Terrace In Your House

Wherever a person stays, whether  a small house or a beautiful mansion, terraces are treasured splendor. This  mansion has a terrace, which in itself is a marvelous piece of beauty.  Extending living area al fresco with nature welcomed open armed inside is  breathtaking. It gives the impression of being one of those heritage houses  where everything is at its very place. This makes the view so photogenic that  it would be hard to take your eyes off it. The pleasant atmospheres around will immediately make you feel heavens.Terrace is one such space of home  where a person sits down and wants to shed all his tensions.

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For that to happen, it should be at the most beautiful of the locations. The terrace here has most cozy kind of sitting arrangements where people can unwind themselves after a  hard long day. Whether be it long chats between couples or just a moment for  relaxation, this place has it all. It gives you the peace of mind which is  expected generally after being home.

One of the glorious sights of  terrace has been when the Sun peeps in and sparkles his rays on the easy chair.  It seems as if that it is asking questions and we sitting there, are enjoying  answering his queries. The semi bed, semi sofa invites you always to be a part  of that vicinity.

Everyone around who love plants  hopes that there should be a league of healthy and enriched plants. Here, they  are adding to the magnificence of a pretty terrace. They almost seem to add life to this area.  When you are here, you seem as if you are somewhere isolated from this  disheartening world and in the lap of nature. Everything seems so beautiful and  romanticism can also be inculcated naturally.  It’s the best place for the aged as they can spend a lot of their time gardening and enjoy the nature too.

During Monsoon terrace is where  one expects to be. It is a fascinating place to be at the terrace during rains.  Sitting under the shelter and watching the rain is one of the best moments of  the life. These moments can turn anyone on. More to add, it’s a beautiful place  to be at night.

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This terrace is having one of those spectacular interiors  and construction that anyone can fall in love with it at very first glance. It  is one of its own kinds. Terrace is the topmost area from where you see you’re surrounding.  This is one terrace, which gives best of the views when looked upon standing  from there. It’s simply stupendous and stunning.

Thus for a house to look beautiful, view from each and every corner of the house and from the house should be splendid. Simply, it’s  beautiful to have such an inviting terrace for your house.

How to Choose a Realtor

Let me first start by saying that I have seen at least a dozen different articles on how to choose a Realtor. Almost all of which were written by professional writers – not by professional Realtors. Hence, I have yet to see a correct one written. Not that it should be surprising since most people’s perception of what makes a good Realtor is completely mistaken. Nor is it anybody’s fault. It’s just that 90% of what a good Realtor does is invisible to the general public, and apparently just as invisible to the people who have written the articles. Most of the articles I’ve seen usually list a few common sense things to do, and a few common sense questions to ask, and on the surface they seem right. However, from someone inside the industry, nothing could be further from the truth.

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First, I’d like to go over some of the standard methods that always appear in these articles, and then I’ll add my own.

Common method #1

“Call three Realtors and invite them into your home.”

That sounds O.K., but my suggestion is you call seven or eight Realtors and then after a brief phone interview, narrow the list down to three Realtors. As per 80/20 rule, 4 out of 5 Realtors are the wrong ones to use. By calling only three, chances are you might not find a top 20% Realtor, and that’s the only type you want to do business with.

Common method #2

“Ask for recommendations from friends.”

Again, sounds good on the surface, but what type of transaction did your friend have.If your friend was buying a house and you are selling one, this is no help. The reason for this is that the skills and expertise needed when marketing a home (listing) are far more complex than those required when working with a buyer. Did the Realtor do an outstanding job, or were they just really nice to talk to? The majority of the weaker agents tend to gravitate towards working with buyers.

Common method #3

Ask for letters of reference.

Sounds like a good idea doesn’t it? The only problem is most of the reference letters I’ve seen used by agents also happened to be written by them. Unfortunate but, usually true. Which leads me to method #4 and the question of confidentiality.

Common method #4

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Ask for the names and numbers of some of the agents past clients, so you can call them.

There’s a problem here. Client information is supposed to be confidential. An important item with any professional is confidentiality, you expect it from your lawyer, and you should also expect it from your Realtor. Any agent who is willing to talk about someone else’s business, is going to be just as willing to talk about yours.

Common method #5

Look for a Realtor that is active in your neighborhood.

This one I agree with a 100%, provided they are active in that neighborhood because of their abilities, not because they’ve lived on the block for ten years and know everyone.

Real Estate Tips & Tricks : Hiring a Mover

Understanding Tariff rates

This is what confuses a lot of people. The actual rates that moving companies charge are regulated by the government. They all use the same rates and the same formula.The tricky part is understanding that nobody actually charges or expects you to pay this rate. Since the rates are already set, the moving companies charge based on a discount of the actual tariff rate. In most areas of the country, the going charges are 50% of the tariff rate, plus packing and materials.

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When hiring a mover, negotiate the discount to at least 50% off of the tariff. (Yes – pay no more than half). This is the “going” rate in most parts of the country. If you can’t get at least 50% off, call another mover. Watch out for scams/false promotions. A lot of the moving companies obtain their leads from Realtors. There is usually a quid pro quo here. They tend to try and obtain business for each other, or sometimes just pay for the leads. A common scam, and one I’ve seen quite often, is the moving company representative telling a homeowner that if they list their home with a particular Realtor or real estate company, that they are entitled to a 50% discount off of their moving expenses.

Now that you know about tariff rates, I’m sure you can see how ridiculous this is. You should get 50% off of the Tariff rate anyway! Not to long ago, I spoke with a homeowner who had just listed his home with another Realtor, and at a higher fee than normal. Since I happened to know that not only was the fee excessive, but that he also had managed to find the worst Realtor in town. (I didn’t tell him the second part – I do have some class.), I couldn’t help but ask why he had chosen that Realtor at such an excessive rate.

He explained that because of a special deal between the moving company and the Realtor, he would now get 50% off of his moving expenses. Instead of $9000, he would only have to pay $4500. He felt that the extra savings, more than offset the higher brokerage fee, and definitely made it worthwhile for him to use that company. He actually thought himself quite shrewd for finding this “great deal”. (In case you are wondering? Yes – after I hung up the phone I was laughing my head off)

Insurance

This is often where an extra profit is made by a moving company. Keep in mind that there are somewhat different laws in some states, but as a general rule, most moving companies are only responsible for 50-60 cents per pound. Not very much when you think about it. This is why it is important to take the additional insurance that is offered. But be careful here. Most people buy – and pay for way too much. Many people spend an additional $1000 or more to insure everything, when in fact, $200 worth of insurance is usually more than enough.

Discovery Church members Kirk Butler, left, and Vili Fetapai move furniture back into a living room after a Sunday service at their pastor's home January 23, 2005. The church is waiting for approval to move to a temporary industrial location. STEVE MARCUS / LAS VEGAS SUN

The average household will move 8000-12000 pounds, so when filling out the forms, the moving company will offer you a replacement policy for the entire load. This usually includes a dollar amount based on the value of the entire shipment, and this is what most people pay for. but think about it. What are the odds of a moving company breaking every single thing you own. It’s not possible. Most people over buy and over pay for insurance. Unless you are moving some very expensive items or priceless antiques, buy no more than $10,000 worth of additional coverage. That should more than cover any possible damages.