Service for Life, September 2011 Newsletter

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 Service For Life!  September 2011 Newsletter

 “Insider Tips For Healthy, Wealthy & Happy Living…”

                Buying A Home Soon?  Learn how to save thousands of dollars when finding, 
                                         buying or financing your home. See 
 my enclosed insert for details…

 My NewsletterPuglia, Associate Broker

Inside This Issue…

Focus In On Eye Health...Page 1


Prepare Yourself To Ace Your Next Job Interview…Page 2


How To Spot A Fake Check…Page 3


Four Weeds Good Enough To Eat…Page 3


Beat This Trivia Question and You Could Win <<Movie Tickets For Two>>...Page 4


What Are The Most Common Home-Buying Mistakes?…Page 4


Focus In On Eye Health


Millions of people have undetected vision problems, and you or your family members may be among them.  These simple steps will help you understand and protect your eyes:


Ø      Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam every one or two years, even if you think your vision is fine. Have your children’s eyes checked at regular intervals.  If your child has headaches or difficulty at school, it might be due to a vision problem.  Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is the most common cause of eye impairment in childhood. 


Another reason to go?  Studies show that eye doctors may be the first to detect serious conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes because they look directly at the eyes’ blood vessels.


Ø      Eat these eye “super foods”:  spinach, salmon, walnuts, berries, orange bell peppers, broccoli, soy, eggs, avocados and (yes) carrots. They contain valuable nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene and zinc as well as lutein and zeaxanthin.  Eating them will help prevent aged-related macular degeneration (which causes blurred vision and blind spots).


Ø      Learn your family’s eye-health history.  People with a family history of some eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, are at increased risk of developing them. Talk with your eye doctor to confirm diagnosis.


Ø      Reduce eye strain. To avoid computer vision syndrome (headaches, dry and tired eyes), use the 20-20-20 rule:  Every 20 minutes, look away 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.


Ø      Wear protective goggles when handling power tools or chemicals. 

Did you know half of all eye injuries happen as a result of doing regular household chores? Buy safety goggles at any hardware store and use them.


Ø      Wear sunglasses, even when it’s hazy.  Look for shades that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation – and make you look cool!


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Prepare Yourself To Ace

Your Next Job Interview


The key to a great job interview is preparation.  Here are four essential tips to set yourself apart from the rest…


Ø      Plan ahead for these questions:

Ø      Tell me about yourself.  Talk about specific skills and accomplishments but be concise. If you think you’re talking too much, you probably are. Save some of the examples for later in the interview.

Ø      Why should I hire you? Learn everything you can about the company and specifically what you can contribute to it. 

Ø      Why did you leave your last job?  Interviewers want to see if you’ll badmouth your employer. Put a positive spin (e.g. no room for promotion) on the reason.

Ø      What is your biggest weakness? No one is perfect. Cite a weakness (pick one that wouldn’t be a requirement in this job) and what you’re doing about it. (“I wasn’t proficient at spread sheets so I took a course in Excel.”) Don’t disguise a strength (“I like to work too hard.”) as a weakness.  The interviewer has heard that one before.

Ø      Where do you see yourself in five years? Talk about moving up in their company.


Ø      Think of it as a conversation, not a Q&A session.  You want to know if the job is right for you as much as the interviewer wants to know if you’re a good fit. Don’t waste time on chit-chat (or immediately bring up salary). 


Ø      Be ready when they ask if you have questions.  For example:

¨    How long has this position existed and how long has it been open?

¨    What are the most important responsibilities of the job and how would you measure my success in accomplishing them?

¨    What projects would I immediately be taking on?


¨    Close by telling them that you want the position (if that’s true).  It removes any doubts and leaves a positive impression.

  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 631-241-4172 and I’ll give you all the facts. 


How To Spot A Fake Check


Did you know if you deposit a check that is found to be fake, you’re responsible for the funds and could face criminal charges?  You may find fake checks in the mail from unknown sources (probably a scam artist).  Here’s how to check the check:


Look at the bank logo.  If it doesn’t have one or it’s faded, be suspicious. 


Study the MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) line, a series of digits at the bottom of the check representing the bank routing number, account and check number (in that order).  A check with no routing number (the first nine digits) is counterfeit.  You can verify bank routing numbers at:


Examine the signature.  If it looks digitized, it was likely scanned.


Be wary if the amount is just under $5,000.  Federal rules require that checks under that amount be available to you within five days.


 Do You Have A Real Estate Or Home-

Ownership Question You Want Answered?


Maybe you want to know how much your home is worth.  Or maybe you just need a recommendation for a handyman, carpet cleaner or plumber… 



Either way, I love hearing from all of my good friends and clients.  And I’m always looking to answer pressing questions you might have about anything relating to real estate or home-ownership. 
If you have a question, tip or idea, please feel free to call me at
I’m here to help!



4 Weeds Good Enough To Eat


If you can’t think of anything for dinner, look in your backyard.  These weeds are edible, but do your research and properly identify them (and make sure you or the neighbor’s dog haven’t sprayed them with something) before you put them on your plate.  A tip: don’t try these if you are prone to allergies. 


¨    Dandelion.  Add the leaves, which contain vitamins A, C and K, to soup.  The leaves are more tender and less bitter if you eat them before they flower. 

 ¨    Plantain (the weed, not the banana).  Blanche the leaves and sauté with butter and garlic. You also can crush them and use on insect bites.

¨    Stinging nettles.  You must steam or boil these to get rid of the nettles, but they are said to make a nutritious tea. 

¨ Purslane.  Eat the young stems and leaves in salads or sandwiches or use them in recipes that call for spinach (the taste is similar).   Purslane contains antioxidant vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.


Real Estate Corner…


Q.  What are the most common home-buying mistakes? 


A.  First, you should work with a REALTOR®, a professional who will guide you through the process and help you avoid these pitfalls: 


¨    Not knowing how much house you can afford. Mortgage calculators are available online. Be sure to factor in such items as property taxes, maintenance and insurance.


¨    Not shopping for loan options. You need to know your credit score, get pre-qualified and pre-approved.


¨    Not including mortgage financing and professional inspection contingencies in the contract.  The mortgage financing clause saves you if the home doesn’t appraise for the offered price; the inspection clause allows you to negotiate (or cancel the deal) if an inspector finds problems.


¨    Falling in love with a house without considering all the facts, such as structural flaws, location, neighborhood and potential for resale.

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Comments (3)

Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

very interesting blog -- couldn't believe those weeds are good to eat.  Do you eat them?   Eye info very informative and will share with others.

Sep 04, 2011 01:45 AM
Keller Williams Real Estate - Philadelphia, PA
SOLD@100%Market Value,or I Pay You the Difference

Theresa thanks for the information, more especially the weeds. I've always wondered what the ladies in the park were picking, I guess now I know.

Sep 04, 2011 01:57 AM
Theresa Puglia
Exit Realty Achieve - East Patchogue, NY

Thanks guys....Happy Labor Day! :))

Sep 04, 2011 02:30 AM