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SuccessTake a few minutes to think about the successful people around you, not only financially, but also those who embody personal success. Consider the characteristics each of them possess and how these characteristics have fueled their achievements in their given field. Over the past several years I have come in contact with quite a few real estate investors, both directly and indirectly, and have recognized many I consider to be very successful. These people have not only started successful real estate businesses, they also seem to have mastered balance in their life, a very difficult goal to achieve. I have identified 8 key traits that these investors display, (not surprisingly, this same list can be applied to the leaders in any field):

The 8 Traits that Successful Real Estate Investors Embody

1) Passion for investing: The time and personal equity that is required to become a successful investor is overwhelming for many people, which is why most people who plan on becoming real estate investors fail. Passion fuels drive and drive fuels action; without action the chance of becoming successful is zilch. Passion provides the boost needed for difficult days and enthusiasm on routine days. In short, without passion, real estate investing is just another job.

2) Discipline in decision-making: I have yet to meet someone I would consider both undisciplined and successful, and doubt I ever will. While discipline may be a difficult trait to define, I find it is often fairly easy to pick out, as disciplined people plan for the future, work diligently in the present, and learn from the past.

3) Understanding core principles: Failure is almost certain if you do not understand the foundational principles of business, real estate, and the specific niche you are engaging in. Long term success requires not only an understanding of buying and selling real estate, or how to be a landlord, but also basic economic principles. Understanding market fluctuations, economic cycles, monetary policy and other facets of economics will ensure you can react intelligently when changes do occur. Learning the basics is not always fun or exciting, but it is critical in achieving long-term success.

4) Integrity in business dealings: Real estate is notorious for attracting people looking for a quick buck at all costs, but if you look at successful investors, their success spans years and is attained through incredibly hard work. While it may seem easier to look for a short cut (and rip someone off in the process), a long real estate career must be built on a solid reputation.

5) Flexibility: Murphy's Law is alive and well in real estate, and to survive inevitable surprises, market fluctuations and bad deals, you must be flexible enough to adapt your plan as you go. Planning is absolutely critical, but equally so is the ability to quickly decide when it is necessary to deviate from the plan. Successful real estate investors know when they need to re-evaluate their current blueprint and make adjustments to preserve the long-term success of their investments and business.

6) Money management skills: Most small businesses fail due to poor money management. Forecasting, budgeting, and financial planning is becoming a lost art among small business owners, and it can be lethal to your business. This is why understanding the basics of accounting, tax law, cash flow management, debt management, and other financial principles is so important, even if you have a great accountant and book-keeper.

7) A Team of Successful People: You can only take your business so far, and at some point you will be forced to rely on other people. Real estate is a people business and every real estate transaction requires a team of people to close. Once a transaction is complete, even more people are involved so it is important to form and maintain relationships with lenders, attorneys, contractors, agents, accountants and other people who can contribute to the growth of your business.

8) Superior communication skills: You have probably heard it a million times but that is because it is true, being able to effectively communicate with other is vital. How else will you be able to negotiate prices, interview contractors, screen potential tenants, partner with others, and so many other daily tasks? Communication goes beyond face to face discussions too, email and text messaging are ever-growing in the life of most business people, and the occasional written note will never go away, so make sure you hone your writing skills as well as your verbal skills.

All investors can say they are involved in real estate, but very few can say they are among the best. Find those whom you consider to be the best and study their habits and practices. Try to understand where they have been and how their skills helped prop them up during difficult times and propelled them during good times. Figure out which areas you have mastered and which you can improve upon; self-realization will lead to positive changes and others will begin looking to learn from you.

Author: James W. Vermillion III

James W.'s Website: http://www.kandvinvesting.com
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As homeowners fight the itch to move, many turn to renovation projects to improve their existing spaces. Look at a homeowner's wish list, and the bathroom often tops the list. With its frequent use and endless potential, easy changes offer a big payoff.

In spite of its heavy use, bathrooms are often some of the smallest areas in a home. Cross tight square footage with limited storage, and it quickly becomes cluttered and cramped - far from a pleasant place to start and end each day. Adding function doesn't require changing your bathroom's footprint. To maximize your bathroom storage and make it work best for you, consider these design and organizational tips.

Tip 1: Install a floating vanity
A big trend in small bathroom design is the floating vanity; its wall-mount installation leaves floor space below open and uninterrupted, which tricks the human eye into reading the space as larger than it actually is. Floating vanities come in a variety of materials and designs that offer plenty of counter top space and storage solutions.

Tip 2: Make your mirror work harder
Is your bathroom sporting an old bulky medicine cabinet? Replace it with a smarter option designed with innovative storage that makes life easier. Robern, the industry leader in bathroom storage and grooming, recently introduced the R3 Series Mirrored Cabinets, a perfect solution for DIY-ers looking for a fast, affordable fix. The 1-inch flange around the cabinet's perimeter covers imperfections, eliminating the hassle of re-tiling or re-plastering, making it a project you can easily complete in a day.

