As the new year gets underway, a recent survey of California homebuyers has found optimism about the housing market on the rise with three out of every four buyers confident prices will increase over the coming decade.
Business owners and leaders are busy people. Many of them say they do not have time to read books or articles, attend workshops or watch webinars.
Leading up to Christmas, business owners and leaders are not in the mood for anything but the essentials.
For almost every American worker, Social Security is "part of the plan" for a secure retirement. If you are among the roughly 95 percent of workers in the United States who are covered under Social Security, here's a primer on retirement coverage.
Based on what I see here in the Santa Clarita Valley, I'm unsurprised at the result of a statewide survey of recent homebuyers.
Many people dream of starting a small business. Most have a passion for a product or a vision for a service they would like to bring to the local community that they perceive the community doesn't have, and thus will find desirable, which will bring the entrepreneur satisfaction and success.
Through the years I have facilitated and participated in many year-end strategic planning sessions. Many meetings of this ilk fail. Let me share with you three suggestions on how you could conduct a successful year end planning session.
If you plan on purchasing a home or car, or paying for college, it is probable that at some point you may need to apply for a loan. Taking out a loan is a significant responsibility, so it's important to follow steps to prepare before applying for a loan, not only to help ensure that a lender will consider loaning money to you, but to make sure that the loan has a positive impact on your finances.
MARIE The holiday season is in full swing and so are the many wonderful opportunities for entertainment. Many of our local churches are having concerts, snow days and a variety of other festive events for the whole family. Starting now, The Signal will be filled with ads for these events; so be sure to check out the paper every day so you don't miss something great. Our December 16th Faith section will have a special ...
There are times in life, when we look at a situation and simply have to ask, "what happened?" Sometimes we were in control of those situations and sometimes we were not. In the "what happened" example that is quickly approaching us, I can't really identify whether we were in control of the situation or not. Either way however, we will all be affected. Many will be affected greatly and negatively.
This is the time of year when children of all ages create a list for Santa. These lists consist of "wants" and "nice to haves" but not always "what's really needed."
A trend that Realtors first started noticing back in February was confirmed this October as home sales took off statewide, shooting up throughout the Santa Clarita Valley by 23.3 percent compared to a year ago.
Whether you're job hunting or looking to advance your career, don't stay home this holiday season. Attend company parties and accept invitations from clients/vendors, community groups, associations and charities. All provide ideal opportunities for networking.
As we approach the end of 2012, I thought it might be good to review. I was looking at some of my past columns and found some lines I either liked or thought were important. This year went fast, as they all seem to pass quickly lately. In case you missed my columns, here are some excerpts I'd like to share again.
The day after Thanksgiving I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. I stopped at one of the exhibits where Reagan was quoted as saying, "Trust but verify." At that moment I had a flashback to a meeting I participated in that took place about 20 years ago. A group of five managers were invited to the conference room to discuss how the organization could be more efficient, more productive and reduce costs. ...
It's the start of the final quarter of the calendar year. Your company is falling behind the plan you set at the beginning of the year and even though you revised the numbers at midyear, the company is still falling short.
Businesses, like people and products, go through what is called the life cycle. The four stages are birth, growth, maturity and decline.
M ost people are familiar with the term "Cottage Industry". It came from the 16th century phenomena of distributed production where workers produced and sold individual products (or portions of products) from their homes.
The decade ending on Dec. 31, 2009 was considered by many in the media as "The Lost Decade."
This week began the National Football League's season. In a few weeks patterns will emerge and the contenders and pretenders will emerge.