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A day in the life of a Builder

I'm Christian ——-.

I'm a builder for UrbanEmpire Construction.

I work on residential building sites.

So new homes and renovations.

My dad was a builder and I grew up on building sites with him.

So a typical day is openingup the site and organising the trades and apprentices of what work needs to be completed that day.

They can include installing windows, doing framing, demolition works and keeping thesite clean.

Things I enjoy about the job are working with my hands, working outdoors andit keeps you fit and healthy.

A good builder is someone who's good at problem solving,good with people and well organised.

One of the biggest challenges is just learning allthe different trades that are involved in the process of building a house and howlong things take and how long they should take.

When the job's going well one tradewill follow the other trades.

There's no waiting around for things to be done.

It all flows.

Usually, on a weekly basis, you interact with the client.

You'll walk through the job, showthe client what's been done, and what is going to be done in the coming weeks.

It's veryimportant to keep them in the loop and knowing what's being done on their site.

It's a satisfyingjob because your transforming someone's house into something that they've always dreamedof doing and in a new space that they can enjoy in the future.

It's a great feeling.

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I’m Trying to Sell a Home – What are the Essentials in a For Rent Deal?

Hey, it's Joe.

Another question.

This is abouthow to talk to sellers and how to get your deals together.

This question is, "What mustyou have in a for rent deal in order for you to be able to sell the home?" Those thingsare the monthly payment must be at or below market rent.

If you don't, if you get themonthly payment wrong, it's not going to sell.

I guarantee it.

It won't sell.

Don't evenwaste your time.

If the monthly payment is not at or below market rent on a lease optionit will not sell.

B, You need a sign in the yard.

Sign in theyard will bring you in 25% of your buyers.

It's really important to have that sign inthe yard.

You can sell it with just a Craigslist ad or just a Postlets ad, but having thatsign in the yard will speed up the process dramatically and also make it easy for peopleto be able to find the property when they go out and look for it.

You know, if they'redriving out to look for it and there's no sign in the yard it's hard for you, hard forthem to find it.

Another is C, third way, is you don't allowyour seller to rent it while you're trying to rent it.

Now, the lease option memo, thefirst one that I'm giving you if you're using the Automarketer, is one that says they can,they have the right to go out and rent it themselves or sell it themselves, and youknow, cut us out of the deal.

They have the right to do that as long as they don't takeour leads.

What I would suggest as you get better at this is if they're trying to rentthe property to ask them would you give me 30 days to try to do this before you try torent it.

Let me get a buyer tenant in there instead of a regular tenant.

They're goingto be better tenants, you know, you don't wash a rental car.

You take better care ofthe things that you own, or at least you think you're going to own.

So let's sell it to alease option person.

Give me a little bit of time to that.

Will you allow me to do that?And most of the time they'll say yes.

Because if they don't, it's sometimes a little biteasier to rent a property than to lease option it and so they might be faster at it.

Plus,if they're pricing it at a different price than you are, that screws you up as well becausethey may have an ad in Craigslist right next to yours that has a lower price or a lowermonthly payment on it and that's not going to be effective.

The other thing that you need is a Craigslist ad.

The Craigslist ad is where you're goingget most of your buyers total.

So you've got to make sure that Craigslist ad is ghostedand by ghosting, that means that you post that ad and it sends you back an email sayinghey, your ad is posted.

And you click on that link and there it is, there's your ad andit looks great.

But then if you go into Craigslist through the front door and you look for thatad it's not there.

That's ghosting your ad.

And they do that for different reasons.

Ifthey think you're spam or if they think that you're using, if you're posting it from outsidetheir area, and usually I find that if you're within a state normally you can get your adto be posted.

If you're out two, three or four states away,you know, if I try to, if I'm in Indiana and I try to post in California, my ad gets flaggedalmost immediately or it gets ghosted immediately just because of the IP address of where I'mat and posting, it can recognize that and it won't allow me to post in California.

SoI have to have somebody in California to post that for me in order to make that ad work.

That's why you need boots on the ground sometimes in an area that you're not working in becauseyou need them to post your Craigslist ad for you as well.

So those are the vital things that you need in order to sell a property once you've gotan lease option memo on it.

If you screw up any of those things you probably won't getit sold.

The other thing that screws up a lot of propertydeals is that you lose faith from your seller.

They lose faith in you.

Or they don't thinkyou're competent, or they think you know, you're just not doing a good job and so theygo off and do something else and they say, no, I'm not really interested, or they don'ttake your calls anymore, or they take your sign out of the yard.

And that happens usuallybecause they've lost faith in you.

So do a good job, do a good job for them, you know,make sure you're trying to help them and learn to be competent.

Learn to speak competently.

All right.

Hope that helps.

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A Day in the Life of A Luxury Home Builder | Vancouver Luxury Home Builders

[Gary] And then another question I've alwaysbeen curious about is, what's the day in the life of a builder like? [Sandro] What's the day in the life of a builderlike? [Gary] Yeah, what does a builder typicallydo on a regular basis? [Sandro] Get up and drink coffee.

[Gary] Yeah.

[Sandro] Well I mean typically, you know,is getting up and going out looking at, you know, looking at what's going on for the nextday, right? You know all typically have you know, be organizedas far as I'll have my day kind of planned out already that week planned out, and lookingat you know, what aspects of the build that we are on right now, and you know thinkingahead okay who do I need to know, what day do I need this next trades person in, whereare the materials coming from ordering materials, making sure that they are there for the peoplethat are working on the side, and it all just basically almost like a conduct or , orchestratingthat process is making, you know trying to make sure that everybody's kind of lined upproperly and on the job and that's going smoothly.

Making you know, obviously going to the site,and checking it out, and you know I don't mind picking up the hammer once in a whilemyself and doing some, you know some work if I need to do that.

