Autumn Event

Only America Calls it Fall

The season was originally just called harvest and autumn came around much later in the 1300s. When English poets started using the phrase “the fall of leaves” it became very fashionable to call the season fall. But by the mid-1800s, after the split of the colonies from England led to language change, England reverted back to Autumn and the American upstarts retained fall.

Fun Facts about Fall here...

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(Winner will be announced Monday, October 17, 2022.)

News from Russ's corner!

Coming soon to a mailbox near you: 2022 Property Taxes

It’s September and you know what that means: ‘tis the season for county and city tax bills to be released. Here’s a couple of tips to keep in mind:

Property taxes are paid in arrears. The tax bills that are released in the fall of 2022 relate to the property taxes for 2022. Many people mistakenly believe the bills are for the coming year, but that’s not the case.

The name and address of the owner of the property effective January 1, 2022 is typically the party to which the tax bill is addressed.  In spite of this, the bill is not a personal one; it is against the property.

Generally speaking, there’s a sixty (60) day window to pay the bills.

If you were the buyer this year of property and have a mortgage with an escrow account for taxes, you needn’t worry; your mortgage company received all the tax information it required to pay the tax bill on your behalf after closing. You can verify that the bill has been paid, but your input is not required.

If you purchased property this year and paid cash or the seller financed your purchase, you may need to be pro-active in obtaining the bill from the former owner. Alternatively, you can contact the tax office directly to pay the bill. After this year, the bill will be directed to you and in your name.

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Meet our featured Agent of the month...

Maria Elena Ponce-Agent of the month
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Maria Elena Ponce also known as Malena by family and close friends was born in Estado De Mexico, Mexico in April 17 1987. At the age of 7, her parents made the decision to migrate and bring her to the land of opportunity; United States of America.

Being the oldest of six siblings, responsibility and accountability were the main values that shaped the person she is now and were also the values that helped on making the Real Estate vision a reality. 


In March of 2015, Maria Elena Ponce, was introduced to Real Estate and was able to obtain her license, immediately she began to help friends and family obtain the American Dream of becoming homeowners. After much success and becoming a single mother of 3 beautiful daughters, Dalia, Elena & Camila… Maria Elena knew and felt in her heart that her main goal was to help others not just by obtaining their dream home but to also give others the “opportunity’ she was given in Real Estate.

In September of 2019, Ponce Elite Properties was renamed to MEP Brokers LLC and 3 office locations were opened; Hall County, Clarke County and Gwinnett County.  


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