Timeless Networking Tips for Commercial Real Estate Brokers

When you first connect with your commercial real estate prospects and clients it is very wise to prepare specifically for the meeting or the connection. In that way you can set the foundations for better listing conversions or opportunities. Relevance is everything in the market today. Ordinary brokers and agents struggle. Strive to be the best at what you do with your property speciality. When you connect with the client or prospect for the first time, have all your facts and information at your fingertips.

Here are some ideas to help you with the preparation work for that first meeting:

  1. If you can check out the property beforehand then do so. Understand how long the person has owned the property and the condition of the property today. Look for strengths and weaknesses that could have an impact on property performance or occupation. The physical condition of the property, the neighbouring properties, plus geographical and environmental factors will all have some impact on occupancy and ownership.
  2. Determine what is happening in the overall property precinct in case there are any upcoming changes to property zoning or usage. You can also get some details of recent prices and rentals through the region.
  3. Check out the properties that may have sold or leased in the last two years. Look for the trends that apply to time on market, and property enquiry. Would the zone in which the property is located be regarded as desirable? Will it create a reasonable amount of enquiry when the property is taken to the market?
  4. Look at the adjacent properties for any hints of pressure of use or clashes of ownership. As part of that process, you can look at the vacancy factors in the region and the qualities of the surrounding properties.
  5. Understand the occupancy costs for any property in that zone and how the subject property may be performing by comparison.
  6. If you are working with an investment property, check out the tenancy mix and any vacancies in the property before you connect with the property owner. If the property contains many tenants, you can easily strike up a conversation with the right people.
  7. If the property is in a busy precinct you will get some good feedback from other business owners in the zone. Preserve confidentiality in doing so, but ask questions about what has been going on locally with the business activity and property ownership. It is remarkable just what market intelligence you can get in this way.

In this market, listings are everything. They give you the control that you require in building income and commissions. That being said, the best listings to capture are ‘exclusive’ by type and not ‘open’ listings. Control your quality listings exclusively.

To convert the listing successfully and correctly, you really do need to understand the property precinct, the history of sales and leasing activity, and the attributes of the property. A correctly packaged and marketed property will always create good enquiry.

Satellite Internet Service – Now It’s Better Than Ever

Satellite internet service is here to stay and it’s better than ever. Whether you live in rural America or a very remote region, or spend lots of time on the road in your RV, with satellite internet, you won’t have to do without high speed internet.

The fact that fast internet has not been available for millions of people living in the country has been more than annoying. In today’s world, not having access to broadband can leave you at a serious disadvantage. Well, government has decided to level the playing field and wants everyone in the continental U.S to have access to high speed internet.

But even with government support, DSL and Cable will not be coming to many rural areas anytime soon. It’s too expensive to install the infrastructure to offer these services and businesses are in business to make money. The time frame for recover of their investment is too long to make it viable for them.

Even phone companies are reluctant to upgrade their lines just so high speed access is available.

That’s where satellite internet comes in. This type of broadband can be installed almost anywhere, no matter how far away from a city you live. You will need a clear view of the southern sky for the satellite dish. So if you want to finally get rid of slow dial-up, now you can.

That’s not all. For many, travelling in an RV for weeks or even months at a time has become a way of life.

One of the most inconvenient parts of that is trying to find a WiFi spot or a trailer park where you can have high speed access. Of course, you could opt for a mobile internet plan, but these plans are quite limited at the present time. But, with the recent improvements in RV satellite internet, you can bring the broadband along with you instead.

Admittedly, satellite internet was not very good when it was first introduced. There were lots of problems with the service.

For instance, when the weather was poor, outages were very common. Latency made it impossible to do anything in real time, like trying to place a bid during the final few seconds of an auction, or playing games online.

Then there was the cost. You really had to think twice about whether it was even worth the high cost for the limited amount of data you were allowed to download in a twenty four hour period. Finally, the speeds were faster than dial-up, but nowhere near what you would have with a Cable or DSL service.

Yes, there are still some drawbacks. The cost is higher than DSL or Cable and the amount of data that can be downloaded is limited compared to other broadband services. But it is high speed, and you can do so much more than you can with dial up.

If you used satellite in the past, and weren’t happy with the service, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Satellite broadband is a whole lot better these days. As the demand for high speed internet has grown, satellite internet providers have improved the service greatly.

Today, outages are infrequent even during poor weather. There are more satellites available for internet, so customers can be hooked up to a satellite that is better positioned for their location. This results in better signal strength, and fewer issues with latency. You can even use VOIP. This was not possible in years past.

