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5 Helpful Websites To Aid You in House Hunting

5 Helpful Websites To Aid You in House Hunting

The value of real estate is constantly on the rise in many areas, and with it, rents are surging up too. These are some of the factors that make buying a home seem more attractive than ever. In addition to owning a home, there are some extra tax deductions, unlike renting, which are bonuses that wouldn’t hurt, since tax savings mitigate the cost of ownership.

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    However, buying or selling a home is a big commitment with a process that can be both complicated and a big headache. Although the market is on the rise, mortgage rates still keep fluctuating, making aspiring homeowners a little bit hesitant. Finding a new home can be a tough hurdle that requires a lot of know-how and experience, especially for first time buyers or sellers. This is why you need to do a lot of research and consultation before deciding what kind of home you need.

    I recently purchased a home, and it was quite an ordeal. Here are some of the websites my partner and I went through in researching and comparing for the ideal home that would best suit your lifestyle and budget. They were helpful, and I know they can also help you find the perfect home for you.

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    1. Realtor.com

    This list, (just like my home hunt) cannot begin without the mention of Realtor.com. This is one of the biggest real estate websites, with over 900 listing services updated every 15 minutes, with real estate information from all over the country. There are several great features to guide you in your buying and selling, like market summaries, which includes price check, neighborhood insights, and advice articles. Realtor.com is the official website of the National Association of Realtors, and it’s the first place we went when we started our hunt. You can be certain that this is a valuable and credible place to start (and maybe end) your home search.

    2. Savills

    This site breaks down its listings by unique category, from continent to country, to the type of building and the use of the building, which is quite helpful for home buyers who are not really sure of the specific type of listing they want to pursue. They also have guides and professionals that can give you information and walk you through the process of buying a home step-by-step. I really liked the prompt feedback, so it’s definitely a thumps up for this helpful site.

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    3. Kutsevich Realty

    I stumbled upon this site during my many queries on Google, and it was very helpful. A user-friendly site, it really narrowed down the specifics for me, providing an easy way to search for the basics, such as property type, city, county, etc. In fact, it made things very easy and helpful with capabilities for calculating mortgage rates, and viewing listings on the map. They also provided in-depth market reports of areas. I am sure you would find it helpful too.

    4. Sothebys Realty

    For the well-loaded aspiring homeowners, this is the marketplace for you. When I came across this site, I couldn’t help it – I had to have a look. This international real estate site lists some very beautiful and luxury destination homes from around the world. If you are looking to buy a luxury home or rent a home for vacation, I really think Sothesby would be the best place for your search. They have listings from all over the world: the Carribeans, Africa, Europe; it’s quite interesting. Most of the listings were above my price range, but they were amazing, and I loved browsing through them. I am sure you would find some amazing homes there if your budget is within their listed price ranges.

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    5. Christie’s Real Estate

    If you thought Sothesby was luxurious, then you need to check Christie’s. I did find Christie’s during my hunt, and even though I found nothing within my price range, I am sure celebrities and other wealthy people reading this would appreciate the heads up. The listings are breathtaking and outstanding. If you are are looking to buy an exclusive and luxury home, then you should head to Christie’s. On this website, you can even buy an island. Yes! – there are islands for sale on the listings. It’s just amazing. You can buy and sell your luxury homes, mansions, estates, and islands on this site.

    If you found this list, it means you are probably looking to buy or sell a home, and you need some information. You don’t have to panic, or be frustrated when buying or selling homes. Taking your budget, your lifestyle, and your needs into consideration, all you need is proper research, planning, and the help of a good real estate company or agent, and you can find your dream house. Good luck finding your perfect home!

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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