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July 2020




Rudolph Perkins Presents...


Rudy Perkins Realty Newsletter!

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

Tips For Working
With Your Spouse


     Working with your family — especially your spouse — can be challenging. But it doesn’t need to be. Many couples navigate working together, successfully managing a family business, and even strengthen their marriage at the same time! In fact, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 53% of managers in family-run businesses share those duties with a spouse.


     Running a business with your spouse isn’t that dissimilar from marriage: it requires effort. Here are our top tips for successfully running a business with your partner:


  • Create healthy boundaries. That means separating home and work. Don’t carry household conflicts — like forgetting to unload the dishwasher or a disagreement over parenting — into a work environment. Save resolving conflicts for after work.

  • Set working hours. Be specific with your spouse about when you do (and don’t!) want to discuss work-related issues. Unless it’s urgent, keep it to the office hours and use the rest of the day as family time.

  • Equally divide work duties. Ensure that there is an equitable division of labor and each person knows their specific duties.

  • Create your own space. Even though you may work from home, that doesn’t mean you need to be in the same room or take breaks together. You can also email your spouse to limit interruptions and keep a record of the discussion.

  • Remember the value of your relationship. Above all else, marriage, and the strength of your relationship, comes first. That means bringing the values of marriage into your working relationship, too: trust, respect, consideration, communication and being open to feedback and conflict resolution.

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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!)…


SEO – search engine optimization (ess-ee-oh) noun


Meaning: Tech-speak for technique that improves the ranking for search engine results and maximizes visitors to a website.

Sample Sentence: This blog post needs to be optimized for SEO.




Plants That Repel Pests

Did you know that grouping certain plants together both repels certain insects and optimizes the growth of the fruit or vegetable?

  • Plant basil with tomatoes to enhance their flavor and repel bugs.
  • Cabbage grows well with other brassica (broccoli, collards, brussels sprouts). Plant with onions or aromatic herbs, like thyme and hyssop, to repel the cabbage butterfly.
  • Plant carrots with onions to repel pests including rabbits!
  • Marigolds repel many pests like whiteflies, but choose the scented ones. They also encourage pollinators to visit and are beautiful additions to any garden.



Have A Laugh...

Q: What does the educated owl say?

A: Whom!


Quotes To Live By…

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”                         –Jimi Hendrix


“Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES.”             

              –William James, philosopher


“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”            
                                     –Carol Burnett

Pricing Garage Sales   


    Having a garage sale is a great way to make a few extra bucks and clear clutter that you no longer use. However, if you don’t price your items right, you could either lose money or be left with the junk you want to get rid of. Check out these “dos and don’ts” of garage sale pricing:


  • Research items that might be valuable before the sale: search for items on eBay to ensure you’re not underpricing.
  • Price items individually before the sale starts — see what items you can group together like a set of chairs, or books, but otherwise price individually. Here are some ideas for prices: clothes sell between $3-$5 an item and $1-3 for kids’ clothes; shoes are $3-$7; books sell for 25-50 cents for paperbacks or $1-2 for hardcovers; records sell for $2 each; and toys and games $1-3 depending on condition.
  • Decide on prices using a fair market value, not what you paid for them.
  • Use low-tack stickers so that signs don’t blow away, but you can still remove them without making a mark. But don’t use stickers on albums or collectable magazines. Instead, use painters’ tape.
  • Don’t hesitate when a buyer asks the price. Be firm but be open to negotiation. If their offer is too low, don’t be afraid to say no.

Keep Your Brain Young


    Just like the rest of the body, the brain needs to be kept in shape, too. Here are a few tips to keep the brain healthy and ward off cognitive impairment:

1. Stimulate your mind. Puzzles or any other mental challenges are a great way to generate new cells in the brain and develop plasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire itself). Crosswords, sudoku, or any math exercises are great.

2. Exercise. Moving your body — especially aerobic activity like running or fast-paced walking — can help prevent mental decline.

3. Watch what you eat. Another great way to keep the brain in shape is through nutritious foods which can prevent diseases, like diabetes, that take a toll on the brain. Think: colorful vegetables, high fiber foods, low sodium, and less processed foods. Antioxidant rich foods, like berries and citrus, help reduce oxidative stress (which creates a toxic imbalance) and can even lessen the effects of dementia.

4. Improve your blood pressure. High blood pressure has been linked to cognitive decline. Keep blood pressure low by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, reducing stress, and limiting alcohol.

Would You Like To Know How Much Your Neighbor's Home Listed Or Sold For?

