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Reasons to Live in Beaufort, South Carolina

When talking to clients about living in Beaufort, I am always interested to learn the various reasons they have for moving to (or remaining in) Beaufort. During my years in the area I have probably heard hundreds of reasons, but in this article I’ve decided to narrow it down to the top ten reasons to people love to live in Beaufort:

1. “I love Activities on the Water!” With all the beaches, rivers and tidal creeks that lie in the Beaufort area, we often have to ask clients what kind of water activities they’re looking for. Beach-goers love Hunting Island State Park for it’s beautifully secluded beaches and picnic areas.  If you’re looking for seclusion, then maybe private beaches like Fripp Island or Harbor Island.  Boaters who love to cruise or fish beware.  Beaufort has so many inlet rivers and tidal creeks, you could have trouble exploring them all in a lifetime.

2. “We love this Quiet Little Town.”  I might hear this more than any reason people live in Beaufort.  There are two types of Beaufortonians.  The first is born and raised here.  The second has moved here.  No matter which, they all agree that they love the small town feel.  In a time where most areas have far too much urban sprawl, Beaufort remains relatively unspoiled.  I cannot count the clients that have moved from larger cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte.  Big time development and gridlock traffic is something we here certainly don’t miss.

3. “Lots of culture and history.” Being the 2nd oldest town in South Carolina, Beaufort’s history is still prominent today.  Historic architecture, Gullah Culture, and past civil war monuments mark days gone by.  Our history has paved the way for a lot of tourism. Residents and visitors alike enjoy taking carriage tours of the downtown historic district, touring the Penn Center, and viewing the Antebellum homes in the Old Point section of town.

4. “All the Festivals.” You name it, we have a festival for it here.  Among these are the Water, Soft Shell Crab, Shrimp, Gullah, Sea Music, and Film Festivals to name a few.  The most famous is the Water Festival, which attracts tens of thousands.  In a smaller town, it is great to have constant city organized events to go to.  Seniors, families, and young love birds can all be seen in attendance.

5. “I’m ready to retire.” CNN Money, Reuters, and Carolina Living all named Beaufort, South Carolina to it’s top ten places to retire.  Dataw Island is commonly referred to as Beaufort’s best retirement community.

6. “It’s a GREAT place to raise a family.” Small town values and lack of big city distractions make the area a wonderful place to raise a family.  Living in a small town makes a community tighter.  The adults do more activities together, children grow up together forming with life-long friendships, and much of the big town mischief doesn’t happen here.  Families here also enjoy parks, festivals and boating activities held throughout the year.

7. “A good job market is important.” While no big industry resides here, historic and resort tourism, real estate and medical centers provide a very low unemployment rate and lots of jobs.  Beaufort Memorial, the resort islands of Harbor and Fripp, some of the prettiest property in the country all are part of what make the job market very strong.

8. “Wow, the weather!!” Mild climate is certainly one of the top reasons that clients move to Beaufort.  In the 70s for around 6 months a year, I cannot imagine anywhere to top our weather.

9. “Lots of Southern Hospitality and Charm.” The first thing I noticed when exploring the Beaufort area was how incredibly nice the people are.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, Southern Living readers have voted Beaufort the top Southern Small Town for 7 years in a row.

10. “All the Food!”  One of the things people really love Beaufort is the food.  Being a small town there are not thousands of restaurants like other big cities.  What the town lacks in quantity is makes up for in quality.  Unlike many cities, Beaufort hasn’t turned into a strip mall of chain restaurants.  On just about ever corner, there is a Mom n’ Pop’s eatery that will have your taste buds begging for more.  The best part is it’s all original.  If you eat at Yes Thai Indeed, LT’s County Cookin, or Bricks on Boundary you better enjoy it.  Because you won’t find these places any where else in the world. Delicious, original food is a Beaufort tradition.

Beaufort is a great place to live in. The reasons to live here are as varied as the people who give them. Beaufort attracts all kinds of people – singles as well as families, Northerners and native Southerners, younger and older people (and all the ages in between).

