New Email Scam Can Trick Google Users | Realtor Magazine

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The latest phishing scam uses a fake Google sign-in page to grab account names and passwords and has experts calling it “devilishly clever.” Don’t get duped.

Source: New Email Scam Can Trick Google Users | Realtor Magazine

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It’s that time of year – LAKE TIME

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A Stately & Spacious Waterfront in a Private Setting at Cedar Creek Lake with an amazing open water view. This 4 bedroom/4.1 bath home has so much space. Each bedroom has a private bath. There are 2 living areas, a formal dining, breakfast area, storage cabinets everywhere, wet bar, & large utility room. Tall ceilings and walls of windows let you enjoy the panoramic water view. The master suite is upstairs and has a sitting room and private balcony. The master bath is spacious & closet is so large \2013 it is a room itself & even has a cedar lined closet. Outdoors sit under the covered or uncovered porch & enjoy the mature shade trees and watch the open water views. The backyard is large with room for entertaining and yard games. The boathouse has 2 boatslips, 3 jetski lifts, small sink & storage closet. Lovely drive in with a circle drive and Porte Cochere. MLS 13461297

Click here to view the Listing.

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.

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When was the last time you Cleaned your computer?

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Computer spring clean

You don’t need a broom to clean up your computer

 

If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring cleaning.

We’re not just talking about wiping down your keyboard, but also about clearing up the digital clutter inside your system, including apps you don’t use, junk files that are taking up room, and more. Here’s how to get started.
Get rid of older apps

Removing older apps

REMOVING OLDER APPS

Uninstalling apps you no longer use can instantly improve your computer’s performance.

 

What’s the harm in leaving unused applications on your computer? Not only do these programs take up precious storage space, they make your operating system work harder than it needs to—clambering over Start menu entries, sifting through settings files, and installing updates for programs that have no real reason for being there.

 Not to mention, the fewer applications you have installed, the fewer applications for hackers to target or data mining companies to plug into. So it’s well worth identifying the programs you no longer need and uninstalling them—they can always be reinstalled later if you change your mind. Meanwhile, for the applications you do decide to keep, make sure you’re running the latest versions.

On Windows, open the Settings screen from the Start menu and then click System and Apps & features. You can sort apps by size or date to weed out the ones you don’t need, or click an app to remove it. On macOS, click and hold on an app inside Launchpad, then hit the delete button when it appears. Depending on the program, you might have to use the relevant uninstall utility (if there is one) in the Applications folder in Finder, or just drag the app’s entry from the same screen to the Trash.

Clear away digital clutter

CleanMyMac

CLEANMYMAC

Plenty of third-party programs will tidy up your system for you.

CleanMyMac

It’s an inevitable consequence of modern-day computing life that as you use your device, junk files will build up: files you’ve created and forgotten about, temporary files created by the operating system, files that haven’t been properly cleared away by your applications, and so on. There’s not much you can do to stop this from happening, but you can stay on top of the mess with a regular clear-out.

Unless you really know your way around Windows or macOS, it’s a good idea to get assistance from a third-party program for this. CCleaner (for Windows and macOS) has long been one of the best free options in this department, and we also like CleanMyMac (macOS) and System Mechanic (Windows), though those last two aren’t free.

These programs can definitely be helpful, but if you set aside a chunk of time for the task you can probably do some simple clean-up jobs yourself—deleting those photos you’re never really going to look back on, or clearing out old documents and spreadsheets that are no longer relevant.

Tidy up your browser

Browser cache

BROWSER CACHE

There’s plenty to tidy up inside your browser too.

 

Nowadays, we’re all spending a lot of our computing time inside a browser, and this is another area where you can do some serious tidying up. The aforementioned CCleaner does a good job of clearing out digital garbage that your browser doesn’t really need, but each browser has options of its own that you can also take advantage of.

In Chrome, go to Settings, Show advanced settings, and Clear browsing data to erase cached files, browsing history, plug-in data and more, which should make your browser a little lighter on its feet. On Firefox, the option is under Preferences, Advanced, Network and Cached Web Content. In Microsoft Edge, you need to go to Settings then Clear browsing data. Finally, in Safari, choose Clear History from the app menu. Checking your downloads folder for files you’ve forgotten about and don’t need is a good idea too.

