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GENUINE LEATHER? REAL WOOD? HOW TO READ FURNITURE LABELS

SOURCE:  Katherine Roth for Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times “Americans spend billions on furniture, but they’re often not getting what they paid for.  A big part of the problem is misleading labels, experts say. Terms like “genuine leather” and “real wood,” which seem straightforward enough, can be industry code words for composite materials.  And once items arrive…

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HERE’S WHY YOUR REFRIGERATOR SMELLS BAD…

SOURCE:  Jonathan Chan for reviewed.com/Asheville Citizen-Times “You know what game I never want to play?  Find That Smell.  It never ends well, especially when the smell is coming from your fridge.  I’ve spent years working in an appliance lab, and I’ve seen some fridge disasters in my day. THE STINK OF MICROBES…The long and short…

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FIVE TIPS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR SPRING…

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by realtytimes.com staff writers. “It may still be snowing in some parts of the country, but spring is almost here.  Before the flowers start budding outside, refresh the inside of your home to give your interior spaces that springtime glow. BRING THE OUTDOORS IN!  Adding fresh plants or flowers to…

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SELLERS HAVE CLOSING COSTS TOO!

SOURCE:  Benny L. Kass for realtytimes.com – excerpts NOTE:   The following list is only meant as a guide to possible closing costs.  It is  not to be taken as strict legal advice….only a “heads-up” for potential buyers.  For details about closing costs that apply in your state or jurisdiction, consult your real estate agent or…

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BEST RENOVATIONS FOR SMALL BATHROOMS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from article by Monica Thomas for realtytimes. “Small bathrooms, or half-baths, present unique design challenges.  You want functional storage without cramping an already tight space or a trendy design without being visually overwhelming.  Whether your goal is to make your small bath more functional for everyday use, or just more aesthetically appeal, you…

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EIGHT MUST-DO’S BEFORE YOU LIST YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE

SOURCE:  Excerpts from article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes. “Spring Selling Season Is On!”  If you’re considering listing your house, it’s time to get it in great shape.  You may think your home is already listing-ready, but a real estate agent may not agree.  These eight activities will help you put your best house forward.…

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PROS & CONS OF TODAY’S FLOORING TRENDS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “If  you’re thinking about doing your floors, you’ve probably done countless hours of research online, visited several stores, and pored over colors, textures, sizes and styles.  You may have some idea of what you like, but is it a good choice for your lifestyle or…

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SELLING YOUR HOME? A KITCHEN CLEAN-UP PAYS OFF!

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by realtytimes.com staff writers. “When it comes to selling a home, a kitchen clean-up pays.  You don’t have to do an expensive remodel to make your kitchen appealing to buyers – if you’re starting with a good kitchen space, then making a few inexpensive modifications can help you get your …

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DIY RENOVATING DONT’S – LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE

SOURCE:  Excerpted from article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “DIY always seems like such a good in the dream state.  Build in some equity with some elbow grease.  Get more for your money while learning some important skills.  Create pretty spaces without having to deal with contractors.  What could go wrong? Plenty, actually.  If you…

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WILL THE STOCK MARKET AFFECT YOUR HOME PURCHASE?

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “The wild stock market of the past week has sent some into a panic and caused many others to take a closer look at their financial picture.  But what is the stock market’s impact on real estate, and should you worry if you’re getting ready to buy a new home? …

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