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Meet the P&A Team - Lee Pruitt


Published: 10/11/2017


This week on Meet the P&A Team we are excited to introduce our newest member and attorney, Lee Pruitt!

Lee has extensive experience in the real estate closing business and we are so happy to have him on our team. He has been working as a closing attorney for many years and has experience clearing complex title issues. We feel that he will be a great asset to Perrie & Associates, and he has already been doing a great job with us these past few weeks!

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Name: Lee Pruitt
Role: Closing Attorney

Fun Facts: 
  • Favorite sports team is Liverpool FC 
  • Favorite food is Indian, or anything in Buckhead Life Restaurant Group 

Lee Pruitt is a Georgian through and through. Born in Rome, GA, he received his Bachelor of Science from Shorter College in 2003, and in 2011, he received his Juris Doctor from Georgia State. 

After being sworn in to the Georgia Bar, he began practicing at a general practice law firm, handling all types of cases including federal white collar and shoplifting on the defensive side, to the purchase of a majority share of a corporation on the transaction side.
In 2013, he began working as a closing attorney and has extensive knowledge of resolving complex title issues and building relationships in the real estate business.

Did you always know you wanted to be an attorney? 

Not really; I actually graduated college just a few credits shy of being a high school history and English teacher.

Why did you decide to go to law school? 

After working at a real estate closing firm as a runner and a post closer, I knew I wanted to work in real estate, and my dad always wanted an attorney in the family. When he offered to front my tuition, I decided to try to go to law school.

How did you get started in the real estate industry and why do you like working in this field? 

I started in real estate as a runner at one of the biggest real estate firms in my hometown. From there, I moved into a full time post-closing position. From the start, I really enjoyed all the different people you get to work with in this field. I also love the problem solving aspect. Whether it is a title problem or a contract dispute, I love helping find the right solution.

Do you have any hobbies? 

I love reading, watching movies, and listening to music, but these days playing with my two kids takes up most of my time and provides most of my fun. 

How do you like to spend your weekend? 

I love to spend time with my family and friends, and I enjoy UGA football in the fall. 

Where is your favorite place to vacation? 

Disney World. It may be a cliche, but I have been with just me and my wife and I have been with my whole family. If I had to choose just one place that I had to go back to again and again, it would be Disney World. 

What do you like so far about working here at Perrie & Associates? 

I love the people at P&A. Everyone is very good at what they do and it really feels like a team effort. Competence and camaraderie usually make for a winning combination. 

Lee will be centered out of our West Cobb office on Dallas Highway and will travel to our other offices for closings. We hope you are able to meet him at our closing table soon! 



Explore Your Neighborhood - Fall Edition


Published: 9/27/2017




Last week, we had the official start to fall, but right now in Georgia, it still feels like we're in the middle of summer.

But not to worry, as the days get shorter, the nights will get colder, and many activities synonymous with the fall season have already begun.There's plenty to do right here in the metro this fall, and just a few miles out from the perimeter, there is even more fall fun to be had!

Check out our suggestions of ways to explore your neighborhood this fall:

Step right up, it's fair season!

Fall time means fair time, and there are plenty of local and statewide fairs and festivals happening all around the state.
Right here in Marietta is the North Georgia State Fair. With carnival rides, daily performances, a petting zoo and a blue-ribbon contest, there is plenty to do for the whole family. The sea lion show and pig races return as fair-goer favorites, and new this year includes an alligator show and fireman high diving act. And don't forget about the funnel cakes! There are plenty of delicious carts and food trucks with sweet treats and fair delicacies. Don't wait too long though, this is the last week for this fair, located at Jim R. Miller Park.
If you can't make the fair this weekend, not to worry. The Georgia National Fair will be held in Perry, GA from October 5th to 15th. With more rides, games, and food vendors than you can imagine, there are also livestock competitions and other specialty shows.
The Georgia State Fair will start this Friday and run until October 8 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

North Georgia Apple Festival

It may be a bit of a drive, but it's worth it for fresh, right-of-the-tree apples from North Georgia.
This is the 46th year of the Ellijay Apple Festival, and there's reason for it's success. Located just a few minutes from more than 10 apple orchards, the festival features over 200 vendors selling arts and crafts, foods, and other specialty items. The festival will be held the weekends of October 14th and 15th and 21st and 22nd. An antique car show will be held on October 14th and the parade will take place on the 21st.
Many of the surrounding apple orchards are open during the week and on weekends through November. You can walk through the trees and pick your own apples, or take the easy way out and grab a bag that's already picked. Some orchards have their own petting zoo and performances, and don't forget to try some apple cider and fried pies!

Pumpkin Patch Picking 

It may be a little early to start thinking about jack-o'-lanterns, but visiting a pumpkin patch is a fun fall activity and they can be great decorations (or pie of course)!
There are plenty of patches around the metro and beyond with pumpkins, and some have corn mazes and hay rides as well.
In Dawsonville, not far from Ellijay, is Burt's Farm and pumpkin patch. There are all kinds of pumpkins to be found here - flat, round, small, short, and even ones so large you'll need a wheelbarrow to get it off the ground. The farm also offers hayrides and has a country store with fall decorations including gourds and Indian corn.
Also in Dawsonville is Uncle Shuck's pumpkin patch and corn maze. Each year the corn maze is cut in a different design, and this year features some Georgia wildlife. In addition to the corn maze, there are pick-your-own-pumpkins, a corn cannon and a goat walk, as well as festival food and hayrides.
In Woodstock, there is Berry Patch Farm , a patch that opens this weekend, and often, local organizations will host pumpkin patches - so be sure to check with your county and city to see what's happening in your neighborhood!

