Local Real Estate Agents May Provide More Relevant Homes For Sale Data Than National Sites

Marietta, GA, (November 3, 2004) – According to the National Association of Realtors, 70% of all home buyers search the internet for home listings at some point. While most people choose national sites such as Realtor.com to view listings on the internet, many of these people may not realize that it can take several days for new listings to appear. Additionally, once the home is under contract or sold, it may take several more days before the listing is actually removed. This often leads to a sense of frustration for home buyers.

Many local real estate agents solve this problem by pulling information on homes for sale directly from their Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and updating the homes for sale data on a daily basis. Sanford Rosser of Heritage Real Estate Brokers in Marietta Georgia says, “Saavy home hunters know the best homes are often sold quickly – sometimes within 24 hours of hitting the market. We recognize the importance of updating our site daily and showing every home for sale from all brokers, not just ours. As a result, we have noticed that a few of our clients have been able to beat other buyers to new listings and often save money by acting quickly and avoiding those awful bidding wars.”

Typical internet home shoppers want to see properties that they can buy today while not wasting time looking at homes that have already sold or giving out personal information. Rosser added, “The ability to find homes for sale on the internet has placed more demands on local real estate professionals to provide consumers with accurate and relevant information. In addition, people are increasingly hesitant to give out their name, address, e-mail, or phone number just to see what’s on the market right now. By offering a less personally intrusive, more relevant, and more comprehensive home search capability using their web presence, local agents can make the home buying process less frustrating for their clients.”

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Creativity Can Create an Income – Crafting From Home

Often times creative people need an outlet for their goods. Thinking of starting an online shop on your own might seem overwhelming. If you break down everything into baby steps, opening your own store is actually not as difficult as you might think.

If you are like many creative people, your brain is always full of ideas. In order to create a business, you need to hone in on your niche. What do you love to create? Is it an item that would sell? Can you make enough money justifying the time involved in creating this item? These are all questions you will need to invest time and thought on answering. Do your research and investigate sources such as Etsy to see how saturated that market is, how well the items are selling, and if the going price works for you.

Once you have determined your product line, it is time to create your brand. Play around with names, logos and colors. You want your brand to represent you as well as a brand that is easily recognizable.

The next step, one of the most fun steps, is very important. Search for tips online. Practice, practice, practice. Try different angles, locations, and lighting, until you have a beautiful photo.

Decide if you want to sell on a multi seller platform such as Etsy, or a stand alone site. As a beginner, someplace like Etsy is a great place to start selling your craft. If you choose to go with Etsy, dig in and start a shop. Within a few hours, you can have your shop up and running. Should you choose to start a stand alone store, you will need to research the best options for your shop.

Once you have your products listed for sale, your job will be to drive traffic to the site. This is where the dedication comes in play. In order for your shop to succeed, you will have to put in the time getting your product seen. Facebook, blogs, Instagram and Twitter are all great outlets. If you set aside a certain amount of time daily to promote your goods, you will soon see the rewards. While working from home, distractions can happen easily. Your focus and diligence will be the determining factor in whether or not your products begin to sell. So, if you are still interested in opening a shop of your own, what are you waiting for? Go forth and sell!

How to Prepare a Bill of Sale Properly

You can prepare a customized bill of sale in five minutes. Learn how to do it properly and how to avoid common pitfalls.

How to prepare a Bill of Sale and how to avoid common pitfalls

A bill of sale form is used to transfer the ownership from a seller to a buyer. The four main bill of sale forms are for: auto, boat, personal property and business.

The Internet made all these forms readily available at a reasonable price.

In five minutes or less, the user can prepare a bill of sale as follows:

Purchase the form and download the form.
Open the downloaded form and print.
Use a pen; fill in the blanks by following the instructions.
Done.

The common pitfalls and their repercussions:

Using a free form download from the Internet. Such forms almost always contain errors and are incomplete.
Using a handwritten bill of sale. Such forms almost always contain errors and are incomplete.
Failing to detail and describe what is being sold. It is important to have what is being sold detailed and described.

Avoiding the three pitfalls listed above can help both the seller and buyer avoid both headaches and expenses down the road. The following are few common examples:

In the event the buyer is unsatisfied with their purchase as they may deem that what they received was not as described. A proper bill of sale including the condition of the item being sold thus resolving such issues.

Using an improper form that does not detail important information. This causes that buyer issues down the road when attempting to resell what was bought. As an incomplete form may lack a vehicle VIN number or boat identification Hull number.

The seller also needs to protect themselves as exemplified here. When selling a car, it is important to include the “Odometer Disclosure Statement”. This provides the seller legal protection in case the buyer alters the odometer in the future when reselling to obtain a better price. In such a case, it is impossible to ascertain who changed the odometer reading. The seller by using a proper form protect themselves from dealing with such possibilities.

There are just few examples. There are many other scenarios.

Is a professionally prepared Bill of Sale a must?

Yes. For a small price, this provides legal protection for the both the seller and buyer and saves them costly expenses and headaches down the line.

