7 Tips to Become a Great Realtor Wednesday, Feb 1 2023 

If you’re a new (or inexperienced) Realtor and you want to get better at your craft, there are numerous simple things you can do to achieve that. The bottom line is that a real estate agent has to concentrate on getting leads and providing great customer service to keep their calendars full, but just how hard is this to do? It isn’t hard at all if you follow a few simple rules. Below are seven keys to help you become a great Realtor.

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1. Never Stop Learning

If you want to stay ahead of the competition, there are Realtor strategies to follow. First on this list to always keep learning—continuing education classes at the very minimum. You should attend the ones that are required by the national realty organizations. Attending more than the basics is even better. The broker you work for is very likely to provide support to get you more training. Why? Because the more you earn, the more than earn.

2. Always Have Promotional and Marketing Items Ready

As any good real estate agent knows, sales is a numbers game. This means you have to constantly be finding leads to work with so you don’t become stale or inefficient. Get a professional headshot done, beef up your social media pages, and have quality business cards made. You should also have a website with a personal greeting on it, which needs to be updated regularly.

3. Keep Track of Your Finances

Realtors have commission-only jobs most of the time, with the commission usually being a certain percentage of the home’s value. You’ll also be getting checks for the full amount, which means your broker won’t take out any taxes before paying you. Because of all these things, you need to keep impeccable financial records so you won’t be surprised at tax time.

4. Create a Goal List and Timeline

When you’re a Realtor, each day is your own, but you’ll need a specific plan of action if you’re going to succeed in this profession. Make sure you have a list of goals you’d like to achieve. And don’t forget to add some tips on how to achieve those goals and enough space on the list to alter the plans whenever you need to. Creating a timeline also helps because it enables you to shoot for a particular goal by a certain date.

5. Concentrate on Finding Leads Continuously

The more leads you find as a Realtor, the more successful you’ll be. After you’ve sold a few homes, word-of-mouth from previous customers will start to roll in, but in the meantime, you’ll have to find other ways to get more leads. Networking is a perfect solution. You should also have your business cards with you at all times. This way you can pass them out to people whenever the opportunity arises.

6. Choose the Right Agency

Just like most other businesses, real estate agencies can either be your best mentor or your worst nightmare, depending on which one you choose. The head broker is usually responsible for training new and existing Realtors. If you can’t look to that person to help you grow and thrive, it’s entirely possible that you chose the wrong one.

7. Be Very Organized with Your Schedule

When you’re a real estate agent, your schedule has to be organized at all times. A good rule of thumb is to allow time for your travel time when you list an appointment. For example, if the event you’re putting on your calendar is one hour in length, put it down for two hours so you can figure in travel time. This way, you can save yourself a lot of stress by not having events back to back with no time to get to them.

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Opinion: the Doomsday Clock highlights significance in holding world leaders accountable Tuesday, Jan 31 2023 

By Marc Ramsingh

What is the Doomsday Clock?

In 1947 the Chicago Atomic Scientists, who previously worked on The Manhattan Project, created a measurement to show how close humanity was to destruction. This instrument is known as the “Doomsday Clock” and was initially set to seven minutes to midnight.

The Doomsday Clock is designed to be an estimate of roughly when the world will experience its “doom” based on factors such as climate change, geopolitical events, and technological advancements. Originally, the clock only measured the threat of nuclear annihilation; that changed in 2007 to include more factors as a state of humanity’s status as a whole.

The clock is meant to change year over year in the direction that the Bulletins board members believe humanity is headed — adding or subtracting a few seconds to a few minutes. Midnight on the clock is meant to represent a major negative event on a worldwide scale the world has not seen as of yet. The Doomsday Clock has never reached midnight, and for it to reach would require humanity to experience factors such as a nuclear war or a major global climate event.

Has its movement meant anything before?

The Doomsday Clock is currently set to ninety seconds before midnight, the closest the clock has ever been. One of the biggest factors today that set the clock where it currently stands includes the ongoing Russo-Ukraine war, which affects the world via geopolitical turmoil, economic sanctions, and grain shortages coming from the region.

