January 19, 2010

SERVICE FOR LIFE NEWSLETTER-LA PAZ UPDATE FEB 2010

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Inside This Issue…

How To Prevent Portion Distortion
Free Trial? Maybe Not…
Fun Facts and Laughs: Uses of WD-40, Most Watched Shows of the Last
Decade, and More…
Trivia Challenge:
Real Estate Corner: How Can You Protect Your Home From Water Damage?

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Dear Subscriber,

Are restaurant portions causing you to gain extra pounds? The answer
is probably “yes” – after all, restaurant portions have gained 40
percent in size over the last 30 years.

You can learn how to prevent portion distortion and help control your
weight (plus lots more!) in my latest Service For Life! ® Free
consumer newsletter.

Enjoy your issue, and please feel free to contact me whenever a
friend, family member or neighbor needs a real estate professional to
help with buying or selling in La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico.

To health, success and laughter in your life!

Gordon G. Herpst

Gordon G. Herpst, REALTOR®

Omni Services S.A. de C.V.

Today’s Brain Teaser . . .

What do Miga, Quatchi and Sumi have in common? (answer below)

How To Prevent Portion Distortion . . .

Your mother’s old adage “finish your plate” isn’t the best advice
anymore. Whether you eat out (restaurant portions are up 40 percent
over the last 30 years) or eat in at home, portion sizes have grown
out of proportion, causing many of us to consume extra calories and
add unhealthy pounds. Here’s how to prevent portion distortion and
help control your weight.

Know your terms. A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat
for a meal. Big or small – the choice is up to you. A serving is a
measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or 8
ounces of milk.

Read the Nutrition Facts Label. The Food and Drug Administration puts
it there to tell you how many calories and how much fat, carbohydrate,
sodium and other nutrients are in one serving of the product. You may
think the 3-ounce bag of chips is one portion, but the label says it
contains 3 servings.

Gradually reduce your portions. Try relating one serving size to
everyday objects such as these offered by the National Heart Lung and
Blood Institute:

1 cup of cereal = a fist

2 tsp of peanut butter = a ping-pong ball

1/2 cup of ice cream = 1/2 baseball

1 medium fruit = 1 baseball

3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry = 1 deck of cards

Use the “New American Plate” guide. The American Institute for Cancer
Research says to look at your plate and aim for meals made of 2/3 (or
more) of vegetables, fruits, whole grains or beans, and 1/3 (or less)
animal protein.

Repackage products. Buying large-size bags or boxes may save you
money, but divide the items into single serving packages when you get
home.

Don’t “supersize” at fast-food restaurants. It may sound like a good
value but you know you’re eating more than you should. If you go for
the larger-sized meal at any restaurant, be sure to share it with a
friend or take half of it home for another meal.

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Thinking Of Retireing Soon?

Now is a great time to visit La Paz and to

choose your retirement dream home or condo. We have some great
properties in good locations and reasonably priced.

Contact me with your dream home info and I will locate your dream home
for you. omnilapaz@gmail.com [mailto:omnilapaz@gmail.com]

Free Trial? Maybe Not! . . .

The next time you sign up for a free trial offer, be sure to read the
fine print. While these offers can be a great way to try out a
product, you might be agreeing to buy additional products and services
if you don’t cancel within a specified time.

It’s called the “negative option feature,” and it requires the
customer to cancel or opt-out of a recurring charge for future
products. While it’s not illegal, some questionable online merchants
pre-check the consent box or bury the details under terms and
conditions, making returns difficult.

If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. A Visa survey showed 29
percent of American consumers have been victims of this option. The
Better Business Bureau says it has received thousands of complaints
from people who learned the hard way by signing up for online trial
offers for:

acai berry supplements
detox products
teeth whiteners
free government grants
debt consolidation services

Best advice? Before you buy, read the offer carefully, pay attention
to pre-checked boxes and check out the business at http://www.bbb.org

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LA PAZ CARNAVAL 2010

February 11 to 16

Come on down for a great event!

Parades, entertainment, food, amusement rides

Don’t miss it

Fun Facts and Laughs . . .

Are you a member of the WD-40 fan club? Try these amazing uses:

Untangle jewelry chains

Lubricate window tracks

Loosen stubborn zippers

Clean scuff marks off floors

Keep pigeons off balconies (they hate the smell)

Protect silver from tarnishing

Remove tar & grime from cars

Most Watched TV Episodes Of The 2000s . . .

2004: The “Friends” finale, 52.5 million viewers

2000: Richard Hatch wins “Survivor,” 51.7 million

2003: “Joe Millionaire” finale, 40 million

2000: Dr. Carter fights for his life on “ER,” 39.4 million

2007: “American Idol” kicks off sixth season, 38.1 million

Have A Laugh . . .