Today, you don’t have to be left behind with slow dial-up internet. True broadband is available with a satellite internet service, in rural or remote areas. And you no longer have to leave the broadband at home when you are enjoying life in your RV. You can stay connected with a reliable satellite broadband service.

Feeling Stressed? Try Going Technology Free For a Day

“My technology-free day was a nightmare,” exclaims one student at the very beginning of her final presentation on technology, nature, and her inner experiences of both. This exclamation has amused me so much that I have repeated it often through the day when describing this project to other students and colleagues at Saint Francis University, a small university tucked into the hills of the Allegheny mountains in central Pennsylvania.

As part of the curriculum in my Environmental Sociology class, students are asked to journal on two different but related kinds of experiences: two technology-free days and 6 times in nature, in solitude without cell phones or iPods. Their reactions to these types of experiences are both startlingly profound and surprisingly life changing, but in actuality, life-enhancing. In this article, I will relate their experiences with technology-free days.

For this assignment, I have given them some instruction, but I have left it up to them how they want to define a technology-free “day.” Knowing how addicted most of my undergraduate students are to their cell phones, laptops with Face book, and iPods, I am loathe to tell them how long they should go without such supports. Some students really stretch themselves and define a day as an actually day- from sun-up until after dinner. Others can only go so far as to define one hour as their ‘day.’ I ask them to consider the following questions and write about them in their journals.

How does it feel to spend a day without technology? What effect does it have on your mood? Your mind? Your emotions? What differences do you notice between a technology day & a technology-free day? Similarities? What are some things you like about a technology-free day & why? What did you not like and why? How has being technology-free affected your social interactions? Explain. Please describe any other observations.

In our culture, most of us have become dependent on communication technology in some form or another. And most of us have become dependent on that technology without being aware of how much we rely on it. For example, we text friends, we blog and we ‘Facebook’ (and create a new verb in the process). With college students, I am amazed, and secretly touched, by how often they call their parents. Many students claimed to call their parents every single day. Others said they called their parents, usually their mom, between each & every class. Some students complained about missing meetings or practices without technology (apparently, their schedule changes each day & this is how they are informed).

On the other hand, I am also dismayed by how much computer interaction has replaced face-to-face interaction with college-age students who live right down the hall from each. They report to me that they might IM their friend, rather than simply walk down the hall to say hi.

I have used this assignment for hundreds of students over several years in dozens of classes. I am always amazed by the insightful awareness this simple exercise brings to them about their social interaction and their lifestyle. The following are a SELECT FEW of their personal reactions:

Being Present: “In a day without technology, you are completely concentrated on what you are doing & who you are with. You have no distractions to take you away from that place. My mind was into what I was doing.”

Becoming more social: “This activity made me more social because in order to see what time to go to dinner and the time I had to go up to people and ask them instead of texting them or instant message. I also notice(d) how beautiful this campus really is.”

“Technology-free days (have) improved my social interactions. I engage in more conversations with my friends & girls in my dorm than just sitting in the room talking on instant message and through texting. Talking face to face with people is more personal than just sending IMs and texts.”

Waste of Time: “Ultimately, it wastes my time. The thought crossed my mind, ‘What do I really get accomplished with using technology?’”

Addiction to technology: (During a 7.5 hour bus ride to her basketball match, without technology,) “I didn’t think I was going to make it. When we stopped at our first rest stop, I was tempted to ask the bus driver to open the bottom of the bus, but instead my teammate encouraged me and I decided not to. When we got to the hotel, I immediately reached in my book bag for my phone because I really wanted to see my missed calls, text messages, and voicemails. I felt like a drug addict. I realized how obsessed I was with my cell phone.” “(Without my phone), I did not know what to do with myself. I felt like I was going crazy. It definitely mixed my emotions up and had me feeling sad at some points, but then again happy because I accomplished not using my devices on the bus.”

Spending time with family: One student extended the Tech-free day to her family: “As I was sitting in the living room yesterday, the phone rang. I glanced up and looked at our television. Our caller id comes up in every TV in the house. Just as I looked back down at my laptop, my sister instant-messaged me and asked who was calling. It was that moment that I realized how severely dependent my family is on modern technology. Later that night, I told my mother the story. She knows that my sister & I live in separate rooms and just message each other if we need something. So I asked her if for one night, the four of us could do something as a group. She thought this was a great idea!”

