The Inside Scoop – Ron Brookshire Realtor September 2014

Insider Tips for Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Living
Ron Brookshire’s…
The Inside Scoop!
Inside This Issue…
  • Save Hundreds On Your Electric Bill Every Year…
  • Fix Common Problems Fast Using The Internet…
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: 3 Entertaining Outdoor Games, Fun Websites For Kids, And More…
  • Trivia Challenge: Win Recognition in Next Months Email
  • Real Estate Q&A: What Do I Need To Do To Sell My Home?…
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Ron Brookshire Ron Brookshire
The Property Place, Inc.
Phone: (619) 279-4258
Email: RonB@PropertyPL.com
Dear Friends…Does it feel like your electricity bill keeps going up, no matter how much you try to conserve power? Electricity rates keep climbing and a lot of people are considering using solar power. Even if you don’t get a lot of sunlight on your home, tax credits and rebates may still save you money. That’s why in today’s The Inside Scoop! Free consumer newsletter I’ll help you decide if using solar power is right for you.You’ll also learn some simple tricks to solve common problems using the Internet, three fun outdoor games – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Ron Brookshire

Broker-REALTOR®
The Property Place, Inc.
Cal BRE 01050798
619-279-4258

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 (619) 279-4258, or request a copy via email by clicking here.

Today’s Brain Teaser . . .

A man who lives on the 10th floor of a building takes the elevator down every morning. When he returns from work in the evening on a rainy day, or if there are other people in the elevator he takes the elevator straight to his floor. Otherwise, he takes the elevator to the 7th floor and walks up three flights to his apartment. Why?

(see answer below)

“Can Solar Save Me Money?”

Buying solar panels to generate electricity from the sun used to be too expensive to save you money, but prices have dropped drastically. Plus, tax credits and rebates can save you hundreds of dollars per year off your electric bill, even if your home doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. Here’s how to find out if “going solar” could save you money:

STEP 1:  Determine how much electricity you use monthly. Look at your current power bill and see how many kilowatts you use each month – the bill will show a number in kWh next to the price you paid.  See how much you could save by going to www.SolarEnergy.net (then click on “Menu” upper left).  Go to “Solar Tools” and then “Solar Calculator”. You can enter your zip code, power company, and the electricity percentage you want to offset. You can change the amount of power from solar by changing 50% to 75%.

STEP 2:  See what tax credits and rebates exist in your area for solar power systems. The Investment Tax Credit, which is a federal credit for homes or businesses that convert to solar before the end of 2016, provides a savings of 30% on a new solar panel system. If your new system costs $15,000, you can receive a credit of $4,500. To find all potential renewable energy incentives, rebates, and credits you can search: www.dsireusa.org, www.energy.gov, and www.energystar.gov.

STEP 3:  Calculate how long it would take to break even. See how much you could save at www.michaelbluejay.com/electricity/solar.html or by going to www.FindSolar.com and click on “Solar Calculator.” These solar savings calculators will help you find a “payoff date,” when your system will have paid for itself. Remember, you may need to factor in rebates or incentives not calculated by these tools.

STEP 4: Does it make sense for you? According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, homes with solar power can sell for up to 17% more. You’ll have to see if the value it adds to your home is worth it, or if you’ll own your home long enough for solar to payoff.

Another option is to lease – where the solar panels are placed on your home for little or no up-front cost and you can save money immediately on your monthly bill. Keep in mind, partial systems like solar hot water heaters or attic fans also qualify for the federal tax credit.

Save Thousands When Buying A Home!

Did you know there’s a free consumer report revealing ways to save time and money when buying a home? It’s called “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding and Buying Your Next Home,” and it’s great even if you’re not planning to buy soon. To request your copy, email me by clicking here.

Fix Common Problems Fast Using The Internet

You may not need to call the plumber or the tech wizard after all! Using a search engine like Google or Bing can identify a quick video or tutorial to fix something yourself. Try these tips for common problems:

  • Clogged drains or other household annoyances. Find specific articles or videos on your favorite site by typing “problem:website” into the search bar. Example: “unclog drain:youtube.com.” If you have an idea what might be causing the problem, type the tool you will be using into the search as well for more specific instructions: “unclog drain with plunger:youtube.com.”
  • Printer or computer errors. If you see an error message, search for that exact message in quotes, along with the printer brand name. Example search phrase: “align print cartridges” Epson printer. Someone else probably had the same error message and shared how to fix it. If you don’t have an error message, try searching “fix Epson printer” to find the error and possible solutions.
  • Car sounds or minor problems. Do a search using the manufacturer’s name and the problem. For instance, if you’re looking for the dipstick in your Mercury you may not even realize there is no transmission dipstick if you haven’t searched “Mountaineer transmission fluid” and found a page with that information. You can search “Nissan knocking sound” and find forums of other car owners whose cars may be making the same noise.
  • Missing parts to appliances or gadgets. If you need a replacement part, search for the model number and the name of the part like “MB1048 blender seal.” This way you can find suppliers, compare costs, and get the best price.