“This would eliminate mutual inspections, deepen mistrust, spur a nuclear arms race, and heighten the possibility of a nuclear exchange.” The dangerous slope of military escalation between world powers is the biggest threat to humanity as this conflict evolves. On top of this pressing issue, the clock moves closer to the worsening effects of climate change.

In the past, we’ve seen a vast change in how the Doomsday Clock operators view the world since 1947. It was set to three minutes to midnight as a warning at the start of the famous arms race between the United States and the USSR. The Clock’s board was afraid of the nuclear threat early on, and with the advent of the Hydrogen bomb in 1953 it was moved to two minutes closer to midnight.

The Clock moved away from midnight first in 1960 when it was set to 7 minutes to midnight as a result of diplomatic actions by the United States, the USSR, and world nuclear powers. By the time the Cold War was over, the Clock was at 17 minutes to midnight.

What does its movement mean to me now?

The Doomsday Clock’s movement should mean something to you: it emphasizes to the population that if humanity doesn’t take care of and handle our affairs properly we can truly hurt our world. The Doomsday Clock is, in some ways, meant to be a metaphor for using time as a gauge of how long humanity has left given its current state. The Clock operators are holding a mirror in front of us hoping that we reflect on ourselves and correct our ways, leaving the world and our way of life better than we found it.

The Clock wants the citizens of the world and their respective countries to hold their leaders accountable, making decisions that are needed to repair climate change, de-escalate nuclear threats, and send diplomats instead of soldiers. Only in doing those will we add seconds to the Doomsday Clock.

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Opinion: More consideration of online-only courses is essential for a post-pandemic education Tuesday, Jan 24 2023 

By Anna Avetisian

The National Center for Education Statistics states, “The number of undergraduate students enrolled in at least one distance education course was 97% higher in 2020 than prior to the pandemic in fall 2019.” The impacts that online courses in the college environment have had and continue to have on students and teachers are, to some degree, undetermined. It is well known the outstanding impact the pandemic has had on various communities. The pandemic has affected our world and continues to do so in many ways. In this critical time of technology being embedded into education, it is important that we closely follow these negative and positive impacts of online learning and assess if changes should or should not be made.

Technology’s biggest blunders

Online courses have added extra screen time to a generation that already is said to have an abundance of time spent staring at screens. This generation is often called anti-social due to the time consumption of technology. Technology’s rooted establishment within educational learning is not something commonly spoken about. With this anti-social label cast over this generation, the estimation of online classes’ effect on social skills has yet to be made. 

Jill Napier, a high school teacher, and former college graduate said “If I were an undergrad in this day and age and taking advantage of only online classes, I do believe that my interpersonal skills in face-to-face settings might be negatively impacted.”

Napier said she might be skilled in other ways related to online settings. During the pandemic, her school district worked completely online. Classes were conducted via zoom and work was assigned via Google Classroom. She said the utilization of online resources has changed her teaching career in many ways even after the return to in-person learning. “Finally, all students in our district have internet connections and computers which helps to make learning more equitable,” Napier said. 

During the time of the pandemic, Napier completed her Master’s in Education in which all 36 hours of learning were conducted in an online format. However, during her undergraduate college experience, online classes were not considered a possibility. She said in-person classes forced her to be accountable and were the reason for her attentiveness and academic success. “I find that some things about online courses are advantageous like giving working individuals an opportunity to take classes that don’t interfere with their personal schedule, but I also think that online instruction can sometimes fall short of an in-person learning experience,” Napier said.

Technology’s biggest upsides

On the other hand, Halle Baisas, a college student who takes all online classes, said that in-person classes feel time-consuming, and her attentiveness is disrupted sitting in a classroom. She said that her social skills are not noticeably different and made the point that screen time is not much different, either due to professors moving away from offline assignments even for in-person classes. Although her performance is better in online classes, she does acknowledge that interactions with peers are missed.

“That’s the one thing missing from online classes; it is more difficult to build relationships with your peers.” Baisas sees online classes and in-person classes as equally difficult.

