As a victim of copper theft, I’m always on the lookout for new solutions. After my theft, I was tempted to protect my copper pipes by attaching the 220 volt circuit to the copper pipe creating a copper thief version of a bug zapper, but I figured I’d probably be sent to jail as the bodies of dead copper thieves started to pile up in the backyard. My lawyer insists I mention that I do not recommend electrifying your copper pipes or doing anything that involves killing copper thieves. (To my lawyer: Are you happy now?) As tempting as copper thief trapping would be, we have to look at non-lethal methods of controlling this vermin. Here are a few available to you.
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Great house pictures attract buyers while bad pictures repel home buyers. Make sure your agent follows these tips to get great looking pictures to make your house stand out from the competition. You’d be surprised how bad some MLS photos look. I even found a website that makes fun of bad real estate photos. That site is www.lovelylisting.com. While pictures featured on that site may be extreme examples of bad photography, many MLS pictures do not do the featured house justice. If your agent uses a pocket-sized camera with a built-in flash or worse yet, a phone camera to take pictures of your house, you are in trouble.
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The iPad 2 has been out for awhile and like every other earthling, I am drooling over the possibilities of the iPad 3 and hang on every rumor involving the iPhone 5. Besides being a gateway drug to buy all things Apple, my iPad and iPhone have freed me greatly from my PC (sorry, I mean Mac Pro) and made my Windows notebook computer a very expensive paperweight. The new iPads and iPhones were made for road warriors of all types, but especially for real estate agents.
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Virtual Tours have become the new “got to have” tool in the agent’s arsenal and every client wants their house featured in a virtual tour. I hate the virtual tour packages that are popular today. I always have and I always will. There are two types of virtual tours that I see most often. The first is a set of still photographs created in a slideshow that looks like a crappy PowerPoint slideshow complete with annoying background music that grates on your nerves and announces to all your co-workers that you are loafing on the job if you have your PC’s volume set too high.
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Please excuse the spotty network availability of our websites during the past two weeks. On Tuesday, July 20, which will be forever known by my company as “Black Tuesday,” we upgraded our AT&T DSL internet services to the new AT&T Uverse for a faster Internet connection. While U-verse seems to be a good product offering a much faster internet service than DSL, it has many problems regarding the Uverse 2-Wire router and trying to find someone in Tech Support that not only knows what you’re talking about, but also can provide some sort of help. We chronicled our adventure in AT&T support and learned a few shortcuts we want to pass on. Read this before you spend the next 15 hours of your life dealing with AT&T’s Tech Support. By the way, “Thank you for using AT&T.”
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