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Contractor tips for buying a home

 

Most people suppose that home experts that will give you home buying advice have no real experience in building. That does not necessarily disqualify them from giving advice for they may have expertise in images-5analysis that simply comes from time to put in looking at various builders finished products.

Myself, I am a contractor and I have first-hand experience in building new homes, doing renovations, additions, and remodeling.
This gives me a different perspective the type of person mentioned above. I have seen firsthand the shortcuts that builders take not to mention the poor quality service that they provide on the back end.

Now that we’ve touched on the back end service quality let’s expand upon that subject. For the most part, the quality of the initial construction of any new home is generally about the same. That may come as a surprise to most people because each builder claims to be the best in terms of quality. However, the majority of the determining factors that constitute good structural building quality are actually determined by the building code and or engineering specifications. The building code has been built up through practice over hundreds of years of trial and error and the engineering specifications are determined by laboratory testing based on material strength, geometry, and other mathematical factors.


So suffice it to say, most of the structural aspects of I given home are predetermined by these criteria. As a builder, I see this in the building plans every day. The plans are laid out in a manner that does not allow for artistic interpretation and variation. They are very straightforward and the specs are quite clear. If the specifications are not followed local building inspectors Will ask for modification until the specifications are what is laid out in the predetermined plan.images-4

So when builders talk about quality I have to question what they’re intending you to want to believe. The reason I say this is because when I overhear conversations about building quality he generally tends to lean towards structural elements. Of course, this is mainly men we are talking about as men tend to be more focused on the structural aspects of a building. Just seems to be male human nature.

If you really want to find out what kind of qualities that a homebuilder delivers I suggest you talk to previous customers. Previous customers of homebuilders shouldn’t be too difficult to find through a simple Internet search. Take a drive on a Sunday and knock off a few doors say that you’re a prospective buyer of one of the companies homes and that you would like a little bit of feedback. Most people are pretty polite and liked to talk about their purchases. I’m sure that you will get some honest feedback if you talk 4 or 5 different buyers.


Like I said previously I would be more concerned about service quality after the purchase than the actual quality prior to the purchase. Any builder can go the extra mile on one other model homes and make sure that every nail pop, scratch, blemish and tear can we polish to perfection so as to give the illusion that their homes are infallible and perfect. But the real facts are revealed in the volume of houses they build for the general population every day. Let’s face it, building materials particularly wood are not perfect. As would dries and building settle things to get loose, nails pop out, drying lumber warps and many other unpredictable things happen. You can’t fault the builder for any of this.download-10

What you can fault them for is how they handle these situations and this will be revealed clearly by previous home owners who have purchased from this particular builder.

Another tip is to visit a current building site of one of the prospective builders you’re intending to buy from. If you go to one of the sites on a Saturday you should be able to find some units that are in the late stages of development in terms of their finishing. Many homes will sit for a period of time waiting for things like plumbing and lighting fixtures to be put in. This is a good time to see the fit and finish of things like drywall, paint, carpet, trim etc.

Of course, some of the units will be locked but many trades work extra hours on Saturday and typically the building superintendents are you there nonexistent are few and far between. This will give you a chance to have a look at the unit and possibly even talk to some other finishing trades and get their opinion on the quality of the builder. Surprisingly enough many trades Will be quite frank as to their opinion of the quality of the builders fit and finish and service.…

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Canada


Do you plan to become a real estate agent in Canada?
If you are a Canadian resident and you feel like you are up for the challenges of this profession, you might be surprised to know that it is not really as hard as many people believe. There is an extensive array of career paths licensed realtors can choose from in the country, which means that many doors of opportunity are very much wide open for you. These opportunities include residential, industrial, investment and commercial properties and becoming a property management specialist. Also, there is farming realty and realty business brokering.

With some effort and time combined with the drive to succeed, a Canadian resident can meet all the basic requirements essential to get a real estate license in Canada. Below is a quick rundown of the basic guidelines you need to meet:

  • License holders should be at least 18 years of age in order to become a realtor.
  • Canadian residents who have a high school diploma or an equivalent educational attainment can qualify.
  • Any realtor who wants to get licensed in Ontario or other provinces in Canada should be fluent in English. Knowing a second language is also a plus.
  • Take note that depending on the province where you live, the requirements for licensing can differ. It would be your responsibility to check on the different course requirements to be a licensed realtor.
  • You have to complete are require courses, a good example of which is the Real Estate Associate’s Program.
  • Send applications to express your interest to work with brokers.
  • See to it that your background check has been completed.
  • Identify the path where you would like your career as a realtor to go to. Would you like to become a property manager? Does your goal include working with investment properties? Now would be the perfect time for you to nail down this decision.
  • Take the 15-day course for licensing. Your score must be a minimum of 70% for you to get a passing grade.
  • Finalize the Application for a Salesperson and the Schedule A for your broker to provide the signatures on the forms. The forms, together with the letter which state that you completed and passed the examination, need to be sent to Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission together with the copy of your birth certificate, driver’s license and all the associated fees.

While not mandatory, there are several additional courses available which can help you on getting a leg up on how to become a realtor in British Columbia. You can take the Real Estate Aptitude Test being held in British Columbia for you to know if this particular path is really the right and best choice for you. The test can help you come up with a final decision prior to spending large amounts of money on courses and licensing only to discover later on that this is not a suitable career for you.…

The Digital Marketing Blog

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Digital marketing is a term that has been around for quite awhile but hasn’t been very well defined, encompassing things like poster advertising, search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click. Yet, this is too narrow of a meaning. What about email, RSS, voice broadcast, fax broadcast, blogging, podcasting, video streams, wireless text messaging, and immediate messaging? You get the idea.

To clearly define what digital marketing is let’s converse about what it is not. For starter, it does not include more traditional forms of marketing such as radio, TV, billboard and print because they do not present instant feedback and report. Sure, some people may respond to a call to deed from an advertisement in one of these mediums but there is no way to know the exact number of people who saw or heard it. Such facts are collected (and still then just educated guesses) long after the initial ad idea is made. Yes, convergence has made TV a bit more interactive, withio devices such as TiVo-able to record watcher figures like those for Web sites, but there is still a long way to go. With digital marketing, however, we’re already there.

By its heart, digital marketing centers around the Internet, which has become both a communication vehicle and an extremely powerful marketing medium as the recent Doubleclick acquisition by Google demonstrated. The Internet can be used either to push a message to someone like email, IM, RSS, or voice broadcast, as well to pull content serving a poster ad and Pay per Click search terms. Digital advertising, therefore, can be thought of as the combination of push and pull Internet technologies to execute advertising campaigns.

Because it is digital, a reporting engine can be layered within a campaign allowing the association see in real-time how that campaign is performing, such as what is being viewed, how frequently, how long, as well as other actions such as responses rates and purchases made. Please note that each digital advertising technology is different and they cannot all give the same types of reports. Also, digital marketing is continually jkloevolving and new technologies are individually created all of the time.

Broadband Internet, WiFi, and phone Web access are also spurring increase worldwide. A current report showed that Web usage increased 10% from last January to this January universal. Not astonishingly, billions of marketing dollars spent on traditional channels is already starting to move to digital advertising campaigns and this will carry on increasing as the Web matures. As a marketer, I am extremely eager about the future and what digital marketing will seem like in the years ahead. I mean, we immediately got to Web 2.0 consequently who knows what will be coming then? If you haven’t already started, you need to build a database of clients or potential clients and find out how they wish to be reached. You can do this through the digital advertising technologies I’ve mentioned in this article and then use these systems to advertise your products and services.