Haunted Happenings 

Halloween is quickly approaching, and there are plenty of spook-tacular events to give you a fright if you dare to enter.
Of course, one of the biggest Halloween attractions in Atlanta is Netherworld. A walk-through haunted house, Netherworld is known throughout the scare industry for it's high-quality special effects, impressive makeup, and talented (and frightening) actors. There are two houses for guests to enter, and this year's haunts will feature Primal Scream and Mr. Grendel's 3D Funhouse of Horrors.
For frights and heights, visit Six Flags Over Georgia for Fright Fest. Zombies and ghouls take over the park at night, and several haunted houses and scare zones are placed throughout the park. Rides will also be open during the fest that runs until October 31st.
If you're looking for some less frightening Halloween fun, Little Five Points hosts a Halloween festival and parade on the 21st, and Oakland Cemetery keeps its gates open after dark around Halloween.

So if it's fall fun or terrifying frights you're searching for this fall metro-Atlanta and the State of Georgia has you covered. Check here for a list of other fall festivals coming to the city in October, and be sure to check with your local city and county for other fall activities in your neighborhood!


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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and team members of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!


Power of Attorney


Published: 9/13/2017



Heading on vacation during your closing? Have a medical procedure scheduled and know you won't make it in to sign? Work sending you out on a last-minute business trip?

If you're in any of these scenarios, you're probably worried about what you're going to do about signing at closing. 


We all have busy lives with work, family and travel - throw a home buying or selling process into that mix and it can get a little hectic! That's what the Power of Attorney, or POA, is for. 

A power of attorney is a document between two parties in which one party grants the other broad power to act on their behalf. This power can be for a number of things, including signing during a real estate closing. 

In a POA transaction, the person granting the power is called the principal, and the person receiving the power is called the agent or attorney in fact. The agent will act on behalf of the principal within the circumstances noted in the document. An attorney in fact does not have to be an attorney - it can simply be a relative, friend, or anyone the principal trusts to act on their behalf. 

Powers of attorney are a great option for buyers or sellers who can't be present at closing. An agent can be designated to arrive at the closing and sign on the principal's behalf. All they would need is their photo ID and a strong and steady hand - because they will be writing a lot! (Every signature from a power of attorney must be signed "Agent's name as attorney in fact for Principal's Name," so you may want to tell your agent to be ready!) 

But besides real estate closings, a POA can be beneficial in other legal situations, and there are several types of these documents: 

General 
A general power of attorney is used to allow your agent to handle your affairs during a certain period of time, such as when you are traveling. 
Powers can include any or all of the following:
  •  Buy and sell property
  •  Buy, manage or sell real estate
  •  Handle banking transactions
  •  Enter safety deposit boxes
  •  File tax returns
  •  Tend to government benefits
  •  Enter into contracts
  •  Purchase life insurance
  •  Settle claims
  •  Exercise stock rights
Additional powers that can be added in the document include maintaining business affairs, making transfers to revocable living trusts, hiring professional assistants and making gifts. 

Durable

In a durable POA, the term of the power granted to the agent is specified. For instance, if the principal was to become mentally incapacitated or physically unable to communicate their wishes, this document would specify that the agent does or does not continue to have the right to act on the principal's behalf. 
All powers granted in a general power of attorney can be given in a durable one, but stipulations are included regarding the health of the principal. 

Special/Limited 

A special power of attorney grants limited or special power to the agent. This is typically done if one party cannot handle certain affairs because of prior commitments or health reasons. Common powers specified in a special power of attorney include buying or selling real estate, managing business interests, and handling bank transactions. 

Health Care

In a health care POA, the agent is given the power to make medical decisions for the principal if they are unconscious, mentally incompetent or physically unable to communicate. The document can go into effect immediately or when the principal is determined mentally incompetent, based on the principal's wishes. A health care POA does not constitute a living will; however, the State of Georgia allows the principal to state their wishes in a POA regarding medical treatment in conditions such as terminal illness and permanent unconsciousness. 

Trust Factor

With all POA's, trust plays an important role. Major powers can be given to an agent, so it is imperative to choose someone who will look out for the principal's best interests, respect their wishes, and not abuse their power. 

LegalZoom also notes that an agent should be organized and responsible and keep records of all transactions they have done on the principal's behalf.  Legally, an agent is not held responsible for anything done unknowingly, but can be held for any intentional misconduct. 

Overall, a power of attorney can be used for any number of legal or personal activities and may be perfect for a buyer or seller closing on a property. If you need a POA for a closing here at Perrie & Associates or for any other matter, just let us know and we'll be happy to help you draw up the appropriate document for your needs! 

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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and team members of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!

Building Your Brand


Published: 8/23/2017


As the busy season of real estate begins to slow down, now is the time for those side projects to ramp up and be taken off the back burner.

For real estate agents, one of those projects should be brand building.

In the days of social media, everyone has a personal brand. The digital footprint you leave behind on a daily basis says a lot about you and your business or company. Real estate agents are quite often a one-man or one-woman show, so building your personal brand is important to stand out and draw business.

According to Monster, "whether you like to think about it or not, right now there are people thinking about your very own brand of whatever you are and do, and they're deciding if they want to make it one of their favorites."

Of course, you want to be the favorite real estate agent in town! So we've compiled a few tips to help you build your brand to new heights:


Know and Be Yourself

If you're going to spend your lifetime working in an industry, you may as well be yourself while you do it. You don't want to live pretending to be someone you're not, and your clients don't want that either.
According to Entrepreneur magazine, "building a personal brand is first and foremost developing an understanding of your true self, and then sharing that with the world."
Buying or selling a home is a major life decision that can have a lot of emotional aspects, so it's important that your clients have a person by their side that they know and trust.
Think about why you got into the real estate market. Did you have struggles of your own when you were a first time buyer? What do you enjoy about the home buying process and why is this industry important to you?
Identifying your passion for the industry will drive the direction of your personal brand, and telling your story will allow you to be an authentic agent that clients can identify with and will want to recommend.

