Custom Home Builders Vs Tract & Spec Homes – What’s the Difference? {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

The terms Custom Home Builder, Spec Home Builder and Tract Home Builder sometimes can be used interchangeably.   However, this is not always the case as each one has different functions therefore constructing different types of residential structures.. 

Custom Home Builder

These build unique homes.   The architectural style, size and amenities will conform to the buyers needs and wishes.  Generally, the homeowner or home builder decide on variables that will make it different from others.  Usually, lot’s of planning and time are involved and many revisions until the “perfect” design is achieved.

It might be small, medium or large in size.  Perhaps has standard features or high end luxury features.  They are not always elaborate gorgeous large palatial estates.  While that is often the case it is not always.

For example, a retired couple may want a custom home built that is only 1500 square feet and has 2 bedrooms with and 2 bathrooms.  The floor plan might be a U in shape with the kitchen on one end, living room in the middle and 2 bedrooms on the other end.  The garage will not be attached.  The wood trim package will be a stain grade brazilian hardwood and the wood floors will be the same.   So, a large estate or small estate could both be unique.

Spec Home Builders

These are built to be sold.  The builder speculates that he will make money from this transaction of buying a lot and building  on it. It may be sold during construction but the idea is a builder buys a parcel of land and builds a custom or semi-custom home on the lot and than sells it.  Spec homes are not always large & spacious.  They could just as well be medium sized with average features.

The builder decides the floor plan rather than the home buyer since it is not sold yet.  In a sense it is a custom home since it is not a standard run of the mill house in a tract subdivision.    However, it could be  very plain or it might be a high end decorated estate.  Either way it would be thought of as a Spec Home.

Tract Home Builders

Usually referred to as “subdivisions”.    Tract homes  are built by  developers who own a large piece (tract) of land that is divided into many smaller lots upon which to build homes.  The land is often warehoused until the economy is favorable to new subdivisions.  The developer has model homes chosen which the customers can choose from.  For example they may have offer 4 floor plans of various sizes and shapes and will put 25 of each model on the 100 lots of this subdivision.

Once the models are built the builder begins selling them.  They usually have an open home and several model homes for the prospective buyers  to walk through which are tastefully decorated  to give the buyers an idea of how nice their new home could look all furnished.  Usually the subdivision is built in phases and once the 1st phase is nearing completion and all sold out than a next phase will begin according to demand.  They  are generally sold by real estate agents and real estate brokers.  The model homes are usually staffed by a licensed real estate agent.

Source by David Scheer

Bring The Fresh New Program With Kelly Felix AKA The Rich Jerk {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

If you have been around online, in the home business niche for any period of time, then you have undoubtedly heard of the “Rich Jerk” or “R.J.” for short. For years, no one knew who the real Rich Jerk really was. All we knew was that “R.J.” had the #1 selling e-book on the ClickBank marketplace for several years running, and it is still cranking in heavy sales to this day.

The “Rich Jerk” is this concocted character, created by a man named Kelly Felix. The sales letter started out something like “Dear loser…I’m rich and your not…” The Rich Jerk idea came out of poking fun at guys like Don Lapre and Tom Vu with their crazy money-making infomercials from way back in the day. Funny thing is however, that RJ’s eBook was the real deal. I bought it back in 2007 I think, and came to realize that what he was selling was exactly what I was already doing to bring in 150 plus optin leads a day to my online business at that time.

Even the late great Gary Halbert knew that Kelly was giving away quite possibly the only true secret to generating traffic and sales on the Internet, no matter what anyone else had to say. He published this fact in several issues of “The Gary Halbert Papers” newsletter.

Anyway, I stumbled upon a guy who knew another guy, that knew this guy, that was working with the real deal. The real man behind the Rich Jerk, Mr. Kelly Felix.To make this long story just a little bit shorter, I was able to connect with Kelly on his cell, as well as the infamous Mike Long, co-creator of multiple success stories himself; “Traffic Secrets,” “Stomper Net” with John Reece, etc, etc..

Their latest program is called Bring the Fresh. This is SEO or search engine optimization at its best. I am absolutely loving the program, and learning a ton.

Enough with the history lesson already! I had to share my entire 5 plus years of online history with both Mike and Kelly before they would green light me to work with them on this project, and I am really honored to be doing so.

Kelly is certainly no Jerk, nor is Mike, and these guys know exactly how to create HUGE fortunes online.

Bring the Fresh is doing just what the name says, it is bringing something totally fresh to a very battered home based business industry.

Visit Home Biz Reviews For a complete run down.


Source by Bill Tannar

How Do You Learn Or Train for General Transcription Work? {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

How do you learn or train for general transcription?

There is no formal training required for general transcription. You can learn general transcription yourself and practice.

One way to train for general transcription is by transcribing anything you hear. Transcribing regularly will help you build speed and acquire an ear for transcription work. Practicing transcription will also help you become familiar with using transcription playback software. Using a foot pedal allows hands-free typing and improves your speed and efficiency instantly.

Your typing speed and transcription speed will improve with practice. The more you type and transcribe, the faster you’ll get.

Accuracy is important so focus on typing as quickly as possible without errors. You can use free online typing tutorials and typing tests to improve your typing speed and accuracy.Your transcription speed will keep increasinggradually until you reach your ideal speed.

New transcriptionists are often looking for free audio files to practice transcribing.  Using transcription practice files is just one of the many ways for new transcriptionists to practice transcription.  In addition to practice files, there are many other types of audio files you can use to practice transcription skills.

