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Tru Brit Realty Group
Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 207-553-2662
Hello there!

Do you believe in "no pain, no gain" when it comes to working out? The fitness world is full of myths and half-truths about diet and exercise. In today's Service For Life!® newsletter, you'll learn five fitness myths and the facts you should know so you'll be better informed when you make your own fitness decisions.

You'll also learn some options you might consider if you are "house-rich but cash-poor," tasks you should be completing around your home this Spring and Fall, and net lingo you should know – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
Deborah Meek
Deborah Meek, REALTOR®
Tru Brit Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty

P.S. When you notice people talking about real estate in the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free consumer information I provide?

They may be people looking to buy a home and you can mention my Free Consumer Report: "8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding, Buying and Financing Your Next Home." They'll be so grateful for this help, and you can give them my phone number - 207-553-2662, or request a copy by clicking this box.
Today's Brain Teaser . . .

Two trains are on the same track, one headed east and the other west. They both leave at 1:00, travel at the same speed, but don’t crash into each other. How?

(see answer below)
5 Fitness Fictions That May Surprise You

It's a new year, and you've probably made resolutions to work out more often or lose weight. The fitness world is full of myths about diet and exercise. To get off to a good start, join a gym or hire a fitness coach. Here are five fitness myths and the facts you should know so you can choose the fitness regimen that's right for you.

Fiction: No pain; no gain
Fact: While you may feel sore a day or two after working out, you shouldn't feel real pain. If something hurts, stop and rest. If the pain persists, don't work through it. Talk to your doctor instead.

Fiction: Lifting weights will bulk you up.
Fact: Weight training forces your muscles to work 10 to 20 times more than cardio. But bulking up comes from high calorie intake. You can tone your muscles by combining weight training with a moderate diet.

Fiction: If you work out every day, you can eat anything you want.
Fact: If only it were true! To burn fat, you need to expend more calories than your body uses. While personal metabolisms vary, the answer is to eat a balanced diet – including on rest days – to fuel your body, and to exercise regularly to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

Fiction: You'll lose weight if you exercise and eat a low-carb diet.
Fact: Carbs are essential if you want to do strength training, cardio or almost any sport. Without them, you won't perform as well or recover as effectively between training sessions.

Fiction: You can spot reduce one area of your body.
Fact: Working out can reduce overall body fat, but you can't control where that fat comes from. What does work is to burn as much fuel as you can with a good overall exercise program and a healthy diet.

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Warning Before You Sell Your Home...

Don't put your home on the market without my Free Consumer Guide titled, "How To Avoid 7 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home." My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. Just call 207-553-2662 anytime, 24 hours, and I'll rush a copy out to you for free.
Over-Extending On Your Home?

Are you "house-rich but cash-poor"? In other words, you spend so much on your mortgage (and building equity) that you don't have cash to spend on other needs. The key is to get back into financial balance. Each case is different, so do your homework and consider these actions:
  • Sell your house and buy (or rent) something smaller. Sounds drastic, but it frees up assets and is particularly relevant if you are close to retirement.

  • Refinance your current mortgage (when mortgage rates are down). Talk to a loan expert to see if this option would be beneficial to you. If you can't keep up with your mortgage, check out info at

  • Look into a reverse mortgage (if you're 62 or older). This lets you access your equity but there are up-front costs and you'll want to remain in your house for the rest of your life. Talk to a financial planner to fully understand this option.
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Would You Like To Know How Much Your Neighbor's Home Listed Or Sold For?

Maybe you're just curious. Or maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Either way, I can help...with no "sales pitches" or run-arounds. Call me at 207-553-2662 and I'll give you all the facts.
Fun Facts and Laughs

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

In previous issues, I've focused on maintenance tasks you should perform quarterly and monthly to keep your home in great condition. This time I'll focus on things you should do seasonally. I'll complete the series next time with a list of annual tasks.

  • Power-wash windows and siding. It's spring cleaning on the outside of your house.
  • Refinish your deck, if needed. You'll want it to look great for the summer.
  • Check sprinklers or drip systems for leaks. Look for exposed lines, dripping sprinkler heads, or overly wet areas of the lawn.
  • Clean window and door screens. Remove and hose them down for a clear view.
  • Inspect your roof. You may have winter weather damage.
  • Seal gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. You'll save money on heating bills.
  • Attend to cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkways. Fix them now before they get worse.
  • Check fireplace to make sure it's operating safely. You may want to hire a professional.
  • Drain and winterize exterior plumbing (if appropriate).
  • Clean the carpets. Good to get this done before the holidays.
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Have A Laugh. . .

Did you hear about the woman who called the airline customer-service desk to ask if she could take her dog on board?

"Sure," said the agent, "as long as you provide your own kennel." She added that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over.

The customer was confounded: 
"I'll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!"

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Websites To Help You Find A Contractor . . .
  • – Already well known but now it's free to join!
  • – Gives you the bonus of providing cost guides for hundreds of projects.
  • – Lists 3.5 million contractors and features prices, photos and project descriptions.
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Net Lingo To Know. . .

You'll find these in the Oxford English Dictionary:
  • POTUS: President of the United States
  • FLOTUS: First Lady of the United States
  • SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United States
  • ROFL: Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • YOLO: You Only Live Once
  • YAM: Yet Another Meeting
  • FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out
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Please Welcome New Clients And Good Friends Into Our Real Estate Family...

I'd like to take a moment to personally introduce and welcome a few of my newest clients and good friends who have supported my business over the years. And special thanks to everyone who thought of me with your referrals!

Kate Sheldon, Patrick Donovan & Samantha Donovan
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
"Who Else Wants To Win $100 of Heating Fuel?"

Guess who won my last Trivia contest? I'm pleased to announce the lucky winners are: Matt & Kaitlin Shinberg whose names were first out of the hat of correct answers to my quiz question.

What movie cast Kevin Spacey just two days before filming began?
a) Se7en
b) American Beauty
c) The Ususal Suspects
d) 21
The answer is a) Se7en ... So let's move on to my next trivia question.

Who was the highest paid celebrity of 2016?
a) Beyonce Knowles
b) Adele
c) LeBron James
d) Taylor Swift
Call Me At 207-553-2662 OR email And You Could Be My Next Winner!
Brain Teaser Answer:

One left at 1:00 am, the other at 1:00 pm
Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q.  What landscaping will attract buyers to my home?
A.   Here are some ideas to get more offers on your property.

Consider a low-maintenance landscaping concept. Having little or no natural grass (try rock gardens) is perfect for busy professionals and retirees looking at your home. Also, consider using native plants because they are colorful, require little fertilizer, and need no additional water or special attention.

Keep your foundation plants pruned. Make sure plants are low enough against the windows and railings. This keeps a well-maintained appearance and makes your home look more secure.

If you are short on time, hire a professional. A professional landscaper can rid your yard of weeds and dead spots. This ensures a healthy-looking yard.

Learn more about selling your home in my Free Consumer Report called "4 Steps To Stage Your Home For A Fast Sale." Call me and I'll send a copy right over to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 207-553-2662 or email me. Perhaps I'll feature it in my next issue!
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