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Real Estate News

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.....Welcome to my Podcasts.....I help people buy and sell houses. I also share information, news, and topics about the real estate industry; how they may affect the metro Atlanta real estate market; pose problems and solutions; and address issues that may influence decisions to buy or sell… read more

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Shepard's Men

November 18th, 2022


Shepard's Men website

This nationally renowned program focuses on assessment and treatment for American military veterans who have sustained mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress …

Why don't you charge out of state or out of country real estate buyers higher taxes and fees?

August 17th, 2022


Bracy proposes special tax on out-of-state homebuyers and real estate investors

The citizen of each State shall be entitled to all of the Privileges and Immunities of Citizens of the several States. U.S. Const. Art. IV …

Extra..Extra!!! Have Real Estate Brokerage Services now reached the “commodity” stage?

August 10th, 2022


It was bound to happen one day.

The real estate brokerage industry has been moving toward that point for a while.

It started with competition for the traditional 7% or so rate split between brokers, then down to 6%, …

Miscellaneous topics - Last week in July 2022

July 31st, 2022


This week, a Missouri federal judge denied a motion by the National Association of Realtors, HomeServices of America, RE/MAX and Keller Williams to compel arbitration in a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of …

$5.47 part fixed my HVAC condenser/heat exchanger

July 20th, 2022


Hey, first...I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night...

Second...I am not a HVAC technician nor do I claim to be.

Third - before you consider …

How will NFT (Non Fungable Token)s and cryptocurrency impact real estate market?

May 31st, 2022


Blockchain-transactions-information - nodes - hash - cryptography - NFTs - smart contracts - peer to peer networks - mining crypto

How will NFTs and cryptocurrency impact real estate market?

A NFT(Non Fungable Token) is …

Health and Real Estate

May 27th, 2022


· Heart Disease:  659,041

· Cancer:   599,601

· Accidents (unintentional injuries):  150,005

· Chronic lower respiratory diseases:  156,979

· Stroke …

Are the listing and cooperating brokers required to disclose information which is a matter of public record?

May 20th, 2022


Are the listing and cooperating brokers required to disclose the neighboring developer’s plans and proposals for the new project, all of which are a matter of public record and equally accessible to anyone?

Things to consider for home repairs today

May 16th, 2022


Cost of home repairs - Part 1

Consumers shifting their discretionary spending; Supply chain disruptions; Building and construction workers; stiff tariffs on construction supplies; and Inflation.

Cost of home repairs - …

When should you make an insurance claim?

April 8th, 2022


Who ya' gonna call?   

And what will you tell them?

New condo mortgage rules create barriers for borrowers

March 30th, 2022


There are an estimated 175,000 condo associations in the U.S., according to the Community Associations Institute, making the property type an important part of the housing market. Those associations oversee millions of …

Is the Housing Market Stuck? Why Buyers Are in a Rush—and Sellers Just Won’t Budge

February 11th, 2022


Is the Housing Market Stuck? Why Buyers Are in a Rush—and Sellers Just Won’t Budge

Millennials are willing to make rash decisions to afford a home in a competitive market, including buying a home sight unseen (90%), …

Six Important Things to Know About Wire Funds

January 19th, 2022


Real Estate Tips: Six Important Things to Know About Wire Funds

  1. Wire funds are processed through the Federal Reserve on the East Coast – so there …

2022 GAR Contract Changes

January 7th, 2022

I recommend you take a course to get a more in depth look and analysis of changes to the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) contracts.

GAR contract forms are the standard used by the majority of real estate agents to …

Covid delayed? Mortgage bailouts are expiring fast, but here’s why a foreclosure crisis is unlikely

December 10th, 2021


This article explains it well - Extraordinarily high levels of home equity, thanks to the recent runup in home prices, has struggling borrowers in a far better position now than they were at the start of the pandemic.

Mechanics & Materialmen’s Liens on Real Property in Georgia?

December 2nd, 2021


Source:  How Long do Mechanics & Materialmen’s Liens Remain Valid in Georgia?

A mechanic's lien guarantees payment to builders, contractors, or construction firms that build or repair structures and other …

$400 million to be spent on affordable housing and jobs programs

November 30th, 2021


No..not really but…it could be spent if EPA better managed the consolidation of laboratories over the next 30 years.

office of inspector general …

Who owns nursing facilities and assisted living homes in the United States?

November 23rd, 2021


who is keeping track of number, ownership, and level of care exercised?  Georgia ombudsman program tries to manage, but do they have staff and funding?  What other organizations and agencies are watching?  Are your …

RealSure - the new ibuyer house flipper on the street

November 18th, 2021


Housing market disruptor banks on help from Blackstone 

Realogy Holdings Corp. and Home Partners of America, a single-family landlord that Blackstone …

The final walkthrough before closing: Checklist and tips

November 12th, 2021


The final walkthrough before closing: Checklist and tips

The seller’s belongings have been fully moved out.