Dollars and Sense: How Bankruptcy Lawyers Will Help You Out of Your Sticky Financial Situation

The word “bankruptcy” tends to strike fear into our hearts, especially if we’re going through financial trouble. But most people can’t see themselves ever filing for bankruptcy. The process seems like it’s made for failing businesses, government bodies, and other organizations. But personal bankruptcy laws exist to protect citizens who find themselves struggling with severe debt. If your finances drop into the red zone, taking the following steps will get you back on your feet:

Assess the Damage

Look closely at your financial portrait. If you owe large sums to multiple creditors, if collectors are calling your house, or if you find yourself paying for essentials with a credit card, you should start to consider remedying your situation. Begin by tallying up your financial assets – bank account balances, retirement funds, stocks and bonds, real estate, vehicles, and anything else of value. Once you have a grand total, compare it to the amount you owe. If your assets are worth less than your total debts, you should seriously consider filing for bankruptcy.

How Do I File?

You may voluntarily file for bankruptcy as soon as you determine it’s necessary. Alternatively, you may be compelled by your creditors to file. However your legal process originates, don’t try to navigate it by yourself. Get in touch with bankruptcy lawyers who will look closely at your circumstances and advise you on how to proceed. There are two different claims you can file, so an attorney will help you determine the legal route that best serves your interests.

Filing a Chapter 7 Claim

A Chapter 7 claim is fairly straightforward. If approved, this claim liquidates your assets and uses them to pay off a large chunk of your debt right away. In other words, it turns most of what you own into cash, and then distributes this cash among your creditors. It sounds scary, because you lose most of your holdings. But it’s not the end of the world – many people bounce back and rebuild their assets without all that debt holding them back. Especially with trusted bankruptcy lawyers on your side, this process can lead to a much-needed fresh start.

Filing a Chapter 13 Claim

Since they involve seizing most of the filer’s holdings, Chapter 7 claims aren’t great for people who own businesses, property, and other major assets. When you have large properties that you don’t want to lose, a Chapter 13 claim is the better choice. It allows people with consistent, predictable annual incomes to pay off debts over a three- to five-year grace period. Once a judge approves a Chapter 13 claim, creditors must stop contacting the debtor. The debtor then continues to work, paying off his or her debts as best they can during the grace period. No property or other assets are liquidated in this process.

Bankruptcy lawyers will tell you: filing isn’t so scary, and can drastically improve your situation. If you’re letting unpaid bills stack up and trying to ignore them, know that you can pursue legal options to relieve the stresses of debt and protect what you own.

Ask Yourself: Are You Relevant?

I have been thinking about this for quite a while. Have you ever asked yourself the question: Am I relevant?

What does it mean to be relevant? When I ask myself this question I think of the people I look to when I have a question. If I reach out for an answer from someone; I must believe in one way or another they have relevance to the answer I want or need.

If I have a problem with my car, in most cases, I typically will not go to my banker for an answer. I don’t go to my banker because I do not feel this individual is relevant to my question. On the other hand, I would not go to my doctor if I wanted an answer regarding a Certificate of Deposit or CD (not to be confused with a music CD). And I would not go to my auto mechanic if I had a back problem.

When we have questions we look to those who can possibly help.

Taking the scenarios above one step further; I might go to my mechanic when I have a back problem if I’m looking for a referral and I know my mechanic recently experienced back problems and the doctor had remedied the situation. My mechanic just became relevant because of recent experience and knowledge of someone who might be able to help me.

The same goes for the other scenarios above; there may be relevance but a different kind of relevance; they may not have the answer, but may have the ability to lead you to the answer.

Now we go back to the initial question. Are you relevant? Do people look to you for answers to their questions? Do they look to you when they need a referral? Do friends, family, co-workers, customers, supervisors, etc. turn to you when they are looking for answers?

For example if you work on a manufacturing line, do people come to you with questions regarding the operation of the line; if so, at least this individual believes you to be relevant. In this manufacturing role; do supervisors or managers ever come to you with questions regarding the line or seeking advice on the operations of the line; if so, you are relevant to even more people and to people who may be higher than you in the organization.

Maybe the questions presented to you are not directly related to your job or maybe they are completely unrelated; meaning you are considered a relevant or reliable source about something other than your day-to-day work. You may have relevance because of a hobby, a sport’s interest, family experience, visiting a certain city or area of the country; whatever it is something where people look to you for answers; makes you relevant.

Why is this important; you may be trying to advance your career and being recognized as relevant can go a long way toward reaching your career objective or current goal? You may be starting a business and relevance to your customers is critical to the success of your business.

The information you possess may make you relevant to other individuals or groups that are attempting to solve a problem and you are able to expedite the process because of your knowledge. These individuals may be prospective customers, suppliers, business partners, or may simply be someone who works – as Malcolm Gladwell identifies in his book, “The Tipping Point” – as a connector; one who brings others together.

Possessing knowledge or additional information makes you special and makes you someone people want to know better, you have become a person of interest.