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5 Tips to Sell Your Home in the Spring

Hello.

I'm David Nelson with RE/MAX AdvantagePlus and the Imperial Home Team.

In this video, I am going to give you 5 valuabletips to selling your home in the spring market.

You don't want to miss this video so staytuned! Even though there is still snow on the groundand frigid temperatures, before you know it, spring will be here.

Historically, the springis when the housing market really begins to heat up and yes, pun intended.

The springreal estate market generally brings the highest sale prices for those selling their house.

This is only possible if the proper preparations are completed by the sellers well before springactually blesses our frozen tundra! If you're thinking of selling your house inthe spring, you must know that even though you may receive top dollar for your home,the competition will be the highest and today's buyers are savvier than ever.

This means it'sabsolutely critical that you have prepared for the spring housing market so that buyershave no reason to not purchase your beautiful home.

Here's 5 tips so that you're fully preparedfor the spring market.

1.

Interview REALTORSIt doesn't matter what time of year you decide to sell your home but it's extremely importantwhen selling a home, that you know how to interview real estate agents.

As spring approaches,the top producing REALTORS will only continue to get busier.

Make sure you start reachingout to the agents, like us, you think would represent your home best and would ultimatelysell your home faster and for top dollar.

2.

Know What Your Plan IsIt is important to be on the same page as your agent to make sure you establish a sellingstrategy for your home at the beginning of the listing process.

The most basic thingyou can do is create a to-do list as soon as possible.

This will help you break thehome selling process into different manageable tasks while dividing them into specific timeranges.

By taking this approach you will feel less overwhelmed and able to remain focusedlonger.

It will also help you track the status of the tasks you are working on.

One thingswe do for our clients is we pay for a stager to come into our sellers' homes for a consultation.

The stagers is there to provide a detailed room by room list of what needs to be doneto make the home most attractive to the majority of buyers.

3.

Consider Having a Pre-List Inspection One of the biggest reasons a home sale getsderailed is due to the home inspection.

Most buyers will have their offer contingent upona home inspection.

Some buyers can even be scared by the smallest home inspection finding.

This can easily be avoided by having your home inspected by a professional before listingit.

It is typically cheaper to fix items prior listing the home than negotiate with the buyersdemands.

I work with a great inspector that we use that has saved our sellers thousandsof dollars and potential failed offers.

4.

Make Social Media Your Best FriendHopefully your real estate agent is doing a full marketing blitz to take full advantageof getting your home seen by thousands of consumers online and off.

While that is expectedby your real estate agent, as a homeowner you can also take advantage of social mediato draw positive attention to your home.

Post pictures on Facebook, Instagram, write a blogabout it, and/or email your friends that your home is for sale and get the word out on allthe other social sites you visit.

One word of advice, please keep your posting and photospositive as I've seen other sellers post negative items like "just found another dead mousein the house" or "can't wait to move away from my obnoxious neighbors.

"The best part is, social media is completely free or very inexpensive to flood the worldwide web with news about your home for sale.

Whatever your online activity and presenceis, use it to your advantage! The more eyes that see your home, the greater the opportunitya buyers finds your home.

5.

Clean & OrganizeI know this has been said a million times before but it's so important to give yourhome a thorough spring cleaning.

Be proactive and start cleaning now; you'll be glad youdidn't wait until the day before photos.

A huge turnoff for prospective buyers are foulsmells and general uncleanliness.

Things such as smoke and pet odors, stained carpets, nastybathrooms, and filthy appliances can kill home sales.

Here is list of items to make sure you clean before listing your home:- Wash your windows or hire someone to do it- Dust your blinds – Dust the baseboards- Clean appliances inside and out – Wipe off air vent covers- Clean showers, tubs & toilets – Wipe off the years of dust from the ceilingfans – Clean inside cabinets as buyers look everywhere!When selling a home, it's important that you de-clutter and organize your home, too.

Agreat way to achieve this goal is by packing right away.

It may sound odd since you haven'tlisted your home for sale yet, but you will need to pack at some point, so why not doit now! Clean out closets and pack away anything that you don't need in the immediate future.

It is incredible how much better a home will show and how much quicker it will sell ifit's organized and de-cluttered.

Plus, we all have junk and items that we can purgefrom our homes.

The spring real estate market is a great timeto sell a house.

Just because our spring market doesn't begin until mid-April doesn't meanyou should wait to get your home ready for the market.

Be proactive and follow the above5 tips for getting ready for the spring real estate market.

You will be glad you did whenyour home sells quickly and for a high price! Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channeland please like this video below.

Happy Selling!.

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Ten Reasons to Sell Home in Fall and Winter

Well hello there my Realtor Dakota here so your thinking about waiting till spring to put your house on the market well you may want to think again I'm here to explain ten reasons why you should put your house on the market market now number one less competition this means you may sellyour house faster and for more money while everyone else is waiting out winter put their house the market you can have the pick of the buyer buyers right now number two always lookin ninety percentof buyers first look online so winter weather doesn'tstop them from lookin todays buyers are educated and they know what they're looking for sellers who stick out the market through thewinter actually increase your chances to salessignificantly when a smaller number of winter sales are compared to the smallerinventory available of homes you'll see that individualhome seller may actually be just as likely to have their home sell in winter as in summer.

Number three, home buyers aren't going to open houses in negative degree temperature for fun.

If they are suiting up with hats, scarves, gloves, and jacket they mean business Number 4, lowe rates if your buying a new home you can lock in historically low ratesstill in the three to four percent Freddie Mac expect the average rate fora 30-year mortgage to reach five percent by the end of 2015 Number five, showing flexibility.

Enjoy theholidays rather than pull your home off the marketand miss a good prospect change the showing procedures to require advanced notice or restrict showings when you have company.

