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Inside This Issue…
How To Save On Your Home Energy Bill…
Help A Loved One With Depression…
Fun Facts and Laughs:
Can You Predict The Weather? Websites For Job-Hunting, And
Win 1-hour real estate investment consultation.
Real Estate Q&A:
What Factors Affect My Home’s Value?
Dare To Compare Team
Century 21 New Millennium
4315 Walney Rd, Ste B
Phone: (571) 278-7251
Determining and addressing energy drains in your home
can save hundreds of dollars annually–and you don’t need
a professional to catch basic issues. In today’s Service For
Life!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn some simple
ways to inspect and fix common energy problems with a
do-it-yourself home energy audit.
You’ll also learn how to help a loved one suffering from
depression, how to predict the weather using clues in
nature – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
P.S. When you notice people talking about real estate in
the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free
consumer information I provide?
They may be people wanting to move into a smaller home.
To help them learn important tips and strategies for getting
a fast, top dollar sale, tell them about my Free Consumer
Report called, “Secrets For Selling Your Home For Top
Dollar.” Then give them my phone number – (571) 278-
7251. Or, REQUEST YOUR COPY
Today’s Brain Teaser . . .
You walk into a room with a kerosene lamp, a candle, and
a fireplace. What do you light first?
(see answer below)
How To Save A Bundle On Your
Home Energy Bill
Have you ever conducted a “Home Energy Audit” on your
home? It could save you a lot of money by lowering energy
costs. A home energy audit evaluates how much energy
your home uses. Though a professional audit is a good
idea, here’s how you can conduct a personal walk-through
assessment of your own to help cut costs.
Seek out air leaks or drafts. Look for gaps along
baseboards, on the edge of flooring, around outlets
and switches, and where walls meet the ceiling.
Anywhere two different building materials meet is a
potential place for leakage. If there are cracks or
holes, seal them (depending on where they are, use
caulk or weatherstripping. You can search
energy.gov for those products to learn how to use
Evaluate insulation. Insufficient insulation
contributes to heat loss, especially in older homes,
but it’s inexpensive to fix. Find out how much
insulation is recommended for homes in your area,
then go into your attic and measure the depth of your
home’s insulation. To measure insulation in the walls,
you’ll need an infrared thermometer, which can
usually be rented from stores like Home Depot or
Assess heating and cooling features. Furnaces,
air conditioners, and other similar features should be
inspected annually or as recommended by the
manufacturer. Check and replace filters as needed,
and make a note to keep them cleaned and changed
on a regular basis (usually monthly).
Identify energy-sucking appliances and
electronics. Even if you aren’t using them, anything
that is plugged in to an outlet may be consuming
standby power. Common culprits include office
equipment like printers and kitchen appliances such
as coffee makers. Unplug these items when they
aren’t in use, or plug them into a power strip that can
be turned off.
Thinking Of Buying A Home Soon?
If you’re planning to buy a home in the next 6 months,
you’ll want a copy of my Free consumer guide, “7 Secrets
For Saving Thousands When Financing Your Next
Home.” My report will help you avoid frustrations and
costly pitfalls when buying a home. Simply call me to get a
free copy…(571) 278-7251 REQUEST YOUR COPY
Help Someone With Depression
Depression isn’t talked about often, but about 7% of adults
in the United States (nearly 16 million people) have shown
signs of being depressed in the past year. If you know
someone who shows signs of depression, here are four
tips to help your friend or loved one:
1. Recognize symptoms. Common signs include lack
of interest in things the person used to enjoy,
problems with sleeping, showing feelings of
hopelessness, and withdrawal from daily activities
2. Listen. Do not deny what the person has to say.
Instead, validate their feelings. Keep in mind that
speech may be slow and less coherent, so be
3. Encourage them to find help. You can provide
support and listen to their concerns, but a trained
professional should assist with long-term care. Offer
to help find information for mental health resources
or make an appointment, if necessary.
4. Enlist help from others. If they are resistant, talk to
other important people in their lives (such as family,
clergy, or healthcare professionals) to ensure they
get the help they need.
If your loved one may be suicidal, don’t assume the
situation will simply pass. Let them know you take their
feelings seriously, and offer to accompany them to the
hospital. Call their doctor or your own for advice if you
need help deciding what to do. If it’s an emergency, call
911; responders are trained to deal with mental health
crises. You can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline
24 hours a day for help and information at 800-273-TALK.
You can also chat online with someone at:
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Thanks to all of my clients and friends who support my
practice and graciously referred me to your friends and
neighbors. Rather than pester people with unwanted calls
and visits, I build my business based on the positive
comments and referrals from people just like you. I couldn’t
do it without you!
