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*(5% for homes
above $300,000, see calculator below for homes under $300,000)
Dear Home Seller,
My "5 Days to Sold" is a system I
developed after years of observing what works and what doesn't.
It should create a showing frenzy which sets the stage
for an "auction effect" where buyers get nervous about losing a
great home and feel compelled to submit their best offer right
It's a proactive process that
leaves little to chance.
It takes a lot of preparation and planning. It's not a system
Yes, I know it's a seller's
market right now but that doesn't mean that you can just stick a
sign in your yard and have buyers give you top dollar even though
your house is a mess.
If you are willing to take my advice and do what it takes,
together we will be able to have a successful sale that will
generate the best offer in the least amount of time.
I have outlined my system below in great detail so you know exactly
what to expect.
If you feel that it's something
that can work for you, call me now to set up a time when I can meet
you at your home to discuss a plan of action.
There are no upfront fees and I offer a no cost early exit
stipulation so there is absolutely no risk for you.
If I don't live up to your expectations, you can cancel at any time.
No questions asked.
If that sounds reasonable and fair, give me a call and let's get
Have you ever
wondered why some listing pictures look so much better than others?
It takes a sturdy
tripod, remote shutter release, remote flashes, at least 5 different
exposures for each shot, along with a high quality wide angle lens
and camera. Then it takes hours of computer time for a skilled
technician using the latest photo editing software to layer the best
parts of each exposure together along with straightening vertical
lines and other touch-ups.
Magazine quality photos
need to be showcased using a webpage that allows for large format
photo tours. All marketing leads buyers to your individual
listing page where your home is showcased to look its best.
Click on photos to go to
a sample listing web page.
My marketing blitz gets you
exposure immediately. The first three weeks are critical if
you want to get the best price. According to
The Wall Street
Journal, the first week of the listing period gets 4 times as many
online viewers than it does a month later. You need to have
everything optimized from the start.
Individual display ads on major media websites
is syndicated to 100's of websites so buyers searching for homes
on those sites will find your home.
3. Listing is manually
entered into Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com and CraigsList so
that pictures show up immediately on those sites.
Otherwise pictures may take days to show up.
is entered into both multiple listing services where thousands
of agents will see your home.
5. All of
the Atlanta real estate firms online websites that have home
search tools pull their data from the multiple listings
services. Therefore, your listing will show up in searches
done at sites such as:
Keller Williams RE/MAX Harry Norman Coldwell Banker Better Homes and Gardens Berkshire Hathaway Dorsey Alston Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Solid Source Realty Chapman Hall ERA Sunrise Realty Palmer House Properties Crye-Leike Real Estate Services Redfin Century 21 and other firms too numerous to mention
6. Blog post on national
real estate blog site ActiveRain.com
7. Virtual tour on YouTube
8. I host an open house on first
Sunday of listing period. Open house advertised in Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, GeorgiaOpenHouse.com,
Apple pie baked in your oven during the open house in order
to generate homey smells that will make buyers remember the
"apple pie home"
9. Open house invitations
sent to all neighbors. Word of mouth advertising
starts with the neighbors.
10. Four page 8.5X11
brochure on glossy cardstock for all visitors to take
with them so they remember how great your home was. These
are gorgeous brochures printed by a high end printer that
makes your home look really special. Don't settle for black
and white flyers run off on a cheap copy machine.
11. Agent caravan on first
Tuesday of listing period. This is an open house
for agents on their traditional day to go around and visit
12. Flyer is emailed to
16,700 agents around Atlanta.
13. Along with a large for
sale yard sign, a smaller sign directing people to your
AtlantaFineListings.com webpage. This allows them to
see your listing at its finest instead of on a weathered flyer
or an empty flyer box.
14. Supra iBox Digital
Lockbox allows agents access during limited hours.
It also immediately notifies me who showed your home and
when they showed it.
I'll help you get your home to be in "showing shape". You
only get to make one first impression. Be proactive.
Don't wait for feedback from buyers to tell to what to do.
Buyers are reluctant to tell you what they really think.
1. I walk the property with you
and we make a list of what you
should do to make the biggest impact for the least amount of
effort. Paint, carpet, cleaning and de-cluttering
give you the most bang for the buck.
2. I share my list of
vendors who can get things done very inexpensively, much less
than what a buyer will mentally deduct from their offer.
