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Charting Your Commercial Career
24 Hr. CE Series: September 21, 22, 24, 25

This series includes the following courses: Getting Started in Commercial Brokerage, Tenant Representation: A How-To Discussion, Landlord Representation: A How-To Discussion, Lessons Learned in the Trenches: Commercial Case Studies, Living with Lumpy Cash Flow - Money Management for 1099's, What Life Can You Afford? Money Management for 1099's, Have a Plan & Work the Plan: Running Your Practice like a Business, Should Your Client Buy a Building? Logic, Process & Arithmetic.

Introducing GAR's Newest Member Service: The Legal Helpline

The Legal Helpline is a FREE service for Georgia REALTORS® which will help you with questions regarding contract forms, ethics/arbitration, and license law. Additionally, members may inquire about basic legal questions.

CommercialBoardForms.com Training Session
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join us on Wednesday, April 15th following the April Education Seminar for a crash course on Commercial Board Forms. Learn how to fill in form fields easily, strikethrough/remove text and even add text such as special stipulations or extra signature blocks. RSVP Today!

Citizens of Atlanta to Vote on $900 Million Transportation Bond
Local

The City of Atlanta faces an infrastructure backlog of more than $900 million. In order to begin improving our city's roads, bridges, sidewalks and upgrade critical public buildings and facilities, the city is proposing an infrastructure bond referendum to pay for these repairs and improvements. This bond will need the approval of Atlanta voters on March 17, 2015 to move forward.

Atlanta Considers Mandating Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Local

There is a significant private property rights issue in the pipeline for the City of Atlanta which would impact owners of any commercial building in the City which is 25,000 square feet or larger. It would also apply to any commercial tax parcel with multiple buildings which combined meet or exceed the 25,000 square foot mark.

GAR Legislative Day Updates
State

What did your visits to the state capitol accomplish?

Spring Fling
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Board's Annual Fundraiser will be held this year on Wednesday, May 20th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Sweetwater Brewery. The proceeds from this great event will benefit Kate's Club and Mary Hall Freedom House. If you have not taken part in this event in the past, now is your chance! Come join the Community Service Committee, ACBR Members, Sponsors and Guests for a wonderful evening of networking, while supporting these worthwhile charities!

Meeting of Atlanta Code Enforcement Commission
Local

Thursday afternoon, January 22, the Center for Community Progress, working with the City's Department of Housing, presented a "revamping" of Code Enforcement and explained proposed changes to the code enforcement system in the city of Atlanta. The report suggests that the City of Atlanta increase use of Article 5 of the city code which allows the city to transfer liens placed on a vacant or delinquent property to the tax assessor. The lien would then act as a outstanding tax on the property. This policy allows the City to eventually claim such properties as property of the City of Atlanta. The Board is concerned about the private property implications of this policy and will continue to monitor these suggestions as Atlanta City Council prepares to workshop the report and the policies promoted therein.

City of Atlanta Tree Ordinance Revisions Update
Local
In a meeting moderated by our Governmental Affairs Director, Lennie Shewmaker, on Tuesday January 6 industry stakeholders presented concerns to the City of Atlanta regarding the proposed revisions to the City’s tree ordinance. Some proposed changes include doubling the financial penalty for removing specimen trees, allowing interior renovations at a certain cost threshold to trigger compliance with the new tree ordinance and unworkable requirements regarding planting in parking lots.
DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Approve Oversight Committee Ordinance
A Win for Economic Development in DeKalb and the Atlanta Board!
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed a much needed Development Services package on Tuesday, January 13. After working with citizens and the development industry, including the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, the Commission approved policy taking a step towards DeKalb's economic development goals and commitment to increased transparency regarding the County's fiscal policies. Increased targeted quality development in DeKalb would provide opportunities and value for both residential and commercial real estate professionals through increased property values and confidence in working with the County on property improvements.
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