelle Brown – Galleria
  • Anthony Weber – Woodstock
  • Jan-Marie Elder – Alabama
  • Mekeba Bryant – McDonough
  • Beth Haralson – Paulding
  • Kimberly Thomas – Woodstock
  • Craig Perryman – McDonough
  • Mattie Ealey – McDonough
  • Mark Ware – Alpharetta
  • Julie Bosse – West Georgia
  • Susie Vann – Powers Ferry
  • Donna English – McDonough
  • Barbara Knox – McDonough
  • Dionna Whitney – McDonough
  • Malcolm Jennings – McDonough
  • Erika Litman – McDonough
  • Linda Glisson – Woodstock
  • Brittan Pettway – Emerson
  • Tammy Rogers – Emerson
  • Paula Warren – Warner Robbins
  • Jennifer Thompson – Warner Robbins
  • Lesley Hudson – McDonough
  • Jennifer Thompson – McDonough
  • Rosemarie Parrish – Douglasville
  • Bowan Strahan – West Cobb
  • Khori Peacock – McDonough
  • Gabrielle Fletcher – Galleria
  • Samra Hadden – Woodstock – Welcome BACK!
  • Shenita Woodard – McDonough
  • Carmen Jordan – McDonough
  • William Thompson III – Paulding
  • Ashley Martin – West Cobb
  • Donna Sullivan – Dawsonville
  • Lora Stilley – DOuglasville
  • Frederic Robinson – Galleria
  • Rebecca Brown Harris – Alpharetta
  • Carmen Papallo – West Cobb
  • Judit Beta – Alpharetta
  • Christina Dobbs – Galleria
  • Kristi Ellenburg – Emerson – Welcome BACK!
  • Lori Cagle – Emerson
  • Karen Foster – Paulding – Welcome BACK!
  • Tanash Pettigrew – Alpharetta
  • Tonia Benas – West Cobb

Checking for Mold:  There are only 3 Inspectors in GA who are actually certified in Mold Inspections.  Make sure that your clients are protected.  MX1 Vendor, Tim Russo of Mold Be Gone & Home Inspections & More is one of the 3 certified in Mold inspections.  Contact Tim for info – homeinspectionsandmore@gmail.com 678-366-3446.  He also has several articles on his blog – www.moldbegoneatlanta.com

 

MX1 & FMLS Fees on Unreported Listings:  Per the FMLS Membership, we are required to collect FMLS fees & the property is required to be listed in FMLS in the following situation:

  • Contract indicates that Seller is CLIENT of Listing Broker
  • Listing Broker is a member of FMLS
  • Property is located in an FMLS Compulsory Area

So, if you represent a Buyer & write a contract on a property & the above is true, then MX1 is collecting FMLS fees even if the Listing broker did not enter the property in FMLS.  After the close, FMLS will contact the Listing Broker to get the property listed & collect fees from them as well.  This is per Cantey Davis, President of FMLS & FMLS Rule 18.

  • Rule 18 – FMLS Listing Effective as Provided in the Listing Contract  –  At such time as any listing contract is signed (Agreement Date), the property is considered filed with FMLS. Should the property be sold before the listing is entered into the FMLS computer system or sent to FMLS, the sale must be reported as an FMLS sale and any FMLS fee must be paid.

FMLS Listings & GAMLS Listings:  Per the GAMLS Membership, any listings listed in FMLS must also be listed in GAMLS.

 

FMLS – New Look Launching April 12th:  When you log in to www.FMLS.com you will see a new look! Take some time to check out the new design before you really NEED something over the weekend or in the evening & can’t find it!  For a preview: https://preview.fmls.com/memberhome

 

MX1 West Cobb & Safe Path:  The West Cobb Branch is supporting Safe Path throughout the year.  This is child-advocay center for kids of sexual & physical abuse.  There will be a barrel in the office all year. Thank you, Team Captain, Brenda Perry, for organizing this.  For more information: SafePath Purpose  & SafePath Needs.

 

Max Cares: Please send prayers to Nancy Sanders who is in the hospital with pneumonia.

Max Cares: Please send prayers to Donna Green whose sister was in the hospital having surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose dad had open heart surgery & 2 Bypasses.

Max Cares: Congratulations to John Zupancic of America’s Preferred Warranty on the birth of his granddaughter, Lucy Ann!

 

REPEAT: Bridge Dual Entry Listing System: The Bridge Dual Entry System is up & running for Maximum One agents to input their listings to by simultaneously sent to FMLS & GAMLS & Zillow & www.RealEstate.com .  Here is the information you need – this is also available for you on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Thank you to Kim Murray for managing this project for us!

 

REPEAT:  Renewing Your License:  Remember that GREC requires you have 36 hours of CE & 3 of those 36 hours must be specifically categorized as “License Law.”  You may log on to your account on GREC to verify your CE credits.  Check out the 141 hours of CE Maximum One Companies are hosting in April 2018 – www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar.”

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4/1/18

Happy Passover! – March 30th

Happy Easter! – April 1

Bridge Dual Entry Listing System:  The Bridge Dual Entry System is up & running for Maximum One agents to input their listings to by simultaneously sent to FMLS & GAMLS & Zillow & www.RealEstate.com .  Here is the information you need – this is also available for you on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Thank you to Kim Murray for managing this project for us!

Email Address Used in Transactions:  Both the GAR Purchase & Sale Agreement and the RE Forms Contract specifically stipulate that for the purposes of Notice (i.e. sending a Termination) that notice MUST be sent to the email address on the signature page of the contract or the Notice is deemed to have not been sent.  This is true even if the co-op agent interacts with you from another email address.. Video coming soon!

Renewing Your License:  Remember that GREC requires you have 36 hours of CE & 3 of those 36 hours must be specifically categorized as “License Law.”  You may log on to your account on GREC to verify your CE credits.  Check out the 141 hours of CE Maximum One Companies are hosting in April 2018 – www.eAGENTweb.com  click “Calendar.”

Strategies to Be More Productive at Work:  Have you ever asked yourself, “What did I actually do today?” Have you wondered how to be more productive at work?  Read this article for some ideas to help you out!  Strategies to Be More Productive at Work.

Technology & Real Estate Teams: Do you have a real estate team and are you looking for better ways to stay in touch with the Team?  This article may offer you some ideas. Technology & Teams: What Drives the Power Team

Cost vs. Value – Projects with Highest ROI – Do your Sellers ever ask you what they should do to their house to get the biggest bang for their buck?  Have them check out the report on 2018 Cost vs. Value Report  by Remodeling Magazine.  Most of these figures took a dive.  For more information on this topic, check out the entire article by RIS Media here.

Max Cares: Condolences to JC Murphy on the loss of several family members recently.

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Greg Moore who just received his Broker’s License.

REPEAT: A Title Insurance Primer: A Buyer’s decision to purchase title insurance is one of the largest and most important financial decisions your client will make.  There is a lot of information your clients need to know about this insurance.  Thank you to Andy Hartman & his peeps at Hartman Law for providing us with this Title Insurance Primer

REPEAT: Business Planning:  If you don’t have a business plan for 2018, you need one now!  If you do have a business plan, review & revise for the second quarter of 2018.  Need more information, check out these resources from Tom Ferry & take the CE class – “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  Want more business, consider hiring a real estate coach.  Maximum One is a Tome Ferry coaching supporter & many of our agents who coach with this organization have seen tremendous increases in their production.  Check out www.TomFerry.com

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3/25/18

Happy Passover! – March 30th

Happy Easter! – April 1

CONGRATULATIONS to the Maximum One Greater Atlanta Top Producers – 2017! 

WC – West Cobb            GL – Galleria            DG – Douglasville

WD – Woodstock            PD – Paulding            PF – Powers Ferry

Top 25 Company-wide in Sales Volume MXGA & MXGR combined   (other franchises not included)

  1. Real Estate Across Atlanta – Annamaria Stalker & Jayne Pearson – WC $11M
  2. Wendee Long – PD $9.6M
  3. Larry Casner – PF $9.7M
  4. Team Haigh – WC $9.5M
  5. Keely George – WC $9.3M
  6. Steve Matthews – PF $8.6M
  7. John Philip – WC 8.1M
  8. Shonna Sherrill – DG $7.4M
  9. Shawn Delaney – WC $7.4M
  10. Kiran Ramireddy – PF $7.1M
  11. Bill Brannen – WC $6.6M
  12. Howard Brummel – WD $6.5M
  13. Donna Carlock – WC $6.3M
  14. Stephanie Shelton – PD $5M
  15. Michael Hammock – WC $6M
  16. Anthony Cade – GL   $6.1M
  17. Cindi Corona – WD $5.9M
  18. Lisa Osborne – GL $5.6M
  19. Parupkar Gill – WD $5.2M
  20. Dmitriy Gorin – GL $5M
  21. Jonathan Barrett – WC $ 4.86M
  22. Laura Wilson – WC $4.83M
  23. Matthew Share – PF $4.65M
  24. Morgan McDonald – WD $4.6M
  25. Kris Zugloff – PF $4M

West Cobb

Top Teams Sales Volume per branch

  1. Real Estate Across Atlanta   $11M
  2. Team Haigh   9.5M

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Keely George $8.9M
  2. John Philip $8.1M
  3. Shawn Delaney $7.4M
  4. William Brannen, Jr. $6.5M
  5. Donna Carlock $6.3M
  6. Michael Hammock $6.0M
  7. Jonathan Barrett $4.86M
  8. Laura Wilson $4.83M
  9. Diane Maldonado $4.5M
  10. Mike Maldonado $4.1M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Shawn Delaney   36.5
  2. Keely George 29
  3. Jonathan Barrett 27
  4. Michael Hammock 26
  5. Donna Carlock 25.5
  6. William Brannen, Jr 24
  7. Mike Maldonado 20
  8. Diane Maldonado 19
  9. Laura Wilson 17
  10. Paula Adams 16

GCI $100K+

  • John Philip
  • Keely George
  • Shawn Delaney
  • Mike Hammock
  • William Brannen, Jr
  • Donna Carlock

Galleria

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Anthony Cade – $6.1M
  2. Lisa Osborne – $5.6M
  3. Dmitriy Gorin – $5M
  4. Lamar Young – $4.3M
  5. Donika Parker – $3.2M
  6. Patricia Johnson – $3M
  7. Crystal Fordham – $2.8M
  8. Whitney Pool – $2.7M
  9. Roger Philmon – $2.7M
  10. Lettie Hill – $2.6M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Anthony Cade – 32
  2. Dmitriy Gorin – 25
  3. Daniel Gonzalez – 23
  4. Lisa Osborne – 21
  5. Lamar Young – 20
  6. Eric Pipkorn – 18.6
  7. Whitney Pool – 18
  8. Donika Parker – 17
  9. Lettie Hill – 15.7
  10. Roger Philmon – 15

GCI $100K+

  • Anthony Cade
  • Lisa Osborne
  • Lamar Young
  • Dmitriy Gorin

Douglasville

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Shonna Sherrill   $ 7.4M
  2. Tia Rosser   $ 3.9M
  3. Taqqeea Waters   $ 3.6M
  4. Tahir Johnson   $ 3.3M
  5. Enemesio Hernandez   $ 2.88M
  6. Martha Edwards   $ 2.87
  7. Isabel Haynes   $ 2.4M
  8. Erica Burton   $ 2.3M
  9. Tommie Berry   $2.3M
  10. Quillie Williams   $2.1M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Shonna Sherrill 35
  2. Martha Edwards 23
  3. Tia Rosser 20
  4. Tahir Johnson & Enemesio Hernandez   19
  5. Tommie Berry, Greg Moore & John Ashokhe 16
  6. Taqqeea Waters 14
  7. Isabel Haynes 13.3
  8. Quillie Williams & Tamarra Davis 13
  9. Machelle Moody 12
  10. Matthew Payton & Rosalyn McDonald 11

GCI $100K+

  • Shonna Sherrill
  • Tia Rosser

Woodstock

Top 10 Sales Volume per Branch

  1. Howard Brummel – $6.5M
  2. Cindy Corona – $5.9M
  3. Parupkar Gill – $5.2M
  4. Morgan McDonald – $4.6M
  5. Andrew Reibly – $3.7M
  6. Holly Pecht – $3.4M
  7. Martin Devine – $3.2M
  8. Stefania Wade – $2.7M
  9. Karen Moonshower – $2.69M
  10. Cindy Berndt $2.67M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Cindy Corona – 24.8
  2. Howard Brummel – 22
  3. Morgan McDonald – 20.3
  4. Martin Devine – 16.5
  5. Stefania Wade – 16
  6. Karen Moonshower – 15.4
  7. Andrew Reibly – 13.6
  8. Peggy Withrow & Monica Castro – 13
  9. Bob James/Enrique Kroes/Remey Caraballo – 12
  10. Holly Pecht & Rich Spaulding – 11

GCI $100K+

  • Howard Brummel
  • Cindy Corona
  • Morgan McDonald

Paulding

Top 10 Sales Volume per branch

  1. Wendee Long $9.6M
  2. Stephanie Shelton $5M
  3. Barbara Rice $4.1M
  4. Dennis Hankins $3.64M
  5. Laura Micalizzi $3.63M
  6. Teresa Kimber $2.90M
  7. Rhonda Yearwood $2.8M
  8. Herb Haynes $2.68M
  9. Janet Scanlon $2.63M
  10. Jodi Byers $2.4M

Top 10 Transactions (Units Sold) per branch

  1. Wendee Long 52.8
  2. Stephanie Shelton 32.3
  3. Janet Scanlon 20
  4. Herb Haynes 17
  5. Rhonda Yearwood 17
  6. Monica Poole 15
  7. Brandon Bramlett 14
  8. Nancy Gorrow   13
  9. Barbara Roberts 12
  10. Laura Micalizzi & Sandy Cole  11.7

GCI $100K+

  • Stephanie Shelton
  • Wendee Long
  • Barbara Rice

Powers Ferry

Top 10 Sales Volume per branch

  1. Larry Casner $9.7M
  2. Steve Matthews $8.6M
  3. Kirankumar Ramireddy $7.1M
  4. Matthew Share $4.6M
  5. Jonathan Livnat $4.08M
  6. Kris Zugloff $4.00M
  7. Gary Mesnick $3.8M
  8. Kim Fulay $3.3M
  9. Simmy Aluwalia $2.9M
  10. Jigisha Shah $2.8M

Top 10 By Units Sold

  1. Larry Casner 58
  2. Steve Matthews 37
  3. Kris Zugloff 21
  4. Kirankumar Ramireddy 18
  5. Matthew Share 18
  6. Jonathan Livnat 17
  7. George Ansong 14.1
  8. Charles Nolan 14
  9. Gary Mesnick 13
  10. Kim Fulay, Jigisha Shah & Adrienne Lewis 10

GCI $100K+

  • Larry Casner
  • Steve Matthews
  • Gary Mesnick
  • Jonathan Livnat
  • Kirankumar Ramireddy
  • Kris Zugloff

 

Release of Earnest Money:   If you have a contract that terminates and Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money that needs to be released, please remember that we will need the mailing address of the person who is to receive the funds.  We release via the Bill Pay system through Chase Bank and the check gets mailed to them.  The RE Forms Agreement to Release (RE-212) does have a place on the actual form to complete for the person’s mailing address but the GAR form (F83) does not.  Please indicate the party who is receiving the funds address on the actual Release Agreement or please make sure to let us know the mailing address of the party by adding it as a note in your transaction in Paperless Pipeline when you upload the T&R.

Welcome to Our Newest Affiliated Lenders in our Douglasville Branch:  Please join me in welcoming Linda Kennedy of American Eagle & Mike Diffee of Premier Mortgage Exchange!  Linda & her team and Mike and his team are excited to work together in order to offer a wide variety of loan services & products to our clients.  Please see their contact information below with all of our Affiliated Lenders & Closing Attorneys!

Bridge Dual Entry Listing System:  The Bridge Dual Entry System is up & running for Maximum One agents to input their listings to by simultaneously sent to FMLS & GAMLS & Zillow & www.RealEstate.com .  Here is the information you need – this is also available for you on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Thank you to Kim Murray for managing this project for us!

 

Max Cares: Congratulations to Mary Lamb who has been declared Cancer-FREE by her doctors!!  Please celebrate with Mary!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Brenda Davis on receiving her Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation!

REPEAT: A Title Insurance Primer: A Buyer’s decision to purchase title insurance is one of the largest and most important financial decisions your client will make.  There is a lot of information your clients need to know about this insurance.  Thank you to Andy Hartman & his peeps at Hartman Law for providing us with this Title Insurance Primer

REPEAT: FMLS Administrative Docs:  On Friday March 16th, all FMLS Admin forms will be removed from rDocs. After that date the forms may only be accessed from the Print On Demand section of the FMLS.com home page. There is also a choice to select the pdf version of this form on this same page.

REPEAT: How to Access GAR Contracts in rDocs: To confirm that your GAR ID # is active, go to NRDS Lookup: https://reg.realtor.org/roreg.nsf/retrieveID? or OpenFormhttps://garealtor.com/LawEthics/ContractForms/DownloadableContractForms/tabid/344/Default.aspx

To add your NRDS # or FPID # to rDocs, go to SELECT> My Profile and insert your NRDS # or FPID # into the ID# section of the page. Click Update. You can then access your GAR forms in rDocs. Questions on adding your purchase ids to rDocs should go to FMLS Customer Support Team at 404-255-4219 option 1.

rDocs HELP is located under the Select button dropdown at the top of your rDocs Dashboard.

REPEAT: Business Planning:  If you don’t have a business plan for 2018, you need one now!  If you do have a business plan, review & revise for the second quarter of 2018.  Need more information, check out these resources from Tom Ferry & take the CE class – “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  Want more business, consider hiring a real estate coach.  Maximum One is a Tome Ferry coaching supporter & many of our agents who coach with this organization have seen tremendous increases in their production.  Check out www.TomFerry.com

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3/18/18

“How Did You Find Me?”:   Make sure to ask how your prospects found you.   It is vital to know which marketing efforts are effective for you.  Read article for more information: Active Rain: Ask an Ambassador How Did You Find Me?

A Title Insurance Primer: A Buyer’s decision to purchase title insurance is one of the largest and most important financial decisions your client will make.  There is a lot of information your clients need to know about this insurance.  Thank you to Andy Hartman & his peeps at Hartman Law for providing us with this Title Insurance Primer

Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends:  Of all Buyers, millennials have the most purchases accounting for 36% of purchases.  Read the rest of the article here from RIS media: Home Buyer & Seller Generational Trends.

Business Planning:  If you don’t have a business plan for 2018, you need one now!  If you do have a business plan, review & revise for the second quarter of 2018.  Need more information, check out these resources from Tom Ferry & take the CE class – “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  Want more business, consider hiring a real estate coach.  Maximum One is a Tome Ferry coaching supporter & many of our agents who coach with this organization have seen tremendous increases in their production.  Check out www.TomFerry.com

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Tamika McCray Pratt on publishing her new children’s book, Mommy’s Having Another Baby – Making It Through an Only Child’s Fear.  Check it out on Amazon!

 

Repeat: RE Forms Update:  Starting on Monday, 3/13/18, you will have access to updated RE Forms in rDocs in FMLS.  No announcement yet regarding when they will be updated on Instanet Forms on GAMLS.  These are the forms being updated:

  • RE1 Standard Terms for Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE3 RE Forms Index
  • RE4 RE Forms Index- by category
  • RE100 Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE101 New Construction Contract for Purchase & Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE102 Multi-Family Contract
  • RE103 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Developed Lots
  • RE104 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Undeveloped Land
  • RE136 Community Association Exhibit
  • RE145 Home Selling-The Process
  • RE146 Home Buying- The Process
  • RE150 Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE151 Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement
  • RE158 Seller Authorization to Show Property Without Listing
  • RE161 NonExclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE162 NonExclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement

 

Repeat: Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

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3/11/18

47 Lead Generation Ideas:  Want more business?  Check out this list of the “Top 47 Real Estate Lead Generation Ideas.”  Then compare this list to the tools Maximum One offers:  VoicePad, Vulcan 7, Intellius, Smarter Agent App, Chime Lead-Generating Website, Paradym & so much more!

RE Forms Update:  Starting on Monday, you will have access to updated RE Forms in rDocs in FMLS.  No announcement yet regarding when they will be updated on Instanet Forms on GAMLS.  These are the forms being updated:

  • RE1 Standard Terms for Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE3 RE Forms Index
  • RE4 RE Forms Index- by category
  • RE100 Contract for Purchase  Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE101 New Construction Contract for Purchase & Sale of Residential Real Property
  • RE102 Multi-Family Contract
  • RE103 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Developed Lots
  • RE104 Contract for Purchase and Sale of Undeveloped Land
  • RE136 Community Association Exhibit
  • RE145 Home Selling-The Process
  • RE146 Home Buying- The Process
  • RE150 Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE151 Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement
  • RE158 Seller Authorization to Show Property Without Listing
  • RE161 NonExclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement
  • RE162 NonExclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement

Market Activity by Zip Code:  Want information & graphs of market activity by zip code?  Log into www.GAMLS.com and scroll to the bottom of the home page.  Enter the zip code & you’ll get the information you can use: Number of Sales, Media List & Sale Price, Median Days on Market & a Hotsheet!

 

 

Max Cares:  Prayers to Rhonda Thompson whose mother is in the hospital and both brothers are having surgery & all 3 are in different states.

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Stacey Horton on the birth of her son!

 

 

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

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3/4/18

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One:  Please welcome the following agents who have chosen to make Maximum One their new home!

  • Briana Jones – Galleria
  • Jacquelyn Allen – Partners
  • Funmilola Metzger – Partners
  • Krista Mills – West Cobb
  • Karen Watkins – Douglasville
  • Andrea Cuartas – Galleria
  • Liane Barber – Galleria
  • Ashma Webb – Partners
  • Fritz Stepat – Woodstock
  • Maureen Mack – West Cobb
  • Karen Rainwater – Paulding – Welcome BACK!
  • Larry Kelly – Executives
  • Jason Everett – Partners
  • Eric Bailey – Partners
  • Brittney Comer – West Cobb
  • LaShawn Halimon – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Mercedes Lacy – Powers Ferry
  • Sherl Taylor – Galleria
  • Connie Petrus – West Cobb
  • Dave Wolfe – Premier
  • Gary Cooper – Premier
  • Amir Mohannadesmaeili – Executives
  • Sylva Lisk – West Cobb
  • Lisa Carver – Woodstock
  • Adrienne Williams – Douglasville
  • Rose Agbor – Douglasville – Welcome BACK!
  • Nikki Tucker – Alabama
  • Becky Tarbush – Paulding
  • Lisa Rose – West Cobb
  • Taqusia Ellis – Partners
  • Jasmine Gant – Executives
  • Jean Herd – West Georgia – Welcome BACK!
  • Cathy McLeod – Community
  • Jeanette D’Amico – Community
  • Renee Harris – Galleria
  • Summer Carpenter – Community
  • TIara Sanders – Galleria
  • Phil Milam – Community
  • Shaday Word-Daniels – Welcome BACK!
  • Kim Clower – Partners
  • Jacqueline O’Neal – Partners
  • Graylin Allison – Executives
  • Kenn Edge – Community
  • Melanie Hyde – Paulding
  • Alona Lacefield – Partners
  • Ruby Leak – Partners
  • Carlyn Pincus – Powers Ferry
  • Jacqueline Belton – Partners
  • Everett Jenkins – Partners
  • Andrea Trotter – Partners
  • Ariana Williams – Partners
  • Samuel Cooper – Partners
  • Robin Wood – Woodstock
  • Dathan Johnson – West Cobb
  • Amber Chaisson – Galleria
  • Hector Osses – Executives
  • Justin Pollard – Community
  • Sheila Jones – Community
  • Michaline Wierzchucka – Executives
  • Taiwo Ogunyemi – Executives
  • Melanie Coxville – Premier
  • Dana Clogston – Premier
  • Mia Brummber – Paulding
  • Janet Sudbury – Community
  • Soronda Minor – Partners
  • LaShawn Giles – Partners
  • Nattalie de la Mothe – Galleria

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

Daylight Saving Time – March 11th:  This is a great occasion to contact your past clients, present clients & Sphere of Influence.  Remind them to change the clocks, change the batteries in their smoke detectors & ask them for referral business!

 

Legal Changes to HOA & Property Management Company Fees:  If the fees that Buyers & Sellers have to pay at closing has ever been an issue in one of your transactions, then you will be interested in Georgia House Bill 410.  The GA legislature is working on a new law that will have an impact on your closings.  This bill has passed the GA House of Representatives on 2/28/18.  Next is for the State Senate before anything can be sent to the Governor to sign in to law.  In summary, A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 3 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to regulation of specialized land transactions, so as to provide for limits on certain fees imposed on purchasers of condominiums and lots in a property owners’ association; to provide for fees for statements of amounts owing to a property owners’ association; to provide for the manner of providing such statements; to provide for expedited fees; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.  Read the current version of the bill here: HB 410.  Make sure to contact your State Senator with your thoughts and desires as how they should vote and / or amend this bill to represent your interest with respect to this bill.

 

 

Max Cares:  Condolences for Jeanne O’Brien whose mother passed away.

 

Repeat: Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

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2/25/18

MX1 Awards:  We are in the process of calculating all the data for 2017 Production Awards.  These awards include Volume & Transaction & GCI recognition.  Awards are divided by Branch and also corporate-wide.  The Paulding Branch had their awards ceremony last week.  The other Branches will have their Awards Ceremonies at the March Sales Meetings.  If you are an award winner, please send your Headshot to Jennifer – Admin@eAGENTweb.com .  Thank you & congratulations to ALL!

Generate Leads with Linked In:  Looking for an easy way to connect with people & get more business… use Linked In!  It’s easy to complete your profile & use it even more effectively.  Watch the Training Calendar for a 3 Hr CE Class on using Linked In for your Real Estate Business.  Read More Here…

Make Your Listing “Move-In Ready”:  If you have a listing, get it pre-inspected by Southern Family Home Inspections and they’ll put a “Certified Move-In Ready” sign in the yard.  Contact Denise & David for more information.  www.southernfamilyhomeinspections.com 770-580-5718

Interest Rates on the Rise – How to Prepare Your Buyers: Rates have increased .25 in the last 45 days.  The 30 year conventional rate is 4.25 & FHA rate is 4.375 without discount or origination points.  Due to this increase, many lenders are starting to quote a lower rate but it DOES include these fees.  Prepare your Buyers who are shopping to make sure they are truly comparing “apples to apples.”  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for this information.  Contact Jay for more info – Jay.Alexander@HomestarFC.com 

Georgia Dream Hardest Hit Fund:  There are still approximately 200 reservations left for Buyers who qualify for the GA Dream Hardest Hit fund for Down Payment Assistance.  This funding is for “1st Time” homebuyers which means anyone who has not been on a Mortgage for the past 3 years.  $15,000 is available for down payment, closing costs and prepaid items.  The money is forgivable over a 5-year period if you stay in your home. This money is available for a limited time until funds run out.  Thank you to Denise Thomas of Homestar Financial Corporation for this information.  Contact Denise to find out if your Buyers quality!  Denise.Thomas@HomestarFC.com

Post-License Course:  If you are newly licensed, we will have a 25 hr Post-License course that will satisfy your GREC requirement beginning in March!  The course is called: Agent Fundamentals: Salesperson Post-License Course & is taught by Donna Carlock.  The cost is $95 and is on Saturdays from March 3, 2018 ending April 21st.  Payment is to be paid directly to the instructor:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com.  If you already have your post-license credit & just need CE & are available on Saturdays, you experienced agents may also take this course & you will receive 24 hours of CE credit. Register soon before all the spots are taken!  Here is the link for the course: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/agent-fundamentals-sales-post-license-course–95–24-hrs-of-ce–galleria-2138944039

Repeat: Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

 

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2/18/18

1099s for 2017:  Our accountant has emailed your 1099’s on Friday afternoon 2/2/18.  If you did not receive yours or if you have any issues please contact Donna or Melanie in our Accounting Department:  

Maximum One Rockstars Facebook Page: This is a fabulous way to stay current with the latest information AND interact with your fellow agents!  Please check it out & request to be added to the group & we’ll be happy to add you!  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/953048561432669/  

HUD Homes – Initial Bid Award Notification:  The latest information from HUD courtesy of Real Estate Across Atlanta – Annamaria Stalker & Jayne Pearson.
  •  Original earnest money deposit check must be made payable to the buyer select closing agent (Buyer attorney).
  • Earnest money check must be cashier’s check or money order. Personal checks are not acceptable.
    • Original EM check and proof of funds must be delivered to listing agent within 48 of bid award (Listing Broker holds EM check until binding).
    • Must show purchaser’s name as listed on the bid. 
    • A copy of a closing statement, or similar type of notice for a future closing date/receipt of future funds, is not acceptable. 
    • Funds must be available at time of bid award.
  • Proof of funds must be dated within 30 days of bid award notification if buyer is paying cash.
    • Must show purchaser’s name as listed on the bid.
    • Balance must equal or exceed the bid award amount. 
  • Pre-approval letter must be dated within 30 days of bid award notification if buyer is financing.
    • Must show purchaser’s name as listed on the bid.
    • Balance must equal or exceed the bid award amount.   
  • Corporations need to provide a copy of Articles of Incorporation.
  •  Broker Designation Letter of Authorization is required when any person other than the principal broker is signing the contract.  – These permission letters are located in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
  • Supporting documentation must be uploaded no more than 2 business days after bid award notification. Failure to complete same by the 2nd business day, will result in bid cancellation. 

