One of the things that I have come to realize is that today there are more options available for men and women to shop online than ever. There are many sites that didn’t exist back in 2004 when I started my blogs. There are many big names in plus size fashion that are making changes to keep up with the demand. Here are a few thoughts that I have on why shopping online for plus size items is a good thing.1. Demand – The demand for stylish trendy plus size fashions has always been there. Brick and mortar stores as a whole where not meeting this need so people that where tired of being frustrated going into stores decided to go online to sell plus size clothing, lingerie and accessories.2. Variety – Considering that a lot of the plus size websites are individually owned and operated there is a lot of variety when it comes to styles and trends.3. Profits and Savings – In 2005 there was almost 5 billion dollars spent online by men and women looking for sizes 18 and above. With that much money at stake it’s a win-win situation for the merchant and the consumer.4. Privacy – Unlike when dealing with dressing rooms and insensitive clients, shopping online for a plus size individual allows shopping from the privacy of your home.5. Understanding – since the majority of sites for plus size individuals are run by plus size individuals there is a level of understanding of there audience that other sites trying to cash in on plus sizes won’t be able to match.6. Bargains – In a lot of cases shopping online for plus size items can cost you less in the long run. Most merchants are looking for customers that will return so there will be “Online Only” deals, especially from merchants that have both an online and offline presence.7. Convenience – if you don’t like to fight with traffic and lines at the store then shopping online is as simple as opening up your browser.8. Sales – Unlike going to the store to try and catch a sale shopping online will give you access to sales more often which in the long run can save you a lot of money.9. Word of mouth – With sites like EBay and Amazon it allows customers to read reviews written by other shoppers so you know if a particular product is right for you.10. Global shopping – Shopping online allows you to shop any place that delivers to your door and with plus size shopping being global you can take advantage of some of the fashions available in other countries.There are of course many other reasons to shop online that are specific to the shopper. It’s a good thing that in 2006 there are more options available to larger individuals when it comes to shopping and merchants are looking to fill that need.
Potential homebuyers looking for homes or property in California face challenges and reap rewards. The highly priced coastal communities of San Diego County are both enticing and out of reach for many buyers. Among these coastal treasures and elusive offerings are the many homes that make up California real estate in Carlsbad.Some estimates predict that California real estate in Carlsbad will reach its capacity for build out by 2010 with about 135,000 residents. Until that time, and despite current national slumps in home sales, it appears that California real estate in Carlsbad will remain in high demand.The Lure of California Real Estate in CarlsbadThere’s little question about why this area is so popular. Seven miles of prime coastal real estate within reach of major cities, and with its own attractions make California real estate highly desirable. The weather in San Diego county is mild and moderate. The public schools, helped by the affluent community, are better than most in California. And California real estate in Carlsbad is accessible to lagoons, golf courses, the Legoland Amusement Park, and a variety of festivals. One of the most popular with owners of California real estate in Carlsbad is the annual Beach n’ Cruise that features scores of reconditioned classic cars on a parade of historic Highway 101.Of course the homes themselves are very impressive. With an average list price of about $1 million California real estate in Carlsbad, also known as the “Village-on-the-Sea”, offers some impeccably designed and maintained homes. One real estate web site features California real estate in Carlsbad from as low as $269,000 to as high as $5.4 million. Homebuyers able to afford the best enjoy the Carlsbad community for its luxurious ocean view homes, the ease of access to both San Diego and Los Angeles, and the educated and involved community. Money can buy some good things. In California real estate in Carlsbad the 80% white collar community has low crime, a solid educational system, and amenities to die for. The best golf courses, boutiques, and restaurants can be found in California real estate in Carlsbad.Challenges of Buying California Real Estate in CarlsbadAs California real estate in Carlsbad gets harder to find, homes priced at the lower end of the spectrum are disappearing. As that “lower end” gets higher and higher one effect is that most markets struggles for find buyers for starter homes, and they struggle to find service employees to staff stores and restaurants. While this is occurring in California real estate in Carlsbad, the real problem is buying, not selling. The National Association of Realtors reported in 2006 that higher priced homes remain better sellers, and that it’s the “affordable” market that is suffering the most from slower sales.What does this mean for potential buyers of California real estate in Carlsbad? You need to be prepared to move quickly, and make a significant investment. But your investment is likely to pay off down the road.