The changing status of New York real estate brokers

The New York real estate scenario is becoming multilingual with more and more international buyers flocking into the market. Being able to interact with foreigners is becoming a prerequisite qualification of success for New York real estate brokers. The international investment in the New York real estate especially of luxury condos for sale in NYC is growing steadily over the last decade and it has totaled to about $ 1.96 billion during the half of this year as per the report of Real Capital Analytics. With the buyers becoming international, the New York real estate brokers have also changing their essence of doing business.

There has been noticeable increase in the number of brokers who are speaking foreign languages especially in and around Central Park south where one can find brokers speaking every other language except English. Some of the city’s top producing agents are hiring assistants and sending them to school for broker’s recertification. Moreover, every one of them is a Brazilian, Canadian, Asian or of other nation. As of now, speaking a foreign language is almost a skill that is an essential requisite for working as a New York real estate broker.

Majority of New York real estate firms are employing brokers who can speak more than one language as they feel it is important to accommodate buyers and sellers from diverse backgrounds. Some of the agents recruited by the real estate firms in this city speak Portuguese, Spanish, French, Chinese, Swedish, and Hebrew and sign language in addition to English. The clients of these real estate firms are quite delighted that the agents are speaking in their own language and there is an increase in the trust of these clients.

There is now a rising trend among real estate brokers to study Chinese culture and learn Chinese language to serve the high-end Chinese clients in New York. There is a rising trend among brokers who are not native Chinese speakers taking course in Mandarin at New York’s University’s School of Continuing and Professional studies. This course informs the students about the customs in real estate transactions, expectations in living standards, the relationship between buyer and seller and the role of the broker as an intermediary.

According to the National Association of Realtors, clients from China have emerged as the second biggest group of foreign buyers in the United States residential market that are surpassed only by Canadians. The report of the Real Capital states that, China leads all foreign countries in New York property for sale deals this year with $ 1.37 billion of acquisitions not including the Chase Manhattan Plaza. Next stands Canada with $ 1.19 billion. The excess capital in China is finding its way by investing in real estate NYC due to the belief that Chinese investors would gain from recovery of the American economy and real estate market. With the New York City having emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the Chinese real estate buying spree, it is evident that some brokers are seeing sense to seek out aggressively for Chinese buyers on their own turf.

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New York real estate bounces back post Sandy

The New York real estate has recouped well post Sandy super storm that caused about $ 42 billion in damages across New York State with damages amounting to $ 19 billion in New York City alone. Majority of property were destroyed or were deemed inhabitable in all five boroughs after the storm touched down on October 29 last year. However, in spite of the storm, the long lasting impact of super storm Sandy on real estate NYC was minor. According to the New York real estate brokers , about 80% of property is nearly renovated and repaired back where they were before Sandy.

Many of the housing units are in the process of being repaired and the storm’s devastation did not affect the real estate interest among real estate buyers in any of the boroughs. Majority of residents are choosing to rebuild rather than to relocate. As per the statements of the New York real estate brokers, the storm has only affected the coastline with just about 1% of New York real estate. International real estate buyers are continuing to show interest in the city and the selling market has gained some strength but buyers are opting to consider locations away from flood zones as values in those areas are down between 2% to 5%.

Fewer New York homes for sale have been taking place across Rockaways in Queens and in Brooklyn. However, in the New York City the New York apartments for rent and the cost of New York homes for sales are hovering through the roof even in newly mapped flood zones in Manhattan. The Manhattan Condos for sale market has rebounded even after the Sandy flooded basements and lobbies last year with sales having taken months to jack up in heavily damaged areas such as Rockways and Staten islands’ that were located in flood zones.
In Manhattan’s financial district, sales were 44% compared with pre Sandy numbers and median prices rose by 15%. Sales increased in the hard hit neighborhoods such as Howard Beach, Queens where sales jumped by 37% though the median prices were lower by 10%. Sales bounced back even in the hard hit Staten Island neighborhoods in the third quarter. The negative impact of the Sandy was particularly acute in neighborhoods in the outer boroughs.

According to real estate brokers, fewer unrepaired damaged homes are listed for sale in and around the city. The inventory of repaired homes with newly renovated basements plus new boilers and electrical wiring is shrinking. In the Rockaways, where majority of basements and many ground floor levels were swamped, the real estate buyers are interested due to their attraction towards lower prices. Majority of them are worried about the availability of affordable federal flood insurance than another storm.