What the New Facebook Algorithm Means for Your Real Estate Business: In January Facebook updated their algorithm.  The update aims to make Facebook more social and meaningful to its users as it prioritizes posts from friends and family over posts from brands and business pages. This is a major change for businesses as the reach of their posts will most likely see a significant decrease and will thus make it harder for brands to communicate with their followers.  Read more here…

Maximum One Support Team:  Maximum One has 24/7 Broker/Contract Support.  When you email Support@myMAXIMUMone.com the email goes to 47 associate brokers & experienced agents.  The answers to these questions are also typically shared among the group.  If you are an Associate Broker, experienced agent or mentor, we would LOVE for more volunteers to be on there…  you will get more out of it than you put into it.  Please email Dana if you would like to volunteer:  Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com
Rates Update:  There has been a .25 increase in rates in the last 45 days.  Some lenders are starting to quote origination fees and fees for discount points because rates are now over 4% and they want to appear competitive.  Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for this information.
Repeat:  WolfConnect: Maximum One no longer uses the WolfConnect system.  For a CRM System & client follow-up action plans check out an Agent Lead-Generating Website through Chime (See info below.)  For the Extranet, there is a link on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline (www.eAGENTweb.com click “Paperless Pipeline.”) For specific Maximum One Greater Atlanta documents – these are all in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  The only system from WolfConnect that we don’t have a replacement for yet (but we are investigating solutions) is an intra-office email system with distribution lists by office.  At Maximum One, we are dedicated to staying current with the changing technology in order to bring you the best! 
 
Repeat: SWIFT Dual-Entry System: SWIFT is no longer available.  We have purchased a new system for dual entry of listings into FMLS & GAMLS.  The new system is through Bridge Interactive (which is owned by Zillow.)  This new system provides a much simplified manner to enter listing data & enter high resolution photos.  They will have their own dual input form for your convenience.  You may enter in an unlimited number of photos & because Bridge Interactive is owned by Zillow, although FMLS & GAMLS still limit the number of photos on those services, the rest of your photos will auto-populate to http://www.Zillow.com & http://www.RealEstate.com.  You will be able to access this system from a PC, MAC, iPad and even your cell phone!

 

Bridge Interactive is based in Atlanta.   Their company is in the process of getting us set up!

 

We had hoped to have the New System up & running before eliminating SWIFT but SWIFT was eliminated for us – not by our choice!  To enter listings right now, you must go into each individual listing service (FMLS & GAMLS) to enter the info.
 

 

Repeat: Post-License Course:  If you are newly licensed, we will have a 25 hr Post-License course that will satisfy your GREC requirement beginning in March!  The course is called: Agent Fundamentals: Salesperson Post-License Course & is taught by Donna Carlock.  The cost is $95 and is on Saturdays from March 3, 2018 ending April 21st.  Payment is to be paid directly to the instructor:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com.  If you already have your post-license credit & just need CE & are available on Saturdays, you experienced agents may also take this course & you will receive 24 hours of CE credit. Register soon before all the spots are taken!  Here is the link for the course: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/agent-fundamentals-sales-post-license-course–95–24-hrs-of-ce–galleria-2138944039

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2/11/18

Happy Birthday Dave Kubat! – Monday, February 12th is our Founder & CEO’s Birthday – enjoy your special day, Dave & thank you for starting Maximum One Realty Companies!!!!

1099s for 2017:  Our accountant has emailed your 1099’s on Friday afternoon 2/2/18.  If you did not receive yours or if you have any issues please contact Donna or Melanie in our Accounting Department:

New HUD Earnest Money Requirements: There have been recent changes to the Earnest Money requirements on HUD homes. For example, any houses going under contract for over $250,000 now require an Earnest Money deposit of $2000.  For the latest on the changes to HUD, make sure to take a class!  Our HUD Local Listing Brokers, Annamaria Stalker & Jayne Pearson of Real Estate Across Atlanta are teaching a class on HUD homes and what you need to know as an agent to bid.  Register now as this class tends to sell out!  Click here for: Successfully Selling HUD Homes in Georgia – February 22nd 10am – 1:15pm – Woodstock Branch of Maximum One Realty.

SWIFT Dual-Entry System: SWIFT is no longer available.  We have purchased a new system for dual entry of listings into FMLS & GAMLS.  The new system is through Bridge Interactive (which is owned by Zillow.)  This new system provides a much simplified manner to enter listing data & enter high resolution photos.  They will have their own dual input form for your convenience.  You may enter in an unlimited number of photos & because Bridge Interactive is owned by Zillow, although FMLS & GAMLS still limit the number of photos on those services, the rest of your photos will auto-populate to www.Zillow.com & www.RealEstate.com.  You will be able to access this system from a PC, MAC, iPad and even your cell phone!

Bridge Interactive is based in Atlanta.   Their company is in the process of getting us set up!

We had hoped to have the New System up & running before eliminating SWIFT but SWIFT was eliminated for us – not by our choice!  To enter listings right now, you must go into each individual listing service (FMLS & GAMLS) to enter the info.

Maximum One Alabama, REALTORS®:

We are so excited to open Maximum One Alabama, REALTORS® – a division of the Maximum One Greater Atlanta franchise!  Please see the attached MX1 Alabama Realtors Addendum.  Also join me in welcoming Nikki Tucker – the Broker of Maximum One Alabama, REALTORS®   Cell: 256-523-8286      Email: realtornikki1@gmail.com.

Agents who are with MX1 Greater Atlanta (MXGA or MXGR)

  • No additional monthly fee
  • No additional E&O
  • Transaction Fees on their Alabama Transactions – $475 (despite what Commission Plan they have with MXGA or MXGR)
  • Cap on their Alabama Transactions – $9,975
  • Franchise Royalty Fee per Transaction (no Cap) – $10
  • Agent fees for the Alabama Boards & MLSs are the responsibility of each agent
  • Alabama Transactions do NOT count towards their Georgia Cap
  • Georgia Transactions do NOT count towards their Alabama Cap
  • They will have already signed a Sign-on package with us (MXGA or MXGR) & they will only have to sign this Alabama Addendum

Agents who are NOT with MX1 Greater Atlanta (outside Brokerages & other MX1 Franchises)

  • Monthly fee of $48
  • E&O of $187 if one time payment (or 3 payments of $69 or 12 payments of $19)
  • Transaction Fee per Transaction –  $475
  • Annual Cap on Transaction Fees – $9,975
  • Franchise Royalty Fee per Transaction (no cap) – $10
  • They will sign a complete Sign-On Package with MXGR that will have the MX1 Alabama Addendum in place of the Commission Plan Choices
  • There are no other Commission Plans for Maximum One Alabama Realtors

Other Information

  • Agent Billing runs through MX1 Greater Atlanta
  • Compliance runs through MX1 Greater Atlanta (MXGR) – Dawn has added to Paperless Pipeline a new “location” for Alabama
  • Earnest Money runs through MX1 Greater Atlanta (MXGR Accounts)
  • Commission Payments including DAs run through MX1 Greater Atlanta
  • Agents receive all other perks / benefits / systems & services of MXGR (i.e. website listing, Paperless Pipeline, VoicePad, etc

 Alabama Real Estate Boards & MLSs

  • Agent responsible for their own paperwork & fees
  • Choice of Boards & MLS Services:

o   Etowah / Cherokee Board & North Alabama MLS

o   Calhoun County Board & Greater Alabama MLS

Firm Information

  • Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC) Firm Number: 000117679
  • AREC Firm Name: Greater Atlanta Real Estate Group, LLC dba Maximum One Alabama REALTORS

Office Information

  • MX1 Alabama, REALTORS®Broker: Lindy Nichole “Nikki” Tucker
  • Broker Contact Information: 256-523-8286      realtornikki1@gmail.com
  • Office Address:  161-A West Main Street, Centre, AL 35960
  • Office Phone Number:  256-459-2370

 

WolfConnect: Maximum One no longer uses the WolfConnect system.  For a CRM System & client follow-up action plans check out an Agent Lead-Generating Website through Chime (See info below.)  For the Extranet, there is a link on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline (www.eAGENTweb.com click “Paperless Pipeline.”) For specific Maximum One Greater Atlanta documents – these are all in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  The only system from WolfConnect that we don’t have a replacement for yet (but we are investigating solutions) is an intra-office email system with distribution lists by office.  At Maximum One, we are dedicated to staying current with the changing technology in order to bring you the best!

Facebook Opportunities for Real Estate Agents:  Changes to Facebook impact real estate agents.  Facebook gets “local” and seems to be promoting more locally-based information.  This will have an impact on your Facebook Real Estate business page.  To learn more about the changes in Facebook, read entire article here.

Repeat: Post-License Course:  If you are newly licensed, we will have a 25 hr Post-License course that will satisfy your GREC requirement beginning in March!  The course is called: Agent Fundamentals: Salesperson Post-License Course & is taught by Donna Carlock.  The cost is $95 and is on Saturdays from March 3, 2018 ending April 21st.  Payment is to be paid directly to the instructor:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com.  If you already have your post-license credit & just need CE & are available on Saturdays, you experienced agents may also take this course & you will receive 24 hours of CE credit. Register soon before all the spots are taken!  Here is the link for the course: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/agent-fundamentals-sales-post-license-course–95–24-hrs-of-ce–galleria-2138944039

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2/4/18

1099s for 2017:  Our accountant has emailed your 1099’s by the deadline of Jan 31 to each of you. Your FMLS fees/Transaction fees will be emailed separately – they will come from (sender): “Paperwork” and the email will be titled “Agent Pay Breakdowns”.

If you do not receive these emails within the next week, please contact

RealValuator:  This service is being discontinued on 2/28/18 by RealValuator.  They were bought out by Zillow and are focusing on other real estate data services.

Save Transaction Emails in Paperless Pipeline: If you want to keep everything in one place regarding a transaction including emails between you & the co-op agent, client, lender, etc., simply add those emails into the transaction for electronic storage.  When you are emailing, just use the email address of that transaction.

 Paperless Pipeline Email Address

Then to find those emails, click “received emails” to see all of the emails:
Paperless Pipeline Where to Find Email

New GAMLS Websites: These new websites are live as of February 1st.  Click here for a Video to see how easy it is to get started: GAMLS New Websites

Onsite Chime Training / Info Session for Your New MX1 Agent Website:  To help you all get the information you need – whether you are just thinking about it, or you’re using it, I have arranged for our Chime guys to provide on-site training at our offices Feb 6-7. EVERYONE should attend! They will begin with the basics of CHIME to show new or prospective users what CHIME is all about and what all it can do. Next they will show users how to use it and answer some of the common FAQs, showing users how to leverage it better, and finally it will go into an interactive Q&A session.

  • Tuesday, February 6th
    • 10am: West Cobb office (Sales Meeting)
    • 1pm  Galleria office
  • Wednesday, February 7th
    • 10am: McDonough office
    • 10am: Alpharetta office
    • 1pm: Woodstock office

Additional Information on Chime Lead-Generating Agent Websites: For Chime agents recently added, here is a link to our last webinar, which may help you navigate the system better and answer some of your questions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IFj9usg0rddInHbHsOZbW7uQDkD-3osE/view

And for those of you entirely new to Chime who have never used it but are interested in learning more about what it offers…. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JAmyKgGEP2eoF1CxrX7GZjY-FXe6zydI/view

Max Cares: Condolences to Marty Wilkerson on the passing of her father.

 

Repeat: Post-License Course:  If you are newly licensed, we will have a 25 hr Post-License course that will satisfy your GREC requirement beginning in March!  The course is called: Agent Fundamentals: Salesperson Post-License Course & is taught by Donna Carlock.  The cost is $95 and is on Saturdays from March 3, 2018 ending April 21st.  Payment is to be paid directly to the instructor:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com.  If you already have your post-license credit & just need CE & are available on Saturdays, you experienced agents may also take this course & you will receive 24 hours of CE credit. Register soon before all the spots are taken!  Here is the link for the course: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/agent-fundamentals-sales-post-license-course–95–24-hrs-of-ce–galleria-2138944039

Repeat:  Maximum One is Growing! – We have two NEW Franchises Open (West Georgia & Platinum) 3 new locations for existing franchises (Conyers, South Airport & Rome) & one new Greater Atlanta Realtor Office in Alabama opening soon!  Below is a list of the 7 Maximum One Franchises & the offices affiliated with each Franchise.  Maximum One Companies now consist of 7 Franchises in 2 States with a total of 16 physical offices and 2 Holding Companies (1 in GA & 1 in AL.)  Congratulations to Maximum One!  This growth helps ALL Maximum One Agents with our public presence physically & online.

  • Maximum One Greater Atlanta (Realtor & Realty)
    • West Cobb
    • Galleria
    • Powers Ferry
    • Woodstock
    • Douglasville
    • Paulding
    • Alabama (Realtor Division with MLS access & a separate Alabama Holding Company)
    • Holding Company for Georgia Licenses
  • Maximum One Executives (Realtor & Realty)
    • Alpharetta (North Fulton area)
  • Maximum One Partners (Realtor & Realty)
    • McDonough
    • Clayton – East Metro
    • South Airport
  • Maximum One Community, Realtors (Realtor & Realty)
    • Emerson (Bartow Area)
    • Rome
  • Maximum One Premier (Realtors Only)
    • Dawsonville (North Georgia Mountains)
  • Maximum One West Georgia, Realtors (Realtors Only)
    • Villa Rica
  • Maximum One Platinum Realty (Realty Only)
    • Warner Robbins

Addresses & more information at bottom of newsletter.

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1/28/18

GREC CE Requirement:  To renew your license with GREC every 4 years, you need 36 total hours of CE credit & 3 of those 36 hours must be on the specific topic of “License Law.”  A class in Ethics does NOT satisfy this “Law” requirement for GREC.

NAR Ethics Course Requirement: If you are a member of NAR, then you must complete an Ethics course every cycle.  NAR changed the cycle last year from every 4 years to every 2 years.  Their cycle is now a TWO year cycle 1/1/17 – 12/31/18.  Therefore, you will need to take an Ethics course by 12/31/18.  This is completely independent from the GREC “Law” requirement.  You are a member of NAR if you are a member of a local Board of Realtors.

New to rDocs?  Need GAR Forms? To access the GAR forms in rDocs, you need either your NRDS number (if you are a Realtor meaning you belong to a local Board of Realtors) or your Forms Purchase ID # (FPID#.)

  • NRDS #: Members of a Board of Realtors will use an NRDS ID. You may look up your NRDS ID by  clicking here.
  • FPID #: If you are not a member of a Board, you may purchase the forms directly from GAR by clicking here.
  • Any questions regarding GAR form access can be directed to GAR at www.garealtor.com or 770-451-1831.

Once you’ve attained either an NRDS ID or FPID number, you must enter your NRDS# or Forms Purchase ID# in the system.  From the Select menu in the gray bar at the top of rDocs
select My Profile.

Enter your number in the ID# field. You may also enter your membership information in the Board Membership field just above the ID# field.

FMLS - GAR forms in rDocs

 

Select Update. You are now ready to use GAR Forms in rDocs!

You can always reach FMLS Customer Support by calling 404-255-4219

  • Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Email support is available Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 om and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (support@fmls.com).

Live Chat is available Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

FMLS & GAMLS Access to RE Forms:  The above information is only for the GAR forms since there is a fee to use for GAR that you pay either through your dues or through GAR directly.  All agents have access to the RE Forms when they log in to rDocs or Transaction Desk without having to do anything.

Post-License Course:  If you are newly licensed, we will have a 25 hr Post-License course that will satisfy your GREC requirement beginning in March!  The course is called: Agent Fundamentals: Salesperson Post-License Course & is taught by Donna Carlock.  The cost is $95 and is on Saturdays from March 3, 2018 ending April 21st.  Payment is to be paid directly to the instructor:  Donna@DonnaCarlock.com.  If you already have your post-license credit & just need CE & are available on Saturdays, you experienced agents may also take this course & you will receive 24 hours of CE credit. Register soon before all the spots are taken!  Here is the link for the course: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/agent-fundamentals-sales-post-license-course–95–24-hrs-of-ce–galleria-2138944039

Infographic – How Recent Buyers Purchased Their Home – Demand & home prices are increasing but that did not keep Buyers out of the market.  Click here for Infographic of how Buyers bought their home.

 

Max Cares: Condolences to Dawn Southern whose Daughter-In-Law’s sister passed away last weekend.

Max Cares: Condolences to Amee Davis whose Mother-in-Law passed away.

Max Cares: Get well to Jennifer Fowler’s daughter who has a staff infection in her leg.

Max Cares: Condolences to Andy Hartman whose father passed away.

Max Cares: Prayers for Heidi Kelly who may have had a heart attack last Monday.
Repeat:  Maximum One is Growing! – We have two NEW Franchises Open (West Georgia & Platinum) 3 new locations for existing franchises (Conyers, South Airport & Rome) & one new Greater Atlanta Realtor Office in Alabama opening soon!  Below is a list of the 7 Maximum One Franchises & the offices affiliated with each Franchise.  Maximum One Companies now consist of 7 Franchises in 2 States with a total of 16 physical offices and 2 Holding Companies (1 in GA & 1 in AL.)  Congratulations to Maximum One!  This growth helps ALL Maximum One Agents with our public presence physically & online.

  • Maximum One Greater Atlanta (Realtor & Realty)
    • West Cobb
    • Galleria
    • Powers Ferry
    • Woodstock
    • Douglasville
    • Paulding
    • Alabama (Realtor Division with MLS access & a separate Alabama Holding Company)
    • Holding Company for Georgia Licenses
  • Maximum One Executives (Realtor & Realty)
    • Alpharetta (North Fulton area)
  • Maximum One Partners (Realtor & Realty)
    • McDonough
    • Clayton – East Metro
    • South Airport
  • Maximum One Community, Realtors (Realtor & Realty)
    • Emerson (Bartow Area)
    • Rome
  • Maximum One Premier (Realtors Only)
    • Dawsonville (North Georgia Mountains)
  • Maximum One West Georgia, Realtors (Realtors Only)
    • Villa Rica
  • Maximum One Platinum Realty (Realty Only)
    • Warner Robbins

Addresses & more information at bottom of newsletter.

Repeat: Additional Information on Chime Lead-Generating Agent Websites: For Chime agents recently added, here is a link to our last webinar, which may help you navigate the system better and answer some of your questions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IFj9usg0rddInHbHsOZbW7uQDkD-3osE/view

 

And for those of you entirely new to Chime who have never used it but are interested in learning more about what it offers…. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JAmyKgGEP2eoF1CxrX7GZjY-FXe6zydI/view

 

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1/21/18

Weather & Maximum One Offices:  With the winter weather, generally, Maximum One offices will do whatever the schools in that area do.  So if the schools in that county are closed, the MX1 branch in that area will be closed; if the schools open late, then MX1 Branch in that area will open late.

HUD Contracts Now Through Docusign: SAGE Acquisitions, the Atlanta area asset manager for HUD homes in our area, will now prepare the contracts for your winning bid & will send it via Docusign for signature.  Make sure to change the email address to YOUR agent email address rather than the Broker’s to ensure no delays.  There are Broker permission letters in Paperless Pipeline if you need them.  No more driving to the Sage Acquisitions office!

Maximum One is Growing! – We have two NEW Franchises Open (West Georgia & Platinum) 3 new locations for existing franchises (Conyers, South Airport & Rome) & one new Greater Atlanta Realtor Office in Alabama opening soon!  Below is a list of the 7 Maximum One Franchises & the offices affiliated with each Franchise.  Maximum One Companies now consist of 7 Franchises in 2 States with a total of 16 physical offices and 2 Holding Companies (1 in GA & 1 in AL.)  Congratulations to Maximum One!  This growth helps ALL Maximum One Agents with our public presence physically & online.

  • Maximum One Greater Atlanta (Realtor & Realty)
    • West Cobb
    • Galleria
    • Powers Ferry
    • Woodstock
    • Douglasville
    • Paulding
    • Alabama (Realtor Division with MLS access & a separate Alabama Holding Company)
    • Holding Company for Georgia Licenses
  • Maximum One Executives (Realtor & Realty)
    • Alpharetta (North Fulton area)
  • Maximum One Partners (Realtor & Realty)
    • McDonough
    • Clayton – East Metro
    • South Airport
  • Maximum One Community, Realtors (Realtor & Realty)
    • Emerson (Bartow Area)
    • Rome
  • Maximum One Premier (Realtors Only)
    • Dawsonville (North Georgia Mountains)
  • Maximum One West Georgia, Realtors (Realtors Only)
    • Villa Rica
  • Maximum One Platinum Realty (Realty Only)
    • Warner Robbins

Addresses & more information at bottom of newsletter.

Making Your Commission Last Through 2018: Every real estate agent remembers that amazing feeling they felt when they received their first commission check. You probably felt like you’re set as far as finances go. After all, you just have to keep doing what you’re doing and the commissions will keep rolling in. However, for many, it’s easy to forget that there are good months and bad months, and that you have to make each check last. Here are a few tips to make your commission last through 2018! Read More Here…

Cost vs. Value – The Home Improvement Projects with the Highest ROI in 2018: As evidenced by Remodeling magazine’s newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board. Read More Here…

NEW MX1 Corporate Website & Lead-Generating Agent Websites:  We are in the process of a “soft launch” of the new MX1 Agent Lead Generating Websites through Chime.  Chime is also the company processing our new MX1 Corporate website.  See demos & more info, at www.Chime.me If you would like to participate in the “soft launch” and get an new really fabulous Lead Generating Website, email:  Websites@MyMaximumOne.comJennifer Fowler is the MX1 Chime Manager – Admin@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 964.

The Agent Website is $17/month & includes:

  • Personal Website with IDX Reciprocity
  • Powerful CRM System
  • Verified Leads – Leads are cross-referenced with online sources & social media sites to eliminate / reduce any “fake” leads
  • More Powerful Lead generating systems to be added on later

Onsite Chime Training / Info Session:  To help you all get the information you need – whether you are just thinking about it, or you’re using it, I have arranged for our Chime guys to provide on-site training at our offices Feb 5-7. EVERYONE should attend! They will begin with the basics of CHIME to show new or prospective users what CHIME is all about and what all it can do. Next they will show users how to use it and answer some of the common FAQs, showing users how to leverage it better, and finally it will go into an interactive Q&A session. These dates have changed from last week due to Chime’s flight change.

  • Tuesday, February 6th
    • 10am: West Cobb (Sales Meeting)
    • 1pm: Galleria
    • 3pm: Douglasville
  • Wednesday, February 7
    • 10am: McDonough & Alpharetta
    • 1pm: Woodstock

Additional Information on Chime Lead-Generating Agent Websites: For Chime agents recently added, here is a link to our last webinar, which may help you navigate the system better and answer some of your questions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IFj9usg0rddInHbHsOZbW7uQDkD-3osE/view

 

And for those of you entirely new to Chime who have never used it but are interested in learning more about what it offers…. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JAmyKgGEP2eoF1CxrX7GZjY-FXe6zydI/view

Max Cares: Congratulations to Anya Dupree on getting her Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation!

REPEAT: 1099s for 2017 – Make sure we have your Current Email & Mailing Address. if you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.  Please email your current / updated information to:  AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com

REPEAT: SAVE Your Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated in January  2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

REPEAT: Charges for Outgoing Wires: For outgoing Wires (funds that Maximum One is wiring to another source i.e. a Closing Attorney) there is a charge of $30/wire for any wires under $5,000 and to any location that is inside of a 25 mile radius from a Maximum One Greater Atlanta location. No charge for wires over $5,000 and to wire to a location that is outside of a 25 mile radius from a Maximum One Greater Atlanta location regardless of the amount. This is a bank charge from Chase that we are passing through and this will be added to your monthly agent bill. Agents may pick up at any Maximum One Greater Atlanta location a check for Earnest Money to take to a Closing Attorney for no fee. This fee will go into effect 1/15/18.

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1/14/18

FMLS Changes to Sold Properties:  FMLS has developed a new process that will email both the listing and selling agents when the FMLS Admin sets the status of a listing to Sold. The email agents will receive contains the following text:

Hello…
This message is to notify you that FMLS listing #1234567 (1213 Joiville Lane ) has been changed to
  • Sold status with the following values:
  • Closing date – 12/20/2017
  • Sold Price – $175,000
  • Closing costs – $200
  • Terms – Assumed
  • Days on Market – 168
Please review the information above for accuracy. If you find any data that requires a correction, please contact our administrative services at 404-255-8660 (Option 4) or adminprocessing@fmls.com
The information contained in the email is pulled directly from Matrix. Agents should verify the information to ensure accuracy and contact FMLS Administrative Services for corrections.
Charges for Outgoing Wires: For outgoing Wires (funds that Maximum One is wiring to another source i.e. a Closing Attorney) there is a charge of $30/wire for any wires under $5,000 and to any location that is inside of a 25 mile radius from a Maximum One Greater Atlanta location. No charge for wires over $5,000 and to wire to a location that is outside of a 25 mile radius from a Maximum One Greater Atlanta location regardless of the amount. This is a bank charge from Chase that we are passing through and this will be added to your monthly agent bill.  Agents may pick up at any Maximum One Greater Atlanta location a check for Earnest Money to take to a Closing Attorney for no fee. This fee will go into effect 1/15/18.
Does My Credit Score Go Down Shopping for a Mortgage? – Many of your Buyers may ask you if their credit score will go down if they shop Lenders.  In other words, every time a new lender pulls their credit report, does their score take a hit?  The short answer is no, not really.  The long answer can be found in this information, The Effect of Mortgage Shopping on Credit Scores provided courtesy of John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage.
NEW MX1 Corporate Website & Lead-Generating Agent Websites:  We are in the process of a “soft launch” of the new MX1 Agent Lead Generating Websites through Chime.  Chime is also the company processing our new MX1 Corporate website.  See demos & more info, at www.Chime.me If you would like to participate in the “soft launch” and get an new really fabulous Lead Generating Website, email:  Websites@MyMaximumOne.com.  Jennifer Fowler is the MX1 Chime Manager – Admin@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 964.
The Agent Website is $17/month & includes:
  • Personal Website with IDX Reciprocity
  • Powerful CRM System
  • Verified Leads – Leads are cross-referenced with online sources & social media sites to eliminate / reduce any “fake” leads
  • More Powerful Lead generating systems to be added on later

Onsite Chime Training / Info Session:  To help you all get the information you need – whether you are just thinking about it, or you’re using it, I have arranged for our Chime guys to provide on-site training at our offices Feb 5-7. EVERYONE should attend! They will begin with the basics of CHIME to show new or prospective users what CHIME is all about and what all it can do. Next they will show users how to use it and answer some of the common FAQs, showing users how to leverage it better, and finally it will go into an interactive Q&A session.

  • Monday, February 5th
    • 10am: McDonough office
    • 2pm Alpharetta office
  • Tuesday, February 6th
    • 10am: West Cobb (Sales Meeting)
    • 1pm: Galleria
    • 3pm: Douglasville
  • Wednesday, February 7
    • 10am: Woodstock
    • 1pm: Paulding

Additional Information on Chime Lead-Generating Agent Websites: For Chime agents recently added, here is a link to our last webinar, which may help you navigate the system better and answer some of your questions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IFj9usg0rddInHbHsOZbW7uQDkD-3osE/view

And for those of you entirely new to Chime who have never used it but are interested in learning more about what it offers…. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JAmyKgGEP2eoF1CxrX7GZjY-FXe6zydI/view
Max Cares: Continued prayers to Mary Lamb who begins her Cyberknife treatment on Wednesday.
Max Cares: Condolences for Lori Thompson whose husband passed away after being in the hospital for two weeks after an accident.
Max Cares: Prayers for Monica Storey who suffers with chronic back pain of an unknown cause.  Prayers for Monica & Kenneth as they continue to meet with doctors to resolve this issue & get Monica feeling better!
REPEAT: 1099s for 2017 – Make sure we have your Current Email & Mailing Address. if you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.  Please email your current / updated information to:  AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com
REPEAT: SAVE Your Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated in January  2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

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1/7/2018

Agents New to Maximum One:  Please welcome these agents who joined us last month:

  • Anita Clonts – Douglasville
  • Melissa Glover – Emerson
  • Starlat Ridgeway – Emerson
  • Georgetta Bell – Emerson
  • Abdallah Mekkaouri – West cobb
  • Shelly Chappell – West cobb
  • DeShaunda Cousins – McDonough
  • Dick Prange – Woodstock
  • Mandy Gentile – Woodstock – Welcome BACK!
  • Kesha Kennedy – McDonough
  • Vincent Neri – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Jearoln – McDonough
  • Briona Kerr – Galleria
  • Zainab Brown – West Cobb
  • Joseph Dilbeck – Dawsonville
  • Oluwole Akinrolabu – McDonough
  • Cheryl Gibson – Paulding
  • Paul Mason – Powers Ferry
  • Kayley England – Emerson

1099s for 2017 – Make sure we have your Current Email & Mailing Address. if you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.  Please email your current / updated information to:  AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com

SAVE Your Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated in January  2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

Million Dollar Club / Top Producer Awards:  If you are participating in your local Association of Realtors’s Top Producer Honors, please send your completed applications to your Managing Broker.  We will compare your application with the information we have in Paperless Pipeline & then sign it.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!  It will take us some time to verify your production numbers.

MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Billing:  Make sure you set up your Agent Portal through www.Bill.com .  Click here for the Specific Information in Agent Billing & instructions to Bill.com & they are also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Contact Donna Black, the Manager of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department for more information:  AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com   770-919-8825 x 324.

