Ann M. Vracin

ANN M. VRACIN

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Best Vacations for Dad

May 29, 2015 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Best Vacations for Dad

Sometimes the best gift for dad isn’t something you can purchase. Instead, the best gift may be simply allowing him some time away from the daily routine. Whether you’re purchasing a gift of a vacation for a deserving father, or if you’re a dad who is planning some time away with your kids, these vacation suggestions are sure to spark some ideas of your own. 

For the Adventurous Dad

If Dad is the adventurous type, perhaps thinking out of the box is the answer for an unforgettable vacation. Take a trip full of excitement and challenge to get out and see the world. A unique idea is to visit Indonesia. If you or your dad loves hitting the waves, this could be a vacation of a lifetime.  

A risk taker who is always ready to try new things should consider lessons for a new hobby. In Alaska you can take flying lessons. If “the sky is the limit” is your dad’s motto, this could be the getaway he’s been dreaming of. 

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How to Win a Property Bidding War

May 27, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

How to Win a Property Bidding War

Though the housing market is in the early stages of recovery, the pace is picking up. Desirable property or a shortage of homes on the market can result in aggressive bidding wars. Here’s a look at some key strategies on how to win your dream home under stiff competition.

Get Financing in Order

A mortgage contingency in your offer will likely take you out of the running. Instead of waiting for the seller to accept your bid, get preapproved through your financial institution. Some lenders may offer a pre-underwriting that vets borrowers more thoroughly. Don’t limit yourself to what your bank will lend, though. If the appraisal is low, you’ll need cash to make up the difference.

Be Quick and Competitive

Get your offer in first to get top consideration. By the time other bids come in, the sellers will already be picturing you as the new owners. Now isn’t the time to drive hard bargains. Instead, come in at or slightly under the asking price to indicate your seriousness.

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How to Read a Multiple Listing Service Sheet

May 25, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

How to Read a Multiple Listing Service Sheet

Multiple Listing Service (MLS) sheets hold a wealth of information, but only if you understand the information presented. Some abbreviations are intuitive and use shortened forms of words. Others require more deciphering. Exact MLS sheet formats may vary from service to service, but most will cover the same information. 

Basic Information

At the top of the sheet, you’ll see an exterior view photo of the property. Address, listing price, lot size and square-feet measurements for the home are usually listed nearby. You’ll also see an MLS number. This is a reference number that is used on all listing sites to facilitate looking up entries. Write it down for your real estate agent if you’re interested in the property.    

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High Tech Gadgets for Pets

May 22, 2015 in Tech. 0 Comment

High Tech Gadgets for Pets

Technology has become intertwined with the daily lives of most people. Using a smartphone for email, social media or web surfing is commonplace. Having a variety of electronic gadgets for entertainment or convenience is practical for a 21st-century lifestyle.  

High-tech gizmos for pets have also developed into a viable marketplace. There are quite a few options for pampering your animals. Here are just a few of the many choices that are currently available.  

For Your Dog

WaterDog Automatic Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain attaches to any garden hose and automatically turns on and off as the dog approaches or leaves it. This gives outdoor dogs water whenever they need it without refilling a bowl. When dogs get to within 3-feet of the fountain, a sensor emits a stream of fresh water. It installs easily on outdoor faucets, and you’ll never need to worry about stagnant or unhealthy water again.  

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Growing Your Business for Free

May 20, 2015 in Business/Finance. 0 Comment

Growing Your Business for Free

For many companies, business development means expanding in terms of size, value and importance. To mature and succeed, companies must grow. Growing your business for free is possible thanks to these resources. 

Customer Relationship Management

Customer relationship management (CRM) is the best way to manage your company’s interactions with current and potential customers. It incorporates different aspects of technology, customer support, marketing and sales. When implemented effectively, CRM can lead to rapid growth thanks to additional prospects and increased sales productivity. Automation of these processes can further streamline operations and conserve resources. 

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Ann M. Vracin
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