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September 2017
 
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Peter Nielsen
Marin Realty Experts
Lic#804069
Phone: 415-472-6243
Email: Peter@MarinRealtyExperts.com
Dear Friend,

After a summer hiatus, Nielsen's Newsletter is back!

Staying safe behind the wheel requires more than simply following the speed limit. In today’s newsletter you’ll learn about a few defensive driving skills that could keep you out of danger on the road.

You’ll also learn some of the secrets to know before you book that cruise vacation, tricks to making your outdoor space more inviting for relaxing and entertaining – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
 
Peter Nielsen

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." Then give them my phone number - 415-472-6243. Or, you can always request a copy for a friend by emailing me by clicking here.
 
Today's Brain Teaser . . .

A man pushes his car to a hotel and tells its owner that he is bankrupt. Why?
(see answer below)
Road Safety: Defensive Driving

Being a safe driver is about more than just obeying the speed limit. There are skills known as "defensive driving tactics" that can help keep you out of trouble on the road. Here are a few defensive driving techniques anyone can do:

- Pay Attention to Your Surroundings – You might think you already do this, but driving is something most of us do by motor memory (especially on a boring commute). It's easy to get distracted by a song on the radio or a bird flying by. Stay alert and you'll be more prepared if something appears in front of you on the road. This also means putting down the phone. If you need to take a call or send a text, pull over (please!).
- The 2-Second Rule – In order to maintain a safe following distance behind the car in front of you, choose a roadside landmark (like a tree or a road sign). When the car in front of you passes it, start counting "one Mississippi, two Mississippi." It should take you two seconds or more to reach the same landmark. If you get there sooner, you're following too closely.
- Avoid Blind Spots – You probably know where the blind spots are in your own car, and you're accustomed to compensating when you need to back up or change lanes. You can't count on everyone else to do the same in their own cars, however, so to be on the safe side you should avoid driving in another car's blind spots. If you can't see the other car's side mirrors, assume that they can't see you.
- Expect the Unexpected – Even when you have a green light, make sure there isn't someone running a red coming the other way. Even if the car in front of you doesn't have a blinker on, be prepared in case they make a sudden lane change. Even if you assume the car behind you will slow down as traffic is building, keep an eye on your rearview mirror just in case.

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Learn How To Maximize The Value Of Your Home

Did you know there's a free consumer report showing what to fix to net the most value for your home? It's called "Make Your Home Show Like A Model Without Breaking The Bank" and it's an essential guide to homeowner profits. You can get a free copy by calling me... at 415-472-6243 Or,
 
Comfortable Outdoor Living

Making the most of your outdoor living space gives you more space for relaxing and entertaining. Here are some ideas to create your own welcoming areas for outdoor living.

- Add visual interest to an outdoor space with brightly-painted planters or colorful throw pillows. They're easy to update when your favorite color changes, and small enough to add more whenever you like..
- Walkways invite exploration into a larger yard, and keep guests from accidentally stepping on seedlings. Curving walkways through trees or bushes can also create more intimate spaces for entertaining without overcrowding in one spot.
- Your indoor fireplace is probably a focal point, so why not give your backyard a similar treatment? Digging a fire pit into your lawn is an inexpensive option. If you don't want to give up that space in your yard permanently, there are also movable fire pit units you can buy, allowing you to store them when they're not in use.
- Creative outdoor lighting not only provides a warm glow, it also means you can use your outdoor space into the night. Simple DIY solutions include strings of outdoor globe string lights around the porch, small white fairy lights wrapped around tree trunks, or candles in Mason jars twinkling on tables. For an even bigger "wow" factor, wire a chandelier over an outdoor dining table.
- Combine outdoor lighting and pest control in one. Fill mason jars with fresh rosemary sprigs, slices of limes or lemons, and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Add water and a floating candle to the top. Mosquitos don't like the smell, but you will.

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FREE Consumer Help Is Just A Phone Call Away!

Learn valuable secrets for saving thousands and avoiding costly mistakes when buying, selling or refinancing a home. Best of all, it's FREE. Ask about my "Insider's Free Resources" by calling me at: 415-472-6243.
Fun Facts and Laughs

DIY Produce Wash. . .

Make your own solution to clean fruits and veggies before you eat them – even if you're buying organic produce.

