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September 2021

BRIDGEPORT, CT


 

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Rudolph Perkins Presents...

 

Rudy Perkins Realty Newsletter!

"Insider Tips For Healthy, Wealthy & Happy Living..."


How To Know If You're Being Paid What You're Worth

 

    It used to be taboo to talk about money, but there are many ways now to figure out what you should be getting paid. And if you aren’t getting paid, what’s fair? We've listed some ideas to fix that.

 

     While meritocracy — the idea that you achieve success through hard work — may be evident in previous generations, it doesn’t necessarily work that way anymore in the fast-paced corporate world. Sometimes people are paid unfairly, especially among different sexes, and skill development and education aren’t always equally rewarded.

 

     Given that we spend such a large proportion of our lives (up to a third) working, it’s important to know your skill level and your worth to keep ahead of the game when it comes to compensation. Plus, recognizing your skills builds self-esteem and confidence: two key elements that regulate our sense of well-being.

 

     Here are three tips to ensure you’re being paid what you’re worth:

 

  • Subscribe to industry publications and websites: Not only can you keep up to date with advances in your industry, but you can also check the job section to see what the market rate is for your role.
  • Speak to recruiters: While you may not be actively looking for a new job, it’s a smart move to keep an updated resume with a few recruiters. That way, if something that matches your skillset comes up, you’ll know what is available and how much you would be compensated.
  • Talk to peers and coaches: Networking within your industry cannot be underestimated. It’s helpful to know peers in your industry. You can share opportunities or honestly compare compensation and benefits.

 

 

 

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Learn How To Maximize The Value Of Your Home...

Did you know there’s a free consumer report showing what to fix to get the most value for your home?  It’s called “Make Your Home Show Like A Model Without Breaking The Bank,” and it’s an essential guide to homeowner profits.  You can get a free copy by emailing me at [email protected] 

Word of the Month…

Studies have shown your income and wealth are directly related to the size and depth of your vocabulary. Here is this month’s word, so you can impress your friends (and maybe even fatten your wallet!)…

 

Behoove (bee-hoov) verb

 

Meaning: there are benefits to take a particular direction.

 

Sample Sentence: It behooves us to choose this route.

 

 

 

Did You Know...

Does your body lose weight on an airplane? The low humidity environment on a plane can reduce your body water by up to 8 percent! Even more, a reason to ensure you drink lots of water (not alcohol because it is dehydrating) before and during your flight. When you land, try to rehydrate and consider an electrolyte drink to replenish essential minerals and electrolytes that you lose while flying. 

 

 

5 Home Maintenance Tips For Fall

  • Fertilize your lawn and cut grass short
  • Detach your water hoses
  • Clean out gutters
  • Check for drafts and seal leaky windows
  • Store outdoor furniture or cover to protect from the elements

 

Have A Laugh

How do you stop someone from stealing your bagel out of the refrigerator at work? Put a lox on it.

 

Quotes To Live By...

“Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?”          –Robin Williams

 

“The purpose in life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.”

–H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author

 

Quick Conversation Starters

          

     Small talk can be challenging for many people. Even the most talkative and outgoing people sometimes hit a lull in the conversation or aren’t sure how to talk with strangers. Here are a few conversation starters to overcome that social anxiety:

  • How do you know [name of the party/dinner host]?
  • Have you heard about [insert news story]? Follow that up with: What do you think about that?
  • You seem familiar. Where might I know you from?
  • What do you do for work?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  • Do you have any children? Tell me about them (if they do).
  • Ask for an opinion about what you’re doing (shopping, waiting in line for something that involves a choice, etc.)
  • Ask a trivia question (great in a group setting). Try using the question from last month’s issue of this newsletter. The answer is on the last page.

