Month: May 2021

Finding the Best Real Estate Agent to Fit Your Needs

Buying and selling your house can be overwhelming, especially in a hot market. There are hundreds and possibly thousands of Real estate agents in your area. How do you choose the right person for you? There are many online options, but leaving the largest financial decision of your life to a DIY doesn’t seem like a sound choice. And a bad experience isn’t just frustrating but will lead to lost time and money out of your pocket.

Your best option is to talk to your local financial institution before making a decision. Once you’re clear on your options, ask for references. Your lender will likely have experience (good and bad) with many realtors in the area, as will other people in your network. You should interview several people and choose the right fit. A good agent may not necessarily be the right agent for your particular needs. Lastly, talk to them about your contract. What’s their commission rate? What is the contract deadline? There are several key factors that should go into making your final choice.

FINDING THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT FOR YOU

TALK TO YOUR NETWORK

Start with your local lender. You trust them with your money. Let them lead the way into your next financial decision. Are there some agents who are harder to work with than others? Is there a company they deal with on a regular basis? Is there someone they’d recommend for your particular situation?

Next, go to the people you trust most: your social network.  Whose opinions and experiences would you trust? Who is most likely to look for the same qualities in an agent? Has someone recently bought or sold their home? Reach out to them and ask questions. People love to feel like experts, and most would be happy to share their wisdom over a free cup of coffee.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIT

Does the agent specialize in your type of home? Do they know the area you’re searching in? Does their personality mesh with yours, or will it feel like a chore to reach out to them? All of these factors are important when choosing someone who will be a large part of your life for the next few months.

Once you’ve narrowed it down, the most important question to ask is: can I trust you? You’ve done your due diligence and covered all your bases. You found someone who knows your market and is willing to work on your terms. You’ve checked their references and done the research (you even loved the cookies they served in their lobby). This is your guy – or gal – who will find your new home. They’re experienced and knowledgeable, but most importantly, are they trustworthy?

REVIEW YOUR CONTRACT

Your agent should be willing to go over and explain your contract. If there’s anything you don’t understand, it’s best to get a second opinion. At this price range, nothing should be left to chance. Your contract should clearly spell out everything you and your agent have already agreed upon.

Are you getting a favorable commission rate? Does the contract length suit your timeline? What are the conditions under which the contract can be terminated? Are there contingencies that must be met before the sale can go through?

You scour reviews and research 10 different models before you buy a toaster oven. But when it comes to a large purchase such as home buying, the options are overwhelming. We live in a modern age where everything is available at our fingertips. The answers are out there. Take your time and ask your real estate agent about the things you’re unsure about. The last thing you want to do is fumble the biggest purchase of your life.

What Animal Lovers Should Know About A Career in Veterinary

You’ve always been a dog whisperer. You have a way with animals, and you’re ready to make a career of it! From learning what a day on the job is really like to purchasing disability insurance for soon to be veterinarians, there are lots to learn about the veterinary world. 

The Diversity of the Animal Kingdom

Cats and dogs aren’t the only animals on the planet. When you’re a vet, you get to see all kinds of animals each day. This can be a wonderful, eye-opening experience, and where you practice will often determine the kinds of animals you’ll interact with most frequently. For example, rural vets see a lot of farm animals, while city vets may specialize in a particular kind of animal.

On the downside, this diversity does mean you may not always be able to interact with your favorite animals. If you really do have a passion for animals, you’ll see this as an advantage and not a drawback. Otherwise, you may want to reconsider a career as a vet.

It Can Be Painful

Working with animals on a daily basis can be incredibly fulfilling. However, there are many times when being a vet can be difficult or even downright heart-wrenching. Consider dealing with the following before committing yourself to a career in the veterinary field:

  • Euthanasia
  • Suffering animals
  • Consoling pet owners

Every Day is Unique

One of the best things about being a vet is how every day brings something new and unexpected to the table. You also have to switch constantly between pet and owner interactions, which presents new and exciting challenges. With all of the various veterinary services you’ll undertake, you’ll never grow bored of your profession. 

Not Everything is About the Animals 

As with any job, at some point you’ll have to turn away from your work itself to focus on bureaucratic issues and administrative work. Record-keeping is another crucial component of veterinary work, along with writing instructions for pet owners. While these tasks may shift your attention away from your primary focus, they’re essential to maintaining your practice and adding variety to your day.

Purchasing Disability Insurance for Soon to Be Veterinarians

You’ll also want to look out for your long-term financial interests in case you are no longer able to work. This may include purchasing disability insurance. Vet work can be difficult, strenuous, and sometimes dangerous. For these reasons, you want to ensure you and your family are protected in the case of injury or illness.

You Need Love and Compassion

In order to properly carry out your duties as a vet, you need to have a kind and open heart. Good people skills are a must, along with patience and good communication. While most owners are delightful to work with, you may find yourself becoming frustrated if an owner fails to fol

Get Help Manufacturing Your New Product

New product manufacturing can be a daunting task. You’ve already created the concept, now how do you turn your idea into a physical, revenue-generating product? To bring your creation to market, you’ll need a professional product design, a prototype, manufacturing, and fulfillment before it can be displayed on store shelves. At RedFox Manufacturing, we can take you from concept to sales floor. We walk you through every step, ensuring that your product idea becomes a reality.   

THE REDFOX MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Get Help Manufacturing Your New Product

PRODUCT DESIGN

You have the idea. Let us bring that vision to life. Many things go into designing a product: market research, its functionality, visual appeal, and even packaging. RedFox has experience with all types of products in dozens of fields. So whether you’re a technological savant or a backyard do-it-yourself-er, we’ll help make your dream a reality.

Our design team keeps your end goal in mind. We consider the manufacturing process before moving on from conception. This will save you time and money in the long run and keep your product sleek and user-friendly.

PROTOTYPING

A prototype is an example of your initial idea. A one-of-a-kind model is used to test the feel and function of your product, as well as to attract investors. Physically holding the idea that once resided only in your head is a magical and invigorating experience. This is the moment you realize you’re one step closer to bringing your product to market.

Initially, a prototype is created in a 2D sketch, then a virtual, 3D model, until finally, it becomes a physical sample. This method allows you to test your invention, ensure its functionality and combat any problems before they arise. This step also takes the entire manufacturing process into account, saving you time and money in the long run.

Once you are satisfied with the prototype, it is then replicated on a mass scale in the manufacturing process.

MANUFACTURING

The RedFox team has established partnerships with domestic as well as international factories. The seven US-based manufacturing plants provide high-quality control, shorter lead times, and easy shipping. The 18 Central America facilities offer lower labor costs and low or no-cost tariffs and trade agreements. Finally, the 33 Asian facilities offer low manufacturing and material costs with high capacity capabilities.

This multi-faceted approach gives you ample flexibility for all your needs. Whether you require a quick turnaround, local shipping, or low-cost materials, we have every option that fits your budget and goals.

FULFILLMENT

Have you thought beyond your initial idea into sales and customer fulfillment? Who will manage and store your inventory? Who will set up your e-commerce storefront? Are you ready to negotiate shipping costs and handle customer care and returns? You don’t have to be. RedFox provides all these services and more.

Bringing a new product to market can be an exciting endeavor. Don’t let the complicated and overwhelming process get you down. RedFox Manufacturing is your partner for all your new product manufacturing needs, from conception to the sales floor.