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13 Mind-Bending Social Media Marketing Statistics

Posted by Kipp Bodnar Aug 31, 2011

Ingredients 1/4 cup premium vodka 2 tablespoons peach schnapps 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (recommendation: Cointreau) fresh orange peel (optional garnish)

Many of us know that social media marketing is an important part of a solid inbound marketing strategy. However, sometimes we need some backup when speaking with others who might still be struggling to understand how social media fits into the overall marketing mix. This post is for them -- and you. Even if you are a veteran inbound marketer, these stats will get the gears in your head turning about the still limitless possibilities that the internet provides.

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1. 20 percent of searches on Google each day have NEVER been searched for before. 2. There are more than 3.5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, etc.) shared each week on Facebook. 3. 43 percent of all online consumers are social media fans or followers 4. 53 percent of people on Twitter recommend companies or their products in their tweets. 5. The average American internet user watches 30 minutes of video online per day. 6. 35 hours of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every minute. 7. 56 percent of LinkedIn's 100 million users are outside of the United States. 8. Every day, 2,300 new Wikipedia articles are created, adding to its 17 million articles, with contributions from 91,000 active contributors. 9. 1.4 million new blog posts are created every day. 10. 200 million Facebook users access the service from a mobile device. 11. There are more than 5 billion photos on Flickr. 12. 45 million people view SlideShare presentations each month. 13. $3.08 billion will be spent to advertise on social networking sites in 2011, a 55 percent increase over 2010.

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North East Homes ML#

Address

11607053

2135 NE 117TH AVE

11123604

Bdr Bth SF

Price

3 1.1 1534

$80,000

409 NE 186TH AVE

3

1

912

$84,900

11247114

4214 NE 72ND AVE

4

1

1866

$120,000

11406821

314 NE HOLLAND ST

2

1

900

$120,000

11661741

8816 NE HALSEY ST

3 2.1 1372

$140,580

11368208

11743 NE MORRIS ST

4 2.1 1891

$144,900

11030736

8605 NE HASSALO ST

2

1

1444

$148,500

11197538

7016 NE ROSELAWN

3

1

1051

$149,900

11241423

10916 NE WYGANT ST

4

2

2410

$149,900

11208340

239 NE 169TH AVE

3

2

2188

$153,900

11366516

14133 NE RUSSELL ST

4

2

1375

$163,800

11252446

2421 NE 137TH AVE

3

2

1352

$169,900

11591400

201 NE 139TH AVE

3

2

1517

$170,600

11051997

1022 NE 87TH AVE

3 1.1 1242

$179,000

11237662

1653 NE 74TH AVE

2

2

1011

$179,900

11660138

837 NE 110TH AVE

2

2

1152

$179,900

11555529

525 NE 151ST AVE

3 1.1 1450

$184,977

11676419

4660 NE 115TH AVE

3

3

2680

$185,000

11085882

3841 NE 91ST AVE

4

3

2110

$187,200

11322240

7116 NE ALBERTA ST

3 0.2 1470

$189,900

11030188

6570 NE GRAND AVE

2

2

861

$191,400

11602826

6236 NE 9TH AVE

3

1

971

$192,400

11157837

2804 NE 121ST AVE

5

2

2506

$195,000

11371026

2528 NE 150TH AVE

2

2

1325

$199,000

11496640

6125 NE 15TH AVE

2

1

1701

$199,000

11288564

10602 NE MORRIS ST

4

3

2932

$199,700

11478952

13724 NE COUCH ST

4 2.1 1816

$199,900

11435635

4417 NE 62ND AVE

3

2

1312

$199,950

11381041

736 NE ROSELAWN ST

3

2

1816

$214,900

11593614

5533 NE 17TH AVE

2

2

1015

$218,400

11108342

1763 NE ROSA PARKS WAY

3 1.1 1564

$219,000

11156378

6828 NE 27TH AVE

2

1

1577

$224,900

11416474

3717 NE 152ND AVE

3

2

1548

$224,900

11098000 7937 NE PRESCOTT ST 3

2

1838

$225,000

11322866

14325 NE SHAVER ST

3

2

1800

$225,000

11629556

630 NE KILLINGSWORTH CT

3

1

1832

$225,000

11646793

15222 NE EUGENE ST

2

2

1809

$229,000

11051748 1536 NE SARATOGA ST 4 2.1 1526

$229,900

11102505

656 NE 148TH AVE

4

2

2960

$229,900

11667424

437 NE 141ST AVE

4

2

1794

$234,900

11212922

122 NE 136TH AVE

4

2

2138

$248,000

11195951

948 NE 110TH AVE

5 2.1 2495

$249,500

11696188

2925 NE 77TH PL

3 2.1 1896

$249,750

11143748

2440 NE 139TH AVE

4

2

2100

$250,000

11644393

3522 NE 119TH AVE

3

3

2864

$259,950

11610000

5728 NE RODNEY AVE

5

2

3266

$260,000

11566522

3144 NE 142ND AVE

3

3

3232

$264,500

11485987

3974 NE GRAND AVE

3

1

1854

$269,888

11578181

2129 NE BRYANT ST

3

2

2158

$275,000

11498287

6344 NE 8TH AVE

3

1

1936

$289,900

11493142

5533 NE 9TH AVE

3

2

2452

$319,900

11396995

32 NE ROSA PARKS WAY

3 2.1 4650

$324,900

11629470

5835 NE 32ND PL

3 1.1 2081

$329,900

11424012

2036 NE RIDGEWOOD DR

1

1648

$330,000

11668546

5720 NE EVERETT ST

3 2.1 1741

$334,999

11030183

1514 NE 49TH AVE

3 2.1 2794

$348,000

11138006

2947 NE 60TH AVE

3 1.1 2528

$349,900

11245988

655 NE SUMNER ST

3 3.1 2080

$349,900

11312104

3908 NE 74th

3 2.1 2582

$375,000

11657229

4729 NE 27TH AVE

3

3

2148

$400,400

11062503

2217 NE 50TH AVE

3

1

2286

$406,900

11115494

3044 NE 53RD AVE

3

2

2208

$425,000

11546773

44 NE MEIKLE PL

3

2

2525

$425,000

11696097

3908 NE 74TH AVE

4 2.1 2582

$425,000

11152187

3020 NE COUCH ST

5

3674

$439,000

11538181

2536 NE TILLAMOOK

3 1.1 2416

$449,000

11289455 2905 NE SCHUYLER ST 5

2

2 2

2920

$459,500

11000119

2837 NE TILLAMOOK

3

2

3154

$465,000

11169885

2826 NE 26TH AVE

3

2

2776

$479,900

11413116

817 NE PRESCOTT ST

5 2.1 3394

$499,900

11612067

3950 NE 14th AVE

4 2.1 3461

$499,900

11418144

1128 NE KNOTT ST

4

11586467

3232 NE 32ND PL

11184098

3619

$625,000

3 2.2 2550

2

$725,000

2015 NE 26TH AVE

4

4

2786

$729,000

11642441

2554 NE 49TH AVE

6

4

3696

$774,900

11564840

3445 NE HASSALO ST

4 3.1 3968

$809,000

11672445

4314 NE ALAMEDA ST

4 2.1 4350

$850,000

Business tools vs. shiny things: How do we tell the difference? Author: Jovan Hackley If you’re over the age of 20, you’ve survived quite a few innovation flops and missteps; Google’s Buzz and Wave, theROKR (preiPhone), and remember the Laser Disc that was supposed to change our lives? One fact of life in this day and age is that every tech gadget released won’t be a good one. And with today’s contracting budgets and increasing clutter, it can be incredibly hard for agents to hone in on the technologies that are really worthwhile business investments. But after chatting with a few technology addicts and innovation cynics, we’ve found a few tips you can rely on when trying to decide whether next big thing is the next big thing for your business:

Shiny is not the enemy Whenever a new technology hits the rumor mill, the cynics and critics are normally first to the game. Historically, this has saved many

Top 4 Home Improvement Myths HGTV experts debunk some common home improvement myths and share their tips on what not to do when trying to add value to your home. Myth #1: Any remodel is a good one. Some people think that any improvement is a good one, but not all home improvements are created equal. For example, the homeowner of the room at left had a concert hall of his very own in his ranch-style home. Unless the next homeowner is an opera singer, he or she may not want a balcony in the house. When making a renovation like this, keep in mind that you might want to sell the place one day.

from investing in some less than developed dreaming about. blunders like those mentioned above, but let’s If you didn’t know how to make your not forgot the technologies that were snubbed business work, you wouldn’t have one. that later became a way of life. Remember and trust that. Don’t let your new The moral of the story, technology shouldn’t phone, tablet, or autocorrect function tell you be avoided. The mere emergence of a you’ve been doing it all wrong. Find out how technology doesn’t make it good, but if you it can help you do business the way you know follow tips two and three below you can sift how it should be done, but better. the gadgets and ensure you ride the right My personal example: Online Notes techno-wave. ago, I was always the man with a notePower Adopter = First Reader (Not Years pad in hand. Whether it be new ideas, to-do Responder) lists, or blog drafts I am always making notes. If you’re an Apple fan, you live for CEO In 2008 I started searching for ways to press conferences (It’s still hard to believe replace the paper that was eating my office that Steve is gone). If you’re a PC person, alive, and after hearing good reviews about you live by one of any number of feeds or synced smart phone notes like Ubernote and magazines. And, while they can all be Evernote, I tried them out and found a cool alternate to the notepad that saves me time, exciting, remember to look before you leap. energy and trees. Taking in a few good reviews and waiting even a few weeks can help you ensure you, As the holiday shopping season creeps up in the distance, I encourage you to enjoy ogling not only make good technology decisions. all the shiny new things that grab your How? Plug it into your existing or anticipated attention. Just be sure to observe and think processes. Every technology should do one of before you buy. You work too hard for your two things: One, make something you’re commissions not to. already doing better or easier. Or two, help www.truliablog.com you accomplish a business goal you’ve been Myth #2: I can do it myself. You may be convinced that you can do it just as well as a contractor, but news flash! You can't. You may just have an unrealistic idea of your "knack" for remodeling. Doing it yourself can sometimes save money, but you need to know your limits. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are certain low-risk projects that are very simple to tackle on your own, but there are many others for which you need a professional. Myth #3: Pools add value A lot of people think that adding a swimming pool and/or a hot tub is a sure seller. That's not always true. Location is extremely important. If every day is summer in your climate and it's a pool-friendly region, that's

one thing, but if you live in a cooler climate, it could be different story. In most areas of the country, adding a pool is a scary proposition. It's a big liability and can be a lot of work to maintain in the off-season. You should think long and hard about building a pool. It could end up being a big money pit. Myth #4: Follow the latest design trends. Many homeowners think it's a good idea to follow the latest design trends. Not true. For instance, peach textured wallpaper went out in the '80s. Features like that must go before a house goes on the market. Neutral colors or palettes have more of a timeless feel and will appeal to far more people. www.hgtv.com/real-estate

