Becoming A Great Employee – The 10 Top Traits

Everyone in the workplace agrees that truly great employees are rarer than the proverbial hens teeth. It makes no difference if you are an employee yourself, or if you are a manager who is wondering how to actually find a great employee to fill a role, you know that great employees are at a premium.

What exactly is it though that makes an employee great? These top ten traits give some ideas to employers looking to hire and of course to employees who want to operate at the top of their game:

  1. Dependability: Great employees are always dependable. They do the job they are supposed to do every time, and no one has to worry that they don’t deliver the goods. A great employee can be counted to always have their work done right, when it is supposed to be done – it is a forgone conclusion that they will, and no one else has to spend any time worrying about it.
  2. Team Spirit: Great employees are team players. They don’t constantly seek out attention or hogs the limelight. Rather, a great employee works with others to make sure that the things that need to get done do get done, for the good of the company.
  3. Taking Direction: Great employees know how to take direction. They know how to take criticism, direction and advice gracefully and make it work for them when doing their job.
  4. Trust: Great employees don’t spread office gossip and they don’t dish company dirt. Likewise, they always tell the truth to their employer, even if it lands them in hot water.
  5. Confidentiality: This of course is strongly linked to number 4. Great employees always guard the confidential nature of their business dealings and protects everyone’s privacy.
  6. Participation: Great Employees participate in the day to day life of the office. They don’t bow out of meetings or skip the office birthday celebrations. These things may not be a fun part of working life, and everyone involved knows that everyone else has some place they would rather be – but a great employee wouldn’t be any place else.
  7. Likeability: Great employee get along with other employees. Every office has one person that is in everyone else’s business and talks to loud on the phone and generally stirs things up and gets under everyone’s skin. This kind of employee zaps office morale – a great employee is a good co-worker to everyone.
  8. Competence: Great employees have good working skills. It may sound obvious, but a great employee has the abilities needed to do their job, and they constantly seek ways to improve, like going to training seminars or seeking further education. Great workers have great skills.
  9. Tact: Great employees have tact and decorum. If there is a problem in the office, a great employee doesn’t make a scene in front of everyone else. A great employee will deal with such issues with privacy and diplomacy. Further, a great employee doesn’t tell tasteless, political or religious jokes, nor do they send emails that tell these kinds of jokes.
  10. Attitude: Last but certainly not least, great employees have a great attitude. Bad attitudes bring everyone down. A great employee helps make work great for everyone else by having a good spirit about their job.

That’s a lot of good traits to try and acquire! Don’t be dispirited if you fail to match up on a number (but hopefully not all!) of them. Just work on them one at a time and you’ll find your career progressing faster than you would have ever believed possible.

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Source by Richard Rutherford

Real Estate Agents – How to Market to First Time Home Buyers

Our recent economic downturn has meant a sluggish market for home sellers, through a combination of high foreclosure rates and declining property values. Those same factors have made the market very attractive for buyers however, and with signs that the economy is starting to rebound, there are some excellent opportunities available for people interested in primary homes, vacation homes, or investment properties.

Work with the best

One of the best ways to take advantage of a once in a lifetime deal is through working with a qualified local realtor. Your real estate agent has an abundance of information about the local community- everything from nearby schools and shopping centers to local history and trends in real estate sales.

Guidance and advice

First time home buyers will especially benefit from the assistance of a realtor. Your agent will help find a house that best suits your needs and your budget. Your realtor can also help with guidance and advice in negotiating the sometimes overwhelming amount of process and paperwork involved in a real estate transaction.

Value added resources

You realtor may also be able to provide you with access to tools and online powered services that make the home purchase process faster and easier.

  • Search tools- find the home of your dreams, research the property history.
  • Listing tools- help with selling your current residence.
  • Information repository- articles and how-to guides will help you better understand the real estate industry and aid you in making better decisions.

