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  • 5 Easy Ways To Ruin Your Car...
  • How To Stop A Running Toilet...
  • Fun Facts and Laughs: 3 Little-Known Smartphone Tricks, Protect Your Kids Online, And More...
  • Trivia Challenge: Win WE HAVE A CRUISE WINNER! ------------------------- Congratulations to Joe & Lisa Felder!
  • Real Estate Q&A: How Do I Invest In Real Estate To Build Wealth?...
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Mike & Darlene Anderson Mike & Darlene Anderson
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Dear {FIRST_NAME|Friend}...

Are you causing damage to your car without knowing it? In today’s Service For Life!® Free consumer newsletter, I’ll show you how to avoid the five most common “bad car habits” that wear down your vehicle so you can save thousands in car repair bills.

You’ll also learn how to quickly fix a running toilet, three little-known smartphone tricks, and ways to protect your kids online – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Mike & Darlene Anderson

Mike & Darlene Anderson, REALTOR®

P.S.  When you notice people talking about real estate in the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free consumer information I provide?

They may be people looking to buy a home and you can mention my Free Consumer Report: “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding, Buying and Financing Your Next Home.” They’ll be so grateful for this help. To request a copy for a friend, simply email me by clicking here.
Today's Brain Teaser . . .
There are three light switches on a wall downstairs, each of which operate three separate lightbulbs upstairs. How do you identify which switch goes with which lightbulb, if you can only make one trip upstairs?

  (see answer below)
5 Easy Ways To Ruin Your Car
Some times your car just breaks, other times it’s from years of misuse! Avoid the five most common “bad car habits” that wear down your vehicle and save thousands in car repair bills:
  1. Running too low on gas. Some auto mechanics say the sediments in your gas tank will be pulled into your system and ruin your fuel injector! The truth is you should fuel up before hitting empty even if those mechanics are wrong. You’ll prolong the life of your fuel pump because the pump gets overheated easily when it’s pumping from an empty tank. Average fuel pump repair cost: $450 to $680.

  2. Not using the parking brake. Parking on even a slight incline without a parking brake will stress your transmission. There’s a tiny pin in the transmission that holds your car still, so stopping the transmission from moving with your parking brake takes the pressure off that delicate part. Make sure you disengage the brake before you drive away! Future transmission replacement cost: $1,300 to $3,500.

  3. Not coming to a complete stop before shifting. Your transmission is a set of gears. When you shift between “reverse” to “drive” without stopping, the transmission acts as a brake, stressing those gears. Transmissions are not cheap repairs so it’s worth it to take the few extra seconds to come to a stop. See #2 for transmission cost.

  4. Riding the brakes driving downhill. You can wear your brakes out quickly by keeping that brake pedal pressed to the floor. Too much of this can even make your brake pads and brake fluid so hot that you’ll lose your brakes completely. Downshift instead to slow your car down hills. Average brake pad and rotor replacement cost: $300 to $400.

  5. “Warm up the car” by revving. Revving your car when you start it doesn’t help your car warm up, but it can harm your engine. Let your car sit and idle for up to 30 seconds to allow the oil time to recirculate and lubricate your engine’s moving parts. Potential repair cost: $2,500 to $7,000 or more depending on labor charges to install a new engine.
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Warning Before You Sell Your Home...
Don’t put your home on the market without my Free Consumer Guide titled, “How To Avoid 7 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home.” My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. To request your copy, email me by clicking here.
How To Stop A Running Toilet
It’s not just an annoying noise – a constantly running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Toilets haven’t changed much since their invention, so they’re usually easy to fix. Remove the lid and look inside for one of these problems:
  • Buildup of sediment can cause parts to malfunction. Clean any sediment off the flapper (the rubber flap at the bottom of the tank) or other parts.

  • The chain or rod connected to the flapper may be bent or could be tangled. Bend the rod straight or untangle the chain.

  • The float (the rubber or plastic balloon) needs to be above the water. If it’s filled with water and sinking, you may need to screw a new one on. See this by searching online for “ float”.

  • The flapper can become stiff as it gets old. Replace it by turning off the water, removing it, and taking it with you to the hardware store to make sure you buy the right one. Simply snap the new one in place!
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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…with no “sales pitches” or run-arounds. Call me at 803-413-4328, or email me by clicking here and I’ll give you all the facts.
Fun Facts and Laughs

3 Little-Known Smartphone Tricks . . .

Over half of adults in the U.S. and Canada now own smartphones. Try out these little-known features:
  • Make text on your phone easier to see by enlarging the font. For Android, go to Settings > Display, or Settings > Font Size, and change to a larger size. For Apple, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and turn on “Bold Text” and “Larger Text.”

