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  • 10 Body Language Mistakes That Can Sabotage Any Social Interaction

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Agent2Agent  |  May 30, 2014 7:33 AM  |  4,195 views  |  3 comments
    10 Body Language Mistakes That Can Sabotage Any Social Interaction
    by Joe Epstein

    The good news: this great breakdown of common body language foibles during job interviews can help get you hired.
    Bad news: there are loads of other important situations your body language may be ruining!

    Whether you're on a date, at a cocktail party, or interacting with someone you're not completely comfortable with yet in any other situation, the physical cues you give off can have big repercussions. Not only can bad body language negatively inform others opinions of you, but research shows that it can even subconsciously effect your view of yourself.

    So sit up straight and check out this list of 10 body language mistakes that can sabotage any social interaction. It's time to make sure your social life goes as smoothly as that interview.

    1. Beware of Blocking
    "Blocking" is the act of placing physical objects between you and the person with whom you're interacting. Even if it's just a pen or a cell phone, the object may as well be an alarm, subconsciously signaling to the other person that you don't quite feel safe or comfortable.

    2. Hold Not Your Drink Over Your Heart
    Perhaps the most common form of blocking at cocktail parties is the clutching of a drink like a shield. Psychologists have gone as far as breaking down personality type by the way subjects held their drinks, but even less extreme analysis generally supports the finding that holding your drink in front of your chest makes you look guarded. Instead, hold your drink down by your side, which also naturally encourages better posture.

    3. Don't Lose Your Head…Awareness
    Holding your head completely level — both vertically and horizontally — can indicate that you're awake, alert, and confident. Cocking it slightly to the side, conversely, can show that you're listening attentively. Be aware of your role in the conversation at any given time, and tilt (or don't!) accordingly.

    4. Avoid Angling Away
    At best, not facing a new acquaintance or conversation partner can convey disinterest, like you're just waiting to bolt. At worst, it communicates uncomfortability or insecurity. So — unless some sort of bar or table set-up prevents it — face your partner straight on. You're in this conversation, so be in it all the way.

    5. Don't be a Personal Space Invaders
    Unlike on an interview, where positions are normally fixed (e.g., by the placement of chairs and the barrier of a desk), you're often stuck without fixed positions during standing interactions. And while standing too far away can indicate the same things as angling away, standing too close can, however inadvertently, signal disrespect. Aim for around 1.5ft from your conversational partner, and pay careful attention to any social cues they may be giving off to readjust.

    6. Heads Up!
    Just like when giving a presentation at work, looking down in a social setting can suck all the power, all the presence, out of whatever it is you're saying. If you're just having a casual conversation, every point you make need not be earth-shatteringly brilliant. But if you're going to say something, believe that what you're saying is worthwhile, and keep your eyes up while speaking to help communicate that belief to others.

    7. Palms Up
    Hand-gestures are a whole field onto themselves. But for one of the less-covered bits of useful advice: gesticulation with palms facing downward can indicate aggression or dominance, so use them sparingly.

    8. Share the Eye Contact
    Be cognizant of the fact that when in conversation with several people, every time you make eye contact with one person, you are depriving someone else of it. While a multi-partner interaction can actually cure the problem of over-staring (maintaining eye contact for too long), it also requires that you parse out your attention to avoid offending any one person.

    9. Beware the Business Gaze
    The so-called "business gaze" refers to the triangle between the eyes and the forehead, and is said to be more powerful and intense than the "social gaze", the triangle between the eyes and the nose or mouth.

    10. Don't Box Out the Room
    As if you didn't have enough to worry about just keeping your movement positive for the group you're engaging… there's also the rest of the room to worry about. But still: when possible, try to not stand with your back to the crowd at a party or bar. Opening up to the room invites others to join the conversation, and even those within your circle may pick up on the cue and think of you as more friendly and engaging.