How to Find the Perfect Home

When you are getting ready for a first time home purchase or thinking about moving into a new one, there are so many considerations it can get a little overwhelming. Buying a home can be stressful and emotion packed, and to make the best possible decisions, it helps to think through some of the options in advance.

Before getting bogged down in specifics like how many rooms, square footage, or even price, take a step back and consider the practical needs your perfect home should fulfill. Do you lead an active lifestyle, or do you prefer to spend time indoors? Do you work from home, or do you have multiple family members that own vehicles for a daily commute? What hobbies do you and your family enjoy? In what areas are you limited by your current residence? Make a big list of the jobs that your house needs to perform, and assign a priority to them.

The next thing to consider is how well a house will adapt to needs that grow and change over time. You could be in your house for 5 years, 10 years, or even longer. For a young family, that could mean the difference between a spacious house with a young infant to one bursting with rambunctious teenagers a few years down the road. Your own situation may change less dramatically, but it is beneficial to look at your long term goals and think through how your house should complement those plans.

The location of your potential home will play a large part in how well it fulfills your lifestyle needs, both now and in the future. Someone interested in starting and raising a family will have a completely different perspective on location than a career oriented single person. Proximity to stores, schools, churches, transportation, and even recreational facilities will have varying degrees of importance to people. By prioritizing your list and familiarizing yourself with your potential future neighborhood, you’ll be making a much more informed decision.

It may seem like putting the cart before the horse, but pre-identifying the lifestyle needs of your house can inform and answer many of the more practical questions. When you make a list of important features and priorities in advance, you can save yourself from getting caught up in the emotion of a good deal that may fall short of some critical needs. Your real estate professional is an excellent resource through this process. Your agent knows information about the neighborhood that isn’t easily discovered by searching the internet, and can help save time and effort in finding the perfect house.

Buying a home can be nerve wrecking and stressful, but with a real estate professional on your side you can have confidence in your decision.

for more information: Home Buyer’s Guide for Success

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Source by Denise Rodriguez

A Book Review Of George Orwell’s "Animal Farm"

Animal Farm is a savage satire on communist revolution written by George Orwell. Set on an English Farm named Manor Farm, this fable-like story concerns the misery that the animals faced in the hands of human beings. The story opens with Mr. Jones, a capable farmer, stumbling into bed after a night of excessive whisky drinking. Old Major, a reverential, time-honored pig, called all the animals together for a meeting which took place after Mr. Jones had gone to bed. They gathered outside the big barn on the farm. Old Major told them his extraordinary dream in which he saw his approaching death, and pointed out that their lives as farm animals were miserable, laborious, and short. They were forced to work like slaves up to the last atom of their strength, and once their usefulness had come to an end, they were slaughtered. Moreover, Old Major said that there is no animal in England that was free, and none of them should escape the cruel knife in the end. Old Major affirmed that the root cause of the farm animals‘ infelicitous existence was the tyranny of man.

For Old Major, mankind is lazy and is the only real enemy of the animals. Mankind is the root cause of hunger and overwork, stealing the whole produce of animal labor and consumes without producing. Indeed, he is the tyrant who serves the interests of no one else except himself. Old Major described his vision of England where animals could live in peaceful and plentiful coexistence with each other, free from the despotic rule of man. He taught the animals „Beasts of England“, a song which became their revolutionary anthem.

Old Major exhorted the farm animals to band together to defeat their common enemy by carrying out a rebellion, which led them to the establishment of Animal Farm, their model community in which all animals were equal. Two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, gained control of the farm when Old Major died a few days after he spoke to the assembly. Napoleon succeeded in ousting Snowball. He became the absolute ruler. The animals adjusted with the human system of labor due to economic necessity, and learned that under the tyrannical Napoleon, their state of lives was as bad as their first when Mr. Jones was still in control.

