Become Mentally Stronger!

A review of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin book

Before we review the book… 3 questions for you to consider:

1. Do you know what mental strength is?
2. Do you believe you are mentally strong?
3. Do you want to get mentally stronger?

The author, Amy Morin, says that mental strength is our ability to manage emotions, thoughts and behaviors positively, regardless of our circumstances. With that definition in mind, consider whether you are strong. It seems most of us want to improve and get stronger in all areas.

For Amy Morin, a social worker, psychotherapist and college psych professor, there are 13 things mentally strong people don’t do, and she lays out the whole book on the back cover… wow you don’t even have to read it (or do you?). What are those 13 things she argues … well let me give you a handful of my favorites:

a. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
b. They don’t shy away from change.
c. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone.
d. They don’t dwell on the past
e. They don’t give up after the first failure.

I am intentionally not listing all 13 chapters or things mentally strong people do. While it’s a good book, it offers great ideas, and if you can read it you will be prone to become mentally stronger. Just reading the bullet points isn’t enough.

This author knows what she’s talking about and the structure of each chapter is the following:

1. A good quote from a third party
2. A case study from her clinical practice
3. Bullet points on what the problem looks like and whether you have the “symptoms of the weakness”. [Don’t worry; only you determine it] 4. A deeper dive into why we think that way.
5. The problems which the mental weakness causes
6. Analysis of how to solve the problem.
7. Quick Bullet points on what is helpful and what isn’t.

Read the book and become Mentally Stronger!

Amy Morin has written a nice book. It’s neither an easy nor hard to read, fairly well organized and well written. Most importantly it’s great insight, advice and allows the reader to comfortably analyze their own mental strength and look for areas of growth!

Suburban home with Under Contract sign in front

Breaking a Real-Estate Closing Stalemate

Yesterday, I found myself breaking a stalemate –

My firm had closed a file in escrow, where the Buyer and his Lender had refused to send the funds to our escrow account until the Seller vacated the home. The Seller refused to vacate the home until she received a check.

Surprisingly, this does not happen more often. Who was right and who was in breach? As with any legal question: it depends which party the lawyer represents! So let’s figure out how to solve the problem and avoid a lawsuit.

The Lender’s Perspective

If you represent the Lender, this particular Lender is housed in California (which is an “escrow state”). They do not fund closings the day they close. My first step was to explain that, without the funds in our escrow account, the Buyer would not be “ready to close.” So I quickly pointed out the difference between California and Georgia and explained the necessity for the funds to make their way into our escrow account. We provided assurances in writing that no funds would be disbursed until the home was ready to be transferred. So remind those Escrow State lenders that, in Georgia, purchase transactions generally fund the day of closing.

What about the seller?

Here, the Seller has a point, right? Does she have to “vacate” the house before closing? Of course not, because it’s her primary residence and without the proceeds she has nowhere to go. However, the story doesn’t end there. The Seller had promised to vacate home and we all know the contract typically has a clause that the “home shall be broom swept clean” to define just how vacant the home is supposed to be. Well here, the Seller actually suggested that the house was finally clean but the prospective Buyer needed to call animal control to “pick up the dogs.”

What to do next?

So the seller has not exactly performed and is far from inspiring the buyer.

Who will blink? When we are involved, hopefully, (as occurred yesterday with my involvement), all three will blink. Lender agreed with my earlier analysis to send their funds; the Buyer finally understood telling everyone you were ready was not the same as showing everyone by wiring the funds to our attorney’s trust account. Of course I assured him that under no circumstances based on the Seller’s (bizarre) behavior would we disburse until she “finished the job,” and removed the debris and dogs from the property.

Lastly, a skilled staff person gently took my less than gentle message back to the Seller – “everything but the dog” was not good enough. If you want your check Ms. Seller, get the debris and the dog out. The Buyer will then be at the home with his agent for a final walkthrough and only after confirmation will we hand the Seller her check.

Takeaways –

If you represent the Buyer – make sure they perform under the contract. I don’t care if they had a bad experience previously, no money in an attorney’s IOLTA escrow account the day of closing is failure to perform. Ditto for the Lender!

If you represent the Seller – make sure the Seller has the home ready for transfer. It should comply with the contract and, but for the exchange at the closing, be imminently ready for transfer. Failure by the Seller to do so is a potential breach.