NEW MX1 Corporate Website & Lead-Generating Agent Websites:  We are in the process of a “soft launch” of the new MX1 Agent Lead Generating Websites through Chime.  Chime is also the company processing our new MX1 Corporate website.  See demos & more info, at www.Chime.me If you would like to participate in the “soft launch” and get an new really fabulous Lead Generating Website, email:  Dave@MaximumOneRealty.com

The Agent Website is $17/month & includes:

  • Personal Website with IDX Reciprocity
  • Powerful CRM System
  • Verified Leads – Leads are cross-referenced with online sources & social media sites to eliminate / reduce any “fake” leads
  • More Powerful Lead generating systems to be added on later

Car Odometer: If you have not already done so last week, make a note of the odometer on your car – your Tax Preparer will thank you!

Max Cares: Prayers for Laura Wilson whose Mother-in-Law passed away Tuesday evening and Aunt is in the hospital.

Max Cares: Condolences to Terri Younce whose Sister-in-Law Tara passed away.

Max Cares: Prayers to Shawn Delaney who ended up in the ER prior to Christmas with diverticulitis.

Max Cares: Prayers to Patti Loveless whose cousin, Clay Pannell, is fighting for his life after being run over by a truck and life flighted to Atlanta.

Max Cares: Condolences to Roger Philmon whose Father passed away this week.

 

Repeat: Request for EM Release: When you have a closing and the EM we are holding is more than your commission, then you need to complete the “Request for EM for Closing – Other than DA”  This form needs to be completed and uploaded into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline PRIOR to closing.  If you make this request the day of closing, we may not be in a position to make this happen for you which could possibly delay your closing.  The process to release these funds must go through Compliance AND then through the Accounting Department before being sent to a Branch Manager to cut the check for you.  This process takes time and can easily be achieved when you complete this form & upload it into your transaction at least 3 business days PRIOR to your closing.  This form is also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Repeat: Agent as Principal: Per License Law (GREC Rule 520-1-.11 “Licensees Acting as Principals”) you must send written notice of your intention to buy or sell or lease or rent or exchange PRIOR to signing any contracts.  This includes personal residences as well as investment properties.  This law encompasses you as a named principal and you as a member of an LLC or any other corporate entity that is buyer / selling / leasing / renting / exchanging real property.

Send an email that includes your name (or LLC name) property address, intent to buy / sell / lease / rent.  Send this email to either your Broker, Managing Broker or Compliance Broker.

  • (1)   Written Notification to Broker. No licensee shall be permitted to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option or offer to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option real estate, either in individual or multiple parcels, in the licensee’s own name without first advising, in writing, the broker for whom the real estate licensee is acting.
  • see also O.C.G.A. §§43-40-1, 43-40-2, & 43-40-25(9).

Repeat: DA Closings & MX1 Check:  If you have a closing and are getting paid by a DA, please turn in the Maximum One check & upload the Closing Statement so we may close out the file & our financial accounting of that transaction.  If you are going out of town before you bring the check or upload the Closing Disclosure, then you may have your DA privileges suspended for a period of time.  There is a “task” in your transaction in Pipeline reminding you to upload the Closing docs when we receive a check or we put a task to turn in the check when the Closing docs are uploaded.  Remember that you may always mail the check & closing Statement to MX1 if you are going out of town.  Simply mail it to your Branch & put “Attention Branch Manager.”

 

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12/31/17

Happy New Year!   Blessings for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2018 full of Adventure, Joy, Wealth, Love & an Abundance of All Things Good in Your Life!
 
Maximum One Offices are closed Monday 1/1/18
Request for EM Release: When you have a closing and the EM we are holding is more than your commission, then you need to complete the “Request for EM for Closing – Other than DA”  This form needs to be completed and uploaded into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline PRIOR to closing.  If you make this request the day of closing, we may not be in a position to make this happen for you which could possibly delay your closing.  The process to release these funds must go through Compliance AND then through the Accounting Department before being sent to a Branch Manager to cut the check for you.  This process takes time and can easily be achieved when you complete this form & upload it into your transaction at least 3 business days PRIOR to your closing.  This form is also in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.
DA Closings & MX1 Check:  If you have a closing and are getting paid by a DA, please turn in the Maximum One check & upload the Closing Statement so we may close out the file & our financial accounting of that transaction.  If you are going out of town before you bring the check or upload the Closing Disclosure, then you may have your DA privileges suspended for a period of time.  There is a “task” in your transaction in Pipeline reminding you to upload the Closing docs when we receive a check or we put a task to turn in the check when the Closing docs are uploaded.  Remember that you may always mail the check & closing Statement to MX1 if you are going out of town.  Simply mail it to your Branch & put “Attention Branch Manager.”
MX1 Greater Atlanta Agent Billing:  Make sure you set up your Agent Portal through www.Bill.com .  See the specific instructions in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Contact Donna Black, the Manager of the MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting Department for more information:  AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com   770-919-8825 x 324.
2018 GAR Contract:  These contracts will be available on FMLS & GAMLS January 1, 2018.  Make sure you know of the changes from 2017 to these forms!  Maximum One Companies are having 15 classes in January (& we had 13 of these classes in December!) You may also watch the Series of Contract Tip Videos on the 2018 GAR
  • Click here to see the MX1 Calendar to register for a 2018 GAR Contract Dissection class
  • Click here to watch the Contract Videos on 2018 GAR.  There are currently 6 Videos in this Playlist & more on the way!
Vulcan 7 & the “Do Not Call” List: – If you are using the Lead Generation tool, Vulcan 7 (free to Maximum One agents) pay attention to the phone numbers that are on the “Do Not Call” registry.  These numbers are marked with an asterisk *.  It is your responsibility to cross check any number you prospect with the “Do Not Call” registry. You must register as a “Telemarketer” & then Login to check the list before you prospect by phone.
Prospecting Expired Listings & the 2018 GAR Listing Agreement:  There is a new provision (paragraph B5c) that describes who may prospect an Expired Listing – basically only the Listing Broker.
2018 GAR Contracts Available 1/1/18: These contracts are scheduled to be available the beginning of January 2018.  Once they are available, it is against the GAR Licensing agreement to use any GAR forms from 2017 (or any earlier year.)  This dies NOT mean that you need to re-write any contracts or listing agreements that are already fully executed.  This does mean that after January 1, 2018, any new forms initiated or forms that become fully executed need to be on 2018 GAR forms if you are using the GAR forms.
VoicePad – FREE Lead Generation Tool:  All Maximum One agents get VoicePad fro FREE!!!!  This incredible tool will get you more business if you use it!  Please register for the LIVE VoicePad training session with a VP representative to learn how to make money from this tool! These are free Lunch & Learn so please register so we have enough food.
Max Cares: Prayers to Melanie Brown whose Dad was rushed to the ER after being found non-responsive on the floor Friday morning. He is doing well and will be released from the hospital when they can get his blood sugar regulated.
Max Cares: Prayers to Sandra Anderson who had a stroke.
Repeat: Agent Mail at Your Branch:  Maximum One does not have agent mailboxes but there is a “pendeflex” file in the workroom that has any mail we may have received for you.  Please look in the section with the letter of your last name.  Please come by the office & get your mail as we will empty out these folders at the end of the month.  Thank you!

Repeat: Agent as Principal: Per License Law (GREC Rule 520-1-.11 “Licensees Acting as Principals”) you must send written notice of your intention to buy or sell or lease or rent or exchange PRIOR to signing any contracts.  This includes personal residences as well as investment properties.  This law encompasses you as a named principal and you as a member of an LLC or any other corporate entity that is buyer / selling / leasing / renting / exchanging real property.

Send an email that includes your name (or LLC name) property address, intent to buy / sell / lease / rent.  Send this email to either your Broker, Managing Broker or Compliance Broker.
  • (1)   Written Notification to Broker. No licensee shall be permitted to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option or offer to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option real estate, either in individual or multiple parcels, in the licensee’s own name without first advising, in writing, the broker for whom the real estate licensee is acting.
  • see also O.C.G.A. §§43-40-1, 43-40-2, & 43-40-25(9).
Repeat: Current Email & Mailing Address: If you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.
Repeat: Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated January 1, 2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

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12/17/17

No Email / Newsletter on Sunday 12/24/17 – Merry Christmas!

Maximum One Offices are closed Monday 12/25 & Tuesday 12/26

Agents Buying / Selling / Leasing / Renting / Exchanging: Per License Law (GREC Rule 520-1-.11 “Licensees Acting as Principals”) you must send written notice of your intention to buy or sell or lease or rent or exchange PRIOR to signing any contracts.  This includes personal residences as well as investment properties.  This law encompasses you as a named principal and you as a member of an LLC or any other corporate entity that is buyer / selling / leasing / renting / exchanging real property.

Send an email that includes your name (or LLC name) property address, intent to buy / sell / lease / rent.  Send this email to either your Broker, Managing Broker or Compliance Broker.

  • (1)   Written Notification to Broker. No licensee shall be permitted to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option or offer to list, sell, buy, exchange, rent, lease, or option real estate, either in individual or multiple parcels, in the licensee’s own name without first advising, in writing, the broker for whom the real estate licensee is acting.
  • see also O.C.G.A. §§43-40-1, 43-40-2, & 43-40-25(9).

VoicePad for More Business:  All Maximum One agents get VoicePad fro FREE!!!!  This incredible tool will get you more business if you use it!  Here are some Training Videos to get the most out of this tool.  Additionally, a VoicePad representative will be LIVE in January at the Galleria & West Cobb – watch the calendar for more information!

VoicePad Overview for Office Staff & Managers – Register Here

  • How and Why VoicePad Works
  • Listing Enhancements (adding or removing features)
  • Managing Agent Profiles
  • Understanding the Lead Reports
  • Marketing company-wide

VoicePad 101 – Getting Started with This Tool – Register Here

  • Stay ahead of your peers with VoicePad’s ‘Multi-tool’ service
  • 24/7 customer-only help portal with VoicePad Answers
  • How VoicePad Works
  • Curbside Lead Gen: Buyers call, text, or click to receive narrated property info, photos & tours
  • Managing your agent mobile web site
  • Buyer registration: Give clients property search tools

VoicePad 201 – Leads & Reports – Register Here

  • Lead Manager: Buried gold? How to find your next sale
  • Follow up callback and text-back suggestions
  • Seller and Detail reports: How to use as a seller tool
  • How to order a smart sign: VoicePad Signs and riders

VoicePad 301 – Social Media & Marketing Ideas – Register Here

  • Marketing ideas that work
  • Built-in automated flyers
  • Setting up Social Media
    • FaceBook
    • Twitter
    • Google +
    • Craig’s List
    • YouTube

5 IOS Updates to Take Your Business on the Go in 2018 – PFor years Apple and Android have contended for the top spot in cell phone technology-but Apple has long been the No. 1 choice for real estate pros. And this year, Apple included some updates that can dramatically improve how your business runs on the go!  Click Here to read the rest of the article for these apps & update.

2018 GAR Contracts Available 1/1/18: These contracts are scheduled to be available the beginning of January 2018.  Once they are available, it is against the GAR Licensing agreement to use any GAR forms from 2017 (or any earlier year.)  This dies NOT mean that you need to re-write any contracts or listing agreements that are already fully executed.  This does mean that after January 1, 2018, any new forms initiated or forms that become fully executed need to be on 2018 GAR forms if you are using the GAR forms.

Max Cares: Prayers to Dennis Dwyer on the loss of his family member.

Max Cares: Prayers to Sandra Butterworth who fell & broke her hip & is recovering from surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly whose daughter was officially diagnosed with having MS.

Repeat: Agent Mail at Your Branch:  Maximum One does not have agent mailboxes but there is a “pendeflex” file in the workroom that has any mail we may have received for you.  Please look in the section with the letter of your last name.  Please come by the office & get your mail as we will empty out these folders at the end of the month.  Thank you!

Repeat: Current Email & Mailing Address: If you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.

Repeat: Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated January 1, 2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

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12/10/17

Happy Hanukkah!  First night is Tuesday, December 12th!

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

  • Melissa Philpot – Douglasville
  • Bonnie Bond – Emerson
  • Derall Wells – Douglasville
  • Mary Sponseller – Douglasville
  • Pamela Locke – West Cobb
  • Wayne DeSilva – McDonough
  • Hillard Bailey, III – Douglasville
  • William Skeean, II – Alpharetta
  • Cheronae Porter – McDonough
  • Marcus Burton – Douglasville
  • Lori Thompson – Douglasville
  • Shaquana Jackson – Douglasville
  • Guy Bibbs – Galleria
  • Peyton Maldonado – West Cobb
  • Ravi Suprapaneni – Galleria
  • Mary McKinnie – McDonough
  • Yolanda Phillips – West Cobb
  • Betty Watts – West Cobb
  • Marta Leanne Church – West Cobb
  • Stephanie Joyner – West Cobb
  • Mark Moody – West Cobb
  • Purnima Narendra – West Cobb
  • Jermaine Norwood – West Cobb
  • Monique Smith – West Cobb
  • Michelle Frasure – McDonough
  • Monique Hollomon – McDonough
  • Jessica Moon – McDonough
  • Gloriqua Hill – McDonough

 

MX1 Branch Christmas / Holiday Parties – Please check the calendar & RSVP for those parties so that we make sure to have enough food!  Fun & Festivities & Food for All!!! www.eAGENTweb.com – click “Calendar”

2018 GAR Contracts: Maximum One Franchises are teaching FIFTEEN (15) CE classes in December on the new GAR contract.  Be the first to see them & learn about them.. These classes will fill up so register NOW: www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”  Maximum One Companies are the FIRST to bring you this information. 

2018 GAR Contracts: These contracts are scheduled to be available the beginning of January 2018.  Once they are available, it is against the GAR Licensing agreement to use any GAR forms from 2017 (or any earlier year.)

2018 GAR Contracts Price to Use:  If you belong to a local Board of Realtors & therefore the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) then there is no additional charge for to use the GAR contracts above your Board dues.  If you do not belong to a local Association of Realtors, then the cost to be an “Authorized User” of the GAR forms for 2018 is $234.  For more information – www.GARealtor.com

Realtor Association Million Dollar Clubs: Now is the time to go over your 2017 Production and make sure that our records match yours for the association Million Dollar Club award applications which will be available in January.

Real Estate Predictions for 2018:  I came across an interesting article in ActiveRain summarizing some predictions for 2018.  These include: increase in interest rates, builders targeting entry-level homes, more millennials entering the market & more.  Click here to read the entire article.   What do you think?

Max Cares: Prayers to Nancy Sanders as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.

Max Cares: Prayers to Deloris Jenkins as she continues to recover from knee surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Heidi Kelly as her daughter continues to meet with doctors to determine if she has MS or not & how to get her feeling better.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Vivian Green on her daughter’s, Tori, pinning ceremony to become a Nurse Practitioner!

Repeat: Agent Mail at Your Branch:  Maximum One does not have agent mailboxes but there is a “pendeflex” file in the workroom that has any mail we may have received for you.  Please look in the section with the letter of your last name.  Please come by the office & get your mail as we will empty out these folders at the end of the month.  Thank you!

Repeat: Current Email & Mailing Address: If you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.

Repeat: Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated January 1, 2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

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12/3/17

MX1 Branch Christmas / Holiday Parties – Please check the calendar & RSVP for those parties so that we make sure to have enough food!  Fun & Festivities & Food for All!!! www.eAGENTweb.com – click “Calendar”

2018 GAR Contracts: Maximum One Franchises are teaching FIFTEEN (15) CE classes in December on the new GAR contract.  Be the first to see them & learn about them.. These classes will fill up so register NOW: www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar”  Maximum One Companies are the FIRST to bring you this information. 

2018 GAR Contracts: These contracts are scheduled to be available the beginning of January 2018.  Once they are available, it is against the GAR Licensing agreement to use any GAR forms from 2017 (or any earlier year.)

2018 GAR Contracts Price to Use:  If you belong to a local Board of Realtors & therefore the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) then there is no additional charge for to use the GAR contracts above your Board dues.  If you do not belong to a local Association of Realtors, then the cost to be an “Authorized User” of the GAR forms for 2018 is $234.  For more information – www.GARealtor.com

Craigslist Ads: Be aware there are bad guys using your listings & posting them on Facebook as properties for rent.  Then they meet a potential “tenant” & take their money as a security deposit.  Please be aware of this scheme especially now during Christmas.

TRIO Referral Agreements:  Please see the attached TRIO Referral agreements – these have been signed by the Broker & are Blank for the agent to complete his/her part.  I have uploaded these in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline under “Referral Agreements.”  If you need this, please have them find it in Paperless Pipeline.  Additionally, remember that you must upload this agreement once you have completed your portion & received TRIO’s signature into any transaction involving TRIO. TRIO Referral Agreement for MXGR Agents 

TRIO Referral Agreement for MXGA Agents

Listing in NAVICA MLS:  Maximum One Greater Atlanta, Realtors is a Member of NAVICA and a member of the West metro Board of Realtors.  As an agent, you may have access to Navica by one of two methods: Either by joining the West Metro Board of Realtors or by contacting them & just joining Navica itself without joining their Board. Contact the West Metro Board directly for Navica Information & Application:

http://www.usamls.net/westmetro/        WMetro@Bellsouth.net   (770) 832-0804

Agent Mail at Your Branch:  Maximum One does not have agent mailboxes but there is a “pendeflex” file in the workroom that has any mail we may have received for you.  Please look in the section with the letter of your last name.  Please come by the office & get your mail as we will empty out these folders at the end of the month.  Thank you!

Repeat: MX1 Broker Support:  For ALL Maximum One Agents in ALL Maximum One Franchises – you always have Broker Support and may get your contract questions answered.

  • MX1 Support Email – Simply email – Support@MyMaximumOne.com .  There are approximately 35 experienced agents & associate brokers who monitor this email & will respond to your questions.
  • Weekend Broker-on-Duty – 770-919-8825 x 302.  This phone number will ring through to a Broker on the weekend.

Repeat: Current Email & Mailing Address: If you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.

Repeat: Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated January 1, 2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

Max Cares: Condolences to Rone Paulding whose father passed away.
Max Cares: Condolences to Anthony Martin of AT Martin Inspections whose mother passed away
Max Cares: Get well wishes to Amy Powers of Ask for Staging who has pneumonia.

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11/19/17

Happy Thanksgiving!  Maximum One Offices are CLOSED Thursday & Friday 11/23 & 11/24.

No Newsletter next week 11/26/17

Client Contacts in WolfConnect: Please get your contacts OUT of any systems in WolfConnect.  WolfConnect will be deactivated January 1, 2018.  The new CRM & Agent Website System will be through “Chime.”  More information to come but you will need to harvest all your client contact information & notes from WolfConnect.

Holiday Parties & Charities:  Please check the Maximum One calendar online (www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar” for your Branch’s Thanksgiving / Christmas party.  Each branch is supporting a different charitable cause – please contact your Branch Manager or Branch Team Captain for more information.

FMLS rDocs Timeline: As of Monday, December 4th, FormsPro will be placed in “read-only” mode. You will only be able to view or print/email your existing transactions in FormsPro. As stated above, all new transactions must be created in rDocs.  As of Monday, January 8th, FormsPro will be turned off. There will no longer be any access to FormsPro.

DA Approval:  Remember that your file in Paperless Pipeline must be complete & compliant per the Maximum One Compliance Brokers for your pay at close request to be approved.  Any questions, please contact: Dawn Southern – Compliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 309  or Kim Murray – MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 303.

MX1 Broker Support:  For ALL Maximum One Agents in ALL Maximum One Franchises – you always have Broker Support and may get your contract questions answered.

  • MX1 Support Email – Simply email – Support@MyMaximumOne.com .  There are approximately 35 experienced agents & associate brokers who monitor this email & will respond to your questions.
  • Weekend Broker-on-Duty – 770-919-8825 x 302.  This phone number will ring through to a Broker on the weekend.

Current Email & Mailing Address: If you have moved or changed your Email Address since December 2016, make sure we have your current Mailing Address & Email Address.  This is important so that you receive your 1099 when we send them in January 2018.

Grow Your Business:  As you complete your business plan for 2018 (see below) then you may want to explore various ways to grow your business.  Below are some ideas to help you:

Repeat: Withdrawing a Listing: If you want to withdraw a listing from the Listing Services, the following THREE documents are required.  Complete these documents & upload into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Remember that FMLS & GAMLS each charge a $25 withdrawal fee for a total of $50.

  • Termination of the Listing Agreement
    • GAR has a Unilateral Termination of Brokerage Engagement or a Mutual Termination of Brokerage Engagement
    • RE Forms – just use an Amendment for Mutual Termination or a Notice for Unilateral Termination
  • FMLS #116
  • GAMLS Listing Withdraw or Transfer Form

Repeat: 2018 Business Planning: If you don’t already have your 2018 Business Plan complete, check out these samples.  Check out our Training Calendar for our 3 hr CE class on Business Planning: “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  These documents have also been uploaded to the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Max Cares: Prayers for Jerrie Lusk who is recovering from a broken humerus.

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11/12/17

Welcome the Following Agents to Maximum One in October:

  • Linda DiFiore – Dawsonville
  • Valencia Hodge – McDonough
  • George Young – McDonough
  • Connie Goff – Alpharetta
  • Cheralyn Pilgrim – Paulding
  • Henry Adedapo – Paulding
  • Tori Nunley – Douglasville
  • Paul Kennedy – Douglasville
  • Eulethia Sims – Douglasville
  • Charles Lipsey – McDonough
  • Marva Cummins – McDonough
  • Octavia Philpot – Galleria
  • Helen Slaughter – Galleria
  • Pamela Bennett – Emerson
  • Olivia Harmon – Galleria
  • Brent Griffin – Galleria
  • Nikki Robinson – Alpharetta
  • Martie Williams – Galleria
  • Sherman Scott – Galleria
  • Jan Thomas – Douglasville
  • Gerald Dean – Douglasville
  • Cameo Clark – Dawsonville
  • Nichole Calhoun – Galleria
  • Terracia Brown – Douglasville
  • Joseph Dilbeck – Emerson

2018 GAR Contract: We already have many CE classes scheduled for the 2018 GAR Contract Dissection Class.  These classes fill up quickly as Maximum One is the first to offer a 3 Hr CE class on the NEW GAR contracts!  Go online & find a class & register to reserve your spot NOW! www.eAGENTweb.com & click “Calendar.”

Withdrawing a Listing: If you want to withdraw a listing from the Listing Services, the following THREE documents are required.  Complete these documents & upload into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline.  Remember that FMLS & GAMLS each charge a $25 withdrawal fee for a total of $50.

  • Termination of the Listing Agreement
    • GAR has a Unilateral Termination of Brokerage Engagement or a Mutual Termination of Brokerage Engagement
    • RE Forms – just use an Amendment for Mutual Termination or a Notice for Unilateral Termination
  • FMLS #116
  • GAMLS Listing Withdraw or Transfer Form

FMLS Login: Please remember you need to log in to FMLS at least once every 6 months or you will be de-activated from that system.

2018 Business Planning: If you don’t already have your 2018 Business Plan complete, check out these samples.  Check out our Training Calendar for our 3 hr CE class on Business Planning: “Path to Success – Business Planning for the Real Estate Professional.”  These documents have also been uploaded to the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Powers Ferry Office Updates: We have signage coming next week probably for front doors and the black monument.  Right now we are selecting cabinetry, flooring etc.  The current hold up is sprinklers.  Once those are done it will go quickly.  Also Bryan Jackson is going to focus on his real estate sales business full time. Michelle Butz will be the new Powers Ferry CEO Advisor beginning on November 15th.  Michelle will still manage DAs too.  Please join us in wishing Bryan all the best & in welcoming Michelle!

MX1 Branch Socials for Thanksgiving &/or Christmas: Please check the Maximum One online Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com then click “Calendar”) for the date of your Branch’s festivities!  Also check with your Team Captain for more information and to help with set up, organization, food, and more!

Max Cares: Prayers for Mary Lamb who had additional surgery on her throat this week.
Max Cares: Prayers for Vivian Green who was involved in a car crash this week.

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11/5/17

Maximum One Branch Thanksgiving & Christmas Socials: Each Branch is having either a Thanksgiving or Christmas luncheon to celebrate the holidays!  Please join us for the festivities!  You may bring a dish if you would like to but don’t let that hold you back if you don’t want to!  Check the Calendar to see when your Branch’s party is being held and consult with the Branch Team Captains for more information!

TEAM CAPTAINS – Organize & Schedule & Prepare Team Meetings / Social Events  – 770-919-8825 then extension by name

Contributing Commission to Your Client: If you are contributing part of your commission to your client, many times the Lender or Closing Attorney will need a letter of permission from the Broker.  Please make this request by email to your Compliance Broker or Managing Broker through your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & include the following information:

  • Property Address
  • Buyer Name
  • Sale Price
  • How much of your Commission You are Contributing

Certified Move-In Ready Home: We are familiar with Listing Agents putting a home warranty on a listing and Southern Family Home Inspections will inspect a listing when you put the house on the market.  They will then put a sign in the yard that says, “Certified Move-In Ready” & share the inspection report with any potential Buyers.This may help transaction stay in contract!  They also do Radon Testing & Air Quality testing.  Contact Denise or David Thompson – Inspector@SouthernFamilyHomeInspections.com  770-580-5718.

Clients Dropping Off Money or Documents at Branch: Please remember to inform the Branch CEO Advisor that your clients will be stopping by the office to drop off earnest money.  Please make sure to follow up with your client on the Earnest Money.

Earnest Money Handling: GREC holds YOU the agent responsible for handling the Buyer’s Earnest Money.  What this means is that if the Buyer is supposed to remit the EM to the Holder ____ days after the Binding Agreement Date, you the agent must follow-up with the client on that delivery.

  • Meet the Buyer and get the funds from the Buyer & Deliver them to the Holder yourself
  • Instruct the Buyer where to deliver the funds in person
  • Provide the Buyer with the Mailing Address & Branch Manager’s Name to put on the envelope – do not have the Buyer put YOUR name on the envelope or it may end up sitting in your mailbox for a period of time
  • Instruct Buyer to indicate the Agent Name & Property Address on the Earnest Money – most firms track pending listings by property address

Earnest Money Deposit:  Regardless if you are on the List side or Buy side of a transaction, both agents should follow up with the Holder to make sure they have received AND deposited the funds.  A copy of the Earnest Money is not important – the proof of deposit IS important.  The Holder is contractually obligated to send Notice if they don’t receive the funds or they are not honored by the bank – but be proactive and follow-up on the receipt & deposit of those funds… especially if the Holder is not your own Broker.

Atlanta – Top in Rental Yields:  According to Inman’s, Atlanta is a significant player in Rental yields.  Read the entire article here: Inman Home Rental Market

Woodstock Branch Renovations Continue: Carpet & Tile & Paint are scheduled for this week!

Repeat – Smarter Agent Personal App:  At Maximum One, you get your OWN personalized Real Estate App!  It is through Smarter Agent.  We automatically sign this up for you for FREE!  To personalize your app, please send your photo to the App Manager, Michelle Butz – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 321.  For more information, see the training videos on www.eAGENTweb.com c;ick “Live & Recorded Webinars” tile.

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10/29/17

Daylight Saving Time Ends:  Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday November 5th.  Great time to contact your database & remind them to change the batteries in the smoke detectors & change their air filters.

Old Republic Agent Toolbox:  Old Republic Home Protection has many marketing tools available for you to customize & use. Some of these include a customizable calendar, farming coupons, personalized newsletter, door hangers / mailers, visual shows & more.  For more information, contact Scott EavesScottE@orhp.com 404-518-3820

Woodstock Branch Repairs & Renovations:  The Landlord will begin the roof repairs, window water-proofing, drywall replacement & more this week. The Training Room & Front Lobby will e under demolition & construction so not the best week to bring clients to the office.  Paint & tile & carpet to follow  the next week after the Landlord completes the repairs.

Paying Another Agent for Showing Property: You are required to have a real estate license to show property to the public.  Due to this fact, compensation for this activity is considered commission and must go through the Broker.  In other words, an agent may not pay another agent directly for showing property.  If you hire a Showing Agent – either short term or long term, you must have a written agreement, create a transaction in Paperless Pipeline, payment must be made to Maximum One & go through Paperless Pipeline and a Transaction fee & Royalty fee will be deducted based on your plan.

Contributing Commission to Your Client: If you are contributing part of your commission to your client, many times the Lender or Closing Attorney will need a letter of permission from the Broker.  Please make this request by email to your Compliance Broker or Managing Broker through your transaction in Paperless Pipeline & include the following information:

  • Property Address
  • Buyer Name
  • Sale Price
  • How much of your Commission You are Contributing

Commission You Choose to Charge: Other firms have policies & prohibitions regarding commissions that agents may offer, but not at Maximum One!  We honor & respect you as the true CEO of your company that you are!  That is why Maximum One is truly Agent-Centric.  You may run your business as you see fit including charging whatever commissions, fees that you see fit for any particular situation.  You may charge a flat fee, you may give a rebate back to a client, you may charge $0, you may charge any commission you wish, you may charge any administrative or marketing or early termination fee  that you wish!  It is YOUR business that you are running!  As long as what you do is legal, compliant, ethical, professional & disclosed!

Commission You Choose to Charge – Considerations: Consider that offering less than 3% to Buyer Broker is doing a disservice to the Seller.  It will most likely be the last one shown, if at all.  Just human nature.  Additionally, the average agent in GA only sells two deals a year so they are driving around from house to house with 50% of their income in the car.  Make sense?  Of course we cannot price fix so we do not dictate.  Just would prefer not to have sub par buyer commissions as to create a negative image of the company or you as the agent.

