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Inside This Issue...
  • Can You Tell If That Review Is Real Or Fake?...
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Eat This Type of Chocolate...
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: Using Credit Cards Overseas, Websites For Car Sellers & Buyers, And More...
  • Trivia Challenge: Win Two Free Movie Tickets
  • Real Estate Q&A: What Should I Do To Find The Right Home At The Right Price?...
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Lyn Trayte Lyn Trayte
Dominic and Co Int'l Real Estate
Phone: 602-739-0095

Dear Lyn...

Reading online customer reviews is an excellent way to decide if you want to buy a product or service. But are they always real? You can learn how to tell whether a review is real or fake in this month’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter.

You’ll also learn why you should eat dark chocolate (yum!), what you should know about credit cards if you’re traveling internationally, and three great web sites for car sellers and buyers – 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 needing to move in the next 6 months, and you can tell them about my Free Consumer Report: "Home Seller’s Guide To Moneymaking Fix-Ups". You'll look really smart because this informative guide explains how to avoid costly repair rip-offs and what improvements bring the biggest return. To request a copy for a friend, simply email me by clicking here at
Today's Brain Teaser . . .
I am not alive but I grow. I don’t have lungs, but I need air.
I don’t have a mouth, and water kills me. What am I?

  (see answer below)
Is That Review Real Or Fake?
You probably look at customer reviews before you buy almost anything online. But you also know that some of the reviews may have been written by paid reviewers, company employees, competitors or people who just have too much time on their hands. These signs will help you spot the real from the fake.

Signs the review may be fake:
  • It sounds like an ad. The reviewer repeats the company name, model number and features (from the product description). For example, “You won’t believe your
  • The reviewer is anonymous. That’s a red flag. If you can, look for reviewer profiles so you can see what else they have reviewed and generally how positive or negative they may be.
  • The review is completely one sided – either positive or negative. Is anything absolutely perfect?

Signs you should look for:
  • The reviewer actually purchased the item. He or she may post pictures from a hotel you are considering. On Amazon, look for a review marked “Amazon Verified Purchase.” Also, reviews labeled “Amazon Vine” are from trusted reviewers who gave their opinions in exchange for free products.
  • The product or service has many reviews. Check for even more reviews on other sites by searching the product name followed by “reviews.” Get as many opinions as you can.
  • The reviews have pluses and minuses. For example, “This TV is great for gaming and watching sports and the size is perfect. I’m happy with the purchase but the audio quality could be better.”
  • The reviews show a consistent theme. If several reviewers mention the same problem (e.g. the sheets fade after repeated washings), you might do more shopping.
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Thinking Of Selling Your Home Soon?
Don’t attempt to sell your home without my Free consumer guide, “44 Money-making Tips For Preparing Your Home To Sell.” My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. Just call 602-739-0095 anytime, or simply email me by, and I’ll rush a copy out to you.
Why You Should Eat Chocolate
You may have heard (or hoped) that chocolate is good for you. It’s true, if you eat the right kind. Studies show that eating small amounts (7 ounces a week) of high-quality dark chocolate has health benefits. But it has to contain at least 70% cacao and be low in sugar and fat. Here are the 3 biggest benefits of eating dark chocolate:

  • It lowers your risk of heart disease.
    How?: Research indicates eating dark chocolate helps lower blood pressure. But it doesn’t work if you’re eating other things that are not healthy.
    Why?: Dark chocolate contains flavonoids. These plant chemicals have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Foods rich in flavonoids have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.

  • It helps reduce the negative effects of stress.
    How?: Scientists have found dark chocolate to reduce anxiety (probably why you crave it when you’re stressed!). It can also help you feel happier.
    Why?: Dark chocolate raises endorphin levels in the brain, which give you an euphoric feeling. It also triggers serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter (signal to the brain) known to be an anti-depressant.

  • It may lower your Body Mass Index (BMI).
    How?: Eating dark chocolate can help your body naturally regulate your weight.
    Why?: BMI is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height that is an indicator of body fat. Dr. David Katz of Yale University says research suggests that antioxidants might play a role in reducing inflammation, and dark chocolate in particular might help balance the hormones that facilitate weight control.
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Here’s A Free, Valuable Resource...
Now You Can Search The Home Market, Get Helpful Community Information, AND Receive Important Resources For Saving Time And Money When Buying Or Selling At
Fun Facts and Laughs

Tips For Using Credit Cards Overseas . . .

If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to use credit cards for hotels, meals and large purchases, and debit cards for cash. Besides telling your bank that you’re about to take a trip so they don’t freeze your account for those purchases you make in Italy, here are two more important tips:

Avoid “Foreign-Transaction” Fees. Call your card’s customer service department to see if your card has this fee, which may be up to 3 percent of each purchase. If it does, get a card that waives the fee, including Capital One and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards. Also, ask your credit card company if you’ll be charged an ATM withdrawal fee. If your bank has a partnership with banks in other countries, you shouldn’t be charged for an in-network transaction.

Consider getting a card with a “chip.” Most U.S. cards use a magnetic strip for transferring information. Cards in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere use a microchip embedded in the card (called EMV or “chip and PIN” technology). You should get by with your card with proper identification, but you’ll have problems at automated kiosks (e.g. gas stations) that only accept “chipped” cards.

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Websites For Car Sellers & Buyers . . . -- Find out how much your car is worth on this Kelley Blue Book site. -- Use it to get vehicle history reports if you’re buying a used car. -- This car-shopping site provides car reviews, photos, videos, research, and buying tools to help you pick your next car.

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Quotes To Live By . . .

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.
–John Quincy Adams

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
–Steve Jobs

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
–Clarence Darrow

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Have A Laugh . . .

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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 Errol & Rita Gettner who referred a neighbor to me in their Phoenician subdivision. Thanks to Carol Stuttard, a returning client who is purchasing investment property in Central Scottsdale, and many thanks to Sue Connor for introducing me to Dave & Kassie Green who are relocating here from Iowa.
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.  Wayne Bacon was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.

Which of these contenders did the Oxford Dictionaries choose as the Word Of The Year for 2013?
a) Binge-watch   b) Selfie   c) Bitcoin   d) Twerk

The answer is b) Selfie. It’s an informal photograph you take of yourself, typically with a smartphone or webcam, and upload to a social media website. So, let's move on to this month's trivia question.

What was the highest grossing movie of the 1990s?

a) Titanic
b) The Lion King
c) Jurassic Park
d) Men In Black

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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 should I do to find the right home at the right price?
A.  A tip that will help you get the home you want is to be financially prepared before you start house hunting. Here are two key points:

  • Find a motivated lender. Ask your REALTOR® (choose one who is an experienced Home Buyer Representative) to refer one or two reputable lenders to you. Study up on basic terms so you’ll be able to choose the loan that will be the best deal for your situation.

  • Get pre-APPROVED, not just pre-QUALIFIED for a loan. You’ll have more power to negotiate because the sellers know you can close on the transaction.
You can find seven more tips on saving money when buying your next home in my Free Consumer Report called “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Buying Your Next Home.” Call and ask for a copy.

Do you have a question you want answered related to real estate or home ownership? Feel free to call me at 602-739-0095 or email me by clicking here. Perhaps I'll feature your question in my next issue!
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