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March 2006

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You may be hearing a lot about a new service (in Beta) that purports to offer “free, unbiased valuations on more than 40 million homes across the United States, with data on an additional 20 million homes. -- “All consumers need to do is enter an address.”

This is certainly a fun (and addictive) site to visit but be sure to realize that this is in “Beta” (testing mode). Also be sure to read all the caveats where you will find that these folks call their value estimates “Zestimates” which they define as “-- really a starting point in figuring out the true value of a house.”

They also add that “a variety of things can affect the accuracy of the Zestimate”.

If their "Zestimate" looks a lot higher than you ever imagined we suggest you ask them to send the money! :-) Once you get over the shock of how over valued (or undervalued) the Zestimate may be on your house, just give us a call and we'll get you the real scoop!

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We are always pleased to be of service to our Cyber Friends and to provide you with these monthly CyberTips. As members of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society we are always current on ways to expand their normal high standards of service with the very latest Internet and other CyberSpace strategies and tools. Click Here for hundreds of Cyber Tricks and Great Places in back issues.

Getting tired of spending from $1.25 to over $3.00 for Directory Assistance Calls that used to be free? These folks give you two ways to get the number you need without racking up big bills -- especially on your cell phone.

When you dial 1-800-FREE411 (1-800-373-3411) from any phone (cell phones included) you get hooked into the same up to date real time national database that the major carriers use so you’ll know the information is current. You can access the same information at their web site.

Here’s their secret. When you call you get to listen to a short (about 15 seconds) ad that is targeted based on the number you requested. For example, if you request a local pizza restaurant you might hear an ad for Domino’s, offering you a special deal on pizzas.

Innovative service --- and the price is right. We hope they make enough to feed the children.

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Sometimes the Internet rises to a new level of global caring and displays the real human spirit power of the Web. This great place, offered by a caring non-profit organization, demonstrates this in an active and powerful way. They provide personalized Web sites (at no cost) to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events such as major illness.

Once you set up your personal site (a 3 minute process) you can keep in touch in times of crises by using journal entries and photographs. Well wishers can be kept up to date and leave notes in the site guest book.

This is a very thoughtful place.

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“Don’t call now -- it’s too early there.” “Don’t call now it’s too late there” Nowadays we live in a global community and certainly don’t want to roll a friend, relative or important business contact out of the sack because we failed to check the time there.

This great place solves the problem in an entertaining way. All you do is click on the world map and, Shazam, up comes the time all adjusted for daylight savings time and any other idiosyncrasies of the area.

Now you can dial with confidence that you won’t hear a growl on the other end of the line. PS- If sound effects turn you off select the "Mute ticking" tab -- or turn your sound off when visiting!

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