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There’s No Need to Hibernate on Your Home Search This Winter

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As temperatures drop, people all over the country are getting ready for cold snow and warm holiday cheer. While eggnog and mistletoe sales go up this time of year, the housing market generally hits a slump during the winter. This is especially true in northern states, where the cold seriously affects buying...

Is It Safe to Come Out From Under the Covers?

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Between this contentious election season and the plunge into darkness from daylight savings time, I, for one, would like to curl up into a ball right now. With the changing of the guard, uncertainty is afoot. Craving a feeling of safety is pretty everyday stuff for most of us, but when life throws me for a loop, I take action where I can and shore up my nest.

The Chinese practice a system of furniture arrangement that strives to harmonize you with your surrounding environment. It is called Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway). Feng shui promotes general well-being by paying attention to how life force energy or “qi”, pronounced (chee) flows through your dwelling. This is what people...

Why Is My House Not Selling?

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Even the most wonderful, accurately priced homes in the best locations do not always sell quickly. Sometimes, the reasons are beyond the seller’s control because a local market may be experiencing the impact of economic forces over which the individual seller has no control—for example, if the economy is in recession or if a major employer has left the area. These considerations aside, there are a few factors upon which most experienced real estate agents Agree.

First, the home must be correctly priced. When a property is on the market for a long time, buyers naturally ask why it has not sold. My honest answer is almost always that the owner initially insisted upon an asking price...

On Yom Kippur, Were We Forgiven for Bad Furniture Purchases?

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The funny thing is I was having this exact conversation with clients recently. They had just bought a new house and told me about the furniture they were bringing from their old house. Actually, it was more like lamenting. They explained at great length that they had to keep this set of chairs because they were so expensive but totally uncomfortable. In fact, they said they had never even sat in them! Why, I asked would they want to shlep these things to their new home? Guilt, that’s why! They spent so much money and made wrong choices years ago and then felt that they had to be punished for it by dragging this stuff around with them in perpetuity. These poor people! You have no idea...

Nine Ways to Fool Yourself Into Thinking It’s Spring Inside

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Winter is coming, and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. If only frigid temperatures brought as much joy as summer sun, a new season of “Game of Thrones,” or heck, even the sandwich you just scarfed down between meetings at work. Unfortunately, the season of oversized parkas and “wintry mix” (meteorologist speak for “cold, wet, sky garbage”) is upon us.

But you don’t have to sacrifice the spirit of springtime just because you spotted a snowflake. Some people say denial is a bad thing; we say it’s a survival technique. Keep your home in a cheerful, spring-like stasis all season long by following these simple tips.

Buy (or build!) a window box.

Grow your...

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