This was a low dollar distressed sale but we had a recent high dollar sale with similar challenges. The Buyer wanted the nail holes filled and the “walls painted,” and the Seller and his agent explained the “paint was more than 15 years old” and it would not match. Wow, were they right! So how is this the same? Because expectations as to how to deliver the home were not consistent between parties and it led to a tense and delayed closing in both cases. So the good news, the deals both closed, but the bad news was they weren’t completed in less than 1 hour.

Key Takeaway

Manage your clients and ensure they fulfill the obligations of their contract and perform accordingly up to and even after closing.

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin - book cover

Extreme Ownership

Last month, my “Rich Reads” book review was written by a serviceman, Admiral William H. McRaven, author of the gem, Make Make You Bed Little Things That Can Change Your Live … And Maybe the World. It’s a special little book to help get you where you want to go. That was an easy read and a game changer!

While having breakfast in April with friend/realtor Jim Martell, I shared my enthusiasm for last month’s book. Jim shared with me a new title, Extreme Ownership How U.S. Navy Seals Lead & Win, By Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Jim served in the Marine Corps and though soft spoken and smiling always, Jim shows the discipline of a Marine. Jim was kind to deliver the book to my office.

So in keeping with our service theme, and in appreciation of Jim’s gift, I am reviewing Extreme Ownership. Thanks again Mr. Martell for the book and your service to our country.

3 Principles of Extreme Ownership

Okay, I am diving right in… if Make Your Bed was described as an easy read, Extreme Ownership is not. It’s 300+ pages, broken into 12 or so principles, which the authors apply from the battlefield to the boardroom. With names like Jocko and Leif Babin, who were embedded in Iraq, you might expect a little “John Wayne” machismo… and you would be right. Each of the principles (i.e. chapters) is broken down into 3 sections:

  • A fairly graphic detail of a battle or time in Iraq by the Authors. Note: Adrenalin is pumping while reading this section. It’s fascinating to hear the authors describe what they are feeling and thinking in various conflict scenarios. However, if you are not a lover of armed conflict descriptions, this section might not be for you.
  • The next section is the Principle. This is a description of what is gleaned from the battlefield as a core principle.
  • Finally the “Application to Business” section gives an example of how the authors, now management consultants on leadership & management, use the Principle to guide their clients to better results.

You can certainly skip the battlefield section if that’s not “your thing”, but, ideally, you’ll get the most out of it by reading and thinking about all three sections. Unlike Make Your Bed, you won’t get through Extreme Ownership in an hour, but it’s well worth the read.

If Make Your Bed was about how to personally be better and thereby to improve the world, Extreme Ownership is for those in leadership who must constantly improve so they can maximize their company’s results and the improve their people.

No Bad Teams Just Bad Leaders

My favorite chapter, and something I will remember in 20 years, are Chapter 1 (which bears the book’s title – “Extreme Ownership”), and Chapter 2, “No Bad Teams, Just Bad Leaders”. They state:

“ The leader must own everything in his or her world. There is no one else to blame.”

In Chapter 2, their description of the Seal teams racing on the waters proves that if you put a great leader with a “bad team” it’s remarkable how that bad team becomes a good or even great team. Read that Chapter from start to finish because unlike the others it deals with the Seals training not fighting in Iraq and the lesson is best learned from the events in San Diego.

Make Your Bed definitely made me better and now I am confident that Extreme Ownership, though certainly not an easy read, will make me (and you, if you read it) a better leader or manager!

Review by: Richard Shafritz

Strawberry Salad

Main Street Buford

Rico’s World Kitchen – Buford, GA

By: Richard Thompson

At the corner of Main Street and South Lee Street, you will find Rico’s World Kitchen, the best restaurant Buford has to offer. The restaurant is located in an old Pure gas station which has been renovated and has been the home of Rico’s since the restaurant opened. The food is very tasty and offers a variety of options.

The standard menu items are available daily, including my favorites, the Smoked Chicken Cuban and Strawberry Salad. Additionally, there are several special available each day. The specials are the way to go as they are always tasty and unique. Some of my past favorite specials include the Short Rib Tacos and the Pork Carnitas Torta.

The ambience is great and the staff are friendly. The restaurant has an eclectic feel, which is hard to find in Buford. I highly recommend Rico’s World Kitchen to anyone out there who appreciates truly good food. You will not be disappointed.

Check Out Rico’s Menu

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Real Estate Season Is In Full Bloom

April Showers Bring May Flowers…

By Richard Shafritz

So what’s the meaning of these famous words and how can they help us? defines these five words as,

“Some unpleasant occurrences bring about better things.” suggests,

“A period of discomfort can provide the basis for a period of happiness and joy.”