Be Professional 

This tip sounds like common sense. Yes - you should always dress and act professionally, but what about the other aspects of your company?
Your website, business cards, photography, and even social media accounts should all have the air of professionalism.
If you can, hire a web designer to make a user-friendly and visually appealing website that draws customers. Or, use one of the many easy-to-use web platforms such as Wordpress or Squarespace to create your own.
Design and purchase business cards from a printing company rather than printing them on your own, and hire a professional photographer for head shots that can be used on your social media platforms and website.
All of this may seem obvious, but having a professional look across the board can really boost your personal brand.

Consistency is Key

Along the lines of professionalism is consistency.
With so many platforms to put your word out, it may seem a little overwhelming. On Instagram you could have one look, while your Facebook page could have another. To make things simple, and to not confused clients, it's important to be consistent across platforms.
From the name of the page to your logo or profile picture, having continuity will strengthen your brand and make it more recognizable.
For example, if Shelley Holmes is a real estate agent, her Facebook page could be simple "Shelley Holmes." To follow suit, her LinkedIn should also be Shelley Holmes, and her Instagram and twitter handle should be @shelleyholmes. The same could be done with "Shelley Holmes Realtor" or "Shelley Sells Homes," just as long as these page names and accounts are all consistent.
This consistency even applies to your email. If your social media accounts are titled "Shelley Holmes," but your email is holmesatlrealestate@email.com, then your clients may have a harder time contacting you, or remembering how to get in touch with you.

Know Your Industry

They say learning is a lifelong skill, and that skill should be applied to your personal brand. "No matter how well you know your industry or area of expertise, it would be wise to remember that things are changing at a faster rate than ever before, and you have to stay up-to-date with the latest changes and trends," says Entrepreneur Magazine. "If you're not growing, then you're stagnating, and that's the last thing you want to do as an entrepreneur."
There are a number of ways to continue learning in the industry - join a local Realtor organization and attend regular meetings to see what other professionals are discussing; network within your area and talk about trends you notice; monitor relevant publications and websites for new studies and reports. 
And finally, share your findings.
People want to know that you are both knowledgeable and passionate about your business. By sharing news about the industry, you show that you care enough about what you to do to continue learning and improve yourself. 

Stay the Course

With all of these suggestions, you can build your personal brand, but if you don't stay the course on your marketing strategy, it will all be for nothing. "The only way that you're going to be discovered and build that social currency is by doing it, day and day out," said Elite Daily co-founder Gerard Adams in an interview with Entrepreneur. 
It's a lot of hard work, but it's important to be persistent with your personal branding. A month of Facebook posts and Instagram photos isn't going to cut it. 
Building a brand takes time and it's important to develop a strategy and brand message early on so you don't lose your way. To keep yourself accountable and aid in your planning, consider a social media manager such as Hootsuite that allows you to schedule posts ahead of time. 

It takes planning, organization and commitment, but if you stay the course and build your brand, you will see the benefits in both your business and in your own confidence. 


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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and team members of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!


FMLS Showcase


Published: 8/9/2017



It's August, and the stage is set for one of the biggest real estate events of the year - the FMLS Showcase!

The Southeast Residential Real Estate Trade Show is August 24 from 9:30 to 4:30 at the Cobb Galleria, and we here at Perrie & Associates could not be more excited at this event!

The even brings together realtors, real estate professionals, and other affiliated industries for a day of networking and learning.

More than 3,000 industry professionals are expected to attend this year's event and over 140 industry vendors will be represented at the show. National and regional speakers will be in attendance to discuss timely issues facing the industry, making this a great opportunity for those working in real estate.

For this year's 17th annual show, technology use in the industry will be a primary focus.

"Technology is increasingly at the forefront of our daily business and lives. This year's trade show will highlight all areas of our industry, from prospecting and market data to creative business strategies and using technology on the fly."

More than 15 presenters will hit the stage covering various topics ranging from flipping houses to client software, and with three theaters running simultaneously, there is always something to learn.

Rob Parker, President of Pinewood Communities, is this year's keynote speaker, and he will be discussing what it takes to build a remarkable community.

"Rob Parker is working with Chief Visionary Dan Cathy to build a remarkable New Urbanist community directly adjacent tot he second largest purpose built firm studio in North America - Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Rob will share how the team at Pinewood Forrest is designing an urban, walk-able, sustainable community that is attracting the next generation of storytellers and creatives."

In addition, Joi Hardiman will discuss how to analyze your listings with statistics, Eric Glauner will show agents a new system to schedule showings, Sallie Mobley will discuss the FMLS mobile option for on-the-go agents, and Eric Stegemann will dig behind a Realtor's personal goals and how to trul achieve them.

With all of the educational, networking and business opportunities, it is clear to see why so many call the FMLS Showcase "Hands down - the best trade show value in the real estate market - anywhere!"

Tickets to the showcase are $10 if purchased by August 23, and $15 on the day of the show. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Atlanta.

Perrie & Associates has loved participating in this event over the years, and we are excited to see you on August 24! Be sure to stop by and see us!

For a complete list of presenters, a schedule of the day's seminars, and a map of the event and booths, visit FMLS Showcase Trade Show.



Post-Closing Protocol


Published: 7/27/2017




You've signed the papers, exchanged the keys, and are all ready to move in - the deed is done, you've closed on your home! 


But the work doesn't stop for us there just yet. Here's a synopsis of post-closing protocol, including what we handle after you've signed, and what you should do too! 