The plot of the story can be attributed to different political ideologies, one of which was Plato’s idea on tyranny. Plato’s description of a tyrant is clearly manifested in the government ruled by Napoleon. First, a tyrant appears to be pleasant and gracious at the initial stages of his dominance to get the sympathy of the people. He shows himself as refined and congenial. Napoleon, the fierce-looking Berkshire boar, was primarily silent, allowing Snowball to express his aims and ideas on social and societal improvements. Nonetheless, as time went on, he was seen as always in disagreement with Snowball, and eventually made the latter as his rival. They often debated and this resulted to misunderstanding in almost about everything. The two boars divided the farm animals into two camps of supporters. Napoleon disapproved of Snowball’s plan to build a windmill which would eliminate hard labor. He refuted everything and asserted that it would be better if they concentrated on increasing the food production and that harvest was more important than the building of a windmill.

Second, a tyrant is always at war with the good. He uses the art of making war or conflict upon his rivals. He destroys them either secretly or openly because he believes they stand in his way of power. In addition, he undermines associations and takes the lives of his friends and allies who contradict or oppose his ideas. Accordingly, Napoleon thought that Snowball was the obstacle in his path to power. On a debate, he called for ferocious dogs which he trained and drove Snowball off the farm. Napoleon succeeded in ousting his rival and became the single leader of the farm animals.

Third, a tyrant breeds mutual distrust. He destroys associations, isolates people, makes them strangers, and deprives them off of their arms. He humiliates his subjects and makes them incapable of action. Napoleon broke his association with Snowball by expelling him to be able to gain control of Animal Farm. Squealer, Napoleon’s spokesperson, was the one who informed the people about Napoleon’s ill-meaning plans. His orders were in a way sadistic. The farm animals were commanded to toil to and fro even if it was difficult for them. They worked like slaves and were led to believe that the fruits of their hard work would benefit themselves and not the human beings. Besides, Napoleon pronounced that genuine happiness was gained through hard work and earning frugally. The farm animals‘ ignorance became his advantage, and convinced them that their efforts would benefit them in the end, even if it exceeded their capabilities. The farm animals had no power to initiate and were utterly enslaved. No one even dared to speak his mind. They became submissive to Napoleon who broke their spirit and made them subservient and inferior. Clover, the cart-horse, being unable to read, was effortlessly deluded by Napoleon’s commandments and obeyed false rules due to her illiteracy. It is one of the desires of a tyrant that his subjects should be incapable of action so that they will not realize his misdemeanor, for no one attempts what is impossible, and that they will not attempt to overthrow a tyrant, if they were powerless.

Fourth, a tyrant, once in power, isolates himself from the outside world. He provides for himself with sentinels. Frequently, when Napoleon was already reigning in Animal Farm, he rarely appeared in public. He spent most of his time in the farmhouse. He was protected by his fierce-looking dogs. He issued his orders through one of the other pigs, usually Squealer. Whenever Napoleon appeared in public, he was attended to by his entourage of vicious dogs. He had no regard for any public interest, except as conducive to his private ends. Napoleon aimed for pleasure and had all the vices. He also aimed for wealth for through this only can a tyrant maintain either his guards or his luxuries. Napoleon was engrossed in making pleasure for himself, and became desirous of riches. He was proud, yet his love for money cheated him when Frederick, the owner of Pinchfield Farm, paid him forged banknotes and even attacked his farm and destroyed the windmill.

Finally, a tyrant confuses his subjects by asking writers to compose poems and songs to pay tribute to his glory. This would conceal his transgressions, leading his subjects astray and making them think that their ruler is not ruthless at all. In the story, there were recitations of poems composed in Napoleon’s honor. „Comrade Napoleon“ was a poetry composed by Minimus, expressing the magnificent reign of Napoleon and the superb feeling towards him on the farm.

