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The Johnson Team Halloween Colouring Competition Winners!
Thank you to everyone who entered, we had some great masterpieces submitted which made it very hard to select the winners.
We would like to congratulate Nathan, Savolla, Juliana, Julia and Nawal who each won prizes. You will receive your prize in the mail soon.
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Real Estate Word -- Reduce your Bills and Chills
Saving energy around the home isn't just good for the environment -- it's great for your finances too! This month’s feature article shares a few simple energy saving tips to help you increase your home's efficiency.
There are also some tips on how to communicate effectively with your real estate agent so you’ll be able to receive the best possible service as well as a few ideas on how to host a successful clothing swap!
Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general -- it'd be great to hear from you!
It’s important to do everything we can to reduce our energy use.
A few small changes can make a huge difference to your monthly energy bill. For instance, adjusting your “smart” thermostat by just a few degrees can produce major savings!
Also, don’t forget to lower the thermostat on your water heater or better yet, get an "on demand" system that only heats up water as it’s needed. Here are a few other ideas to consider:
switch over to LED bulbs
install energy efficient shower heads
clean out your dryer’s lint tray after each use
seal up air leaks around your windows and doors
use ceiling fans to save money on both heating and cooling
service your air conditioner and furnace each year to maintain efficiency
Landscaping is a naturally beautiful way to keep your home comfortable. A few strategically placed trees or shrubs can save a fortune on heating and cooling as they shelter against the cold winter winds and provide shade during the summer months.
Higher energy bills are a harsh reality for the rising number of people who work from home. To help minimize this expense, power down your computer when it’s not in use and shut it off completely at the end of the day. You can also cut costs by positioning your desk to take advantage of natural light.
It doesn’t take much to implement a few energy saving solutions around the home but oftentimes, it's the simple things that are overlooked. It’s important to do whatever we can, not only to save money but also to help conserve the environment.
WHEN PUSHY COMES TO SHOVY
Clear communication is an important element in any relationship.
Nobody wants to deal with a pushy real estate agent. At the same time, you don't want an agent who's never in touch and fails to service your needs in a timely fashion.
In the early stages, many home buyers shy away from asking too many questions as they don’t want to waste the agent's time. The truth is, your agent wants to hear from you on a regular basis so they can grow with you as your house hunting journey matures.
Everyone's different. Some require daily property updates while others prefer a more relaxed approach. Circumstances may change as time goes on so it's important to constantly reassess how often you'd like to receive market updates and what your preferred method of communication is.
Effective communication is essential when it comes to forming and maintaining any relationship and a client/agent relationship is no different. As long as you and your agent regularly communicate with one another during your house hunting journey, you'll feel neither pressured nor abandoned.
HOW TO HOST A SUCCESSFUL CLOTHING SWAP
It’s time for a change – a change of clothes that is!
If your closets are bursting at the seams, you may want to organize a clothing swap. It’s a great local event to host in your ‘hood! Here are a few tips to ensure its success:
organize clothing by size
create space for a few private change rooms
have a few full length mirrors with decent lighting
refreshments, appetizers and music are a nice touch
If you're looking to clear out the clutter in your closets, meet new people and update your wardrobe, a clothing swap might just be the answer! It’ll be a win-win situation if you donate the remaining clothing items to a local homeless shelter as well as ask attendees to bring along a small food bank donation.
Are you sick of scouring the paper and MLS sites looking for homes? Tired of playing telephone tag with agents only to hear the home's already sold? Sit back, relax and let us do the work for you! Just visit The Johnson Team website and check off the features you're looking for. Whenever a home matching your criteria hits the market, it'll be automatically flagged and emailed to you so you'll never have to worry about missing your dream home.