The Challenge of Writing an Artist’s Statement That is Artistic and Deep But Also Makes Sense

Often, while viewing other artists experiences with their creativity, defined by pen to paper within their „Artist’s Statements“, I find myself thinking, „This reminds me of man trying to define God by putting creativity into a box.“  Oft times too I wonder, „What the heck are they talking about? I wonder if even ‚they‘ even know.“

I have met all kinds of artists.  I always hope that I will share some kind of phenomenon with fellow artists, of an unmistakable vibration we both generate and feed off of.  I hope that our connection will cause us to reach new heights and feel compelled to go home and create great things.  I rarely come across artists like that, they are as different from one another as anyone.  

I really do believe  there is an ‚energy‘ within art, colors, and it is that energy about a piece of art that people resonate to.. or not.  Some only like only my precise artwork, of which I feel are renderings and not in my personal opinion, ‚true art‘.  It tells me that we are not connected in a ’spiritual‘ sense.  We connect on other levels though so consequences of that kind of thinking are not something that needs to be brooded over, on the outside chance you find my opinion offensive or objectionable.  

I think a lot of ‚art talk‘ is mumbo jumbo, and is as redundant and boring as the latest football player explaining how his team is going to win the next game. Yet, I also think there is a need for the artist to describe the connection they feel with their art.  Doing that, helps the viewer to enter their world, as well as the artist to understand ‚what the heck happened‘ to cause them to create what they did.  

Creativity is elusive, but the more we enter that gate, the more we find ourselves in the presence of something truly remarkable. I think the vibration of colors, coupled with the spirit of the dance of creative action, can be found in all kinds of art and no one has the market on that.  Once in a great while we come across genius like Leonardo da Vinci and we stand in awe. Because of miraculous adventures of the soul, in any genre, it is our responsibility to pursue the unknown. Leonardo da Vinci only scratched the surface. Pursuing the vibrations of the elusive is often an alone experience.  It is within that ‚prayer‘ of sorts that mystics are uncovered. There are many ways of doing it though, as there are religions, so I don’t think anyone has the key to it all.  

So how do you do it? How do you write an „Artist’s Statement“ that makes sense? First define who you are within your work in your own mind. If you do not know, you won’t be able to write anything at all that others will comprehend. Be careful of the mumbo jumbo, but write out your heart as you look at your work. You may just discover a part of yourself you had not met before. Take your time, discover who you are. Remember da Vinci as well, nothing he did was done without extreme confrontation of what it was he was looking to explore, so laziness is not acceptable. Right? Yes! 

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Source by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

10 Tips to Hire a Professional Mover Easily

If you are looking for a moving company for your next move, we suggest that you do your research before signing the contract. Hiring the right provider will ensure your stuff is taken care of. In this article, we have shared a few important tips that make the hiring process easier for you.

1. Ask For Referrals

First of all, you should start by asking for referrals. For instance, you can consult your friends, co-workers and realtor. They will give you a few good names. Plus, they will have some important tips to share with you.

2. Get Written Estimates

It’s not a good idea to get verbal estimates only. Getting written estimates will make sure the estimates are reliable. Aside from this, it will give you an opportunity to know more about the service providers.

3. Be open to Your Estimator

Make sure that your estimator knows how many boxes, clothes, furniture articles and other stuff you want to move. Although a professional won’t force you make an additional payment for the extra stuff you didn’t inform them about while getting the estimate, they may refuse to move anything. Therefore, it’s better to be open to your estimator.

4. Ask About Additional Fees

Since no one likes surprises, make sure you ask the service provider about the additional fees like equipment fees, stop charges and fuel costs.

5. Use Packing Services

Like most people, you may not like to pack all the stuff yourself. Therefore, it’s much better to hire a local packing service. This will help you take the burden off your shoulders. Plus, all your stuff will be safely packed in secure boxes.

6. Get Insurance Coverage

It’s better to get insurance coverage for your belongings. Aside from this, you should find out if your homeowners‘ insurance could provide coverage for the stuff that you want to move to your new place.

7. Check References

Professional movers have a great reputation. Aside from this, they can also give you references from your past clients. Don’t forget to check the references and contact each client to find out about their experience working with the company.

8. Experience Matters

Although it can be tempting to go with a cheap provider, make sure that the service provider is licensed and experienced. After all, you don’t want to take the risk of working with an unlicensed provider. The provider must have years of experience in the field.

9. Do Your Research

Find out the names the service providers operates under. Next, make an online search and contact your local BBB to ensure that the company is registered.

10. Service Awards

Find out if the provider has got any credentials or awards from the small business association, industry organization or trade group. If they have, it means they are quite popular and reliable movers.

