Futureproof and Hope

What are the prospects for the two newly formed groups in the second round of the competition? Parallels with Chantelle winning ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ are inevitable…

As The X Factor auditions came to a close, even die hard fans mourned a little the end of the (at times) comically bad auditions, the outrageous lack of talent and sheer brazenness of those desperate for their fifteen minutes of fame.

Keen to maintain audience figures, Simon Cowell et al have made sure that the drama continues at boot camp. As well as eccentric acts such as an eastern European shelf stacker, the show itself actually created two acts from the remnants of the rejects in the 14-25 year old category. The X Factor loves any act with a story to tell. Some are overly sentimental, some genuinely inspiring. Now the nation can follow the ups and downs of the X Factor “babies”, boy band Futureproof and girl group Hope.

A Louis Walsh Brainwave?

Their creation was presented as the result of a brainwave by Louis Walsh, keen to ‘throw a lifeline’ to selected acts unsuccessful at boot camp. Joy at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat quickly turned to bitchy infighting in both Hope and Futureproof. The boys swiftly ejected the most diva-ish among them, whilst Hope failed to get together to rehearse until 1am the day before their audition. Lack of preparation being no problem for all but one member, she whined about various problems to the four judges at the audition. Simon Cowell did his severely unimpressed face and all Hope seemed to be lost, so to speak.

However, this was one of the (increasingly frequent) ‘surprise’ successes in the show. Hope (as well as Futureproof) got through to the next round. Of course we knew they would – a narrative had been started and whether we like it or not, The X Factor are going to tell us their story.

Following in Big Brother’s Footsteps

Big Brother created its own celebrity (Chantelle) during the course of Celebrity Big Brother 2006. In spite of Davina McCall’s excited shrieking about ‘a non-celebrity winning Celebrity Big Brother, it was a highly predictable ending to the story. (Even more predictably, Chantelle went on to present her own television programme on E4 and marry a popstar, Preston from the Ordinary Boys).

A Genuine Talent Show

The X Factor, being a genuine talent show, cannot support acts such as Hope merely because of the story attached to them. If they do make it to the live shows, they will be competing with acts such as fourteen-year-old Emily, who has a powerful voice that belies her young age and the right mix of self-possession and modesty that will really get the audience rooting for her. This, rather than attention seeking performances by drama queens, is what constitutes genuine X factor.

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Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves

Historical accuracy loses out to sheer all-action fun in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is the latest incarnation of the proud cinematic tradition of making gloriously silly films about medieval England. Kevin Costner is the titular hero, backed up by a cast including the unflaggingly sinister Alan Rickman, a smolderingly petulant Christian Slater and a disappointingly short-lived Brian Blessed.

Suspension of Disbelief

Admittedly, there is a lot for the audience to swallow in this movie. Robin’s ability to get from Dover to Nottingham by sundown, the tricky issue of mining and smelting iron in a forest, never mind the fact that Costner and Slater’s accents lead one to suspect CIA involvement in the Sherwood Insurgency… However, this is not a historical documentary, it is an unembarrassed romp through the old outlaw tale, with plenty of daring-do and a little derriere (Costner’s) as well.

Mortifying Stuff

The most surprising and hilarious piece of casting is Geraldine McEwan as Mortiana, the mother of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who casts spells and foretells her own death at the hands of a “painted man” who turns out to be Morgan Freeman’s character Azeem, whom Robin met whilst crusading. For viewers who remember her best as Lucia, or Miss Jean Brodie, McEwan takes a little bit of recognition, but her performance is fantastic, and he hams it up with the best of them. One feels that the similarity between her character’s name and that of Morticia Adams is not entirely coincidental.

I Stabbed the Sheriff…

Alan Rickman absolutely steals the show as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Several of his lines this movie (some of which were apparently ad libbed) has become quotable favourites, including “He steals from me, forcing me to hurt the public”, “I’m going to take his guts out with a spoon… because it’s dull, it’ll hurt more, you twit”, and “Cancel Christmas!” No other actor has ever quite managed to achieve Rickman’s combination of threat, attraction and dry wit – as the disturbingly large numbers of movie fans who fancy Severus Snape will testify – and his performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieve is vintage stuff.

