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After a birthday party with a helium balloon decoration, keep for the next occasion and cut it apart - separating both sides to use as wrapping paper.  :)

Did you know?  Put a handful of ice cubes in the dryer with a few wrinkled clothes and they will be ready to wear.

Young Living’s proprietary Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. French authorities recognized that there was such value in this mixture that upon the thieves’ capture, they received a more merciful punishment on condition that they divulge the ingredients in their secret formula.

Crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend can be found in all of our Thieves products. Featuring the powerful essential oils Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, Thieves imparts a spicy, welcoming aroma everywhere it’s used. Possibly our most versatile and beloved blend, Thieves is an important ingredient in our home cleaning and personal care products, replacing harsh chemicals with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients. 

 

If interested in trying Thieves or other Young Living Pure Essential Oils click on this link https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start

My Distrubition number 1902657 - Thanks. Aleda Gaar

Not only do we work hard to provide our members pure, high-quality essential oil-infused products, but we are also proud to offer informative, inspiring trainings on a variety of topics that help you make the most of the Young Living lifestyle! Check out our upcoming events:

Ignite: An Introduction to Young Living 
New to essential oils? Ignite is the perfect introduction to Young Living, the history of essential oils, and the many different ways you and your family can experience these powerful products. Join us at Ignite to discover or share with a friend the Young Living lifestyle! See the details at Youngliving.com  If you want to order use my distribution number 1902657.  Thanks, Aleda 

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"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

--Chinese proverb

Have a great day and please feel free to contact me if you have a real estate question or introduce me to friends who may need help with real estate.

 

 

The Amazing Power of

Positive Thinking!

 

      Did you know that you can determine your happiness and success just by the way you think?  Scientists and athletes have proved that you can control your thinking (and optimism) by using techniques like neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), cognitive awareness, and even hypnosis. 

 

      Let’s face it: you can’t always change events in your life…but you can change the way you perceive them.   Here are 10 strategies you can use to get the power of positive thinking working for you:

 

1.   Choose To Be Positive.  Yes, optimism is a choice.  Make a commitment each morning to be positive…to choose the uplifting side of life.

2.   Use Empowering Self-Talk.  Use words like, “How can I,” “It’s possible.” “It can be done!” rather than “why me”, “not again”, etc.

3.   Exercise daily. Commit to getting some kind physical exercise everyday! Whether it’s walking, swimming, dancing, riding a bike, playing tennis or golf, choose something that you enjoy and make the commitment to yourself.

5.   Surround Yourself With Positive People.  Choose to surround yourself with positive role models, whether they’re friends, colleagues, or business associates.  Negative people can drag you down.

6.   Find Balance In Your Life.  Limit your news intake each day.  Stay informed, but focus on positive news. Make it a practice to read at least one daily inspirational story, quote, or book every day.

7.   Focus On Your Posture. When you stand, walk, or sit with good posture, you’ll not only feel and look better you’ll radiate self confidence!

8.   Set-backs Are Not Forever.  When faced with a setback, remember that it’s not forever – things will get better.  Keep a broad perspective: situations change constantly, and there’s more in life than the specific problem you’re facing.

9.   Don’t Personalize Problems.  Events can happen that are outside of your control – try not to internalize them.

10. Think Positively and Expect Positive Outcomes.  Your ultimate success and happiness in life will not be determined by the setbacks you encounter, but by the setbacks you overcome, learn from, and continue onward.

 

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Preparations for selling your home.

 

Make Your Home Sparkle, Stage It! Try to see your home through a buyer's eyes. Walk across the street and take a careful look at your house. Make a detailed list of the small things which make a big difference in your home's appearance. Remember, If you can’t see it, you can’t sell it so, trim the yard and shrubs, patch the concrete, wash windows and touch up the paint. How you live in a home, and how you prepare it for sale, are two different things.

Eliminate clutter – the more "things" you have on counters and shelves, the smaller your home looks. Put kitchenware such as blenders and serving spoons out of sight. Store cosmetics in a basket under the sink. 

Clean the house. Fix leaky faucets and scrub away sink stains. Paint dingy rooms. Make the floors and windows sparkle. Replace worn window coverings with inexpensive mini blinds or drapes. Try to eliminate offensive pet or food odors.

 

Aleda Gaar, REALTOR®
Cape Sunset Realty, Inc.