THANK YOU! Working by referral is how I roll. If
there’s somebody out there that needs a real estate
pro just let me know — I’ll be there. THANK YOU!
Fun Facts and Laughs
Can You Predict the Weather?
With a smartphone in hand, you always have the weather
forecast at your fingertips. But how can you tell if it will be
sunny, rainy, or stormy without this handy device?
Observe animals. Animal behavior often reflects a change
in air pressure, which is often a sign of upcoming rain.
Bees and butterflies disappear, and insect-eating birds fly
lower to the ground.
Watch the moon. If you see a halo around the moon, it’s
because ice crystals from high-altitude cirrus clouds are
reflecting light. These clouds are a sign that a low-pressure
warm front – and a storm – is on its way.
Time the thunder. Because light travels faster than sound,
you can tell how far away a storm is – and whether it’s
moving toward or away from you – by counting the
seconds between seeing a flash of lightning and hearing
the thunder. Divide the number of seconds by five, and
that tells you the approximate distance of the storm.
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Rain-Ready Proverbs. . .
Remember these time-tested proverbs and you’ll be ready
the next time it’s going to rain.
“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; Red sky at morning,
sailors take warning.”
“A ring around the sun or moon means rain or snow
“When clouds appear like rocks and towers, the Earth’s
refreshed by frequent showers.”
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Job-Hunting Websites . . .
Looking for a new job? Start here first.
www.LinkedIn.com – Create a resume and search for
opportunities on this social networking site.
www.GlassDoor.com – Employee reviews of hundreds of
www.Indeed.com – A search engine that aggregates job
listings from a number of sources.
Common Travel Scams. . .
Keep your eyes open for these scams when you visit a
Street magicians work with people dressed as
tourists watching the magic act. When you move in to
watch as well, the accomplices pick your pocket.
A cashier very slowly counts through your change,
hoping you’ll just accept the change without it being
fully counted out, but it is not the full amount you are
Scammers make fake takeout menus and tuck them
under motel doors. When you call to order, you never
receive the food, but your credit card information is
A street seller offers your wife/girlfriend a rose, asks
you to pay an outlandish price for it, then makes you
feel guilty if you refuse.
Would You Like To Know How Much Your
Neighbor’s Home Listed Or Sold For?
Maybe you’re just curious. Or maybe you want to know
how much your home is worth. Either way, I can help…with
no “sales pitches” or run-arounds. Call me at (571) 278-
7251 and I’ll give you all the facts.
Trivia Challenge for the Month…
“Who Else Wants To Win 1-hour real
estate investment consultation.?”
Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? I’m pleased
to announce the lucky winner of last month’s quiz. And the
winner is, drum roll please: Mike Fallon was the first
person to correctly answer my quiz question.
On what day did the show ER’s pilot episode
supposedly take place?
b) New Year’s
c) St. Patrick’s Day
d) Valentine’s Day
The answer is c) St. Patrick’s Day. The long-running show
premiered in 1994, and the pilot episode “24 Hours” took
place over 24 hours on St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s move on to
this month’s trivia question.
What does “M&M’s” stand for?
a) Mickey & Minnie
b) Mars & Mercury
c) Mr. & Mrs.
d) Mars & Murrie
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(571) 278-7251 OR EMAIL ME YOUR ANSWER
Brain Teaser Answer:
Light the match first.
Real Estate Q & A . . .
Q. What factors affect the value of my home when I
A. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the
market, here are some of the most important factors
affecting its value:
Comparable homes in the area that sold in the
past 30-90 days. If some of the recent sales were
short sales or foreclosures, it may affect the value of
your home. Also, the more homes currently available
for sale, the lower the value your home may have.
Your location. Access to highways or public
transportation, the quality of your school district, and
too few (or too many) commercial or residential
developments can have an effect on a home’s value.
Major home systems. If your water heater,
electrical, or heating and air-conditioning systems
aren’t working properly it can have a significant affect
on the price a buyer pays for your home.
Want to learn more? Ask for my Free Consumer Report
called “6 Steps For Selling Your Home For TOP
DOLLAR.” I’ll send a copy right over to you.
Do you have a real estate question you want answered?
Feel free to call me at (571) 278-7251 or email me.
Perhaps I’ll feature it in my next issue!
EMAIL ME YOUR QUESTION
Disclaimer: The information contained in this email is intended for
informational purposes. It should not substitute as legal, accounting,
investment, medical or other professional services advice. Always seek a competent professional for answers to your specific questions.
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