Meanwhile, removing unused browser extensions can have the same benefits as uninstalling unused applications. This will streamline your browser, lowering its demands on your computer’s resources and keeping you safer as well. Open up your browser’s extensions or plug-ins page and see if there are any add-ons you can do without—getting rid of them only takes a few clicks of the mouse.

 Organize your system

Google Drive

GOOGLE DRIVE

Google Drive is one service that can keep your files in the cloud and remove local copies.

 

If no one sees your computer except you, what’s the point of keeping it tidy? (You may have the same attitude to your house.) Well, as we’ve mentioned, it means an easier time for your OS and your installed applications, and it also saves you time when you’re looking for important files. Plus, if everything is organized neatly, there’s less chance of files getting forgotten about and eating up hard drive space that could be used for something else.

Get your files in the designated user folders (like Documents on macOS or Windows) and you’ll notice the benefits the next time you need to open something quickly. In particular, you should try to avoid keeping masses of files and shortcuts on your desktop, as it gives your computer extra work to do every time you view the screen. For the same reason, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes clearing up the Start menu or the Dock (depending on your operating system of choice), to make sure the shortcuts you really need are available and any unused ones are cleared away.

A whole host of cloud services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and iCloud will store your files on the web and give you the option to keep or delete your local copies. This is a handy way of freeing up some hard disk space and lightening the load on your OS at the same time. Just be sure you are keeping the online versions and not deleting both the local and cloud-based copies of your files at the same time—each service has instructions on how to do this.

Physically clean your equipment

Laptop cleaning

LAPTOP CLEANING

Microfiber cloths and compressed air cans are the way to go to clean the outside of your hardware.

Dust-Off

While you’re tackling a computer spring clean, you may as well do some physical cleaning at the same time. Not only does it keep your machine looking shiny and fresh, in some cases you can actually prevent future problems (like the insides of your desktop getting clogged up with dust). The equipment you need isn’t expensive, and the job won’t take you very long. Be sure to power down and unplug your computer first.

Start with a can of compressed air, which is always useful for blasting away dirt from keyboards and ports. Then use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the outside of your machine and any of its peripherals, such as a mouse and keyboard. (You can read our full keyboard-cleaning guide here.) Cotton swabs are another helpful tool in the computer cleaner’s arsenal, as they help you clear away built-up dirt from nooks and crannies. For a more comprehensive clean, lightly dampening your cloths or swabs with isopropyl rubbing alcohol is sometimes recommended.

Plain old water can work too, but as you’re dealing with electronics, you need to keep your gently dampen your cloths and swabs rather than getting them wet. If you’re dealing with a desktop PC and you know your way around it, you can do some dismantling to really get into those dusty corners, but it isn’t essential.

With the digital and physical spring cleaning complete, you can power your computer back up and enjoy the benefits of your rejuvenated system—at least until the same time next year.

Are You Ready to Relax? Come to the Lake!

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IMG_0435Want to go fishing?  I have the perfect spot.

Fantastic 1-story open floor plan with 2 living & dining areas.  Kitchen is open to living & dining, breakfast bar, and coffee bar.  Large master suite & sitting area. Covered porch & deck, boathouse can house 2 boats.  124’ of waterfront with nature and lake views.  3-car garage and a 38×11 RV garage.  Bridgepointe is a gated community at Cedar Creek Lake. 4BR / 3BA 3597SF $849,000 MLS#81753 & 13579828  Click here to view this listing.  

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

What’s on Home Shoppers’ Wish Lists | Realtor Magazine

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A new realtor.com® survey reveals the top desires of home buyers today: Ranch-style homes and updated kitchens. Find out what you should be talking up in your marketing.

Source: What’s on Home Shoppers’ Wish Lists | Realtor Magazine

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Build on the Island at Cedar Creek Lake

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4 YUN00030Idyllic commercial property with 1,384 water frontage on 4.57 acres. Highway frontage is 688.  Utilities are already on the land.  The property is ideal for Townhomes, Residential homes or a Hotel.  The site is level to gentle sloping and slopes downward to the waterfront along the NW, NE and SW.  Conceptual drawings and surveys are available for Townhomes, residential homes, hotel, and marina.  What a perfect spot to build on – with Amazing and Wide Open Water Views. Utilities are already on the land.  See website for more details, drawings & concepts http://www.DebbieSchwanbeck.Ebby.com/island  MLS#13543186

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

What’s happening in Real Estate in 2017

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What’s happening in real estate so far in 2017?  The Texas Association of REALTORS® released the Texas Quarterly Housing Report for the first quarter of 2017. Highlights include:

68,420 Texas homes were sold in Q1-2017, a 4.6% increase from 2016-Q1.

