Your House May Show Well At Christmas

Posted by Richard on December 9, 2021

Family, cheer, warmth — these are some of the memories and feelings the holidays conjure up and they are, not coincidentally, the best possible feelings to create when showing your home. Holidays offer the seller so many options for making a home perfect for the buyer: Special lights, holiday smells, cozy fireplaces and festive decorations. […]

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Tax Changes Offer Big Benefits For Families

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Tax season is still some weeks away, but with a large number of changes coming into effect this year, it’s smart to plan ahead. Various COVID-19 stimulus bills introduced a number of updates to different tax provisions, while higher-than-typical inflation has tweaked many thresholds. 2021 tax changes may affect individuals and organizations too. The American […]

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Global Seaborne Shipping Carries Vast Quantity Of Goods

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If you have seen empty shelves at your local stores in the last few months, that might be because of the traffic jam in ocean shipping, which is responsible for much of what we buy. Maritime shipping networks transport an estimated 80 percent of goods. Roughly 90 percent of bulk dry manufactured goods, including electronics […]

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De-Clutter For Christmas: Cut Stress

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Your bedroom closet is already full. Your fridge and cabinets don’t have a lot of room to spare, and neither do your storage closets. And it isn’t even Christmas yet — once the gifts, decorations, extra food, new holiday outfits and all the other assorted stuff comes inside, you’ll be overwhelmed, just like you are […]

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On-Trend Cheap Updates For Home Sellers

Posted by Richard on November 9, 2021

If you will be in the market to sell your home in coming months, you can get the best price with some inexpensive DIY updates, on-trend with young buyers. Country and ship-lap are on the way out, but granny chic is right on-trend. Granny chic is the new millennial drift toward nostalgia and comfort. It […]

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Finding The Best Holiday Deals

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Looking to save money on Christmas spending this year? If so, you may have to put in a bit more effort compared to seasons past. Still, hard work may result in substantial savings. Financial consultants at Deloitte project that holiday sales will increase by 7 to 9 percent this season, with e-commerce sales expected to […]

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Home Remodeling Costs Rise … And Fall

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Lots of people are doing home improvement projects this year, but there are stumbling blocks. Prices are higher, some materials may be limited and contractors don’t have enough help, but these difficulties should ease in the coming months. A survey by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that 80 percent of respondents had […]

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When Is It Time To Stop Hosting The Big Holiday Dinners?

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The grand kids love it, of course, and they are the reason we keep doing it. Those lovely holiday dinners pass on traditions, values, heritage and fun memories. The excitement of the holidays beam in the eyes of the little ones. But meanwhile, your back is aching and your energy isn’t what it used to […]

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Winterize Now For a Cozy December

Posted by Richard on October 11, 2021

Here’s how to stay warm this winter and save on heating and repair costs. Your home’s exterior: Clean the gutters so ice dams don’t form and cause damage. Replace cracked caulk around roof vents and around the chimney. Install a chimney cap to keep critters and objects from dropping in. A cap will also keep […]

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The Impact Of Inflation

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Suppose it is 1950. You have $5 in your pocket and you have to buy groceries. You’ve got plenty: Gallon of milk: 83 cents Dozen eggs: 60 cents Loaf of bread: 30 cents Chopped beef: 53 cents Frozen green beans: 24 cents Apples: 39 cents Peanut butter: 29 cents 5lbs potatoes: 26 cents 3 lbs. […]

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