The StreetEasy study found that the Manhattan real estate market paused for a while after Sandy smashed New York. During November-2012, the listings in flood zones dipped by 21% and the number of contracts signed slipped by 24% compared with November-2011. However, the numbers bounced back with contract signing in TriBeCa and the West Village soaring faster than in any other areas. By April-2013, contracts were up by 28%.

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San Diego 2012 Real Estate Forecast

Where does the San Diego real estate market seem to be headed for 2012? Once again at this time of year, when all the pundits come out with their forecast, it’s the rare individual that does not go along with the real estate industry’s proverbial ‘now’s the time to buy’ mantra. I’m going to be part of the 1% who deviates from the traditional ‘by now before you’re priced out of the market’ end of the year talking points.

I bet you have an idea where I’m going with my report for the Outlook for San Diego real estate values in 2012. Before I get into the meat of my forecast, let’s take a quick look back at the titles of my prior forecasts for the real estate market and short synopsis of each:

2005 – – San Diego Real Estate — A Trend to Go National? (The big divergence between home sales and home prices seen here in San Diego indicated a dropping market and a real estate trend I thought would go national.)

2006 — San Diego Home Sales Figures: Not All That They Seem on the (industry and news reports indicated that San Diego home value drops were substantially less than what was occurring in the real marketplace. This was mainly caused by failure to consider all the concessions that developers as well as private sellers were offering to entice buyers to purchase San Diego homes.)

2007 — Is Your San Diego Home Appraisal Really Accurate? (This focused on the fact that many appraisers were overvaluing San Diego homes because they were not fully considering seller concessions that were taking place in the open market.)

2008 — San Diego Real Estate Market: What Did You Expect? (How the main-stream media still did not raise any real estate red flags in late 2005. Instead it was ‘just a return to normal’ or “a great time to buy without the pressure of multiple offers.”)

2009 — California: Land of Sunshine and a Year of FREE Living (How many California underwater homeowners were living mortgage and tax payment free for a year or more before foreclosure)

2010 — San Diego Real Estate 2010 Forecast: The Year of the Strategic Mortgage Default (For 2010, San Diego housing will remain a risky deal that will again be dominated by government intervention. Until both the Federal and State governments get out of the housing market, a real bottom will not occur, thus San Diego housing values will continue to decline well into the next year.)

2011 — San Diego Real Estate 2011 – Year of the Short Sale: I personally do not see any real base building in the San Diego real estate market until 2012.

Now let’s look at 2012 for San Diego home values. Back in the summer of ’05, one of the main factors for my calling a market drop was the drop in sales activity while home values continued to increase basically because of the lag time in reporting. Well, I believe the same could be occurring now, except in reverse! With sales increasing (hopefully this trend will stay in place) I believe the San Diego real estate market will finally see home values stabilize in 2012.

I’m not calling for some slingshot snapback in home values next year. I’m calling for, to be precise, the continued modest decline in San Diego resale home prices through at least the first half of 2012. Naturally, barring some major detrimental economic news either here or in Europe, I think the second half of 2012 could see some solid base building, with perhaps, some modest single-digit appreciation by year’s end.

There continues to be talk about pent-up buyers to getting into the market. The theory goes that many potential first-time buyers and move up buyers have been holding off getting into the market and once they see some improvement will rush back in a big way. I said this in a number of prior posts, and I’ll say it again now: I believe there is pent-up demand in today’s San Diego real estate market! The ‘you can never go wrong buying real estate’ crowd has this pent-up demand theory 180° backwards! Personally, I see it not as pent-up demand to buy, but just the reverse! Yes, pent-up demand to sell! I’ve seen many current San Diego homeowners who have seen their home values drop 30% or more during the last six years who would love to recapture a small amount of that decline. They could then move on to a home more suitable for their current family and economic situation. When we finally do see some modest San Diego home value appreciation, I believe we’ll see a lot more inventory become available from these San Diego homeowners.

I usually end these forecast by saying that I hope I’m wrong and things turn out better for San Diego homeowners that I’m forecasting. I’d like San Diego home prices to make a sharp upswing in 2012, but with the magnitude and longevity of San Diego’s real estate home value bust, I don’t really believe that there is NO chance for such a fairytale snapback.

