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John Maurer, Real Estate Attorney

Posted on September 22, 2010 by

John Maurer, Attorney at LawJohn Maurer was born in Nashville Tennessee and attended undergraduate college at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. He came to Georgia in 1992 to study law at Emory University and graduated in 1996 with his J.D. Upon passing the Bar, he practiced litigation and was admitted to practice in all Georgia Courts including the Federal Northern and Middle District Courts of Georgia. In 1998 he began his work in residential real estate. In 2004 he left the firm of Stevens, Maurer and Cooper to open his own firm where he felt he could give more personalized service to his clients.

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Atlanta REIA North Monthly MeetingAtlanta REIA North meets TONIGHT at 6:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D in Buford, GA just a few miles from the Mall of Georgia. At last month’s meeting we talked about how to crank up your leads online using Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing. In fact, we just kicked off our 90 Day Extreme Internet Marketing Workshop – The SEO/SEM Edition last night in case you missed it.

This month at our Atlanta REIA North Meeting, we’re going to talk about using offline guerrilla marketing techniques to generate all the buyer and seller leads we  can handle in addition to online marketing techniques. We will also be doing a marketing segment, so bring in your haves, wants, needs, flyers and any deals you wish to market and share with our group in person or online. We will also be doing a networking segment during the meeting so don’t forget your business cards.

Also, immediately after the Atlanta REIA North Meeting, we will break and reconvene at the Mall of Georgia Taco Mac for Late Nite Networking. We hope you will come out and eat, drink, network and have fun with us!

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Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionOn our 1st Atlanta REIA Business Opportunity Webcast (Register for Monthly Webcast) on September 16th, 2010, Dustin Griffin explained why only the top 5% of all real estate investors out there get 90% of all the leads generated online while the other 95% of investors compete over the remaining 10% of those leads. Dustin also showed viewers how to post an article or advertisement online and have it appear #1 on Google in a matter of seconds or minutes at most. He also showed us how to totally dominate the first page of Google and other major search engines locally quicker than we ever thought possible using simple, easy-to-implement Guerrilla Internet Marketing techniques! Read More→

Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionAre you getting your fair share of leads from the Internet? Do you get at least 1 lead per day from your website? How about 2, 5, 10 or more?

If you were to go to Google, Yahoo or Bing right now and type in your company name, could you easily find your site on the first page?

Or what if you typed in a few common search phrases about your company, what you do, etc… can you still find your site on the first page of the search engine results?

If not, you’re not alone. It’s been said that the top 5 percent of all real estate investors get 90% of all the leads generated online from search engine searches. This means that the other 95% of investors fight for the remaining 10% of the online leads.

So why are the top 5% of these investors getting the vast share of the online leads? What do they know that you don’t?

Learn their secrets TONIGHT on Atlanta REIA’s Webcast at 7PM ET on Guerrilla Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) so you too can share their success faster than you ever thought possible for very little or no money… emphasis on no money!

Register Now!

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Have you noticed the new wave of foreclosures coming your way? There are more and more houses going to foreclosure and it is the next wave that you are starting to see and it is just the beginning. There is a right way and a wrong way to do a Short Sale. This webinar will tell you what to look for when doing a short sale.

Many sellers don’t know what can happen if their house goes to foreclosure. They believe it is all over with and they can start have a fresh start. That is not true!!! That is what the banks want all the sellers to believe.

Kimberlee Frank of Foreclosures Gone WildTonight at 7PM ET, join Kimberlee Frank on the Foreclosures Gone Wild Webinar as she tells you how long the banks have to go after a seller for a deficiency judgment long after a foreclosure is complete. She is also going to spill her guts on some of the banks that are now changing their guidelines. She is also going to tell you about buying and selling a house with a buyer using FHA Financing. The fact that FHA has removed the 90 day Flip requirement is filled with a bunch of holes.

Join us for a webinar on TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 PM ET

Register Now!

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Tuesday, Sept 14th: Foreclosures Gone Wild Webcast

Foreclosures Gone Wild WebinarOn the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7PM ET, short sale expert Kimberlee Frank will spend an hour answering your questions on investing in short sales and helping save people from foreclosure. If you are thinking about investing in short sales, are currently investing in short sales, or perhaps quit doing short sales in the past due to the negotiating hassles, this is a webcast you don’t want to miss. Register Now for the Webcast!

Thursday, Sept 16th: Atlanta REIA Webcast – Does Your Website Need an Extreme Search Engine Makeover?

