A common mistake people make is to spend a lot of money – renovations, new roof, remodeling. While buyers will be impressed with these things, spending $5000 on remodeling will not add $5000 to your sale. Spend as little money as possible, and spend it on cosmetic, readily seen features like interior painting. The time to remodel is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.
If you think about everything that needs to be done to sell your house, you might throw your hands up in despair, or at least feel some anxiety. Take one step at a time, one small task at a time. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results.
First things first – have a garage sale. Whatever doesn’t sell needs to be set out for your favorite charity. Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done.
This is your first impression, so it had better be a good one.
Google parent companyAlphabet reports second-quarter earnings after the market closes on Thursday. Here's what to watch.
REVENUE FORECAST: Analysts expect revenue of $20.77 billion, up from $17.7 billion a year ago, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Alphabet narrowly missed on the top line in April. Net revenue, excluding traffic acquisition costs, is expected to have increased 17% to $16.9 billion.
EARNINGS FORECAST: Analysts expect a profit of $8.04 a share, up 15% from a year earlier. Alphabet reported a big miss in April, causing the stock to fall 5.4% in the next session. In fact, Alphabet has missed Wall Street consensus estimates in eight of the past 12 quarters.
SEARCH ADVERTISING: Investors are keeping a close eye on trends in search advertising, Google's money-making machine. Some analysts say data from third-party firms suggest a slight year-over-year decline in search revenue growth. Wedbush Securities analyst James Dix says search checks are "mixed." He noted that MAGNA GLOBAL raised its 2016 global search growth estimates to 13.7% from 11.3%. MAGNA's June update estimated second-quarter U.S. search ad growth estimate at 12.7%, up from 11.0%, but a deceleration from 17% in the first quarter.
MOBILE ADVERTISING: Advertisers pay less for each click on mobile ads than they do on desktop computers but the growing number of clicks on mobile ads is beginning to make up for that, analysts say. RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney estimates that paid clicks, the number of times people click on Google ads, increased by 29% in the second quarter from a year ago. Cost per click declined 4% in the second quarter year over year, Mahaney estimates.
An acquisition often comes with multiple benefits for shareholders of the acquirer. It can give access to new markets and customers. It can augment existing operations with new businesses. And importantly, it can offer shareholder value-increasing, cost-saving synergies.
“Synergies” can be an unnerving word for employees of both acquirers and acquisition targets because it almost always involves the closing and combining of offices, which also means the reduction of headcount.
“We have enormous respect for what Yahoo (YHOO) has accomplished: this transaction is about unleashing Yahoo’s full potential, building upon our collective synergies, and strengthening and accelerating that growth,” AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said. AOL is a subsidiary of Verizon (VZ).
In an interview with Bloomberg Television following the announcement, Armstrong reiterated this point, noting that there “may be synergies” in the deal.
In the company’s Q2 earnings announcement, Yahoo reported that active headcount stood at 8,800 at the end of the quarter, down from 11,000 a year ago. This is the lowest level in a decade. Analysts have attributed Yahoo’s better-than-expected earnings to such cost-cutting measures.
The management of Verizon and Yahoo offered no additional detail regarding cost synergies.
Shongchai HangA Go Fund Me account has been set up for an Asian American Lutheran minister who was beaten senselessly in Philadelphia. Shongchai Hang says a man witnessed the attack, and he’s urging him to come forward with information. Fox 29 reports Hang handed the attacker his wallet and cell phone, but that wasn’t apparently enough. “He hit me very hard. I fell on the ground. He still come and punch me and kick me until I was unconscious.” A witness watched as the attack unfolded, but apparently did little to help. Hang hopes that man goes to police with information that can lead to an arrest. The whole attack was caught on video which you can watch below.
I’m not someone who takes great delight in the decline of someone else’s business. But some businesses fail for the greater society good, and the 20 percent projected decline of nursing homes by 2021 falls into that category. The reasons for the failure is the growing alternatives to nursing home care, resulting in countless of Americans remaining in their homes in the twilight of their years.
Betsy Rust, a consulting partner at the Michigan-based firm Plante Moran, has published an excellent article about the future of the nursing home industry. Like any industry that derives the bulk of its profits from government-funded programs, the traditional nursing home model is no longer sustainable. Medicare and Medicaid account for 90 percent of nursing home revenues and private long-term care insurance provides the rest.
Sadly, nursing homes traditionally have been a last-stop destination for people to go and pass away. But the Medicare and Medicaid programs have slowly been coming to the realization that it might be more cost efficient to finance programs to keep people in their homes, rather than confine them to an institution. CareLinx,the elder care company I founded with the goal of keeping America’s elderly safely in their homes, is partnering with several leading health systems across the United States to prove patients will benefit more from a health outcomes perspective by having support in their own homes via professional caregivers instead of sending these patients to nursing homes.
Join The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter for our monthly MeetUp at The Blue, Boca Resort. Our guest of honor is South Florida resident journalist and author, Brian Bandell. He is the senior reporter at the South Florida Business Journal and has won more than 25 journalism awards, including first place for business writing in the Southeast and in Florida. As a novelist with Silver Leaf Books, he’s released two novels with strong female protagonists. Mute is a science fiction murder mystery about a girl who has gone mute after witnesses her parents’ bizarre murder. Famous After Death is about the police officers trying to stop teenagers from making murder go viral.