This article was written on behalf of Todd Covington, an experienced Beaufort SC real estate professional. His website includes a comprehensive local home search, financing information, and relocation resources for anyone moving to the area. Todd specializes in helping buyers and sellers find that perfect Battery Point home. For more information, visit Todd at LowcountryProperties.com

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5 Reasons Why Your Company Should Twitter

5 Reasons Why Your Company Should Twitter

There are at least a dozen reasons why your company should twitter. I’m going to focus on five of those here, and hopefully open the doors to further discussion in the near future.

Reason #1: Immediacy
Think of the benefits of immediate access to your target audience and customers. Announce product recalls and avoid lawsuits. Answer customer questions on the spot. Engage with non-followers who mention your product, company, or competitors. Reward followers with incentives. Announce sales and links to quarterly earnings. Immediacy gives you to reach your audience now.

Examples:

Last minute push to complete a fundraiser Traffic updates Leaking info about the upcoming release of a new product Posting links to your latest article or press release Answering customer questions so quick, they feel valued as a customer.


Reason #2: Influence

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people are asking themselves and others for recommendations on products and services. Every second of the day, someone is using Twitter to ask for recommendations. How much easier can it get to build your customer base? Be there to answer their questions and make a winning first impression.

Example Questions Being Twittered Right Now:

“What’s the best joint pain reliever medicine?” ” What’s the best place to grab a drink around pike place market?” “What’s the best book you’ve most recently read?” “What’s the best airline website you’ve ever used?” “What’s the best mobile broadband in Ingerland?” ” What’s the best Twitter app for the iPhone right now?” “What’s the best ad service for a blog do you reckon? Or is adsense still great?” “What’s the software product that can best be described as “Powerpoint on Steriods”? Not web based software”

 

As you can see, anything goes. People just want information. They want recommendations. Someone who has used the product or service can offer their experience. Think about that. There are some creative solutions and approaches there.

Reason #3: Reputation
In the 21st Century, you don’t have days to respond to a negative story about your company. You may not even have hours. Twitter provides an immediacy of information unprecedented in the history of the world.

Example: While in Dallas a few weeks back, I heard about the earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area thirty minutes before most people right next door in Los Angeles. Geographic proximity as an influencing factor is now irrelevant to the equation of immediacy. As long as someone twitters it somewhere in the world, you can catch the latest news within seconds.

The downside to this immediacy is the lighting fast spread of negative news. Rumors of bankruptcy, scandal, or defective products hit the wire and thousands of people are sharing the news with their friends before you’ve ever heard a word. If it’s newsworthy, it’s going to be twittered. If you’re not monitoring Twitter and presenting your company’s face and position to the world there, your company is vulnerable to viral attack.

Reason #4: Exposure
While there are no guarantees that someone you follow on Twitter will reciprocate and follow you back, following a person or organization is like a notification of existence. It says, “Here I am! Check me out and see if I’m worth following back.” Each user is typically notified via email of each new follower, thus giving them an opportunity to review new followers and possibly reciprocate the follow.

By searching Twitter for users within a specific geographic area or by the topics of their conversations, any organization can cherry-pick their friends based on common goals or interests. This is the easiest method of increasing exposure I’ve ever heard of.

Reason #5: Traffic

Your company has a website. And you want people to visit it, if not purchase something or contact you through it. With Twitter, you can increase traffic to your site simply by engaging others.

Methods for Increasing Traffic:

Answer other people’s questions Poll for opinions Post links to your newest articles Announce sales Recommend other Twitter users to your audience, thereby engendering appreciation

 

Daniel Dessinger is a Senior Search Specialist with MarketNet, a Dallas-based, Interactive Marketing Firm.