• Any repairs that the seller promised …

Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud - Who investigates it and is it on the rise or slowing down?

November 8th, 2021


Which federal agencies are involved in the investigation of mortgage fraud?

Federal & Government Mortgage Fraud Prevention Agencies

  • Federal …

Understanding the CMA – Comparative Market Analysis

November 1st, 2021


Understanding the CMA – Comparative Market Analysis - The basic purpose is to determine the current value of the property that constantly varies based on local market activity. Many factors are taken into consideration …


October 27th, 2021


BUILD BACK BETTER BILL (infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act): WHAT’S IN IT FOR REAL ESTATE?

  • $90 Billion for Section 8
  • $80 Billion for Public …

Hundreds of Billion$ have been spent on affordable housing in the United States over past 30 years

October 25th, 2021


no, not really…it was spent in Afghanistan - was it worth it?

well, here are 10 bad examples of "waste, fraud, and abuse"…could have been spent on …

What Is a Living Trust in Real Estate?

October 22nd, 2021


What Is a Living Trust in Real Estate? A living trust is a legal document that makes it easier for you to pass along property, accounts and other assets to your loved ones after you die. It allows your assets to pass …

Small Business Administration Microloan Program

October 20th, 2021

  • Small Business Administration Microloan Program - Started by Congress in 1991, the Microloan program is designed to assist women, low-income, …

Multiple topics - FHA loan limits increase - Zillow's new app - Highest title insurance profits ever - Curbio - Artificial Intelligence

October 15th, 2021

  • FHA LOAN LIMITS INCREASED!  FHA increased loan limits on multi family housing another $8 billion per year on each enterprise Fannie Mae and Freddie …

Inflation forces homebuilders to take it slow, raise prices

October 8th, 2021


Inflation forces homebuilders to take it slow, raise prices - Rising costs and shortages of building materials and labor are rippling across the homebuilding industry, which accounted for nearly 12% of all U.S. home …

CoreLogic - Where did it start and where is it now?

October 1st, 2021


CoreLogic history on Wikipedia - Their fingers are in alot of places...and provide alot of data to real estate community.

Why is your flood insurance rising starting October 1st?

September 27th, 2021


Starting Oct. 1, the federal government plans to start gradually reducing subsidies for its flood insurance programs, pushing up rates for homeowners, according to the New York Times. For the first time, the government …

Where home prices are going next, according to forecast models

September 24th, 2021


The weakest projection comes from real estate research firm CoreLogic, which is forecasting just a 2.7% appreciation in the coming 12 months. …

Flyhomes wants to eliminate contingencies from real estate transactions

September 22nd, 2021


Flyhomes wants to eliminate contingencies from real estate transactions

Unlike Knock and Ribbon, Flyhomes is a real estate brokerage with salaried agents. “They are salaried but also make money per-deal based on …

Americans cashing out their home equity - regardless of foreclosure or not!

September 15th, 2021


Americans cashing out as home equity hits record $9.1 trillion - Inman report

Black Knight’s data shows that most of the 1.75 million homeowners still in forbearance in mid-August had loans that were either backed by …

What can the Homeowners' Association (HOA) charge for closing documents in Georgia?

September 8th, 2021


Answer:  It all depends!

And there is no limit as to what an HOA or Property Management company can charge for a "statement of account".

Georgia limits the closing letter to $10, but doesn't limit the amount an HOA  can …

Inspection disruption - Insuring mistakes made during home inspections

September 1st, 2021


Inspectify and Hippo Insurance have a proposition for you.

This may be a more comfortable route to approach errors by home inspectors, but Errors …

Random News - cameras - who’s watching you, higher property taxes, housing market - still hot or cooling off, time share for the wealthy, and other things

August 27th, 2021


Use of cameras in homes that are for sale - Questions:  How many sellers actually use cameras to watch visitors when their homes are for sale?  Is it legal in your state to record video and audio? Will agents warn …

Water bill nightmares in Dekalb County Georgia

July 28th, 2021


Dekalb and Fulton Counties in Georgia continue to be mismanaged...especially the water systems.

So what happens when you open your mail email or …

How accurate are online home price estimates?

July 8th, 2021


Selling your home? Here's how accurate online estimates are

You can now immediately update your Zestimate

Don't believe them...

Can you change what they publish?  Maybe...

Use them for firepit chats, make you feel good, …

Seller Property Disclosures in Georgia

June 18th, 2021


Not legally required...not required in a GAR Purchase and Sale Agreement unless all parties agree to include it.

There are 14 categories of disclosures on the GAR Sellers Property Disclosure Statement.

Trust (the …

How Do Mortgage Lenders Make Money?

May 26th, 2021


Hey...not critical of lenders making money, but just FYI and "aren't we all in this together?"