Atlanta REIA Webcast Training SeriesStarting on Sept 20th, 2010, Dustin Griffin, along with many other real estate investors and entrepreneurs in Atlanta, Orlando and scattered throughout the USA will be embarking on a 90 Day Extreme Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Makeover in efforts to get their web sites, pages and profiles dominating the first page of major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing and other quicker than they ever thought possible! Register for this Webcast to Learn More!

Saturday, Sept 18th: Fuller Center Volunteer Workday

Project Lakewood Volunteers WantedIf you haven’t yet come out and joined Atlanta REIA and the Fuller Center of Atlanta on Project Lakewood yet, now is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved and help us build, renovate and repair more homes for needy Atlanta families than ever before! On September 18th at 9:30 AM, we will be meeting at the newly renovated house we just completed at 10 Gould Street to start power washing, scraping and painting a dilapidated, owner occupied house just down the street. We need your help so please come lend a hand. RSVP on Facebook Now!

Monday, Sept 20th: The 90 Day Extreme Internet Marketing Makeover Workshop Begins!

90 Day Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionStarting on September 20th, Dustin Griffin is kicking off the 800 Lb Guerrilla Internet Marketing 90 Day Extreme Makeover and would love for you to participate and show you what you can achieve online with the proper training, a little hard work and a 90 day action plan to get it done. Dustin is going to show you how to take your Internet presence from zero to hero in 90 short days so you can generate more leads online than ever before! See more info about this upcoming event.

Tuesday, Sept 21 at 6PM: Atlanta REIA North Monthly Meeting

Atlanta REIA North Monthly MeetingAtlanta REIA North is a subchapter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance that meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, Georgia in North Gwinnett County just a few miles from the Mall of Georgia. Like the Main Atlanta REIA Monthly Meeting, this subchapter will be led by Dustin Griffin and Gordon Catts and will focus on a wide variety of cutting edge real estate investing strategies with a special emphasis on Internet Marketing and Technology for the modern day “High Tech Investor”. The cost is $5.00 at the door for non-members.

Thursday, Sept 23 at 7PM: An Evening with a Real Estate Expert

Atlanta REIA Webcast Training SeriesOn the 4th Thursday of the each month at 7PM ET, we will be bringing in local and national real estate industry experts for an interactive exchange of ideas, information and questions and answers on a wide variety of real estate investing topics. Whether you are new to investing or have been doing it for years, this webcast training series is designed to expose you to a wide variety of real estate industry experts and give you an opportunity to hear what they do and ask them questions and get straight answers. This is a NO SALES, TRAINING ONLY webcast. Register for the Webcast Now!

Atlanta Fuller Center Legacy Build 2010 - Millard Fuller(Atlanta, GA) On September 11th, 2010, we not only commemorated our losses from the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, but we also celebrated the Fuller Center 2010 Legacy Build and dedicated 100 houses that were recently built or renovated by volunteers nationwide, 6 of which were in Atlanta. We’ve been working every other weekend all summer to finish up these homes and look forward to starting on more homes next weekend.

Yesterday was a wonderful celebration of what volunteers, local citizens, neighbors, friends, families, church groups, non-profits and businesses can accomplish by working together to achieve the common goal of eradicating poverty and substandard housing right here at home for all Americans one home at a time. It was a very rewarding experience to all those who participated  in Project Lakewood on site and off. The ultimate reward was an experience and sense of satisfaction of a job well done that no amount of money can buy. We thank everyone who participated from the bottom of our hearts. Your contribution made a difference and forever changed the lives of others.

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I went to 2 GREAT networking events for real estate investors and other real estate professionals yesterday (Sept 9, 2010) that I wanted to share with you so can attend next month and continue to build your network connections.

The first was the “Haves and Wants Meeting” which is a weekly investor’s brainstorming and deal making jam session held at the 5 Seasons Brewing located at 5600 Roswell Rd inside the Perimeter at the “Prado”. They meet EVERY Thursday (except major holidays) from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. Joe Thompson is a professional financial adviser who has been leading the group for over 5 years and says “This group is not about real estate education and training. We’ll leave the training to REIA groups like yours. This group is all about doing deals and making money!” This may not be an exact quote from Joe, but it is close enough. His point was that his group is for players who are doing deals now. So if you’re looking to do deals with real players doing real deals right now, this is the group for you. And did I mention they meet in a brewery?!?! How sweet is that?!? Click here to read more about Joe’s excellent Haves and Wants Meeting for deal makers.