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San Diego Real Estate 2010 Forecast: – The Year of the Strategic Mortgage Default

It would be easy to write a 2010 real estate forecast by repeating the industry line that “the new year will mark a turnaround for real estate values; those who act fast will be able to get the best buys.” Real world facts, at least in San Diego, seem to indicate otherwise.

San Diego’s real estate market will most likely have another down-turn in the year 2010, and there are many rationalities why. Remember, many of the adjustable home loans were designed with five and seven year interest adjustments. Many home loans are set to correct next year since the San Diego real estate market boomed in the summer of 2005. The saving grace is that interest rates are near all-time lows and interest rate shock will not be a tough factor. The downbeat with these mortgage adjustments will be the ‘reality check’ factor. How many homeowners will suddenly wake up to the fact that their home is now worth tens of thousands of dollars less than their mortgage balance? Only the naive will believe that their San Diego home’s value will click back soon.

The Northwestern University of Chicago has found that as many as one in four defaults may have been strategic. Driving this phenomenon is the rising number of households that are deeply “under water,” owing much more than the current value of their homes. First American CoreLogic, a real-estate information company, estimates that 5.3 million U.S. households have mortgage balances at least 20% higher than their homes’ value, and 2.2 million of those households are at least 50% under water. The problem is most deep in Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada.

So, whether or not you think the San Diego real estate market has bottomed, the reality is, it will take numerous years to recoup equity losses many have endured. 2010 may go down as the year of the strategic mortgage default because of this homeowner awakening.

Talking-heads who claim the U.S. housing market has “bottomed,” or even that it will “bottom” in 2010, don’t have the slightest grasp of fundamental economics. Government and the vast majority of media are using the old tactic of trying to talk us out of this downturn. Any bit of positive new is over-emphasized while the terrible, realistic conditions are hardly noted.

The government has spent trillions of dollars and has not made ca significant impact on the problem. Government saved Wall Street banks, at least for now. Will government platitudes actually turn around our economy? The administration thinks so. They are closing their eyes and wishing really, really hard that it does.They also should remember to click their ruby-red heels three times to insure success.

The best parallel to our current situation continues to be the Great Depression. In 1930, we had a 50% stock rally and abundant “green shoots” before the market turned down in a relentless decline. This time the government intervention is much larger, but so too, is the credit bubble.
Many agree the real unemployment rate is 17.5%. How can the housing market improve until unemployment dramatically improves?

Property values only go up if there is an increase in demand. That is NOT happening. The birth rate of the US is just enough to sustain our population, nothing more, and it would be negative without immigration.
Another major factor affecting San Diego real estate demand, is that the severity of our current home value decline seems to have broken the back of the myth that you could not lose money purchasing residential property in San Diego or California. Until the devastation to San Diego home values, fades from the collective consciousness, demand for housing will be a fraction of what it was.

Those who invest in real estate and expect values to appreciate need to face the fact that by mid-2010 there is a high probability we will be in a rising interest rate environment, which will boost costs on mortgage loans substantially. We all know it is now much more difficult to qualify for a mortgage even with some of the lowest interest rates in history. What will happen when interest rates move up? Will the government again step in with some type of subsidized interest rate/qualifying program (much like the sub-prime debacle)?

On 10-1-08 I published: #1 EZ Fix to The U.S. Housing Market (http://www.brokerforyou.com/brokerforyou/1-ez-fix-to-the-us-housing-market.html)where I suggested an easy way to stabilize the real estate market. My idea was for the government to grant investors who buy and hold homes for at least three years, but no more than seven years, 100% exemption on any capital gain they may realize. Well, perhaps because this was a low cost idea involving ‘investors’ it never gained any traction. But, I still believe it would be a sure-fire fix to our housing doldrums.

Here in California the largest state tax rate just passed; there is talk of additional state tax increases. That, coupled with our already high electric, water and gasoline taxes, portends California homeowners’ disposal income is headed for oblivion! Further combination with the administration’s new health care costs and Cap & Trade’s dramatic impact on utility costs, only the hope & change commissars will be able to afford California detached homes. The California masses will be, out of necessity, forced to live in huge apartment complexes. The California standard of living will take a huge hit, but look on the bright side … mass apartment complexes will reduce commuting, contain urban sprawl and cut down on carbon emissions! Perhaps, most importantly, the extra taxes will insure the California public workers pension plans will continue to provide lottery-sized benefits into the foreseeable future.

