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I have known Realtor Maria Galiotos for a number of years and have always been impressed with her work ethic, integrity and professionalism. Its with great pride that announce that she has joined our compay as a Buyer Specialists. We are all excited that she has come on to help you our valued clients with any of your real estate needs.
Maria's core values are aligned with the company vision, and we are excited to have her join Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty as a Buyer Specialist.
Finally, I want you to know that you may call me for any reason. And please let me know if a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent real estate professional to help in buying or selling.
I truly appreciate your friendship and referrals. Enjoy your issue!
Broker - Owner
Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty
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? You can mention my Free Consumer Report: “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding, Buying and Financing Your Next Home”. Please pass my number along to them. 832-721-0442.
What number is missing from this series of numbers?
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, __, 34
How to Wake Up Happy
Starting the morning with a positive mindset can set the mood for your entire day. Use these tips to wake up on the right side of the bed!
- Start the night before. A positive mindset starts with a good night’s sleep. Minimize electronics usage, heavy food, and caffeine and alcohol late at night. Drop into bed at a reasonable hour, and make sure your room is dark, quiet, and free from distractions. Get at least seven hours of sleep so you’re well rested and ready to tackle the day ahead.
- Create a stress-free morning routine. Make it a habit to set out your clothes, prep the coffee machine, and pack school lunches so you start the morning without chaos or stress.
- Wake up gently. Avoid using a loud, jarring alarm. Instead, choose a soothing sound to ease from sleep to wakefulness. If you wake up in the dark, consider investing in a sunrise alarm clock, which mimics the sunrise. And don’t use your smartphone alarm: Once you pick it up, it’s too easy to fall into the rabbit hole of distractions before you even get out of bed.
- Cultivate a sense of gratitude. Whether you write it down or simply think it to yourself, take a moment to be thankful for the day ahead. This might be even one simple thing that makes you feel good, but sitting in that feeling of appreciation and gratitude preps your attitude for the whole day.
- Seek out good news. It’s too easy to get mired in negativity as soon as you hop online for the day. Instead, start the day with an inspiring, happy, or hopeful story. Try Positive.News or Upworthy.com for feel-good articles.
- Tackle the day with a positive mindset. Happiness doesn’t happen to you; it’s a choice you make each and every time you react or make a decision. Before you even get out of bed in the morning, make the decision you’re going to have a good day and you’ve already taken a big step in achieving that goal.
Save Thousands When Buying A Home...
Did you know there’s a free consumer report revealing ways to save time and money when buying a home? It’s called “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding and Buying Your Next Home,” and it’s great even if you’re not planning to buy soon. Get your free copy by calling me at: 832-721-0442
Decluttering The Garage
From athletic equipment to holiday décor, the garage often ends up being the dumping ground for storing big, bulky items that don’t have anywhere else to go … but that doesn’t mean it has to be overrun and unruly. Start here to get that mess under control. (Save this article to go with the previous articles in our 4-part series).
1. Give yourself room — and time — to declutter. Start in the morning on a day with good weather. Pull everything possible into the driveway. As you clear the garage, group like items together: automotive products, tools, holiday items, sporting equipment and toys, etc.
2. Throw away, right away. Some things aren’t even worth sorting. Toss old newspapers and magazines into the recycling bin. Set old electronics, paint, and other chemicals aside so you can properly dispose of them later. Anything that’s broken needs to go right into the trash.
3. Thoroughly clean the garage. Use a shop vac to clean up the floor, shelving units, and cobwebbed corners. Wipe down all countertops, cabinets, and drawers.
4. Decide on storage. Once you’ve sorted all of your items, think about how they can best be stored. Because items in the garage are often used only occasionally, vertical and overhead storage is a good use of space. Use a variety of cabinets and bins to separate and store items, and label them clearly so you can easily locate things in the future. Use locked cabinets for household chemicals and dangerous items to keep kids and pets out. Consider storing larger items, like kayaks and artificial Christmas trees, hanging from the ceiling. You can also find ceiling storage racks at home improvement stores. Also, label everything clearly!
