Lunch & Learn – “What You Should Expect From Your Closing Attorney”

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Real Estate

Topic: “What You Should Expect from Your Closing Attorney”
Speaker: Joel Gerber – Brannen, Searcy & Smith, LLP
Sponsored by: Bank of America – George Evans – Mortgage Loan Officer
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Networking & Lunch: 12:00pm
Speaker: 12:30pm
Location: Savannah Area Realtors – 7015 Hodgson Memorial Drive

In order to give our sponsor an accurate count, please RSVP for lunch no later than Monday, August 19, 2013. This is an SAR member benefit – No Charge to attend for SAR members. Due to Educational Requirements, NO CE Credit is given for Lunch & Learn sessions. To RSVP, please contact Lori at For more information visit the SABOR website.

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Closing Tip – GA Non Resident Seller Tax Withholding

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Real Estate

Did you know that in most instances if a non-Georgia resident seller has more than a $20,000.00 gain on the sale of his/her real property in Georgia, that the closing attorney (on behalf of the buyer) is required to withhold three percent (3%) of the realized gain (that amount is subtracted from the seller’s proceeds). That withheld amount is then sent in by the closing attorney to the Georgia Department of Revenue (in some instances the seller can get the amount withheld back from the GA DOR).

Homestead Exemption: To File or Not to File

Written by Joel Gerber. Posted in Homestead Exemption, Real Estate

For those of you who bought a primary residence in 2012 at a price lower than the 2012 tax assessed value, you should see a reduction in your home’s tax assessed value for 2013. This year (around June), you should receive a valuation notice from the county tax assessor showing that the 2013 tax assessed value of your home is now the purchase price. After you receive the valuation notice showing your home’s new assessed value is now the purchase price, you likely should go ahead and file your Homestead Exemption (which is a small tax break).


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