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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
I have learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel. * Always, always always acknowledge someone's negative feelings right away, if they have them. This allows the person to feel heard and understood and creates an arena for better understanding. When our negative emotions are not addressed they can fester, grow more dramatic with bad behavior or disrupt the balance of our very cells. Cancer has been linked to deep grief and unresolved pain.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
How can you green your kitchen?   Tame the room's biggest energy hog: the refrigerator. First, make sure the temp isn't to low. The fridge should be at 37 degrees. Then do a little fridge feng shui: Don't stuff it, but make sure it's adequately stocked so it doesn't  have to work hard to cool empty space. Need to go shopping? Fake a full fridge, and save energy, by putting a few pitchers and bowls of water on the shelves.   Fitness Magazine
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Recently I have had several customers ask... what are loan points? I thought this was common knowledge... but here goes... Points are interest paid in advance to reduce the rate on a loan. One point is equal to 1% of the mortgage amount. The general rule is that 1 point is worth 1/8 of 1% off the loan rate. The decision to pay points for a lower rate is based on how much the seller is willing to contribute to points, how long you plan to stay in the house, and how important lower payments are compared to higher closing costs. You will need to calculate the long-term value of points based on these factors, keeping in mind that points are generally tax deductible in the year paid.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Wise Up As your waist expands, your brain contracts. Obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue then those with a normal BMI, new research reveals. "Once your brain volume decreases by 10 percent, you begin to show symptoms of Alzheimer's," says researcher Paul Thompson, Ph.D., professor of neurology at UCLA School of Medicine. Protect and reenergize gray matter with vigorous exercise for 30 to 60 minutes several time a week. Fitness Magazine
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
The Fat Trap   Reaching for a third helping? Palmitic acid, a type of saturated  fat in butter, cheese and red meat, blocks satiety hormones and increases appetite, new research shows. "After three days of eating this type of fat, your brain pays less attention to the signals to stop eating," says Deborah J. Clegg R.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The fix? Choose nonfat cheese and swap butter for olive oil, which contains oleic acid and won't impair your fullness switch. Fitness Magazine
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If I've given extravagant gifts in the past, do I have to continue the tradition? You should only think about two things when you think about price--your budget and your relationship to the person. What I give my sister might be different than what I give to my coworker. The other thing is, you don't need to explain that things will be smaller unless you think someone is counting on your gift.   Anna Post's Gift Giving Advice     
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What is the most tactful way to say "I don't want to exchange presents this year"? The subtle hint may not work here. If it's your close friends and family you may need to actually have a chat. It's sort of a big expectation at the holidays, so it may take saying something along the lines of, "you know, this year is going to be really tight, and I'm not sure we're going to be able to exchange gifts the way that we usually do." It's a litter gentler than saying, "I cant get you a present," and it also says a bit about why.   Anna Post's gift giving advice
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Is re-gifting acceptable?   It's something you have to do carefully. It should never be something that was handmade for you. That being said, in a tight economy, it can be a very practical solution. The key is the present has to be in the packing it came in from the store, and it should be something you think the person will really want to have.   Anna Post'a gift giving advice
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
How do you react if someone gives you a gift, but you don't have one for that person?   You don't need to rush out and get them something. Instead just simply say "thank you. That was so incredibly thoughtful," and send the person a thank you note. If you were genuinely planning to get something for that person, just say, "I don't have your present yet, but it will be coming."   Anna Post's gift giving advice
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Which is better for me, ground or whole flaxseed?   Choose ground for easier absorption, says Fitness advisory board member Lisa Young, an adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University and author of The Portion Teller. Whole flaxseed may pass through your body undigested, which means you wont get any of the health benefits (the nut-flavored seed is high in fiber, heart healthy omega-3s and phytochemicals). Bake a tablespoon of flaxseed into cookies or muffins, or add to cereal.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
My Old Broker once told me to shut off my computer at lunch. But will the juice required to power down and reboot offset the energy savings?   You'll save some energy turning your computer off for an hour, but those modest energy gains might come at the expense of your computer's longevity. To figure out just how much energy an average computer consumes during it's various states of use, we asked Harvard University physicist Wolfgang Rueckner to run a few tests on his 2005 iMac G5. While starting up and shutting down the machine gobbled about 130 watts (a measure of the amount of electricity used at any instant). It consumed 92 watts sitting idle, and whispered along at 4 watts in sleep mode. Turned off, it sipped 2.8 watts because it was still plugged into an outlet. Adding in the cons...
