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Central Georgia Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage and property management firm headquartered in Senoia, GA and serving all of South and North Atlanta. Currently managing over 200 residential properties for individuals, small investors, and institutional investors, we are experts in this part of the state in the property management business. We also offer management services for smaller multi-family properties, up to 30 units.

In addition to property management services, Central Georgia Realty also offers real estate sales. Whether you're a home owner looking to sell your home, an investor looking for great investment opportunities, or a buyer looking for your dream home, we can help you reach your goals.

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The Terrorist Watch List and rental property

Todd Ortscheid - Sunday, August 31, 2014

Most people have heard of "the terrorist watch list," and most people associate it with preventing potential terrorists from boarding airplanes. But the list is used for a lot of reasons beyond that, including tenant screening, and has actually been around since way back in the Carter administration.

In 1977, Congress ratified and President Carter signed the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The Act basically gives the president some emergency powers when dealing with foreign threats like terrorist organizations or rogue states. The actual administering of IEEPA is handled by another alphabet soup government agency called the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

After 9/11, Congress ratified and President Bush signed the Patriot Act. This Act further strengthened IEEPA, allowing OFAC even more power to impose sanctions on those listed on the watch list.

So, how does all of this relate to what we do with property management? Well, each background check we do on prospective tenants includes an OFAC search. This search will turn up anyone listed on the terrorist watch list. While we've all heard of the occasional person who is incorrectly listed and has to jump through hoops to get the list corrected, the reality is that most of the names on the list indicate people who are legitimately threats to the country. And if someone is a threat to the country, then that person is definitely not someone you want renting your house. The last thing you want is a terrorist sleeper cell setting up shop in your investment property.

This sort of thorough screening is one of the many reasons that you need a professional property manager handling your rental property. Give us a call to find out how we can better screen prospective tenants and get good renters in your property.

How our blogging helps our clients

Todd Ortscheid - Friday, August 29, 2014

Sometimes we get asked why we devote time to writing blog entries for our web site. Obviously, it does take time, and time is valuable, so why spend it on a blog? Several reasons.

First, we think there is a lot of valuable information that we can give property owners through our blog. Most of our clients aren't very experienced with being landlords, so they have lots of questions about various things related to renting out their property. This blog allows us to provide a continual stream of the most up-to-date information and news on the industry, which is good to know for both our current clients and for potential clients.

Second, obviously, is our desire to grow our business. By providing quality information to prospective clients through out blog, we demonstrate that we care enough about our clients to keep them informed.

But finally, and most important to our clients, is what our blogging does to help market your property. Blogging is a very important component of what is called "search engine optimization," which is basically a fancy term for getting your web site to the top of the list in Google and other search engines. By blogging on a regular basis with good information that owners and tenants want to read, Google's search engine algorithms keep our web site higher in the rankings, which means that your property is more likely to be found by prospective tenants.

We are always working to inform our clients and to market their properties to the greatest extent possible. To learn what we can do for you, please give us a call or submit a request for more information.

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Central Georgia Realty
42 Main Street Suite 2B
Senoia, GA 30276

(678) 648-1244

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