• Reduce Your Stress Level
    By admin on September 7, 2010 | 67 Comments67 Comments  Comments

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    When it comes to managing your emotions on the phone, things can get pretty tricky pretty quickly.  Especially when you are just starting out, you have the tendency to take everything personally when it comes to your irate callers.  You feel like you are the one who made them upset, which, in turn, makes you defensive and upset.  Of course, there are things that you can do to keep the situation under control when you get an irate caller, which is going to make your life quite a bit easier.  If you are not familiar with these sorts of techniques, then you might want to take a few notes as you are making your way through this article.

    First and foremost, reader, you are going to want to be sure that you are not letting yourself get too caught up in the emotions of the moment.  The irate caller came to you, reader, but that does not mean that you are the problem, here.  They were already upset when they gave you a call, and you are not going to be able to accomplish anything by getting upset yourself.  If, when your caller starts yelling at you, you feel that you are about to becoming absorbed in the moment, then you are going to want to take several deep breaths and calm yourself down.  Just remind yourself that you are the solution to the problem, and not the problem itself.

    Of course, it never hurts to make sure that you have all or the little things that you need to calm yourself down.  Always be sure that you have a glass of water, as drinking a large gulp of water is known to calm people down.  Remember, here, that nothing is silly if it helps you calm down.  If you set the desktop pattern of your computer to something that makes you happy, then you are going to be able to calm yourself down by looking at it.  I mean, there is really no limit to the number of things that you can do to calm yourself down, so try not to leave any of them out.  You never know when you are going to need to incorporate several stress killing techniques.

    Now, if the situation is really getting out of control, then you are not going to want to torture yourself by trying to endure it.  That, of course, is why you have a supervisor.  If you really feel that you are not going to be able to handle the caller, put him on hold, explain the situation to your supervisor, and wash your hands of whatever is going on.  Sure, you may feel defeated, but at least you are not going to have to deal with that nightmare any longer.  Just be sure that you do not give all of your irate callers to your supervisor, or you might find that you have created an irate coworker for yourself!

    At the end of the day, you are never going to have fun when it comes to dealing with irate callers.  That, however, does not mean that you have to let them ruin your day every time.  If you practice your stress management skills and make sure that you are not getting angry with your callers, then you are going to be able to handle irate callers like a genuine professional.

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  • Don’t Forget The Rules
    By admin on September 2, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

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    When it comes to making the best use of your time, you cannot afford to forget about the moving truck.  I mean, when you know that you are going to have to move all of your belongings, you should set out to rent a truck immediately, or at least make reservations.  While you may not like the extra expense at first, you are going to find, rather quickly indeed, that moving trucks are worth each and every penny.  Of course, if you are going to rent one of these, you are going to need to know a little bit about how they operate.  That, you might say, is precisely why I am writing this article.

    The first thing that you have to know about moving trucks is that they are, well, big.  They are much larger than your standard vehicle, which means that you are going to have to treat them with a certain amount of care.  When you are in residential neighborhoods, you are going to have to be sure that your rear view mirrors are not smacking into parked cars.  When you are on the standard roads, you are going to have to be sure that you are taking your turns a lot more slowly, and that you are not posing any sort of threat to bikers and regular cars.  Also bear in mind that you are not going to have a rear view mirror, as the cabin of the truck is going to be very large.  This, of course, means that you are going to have to make good use of your side view mirrors, both when you are driving and when you are parking.  This can take some getting used to, so you are going to want to be sure that you take the truck for a spin in the parking lot before you hit the real roads.

    Moving on, here, you are going to want to be sure that you have done a good job securing all of your possessions in the back of the truck.  When you make turns, your possessions are going to have a tendency to slide around a great deal, which can be pretty dangerous.  If you have lots of large, heavy furniture items, then you are going to need to be sure that they are strapped down and safe.  Even if you are careful to avoid the sharp turns and the reckless driving, you still have to take this extra step to be sure that you are not ruining all of your belongings.  I can tell you from personal experience that there is nothing fun about combining reckless driving and moving trucks.

