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May 2018

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The History Of The Pods Moving Container

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Gone are the days when a mover’s only means of relocating was through the use of a rental truck. The stress of being rushed, not to mention the long drive ahead, made moving a nightmarish experience. However, in recent years, stress has been alleviated through the use of portable on demand moving units, called pods. Perhaps the desire for a stress-free, accommodating move is what inspired the making of the pods moving container.

The PODS® company, founded by Peter Warhurst in 1998, was initially a family storage business. Recognizing a need for practicality, pods were made available in several sizes and advertised as storage units. These units, in the beginning, were kept at storage facilities and not transportable. However, Warhurst made it a challenge to make pods more appealing to the public, which inspired the invention of Podzilla™.

 

Podzilla™, a hydraulic lift system, was designed to provide operators a quick, easy method when lifting and transporting pods. A lift system is needed because moving pods, conveniently, sit flat on the ground, allowing the mover to simply walk into the pod, without the use of a ramp. This feature alone contributed to PODS® success and the appeal of the moving pod.

The effectiveness of the pod is what led other major moving companies to offer a portable moving and storing solution. U-Haul® offers a portable moving unit, the U-Box™, which can hold up to 2,000 pounds. U-Pack® offers the Relo-Cube™, which is designed to ideally fit a standard-sized parking space. Both the U-Box™ and Relo-Cube™ offer the same easy delivery and pick-up options as PODS moving pod.

Due to the success of moving pods and other portable units, there has been a decrease in moving truck rentals. Moving trucks, while able to hold 6-7 rooms of furniture and belongings, are a headache to load and can be difficult to maneuver. Some movers prefer renting several pods, or units, just for the convenience they offer. With life being so hectic, it seems anything that can make a move less difficult is welcomed.

Since the late 1980s, moving pods have been seen in driveways and on highways, storing and transporting belongings, and for good reason. In this fast paced world, a moving pod offers the mover a chance to step back, evaluate and assess the situation, without being rushed or pushed to meet a deadline. While moving trucks remain a major moving method, pods moving containers are swiftly gaining popularity.

 

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Luxury Homes

Philippine Luxury Homes

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People from all sides of the world are now visiting the Philippines because of the country’s simple beauty and colorful sights. As a tropical country, the Philippines also boast more than 7,000 islands, all with expressive culture, good food, great beaches, and even better hospitality and service. In line with this, the native Filipinos and foreigners alike, together with Filipinos that are working abroad are now thinking of their next step when it comes to property investments.

Philippine luxury homes may be the answer to a better retirement, an inevitable investment, or just the answer to one’s happiness. Whatever the reason may be, this would be the perfect time to search for the right luxury home here in the tropical islands of the Philippines. Everybody knows how life is set at a much slower pace in the country, especially in the provinces. This may be what people would want– a slower pace in life, to be able to enjoy life’s simpler pleasures.

Several property industries are set to give the Filipino people a taste of their own country. By slowly investing on large residential and commercial lands and turning it into paradise, these property giants really know what they are doing. Philippine luxury homes can be found anywhere in the Philippines, from the outskirts of the city, to luxury homes beside business districts and important landmarks. Either way, people would easily recognize the sumptuous environment that these luxury homes have to offer.

Large open areas, gardens, or golf courses may be the background sights for the luxury homes here in the Philippines. Of course, future residents may only want to see the bareness of their environment, so as to lessen the feel of being busy and the feel of clutter around them. Tranquil and calm would overall define Philippine luxury homes here, simply because of the atmosphere that they are working on.

Generally defined as something conducive to pleasure and comfort, luxury is something that Filipinos would surely love. Given the fact that Filipinos enjoy comfort and fun, a luxury home might be the next target for the Filipino family’s future plans. On the other hand, overseas Filipino workers may also give interest in investing on luxury homes in the country. With the right payment schemes and the perfect home, overseas workers would surely give in and invest on a home that, in the future, would make them see and catch up on the beauty and wonder of their own country. For foreigners, this would be an opportunity for them to witness how grand it is to live in a tropical country such as ours. By living in a luxury home here in our country, they would surely live in style without spending much, while they enjoy our environment, as well as our people, and forget their 9-5 daily work routine back where they used to live. Indeed, Philippine luxury homes might change the life that one lives, and would open one’s eyes and make them see the beauty of what our country has to offer.

