Archive for May, 2010

Feng Shui Essential Rules

Monday, May 31st, 2010

You have likely heard of “Feng Shui.” But do you know what it’s about? Feng Shui is basically a body of guidelines for arranging the home environment, based on ancient principles, in which things flow together to create a more tranquil setting. You can use the following basic of this venerable body of art to get started on your own Feng Shui project in your home.

Clean out the Clutter

Actually, you don’t have to be doing Feng Shui to accomplish this first step, even without the others. This is done to “lighten the load” of the possessions in your environment and it’s probably the most essential part of the process. Throw away anything that you do not really need in your home. Then when you have done that, you will automatically feel refreshed and lighter.

Introduce More Light and Fresh Air

Whenever possible, open up the windows and let the fresh air enter in to encourage a good “energy.” Get plants that do their part to purify the air or purchase a good air purifier. And, just as vital, let the sunlight come in, too.

Know the Esoteric Elements of Feng Shui

Elements of Feng Shui such as wood, water and metal each have an optimal place in the home. For example if you want to increase your prosperity, put water and wood in the southeast corner of your room or home.

Identify and Orient According to the Ba Gua

This has to do with evaluating and optimizing the layout of the home with the Feng Shui compass. The word refers to eight diagrams (eight areas) which are used to optimize the location of elements of the room or home for maximum benefit to those who enter into the space. You can read up on it in various online sources, and many people find it to be a fascinating topic. By relating to Ba Gua, you’ll find how areas of your home are tied to specific areas of your life and what you experience.

Find out Your Feng Shui Birth Element and Create a Plan Around It

Your Birth Element requires a specific analysis, which is something you can do with various reference sources. For example, if you have fire as your Birth Element use lots of reds, purples, oranges and yellows to decorate your home. Generous use of wood would also be a complementary element to emphasize as it feeds fire, building upon the relationship between these elements.

Know Your Individual Kua Number

This lets you know which direction is the best way to position yourself in the room where you spend a lot of time for better tranquility. It will guide you in placing desk or favorite chair so you’re facing in your most auspicious direction.

Know How Your Home’s Energy Influences You

Pay special attention to your living room, your bedroom, and the kitchen to make sure the layouts in each of these areas are positive inputs to your comfort and prosperity. These three most important living spaces constitute the Feng Shui triangle.

Whether you think the effects of Feng Shui are genuine or imaginary, countless people over the years have used it as a way to improve their lives. After all, that first big step of getting all the clutter out of your home is important whether you use Feng Shui or not. After you get that done, it doesn’t require much more work to try different techniques to see how what happens.

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For Rent in Tracy, CA – 4 bed, 3.5 bath $1,800/month

Monday, May 24th, 2010

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

Located on a corner lot in the highly sought-after Hidden Lake subdivision in Tracy, CA, this 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath two-story home is available now for $1,800/month.

The huge Master Suite boasts double doors, wall-to-wall carpeting, private bathroom with sunken tub, separate standing shower stall, and double sinks. The Kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, tile flooring, and granite countertops. Other features include hardwood flooring throughout the house, central heat & air, fireplace, inside laundry room, and fully landscaped yards.

Great subdivision parks, close to schools, shopping, and ACE commuter train.

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

Tracy CA Homes For Rent – 2 Bed / 1 Bath

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom rental in Tracy, CA with a cute white picket fence is available now for less than $1,000 per month. The updated kitchen has hardwood flooring and includes a new stove, a double-door refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. The bathroom has a shower over tub with sliding door, and there is central heat and air.

Sorry, no pets.

CALL TONY! (209) 610-3431



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As the owner of MK Real Properties out of Tracy, California, Tony’s number one goal is your satisfaction in all areas of your rental property management. From staying on top of ever-changing real estate trends local to Tracy, CA and beyond, to attracting renters, and even handling evictions – Tony Martin does it all.

Great customer service and proper knowledge of the rental market combine to make the best property management experience for you.

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Adam Hochfelder Pleads Guilty To Swindling Millions

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Once considered a Manhattan real estate whiz, 39-year-old Adam Hochfelder admitted on Friday that he scammed banks and private investors – including his own uncle – out of millions and millions of dollars.

