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March 2008

3 -- National Anthem Day
9 -- Daylight Savings Time Begins
17 -- St. Patrick's Day
21 -- Full Moon Day
21 -- Good Friday
23 -- Easter

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May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
-- Popular Irish Blessing

 

 

Home Prices Show Increases in Many Markets

According to a mid-February report from the National Association of Realtors®, approximately half of metropolitan areas continued to show rising home prices in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Last quarter, 73 out of 150 metropolitan statistical areas showed increases in median existing single-family home prices from a year earlier, including 11 areas with double-digit annual gains and another 12 metros showing increases of 6 percent or more; 77 had price declines including 16 with double-digit drops.

NAR President Richard Gaylord said he is encouraged with plans to increase conventional loan limits. “Higher limits for FHA loans, which go into effect March 14, will be a big help to first-time buyers in high-cost markets. Higher limits for conventional loans purchased by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will take a bit longer – when they become available, high-income, creditworthy borrowers in high-cost areas will have access to affordable and safer financing, and that will help unleash pent-up demand,” he said.

Despite the annual decline in the fourth quarter median home price, the typical seller who purchased their home six years ago still saw a very healthy gain. The median increase in value for sellers who purchased that home in the fourth quarter of 2001 is 31.2 percent, and the median home equity accumulation is $49,000, the report said.

According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate on a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage fell to 6.23 percent in the fourth quarter from 6.55 percent in the third quarter. In recent weeks, Freddie Mac has been reporting the 30-year fixed rate to be under 5.7 percent.

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In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
-- Mark Twain

 

 

Grab Your Swimsuits and Towels

Swimming makes an excellent family activity because it’s fun, inexpensive and everyone can participate at their own level. In addition, you can burn hundreds of calories, build upper-body strength, build nice muscle tone in your shoulders and back, and give your heart, lungs and all the major muscle groups in your body a good workout.

Since most kids won't want to swim laps, here's a sure-fire game that will keep you all entertained for hours -- it's called "sharks and minnows." You can play this game in any body of water (pool, lake) as long as you have two separate target areas, called "safe zones." A few swimmers are selected to be sharks, and it's their job to roam the open water. The rest of the swimmers are minnows, and they line up in one of the safe zones. On a signal, the minnows must wade or swim to the opposite safe zone. If a shark touches any part of a minnow while they are above water, the minnow is caught and becomes a shark. When there are no minnows left, you start over.

Other fun games include chicken, colors, diving games, life saving games, sandbank, pairs, stations and water polo. If you or your kids can't swim, consider taking swimming lessons this Spring. You can find affordable lessons though your local YMCA, college or the American Red Cross. And, most kids love the water. Good luck getting them out of the pool to go home!

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When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal?

To make a good first impression, your home should be visually appealing and in good condition. The following checklist will help you attract more potential buyers and yield a quicker and higher sales price.

  • Your lawn, flowers and shrubs should be well maintained. Remember, a green lawn yields more green dollars.
  • Any cracks on the driveway or sidewalk should be repaired.
  • Oil and rust stains should be removed from the driveway and garage. If it's really bad, you should consider resurfacing it.
  • The garage door should be closed.
  • The gutters, chimney and walls should be in good repair. A power wash can do wonders.
  • The window casings, shutters, siding and doors should look good. Touch up any areas that are dirty, chipping or fading.
  • The garbage can should be out of sight (and smell), as well as the lawn mower, garden hose, bikes and toys.
  • There should be no sign of pets, of any kind, anywhere. Take down the "beware of dog" sign and be sure your yard doesn't have any evidence of pets.
  • Remove any newspapers or mail from the front entry.
  • Replace your mailbox if it's worn, put up new house numbers, and lay down a new welcome mat at the front door.

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When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he's going to have a go at it anyway.
Clyde B. Aster

 

 

5 Tips for Electrical Home Improvement Projects

When it comes to home improvement projects, working with electricity ranks right up there with roofing, using a chainsaw and hooking up gas appliances as far as risk goes. Here are five tips to keep in mind to ensure a safe repair or installation.

  1. Make sure you have permission. Check with your homeowner association and local electrical authority. The laws regarding permits vary from state to state, so be sure to check whether you are required to have a permit.
  2. Turn off electrical power at the source, through a circuit breaker. Even if you flip a wall switch, the related appliance or socket will still be live. Keep in mind the diagram on the distribution panel may not be accurate, so the smart move is to turn off all power if possible. Check, and recheck, for yourself that the circuit is dead by using a voltage tester.
  3. Make sure your work area is completely dry. Put down a rubber mat to stand on if the area is damp or wet.
  4. Use tools with rubber- or plastic-coated handles and wear rubber-soled shoes.
  5. After you have finished your work, turn the circuit breaker back on to restore power. Most lighting, receptacles and appliances use 120 volts of electricity. Air conditioners, electric ovens, water heaters, dishwashers and many larger appliances require 240 volts. Most doorbells and telephones use a transformer that converts standard power to a lower voltage (6-12 volts) for safety.

