The news has been bombarded with negative stories about the real estate market over the past few years, but the tides are turning and inventory is now lower than ever. There are still many opportunities for buyers as prices still remain low. For savvy homebuyers looking to buy in the high-end or luxury marketplace there is tremendous opportunity.

If you’ve always dreamed about buying a luxury property but considered it just out of reach, today’s market may has put downward pressure on the prices of higher-end homes making them more affordable than ever. To buy your dream home you will want to have a strategy.

1. Choose your agent wisely.

Your agent is your advocate. You will need an agent who is experienced and successful in the luxury home market. Agents who deal in luxury property have the right knowledge to help you locate and negotiate an offer on a high-end home.

2. Take the time necessary.

The high-end home search may take more time and patience. The supply of luxury homes may be smaller, you may even need to expand your search or rely or your agent to find homes that may not be currently up for sale. The home will be bigger, have more features and thus there will be more to consider in the purchase decision.

3. Prepare the perfect offer.

Cash is king in today’s market. According to the May 2011 REALTORS® Confidence Index from the National Association of REALTORS®, 30 percent of all purchases between mid-April and mid-May of last year were financed with cash. The number was even higher for luxury properties.

Even though many luxury sellers may also be in a distressed property situation they are typically more particular about who was buying their property as well as the final selling price. Use your agent to carefully craft the perfect offer.

You may enjoy drinking a glass or two of beer, but did you know that beer has many other household uses? Beer’s many uses range from getting rid of pests to making you more beautiful.

Here are just a few of the more handy ways to use beer around your home:

Get Rid of Slugs
Lure slugs away from your garden plants by putting a small, short bowl of beer near your plants. The slugs will find the delicious beer, crawl inside the bowl and drown. This application is unfortunate for the slugs, but good for your garden.

Rid Your Yard of Brown Spots
Spray beer on the brown spots in your yard to help bring the grass back to life. Saturate the brown spots in the lawn with the beer. The fermented sugar from the beer will return your lawn to a lush green. If the grass doesn’t quite return to its former color, repeat the application.

Tenderize Meat
Beer can add great flavor, and also contains alpha acids and tannins that work as a meat tenderizer. Marinate your meat overnight, or at least an hour before cooking. You can also use beer to tenderize meat in your slow cooker.

Get Silky and Shiny Hair
After shampooing, rinse your hair with half a can of beer. Let the beer sit on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing out. Your hair will be silky and shiny for days.

Do you have any other great uses for beer?

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