I started thinking about an analogy for how this statement applies to business. For our flowers to bloom we must first plant seeds, water them regularly and feed them the nutrients they require. Despite our best efforts only patience, consistency and the right attention will make our seeds bloom into beautiful flowers.

Isn’t this what we all do in business?

We find the flowers we want to plant … the people we want to build relationships with and we begin to plant seeds. Yes we may even as Dictionary or suggest, experience some unpleasant occurrence or periods of discomfort. We take the risk of calling a new relationship and risk rejection. We contact existing relationships and think we are being ignored. Maybe we are or maybe that person is going through something which prevents them from responding. Nevertheless, as Brian Buffini coaches world wide, we should call, we should write notes and we should pop-buy or visit with these relationships. These are the showers which lead to flowers.

Only with patience, consistency and the right action as described above do the seeds become flowers! After the flowers bloom, they will need to be continually nurtured and cared for. They need sunshine, more nutrients and more water to keep their luster. Same as the relationships we create. We must shower the people we love with love (James Taylor), the people who we do business with, our employees and vendors with gratitude and we must continue the actions which got the flower to bloom (i.e. the relationship) in the first place.

Share your best rainmaking tip, story or idea on our Facebook page.

Know that to those who have made our garden beautiful we thank you and look forward to the very busy Spring and Summer ahead!

Make Your Bed book cover

Make Your Bed

If you are receiving this newsletter, you are likely an entrepreneur, business person or sales person. In short you are driven to success. Admiral William H. McRaven’s Make Make You Bed Little Things That Can Change Your Live … And Maybe the World is a special little book to help get you where you want to go.
But before I review this little gem, the main title Make Your Bed is the one thing I want you to think about, if you don’t even finish reading this review, let alone the book itself. Did you know that according to Socio Economist, Randall Bell, PHD,

“people who make their bed are up to 206.8 percent more likely to be millionaires. Me We Do Be by Randall Bell” They are also more likely to be happier (Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project.”), more productive and even more likely to stick to a budget (The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg).

So the nutshell, before the review… Make your bed and do it every day! Yes, every day!

Now on to the review… In what began as a commencement speech gone viral, Admiral McRaven in 130 small pages, which can be read in an hour or so, gives his ten ways to change your life for the better, and caps it with the written commencement speech that went viral and led to the book. It’s an easy book to read, re-read and I can’t tell you enough that you, yes you can grow quickly by applying one or more of his recommended changes (i.e. a chapter!).

Ten chapters of good, practical advice to employ by a guy who knows!

My two favorite chapters were Chapter One: Start Your Day with a Task Completed (i.e. make your bed) and Chapter Four: Life’s Not Fair (i.e. everyone ends up a “sugar cookie” at some point … yeah if you don’t know what I am referring to read the book and you’ll figure out that this is one “sugar cookie” that doesn’t smell, taste or feel good).

But really, all the chapters are great – each, when combined with the others, are that much more powerful.  The book supplies a perspective from a man who survived Navy Seal training, served his country, and survived a tragic air jump accident.  His life lessons are those that can be applied by anyone, including a guy (or gal) who never even joined the scouts.

So how has my life changed

Since I read the book, I have made my bed literally every day (even when I went to a conference recently and stayed at a 4 Star Hotel)… this has led to me feeling that sense of accomplishment in the a.m., which has noticeably made me feel better about the day and led to more discipline in many areas.

Read the book, make your bed and let me know what you think!

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Hot Spots In Decatur

Kimball House

My favorite restaurant in Decatur depends on which “hat” I am wearing that day. Kimball House, located in an historic train depot, offers an engaging atmosphere and creative menu that makes it stand out in a town with no shortage of interesting restaurants. A perfect gathering place for cocktails at its bustling bar, or a special dinner, Kimball House offers an impressive beer and wine menu. Their distinct creativity and attention to quality ingredients comes through with their cocktails. They also know how to treat the classics, such as the Sazerac, which takes me back to my years in New Orleans. The dinner menu changes daily, focusing on local products, many of which are grown in the garden adjacent to the restaurant. They always feature several steak and seafood items, as well as an extensive caviar menu. It is most enjoyable to share a few appetizers, such as grilled oysters or duck foie gras, and some sides. They make it exciting to eat your vegetables! This is also the kind of place where you should linger and enjoy a dessert with coffee or an after dinner drink. Everything they serve here surprises as to quality and inventiveness. | 303 E. Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030