Maybe you’re just curious. Or maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Either way, I can help…
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Simply paste this link into your browser and follow the instructions: 


Brain Teaser…

I have keys, but no locks. I have space, but no room. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I?

 (See page 4 for the answer.)

Real Estate Question?

Maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Or maybe you just 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 home-ownership.

If you have a question, tip or idea, email me at [email protected].. I’m here to help!

Ants Be Gone

As summer approaches ants come out of hiding and usually start to make their way inside. You can repel them with this simple solution: mix 1 cup of water, 4 oz Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap and 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a spray bottle and spray along door frames, baseboards.




Boxes For YOU

During stressful times it can be challenging to carve out time for yourself. These subscription boxes take the hassle out of making time for yourself by providing fun and caring activities for you.


www.mytherabox.comThis subscription box was designed by a therapist to help boost brain power and create a happier life.


www.thegoloveyourselfbox.comThis box is designed to be a monthly reminder to spend time on you. Each box comes with a self-help book, self-care items, a monthly magazine, self-coaching workbook plus lots more.


www.shophyggebox.comEach box contains seasonal items focused on helping you feel cozy and relaxed. Think: hot chocolate, tea, candles, home décor, and fairy lights.


Dealing With Selfish People


     Many relationships — whether friendships or romantic ones — deal with ups and downs, but sometimes you may encounter one of your relationships being a little too one-sided. Is your friend or partner self-absorbed? Do they consider your needs and interests before their own?


     In a society where we are generally encouraged to think of ourselves first, it can be hard to have healthy relationships that nurture and care for each other. 


     Here are some ways to regain a bit of balance in the relationship:


1. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Having a better understanding of where they are coming from might help you see things from their perspective or reveal something you’re unaware of, like them dealing with a sick relative or family member. That could explain why they’re less responsive to communication or seem distant.

2. Know your own responsibilities. A great way to manage relationships is with healthy boundaries. Set out what you are and are not responsible for. For example, we can’t make anyone feel anything, just like we can’t take responsibly for another person’s behavior, actions, or their responsibilities. We can, however, think of the other person, try to treat them kindly, and make ourselves available for them.

3. Speak up but try not to be confrontational. If you feel that you need to address selfishness in the relationship use “I” statements instead of being accusatory. For example: “When you do X, I feel Y. I’d prefer if you could consider Z next time.”

4. Share taking the lead. Consider ways you could take turns in your relationship, such as picking a place for lunch and making a reservation. You could alternate each week. The same with a regular catch up — take it in turns to make the call/arrange a date.

Thank You! Thank You!

Thank You! Thank You!


It’s my way of acknowledging good friends and saying “thanks” to those who support me and my business with referrals, word of mouth, and repeat business. 











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:

A computer keyboard

Grapes Are A Fire Hazard

Did you know that if you put grapes in the microwave they will light on fire? In 2011, a scientist at the University of Sydney recorded the fiery fruit in the microwave — the video went viral.


A later study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March 2019, found that the fireballs occur when loose electrons and ions cluster to form plasma when grapes become hot. Also—please don't try this at home!



Close Those Apps

Did you know you can close three iPhone apps in one go? Double-click the home button to show which apps are running, then swipe up, touching three app windows with three fingers to close them.



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


[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: How do I set the right price to sell my home? 


A: Like many home sellers, you might have a price in mind that is too high. You need the knowledge of a REALTOR® to give you a more realistic opinion. Here’s what you should do:


  • Ask your REALTOR® for a “total market overview.” What’s happening in general in the economy and the real estate market?
  • Get the facts for your neighborhood. What homes have or haven’t sold in the last 6-12 months, and did the sales include short sales or foreclosures?
  • Work with your REALTOR® to set the right price from the start. If you start too high, you may keep buyers away. If you lower your price in increments, it may be too late. Timing is key and buyers may already have purchased another home.

     Would you like more information on selling your home? Paste the link below into your browser to get your Free Consumer Report called “6 Steps For Selling Your Home For TOP DOLLAR.” 


Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Email me at

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Last Month's Quiz? 

What Broadway rock opera is based on Puccini’s “Bohème?”


a) Tommy b) The Wall

c) American Idiot d) Rent.


            The answer is d) Rent. The show is the story of struggling artists living in Lower Manhattan's East Village. So let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.


Which of these activities are not part of a decathlon?


a) hammer throw b) high jump
c) 110-meter hurdles d) 1500-meter run


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