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  • 3D Walk-Thru Home Tours: Incredible  new 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)

  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photographs: 

HDR(High Dynamic 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 want?
Nikon SLR camera Professional 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 it's best. 

    Click picture to check out these two sample listings with Full Screen pictures


  • Marketing Blitz:  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.

  1. Individual display ads on major media websites.

  2. Listing 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 CraigsList so that pictures show up immediately on these sites.  Otherwise pictures may take days to show up.

  4. Listing is entered into both multiple listing services where thousands of agents will see your home.

  5. 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
    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
    Century 21
    and other firms too numerous to mention

  6. Blog post on national real estate blog site ActiveRain

  7. Virtual tour on YouTube

  8. I host an open house on first Sunday of listing period.  Open house advertised in Zillow, Trulia,,, CraigsList.

    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 listings.

  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 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.

  • Preparation:  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 drama.

  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.

  • Price: 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.

  1. I'll generate a Comparative Market Analysis and we'll analyze it together.  Anticipate the data appraisers will use.

  2. Together, 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.

  • We Create Anticipation Which Creates a Showing Frenzy Which Generates Urgency:

  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 days

  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.

  • Negotiations:  I 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 table.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 we!"

  • Meet with the Appraiser: 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 Upfront:  Title 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.

  • Market Updates:  A 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 adjust accordingly.

  • Contract to 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.

  • Easy-Exit Listing Agreement: Satisfaction 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.

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$2,000,0000 $30,000
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$250,000 $2,500
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Prices Are Up 52% Over the Past 3 Years.

Are We Approaching Another Real Estate Bubble?

It all comes down to supply and demand.

If one plots out the Inventory/Sales ratio (Absorption Rate) over a long enough time one can see patterns.

Studying these charts allowed me to come up with what I call “The Maitski Line”. 

Don't buy or sell a home without knowing the current "The Maitski Line" projection.

Click Here for more details on "The Maitski Line" and how it can help you with your buy/sell decision


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Inventory is starting to head up a bit but sales are keeping up since the Inventory/Sales ratio remains low at below 5



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  • 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.

  • Submit simultaneous offers and let sellers compete.
    The ultimate position for a buyer to be in is to have two great homes to choose from. Then they can feel good about walking away from one if they don't get their terms accepted.
    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 having options.

  • Murders 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.

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Rosemary 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 !

Jeannie 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 your man!

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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, Roswell, Alpharetta, 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 those areas.

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 builders.

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 sell.

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 realestate, 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 relationships.  It truly is becoming a small, interconnected world.


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