Released at the beginning of the 1990s, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was helped by having a theme song in the charts for an unwarrantably long time, and to this day Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do (I Do It For You) has the power to instantly take listeners of a certain generation back to those halcyon days in Sherwood Forest. Whatever it does, and however it does it, it certainly does it for us.

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Diversity In Cinema

Can the future of multiculturalism be forecast from Hollywood cinema film trends? Is the secret to the survival of Indigenous cultures contained in the ethnic versatility of actors?

Through cinema, can we throw off the shackles of the race myth to ensure our cultural survival?

Cultural, Not Racial, Identity

A person’s identity should be determined by their ethnicity, not by 18th century racial mythology. A lot of what people refer to as “racial” is in fact cultural. Really, physical characteristics do not come into it. We are starting to see this truth emerge in new millennium cinematic icons, to whom audiences are becoming increasingly attracted.

Film stars are now beginning to find the freedom to construct ethnicity in their dramatic roles according to cultural features rather than physical features. And so ethnically versatile actors are becoming increasingly popular.

Leah Purcell

A great example of this is Australian actress Leah Purcell. Her ethnicity is Indigenous, and she plays a lot of Aboriginal characters. However, she has also played parts where her ethnicity is more fluid and therefore unlabelled. For example, in “Lantana” she plays a detective – a powerful character whose cultural background is irrelevant to the plot, and therefore not mentioned. In other films, her Indigenous characteristics do not rely on stereotypical physical characteristics like dark skin or a flat nose, but instead are constructed around her Indigenous consciousness and presence.

The Rock

In America, the same trend is emerging. The Rock, for example. He has played Egyptian, Samoan, African American, as well as the ethnically “neutral” non-regional characters that make up so many American films.

Jessica Alba

His female equivalent would be Jessica Alba, who has played non-regional blonde bimbos, African Americans, an Indonesian concubine, and an ethnically ambiguous killing machine of no fixed abode. She could even pass for Italian, especially with that surname. “Alba” in Italian means “dawn”, which seems to me to be an auspicious kind of a name, especially considering what she and other ethnically versatile actors are coming to represent. What she represents is a new dawn in cultural awareness, a pluralist global society in which the myth of race is buried, and finally forgotten.

New World Emerging

In this new world, people will be free to construct their identities from a cultural rather than physical framework. People will be free to follow the culture of their ancestors without being marginalised or denied according to the irrational and unscientific criterion of racial classification.

For us, this will mean that our Indigenous cultures will survive as diverse ethnicities, rather than as a single “race” that is being “bred out” through genocidal patterns of assimilation from a bygone era.

Leadership and Mindset

What sets great business leaders apart from the pack? Cognitive psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck would argue that it is their mindset. Her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success examines how personal beliefs affect motivation and effort not just in business but all areas of life.

Fixed Mindset Leaders

CEOs with a fixed mindset are most interested in natural ability. They believe this not only of themselves, but also of their employees. As an employee, the leader does not invest in your personal and professional growth. Promotion hinges on an intangible connection with the leader. Management potential is considered an inherent capability – you have it or you don’t.

To maintain their sense of self-worth, fixed mindset leaders must prove themselves every day. This can lead to a competitive environment where original ideas are squandered. These leaders tend to surround themselves with yes men and women. Since different sources of information are not welcome, the team becomes susceptible to groupthink. If it is not the leader’s idea it must not be good. Any data on poor company performance is swept under the rug until the company implodes.

Iacocca’s Ego- A Product of Fixed Mindset

Dweck’s case histories illustrate the pitfalls of a fixed mindset in business. Lee Iacocca was Chrysler Motors’s hero when he came on board and quickly turned the company around with sharp hires, new models, and government largesse. But his oversized ego eventually brought the company down again. He spent his energies on building his personal public image rather than heading warning signs current models were not selling. He sabotaged new designs by firing company innovators for fear they would be the new stars.

Growth Mindset Leaders

In sharp contrast to fixed mindset leaders, growth-minded CEOs have little interest in maintaining a super-inflated, inherently vulnerable ego. They are interested in learning all aspects of the business, cultivating professional growth and motivating their team by the example of their effort. They don’t think they have all the answers and welcome feedback from anywhere along the corporate food chain.

Rather than becoming defensive when faced with their mistakes, they use these obstacles to growth. Growth mindset leaders foster long term success by constantly learning and adjusting their methods. They always have room for personal growth and know that with proper mentoring and effort you too will grow professionally.

