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5 Best Websites For Your House-Hunting Project

5 Best Websites For Your House-Hunting Project

Are you still tormenting over your house hunting project?

Can’t find an estate agent to sell your home?

The process of buying and selling homes can be quite complicated especially for first time sellers and buyers. There’s a lot to take in consideration, like finding a professional realtor, doing a pre-listing home inspection, and handling confusing mortgage applications. Thankfully, the web brings us efficient solutions for our problems. If before it was hard to find a trusted real estate agent to sell your house for you, now it’s as easy as clicking a button on your computer. The following are some of the best websites to help you buy and sell properties online.

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Zillow.com 

One of the leading real estate and rental websites, Zillow enthusiastically brings consumers reliable data, knowledge and inspiration in their home search. Using the homepage, you can choose over “Buy”, “Rent”, “Sell“ or “Zestimate” and enter a location for the property you want. The site has a massive data of homes to choose from, complete with real estate advice forums and home design ideas.

Best Features:

  • Detailed Search– Available houses for sale or rent are displayed through every search along with the price, number of bed and baths, square meters and the date it was sold in market.
  • Agent Finder – Using the agent finder you can browse through zillow’s available agents and find one that fits your price and your home. Clicking through the agent’s name will direct you to his profile where his experience, ratings, reviews and contact details are displayed.

Trulia.com 

One of the largest real estate sites, Trulia offers an expansive database of local listings, home, apartment and real estate properties for sale and rent. Trulia, a fully owned subsidiary of the Zillow group, has more than 4.5 million unique visitors per month, and is one of the most used real estate site.

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Best Features:

  • Awesome Local Data Visualization – Trulia has a comprehensive visual map of your property giving you data about the nearest businesses, schools and crime rate near your area. Other features of the map include: population, home types, and price history.
  • Blog – Trulia’s blog offers a rich source of information and entertainment along with guides, tips and local news on real estate.

Realtor.com

Realtor.com is the National Association of Realtor’s official site. It is operated by Move, Inc. Every 15 minutes, 90 percent of the listings are refreshed from the Multiple Listing Services. Realtor has many features like price check, and advice articles that guide you to the complicated home buying process.

Best Features:

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  • Realtor Calculators – Realtor offers helpful on site calculators that let you compute your mortgage, home affordability, rent vs. buy calculator and refinance calculators. These calculators help home searchers handle their finance systematically.

Redfin.com 

At first, Redfin might look like a typical home search site like Zillow or Realtor.com. However, Redfin offers more than home search; Redfin specializes as a real estate brokerage. It works with its own agents and support staff to help customers find their dream houses and close loans.

Best Features:

  • Street View – With the use of 3D technology, users can browse and get a virtual street view of their house location.
  • Customer-Focused – At Redfin, they prioritize customer satisfaction. Their clients are all surveyed, and each real estate agent is reviewed. Redfin claims to put customer’s value first before anything. They promise savings, and a wiser investment.

Move.com 

Move.com lets you search according to the property you want. Using the search feature you can look for properties according to the number of bed, baths as well as price range you want. Using the advanced search setting you can customize your search even more and look for properties in your desired state.

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Best Features:

  • Learning Center – Move.com guides users in the complicated process of moving. They give lots of valuable tips and advice like decorating your apartment, apartment search tip, finance budgeting, and settling in after move.

Bottom Line

Buying or selling homes doesn’t have to be complicated. With proper research, careful planning, and the help of a good real estate company, you can find the house of your dreams. Good luck!  

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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