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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...

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.

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What to Expect When You’re Renting

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What should I expect in a rental?

First you need to ask yourself a few questions. Are you relocating and, if so, for how long? Are you testing out a neighborhood or are you unsure you can afford to buy a home?

You need to determine the location you are considering and its proximity to work. If you want a residential neighborhood then you need to know if there are apartment buildings to choose from or mostly house rentals. If you have children then you need to determine whether your child will attend a private school or use the public school system.

When you rent in a building generally they will have a management company that oversees the day-to-day operations and have set prices for...

Why Is It So Hard to Find a Landlord Who Loves My Dog as Much as I Do?

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Several years ago, a fine gentleman whom I had placed in a co-op sublet decided that he wanted to buy a co-op apartment of his own. We found the perfect place: a lovely, large Jr. 4 apartment in a doorman building, complete with terrace and great views. “I want to bid on this!” he exclaimed. “My dog and I will just love it here.” “What did you say? You have a dog? When did this happen?” I asked, envisioning the sale going down the tubes and all because the co-op board had reversed its once dog-friendly policy. But all was not lost. My customer, who was otherwise superbly qualified to pass the co-op board, had recently endured two traumatic experiences in his life, had gone...

Why Switching to LED Bulbs Makes a Difference

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(StatePoint) It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings.

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Using at least 75 percent less energy and lasting 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, residential LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR-rated products, can help you significantly reduce the cost of lighting your home. And this is truer than ever, as the price of this technology has declined and the uses for it have expanded. Even LED decorative holiday lighting can be...

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