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Jules Harper, SFR
Associate Broker
The Four Walls Group
Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners
Office: (770) 765-5005
Fax: (770) 217-4080

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Jules Harper was introduced to my wife and me over four years ago by a real estate agent we had consulted for the sale of our home (from which we had already moved). Because of the real estate crash, ours was a short sale, and the agent told us that Jules Harper was the best he knew in that business. My wife and I met Jules on very short notice because our situation was dire. We had just had a lease purchase contract fall through. We needed to sell the home extremely quickly or we would be responsible for capital gains tax and a number of monthly payments that we could not afford. Jules met us the very day we called him. We had lunch and were immediately impressed with everything about him. It was apparent that he was an expert in his field. We hired him immediately. Though Jules was an expert in his field, that expertise was not at all what inspired this letter of recommendation. What inspired this letter was his work ethic and care for our situation and family. The day the house was listed (December of 2012), we got a contract. We were thrilled. But we soon learned that there was a title dispute on the home. This issue would persist and create financial strain for my family and me. Jules worked so hard to resolve the title issue with two banks that were slow (or refused) to respond to phone calls, emails, and letters. The mortgage was then sold to another servicer. This pattern repeated itself three times as the mortgage sold upon nearing a resolution. Jules worked as hard each setback as he had on the first day – harder in fact as the complexity and work required of him increased with each new twist. I literally cannot put into words how much of a hard worker, expert in his field, and (most importantly) a good person this man is. To say that I highly recommend Jules Harper is such an understatement. He is a great person who will work for you even at his own expense. Stuart and Leslie V.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for getting great results in selling my home. From the moment you were recommended to me and I first met you and your team, I knew that you were a cut above other REALTORS. Before our first appointment, you researched the neighborhood home sales and specific information about my home. I was also happy to have the information to guide me in preparing my home for sale. Your advice allowed me to be strategic on improvements that increased the appeal of the home and added maximum value. I developed a personal plan to budget for continued payments as the home was being marketed. Now I see that had you told me what I wanted to hear, I would not have been as prepared as l was. And now we know, your knowledge of the market was spot on. During this process, a few offers came in, including an offer for lease to buy. The information you provided helped me make wise decisions. Your availability throughout the process not only kept my anxiety down, but allowed us to respond in a timely manner to each situation. Seeing and knowing that you had my best interest at heart contributed to making the process of selling my home less stressful than it might have been and certainly one with a very favorable outcome. Your counsel, experience, and results make you the BEST REALTOR I have ever dealt with. At every opportunity I will recommend you and The Four Walls Group at Keller Williams Realty to friends and acquaintances without reservation. Betty Cooper
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Welcome to Georgia's most comprehensive guide to buying and selling extraordinary properties at extraordinary prices.  Whether you are seeking to maximize your equity potential, negotiate the lowest possible sales price for a new home or investment, or add an income stream to your portfolio, The Four Walls Group will prove to be your finest asset to achieve success. Nationally recognized as an industry leader for over a decade in the Luxury, International and Investment markets, The Four Walls Group stays ahead of real estate trends and protects its clients from the varying changes of the market.  

Jules Harper, Group Broker and Short Sale Specialist, leads this team of 5 engaging 25 years of expertise in business, marketing, and sales performance utilizing the most effective methods in high stakes negotiation and business network development.

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What’s the Right Way to Structure a Marketing Service Agreement?

Real estate practitioners entering into marketing service agreements with lenders, title companies, and other settlement service providers is a well-established practice, but a recent court decision shows why you have to structure these agreements the right way.

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An appellate court just ruled that it’s okay for a mortgage lender to refer business to mortgage insurers who are buying reinsurance from an affiliate of the lender, because the reinsurance is a bona fide service and the insurers are paying fair market rates for it. In other words, the arrangement doesn’t amount to a kickback.

Although the case involves a lender, insurance companies, and a reinsurer, the structure of the agreement is something that applies to the kind of marketing service agreements you might be involved in as an agent or broker. Any agreement you enter into with a lender or title company must be for actual services rendered and priced at fair market rates and not simply an arrangement for referrals.

