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Parenting has become more and
more complicated and adding the internet to the mix makes it scary.
Social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have
parents scrambling with what to do. Social media sites are
advancing so quickly that it often seems impossible for parents to
Here are some hints on how to parent kids when it comes to
1. Almost all social media sites have age requirements; follow and
enforce them with your children. Most sites require children to be
13 to sign up, while other like Vine require users to be 17.
2. Just because the minimum age requirement is 13 or 17 your
child should be mature and responsible enough to use good
judgment offline before becoming active online.
3. Use social media. As a parent become active on social media
sites. Join the same sites your children are using and learn how
they work. Follow, friend, like them or do whatever the site
requires for you to monitor their activity. Don’t embarrass them by
commenting on their posts just be there.
4. Review and implement privacy settings on social media accounts
with your children. Remind your children not to share personal
information about themselves, their family or their friends online.
All profiles should be set to private. Kids should only accept
friends or followers that they know in real life.
5. Stress manners. Remind children that interactions on social
media are just like the “real world”. Practice respect, good
judgement, kindness, and always use proper language.
6. Social media is a privilege. If your children are misusing
social media take the privilege away.
Have you ever thought of
selling your home on your own? If so, you may want to think again.
It is not just the expense, time and legal issues you will have to
worry about you also need to worry about getting a
to the National Association of Realtors, ninety percent of all real
estate transactions happen with the help of a real estate
professional. Why? Besides the legal challenges of representing
yourself in a sale, buyers just don’t trust the homeowner when it
comes to selling a home. Real estate professionals have a legal and
ethical obligation to disclose defects in the home. Buyers know
that it is impossible to remain unbiased when selling your own
buyers who attempt to buy from an unrepresented seller will only
try to deduct the commission from the home price in the negotiation
process. According to the National Association of Realtors,
sellers who use a real estate professional actually net 16% more in
the sale of their home.
When you are buying a home the
costs really add up and you may start thinking about where you can
save money. One question that many buyers ask is do I need a home
Most often the answer to the question is yes! A home inspection is
an objective examination of the home and its systems. The
inspection covers the entire house from the roof to the
A home inspection will cover the home’s foundation, basement,
structural components, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings,
floors windows and doors. It will also examine the heating system,
air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems.
Because a home is often the largest single investment you will ever
make it is important to know as much as you can about the home
before you buy it. A home inspection will help you identify any
needed repairs as well as what is needed to regularly maintain the
home. The home inspection will help you proceed with the purchase
When choosing a home inspector cost shouldn’t be your first
consideration. Look for the inspector’s qualifications, experience,
training and compliance with state regulations.
Remember, that no house is perfect. There are bound to be issues
with almost any home use the information to decide if the house is
right for you.
you turn people are saying “go green”. More and more people are
looking for alternatives to heat and power their homes. One
alternative is solar energy. There are both benefits and pitfalls
to solar energy.
•Solar power is predictable. It is easy to predict how much
electricity your system will produce because the amount of sunlight
that hits your roof doesn’t vary that much. This means it is also
easy to predict how much you will save in electric
power will lower your electric bill. Solar power will offset the
usage of conventional electricity especially in places where the
price for grid power is high — like California, Hawaii and much of
power is safe and clean. Solar energy systems produce
solar panels may also help you qualify for a tax credit. For more
information on energy tax credits click here.
power can be predictable but it is also variable. In other words,
it can be predicted on a long term basis but not on a daily or even
weekly basis. For example, solar panels won’t produce electricity
power can be a more expensive alternative in the short term. The
price of solar panels continue to fall but there are many
aggressive financing options. If your state has no tax incentives
and electricity prices are relatively low solar would be an
expensive option for you.
just don’t work. The roof must be in good condition with an
unobstructed southern exposure. If the house is surrounded by trees
and tall buildings solar panels will probably not work. A
ground-mounted system is an option only if you have sufficient
space in your yard.
There comes a time when
families start to think about senior members moving. Factors such
as retirement, finances, lifestyle, health or the distance between
family members are just a few of the reasons why seniors may decide
Moving is a big decision especially when a senior has lived in
one place for a very long time. Many things must be considered,
including access to health care, recreation, social activities and
practical concerns, such as grocery stores, libraries, climate,
Access to Quality Care
For many seniors access to health care or options for health
care assistance is the primary reason for moving. When considering
options it is important look at the short-term solutions, but also
consider long term scenarios. Options may include drop-in help,
moving closer to a family member that can assist when needed or
retirement communities that offer fully independent living to
supportive assistance as required.
