Stunning Ways to Wrap Presents With Ribbon

Celebrations happen throughout the year, the most popular and common celebrations are birthdays. When you find a great gift for a loved one, friend or family member, you want to present it in the best possible way and that is what gift wrapping is for.

Ribbon will be your best friend when it comes to gifting wrapping. The ribbon gives the gift extra charm and allows you to experiment with your creativity. You could, if you wanted to, make your own ribbon. Making ribbon is the best part of this task. You can think of interesting ideas such as making the ribbon strands out of newspaper thus giving the gift a retro look. The headlines won’t be the noticeable part but it will look great as part of the design.

You can create ribbon decoration from colourful paper strips. It won’t have that nylon bouncy effect but you will be able to achieve a neat appearance. To give it a similar effect to the nylon, take a pair of scissors, place the paper between one blade and your thumb then pull it outwards. This will curl the material giving you that curly playful look. Be gentle when you do this as to not tear the paper strips.

Stick the ribbon in a diagonal pattern. Take multiple colours and put them against white wrapping paper. Notice how the colours will stand out. No amazing tying techniques will be required to do this nifty wrapping trick.

Lace is perfect for decorating presents. It might be slightly more costly than ribbon but it can be reused by the gift receiver. The patterns on the lace are so detailed that two strips of it will be enough. Try and pair it up with the simplest paper to avoid any decorative clashes. All you need to do is stick to lace strips across the whole present in a parallel manner. This will give the gift a wonderful vintage appearance.

Twine, string or cotton is a stunning technique you can use to detail your presents. The simplicity of the material gives you leeway to play with different colours as the base. There are also many ways to give the string more character. Braiding is a fancy yet pretty way to detail surfaces as well as twisting and looping.

Sometimes doing projects and tasks for another person at home is the best way to tell them how much they mean to you. Show off your skills with these craft objects that can be easily found in bulk at a cash and carry wholesaler and be creative with those gifts.

The New Ultimate Listing Presentation (Part 10)

Becoming the market authority is job one.

Before we get into the listing presentation, it’s important for you to do an honest assessment of your ability as an agent. Can you look into the mirror and feel, deep down, that you are the very best person to represent your seller client?

If you can’t do that (regardless of the listing approach you use), it would be unethical to offer your services to this client in the first place. In fact, you’d have a fiduciary obligation to recommend your fellow agent, the one who is the best, as the right agent to help your client.

So how do you go about becoming that best agent to represent your client? You need to do your homework! You need to study your market. You need to know the market statistics. You need to have clear-cut marketing strategies. You need to have a specific marketing plan that will yield results superior to those of the competition. Otherwise, you have nothing to offer the client!

Doesn’t that make sense? Why should your client list his most valuable asset with you if you don’t know what you’re doing? Would you list with yourself? And if your answer to my last question is not a resounding “Yes!” – then you need to become that ideal agent before you read another word.

Prior to listing my first house, I knew our market statistics cold. I pulled the raw data from our local MLS and crunched the numbers. Was it fun? Of course not! Nevertheless, I needed to know what I was talking about. I needed to be the best prepared agent my client would ever talk to. I needed to be the best agent for the job, or I couldn’t look my seller in the eye.

Trust me about this: your client will recognize whether or not you know what you’re talking about. If you’re bluffing, he’ll sense it. You can’t “fake the funk,” as they say. I wish I could tell you how many times a listing client has quoted an agent on something that I’ve known to be incorrect.

Because I was completely familiar with my market, though, I would be able to explain that the other agent, while very likely a nice person, had his facts wrong. Then I would present the statistics to the seller, and it was quite obvious to both of us who knew what they were doing and who didn’t. It doesn’t take that much work to become an expert, so do it. You owe it to yourself and to your clients.

OK. Here’s the basic market data you need to know before you go to your first listing appointment:

Days on Market (DOM). Average days on market is critical to your seller client for several reasons: it’s important in setting realistic expectations about the time needed to sell a home; it will help you evaluate any offers that come in and make an educated decision about whether it’s advisable for the client to wait for another offer or take what’s on the table; and, if you know the DOM for your market (or, better, yet, for the client’s neighborhood), you’ll be able to guide him or her through the process like a professional – which is exactly what you are!

There’s a problem with DOM statistics, however. Most MLS databases have a very manipulated DOM number which is invariably skewed low. So how can you know what the real number is? Is it possible to determine the actual DOM for your market even if you’re not a rocket scientist? Absolutely! Just use the absorption rate to calculate the true DOM for your area. Let me explain.

Before writing The New Ultimate Listing Presentation, I thought I would pull the latest DOM figures from my local MLS and compare that statistic with the actual calculated DOM. The latest number as reported in my MLS is 77 days. However, when I calculated DOM using the absorption method, the actual average DOM is 240! And believe me, your MLS is off as well – maybe not by as much as mine, but it is typically off by more than 50%.

So why the huge disparity? Because the MLS calculates the average DOM as the average days on market for the listings that actually sold. What it leaves out of its calculation altogether are homes that were withdrawn, listings that expired, listings that were withdrawn for a day and then re-listed to restart the clock, or those that were never put in the MLS until they sold (like new construction where they might list only one home in a subdivision, but actually have 20 for sale). And all of those affect the reported DOM.

