May 2010


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May 2010

  1. 1. Terry Alm’s… Service For Life! ® “Insider Tips For Healthy, Wealthy & Happy Living…” Learn how to get Top Dollar for your home in ANY market – Call me for details… How To Manage Your May 2010 Saskatoon, Sk. Online Reputation Go ahead, Google yourself. Everyone else is. Whether you’re an adult or a teenager, what they find can affect your personal and professional life. Did you know employers and colleges search the internet for information about candidates before they make selection decisions? Here’s what you should do: Inside This Issue… Find out what’s out there about you (or your company)… How To Manage Your Online • Search your name on Google, but don’t forget Yahoo, Bing and Ask. Reputation…Page 1 Put quotation marks around your name, and use keywords (your city) to Will Aspirin Reduce Your Risk Of A narrow the search. Try it with your nickname or middle initial. Heart Attack?...Page 2 • Search again but click on “Images” and again on “Videos.” • Check alumni sites, genealogy sites etc. Ask your friends if you’re in a Why You Should Have A ‘Money video they’ve uploaded to YouTube. Buddy’…Page 3 Be proactive about protecting your reputation… 3 Top Negotiating Tips…Page 3  Safeguard your personal information, particularly on social Beat This Trivia Question and You networking sites. Open a secondary email account or use a different Could Win BIG ...Page 4 persona for social sites, chatrooms, web forums, etc. What’s happening in the Saskatoon  Use privacy settings to set the right level of control, especially for Market ...Page 4 Facebook and MySpace. Don’t give access to “Everyone.” That makes it visible to search engines, too.  Set up a Google Profile. Go to to build a personal page that helps people get the right information when they search your name. You can do the same thing on Yahoo at  Monitor your online presence by signing up for Google or Yahoo Alerts. They’ll let you know if someone searches for certain phrases, such as your name or company name.  If you find something embarrassing, talk to the source. Even better, create positive content (write a blog or an article) that will appear on search results. Thinking Of Selling Your Home Soon? Don’t attempt to sell your home without my Free consumer guide, “44 Money- making Tips For Preparing Your Home To Sell.” My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. Just call 280-0989 anytime, 24 hours, and I’ll rush a copy out to you. For all your real estate needs please call Terry Alm I’m Just A Phone Call Away, 280-0989
  2. 2. Word of the Month… Studies have shown your income and Will Aspirin Reduce Your wealth are directly related to the size and depth of your vocabulary. Here is Risk Of A Heart Attack? this month’s word, so you can impress You may have seen emails going around that talk about heart attack your friends (and maybe even fatten symptoms and the use of aspirin. The answer to the above question is “it your wallet!)… depends.” Here are the facts: Bumptious (bump-shus) adj. • Aspirin is a drug. Even though you can buy it over-the-counter at any Meaning: Crudely or loudly assertive; drug store, aspirin is a drug that can mix badly with other medicines, pushy. vitamins or dietary supplements. If you’re already taking a medication or supplement to thin the blood, you should not add aspirin. Sample Sentence: I was extremely annoyed at the man’s bumptious style • It may not be for everyone. The risks of long-term use may be greater of conversation. than the benefits if there are no signs of, or risk factors for, heart or blood vessel disease. The Odds Are Awful You have a better chance of getting • Daily aspirin can be safest when prescribed by a medical professional. into a car accident, a plane crash or Aspirin has been known to help people who are living with some kinds of being struck by lightning than to win heart and blood vessel diseases. It can help prevent a heart attack or clot- the lottery. To calculate your odds of winning, go to: related stroke by lowering the clotting action of the blood’s platelets. Your doctor, nurse or other health professional should decide if it’s right for you, depending on your health and medical history. What Your Kids Are Doing A Kaiser Family Foundation survey • Dosage matters. There are no directions on the label for using aspirin to shows that 8-18 year-olds spend an reduce the risk of heart attack. You must discuss the different forms of average of 7 hours 38 minutes using aspirin products with your doctor. When you buy a product, check the entertainment media a day. “Drug Facts” label for “active ingredients: aspirin” or “acetylsalicylic acid”  They spend more time listening to at the dose your doctor prescribes. music, playing games and watching TV on their cell phones than they • If you feel symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1 spend talking on them! immediately. The operator, emergency medical technicians or Emergency  7th-12th graders spend an average of Department physician will give you an aspirin if it's right for you. To study 1 hour 35 minutes a day texting, the warning signs (chest pain, discomfort in other areas of the upper