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How a Real Estate Agent Can Help You Find Your Dream Home

Sep 28, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

How a Real Estate Agent Can Help You Find Your Dream Home

Many people start the home buying process without a good idea of what to expect or what purchasing a home entails. Family members can sometimes offer sound advice. You can also find pertinent information online. But what if there was a guide who could assist you through every step of the process?

Why an Agent Is Beneficial

Real estate agents are specially trained to walk clients through buying a home. They often live in or around the area where their offices are located, and are familiar with local attractions and amenities. Agents also have established relationships with area bankers, lenders and city officials. Your agent puts his or her experience to work for you by providing you the expertise needed to help you find the right home at the right price.

Types of Agents

There are a few different kinds of real estate agents.

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Musicians Who Write the Music

Sep 26, 2014 in Sports/Entertainment . 0 Comment

Musicians Who Write the Music

It’s no secret that a lot of musicians are talented writers as well. In fact, many artists get their start in the business by writing songs for other artists. Once they have a successful hit that is recorded by someone else, they are more likely to be successful themselves. 

Sia

Sia is an artist who has hit the Top 10 in the United Kingdom with her hit, Taken for Granted. She is well-known herself, but has also helped a few others gain success by writing songs for them. Sia has written songs for artists such as Rihanna, Britney Spears and Beyoncé. 

Ke$ha

Ke$ha has exploded on the music scene in the last few years with her own hit songs like Tic Tock. She has produced one hit after another. She started out by writing hits for artists like Britney Spears (Till The World Ends) and Miley Cyrus (The Time of Our Lives).

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The Future of Smart Homes

Sep 24, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

The Future of Smart Homes

A new vision for the future has just been presented by Samsung. At the opening keynote speech at IFA 2014, Samsung CEO Boo-Keun Yoon called on the electronics industry to agree upon a set of open standards for smart homes. He stated that this was necessary to create the right conditions for the future home to adapt to the unique needs of individual consumers. Here’s a look at Samsung’s vision for the future of smart homes. 

Not Just a Smart Home

“The home of the future is not about the technology, nor is it about being smart and connected,” Mr. Yoon said in his speech at the technology event. “It’s about technology that isn’t overwhelming and works discreetly behind the scenes to adjust to consumers’ needs at the right time.” 

Mr. Yoon outlined 3 key attributes that must be met for a home to be truly interactive and adaptive. The 3 attributes were: show me, know me, and tell me. 

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How to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Sep 22, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Are your employees achieving their maximum potential, or are they simply going through the motions? The answer to this question can have a significant impact on the performance of your business as a whole. 

Low Engagement Worldwide

According to research from Gallup, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Though the engagement was the highest in the U.S., it was still at a low of only 29 percent. Though it can be difficult to measure engagement, businesses have a variety of metrics for assessing it. For purposes of the study, Gallup defined engagement as being psychologically committed to a job. Engaged workers were noted to be more likely to make positive contributions to the workplace. 

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Upcycling: Turn Your Trash into Treasure

Sep 19, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Upcycling: Turn Your Trash into Treasure

Most people are familiar with recycling, but upcycling takes the eco-friendly practice to the next level. Instead of sending your unwanted items to a recycling center, this thrifty method of reuse incorporates creativity and ingenuity that breathes new life into old items, creating new treasures in the process. Check out these tips for recreating your own unique pieces.

Use What You Already Have

A timeworn saying attributed to the frugal 1930s and 40s era perfectly sums up the heart of upcycling: “Use it up, wear it out; make it do or do without.” Go through what you have on hand before making any purchases. Maybe you’ve got glue sticks and a hot glue gun in the back of your junk drawer, or an old picture frame that could be new again with a coat of paint and some washi tape. Using the items you have on hand reduces expenditure and waste.

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