Our job

  • Disbursement - Many checks are often disbursed at the closing table, but any wires and checks not given out at closing will be distributed afterward. The closer will get the file back and review it to ensure all documents have been properly executed in compliance with the bank's requirements, and checks will be mailed out to the appropriate location and wires will be sent out by the closing attorney. 
  • Deeds and Recording - The warranty deed is signed at closing and shows that a clear title has passed from the seller to the buyer. A security deed is signed when a mortgage loan is taken out in Georgia, and shows the terms of the loan and places a lien on the property until the mortgage is paid. Both of these deeds must be recorded with the Clerk of Superior Court in the respective county where the property was sold to show the transfer of ownership.After closing, our post closer will review the deeds and check the legal descriptions for accuracy before sending them to the clerk's office with checks for recording fees. Once received, the clerk will stamp the original and record a copy of the documents in the public records/deed books. The stamped and recorded original is returned to our office. The buyer will receive a copy of the stamped warranty deed for their records, and a copy of the stamped security deed will be sent to the lender. 
  • Documentation - Part of the post-closing process is sending documents from closing to various parties involved in the closing. This can include homeowner's associations that need a copy of the warranty deed, to agents who need copies of the closing disclosure. We will ensure that all parties receive the necessary documents they need to record your closing. 

What you can do
  • Little Red Book - At closing, you will receive one of our famous red booklets, a staple of Perrie & Associates. This book is all of the documents you signed at closing, condensed down into 8.5 x 11. Keep this book! It is so important for you to keep your closing package in a safe place. It's great to have for your records in case anything may come up. If it does, you've got all your information and all the terms of your closing right there at your fingertips.

  • Check the mail - As we noted above, you will be receiving some documents or checks through the mail after closing. Don't forget to be on the lookout for this paperwork - and be sure to check your bank account if you will be receiving a wire.

  • Homestead Exemption - In the new year following your closing, it will be time to think about taxes. From January through April, home buyers who purchased a property in the last year can apply from a homestead tax exemption.
    A homestead exemption is a reduction on the homeowner's property taxes, and the amount of the deduction is determined from the assessed value of the home. To qualify, homeowners need to apply with their county tax office. Each county has a different deadline between January and April, so be sure to check with your tax office on when to apply. 
We pride ourselves in continuing to a source of support for everyone who has closed with us. We maintain secure, electronic copies of all documents related to every file we have closed to date. For any questions regarding post closing, please email postclosing@perrielaw.com, or ask for our post closing department. 
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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and team members of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!

Cultivate Curb Appeal


Published: 7/12/2017


They say home is where the heart is, but during the summer months, the fun is had outdoors.

Curb appeal is a major factor in a home, and whether you just bought your house and are looking to make your yard your own, or you are trying to sell your home, a few flowers and a trim to the grass can really add value. 

If you are looking to spend some time outdoors and add to your home, check out our list of summer tips and tricks that you can use to cultivate some curb appeal.

Entryway Enhancement
You're sure to be welcoming guests this summer, but what first impression is your home making? If your front door and porch are drab and dreary, your home may not look too inviting, regardless of what fabulous party you have planned inside!
Fixing your front entrance can be a quick and easy improvement that can make a dramatic impression.
Consider adding a new coat of paint to the front door, one that contrasts the rest of the exterior of the home. If you're house and shutters are black and gray, a bright red door can really draw the eye and attract attention.
Add metal house numbers near your front door, and consider replacing or adding a new light treatment to the entryway to make it look warm and inviting.
A few pots filled with colorful flowers can add appeal, and soon your entryway will be welcoming guests all on its own.

Flowers and Blooms
Summer is the season of bright colors and fun, and you don't want your house to be the only one on the block without some color. To add some flair, try some flowering shrubs in your yard that will bloom in the summer months.
Crape Myrtles can provide a great pop of white, purple, pink, or red to your yard, and the trees flourish in the Georgia heat and humidity. In winter, their smooth bark will peel away to reveal colors of brown, tan and gray, adding further appeal to your yard, and they are easy to take care of.
For another Southern staple, plant a few hydrangeas. These green leafy shrubs will bloom pink or blue, depending on the toxicity of the soil, so if you're really adventurous, you can try a bit of a science experiment to bring a new color to your yard. With big, fluffy blooms, these shrubs are relatively easy to care of and can provide a nice bouquet for you to bring indoors.
Of course, for quick and easy summer sprucing, add some annuals like petunias, cosmos, and zinnias to bring an array of color to your summer flower beds.

Window Treatment
Just like you front door, windows can either be an eye-catcher, or an eye-sore. To make sure they are drawing the right attention, it's important to give your windows a little TLC.
Start with simply cleaning them, both inside and out, and be sure to wash off any dirt on the exterior windowsills and surrounding areas.
If you have shutters, be sure to clean those as well, and if you're really adventurous, consider adding them to your home if you have space to enhance contrast and add another dimension.
For a simple upgrade, add window boxes with summer annuals to bring the fun from your yard to your home in a quick and easy way.

Trees and Greenery
Summer color is great, but it's also important to add some green that will last throughout the season.
In shaded areas, Japanese Maple trees provide a great feature and their dark, red leaves will add to the shades of the season in the fall.
Dogwoods can also be a manageable tree that can provide some shade and some green to your yard. With white flowers that bloom in the summer, this tree is a great option for Georgia homeowners.
For more low-to-the-ground green, try a few perennial hostas. There are a great variety of these plants, with some having small, lime-green leaves, to others with large, dark blue-green leaves that spread wide. Easy to maintain, these spots of green will return every year.

