Katie McBride's Blog
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When you're stuck at home, life doesn’t come to a stop. That’s why it makes sense to spend at least some of your at-home downtime on personal growth and enrichment. One of the best ways you can do this is by studying a new language. There are many benefits to learning a second (or third) language. Not only can it help you take your career to the next level but research shows that people who speak two or more languages will experience the onset of Alzheimer’s, on average, over 4 years later than those who only speak one.
While years ago you may have had to turn to the classroom to learn a second language, today there are many opportunities to study online. In fact, you’ll find many absolutely free lessons and learning opportunities on YouTube!
Learning a Second Language on Youtube
Getting started is easy. Go to YouTube.com and type in “learn Spanish” (or German, French, Japanese or any language that interests you. You will immediately see dozens of videos. These range from two-hour crash courses of the basics of a language to highly indepth lessons on one particular subject.
If you are looking for a full language course, you may have to dig around a bit. However, I easily found content creators that have dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of videos on most of the more commonly spoken languages. At this point, you’ll just want to give a couple of videos a try and see if the creator/teacher resonates with you. Finding a video teacher that you truly connect with can be a big help.
Beyond regular courses, you may find “live streams.” These usually involve a teacher speaking in the language to everyone who has tuned in (or is tuning in when they are live.) If you can tune in when a creator/teacher goes live, you’ll usually have the opportunity to ask questions that may be answered live, if desired. Plus, you can work on your written language in the live chat.
Another popular video type is an immersion video. These videos give you the opportunity to listen to the language being spoken in a natural form. The creator may be going about his or her daily activities and will speak throughout, often with a translation provided.
As you can see, there are many great tools for learning a new language on YouTube. You will likely find that it is an excellent addition to your other methods of learning, or for someone who is just getting started, it can be an affordable way to dip your toe in and start learning!
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Homes Sold in the Past Month – Upton, MA
In the community of Upton, MA in the past month there have been 2 homes sold. The average sale price of these homes was $367,500 and the homes were on the market an average of 154 days. There have been 5 homes listed for sale during the past month in Upton, MA.
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Through all the volatility in the economy right now, some have put their search for a home on hold, yet others have not. According to ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, buyers have started to reappear over the last several weeks. In the latest report, they revealed:
“The March ShowingTime Showing Index® recorded the first nationwide drop in showing traffic in eight months as communities responded to COVID-19. Early April data show signs of an upswing, however.”
Why would people be setting appointments to look at prospective homes when the process of purchasing a home has become more difficult with shelter-in-place orders throughout the country?
Here are three reasons for this uptick in activity:
1. Some people need to move. Whether because of a death in the family, a new birth, divorce, financial hardship, or a job transfer, some families need to make a move as quickly as possible.
2. Real estate agents across the country have become very innovative, utilizing technology that allows purchasers to virtually:
- View homes
- Meet with mortgage professionals
- Consult with their agent throughout the process
All of this can happen within the required safety protocols, so real estate professionals are continuing to help families make important moves.
3. Buyers understand that mortgage rates are a key component when determining their monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage interest rates are very close to all-time lows and afford today’s purchaser the opportunity to save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan.
Many families have decided not to postpone their plans to purchase a home, even in these difficult times. If you need to make a move, let’s connect today so you have a trusted advisor to safely and professionally guide you through the process.