    Fred Yancy, Broker
    Harry Norman Realtors
    (678) 799-4663
    http://www.fred.yancy.harrynorman.com
    fred.yancy@harrynorman.com

  • Reach for the Sky: High-Rise Living at its Finest

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life  |  January 22, 2014 1:50 PM  |  1,611 views  |  No comments

    Reach for the Sky: High-Rise Living at its Finest

    Posted By : Beth K.

    Spectacular Atlanta Penthouse

    Some women wear high heels because they claim the shoes bring them closer to heaven. The same can be said for high-rise living, and we found a few properties that are heavenly in their own right. Take a look at three exceptional homes that soar above it all.

    Sprawling Outdoor Terrace Atlanta PenthouseThoughtfully designed by architect Jim Winer, this spectacular Atlanta penthouse is a flawless combination of sophistication and functionality. Meticulous attention to detail can be found throughout the sprawling space.

    With four bedrooms, four full-bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, this home boasts top-of-the line amenities like a fully automated Crestron system and an interior elevator. The home has immaculate finishes inside and a staggering 2,300 square-feet of sublime space outside —offering a tranquil oasis at the top of the city.

    Vancouver Skyline View PenthouseHeading to the Pacific Northwest, breathtaking Vancouver Skyline views are matched only by the views of the mountains and bay from this remarkable two-story penthouse. Visitors are instantly wowed by the grand foyer with spiral staircase, dramatically set against panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The home features three bedrooms (two of them en-suite), a stately office and a kitchen to be envied by any serious foodie. The unit is filled with impressive millwork and cabinetry and offers 4,800 square feet of living space. The building offers state-of-the-art technology, a luxurious workout facility, 24-hour security/concierge services, and four parking spaces.


    Bold New Concept in Indianapolis

    In America’s Heartland, world class design, services and amenities magically come together in this bold new concept in urban living. This extraordinary two-bedroom/two-bathroom residence atop Indianapolis’ Conrad Hotel flaunts a contemporary vibe with bespoke finishes throughout its 2,500+ square feet of living space.

    The ultra-modern kitchen features the best of the best in appliances and fixtures. The outdoor terrace with its downtown vistas is the perfect venue for entertaining guests. Additionally, the building’s residents enjoy a pool, spa and the impeccable service one would expect from the Conrad.


    Do you have high hopes for a luxury home in the clouds? Explore Luxury Portfolio’s many uplifting properties.

    Fred Yancy, Broker
    Harry Norman Realtors
    (67) 799-4663
    http://www.fredyancy.harrynorman.com
  • Reach for the Sky: High-Rise Living at its Finest

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life  |  January 22, 2014 1:50 PM  |  1,621 views  |  No comments

    Reach for the Sky: High-Rise Living at its Finest

    Posted By : Beth K.

    Spectacular Atlanta Penthouse

    Some women wear high heels because they claim the shoes bring them closer to heaven. The same can be said for high-rise living, and we found a few properties that are heavenly in their own right. Take a look at three exceptional homes that soar above it all.

    Sprawling Outdoor Terrace Atlanta PenthouseThoughtfully designed by architect Jim Winer, this spectacular Atlanta penthouse is a flawless combination of sophistication and functionality. Meticulous attention to detail can be found throughout the sprawling space.

    With four bedrooms, four full-bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, this home boasts top-of-the line amenities like a fully automated Crestron system and an interior elevator. The home has immaculate finishes inside and a staggering 2,300 square-feet of sublime space outside —offering a tranquil oasis at the top of the city.

    Vancouver Skyline View PenthouseHeading to the Pacific Northwest, breathtaking Vancouver Skyline views are matched only by the views of the mountains and bay from this remarkable two-story penthouse. Visitors are instantly wowed by the grand foyer with spiral staircase, dramatically set against panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The home features three bedrooms (two of them en-suite), a stately office and a kitchen to be envied by any serious foodie. The unit is filled with impressive millwork and cabinetry and offers 4,800 square feet of living space. The building offers state-of-the-art technology, a luxurious workout facility, 24-hour security/concierge services, and four parking spaces.