FREE Consumer Help Is Just A Click Away!

Learn valuable secrets for saving thousands and avoiding costly mistakes when buying, selling or refinancing a home. Best of all, it’s FREE. Email about my “Insider’s Free Resources” by clicking here.

Fun Facts and Laughs

3 Entertaining Outdoor Games . . .

Make family reunions, picnics, and gatherings memorable with these fun games you’ve probably never heard of…

Quoits – Originating in ancient Greece, this game is similar to horseshoes but players throw circular rings instead, making it more difficult. The first player to reach 21 points wins. You can find sets at www.QuoitsDirect.com from $50 and up.

The Silly Game. This fast-paced game is fun for teams. Two large inflatable dice are rolled – one tells you something silly to do (like leapfrog or whistling) and the other gives the number of times to perform it, all while racing to the finish line. The Silly Game can be purchased for $19.95 at www.flaghouse.com.

Giant Snakes and Ladders Game. You may remember this childhood game, but it’s much more fun when you’re physically moving on the board. Players actually walk on the mat as their own game pieces. You can find this classic game for less than $60 at www.mastersgames.com.

 

How To Communicate Better With Someone Who Has Hearing Loss . . . (this is from experience because my youngest daughter has hearing loss)

Get their attention. Say their name, move closer to their “good” side, or touch their arm or shoulder. Keep eye contact so they can see your facial expressions and body language.

Speak clearly and naturally. Keep your hands away from your mouth so your mouth is visible and your sounds carry. Avoid exaggerating, and don’t shout or mumble because this distorts your words. Make sure to speak at a normal pace and pause in between sentences so they can process what you are saying.

Be visible. The person you’re speaking to may be accustomed to reading lips, so make sure you are in good lighting so they can see your face clearly.

Eliminate background noise. If you’re in a restaurant, ask to be seated away from the entrance door or large groups. If at home, step into a quieter room or away from other conversations.

 

Fun Websites For Kids . . .

www.funbrain.com – For kids from preschool age to 8th grade, this site offers games, comics, and books to read online to boost skills in math, literacy, and problem solving.

www.animalfactguide.com – Learn facts about amazing animals from all over the world, and print off coloring book images of a child’s favorite animals.

www.spaceplace.nasa.gov – Photo galleries from space, activities, and information from parents and educators along with downloadable phone games makes this a fun site for kids of all ages.

Have A Laugh . . .

Do you guys know that I have a lot of great resources on my website?

In addition to great real estate news and information, these are some of the additional features I have for you:

  • Previous Additions of The Inside Scoop
  • Residential/Commercial Listings
  • Mortgage Interest Rates
  • Affordability Calculator
  • Closing Cost Estimator
  • Neighborhood Profiles
  • Free Guides for Buyers and Sellers
  • AND MORE…

Go to www.PropertyPL.com and Check it out!

Trivia Challenge for the Month…
“Someone want to WIN movie tickets for two?”

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: NO ONE 🙁

Who was the original bassist for the Beatles, sometimes called the “fifth Beatle”?

a) Keith Richards   b) Ringo Starr   c) Pete Best   d) Stu Sutcliffe
The answer is d) Stu Sutcliffe. Though others have been called the fifth Beatle, Stu was the original bassist of the Beatles when there were still 5 members. He passed away in 1962 shortly after leaving the band. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

Where was the first Winter Olympics outside of Europe held?

a) Nagano, Japan
b) Vancouver, Canada
c) Lake Placid, United States
d) Calgary, Canada

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Brain Teaser Answer:

The man is too short to reach the button in the elevator for the 10th floor. If there are other people in the elevator, he asks them to push the button. If it’s raining, he can use his umbrella.

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 do I need to do to sell my home? 

A. Here’s a list of important things you’ll need to do:

  • Set a realistic price. Homes that are over-priced can linger on the market for months, while homes that are priced correctly usually sell faster and for the most money possible. Look at recent listings in your area and their actual sales prices, and visit homes for sale in the neighborhood before deciding on a price.
  • Get your home ready to show. Clear out clutter, freshen paint, and clean up landscaping. Remember buyers notice everything!
  • Review the promotional plan of a Home Marketing Expert. An experienced REALTOR® can help you sell quickly by advertising your home in more ways than simply creating a MLS description. Plus, they can help you avoid costly mistakes on contracts and disclosures required by law to sell real estate.

Want to learn more? Ask for my Free Consumer Report called “7 Insider Tips to Net More Money Selling Your Own Home.” 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 (619) 279-4258 or email me by clicking here. Perhaps I’ll feature it in my next issue!

THANK YOU… for reading my The Inside Scoop! personal newsletter.  I wanted to produce a newsletter that has great content and is fun and valuable to you.  Help your friends get more out of life by forwarding this email to them…Ron Brookshire
Broker-Realtor©
Cal BRE 01050798
619-279-4258
Copyright (c) 2014 by The Property Place, Inc.

 

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