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Use these tips (from science!) to convey your brilliance to others

(OP/ED) Sure, what’s on the inside count. But outward presentation matters too, especially in the real estate game. Here’s how to appear smarter and more professional.

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Science says…

We all have good hair days and bad hair days, and I’m not just talking about hair. When we leave the house we’re either imbuing confidence and charisma or we’re feeling kind of meh, right? The reasons why are sometimes in our control, but mostly it’s just a feeling. It’s that moment that you look in the mirror and think “Damn I look ______.”

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Now, the subtle science of human perception has brought us closer to understanding how we can appear a little bit more intelligent when we’re out in the world. Good hair day or bad.

How to convey brilliance

Open your eyes
People who open their eyes wider and don’t appear to be drifting off or bored tend to be perceived as more intelligent.

Smile a little
Studies have found that we connect small smiles to intelligence as well.

Basically, just look happy and awake and people will think you’re smarter.

Wear glasses
Especially thick glasses. It’s not just a perception thing either. A study at University of Melbourne’s Centre for Eye Research recently connected short sightedness with intelligence.

Take care of yourself
Appearances matter and we associate a good looking person with a lot of positive behaviors. People with thin faces tend to be perceived as smarter, so let that be your inspiration to hit the gym.

Don’t swear
Studies have shown that people who swear are perceived as less intelligent and less mature by prospective employers.

Skip the Sangria
Drinking can make you appear less intelligent according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. They call it the “Imbibing idiot bias,” which means we think drinkers are dummies, even if we’re indulging ourselves.

Notice your speech
Speak slowly and thoughtfully. Abolish the word like, and know what big words mean. Some people believe that speaking quickly is the path to being seen as more intelligent like nerds on TV (think Chuck or Sheldon). But clear speech is the path to appearing smarter.

Rep your middle name
By using your middle initial in a professional setting, people see you as more accomplished and smarter according to research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

Shine bright

These aren’t just tricks, these are daily habits that with practice can help you become a smarter, more accomplished person.Click To Tweet

Take care of yourself, use some of these tricks, and your exterior actions could affect your inner confidence turning that bad hair day into a really really good one.

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C. L. Brenton is a staff writer at The American Genius. She loves writing about all things, she’s even won some contests doing it! For everything C. L. check out her website

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Crystal ball: what will home sales do for the rest of this year?

(REAL ESTATE DATA) NAR’s Chief Economist lays out his predictions for home sales in the coming year.

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NAR Midyear forecast

Last week at NAR’s annual REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo (NAR Midyear) in Washington, key economic leaders took to the stage to forecast home sales for the coming year.

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What to expect

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, presented a midyear economic forecast. When it comes to existing homes, according to Yun’s report, the first quarter sales hit 5.62 million, the highest since 2006 and a 3.5 percent increase from last year. He said that these figures “exceeded expectations” and attributed the sales increase to “record highs” in the stock market, “16 million new jobs created since 2010… and rising consumer confidence.”

However, Yun also noted that the number of new homeowners remains somewhat suppressed.

That suppression is largely due to lack of listings in the low- and middle-market range. Pricing growth in many metropolitan areas has caused overall existing-home prices to rise by 5 percent, making many existing homes unaffordable to first time buyers and young families. “Prices are still rising too fast in many areas and are outpacing incomes,” Yun explained.

Low ownership rate

Unfortunately, new home construction may not make up for the difference. Yun explained that the “building industry’s ability to produce more single-family homes” was being thwarted by “limited lots, labor shortages, tight construction lending and higher lumber costs.” Yun predicts that 1.5 million new homes will need building, an increase in housing construction of 8.4 percent.

Yun believes that sales will increase when “there’s a meaningful bump in new and existing inventory.”

Yun was also joined onstage by Jonathan Spader of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Spader added to Yun’s analysis of the low homeownership rate, adding that older adults are foreclosing, while younger homebuyers are delaying their purchase in hopes of an economic upturn. Nonetheless, he anticipates reaching over 60 percent homeownership by 2025, with increasing diverse family structures, races, and ethnicities represented amongst homeowners.

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Spider infestation forces family to abandon their $450k home, legal battle ensues

After a massive spider infestation in a beautiful St. Louis home, a family has abandoned their home, and despite a judge’s orders, are not seeing compensation.

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We have all had a spider or two in our home, and maybe a client panic that they’ve seen one during a walkthrough, but one St. Louis family’s story will make yours pale in comparison. A gorgeous home valued at roughly $450,000 has been abandoned and is now in foreclosure because of spiders.