Professor Dorothy Reed has taught in the art and design department at U of L since 2003. During this time, she has taught roughly 17 in-person courses and roughly 40 online courses as well as around 20 in-person classes taught at other colleges. Reed made it clear right away that there are pros and cons to both in-person and online classes. “It is nice to interact with students, and I feel there can be a more personal touch. It is also easier to interact with students that might need assistance, which is, I think, somewhat less stressful than getting an official email.” She said that both her online and in-person students perform similarly and are equally involved for the most part. 

As a professor, she brings up views that students may not see. For example, students who struggle with educational disabilities are more likely to become confused in online courses, therefore Reed said they usually greatly benefit from in-person help. Reed said she has noticed students of certain majors sometimes differ in putting more energy and effort into her online courses.

Both being teachers, Napier relates to Reed’s perspective of bringing up viewpoints that students may miss. Their contrast between high school to college teaching brings analogous views to the topic. “I think online courses are beneficial, but I think more extensive training should be provided for collegiate lectures to make the experience as worthwhile as in-person learning,” Napier said.

Reed talks about her enjoyment of her online course’s ability to be a self-running format but discloses the copious amount of time she spends in an attempt to fit content into the format. “I do have to spend quite a bit more time identifying how to fit the content into the schedule in online classes, surprisingly,” Reed said. She said the opposing durations of the fall and spring semesters cause her stress when trying to organize online content.

“Online classes allow me to allocate my time more efficiently and flexibly,” Baisas said. Prioritizing time is key to the college experience. It is well known that college is often where students learn to master their prioritization of time. Online classes allow for this flexibility for not only students but professors too. Professor Reed said, “When my children were young, I preferred online classes because they provided me with flexibility.” It is important to understand the flexibility that online courses have presented to educational communities. Napier even said that the emergence of online courses changed her profession in several ways. “We have learned to utilize more online resources and taped video lessons. Beyond that, parent-teacher conferences are now offered online instead of fully in-person, giving more parents more opportunities to meet with teachers.” This creates flexibility within her professional career as well as toward the parents of her high school students.

The bottom line

Overall, it is critical to understand that the consensus from the interviewees is that both online and in-person courses have pros and cons. Opinions obviously vary from person to person depending on certain aspects of personal life as well as personality traits. It is noticeable that within these pros and cons, there are significant pros and cons for all interviewees. The con that stands out is not being able to interact socially with teachers and classmates in online classes, and the pro is the flexibility and time efficiency that is more possible with online classes rather than in-person. 

Although social skills are not seen as negatively affected by online courses, they are visibly missed by these teachers and students. The awareness of varying personalities from student to student, as well as teacher to teacher, is necessary to understand when covering the topic of the effects of online courses. For present and future college students, it may be helpful to keep in mind these main pros and cons points pertaining to their future careers. Knowing oneself as a student and taking into consideration the career path of choice may be key in determining whether an online course may be beneficial for an individual’s collegiate learning experience. 

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Opinion: The U.S. Airforce and Navy are correct in prioritizing stealth technology to stay ahead in global conflicts Tuesday, Jan 24 2023 

By Marc Ramsingh

For years the United States Air Force (USAF) has been operating the B-2 Spirit Bomber, designed and manufactured by Northrup Grumman. The B-2 bomber was one of the best in stealth technology the world had to offer. However, with a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape, it is vital that the U.S. military and intelligence stay ahead of the pack, especially with stealth technology which was addressed in part with the unveiling of the B-2 Spirit Bomber’s successor, the B-21 Raider. The B-21 Raider answers a lot of concerns for the USAF and Intelligence, and with the stakes heightening at every turn stealth technology may be the key to winning future global conflicts.

Why is stealth technology so important?

Low observable technology can make or break a conflict. Surveillance is the most obvious way that stealth craft makes a difference in a conflict. The ability to gain intel from a foreign adversary such as China would be a turning point, as referenced in the Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China, which states that “the PRC presents the most consequential and systematic challenge to U.S. National Security and the free and open international system”.

This is an important reason for the B-21 Raider’s development and why the U.S. military stealth fleet is worth over $200 billion according to my estimate (do note, though, the U.S. military keeps a lot of information regarding advanced weaponry classified, so this is made using open source research).