 

 

Renovations You May Regret

 

     Owning a home may feel like a green light to making it the house of your dreams. But, before you spend your hard-earned money, it’s important to keep in mind the bigger picture, especially if you intend to move to a different home in the next few years. Here are a few tips to keep your projects focused and money-smart:

  • Try to avoid specializations: You may love a quirky bathroom or floor design, but it may make the future buyer of your home think twice. Instead, opt for neutral décor or something fun that is easily changed (think bright pink wall paint instead of bright pink sinks).
  • Go small: Rather than paint or wallpaper an entire room, why not go for a feature or accent wall? This will make redecoration easier for future buyers and easy to change if YOU change your mind.
  • Plan for storage: When renovating kitchens and bathrooms, it’s important to keep in mind the need for storage. Future buyers may have children and need much more storage. More is usually better.
  • Avoid luxury items: It may be tempting to go for a custom-made marble countertop from Italy. However, that’s an expense you may not recoup when selling your home.

 

 

 www.rudyperkinsrealty.com

Free Consumer Help Is Just A Phone Call Away

Learn valuable secrets for saving thousands and avoiding costly mistakes when buying, selling, or refinancing a home. Best of all, it’s FREE. Ask about my “Insider’s Free Resources” by emailing me at [email protected]

DID YOU KNOW

THANKS for your referrals! People naturally think of me when a friend or family member needs help buying or selling a home. Unlike most real estate agents, I DON’T spend my time pestering people with phone calls or bothersome interruptions to find good clients. Instead, I dedicate 110% of my time and energy to providing such outstanding service.

Brain Teaser…

In a one-story orange house there was an orange cat, an orange sofa, red-haired owner, orange dining room chairs, and an orange kitchen. What color were the stairs?

 (See page 4 for the answer.)

Real Estate Question?

Maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Or maybe you need a recommendation for a handyman, carpet cleaner, or plumber…Either way, I love hearing from all of my good friends and clients. And I’m happy to help answer questions you might have about anything relating to real estate or homeownership.


If you have a question, tip or idea, call me at (203) 243-3820 or email me at [email protected] I’m here to help!

Aromatherapy Mood Cheats

Certain scents can help relax the body and mind. Aromatherapy uses essential oils with natural scents to help you de-stress. Here are three go-to stress relievers:

Peppermint can alleviate headaches — apply a few drops to the temples.

Orange can help brighten your mood if you’re feeling a little sluggish and unmotivated — add to a diffuser (find them at home décor stores).

Lavender is a great stress reliever — either smell the oil from the bottle or diffuse a few drops.

 

 

 

Helpful Image Websites

Whether you want to design your own wedding or party flyers, find free high-quality images, or locate the origin of an image, try these sites:

www.unsplash.com –This website has thousands of images you can download and use for free for work or social media.

www.images.google.com –Using the reverse image search on Google will allow you to find the source or origin of an image if it’s online.

www.canva.com – Create your own flyers, posters, Instagram stories, or Facebook banners with this free graphic design software.

 

 

 

Make Your Self-Care Plan Work For You

 

     Various studies show that many of us suffer from stress and anxiety, and more so during difficult times. Taking care of ourselves should be our number one priority, but somehow it often gets relegated further down our personal priority lists.

 

     Here is how to build a self-care strategy that focuses on your mental and physical well-being and fits into the busiest schedules.
 

1. Choose rituals and practices that are realistic for you. It’s all very well choosing the most stress-relieving practice there is, but if you can’t see yourself doing it, it won’t be something you keep up with. Before committing to any self-care activity, think about how realistic it is and if you would actually enjoy it and DO it—plan from there.

2. Plan out self-care. It is easier to stick to a self-care plan if you block out time in your schedule for a self-care or de-stressing activity. You don’t need 90 minutes for a yoga class; try starting small first. Block out 20 minutes to stretch at lunchtime or 15 minutes to practice a meditation first thing in the morning before work.

3. Be organized. While you can and should be flexible with your schedule as things change throughout your week, being organized about self-care can help you stay on track. Practice doing a certain activity on a certain day or at a certain time during your day. Repeating that each week will encourage the practice to become a habit.

