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College Housing Life: Getting Along with Roommates

Living the college life is pretty exciting. Learning to take care of yourself and make smart choices on your own is sometimes enjoyable and sometimes frustrating. For many, roommates are a part of the new life. In USC Upstate housing, you will have one or more roommates, and chances are that you will never have met any of them before. How do you live peacefully with a bunch of different personalities you are just beginning to get to know? The friendships you make during these years of your higher education can last a lifetime, so getting off on the right foot is important.

Before School Starts

If you are living in campus housing, you will probably be asked to fill out a questionnaire that identifies various aspects of your personality. The housing staff will then try to match you up with a roommate with whom you are likely to get along. Once you have been informed of your roommate selection, you have a chance to start making friends before you are even on campus. Reach out to this person by calling or emailing. Tell them a little about yourself and ask some general questions about them in return. By the time you meet each other in person, you will already have established a foundation of friendship.

Sharing a Room Isn’t Always Easy

If you are lucky, you get your own bedroom. This can make it a little easier to get away when pressure or conflict builds up and you need some breathing space. If you do share your room with another person, recognize that close living will often lead to some annoyances and difficulties. Maybe you snore and your roomie is a light sleeper. Your roommate keeps her entire wardrobe on the floor while you always take care of your clothes. Maybe you have a boyfriend or girlfriend your roommate can’t stand, or vice versa. When pressure builds, take the time to talk to your roommate about concerns. If you both are determined to understand the other’s point of view, you can find a livable compromise. But if your roommate’s quirks aren’t harming you, it’s best to learn to live with them as much as possible. That annoyance you feel when he flexes in front of the mirror every time he showers? Let it go. That sucking sound she makes on her teeth when she’s worried? Ignore it.

Be Kind

Living in close proximity to someone else requires kindness. Be respectful in your speech even if you aren’t best friends with your roommate. Try to think about how your actions will affect him or her, and be considerate. Often, such proximity does quickly develop into friendships that can last a lifetime, and you can share memories of your college experience for decades to come. But even if it doesn’t, don’t be the person no one can live with. If you have a good attitude and are determined to enjoy getting to know one or more people really well, your experience in USC Upstate housing can be one of the best things to ever happen to you.

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How to Lease a Retail Space

Starting up a retail business can be an exciting venture. Among all the important considerations, one of the most essential decisions is where you intend to set up shop. Part of making it in retail is having a location that your customers will have easy access to and will be willing travel to regularly. Not just any space available for leasing in a prime location will do. You should review your needs and ask all the pertinent questions before renting from Hi-Riet or another retail leasing organization.

Your Needs

Carefully review what you’re looking for in a leasing space. What sort of look do you want? Do you want a space that has the potential to look chic and trendy, or are you searching for something more industrial and practical? What customers are you targeting? What do you think their income will be? Are they discount shoppers? If so, avoid areas where there are surrounding stores that offer discounts. Know who your competitors are nearby before you set up. How far are your customers willing to drive or walk to your location? What is the traffic like in your area? Research your customer base by networking with other retailers and using research resources. Another consideration is the size of your leased space. Smaller businesses tend to opt for 800 to 3,000 or even 5,000-square-foot spaces. For expanding businesses, 10,000 to 15,000 square feet is necessary. These spaces tend to be cheaper per square foot when paying rent.

Questions to Ask

You should narrow down your list of potentials to a select few. When meeting with them to discuss leasing out such spaces, ask a few critical questions. First, ask the terms. This means how long you’ll get the space and what the payment schedule will be. You should know what the rates will be up front and if they will increase or decrease during the lease. Understand late fees and other penalties. In order to understand the penalties, you must comprehend the rules. Is Hi-Riet or those who are leasing the space concerned about certain items you may store or how much electricity you expend? Lastly, ask about maintenance issues. You should be given numbers to call when things break and emergencies arise.


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Understanding the Short Sale Process

Most of today’s home buyers will have come across properties that are being offered on short sale. Some may even consider buying a short sale home when they see how much they will be able to save if they do decide to purchase one. But as with any major purchase, buyers need to understand first what short sale is so that they would know what to expect if they decide to go through with buying a home that is being offered on short sale. A short sale is a real estate transaction wherein the lender (usually a bank) agrees to accept a price that is less than the amount owed on the mortgage. When mortgage payments haven’t been paid for 90 days or more, there is a possibility of foreclosure. Short sale is an alternative to foreclosure. Even though the lender stands the chance of losing money, it is still a better option than having the property foreclosed.

As a homebuyer, you will fully benefit from purchasing if you keep in mind a few important things. The bank (lender) will have the final say in what would be the most acceptable offer for the property. You, as the buyer, would have to come up with an offer which you think the bank is most likely to approve. You have to be very patient because short sale transactions usually take longer compared to other real estate transactions. You also have to be very diligent throughout the whole process. Inspect the house carefully. If possible have a certified home inspector look into the property. Short sale homes are sold on an ‘as-is’ basis. The expenses that will be incurred for repairs should be a major consideration when you decide on the final amount of your offer. If you have found a property that you really want to buy and it so happens that it is being offered on short sale, you can hire the services of a real estate lawyer that specializes in short sales. Your lawyer will be able to explain to you what to expect in a short sale transaction and can even guide you in coming up with what could be the most acceptable offer that the bank is most likely to approve.


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