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April 2017 Newsletter

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Don W. Lint Don W. Lint
Realty Executives of Gallatin Valley
Phone: 406-556-3124
Email: Don@DonLint.com
Dear {FIRST_NAME|Friend}...

Getting along with fellow employees is one of the most important factors in determining how happy you are at work. In today’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn tips to improve the relationships with the people we spend much of our weekday time with.

You’ll also learn about simple things you do every day that keep you in shape, how to stay safe around bees – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more. But first...

Chris and I returned from a month long trip Down Under.  Starting in Auckland, New Zealand, we took a 10 day cruise around New Zealand (with several excursions) and ended in Sydney Australia.   We then spent a couple weeks in Australia.  We snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, explored the Daintree Rainforest, and watched an opera at the Sydney Opera House.  It was a phenomenal trip, with many wonderful memories.  We are truly grateful to have had this opportunity.  I want to thank Aubrey for covering my business while I was gone.  She did an outstand job. 
 
Now, with our batteries recharged, we prepare for the summer season that is promising to be as busy as ever.  The market continues to be very strong with a distinct shortage of inventory.  Properties that are priced fairly are often selling in a matter of days.  Prices continue to rise, and it does not appear to it will stop anytime soon.  Waiting to buy will likely only result in higher prices, and a reduction in what you get for those higher prices.

Finally, I want you to know that you may call me for any reason.  And please let me know if a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent and creative real estate professional to help in buying or selling.   

I truly appreciate your friendship and referrals.  Enjoy your issue!
 
Warmest regards,
Don W. Lint
Don W. Lint, REALTOR®
Realty Executives of Gallatin Valley

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 getting married soon and looking to buy their first home, and you can tell them about my Free Consumer Report: “Top 10 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid.” You’ll be helping them start marriage off by avoiding costly mistakes when buying and financing their home. To request a copy for a friend, simply call me at 406-556-3124. Or,
 
Today's Brain Teaser . . .

Why is the number 8,549,176,320 unique?

(see answer below)
6 Ways To Improve Your Work Relationships

If you are like most Americans, you’ll spend about one-third of your life working. And if you’re going to spend so much time at work, wouldn’t it be ideal if you liked your colleagues? There is good reason to get along with co-workers: Liking other employees consistently ranks among the highest factors in determining job satisfaction. This isn’t always easy, however. If some of your work relationships could use a little sprucing up, try these tips:
  1. Respect time. Avoid hovering around your colleagues’ work areas if they’re on the phone or speaking with someone else, and respect their professional/personal life balance by keeping work issues at work.
  2. Avoid gossip. Office politics and the rumor mill can run rampant, and the best thing you can do is to avoid any conversation that is irrelevant to your job. You never know whom you will have to work with – or for – in the future, so do your best to remain professional to everyone.
  3. Be polite. The Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you goes a long way in a professional setting. Say hello and thank you, smile, hold doors open for others, and clean up after yourself.
  4. Show concern. It is not your job to solve personal problems, but keep in mind your co-workers are people too. Be mindful that others may be having a bad day or issues beyond the boardroom. If you feel comfortable, it’s okay to check in to make sure everything is alright.
  5. Welcome the newcomers. Do you remember your first awkward day of work? Make someone else’s first day on the job easier by smiling and introducing yourself.
  6. Follow up and communicate. Simple communication goes a long way in helping to facilitate good relations and clear up misunderstandings. Make yourself approachable so others feel they can discuss work-related projects with you. Managers need to set clear expectations with their employees so there is no question about what is expected from each person.
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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…406-556-3124
 
You Might Be Fitter Than You Think

Blame the media, Photoshop, the feats of professional athletes, or your own unrealistic expectations, but the truth is you’re probably not that out of shape. In fact, you may just be fitter than you think – and I can prove it!

You stand and sit. Active people feel the need to get up and move around throughout the day. Getting in and out of a car involves basic squat movements, and you should be able to do this without pain.

You constantly carry stuff. Whether you’re picking up and carrying children or shouldering a massive bag to and from work, those pounds add up to a healthy dose of weightlifting!

You recover quickly. Take a short jog, try a few squat exercises, or just walk at a steady pace for a while. Are you tired and worn out, or could you endure a bit more? A healthy recovery time is a good indicator of physical fitness.

You do household chores. Carrying laundry down the stairs requires balance. Navigating several tasks in the kitchen while avoiding dropping, burning, or falling is proof of coordination and dexterity.

You take the stairs. If you can walk or run up and down stairs without feeling lightheaded or out of breath, you’re probably in decent aerobic shape.

