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Home For Sale

Should Real Estate Agents Blog?

You’re a real estate agent. You have a professional web site provided by your Broker. Heck, you even paid big bucks for your own web site with a fancy design. Why in the world would you want to blog? And who really has the time to blog?
My turn to ask you a question. What distinguishes you from the army of real estate agents who are also online with the same cookie cutter websites and the exact same how-to articles? The answer is are afloat on a sea of mediocrity.
The solution is to distinguish yourself from everyone else. It is your job to show what separates you from the pack. You must demonstrate what makes you different.
People are judged by what they say and do. What distinguishes you from the others will be the advice you give on your blog. I can hear your complaints… “But I’m not a writer.” “But I don’t have the time.”
Yes, you are a writer. You write emails every day. You write listing descriptions every single day. You have opinions. You talk. You communicate. You convince. You share advice every single day. All you have to do is to find a way to talk to the screen. You make brochures and you type out emails, so you already know how to do that.
Type out your advice as an email to a prized client, a confidant, or a friend if that’s what it takes. But type it and post it as an article on your blog. A few words, no longer than this post, every day and you’ll have written a book online. What will that do for you?
It will demonstrate your knowledge, establish your expertise, but most importantly you will be taking action and that will separate you from the pack.…

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Business Contractor

Six Brickwork Patterns For Your Patio

Interested in making a brick patio? Standard 4 by 8 bricks can create a wide variety of patterns if you know where to start. Before you try any of these, make sure you plan out the size and pattern of your patio completely on paper to avoid an error that may cost you quite a bit of working time to fix.
Stack Board
Stack board is by far the simplest brickwork pattern out there. Simply line up your bricks at the edge of your patio and lay them down one next to the other. Put a brick on top of each brick, trying to keep them even, until you reach the far side. You’ll end up with a pattern that looks like simple columns of brick. Unfortunately, since bricks are not generally perfectly formed, this pattern will probably look awkward in a few places and should only be used with a great deal of caution.
Running Bond
When people think of a brick wall, the pattern that comes to mind is generally called a running bond. In this pattern, you lay one row of bricks side by side and then lay the next row exactly half a brick inward. The ends that will end up sticking out can be filled with half bricks cut from a wet saw. Running bond is one of the simplest and most popular brick patterns out there because it looks good with almost any style and color of brick and can be formed easily and without much fuss.
Running Bond Variation
For this variation on the running bond theme, you should start in the center of your patio by placing two bricks side by side. Take bricks and make a square around your center two, and continue outward doing the same thing. What you will end up with is a running bond pattern that circles outward to the edge of your patio. This is a great way to get a beautiful and complicated look for a square patio area without a lot of planning.
Basket Weave
Creating a basket weave pattern out of bricks is as simple to lay as the stack board style with a beautiful finish that makes the patio look great. Go ahead and make columns of bricks, only instead of allowing each brick to face the same direction lay two horizontal, then two vertical until you’ve filled up the column. Now repeat the pattern throughout your patio, alternating the brick position to create a checkerboard look.
Basket Weave Variation
This variation on the basket weave pattern creates a much more complex design. Create a rectangle of two horizontal bricks with a vertical brick next to them. Alternate the placement of the vertical brick to create a column, and follow it with a standard two brick column, then another three brick set to create the pattern.
Herringbone
A herringbone can end up looking quite beautiful, but you do need to be careful when laying it to avoid errors. To make the herringbone pattern, you are creating a zigzag of bricks laid like a flipped “L” shape. Start in one corner and work down, and then work out from the corner you started. You’ll need half bricks available to fill out the edges, which should end up looking like reverse “L” shapes turned inward toward the center of the patio with a spacer half in between each one, with two half bricks on the bottom right corner. This pattern is complicated, so try it on something non-permanent first.…

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Foreclosed Homes

A First Time Buyer's Guide to New Home Builders

A new home may be the biggest investment you make in life. You should not settle for major compromises when it comes to the construction of the property. This is the reason why it is important you find the right developer for the new construction project. Buying a new property can get overwhelming. There are many considerations to keep in mind and chances are you will get frustrated. Knowing what to do will ease some of the anxiety and will make the process easier for you.