Universal Joint

When I want to let my hair down and go somewhere the kids will enjoy, my go-to is Universal Joint, a classic neighborhood hang-out in the heart of Oakhurst Village. This is the perfect patio for beautiful weather, offering you a front row seat to Harmony Park, where you can watch the kids play while you enjoy a draft beer. The menu features family friendly fare, with some innovations and healthy choices for those who want to go beyond classic bar food. They offer especially good burgers, an assortment of quesadillas, and my favorite Southern chicken salad sandwich. A meal can be made of appetizers such as the spicy eggrolls (chicken, cream cheese, grapes, jalapenos, and mango chutney) or Universal Fries (cheddar, smoked bacon, jalapenos, scallions,and homemade ranch). | 906 Oakview Road, Decatur 30030.

Horseshoe on a wooden wall

10 Tips For A Smooth Closing

Leave luck to the lottery, St. Patricks day and horseshoes…

We are often asked how to have great closings, and it truly does take a village.  Recently a mortgage buddy told me there are 1260 things that can go wrong from the time a person starts to look for their home until they close.  I have no idea how he or his company came up with that stat.  I bet it’s more!  There are so many humans using so many programs and hardware that what’s amazing isn’t the little hiccups but rather how often things go right.

But we at Shafritz & Dean are after more than, “we go it closed”.  After all our tag-line is “Everyone Walks Away Happy” and that’s what we aspire to!  Here are 10 tips to those of us serving buyers, sellers and borrowers coming from a guy who has been a loan officer for 10 years (including commercial and residential) and an attorney for nearly 20 now.   Said another way … I am getting old J.

I have always known that a smooth closing, a good closing, includes three things – 1) efficient – 1 hr. or less, 2) funded and disbursed … our friends of the firm want to walk away with their commissions and 3) good chocolates on the table!    The only thing we can do without the help of the lender and the realtors is make sure our chocolate selection is grand and the bowl filled! For the other two items above keep reading….

These tips, which are not the complete list, will lead to a better closing experience for all and they are true whether you close with Shafritz & Dean as we hope and prefer or anywhere else.  [Note: These 10 tips are not designed to address the things which are not related to the closing.  So for example, we aren’t getting into drafting issues or rate lock issues.  Those are your expertise.] 

Tip # 1:  Agents insist on the ALTA Combined Closing Statements (CSS) a minimum of 3 days in advance and read them closely prior to closing – read them for typos, for items on the other side which may impact your client (ex. Home warranty … if you represent the buyer and seller is paying look to see it’s on the seller side), for correct figures, for correct closing cost contributions and yes is your commission correct.  Note that if the Broker name is misspelled on the prelim ALTA, if it doesn’t get fixed it will be misspelled on your commission checks.

Tip # 2:  Pay at Closes and Disbursement Authorizations are great but they must be correct and you have to remember to bring the Earnest Money.  As a young loan officer I often heard agents complain about the gap between the closing and when they got paid.  Now brokers treat agents like clients (as I think they should!) and want to allow them to get their portion of the commission at closing.  Unfortunately, we often find the math is wrong and just as often even the experienced agent forgets the earnest money.  This delays closing and makes it taxing on everyone.  So when you pickup the PAC or DA, make sure you tic and tie it to the ALTA CSS and pick up that EM!!!

Tip #3:  Get a confirmation the attorney has received the contract and the title order from the lender!  Technology is great, but remember: it’s not communication when you send an email, it’s communication when someone receives and responds to your email.  Our firm has a process and we let everyone know that we confirm every order.  We do this to express our sincere gratitude that we have been selected to assist parties and professionals with a closing and to confirm receipt of the order!  I can’t tell you the number of times agents thought they sent a contract or loan officers/processors thought they sent a title request only to have everyone scrambling at the eleventh hour.  Finger pointing aside, if the law firm, doesn’t have the order, it’s not being processed.  So either get the confirmation from the firms who do confirm or contact those who don’t.  No news is not always good news 

Tip #4: Wires … oy vey they drive me crazy part 1 – Georgia law is clear – for funds in excess of $5000 we must have a wire.  Not an ACH, not bitcoins or a promise that the wire is on the way.   Yet, people send ACHs which many firms like ours summarily reject and even those who don’t are left waiting days sometime for the ACHs to show and for the reverse period (yes ACHs can be challenged and reversed) to expire.  Or they want to bring a Cashier’s Check for a large sum of money.  If a client intends to use a large cashiers check, it must be delivered well in advance of closing so that it can be deposited and clear the account  [Yes –Cashier’s check checks can be frozen, have a stop-payment, or be returned, so they must clear the account in advance of closing.] 

