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HIKE NC! ROLLS OUT FALL HIKES IN WNC

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “Those who hike can’t imagine a fall without at least a few mountain hiking trips…This fall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield ofo N.C. and the NC State Parks, which is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the state parks system, are launching Hike NC!, a…

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TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A COUCH

Excerpts from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “A couch isn’t just a place to sit.  For many of us, it’s the biggest piece of furniture in a room, and also the most expensive.  Get it right and you can set the tone for the rest of the space.  But if it’s the wrong…

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LONG-TERM MORTGAGE RATES LOWEST IN A YEAR~

Source:  Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times/Real Estate “WASHINGTON – Average long-term US mortgage rates slid this week to their lowest level since February 2015, luring prospective purchasers during the spring home-buying season.  Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year,fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.59% from 3.71% last week. The benchmark rate was far…

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BOLD, BLACK KITCHENS ARE BACK IN STYLE

Excerpted from an article by Kim Cook for the Associated Press. “The kitchen is often a room for experimentation – with decor as well as food and drink.  Over the years we’ve seen yellow, turquoise, avocado green, harvest gold, “greige” and white take turns as favored hues.  But right now, black is back. ‘It makes…

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OSKAR BLUES CANS WATER TO HELP VICTIMS OF FLOOD…

Excerpted from an article by Beth Walton for Asheville Citizen-Times Brevard, NC – “In an effort to help those in need, Oskar Blues Brewery canned up water, not beer, for a city in Michigan. In response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the popular brewery partnered with the Ball Corporation and the CAN’d Aid…

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WEATHER CHALLENGES LOCAL NC APPLE GROWERS

Excerpted from an article by Leah Buletti for the Asheville Citizen-Times HENDERSONVILLE…”It’s been a year marked by extremes for Henderson County apple growers, starting with an early freeze in the spring and ending in prolonged rain earlier this month. It seems that all of the extremes that (can) happen, we’ve had in one year,” said…

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TEN WAYS TO MAKE SHARING A BATHROOM EASIER…

Excerpted from an article for The Associated Press by Katherine Roth “…jostling roommates and family members take hear:  Here are 10 ways to make bathroom coexistence easier, like double sinks and updated showers to easy tricks and affordable gadgets that maximize space and minimize clutter.”   Look  high & low for storage space.  Ideas:  an…

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FIVE LANDSCAPING IDEAS FOR SELLERS…

Excerpted from an article by Blanche Evans/realtytimes.com: “You’ve probably heard how important curb appeal is when you’re trying to sell your home.  The first thing buyers look at when they pull up to your house is the big picture – the house, the yard, the trees, flowers, etc.  It’s the impresssion that counts, and all…

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FIXED RATE DOESN’T MEAN FIXED PAYMENTS…

Excerpted from realtytimes.com/consumer advice… “This is one of the best times to get a fixed-rate mortgage.  A fixed rate simply means that the mortgage lender charges you a fixed rate of interest that doesn’t ever change over the life of the loan.  If you get a fixed rate of 4.00%, you will be paying 4%…

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SPRING HOME TRENDS…

Excerpted from realtytimes.com Here are just a few “springtime spruce-up & update” ideas to think about if you are looking to list your home for sale or maybe just do a little springtime cosmetic work on your home. “A deep cleaning of your home isn’t the only way to usher in spring.  It might also…

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