Eight Questions About The Current State Of The Economy

Trent over at The Simple Dollar blog posted a great article about the current state of the United States economy, and the effect that it has on banks, businesses, and you.  This article covers everything from interest rates to prime and subprime mortgages and even how the government attempts to stop recessions.  Take a look at it if you get a second.

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Money Can’t Buy Happiness

It’s a common misconception that professional athletes such as professional football players don’t have to deal with financial strains that many average people face on a weekly basis when their paycheck comes through and the bills are sitting on the table.A recent article posted on the NFL Players Association website brought to light a situation that I never thought existed.

The average player coming into the league just out of college starts at $285,000 a year and after taxes and deductions they round that figure down to about $147,000 a year.One thing that surprises me is that many of these players are financially struggling during the off season because they only get paid 17 weeks out of a 52-week year, and stretching that money gets more and more difficult as time goes on...

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Starting Classes…

Tonight was the first night of my real estate agent classes!  I’ve been waiting to take these classes for some time, and I’m incredibly excited.  My current employer is picking up the cost of the classes and calling it professional development, which is awesome.  In addition, the instructor is really good.  I’ll post more updates as I see fit, but I just wanted to mark the occasion.

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A Day in the Life

Sometimes, one of my blogging friends posts an entry so interesting, intriguing, or fun that I just have to steal it. This morning, Kate over at Faded Words posted an entry mapping out her day, from wake up to bed time. I figured this would give me the opportunity to go through my “average” day, and explain what exactly it is that a property manager does.

07:21: Radio alarm comes on, I listen to Opie and Anthony for a few minutes.
07:30: Actual alarm goes off, bringing the reality of another day full of fun and excitement.

07:39, 07:4...

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Awaken to a New Idea

Have you ever been awakened to a new idea?Think about the last time you were in the market for something new, such as a car.You are probably exposed to 30 car ads every day, through the newspaper, tv, radio, billboards, advertisements on the sides of busses, and other places.Usually, these ads are easy to ignore.Your mind skips right over the advertisement, and your exposure is minimal.Now, you are looking for a new car.Suddenly, every car ad piques your interest.You are being awakened to the idea of purchasing a new car, and your mind is responding accordingly, by forcing you to absorb information on this new idea.

How can you use this to improve a presentation?

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Paper Problems? Part 1

This is the first article in a 3 article series on controlling the papers that dominate our lives. Watch for parts 2 and 3 to be completed!

Working in real estate, specifically property management, I am shocked at the number of people who just don’t have their important papers together. For instance, many people don’t keep copies of things like rent receipts. You never know when there will be an accounting error and you will have to prove you have paid rent. Remember that a computer is only as good as the person entering the information, and that everyone makes mistakes! In addition, I have come in contact with a staggering number of people who don’t keep a copy of their lease! Your lease is a LEGALLY BINDING DOCUMENT between you and your land lord. Not keeping your copy is the equivalent of asking to be walked all over. There are a lot of unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of any weakness that they can find in you. Not keeping important paperwork is a huge oversight of many people.

How do you go about protecting yourself (and your papers)? More after the jump.

In order to keep ...

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