Chimney Maintenance for Warmth and Safety Chimney maintenance and a fireplace A level one typically runs about $125. get into the room. inspection can make the difference Add a sweep, and you're talking another  Have a chimney cap installed to between warm safety and drafty danger. $80, or about $205 for both services, prevent objects, rain, and snow from according to CSIA. falling into your chimney and to reduce Annual inspections keep flames downdrafts. The caps have side vents so Consider a level-two inspection if you've smoke escapes. A chimney sweep usuburning right experienced a dramatic weather event, ally provides and can install a stainless Cre os ote — combusti ble, tar -lik e like a tornado or hurricane; if you've steel cap, which is better than a galvadroplets—is a natural byproduct of made a major change to your fireplace; nized metal one available at most home burning wood. The more wood you burn, or bought a new house. This includes a improvement retailers because it won't the wetter or greener the wood, and the level-one investigation, plus the inspec- rust, says Anthony Drago, manager of more often you restrict airflow by keep- tor's time to visit the roof, attic, and Ashleigh's Hearth and Home in Poughing your fireplace doors closed or your crawl space in search of disrepair. It keepsie, N.Y. damper barely open, the more creosote is concludes with a sweep, if necessary,  Replace a poorly sealing damper produced. and information on what repair is need- to prevent heat loss. "You can get a Soot build-up, while not flammable, can ed. The price will depend on the situa- top-mounted damper that functions as hamper venting. One half-inch of soot tion. a rain cap, too, an improvement over can restrict airflow 17% in a masonry A level three inspection is considered the traditional damper because it prochimney and 30% in a factory-built unit, "destructive and intrusive" and can vides a tighter closure," says CSIA's according to the CSIA. Soot is also ag- resemble a demolition job. It may Eldridge. gressively acidic and can damage the involve tearing down and rebuilding  Install carbon monoxide deinside of your chimney. walls and your chimney, and is usually tectors and smoke detectors in your house—near the fireplace as well as in The more creosote and soot, the more done after a chimney fire. The cost will bedroom areas. depend on the situation. likely you are to see signs of chimney  If you burn more than three fire—loud popping, dense smoke, or cords of wood annually, get your chimSmall steps can improve your even flames shooting out the top of your ney cleaned twice a year. A cord is 4-feet chimney into the sky. Chimney fires fireplace's efficiency high, by 4-feet wide, by 8-feet long, or damage the structure of your chimney Besides the annual sweep, improve your the amount that would fill two full-size and can provide a route for the fire to fireplace's functioning with responsible pick-up trucks. jump to the frame of your house. use.  To burn fire safely, build it  Only burn dry, cured wood-logs slowly, adding more wood as it heats and "If the chimney is properly maintained, you'll never have a chimney fire," says that have been split, stacked, and dried keeping your damper completely open to Ashley Eldridge, the education director for eight to 12 months. Cover your log increase draw in the early stages. Burn of the CSIA. The best way to ensure pile on top, but leave the sides open for the fire hot, at least occasionally—with your chimney isn't an oil slick waiting to air flow. Hardwoods such as hickory, the damper all the way open to help prewhite oak, beech, sugar maple, and white vent smoke from lingering the ignite? Get it inspected. fireash burn longest, though dry firewood is place and creosote from developing. Three inspection levels let you more important than the species. Less dense woods like spruce or white pine By the way, fireplaces aren't officially choose what you need: burn well if sufficiently dry, but you'll rated for energy efficiency because A level-one inspection includes a visual need to add more wood to your fire more they're so varied. Depending on the check of the fireplace and chimney with- often, according to CSIA. source of information, they can be 10% out any special equipment or climbing  Wood, only wood! Crates, lum- to 30% efficient in converting fuel to up on the roof. The inspector comes to ber, construction scraps, painted wood, heat. your house with a flashlight, looks for or other treated wood releases chemicals No inspection will turn a masonry or damage, obstructions, creosote build-up, into your home, compromising your air factory-built fireplace into a furnace, but and soot, and tells you if you need a quality. Log starters are fine for getting it can improve efficiency somewhat, sweep. If so, he'll grab his brushes, your fire going, but they burn very hot; decrease the amount of heating dollars extension poles, and vacuum, and do it generally only use one at a time. you're sending up the chimney and on the spot.  Close your damper when not increase your enjoyment of your hearth "You should have it inspected every year using the fireplace to prevent warm time by reducing smoke. If a sweeping to determine if it needs to be swept. An indoor air—and the dollars you're prevents a chimney fire, you're talking annual inspection will also cover you if spending to heat it—from rushing up the about the difference between another ordinary January day, and the potential the neighbor's children have thrown a chimney.  On a factory-built, prefab wood- loss of your home, or even life. basketball in it, or a bird has built burning fireplace, keep bifold glass doors By: Wendy Paris a nest," says Eldridge. open when burning a fire to allow heat to


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Down Payment Remains Obstacle to Home Ownership

5 States With the Highest Home Ownership Rates ML#

Address

Bdr Bth SF

Price

1134 SW JEFFERSON

1

1

484

$79,900

11480314

1015 SW BERTHA

2

1

1013

$89,700

11528766

1500 SW SKYLINE

2

2

1103

$94,900

11637520

614 SW NEVADA ST C

1

1

664

$100,000

11622673

1025 SW BERTHA

2

1

997

$109,200

11644972

4632 SW COMUS PL

2

2

998

$112,000

11408467

111 SW HARRISON ST

1

1

611

$114,900

11572778

111 SW HARRISON ST

1

1

611

$114,900

11429896

3707 SW 52ND PL #6

1

1

707

$115,000

11030537

6685 W BURNSIDE RD

1

1

750

$122,000

11069105

7502 SW BARNES

2

1

812

$139,500

11495634

3046 SW FLORIDA CT

3

2

1293

$149,900

11514779

5142 SW MULTNOMAH

2

2

990

$149,900

11210937

0517 SW NEBRASKA

3

1

1748

$150,000

11622256

255 SW HARRISON ST

1

1

579

$156,000

11571210

405 NW UPTOWN TER

1

1

637

$165,000

11606438

6625 W BURNSIDE RD

2

2

1126

$169,000

11041866

1535 SW CLAY ST #103

2

2

909

$169,900

11142402

1926 W BURNSIDE ST

1

1

725

$170,000

11114773

839 SW BROADWAY

2

1.1

870

$174,900

11568323

7910 SW 31ST AVE

1

1

938

$175,000

11183318

1926 W BURNSIDE ST

1

1

719

$178,900

11399626

3601 SW RIVER PKWY

1

1

788

$190,000

11515997

1500 SW PARK AVE

1

1

482

$195,000

11672570

2021 SW MAIN ST #64

1

1

660

$199,000

11492382

2323 SW PARK PL #701

2

2

1320

$207,000

11351290

300 NW 8TH AVE

1

1

732

$225,000

11326341

1400 NW IRVING ST

1

1

815

$229,900

11686444

3570 SW RIVER PKWY

1

1

922

$230,000

11038792

1020 NW Naito PKWY

1

1

732

$235,000

11045675

420 NW 11TH AVE #708

1

1

740

$239,000

11285954

1420 NW LOVEJOY ST

1

1

773

$244,900

11101127

1400 NW IRVING ST

0

1

772

$248,500

11010835

1500 SW PARK AVE

2

1

827

$249,000

11252857

2336 SW OSAGE ST

1

1

908

$249,900

11594668

6625 W BURNSIDE RD

2

3

1516

$259,500

11124149

1221 SW 10TH AVE

1

1

568

$268,000

11511644

420 NW 11TH AVE #814

1

1

740

$269,000

11119093

810 NW NAITO PKWY

2

2

1035

$274,995

11451501

255 SW HARRISON ST

2

2

959

$275,600

11041000

0513 SW NEBRASKA

2

2.1

2100

$299,000

11505076

1255 NW 9TH AVE #212

1

1

979

$299,000

11191145

3601 SW RIVER PKWY

1

1

1209

$300,000

11629959

1221 SW 10TH AVE

1

1

865

$324,900

11230682

300 NW 8TH AVE #207

1

1

961

$329,000

11343396

1400 NW IRVING ST

1

1.1

1100

$330,000

11220273

1132 SW 19TH AVE

2

2

1102

$349,000

11179877

1132 SW 19TH AVE

2

1.1

1102

$349,500

11506969

1125 NW 9TH AVE #516

2

2

1203

$349,516

11140224

632 NW WESTOVER TER

2

1.1

1270

$350,000

11408996

1030 NW JOHNSON ST

1

1

1049

$356,000

11493449

949 NW OVERTON

1

1

985

$358,000

11655801

410 NW 18TH AVE #203

3

1

1283

$359,975

11528886

1500 SW 5TH AVE

1

1

1030

$360,000

11082709

1030 NW 12TH AVE

1

2

980

$374,900

11339646

949 NW OVERTON ST

1

1

987

$375,000

11040782

949 NW OVERTON

1

1

995

$379,000

11518153

2537 NW THURMAN ST

2

1

947

$399,000

11303600

730 NW WESTOVER CIR

2

2

1366

$400,000

11346366

949 NW OVERTON

1

1

987

$410,000

11477041

408 NW 12TH AVE #405

1

2

1266

$415,000

11327150

949 NW OVERTON

1

1

995

$429,000

11449365

840 SW BROADWAY DR

2

2.1

2107

$449,900

11265460

1255 NW 9TH AVE #309

2

2

1267

$450,000

11077435

2351 NW WESTOVER

1

1

959

$469,000

11128775

1022 NW MARSHALL

1

1

1238

$495,000

11235045

1410 NW KEARNEY ST

2

2

1630

$549,000

11079563

1930 NW IRVING ST

2

2

1452

$549,900

11527354

2141 NW DAVIS ST

1

1

1469

$585,000

11178411

949 NW OVERTON

2

2

1530

$617,000

11057940

949 NW OVERTON

2

2

1530

$632,000

11250328

5250 SW LANDING DR

2

2.1

2245

$699,000

11457344

300 NW 8TH AVE #907

1

1

947

$775,000

11307312

1001 NW LOVEJOY ST

2

3

1720

$925,000

11525665

2351 NW WESTOVER

2

2.1

1988

$1,150,000

11135467

1022 NW MARSHALL

2

2

2660

$1,190,000

11434973

949 NW OVERTON ST

2

2.1

1986

$1,305,000

11448779

Daily Real Estate News | October 14, 2011

Where is home ownership the highest? Home ownership rates tended to be highest in states that are less populated and with low home prices, according to a review of recently released 2010 Census Data by 24/7 Wall St. On the other hand, states with the lowest home ownership rates tend to have more pricey homes and be in large cities. The following are the states with the highest percentage of homes occupied by their owners.

