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Bob Southard
Atlas Realty Service, LLC
2090 Baker Road - Suite 304-133

Kennesaw, GA 30144
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Finding the Right Agent

Not all agents work the same way. The most important attribute of an agent is that he/she is well connected to the real estate industry. He/she should know the market and provide information on past sales, current listings, his or her marketing plan, and ... Read more

Finding the Right Seller

The best seller is one who is highly motivated. A highly motivated seller is more likely to sell at a price that is less than his or her house is actually worth. And it matters that you find out why. Learning the reason why can help you get the price you ... Read more

Understanding Title Insurance

What is title insurance? Newspapers refer to it in the weekly real estate sections and you hear about it in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased a home you may be familiar with the benefits of title insurance. However, if this... Read more

Condominium and PUD Ownership

Builders, in an effort to combat the dual problem of an increasing population and a declining availability of prime land, are increasingly turning to common interest developments (CIDs) as a means to maximize land use and offer homebuyers convenient, affo... Read more

The real estate world is rapidly changing

I was just having a conversation over on Facebook about how fast the real estate business is changing and decided to gather some of those in one place. I believe that the industry is about to go through a period of rapid and extreme change. Internet base... Read more

Making a Good First Impression

If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer both emotionally and visually, thus prompting them to make an offer. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they... Read more

Use a Buyer's Agent

It’s important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire process, negotiating furiously on your behalf, and answering all of your question... Read more

Humpday Highlight 06-15-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! “My life is one long obstacle course, with me as the chief obstacle” Jack Paar... Read more

Humpday Highlight 05-29-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! “Luck is a word used to describe the success of people you don’t like.” ... Read more

Creative Financing

Creative financing: You’ve heard of it, and, as a seller, the idea sounds pretty attractive. But, do you know everything you need to know about carrying back a second; essentially, about becoming a lender? You better know the same things that financ... Read more

Humpday Highlight 05-22-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.&... Read more

Mechanic’s Liens

The Mechanics’ Lien law provides special protection to contractors, subcontractors, laborers and suppliers who furnish labor or materials to repair, remodel or build your home. If any of these people are not paid for the services or materials they ... Read more

Six Problems That Can Instantly Turn Buyers Off

Six Problems That Can Instantly Turn Buyers Off Six Problems That Can Instantly Turn Buyers Off:1 Home Odors. Because homeowners become desensitized to the odors in their homes, they rarely realize how obvious odors can be to visitors. Six Problems Th... Read more

Humpday Highlight 05-15-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, a... Read more

Know Why You are Selling

If you know exactly why you are selling then it is easier for you to follow the right plan of action for getting what you want. If you are a seller who needs to close a sale as quickly as possible, then you should know that getting the highest price poss... Read more

Humpday Highlight 05-08-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! "There is no such thing as a self made man. I’ve had much help and have found that if you are w... Read more

Buyer Etiquette

Below is a link to 5 unwritten rules of buyer etiquette that appeared on Realtor.com If you are considering jumping in to the home market it is very informative. I do agree with most of it except for Rule 2: Don't ask your agent to show you homes unt... Read more

Humpday Highlight 05-01-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than ... Read more

WHAT’S A FICO®?

What is a FICO® Score? FICO® stands for Fair Isaac & Company and is the name for the most well known credit scoring system, used by Experian. The credit bureau’s computer evaluates a complete credit profile and assigns a score, which is... Read more

What is variable rate commission?

Commission rates can be negotiable but when you sign the listing agreement it is for X$ commission. Insert whatever the number is. (Typically 5-7%) In virtually all listing agreements it says they will share some percentage of that with the buyers agent.... Read more

What to expect from home inspection

What to expect from the home inspection: Here in Ga it is common with residential sales contract to allow a "due diligence" period as a part of the contract. There are actually many things that can happen during due diligence but for today i ju... Read more

Humpday Highlight 4-24-19

Welcome to today’s Humpday highlight! I like taking a little moment just to share a bit of inspiration or positivity to brighten your day! “The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows whither he is going” ... Read more

How Much Is My Home Worth in Kennesaw, Georgia

How Much is your home worth in Kennesaw, Georgia? If you are planning on selling your home, that is a question you need answered. As your Local Kennesaw Real Estate Expert, I can help you to learn the answer to that question. I will personally do the r... Read more

Considering Offers

When reading an offer, keep in mind that you are out to get the best price AND the best terms for you. If you focus solely on the price, you may overlook terms that could be favorable to you as a buyer. Some terms that may work in your favor: higher-t... Read more