Reaching foreign adversaries without being detected even by advanced means is why stealth was created. USAF Bombers are able to make an impact during conflict via advanced bombing methods. The U.S. Navy is also capable, with their stealth craft such as the Zumwalt-class destroyer which is outfitted with a highly advanced radar system and Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP). While there is a debate in U.S. National Security if stealth crafts are worth the investment due to advancing adversaries’ detection systems, it is clear that if there is a nation that is capable of staying undetected it is the United States. If done right, the U.S. can keep its goals abroad a priority.

What is the United States’ goal with the B-21?

The U.S. military makes a strong effort to stay at the top of the world in its military capabilities; as a result of this commitment the U.S. Air Force made an RFP (Request for Proposal) for a new stealth bomber in July 2014. The bidding process for the new bomber was expensive and extensive, and Northrop Grumman was selected to design and make the stealth craft. The B-21 Raider is anticipated to replace older models of the U.S. stealth craft inventory like the B-2 Spirit Bomber and the Rockwell B-1 Lancer in the LRS-B (Long Range Strike bomber) program.

The new B-21 Raider is clearly a deterrence. While capable of being an offensive force, the U.S. strategy with stealth weaponry is mainly focused on defense and reconnaissance. To keep our adversaries at bay now and in the future, conflicts having numerous classified yet powerful bombers, along with ships capable of unprecedented stealth may be enough to win a conflict without a shot being fired.

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Opinion: These are the 4 best tips for maximizing an internship Thursday, Dec 15 2022 

By Alexia Juarez

With many college students beginning to transition to a career in the professional world, most will be presented with an array of internship opportunities to stand out. Here are four tips I find essential to make the most out of your internship experience.

Always keep yourself busy

Being eager to take on the next task will be sure to make employers notice your work ethic. As a student investing time and work, it is imperative you gain as much professional experience as you can.

If you are ever free of work, be sure to ask all your colleagues if they need assistance with any tasks or projects. This way, you may learn new skills in your industry and utilize them in the future.

Keep a daily log of the work you have done

In the instance you need to polish up your resume, keeping a daily log of your work will help fill in the blanks and add more experience. This can also help for future interviews, in which you can summarize the experiences you have gained in the past.

Schedule evaluation meetings

You can not grow as an individual and learner if you do not ask for feedback. Evaluation meetings can inform you of what you can improve for the future as an intern and individual.

Taking feedback in stride is the golden rule. If your employer addresses areas for improvement, know that it is not a personal attack on your character. Your employers are professionals who want to see you succeed and who were in your shoes at one point as well.

Step out of your comfort zone

Your biggest weakness is your comfort. Stepping foot into the professional world is a nerve-wracking experience, but with a motivated mindset, you will be on your way to being a desired professional.

You should be asking for three things: more responsibility, questions about a project that intrigues you, and how to get involved in any company meetings or events. You will gain valuable experience in how your industry operates and observing your environment will enhance your leadership skills for the future.

Transitioning into the professional world can be intimidating, but with a growth mindset, you will be on a path to success. As you stand out at the conclusion of your internship, ask your supervisor if they can be designated as a reference for future employers.

Internships are a great way to build character. Utilizing these tips will make the most out of your experience as you step foot into the professional world and beyond.

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How Can a Realtor Develop Leadership Skills? Tuesday, Dec 6 2022 

If you want to succeed as a real estate agent, you want to be prepared to work in the field. That means learning how to be a leader, especially if you are heading up a team of other agents. Can a Realtor develop leadership skills or is it simply an innate skill that you are born with? 

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Working with people means learning a lot, including skills such as leadership. | Photo: Photo by Pixabay

While there are some traits that you can get at birth, you can pick up other things or incorporate them into your everyday life so that you can be much better at your job as a realtor.  We are here to help you with that. After all, you want to stay ahead of your competition right? Read on to learn more. 

1. Focus on Your Mindset

You want to succeed as a realtor and you need to develop a mindset to do that. Approach each morning with a positive frame of mind and be ready to have a great day showing or selling homes. You also need to be ready to ride out any bad days, too. 

The real estate market can be very volatile from time to time. There will be times when you will have very little business. The key is to not let yourself get down from those times and keep pushing on and still strive to attain the goals that you set for yourself. 