    Bold New Concept in Indianapolis

    In America’s Heartland, world class design, services and amenities magically come together in this bold new concept in urban living. This extraordinary two-bedroom/two-bathroom residence atop Indianapolis’ Conrad Hotel flaunts a contemporary vibe with bespoke finishes throughout its 2,500+ square feet of living space.

    The ultra-modern kitchen features the best of the best in appliances and fixtures. The outdoor terrace with its downtown vistas is the perfect venue for entertaining guests. Additionally, the building’s residents enjoy a pool, spa and the impeccable service one would expect from the Conrad.


    Do you have high hopes for a luxury home in the clouds? Explore Luxury Portfolio’s many uplifting properties.

    Fred Yancy, Broker
    Harry Norman Realtors
    (67) 799-4663
    http://www.fredyancy.harrynorman.com
  • Cherokee County ~ Quality of Life

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Cherokee County, In My Neighborhood in Cherokee County  |  January 22, 2014 11:40 AM  |  1,844 views  |  No comments

    Cherokee County

    Quality of Life
    Cherokee County was named for the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The late 1800s saw a boom in the marble and cotton industries as settlers discovered the abundant natural resources of the land. Years later, the county’s pristine land and precious resources are still valued and efforts are being made to ensure their preservation. The county’s adopted Township Plan has been heralded as the design of the future, providing room for quality growth while protecting the area’s many natural resources, scenic vistas, and comfortable residential lifestyle.

    Nestled at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cherokee County has the highest mountains and most undeveloped land in metro Atlanta. On the rise of the Piedmont, Cherokee County offers pristine woodlands, beautiful lakes and convenient access to metropolitan Atlanta, U.S., and world markets. Today’s Cherokee County is home to metro area commuters as well as its own collection of small industries. I-75 forms the county’s main economic and transportation artery, providing exceptional accessibility and connectivity to metro Atlanta and other Southeastern markets.

    County Offices
    90 North Street
    Canton 678-493-6000
    www.cherokeega.com

    Chamber of Commerce
    3605 Marietta Highway
    Canton 770-345-0400
    www.cherokeechamber.com

     

    Ball Ground
    Located in the northernmost portion of Cherokee County, near the Pickens County line, Ball Ground, like Canton, Woodstock, and Holly Springs, enjoys a great location along I-575. With just over 1,000 residents, this close-knit, friendly community is bound by an interesting heritage. Legend has it that the Cherokee Indians met here during an earlier century to play a game resembling lacrosse. Today, an entirely different community has gathered to enjoy the same great location. Contemporary Ball Ground is regionally known as a quiet, peaceful community. Local residents are most proud of their town’s charming downtown district. This turn-of-the-century area has changed little since the 1920s and is still brimming with several elegant historic homes. Ball Ground is also home to Gibbs Botanical Gardens, the Cherokee branch of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

    City Hall
    770-735-2123
    www.cityofballground.com

    Chamber of Commerce
    770-345-0400
    www.cherokeechamber.com

     

    Canton
    Canton, the county seat of Cherokee County, was founded in 1833. It was originally named Etowah, for the Etowah River that flows nearby, but was officially incorporated as Canton in 1834. The name Canton was derived from the city’s failed attempt to emulate Canton, China’s prosperous silk-producing industry. Later, the town found success in mining both marble and gold. Eventually textile production and cotton crops became the region’s major industry. Today, newcomers will find an array of housing styles throughout the city including Victorian, traditional, and ranch.

    City Hall
    770-704-1500
    http://canton.georgia.gov

    Chamber of Commerce
    770-345-0400
    www.cherokeechamber.com

     

    Holly Springs
    A charming community founded in 1906, today, more than 3,000 residents live in Holly Springs. The name Holly Springs is derived from a cool spring lined with holly tress that once served as a local Indian gathering spot. Enjoying a prime location along I-575, Holly Springs residents can easily access I-75. This corridor provides immediate access to the entire greater Atlanta area. Highways 20 and 140 are located nearby as well. Although primarily a small, family-oriented community, in recent years, Holly Springs has shown commercial progress and has attracted a handful of impressive industries.

