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How to protect your house during severe summer weather PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:20
The warm summer brings about plenty of fun in the sun with picnics, camping and backyard parties. However, these months can produce severe weather, from tornadoes to hurricanes. In addition to planning fun outdoor activities to enjoy in the summer heat, Americans should also prepare their homes for the worst that Mother Nature can bring.
Recent weather events like Superstorm Sandy along the East Coast and the tornadoes in Oklahoma have heightened awareness about emergency preparedness and the importance of having reliable backup power. Severe summer storms can strike at any moment anywhere in the U.S., so it's important for all homeowners to develop an emergency plan now, before the next big storm hits. Here are a few tips to help people protect their homes, belongings and families during severe weather events.
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Moving? Try to avoid June PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:20
Summer is busiest time of the year for home and business moves. In fact, an estimated 65 percent of the 43 million Americans who are moving this year will do so in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
What does that mean for those with a move in the immediate future? Considering the fact that moving is ranked just behind death and divorce in terms of life's most stressful events, a summer move might mean stocking up on extra stress balls and taking a few extra deep breaths along the way.
"Whether you are hiring help or doing it yourself, you can expect a fair amount of anxiety," says Sean E. Burns, a psychologist with Counseling Associates of West Michigan. "It's helpful to simply recognize that it's normal that your life is out of order during this period. Once moved, it's important to resume life's routines as soon as possible. Don't worry about getting everything in place right away; put a priority on resuming your workouts and family trips to the park, and the rest will take care of itself over time."
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Terra offers course in pre-licensure real estate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:10
FREMONT - This fall the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies will be offering pre-licensure real estate courses at Terra State Community College. The college has offered real estate classes in the past and this is a new collaboration.
The Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies is the oldest real estate pre-licensing school in Ohio. They have helped launch many successful careers as real estate sales agents, brokers, appraisers, trainers, managers, and personal assistants. Their team of certified instructors uses a variety of teaching methods to help students understand course content and the professional needs of the real estate industry, leading to outstanding success. Through the partnership with Terra State, they will offer these non-credit classes preparing students to begin their careers in the real estate industry.
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Local real estate agent earns e-PRO certification PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:07
Nathan Eberly of Key Realty has completed the e-PRO Certification Program and has been awarded the e-PRO Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the National Association of Realtors.
Eberly joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR's e-PRO certification and dedicated time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today's connected consumers.
Working together with the Social Media Marketing Institute, NAR redesigned the e-PRO curriculum to better meet the challenges of today's real estate market.
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Transform garage-sale castoffs into fun finds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:51
As the warmer weather is upon us, it brings many new activities: baseball, picnics, beach time and garage sales. People are purging what they don't need or no longer want.
It's the perfect opportunity to turn their trash into your treasure. From outdated odds and ends to forgotten furniture, there is a wealth of worthy items just waiting to be found, re-imagined and re-purposed.
• Pretty in paint. Rusty metal, chipped paint, colors from another decade - they are common sights for the garage sale shopper. But when you look beyond these imperfections - and at their spray paint potential - you'll soon find some diamonds in the rough.
Metal products, such as tables, chairs, garden tools or even watering cans, can receive an easy and instant update spray paint.
• New uses for old things. The key to finding items at garage sales is to look at how they can be used in new and different ways. Don't view that dusty, broken typewriter or vintage camera as mechanical pieces you have to fix, but rather as interesting design elements to be admired on bookshelves and mantels.
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