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How to Protect Your Home & Family from Burglary

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Making sure that all your windows, doors, and other entry points around your home are secure while you’re sleeping or away is certainly important when keeping you, your family, and possessions safe. However, did you know that there are important things to consider beyond physically securing your home when guarding against burglaries? Generally, thieves and burglars will first get an idea of which homes are worth their time and effort. This means casing prospective properties.

There are a variety of ways a criminal may do this to include approaching you and your home under false pretenses. This could be a person knocking on your door asking to use the restroom, phone, or even trying to sell you something in a manner that gains them entrance to your home. This is how they will get an idea of what’s in your home of value, what security weak points there may be, and perhaps even provide themselves with access later by unlocking a window. What this all means is that you and your family should remain vigilant in who’s allowed access to your home and never leave valuables like cash, jewelry, or expensive electronics in open view.

There are occasions where it is necessary to allow strangers access to your home for services like carpet cleaning, pest control, painting, or even lawn care and other legitimate services. One of the best things you can do is vet the business you’re considering before hiring them to do work in your home. Fortunately, the digital age has made this much easier, but you still need to take the time to research the business and pay particular attention to what other customers are saying about them. What’s more, any business to which you allow access of your home should have the appropriate licensing and bonding.

Even after you’re comfortable that the business you hire to work in and around your home is reputable and legitimate, it’s still a good idea to have an adult around while the work is being performed. We also recommend letting a neighbor know what’s going on and have them stop by at random. In fact, knowing your neighbors by organizing a cookout or other community activity has a wide range of security benefits for everyone.

You should also always take measures to mitigate loss if a burglar does gain access to your home. Keep your computer files backed up regularly on an external drive, and hide this hard drive in a place where valuables aren’t typically found like the kitchen pantry or laundry room. This could make the difference of hanging onto things like financial records and family pictures. If you do come home to find that a break-in has occurred, do not enter and immediately go back outside and call the authorities. There’s always a chance that the culprits could still be inside, and it simply isn’t worth the risk to your safety to find out. Additionally, don’t touch anything as the thieves may have left fingerprints or other evidence behind. To ensure that your home is as safe as possible, give us a call at Ambicorp CCTV Security to have a specialist come out and evaluate your home security and suggest the security devices that you would need.

 

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Business Security Systems: Sleep Better With These Eyes Open

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CCTV cameras (CCTV = Closed Circuit Television) are only as good as their security camera installation teams.

Installing security cameras can be tricky. Especially business security systems, with dozens of commercial security cameras, commercial outdoor security cameras, commercial video surveillance systems – with night vision, and commercial wireless security cameras; these commercial surveillance systems can get real messy, real fast – if you’re not experienced.

Because Ambicorp is experienced (very actually, thanks for asking) with security camera installation, you can relax when you call. What you see as a problem, we see as just another (almost fun) project.

We’ve been installing commercial security camera systems for years (and years). So, if you just want to monitor goings on, give us a call; if you want to deter or record activity, just let us know; if you want inventory control, then we’ll help to map out your blind spots; if you know nothing – we’ll take of you, and – if you know your way around CCTV security cameras and security camera installation, then you’re really going to like having Ambicorp as your partner to enact your plan in the smartest way possible.

Our experience enables us to configure affordable, dependable business security systems that provide 24 hour service – working when you’re not; staying awake and watching when you’re asleep and dreaming.

 

 

reasons to buy a security camera system

10 REASONS TO BUY A SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM

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In the present world, it is almost impossible to be in a place where cameras are not used to capture events, no matter the type. In developed countries, it is a normal thing to have surveillance cameras installed with the purpose of monitoring and watching what people do. Therefore, it is almost impossible for people to do things without being recorded on a camera. Although, this has caused mixed reactions with some people seeing this as an invasion of their privacy and others see it as a way to checkmate crime.

Irrespective of these opinions, security cameras have provided several benefits to those who use them in their homes and at their place of work. They help people monitor their children, prevent vandals and burglars from tampering with their property as well as increase efficiency and effectiveness of employees at work.

We will look into 10 reasons why you should buy a security camera system.

  1. Monitor Your Children

We know that children play in various parts of the house, and at the same time is exposed to a lot of dangers. Security cameras installed in the house would help you monitor what your children do within the house and outside in case the wander off. It is very important to place a remote security camera in a strategic position which would alert any adult whenever a child is in a situation.