Atlanta – Top in Rental Yields:  According to Inman’s, Atlanta is a significant player in Rental yields.  Read the entire article here: Inman Home Rental Market

Repeat – Smarter Agent Personal App:  At Maximum One, you get your OWN personalized Real Estate App!  It is through Smarter Agent.  We automatically sign this up for you for FREE!  To personalize your app, please send your photo to the App Manager, Michelle Butz – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 321.  For more information, see the training videos on www.eAGENTweb.com c;ick “Live & Recorded Webinars” tile.

Repeat – Extranet – Digital Library Now on Paperless Pipeline:  The Maximum One Digital Library – “Extranet” – is now readily accessible through the Reference Section on Paperless Pipeline. Click on the reference section of Paperless Pipeline, look for the section “Extranet – Digital Library” then click on the link to go to a DropBox Folder System of the Extranet.

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Annamaria Stalker’s Mom who is in the hospital/
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10/22/17

Smarter Agent Personal App:  At Maximum One, you get your OWN personalized Real Estate App for FREE!  It is through Smarter Agent.  We automatically sign this up for you for FREE!  To personalize your app, please send your photo to the App Manager, Michelle Butz – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 321.  For more information, see the training videos on www.eAGENTweb.com c;ick “Live & Recorded Webinars” tile.

Extranet – Digital Library Now on Paperless Pipeline:  The Maximum One Digital Library – “Extranet” – is now readily accessible through the Reference Section on Paperless Pipeline. Click on the reference section of Paperless Pipeline, look for the section “Extranet – Digital Library” then click on the link to go to a DropBox Folder System of the Extranet.

Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline

 

Link to Extranet Folders

 

Check Your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline: Your transaction in Paperless Pipeline holds a wealth of information!  Please look at the checklists in your transaction to ensure that there are no additional required documents needed for your file to be complete & compliant.  Copies of all deposits are also included.

Sending an Email through Paperless Pipeline: If you add a note to your transaction in Paperless Pipeline, that note will stay logged in to the transaction.  If you want that note to be emailed to a staff member, you MUST check the box next to the staff member to send that note to by email or they will never get it.

Repeat – Contract Issue to Pay Attention To:  Please be diligent & circumspect when typing contract offers & counteroffers & conformed copies.  We have seen many issues from many agents (mostly co-ops of course!  LOL LOL LOL)

  • Typographical errors
  • Transposing numbers
  • Not initialing the bottom of page 1 of the GAR Purchase & Sale & the bottom of every page in the RE Forms Purchase & Sale – Video on this topic coming out soon!
  • Leaving blanks in the contract – remember to use “N/A” or $0
  • Not putting a “check” in a checkbox for a provision that is to be made a part of the contract
  • Not attaching & referencing the “Standard Terms” as an Exhibit in the RE Forms Purchase & Sale (This is a Maximum One Policy)
  • Not sending the Lender & Closing Attorney copies of all Amendments & Notices
  • Not sending the Commission Instructions at time of offer or counter offer
  • Not calling in Home Warranties
  • Leaving the name of the Closing Attorney blank or writing “TBD”
  • Only sending the signature page of a contract when binding a contract – See Video tip on this issue
  • Not finding out all the HOA & Management Company Fees in a timely manner
  • Not attaching & referencing documents made available by the Listing Agent on the MLS Services

Max Cares:  Get well soon, Heidi Kelly who hurt her ankles and is now on crutches.

Max Cares: Condolences to Clarissa Zumwalt whose mother passed away last Sunday.

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10/15/17

Protect Your Commission on New Construction:  If a new construction property is not yet listed in FMLS / GAMLS / NAVICA or no co-op fee is disclosed, make sure you protect your Selling-Side commission.

  • Visit a new SD with your Buyer
  • Call ahead & “register” your Buyer
  • Inform your Buyer that if they are interested in new construction, you need to go with them or call ahead first
  • Remind your Buyer that if they talk to the onsite agent, they need to first inform that agent that they are working with you
  • Add the following Special Stipulation into all of your Buyer Brokerage Agreements (Stip authored by Closing Attorney Amee Davis of Davis & Associates)
    • “If you buy a house being constructed (“New Construction”) you agree that the Selling Broker commission shall be a part of the original offer prior to signing that offer.  If the transaction turns in to a Lease, you agree to pay Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (or Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors) a commission of $________ for valuable services rendered within 2 Banking days of signing lease.”

PicMonkey  This is a fabulous photo editing program.  Try it out!  Maximum One has a subscription and if you want the login information, please see the information on the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

Georgia Dream Funds: Georgia Dream still has funds available in their $15,000 Hardest Hit Fund.  Grab them while they are still available!  Google: Georgia Dream Hardest Hit Fund.  Contact one of our Affiliated Lenders to get your Buyer qualified for this program!

  • No re-payment required
  • 640 Credit Score
  • Income Limits
  • Buyer may not have owned property in last 3 years
  • Buyer may not have any mortgage interest write-offs on their taxes
  • No new construction
  • Specific to certain counties

Required Special Stipulation for Any DPA for a Buyer: If you have a Buyer buying a home subject to any type of Down Payment Assistance funds, you MUST use the Special stipulation adding that to the contract to avoid your Buyer defaulting if they do not get those funds (lack of money required for Down payment or Closing Costs is NOT a valid reason to terminate based on the Financing Contingency!)  This Special Stipulation authored by closing attorney Amee Davis of Davis & Associates Please see other Special Stipulations in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.

  • “This Agreement is contingent upon the Buyer’s approval for the receipt of down payment from _______ program within _____ days from Binding Agreement Date.  Should Buyer not be approved for the DPA program within this time frame, Buyer may terminate without penalty if Buyer notifies Seller in writing and providing DPA denial letter.”

Contract Issue to Pay Attention To:  Please be diligent & circumspect when typing contract offers & counteroffers & conformed copies.  We have seen many issues from many agents (mostly co-ops of course!  LOL LOL LOL)

  • Typographical errors
  • Transposing numbers
  • Not initialing the bottom of page 1 of the GAR Purchase & Sale & the bottom of every page in the RE Forms Purchase & Sale – Video on this topic coming out soon!
  • Leaving blanks in the contract – remember to use “N/A” or $0
  • Not putting a “check” in a checkbox for a provision that is to be made a part of the contract
  • Not attaching & referencing the “Standard Terms” as an Exhibit in the RE Forms Purchase & Sale (This is a Maximum One Policy)
  • Not sending the Lender & Closing Attorney copies of all Amendments & Notices
  • Not sending the Commission Instructions at time of offer or counter offer
  • Not calling in Home Warranties
  • Leaving the name of the Closing Attorney blank or writing “TBD”
  • Only sending the signature page of a contract when binding a contract – See Video tip on this issue
  • Not finding out all the HOA & Management Company Fees in a timely manner
  • Not attaching & referencing documents made available by the Listing Agent on the MLS Services

Tom Ferry Program: What You Say Matters: New Multi-Week Tom Ferry Program begins this week.  This program is designed to help you take advantage of every situation so you always know what to say – because it matters!  See more information below.  See the MX1 calendar for scheduled sessions.

Repeat – Revised DA Request Form:  We have revised the DA (Disbursement Authorization = Pay at Close) form.  These revisions should make this form easier for you to complete & for Michelle to interpret.  As a reminder, please fill out this form legibly so we can read it.  Also, you MUST include an email address for the Pre-Closer or the Closing Attorney so that we can send them the approval so that they can pay you.  If we don’t have this information from you, we will not be able to get it into their hands and you will be paid traditionally – via Direct Deposit after closing.  Click here for the new form: DA Request Form – Revised October 2017  Also, there is a copy in the Reference section of Paperless Pipeline.  Michelle Butz is the DA Manager – DA@MyMaximumOne.com or Paulding@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 321.  Here are the revisions – we hope you like them!

REVISIONS:

  • Added: *Additional Commission Received at Closing – (Bonus / Fee / etc): $__________ – Under Gross Commission for Your Side
  • Added: (Plus   MX1 Franchise Royalty Fee: $10)   – under MX1 Transaction Fee
  • Added: (Must Complete & Be Legible) – After Closing Attorney’s Email Address

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Lisa Osborne who has published a Self-Help book & has just become a Certified Life Coach.

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10/8/17

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in September 2017:  Please welcome the following agents:

  • Paul Whallon – Powers Ferry
  • Chris Dunn – West Cobb
  • Dianne Dunn – West Cobb – Welcome BACK!
  • Charlene Montgomery – Douglasville
  • Michelle Neita – Powers Ferry
  • Christen Rene – Galleria
  • Elsita Sacarello Quiles – Galleria
  • Bradley Shorter – McDonough
  • Michael Liu – Galleria
  • Sandra Cocanougher – Powers Ferry
  • Clifton McGlon – Woodstock
  • Ruth Miller – West Cobb
  • David Peterson – Galleria
  • Jeaneth Diaz – McDonough
  • Ernest Tannis – McDonough
  • Keith Berry – West Cobb
  • Mondraian Hazure – Galleria
  • Sonya Sampson – Galleria
Revised DA Request Form:  We have revised the DA (Disbursement Authorization = Pay at Close) form.  These revisions should make this form easier for you to complete & for Michelle to interpret.  As a reminder, please fill out this form legibly so we can read it.  Also, you MUST include an email address for the Pre-Closer or the Closing Attorney so that we can send them the approval so that they can pay you.  If we don’t have this information from you, we will not be able to get it into their hands and you will be paid traditionally – via Direct Deposit after closing.  Click here for the new form: DA Request Form – Revised October 2017  Also, there is a copy in the Reference section of Paperless Pipeline.  Michelle Butz is the DA Manager – DA@MyMaximumOne.com or Paulding@eAGENTweb.com – 770-919-8825 x 321.  Here are the revisions – we hope you like them!
REVISIONS:
  • Added: *Additional Commission Received at Closing – (Bonus / Fee / etc): $__________ – Under Gross Commission for Your Side
  • Added: (Plus   MX1 Franchise Royalty Fee: $10)   – under MX1 Transaction Fee
  • Added: (Must Complete & Be Legible) – After Closing Attorney’s Email Address

New Copy Machines in West Cobb:  These copiers now require a 5 digit code.  Simply put a “1” in front of your previous code.  If your code is not in there, please contact Heidi – WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 318 so that she may add you.

Adding Copy Machine to Your Laptop:  In West Cobb, please schedule an appointment with Jennifer to add the copy machine to your laptop with your code so you can print directly from your laptop.  Admin@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 964

BPG – $50 Buyer Rebate:  BPG offers a $50 rebate for your Buyer.  There are only 5 easy steps to take.  For more information, contact Chuck Turner – CTurner@BPGWI.com 

Homestar has “Bank Statement” Loans:  Homestar as Bank Statement Loans for Self Employed customers (= Non QM Product) The cost is a bit higher but can definitely serve a niche.  Contact Jay Alexander with Homestar FInancial Corporation for more information.

FHA Loans & Case Numbers:  Every timeline for an FHA loan is based on when the Case Number was pulled.  This is very important to keep in mind when a Buyer is switching lenders – time line may already be running!

Property Tax Bills are Now Out:  The Closing Attorney will collect the full amount from the Seller.  If your clients have closed prior to August 15 or last year, the new owner may still owe property tax.  Tax collections were based on estimates or a party may not have gotten the bill due to mail forwarding. Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for reminding us of this information.

Some City Tax Bills are Not Out:  So if the property is in the city limits, some of those tax bills are not yet out.

What You Say Matters: New Multi-Week Tom Ferry Program begins soon.  This program is designed to help you take advantage of every situation so you always know what to say – because it matters!  See more information below.  Stay tuned to the MX1 calendar for scheduled sessions.

The Politically Incorrect Real Estate Agent Handbook: A Serious How-To Manual with a Sense of Humor: Check out this new Real Estate Handbook written by Maximum One Realty Agent, Peter Porcelli.  This handbook is full of enlightening information designed to help your business & educate you conveyed with a sense of humor.  Click here to purchase the book through Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998960802.  Click here to read through the Table of Contents:  https://goo.gl/Eocbyg

Repeat – FMLS: rDocs Replacing Forms Pro – Timeline:  While you have until Monday, November 6th to start using rDocs, we strongly recommend you begin creating transactions in rDocs as soon as possible so that you will be familiar with it when it becomes the only option.

  • As of Monday, November 6th, all new transactions can only be entered into rDocs. FormsPro will be placed in “edit-only” mode. This means that you will be able to edit any existing transactions in FormsPro, but no new ones can be created.
  • As of Monday, December 4th, rDocs will be the only system available for document creation, management, and e-Sign. FormsPro will be placed in “read-only” mode. You will only be able to view or print/email your existing transactions in FormsPro.
  • As of Monday, January 8th, FormsPro will be turned off. There will no longer be any access to FormsPro.

Max Cares:  Prayers for Lynn Lenton whose Mom had a cornea transplant.

Max Cares:  Prayers for Heidi Kelly whose daughter, Ashley, had to go to the ER with complications for her treatment for her vision loss.  She is on a heart monitor & should do well.

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10/1/17

8 Tips for More Effective Follow-Up Calls:  So a prospect or a client has asked you to give them a call. Great! This is your opportunity to make a good impression and strengthen your relationship with the person on the other end of the call.  Unfortunately, it’s also an opportunity to come off as unprofessional if you aren’t fully prepared. Check out this list of eight tips to make your next follow-up call amazing so you can dial with confidence.

FMLS: rDocs Replacing Forms Pro – Timeline:  While you have until Monday, November 6th to start using rDocs, we strongly recommend you begin creating transactions in rDocs as soon as possible so that you will be familiar with it when it becomes the only option.

  • As of Monday, November 6th, all new transactions can only be entered into rDocs. FormsPro will be placed in “edit-only” mode. This means that you will be able to edit any existing transactions in FormsPro, but no new ones can be created.
  • As of Monday, December 4th, rDocs will be the only system available for document creation, management, and e-Sign. FormsPro will be placed in “read-only” mode. You will only be able to view or print/email your existing transactions in FormsPro.
  • As of Monday, January 8th, FormsPro will be turned off. There will no longer be any access to FormsPro.

5 Advertising Mistakes You May Not Realize You’re Making:  Great advertising can be phenomenal for a business’s success. Companies can crank out excellent ads with excellent results, but they can just as likely create some not-so-awesome ones due to unlikely advertising blunders. Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, but wasted money on failed advertising executions is a mistake nobody wants to make.  Double check that you aren’t committing any of these advertising mistakes!  Read these 5 Mistakes Here so that you may avoid them.

 

What You Say Matters: New 8-Week Tom Ferry Program begins soon.  This program is designed to help you take advantage of every situation so you always know what to say – because it matters!  See more information below.  Stay tuned to the MX1 calendar for scheduled sessions.

Repeat – Closings in Georgia MUST Occur Through an Attorney:  To close on a property in Georgia, the closing must be done by an attorney.  This does NOT mean that you can simply send the documents to a Georgia Attorney to notarize.   Beware of transactions with an out of town investor or anyone from out of town who wants to have their out of state Title company hold the funds, search the title & then just send the documents to an attorney to notarize.  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for this information.  What “Closing with an Attorney” DOES mean is that the attorney must

  • Intake the funds
  • Disburse the funds
  • Oversee all title issues / searches
  • Underwrite the Title Insurance policy
  • Title Insurance Company must be approved through Georgia

 

Max Cares:  Prayers to Nancy Sanders who just found out she has cancer in her lymph nodes & lung.  She is a breast cancer survivor & will do it again!

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Isabel Haynes who will get her Broker’s License!

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Erica Hyland on getting her Broker’s License!

Max Cares:  Congratulations to Sonja Mulens on getting her Master’s Degree!

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9/24/17

Maximum One does NOT allow Commission Advances:  You may not receive a commission advance if you are an agent at Maximum One.  If we discover that you have signed for a commission advance, that is grounds for Maximum One to release your license.

New Construction Deals Towards End of Year:  Many new construction subdivisions will offer Broker Bonuses and Buyer incentives from now until the end of the year.  They need to sell standing inventory for tax reasons which may benefit you & your clients.

DA’s = Pay-at-Close: Please check your approved DAs as soon as you get them so we may make any corrections prior to closing.  Michelle Butz is the DA Manager & processes them.  She then sends them to you & the Closing attorney in advance of your closing.  If you have an issue, please contact her:  Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 x 321.  IF, however, you have a change due to a contract negotiation (i.e. change in price, change in Closing Date, etc.) then we need a copy of the Amendment signed by the parties, a request to change the DA, then it goes through a Compliance check & then back to Michelle to process.

What Do Lenders Consider a “First Time” Homebuyer:  Most Lenders consider a person who has not been on the title to a property for 3+ years a “Fist Time” homebuyer for qualifying for various loan programs.

Do Not Negotiate by Text:  If a co-op agent texts you with negotiation information, simply text them back, “I will await a response from the Seller / Buyer in writing.”

Closings in Georgia MUST Occur Through an Attorney:  To close on a property in Georgia, the closing must be done by an attorney.  This does NOT mean that you can simply send the documents to a Georgia Attorney to notarize.   Beware of transactions with an out of town investor or anyone from out of town who wants to have their out of state Title company hold the funds, search the title & then just send the documents to an attorney to notarize.  Thank you to Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for this information.  What “Closing with an Attorney” DOES mean is that the attorney must

  • Intake the funds
  • Disburse the funds
  • Oversee all title issues / searches
  • Underwrite the Title Insurance policy
  • Title Insurance Company must be approved through Georgia

Repeat – Verbiage for Buyer Rebate of Selling Broker Commission:Must be included as a  special stipulation in the Buyer Brokerage Agreement OR use Amendment to Brokerage Engagement:

“At closing, Selling Broker to rebate _x_% of Selling commission to Buyer as a Buyer Credit on the Closing Disclosure only if this is acceptable to the Buyer’s lender.”

THEN, on the Commission Instructions, on the 2nd page, you ‘ll see a place to fill in the dollar amount coming FROM Selling Broker going to Buyer.  Make sure you point this out to the Closing Attorney.

ALSO, make SURE this is acceptable to the Lender & they know about it now so you don’t hold up closing.  If it is not acceptable to the lender, you may not rebate your commission.

Repeat – New Wire Fraud Scam:  Thank you to closing attorney Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for this information.  Wire fraud cyber criminals will actually email a phone number to your buyer (via a fake ghosted email) and say “call me for revised wire instructions” or they’ll even **send a text to them** (remember by this point they have hacked into someone’s email in the transaction and have all the contact and identifying info for all parties involved – probably hacked into whomever is using a gmail or other free email account).   So now they are willing to put a *live person* on the phone – because they’ve learned that this is one of the basic countermeasures to email fraud.

“Live person + knowledge of key transaction details = trust.”  They got you.  Because we are educating people and getting smarter, the criminals are adapting.  Please, please stay vigilant. I am going to say this one more time. Not for the last time.

  • NO CLOSING FIRM EVER CHANGES THEIR WIRE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF A TRANSACTION. EVER. TELL YOUR CLIENTS.
  • ANY CHANGE IN WIRING INSTRUCTIONS IS AN ATTEMPTED THEFT. IF SUCCESSFUL, MONEY GONE.

Repeat – Maximum One does NOT allow Property Management Services for the Public:  Managing Property for the public must be done through a licensed real estate agent under a licensed Brokerage (licensed with GREC that is) with a Qualifying Broker. If you have a Broker’s License then you may open up your own firm with GREC and we will amend your Independent Contractor Agreement to allow you to practice only Property Management for the public under that firm and all other transactions under Maximum One. If you do not have a Broker’s license then the Landlord must contact a Property Management firm – you may of course send a referral to that Broker & receive a Referral fee for this referral.

It is illegal to manage property for others simply as an LLC – any firm that practices Property management MUST be licensed & approved through GREC with a Qualifying Broker, Trust Account, etc.

At Maximum One we do allow agents to manage properties that they own, we just do not allow them to hold any Security Deposits. So if there are properties that you own & wish to manage – you may do so as long as MX1 holds the Security Deposit along with a copy of the Lease & Move-in inspection Then when tenant vacates, we need copy of fully executed Move-Out inspection to release the Security deposit as the Landlord & Tenant have agreed in writing.

Max Cares:  Prayers to Lisa Paulauskis whose mother is recovering from a heart attack.

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9/17/17

Maximum One does NOT allow Property Management Services for the Public:  Managing Property for the public must be done through a licensed real estate agent under a licensed Brokerage (licensed with GREC that is) with a Qualifying Broker. If you have a Broker’s License then you may open up your own firm with GREC and we will amend your Independent Contractor Agreement to allow you to practice only Property Management for the public under that firm and all other transactions under Maximum One. If you do not have a Broker’s license then the Landlord must contact a Property Management firm – you may of course send a referral to that Broker & receive a Referral fee for this referral.

It is illegal to manage property for others simply as an LLC – any firm that practices Property management MUST be licensed & approved through GREC with a Qualifying Broker, Trust Account, etc.

At Maximum One we do allow agents to manage properties that they own, we just do not allow them to hold any Security Deposits. So if there are properties that you own & wish to manage – you may do so as long as MX1 holds the Security Deposit along with a copy of the Lease & Move-in inspection Then when tenant vacates, we need copy of fully executed Move-Out inspection to release the Security deposit as the Landlord & Tenant have agreed in writing.

100% Financing Movement Mortgage MAP Program: This is a down payment grant for 1st time HomeBuyers – no repayment – of 3% of Sale Price.  This is a conventional loan and allows 4% Seller concessions.  It also has 6 months of job loss insurance.  Minimum Credit 640 & for low-to-moderate Buyers depending on county they purchase in.  All counties included.  Contact John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for more information.  Click here for MAP Program Flyer.

Great Program to Increase Your Business – NARRPR:  This is a fabulous CMA program that seems to be fairly accurate.  Easy to use, great statistics, great information, great neighborhood information, check it out!   Compare this to Cloud CMA!  You must be a Realtor.  Thank you to Eric Pipkorn for explaining this program to us fully in the Galleria Sales Meeting this week!

How to Handle Seller Compensation in Lieu of Repairs:  There are a couple of ways to handle a monetary compensation for repairs.

  • Take that dollar amount and add it to the Seller’s contribution to the Buyer’s closing costs
  • Take that amount & reduce the Sales Price
  • Have the Buyer find a vendor or vendors to handle the specific issues & how much each will charge – then write up an Amendment:
    • “At closing, Seller to pay the following vendors:  ABC Vendor $______   XYV Vendor $_______”

You MUST run this by the lender – this is only doable IF the lender will allow it & not all lenders will allow.  Consider in any amendment you do not say anything about money “in lieu of repairs” because that throws up a red flag to the Underwriter.

New Wire Fraud Scam:  Thank you to closing attorney Andy Hartman of Hartman Law for this information.  New concerns tonight. Andy is hearing now that the wire fraud cyber criminals will actually email a phone number to your buyer (via a fake ghosted email) and say “call me for revised wire instructions” or they’ll even **send a text to them** (remember by this point they have hacked into someone’s email in the transaction and have all the contact and identifying info for all parties involved – probably hacked into whomever is using a gmail or other free email account).

So now they are willing to put a *live person* on the phone – because they’ve learned that this is one of the basic countermeasures to email fraud.

“Live person + knowledge of key transaction details = trust.”

They got you.

Because we are educating people and getting smarter, the criminals are adapting.

Please, please stay vigilant. I am going to say this one more time. Not for the last time.

NO CLOSING FIRM EVER CHANGES THEIR WIRE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF A TRANSACTION. EVER. TELL YOUR CLIENTS.

ANY CHANGE IN WIRING INSTRUCTIONS IS AN ATTEMPTED THEFT. IF SUCCESSFUL, MONEY GONE.

2 New MX1 Partners Locations:  Congratulations to Ming & Alan Richardson – Managing Partners of Maximum One Partners – for opening up TWO new additional locations – Conyers & Airport South!

  • Conyers: – Open Now!
  • 1501 Klondike Rd SW
    Suite #101
    Conyers, GA 30094
  • Airport South:  – Opening Mid-November
  • 1580 Phoenix Boulevard
  • Atlanta, GA 30349

Repair Issues in a Contract:  When you are representing a Buyer in a contract & the Buyer & Seller negotiate for repairs, PLEASE use one of the following additional Special Stipulations to address Buyer options should the Seller not complete the repairs.  Add  this verbiage NOW rather than trying to deal with the issue the day of closing when the parties may not agree to these options.

  • All parties agree that the repair work contemplated and agreed upon herein shall be completed not less than five business  days prior to the closing dated of _________.  All work shall be completed by vendors Licensed, in the State of Georgia, through the proper state licensing board, to complete the work required herein.  Seller shall provide to buyer at least five days prior to closing, evidence of vendors license to do repair work, invoices and paid receipts for all work completed. Should seller not complete the work required herein at least five days in advance of closing, buyer shall have the right to either (1) immediately hire vendors of buyer’s choice and have work completed at seller’s expense to be paid at time of closing from seller’s proceeds or (2) terminate the contract agreement with full refund of all earnest money deposits.
  • The parties agree that the repairs Seller has agreed to complete under the Contract may not be complete as of the date of Closing.  In that event, no later than _____ days after Closing (the “Repair Completion Date”) Seller shall complete all repairs to the property herein.  It is understood and agreed that Seller, in showing of good faith, shall deposit at Closing $_______ (the “Repair Funds”) with ________________ (the “Security Holder”) as security for completion of said repairs.  As long as Seller completes or causes to complete all repairs no later than midnight of the Repair Completion Date, the Repair Funds shall be returned to Seller within ____ days of the Repair Completion Date or submission of proof of the repairs to Buyer, whichever comes first.  Should Seller fail to timely complete said repairs, Buyer shall be entitled to Repair Funds as liquidated damages.  Should a dispute arise as to the disbursement of the Repair Funds, the Security Holder shall be entitled to the same rights, remedies, indemnities, etc. As any escrow agent or holder of Earnest Money described in the Contract.

Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline:  Explore the Reference tab in Paperless Pipeline for a myriad of documents & training materials you will find useful!

Max Cares:  Condolences to Dawn Southern whose father, Richard Moore, passed away on Tuesday,September 12th.

Max Cares: Condolences to Tanya Kennedy whose mother, Sammie Brown, passed away  Sunday September 10th

Max Cares: Prayers for Heidi Kelly whose daughter is losing peripheral vision for an unknown reason & is being tested for MS.

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9/10/17

Hurricane Irma: Maximum One Offices may be closing early Monday and close on Tuesday due to the weather.  Check the MX1 Calendar – www.eAGENTweb.com  – click “Calendar” – Everyone Be SAFE!!!
Welcome Agents New to MX1 in August: Please welcome the following agents new to Maximum One!
  • Ashlon Reeder – Alpharetta
  • Judy Borkowsky – Emerson
  • Austin James – West Cobb – Welcome BACK!
  • Tiffany Spires – Emerson
  • Liz Campbell – Emerson
  • Stephanie Tan – Alpharetta
  • Tyrome Sharp – Alpharetta
  • Natalia Lanigan – Emerson
  • Ron Ramos – Woodstock
  • Kelly Moody – Galleria
  • Lisa Foster – McDonough
  • Cassandra Carlisle – McDonough
  • Christeria Hilton – McDonough
  • Maggie Steck – Powers Ferry
  • Elizabeth Campbell – Emerson
  • Jami Gilham – Douglasville
  • Kelly Goins – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Richard Zarnik – West Cobb
  • Sheheedah Hill – Douglasville
  • Ginger Rhea – Paulding
  • Lovette Johnson – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Sampson Isibor – Alpharetta
  • Brian Wong – Alpharetta
  • Kris Lambert – Emerson
  • Dan McCloskey – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Keith Berry – West Cobb
  • Jordan Williams – McDonough
  • Celia Jones – McDonough
  • Sheila Terrell-James – McDonough
Fake Docusign Emails: There are some “hacked” emails circulating that appear to be from Docusign. The “bad guys” are targeting real estate agents. If you receive an email to e-sign & it is supposed to be from DOCUSIGN, TRIPLE check!!!
  • Check the Grammar of the Subject Line Check the Spelling of the Subject Line
  • Check the “From” email address – is it someone you know?
  • Docusign’s emails typically come from a person
  • If you get an email that is supposed to be from docusign, it SHOULD in “dse”
Do NOT open if you get something from “DocuSign via DocuSign” <r.o.stumpf@t-online.de> – That is NOT from Docusign!If you are sending or expecting a docusign, please verify before opening the email. If you get a fraudulent Docusign, please contact Docusign – 1-866-270-5923  Please share this information with your Clients & Co-Op Agents.

MX1 Powers Ferry Update:  Although we still do not have a permit for the lower level to be built, we are all set up on the second floor and we are now a full service office again (minus training classes). You can do anything at Powers Ferry that you can anywhere else EXCEPT we will not have CE classes there for a couple more months at least.