Source:  Investopedia summary of lender income sources

Violent Crimes against Real Estate Agents

May 19th, 2021


Violent Crimes Against Real Estate Agents

This podcast and blog post above is dedicated to those in the real estate industry who, while performing …

Real Estate crimes and other scumbags

May 14th, 2021


Does real estate crime pay? all depends on whether they all get caught and prosecuted.

Yes...many unscrupulous people try to squeeze a …

How do you win a competitive bid on residential real estate?

May 7th, 2021



Terms & Conditions

Offer Optics

Creative Options


Who owns the house next door?

April 30th, 2021


Cash investor v. the first time homebuyer...when will it become equal?

It all depends.

Invitation Homes owns over 80,000 homes in the US

By 2017, two …

Eliminate the 1031 tax exchange and you solve the affordable housing problem

April 26th, 2021


What is a 1031 tax exchange?:

According to the Internal Revenue Service, whenever you sell business or investment real estate property and you have a gain, you generally have to pay tax on the gain at the time of sale. …

Buyer Love Letters - Are Buyers, Sellers, and Agents Committing Federal Fair Housing Violations without knowing it?

April 23rd, 2021


Love Letters or Liability Letters?

Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Since 1968 its protections have been expanded significantly by amendment. Under …

Appraisals and Bankruptcy - Any relationship?

April 13th, 2021


I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn, I'm not a licensed appraiser, nor am I a bankruptcy attorney, but...they might have something in common in the near …

General topics of the past week from my blog:

April 9th, 2021


Feel free to contact me about any of your residential real estate needs in or questions about the Metro Atlanta area.

Who visits your home when it's listed for sale?

April 5th, 2021


Can a real estate agent use your listed home to stage photos for their own self advertising during a scheduled showing, or do you grant permission if …

Problems with PEX Plumbing

March 24th, 2021


Link to my blog post about the subject:

Sources of Inspiration for Podcast...the …

Housing Market in Atlanta, Georgia to Keep Climbing into 2020

October 31st, 2019


  1. The local economy is currently strong, with fairly high employment.

  2. Thirty-year mortgage rates are expected to remain low going into 2020.

Real estate scams

October 26th, 2019


The main real estate scams I'm familiar with are as follows: (...and be sure to catch my blog post at Real estate scams):

  • Ponzi scams
  • email …

Residential Home Warranties

October 20th, 2019


One of the 14 different types of insurance available for a home...Home Warranty Companies "issue" home warranty policies. These specialized …

Real Estate News in 2019 from Access Brokerage

October 16th, 2019


Topics and links to articles I've posted throughout 2019 that are of interest to several parties (buyers, sellers, realtors, lenders, closing attorneys, and other organizations)  in the real estate market.

Office of Georgia Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner

October 5th, 2019


Many interesting and informative news and insurance related matters affecting consumers like insurance fraud you need to be aware of happening in Georgia that you may be faced with if you're not aware.  Other topics are …

Residential Real Estate Contract for Used (Resale) homes in Georgia

September 26th, 2019


Beware of your Responsibilities:  I am summarizing some points of interest you may need to be aware of from each page  of the most current version of the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) Residential Purchase and …

Should anyone profit from real estate?

September 21st, 2019


Thanks to Bernie Sanders, this topic is pretty interesting.  His question:  Should People Profit From Housing?

I would expect such a question from a …

Real Estate Wire Fraud

September 11th, 2019


Basically - in 25 words or less.... if homebuyers send closing funds to the wrong bank account, you get screwed!  Don't believe everything in writing.  Pick up the phone and call.

The scam:  The homebuyer receives an …

Do 10 Year US Treasury Note yields have an Influence on Mortgage Interest Rates?

September 6th, 2019


The answer:  YES and NO 

Yes, US Treasury Notes have been an influence in recent years because they more accurately reflect demographic shifts in home ownership and are a very comparable relatively safe investment …

Is the traditional residential real estate industry collapsing?

September 2nd, 2019


If you search for residential real estate mergers and acquisitions in your favorite internet search portal, you’ll see many mergers are occurring.

We …

Mortgages & Mortgage Rates; New Homes in Atlanta; and iBuyers in the Atlanta Real Estate Marketplace

August 28th, 2019


I am Jim Parker, Exclusive Buyer Agent in the Atlanta Metro marketplace...770-265-7293 -

  1. Mortgage Rates - I cover a few of the …

Open Houses in Georgia,Amazon and Zillow turf war in real estate; Rules fo Homebuyers; and more

August 27th, 2019


I am Jim Parker, Exclusive Buyer Agent in the Atlanta Metro marketplace...770-265-7293 -

Topics for today...thanks for listening.

Real Estate News in Metro Atlanta and beyond

August 22nd, 2019


Be's my trial run to introduce my Podcast "Solutions".

I am Jim Parker, Exclusive Buyer Agent in the Atlanta Metro …

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