8 skills every new homeowner should have

August 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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If you’re making the transition from renter to homeowner, there are certain skills you’ll want to make sure to master. Gone are the days of simply calling your landlord to mend a leaky faucet-now, it’s either you or the handyman, and there’s something oh-so-satisfying (and oh-so-much-cheaper) about fixing stuff yourself.

To get started taking care of your new digs, read up on these eight skills every homeowner should know know. Read More.

10 ways to make email better

August 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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According to an Inc. article, here’s a roundup of Sanebox’s best tips for managing email.

Turn off notifications.

You’re humming along with work swimmingly and you hear it–the ping on your phone that tells you an email just landed in your inbox. Now you’re curious, so you hop in there to see whom it’s from and your productivity just stopped dead still. Unless you’re waiting for some time-sensitive critical message, don’t give yourself an excuse to keep checking email. Silence notifications wherever you’re getting them (including visual pop-ups on the desktop). A better bet is to set aside a few times during the day to deal with email. Read More.

Making your smartphone battery last longer

August 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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We’re a smartphone society now — people do everything on their phones, from checking e-mail and Facebook posts to watching video and surfing the Web. All that comes at a price, though: bear attacks and woefully short battery life.

While there’s little I can do about the bears, I can offer a near-dozen practical tips for extending the battery life of your phone, which reduces the frequency of charges (and hopefully let’s you make it home at the end of the day before the juice runs dry). Read More.

Four ways to reach home buyers using social media

July 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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We don’t have to tell you that the last decade has been a roller coaster ride for the real estate industry. Things have picked up since the economic meltdown of 2008, but it’s still hard out there, and real estate agents continue seeking new strategies to find and engage with potential home buyers. Newspaper and TV ads are slowly disappearing and are being viewed as especially prehistoric to the 25-40 crowd – a crucial demographic for the industry. These potential buyers instead are glued to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and believe it or not, they are posting about homes – trying to find them them, sell them, fix them and make living in them better. Read More.

5 tips to a higher home sale price

July 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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When a house is up for sale, professional photos of the property can increase its perceived value by 13%, according to a new study by VHT Studios. On a $250,000 home, 13% equates to a rise of $32,500.

A decade ago, real estate sales involved pounding a sign in the yard and securing an agent to mail out postcards and place newspaper ads. Today it requires a considerable amount of internet and image savoir faire. Read More.

5 signs you’re really ready for home ownership?

July 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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You think that you’re ready to buy a home, but how can you be sure? The thought of owning a home is an exciting one, yet not everyone is ready. If you’ve been considering purchasing your first house, here are five signs that you’re ready to take the plunge into home ownership:

1.You Stick to a Budget Financial experts will tell you that creating and sticking to a budget is a sign of financial maturity. With the over 1.5 million foreclosures in the United States, it’s easy to understand why this is so important. Read More.

7 top producer tips for summer success

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” That classic Napoleon Hill concept certainly has withstood the test of time, hasn’t it? Think about the high achievers you know, and take a look at the commonalities that have led those talented sales professionals to the pinnacles of success.

Now, while the sales industry as a whole doesn’t offer up a college degree, you can be sure that studying the principals and practices of super-achievers will earn you higher response rates, productivity, profitability and a career you can be proud of. Read More.

Four things identity thieves don’t want you to know

July 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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More than 11.6 million consumers reported identity theft in 2011, a 13 percent jump over the year prior and a figure that’s likely to rise as we continue our love affair with digital banking.

MoneyGram, the second largest money transfer business in the U.S., has learned a thing or two about the lengths fraudsters will go to dupe consumers.

Sometimes the key to sniffing out the bad guys is to throw on your skull cap and think like one.

Here are four things MoneyGram global security and investigation SVP Kim Garner says identity thieves don’t want their victims to know. Read More.

10 ways to extend your smartphone’s battery

June 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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It really doesn’t matter what kind of smartphone you rely on for work or play — be it an iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry — the more these pocket-sized computers can do, the more pressure it can put on the battery.

If you’re finding your smartphone is petering out before you’re ready to, consider some of these following tips to squeeze more battery life between charges. Read More.

5 tips to prepare your home for a successful sale

June 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Want to sell your home quickly and for the best price? Making some small improvements can give buyers the best first impression and make a world of difference when selling your home. Here are 5 tips for getting the best offer sooner. Read More.

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