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Month: December 2017

California Gold Rush for Kids

On January 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold in the American River, on the property of his employer John A. Sutter. Despite their efforts to keep this discovery quiet, news soon got out that there was gold in the hills of the River and by August of that year the hillside was covered with tents as men from around the globe, made their way to California to strike it rich. This was no planned event. The Mexican War had only just been won and the Eastern Seaboard was in a state of financial depression. California Governor Richard Barnes Mason declared, "I have no hesitation now in saying, that there is more gold in the country drained by the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers than will pay the cost of the present war with Mexico a hundred times over." It appeared that the promise of gold was too good to pass up. To begin with, men came from the West. They were already close by, and they were hard working honest and trusting men. Soon however, settlers began to make their way across the country from the East. The gold attracted many outlaws with little respect for the law. Robbery, murder, and conflict with Indians and bandits became common. With the inability of local law enforcement to manage this influx of crime, vigilante groups and lynching became a common...

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Graphic Design Training – Enhancing Your Computer Graphic Design Skills

Graphic designers nowdays require not only creative abilities, but also some understanding of other graphic design-related areas such as computer graphic design. During the 80's, the advent of desktop publishing and of design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Fireworks, put the power and versatility of the computer at graphic designers' fingertips. Designers for the first time were easily able to manipulate images and create 3D images using the computer. Computers are now considered to be an indispensable tool in the graphic design industry, although some traditional graphic designers may still prefer to use manual and traditional tools for their creative endeavors. With modern graphic design concepts and methodologies always changing, graphic designers need to continuously advance their knowledge of different graphic design techniques, innovations and graphic design software packages. At present, the basic instructions in graphic designing can not guarantee for a competitive product anymore without the use of high technology, so that the demand for highly skilled graphic designers is higher than ever. To become a computer graphic designer, the basic requirements include good creative abilities, good computers skills, and good communication skills. Computer graphic design helps graphic designers complete their tasks faster and easier. They can effortlessly translate ideas into visual imagery, save it onto their computers and edit it whenever alterations are necessary. There are many many benefits if you go computer graphic design...

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10 Reasons You Should List Your Home During the Holidays

Debbie Reynolds “Fewer homes on the market mean less competition…Less inventory now means higher prices and less negotiation.”Right on target – and – re-blog! The Best Time to List Could Be Right Now The holidays are here and some people think that is at cross purposes with selling a home. The good news is that is could be an even better time to sell your home because it is the holiday season. Take a look at what actually happens in the minds of buyers and how that can help sellers get their homes sold.People are generally happy during the holidays....

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Holiday Decorations and Selling Your Home.

Kathy Streib “Don’t forget the basic principles of staging…keep it simple, with a minimum of distractions.”Right on target – and – re-blog! Holiday Decorations and Selling Your Home. It wasn’t hard to notice that holiday decorations have already announced the holiday season. In fact, I saw Christmas trees and outdoor decorations ou on the floor at the Big Box Home Improvement Store Before Thanksgiving (and shortly after Halloween!) This is such a fun time of the year…unless you have your home on the market! But just because you are selling your home doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate or give your...

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How many Loan Officers does it take to close a sale?

Scott Godzyk “The listing  agents job is to first, get the sale closed through monitoring the buyers progress through the buyer agent. It is not unheard of for the listing agent to call the loan officer direct for answers. NEXT, it is the listing agents job to update the seller.”Right on target – and – re-blog!What happens when no one is paying attention? Give up… Well a Home Buyer decided it would be better to apply with 3 different banks for their mortgage. Before anyone says it is good to shop around, yes it is, but perhaps to get pre...

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