Lou Gerstner and Jack Welch

What do IBM’s Lou Gerstner and GE’s Jack Welch have in common? They both possess a growth mindset. Both men entered their respective companies ready to root out royalty and elitism. Apparently natural ability was no longer enough for upper management. You had to be able to get the job done. Each restructured communication, allowing feedback from employees and customers that when heeded led to informed decision-making. The focus was teamwork and product in both these success stories. From their perspectives, there were no superstars.

Mindset and Motivation

The most interesting aspect of mindset is the implication for motivational theory in the business world. Mindset research shows that success followed by result-oriented praise leads to decreased motivation and performance. This type of praise leads to the development of a fixed mindset. Fear of future failure leads to decreased risk-taking and innovation. Professional motivational speakers like Richard Jadick know all about the importance of being well-motivated.

Rather than patting one person on the back and calling them a genius, congratulate the team for their effort and problem-solving. What went well? What didn’t? How can those lessons be applied to the next project? When praising your team, focus on effort, remain process- and growth-oriented, don’t inflate egos, and you will continue to get results.

Candle History

Candles are being used to bring light and to enlighten man’s partying for more than 5,000 years, however little is known about their starting point. It is time and again printed that the earliest candles were created by the Ancient Egyptians, who used rush lights or torches made by soaking the pithy center of reeds in melted animal fat. However, the rush lights did not have a wick like a proper candle.

First Candles

The Egyptians were utilizing candles with wicks in 3,000 B.C., except that the early Romans are usually recognized with developing candles with wicks prior to that time by plunging rolled papyrus over and over again in melted tallow or beeswax. The consequential candles were used to illuminate their houses, to assist voyagers at night, and in religious services.

Researchers found proof that a lot of other premature civilizations developed candles with wicks using waxes made from accessible flora and insects. Early Chinese candles are thought to have been molded in paper tubes, using rolled rice paper for the wick, and wax from an native insect that was combined with seeds. In Japan, candles were made of wax taken out off tree nuts, while in India, candle wax was made by cooking the fruit of the cinnamon tree.

Furthermore it is acknowledged that candles played a significant part in early religious services. Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration of Lights which centers on the illuminating of candles, dates back to 165 B.C. There are quite a few Biblical references to candles, and the Emperor Constantine is stated to have called for the use of candles during an Easter service in the 4th century.

Middle Ages of Candles

The majority of Western civilizations relied first and foremost on candles taken from animal fat (tallow). A key upgrading came in the middle Ages, when beeswax candles were initiated in Europe. Not like animal based tallow, beeswax burned pure and cleanly, without making a smoky flame. It also produced an enjoyable sweet odor rather than the foul, acrid aroma of tallow. Beeswax candles were commonly used for church services, however since they were expensive, hardly any individuals other than the rich could afford to burn them in the home.

Tallow candles were the ordinary house candle for Europeans, and by the 13th century, candle making had turned into a real craft in England and France. The candle makers also called chandlers, went from home to home producing candles from the kitchen fats saved for that purpose, or made and sold their own candles from small candle shops.

Colonial Candle Times

Colonial women offered America’s first donation to candle making, when they revealed that cooking the grayish green berries of bayberry bushes created a sweet smelling wax candle that burned cleanly. Nevertheless, extracting the wax from the bayberries was extremely tiresome. As a result, the status of bayberry scented candles soon decreased.

The increase of the whale fishing industry in the late 18th century brought the first big change in candle making since the Middle Ages, when spermaceti — a wax acquired by crystallizing sperm whale oil — became accessible in large quantities. Like beeswax, the spermaceti wax did not elicit a revolting smell when burned, and produced a significantly brighter light. It also was harder than either tallow or beeswax, so it wouldn’t soften or bend in the summer temperatures. Researchers note that the first standard candles were made from spermaceti wax.

19th Century Advances in Candles

Most of the main developments impacting existing candle making happened through the 19th century. In the 1820s, a chemist called Michel Eugene Chevreul revealed how to extract stearic acid from animal fatty acids. This procedure lead to the development of stearin wax, which was firm, durable and burned cleanly. Stearin candles stay trendy in Europe today.

