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A Newsletter from Kenneth Howe, Lic. R.E. Salesperson with RealtyUSA Phone: [607] 222-8479 – E-Mail: khowe@realtyusa.com Web: www.khowe.com December 2012

If your home is currently listed for sale with another Real Estate Professional, please disregard this offer.

WARM HOLIDAY CHEER: FURNACE MAINTENANCE It’s the holiday season and you’re having guests over to celebrate. Ensure they aren’t left out in the cold because of a malfunctioning furnace. Here’s a quick tip to heat things up: Check your furnace filters on a monthly basis. A clogged filter can lead to an over-worked furnace, which uses more energy, raises your heating bill, and can be a fire hazard. Also, if you have pets in your home or smoke tobacco you will probably need to change your filter more often. Unsure if your filter needs to be changed? Hold your filter up to a light bulb. If you can’t see a clear outline of the bulb, it’s time to change the filter. And remember, changing a filter is a lot less expensive than replacing a blower motor or, worse, having to buy a whole new furnace.

Thankful for leftovers: Turkey soup 1 meaty turkey frame 8 cups water 1 large onion, quartered 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt Chopped cooked turkey, optional 1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, cut up, do not drain 1 tablespoon instant chicken bouillon granules 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, basil, marjoram, or thyme, crushed 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 cups (any combination) sliced celery, carrots, parsnips, or mushrooms; chopped onion or rutabagas; or broccoli or cauliflower flowerets 1 1/2 cups medium noodles 1. Break turkey frame or cut in half with kitchen shears. Place in a large crock pot. Add water, onion, and garlic salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. 2. Remove turkey frame. When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones; coarsely chop. If desired, add more cooked turkey meat (enough to equal about 2 cups total). Set meat aside. Discard bones. 3. Strain broth through a sieve lined with 2 layers of 100percent-cotton cheesecloth; discard solids. Return broth to Dutch oven. Stir in can of tomatoes, bouillon granules, herb, and pepper. Stir in vegetables. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer for 15 minutes. 4. Stir in noodles. Cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes more or until noodles are done and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in cooked turkey; heat through. Serve immediately. Recipe courtesy of cooksrecipes.com

WARRANTY WISDOM Home service agreements give you the assurance that there is someone to help at any time with problems on covered items. A HomeTrust home warranty gives you the protection you need against breakdowns of covered appliances and major systems such as plumbing, heating, electrical and air conditioning. www.2-10.com Home Buyers Resale Warranty Corporation and Home Buyers Warranty Corporation VI d/b/a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. California: 2-10 HBW Warranty of California, Inc. Virginia: 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty of Virginia, Inc.


December 2012 Newsletter