    City Hall
    770-345-5536
    www.hollyspringsga.net

    Chamber of Commerce
    770-345-0400
    www.cherokeechamber.com

     

    Waleska
    While discovering this delightful hamlet, newcomers to Waleska will quickly come to appreciate the community’s small town charm and friendly residents. Regionally, the community is best known as home to the highly recognized Reinhardt College. This private, four-year, liberal arts college was founded in 1883 by the Methodist Church and is nestled on a pristine 600-acre campus. A proud community, Waleska celebrated its centennial in 1989 with the theme, “øidden Beauty in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” This timeless motto aptly describes the charm and scenery of such a pleasing community.

    City Hall
    770-479-2912
    www.cityofwaleska.com

    Chamber of Commerce
    770-345-0400
    www.cherokeechamber.com

     

    Woodstock/Town Lake
    Woodstock is located in the southernmost part of Cherokee County, approximately 30 miles north of Atlanta Today, the Woodstock-Towne Lake area is also one of the fastest growing regions in Cherokee County. Even with the county’s increasing number of new subdivisions and nationally known retail stores, the area boasts a delightful downtown district brimming with charming, one-of-a-kind antique and gift shops, coffeehouses, tearooms, and salons. Both visitors and residents enjoy strolling through the area’s brick paved sidewalks lined with buildings over 130 years old. Home styles in Woodstock are diverse. Choices include elegant 100-year-old mansions, charming 1920′s bungalows, and contemporary master-planned developments situated around lush golf courses. Commuters in Woodstock find the metro area easily accessible via I-575 and Highway 92, which run diagonally and directly through the heart of the city.

    City Hall
    770-926-8852
    www.woodstockga.gov

    Chamber of Commerce
    770-345-0400
    www.cherokeechamber.com



  • Tips to Keep You Trekking This Winter

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Traffic & Public Transportation  |  January 19, 2014 7:05 AM  |  841 views  |  1 comment

    Tips to Keep You Trekking This Winter



    Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season comes the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 percent of Americans say icy roads are their top winter driving concern, 76 percent also say they are comfortable driving in snow, according to Hankook Tire’s Winter Gauge Index.

    And, if Americans are right – 41 percent of all Americans polled expect more snow this winter, as compared to last year – there will be plenty of opportunity to drive through a winter wonderland.

    Confident and prepared is the resounding tune among drivers, and that’s not just in the area of getting behind the wheel in slick conditions; Seventy-one percent of Americans spend less than one hour digging their car out of the snow and nearly half (49 percent) maintain their driveway themselves, according to the survey.

    So, clean up that driveway, embrace the cold weather and get out and enjoy the winter season.

    Before hitting the road for the ski slopes or embarking on a winter excursion, keep in mind Hankook’s top winter driving tips:

    • Keep your tires ‘aired up’: Ensure your tires are properly inflated. For every 10 degree Fahrenheit change in outside temperature, your tire’s inflation pressure will change by about 1 pound per square inch (psi). Improperly inflated tires can lead to poor traction, decreased control and skidding.
    • Slowly accelerate and decelerate: Applying engine power slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry, and take extra care and time to-slow down when stopping.
    • Invest in a set of dedicated winter tires for your vehicle: Winter tires, like the Hankook Winter i*cept evo, are specifically designed to provide improved traction in cold, snowy and icy conditions. Whether your vehicle is front, rear or all-wheel drive, winter tires can offer an additional element of performance to get you through those tricky winter driving months.
    • Check your tread to beat the snow: Worn or insufficient tread can cause skidding during the winter season, so it is important to make sure your tires are ready for the winter conditions before hitting the road. A quick way to do this is to check your tires’ tread depth indicators. Tread depth indicators are small raised bars that run in-between a tire’s tread blocks. When a tire’s tread is worn down to these indicator bars, it’s time to change to a new set of tires.