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Reasons to Sell First and Then Buy

Reasons to Sell First and Then Buy

Dallas Real Estate homeowners who are planning to move up often have a tough decision to make: “Should we sell first or buy first?”  Many Dallas Real Estate agents will advise you to buy before you sell, but that’s rarely in your best interest. It’s in that agent’s best interest because if you buy, you must sell, and the agent will be guaranteed two sales and two commissions, regardless of how much money and stress it costs you to do it this way.  For most sellers, the smart thing to do is to sell before you buy.

Reasons to Sell First and Then Buy

Higher Sales Price.

If you aren’t under pressure to sell quickly you will be able to get a higher sales prices because buyers will realize that you aren’t desperate to sell. 

Ability to Negotiate.

By selling first, you have time on your side. You don’t have to take the first offer that you receive because you already have a place to live, your home.

Contingent on Simultaneous Closing.

By making the sale of your home contingent on closing concurrently with your new purchase, you have basically said to the buyer, I can stay or I can go.  I’m not selling my home at a cut rate price.

Contingency Period.

What if the buyer’s agent is smart enough to strike a simultaneous closing clause from the contract. The next best thing to ask for is a time period during which you are free to find a replacement home. A contingency period will give you the right to cancel the contract during that time period if you so choose, which can range, on average, from 10 to 30 days.

Renting After Closing.

Some sellers who want to take their time to find the perfect home will often opt to rent back their home after closing. If the buyer doesn’t require immediate occupancy, the seller might rent back their own home for the amount of the buyer’s new mortgage payment.

Considering selling your home as a Dallas For Sale By Owner?  The added stress to save some commission probably will not be worth it.  Leave the job to a professional Dallas Realtor.  You don’t want to get yourself in a position where you have to sell your home to a DFW We Buy Houses company and receive a fraction of what it is worth.  The same goes if you are selling Plano Real Estate.  Take a deep breath and thing all of this through before you make the decision that is best for you.

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Aggies find reasons for concern about rival’s TV network

Aggies find reasons for concern about rival’s TV network
share: digg facebook twitter Texas A&M is keeping a close eye on the forming of a television network by rival Texas. A&M women’s basketball coach Gary Blair wonders what the new network might mean in terms of recruiting in the Big 12.
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Hardee to compete in Multi Challenge at 104th Millrose Games
AUSTIN – Texas Ex and 2009 World decathlon champion Trey Hardee will compete in the first-ever Multi Challenge at the 104th Millrose Games, Friday, Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event will be televised live on ESPN2 from 7-9 p.m. Central.
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10 Reasons To Buy A Home – DFW Real Estate

10 Reasons To Buy A Home – DFW Real Estate

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your life. You want a dream home for you and your family. At the same time, you also want a home that would increase in value so that you can have your own home that will be worth much more than what you invested in. Most importantly, you want a home in which you will have memories to cherish together with your family.

Buying a home in the DFW real estate market by searching for Dallas homes for sale is something that you should consider for a couple of reasons. You will need a home to live in. Now, would you want to rent your home all your life? At some point, you would want to buy a home so that you will own your own home. So, why not buy now rather than later? Just calculate how much money you will pay for rent if you continued to rent a home? Buying a home in the Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas real estate market also ensures that you will have a home that is above the average in square footage than in many real estate markets, has better amenities, costs you less to buy and that is in a growing economic zone.

So, let us examine why buying a home in the Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas real estate area is an excellent decision:

1.Homes that are built with modern amenities.

2.Growing real estate market.

3.Job market with growth potential.

4.Home that is close to an international airport, which ensures ease of mobility for work or travel.

5.Migration trends showing that influx into Texas from neighboring states was high right after Hurricane Katrina and that may be the trend due to the business growth potential in Texas.

6.You want to have a dream home where you can live happily with your family. You want to have memories that you can cherish in your home.

7.Renting a home is expensive in the long run.

8.Homes with higher square footage than in many other real estate markets.

9.School districts that are known for their excellence.

10.What better place to have a home to be with family than in the Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas real estate market which incorporates the Texas culture of energy and hospitality?

