Author Archives: Buyer Broker

Housing Market in Atlanta, Georgia to Keep Climbing into 2020

Listen here for my podcast on this subject blog post. Highlights from this Home Buying Institute (HBI) housing report: Home prices in Atlanta increased steadily over the past few years. Forecast for Atlanta housing market – more gains for 2020. … Continue reading

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Real estate scams

Listen here to my podcast about this topic. The main real estate scams I’m familiar with are: Ponzi scams: Ponzi is basically collecting money in a promise for higher rates of returns than normal. Usually, agents, brokers, developers, or others … Continue reading

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Residential Home Warranties

Listen to my podcast on the subject of home warranties. A Home Warranty is really “home maintenance” insurance policy. Home Warranty Companies “issue” home warranty policies. These specialized “insurers” charge an annual fee for the “coverage”, and offer service call … Continue reading

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Real estate transfer taxes – taxes on residential home sales transactions by state and local governments

Listen to my podcast here about Transfer Taxes spreading through the United States and possibly through Georgia. Update: 10-12-2019: What is a ‘transfer tax’ and other real estate questions answered This is a renewed topic from my previous 2013 blog … Continue reading

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Office of Georgia Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner

Listen to my podcast on this subject. The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner licenses and regulates insurance companies; ensures that insurance rates, rules, and forms comply with state law; investigates suspicions of insurance fraud; and conducts inspections of … Continue reading

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Things Real Estate Agents Don’t Want You to Know

Please listen to my Podcast on the subject as well. Does your agent have what it takes? Real estate agent commission negotiable? Conflict of interest? Should you use a “buyer’s agent”? Do you need an agent to buy or sell … Continue reading

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Should anyone profit from real estate?

Please visit my Podcast on this subject. Thanks to Bernie Sanders, this topic is pretty interesting. His question: Should People Profit From Housing? If we think government is a solution to free market ups and downs, you are seriously mistaken. … Continue reading

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iBuyers – the good, bad, and ugly of their disruption of residential real estate markets

Listen to my podcast on the subject of iBuyers The growing number and types of threats to limit the inventory and sales by residential real estate agents include, but are not limited to, (a) iBuyers (ie, “instant” cash buyers / … Continue reading

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Real Estate Wire Fraud

Listen to my podcast on the subject Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud & Qualia Partner Basically – in 25 words or less…. if homebuyers send closing funds to the wrong bank account, you get screwed! Don’t believe everything … Continue reading

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

Listen to my Podcast on this subject. Yes, they have been an influence in recent years. But first a little economics discussion, history and then some current events…. When people/institutional investors invest money to make more money, they want not … Continue reading

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