Staging Your Home Guide – Bathrooms!

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When staging your home, your small room may very well be your most important. You have certainly heard the statement "kitchens and baths sell homes." Sometimes a more accurate statement would be "horrible kitchens and baths prevent homes from selling." So, let's take a look at how to be sure you are not stopping a potential sale in it's tracks.

No matter what else you do, the following is a list of musts for every single bathroom when staging your home.

– Everything must be in good working order.
– It must be clean. Not just tidy, spotless.
– No one wants to see your personal items.
– No one wants to see your trash.
– Any mildew must be eliminated.
– Grout and caulking MUST be pristine. Replace them if they are no longer "cleanable".
– It must not smell. Not of body odors, and not of damp or mildew. You can not mask these odors, they must be eliminated.
– You are selling a vision – think spa, think new, think hotel room. Try to give the impression that the bathroom is not being used.

Staging Your Bathroom – The Big Picture

Like all the rooms in your home, when staging, you should be chasing for neutral colors. Repainting is always a good place to start, it is reliably easy and inexpensive. Contrary to popular belief, neutral does not mean white. Beiges, tans, greens, blues all have neutral shades and can add interest to a room that very often contains a lot of white to begin with. Stick with colors that compliment your tile.

This brings us to the topic of tile. If your tile is in bad repair, fix or replace it. If your tile is extremely dated, or taste specific – wherever possible – replace it. If you can not afford to replace it, try to tone it down by using all neutrals for your other decorative items, paint and linens. If it is really old, you may be able to sell it as retro. Walk carefully here, this is a tough one to sell if you are not very skilled at interior design.

Staging Your Bathroom – Porcelain Products

  1. As indicated in rule one above, all items must work perfectly. Hot water should be hot, and toilet should flush easily. If not, repair or replace them immediately.
  2. * Note: Even if one is required on occasion, DO NOT leave a plunger next to your toilet. Nothing says "I am flawed" more clearly than that!
  3. If your toilet / tub / sinks are dated, they will make the entire room feel old and grimi.
  4. White is neutral and desirable when it comes to these items. Avocado green toilets or tubs scream, "I have been here twenty years". You may not directly get the money back that you invest in these items. But, since it could prevent the sale of your home, the extra months' mortgage you will not pay as your home sets on the market will make it worth the investment.

Staging Your Bathroom – Finishes

When staging your home, what do we mean by the terms "finishes" you may ask. This term primarily refers to all the metal surfaces in your bathroom. This is perhaps the single easiest thing you can do to really make your bathroom look new and updated.

  1. The number one rule here is that no matter what the actual finish is all of the items MUST MATCH! So, pick one, and stick with it.
  2. The number two rule here – gold tone or brass is dated. I am not going to spare your feelings, even if you like and it is in good repair – if it is gold toned, do yourself a favor and change it all out!

When considering your room, look at the following:

  • Faucets
  • Shower head
  • Shower curtain rod or doors
  • Towel bars
  • Hooks
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Lighting
  • Knobs and handles

There are many finishes available, but the easiest and most modern choices are a standard chrome or a brushed nickel. If you pick chrome, remember it must sparkle to impress. Brushed nickel is easier to keep looking nice (it does not show fingerprints), and is popular with younger buyers. Both finishes are readily available at your local home improvement store, and are affordable.

If you have a more traditional or classic bathroom – dark bronze fixtures may be appropriate. Do be careful with this choice, however, as it can be more taste specific. Also, this finish also offers to be more expensive.

On a final note here, be sure that you are choosing matching shapes and styles. It will look odd if you have a traditional goose-neck style faucet, but extremely modern towel bars. Whenever possible, buy things in sets that match exactly.

