Atlanta, GA Real Estate News

By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
   Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - GA Driver License Changes -             January 2021  The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has  replaced the system used to process licenses with a more modern and secure one. The new computer system went live January 18, 2021.    How will the change will impact you?After January 18, 2021, you must recreate your Online Services and DDS2Go mobile app accounts to securely view your license, ID, or permit status and receive real-time updates.     You will not have online or mobile access to your       information until a new account is created.   The following services will be available from your mobile devices after you create your account.  Further explanation available: Georgia DDS.
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
              Atlanta Buckhead Midtown30327 Rental Home Available February 1st           In Brandon Elementary District, four bedrooms and three full baths - all updated in January 2021 - ready to move in. Enjoy living in a large ranch featuring: a "Cook's Kitchen" with Breakfast Room Oversized Living Room and Formal Dining Room Full-size Tiled Laundry Room. Hardwood Oak Flooring Large, Fenced Back Yard Ample parking at house on Parking Pad Near Memorial Park and Bobby Jones Easy showings with SUPRA access.Masks and Gloves at Front Door. 
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
       Ask An Ambassador - Friday Fraud Evasion Steps -      Be Aware - 1/22/21            Avoid FRAUD - Be AWARE!Posting about FRAUD is both easy and difficult. Easy because there are so many examples. Difficult to know which aspect to choose first.Probably best to start with email - lots to review there.   Does your email address include any of your birthday data?Identity theft is a serious problem in the US and around the world. We learn in a statement from InfoArmor that identity theft "...creates a problem that can't be solved overnight or even in a few weeks. On average, it can take between 100 and 200 hours and six months to fix."Thieves need to obtain our data to take over. Using any part of your birth information only makes their job easier. While the most frequent identity the...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
     Ask An Ambassador - Tuesday Techie Tidbit - Traffic/Short URL - 1.21.21  Vol.1/#3       Some things are just technical but some things are FUN technical! IMHO - really FUN is checking my Traffic! Haven't tried exploring this exciting Feedback measure yet? Go to "My Home" page under your Profile Picture - then click on Traffic. Let's start with a definition of TRAFFIC. Basically, your traffic is how many clicks you received - meaning how many people viewed your Blog post. There are two types of TRAFFIC. Organic traffic is what you get naturally without having to “force” it - that is, paying to get the readers or to use some other method to get eyeballs on your post. Most organic traffic comes from searches. That means the traffic you get when a person types a question or a keyword i...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
          AR Tues. Meet-Up            - Craig Daniels - Google Photos for Agents 1.19.21WOW!!! No other way to start this post about the Google Photos presentation by @Craig Daniels. From start to finish, the AR attendees* - about 44 members - displayed rapt attention to what was presented. In a measured tone, Craig taught what he shared in his Craig's Classroom series available on Facebook - @craigsclassroom.        Craig explained how Google Photos works. One MUST have a Google account but the account may have any email address from any company attached to that Google Photos account. Storage is free until the end of May 2021. Whatever photos have been up-loaded by then are stored in the Cloud without charge. However, starting in June, different accounts will have different pricing. Vi...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
      Ask An Ambassador  - Tuesday Techie Tidbit - Blog Editor Colors/Typefaces         Volume One - Number Two                           As the "devs" continue to work on the Blog Editor and deliver enhancements, AR Bloggers have the opportunity to learn new techniques. It took me a few tries but I think I've mastered the adding colors changes for posts and LOVE IT!Please add other tips for this color feature in the comments. I am confident that others have found even more ways to use it than I have so far. 1.  The → at the top of the image above near the title indicates where the text color dropdown menu may be located. (The arrow here, by the way, is available via the Ω icon among the "command buttons" on the "toolbar". And the symbols button offers a search bar - easy to type in wha...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown  - Rental Management - The Yard Matters - Part 4                   Hello you old goat! Yes, not a joke. This is how to clean up the rental house yard. A thriving business exists for renting goats to clear out overgrown yards.The "grounds crew" are dropped off at the site. The land to be cleared is inside a temporary chain link fence - an electric chain link fence. That serves to keep the goats in and the rowdy-types out. What do they eat? How about this list of unpleasant or unwanted plants?Poison Ivy     Poison Sumac    Poison Oak    Vines   Briers   Blackberry English Ivy    Honey Suckle   Privet Hedge   Kudzu - of course!                           Goats hard at work clearing out invasive plants.Once the "grounds crew" have finished, the extra touches may be a...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