Keep in mind that hiring the best service provider will ensure that the move will be a success, not a failure. For a stress free experience, make sure you do your homework and go with a mover that you can rely on.

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Source by Shalini M

Crap Nobody Ever Tells You When You Go To College To Get Your Equine Science Degree

I always knew what I wanted to do as a child. I bounced around from several different career choices but all of them revolved around horses. As my senior year went by, I spent countless hours researching equine science degrees at four-year colleges and applying to schools all over the country that had programs that fascinated me. I ended up at Colorado State University, after debating between West Texas A&M, Tarleton State University, and Texas A&M. I graduated from Colorado State University with my degree in equine science and promptly attempted to enter the work force searching for my place in the equine world. What a learning experience!

If you are about to graduate high school or maybe you have a son or daughter who is about to graduate high school and they are determined to go to school for equine science. On one hand, it is an awesome thing that they know what they want to do, especially considering the astounding numbers of undeclared majors in state universities these days. On the other hand, the reality is, equine science is almost a worthless major in the eyes of most employers. It is also a degree that requires a lot of entrepreneur spirit in order to succeed in the equine world. If you are a follower and not a leader, this may not be the correct degree choice to work towards.

This is a tough place as every parent wants to support their children’s dreams. You can make a living at anything if you are truly determined to do it and you love what you do. The problem is after visiting college campuses and having a ton of smoke blown up your butt about how wonderful each school is, there is a lot to an equine science degree that nobody ever tells you until you get into the thick of it all and waste a ton of money on the degree.

Equine science is a popular pre-vet degree. Most four-year schools that offer the degree also have a veterinary program. What this means is, if you are not interested in becoming a vet, you still are going to class with pre-vet students who must get an A in every class. What this means for the average equine science student who is there to further their knowledge of the horse industry is, there are no curve grades, and the competition to get into classes with limited seats is tough. First preferences often times go to the pre vet students leaving the average equine science student to get pushed back anther year before they can take that required class that is only offered in the spring once a year.

Another feat perhaps more difficult than getting into your required classes when competing with vet students and pre-vet students is getting a job in the field so you can get experience most employers‘ want you to have while you are still in college. Once an employer learns that you are not pre-vet often, times you, get bumped all together from those equine employers employee choices. Best way to avoid this is to inquire if the school’s internship program is actually hands on about placing students with employers, which allows a more fair opportunity for those who are going to school just to get their equine science degree to actually get a job around horses. Most schools that have placement programs do this, as internships are required in order to graduate from their equine science program. Employers will usually choose vet students and pre-vet students for positions within a barn or equine facility because they like the thought of having someone with veterinary knowledge around the horses for a minimal investment. 9 times out of 10, the equine science student will not even be called in for an interview when they are competing with vet students. This is why having a school placement program is crucial for avoiding this problem all together.

One of the other interesting little tidbits you learn while trying to get an equine related job while in college is that the equine industry in notorious for expecting you to work your butt off for free. This means you better be the master of the shovel, willing to work every spare minute you have for little compensation, and do it with a smile and maybe, just maybe you will get the opportunity to ride a horse, or work with an incredible trainer, or get some responsibilities that are not the bottom of the barrel work. I have to admit that the equine employers that think they are doing the educational system a favor by offering these internships are truly looking out for their own best interest and trying to find cheap labor. It surely is not for the students benefit in most cases. They assume every equine science student is a kept pony princess or prince whose bills are paid by their rich parents and that the college credit they are giving you in exchange for your hard work is equal to the compensation they would be paying a non-student. The other problem is most of these jobs, as I mentioned before you are stuck not really learning anything, but doing all the chores and work, that nobody else will do on the farm other than migrant workers. Which guess what, as an intern your even lower than that because they have to pay the migrant workers! It is a pretty sad and discouraging system. I do agree that scooping poop does build character, but there’s a limit to how much character building a college student needs while trying to learn the ropes in the equine industry while in school. There are also a fair share of equine employers who severely abuse this system and only participate to get their free slave college labor.

The reality is once you graduate with your equine science degree, what you do with it is up to you. It’s a degree best suited for those of you who want to start your own equine related business as employers look at it as a worthless degree otherwise. Most equine science graduates end up making their living in an industry outside the horse industry and often times run into roadblocks because of the validity of the degree itself. This is why I would encourage those of you pursuing this degree who are not vet students to minor in a degree or attain a second bachelor’s degree in a field that will help you get employment in the instance you are not working in the equine industry after graduation. I would recommend business, marketing, computer science, legal, or anything related to the energy field. All of these choices will complement your equine science degree and ensure you have plenty of career choices after graduation.

