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BUYING A VACATION HOME: THE QUESTIONS BEFORE PURCHASE

SOURCE:  Amin Dabit for realtytimes. “Whether it’s an oceanside bungalow or a mountain cabin, many people dream of buying a vacation home.  Financial advisors call a purchase like this “lifestyle investing.”  Like any investment, buying a second home comes with both benefits and potential drawbacks, so it’s important to consider how a vacation home fits…

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A FEW ITEMS OF LOCAL NEWS…

The following items are excerpted from recent articles in the Asheville Citizen-Times. “ASHEVILLE NEAR TOP OF BEST SMALL TOWNS LIST….John Boyle for the Asheville Citizen Times. Asheville has had no shortage of tourist s in recent years, and a recent US News & World Report story about the “Best Small Towns to Visit in the…

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CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL…

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes. “Heatwave?  Are you feeling it?  Dreading this month’s electric bill?  Here are a few tricks that can help you keep cool at home without running your air conditioning 24/7… ADD AN AWNING.  If you are able, an awning can go a long way toward lowering the temps on the inside…

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MOVING DAY SURVIVAL KIT – LIFE-SAVING ITEMS & NICETIES

Excerpted from article SOURCE:  Houzz.com “Gather these must-haves in advance for a smooth move and more comfortable first days in your new home… At least a few rolls of toilet paper – a must! Aspirin and all of your medications Toilet plunger Cash Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife Trash bags Power strip and mobile phone…

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HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FAST!

Excerpted from – SOURCE:  Trulia/Angela Vogel Daley “…Putting your home on the market can be stressful.  Week after week of showings require your house to be PRESENTABLE AT ALL TIMES.  Not to mention to hassel of vacating at a moment’s notice.  If you have pets or children, that stress is multiplied.  But buyers will be…

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RELAXING DESIGNS FOR YOUR LAKEFRONT YARD

Source:  realtytimes staff for realtytimes.com “According to Wallace J. Nichols, in his book “Blue Mind,” our brains are hardwired to react positively to water (http://www.huffingtonpost.lcom/2016/02/25/m,ental-benefits-water_n_5791024.html).  Our predisposition to embrace water might be the reason being near it can actually calm us. But water lovers probably don’t need to be told how relaxing their lakefront yard…

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US MORTGAGE RATES BLIP HIGHER

Source:  Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Asheville Citizen Times/Paul Wiseman-Associated Press “WASHINGTON – Long term US mortgage rates edged up last week as the benchmark 30-year rate bounced back from a seven-month low.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.91% last week from 3.89% the previous week. …

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NC TROUT FISHING NETS HUGE HAUL

Source:  Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “This is no big fish tale!  Rather it’s the reality that trout fishing creates big business for Western North Carolina. A study released recently, conducted by Responsive Management and Southwick Associates for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, found that in 2014 nearly 149,000 trout anglers fished approximately 1.6…

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SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE LIST – FOUR THINGS TO CHECK OFF!

Source:  Realty Times Staff “Just as you prepare your home for the winter by covering outside pipes, etc., there are also a number of things homeowners should do to ready their homes for warmer weather.  With spring in full swing, check out the following list of home-related chores and checkups you may want to do…

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PANTHERTOWN GROWS WITH A LOT OF HELP FROM ITS FRIENDS

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez, Columnist for Asheville Citizen-Times “…It’s amazing what a little help from your friends can accomplish.  Case in point – the rugged, forested, exceptionally pretty area of Panthertown (near Cashiers, NC) found a lot of friends from all kinds of places who helped to buy a little chunk of land that will make…

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