Real Estate Investment Advice For First Timers

Investing in real estate for the first time may seem a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Take advice from the experts who’ve been making investments in real estate for years and you’ll not only enjoy your first time investing, but you’ll be trying to figure out when you can make your next investment as well.

First thing is first, know your options. Really take time to think about your finances and see what amount of money you can feasibly put towards a real estate investment. While you may feel ready to invest mentally, you’ll need the finances to back it up. Real estate investments are long lasting investments, not get rich quick schemes, so be ready to be in it for the long haul. Once you know you’re ready, create a game plan. You’ll want to figure out what kind of investment you’re going for. Do you plan on buying a home to use as your primary residence? Are you looking to invest in a vacation condo? Maybe you have bigger ambitions like buying an apartment building and renting out the units to tenants. Or you could decide to get into the house flipping market, buying fixer uppers and selling them off. Whatever you decide is fine, just so long as it is what you really want to be doing. Once the process is started, you’re committed to it for the foreseeable future, so really take time to formulate your game plan before you dive right in.

Now that you’ve got your game plan lined out, it’s time to start networking. Talk to other real estate players to get as much information and advice as possible and learn from their mistakes and accomplishments. You can save yourself many headaches by gaining as much advice and information from experience real estate investors as possible. Check out online forums and blogs that deal with the specific types of investment that you want to make. After you’ve done your research, continue your networking to assemble your team. Investing in real estate is not a one man job. At the very least you’ll need a realtor, a lawyer, and a banker to help you pull off your investment. You may also need a team of general contractors to fix up the property you are buying, whether you are planning on living in it or flipping it. If you’re planning on renting out your real estate you’ll need a property manager and maybe even a continued maintenance crew. There are lots of partnerships that you will need to form to be successful in your first real estate investment so finding the right people to help you do this is imperative.

Once you’ve got your finances in order, you game plan set, and the right team lined up, you’re ready to go. Now you can start looking at different properties that meet your requirements. After you’ve found the right real estate investment for your first time, the rest of the pieces will fall into place. Seeking help and advice from those more experienced is a surefire way to be successful with your first investment. Once the first one is under way, you can start thinking about your second, third, and fourth!

5 Celebs Who Love to Cook

One of the perks of being a celebrity is that you can afford a fully stocked exotic pantry, gargantuan kitchens with every gadget and machine known to man and you can even hire celebrity chefs for personal lessons. Not too shabby. That’s awesome, but really, who are some huge celebs that aren’t well known for their cooking skills? Here’s five that’ll raise your eyebrows.

#1: The Queen of Cooking – Gwyneth Paltrow

Yep, she’s Iron Man’s confidant and best girl; she’s also played tons of supporting roles through the years (married the lead singer of Cold Play) and won an academy award… she’s most definitely a global star. But, she’s also building a powerful empire of foodies. First, check out all the great recipes she’s published on her website Cooking, and food are central to her real life and her professional brand. She makes it perfectly clear that you can eat/cook like a queen and still look absolutely gorgeous (or at least stay thin and healthy).

Then of course she’s published a slew of books as well on the subject that have become one mind-shatteringly prosperous venture indeed. People love her style of cooking, despite the fact she’s not a mega Food Network star. Here’s three of her titles:

  1. My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness

  2. Notes from My Kitchen Table

  3. It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

#2: Scarlett Johansson

Here’s another fabulous blonde bombshell who in her private time loves to wind down and de-stress herself through cooking alone. It’s a sanctuary of sorts that help her get away from the hustle and bustle of a big-Hollywood lifestyle. In fact, and this isn’t widely known, she relishes in being very domestic.  

Now, of course she has spent a fair amount of time living in Paris which is considered by many to be one of the world’s capitals of fine dining. She’s really into the bigger productions though as well in terms of cooking for big parties, gatherings and events. The more the merrier as long as she knows beforehand that they’ll love the food. Other than that she adores cooking simple delicacies like bouillabaisse, even if they’re a bit time consuming.

#3: James Bond – Daniel Craig

Well, well, well Mr. Bond…it seems that before you became a muscle clad sports car driving super star you worked as a line cook in a pub. In fact, at one time you thought you would devote yourself to the restaurant industry. But then that big break in the movies came along and now you love to cook for everybody on the set like you did during the filming of Cowboys and Aliens.