Do not be surprised that the low pay continues after graduation with your equine science degree. Most equine employers think they are being generous by offering you housing along with a huge monthly salary of 1500.00 a month in exchange for 60 hour a week worth of hard labor. This labor almost always includes scooping more crap, yes even after all the experience you gained in your internships doing this equine employers still feel you need more practice at it for little pay! What they usually do not tell you is the housing they are offering is nasty, rat hole, and you will have to share that housing with the other farm help, and you get to pay the utilities. Oh yes, the equine industry is tough. This is why if this is your direction you are choosing I would highly recommend that you minor in business. As the most successful in the equine industry are self employed small business owners that set off and started their own businesses to make a living. You really have no other choice unless earning a $1500 a month salary and living in a rat hole with no free time is your ideal career choice.

If you are lucky enough to find an equine job that is not on a horse ranch, breeding facility, or training facility the pay usually is not great, and you are expected to work hard! My example comes from personal experience. April of my senior year in college I got a position at The Arabian Horse Association as a Member Services Representative. I was so excited to actually get a horse job, I did not mind the 82-mile one-way drive to Denver, or the crappy pay which at the time was less than 10.50/hour. I thought the job was perfect for me as I focused a lot of my effort in learning about equine event management, and was stoked that I might actually get the experience and chance to help the AHA put on their breed shows. It also put my family at bay for not giving me a hard time not working in the horse industry, as up until that point I could not afford to go work for the equine slave drivers in college for free as I was not a pony princess, I had to pay my way through school which meant paying bills not just paying for alcohol. I was responsible for paying for a truck, my housing, my food, and my horse. Spending the time I was not in class working for free was not an option for me. I spent a year and a half working at the AHA, only to discover they kept wanting more data entry work, I rarely got to leave my cubicle hell, and the biggest raises they gave hourly employee’s was.05 an hour and in the year and a half I got one.05 raise. In that same year and half fuel prices increased over.30 a gallon. During that time several salaried higher paying positions came available within the AHA, but what you do not know is that the positions I applied for that were in the breed association development department, they wanted people with marketing, and business degrees, not equine science. The other problem with my job was the long commute. I could not afford to move closer to my job because it was in the middle of the city and I would have to board my horse an hour plus away from where I would be living and spending more money to have a horse, while being able to see my horse less just so I could get an extra hour of sleep, and avoid an 82 mile 1 way drive. I was living on a 5-acre horse property with my horse for less money than what is would have cost me to move closer to my work. Yeah, screw that. I quit and started my own business in the oil and gas industry after a bunch of prodding from my future husband that I was sitting on the road to nowhere. He was right.

I was regretful that I did not spend more time learning more about business and marketing in while I was in school. It is hard to even think about going to school since I went for 5 years paying out of state tuition only to discover the degree was worthless. Every successful equine business owner I know will tell you that they know dozens of people with my degree that do not use it. Therefore, my advice to those of you still determined to do this:

  • You had better be thick skinned and prepared for a lot of rejection. Competition with vet students is cut throat.
  • You will need to make a living until you can find a job, so find other talents that you have that will allow you to make a living until you can secure that dream job in the horse world.
  • Be prepared for the equine scum employers, it will never matter how much crap you scoop, many of these positions are dead end and they are just out to look for cheap labor. They have absolutely no interest in giving you what you want, they will work you until you quit or give up for as little money as possible.
  • Do not take any more than one job in your college career that entails scooping horse crap, seriously, it is not doing you any good and you will be wasting your time. You will learn more by getting work from other businesses that can help you become a successful business owner in the future. I worked one tax season for an accountant, it was one of the best experiences I ever had in college, and it taught me so much about being a business owner the experience was incredible!
  • If you have a truck, do not let an equine employer talk you into using your personal vehicle for their benefit unless they intend on fairly compensating you for it. I had one job in college at an Andalusion farm where the owner seemed to think that not paying me very much included free use of my truck to haul hay was included.
  • Narrow down you career choices while you are in school than contact future potential employers to find out what they are looking for when they hire for those positions. Why, because you don’t want to find yourself in an entry level job in the horse industry to only find out that the better jobs they offer require a completely different degree like I found out at The Arabian Horse Association. This will allow you to be working towards the best degree for your chosen career path, and not end up with a worthless, useless degree that will make it more difficult for you to attain employment with in the future.
  • 2 year degree programs are good for getting a lot of hands on experience but they do not allow you to get participate in a backup major such as business.
  • 2-year programs typically are better suited for those looking to go into horse training, riding instruction, and coaching. These programs are also cheaper, and typically, they are a much easier degree academically to complete. Just remember many careers require a 4-year degree unless you are in a job that is primarily a technical position such as an electrician, plumber, or other specialized career that requires special training.
  • 4 year University Equine Science programs typically will have programs in equine reproduction, where you can learn the art of Artificial Insemination and semen collecting, as well as the skills required to work in a reproduction lab or breeding facility.
  • 4-year equine science degrees typically are less hands on than a two-year equine science degree. You spend a solid 2 years at least working on core requirements that every major the school offers requires students to take. These include classes such as algebra, speech, English, statistics, chemistry, biology, foreign language, and public speaking. Of course, most of these classes are completely useless and will not make or break you in the real world.
  • There are some 4-year equine science programs out there where you never even handle a horse. Be cautious of this, after all there really is not much point to getting an equine science degree if you never handle a horse. If all you want to do is handle & work directly with horses a 2-year program may be the better choice.

