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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: #1 Strategy to Sales Success - Jill Konrath  In Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown, the Westside and all over Metro Atlanta as well as the rest of the US right now, daily pressure for locating homes for Clients who want to buy and helping Clients who want to sell is astronomical.As REALTORS®, we have multi-layered jobs. We must know our product, know the process, know the way to successful contracts and, most of all, we must work with empathy for our Clients. We "serve" them to enjoy success together.Imagine refocusing - listen to Jill Konrath for less than two minutes and you will learn the first step! She has excellent advice for increasing productivity! Jill Konrath is a business-to-business (B2B) sales expert whose ideas and insights bolster careers and boost compa...
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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: First-Time Buyers Are So Much Fun In Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown, the Westside and all around Metro Atlanta, working with First-Time Buyers is so much fun! First-Time Buyers have unending numbers of questions and lots of enthusiasm. The best part is their eagerness to learn. I guess next would be their hope to exercise control on all the factors of their searches!I'd rate them the "Perfect 10" class of Clients.Curious - if you would be so kind to answer in the comments - what do you think is the MOST IMPORTANT first step to take with First-Time Buyers?What does Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty suggest?Most important first step for our company is that all Buyers pull their own Credit Reports and see if they agree with what they see there. Every state is different but he...
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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: Buckhead City Talk - ATL Senate and HouseMap courtesy of Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID). My neighborhood - little dot in the left map. In Atlanta now, a group of people with real concerns about serious matters - crime and punishment for one and distribution of tax money for another - are trying to split the City of Atlanta in two pieces which they think will solve the issue. The effort is reminiscent of the story about the King's New Clothes.Where is Buckhead in relation to Atlanta? Map above.  The 'Buckhead' designation includes a coalition of 22+/- different neighborhoods at the north end of Atlanta. Midtown Atlanta thrived with neighborhood unity. Uniting to bolster up the area, the neighbors made it happen! In the 1970's, our family lived in ...
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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: Atlanta Police Merge Doorbell Home Videos  In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, Home Doorbell Cameras record videos and connect owners to their homes whether the owners are at home or far away from their place of residence. Now, the Atlanta Police Department offers owners access to the FUSUS system. In their continuing effort to enhance public safety in neighborhoods throughout the City,  Atlanta Police Department allows the public to register and share at home camera footage of incidents, regardless of brand, with them at the APD.As well as residential home cameras, businesses also may integrate the footage from their cameras into FUSUS. Thus, in addition to collecting information, FUSUS can share information, providing complete inbound and outbound 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)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: IRS Asks For 2020 Returns To Be Sent Again  In Atlanta Buckhead, Midtown, the Westside and every other part of the USA, a letter from the IRS attracts attention.In January, people began receiving letters asking them to send their FULL DOCUMENTATION FOR THEIR 2020 INCOME TAX FORM 1040 again.WHY???Well, it seems that the IRS has a backlog of unprocessed filings. As of Dec. 4, 2021, the IRS said it has a backlog of 6.7 million unprocessed individual returns and 2.6 million unprocessed amended individual returns. Taxpayers who filed 2020 returns by paper and the regular mail now say the IRS wants them to send copies of their returns, even if the payment check was already cashed a year ago. (1)Guess someone there had an idea that duplicating the submissions as reque...
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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: Snow And Still Have Electricity! Great Combo In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, snow is beautiful. When the flakes begin to melt and then freeze into ice, the trouble begins!The storms this weekend gave us the beauty of the snow dusting without coating either the trees or the streets with ice. Life proceeded as normal - people out walking and running and having fun in general albeit a bit colder outside - like 28 degrees instead of the usual balmy 45 degrees of January days! And one other lucky break - the winter flowers stayed in full bloom - no ice to kill them!  
