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  • 4 Clever Ways To Protect Valuables From Thieves...
  • Tips To Take Better Smartphone Pictures...
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: Foods To Avoid To Prevent Headaches, Beautiful Museum Websites, And More...
  • Trivia Challenge: Win Two Free Movie Tickets
  • Real Estate Q&A: What Are Common Mistakes To Avoid When Investing In Real Estate?
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Lyn Trayte Lyn Trayte
Dominic and Co Int'l Real Estate
Phone: 602-739-0095

Dear Lyn...

The master bedroom is the first place thieves look for things to steal when they break into your home. In today’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn how to keep your valuables safer in the event that you have a home break-in.

You’ll also learn how to take better pictures with your smartphone, foods to avoid to prevent headaches, beautiful museum websites – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Lyn Trayte

Lyn Trayte, REALTOR®
Dominic and Co Int'l Real Estate

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 thinking about buying an investment property. You’ll be their wise friend if you tell them about my Free Consumer Report: "8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make." Don’t let them put in an offer before giving me a call for this report at 602-739-0095, or request a copy via email by clicking here.
Today's Brain Teaser . . .
What is so delicate that even mentioning it breaks it?

  (see answer below)
How To Protect Your
Valuables From Thieves
Do you hide your cash and valuables (jewelry, credit cards, files with social security numbers or bank information) in a box on the top shelf of your closet, in a file in your office or even in the kitchen cookie jar? Those are the first places (particularly in the master bedroom) a burglar will look. Try these four ideas to keep your valuables safer:
  • Fake a stash of goodies a burglar will immediately grab. Put inexpensive but flashy jewelry and cash in a jewelry box on your dresser. Leave an old laptop out on the table. Put some useless papers in a folder labeled “important” in your office file cabinet. Put things in a cheap safe in your closet. Sounds obvious, but burglars will tear your house apart until they find something, so give them something to “grab and get out fast.”

  • Put your valuables in a quality, heavy safe (preferable fire-proof) that you can bolt to the floor or wall, perhaps in a child’s bedroom among all the toys. You can buy a safe for $150 to $300 at stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

  • If you’re handy, store valuables in a fake version of permanent house fixtures, such as an electrical junction box, air vent, electrical outlet, fake PVC pipes, false-bottom drawer or hollowed-out book. For “how-to” information, go to and search for “13 secret hiding places.”

  • For valuables you can’t hide (flat screens, computers, paintings), consider buying wireless asset protection sensors to attach to them. The sensors are available from home security companies or sites like Amazon and are generally under $100.
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Learn How To Maximize The Value Of Your Home!
Did you know there’s a free consumer report showing which repairs and fix-ups will net you the most value for your home? It’s called the “Homeseller’s Guide To Money-Making Fix-Ups,” and it’s great even if you’re not planning on selling soon. To request your copy, email me by clicking here.
Take Better Smartphone Pictures
Smartphone cameras are easier to carry than a bigger camera, and their capabilities and quality have improved greatly over the last few years. Here’s how to make your smartphone pictures even better:
  • Hold the phone horizontally. You’ll get more people in the picture and the “landscape” view looks better on a computer or television monitor.

  • Avoid the digital zoom. Moving in closer to your subject highlights facial features and gives you more control over the light. If you can’t move in, take the shot but crop it later.

  • Use natural light and not the flash. If it’s too dark, position the subject near a light source, such as a lamp.

  • Take candids. Don’t always put your subjects in the middle of the frame. Moving the camera right or left makes the shot dynamic.
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FREE Consumer Help Is Just A Phone Call Away!
Learn valuable secrets for saving thousands and avoiding costly mistakes when buying, selling or refinancing a home. Best of all, it’s FREE. Ask about my “Insider’s Free Resources” by calling me at: 602-739-0095.
Fun Facts and Laughs

Foods To Avoid To Prevent Headaches. . .
  • Anything fermented (pepperoni, salami), pickled or marinated
  • Aged cheeses: brie, cheddar
  • Soy products: soy and teriyaki sauce
  • All nuts (and peanut butter)
  • Chocolate
  • Excessive amounts of tea, coffee and cola
For details, go to, click on “Learn About Headaches” and the topic “Diet and Headache.”

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Beautiful Museum Websites. . .

You can explore the collections at these famous art museums, take virtual tours, shop in their museum stores...and more. – The Guggenheim Museum in NYC is devoted to art of the 20th century and beyond. Site also offers audio, video and e-cards online. – The world’s biggest museum, the Louvre in Paris, has an audio guide as an app for iPhone and Android. – The Royal Ontario Museum focuses on the cultures and history of Canada.

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Know Your Scam Terms . . .
  • Phishing – the use of authentic-looking emails (e.g. from a bank) to trick you into responding with your personal data.

  • Pharming – the use of software that diverts you to a look-alike destination, even though you typed in the correct address of a site you want to visit.

  • Skimming – the capturing of information from the magnetic stripe on your ATM and credit cards by using portable “skimmer” devices secretly installed on card-reading machines.
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Have A Laugh — Looking For Trouble . . .

Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons. One was named Mind Your Own Business and the other was named Trouble. One day the boys played hide and seek. Trouble hid, while Mind Your Own Business counted to 100.

Mind Your Own Business looked for his brother behind garbage cans and bushes. He looked in and under cars until a policeman saw him and asked, “What are you doing?” “Playing a game,” he replied. “What is your name?” asked the officer. “Mind Your Own Business,” the boy replied.

Furious, the policeman asked, “Are you looking for trouble?” The boy quickly answered, “Why, yes!”

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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 for everyone who thought of me with your referrals!

Thank you to Mary Lange, a wonderful client who always shows me her appreciation of my services by touting me on Social Media and referring me to her friends & co workers. Thanks...MARY!!!
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
“Who Else Wants To Win Two Free Movie Tickets?”
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: Kathy Youngren was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.

Where was the Titanic launched from on its first and last voyage?

a) Southampton, England   b) London, England
c) New York City, U.S.   d) Sag Harbor, U.S.

The answer is a) Southampton, England. The Titanic’s first and last voyage began there and was supposed to have ended in New York City in April of 1912. Let’s move on to this month's trivia question.

What country has the fastest Internet?

a) Japan
b) USA
c) Switzerland
d) South Korea

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Brain Teaser Answer:
Thanks For Thinking of Me!

Did you know I can help you or any of your friends or family save time and money when buying or selling a home? Thanks for keeping me in mind with your referrals...and spreading the word about my services.
Real Estate Q & A . . .
Q.  What are some mistakes I should avoid when I invest in real estate?
A. Even smart investors make mistakes. Here are three common mistakes and what you should do instead:
  • Not doing your homework. Evaluate your financial situation and understand the right numbers to calculate. Learn the basics about cash flow, appreciation, and loan amortization.
  • Not finding the right property. Do a thorough search, including “off MLS” deals and best buys, to find the right property for you. Work with a REALTOR® who is an Investor Specialist. He or she can help find a good investment property.
  • Failing to get a professional inspection. You need to know if there have been problems with the property and that they’ve been properly addressed.
     To learn more about owning investment property, call and ask for my Free Consumer Report called “How To Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.” I’ll be glad to send a copy right to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 602-739-0095 or email me by clicking here. Perhaps I’ll feature it in my next issue!
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Scottsdale, Arizona 85260