Personally, I can attest to the fact that I regret getting my degree in equine science. I also wish that the career advisors at my school had been more honest with me. I paid a lot of money for that degree only to find out after graduation its true value. Your best defense in this world if you want to work in the horse industry is to be prepared to start your own business as that’s really the best way for you to make a decent living. It is a tough world and if you graduate with that degree and are expecting to get a high paying job, you are going to be searching for a long time because very few of them exist. In fact, there are very few equine science positions that even pay $35,000 a year. Many higher paying positions in the equine world also have other degree preferences for their job candidates that are not equine science degrees and only require that you have hands on knowledge of the equine world, not an equine science degree.

Finally, if you are looking for any job to just pay your bills, often time’s equine science degrees will not count, thus making it more difficult to attain employment outside the equine world. Your best defense in this world is to round out your education, do not get tunnel vision thinking horses and only horses. Attain a second bachelors, or get a minor in a degree program that can not only help your equine career but help you secure a job outside the equine industry if need be at a later time. Most importantly, do not let your college baffle you with bullshit, they only want your money and truly do not care what happens to you after graduation. Supporting yourself after graduation falls on you not the school, you graduated from, and there is no degree that has a guarantee you will be able to find employment after graduation, especially in today’s job market.

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Source by Jennifer Hampson

Sonography School Options: 4 Accredited Ultrasound Technician Schools in Modesto, CA and Nearby

Modesto is a city in California that has successfully blended urban living with small town charm. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, residents enjoy activities like rafting on the Stanislaus River and horseback riding at one of the many ranches. The food options cover the spectrum from meals at four-star restaurants to an abundance of locally produced fruits, vegetables and walnuts. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Modesto, California will also find a strong healthcare system serving a regional area.

Sonography Education in Modesto, California

The only way to obtain a credential as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is by passing ARDMS examinations. However, certain prerequisites must be met first. The programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) most thoroughly prepare students to master the exams at any point in time and ensure students have met clinical training requirements. In 2014, the accredited ultrasound technician program closest to Modesto is Merced College in Merced, California.

Since ultrasound technician schools limit the number of applicants, it may be necessary to find a program further away. If the student needs financial help for sonography study, there are many different types of scholarships, grants and loan packages available. The school financial aid office is a good place to begin the search, but many scholarships are available outside the schools. The Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers is the best starting point.

There are more than 18,000 enrolled at Modesto Junior College in day and evening classes. Within a 30 mile radius are three more universities and colleges with total enrollments of over 19,000 students.

Salary Fact and Job Outlook for Sonographers in Modesto, California

Modesto Diagnostic Medical Sonographers earned significantly more than the national average annual wages for ultrasound technicians. In May 2013, Modesto sonographers earned $77,230 in average annual wages or $37.13 per hour. Nationally, the average wages in May 2013 were $67,170, meaning Modesto sonographer wages were 15 percent higher. The bottom 10 percent of sonographers in Modesto were earning 92 percent of the average national wages.

Modesto is in Stanislaus County, California that is projected to see net job growth of 30 percent for the period 2010 to 2020 for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. In terms of wages and employment opportunities, Modesto is an excellent location.

A List of Best Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs in Modesto and Nearby Cities in California

School Name: Merced College

Contact Person: Cheryl Zelinksky

Contact Phone: (209) 384-6170

Program: Certificate

School Name: Community Regional Medical Center

Contact Person: Joy Guthrie

Contact Phone: (559) 459-2731

Program: Certificate

School Name: Foothill College

Contact Person: Kathleen Austin

Contact Phone: (650) 949-7304

Program: Certificate and Associates Degree

School Name: Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences

Contact Person: Dorsey Ballow

Contact Phone: (510) 231-5083

Program: Certificate and Bachelors Degree

Nearby States with Accredited Sonography Programs

In 2014, you can find more accredited ultrasound technician schools in the following nearby states:

  • Arizona (3 schools)
  • Nevada (1 school)

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Source by Lisa J Parmley

Every Landlords Guide to Finding Great Tenants by Janet Portman; Book Review

Multi-unit investors are the bread and butter clients of experienced and successful real estate agents. 1031 exchanges are one of the many options for landlords-to-be. After the closing or escrow though is when the real work begins and offering ways to smooth the operational transition for new or repeat owners of rental properties, can be a great source of future referrals for real estate agents. A new book released in 2006 should be a required closing gift from the selling agent to the buyer of any multi-unit building or complex, with two or a thousand units.

