Treatment and Educational Strategies For School Refusal Behavior in Special Education!

Is your child with autism or another disability showing signs of school refusal behavior? Are you at your wits end and do not know what to do? Would you like to learn about treatment and educational strategies for school refusal behavior that could benefit your child in special education? This article will be discussing school refusal behavior, treatments and educational services and strategies that could help your child in this area.

Successful treatment in this area depends on why the child is experiencing this difficulty. Could be due to many reasons but I will discuss a few:

1. Inappropriate treatment by special education personnel. This could be due to the staffs attitudes or perceived negative behavior of your child. This occurs quite often when school personnel do not receive the proper training, in how to positively deal with negative behavior.

2. Inappropriate amount and type of special education services to help your child make progress in their education. When children are not being taught they tend to either develop negative behavior, anxiety, or depression, which could be contributing to school refusal behavior.

3. Anxiety or depression could be a reason that your child is having this difficulty; though it would be important to figure out why your child has developed these. Was their a particular incident that occurred at school that affected your child? Were they restrained or secluded by special education staff? These are just a few possibilities that you can consider.

4. Difficulty with other children due to your child’s difficulty with social skills and social cues.

Below are several things that you should consider that may help your child;

1. Consider a few observations over a several day period at different times of the day. See how your child interacts with school staff, and how they interact with other children. Notice any particular problems-make an appointment to discuss these issues with school personnel. If your child’s teacher cannot deal with your child’s behavior ask for specific training in the area of Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS).

2. Talk to other students or parents that are in the building and see if they have noticed any difficulty. I find this to be a wonderful way to truly find the truth about what is going on in your child’s school!

3. Check and make sure that your child is learning by asking for progress monitoring, check your child’s district and state standardized testing, and look at your state standards for the grade your child is in. If your child is not making appropriate progress they may be developing anxiety which can contribute to this disorder.

4. Check your child’s IEP and make sure that staff is following the IEP and that your child is receiving all the services that are listed. I have heard from many parents who just assumed that their child was getting the services until something happened, and they found out their child was not getting the special education services listed on their IEP.

5. Ask for psychological counseling with a trained psychologist, if your child needs it. If your school does not have a trained psychologist who can do counseling, the school district is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to pay for an outside person, if your child needs it! You will probably have to fight for an outside person, but your child is worth it!

6. If all of these strategies do not work consider taking your child to a trained Psychiatrist to see if your child could benefit from medication to help them. Also they could recommend a trained psychologist that could provide counseling for your child. The school needs to pay for this though, since it is related to educational difficulties.

7. Your child may need another teacher or a different placement that can meet their educational and emotional needs.

By trying all of these strategies you will well be on your way to helping your child with their school refusal behavior!

A Home Based Business Will Be A Reality If Mindset Is Applied

We can all struggle with the essential work/ lifestyle balance; quite often it can be a sense of working long hours and sometimes with the feeling of not striking up the right balance for all people concerned. But what can a home based business really do for you in terms of earning a great income and providing you with all the right components for success and happiness. Not everything is sweetness and light however with a few simple rules to follow it can be the make or break that can set you on the right road to success.

Any person who has their own business can say on reflection that it takes a lot of hard work in order to get to the top of your profession; a difficult and sometimes far reaching experience that quite often appears to be unobtainable. It’s not a matter of not being attainable; it’s the factor of managing to juggle many balls in the air at one time without dropping them that is the key. A home based business is no different to any other business in terms of workload, time and financial implications. It is often a case of actively managing “time” and prioritising what is essential and making sure that systems and procedures are in place in order to work efficiently.

An overriding factor of working at a home based business is the unfortunate and sometimes uncontrollable distractions that often happen. It is so easy to be drawn away from what is essentially an important task if for instance it is a lovely sunny day and it’s so tempting to go outside. Unless you have a strong will you can lose a great deal of time and focus on your business that can be lost and be counterproductive. Focus is crucial and necessary in order to really push a business forward; and it can be difficult in the short term but so much more productive in the future. It’s no good sitting back and waiting for the money to come rolling in; it needs to be earned first.

