Cobb County Realtor Gets Serious About Slowing Rate Of Foreclosures

WOODSTOCK, GA., – As more and more homeowners fall into foreclosure? communities throughout Cobb County and Metro Atlanta continue to feel the effects in lower home values and few home sales. Realtors like Crye-Leike Agent Paul Raiti are saying enough is enough.


“Times are challenging to say the least,” said Raiti. “During the good times a lot of good people ended up getting into trouble – and have not realized it until recently.”


Raiti says many struggling homeowners who have lost a job or can no longer afford to keep up with their mortgage are either walking away or just giving up. He insists there’s a better way by considering a short sale instead of assuming a foreclosure is the only way out.


“I recently received additional schooling – earning my Real Estate Owned (REO) Specialist Designation in short sales and foreclosure procedures to assist the good people that feel there is no way out,” said Raiti. “I believe it is up to us to counsel and educate clients on the options and programs available to assist them with getting back on track.”


The designation awarded to Raiti by the American Real Estate University (AREU) required an intensive course of study and examination to complete. Less than one percent of all real estate licensees have earned this recognition.


“REO designees are uniquely qualified to work with bank and HUD properties to assist homebuyers in the purchase process,” said A. Shane Mask, American Real Estate University (AREU) Council president. “Their advanced training in BPO’s and understanding market finance options enables them to assist homebuyers buy homes and lenders move properties. In addition, they are also trained to be advisors to homeowners on how to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.”


While assistance with buying foreclosures is important to home buyers, sellers can also benefit when their listing agent understands the short sale process, foreclosure prevention methods and creative financing options to open up the market to more buyers who can qualify for the purchase.


“I offer unique programs that benefit struggling homeowners who need to consider the opportunity of selling vs. walking away,” said Raiti. “I would encourage anyone looking for performance guarantees to give me a call.”


More about Crye-Leike Realtor Paul Raiti

Crye-Leike Realtor Paul Raiti is a licensed agent in Georgia, assisting buyers and sellers primarily in and around Cobb, Cherokee, N. Fulton and Forsyth counties. He specializes in all types of residential real estate sales with a special focus on short sales, foreclosure and bank owned REO properties. Raiti is based out of the company’s Woodstock branch office located at 13190 Highway 92.


Raiti is a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). He lives in Canton with his wife Debbie – married for 16 years – is a native of New Jersey and moved to Georgia in 2008.


For all your real estate needs and personal referrals you can contact Crye-Leike Agent Paul Raiti directly by phone at 770-312-6334, in the office at 770-517-2272 ext. 2021, email: and on the web at


About Crye-Leike, REALTORS

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation’s 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.