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How to Appeal Your Property Taxes

Posted on July 25, 2011 by

Tax Bill - Property TaxesIf you own real estate in Georgia, then you probably just received an Annual Notice of Assessment from your county’s Tax Assessors Office.

If you are like most property owners, you have four basic questions:  1) What is the Tax Assessors Office?  2) What is an Annual Notice of Assessment?  3) How are property taxes determined?  4) Can I get my property taxes lowered?

The Tax Assessors Office is misnamed!  It should be called the Property Appraisers Office – ‘cause that’s what they do.  They determine a property’s fair market value (FMV).  They don’t set tax rates.  Who sets your tax rates?  YOU DO!  Elected officials – the folks YOU elect – set YOUR tax rates.  Think your taxes are too high?  Blame your elected officials, not the Assessors Office! Read More→


Bill & Kim Cook

Posted on March 1, 2011 by

Bill & Kim CookBill and Kim are a husband and wife real estate investing team.  Bill creatively constructed his first deal in 1990, and he’s been helping other investors do the same since 1997.

Their investment portfolio consists of single-family rental homes, mobile homes, a small mobile home park, plus notes and options.

They built their business square on the back of knocking on homeowner’s doors.  Why?  Because it’s the fastest, cheapest and most effective way to get face-to-face with homeowners and make written offers.

Their core belief is that real estate investing is not about buying, selling or renting houses.  It’s about helping people solve their real estate problems.  Read More→


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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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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