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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)
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          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...
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)
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      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...
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)
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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...
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)
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                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 ...
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)
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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...
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)
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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...
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)
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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 ...
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)
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     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...
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)
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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 ...
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)
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    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...
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)
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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...
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)
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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...
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)
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 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...
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)
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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...
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)
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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...
By John Kims, Real Estate Investor In Birmingham
(Xero Homebuyers)
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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...
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)
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FLASH FLOOD WARNING!!! 10.28-29.2020 From Atlanta Up Through North GA Flash Flooding is possible as Tropical Storm Zeta presents weather challenges to Georgia for in the days to come. Rainfall totals associated with Tropical Storm Zeta are expected to be 2" to 4" with higher amounts if Rainbands stay in one area over a long period of time.    As Rainbands may spawn tornadoes, Flash Floods are not the only possible danger to Georgia from Tropical Storm Zeta.    Photo courtesy of NOAA: D. Burgess  National Weather Service issued the warning for "Portions of north central Georgia...northeast Georgia...northwest Georgia and west central Georgia... including the following areas..."In north central Georgia...Barrow...Cherokee...Clayton...Cobb...Dawson...DeKalb...Douglas...Fannin...Fayette...F...
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)
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UPDATE - Ben Kinney Shared Plans + RE Ideas - AR MeetUp 10-20-2020   Imagine an exciting presentation - full of news about the technical advances planned for ActiveRain - delivered with enthusiasm by Ben Kinney.He shared plans for the rebuilding of the AR site - explaining detailed technical changes. Now, he explained,the code was all stacked on top of itself. That means that if one thing goes wrong, everything is subject to not working properly.The goal is to separate the facets of ActiveRain into "containers" so that if one technical aspect fails that would be the only section disrupted.In terms of "sections" of AR, Ben discussed goals of cleaning up Groups and non-participatory members. He asked attendees what areas they thought needed attention. He listened carefully and asked quest...
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)
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Early Voting Statistics For Georgia - As Of October 20, 2020 8pm -GA SOS Record  The Voting Statistics for Georgia as of 8pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 reported by the Office of the Secretary of State of Georgia are: Total Number of Eligible Voters:7,002,238 * So far, during Early Voting, almost two million votes have been cast in Georgia.  Total Number of Early Ballots Cast: 1,912,045   Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast:    1,146,416   Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast:    765,629   Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said, “We've been telling the counties to expect ... over five million people voting."  Georgia laws were changed after complaints about Voter Registration, and Georgia now is the first state in the nation to offer the "trifecta" of:Aut...
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)
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Election Matters - SAMPLE BALLOT For Fulton County GA - From Fulton County  Do you know how many people voted in 2016? Less than 56% of the Voting Age Population!*That is, about 1/2 of the voting age population determines everyone's future.  2020 Election Ballot LINK to online sample ballot.You may find the words easier to read at the official site.   LINK to online sample ballot.You may find the words easier to read at the official site. As many people have said, the right to vote is important and should be exercised. The Pew Charitable Trust published "An examination of 2016 electorate based on validated voters".   * Another source of data comes from Wikipedia: Voter turnout in the United States presidential elections - Wikipedia    

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