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Tuesday, May 15, 2018   /   by Janet Love

The RIGHT Way to Use Child Car Seats...

The RIGHT Way to Use Child Car Seats. . .
It is in your kids' best interest (and the law!) to properly use car seats. Even if you're taking a quick drive down the street, here's what you need to know:

Choose a car seat that best fits a child's weight, size, and age as well as your vehicle's design. Learn how to use the seat you purchase.
Look for a car seat label that notes the seat meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
Don't use a car seat that is more than six years old, shows signs of wear, or has been involved in a car accident.
Upgrade car seats as the child grows. Infant-only seats should always face the rear of the car. Kids two years or older, or those who outgrow the height/weight requirements for rear-facing car seats, should use a forward-facing car seat as long as possible.
Check installation with the help of a certified child passenger safety technician at a child car seat inspection station. These are often hosted by local health departments ...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018   /   by Janet Love

Real Estate Q & A ....

Real Estate Q & A . . .
Q. My home isn't selling. What should I change about my marketing tactics?A. If you've taken your home off the market and are looking to try again, choose a REALTOR® who shares your goals and stands out as a Home Marketing Expert. A Home Marketing Expert should provide you with a dynamic new marketing plan that goes beyond holding open houses and sending out flyers. Here are some things to look for in the plan:

Offering updated ideas about your home's condition, staging and asking price.
Using all advertising avenues, including the Internet. Did you post compelling pictures of your home the first time you tried to sell it? Did you include a virtual home tour? A drone video of the area?
Posting on social media. Does this person use Facebook to showcase properties (in an appropriate manner)?
Getting the attention of other REALTORS®. Does this person have contacts with REALTORS® who are already working with out-of-town buyers who may be ...

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Monday, May 14, 2018   /   by Janet Love

House Plants for Every Room in Your Home!

House Plants for Every Room. . .House plants can do far more than simply spruce up the way a home looks. Certain plants wield certain benefits – and many thrive better in some rooms than in others. Put your green thumb to work and get these plants growing where they serve you best!In the living room:

The peace lily removes mold spores in the air and is relatively low maintenance. Though it can adapt to low light, placing it in a well-lit area will keep it flowering almost nonstop.
Colorful or striking-looking plants like cacti or bird of paradise can add a fun touch to this lively space.

In the bedroom:

Weeping figs remove airborne toxins and increase oxygen levels, allowing for better sleeping conditions.
French lavender promotes calm and serenity.
If you have ample sunlight, add aloe, which purifies the air.

In the bathroom:

Chinese evergreen is durable and the soil should be kept moist – perfect for a hu ...

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Monday, May 14, 2018   /   by Janet Love

Financial Tips For College Graduates!

As the price tag on a college degree continues to skyrocket, it's become increasingly important that recent college grads are financially savvy. Instead of gifting an inspirational book to the young adults in your life this graduation season, pass these tips on instead.

Don't ignore debt. Get a plan in place as soon as possible to pay off credit cards and loans. Pay AT LEAST the minimum due every month, and make extra payments when possible. Put extra money toward those debts that carry the highest interest rates first.

Start saving. Even as you pay off debt, it's important to save money from every paycheck. Tuck some away for retirement, and establish a savings account covering at least three months' worth of living expenses. A steady, more generous paycheck is a nice addition to a new, professional lifestyle, but it is still essential to be financially prepared for any changes in the future.

Take advantage of employer matching retirement p ...

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