The goal and focus of DothanAR is to gather and digitize the covenants and restrictions of every neighborhood in the Wiregrass area. In doing this we strive to make the lives of Dothan area real estates agents and REALTORS, easier. We rely on local real estate agents in the Wiregrass area to upload the covenants and restrictions to us via site submission or email. This helps us keep our cost down so we can continue to provide this service free of charge to all Dothan Realtors.
Automator is one of my favorite secret weapons on the Mac. It is a program that lets you create workflows, services and mini apps for your Mac that help you with repetitive tasks. Entrepreneur Magazine online recently published a piece on 3 workflows to help you with your work. I think that all three of these are very pertinent to the real estate professional:
- Auto-resizing images – Take a folder full of images and have them resize to a specific width while keeping the originals entact.
- Creating a series of custom file names – Set parameters for naming for files, like adding dates, names and other pieces of information.
- Extract text from a PDF. – Have an old document you saved to PDF but can’t find the original? Use this to get the text and quickly recreate that document.
The programs created in Automator are really pretty simple to create. You can create services, that work in specific programs, workflows that can be used right from the desktop or dock. There are a number of pre-created tasks and apps you can take advantage of. Also, it allows for AppleScript, Apple’s quick scripting language for the Mac. There are a ton of features in Automator and one site in particular, Mac OS X Automation covers them really well.
To get started with Automator, review what Entrepreneur provides you above. Also, Mac OS X Automation has a great tutorial to help you get started. Do you use Automator? Let us know below
Bonus – Some other Automator Tutorials from Around the Web:
- NetTuts – 10 Awesome Uses for Automator Explained
- Macworld – 5 Automator workflows everyone should have
- MakeUseOf – 10 Automator Apps You Can Create in Under 5 Minutes
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Americans 55 years old and older are increasingly expected to begin trading residences as they near retirement, and that has many housing analysts and homebuilders predicting a surge in active-adult homes and communities that appeal to seniors.Could some baby boomers face housing challenges in retirement?
Homebuilders PulteGroup, Lennar, and Toll Brothers are reporting higher sales in this segment. Builders also are trying to lure this age group with multigenerational amenities, such as a separate private entrance, bedroom, bathroom, and eat-in kitchen attached to a traditional home.
"Consistent with the overall housing market, we have seen sustained improvement in demand for our active-adult homes for the past two-plus years," says PulteGroup spokesman James Zeumer. PulteGroup builds the Del Webb brand of active-adult communities. Its active-adult sales rose from about 4,100 homes in 2011 to 5,300 in 2013. Also, sign-ups for new orders in the second quarter were up 11 percent over a year earlier, Zeumer says.
The National Association of Home Builders' 55+ Housing Market Index also reflects greater optimism in the 55-plus housing market. This year, the index reached its highest second-quarter reading since it began in 2008, and it posted its 11th consecutive quarter of year-over-year gains.
"One of the factors contributing to the positive signs in the 55+ housing market is the slow but steady increase in existing-home sales in the last three months," says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "The 55+ market is strongly driven by consumers being able to sell their existing homes at a favorable price in order to buy or rent in a 55+ community."
Total existing-home sales rose 2.4 percent in July, reaching the highest pace of the year but still remaining 4.3 percent below last July, which marked the peak for 2013.
"Existing-home sales are continuing to move up," says Stephen Melman, NAHB's director of economic services. "But the one caveat is the first-time home buyers' share [of those sales] was less than 29 percent. Typically, that would be 40 percent. So existing-home sales are increasing, but the first-time buyer isn't in there full tilt. So it may be the 55-plus [group] buying homes that meet their demand."
Source: “Homebuyers Age 55+ Make Move as House Values Rise,” Investor’s Business Daily (Aug. 28, 2014)