1. West Virginia Home ownership rate: 73.4% Median home value: $94,500 2. Minnesota Home ownership rate: 73% Median home value: $200,400 3. Michigan Home ownership rate: 72.1% Median home value: $132,200 4. Iowa Home ownership rate: 72.1% Median home value: $122,000 5. Delaware Home ownership rate: 72.1% Median home value: $294,400 The state with the lowest home ownership rate? New York, which has a home ownership rate of 53.3 percent. Source: U.S. Census Bureau and ―States With the Highest (and Lowest) Homeownership,‖ 247WallSt.com (Oct. 12, 2011)

More than half of renters who wish to buy a home say they are unable to because they’re not able to save enough for a down payment, according to Trulia’s Fall 2011 American Dream survey.

people from buying homes they can’t really afford. Government home ownership policies can target some of these obstacles to home ownership, but only stronger economic recovery will help households facing multiple Lack of a down payment obstacles become better able to proved to be the biggest buy homes.‖ obstacle for young adults (18- Home Ownership Still Ranks 34 year olds), as 62 percent cite High it as the reason they have been unable to buy a home. Among Despite the sluggish real estate those aged 35-54, the bigger market, Americans aren’t concern was qualifying for a turned off to home ownership. loan and having a poor credit In fact, 70 percent of Americans say home ownerhistory, the survey found. ship is part of achieving the ―From saving enough for a American Dream, according to down payment to qualifying Trulia’s survey. Fifty-seven for a mortgage and having a percent of current home poor credit history, today’s owners say owning a home is aspiring home owners face among the best long-term many financial obstacles in investments they could make, order achieve their American and 80 percent of home Dream of home ownership,‖ owners said they plan to buy says Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief another home in the future. economist. ―These obstacles By REALTOR® Magazine Daily News keep some would-be home Daily Real Estate News | September 22, owners from taking advantage 2011 of low mortgage rates. On the other hand, they prevent some

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how to Use Twitter for Local Business One of the biggest advantages of Twitter is that it allows anyone to engage with everyone on the network. You don’t need to be a fan, or even a follower, to reach out to someone in real time — just find someone you’re interested in and send them a ―mention.‖

Tweet Grader lists Top Twitter Cities based on the total number of tweeters located there. Click on any of the cities listed to see the ―Twitter Elite‖ for that city. You can also try WeFollow, which lists its own top Twitter cities. If your city isn’t listed, just search for it as a tag and you can find the top Twitter users almost anywhere.

Finally, TwitterCounter has a top 100 list of Twitter accounts that have the most followers. Narrow down the results to If you’re operating a local business, you can use the interacyour city by finding it in the ―Global top 100″ drop-down tive nature of Twitter to find and engage local tweeters who menu near the top of the page. are interested in your brand. Here are some tools and tips to help local businesses do just that. Looking for people beyond the Top 100? Then try out One of the best resources for local businesses is Twitter’s Followerwonk. Use the ―more options‖ link to search for own Advanced Search. Using this application, you can use specific keywords and locations listed in people’s Twitter keywords to search for tweets that originate within a specific bios. location. For example, local stores that sell sporting goods can find Here’s a real-world example provided to us from a local athletes in their area that might be in search of new equipdentist in Scottsdale, Arizona: Using Advanced Search, he ment. Automotive parts retailers can find auto enthusiasts looked for mentions of the word ―dentist‖ within 15 miles of who are looking to upgrade their cars and trucks. The key to Scottsdale. He also selected the ―Question?‖ checkbox to finding local people with shared interests is not just to follow narrow the search results to tweets that also posed a question. them, but to interact with them as well. Sure enough, the search returned a match from someone in Scottsdale asking his or her followers for recommendations for a good, local dentist. The dentist then responded to the tweet, letting the tweeter know that first-time patients at his If you want to go beyond searches and lists and actually see clinic get x-rays and a free cleaning. The next day, the dentist tweets originating from your neighborhood, try Bing. Visit Bing Maps, click on the ―explore map apps‖ link, and scroll had a new patient thanks to Twitter. down to find ―Twitter Maps.‖ You may not find potential customers in your first search, but don’t worry. Use the ―Save this search‖ button to keep your Once you zoom into your area, you’ll see new tweets created search; run it again from time to time to see if you find the by tweeters who are sharing their locations through results you’re hoping for. You can see all of your saved smartphone apps, Foursquare, and other Twitter applications. searches by clicking the ―Searches‖ tab on your Twitter You can also use the search box to search for particular keywords mentioned by users in a particular region. homepage. by Kristi Hines www.sproutsocial.com

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Nov  Page 5 Never burn wood that has been treated with a preservative. Burning treated lumber Here are some firewood tips to consider as products can release highly toxic chemicals you begin stockpiling wood for your that may make you sick. fireplace or stove this heating season: Never burn wood-composites. These To help avoid insect or pests, never store products also contain potentially hazardous firewood on the ground or touching your materials such as binders, resins and often house. plastics that can be toxic when burned. Burn only dry, seasoned and clean natural Treated wood can contain wood preservawood. Wood should be cut, split and stacked tives such as creosote, pentachlorophenol or in a covered area for about six months chromated copper arsenate (CCA). These before burning. Well-seasoned logs will chemicals help protect wood from insects seem lighter in weight and have dark cut and other pests but can be hazardous to your ends with cracks or splits. health if not handled properly or burned. If Some of the wood with the most heat value includes American beech, apple, ironwood, red oak, shagbark hickory, sugar maple, white ash, white oak, and yellow birch.

you have leftover treated wood or wood composites from a recent deck or other construction project, dispose of it according to your local waste regulations.

Burning treated or wood composite products can release the preservative chemicals into the air, where they can be breathed in. The resultant ash can also contain dangerous concentrations of the same chemicals. If you accidentally inhale smoke or ash from wood Make sure the damper is open before lightyou suspect has been treated or contains ing a fire. added chemicals, you should contact your If a fresh air vent is present, clear away any local poison control center or your doctor. ash or logs that may obstruct airflow. Wood is often sold by the cord or 1/2 cord. A cord of wood is a pile of logs 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 8 feet long and weighs about 2 tons. Don’t buy more than you can store and use for a season.

INCREASE YOUR PROFITS... With this staging tip This month's tip: Smells... Every house seems to have one. Sellers who live in the property everyday are not aware of the odor(s) in their home. But odors are one of the top things that will drive prospective buyers out the door. Sometimes the odors come from pets of all types, or foods that have been cooked. Masking the bad odors with strong room deodorizers can backfire. often making the problem worse. If you are compelled to use a scent in the home, vanilla is the only scent that appeals to both men and women. Also, speak to your sellers about cooking items with strong spices such as curry and garlic, and cooking foods like fish. These smells will get trapped in the soft fabrics of the home. Todd McAllister | Onstage

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Only burn wood with a safety screen pre- Health Canada has several helpful tips about sent to prevent the spread of burning ashes. handling treated wood on its website. www.housemaster.com

'Dome Home' spins to catch and block sunlight (CNN) - As Americans show more concern about the environment, some architects are cashing in by thinking outside the box shape for homes. Deep in the woods of upstate New York, a strange building is confusing residents. "Every time people show up here they are like, 'What is this structure in the woods,'" homeowner Veronique Vencat said. It looks like a UFO - but it's really a Dome Home. And the shape isn't just for looks. The aerodynamics and off-the-ground build helps protect the structure from hurricane-strength winds and earthquakes. It also allows homeowners like the Vencat family to take full advantage of the sun's energy. "Economically it's also very profitable because we use so much less energy," Vencat said. In the summer, when the sun changes its position, with the push of a button, the house follows along. This allows it to capture hat in the winter and keep cool in the summer. While the exterior protects it from nature's elements, the interior is inspired by it. Mimicking the swirl of a sea shell, the dome home concept is something designers think homeowners find welcoming. ―People are adamant about going to something that is truly innovative - doing something positive for the environment as well as themselves," Dome Home designer David Fanchon said. It puts a new spin on living green. 2011 CNN

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Understanding Credit Scoring

Whether a person applies for a credit card or a mortgage, lenders want to know their risk. There are three major credit reporting agencies that keep track of consumer credit use and provide credit reports and scores. It's in a consumer's best interest to be aware of their credit standing. Credit scores are often called "FICO" scores (from 'Fair Isaac and Company'). Credit (or FICO) scores are based on information held by the three credit reporting agencies. Most lenders use a variety of factors -including FICO scores - to make lending decisions. The credit score influences what credit is available as well as the terms (though not every lender evaluates risk the same way). FICO scores are calculated from a combination of credit data. Approximately 35% of the score is based on payment history, 30% on the amount owed, 15% on how long the person has been using the credit, 10% on applications for new credit, and 10% on types of credit used. If your client is trying to improve their credit score, they should pay active past due accounts to a current status and pay down outstanding revolving debt as close to zero as possible. If they are unable to pay off accounts completely, they should pay them below 30% of the credit limit and keep new applications for credit to a minimum. For advice on improving credit, as well as for other great information on credit scoring, check out www.myfico.com/credit education. Every consumer should know what's in their credit reports and is entitled to a free copy each year at www.annualcreditreport.com. Working with a home buyer to position them for credit approval can pay off in the long run. You'll have a loyal customer and you've made a sale. Kriss Parnell Mortgage Loan Consultant HomeStreet

Wild Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing 8- 10 servings 1 ½ sticks of butter, divided 1 T olive oil 1 pound of assorted wild mushrooms (chanterelle, stemmed shitake, crimini, or whatever you can find), cut and diced. Should make about 9 cups 3 cups of chopped onions 2 cups of chopped celery ¼ cup of Italian parsley 2 T fresh sage, chopped 2 T fresh thyme, chopped 1 bag of spinach 12 cups of 1 inch cubed (preferably day old) bread. Cibatta and rustic work great 2 large eggs 1 ½ t of salt 1 t of pepper 1 cup (or more) of chicken broth

Melt ¼ cup of butter in large skillet. Add mushrooms and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until mushrooms become soft and browned roughly around 10 mins. Transfer to large bowl. Melt remaining ½ cup of butter in same skillet. Add onions and celery, sauté until tender, around 12-15 mins. Add all the herbs and spinach. Mix until spinach just start to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Add this vegetable mixture with the mushrooms. (you can make this a day ahead) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide bread between baking sheets, bake until crusty NOT hard. A total of around 12-15 minutes. Transfer to bowl and cool. Butter a 13x9 (or large casserole dish) Stir the vegetable mixture into the bread. Whisk eggs, salt and pepper with the chicken broth. Add egg mixture to the bread/vegetable and combine thoroughly. Add more broth if needed. Transfer to the baking dish and bake uncovered until cooked thru and crusty on top, around 50 – 60 minutes!

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Disclosed Limited Agency Kate Brooke, Brooke Law Office While the law allows brokers to be disclosed limited agents, there are risks in taking on such representation. In some cases, the risks are so great that the broker should simply not consider it. For example, if: You are the broker and the client is yourself, your spouse/partner or some other person you love (parent? child? bff?); You have a direct financial interest in the buyer or seller (own some part of the company or are a beneficiary of the trust or estate);

This can be particularly problematic if your main point of contact is only one of the two (or however many). In other words, you need to treat them like any other dual agency: Take no action that is adverse or detrimental to either of them, including lowering the price of the property. For those of you who think that acting like a disclosed limited agent is akin to putting on your seller hat when talking to one party and putting on your buyer hat while talking to another party, give up that notion. Anytime you represent two or more persons, whether they are on the same side of a transaction or not, you may not give advice or act in a manner toward one party that will harm another party’s interests.

You have an indirect financial interest in the buyer or seller (your husband/ partner/mother father/child/sister/brother An example: The seller tells you at the owns the company or is a beneficiary of time you list the property that he will not the trust or estate); make any repairs. You also have the You are the personal representative of buyer. You review the inspection with the buyer and she asks you about how the estate selling the property; or many of the repairs she should request. any other situation in which you would You cannot advise the buyer not to have a clear bias toward one party over request repairs because that advice is not another, such as representing your best in the buyer’s best interests. You cannot advise your buyer to request repairs of friend since grade school; the seller because that is not in the then, you should not represent any other seller’s best interests. You can only tell party on the other side. Think about it the buyer that although the seller has this way: You are asking me or some said he will not make any repairs, the other lawyer to convince an arbitrator buyer needs to make her own decision. that you were willing to allow someone you love to make an uninformed Most importantly, you can’t just ask a decision for the benefit of a buyer or client to sign a disclosed limited agency seller you hardly know. I’m not that agreement without discussing with the good and I don’t think the other guys are client the fact that, in that circumstance, you may not be able to give them either. complete advice. They need to As long as I am on the same topic, you understand that they may need the are also a disclosed limited agent if you advice of a real estate attorney or represent a husband and wife (or other some other real estate professional under domestic partnership), parent and child some circumstances. And, if those or siblings or good friends who are circumstances arise (i.e., you cannot either buying or selling a property. give complete advice) you need to While most of the time, the parties’ advise the client to seek out that other interests are aligned, they aren’t always. professional.

