With the right preparation, your first home buying experience can be both pleasant and rewarding.
Is ‘now’ the right time for you to take the plunge and purchase your first home?
The process can be intimidating, particularly if you’re not prepared. With some basic groundwork you can improve the odds that your first purchase will be a pleasant and rewarding experience.
Here are some important issues to consider before jumping in.
7. Have a budget and know how to use it
New buyers often underestimate the hidden costs involved with owning a home. Home ownership comes with a number of new expenses, so good money-management skills are an essential must-have.
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Know anyone that might be in line for an ‘attitude adjustment’ like this?
Best comment: Oct 24, 2012
“It’s important to staple firmly against the skull, in order to properly bend the staples! ”
Volunteering to work in a foreign country can be an eye-opening experience
In the rat race to finish at the top of your class and become a leader in your industry, it’s easy to lose sight of the values found in any effort or experience that doesn’t directly move you closer to those goals. You’ll hear plenty of reasons why a summer internship is the best thing for your career, but you’ll have a harder time finding someone to urge you to go off the beaten path.
What many fail to realize is that the road to success is rarely straight. Furthermore, what those around you may prescribe as the best ways to advance your career may not be the best for you in particular.
After all, your goal shouldn’t be to pass through your educational and professional experiences like a piece of equipment on an assembly line. You should aspire to become an individual, and to do so through a background that distinguishes you from everyone else.
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Green Ways to Wash Your Car
What’s the most eco-friendly way to wash your car? According to some experts, it’s the automatic car wash, which runs vehicles through an efficient series of cleaning processes and minimizes water use and chemical run-off.
But there are additional risks that come with automatic car washes. The dirt and grime from other vehicles can stick to some of the cleaning mechanisms in an automatic car wash and scratch your paint.
Car washes that use brushes instead of pressurized water washing systems could also damage your car, if the brushes aren’t properly maintained.
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong standing on the surface of the moon – Credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images (click to enlarge)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930 — 2012) died on Saturday at the age of 82.
He will be remembered as the first human to set foot on the moon, landing on July 20 1969.
“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”
– Neil Armstrong
The Apollo 11 mission came at the height of America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union.
While the bloody Vietnam war was in full swing the moonwalk lifted Americans with a sense of euphoric achievement and a surge of patriotism.
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Caledon Bull – Artist: Joshua Miles (click to enlarge)
Local artist Joshua Miles was born and raised in the Western Cape where he attended the renowned Michaelis Art School of the University of Cape Town.
He met his Scottish wife in Hermanus, and after living in Scotland and London for several years, returned to South Africa. He now lives and works in Baarskeerdersbos near Hermanus.
Joshua drew early inspiration from art historian and artist Elsa Miles. As a child he watched her producing woodcuts and was taught the technical aspects of the medium by Cecil Skotnes at Michaelis Art School.
Joshua’s skillful interpretation of shadow and the effect of light on water is featured in many of his oil paintings and reduction woodcuts. He finds his inspiration in the beautiful landscapes of the Overberg and Little Karoo (See 16 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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What would happen if your home burned to the ground tomorrow?
If you have the right homeowners insurance policy, your insurance company would pay for your costs of living for at least one year while your home was rebuilt from scratch, all for just the cost of your deductible.
But if you don’t have the right kind of policy, you may not be covered for the total cost of replacing your home.
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Crafting during the summertime provides a great alternative to traditional summer activities.
But on days when it’s too hot to be outdoors, summertime crafting provides an enjoyable alternative to the typical summer fare of swimming, gardening and grilling.
Many crafts are suitable year-round, but some are ideal for taking advantage of the summertime atmosphere.
These crafts can be enjoyed on a lazy or rainy summer day and are easily altered to be suitable for most any age group.
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Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were roommates in college – Image: Anthony G. Moore / Photorazzi — click to enlarge
Let’s face it, we’ve all lived with some peculiar people in our lives, especially during our younger years. Did you ever wonder: what if that guy who sang in the shower, or always ate your leftover pizza without permission, became rich and famous? What if you both did?
Reality shows have endlessly forced “odd couple” type pairings or entire groups of random celebrities. But for the purposes of this article, I’m concentrating on people who became famous in different, often wildly divergent fields (since it’s not all that uncommon for, say, actors or musicians to come up together in the same “scene”).
Here are some of the strangest bedfellows to go on to future glory:
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This is not quite as far-fetched as it sounds, I would think. LOL!
Source: Dilbert by Scott Adams