A lot of the work associated with a home based business is being able to prioritise and focus on what is essential; this needs to be done on a daily basis with time set aside to deal with all the issues that arise throughout the day. Sometimes it can feel like a never ending task; however it is this focus and structure that can help reap dividends to a fledgling business. We can all be overwhelmed by the responsibility of our commitments; family, current work, friends as well as trying to maintain some sort of structure that will not make you feel like it’s a no win situation. Your new business venture is meant to be exciting and dynamic not a business that makes you feel pressured and unwilling to do what it takes to succeed.

Home Based Business Opportunity – Do You Have What it Takes to Work at Home?

Home based business opportunity is finding its way into more homes than ever before. The Internet has opened to the door for anyone who want to make money and work at home. The first question you should ask yourself before you decide you want to earn an income from home is: “Do I have what it takes to work at home?” Some people just are not cut out to be independent when it comes to earning an income regardless of the potential of the home based business opportunity.North American society is built upon the concept of working at home. When you think about it the President of the United States works from home. The President and his family live in the White House and business is conducted from the Oval Office. This home based business comes with prestige and a huge responsibility. Not everyone is cut out to be the President. The same is true for every home based business, though notably, on a very different scale.There is a certain sense of security that comes with working for someone else. This is truly a false perception but it persists despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. An employee can choose to close the door at the end of the work day and go home to relax or participate in their activities of choice. An employer or business owner, on the other hand, is responsible for his business twenty four hours a day. Success or failure rests squarely on his shoulders and the business decisions he makes. A business owner could and should be a good employer however, ultimately,  the goal of a business owner is to run a profitable business. When profits are down, cutting costs to maintain profits can and often does include laying off employees. Despite the insecurity of job security a large segment of the working population still prefer to work for someone.6 Reasons Not To Work At Home1. Working for someone else means you can leave the job behind at the end of the workday2. The cost of starting and running your own business is too high3. Fear of not making enough money4. Not confident in their business management skills5. Too much responsibility6. Do not have a product or service to offerThere are as many reasons not to work at home as there are individuals. For those who lack the will and desire to succeed from their own efforts, work at home will remain a fleeting thought or a frustrating experience. Still, for those people who have an entrepreneurial spirit there is potential for greatness that you will never achieve in any job no matter how high you climb up the workforce ladder. Attitudes are self fulfilling prophecies. Know what you believe about being a business owner versus being an employee before you make the decision to start a home based business opportunity.

MLM Home Based Business – Here’s How to Make it Work and Achieve an Unlimited Income

Many people have tried network or multi-level marketing. People all over the world take advantage of this type of business, but there are few people who really understand how to create an UNLIMITED income. If you are thinking of getting started in an MLM home based business, here’s how to make it work:The most important thing to ensure that you are successful in your business is to get training for it. It is a relatively simple business, but you have to invest some effort into it to really make money at it. You are going to put the effort in anyway, so it makes the most sense to put the effort into the right actions.MLMs have been around for a long time and many people have made a lot of money utilizing this type of business structure. This is truly a case where there is no need to reinvent the wheel. You can look to the people who have already been successful to help you get started and stay on the correct pathway to success.As with anything else in life, if you are going to get advice, consider the source. If you want to do well in any business, listen to someone who already has been successful in that same business. If you want to learn how to make a thousand dollars, listen to someone who has made a thousand. If you want a million, though, you need to learn to someone who has made a million.There are several different facets to a MLM business, and you need to pay attention to each one to get the most out of it. You need to learn how best to sell the product or service that your company is marketing. Even if you are experienced in sales, selling in an MLM structure is a little different. In most cases, you are at least starting with people you know. This can be easier in some ways and more difficult in others. But there are tips that will help you maximize your results.You are also going to have to learn how to introduce other people to your business. This is also not as easy as you might think. When you get started with your own MLM business and you understand what a great opportunity it is, it is hard to believe that others will not see what you see. Letting people know about your business is another area where you will benefit from the experience of others. This is a case of the importance of first impressions. If you do not introduce people to your business properly, you may never get a second chance.Introducing people to your business has two aspects to it. One is explaining the products and services that you provide. The other is explaining the business itself. There are different techniques that help you to explain each one. You want to get training from someone who has a proven track record in doing so.I struggled for YEARS in this industry because the team I was involved with didn’t really understand how to sponsor new distributors into the MLM industry… Luckily, after 5 years of struggle, I partnered with the right kinds of individuals and now I can create teams at will.People want to think of their MLM home based businesses as if they are real businesses or companies but do not really approach it the same way. If you want to be successful, you need to approach it as you would any other type of business and get the right training from the right people.