3. I recommend you do an informal pre-list "walk and talk" with
a certified home inspector. Don't wait for a buyer's
inspector to kill a deal. Get things repaired ahead of
time in the most economical fashion.
4. Get your HVAC system
tuned up. Don't let an inspector find filthy filters
that will make the buyer suspect that nothing has been
maintained. Your system might be old but if a licensed
HVAC company gives it a good bill of health then buyers
will probably be OK with it.
5. I will lend you my
portable radon detector so you can have an idea of
whether or not radon is going to be an issue. If you wait for the buyer to do the test,
high radon levels will either scare the buyer into
terminating the contract or it will cost you more than
it has to in order to remediate it. Remediation is
pretty easy and can cost as little as $1000 or as much as
$2500 depending on how it's done. Guess which system the buyer is going to want?
Get it done the most economical way upfront and avoid the
6. Septic tank? Get it pumped.
It's only a few hundred dollars and will keep some hesitant
buyers in the game. Buyers are scared of the unknown.
If they don't know where your septic tank is or whether it
is full or not they will just assume the worst case
scenario. Don't let them have visions of smelly sewage
seeping through their backyard. Show them where the
tank and drain field are located and show them that it was
just pumped and should be good to go for another 5 years.
7. Make sure all light bulbs
are working and any "mystery switch" is labeled. It's
amazing how a bad light bulb can make a buyer think that
there are major electrical problems.
8. RATS is a four letter word that
you don't want to come up on your inspection report. Maybe you had a problem
and corrected it ten years ago but if the droppings are
still around, a buyer will assume that rats are still
there. Who wants the thought of rat poop in the attic
that will spread diseases to their little children?
Clean it up. Otherwise the buyer will want a wildlife
exclusion bond which is going to cost you around $2000.
9. TERMITES is an eight letter word that
will sink a deal. If you have a termite bond,
make sure they come out and really check out the entire
house before you list. If you don't have a bond, get a
termite inspection done. Even extensive termite damage
can be corrected for less than you might expect. But
if the damage is found by the buyer during the due diligence
period, the deal is probably going to die or the buyer is
going to ask for a big concession thinking that it will cost
much more than it actually will.
Set your home's listing price very close to the market value in
order to end up getting the best price. Don't "test the
market" with an initial high price. Most buyers do not enjoy
negotiating. They will just walk on by. Then when you
reduce the price in a month your listing will be stale and
buyers will want an even bigger reduction from you new lower
list price. You really need to
price your home within 3% of its value in order to generate
urgency in buyers.
generate a Comparative Market
Analysis and we'll analyze it together. Anticipate the data appraisers will use.
we'll visit several of the homes currently on the market
that will be competing with yours. You need to
know the market so you don't have seller's remorse.
You also need to know what your buyer is looking at.
3. We'll double
check the tax records to make sure the quoted square
footage is quoted correctly. I recently had a
seller with a 2100 square foot home showing up in the
tax records as only having 1560 square feet. We hired an
appraiser to take official measurements and made certain
that the buyer's appraiser didn't just go by the
incorrect tax records as they many times do.
1. "Coming Soon" sign
posted on property on Friday.
2. "Coming Soon" listing
entered into Zillow on Friday.
3. No Showings allowed
until listing is entered into the MLSs on the following
Tuesday. This creates buyer anticipation for 4
4. We get a showing
frenzy with buyers appointments overlapping which
generates an auction effect.
5. Showings continue on
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday ending with an open
house on Sunday afternoon.
6. No contracts are
negotiated until Sunday at 8pm.
7. Buyers know they only
have one chance so they have to submit their best offer
upfront or risk losing out on a great home.
8. This process is
very similar to the HUD foreclosure online auctions and the
HomePath Fannie Mae system. They hold off on evaluating
offers until everyone is given a fair chance to see the
I'm There Every
Step of the Way
You Work with Me
From Start to Finish: You
get me, not some low level assistant. You don't have to
deal with a new person at different stages of the process.
You get entered as a contact into my cell phone and then have access
to me 24/7.
advise you throughout the
negotiations. You have the final decision, but I provide you with my years of experience to
help you get the most possible and not leave anything on the
Meet with the
I leave nothing to chance.