- Mix 2 cups of water with 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and the juice of 1 lemon, and voila! You've got an easy and inexpensive way to make sure your produce is clean.
- Vinegar combined with lemon juice kills bacteria and washes away any remaining pesticides and dirt.
- Make sure you store the mixture in the fridge, to keep the lemon juice fresh.

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Cruising Tips. . .

Planning a cruise trip involves more research than you might think. Here are some important things to know before you book your cruise.

- Pick the Right Cruise Line – Know which cruise lines have a party atmosphere, and which are more geared to peace and quiet. (Depending on your preference!) Try a site like www.cruisecritic.com to help you decide.
- Read the Fine Print – It might be boring, but the fine print could have information about what's non-refundable, what's included in the beverage package, if your cabin is chosen for you, and more.
- Choose the Right Cabin – An interior cabin might make you feel claustrophobic. A cabin next to a nightclub, an elevator shaft, or the anchor means noise at potentially odd hours. A cabin near the front or back of the ship, or higher up on the ship, are where seasickness is most likely.
- Look at a Detailed Itinerary – Know how long you've got in each port, and how long it takes to get from the port to the areas you want to visit. Just because it indicates that you have "one day" in port doesn't mean you've got 12 hours to explore.

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Websites for Travel Deals. . .

Travel isn't cheap, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune, either. Here are some websites that will help you save:

www.airfarewatchdog.com – Plug in your home airport to get regular email updates of the latest deals on flights from where you live. AirfareWatchdog makes hunting for a cheap flight easy, especially if you're not picky about where you're going.

www.cruisecompete.com – Let travel agencies compete to offer you the best deals on cruises, no matter when or where you want to travel. Sign up for a CruiseCompete account and let the deals come to you.

www.whichbudget.com – There are small, budget airlines all over the world, but we usually don't know their names unless we know a country well. With WhichBudget, you can search for cheaper flights on the budget airlines that serve nearly any international destination you're visiting.

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How to Say 'No'...NIcely. . .

Saying "no" to friends, family, and coworkers often means you get to say "yes" to your own needs. Doing so politely means people still like you! Here are ways to say no that won't alienate others:

- When your boss gives you a new assignment: "That project sounds interesting. I already have a lot on my plate, what should I put on the back burner to accommodate this?"
- When you're asked to give to a charity: "I've already donated my planned amount this month (or year), but tell me more about this charity for my next charitable round of giving."
- When you're asked to lend your truck for a move: "I'm sorry, I don't loan out my vehicle, but let's talk about the date – maybe I can do the driving myself."
- When you're asked to run the school bake sale – again: "You know, I think I've done the last two. Why don't we see if someone else can take a turn?"

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Please Welcome New Clients Into Our Real Estate Family...

I'd like to take a moment to personally introduce and welcome  my newest clients -- my daughter and her husband, who purchased a home in San Rafael during the very competitive market we've seen this year. And special thanks to everyone who thought of me with your referrals!
Lisa Nielsen and Justin Cook
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
"Who Else Wants To Win 2 Free Movie Tickets?"

Here's this month's trivia question:

Remember Roy Rogers and Dale Evans? Roy's horse was named Trigger. What was Dale's horse's name?
a) Daisy
b) Scout
c) Buttermilk
d) Tulip
You Could Be My Next Winner! Call Me At 415-472-6243 OR
 
Brain Teaser Answer:
He is playing Monopoly.
Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q. What advice can you give to first-time homebuyers?
A. The best advice is to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are three common examples:

- Not knowing what you can afford. Examine your budget, get a copy of your credit report, and sit down with a qualified lender to determine how much of a loan you can afford. Feel free to ask me for a list of lender recommendations, then make sure you comparison shop for a mortgage.
- Forgetting to consider the overall costs of home ownership. You can make the monthly payment, but remember to add in the cost for homeowners' insurance, property taxes, utility costs, plus maintenance.
- Paying too much for a beautifully staged home. The home looks perfect, but will it look that way when you move in your furniture?

If you're buying a home for the first time, you should have a copy of my Free Consumer Report called, "Top 10 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid." Call me and I'll send a copy out to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 415-472-6243 or email me. Perhaps I'll feature it in my next issue!
 
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