4307 Del Prado Blvd S #3

Office – 239-945-3222
Cell – 239-220-7797

Fun Tricks To Sharpen Your Brain

 

      Would you like more brain power?  Here are some fun tricks that will stimulate your thinking and energize your body.

 

1.   Develop More Hobbies. Researchers found that playing a musical instrument, painting, woodworking, or learning a foreign language stimulates your brain and energize your body at the same time.

 

2.   Change Your Daily Routine. Sit in a different chair, take a different route when you walk, get up an hour earlier and read. Change stimulates brain growth. Try having dinner for breakfast!

 

3.         Enlarge You Social Circle. Social interactions stimulate the brain. You can join a book club, play bridge or cards, or volunteer for a community service group to develop better thinking and social skills.

 

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How To Avoid 6 Costly Mistakes

When Selling Your Home

 

 

When you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, there are a number of things to think about, to prepare for, and to juggle. Here’s a list of seven things that can cost you thousands of dollars when selling your home:

The good news is each and every one of these mistakes can easily be avoided.   Here’s a 7-part guide to help you prevent costly problems and sell your home for every bit of its worth in the least amount of time:

 

  1. Set The Right Price From The Start.  Chances are the first price you have in mind is high, but you think you can always come down.  If you start high, you may literally keep buyers and other real estate agents away because they don’t want to waste their time.  If you lower your price in increments, it’ll be too late – they already see it as an overpriced home.  A knowledgeable REALTOR® will help you set the right price by doing some homework.  He or she will research your area, gather specifics on recently sold homes, discuss trends, and answer questions you have about the value of your home with market facts, not opinions.

 

  1. Use An Innovative Marketing Plan To Reach More Buyers. Putting a sign in the yard and holding an open house are just the beginning.  You need to go beyond traditional methods and use all possible advertising avenues, including the Internet (quality photographs are key) and social media.  A skilled REALTOR® knows how to get your home noticed by as many potential buyers as possible and also can get the attention of other REALTORS® who are already working with out-of-town buyers that can be hard to reach.  Be sure to hire someone with a complete and cutting-edge marketing plan to help your home stand out from other homes for sale.  Keep in mind, if more buyers are competing for your home, it can sometimes start a “bidding war” where you get to decide who buys your home and usually at the highest price.

 

  1. Stage Your Home So It Looks In Top Shape.  You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!  Homes are in the best position to sell when they are new on the market, so you want your home to be in model home shape before your first showing.  Look at your home from a prospective buyer’s point of view.  Is your home dark, cluttered, or needing repairs?  Clear out the clutter inside your home, work on the outside, including the garage and yard, and don’t put off fixing anything that’s not working or looks broken.  You don’t need to paint your entire house, but knowing how to fix-up and stage your home properly can help you sell your home for more money.   An experienced REALTOR® will know several easy and inexpensive things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers.  If you have to move before you start selling your home, stage your home with furniture because a vacant home tells buyers you are more motivated to sell and they may present a lower offer.

 

  1. Use Effective Negotiating Strategies.  Know what you want from the sale and try to determine what your buyer wants, so you will make a deal that benefits you both.  When a buyer looks at a home, they look at all the factors – foreclosures, distressed sales, and area fluctuations – and make an offer accordingly.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking the “appraisal” value of your home would persuade a serious buyer to pay more by talking about it during the showing.  An expert REALTOR® knows the exact questions to ask potential buyers to determine their motivation for buying and what price they can afford.  If you are present during a showing, don’t tell a buyer why you are selling because they’ll use this information against you.  Simply tell them your housing needs changed.

 

  1. Protect Yourself With A Properly Written Contract.  A contract is a legally binding agreement involving laws and regulations.  An improperly written contract could cause a sale to fall through and still cost you thousands in repairs and inspections.  Before signing, know what repairs and closing costs you are responsible for and what you are not. You also need a review of your title to see if your property is in conflict with local restrictions or laws.  A competent REALTOR® will help you understand the contract and walk you through the closing process to avoid problems.

 

      6. Work With The Best Agent.  Selling your home is likely to be one of the biggest                       financial transactions you’ll ever make, so you need to hire a trustworthy REALTOR®                who understands your goals and will meet your needs.  Ask friends, neighbors, relatives           and business associates for recommendations so you find the best agent to guide you               through the home-selling process.

 

New contruction is up showing good signs of housing recovery.  Interest rates remain low at 4.09 as of 7-17-15 so a great time to buy and with prices increasing it's a great time to sell, too.  

