Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect July 1: Everything You Need to Know

REMINDER: Hands-Free Georgia Act will be effective July 1st! Here’s a snippet of the “new laws” involving phone usage while driving. 🚙📱 I highly recommend getting a mount for your car to hold your phone. As a REALTOR®, it’s been a lifesaver for me, because I spend so much time in the car. See below for suggested mounts.

 

Car Mounts

 

Homebuyer’s Workshop Spring 2018

ATLANTA FRIENDS: You don’t want to miss this!! 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 5:30PM

You’re invited to a special homebuyer’s workshop event, where you’ll learn about mortgage rates, the real estate market and the process of buying a home.

E-mail allisonjackson@atlantafinehomes.com or click the image below to RSVP to this amazing event!


Recording Devices in Homes

If you are currently shopping for a home, you might just be on Candid Camera. (Click the link if I just dated myself, and you aren’t familiar with one of America’s FIRST Reality TV Shows.)

More and more homeowners/sellers are installing recording devices in their homes – cameras, listening devices, or both.

REAL LIFE STORY: I was on a showing with some clients, who happen to be good friends of mine, so our relationship was a bit more casual than the typical client relationship.

Before we went into the very first home I was showing them, I paused at the door and said: “Hey, by the way guys, if you have any comments that aren’t positive – save them until we are out of the house… or better yet, just don’t talk at all while we’re inside if necessary. A lot of people have recording devices in their homes, and you don’t want them to hear you bashing their decor or giving them negotiation leverage.”

My friends/clients (frilents?) sort of laughed me off and we’re like, “Ok.. hahaha”. Well, the second we’re in the door, the husband says, loudly: “Google, please stop recording.” And from somewhere in the house, came the response, “Ok, stopping recording now.”

I’ve never seen my clients look so shocked! Their eyes were as big as saucers and they were mouthing to me “WE THOUGHT YOU WERE KIDDING!?!”. Which, as they had just learned, I was not. We laughed about it once we were out of that house, and my clients were careful not to talk inside the homes we visited throughout their search.

So, be aware, homebuyers… Smile, you’re (possibly) on CANDID! CAMERA!  *That is another very dated reference but whatevs.*

 

For more information about recording devices in homes, here are couple of articles that dive a little deeper:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/04/30/home-sellers-spying-home-buyers/553818002/

https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/buyers-under-surveillance/

Please Don’t Let The Cat Out!

Sometimes, when touring homes with clients, we’ll be greeted with messages from the homeowners. Things such as:

PLEASE REMOVE SHOES

WARNING: LARGE DOG, BUT IS NICE

DOG IN CRATE, PLEASE DO NOT LET OUT

PLEASE TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS UPON LEAVING

and my personal favorite, PLEASE DON’T LET THE CAT OUT!

The reason why it’s my favorite, is because of the delightful and unpredictable nature of cats. They are frequently hiding in small spaces, slinking around furniture, or sometimes, darting from room to room. If you see them in the kitchen, the next thing you know, it’s on the bathroom counter in the master bathroom… even though you never saw it follow you.

REAL LIFE STORY:  I was showing homes outside of the city, where behind houses there are woods, instead of other homes. As we’re walking up to the last house, we are greeted with a small handwritten note on the front door that says: “PLEASE DO NOT LET CAT OUTSIDE”. I turn to my client and say, “Hey, make sure to be mindful of their cat.” We were almost finished touring the home, checking out the finished basement, when my client said, “Oh! I want to look at the backyard!” as she opens the door that leads outside, the cat – who had been super chill the entire time we were there – darts out the door, straight towards the woods.

So, for everyone wondering: “Is real estate really as glamorous as Allison makes it look?” 

The answer is: I had to go climbing through the woods of rural Georgia, in heels, behind a house I was showing.. because the flight-risk cat, the owner left a note on the front door about, escaped when we were looking at the basement/backyard. …so basically, yes. It’s the MOST glamorous.