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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 and EVERYWHERE USA - NEW TAX Requirements  In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown Westside or any other place in the United States, a TAX REPORTING CHANGE is here now and could effect real estate professionals. There are now three forms which have different usages and will be due to the IRS at different dates.   Beginning with the 2020 tax year, the IRS will require business taxpayers to report nonemployee compensation on the new Form 1099-NEC instead of on Form 1099-MISC. Businesses will need to use this form if they made payments totaling $600 or more to a nonemployee, such as an independent contractor.  (intuit)   Perhaps real estate professionals will now receive Form 1099-NEC. Form 1099-MISC will be used to report miscellaneous compensation such as rents, prizes and 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)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: Google Cloud Training FREE Sign Up B4 1.31.22In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, Google offers many technical advances for worker to use in their workspaces. How about a FREE course?Sign up by January 31, 2022 to unlock free access to the “Getting Started with Google Cloud” learning path on Google Cloud Skills Boost. You’ll have an opportunity to learn through hands-on labs and earn skill badges to demonstrate your new cloud knowledge. Learn how to: Migrate from other cloud providers Write gcloud commands Use Cloud Shell Deploy virtual machines Run containerized applications on Google Kubernetes Engine  While the material in this path is mainly for aspiring Cloud Engineers and Cloud Architects, others may learn as Google presents the fundamentals of G...
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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)
January Challenge: Internet Opened New SOI Horizons For Our BusinessWhen I think of changes from the Internet, I think of how the magic of connection on the ​Internet Opened New SOI Horizons For Our Business. For an independent, boutique real estate company, the "big guys" loomed large in the 1980's and early 1990's. They had dozens of agents and mega-offices and even had lawyers on retainer! Very intimidating for sure.My vision of what the future of our industry looked like changed as I watched the future Buyers TEXTING to communicate. They didn't answer calls to their work phones or cell phones. They only interacted with emails and texts.I will never forget a very successful agent at a "big guy" firm telling me that if those potential Clients texting her wanted to work with her, they ...
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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: Beware - IRS RMD ChangesNow In Effect In Atlanta, whether you are in Buckhead, Midtown, the Westside or elsewhere, the RMD calculations from the IRS have changed. Each of us need to review how those changes may effect us. Or, perhaps no effect at all!Ah- ha - what is an RMD anyway? An RMD is the minimum amount of money you must withdraw from an IRA or employer-sponsored retirement accounts such as 401(k) and 403(b), known as a tax-deferred retirement plans, on which you will pay ordinary income taxes after you reach a certain age.  (Not Roth IRAs.) Disclosure: I am not an accountant nor attorney. Check with yours.First, new Tables for Mortality have been adopted by the IRS. Second, before the 2020 implementation of the SECURE Act, RMDs became a requirement once...
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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: Happy 50th Birthday Rodney Mason Mortgage PRO Fun items behind us at Rodney Mason 's 50th Birthday Party tonight.The shelves are full of theater souvenirs from Rodney's favorite live performances.  One could see several different times Rodney had enjoyed the same shows and many items carried autographs!  Forever home for Rodney now. We met here on ActiveRain many years ago and sponsored several Meet-Ups together. Wherever Rodney worked, I suggested my Clients move over to where he was at that time. He has been wonderful with all the Clients I send to him. Right now, our experiences with him average out a five stars plus! And our Clients are not the only satisfied ones. From his online page...Whether you are in Georgia or Alabama, Florida, South Carolina or Tenn...
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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: GREAT NEWS! Trash Pick-Up January 21, 2022 In Atlanta Buckhead, Midtown Westside and CITY-WIDE -- employees missing work for Covid-19 related illnesses caused unintended disruption in Solid Waste Collections since the end of last year. Fortunately, many are better and collection is beginning again. The Solid Waste department is offering advice as well:Even supplied three options! Welcome back! Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!  
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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 - Spell Check Advances Every Ask An Ambassador: Tuesday Techie Tidbit post is a BRAVO to the developers working so diligently at ActiveRain. Spell Check Advances are one of the best new offerings on the Blog Editor.NOW a word not spelled correctly has the squiggly red line underneath!So easy to spot what needs to be reviewed! The earlier Blog Editor looked like this:                Note the "ABC" Without the graphic color signal, one had to check every post to see if any thing was wrong. Kind of like asking someone how to spell a word and then getting the response "Go look in the dictionary."  Hard to do if you don't know the spelling!As of January 2022, the Blog Editor sported a streamlined new look:            No more "ABC" With the technical b...
