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A Divided Nation Must Learn Again How To Lead

Believe it or not, I never cared much for politics. It always seemed like the political machinations of running the country were happening someplace far away, that people who cared deeply about such things were "on it," and that there wasn't much a single person could do to change things, anyway. Besides, I was generally too busy raising kids, running a business, or leading a team to give politics much time or thought.

Truth is, most of the folks I've known from my generation felt the same way. They were busy living their lives, and didn't feel the need to pay more than passing attention to the way America's leaders were running the country. But that's changed lately. People are tuned in. And, generally, they're deeply divided.

There are two major views of America's future, and they're very different. Essentially, one view is that the nation needs more government, and the other, that it needs less.

Perhaps not by coincidence, I also think there are two kinds of people out there: the self-reliant, risk taking, personally-responsible "Entrepreneurs," and the dependent, authoritarian, generally-critical "Victims." Yes, we all have both types within is, but in general, we are all dominated by one or the other.

With many exceptions, I believe the Entrepreneurs tend to want less government. They don't need it. In a commercial sense, Entrepreneurs would prefer as little government as possible and the freedom to run their businesses according to their own wisdom and instincts. Sure, they want good roads and a strong Department of Defense to ensure liberty... but mostly, the more government gets out of their way, the better they like it. They don't want to be given anything; what they have, they earn.

Victims, again with some exceptions, want more government. They would like the government to be there at every turn, controlling things, redistributing resources, making sure everybody gets an equal share of everything. "Equal opportunity" isn't enough - Victims want equal outcomes, regardless of effort expended, resources invested, or ideas generated and developed. Their view is that the government should take care of everybody, and make sure no one gets very far out in front of anyone else.

America has always been dominated by Entrepreneurs, and even today, I think there are more Entrepreneurs than Victims out there. But the nation is divided, and the government has grown, largely because those in power have figured out over the last century that they can gain and grow their power by playing to the Victim mindset. Every institution that helps drive public opinion - Government, Academe, Labor Unions, The Media, and Hollywood - is dominated by those who have a big-government view of America's future. So, by influencing the vast middle - those of us who are "independent" and only pay as much attention to politics as we have to - the big-government camp gets a disproportionate share of votes at election time. Sometimes it's enough to drive the agenda (as it was in the 2008 election); sometimes, the Entrepreneurs wake up and wrest back as much power to the citizens as they can (as happened in 2010).

Over the last hundred years, though, the size of government has marched steadily upward. The awakenings still occur, but for every step back from collective statism the electorate takes, they find that the country's elected leaders have already taken two or three steps closer. That's what used to be known as "liberalism," and is now euphemistically referred to as the "progressive" movement.

If you are an Entrepreneur (whether or not you own a business), stay awake. Wake your neighbors. The nation will not reverse the progressive tide without you. And to avoid sliding into the abyss of failure, America must reverse the progression of the "disease" that ails her. Collectivism has failed every time it's been tried, and free-market capitalist republicanism has led the world for two centuries. Not just the next generation of Americans, but even the future of the world's prosperity, depends on the continued vigilance (and action) of Entrepreneurs.

by Michael D. Hume, M.S.

Michael Hume is a speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in helping people maximize their potential and enjoy inspiring lives. As part of his inspirational leadership mission, he coaches executives and leaders in growing their personal sense of well-being through wealth creation and management, along with personal vitality.

Michael and his wife, Kathryn, divide their time between homes in California and Colorado. They are very proud of their offspring, who grew up to include a homemaker, a rock star, a service talent, and a television expert. Two grandchildren also warm their hearts! Visit Michael's web site at

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All societies have four fundamental aspects.

  1. How the individuals of society organize moral laws and guidelines (Human Rights)
  2. How the individuals of society organize and regulate themselves (Government)
  3. How these individuals exchange goods and commerce (Economy)
  4. How these individuals apply their time and knowledge, in the form of crafting tools to further their own ends (Technology)

Part ONE - Human Rights

The question is therefore - in a Utopia - the ultimate goal of humankind since the dawn of remembered ages - how would these four aspects be arranged?