Thomas Aquinas’s idea on the dangers of tyranny was expressed in the story. According to Aquinas, tyranny is the worst kind of government for the tyrant brings the community to peril through his unjust rule. The government of Napoleon was, indeed, in the form of tyranny. Napoleon paid no heed to the common good and sought his own private good. Yet, Aquinas declared that if the dictatorship is slight, it would be more advisable to tolerate it than for citizens to involve themselves into rebellion against the despot. None of the farm animals dared to go against Napoleon because they were terrified and ignorant, and they thought that if those who act against him were unable to triumph, they would be oppressed and the cruelty that they were experiencing would be graver.

Political ideologies by Niccolo Machiavelli are also apparent in Animal Farm. According to Machiavelli’s The Prince, in order to be complied with by his subjects, a ruler, which he specified as a prince, should not deviate from what is good, but be able to do evil if necessary in order to maintain authority. Napoleon even managed to kill his subjects who he considered as supporters of Squealer. Some of them committed suicide, yet the farm animals did not dare to rebel against Napoleon’s private actions for some were ignorant and others emphasized that Napoleon could do no wrong, and was thus, always right, which therefore helped him retain his power.

Machiavelli stated that it is very profitable for a prince to give some outstanding example of his greatness in the internal administration. He must endeavor in every action to obtain fame and to appear outstanding for being good and excellent. Nothing would cause a leader to be so much esteemed as having great projects and giving proof of prowess. Napoleon demonstrated himself as a brilliant administrator by wearing medals, most of which were awarded to him by himself. He was attended by his retinue of huge, vicious canines who frisked around him, growling and scaring the farm animals. Napoleon was referred in formal style as „Our Leader, Comrade Napoleon“ and other dignifying, invented titles. His alter ego, Squealer, would talk in a speech, with tears rolling down his cheeks, about Napoleon’s wisdom, the righteousness of the latter’s heart, and the deep love that he showed to all the farm animals, even to those who they thought were discontented and still existed in ignorance and slavery. Every successful achievement and stroke of good fortune were credited to Napoleon. Farm animals were even heard as giving respects and praises to Napoleon, saying that they had profited from his administration.

Napoleon was able to contrive great things. He kept the farm animals‘ minds uncertain, astonished and gripped in watching the results. These actions have arisen one out of the other, and left them no time to settle down and act against him. Napoleon fraudulently ordered the farm animals to work hard in order to attain their aspirations for a better life. They were immersed with hard labor, believing that its results would be to their advantage. Boxer, who was one of the most loyal workers on the farm, accepted and performed everything that his authorities commanded, despite his poor health, the long hours of labor and insufficient ration of food which were hard to shoulder. Furthermore, the desired ends were not directed to those who exerted efforts but to Napoleon. Machiavelli’s notion of a wise prince is one who seeks means by which his subjects will always and in every possible condition of things, have a need for government and that they would always be faithful and obedient to him. He is, indeed, powerful and courageous who will always overcome difficulties by raising the hopes of his subjects, advising them that the evils will not last long, and stressing the greatness of bringing the enemy to justice. Animal Farm showed Napoleon ordering the rebuilding of the windmill, underlining that Snowball, his prime suspect, should be taught a lesson and prove to him that he cannot undo their hard work easily. Thus, the farm animals, though some were in disbelief that Snowball could do such action, toiled hard and grew exhausted. Nevertheless, their hearts blindly continued to burst with pride when their masterpiece was done. It was put forth that alls well that ends well, that the discouragements and iron labor had been overcome.

In the end, the farm animals remained hopeful for a society free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity. They seemed contented to work like slaves towards the objectives of their tyrannical ruler who eventually aspired equality with humans. The farm animals were satisfied with the fact that the fruits of their labor benefited their fellow animals and not the human beings which they initially considered as the tyrant.