Here’s how you get the real DOM. Find out how many homes sold in your market last year and how many are currently on the market. For example, if 10,000 homes sold last year, and there are currently 5000 on the market, what those numbers indicate is that the inventory turned twice last year (10,000 divided by 5000 = 2.0). Now, there are twelve months in a year, and 12 divided by 2.0 = 6.0, which is the absorption rate, meaning that the average time actually on market is 6.0 months.

Then, to convert the absorption rate to days on market, you simply multiply this last number by 30 (6.0 x 30 = 180). And if you figure DOM this way, you’ll eliminate all manipulation in your market by builders and agents who re-list stigmatized homes due to their excessive time on market.

I wanted you to know how to do the math, but I have great news. Now, as part of The New Ultimate Listing Presentation, I have made your job much easier. Because I got so many calls and emails from agents wanting help on the math, I built a calculator for you to use. So try it out. Never settle for those inaccurate numbers from your local MLS again.

How Much Does a Funeral Cost in Philadelphia?

The cost of a funeral can be overwhelming, and many people wonder what the cost breakdown is for different aspects of a funeral service in Philadelphia. While there are no set rules as to how much each service should cost, we can give you an idea of what factors into your total bill.
An average funeral cost breakdown is as follows: the average Philadelphia funeral costs $8,508 dollars, the average price for a burial plot is $1,717 dollars, the average cost of embalming is $357 and the cremation rate rose by close to 40 percent. These are some of the factors that go into funeral costs. Keep in mind that there are many, many more things that factor into this cost and you will get a full quote from us after we meet with you.

Average Funeral Costs:

Memorial Service: $1,286

This price is based on the lowest possible memorial service at a funeral home, not all funeral homes provide a memorial service. If a viewing is required, the price will be higher. This can include an outside reception area, catering for guests, and the rental of a chapel or parlor room.

Hearse: $535

The average hearse rental cost is about $535. An alternative to the hearse is a station wagon or coach with an attached platform for carrying the casket.

Mortuary Fee: $2,640

This price covers the professional service of preparing your loved ones’ remains. It includes dressing and cosmetology services, removal of your loved one from their place of death, general cleaning of the body, disinfection, and preparation of the body for visitation or services. This does not cover funeral home charges for holding your loved one before final disposition.

Basic Service Fee: $1,286

The average cost for basic service fee is $1,286 dollars. It covers the use of facilities and staff to conduct a short service. The other factor in this fee is the transportation of your loved one from the coroner’s office or place of death to the funeral home, as not all funeral homes have their own mortuary staff and equipment.

Casket: $2,500

Caskets may be rented from a local funeral home for a basic service fee, or purchased for around

$2,500. The average cost of a casket is about $2,500 dollars. There are times that funeral homes will provide caskets for free or at reduced charge when they are needed.

Cemetery Costs:

The average price of cemetery plots in the United States is $1,717. This averages to $437 per grave space.

The average cost of a headstone is $1,068 dollars and the total fee for opening and closing a grave is about $1,233 dollars.

Cremation Vs Burial

Different cultures view and interpret death in different ways. For instance, the Norse people, particularly the Vikings, believed that a fallen Viking would feast and dine in Valhalla with Odin or Freyja. Hindus believe that after death, one is reincarnated (begin a new life in another body or physical form).

In Greek mythology, its believed that the souls of the dead traveled to the underground. The dead would be buried with coins to bribe Charon (the ferryman), who would help their souls cross the river that divided the world of the dead and the living.

With all the differences in the death beliefs, one thing that has remained constant is how people bury their loved ones, which is cremation vs burial. So, if you are wondering what is the difference between cremation and burial, then read on as I got you covered through this article.

What is cremation?

It’s believed that the Greeks started cremating their slain soldiers as early as 1000 BCE, who passed on in foreign land to ensure that they were laid to rest in their motherland country and in the presence of their folks. Later they introduced cremation to the Western world.

Cremation services is the process through which a dead body placed in a casket or a rigid cardboard container is respectfully reduced to its essential elements in a cremation chamber or a tort by exposure to open flames and high temperatures of 982.22.

It typically takes 2-3 hours to complete this process. The remains may be placed in an urn (a rounded and tall vase) provided by the family or in a temporary container awaiting further burial rites.

What is burial?

Burial is, also known as inhumation or interment. It is considered to be a rite of passage where the deceased is embalmed, mummified, or left to decompose naturally is placed in a 4feet deep trench (grave) or in a tomb with the body being positioned in varying ways.

The positioning of the body is primarily dependent on the deceased cultural background and beliefs. A ceremony known as a funeral where the family and friends of the deceased eulogize the dead precedes the actual burying ceremony.

What are the main differences?

Both cremations vs burial are forms of respectfully laying the dead to rest. Cremation involves reducing a deceased body into its essential properties, whereas burial involves entombing or placing the deceased in a 4 feet deep grave.