Staging Your Bathroom – Linens

  1. You are probably best off using a set of linens solely for staging. You would be surprised at how often a potential buyer will touch your towels when in your bathroom, nothing is more than a turn off than feeling a damp towel!
  2. White matches almost any décor, and leaves no question as to its cleanliness.
  3. If you have space, a basket or stack of rolled towels offers a luxurious spa like feel.
  4. Consider having a small hand towel or a stack of simple paper guest towels placed next to the sink. This is easier to change out frequently, and remember, your potential buyer may actually use the facilities while touring your home.

Staging Your Bathroom – Personal Items

Since your desire to keep the bathroom looking spotless and pristine when staging your home, you also need to use it. So, how to deal with a used toothbrush, and your grubby bar of soap? Remember, your potential buyers WILL OPEN DRAWERS AND CABINETS, so you can not just throw everything in. Here is what you do:

  • Get a bin or basket, and place your daily necessities in it. Make room for it under the sink and pull it out when you need it, put it back when you are done. This includes things such as; toothbrush, mouth wash, face wash, etc.
  • If you have a medicine cabinet (yes, they will open this too), get rid of anything that is old and un-necessary. For the things you are using today, be sure they are clean – no toothpaste oozing everywhere, or leaking bottles. Turn prescription labels around so they do not face out. Be safe, and tuck away items that should not fall into other hands.
  • Put "embarrassing" necessary items, such as feminine hygiene products, into closed bins or baskets, and tuck them in a cabinet, or use a decorative box or basket and hide them in plain sight.
  • Empty your trash every single day.

In the end, staging your home must include your bathroom. When done properly, you will give the impression of a newer bathroom, with only cosmetic changes and good cleaning skills.

We wish you the best of luck staging your home!

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Home Staging Tips – Using Furniture to Stage Homes

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Furniture seems to be the bane of existence for many people trying to unload their homes. How much do I need? Do I need it at all? If so, where do I get it? Do I have to buy it? The questions go on and on. It never fails – on each and every Wednesday morning tele-coaching call to my VIP students, someone asks me about furniture.

So today, I want to address the infatuation, or lack thereof with furniture in regards to staging. I rarely use furniture in staging, not because I do not like it, but I think more often than not, it is unnecessary. The reason that most staging companies use a lot of furniture is because they do not understand who their customer is and the difference between selling vs. decorating. Yes, I realize that comment may make some of you angry, but my job is to help you sell your properties and continuously learn about the real estate industry on the whole, so there you go. I can tell you that most stagings we do as well as nearly all of our Property Designers yield fantastic results with very little furniture.

Let's first discuss when you need to use furniture. Usually in very large rooms or very large homes, you will need some furniture. Or if you are trying to make an odd space work, you might also need to use furniture. Finally, furniture can also give people directions in the house. In other words, you can use furniture in such a way that it creates flow and helps to guide the potential buyer through the home in the way that you wish them to view it.

In large rooms or even in large homes, sometimes you will need furniture since you need to fill a larger space. What I see people try to get away with are really small accessories in a large room making the room look bigger which is not a bad thing, but the downside is that the staging items look puny-which is never good. In an over large living space, some good and easy furniture items are chaise lounges placed in the middle of a room at a diagonal on a rug with the appropriate décor or a couple of arm chairs with a great coffee table works too. The arm chairs and coffee table depend on the home, but of course, many variations of this will work. You can do anything from Wicker chairs and wicker trunk to leather arms chairs with a tufted oversized leather ottoman.

The other clever pieces of furniture that I like to use are sofa tables. These are great tables when you need a dining room table but do not want to bother with an intense dining room set. Basically, you can take this long sofa table, place it in the center of a rug that should be centered under the dining room light fixture, put a great table runner on it (this can be an easy Pocket of Emotion, by the way, so pay attention to your table runners) and then adorn it with multi-colored wine glasses, interesting place settings or a unique center piece.

You have an excellent opportunity to fill the space, add something unexpected, and not break your back or your budget by trying to move in a huge dining room set. Just a little tip-even a homemade table with a floor length table cloth will work and then just do the same thing we mentioned above.