                AR Tuesday Meet-Up                      - Podcast -    A Dynamic Introduction From Ken Jones             Dozens* of AR members joined together to learn from  Ken Jones  at his Podcast presentation on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. And L E A R N we did!Each week has been better than the last! Thanks again to Debe Maxwell, CRS and the rest who support her and have created a weekly opportunity to learn and share the learning with other AR members.Ken's informal presentation style combined easy to follow explanations and  clearly detailed information. His graphics made it simple to keep up with his explanations of his years of experience as he shared with all of us. With step-by-step infographics, copyrighted as part of the two-hour class he teaches about podcasting, Ken led us ...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown  - Rental Management - Tenant Did What? Part 3                                                     Yes, that WAS a white laundry sink just as the previous Tenants left it when they moved out. Couldn't see showing house to rent with the sink in that condition. It would diminish the quality of the rest of the finishes.Tenants had been there for just over 12 years. Mostly the house was in good condition but... After adding elbow grease to paint thinner, we got the sink back to white again. All's well that ends well.CLEARLY - other property managers have had situations much worse. Take what happened to BG Loeffler over the years -- Tenants painting walls in truly awful colors, moving in TEN extra people in a two-bedroom home or Weegee Katz   about illegal sub-lets o...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown    - Sunday Special - Inspirational Quote - 1.10.21 "Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile."  James DrayAR member James Dray began his working days as a law officer. Over the years from the 1970's to 2006, James enjoyed various careers in that field. His last job as a law official was in Bentonville, Arkansas. After his retirement there, he stayed and turned his attention to real estate.James' posts feature individuals whose life stories each have something to offer although they may or may not be well-known individuals. Often they are individuals who are well-known but not by their birth names. By his focus on each of these people, James gives his readers the chance to take a glimpse into a life of another person from another century or even our ow...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - Rental Management - To Stage or Not - Part 2To Stage or Not To Stage - that is the question. When preparing a home - for rent or for sale - whether it is shown as wide open spaces or shown staged with full furnishings - a real chicken and egg discussion may arise.Imagine our surprise when the Cleaning Service our company hired to do the post-remodel clean-up left the "necessary" in such an attractive presentation. To us, that was a simple "staging" in and of itself.  When there isn't a budget for a full staging, we put one or two pieces of furnishings in rooms whose potential usage may seem ambiguous at first glance of the space. For example, the current rental we are offering contains a Master Suite with a Study and large luxurious Bath. Since one enters via ...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
     Ask An Ambassador - Thursday Techie Tidbit -             Spacing    Volume One Number One  Ever start writing, hit a key and everything looks messy?  Ever have striving for appearance interfere with paying attention to the content you want to share?  Ever want to change the size of the image or add space near the side of the image?  Seemingly small items can ruffle the flow when writing a post. Today let's focus on line spacing. How can one make the space between lines tighter?When typing, if the copy on the first line is long, when one gets to the end of the line, the words continue to complete the sentence and the spacing is elegant.Suppose, however, that the copy finishes before the end of the line?If one hits RETURN (or Enter, etc.), this LARGER space results.   Try this to get...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown  - Rental Management -   Traps to Avoid - Part 1Whether in Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown or over on the Westside, clear communication paves the road to successful Property Management.Step One - A careful reading of the Lease is the very most important step. Step Two - As part of the Lease, there will be exhibits. When a Tenant is moving into the property, a complete and thorough walk-around Inspection is essential. The MLS form for that inspection is seven (7) pages long!!! I always suggest that the Tenant use a cell phone and take pictures to back up each defect noted on the Inspection Exhibit. If there is a little "smash" in the wall when the Tenant moves in, it still will be there when Tenant leaves. And said damage still would  NOT be the responsibility of the ...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
