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August 2008

N.Y. Living Solutions Newsletter Brought to you by: Juan E. Chavez 917-202-3334 Jchavez@nyls.net

Paint Your House like a Pro with these Useful Tips A great coat of paint makes all of the difference in the world to your home. These tricks of the pros will help you to get the results you want.

Selling Your Home? Discover How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Quality. Cheap brushes and cheap paint are amateur choices. Quality paint gives good value because it takes less paint and less time to cover the same area. Buy sufficient paint before starting.

With a little information and attention, expensive mistakes for the homeowner can be avoided.

Primer. Apply a primer coat first. The job will look better, last longer and require less of the expensive paint.

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Test. Professionals test colors thoroughly. Paint a patch of wall, and examine it against the room’s furnishings in various lights. Prepare. After the wall is prepared by cleaning, scraping and sanding, try this: Hold a light bulb near the surface and move it over the area. Any remaining blemishes will cast shadows that make them visible. Gloss. A flawed surface is best covered by a flat paint. Smooth surfaces can tolerate higher-gloss varieties, which better resist mildew and dirt. Mix. If several gallons of paint were custom-mixed at the store, pour them together into a bucket or drum and back into the cans. Thus, slight differences among the cans are erased. Trim. Mix some of the wall color into white or cream paint for a harmonious trim color. Use any proportion from a few tablespoons to a few cups per gallon of trim, according to the desired contrast.

Putting Your House Up For Sale? Get These Essential Tips If you want to get the best price for your house, it's essential to prepare it for sale. Homes that have been "staged" go for a lot more money… and sell much more quickly too. To give yourself a head start, get my free guide, "50 Essential Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Speedy, Top-Price Sale." Just call me at 917-202-3334 and I'll send it right out to you.

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The single biggest mistake people make is setting the asking price too high. An amount suited both to the home and to the market conditions attracts the greatest number of pre-qualified buyers, increasing the likelihood that you’ll get a higher price in the end. Home Staging Houses not shown at their best are another source of lost profit. Act on any advice you are given about cosmetic changes and minor repairs. A clean, tidy and sweet-smelling home goes without saying. • Set viewing hours for the greatest accessibility to buyers. In a competitive market, people can easily go elsewhere and fall in love with another house. • Don’t be home during the showings. Prospective buyers feel more comfortable raising concerns and poking about when the current owners are not present. • Remove as many personal items as possible. The things that mark the house as yours interfere with the buyers’ abilities to imagine it as theirs. Other Considerations Sell before you buy to avoid loss of negotiating position at both ends. Plan for the move early, and pack as much as you can as soon as possible.


Bring Your Home Up-to-Date with this Year’s Color Trends Searching for a fast way to catch attention and bring out the best in your house? Go from drab to dynamic in just days with these hot color trends. The colors Without a doubt today’s popular color trends reflect the warmth and beauty of nature – with a touch of elegance. Blue Iris, Caribbean Sea and Ochre are a few of the new offerings to be found on this year’s palette. Close behind is green – in fact, green is so popular it is considered by many to be the new “neutral” color to be used in almost any setting. Search for natural hues reminiscent of flora and fauna tones. The style One of the newest color trends isn’t the

Quick Quiz Each month I’ll give you a new question based on this newsletter. Just email me at Jchavez@nyls.net or call 917-202-3334 for the answer. Here’s the question. Which famous motorcycle rally celebrates its 70th birthday in South Dakota this August?

color itself but rather the location of color usage. Painted ceilings, floors and even cabinets are rapidly transforming ordinary rooms into extraordinary settings. Solve common design dilemmas by strategically using color to draw the eye upward or outward for narrow rooms or other common conditions. The future When it comes to trends, knowing what is “out” is nearly as important as spotting the next big thing. While you might be able to get away with a shade of green that is a little different than this year’s selection, some colors are a pure liability. Make it a priority to paint if your home is still sporting pastels from the 90s, brown/beige combos from the 80s, or (gasp!) avocado green and harvest gold from the 70s.

Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth? Has your home gone up in value? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for? If you're wondering what's happening to prices in your area, or you're thinking about selling your house, I'll be able to help. Just give my office a call for a no-fuss, professional evaluation. I won't try to push you into listing with me or waste your time.

Thanks for All Your Referrals! I succeed when people like you refer me to their friends, neighbors and loved ones. It's the best kind of feedback I can receive. So thanks for continuing to pass this newsletter around to people you care about.

I'll just give you the honest facts about your home and its value. And maybe I'll also give you the "inside scoop" on what's happening in the housing market near where you live! Just give me a call at 917-202-3334 to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, stop by at the office. The address is on the back page of this newsletter. Page 2

Worth Quoting Here’s what some people said about dogs:

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” Mark Twain “The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” Anonymous “I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” Rita Rudner “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.” Groucho Marx “If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” Phil Pastoret “Ever notice how dogs win friends and influence people without ever reading books?” Martin Buxbaum … and about cats: “Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” Jeff Valdez “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” Terry Pratchett “I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days.” Bill Dana “After dark all cats are leopards.” American Indian Proverb


How to Choose the Right Neighborhood Location, location, location — goes the saying about what’s important in real estate. Most home buyers start by looking for a suitable area. The following tips will help you find a neighborhood that feels like home. Priorities Set priorities about things that matter most to you and your family: • Is safety a prime concern? • Are you looking for vibrant nightlife? • Do you need to live close to work? The best purchase is usually a trade-off

among several desirable elements. Factors These factors will help to illuminate a neighborhood’s style: • Are there good local schools? Whether or not you have children, good schools increase property values. • Is the area close to services such as hospitals, public transportation, shopping, parks, and recreational and cultural sites? • How safe is it? Check with local police, and look in the newspaper for crime-watch statistics. • Are people outside their homes, working in their yards or walking

How to be a ‘Greener’ Driver Eco-driving is catching on quickly in North America. You can reduce the gas your car consumes. Save money as you help save the planet.

their dogs? Neighbors who interact with one another create a safer and more pleasant environment. • Is the area popular? Ask your Realtor, and check the number of “for sale” and “sold” signs. • What is the neighborhood’s price range? Have average property values gone up, gone down or stayed the same? Areas about to become trendy are often found on the fringes of highly desirable locations. Is there vacant space nearby? What kind of development is planned for it? Guidance Real estate agents are a valuable source of inside information about how to distinguish two

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Speed. Most cars utilize gas most efficiently between 55 and 65 mph. On the highway, keep your speedometer between these marks. Tires. Under-inflated tires increase gas consumption by up to 3%. They’re dangerous, too. Inflate your tires to the manufacturer’s specifications, and check them often. Drag. Additions such as roof racks and bike racks create drag. Remove them when possible. Keep the car light by not using it for storage. At highway speeds, moderate air conditioning is more fuel-efficient than open windows. Flow. Sudden starts and stops waste gas. Look ahead, anticipate stops, and slow down gently. When it’s time to go, ease onto the accelerator. Route. Plan the shortest route. When stopped for a minute, turn off the engine.

Share Your Child’s or Grandchild’s ‘Firsts’ Baby books made from paper and ink are a thing of the past, it seems. Now memories of a baby’s first years are being put on the Internet. You can easily create an entire record of your child’s – or grandchild’s – first years online, thanks to a website called TotSpot (www.totspot.com). You can use the site to publish a page about your child, then share it with

friends. You can upload photos and videos, create a journal, and use the website as a social network. You can also create growth charts and a list of “firsts,” such as first words and first steps. The page you create is private – it’s only visible to the friends and family you choose to share it with. Of course, you can also view the pages of other children you know. Page 3

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If you are interested in viewing any of these home please cal us at 917-202-3334 or email me at Jchavez@nyls.net This newsletter and any information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible for errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter. This newsletter is not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.

NY Living Solutions Newsletter is brought to you free by: Juan E. Chavez 90 John St, Suite 405 New York, NY 10038 917-202-3334 Jchavez@nyls.net www.nyls.net Thanks for reading! If you'd like to tell me what you think about this newsletter, or if you're thinking of buying or selling real estate, please get in touch. Page 4


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