body, and that wasn’t counted as entertainment media in this study. shortness of breath), go to the Heart and Stroke website at  Media use increases when they become tweens (11-14 years old). The Power Of A Mother’s Kiss When American-born painter Benjamin West (1738-1820) was seven, he was put Fascinating Fact in charge of his infant niece while his mother and sister went for a walk. As the Each day is 1.26 microseconds shorter baby lay in the cradle, Benjamin fanned flies away from her – and the baby due to the earthquake in Chile on Feb. laughed. Grabbing paper and a pen, Benjamin set to work trying to capture the 27. One of the strongest ever recorded, baby’s charms. As he finished, his mother and sister returned. the quake shifted the Earth’s axis about Benjamin, caught off-guard, tried to hide his drawing so as not to upset his 3 inches. mother. But instead, his suspicious behavior drew her attention. “What have you been doing?” she asked. Quotes To Live By… Benjamin begged his mother not to be upset and handed her the paper. She looked Animals are such agreeable friends – at it and said to her daughter, “I declare, he has made a likeness of Sally.” Then they ask no questions; they pass no she smiled and gave Benjamin a kiss. criticisms. The following year a cousin sent a box of pencils, paints, and canvas. Benjamin –George Eliot disappeared one morning with the supplies, forgetting all about school. His mother, upset that he was neglecting his schooling, found him in the attic and was The willingness to accept responsibility about to scold him when her eyes fell on the compositions he had created. Instead for one's own life is the source from of reprimanding him, she picked him up, covered him in kisses, and promised to which self-respect springs. explain to his father what had kept him from his studies. –Joan Didion Later, the famous artist was often heard to say, “It was my mother’s kisses that made me an artist.” Thank a mom on May 9th – Mother’s Day For all your real estate needs please call Terry Alm I’m Just A Phone Call Away, 280-0989
  3. 3. Put the gavel away. Being judgmental only closes you off from learning something from others. Do You Need A ‘Money Buddy’? Don’t judge too quickly, listen first. Thanks For Thinking of Me! That’s what Trent from “The Simple Dollar” blog calls someone close to Did you knowWisdom you who seems to be facing similar financial challenges as you are. While a Words Of I can help you or any of yourEveryone seems normal until you  friends or family save time and spouse is certainly a “money buddy,” it’s helpful to choose someone else (with money when buying or selling a home? get to know them. a spouse’s okay) who can lend a different perspective. By linking up with that Thanks for keeping me in mind with  No matter what happens, person (or a couple), you can support each other and benefit financially and yoursomebody will find a way thetake it referrals…and spreading to word psychologically. Here are 5 things you can do for each other: about my services. too seriously. Relieve tension and talk it out. Most of us keep our financial problems to Boss Catch Youyou are unique Always remember Napping? ourselves. You’ll ease your stress if you have someone you trust to talk to. It’s a good like everyone else.UC -- just thing. A study at How much information you share is up to you.  Never test thethat workers who Berkeley showed depth of the water napped clearedfeet. short-term memory with both their Give and get advice from fresh eyes. When you’ve reached a point of  essentially “rebooted” their brains. and Never, under any circumstances, financial indecision (“Which debt do I pay off first?” “What bank should I After napping they wereand a laxative take a sleeping pill ready to use?”), a money buddy is a second set of eyeballs to look at the situation. receive the same night. on new information. Hold each other accountable for goals. If you set a goal for yourself, share it How To Go Far In Life Kitchen Hint with your buddy and remind each other of your goals regularly. Knowing your How far you go in life dependsLook for Need a stronger garbage bag? on you buddy knows your goal can be a great motivator. being tender with the the package. The the “mil” number on young, compassionate with the aged,to .90), the higher the number (from .60 sympatheticmore durable the bag. thicker and with the striving, and Share knowledge and resources. Split the cost of a warehouse shopping club tolerant of the weak and the strong. membership or divide the items you buy in bulk. Because someday in life you will have Too True! been all of these. Celebrate each other’s progress and successes. It’s even more gratifying You know you’re getting old when you George Washington Carver hear the newscaster say, “To contact when you take the journey together. me, go to my Facebook page, follow Great Usesor try me the old-Floss me on Twitter, For Dental ♦ Sew way… on heavy-duty fabric. fashioned buttons e-mail." Here’s A Free, Valuable Resource… The floss won’t break as easily as Now You Can Search The Home Market, Get Helpful Community THANK YOU for reading my thread! Information, AND Receive Important Resources For Saving Time And ♦ RemoveLife!