Buying a home? Do your homework online first!

Written by Jo Wintour

Moving house can be a daunting venture in itself without having to worry about additional dangers, such asrepparttar possibility of moving next-door to neighbours from hell or areas where crime rates are high. Statistics reveal that two thirds of people find moving house highly stressful, while 9% have actually taken ill fromrepparttar 150185 process! Women in particular find moving house to be a highly painful procedure, with 30% admitting to having sleepless nights.

There are obvious difficulties, such as having to pack, transport everything and unpack it all again, coupled withrepparttar 150186 stress ofrepparttar 150187 paper work and additional costs. However, recent research suggests that a danger many fear isrepparttar 150188 consequence of moving intorepparttar 150189 wrong neighbourhood. There are several worries potential buyers are faced with including:

•Moving next to noisy students/neighbours •Moving into an area with crime issues •Areas with bad public transport •A lack of local shops •Living on a noisy road

More and more emphasis is being placed onrepparttar 150190 significance of a location andrepparttar 150191 impact on which choosingrepparttar 150192 wrong place could have on ones lifestyle. The image-conscious are likely to want to move into a popular area of which peers will approve. Others may be more drawn towardsrepparttar 150193 practicality of a neighbourhood and will question factors such asrepparttar 150194 proximity torepparttar 150195 city centre andrepparttar 150196 best local transport system.

As a result, various websites have taken action to educate potential buyers and either remove their fears or alert them to likely annoyances a new area could bring. Some sites have a “search by postcode” option whereby they supply a wealth of information about a location, such asrepparttar 150197 proximity ofrepparttar 150198 potential property to local supermarkets and health care facilities. Examples include UpMyStreet ( and ( Consumers have responded positively to such information and are willing to takerepparttar 150199 time to researchrepparttar 150200 positive and negative aspects that choosing a specific location will bring. The exterior surroundings of a property are considered by many to be just as important asrepparttar 150201 interiors and personal “home comforts” that come from being inside.

Why New Musicians (Rappers) Fail: Three Reasons and Solutions

Written by prof

Despiterepparttar title of this article,repparttar 149893 purpose of it is actually to HELP new emcees AVOID some common traps on their journey to learning how to rap better. You can come up with a million reasons why new rappers fail…or why any artist fails for that matter, but we’ve boiledrepparttar 149894 list down to three specific to new emcees.

The three reasons simply put are:

1)The Hobby Factor 2)The Experience Factor 3)The Focus Problem

Through dealing with countless aspiring rappers, we at The State of Hip Hop have noticed that most problems emcees face can in one way or another be traced to these three root troubles.

Simply statingrepparttar 149895 problems is of use, but of more use is what I’m sure you all are looking for…a solution.

So let’s begin…

1) The Hobby Factor:

Millions of people aroundrepparttar 149896 world play poker. Of those, only a few thousand are professional. The remainder would probably like to be…they sincerely likerepparttar 149897 game, yet they don’t have a passion for it…for them, poker remains simply a hobby.

This isrepparttar 149898 case with a good many aspiring emcees. They love rap, they have favorite rappers, know allrepparttar 149899 words to their songs…but in reality, hip-hop is simply their hobby – enjoyable entertainment. Even so, there is nothing wrong with this.

There are a good many rappers who are successful and yet don’t take rap very seriously. For every KRS-One and Common Sense, you have a pair of Ying Yang Twins or a Master P.

The idea of “not taking rap seriously” does not necessarily refer torepparttar 149900 art of rhyme, but instead to rap as a career or business opportunity. So while Master P may not rack his brain trying to craftrepparttar 149901 most amazing rhyme, he does seriously analyze marketing strategies, distribution outlets, promotional events, etc…all part ofrepparttar 149902 rap game.

But I’m jumping ahead. You may not think this pertains to you. You may think, “I’ll worry about that if and when I get that far.” But therein liesrepparttar 149903 problem…a mind that is not preparing itself forrepparttar 149904 big picture. It goes back torepparttar 149905 old “thinking ten steps ahead” philosophy.

Some common signs that a new rapper is stuck in this rut are that they try and come up with good ideas, have writer’s block, and stop. Or come up with a few bars or verses, think they’re no good, get upset, give up for a while, and pickrepparttar 149906 pen up again in a couple of days or weeks. For these people rap is a hobby.

Rap is made a hobby by others because they are afraid to fail at it...Remember this! And it applies to everything you do; Success is achieved only after many failures. If you can't handle failure, you're not ready for success.

The Hobby Factor - Solution:

Make rap a priority, set some time aside to dedicate to it. This doesn’t mean “forget all your other responsibilities, but do write every day. Writing every day sounds very simple, agreed, but it is rarely practiced. The practice becomes understood to be “write a hot verse/song every day”…which it is not.

“Write every day” simply means that. Write down your freestyles, a poem,repparttar 149907 opening page of a short story, ideas for a song, literally anything! You’ll be amazed at how drastically this will speed up your learning curve.

Another good idea is to change your entire frame of mind. Let’s say you’re living at home with your parents. Things are pretty straight, you’re not starving. You plan on being a mechanical engineer…What then is motivating you to improve your raps?

Now let’s say you got your girlfriend pregnant, are living partially onrepparttar 149908 streets, working two jobs to eek out a living…and you see rap as your way out. Well now you got some fire under your ass don’t you?

The point is not that you need to be in any particular circumstance to be a good rapper…but that if your situation isn’t motivating you, you need to force that motivation on you by some other means.

Rap with a hunger…like you literally need it to eat! Don’t treat it like a pastime. Whether you end up becoming a successful musician or not,repparttar 149909 time you dedicated is never wasted. Good rap skills and song writing skills are amazingly beneficial to developing a good ability to express yourself in any field.

2) The Experience Factor:

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