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Mike Frank
October 2018
Making Your Move Matter

How to Stay Safe—and Safeguard Your Home—in a Flood

  All eyes were on Hurricane Florence and the ensuing flood last month, and if the devastation has you thinking about what you can do to protect yourself should you ever be in the path of a storm—or should you suffer a flood in your home for some other reason—this will help.
      Many flood safety tips concentrate on what you can do to prevent one, but the most immediate concern for those who are in the path of rising waters is what to

Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of Sep 27, 2018:

30 yr. fixed:   4.72%
15 yr. fixed:   4.16%
1 yr. adj:        3.97%

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do to remain safe, protect others, and maybe even safeguard their cherished things at that very moment.
      The single most important thing to do leading up to any storm in which flooding

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Smart Homes: Backed-Up Your Fridge Lately?

     Computers may make life easier, but they don't necessarily make things simpler or automatically safer.
      This is very true for smart home technology or intelligent home automation which aims to combine internet-connected computers with every aspect of home life. According to Digital Journal, "the smart or automated home applies new technology to control and automate heating, ventilation, air conditioning and security, but can involve appliances as well such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and many other items."
      As Fall Home Shows start to roll out, expect to see familiar and new smart home technology showcased as the latest "must-haves."

Prep Or Pay The Price: What You Do Before You Paint Matters More Than The Paint Itself

     So you're sitting there on a Saturday morning, watching HGTV and drinking your coffee, when it hits. It's the urge to paint a room, and it's not going away. Next thing you know, you're dipping that brush right into the paint can and slopping that blue hue up on the wall.
      It'll all be fine, right? It's a scenario we'll admit to knowing all too well - one in which eagerness and adrenaline push patience and logic aside, and not always with the greatest results. But, the reality we must all face eventually is that the right preparation makes all the difference when it comes to painting. For the best job that looks like it was done professionally, these are the steps to take.
      Do a little research: A paint color chosen on a whim can end up being wonderful... but, most of the time, it ends up being a mistake. Yes, buying a couple of samples to put up on the wall and watching them for at least a few days so you can really get a feel for which one works best in your space, with your stuff, and at different times of the day and night, takes time. But it'll all be worth it when you find the right color, instead of having to repaint because your whim choice ended up looking off.

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5 Ways Moving Improves Your Happiness

     Can moving to a new city, state, or country make you happier? It certainly has the potential to — a move gives you an opportunity to discover new interests, meet new people, and start a new chapter in your life. While the process itself may seem nerve-wracking or tedious, it can also bring about positive changes that significantly improve your happiness.
      This Is Your Brain on Moving Whether you’re moving out of necessity or out of desire, the act of relocating can be an emotional and often trying experience. A move isn’t a cure-all for tension or anxiety. However, a move can offer a fresh start, helping you motivate yourself to make changes in your life. Here are five ways your move can change your life for the better.

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Mike Frank, GRI
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