    Finally, reader, you have to be sure that you are listening to your rental company about how to return the truck.  If you need to have a certain amount of gas in the tank when you return the truck, then be sure that you have gas in the tank when you return it.  If you know that you have to return it at a certain time, then be sure that you return it at that time.  This advice is very simple, but it would surprise you how many people seem to forget it.  Needless to say, there are a lot of fees associated with failing to follow the rules.

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  • Shopping In The Good Ol Days
    By admin on August 15, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

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    Back in the day, it used to be very, very hard to shop around for just about anything.  Before computers and the internet, you had to physically shop around.  You had to visit all of the local stores and check the prices out with your own two eyes, and that took a lot of time.  It was understandable, back then, for you to simply buy your products at the nearest outlet and save yourself some time.  Now, though, with the power of the internet at your disposal, you do not have an excuse for failing to shop around.  Nowadays, if you want to save yourself some money, all that you have to do is conduct a few simple search queries.  Not familiar with this method of shopping around?  Read on.

    Let us say that you are trying to find the self storage facility that is closest to where you live.  To do this, all that you are going to have to do is pull up a digital mapping service and input your address.  Run a Search Nearby query to find the facilities that are close to where you live, and use the ruler tool to determine precisely how far away they are.  No longer are you going to have to waste your time driving out to an office that is way too far away from your home.  Now, from the comfort of your computer chair, you are going to be able to make a fast judgement call.

    Of course, you are also going to want to use your computer to get a feel for what your local facilities are offering.  IF, for example, you know that you are going to need a moving service and a moving truck at the end of the day, then you are going to want to limit your search to the self storage facilities that can offer these kinds of services.  While they are going to be slightly harder to come by, they are going to drastically simplify your list of chores at the end of the day.  When you do not have to run all around town to rent your truck and get your moving service, you save yourself hours and hours of time.  That, of course, is quite important when things start to get a little bit hectic.

    Finally, reader, you are going to want to be sure that you are mining the internet for all of the moving specials that it contains.  IF you check the websites of the major companies that are in your area, chances are that you are going to come up with some moving specials that can save you a great amount of money.  Sure, you are not going to like spending a bit of your free time scouring the internet for deals, but you are going to end up thanking yourself for your tenacity.  When your tenacity amounts to dollars that you do not have to spend, you are going to find yourself agreeing with my methods.

    Shopping around is so easy nowadays that you are truly shooting yourself in the foot if you rent your storage unit impulsively.  Get on the internet, check out what your local area has to offer, and be sure that you are not wasting your money.  It is really as simple as that.

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  • The Name Of The Game
    By admin on August 9, 2010 | 13 Comments13 Comments  Comments

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    When it comes to making sure that you are not committing to a major pain in the butt, you have to be sure that you are doing all of your homework, and that you are not throwing the proverbial towel in too early.  Especially if you are talking about moving your house, here, you have to be sure that you are staying on top of all of your chores and research.  That much being said, you do not have to go at it alone.  If you are fastidious and devoted, then you are going to be able to find all of the information that you need in articles like this one.  Fortunately, you have found this article, so we can get to work.

    The first thing that you are going to want to do when you are moving is pack up your belongings.  The most common mistake that people make, here, is that they do not give themselves enough time to pack up all of their stuff.  Typically speaking, if you are living alone, then you are going to want to give yourself at least a week to box up all of your belongings.  If you have been living in your apartment for more than one year, then you are going to want to give yourself two weeks to pack everything up.  Believe it or not, you have probably accumulated quite a lot of stuff in that time, so you are going to want to be sure that you have enough time to sort through all of it and decide what you actually want to keep.  If you are living in a larger home, then you may want to give yourself three or four months to pack everything up.  That may seem like a lot of time, but think of all of the work that you are going to have to do, here.  I mean, you are going to have to break down furniture, clean out the attic and the basement, and be sure that you are not forgetting anything.  That is truly going to take some serious time.