It gets more complicated than that. He’s really used to cooking for 20 or more people. Any less than that and it’s not big enough for the Bond. “There’ll be leftovers” and he means it. Mr. Craig adamantly declares that cooking is in his blood. While he fell in love with acting and theater as a child, he says that to this day whenever he walks into a kitchen it sends shivers of excitement down his spine.  

#4: The Immortal Christopher Walken

No way! Really? Oh yeah. This monolithic personality is big into food and has been since he was a young boy when his father owned a bakery shop in Queens, New York. Dude…just imagine sitting at a stool and watching him cook and talk and tell stories. Those mannerisms! Oh wait…”Chicken with Pears.”

“They get like…little cookies. They’re very tasty. I save them.” Love it! He’s actually very serious with food. Legends speak of the fact he tends to bring his own food to the set, or at least he has before and cooks his own meals. If you Google his name with the word cooking you’ll come across some pretty interesting foodie-Walken material.

#5: The Texan – Mathew McConaughey

It’s true, he’s big into Texan-style cooking especially a good ol’ BBQ. Now, this is a little more widely known, but not by much. He’s been on some Food Network shows a couple times to share recipes in a way only he could, but a good portion of preferred way of eating/cooking can be traced to how lean he likes to keep himself.

So, we’re talking lots of protein and veggies steeped in southern charm with smiles all around. Not too shabby. The point of all this is that when it comes to the kitchen, we’re all on an equal footing. Just get the ingredients, get a recipe and get your hands dirty!  

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5 Reasons Why Human Colonization of Mars is a Great Idea

Let’s just face facts here, we ARE going to colonize Mars pretty soon. That is unless some kind of catastrophic solar storm or world war sets us back a few generations. Which, as it turns out, is a pretty good reason why we should get there ASAP. We’re running out of time. In this article we’ll investigate that and four other solid reasons that you probably haven’t heard recently.  

Reason #1: We’re Giving Life Itself Better Odds

Because something could happen at any time to erase tons of our technological progression, we need to give life another shot while this brief window of opportunity is open. Sure, there’s probably life on other planets, but nothing like what we have here on Earth as far as we can tell. Which is why we need to put life’s eggs in more than one basket in our galaxy to increase the odds it will be able to continue its progressive evolution.

Reason #2: We Could Use another Industrial Revolution

The modern world is going completely insane on more than one front: economic, religious, environmentally, etc. Wars are popping off at a higher frequency, lasting longer and costing more. The human population is stretching us to the breaking point as is, and no one’s sure if the current system can handle increased projections.

The colonization of Mars would require a massive international human effort and could act like a release valve of sorts. We could shift manpower, resources and R&D away from wars and turn it towards interplanetary colonization/rocketry instead! It could become a huge driving force for a pretty bored and cooped-up species.

Reason #3: We’ll Have to Start Mining Asteroids

The Earth probably can’t provide us with all the resources we’ll need to colonize another planet and transform its environment to be more human-friendly. But, one good asteroid could potentially have more than enough! As it turns out many of the rich interests taking modern rocket science to a commercial level are also actively making it possible to dock on and then mine an asteroid for precious minerals.That’s necessity and business rolled up into an unstoppable economic ball.

Reason #4: It Will Speed Up Space Travel out of Necessity

And necessity, they say, is the mother of all invention. It will become par for the course to speed up travel between Earth and Mars. In the same way we figured out how to go from horse and buggy to light rail, we’ll go from the rockets of today to speeds we can’t yet imagine. There could come a day where a trip to mars is but a couple hours, like an average international plane flight. Why not?

And at that point ladies and gentlemen we’ll be getting close to the birth of the “Star Trek Age” where we begin building spaceships whose mission it is to go out and explore strange new worlds and civilizations…to boldly go…you know the story.

Reason #5: A New Human Faction will Arise

Generations down the road an entirely new human culture will be evolving on Mars with a completely unique identity of their own. It’s entirely possible, and likely, that they will develop their own language, arts scene, music, religious perspective, etc. We’re talking a completely new tribe of human beings lucky enough to be born at the height of our technological progress.

They’ll have their own internet too! Uh oh, and military most likely. Oh boy, won’t it be nice a few hundred years from now when factions on five different colonized planets are playing war games out in the cosmos…sigh. Humans.