Holy Crap Social Media Statistics 2011 by Simon Dixon Aug-11 Today I was doing some research for the social media chapter of my latest book on how "geeks and entrepreneurs are going to kill banks", and the statistics on social media are so remarkable that I thought I would share them here: On July 14, 2011, Google announced that Google+ had reached 10 million users just two weeks after it was launched. After 4 weeks in operation, it had reached 25 million users. In under a day, the Google+ iPhone app was the most popular free application in the Apple app store. To put that into perspective - Facebook took 3 years to reach 25 million users, Twitter took two and a half years, MySpace took 1 year and 8 months, Google+ took one month!

So where are we now... At the time of writing, it is estimated that there are now over 200 active sites using a wide variety of social networking models. 46 percent of people globally access a social network every day. Every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. There are more than 2bn video views on YouTube every 24 hours. Every minute, 66,667 tweets are made on Twitter. - 95 million tweets are written each day. Every hour, approximately 10.5 million songs are illegally downloaded. Everyday 2,300 new Wikipedia articles are created adding to it's 17 million articles, with contributions from 91,000 active contributors.

IMPROVE YOU LIFE *Sprinkle just washed sheets & pillowcases with lavender water. The scent has been shown to promote relaxation, which can lead to better sleep *Eating a handful of walnuts before bed gives you a boost of fiber & is a natural sleep-inducer. *Breathing deeply twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes can improve stress control *Have a good cry, it can boost your immune system, reduce levels of stress hormones, eliminate depression & help you think more clearly *Do a squat every time you pick up something, using your leg muscles instead of your back *Buy whole foods & use them in place of processed foods whenever possible

Every day, more than 175 million Facebook user log on to Facebook. 50% of it's users login every day, 200 million login everyday from a mobile devise. People spend over 700 billion minutes each month on Facebook with more than 30bn pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, etc.) shared each month, which is an average of 7bn pieces a week. More than one million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages. There were nearly 2bn people searches on LinkedIn during 2010. The average profile age on LinkedIn is 40 years, Twitter 35 years. Facebook's biggest age group of followers is now in the 35-54 range. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that those on these sites are just kids. Social Media has changed the world. It's official.

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FALL MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST Regularly checking your home for maintenance needs throughout the year is the best way to keep your home safe and prevent the need for costly emergency repairs. But fall is one time of year when a thorough systematic inspection is really needed to make sure your home is weather tight and ready to withstand the cold and storms through the winter months. Here is a brief checklist to guide you through some basic tasks before it is too late to properly and effectively perform repairs:

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4433 SW GALEBURN ST

3

2

1316

$219,000

11016770

10231 SW 40TH AVE

4

2

1440

$224,000

11320554

5216 SW POMONA

4

2.1

2160

$225,000

11010183

6905 SW 33RD PL

2

1

1045

$225,700

11160797

9306 SW 40TH AVE

3

1.1

1120

$239,900

11217409

6415 SW HAINES ST

4

3

2860

$239,900

11432023

8410 SW 2ND AVE

3

1

1275

$239,900

11111485

9043 SW 51ST AVE

3

2

1644

$249,000

11011654

7202 SW FLORENCE LN

3

2

1868

$255,000

11506802

9355 SW CAPITOL HWY

3

2

1502

$259,000

11176629

2036 SW PALATINE

2

2

2127

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11516710

6650 SW CANBY ST

3

2

1232

$265,000

11337355

7239 SW 3RD AVE

3

2

1764

$275,600

11619494

3518 SW POMONA

4

2.1

2131

$278,000

11128512

4805 SW 39TH DR

3

1.1

1749

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7738 SW 51ST AVE

3

2

2088

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11134203

7728 SW 10TH AVE

3

1.1

2518

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11133359

10505 NW 4TH PL

2

1.1

1203

$299,000

11698359

6601 SW 35TH AVE

3

2

1792

$299,000

11476402

3026 SW DOSCH RD

2

2

1141

$300,000

11224188

5180 SW DOVER LN

3

2

1534

$319,900

11219938

2230 SW 77TH PL

3

2.1

1918

$349,000

11252171

3580 SW PATTON RD

2

1

1768

$349,000

11368119

2903 SW MOSS ST

3

2

2829

$349,900

11202008

5933 SW HOOD AVE

4

2

1719

$350,000

11634739

8307 SW 64TH AVE

4

2.1

2174

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11646921

535 SW COLONY DR

3

2.1

2140

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3203 SW 2ND AVE

6

3

2689

$400,000

11312174

3213 SW WATER

4

2

3333

$405,000

11068652

7329 SW 64TH PL

4

2.1

2520

$415,000

11382846

6217 SW 33RD PL

3

3.1

3026

$424,900

11352110

2227 SW ARNOLD

3

2

2838

$429,000

11360932

9000 SW CAROLINE DR

5

3

2422

$439,900

11253606

3720 SW 73RD AVE

3

2.1

1900

$439,950

11098506

1417 SW MEDWYN TER

4

3.1

2734

$445,000

11455184

11632 SW 31ST CT

4

2.1

2564

$449,000

11473507

6005 SW 33RD PL

4

2.1

2400

$449,500

11176794

8115 SW Valley View DR

5

3

2948

$449,750

11143416

7336 SW 28th AVE

3

2.1

2071

$449,900

11257698

7424 SW 31st AVE

3

2.1

2071

$449,900

11304771

6139 SW 27TH AVE

4

2.1

2868

$449,900

11355576

8673 NW RYAN ST

4

2.1

2351

$465,000

11483930

4717 SW FAIRHAVEN DR

3

3

2240

$479,000

11524369

7430 SW 31st AVE

4

3

2528

$479,900

11627859

7514 SW KELLY

3

2.1

2008

$510,000

11379350

12409 SW 55th PL

4

2.1

3513

$549,900

11449044

810 SW HUME ST

3

2

3128

$549,999

11633488

221 SW VERMONT

6

3.1

3620

$569,900

11312521

10360 NW ENGLEMAN ST

4

3.1

3066

$575,000

11380314

3227 NW LURAY TER

3

3

2758

$575,500

11034395

3230 SW 55TH DR

2

2.1

3393

$587,000

11246191

396 NW BRYNWOOD LN

5

3

4252

$589,000

11164545

10948 SW 30TH PL

5

2.1

3095

$599,000

11332623

3020 SW COMUS ST

5

3.1

3075

$599,000

11050709

140 NW MAYWOOD DR

2

2.1

2218

$620,000

11242302

3348 NW SPENCER

4

2.2

3001

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6800 SW AMBER LN

5

5

4588

$649,000

11004004

361 NW 81ST PL

5

3.1

3923

$675,000

11112130

3821 NW GORDON

3

4

3116

$695,000

11026280

4344 SW HILLSIDE DR

4

3.1

3822

$725,000

11662026

5220 SW 18TH DR

3

2.5

2750

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1440 SW SKYLINE BLVD

3

3.1

4656

$765,000

11017805

2619 NW ROANOKE

4

2.1

2670

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4

3

4174

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4409 SW CARL PL

3

3.1

3556

$895,000

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3

3.1

3687

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3536 SW 64TH PL

4

4.1

4439

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6

5.1

6344

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3.1

6851

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4

5

5018

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GROUNDS  Check window wells, dry wells and storm drains for debris or blockage.  Repair any driveway cracks and/or heaved or settled walkways.  Trim all trees and shrubs, particularly any too close to the house.  Check (ideally during a rainstorm) that all rainwater drains away from the foundation.  Clean and put summer furnishings away.  In areas subject to freezing temperatures, drain and store garden hoses and shut off and drain hose bibs (unless frost-free faucets have been properly installed). EXTERIOR OF HOUSE  Check the weather tightness of all exterior surfaces and components.  Caulk and seal all joints in the siding, around windows and doors.  Check for deterioration of painted or finished areas. If too late for a full paint job, touch up bare wood surfaces with a primer and at least one finish coat.  Check and seal any foundation cracks.  Repair or improve weather-stripping at exterior doors and windows as needed.  Reset storms and screens where required. Check window sills for signs of water damage.  Look for any signs of insect or pest activity, particularly at the foundation areas and any wood components close to the ground.  Check stairs and rails for condition and sturdiness.  Make sure shrubs or mulch does not block any air intake or exhaust vents for heating or ventilation systems.  Check for damage to lighting fixtures. Test Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles using the built -in test button. ROOF (Use binoculars or hire a professional.)  Check for loose, damaged or missing roofing.  Check eave areas for signs of moisture build-up or damage.  Check the condition of the chimney and roof vents.  Check flashings for signs of lifting or damage and repair or seal as needed.  Check and clean all gutters (eaves troughs) and downspouts. ATTIC  Check for signs of roof leakage, particularly at chimneys, vents and valley areas  Check ventilation openings for nests or other blockage.  Check the position and condition of insulation for uniform coverage.  Look for any signs of excessive moisture buildup, such as mildew or discoloration on the underside of the roof. INTERIOR ROOMS  Check all areas for signs of roof or plumbing leakage.  Have any fireplaces or wood stoves and flues checked and professionally cleaned.  Reset automatic timers for the change in daylight hours.  Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if over a year old. Replace units over seven years old.  Test Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (GFCI) in bathroom and kitchen areas.  Clean or vacuum radiators or air distribution and return grilles. HEATING/COOLING SYSTEMS  Clean all elements of the cooling system.  Remove (or winterize) room air conditioners. Check window sill areas for water damage.  Follow manufacturer instructions for the start-up maintenance of your heating system.  Change or clean heating system filters on warm air systems (now and regularly).  Check heating and cooling systems for any evidence of water leaks.  Clean and test the humidifier, if present.  Check the heat recovery ventilator filters and ductwork, if present.  Have your heating system serviced annually by a qualified heating serviceperson before the heating season to keep it functioning efficiently and properly. PLUMBING  Drain or insulate water lines that are subject to freezing.  Check the condition and temperature setting of the water heater. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the temperature setting.  Check the plumbing system and fixtures for any evidence of water leaks or blocked drains.  Confirm proper operation of any sump pumps and free flow of water from the drain line.

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Any specifications you need to follow before they move your stuff. Any fine print that could lead to extra charges. A comprehensive list of moving materials and supplies used for moving. Information about the charges on the mileage, volume, weight, and other allied services. Any items that are not moved, or haven’t covered in the price quote.

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Use Color Psychology on Your Listings

Style of the home: Consider the style of the home, Craftsman homes look best in warm earthly colors, while bungalows can handle stronger colors on the Take care when giving color advice to home sellers. cool or warm side. Their color choices might be sending the wrong message to potential buyers. Targeted buyer: Certain neighborhoods respond to The science behind color can guide your color decisions.

Many salespeople and stagers say neutral beige or off-white walls are what sells listings—but a touch of color may be just what you need to revive buyers' interest in a languishing listing. And although beige may offend no one, the right color on a home's walls or spotlighted in the accessories can trigger positive physiological and psychological responses among potential buyers.

color on the walls vs neutral colors. The Alberta and Hawthorne neighborhoods attract buyers who love color and tend to have artistic personalities.

