This week has been tough at work. I had a closing scheduled with a client next week. It was a $350,000 house so the commission was going to be pretty nice. I’ve been working with this client for months so I thought I was going to finally get paid.
And then the home inspection report came back… Signs of termites. The buyers have gotten cold feet and are likely going to walk. So not only does this delay the commission, it also will require my client to hire a company to inspect the entire house and foundation.
Being a good real estate agent, I called Kilter termite and pest control and they should be out in the next couple days. Based on my experience and what Kilter termite and pest control told me on the phone is that once you have signs of termite damage you are likely to also find an active nest which will need to be addressed before you can repair the structural damage.
It will be interesting to see what Kilter termite and pest control finds as I’ve never been blindsided by a termite finding by a home inspector. Usually if you complete a throughout walk through you’ll catch the common signs of termites such as mud tubes and random discarded insect wings.
Our youngest child is entering high school and before we know it we will be empty nesters and in our mid-40’s. This means we have a long ways to go until retirement and a couple more college tuition years for our children. My wife has worked in the billing department of our local hospital and is looking to make a career change that will also result in a higher salary.
We have done some research and with a couple years of part-time study she could become an ultrasound technician at her hospital. According to techsalaryfinder.com, the average ultrasound technician salary was over $40,000 last year and the employment outlook for them is outstanding for the next 20 years.
This would be a big increase over here current billing job which pays only about $25,000 per year.
Jet air travel has changed flying from a special occasion to a regular happening, so regular that we no longer look for what is the meal of the day, to what is the best, that is, lowest, price.
Unless you are a frequent flyer with a particular airline or on a particular card, you just do an online search, punch in your departure location and date, and arrival location, and return date. Bingo, up pops a wide selection of airlines and prices. You pick the one that best fits your needs, punch in your credit card number, and print out your boarding pass.
Can it really be that easy, or is there more to it than that? It can be that easy if you wish to settle for what is offered with your first search.
Airline Frequent Flyer – If you are collecting miles to be used for a special trip, to a special place, with a special someone, check you plan literature to find both hints, and restrictions. Tips would include things like the best days to schedule you flights. Restrictions would include things like days not allowed. In any case, start with your preferred provider and see what they offer before looking elsewhere.
Credit Card Frequent Flyer – Investigate you plan literature to see which airlines will provide the best return for your trip. Just like the airlines, there may be best days, airlines, and dates to travel
Airlines cater to the most customers going to the most popular locations. Some locations may be priced best at off hours or off days. Business travelers usually do not travel on weekends to business hubs like Chicago or New York.
Weekend travel, or late night departures, might be the cheapest, however, some midweek days are better for some locations.
In any case, do your homework, and search several ways, varying days, times, airlines, even suburban airports instead of the larger hubs. Non-stops usually are more money than trips with one or two stops.
In any case, the best airfares may mean different things to different people, or different occasions. For business clientele, time is money, while to a retired person on a fixed income, time may just be the thing he has most.
Ask yourself why you are taking this trip and weigh the costs vs. benefits to find your best rates.