Tips & Advice
What types of service do real estate agents provide?
Agents provide a wide range of services that can help you make a speedy and profitable real estate transaction. Real estate agents can assist sellers with marketing their homes, and this includes things like coordinating open houses and scheduling photography that presents the home in an appealing manner on real estate websites. Agents can assist both buyers and sellers with all aspects of the negotiation process, with the aim of helping to maximize profits on the transaction. Finally, agents can also support both property managers and tenants with property rental.
How long does it take to become a real estate agent?
It's possible to get the licensing you need to become a real estate agent in just a few weeks. Some states require you to take pre-licensing coursework, and this can range from 45-75 hours or more. If you choose to train for licensing at a real estate school, the educational requirements can usually be met in four to six months. Online real estate schools are also available, and these allow students to proceed at their own pace. At an online school, a motivated student can complete the coursework necessary for licensing in a few short weeks.
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a broker?
There are key differences between a real estate agent and a broker. A broker is typically an owner of a firm or franchise, and these professionals handle such tasks as setting up earnest-money accounts and approving final contracts. Agents are employed by brokers, and they split their commissions with these professionals. Relative to agents, brokers typically have to deal with more exams and a larger course load to obtain licensing.
How can someone become a real estate agent?
To become a real estate agent, you'll need to prepare for and pass a licensing exam. Pre-license education hours may be required, and the exact amount varies from state to state. Once you've passed the exam, the next step is to connect with a real estate broker. Agents act on behalf of a broker, and are not allowed to handle real estate transactions independently. The broker will assist in completing the final paperwork that will allow you to manage real estate transactions in your state. Some states require a broker to sponsor an agent prior to the agent's licensing exam.
What is a real estate agent?
A real estate agent is a professional who represents clients who are purchasing, selling, renting, or leasing property. Real estate agents need to be licensed in order to practice. These individuals usually work solely on commission, so it's necessary for them to close deals if they hope to generate income.
What is the difference between a hot tub and a spa?
There are no technical differences between a spa and a hot tub. Both spas and hot tubs are tubs with built-in jets used for relaxation, therapy, and entertaining. The terms are basically interchangeable. The two types of spas or hot tubs are portable, and custom-built or in-ground. Traditionally, in-ground or custom-built are more often referred to as spas. There are no real functional differences--spa just sounds more sophisticated.
There are several different types of hot tub jets to choose from, and each is unique in design and function:
Most jets are adjustable by turning the nozzle extension to increase or decrease flow.
- Rotational jets move the water in circles.
- Directional jets move the water in a specific direction, which you can aim or adjust yourself.
- Pulsating jets have two holes in the center, so when water pressure is applied, the center spins, creating a water stream that alternates between the two holes, resulting in a pulse-like performance.
- Multi-massage jets have several smaller holes that create individual water streams when water pressure is applied.
- Ozone or cluster jets have a single center section that water flows through, and are usually not adjustable.
How much does it cost to operate a hot tub?
Operating costs hot tubs depend on your local utility rates, but the national average is about $0.40 per heating hour. Weather, location of the hot tub (indoors vs. outdoors), condition of the tub, the fit of the lid, and frequency of use, are all factors that can add to the bill. So, keep your tub maintained accordingly to keep the costs down, and lower the temperature when you will not be using it for extended periods of time, like going on vacation.
How do you keep a hot tub clean?
To keep a hot tub clean, you first need to have the appropriate chemicals and in the correct balance. Check the pH levels at least once a week and add or adjust chemicals accordingly. Check filters monthly and clean or replace them as necessary. Periodically drain your hot tub and clean the surface with a non-abrasive cleanser to remove any surface grime. You can add a “jet clean” chemical to your tub to help clean out the jets prior to draining. Be sure to thoroughly rinse and wipe the tub before refilling to eliminate any chemical or soap residue. For the cover, wipe the vinyl down with a gentle soap solution and clean the underside with a hose, but do not use chemicals on the underside as they may contaminate the water. These processes should keep your tub and water in excellent condition.
What is the advantage of using bromine instead of chlorine in a hot tub?
The advantage of using bromine instead of chlorine in your tub is that bromine is more effective in killing viruses, germs, and bacteria, ,and does it for a longer period of time than chlorine. Bromine has a lower pH level than chlorine, resulting in fewer chemical imbalances in your tub. It is also considered gentler on your skin than chlorine. But it is more expensive and can be harder than chlorine to wash off skin.