® personalon a cookie Service For cookies stuck newsletter. sheet. Money When Buying Or Selling At I wanted to produce a newsletter that ♦ Slice through hard boiled eggs, has great content and is fun and valu- able to you. or a cake (to make layers). cheese Your constructive feed- 3 Top Negotiating Tips… back is always welcome. “Who Else Wants To Win The next time you’re negotiating to buy almost anything, remember these Wonderful Church Bulletins AND…whether you’re thinking of • The Fasting & Prayer Conference buying or selling real estate, or just A Beautiful Bouquet of Flowers?” top negotiating tips: includes snacks and meals. want to stop by and say “Hi,” I’d love  Empower yourself. You have the right to negotiate. Most sellers are open • hear fromdon't forget the rummage to Ladies, you… sale. It's a chance to get rid of those to giving you a discount if it means keeping you I’m pleased to announce Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? as a customer. Terry Alm the lucky winner of last month’s quiz. And the winner is…drum roll please: things not worth keeping around Realty Executives Saskatoon the house. Bring your husbands.  DoPenny homework. person to correctly answer my quiz is great) for Dave your was the first Ten percent is a good discount (20 question. 280-0989 What country’s inhabitants have the longest average life expectancy? manufactured goods (electronics). With household goods (furniture, • At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is appliances) try for another 10 percent. The deepest discounts come on Hell?” Come early and listen to our a) Canada b) Macau c) Switzerland d) Singapore services (hotels, lawn care), where you may get up to 40 percent if you pay choir practice. cash, bundle services, and/or commit long term. • Weight Watchers will meet at 7 The answer is b) Macau. The 2009 estimate of life expectancy in this p.m. at the church. Please use large region of China is 84.36 years, according to the CIA World Factbook.  Ask for something you don’t necessarily want along with the things double door at the side entrance. Canada is 7th at 81.23 years. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia you do want. If you’re buying a dishwasher, car or TV, ask for an question. extended warranty, preferred financing or free delivery. When the seller Want Whiter Teeth? counters, you have something to “give on” to make the seller feel like Eat apples! They contain an acid that you’re meeting him/her part way in getting shown on MTV? price. What was the first music video to an agreed upon helps dissolve stains and the chewing action mimics tooth brushing. a) “You Better You Bet” by The Who b) “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits c) “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles For all your real estate needs please On Loosely” by 38 Special d) “Hold call Terry Alm I’m Just A Phone Call Away, 280-0989 Call Me At 280-0989 OR Email Me At
  4. 4. Real Estate Corner… Saskatoon’s real estate market has seen possitive growth during the past several months, April continued that trend. Unit sales were up 6% from April 2009 with 372 homes being sold as compared to April 2009 when 352 units were sold. Year to date 1,147 properties have exchanged hands, that number up 9% from 2009 when 1,056 properties exchanged hands. The average days on the market has dropped to 30 days and in some areas of the city the average days to sell is as low as 22 days (Area 5). The average residential selling price in April was $299,214 up 9% from April 2009 when the average selling price was $275,586. The average selling price year to date is $287,722 up 5% from 2009 when the average price was $274,898. There are 1,258 properties available for sale on the Saskatoon MLS compared with the 1,499 available same time last year, 16% fewer. In areas surrounding Saskatoon i.e. Martensville, Warman, etc. unit sales were up 39% with 115 properties selling as compared to April 2009 when 83 properties were sold. Year to date 283 properties have sold in these areas, that number up 28% from 2009 when 221 properties had sold. The average selling price in these areas was $233,792 down 10% from April 2009 when the average was $260,956; this reduction in the average selling price is attributable to more properties selling in the lower to mid price range. For the ninth month in a row, homebuilders in Saskatoon started work on more new houses than the year prior. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), builders started work on 75 single detached homes in the Saskatoon region in March 2010, more than doubling the 32 units started in March 2009. To March 31, 2010 Saskatoon homebuilders have started construction on a total of 365 units compared with 89 units for the same 3 months in 2009, this represents a 310% increase. Strong new home starts, favorable interest rates (@6%), optimism in the local economy, strong employment growth and consumer confidence will ensure Saskatoon leads the nation in economic growth. If you have any questions, or need capable and trustworthy representation when buying or selling, please call me at 280-0989. For all your real estate needs please call Terry Alm I’m Just A Phone Call Away, 280-0989