The last few pieces of furniture that I do like are oversized bean bag chairs for kid's rooms as well as basements and small tables that have a multi purpose. They can be used to collect keys at a front door, for art or plants, or to hold a Pocket of Emotion. You can also use them to suggest a desk or a table in a breakfast nook, so I always keep an eye out for pieces like this.

Okay, so if you need furniture, where do you get it? Well, you can go to all the logical places, like your own home, good will, the discount stores and the rental stores. If you buy it, no problem, just make sure you know what to do with it when the house sells. If you rent it that is fine because usually they will absorb the liability if it is damaged or you will at least know the terms if it gets stolen or damaged, all of which is very unlicly.

The third option you have is to negotiate a deal with a furniture or décor store. You will use their item at no charge but they get to advertise at no charge. It is a win win situation except for pick up and returns-and damages. These things can put you in a tough spot so make sure you go into this arrangement with your eyes wide open.

And of course, many of you already know my trick to create instant beds with blow up mattresses, milk crates and plenty of comforters. You will also need a roll of duct tape to shorten the length of the bed skirt, from the center. Make sure you have a full sheet set, at least 3 decorative pillows and at least 4 regular pillows. You will also need 2 sponsors or duvets and inserts to give it a rich and lush appearance.

So, as you can see, furniture is not hard to come by, but generally speaking you do not need it or do not need a great deal. There are always exceptions to the rule and for those, I recommend that you give us a call.

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2 Ways to Sell Your Home

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A lot of people think that the world of real estate is a whirlpool that can pull you down and landing with a good deal is very unlikely to happen. This may be true in some sense, due to the fact that the economy is in a little bit of trouble. But as much as there are people who are having a hard time with money, there are also a lot of people trying to find a home suitable for them.

There are several reasons behind purchasing a new home and these reasons can either be due to a new job, starting a family, or maybe just simply wanting a new home. The reasons are infinite therefore there is still a greater chance for you to be able to sell off your home. So if you would still want to sell of your home, here are the possible ways for you to be able to do so:

Through FSBO (for sale by owner) deals:

Recently, FSBO method of selling a home has gained momentum and has taken a hold of the real estate market. This method involves no more than the home owner personally handling all the dealing with regards to the home he / she would want to sell off. As a result, the home owner will be able to save a lot of money as well as be able to personally make sure that transactions are done well. You can start off with this method by preparing your own home for potential clients, that includes making sure that the home is free from negative aspects that might end your deal.

Once your home is ready, you can now have an appraiser see to it how much your home is worth and in this case he / she will be able to help you out in finding a fair deal price for your home. To move forward, you need to advertise your home on the different FSBO listings Canada, this way you are able to place your home on the market of real estate's for sale and increase the likelihood of having your home sold faster. All the above steps are important, but negotiation is the key to every successful deal. Although you may have hundreds of prospective clients, still everything will boil down to you having a successful negotiation. Be very keen in this part and learn to separate your emotions whenever you are making a deal.

All the steps involved when it comes to for sale by owner homes are critical and tasking; as a result people tend to lean more to things that do not require as much hands-on activities. And the only way to still be able to win a deal without lifting a finger is only by hiring a realtor or an agent to do the dealings as well as almost everything for you. All these may seem to be pleasing to the ear, and for sure you would want to find out how you can grab a deal with a realtor without breaking the budget, read on to find out.

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Marketing Your Home Improvement Or Handyman Business

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Each and every aspect of your home improvement business is important. However, if you don’t market your business with the goal to produce sales, then you won’t have a business for very long. This article will take you through the important process of marketing your business and your services to prospective customers.

A typical sales process for a home improvement or handyman business follows these steps:

  • Marketing
  • Qualifying
  • Selling
  • Getting Hiring!

These sales process steps are typical for most service type businesses. This article will discuss the first step, marketing, in greater detail.