They went on to play 2 games of SORRY and 1 game of SCATTERGORIES. “To our surprise, we had fun…..Who knows! Maybe this will become our new tradition!”

Start a new tradition in your household! Go tech-free for a day, relieve stress, and maybe have some fun!

Choose The Right Student Loan Consolidation Program For Yourself

The student loan consolidation program is a loan repayment program designed for students with multiple loans from different lenders, to make the repayments easier for them. When you were in college, you took loans to finance your studies and now you may be facing difficulties to keep track of the different loan repayments. You might be paying too high an interest or may be missing the payment deadlines due to late payment or payment defaults.

In this case, you should consider student debt consolidation loan. Here, if you have three different government educational loans, you can combine it into one single loan. Technically speaking, all these 3 loans will be considered fully paid and you will be taking one new loan of the same amount. These means that instead of having three different loans with 3 different repayment amounts and due dates, you will now have one loan with one repayment check to make and just one due date to remember. Thus, the student loan consolidation program has made repaying the loans easier for you. For deciding on which lender to choose for consolidation, you may take help of organizations who specialize in student loan debt counseling.

What Are The Benefits Of Such Programs?

As we saw above, the first benefit of the student loan consolidation program is that, it is more convenient. You are less likely to miss the due date for monthly repayments, thus improve your credit ratings.

Next is the more important factor… that is money. The student loan consolidation program may be able to negotiate your new consolidated loan at a much lower interest rate than your previous loans.

Another benefit of taking student debt consolidation loans is that they offer flexible repayment plans. You may opt for different repayment schedules available. If you are new in your career, not earning much, are unemployed for sometime or are facing financial hardships, then under the student loan consolidation program, you have different options to repay the loans at your convenience.

Why Is Student Loan Debt Counseling Important?

If you are a novice at the loan sector, all student loan consolidation programs will appear the same to you, you may be confused as to which suits you best. For this, take help of student loan debt counseling. A counselor will help you plan a good repayment scheme with better terms and fewer burdens on you. The problems which most of the students face while looking around for a suitable student loan consolidation program can be taken care of by the counselor.

Student debt consolidation loans are a good way to go if you are facing problems with multiple loans and higher monthly payment amount. Choose the right student loan consolidation program which is in line with your financial requirement and meets your goal.

All About Home Schooling

Home schooling was the norm before the establishment of the public and private schools; children were taught at home by their parents or in a small community classroom by a local scholar. In current times, getting education at home has become a very popular trend again. In developed countries, home education has become an alternative to formal established education. To such an extent has this practice been accepted that it is now, in most places, a legal alternative to school institutions for the public.

A number of advantages have been cited in favor of home schooling rather than public school attendance. It has been shown that personality and moral development is at a higher level with home schooling. In addition some parents object to the lax environment of public schools. Because of the big population, it is sometimes impossible to strictly control the activities of students in large educational institutions. Home schooling is also preferable in isolated environments and is great for families who are constantly traveling.

There three main methodologies are applied to home schooling:

1. The unit study method approaches several subjects, whether history, math, English or science in the light of the central subject theme of that unit. For instance, a unit study of Ancient Rome might provide lessons in the social structure of ancient Rome, as well as exploring the history of the place, the language and customs, the interaction of other cultures, the food and the religion.

This method is adapted to multi-grade level teaching since the central topic may be taken up with a view to the learning level of the student. It is claimed that 45 percent retention is obtained by this method.

2. The “school-in-a box” or “all-in-one” method puts together lessons about many
subjects in a package containing the material for one-year’s worth of lessons. Obviously this method is ideal for families living in far-flung areas. The lessons are much standardized and formal tests are given to allow the student the chance to earn an accredited certificate of completion.

3. Online Schools are also becoming popular today. Middle aged people who want to get back, as it were, to school, often opt to take online schooling. This method of home schooling offers the students a greater variety of courses to study, provides online tests, tutoring and occupational therapy. They have teachers who are specialists in their field of learning and the student gets more flexibility for schedules. This option is favored by disabled people, or elderly students.

In the light of the advancing technology, it will not be surprising if, in the near future, conventional schools will be replaced by online home schooling, or some other small community schooling which uses technology to bring a wealth of educational information to student who are administered by one master teacher. Of all the options for studying at home, online home schooling offers the greatest adjust ability in terms of subject matter and school access.

Criteria for Choosing Wedding Entertainment

Entertainment is an integral part of any wedding reception and can certainly make everyone’s time more enjoyable. The days when the speeches and dancing were the only entertainment are long gone. Entertainment such as music or singing helps people to enjoy themselves and provides just the right atmosphere for your special day.

