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In Memoriam

 Patrick Norman McVay

1937–2016

 

Patrick Norman McVay was born in Pennsylvania on June 16, 1937, to Anthony James McVay and Marie Clare McVay. After moving to Southern California, Pat earned his real estate license in 1960.

By 1969, Pat McVay and Jim Brady were partners in running Brady Realty, a company that served the Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley areas. When Jim passed away suddenly of a heart attack, Pat became sole owner of the business and, eventually, changed its name to Real Estate by McVay.

Pat’s close friend, Gordon Livingston of Livingston Realty, who first met Pat in 1965, describes him as “the most giving person I ever knew in real estate.” Pat was not only successful himself but also willing to share what he believed were the secrets of his success with others. “He made hundreds of agents successful by training them and guiding them,” says Livingston.

A natural mentor, Pat knew intuitively the value that motivation could play in creating success. “He invited great guests to the office, including Zig Ziglar, Tommy Hopkins, and Earl Nightingale,” says Livingston. “A number of agents owe their success to Pat McVay.” In fact, real estate coach Mike Ferry worked as a sales agent for Pat in 1970.

Pat was well respected among his colleagues in the real estate industry, who—in 1976—elected him president of the Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley Board of REALTORS®, a predecessor organization of the Orange County REALTORS®.

From 2014 until his passing on November 23, 2016, in Huntington Beach, California, Pat McVay worked as a REALTOR® for Star Real Estate in the same building that once housed Real Estate by McVay. Frank McDowell, chief executive officer of AMC Inc., the parent company of Star Real Estate, says, “Pat was known to be a great motivational speaker. Everyone loved his ideas.”

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Ecommerce is great! It offers choices and convenience. And this holiday season, many of us will purchase gifts online for our loved ones. But there is no substitute to being a well-informed consumer. So, we put together a list of best practices to help you shop safely and confidently this holiday season.

1. Patch security vulnerabilities in your devices. Install Operating System updates to patch security vulnerabilities and enhance the performance of your computers and devices. Cybercriminals can exploit vulnerabilities in your devices to obtain your personal and financial information. Don’t allow it. If you need help performing these updates, please give us a call. We’ll walk you through the necessary steps.

2.  Ensure your Anti-Virus, Malware and Ransomware protection is operating optimally. Before transmitting personal and financial information online, be sure your protection software is performing well. All these security measures running in the background are important to safeguard your well-earned money and identity.

3. Avoid using public Wi-Fi when shopping or banking. Don’t transmit any personal or financial information, such as passwords, credit card info, etc., when using a public Wi-Fi. Unsecure connections are just too risky.

4. Shop trusted merchants. Carefully read the merchant’s Shipping fees, Delivery and Return policies and other Terms and Conditions prior to purchasing goods or services. Read the item’s description and, if possible, also research merchant and product reviews as well.

5. Research less-known merchants. Sometimes that unique, amazing item is listed in a one-of-a-kind website. Before being hasty, research the store’s physical address and telephone number as well as their reputation. Assess the risk of the unknown before going forward.

6. Ensure a secure payment page. Be sure the merchant uses a secure connection on the payment page by using https://s in their URL and/or the image of lock.
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7. Be extra diligent about possible fraud on online classifieds ads sites such as Craigslist. Scammers can be very sophisticated in their con. They may even create dummy Google Checkout websites to take your money without delivering the product. Verify the legitimacy of the seller, the product and the method of payment before you pay. Read more about this topic here.

8. Be alert for phishing scams. Pop-ups for sites that you are not actively visiting may be the work of cybercriminals. The pop-ups could be of familiar ‘Banks’ or ‘Virus Checks.’ If you did not initiate contact with these companies, don’t give out your personal data or download anything. If you have any questions about the security on your devices, give us a call. Learn more about phishing scams here.

9. Use your credit card, instead of your debit card. Typically, it is easier to dispute the charge on a credit card than a debit card. It is also harder to get a refund on a debit card.

10. Monitor your bank and credit card statements.Save your receipts and compare them to your credit card and bank statements regularly.  Report any questionable charges to the issuer of the card.


Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday season!

Your OC Tech Helpline Team

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Real Social Session
 
The use of social media as a means of making connections and marketing services is growing so rapidly that it is impossible for any one person to stay abreast of all the available apps, platforms, and possibilities. To help members make the most of social media, on October 24, the Orange County Association of REALTORS® presented REAL SOCIAL, a one-day social media conference and expo at the University of California, Irvine.
 
Featured speakers included Katie Wagner, of Katie Wagner Social Media, talking about Social Media Best Practices; Leigh Brown, a highly successful REALTOR® and personal branding expert, whose topic was Making Social Media Work; and Steve Pacinelli, chief marketing officer of BombBomb, explaining How to Use Video to Market.
 
For a sampling of the ideas, tips, and strategies this social media super trio had to offer check out their articles below.

For a special sneak peak into next year's event, Nerd Fest, read what Your Nerdy Best Friend has to say about content creation for social media.


View Photos from REAL SOCIAL 2016

 

 

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iOS 10

The Supra eKEY service is now compatible with Apple’s latest operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 10.1  Please check to see if you have any pending updates in the App Store of your mobile device and download that immediately to prevent any problems accessing lock boxes.

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The OC Tech Helpline service is currently unavailable due to Hurricane Matthew.  We will keep you updated as to when the Helpline will be back up.  Thank you for your patience.

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