Tip 3: Use hidden space to your advantage
In a small bathroom it might be hard to imagine where you might find even an inch of extra space, but there's one secret area you can access and use to your advantage. If you have a blank wall, the space between the studs offers a plethora of potential storage space. You can build shelves directly between the studs, which adds lots of extra space for items like washcloths and toiletries, all within the existing footprint.

Tip 4: Get wired for modern practicality
Your morning routine charges you for the day ahead, so make sure items like electric razors and toothbrushes are fully charged, too. Cabinets equipped with outlets keep personal care items fully juiced and concealed, leaving counter tops and sink surfaces clutter-free for a clean and organized space both you and guests to enjoy.

Tip 5: Revamp the storage drawer
Vanity drawers in disarray steal precious time from your morning and evening routine. First step to function: Purge. Toss old or unused cosmetics, personal supplies, grooming tools or other items you don't use. Next, reorganize with inserts that transform drawers into organizational powerhouses. Look for inserts that will streamline how you use your bathroom, such as options with different sized compartments or even one made specifically for your hair dryer.
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We'd love it if you would pop in to say "HI" to us at our Open House at 24 3150 58TH AVE E in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
HIGHGATE! 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths in Sought After Champlain Heights! Original Owner! Well Cared for! Open Plan Kitchen with lovely Eat-in Area with lovely window! "L" Shaped Living/Dining Rooms -- making it perfect for entertaining! Living Room also has a lovely Fireplace and walk out to spacious & private concrete patio! Spacious Master with 3 pce Ensuite & wall-to-wall closets! 2 more bedrooms up -- both a good size! There's a BONUS partly finished Basement with great Rec Room Area and spacious (unfinished) Laundry/Workshop Area! Some upgrades incl Furnace (06) and newer Hot Water tank! Well Cared For with funky "retro" fixtures! Ready for You! Also comes w/ 2 covered parking spaces! Fabulous location: Short walk to bus stop, shopping at Champlain Square, close to Captain James Cook Elementary, Killarney High & Community Centre! WOW! BE FAST ON THIS ONE!! Open house Sat April 12th 1:30-3:30pm.
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Check out our clients' lovely home!    We have listed a new property at 24 3150 58TH AVE E in Vancouver.
HIGHGATE! 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths in Sought After Champlain Heights! Original Owner! Well Cared for! Open Plan Kitchen with lovely Eat-in Area with lovely window! "L" Shaped Living/Dining Rooms -- making it perfect for entertaining! Living Room also has a lovely Fireplace and walk out to spacious & private concrete patio! Spacious Master with 3 pce Ensuite & wall-to-wall closets! 2 more bedrooms up -- both a good size! There's a BONUS partly finished Basement with great Rec Room Area and spacious (unfinished) Laundry/Workshop Area! Some upgrades incl Furnace (06) and newer Hot Water tank! Well Cared For with funky "retro" fixtures! Ready for You! Also comes w/ 2 covered parking spaces! Fabulous location: Short walk to bus stop, shopping at Champlain Square, close to Captain James Cook Elementary, Killarney High & Community Centre! WOW! BE FAST ON THIS ONE!!
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We'd love it if you would pop in to say "HI" to us at our Open House at 205 1551 FOSTER ST in White Rock.
OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY APRIL 13th from 1:30 - 3! Don't Miss It!
SUSSEX HOUSE! Super 2 Bedroom plus Open Den & 2 Full Bathrooms! WOW! Open Kitchen with Granite Countertops, lots of cabinets & great Eat-in Area with lots of Windows!! WOW! Living/Dining Areas are OPEN making it perfect for entertaining! Living Room also has a lovely corner Fireplace and wall-to-wall corner windows overlooking the gardens & Walk-out to the spacious Balcony! Master Retreat with HUGE walk-thru closets! The Ensuite boasts a soaker tub, separate shower & "his" and "her" sinks! 2nd bedroom is a good size also with spacious closet! There's also an Open Den/Computer Area! Situated in a great complex .. walking distance to shopping & amenities! Closes "PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP"! BE FAST ON THIS ONE!!
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Check out our clients' lovely home!    We have listed a new property at 205 1551 FOSTER ST in White Rock.
SUSSEX HOUSE! Super 2 Bedroom plus Open Den & 2 Full Bathrooms! WOW! Open Kitchen with Granite Countertops, lots of cabinets & great Eat-in Area with lots of Windows!! WOW! Living/Dining Areas are OPEN making it perfect for entertaining! Living Room also has a lovely corner Fireplace and wall-to-wall corner windows overlooking the gardens & Walk-out to the spacious Balcony! Master Retreat with HUGE walk-thru closets! The Ensuite boasts a soaker tub, separate shower & "his" and "her" sinks! 2nd bedroom is a good size also with spacious closet! There's also an Open Den/Computer Area! Situated in a great complex .. walking distance to shopping & amenities! Closes "PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP"! BE FAST ON THIS ONE!!
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