Home Based Businesses – The Next American Revolution

It may seem strange to see a title like that for a simple article but it is essential to think about such a topic today. As you probably read the news at some point or listen or watch the news, you are probably aware of how bad the economy is right now. Many people are losing their jobs and are losing their jobs and trying to find other ways to make a living. This is where home-based businesses can enter the picture. There are many benefits to running home-based businesses and this article will talk about a few of those.If you run home based businesses, you are able to work from home around your schedule. Think about the commute time this can save you everyday. This is recaptured time that you can work on building your business, enjoying more free time, and/or spending more quality time with your family. It is said that time is money and that is true, not to mention, you will never regain lost quality time with family members. If you are a parent or Grandparent you realize how precious that is to you. Imagine how your stress level will be less each day, not having to endure rush hour traffic, not to mention the gas and dry cleaning expenses that will be cut from your budget!By owning and operating your own home-based business, you are able to control your own income, and your job security. With current state of the economy, hiring and salary freezes are commonplace, and there is NO JOB SECURITY working for someone else! Massive layoffs are happening worldwide and people realize there is no loyalty in the workplace anymore, everyone’s job is on the chopping block. There has never been a better time to start your own home-based enterprise, if you find the right opportunity. If you run home based businesses, you are taking control of your financial future and not leaving it to chance. You will sleep much better knowing that no one is going to tell you that your services are no longer needed and hand you a dismissal notice!You now can work when and where you want to work each day if you have an “Internet Based” business. Everyone works better at different times. Some people are more productive in the mornings, while others work better late at night. You can work when you are most productive, so that you can do the same high quality work but in less time.With the way that companies are cutting jobs, the expansion of the Internet, its no wonder Fortune Magazine said that by 2001 over 50% of households in the United States, will be involved in some sort of home-based business. It is truly the new wave of business in the new millennium.I did my research on home-based business and found one company that stands “head and shoulders” above the rest. This company has been in business for almost 2 decades and they provide a turnkey business for serious individuals with a true desire to own their own businesses. This company is in a $100 Billion dollar per year “online education” industry and they are looking for quality people to help them handle the exploding growth! If you would like to be your own boss, work from home and earn a Six Figure Annual income, see more details at . Just fill out the contact form provided to receive the full details. Or call me anytime… Good luck in your search and God Bless.

Investing in Rental Property – Key Facts to Consider, Part 1

Before investing in rental property, it is always wise to do a little homework and pre-planning. Such actions on your part can substantially improve the likelihood that your resulting rental property investment will be successful. The following are some key elements that every careful investor should investigate and consider before purchasing rental property and becoming a landlord.

Location, Location, Location – This is a familiar slogan in the real estate world. The location of a rental property plays a large role in the supply, or demographics, of tenants who are available to rent the property. It only makes sense to purchase properties located in areas where you’d be comfortable in dealing with the general population living there.

Location also plays a significant role in the market value of a property, and its future appreciation potential. Properties that are located in poor or decaying areas will not have the long-term market value appreciation potential as properties that are located in better neighborhoods.

Condition of Property – A low-priced bargain “fixer upper” investment property, while looking attractive on the surface, can turn into an expensive money pit to make the necessary repairs and upgrades. One reason is that neglected properties in poor condition commonly have “hidden defects” that must first be corrected before the planned upgrades can be made. For these types of properties, not only must the additional renovation costs be absorbed, but also the “lost rent” opportunity cost must be factored in. In this respect, purchasing a more expensive and reliable “turn key” rental property that is in good condition may actually turn out to be a better overall investment.

Price and Financing – Knowing the actual fair market price of an investment property is a necessity in order to prevent paying too much for the property. The fair market price for an investment property can be found from a comparable market analysis, or CMA.