Some of the exciting parts of this venture to share:

  • 11,000 square feet! 4 times the size of Galleria and Woodstock, 5 times the size or old East Cobb and Paulding offices and 2.5 times the size of West Cobb.
  • Will have TWO training rooms that can also connect to make a Ginormous Training Room. It is going to be like a small Conference Center.
  • Modern furnishings and appointments. Glitzy, glammy boushy. Will be a little like Douglasville renovation and larger.
  • Several meeting spots and collaboration centers to meet clients or other agents
  • Please stop by sometime soon and meet Bryan Jackson – the Powers Ferry Branch CEO Advisor – and check it out. PowersFerry@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 310
Hurricane Harvey Relief:  If you are interested in helping out our colleagues in Houston, please contact Karen Moonshower or Keely George who are heading up the assistance effort.  For anyone interested in helping TEXAS FLOOD VICTIMS – Karen Moonshower sent out a message through WolfConnect on Wednesday that she left Thursday to help in Houston with flood disaster relief. Karen has friends and family in Houston and have been told that the needs will be changing daily, so at the moment I do not know exactly what I will be doing other than starting out volunteering at a shelter. I am not yet connected to an organization, but will likely work thru either Sameritans Purse or a local church in Pearland, TX called Cross Point. I have limited space in my SUV, but the items I’m collecting are: air mattresses, toiletries, box fans, brooms, contractor bags, gloves, masks, and fast food gift cards (some will be without kitchens for months). Keely George is the West Cobb contact so you can contact her at 678-361-4724 or Karen Moonshower at 678-982-4391. I will probably be making a second trip in October and hope at that time to have connected with a brokerage there to focus on helping.
2 New MX1 Partners Locations:  Congratulations to Ming & Alan Richardson – Managing Partners of Maximum One Partners – for opening up TWO new additional locations – Conyers & Airport South!
  • Conyers: – Open Now!
  • 1501 Klondike Rd SW
    Suite #101
    Conyers, GA 30094
  • Airport South:  – Opening Mid-November
  • 1580 Phoenix Boulevard
  • Atlanta, GA 30349

Supra Active Key: The ActiveKey from Supra will be retiring soon.   The old hardware that runs the key is sun setting. In the near future, your ActiveKEY will no longer work.

What are my options?
  1. Use your smartphone as your key. Download the Supra eKEY app onto your phone from Apple’s “App Store” or Google’s “Google Play.” Once downloaded, try the eKEY in demo mode.
  2. Alternate Key, XpressKEY (replacement for ActiveKEY)
eKEY allows you to:
  • Customize iBox BT LE access hours and listing-specific information
  • Track iBox BT LE inventory and view iBox settings
  • Send showing feedback to listing agents from within the eKEY app
Your eKEY will also automatically update using your phone’s cellular service so you are ready to show listings at a moment’s notice. Once updated for the day, there is no need to be in cellular coverage when showing a listing. With an authorization code, you can easily switch between phone or tablet, and eKEY is less expensive than alternate key methods.
How do I prepare?
  • Login to SupraWEB to ensure you have your credit card registered
  • More information is available on the Supra website at Get-the-App or www.supraekey.com 
Repair Issues in a Contract:  When you are representing a Buyer in a contract & the Buyer & Seller negotiate for repairs, PLEASE use one of the following additional Special Stipulations to address Buyer options should the Seller not complete the repairs.  Add  this verbiage NOW rather than trying to deal with the issue the day of closing when the parties may not agree to these options.
  • All parties agree that the repair work contemplated and agreed upon herein shall be completed not less than five business  days prior to the closing dated of _________.  All work shall be completed by vendors Licensed, in the State of Georgia, through the proper state licensing board, to complete the work required herein.  Seller shall provide to buyer at least five days prior to closing, evidence of vendors license to do repair work, invoices and paid receipts for all work completed. Should seller not complete the work required herein at least five days in advance of closing, buyer shall have the right to either (1) immediately hire vendors of buyer’s choice and have work completed at seller’s expense to be paid at time of closing from seller’s proceeds or (2) terminate the contract agreement with full refund of all earnest money deposits.
  • The parties agree that the repairs Seller has agreed to complete under the Contract may not be complete as of the date of Closing.  In that event, no later than _____ days after Closing (the “Repair Completion Date”) Seller shall complete all repairs to the property herein.  It is understood and agreed that Seller, in showing of good faith, shall deposit at Closing $_______ (the “Repair Funds”) with ________________ (the “Security Holder”) as security for completion of said repairs.  As long as Seller completes or causes to complete all repairs no later than midnight of the Repair Completion Date, the Repair Funds shall be returned to Seller within ____ days of the Repair Completion Date or submission of proof of the repairs to Buyer, whichever comes first.  Should Seller fail to timely complete said repairs, Buyer shall be entitled to Repair Funds as liquidated damages.  Should a dispute arise as to the disbursement of the Repair Funds, the Security Holder shall be entitled to the same rights, remedies, indemnities, etc. As any escrow agent or holder of Earnest Money described in the Contract.
Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline:  Explore the Reference tab in Paperless Pipeline for a myriad of documents & training materials you will find useful!
Max Cares:  Prayers to Austin James who went to the hospital with possible appendicitis.

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9/3/17

Happy Labor Day Weekend – Maximum One Offices are Closed Monday 9/4/17

Hurricane Harvey Relief:  If you are interested in helping out our colleagues in Houston, please contact Karen Moonshower or Keely George who are heading up the assistance effort.  For anyone interested in helping TEXAS FLOOD VICTIMS – Karen Moonshower sent out a message through WolfConnect on Wednesday that she left Thursday to help in Houston with flood disaster relief. Karen has friends and family in Houston and have been told that the needs will be changing daily, so at the moment I do not know exactly what I will be doing other than starting out volunteering at a shelter. I am not yet connected to an organization, but will likely work thru either Sameritans Purse or a local church in Pearland, TX called Cross Point. I have limited space in my SUV, but the items I’m collecting are: air mattresses, toiletries, box fans, brooms, contractor bags, gloves, masks, and fast food gift cards (some will be without kitchens for months). Keely George is the West Cobb contact so you can contact her at 678-361-4724 or Karen Moonshower at 678-982-4391. I will probably be making a second trip in October and hope at that time to have connected with a brokerage there to focus on helping.

2 New MX1 Partners Locations:  Congratulations to Ming & Alan Richardson – Managing Partners of Maximum One Partners – for opening up TWO new additional locations – Conyers & Airport South!

  • Conyers: – Open Now!
  • 1501 Klondike Rd SW
    Suite #101
    Conyers, GA 30094
  • Airport South:  – Opening Mid-November
  • 1580 Phoenix Boulevard
  • Atlanta, GA 30349

Welcome MX1 Executives Office Manager: Please welcome Jackie Veneble as the new Office Manager of Maximum One Executives!  Office@MaxOneExecutives.com

Hartman Law: Congratulations to Andy Hartman on the opening of his new firm – Hartman Law.  His long time friend & business partner, Jim Imbriale has opened Imbriale Injury Law. Hartman Law has a new number & email: 770-284-1111 Andy@hartmanlawfirm.com
Cohen Law Office:  Congratulations to Holly McMurray Cohen on the opening of her new firm – Cohen Law Office.  Her long-time law partner, Bond Almand has moved to south Georgia.  Holly may be reached at 678-384-1113  Holly@aclawonline.com

 

Repair Issues in a Contract:  When you are representing a Buyer in a contract & the Buyer & Seller negotiate for repairs, PLEASE use one of the following additional Special Stipulations to address Buyer options should the Seller not complete the repairs.  Add  this verbiage NOW rather than trying to deal with the issue the day of closing when the parties may not agree to these options.

  • All parties agree that the repair work contemplated and agreed upon herein shall be completed not less than five business  days prior to the closing dated of _________.  All work shall be completed by vendors Licensed, in the State of Georgia, through the proper state licensing board, to complete the work required herein.  Seller shall provide to buyer at least five days prior to closing, evidence of vendors license to do repair work, invoices and paid receipts for all work completed. Should seller not complete the work required herein at least five days in advance of closing, buyer shall have the right to either (1) immediately hire vendors of buyer’s choice and have work completed at seller’s expense to be paid at time of closing from seller’s proceeds or (2) terminate the contract agreement with full refund of all earnest money deposits.
  • The parties agree that the repairs Seller has agreed to complete under the Contract may not be complete as of the date of Closing.  In that event, no later than _____ days after Closing (the “Repair Completion Date”) Seller shall complete all repairs to the property herein.  It is understood and agreed that Seller, in showing of good faith, shall deposit at Closing $_______ (the “Repair Funds”) with ________________ (the “Security Holder”) as security for completion of said repairs.  As long as Seller completes or causes to complete all repairs no later than midnight of the Repair Completion Date, the Repair Funds shall be returned to Seller within ____ days of the Repair Completion Date or submission of proof of the repairs to Buyer, whichever comes first.  Should Seller fail to timely complete said repairs, Buyer shall be entitled to Repair Funds as liquidated damages.  Should a dispute arise as to the disbursement of the Repair Funds, the Security Holder shall be entitled to the same rights, remedies, indemnities, etc. As any escrow agent or holder of Earnest Money described in the Contract.

Reference Section in Paperless Pipeline:  Explore the Reference tab in Paperless Pipeline for a myriad of documents & training materials you will find useful!

 

Max Cares:  Prayers to Monica Thomas whose Mom has been in the hospital with kidney issues.

Max Cares: Prayers to Robin Wilhite whose new son-in law, Djuan, lost his father Thursday night to cancer 2 hours after their wedding.

 

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8/27/17

Addressing Repairs in a Contract or Amendment:  When a Buyer & Seller negotiate for the Seller to complete repairs prior to closing, it is not an issue unless the Seller fails to complete them…. then what do you do???  When you address these repairs that the parties agree to, make sure to address the Buyer’s contractual options if the Seller fails to complete those repairs.  Trying to deal with this issue the day of closing of a couple days before is NOT the time.  At Maximum One, in our Contract CE classes, we have provided you with several attorney-written special stipulations to address Buyer’s recourse if Seller does not complete them but if you don’t include these options at the time the parties negotiate for these repairs, the Seller may not agree to them at a later date.  Re-negotiating repairs with a Seller may be tricky especially if other issues have been amended following the repair issues (i.e. a low appraisal.)  Click here for Special Stipulations for CE Contracts Classes – these are also available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  Also watch this Video on this issue: Repairs: How to Prevent Them from Killing Your Deal

Property Tax Bills:  The Property Tax bills for most counties have already been sent out to the current property owners.  The taxes are not yet due but since the bills are out, at closing, the Closing Attorney MUST collect the full amount from the Seller & then the Buyer’s portion will be given as a Seller credit.  This is true even if the Seller’s current mortgage company has already collected & paid the bill on the Own’er behalf.  The county will eventually reimburse the owner for the overage.

HOA vs. POA: The Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act (“POA”) was adopted in 1994 to expand the powers of homeowners associations. The POA does not, however, apply automatically. Instead, the developer of a community or the members of a community’s homeowners association must “opt-in” to be governed by the POA.

          POAs Are More About the Property –To start an HOA within a neighborhood, you need to actually have homes or condos (or other dwelling units). The homeowners become members of the association and work together to make the neighborhood better. On the other hand, POAs are more about the property. You can have a POA that is nothing but empty lots. In this instance, it’s the property owners who become members of the association. HOAs can be found in just about any neighborhood from urban to suburban, but POAs are often started around a landmark, such as a lake or golf course, in hopes that people will buy the land for its location.

          HOAs and POAs Can Be Very Similar – HOAs always rely on a board, and a list of rules and regulations that specify how the neighborhood is run, and homeowners must follow the guidelines. They usually have to pay monthly fees and get approval for many decisions, such as exterior paint color. Not all POAs have rules and regulations the way HOAs do, but in other cases, a POA may be run almost exactly like an HOA with rules and fees. It varies from POA to POA.

Issues with Fees Owed to a POA vs. HOA:  Thank you to Closing Attorney, Amee Davis of Davis & Associates for informing us that a POA can legally pursue the individual for fees owed & an HOA can only pursue “the property” – i.e. put a lien on the property itself to recover fees owed by the Owner.

100% Financing for Conventional Borrowers:  Movement Mortgage has an Exclusive Mortgage Assistance Program – 100% financing for conventional borrowers – 1st time Homebuyers.  3% Forgivable Grant from Movement combined with 97% Fannie Mae Ready Mortgage. 640 FICO. Free 24 month Job Loss Insurance.  All property types.  Program is for low to moderate income & savings account borrowers.  Contact John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for more information.

MX1 Powers Ferry Office:If you will be making the Powers Ferry office your “home” office, please let us know so that we may make the appropriate change in the Roster, Paperless Pipeline & our other Systems.  Please email us: Compliance@eAGENTweb.com & WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com

Maximum One Agents Who Speak Foreign Languages: We are also adding  a tab to the Roster to list MX1 agents who speak foreign languages.  If you are fluent in another language, please contact Heidi Kelly – WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 318.

 

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8/20/17

Counting Days in a Contract:  The day the contract goes Binding does NOT count for the timing of all other contractual time frames.  The verbiage in the contract is that party has ___ days “FROM” Binding Agreement Date…  So Binding Agreement Date (defined as when the party making the last offer has Notice of acceptance) is the “starting off point” or Day “0.”  Then all the other dates are “FROM” the starting place.  In the RE Forms Contract package, this is spelled out very clearly.  The contingencies specifically state “… contingency shall expire at 11:59pm on the day that is ___ days AFTER the Acceptance Date” (which is their term for Binding Agreement Date.)

As an Example:  Binding Agreement Date 8/16/17 with 10 days Due Diligence (and a “day” is a full day)

  • 8/16/17 – Day 0 – the date FROM which the counting begins
  • 12midnight through 11:59pm on 8/17 = Day 1
  • 12midnight through 11:59pm on 8/18 = Day 2
  • 12midnight through 11:59pm on 8/26 = Day 10

 

Note that in May 2017, GAR revised the Amendment to the Due Diligence Period (F109) and on that Amendment there is a place for the parties to negotiate an extension of the Due Diligence Contingency and there is a place for the parties to negotiate a specific time on the new date rather than going through 11:59pm.

FMLS: Cloud Attract:  If you want to know about Cloud Attract like “What does it do?” and “How does it work?” FMLS says that rather than just tell you it’s the new and best way to generate your own buyer and seller leads – they want to show you!  Join FMLS on Tuesday, August 22nd at 12noon  for a free, live webinar where you’ll get an inside look at Cloud Attract. I’ll also share proven marketing strategies to generate traffic, attract sellers and buyers, and convert more leads into customers.  Click Here to Register

FMLS Showcase – August 24th: The 17th year of Showcase, the Southeast’s premier residential Real Estate Trade Show, is scheduled to be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, on August 24, 2017. The Trade Show will bring together REALTORS®, real estate professionals and affiliated industries on a single day. The one day show will feature a broad selection of essential industry seminars from national and regional speakers, industry items, services, and business tools.  Technology is increasingly at the forefront of our daily business and lives. This year’s Trade Show will highlight all areas of our industry, from prospecting and market data to creative business strategies and using technology on the fly.  Get ready to be a part of what many past exhibitors call, Hands down, the best trade show value in the real estate market – anywhere! One of the Galleria’s largest trade shows, Showcase is again expecting over 3,000 trade professionals to attend this year’s event.
Read More Here

MX1 Agent Hot Spot Office in Villa Rica:  Congratulations to Donna Agan-Williams and others on opening their Agent Hot Spot in Villa Rica!  Please join them for their Grand Opening on Tuesday, August 22 from 11am – 1pm.  For question, contact Donna – daganwilliams@gmail.com

MX1 Powers Ferry Office:If you will be making the Powers Ferry office your “home” office, please let us know so that we may make the appropriate change in the Roster, Paperless Pipeline & our other Systems.  Please email us: Compliance@eAGENTweb.com & WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com

MXGA Compliance:  If you are trying to reach, Kim Murray for anything related to compliance and you are an agent with MX1 Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA) then please use her new email address:  MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com . Kim’s phone number remains 770-919-8825 x 303.

Maximum One Agents Who Speak Foreign Languages: We are also adding  a tab to the Roster to list MX1 agents who speak foreign languages.  If you are fluent in another language, please contact Heidi Kelly – WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 318.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Martha Edwards on the birth of her Grandson on Monday 8/14/17!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Howard Brummel on his 16th Grandchild who was adopted last week!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Mandy Seay on the birth of her first Granddaughter!

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Adana Nwaneri who was just released from the hospital after a car crash where she had to be pulled from the car.

Max Cares: Prayers for Karen Moline Cross who has to have back surgery to alleviate vertebrae pressing on spinal cord.

Max Cares: Prayers to Ronda Bruckno who is had heart surgery on 8/17/17.

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8/13/17

Please Welcome These Agents Who Joined Maximum One in July:
  • Janelle Childree – Emerson
  • Tara Stanley – Paulding
  • Lynne Askew – McDonough
  • Nancy Murray – West Cobb
  • Cory Strickland – West Cobb
  • Ernestina Green – West Cobb
  • Cheryl Gibson – Paulding
  • Alex Slappey – Powers Ferry
  • Joseph Herget Morrow – Galleria
  • John Adams – Woodostock
  • Natalie de la Mothe – Galleria
  • Brigitte Jonassaint – Douglasville
  • Donya Simoneau – Woodstock – Welcome BACK
  • Corey Williams – Galleria
  • Stephanie Wiegand – Powers Ferry
Master Referral Agreements:  Agents, if you have a “Master” referral agreement with a company (eg. Redfin) remember that you need to upload a copy of that agreement into each transaction where that company is getting a referral fee.  We pay out transactions per the individual transaction & do not look back at any master documents.  Thank you!
 
Replay of Tom Ferry Summit – No CE Credit: We will have the REPLAY of the Tom Ferry Success Summit August 14, 16 & 18 at Woodstock, Douglasville & Paulding.  The replays are from 9:30am – 4:30pm on those days. Please register so we may have a workbook for you.  You will not receive CE credit for attending the re-plays but the information is fantastic & will boost your business!
MX1 Powers Ferry Office:If you will be making the Powers Ferry office your “home” office, please let us know so that we may make the appropriate change in the Roster, Paperless Pipeline & our other Systems.  Please email us: Compliance@eAGENTweb.com & WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com
MXGA Compliance:  If you are trying to reach, Kim Murray for anything related to compliance and you are an agent with MX1 Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA) then please use her new email address:  MXGAcompliance@eAGENTweb.com . Kim’s phone number remains 770-919-8825 x 303.
Maximum One Agents Who Speak Foreign Languages: We are also adding  a tab to the Roster to list MX1 agents who speak foreign languages.  If you are fluent in another language, please contact Heidi Kelly – WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 318.
Max Cares: Prayers for Dawn Southern whose StepFather just had a pacemaker.

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8/6/17

Maximum One is Hosting Tom Ferry’s Success Summit – LIVE from Las Vegas – up to 18 Hrs CE Credit:  August 9 – 11:

 

Maximum One is Hosting this event LIVE!  We are LIVECasting this event from Las Vegas in several offices!  You MUST register to save your seat!  Attend this Event without having to fly to Vegas, pay for a hotel & pay for event – UNBELIEVABLE OPPORTUNITY!!!

For FREE, you will receive:

  • The Entire Workbook
  • Dinner
  • 18 hours CE Credit!

You MUST register to reserve your space!  You MUST take advantage of this AMAZING opportunity to boost your career by participating in a Tom Ferry Event for FREE!!!! Registration links also on the Online Training Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com Click “Calendar”)  Below are registration links for Day 1.

 

Replay of Tom Ferry Summit – No CE Credit: We will have the REPLAY of the Tom Ferry Success Summit August 14, 16 & 18 at Woodstock, Douglasville & Paulding.  The replays are from 9:30am – 4:30pm on those days. Please register so we may have a workbook for you.  You will not receive CE credit for attending the re-plays but the information is fantastic & will boost your business!

Affiliated Business Disclosure & Wire Fraud Waiver: Maximum One only requires that Maximum One clients & Customers sign the Maximum One Affiliated Business Disclosure Form & Wire Fraud Waiver.  Those forms do not need to be a part of the contract.  Other firms have their own Affiliated Business relationships with different vendors & need to have a waiver holding their firm & agents harmless.  The verbiage in these forms is specific to Maximum One!  On that same note, your clients do not need to sign other firms’ Affiliated Business Disclosures or Wire Fraud waiver forms as those are specific to those firms!

 

Listing You Can’t Sell or Need Work:  Maximum One has several agents who are investors or who work for investors.  These folks have cash they need to spend by the end of the calendar year.  If you are in this situation contact Dana@MaximumOneRealty.com & they will soon be added to the MX1 Roster under the “Other Specialties” tab.

 

Maximum One Agents Who Speak Foreign Languages: We are also adding  a tab to the Roster to list MX1 agents who speak foreign languages.  If you are fluent in another language, please contact Heidi Kelly – WestCobb@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 x 318.

 

 

Max Cares: Prayers for Karen Cross Moline who has a fractured neck..

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7/30/17

Maximum One is Hosting Tom Ferry’s Success Summit – LIVE from Las Vegas – Up to 18 Hrs CE Credit:  August 9 – 11:
Maximum One is Hosting this event LIVE!  We are LIVECasting this event from Las Vegas in several offices!  You MUST register to save your seat!  Attend this Event without having to fly to Vegas, pay for a hotel & pay for event – UNBELIEVABLE OPPORTUNITY!!!
For FREE, you will receive:
  • The Entire Workbook
  • Dinner
  • 18 hours CE Credit!
You MUST register to reserve your space!  You MUST take advantage of this AMAZING opportunity to boost your career by participating in a Tom Ferry Event for FREE!!!! Registration links also on the Online Training Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com Click “Calendar”)  Below are registration links for Day 1.
 
Replay of Tom Ferry Summit – No CE Credit: We will have the REPLAY of the Tom Ferry Success Summit August 14, 16 & 18 at Woodstock, Douglasville & Paulding.  The replays are from 9:30am – 4:30pm on those days. Please register so we may have a workbook for you.  You will not receive CE credit for attending the re-plays but the information is fantastic & will boost your business!
Brokerage Engagements: If your Brokerage Engagement or Contract that goes into next year, make sure to change the year to 2018.
Listing the Designated Agent on the Contract:  Designated Agency is when there is a transaction involving ONE Broker & TWO Agents each of  whom have a Client relationship with the Buyer & Seller.  That is the only situation where you need to specify which agent is working with which client.  Think of it as the Broker “designating” which agent is to work with Buyer client & which agent is to work with Seller client.  If you are co-oping with an agent from another Brokerage, then you don’t need to specify the agent names in the “designated agency” portion of the contract – this is not a designated agency situation & each agent is specified on the signature page.
  • One agent from Maximum One & Other Agent from a different Brokerage – NO designated Agency
  • One agent from Maximum One Realty (MXGA) & Other agent from Maximum One Realtors (MXGR) – NO designated Agency – these are two separate firms with separate Brokers
  • Both agents from MXGA – YES designated Agency
  • Both agents from MXGR – YES designated Agency
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Brokers: Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta is a separate firm from Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors.  They are separate firms with GREC & separate firms in FMLS & GAMLS with different Broker Codes.
  • Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta (MXGA)
    • Qualifying Broker – Kim Murray
    • Managing Broker – Dana Sparks
    • Compliance Broker – Kim Murray
  • Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors (MXGR)
    • Qualifying Broker – Dana Sparks
    • Managing Broker – Dana Sparks
    • Compliance Broker – Dawn Southern
MX1 New Website Update: The company that Dave had been working with for the new MX1 Corporate website was sold to another company.  We are in the process of negotiating with another company to provide a Corporate website with a strong agent “back-end.”  We’ll keep you updated regarding the progress.
MX1 New Power’s Ferry Office Update: We are working with the Cobb county Fire Marshall to make sure that the building passes all the current codes. As you know with renovation projects, this process is taking way longer than anticipated – currently in discussions over Sprinkler Systems.  We’ll keep you updated regarding the progress.   We are hoping to at least have a usable space by early next week.  The Key Fob system is up & running so we now will just deliver and set up new computers, etc.  Thank you for your patience; it is going to ROCK!!  By the way, we are looking for a New Branch Manager for the Powers Ferry location as Kim will be taking over managing the Woodstock Office.

MX1 Premier in Dawsonville: Please welcome our newest franchise to the Training Calendar.  You may now take CE classes in Dawsonville!  Check out their calendar: www.MX1PremierTraining.com .  If you have any questions, contact Operating Partner, Neal Matheson – Neal@MaxOnePremier.com

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Tommy Southern who pinched a nerve in his back.
Max Cares: Prayers for Bion Grady who is experiencing kidney failure.

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7/23/17

Maximum One is Hosting Tom Ferry’s Success Summit – LIVE from Las Vegas:  August 9 – 11:
Maximum One is Hosting this event LIVE!  We are LIVECasting this event from Las Vegas in several offices!  You MUST register to save your seat!  You will receive:
  • The Entire Workbook
  • Dinner
  • 18 hours CE Credit!
You MUST register to reserve your space!  You MUST take advantage of this AMAZING opportunity to boost your career by participating in a Tom Ferry Event for FREE!!!! Registration links also on the Online Training Calendar (www.eAGENTweb.com Click “Calendar”)  Below are registration links for Day 1.
Georgia Market Report for 1st Half of 2017: Georgia housing indicators for June are in, which give us a picture of how the housing market has performed in the first half of 2017*:  *Please note that these figures are year-to-date for Jan-June 2016 vs. Jan-June 2017.
  •  New Listings increased 1 percent to 92,661.
  •  Pending Sales increased 6 percent to 68,206.
  •  Closed Sales increased 7 percent to 61,068.
  •  Days on Market decreased 13 percent to 60 days.
  •  Median Sales Price increased 7.5 percent to $198,900.
  •  Average Sales Price increased 6 percent to $243,191.In regards to inventory, indicators are year over year for June only: Click here for full GAR report for June
  •  Inventory levels decreased 13 percent to 38,266 units.
  •  Months Supply of Inventory was down 17 percent to 3.8 months.
Maximum One Listing Policy Regarding MLS Services: If a property is in a Compulsory Area of FMLS & there is a Listing Agreement signed, then it MUST be listed in FMLS.  If a property is listed in FMLS then it must be listed in GAMLS.  BUT…. If the property is not in a compulsory area of FMLS then you may just list it in GAMLS only or NAVICA only, etc.
FMLS Compulsory Areas:  The FMLS Compulsory Areas include the following.  Here is the Map of FMLS Compulsory Areas too.
  • Barrow
  • Bartow
  • Chattooga
  • Cherokee
  • Cobb
  • Dawson
  • Dekalb
  • Douglas
  • Floyd
  • Forsyth
  • Fulton
  • Gordon
  • Gwinnett
  • Hall
  • Haralson
  • Jackson
  • Lumpkin
  • Paulding
  • Pickens
  • Polk
  • Walton
Wire Fraud – Don’t be a Liable Party to a Lawsuit: We have recently had TWO of our clients affected by Wire Fraud regarding sending their money for closing to the Closing Attorney!  Do not be a liable party to any potential law suite regarding wire fraud!  You are REQUIRED to have your client / Customer sign the Maximum One Wire Fraud Liability Waiver!  Click on that link to view – it is page 2 of the Affiliated Business Disclosure and is available on FMLS & in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline.  These documents do not have to be part of the contract but DO need your client’s signature for our files!  NEVER pass along any wire instructions from the attorney to your clients.
Maximum One Roster:  Remember that the Maximum One Roster is available to you in the Reference section of Paperless Pipeline.  This is NOT for public distribution.  Additionally, at the bottom of this roster are tabs indicating the physical branches AND there is a tab of “Other Specialties.”  We have many agents who are also appraisers .  Many of you have appraisal questions – so please take advantage of your colleagues who may answer your questions – check out the roster!

FMLS Matrix Update: Matrix™ 7.0 (the latest version of Matrix™) is coming to FMLS on Tuesday, July 18! When you login to Matrix™ after July 18, you will notice that Google Maps has replaced Bing Maps!

 You will also see a completely re-designed Client Portal – and so will your clients!  To assist your clients, CoreLogic® created a short video (Consumer Portal Video) – click here. This video is available to the consumer in every Client Portal under the Help section. Not only is there a new look and feel, the Client Portal has been updated to responsive design so that it looks great on any device used: desktops, laptops, tablets and phones!    As an agent, you will have new options in configuring the Client Portal for your clients. One of the most exciting new features is the ability to set up notifications to you based on your clients’ activities on their portal. You can have an email notice sent to you when your contact is active on their Portal or when they add listing notes, add favorites, etc. You can even set up a text notification to track certain activities!  You will also find more colorful options available for the banner on your Client Portal – check out the new professionally designed Headers and Footers under My Matrix > My Information > Headers and Footers.

Contact FMLS for more information!

 

FMLS Timeline for Complete Switch Over to rDocs:  Please read the following to make sure you are comfortable with FMLS.
  • As of Monday, October 2nd, all new transactions can only be entered into rDocs. FormsPro will be placed in “edit-only” mode. This means that you will be able to edit any existing transactions in FormsPro, but no new ones can be created.
  • As of Monday, November 6th, rDocs will be the only system available for document creation, management and e-Sign. FormsPro will be placed in “read-only” mode. You will only be able to view or print/email your transactions in FormsPro.
  • As of Monday, December 11th, FormsPro will be turned off. There will no longer be any access to FormsPro.
  • Suggestions
    • FMLS has been conducting rDocs training overview sessions for the last 4 months and many of our members have attended, tried out rDocs, and are already using it exclusively! We will continue to offer rDocs overview sessions throughout the timeline above. We will begin offering CE classes for rDocs in late summer; however, space will be very limited, so we encourage everyone to attend the rDocs overview sessions first.
    • While you have until Monday, October 2nd to start using rDocs, we strongly recommend you begin creating transactions in rDocs as soon as possible so that you will be familiar with it when it becomes the only option.
    • For those agents that have contacts stored in FormsPro and nowhere else, there is a way to export those from FormsPro into a .csv file that can then be opened in Excel or other customer contact programs. (In FormsPro, this is located under Preferences>My Preferences>Export Contacts.)
Max Cares: Prayers for Donna Black whose Aunt was diagnosed with cancer.
Max Cares: Prayers for Clarissa Zumwalt whose Mother is back in the hospital.
Max Cares: Condolences to L’Lisa Guischard whose sister passed away.