Maintenance, Maintenance
Last but not least, it's important to maintain your outdoor space.
Even if you don't have flower beds filled with color, a simple manicured lawn and a swept off porch and driveway can make a big difference.
Cut back long and leggy limbs of trees that may get in the way or are blocking your home, and while it may sound like a no-brainer, don't forget to mow the lawn!

By applying just a few of these tricks, curb appeal can be vastly improved, which will add a great deal of value to your home, and a great deal of fun to your outdoor space! So get outside, enjoy this weather, and show off your home's beautiful facade!
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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and team members of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!

Real Estate Organizations - A Network of Opportunity


Published: 6/28/2017


As a real estate agent, it is important to focus on your community. Knowing the ins and outs of the neighborhoods, schools, and businesses is crucial to helping your client find the perfect home.

But it's also important to remember to build your own community. After all, selling real estate is hard work, and you don't want to be all out on your own! Thankfully, there are a number of wonderful organizations for realtors that can provide services and a strong network for agents.




Established in 1908, the National Association of Realtors is "The Voice for Real Estate" and represents over 1.2 million members. Brokers, salespeople, property managers and others involved in the real estate industry abide by the association's Code of Ethics in order to obtain the REALTOR membership mark. Members benefit from discounts on business and services such as insurance, electronics, and travel costs, and the association provides numerous resources and research that can aid a real estate business. NAR also advocates for realtor issues, including bills and legislation related to the industry, and a portion of all member dues goes to supporting this legislative group. 


Georgia Association of Realtors - 


Headquartered in Atlanta, the GAR is the largest trade association in the state, with more than 29,000 members. The association provides educational and professional development opportunities, and classes are offered several times a month across the state. Two conferences are held each year that make for great networking opportunities, with the Inaugural & Legislative Conference held in February and the Annual Conference & Expo held in September. Document templates, including contracts, are also provided for members, and those interested in getting involved are able to join a committee. Members of the GAR also pay membership fees for the National Association of Realtors, and therefore have access to those resources, including the Realtor's Property Resource, which provides statistics and analysis that can help your clients make informed decisions, making the GAR a great, local extension of the national association. 



Women's Council of Realtors

For women in the real estate industry, there is the Women's Council of Realtors. Promoting women as leaders in their industry and communities, the council has 253 local networks with more than 12,000 members. Members can participate in local networking and special events, and the council offers an online Referral Center that is an easy-to-use database that connects users to the council's trusted professional network. An affiliate of the NAR, the WCR provides volunteer and leadership opportunities that can enhance professional development. The council also provides the Performance Management, a business leadership designation, and the courses discuss topics such as leadership, networking, and business planning. 



County Board of Realtors - 

Many counties and regions in the area have their own Board of Realtors, including Cobb, Cherokee, and Atlanta. Benefits are similar to that of national or state organizations, including discounts, education and network opportunities; however, these local organizations are exactly that - local. Networking opportunities allow members to connect with those working directly in their own communities, and the organizations also provide community service opportunities to give back to the neighborhoods in which we live and work in. All members are held to a code of ethics, and professional development services are available to members. Sponsorship and partnerships are also available through these organizations, and Perrie & Associates is proud to be an affiliate sponsor of the Cobb Association of Realtors. 


Chamber of Commerce - 

County Chambers of Commerce also offer a good opportunity for agents and brokers to connect. Comprised of local business owners and community leaders, a chamber of commerce is a great place to make local connections and network. Chambers often provide both fun and professional events to meet other businessmen and women, and they also provide resources for establishing and maintaining a business. Information about the county and its businesses can be helpful resources when educating clients about an area, and there are a number of ways to get involved through committees and ambassador programs. 



Realtor organizations can be vital to your business. For an annual fee, membership to these organizations provide many resources, opportunities, and connections that can help you grow your business and have a reliable and trusted network to turn to for help.

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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and team members of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!

Meet the P&A Team - David Perrie


Published: 6/14/2017


This week we are excited to launch a new segment on our blog - Meet the P&A Team! 


Here at Perrie & Associates, we are committed to treating our clients like family, and the same goes for our employees. It is important to us to connect with everyone we work with, and to further that personal connection, we want to introduce our fabulous team to you! 


With this new segment, we will be featuring one Perrie & Associates employee for you to get to know. And to start off, we'll begin with our fearless leader, David Perrie. 

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Name: David Perrie
Role: Attorney and Founding Partner
Years at Perrie & Associates: 11


Fun Facts: 
• played football and ran track in high school

• set the county record in pole vaulting
• enjoys snow skiing, bike riding, and white water canoeing

David Perrie was born in Camden, South Carolina, but is a Georgia fan through and through. He received his BBA from the University of Georgia in 1978 and his MBA in 1980. He started his career as an auditor for the University System of Georgia and moved to Texas in 1982 where he went to work with Stewart Title as an auditor. He later became the electronic data processing auditor and was then promoted to management and moved to Washington, DC, where he ran a branch office closing real estate transactions. 

Three years later, he was again promoted and became the State Manager for Georgia. In 1993, David took advantage of Stewart Title’s tuition reimbursement program and enrolled in law school at Georgia State. After four and a half years of going to work all day and law school all night, he graduated and passed the bar on his first attempt. During that time, he switched companies and became a regional manager for United General Title Insurance Company and managed a six state region.

A year after graduating he founded Perrie & Perrie, PC along with his brother, Tom, on July 16, 1999. Two years later they merged with his fraternity brother from UGA, Steven Cole, and became Perrie & Cole, LLC. The firm grew to fourteen offices in three states having 37 lawyers and 150 employees. For various reasons, the firm splintered, and he took four offices to establish Perrie & Associates, LLC on July 1, 2006. Today, we have seven offices in two states and over 35 employees. David is the weekly co-host of an industry specific radio show, ‘Real Estate Radio Atlanta’, and is an active affiliate member of the Cobb Board of Realtors, the local Atlanta Chapter of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Real Property Section of the Georgia Bar. 