Tyranny would have not continued to control the Manor Farm if the farm animals would have been wise enough to choose their new leader after Old Major died. Since during his reign, they have practiced democracy under the governance of Mr. Jones, the farm animals should have continued their democratic practice, especially in choosing or the election of a new leader. Instead, they just accepted the new government under Snowball and Napoleon, and were made to believe that pigs were clever enough to rule. Napoleon, who was initially a wolf in a sheep’s clothing, would not have taken over if the farm animals would have been mindful and sensible enough to elect a governor who is unlikely to become a tyrant. The farm animals should not have shown the white feather and become submissive. The new administration must have been established that the possibility to tyrannize was eliminated. Their new leader’s power should have been regulated and that the citizens should have strived to maintain their right to be heard. The power of the single ruler should have been moderated if their government had other branches that would make stipulations if ever their new leader would lead to tyranny. There should have been a marshal to monitor the ruler’s conduct. The farm animals, moreover, should have been informed about their ruler’s undertakings and asked if they are in agreement or contrary to his plans.

A democratic set-up could have managed the farm animals‘ situation well. The modern democratic administration employs the success of the ruler is merely not for himself, but also for the majority. The rule of the majority of the farm animals should have prevailed. They should not have left themselves duped by their ruler’s wrongdoings and fought for their right to swear in a capable, transparent, and humane administrator. Snowball manifested an optimistic and skillful leader. The farm animals, knowing that he was competent enough to lead their society into the majority’s ideal form, should have fought for his rule right at the start, albeit massive destruction would have happened because if they really wanted a new society under a fair government, they would not have left themselves suffering and badly yearning for better conditions, because by hook or by crook, they would have fought for their rights and aspirations.

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Source by Sheena B Ricarte

How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Selling your home is a frustrating time. Most people are moving into a new home, on top of getting the old house ready for a new family, this makes for a very difficult time to say the least. When most people are selling their home, they use a real estate office to make the process a bit easier. Many people choose to sell their own home, which is a much more risky move and may take longer to sell. Those who do choose to go with a real estate office often wonder which real estate office to go with.

There are many things to do to ensure that you have a real estate agent that is the best possible match for you. For starters, find out who sold the last few homes in your neighborhood. Chances are these houses are very similar to yours, thus you know the office and agent have previous experience with the type you are selling. Ask family and friends what they have heard through the grapevine about agents in the area who have sold homes. These are great ways to find out about the agents, before you meet them.

If you find an office that is of interest call and set up an appointment to meet with an agent who specializes in your type of home. If you have a specific name that was given to you, request that person to meet with. Once you meet with the agent you need to clearly define your expectations. If you want a certain price and will do no negotiations, the agent needs to know this. It is also a good idea to explain some of the features of the homes that are appealing, but not seen. For example, if there is an underground sprinkler system for the yard. Anything that could add to the appeal of the house needs to be included.

During the meeting the agent should also take a look around to get a feel for the house. During this inspection, the seller may want to point out special details. For example, the hardwood floors are new, or the bathroom has just been remodeled. Basically, tell the agent everything they could use to sell your home.

The most important thing about a real estate agent and the sellers relationship is that they are open to communication freely and have that trust between them. Without a trusting relationship, the process is doomed from the beginning. The seller needs to find an agent that they feel comfortable with and confident that the agent will be able to work for them and sell the home quickly.

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Source by Luis Pezzini

Finding a Dedicated Real Estate Agent

If you are looking for a real estate agent, you don’t have to look far. There are a lot of pretty good agents out there and honestly not too many bad ones. However if you are looking for one who is more than exceptional, you have to know how and where to look for them.

One thing a real estate agent will do that deviates from the norm is regular open houses. Some agents consider them to be too much work and tend to say negative things about them like, „You never sell the house you are opening. You can only use it to prospect for new buyers.“ That is simply not true. If a home is priced right and an agent is diligent in doing an open house at least every other week, they could easily get an offer for the home within 3 months. That kind of positive thinking is what you need on your side.

Another way to tell if the real estate agent is dedicated to their professions is to see how well known they are known online. Do they have a real estate website? How user friendly is it? A real estate agent who plans to be around for a long time and help their clients often have a website created. When you use that agent, you can take advantage of all the features of their site and make your buying or selling process simpler.