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7/16/17

Maximum One Realty Wins the 2017 Inc 5000 Award AGAIN: Congratulations to all of us at Maximum One for winning the Inc 5000 Award for the Fastest Growing Companies Private Companies in America for the SEVENTH time! I won’t know our ranking until next month.  According to Inc 5000,

as a 7th time honoree, we are part of a very select group of companies. They call it the Honor Roll and fewer than a tenth of Inc. 5000 honorees – an already quite select group – ever achieve this milestone. Your repeat Inc. 5000 honors truly put us in rarefied company.

GAMLS Transaction Desk App: If you use Transaction Desk through GAMLS for keeping up with your transactions, they have a cool new App you can get from Apple for your iPhone or iPad (Android App coming Soon.)  Getting started is as easy as 1,2,3 with the new App. Simply download and install the app from the App Store, input your activation code and you’re set to go!  Visit the comprehensive Help and Support site to make sure you can get started ASAP.  The Support site contains both videos and help documents covering the most requested topics. See www.GAMLS.com for more information!

  • Manage your transactions from your iPhone or iPad
  • Use Authentisign to prepare and send documents for eSignature
  • Create, fill in & manage your contracts and forms from your phone
  • Complete with smart interactive dashboards

FMLS Timeline for Complete Switch Over to rDocs:  Please read the following to make sure you are comfortable with FMLS.

  • As of Monday, October 2nd, all new transactions can only be entered into rDocs. FormsPro will be placed in “edit-only” mode. This means that you will be able to edit any existing transactions in FormsPro, but no new ones can be created.
  • As of Monday, November 6th, rDocs will be the only system available for document creation, management and e-Sign. FormsPro will be placed in “read-only” mode. You will only be able to view or print/email your transactions in FormsPro.
  • As of Monday, December 11th, FormsPro will be turned off. There will no longer be any access to FormsPro.
  • Suggestions
    • FMLS has been conducting rDocs training overview sessions for the last 4 months and many of our members have attended, tried out rDocs, and are already using it exclusively! We will continue to offer rDocs overview sessions throughout the timeline above. We will begin offering CE classes for rDocs in late summer; however, space will be very limited, so we encourage everyone to attend the rDocs overview sessions first.
    • While you have until Monday, October 2nd to start using rDocs, we strongly recommend you begin creating transactions in rDocs as soon as possible so that you will be familiar with it when it becomes the only option.
    • For those agents that have contacts stored in FormsPro and nowhere else, there is a way to export those from FormsPro into a .csv file that can then be opened in Excel or other customer contact programs. (In FormsPro, this is located under Preferences>My Preferences>Export Contacts.)

Earnest Money & Quick Closings: If you have a contract that goes binding and is scheduled to close quickly (i.e. within 10 – 14 days) then consider how the parties negotiate the earnest money.  Perhaps the Buyer & Seller agree to have no earnest money as part of the contract (it is not required for a contract to be enforceable.)  If the parties do negotiate for earnest money make sure that those funds are certified and in the agent’s possession at time of offer or remitted within 1 or 2 days.

Earnest Money Credit on a Closing Disclosure: When you go to a closing, look at the Broker commission.  If your Broker is credited with having the earnest money, make sure that those funds have been: 1) received, 2) deposited & 3) cleared the bank.  If you do not have this assurance & your Broker is credited on the Closing Disclosure with those funds, then this will potentially impact your commission.  This is vital in a quick closing.  If you find out the funds have not been remitted or not cleared the bank, then execute an Amendment at the closing table that there is no earnest money in the deal & have the closing attorney correct the Closing Disclosure.  If the Broker holds the funds, then as soon as they clear the bank, the Broker may reimburse the Buyer for the overage.

MX1 East Cobb / Powers Ferry Location:  We are continuing the amazing renovation of the new MX1 Powers Ferry Location & hope to be ready for agent-servicing soon!  In the meantime, please remember that we have already vacated the former MX1 East Cobb location in the Kroger Parkaire Shopping Center – no staff or mail is at that location.  For service, please use any of the other MX1 Greater Atlanta branches for physical use or as a temporary mailing address for your closings.  (Addresses and phone numbers of the branches are listed at the bottom of this newsletter & on the MX1 Blog & websites.)  Stay tuned for information about when this location will be available for agents & then for clients.

Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose father is in ICU due to bleeding into his brain from a fall & pneumonia. Over the weekend, Dawn’s father was put on a ventilator.

Max Cares: Prayers to Lettie Hill who is in the hospital getting some tests run

Max Cares: Prayers to Leticia Mora who will be having surgery on July 17th.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Donna Black whose daughter, Kaitlyn is getting married on July 18th!

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7/9/17

Please Welcome These Agents New to Maximum One:  Please welcome these agents who joined us in June 2017:

  • LaChrissa Andrews – McDonough
  • Rodney Daniely – McDonough
  • Candace Hebinck – Alpharetta
  • Andrea Alexander – West Cobb
  • Ginger Worde – Emerson
  • Quenton Thomas – Galleria
  • Crystal Chandler – Paulding
  • Elizabeth Pate Woolverton – Emerson
  • Cheryl Crocker – Paulding
  • Jody Webb – McDonough
  • Darla Humphrey – Douglasville
  • LaTasha Moses – McDonough
  • Roy Calderon – Galleria
  • Swapan Kumar – West Cobb
  • Lizzie Collins – Emerson
  • Aaron Arana – Douglasville
  • Jeff Warrensford – Woodstock – Welcome BACK!
  • Teresa Riggs – West Cobb
  • Kelly Moody – West CObb
  • Britney Burton – Alpharetta
  • Donna Skweres – Alpharetta
  • Peter Tuoyo – McDonough
  • Larry Brown – Emerson
  • Quinise Arnold – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • James Nelson – Alpharetta

Earnest Money & Quick Closings: If you have a contract that goes binding and is scheduled to close quickly (i.e. within 10 – 14 days) then consider how the parties negotiate the earnest money.  Perhaps the Buyer & Seller agree to have no earnest money as part of the contract (it is not required for a contract to be enforceable.)  If the parties do negotiate for earnest money make sure that those funds are certified and in the agent’s possession at time of offer or remitted within 1 or 2 days.

Earnest Money Credit on a Closing Disclosure: When you go to a closing, look at the Broker commission.  If your Broker is credited with having the earnest money, make sure that those funds have been: 1) received, 2) deposited & 3) cleared the bank.  If you do not have this assurance & your Broker is credited on the Closing Disclosure with those funds, then this will potentially impact your commission.  This is vital in a quick closing.  If you find out the funds have not been remitted or not cleared the bank, then execute an Amendment at the closing table that there is no earnest money in the deal & have the closing attorney correct the Closing Disclosure.  If the Broker holds the funds, then as soon as they clear the bank, the Broker may reimburse the Buyer for the overage.

How to Build Business Credit & Get Funding:  Thank you to Teressa McIntosh of Hope Credit Service (www.HopeCreditService.com) for providing a monthly workshop for you & your consumers on how to build business credit & obtain financing.  We have this approved as a 3 hour CE class beginning in August but feel free to let your clients know about this 1.5 hour workshop.  Click on the Flyer for more information: How to Build Business Credit & Get Funding

MX1 East Cobb / Powers Ferry Location:  We are continuing the amazing renovation of the new MX1 Powers Ferry Location & hope to be ready for agent-servicing soon!  In the meantime, please remember that we have already vacated the former MX1 East Cobb location in the Kroger Parkaire Shopping Center – no staff or mail is at that location.  For service, please use any of the other MX1 Greater Atlanta branches for physical use or as a temporary mailing address for your closings.  (Addresses and phone numbers of the branches are listed at the bottom of this newsletter & on the MX1 Blog & websites.)  Stay tuned for information about when this location will be available for agents & then for clients.

Maximum One Cap: Just a reminder that it is the Maximum One Transaction Fees that apply towards your annual cap of $6,000.  The year depends on your anniversary date with maximum One.  Monthly fees and the Franchise Royalty fee to not apply towards the cap.

How to Get Paid at Maximum One: There are two ways to get paid at Maximum One: 1) at the closing table by “DA”   and  2) via Direct Deposit after closing.

  • DA = Pay-at-Close: If you attend your closing then you may have the closing attorney pay you directly
    • Your transaction must be complete & compliant in Paperless Pipeline (PPL)
    • Complete a “DA Request” and upload into your transaction in PPL
    • Any changes to the contract must be done by Amendment & will require a Revised DA Request (change in closing date or any of the financials)
    • Must include closing attorney or pre-closer’s correct email address
    • Must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to closing – the earlier the better!
    • If Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money, then you must pick up the Earnest Money at your branch and take it to the closing with you – the check will be made payable to the Closing Attorney
    • After closing, you must upload a copy of the Closing Disclosure & the FMLS #118 (if property is in FMLS) & if it is your listing, you must change the status in GAMLS to Sold
    • At closing, you will alo receive a check that you must turn in to Maximum One – this check will include your MX1 Transaction fee, MX1 Franchise Royalty Fee, the FMLS fee & any overdue MX1 fees (monthly fees  or fines or FMLS / GAMLS WD fees)
    • If your transaction is not complete & compliant, then at closing you will receive one check made payable to Maximum One and you will receive your commission via direct deposit per below upon completion of the missing paperwork required for compliance
  • ACH = Direct Deposit: If you do not attend closing or your file is not complete & compliant at the time of closing, or you do not want the attorney to write you your check directly, then you will be paid via Direct Deposit.
    • At closing, you will receive the closing disclosure  and one check from the closing attorney
    • You turn in that check to Maximum One
    • You upload the Closing Disclosure, FMLS #118 (if property is in FMLS) & if it is your listing, you must change the status in GAMLS to Sold.
    • Upon completion & compliance of your transaction, your commission will directly be deposited into your account (based on the Direct Deposit information we have from you from your sign-on package)

Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn & Tommy Southern who welcome a new Granddaughter, Lorelei Mackenzie Southern who was born on 6/26/17!

Max Cares: Condolences to CIndy Corona & Christine Corona for the unexpected death in their family.

Max Cares: Congratulations to Shareka Brown who just got her Broker’s License!

Max Cares: Prayers for healing for Eunice Carter who has recently been in the hospital.

 

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7/2/17

Additional Helpful Information
Need Help? Please remember ALL the ways you may get assistance at Maximum One:

  • 24/7 Help with a Contract or Transaction: Support@MyMaximumOne.com
  • Help with an Inspection or New Construction: ConstructionQuestions@MyMaximumOne.com
  • How to Talk to a Live Person at MX1: Who’s Who at Maximum One
  • Click the “Live Chat” tile on www.eAGENTweb.com – Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Contact your Branch Manager
  • Contact Dana Sparks – Managing Broker
  • Contact Dawn Luttrell – Director of Compliance & Compliance Broker for MXGR
  • Contact Kim Murray – Compliance Broker for MXGA
  • Contact Mary Lamb – Broker Support
  • Contact a Broker from one of the other Maximum One Franchises
  • Contact your Mentor
  • Contact the Team Captain from your Branch
  • Review Contract Tips in the “Deal or No Deal” section of the MX1 Blog – 3 years worth of Contract Tips! – “Blog” tile on www.eAGENTweb.com 
  • Review the “General News: Industry & Company” section of the MX1 Blog – “Blog” tile on www.eAGENTweb.com   or  www.MaximizeYourRealEstateCareer.com
  • Consult the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline
  • Consult the Orientation & Procedures Manuals
  • Consult the Vendor page on the MX1 Blog
  • Consult the Resources page on the MX1 Blog
  • Take the classes that Maximum One offers
  • Weekend Broker on Duty: If you have Broker questions over the weekend, please call the Broker on Duty Hotline: 770-919-8825 ext. 302.
  • GREC RENews:  Sign-up to receive GREC’s monthly online newsletter:  GREC Newsletter Registration.
  • MX1 Roster available on the Extranet & on the Reference” section of Paperless Pipeline

The Georgia Real Estate InfoBase:  This GREC Site is designed as a general reference for real estate information for the public, agents, Brokers, appraisers, property managers, lenders and customers.

www.eAGENTweb.com: This is the one-stop website you need for all your Maximum One needs! Go to www.eAGENTweb.com to see links to all the MX1 online resources you will need including Brokers & Staff!

MX1 Orientation:  If you are new to Maximum One, please contact your Branch Manager to schedule a brief Orientation to your Branch and learn about MX1 systems & Processes.  Each part of the Orientation is broken down into 30 minute “How-To” classes throughout the month.  Additionally, please watch the brief Orientation Video & remember to read through the online Orientation Manual you received by email!

Extranet / WolfConnect Video: Watch this video for a brief introduction to the Extranet / WolfConnect.

MX1 Training & Tutorial Videos: Please watch the myriad videos on www.eAGENTweb.com – Click “Live & Recorded Webinars”

Online Bill Pay:  We are excited to bring to you the option of paying your bill online!  Please include your name when paying your bill online.  There is a $3 handling fee for this service.

HUD: Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta is a HUD listing broker; agents & their immediate families are prohibited from purchasing or having an interest in HUD foreclosures.

Commission Advances: Maximum One Greater Atlanta strictly prohibits Commission Advances from ANY and ALL companies.
Links to More Helpful Information

 

Maximum One Locations

Maximum One Realty   – 770-919-8825  or  678-501-7900  or  866-962-0261

Greater Atlanta
Executives
Community
Premier
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West Cobb
ext. 318
5041 Dallas Hwy.  #700
Powder Springs, GA 30127Galleria/Atlanta
ext. 312
3200 Cobb Galleria Pkwy   #275
Atlanta, GA 30339East Cobb/Sandy Springs/ Dunwoody/ Powers Ferry – New
Location Opening Soon
ext. 303
1355 Terrell Mill Rd  #1464 & #1466
Marietta, GA 30067Cherokee/Woodstock
ext. 310
2370 Town Lake Pkwy.  #100
Woodstock, GA 30189Douglasville
ext. 306
9365 The Landing  #E200
Douglasville, GA 30135Paulding
ext. 321
76 Highland Pavilion Ct.  #141
Hiram, GA 30141Cedartown
ext. 694
Maximum One Main Street Realtors
2 N. Main St.
Cedartown, GA  30125McDonoughMaximum One Realty Partners
Managing Partners: Ming & Alan Richardson
Office@MaxOnePartners.com
313 Jonesboro Rd.
McDonough, GA 30253
678-782-5050AlpharettaMaximum One Realty Executives
Managing Partners – Monica & Kenneth Storey
Office@MaxOneExecutives.com
1005 Alderman Dr.   Suite #113
Alpharetta, GA 30005
770-835-4311Emerson / Bartow – Maximum One Community Realtors
Managing Partners – Lynn Lenton & Marcie Evans
Lynn@MaximumOneCommunityRealtors.com
708 Highway 293
Emerson, GA 30137
770-334-8286
Fax:  770-334-8062North Georgia Mountains – Maximum One Premier Realtors – NOW OPEN!
Managing Partner – Neal Matheson
Neal@MaxOnePremier.com
800 Old Dawson Village Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534
(470) 400-9877Maximum One Franchises:

  • Maximum One Greater Atlanta (Realtor & Realty)
    • West Cobb
    • Galleria
    • East Cobb
    • Woodstock
    • Douglasville
    • Paulding
  • Maximum One Executives (Realtor & Realty)
    • Alpharetta / North Fulton
  • Maximum One Partners (Realtor & Realty)
    • McDonough / Henry County
  • Maximum One Community (Realtor Only)
    • Emerson / Bartow
  • Maximum One Premier (Realtor Only)
    • North Georgia Mountains

 

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6/25/17

Maximum One Offices will be Closed for Independence Day on July 3rd & July 4th.

MX1 East Cobb / Powers Ferry Location:  We are continuing the amazing renovation of the new MX1 Powers Ferry Location & hope to be ready for agent-servicing soon!  In the meantime, please remember that we have already vacated the former MX1 East Cobb location in the Kroger Parkaire Shopping Center – no staff or mail is at that location.  For service, please use any of the other MX1 Greater Atlanta branches for physical use or as a temporary mailing address for your closings.  (Addresses and phone numbers of the branches are listed at the bottom of this newsletter & on the MX1 Blog & websites.)  Stay tuned for information about when this location will be available for agents & then for clients.

FMLS – ListTrac: FMLS has partnered with ListTrac to provide real-time analytics for the performance of your listings online!  The ListTrac dashboard will show you how much traffic is being directed to your listings via the different online mediums, including the FMLS system, IDX sites and online portals.  You will also be able to see how your listing is performing compared to similar listings, as well as provide a detailed traffic report to the home owner, highlighting this traffic.

Realtor.com statistics can also be included in your ListTrac dashboard, but you must first contact Realtor.com and request access to these statistics.  If you are interested in obtaining your Realtor.com stats, simply email Betty Okayan and let her know you wish to integrate Realtor.com stats into your ListTrac dashboard.  She will email you the information necessary to get setup, and then you will need to forward that information to ListTrac.  For more information on ListTrac, click here.

Real Estate License Reciprocity Among States: Real Estate license reciprocity among states only means that you don’t have to start at the beginning with Pre-License school to get your license in that state.  You typically have to take a course on the License laws in that state, pass the State test & then find a Broker in that state to hang your license with.  You may hold a real estate license in every state.

GREC Proposed Rule Changes:  GREC is proposing an Amendment to Rules in 520-1-.02 & .04.  The purpose of the proposed rule amendment is to define the terms required to implement Rule 520-1-.04(13) providing expedited processing if license applications submitted to the commission by military spouses or transitioning service members. The purpose is to define those terms:

  • “Military” means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard;
  • “Military Spouse” means a spouse of a service member or transitioning service member;
  • “Service Member” means an active or reserve member of the armed forces, including the National Guard;
  • “Transitioning Service Member” means a member of the military on active duty status or on separation leave who is within twenty-four months of retirement or twelve months of separation;

Maximum One Cap: Just a reminder that it is the Maximum One Transaction Fees that apply towards your annual cap of $6,000.  The year depends on your anniversary date with maximum One.  Monthly fees and the Franchise Royalty fee to not apply towards the cap.

How to Get Paid at Maximum One: There are two ways to get paid at Maximum One: 1) at the closing table by “DA”   and  2) via Direct Deposit after closing.

  • DA = Pay-at-Close: If you attend your closing then you may have the closing attorney pay you directly
    • Your transaction must be complete & compliant in Paperless Pipeline (PPL)
    • Complete a “DA Request” and upload into your transaction in PPL
    • Any changes to the contract must be done by Amendment & will require a Revised DA Request (change in closing date or any of the financials)
    • Must include closing attorney or pre-closer’s correct email address
    • Must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to closing – the earlier the better!
    • If Maximum One is holding the Earnest Money, then you must pick up the Earnest Money at your branch and take it to the closing with you – the check will be made payable to the Closing Attorney
    • After closing, you must upload a copy of the Closing Disclosure & the FMLS #118 (if property is in FMLS) & if it is your listing, you must change the status in GAMLS to Sold
    • At closing, you will alo receive a check that you must turn in to Maximum One – this check will include your MX1 Transaction fee, MX1 Franchise Royalty Fee, the FMLS fee & any overdue MX1 fees (monthly fees  or fines or FMLS / GAMLS WD fees)
    • If your transaction is not complete & compliant, then at closing you will receive one check made payable to Maximum One and you will receive your commission via direct deposit per below upon completion of the missing paperwork required for compliance
  • ACH = Direct Deposit: If you do not attend closing or your file is not complete & compliant at the time of closing, or you do not want the attorney to write you your check directly, then you will be paid via Direct Deposit.
    • At closing, you will receive the closing disclosure  and one check from the closing attorney
    • You turn in that check to Maximum One
    • You upload the Closing Disclosure, FMLS #118 (if property is in FMLS) & if it is your listing, you must change the status in GAMLS to Sold.
    • Upon completion & compliance of your transaction, your commission will directly be deposited into your account (based on the Direct Deposit information we have from you from your sign-on package)

Training Videos: Check out the tile “Live & Recorded Webinars” on www.eAGENTweb.com for a plethora of training videos on the Maximum One Systems & complete FMLS Playlists for rDocs & so much more!

Max Cares: Congratulations to Tamika McCray-Pratt who just had a baby girl!

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6/18/17

Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Agents & Staff who are Celebrating Students Graduating!  .

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Maximum One Company Forms Available in FMLS:  When you log into FMLS and you access your forms, please check out the MX1 Company Forms also available to you on this site under the Folder “Office / Broker Forms.”  You may access these company forms either through Forms Pro or on rDocs.  The Affiliated Business Arrangement Disclosure with the additional Wire Fraud Waiver is now available to you directly through FMLS.  MX1 Forms are available to you both for MXGR01 & for MXGA01.

Broker Forms on FMLS


Updates from Movement Mortgage:  
Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for the following updates: Movement Mortgage has an Exclusive Mortgage Assistance Program with 100% financing for conventional borrowers.  They also have a First Time Homebuyer program with a 3% Forgivable Grant from Movement combined with 97% Fannie Mae Home Ready Mortgage (640 FICO.)
All “Cash” Deals Where Buyer is Actually Getting a Loan: The new GAR Cash Exhibit is widely being used to make Buyer offers more attractive to Sellers.  Buyers are using this Exhibit even if they are getting a Loan but simply not making the contract contingent upon that financing (i.e. they know they will have no issues getting the loan.)  This Cash Exhibit (which was revised by GAR in May) has a paragraph regarding the Unilateral Extension privilege.  Many Sellers do not want the Buyer to be able to extend the contract unilaterally due to a financing issue when the Buyer is not making the contract contingent on that financing & when the Seller chose this contract after others based on this lack of financing contingency.  So consider the following Special Stipulation authored by Closing Attorney, Amee Davis of Davis & Associates: “All parties agree to remove the right to unilaterally extend the closing for eight (8) days for any financing delays.”  For more information on this Exhibit, watch this Contract Video Tip: Cash Buyer Using a Mortgage to Buy a House???

Lender Allowances for Repairs & Decorating: If a Buyer & Seller choose to negotiate for allowance for these issues, you must confirm that the Buyer’s lender will allow this as not all do.  The lenders that will permit financial allowances in lieu of repairs or other negotiated issues typically must have an invoice from a specific vendor for the closing disclosure and typically no structural repairs are allowed.

Picking Up Earnest Money Held by Maximum One: If you are not getting paid at the Closing Table directly from the attorney, there is no need to pick up the Earnest Money that Maximum One is holding.  You simply go to closing and then afterwards, you upload the Closing Disclosure into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline, complete the FMLS #118 & upload into Paperless Pipeline (fill in the Sold information on GAMLS if it is your listing) & then turn in the check into the Maximum One office.  You will receive one check from the Closing Attorney payable to Maximum One for the full commission for that side less the Earnest Money we are already holding.  The we will deposit the check, take the MX1 Transaction fee & Franchise Royalty, pay FMLS & then send you your commission via Direct Deposit directly into your account!

Training Videos: Check out the tile “Live & Recorded Webinars” on www.eAGENTweb.com for a plethora of training videos on the Maximum One Systems & complete FMLS Playlists for rDocs & so much more!

Max Cares: Condolences to Vonda Cole whose husband passed away on June 2nd. .

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6/11/17

Congratulations to ALL Maximum One Agents & Staff who are Celebrating Students Graduating!  .

Please Welcome these Agents New to Maximum One May 2017:

  • Sherry Sanders – West Cobb
  • Christy Moore – Douglasville
  • Sabrina Williams – West Cobb
  • Monica Poole – Paulding
  • Deloris Gatson – McDonough
  • Octavia Channey – McDonough
  • Anja Matthews – McDonough
  • Shedric Elston – West CObb
  • Paula Adams – West Cobb
  • Michael Davis – Woodstock
  • David Barrow – Paulding
  • Jennifer Green – Douglasville
  • Landon Adams – East Cobb
  • James Lowery – Douglasville
  • Raymond Sumpter – Emerson
  • Gladys Solomon – Alpharetta
  • Kit Basma – Douglasville
  • Wesley Wilson – West Cobb
  • Anna Popham – Galleria
  • Tamika Primm – McDonough
  • Kimberly Madden – West Cobb
  • Shiya Hao – Alpharetta
  • Nathalie Brimecombe – McDonough
  • Donna Hood – Douglasville
  • Nancy Gorrow – Paulding – Welcome BACK!
  • Lameka Phillips – McDonough
  • Aaron Deos – West Cobb
  • Juan Sidberry – Galleria
  • Trish Loveland – McDOnough
  • Melissa Anderson – McDonough

FMLS Northwest Store & Training Location: The FMLS Northwest Location is Moving!  It is currently off Barrett Pkwy behind the “Move Stop.”  It will be moving just down the road – still on Barrett Parkway – just behind David’s Bridal on the lower level.  This location will be closed from June 8th – June 19th Contact FMLS for more information.

Turning on Utilities in Vacant House:  If the utilities have been turned off & a Buyer or Seller turns them on – especially the Water, make sure that someone is at the house when the water gets turned on.  When a vacant house is shown & the water service is turned off, you never know what faucets or washing machine hook-ups are left in the OPEN position & could cause flooding & damage to the home.

Picking Up Earnest Money Held by Maximum One: If you are not getting paid at the Closing Table directly from the attorney, there is no need to pick up the Earnest Money that Maximum One is holding.  You simply go to closing and then afterwards, you upload the Closing Disclosure into your Transaction in Paperless Pipeline, complete the FMLS #118 & upload into Paperless Pipeline (fill in the Sold information on GAMLS if it is your listing) & then turn in the check into the Maximum One office.  You will receive one check from the Closing Attorney payable to Maximum One for the full commission for that side less the Earnest Money we are already holding.  The we will deposit the check, take the MX1 Transaction fee & Franchise Royalty, pay FMLS & then send you your commission via Direct Deposit directly into your account!

Training Videos: Check out the tile “Live & Recorded Webinars” on www.eAGENTweb.com for a plethora of training videos on the Maximum One Systems & complete FMLS Playlists for rDocs & so much more!

Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Mary Lamb who had throat cancer surgery.

Max Cares: Condolences to Ann Marie Reynolds whose husband passed away.

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6/4/17

Georgia Dream “Hardest Hit Fund” Program:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporations for informing us of this information.  The new “GA Dream Hardest Hit Fund” program offers $15,000 and the funds are forgiven after 5 years!!  It is only available on existing properties in the following counties: Bibb, Chatham, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Muscogee, Paulding.  This is actually a good program that could/should help a lot of people.

Low Appraisal on FHA & VA Loans:  If a Buyer is getting an FHA-Insured or VA-Insured Loan and the appraisal comes in lower than the Sale Price, the Buyer may terminate up through day of closing & get their Earnest Money back.  The Financing Contingency time frame in these loans is the ability of the Borrower to get financed and there IS a time frame on that portion (whatever number of days after Binding date is negotiated between the Buyer & Seller.)  The appraisal “contingency” is spelled out in the “Amendatory Clause” paragraph of those Exhibits.  There is no specific time frame for the appraisal contingency on these loans so it goes through the end of the contract which is the last contractual date of closing. Buyer, however, must send the Termination Notice to the Seller prior to the end of that day; if the Buyer merely fails to close without sending the proper notice, the Buyer will default.

MX1 Wire Fraud Liability Waiver:  Maximum One has added a Wire Fraud Liability Waiver as a form we require all Clients & Customers to sign.  I have added the MX1 Wire Fraud Liability Waiver Disclosure as page 2 of the Affiliated Business Disclosure.because we require our clients & customers to sign this though it does not have to be part of the contract.  Thank you to Attorney, Andy Hartman of  Hartmann of Hartman-Imbriale Closing Attorneys for drafting this for your protection & ours. I have added updated form to MX1 Greater Atlanta Reference section in PPL AND a Fillable PDF form.  I will also add to the Office Docs in FMLS for both MXGR01 & MXGA01.

All of MX1 Clients & Customers must sign this waiver!  It does not need to be part of the contract.  Agent & MX1 potentially liable for the Client’s money if fraudulently taken by wire fraud. (First American Title v. Tanashi Zapata, et. al.)  Agents should never share Closing Attorney’s wire info or any wire info with public.

Maximum One will only mail by US Mail the Clients / Customers wire info for Earnest Money… no more sending by email.  Agent or Client / Customer may pick up in person & deliver in person.  No agent should ever communicate wire information to the public from the Closing Attorney…. Clients need to call the attorney directly to secure that information.  Click here for Affiliated Business Disclosure & Wire Fraud Waiver in pdf & Affiliated Business Disclosure & Wire Fraud Waiver in fillable pdf

Branded Agent App for MX1 Agents:  Maximum One agents now get their own FREE app to share with their prospects, clients & customers.  This app is through Smarter Agent and is totally FREE.  The app is branded to YOU the agent & your clients simply download it from Google Play or iTunes.  It is through Smarter Agent.  This program is being managed for Maximum One by Michelle – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 321.  To add your photo to your app and for any assistance, please contact Michelle.  This is a REAL app.  You have already received an email from Smarter Agent regarding your own personal app.  (Please check your “junk” mail or contact Michelle for assistance.)  watch Dave’s brief video below for more information!

Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.

Max Cares: Prayers for healing to Deloris Jenkins who just had knee surgery.

Max Cares: Prayers to Dawn Southern whose father is in the hospital with a sever case of pneumonia.

Max Cares: Prayers for Mary Lamb who is having surgery Monday to remove throat cancer.

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5/21/17 & 5/28/17

Maximum One Offices will be CLOSED for Memorial Day 5/29/17 – Have a SAFE & HAPPY Memorial Day Weekend!

MX1 Wire Fraud Liability Waiver:  Maximum One has added a Wire Fraud Liability Waiver as a form we require all Clients & Customers to sign.  I have added the MX1 Wire Fraud Liability Waiver Disclosure as page 2 of the Affiliated Business Disclosure.because we require our clients & customers to sign this though it does not have to be part of the contract.  Thank you to Attorney, Andy Hartman of  Hartmann of Hartman-Imbriale Closing Attorneys for drafting this for your protection & ours. I have added updated form to MX1 Greater Atlanta Reference section in PPL AND a Fillable PDF form.  I will also add to the Office Docs in FMLS for both MXGR01 & MXGA01.

