Dear Neighbors,
Here is my weekly email, Wedneday Morning With Zac, that I send out to local agents in the Atlanta area. Enjoy!

Breakdown of the stimulus package. With 1,071 pages of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it’s hard to know where to begin talking about it, but the Center for American Progress estimates that Georgia will receive $15.84 billion, or 3.99 percent of our state’s gross domestic product. Read more about this and more about how the package will be divided up here.

Foreclosure suspension extended. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have extended the suspension of their foreclosure sales from the original date of January 9 through a new date of March 6. Hopefully, this move will allow for more time for refinancing in an effort to keep homeowners in their residences. Read more here.

New prices! New listings! Open houses! All from the zac team @ REMAX Greater Atlanta
Swanepoel TRENDS report is released. Every year, Stefan Swanepoel releases a report of staggering depth with his observed trends and predictions of the real estate world. Stay ahead of the curve by checking out some of the leading edge technology and information here.

We are searching for two additional agents who, if given an abundant amount of leads, can close at least two additional transactions per month. If that’s you, then I have those leads. Call me directly at 404.564.7272.

Property taxes to stay intact. Due to the $465 million infusion for Medicare for Georgia, Perdue renewed the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant program for this fiscal year. Read more about it here...

No time to quit. Click here for a video that encourages you to fight through the pain of difficult times and work just a little harder to accomplish what you didn’t think was possible. (The video will be up on the right side of the home page through this week).

Three free hours of CE! Only a few seats left! We are offering THREE FREE HOURS of CE training here in our office on February 26th, 2009! Here are the details:

1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Real Estate Manners (3 FREE hours of CE)
Sponsored by: RMGA INSTITUTE
Instructor: M. J. Stanton

You will learn:
>> What makes your clients tick and what ticks them off
>> How to develop a profitable business in changing times
>> How to polish your presentation skills so you shine like a pro each and every time you are in front of a prospect
>> How to avoid the down market syndrome
>> How to avoid time consuming real estate complaints that drain motivation and alter powerful mind set

Seating is limited! Make reservations not later than February 23, 2009 at 404.564.7268.

Foreclosure Dictionary. This is an extremely comprehensive list of foreclosure and REO terms and definitions which can help you with contracts, clients, and perhaps your trivia game. Click here!

"Common-Sense Solutions for Saving Homes & Communities." The Center for Responsible Lending and the PICO National Network have teamed up to produce a paper calling for a different approach to avoiding the predicted three million foreclosures over the next several years. One of the biggest calls to action is making drastic changes to the loan modification process and requiring banks that receive TARP money to adopt this aggressive loan modification model. Read more here...

Do you have friends who are interested in joining the real estate business? We have a link on our careers page to real estate licensing, appraisal, and home inspection schools!

The Six Rules to Active Listening. Do you find yourself thinking about what you are going to say while the other person is still talking? Or fiddling with a paperclip or pen unknowingly? Then it might be time to read this blog. In a sales environment, it’s always a good time to revisit the rules of active listening. Click here for more!

Turn off your car! Did you know that if you let your vehicle idle for more than 30 seconds, you use more gas than it takes to turn off the engine and start it back up? And that idling for 10 minutes a day wastes about 24.6 gallons of gas per year? Well, the Clean Air Campaign does and is now getting support from UPS for their "No-Idling Campaign." The campaign starts with encouraging parents to turn off their engines when picking up their children from school in order to cut down on harmful emissions released near schools. Read more here!

Cut the cord!
Have some listings that are limping by on life support? Don’t plan on keeping them alive much longer? Don’t worry about them anymore - give me a call and I will pay you a referral fee for them. Please call me directly at 404.564.7272.

Best wishes for a successful week!

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