Another method for determining the fair market value of an investment property is through a method known as the “capitalization rate”, or Cap Rate for short. The Cap Rate of a rental property is found by taking its net operating income, or NOI, and dividing it by the property’s market value. This ratio, expressed as a percentage, should be equal to (or greater) than the average cap rates of similar investment properties in the area.

For the rental property purchase, the financing method and costs should be investigated and determined prior to making an offer on the property. In this manner, it is also wise to get pre-approved for financing at a lending institution. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage definitely provides a buyer with more credibility, clout and leverage in the marketplace with the seller.

Property Management – To manage or not to manage, that is the question you must ask yourself. This is because once you purchase a rental property, you’ll have the choice of either managing the property yourself as a diy landlord, or you can outsource the day-to-day property management tasks to a real estate property management firm. Factors that can influence your decision are the size of the property, the amount of personal time that you can dedicate to managing the property, your property management knowledge and skills, and your temperament for the job.

If you find that managing the property yourself “is not your cup of tea”, then hiring a property management firm is your alternative. Property management firms typically charge a percentage of the rents collected as their management fee. But beware – not all property management firms are created equal. There are plenty of unethical firms in the property management business. They’ll be glad to place a poorly screened tenant into your vacant apartment, just to collect a quick “one month’s rent” commission for filling the vacancy. Then shortly thereafter, all sorts of problems with the tenant begin, disrupting your rental operation until the tenant is evicted.

So, if you choose to hire an outside management firm, exercise caution and investigate their credentials and client track record thoroughly before hiring them. The time you spend checking their history could save you plenty of grief and money in the future.

Rental Income of the Property – In an attempt to inflate a property’s sales price, an unethical seller can falsely overstate the rental income that is actually produced by the property. To prevent this and verify actual rent levels, it is best to mail “estoppel letters” to all existing tenants occupying the property. The tenants will then have to respond by providing written confirmation of their actual rent levels charged as well as other facts about their rental or lease agreements. These could include security deposit amounts that will have to be transferred to the buyer by the seller upon sale of the property.
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Residential Property Management – How to Protect Your Real Estate Investment

A professional residential property management firm has the resources and the skill set to provide support to a property investor. A property owner needs consistent updates of their real estate assets, whether the owner is local or a great distance from their investment purchase. A residential property manager can provide reassurance that the property is being well maintained as well as quickly being able to intervene and confront a tenant that may be negligent with the property care. Essentially, the residential property manager can be the eyes and ears for an investor, ultimately guarding the investment.

A property owner has the ability to establish any number of restrictions on a tenant as far as property reviews. A consistent residential property management company will review the exterior as well as the interior of a real estate investment. This includes a pre-rental inspection to advise the property owner of any potential rental code violations, a walk through with potential tenants and additional reviews at designated intervals such as every 90-180 days of the rental contract. These inspections help to ensure contract compliance of the tenant and also help to mitigate any potential repair issues. A property owner is consequently more capable of being able to focus on the financing of the home care and maintenance costs.

Residential property management companies are also able to visually survey the neighborhood for additional competing rentals, area home sale prices and changes that may impact the overall value of the home. For example, a change in road patterns that will increase traffic in the area of the rental property or the construction of a new commercial zone could change the rental charge amount significantly, as well as the long term property value. Being advised of these issues in a timely manner could be invaluable to a property owner.

For property owner’s wishing to ensure their investment is optimized, contracting with a residential property management firm will help to relieve unnecessary uncertainty about real estate investments. Additionally, a property management firm can help to monitor the care of the property and intervene prior to an issue becoming more extensive.

The Evolution of Advertising – Recollect, Intellect, and Connect

Today, advertising is used as an influential stratagem that publicizes the availability and location of goods, describes their value and quality, along with instilling brands with personality. More than a reflection of society, advertising is capable of not only starting and ending trends and fads but also credos all by itself. With the rapid increase of globalization and other technological advances, advertisers must have the capability to comprehend future trends in advertising in an effort to evolve with global societies. Through the use of technologies and other various media vehicles, advertisers could reach global target markets with the intended advertising messages from clients.

