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Fred Kross

Posted on April 21, 2011 by

Fred KrossFred Kross attended under graduate school and Georgia State University and graduated with a BA degree in real estate.  Fred attended the Georgia State School of Law earning his law degree in 1993.   Upon graduating from law school, Fred worked in his family’s business as a real estate appraiser and gained experience in appraising commercial and residential properties.   In addition, Fred was a licensed real estate agent with ERA Allpoints Realty and member of the million dollar club for several consecutive years in the late mid 90’s. Read More→

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Setting Up a Georgia Corporation WorkshopOn November 20th from 9AM to 2PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA 30518 (map), Atlanta Real Estate Attorney John Maurer will be holding a Do-It-Yourself, But Not-By-Yourself Workshop on setting up a Georgia Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) in class. The cost of the workshop is only $24.95 for Atlanta REIA Gold Members, $39.95 for Silver Members and $49.95 for non-members (Register Now).

Here’s what John will be teaching  in class:

  • Differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and corporations
  • Tax consequences and liability coverage of each entity and which is right for you
  • How to check to see if your company name is available with the state.
  • How to setup an LLC in under an hour,
  • How to work with LLCs or Corporations for single members or those that have multiple members
  • Difference between members, managing members and registered agents
  • How to setup your operating agreement how to get a tax id in minutes.
  • and much more!

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One of the big pitfalls of starting a small business, such as real estate investing, is how to protect your personal assets from your business investments, and the other way around. If you buy everything in your personal name, you run the risk of a single lawsuit wiping out not only your investment, but also your personal property. As such, I generally recommend that  all small business owners incorporate their business in some way as to provide maximum reasonable protection for your assets.

There is one good reason to buy property in your own name solely, and that is for a refinance.  If you buy real estate and plan to refinance the property to get cash out, or to pay off a hard money loan, almost all conventional banks will require the property be in your own name.  If you know this is your plan going in, then I recommend you buy the property in your personal name and keep it in your personal name until the refinance takes place. This will leave you exposed to the liability of the security deed, and any consequences of foreclosure or defaulting on the loan, but it is the only way to get the refinance done in the first place.  Buying originally in your own name will save you from troubles with possible seasoning issues down the road.  Even in this instance, I still recommend putting the property into a business entity of some sort after the refinance is complete. Read More→

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We had our first Evening with an Expert Webcast on September 22nd, 2010 with our special guest and my good friend and real estate attorney, John Maurer. On our webcast, John talked about the Safe Act (the Georgia Residential Mortgage Act) and how it affects real estate investors wanting to negotiate short sales as well as offering owner financing to their buyers. He talked about the good news and the bad news you need to know. He also talked about doing “dry funded” back-to-back closings, flipping and took many live questions from our audience. Be sure to listen to the replay below so you don’t miss a thing. Read More→

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Hey everyone! I am excited to announce that we are launching our new Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast TONIGHT, September 22nd, 2010 at 7PM ET via GoToWebinar.com with our special guest and my good friend and real estate attorney, John Maurer. John brings to the table twelve years of real estate experience with a specialty in investor services. John has handled all aspects of real estate transactions from conventional loans to hard money deals. He has done short sales, back to back closings, wrap mortgages, owner financing and dealt with non-closing real estate litigation including foreclosures, evictions and the creation of various contracts including rental contracts and lease purchases.

On our webcast, John will be hitting some of the highlights of the new investor market landscape. He will answer questions about the SAFE Act and how it relates to both Short Sales and Owner Financing. He will discuss back-to-back transactions, both general and as part of a short sale. He will discuss issues regarding financing and seasoning.

Don’t miss your chance to get your questions answered by John Maurer LIVE on our first ever, Evening with an Expert Webcast! Register for the Webcast Now!

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Hey everyone! I am excited to announce that we are launching our new Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast on September 22nd, 2010 at 7PM ET via GoToWebinar.com with our special guest and my good friend and real estate attorney, John Maurer. John brings to the table twelve years of real estate experience with a specialty in investor services. John has handled all aspects of real estate transactions from conventional loans to hard money deals. He has done short sales, back to back closings, wrap mortgages, owner financing and dealt with non-closing real estate litigation including foreclosures, evictions and the creation of various contracts including rental contracts and lease purchases.

On our webcast, John will be hitting some of the highlights of the new investor market landscape. He will answer questions about the SAFE Act and how it relates to both Short Sales and Owner Financing. He will discuss back-to-back transactions, both general and as part of a short sale. He will discuss issues regarding financing and seasoning. Don’t miss your change to get your questions answered by John Maurer on our first ever, Evening with an Expert Webcast! Register for the Webcast Now!

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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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