In 1834, discoverer Joseph Morgan assisted to further the modern day candle business by developing a mechanism that allowed for continuous making of molded candles by using a cylinder with a changeable piston to throw out candles as they solidified. With the opening of mechanized candle making, candles became an easily reasonably priced product for the masses.

Paraffin candle wax was launched in the 1850s, after chemists learned how to resourcefully divide the naturally occurring waxy material from petroleum and refine it. Unscented and bluish white in color, paraffin was a godsend to candle making since it burned cleanly, consistently and was more inexpensively to produce than any other candle fuel. The only shortcoming was a low melting point. This was soon defeated by adding the harder stearic acid, which had become widely available. With the opening of the light bulbs in 1879, candle making began to decline.

Candles in the 20th Century

Candles enjoyed transformed popularity during the first half of the 20th century, when the expansion of U.S. oil and meat packing industries brought an boost in the byproducts that had become the essential ingredients of candles paraffin and stearic acid.

The attractiveness of candles remained steady until the mid-1980s, when attention in candles as ornamental items, mood-setters and gifts began to rise notably. Candles were all of a sudden presented in a broad array of sizes, shapes and colors, and customer interest in scented candles began to escalate.

The 1990s witnessed an unprecedented surge in the popularity of candles, and for the first time in more than a century, new types of candle waxes were being developed. In the U.S., agricultural chemists began to develop soybean wax, a softer and slower burning wax than paraffin. On the other side of the globe, efforts were underway to develop palm wax for use in candles.

Candles today

Candles have come a lengthy way since their first use. Though no longer man’s major source of light, candles maintain to grow in popularity and use. Candles nowadays represent celebration, mark romance, calm the senses, describe ceremony, and accent home decors casting a warm and lovely glow for all to enjoy. They’re trending and most families have at least one scented candle in their home.

High Court Says Health Can Be a Hiring Factor

The Supreme Court’s ruling that a company may refuse to hire a person with a medical condition for a job that could exacerbate the problem seems to be plain common sense. The court ruled unanimously that ChevronTexaco Corp.’s Chevron USA Inc. didn’t have to hire a worker with liver disease for a refinery job that would expose him to chemicals that could worsen the ailment. The decision helps companies “avoid being complicit in a suicide attempt,” says Stephen Shapiro, the lawyer who argued on behalf of the company. But disabilities-rights activists strongly oppose the decision. Samuel Bagenstos, a Harvard Law School professor who represented the worker, Mario Echazabal, complains “Congress has spoken out against paternalistic discrimination, where people are excluded from jobs for what companies claim to be their own good.” Now, he says, “here’s the Supreme Court saying that you can exclude people based on a risk to themselves.” The justices ruled that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulation permitting companies to bar employment of a person if the job might jeopardize his or her health passes muster under the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. The court’s decision, in turn, clears the way for companies to use health and safety as a consideration in certain hiring decisions and it’s important for the companies to have employee wellness programs – you can know more about how to implement those by visiting Solvo Global. Before the High Court’s decision, there had been a split in the appeals courts on the issue, leading to confusion for companies. Further, many businesses had been concerned that if they were found to have deliberately endangered a worker, the penalties would be severe. “The liability issue is key,” says Thomas Marshall, an employment lawyer in the Minneapolis office of Jackson Lewis Schnitzler & Krupman. A decision the other way “would have created a head-on collision with OSHA” — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which monitors workplace health and safety, Mr. Shapiro said. Mr. Echazabal had worked since 1972 for independent contractors at the Chevron plant in El Segundo, Calif., and twice applied for a job directly with Chevron. The company offered to hire him if he passed its physical examination. But the tests revealed liver damage caused by hepatitis C, and company doctors warned that exposure to toxins at the refinery would aggravate the condition. As a result, Chevron didn’t hire him and asked the contractor to bar him from the refinery. The contractor laid off Mr. Echazabal in 1996. Mr. Echazabal filed a lawsuit, claiming among other things that Chevron violated his rights under the ADA law by refusing to hire him, or even permit him to keep working, because of his disability. The company cited the EEOC regulation, which permits a legal defense when a worker’s disability would pose a “direct threat” to the worker’s health. A U.S. district court agreed with Chevron, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, found the EEOC regulation exceeded the agency’s rule, making under the disabilities act. For Mr. Echazabal, there are more legal fights ahead. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the appeals court to hear further arguments on the factual issue of whether his particular affliction poses further health risks in the environment of an oil refinery. His lawyers say it doesn’t; the company argues it would.