    Of course, you are also going to want to be sure that you are taking the time to pack your belongings correctly.  The last thing that you are going to want to do, here, is pack your belongings too hastily.  If they are not boxed up in the correct way, then they might very well break open when you are driving your moving truck.  Likewise, if you have not taken the time that you need to wrap everything in packing paper and bubble wrap, then you might find that you have broken several of your items on the way to your new home.  Having dealt with this in the past myself, I can tell you that you are much better off simply buying the materials that you need and making sure that you are not breaking anything during your trip.

    Moving is a stressful endeavor, but with a little bit of patience and all of the right research, you are going to be able to move your home like a true professional.  I know that it seems terrible right now, and I know that it feels like you are never going to be able to get all of your chores done.  But just stick with it and you are going to be just fine, reader.

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  • Real Estate Inspection
    By admin on December 17, 2008 | 104 Comments104 Comments  Comments

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    An investment in real estate is one of the major investments a financially average person makes. Hence this investment has to be made after studying the asset carefully and evaluating its pros and cons. Just the way we inspect an expensive vehicle for any defects before purchasing it, we need to inspect the asset for any faults before the purchase deal is finalized. For this, one needs to hire asset experts. The experts will charge some hundreds of dollars but it is seen that the professional help when taken from genuine sources is worth the money spent on it. By examining the asset the expert will be able to form an opinion about its market value and also find out any faults that an untrained person may not be able to find out.

    The timely advice of a real estate expert can save one from large expenditure owing to damages later on. By getting an asset inspected beforehand, the buyer can ask the owner of the asset to lower the price of the asset in case of any defects. Usually owners do not have objection to their assets being examined by experts before finalizing a purchase deal, but some owners might have objections. A buyer should reconsider his decision for buying an asset belonging to an owner who severely objects to it being examined without sufficient reason. Such assets might be actually having some lacunae which the owner might want to hide.

    The real estate expert examines an empty land for any defects and already constructed ones for any structural errors. Structural defects might occur in a construction due to various reasons. The walls of a bathroom might be damaged due to leaky pipelines, or termites might have eaten up the wood of doors, the wooden doors might be decayed due to the presence of atmospheric moisture, there might be moisture in the sub floor, the brickwork might not be strong, the walls might be having cracks and there might be other constructional defects. The expert can also make out if the construction was made using low standard material and if any fraudulent practices were involved because the construction will show that.

    The real estate consultants always suggest that all assets should be inspected by construction experts before the purchase deal is finalized. Although purchasing an asset itself might be a costly affair, and spending on the inspection might seem to be an expensive overhead, it is always recommended that an inspection is done prior to the purchase because this will be beneficial for the buyer in the long run. At least if he finds some major defects before purchasing the asset, he can alter his decision to purchase the defective asset. But after purchasing the asset he will not have any alternative but to send huge amounts of money in repairing the defective parts.

    Inspection of assets by real estate experts will bring out any asset related disputes that the owner is involved in with his neighbors or any other people. This information is vital for the buyer to finalize his purchase decision. Along with inspection, experts might offer to maintain the assets. Maintaining the assets will involve a lot of modules, such as keeping the asset free from pests and any other harmful agents and keeping the asset clean and hygienic.

    These basic rules apply to all types of realty, be it mini storage , hotels, apartments or your own home.

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  • Factors To Consider Before Buying Real Estate
    By admin on December 12, 2008 | 79 Comments79 Comments  Comments

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    Purchasing real estate is likely the most expensive decision that a typical family will ever make. Owning a home still seems to be a symbol of wealth and success in America, even if it requires a 30 year mortgage and a quarter of a million dollars worth of debt to accomplish it. If you are considering taking the steps necessary to purchase a home of your own, there are a few things to keep in mind while conducting your search.