    By preparing for winter’s snowy surprises, you can keep on rolling throughout the slippery season.

    Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2014. All rights reserved.

    Fred Yancy, Broker

    Harry Norman Realtors

    (678) 799-4663

  • Security measures that burglars loathe

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Crime & Safety  |  January 19, 2014 6:46 AM  |  887 views  |  1 comment

    Security measures that burglars loathe

    Think there's nothing you can do to lessen your risk for a home break-in? Check out nine ways to deter burglars.


    By Ginny Perez 

    Here are nine things you can do to make burglars think twice before trying to enter your home.

    If you think you're not at risk of being a victim of burglary, think again. If there's an opportunity to invade your home, no matter who you are or where you live, burglars will take the chance.

    "Burglaries are considered 'crimes of opportunity' because the criminal is looking for the easy way to get into your home - the unlocked door, open garage door or open window," says Charlene Miller, Crime Prevention Neighborhood Watch director at the Boise Police Department.

    Fortunately, "There are practical security measures you can take to make it so difficult for burglars that they'll go somewhere else," Miller adds.

    Want to learn what these measures are? Here are nine things you can do to make burglars think twice before trying to enter your home.

    #1 - Secured Doors and Windows

    In approximately one-third of home burglaries the burglar comes in through an unlocked door or window, according to the "Burglary of Single Family Houses"guide, published by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

    "The first line of defense in your home's security is having solid core exterior doors with high quality grade 1 or 2 deadbolt locks," Miller states. "French doors can be secured with a quality deadbolt lock and a slide bolt penetrating the upper or lower doorframe."

    Miller notes that sliding glass doors are especially vulnerable if they do not have proper locks, so check with the manufacturer for the right ones.

    "A snug-fitting dowel (a piece of cylindrical wood - similar to a broom handle) in the lower track of the door will also prevent it from being opened." Miller also recommends installing eyebolts in the frames of sliding windows to allow for ventilation without leaving enough room for an intruder.

    #2 - A Loud Dog

    Dogs are not only "man's best friend." They can also be a burglar's worst enemy.

    In fact, COPS reports that most burglars avoid houses with dogs. "Burglars don't want to be seen or caught; they also want to avoid pain," agrees Miller, who adds that dogs that bark - even small, noisy dogs - can be an effective deterrent.

    And while you might feel safer with a large dog that could do bodily harm, like a German Shepherd, Miller says the most important aspect is having a dog that sounds an alarm with its bark.

    #3 - A Home Security System

    If you want something that not only makes noise when there's an intruder, but also calls for help, consider installing a home security system. Home security systems detect when someone enters your house uninvited, sets off an alarm, and also notifies authorities of an invasion.

    "If you have valuables that need protection, rampant burglaries in your area, and are away from home for long stretches, a home security system could be a good option for you," says Miller.

    She recommends doing some online research and checking with local alarm system companies to find the best system for your needs.

    #4 - Motion Sensor Lights

    Installing sensor lights (which turn on when they detect motion) is a great way to illuminate portions of your property only when needed - like when someone enters the area.

    Sensor lights will come on as soon as someone enters under cover of darkness - as a burglar would.

    "Outside lighting is one of the cheapest and most effective deterrents to crime," states Miller, who adds that "motion sensor lights give you the ease of having lights come on automatically."

    #5 - Surveillance Cameras

    A video surveillance system can be a bit costly, but it could help you sleep better at night.

    "Installing a video security system can give you peace of mind and act as a deterrent to burglars, especially when you're on vacation," Millers states.

    However, if you don't want to go the full route of installing a system, think about putting up a "dummy" camera or two to give the illusion of protection. And while Miller agrees installing a "dummy" camera could intimidate a burglar, she says the downside is it can't provide evidence if a burglary occurs.

    #6 - Protection Warning Signs

    Got a dog or a home security system? Share that information with signage on your fence, door, or window. Much like putting up security cameras, letting a burglar know you are well protected makes you less of a target.