Buying a home in the DFW metroplex can ensure a better financial future when you factor in all the above reasons into your decision process. The Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas metroplex is one of the major metros in the country with a growing real estate market, excellent transportation system with interstate highways,DFW International Airport, homes that have modern amenities, higher square footage than many other real estate markets and school districts known for their excellence. Most importantly, you can’t put a price for the memories you will cherish together with your family in the home that you own.

Omni Chaparala is a partner in DFW Realties, a DFW Real Estate company serving home buyers in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex.

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Seven Reasons the Restaurant Industry Is Still a Great Bet?

Seven Reasons the Restaurant Industry Is Still a Great Bet?

I placed my first bet on the restaurant industry years ago.  I was a young army non-commissioned officer with a promising military career for the taking.  The only problem was, I wanted to return to the  civilian world and build a career in the restaurant industry.

Just three days before my discharge date my unit’s Sergeant Major, who had been both a supporter and mentor, dropped by the dining facility.  In a comical attempt to encourage me to re-enlist he said “Wallace, it’s not too late to change your mind and save yourself.  I hear that in the civilian world, the lines for soup in New York stretch all the way to California”.  I smiled and replied, “With all do respect Sergeant Major, I guess that means the civilian world is in need of some well trained foodservice people”.  I noticed him chuckle and shake his head as he walked away.  A few months later I was in college pursuing my degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management.

Since then the industry has grown in ways that few could have predicted.  My initial bet on the industry has paid off in spades.  As a hospitality student, classically trained chef, restaurateur, and corporate executive, I have been privileged to experience the restaurant industry from several perspectives.  Personal bias aside, I can say with certainty that there are many good reasons to know that the restaurant industry is still a great bet, in spite of our current economic storm.  Here are seven reasons worth considering:

1.      Needs Based –  Restaurants serve two basic needs that are not going away any time soon.  I am talking about the need to eat and the need to connect with others.  When it comes to eating options, the industry has gone to great lengths to provide convenience.  You can walk up, sit down, take it out, drive-thru, and even drive up for curb-side services.  When I travel outside of America, I am always amazed at how common it is for people to gather in town centers and open air cafes in the evenings to connect.  Here at home, operations like Starbucks and casual bars have become our necessary “Third Place” for connecting away from home and work.

2.      Lifestyle Driven – Generations “X” and “Y” have grown up eating meals prepared away from home.  For them it is as common and expected as electric washers and dryers became for the previous generation.  For these Americans, I don’t envision a massive or permanent return to cooking any more than I envision a return to scrubbing  boards and clotheslines.

3.      Decentralized – Unlike some industries that have suffered the most recently, the restaurant industry has remained decentralized with resources and assets dispersed across the country.  In the case of some of the biggest industry players, use of a franchise business model, has also provided dispersing of capital investment and risk.  What this means is that the industry is not subject to a massive implosion like the automobile or banking industries have experienced.

4.      Massive Scale –  With more than a half trillion dollars in annual U.S. Sales and nearly a million restaurants nation wide, the restaurant industry’s size attracts support from a wide range of industries.  From back office technology to cooking equipment, companies across the globe invest heavily in research and development with the understanding that there will be a market for their best innovations.

5.      Developed Infrastructure – Over the past few decades the restaurant industry has amassed an enviable infrastructure.  From state-of-the-art distribution and logistics to national online reservations and employee training  systems the industry has moved closer to being “Plug-and-Play” for even the smallest operators.

6.      Entrepreneurial – In spite of the industry’s size, according to national restaurant association statistics, 7 out of 10 restaurants are single unit operations.  Fortunately, the barriers to entry into the industry have remained relatively low.  As a result the industry enjoys constant bottom up innovation.  The next trend is as likely to come from a small Cuban Diner in Miami as a heavily staffed test kitchen in Dallas.

