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Blog Archives: September 2011
September 30, 2011

Initial Steps of Branding Yourself

Wes Beckwith
Branding is much more than just a thoughtful logo or slogan and it's more than just a unique color scheme. Below are the initial steps that need to be taken in order to start your successful brand image. Step 1: Examine the Competition One of the keys to creating a successful brand image is to separate yourself from your competition. You will need to know how consumers see your competition. You need to recognize how your competitors differentiate themselves from others. Also, you should know your competitor's strengths and weaknesses. ...
September 30, 2011

Blog Marketing That Gets Results

Wes Beckwith
Blog marketing is something that most anyone that has a blog can do. However, can just anyone that owns a blog do it and do it effectively so that it gets results? Yes, just about anyone that has a little bit of internet knowledge and common sense can market a blog so that it will get the results that you are looking for. If you are wanting to begin marketing a blog that you started a while a go, and are familiar with blogging and what that entails then you are a step ahead of the beginners. If you are beginner blogger, then there are some ...
September 30, 2011

What Remodeling Your Bathroom Can Do For Your Home

Wes Beckwith
When we often think of home improvement projects, such as a bathroom remodeling project, we tend to think of what that project can do for us, personally.  While you can easily benefit, a number of different ways, from having your bathroom remodeled. Did you also know that your home can benefit as well?  The truth is that your home, itself, can benefit from a bathroom remodeling project, often in more ways than one. Before you can begin to understand the benefits that your home may reap from a bathroom remodeling project, it is a good idea ...
September 29, 2011

What is a Cash Out Re-Finance?

Wes Beckwith
A cash out re-finance basically enables the homeowner to re-finance their home for an amount greater than the balance of the exiting mortgage. The homeowners than repay the existing balance plus the additional amount over the course of the loan period and are given a check for the amount above and beyond the balance of the exiting mortgage. The homeowners can use this check for any purpose they choose now and repay the debt along with the rest of re-financed amount. When is a Cash Out Re-Finance possible? A cash out option is available ...
September 29, 2011

Using RSS fields in communication

Wes Beckwith
RSS is fast replacing email marketing and newsletters. You would not want to be left behind would you? Your competitor will surely overtake you and speed right up. RSS is mostly called Really Simple Syndication, although some give other meaning to the acronym. It is a process by which you could place a feed on websites that can read RSS from your directory. Information distribution has been made simply by RSS. Simply put, with RSS, you can place your headline to other website for more people to see it. In marketing, it is a known concept ...
September 29, 2011

Re-Financing to Consolidate Debt

Wes Beckwith
Some homeowners opt to re-finance to consolidate their existing debts. With this type of option, the homeowner can consolidate higher interest debts such as credit card debts under a lower interest home loan. The interest rates associated with home loans are traditionally lower than the rates associated with credit cards by a considerable amount. Deciding whether or not to re-finance for the purpose of debt consolidation can be a rather tricky issue. There are a number of complex factors which enter into the equation including the amount of ...
September 28, 2011

Home Improvement Equity Warnings

Wes Beckwith
Homeowners may consider taking out a loan against their home to improve the equity not realizing that the equity has increased over the years. The market changing in innoticeable ways, including increasing equity on homes. If the home is in a good neighborhood, the equity on the home is probably already in excellent standing; however, the homeowner may not be aware where he stands personally. Lenders are crooks at times; and some lenders will send out contractors to prompt the homeowner to increase the equity on his home by adding new ...
September 28, 2011

Fall Home Energy Savings Tips

Wes Beckwith
Fall Home Energy Savings Tips: Preparing for the Winter Whether you like it or not and whether you come prepared or not, winter is coming. So better not sit on your couch and wait for it to come like a dooms day, move and be prepared! Winter means one thing: cold air. But for those who are conscious enough to notice, winter means larger electric bills. Yes, it is true. Aside from summer, winter is the season of the year where your electric bills skyrocket to digits that cost you financial burden. Why? Because we need to warm our home. Our ...
September 27, 2011

Buying Homes with Resale Value

Wes Beckwith
View is the one of the major factors that affects the resale value when buying homes. Buying homes with a pleasant view of a beach or the horizon often sell at a premium above similar homes without the view. Though you may place a considerable dollar value on the view, future buyers may not be so like-minded. It may take you longer to find a buyer when it comes time to resell the house. Or you may end up dropping your price to more nearly match other sales prices in the neighborhood. In short, if you are buying a house with a view, try to ...
September 27, 2011

How to Make a YouTube Video

Wes Beckwith
Are you interested in making your own videos to upload to YouTube and to share with the rest of the internet community?  If you are and if this is your first time trying to do so, you may be wondering how you can go about making your own videos.  Although the process of making a YouTube video may seem like a complicated one, it isn’t necessarily.  Even those with a low amount of computer knowledge are able to successfully make their own videos, many of which later end up on YouTube. The first step in making a YouTube video is to get a video ...
September 27, 2011

Breaking a Lease on a Rental Agreement

Wes Beckwith
Most rental agreements have a section regarding the renter breaking the lease agreement. While there is also likely a section or several sections regarding when the leasing agent can evict the renter, the section on breaking the lease should be of particular interest to those who might be in a position to have to break the lease some day. Renters should understand these contract terms so they can make an informed decision. Additionally the renter should consider all costs associated with breaking the lease. This includes both financial costs ...
September 23, 2011

How to write a winning sales letter?

