Monthly Archives: December 2014

“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here. Hold on to your life, even if it’s easier to let go. Hold on to my hand, even if I’ve gone away from you.”

Pueblo Indian Prayer

thank youNow that the holidays are here, I take a break from all my routine emails to thank everyone in my business. I hope your holidays are joyful. My team and I would like to wish you a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year.

 

 

Thank you to all my sellers who have trusted me and listed and sold with me.

Thank you to all my buyers who have chosen me as their agent and purchased a home with me this year.

Thank you to all my landlords who keep giving me their listings.

Thank you to all my prospects that see the difference in me, and cherry pick me as their agent knowing they have the choice of working with another agent.

Thank you to all the home inspectors on my team who make the home inspection issues feel like an icing on a piece of cake. They help my buyers make a wise decision whether the house has good bones and needs some work or a money pit and need to move on to the next house.

Thank you to all the mortgage brokers, underwriters, and appraisers on my team who make the mortgage commitment letter an easy process although they have to go through 100 hoops to make money come to the closing table.

Thank you to all the attorneys and paralegals on my team for reviewing the purchase and sale, writing extensions, reviewing the mortgage commitment, preparing HUD statement and  getting all the parties to the closing table without any tears.

Thank you to my team at RE/MAX Legacy for all their support, my fellow Realtors that are on the other side of the transaction, the fire fighters for smoke inspections, the utility companies for the final readings, and everyone that plays a role in my team.

Thank you (last but not least) to my husband and my son who have to deal with a mom and spouse who has to juggle a crazy schedule, not be around at dinner time, absent at sports events and squeezing a pick up between two showings.

Thank you to my friends that trust that a business relationship does not affect a friendship but makes it stronger.

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to everyone who held my hand this year, thank you for your trust, your knowledge, your patience, your support and your commitment.

Thank you for making my year such a successful year and my job such a fun environment. Thanks for letting me know if I can help anyone of your friends or family members buy, sell or rent in 2015.

 

JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. You can learn more about her on her website www.bostonrelocationagent.com

 


2014-12-17 12.03.50Do you wear jeans to work? Are you looked down upon and even bullied because of it?

Recently a heated debate in my office centered on the appropriateness of wearing jeans in the workplace. Rather than engage in this outdated debate any further with winning arguments like “times have changed” and “welcome to 2015” I choose to wear jeans to the office for one reason and one reason alone….the benefits to MY HEALTH!

 

According to an article written by Intelligence for Life, wearing jeans to the office can benefit your health.  Here are 3 health benefits taken directly from the article. (You can also read the full article at  http://www.tesh.com/story/workplace-category/wearing-jeans-at-work-can-benefit-your-health/cc/9/id/14499)

Wearing jeans helps you burn more calories.  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who wore jeans on the job logged almost 600 more steps throughout the day than they did on days when they wore business attire – like suits or slacks. That’s an extra quarter of a mile! Why would jeans make you want to move more? Experts think it’s because employees feel more comfortable in their blues, which makes them more active. But burning extra calories isn’t the only benefit of wearing jeans to work! Here are a few more. Courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine.

Wearing jeans gives you sharper vision. If you’ve got jeans on, you’re more likely to leave your desk. And leaving your desk for just 5 minutes gives your eyes some much-needed recovery time from the strain caused by staring at your computer screen. That’s the word from a study in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal.

Wearing jeans unclogs your arteries. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that isolated employees are more likely to develop – and die from – cardiovascular disease. But since workers move more when they wear jeans, they’ll be more likely to take a stroll down to their co-worker’s cubicle.

So next time you are called out on wearing jeans to the office just respond that it’s a health reason, no other argument is necessary…unless it’s of course “Welcome to 2015”!

antnew8Anthony Giglio is a Realtor and one of the broker/owners of RE/MAX Legacy. His clients enjoy working with him because of his easy going approach. You can contact him directly on his website www.myhomeMA.com or read his blog at www.mytownline.com

 


warm houseHere are some guidelines for keeping your home warm this winter and reducing your heating bills.  According to the US Dept of Energy as much as 35% of air leakage in a house comes from small openings in doors, windows and fireplaces.

 

 

  1. Doors – Make sure your storm door closes firmly. Install a metal or rubber door sweep on your exterior doors.
  1. Windows – Check any windows you don’t open in the winter. If you feel a draft at any point make sure to caulk. Or apply a clear weather stripping tape along the edges of the window. You can also cover the window with window film, by applying with double stick tape and then using a hair dryer to shrink it tight. Don’t forget to remove any window-mounted air-conditioning units. If you have a wall mounted AC, seal it at the edges with weather stripping and place a cover over it.
  1. Fireplaces – When your fireplace is not in use the flue should be closed. You can also install a glass door with vents at the bottom.

Other ideas to warm your house and reduce your heating bill include annual maintenance and changing the filters on your furnace or boiler, adding insulation, using programmable thermostats and avoiding ice dams on your roof by cleaning your gutters.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the author – Gale has spent a lifetime of winters in the Northeast and looks forward to the day she can reside in a warmer climate without worrying about heat loss. Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com