Every Landlords Guide to Finding Great Tenants by Attorney Janet Portman, Nolo, 2006, ISBN 1-4133-0413-3, Paperback, 455 Pages is designed in an reader friendly format, full of icons, shaded call-out boxes, sample forms, and checklists. Easy-to-read tables outline state-specific laws on returning security deposits and showing notices, to name a few. From apartment marketing programs, how to show a rental, fielding and screening calls, and checking references, no step in the process is left out and all procedures are drilled down to the bottom line.

Ms. Portman brings an experts perspective on the law, but don’t think that this is a dry read. Engaging text sprinkled with bullet points, graphics, and clever caution points, make this the best desk reference for any landlord. Perfect for the experienced but exasperated landlord to the freshly minted, this is a must-have rental resource.

Every Landlords Guide to Finding Great Tenants comes with a handy CD-ROM, for on-the-go landlords. The CD has files of all forms featured and discussed in the book, as well as sample landlord-tenant conversations. Nothing has been left out of this complete guide and the format makes it simple to focus on a particular theme, and revisit others on a when-the-time-comes basis.

Chapter titles include; Choosing Good Tenants Makes Good Business Sense, Complying with Discrimination Laws, How to Deal with Current Tenants-Before You Look for New Ones, How to Advertise Effectively, How You Should Show Your Rental, Preparing Your Rental Application and Screening Materials, Fielding Initial Questions and Phone Screening, Prepare Your Rental for an Open House or Showing, Face to Face: Showing the Rental and Negotiating with Prospective Tenants, evaluating Rental Applications, Checking Applicant’s Credit Reports, Checking Landlord, Employer, and Personal References, Checking Applicants‘ Criminal Backgrounds, How to Choose and Work With a Tenant Screening Agency, Choosing Your New Tenant, and How to Reject-What to Say, What to Write.

This book is a solid ten and highly recommended to building owners, 1031 Exchange Qualifying Intermediaries, real estate editors and educators, leasing and rental managers, real estate agents and brokers.

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Source by Mark Nash

Sole, Joint or Multiple Agency?

Many clients I meet at valuations know they can use one or several estate agents. They also know using more than one agent could cost them more on the fees. What they might not have considered is the small print of each type of agreement or the relative merits of using one, two or many agents. Here’s our brief guide to each;

Sole Agency

Contracts of this type should read as follows –

‚You will be liable to pay remuneration to us, in addition to any other costs or charges agreed, if at any time, unconditional contracts for the sale of the property are exchanged:

•with a purchaser introduced by us during the period of our sole agency or

•with whom we had negotiations about the property during that period, or

•with a purchaser introduced by another agent during that period.‘

The agent gets paid if they „introduce“ a buyer during their contract period, or if you let another agent „introduce“ a buyer within the original agent’s contract period. The definition of „introduced“ is a wide ranging one. It may well cover negotiations with a buyer, viewings, sending details, discussing on the phone as well as all these scenarios:

•A buyer who knocks on your door as a result of seeing a „for sale“ board.

•A buyer that views through one agent but later makes an offer through another agent.

•A buyer that is given details of your property by an agent and then realises that they know you.

•A buyer who views through an agent but suggests that you do a private deal

Contracts must have a set period of time (the average is 12 – 14 weeks). Please note that a contract almost always has a notice period at the end – add this to your stated contract length to work out the real amount of time you’ll be locked in to your chosen agent. This type of agreement does allow you to find a buyer for your home yourself without paying the estate agent (a private sale). A „sole selling rights“ agreement (best avoided) would mean the agent would get paid even if you did find a private buyer.

Sole agencies are the most common of the agreements – most agents want an exclusive shot at selling your house. If the estate agent is any good, you shouldn’t need another agent to help in selling. However, you might want to check how comprehensive an agent’s marketing is before you agree to a sole agency – if they don’t cover all the bases (or have over valued your house to get the business), you don’t want to be locked into a contract lasting months and months.

Joint Agency

If you appoint two estate agents to act together for you in selling the property, this is known as ‚joint agency‘ or ‚joint sole agency‘. A joint sole agency contract is where the estate agents involved share the commission when the property is sold. In practice, the agent that actually finds the buyer usually gets a higher split of the commission but this percentage share would need to be agreed at the start of the contract between owner and both agents.