Marketing Your Service Business: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, marketing is defined as the process of promoting and selling a product or service. Marketing a service-based business is more difficult than selling a product. When a customer buys a product, it is tangible – something you can see, touch, or hold in ones hand, and that can usually be returned if the customer is not satisfied. With a service business, however, your customers are buying something that is intangible and once performed, not returnable. One of the greatest challenges in marketing your service business is persuading people to buy something they can’t see, smell, touch, or return. You are selling both yourself and your skills, and selling the value of the services that you and your business provide.

Marketing is the single most important skill needed to be successful in the home improvement business. It involves promoting your company and its services to both immediate and potential customers, and selling your services to those that have found you through your advertising efforts. You will also market your home improvement business by providing quality work and a high level of customer service, which will encourage repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals.

The primary objective of your marketing efforts is to have a steady stream of current and prospective customers contacting you. Your goal is to be able to sell your services to those customers.

The words ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising’ are often used interchangeably. Advertising is one aspect of the marketing strategy that helps you promote your business in the marketplace. Various advertising strategies, as well as strategies to market a home improvement business, are available to handyman business or other service business owners. It is important to keep track of each of your strategies and have a mechanism to both review and evaluate the effectiveness of each of the strategies you employ. That way you can discard ineffective strategies and keep the ones that work to grow your business.

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Is It Cheaper to Buy Or Build a House?

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After years of working hard, you become financially stable, and decided to buy your own space which you can call your home. But then your mind is split whatever you're gonna buy a readable unit or you're going to have it built.

Readily constructed houses

Most new home buyers like the convenience offered by pre-constructed or existing homes. After the lender's pre-approval, you're ready to browse through many options. You can then prepare your shortlist and trim it until you're left with the best option according to your preferences. After which, you can make your offer.

If you're somehow confused with the options you see, real estate agents can help with an easier flow to pick the best existing home for you. They can assist you with negotiations. They can also help you with the associated paperwork.

In general, offers made for existing homes are closed in two months. Then, you can conveniently move in and start a new chapter of your life.

In many cases, costs of existing homes prove to be lower than having to build one from scratch. However, this may not be true at all times. Costs are still dependent on several factors such as location.

Another advantage of buying an existing home is the opportunity to belong to an established community. With this comes associated advantages of being near schools, lifestyle centers, and government centers. There is also a high chance that an existing home has already a preset for a grown landscape for gardens or lawns. You'll have no worry of the task of growing plants and ornaments.

However, there are some drawbacks with existing homes. Because they are readily made, you have to settle with its features and how the house parts are constructed. You may want to have a master's bedroom. You may want a large kitchen, but what's available is one with a smaller size than your preference.

Building your own house

Because of the complexities of getting functionalities matched, there are also new home buyers who prefer to build their own homes. You can carry out your own designs and have the house parts constructed according to your exact needs. However, the task alone of finding the land where to construct it is already daunting. But of course, if you have the patience and enough will power, you can find one which suits your choice of area. This means you can opt for a land which offers an overlooking view or perhaps one in a beachfront.

A new home can also prove to be more efficient in energy usage. This is because, the construction has to comply with new energy efficiency codes.

New homes may also prove to be healthier than existing homes. It can be constructed with materials that are safe for your family's health. It can be made free of molds, asbestos, and lead paint.

The largest drawback to new construction homes is associated with their costs. They are generally higher in price than existing homes. You have to spend for the construction materials, labor, furnishing, and other extra costs. You also have to wait longer before you can move in. But, you can have a defect sense of satisfaction after it is constructed.

Whether it is an existing home or a new construction home you want to become your home, real estate agents in your area can always extend assistance.

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Home Selling Tips

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Obtaining an ideal value for a home is a tricky task unless it is properly presented and judiciously transacted. Most home sellers often falter in this aspect. Listed below are some tips that can enhance the sale price of your home when you are intent on selling it.

First impression is always the best impression. Almost 90 percent Buyers do not want to invest any extra money towards home renovation and repair. So as to get the most from the sale, it is important to present the home like a buyer's dream. You can do subtle changes in the home at affordable prices and achieve the desired objective. For this, you need to seek the advice of a reliable real estate broker who can tell what the trend is in your area.

