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DON’T FORGET TEXTURE WHEN PLANNING YOUR GARDEN

Excerpted from an article by Dean Fosdick/Associated Press “The most popular element in landscape design is color, but texture is another important building block. Texture in gardening can be seen as well as felt, and is used primarily to provide contrast. Color lacks dimension without texture, which can soften spaces, provide visual interest, fashion backdrops…

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MAGAZINE: BREVARD IN TOP 8 OUTDOORSY RETIREMENT CHOICES!

Excerpted from an article by Special to the Asheville Citizen-Times “Brevard, North Carolina, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where To Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.  Brevard is profiled in a feature titled “8 Invigorating Outdoorsy Towns” in the May/June 2017 issue, available nationwide April 11. Where…

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MORE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS PLANNED FOR WNC!

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times. “It’s still five months away, but August 21 has Western North Carolina buzzing, and busy making plans. This is the date of the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, a rare astronomical event in which the Earth, moon and sun line up so that the moon completely…

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HOW TO SCORE A DEAL ON HOME APPLIANCES

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Who doesn’t dream of a kitchen full of shiny, new appliances – raise your hand – but don’t want to go broke to get what you want?  Use a few tips and tricks to get a great deal. BUY AT THE RIGHT TIME.  You can’t go…

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WHEN YOUR HOME LOAN IS SOLD

Excerpted from an article by Benny L. Kass for realtytimes.com “QUESTION:  We have a mortgage with the same lender for several years, and have just received notification that our loan has been sold to some other lender.  Should this be a concern to us?:  Can the new lender change any of the terms or conditions…

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TOP FIVE NEW BATHROOM TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSIDER

Excerpted from an article by Andrea Davis for realtytimes. “Installing bathroom tech is  a great way to take your remodel or addition to the next level.  Aside from adding extra comfort, bathroom tech will also improve the efficiency of your home.  Here’s a look at five high-tech gadgets that will turn your bathroom into the…

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IDEAS TO IMPROVE YOUR SMALL FRONT YARD

Source:  Andrea Davis for realtytimes.com “There are many ways to improve your small front yard without uprooting your driveway or dialing back your front porch.  With the right touches, small front yards can be just as appealing as large ones…. USE SYMMETRY.  Balancing the elements of your yard on either side of your sidewalk –…

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NEW WAYS TO BRING ECO-FRIENDLINESS INTO YOUR HOME

Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “Living green is on the minds of many, but bring up the idea of grey water and composting toilets, and, well…never mind.  The great news is there are tons of products and ideas you can use to be kind to the universe without a big compromise.…

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THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAILS AN EARLY SPRING…

…AND TIES IT TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Excerpted from an article for The Washington Post/Energy and Environment by Chelsea Harvey – Feb. 24, 2017 “As the nation basks in some of the warmest February weather it has seen in decades, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has been quick to point out that the early spring conditions…

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AMERICANS BUY HOMES AT FASTEST PACE IN A DECADE

Excerpted from an article by Christopher S. Rugaber for Associated Press “WASHINGTON – Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007.  Home sales rose 3.3% in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. …

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