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12 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home Office


For the 4th of July, I thought this would be a good time to point out some of the simple ways to save money on your energy bills and also conserve energy overall. This time I'll focus on the home office since more than 34 million Americans are telecommuting these days.

  1. Activate Power-Management Settings - We've all seen the different power modes on our electronicsenergy-saving-coin-bank_468 however few of us use them or we find them inconvenient. These power settings can be set up to work automatically and can save up to $75 / machine annually according to Energy Star.
  2. Plug your electronics into power strips (especially the new Green ones) - Since many of our chargers are on even when the smartphone, SupraKey, or computer
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Strategic Defaults Can be Quite Misleading

and follow you for longer than you've been led to believe


Just today, there is an article on one of the local news stations website's, that briefly touches on the idea behind a Strategic Default on a home. Throughout the short story, the writer urges those considering a strategic defaulthousekeys_200 to seek advice and gives some names and comments from those that can help. We at Round Table Realty and myself, as a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), couldn't agree more.

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Fannie Mae, which backs over 50% of the mortgages on the US, has begun the process of cracking down on those that choose to 'walk away' from their homes.

In a press release, Terence Edwards, executive vice

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Schools Are Important With or Without Having Kids


How about a 48% premium; that is what a school district means to people in Chapel Hill vs. their counterparts in the Raleigh-Cary metro area and in Irvine, CA home prices have dropped 18% while the surrounding metro area has fallen an additional 15% on top of that. Another example, this time in the Midwest, finds Edina, MN home prices have fallen 14% but the greater Minneapolis area has seen them fall 27%. While finally in Andover, MA, home prices have only fallen 4%, while the greater Boston area has seen them fall 16%. In other parts the U.S., home prices have fallen in areas with better schools, but the drops are usually nowhere near the levels in their surrounding metro areas.

There are

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I had big plans to post a Vblog introducing myself to.....myself. Then this fell into my lap and I couldn't resist the urge to stitch it together and get it out. Enjoy your weekend!!!

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Don't Stop the Flood

The Senate needs to act on passing the Flood Insurance Program's extension


I've heard it time and again about the dysfunction on Capitol Hill but rarely does it strike at the center of our economy at the time and rarely does it seem so poorly timed.

Right now the National Flood Insurance Program is, well, lapsed and if nothing short of a play to the ironic, it occurred the same day hurricane season began, June 1st, thus no new policies can be issued, which means many a new home loan is being held up.

Now the program has been underwater (pun intended) since Hurricane Katrina resulted in $16.1 billion dollars in claims and has been under the microscope ever since. Maybe rightfully so but it doesn't change the fact that

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Entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to start your own real estate brokerage after so very many years of plying your expertise as an employee, you quickly learn, isn't enough.

What about a name? Are you going to name it simply after yourself? Have you checked for the URL on the Internet? There are so many things that you have to check and stumbling block after stumbling block before you've got out of the blocks. What sounds good one day will absolutely feel awful the next. Remember, you have to be able to say the name and have it mean so much to you. It seems easier than it is.

Now what about a logo. Open up Microsoft Word and try to make a logo. Terrible. Then you decide to save some money and go to an online clearinghouse to have a logo

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say_what_400Round Table Realty Ready to Launch!

As soon as some final issues get resolved we should be able to launch the era of the Round Table. Finally, after years of working for the corporation, we can now cut out the 'guides', remove the 'system', and simply give customers what they want, expect, and deserve. No longer will we have to "say 'no' first" before the 'man' will do what should be done. We can do what should be done from the start. The Round Table is refreshing, innovative, unique, energized, multifaceted, team-oriented, customer centric, and fun! The Round Table is not just the place you want to work with, it could very well be the team you want to join. There is nothing better than waking up, wanting to go to work, and enjoying what you do. We

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When we have our Friends and Family night we want to make sure that they know just how much care we put into asking them to trust us with their good name. We want to be sure that they know that we take great pride in our level of service and will care for their reputation just as much as we strive to build ours. Hence their RTR card holder:




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