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Need a quality plumber in Charlotte NC? Meet Paul Mesiti of One Call Plumbing

2 Nov , 2013  

Member Paul Mesiti does his thing!

Member Paul Mesiti recently educated the CRESN group about the services that his business 1 Call Plumbing provides, but also used his quick wit and sense of humor to make valves and hoses fun.

Water expands when it freezes. Winter temperatures can freeze the water that is trapped in the outside faucets and pipe connections. If you live in a region where temperatures go below freezing in the winter, then your outside water faucets risk being damaged if they are not drained prior to the winter. In some cases, this can damage the faucet or cause the pipe burst in the wall.  You can prevent water damage to your home by winterizing your outside faucets each fall. Turning off the water supply to your outside faucets is the best way to prevent this problem. more!

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Carolina Heating and Air knows how to keep you cool

6 Sep , 2013  

Carolina Heat and Air owner Keith Hudson addresses the CRESN members

Charlotte heating and air specialist Keith Hudson from Carolina Heating and Air Conditioning recently provided the CRESN members with an excellent presentation about the various parts of a home heat and air system, and how the basic process works within your home.

Using a multimedia presentation, Keith explained the basic components of common residential heating and air systems found here in North Carolina, as well as how they work. With this basic understanding in hand, Keith was able to explain why regular maintenance is important and how to recognize potential problems in advance. more!

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Fairway Mortgage specialist Jane Estes knows credit scores

2 Aug , 2013  

Jane Estes of Charlotte’s Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation speaks to the CRESN members

Jane Estes of Charlotte’s Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation recently explained to the CRESN group about credit scores and how they affect your mortgage financing options. By using humor and score cards as props, she showed the group just how your credit scores can help or hinder your ability to get mortgage financing.

Jane advises that everyone should check their credit scores with the three major agencies at least once per year. If you would like to get a free copy of your scores, please visit more!

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Carol Smith can help you sell your house faster and for more money

21 Jun , 2013  

Creative Home Stager’s founder Carol Smith

Carol Smith, the founder of Creative Home Stagers, recently provided an excellent presentation to the CRESN group on the benefits of having an accredited professional stage your home for sale. Using a collection of before and after pictures of recently staged homes, Carol was able to show the wonderful benefits that home staging provides to both the seller and buyer.

Did you know that 94% of professionally staged homes sell on average of 29 days or less, compared to non-staged homes?

“Home staging” is the act of preparing a home, condo, or other property for sale in the real estate marketplace. Home staging is not a new term, but for many Charlotte homeowners and real estate agents the concept of “professional home staging” is shedding new light on how to promote a home in the real estate marketplace. more!

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Mike Powers of PuroClean inspires CRESN

31 May , 2013  

Not only is Mike Powers of PuroClean South Charlotte known as “The Paramedic of Property Damage” within our group, he also handles the task of addressing the group each meeting with a “2-minute marketing drill” to inspire and help educate the CRESN members with helpful marketing tips to better manage their businesses.

Let’s here it for Mike!

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Charlotte Electrical Contractor Chris Harrill Shines the Light

8 Feb , 2013  

Chris Harrill from ARC Electric Company

Chris Harrill from ARC Electric Company

Member Chris Harrill of the Charlotte based electrical contractor  ARC Electric Company did a wonderful job educating the CRESN membership about the services that his company provides. Along with educating the audience on the strong princples that ARC is based upon, Chris also spent time fielding questions about LED lighting.

Did you know?…
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are a form of solid-state lighting that is extremely efficient and long-lasting. While incandescent and fluorescent lights consist of filaments in glass bulbs or bulbs that contain gases, LEDs consist of small capsules or lenses in which tiny chips are placed on heat-conducting material.  More on LED’s more!

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CRESN is green with envy for Charlotte flooring specialist Barbara Leininger

21 Dec , 2012  

Barbara Leininger explains the advantage of green flooring products.

The CRESN membership recently enjoyed a wonderful presentation from Floor Covering’s International owner Barbara Leininger on the advantage of utilizing green (eco-friendly) flooring.

Green Flooring…
1… is recycled and reduces dependency on oil.
2… meets government regulations for recycling.
3… can last longer than conventional flooring.
4… creates pride in ownership and contributes to a better world.
5… is safe for you, your family and the environment..
6… is recyclable to prevent needlessly filling up our landfills.
7… can save you time and money and makes you look and feel good.
8… ensures a healthy environment for future generations.. more!

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Treating the Customer Right

7 Mar , 2012  

After 13 years of being in the web development business, we’ve successfully completed hundreds of projects . Most of our clients continue to be regular customers for many years. In fact, we still have our very first customer as a client. And many of our projects come via referrals from other clients.

Now I don’t proclaim to be an expert on customer service. I’ve never written a book on the subject nor do I give teach classes on service etiquette. However I do know that whatever our team is doing in terms of service seems to be working pretty darn well. more!

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TIME Magazine Ranks Top 50 iPhone Apps; What’s Your Favorite?

1 Mar , 2012  

Find My iPhone helps you keep track of your device, ShopSavvy tells you where the deals are, and Dragon Go! will recommend the best local hotspots.

These are just the first three apps on TIME magazine’s “50 Best iPhone Apps of 2012” list, released last week.

Browse the full list to see which apps you may be missing on your iPhone. And report back on what app you think is missing from the list (iPhone or otherwise!).

Here are some of the other apps on the TIME list:

  • Weather Underground (superlocalized forecasts)
  • Kayak (travel planner)
  • GasBuddy (lowest local pump prices)
  • Angry Birds (addicting game)
  • MapQuest 4 Mobile (navigation)
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  • more!

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    Use Technology to Your Advantage!

    29 Feb , 2012  

    The other day a real estate agent said to me “I don’t see the benefit of doing a video of a house I am trying to sell”.  I almost fell on the floor.  This person had an iPhone in their pocket, an iPad in their hands and a bluetooth in their ear.  I took a deep breath before I continued our conversation.

    I told him that a recent survey showed that 25% of all Americans watch videos on their phone.  I told him Apple sold 40 million iPads in 2011.  I told him YouTube streams 5.5 billion videos a month… in the US ALONE!  I also told him that a study conducted by the National Association of Realtors showed that 82% of all home buyers begin their search online. more!