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Catherine Trahan
Your Real Estate Resource

June e-Newsletter









Greetings Laura!

In honor of Father's Day I wanted to include a Dadism from Cathy Hamilton's book.
Dadism # 7
"Look it up in the dictionary."
This Dadism is used to foster educational self-sufficiency, resourcefulness, and initiative. Translation: "Are you nuts? I have no idea how to spell pneumonia and I'm too damned old to learn!"

Featured This Month:

  • Fast Fact
  • Curb Control
  • Smart Security
  • Referral of the month
  • Green tip of the month
Fast Fact
According to the American Cleaning Institute's recent survey, 60 percent of Americans will engage in spring cleaning. Among their top reasons to clean: decluttering and eliminating allergy triggers.
Curb Control
 Whether or not you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, maintaining your home’s curb appeal is important. To make your home’s exterior shine, think about following the same decluttering and staging principles you would use to spruce up the interior.
     Get an outsider’s view. Take a walk across the street to get an overall first impression of your property. Is the lawn unkempt? Are the hedges unruly? Rev up the lawn mower and trimmer; if you’re short on time, consider hiring a gardening service to do an overall clean-up and be sure to keep up with regular maintenance. Assess the windows — are they cracked or dingy? Repair any cracks or dings on the panes and sills and make them shine with a thorough cleaning.
     Color coordinate. Consider planting or adding to a garden with bright florals and, at maximum, one or two decorative pieces (iron statues, gazing balls, etc.), depending on garden size. If it’s in the budget, rejuvenate your home with a new paint color — perhaps one to match the season, with a cool pale blue for winter or pale yellow for a warm, spring look. If you can’t revamp your entire exterior, consider repainting the front door to make it stand out, and replace existing hardware such as doorknobs or locks for a new feel.
Source: CRS Your Home Newsletter March '11

Consider all angles.
Prospective homebuyers are going to check out your house from all sides, including the backyard. Make sure any outdoor elements — the patio, pool, pond, deck and shrubbery — look just as inviting as the front porch. If you have a patio or lounging area, be sure furniture is up to date with clean cushions and no scratches or hasty repair jobs, and make sure the look matches the rest of the décor.
Smart Security
Installing a home security system can ease a lot of homeowner worries, and many systems now offer even greater peace of mind with smartphone-ready features. With your mobile device, you can stay connected to your home and monitor it whether you’re near or far.
     ADT’s ( Pulse, an add-on to its standard security system, allows homeowners to arm or disarm the alarm system, control lights and thermostats and obtain real-time video of security cameras from anywhere they have an Internet connection. The system, which is available as an app for the Android and iPhone, also provides a list of secure or unsecure areas, alerting users which doors or windows have been opened. 
     The Total Connect system from Honeywell Security (, which is available as a remote keypad or a free application for the BlackBerry, iPhone or iPod Touch, contains many of the same features as other systems, including the ability to check the status of your security system, control the lights and review video feeds. It also allows users to bypass alarm systems remotely for a specified entrance for unscheduled maintenance, and its support for multiple accounts lets you keep an eye on vacation homes or investment properties.
     GotoCamera’s ( system, which includes a residential webcam, allows users to access a mobile-friendly website for an instant feed of their home at any time. For an additional fee, users can set up mobile alerts that send an image or a 10-second video clip of disruptions in motion detection straight to their phone.
Source: CRS Your Home Newsletter March 2011
Referral of the Month
The Posey Pusher
Jennifer McLean, owner of the Posey Pusher, can do wonders to transform your yard, planters, and window boxes. 
Phone: (415) 493-5157

Sarah Williams, CMT
If you have aches and pains or you just want to relax, I recommend Sarah Williams to provide relief. She performs many kinds of massage including: Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and MFT.
Phone: (415) 898-6888
Address: DeSalvo Chiropractic
7595 Redwood Blvd., Suite 108
Novato, CA 94945
Green Tip
Here is a trick to help you slash your electric bill: wash your lint trap. Since dryer sheets can cause a transparent film that burns out the heating unit, it's vital to wash your lint trap with hot, soapy water every 6 months.

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Novato, California 94947

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