Enlightenment Philosophy - those ideas upon which the United States was founded - holds that humans have a fundamental state of nature. In other words - before a human (or group of humans) form a culture or society - there is a universal state in which all humans find themselves. Depending on which philosopher you read, this state of nature is either one of chaos or of bliss - [John Locke's Two Treatises on Government vs. Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan.]

Out of the state of nature, mankind enters into a social contract. This essentially means that all peoples within a given land agree to adhere to a fundamental set of laws - thereby establishing their own constitutions of self-government. As all societies and cultures are made of the individuals that they encompass (the idea behind Hobbes' Leviathan) - individuals are the ultimate source of power in any given culture.

It is by agreeing to the social contract that the individuals of society (hereby referred to as the people) agree to further certain ends. In the Pre-Amble of the Constitution of the United States of America these six ends are defined as follows:

  1. To form a more perfect Union,
  2. To establish Justice,
  3. To insure domestic Tranquility,
  4. To provide for the common defense,
  5. To promote the general Welfare, and
  6. To secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity [children]

The People thereby agree to impose upon themselves the obligation to follow the laws of society, understanding that by following these laws they further the divinely inspired ends to which all humans aspire.

However, as also stated in the Constitution of The United States - the people are also within their god-given rights to not follow the laws of society in the event that the government has become destructive to the purposes under which the people agreed to follow the laws of society.

In other words, if the government were to systematically oppress and cheat it's citizens, it is within the natural rights of all humans to reform or rebel against a totalitarian or oppressive regime.

In the discussion of human rights in a Utopia, all of the aforementioned rights would be required and necessary. A Utopian society could not be enforced by a central government - to the contrary, this would be the exact opposite of Utopia -dictatorship. Instead, the Utopian society would be understood to be founded upon well-natured, caring, and responsible citizens whom actively police their own actions - not only as individuals, but as a culture.

Let it therefore be understood that the liberty and freedom of The People is the fundamental element upon which a Utopia would be founded. Not Government, nor Economy, Nor Technology. All other configurations of society would ultimately end in oppression.

The duty of citizens in a Utopian society is education. The Founding Fathers of this United States of America understood this clearly.


Part TWO - Law and Government

[In the following, let it be known that The State refers to the working body of legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government that arise to keep the constitution written and adopted by The People safe and secure.]

Within a Utopian society it is understood that the fundamental building block which holds the rest of society in working order is The People. Though not just any people are worthy - nor even CAPABLE of keeping a Utopia RUNNING. Only a well-informed, well-educated body of MORAL citizens can keep a Utopian society truly a Utopia - IN OTHER WORDS: The stability of The State is wholly dependent upon EDUCATING and INFORMING The People. [the individuals of society]

Therefore, the government should be reflective of the end to ensure that The People are always kept well-informed.

The primary focus of government is then to promote and keep transparency in all areas except where it poses a threat to The State [the most obvious being military planning]

Similar to government regulatory bodies seen today - The FDA being the prime most example. The government of a Utopian society would be primarily concerned with the spread of information to the purpose of informing The People.

In a Utopia, one could speculate that the role of Universities would be very cherished and valued. The role of INFORMATION would be well understood by a Utopian culture and very treasured - as well as protected. The Government would be made of prominent, learned scholars - though in effect, everyone in the Utopian society would be very, very well-educated.

The secondary purpose of a transparent governing body is to prevent corruption.Foreign enemies pose great threats to any state - though they have the disadvantage of being visible to the culture to which they are an enemy. It is however domestic enemies that have the significant advantage of being invisible to the culture to which they wish to destroy.

It is therefore a government that promotes and practices transparency that is most well defended against corruption. Corruption in the government leads to the oppression of The People - which in turn ends in revolution and open rebellion - and therefore, the destruction of The State.

