Planning Your Curb Appeal Projects

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The spring buying season is underway, and as it progresses curb appeal will emerge from its winter hibernation as a significant factor in luring potential buyers to their ideal property.

Curb appeal is often what draws buyers to a particular home. An alluring walkway, an array of colorful flowers, an inviting nighttime glow and other visually pleasing characteristics can draw more people, and subsequently increase competition for the property and raise its overall value. Curb appeal is a powerful tool homeowners can use to maximize the offers they receive. Sellers looking for home staging ideas can take advantage of curb appeal projects to make their properties appear perfect inside and out.

Exterior design trends tend to change annually, similar to their interior counterparts. Here are a few of the curb appeal projects buyers will be drawn to this spring:

  1. Stick with sustainability
    Sustainability is popular among homeowners and buyers, and…

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Facebook Turns On Safety Check Feature Again After Brussels Attacks

Facebook fb has activated its “Safety Check” feature following the Brussels bombings on Tuesday morning. The feature allows people in an affected area to demonstrate to their Facebook contacts that they are safe, following a major incident that caused loss of life. It was first deployed in April 2015, following a massive earthquake in Nepal.…

http://fortune.com/2016/03/22/facebook-brussels-safety/

Oh, the places you can go with Google Street View

Google Street View uses in-house data-capturing tech that lets you see the world from the comfort of your own device. GSV allows us to see not only photos of certain gems on the planet, but provides new perspectives that only its cameras can capture. Read More

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/05/oh-the-places-you-can-go-with-google-street-view/?ncid=rss

The Focus On In-House Training

NAR recently published SEVEN reasons why your Real Estate team will fail and two of those refer to training… my buttered bread! I love the article and its content. #6 and #7 both refer to training;…

Source: The Focus On In-House Training

NAR Generational Survey: Millennials Increasingly Buying in Suburban Areas

A growing share of homebuyers are millennials, and more of them are purchasing single-family homes outside of urban areas.

Source: NAR Generational Survey: Millennials Increasingly Buying in Suburban Areas

Buckhead Atlanta Homes “Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Pay Off” | Realtor Magazine

Kitchen redos can be pricey. That means home owners on a budget must be choosy when trying to decide what kitchen projects to tackle first. Source: Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Pay Off | Realto…

Source: Buckhead Atlanta Homes “Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Pay Off” | Realtor Magazine

Employee or Friend?

Do you risk good employees, to hold on to a personal friend?

As posted in Fortune

Holding on to employees — especially those that become friends — for too long is a huge challenge entrepreneurs face, because it’s not really a “business” issue. It isn’t about sales or marketing. It isn’t about expansion or operations. It’s about one salary. That’s how entrepreneurs always justify holding on to a pain in the you-know-what. It’s just “x” amount of money, I can afford it and it doesn’t affect the business. But it does.
Employees see you playing favorites. Even if you complain about the person, they see that person as having immunity — and that’s not fair. You spend countless hours at work and sleepless nights thinking about this person and what you “can do with them.” At the end of the day, if a relationship is severed because you had to do what was in the best interest of the company, then the relationship wasn’t strong to begin with.
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I didn’t fire this person. He fired himself. He didn’t want to learn from younger staff who were faster and smarter than he was. I begged him to. He didn’t want to put in extra time to learn new skills and create new plans. I challenged him to. My biggest mistake? Thinking that everyone wanted to grow — including him — and hoping things would change. Hope isn’t a plan. It was tough to cut him loose; however, it taught me a valuable lesson and made me a better leader, manager, and person.
msena35 | March 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Tags: Commentary, Leadership | Categories: Fortune Insiders, Leadership | URL: http://wp.me/p4kUAt-6yQL