Buyers will understand just beware though of the limited time relocation transferees have to see properties Number six biggest transfer month.

Did you know that more corporate moves happen during the month January than any other month of the yearCorporate transferees who need to buy a house now simply cannot wait until spring Employees who are relocating to your area don't have time to wait this makes for a motivated buyer theywill want to get moving so they can get back to work.

Numberseven Its a chance to show off your homeswinter assets.

cozy fireplaces, non-drafty windows,newer insulation and efficient home heating.

Number eight more time.

Employees get more time off during the holiday season and have more time for showings.

In general, life slows down in the winter and people have time to plantheir home buying strategy Number nine, quicker loans.

loans can be process quicker because title companies aren't as busy.

Number ten my realtor special.

If you list with me I will pay for the one year home warranty.

This is a cost home sellers should expect and it's a cost that I will cover that over s four hundred dollar.

Inthe past MLS printed books andnewspaper ads created the buying season now with the advancement oftechnology and the ease of looking online there there are still many buyers out there In the fall and winter.

Rather then pull your house of the market and miss a likely prospect.

Change yourshowing procedures to require advance notice while still enjoying the holidays.

A sell before the end of the year could make for a greatholiday gift.

Also, it is important that you hire and agent whounderstand the current buying trends and uses the latest marketing practices So are you ready to sell your home? Call or text me at 937 602-8827 or email me at dakota@myrealtoroh.

Com thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!.

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5 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Spring or Summer

Sellers, do you want to get top dollar foryour home? In this video I’m going give you 5 reasonswhy you should list your home in Spring or Summer.

Coming up.

Paul BrelinCentury 21 NorthBay Alliancewww.

PaulBrelin.

Com Hey what’s up ya all, this is Paul Brelinof Century 21 NorthBay Alliance helping you to achieve your real estate dreams and goals.

I’m building this channel to inform andeducate people on all things real estate in Sonoma County, including videos like thisone.

So if you are new here, consider subscribingand if you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Ok, let’s get down to it.

Number 1, Bigger sale price.

In most markets, more inventory means lowerprices, Econ 101 right? But the housing market works the oppositeway – Prices are highest in the Spring and Summer which is prime season and it's whenthe most homes are listed for sale.

It may seem a illogical, but it happens thisway because demand to buy homes is very seasonal, driven by weather and the school year.

So, there are more buyers in spring and summerbecause for many people this is a convenient time to move.

So relative to demand, the supply of homesis actually tighter in spring and summer than in winter and the fall.

Number 2 – Better valuationsWhen creating the valuation on your home, the appraiser looks for data on comparablehomes sold in your neighborhood.

But if the appraiser can only compare to datafrom a home that sold for cheap in the winter, it can hurt the valuation for your home whichcould put you at at a disadvantage when it comes to selling.

With more homes selling in the prime season,comparable home data is more accurate.

So, the best case scenario would be for youto be the second or third person in your neighborhood to put your house up for sale and take advantageof the earlier home sales which will be a better and more accurate, more comparablesales for your home.

Your agent should talk to the appraiser tomake sure that he/she understands your neighborhood.

Appraisers often come in from out of townand may not understand that the home that recently sold for $400,000 was a fixer upper,when prices are normally $600,000 in that neighborhood.

Number 3 – Better curb appeal and longer daysYour home will shine in the Springtime – flowers are blooming and buyers are out looking fortheir dream home.

Daylight Saving Time also gives buyers moretime to look at houses, meaning your property can be seen by more buyers during the day.

A bright and sunny home will sell better thana dark and cold home 10 out of 10 times.

Number 4 – Bidding warsBidding wars are a headache for buyers but a big plus for sellers.

If you put your home on the market when inventoryis at its high, there is a better chance for bidders and multiple offers because thereis also an increased number of buyers competing against one another.

Bidding wars mean more money in the seller’spocket.

They usually mean buyers are less likely tomake request for repairs or other demands on the seller requests.

Additionally, cash buyers can be aggressivebidders and you might find a buyer with a bucket full of dollars with and a fast laneto close of escrow.

Number 5- Sellers can be choosy tooDon’t want your childhood home bulldozed to the ground for a new McMansion? Well, you have a better chance of findinga loving couple looking to start a family on the on-season.

More buyers mean more offers and you may bebetter able to choose the next owners of your home.

Sellers, if you are selling your home on theoff season, don't despair.

Although you may not get as many buyers lookingat your home, the buyers that do come are often very motivated.

Off-season buyers are more focused and seriousabout finding the right home in a short amount of time.

In many cases, they are involved in a relocationor facing a situation that is requiring them to move.

If buyers are out looking at houses the daybefore Thanksgiving or chilly New Year’s Eve, you know they are serious.

So thanks so much for checking out this video,definately subscribe for more videos just like this one.

And if you haven’t downloaded my sellersguide, go get it.

It’s actually a guide for where I show youhow to prepare you home for the market.

So you can grab that for free.

The link is in the Youtube description belowor up on the Youtube card.

I’m Paul Brelin Century 21 NorthBay Alliance.

Remember, the agent you choose matters.

And I'll talk to you soon.

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5 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Spring or Summer

Sellers, do you want to get top dollar foryour home? In this video I’m going give you 5 reasonswhy you should list your home in Spring or Summer.

Coming up.

Paul BrelinCentury 21 NorthBay Alliancewww.

PaulBrelin.

Com Hey what’s up ya all, this is Paul Brelinof Century 21 NorthBay Alliance helping you to achieve your real estate dreams and goals.

I’m building this channel to inform andeducate people on all things real estate in Sonoma County, including videos like thisone.

So if you are new here, consider subscribingand if you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Ok, let’s get down to it.

Number 1, Bigger sale price.

