In a recent conversation with my brother in law he informed me that he had sold an older model car to a friend’s son that desperately needed basic inexpensive transportation. Prior to the sale he of course discussed this with his wife, my sister, to obtain her blessings. What he got was a little more than he bargained for. She was now able to go into her mental spreadsheet, recall every topic related to the car in question, detail how long she had wanted him to sell the car and outline the other projects which he had been negligent in completing in a timely manner. To her credit, she performed this task so quickly that he was dumbfounded. He looked for the right words to say during the conversation, constantly searching his mental database of documents and like most of us guys ended up just agreeing with her and promised to do better.
This situation started me thinking, Do Women Have A Better Way of Organizing Their Thoughts Than Men? It’s like women are born with a mental spreadsheet, have the inherent ability to fill in the frames on it and are able to recall the needed frames for any topic in a split second. Men on the other hand seem to pull information from mentally stored documents that may not be as well organized thus putting us at a disadvantage for these types of discussions.
I thought back over the almost 31 years of my marriage and realized there may be some truth to this phenomenon. My wife is able to pull information from her mental spreadsheet in a split second also. To test it further I mentioned it to my son who has been married for only 4 years. Sure enough, it seems to bridge many generations.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of humor with a technology twist. For a little more, here is another article that talks about relationship optimization.
HighGate Subdivision in Lawrenceville is a most unique all brick community. Presented by White Horse Communities, HighGate offers 3, 4 and 5 bedroom floor plans with real personality. Impressive coffered ceilings, 8’ doors, gourmet kitchens and extra large bedrooms are just a few of the features offered in the homes at HighGate. Conveniently located near shopping, dining and major transportation makes HighGate a wonderful place to call home.
Yes it’s that majic time of the year when taxes are on our minds. For everyone in Georgia that purchased a home in 2006 why not save a little on 2007 real estate taxes. If the home you purchased is your primary residence you are entitled to a Homestead Exemption. Check with your county tax assessors office and file for it. You only have to file once, then the Homestead Exemption remains for as long as you own the home. Tax Reduction, now that’s a novel concept.
Today I had the priveledge of once again going to the gas station for a fill up. Ever since hurricane Katrina hit in New Orleans gas prices seemed to have gone through the roof here as well as throughout the nation. Well today I paid $1.859 per gallon of gas. I remember on the nightly news last night the national average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.17. As my wife and I have traveled to other areas of the country we have noticed that gasoline prices are typically less in Atlanta. This is just another reason for “Loving Atlanta Living”.
A special thanks goes out to the Atlanta Real Estate Forum for this article on the Search Engine Optimization Class for REALTORS.
The article is the result of, and a perfect example of, one of the topics covered in the class. The topic is “Link Popularity” and how to obtain it and is just one of over 15 topics that are covered. The class is designed to help REALTORS gain a basic understanding of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for their individual sites and how to implement these basics to help make their site more productive.
For years REALTORS have marketed their services to potential clients in ways that currently achieve a very low return on investment. Mass mailings typically end up in the trash, Billboards are driven by at 50 to 60 miles per hour, News Paper ads are like hunting for a needle in a haystack and the list goes on. It’s time for REALTORS to put a portion of their advertising budget towards the area that can obtain the largest return on investment, their Website. Studies have shown that approximately 82 percent of all buyers begin their search for a home on the internet.
In today’s real estate environment, technology has come to play an ever increasing part of the equation. Every REALTOR can claim they have a web site however only a very small percentage can claim they actually generate any business from it. Most of the sites are piggybacked on the broker’s office site and are nowhere to be found in the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo or MSN. Why would this be? The answer is simple; nothing has been done to optimize the site for the search engines. The default content placed on the site by the host is the only content that appears. This is also the case with many agents who have contracted with outside sources to host a website.
REALTORS need to be exposed to a whole new set of terms. Links are not where you play golf but how to navigate from page to page on a site and link popularity is not how much you enjoy a course. PR is not public relations or a press release and what in the world is Page Rank?
The problem is that REALTORS are licensed and trained to sell real estate, not become search engine optimization gurus. What REALTORS need is a basic understanding of what to do to help their site become recognized and have it presented in layman’s terms that are easily understandable.
Several Atlanta real estate brokers have recognized the importance of offering additional training to their agents in this field. Sharon Dover of RE/MAX Around Atlanta Partners in Duluth, Angie Mezza of Virtual Properties Realty in Duluth, and Michele Shoda of Solid Source Realty in Roswell have made a commitment to help their agents overcome the “Lost in Cyberspace” dilemma. The class is taught by a REALTOR who has been there, done that and didn’t get the t-shirt, that was until the proper optimization techniques were implemented on his site.