Joint agency is often a useful way to get out of a sole agency before the end of the contract – if you tell your estate agent that you’re not happy and are considering terminating their contract at the earliest opportunity, then give them the option of being retained on a joint agency basis, they might be smart enough to see the merits of a slice of a fee rather than none at all. This type of agency is also useful when you want to use two agents that offer different services (for example a city agent and a country agent if you live on the border of a city). Do bear in mind the majority of the public have a negative perception about properties on with more than one agent („I’ve seen that before – there must be something wrong with it“). If you’re thinking about joint agency, try to choose two agents that can communicate/work together happily.

Multiple Agency

More than one agent is appointed and there is no fixed contract period. You can add as many agents as you like, remove one at any time and so forth. However, only the agent that actually finds the buyer gets paid.

Often used when a property fails to sell with a sole agent, this is an extreme measure to take as the total fees will be considerably higher plus the property may become over-exposed very quickly. Confusion and disputes can also arise if agents argue over who introduced a particular buyer – make sure you keep a track of each agent’s activity.

Fees in General

Estate agents fees are due on completion and should have been invoiced at exchange of contracts. The invoice is sent to the solicitor acting for the owner, but the owner should also receive a copy to check. Most agreements are based on „no sale, no fee“ so you shouldn’t pay anything if your house doesn’t sell (however, see below re extra fees).

Fees must be clearly stated on the contract – if the fee is a percentage of the sale price, a maximum amount in pounds and pence should also be displayed.

Although estate agents fees are often expressed as a straight percentage of the sale price, do remember they are also subject to VAT at the prevailing rate (currently 20%).

Some estate agents charge extra fees over and above the sale fee – we have recently seen these expressed as „advertising fees“ or „withdrawal fees“ ( a charge if your property doesn’t sell or you take it away from an agent). Costs up front for production of brochures and professional photography are also relatively common with upper market agents – it would always be worth making sure you know the total of ALL fees you may be liable for before signing a contract.

Watch out if you agree to a fixed fee from an estate agent – the fee is usually agreed based on the asking price so, if your property sells for less, you’re likely to be overpaying the agent compared to a normal percentage fee (which is charged on the final sale price)

If you want to give your agent extra motivation to achieve a top price, consider negotiating a tiered fee (eg 1% if they get under £240,000, 1.2% if they achieve between £240,000 and £250,000, 1.5% if they get over £250,000). Set the levels carefully to reward superb service and penalise an average result.

Extra Hints

If you change estate agents, make sure the previous agent gives you a list of names of the people they have „introduced“ to your property. If one of those names goes on to buy the house (in practical terms within 6 months from the date of termination of the agent’s contract), the old agent is entitled to their fee. Make sure you don’t get into a scenario where you owe fees to both agents because you didn’t do your homework.

Always ask estate agents to confirm their contract terms in writing (you would think this is standard practice but you might be surprised!) and, if you do end a contract with an agent, make sure they confirm that as well.

You can go from one sole agent to another, from a sole agent to joint agents or any other permutation.

Don’t go backwards in marketing terms – if you leave an agent because they aren’t marketing your home effectively, take a breather and make sure the next one you choose can do better BEFORE you appoint them.

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Source by Carey Gilliland

8 Important Ways Homeowners Benefit From Using Real Estate Agents

Whether, you are a homeowner, who has decided, it’s time to sell his house, and relocate, or a potential buyer, seeking for the so – called, home of your dreams (the American Dream of home ownership), you will have the choice, of either, doing so, on your own, or using the services of, and being represented by a quality, experienced, professional, real estate agent. Some believe they will get a better deal, when they do so, on their own, because, there will be no, or fewer commissions. However, according to the National Association of Realtors, or NAR, homeowners, generally, net more, even after considering these, than those who do so, alone. Buyers also benefit because the right agent, has the local knowledge, to properly provide you, with relevant, professionally prepared, Competitive Market Analysis (or CMA), so you have a better idea of market value and the competition. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, examine, review, consider, and discuss, 8 important reasons, homeowners benefit from using the right real estate agents, for their specific needs, and situation.

1. Local knowledge: Although markets, and times, change, in the vast number of circumstances, you will get your best offers, in the first few weeks, after it’s listed on the market. Therefore, pricing it right, from the start, often makes the difference, in a significant, major way!

2. Marketing expertise: The right agent, will create a customized, personal marketing plan, which addresses your specific residence and property, location, etc, as well as your priorities, needs, etc. There is no, one – size – fits – all, marketing process, so using a quality real estate professional, often makes a significant difference.