After settling on the location and budget, your first duty is to look fornew home builders and eventually hire one. Here are some tips you should keep in mind before setting out on the task.

Choose new home builders with extensive experience in the business

Experience is the defining factor when it comes to finding a builder to work with. A new house is a big deal and you cannot buy one just because the developer claims to be the best. It is your obligation to find out if it is true before signing on the dotted line.

The best way to conduct a search today is over the internet. Keep in mind that the web will be one of your greatest resources when preparing for the home building process. Do your research about the developer through this medium. Browse through their website and check for portfolios if possible. Check out their past work and see if it fits your preference. You can also use their website to check if the kind of homes they build will fit your needs.

Narrow down your search according to location

Make informed choices by narrowing your search for builders in the area you are interested in. Avoid searching for the “right developer” only to find out they are only available for projects on the other side of the country. Avoid settling for the first attractive deal you come across. Remember this is a major undertaking and you should conduct an exhaustive search.

Incomparable customer service

A good builder will give you more than just a quality home at the end of the day – they are also there to assist you every step of the way. The working relationship between you and the builder will likely be long term. It will call for constant communication between you and them. It is for this reason that you need to establish a good bond with the developer. You need to share a common vision and have mutual trust for each other.

Choose a new construction builder who will be in constant communication with you every step of the process. Such professionals allow you to be more involved in the home building process. Constant communication will also ensure that you see eye to eye regarding every detail. A lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings – something you should try to avoid at all costs. Such happenings will only delay the construction of the new home.

Work with new home builders who provide customer care beyond the project’s completion. Constant interaction will give you assurance and affirmation the project is in the right hands. Think things through before making any major decisions. Negotiate the best deal possible before agreeing to a developer’s services.…

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Homes For Sale Near Me

The History of Wells Branch, Texas

Wells Branch, Texas, a small suburb of Austin has a history that has been forgotten by most, but in our time of modern patriotism can certainly be appreciated by all. The small town was originally created as nothing less than a monument to a soldier of Texas, long before it was simply a suburb of Austin.
In the very early 19th century, a local Austin man by the name of Martin Wells was raising a family in the small town of Mina, now known as Bastrop. He had a wife and a son, Wayman. He was a proud member of local government and an upstanding member of the community who always put his family first.
But, within Texas, there was unrest. Colonists of the area desperately wanted independence from Mexico and were slowly deciding that they were ready to fight for it. In the two year period of 1835 and 1836, two major events happened that would forever shape what was to later become Wells Branch. First, in 1835 Texas settlers made their decision and took arms against Mexico in a fight for their independence. Second, in 1836 Martin died of natural causes, leaving Wayman on his own as a man.
Shortly after his father’s death, Wayman joined the revolution and was a fierce participant. He was a part of numerous battles throughout the war but made his mark as a hero in the Battle of San Jacinto in April of 1836, when Texas won its freedom.
Because of his heroics in the battle, Waymon was awarded a land grant from Stephen F. Austin, the namesake of another Texas town, as well as one from the newly formed Republic of Texas. The land was approximately 1,170 acres nestled against a branch of Little Walnut Creek. Wayman and his new wife, Mary Emily, moved to the land and built a residence there.
The town of Austin grew up around them and Wayman became active in the politics and civic activities of the city. He became the Travis County Commissioner, and later, the trustee for the Austin Insane Asylum. He had a home at 912 W. 26th St., and remained living there until his death in 1878.
The branch of the creek was named in his honor as Wells Branch, and later, the whole of the original land that was granted to him in honor of his service to Texas was named for him as the town of Wells Branch.…

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Home For Sale

Yucatan Real Estate – Homes in a Mexico's Mayan Paradise

Those who portray Yucatan real estate as giving you a life in a Mayan paradise are not at all off track. The truth of the matter is that the city of Merida and the surrounding countryside and beachfront areas are still very Mayan, very traditionally Mexican and – at the same time – very appealing for expats. The following are some locations and styles of Yucatan homes for sale that you might consider.

