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It's renovation time, and, as part of your preparations, think about the last time you hired someone to rebuild or remodel your home. There was probably an initial phone conversation, followed by a site visit where you were probably given a quote for the project and a discussion of a timeline. Th...
01/15/2015
As baby boomers move on to greener fairways, a new cohort is taking their place: millennials. And they're going to be big. Ray Williams, president of Ray Williams Associates, notes in a Financial Post article: "By 2020, nearly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce will consist of Millennials." Born ro...
12/24/2014
The definitive resource on how ActiveRain points are awarded.   ActiveRain awards points to our members as a way to motivate them to engage with others and share their expertise.  You can earn points through community events like entering a contest, taking a survey, attending a meet-up, but most ...
12/23/2014
Advertising generally works to reinforce consumer trends rather than to initiate them. - Michael Schudson Human nature is not amenable to prediction based on the trends or tendencies prevailing at the time. It is amenable to startling creativity of the kind practiced by great artists, directors, ...
12/20/2014
When selecting an industrial site, you'll need to weigh the requirements of your new project against the benefits of available locations. And it's not always clear cut. For example, the perfect location offering copious benefits will more than likely come with a higher price tag. The following po...
12/20/2014
However many times you've repeated over and over to yourself that the customer is always right, there will be times when you simply have to draw the line and tell the customer that he or she is wrong. It may be due to a manipulative client who is trying to wring concessions from you, or it may ju...
12/20/2014
The final Fall Farmers Market of the year will take place Saturday Dec 20.   Located in Historic Downtown Grayslake at the intersection of Center Street and S Whitney Street, the Farmer's market in Grayslake is a great place to pick up local and in most cases "hand make" fare.   With a great sele...
12/18/2014
The process of buying a commercial property involves a significant investment of time, money, and energy.After an exhaustive search that finally produces the perfect property, a buyer now may be faced with difficult negotiations: Your perfect property may attract more than one offer, and you will...
12/15/2014
The mortgage world can be confusing, and it pays to educate yourself about the pros and cons of different types of mortgages.Fixed-rate mortgages offer rate and payment security, although they can be costlier than adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). So, while the low initial cost of ARMs may be tem...
12/15/2014
Age may be just a number for individuals, but is this true when you're considering buying an older home? In fact, your 1900s dream home may be a headache in waiting. You'll need to consider if it's insurable in its current condition, and whether you can even get a mortgage on an older home that's...
12/15/2014
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