By keeping a positive mindset, you will be able to weather any slumps and not let it affect your day-to-day interactions with other people, including the members of your real estate team. If you live up to the mindset, then it will start to rub off on other people as well. 

2. Develop a Strategy

You need to have a solid plan of action when it comes to how you approach each day as a realtor. Demonstrating that you have a clear idea of what you are doing is something that will boost not only your own confidence but other team members’ confidence as well. They will trust that you have a clear vision of what you need to do. 

Each night, you can sit down and visualize what you need to do the next day to make sure that you hit any daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly goals that you want to. This is a great way to plan out things and it won’t have you feeling like you are out there flailing around. 

3. Be Clear with Your Expectations for Yourself, Your Team & Your Clients

This will go hand in hand with your strategy. You need to know exactly what you expect from yourself and those who work both alongside and under you. If they know exactly what you expect, then they can also work toward meeting those expectations. 

Think about the times that you worked for someone and it wasn’t clear what they wanted from you. That was a very frustrating time, wasn’t it? Aim to be the opposite of that and things should be much smoother. 

You need to devote time to this since getting them to reach the standards that you want can feel like a second job on top of the one you already have. If you do this properly, the work will be well worth it. 

It’s important to do the same for the clients that you work with. Let them know exactly where they stand in terms of both the market and what they should expect. That can save a lot of frustration in the future. 

4. Be Open to Learning

Never assume that you know everything that there is to know about being a realtor. Yes, you may have a lot of experience in the field. That does not mean that you cannot learn anything new. 

It’s always good to have a curious mind about what is going on in the field. Look at trends and see if there is anything that strikes you as being worth looking into more. Don’t be afraid to cultivate a network of realtor peers, other experts, and mentors. 

You want to be on a path of self-development … and you can bring that into your business. It also sets an example to other people in your office that you will never be one to stay with the status quo just for the sake of doing that. It’s a proactive way of doing things as opposed to just reacting to things. 

5. Keep an Eye Open for Opportunities

This could be considered an extension of sorts for the previous section. You can get opportunities because you might consider doing something differently from how you did it before. That could be because you learned how this new strategy could be beneficial to you as a realtor. 

If you do this, you could also mark yourself as someone who is a mature leader as opposed to an immature one. An immature leader would not be willing to take a chance on a new strategy. Then they wonder why they often hit a wall or just fizzle out. 

There’s a chance that the opportunity might not work for you. But it’s better to be willing to make a (reasonable) mistake and learn from it rather than do things the same old way and not succeed. Don’t do anything incredibly risky that you wouldn’t be able to bounce back from. 

Being a leader is a process, not something that you usually start off with. Of course, there are things that you will learn along the way when you work day in and day out. You will pick up on how to talk to clients of all personalities, how to ensure that a closing goes smoothly as possible, and other aspects of your job. 

Ultimately, if you devote the proper amount of time each day to these particular things, you can dramatically improve your chances of succeeding in the field of real estate. Like many other things in life, luck can play a very big part. But if you strengthen your grasp of the above, you will be able to recognize and seize that luck and take advantage of it. 

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Opinion: Biden handled G20 summit well in avoiding Poland escalation Wednesday, Nov 30 2022 

By Marc Ramsingh

In the early hours of Tuesday, November 15th, a Ukrainian air defense missile spilled over into a Polish border town. Simultaneously, the 2022 G20 Summit was also occurring on the 15th and 16th, hosted this year by Indonesia.

Formed in 1999, the G20 “is a strategic multilateral platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies”. However, it has transformed into another way for international politics and policies to be addressed. Topics at past G20s have included 2022’s Russian invasion of Ukraine, 2015’s Paris Climate Agreement & climate change, as well as economic policy. With two massive geopolitical events occurring during the week of November 14th, it was critical that President Biden handle these events with poise to affirm the US’s relationship with its allies.

What is the significance of the Russo-Ukraine war spilling on NATO territory? 

