Sunday, September 30, 2007
If you love reality television shows and you are thinking of selling your house, whether by yourself or, hopefully, with the help of a real estate professional, Sell This House on A&E. I love this show because homeowners are confronted with all the imperfections they fail to see when an open house is scheduled prior to any updates. Then they watch a video playback of all the comments made by prospective buyers and learn that what they perceive to be wonderful, is not at all what buyers are looking for. A dedicated team of experts then come in and, in a very short period of time, the home is staged for an open house that often draws offers. It is not only entertaining, but it's also very useful for prospective sellers. I would urge any person thinking of selling to go with an expert in the real estate who can carefully guide you through the very complex selling process. Attempting to sell your home yourself in this market is not a very good idea. When you need medical attention, you go to a doctor and not try to cure yourself; when you need to buy or sell your home, rely on an expert in the real estate industry to protect your best interests in all stages of home sales.
If you don't already know it, the real estate busines is awful. In fact, it's the worst it's been in sixteen years. I've not made any money and all the deals I was working on have all fallen through. As a result, I had to go out and get a job. Luckily, I now have two other sources of income while I'm waiting for my real estate career to finally take off. My husband has also started another business as a licensed home inspector, but anyone who is working in the real estate business right now is suffering from mortgage brokers to attorneys working in real estate. As always, you can still visit our website at Hough & Guidice to view all the newest listings that have been added, sadly none of them mine.
I just joined Facebook and so far I love using it. I've met lots of great people, including one of my all-time favorite authors, Jennifer Weiner who invited me to be one of her Facebook friends. Facebook isn't just for young adults, but it is great for college-bound kids who have already chosen a college and want to connect with incoming freshmen or alumni. It's also great for moms who want to connect with other moms or, if you have a love of a favorite television show, you can connect with other groupies. As always, these websites should be used with great care, but it still can be a great deal of fun!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Masterseek is a great search engine that puts, at your fingertips, the information on millions of companies nationwide and worldwide. Here you will find any given company's profile, information on products and contacts. You can search to find information on business partners, sales opportunities and new ways you can expand your own company. Enter your company's information and showcase your own products and services to the rest of the world.
There are a few other websites you can go to for job opportunties. Career Builders and Monster are both very good sources for job opportunities in your area of expertise as well as your geographic area. The most important thing is to update your resume and proofread it. In fact, have someone else proofread your resume first before uploading it. Finally, if you are only looking for a part-time job, your best resource is Snag A Job. This is a great website for students looking for a part-time job or retirees and/or moms looking for part-time work. They allow you to apply for jobs right in your neighborhood, online so you don't have to go from place to place filling out applications. Also, if you are looking for a job in retail, then check the store's website for online applications first before wasting gas traveling from store to store.
Coke zero has a brand new ad campaign entitled "Life as it should". I love that philosophy and it certainly gives me an uplifting sense when I hear it. Whatever comes to mind for you, you can now put those thoughts into images and share your own personal movie, directed by you. You can also add some very cool black and white film clips and add your own voice over the clips with your own words. Your own special movie will compete with others for the highest rated. What a great way to express yourself and your own personal philosophy of life as it should be.
The news about home sales for the last few months has been less than inspiring. If you are an experienced agent, then you may have a hard time struggling with the listings that aren't selling and the reluctance of buyers to commit to an offer. If you are a new agent like myself, then you might be wondering why you even bothered to begin this career in the first place. It is challenging, but what doesn't kill you will certainly make you stronger in the long run. I've been encouraged by associates to stick this out as long as I can with the hope that I will be rewarded in the future. In the meantime, I've become a huge fan of Craig's List where I was able to find some part-time work to tide me over until I start making money in real estate. Do what you have to do in this life, but never give up on your dreams!