    Choosing the location is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing real estate . You will likely be raising children in the home, so schools, child care and other factors need to be weighed. What is the current crime rate in the neighborhood? Does the street look inviting and comfortable? Are there parks or walking trails nearby? Is there public transportation available if that is a necessity for you or enough car storage provided at the home? Are there churches in the area that you would like to attend?

    These questions are worth asking when you consider that this is where you want to lay down roots for your family. Buying a home is not a frivolous expense. Even those who make a business out of buying and selling real estate look carefully at all of the options when choosing properties to purchase. They understand the benefits of living in a nice neighborhood, and how that can make a buyer out of a prospect.

    A sense of community is important. Where is this neighborhood in regards to recreation centers and shopping malls? Are there restaurants nearby that would cater to your desire to go out to eat? While some people love the throb of downtown living, others prefer a quiet community that is miles away from the loud city streets. Suburbs are popular among families because of the abundance of children who will grow up playing together throughout the years. Finding a community that has the vibe you are after is clearly another very important consideration. The right location is perhaps more important than the condition of the home itself. You can always update and change the home, but once you are in a neighborhood, there you must stay unless you sell your home and move again.

    Another important thing to consider when looking at real estate to purchase is the amount of retail and commercial development that is potentially going to occur in the future. If the home is surrounded by empty fields or lots that are for sale and zoned for commercial use, later on down the road you may regret your decision to purchase when you can see the bright lights of a super store from your backyard patio.

    When it comes to real estate purchases, choosing a home that has the capacity for advanced technology and the ability to be upgraded in the future is a good idea. Not only that, but if the home has been built with energy efficient building materials and care has been taken to insure that the materials used are environmentally sustainable, then not only are you purchasing a home with value beyond its looks and style, but you are also sending a message to builders that sustainable materials are the preferred choice. This goes a long way to improve the standards in building energy and environmentally efficient housing for future generations.

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  • Condo Manager Job Description
    By admin on November 22, 2008 | 156 Comments156 Comments  Comments

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    A condo manager is going to be the most responsible person for managing and maintaining any condominium association. The occupation does not require a huge amount of experience. An experience for less than 2 years is sufficient for the job. Also, a candidate is eligible to apply even if he does not have any specific training on the industry. However, the person should have a tremendous amount of learning ability, so that he can learn tricks of this profession from the colleagues or boss while working together. If the candidate is aware about condominium association management, then it is going to be an added qualification.

    Normally a condo manager should have at least 2 supporting staffs in the office. He should work for minimum 8 to 9 hours a day. Occasionally, if there is much work load, then the candidate might have to work in the weekends also. But, since this is a salaried position, there is no extra payment for the extra time of work. The earning is not that bad. Generally, corporate secretaries make around 50,000 dollar annually. However, the salary will obviously depend on the experience of the person and the size of the company he is working for. The job ensures other benefits like medical insurance, or yearly personal time off for around 2 weeks. This can be used for sick purpose or vacation.

    The job of a condo manager involves a whole lot of work. The incumbent must be familiar with some key phrases about this industry. The association is made up of all owners form the condominium. An administrative body is developed by employing some volunteers, who are resident of that condominium. They are known as board of directors. Usually, they hire the management company to take care of the daily operations of their association. The owners are supposed to pay a monthly maintenance fee, which is to be used for maintenance or repairing work of the building. The area outside the individual unit is used by everybody. Thus, it is known as common area, and the maintenance responsibility goes to the association.

    Typically a condo manager keeps on being busy for his profession. Especially in a small company, the responsibilities are more, as the company does not invest in hiring more personnel. The person has to manage the office staffs, work as a human resource professional, assist the president and vice president of the company and act as a corporate secretary. On top of all these, the person has to attend all meetings and take part into major decision making processes. Also, the candidate is responsible for maintaining a good relation with all his clients and for catering to any complaints from them, with immediate attention. Other than this, he is also responsible for title transfer or communication with new client etc.

