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Catherine Trahan
Your Real Estate Resource

May e-Newsletter

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Greetings Laura!

This month I have a lot of great information to help you enjoy spring! It is a busy time of year with many events but it is always nice to remember to stop and enjoy the blooming flowers all around you.

Featured This Month: 

Showing Tips for Sellers

If you are getting ready to sell your home here are some great tips to prepare your house for showings.

  • Lighten up. Leave the shades up and the drapes opened. Home show much better with light.
  • Size up the competition. Walk through model homes in your area to see what professionally stages homes look like. You can get a variety of ideas to prepare your home for sale.
  • Define the space. Creatively define each space to highlight its use. Create a mudroom that is neat and orderly, a home office space, or a kids afterschool room with chalk boards.
  • Add simple curb appeal. Thoroughly clear all little branches, rake the leaves, and trim the bushes. Every landscaping detail proves that you care, and this translates to buyer appeal!
  • Give it a power wash. You'd be surprised how much better a house looks after a good bath-especially the garage doors.
    Source: Realtor Magazine April Issue
Health Tip

Morning Most plants release their pollen around dawn, so you may want to hold you A.M. exercises indoors.
Afternoon Feel sinus pressure building? Use an OTC allergy pill containing loratadine (such as Claritin), which won't make you drowsy.
Evening Leave jackets and your shoes by the front door to avoid tracking pollen through your house.
Night Sleep with windows closed to shut out allergens.

Silence Spring Sneezesspringallergies Source: Self Magazine January Issue

Referral of the Month

Are you planning for summer graduations and birthdays? Do you need a hostess gift? Natalie & Daria’s creates beautiful arrangements in all sizes and styles to fit your budget.

Natalie & Daria's Flowers
Phone: (415) 883-0522
Website: www.Natalieanddarias.com
Location: 464 Ignacio Blvd.
              Novato 94945

Going Green Tip
Experts have reached a consensus and recommend consumers avoid these varieties of plastics--identified by a triangle and number on the bottom of most containers--for the following reasons:
  • #3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) commonly contains di-2-ehtylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), an endocrine disrupter and probable human carcinogen, as a softener.
  • #6 Polystyrene (PS) may leach styrene, a possible endocrine disrupter and human carcinogen, into water and food.
  • #7 Polycarbonate contains the hormone disrupter bisphenol-A, which can leach out as bottles age, are heated, or exposed to acidic solutions. Unfortunately, #7 is used in most baby bottles and five-gallon water jugs and in many reusable sports bottles.
*Source: http://www.thegreenguide.com/

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Catherine Trahan
1701 Novato Blvd., Suite 100
Novato, California 94947

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