Higher rates to support currencies will intensify deflation. Intensifying levels of bankruptcy and foreclosure due to salary decreases and job loss will intensify deflation. A century of inflation is coming unwound in a decade.

In an academic paper titled, “Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis,” written by Brent White, a law school professor at the University of Arizona argues that those who are underwater in their loans should just leave.

By leaving, it could potentially save them thousands and it won’t be long until they recuperate financially. Defaulting “strategically” can entice more walk-always by buying all the major items they may need in the near future, such as a car or even a house, right before they take a hike. As long as you stay current with other mortgage lenders, one could potentially have a good credit standing in 2 years after the walk-away.

In my 7-27-09 post titled: San San Diego Homes – WHEN IT PAYS TO LET THEM FORECLOSE!(http://www.brokerforyou.com/brokerforyou/san-diego-homes-when-it-pays-to-let-them-foreclose.html) I noted that: In the Northwestern University study, among those without moral reservations, 63% of those homeowners with a negative equity of $ 300,000 or more would let the property go into foreclosure.

In my 9-22-09 post titled: Foreclosures – Strategic Defaults Double (http://www.brokerforyou.com/brokerforyou/foreclosures-strategic-defaults-double.html) I noted that: Strategic defaults … financially it’s a logical, legal, defensive decision to make. Why throw good money after bad? No more property maintenance, taxes, insurance, etc. With rent prices falling and rental vacancies rising, it makes perfect sense to bail out and have more disposable income at the end of the month. Survival is the name of the game.

So, based on the strategic default statistics and Professor White’s ideas, there is a good likelihood that 2010 could go down as the year of the strategic mortgage default.

While the highly distressed markets like San Diego, will continue to be pressured by foreclosures and myriad other headwinds. The smaller more conservative metros will benefit from the incredibly low inventory levels and should start to see a rebound in new construction activity in the coming year.

All real estate markets are local. I agree with the National Association of Realtors on this particular area. Therefore, I can only venture an opinion on the San Diego California residential real estate market. For 2010, San Diego housing will remain a risky deal that will again be dominated by government intervention. Until both the Federal and State governments get out of the housing market, a real bottom will not occur, thus San Diego housing values will continue to decline well into the next year. The low end of the San Diego housing market is the one exception to my forecast. The low end properties have demonstrated a base building through the second half of 2009. I expect this favorable trend to continue into 2010.

There are many elements that affect San Diego real estate values. I have ended my opinions for years now for the following year’s San Diego housing outlook with this statement: “I hope the market proves me wrong and that my forecast ends up totally off-base.” With that said, however, I’m a realist; and I personally would not bet against my 2010 outlook.

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A good real estate broker

Real estate is a popular investment avenue. A lot of people go for real estate investing. Some people follow real estate as their prime job. So you have real estate brokers, real estate investors, real estate attorneys and others who thrive mainly on the real estate industry. However, there are others who don’t follow real estate investing as a profession but still want to invest in real estate (as it is an attractive avenue for investment). For such people, getting a good real estate broker can make a big difference between a good deal and not-so-good one.

So how does one choose a good real estate broker?

The first thing to look for is the reputation of the real estate broker. A real estate broker who has good reputation would have earned it over a period of time by helping buyers get the property of their choice (and as per their needs), at the same time getting a good price for the property seller. In fact, experience is the second important thing to look for in a real estate broker. Bad real estate brokers can’t exist for long (since the bad news about anyone travels much faster than the good news). So experience is a good measure because then you know that the real estate broker hasn’t done anything so bad as to throw them out of business. A good real estate broker will not act just as the salesperson for the seller (from whom the real estate broker is due to receive commission/fee when the deal materializes) but will also pay heed to the needs of the buyer. Also, a good real estate broker will normally have a lot of properties available for sale at any point of time. Good real estate brokers will generally have a small team of people working in an organized way to get the deal closed between a buyer and a seller (making both parties happy at the same time). Good real estate brokers will group the properties in a way that is easy to understand e.g. group them on the basis of location, grouping them on the basis of price, grouping them on the basis of house types etc. for the buyer. A good real estate broker will also offer advice to the seller on small repairs or things that can get help them in getting an even better price for their property. And a good real estate broker will patiently listen to the requirements of the buyers and point them to the properties that best fit their requirements (instead of just showing them the list and asking to choose one).