Appraisers are swamped and might not have the time to do what
they really should. There might be some key sales in the
neighborhood that aren't showing up in the MLS. They might
not have time to take measurements of the home and might just rely on
the data in the tax records. If that information is
incorrect, someone needs to be there to inform them of it.
Title Search Done
issues are rare but when they come up, it can take a lot of time
to deal with. That's why I work with a closing attorney
who runs the title search before we list, not a week or two
before closing like most others do. I've seen a mortgage
that was paid off years ago but the lender forgot to file the
satisfaction of mortgage at the courthouse. What if that
paid off lender is out of business? It can take time to
get things straightened out
search is set up that at will immediately notify us when a new
listing comes on the market that might compete with yours.
The market is dynamic and you have to know what's going on and
Close: I'm there every
step of the way. Inspection issues need to be negotiated.
Repair estimates might be needed. Information needs to be
relayed to buyers such as utility switch over. Any final
walk-thru issues are dealt with.
Attend the Closing:
I attend the closing
mainly for your comfort and support. It's usually the
happiest time of the transaction for everyone.
Nothing to Lose
No Upfront Fees:
You only pay if and when your home
sells. There are no crazy consultation fees or extra
administration fees. No extra fees for lockboxes or photos.
No extra charges for the fees that the FMLS charges me.
Guaranteed. If for some reason you change your mind or are
unhappy with my service, you can cancel at any time. I'll
even pay the $25 withdrawal fee to the FMLS. Because of
this, I reserve the right to work only with sellers that I deem
to be serious about getting their home sold. I am willing
to invest my time and money upfront only if you show me that you
are willing to do what has to be done to get your home sold.
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Why Can I Offer So Much for So
Low Broker Fees
is a local brokerage whose agents get charged a very low office
fee. Other agents with national brands give up 50% of their
commissions to their brokers which makes it difficult to cut their
I interview all
my sellers upfront to make sure that they are serious and are
willing to do what it takes to get their home sold.
My system requires sellers to be proactive and
Higher Priced Homes
price point is higher which makes the numbers work.
Referral Based Marketing
Limited advertising. Just a great offer with an inexpensive website. I
rely on happy clients to refer me to their friends and family.
How Much 5%
Saves You vs. "Standard" 6% Fee
Home Sales Price
5% total commission for homes
above $300,000 vs. 6% that many agents usually charge. Use
Savings Calculator for homes under $300,000
Let's Meet and Go
Over a Plan of Action
Allow me 60 minutes to
evaluate your home and discuss what needs to be done for a
I'll let you know
where you'll get the most bang for the buck. I can share with
you some of my trusted service people who can get things done for
less than you might think.
Tim Maitski, Realtor
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really get
I really don't know how to do it
any other way. I do more than the majority of agents who
Please shop around first before you call me.
Why don't you
give a break for homes under $200,000? I spend a significant amount of
money upfront and the numbers just don't work for homes under
$200,000. I still will do the whole system for homes at
any price but I will need to charge a "standard" 6%.
Other agents seem
to really bad mouth the idea of discounts.
They sure do. They might say
something like "You get what you pay for."
The biggest reason that I can offer a discount while others
can't comes down to two things. Lower overhead costs and
Many agents pay up to 50% of their commissions to their broker
or to referral fees to relocation companies. Many other
agents just don't do enough sales so they need to make as much
as they can on every sale.
I structured my business to have low overhead and my great deal
brings me lots of business.
What's the catch?
There is none. This is a real
deal. You work with an experienced, full time, savvy negotiating
agent who was smart enough to create a profitable business model
that not only makes him a lot of money but allows him to offer
listings at a significant discount.
No upfront fees. Absolutely no cost to you.
It doesn't get any better than this.
Our Clients Say the
Tim is an agent who has a
thorough understanding of the Atlanta market. He is up-front and
honest and gives the most realistic advice, rather than the one the
buyer or seller wants to hear.
Tim was our agent when we
purchased our home in 2008. He was extremely organized (we could go
though multiple properties in a thoughtful manner) and pointed out
things that may be of interest to us or could cause problems. As a
buyers agent, he was there to protect us and we felt that we had the
right person on our side at all times.