Merida’s Colonial City Center

Merida real estate is one of the most attractive options out there for Americans and Canadians thinking of living abroad. It combines old charm with the conveniences of a modern metropolitan. Beautiful colonial homes can be found in the historic center (which is the second largest in Mexico!) surrounded by wonderful architecture, tree-lined streets, lush green city squares, old churches, museums, street musicians and a living, vibrant culture that keeps centuries-old traditions alive and well. At the same time, a short drive away in the newer areas there are modern supermarkets (Walmart and similar stores,) excellent hospitals, sports complexes and much more.

New Developments in Merida

Some buyers also consider the newer homes in upscale neighborhoods near the shopping centers in Merida, still living only a short drive from the charm of the old city, and a very short drive (20 minutes) to the beach.

Beachfront Villages

Starting about 20 minutes away, there is a series of small beachfront towns where life is quiet and relaxed. The handful of Americans and Canadians who live in these towns meet at a local bar, and most integrate with the locals. Basic services exist, and everything else can be found in the closest parts of Merida.

The Emerald Coast

Farther out along the beachfront there are more isolated communities in very natural settings. Expats who choose these areas enjoy a very quiet lifestyle really away from it all, and very low costs of living and real estate. Most have a home built on an affordable lot, but reasonable existing homes can also be found.

The Yucatan Countryside

Some Americans and Canadians enjoy the lifestyle of the quiet countryside where culture and history dating back to the Spanish Conquest and even before permeate the jungle and farmers’ fields. Ranches and hobby farms are a nice option in the countryside surrounding Merida. In some cases, an old Hacienda can even be found for an interesting investment.

Yucatan is truly a Mayan paradise, and owning a home here is the best way to emerge yourself in this paradise and enjoy it most fully!

; Mexico’s Leading Network of Specialists for Finding and Purchasing Mexican Properties Safely…

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Townhomes For Sale

Understanding Regional Real Estate

Are you interested in real estate in the area around Mesa, AZ? If so, it will interest you to know that the city is not terribly old. In fact, it has only been established since the late 1800s when it was settled by a group of Mormons and simultaneously by the First Mesa Company. The residents re-established the fascinating canal system left behind by the Hohokam peoples, and the area’s history of agriculture began. Today, those interested in Mesa Arizona real estate will tend to hear more about the corporate influence of the Phoenix metropolitan area rather than the agricultural industries. This is because it is part of the massive region that plays home to these corporations, and includes other cities such as Scottsdale and Gilbert too.
What sorts of properties are available in Mesa AZ real estate? The city is known as a “bedroom community”, and will be similar in pricing and variety to nearby cities as well. For example, the median pricing for Mesa will be around $218k for a larger family home. Because the city serves as a base for those working in the aerospace, computer, and other Fortune 1000 corporations that settled in the area, there is likely to be a nice assortment of both affluent and affordable properties.
The great thing about the vast majority of real estate for sale in Mesa, AZ is the fact that prices are still holding at lower than normal levels. This is going to be of tremendous benefit to the buyers flooding the area. Consider that lenders are able to provide a Mesa, Arizona home loan mortgage at a rate that is close to levels available more than 30 years ago. This means that a buyer can get a lot more “house” for a lot less money.
This is great for second home buyers and retirees as well because there are so many wonderful things to do in Mesa, Arizona. Not only is the region full of world-class golf courses, but the area is also well above state average where recreation, culture, shopping, and education is concerned.
For example, in the city there is the Mesa Community College Arizona, but there are also facilities within easy reach for roughly two thousand college-level students as well. There are also incredible museums, massive libraries, and wonderful outdoor areas. All of this accounts for the many incredible restaurants, entertainment venues, resorts, and Mesa, Arizona hotels and motels too.…