7.      An Affordable Luxury –  Now once the economy begins to recover there will be some industries that will come back slower than others.  One of the reasons restaurants in general have not fallen as sharply as others sectors, is that, eating out is still an affordable luxury even in difficult times.  Most consumers don’t have to take out a loan to enjoy a meal out.  For this same reason pinned-up demand should drive strong growth as things recover.

For all the reasons listed the restaurant industry is an exceptional  source of opportunity for millions of Americans, who own, manage, and work in the industry across the nation.  It stands and will continue to stand as an excellent example of sustainable healthy capitalism at its best.  You can bet on it!

Shed Wallace is the founder of www.EateryCoach.com and the www.EateryTribe.com blog. His career highlights include culinary and food & beverage director roles with leading hospitality companies like Darden Restaurants and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

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Five reasons we need a Kings-Rangers 2012 Winter Classic

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PITTSBURGH — The NHL’s Winter Classic has evolved since its inception from a celebration of the game to a marketing bonanza for the League and its partners. That’s not a bad thing, but while the game may elicit memories for some of playing shinny on their backyard rink of frozen pond, it’s also the biggest way (other than the Stanley Cup final) for the NHL to market it’s product to a mainstream …
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10 Reasons to Make a Mage in the World of Warcraft

10 Reasons to Make a Mage in the World of Warcraft

1. Mages can summon infinite food, water and mana potions. Starting at a very early level, mages get the ability to summon food, water, and mana gems that are equivalent to vendor-bought food, vendor-bought water, and mana potions. At the maximum level, mages can summon food and water in one item, allowing them to save inventory room. This is incredibly useful for any and all aspects of the game, as everyone needs to eat and drink after most fights.

2. They are World of Warcraft’s best nuking class. Mages are the ideal nuking class and are by far the best at it. A few other classes have specializations that make them a nuking class, but they do not compare to mages. Mages have a large arsenal of spells and abilities to pump out massive damage in a short amount of time.

3. Mages are the only class that is able to cast teleportation spells. Other than Druids being able to self teleport to Moonglade, which is a pointless location, mages are the only class able to teleport. They can teleport both themselves and their party/raid. This is not only a bonus as far as faster traveling is concerned; but it also allows a mage to set their Hearthstone to a non-city location.

4. They have three very useful specializations. Mages can specialize as fire, arcane, or frost. The raiding/DPS specializations are fire and arcane, both of which bring different aspects into DPS’ing. The frost spec is great for PvP, as it gives the mage incredible amounts of survivability. Most mages find themselves respec’ing frequently to test out different styles of playing.

5. Mages are the best Area of Effect damage casters. Most mages will level by AoE grinding. This is where a mage will gather up a large amount of mobs and use their AoE spells to mass-kill, granting them a large amount of experience in a very short time. Mages have many different types of AoE’s, ranging from Blizzard to Blast Wave to Arcane Explosion.

6. They are one of the easiest classes to level with.
With the above reasons, mages can level to 70 very quickly, very easily, and very efficiently. With infinite food, water, and mana potions; powerful AoE spells; great survivability; and incredibly fast traveling; they can level in a very astonishing short amount of time.

7. Mages are the game’s best burst damage dealer. At the beginning of a long fight, mages can deal thousands of damage per second. They have many cooldowns to use and typically have very powerful trinkets. When combined, the outcome is a very high amount of damage. However, when their abilities are all on cooldowns, their damage output slows quite a bit until the cooldowns finish.

8. They are highly sought after for Groups and Raids
. Because of a mage’s ability to summon food and water, they have the game’s best crowd control, and have high damage output; they are highly sought after for groups and raids. There are always at least two to three spots in a raid for mages, if not more. And almost all groups try to recruit a mage to run through an instance. As a mage, you will never have problems finding a group or raiding.

9. Their damage scales well with gear. Some classes are terrible with poor gear and gain lots with better gear while other classes are great with poor gear but do not gain much with better gear. Mages are special in this situation, as they are fairly decent with poor gear, but improve noticeably with the addition of better gear.

