Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to Choose a Great Real Estate Broker

When it comes to buying into real estate, I have always found it imperative that you use a broker, these companies are dedicated to finding you the best deals, negotiating the best prices and working hard to manage your assets. Unfortunately, as with any industry, there are plenty of sharks out there who solely concentrate on how much commission they can make, they will treat you with a wink and a smile until the deal is done and then drop you like a bad habit once they have cash on their hip. Naturally, you need to avoid these people and find good quality brokers who look after both their interests and yours, usually these are one and the same. In order to find a great broker here are some tips that you can follow.

Check out the Reviews

Never have reviews been so important in so many industries as they are right now, and brokerage firms are no different. In todays world of social media, more people are talking to each other than ever before and businesses can even collapse through the power of the internet, this is why reading reviews can be so important when deciding upon a broker. I use a firm called Welfont for my property deals and can honestly say that the Welfont reviews that I read were absolutely correct, they are industry experts who give me complete service, work hard to make me money, get me great deals and I have a great relationship with my property manager. I chose this firm based on their feedback and it paid off, you should employ the same approach.


Whilst the internet is brilliant for reading reviews about firms, it can be manipulated by businesses to make them appear better than they are. In order to avoid falling for this, I would urge you to meet with as many firms as you have time for. After reading reviews, you will be able to quickly ascertain how good the broker is during a meeting, ask yourself if the people you are speaking to really want to look after your needs and requirements, what kind of questions do they ask? Are they prepared to listen? Do they have good industry standing? There is nothing wrong with meeting with 5 or 6 brokers to help you make a decision.

Speak to Prospective Neighbors

Speaking of reviews, it is far more likely that people will take to the internet to leave reviews about bad experiences that they have had as opposed to good ones. If you have already found the property that you wish to buy then speak to the people in the houses or properties nearby to find out which broker they used and how their experience was. What you often find is that good brokers generally have something of a monopoly of certain areas, owing to their strong relationships and trust within the area, getting feedback from your soon-to-be neighbors is a great way to help you find the best broker for your deal.

How Gospel for Asia is Changing Lives Across Asia

Gospel for Asia is a Christian based charity that has been working tirelessly across Asia for over 30 years to change the fortunes of those who are born into poverty. The work that this fantastic charity has done and is doing for those born into a life that they did not choose is staggering, each year they have helped thousands to receive food, healthcare and education and each year they are growing their efforts to help people to lift themselves out of poverty.

The organization works across the large percentage of Asia and their goal is to eventually have missionaries reach every impoverished area that exists on the continent. Currently they operate in Bhutan, Bangaldesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India, China, Laos and Sri Lanka where their missionaries are working tirelessly to rid each country of poverty.

The organization has set up several missions that it uses in each of these countries and here are just some of the operations that they have set up to help those in need.

Slum Ministry

The man who created Gospel for Asia KP Yohannan grew up in India near some of the slum villages, this early experience inspired him to create the slum ministry branch of Gospel for Asia. Through this ministry, missionaries visit the slums across the whole of Asia, teaching not only Christian values but trying to give those who live their hope and opportunity. The way in which the missionaries do this is through the teaching of numeracy and literacy along with other skills that can help those living in slums to get a job and work their way out of poverty. Alongside the education, the Slum Ministry also offers free healthcare as well as vital information about addiction, sexual health and the prevention of infections such as AIDS, infections which quickly spread through slum areas.

Leprosy Ministry

Leprosy is an awful disease, it disfigures the body and causes great pain to its sufferers as well being highly contagious. The Leprosy Ministry focusses solely on the treatment of those who suffer from this disease as well as educating those in impoverished areas about how to prevent contraction of leprosy, and what to do if they do get the disease. The sad thing about leprosy is that it is totally curable if caught early enough and the problem is that those who contract it dont have access or the finances to find healthcare.

Bridge of Hope Ministry

The Bridge of Hope Ministry aims its efforts towards Asias poorest children, it provides for over 75,000 children and aims to give these children an alternative future than an impoverished life. This ministry provides daily meals for the children, education for areas of schooling like literacy, numeracy and hygiene along with lessons from the gospel to teach the children strong Christian values. Whilst it is important to help those who are deeply affected by poverty, it is the children who will be the next generation and they are the ones who will be most likely to see an end to poverty, for this reason, Gospel for Asia set up the Bridge of Hope, teaching children that there is a better way of life for them.