During the Russo-Ukrainian war, this is the first instance that part of the conflict physically spilled over onto a NATO country’s border. At first, it was suggested that the strike in Poland was intentionally launched by Russia to test NATO’s resolve and willingness to counteract it. This was disproven by several foreign intelligence agencies as well as NATO Article 4 being invoked for the seventh time. It was later determined, however, that this was just a Ukrainian air defense missile that strayed into Poland.

This strike into Poland shows how quickly escalation can happen in this ongoing war. Escalation, especially with President Putin at one end, is dangerous. Putin is demonstrating more and more how he is willing to escalate and create false pretenses for those escalations. This was most evident in October when Russia made claims of dirty bombs for escalation. In a positive light, NATO has demonstrated its willingness to act swiftly against adversaries and to take threats seriously – this accident demonstrates NATO’s unity and commitment to taking all threats seriously. It won’t rush to escalate itself without first gathering all the information.

What’s going on with the G20 Summit? 

The conflict between Ukraine and Russia was the most prominent topic on world leaders’ minds during the G20, with a majority of nations condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “in the strongest terms” and demanding unconditional withdrawal. This further shows how even Russian allies aren’t pleased with President Putin’s actions, likely leading to the downfall of both his and Russia’s reputation on the world stage.  

With the theme of the 2022 G20 being “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” it’s no surprise that economic policy is also at the forefront with almost all governments fighting inflation brought on by COVID-19. The United States Treasury recently raised interest rates to 7.7%, fighting inflation and a potential worldwide recession. The White House came out saying that they “will take coordinated actions to advance an agenda for a strong, inclusive and resilient global recovery and sustainable development that delivers jobs and growth.” This is vital to keeping the world economy in order combatting inflation, and keeping the US and its allies able to conduct their foreign goal & missions. 

Did President Biden have a successful G20? 

Finding common ground to quell tensions was good for President Biden.

President Biden met the new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in person- a very important move given that the UK is a member of the G2O and a key, longstanding ally of the United States. Keeping allies like the United Kingdom close to the US is vital to our international goals, especially with President Biden’s commitment to defend Taiwan.

President Biden did address the Poland strike and handled it well, relying on very dependable and accurate US intelligence. US intelligence was vital in keeping NATO calm, mainly consulting with Poland’s Ministry of Defense on what action to take. 

Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China was also pivotal in keeping the relations between the two countries stable, due to previous friction over recognizing Taiwanese sovereignty and increasing Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. A boundary management agreement was reached, specifically that the nations would “manage” the differences without having a military escalation.  

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Opinion: 2022 Midterms prove Kentucky values right to abortion access Monday, Nov 28 2022 

By Alexia Juarez

A major issue across the state of Kentucky’s midterms concerned the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V. Wade, and whether or not prohibiting access to abortions should be amended to the state constitution. After an overwhelming vote of “No” (742,206 votes, to be exact), the turnout clearly indicated what the people of Kentucky have been fighting for since the call for a ban: abortion is a non-negotiable right. 

Previously, Kentucky had launched a “Yes for Life” campaign on Aug. 20, 2021. The Campaign was formed to push for an abortion ban across the state. Addia Wuchner, the Yes for Life Chair, stated her goal for the campaign was to “ …encourage voters across the Commonwealth to use their ballot to stand up for the most vulnerable Kentuckians—our unborn children.” 

The people of Kentucky, however, expressed through their vote and protests that no law or legislation shall be made over the rights to our own bodies. U.S. Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez has fought back against this ban since the beginning, tweeting on June 25 “Let’s be real: there’s a WHOLE lot of men whose lives, careers, and families have benefited from an abortion ( including several “pro-life” congressman). Men, we need you right now. You can get through in rooms others can’t. Your power matters. Speak up. This is about us all.” 

Everyone has the right to their opinion on their stance on abortion. However, everyone needs to respect that abortion is a fundamental issue that only affects the persons involved directly in the situation and no one else. We shall not pass judgment nor scrutinize those who have experienced one of the most traumatic procedures in their life.

“It’s disheartening anytime I see Kentucky taking a step backward,” Lexie Overstreet, voter engagement specialist at Planned Parenthood said. 

Overstreet travels throughout Kentucky knocking on doors, recruiting volunteers, and bringing community need to Frankfort. Her team worked all throughout the state traveling to Northern and Western Kentucky knocking on over 1,000 doors total to speak on this amendment.