Part THREE - Economy:

The economy of a free people is one that requires no regulation. In a transparent and open society, the negative impact of any products would be well-understood. In a compassionate and loving citizen body such products would not be bought and therefore would not be produced. The making of such objects illegal through prohibition would be as unnecessary as it is futile. [History has shown time and time again that prohibition is about as effective as throwing a wet rag at a charging bear.] The duty of the government in the economy would not be any regulation or "approval" of products - merely the well-documented, objective analysis of the effects of these products, and a review of their efficiency as related to cost.

In a Utopia, such products as dangerous pharmaceuticals and dirty energy sources such as coal would not exist - simple because the consequences of such products would be well-understood by The People and would not be purchased by upright and moral citizens who understand that these products are destructive to the ends under which they entered the social contract.

Part FOUR - Technology

Science, when pursued as the "ultimate goal" or man - loses its perspective as but one of many areas of human knowledge in the quest for the divine. Pursuing scientific understanding merely for the sake of "knowing" is similar in thought and concept to masturbating. In a Utopia, science would be in its rightful place not as the ultimate goal of mankind, but merely as a means to an end.

In a Utopia, technology would be fundamental in the spread of information. As such, informational technologies would be actively improved and enhanced. In this modern age, technologies such as the internet are our most active examples of the sorts of technology Utopian citizens would have access to - though presumably they would also invent a myriad of technologies much more efficient in comparison to cost.

Technology would also be fundamental in many of the same ways it is in the modern world. Producing energy, farming, and transportation. HOWEVER - it is presumable that in a Utopian culture Mother Earth would be quintessentially understood as a fundamental component of life and as such all technologies would be developed in accordance with the rhythms of nature.

Humankind is at the brink of all four of these elements coming together in harmony and union. It is only by the unhindered will of The People acting in accordance with God that Utopia can be ACHIEVED.

If you read this and want to take action to protect your right to be informed, click here.

Written by Walker Sharpe of the blog

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America's Greatness and the Future of America

For 18 years, between 1988 and 2006, I lived in America. I've been to places large, places small and places midsize. I've been to cities and countryside; suburbs and uninhabited areas; places ranging in their ideology from far left to far right. I've come to the conclusion that America is the greatest country in the world. And as such, it is important to know what it is that made it that way.

One unquestionably is America's diversity. Diversity means that there are many places suitable for different people, and that the main secret to adjustment is being in an area that is appropriate to you and surrounded by people you would want to be around. For this reason freedom to roam is a human right, and freedom of association is a right granted by American Constitution. Freedom of association means, that if you live in the South, you can associate with artists and intellectuals. Freedom of association means that, if you live in Midwest, you can associate with scientists, poets or Buddhists. Freedom of association means that, if you live in Northeast, you can associate with a church. Freedom of association means that, if you live in California, you can associate with Muslims. The more freedom of association and freedom to roam are encouraged and protected, the greater the adjustment of the population, the greater the happiness of the population, and the greater its gratitude and its patriotism.

But America is the greatest country in the world. And to maintain its greatness one must remember what made it that way. It was not, as some would claim, "traditional family values." These "values" existed in Europe and Middle East long before they existed in America, and most of those places were disaster zones for the bulk of the history that such values existed in them. Rather it is ingenuity, innovation and risk-taking; and innovation also means in matters of lifestyle. When the most successful man in the world - the President of the United States - was raised by a single mother, it is obvious that the nuclear family is not, as many would claim, the only functional way to raise children. Nobody is denying the people who want a nuclear family the right to have a nuclear family. The problem is that many of those who claim to speak for the nuclear family want to deny people the right to living any other way. And that is totalitarianism - totalitarianism that has no business existing in a free country.