Test drive paint colors: Light can impact how a color looks and feel at different times of day. Be sure to paint a large swatch on different parts of the wall, and then check out how the color looks and feels as the natural light changes throughout the day, and "Color can change how you feel; it has an instanta- into the night. neous effect. "If people walk into a space and sense a warm color, they immediately get a sense of a cozy Room Finishes: Be sure to consider the carpet home and will probably reactive positively." color, the wood moldings as well as the color of the White, on the other hand, "makes the room invisible finishes in the room. I always throw the color sample "White is a missed opportunity to create a feeling in on the floor or carpet to see how the color looks next the space. It doesn't help buyers imagine themselves to it. You want to be sure to pick a color that will in the home, pastel colors—which have a mostly blend with the rooms surrounding finishes. white base—can have a similar, invisible effect. When choosing paint for your listed home it is Lisa Shipley important to take a few things in to consideration. Imagine Home Staging and Finishes Owner / Certified Home Stager For paint choices, here are a few tips to consider:

Most ventless gas fireplace inserts are considered safe for homeowners because they By: Wendy Paris | September 22, 2010 include an oxygen-depletion sensor that turns Add a gas-burning fireplace insert if you want gas off before carbon monoxide reaches clean air and the ultimate in convenience. dangerous levels in the room. Nevertheless, Unlike old decorative gas fireplaces, today’s some states don’t allow ventless gas units. gas inserts are heat-producing dynamos that Check your local building codes regarding the use natural gas or propane to power a steady types of fireplace inserts allowed in your area. flame dancing on fake logs, decorative modern glass chips, or stones behind a sealed glass face. Capacity and cost of inserts A gas-burning fireplace insert heats 1,000 to Gas inserts are available as vented units or 3,000 square feet, depending on its size. Talk unvented units. Direct-vent units are safest. to your insert dealer about the size of your They draw in outside air to keep the flame existing fireplace and what heating capacity burning and exhaust all the combustion gases you can expect from an insert. Inserts cost and water vapor released by burning gas. $3,000 to $4,000, including installation and a Ventless inserts have a higher efficiency rating chimney liner.

Gas Fireplace Inserts: Pros and Cons

(92% to 99% vs. 60% to 80% for direct-vent inserts) because no heat escapes up the chimney. But the exhaust fumes and moisture released from burning gas stay in your house, which may be a cause for concern.

Gas inserts require little maintenance beyond an annual $75 to $125 checkup. Its best application is for zone heating—turning up the gas in the room you’re in and lowering the thermostat in the rest of your house. There’s a definite green factor--they burn with a 65% to 99% efficiency rating, which means very little pollution or smoke. There’s no ash or creosote produced with a gas-burning unit.

On the downside Propane is an expensive heating fuel—you won’t save money heating your whole house with a gas insert. You’ll spend more on gas or propane than you would on wood or pellets to produce the same amount of heat.

Upsides to a gas fireplace insert

A gas insert burns fossil fuel, so it doesn’t Gas fireplace inserts can be used in masonry or qualify for the 30% tax credit available for prefab fireplaces; they can be vented through inserts that burn biomass, such as wood or the existing chimney (or a wall for a freepellets. standing unit).

Free Admission Day Friday, November 11 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends, family, and fellow community members to visit the Garden on this Free Admission Day. Garden Guides will be stationed throughout the Garden to help answer questions and speak about the Garden’s history, culture, and traditions. The Art in the Garden Fall 2011 exhibition, Mottanai Folk Textiles, will be open to the public as well. We invite you participate in the Portland Japanese Garden’s Free Day Food Drive. You can help by bringing canned goods or nonperishable food items for Oregon Food Bank. Sponsored by:


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Tales from the Crawlspace Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. What Radon is simple but has inherent problems within should we do? this context. Only a short term, 48 hour test can be conducted within the constraints of a Real Estate transaction. A short term, 48 hour test does not give a true indication of what any particular occupant would be exposed to within a given structure. People have different habits that will change the ventilation of the home, and ventilation will affect the concentration of Radon within. A long term, 90 day test gives a much more accurate picture of what is going on within any particular home with respect to Radon exposure. Long term, 90 day radon test kits are available on line for about $35 (check Amazon.com). This is a fraction of the cost involved Radon comes from the ground. Uranium is the in a professional short term test and processed by the ultimate source of Radon; it is present in all rocks to same laboratories. Unfortunately there isn’t time for some extent. Some rocks have more, some have less, this within the confines of a transaction period. consequently some areas have more radon emanating Lastly, Radon remediation systems are not from the soil, and some areas have less. Granite is a particularly expensive (within the consideration of higher source of radon, we have a lot of granite in the buying a home). Typically a professional installation soil. Radon is a gas, because it is a gas it is mobile and of a Radon removal/remediation system is about $650 escapes through fractures and openings in the rock to $1500. The amount depends upon the and soil. In the beautiful Pacific Northwest we are configuration of the structure and what kind of in an area that is relatively high in Radon content. foundation it has. The worst case does not seem to be This does not mean that everywhere there are high reason enough to walk away from a place that you Radon concentrations. The passages through the love. It’s hard to find a property where everything ground into structures are different and one house falls into place, Radon alone should not be ―the last can have higher radon levels and the one next to it straw‖. may not. I’m not saying, don’t test for Radon. We should all Let us now look at the Radon factors that affect Real do long term tests every few years in the homes we Estate and buying decisions. It is important to know live in, or buy electronic testers and run them is that what is going on under the ground changes. continuously (about $130). For those who want to use There is movement below the soil (we have small Radon presence to negotiate the cost of a remediation earthquakes, shifting, settling) all the time. The level system, most Home inspectors can provide this added of Radon in any given structure or area, can change. service for about $150 (including FedEx, quick lab Testing a building for Radon does not show that it results, chain of custody, etc.). However, regardless of will remain in that condition. It may not have short term test results, I encourage everyone to do a Radon now, but that can change. It may have Radon long term test, when they occupy the home. now but that could change over time. Testing for Scott Harris—Property Exam Radon is a serious problem. However, its presence should probably not affect anyone’s decision whether or not to buy a home. Seems like conflicting information doesn’t it? The problem with Radon is that the media has circulated some information, but not enough. There’s just enough going around scaring people, but not enough for anyone to actually make an informed decision about anything. Let’s try to de-mystify Radon and Real Estate. I’ll try to do this without mentioning ―picocuries‖ or other distractions.

Delivering on Your Brand Written By: Anna Adlard at Capstrat Your brand positioning has been agreed on, your target customer has been identified, your message has been refined to reach that audience, you have a new logo and tagline, a new email marketing template and your website has a new design. All of this really captures who you are and where you want to go.

ML# 11254785

Address 9336 N TIOGA AVE

11175847 10355 N MOHAWK AVE

Bdr Bth SF

Price

2

1

1452

$59,900

1

1

1392

$79,900

11413939

8821 N FOSS AVE

2

1

810

$95,000

11460305

6906 N DENVER AVE

2

1

810

$104,950

11301929

3534 N TRENTON ST

3

1

858

$114,900

11231888

7238 N CENTRAL ST

2

1

994

$115,000

11113063

8348 N JOHNSWOOD DR

3

2

1173

$124,900

11130024

9054 N NEW YORK

2

2

1368

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11276646

574 N LOMBARD ST

3

1.1

1908

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11264277

9453 N MIDWAY AVE

2

0.1

1528

$140,400

11100821

3535 N FARRAGUT ST

3

1.1

1144

$144,900

11275565

8941 N GENEVA AVE

2

1

792

$149,900

11446922

8413 N HARTMAN ST

2

2

1536

$149,900

11194940

9123 N WINDLE ST

3

2.1

1306

$152,900

11344231

8947 N CURTIS AVE

3

1

976

$157,000

11360954

9301 N RICHMOND

3

1

1012

$158,000

2

1

1054

$159,950

9234 N HAVEN AVE

3

2.1

1560

$165,000

11330865

2535 N HUNT ST

2

1

1517

$174,900

11115589

4822 N WILLIAMS AVE

4

1

1568

$175,000

11200848

8907 N WILBUR AVE

2

2

2669

$175,000

11668867

8611 N BAYARD AVE

2

1

1050

$179,900

11272282

6850 N ALBINA AVE

3

2

2788

$180,000

11114798

6849 N BOSTON AVE

2

1

1428

$181,900

11006925

9522 N HAVEN AVE

3

2.1

1560

$182,500

11074012

9415 N IVANHOE ST

3

2

1128

$187,200

11275113

8359 N SWENSON ST

2

1

1100

$189,000

11638504

3630 N ALASKA ST

3

1

858

$189,900

11591791 10151 N OSWEGO AVE 11603611

2

1

2036

$190,000

10042 N POLK AVE

3

2.1

1564

$194,900

11008616

6814 N SWIFT ST

3

2.1

1405

$196,600

11079988

2142 N BRYANT ST

2

2

1344

$199,900

11291046

9645 N WILLAMETTE BLVD 8511 N HURST AVE

4

2

1500

$208,000

5

2.1

2976

$213,000

11359273

6824 N VANCOUVER

2

1

1890

$219,000

for that perfect fragrance for your office headquarters, the lesson is this: Take a hard look at your brand experience.

11526794

8919 N McKenna AVE

4

2

1583

$219,900

11189844

9137 N POLK AVE

3

2

1200

$229,000

Getting your brand experience right requires a top-to-bottom sweep of your touch points. So, do yourself this favor. Get your team in a room and start mapping out all the possible ways your audience might interact with your organization. In other words, audit your brand experience.

11399882 8831 N ENDICOTT AVE

3

2.1

1483

$229,000

3

2

1683

$229,900

2

1

1868

$234,950

3

2

1560

$249,000

11454616

7648 N WILLAMETTE BLVD 6685 N MEARS ST

3

2.1

2150

$249,000

11624628

8926 N EDISON ST

3

1

1904

$249,000

11361970

6740 N WILBUR AVE

2

1

1452

$249,500

3

1

2273

$249,900

As a warm-up, start with the obvious conveyers of brand: your emails, So, your work is done. Right? Wrong. your website, your ads. But then get into the not-so-obvious: how Good start, but you’ve only scratched the surface. Your smart your staff interacts with your audiences, the atmosphere in your lobby, positioning, new site, new template and new logo will only get you so how you answer the phone, the music playing when a caller goes on far. Now, the real challenge: delivering on your brand experience. hold, the tone in your email marketing messages. Experience can make or break a brand. Say you’ve premised your entire brand on exceptional service (á la Nordstrom), but your frontline employees don’t deliver. At all. What stays with your audience is not that winning tagline about service, but the abrasive rep who rubbed them the wrong way. And at that point, no amount of appealing logos or clever messages can salvage your brand.