  • You can use your Android or Apple devices as a level. For Android, just download an application like Bubble Level Pro or Compass Level. With an Apple device it is already built in. Tap the compass feature, then swipe across the screen to access the level.

  • You can take a screenshot of your phone’s display. On Android phones, hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. You’ll hear a shutter sound, and then the image will be saved in your image gallery. On Apple phones, press and hold the Home button and Sleep/Wake. You’ll hear the shutter sound, and your image is saved.
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Keep Your Kids Safe Online . . .

The Internet is an amazing resource for children to research school projects, communicate with their friends, and play games. Unfortunately, they’re just a click away from a pornographic website or accidentally allowing a hacker to gain access to your computer or mobile device. The following tools can keep your kids safe online so you don’t have to worry about mouse clicks leading to mischief: – This plug-in for your web browser forces websites to use a secure version if they have one (one that starts with “https” instead of “http”). This prevents hackers from stealing passwords and login information. – Parents can view Internet usage and block specific websites using this tool. You can set it up so that Internet access is shut down automatically if your child attempts to visit a blocked website multiple times.

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Shocking Lightning Facts . . .
  • If you count the seconds between the lightning flash and the thunder and then divide by five, that number is a good estimate of how many miles away the lightning is from you.
  • Lightning can travel through phone lines and travel from one person to another.
  • The temperature of a typical lightning bolt is hotter than the surface of the sun.
  • The Empire State Building is hit by lightning about 100 times per year.
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Quotes To Live By . . .

The best revenge is massive success.
–Frank Sinatra

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
–Dr. Seuss

Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles.
–Estelle Getty

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Please Welcome New Clients And Good
Friends Into Our Real Estate Family...
I’d like to take a moment to personally introduce and welcome a few of my newest clients and good friends who have supported my business over the years. And special thanks for everyone who thought of me with your referrals!

“We have a Cruise Winner! Who Else wants to win?” We almost have enough referrals to draw for another cruise. To qualify; when we receive a warm referral from you and successfully take them to the closing table we will add your name to the drawing. We need 5 closed referrals before drawing. Thanks once again for thinking of us. Currently in the hat for the next drawing; Travis Boland, Harry Tian, Josh Royer ………… Call Darlene At 413-4328 OR Email Mike At And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners!
Trivia Challenge for the Month...
“Who Else Wants To Win WE HAVE A CRUISE WINNER! ------------------------- Congratulations to Joe & Lisa Felder!?”
Guess who won last month's Trivia Question? I'm pleased to announce the lucky winner of last month's quiz. And the winner is...drum roll please: Win a Cruise ! was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.

What news channel reported in April 1930 that “there was no news” and instead played piano music?
a) WNBC   b) BBC   c) CNN   d) CBS

The answer is b) BBC. On April 18, 1930 the British Broadcasting Corporation decided there was no “newsworthy news.” So, let's move on to this month's trivia question.

Where is the only McDonald’s in the world with turquoise arches?

a) Sedona, USA  
b) Split, Croatia
c) Berlin, Germany  
d) Mexico City, Mexico

EMAIL ME BY: Clicking Here OR Call Me At 803-413-4328 And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners!
Brain Teaser Answer:
Light bulbs get warm when you turn them on. You can turn the first switch on for a few minutes, then turn it off. Turn the next switch on, then head upstairs. The first one you turned on will be warm, and the second will be on. The last one, of course, is still off!
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.
Real Estate Q & A . . .
Q.  How can I build wealth with real estate rental properties?
A. Before purchasing rental property, consider the following factors to make a good investment:
  • Find moderately priced properties, so you can generate more cash flow than higher priced properties. Your tenant’s rent should cover the mortgage, utilities, and additional expenses in order to produce a cash flow.

  • Get the full cost of owning and repairing the home. Have a property inspection before you purchase the property to identify any potential repairs. Also, get written quotes from contractors for repairs you’ll need to make before renting out the home.

  • Carefully select your tenants. Each time a renter leaves, you have to prep it for another tenant by paying for repairs, possible upgrades, and other costs such as advertising, credit and background checks, plus taking time to show the unit. Long-term tenants are better for your investment, so choose wisely and treat them well!
     To learn more, call me to request my Free Consumer Report called “How to Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.”

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 803-413-4328 or email me by clicking here. Perhaps I’ll feature it in my next issue!
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