 

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My First Open House Experience

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I finally decided to write my first post. Why not? But what could I possible write about that is interesting and educational as well. I can write about the market, mortgage rules, down payments, etc

Or read the newspaper and write a well digested post.

So, here we go, I remember that day as if it was an hour ago! It has scarred me forever and ever. Every time a client asks me to run an open house, I sweat and swallow super hard. Even after having lots of successful “open houses”, this one still manages to make me run to the bathroom and grab the famous Pepto-Bismol.

So, long ago, when I became a licensed real estate agent, at the beginning of my time as a Realtor. The new challenges I was facing, a bit anxious but super excited at the same time. Knowing what I am made out of, a very hard working, honest, reliable, ethical individual couldn’t wait to run my very first open house!

Since I had no listing of my own and couldn’t just run an open house on my own house and tell anyone entering through the entrance: “thank you for coming, but this house is really not for sale! It is just for me to practice my new skills”

So I asked a few fellow agents in my office and at last, after 2 months of trying, one of our broker asked me to help him out!

I was so excited that I had a hard time falling asleep! I did a CMA, I looked up all the past, present sales in the area; looked up all the schools from public, private, catholic, French, etc in the neighborhood. I had so much info on the area that I felt like a walking Google!

I asked myself so many questions that people could come up with and I had the answer to every single one of them memorized!

The day of, I put on my super tailored suit, make sure nothing was stuck between my teeth, etc. I just wanted to run it as professionally as possible.

Anyhow, after opening the lock box to the unit, I realized that my suit had no pockets! And I didn’t take my purse with me, so the only secure place I could come up with storing the property’s key for 2 hours was my bra. No big deal, who would find out, after all, I showered and my bra was super clean and my suit just came out of the dry cleaners. I could use a bit of water and soap after and put it back in the lock box. Problem solved!

Open house was over at 4 pm, not too many people showed up but I had everything under control. I was extremely happy with the outcome. It was GREAT, except for the key stored in my bra and started to be a little uncomfortable.

So, I lock the property’s door, made sure it was actually locked, put back the key in the lock box, shuffle the combination, get in my car with a huge smile!

Contact the listing agent and thanked him for the opportunity and that everything was left in its perfect condition.

The next day, I had a fund raising event to attend. 5KM walk for a children’s hospital. So, on that Sunday, I am walking and thinking of yesterday’s open house. I am going to call those few individuals that came in. Asked them for feedbacks and take it from there. At exact same moment, my phone ran and it was the listing agent asking me where the key to the property is?!

He asked me to look in my pockets or purse, just in case, by mistake I forgot to put it back in the box. I told him that was not possible. And I had to tell him where I stored the house key for 2 hours the day before (super embarrassing!) and the silent after that.

I drove to the property just to see it for myself, and yes, sure enough, no key… I couldn’t believe my eyes! Being new to the business, new to this brokerage, my very first open house experience that I wanted it so badly and wanted to be “perfect” just got destroyed. No key, no house key a scheduled open house and we couldn’t get in.

The property had no showings after my open house. Key just gone, nowhere to be found, did not fall out of the box when I was putting it back. A total mind blowing experience.

It was obvious that it was stolen, by whom? No one knows. They’ve changed the lock right away and took all necessary security action, but… I felt terrible for the owners! There is nothing worse than feeling unsecured in your own home! Just the thought of knowing that some stranger might have the key to your property made me sick! I put myself in their shoes and I couldn’t fall asleep just thinking of it.

I can’t describe how I felt on that day and still do. Every single time I have to open a lock box and close it again, I get this weird feeling (even today). It just feels like time stops for a split second and it slows down.

I get a little more anxious when clients ask me to run an open house for them. I do it, but there is something, some weird feeling that surface.

My first open house experience shook me like a massive earthquake… and I still can feel the aftershock from time to time.

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