Paul Walker Realty Executives of Metro East March 2010 Newsletter

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Real Estate Agent with Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC

 

Paul Walker's...
Realtor For Life! ® Insider Tips for Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Living
Inside This Issue...
  • How To Prevent Portion Distortion
  • Free Trial? Maybe Not...
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: Uses of WD-40, Most Watched Shows of the Last Decade, and More...
  • Trivia Challenge: Win Free $20 Movie Gift Certificate
  • Real Estate Q&A: How Can You Protect Your Home From Water Damage?
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  Paul Walker, Broker Associate
Realty Execs Metro East
Phone: (618) 409-0510
Email: paul.walker@realtyexecutives.com
www.southwestillinoishomes.com
Dear Paul...

Are restaurant portions causing you to gain extra pounds? The answer is probably "yes" - after all, restaurant portions have gained 40 percent in size over the last 30 years.

You can learn how to prevent portion distortion and help control your weight (plus lots more!) in my latest Realtor For Life! ® Free consumer newsletter.

Enjoy your issue, and please feel free to call me whenever a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent real estate professional to help with buying or selling.

To health, success and laughter in your life!

Paul Walker
Paul Walker, Broker Associate since 1997
Realty Execs Metro East

PS. If you're thinking of selling your home soon, and you'd like important tips and strategies for getting a fast, top dollar sale, be sure to ask for my Free Consumer Report called "Secrets For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar". To get your copy, send me an email at paul.walker@realtyexecutives.com, or call me at: (618) 409-0510

Today's Brain Teaser . . . What do Miga, Quatchi and Sumi have in common? (answer below)
How To Prevent Portion Distortion . . . Your mother's old adage "finish your plate" isn't the best advice anymore. Whether you eat out (restaurant portions are up 40 percent over the last 30 years) or eat in at home, portion sizes have grown out of proportion, causing many of us to consume extra calories and add unhealthy pounds. Here's how to prevent portion distortion and help control your weight.

Know your terms.  A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat for a meal. Big or small - the choice is up to you. A serving is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or 8 ounces of milk.

Read the Nutrition Facts Label.  The Food and Drug Administration puts it there to tell you how many calories and how much fat, carbohydrate, sodium and other nutrients are in one serving of the product. You may think the 3-ounce bag of chips is one portion, but the label says it contains 3 servings.

Gradually reduce your portions.  Try relating one serving size to everyday objects such as these offered by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute:
  • 1 cup of cereal = a fist
  • 2 tsp of peanut butter = a ping-pong ball
  • 1/2 cup of ice cream = 1/2 baseball
  • 1 medium fruit = 1 baseball
  • 3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry = 1 deck of cards
Use the "New American Plate" guide.  The American Institute for Cancer Research says to look at your plate and aim for meals made of 2/3 (or more) of vegetables, fruits, whole grains or beans, and 1/3 (or less) animal protein.

Repackage products.  Buying large-size bags or boxes may save you money, but divide the items into single serving packages when you get home.

Don't "supersize" at fast-food restaurants.  It may sound like a good value but you know you're eating more than you should. If you go for the larger-sized meal at any restaurant, be sure to share it with a friend or take half of it home for another meal.

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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. To get a copy simply email me by clicking here, or call me at: (618) 409-0510
Free Trial? Maybe Not! . . . The next time you sign up for a free trial offer, be sure to read the fine print. While these offers can be a great way to try out a product, you might be agreeing to buy additional products and services if you don't cancel within a specified time.

It's called the "negative option feature," and it requires the customer to cancel or opt-out of a recurring charge for future products. While it's not illegal, some questionable online merchants pre-check the consent box or bury the details under terms and conditions, making returns difficult.

If this has happened to you, you're not alone. A Visa survey showed 29 percent of American consumers have been victims of this option. The Better Business Bureau says it has received thousands of complaints from people who learned the hard way by signing up for online trial offers for:
  • acai berry supplements
  • detox products
  • teeth whiteners
  • free government grants
  • debt consolidation services
Best advice?  Before you buy, read the offer carefully, pay attention to pre-checked boxes and check out the business at www.bbb.org

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Fun Facts and Laughs . . . Are you a member of the WD-40 fan club? Try these amazing uses:
  • Untangle jewelry chains
  • Lubricate window tracks
  • Loosen stubborn zippers
  • Clean scuff marks off floors
  • Keep pigeons off balconies (they hate the smell)
  • Protect silver from tarnishing
  • Remove tar & grime from cars
Most Watched TV Episodes Of The 2000s . . .
  • 2004:  The "Friends" finale, 52.5 million viewers
  • 2000:  Richard Hatch wins "Survivor," 51.7 million
  • 2003:  "Joe Millionaire" finale, 40 million
  • 2000:  Dr. Carter fights for his life on "ER," 39.4 million
  • 2007:  "American Idol" kicks off sixth season, 38.1 million
Have A Laugh . . .

A little girl walked up to the library counter to check out a book entitled Comprehensive Guide for Mothers. "Are you getting this for your mother?" asked the librarian. "No," said the girl. "So why are you checking it out?" asked the librarian. "Because I started collecting moths last week."

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Please Welcome New Clients And Good Friends Into My 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!
<<Steve And Brenda Smith from Tempe, AZ. Frank Jefferson (referred by Sally Smith. Many thanks Sally!) The Williams Family: John, Sue, Christopher and Jason Darryl and Sue Jones From Middleton - Referred by Peter Lewis. Thanks Peter! Your referrals are warmly appreciated!>>
Trivia Challenge for the Month... "Who Else Wants To Win a $20 Movie Gift Certificate?" Guess who won last month's Trivia Question? I'm pleased to announce the <<two>> lucky winners of last month's quiz. And the winners are...drum roll please: <<names of winners and towns>> were the first <<two>> people to correctly answer my quiz question.

Who is the highest paid athlete in the world (including salaries, bonuses, prize money and endorsements)?

a) Michael Jordan  b) Kobe Bryant  c) Tiger Woods  d) David Beckham

The answer is c) Tiger Woods. So, let's move on to this month's trivia question:

Which of the following is a new medal event
at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics?
  1. Women's hockey
  2. Ski Cross (men's & women's)
  3. Biathlon mixed relay
  4. Women's ski jumping
EMAIL ME AT: paul.walker@realtyexecutives.com OR Call Me At (618) 409-0510 And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners!
Brain Teaser Answer: They are the official mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Real Estate Q&A . . . Q.  How can I protect my home from water damage?
A.  Water damage is one of the most common problems affecting homeowners today. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute reports that in 2007 it accounted for 22 percent of all U.S. homeowners' insurance claims, with the average claim being $5,531. That's why you need to have the right amount and type of insurance coverage.

The Institute says standard homeowners insurance covers burst pipes, wind-driven rain, and damage resulting from ice dams on your roof. Some policies cover sewer and drain backups, but many don't.

In general, water coming from the top down (such as rain) is covered by a standard homeowners policy. Water coming from the bottom up (such as from a river) is covered by separate flood insurance. You can buy this from the National Flood Insurance Program and from some private insurers.

The best way to prevent water damage is proper maintenance. For some excellent tips on such subjects as avoiding frozen pipes, replacing and maintaining bathroom fixtures and installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system, see the water damage section at the web site for the Institute for Business & Home Safety, www.disastersafety.org.

If you have any questions, or need capable and trustworthy representation, please email me at paul.walker@realtyexecutives.com.
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