How do you ensure a marketing agreement is appropriate under federal anti-kickback rules? The most important thing is to have it looked at by an attorney who’s familiar with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or RESPA. For a general idea, though, there are two tests you can apply:

1.Is the marketing fee you receive based on the number of referrals you make to the company, whether it’s a title company, a lender, or another service provider? If the fee corresponds to the number of referrals, you could be inviting a close look by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is the federal agency that enforces RESPA.

2. If you have an arrangement to split costs on a joint project, like a newspaper ad, is the split reflective of what each of you get in return? For example, if you and the title company are splitting the cost of the ad down the middle, then half the ad should go to the title company and half should go to you. If the title company is covering 75 percent of the cost of the ad but only taking up 25 percent of the space, that split makes it look like the company is subsidizing 50 percent of the ad cost. Again, you could be inviting a close look by the CFPB.

Learn more about the recent court decision in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. The video also looks at what was in the budget agreement enacted into law about two weeks ago. Among other things, the new law extends the tax deduction for mortgage insurance premiums and retains the prohibition on taxing forgiven mortgage debt as income. It also looks at why a recent Supreme Court decision on the regulation of bodies of water is important to your inbdustry.

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Robots are Starting to Do Showings

vre 80 stillA company called Zenplace in San Francisco is using robots to help its agents conduct showings. When people arrive at the unit, they’re greeted by what amounts to an iPad on a mobile stand that leads them around, but it’s personalized; it’s the agent’s image and voice that people see and hear. Other companies are coming out with their own versions of this.

It’s a good question whether this type of automation will take off. As people get used to buying goods at automated stores in which everything is done with your phone or credit card and no employees are around, it’s feasible mobile iPads will do the trick at showings.

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Whether you like the idea or not, it’s a trend that’s poised to hit your industry. There are other tech trends you’ll be faced with whether you like them or not. One is a kind of virtual tour that’s more immersive than what you get by just wearing goggles. You get an additional tactile component, because you’re wearing gloves with sensors. Now you feel the door handle when you open the refrigerator as well as see it in multiple dimensions.

Will this be the norm six years from now? Who knows, but now that the genie’s out of the bottle, it’s not likely to get put back in.

REALTOR® Magazine spent a few days at CES in Las Vegas two weeks ago and brought back coverage of all types of tech innovations coming to real estate. CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show and it’s the big showcase each year at which companies try to wow people with what the’re cooking up for us.

You can learn more about CES and also about real estate robots in the latest Voice for Real Estate video. The video also looks at something the U.S. Department of Labor did a few weeks ago that could eventually be important to you because it promises to get the real estate industry one step closer to setting up association health plans (AHPs) for independent contractors.

The agency proposed adding “working owner” to the definition of employer for purposes of setting up AHPs, which would enable sole proprietors and small business owners to ban together for insurance under the large group market, which could make coverage available more cheaply than under the small group market. There remain a lot of hurdles, but this was a crucial step in the right direction.

The video also looks at the three-day federal government shutdown and what could happen to your pipeline of homes sales if there’s another one in a few weeks, which could happen since the short-term budget law expires in early February. If your buyers are applying for FHA-backed financing, they would probably be okay, although processing might take a bit longer. But if they[re buying a new house in a flood area, they might not be able to get flood insurance, and that would mean a delay in  closing.

Watch the video now.

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Winterizing Must Dos

With the decreasing temperatures and colder weather yet to come, it’s a wise choice to prepare your home for the winter. Here are ten suggestions to help you keep your home in tip-top shape through the winter: Inspect Your Furnace Have an HVAC... Read more

Senate approves short sale tax break

Home Senate approves short sale tax break Allows tax relief on 2014 short sales Ben Lane December 17, 2014 [Update 1: Story updated with more recent data from RealtyTrac] Homeowners who had short sales in 2014 are now one giant step closer to recei... Read more
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