 

 

6 Surefire Ways To Lose Weight

 

      Slimming down doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are five surefire ways to help you lose weight:

 

1.   Eliminate Junk Food From Your House. Out of sight, out of mind...and out of reach! That’s the motto to live by.  If you don’t have it in the house, you’re less likely to eat unhealthy foods. Sugar is addictive. If you don’t have it; you won’t crave it on a daily basis.

2.   Focus On A Positive You. Put a picture of how you’d like to look, or a picture of what you hope to wear someday on your refrigerator. It’ll remind you of the goal you’re working towards.

3.   Don’t Starve Yourself. Instead, eat small snacks and healthy foods every few hours. You’ll be less likely to crave unhealthy foods.

4.   Exercise. Daily exercise is the #1 way to lose weight and gain better health. Commit to walk at least 30 minutes every day.

5.   Log Your Daily Calorie Intake. Keep a notepad on the refrigerator and log the food you eat. Stay below your calorie budget for the day and you’ll lose weight.

6.   Get 1,200 mg. of calcium per day. Researchers found that dieters who got adequate calcium a day lost 11% of their total body weight over six months. Eat high calcium foods like low-fat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese to boost your daily calcium intake.

 

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Real Estate Corner…

 

Q.  I’m thinking about purchasing a home. What should I know before buying?

 

A.  If you’re thinking of investing in a house now or wondering whether you should wait, here are three important things to consider:

 

1.   Renting vs. Buying.  If you rent a home, it could cost you less each month...and you might have more money to invest in other endeavors.  But if you put your money in a low-interest money market fund, generally you will not earn as much as if you had invested your money in a house.  

 

2.   Housing Prices and Interest Rates.  You may be waiting for the housing prices in your area to fall.  They may not.  However, usually when they do, the interest rates will be higher.  The amount you gain could be significantly less over the long-term cost of the mortgage. Therefore, waiting may not be in your best financial interest.

 

3.   The Break-Even Point.  The average break-even point for buying and selling a house is five to seven years.  If you plan to move before then you may want to seek professional advice before purchasing property if you want to realize a profit on your investment.

 

      If you are in the market for a buying or selling a home and need competent and caring representation, please call me at 239-220-7797.

 

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"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep."

–Dale Carnegie

Have a great day and please feel free to contact us if you have a real estate question or introduce us to friends who may need help with real estate.

 

 

Avoid These Credit Card Tricks!

 

      Here’s helpful advice to avoid fancy tricks played by some credit card companies.  The most common “trick” is the Balance Transfer offers where the company offers you 0% (or a very low interest rate) on any balance you transfer from another credit card.  Sounds great...but most of these offers require that you pay off the entire balance by the end of the introductory period.  If you don’t, they can charge the standard interest rate on the entire balance...retroactively. Ouch!

 

      Also watch out for the late fees, which have recently skyrocketed.  Some people get hit with late fees on their electronic transfers...which can take 2-3 days to process.  Make sure to read the notice inserts that arrive with your statements.  Policy and rate changes can be made with as little as 15-days notice with some companies.  For more information, go to www.fdic.gov.

 

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How Safe Is The Bottled Water You Drink?

 

      Don’t be fooled.  The bottled water you’re drinking may not be any safer than your tap water.  According the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), some bottled water sold in the United States may contain bacteria and/or chemicals. And 30 percent of bottled water sold in the U.S. comes from a city or town’s tap water!

 

The NRDC cited one incidence where a bottled water brand labeled “spring water” actually came from a well in an industrial facility’s parking lot.  While they reported that most bottled water was safe, about 30 percent of the bottled water they tested contained bacteria, synthetic organic chemicals and inorganic chemicals.

 

In another recent study, Dutch researchers found 40 percent of the bottled mineral water they tested from 16 countries, (not including the U.S.) showed the presence of bacteria or fungi.

 

Why should you care? First, people with a weakened immune system (children, the elderly, people with cancer, kidney failure, or AIDS,) may have an increased risk of infection from bacteria. Serious infections can develop from legionella, a bacteria causing Legionnaires disease, pneumonia like illness.

 

Secondly, bottled water is expensive. A five-year supply of bottled water (8 glasses a day) costs about $1,000. The same amount of tap water costs $1.65.

 

There are some regulations on bottled water. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requires that if water is taken from a municipal source and not treated, the label must say it’s from a municipal source. If, the water is treated (using common technology) there is no requirement to label the municipal source.

