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Holiday Party Fun

11 Dec , 2011  

The first annual CRESN holiday gathering was a great success. Thanks to Kathleen Turner for hosting the event at her beautiful home, as well as Barbara and Carol for helping organize the evening. It was fun to see everyone “off the clock” as well as meet their significant others. Cheers!

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7 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Website

2 Dec , 2011  

First off, this is NOT a sales pitch. This article  is based upon facts and reality. The Internet is growing at an amazing pace.  And developing  just as rapidly are both web design and online marketing techniques. What was hip and current a few years ago could be quite outdated today.

If you depend greatly on your web site as a tool to bring you business, market your brand, or inform your clients and customers, than this post is directed towards you.

So here we go:

1. Search Engine Rankings

Does your website rank good enough in the search engine? Do you need to include new keywords? Does your website have a high bounce rate? Does your website contain unstructured links or even broken links? more!

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Guest speaker Julie Nance of Turning Point Advisors

2 Dec , 2011  

Julie Nance of Turning Point Advisors

We are pleased to announce our guest speaker for January 5, 2012 is Julie Nance, President/Principal Consultant at Turning Point Advisors

Turning Point Advisors is a Charlotte-based consulting firm focused on everything go-to-market. Strategy, business planning, and outsourced execution of marketing programs. They position companies for growth, acquisition and investment. Providing global B2B firms with strategic marketing leadership. Expertise in software, services and financial services. They specialize in repositioning firms, transforming their business models and staging them for growth in revenue and investment. more!

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Happy Thanksgiving

26 Nov , 2011  

From all of the members of CRESN, we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

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CPI Security’s Paul Zwicker presenting to our group

17 Nov , 2011  

Paul Zwicker

Member Paul Zwicker from CPI Security presented the group with information about CPI’s home security systems. We thank Paul for a great job!

Founded in 1976, CPI’s custom-designed security systems have kept families and businesses in North and South Carolina safe for more than 30 years. Through our advanced security offerings, CPI is leading the way in protecting what matters most. This superior quality of service is the result of our efforts to be involved in every aspect of our business. We are one of the only security companies to design, install, monitor and service our own security systems. Additionally, CPI has invested millions to create the most advanced central monitoring station in the country. more!


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Ten Things You Should Know about Mold

31 Oct , 2011  

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure includes allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., damp basements).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. more!

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Home show grand prize winner!

21 Oct , 2011  

Charlotte home show winner Jackie K. with CRESN

At the recent Charlotte Home Show, CRESN offered many prizes and gifts for those who signed up to receive information about our member’s services. At the end of the show a lucky winner was chosen as the winner for the grand prize, a 20 inch ASUS flat screen monitor. The winner was Jackie K. of Charlotte. Pictured here is the CRESN leadership team presenting Jackie with her prize.

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CRESN at the 2011 Charlotte Home Show

8 Oct , 2011  

CRESN Member Keith Hudson from Carolina Heating and Air manning the booth

CRESN’s booth at the recent Charlotte Home Show proved to be a great success. Over three days our members took shifts in the booth to spend time spreading the word about our group. From contracting to heating and air repairs, home staging to mortgage specialist, the hand-picked members of CRESN (Charlotte Real Estate Services Network) can help you with your residential home and real estate service needs.

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Our first CRESN Visitor Day – a huge success!

28 Sep , 2011  

Charlotte real estate service professionals
Charlotte real estate service professionals

Charlotte real estate service professionals gather to network at our first CRESN Visitor Day

Our first CRESN Visitor Day was without a doubt a great success.

Intended to help build our network, each member personally invited others to attend and discover what our group is all about. Although we expected a good turn out, we were pleasantly surprised by the large number of people that attended, as well as the vibrancy of the room. We look forward to adding new qualified members to our already exciting group of Charlotte real estate professionals.

Thank you to all of the members for your hard work! more!

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Hurricane Safety Tips

23 Aug , 2011  

Before the storm:

  • Make sure your windows are protected and your home is secured.
  • Check your disaster supplies kit. Make sure you have water, non-perishable food, medications and don’t forget that non-electric can opener.
  • Clean containers for cleaning water. Line the bathtub with plastic sheeting or a clean shower curtain, or caulk the drain with silicone caulking — it holds water for weeks and cleans up easily when dry. Plan on three gallons per person, per day for all uses including flushing the toilet. more!