So America is the greatest country in the world; and it is vital to know how it became so. There are many who want to return America to the way it was in the 19th century; but in 19th century England, not America, was the world's greatest country. America became the greatest country in the world in early 20th century, the time known as the Progressive Era - the time of great scientific, technological and entrepreneurial innovation. Also the time of progressive reforms. The labor unions that gave American workers humane working conditions and benefits. Women's rights that gave women the right to vote and the right to work. Environmental reforms that created the national parks. And, yes, the income tax that was used to fund such projects as Panama Canal; the creation of the world's most powerful military; universal education which made people employable outside the manual sector; and the world's greatest science. The science that is at the root of everything that is sold by business and without which people would have very little of what they have.

But America is the greatest country in the world; and it is important to know who made it so. It is the scientists and the innovators in liberal Massachusetts and California that have created the bulk of what business sells. It is the computer industry, initiated in its present form by a hippie named Steven Jobs who wanted to make "the people's computer" and which is based in liberal San Francisco Bay Area, Washington State and Democratic-voting areas of Northern Virginia, with Democrats being the bulk of its management and work force, that was at the root of 1980s and 1990s prosperity. It is the manufacturing workers in Democratic-voting states like Michigan and Pennsylvania that provided the labor for creating America's industrial might. It is Democratic presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt that gave America its greatest military victories in the First and Second World Wars. It was government workers who built the Interstate and the Internet which vastly facilitated prosperity. Which means that America owes vastly to Democratic constituents, and the ongoing usurpations of this credit by Tea Party or conservative Republicans are a pack of lies.

So America is the greatest country in the world; and for it to continue being the same it is necessary that it stand true to the innovation, ingenuity and progress that made it so. Progress at this time means moving from inefficient, outdated, destructive technologies to better technologies - smarter technologies - technologies that will let people have everything they have now and much more with much fewer destructive effects. Clean energy technologies such as the Hydrogen Transmission Network will provide for the country's energy and water needs through a process that destroys nothing that can't be replaced and produces nothing harmful. It will be as good for the economy as it will be for the health of the planet. Oil, less of which will be wastefully burned, will be used instead to produce more high-end goods such as plastics, clothes and pharmaceuticals, resulting in far greater utility to the consumer and far more income to the oil industry.

Being the greatest country in the world, America is called upon to lead into the 21st century, and much will depend on the policies that it adopts. It is time that the lies of the Far Right be put to an end and real solutions be put into effect. It is innovation and ingenuity that is at the root of America's greatness and such must be applied now to create a livable future in which America remains the greatest country in the world.

Ilya Shambat

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Internet Marketing: The Future of Retail America

Sometimes a trend becomes too obvious to ignore. Was it just coincidence that I was asked to argue the same point, that the traditional job market is dying, twice in two weeks? The fact that finding corroborating data was ridiculously easy couldn't have been coincidence. I'm convinced: Internet Marketing IS the future.

Consider this, for instance: while the official line is that the recession is over now that we're out of the trough and there's been a whopping 2% increase in jobs, retail sales in American malls were down by 6.5% in November, 2010. In the same month alone, 28,000 jobs were lost in the retail sector.

Meanwhile, Amazon is building a new warehouse in the Lexington, South Carolina area. That's good news for Lexington workers, because they will need 1200 permanent workers and another 1200 temporary workers to handle their anticipated Christmas 2011 rush.

When you think of jobs, you think of full time employment in factories, warehouses and offices. However, 30% of the current U.S. job market consists of part-time workers, independent contractors, temps and self-employed persons. This is an increasing trend, too. If and when the recession really ends, it is expected that this number will rise to 40%.

What are all these independent and semi-independent workers doing to make a buck? Just before Christmas 2010, Elance, one of the largest sources for online job opportunities, reported that while traditional telemarketing and direct marketing opportunities were down by 6% and 10% respectively, internet marketing opportunities were up by 69%. Job providers are looking for programmers, web developers, content writers, web designers and others with internet marketing related skills.

As one of the millions of people who has found a career online, I'm in as good a position as anyone to gauge what's happening. Ten years ago, I found the odd job here and there designing websites and writing content for them, but the bulk of my freelance work was in the print media. I never had enough work to quit my day job, though. I've been working online full time now for three years and my income has increased exponentially each year. I owe it all to those entrepreneurs who have seen the future and run with it.