Around 40 photos of Vietnamese women are on display along the Hoai River in the central tourist town of Hoi An.Titled 'Vietnamese Women,' the outdoor exhibition is being held by Hoi An-based French photographer Réhahn C in collaboration with the local People’s Committee and Office of Culture and Information.The poster-sized photos, featuring Vietnamese women throughout the country, were captured by Réhahn during his motorbike travels across Vietnam.“I’m very impressed by the strength of Vietnamese women. They work hard every day, everywhere in the country,” Réhahn shared, describing the women he met throughout his travels.
For many Americans, going to college may be a taste of what life will be like 40 years down the road.
College students spend the same amount of time engaging in work- or education-related activities as Americans 59 years or older, who are beginning to wind down their careers and enter retirement, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
The average full-time college student spends 1.8 hours in class and doing homework each day and 2.3 hours at work, averaging 26 hours of work a week, the report found, using data from the 2003 to 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey. The only age cohort that matches that workload is those 59 or older, who spend 25.3 hours or less a week working.
For comparison, high-school students spend 30.2 hours a week in educational activities or working and Americans between the ages of 23 and 55 spend about 31 to 35 hours a week working.
It will be the first event of its kind, providing opportunities for biotech investors to interact with cutting-edge biomedical mavericks.
Rather than merely slowing how fast we age, RAADFest presenters will describe systemic age reversal induced in laboratory mammals and how these technologies can enable humans to attain comparable benefits. The ultimate reward will be the radical extension of healthy lifespans.
For investors seeking to learn about technologies that could one day reach the scale of the iPhone, attendance at RAADFest is mandatory. Patented age reversal therapeutics could represent the ultimate universal consumer “product.”
Unlike mobile phones, for which people pay out of pocket, validated age reversal therapies will one day likely be paid for by governments, as these treatments will spare Medicare and other government payers massive financial outlays caring for sickly elderly populations.
At RAAD Fest, physician/scientists and hordes of consumers that are eager to access validated aging reversal therapeutics will convene. A roster of 40 speakers will formally present, along with many more that have scientific concepts of how to gain control over biological aging.
While the commercial opportunities could be huge, several non-profit groups are sponsoring RAADFest, to be a catalyst to accelerate biological age reversal technologies into clinical reality within the next several years.
According to Bill Faloon, Co-Founder of the Life Extension Foundation, “This conference could ignite a new Renaissance in thinking by starting to shift societal attitudes about the inevitability of the aging process.”
The Herrera Family Home Fund by Laura Velez - This page was created to help a family that we all know and love. Fredy, Claudia and Joseph Herrera are currently going through a difficult situation and I'm turning to our friends & family to ask for any help possible in order to get them back on their feet. In April 2015 the Herrera's becam
On July 16 2016 Mr. Shongchai Hang was brutally beaten and left for dead. While walking down Hutchinson Street in the Fern Rock section of Philadelphia, Mr. Hang was approached by two men who robbed him of his cell phone and wallet, sprayed his face with mace and then hit him on the forehead with the empty can. As if that wasn’t enough, the two men continued to punch and kick Mr. Hang while on the ground until he was unconscious. In an interview with Fox News 29, you can see in the photo below how badly damaged Mr. Hang’s wounds have left him, including the shoeprint bruise mark left on his chest, seen in this video here: http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/178195890-story. To say this horrific crime will have a devastating affect on him is not enough. Shongchai Hang is a long-time community organizer who has dedicated his life to helping those in need. As a Lutheran minister, he helped start the first Hmong congregation in the Philadelphia area and led the first service for members of his native Hmong community in 1989, many of whom were newly resettled refugees. As a Laotian outreach coordinator at the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEMAAC), he provides translation services, making sure community members, especially the elderly, have adequate access to free and low cost healthcare services and is often seen serving senior citizens breakfast on Tuesdays.Mr. Shongchai Hang is still recovering from his ordeal and as a result will not be able to return to work immediately to help the seniors in his community. We are seeking to raise funds to help him with medical expenses and any other necessities during this time.Police have yet to catch his attackers, if you have any information please contact here.
A Vietnamese American woman was honored last week with the White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity Award for her work to end environmental racism and empower communities of color to join the fight against climate change. “Winning this award is a great honor, and validates all the work we are doing to end environmental racism and prioritize solutions in frontline communities that are hit first and worst by pollution and climate change,” said Vien Truong, director of Green For All, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. One of her landmark accomplishments is the passing of Senate Bill 535, a community reinvestment bill in California that created a polluters pay fund, which created the largest fund in history for low income communities to green up and to create economic revitalization for residents. In the last two years, it has directed over $900 million into the poorest and most polluted communities in California.
Help the Kings Beauty Supply Family by Joo Lim - On July 19th, 2016, two very close family friends of mine were shot by a 13-year-old suspect. The suspect is currently on the run and is labeled to be "armed and dangerous." I have attached some photos and links to the full story. If anyone knows of this girl or her whereabouts, please contac
Published on Jul 18, 2016New video footage has emerged from last Friday’s “Recall Ed Lee” rally at San Francisco City Hall, in which some recall organizers were expressing anti-Chinese sentiments. In the video, one recall proponent is shown screaming, “Go back to China!” repeated, and using profane ethnic slurs.
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