Also, think hard about whether your processes actually reinforce your brand promise—and identify the gaps. For example, are you promising ―easy‖ but making customers take a dozen steps to complete an order? Do you want to target young families but aren’t actually offering family-friendly policies for your employees? Do you want to be known for hospitality but have a less-than-welcoming Retailers provide an example of how to think about your brand presence at the front door? All of these details add up to an impression experience. In fact, the emphasis on brand experience in retail has of your brand—good or bad. inspired a whole cottage industry. Perfumers develop special scents So, get beyond the big picture and think through all those details that for specialty shops. Of-the-moment DJs craft brand-inspired make up the experience. Then, make some changes, start actively soundtracks for store stereos. But before you write this off as a trend managing the experience and watch your brand take off. for retailers only, think again. While you might not need to rush out

people in industry. If you come across an opportunity to get your business' message in front of someone who is high up in If you're a small business owner, you're probably quite well a company relevant to your niche, don't waste it. Getting aware of the traditional methods for networking and making powerful people in your favor is great way to build your business contacts. Seminars, conventions, and other types of business quickly. industry gatherings are the traditional places, not to mention cooperative partnerships with like-minded businesses related Be outgoing: Even if you're not a naturally outgoing person, to your niche. However, throughout the history of business, you can do your business big favors if you have the boldness the most successful entrepreneurs have always gone beyond to simply strike up conversations with people in situations these conventional networking sources and made connections where most people usually keep to themselves. For example, in often surprising places. To be a great networker, it has to be on an airplane, in the grocery store, or on public transit--all of a lifestyle. It should be something that you do every day, these are perfect situations where simply being outgoing and talking to people can have hugely positive networking effects. sometimes in creative ways. If you're on the lookout for unconventional networking Web communities: Of course, everyone knows about the importance of social media marketing these days, but in order opportunities, here are some options you might want to try. to be a top networker, one must go beyond the conventional Waiting time: One of the unfortunate facts of life is that we Twitter feeds and Facebook fan pages. Try to set aside some sometimes have to do things that require us to wait in waiting time every day to actively participate in communities relating rooms or stand in lines for hours at a time. For example, to your field. Simply getting your voice out there and talking waiting in line at the DMV can be an infuriating process not with others who have similar concerns to yours is a powerful just because it's an unpleasant place but also because you feel way to make contacts. like there are so many better things that you could be doing with your time. But why not take these opportunities to do a Community groups and civic meetings: Start participating in little networking? Start up a conversation with someone else in neighborhood and community board meetings, and also take line and see if an opportunity arises to spread the word about part in activities and meetings relating to your kids' school. Community involvement is a great thing, but meetings such as your business. these also provide ample opportunity to network with people Aim high: You can get a lot of things out of networking to who live in your area. other small business owners and anyone who is roughly on your level in the business world. But if you want to get extra By Caterina Christakos bang for your buck, consider targeting the more powerful

Unconventional Networking for Small Businesses

North Homes

11209930 2915 N ROSA PARKS WAY 11663880

11078841

11171758

9628 N EXETER AVE

11650909 2032 N SCHOFIELD ST 11386279

11008083 4007 N KILPATRICK ST 11217038

9032 N BAYARD AVE

5

2.1

2347

$249,900

11011339

8533 N CURTIS AVE

3

2.1

1320

$249,950

11328391

6425 N WILBUR AVE

3

1

1824

$250,000

11017269

7303 N BOSTON AVE

3

1.1

2230

$255,800

11227380

4637 N COMMERCIAL

3

1

1694

11357347

9304 N SENECA ST

5

2

2568

$250,000 $265,000 $265,000

11563409

8956 N EXETER AVE

3

2.1

1776

$269,000

11078703

7035 N Borthwick

3

2.1

1516

$269,900

11175821

6356 N OBERLIN ST

3

2

1802

$275,000

11419619

4936 N AMHERST ST

3

2

1976

$275,000

11060281

1010 N STAFFORD ST

3

2

1502

$279,800

11659195

213 N MASON ST

3

1

2376

$284,900

11602439

4725 N AMHERST ST

4

2

2602

$295,000

11438184

6637 N MEARS ST

4

2.1

1943

$299,900

11680326

1522 N SUMNER ST

4

1.1

2084

$305,000

11378154

7906 N NEWMAN AVE

3

2

1980

$309,000

11402615 3963 N MISSOURI AVE

3

2

1866

$319,900

9023 N OSWEGO AVE

4

2.1

2525

$355,000

11103700

6530 N MARYLAND

4

2

2574

$359,000

11516469

4336 N AMHERST ST

3

3

2400

$359,950

11262692

2951 N WILLAMETTE BLVD 4115 N COURT AVE

3

2

3194

$369,000

3

2

3076

$375,000

11257365

5410 N DEPAUW ST

3

2.1

2123

$379,900

11551479

7734 N DECATUR ST

4

2.1

3432

$399,900

11627395

7728 N DECATUR ST

4

2.1

3432

$399,900

11683302

5940 N WILLAMETTE LN

3

2

2135

$409,950

11350632

227 N JESSUP ST

4

2.1

2896

$429,900

11251698

2107 N VANCOUVER

3

2.2

5070

$489,900

11350407

189 N LOTUS BEACH DR

3

3

3125

$575,000

11606378

109 N LOTUS BEACH DR

6

7.1

11671936

11072585

9300 $1,725,000


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By Ella Gurfinkel, Executive Financial Solutions Group If there are any unsold houses or condomini- The tenant must buy when a lease-purchase ums near you the following will show you how plan is selected, typically within a 12 to 24 to profit from Lease-Options (rent to own) as a month period. Buyer, Seller or Real-Estate Agent. Make sure that both the seller and buyer of the When you drive through town do what do you home benefit from the lease-option. They are see? Several houses and condos up for sell, good transactions for both the parties; hence it right? Unsold houses are sitting for sale even in is unnecessary to take advantage of the other the few cities that enjoy a fairly healthy real party in the transaction. Sometimes landlords estate market. There is always an extensive take advantage of new renters by offering a inventory of homes for sale no matter what the 10% credit, which is hardly a good incentive market is like. for purchase. You can easily figure out how healthy your local real estate market is by getting the total number of homes and condominiums listed for sale in your local MLS (multiple listing service) and then dividing that number by how many homes have been sold in the last 30 days. This simple calculation will tell you if it is currently a "buyer" or "seller" market and if you are unsure of how to get the necessary information ask for help from a MLS member real-estate agent, as they can pull it up for you quite easily. HOW IS A LEASE OPTION DEFINED? You'll hear many complaints from realtors about the softness of the market, and the market is down quite a bit from 2005 and 2006; however, the reality is that few of these agents are changing their business practices to conform to the new market reality. If the smartest agents have to earn well, they know that the marketing trends used in selling homes about one or two years back, may not be successful at present. Mortgage lenders have changed their lending requirements recently making 90%, 95% and 100% mortgages very difficult or even impossible to obtain, even if you are a well-qualified borrower. The lease option or "rent to own" technique combines a sale, a real estate rental, and financing. More than anything, this is a lease, with the tenant paying rent to the landlord every month. Secondly, a lease option purchase gives opportunity for the tenant to buy the property from the landlord making an agreement on the price and terms, although the lease option does require the landlord to sell the property, the tenant is not required to purchase it. It is a unilateral contract, which is a promise from the owner to the tenant to sell the property to them on stated terms. The lease-option becomes a bilateral contract, a guarantee to sell for a promise to buy, once notice is given that the tenant plans to purchase the property. Realize that a lease-purchase plan is also an option; an installment sale is also named this.

BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS OF LEASE OPTIONS: One of the drawbacks is that there is always an abundance of lease-option buyers but always a shortage of lease-option sellers. The reason for this is mainly a problem with education, since most real estate agents are clueless as to how lease-options work, which is the only reason they don't often recommend them to their client buyers and sellers. Once you have read this article, you will know how to put a leaseoption sale together, which will give you a great advantage over your competition. As a quick note, I recommend working with a real estate agent anytime you are looking to buy, sell, or rent a home. You wouldn't go to court without an attorney to represent you, think of this the same way.

South East Homes ML#

Address

Bdr Bth SF

Price

refundable option money ($3,000). In order to succeed, you must keep this total amount within acceptable limits.

11111822

4630 SE 86TH AVE

2

1

720

$78,000

11277459

6815 SE HARNEY

2

1

945

$80,000

Before I finish, let me emphasize that you should AVOID putting your phone number in the advertisement. By advertising my number, my phone rang almost constantly with people asking questions.

11190359 2140 SE 162ND AVE

3

1

1320

$90,000

11017330

1108 SE 179TH AVE

3

1

1300

$109,900

11043450

1433 SE 179TH AVE

3

2

1152

$114,900

A suggestion I have is to post an information sheet in the front window of your house because usually you will have "early birds" that will drive by a day or two before you have your open house. One thing you can do to judge the prospective interest level in a buyer is to place your phone number on the window information sheet and then if they call you they are showing you their interest.

11628377

1522 SE 143RD PL

3

1

858

$116,500

11437072 11737 SE ALDER ST

3

3

1974

$124,900

11041700

12625 SE TIBBETTS

2

1

772

$126,900

11049021 7136 SE SHERRETT

5

2

2080

$128,000

11362688

13126 SE CORA ST

3

2

1294

$129,500

1. Advantages and Disadvantages for LeaseOption Sellers There's a perception among sellers and realtors that lease options benefit the buyers and hurt the sellers. I certainly do not agree with this. For me, lease-options have been very good to me both as a buyer and as a seller. As a seller you will have the pick of the buyers if you market your lease option correctly. This is a great opportunity as a seller. The following are seller pros and cons for a lease option:

11532898 1000 SE 123RD AVE

2

2

1552

$130,000

11452454

3

1

1608

$135,000

11243836 3007 SE 122ND AVE

3

1

1672

$136,900

11690703

8830 SE RURAL ST

3

2

1103

$145,000

11008004

311 SE 106TH AVE

3

2

1696

$149,000

11527308

8730 SE RURAL ST

3

2

1144

$149,000

11557082

8732 SE RURAL ST

3

2

1144

$149,000

11288879

2611 SE 112TH AVE

4 2.1 1456

$154,900

11232213

7017 SE 45TH AVE

2

1

784

$164,950

11695871

10804 SE LONG ST

3

2

2428

$173,500

11482653

3281 SE 179TH AVE

3 1.1 2180

$179,995

11477486

6307 SE 62ND AVE

3

1

906

$185,000

11660346

16803 SE STEPHENS

4

3

1479

$187,200

11028876

4705 SE 60TH AVE

3

1

1832

$189,900

11069813

5835 SE KNIGHT ST

2

1

875

$189,900

11603588

11601 SE FLAVEL

3

2

1794

$189,900

11150391

6917 SE 81ST PL

4 2.1 1580

$192,400

11356877

12470 SE CENTER

4 2.1 1584

$199,900

11687876

4205 SE 34TH AVE

1

1

1796

$200,000

11216340

5109 SE 118TH AVE

3

2

1856

$210,000

11525244

3810 SE 16TH AVE

3 1.1 1168

$219,000

11147023

11238 SE FLAVEL

2

1

2999

$223,500

11003828

1810 SE 72ND AVE

3

2

1395

$225,000

11056182

5034 SE 141ST PL

3 2.1 2517

$228,900

11469307

8143 SE 52ND AVE

3

2

2490

$229,000

11374799

7926 SE MORRISON

2

2

1678

$229,950

11545855

11814 SE TAYLOR

3 2.1 1792

$232,000

11090128

14255 SE Ellis ST

4 2.1 2277

$239,900

11361494

5546 SE HOLGATE BLVD

3

1

1292

$239,900

11565740

123 SE 84TH AVE

3

1

2128

$249,900

11495155

15335 SE BYBEE DR

5 2.1 3081

$257,900

11020070

3706 SE 127TH PL

5 2.1 2820

$259,000

11027364

3126 SE SCHILLER

3

2

1276

$274,900

11183794

3031 SE HOLGATE BLVD

2

1

900

$275,600

11323344

4712 SE 32ND AVE

3

2

1824

$279,900

11481985

3323 SE 55th AVE

3

1

1706

$280,000

11325062

4325 SE BYBEE BLVD

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I will explain how real-estate agents and private home sellers easily market their leaseoption property, and then I will describe the pros and cons of lease-options (please note that lease-options can be used to sell commercial properties, however they are predominantly used with private property).