However, you need to think carefully about the kind of entertainment that you both want and that would also please your guests. Here are some criteria to go by when choosing your wedding entertainment.

  • The theme and style of the wedding. Your wedding might be a really formal affair, or it might go to the other extreme and be totally informal or casual. You can have it however you want, but choosing the right music to match is necessary. You wouldn’t want heavy classical music at an informal beach or garden wedding reception, for instance. Heavy metal would certainly not be appropriate at a wedding reception that was truly formal.
  • The ages of the guests. In most weddings the ages of the guests differ considerably. You may have young children and a few great grandmas or elderly aunts and uncles. Choosing entertainment to suit everyone may seem hard, but at least with music you can choose many different types so that everyone will be happy at least some of the time. If the ages of the guests differ like this then choosing a wedding DJ that has plenty of variety in his collection will be necessary. However, in some wedding receptions the guests are all around the same age and so your decision is easier. Most people like hearing the music that they grew up with.
  • Your own tastes. This is your day and so you should have music that you really like. Certainly you will want to please your guests, but you should be pleased too, so do not sacrifice your own happiness for that of your guests. You will probably have many people advising you on what they think you should have for your wedding entertainment. It is fine to listen to advice, but the choice should ultimately be your own.
  • Your budget. Your choice of music or entertainment will usually be constrained by your budget. Whether you choose a live band, a wedding DJ with many CDs or a live singer will depend on how much money you have allocated towards your reception. Usually the wedding DJ works out the cheapest and the live band will be the most expensive.
  • What is available in your area. Not everyone lives in a city where lots of entertainment is available for the asking. If you import entertainment it will certainly cost more, so if you are on a budget, consider using local talent, or a local wedding DJ.

Taking these considerations into account will help you to make the right decision regarding entertainment for your wedding reception. When you choose the right entertainment you can be sure of having a reception that everyone enjoys and that you will remember for many years to come.

Business Management – The Art of Getting Things Done

There are many challenges to being a business manager. One of the main challenges is getting the most important things done. This means that you need to be meeting your objectives everyday to ensure business efficiency and success.

Successful managers are able to get the important tasks done because they focus only on the activities that will ensure they meet their business objectives in the most effective way. What it comes down to is simply having a system that enables the business manager to work and perform more effectively.

In today’s fast paced business world is important that you acquire a ‘do it now’ habit and approach to your work. This means you must work towards consistently reaching your business targets. To do this effectively you must be able to identify and approach each task in the right order.

When a manager is able to get things done effectively it means they are in control of their business and personal lives. They are able to organise themselves and their activities more efficiently and this helps with keeping stress levels down to a minimum. By having a high organised approach to their work an effective manager is able to cope with last minute changes as well as dealing with the important issues of the day.

An effective manager who has a ‘do it now’ mentality has a high awareness of time and how to use it effectively. They understand that time and what they do with their time is more important than anything else. They have the mindset that every second counts.

Successful mangers who have a ‘do it now’ attitude understand the importance of building strong and quality business relations with their team and other influential people in the organisation. They understand that they do not have enough time or power to get everything done therefore, they use other peoples time and skill to leverage their own time to reach their objectives.

Different Styles of Fashion

Fashion means walking with the ongoing trend and spreading charm with our charismatic looks. Fashion is not limited to our clothes only, everything that we wear it counts in the language of Fashion. Moreover our outfit, accessories, footgear and even handbags play a vital role in personifying our smart outlook. Everyone has their own style according to their gender, taste & preferences and the term fashion is not restricted to a particular age group, at any age you can walk with the trend. To keep you updated with the new trends of every season Fashion magazines cater you with complete fashion knowledge. Check out the list of different fashion styles and don a dandy look to walk with a style:

Vintage Style: Old is Gold, the proverb says all in itself. Well it is not easy to find a vintage dress in the market but you can get it designed by a professional designer. The designer will add some twists of modernity in your vintage dressing style. Many designers can be found online, you can contact them either via email address or contact number. Moreover, these designers can afford you with appealing accessories to give you a perfect retro lookout.

Modern Style: The mesmeric modern look catches the crowd to make you a fashion icon. For both men and women a huge variety of trendy outfits are available in the stores. Also, kids are not behind in the race of fashion, you can doll up your bubbly doll as a diva and dress up your sonny boy in an expressive style.