Valuation of the home starts with the surroundings. Here, it is important to keep the lawn trimmed. The next aspect is the outward appearance of the home. It would be useful if the house is freshly painted before putting it up for sale. Cleanliness is the next important thing. You should make sure that the lawn, house and the backyard are cleared from any junk and rubbish.

If the front door looks shabby, it is better to replace it. Interiors should be cleaned and aesthetically decorated before presenting the house. Houses that are bright and spacious sell better and faster. It is not a good idea to fill the house with furniture and make it look cramped. Small changes like constructing a fire place, replacing furnishings and checking errors in electrical lining also make a significant difference in the home value. No buyer would prefer a home that smells. A room freshener can be a useful alternative if you are not interested in airing your home. You can also prepare dishes in the kitchen that leave a fresh, welcoming aroma in the house and this can easily be realized by baking a cake or cookies.

Bathroom is the most important area that requires great attention. Most buyers look at them very closely. Bathrooms should be kept clean with all the faucets and electrical connections properly functioning.

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The Absolute Fastest Way to Sell Your House!

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If you want to sell your house then you have to make your house stand out among all the others in your neighborhood.

The National Association of Realtors reports that the 2008 home sales have not been this low since 2002. So in order to sell your home you need to do things different than the way things have been done in the past.

Price, you will have to be flexible on your price. The most important thing about selling your house is to get the price right! If you price is better than the guy down the street and the houses look about the same then you win!

Spend some time picking the right realtor. Ask around and see what people are saying about their broker. Pick a broker who is number one in sales, not necessarily in listing properties.

Let the realtor tell you what needs to be done to get your house ready for showing to buyers. Decide how much you can spend and ask the realtor if you only had this much money what needs to be done first.

Ask the realtor how he will market your property? The sign just will not be enough anymore. Make the marketing part of your contract.

Stage your home meaning that you paint and clean. Move out some furniture if a room is crowded. Shampoo carpets and polish the silver.

Drive up to your house and think about what you could do to bring those buyers inside.

Be ready the show the property anytime. Makes it tough to live in it while selling, but you want that sale and it will be worth it.

You might want to make things a little more appealing by including the big screen television in the den, or maybe patio furniture. Make that deal even better for that buyer.

If you are in a real hurry to sell then you could consider these companies that will buy your house as is. This will save you money by not having to fix up the house, giving someone a television set, buying paint and flowers, and even paying a brokerage fee.

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How to Sell Your Home Fast With Rent to Own!

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If you need to sell your home and need to sell it fast, you may consider selling with rent to own. There are many people out there who want to own a home but that do not previously qualify for a mortgage. If you are having a hard time selling you can take advantage of this wonderful ready-to-move group of people. It is as fast and easy as ABC. (Advertise, Barter, Contract) You sell your own home and the tenant buyer becomes a happy and quick home owner. Best of all, you can move on with your life!

A. Advertise to sell your home fast. Place an ad on a free web-site, like Craigslist, in a daily or weekly newspaper, or on local bulletin boards. Describe your home, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, extra features, why you bought it, general location, and any special features. Advertising tip: Lead off with Rent to Own, a sure attention getter. Also, add photo, it is worth a thousand words. Include your contact information, telephone number or email address.

B. Barter. You need to sell your home fast. So, be flexible with the renter / future owner. The tenant buyer is looking at your home to see if it meets his needs and if he would like to invest in it. You are exploring the renter to see if you want to sell your home to him on super fast, easy and agreeable terms. If you have confidence the renter will be able to hold up its end of the agreement, start the bartering process. To sell your home fast, you need your house payment made every month and may want a bit more for anything unexpected that comes up. A deposit is normal to show good intentions and to cover damages if the agreement does not work out. This can be from several hundred dollars to several thousand. The renter may need some time to pay the deposit in full, if it is a large amount. Be flexible, selling your home fast is the goal.