We sold our house and Tim was our
selling agent in 2015. Selling a house is a significantly more
stressful experience than buying one. We contacted Tim several
months before we wanted to put the house on the market. Tim
performed an initial analysis of the sale and was extremely diligent
in pointing to us the things we should improve, the items that are
not of great significance, the best time to put the house on the
market, the marketing strategy, suggested price, etc. We were
selling through a relocation company and Tim was great in following
all of the relocation company rules without putting too much burden
on us. I felt at ease discussing with Tim any part of the sale and
knew that he would have a point of view and a direction to guide me
to. He was great in telling me when my thought process or analysis
was not realistic and could delay the sale of the house.
At the end it was a marvelous
experience and I would recommend Tim to everyone looking to buy or
sell in Atlanta
and Stephen Wachtel: We recently
purchased a home and one of the best decisions we made was choosing
Tim Maitski as our agent. He was very knowledgeable about the
market, accommodated our schedule, and had great suggestions
throughout the entire process. We appreciated how hard he worked to
negotiate the best possible deal for us. On top of all these great
things, he provided a generous rebate that most other agents
wouldn't even consider. We HIGHLY recommend him !
Blom MD, Physician/Medical Director:
I'm a physician and
Medical Director and I had the privilege of obtaining Tim Maitski as
my buyers agent. Tim worked with me for 5 months making sure I got
my dream home at a dream price. We consider Tim family. His honesty
and integrity are legendary. The level of service he provides is
beyond compare. Tim is the Clark Howard of real estate and I would
not do business with anyone else. Tim's advocacy skills exceed top
attorneys. He truly has your best interest at heart at all times.
Once you work with Tim, no one else will ever suffice. Like the
iconic lyrics of Tina Turner, he is "Simply the Best".
Ned Mulligan, Head Chaplain at
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
We moved from Rhode Island and we
had four days to buy a home. We saw 22 homes in a day, made two
offers, and had a contract on the home we bought two days later. He
is the best, most professional, and thoughtful realtor with whom I
have ever worked and I have owned quite a few homes.
Art Linton, Study Abroad
Advisor Emory University
Tim Maitski was a pleasure to
work with in helping my wife and I find our first home. Tim knew the
market inside and out and was easy to work with, flexible,
knowledgeable and a straight shooter who tells it like it is. He is
very confident and low pressure on clients. Trustworthy,
consistently very reliable and a great guy too! He is very
experienced as a real estate agent and I give him my highest
recommendations. If you are looking for a home in Atlanta, Tim is
Our market area is in the
north metro Atlanta area.
We service Cobb County,
north Fulton County, Dekalb
County, Forsyth County and
Gwinnett County. We
are very familiar with Sandy
Springs, Dunwoody, Marietta,
Buckhead, and Midtown.
We have sold homes inside
the perimeter and outside
the perimeter. We
can't know everything so for
clients who want to look for
property in Peachtree City,
Newnan, Stone Mountain,
Douglasville, Macon and
areas further out we will
gladly recommend a good
agent who specializes in
We help buyers negotiate
with builders for
residential new construction
houses. New houses in
Atlanta are hot right now.
We can represent you in the
purchase of your new house
built by any of the
following builders: Torrey
Homes, MDC Homes, Centex
Homes, Pulte Homes, Morrison
Homes, Ryland Homes, John
Wieland Homes, Winmark
Homes, Meridian Homes, John
Willis Homes, Benchmark
Homes and many more home
We can help clients find
short term apartments for
rent but normally we don't
work with clients who are
just looking for rentals.
We do help clients find
Atlanta condos. We can
also help you purchase HUD
homes in Atlanta. We
are an authorized agent with
them and have the HUD key to
get into HUD homes. We
have access to foreclosure
homes that banks want to
We love showing executive
homes and luxury homes. We
always like to know how
people find our site.
Send us an email and tell us
which search term you used.
Some terms that we might be
found by are realty Atlanta,
Ga homes, Atlanta realty,
condos Atlanta, Atlanta
property, houses Atlanta,
Atlanta realtors, Ga houses,
or realtors Atlanta.
Maybe you found us by typing
in Atlanta MLS listings, or
Atlanta MLS search, or MLS
Atlanta GA. Hopefully we
don't come up under nursing
homes or funeral homes.
It is always amazing to me
how the Internet can allow
total strangers to find each
other and build new business
truly is becoming a small,