There is absolutely nothing that can possibly compare to the dedication that goes along with an agent who goes door knocking. Some people see them as a nuisance. However, consider how hard these people work to get to know an area that they specialize in. If they come to your house and hand you a mini calendar, or a pen with their office number on it, why not use that agent when doing your next transaction? They’ve obviously put in so much effort finding you in the first place–they would almost positively put just as much effort into making your buying experience a pleasant one and giving you an overall great experience with your real estate transaction.

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Source by Susan M Horton

Learn Conversational Hypnosis – Improve Your Realtor Business Through Effective Communication

During the current economic meltdown, many people are thinking twice before they make any major investment. For most of us, buying a house would be one of the biggest investment in our lives. Because of that reason, many realtors are currently facing a challenging time to sell a property. If you are a realtor, you can consider learning conversational hypnosis to improve your business. How can it help you to sell more property? This article will reveal some secrets on the art of verbal hypnosis.

Conversational Hypnosis is also commonly known as Covert Hypnosis. It is the process of subtly communicating with the subconscious mind of a person without him being aware of it. Your chances of closing a sale are much higher if you are able to make your potential home buyer to see himself and his family living in the house you are try to sell. Verbal hypnosis can help you to achieve this by systematically heightening the imagination of your prospect when you are showing the home unit. By learning conversation hypnosis, you will be able to overcome any uncertainties or fear brought up by the buyer easily.

Learning covert hypnosis is not as difficult as you might think. Some people would prefer to learn it on their own by going to the bookstore and buy a book on the subject of hypnosis. The best learning material should be presented in audio and visual format. Verbal hypnotism will involve learning how to use the right words and at the same time controlling the tempo and tonality. To cut short your learning curve, you can practice your skill under a careful supervision of an experienced hypnosis coach.

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Source by Steven Frosten

Characteristics of Successful Real Estate Agents

Honesty and Integrity

Sellers need an honest agent, one that will tell them like it is, even if it’s not the easiest to hear. This type of agent will lay out exactly what the seller can expect. From sale price to timing and more. In the end, honesty will save the sellers lots of worry.

Knowledge of Technology

Agents that can use technology with ease are going to be more up-to-date with the current market within the areas. They will most likely be more of an organized agent who has their business in order. This is the type of agent sellers prefer selling their homes.

Enthusiasm for Real Estate

Real Estate is a complex business. It is more than just enjoying HGTV and touring homes. Its requires knowledge of the local community, real estate trends and date along with sales and negotiating skills. The most successful agents love every aspect of Real Estate. When you have enthusiasm for the process, it will feed your clients excitement– and their trust in you. Therefore, enthusiasm is one of the most important characteristics of a great real estate agent.

Well Connected and Reputable

Agents should have a list of prospective buyers within the community and work with a well-known and well-connected real estate company. The more buyer and agents the Realtor knows the greater chance of selling the home quicker. Similarly, well-connected and reputable agents can expose the listings to potential buyers located out of state or internationally. International or out of state buyer are more likely to purchase a home from someone they know, trust and like. In other words, the size and quality of the agents‘ network can greatly expand the pool of potential buyers, by putting the listing in front of out of state and international buyers. Testimonials from previous clients also influence the agents‘ reputation.

Energy and Drive

To accomplish everything has needs to be done, everyday task, takes lots of energy and drive. In addition, organization. A typical day can involve meeting with buyers, doing listing presentations, putting up signage, showing homes, writing contracts, negotiating contract, attending meetings, keeping up with continuing education, and even moving around items in the home so they are out of sight for the listing pictures. Your drive and ambition, and probably your sense of humor, will keep you motivated throughout the week. Clients will note your energy and drive, just as they appreciate your enthusiasm for the business of Real Estate.

