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Home Portraits, Washable Keyboard, Eco Starter Kit
A monthly rundown of the latest gadgets that can help you succeed in real estate.
October 1, 2008
Green Your Home
Help your customers save on energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the Eco Hatchery Starter Kit, which could help you trim up to $216 in utility bills a year. The kit includes an appliance energy monitor, home water quality test, reusable filtered water bottle, home insulation products, eco lighting renovation tool, recycling resources directory, and more. You’ll also get eco-friendly product samples, such as nontoxic household cleaners and recycled coffee filters. Then, visit an online “Eco Roadmap” to receive personalized project recommendations and track your carbon footprint and savings. $97.50. Eco Hatchery, Milwaukee; 414-332-8347; www.ecohatchery.com.
Coffee on Your Keyboard? No Worries
Prone to tipping over that coffee mug or leaving a few lunch crumbs here and there when you eat at your desk? Worried that something might be growing in your computer keyboard? The Seal Shield waterproof keyboard withstands spills and lets you wash away grime. It’s protected with a silicone seal and is fully submersible in up to 10 feet of water, according to the manufacturer. You can even put it in the dishwasher. It also helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria with its special antimicrobial coating. A standard keyboard runs $49.99. A washable mouse is also available for $49.99. Seal Shield, Jacksonville, Fla.; www.sealshield.com.
Personalized Portraits of Home Sweet Home
Give your buyers an original portrait of their new house and they’ll feel instantly at home. These custom house portraits by artist Jean Steinhardt make a unique closing gift. Just send in a photo of the house and receive a drawing of up to 17 by 23 inches on archival paper. Portraits are usually completed within 30 days for a detailed drawing or 14 days for a quick sketch. You can also commission portraits of your listings and use them in your promotional materials or on your Web sites. Portrait costs range from $50 to $500. Jean Steinhardt’s House Portraits, Houston; www.jeansteinhardt.com.