All of MX1 Clients & Customers must sign this waiver!  It does not need to be part of the contract.  Agent & MX1 potentially liable for the Client’s money if fraudulently taken by wire fraud. (First American Title v. Tanashi Zapata, et. al.)  Agents should never share Closing Attorney’s wire info or any wire info with public.

Maximum One will only mail by US Mail the Clients / Customers wire info for Earnest Money… no more sending by email.  Agent or Client / Customer may pick up in person & deliver in person.  No agent should ever communicate wire information to the public from the Closing Attorney…. Clients need to call the attorney directly to secure that information.  Click here for Affiliated Business Disclosure & Wire Fraud Waiver in pdf & Affiliated Business Disclosure & Wire Fraud Waiver in fillable pdf

 

Buying or Selling Your Own Property at Maximum One: If you choose to take $0.00 in commission on a transaction, the following shall apply:

  • Transaction fee to Maximum One shall be $50 ($40 if you are on Plan B) if this transaction is for an Owner-Occupied / Primary Residence property for yourself or your immediate family with a maximum of two transactions per year.
  • If the above does not apply, then the transaction fee to Maximum One shall be the transaction fee based on your plan, if you are on a commission split, then the Maximum One fee shall be your split (based on your plan) based on 3% of the sales price of the property.
  • If this is a primary residence for you, there is an “Agent Owner” letter on FMLS you may complete for $0 FMLS fee
  • If you are a Maximum One agent and you are purchasing or selling a property, you must use either the GAR or the RE Forms contract forms.
  • You must sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement with Maximum One if you are Selling a Property and a Buyer Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One if you are Buying a Property
  • Per GREC, you must disclose that you are a duly licensed agent in Georgia in all marketing / advertising & contracts.

Contract Forms for Agent as Principal 

  • If you are a Maximum One agent and you are purchasing or selling a property, you must use either the GAR or the RE Forms contract forms.
  • You must sign an Exclusive Listing Agreement with Maximum One if you are Selling a Property and a Buyer Brokerage Agreement with Maximum One if you are Buying a Property
  • Per GREC, you must disclose that you are a duly licensed agent in Georgia in all marketing / advertising & contracts.

Marketing Yourself as a “Brand Name” in Conjunction with Maximum One’s name:   If you want to market yourself under a “brand” name in conjunction with the Maximum One name, then you simply adhere to the GREC Marketing & Advertising Rules and your “brand name” is in place of the “agent name.”  If you want to market yourself solely as your “Brand Name” then please contact Dana to request information on Maximum One’s Agent Trade Name Program for cost and details.  Click here for the GREC Marketing & Advertising Rules.  Please take the License Law class for more information on GREC License Laws.

Where to Get Assistance at Maximum One:  There are several methods at Maximum One to get assistance for contracts and systems:  Go to www.eAGENTweb.com & click on “Broker & Staff Contact”

Branded Agent App for MX1 Agents:  Maximum One agents now get their own FREE app to share with their prospects, clients & customers.  This app is through Smarter Agent and is totally FREE.  The app is branded to YOU the agent & your clients simply download it from Google Play or iTunes.  It is through Smarter Agent.  This program is being managed for Maximum One by Michelle – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 321.  To add your photo to your app and for any assistance, please contact Michelle.  This is a REAL app.  You have already received an email from Smarter Agent regarding your own personal app.  (Please check your “junk” mail or contact Michelle for assistance.)  watch Dave’s brief video below for more information!

GSCCCA.org:  Maximum One gladly offers access to this site FREE for Maximum One agents.  However, if you PRINT a document, it is $0.50 per page and you are responsible for paying that fee.  Please contact Donna in Agent Billling – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com with the number of pages you have printed.  You are on the honor system and if this privilege is abused, we will no longer be able to offer this service to the agents.

Accessing www.Bill.com :  The billing system we are use at Maximum One Greater Atlanta is www.bill.com  and on the email you received with your invoice information there is a place where it says to pay your invoice electronically.  You will ALWAYS access your portal by clicking on this box, so you may want to keep one of these emails in a folder in your email so you have access to that during the month before you would receive the next email notifying you of your current invoice.  When you click on that box it will prompt you to create a password so that you can set up your own individual portal, where you can make payments, see your invoices and payments and set up auto pay. Once you have created your password you should be directed to the home page of your portal where you will see bills or outstanding bills and it will show you a list of your invoices that are open.  You will click on the invoices you want to pay and it will give you the option at the bottom to pay with ACH (which is the money deducted from your bank account) or credit card.  There is no fee for paying ACH, but there will continue to be a $3 handling fee for credit and debit card payments.  You can also set up auto pay and I am told by bill.com that if you want the bill to be paid let’s say by the 20th you would need to schedule it for the 17th.  The auto pay option will also ask you to set an amount not to go over, so if you pay your E & O insurance any way other than monthly you will need to make sure you account for that when you set the amount.  Please contact Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 324 if you have any other questions, or I can be of further assistance.

Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.

Max Cares: Condolences to Mandy Gentile on the loss of her family member.

 

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2017 MX1 Greater Atlanta Manuals:  Please refer to these manuals for any questions you may have about Maximum One.  There are additional copies in the Workroom of your Branch & under the “Reference” tab in Paperless Pipeline.  Check out the NEW additions designed to assist you with your business!

Maximum One Franchise Royalty – May 2017: As we approach our 10 year anniversary in 2017, we wanted to make you aware of a small change that will take effect.  In May 2017, our franchise royalty kicks in.  All Maximum One companies are a franchise of M.O.R.E. Corporation.  There are currently 4 franchises (Greater Atlanta, Executives, Partners & Community) and all Franchise royalties will kick in May of 2017.  The change for the agents is there will be a $10 Royalty on every transaction and there is no cap on these and no proration with in-house transactions.  These royalties go to M.O.R.E. Corp., which is the parent company and will be used for the betterment of the entire Maximum One network.

We have not raised fees on anything since we opened with the exception of a GAMLS $3 pass through several years ago so I hope everyone sees the value in being part of a franchise system.  The main focus for the Royalty will be systems and training;  after all…we are AGENT-centric!  Please email me (Dave@MaximumOne.pro ) if you have any comments, questions or concerns.  I am so excited that within a couple years we will be having some even MORE amazing tools for you.  Blessings!!

Dave Kubat, Founding Partner
Maximum One ™ Greater Atlanta REALTORS ®
www.KeepMoreCommission.com
10 Convenient Locations To Serve You
770.778.1547 Cell/Text

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5/14/17

Happy Mother’s Day!!  .

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in April 2017: Please make these agents feel welcome!

  • Joel Carlyl Canada – Alpharetta
  • Apollo King-El – Alpharetta
  • Zanobia Lanier – Alpharetta
  • Wallace Carter – Douglasville
  • Bruce Richardson – McDonough
  • Mario Luque – Woodstock
  • Julia Richardson – McDonough
  • Jill Lemley – Galleria
  • Davena Dahunsi – Paulding
  • John Pantez – Woodstock
  • Nancy Pantez – Woodstock
  • Shanita Hall – McDonough
  • Matthew King – Galleria
  • Atul Chandra – Galleria
  • Brandi Kirk – Galleria
  • Mirvat El-Ltr – East Cobb
  • Heidi Kelly – Paulding
  • Robin Agan – Douglasville
  • Steve Roberts – Alpharetta
  • Lise Smith – Woodstock
  • Monique Sheffield – McDonough
  • Christine Fortenberry – West Cobb – Welcome BACK!
  • Jewel Devone – Douglasville
  • Daniel Gonzales – Galleria
  • Jodi Byers – Paulding
  • Juan Montes – West Cobb
  • Jayla King – East Cobb
  • Kimberly Greene – East Cobb
  • Brenda Barkley – McDonough
  • Roger Ayers – Woodstock
  • Amanda Hudgins – Paulding
  • Wanda Sealy – Woodstock
  • Machelle Moody – Douglasville
  • Ann Reynolds – Galleria

New Maximum One Franchise:   We are excited to announce the opening of the newest Maximum One Franchise – Maximum One Premier Realtors – with Managing Partner, Neal Matheson!  This new franchise serves the North Georgia Mountains.

New Loan Program: Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for informing us of the new Conventional Loan Program – 3% down with no PMI and conventional loans allow for 100% gift funds for down-payment and a co-signor.

Seller Allowances for Repairs / Decorating:  Many lenders are once again beginning to allow for seller financial allowance in lieu of repairs with an invoice from the lender on the Closing Disclosure.  Typically no structural repairs are allowed.  Check with specific lenders to see if they will allow this in the contract.

Where to Get Assistance at Maximum One:  There are several methods at Maximum One to get assistance for contracts and systems:

Branded Agent App for MX1 Agents:  Maximum One agents now get their own FREE app to share with their prospects, clients & customers.  This app is through Smarter Agent and is totally FREE.  The app is branded to YOU the agent & your clients simply download it from Google Play or iTunes.  It is through Smarter Agent.  This program is being managed for Maximum One by Michelle – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 321.  To add your photo to your app and for any assistance, please contact Michelle.  This is a REAL app.  You have already received an email from Smarter Agent regarding your own personal app.  (Please check your “junk” mail or contact Michelle for assistance.)  watch Dave’s brief video below for more information!

GSCCCA.org:  Maximum One gladly offers access to this site FREE for Maximum One agents.  However, if you PRINT a document, it is $0.50 per page and you are responsible for paying that fee.  Please contact Donna in Agent Billling – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com with the number of pages you have printed.  You are on the honor system and if this privilege is abused, we will no longer be able to offer this service to the agents.

Accessing www.Bill.com :  The billing system we are use at Maximum One Greater Atlanta is www.bill.com  and on the email you received with your invoice information there is a place where it says to pay your invoice electronically.  You will ALWAYS access your portal by clicking on this box, so you may want to keep one of these emails in a folder in your email so you have access to that during the month before you would receive the next email notifying you of your current invoice.  When you click on that box it will prompt you to create a password so that you can set up your own individual portal, where you can make payments, see your invoices and payments and set up auto pay. Once you have created your password you should be directed to the home page of your portal where you will see bills or outstanding bills and it will show you a list of your invoices that are open.  You will click on the invoices you want to pay and it will give you the option at the bottom to pay with ACH (which is the money deducted from your bank account) or credit card.  There is no fee for paying ACH, but there will continue to be a $3 handling fee for credit and debit card payments.  You can also set up auto pay and I am told by bill.com that if you want the bill to be paid let’s say by the 20th you would need to schedule it for the 17th.  The auto pay option will also ask you to set an amount not to go over, so if you pay your E & O insurance any way other than monthly you will need to make sure you account for that when you set the amount.  Please contact Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 324 if you have any other questions, or I can be of further assistance.

Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.

Max Cares: Condolences to Quillie Williams whose mother passed away.

Max Cares:  Condolences to Holly Pecht whose brother passed away.

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5/7/17

Fannie Mae & Student Loans:  Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial for informing us that Fannie Mae will now accept a borrower’s actual payment of a student loan vs. the calculated percent of income that they formally used in the DTI calculations.  Homestar has adopted that practice for over a year!
Self-Employed Borrowers:   Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for informing us that when applying for a loan with this lender, they only need one year of tax returns for self-employed borrowers who have been self-employed for two years.  But starting in June, they will need to provide a 5 year self-employment history.
GAMLS Educational Articles:  As a member of GAMLS, you have access to a wealth of information via your RETechnology Account.  Check out these articles from last month:
Branded Agent App for MX1 Agents:  Maximum One agents now get their own FREE app to share with their prospects, clients & customers.  This app is through Smarter Agent and is totally FREE.  The app is branded to YOU the agent & your clients simply download it from Google Play or iTunes.  It is through Smarter Agent.  This program is being managed for Maximum One by Michelle – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 321.  To add your photo to your app and for any assistance, please contact Michelle.  This is a REAL app.  You have already received an email from Smarter Agent regarding your own personal app.  (Please check your “junk” mail or contact Michelle for assistance.)  watch Dave’s brief video below for more information!
GSCCCA.org:  Maximum One gladly offers access to this site FREE for Maximum One agents.  However, if you PRINT a document, it is $0.50 per page and you are responsible for paying that fee.  Please contact Donna in Agent Billling – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com with the number of pages you have printed.  You are on the honor system and if this privilege is abused, we will no longer be able to offer this service to the agents.
 
REVISED GAR Contract Forms 5/1/17: The Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) Contract Committee has completed their 2017 Revision of the contracts.  these revised dorms will be available May 1, 2017.  Please watch video above for explanation of revision of All Cash Exhibit.  Next week’s video will discuss the revision of the Community Association Disclosure

Accessing www.Bill.com :  The billing system we are use at Maximum One Greater Atlanta is www.bill.com  and on the email you received with your invoice information there is a place where it says to pay your invoice electronically.  You will ALWAYS access your portal by clicking on this box, so you may want to keep one of these emails in a folder in your email so you have access to that during the month before you would receive the next email notifying you of your current invoice.  When you click on that box it will prompt you to create a password so that you can set up your own individual portal, where you can make payments, see your invoices and payments and set up auto pay. Once you have created your password you should be directed to the home page of your portal where you will see bills or outstanding bills and it will show you a list of your invoices that are open.  You will click on the invoices you want to pay and it will give you the option at the bottom to pay with ACH (which is the money deducted from your bank account) or credit card.  There is no fee for paying ACH, but there will continue to be a $3 handling fee for credit and debit card payments.  You can also set up auto pay and I am told by bill.com that if you want the bill to be paid let’s say by the 20th you would need to schedule it for the 17th.  The auto pay option will also ask you to set an amount not to go over, so if you pay your E & O insurance any way other than monthly you will need to make sure you account for that when you set the amount.  Please contact Donna Black – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 324 if you have any other questions, or I can be of further assistance.

Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.
Max Cares: Condolences to Shonna Sherrill on the sudden loss of her husband, Pastor Tony Sherrill, last Sunday.
Max Cares:  Prayers for Holly Pecht whose brother is extremely ill.
Max Cares:  Prayers for Clarissa Zumwalt whose mother was in the hospital after a fall & then suffered a stroke.
Max Cares: Prayers to Kenneth & Monica Storey – Kenneth’s brother has lung cancer is in hospice.

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4/30/17

Branded Agent App for MX1 Agents:  Maximum One agents now get their own FREE app to share with their prospects, clients & customers.  This app is through Smarter Agent and is totally FREE.  The app is branded to YOU the agent & your clients simply download it from Google Play or iTunes.  It is through Smarter Agent.  This program is being managed for Maximum One by Michelle – Paulding@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 321.  To add your photo to your app and for any assistance, please contact Michelle.  This is a REAL app.  You have already received an email from Smarter Agent regarding your own personal app.  (Please check your “junk” mail or contact Michelle for assistance.)  watch Dave’s brief video below for more information!
 
Tenant in Properties: If you are working with an Owner-Occupant Buyer and there is tenant in the property, the property is sold subject to the lease.  Make sure you reference the lease & request a copy in the contract, negotiate for the transfer of Security Deposit, etc.  You will need to address these issues – even if the Seller says that “the tenant will be out prior to close” – the Seller has no control over a Tenant at Sufferance.
REVISED GAR Contract Forms 5/1/17: The Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) Contract Committee has completed their 2017 Revision of the contracts.  these revised dorms will be available May 1, 2017.  Please watch video above for explanation of revision of All Cash Exhibit.  Next week’s video will discuss the revision of the Community Association Disclosure
Transferring EM to Another Contract from a Termination: If you have a Buyer (and we are holding the Earnest Money) who is terminating one contract and is going to write an offer on another property, you must do the following.  The parties must agree to release the Earnest Money on the T&R to one of the parties – NOT to the Broker – the Broker is not a party to the contract.  Here are the steps to follow:
  • Terminate the first contract
  • Complete the “Release of Earnest Money” portion of the Release agreement with the Earnest Money being released to the BUYER – NOT MX1
  • Complete a “Transfer of Earnest Money” Form – available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline
  • Upload all documents into your terminated transaction in Paperless Pipeline
Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.
 
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system

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4/23/17

GAMLS Coverage:  Debunking the Myth that Georgia MLS is Just a “South of I-20 MLS”

While it is true that Georgia MLS is the predominant MLS South of I-20, a more accurate statement is that Georgia MLS covers all of Metro Atlanta and is the predominant MLS across the state. For many years there was a false perception that GAMLS did not have any meaningful coverage North of I-20. Currently not only does Georgia MLS have extensive coverage across the northern arc, we have unparalleled coverage ranging from the North Georgia mountains, down through central Georgia, and along the Georgia Coast. Let’s take a look by the numbers and debunk the old perception.

  • 21,687 subscribers or 65.9% of our 32,918 total membership base reside North of I-20
  • 73,568  or 67.8% listings sold in 2016 were North of I-20
  • 13,415 or 64.5% of listings sold in 2017 are North of I-20
  • 1,361 offices reside North of I-20
  • 29,000+ Active listings out of 48,500+ listings are North of I-20
  • Still not convinced?  Click  here for a State map of Georgia MLS membership.

Credit Card Payments Now Available through www.Bill.com : You may now pay your agent bill with a credit card through your own agent portal on the www.Bill.com system. In the drop down menu you now have the option of paying by ACH or Credit Card.

FMLS Fees on Closings: By virtue of Maximum One’s membership with FMLS, we are required to collect FMLS fees in the following situations – regardless if you found the property actually listed in FMLS or not. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chris Wade – Manager of FMLS Compliance:  404.445.1951   cwade@fmls.com

  • If a MX1 agent signs an Exclusive Listing Agreement & the property is in an FMLS compulsory area
  • If on contract the Seller Agency is marked as “Client” & Listing Broker is a Member of FMLS & property is in an FMLS Compulsory area
  • For new construction, if the property is beyond the drywall stage (& above applies.)  Note: If new construction is closing in 30ish days, it is obviously beyond the Drywall stage.
  • If agent gets a letter from FMLS in writing stating they will not charge MX1 a fee, then we will reimburse.

Maximum One Franchise Royalty:  The Maximum One $10 Franchise fee begins with all transactions closing May 1, 2017.  Please see below for more information.

Maximum One Franchise Royalty – May 2017: As we approach our 10 year anniversary in 2017, we wanted to make you aware of a small change that will take effect.  In May 2017, our franchise royalty kicks in.  All Maximum One companies are a franchise of M.O.R.E. Corporation.  There are currently 4 franchises (Greater Atlanta, Executives, Partners & Community) and all Franchise royalties will kick in May of 2017.  The change for the agents is there will be a $10 Royalty on every transaction and there is no cap on these and no proration with in-house transactions.  These royalties go to M.O.R.E. Corp., which is the parent company and will be used for the betterment of the entire Maximum One network.

We have not raised fees on anything since we opened with the exception of a GAMLS $3 pass through several years ago so I hope everyone sees the value in being part of a franchise system.  The main focus for the Royalty will be systems and training;  after all…we are AGENT-centric!  Please email me (Dave@MaximumOne.pro ) if you have any comments, questions or concerns.  I am so excited that within a couple years we will be having some even MORE amazing tools for you.  Blessings!!  – Dave Kubat, Founding Partner,  Maximum One ™ Greater Atlanta REALTORS ® www.KeepMoreCommission.com  10 Convenient Locations To Serve You  770.778.1547 Cell/Text

MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)

  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system

Max Cares: Prayers for Diane Winkler who is recovering from surgery.

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4/16/17

Happy Easter!
Happy Passover last week!
Withdrawing a Listing:  If you want to “Withdraw” a listing, you must terminate the agreement not simply remove it from FMLS & GAMLS.  Here are the steps you need to take:
  • Terminate the Listing Agreement with Maximum One
    • GAR Form F89 – Mutual Termination of Brokerage Engagement  OR
    • GAR Form F87 – Notice to Terminate Brokerage Engagement
    • RE 261 – Amendment to Contract
  • Complete FMLS form #116
  • Complete GAMLS Listing Withdraw or Transfer Form
  • Have you Client sign all three documents (Termination & FMLS & GAMLS forms)
  • Upload these documents into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline
  • We will get a Broker Signature and send to FMLS & GAMLS
  • There will be a $50 fee added to your agent bill to cover the FMLS & GAMLS withdraw fees
  • You may ask your client to pay that – they make a check payable to Maximum One Realty (or Realtors) for “early termination fee”
    • In the GAR listing agreement it states that they may be liable for this – no such verbiage in the RE Forms Listing Agreement
    • I suggest you add it as a Special Stipulation when you first sign the listing agreement – “Should Seller terminate the listing agreement earlier than the agreed-upon date, Seller to pay Maximum One Realty $50 Early termination fee.”
Credit Card Payments Now Available through www.Bill.com : You may now pay your agent bill with a credit card through your own agent portal on the www.Bill.com system. In the drop down menu you now have the option of paying by ACH or Credit Card.
Paperless Pipeline & rDocs: When you send a document for eSign through rDocs, simply cc the email address from your transaction in Paperless Pipeline in the eSign list and after completion, your completely signed document will automatically be emailed into your transaction.  Then simply go in to that transaction & assign it the proper section of the transaction.
Your Year to Date Numbers from Paperless Pipeline:  Every month, you will receive an automatic email from Paperless Pipeline with your Year-to-Date numbers from your Cap date.
 
High Flyer from Zip Your Flyer:  We have a new Corporate Discount available to you for flyers. As a Maximum One agent, you will receive a 15% Discount on the “High Flyer” program from www.ZipYourFlyer.com .  You should have already received an email with login information.  Please click on these instructions for  High Flyer Quick Start Guide all the information to get started.  If you have any questions, please contact our rep: Caitlin Thornburg –  Caitlin@zipyourflyer.com  PO Box 6155, Edmonds, WA 98026  Main: 888.947.8509  Direct: 425.361.0638
NSF Fee:  If your client’s Earnest Money check is not honored by the bank there is a $35 Bank Fee that we must pass through to your client.
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
Professional Head Shots – May & June:  Please attend your Monthly Sales Meetings in May & June as we will have a professional photographer taking head shots for your marketing materials!  Stay tuned for more information!
Max Cares: Congratulations to Donna Agan-Williams on the birth of her Granddaughter last Saturday!
Max Cares: Prayers for Steve Muntz whose wife, Holly, has been admitted to Northside hospital with heart issues.
Max Cares: Condolences to Kim Rupp whose mother passed away from a heart attack.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Tiffany Williams who just got her Broker’s License!

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4/9/17

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One:  Please welcome the following agents who joined us in March!

  • Lisa Lindsay-Lavelanet – East cobb
  • Katherine Mojica – Woodstock
  • Rick Gossett – Paulding
  • Tim Brummell – Woodstock
  • Jolene Arnette Harrell Hamm – McDonough
  • Karen Rollins – McDonough
  • Marty McClendon – West Cobb
  • Abdelrazak Kassim – Alpharetta
  • Olivia Harmon – Galleria
  • Carolyn Thomas – McDonough
  • Catherine Maum – Galleria
  • Cherie Langston – Douglasville
  • Gene Lau – East Cobb
  • Ashley Blanton – Paulding
  • Saecilia Jackson – McDonough
  • Erin Howell – Alpharetta
  • Carlene Langley – West Cobb
  • Brianna McMillan – Paulding
  • Janet Scanlon – Paulding
  • Jeanna Mazza – Woodstock
  • Ronald Carter – Douglasville
  • Karina Galero – Galleria
  • Lyssa Michelle Nunn – Paulding
  • Tressala Jennings – Douglasville
  • Brandon England – Woodstock
  •  Mandy Gentile – East Cobb
  • Haseena Young – McDonough
  • Ann hayes – McDonough
  • Wesley Ruland – McDonough
  • Joshua Niles – McDonough
  • Kelley Parker – McDonough
  • Amber Taylor – Paulding
  • Rhonda Clark – Galleria
  • Ronald Dowell – Alpharetta
  • Justin Sebastian – McDonough
  • Diane Worley – West Cobb
  • Jan Schmidt – East Cobb – Welcome BACK!
  • Sonja Meulens – Galleria
  • Tonda Burack – Emerson
  • Marilyn Pumphrey – Alpharetta
  • Aline Saenz – Douglasville
  • Patti Loveless – Paulding
  • Steve Muntz – Emerson
  • Lori Roland – Douglasville
  • Lynette Roland – Galleria
  • Rebecca King – West cobb
  • Dawn Astin – Paulding
  • Sandy Cole – Paulding
  • Carol Scott – West Cobb
  • Paul Wingfield – West Cobb

Congratulations to Maximum One Ranked #17 by Atlanta Business Chronicle: In their annual list of Top 25 Residential Real Estate Companies, we ranked #17!

A New Version of Wire Fraud: Thank you to Affiliated Closing Attorney, Andy Hartman of Hartman-Imbriale, for sharing with us the latest version of Real Estate Wire Fraud.  ALERT: There is apparently a new version of the fraud theft underway. The hackers are getting to your buyers (you = real estate agents) early and just watching; and as soon as you go under contract, they send an email to your buyer that appears to be from you telling them “this is the title company we will be using and its standard practice now to send your part of the closing funds in early – so go ahead and wire your money NOW to the account attached.” Boom. Money gone. Be mindful….and inform your clients. Banks will not “cover” wire fraud – once that money is gone, it is gone!

Steps to Help Avoid Wire Fraud:  Remember to take the following precautions to help avoid wire fraud:

  • Never Use the word “Wire” or “Wire Instructions” in the Subject Line of your email
  • Never be the intermediary when giving Wire Instructions from the Closing Attorney to the Client
  • Inform your client that they should CALL the attorney from a phone number that YOU give them by PHONE (or from the attorney’s website) and NEVER trust a phone number they receive from an email (bad guys use “burner phones”)
  • If they get an email about a “change” in wire instructions they need to call the phone number you gave them to call this verified number & confirm
  • They are not to wire money until they first speak directly to the closing attorneys office on the verified phone number that you have given them
  • Tips from Andy Hartman – Have the closing attorney send the wire instructions to the client by us Mail – NOT electronically & still have the client “Trust but verify”

Agent Liability for Wire Fraud:  Thank you to Andy Hartman again for drafting for us a “Wire Fraud Liability Waiver” that we will require all Buyer Clients & Customers to sign. Thank you Andy!

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4/2/17

IDX Reciprocity Agreements:  If you are adding the MLS database to your own agent website, the GAMLS IDX reciprocity agreements are already signed & available on the Reference Section of Paperless pipeline.  FMLS is very strict with their IDX reciprocity & so you will have to use the GAMLS agreement.
No Personal Checks over $5,000:: Remember that Maximum One does not accept personal checks over $5,000 regardless of the type of account from which they are being drawn (checking, savings, money market, etc.)  Buyer must remit certified funds.
2017 Maximum One Greater Atlanta Manuals:  The complete 2017 Manuals are available in the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline & will be linked at the bottom of this weekly newsletter.  In addition to the Orientation, Procedures & Policy manuals, we have added several new ones this year!  Please check them out!
Professional Head Shots – May & June:  Please attend your Monthly sales Meetings in May & / or June as we will have a professional photographer taking Head Shots for your marketing materials!  Stay tuned for more information!
Desk Rentals Within MX1 Branches:  Please remember to seal up any food & empty your trash each week from your office. We need your help in keeping our offices clean & “bug-free.”
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
 
Max Cares: Condolences to Donna Black for the passing of her husband’s Uncle.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Hooman Tabrizi on getting his Broker’s License!
Max Cares: Congratulations to Fran Bacote on getting her Broker’s License!

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3/27/17

Congratulations to the Maximum One Agent Award-Winners from 2016:  Please congratulate all the Award-Winners of Maximum One Companies!  The Following won Company-Wide Honors (Across All Companies & All Franchises)
Sales Volume: 
#1 – Larry Casner – $16,451,500
#2 – Christie Webb – $13,360,890
#3 – Keely George – $11,384,190
#4 – Kristin May – $10,857,429
#5 – Wendee Long – $8,444,146
#6 – Dennis Hankins – $8,190,500
#7 – Shawn Delaney – $7,395,199
#8 – Steve Matthews – $7,214,669
#9 – Matthew Share – $6,616,794
#10 – Cindy Corona – $6,386,139
#11 – Howard Brummel – $6,299,625
#12 – Stephanie Shelton – $6,168,577
#13 – Bill Harris – $5,939,597
#14 – Mike Hammock  – $5,925,311
#15 – Kiran Ramireddy – $5,881,771
#16 – Mike Tinney – $5,878,293
#17 – Mike Maldonado – $5,677,831
#18 – Tamarra Davis – $5,318,821
#19 – Karen Moonshower – $5,299,391
#20 – Kathlyn Carswell – $5,226,750
Units Sold
#1 – Larry Casner – 94
#2 – Wendee Long – 54
#3 – Mike Tinney – 50
#4 – Keely George – 42
#5 – Shawn Delaney – 41.5
#6 – Kathlyn Carswell – 41
#7 – Mike Maldonado – 40
#8 – Vonda Kudron – 39
#9 – Tamarra Davis – 38
#10 – Kristin May – 37
#11 – steve Matthews – 34
#12 – Bill Harris – 33
#13 – Stephanie Shelton – 31
#14 – Shonna Sherill – 29
#15 – Howard Brummel – 28
#16 – Laura Wilson – 27
#17 – Lamar Young – 26
#18 – Matthew Share – 25
#19 – Karen Moonshower – 24
#20 – Cindy Corona – 23
Achievement (GCI)
#1 – Larry Casner
#2 – Christie Webb
#3 – Keely George
#4 – Kristin May
#5 – Shawn Delaney
#6 – Dennis Hankins
#7 – Wendee Long
#8 – Steve Matthews
#9 – Howard Brummel
#10 – Bill Harris
#11 – Stephanie Shelton
#12 – Mike Tinney
#13 – Cindy Corona
#14 -Tamarra Davis
#15 – Matthew Share
#16 – Lamar Young
#17 – Mike Hammock
#18 – Gary Mesnick
#19 – Jonathan Livnat
#20 – Laura Wilson
#21 – Bob James
#22 – Shonna Sherrill
#23 – Kiran Ramireddy
#24 – Cindy Chang
#25 – Roger Philmon
#26 – Curtesha Liburd
#27 – Jeanne Rodriguez
#28 – Kris Zugloff
#29 – Anya Dupree
#30 – Tim Clark
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!!!
GAR Contracts:: If you are not an Authorized User of the GAR contracts, you must get any form you need from the co-op agent.  Your Broker may not give you a Blank copy of a GAR form.
 