Funky Style: Well this is the style that turns a passer-by to look at you one more time. In plain words, Funky look makes you an apple of everybody’s eyes. For a cool and vivacious funky style choice of right colors and accessories play an important role. The craze for funky looks is increasing among college boys and college girls. There are many online stores where you can find funky T-shirts and other accessories in a budgetary range to bring perfection in your style.

Semi Casual style: Those who look for comfort go for a semi casual style of dressing. Women can wear skirt and a smart top with striped sandals. For men a smart T-shirt with jeans look decent but don’t forget to wear nice footgear. With this style of dressing you need not to compromise with your comfort level.

Pick out the best fashion style for you and be a fashion icon.

Business Management Courses Are Needed In The Business World

It seems that the winds of business are shifting almost daily. The need for individuals with trained management skills is greater than ever. Those who are interested in this field can take business management courses to obtain a degree, either a bachelors or an associates. Some business owners will choose to take a few classes themselves so that they can get their business on the right track. Others will hire an educated manager or send one of their employees to school for this training. Few businesses will succeed without the help of a professional who is trained in such an area.

Business management courses are available in a number of venues. Traditional schools, colleges, and universities often offer this type of program. Another option to consider is the online institution. Many prefer this method because of its convenience and flexibility.

Small business can opt in for some free classes established by the government. This program was developed to help small businesses achieve a higher success rate. Those in this program can also benefit from the advice of mentors who have been down the same path in the past.

A business manager will need a number of skills to succeed. They basically have the job of helping the company for which they work to reach its goals and obtain success. Usually this person is highly organized and capable, well versed in business operations and finances, a good communicator, They will be in a managerial type position and will need to be able to delegate tasks and responsibilities to others in an efficient manner.

There are hundreds of fields in the market today that are looking for educated professionals in this job category. Getting a good education in the area of business management can be the start of a successful career for someone interested in the field of business manager.

Hollywood Siren of the Day – Dorothy Dandridge and Her Fashion Style

Hollywood Siren of the Day- Dorothy Dandridge. Whenever I’m lost for something to do, or I’m having that quiet moment with an iced tea on a sunny afternoon, I will venture into my old movie collection. One of my favourites with a strong, classic personality that I admire is Carmen. The spunky actress with so much allure and power that can lure a man into destruction, and eventually to her own tragic destiny. This is a story to behold, a story of lust and fatal attraction. The actress who plays this role, caught my attention when I watched a movie about her life.

Halle Berry, who plays her, was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Her road to stardom could not be more glittery and full of promise. Dorothy Dandridge was born in 1922, to Ruby Dandridge, an aspiring actress and Cyril Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. After her parents separated, Ruby formed an act for Dorothy and her other daughter, under the name of ‘The Wonder Children’. This life of entertainment and dreams resulted in a life of non-stop moving and non-existent schooling.

Growing up in the depression era, Dorothy and her family suffered great hardship like a lot of other Americans. Ruby moved the family to Hollywood and managed to find a steady income, playing bit-part roles as servants in movies. ‘The Wonder Children’ were renamed ‘The Dandridge Sisters’ and they played in famous venues like ‘The Cotton Club’. I watched the movie named after this famed venue, and was instantly fascinated by the place. Filled with black musicians and dancers, the rich and famous attended this decadent joint to experience some of the jazz magic.

Dorothy played lots of bit-part roles as exotic, beautiful ladies in Hollywood movies. She landed her first small, but important role with Lex Barker and Virginia Huston as Tarzan and Jane. Although her role was small, it was significant enough for her to be noticed.

Her major breakthrough that landed her in the spotlight, was the movie about Carmen. Played by an all black cast, unheard of at the time, she gave an electrifying performance. It’s an ode to a bygone glamorous era, where perfect grooming is expected of everyone. Men wearing suits and with slicked- back hair, women wearing tight-fitting dresses with ease, and managing to look elegant at all times.

I especially love the way that Carmen’s flamenco inspired, red skirt is used as a symbol. Her attitude mixed with her red skirt, is inviting and alluring, yet issues warning signs at the same time. Her look can easily be imitated with a bit of imagination, without dipping into the vintage drawers. She wore a simple, jersey cropped top and overlay wrap, red skirt. Teamed with little kitten heels or black court shoes, you could be the symbol for men to die for too.

Dorothy’s career was certainly short lived, with prejudice and mismanagement of the Hollywood system, broken dreams and promises made by untrustworthy men around her, she will always be a tragic, flaming siren in my heart.