For the record, no reputable will accept bit-coins or any crypto-currency for closings.  And while a bag of cash may be legal tender, most firms including ours don’t want more than a small amount in cash.  Too much risk that we may get intercepted on the way to the bank.  [Remember It’s a Wonderful Life and Jimmy Stewart’s uncle losing $10,000 of the savings and loan.]  So let’s make sure from day 1 to day of closing it’s clear that parties need to wire funds. 

Finally, tell your frugal clients that their bankers in attempt to save them up to $25 will suggest they electronically transfer their money.  This is code for ACH and remind them to stay strong and pay the wire fee! 

Tip #5 Wires … oy vey they drive me crazy part 2- Wires are great except when fraudsters get involved and encourage your clients to wire funds to their bogus accounts and encourage law firms to wire proceeds to bogus accounts.  “Stay out of the middle” is the summary from an earlier article on wire fraud, and make sure your clients contact the closing attorney directly for wire instructions and confirm independently they are valid.  One agent suggested that, on no less than 4 closings (all with different attorneys), fraudsters had encourage her clients to send a wire to their bogus account.  News flash… it could be your email has been compromised.  Don’t get in the middle and if it happens more than once consider better email security.

Tip #6: Certain Days are better than others – There are 6 -7 days which I advise my relationships to avoid closing because they are inevitably much busier – believe it or not we’ll close 60% of our transactions on Fridays, the last day for residential refis to come out of rescission and the last calendar day of the month.  Double witching day is when Friday is the last business day of the month, but, for some reason, people like these days. 

Buyers like Fridays so they can move over the weekend.  But if they close Thursday, buyers can have a 3 day weekend. 

Loan officers are ever-cognizant of the last day for refinances to close, and still fund in the same month, after the 3-days right-to-cancel expires.  This is done to minimize the amount of per-diem interest paid for the remainder of the month.  Just close a day or two earlier, and you’ll avoid the rush. 

Finally the last day of the month.  Someone told an agent along time ago it’s better for the buyer if you close the last day of the month and you’ll save money.  This is inaccurate.  You may save having to bring a little less money to closing, but you are not saving money.  Many lenders will do an interest credit up to 5 days so you could close the first 5 days of the month and have no prepaid interest those days.  

My loan officers buddies who close refis the last day of the month… while I love the business it’s got to be the worst day possible to schedule a refi.  Unless your rate lock is expiring, the party is leaving the country for a month the following day and there is no other alternative, avoid scheduling a refinance the last business day of the month.

Tip #8: Who, what, when and where…

Who – make sure the right people come to closing – wife or husband is going on security deed then they have to be at the closing.  Wife and Husband are both on title both need to show up (or provide an acceptable alternative i.e. POA—which must be arranged and confirmed in advance). This causes more delays than are necessary, and delays closing, funding and disbursing a file.

What – In addition to who, we need to know what to bring – two forms of ID one of which is Driver’s License – current license or if no license a current valid passport.   It really surprises me when parties show up with no current license.  They forgot or don’t have one and everyone wants me to make an exception.  Sorry – we live in 2018 where identity theft is real and where people create grand fraud schemes. 

Bring your checkbook because if you have to come out of pocket for a nominal sum (our firm $1000 at most some firms it’s $500) most firms will accept a check to keep things moving.  

Bring anything you think you have scanned to the attorney which might be needed such as the Home Owners Insurance (Declarations Page + Invoice or Paid Receipt), Trust Documents, Death Certificates etc. 

When & Where – Despite our best efforts parties and professionals are not always tuned in for the day and time of closing.  Sometimes they know and decide to come later or earlier. We all have limited bandwidth and if you are an hour late for a closing you don’t just delay the parties at closing by an hour.  It may be that we have closings right behind yours and so the delay becomes several hours. 

Also, once a law firm has more than 1 address it’s an invitation for people to go to the wrong location.  These kind of details need to be confirmed before one party shows up at our Perimeter office and the other at our Suwanee office and we have to wait 35 minutes (without traffic) for the parties to show up in the right location. 

So iron out those details with the firm and with your clients so we end up at the right place and at the right time.

Tip # 9 Make sure the lender and attorney have all necessary addendums.  Many years ago if the sales price changed by going down or a repair had to be made, we could find out at closing with limited delay.  Today, that’s a disaster and it happens – I have received amendments at closing which result in hours or days of delays because the agents forgot to send the amendment to the lender and attorney.  So once you amend the original contract and every time you do so, please make sure the lender and secondarily the law firm receives any changes.

