The No. 1 Skill To Master To Grow Your Real Estate Business

Vice President and partner of Garrett Realty Partners, Collin has conquered real estate in just 13 years as a realtor, trainer, mentor. 

In the real estate business, you have plenty to learn and master on your way to establishing and growing your career and your business — while at the same time trying your hardest not to be one of the many businesses that eventually fizzle out. There’s no shortage of so-called gurus and coaches who sell programs or charge for their time with the promise that their knowledge, coaching or motivational talks will help you master all the things you need to do to have a fantastic career in real estate. While this can work for some, most will bounce around and pay for these programs and courses without fully putting into action what the coach educates you to do. In the end, you may have wasted money and time that could have been better spent on the one critical skill you must learn to master to grow your business and sustain it: problem-solving.

Simply put, problem-solving is involved in every aspect of the real estate career. Whether you are solving a client’s emotional or transactional problems, the

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Dishwasher Market to Grow by $ 1.34 Billion | Changing Kitchen Designs to Boost Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Set to grow by USD 1.34 bn during 2020-2024, Technavio’s latest market research report estimates the dishwasher market to register a CAGR of over 1{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c}. With a focus on identifying dominant industry influencers, Technavio’s reports present a detailed study by the way of synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. This report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, the latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. AB Electrolux, Haier Smart Home Co. Ltd., LG Electronics Inc., Miele & Cie. KG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Siemens AG, The Middleby Corp., Transform SR Brands LLC, and Whirlpool Corp. are some of the major market participants. Although the changing kitchen designs will offer immense growth opportunities, to leverage the current opportunities, market vendors must strengthen their foothold in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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Home Improvement Projects Grow in Popularity

The pandemic transformed the way we live, work and spend money. If you have purchased interior paint for your home, new flooring or worked with a remodeler recently, you’re not alone. Home owners have shifted their spending from entertainment and travel to home improvement projects, according to HomeAdvisor’s latest “State of Home Spending” survey.


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HomeAdvisor conducts a survey every year of homeowners across the U.S. who have completed projects within the last 12 months. The survey revealed that homeowners spent an average of $13,138 on home-improvement projects in 2020, compared to $9,081 in 2019. Rising costs for material and labor are contributing factors to the increase in spending. Increased home buying is also a factor, primarily driven by millennials, the oldest of whom are now at or close to the median age of first-time home buyers, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Home maintenance projects, such as cleaning and landscaping, saw the biggest year-over-year increase, rising from $1,105 in 2019 to $3,192 in 2020. Contributing factors include people using their homes more, resulting in more wear and tear, and spending more time at home, making problems more noticeable.

Home improvement and home emergency spending rose $745

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Gardening continues to grow in popularity

By Lynette L. Walther

Every year, surveys inform us on upcoming trends for the year ahead. Pantone (the publishing color experts) picks for 2021 showcase “hot” colors, such as Lemon Skin and Ultimate Gray, to use for everything from home furnishings to clothing to flowers we grow in our gardens. 

And when it comes to gardening, there are surveys for that, too. That headline says it all. Of the top gardening trends for the coming year — gardening itself heads the list. Imagine that! Those of us who have been gardening for years lead the trend list. But we’ve got a lot more company now. 

Many of us always knew we were ahead of the curve, but it is nice to see the recognition. What’s even nicer is the experience and confidence and results we gain every year we participate in one of the fastest-growing pastimes – its popularity is expanding by leaps and bounds.

Lemon slice calibrachoas are at the top of the trend when it comes to colors for 2021. These cheerful bedding plants from Proven Winners are also top choices for hanging baskets and planters that will bubble over with sizzling, easy-care color.

But for the newbie gardeners, that process is just beginning. Today we will address some of their concerns and interests and offer some advice on how to proceed. 

A slew of new gardeners have joined the regulars and they are hungry for information on many

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Colorful African violets can be easy to grow, if you follow a few tips

Although the earliest cave dwellers might not have had a pot of African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) inside their stone abodes, the compact colorful flowering plant has to be one of our oldest houseplants. Whose grandmother didn’t or doesn’t have one or more of the colorful, velvety leafed beauties gracing her kitchen windowsill?

a man sitting in front of a window: Mike Hogan

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a vase filled with purple flowers: African violets, such as these miniatures, thrive in room temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees

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African violets, such as these miniatures, thrive in room temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees

African violets, popular flowering houseplants in the Gesneriaceae family, are native to the East African nation of Tanzania. Their compact size and variety of flower colors make them a perfect houseplant for small windowsills, desks and countertops in need of a splash of color or life. Their smaller size makes African violets perfect for small spaces in apartments, dorm rooms or other small rooms or nooks.

a vase of flowers on a table: Miniature varieties of African Violets are perfect for small spaces.

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Miniature varieties of African Violets are perfect for small spaces.

African violets come in various shades of blue, pink, red, white and purple, and cultivars can be found in different sizes, including miniature (less than 8 inches in diameter), standard (8 to 16 inches), and large (more than 16 inches). Cultivars with trailing growth characteristics also

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Book review: ‘Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You Love’

“Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You Love” by Loree Bohl ($24.95, Timber Press): Bohl‘s messages of “yes, you can” and “yes, you should” are the perfect antidote to a world filled with worry and a sense of helplessness toward the unknown.

Here, the Portland-based author, who also produces the empowering blog, ”Danger Garden,” calls out to us to be adventurous; to unlock our passion and have fun while creating the garden we want.

The 256-page paperback begins with stories of rare plant collectors and unabashed rule breakers Ruth Bancroft and Ganna Walska, “enemies of the average” who led Bohl to her practical and rebellious gardening commandments.

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Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, and Grow What You LoveTimber Press

In the final chapter, the author profiles seven inspiring Pacific Northwest gardens and describes lessons she has learned from each very personal paradise.

Photographs and captions provide information on unique designs and a large variety of plants found in unexpected places. A Opuntia ‘Santa Rita’ cactus, or something like it, blooms outside McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland.

This is not a traditional how-to guide, but there are frugal tips, like using discarded pie

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DIY Home Improvement Retailing market In Europe to Grow by $ 25.41 bn During 2020-2024 | Industry Analysis, Market Trends, Market Growth, Opportunities and Forecast | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the DIY home improvement retailing market in Europe and it is poised to grow by USD 25.41 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 3{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, however, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have a low impact on the DIY home improvement retailing market in Europe. The market growth in 2020 is likely to Increase compared to the market growth in 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the major trends in the market?

    Convenience offered by online stores is a major trend driving the growth of the market
  • At what rate is the market projected to grow?

    The market will accelerate at a CAGR of almost 3{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} and the incremental growth of the market is anticipated to be $ 25.41
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