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Why A Real Estate Business Can Be Better Off With Principal Agent Model

Why A Real Estate Business Can Be Better Off With Principal Agent Model

Ever since their inception, real estate investment companies like HomeUnion Investment have reached a certain level of achievement and recognition in the industry. The initial desire of a real estate agent is to build a team because there is a general belief that the more members of a team, the greater will be their success. However, there are pros and cons to having a larger team compared to the better and less-known option called the principal agent model.

A real estate agent usually hires an assistant to handle paperwork and administrative duties so that he can leverage his time to generate more sales. Buyer agents are also hired in order to take care of clients usually for a 50% commission. On the surface, everything looks okay because the team leader has more time on his hands to deal with pressing matters. However, issues can occur after the honeymoon period is over which can be after a few years or even sooner. Once the team grows larger, there are different personalities and expectations begin to clash. Management of a big team requires a strong personality and mindset.

On the other hand, the lesser known principal agent model may not be as impressive as building a team but for many realtors it is a better option to leverage and get the most from their real estate business. In principal agent model, leveraging is still the primary focus but instead of team members, independent contractors are hired. Independent contractors include administrative assistants, home inspectors, photographers, listing appointment coordinators, social media experts, SEO consultants, website admin and graphic designers. These experts are only hired when needed and the primary real estate agent remains to be the central nervous system of the business.

If the volume of sales has reached about 75 to 100 transactions, hiring a full-time assistant can be justified as well as some buyer agents. A long term benefit gained from principal agent model is the ability to maintain long term relationships and connections with clients. This will ensure client retention and increased referrals. Many real agents are most likely operating on this model but they do not actually realize it.

Avoid DUI With The New Drinking App

Avoid DUI With The New Drinking App

A new mobile phone application called ENDUI is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help people avoid getting a DUI or into serious trouble. If a person is not sure how many drinks he had or how drunk he really is then the app will give him an idea and even help him get a ride home.

This exceptional app works when someone who is planning on drinking enters his sex, height, weight, and most importantly the number of alcoholic drinks he had consumed. The app then will help figure out just how much is a person’s blood-alcohol level. To further test the person’s drunkenness, he may play from the two interactive games available to see how long the reaction time and test the cognitive agility. ENDUI also uses GPS technology – after proving that a person is drink then it can call a cab and save the phone number of the designated driver.

The application, pronounced as End DUI, was announced by Maryland government and police officials last Thursday. The money for drunken-driving education is used to fund the app. It is only one among other efforts by the state to fight drunken driving.

The app, costing $50,000, is developed by Maryland Highway Safety Office. The app is unique and will target a lot of consumers since everyone has a mobile phone and always go out with one. It is the best medium to reach out to them and the ENDUI app is only the start of more wonderful apps.

New York, New Mexico, Colorado, and California are some of the states that launched their own version of the ENDUI app and they launched it two weeks ago. The app is absolutely free regardless of the state and the version it is in. It can be downloaded to both Android powered-phones and iPhones.

One of the games included is following the exact order of the nine road signs shown. As the level increases, the game gets more challenging for the player. While the second game is testing the players agility by measuring how many seconds the player could press the brake button when a pedestrian passes by or one of the cars in front of his stopped.

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Customers were hoodwinked by a Horbury kitchen fitter by money that cost thousands in home improvements that never came to be. This may make any household wary of trusting Kitchen Fitters, but although there are trustworthy companies out there that already have a solid reputation, it is always best to do a background check beforehand.

Robert Cooper, aged 61, of RCA Home Designs, received payments for kitchens and bathrooms that he was suppose to fit from various residents from coming from the West and South part of Yorkshire. He had specifically conned six from Wakefield and three from Leeds.

His victims, unaware of his wide range of schemes, would take a flyer via their doors and then call for an estimate according to Trading Standards, who had began receiving complaints from a number of his customers since 2011.

Once he succeeds in getting a customer’s attention, Cooper would take some measurements, then requests for a considerable amount of cash and then would set out a myriad of reasons why he could not do the work within the fixed timeframe of six to eight weeks to finish the fitting.

It has resulted to a number of complaints filed to the company and the police. When it did not work out, they resorted to go to court.

A representative of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, David Lodge, has said that Cooper could have created for himself a legal and profitable business but unfortunately decided to resort to fleecing customers of their money without any intention of doing any sort of work.

He also urged customers to take extra caution when it comes to receiving any flyers delivered from their doorsteps and not let themselves be easily swayed by cons into believing everything they say and giving them money.

Cooper has since come clean about committing fraud when he emerged at Leeds Crown Court last Monday. Running the business from his former home located in School Lane, he agreed to continue on with a business with the intention of swindling customers. His business ran from June 2010 to January 2013.

The case was adjourned and the judge bailed Cooper on the proviso to not receive any considerable finances for future work from the day of his bail all the way up to his sentence.

This goes without saying that it is very important to only choose trusted Kitchen Fitters, which have a solid background and clear reputation. Another way to check is to make sure that all their employees are licensed, with proper IDs and permits.