With globalization and technology advancing at such a rapid pace, there is no doubt that in 10 years, advertisers will find new methods for communicating and connecting with global target markets. Different from the days of the past with radio and television, many advertisers are using digital interactive media to get the firm’s intended advertising messages to global market. Although the digital interactive media options are still in its infancy stage, many advertisers already recognize the benefits associated with using those media. In fact, many advertisers foresee that Interactive TV will enable viewers to respond to questions and surveys during commercials, thus enabling advertisers to acquire a wealth of demographic information for future promotions, etc. This in turn will enable organizations to create efficiently products, or services, tailored for target markets because of the crucial feedback received. Rather than relying on methods of the past, such as mail-surveys, advertisers could gather instantaneous feedback from viewers because of interactive media technologies, such as Interactive TV. Even billboard advertisements have evolved to the point where many billboards at high-profile cities are digital now. This enables the advertisers to change the firm’s intended message instantaneously through the use of computers and other software programs. Although no one could predict the future, one thing for certain is globalization and technological advances will continue to evolve. As global societies progress, the world will become more connected, thus enabling advertisers to communicate more proficiently and effectively with global target markets.

The future of advertising remains ambiguous. One thing for certain is that the continual evolution of certain key trends, such as the legal environment, globalization, technologies, including the Internet, and social media will affect the marketing mix and advertising strategies for many organizations. Rather than focusing on past methods, organizations must evolve with global societies because traditional advertising is not as effective nowadays. Advertisers realize that the marketplace has changed dramatically as people move into 2011 and 2012 because of these key trends. Because of this, people will see an increase in social media, mobile marketing, and digital interactive media used as advertising tools for many organizations. Whereas, older forms of advertising, such as direct-mail and newspapers will be reduced dramatically, or even obsoleted in the future because of its inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. Michael Schudson, a renowned sociologist, wisely stated that “advertising generally works to reinforce consumer trends rather than to initiate them.” Therefore, it is vital that advertisers, including organizations, foster an environment that is aligned with consumer trends in an effort to reinforce consumer desires with goods offered.

The Finer Points of Internet Auctions


Penny auctions have exploded in popularity with the massive growth of the internet. However, few people know the true origins of penny auctions.Beginnings actually stretch back to the Great Depression. Those were hard times for everyone, but even harder for farmers. Farmers struggled to bring in steady income because of droughts and crops not selling as well as they had previously. As a result, the banks would foreclose on the farmers who couldn’t keep up with their mortgage payments.

The banks weren’t satisfied with just repossessing the house, they wanted to raise as much capital as possible, so they resorted to selling off the possessions of the owners of the repossessed houses. There was not much the farmers could do about it so they began bidding ridiculously low prices, pennies, on the items while threatening others who dared to bid higher than a few pennies.

The auctions of today hardly resemble their tremulous beginnings. Being part of a penny auction today is exhilarating, fun, and addictive. It combines the selling format of auctioning with a little bit of chance factored in.Auctions are a game of strategy but also a game of luck.

The premise behind penny auctions is giving people the chance to win an item at a drastically reduced price.Auctions make that possible by spreading out the cost of the product among multiple bidders. In order for a person to take part in an auction, they must pay a set price for each bid. For example, if a person wanted to bid on a fifty dollar Amazon gift card then he would spend a dollar for each time a bid placed. If he ended up winning the gift card, then he would only have spent a few dollars for a fifty dollar gift card. Usually penny auctions sell bids in packages.


The main foundation of penny auctions is the pay-per-bid format. It is the key that allows bidders to win items at the fraction of their retail value and allows the auction owners to keep their site profitable. Most y auction sites run on the same premise: people pay a set amount for each bid, whenever a person places a bid within the closing seconds of the auction time will be added, the last person left with a unique bid after the clocks runs out will win the item. There are a large variety of items that can be won, but they tend to be popular electronics or gift cards to popular stores.