Comcast Rewards Program:  Comcast / Xfinity is no longer offering their Agent Reward program.
Community Association Disclosure:  If you are LISTING or SELLING a house that you know has an HOA, you need to include in an Offer or Counter-Offer the Community Association Disclosure Exhibits!  We are having many legal issues before, at and after closings regarding disclosures not being made to Buyers regarding an HOA so that the Buyers may examine the covenants and all parts of the Association.
April CE Training Calendar Coming Out this Week:  Check it out & Register Early!  This calendar goes out to all 40,000+ GREC Agents!
MX1 Greater Atlanta IDX Reciprocity Agreements: If you are adding IDX Reciprocity to your Agent Website so that the public may search the MLS system directly from your own agent website, the broker-signed Agreement is located on the “Reference” tab of Paperless Pipeline.  Make sure you use the properly signed one depending on if you are in MXGA or MXGR.
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
 
Max Cares: Condolences to Clarissa Zumwalt for the passing of here father-in-law.

 

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3/20/17

Congratulations to the Maximum One Agent Award-Winners from 2016:  Please congratulate all the Award-Winners of Maximum One Companies!  The Following won Company-Wide Honors (Across All Companies & All Franchises)

2016 Top 20 in Sales Volume

Sales Volume: 

#1 – Larry Casner – $16,451,500

#2 – Christie Webb – $13,360,890

#3 – Keely George – $11,384,190

#4 – Kristin May – $10,857,429

#5 – Wendee Long – $8,444,146

#6 – Dennis Hankins – $8,190,500

#7 – Shawn Delaney – $7,395,199

#8 – Steve Matthews – $7,214,669

#9 – Matthew Share – $6,616,794

#10 – Cindy Corona – $6,386,139

#11 – Howard Brummel – $6,299,625

#12 – Stephanie Shelton – $6,168,577

#13 – Bill Harris – $5,939,597

#14 – Mike Hammock  – $5,925,311

#15 – Kiran Ramireddy – $5,881,771

#16 – Mike Tinney – $5,878,293

#17 – Mike Maldonado – $5,677,831

#18 – Tamarra Davis – $5,318,821

#19 – Karen Moonshower – $5,299,391

#20 – Kathlyn Carswell – $5,226,750

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2016 Top 20 in Units Sold

Units Sold

#1 – Larry Casner – 94

#2 – Wendee Long – 54

#3 – Mike Tinney – 50

#4 – Keely George – 42

#5 – Shawn Delaney – 41.5

#6 – Kathlyn Carswell – 41

#7 – Mike Maldonado – 40

#8 – Vonda Kudron – 39

#9 – Tamarra Davis – 38

#10 – Kristin May – 37

#11 – steve Matthews – 34

#12 – Bill Harris – 33

#13 – Stephanie Shelton – 31

#14 – Shonna Sherill – 29

#15 – Howard Brummel – 28

#16 – Laura Wilson – 27

#17 – Lamar Young – 26

#18 – Matthew Share – 25

#19 – Karen Moonshower – 24

#20 – Cindy Corona – 23

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2016 Top 30 Achievement

Achievement (GCI)

#1 – Larry Casner

#2 – Christie Webb

#3 – Keely George

#4 – Kristin May

#5 – Shawn Delaney

#6 – Dennis Hankins

#7 – Wendee Long

#8 – Steve Matthews

#9 – Howard Brummel

#10 – Bill Harris

#11 – Stephanie Shelton

#12 – Mike Tinney

#13 – Cindy Corona

#14 -Tamarra Davis

#15 – Matthew Share

#16 – Lamar Young

#17 – Mike Hammock

#18 – Gary Mesnick

#19 – Jonathan Livnat

#20 – Laura Wilson

#21 – Bob James

#22 – Shonna Sherrill

#23 – Kiran Ramireddy

#24 – Cindy Chang

#25 – Roger Philmon

#26 – Curtesha Liburd

#27 – Jeanne Rodriguez

#28 – Kris Zugloff

#29 – Anya Dupree

#30 – Tim Clark

 

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!!!

 

GAR Contracts:: If you are not an Authorized User of the GAR contracts, you must get any form you need from the co-op agent.  Your Broker may not give you a Blank copy of a GAR form.

Comcast Rewards Program:  Comcast / Xfinity is no longer offering their Agent Reward program.

Community Association Disclosure:  If you are LISTING or SELLING a house that you know has an HOA, you need to include in an Offer or Counter-Offer the Community Association Disclosure Exhibits!  We are having many legal issues before, at and after closings regarding disclosures not being made to Buyers regarding an HOA so that the Buyers may examine the covenants and all parts of the Association.

April CE Training Calendar Coming Out this Week:  Check it out & Register Early!  This calendar goes out to all 40,000+ GREC Agents!

MX1 Greater Atlanta IDX Reciprocity Agreements: If you are adding IDX Reciprocity to your Agent Website so that the public may search the MLS system directly from your own agent website, the broker-signed Agreement is located on the “Reference” tab of Paperless Pipeline.  Make sure you use the properly signed one depending on if you are in MXGA or MXGR.

MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)

  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system

Max Cares: Condolences to Clarissa Zumwalt for the passing of here father-in-law.

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3/19/17

Date on 2017 GAR Forms:  Please remember that when using GAR contracts, you may only use forms dated 2017. Using GAR forms with an earlier date is a violation of their Licensing Agreement.
Date on RE Contract Forms:  The RE Contract forms do not have anything in their licensing or copyright agreement about using forms with any specific date.  Many forms are dated 201, 2013, 2014 & 2015.  You may use the RE Forms with any date.
Resources:: Remember to check out www.eAGENTweb.com for links to all the resources you’ll need at Maximum One.
 
FMLS rDocs::  FMLS will shortly switch to rDocs a system that combines Forms Pro & eSign & DocuSave.  You need to learn it now so that you will have access to the Contract Forms…. FormPro is going away shortly!.  FMLS has 1 1/2 hour classes at their locations as well as online tutorials.
rDocs does not replace Paperless Pipeline:  AIf you create a Transaction TIle in rDocs & store all your files there, remember that is for your own organizational purposed.  You still need to create a Transation in Paperless Pipeline & upload all your documents there to “turn in” to the Broker.  All contracts need to be uploaded to Paperless Pipeline within 72 hours of public signing to avoid a Late Paperwork fine.
MX1 Greater Atlanta IDX Reciprocity Agreements: If you are adding IDX Reciprocity to your Agent Website so that the public may search the MLS system directly from your own agent website, the broker-signed Agreement is located on the “Reference” tab of Paperless Pipeline.  Make sure you use the properly signed one depending on if you are in MXGA or MXGR.

www.PrinterBees.com : Another resource for your online printing needs – yard signs, business cards, flyers, postcards, etc. Printer Bees Yard Signs & Decals & Business Cards & Postcards & More

  • Use coupon code: NH15THANKYOU for $15 off any order over $199, or
  • Use coupon code: NH10THANKYOU for $10 off any order $69 and up.
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
 
Max Cares: Prayers for Kimanne Parr whose father in undergoing chemotherapy.
Max Cares:  Prayers for Jane Schnoebelen whose son is having knee surgery this week.
Max Cares: Prayers for Lynda Matthews whose husband is in the hospital with a mysterious yet serious illness.
Max Cares: Prayers for Austin James who is recovering from an automobile accident.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Dawn Southern on the marriage of her son, Matt Luttrell!

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3/12/17

Daylight Saving’s Time Begins Sunday 3/12/17 at 2am! – “Spring Forward!”

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in February 2017: Please welcome our new colleagues:
• Beverly Davis – West Cobb
• Jason Lathbury – Woodstock
• Sandra O’Neal – West Cobb
• Erica Pooler – West Cobb
• Marla Mitchell – Douglasville
• Tierrenee Cash – Galleria
• Tavi Wright – Galleria
• Paul Worley – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
• Lisa Utley – West Cobb
• Mannix Pullens – East Cobb
• Beth McGee – West Cobb
• David McGee – West Cobb
• Austin James – East Cobb – Welcome BACK!
• Lynda Williams – McDonough
• Janille Williams – Woodstock
• Giner Psalmonds – Alpharetta
• Goodnews Okwandu – McDonough
• Beth Campbell – West Cobb
• Campbell Haigh – West Cobb
• Mark Freeman – West Cobb
• Daniel Baber – West Cobb
• Renee Allen-Armbriste – Alpharetta
• Rhonda Hardy – Alpharetta
• Kimberly Barteau – West Cobb
• Bob shurette – West Cobb
• Tracy Mathis – McDonough
• Rosalyn McDonald – Douglasville
• Pat Conner – West Cobb – Welcome BACK!
• Ernest Holmes – West Cobb
• Julia Azubuike – McDonough
• Meredith Irons – West Cobb
• Renee Pruitt – Woodstock
• Zachary McKenzie – Douglasville

Information & Forms: Remember the information & forms you need specific to Maximum One are located in the Orientation & Procedures & Policy Manuals, the Extranet & the Reference Section of Paperless Pipeline!

Mortgage Loans During Tax Time: Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for reminding us that Homestar has a program for salaried / W2 Employees – NO tax returns are required. Also for self-employed borrowers, Homestar has a loan program requiring only 1 year (vs. typical 2 years) of tax returns.

Student Loans & Mortgage Loans: Also thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of the Homestar Student Saver program where the monthly payment (income-based repayment – IBR) is the figure they use when calculating debt-to-income ration vs. the typical calculation of 1% of the outstanding loan amount.

FMLS rDocs: Make sure you take a class from FMLS NOW on rDocs! rDocs will basically combine Matrix & eSign. Go to http://www.FMLS.com & sign up to take this 1.5 hour class before Mtrix goes away completely!

MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – http://www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017. .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17 for you Agent Bill will be from http://www.Bill.com . If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com 770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
• Click the link on the received email invoice
• You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
• You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
• You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
• You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
• You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system

Max Cares: Congratulations to Fran Bacote on getting her Broker’s License!!
Max Cares: Prayers for Jane Schnoebelen whose son-in-law is in the hospital fighting an infection.

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3/5/17

Elimination of Many Down Payment Assistance Programs:  Several national wholesale lenders (such as Freedom Financial, Mountain West, and Essex) have recently dropped the National Homebuyers Fund Down payment assistance FHA mortgage, because HUD does not recognize this as a valid PDA program in all 50 states.  To eliminate all risks with this loan, these lenders just dropped the program in every state instead of keeping it going only the states that seem to be OK.  This has caused some local lenders to also drop it because they were signed up with one of these wholesalers for their funding.  Per John Bohannon, Movement Mortgage has not dropped it because we are using Land Home Financial Services as our wholesaler and they are still offering the program to us in GA.  It could be dropped by them too, but for the time being it is a viable loan.   Please contact John for more information.
Signing Contracts for Your Clients: This could be considered forgery!  NEVER sign a document on behalf of your client even if you have their permission!  Only a Power of Attorney has authority to sign for another and Maximum One agents may NOT accept Power of Attorney for their clients or customers.
 
VoicePad Now Does Custom Flyers: – You may now create Property Flyers from your FREE VoicePad Dashboard with Custom Branding.  We use the existing listing photos, features, agent headshot and contact information that we have on file so that all you need to do is choose from a few simple layout choices and print them out to hand to your clients.  We even have an option that will allow you to add a reverse side to the flyer. You can read more about this new tool in our VoicePad Answers portal:  http://answers.voicepad.com/automated-property-flyers/
  1.        Log into a VoicePad dashboard and click MARKETING TOOLKIT (this is a banner that shows some social media icons on master and administrator dashboards).
  2.       Click PROPERTY FLYER on the row with one of the listings shown.
  3.    Choose one of the three templates.
  4.    Go through the options and then click REVIEW AND PRINT, then REVIEW PDF FLYER.
  5.     Download the PDF to your computer.

VoicePad Lead-Generation System:  This Lead generation System & Agent Mobile Website is FREE to all Maximum One Agents!!  If you want more business, start using VoicePad!  Click here for more information: All About VoicePad

MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
 
Max Cares: Condolences to Rone Paulding whose grandmother passed away.

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2/26/17

New Maximum One Greater Atlanta Office in East Cobb:  We are now officially Under Contract on the NEW East Cobb Office Building!  This is an 11,000 square foot building including an elevator!  We will be moving there in May 2017.  The lease in the current East Cobb location expires in May and the mortgage payment on the new building is LESS than the increase in rent at the current location.  Additionally, we already have a tenant who will cover half the payment!  This location will be permanent & has a LOT more space!  The new office building is off of Terrell Mill Road between Powers Ferry & Delk Road.
MX1 Training Calendar for March: The March Calendar is available online: www.eAGENTweb.com click “Calendar” – Register for CE classes now… they DO fill up!!  Closing Attorney Amee Davis of Davis & Associates is teaching the 2017 GAR Contract Dissection in the West Cobb & Galleria Branches.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the contracts from an Attorney’s perspective!
 
FHA National Homebuyers Fund Down Payment Assistance: – Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for reminding us at Sales Meeting that this Down Payment Assistance Program is back!  It allows for 100% financing by a 4.5% down payment grant.  640 FICO and 45 day closings required.  Rate is approximately 4.75%. Check with John for more information!
FMLS & GAMLS Listings:  Remember to update your Proposed Closing Date in those services if your closings get delayed.  These MLS services will fine agents for not keeping the status of their listings current.

FMLS rDocs:  This system REPLACES Forms Pro & eSign & Docupro into ONE system!  FMLS offers classes (non-CE credit) on a regular basis.  Learn the system now!

  • Phase I: rDocs is now LIVE. FMLS will continue to run our current FormsPro, eSign and DocuPro simultaneously.
  • Phase II: FormsPro and DocuPro will be placed into “read only” status. rDocs will become the main, live system.
  • Phase III: rDocs is stand alone. FormsPro and DocuPro will be retired.
MX1 Greater Atlanta New Billing System – www.Bill.com : Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
 
Max Cares: Condolences to Arleen Sealy-Hannibal on the loss of her father this week.

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2/19/17

Happy President’s Day! – February 20, 2017 – Banks & Post Office are Closed

New Maximum One Greater Atlanta Office in East Cobb:  We are now officially Under Contract on the NEW East Cobb Office Building!  This is an 11,000 square foot building including an elevator!  We will be moving there in May 2017.  The lease in the current East Cobb location expires in May and the mortgage payment on the new building is LESS than the increase in rent at the current location.  Additionally, we already have a tenant who will cover half the payment!  This location will be permanent & has a LOT more space!  The new office building is off of Terrell Mill Road between Powers Ferry & Delk Road.

Free Pre-Listing Appraisal by DS Murphy – Thank you to John Bohannon of Movement Mortgage for informing us that DS Murphy offers a pre-listing appraisal for a $500 tax-deductible donation to the Lymphoma Foundation.  You can offer to make this donation if the Seller lists at your price or have the Seller make the donation if they choose to list over the appraised price.  In case of a low appraisal value, you can lower the sales price and have the lender pay towards closing costs.  DS Murphy will dispute a low appraisal value if it is different appraisal company who did the appraisal for the contract.

Advertising & Marketing Compliance:  Remember that all marketing & advertising must be done in the name of the Broker.  All internet advertising must also include the Broker’s phone number as registered with GREC.  On your personal website, every page must include the Broker’s name & phone number.  Review this quick guide to GREC Marketing & Advertising Compliance.

Verizon Wireless: MX1 Corporate Discount:  All Maximum One agents receive a corporate discount on their Verizon Wireless – 5% off of Data & 25% off accessories.  Simply go into any Verizon Wireless store & show them your Pocket Card of your Real Estate License or Commission Pay receipt that shows you are a Maximum One agent.  If you have any issues, please contact: Shar or Marcella at Verizon – 770-943-9157.

2/13/17 – New Billing System – Bill.com: Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)

  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system

Max Cares: Congratulations to Faye Ette Williams on the birth of her new grandbaby, Ashton Lewis Bourrage-Williams !

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2/12/17

Happy Birthday Dave Kubat – Founder & CEO of Maximum One! 2/12/17!
 
Welcome Agents New to Maximum One in January:
  • Carla Miller – Galleria
  • Ross Carnegie – Galleria
  • Lendsey Bishop – Emerson
  • Edwin Smith – Galleria
  • Betty Scyphers – Woodstock
  • Rachel Garner – East Cobb
  • Jigisha Shah – East Cobb
  • Shalinda Lee – McDonough
  • Eric Renz – Emerson
  • Sandra Butterworth – West Cobb
  • Christine Jean Kim – Alpharetta
  • Reid Faber – Galleria
  • Karen Moline – Douglasville
  • Oreibis Geralde – West Cobb
  • Karyn Harrison – Galleria
  • Gene Johnson – McDonough
  • Karisma Ware – West Cobb
  • Jennette Jones – Douglasville
  • Greg Moore – Douglasville
  • Penny Ballew – West Cobb
  • LaShawn Harris – Douglasville
  • David Babatope – Douglasville
  • Merle Leroux – East Cobb
  • Tania Marie Ward – East Cobb
  • Ann Rheinhold – East Cobb
  • Stewart Handlin – East Cobb
  • Nicole Robinson-Gaines – Galleria
  • Karen Foster – Paulding
  • Mary Helyn Hagin – Woodstock
  • Everett Jenkins – Alpharetta
  • Dion Leonard – Alpharetta
  • Krista Tobey – Woodstock
  • Abdullah Baom – Galleria
  • Jesse Smedley – Galleria – Welcome BACK!
  • Receda Gray – Douglasville
  • Renee Schmidt – Woodstock
  • Ricky Malsnee – Woodstock
  • Vicky Annan – Galleria
  • Brian Rhode – Paulding
  • Pete Canavan – Paulding
 
Conforming Loan Limits Have Increased: Thank you to Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of these increases.  The loan amount has increased to: $424,100 (vs. $417k) to purchase.  Also there is now a conventional 3% down program.  Please contact Jay for more information (contact information below.)
Agent to be Paid as a Corporation vs. as an Individual:  If you have incorporated yourself & are running your real estate business through your company name, please let us know so that we may send you the appropriate documents to complete to get you set up in our systems accordingly.  We will need your company bane, EIN Number, Date of Incorporation & a copy of your Articles of Incorporation, and Direct Deposit information for your corporate Bank Account..  Once you let us know, we will send you the paperwork to complete & then we will get you set up in our Accounting System & in the Paperless Pipeline System so that your DA’s will also be correct.  This process takes a few days.
2/13/17 – New Billing System – Bill.com: Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system

1099s Have Been Mailed to You by US Mail:  You will notice that you will receive 2 documents: a 1099 AND a list of Transactions you closed with MX1 Greater Atlanta in 2016.

You will notice that the 1099 you receive has a faint “watermark” that says “Preview Copy Only Do Not File” … Maximum One has actually filed your 1099 with the IRS, as the company always does, this form is for your personal use to have and share with your tax preparer.

If you have any issues, please contact Angie Ellis:  Accounting@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 325.

 
Max Cares: Prayers for Becky Godbee whose stepdad came out of the hospital & went into hospice.
Max Cares: Condolences to Charlene Montgomery whose 15 year old son passed away unexpectedly.

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2/5/17

Go FALCONS!  Rise Up & Win Super Bowl LI – 2/5/17!
 

1099s Have Been Mailed to You by US Mail:  You will notice that you will receive 2 documents: a 1099 AND a list of Transactions you closed with MX1 Greater Atlanta in 2016.

You will notice that the 1099 you receive has a faint “watermark” that says “Preview Copy Only Do Not File” … Maximum One has actually filed your 1099 with the IRS, as the company always does, this form is for your personal use to have and share with your tax preparer.

If you have any issues, please contact Angie Ellis:  Accounting@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 325.

New Billing System – Bill.com: Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
  • You will have to add your Credit Card information into your portal OR you may pay by ACH
  • There will be no processing fee for payment by ACH
  • There is a minimal processing fee for payment by credit card
  • Maximum One no longer has access to your Credit Card information
Power of Attorney: Maximum One does not allow our agents to accept Power of Attorney for your Clients / Customers.
You are a Small Business Owner:  Remember that as a real estate agent, you are contract labor & really the Owner & CEO of your own small business!  With that in mind, you are responsible for tracking your own business expenses throughout the year.  Some of these items include:  Board dues, professional subscriptions, desk fees, computer costs, phone & fax fees, marketing & advertising, Continuing Education costs, desk fees, Agent Expenses, Referral Fees, Mileage or Car Expenses, MLS fees, Lockbox & eKey fees, late fines & fees, Listing Service Withdraw Fees, etc.  Check with your own accountant for more information to prepare for paying your taxes.  Start tracking these items NOW for next year’s taxes!  Read this article from Realtor Magazine for more ideas: 9 Tax Deductions Every Real Estate Agent Should Know
 
Max Cares: Prayers for Herb Haynes wife who is home from the hospital after battling a severe infection.
Max Cares: Congratulations to Lauline Babino who had a baby boy, Justin “JT” on Saturday 2/4/17!

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1/29/17

New Billing System – Bill.com: Maximum One has a new billing system beginning with your Agent bill coming out in February 2017.  .The invoice you will receive on 2/13/17  for you Agent Bill will be from www.Bill.com  .  If you have ANY Questions, please contact Donna Black (Manager of MX1 Greater Atlanta Accounting – AgentBilling@eAGENTweb.com  770-919-8825 ext. 324.)
  • Click the link on the received email invoice
  • You will be prompted to set up a “Portal”
  • You will be prompted to set up a Password – Write it Down – We do not have access to your password
  • You may set up your payment for “Recurring Payments” or to “Pay One Bill”
  • You may also see all of your Agent Billing Invoices on this System
  • You may also communicate with Donna Black through this system
Commission Advances: Maximum One does not allow or honor.  If you are a Maximum One agent, you may NOT get a Commission Advance.
Closing Date on Contracts:  The Contracts (GAR & RE Forms) read “Closing Date: ________”  So there is one specific definite date that is the agreed-upon between the parties to close.
  • To change this closing date from the date as agreed-upon by the parties, there needs to be an Amendment or Unilateral Notice to Extend (GAR only.) This is true even if the parties wish to close BEFORE the contracted date.
  • The GAR contracts USED to read “On or before” but they took that phrase out a few years ago. So the parties may add that back in either at time of going Binding or by Amendment.
  • Per GREC, “THE CLOSING  – Real estate sales contracts refer to a closing date by stating (a) a definite or fixed date, or (b) a date on or before which the closing must occur. In both situations, the contract can allow an extension of time for completion of necessary conditions such as the loan approval. If the contract does not specify a closing date, the courts may allow a “reasonable” amount of time for the closing to occur.”
  • The same is true in the RE Forms but no right to unilaterally extend other than for TRID laws – 3 day disclosure not being met.
2017 GAR Forms: Remember that if you are an authorized user of the GAR Contract forms, you may only use the 2017 GAR Contract forms due to their Copyright Agreement.  If Compliance receives a contract with a 2016 GAR (or earlier date) form, you will receive a note to get that changed to a 2017 GAR form.  If the other agents does not agree, please let them know that it is a GAR copyright violation & we will be reporting the copyright infringement to GAR.  Dawn Southern, Director of Compliance, has spoken with Christina Chow – the head Legal Counsel of GAR & she does have the authority to relinquish any GAR usage rights from an agent or Brokerage due to copyright violations.
At Maximum One we pride ourselves on having THE best Compliance Brokers, being the FIRST to bring 2017 GAR Training to our offices, providing full service Broker Support at Transaction prices, keeping our agents compliant to License Laws and contract issues for the protection of our agents & clients.  With this in mind, remember that the issue of heeding a copyright agreement is in line with the law & with compliance to the associations of whom we are members.
 
Max Cares: Prayers for JT Thorman whose wife is in ICU with stint to ease blockage.
Max Cares: Condolences to Jessica McMaster whose father passed away unexpectedly.

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1/22/17

Tracking Your Production:  Remember that as the owner of your business, you are responsible for tracking your own business.  Tracking your production will not only help you increase your production but will help you track your income & business expenses as well!  Attached are some forms to assist you with your business tracking! We teach a CE Class: Path to Success: Business Planning for the Real estate Professional that covers these forms in depth plus more!
GAMLS Connection Newletter: GAMLS has started publishing a quarterly newsletter full of statistics about the market & many of the GAMLS systems & forms. Check out their first newsletter which was sent to you on 1/13/17 and is a thorough review of 2016.
1099 Forms – Verify Your Email Address: We need your CURRENT Email address in order to send you your 1099 for 2016.  Please check the Current MX1 Roster – on the Reference Section of paperless Pipeline & on the Extranet.  If wee do not have your current email please let us know:  Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com   Thank you!
Earnest Money – No Cash (Even as Gift):  Thank you to Denise Thomas & Steve Fitzgerald of Homestar Financial Corporation (contact info below) for reminding us that Buyers MUST be able to account for every penny they have in a transaction.  They may not use cash / money order for Earnest Money or cash as gift for Earnest Money. These funds may even have to be deducted from the “income” when qualifying for a loan.  Best Practice – certified funds.  For more information, please contact Denise & Steve!
Verizon Wireless Discount:  We are in the process of re-establishing the MX1 Corporate Discount with Verizon so stay tuned!

FHA MI Changes – Breaking News:  Thank you to Denise Thomas & Steve Fitzgerald & Jay Alexander of Homestar Financial Corporation for informing us of these changes announced on Friday.  HUD has announced to suspend the lowering of FHA Mortgage Insurance indefinitely. Read full article here:

2017 GAR Forms if you are a Realtor: If you are a Realtor and you are having issues with access to GAR forms, check with your local Board to make sure that you have taken the Ethics Course &they have recorded that requirement with NAR.
 
Max Cares: Prayers for Mary Gartrell who had a heart catheterization on Wednesday.
Max Cares: Condolences to Karlene Shiver whose Fiance’s Brother-In-Law passed away.
Max Cares: Condolences to Deloris Jenkins who lost both her cousin and Uncle this week.

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1/15/17

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! – 1/16/17

Welcome Agents New to Maximum One: Please welcome these agents new to Maximum One:
• Shaquana Jackson – Douglasville
• Davida Roze – McDonough
• Linda Gallaher – Emerson
• Nicole London – Alpharetta
• Robert Whitworth – Woodstock
• Barbara Whitworth – Woodstock
• Rosalyn Singer – Galleria
• Kim Williams – McDonough
• Kim Ferrera – McDonough
• Jaleceya Arteanna Wright – Douglasville
• Kimanne Parr – Galleria
• Rone Yvette Paulding – Galleria
• Jacob Naviaux – Galleria
• Robin Cash – West Cobb

2017 GAR Forms: Remember that if you are an authorized user of the GAR Contract forms, you may only use the 2017 GAR Contract forms due to their Copyright Agreement. If Compliance receives a contract with a 2016 GAR (or earlier date) form, you will receive a note to get that changed to a 2017 GAR form. If the other agents does not agree, please let them know that it is a GAR copyright violation & we will be reporting the copyright infringement to GAR. Dawn Southern, Director of Compliance, has spoken with Christina Chow – the head Legal Counsel of GAR & she does have the authority to relinquish any GAR usage rights from an agent or Brokerage due to copyright violations.

At Maximum One we pride ourselves on having THE best Compliance Brokers, being the FIRST to bring 2017 GAR Training to our offices, providing full service Broker Support at Transaction prices, keeping our agents compliant to License Laws and contract issues for the protection of our agents & clients. With this in mind, remember that the issue of heeding a copyright agreement is in line with the law & with compliance to the associations of whom we are members.

Forms Needing a Broker Signature: For contract related forms that need a broker Signature, remember to upload them into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline.

1099 Forms – Verify Your Email Address: We need your CURRENT Email address in order to send you your 1099 for 2016. Please check the Current MX1 Roster – on the Reference Section of paperless Pipeline & on the Extranet. If wee do not have your current email please let us know: Woodstock@eAGENTweb.com Thank you!

Transferring Bewteen MXGA & MXGR or Vice Versa: Remember that these are two completely separate entities so if you transfer between companies (i.e. Join a Board or choose to no longer be a member of a Board) you must do the following:
• If You Have ACTIVE Listings:
o Terminate the Listing Agreement with the Company you are Leaving
o Sign a New Listing Agreement with the Company you are Joining
o Complete an FMLS #116 & upload into your transaction in Paperless Pipeline
o Complete the GAMLS Listing Withdraw/Transfer Form & upload into your transaction in PPL
o Re-Enter your listing in both FMLS & GAMLS under your new Broker Code
• If You Have Pending Sales:
o You will no longer be able to manage the Pending Listing in FMLS nor GAMLS
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• Additional:
o Change your Bidder Company Affiliation in http://www.HUDHomeStore.com if you bi