A little girl walked up to the library counter to check out a book
entitled Comprehensive Guide for Mothers. “Are you getting this for
your mother?” asked the librarian. “No,” said the girl. “So why are
you checking it out?” asked the librarian. “Because I started
collecting moths last week.”

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JUST DO IT!

It’s a Great time to visit La Paz.

The weather is good, whale watching is underway, Carnaval this month
and we have some great properties available from $80,000 and up. So
come on down and select your dream retirement or vacation home while
you enjoy the area.

Trivia Challenge for the Month…

Last month’s Trivia Question?

Who is the highest paid athlete in the world (including salaries,
bonuses, prize money and endorsements)?

a) Michael Jordan b) Kobe Bryant c) Tiger Woods d) David Beckham

The answer is c) Tiger Woods. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia
question:

Which of the following is a new medal event

at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics?

Women’s hockey
Ski Cross (men’s & women’s)
Biathlon mixed relay
Women’s ski jumping

Brain Teaser Answer:

They are the official mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Real Estate Corner

Q. How can I protect my home from water damage?

A. Water damage is one of the most common problems affecting
homeowners today. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute reports
that in 2007 it accounted for 22 percent of all U.S. homeowners’
insurance claims, with the average claim being $5,531. That’s why you
need to have the right amount and type of insurance coverage.

The Institute says standard homeowners insurance covers burst pipes,
wind-driven rain, and damage resulting from ice dams on your roof.
Some policies cover sewer and drain backups, but many don’t.

In general, water coming from the top down (such as rain) is covered
by a standard homeowners policy. Water coming from the bottom up (such
as from a river) is covered by separate flood insurance. You can buy
this from the National Flood Insurance Program and from some private
insurers.

The best way to prevent water damage is proper maintenance. For some
excellent tips on such subjects as avoiding frozen pipes, replacing
and maintaining bathroom fixtures and installing an emergency pressure
release valve in your plumbing system, see the water damage section at
the web site for the Institute for Business & Home Safety,
http://www.disastersafety.org [http://www.disastersafety.org/] .

If you have any questions, or need real estate representation in La
Paz, please email me at omnilapaz@gmail.com.

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January 8, 2010

SERVICE FOR LIFE NEWSLETTER-LA PAZ UPDATE JAN 2010

Posted in Newsletter at 1:29 pm by osmx

Gordon G. Herpst’s…
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Insider Tips for Healthy, Wealthy and Happy Living
Inside This Issue…
Take These Steps If Your Car Is Recalled
New Year’s Resolution: Fitness Trends In 2010
Can Medication Make You Sick?…
Trivia Challenge:
Real Estate Corner: The Latest On The First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit…

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Email: omnilapaz@gmail.com

Dear Subscriber,

This time of year you’re probably resolving to get more exercise. To help you accomplish your goal, you can read about the fitness trends for 2010 in today’s Service For Life! ® Free consumer newsletter. You’ll also learn what to do if your car is recalled (millions have been) and which medications can make you sick. But first…

Here’s what’s happening today in La Paz. The real estate market is still holding pretty firm price wise. There are a few bargains here and there depending on the owners situation. Paraiso del Mar construction is at a stand still at the moment. But Costa Baja is in full swing working on their two devlopments and golf course. The golf course is to open late summer this year. Please feel free to contact me whenever a friend, family member or neighbor needs a real estate professional to help with buying or selling a property in the La Paz area.

To health, success and laughter in your life!

Regards

Gordon G. Herpst

Gordon G. Herpst, REALTOR®
Omni Services S.A. de C.V.

What To Do If Your Car Is Recalled . . .
Have you ever owned a car that’s been recalled? Millions of people have, including (most recently) 3.8 million owners of certain Toyota and Lexus models.

Here’s what you should know: Manufacturers must notify all registered owners and purchasers of the vehicles by mail that the problem exists and evaluate its safety risk. They must say how to get it corrected (at no charge), when the remedy will be available, how long it will take, and whom to contact if there’s a problem getting the work done.

If you’ve heard about a recall but don’t receive a letter in a “reasonable” amount of time, take these steps:

Visit the manufacturer’s web site and the site for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at http://www.safercar.gov. Search the NHTSA’s database for recalls on your vehicle. While you’re there, search the database for any “technical service bulletins” for your car. These are memos to dealer service departments on any mechanical issues that you might want to have addressed, especially if your car is still under warranty.

Get a CARFAX report on your car (by Vehicle Identification Number). This is important if you’re buying a used car since manufacturers are not required to repair a recalled car at no charge if it is more than 10 years old.

Call your dealer to schedule an appointment. They will probably tell you to be patient.