Keep your eye open for an electrical workshop at your local home improvement center. You can learn a lot by asking the instructor about your upcoming project. Remember, if you have any doubt about your ability or the safety of the situation, call in a professional.

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If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
-- Lyndon B. Johnson

 

 

Trivia Challenge

Question 1.) A leprechaun is really an Irish what?
a.) Robber
b.) Shoemaker
c.) Magician
d.) Shop owner

Question 2.) A popular Irish dish made of shredded cabbage, minced onions, mashed potatoes and butter is known as?
a.) Shepherd's pie
b.) Colcannon
c.) Irish Stew
d.) Poorman's porridge

Question 3.) A whiskey made from potatoes is called what?
a.) Poteen
b.) Spudkey
c.) Dunken
d.) Potato ale

Question 4.) Kissing the Blarney Stone is supposed to give you what?
a.) The gift of being able to fabricate stories
b.) Longer life and more laughter
c.) Removes shyness and gives the gift of gab
d.) The ability to detect a lie

Question 5.) Harland and Wolf are famous in Ireland for what?
a.) Shipbuilders
b.) Explorers
c.) Folk singing
d.) Poetry

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I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
-- Bette Davis

March Movie Releases

  • March 7
    • 10,000 B.C.
    • The Bank Job
    • College Road Trip
  • March 14
    • Doomsday
    • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
    • Never Back Down
  • March 21
    • Drillbit Taylor
    • Shutter
    • Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
  • March 28
    • 21
    • Run, Fat Boy, Run
    • Stop Loss
    • Superhero Movie

*Wide releases only. Opening dates subject to change.

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The only reason for time is
so that everything doesn't happen at once.
-- Albert Einstein

Turning Your iPod into a Recording Device

If you already use an iPod, you probably take it with you nearly everywhere you go. Make your iPod even more useful by turning it into a recording device.

iTalk Pro is perfect for taking notes, conducting an interview, recording details about a project, or leaving yourself messages. iTalk's twin built-in microphones record directly to your iPod, and adjustable gain settings give you control over the volume. You can also use an external microphone by plugging into the 3.5 mm jack.

iTalk Pro is compatible with all dock-connecting iPods and costs about $24.

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Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.
-- Elias Schwartz

Cool/Free/Fun/Trendy: Cell Number Blocking

There could be a number of reasons why you would want to block your cell phone number -- either permanently -- or just for the one call. Here's how you do it.

  • Permanent Blocking -- To block your cell phone number to everyone, permanently, just call your carrier's customer service and request a "line block." Dial 611 from your cell phone to connect with them. If for some reason you want your number to show up, you'll need to dial *82 before dialing the number you are calling. By using this feature the number will show up just once for that specific call.
  • One-Time Blocking -- If, for some reason you want to block your cell phone number for just the one call, simply dial *67 before dialing the number (example: *67 (800) 123-4567).

Now you have more control over who sees your number. Be sure to check with your carrier, as some companies charge fees for this feature.

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Don't feel like talking about newsletters? Then let's talk about sailing! Ahh, Spring is almost here!

Don't You Have Better Things to Do?

If time really is money, then you can't afford to do your own newsletter. The time it takes to decide what to write about, write and edit the articles, gather and edit pictures, and then make sure it all works is time consuming! Wouldn't you rather be working with clients, spending time with your family, or sailing, golfing, reading a good book (you know what I mean).

Get started now. $19 is not going to break you -- but it could generate some new business. There are no contracts or cancellation fees. Just happy customers!

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  Trivia Answers
#1. b.) Shoemaker; #2. b.) Colcannon; #3 a.) Poteen; #4. c.) Removes shyness and gives the gift of gab; #5. a.) Shipbuilders (they built the Titanic)

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I do a e-newsletter every month to my entire database.  I add recipes, home tips and great articles.  It is amazing how clients that are easy to lose contact with from four years ago, get every month my emails and then they are re-listing or buying other properties, well not amazing, the drip thing DOES work.
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There are a ton of benefits with email and email services for bulk mailing (ie. costs, time, efficiencies, effectiveness, etc.).  E-Newsletters are a great option and many of the companies offering the service have some really good templates or pre-formatted newsletters to send out.  Consumers also enjoy the benefits as well because they receive less physical mail in their front-lawn mailbox and this type of delivery is more interactive (clickable links).  Studies have shown that consumer are more likely to take some sort of action with full-color emails than other forms of communication sent to them.  Now, granted, one cannot forget that not everyone uses email.  Yes, there are many out there that don't and you have to have a way in which to stay in touch with them as well.  The interesting part is that "read rates" are statiscally low with 5% being about average.  But if you take the time to measure relationships elsewhere you will see some interesting things elsewhere.  For example, email a property listing out and check to see the stats for viewing on your own website or Realtor.com.  You will most likely see a spike.  With an email newsletter see if the traffic to your website in general increased due to links which direct readers back to your site.
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