Checking with friends/family that have previously used the services of a good real estate broker can sometimes help you in getting a good real estate broker fairly quickly.

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Reasons to Fall in Love with Your Pop Up Greenhouse

Metamorphosing your unused backyard into a verdant and visual delight is easy if you know the rules of home gardening. There are reputed horticulture stores online to suffice your needs. Garden kits available in these stores add beauty to your outdoor space without creating a dent in your wallet. Yes, a pop up greenhouse is available at affordable rates, and you will have reasons to fall in love with it. To learn more, keep reading this article.

Grown Fresh and Spot-Free Tomatoes

Gardening enthusiasts feel disappointed when growing tomatoes. That’s because the bright, red fruit often dampens your spirits when you find them with blemishes and spores. However, if you have a mini and portable conservatory, you will be able to extend the growing season. Actually, you can use it to plant tomato seeds and see them growing before your eyes. The fruits will be fresh, ripe, and free of spores. These kits have two-screen vented windows apt for perfect ventilation and protection against pests.

Enjoy Juicy Strawberries in May!

Strawberry plants refuse to bear fruit if not nurtured under suitable conditions. During the winter months, you must move them indoors. However, the plant is profuse with mellow fruitfulness during post winter. A garden house having the right temperature, light conditions and ventilation will help the plant to leap into life. Strawberries growing inside a portable conservatory will mature a month earlier than the usual ones.

Large Colorful Chrysanthemums in December!

Do you love big, colorful and imposing chrysanthemums in shades of red, yellow, pink, white, and violet? If yes, you can see them growing during December. So, during the bone-chilling months, your home greenhouse will not look colorless and dull anymore but come alive with large, bright chrysanthemums.

Salad Leaves All Year Round

There is no denying that you can cultivate salad leaves outdoors without any shade. Then, the leaves will have a toughened and unattractive appearance after being exposed to cold weather conditions. The leaves will be sprayed with mud due to winter rains and battered by hail. However, if you cultivate lettuces in a pop up greenhouse, they will be ready for the kitchen, and you will love its soft, fresh, and blemish-free feel.

Satiate Your Unseasonal Urges

All of us have these urges. Be it late autumn, or early spring and you still feel the slight chill in the air. You are snoozing under a warm blanket due to the chilly dampness in the air. You dream of perennial flowers, lettuces, early peas, and sweet peas. Well, your dreams can come true, and these plants can be grown at odd times under the protected shade of your pop up conservatory. So, it’s now easy to satiate your unseasonal urges!

A Perfect Getaway to Enjoy Tea and Cookies in the Rain!

This is one reason that you will start loving your planthouse even more. When the rest of your garden is messy with mud, you could get inside your mini greenhouse and enjoy a steaming cup of tea and cookies. Spend some time sowing seeds and nurturing plants while listening to the pitter-patter of rains.

Do you love your mini garden house? If so, share your comments.

Floren Neel is associated with some garden house and pop up greenhouse material suppliers for a long time. Hence, with time he learned how to make good small greenhouse, raised bed garden, roof top garden and other outdoor innovations easily.

How To Decorate Your Home Using The Country Home Decorating Style

There are many styles of decorating one’s home. One of the most popular ones today is “country home decorating.” Country home decorating involves a casual friendly lifestyle, much like the country lifestyle is often about.

To make your home reflect country home decorating, you should have each room of your home incorporate the theme. The main elements of this theme are the following:

– Using harmonious colors that do not clash with each other in your rooms, which helps to make the whole scheme come together.

– Achieving balance with the main pieces of furniture you place in your rooms;

– Carefully placing each piece of furniture so that the purpose it was made for can be fully utilized and you gain the most benefit from owning it.

You want the rooms to exhibit simplicity and restfulness, much like what the country life revolves around. This is why you should only have the pieces of furniture in a room that you truly will use. You also should not use many colors. In addition, the color scheme you use should be based on the same family; you should not mix shades, as this will totally distort the image of country home decorating.