4. Prioritize sleep. This self-care activity is a no-brainer, but it is often the one most under-utilized. Adults need 7–9 hours of sleep per night. Prioritizing sleep will help manage stress levels and can even help you maintain a healthier weight.

5. Aim to exercise. Exercise improves sleep, reduces stress levels, and helps to keep you on track with your health goals. Experts advise getting around 150 minutes of exercise a week, which may feel like a lot, but it’s only around 20 minutes per day! Start with a walk around the block before bedtime and see how your sleep improves.

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Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

 

I want to take a moment to personally thank all of my newest clients and good friends who have supported my business over the years.  And special thanks to everyone who thought of me with your referrals! 

 

 

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Thanks For Thinking of Me!

Did you know I can help you or any of your friends or family save time and money when buying or selling a home? Thanks for keeping me in mind with your referrals…and spreading the word about my services.

Brain Teaser Answer:

There weren’t any stairs.
It was a one-story house.

 

Tips For Back-To-School Anxiety

As kids return to school, they sometimes feel a little nervous after being out all summer (or it may be their first year!). Here are some tips to help quell that anxiety:

1. Acknowledge kids' anxiety and validate their feelings by letting them know you hear them.

2. Talk about it. Ask what they’re afraid of and how you can help alleviate that worry.

3. Try practicing a five-minute meditation or breathing technique (try insighttimer.com)

4. Adjust their routine. You may need to bring forward bedtime if they have to get up earlier to head to school.

 

THANK YOU for reading Rudy Perkins Realty, my

personal newsletter. I wanted to produce a newsletter that has great content and is fun and valuable to you. Your constructive feedback is always welcome.

AND…whether you’re thinking of buying, selling or financing real estate, or just want to stop by and say “Hi,” I’d love to hear from you…

 

Rudolph Perkins

Rudy Perkins Realty

203-243-3820

[email protected]

Disclaimer: The information contained in this letter is intended for informational purposes. It should not substitute as legal, accounting, investment, medical or other professional services advice. Always seek a competent professional for answers to your specific questions. This letter is not intended to solicit real estate properties currently for sale.

Real Estate Corner…

 

Q:  Why do some homes sell in days when others take months or don’t sell at all

A: When sellers or their real estate agents overlook any important ingredients of a successful sale, a home can linger on the market.  Here are three reasons why a home doesn’t sell quickly:

 

  • The asking price is too high. When a home first comes on the market, the list price must be at or near the market value, so buyers see it as a good value and put in an offer.  If you want to know your home’s current value, I will gladly conduct a Maximum Home Value Audit.  I conduct this in-depth analysis for no charge to identify your home’s highest possible value. 
  • Poor marketing plan.  Many real estate agents will do nothing more than put the house on the MLS.  When I am hired to sell a home, I use a 28 Step Home Marketing Plan to reach more potential buyers in the first few weeks after a home is listed for sale. 
  • The home is not staged properly.  A buyer wants to buy a home they can imagine living in with their family.  If the house is not staged or done incorrectly, buyers may lose interest and move on to other homes.  Get the facts on how to stage yourself properly by requesting my Free Consumer Guide, “4-Steps To Stage Your Home For A Fast Sale.”

If you have questions or need a capable and trustworthy representation, please email me at [email protected]

 www.rudyperkinsrealty.com

“Who Wants To Win

$50.00 Gift Certificate?”

 

Then be the first person to answer this month's quiz correctly. 

 

Last Month's Quiz.

 

The former name of what South Asian country is still used on several foods and cooking ingredients,
including tea and cinnamon?

 

a) Pakistan b) India c) Nepal d) Sri Lanka

     
The answer is d) Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon from 1796 until 1948.

 

This month's trivia question.

 

Which of these famous cookies is the most popular?

 

a) Girl Scout Thin Mints b) Oreos c) Nilla Wafers d) Chips Ahoy!

 

 Email Me At [email protected]And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners!