Biz Bits: Virginia named best state to do business in
According to Forbes, here are the best states for business:
4: North Carolina
Tip of the Week: Internet tips for home buyers
Here are some tips from real estate expert Kendra Todd of HGTV's "My House is Worth What?":
- Take full advantage of the Internet's research power. "The Internet can give you more relevant real estate information than just listings," Todd says. "You can use it to evaluate price trends in areas of interest, access city hall records on development plans for your area, check out crime statistics, school facilities and noise issues."
- Working with an Internet-savvy agent is as important for buyers as it is for sellers, Todd says. "Does the Realtor provide dynamic info? Is he or she comfortable communicating with e-mail, text messaging and other technology tools?"
- While you're researching online, keep in mind the difference between blogs and information, Todd advises. "Blogs are just opinions." Look for fact-based sites and be sure the information you find is not outdated.
- "Real estate is intensely regional," Todd says. Be sure to learn about the market in your area, because it may not necessarily be following national-level trends.
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Numbers to Know
The jobs outlook is not good, according to new unemployment figures and recent layoff announcements. Here’s a look at some of the big layoff announcements of the past week (listed by jobs to be cut and company):
7,200: Merck & Co.
4,000: National City Corp.
3,260: Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
3,000: Xerox Corp.
1,825: Chrysler LLC
1,500: Yahoo Inc.
GateHouse News Service