Everyone from individuals with an idea to the giants of retail are turning away from traditional "brick and mortar" sales to online sales. Is it any wonder, when department stores like Macy's experience a decline in overall revenue of 5.6% and find their salvation in increased online revenues of over a billion dollars?

As in life, there are no guarantees online, but unless somebody pulls the plug on the internet, there are far more opportunities online today than anywhere else. Internet marketing is the future. I'm convinced of that and so are those whose business is in predicting the future.

Rob Schneider has been a freelance writer for most of his professional life. In addition to writing articles for print publications, he has written several websites and writes articles for distribution online. Writing gives Rob the opportunity to do research on a wide variety of topics he may otherwise never have explored. Research and the challenge of writing compelling content are what make his job so enjoyable. Visit his website, Writing Resources for more information and some samples of Rob's work.

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Benefits of Solar PV Systems

There are many ways to power your house so that the electrical company and power plants are not your only source of energy. To start producing one's own energy, one of the most popular things that people do to help bring down energy bills and to save on energy is installing solar panels on their roof as an adaptation to the home. Putting one of these solar PV systems on your house will bring you a wide array of benefits that you will have never expected.

The first benefit you will receive from your investment is the effect it will have on your property's price. Your home will rise in value from having a solar pv system attached to the roof and will improve its selling appeal.

The second benefit is that after a certain point (normally several years), it will have paid for itself and from then on, you will make energy savings year on year compared to having not had a system built in.

Another advantage that you could benefit from is that a solar PV system is different from any other expensive household item such as large energy consuming products including a refrigerator or a washing machine and dryer. Instead of consuming large amounts of energy, your system will be providing the energy in which you can use the various household items that you may own.

The next benefit that may seem entirely obvious to many people is that you will be going green and decreasing the demand for power plant energy and doing your bit to help the environment. Also, on top of all of that, if your solar panel system is big enough it will overproduce electricity and send some power back to your electric company and you will receive a rebate for all the surplus energy your solar panels generate.

The fifth benefit to having a solar PV system is that you do not need to have it attached to your house. Some people have them hooked up to their campers so when they go on camping trips they do not have to spend lots of money on gas to power a generator from their vehicle's electricity output. Sunlight is everywhere and can always be found, you don't have to wait for a windy day, just let the sun rise and you have power. Solar PV systems help people all over the world proving that they will be around for a long time to come.

James is a business consultant and has worked with several companies in his career. He thinks that more should be done to protect the environment and people should consider investing in solar pv systems. For further details, please visit WDS Green Energy.

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Solar Power Photovoltaic Systems - PV P.V. Photo Voltaic

Photovoltaic system is a method to generate solar energy into electricity. The solar photovoltaic system uses solar panels made of silicon to convert sunlight into electricity.

The system consists of multiple components. PV modules (groups of PV cells) commonly known as PV panels; batteries; a charge regulator; an inverter for a utility-grid-connected system; mounting hardware.

The Photovoltaic array or the solar panel is the basic functional block of a PV system. There are mainly three basic configurations that are widely used for the solar PV systems. In the simplest configuration the PV array supplies power to the electrical load directly. This system functions only when sunlight is available as no storage is involved in the system.

In the most common configuration the PV array that powers charges a storage battery and thus it remains functional even at night and during periods.

The PV-hybrid system generally depends on an auxiliary source of power. This configuration is particularly suitable for applications in regions with large variations in sunlight conditions.

The charge controller acts as a voltage regulator preventing overcharging of the storage batteries. A photovoltaic control can automatically sense when the batteries are fully charged or are close to being depleted and reduce additional energy to the batteries or prevent further current discharge accordingly.

The inverter converts the electricity into a form suitable for household lights and appliances. Storage batteries are sometimes required as photovoltaic cells produce electricity only when they are illuminated. Thus, in order to store energy for overnight use or on overcast days storage batteries are required.

A solar photovoltaic system can produce 4 to 50 kilowatts of electricity. Generally, a 10-kilowatt system generates approximately 16,500 kilowatt of electricity in a year.

With the use of enough solar panels and high rate of sunlight, a large solar PV system can independently power home and buildings. It can also be used in small remote solar systems that can power electric fences and traffic signs.

Depending upon the season the photovoltaic systems will generate power from 8 am to 6 pm. A maximum output will be given around 1 pm in this condition.

The PV modules are capable of generating electricity even when the weather is cloudy. However the output will be diminished. On an overcast day, a solar PV system receives only 5 to 10 percent of the usual amount of sunlight it needs and so the production is naturally diminished.

Interestingly, Photovoltaic modules generate more power at lower temperatures as they operate more efficiently when the weather is cooler. However in winters, due to due to fewer daylight hours and lower sun angles the solar photovoltaic systems generate less energy than in the summer.

If the system is designed, installed and maintained well, it can remain operative for more than 20 years. The basic PV modules, those are interconnected and enclosed panel of PV cells can function for more than 30 years.

PV system generally requires direct access to the sun's rays throughout the day. Hence a south-facing roof or roofs that face east or west will work best as sites for installing PV systems.

Usually the small residential systems require 50 square feet of space whereas the large systems used for greater purpose could occupy as much as 1,000 square feet. is a perfect website through which you can get all your queries regarding Perfect solar PV and solar photovoltaic system, solar panels in NSW, Australia.

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Solar Photovoltaic  Photo Voltaic PV P.V.  Benefits

Solar power seems to be all over the place these days. Solar energy methods installations or even photo-voltaic methods (PV in short) are popping up all over the place. Ads on TV, and local underwriting sponsorships on open public radio, market the benefits of solar energy installations regarding homeowners, organizations, and cities. But what exactly are photovoltaics? And how precisely are they improving the environment? More importantly, how could they be going to get all of us out of this recession? Well, look at the following.

The most expensive part of a photovoltaic method is the solar modules or panels. These are the blue, and often black, 3x5 foot panels comprised of silicon, that is a natural part that comes through refining fine sand. Silicon has demonstrated itself to be one of the most reliable and efficient photo voltaic module component today, and is also used in several forms: monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, or even amorphous silicon. Each of these types is the result of various refining processes. The racking is the gear used to attach the pv modules in place to either the ground, a top, or even together with a carport or even raised shade structure. Several decades in the past, going back as far as the 1960s, racking was comprised of wood, which is not always a lasting material. But now they're made out of aluminums and steels that can much better withstand the sun and rain and easily end up being recycled. The particular inverter is often called the "brains" of the energy system. This is the equipment that can take the direct current (DC) energy generated from the actual solar panels exposure to sunlight as well as converts that into alternating current (AC) electrical power, which is what's flowing through the energy grid as well as ultimately in to our home appliances and office equipment.

So how will a photovoltaic or pv system conserve the environment? Definitely, PV units generate the sun's energy, which shines every day, is free to the community, and most importantly will be clean. Many solar power setups are built upon or alongside existing properties, so that indicates the energy created has very little distance traveling before it's utilized. Other forms of power are created in distant locations and a few of the energy produced is actually wasted or even lost throughout the transmission process. The energy created by solar power installations goes into the utility power company to be used as well as consumed simply by whoever requires it. Over time, and as increasingly more photovoltaic systems come on line, this will mean less energy is needed coming from traditionally a lot more dirty, and much more limited, resources like coal, fossil fuels, gas, etc. With less power being produced in the traditional types, there will be much less carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, as well as nitrogen oxide byproducts, that have been shown to give rise to global warming, ozone destruction, smog, increased breathing implications, and acid rainfall in the environment.