There are two types of auctions: lowest unique bid auction and highest unique bid auction. Lowest unique auction sounds confusing but it is actually quite simple. A unique bid is when only one person has a bid at a certain price. Bids usually start at one penny, a bidder can then place a bid at two pennies. Until another bidder places a higher bid, the most recent bidder will be the lowest unique bid because that was the only bid at two cents and nobody bid higher. However, penny auctions generally don’t stop at one penny. It is not uncommon to find auctions that end up at a couple hundred dollars based on the popularity of the item being auctioned. However, the same principles apply for those auctions. Highest unique bid auctions follow the more traditional auction format such as eBay. The person with the highest bid at the end of the auction wins the item.

Auction site owners turn a profit by selling bids. Say twenty people are bidding on a ten dollar gift card at one dollar per bid, at the end of the auction if there were twenty bids placed in total then the site owner would have made twenty dollars with a ten dollar profit.Auctions do seem like a win-win situation:The site owner makes money while the bidder gets an item for dirt cheap. However, not everyone wins in penny auctions. The people who paid one dollar each bid but left with nothing to show for their investments will not be so happy.


Penny auction has a lot of chance mixed into it, but one can incorporate strategy that will help raise the chances of winning. Playing smart can make all the difference between gambling and auctioning.

The first crucial tip to winning penny auctions is to know how to manage your bids. Your goal should be to win as much as possible without spending a ton of money buying bids. Managing your bids means that you should already know how much you are willing to risk in order to win an item. The amount of capital you are willing to risk will determine how many bids you can use. Once you know how many bids you have to spend on an item, then you will be better able to manage how and when you place a bid. That will keep you from blowing away all of your bids in the first few seconds of the auction.

The next tip is to practice time management. When fighting in the trenches of penny auctions, you have two enemies: other bidders and time. Knowing when to bid is a must if you want to have success. Placing a bid when there is a lot of time left on the clock is never a good idea. You have to remember that the key to winning a penny auction is being the last one standing when the clock runs out and that each bid increases the amount of time left. It would be a good practice to wait until the last few minutes of the auction before you begin to bid.

The final tip for successful auctioning is to keep your emotions under control.Auctions have a lot of similarities to gambling, and just like gambling, your spending can get out of control. If you keep your emotions level, it will keep you from making rash decisions and blowing loads of cash. Keep your mind clear so that you can gage the behavior of the other bidders and outsmart them.


Penny auctions are a great addition to the web whether you want to win an item that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to afford or if you simply enjoy the thrill that comes with bidding in auctions. Unfortunately, scam sites have tarnished the reputation of the legitimate penny auction sites. However, there are ways that you can protect yourself from scamers and enjoy your auctioning without having to worry about losing your money due to dishonesty.

Checking the reputation of the auction site before you start spending your hard earned money is always a good idea. Chances are other people have tried the site before you and some of them have left reviews. The reviews are your way to gage whether a auction site is trustworthy or not. If a site is getting overwhelmingly negative reviews, then that is a clear indication that you should steer your business elsewhere.

Another tool you can use to protect yourself is checking the Alexia ranks of the auction sites. Alexia rank will give a solid view of how much traffic the auction is getting. If you see a huge difference in the amount of traffic Alexia is projecting and the amount of active bidders on the site, then warning signals should be ringing in your head. Some auction sites have been known to set up robots that automatically bid on projects in order to keep the auction going and inflate the price. That is known as shill bidding. You can sniff out those sites by comparing the traffic the site should be getting to the amount of users using this site.


New legislation may come out later down the road that will officially make penny auctions gambling, but until then, it is a fun, exciting auction that allows one to win the item they’ve always wanted but couldn’t afford.Auctions are also quite lucrative for the site owners because of the pay-per-bid strategy they’ve incorporated. Penny auctions had humble beginnings with farmers who just wanted to get back at the banks who kicked them out of their house. More recently, auctions have enjoyed an explosion in popularity with the rise of the internet.

There are two main formats fora auctions, lowest and highest unique auction, however they both run on the same premise where the last unique bid wins the item. Winning a penny auction will require a certain amount of mental tactic and a bit of luck. However, you can increase your odds of winning by practicing certain techniques such as managing your bids wisely, learning how to work with the time, and keeping a level head and your emotions under control. When you combine those three strategies to your bidding plan, you will find that you win a lot more often.