In most markets, more inventory means lowerprices, Econ 101 right? But the housing market works the oppositeway – Prices are highest in the Spring and Summer which is prime season and it's whenthe most homes are listed for sale.

It may seem a illogical, but it happens thisway because demand to buy homes is very seasonal, driven by weather and the school year.

So, there are more buyers in spring and summerbecause for many people this is a convenient time to move.

So relative to demand, the supply of homesis actually tighter in spring and summer than in winter and the fall.

Number 2 – Better valuationsWhen creating the valuation on your home, the appraiser looks for data on comparablehomes sold in your neighborhood.

But if the appraiser can only compare to datafrom a home that sold for cheap in the winter, it can hurt the valuation for your home whichcould put you at at a disadvantage when it comes to selling.

With more homes selling in the prime season,comparable home data is more accurate.

So, the best case scenario would be for youto be the second or third person in your neighborhood to put your house up for sale and take advantageof the earlier home sales which will be a better and more accurate, more comparablesales for your home.

Your agent should talk to the appraiser tomake sure that he/she understands your neighborhood.

Appraisers often come in from out of townand may not understand that the home that recently sold for $400,000 was a fixer upper,when prices are normally $600,000 in that neighborhood.

Number 3 – Better curb appeal and longer daysYour home will shine in the Springtime – flowers are blooming and buyers are out looking fortheir dream home.

Daylight Saving Time also gives buyers moretime to look at houses, meaning your property can be seen by more buyers during the day.

A bright and sunny home will sell better thana dark and cold home 10 out of 10 times.

Number 4 – Bidding warsBidding wars are a headache for buyers but a big plus for sellers.

If you put your home on the market when inventoryis at its high, there is a better chance for bidders and multiple offers because thereis also an increased number of buyers competing against one another.

Bidding wars mean more money in the seller’spocket.

They usually mean buyers are less likely tomake request for repairs or other demands on the seller requests.

Additionally, cash buyers can be aggressivebidders and you might find a buyer with a bucket full of dollars with and a fast laneto close of escrow.

Number 5- Sellers can be choosy tooDon’t want your childhood home bulldozed to the ground for a new McMansion? Well, you have a better chance of findinga loving couple looking to start a family on the on-season.

More buyers mean more offers and you may bebetter able to choose the next owners of your home.

Sellers, if you are selling your home on theoff season, don't despair.

Although you may not get as many buyers lookingat your home, the buyers that do come are often very motivated.

Off-season buyers are more focused and seriousabout finding the right home in a short amount of time.

In many cases, they are involved in a relocationor facing a situation that is requiring them to move.

If buyers are out looking at houses the daybefore Thanksgiving or chilly New Year’s Eve, you know they are serious.

So thanks so much for checking out this video,definately subscribe for more videos just like this one.

And if you haven’t downloaded my sellersguide, go get it.

It’s actually a guide for where I show youhow to prepare you home for the market.

So you can grab that for free.

The link is in the Youtube description belowor up on the Youtube card.

I’m Paul Brelin Century 21 NorthBay Alliance.

Remember, the agent you choose matters.

And I'll talk to you soon.

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Lifestyle Gardening: Cuttings in the Green House

(mid tempo music) (upbeat music) – Hello again and welcometo Lifestyle Gardening.

I'm Kim Todd and we'vegot another great program for you this afternoon.

Today we'll be looking atgetting you started early with cuttings in the greenhouse.

We'll see more great examplesof western ornamentals, and we'll talk aboutpruning your fruit trees.

To get us started todaywe're going to help you with some tips onmail order plants.

It's really fun to browsethrough the colorful catalogs you get each year, andwe'll help you figure out how to get what youwant to try this season.

(mid tempo music) Good gardeners, bad gardeners,starting out gardeners and plant nerds really loveto get their hands on plants especially ones that mightbe a little bit unusual.

We have lots ofopportunities to do that starting during the dormantseason or in the winter, and of course, buyinglocal is always great, but there's not much tobuy locally right now unless you're goingafter the house plants.

You can, however, useold-fashioned catalogs, the ones that comein the real mail and have colored coversand great pictures, or go online and most ofthose companies of course, have the same catalog online.

A lot of things tokeep in mind however about buying mail order plants.

First off, we alwaystell people to make sure you check the zone, and thatwould be the growing zone in which you live, rememberthat those zones stretch all the way across thecountry, and zone four or five in Nebraska may or maynot be the same zone as it is in Washingtonor on the West Coast.

So you look for thezone first, and then, pick out the plants youlove, take a look at exactly how they're goingto be shipped to you.

This is really important.

People can be disappointedin a mail order plant because they have anexpectation of size that really doesn't match whatthe supplier is going to do.

As an example, you'll seethe words bareroot plant and you'll see a size,12 inches to 18 inches.

Bareroot plants are shippeddifferently mail order than ones that comein a small container.

A good supplier of barerootplants will ship them only during very specifictimes of the year.

They will be very wellpacked, either in peat moss or excelsior orshredded newspaper.

And then typically putin a bag of some sort that will helphold that moisture while they're being shipped.

That doesn't mean, however,they're not going to dry out, especially if you have notchosen a fast shipping method.

So you wanna check on theshipping method as well.

And if it is a plantthat you really want, you've paid a bit of moneyfor it, you wanna make sure that it is not languishingin the back of the truck or in the post office someplace, you may wanna pay the differenceand get that plant shipped a little bit faster.

Then you also wanna look at the sizes of containerthat are available.

Again, it costs alot of money to ship a big ball of soil halfwayacross the country.

Many suppliers of mailorder plants will put a maximum or a minimum onthe number of containers of a certain sizethat they will ship because those are the onesthey can pack in the boxes.

A gallon container of course,will be a lot heavier.

You'll get fewer in the box,but you'll get a bigger plant.