Your home should also provide an atmosphere with quality objects that have good shapes and color-combinations. You should take your time in furnishing your home with the “right items,” as rushing on what items to put in your home will likely lead to wrong choices and wasted money. After some time, you’ll learn what pieces of furniture and furnishings you aren’t using, and can therefore get rid of and replace with pieces that have colors and shapes that are congruous with your room’s theme and are provide a more useful purpose.

You should make sure that the lighting fixtures and picture frames all blend in well with the style of furniture you furnish your home with. You should also hang appropriate pictures that match up with your furniture style as well.

It’s very important to have a unified theme when you’re decorating the interior of your home using a country home decorating style.

Another main element of country home decorating is that warmth and charm are evident in all the furnishings. Using natural-tone furniture, like oak or pine, constructing your floors from natural wood, flagstone, or tile, and using wood blinds or cafe curtains with checkered or floral patterns can help show this element of warmth and charm you’d expect to find in a country home setting.

Other main elements you want to emphasize in your country home include comfortable sofas and recliners, open fires in fireplaces, many books, and the lighting where you have as much sunlight as possible during the day and many lamps that provide good reading light at night.

A country home emphasizes simplicity, balance, good harmony amongst all the furnishings of a room, and the warmth and charm that such elements bring to the room. Using natural-toned furniture like oak and pine and natural substances to create your floors, like natural wood or flagstone, will also add to the country home atmosphere. When these elements are combined together in a pleasing manner, you’ll experience the country warmth, charm, and tranquility in your home.

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How To Do Successful Raised Beds Gardening At Home

If you are interested in raised beds gardening, the first thing that you need to know is the fact that raised garden beds come in different sizes and shapes. There are several benefits associated with using raised beds gardens and key among them is the fact that they can be used for the purposes of growing foods and delivering phenomenal results. They are easy to manage and make a great choice. While this is the case, there are a couple of things that you need to know below before proceeding to use them.

The best thing about indulging in raised beds gardening is the fact that there is a variety of materials which can be used to construct the bed gardens. This ranges from cylinder blocks, bricks, wood and stone which are used in dry wall arrangements. When it comes to building raised beds gardens, it is also important to state that your location, imagination and materials are by large what determine what you manage to come up with. The logic behind raised beds gardening is to ensure that you contain the highest quality soil above ground. This means that it should not exceed the depth of 12 inches. At this point, it is important to state that all other aspects should be followed in accordance to your discretion and while this is the case, there are more pointers which can aid in establishing effective raised bed gardens.

If you want to use raised beds gardening for the purposes of growing crops, then it is important to ensure that you select a location that is productive. This is despite the fact that garden beds can be set up in any location. In this case, the location should be an area that provides superb sunlight. In most cases, depending on the type of crop you intend to grow, you might consider getting a location that has partial shade. However, stay away from locations that are extremely shady as they are known to impede the growth in raised beds gardening. Also, extremely sunny areas are known to dry easily and for this reason, it is important to ensure that it is easy to get access to reliable watering point in order to ensure that your garden works out perfectly.

When setting up your garden beds, it is important to consider the ideal size for your needs. Among the major pointers that make these gardens perfect is the fact that the soil is always of high quality, airy, light as well as ideally oxygenated factors that make it easy for your plants to easily flourish. You also must ensure that the size of the bed is not too big. This is important this might mean walking on it in order to tend to the crops and this only serves to compact the soil rendering it useless or less effective in guaranteeing growth. In essence, doing this on your raised beds gardening also serves to decrease your yield to 50% decrease and it will be a waste of money.

If you intend to permanently indulge in areas that have boggy or wet soil, it is advisable to consider the possibility of adding a base, raising it off the ground or making the raised beds gardening sides deeper. This is great technique that can be used to ensure that the raised beds gardening works perfectly for your needs.

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Why To Switch To Raised Bed Gardens

Copyright (c) 2012 Jack Russell

Raised bed gardens are a boon to all sorts of gardening enthusiasts. Some gardeners switch to raised beds to avoid the need to use poor local soil. Others need to squeeze maximum output from minimum space. Still others make the switch because health issues make traditional gardening too difficult. Bed shape and size is limited only by imagination and resources. Perhaps best of all, well designed raised beds can out-produce traditional gardens with less effort.