With a little creativity, you’ll find many ways to practice transcription.  You can transcribe your own voicemail messages, answering machine messages and Skype recordings.  You can record and transcribe television programs, TV interviews and radio interviews and conversations.

There are many online sites where you can find different types of audio files you can practice with.You can download and transcribe online seminars, teleseminars and podcasts from the public domain.  You can download podcasts from to practice transcription and get familiar with different kinds of accents.

Several web sites provide practice transcription files you can use to practice transcribing.  Some sites provide free practice files while other sites sell practice files. Just do a Google search for “transcription practice tapes.”                                               

The NCH web site provides sample audio files you can use with the popular free Express Scribe transcription playback software. Transcribed PDFs are provided to check your finished transcription against. The NCH sample audio files are legal and medical transcription files but you can use them just as well to practice general transcription. Just don’t worry about the legal and medical terms.

You can download practice transcription files and free Express Scribe transcription software at

Before testing for transcription jobs and applying for your first transcription job, practice transcribing anything you hear and make sure that your transcription skills are up to speed.

Source by Leva Duell

Boost Your Cell Signal While Camping {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Ever had to use your cell phone while camping at a remote state park and you just don’t have enough signal to make the call? Have you tried climbing up on the roof of your RV to see if you could make those little signal bars go up even just one tick to no avail? Tired of driving in to town from the campground just to get a signal? The cellular antenna signal booster mod will let your Verizon crew camp along with you.

There are several ways you can install a booster antenna depending on whether you want a portable or permanent solution. There are basically three kinds: in-car, home/small office, and RV/trucker. Since we are modding the RV, let’s stick with the purpose-built solution. The RV/trucker booster can be had in a nice kit from Wilson Electronics that will be sure to serve your most demanding needs. Options in the kit include a booster amplifier, antenna, cabling, cell phone/AirCard adapter, and mounting hardware.

A very popular and economical kit is the SIGNALBOOST RV kit from PowerfulSignal. It is a semi-permanent solution that comes with a 3-watt dual-band booster amplifier that plugs in to any 12-volt receptacle. There are a variety of antenna mounting options such as magnetic base mount, glass mount, roof mount, and mirror/ladder mount. The 19″ antenna has a built-in ground plane which allows it to be mounted on any surface material, such as metal, glass, wood, etc. If the antenna doesn’t have this feature, it must be mounted on a metallic surface of a specific size in order for the antenna to work properly. With the mount options and ground plan antenna, you shouldn’t have any issues on where you will put the antenna. Just make sure it is as high on the RV as practical for best signal.

Other goodies in the kit include the universal cell phone adapter and extension cable. The adapter uses a Velcro patch to attach to the back of any cell phone, AirCard, or wireless cellular router, and provides the connection to the booster amplifier, which in turn is connected to the antenna. If you need more cable length, just use the cable extender. This makes the whole setup so simple that most anyone can do it in a very short amount of time.

Tests have shown that signal boost is usually around 2 bars on a cell phone. Using a booster with a 3G AirCard significantly increased throughput by as much as 40% in a low-signal area. When your surfing the forums using your AirCard, you can read many more topics since you won’t be waiting around for a page to load! But remember, if there is no cell service in the area, the booster will do nothing for you. 

Source by Mark Corgan

Pros and Cons of Canoes and Kayaks {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

You have determined that you want a sea-worthy craft, and it is between a canoe and a kayak. Decisions, decisions. There are some pretty obvious aspects like what size is preferable, what transport constraints are there (if any), how many people are going to be in the same vessel, what shape and materials it should be, and of course, and most broadly, what is the intended function going to be? For purposes of this article, I will talk about the broader differences and similarities of canoes and kayaks, rather than each in depth, for brevity’s sake.

First things first, take in to account how you are going to store and transport your water-craft. Most canoes, palpably, are not going to mount onto a roof of a car or even fit into the bed of a truck. So if no trailer is available, a slim one or two person kayak mounted atop the car via either a secure foam-block or roof rack will do quite well. Furthermore, if even the roof is not a viable option, consider a one of the high-quality inflatable or collapsible kayaks or canoes. Storing a reasonably sized canoe is sometimes a more attractive thing than storing a kayak. While kayaks are generally smaller and narrower, they need to be stored in more controlled conditions – many need to be kept out of direct sunlight and in a cooler environment, due to the polyurethane-based plastics commonly used that will not withstand prolonged exposure. This is especially true of upper-end kayaks, whose frames and finishes need extra-caution when in transport and in being stored.

This is how things work when the boat is actually doing “its thing” for lack of a better expression! From a storage standpoint, it should be more than obvious that a canoe is going to offer more. Offer more storage for people, as well as fishing equipment and so forth. Also, standing up to perform a range of activities is going to be significantly easier in the canoe, which will be a lot more stable anyways considering its broader hull. On the other hand, kayaks are meant for a lot more for speed, agility, and ease of paddling. Most canoes are pretty susceptible to even mild winds, and in worse conditions, it would be a miracle to paddle 10 feet ahead in a semi-straight line. The slimmer, lighter and more suitably-constructed kayaks will take winds and waves like a champ, though.

Safety concerns with both canoe and kayak are also very much worth mentioning. If you are considering buying a kayak, if for anything besides extreme white water rafting, go for the one that does not “lock” you in via foot and thigh braces. Take it from me, you do not want to be upside down in a kayak and unable to get out of the cockpit! Of course, with a canoe, the advantage is obvious. Once you go shopping, if you go shopping with the canoe versus kayak debate, you will learn a great deal on the various models of each. In addition, you will get to see the vessel up close and personal, whereas pictures can only do them so much justice.

Source by Chris DuToit