Newborn Baby Survives 5 Days After Being Left By Mother In Storm Drain

Newborn Baby Survives 5 Days After Being Left By Mother In Storm Drain

Sydney, Australia – November 23, 2014 – A less than a week old newborn baby was found in a 9 ft deep storm drain after being thrown by the baby’s mother.

Incredibly, the baby boy had managed to survive 5 days without any sustenance of food and water. What’s even more amazing is that the baby survived even when the temperature was above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

David Otte along with his 18 year old daughter, Hayley, were passing by when they heard something underneath the storm drain. At first, they thought it was a cat but they were surprised upon realizing that it was a baby instead. They immediately called the local police.

He said that the baby was obviously in distress and that if he and his daughter hadn’t heard the baby’s crying then he would not have survived another day.

It took 3 men and 3 police officers to open up the concrete slab that leads down to the drains. Police have alleged that the baby had been there since Tuesday and was wrapped in a blanket that is commonly used in hospitals.

Local authorities have located the mother and had taken her under custody through the hospital documents. The police said that the baby’s birth appeared to have evidence of medical care and through investigation and the hospital documents, were able to locate her.

The 30 year old mother, whose name hasn’t been revealed, is scheduled to appear in court on Friday without bail. Unfortunately, the mother did not appear on the date, instead, an attorney was there to represent her. However, his party did not apply for bail.

The baby is currently at Westmead Hospital under serious but stable condition.

This case is one of many around the world. Many new mothers are abandoning their babies in ditches, dumps, and storm drains. They have a lot of reasons for doing so but none of them are ever going to be valid enough to take the life of an innocent child.

Babies are proven to survive 24 to 48 hours without much feeding but this case had proven miraculous because the baby was able to endure 6 days without having any food or water.

Water-Proof Splash Bag For Cement

Water-Proof Splash Bag For Cement

Due to customers’ positive response with rain-proof paper bags, Mondi answered with another water-proof product which they call the Splash Bag. This bag is said to withstand rain and humidity up to two hours compared to the regular paper bag.

It is known that all paper bags used to package cement and other powder is vulnerable when raining. To solve this problem, Mondi partnered with Lafarge which is one of the leading producer of cement. The said collaboration was made to develop the new water-repellent paper bag specifically suitable for packing cement. The Splash bag can withstand anything wet and is also machine-finished. Compared to standard paper bags, it is less moisture-absorbent. Its water-proof surface is made of a sack kraft paper also produced by Mondi using Advance Protect technology. The said surface can also withstand high tensile strength preventing the paper bags from rupturing. It is less moisture-absorbent so it is great even on damp storage spaces.

The Splash bag was tested alongside the regular paper bag and the difference is pretty obvious. Rain simulation was made on the Splash bag and it was observes that the water pools in the surface then evaporates after a few seconds leaving the bag completely dry. While the standard paper bag absorbs rain water, softens the paper bag and eventually causes the bag to rupture. The said test also shows that the Splash bag can be exposed to rain for up to 2 hours while it can be left on damp ground for up to 12 hours.

After two hours of testing, the bag was then lifted, moved and poured without any problem. This is great news since less bag ruptures means less costs. Paper bag breakage is a common problem encountered in construction sites which is also one of the sources of costs. A breakage means another trip to the warehouse to get new bags and clean-up costs. Splash bags also helps maintain the good condition of the filling despite damp conditions inside the warehouse.

Construction workers are already impressed by how water-resistant the new Splash bag is and how it remains intact and easy to handle.

What Business Can Expect From SEO In 2015

What Business Can Expect From SEO In 2015

There are many ways with which to create brand awareness through media like television and radio, but they cost a substantial amount of money. On the other hand, if a potential customer finds your site by typing a keyword or a keyword phrase on search engines, you get website traffic for free. This is what is referred to as organic traffic in SEO. SEO is a cost effective strategy that will bring in new customers; however, what is the forecast for SEO in 2015?

Mobile searches should be the priority for 2015

According to a study made by Nielsen on behalf of Google, 74% of mobile owners use search engines when they want to make an online purchase with 83% making a purchase within the day and 55% within the hour. Mobile shopping broke all records in the last Black Friday sales outpacing the traffic coming from traditional desktop computers. Mobile shopping has become the new tradition which means that your business must consider responsive web design. However, it does not mean that your focus should be solely directed at mobile, since PC’s remain important.

Semantic search in action

Google has become rather good in understanding what people mean with their queries. For a business it is important to create content that is helpful to a relatively large number of queries even if the exact keyword is not used. Greater emphasis should be placed on the keywords that consumers will type of their browsers. This means that placing more focus on search queries and the content around which keywords can be used like using synonyms instead of using the same keyword over and over again.

Ranking content based on its value and interest

Google always ensures that their users gain the best search experience that is why Google tries to rank content independent of the website on which it has been written for. If a writer has a good number of followers due to content that is valuable and interesting, the content ranks higher in the search engine results regardless of the website’s overall authority. If you’ve got a goal for SEO this 2015, do it with unique and informative content.