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OUR RENTAL DEPARTMENT IS PET FRIENDLY!!!

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
If you have a pet, life is much harder when you are looking for a rental property. There are approximately 73 million dogs & 90 million cats owned in the United States. So we try to work with the numbers rather than against.  We understand that pets are part of the family. Most of our units are pet friendly. We have a two pet limit with non- refundable pet fees due at the time of the lease signing.
 We do however have certain guidelines that must be followed for the protection of the property, residents and neighbors.
All pets must be current on vaccinations and registered with city tags.  All residents will be subject to random inspections to insure pets are not doing damage.
 Residents must sign a Pet agreement agreeing to certain rules.
 Some of these rules are pets will not cause; danger, damage, nuisance, noise, health hazard or soil the unit grounds, common areas, walks, parking areas, landscaping or gardens.
 Tenant agrees to clean up after the pet and agrees to accept full responsibility and liability for any damage, injury or actions arising from or caused by pet.
 Tenant warrants that the pet is house broken   and that the pet has no history of causing physical harm to persons or property, such as biting, scratching, chewing, etc.
 Tenant also warrants that the pet has no vicious tendencies.
We cannot accept a few breeds of dogs due to insurance requirements. Those include Pit bull or Pit bull breeds, Wolf or Wolf breeds, Rottwielers or Doberman Pinschers.
 
So check out our rental website at www.mcnaughtonrentals.com to see if we have a home for you and your four legged friend!

Amber Parrish teaches Team University Jan 11-13th 2007

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team

Our very own Amber Parrish teaches Team University Jan 11-13th 2007 in Atlanta, GA. The Team and Systems Development University Course is for any real estate professional who is interested in improving their systems, enabling them to climb to new heights of productivity, with a cohesive, high energy team.

 Star Power University is an in-depth training program guaranteed to give you the foundation to build a successful and satisfying real estate business. Thousands of agents have attended these intensive three-day course, facilitated by the Star Power Stars, and as a result have seen dramatic results in their business and personal lives. Even if you've been before, the refreshed workbook and course format are guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

Taxes, Savings and W-4s

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Income tax refunds are used in a variety of ways including paying down credit card debt, helping to pay for college tuition or just to purchase something. But, they do not help savings. Refunds result when taxpayers have more money withheld from their paychecks than they actually need to pay their federal income taxes. It amounts to lending their money to the government interest- free. In today’s complex tax laws, so many factors change how much tax is owed the taxpayers often don’t know they have over-withheld until it is too late. It is increasingly difficult to get the W-4 right. In order to come close to the “correct” amount of withholding, employees need to fill out new W-4s almost every year. Financial planners advise people who want to save money to reduce withholding and set aside the extra money in a separate account. Here’s how to save with out getting a big income tax refund:
  • Fill out a new W-4 form for your employer every year
  • Use the IRS W-4 calculator to decide how many allowances to claim. Go to www.irs.gov and click on “IRS Withholding Calculator”.
  • Direct your reduced withholding into a separate account and save it or pay down credit card debt.

Education as Investment

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
According to the College Board, four years worth of tuition, fees, books, and supplies at a public university costs $80,000. Room, board, transportation and other costs raises the total costs to about $50,000 for public universities and $110,000 for private. However, when viewed as an investment for the future, the lifetime gain can be substantial. Although it varies based on the field of study, the gain can be several times the above costs over a lifetime.       

Energy and Tax Savings

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Congress passed an energy bill last year that includes several tax credits for home improvements that are energy saving. The credits are limited to eligible improvements made between December 31, 2005 and January 1, 2008. One of the credits is 10% of the cost of eligible improvements up to a cap of $500. The credits are limited to your primary home. Tax credits are more valuable than deductions because credits represent a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax bill.

Air Quality Inside

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
ACH (Air changes per hour) is the measure of air flowing into or out of a home. Generally, the volume of air in a house should be replaced every two or three hours. That translates to between .33 and .50 ACH (when the house is not being ventilated). Higher rates mean that cracks, holes and other openings are letting to much airflow in and out. Lower rates could mean the house is too tight and could contribute to indoor air pollution. In the latter case “controlled ventilation” such as opening windows will allow a higher rate of air change. A professional contractor can measure the air change rate and look for “uncontrolled ventilation” such as poorly sealed windows and leaky ducts.

Home “Nose” Appeal

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
The top two things that affect people when shopping for a home are sight and smell. The way a home smells can have a direct impact on a perspective Buyer’s overall perception of a house even before they have viewed the entire home. A pleasant fragrance makes a home warm and inviting to prospective buyers. Among the offensive smells is pet, smoking, and lingering cooking odors. When selling a home, knowledge is key and being prepared is a must. Using fragrance to neutralize bad odors and leave a fresh clean smell is essential.

Developers and Architects to Provide Feedback on Design Standards

by Terri Lynne McNaughton Team
Fayetteville, AR- The Planning Commission requested that Planning staff seek feedback on proposed urban residential standards from developers and architects at their December 11, 2006 meeting. Planning staff has invited developers and architects to a meeting on Thursday, January 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 326 in the City Administration Building to discuss the draft ordinance. These standards would affect multi-family, three-family and two-family dwellings.
 
The intent of the standards is to “promote a traditional form of urban development, whereby buildings front onto public streets and form a pedestrian-friendly streetscape” and “ensure that urban residential buildings add to the character and quality of the community, offer a sense of security, and make a positive contribution to the life of the street.”

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Contact Information

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Don McNaughton
McNaughton Real Estate
4299 W. Persimmon
Fayetteville AR 72704
479-442-9099
Fax: 479-442-0948
       

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