How To Become Your Local Real Estate Investing Guru

To better understand the psychological nature of real estate investing, you first need to understand the nuances of the real estate market, and how the opinion of the market differs between investors and the rest of the universe. Consumers might use the following terms or phrases to describe the current real estate market: bleak, dismal, sluggish, and catastrophic.Investors, on the other hand, might use a slightly different set of descriptions for the exact same real estate market, because we will always view market conditions different from the majority. Examples include: opportunistic, a rare gem of possibility, a millionaire maker, ripe for the picking and a never-ending opportunity.The truth, for investors, is that there has rarely ever been a market condition that is better than the one you are experiencing right now. Like the hundred year flood, you may never see the likes of this again in your business lifetime and it represents a rare and exciting opportunity for people like you and me. The public, influenced as you know by the popular media, sees things differently and in a much more pessimistic light. As real estate investors, you have an amazing opportunity in front of you, and in the spirit of building a multi-million dollar business, you also have to bear in mind that your view of the market is dramatically different than the one your clients will have. This is a gap that needs to be bridged if you are to have optimum success.In part because of the difference in perception about the market and in part for reasons I’m about to describe, it is the unfortunate truth that investors, as a group, often get a bit of a bad rap and have a questionable reputation in the world of real estate. Why is that? I can think of several reasons that are worth discussing:Greed
Lack of CredibilityFirst, you have the greed factor. Basically, in a nutshell, what I’m referring to here is the small percentage of real estate investors who let their pursuit of power, money, and glory get in the way of running an ethical business. Ultimately, the emphasis should be on creating outcomes that benefit all parties. We’ve all come across examples of greed in this business, and if you haven’t, you will. It could appear as the slumlord that maintains slovenly apartment units to better line his or her pockets with revenue from rents. It could appear as the scam artist who dupes others into sinking funds into phantom projects that never actually materialize. It could appear as the heartless person who promises the world to a client in pre-foreclosure and then leaves them stranded at the eleventh hour. I could go on and on.These select few make a bad name for the rest of us and it is an unfortunate reality for those of us who wish to run our business the right way. There’s not much you or I can do about it. Real estate is a commodity from which tremendous profits can be realized, and as a result, some greedy people are going to get into the mix. What you can do is recognize how these people affect the reputation of real estate investing as a business and place extra emphasis on building a reputable business that will show the true colors of your craft.Second, you have the issue of jealousy. I might be going out on a limb or sparking a little controversy here but some of the current reputation for real estate investing as a profession comes from that which is explained by real estate agents and brokers. It is unfortunate, but some (not all) of your real estate brethren are often working against you either consciously or subconsciously. If these select few would simply take the time to learn something new, and open their eyes to the many unconventional and creative opportunities that real estate offers then they would truly understand why you choose to be a real estate investor, rather than a real estate agent. There are hundreds of differences between selling houses for a commission, and buying and selling houses for equity and profit. Personally, I’ll take the equity and profit any day of the week.Should real estate investors to be alarmed? Not necessarily. Rather, it is important to be aware of the preconception that exists in this business. Credibility must be built in spite of this obstacle, rather than simply expecting that things you can’t control will somehow change.Third, you have the issue of ignorance, not as much on the part of your colleagues but on the part of the general public. I’m not suggesting the public is ignorant in a general educational sense. What I am suggesting is that the general public is very unlikely to be up to speed with the kinds of concepts and techniques that you will be utilizing as a real estate investor. For example, the majorities of homeowners only buy and sell a few homes in their lifetime and in doing so utilize realtors who are pretty much driving the transactions based on conventional wisdom. We as investors on the other hand are trained to buy and sell properties as a business and perhaps have completed dozens if not hundreds of deals or more. That said, while this type of ignorance may impact the reputation of investing as a profession, it also opens a key door of opportunity for you to really establish a local name for yourself and your business that will literally make believers out of your clients.Next, is the unfortunate issue of a few dishonest investors out there who threaten what you do on a daily basis. Whether it’s an unscrupulous developer who cuts corners or abandons a project, or foreclosure investors who skim equity or take funds up front from clients and then disappear, the bottom line is the same. Like any industry, real estate investing has its share of “bad apples” and unfortunately, these people get more attention than the good ones. The media loves a story where some evil investor scams an innocent consumer because; (a) it’s negative, and (b) people pay attention to that kind of stuff. My commentary on the media aside, it’s important that you recognize what your clients are likely hearing or reading and how it relates to what you do for a living. You do not want to let yourself become defensive about it but understand that your reputation will in part be built upon showing clients that you do not fall into the “bad apple” category.Last on my list of things that give investors a poor reputation is a simple lack of true knowledge & professionalism. In short, some of your investor colleagues just don’t know what they are doing and this can impact the overall perception of what you do as a business. While I can’t oversee proper education for all investors, I think (in fact I know) that this can work to your advantage. Where other investors fall short, you will finish. Where other investors are weak, you will be strong. Business is about survival of the fittest and, even though some investors may damage the reputation of the business as a whole by not being very good at what they do, that can and should be seen as a great opportunity to establish your own reputable foundation and build from it.I will continue this topic next week. Until then, check out my set of tools that when used correctly will easily make you stand out as the educated, smart, and confidant investor. 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The Usage of Web 2.0 Tools in E-Learning