 

  1. Monitor Your Property

As a property owner, it is important for you to be able to monitor your property when you are not nearby, and you prefer doing it yourself. Having a security camera would be very useful for this kind of situation. Second homes and vacation properties can be monitored remotely with security camera and if anything goes wrong, the local authorities can be alerted on time.

 

  1. Prevention of Home Invasions

One major function of security cameras is that they allow homeowners identify persons who might be at their front door or on their property. A well-placed security camera in a dark corner or above the front door will help the homeowner see whoever is standing at the door and what their intentions are.

 

  1. Helps in increasing office productivity

A business manager needs to monitor his business property in order to prevent loss or theft. Since it is not possible for the business manager to monitor everything at the same time, security cameras can help him out of this situation. Security cameras can also help monitor employee performance, reduce theft of materials or money, make employees feel safe and reduce the cost of insurance for the business owner.

 

  1. Prevention of Vandals and Criminals

Despite the all the efforts made in fighting crime, criminals continue committing their crime. Well, the good news is that security cameras can help prevent such incidents. Vandals and criminals usually take a survey of the property they would rob before committing their act; the presence of security would make them think twice and never come again.

 

  1. Helpful Evidence

Whenever a crime is committed, regardless of the location, the footage provided by the security camera could be a useful form of evidence. After all, they say “videos don’t lie.”

 

  1. Digital Storage

Surveillance systems are known for their ability to record events in real time but another good feature is that they can act digital storage systems. The recorded footage can be stored digitally which can be helpful in studies and analysis for future occurrences.

 

  1. Conflict Resolution

At the workplace, conflicts usually come up. For business purposes, it would be important to know the cause of the conflict and how to resolve it. If there is a well-positioned security camera, the origin of the conflict can be traced, and resolving it would be easier to carry out.

 

  1. Reduction in Homeowners Insurance

Having a security camera system would help you get a slash in insurance, cost because most of the insurance companies offer a discount for homes with security systems.

 

  1. Peace of Mind

Having a security camera system gives you peace of mind because you know what goes on within your property whether you are there or not. Whatever the situation is, you have total control of it.

 

Necessary Skills in Real Estate Industry

Necessary Skills in Real Estate Industry

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Successful people typically possess an expertise in their field that few can match. Real estate leaders, for example, may know the intricacies of project financing, how to estimate construction costs with accuracy, which building codes apply, contract writing do’s and don’ts, and much more.

That knowledge is certainly vital, but it has little worth if an individual can’t close a sale or work with key partners to form deals that are otherwise unattainable. That’s why having the right soft skills plays a critical role in being a leader in today’s real estate industry.

Soft Skills

Are as almost as important as hard skills. In fact, they often define success more than expertise does. It’s one thing for a real estate investor to know the market well enough to deduce that a specific parcel of land is an ideal target because of foot traffic, location, cost, and zoning. But no deal occurs without negotiation and communication. Here are six soft skills real estate professionals need, including the ability to negotiate and communicate.

Communication

Communication may be the most important soft skill of them all. There are many different aspects to communication beyond the spoken word like being aware of your and other’s body language, understanding pain points involved, uncovering problems, and being respectful of people’s time and contributions. Investing in interpersonal and communication skills would be time well spent for ensuring a successful career in the real estate business. One technique is “active listening”.

Active Listening

Winston Churchill said “courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

A great communicator is not only articulate, but he also listens actively. Active listening requires undivided attention to truly understand what is being said. This does not necessarily mean listening to respond. Whether an employee or a business partner, someone who actively listens to what is being said can help resolve conflict and inspire new ideas.

 Social Cues

Social cues can be helpful across different cultural backgrounds. When meeting an international client with a plan to partner on a land deal, a good real estate professional should be aware of social cues that are considered to be disrespectful and those that would be appreciated.

Negotiation

Napoleon Bonaparte may have conquered much of Europe and built a powerful empire. But as far as soft skills go, negotiation was not his strong suit. He approved the sale of the Louisiana territory 2 ─which included land from 15 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces─for $15 million, roughly equivalent to $250 billion in today’s money. Little did he know that the U.S. was prepared to pay up to $10 million for New Orleans alone.