A Winning Personality

Most people expect their agents to have an outgoing personality. Do you have to be super-extroverted to be an agent? Not necessarily. However, one of the top characteristics of real estate agents is a winning personality-a personality that is pleasurable to be around.

Clients are looking for real estate agents they feel comfortable with, one that has traits that gel with their own. A personality that works with one client might not work with the other. In general, it is important to be likeable, friendly, and unafraid of putting yourself out there.

Backed by Local Date

An agent should know how to retrieve localized data and use it effectively. Local date points, including buyer demographics (who they are, where they are) and housing trends (top regions, average value of similar homes, home improvement spending etc.) can be used to price a home competitively, market appropriately, and negotiate intelligently.

Ready and Available

Real Estate is an unpredictable business, and you do not want to miss a sale or closing of a home because you were not available with someone showed interest on a property. Some agents prefer to work within a team of agents. This way, if the agent is not immediately available to respond an inquiry, another agent part of the team can take care of the interested party. Great agents are comfortable with constant communications and prompt replies to any inquiry. They are willing to communicate with phone, text, email and even after hours.

Attention to details

Top producing realtors are observant to details. They spot the smallest improvements that can make a home more marketable and desirable, take the best pictures that show case your home, create attractive MLS descriptions that stand out and make sure all the contract requirements are met in a timely matter.

Tenacity

Top producing agents do not give up easily. They will pursue every lead that shows even the slightest interest in a home. When a top agent hold an open house, they immediately contact everyone that visited the home to discuss the benefits of purchasing the home with them, this is what sellers appreciate about good agents, never give up attitude. They see it as every lead missed is a missed opportunity to sell the home and provide great service to the seller.

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Source by Edwin Roman

Buyer Beware – Web Design Templates

Web design templates aren’t always a good idea for a number of reasons. Most importantly because templates rarely fit your needs exactly, and clients often end up spending more time and money in the long run tweaking the design to fit their content. It’s like trying to stuff a large man into a small suit. Fusionbox always prefers to design around your content rather than trying to fit your content into an already established design. Here are some more reasons not to use a template:

1. Code – Your web company should use search-engine friendly code. Many web template designers do not. Be especially aware of templates created entirely in Flash. Search engines cannot spider content in Flash sites so if you go this route, you will inevitably have miserable search engine results.

2. Cross Browser Compatibility – The template you buy may not display the same in different browsers and on different platforms.

3. W3C Compliance – The W3C sets the standards for how web pages are codes, we follow these standards, many designers and developers do not. This also means that your site will be accessible to more users and international users. http://www.w3c.org

4. Look and Feel – It’s important to really understand your goals and objectives, target audience, and how you want your target audience to act on your site. We build toward all of these concepts so that if your goal is to sell more ad space, the user is presented with a call-to-action to buy ad space front and center on your site. We also look at eye-mapping data that shows where people typically look first on the web in order to place important information.

5. Usability – It is important to follow web best practices on where certain items should be placed. (Your logo should always be presented at the top left hand side.) Many web templates do not follow these important conventions.

6. Navigation – The Navigation of templates rarely fit your actual needs so again, you need to redesign that portion of the template. (This is also not to mention the usability issues that many of these templated designs use.)

You’ll want to be very careful when considering a web template. Make sure that the template you choose meets all of the above criteria. You just may end up saving quite a bit of time and money.

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Source by Ivy Hastings

Finding the Right Real Estate Agent – Tips and Advice to Hire the Right Agent

2009 is expected to be the year when the real estate market bounces back. If you’re getting ready to sell a house, you’re in luck! The first step in selling your house is to find the right real estate agent.

Who Is That Person On The „For Sale“ Sign?

The smiling face you see on the „for sale“ sign is the agent who represents the seller. It is their job to get you the best deal possible. When they successfully sell your house, they get a commission, so you know they will work as possible to get you the best price. They will negotiate on your behalf with potential buyers. This is your real estate agent.

How To Find The Right Realtor?

