Ann M. Vracin

ANN M. VRACIN

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Water Saving Strategies for the California Drought

Jul 31, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Water Saving Strategies for the California Drought

A water balloon fight or even sipping a cool glass of ice water on a hot day isn’t a big deal in most of the country. California residents however have a different view of these activities. In their drought-stricken cities, water is a precious commodity. The extended drought has towns imposing mandatory restrictions on residential water use. Take a look at how far Californians are going in order to conserve water.

Lawn Care

Artificial Options

If you’ve seen a green lawn in California recently, the color isn’t natural. Homeowners are increasingly opting for artificial turf in lieu of browned grass. Astroturf has come a long way since the 1970s. It is now available in multiple grass heights and two-toned muted greens that closely resemble a natural lawn. Another advantage is the minimal upkeep required. Periodic sanitization of the water-permeable surface and occasionally using a stiff brush to revive the flattened areas are all it takes to keep artificial turf looking great.

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Get Connected In Style with Smart Jewelry

Jul 29, 2015 in Tech. 0 Comment

Get Connected In Style with Smart Jewelry

Wearable technologies are one of the fastest growing sectors in the tech industry. The potential is endless as the Internet of Things expands to include everything under the sun. One hot trend in the world of wearables is smart jewelry. Read on to learn more about how to get connected with smart jewelry. 

Ringly

The concept of smart jewelry may seem particularly attractive to anyone who has a hard time putting their phone away. Ringly is one way to access the convenience of your smartphone without actually having the device in your hand. It connects to your smartphone to provide you with customized notifications and is the first smart ring to hit the market. These notifications are provided through vibrations and a tiny light that is discretely placed on the side of the ring. It is noticeable in a way that doesn’t draw excess attention to the device. There are four distinct vibration patterns and five different light colors. You can control what types of alerts come through the ring. Ringly provides notifications on messages, emails and calls. It can also apprise you of your Twitter and Facebook activity. 

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Don’t Stall! Find the Right Business Partner

Jul 27, 2015 in Business/Finance. 0 Comment

Don’t Stall! Find the Right Business Partner

Choosing the right person to partner with can have a major impact on the success of your business. To get the most out of a partnership, it’s important to know how to find the right business partner. 

Avoid Procrastination

Many entrepreneurs put off making a decision about finding a business partner. This procrastination stems from a number of potential reasons. Perhaps you feel your business plan isn’t ready to be evaluated by another entrepreneur. While this is a legitimate concern, there is a solution. Start by getting as organized as possible. Put your plans down on paper. Prepare your elevator speech so that you’re ready to sell your idea at the right moment. 

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How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room

Jul 24, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

How to Create a Welcoming Guest Room

Summer seems designed for friends and family, picnics and barbeques, swimming and fun. Summer is also a season full of frequent overnight guests. Create a welcoming atmosphere in your guest room with these luxury touches.

Clear the Clutter

Instead of shoving the clutter into closets and drawers, consider hiding unused items in plain sight. Decorative boxes can do double duty as both temporary storage and room accessories. Antique suitcases or a steamer trunk also provide handy storage space.

Make Their Belongings Accessible

Install hooks over closet doors and on the back of entryway doors for hanging clothes. A folding luggage stand or two will keep suitcases within easy reach without requiring your guests to stoop or move heavy baggage on and off the bed. A small tray or bowl on top of the nightstand makes a convenient repository for keys and jewelry.

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How to Get a Home Loan with Less than Perfect Credit

Jul 22, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

How to Get a Home Loan with Less than Perfect Credit

A poor credit score can be a major obstacle to receiving approval for a home loan. Fortunately, for those with less than stellar credit, there are alternatives to traditional financing. Consider these options to soften the impact of a poor credit score when applying for a home loan.

Put More Money Down

A higher down payment can offset poor credit scores. Putting up to 20 percent down on the home shows lenders that you’re willing to make a serious commitment towards repaying the debt accrued by the purchase. Gathering the funds to do this isn’t an impossible task, but it does require discipline. Save money from windfalls like bonus pay or tax refunds, and consider making regular savings deposits towards the down payment before you go house hunting.

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Westlake Village, CA 91361

Ann M. Vracin
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