Play a key role in keeping vehicles as safe as possible by reporting any safety-related problems to the NHTSA. File a complaint online, call their hotline or mail the complaint to their office in Washington, DC. You also can search online for complaints others have made by vehicle model.

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HOME CONSTRUCTION REBOUNDS
The U. S. home construction rebounds from a 6 month low in November. This improvement covers all sections of the nation. The rate was still about 12.4% below the rate for November 2008. The most new construction was in the Northeast, followed by the South, then the Midwest and only a 1.9% increase in the West. The banks are still not lending so the builders are unable to restock their inventories. Perhaps the little pressure from President Obama will help but don’t hold your breath.
Resolve To Follow These Fitness Trends In 2010
The American College of Sports Medicine has ranked the top fitness trends for 2010 based on a worldwide survey of fitness professionals. Make a New Year’s resolution to incorporate these trends in your family’s fitness program this year:

Educated and experienced fitness professionals. As the fitness market becomes more competitive, consumers are realizing the importance of working with professionals who have been certified through accredited health/fitness educational programs.

Strength training. This was once the domain of bodybuilders, but it’s now an essential part of a complete physical activity program.

Children and obesity. This is the year to reverse an alarming trend of rising obesity rates by getting overweight kids involved in exercise.

Personal training. As more personal trainers are educated and certified, they are becoming more accessible to a greater number of people.

Core training. This training specifically emphasizes strength and conditioning of the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen and back.

Special programs for older adults. Fitness facilities are offering more exercise programs for active older adults. Get your parents involved now!

Sport-specific training. High school athletes are now training during the off-season to prepare themselves for their specific sports.

Pilates. This form of exercise that targets the core of the body has become a mainstay of most fitness facilities. If you haven’t already done so, try it this year to increase your flexibility and posture.

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MEXICO
An investment note: Billionaire Carlos Slim, who controls Mexico’s biggest wireless and land-line phone companies, said low interest rates, a favorable exchange rate, and government policies that promote fiscal stability make it a good time to invest in the country. So if you are thinking about a vacation or retirement home in Mexico, NOW is the time to buy your DREAM home or condo. Contact me for help in finding your Dream home in the city of peace. email: omnilapaz@gmail.com

Can Medication Make You Sick?
Medication is supposed to make us better, but it can have the opposite effect. Take care to avoid these medication mistakes:

Mixing over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. You may be double dosing. For example, if you take a cold pill that contains acetaminophen (more than 600 OTC and prescription medicines do), don’t pop an additional Tylenol for good measure. Too much of the drug can cause liver damage.

Not recognizing the “rebound effect.” That’s when a drug produces reverse effects when the effect of the drug has passed or the patient no longer responds to it. In other words, a remedy meant to help may make a condition worse. This has been known to happen with pain relievers, OTC eye drops, decongestant sprays, sleeping pills and teeth whiteners. Best advice: If you don’t think a drug or product is working, don’t just take more of it. Talk to your doctor about alternatives.

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Trivia Challenge for the Month…
Last month’s Trivia Question!
Who was the first host of Saturday Night Live when it debuted on October 11, 1975?

a) George Carlin b) Steve Martin c) Billy Crystal d) Candice Bergen

The answer is a) George Carlin. So, let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

Who is the highest paid athlete in the world?
(including salaries, bonuses, prize money and endorsements)?

Michael Jordan
Kobe Bryant
Tiger Woods
David Beckham

Real Estate Corner
For those of you that may be first time buyer’s or have friends or relatives that may find this info useful.
.Q. What’s the latest on the first-time homebuyer tax credit?

A. The tax credit for qualified first-time homebuyers was extended to this spring. Some of the original features are the same, including:

First-time buyers can get a credit of as much as 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $8,000. The home must be your principal residence for the next three consecutive years.
If you don’t pay enough tax to offset the credit, you can get a tax refund.
You can’t purchase the home from your ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.) or your lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc.).
New features include:
A buyer must have a contract before May 1, 2010 and the sale must close before July 1, 2010.
Income limits have been raised. Check sites such as http://www.irs.gov or http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com for details.
If you buy after Nov. 6, 2009, the credit is available if the home will be your principal residence and the price is less than or equal to $800,000.
Repeat buyers who lived in one residence for five consecutive years of the last eight can quality for a tax credit of as much as 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $6,500.
For purchases after Nov. 6, 2009, you can’t claim the credit if you buy the home from a spouse or spouse’s family members.
We don’t have first time buyer credits here in Mexico but we do have very competitive loan rates, some great properties and prices to fit most everyones budget. So come on down the weather is great!!

If you need trustworthy representation for your DREAM home purchase in the La Paz area, please email me at omnilapaz@gmail.com.

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