You crave healthy habits. It’s a good sign if you seek out exercise simply because it makes you feel good – and you get extra points if you vary your workouts, which offers different benefits to different muscle groups. Ditto if you prefer to eat healthily as well.

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A Heartfelt Message To My Special Clients and Friends…

I want to share a little secret with you. I don’t spend my time cold calling or pestering people for business. Instead, I focus 110% of my efforts on giving such outstanding service that people naturally think of me when a friend, neighbor or family member needs a caring and competent REALTOR®. 

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge you, my family, friends and clients, who’ve helped build my business with your enduring support and referrals. I couldn’t do it without you!
 
Fun Facts and Laughs

Stay Safe Around Bees

Being attacked by bees, wasps, and hornets is not common, but they are responsible for 58 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Though the average adult (if not allergic) can theoretically tolerate more than 1,000 stings, it’s best to avoid being stung altogether. A swarm of bees can happen quickly and without provocation, but there are things you can do to minimize potential harm.
  • Maintain diligence when doing yardwork. Keep kids and animals inside when using lawn mowers, hedge clippers, and other similar tools in case you accidentally disturb a nest.
  • Check for bee nests regularly in water meter boxes, flower pots, trees, and shrubs. If you find one, call a pest control company to remove it.
  • If you encounter bees and they are undisturbed, do not move excessively. Back out of the situation slowly.
  • If you are swarmed, run as fast as possible in a straight line. Cover your head. Do not flail your arms or swing at the bees, and do not jump into water. Ideally, you should seek shelter in something that closes completely, like a building or car.
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What Belongs In an Emergency Bag?. . .

Each family should have an emergency kit, or go-bag, ready at a moment’s notice. What goes inside? (Check with FEMA.gov for a thorough packing list.)

For nourishment: Non-perishable food, can opener, and water.
For safety: Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, pliers, whistle, flashlight and batteries, and a cell phone charger.
For health: First aid kit, dust mask, moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties.
For individual needs: Three days to a week’s worth of medication, formula and diapers for babies, extra contacts and glasses, and pet food.

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Fact-Checking Websites . . .

What is true and what is false? Use these websites to check the facts.

www.snopes.com – Debunking or confirming common urban legends, folklore, and rumors.

www.reporterslab.org/fact-checking – Database of global fact-checking sites. The map makes it easy to find organizations around the world.

www.politifact.com – Political fact checking of statements made in U.S. politics – including Congress, the White House, lobbyists, and interest groups, which are rated on the Truth-o-Meter.

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Hidden Travel Costs to Watch For. . .

You’ve budgeted for an airplane ticket, hotel room, and activities for your next vacation, but did you remember to factor in these unexpected costs as well?
  • Boarding for your pets or a pet-sitter ($20-$50/night).
  • In-flight wifi if you need to login ($5-$15).
  • International credit card transaction fees (1%-3% of the purchase price).
  • Departure tax, if applicable and it’s not already included in the ticket price ($5-$40).
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Would You Like To Know How Much Your Neighbor’s Home Listed Or Sold For?

Maybe you’re just curious. Or maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Either way, I can help…with no “sales pitches” or run-arounds. Call me at 406-556-3124 and I’ll give you all the facts.
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
"Who Else Wants To Win Movie Tickets for Two?"

Here is this month's trivia question:

What is the name of the gum company Fruit Stripe’s zebra mascot?
a) Yipes
b) Willy
c) Zippy
d) Chester
Answer The Question Correctly And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners! Call Me At 406-556-3124 OR
 
Brain Teaser Answer:

It contains every number zero through nine in alphabetical order.
Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q.  Who determines the value of my home?
A.   When you’re ready to sell your home, you may be wondering what price to ask and how much you’ll get. There are two main people who determine the initial and final price of a home.
  1. Appraisers will look at recent comparable sales. You can look online and see what homes have sold for in the last 6-12 months. Sold prices are a stronger indication than “asking” prices. How similar are the homes that sold to your home in size and features?
  2. Buyers will make an offer based on their ability to pay and how much they like your home compared to other homes for sale.
Did you notice I left someone important out? What about you, the seller? Only the market determines the final price at which your home will sell, however, as the seller you can influence how long it will take to sell by offering a reasonable price.

To learn more, ask for my Free Report called “6 Steps For Selling Your Home For TOP DOLLAR.” I’ll send a copy right over to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 406-556-3124 or email me. Perhaps I'll feature it in my next issue!
 
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