How To Negotiate A Higher Price For Your HouseWritten by Neeraj Varma
By: Neeraj Varma
Negotiation is where many FSBO home sellers really have problems. The wrong attitude or a slip of tongue could cost you thousands. Here are a few pointers to keep you on right path:
1. Show interest in selling house. In an effort to project a sense of strength many people either take an aggressive "take it or leave it" attitude, or they appear to be overly relaxed, almost disinterested. It is better to have an open mind, stay calm, be helpful.
Carefully investigate and analyze facts. Make an intelligent response to buyer. Being helpful makes it easier for buyer to relax and be more willing to see your point of view.
2. Listen carefully to what buyer has to say. Try to learn about buyer's needs, wants, desires, fears, frustrations and problems that need solving. This will give you information you need to work with buyer and close deal.
3. Don't let your personal feelings get in way of accepting a good offer. Don't get thrown off by little eccentricities of people. You may not like buyer, but that doesn't matter. A little patience on your part could make you thousands of dollars. After sale of house, you never have to see him again. Keep emotions and finances separate.
4. Use time to your advantage. If at all possible, try not to be squeezed for time. Find out if buyer has to move in by a certain deadline. The closer deadline, more they will be willing to pay a little higher for a quick close.
5. Close using mortgage payments rather than price of house. You would be surprised how little monthly mortgage payment changes when asking price changes by several thousand dollars. You can easily work out mortgage payments at: http://www.mortgage-rate-canada.com/canadian-mortgage-calculators.html If you can find out income related information from buyer, it will be easier to use this technique.
A Message to Michael JacksonWritten by Peggy Butler
On 1992 song “Word to Badd,” singer Jermaine Jackson criticized his brother Michael for undergoing extensive plastic surgery to alter his appearance. In listening to lyrics, “Reconstructed, been abducted, don’t know who you are. Think they love you, they don’t know you, lonely superstar. Once you were made, you changed your shade, was your color wrong? Could not turn back, it’s a known fact, you were too far gone”, Jermaine implied that Michael had ventured beyond surgical realm and landed smack in middle of Caucasianville U.S.A.
Now 12 years later he is defending his brother’s right to have plastic surgery. However, as everyone knows, Michael Jackson no longer resembles a member of human race. Instead, he has transformed into a freak; ghastly and equipped with a crumbling nose on verge of collapse. Personally, I don’t think his nose can be characterized as a body part. And I'm not alone in my assessment. According to sources whom shall remain nameless, it looks more alien than human. Thus question on everyone’s mind is, why would a once loved superstar go through so much trouble to change his looks? To answer that question, we go back to where it all started, past, and year 1968.
When he burst onto music charts 36 years ago, Jackson was a cute, brown skin, bushy haired, doe eyed boy. It’s hard to believe that today, 45 year old man who only admits to having plastic surgery on his nose is same person. But one look at his face tells whole story. Not only have his features been altered, but so has his personality. Yet, despite his wacky antics and bizarre appearance Jackson can still count on media for publicity.
In a world of celluloid superstars, Jackson remains an enigma. He is without question strangest and most controversial entertainer of our time. Blessed with a unique voice, superb dancing skills and greatest public relations savvy since Marilyn Munroe. If there is one thing that Jackson knows how to perfect, that would be his ability to generate publicity. Case in point: With exception of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Kobe Bryant saga, Michael Jackson has been topic of conversation from Australia to Thailand. And there is plenty to talk about; from his bizarre appearance to sexual allegations regarding a 13- year-old cancer patient.
Without a doubt, Wacko-Jacko as media calls him, has turned weirdness into an-art form yielding lucrative dividends. Not surprisingly, he is also a member of forever young brigade. In controversial documentary “Living with Michael Jackson”, Indiana native likened himself to Peter Pan, fictitious character who refuses to grow up. So, to counteract aging, Jackson relies on surgery to alter areas that show signs of gravity. Similarly, to enhance his youthful persona, he climbs trees and invites kids to his 300 acre estate commonly known as Neverland for sleepovers. However, unlike his hero, Michael Jackson must come to realization that Peter Pan is an illusory figure in a children's book, not a middle aged man who gambled with plastic surgery and paid a huge price. And as a result lost both himself and his identity.