Sep 4, 2009

5 Tips for Being Prepared for an Interview

1. Cover All Your Bases
Be prepared in all respects. Dress for the interview, be on time or early, look focused and like you want the job. Go in feeling confident and that this job is right for you. Words aren't the only form of communication, body language, appearance, eye contact, listening and firm handshake are some non-verbal forms of communication that will help you cover all your bases.
2. Researching
Finding out all you can about the company will help you understand what you're getting into and help you form intelligent questions to ask. With the vast knowledge that can be found on the internet, use it! Find out who their competitors are and how this can relate to the position you are applying for. This information can be used to help you stand out. Know where you're going for the interview and how to get there.
3. What to Bring
4. Questions, Questions
5. Time Commitment
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Nov 22, 2008

Dreamy Holiday Pumpkin Bread with Carolina Cream Cheese Icing

BEST pumpkin bread ever
Originally uploaded by 3 bees
How to make the Pumpkin Bread

Makes 3 large loaves

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or, all purpose flour works, too)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans. (Can also use cupcake tins)

* In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugars until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

*Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Carolina Cream Cheese Icing: (double recipe per loaf)

One 8-ounce package softened cream cheese (per loaf)
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine, softened
1 box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
chopped nuts on top or folded in - option and very yummy!
Fold in a few scoops of whip cream for a lighter, extra yummy, icing. That's the Carolina "twist". You can even use Vanilla Whipped Cream (Cool Whip Brand)!

Cool completely before refrigerating the loaves. To take the Pumpkin Bread with you to Holiday Family Events, just wrap in tin foil, reheat in a 250 degree oven for 20-30 minutes...then apply the Carolina Cream Cheese Icing to the loaf...or to each slice for more frosting coverage.

Variations: Add chopped nuts to the mix. Add some white or black raisins, some candied cranberries, or even chopped prunes or dates.

Down here in the Carolinas, some country folk like to add shredded zucchini or shredded carrots to the loaves. If you don't like pumpkin, swap it out for a can of applesauce for a delightful "Carolina Spice Cake Loaf" instead.

Happy Holiday Season from DreamVest Appraisals! May your Family time together be genuine and warm as you consider the life-appraisals for the New Year's Resolutions soon to come.

Nov 21, 2008

SC Real Estate Appraisals - How is Your Property Value Holding Up to all the Changes?

Charleston, SC
Originally uploaded by jrhyley
How do I determine whether property values are increasing or decreasing?

The Lowcountry Loop | Your SC Community Newsletter

If you read national news publications like USA TODAY, they will normally report on the value of real estate as reported by the National Association of Realtors.

• The most common way that these papers report on values is the median sales price. They often report that the median sales price for the nation was up or down X% for a certain period.

• This information is applicable for many areas of the country, but it is not very specific to any one subdivision or market area.

What I am doing for South Carolina Lowcountry subdivisions is analyzing several different streams of data to give you a very good idea of what values in your subdivision are doing this year.

I will be looking at and evaluating:

• the average sales price
• the median sales price
• the average per square foot price
• and the average size of the homes that have sold in your neighborhood.

This will give you the best idea of what homes are doing in your subdivision. For example, the median price may show a 15% decline, but the average size of the homes that sold may have decreased. I will analyze all of these factors to give an accurate picture of homes in your subdivision.

I will also look at the number of listings on the market, the number of pending sales, and other factors that may affect your area.

I will be adding new articles and new subdivisions on a weekly basis. You can also post questions or comments on my message board as I will be adding information on a weekly basis.

Oct 18, 2008

Charleston Home Sales - South Carolina Real Estate Graphs

My name is Shane Langdale and I am a local real estate appraiser. If you are worried or just curious about your property value, you are not alone. The value of your home is one of the primary concerns of not only lowcountry folks, but people nationwide.

The purpose of the “Lowcountry Loop” is to give lowcountry residents valuable information about their homes. You shouldn’t have to guess or worry about the value of your most valuable asset.

I am here to help you understand what the sales in your neighborhood will tell you about the value of your home. I analyze the median price, the average price, and the price per square foot to give you a very accurate picture of what values are doing in your SC Lowcountry Neighborhood.

You are invited to check out our SC Appraisal Blog on the website, and also participate in out online forums.

Sep 27, 2008

Find Appraisers for Rural SC - Discover Ulmer, SC 29849

Ulmer, SC 29849
Originally uploaded by Brian the Red
Ulmer, SC 29849

At the junction of US301 and US321 is the town of Ulmer. Not a lot to it besides this Post Office and the rundown little building next to it. However, that was not always the case and lil ole Ulmer has a fascinating South Carolina history!

The community now known as Ulmer goes back for many years. The surrounding lands belonged to only two persons - Ephriam Ulmer and John Williams. There are authentic records dating back to the 1700s. The ancestorial home of the John Williams family still stands. It was lived in until sometime in the 1950s. The first building was erected on the banks of the Salkehatchie River. The site was near a settlement know as Buford's Bridge - which was there prior to the Revolutionary War.

While a proper name was being decided for the town that was building around the depot, it was jokingly called "too nigh". Streets needed to be laid out for the new town, but this was going to take more of Mr. Ulmer's property. However, Mr. Ulmer agreed to reliquish extra property in exchange for the town being called "Ulmer" in his honor. This was agreed upon and the town of Ulmer got its charter on August 7, 1891.

Sep 25, 2008

Jalapeno Mesquite Boiled Peanuts

Another interesting Lowocountry Blog to consider:, is a celebration of coastal life, food, fishing and travel. Updated daily, the blog's features include The Fish For Friday Seafood Recipe of the Week, The Free Cookbook of the Month, a foodie movies list, a coastal life and Southern food photo gallery, a streaming MP3 foodie playlists, YouTube cooking and travel videos, and more!

Grand Prize Winner of the Taste of the South Recipe Competition which was judged by Matt and Ted Lee, the James Beard Award winning authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners.

Unlike most traditional chili recipes which rely on the usual beef and beans, Charleston Chili was created using succulent pulled pork barbecue, country ham, boiled peanuts, and black-eyed peas.

After the competition, Ted Lee described the combination of the flavors in the Charleston Chili as, “…fantastic…clearly an original idea that followed through.”

The full recipe is available on which celebrates the pleasures of coastal food and life.

Semi-Finalist, Redwood Creek Campfire Classic Recipe Competiton.

Hugging the Coast: A Celebration of Coastal Life, Travel, & Food!
Charleston, SC, USA

View From Sol Legare Road, Charleston, SC