5. Don’t put everything back in the garage — yet! As you sort through everything that was in the garage, put duplicate items and anything you no longer need or want in a separate place. These items will be donated or put into a yard sale later — but they don’t get to go back into the garage.
6. Mindfully keep the garage organized. Moving forward, as you use items in the garage, put them back where they came from. Before buying another tool, garden sprayer, or basketball, make sure you don’t already have what you need. Check those new labels you created first.
A Heartfelt Message to My
Special Clients and Friends
I want to share a little secret with you. I don’t spend my time cold calling or pestering people for business. Instead, I focus 110% of my efforts on giving such outstanding service that people naturally think of me when a friend, neighbor or family member needs a caring and competent REALTOR®.
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank a few of the special people in my life who’ve helped build my business with their enduring support and referrals. I couldn’t do it without you!
Teaching Kids Responsibility
Learning how to be a responsible person starts at a young age. Here’s how you can help kids grow into responsible adults:
1. Practice good habits. Children observe the behavior of those around them. Model responsibility as the desirable and appropriate way to act, and talk about it clearly (and kindly) when necessary.
2. Establish routines and structure — and avoid rewards. From a young age, provide clear (but reasonable) expectations about what kids should do. Things like brushing teeth, making the bed, and getting a backpack together should just become common things they know they need to do. Don’t use rewards to build habits; simply establish these tasks as part of the routine.
3. Be comfortable with consequences. If irresponsible behavior results in negative consequences, let the child sit with them. If you enforce the rules, they are less likely to be broken in the future.
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Gifts That Keep Giving
So many items end up on shelves and in drawers, collecting dust once their novelty has worn off. Next time you’d like to give a gift, consider giving something that can live on dust-free.
- Eco-friendly, reusable items. Items like canvas shopping bags, mesh produce bags, stainless steel straws, and collapsible silicon takeaway containers can be used anytime someone goes shopping or out to dinner.
- Charitable donation. From microfinance loan programs for small businesses in developing nations to local, grassroots projects, there are thousands of organizations trumpeting just as many issues. Find out what cause is important to the recipient of your gift and make a donation in his or her name.
- Intangible activities or lessons. Whether it’s music lessons or yoga classes, gifting the opportunity to learn or perfect a skill gives people the chance to grow personally in a meaningful way.
Brain Teaser Answer:
21 (each number is the previous two numbers added together)
Fun Facts About Birds
- Ostrich eyes are the largest of any land animal.
- When ducks nap in groups, those on the perimeter sleep with one eye open.
- The majority of hummingbirds weigh less than a nickel.
- Many bird species including cardinals smear crushed or living ants on themselves- called ‘anting,’ but scientists aren’t sure why.
“Who Else Wants To Win
Dinner & A Movie?”
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: Sam Wilson was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.
Which female ‘monster’ appeared in a movie first?
a) Bride of Frankenstein b) The Mummy c) Carrie
d) Vampire Carmilla
The answer is: a) Bride of Frankenstein, who appeared in a film in 1935.
So let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.
Which singer became one of the two new judges for the 10th season of the television show American Idol?
a) Ryan Seacrest b) Steven Tyler c) Gwen Stefani d) Adam Levine
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Real Estate Corner…
Q. What are some mistakes I should avoid when investing in real estate?
A. Even smart investors make mistakes. Here are three common mistakes and what you should do instead:
- Not Doing Your Homework. Evaluate your financial situation and understand the right numbers to calculate. Learn the basics about cash flow, appreciation, and loan amortization.
- Not finding the right property. Do a thorough search, including “off MLS” deals and best buys, to find the right property for you. Work with a REALTOR® who is an Investor Specialist. He or she can help find a good investment property.
- Failing to get a professional inspection. You need to know if there have been problems with the property and that they’ve been properly addressed.
To learn more about owning investment property, call and ask for my Free Consumer Report called “How To Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.” I'll send you a copy!
Do you have a question related to real estate or home ownership? Please call me at 832-721-0442. Perhaps I’ll feature your question in my next issue!