Major real estate negotiations are assisted by good communication based on reality of the current market and property condition. Further, the negotiator should be able to see the deal from both sides and make wise business decisions.

Patience

Patience is necessary in real estate because most deals take a while to close. And in the realm of commercial property and large housing developments, years may be involved. After all, the process of developing land requires zoning, permits, construction, and much more. Having patience to stay the course results in fewer mistakes and achieving optimum results.

Tactfulness

There are times when a deal doesn’t make sense anymore because of a changing market, new goals, rising costs, among other reasons. The best leaders in real estate cut their losses on a property they own that no longer make sense financially or let go of a property they have been seeking. This must be done as harmoniously as possible with all stakeholders involved. Too harsh, emotional, or sudden a withdrawal may burn bridges that interfere with future projects or networking relationships. Being tactful while being fair can help ease the negative impact and maintain peace.

 

Sources

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristi-russo/hard-skills-vs-soft-skill_b_8341566.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase#Negotiation

5 ways to invest in real estate business in Nigeria

5 WAYS TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

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You may have wondered how to become a Real estate investor in Nigeria, you may have as well, over the years, been studying about real Estate investments and how it’s been done online, well unfortunately most things you have read in foreign journals or followed in webinars are not operationally possible in Nigeria. This article tries to explain in simple terms five simple ways you can begin your investment walk in real estate in Nigeria.

  1. 1. Try to Understand what Real Estate really means:

Investopeadia defined Real Estate as:
Real estate is property comprised of land and the buildings on it, as well as the natural resources of the land, including uncultivated flora and fauna, farmed crops and livestock, water and mineral deposits. Although media often refers to the “real estate market,” from the perspective of residential living, real estate can be grouped into three broad categories based on its use: residential, commercial and industrial. Examples of residential real estate include undeveloped land, houses, condominiums and town houses; examples of commercial real estate are office buildings, warehouses and retail store buildings; and examples of industrial real estate include factories, mines and farms.

5 ways to invest in real estate business in Nigeria
Investment in Properties is a wonderful exercise which you’d hardly ever regret doing if done the right way. Buying, rental and selling of Homes, Lands, or Landed property, Rocks, dilapidated building and re-investment are all the activities called real estate businesses. A smart Real Estate investor, observes, and researches an emerging regions and draws an investment forecast and decides whether investment process should be initiated or not in the region or place.

  1. Buy REITs

Reits, or real estate investment trusts, allow you to invest in real estate without the physical real estate. Often compared to mutual funds, they’re companies that own commercial real estate such as office buildings, retail spaces, apartments and hotels. REITs tend to pay high dividends, which makes them a good investment in retirement. Investors who don’t need or want the regular income can automatically reinvest those dividends to grow their investment further. As an investment scheme, REITs/REICs can either be publicly traded on the stock exchange or owned by private investors. Ambicorp Real Estate company possess the expertise to help you with more Information about Buying REITs.

5 Ways to Invest In Real Estate Business In Nigeria

3 Take advantage of Established Online Real Estate Companies.

Real Estate Industry is large and Information spread across easily especially among industry experts, One of the easiest ways of Investing in Real Estate in Nigeria is to liaise with a reputable online Real Estate company who networks property owners with investors, developers etc, connect borrowers to investors willing to lend them money for various personal needs, such as a wedding or home renovation

These platforms connect real estate developers to investors who want to finance projects, either through debt or equity. Investors hope to receive monthly or quarterly distributions in exchange for taking on a significant amount of risk and paying a fee to the platform. Like many real estate investments, these are speculative and illiquid.

The bump is that you may need money to make money. Many of these platforms are open only to accredited investors, defined by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission as people who’ve earned income in few millions in each of the last two years or have a net worth of 100 million or more, not including a primary residence.

  1. RENOVATE AND RE-SELL PROPERTIES

Some people have properties in highbrow areas like Ikeja, GRA in Lagos, This properties have outlived their resilience ,The houses are dumb looking already, yet they stick to living in It, an expert advice will be to renovate the property and sell it off, but before selling it off, make sure you already have other properties you are just waiting for funds to pay up for, because it won’t be advisable to sell and start looking for a home or land to buy,
You may try property trading. It’s not necessary to live at a spot forever; buy to sell is real Estate.

