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2015 Slate of Proposed Officers & Directors

The Nominating Committee has selected the following Slate of Officers and Directors.

The Real Estate Toolkit
24 Hr. CE Series: September 22, 23, 24, 29

The Real Estate Toolkit is designed to prepare, enhance and improve your effectiveness as a real estate licensee by covering essentials on which to build a foundation for a successful real estate practice. Whether you are a new agent or a more seasoned one, implementation of the information in this course will benefit your business and boost your success.

Charting Your Commercial Career
24 Hr. CE Series: October 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 29

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.

Senate Votes to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Tuesday August 26 Director of Governmental Affairs, Lennie Shewmaker, met with Congressman David Scott (GA-13) about the importance of reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) before its expiration on December 31, 2014. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Scott was familiar with the issue and understood that Terrorism insurance is an important factor in commercial financing, and is a key structural protection for commercial mortgage-backed securities. TRIA keeps coverage available and affordable and is a legislative priority for the REALTORS®.

Atlanta Planning Commissioner Shelby Steps Down

Atlanta Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby has stepped down. Shelby was appointed to the position in 2008 by then Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to oversee the bureaus of buildings, code compliance and housing, and planning, a staff of more than 200 employees. Shelby's resignation was effective Friday August 29. The city of Atlanta advised that deputy chief operating officer Tom Weyandt, with whom the Board has been working on the Technical Advisory Committee to the Office of Buildings, will oversee the continued work of the department until a new commissioner is appointed.

Cobb Court to Decide on Fulton County’s Authority to Raise Property Taxes

The members of the Fulton County House Republican caucus and former State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) are suing Fulton County for voting to raise Fulton County's millage rate by 17 percent on August 06, 2014. The millage rate will cost a $250,000 homeowner approximately $140 more a year in property taxes. The millage increase will disproportionately be sustained by Fulton County's upper-income households leading it to be considered a progressive tax by some. To others, it is seen as a violation of Georgia law. The issues at stake in the lawsuit speak to the authority of the state to set a cap on the tax rate that Fulton commissioners can set to fund county services.

Mobile Technology Boot Camp
ACBR FREE CE: Friday, September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The purpose of this class is to explore, in depth, technology solutions available to real estate agents and assist you in navigating and choosing among the options to create a completely mobile, global office to better service your customers and clients.

Clock is Ticking for FY2014 Atlanta REALTOR® PAC Investments

The last day to contribute to ARPAC for 2014 is September 30th! It is important to get involved with RPAC as, like it or not, government and the political process directly impacts the ability of real estate professionals to be profitable. RPAC is the largest, most successful and most bipartisan PAC in the nation. As REALTORS®, we have two choices: We can either be players in the political process, or become victims of it. RPAC is how REALTORS® get and keep a seat at the table.

City of Decatur Releases Draft of New Unified Development Ordinance

The city of Decatur has released a first draft of its proposed Unified Development Ordinance. Amanda Thompson, Planning Director for the city of Decatur, stated in our meeting on Monday that the second draft of this ordinance will likely be released in mid-September while the anticipated adoption date is currently October 20, 2014. So far two issues of concern are being considered by the Board.

Druid Hills Considers Annexation into City of Atlanta

Residents in the Druid Hills neighborhood surrounding Emory University are considering breaking off from DeKalb county and becoming a part of the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta Annexation Initiative has heard reports from Matt Lewis of the Druid Hills Charter Cluster and Alex Wan, who represents District 6 on the Atlanta City Council.

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