5% Total Listing
Commission* Limited Time Only
*(3% to buyers
agent, 2% to listing agent) (homes under $300,000 are 6% total
3D Walk-Thru Home Tours:
technology that I'm just starting to use on every one of my
listings. Only a handful of agents in Georgia are using
it. It allows buyers anywhere in the world to be able to
tour your home as if they were actually there. These tours are
so realistic that some buyers have been reported to have bought
a home based solely on using one of these tours.
(Click here for video demonstration)
Dynamic Range) Photographs:
Range) professional photography and processing is what makes
magazine quality photos. The photo shoot takes about 3
hours to capture 25 scenes. It takes a sturdy tripod,
remote trigger, 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.
Which set of photos would you
HDR photography and processing
A Website That Showcases Big and Beautiful Pictures
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
Click picture to check out
these two sample listings with Full Screen pictures
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.
Listing is syndicated to
100's of websites so buyers searching for homes on those
sites will find your home.
Listing is manually
entered into Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and
CraigsList so that pictures show up immediately on these sites. Otherwise pictures may take days to show
Listing is entered into
both multiple listing services where thousands of agents
will see your home.
All the Atlanta real
estate firms with online websites that have home search
tools pull their data from the multiple listing 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
Blog post on national
real estate blog site ActiveRain
Virtual tour on YouTube
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"
Open house invitations
sent to all neighbors. Word of mouth advertising
starts with the neighbors.
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.
Agent caravan on first
Tuesday of listing period. This is an open house
for agents on their traditional day to go around and visit
Flyer is emailed to
16,700 agents around Atlanta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anticipation Which Creates a Showing Frenzy Which Generates
"Coming Soon" sign
posted on property on Friday.
"Coming Soon" listing
entered into Zillow on Friday.
No Showings allowed
until listing is entered into the MLSs on the following
Tuesday. This creates buyer anticipation for 4
We get a showing
frenzy with buyers appointments overlapping which
generates an auction effect.
Showings continue on
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday ending with an open
house on Sunday afternoon.
No contracts are
negotiated until Sunday at 8pm.
Buyers know they only
have one chance so they have to submit their best offer
upfront or risk losing out on a great home.
This process is very
similar to the HUD foreclosure online auctions.
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
Who is your buyer?
With a little help from Google, we can look at their
Facebook profile and LinkedIn profile. It's
helpful to know who you are dealing with.
Who is the buyer's
agent? With some research on Zillow and the MLS,
we can find out how experienced and active the buyer's
agent is. Have they sold many homes in your area? If they have a blog we might get some
insight into their way of thinking.
It's not always what
you counter at, it's how you counter. I am very
good at crafting emails that convey your position in the
most reasonable and professional way. Here are
some sellers of mine who liked my emails that I sent
with our counter offers:
"Thank you, Tim!! This is beautifully written"
"TIM....WAY TO GO!!!!! I know you want a sale and so do
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.
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.
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.
Be aware that the
standard Realtor contract is in favor of the agent, not you.What if something happens, such as
a job transfer, and you can't complete the purchase of a
$500,000 home? You'll not only lose your earnest money when you
default on the contract, you'll be on the hook for a $30,000
commission on a home you didn't buy. We'll show you some special
stipulations you might want to include in your offer in order to
protect yourself from a worse case scenario.
In a fast moving market, we have had success in submitting
simultaneous offers and letting sellers compete. Investors do it
every day but for some reason most agents are very reluctant to
do this. Success in negotiations is all about positioning and
suicides at a home don't have to be disclosed. You have to ask
upfront. Would you have a
huge problem living in a house where there had been a murder or
suicide? In Georgia, sellers don't have to disclose those
stigmas. But if you ask them upfront, they are then required to
tell you. Don't wait until after the closing for a neighbor to
tell you a grizzly tale. Make the seller warrant that
information as part of the contract.
Submit a contract
on site in 10 minutes. In a
competitive market, sometimes you have to be quick with
submitting an offer. While other buyers are going back to their
agent's office to write up an offer, print it out, sign it, scan
it back and then email it which could end up taking several
hours, we can use our digital signing system on our iPad, get
your signatures with a touch of the screen and have your
contract to the listing agent in about 10 minutes. Using the
latest technology not only saves time but it can be the
difference between getting your dream home and being a day late.
Are Home Warranties Worth It or Are They a Scam?
I've personally have had bad experiences with
them but my mother-in-law raves about them because she has great
success when things have broken down for her. I've done the
research and I'll let you decide. Do you feel lucky? Do you
like dealing with insurance companies or do you just want to get
something fixed when it breaks down?
Beware of the Agent With All of the Signs.
Have you ever driven through a neighborhood
and just about all of the homes for sale are listed by one
agent. You might think that that's the agent you want to
use to buy a home since they seem to be the neighborhood expert.
Use them for information but make sure you understand their
motivations and conflicts of interest before you use them to
represent you as your buyer's agent.
Our Clients Say the
and Stephen Wachtel:
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,