    As there is always a continuous flow of various types of works, the job of a condo manager never gets monotonous. The person should have strong decision making attribute along with a strong follow up ability. He must have good communication skill. He must be efficient in handling machines like fax, copier, computer, server and phone. Actually, these are the basic office requisites for the occupation. The candidate must be able to operate computer, server and internet. Knowledge of specific software related to the industry, will be an added advantage.


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  • Ten Tips On Homes For Sale
    By admin on November 17, 2008 | 67 Comments67 Comments  Comments

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    You must understand that the selling process associated with homes for sale , is not quite easy. You have to prepare your homes for selling. The whole process requires a lot of planning and preparation, so that your property looks presentable to the buyer. It is not just putting up a sign saying for sale, but something more. You have to put extra effort to make your property extraordinary to the client. You must be able to present your homes in a unique way, so that no competitors can come closer to you. Here are some tips for you to follow, so that you can make your property saleable.

    1. The first and foremost thing you require to do for homes for sale is to arrange proper marketing and advertising about your properties. Advertising through internet is the best option available nowadays. This way you can approach hundreds and thousands of customers over the net. Recently, it has become a trend to search properties using internet. So, you can have prospective buyers visiting your website or viewing your advertisement with proper attention.

    2. Complete all pending maintenance and repairing projects for your homes. If your property has cracked walls or leaky faucets or loose cabinet doors or anything, which is not in proper condition, no body will be interested in your property.

    3. Before you go for homes for sale , clean up all the cabinets and closets, so that the buyer can check the available storing provision in your property. Adequate storing space is one of the most important requirements of the buyers.

    4. Throw away all the junks from the household like old newspapers and leaflets, unused toys, damaged instruments or anything, which has lost importance to you. This will free up lots of extra space and your homes will look much more spacious and well ventilated.

    5. Do not keep any personal items as this might create a private environment, which is not suitable for any outsiders. Any personal belongings or decoration will make the buyer to think that you still feel attached to the house.

    6. When you plan your homes for sale , it will be better if you can rent a storing unit for keeping your extra furniture. This additional small furniture like corner table or extra chairs for your kids will make the rooms look crowded and unorganized.

    7. If you have an unattended backyard, then bring life to it by adding beautiful furniture and plants to it. This will be an added attraction of your home, and you can get better price for this extra feature.

    8. When you are up for homes for sale , you have to keep in mind most about the front view of the property. Maintain the look to be nice and clean, so that potential buyers can like your place at their first sight.

    9. Clean and dust anything and every thing at your property. Wash the floor, if possible change the dull looking wall paper. Keep all the electrical devices clean and operational.

    10. Finally, check your property with an approach like the buyers. You might ask your friend or relative to inspect the property and share their valuable opinion about it. You can even ask your realtor to visit your place and suggest, if any modifications or changes are still to be incorporated.

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  • 6 Common Rental Property Mistakes
    By admin on November 14, 2008 | 113 Comments113 Comments  Comments

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    Most of the time rental property owners make some big mistakes while renting out their properties to the prospective tenants. This happens, due to their some sort of negligence to this issue. A property owner must be well aware of the related issues prior to rent out his property. Otherwise, he might have to face various disputes through out his lease period. But, this is never expected. Neither the owner nor the renter would like to face such harassing situations. It will make the whole experience a bitter one, and nobody will gain anything out of this. So, it is always better to have some constructive ideas before dealing with this practically.

    1. To start with, normally most of the rental property owners will advertise his property only in the local newspaper. They always forget that a prospective tenant can stay in some other city, who is planning to relocate in your city in near future, or for vacation homes, the potential tenants will definitely be outsider who are scheduling to visit your place during the coming holidays. So, the property owner must take advantage of all available media including internet for advertising. Only a local newspaper classified ad can never be able to reach to those people.