Here are some ways to find that smiling face who will get you the most for your house:

-Referrals. Still the best way to find a broker is to go with a simple referral. Selling a house is a big deal, and if an agent does a good job, their former clients will be more than happy to get them more business.

Ask around with your friends and family. If you know someone, even a friend of a friend of a friend, who has sold a house recently, pick their brains. This is the best way to find a good, reliable real estate agent. You don’t have to deal with a total stranger.

-Open Houses. Visit open houses and meet as many real estate brokers as you can. This gives you an opportunity to compare. You will have a chance to check out the house they are showcasing, as well as checking them out.

You can’t find out what kinds of deals they’ve gotten their former clients, but you can get a good overall feeling for an agent by meeting them face to face. Are they friendly and easy to talk to? Are they professional? These are things that can go a long way when you are selling your own house.

-Check Local Real Estate Offices. Going to the real estate office to find a realtor can be a little tricky. There are many to choose from, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it can be difficult to decide which is best.

A good realtor should know the area well, especially the area where you live. If they’ve sold houses there before, that is a big bonus. They should know not only houses, but businesses, schools, transportation and other details about your area.

Communication is important, so you need a broker who understands your needs for size and location. They should have an interest in these concerns and ask you lots of questions. They should also have good ideas about how to present your house to prospective buyers. If they don’t seem interested, or don’t offer ideas, you might be able to find somebody better.

Basically, keep in mind that any licensed real estate agent can sell your home for you. What you need is someone who takes a real interest in your needs, offers an honest opinion, and will help in case there are any snags along the way. It’s also a good idea to look for local agents online. You can email them your questions, and shop for a realtor easily without even leaving the comforts of home.

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Andrew Stratton

First Time Homebuyers and Down Payment Assistance Programs

May 27, 2010 Down Payment Assistance Programs (DPA’s) for First Time Home Buyers By: Michael A. Foote, CMB

There is money available for first time homebuyers today. In a much needed addition to financing products available today, down payment assistance programs are available once again. Down Payment Assistance Programs are generally a local, state or federal grant or bond program designed to assist certain persons with certain income levels in certain areas, with money that can be used for down payment and closing costs on many purchase loans.

These tax free grants or loans are generally forgivable provided the buyer stays in the home for a designated amount of time. And these dollars can dramatically change the amount of money required for closing when these first time homebuyers buy a home. For example, a typically FHA borrower may have to come up with over 4-7% total of the sales price whereas a borrower with a WISH down payment assistance program may only need to bring in 2-3% total. That’s a huge amount of money on a several hundred thousand dollar transaction. If you amortize out that difference the savings are literally tens of thousands of dollars since most closing costs are financed in the new mortgage.

So what does the process with „DPA“ look like when compared to the regular loan process. Quite frankly, it’s seem less to the user insofar that the lender will generally have to deal with the additional hoops during the process. For the borrower/buyer they probably wouldn’t know the difference. The only real difference is a potential for a slightly longer loan processing time. So is DPA a good idea? Well, lately it has been a challenge for Realtors to get clients using FHA let alone FHA WITH Down Payment Assistance so an argument could be made that using DPA on an Offer to Purchase could be a determining factor for the seller’s side when these choose the offer to open escrow with. The only cure for this pitfall will need to be more product on the market for properties up to the $400,000 range as DPA generally have no purpose and no qualifying borrowers as the sales price rises and/or in areas of high per capita income. Undoubtedly, DPA has a place in today’s financing landscape and those of in the industry are happy to have it, it is one more additional tool to increase homeownership for low to mid income families. And this product will help sell the forecasted shadow inventory rumored to be lurking around the corner.

Only time will tell if that come to fruition or not. These programs are not free from abuse, there have been in the past scams related to DPA and officials, lenders, and large institutions have really scaled back what is allowable as DPA. Also economics play into the availability of these from all the time. There are many DPA’s completely drained of funds.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Michael Foote

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