Why did you decide to go to law school? Did you always know you wanted to be an attorney? 
I wanted to be an attorney when I was 12 after watching Perry Mason every afternoon. I had always been involved with the real estate industry, and went to law school when I was 38. I worked with Stewart Title in Washington, D.C., and later as I developed the Southeast region, I saw what local closing attorneys were doing. I love working with people and I became interested in pursuing that as a career.

What do you like about working in the real estate industry? 
First and foremost, I love the people. I am a people person at heart and I love that I get to spend every day meeting and working with new people. I also enjoy some of the challenges the real estate industry brings like resolving issues that complicate titles. Every title is different and every day brings something new - it is never a monotonous job.  Finally, I love the closing itself. It is a joyous occasion! I like to be a part of that final transaction and leave a positive mark on the entire experience. 
  
What is one thing still left to do on your bucket list? 
Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I have been scuba diving before in the Bahamas, the Blue Hole in Belize, and many other interesting dives, but would love to see the enormous reef in the Pacific. I took scuba diving as a PE course at UGA and have probably done 300 dives since. I once went diving in the Bermuda Triangle on Friday the 13th with 50 sharks. I'm always interested in doing anything adventurous.


If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Flying! I have had many dreams that I remembered where I was able to fly and I always loved it!

Where is your favorite place you have traveled? 
Cinque Terra, Italy. I have been to Italy four times and always love it. Every time I have a vacation, I think about going somewhere else, but I always end up back in Italy. 

What do you like about coming in to work everyday at Perrie & Associates? 
The thing is, this doesn't feel like work to me. I am a firm believer in the statement "love your job and never work a day in your life." I love working with real estate, and I love meeting our clients at the closing table, so my job doesn't feel like a job. I have been in this industry for a long time, and I am thankful to be able to do what I love. 


David has two sons, Thomas and Will, and married his wife, Jennifer last summer. They and his stepson Calvin live in Cumming on Lake Lanier and have an condo at the Twelve Building in Atlantic Station  in mid-town Atlanta where they are able to spend time with family and friends. Thomas is a loan officer and Will just graduated from law school, so real estate runs in the family. David is a huge Georgia sports fan and will be found cheering on the Braves this season just right across from the office.


Owner's Title Insurance - An Easy Choice


Published: 5/24/2017



Countless decisions go into purchasing a home: location, architectural style, neighborhood, moving date - the list goes on and on. One decision owners face when buying real estate is whether to purchase owner's title insurance.

While many choices in the home-buying process require much consideration, a decision about owner's title insurance should be one of the easiest. After all, if you buy insurance for your car, why wouldn't you insure what will most likely be the biggest investment you'll ever make?

Technically speaking, owner's title insurance is optional. But again, when trying to decide if you should protect the most important purchase in your life, the option is pretty clear.

Most people think of insurance as payment to protect from a future event - like when you buy car insurance to protect you from an accident that may happen in the future.

Title insurance is different. It protects your from future losses based on past events before you acquired the property. This can include a claim of easement, an encroachment or boundary line dispute, or a lien or claim that originated with a prior owner.

Now you may be asking, "shouldn't those issues be found before I buy my home?" The easy answer is yes - because otherwise you wouldn't be signing at our closing table! A title search will produce the liens and any prior issues associated with a property as well as utility easements; however, it won't reveal a person's claim of easement to walk across the property.

In addition, because Georgia law provides no judicial oversight of any foreclosure action, the title exam may not reveal if the foreclosed-upon prior owner has an objection to the foreclosure and intends to assert it as some point in the future. 

Chicago Title Insurance Company puts it best, saying  "title insurance is issued after a careful examination of copies of the public records. But even the most thorough search cannot absolutely assure that no title hazards are present, despite the knowledge and experience of professional title examiners. In addition to matters shown by public records, other title problems may exist that cannot be disclosed in a search."

Buyers may also be hesitant to purchase insurance because they think the home they are buying is in a safe, well-designed neighborhood and the "title should be fine." But just because there is an established HOA in a settled neighborhood doesn't mean that issues can't come up in the future.

What if the contractor built the home on the wrong footprint, and now the driveway extends 6 feet onto the adjacent lot? The HOA could have approved the build without thinking too much of it, but now the owner of the adjacent lot wants to build on his property, which is where your driveway sits!

The great thing about an owner's title insurance policy is that there is a one time premium. The premium is paid at the time of closing, and then that's it for as long as you own the property. 

No, owner's title insurance is not required, but for the lender, it is. And their insurance only protects the lender, and offers nothing to the homeowner. The lender purchases title insurance for every single property, and if they feel that it is so important to protect that property, why wouldn't you?

An owner's title insurance policy is one you hope to never need - but when you do, it is invaluable. We at Perrie & Associates have great relations with several title insurance companies, and strongly suggest owner's purchase a policy to protect their greatest investment!

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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and staff of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!

Explore Your Neighborhood: Summer Edition


Published: 5/10/2017



We may be still over a month away from the official start of summer, but the Georgia heat is on its way and the busy season of real estate has arrived.

With school letting out in just a few weeks, families are looking to move into new neighborhoods and homes will be flying on and off the market like hotcakes.

While the process of finding and moving into a new home can be a bit stressful, it's exciting to have a whole new neighborhood to explore. And if you're moving to the Cobb or Atlanta area, we've got your summer adventures covered.

