Archive for January, 2010

EXIT Realty: Interview with Chris Gabledon, Realtor (part 3)

January 29, 2010
  1. Please retweetIs EXIT Realty looking to hire in the coming year?
    Yes
  2. What have you done to go the extra mile for your clients?
    I had a client that was looking to purchase his dream home in the Santa Clarita Valley when, all of a sudden, my client was notified that his company was relocating him out of the area.  Immediately, I switched gears and focused on the area where he would be transferred and within a week, I was able to find my client’s dream home and the family was very happy.

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EXIT Realty: Interview with Chris Gabledon, Realtor (part 2)

January 29, 2010
  1. Please retweetWhat is the niche that makes you stand out above everybody else?
    Excellent client relationship and the ability to get the client from A to Z, whether it’s a purchase or a sale.
  2. What products and/or services do you offer?
    Our services at EXIT Realty include helping buyers as well as sellers in their real estate transactions.  We process short sales, loan modifications, relocations and guidance in how to move forward in the real estate market.
  3. What kind of promotions do you offer?  What kind of promotions would you like to offer?
    N/A
  4. What do you like about working in the Santa Clarita Valley?
    We have been working in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 10 years.  We have established a great relationship with our clients and their families to make the Santa Clarita Valley a great place to live for our kids.
  5. In terms of your business, what are you looking forward to in the coming year?
    Reaching out to potential clients who are looking for alternatives to foreclosure and guiding them on the alternative choices that are available to them.  We also look forward to guiding our clients and prospective clients in buying or selling property in a timely manner with the least amount of stress.

    (to be continued…)

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Francis M. Unson

EXIT Realty: Interview with Chris Gabledon, Realtor (part 1)

January 29, 2010
  1. Please retweetWhat are your names?
    Chris & Lisa Gabledon (jointly)
  2. What is the name of your business?
    EXIT Realty
  3. What year did you establish your business?
    1998
  4. How did you go about getting your business started?
    Learning about the business through seminars, training classes, and prospecting.

    (to be continued…)

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EXIT Realty

January 29, 2010

Please retweetAccording to the Department of Commerce, December saw a 4% drop in new home starts, while 2009 was the worst year in home starts in decades.  However, the outlook for 2010 is much more positive, as the department has seen that builders in 2010 have pulled 11% more permits for home starts than last month.  Builders are forecasting that 2010 will offer a more favorable climate for housing construction and sales as a result of a recovering economy and declining unemployment.

Chris Gabledon, Realtor for EXIT Realty in Santa Clarita, California

Chris Gabledon, Realtor for EXIT Realty

Chris Gabledon, realtor for EXIT Realty SCV, looks forward to serving prospective home buyers in the coming year.  A realtor in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1998, he provides services such as helping buyers and sellers with real estate transactions, and processing short sales, loan modifications, relocations, and guidance in navigating the real estate market.  If you are looking for a company that can help you buy or sell property in a timely manner, or are looking for alternatives to foreclosure, look no further than Chris Gabledon!

Chris Gabledon, Realtor for EXIT Realty SCV

Chris Gabledon, Realtor for EXIT Realty SCV

Chris Gabledon, Realtor for EXIT Realty SCV
23734 Valencia Blvd., Suite 307
Valencia, CA 91355
Ph: 661.254.3948 Ext. 213
chrisgabledon [AT] aol [DOT] com
Lic. #01227710

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Toyota car recall goes global

January 28, 2010

Please retweetToyota announced plans to recall 1.1 million more cars in the US a day after saying it was suspending sales of eight popular US models, bringing the total number of cars recalled in the US to almost eight million.  The number of cars in the recall involving gas pedals has grown to at least 5.3 million.  According to Toyota, the cars included in the recall were manufactured between March 19, 2009 and January 25, 2010 in Tianjin, China.  The vehicles included in the floormat-related recall include:

  • 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2009-2010 Venza
  • 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
  • 2006-2010 IS250
  • 2006-2010 IS350
  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

Most, but not all, of the vehicles involved in the stuck pedal recall are also involved in the other recall. They are:

  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2009-2010 Toyota RAV4, Corolla and Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia
  • and some 2007-2010 Camrys.