C. Contract. Once you sell your home, you need to document the agreement. You may want to pay an attorney to draft the contract or do it yourself. Many office supply stores have forms that cover the basics and blanks that can be filled in. Many forms are available on-line. Fill in the blanks and sign and date the agreement. Collect the money. Congratulations. You sold your home fast with rent to own!

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Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Own Home

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Selling a home by the owner has become quite popular these days. However, there are some common mistakes that first-time sellers tend to make. To maximize the benefits of a property deal without an agent, it is best to avoid these mistakes.

1. Do not get emotionally attached to the home:

It is beneficial to detach yourself from your home. Being detached helps you look at the deal from a financial perspective rather than an emotional one. It is also a good idea to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. If you think of your house as a dream rather than a piece of property, you will stage your home better.

2. Do not set an unrealistic price:

Most owners tend to price their homes on the higher side. This discourages buyers. However, an accurate price can be set by analyzing the market. Sometimes setting a low price does help in attracting buyers.

3. Not uploading good pictures:

Buyers judge a house based on the photographs that they see on the property listing websites. There you should upload high-quality pictures and videos to attract buyers to your home.

4. Not preparing the home for viewings:

Since approval of the home is based on its appearance, it should be given due attention. It is a good idea to hire a professional home staging company for preparing the home. Although it involves an expense, it may help you fetch a better price for your home.

5. Hiding facts about the home:

There is no point hiding any major problems or defects. This is because they will be revealed once the buyer respects the house. You have two courses of action that you can take. You can either get everything repaired or you can reduce the price according to the defects.

6. Being rigid about timings with buyers:

It is beneficial to be flexible with your timings when you are dealing with buyers. You should try to make yourself available when the buyer wants to view your home or meet you.

7. Being rigid about the price:

Any buyer will look to negotiate and buy the property for a price lower than the quoted price. If you are rigid about your price, it will be difficult for you to sell. It is a good strategy to price it such that there is a margin to bargain.

If you avoid these simple errors, you will be successful in selling your home yourself.

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Important Tips to Consider When Selecting a Real Estate Agent

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The ample amount of online information regarding how to hire a real estate agent can be helpful for homebuyers and sellers, but finding the right one can still be a challenge. Professional agents should have the necessary skills and expertise to help find exactly what the client desires. These four qualities can clue in buyers and sellers that a real estate agent is a great choice.

Suggests Realistic Prices

When planning to sell a house, it is recommended to get listing presentations from several agencies. They will provide the market prices of comparable homes, as well as the amount of time it usually takes to sell similar properties. Working with professionals to ensure that a home is priced appropriately will make the process less time consuming and stressful.

Works Full Time

Some real estate agents connect home buyers with sellers as a part-time job; however, it is wise to choose one who works in the industry full time to get the best results. Such professionals are in a better position to provide accurate recommendations and tips as they have more experience and a deeper understanding of the industry. A full-time agent will likely spend more time scouting for a home on various listings or showing prospective buyers the house to ensure that the clients acquire or sell a property quickly and at the right price.

Charges an Appropriate Commission

In most states, the commission ranges between five and seven percent and is split between the selling and buying agents. Ask agents about commission rates when putting a home on the market or beginning a new home search. This is an ideal method to ensure that all parties understand the agreement. Also, be sure to ask about any offered rate rebates, as some companies actually pass on a percentage of the commission to the seller or buyer.

Has Experience in the Area

A buyer who is interested in purchasing a full-time residence should pick an expert who specializes in selling such properties in the area. On the other hand, people who are looking for investment properties are better off working with someone who has been facilitating such deals with other investors for years. It is also important to note that most professionals in this industry have multiple specialties.

Even if a candidate meets these four qualities, organize a face-to-face meeting with the home expert to get a full picture of his or her skills and expertise. Most professionals are more than happy to speak with potential customers to answer questions. Finding a real estate agent by following these guidelines will make the entire process of buying or selling a home far simpler.

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