Check out some of these attractions right outside your new front door:

  • Adventurous Attractions - 
    If you're looking to get your adrenaline pumping this summer, there's plenty to do in metro Atlanta.
    Opening this Saturday, Six Flags Whitewater is a great way to cool off and have fun in the summer heat. Check out over 15 water slides, a giant wave pool, or just lounge around on the lazy river. The park is located conveniently in Marietta, and after Memorial Day, will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    For even bigger thrills and spills, Six Flags Over Georgia is at the southern tip of Cobb County, just 30 minutes from Marietta. You can soar like a superhero with the Batman and Superman roller coasters, or experience the newest in virtual reality with Drop of Doom as you wear Samsung Oculus headsets and battle to save the city as you plummet 100 stories down.
    In case of rain, there is plenty of indoor fun to be had at Andretti's Indoor Karting and Games, located in both Roswell and Marietta. With some of the state's fastest indoor carts, a 4,000 square foot laser tag arena, and 12 lanes of custom bowling, not to mention an entire arcade full of games, there is plenty to keep the kids (and parents) entertained on a rainy day while introducing a bit of friendly competition.

  • Museums - 
    Learning doesn't have to stop over the summer months! There are plenty of museums and historical sites in and around metro Atlanta.
    Local history is on full display at the Atlanta History Center. With more than 30 acres of exhibits, gardens, and historic homes, the center boasts a large collection of Atlanta history, including uniforms and memorabilia from the 1996 Olympics. Plus, you can tour the historic Swan Home, which was featured in the Hunger Games: Catching Fire film.
    To view history with a wider lens, check out Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Walk with the Giants of the Mesozoic to see Argentinosaurus, the largest known dinosaur to walk the Earth, then take a stroll through the trees with a new outdoor, interactive exhibit. A giant theater screens several films daily, and for an adult science night, Fernbank After Dark offers special cocktails and tapas for an after-hours evening of live music and science.
    If you're more of a sports fan than a history buff, the College Football Hall of Fame is the place for you. The hall features several interactive exhibits with video and memorabilia from the best in college football, a Game Day theater, and an indoor playing field where you can run through an obstacle course, test your best quarter back arm, and kick field goals to truly get in the game.
    For more historic museums and sites, check out this list of other locations in the area.

  • Outdoor fun - There's plenty to do outdoors to have some fun in the sun this summer.
    The Silver Comet Trail, running through 13 miles in Cobb County, is the perfect way to get outdoors for a long walk or bike ride. Along the trail are several pocket parks as well as beautiful scenery, and there are four trail heads with ample parking.
    Similarly, the Atlanta Beltline offers 22 miles of trail that surround the city's in-town neighborhoods. Enjoy the public art located along the route and stop at some of Atlanta's best restaurants right along the path. There's even a skate park in the historic fourth ward!
    To get a little higher this summer, hike up Kennesaw Mountain to get a bird's eye view of Cobb County. While you're there, explore the museum about the Atlanta Campaign and Battle of Kennesaw, and don't miss the live artillery and infantry demonstrations just outside the visitor's center.

  • Neighborhood Festivals - Summer weather means summer festivals, and the metro area has more than you can choose from.
    Get started this weekend with the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Centennial Olympic Park. Bands include popular favorites like LCD Soundsystem, Cage the Elephant, and X Ambassadors, and the festival goes throughout the weekend, beginning on Friday.
    For a more laid back music festival, swing by the Atlanta Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. With three stages running on Saturday and Sunday, this free festival held in Piedmont Park is a great place to celebrate jazz legends and discover new jazz talent.
    If you're a culinary connoisseur, and food festivals are more your style, the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will be held June 17 and will feature more than 200 beers from local and national breweries.
    There are also dozens of farmer's markets held on Saturday's, and more Cobb County festivals and concerts can be found here.

  • Cheer on the Braves -
    Of course, the newest place to explore in Cobb is SunTrust Park, the new home of the Braves.
    Cheering on the team is a great way to spend a summer afternoon, and there is plenty at the new ball park see and do. Take a tour through the Monuments Garden to see the evolution of the Braves and the Hank Aaron statue, or watch the game from one of three levels of the ChopHouse.
    Hope & Will's Sandlot is the spot to be for kids at the ballpark. They can climb a rock wall to reach a Braves helmet, take a swing in the batting cage, or zip line from the sky just right by the stadium.
    Before and after the game, the Battery Atlanta is always buzzing with activity whether it's a post-game concert or grabbing a bite or a drink at one of the many restaurants just steps from the outfield. 
There is plenty to explore in your new neighborhood this summer. After you close with Perrie & Associates, be sure to check out some of the great attractions and sites right here in town! 

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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and staff of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!


The 7 Simple Steps of a Closing


Published: 4/26/2017


After all the searching, all the open houses, all the comparing and price negotiating and inspections - you have finally purchased or sold a home. 

While you have certainly gotten through the hardest part of the process, there is still one more step to take for Georgia residents: the closing. 

A real estate closing is the process of transferring the title of the home from the current owner to the new owner. Each state has different requirements for the transaction, and in the state of Georgia, an attorney is required to oversee the closing. 

The closing process can sometimes be complex considering the property rights and government regulations involved, however, closing with Perrie & Associates is a breeze, and we've broken the closing down into 7 simple steps:

  1. Give Us a Call - 
    To start the closing process, the buyer or seller's agent will send the contract that contains both parties' information as well as the property address and other information needed for closing to Perrie & Associates. The contract will be assigned to one of our five offices, and a closing coordinator will begin gathering information and contacting all parties involved to prepare the transaction to close. We also handle For Sale By Owner contracts where no agents are involved, and all new contracts can be sent to titleorders@perrielaw.com or faxed to 404-214-6686 or 404-214-6674.

