Fun Facts and Inspiration for March 26


Fun Facts and Inspiration for March 26

Inspiration…
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”        Buddha

Did you know that…
In order to calculate massive quantities, American Edward Kasner coined the word googol, which is the number one, followed by 100 zeros. But for today’s calculations they use the googolplex which is the number one followed by 1 billion zeros, which allows us to calculate the number of electrons passing through a 40-watt light bulb in one minute. To give you an idea of how massive a googolplex is, it equates to roughly the number of drops of water flowing over Niagara Falls in a century.

In the early days of business written records, the record keeper of the meeting took notes to document what transpired. Because of the amount of information, the record keeper wrote in shorthand and abbreviations. The word used to describe these notes were called minute, as in ‘my-noot’, meaning small. Today we refer to the notes as minutes of a meeting.

During the American Civil War massive numbers of young and untrained soldiers were rushed into battle, causing major problems with discipline. The veterans called this incompetent soldiers “reckies”, rather than recruits. The word “reckies” evolved to include anyone new to an organization who lacked training and required training to become “rookies”.

In the early 1700’s, English playwright John Dennis introduced a metallic device that imitated the sound of thunder. The production it was created for failed and the thunder device was forgotten until several months later, he heard the thunder sound in another play. Dennis raised a public outcry that someone had stolen his idea. Today we refer to such an act as “stealing my thunder.”

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

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Selling a Home Should Make Good Scents


Selling a Home Should Make Good Scents

Putting your home on the market takes a lot of work. Getting the house ready to list and then having everything pristine when you leave for the day in case there is a showing that day is a full-time job in and of itself.

Undoubtedly your REALTOR® will give you sound advice about what is important for showings. The house needs to be spotless; beds made every day; absolutely no dirty dishes left in the sink and on and on and on. The temperature needs to be comfortable and the lights should all be on.

When potential buyers come in the house for a showing, you want them to be able to visualize the house as theirs. Unfortunately, if something is awry in the house, such as the temperature too hot or too cold, that is what they will remember about the property. Potential buyers talking about the showing later will refer to the house as, “Remember the house that was so cold”? That is why it is so critically important for sellers to maintain their house at a level that soothes the senses; sight, sound, touch (feeling the temperature), and smell.

The one sense that does not get the credit it deserves is the sense of smell. The sense of smell triggers an emotional reaction, and then an identifier. The other senses, on the other hand elicit the factual response first, and then the emotional response. Not only that, but people can recall smells with 65% accuracy after a year; visual recall is about 50% accurate after three months.

This has become such an important issue that companies are investing large sums of money for scent marketing. Westin Hotels & Resorts hired a company that created a signature scent for its’ global properties. The scent was called “white tea” that was a fragrance described as a blend of white tea and vanilla with cedar notes. The scent is found in the lobbies, soaps, and lotions to enhance its’ brand recognition.

The cost of creating a brand scent from scratch can cost around $25,000 and $200 to $500 to properly maintain the scent throughout.

The good news for home sellers is that they do not need to go to that extreme. It is important however, to maintain a clean smell in your home. And by clean smell we are generally referring to no smell. Scented candles or plug-ins are an absolute no-no. Generally what one person likes, another may detest. It also gives the impression that you are trying to cover up a pet odor. It much safer to eliminate odors all together.

In days gone by, agents would suggest that the seller bake fresh cookies or bread before a showing to provide an early version of “scent marketing”. But today, sellers simply do not have time to bake cookies or bread before a showing or open house. The best advice today is to have no odor.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

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What Every REALTOR® Wants You to Know About “Loose Lips Sink Ships”


What Every REALTOR® Wants You to Know About
“Loose Lips Sink Ships”

During the World Wars, posters were placed in key locations reminding military personnel and contractors that unguarded conversations could divulge information to the enemy that would give them the upper hand in combat. Some information, however minor, could be the missing link to the enemy. In real estate, “loose lips, sink ships” may not actually sink a ship, but it can sink a real estate transaction.

I have said this many times before, and will undoubtedly say many more times: If you are in the market to buy a home, you need to sign a buyers’ representative contract with a REALTOR®. That agent will work diligently on your behalf. You can have confidential conversations with your buyer’s agent, and you can rest assured they will keep the information confidential.

When you are house-hunting, attending open houses is a good way to see what is in the market. If you have already signed a buyers contract with an agent, let the agent at the open house know your agents name as soon as they greet you. The open house agent should respect that relationship. They can certainly provide basic information about the house and answer any questions you may have but, should not inquire about any financial arrangements you may have for a mortgage.

All too often, I see potential buyers come into an open house and start a dialogue with the agent hosting the open house. Inevitably, the question will come up if they are pre-approved for a mortgage and what price of home are they looking for. The conversation takes a bad turn when the buyer(s) make the comment that they are looking for a home “no higher than $500,000”, but because they want the listing agent to know they are solid buyers if they make an offer, the buyer(s) will add, “But we’ve been pre-approved for $600,000.” That information will go from the buyer(s) lips to the seller’s ears in a nanosecond. And if you decide to make an offer on that house – or any house with that listing agent – there will be little room for negotiation.

Another example is if the buyers’ really like the house, and they are under the gun to find a home because they have given notice at their apartment and it has already been rented to a new tenant.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

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