So how do photovoltaic systems benefit consumers? The quick answer is: in a lot of ways. But to spotlight a few key points: photovoltaic device owners save money on their power bills. By producing their very own clean energy, they don't need to take as much energy from the local utility, and with time, their savings will increase as the cost of energy increases around 4-5% per year. An additional benefit to using solar, is that it helps lock in rates regarding electricity before they skyrocket. This security and capability to forecast power costs in the foreseeable future can be very beneficial to large buyers of energy, just like schools and manufacturing businesses, whose costs shift drastically with the tiniest increase in electrical energy rates. With all the reduction in operating costs, companies are able to reduce the overall costs of their products and services sold, which means charges to consumers will go down as time passes. Solar photovoltaic or pv systems add value for the commercial and residential properties that host them. Recent studies show that environmentally friendly attributes like solar can easily increase the value of a commercial property by 4-6%.

Saving cash on power, and ensuring an energy self-reliance from international oil and limited sources will surely have a waterfall influence on the economic climate, and with the obtainable solar financing being offered by vendors regarding homes as well as businesses, it's the technology that brings the sun's power within reach.

Borrego Photovoltaic Solar Power provides renewable energy to hundreds of companies and government organizations throughout the United States.

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Best Advice In Buying Real Estate

Buying a new house often proves to be the largest financial outlay in your entire life. With that in mind, it is absolutely imperative that you make the best decision possible the first time. If you follow these tips, there is a much greater chance that you won't regret the six-figure outlay of buying a new house.

Look at a lot of houses before you buy, even if you love the first property you tour. It can be easy to fall in love with the idea of buying a house and then, consequently, the first property you see. Make sure to tour many other properties for comparison, just to make sure that the house you choose has everything you want or need.

Fall may help you get a good idea about how well the home that you are considering buying has been cared for over the years. Take a minute to look at the gutters. If the leaves are overflowing out of them then you will know that they homeowner had not taken the time to clean them. If they do not take the time for that simple maintenance, think about the other things in the home they may have neglected.

Before buying a house, have a good friend view the house and tour the neighborhood because they may see things you don't. With all the excitement and stress of finding a new home it's easy to get carried away and miss things. Having trusted eyes evaluate your home, the neighborhood and other factors personally relevant to you can avoid serious problems down the road.

Location is a big part of the real estate selection process. Look into the surrounding areas as much as you do the features of the home. Find out how much of a distance you are going to have to travel to work. Get information about shopping, law enforcement, hospitals and doctor's offices, day-care and schools and the traffic and parking to be sure it will be convenient for your family.

When looking to purchase your next home, check out a few Open Houses. Open Houses can provide you with a great opportunity to see what is available in a neighborhood, view different floor plans, meet real estate agents, and get decorating or upgrading ideas. Open House listings are readily available in the local Sunday paper.

When working with an agent to buy a home, it is a better use of your time to sit down with the agent first and discuss what you're looking for. Otherwise, how can they find a home that suits you, if they do not know what it is?

Discount brokers may be something to consider if you have the time to do the leg work when you are buying a house. They are much cheaper than a traditional broker but they do far less work for you. You will be responsible for setting up appointments to view homes and writing up your own sales contract. You will save money but work harder.

Purchasing Property

Real Estate is a tricky business, especially when you're buying. Purchasing property is a very important decision, and when looking for a real estate agent, you should be very cautious as to who you will be hiring. You don't want to end up being screwed out of your money. Find someone with references, and do your research beforehand.

People purchasing property to truly make a home need to think long-term about everything, and this includes children growing up, changes in energy costs, potential in-home upgrades, and much more. Be a long-term thinker when you're planning on purchasing a home. This will definitely help you to limit your mistakes.

From getting an appraisal and inspection to closing the loan, the real estate process is convoluted and fraught with potential pitfalls. That is why it is important to have guidance every step of the way. Make use of these tips to simplify the real estate buying process and make it manageable.

I have discovered a lot about buying property and am eager to share what I've learned with you. If you want to learn more, check out our website, where we provide all kinds of information pertaining to affordable housing. You will find a ton of information that will be very helpful. - Click here

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