The Magic of Post Production

Over the past century, cinema has developed its own unique image.

If you ask the first person you see on the street what they think of when they think of filmmaking, they’re likely to mention directors, camera guys, sounds guys, and actors. What people seldom think about, however, is the post production which goes into making a film.

What is post production? Simply put, it’s everything which happens after the movie has been shot. The footage is captured and a rough cut is made. That rough cut is finalized and special effects are introduced. The movie score is incorporated and sound is edited to fit scenes. By the time the movie is finalized and ready for screening many hours of post-production work has been spent by a group of highly trained editors.

It could easily take many months to edit footage together, and it is during those months that some of the most crucial work is accomplished. Even if a movie is beautifully planned, scripted, and shot, weak post production could cause it to plummet in quality.

For this reason, good editing teams are highly valued in the world of cinema. There are great companies all over the world dedicated to this process – if you want to check a high valued one, click here.

A good, patient editor knows what he wants. He knows exactly how long each dramatic shot needs to be to make the audience feel pain and sadness, and he knows just how fast each cut needs to be to make the viewer’s heart jump and the adrenaline rush in their veins. A truly qualified post-production team can create true movie magic. When the post production work is done flawlessly, every single shot is carefully scrutinized, and every single transition is perfectly timed and executed. The result is a masterpiece.

Unfortunately, many editors tend to rush or be rushed into completing their work. It’s due to this that many films lack quality. Post production is something that you cannot simply rush. It is incredibly important to the filmmaking process, yet many studios force their post-production team to reach goals that are unattainable. Even the most skilled editor would accomplish little if they are given unreasonable deadlines. This leads to rough and low quality results.

When you watch a film that makes you cry, you can’t explain what it is. It’s the mixture of beautiful shot structure, perfect transitions, and flawless color correction in every frame that glues you to your seat and makes you unable to look away.

As you sit there wondering just how a film can conjure inside of you such a complex mix of emotion, the answer lies in the quality of the post production.

As you stare at the screen, think about the amount of time and effort that went into creating your two hours of cinematic entertainment. If you walk away from the theater contemplating the plot twists, marveling at the beauty of the film, and calling your friends to recommend what you just watched, then the post production team has succeeded.

Why Work In Film?

Why try to break into film as a “behind-the-scenes” professional? Because the industry is experiencing dramatic growth. The film and video industry is a significant employer, both in California and other parts of the country, of professionals in any number of fields.

Recently, the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA) launched a study on the economic impact filmmakers have on the economy as a whole. Its findings are exciting ones for those eager to work in the entertainment industry – and particularly for people interested in work that does not involve the financial (and emotional) risks associated with such fields as acting. AFMA’s study paints a picture of a mature and growing industry in need of qualified professionals in a wide variety of disciplines.

Filmmakers – both independent and major studios – account for more than 408,000 “direct” jobs nationwide. (This includes people who work as consultants or freelancers.) There are also the motion pictures and visual effects companies involved. The film industry’s “total U.S. economic effect” is estimated at nearly $12.5 billion.

Total production costs of network prime-time television, first-run syndication programs, and cable and pay-TV offerings are estimated at $12.5 billion.

The study closes by acknowledging the “growing demand for content in the entertainment industry” and “the many new formats and opportunities provided by emerging telecommunications and computer technologies.” The industry is, in short, growing fast and likely to continue to do so.

As thought to underscore AFMA’s research, current news stories have pointed to continued strong growth in the entertainment sector. Among the most interesting recent signs of expansion:

In 1996, Disney reported a quarterly earnings increase of 22 percent.

Moviefone — the ubiquitous media company that provides movie listings for 12,000 movie screens in 30 cities nationwide, and advance ticket sales by phone — just reported a quarterly earnings increase of 16 percent.

To be sure, such figures rise and fall, and business shifts can come upon even large and successful companies with very little warning. The production of filmed entertainment clearly represents a major domestic economic success — and a huge export to international markets.