A smaller one, a four inchor even a little cell pack, obviously, you can buymore of them to fit in a different size box, yourplant is also smaller.

What you want to make surethat you do also is look at the information that thatsupplier has given you about the actual shipping dates.

And many times they willhave limits, they'll say they will not shipafter a certain date because it's too hot.

They will not shipbefore a certain date because it's toocold, and if they ship before a certain date,what are you going to do in your own home with plantsthat are either bareroot and sitting in a plasticbag, or plants that really don't wanna stayinside a greenhouse because they're alreadygreen and growing and they're in a container? People will put plantsthat come in in bareroot in their refrigeratorto keep them from breaking dormancyand keep them cool until it's time to plant.

Strawberries are anexample, they come bareroot, they come in a bundle, typicallytied with a rubber band or a twistie, and thenthey forget about them.

And they open thatrefrigerator and here comes strawberries that are mush,the plants themselves, instead of an actual plant.

So again, to summarize,enjoy that shopping.

You can also, with certaincompanies go online and go to an e-commercesite, and perhaps pick out one of something that anursery may not carry.

That might be able tobe shipped directly from that major supplierto a local nursery with your name on it, giveyou the opportunity to get it without that nursery, thatlocal nursery having to buy five, 10, 15 or 20 ofsomething when in fact, they may only beable to sell one.

So have a great timedoing this but again, read that fine print, thisis one of those situations where you wanna know exactlywhat's getting shipped to you when and how.

There's so many cool selections and fun plants totry in these catalogs whether they're paper or online.

Just make sure you're readingall of that fine print so you don't end up wastingyour money or getting plants when you can't handle them.

You know, we've hada lot of fun with our Go! Gardening features thisyear where we've tried to give new gardeners helpwith basic information to get them started.

This week we're going to giveyou tips on taking cuttings and using them tostart new plants.

It's a prettystraightforward process.

Here to tell us more is UNL agronomy horticulturegrad student Josh Reznihek.

– Today we're gonna talkabout herbaceous cuttings, and another stepthat you can take toward getting your garden ready a little bit sooner.

So today we're gonna beusing a coleus variety that we have in front.

We'll start with the containersthat we'll use today.

I have two in front ofme, different types.

We have just yourtypical 606 cell packs.

The other one will be theseed germination tray.

You can either use either or.

If you're nice and neatand organized these plants will come out as plugs thenonce you go into the garden or you can just take'em directly out of the seed germination tray, thatdoesn't have any dividers and go straight to thegarden as well, so, I'll use the 606 tray forthe demonstration today.

In here I have apremade media mix.

It's a combination ofPerlite as well as a seed germination mix.

That's really it for the media, just looking forsomething well drained.

As far as the plant material,we're gonna be using herbaceous plant material today.

There's four differenttypes of cuttings.

You have your herbaceouswhich a lot of your succulent plantgrowth, your softwood, which is new spring growth, and then semi-hardwood andhardwood cuttings that are a lot of tree speciesand stuff like that.

So today we're justgonna be dealing with the herbaceous plant material.

When taking thesecuttings, it's ideal to use a sanitized razorblade for this.

You can use prunersor scissors of sorts, but I try to stay away fromthat 'cause that creates a crushing actionand damages the plant more than a nice, cleanrazor blade cut would do.

So when taking these cuttings,you're gonna be looking for the nodes of the plant.

Everywhere a leaf actual comesout of the plant is a node.

So you're ideallylooking for a minimum of two nodes per cutting.

What's gonna happen isthat's gonna promote your adventitious rootingbelow the soil line, and your adventitious shootgrowth above the soil line.

So a minimum of two nodes.

Ideally two nodesbelow and one above.

The last node that youhave, the rest of the stem, you don't want a huge longpiece sticking off of this.

It's just gonnadesiccate and die back and potentiallycause more problems.

So you wanna get fairlyclose to that last node and cut that off.

To aid in the rooting,adventitious rooting of these plant materials,there's multiple different rooting hormones that youcan use, different products.

Every store's gonna have alittle bit different one.

There's liquid formulationsI'll be using today as well as powderedformulations.

The powdered ones, I justsuggest that you pre-drill the holes before youstick the cuttings.

'Cause if you just use thecutting to stick the hole in it's gonna rub offon the way down.

So, and again, it'sjust a quick dip.

You don't have to let itsoak or anything like that.

And then you're goingto stick that cutting.

And again, pre-drilling,I usually just use the end of a marker, and thenstick that cutting in there, and kind of looselycompact around there.

You'll notice that there'sa lot of leaf material around this cutting.

Now that we've cut allof the root material off of this cutting, it'snot gonna have any way to bring up water or nutrientsfrom the soil.

So we're gonna have toreduce this leaf tissue area with the razor blade, someof this leaf material, and you can remove wholeleaves, half leaves.

It doesn't really matter.

Just a reduction ofthat leaf surface area to reduce the metabolismrate of that cutting.

Once this occurs, you gothrough the whole flat, in this one it'd be 36 cuttings.

It does take a coupleweeks for this to keel off, callous, and then forroot initials to form.

So, you're looking ata minimum of two weeks before you probablystart seeing any form of root initials.

For post-care, you're lookingfor a humid environment.

You can do this byputting those clear domes over the top, but thenafter they've keeled off, you wanna reduce thelight intensity as well since you wanna reducethat metabolism rate.

And as it goes on, youcan increase that light, kinda harden themoff so that way when you put 'emout in the garden, they don't have any issues.

– There are few things betterto gardeners than free plants.

By following these simple tipsyou'll be well on your way to all kinds offun projects to try for this upcominggrowing season.

If you have morequestions about cuttings or plant propagation,check out your favorite online gardeningwebsites or contact your local extension office.

During the winter months,some of your woody ornamentals are dormant and are in needof some simple pruning.