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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)
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. - An Original Musical Tribute   In Honor of The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  2022Please enjoy listening to this Original Musical Tribute, "Towards Justice", written by Eliana Light, and sung at  Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois, by Senior Cantor Rachel Brook and Cantor Elizabeth Berke. Let the words serve as an inspiration to us to seek justice for all. And one more musical tribute for Dr. King -“It looks like it might be a hard road, but I’m gonna walk it with you.” "Such an important message of solidarity for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and an amazing collaboration between Shul Sisters (Cantors Laurie Akers, Rachel Brook and Rachel Goldman) and Tyrell Belle, Zuumah Gayeman, and Ian Johnson. The song was written by Brian Clafin and Ellie ...
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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: Closings Due to Snow for January 17, 2022  The video above is from:Osborne Road NE in Brookhaven and from Ben Hill Road in East Point.Check these links for details:School and Business Closings AlertsFulton County .       Gainesville, Braselton and Buford.        Covid Testing.        Winter Storm Photos. Stay home if you can!
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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: Mon 1-17-22 NO SOLID WASTE Pick-Up--MLK Day Throughout the City of Atlanta, each year, employees of Department of Public Works rest on the day of the national holiday remembering the Birthday of The Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr.  Images courtesy of Atlanta DPW.
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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: Yes, Lasagna Can Change The World Just ask Rhiannon Menn...LASAGNA? ​"Take small steps" people say when a person describes a grand dream. Yet when Rhiannon Menn takes a step, it is very impactful.  Let's look at LasagneLove. One woman decided to do something during 2020 about her reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. She had always thought about other people. That's why she founded her first positive site. Rhiannon Menn describes herself as a mama, chef, and adventurer. She loves decaf coffee, traveling, and super fuzzy sweaters – which she, unfortunately, can no longer wear since she left New England for Hawai'i!After the birth of her second child, she had an epiphany: When she took good care of herself, she was much better at taking care of those around her.Rhia...
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By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Want to Get Your Home or Condo Organized?How many times have you opened a drawer, a closet, looked in your garage or basement and said, "UGH...where did all this (*&(*%*^@ come from?" Followed by, "I gotta get the mess organized and cleaned up!"  I don't know about you...but for me it's a daily thing! I DID accomplish a major task in March of last year. I have a storage room that is part of my garage (formerly a carport) and it was a mess. One of those messes where you know where things are in some scary state of utter disorganization! I purchased a big rolling tool box like the mechanics use, but there was still so much to do. So, I stripped the room bare....completely....everything out...and started over! I also purchased new shelving. I think the whole project took me like 3 days.......
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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: Solid Waste Removal Crisis Due to Covid Wherever you are in Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown, Westside, Virginia Highlands, Cascade or even Lenox, you will have noticed that Solid Waste Removal has been slightly "hit or miss" since Covid-19 attacked our lives.DPW staffing's impacted by the recent COVID-19 surge. Until further notice, the Office of Solid Waste Services is collecting garbage as a priority. The DPW will allocate drivers to the garbage pick-up first.Recycling / Yard trimmings collection later on.Generally, residents are asked to remove the Recycling Carts from the street. Due to pick-up being impacted by the labor shortage from illness, that's changed.Residents are asked to leave recycling carts curbside until crews can collect them. Since DPW cannot sch...
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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: CRM Options -Which Is The Best One To Use?Whether you are in Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown or the Westside, keeping your Client Relationship Management (CRM) process up to date is critical. Of all the CRM options available, which is the best one?In November 2011, AR staff posted the results of a survey - Rich Agent Poor Agent. Along with that post, AR supplied a chart of available CRM options, noting in the list the number of people who had replied and the rating. Actually, again, what we want to know is WHICH IS THE BEST ONE?About 100 years ago, when completing my Post-License hours, an Instructor answered that question with firm resolve. What did he say?"Whichever CRM you actually use is the best one. Choose and use!"That said, the chart below has names of CRM o...
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