Author: pmitchellceo

Email for Week of June 17, 2018

subject line: Giving Back To Your Community

Giving back to your community can be a rewarding and fun experience. It is something you can do individually or together as a family. When it comes to volunteering it can be a bit overwhelming to get started. Before committing to a volunteer position there are a few things to consider:

1. Time Commitment- How much time do you want to spend volunteering? One hour a week, one Saturday a month, a few times a year?

3. What are you passionate about? If you are passionate about the organization or cause you are much more likely to enjoy the time you spend volunteering.

3. What are your strengths? Do you have a specific skill that you would like to utilize when volunteering? It could be working as a volunteer to help with event planning, construction, working with children, helping people with finances, organizing, etc.

4. Once you have narrowed down these questions down, find an organization to volunteer with.

Volunteering can be a great experience, but don’t get discouraged if the first time you try it or the first organization you volunteer with doesn’t work out. If you don’t enjoy it or the time commitment is too much don’t give up just find something that is a better fit for you and your schedule. There are many benefits to volunteering. It helps you get connected in your community, you have the opportunity to give back and it looks great on a resume! It is also a great way to spend time as a family.

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Email for Week of June 10, 2018

subject line: How to find the best deals on hotels

Booking a hotel has become increasingly difficult as there are so many options to choose from. After finding a hotel that suits all your needs you need to ascertain whether you are getting a good rate.

1. See what online travel sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, or Travelocity are offering. Or you could browse the hotel website to find a good deal. Many sites list special offers as well as discounts.

2. Pricing travel sites like Hotwire or Priceline do offer good rates for good hotels. The only downside is you cannot specify a hotel. All you can do is indicate where you want accommodation. The reservation needs to be made online and is nonrefundable and one cannot change plans or cancel.

3. If you plan your trip well in advance you could get a discount of 50% or more during the off season.

4. Some hotels have special rates for members of AAA, American Automobile Association and other professional bodies or clubs.

Call the hotel of your choice and ask them if they do offer special rates. Many hotel chains also have rewards programs where you can earn points toward free rooms and get free upgrades.

5. If you are traveling in a group, ask about group rates or family rates. Most hotels have different options for multiple bookings. Some even offer a day or two additional stay at no extra cost.

To get the best deal you need to be thorough as well as flexible. Just as you spend time sourcing air tickets at bargain prices you can do the same for hotel bookings.

Read all travel offers carefully. If you are smart you will save quite a lot.

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Email for Week of June 3, 2018

subject line: How to know when it’s time to move up to another home, or stay and improve your current home

In recent years more than ten million plus North Americans buy or sell a home.

Of that ten million number a significant percentage of individuals and families had to first resolve the following questions:

Would we better off financially or in terms of our preferred lifestyle by staying put and making home improvements or should we save ourselves the stress and struggles associated with a ‎home improvement project and buy another home?

First Step:
Determine the current price of your home.

Second Step:
Determine what new features and/or improvements you desire in your present home.

Third Step:
Meet with a real estate professional that can:

A. Help connect you to superior local contractors and/or interior designers.

B. Help you determine which renovations are more consequential regarding ultimate resale value.

C. Provide you with information and previews of current and potentially soon to be marketed properties which will help you determine if the alternative of moving is in your best short range and long range interest.

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS!

Should you:

  • Stay in your home as is until it might be a better time to sell.
  • Stay in your home, improve its value and get to enjoy your personalized upgrades.
  • Consult with recommended architects and/or contractor and look to maximize your profit in your property.
  • Determine the value of your home as is, then calculate the costs of renovation and the projected market value once enhancements are complete.
  • Market your property for sale while you plan your renovation.
  • Consider pricing your home to sell as is as well as pricing it to sell after renovation.
  • Determine which area and type of home is enjoying the greatest current and projected demand and consider the future resale of that property versus your current home.

I am well trained to assist you in discovering the possibility of exchanging your lifestyle, net worth, and tax privileges through the use of a Move Up SystemSM consultation. See my contact information on the front to schedule a quick consultation.

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Email for Week of May 27, 2018

subject line: 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

No matter how long you are away, it could be a weekend or for an extended vacation, there are measures you can take to keep your home safe.

#1. Don’t advertise you are away. It is never a good idea to post on social media that you are going on vacation.

#2 Make sure all of your entrances are well-lit.

#3 Trim shrubs near your doors and windows to make it harder for burglars to hide.

#4 When you leave set some of your lights on timers to make it appear that you are home.

#5 Open some of your curtains and blinds so that during the day it gives the impression you are home and at night your lights that are on timers will be more visible.

These tips don’t guarantee your home won’t be broken into but they are great preventative measures.

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Email for Week of May 20, 2018

subject line: Tips to Reduce Your Calorie Intake When Eating Out

You may have seen the advice on how to shave calories at restaurants but really, are you wanting to pay high restaurant prices for undressed salads and plain steamed vegetables? If not, how then can you solve the dilemma of too many calories when you eat out?

Here are some tips for getting the calories out of restaurant meals while still ordering your favorites.

1. Order one dinner and ask for an extra plate. Many restaurants will do this for a dollar or two, and it’s well worth it. Then share the meal with your friend and you split the cost straight down the middle. Another option is to order from the so called “appetizer” menu. Two people could order three appetizers, one dessert and split the whole thing and it’s still a ton of food!

2. Skip the pre-meal bread and rolls.

3. Stop ordering drinks.

4. Slow down, you eat too fast! What’s the rush? Take your time, savor the moment, enjoy the flavors.

5. Ask for a to-go box at the beginning of the meal. When the food is served, immediately portion off some to take home for tomorrow.

If you really want to get a handle on your eating habits, look first to where you eat, second at what you eat, and third how much you eat. Where, What and How Much?

Many restaurants now show the calorie content of their food and offer healthy meal options on their menu. For a list of healthier dishes at almost 60,000 different restaurants you can go to HealthyDiningFinder.com or calorieking.com.

Try these steps, choosing one tip at a time and see how easily you can take some of the calories out of restaurant food. Small changes over time can really add up. These small changes can help you still enjoy your meals out without consuming large amounts of calories in the process.

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Email for Week of May 13, 2018

subject line: Simple Bathroom Updates

If you want to spruce up your bathroom but you don’t want any remodeling involved, try a few of these simple updates to give your bathroom an updated look and feel.

1. New Hardware- replace your old towel bar, toilet paper holder, hand towel holder, and vanity knobs with new modern ones.

2. New Shower Curtain and Towels- By hanging a new shower curtain, towels and hand towels your bathroom will have a whole new look and feel. Try a pop of color to add some brightness to the room.

3. Paint the Walls- A new coat of paint is one of the best ways to create the biggest change.

4. Hang a New Mirror- Replace your old mirror with one that has a bit of character.

5. Add a Backsplash- A simple backsplash above your vanity will help give your bathroom that custom look.

You don’t have to go through all the work of a remodel in order to make a big difference!

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