Pruning anything is a littleintimidating to some gardeners, so we're here tooffer some tips.

For this week's LandscapeLesson we'll help you see the difference betweenwhich are floral buds and which are not.

(mid tempo music) Late winter and earlyspring are good times to do a lot of pruning oncertain landscape plants, and this is alsothe time of year when we get questions abouthow to tell the difference between the floralbuds and the vegetative or the foliage buds.

On some shrubs it certainlydoesn't make any difference because we're not growingthem for the flowering.

On others, however, if you don'tknow what you're looking at and you do wanna do the pruningduring the dormant season, you may, in fact be ruiningthe flowering for that season.

So let's take a lookat a couple of them and talk about how youcan see the differences.

Sometimes it's easy,sometimes it's not.

One thing to alwayskeep in mind also is remember whenthose shrubs flower.

If they flower early inthe spring like forsythias or lilacs, they're likely tohave set their flower buds right after floweringthe previous year.

We call that old woodor one year old wood.

And that means that if you'regoing to do any pruning without ruining those flowerbuds, you need to do it after they flower in the summer.

So that's a little bitof a different ball game.

Here's an example, thisis actually one of the flowering cherries, oneof the bush cherries.

And you can see thesebuds right here, those are the floral buds,those are the vegetative buds.

This is one that blooms very,very early in the spring.

Lilacs are a classic,this happens to be the littleleaf lilac, andit's a little bit harder, of course, to seethe flower buds when the buds themselvesare so little.

But if you look reallyclosely, you can see two vegetative budssurrounding a bud that will be a flower bud.

This is another one again,that you don't prune if you don't wantto lose the flowers.

You wait until after it blooms.

Viburnums have often timeswhat we call naked flower buds.

And it's really simple to seewhat those buds look like.

This is a great example ofa flower bud, a floral bud that was set last season,here are the vegetative or the foliage budson either side of it.

So the simple thing here is,if you really need to prune it, and here's another example,you can go ahead and prune this here or prune it right here,you're not going to ruin the floral displayfor this here.

So again, knowing whatyou're looking at, taking some timeto pay attention to where the shrub flowers, alsomakes a really big difference.

If you know that,you can begin to look a little more closely atwhich buds are going to produce flowers and which onesare going to produce foliage.

Good gardeners understand thevalue of what, when, and where to make those pruning cuts.

It can be confusing at times,but if you know your plants, you'll get the hangof it in no time.

You know, Nebraska has anumber of areas in the state where specificornamentals thrive.

The different climate andenvironmental conditions means some home landscapesare going to look very different as yougo from north to south and east to west.

Last week we talked aboutsome western ornamentals with Amy Seiler from theNebraska Forest Service and now Amy returnsto tell us more.

(mid tempo music) We learned so much from AmySeiler on our last segment about western Nebraskaplants that we decided to have her back,give her another shot at talking about all thebeautiful things she loved.

So Amy, tell us whatyou brought today, and tell us why you cangrow it and we can't and maybe what some ofthe alternatives are west versus east.

– OK, sounds great.

Well I brought some reallyunique plants today.

And the main thing abouta lot of these plants is that they would prefervery limited water.

So they're idealplants for central and western Nebraska.

The other thing that'sunique about these plants is that they would preferto be in a higher pH soil.

– Wow.

– So that is, we're always looking forplants that will grow in a higher pH soil, andwhat we have in front of us are some really good ones.

The first thing that Iwould like to show you, this is apache plume, and this is asemi-evergreen shrub.

And it blooms a whiteflower, but then it has this unbelievable pink flower, it just looks like this silky, wispy, notflower, seed head, excuse me.

And it looks incredible all summer long.

And so you have all thisgreat texture and interest, and it looks incrediblein a dry landscape where sometimes you can lack a little bit of flower interest.

Great plant, three tofive feet tall maybe.

It'll be shorter ifit gets less water.

So that's a good onefor people to try.

– We have tried that in theeast with a little success if it's dry enough, andprobably our high-humidity and our lower pH is gonnalimit its life a little bit.

– It would not enjoythat very much.

It really wants to be neglected.

And I will just forewarn people,when they first plant it, the bloom is not thatimpressive, it's the seed head, is why you plant this plant.

The seed head willtake your breath away.

– Perfect, all right, whatelse did you bring for us? – OK, I broughtanother fun plant.

And what I have infront of me right now, this is called wavy leaf oak.

It is an actual oak, and it is native tosouthwest Colorado, New Mexico, and it isan incredible plant.

It's a small treeor a large shrub.

You can prune it up tohave a multi-stemmed trunk.

And it is incrediblydrought tolerant.

Holds its foliage, it's kindof a silvery foliage color, but Kim, as you touch it, it's spiny.

– (Laughing) I thoughtit was a holly.

And I thought holy cow,she has brought a holly with no green leftin the leaves.

I've never, everseen that plant.

– I've used that in severallandscapes, and it gives great winter interest, andsomething to talk about in the summer for sure.

– Perfect, all right.

You also have another oak Ithink, if I'm not mistaken.

On that one (laughing)- You are correct.

This is just a scruboak or Gambel oak and this is a plant that we reallylike to use in the west.

It's much smaller thanyour oaks back east but I like this plant becauseit will hold its foliage in the winter, dependingon the genetics of it.

And, it gives me a littlebit more winter interest.

It also helps blockthe wind a little bit in the landscapes, capturesa little bit of snow.

And I love this leaf look in the wintertime when I don't havemuch to look at.

Plus it's greathabitat for animals.

– You know, and we actuallycan grow Gambel here.

It's a different form, but atleast it looks like Gambel.

And then you brought trulya broadleaf evergreen that we decided isnot your native, but it's amazing tosee it growing here.