The second networking event I went to was Peter Pasternack’s “Real Estate Connections” networking event for real estate PROFESSIONALS. Notice the emphasis I put on professionals? This was an awesome, upscale and very professional networking event for real estate pros. The event was held at the MF Room, a trendy sushi bar and lounge at the base of Terminus Tower in Buckhead. The people in attendance were not the same old tired, burnt out investors and agents you run into over and over again at other real estate groups and networking events that get you depressed when you talk to them. The folks at Peter’s event where dressed to the nines,  full of positive energy and enthusiasm,  eager to stick out a hand and meet new friends and contacts, and ready to do business and make deals happen right now. Click here to read more about Peter’s prestigious Real Estate Connections Atlanta Event.

Yesterday (Sept 9, 2010) I attended Joe Thompson’s weekly “Haves and Wants” Meeting for the first time at the suggestion of Gordon Catts and “Cash Flow” Tom Boyer. They had both told me what a great group this was for meeting players who are actively investing in real estate and doing deals and that is exactly what I found there.

The “Haves and Wants Meeting” is a weekly investor’s brainstorming and deal making jam session held at the 5 Seasons Brewing located at 5600 Roswell Rd inside the Perimeter at the “Prado” and it rocks! They meet EVERY Thursday (except major holidays) from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. Joe Thompson is a professional financial adviser who has been leading the group for over 5 years and says “This group is not about real estate education and training. We’ll leave the training to REIA groups like yours. This group is all about doing deals and making money!” This may not be an exact quote from John, but it is close enough. His point was that his group is for players who are doing deals now.  So, if you’re looking to do deals with real players doing real deals right now, this is the group for you. And did I mention they meet in a brewery?!?! How sweet is that?!? The food and beer is great!

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Peter Pasternack & Dustin Griffin at Real Estate Connections AtlantaLast night at 6:00 PM, Peter Pasternack, a very nice gentleman I met on Facebook recently who happens to be Atlanta’s very own “Flip This House” guy, hosted a very prestigious, upscale networking event called “Real Estate Connections” for Atlanta real estate professionals. The event took place at a trendy sushi bar and lounge called the MF Room located at the base of Terminus Tower in Buckhead.

The cost of this networking event was $20 at the door or in advance. Earlier in the day I overheard a few other investors muttering “I’m not going to pay $20 for a networking event… that’s crazy!” Well, needless to say, these gentlemen did not attend Peter’s most excellent event and boy did they miss out. I didn’t do a head count, but there were at least 100+ serious real estate investors and professionals there who were dressed to the  nines in business attire, looking sharp and ready to make connections and talk business. The $20 at the door not only helped pay for the space, the free hors d’ oeuvres being circulated throughout the evening and the complimentary valet parking, but it also seemed to attract a higher energy, more positive, success driven crowd who was not afraid to stick out their hand, introduce themselves and offer their friendship and services. Many of the whiner and wannabe investors who aren’t doing deals right now were nowhere to be found.

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Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionDoes your website and Internet Marketing plan need a “90 Day Extreme Makeover”? Would you like to learn how to “Totally Dominate the Major Search Engines and Your Local Competition Online in the Next 90 Days?” Only you can determine if you’re ready extreme makeover, so here are a few simple questions you can ask yourself that might help:

  1. Can my website easily be found online when my prospects type in and search for my company name on Google, Bing, Yahoo and other major search engines?
  2. Can my website be found on the first page of major search engines when my prospects type in and search for keywords that relate to my business?
  3. Am I getting enough qualified leads from my website and online marketing?
  4. Am I doing as much business as I would like to be doing as a result of my online presence?
  5. Am I doing enough social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc), blogging, posting videos, etc to meet, greet and do business with today’s modern consumer who tends to do more business online than ever before?
  6. Am I doing all I could be doing to compete with other similar, local businesses for leads online?

If you answered “no” to most of these questions, chances are that you could use an Extreme 90 Day Internet Marketing Makeover to jump start your business for 2011 and beyond. To do so, you need to start now!

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Atlanta REIA Main Monthly MeetingYesterday evening, many folks turned out for our Atlanta REIA Meeting despite the holiday, to celebrate would could be their Last Labor Day and I want to personally thank everyone who attended. We really appreciate your support for our new Atlanta real estate investor group.

Several investors I spoke to at the meeting had done quite well in the Atlanta real estate investing market a few years ago, but got burned on a few deals gone bad when the housing market crashed more recently. As a result, they took some time off from real estate investing to recover, regroup and had to get a job to pay the bills. They came out last night to get re-focused and re-energized so they can accomplish great things buying, selling and/or holding real estate once more since housing prices are at an all time low. I commend you all for doing what it takes to get re-engaged and not take a few bad blows as permanent defeat. Just know that Atlanta REIA is here to help you in your future endeavors.

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