    "It's important to look at your home from a burglar's point of view," shares Miller. "Burglars who think they might be seen or caught will think twice before targeting your house."

    Miller cautions that while having this kind of signage can be to your advantage, it could also make burglars wonder what you have that's worth protecting.

    #7 - A Trimmed and Tidy Yard

    Untrimmed trees and shrubs provide good hiding places for burglars and can obscure their entry into your home.

    To get a better sense of what she means, Miller suggests the following: "Stand out on your front sidewalk and take an objective look at your house. Do you have trees or shrubs providing hiding places for someone?" If so, Miller recommends trimming tree branches up to six feet from the ground and shrubs down to below window sills.

    A shaggy lawn - especially one that's usually trimmed - can also indicate to a burglar that you're likely on vacation, or simply away on business for a prolonged period of time. Consider hiring someone to mow your lawn if you're going to be out of town for more than a week.

    #8 - The Appearance That Someone Is Home

    Burglars know your routine, and when there's a break in that routine - like when you're on vacation - it's a signal that your home is clear for a break-in.

    With that in mind, Miller says that "the goal when you're gone is for your home to appear lived in."

    To accomplish this, Miller suggests using motion-sensor lights and timers on your radio and TV to simulate occupancy and create the illusion that you're home.

    Corvallis, Oregon home insurance professional, Bonnie Lundy, agrees: "Anything you can do to make your home look occupied while you're away is a good thing - and timed electronics are great for that."

    She does caution, however, that burglars are aware people use timers, and recommends some variation in the pattern.

    #9 - Helpful Neighbors

    We just talked about making your home look lived in while you're away. And while simulating occupancy can get tricky, the good news is you can enlist help. The best recruits? Your neighbors.

    Whenever you're away, Lundy highly recommends asking your neighbors to get your mail and newspapers, and check for any deliveries. Miller also recommends asking them to put garbage bags in your garbage can.

    And that's not all. You should also "ask a trusted neighbor to park their vehicle in your driveway occasionally while you're out of town," suggests Miller.

    Any sign of activity at your home is enough to deter most burglars - who count on an empty house.

    Fred Yancy, Broker

    Harry Norman, Realtors

    (678) 799-4663

    www.Fred.Yancy.HarryNorman.com

  • 5 Energy-Saving Tips to Keep You Green in 2014

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life  |  January 16, 2014 8:44 PM  |  723 views  |  No comments

    5 Energy-Saving Tips to Keep You Green in 2014


    As 2014 approaches, the go-to resolutions remain unchanged; weight loss, time spent with family and friends and budgeting. One way to cut back on funds is to invest some time and a little money into your home to save on energy bills in the long run. Here are 5 habits that custom homebuilder Nate Abbott, of Falcon Custom Homes, encourages his clients to implement in 2014 that will affect your energy bills in a positive way:

    1. Invest in energy technology, like a programmable thermostat, power timers or a smart charger.

    2. Vow to never again leave your electronic devices in standby mode. Here are a few items that you probably have in your home along with the amount of money wasted annually by leaving the devices in standby mode instead of shutting them off entirely:

    • LCD monitor: $2.51
    • Computer: $34.21
    • Laptop: $15.90
    • Laser printer: $12.43
    • Plasma TV: $159.76
    • DVD player: $8.67
    • Game console: $25.73
    • Convection microwave: $3.85
    • Rechargeable toothbrush: $1.35

    3. Caulk or weather-strip air leaks around doors and windows to keep the warm or cool air in, depending on the time of year.

    4. Replace your furnace filter at least every three months for high air quality.

    5. Turn off water when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes.

    Although some of these tips only save pennies here and there, putting all these tips to use could save you hundreds of dollars annually. By putting these home-oriented resolutions into place, you will begin to find yourself with extra spending money to accomplish your other resolutions

    Fred Yancy, Broker

    Harry Norman Realtors

    (678) 799-4663

    http://fred.yancy.harrynorman.com

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