 

The NRDC concluded that bottled water “should not be assumed to be purer or safer than most tap water.”

 

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Here Are Six Ways to Cure

The Afternoon Blahs...

 

      What time does your energy peak during the day?  Chances are it’s not the afternoon...unless of course you like to get up around, say, “noon!”  The afternoon blahs usually strike most people around two or three o’clock.  But you can beat them back by making a few changes in your daily schedule.  Here are six ways to boost your energy and banish the afternoon blahs:

 

  1. Eat A Light, Hi-Protein Lunch.  Nothing slows the body down like a heavy meal and eating too many carbohydrates.  Try eating a light salad, a bowl of soup, chicken, or hard-boiled eggs and vegetable plate.  Avoid eating sugar foods, which can affect your blood sugar causing your energy to dip in the afternoon.

 

  1. Work Out During Your Lunch Hour.  If you can, try working out during your lunch hour.  That way you get your exercise in every day, and you’ll increase your productivity at work in the afternoon.  Try jogging, power walking, aerobics, swimming, racquetball, or even weightlifting to get you moving.  You can go into work a little early, or leave a little late to make up for any travel time to and from the gym. 

 

  1. Go For A Brisk 10-Minute Walk.  If you find you’re feeling sluggish around mid-afternoon, go outside and take a brisk 10-15 minute walk to clear your head and get your energy moving.

 

  1. Take A Tea Break.  With so many varieties from which to choose, drinking a cup of tea in the afternoon is a splendid way to banish the blahs. You might even create a “high tea” time around the office, and add some healthy snacks to go along with the tea.  It could make for a fun, social break.

 

  1. Drink More Water.  Dehydration can cause people to feel sluggish.  Make sure you’re drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.

 

  1. Rev Your Engine With A 10-Minute Power Nap.  If you’re really feeling low energy, a quick 10-15 minute catnap can refresh you. It’ll  increase your energy level and improve your afternoon productivity.

 

If all else fails, go for the caffeine. Caffeine in sugarless drinks can increase your energy and alertness, and it’ll get you through the day.

 

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4 Quick Ways To Buy A Home
With Little Down

 

 

Are you wasting thousands of dollars on rent and dreaming of becoming a homeowner?  You can already make a monthly house payment (you’re already paying rent), but the problem is coming up with money for a down payment.  It’s not as difficult as you might think.  Here are ways to get a down payment with little out of your own pocket.

 

  1. Look Into Local or Federal Government Programs.  You may qualify for special government programs, such as those for first-time homebuyers and members of the military.  You also may have access to aid from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (government-sponsored mortgage programs).  Additional resources are non-profit and community groups and state agencies.  There are too many programs to list here and they expire or change frequently.  Your best option is to ask a REALTOR® to point out a few programs that apply to your area and situation. 

 

  1. Have the Seller Finance You.  Some sellers may be willing to help you buy their homes.  In a “seller take-back,” the seller holds a second mortgage for you and becomes your lender.  You would make your monthly mortgage payments to the seller.

 

  1. Use A Tax Refund.  There are options for you to borrow money for certain investments to a specific level and use those investments to generate a significant tax refund.  Obviously, the timing has to be right to so you can use it as a down payment on a home.
  1. Ask A Relative or Friend. Tax law allows gifts of up to $14,000 a year to be given without tax consequences to the giver or recipient. This gift-exclusion amount is adjusted annually to reflect inflation (see IRS publication 950 for the current amount).  You can even get a gift from each of your parents or two friends without them having to pay a gift-tax, which bring it up to $28,000.   

 

This is a great way to get a down payment for a home.  In fact, one out of four first-time homebuyers use a gift to make the down payment.  Even if this isn’t your first home purchase you can still use a gift so you don’t drain your savings.  Usually lenders require you to have some money still left in your bank account after closing so they know you’ll make the mortgage payment each month.

 

Also, using a gift for a down payment allows you to buy the home you want even if it’s not FHA-approved.  Some buyers are able to get Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages that have down payments as low as 3.5% of the purchase price, but others will have to put more down.  With a gift, you can put the typical 10% to 20% down that most lenders require.  For example, if you had to put down 10% on a $150,000 home, that’s $15,000.  Or, 20% would be $30,000.  A gift from relatives and friends can get you there but some of the rules differ depending on the lender you choose.  Contact Cape Sunset Realty if you decide to buy.  Aleda Gaar, Realtor®

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Phone: +1 239 9453222

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