While she has encountered opposing opinions throughout this journey, she never felt inclined to pass judgment. “The most important part is just knowing that first and foremost I am an educator and first and foremost I’m a community member before I am my title at work,” she said. 

Overstreet shared it is important for her to remind the community she’s there to offer her support. “Just reminding folks that you’re in the fight as well, you’re here to support the community as much as they are, and that voting no on amendment two was the best way to be supporting one another and supporting our community members who need it.”

We should all continue to educate and support our community in moments like this. The right to an abortion is a constitutional right, and we should continue to strive to educate and protect our women in healthcare. “Abortion is healthcare,” Overstreet said. “It’s a medical procedure that should be left between a doctor and an individual and it has no place in politics.”

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6 Keys: Buying Properties that Cater to Tourists Tuesday, Sep 6 2022 

Real estate remains one of the strongest investments out there. If you want to purchase real estate for your portfolio, you’ll want one that’s attractive to renters. These properties tend to have a higher return on investment. Plus, there is less competition than traditional rental properties. When you’re targeting properties that cater to tourists, what do you look for? This article will help!

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Why Should Properties Cater to Tourists?

There are several reasons why you should invest in a property that caters to tourists. First, there is always demand for tourist rental properties. People are constantly traveling, like Victoria Gerrard La Crosse, and they need somewhere to stay.

Second, these properties tend to have a higher return on investment. This is because they can be rented out at a higher rate than traditional rental properties. Finally, there is less competition in the tourist rental market. This is because not as many people are interested in catering to tourists.

Types of Investment Properties

There are several investment properties, but the most common are single-family homes, multi-family homes, and vacation rentals. Single-family homes are the most popular type of investment property.

Multifamily homes are another popular type of investment property. These properties can be more challenging to rent out and manage, but they tend to generate more income. Vacation rentals are the least common type of investment property. This is because they often require more work to manage and market.

What to Look for When Purchasing the Properties

Now that you know the difference between an investment property and a traditional rental property, it is time to discuss what to look for when purchasing a property that caters to tourists.

1. Location

Travel enthusiast Victoria Gerrard La Crosse agrees that location is critical for properties that cater to tourists. The property should be in a desirable location close to attractions, restaurants, and other amenities. It is also essential to consider the type of tourist staying at the property. For example, if you are catering to families, the property should be in a safe neighborhood with easy access to public transportation.

2. Condition

The condition of the property is also essential. The property should be well-maintained and updated so that it appeals to tourists. It is also important to ensure that the property can comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect.

3. Price

The price of the property is another important consideration. The price should be competitive with other properties in the area. It is also essential to ensure that the property is priced correctly for its amenities and features.

4. Management

The management of the property is also crucial. The property should be easy to manage so you can focus on other aspects of your business. It is also important to consider the management company you will use. Make sure to research the company and read reviews before making a decision.

5. Rental Agreement

The rental agreement is another important consideration. The agreement should be clear and concise and outline the expectations for both the owner and the tenant. It is also important to ensure that the deal includes a clause for damages and repairs.

6. Marketing

The last thing to consider is the marketing of the property. The property should be marketed correctly to attract the right type of tenant. It is also important to ensure that the property is listed on all major rental websites.

Potential Drawbacks

While there are many benefits to purchasing a property that caters to tourists, there are also some potential drawbacks. One of the most significant drawbacks is that these properties can be more expensive than traditional rental properties. Another potential drawback is that these properties may require more maintenance and upkeep.

Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing Properties that Cater to Tourists

One of the most common mistakes when purchasing a property that caters to tourists is not doing enough research. It is essential to research the area, the type of tourist you are catering to, and the amenities and features that are important to them. Another common mistake is overpaying for the property. It is important to ensure that the property is priced correctly for its location, condition, and amenities. Also, be sure to have a realistic expectation of the income generated from the property.

Final Thoughts

If you are considering purchasing a property that caters to tourists, these are six things you should look for. Location, condition, price, rental agreement, and marketing are all critical factors. By taking the time to research these factors, you can find the perfect property for your needs.

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