Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Rent vs Buy Calculator

In the beginning… everyone starts out as a renter.  Eventually, some will turn into “first-time” buyers. Some will continue on to become “move-up” buyers, then “investors” and then ultimately “empty nesters” and so on and so forth.

It’s a reasonable question to always ask yourself, “Is it cheaper and better to rent or should I consider buying and owning a home?” Using this excel spreadsheet will help you determine at the baseline what you’re currently spending in rent.

what you pay in rent card

Now if you were to consider the return on your investment (ROI) if there were interest or equity involved, this chart will help you determine the gain/loss of renting vs owning.

Renting vs Owning Home

Lastly, you actually need an interactive calculator to enter in your own personal information to help you determine if renting or owning is right for you?

You need to consider things like the home price, how long you plan to stay there, what are the mortgage details, taxes, closing costs, maintenance fees etc.

Try this New York Times calculator and see if owning or renting is best for you?
Owning or Renting Calc

New Messenger Codes

Say Hello to Facebook Messenger Codes

Find the 900 million+ people who use Messenger every month more easily thanks to Usernames, Links and now Messenger Codes. Starting today, Facebook Messenger is taking another step forward in delivering a new solution to the more than 900 million+ people who use Messenger every month. Phone numbers aren’t necessary, and you don’t have to be friends on Facebook.

Facebook Messenger Codes

Since traditional phone books are almost obsolete, they’re making it easier for you to find the people (and businesses) that matter to you and be able to start conversations immediately with the launch of a simple set of tools that are built for the modern world – Messenger Codes, Messenger Usernames, and Messenger Links. They’re starting to roll these tools out today.

Here’s How They Work:

Messenger Codes are the best way to find people in Messenger, whether you’re standing side-by-side or looking at your computer screen. No matter where you are – online or at an event – all you have to do is scan a code someone shares with you, and then you can start that important conversation. No more back and forth with texts trying to make sure you have the right number saved and awkwardly asking people how to spell their names. Your settings tab in Messenger has your own Messenger Code displayed prominently to scan or share.

Facebook Messenger also took special care to make Messenger Codes as beautifully designed as possible so you can use them everywhere – on business cards, online, or in-store and anywhere else you like.

Messenger Codes

Messenger Links and Usernames are your very own personalized links that you can share anywhere online – from your email signature to a website – so people can reach you quickly on Messenger. You can send your Messenger Link directly to your contacts or friends. Tap or click any Messenger Link to open Messenger directly to a thread with that person or business. We are all unique human beings but sometimes we share the same name! This can make it hard to know you are contacting the right person when searching for them in Messenger. Now, it’s simple to find someone by their very own unique username. You can find and share your username from your Settings tab.

Scan this Agent Messenger Code with Your Messenger App and See How It Works!

Barbara Leatherwood Messenger Code

To access your Messenger Code scanner:
1. Launch Messenger app on Mobile Device
2. Tap the “people” icon at bottom of app page
3. Tap the “Scan Code” option at top of page
3. Tap “My Code” to access your own or….
(Tap “Scan Code” to scan someone else’s)
4. Hold your device up to a Messenger Code

When people connect, powerful things happen and life just gets better …. from an exchange with an old friend that brings a smile to your face or a new contact that changes your life path, or even the world, these new tools will make it easier for you to be even more connected. Here’s more info to Create and setup your Facebook Messenger Codes.

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How To Get Free Crowdsourced Video

Did you know that 21% of the Internet is user generated video? Vidrack lets you put a Free Video Record Button on any Website. You can embed a video recorder anywhere online to collect crowdsourced video from your followers. Create your custom landing pages easily.

I created this Vidrack landing page in less than 5 min – vidrack.me/bradandersohn
See Brad Andersohns Vidrack Example

“Vidrack is a web-based video recorder used to collect videos through a website or landing page. It’s a video record button you can place on any webpage. Your followers can record and submit videos for you using only a camera and a browser. No app downloads, account creation, login, uploading or link sharing. It’s the simplest way possible for someone to record and submit a video to you. It can be used for collecting video testimonials, video interviews, video feedback, video reviews and much more.”

Your ability to maximize the power of video crowdsourcing to differentiate yourself from the competitions typical use of text or image generated marketing strategies is now here!

Ideas and Suggestions: Implementing Vidrack Video

  • Soliciting Video Reviews and Client Testimonials
  • Create Community Video Contests from User Submitted Videos
  • Video Interviews with Buyers and Sellers for DIY Projects
  • Submit Suggestive Tips and Allow Video Response Feedback
  • Add Video Record Button for visitors to record and submit video
    (All videos are collected privately and stored on your Video Rack)

Practical Uses: User Generated and Crowdsourced Video

NEXT STEPS – OPTIONS – RELATIVE LINKS

1. Free Video Recorder Landing Pages are available at http://vidrack.me
2. Video Recorder WordPress Plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/video-capture
3. Embed video recorder on your site with http://vidrack.meComing Soon
4. Use free Video Player to view files created with Vidrack: http://www.videolan.org/vlc
5. Embed the Vidrack Recorder – http://vidrack.com/embed

More than 3000+ businesses currently use Vidrack for crowdsourced video. To offer and allow friends, fans, clients and prospects etc. to record and submit their video on your site from anywhere using a mobile device is a powerful, unique and super useful technology.