TECHNOLOGY TRIPLE HEADER SEMINAR

TECHNOLOGY
TRIPLE HEADER SEMINAR
Module 1.  Google Tools & Apps
Module 2.  The Power of VIDEO
Module 3.  Virtual Assistant
Only $99 per person. (Available dates and ONLINE version below)

 

RESIDENCE INN ATLANTA BUCKHEAD
PIEDMONT RD at PHARR RD
 
SPRINGHILL SUITES ATHENS
3500 Daniells Bridge Rd Athens, GA 3060
 
Wednesday JULY 27, 11 am til 2 pm
LaQuinta NorthPoint Mall ALPHARETTA
Haynes Bridge Rd at GA 400 North
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DETALED COURSE OUTLINE:
Three Modules of approximately 60 minutes each

      1.  THE LAPTOP LIFESTYLE

Google Office Suite & Drive
Google Voice & Photos
Google Calendar, Contacts, Domains & Sites
Georgia Real Estate License Law Compliance Issues
In this module, the licensee is introduced to strategies and techniques designed to improve efficiency and streamline brokerage activities by eliminating wasteful use of copying, printing and storage of paper documents. Specific attention is paid to compliance with laws for offer and contract retention, as well as proper backup procedures.

2.  THE VIDEO REVOLUTION
The RAW POWER of YOUTUBE
VIDEO EMAIL
Slide Show Videos w/ Narration
Compliance with O.C.G.A  43-40-25 (a )( 2) and GREC Rule 520-1-.09
The advent of the Internet has forever changed the way real estate practitioners interact with data and the public. Increasingly, prospective buyers are asking for detailed videos of property as a prelude to any viewing of the property. Consequently, a licensee’s ability to create, edit, and host custom video for use in the real estate marketing process can enhance the licensee’s ability to serve the public. Specific attention is paid to compliance with laws and rules for advertising and disclosure of broker name and phone number in all advertising.

3.  OUTSOURCING YOUR OFFICE STAFF
Virtual Assistant Tasks: GREC Rule 520-1-.07(6)
Your Public Relations Department
Ethical Considerations – Unlicensed Personal Assistant
Managing Brand YOU
Many brokers and salespersons have found that the hiring of an unlicensed personal assistant can boost productivity and allow for better service to clients and customers. However, the Georgia Real Estate Commission has given us specific examples of tasks that are and are not allowed to be performed by these assistants. In this module, the licensee will learn ways to benefit from unlicensed assistants while remaining in compliance with Rule 520-1-.07(6). In addition, a live demonstration of a face-to-face communication with a remote assistant will be demonstrated. Company marketing versus personal brand promotion is covered in a discussion of business ethics as it relates to brand management.

This course has been submitted to the Georgia Real Estate Commision for approval for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credit.  Online version will NOT qualify for Continuing Education credit.

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Seven Questions to Ask Before You Sign the Lease

by John Adams

Every state has slightly different laws and customs regarding leases, so it’s important to know how these laws affect you. The best way to do just that is to read your lease carefully.

Your lease isn’t just a piece of paper – it’s a legally binding contract. That’s why the right time to get essential information from your landlord and negotiate details isn’t while the ink is drying – it’s before you sign your name on the dotted line.
1. How long is the lease & what happens at the end?

A lease is most often for one year, sometimes 6 months. It’s important to know the length of your term because you’re locked into that time frame once you sign a lease.

You should also find out what the penalties are for breaking your lease in an emergency situation. For example, if you get married or you’re transferred, can you get out of the lease? Unless you get the landlord to include an early termination clause, you could end up losing your security deposit and still be on the hook for the rest of the rent.
2. What about utilities – are they included?

The types of utilities paid by landlords vary considerably, so it’s best to know about them ahead of time. That means finding out what you’re responsible for and what your landlord covers, like water and sewer, electricity, gas, internet, cable, trash pickup, and so on.

Many landlords are now including a “water & sanitation” surcharge to help cover increasing costs. These types of additional fees can add up, but if they are not mentioned in the lease, you don’t have to pay them.

3. Can I have a dog or cat?

If you have a pet (or plan to get one), ask your landlord about their pet policy now.

Landlords are appropriately worried about anything that could damage a unit, so some owners prohibit all pets. Other landlords may allow all pets, but ask for a separate pet deposit or “pet rent” (a monthly fee for having a pet), or accept pets up to a certain weight (or other stipulations).
4. When is rent due and how do i pay it?

In Georgia, there is no legal “grace period” for rent unless it is written in the lease.

This is in contrast to most mortgages, which include a 15 day grace period. In addition, rent is payable in advance, whereas interest is paid in arrears.

Whether your landlord lives next door or you mail a check to a property manager, it’s important to find out when and how your rent payment should be sent every month.

And even if you don’t think you’ll be late with rent, it’s smart to ask your landlord when a payment is considered late, and if there are any charges.

5. Exactly what must I do to get a full refund of my security deposit?

By law, all security deposits are refundable in theory. Your landlord can withhold part of your deposit for damages you caused beyond normal wear and tear or if you break the lease. Deductions can also be made against your deposit for unpaid rent or fees.

Georgia has very specific laws on security deposits, so make sure you understand this issue.

6. What is the procedure for maintenance & repairs?

The heart of Georgia Landlord-Tenant law is this:

“The tenant’s duty is to pay rent, and the landlord’s duty is to repair.”

That means your landlord must make reasonable attempts to make repairs in a timely manner. But what is “reasonable and timely” to one person may be stupid and slow to another.

For that reason, it is imperative that you know how to report issues and how soon to expect a response. Open communication here is critical.

Depending on your rental situation, your building might have on-site property management. But it is rare to find around the clock repairs. In any case, before you sign the lease, it’s good to know the procedure.
Also ask if renter’s insurance is required. Even if it’s not, I always recommend that you be covered. It’s cheap, and covers your personal possessions in case of fire or loss.
And finally
7. What are the rules for painting or improvements?

If you want to paint your bedroom walls or install curtain rods in the living room, you should check now on what kind of changes are OK and which are forbidden. Getting it all in writing can avoid potential major expenses at the end of your lease.

In most cases, you’re expected to leave your apartment in its original state when your lease is up. If you make unapproved cosmetic changes, a portion of your security deposit could be withheld in order for your landlord to restore the house or apartment.

SUMMARY:

You lease agreement governs most of the terms between you and your landlord, so it’s a very important document. Make sure you read it before you sign it, and ask all the questions you can think of before you sign on the dotted line.

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