A -- Seller Benefit: There are significantly more buyers than sellers with lease-options. The buyers who are serious are not dummies. They are often more connected to the neighborhoods and understand market values of the homes better than the real estate agents selling homes there. When a lease-option is structured properly you will be surprised at the buyer An effective ad would read something like this demand for the property no matter what its (using applicable numbers for your situation): value or location. $5000 moves you in! 3 BR, 2 BA home, RentTo-Own, $500 of $2000 Monthly Rent goes B - Seller Benefit: The tenants will usually toward total purchase price, Open House Sun- treat the house as if they own it since they will day 1-3 PM, Come ready to sign, Won't Last! - probably buy it when the lease-option terms are 777 Easy Street, Pleasant Heights. up. The importance of screening potential tenants is something that landlords must learn. One thing I suggest is to run this ad every The same concept is valid for lease-option Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in your local homebuyers. The lease option applicants that I newspapers in their "Houses for rent" AND have seen tend to treat their houses well, since "Houses for sale" sections as well as Craigslist. they would like to own their own home someTo spread the word, talk to anyone who might day. I've had good experiences with leasebe looking to buy a home, including friends, option tenants except one. Since I failed to neighbors, and relatives. If you were looking to conduct a thorough check on my applicants, buy a home, or if you were a real estate investhis was my own responsibility. tor, would that ad grab your attention? Of course it would. Using the example above, the Continued on page 12 complete lease option move in total should include the first month's rent ($2,000) and non-

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your first dream date. You wouldn’t interrupt a meal with Mrs. America or a Men’s Health model to answer your phone, right? Well your commission is not only as pretty, October 23, 2011 | Jovan Hackley | www.truilablog.com but it’s just as important. Start your date off right and put Disclaimer: There aren’t (or shouldn’t be) any great you phone away. epiphanies in this post, but I hope you enjoy it. There’s also Match.com author, Julie Spira says, your buzzing device a great download at the end. ―will give the impression that you are waiting for a better All buyers are dateable. No, not in the romantic love-of-myinvitation to come in.‖ Buyers are hard to come by in many life sort of way; but, some of the practices you’d use on a areas, so treat the ones you have like they’re valuable. first date with a potential Mr./Mrs. Right can help you find and get to know your client the right way and lead to a 4. Script a bit successful closing. For some this will be an unneeded lesson You shouldn’t be a drone, but you should be prepared with in professional etiquette, for others we’re trying to save you something meaningful to say. Come with a script that from the bad reputation you don’t know you have. includes details about what you can provide that the next Here are a few dating tips from our friends at Match.com agent can’t. Remember, when it comes to buyers, you are the brand and the sales pitch is about your service. that translate to real estate. ―If you’re not one of those guys who always says the perfect thing on the spot, then start thinking of the perfect thing to Meeting with a prospect is about empowering them with say in advance.‖ –Neil Krass, Match.com information, but why buy the milk (or the Realtor), when you can get the cow for free? Or something to that effect. 5. Focus on the good 1. Leave a little mystery

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Whatever the adage, the truth in there is that if this is your first meeting make sure you leave them wanting a second and the desire to make you their agent. How? Show a sample CMA, point them to your online recommendations, and talk about a few properties that might interest them. The goal is to earn their business, not start working ―for free.‖ Kimberly Neumann, Match.com dating expert says, ―Give [prospective clients] a reason to see you again and learn more about you.‖

Buyers hear enough of the sad economy song and negative market news today. When you’re fortunate enough to sit down with a buyer, give them something different. While there’s plenty of negative that you’ll have to acknowledge, be sure to talk to them about the opportunity, the benefits of homeownership, and why you’re the best Realtor to help them. Dating author and expert Amy Spencer says, ―Nobody likes that SNL character Debbie Downer, so do what you can to be the most positive version of yourself.‖

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This last tip is the most lethal. Don’t forget that your meeting is just as much interview as it is presentation. We all like sales people who ―get‖ us, and the reasons great ones do is that they listen.

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5 Ways to Remodel Green in the Kitchen

Nov  Page 11 We’ve said it before and we'll say it again: the kitchen is often the very heart of the home. It is by far one of my favorite spaces, and that's saying a lot since the kitchen I call home is a scant ten feet long and three feet wide. It's there, though, that green renovations can go a long way. Here are five things to make it a more eco-friendly space. 1. Replace outdated appliances with energy-efficient ones. Even if you don't have tons of money to put toward a kitchen remodel, this is something that can be done in phases. The money and energy savings in the long run can make a dent in that initial cost. We found that installing an energy- and water-efficient dishwasher would save us money on both electricity and water bills each month, making it a smart kitchen investment. Look for Energy Star appliances on Craigslist, too! 2. Paint cabinets, inside and out, with low-VOC paints. A change of color can freshen up a space for a small amount of cash—and we've found that having our inside cabinets painted bright white has helped the cabinets look cleaner and more 3. Re-floor with a sustainable choice. If you're up for a big overhaul, look at eco-friendly flooring options: cork, bamboo, sustainable hardwood, tile, and more. 4. Utilize cork. Not up for a cork floor? It's still a great material in the kitchen. Line your shelves with cork to protect them and offer your prized pots a safe place to sit. Or maybe try a cork countertop. 5. Update fixtures. Install a water-wise faucet and change out your light bulbs for CFLs (or the energy-efficient bulb of your choice). Amber Byfield October 17, 2011 01:00PM www.re-nest.com/re-nest

Orange peel tips

By Green Living Tips

Due to the high content of flammable oil in orange peel, dried peel makes a great firestarter or kindling.  It seems that cats don't like the smell of peel, so you can place them around plants where you don't want cats digging.  Dried orange peels can be placed in a cloth bag and placed in closets and cupboards to reduce musty odors.  A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to 

discourage ants from crossing. Most insects hate limonene - the oil in the peel. Small piles of zest can be placed around an area to keep it free from flies & mosquito's.

To deodorize a garbage disposal unit, throw down a few peels while it's operating. Hard Economic Times Be Damned: 10 U.S. Cities Make Their Own Green

Clean energy, public transit and local food make these 10 big cities the greenest of them all.

By Betty Benson, Rubbish Works of Portland It’s time for a change… a Rubbish Revolution! One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. This age-old adage is perhaps the most common reason people accumulate things they don’t want or need, dedicating precious storage space to unnecessary items. We keep them because we know they might be useful someday…to someone. Or, in some cases, we toss them into landfills because we’re not sure what else to do with them. Newsflash: our municipal landfills are inundated with non-biodegradable waste and refuse and the environmental impact is significant. Our garages, storage sheds, and closets are also filled with items we don’t need or want. We think it’s time for a change… a Rubbish Revolution! In this monthly column we’ll share strategies for removing, reusing and recycling the items in your space which no longer have value to you. We’ll also tell you about how to properly dispose of the things that no longer have value to anyone. For example, where to put outdated textbooks, old furniture, used aerosol cans, worn out electronics and appliances or broken toys? How about broken china, or hard plastics? And what to do with all the extra yard debris after your fall clean-up? Donating, recycling and safe rubbish removal practices can be time-consuming and, in some cases, complicated. Rubbish Works is here to help! We even do the lifting and loading, so you don’t have to. Rubbish Works is an eco-friendly recycling company specializing in the removal of old furniture, appliances, garage items and renovation debris. We provide a convenient, cost-effective, on-demand solution for junk, garbage and rubbish removal. We’ll remove almost anything! Watch this column to learn more about how you can join the Rubbish Revolution!

Hot water heater blankets Keeping water hot is a considerable ongoing expense for most homes - next to heating and cooling the house itself, heating water is the biggest energy consuming exercise of most households; particularly if you have a storage tank system rather than an "on-demand" hot water service. If you are stuck with a traditional tank storage system; a water heater blanket may be of some value to you - and it could cost as little as 10 dollars in outlay. If your hot water storage system is more than a few years old, chances are it may not be insulated sufficiently. The easiest way to tell is to feel the sides of the tank. Is it warm? Yes? You'll probably benefit from a water heater blanket. The insulating jacket can reduce heat loss by an appreciable 25–40%, which represents a saving of up to around 9% on your annual water heating costs. www.greenlivingtips.com

7. Oakland, California Hop on a zero-emissions bus for a tour of one of America’s model green cities, checking out dozens of urban farms, renewable energy projects and a wide variety of eco-friendly businesses. Oakland is working to rise above high levels of unemployment and poverty to position itself as a leader in sustainability, particularly in the areas of local food, green jobs and renewable energy. Taking cues from its bigger Bay Area sister San Francisco (and sometimes even eclipsing it), Oakland gets 17% of its energy from renewable sources like hydroelectric, biomass and wind, and in 2007, it won the City Solar Award from NorCal Solar for having more solar power wattage than any other big city in Northern California.