Recently my wife purchased new bedding for our Master Bedroom. As we all know, one project leads to another project and so on and so on. Well the new bedding lead to a painting project.
If you have ever repainted a room you need to know how much paint to buy. The paint calculator at Behr Paint is very helpful with determining how much paint to buy. Of course you will also need to use good quality brushes and rollers for the detail work and the walls.
The painting project is complete. Now for the question, “How much paint does a good brush or roller hold”? Personally I don’t know the answer. What I do know is that it seems to be a lot, especially the roller covers. Clean up seemed to take forever. The paint continued to come out of the cover as it was washed over and over again.
OK the clean up venting is over. The room looks great and my wife is happy with it, after all that’s what matters.
From March 4th thru March 7th, Atlanta will be the hosting the RE/MAX International Convention. The last time RE/MAX held their International convention in Atlanta was 1992. Alot has changed since then. The RE/MAX network has grown substantially as has the population of Atlanta.
So RE/MAX agents, while visiting Atlanta you will want to take in some of the sights that makes our city so rich in history and such a popular tourist destination. New attractions as well as many long time favorites provide visitors with a variety of opportunities for visiting areas of interest. Allow some extra time while you are here, you won’t regret it.
The Welcome Reception is being held at The Georgia Aquarium. You don’t want to miss this awesome attraction. Several other areas you may want to visit include:
Looking forward to seeing you here!
It is now more important than ever to have a Qualified REALTOR represent you when buying real estate in Atlanta. As we welcome in the New Year we also are greeted by a new revised contract from the Georgia Association of REALTORS. The new contract contains several significant changes which could, if administered by an uneducated representative, cost the buyer a substantial amount of money.
The most significant change in the contract revision pertains to the Method of Payment. In the past a buyer’s mortgage company had up until the day of closing to obtain loan approval. The new contract stipulates that a negotiated Financing Contingency Period must be adhered to. Should the buyer not be able to obtain the financing described in the contract, it is the buyer’s responsibility to present the seller with a loan denial letter from the lender in the allotted time frame. Should this letter not be presented to the seller in the allotted time frame the financing contingency is removed and the loan is deemed approved. This change also makes it imperative that buyer’s only work with mortgage companies that deliver on their promises. A trained competent buyer’s agent will be able to help advise on mortgage companies that can deliver as well as helping buyer’s understand the proper time frames required to obtain mortgage approval.
What would a real estate contract be without a section on inspections? While much of this section remains intact from the previous contract, language has been added in the 2007 revision making it the buyer’s responsibility to also inspect the neighborhood for conditions which could affect the property. Once again by utilizing the services of a Qualified REALTOR prospective buyers will gain from the REALTORS knowledge of adverse conditions.
In the past it has been the responsibility of the seller to provide an “Official Georgia Wood Infestation Report” better know as a termite letter. The new contract now makes this the responsibility of the buyer to obtain this letter. It is now considered another inspection item. A clear termite letter is required by mortgage companies as a condition of closing and needs to be handled during the inspection time frame negotiated in the contract.
The “Lead-Based Paint” section of the contract has been addressed in order to clear up confusion from the previous contract. Rather than being addressed primarily in the “Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement”, Lead-Based Paint is now treated as any other materially adverse condition and may be included in the right to request repairs. For any home constructed prior to 1978 a Lead-Based Paint disclosure form is to be attached to the contract with the seller making the appropriate disclosures.
Other areas of the contract have been revised from a more organizational standpoint and include earnest money, seller contributions toward closing costs, closing date extensions, closing attorney selection, due diligence period and notification methods.
What does all of this mean to a prospective buyer? Via a cooperative sales arrangement, when a seller lists their home for sale with a REALTOR they are agreeing to pay a buyer’s agent a commission to assist in the sale of the home. What this means to prospective buyer’s is that the services of a buyer’s agent come without a cost to the buyer. With the 2007 revisions to the Georgia Association of REALTORS contract it just makes sense to utilize the services of a Qualified REALTOR.
The Atlanta Falcons wasted no time in hiring new head coach Bobby Petrino. Most recently from the University of Louisville, where he had a 41 and 9 record as a head coach and finished the 2006 season with a 12 and 1 record, Petrino may be just what the doctor ordered for the Falcons. He is viewed as having an offensive mind which should match up well with the Falcons talented running game, receiving corps and Mr. Excitement, Michael Vick.
Congratulations on your new endeavor Coach Petrino. May your standard of excellence continue with the Falcons.