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Bill Adams | 704-912-0726
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On A Personal Note


What a difference a month can make.  And not in a good way.  I never thought I'd see the day that the whole world would face the same threat and agree on the same course of action. Yet here we are, agreeing to keep our distance, accepting the collective need to save us all. I hope that wherever you are you and your family are safe and well.  As for Lindsey, Jackson and me, we are all healthy and doing well.

For the real estate market, things are still happening.  Surprisingly, there are still plenty of people interested in buying and selling.  Things are very different though with the stay at home orders.  For the state of North Carolina real estate is considered an essential service but in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties it is not.  That means we can show houses in most of the state but in those two counties we are forbidden from doing so.  With that being said, I am continually working and happy to show homes where possible.  On the other hand, if you were planning on selling we can get your home on the market and take advantage of all the people spending all of that extra time online looking at houses.

Speaking of online, I have been hard at work over the last couple of weeks completely updating and upgrading my website and the systems it uses to give you a better and more user friendly experience.  I think you'll especially like the new home search and listing details page features.  With all this extra time you're spending at home you should spend some time browsing the new site and find a new home!  Check it out below!

Finally, while I can't predict the future any better than the next person, I can help you navigate the real estate market.  I am available and working through all of this and feel free to call me any time with questions.

Stay safe and well and please enjoy the rest of my newsletter!
 
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Warning:
Fake Zoom Domains Spread Malware


If you're using online conferencing software, such as Zoom or GotoMeeting to work or attend online classes, take note. Cyber criminals are taking advantage. Hackers are registering new fake "Zoom" domains and malicious "Zoom" executable files in an attempt to trick people into downloading malware. Zoom isn't the only platform under attack. GotoMeeting, Dropbox, Coursera, and others are also being targeted.

Here's what to do. Each time you get a Zoom link or document (or a link to any cloud communications platform), take an extra look to make sure it's not a trap. Make sure the sender's email is legit before you click. Also, when you mouse over a link (before you click it) you can often see the true URL of the link in the bottom corner of your screen. Make sure it's legitimately from the correct platform.
It's more important than ever for us to keep our spirits up and remain enthusiastic. So to help you feel more energized for your at-home work (or non-work) day, I've got some super-simple ideas that can make a big difference in how you experience your day. Here we go:
  • Have happy thoughts. When you first wake up, even before you get up, think about what you're grateful for, or what you're looking forward to about the day. Ignore creeping doubts for now.
  • Take deep breaths. The oxygen will fire up your neurons and enhance your mood. Stretching, yoga, or brief exercise can help you breathe deeper. Relax your muscles as you breathe, and breathe all the way into your diaphragm. 
  • Picture the day. Take time to sort through the way you'd like your day to go. Picture the outcomes of any activities you have planned, or picture your workflow. This can help you get moving with more purpose.
  • Exercise when you get up. By starting the day with even just a little bit of exercise, you'll feel more energetic and enthusiastic. We can all use that now!

A Classic of Positivity


If you have ever read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, the book might have had a profound effect on your thinking patterns, as it has for millions of readers since publication in 1952. If you haven’t read it yet, it might be worth a look.

You might find it interesting to know that much of the reason for the book's success (5 million copies) might stem from the hypnotic language patterns used by Peale.

Although Peale says that his theological practice and strategy was directed more at self-analysis, forgiveness, character development, and growth, many expert psychologists and psychiatrists take umbrage at his "supposed" expertise, coming as it does from a lay person. As always, read wisely. For more on this, see Wikipedia: Norman Vincent Peale.
 

RIP the Apostrophe

 
Are you confident you know your 'your' from your 'you’re'? Your 'lets' from your 'let’s'? Or 'its' from 'it’s'? Apostrophes can be tricky. Faced with a choice, many people leave them out. Of course this is technically wrong, even if a slew of companies set a bad example by doing so. Starbucks, anyone? Or is it Starbuck's? Who cares?
 
One person who cares more than most is John Richards, who founded the Apostrophe Protection Society in 2001 to preserve “the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark,” which he called a “very useful little device.”

But in 2019, at the age of 96, he regretfully disbanded the Apostrophe Protection Society, lamenting that the “ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!"
I blame texting. It takes too much effort to find the apostrophe!
 
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