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Real Estate Agent - Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - GREC #208281
My honest opinion on things that I find interesting about the real estate industry. I'm here to help you save money and avoid making mistakes.

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2007 

One of the most often asked question I get is "How many square feet does this home have?" The second most often asked question, especially from Californians, is "Why doesn't Georgia allow the square footage to be stated?"While doing a CMA for a buyer today I experienced a big reason for sticking ...
01/31/2007
I try my hardest to use REALTOR® correctly.  But let's face it.  If you use it like the NAR wants you to, you'll hardly ever use it.  What most people want is just a simple short word to use instead of real estate agent. I don't think it needs to imply anything other than someone who is a real es...
01/29/2007
Today in my broker's prelicense training we studied the Fair Housing Act.  I never had thought that advertising the fact that one is a "family REALTOR®" could get oneself into trouble. There are several protected groups that the law prohibits anyone selling real estate from discriminating  agains...
01/26/2007
I saw this bathroom yesterday when I was out showing properties.  It just struck me as very interesting.There is an expensive intown area of Atlanta that is called Buckhead, but this home was out in the burbs.Sometimes agents do market homes in the suburbs as having Buckhead style.Does he go in t...
01/19/2007
I've heard many agents spout off that your house is the biggest investment you'll ever make.  It's a reason they give for why one should use a professional real estate agent.  I've also heard many seasoned investors state that you make your money when you buy, not when you sell.  Meaning that the...
01/17/2007
During high school I used to work on a huge turkey farm.  One thing that stuck in my head was how turkeys attack others that are different from the flock.  If you place a brown turkey in a house of all white turkeys, nothing will be left of the brown turkey come morning.Kristal Kraft and ARDELL D...
01/16/2007
An annoying telemarketing call can sometimes give you the necessary spark to get you started in an entirely new field. I get a lot of calls throughout the day trying to sell me this or that.  I used to close my mind up when listening to them and then when they would take a moment to breathe, I wo...
01/16/2007
How do you create raving fans? By mastering your craft and playing it to the limit.  Just a bit more effort and a little more skill can make you stand out against your competitors and have people chanting your name.Monster Jam at the Georgia Dome attracted a sellout crowd of over 65,000 people th...
01/15/2007
Sometimes it takes all of 2 seconds to eliminate a home from a buyer's list of possibilities.  Just one good wiff and it's on to the next home.People are very sensitive about body odor and bad breathe.  No one wants to be the one to tell them about it.  It's the same thing with HO(house odor).  E...
01/15/2007
Serious buyers shouldn't let a little rain(or even a lot of rain) stop them from looking at homes.  What a great opportunity to observe if there are any problems with water management.Many times I'll find homes with wet basements when looking at homes in the middle of a storm.  It's easy to spot ...
01/15/2007
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