And for anyone wondering if I did, in fact, retrieve the cat… you bet your sweet tush I did.

Going Above & Beyond

Here’s a quick example of how dedicated I am to helping my clients find a home they truly love!

My client was in LOVE with a particular community, that unfortunately, had very few to no listings. So, I made up these cards, hand addressed 75 envelopes and mailed one to every single home. We were under contract in less than 3 days!! If you’re looking for a REALTOR who will go above and beyond for you, I’m your girl!

2017 | An Extraordinary Year

THANK YOU!!

I cannot thank you enough for your support in 2017! This was an incredible year for me, and it would not have been possible without you.

My business relies on my clients, friends and family for your support and referrals. I hope to continue serving you and your real estate needs in 2018. Happy New Year and best wishes!

Quick Mortgage Calculator

I love this simple mortgage calculator. Hope you do too!

Just enter the Total Price, desired Down Payment, the annual Interest Rate, the Term in Years, and the Payment Period.

Click the little Ⓘ for detailed information about the calculation.

Simple, fast, and perfect for a rough estimate. Enjoy!

How does USPS Informed Delivery work?

I recently learned about a new service from the US Postal service. While you are putting in your change of address for your beautiful new home, be sure to sign up for Informed Delivery and you will get an e-mail containing ALL of your inbound mail – including packages. Letters are SCANNED and pictures sent directly to your inbox before they physically arrive!

What used to be “My USPS®” was recently upgraded to include Informed Delivery® – a new totally free feature that gives you the ability to see a digital preview of your incoming mail. Informed Delivery allows you to view images of the exterior, address side of your household’s “letter-sized” mailpieces on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. As part of the upgrade, you can receive a daily email containing images of your mailpieces that are arriving soon. AND, if you are expecting a package that has delivery tracking information from a sender such as Amazon or other retailer, then you can get an email that tells you every step of the package’s journey:

So How Does USPS Informed Delivery Work?

  1. Consumer Signs Up – Consumers sign up on usps.com where their email address and identity is verified. If you already have an account, it takes less than a minute.
  2. Mail is Imaged During Processing – Mail is sent. USPS uses existing processes to gather digital images of the exterior of letter-sized mailpieces that are processed through automation equipment.
  3. Image Matched to Delivery Points – USPS automatically matches mailpiece
    images to Informed Delivery users. Interactive campaigns are applied at this
    step (this is ambitious revenue play, but it’s always free to you).
  4. Notification emailed to user – USPS notifies Informed Delivery users of mail arriving soon in an email, dashboard, or mobile app view.
  5. User receives mailpiece – USPS delivers physical mailpieces through regular delivery as usual.

Just like a physical mailbox, Informed Delivery is provided at a household level, based on a delivery point address, but multiple residents can sign up for the feature.

A feature just launched, but not seen in the wild yet is Interactive Promotions. If the original Mailer (aka Sender) has opted to tie in a promotion, USPS inserts an unobtrusive clickable box below the scanned mailpiece like this:

Here’s a detailed explainer from the Post Office that discusses interactive campaigns for mailers:

https://www.usps.com/business/pdf/informed-delivery-overview.pdf

This particular presentation is actually a high-level sales pitch about how to produce effective Mailing Campaigns, but there is no reason why consumers can’t benefit from this completely FREE service.

You can cancel at any time, so it is in their best interest to keep this new service helpful and non-annoying.

Please let me know in the comment if you found this helpful, if you like the service, and if you have any other tips and tricks for dealing with the post office!

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Homebuyer’s Workshop

Last Thursday I hosted my second bi-annual Homebuyer’s Workshop, along with one of mortgage partners, Capital City Mortgage.

This event helps de-mystify the home buying process and gives first-time home buyers the opportunity to ask specific questions to some of Atlanta’s leading mortgage and market experts. It was a big success, with everyone in attendance receiving a free credit report and consultation from Capital City, the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International RealtyOfficial Buyer’s Guide, and in the spirit of Halloween, a bottle of Boos!