3. Agent’s network: Those who try to sell their house, on their own, often discover, they fail to attract as many potential buyers, as those using a professional. This is referred to, as an agent’s network, which includes the important tool, of listing the property, on the Multiple Listing Service, etc.

4. Hold client’s hand: The process of selling one’s house, is often, a stressful one, so using a professional, who has been through it before, and has a better idea of what to expect and anticipation, eases many of these stresses. Seek someone who patiently, is willing to, hold your hand, through the entire process.

5. Explanations/ expectations/ modifications: Rather than assuming or guessing, wouldn’t it help, to have clear explanations? Many homeowners have excessive or wrong expectations, and the individual, who represents you, must have the inner strength, to explain fully, his reasoning, and strategies. In addition, modifications, in terms of marketing, strategies, and pricing, are necessary, and someone with more experience and expertise, is far better positioned to guide you properly.

6. Convenience: Do you want to have to stick around the house, to show, the property, or wouldn’t it make sense, to hire someone, to do so, professionally? Open – houses, are only a small component in the overall strategy!

7. Negotiating: Professionally negotiating, on your behalf, benefits the client! Wouldn’t a professional, do a better job, in most cases?

8. From transaction stage, through closing: Hire someone who will be there for you, from the initial listing stages, showings, marketing, service, to the transaction stage, and then, until the closing, and house transfer is completed!

These are only 8 of the advantages of hiring the right person to represent your real estate needs. Focus on your needs, interview several, and choose, the right agent, for you!

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Richard Brody

The Characteristics Of The Real Estate Market

The real estate market is the economic sector that involves the buying and selling of infrastructure such as buildings either for residential purposes, business premises, and the industry segment. Like any business sector it is susceptible to the economic forces of supply and demand. The main people involved in this field include the owner, renter, developers, renovators, and the facilitators.

This sector has a number of characteristics that are specific to it. Real estate is durable since the buildings can last for many years while the land it stands on is indestructible. As a result the supply is composed of a large share of already pre-existing stock and a tiny percentage of new development. Thus the stock varies in price only according the deterioration, renovation, and the new development coming up.

Stock in this sector could be referred as heterogeneous since every piece is unique. All buildings are different in terms of the location they are situated in, their structure and design as well as how they are financed. Change in this field takes quite a long time. This is as a result of the long duration involved in financing and construction of new property.

The real estate has the very unique feature in terms of the buyers in this market. The property can be purchased either as an investment with the expectation of earning returns or as a consumption good with the thought of using it. Individuals could also invest in the market for both reasons whereby they use the property for a while before selling it at a profit. As a direct result of its dual nature, there is a high demand since individuals tend to over-invest in this sector.

Immobility is yet another characteristic unique to this sector. The properties as well as the land it lies on are both immobile. As a result there is no physical market place meaning one has to go to where the property is situated. Therefore this issue makes location a prime factor before investment.

The main factor in demand for property is demographic, that is the population size and growth. The demographic composition plays a huge role in determining the demand and as a result the price. The performance of the economy also affects the performance of the sector since it plays a role in the ability of investors to take loans and mortgages for financing their business ventures. Naturally, the pricing determines the level of demand in the sector.

There are a number of ways to finance investment in the real estate market from government and commercial institutions. Financial aid can be obtained from commercial banks, savings banks, mortgage brokers, life insurance companies and other financial institutions. However, the best practice still remains getting funding from your own savings.

In view of the recent real estate market crash it is best to follow some guidelines. As a buyer ensure that the price you pay for the property matters a lot as well as the ability to dispose of the purchase later down the road. If not it is advisable to downsize your mortgage to be on the safe side. As a seller, identify when it is the right time to put your property on the market in order to avoid low offers.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Kevin Elvis Johnson

Real Estate Photography Tips For Realtors – Don’t Do it Yourself, You’ll Lose Your Commission Check

I’ve done it myself; taken what I thought were great listing pictures and used them for my online MLS listing. My clients thought they were fine and I thought they were just fine, until I started working as a buyer’s agent in Seattle a few years back.

I worked with over 40 different buyers a week and everyday I’d hear, „Did you see those listing pictures? There’s no way we want to see that house, it’s a dump! Does the listing agent know how bad they are?“ Obviously, the listing agent didn’t spend anything on real estate photography.

My buyers would also see some great listing photos and want to get in to see the home that afternoon. We’d step inside and they’d wonder if it was the same home they saw online. They felt cheated because the pictures were nothing like the real home. (but at least the listing agent got buyers walking through the house).

It all came down to the listing pictures they saw online. That’s essential marketing for listings! Give buyers a great picture and they’ll jump inside the house that day. Give them a „do-it-yourself“ picture and they’ll move onto the next home. The listing pictures make the difference, especially when you spend a few bucks on professional real estate photography!