Tip # 10 We are dealing with people; when you know people are difficult or their situations are difficult let the law firm know.  Husband and wife hate each other and will be getting a divorce, it’s a good idea to share this in advance with your friendly neighborhood attorney.  The worst shouting ever at my closing table has been husbands and wives (or exs.) who are screaming at each other while the rest of us look for the closest exit. 

How about the dreaded “reader.”  That person is guaranteed unless the most skilled attorney can work them quicker to turn a 45 minute closing into a three hour closing at best.  What should we do – get them the package prior to closing.  Not sure you have a reader but think you might?  Ask them and explain that everyone including the firm budgets approximately 1 hour for closing and it will take them 6 hours to really read the package.  This will encourage the reader to ask for the package up front and avoid them reading at the table.

Finally one more example we see frequently see are parties or agents who don’t like one another.  If we know up front we can separate parties.

Push them to be at the closing at the same time just in different rooms because when parties schedule different times even when they aren’t at odds there is more room for problems and delays since one party may not discover an error even in their favor which the other party finds later that day.

So, there you have it… a “top ten” list that, if followed, will guarantee smoother and happier closings!   

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Together Is Better

Shouldn’t we all be on a quest to improve?  I often say that, with all the books on leadership, marketing, management, etc. that I read, and seminars I attend, one day I am going to be smart and successful.  I’d like to share with you a book each newsletter I have recently read which I think has great value to you.

My first review is a little nugget called Together is Better by Simon Sinek.  You may have heard of Simon, who wrote Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last.  This fun little picture book is chock-full of great wisdom, advice ideas, inspiration on why all of us are better than one of us!  We all are part of teams and many receiving this book are leading teams.  You can read (and reread this book) in under an hour and every time you do you’ll be inspired to be a better teammate and lead a better team.

This short story includes “a little more” from Simon.  It’s nothing like his other two books which are more challenging reads.  It’s fun, worthwhile and takes you on the journey with 3 friends, kids on a playground, who overcome obstacles working together and playing to one another’s strengths!
So much great content in such an easy book but perhaps the soul is summed up on page 96 & 97 when Simon says,

“Failure we can do alone.  Success always takes help.”

Let me know your thoughts on the review and the book if you choose to pick it up.  And, remember, we want to be part of your team and help you and your clients be successful.

Review and opinions of this book are strictly those of Richard Shafritz.

The Nest Kennesaw Beer and Barbecue sign

The Nest In Kennesaw

Matt Schuurman’s Favorite Spot In Kennesaw

One of my favorite places to meet with new and existing clients is The Nest located on Cherokee Street just outside Downtown Kennesaw.  If you like Bar-B-Que and Beer The Nest is a great place to go.  Their Brisket is fantastic and their sides are out of this world (Personally I love the Mac and Cheese and fries).   They have great Nachos as well, and the half order is plenty for 2-3 people.  As good as the food is the beer selection is even better.  They have 48 Taps with a rotating selection of Craft Beers, many of which you will not find any where else in the area.  They have a large selection of IPA’s, Sours and ,my personal favorite, Stouts.  The taps are constantly being updated as well so you get a great variety, no matter what your tastes in beer you find it at the Nest.

The Nest is divided into two sections with a large deck between them.  While the full menu is available throughout the restaurant, one side is primarily a dining area which is great for sit down meeting over lunch or dinner.  The other side is the bar area which has a great atmosphere and a hand crafted bar top.  Perfect for a more casual meeting over beer or wine.  During the spring and summer the outdoor deck is a great place to hang out either with a client or with your family, the deck is pet friendly so you can even bring the four legged members of your family.

The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable so if you feel overwhelmed by the large selection of beer, they can steer you in the right direction.

Get To Know Matt:

Matthew Schuurman is the managing attorney for the Cobb offices of Shafritz & Dean.  He works primarily out of the Kennesaw office but spends a good bit of time at the Marietta office as well.  He’s  working on growing our business in the Cobb County area as well as our presence in the community. He also works behind the scenes clearing title and resolving issues so that your closings go smoothly and efficiently.

Part of his responsibilities include creating new relationships as well as maintaining our existing relationships within the real estate community. In the course of doing this he spends a good bit of time networking and creating relationships in and around the Kennesaw/Acworth area.  Let him know if you are in his area and have time for coffee!