– Yes, I actually clippedthis from my neighbor's house and I had originally thoughtthat it was Oregon grape holly, and we can grow the smallerform of Oregon grape holly, it's native out there.

But I found this.

This can grow out west.

It needs to be in aprotected location that's exactly where I found it.

But I watched myneighbor's plant for years, and it has neverdesiccated, it looks good all of the time, so,in just the right spot you can have some ofthese broadleaf evergreens and they'll do OK.

– Which is perfect.

So the combination is greatand as we always love to say to our guests, thankyou so much for coming, driving all theway in, and sharing what we would love tohave, but we live here.

– Absolutely mypleasure, thank you.

– Thanks Amy.

You know we love thatburst of color we get in the springtime from ourplants, but it's nice to know these plants can alsodeliver color and texture during the dull winter months.

Thanks so much to Amyfor sticking around and talking to us again.

Alrighty, let's takea few minutes now to answer our viewer emails.

We'd love to hear from you.

Perhaps you can share apicture or two with us, send us an email to byf@unl.

Edu.

Our first questioncomes from Omaha.

And we've actually talked aboutthis a bit in past seasons and maybe even thisyear, and that is that some bulbs are coming up.

In this case it's alittle better than that or maybe worse thanthat in their minds because what they haveis they have snowdrops already in flower.

The email was actuallydated January 23rd, so, looking back in the record book, at least for our snowdrops oncampus, that is pretty early.

We have them blooming Februaryfourth, not January 23rd.

And of course, theirquestion is what happens now? Well obviously it'stoo late to do anything other than enjoy it.

If there is snowin the forecast, snow could help insulate.

You may see,certainly a little bit less vigorous plant next yearfrom that bulb depending on how the snow coverlasts and depending on how much freezingoccurs of the foliage.

But for heaven's sakes,don't cut that foliage back once that snow coverdiminishes in the spring.

So just enjoy it, that'sreally all you can do when nature throwssort of a whammy at us in terms of the season.

We have a viewer down inthe Auburn area that has some serious tree damage.

And she's wonderingwhether this in fact, could be a porcupine, isthis deer, is this squirrels? What exactly is going on here? We've sent this off to ourcritter creature Dennis Ferraro for an answer, and wewill actually post this both on our websiteand to Facebook.

But the chances of this being a rabbit are slim and none, a squirrel, slimmer andnoner, because, of course, the squirrels are not goingto do that amount of damage on the trunk ofa tree that high.

Could be porcupines althoughwe're not really seeing too many of them in thesoutheast part of the state or in that corner, couldvery well be deer damage.

The unfortunate thing of course,is that amount of stripping and bark damageprobably means an end to a successful life forthat particular tree.

We have a viewer outin the Lexington area that had ornamentalgrasses in their landscape, and waited until about now tocut them back, and in so doing discovered what lookslike a lot of damage around the crown of the plant.

And they're seeing placeswhere something has sort of burrowed throughor has run through or has used thosegrasses as shelter.

Their question is now howto get rid of the critter because first off, they'dhave to know what it is and then what to do aboutit, but more importantly can they, in the spring,dig those grasses up, divide them, and then reset them and hope to have some success.

The answer is a kind ofa guarded yes on that.

And what they willwant to do is first off take as big a clump ofthe root mass as possible and then tease apart thosegrasses in the locations where it appears as thoughthe damage has been done.

Take a good look and makesure that if it was a creature they have not nipped off orchewed off all of those roots from below the crown of thatplant, and if they have not, go ahead and reset thoseplants making sure that you don't set them at a depthany lower than they were previously or any higher.

Backfill with good soilfrom the surrounding area, don't use any ofthat amended stuff, give them a good drink andhope that maybe next year you won't have that sameissue with the damage to it.

But I would probablywait at this point even though we don't havemuch frost in the ground in a lot of areas, I'dwait until we're a bit later in the season todo that just in case our weather is reallystrange going into spring.

We've got one morefeature this season of Lifestyle Gardening.

Earlier in the programwe helped you with tips on pruning some ofyour woody ornamentals, and right now we'dlike to turn our focus to pruning your fruit trees.

The right cuts at theright time of year will help your fruittrees be more productive during the harvesttime of the year.

(mid tempo music) You know, even thoughwe're in mid February and we tell you to prune yourtrees when they're dormant, for fruit trees,it is too early.

We wanna really hit thatwindow for pruning fruit trees right before they breakdormancy because that helps avoid damage, potentiallyto either the tree itself or to the fruiting spurs.

The interesting thingabout our little orchard here in the Backyard Farmergarden is these trees are not very old, they'veonly been in the ground about two years, theyhave grown exponentially with one exceptionand that would be our poor sad little peach tree.

But we also have not done agreat job of pruning them.

And I say that on purposebecause one of the things we wanna be able to dois tell you how to not do what we have either done wrong, or we should bedoing differently.

So these are all apple trees, and then we have our Nectaplum.

The Nectaplum is ahybrid, and it's a cross, so it is very, very vigorous, and is showing a lot of growth.

Last year our season producedreally exponential growth in some of our fruit trees.

Long whippy sorts of growth and these are the kindsof things that we're going to want to control if we arereally after a good fruit crop.

Apple trees do whatwe call doubling.

And you can see thatthey throw two shoots or two branches from avery narrow connection.

They also tend to branch with maybe not verygood connections.

What we're going to lookat this year and accomplish as we get closer tothe break of dormancy, is opening the structure up.

We'll make good pruning cuts.

We will essentially be ableto throw a bushel basket through the interiorof these trees without hitting a branch.

We'll do some reductionon the height.

We'll take care of anythingthat is pointing back into the center of the tree.

And then we will hopethat that will help produce a goodfruiting crop for us.

We do a different kindof pruning on peaches.