    AR Tuesday Meet-Up - ADU Methods And Excitement    With John DL Arendsen Starting off the New Year with a fascinating presentation from John DL Arendsen, the first Meet-Up of 2021 was packed with TONS of information. John speaks in a calm voice and therefore his style made it possible to absorb all the new information he presented about his career with Crest Backyard Homes. John is a Factory Built Home Contractor. He explained that everything a new home process requires when being built on site is also the step-by-step process for a  factory-built home. So fascinating to think of that process.Meet-Ups generally start on time at 2:00 pm ET BUT starting around 1:30 or so, people sign in to greet each other. During "visiting" time today, John explained how Jeff Dowler, CRS introduced h...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown       - Results Are In - Georgia Senatorial Election        Yes, polls may still be open but I can tell you the results of the elections for the two seats in the Senate RIGHT NOW!!!   If you had been a Resident of Georgia during the past eight weeks, you would have received at least five over-sized postcards and two or three letters every day the mail was delivered.   If you had been a Resident of Georgia during the past eight weeks, and you still had a landline telephone, you'd have received about eight calls daily.   If you had been a Resident of Georgia during the past eight weeks, and you owned a cell phone, you would have received five or six calls each day.   If you had been a Resident of Georgia during the past eight weeks, and you are able to receive tex...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown     - Sunday Special - Inspirational Quote 1.3.21                            *** 1/10/2021 - EDIT BELOW ***Inspiration arrives from so many sources and often from an unexpected source.  Quote for today:“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” The man is someone who has achieved many things in his public and personal life. Listing those successes will allow you figure out who he is quickly. He has been an actor, a professional weight lifter and Governor of California.  He is the father of five grown children who all receive his love and attention. Yet the life lessons he shares may be...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
 Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - ZOOM Meet-Up Tuesday    Offers Points in January                                              ZOOM with ActiveRain members to learn each week on Tuesdays at 2pm ET.Topics announced ahead of time in posts by George Souto each week!George includes the link in each of his posts. EZ to join in!       Points are always fun - right?In January, earn points by participating! Check out Challenge Announcement. One of the best parts of these Meet-Ups is that the program actually starts at 2pm but the "doors" are open 15-20 minutes earlier for people who want to visit and chat. Those minutes for "hellos" allow ActiveRain members to interact personally and - IMHO - those minutes strengthen our community. Debe Maxwell, CRS runs a tight ship - 2pm we begin with the presenta...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown Thoughts For Year 2021 - 1st                   In Atlanta, Buckhead and Midtown - our focus areas - YES! planning to jump right in and not look back.New processes ready to start up on Monday, January 4th.More frequent communication and more focused Client information distribution is an essential part of what will evolve for Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty in 2021 - the NEW year.CRM (Client Relationship Manager) up and running and ready to go full speed ahead. Check out IXACT Contact* via this link and receive almost two months free. And - delightfully - IXACT Contact support actually supports! Have to say more about IXACT Contact. An additional feature now offered as part of the CRM is a public-facing website. It is as simple as using 3x5 index cards yet totally autom...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown -        End of Year 2020        Thoughts - Part 1  Looking back over this year affords me a chance to be grateful for so many things: My health, my family's health and the continued health of friends and business associates. Access to my ActiveRain community members and their knowledge, experience and support. And for Debe Maxwell, CRS organized Meet-Ups. Survival of my business during a difficult year.  Readiness to implement a company paradigm shift for next year - 2021.Planning to change has been so exciting. Learning from Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist has been a constant for me since I started here in the 'Rain. I decided if she could totally redirect her practice, leaving Foreclosures behind while moving to a new specialty, then I had an exc...
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By John Kims, Real Estate Investor In Birmingham
(Xero Homebuyers)
Selling a real-estate property is nothing less than a struggle. You keep looking for best buyers who are ready to offer highest value for your real property but sometimes end up selling it for less. That’s where real-estate investors come in. Are you looking for hassle-free selling of houses? Do you want to sell your house quickly? Then contact the real-estate investors instead of trying to find a buyer for the house yourself. With engaging a real-estate investor, you can be sure that the ball is in your court. You will get money quickly and you do not have to go through the process of mending the property. Real-estate investors take even the damaged property and repair them later themselves. You don’t have to spend a single penny on repairing the house.Benefits of Involving a Real-Esta...
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