  1. Form Real Estate Investment Groups

Instead of investing your club money in mere mutual support, why not invest in properties. There are lots of properties all around Nigeria in both developed and emerging areas, contact a real estate professional to guide you on how best to invest in properties.

 

Nigeria Real Estate and other Businesses Success Tips

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Experience  and research over the years led to this article, It should known that successful business people didn’t jump into success overnight but took a conscious effort to grow steadily in Business.  Business guides or a piece of Business advice for someone in America or China may not exactly work for someone in Algeria or Nigeria, Putting this in Perspective, entrepreneurs and dynamic business enthusiasts the world over study their market and their government policies and itemize all to structure a workable business strategy.

Be that as it may, Experts argued that there are profound and universal business tips that obtain in every clime, especially those relating to the basics and relationships between clients and product/service providers.

This article seems to underline these baseline tips necessary for a business to be successful.

  1. Plan your Day Before it starts

Take a few Minutes the night before and plan your top priorities for the following day, Attack those things first and seriously not minding other things competing for attention.

  1. Write Valuable blog Content

Anita Clark advised that blogging in today times is a top priority,
As an entrepreneur or a real estate Agent in Nigeria you should know that The more quality content you publish improves your visibility, trust, and the better chance you have to be seen by buyers and sellers.

You can find out about ways to Invest in Real Estate Business in Nigeria here:

  1. Invest in a Great Website

This is a no-brainier, The quality of website you develop gives people the assurance that you truly are into business, Spend time and money to get a good website done, with good description of your services, your team and be honest about what you can do.

  1. Network and Socialize Daily

Socialize with other people, throw parties, do things that bring people together, attend gatherings and find a way to mix up with the people, give people reasons to retain your contact, relationship is the currency of business

  1. Give to Get

In your line of business, or as a realtor, promote other brands, re-tweet their tweets, share their Facebook posts, and make them believe you support their business, then certainly same may want to follow you back in sympathy and share your brands as well.

  1. Put Clients Need first

This is one area most Nigerian Business people get wrong, at the start of a business, they will value their clients so well, but when they have gained ground, love and respect for even new clients begin to diminish, you may not be able to maintain all clients but you can’t afford to lose one, the advice is to prioritize the need of your clients at all times, Remember they say customers are always right..

  1. Stay up on Social Media

social media seems to be a direct gift from God, utilize the efficacy of the social media to drive sales and brand awareness, If you can’t do it on your own, you would need to employ a dedicated professional to handle your handles, and make sure you understand why you need to do this.

  1. Respond Quickly to Leads

Pay attention to every comment, and new leads, no matter how it sounds, respond quickly and professionally.

17 Cool Real Estate Marketing Ideas For 2017

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Try these real estate brand building techniques to get more real estate clients

As a real estate agent, you’re busy helping buyers and sellers in a major transaction. But you also have a business to build, to keep your pipeline full.

There are so many ways to do that — from digital ads, to billboards to newsletters and direct mail. But sometimes you need to break out of the box and shake up your marketing. As 2017 gets underway, here are 17 ideas to help you meet new people, strengthen relationships and be the local real expert.

  1. Buy lunch for your local public servants. Bring sandwiches for the local firehouse or bagels to your local librarians.

 

  1. Put your office somewhere public. Hang out at your local coffee shop with a handwritten sign that says, “Ask me anything about real estate!” (Hint: get the manager’s permission first!).

 

  1. Change your message on your phone. Don’t follow the same ol’ format you’ve used for years. Mix it up to make someone smile.

“Bob’s voicemail is broken. This is his refrigerator. Please speak very slowly, and I’ll stick your message to myself with one of these magnets.”

“Hello, this is Jane. I’m not in the office right now, but I can take a message. Hang on a second while I get a pencil. (Open a drawer and shuffle stuff around.) OK, what would you like me to tell me?”

 

  1. Sponsor a cause matters to you. From rescue animals to cancer to children’s literacy, connect your cause to your brand. Don’t just do it once — make it part of your brand for the entire year. You can do this easier than ever through sites like Rockstar Connect.