And we do a different kindof pruning on our Nectaplum.

You'll be able tosee on the Nectaplum some of the gummosis,as it's called, which was a result of doingsome pruning cuts last year.

That is not necessarilya terrible thing for plants in the peach, theplum, the apricot family but you do have toalso look and make sure that you don't have someborer damage going on.

You can see in all ofthese apple trees however, and in the Nectaplum,a lot of the doubling.

And too much stuff up in thetop, and that is going to mean we don't have goodair circulation, we don't have enough light,we have a lot of foliage and not much fruit.

The Nectaplum actuallyproduced a double leader in it, and they're actuallycompeting leaders.

Realistically this is asmall, short lived tree.

We are not going to correctthat double leader at this time, but we're gonna makesure that we keep that as healthy as we possiblycan and hold on to that tree.

The pruning dose on fruittrees to be able to get them to actually fruit makesthem really not look like fruit trees, like ornamentaltrees in the landscape.

They look pretty weird.

So since we use this forteaching for our students and our master gardeners,you may not see perfect pruning here,but we also will send you to some great linksso you can get started on pruning your own fruittrees in your own orchard and do it correctly atthe right time of year to be able to produce the amountof fruit that you're after.

Getting the right pruningdone at the right time will make a world of difference in your tree's healthand productivity.

Cleaning up damagedor broken limbs is always the first placeto start when pruning.

After you've donethat, a bit of thinning will help treeswith air circulation and cut down on overproduction.

That's all the time we have for LifestyleGardening this year.

We've had a wonderfultime bringing you tips and interviewsagain this season, and you can still follow us onFacebook, YouTube and Twitter as well as all get ready forthe upcoming growing season.

Don't forget, Backyard Farmeris right around the corner as we start another year ofgardening advice in April.

So good afternoon, goodgardening, thanks for watching, and we'll see you all nextwinter on Lifestyle Gardening.

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Rent A House Or An Apartment In 3 Easy Steps

Hi my name is Edgar Mercado and in this videoI'm going to give you the three easy steps you need to take when looking to rent a houseor an apartment and save time, money, and headaches so.

Stay tuned! Step 1- find home or the apartment you'relooking for.

Searching websites such as rentals.

Com or zilllow.

Com provide you with a big listof homes or apartments that are for rent in your area.

The only bad thing about this isthat most of these websites are not updated often enough and therefore have a lot of outdatedinformation so you need to be patient and take some time to make phone calls and makesure that the home you like is still available.

Step number two is by far the most importantstep.

If you follow these steps it will save you time, money, and a lot of hassle.

Here'swhat you need to do: First, Obtain a copy of your most recent creditreport.

I know there are websites such as credit karma.

Com and others where you canget you a free copy of your credit report.

Just be sure that it is free and that youwill not get charged later down the road.

This way you can use this copy with everyone of the places you apply for a lease without being charged $25 or so for every time youdo.

Talking about your credit report, Please note that while you may or may not have anexcellent credit, it will not ultimately be the deciding factor to obtain the lease agreementsigned.

What landlord's and homeowners renting their property are looking in your creditreport is any previous evictions you may have on your record.

It may also be a good ideato have another person cosign with you but understand that if you fail to pay your renton time it will also affect the person that is cosigning for you.

Next, gather all your most recent paystub's as well as the history of your previous residenceduring the past 3 to 5 years.

Have at least 3 to 5 references of people that know youand can be called to be asked about you.

Finally, bringing and already filled out rentapplication and your checkbook.

I put A link to one you can download in the descriptionbelow.

By doing this are showing that you are prepared and you're not there to wasteanybody's time.

Step number three, be honest and willing tocompromise- When you find a rental you love, make sure“not to ask for any special concessions,” Many prospective renters make the mistakeof asking if the security deposit can be divided into payments over the first few months orif the rent could be lowered, or if they can be allowed to have pets when there is no petsallowed.

Considering that the landlord may have already been on the fence about acceptingyour application, asking for special circumstances may make him decide you’re too much of arisk.

“Ultimately,” it is the owner of the propertywho must decide if you are the best fit to live in his property.

So make it easy on yourselfand have all of the above ready and get out on the hunt.

I guarantee your applicationwill stand out from all the others because you are showing that you are prepared andready to moving in.

Thank you so much for watching! I appreciateit! If you like this video please be sure to like, comment, and subscribe to my channel4 more real estate related tips and as always "let's make home happen!.

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How to Use Social Media to Sell a Home in Northern Utah

We wanted to move to a warmer climate.

Mybody doesn’t seem to agree with the weather, and cold is not fun for me so we’ve decidedto move to Florida.

Speed wise was great too! We only showed for,what, about a month.

Felt like we always knew what was going on, and that we would know whatthe next steps were.

It was awesome! It was nice that it was verysocial media friendly and so we were able to share it online, and stuff.

We did geta couple people come to look at it from social media.

And I loved that when we arranged theshowings and stuff it was all like, I would get a text, or phone call, or whatever andso I always knew what was going on and could be prepared.

We’ve been telling people that you’reawesome! That Ann is awesome, and Joel is awesome! And that you guys made our houselook really great online and everything! That’s one thing we heard from our friendswas that, how cool the aerial shots were of the home and going through the home tour wasreally neat.

And it had a nice layout of the house available for people to see, insteadof just wondering how everything lined up with pictures and stuff.

Well, with us looking at new homes in Floridait’s so hard to figure out what the house really looks like, and the layout and everything.

It was so nice that our home, to sell, was great that way.

I didn’t like having tobe there when the people were coming to see the house.

Because they always have, like,negative comments or whatever, and I don’t want to hear that about my house.

So, it wasway better to have just a Realtor come and show them and us not to have to worry aboutit.

It was a really good experience.

Good experience!.

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