A company that uses web 2.0 tools to connect with its public is seen as a partner, an equal; it is accepted and regarded with less cynicism by the target audience – and that is what any company wants, after all. The same goes for e-learning, where web 2.0 tools started to play an important part.First of all, let’s clarify the meaning of web 2.0. It refers to interactive websites, where the content is provided by the users, instead of a single, “authorized” voice. Web 2.0 is easy to navigate and to customize, and it can be seen as a huge collaboration between people from all over the world. Web 2.0 is dynamic, with the content always being edited or updated. It is the “social web”, consisting of resources and instruments that are based on interaction and social collaboration, such as: blogs, microblogs, wikis, social networks, collective bookmarking systems, as well as instruments for creating, publishing and sharing content. The web 2.0 is defined in contrast with the web 1.0, which was a collection of static websites (read-only web), with the user as spectator and not participant.The most popular web 2.0 tools of the moment are: YouTube (video content), Wikipedia (online encyclopedia), Twitter (microblogging), WordPress (blogging platform), IMDB (movie database), Flickr (photo sharing), Facebook (social network) and eHow (advice). We are going to discuss just a few of these, and try to determine their educational value.Most videos from the web are now hosted by YouTube, the biggest and most popular online community of such kind. Whenever someone looks for video content, they will look on YouTube first. Online lectures are already available in several languages and are thought to be the future of distance education. Tutorials for virtually any software can be found on YouTube. PowerPoint presentations and such can become more appealing when combined with a tune and uploaded on YouTube. Students and trainees should be encouraged to create their own videos (filmed with the cell phone or camera that most people nowadays have access to), for example of the “how to” type: how to make a research on… (topic of choice). In 2009, YouTube Edu was launched, specialized in educational videos. There you can find lectures, contests, shows in various study fields, from law to business, from science to arts. This page is a very good way to start a research or to begin using video material for a training course.”Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now” (source: This is basically a micro-blogging platform, somewhat similar to the SMS, that lets people share random information in 140 characters or less. This seems like it can hardly be used as an educational resource. But, for example, if you’re producing a scheme of work, you can ask for feedback, and receive it immediately, as to where the best research has been done on the topic.  Twitter might also be used to teach students to express themselves briefly, given the limited number of characters. A useful idea for literature or language study is the creation of haikus that would get published immediately. As Twitter is an international platform, it makes room for inter-national information exchange: you can find out how the training system works in other countries and help improve you own teaching.. A very interesting application that combines web 2.0 means is “Twitter4teachers”, a wiki that helps educators find other educators on Twitter, people who share the same field of education; there are lists (“college and university”, “retired teachers”, “English as a second language teachers”, “librarians” etc.) where teachers can add themselves, by editing the wiki.When it comes to other uses then Wikipedia for the wiki, people often get confused; mostly because they don’t realize how easy it is for this structure to be used. A wiki on a certain project has every reason to be well organized. While a number of people add to a page, they may also use the “discussion” section of any page to comment and debate their work in progress. The leader or an endorsed person may look in the “history” section to see every single version of the page, as it has been edited by users. The wiki platform is easy to use and open to the integration of multimedia content. The trainer can evaluate both the quality and quantity of the participants’ work. The platform offers an audience to the learning process (the educator, as well as the other trainees) and a collaborative working space, where the participants can create and share content. They can be used as personal portfolios or for the coordination of research. They make it easier to follow a group project; they allow a Frequently Asked Questions system for the participants they make a good debate and discussion environment. Basically, a wiki is a website that is easy to design, without any coding knowledge, so this can be of help in many fields.With the help of modern media, the learning process becomes easier, creativity is stimulated and team work is at its peak. Additional to the main e-learning platform, web 2.0 resources can be used for variation and to engage the participants in the course. The usage of familiar tools, like Twitter or Facebook, will relax the trainees and they will incline to be more active and positive in the learning environment.

Windows 7 Gadgets

Windows 7 has been accepted world-wide for its advanced use of Windows gadgets. These gadgets can do more than just displaying the weather and time on your computer screen. Some gadgets have features including monitoring the performance of the system and tracking the usage of CPU. These gadgets are freely available on the internet for download. Here we are listing some useful sidebar gadgets that add fun to your computer.I Forgot the MilkOne of the best gadgets available for Windows 7. These help you to manage the task and are supported by a web application that helps you to manage the tasks and customize them.Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor GadgetThis gadget helps you to check on the internet connection, coverage and other things in a user friendly interface.TwadgetThose who are interested in social networking like twitter would find this gadget as super cool as it allows you to send and receive tweets right on your desktop.FB Explorerthis is exclusively for face book users to check on your latest updates and other activities with a simple interface.All CPU MeterMonitor the CPU usage by the system and customize the background of your gadget that matches to the theme of your computer.Battery MeterExclusive for Windows 7 users. It displays the percentage of battery life of your laptop.App Launcher GadgetA substitute for the quick launch tool bar in Windows 7 and can be customized by adding programs to the tool bar.Impressed? Download all the latest gadgets available for Windows 7 and experience the new world in your computer.