Median sales price for Texas homes was $213,325, a 9.4% increase from 2016-Q1.

Monthly housing inventory in Texas was 3.6 months in 2017-Q1 compared to 3.5 months in the same quarter last year.

Active listings rose 6 percent year-over-year to 98,399 listings in 2017-Q1.

Texas homes spent an average of 64 days on the market in 2017-Q1, unchanged from 2016-Q1.

“On the heels of a second consecutive record year for Texas home sales, the positive momentum experienced in the Texas housing market during the last quarter of 2016 has continued in 2017,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. “Annual gains in both sales and listing activity in the first quarter indicate that a strong summer selling season could be ahead.”

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

This Waterfront Family Lodge is Two good Two be true

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 Waterfront Family Lodge has two of everything – Two lake cabins, two open living, dining, kitchen areas, two screened porches, 2 boat slips & two jet ski lifts.  Both homes are connected by a hallway with doors to close off space.   Home1 (main home) is a 3BR 2BA;  Home 2 is a 3BR 2.5BA.  Spacious kitchen area for all those who love to cook.  Pretty views to the outdoors; large and level yard; Boat house was built in 2013 and has a fishing pier – one of the nicest boathouses with a unique plan on the lake.  The lake area is perfect for swimming, fishing, boating and jetskiing.   Lovely open water view with 287 feet of waterfront. Newer oversize frame built 2-car carport.  Star Harbor is a well desired area with a community golf course, boat ramp, city water, sewer and police.  If you need space for 2 families and large groups – this is it.  Click here to view the listing. 

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs  – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas.  Click here to view our website.  Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com  469.283.8656 |

Homemade Mosquito spray

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MosquitoSprayI like experimenting with making my own products that have no chemicals in them.  I mixed up this homemade mosquito spray that sure smells better than Off.   I love essential oils so much that I became a distributor. I order oils through Young Living. You can also find oils at some health food stores.

DIY Natural Outdoor Spray

About the Ingredients

Purification essential oil is a blend of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca and myrtle essential oils. Citronella is very effective in keeping bugs away. Smells very nice. Sometimes I use this oil in my diffuser to make the air around us smell clean and fresh.
Peppermint essential oil helps to keep little annoyances in the outdoors at bay.  This is my most favorite oil. It will get rid of a headache, stop hot flashes, keep bugs away and so much more.

Witch hazel helps to keep the water solution in this spray sanitized. You could omit if you plan to use the spray within a week. For use longer than a week, I would add the witch hazel.

Ingredients

  1. 10 drops of Purification (Young Living Oil)
  2. 7 drops of Peppermint
  3. 2 oz natural witch hazel (optional)
  4. Distilled water
  5. 4 oz glass spray bottle

Directions

  1. Add witch hazel and essential oils to glass spray bottle.  Then, fill with the bottle with distilled water.
  2. Shake well and spray as needed around home.  I actually spray myself with this chemical free spray.

I order my essential oils from Young Living.  I can order oils.

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas. Click here to view our website. Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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How to determine if an Item stays with the Home.

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Two sets of hands exchange a sold sign in front of a for sale yard sign

Buyers and Sellers do get confused about what stays with a home and what can go.  The Texas Association of Realtors had a good article about that and read below.

Courts consider three factors when determining whether an item of personal property has been so permanently attached as to constitute realty:

  1. Will the property be damaged by the removal of the item? If so, to what extent?
  2. Is the item customized for the property?
  3. Was the installation intended to be permanent or temporary?

Courts consider the answer to the third question—the party’s intention—the predominant deciding factor, while answers to the first two questions constitute evidence of that intention. However, testimony of an intent for the item to be temporary will not prevail if there is undisputed evidence to the contrary. [Logan vs. Mullis, 686 S.W.2d 605, 607 (Tex. 1985)]

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

We would love an opportunity to assist you in your real estate needs – anywhere in the DFW metroplex or whether you want a lake home in East Texas. Click here to view our website. Click here to learn more about Cedar Creek Lake.

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