 

  1. Share what you know. Are you part of an organization? A book club? Chamber of commerce? Offer to speak on your area of expertise. From first time buyers to fixer uppers, bring your experience to the forefront. You can even invite your referral partners to join you, from loan officers to home stagers and closing attorneys.

 

  1. Be Oprah. Interview one of your clients. Talk to your latest seller about what made their home special for them. Or ask a first time home buyer what surprised them most about the transaction.

 

  1. Reach out to past clients. Run a digital ad campaign everywhere on the web, but only for people you’ve worked with, and thank them for working with you. Have the ad link to a landing page where they can sign up to meet you for coffee.

 

  1. Do a brand health checkup. Ask your colleagues and clients to describe you in three words. Are they the same words you would use? Is there overlap? If you like what you hear, integrate those words into your branding!

 

  1. Imagine your ideal client. Create a persona by describing the client you want to work with. Know everything you can about this person. Then compare what you have to your current brand. How would this persona respond to your brand as it is now? What do you need to tweak to make those two connect?

 

  1. Connect your offline to online. Use digital listing ads that look like the Just Listed/Just Sold postcards you mail out.

 

  1. Host a safety day at a local elementary school, where kids can get free bike helmets and the fire department helps parents install car seats.

 

  1. Invite a guest to write on your site. Who is a local expert that you admire? Who is doing work you respect? Even if that person isn’t in real estate, it’s a great opportunity to offer someone else a chance to be published. Then that person will share the post that lives on your blog.

 

  1. Host an art show in your broker’s office. Find a local photographer or painter who needs a gallery and make an event out of it.

 

  1. Sponsor a movie night. Talk to your local library or chamber of commerce about using a room and play a family friendly movie on a big screen or white wall. Offer popcorn and healthy snacks.

 

  1. Go in on a social media fad! From the ice bucket challenge to the mannequin challenge to a dance craze, get your team to participate.

 

  1. Celebrate a nontraditional holiday. Send your clients Valentine’s Day cards. Or pass out donuts on, you guessed it, National Donut Day. Find some unique holidays.

 

  1. Host a virtual reality roundup! Learn more about VR for real estate and let home shoppers view homes with Matterport or other content from the comfort of your office.

These Article Was Originally Written

BY JED CARLSON

Services for Real Estate Pros with Adwerx

 

6 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO SOLAR

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Everyone talks about solar and its benefits but forget to know that it’s not something anyone can jump into . Here are 6 questions you should have positive answers to before you decide to go solar:

 

  • Will my roof support solar panels?

There are different types of roofs usually used in residential houses, some of these can’t handle drilling and other activities carried out during installation. One should consider the integrity of their roof before deciding to mount solar panels.  According to research an asphalt roof has an average lifespan of about 20+ years.

 

  • Is my roof location suitable?

For maximum efficiency, the solar panels have to be placed in such a way that there is no form of shading over them. Shading can occur due to tall trees or buildings around.

 

  • Is my home energy efficient?

The amount of energy you use depends on the energy produced from the solar panels. In order to avoid spending on an installation and not deriving the benefits, you have to make sure the appliances in your home are energy efficient. For example, incandescent bulbs that consume so much power should be changed to LED bulbs or other energy savers. Appliances such as refrigerators, televisions and more have energy efficient models nowadays. An energy audit will help you know if your home is energy efficient.

 

  • Is my installer trustworthy?

Going solar is an investment that shouldn’t be handed over to the wrong person. There are lot of “scammers” around. Some won’t do an audit, but just come and install a system at your home. Some will give you will low quality products when you paid for a superior quality. Others would abandon you and suddenly be unreachable when your system develops a fault. Is your installer trustworthy?

 

  • Are there payment plans in place?

Sometimes, one might not have the financial capacity to pay upfront for solar installation services. You could ask if your installer has flexible payments place that can accommodate your financial capacity.

 

  • Do I fully accept the terms and conditions?

Before you sign any contract, you should fully understand the content and ask questions. You can ask questions like: “Will I have free maintenance?”; “Is there any warranty on the products that will be used?”; “If the products are damaged due to technical installation fault, what happens?”; “What happens if my system is under-performing?” and more before signing any such contracts.

Do you need an energy audit for your home?

Do you want trustworthy installers?

Is your answer to all of the questions above YES?

Then you should let  Ambicorp Energy handle your installations.

Contact us today to get your quote.