  2. Some Background Info... -
    After receiving the contract, the pre-closer will order a title report. The title report is a document from the county that shows any liens on the property and is generated by the title examiner. The report is compiled from public records typically recorded in the local county record books. Documents contained in the report include unpaid tax bills, city and county tax bills, security deeds, neighborhood covenants, HOA documents, civil law suits or any other documents that can indicate a cloud or blemish on title that must be cleared up prior to closing. When an issue arises, it is referred to as a "cloud on title" and the property cannot be transferred to a new owner until those issues are resolved. The clouds on title are reported to us, and the pre-closer will address and clear those issues before continuing with the closing process.

  3. And Info About You - 
    Once the title is cleared, the closing coordinator will work with both parties to collect information such as social security numbers for the buyer and the seller, their current and future addresses, the amount of the buyer’s homeowner’s insurance, current property taxes, homeowner's association information and any other information required. The pre-closer will also work with the lender to prepare the settlement statement and other documents needed for closing.
    Next the file moves to the closer's desk, and the closer will also work with the lender to prepare the closing disclosure statement or the settlement statement, along with other documents needed for closing. The pre-closer will work with the lender to provide the commitment to issue title insurance and ensure proper fees and taxes are added into the lender's system in preparation for the upcoming closing.

  4. Save the Date - 
    When the buyer's lender reports that the loan has been approved, the closing can be scheduled. The lender and our office make every effort to work toward the closing date stipulate in the contract, but the buyer's lender has ultimate authority over when the loan is cleared to close. This process typically takes 30 days, so it is important that the purchase contract for a home be sent to the lender and closing attorney immediately after it is completed.

  5. Autograph, please - 
    This is it, you're finally here! Once you arrive for your closing, you will meet with one of our attorneys who will guide you through the closing package and documents that need to be signed. If you're the seller - you've got it easy. You may only have 8 to 10 documents to sign! For the buyer - get those autographs ready! 
    Some of the most important documents signed at closing are the warranty deed, which transfers the title from the previous owner to the new owner, security deed, which creates the lien on the property by the mortgage company and outlines the terms of the obligation, and the closing disclosure (or HUD for a cash sale). The CD or HUD will be given to both the buyer and seller and outlines the fees for both parties and how much each party will receive or owe after closing.

  6. Money, Money, Money - 
    After it's been signed and sealed (we'll get to delivered next), the seller will receive a check or wire for the proceeds of the sale, and then pass those keys across the table because the closing is finished! Now you have officially sold or purchased your home! 

  7. Record and Relax - 
    You've done the hard work and we've gotten your autograph, so sit back and relax - we'll take care of the rest! Someone from our post-closing department will send the deeds to the county courthouse to be recorded, and once the warranty deed is returned, the stamped original will be returned to the buyer and the stamped security deed will be returned to the lender for their records.
The closing process should not be one to dread, but one to celebrate! It's a happy occasion for everyone involved, and Perrie & Associates is happy to help with this exciting process.

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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full-service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and staff of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients' needs. Give us a call to schedule a closing or for legal consultation!

Home for the Braves Affecting Homes in Cobb


Published: 4/12/2017




"Take me out to the ballgame . . ."  just right across the street!

We are only two days away from opening day and Perrie & Associates is more than excited for our new neighbors, the Atlanta Braves, to start playing ball. The SunTrust Ballpark and Battery Atlanta have been major undertakings that we have watched develop right from our office window, and it's finally time to officially welcome the Braves to their new home.

With 41,000 seats pushed closer to the field than ever before, SunTrust Park is merging America's favorite pastime with modern amenities to create the "ultimate fan experience." Three club-level seating areas feature fine-dining and Braves memorabilia displays, and a three-story Chop House in right field will include two party decks and a field level area to give fans the experience of being in the game.

While building a brand new stadium is a major undertaking, SunTrust Park will act as the "crown jewel" for a larger development, The Battery Atlanta.

Featuring restaurants, shops, office space and modern residences along with entertainment, the Battery Atlanta is the epitome of the place to live, work, and play with the Braves as your neighbor. The Coca-Cola Roxie, an iconic Atlanta music venue, will be revived and bowling lanes and karaoke rooms will be available at Punch Bowl Social. Tex-mex, burgers and other culinary creations will be available at the Battery along with several boutiques and stores.

This new home for the Braves, including SunTrust Park and the Battery Atlanta, is sure to draw crowds to Cobb County, and could have a great impact on the local housing market.

More than half of the 3,000 jobs created by the development will be in Cobb County, and the Braves have partnered with Cobb schools to raise $6 million annually for local education. Home Run Readers, a literacy program for kindergarten through eighth grade, will offer Braves tickets and other promotional items as rewards for reading, and the Braves High School Leadership program will provide career exposure and shadowing opportunities.

"Having the Braves in Cobb County is a major asset to the real estate community of the area," David Perrie said. "The variety of businesses in The Battery is a great draw for home buyers and selling point for agents and will increase the overall quality of life for residents in the area. The Braves' commitment to schools will only increase the desirability of an already-coveted district, and the economic impact on the county will be huge. We are delighted to welcome our new neighbors to SunTrust Park and look forward to opening day."

It's too soon to tell how the Braves' move to Cobb will affect the real estate market in the long run, but for now, we at Perrie & Associates are looking forward to walking across the bridge Friday night and tomahawk-chopping our way to a Braves win!

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Perrie & Associates, LLC is a full service law firm centered around real estate property. We strive to provide big firm expertise with small firm concern for your interests. We are committed to focusing our legal expertise to provide you with the highest quality services in a timely and cost efficient manner. The attorneys and staff of our firm take great pride in providing the right solutions to our clients'​ needs.






Published: 4/7/2017

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