10. The Frost talent tree is one of the best for survival in PvP
. A frost mage is one of the hardest classes to kill in PvP. They have an incredible amount of escape abilities and protection abilities against both Melees and Casters. They also have the ability to instantly refresh every one of their cooldowns, making them doubly as difficult to kill. If you enjoy PvP’ing and being able to self-sustain, then a mage is perfect for you.

Justin Hopley is the owner of rapid wow which provides WoW Guides for free, he also runs a World of Warcraft News site. Also he offers free World of Warcraft Guides on his special access mailing list.

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World of Warcraft: 10 Reasons to Make a Mage

World of Warcraft: 10 Reasons to Make a Mage

1. Mages can summon infinite food, water and mana potions. Starting at a very early level, mages get the ability to summon food, water, and mana gems that are equivalent to vendor-bought food, vendor-bought water, and mana potions. At the maximum level, mages can summon food and water in one item, allowing them to save inventory room. This is incredibly useful for any and all aspects of the game, as everyone needs to eat and drink after most fights.

2. They are World of Warcraft’s best nuking class. Mages are the ideal nuking class and are by far the best at it. A few other classes have specializations that make them a nuking class, but they do not compare to mages. Mages have a large arsenal of spells and abilities to pump out massive damage in a short amount of time.

3. Mages are the only class that is able to cast teleportation spells. Other than Druids being able to self teleport to Moonglade, which is a pointless location, mages are the only class able to teleport. They can teleport both themselves and their party/raid. This is not only a bonus as far as faster traveling is concerned; but it also allows a mage to set their Hearthstone to a non-city location.

4. They have three very useful specializations. Mages can specialize as fire, arcane, or frost. The raiding/DPS specializations are fire and arcane, both of which bring different aspects into DPS’ing. The frost spec is great for PvP, as it gives the mage incredible amounts of survivability. Most mages find themselves respec’ing frequently to test out different styles of playing.

5. Mages are the best Area of Effect damage casters. Most mages will level by AoE grinding. This is where a mage will gather up a large amount of mobs and use their AoE spells to mass-kill, granting them a large amount of experience in a very short time. Mages have many different types of AoE’s, ranging from Blizzard to Blast Wave to Arcane Explosion.

6. They are one of the easiest classes to level with. With the above reasons, mages can level to 70 very quickly, very easily, and very efficiently. With infinite food, water, and mana potions; powerful AoE spells; great survivability; and incredibly fast traveling; they can level in a very astonishing short amount of time.

7. Mages are the game’s best burst damage dealer. At the beginning of a long fight, mages can deal thousands of damage per second. They have many cooldowns to use and typically have very powerful trinkets. When combined, the outcome is a very high amount of damage. However, when their abilities are all on cooldowns, their damage output slows quite a bit until the cooldowns finish.

8. They are highly sought after for Groups and Raids. Because of a mage’s ability to summon food and water, they have the game’s best crowd control, and have high damage output; they are highly sought after for groups and raids. There are always at least two to three spots in a raid for mages, if not more. And almost all groups try to recruit a mage to run through an instance. As a mage, you will never have problems finding a group or raiding.

9. Their damage scales well with gear. Some classes are terrible with poor gear and gain lots with better gear while other classes are great with poor gear but do not gain much with better gear. Mages are special in this situation, as they are fairly decent with poor gear, but improve noticeably with the addition of better gear.

10. The Frost talent tree is one of the best for survival in PvP. A frost mage is one of the hardest classes to kill in PvP. They have an incredible amount of escape abilities and protection abilities against both Melees and Casters. They also have the ability to instantly refresh every one of their cooldowns, making them doubly as difficult to kill. If you enjoy PvP’ing and being able to self-sustain, then a mage is perfect for you.

Justin Hopley is the owner of rapid wow which provides WoW Guides for free, he also runs a World of Warcraft News site. Also he offers free World of Warcraft Guides on his special access mailing list.

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