Wes Beckwith
Writing a sales letter is tough and writing a winning sales letter is even tougher. Many sales managers break their heads thinking why they can’t get it right. Well, to answer this question they should put them in people’s shoes and ask what “benefit “would I get by reading this sales letter? Remember that word “benefit” which is the crux of this discussion. Many sales people take bits and pieces of information from here and there and create mess out of a sales letter. They literally throw everything on people and then get what they deserve, ...
September 23, 2011

Cleaning Tips

Wes Beckwith
One of the most annoying things about moving house is the cleaning – and removing stubborn stains and marks is one of the hardest things to do when prepping your house for a move.  Its always important, when using these tips to spot test and ensure that you won't be doing more damage than good.  You should also always take your cleaning items with you – a box of your most commonly used items or a checklist can save you time and effort in the long run. Some of the most common stains and marks can be removed with ease – with every day household ...
September 23, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas That Are Perfect For Men

Wes Beckwith
Although they hate to admit it, when it comes to men, they are like wolves in their own little packs, searching for their next prey. Men act in ways contrary to women, often seeming to approve of disgusting behavior and desires. The more a woman tries to understand a man, then more confused she becomes about the way he acts and thinks. It is no wonder why women have such a tough time figuring out what to buy their male counterparts, whether it be a lover and mate, a husband, a father or a superior. This article should prove helpful with ...
September 22, 2011

Building Into Home Equity Loans

Wes Beckwith
The last thing that anyone wants after they have moved into a home is to find that everything needs prepared.  Whether you have just moved in or are in the process of re-modeling, you will want to make sure that the home you have is comfortable.  If you want to make sure that you keep the finances low key for repair, then make sure that you have the right loan.  One option to consider is a home equity loan. Home equity loans are a loan that allows you to borrow money against your first home loan. For instance, if you have a mortgage, you ...
September 22, 2011

Are you House Poor?

Wes Beckwith
The great American Dream has always revolved around owning a home. Sure, having the 2.3 kids, the cushy corporate job and the stylish car to drive to work everyday are part of the myth, too, but nothing quite summed up Americana quite like the white picket fence. But if recent economic numbers are any clue, this dream is becoming a nightmare for many in the US. According to date released by the United States Census Bureau, an increasing number of homeowners are spending a larger and larger amount of their incomes on housing than in previous ...
September 22, 2011

With the Rest of the Country in Default…Why Growth in Allen Real Estate, Why Now?

Wes Beckwith
With most of the country floundering and defaulting in the Real Estate Service Sector, Allen, TX only saw a slight decrease in sales from 1309 total sales in 2009 to 1270 total sales in 2010.  Allen only had 54 total sales under $100,000 and only 44 of 2010 sales under $100,000 purchase price.  That is less than 4% each year showing that Allen TX Residential Real Estate holds its value when most other cities are declining.  Plano closed 2588 properties in 2010 according to the Multiple Listing Service with 134 under $100,000 and Frisco ...
September 21, 2011

American Inventions

Wes Beckwith
The history of how America emerged as the premier superpower in the world is about more than just a great military or a homeland so rich in natural resources that we were able to become the breadbasket of the world.  There are many forces that combined in the American experiment that has made this country so great.  One of those great forces is the phenomenal inventive minds that have graced America virtually since its inception.  Starting with the powerful mind of Benjamin Franklin, the history of inventions that started in America and ...
September 21, 2011

How to extend your iPhone battery life

Wes Beckwith
If there is anything that annoys more cell phone users it is loosing battery power while you are on the phone.  This has happened to nearly everybody, and at least once it caught you by complete surprise.  When you are running a cell phone as powerful as the iPhone, it is easy to understand why the battery power begins to drain.  When you are listening to your favorite song, checking your email and text messaging several friends at once, you are requiring a lot of the cell phones' power.  Thus, you will begin to drain your cell phone of ...
September 21, 2011

When Is It a Mistake to Re-Finance?

Wes Beckwith
Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking re-financing is always a viable option. However, this is not true and homeowners can actually make a significant financial mistake by re-financing at an inopportune time. There a couple of classic example of when re-financing is a mistake. This occurs when the homeowner does not stay in the property long enough to recoup the cost of re-financing and when the homeowner has had a credit score which has dropped since the original mortgage loan. Other examples are when the interest rate has not dropped ...

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