Read more here and here.

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Gift Ideas for Under $10!

January 28, 2010

Have you ever sat down and tried to compile a list of gift ideas for under $10 for any occasion of the year, whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Valentine’s Day?  BetterBudgeting.com author, Michelle Jones, has compiled a money-saving list that will help you save money during this down economy.

  1. Whether you need to buy a present for a birthday, graduation, or Christmas, here is a list of gift ideas under $10 for any occasion!

    Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup

  2. Pound of pistachios
  3. Child’s artwork, framed
  4. Journal with special inscription inside
  5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
  6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
  7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
  8. Collage of special photos
  9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
  10. Bottle of sparkling cider
  11. Home baked bread, include recipe
  12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
  13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
  14. Craft supplies
  15. Holiday serving bowl or platter

Read all 63 of her money-saving gift ideas here.

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Facebook.com/FlowerBlossoms is online!

January 27, 2010

Please retweetWe’d like to thank everybody for their support in helping us to acquire Facebook.com/FlowerBlossoms, the official URL of Flower Blossoms’ Facebook Page! It took all day, but with your help and at least 25 of you becoming a Fan of Flower Blossoms, we were able to add the link!  We look forward to promoting small and medium businesses (SMB’s) in Santa Clarita, CA, in the coming year.  Thank you very much!

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The Mars Rover, Spirit, no longer roams the Red Planet

January 26, 2010

Spirit, the first of the two rovers of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission, will remain a static science station after efforts to extricate it from soft soil, and two of its six wheels, have failed.  Mission control plans to tilt the rover in a way that will maximize the amount of sunlight falling on its solar panels during the winter months.  However, because of the small amount of energy that the batteries can store, the rover will “hibernate” in April and emerge in August or September, when the sun is high in the Martian sky.  Read more

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Why is English a difficult language?

January 26, 2010

Why does much of the world perceive English as a difficult language?  Some reasons include:

  • The large number of consonants and vowels in English’s sound bank
  • Irregularities in diphthongs
  • (In)definite article usage
  • Irregularities in verb forms
  • Irregularities in spelling overall

Of course, as a native of the United States, I grew up hearing and learning English all my life.  The difficulties in learning English are usually highlighted by people from non-English speaking countries that learn English as a foreign language.  The inconsistencies in English, therefore, are probably what make English a difficult language to learn, with a litany of “exceptions to the rules” to learned along the way.

Most languages of the world do not have the same sound banks as each other, even languages that are in the same family.  Foreigners learning English have a tendency to use the sound bank or fall back on grammar rules of their native language, resulting in a tendency to make the same types of errors.  Read more

If you would like to tackle a poem that reveals the difficulties in learning the English language, go here.

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Wireless Security

January 26, 2010

Nowadays, we are seemingly surrounded by WiFi hotspots wherever we go in public: the library, the bookstore, even fast-food restaurants.  Do we give wireless security a second thought and find out how secure these hotspots really are?  According to most peoples’ experiences, not very secure.  Public access of wireless Internet hotspots caters to all types of users: college students, parents, and business travelers alike.  If people decide to use the Internet at these hotspots, the places hosting the WiFi hotspots and users alike should take precautions to protect the wireless network and the computers on it.

  • Precautions you should take to make your wireless network and the computers on it more secure.Use encryption to scramble communications over the network.  If you have a choice, WiFi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) is stronger than Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a firewall.
  • Most wireless routers have a mechanism called identifier broadcasting.  Turn it off so your computer won’t send a signal to any device in the vicinity announcing its presence.

Read more about Wireless Security on OnGuardOnline.gov, a website maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The video, below, is a short tutorial on how to secure your Wi-Fi network:

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