    2. Fixing up a justified renting rate is another part, where most of the rental property owners make major mistakes. The owner must check with the local property professionals, realtors and related websites. You simply can not fix up an extremely high or low price for your property. There is a scientific method of calculating approximate value of the renting rate. If you do not go by the rules, the chance of getting better tenants will lessen.

    3. Many of the owners have a habit of comparing his properties with others, without knowing exactly about those properties. Without knowing the details of any property, you can not compare. This will create a bad impression to the tenants, especially if they are already informed about the other properties.

    4. Most of the rental property owners do not like to see their property in a vacant condition. They want the property to be filled in by a new tenant, just in the next day of moving out of their previous tenant. So that, there is no stoppage in the continuous cash flow. But, they never keep in mind that for renovation or repairing projects, the house needs to be empty. A planned vacancy is the time to treat your property thoroughly, so that it gets ready with a new look for the next tenant. This way you can avoid many disputes related to structural problems of your property.

    5. Another common mistake made by the rental property owners is the inability to prepare a perfect lease agreement. Actually, many owners do not have exact idea about the laws and clauses, which should be mentioned in the agreement. Thus an agreement is made, which does not at all serve the purpose of both the parties. These agreements complicate the whole scenario to such an extent that it might lead to a lawsuit. If are not adequately educated to take care of this issue, it is better to take help from a legal consultant.

    6. Sometimes the owners do not even bother to check the financial credibility or credit history of the prospective tenant. But, this can again lead to some critical situation between the owner and the tenant.

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  • How To Apply For Rental Homes
    By admin on November 8, 2008 | 74 Comments74 Comments  Comments

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    There are many companies that deal in management of properties who specialize in leasing homes for a single family. If you are planning to look for rental homes for yourself, then you can visit the respective websites to find out the details of houses available for leasing. Once you finalize the company and the house, you have to fill up a formal application form to inform the company about your personal details. This application form is downloadable from the website or you can fill it up on the site and send it to the company. The preliminary requirement for filling up the application form is you must be over the age of 18. You can not rent a home in your name, if you are underage.

    After downloading the application form for your rental homes from the web page, you have to fill it up carefully, providing detail and honest information about yourself. Do not give any unreal or fake information, ultimately this will damage your reputation as a renter. Normally a processing fee is required for each application you submit to the company. The fee is quite reasonable and it is not refundable, if the application is processed. Some companies do not accept a second time fee, if you are applying for another property within 30 days. After this period, you need to pay a separate application fee for a new application process. Generally, the company accepts personal checks for application fee. But, if you apply through internet, credit cards will be the only method of payment.

    Usually, the management companies process application forms for rental homes at their earliest. To some extent, it depends on you too. If you provide clear and honest information, the process will be much faster. It will be useful for the company, if you show your Social Security card and Driving License to the manager who is dealing your case. It will be beneficial for both the company and you, if you provide all related financial paperwork while applying for the home. Additionally, your credit history information is also important information, which you need to provide along with your application.

    The management companies generally follow few common guidelines, for selecting the right person for their rental homes . These are mostly as follows.

    • The income of the applicant should be at least three times the monthly rent.
    • The company will require minimum two leasing references for last two years. This will not include renting from relatives.
    • A good credit history with reputed creditors for at least 6 months.
    Any negative reference or bad credit history or awful reputation, will influence the application process. This may even result in not approving of the application. The qualification for approval of application varies from company to company. It is better to contact the managers of the companies for more transparent information.

    Some of the management companies accept an additional security deposit for rental homes , if you have pets. Most of the company will sign an agreement with you for one year. The rent for the first month along with the security deposit should be paid in advance of moving in. You have to occupy the house within a given time after depositing the money. Normally, the companies take two business days for processing the application. If the prospective house gets rented to some other client before processing of your application, you might transfer your application for another available house.

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