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Janet Thomas Janet Thomas
Venice Hometown Realty
Phone: 941-284-0590
Email: Janetthomas@venicehometownrealty.com
Dear Friend...

If you have babies or elderly folks living in your home, there are certain things you need to do in order to ensure it is a safe living space. In today’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn what you need to do to baby-proof or senior-proof your home.

You’ll also learn how to overcome your retirement financial fears, and how to help your pet live a long, healthy life – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
 
Janet Thomas
Janet Thomas, REALTOR®
Venice Hometown 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 with a growing family and they need more room. You can help them buy their dream home for a lower payment than they might think is possible by mentioning my Free Consumer Report “7 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Financing Your Home.” To request a copy for a friend, simply email me by clicking here.
 
Today's Brain Teaser . . .

A blue house is made from blue bricks. A yellow house is made from yellow bricks. A red house is made from red bricks. What is a green house made from?

(see answer below)
How To Make A Home Safe For Babies And Seniors

A happy home is a safe home. If there are babies or senior citizens living in yours, there are several things you can do to make it as safe as possible.

Babies:
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases.
  • Cover electrical outlets with plastic caps.
  • Tightly close containers with cleaning supplies, detergents, and paint, and move them to top cabinet shelves. Move sharp objects and suffocation hazards to top drawers.
  • Secure the oven door and refrigerator with appliance latches.
  • Add cushioned guards to sharp-cornered surfaces.
  • Move furniture away from windows.
  • Use doorstops and door holders to prop doors open.
  • Mark sliding glass doors and other expanses of glass with colorful stickers.

Seniors:
  • Ensure flooring has a good grip. Remove small rugs and other tripping hazards, and place carpet or rubber flooring over slippery floors.
  • Remove electrical cords or cables that lie across pathways.
  • Place light switches near room entrances, and place motion-sensor nightlights around the home.
  • Install handrails in the bathroom and along stairways.
  • Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible throughout the home.
  • Replace the bathtub with a walk-in shower, and place a suction-bottomed bathroom mat in the shower.
  • Place commonly used items in eye-level cabinets and cupboards so they can be easily reached.
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Thinking Of Selling Your Home Soon?

Don't attempt to sell your home without my Free Consumer Guide, 6 Steps For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar. My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. Simply call me to get a free copy: 941-284-0590 Or,
 
Help Your Pet Live A Long And Healthy Life

Most pet owners would say that pets are important members of the family. We welcome them into our lives knowing we'll most likely outlive them- but we can help them have the best possible life. Here are some tips for giving your critter a long, happy life:
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Feed pets the proper type and amount of food. Avoid feeding fatty human foods to your furry friends.

  • Exercise regularly. Dogs need regular walks every day, and time to run around. Indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats, but they should have stimulating toys and room to play and exercise too.

  • Schedule regular vet visits. Regular health screenings (at least once a year for healthy adult animals) allow vets to detect and manage diseases early. Keep vaccinations updated.

  • Keep teeth clean. Tartar, gingivitis, plaque, and other problems with teeth and gums can lead to other health problems. Brush dogs' teeth at least a couple times a week. Try making your own toothpaste with coconut oil and baking soda, and your dog will enjoy his brushing time. The Veterinary Oral Health Council publishes a list of accepted oral health products to help with dental care as well (http://www.vohc.org/accepted_products.htm).

  • Note behavioral changes. If pets aren't following their normal routines, this may be a sign that something isn't right. Don't wait too long before checking with a vet about abnormal behavior.

  • Chill out. Even pets need time and space on their own, so make sure they have at least a couple hours a day to relax.
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Fun Facts and Laughs

How To Overcome Retirement Financial Fears. . .

You've worked tirelessly your entire life, and retirement is your time to finally and fully enjoy that hard-earned rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, not being able to afford retirement is a fear many people have. Get ahead of the game so you can rest easy.
  • Start saving now, at your current age. Establish a monthly budget that includes tucking money away for retirement.
  • Stick to the retirement plan. Do not withdraw money early for expenses if you have any other options.
  • Avoid borrowing money, and keep debt to a minimum.
  • Use a 401(k) plan to boost retirement savings. These plans allow funds to be invested directly from a paycheck before they're subject to taxes.
  • Take advantage of company matching opportunities for retirement contributions.
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When to Sell Your Stuff. . .

These are the best times of the year to sell certain items:
  • Sell cars in March. People often buy new cars at sales in February, so there's less competition shortly thereafter.
  • Sell furniture in September. Rentals spike in the fall, and people are looking for sofas, beds, kitchen tables, and more.
  • Sell baby gear in July or August. Birth rates spike at the end of summer – and gear is in high demand.
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Websites to Help You Take Great Photos. . .

Learn to take better pictures.

www.photography-mapped.com – Practice DSLR settings.

www.iphonephotographyschool.com – Tips for taking smartphone photos.

www.skillshare.com – Online creative courses, including photography.

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Car Rental Tricks. . .

Beware these shady car rental tactics before driving away.
  • "Do you want an upgrade?" Before saying yes, clarify whether there is an additional cost.
  • "Would you like additional insurance?" The car insurance you already have may cover your needs. Research your policy before arriving at the rental desk.
  • "Do you want a prepaid fuel option/fuel-efficient car/other upgrade?" If you aren't interested, say so, even if you get pushback.
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Are You My Client Of The Month?

Every month I choose a very special Client Of The Month. It's my way of acknowledging good friends and saying "thanks" to those who support me and my business with referrals, word of mouth and repeat business.

The Copelands

You might be my next Client Of The Month too! Watch for your name here in an upcoming month.
 
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
"Who Else Wants To Win a T-Shirt?"

Guess who won last month's Trivia Question? I'm pleased to announce the lucky winner of last month's quiz. And the winner is, drum roll please: Larry B. was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.

What does a red front door mean to homeowners in Scotland?
a) New baby in the family
b) New empty nesters
c) First-time homebuyers
d) Paid off the mortgage
The answer is d) Paid of the mortgage. Let's move on to this month's trivia question.

Baby mammals born together are collectively known as a litter. What is another name for a group of kittens born to the same mother cat?
a) Catalog
b) Kindle
c) Bundle
d) Cluster
And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners! Call Me At 941-284-0590 OR
 
Brain Teaser Answer:

Glass
Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q. Are there any secrets to finding the right home at the right price with the right financing?
A. Lots of homebuyers waste time and money by not doing their homework before going home shopping. Here's what you should do:

- Analyze your NEEDS before you start looking. Make a list, including price range, size, general location, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
- Know what you WANT in your next home. List the features you'd like to have and rank them in terms of importance. If you have a spouse, set your priorities as a couple.
- Understand how much home you can afford. Become familiar with your "payment-to-income ratio" and your "debt-to-income ratio," two guides bankers and mortgage lenders use to determine how much loan you can afford.

For more home buying tips, ask for my Free Consumer Report called "8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Buying Your Next Home." 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 941-284-0590 or email me. Perhaps I'll feature it in my next issue!
 
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