What It Should Mean To Be A REALTOR

September 8th, 2017

When a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, and his broker, belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and his local and state societies, he is entitled to use the designation, Realtor. One of the essential aspects of this association, as well as a responsibility and necessity of belonging, is believing in, and consistently complying with, and being directed, by the Code of Ethics. However, since ethics, and ethical behavior, are often difficult to explain and pinpoint precisely, and different people might have slightly different definitions, this brief article will seek to address, using the mnemonic approach, what it should mean, for someone to be a REALTOR.

1. Realistic; responsive: It is the primary responsibility of a Realtor, to realistically explain to his clients and customers, what I have trademarked as my personal policy, which is, I will always tell you what you need to know, not just what you want to hear (TM). One must proceed, as best as possible, to consistently be responsive to the needs, concerns, and priorities of his clients!

2. Ethics; empathy: Ethics should be far more than a concept, or some code, which you pledge to obey and conform to! It must be a pledge to maintain absolute integrity, even when it might be easier, more convenient, or more expedient, to take a shortcut! Remember, proper representation must focus on addressing what others need, and are concerned about, maintaining the highest level of empathy!

3. Attitude; aptitude; attention: Many states require a certain amount of continuing education, but the better approach, is to do so, with the intention of enhancing your knowledge and aptitude, rather than merely complying to a requirement. Maintain a positive, can – do attitude, based on creating solutions, which best serve your clients! Pay attention to details, and be prepared!

4. Learning: Will you commit to constantly learn, in a relevant, focused, manner, which will best serve your clients needs, concerns and priorities? Quality learning should be an essential component of being a responsible real estate professional!

5. Trends; techniques: Learn, know, understand, recognize and use the latest trends, which might add value to your representation! Don’t just learn or go through the motions, but develop the finest, most relevant techniques!

6. Options; opportunities: There is almost always, more than one approach, or alternative, to getting the finest response! Be prepared for opportunities, which may present themselves!

7. Rational; real estate: Is your approach to real estate, the most rational, effective, service – oriented manner? Will you commit to this approach?

If you want to be the best real estate agent, you can possibly be, follow these keys to being a quality REALTOR? Are you up to the task?

5 Reasons for Cooking Outdoors

September 8th, 2017

Why should you consider cooking outdoors as part of your lifestyle? There are many reasons why one should consider having outdoor cooking every now and then. Here are five great benefits from outdoor cooking:

1. Outdoor cooking is a stress reliever. How can we say so? Well, when you are cooking outside and having the company of your friends or relatives while enjoying some wine or beer, would you not feel relaxed, at ease and felt like the world is just a background? Surely, I do! Having the people whom you cherish and trust as company while cooking and eating outdoors and enjoying the nature, the sunset or the stars above is surely an excellent way to remove stress.

2. Cooking outdoors means healthy living. We are all conscious of our food intake especially when it comes to meats. Grilling outdoors is a healthy way of cooking foods. Unwanted fatty oils of the meat are dripped off the meat, which means calories are reduced, but nutrients like riboflavin and thiamine are maintained. We also don’t use butter when we grill meats which means healthier food! Veggies that are grilled are also more nutritious, especially those which are low in water content. Aside from being healthy and nutritious, the utmost part is that the food tastes finger-licking good!

3. Cooking outside is practical. How? Cooking indoors makes the house warmer and this could lead to air conditioners inside the house working overtime which also leads to bigger electric bills. To avoid such bills, especially in the summertime, outdoor cooking is the best option! Outdoor kitchens can be used as an entertaining area when celebrations arise. No need to have reservations at a hotel banquet hall and no need to worry about the possible mess inside your house if a party is held outdoors.

4. Outdoor cooking is entertaining. I mean, would you not take the opportunity to show off your cooking skills when friends and family are at your home? The best way to do that is when you have your outdoor kitchen complete with a wood-burning pizza oven! When you are outside socializing with family and friends, you don’t want to be left out on the latest happenings just because you are inside your house cooking while everyone is having fun outside. Cooking in an outdoor oven is an excellent choice for togetherness!

5. Outdoor cooking is valuable. Every penny you invest in your outdoor kitchen is worth it. The real estate value of your home increases because of having this trendy outdoor kitchen for outdoor cooking. When you invest in first class outdoor kitchen appliances, you certainly invest wisely! Having the best outdoor kitchen accessory typically means investing in stainless steel grills and island components. Stainless steel is considered an “all-season steel” because it lasts much longer and doesn’t rust despite the weather conditions it must survive.

Where should you put your investments? Definitely on something that would give you a better way of living! You and your family deserve a life that embraces laughter, cherished moments, and healthy living! You can find all that and more in an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area.