Adam Hochfelder, a former part-owner of the Helmsley Building, pleaded guilty to stealing $18 million from 15 victims. Hochfelder began duping innocent people out of their money in 2002 as a way to pay for his extravagant Manhattan lifestyle; originally Hochfelder blamed his excessive greed on a cocaine habit.

Hochfelder pled guilty to 18 separate counts, including grand larceny and scheme to defraud.

When sentenced on September 7th, Adam Hochfelder will face 4 to 12 years in prison, as well as a $9.5 million bill for restitution.

According to Hochfelder’s lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, Hochfelder has returned $15 million to his victims. Agnifilo adds that the restitution his client will pay includes interest on loans he took out fraudulently, including $5 million loans from both North Fork Bank and Bank of America.

Adam Hochfelder admitted the loans were taken out against a property located on Park Avenue, and that he failed to tell the banks the home was already heavily leveraged. He also stole millions from private investors – including $700,000 from his father’s brother – telling them their money would be invested in real estate deals.

Sadly, this sort of thing is going on all across the country – it’s nice to see swindlers get their comeuppance.

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Spruce Up The Bathroom Without Going Broke

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Investing in the bathroom in your home can be the best investment you can make. Time and again it has been proven that the bathroom and kitchen are the two rooms with the most significant impact on home values. That is a very good reason why making improvements to the bathroom is very important, especially if you plan to sell anytime soon. There are a number of companies out there that sell bathroom remodeling jobs that do not require that you do any of the work yourself. These deals might be like a good idea, but they can turn out to be pretty expensive when it is time to pay the bill. As an alternative, there are some very sensible and inexpensive ways to fix your bathroom that are fairly affordable. Here are some handy suggestions that you can use to get your bathroom up to par and save some cash while you’re doing it.

1. Add a Shower Door Instead of the old Curtain. Installing a door on the shower is a great way to add functionality without breaking the bank. You can do the job yourself or install or have someone install a door in the shower without replacing the whole shower. This will avoid a lot of expense and problems.

2. Consider Vinyl Tile. Much of the time, bathroom remodels include chipping up ceramic tile and installing new. Most people think that tile is the only choice there is. Although ceramic tile used to be the only way to go, that is no longer so. New vinyl products have come on the market that are so realistic that it is hard to tell the difference. Flex-floor vinyl gives you a surface with a little cushioning to it as well as durability. It costs less than regular tile, and it can be found in a variety of tile, stone and woodgrain patterns. In many installations you can install it over the existing flooring material. Just fill in the grout lines with patching material, and just lay the thick new material over it. This will save money on tearing up the old tile and on the installing the new. Check into the new vinyl materials out there before you spend money on a new tile floor. For small jobs, any flooring specialty shops will offer remnants that can be perfect for bathrooms.

3. Countertop Remnants. In much the same way as flooring has remnants, many types of counters are made in a way such that there are remnants, or leftover pieces. If you want a particular kind of countertop for your vanity, check with a shop that sells granite to see if they have any remnants. Generally you can pick these up for a small fraction of what it would cost for a full piece of granite. You can still have them install it and get it cut to your counter size, and the price you pay for the stone will be much less.

By using some imagination and careful shopping, you can make a meaningful improvement for a small expenditure. Because of how big a factor the bathroom is to everyday functioning of most families, the modest amount of money you spend on this kind of renovation can pay off big in satisfaction.

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For Rent in Tracy, CA – 2 bed, 1 bath $995/month

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

Available for $995/mo, this 940 sq. ft. home in Tracy, CA with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom is move-in ready. Central heat & air, new paint, new carpet, an electric stove/oven, and refrigerator; the backyard is perfect for summer BBQs. The property has a single-car garage with plenty of overflow parking, is close to schools and shopping, with easy freeway access.

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

For Rent in Tracy, CA – 2 bed, 1 bath $900/month

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.

This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom rental in Tracy, CA with a cute white picket fence is available now for $900 per month. The updated kitchen has hardwood flooring and includes a new stove, a refrigerator, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. The bathroom has a shower over tub with sliding door, and there is central heat and air. Sorry, no pets.

707 East St, Tracy

If you like what you see, call me today! Tony Martin (209) 610-3431.