Even when the listing pictures were better than the actual house, guess what? It still got the buyers inside! That’s your goal as a listing agent; get as many showings as possible. Professional real estate photography makes that happen.

With upwards of 80%+ of buyers looking online now, the listing photos are the first thing they’re looking at and basing their initial impressions on.

How much money in lost commissions do you think you’re missing because you won’t spend a couple hundred bucks for professional real estate photography?

If you did spend the well invested marketing dollars on some professional real estate photography…….

  1. You could have more satisfied clients because the home sold faster.
  2. You could have made more cash because you didn’t have to drop the sales price when the listing became stale on the market.
  3. You could look like a top producer in the area because of the quicker sales, better looking listings and more satisfied clients. Your overall image is enhanced, big time!

Isn’t it funny how such a small aspect of your business can affect the whole thing? Anytime you realize how one issue affects your net profits, that’ll make you perk up, right?

Now don’t give me the excuse that it’s too expensive because it’s not. Look at it as a marketing and advertising expense because that’s exactly what it is. And real estate photography is one of the best things you can spend your marketing dollars on.

You have a couple options……..

You could grab a professional in real estate photography in your local area and offer them $50-$200 to come to your listing and take some fabulous photos. Make sure they’re top notch, have all the right equipment and understand the goal of these photos. You don’t want to pay for real estate photography that’s no better than your own.

Your other option is to go with a company like Vicaso.com who does real estate photography exclusively. Their business is listing photos for real estate agents!

You can schedule your photo shoot on their website, pay about $200 or so and get the most captivating listing photos you’ll ever see. Even if you have a crack house listed for sale, their real estate photography will make it look like a palace.

I’m telling you; don’t skimp on your real estate photography. Look at the cost as an investment. If you spent $200 on professional real estate photography and got back another $20,000 in commissions that year from faster sales, more clients, and higher listing prices, wouldn’t that be worth it? You betcha!

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Josh F. Sanders

Guyana Real Estate Listings Are Highly Lucrative in Long-Term

Guyana is the third smallest nation in South America, after Uruguay and Suriname. The population is around 770,000, with ethnic groups from India, Europe, Africa, China, and Aboriginals. The official language is English, though Creole is also widely used. Georgetown is the capital of Guyana. Agriculture, mining of gold and bauxite, minerals, shrimps, and timber support the Guyana economy. Unfortunately, the country faces serious shortage of skilled labor and the infrastructure is quite deficient. Still, the growth rate had been about 3% or more in the last 3 years. Since many daily life products are imported, cost of living is comparatively higher in Guyana.

Guyana real estate market mainly consists of residential Guyana for sale, commercial properties, and vacation properties. International investors should become familiar with the procedures of buying, selling, exchanging, or renting of in Guyana, to utilize the opportunities offered by this enchanting nation. Residential Guyana listings normally include single family homes that are generally around 3,600 sq. ft. as built up area, excluding terraces and balconies. Guest houses having two large double rooms with shower and another 5 double rooms are the norm. Most guest houses come fully furnished. The prices of such large guest houses range from $200,000 to $250,000.

Guyana commercial properties consist of hotels, inns, lodges, motels, restaurants, office spaces, warehouses, store fronts, and other types of commercial buildings. Guyana vacation properties vary widely in range and size. They are comprised of single family homes, apartments, duplexes, condos, triplexes, townhouses, bungalows, cottages, cabins, mansions, chateaus, villas, manufactured homes, timeshares, vacant lands, and even small islands. International investors could use the services of attorneys, agents and brokers, counselors, salespersons, appraisers, and mortgage brokers. The ideal solution would be the employment of a qualified and reliable attorney, well versed in Guyana laws, throughout the purchase or rental process and use an appraiser in the final stages to value the property in proper fashion. agents and brokers would assist in purchase, sale, exchange, or rental of properties for a fixed commission.

Guyana laws do not discriminate individual international investors from investing in the properties in Guyana. However, registered companies and other commercial organizations are allowed to buy properties only when licensed by the President of Guyana. The closing costs, fees, etc. had been standardized by the law. The Deeds Registry Fees are 2% of property value towards stamp duties and 0.5% towards conveyance. Fees to the attorney are 1% of the value of the property. If the property is sold and profits are made, then 20% of the profits are payable as Capital Gains Tax. If the property had been owned for more than 25 ears, then the capital gains taxes are not applicable. Hence, the total cost of acquiring Guyana real estate for sale or Guyana rentals is comparatively lesser. The international investors with long-term approaches could easily get very good returns from real estate in Guyana.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg



Source by Taylor White

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