Tax Districts and Hoa

In purchasing your new home, your future monthly payments will be made up of principal, interest, real property taxes, and insurance. Make sure that you have all the Information before you make an offer! City taxes: The listing information may only inclu... Read more

Other costs of selling my home

Other than real estate commision what are other costs that you might incur? Closing costs: It is common in Ga for sellers to contribute toward buyers closing costs. It is not required but common. Do not be shocked or offended. In most instances an offer ... Read more

Types of Mortgage Lenders

Mortgage Bankers Mortgage Bankers are lenders that are large enough to originate loans and create pools of loans, which are then sold directly to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, jumbo loan investors, and others. Any company that does this is conside... Read more

Buyers (and their agents) are timid

If they think our price is too high they can always make an offer! I hear it all the time from sellers. For many years regardless of the market I have felt that buyers and their agents are timid about making lower offers. Of course I am talking abou... Read more

Find Your Dream Home in Kennesaw, Georgia

There are so many different kinds of homes out there for families to choose from. Do you want to live in Kennesaw? Or are you looking for a second home? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Do you need a large back yard? RV access? An attached ... Read more

Setting the Price

The price is the first thing buyers notice about your property. If you set your price too high, then the chance of alienating buyers is higher. You want your house to be taken seriously, and the asking price reflects how serious you are about selling your... Read more

Importance of Inspection

As a buyer, you are entitled to know exactly what you are getting. Don’t take anything for granted, not even what you see or what the seller or listing agent tell you. A professional home inspection is something you MUST do, whether you are buying a... Read more

How much is real estate commission?

www.1PercentListingSolution.com The true answer is that commissions are negotiable. However just because they can be negotiated does not mean they will be negotiated. I believe that commissions are negotiable but excellent service is not! Many agents a... Read more

Your Savings and Down Payment

Your First Step Toward Buying a Home When preparing to buy a home, the first thing many homebuyers do is look at the real estate ads in newspapers, magazines and listings on the Internet. Some potential buyers read how-to articles like this one. The next... Read more

FICO® Scores and Your Mortgage

Years ago, credit scoring had little to do with mortgage lending. When reviewing the credit worthiness of a borrower, an underwriter would make a subjective decision based on past payment history. Then things changed. Lenders studied the relationship be... Read more

Why Do You Need Title Insurance?

Title Insurance. It’s a term we hear and see frequently - we see reference to it in the Sunday real estate section, in advertisements and in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased a home before, you’re probably fami... Read more

The Functions of an Escrow

Buying or selling a home (or other piece of real property) usually involves the transfer of large sums of money. It is imperative that the transfer of these funds and related documents from one party to another be handled in a neutral, secure and knowledg... Read more

Required Reporting to the I.R.S.

Sellers of real property will have certain information regarding the sale reported to the Internal Revenue Service. This required reporting is a consequence of the Tax Reform Act of 1986; it is intended to encourage taxpayer compliance and aid in audit a... Read more

Closing and Title Costs

It’s the big day. The day you go to the title or escrow company, sign your name on the dotted line, hand over a check and prepare to take ownership of your new home. It’s also the day that you and the seller will pay “closing” or... Read more

Understanding Foreclosures

It is an unfortunate commentary, but when economic activity declines and housing activity decreases, more real property enters the foreclosure process. High interest rates and creative financing arrangements are also contributing factors. When prices are... Read more

Common Ways of Holding Title

How Should I Take Ownership of the Property I am Buying? Real property can be incredibly valuable and the question of how parties can take ownership of their property is important. The form of ownership taken -- the vesting of title -- will determine who... Read more

What is a Short Sale Anyway?

An increase in foreclosure rates will inevitably bring with it an increase in short sales. But what is a short sale? A short sale happens when you sell your house for less than your remaining mortgage balance, the proceeds of which go to the lender and i... Read more

Thinking About Buying a Foreclosure?

With the housing bubble burst and the subprime mortgage crisis, millions of homeowners found themselves unable to make their mortgage payments. Many found themselves owing more on the house than the home was worth. Many just walked away from their homes. ... Read more

Welcome to my new website

Welcome to my new and improved real estate website. I invite you to look around and see what is available. As your Kennesaw, Georgia real estate expert I can provide you will all of the information to accomplish your real estate goals. Looking for a ne... Read more

Bob Southard
2090 Baker Road #304-133
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770-656-9134
BOB@AGENTBOBSELLS.COM

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