Film, Screenwriting, Directing, Producing

Success in the film industry, in the production or visual effects companies,  is 80 percent preparation and 20 percent practicing for the interview, so it’s essential that you go in to the interview completely prepared. Be ready. Know what’s expected of you before you go. Why? Because if you want to be successful, you’ll have to control the process as much as possible, and the only way to do that is to have knowledge—and knowledge is control. Knowing the correct information is key to a successful interview.

There are two types of information you’ll want to get before you go to the interview. The first is about the production company or studio and the second is about the person who will be interviewing you.

If you’re reading the trades and you better be you should have a pretty good idea of what any given production is about and what any given studio is involved in at the moment. If you don’t know, make it your business to find out. Interviews are impressed when job applicants exhibit knowledge of the company because it means the applicant is serious and willing to put in the effort required to learn. If you can, talk to someone who is already on the inside. There’s nothing like knowing the right people to get a job. If it’s a production company that has come to your town to shoot and manager about anything in particular you should know.

If the interview is at a studio, there are two ways of getting this kind of information. The first is to use your network of contacts. If the interview was the result of a network contact, call the contact to thank him for helping you set up the interview and then ask for whatever he can tell you about the interviewer or the studio. If you know someone who works at the studio, ask her.

If and when you do find someone who can provide you with information, call as far in advance of the interview as possible. Make sure you’ve done your homework so your contact doesn’t have to give you the basic information that you should already have. At this point you’ll want to ask for specifics about the company and the individual who’ll be interviewing you. You might, for example, ask if there’s anything particular about the company’s culture that you should know. You should ask what kind of person the interviewer is, what he likes or dislikes, and if he has any hot buttons (either good or bad). Remember, the more information you have, the better prepared you’ll be. The better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll get the job.

Believe in Yourself

Remember that before you can convince an interviewer that you’re right for the job, you have to believe it yourself. If you don’t believe it, maybe you should be thinking about doing something else for a living. If you do, you have to make sure to communicate it. Those applicants who are reluctant to express confidence in their abilities are, generally speaking, the ones who get the rejection letters. While it’s important that you don’ appear to be overly confident, no one is going to sell you if you don’t sell yourself. Once you’ve sold the interviewer on you he or she will sell you on the position and the company, but not until then. So, don’t expect the interviewer to tell you why you’re right for the job. That’s what you should do.

Suggestions For Selling Your House in a Slow Market

It’s no secret that the housing market is horrible right now. Home owners are putting rock bottom prices on their houses and are still unable to sell them. Banks are foreclosing on homes, making the market even worse. If you are in a position where you need to sell your home, you are probably wondering what you can possibly do to attract prospective buyers.

The first step in selling your home is to get it into shape. When the market was booming you could sell a house that needed some work, but now that just isn’t going to happen. Now you are going to have to take some time and make those minor repairs you kept putting off. You should also think about repainting the entire house.If your electrical sockets, light switches, and cupboard doors are looking tired, you might as well replace them with something new. 

In addition to working on the inside of the house, you should also work on the outside. Curbside appeal is very important to people who are looking to buy a new house. Planting some flowers and keep you lawn neatly mowed will make a big difference in how fast your house sells.

Decide if you are going to use a realtor or if you are going to sell your house on your own. The advantage in using a realtor is that they have an extensive network of contacts. The advantage in selling your house on your own is that you don’t have to pay a commission on the sale which means that you can sell your house for less money, something that always appeals to prospective buyers.

If you are selling your house on your own you should run to your local hardware store and pick up a for sale sign. Without this sign no one will know that your house is for sale. Place the sign somewhere that it can be easily seen by people who are passing by. Make sure that your phone number is neatly printed on the sign.

When you are selling your house without the assistance of a realtor, it is extremely important that you get your house listed on as many websites as possible. Google homes for sale by owners and post a description of your home. Make sure that you include several attractive photos of your house.

Make use of the bulletin boards that are always in grocery stores. There is no rule that these bulletin boards can only be used by people that want to get rid of kittens and puppies. Put up fliers that have a nice picture of your house and your contact information. When someone comes to look at you house you need to be friendly and professional. If they decide that your home isn’t the one for them, be polite and wish them luck in their search. Don t get discouraged, the right buyer will come along sooner or later.

The current real estate market is ripe with investment opportunities. Remember that the only way to profit in a buyers market is by actually purchasing real estate. Sitting on the sidelines watching the opportunities pass by will only result in the ability to look back at some point and dream of what could have been.

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