Honking cars emit foul black clouds, skyscrapers blot out the sun, litter lines the gutters and healthy green space can be hard to come by. But in many of America’s biggest cities, these negative traits are being eclipsed by clean, efficient public transit, bike-friendly infrastructure, multiplying trees, reliance on renewable energy and a fierce pride in locally-produced products. Slashing greenhouse gas emissions and coming close to zero waste is no easy feat for a metropolis with a population of at least 250,000, but these 10 cities – from Boston to San The city aims to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to 36 percent Francisco – prove that sustainability is possible on the largest of scales, below 2005 levels by the year 2020, the most ambitious target in the in good economic times and bad. nation. It’s also home to Van Jones’ Ella Baker Center, one of several local organizations that focuses on training low-income adults for jobs 10. Boston, Massachusetts in green industries. Representing the entire East Coast in impressive renewable energy stats, Boston boosted its solar power with the Solar Boston program and 6. Austin, Texas counts wind among its top three sources of electricity, with a turbine on Austin may be best known for its vibrant music scene, but this city city hall and more slated for several public schools. Other big plans shines just as bright in the sustainability arena. Not only is Texas’ include turning fall leaves and other yard clippings into power and capital city bicycle and pedestrian friendly, with plenty of mass transit fertilizer with a new biogas facility, and using recycled trash to power and even hybrid plug-in stations, but its building codes encourage green homes. For those residents who don’t rely exclusively on the nation’s practices and home energy audits are mandatory when selling a house. most utilized public transportation systems, taxis will soon be another Austin is also the largest local government to run on 100% renewable green option as they’re all required to go hybrid by 2015. New bike energy, and by 2020 the city aims to have 30% of its residential, lanes and 250 bike racks have increased Boston’s pedal power, and the commercial and industrial energy consumption shifted to clean sources. city saves a whopping $400,000 a year thanks to LED traffic lights. Birthplace of Whole Foods, Austin is brimming with organic restaurants and natural food stores, including America’s first 9. Denver, Colorado The Mile-High City is an outdoor wonderland with 14,000 acres of zero-waste, packaging-free grocery store, Ingredients. If you’ve never parkland in the mountains, 200 parks within the city limits, 850 miles of been there and imagine the entire state of Texas as a dusty wasteland dedicated bike trails and 29 recreation centers. Denver preserves and full of tumbleweeds, banish that notion from your mind, at least as it protects its active, natural heritage with conservation measures like a no pertains to Austin – this city is surprisingly lush, offering stunning -pesticide policy in its parks and the Mile-High Million program, which outdoor settings for biking, kayaking, swimming or just relaxing. plans to plant one million trees in the metropolitan area by 2025. For a 5. New York, New York city in a semi-arid region, Denver is adept at managing its water The fact that the Big Apple can compete with much smaller cities like consumption, offering residents incentives to keep their usage down. Austin and Oakland is reason enough to land it in the top five greenest Any concrete going into new city projects must be green, and Denver cities. It’s undoubtedly no easy task to keep a teeming metropolis of has also made some significant renewable energy goals, hoping to run over 8 million residents from turning into an environmental nightmare, on 20 percent wind power by 2020. and while New York City can’t boast quite the same statistics on clean air or water conservation, it excels in public transportation and does 8. San Jose, California Maybe it’s not California’s best-known or most-beloved city, but San surprisingly well on greenhouse gases and public park space. It’s the Jose deserves some serious accolades for its clean-tech goals and city’s very density that makes it so efficient, with just 20 percent of the innovations. Angling for the title of clean tech capital of America, San population driving their own vehicles on a regular basis. Tall, Jose has already created over 25,000 jobs in green industries and jam-packed skyscrapers are more energy efficient than single-family actively works to lure green businesses to the city. In fact, after Tesla homes, and of course, they use up a lot less land. Mayor Michael Motors relocated its headquarters there in 2009, San Jose began rapidly Bloomberg is further kicking up the city’s eco credentials with developing infrastructure for electric vehicles including plug-in tree-planting programs, hybrid taxis and a program that phases out charging stations. It’s home to many of the nation’s top solar manufac- heavy heating oils. turers as well as the world’s largest testing facility for solar products. 4. Chicago, Illinois In a bid to become a zero-waste city, San Jose has managed to divert 62 Boardwalks, parks, nature centers, organic restaurants, green hotels and percent of its waste to recycling and plans to reuse 100 percent of its lots of eco-friendly shops: Chicago definitely has a lot to boast about. waste water for landscaping within the next 15 years. The city’s Green The United Nations chose it as one of just two U.S. cities for Vision plan also includes a goal to reduce per capita energy use by 50 UN-Habitat’s 100 Cities Initiative for its work over the past two percent and get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources decades addressing climate change and healthier, greener living in within the same time period. general. Since 1989 the city has seen 500,000 trees planted, 10,000 bike

racks installed, 114 miles of bike lanes established and 900 acres of abandoned, polluted land returned to productive use. Chicago’s City Hall boasts a stunning rooftop garden, adding to more than 2.5 million square feet of green roofs within the city limits – more than all other U.S. cities combined. A downtown airport was demolished to make way for a 100-acre park, adding to the city’s reputation as a testing ground for reducing the urban heat island effect. The city is also making headway on a 2008 climate goal that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent come 2050. 3. Seattle, Washington All of those waterways surrounding Seattle don’t just give it its postcard-perfect beauty and contribute to its wet, mild climate – they also provide over 90 percent of the city’s power in the form of hydroelectricity, and more low-impact hydropower plants are planned to reduce impact on wildlife like salmon. The city’s two global warming initiatives, Seattle Climate Action Now and Seattle Climate Partnership, have distributed thousands of home energy efficiency kits to residents and urged over 100 local businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. And when something like blackberry brambles threaten to overtake Seattle City Light’s substations, the utility employs a chemical-free solution: goats.

2. Portland, Oregon Seattle’s carbon-neutral electricity makes it the star of the Pacific Northwest when it comes to climate change, but Portland has it beat in all-around sustainability and green living. A quarter of Portland’s workforce commutes by bike, carpool or public transportation with about 9,000 city residents biking downtown every day. The first city to adopt a climate change action plan, Portland offers free plug-in parking spots for electric vehicles and has more LEED-certified residential towers than any other city in the U.S. Portland is beating back sprawl with zoning regulations that encourage dense urban growth while leaving farmland for agricultural use. And on top of all of this, Portland has rightfully earned a reputation as a laid-back, eco-friendly place to live thanks in part to a lively local food and beer scene. 1. San Francisco, California While Portland and Seattle are snapping at its heels, San Francisco manages to hang on to its title as the greenest city in America for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that city residents seem to have concern for the environment encoded into their DNA. Voters routinely approve aggressive green programs like banning plastic grocery bags and financing renewable energy for public facilities. San Francisco diverts a jaw-dropping 70 percent of its waste thanks to mandatory recycling and composting, and urban farms produce 20 times more food than the city’s residents can consume in a year. Nearly half of all San Francisco residents bike, walk or take public transit every day. Despite being more populated, San Francisco has a lower annual output of greenhouse gases than its Pacific Northwest competition, and is on track to reach its goal of 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. Stephanie Rogers on October 26, 2011 in NEWS & CULTURE http://ecosalon.com/americas-greenest-cities-319


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Create a headboard from an old garden gate Decorator and Freelance writer Shannon Quimby

MATERIALS Wood gates (if you don't have something in the garage, you can find these at salvage yards and antique malls)

I am a sucker for architectural pieces. Flawed, Drill bent, mismatched, broken, chipped, dirty, you Screws name it -- if it's an old oddball, I'm all over it. The Tape measure downside of my obsession is it doesn't take long for my misfits to grow into a large pile. The DIRECTIONS upside is (with slight pressure from my husband, 1. Decide where you want the headboards and Glenn) it doesn't take long for my junk to find a measure the wall space you are going to use above new home. Recently deleted from my stash were the bed. two wood gates. They were originally used to 2. Map out the same space on the floor and lay out block a driveway entrance. But with an afternoon Stephen Cridland your project. of elbow grease to scrub away moss and dirt, the once-horizontal boards now hang vertically above my bed as a headboard. 3. When you're happy with how it looks, hold up and use wood "See the extra space in the garage," I say to Glenn. But he just smiles, screws to secure your items to the wall. knowing that won't last long.

Note:

Easy Meter: Medium

I recommend locating studs within the walls to secure heavy items.

Cost: Nothing, if you're cleaning out your garage

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Continued from Page 10, Learn How to Profit from bills. As a lease-option buyer, it is wise to have complete control of what happens to the property so Lease Options that you can decide how and when to make repairs C -- Seller Benefit: If you apply a portion of the rent and improvements. as a credit towards the overall purchase, the tenant E -- Seller Benefit: One of the advantages for the will generally be willing to pay higher than market seller is getting the non-refundable money for the rent. The tenant who chooses a lease option knows option and possibly pre-paid rent as well. that it is a good bargain; hence they are ready to pay a rent which is higher when compared to the market To have a valid option to purchase a property, the rent for a similar house. How much more? I don't buyer-tenant will have to pay a form of possess this knowledge. Start at 10% more, but non-refundable option consideration, which is realize it can often be even higher than this. People usually money. One dollar would be sufficient. who enter into lease-option agreements realize that Experience shows that if the amount of option money this is an excellent way for them to have the home is higher, there is a greater possibility of the tenant to they have always wanted. Even if it isn't the home purchase. I usually try to get several thousand dollars they want to stay in forever, it will allow them to in non-refundable option money as an incentive to improve their Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) credit the buyer. These funds act like a security deposit in a score and improve their overall financial situation so regular rental agreement, except that deposits cannot they can qualify for a mortgage loan in the future. be refunded with a lease-option. Lease option sellers also need to record all monthly Until the exercising of the purchase option, the rents they receive as rental income on Section E of option consideration money does not need to be their 1040 income tax forms. The IRS cannot claim a reported as income to the IRS. This is because if the landlord didn't report all rental income if a tenant money is used as part of the buyer's down payment chooses not to utilize their purchase option. The part of it becomes non-taxable return of investment landlord can equalize the rental income making it and the other portion is taxable capital gain. The essential tax-free by using the Schedule E form, non-refundable option money becomes taxable which accounts for the rent received less the income to the landlord if the tenant decides not to applicable expenses for lease-option property such as buy the property. insurance, property tax, repairs and depreciation. Some tax advisors will recommend the option for the D -- Seller Benefit: When a tenant decides to money to be reported to the IRS in the tax year of its purchase the property, they will be given an receipt by the property owner. Yet many don't "adjusted sales price" which is the gross sale price understand what to do if the option to buy is not minus the rent credit that was accrued while they exercised and the money has been reported and taxed were leasing the property. as regular income. It is also unclear how to account Depending on the circumstances, especially when for a situation where the property is purchased and a you are the lease option buyer, it may be advanta- portion of the money is used as a non-taxable return geous to negotiate for the buyer to pay for all repair of investment and part of it becomes capital gain.

F - Seller Benefit: Lease-option buyers will ultimately pay the maximum for the option purchase price. As a long-time seller of houses using lease-options and determining my option purchase price on recent sale prices of comparable nearby homes, buyers have not questioned the prices I have set. I make the price at the high end of the going rates for the location. Lease-option buyers are thrilled to find a lease-option, so often buyers won't argue over the price or terms, unless they are unreasonable.

the last sixty months before selling it, then he is eligible to claim tax free capital gains to $250,000 and till $500,000 for a married couple who fulfill the occupancy test. This tax break will be lost to the seller if he uses the lease option for more than three years after moving away. It is highly recommended to consult with a tax advisor. If an investor owns the lease option property, he can make a tax-deferred exchange under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 when the tenant elects to buy the property. The property must be of equivalent value, combining cost and equity, in order to qualify to find out all the pertinent information, please check with the person who advises you on your taxes.

Sellers would probably prefer twelve-month lease options. However, as a buyer, the longer term you have the better so that the option purchase price is locked in and you have a better chance of cashing in on any appreciation of the property. My experience H- Drawback for Seller: There is no immediate sale has shown that when the lease-option expires in 12 for cash. A leash option is not a good idea if you months many of the tenant-buyers are not ready to need an immediate cash sale of your property. exercise their purchase option. I think that's great! Although, if you are not in a hurry to sell but need At that time, we can renegotiate the (a) monthly rent, revenue to cover the mortgage payment, taxes or and/or (b) option purchase price. In a rising market, it other expenses a lease-option will give you all of the is especially important. When selling, I have often benefits explained previously. extended an annual lease for up to as long as five If the property market skyrockets in value during the years, but usually with different terms. lease-option term, the tenant-buyer benefits. This is G - Seller Benefit: Throughout the terms of the lease, the reason why I recommend that owners only sign the person selling the property gets to take all tax one-year lease-options. In order to avoid unforeseen deductions, including income and depreciation. difficulties, I would never advise entering into a lease Purchasers and real estate agents should strongly option, which allows for the option price to be emphasize this point to potential sellers, for it is a negotiated or determined by an appraisal. Instead, as great benefit to lease-option sellers. However, once the seller, be happy for the buyer if the market value the property is purchased, the seller has to report the goes up, even if you don't receive absolutely top sale on Schedule D of their income tax return and dollar for the property. include any "recapture" of depreciation that may have been deducted while the property was rented. Look out for next month's edition It is important for the seller to remember the major where we continue to talk about tax benefit of Internal Revenue Code 121 if the house Lease-Options from the buyer’s or condo has been their principal residence. The perspective! seller who has lived in his home for at least twenty of

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