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A Florida police deputy, fired for drunken misconduct, is suing for damages on the grounds that alcoholism is a recognized handicap. Sgt. Clinton Knowles was fired in 2008 after drunkenly groping 2 women. But Knowles claims in his lawsuit that the Sarasota's Sheriff's office had a duty under Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate the perceived and/or actual alcoholism of the Plaintiff" and enroll him in a rehab program.  The Week magazine.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Daily Real Estate News  |  May 12, 2009  |   Improvement Coming to Buyer Tax Credit? Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Federal Housing Administration is working on a plan that will permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.Previously, most buyers wouldn't receive the funds until after they filed their tax return, and that deterred some people from using the credit. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has been calling for the change. "We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a down payment," Donovan says. His remarks came in an address to several thousand REALTORS® gathered May...
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
    Real Estate Statistics For Menomonie, Dunn County Wisconsin          Here are some real estate statistics for Menomonie, Dunn County Wisconsin From January 1, 2006 to  Dec. 1, 2006 there was a total of $114,752,630 in real estate sold in Dunn County From January 1, 2007 to  Dec. 1, 2007 there was a total of $113,584,494 in real estate sold in Dunn County From January 1, 2008 to  Dec. 1, 2008 there was a total of $92,564,253 in real estate sold in Dunn County From January 1, 2009 to  Dec. 1, 2009 there was a total of $86,843,026 in real estate sold in Dunn County Currently in Menomonie, Wisconsin there are 99 pieces of real estate for sale. the average being close to 80 at any given time. Currently there a total of 322 pieces of real estate for sale in the entire Dunn County Area, wi...
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
This cute little turkey note holder can hang from your refrigerator or your front door. Whether his note says "Welcome", "Where's the Beef?" or "What's for Dinner?," everyone will think he's adorable! What you'll need:                                                   2 jumbo craft sticks Brown acrylic craft paint Small wooden clothespin Paintbrush Small straw hat, cut in half Scissors                                          Small red foam heart                                   Miniature orange foam triangle 2 yellow foam chick feet 2 small wiggle eyes White craft glue Hot glue gun 9 feathers in fall colors                                                                                            Click to view larger How to make it: Paint both craft sticks and clothespin with brown pa...
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Your E-mail Address & Spam.  If you're going to be ordering something from a website and want to avoid future Spam, or if there's someone you'd really like to be honest with, but only if you can remain anonymous, then register for a temporary e-mail account at guerrillamail.com. It's free, and you'll be able to use the address to receive messages for 15 minutes and send them for 60 minuets. After that...poof! You never existed.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Only In America   A Florida man as files to win compensation for a "defective" pair of underwear. Albert Freed, 62, claims that over a two week vacation in Hawaii, the fly flap of his briefs rubbed his genitals like "sandpaper belts." Asked by a judge why he didn't notice sooner, the 285 pound Freed said he couldn't see his own genitals, and he didn't ask his wife to look because it might "ruin her vacation."  
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
From Telemarketers...   The Federal Trade Commission manages the National Do Not Call Registry. If you add your home and/or cell number (sorry, no work numbers) to this list, you should stop being bothered by telemarketers within 31 days. Charities, political organization, and telephone surveys are exempt, as are business you have called or dealt with in the last 3 to 18 months. It's most convenient to opt out by phone (888-382-1222), since calling from the number you want added to the registry requires less information from you than opting out online at donotcall.gov.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Abandoned by McDonald's.   Iceland's economy is now so bad, it can't even support a McDonald's. The owner of the country's three McDonald's restaurants said this week he was closing them all because the collapse of island's currency, the krona, had driven up the cost of importing beef and cheese. Jon Ogmunds son said that to stay in business, he would have to charge about $7.00 for a Big Mac, a price customers are not willing to pay. Iceland nearly went bankrupt last year and the krona lost 50% of it's value against the euro. The Week Magazine.
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By Jason Simonson, Realty Executives - Menomonie WI
Dealing With Slackers   It may seem counterintuitive, but during though economic times some workers are more inclined to slack off, said Eilene Zimmerman in the New York Times. "People are feeling uncertain and insecure, so they spend more time talking about problems then getting work done," says organizational; psychologist Paul Damiano. Still, of a co-worker's lack of motivation is affecting your own job, there may come a point when you need to say something. "don't stew about the problem and vent to others." your own productivity will only suffer.   Start by speaking with your colleague in a private setting, and use concrete examples to explain what you are seeing and it's impact on you," said Amy Gallo in Business Week. Ask questions before pointing fingers. If your colleague's shor...
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