I Am Woman Hear Me Roar: The Female Homebuyer and Seller Part 2

Written by Elaine VonCannon

In Part 1 of this series of articles I discussed female home buying trends inrepparttar US and things women commonly consider when making an important real estate purchase. In Part 2, I would like to continue this discussion from an investment, relocation and selling perspective. Women are now beginning to invest in real estate to improve their portfolios. The purchase of a second home, rental property or rehab project are all ways to build an investment history. In recent yearsrepparttar 146013 stock market has been unpredictable while real estate has continued to appreciate. Even thoughrepparttar 146014 real estate market does not grow as fast it is more stable overrepparttar 146015 long term, this appeals to many female investors. Female homebuyers and sellers have begun to recognize that a home can berepparttar 146016 cornerstone of a personal financial strategy to build wealth and security.

It’s Tool Time Ladies!

Stop in to any Lowe’s or Home Depot and you are sure to find all types of women. Tools, light fixtures, rakes, paint; you name it and women are buying it. One ofrepparttar 146017 biggest responsibilities for a homeowner or investor when rehabbing, renovating or upgrading is home maintenance. A 2003 Forrester Research study revealed that almost half of all purchases made at Lowe’s and Home Depot are made by women. Trends suggest women are not afraid to make a home maintenance commitment in order to have a higher return on their investments. In 2004 Sears did a study that reported sixty-nine percent of female homeowners considered themselves somewhat handy with home maintenance projects and seventy percent said they enjoyed doing home repairs. A home is a large asset and women are not afraid to maintain and increaserepparttar 146018 value of this asset. Currently, women can purchase a variety of home repair and renovations books and videos created and tailored just for them.

Climbing The Ladder and Relocation

Acrossrepparttar 146019 country in cities everywhere women are accepting executive level, professional jobs. Many women are dedicated torepparttar 146020 advancement of their careers and to do so they move in order to accept higher level positions. It is situations like this that inspire a female homebuyer to become investment savvy. Knowledge, strategy, clearly defined goals and trusted real estate professionals arerepparttar 146021 key to success. Purchasing a home in an area you know will be in demand inrepparttar 146022 future, realistically assessingrepparttar 146023 necessary repair work and careful planning will help you make money rather than lose. Remember,repparttar 146024 three main reasons a property does not sell are location, price and condition. Considerrepparttar 146025 weaknesses and strengths of a property and make an educated decision.

The Beauty and Meaning of Birthstones

Written by Reno Charlton

Birthstones have been around since ancient times, and in those days were believed to possess some magical force that could protectrepparttar owner or wearer ofrepparttar 146012 stone. These birthstones were traditionally linked torepparttar 146013 Zodiac.

However, modern birthstones are linked to calendar months, and each month has its own unique birthstone, with its own fabled properties. Many people love to wear jewellery set with their birthstone, asrepparttar 146014 ancient meanings and associations with these stones still intrigue them.

You can get many types of jewellery containing birthstones, such as birthstone rings, a birthstone pendant and birthstone earrings. Giving someone an item of jewellery set with their birthstone is a touching and wonderful gift, and whether you give them a birthstone ring, a birthstone pendant or a birthstone brooch, it is something that they are likely to treasure forever because it has real meaning and significance.

Below you will find a listing of each ofrepparttar 146015 birthstones used today.


The birthstone for this month isrepparttar 146016 garnet, which was once thought to be connected withrepparttar 146017 blood. This stone is supposed to protectrepparttar 146018 wearer from nightmares and offer guidance throughrepparttar 146019 dark.

Garnets are long lasting and durable gems, with a fiery, ravishing beauty. This is type of gem thatrepparttar 146020 wearer will treasure forever, no matter what item of jewellery it is set into. Garnets are traditionally thought of as deep red, but actually come in a wide range of colours, so there is something to suit every taste for this month.


The birthstone for this month isrepparttar 146021 amethyst, andrepparttar 146022 folklore attached to this gem associates it with sobriety, tranquillity, protection and peace. This birthstone as also been linked to improvingrepparttar 146023 skin and preventing baldness, as well as protection from deceit, so it has a lot to live up to!

The amethyst birthstone comes in varying shades of purple, and can be a pale lilac in colour. Onrepparttar 146024 other end ofrepparttar 146025 scale, you can also get deep violet amethysts, which means that you can enjoy a birthstone that is as subtle or as rich as you like. This birthstone is very hardwearing, and its strength and durability will ensure that it lasts for a very long time.


This month's birthstone is aquamarine, which has been linked torepparttar 146026 making of new friends as well as affection and love, hope and health. This stone was once also thought to protect those at sea.

Asrepparttar 146027 name of this birthstone suggests, it is a green-blue in colour and has a rich, sparkling look. You can get aquamarine birthstones in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can also get this stone in varying shades of green-blue.


One ofrepparttar 146028 most popular gems throughout history, diamonds arerepparttar 146029 birthstone for this month, and these stones are linked to love, eternity and strength. This has contributed towards diamonds beingrepparttar 146030 most popular gems of all time when it comes to romance, such as engagement rings and wedding bands.

Diamonds are very strong and hardwearing, making themrepparttar 146031 perfect birthstone to wear on a daily basis. You can enjoy many different cuts of this stone, andrepparttar 146032 fiery, glamorous sparkle given off by diamonds is positively captivating.


This month's birthstone isrepparttar 146033 beautiful emerald, once linked to health andrepparttar 146034 curing of ailments, as well as being associated withrepparttar 146035 ability to see in torepparttar 146036 future, giving them an almost bewitching, magical reputation.

These fiery green gems are amazing to look at, and can be found in a variety of shapes and cuts. The beauty and richness of this stone makes itrepparttar 146037 perfect gem for birthstone jewellery, and is something thatrepparttar 146038 wearer can show off and take pride in for a long time.


The elegant pearl isrepparttar 146039 birthstone forrepparttar 146040 month of June, and this gem has been linked with chastity and modesty, making it something of an angelic, pure birthstone. They are also linked to successful and happy marriages.

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