Brown recluse spiders, to be specific. They are are not known for attacking people, but when they do bite, the venom can kill the tissue cells at the bite site, causing necrosis, and while not fatalities have been confirmed, it remains known as the most poisonous spider in the U.S. Most bites lead to intense pain, itching, and sometimes fever, chills, vomiting, and even shock.

You see one in your house and you call the exterminator. You see hundreds and you run like hell. The St. Louis family recently won a lawsuit against the previous owners for failing to disclose the infestation of thousands of brown recluse spiders.

Although the family saw no signs of spiders at the final walkthrough, not even webs, after they moved in, they began finding them everywhere – falling from the ceiling, bleeding from the walls, scattering themselves in their clothes, food, and other belongings.

The spider infestation gets more bizarre

If that isn’t enough to want to run away screaming, State Farm insurance defended the previous owners when the new owners sued them. This led to a jury trial wherein the new owners won a $472,110 award.

They weren’t able to collect.

State Farm refused to pay the claim and the previous owners declared bankruptcy. Why? Spider infestations do not fall under the umbrella of damage to a home. In fact, the policy excluded insect infestations. The new home owners’ lawyers argued that spiders are not “insects,” but they stood firm.

The home has gone into foreclosure and is now in the hands of Fannie Mae who is in the process of tenting and fumigating the home, a process normally reserved for termites, not spiders. “There’ll be nothing alive in there after this,” the exterminator told he St. Louis Post-Dispatch, adding that tenting houses is a new method for dealing with brown recluse spiders that was not in use three years ago when the family abandoned the house.

Burn it to the ground

It seems curious that State Farm still refuses a judge’s orders to pay out, given that the house still exists. At least the family didn’t use a self-made blowtorch like a Seattle man did this summer, nearly burning his house down in an effort to kill a lone spider.

It doesn’t appear likely that this family will be compensated for their nightmare, and this house might be a tough sell, but at least they escaped alive. Realtors should take note of this saga – buyers may have heightened spidey senses right now with a particular sensitivity about infestations, given this story.

Note: the freaky image above is of a wolf spider, not a brown recluse, but it scared us more than anything on the web, so it has done it’s job.

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Publisher’s notes to our loyal readers

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Today, Realuoso is born!

Behind the scenes of the real estate industry.

[notification type=”information” title=”UPDATE”]In 2015, Realuoso evolved to become The Real Daily, and the mission you’ll read about here remains, just under a bold new name![/notification]

We’re bringing modernity to real estate industry news like only we can. It starts with a level playing field, and it stays that way -fair, balanced, and truthful. The world of real estate is made up so many scenes (industries), but there is one segment in particular that we seek to reach -the practicing brokers, Realtors, and associations that support them. That is our focus – to enlighten our audience to the many moving pieces of the industry being influenced by big media, big lobby, and big money.

Many would have you believe that the news is about what they want to talk about, creating the news for money, picking and choosing winners and losers, or making themselves the news – it’s mostly garbage.

So today I welcome you to a new beginning in real estate news – Realuoso. Although it is an extension of The American Genius, you deserved a platform dedicated exclusively to your craft. Realuoso is not a blog, this is hard news with an editorial section, and we will never waste your time with fluff pieces.

Stories here on Realuoso speak for themselves. We’re behind the scenes breaking news, real news that matters, and we invite you to send any story tips our way (we always protect our sources).

Introducing a new layer of transparency

We’ve added a user product ratings system, and we invite all of you that are practicing real estate and using these tools to rate these products yourselves so that when your peers shop for products, they can cut through the noise and get relevant products in the market place, based on your input. We will add 30 new businesses per week, so feel free to suggest one you love or hate, just click Tipsters.

To dig deeper click on “The Expo” in the main menu and sift through the drop down menu for sections, and learn more about how the online expo works (especially if you’re a vendor).

This is the sort of transparency we believe is desperately needed, bad products are news if members are paying for them.

Stick around, we want you to get involved!

Bear in mind that we are in beta (however, the algorithm for product ratings will suspend irregularities, and if you vote twice, congratulations, you simply revoted your own vote).

We’re so happy to have you here that we’re requesting you register as a member for free. We have more features coming in the next few weeks, and registrants are the first to be alerted. The registration system does require phone number and address, but we’re simply asking for your business listing.

If you find a bug, or have a question, simply contact us.

Most sincerely,

Benn Rosales, Founder, Publisher

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