Easier on the Gardener

Raised beds can range from a mere six inches above ground to hip-height. Gardens may be placed on the ground or on top of sturdy tables. The height of the garden can be critical for people with disabilities, the elderly, or those who simply want less strain. Since beds tend to average 3 feet wide, most gardeners can reach across to tend plants, water, or harvest more easily. Most gardeners will never need to tread on soil in their raised beds, thereby avoiding compacted soil and damaged roots. Those who thought gardening was impossible for their situation might just find raised beds change everything.

Efficient Plant Growth

Traditional gardens lose space to empty access rows between plants. In raised beds plant spacing can be quite dense. By allowing just enough room, where mature plants just skim their neighbor, one creates a weed suppressing environment. Closer spacing also means moisture can be better conserved and shared among plants, creating a micro-climate for plants to thrive. The inclusion of a weed or pest barrier at the bottom of the garden bed may deter even the most pugnacious interloper from gaining entrance.

Improved Soil

In a few idyllic places, gardeners have perfect natural soil conditions. For the rest of the gardening world, raised beds can even the playing field. Poor native soil can be avoided completely. These beds allow one to tailor an ideal mixture of weed free soil components. Texture, drainage, and nutrient requirements can be perfectly controlled. These advantages create better harvests.

Extended Growing Season

Gardeners everywhere champ at the bit to plant earlier in spring. Since raised beds are less dependent on the surrounding soil, it’s possible to get a jump on nature. Their increased height allows sunshine to better warm the soil. Warmer soil means earlier seeding, earlier sprouting and transplanting, and earlier harvest. For those who want to stretch the season further yet, there are cold frames that can be built on top of the beds. Determined gardeners might even grow cold season vegetables right through the winter months.

Beauty

Raised beds have a clean and tidy elegance. Whether as a single bed, or a series of beds arranged in groups, these sorts of gardens can give an attractive and finished look to a property. Designs can be artistic and whimsical, or stately and conservative. Traditional gardens might not be fully accepted in all places. Yet raised bed type gardens are usually viewed as quite tasteful, as well as tasty, and may get nods of instant approval.

Raised bed gardens are popping up faster than weeds all across the country. It’s easy to understand why. They’re thrifty, making good use of fewer resources. They’re good looking. They’re easier to tend for the very young or the elderly. Best of all, since the soil quality is so easy to control, the harvests can be simply amazing.

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Must Have Equipment For Gardening

Many people take up gardening as a hobby because it helps you to relax and will help reduce the stress in your life. The rewards are great as you watch your harvest flourish right before your eyes.

To get the most out of your gardening time you will need some equipment for gardening to help make your hobby enjoyable and safe. Although your needs will probably be simple if you have the normal size city garden, the right equipment for gardening will make all the difference in the world.

The first thing you should probably do is to protect yourself. When you expose yourself to nature you may get some harsh results without proper protection. The weather is normally hot during the gardening season so you should make sure your head is protected with a good hat. This will keep the sun from your face and help protect you from sunburn.

You will want to invest in a pair of quality gardening gloves to protect yourself from sharp briars, fertilizers and bug bites. You can find gloves made especially for your gardening needs at your local department store or online if you prefer.

The clothes you wear while you are in your garden should be something you do not mind getting dirty or stained. You will be dealing with dirt; mud, spray chemicals and nature, so wear clothes that will take the heat.

If you choose to use spray pesticides a mask to wear while you are spraying your plants would be wise so you will not breath the fumes from your sprayer.

The size of your garden will determine what type of tools you will need to work your soil. A postage stamp garden will not need as much equipment as a large garden. No matter what size garden you decide to grow you will need items such as a shovel, rake, hoe and fork.

As your garden gets bigger so will your equipment needs. A tiller is a wonderful addition for most gardeners.

Do not forget the everyday common items most people tend to forget. You will need tomato cages or stakes, trellises for your climbing plants to grow on and do not forget the essential garden hose. There are many attachments available to water your plants with.

To enjoy your hobby to the fullest it is important to think about the equipment for gardening you will need before the gardening season begins. Take some time to make sure you are prepared and you should have a most wonderful gardening season.

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