Scott Spindel

SCOTT SPINDEL

YOUR CONEJO VALLEY REALTOR

The Best Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

Oct 22, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

The Best Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

Starting a new business is hard. There’s no way around that reality. In fact, the majority of new businesses fail within the first 5 years. Despite this, there are numerous entrepreneurs who are determined to make it, no matter the risks. Fortunately, there are a growing number of resources available that are designed to make things easier. Furthermore, many of these resources are free. The following are the best free resources available to entrepreneurs today.

Online Learning

The Small Business Administration has an Online Learning Center that offers an array of courses. The courses are free and cover a variety of business topics. They come in different formats and include videos and chat sessions. Each course also provides access to free worksheets to help further integrate the lessons learned. 

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Should You Add On to Your Home?

Oct 20, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Should You Add On to Your Home?

Often, the need for increased space or the desire for extra amenities dictates whether or not homeowners add on to their property. However, there are other things to consider when making your decision. Look at these issues thoroughly before committing to a major remodel.

It May Not Be a Good Investment

Know that when you make major changes to a house, you are changing the property’s value. A good rule of thumb is to keep improvements consistent with other homes in your neighborhood. An upscale bath with a walk-in shower won’t net you a good return if you’re the only one in your neighborhood who has one.

Remember that if the improvements do raise your home’s value, you’ll be subject to higher taxes. In other words, your initial investment isn’t the only thing you’ll be paying out. Heating and cooling costs can also rise considerably, depending on the size of your addition and the materials used.

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Bring a Touch of Tuscan Sun into Your Home

Oct 17, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Bring a Touch of Tuscan Sun into Your Home

What does the scent of buttery garlic, fresh herbs and spices have in common with the magnificence of hewn marble and the lightly textured coolness of terracotta? They’re all evocative of the Italian countryside, just as Tuscan style has come to represent pastoral Italy anywhere in the world. 

Italian Palette

Warm, earthy colors typify the fertile ground and bright sunshine of rural Italy. Terracotta browns, golden yellows and hints of rich olive greens or deep vineyard purples epitomize the scent of freshly turned earth and sun-ripened grapes.

Because Tuscan color schemes use bold, dark colors on walls, it is important to use lighter neutrals in your furnishings. The eye is drawn toward lighter colors, so cognac or dusty creams are great for seating areas. This further emphasizes themes of family and togetherness.

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What Adoption is Really Like

Oct 15, 2014 in Lifestyle . 0 Comment

What Adoption is Really Like

Adoption is a polarizing subject. Skim through news articles and you’ll find both sides of the spectrum: excited parents cherishing the tiny life they get to share, and heartbreaking stories of kids wounded so deeply that they only know how to hurt others.

Adoption is complex. Its nuances are deep and varied. There’s joy and sorrow, defeat and victory, wounding and healing in the process.

Kids from Hard Places

According to Dr. Karen Purvis, director of the TCU Institute of Child Development, every child has some risk factors that can affect their lives.

  1.     Difficult or stressful pregnancy
  2.     Difficult birth
  3.     Prematurity or early medical trauma

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Go Green

Oct 13, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

4 Ways Small Businesses Can Go Green

According to a poll by the American Sustainable Business Council, a majority of America’s small business owners recognize that climate change can be a potential threat to their business. 

Small Businesses Worried About Climate Change

The American Sustainable Business Council represents more than 200,000 businesses nationwide. Of the small business owners polled, 87 percent believe that climate change consequences, such as higher energy costs, power outages, and severe storms, can have a harmful impact on their business. Survey respondents were politically diverse, with a strong plurality of Republicans or Independent-leaning Republicans.

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Aviara Real Estate

2555 Townsgate Rd, #200
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Scott Spindel
Direct: (805) 418-2543
Email: scott4home@gmail.com
CalBRE #: 01830553