It is important that you do your due diligence to protect yourself when participating in auctions. Not every auction is run by honest and trustworthy people. There are people out there who just want to take your money. You can protect yourself by ensuring that you only bid on sites that already have a very positive reputation from real users.

How to Find Great Live Auctions for Resale Items

Hi, my name is Walt. I’m an auctioneer with 25 years of experience in the auction business and licensed in the state of MA. I own Quick Auction Service, a company that specializes in building and running custom auctions, I’m also the webmaster of my own site and have been on eBay for 8 years. Besides eBay, the types of auctions I run most frequently are antiques and on-site estate auctions, although I’ve run everything from business overstock auctions to charity & special event auctions.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and stories of the auction business. My goal for article is to help folks get the absolute most out of their auction experience.

Whether your fresh out of the package or a seasoned dealer I think I can offer something in this article to help you with your auciton adventures.

There may be as many reasons to attend auctions as there are types of auctions to attend. Maybe you want to attend an auction to buy items for re-sale on eBay, or some other market. Maybe you want to furnish your home with wonderful antiques, or you want to furnish your home as inexpensively without sacrificing quality.Some folks are just looking for a fun night out. With a little perseverance all these things are possible.

There are antiques and estate auctions, auto auctions, overstock auctions, absolute and no reserve auctions, real estate auctions, specialty auctions where only one genre of items are sold, tailgate auctions, live auctions, online auctions, sealed bid auctions, silent auctions, charity and fund raising auctions and many more.

Can you really buy for pennies on the dollar at an auction? You bet! Many times I’ve seen folks buy and re-sell at the same auction on the same night for a good profit, although be advised, this should only be done after the auction is over.

There are a lot of ways to find an auction, but here are some tips on how to find and attend the best ones.

Visit the genre of shops in the area that apply to the type of auction you want to attend. IE: If your looking for a good antique auction to attend, stop in the local antiques shops and ask for what there are for good auctions in the area. Sounds obvious right? But listen to what they don’t say as well as what they do say. Oftentimes when a dealer speaks poorly about an auction he or she attends, it may be likely that they are trying to keep a good thing secret. Think for a moment, why would a dealer keep attending a lousy auction?

Newspaper ads: I personally like to find ads in the classified ad section rather than flashy display ads. Flashy ads are usually indicative of an auction that will be high priced, may have reserves, (a set price on an item), and usually an enormous crowd. While any auction can be profitable to attend, it is usually best to steer clear of the glitzy ones, at least for the beginner.

Here’s the minimum you want to find out before you go. If there is a phone number in the ad, call and ask for the terms of the sale. What forms of payment do they accept? Is it an absolute auction? An absolute auction is one that has no minimum or reserve bids on items. These are the best auctions to attend! Is there a buyers premium? A buyers premium is like a tax that everyone who makes purchases at that auction must pay above the winning bid price. Most auctions these days do charge a buyers premium, 10% is not unreasonable but I feel much more than that is greedy, and the auctioneer that charges over 10% is counting on most bidders not doing the extra math as the bids quicken in pace.

A fair auction will have ample time to inspect the merchandise, usually at least 2 or 3 hours. Find out when inspection starts and make sure to attend! Never attend an auction if you can’t make the inspection, not unless your prepared to gamble. Most auctioneers sell at a rate of about 100 items per hour, which is why they sell “as is”. They simply don’t have the time to give a detailed description of all the items. Since almost all items at auction are sold AS IS, there are sure to be some damaged, refinished, fake and incomplete items at any given auction. Beware of any auctions that offer very little or no inspection time.

Good auctions will usually have 150 to 400 lots. A lot may be one item or a group of items. The exception to this are specialty auctions, auto auctions, real estate auctions etc.

When you attend your first sale, take note of the 1/2 dozen or so dealers that buy the most often. See if you can find out about other area auctions they attend.

When you do find an excellent auction, attend it as often as possible. By frequenting good sales, you help increase the bottom line of that business. It’s difficult for many auctioneers to keep the quality of merchandise consistent, so good attendance certainly helps. And when an auctioneer gets to know you as a buyer, he/she will go out of the way to accommodate you, to keep you coming back.