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FMLS knows that dedicating 3 hours in a day to Continuing Education credit can be difficult for busy Realtors. With that in mind, FMLS is pleased to offer you a new option for Continuing Education – Power Hours. These classes have been designed to provide flexibility in building 3 hours of credit, studying exactly the topics you’re interested in – and in 1-hour afternoon sessions! Once you’ve taken a total of 3 Power Hour classes of your choosing (within a six month rolling window), you’ll receive 3 CE credits. As always, these classes are offered to you at no charge!

These Power Hours classes are available beginning in May at FMLS Training Centers:

Composing and Capturing Great Real Estate Photos
The Digital Darkroom: Preparing Real Estate Photos for Prime Time Exposure
Marketing Your Listings with Digital Media

These Power Hour classes will be available soon:

Pricing the Hard-to-Price Property Using Tax Records
Building a Custom Comparable Market Analysis Report with Listing Statistics
Search and Show: Using the Latest Listing Technology to Research Properties and Prepare for Showings
Stats Pro: Effective Application and Analysis of Real Estate Statistics

Check out the Power Hours beginning in May at FMLS Training Centers. If you need more information, visit www.FMLS.com!
 
Professional courtesy is absolutely essential to our business practices.  Please watch this informational video from the Georgia Association of Realtors . . .

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Remember . . . professional courtesy is not a some time thing . . . it's an all time thing.
 
The Basics of Working with Rental Property from the GARealtor.com Website

Landlord/Tenant Law

The Georgia Landlord Tenant Law establishes the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Georgia. Only the courts can enforce those rights and responsibilities. The top landlord/tenant issues are:

Eviction

Eviction is the process by which a landlord obtains possession of the rental property by entering a lawsuit against the tenant and obtaining a judgment from the court directing the tenant to leave the property and pay back any rent, damage claims, and the costs of the court process. If a landlord is trying to evict a tenant, he or she will be notified of this action and summoned to appear in court to address the charges. Tenants should be prepared to offer a defense.

Because eviction causes tenants to lose their places of residence, the courts generally require landlords to comply strictly with certain procedures. Therefore, landlords are encouraged to hire an attorney to handle the eviction process on his or her behalf.

Rent payment

The full rental amount is due and payable on the date stated in the lease. If a tenant fails to pay that amount, the landlord may issue a “pay or quit” notice that requires full payment by a given date. The landlord is not obligated to accept partial payments. The landlord cannot remove personal property or take other action to remove a tenant, but must rely on an eviction notice from the courts to take possession of the property.

Rental increases

Landlords can increase rental fees at the end of the lease period by any amount they choose unless the lease states otherwise. There is no cap on the amount of increase. Tenants should contact their landlords prior to the end of the lease to determine if there will be an increase and, if so, how much. Landlords should give proper notice prior to the end of the lease if the rent will increase.

Security deposits

The security deposit is held to pay for items damaged beyond reasonable wear and tear and for any late or unpaid bills or fees. The landlord has 30 days from the end of the lease to inspect the unit, make any qualifying repairs, and return to you the remaining balance plus interest if applicable.
 
Remember . . . You heard it here first. Time to review Fair Housing Laws. Click on the link to the Georgia Association of Realtors to learn more, read Seth Weissman's article, and then search the site for "fair housing" . . .

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