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June 2013

There are 4 blog entries for June 2013.

selling a home

Selling a home is far from easy and preparation plus proper planning are important for insuring that your house is sold in a timely manner and for a fair price. However, many homeowners tend to make a few mistakes that can break a deal for a prospective buyer.

Avoid these common mistakes that could hinder the process of selling a home:

  • Foregoing prep-work in order to insure a proper presentation can be a major deterrent. Examples include old stained carpeting or replacing broken tile.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but a nice looking home sells better, go figure!
  • Home improvement is all well and good, but be careful not to OVER-improve your home. For instance, bump-ups and extensions can cause the home to look out of place in a neighborhood
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Summer Energy Savings

Summertime has arrived and along with outdoor BBQ’s, and activities comes: you guessed it, heat. As we know, the heat gives rise to an excessive use of air conditioning units and other devices designed to keep us cool. This can lead to a higher energy bill.  Keeping energy costs low while doing a favor for the environment is a careful balance, especially when you are facing the dog days of summer. So, we have a few tips to help keep your bills low and keep cool as well:

  1. Open your windows to reduce use of A/C units.

Using A/C units is undoubtedly a great way to drive up energy costs, so opening a window or two and running it half the time could save a lot of money in the long run.

  1. Make your A/C more efficient

Regular maintenance as well

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High-school: whether you loved it or hated it, most of us will eventually get that envelope/ e-invite containing those inevitable words “Class Reunion”. Yes, friends, your high school class reunion. Seeing those from your past can invoke a little excitement as well as a touch of anxiety, but we have a some tips to ease the stress of planning as well as attending this special event.

 Planning your high school reunion:

Let’s say you are the designated individual in charge of planning this event. It is a daunting task, at best. Where do you even begin? Luckily there are a few websites that give some great suggestions on how to plan a class reunion as well as services provided to do the work for you!

Planning a year in advance to the event will ensure

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Hey, did you know that the second week in June is e-mail week; BORING RIGHT? Not entirely! We have an entire week dedicated to the technological advancement that changed the way we (or most of us) communicate. Whether it is a message to a co-worker regarding the docket of duties for the day, connecting or re-connecting with friends and family, E-mail is a tool for fun and business.

Have you ever wondered where the very first email came, where it was sent or what it said? The answer may surprise you.

E-mail was originally a messaging system called ARPANET (Advanced Research Project Agency Network) and used by the U.S. Department of Defense. In short, e-mail was never a one-time invention but rather a culmination of several innovations that

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