It is also important to research the area community services.
You will want to make note of services such as homecare, cleaning
services, snow removal, transportation and home repair. Some
individuals may want access to volunteer organizations or senior
centers where they can be involved in the community.
As an older adult, moving is an especially difficult transition.
Finding the support the senior needs in the new community is
imperative. Groups that seniors can connect with will help the
transition go smoother. Connect with church groups, home visit
solutions or perhaps meetings that would be conducted in a home
Here are some websites that may help you in your transition:
1. Basing the asking price on
needs or emotion rather than market value. Many times
sellers base their pricing on how much they paid for or invested in
their home. This can be an expensive mistake. If your home is not
priced competitively, buyers will reject it in favor of other
larger homes for the same price. At the same time, the buyers who
should be looking at your house will not see it because it is
priced over their heads. The result is increased market time, and
even when the price is eventually lowered, the buyers are wary
because “nobody wants to buy real estate that nobody else wants”.
The result is low priced offers and an unwillingness to negotiate.
Every seller wants to realize as much money as possible from the
sale, but a listing priced too high often eventually sells for less
than market value. An accurate market evaluation is the first step
in determining a competitive listing price.
2. Failing to “Showcase” the home. A property
that is not clean or well-maintained is a red flag for the buyer.
It is an indication that there may be hidden defects that will
result in increased cost of ownership. Sellers who fail to make
necessary repairs, which don’t “spruce up” the house inside and
out, and fail to keep it clean and neat, chase away buyers as fast
as REALTORS® can bring them. Buyers are poor judges of the cost of
repairs, and always build in a large margin for error when offering
on such a property. Sellers are always better off doing the work
themselves ahead of time.
3. Over-improving the home prior to selling.
Sellers often unwittingly spend thousands of dollars doing the
wrong upgrades to their home prior to attempting to sell in the
mistaken belief that they will recoup this cost. If you are
upgrading your home for your personal enjoyment – fine. But if you
are thinking of selling, you should be aware that only certain
upgrades to real estate are cost effective. Always consult with
your REALTOR® BEFORE committing to upgrading your home.
4. Choosing the wrong REALTOR® or choosing for the wrong
reasons. Many homeowners list with the real estate agent
who tells them the highest price. You need to choose an experienced
agent with the best marketing plan to sell your home. In the real
estate business, an agent with many successfully closed
transactions usually costs the same as someone who is
inexperienced. That experience could mean a higher price at the
negotiating table, selling in less time, and with a minimum amount
5. Using the “Hard Sell” during showings.
Buying a home is an emotional decision. Buyers like to “try on” a
house and see if it is comfortable for them. It is difficult for
them to do if you follow them around pointing out every improvement
that you made. Good REALTORS® let the buyers discover the home on
their own, pointing out only features they are sure are important
to them. Overselling loses many sales. If buyers think they are
paying for features that are not particularly important to them
personally, they will reject the home in favor of a less expensive
home without the features.
6. Failing to take the first offer seriously.
Often sellers believe that the first offer received will be one of
many to come. There is a tendency to not take it seriously, and to
hold out for a higher price. This is especially true if the offer
comes in soon after the home is placed on the market. Experienced
REALTORS® know that more often than not the first buyer ends up
being the best buyer, and many, many sellers have had to accept far
less money than the initial offer later in the selling process.
Real estate is most saleable early in the marketing period, and the
amount buyers are willing to pay diminishes with the length of time
a property has been on the market. Many sellers would give anything
to find that prospective buyer who made the first, and ONLY,
7. Not knowing your rights and obligations. The
contract you sign to sell your property is a complex and legally
binding document. An improperly written contract can allow the
purchaser to void the sale, or cost you thousands of unnecessary
dollars. Have an experienced REALTOR® who knows the “ins and outs”
fully explain the contract you are about to sign.
8. Failure to effectively market the property.
Good marketing opens the door that exposes real estate to the
marketplace. It means distinguishing your home from hundreds of
others on the market. It also means selling the benefits, as well
as the features. The right REALTOR® will employ a wide variety of
marketing activities, emphasizing the ones believed to work best
for your home.
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